Event Calendar

Upcoming Dates to Note:

  • September 23rd: HB-Woodlawn Back to School Night
  • September 23rd: Arlington SEPTA Meeting at 7pm
  • September 30th: Career Center/Arlington Tech Back to School Night


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

Arlington Special Education PTA (SEPTA) Monthly Meeting: Connecting with Community Resources
Thursday, September 23rd, 20217:00 – 9:00 p.m.

(7-7:30 p.m. will be for updates and PTA business)
Online via Zoom
Register and Submit Questions: https://forms.gle/sYD9C7HPWEHMtnRi6
A reminder that THIS THURSDAY will be Arlington SEPTA’s first meeting of the year.  Please join SEPTA to help us kick-off our year, hear what is in the pipeline, and hear from local community resources.  All SEPTA meetings are open to everyone.  Membership is not needed to join the discussion. ASL interpretation will be provided. The meeting will be recorded and available on Arlington SEPTA’s YouTube channel.

Worry and Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: Using evidence based strategies to helping kids and caregivers cope during tough times
Tuesday, September 28, 2021: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Register here

  • How to identify an anxious child
  • How to change anxious thinking
  • The science and biological roots of anxiety in children
  • How computer technology is transforming the understanding of anxiety
  • Current treatment options (medications & CBT: cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Discuss how coping strategies need to be adjusted given the current pandemic

Dr. Erin D. Berman is a Clinical Psychologist at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland. She received her clinical psychology doctoral degree from Rosalind Franklin University / The Chicago Medical School. Her clinical training continued with attending the Boston Consortium of Clinical Psychology where she was a Harvard Medical School Fellowship recipient. She completed post-doctoral re-specialization in child and adolescent Anxiety Disorders at Temple University. Her main area of interest continues to be in cognitive behavioral interventions for children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety disorders.
View English/Spanish event flyer

An Introduction to Special Education
October 7, 2021
10:00am to Noon: In-person session at the Syphax Education Center, Room 456, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22204
7pm – 9pm: Virtual Session
Register here
Has your child been referred for a special education evaluation? Are you concerned that your child may need special education services? Would you like to know more about the special education process, and the important role you, as a parent, play in this process? Join Parent Resource Center Coordinators Kathleen Donovan and Gina DeSalvo for this free session to learn more about the special education process, from student support team meetings and special education referrals through identification and delivery of special education services. This session will address:

  • Regulations guiding special education
  • The role of the family in the special education process
  • How to prepare for Student Support Team and special education meetings
  • The special education “cycle”
  • Questions families may have about the process


APS Transition Fair
Saturday, November 13, 2021: 11am to 1pm
Arlington Career Center
Details coming soon

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.






  • Parents in a Pandemic – Virtual Support Group
    September 29, 2021: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
    Register here
    The Arc of Northern Virginia is partnering with Developmental Support Associates (DSA) to offer a virtual family support group for local families who care for children, youths, and young adults with developmental and/or behavioral challenges. The immediate goal is to help families collaborate with professionals and with each other in order to break out of isolation and share experiences, thoughts, feelings, and novel strategies for promoting personal and social growth. Since the program began,  Meetings are free, but pre-registration is required.


Increasing Familiarity of Different Cultures in Multi-Racial Formed Families: A Family to Family Perspective virtual panel
October 4, 2021: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Register here
Formed Families Forward is hosting a virtual panel session on strategies for increasing familiarity of different cultures in multi-racial formed families and multi-racial family supports. Through the sharing of their experience, panelists will increase awareness of factors that contribute to healthy racial and cultural identity in children and youth; explore research on educational and social emotional outcomes for children of color raised in households headed by white parents and caregivers; expand understanding of common challenges faced by multi-racial families; share strategies for supporting children and youth who experience racism; and increase familiarity with local and regional resources for supporting multi-racial families through supports including mentoring.


NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Arlington Parent Support Groups
Now Meeting Virtually
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
Cherrydale Baptist Church, 3910 Lorcom Lane, Arlington, VA 22207 – Building Entrance 16, Rm 118

  • September 26
  • October and 17
  • November 7 and 21
  • December 5

Older Teen and Young Adults: 3rd Sunday 1-3pm
Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5533 16th St N, Arlington, VA 22207
Questions??  Contact:

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

Both: Alisa Cowen (acowen@cowendesigngroup.com)
View NAMI Support Groups Flyer





Upcoming Events from PEATC – Virginia’s Parent Education and Advocacy Training Center

  • A Parent’s Guide: School Discipline and the Juvenile Legal System (Webinar Series)
    Multiple Dates, 6:30-7:30 PM
    PEATC, in collaboration with the Legal Aid Justice Center, presents a five-part series.This webinar series will give parents, caregivers, and guardians information and practical advocacy tips for when their child faces a suspension or expulsion, school or community-based arrest, or detention.
  • Transition University
    October 10, 2021 – Virtual, self paced course remains open through November 30th
    Register here
    Transition University will offer a 5-session self-paced online series to help parents/guardians navigate the transition process for their school age child and prepare for the adult world.  This FREE, 5-week, SELF-PACED online course focuses on providing parent-friendly transition information to help make transition planning easier. This course is designed for parents/caregivers of elementary, middle or high school students that receive special education services, but is open to everyone.  The goal is to share factual information on transition services and to help make the transition from school services to the adult services world less confusing. The course begins the evening of October 10, 2021  and will be open through November 30, 2021 at 5pm. Each week a new session of the course will open on Saturday evening and will be open the remainder of the course.Sessions contain video content, written content, discussion opportunities and resources.
    Topics covered in this course will include:
  • What is Transition and Why is it Important?
  • Transition Services in the IEP
  • Supported Decision Making, Power of Attorney, Guardianship and Age of Majority
  • Future planning including Special Needs Trusts, ABLE accounts and Letters of Intent
  • Transitioning into Independent Living (employment, further education, housing, etc.)
  • Connecting to Your Community and to Adult Services- and much more!
    • 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 GRUPO: https://bit.ly/2VoU2vw

Additional Community Events

Cecily’s Advocacy Conference
September 25, 2021
Join the conference here

  • 10am – 10:55am Parents, Educators, Pediatric Providers of Students in Grades K-5
    UnSpoiled: How to Raise Independent Kids in an Over-Indulged Age *The 7 Secrets of Self-Sufficient Thrivers – and How Any Child Can Learn Them
  • 11:15am – 12:10pm Grades 6-12
    Parents, Educators, Pediatric Providers of Students in Grades 6-12 – How to Raise Caring, Successful Kids in a Plugged-In, Trophy-Driven COVID-19 World: Practical, Proven Ways to Raise Good Kids

    The conference will be held virtually on September 25th and it is free to all.  Michelle Borba – a national renowned speaker, experienced special ed teacher, and consultant – will be sharing her thoughts and ideas on the pandemic generation.

Need more information?  You can contact the Parent Resource Center at 703.228.7239 or emma.parralsanchez@apsva.us.

We look forward to talking with you.