District Calendar:

April 2014
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April 01, 2014

SHS First Day, Qtr 4 (All Day Event)
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April 03, 2014

7:00p.m. Coleytown Company Shrek CMS
Coleytown Middle School Auditorium
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April 04, 2014

All-State Music Festival/Eastern Conference @Hartford (All Day Event)
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7:00p.m. BMS 6th Grade Play
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7:00p.m. Coleytown Company Shrek CMS
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April 05, 2014

All-State Music Festival/Eastern Conference @Hartford (All Day Event)
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All-State Music Festival/Eastern Conference @Hartford (All Day Event)
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1:00p.m. Coleytown Company Shrek CMS
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2:00p.m. BMS 6th Grade Play
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7:00p.m. BMS 6th Grade Play
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7:00p.m. Coleytown Company Shrek CMS
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April 06, 2014

2:00p.m. BMS 6th Grade Play
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April 07, 2014

3:30p.m. Spring Choral Festival Rehearsal
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7:30p.m. BOE Meeting
Staples High School Cafeteria
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April 08, 2014

Elementary Parent Conference - Shortened Day (All Day Event)
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1:30p.m. Spring Choral Festival Rehearsal
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7:00p.m. Spring Choral Concert
Staples High School
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April 09, 2014

Elementary Parent Conference - Shortened Day (All Day Event)
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April 10, 2014

Elementary Parent Conference - Shortened Day (All Day Event)
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April 12, 2014

ACT - SHS is NOT a site (All Day Event)
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April 14, 2014

School IS in session for ALL Staff and Students (All Day Event)
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April 15, 2014

Spring Recess - No School (All Day Event)
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April 16, 2014

Spring Recess - No School (All Day Event)
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April 17, 2014

Spring Recess - No School (All Day Event)
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April 18, 2014

Good Friday - No School (All Day Event)
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April 22, 2014

6:00p.m. GFS, LL & SES grade 5 to 6 BMS Transition Presentation
Bedford Middle School
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6:00p.m. - 7:00p.m. CES & KHS Grade 5 to 6 Transition Presentation
Coleytown Middle School
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April 23, 2014

7:00p.m. Dallas Brass Concert
Staples High School Auditorium
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April 24, 2014

7:30a.m. Sophomore Parent Coffee SHS
SHS Cafeteria
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3:15p.m. World Language Honor Society Awards
Staples High School Library
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6:00p.m. - 7:30p.m. Coleytown Middle School Art Show
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April 25, 2014

8:30a.m. Sophomore Parent Coffee SHS
SHS Cafeteria
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April 26, 2014

One Act Festival SHS (All Day Event)
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April 27, 2014

One Act Festival SHS (All Day Event)
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April 28, 2014

7:30p.m. BOE Meeting
Staples High School Cafeteria
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April 29, 2014

6:30p.m. Staples High School High Honors Dinner
Staples High School
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April 30, 2014

7:30p.m. SHS Grades 11 & 12 Spring Concert
Staples HIgh School
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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.