Event Calendar


Please contact the Parent Resource Center at 703.228.7239 or prc@apsva.us
at least 7 days prior to events to request ADA accommodations.

Arlington SEPTA logoArlington SEPTA Meeting: What is a Hope Squad?
Thursday, December 8, 2022
7:30-9:00 PM
Participate via Zoom or In Person at the Syphax Education Center
2110 Washington Boulevard, Rooms 454/456
Hope Squad Event flyerHope Squad is a school-based peer-to-peer suicide prevention program that trains and mentors students nominated by their peers to perform intentional outreach with fellow students. Hope Squad members are not trained to act as counselors, but rather to be peer advocates who recognize struggling students and report any concerns to an adult.

This month, Arlington SEPTA invites you to join the December meeting to learn more about the issues concerning mental health.

Participants will hear from the Hope Squad team, the Director of Education & former Principal Tam Larnerd, and a Peer-to-Peer Student panel. The session will cover topics from courage to ask for help, diversity, avoiding burnout as a parent of a child with a mental illness, and tips for setting realistic goals this school year.

APS Transition Fair
Saturday, December 11, 2022: 11am – 1pm
Arlington Career Center 816 S. Walter Reed Drive, Arlington, VA 22204
Register at this link: Register for the Transition Fair at this link 
View event flyer

Opening Presentation by Diane Monnig, Transition Manager, The Arc of Northern VA

Following the opening presentation, there will be an opportunity for students with disabilities (and their parents/guardians) who will be seeking adult services and community supports such as resources for supported and competitive employment, housing, and day programs as they transition to adulthood to meet with service providers and connect with resources. A complimentary, light lunch will be provided.

ASEACASEAC December Meeting
Tuesday, December 13, 2022: 7pm-9pm
Virtual meeting via Zoom.
Registration link for ASEAC December 2022 Meeting

Topic: Special Education and Summer School

Please register using the link above, and you can include your questions.
The business portion of this meeting will be recorded through Zoom. During each meeting, ASEAC welcomes comments from the public regarding the needs of students with disabilities in APS. See the ASEAC Public Comment Guidelines at https://www.apsva.us/special-education-advisory-committee for information about submitting public comments. Any person who would like an interpreter and/or any person with a disability who needs accommodation to access the meeting should contact the Parent Resource Center at 703.228.7239 or prc@apsva.us at least four business days in advance of a meeting to request assistance.

Reunión del Comité Asesor de Educación Especial de Arlington (ASEAC)
Martes: 12/13/22: 7pm-9pm
Registration link for ASEAC December 2022 Meeting

Regístrese en este enlace para la reunión: Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Room 454, Arlington, VA 22204 y ZOOMDurante cada reunión, ASEAC agradece los comentarios del público sobre las necesidades de los estudiantes con discapacidades en APS. Consulte las Pautas de comentarios públicos de la ASEAC en https://www.apsva.us/special-education-advisory-committee para obtener información sobre cómo enviar comentarios públicos. Cualquier persona que requiera un intérprete y / o con una alguna discapacidad que necesite adaptaciones para atender a la reunión debe comunicarse con el Centro de Recursos para Padres y solicitar asistencia al 703.228.7239 o prc@apsva.us con al menos cuatro días de anticipación antes de la reunión.J


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Youth Mental Health First Aid

Parents/caregivers are invited to participate in Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings. Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among children and adolescents ages 12-18. Participants will complete a 2-hour, self-paced online class, then participate in a 4- to 5-hour in-person training led by staff in the Office of Student Services.YMHFA will be held at the Syphax Education Center from 9am to 3pm on the dates below:

  • January 13
  • February 16
  • March 17
  • April 20
  • May 26

Space is LIMITED to first 30 registrants on each date. Register online at:  Youth Mental Health First Aid Registration link or call 703-228-6062 (Office of Student Services).View flyer to learn more


  • Ask the Autism Specialist
    February 16: Noon to 1pm
  • Self-Determination
    April 19: 7-8pm

Autism Parent Series registration link
View event flyer

FLIP IT! Classes will be held in Spanish and English and will run weekly from Thursday, January 12 – February 23.
English sessions are from 6:00pm-7:15pm; Spanish session will be held from 7:30pm-8:45pm.
Parents who are interested can register with this link (for Spanish or English). The link is also on the fliers below.
FLIP IT!® is a weekly 1hr & 15m virtual series that meets for 7 weeks to provide tools for parents to increase communication with their children and help manage challenging behaviors. Facilitated by Arlington County’s Michael Swisher, the Parent and Community Engagement Specialist, FLIP IT!® strategies help parents to:

  • Support the social and emotional development of children
  • Learn a strategy that is easy to remember and applicable in a variety of challenging situations

FLIP IT!® strategies help children to:

  • Learn about their feelings
  • Gain self-control
  • Reduce challenging behavior

FLIP IT Flier – English – January 2023
FLIP IT FLier – Spanish – January 2023Jan 2023

The events included below are shared for informational purposes, and listing may not be inclusive of all available community learning opportunities and inclusion of opportunities does not reflect endorsement by Arlington Public Schools.





