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2020-21 Parent Resource Center Messages and Updates

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 4.5.21

Good evening, and welcome back from Spring Break! We hope you all had a pleasant, relaxing and restorative spring break week. As we return to greet a new month, April is filled with a number of events that we hope you’ll join us at. Details are below. SEPTA Award Nomination Deadline: Midnight – April 6th, […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 3.22.21

March 22, 2021 SEPTA AWARDS Earlier today, Arlington’s Special Education PTA (Arlington SEPTA) announced that it is welcoming nominations for its annual Excellence in Supporting Special Education Awards. Nominations must be received by midnight, April 6th, 2021. All nominees will be recognized for their participation, and winners will be announced by May 12, 2021. Please […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 3.15.21

March 15, 2021 Please Share Your Feedback by March 19th The Office of Special Education is interested in hearing feedback from parents/guardians on distance learning experiences to continue to improve special education and related services for students. Please take a moment to complete a short survey by this Friday, March 19th. English Language Survey Encuesta […]

Parent Resource Center Weekly Message: 3.9.21

March 9, 2021 Happy School Social Work Week! This week we acknowledge and celebrate APS’ School Social Workers, who provide vital support to students and families in APS. During this challenging year, we’ve been especially heartened to learn of the significant impact our school social workers have had on our community, and we are honored […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 3.1.21

March 1, 2021     A new month, filled with many new beginnings over the next few weeks!  Kudos to the staff, families and students who have worked hard to prepare for this transition, and we wish all of our returning APS students a wonderful first few weeks in their new learning environments.     […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 2.22.21

February 22, 2021 Tomorrow evening, Tuesday, February 23rd, the Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee (ASEAC), will welcome Arlington Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Francisco Durán, to its monthly meeting. This meeting will be held virtually via Zoom, and details and a registration link are provided below. The Parent Resource Center is looking forward to Noche de […]

Monday Message: 2.8.21

    Good evening! This week, the PRC will co-sponsor NOVA Night tomorrow (Tuesday, February 9th), and Arlington SEPTA will feature a presentation on Social Connection in the Age of COVID on Thursday, February 11th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. For some children, making social connections can be a challenge even in normal times, but […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 2.1.21

Good evening, and Happy February to you from the team at the PRC. We hope everyone enjoyed the wintry weather the weekend brought, and encourage caution on slippery roads and sidewalks! This month, APS will celebrate Black History Month. Watch a message from Dr. Francisco Durán, APS Superintendent, and learn more about this year’s celebration […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 1.25.21

    January 25, 2021 The team at your Parent Resource Center hopes this message finds you keeping warm on this chilly day. This week we join APS in celebrating Principals Appreciation Week, and acknowledging the dedication of our school leaders during this unprecedented year. APS invites you to send them a message, work with […]

Parent Resource Center Message: 1.19.21

    January 19, 2021 As yesterday was a school holiday and an official day of service, our regular Monday Message will return on January 25th, but we joined you yesterday in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A wonderful group of student advocates have provided a great service to […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message – January 11, 2021

Greetings from the Special Education Parent Resource Center. This evening, we wrapped up our first-ever Project Core for Parents Series, and wanted to give a big shout-out to all of the families who participated in this 12-week session, along with our wonderful colleagues who facilitated the sessions: Marbea Tammaro, Dr. Lauren Bonnet and Sandi Stoppel, […]

January 4, 2021 Parent Resource Center Monday Message

    Happy New Year, and welcome back. We hope you each enjoyed a restful rejuvenating Winter Break, and we send our warmest wishes for a happy and healthy 2021.   5-Year Action Plan During the 2018-19 school year, APS partnered with an outside consultant to evaluate the quality of programs and services for students […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 12.14.20

    December 14, 2020 The team at your Parent Resource Center wishes you all a wonderful winter break. While many of us may perhaps be experiencing winter break in new and different ways this year, we hope that the time off offers opportunities to create cherished family memories and perhaps some new traditions. The […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 12.7.20

    December 7, 2020 Hello from your Parent Resource Center. If you missed last week’s registration for the final Crisis Prevention Intervention Training (CPI) for Parents/Caregivers, you are in luck! The session was rescheduled to tomorrow, Tuesday, December 8th at 7pm, so there is still time to register. Details are provided below. On Wednesday […]

Monday Message: November 30 2020

The team at your Parent Resource Center (PRC) hopes that you all enjoyed a safe and restful Thanksgiving break. During the weekend, the law currently known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) turned 45 years old! Nov. 29, 2020, marked the 45th anniversary of President Gerald Ford signing Public Law 94-142. The 1990 […]

