District Calendar:

December 2014
SMTWTFS
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December 01, 2014

7:30p.m. BOE Meeting
Staples High School Cafeteria
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December 02, 2014

7:30p.m. SHS Grades 9 & 10 Fall Concert Band and Orchestra
Staples High School
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December 03, 2014

Elementary School Parent Conference (All Day Event)
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7:00p.m. CMS 7th Grade Concert
Coleytown Middle School
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7:00p.m. Long Lots 5th Grade Orchestra/4th & 5th Grade Chorus Concert
Long Lots Elementary School
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December 04, 2014

Elementary School Parent Conference (All Day Event)
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December 05, 2014

Elementary School Parent Conference (All Day Event)
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7:30p.m. BMS Musical "Anything Goes"
Bedford Middle School
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December 06, 2014

Western Regional High School Auditions (All Day Event)
WCSU
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SAT Exam - SHS IS a test site (All Day Event)
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2:00p.m. BMS Musical "Anything Goes"
Bedford Middle School
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7:30p.m. BMS Musical "Anything Goes"
Bedford Middle School
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December 07, 2014

2:00p.m. BMS Musical "Anything Goes"
Bedford Middle School
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December 09, 2014

7:00p.m. BMS 7th Grade Concert
Bedford Middle School
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7:00p.m. Kings Highway Winter Concert
Kings Highway Elementary School
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December 10, 2014

7:00p.m. CMS 8th Grade Concert
Coleytown Middle School
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7:00p.m. Greens Farms 5th Grade Orchestra & 4th /5th Grade Chorus
Greens Farms School
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December 11, 2014

7:00p.m. BMS 6th Grade Concert
Bedford Middle School
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12
December 12, 2014

8:00p.m. Candlelight Concert
Staples High School Auditorium
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13
December 13, 2014

ACT Exam - SHS is NOT a test site (All Day Event)
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2:00p.m. Candlelight Concert
Staples High School Auditorium
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8:00p.m. Candlelight Concert
Staples High School Auditorium
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December 14, 2014

7:00p.m. Candlelight Concert SNOWDATE
Staples High school
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December 15, 2014

7:30p.m. BOE Meeting
Staples High School Cafeteria
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December 17, 2014

7:00p.m. CMS 6th Grade Concert
Coleytown Middle School
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7:00p.m. BMS 8th Grade Concert
Bedford Middle School Auditorium
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December 18, 2014

7:00p.m. BMS Specialty Concert
Bedford Middle School Auditorium
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December 23, 2014

Holiday Recess - Shortened Day (All Day Event)
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December 24, 2014

Holiday Recess - No School (All Day Event)
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December 25, 2014

Holiday Recess - No School (All Day Event)
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December 26, 2014

Holiday Recess - No School (All Day Event)
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December 29, 2014

Holiday Recess - No School (All Day Event)
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December 30, 2014

Holiday Recess - No School (All Day Event)
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December 31, 2014

Holiday Recess - No School (All Day Event)
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Web and Local Resources for Families

General Organizations

BEACH Center on Disability www.beachcenter.org
Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities www.Nichcy.org
National Council on Disability www.ncd.gov
National Easter Seals Society www.easterseals.com
National Organization for Rare Disorders www.rarediseases.org
National Organization on Disability www.nod.org
PACER CENTER, Champions for children with disabilities www.pacer.org
Parents helping Parents www.php.com
Special Olympics International www.specialolympics.org
Very Special Arts www.vsarts.org

 

Specific Disabilities

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities www.aaidd.org
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association www.asha.org
Autism Society of America www.autism-society.org
Brain Injury Association www.biausa.org
CHADD Children and Adults with ADD www.chadd.org
Council for Exceptional Children www.cec.sped.org
Council for Learning Disabilities www.cldinternational.org
Department of Health and Human Services www.hhs.gov
Hydrocephalus Association www.hydroassoc.org
International Dyslexia Association www.interdys.org
Learning Disabilities Association of America www.ldantl.org
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill www.nami.org
National Center for Learning Disabilities www.ncld.org
National Center on Stuttering www.stuttering.com
National Down Syndrome Society www.ndss.org
The Epilepsy Foundation of America www.epilepsyfoundation.org
United Cerebral Palsy Associations, Inc. www.ucp.org
The Epilepsy Foundation of America www.epilepsyfoundation.org

Educational Resources

Assistive Technology www.closingthegap.com
Connecticut State Department of Education www.sde.ct.gov/sde/
Inclusion Press Homepage www.inclusion.com
National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) www.nasbe.org
National Parent Network on Disabilities (NPND) www.npnd.org
Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of America www.resna.org
US Department of Education www.ed.gov

LOCAL SUPPORT GROUPS

School-based groups, such as the PTA and Special Education Parent Reps, cannot provide the disability-specific support we often need. Following is a list of local support groups, recommended by PTA Council SpedParents Committee members.

Autism

CT Autism Spectrum Resource Center www.ct-asrc.org
CT FEAT (Families for Effective Treatment of Autism) www.ctfeat.org
Autism Society of Connecticut www.autismsocietyofct.org

 

 

Learning Disabilities

SmartKids with Learning Disabilities www.smartkidswithld.org
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic www.rfbd.org
CACLD (CT Association for Children with Learning Disabilities) www.cacld.org
LDACT (Learning Disabilities Association of Connecticut) www.ldact.org

 

Down Syndrome

CT Down Syndrome Congress www.ctdownsyndrome.org

 

Tourette Syndrome

CT Tourette Syndrome Association www.tsact.org

 

Hearing Impairment

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing www.agbellct.org

 

Helpful to many families is Pizza Moms, an informal information sharing & support group. They meet for supper at 7:30 pm the first Tuesday of every month, at Post Corner Pizza in Darien. Contact Nanette Jordan at nanette618@gmail.com.  http://sites.google.com/site/pizzamomssite/

Bookmarked as a favorite website should be Spednet - www.spednet.org. Locally based and regularly updated with meetings and events, it is an excellent resource.

Lastly, please let us know about organizations that have been useful to you, we'd like to include them on this list. Contact your PTA Special Education school representative, or email us at SpedParents@Westport.k12.ct.us.