Transition Lunch & Learn Sessions
Register at: Registration link for Transition Lunch & Learn Sessions

Planning for the transition from school to adult services can be an overwhelming task. Once your child exits the school system, adult services are based on eligibility criteria and funding availability. These small group sessions are an opportunity to begin creating a plan for the future. Learn what kinds of employment and meaningful day support services are available, how to explore post-secondary options, what transportation supports exist, how to help your child make decisions and advocate, when to apply for SSI and manage benefits, and what recreation activities are available. It’s never too early to plan; you don’t have to wait until your student is close to graduation. Also, these Lunch & Learns would be a great way for families who started the process but got overwhelmed or stuck to find the motivation to restart the process and press forward.


NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Arlington Parent Support Groups
Still Meeting Virtually
NAMI Parent Support Group registration link
These groups are geared to parents whose child is experiencing symptoms of a mental illness, including: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, mood disorders and more. No diagnosis is required to participate. Participants are given the opportunity to share their story, experience support, and glean guidance (as desired) from group members regarding both community and school resources. Confidentiality is respected.
School Age Students and Teens (PK-12): Sundays 7pm-8:30pm

  •  December 4 and 18

Older Teen and Young Adults: 3rd Sunday 1-3pm
Questions??  Contact:

  • PK-12: Michelle Best (mczero@yahoo.com)
  • Adults: Naomi Verdugo (verdugo.naomi@gmail.com)
  • Both: Alisa Cowen (acowen@cowendesigngroup.com)

View Arlington NAMI Support Groups 2022 Flyer





  • Early Childhood Academy
    November 14 – December 19, 2022
    You are your child’s first and most important teacher. Your involvement in the early years is essential to setting a strong foundation for their lifelong learning and success.In this FREE 5-week online program, families of children with disabilities learn about supporting their child’s early learning and development – from developmental milestones to tips on our most frequently asked questions including information on making the transition from early intervention to school services easier.
  • Building Strong Parent Advocates
    November 21 – December 12, 2022
    Families of children receiving special education services find themselves in a world filled with complicated policies, confusing acronyms and terms, and piles of paperwork. Often families find themselves looking for information and background knowledge to help them better support their children through the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. The Building Strong Parent Advocates training provides information to help families build a solid foundation to understand the special education process while empowering them to be their child’s best advocate.


  • Grupo de Chat para Padres: Únete a nuestro nuevo GRUPO DE CHAT mediante la aplicación de WhatsApp y podrás mantenerte al tanto de todo lo que PEATC Latino está haciendo.
    Entra al GRUPOhttps://bit.ly/2VoU2vw

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Holiday Food & Financial Tips: English
Join VCE for virtual classes on tips to budgeting, avoiding scams, and preparing fun and healthy foods during the holidays. All classes will be taught by Zoom from 12-1pm.
Questions? Contact Aisha at asalazar@vt.edu or 703-228-6417
Talleres de Finanzas en español¡
Todas las clases son gratis! Consejos de Comida y Finanzas Durante los Días Festivos
Únase a VCE para clases virtuales sobre consejos para presupuestar, evitar estafas y preparar alimentos divertidos y saludables durante los días festivos.Todas las clases se impartirán por Zoom de las 6:30-7:30pm. ¡Registrase AQUÍ! https://bit.ly/3CuYgs8

  • Evitando Estafas durante los días Festivos- Lunes el 5 de Diciembre
  • Consejos Saludables para los días Festivos- Lunes el 12 de Diciembre

Talleres sobre Maneras de prevenir el desperdicio de alimentos

  • Fechas: Las fechas se anunciarán pronto. Esta serie de talleres ocurrirá entre octubre y diciembre.
  • Descripción: Aprender unos consejos para cómo guardar la comida, recetas divertidas, e información sobre las fechas de caducidad.
  • Registrase aquí: https://bit.ly/3K7XUd3

Preguntas? Contactar a Aisha: asalazar@vt.edu o 703-228-6417