Monday Message: November 23, 2020

      Greetings, and warm Thanksgiving wishes from the team at your Parent Resource Center. While in the midst of a global pandemic and contending with the likelihood that this will be a challenging holiday season on many fronts, we know that gratitude serves an important purpose in building resilience and coping with stress. […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: November 16, 2020

    November 16, 2020 Transition Series As we parent PreK students, elementary age students, middle school students, and even high school students, it’s sometimes hard to imagine our children’s lives beyond their school years. However, that is what all of our efforts are leading to, and those of us who are now parenting young […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 11.10.20

        November 10, 2020 As Family Engagement in Education Month continues, the Parent Resource Center is happy to share a variety of events and opportunities for parents this month. If you are interested in a slot for the Crisis Prevention Intervention sessions, there are still limited spaces available, and the next introductory […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 11.2.20

November 2, 2020 Good evening, and November greetings from your virtual Parent Resource Center. Although we are grateful to support family engagement in Arlington Public Schools’ throughout the year, we are pleased to announce that Governor Ralph S. Northam, Dr. James F. Lane, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Virginia Department of Education recognize November as […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: October 26, 2020

Greetings from your virtual Parent Resource Center. This last week in October we look forward to the final two sessions of our 2020 Virtual Dyslexia Conference. Dr. Judith Fontana of George Mason University’s Training and Technical Assistance Center has a great session to share with us this evening on Dyscalculia – a math learning disability. […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 10.19.20

      October 19, 2020 Good evening. During the past few weeks, the team at the Parent Resource Center has been keeping busy with the launch of our first Project Core series with our wonderful colleagues, Dr. Lauren Bonnet, Sandi Stoppel and Marbea Tammaro, Assistive Technology Specialists; and Laura DePatch and Erin Donohue, Autism/Low-Incidence […]

Monday Message: 10.12.20

Good evening! We hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend. The PRC team was grateful to have the opportunity to join our colleagues in a Professional Day of Learning focused on Equity – an important concept for our community. As we acknowledge AAC Awareness Month, we capped off the evening with a number of parents/guardians who […]

Monday Message: October 5, 2020

Happy October – one of the busiest months for our community. During the month of October, we acknowledge Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Month, Blindness Awareness Month, Disability History and Awareness Month, Dyslexia Awareness Month, and Down Syndrome Awareness Month. We are excited today to announce two series that will begin this month – Project […]

Monday Message: September 28, 2020

We hope everyone had a pleasant weekend. This week, the Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting (ASEAC) will hold its first meeting on Tuesday evening, and we are looking forward to welcoming Celebrate Calm’s Kirk Martin back to Arlington on Wednesday. Details and registration links are below. Suicide Prevention Awareness Month As September’s Suicide Prevention […]

Level One Return to School Update: 9.24.20

A Message from the Office of Special Education Arlington Public Schools (APS) is planning for a small group of students with disabilities (SWD) to receive in-person support as part of the Level One Return to School. Schools and APS staff are using the considerations detailed below to identify potential students to include as part of […]

Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 9.21.20

    September 21, 2020 Good afternoon! We hope that everyone enjoyed the cool and crisp weather this weekend – sweater weather snuck up on us! Earlier today, the Department of Teaching and Learning shared an update with information on services for Students with Disabilities, English Learners, and Gifted Students. During this period of virtual […]

PRC Monday Message: September 14, 2020

September 14, 2020 Welcome to Week 2 of the new school year. We hope that last week ended well for all of our students, and hope that all of our families are settling in to our new virtual learning routines. The PRC was delighted that Ann Dolin of Educational Connections was able to join us […]

PRC Monday Message: 9.7.20

September 7, 2020 Good evening from the team at your Parent Resource Center. As you prepare for the first day of the 2020-21 academic year, we just wanted to wish each of your families all the best as we embark on this most unique of school years together tomorrow morning. As mentioned in last week’s […]

PRC Update: September 3, 2020

As our community embarks on a long weekend prior to the first day of school next Tuesday, September 8th, the team at the PRC wanted to acknowledge the incredible amount of work our administrators, colleagues, and the parent community have dedicated to ensuring a successful start to a most unusual school year. We hope the […]

2019-20 Parent Resource Center School Talk Messages

August 6, 2020: School Reopening – Frequently Asked Questions for Families of Students with Disabilities
July 10, 2020: School Reopening – Model Selection Information for Families of Students with Disabilities
6.8.20 Monday Message
6.1.20 Monday Message
5.27.20 Weekly Message
5.18.20 Monday Message
5.11.20 Monday Message
5.4.20 Monday Message
4.27.20 Monday Message