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2017 Past Events
Strategies for reducing academic stress and strengthening executive function skills at home
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2 2017, 7pm
Natick High School (Lecture Hall – 2nd floor)

Please join Dan Levine and Melissa Wilson of Engaging Minds who will present strategies for reducing academic stress and strengthening executive function skills at home.   
For parents with students in grade 4 - 12.   In this workshop parents will learn:
  • Strategies to help your child get “unstuck” when he/she has trouble initiating tasks
  • Organizational strategies to help your child keep track of his/her belongings and schoolwork
  • Strategies to promote flexible thinking, enhance working memory, and sustain attention
  • Self-monitoring strategies to help your child set goals, stay on track, and follow-through


Natick SEPAC Meeting:  Meet SEPAC School Liaisons

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3 2017,  7pm  Natick Town Hall 
Please join Natick SEPAC for our first meeting of the school year.   
We will discuss the upcoming 2017-2018 SEPAC school year, discuss volunteer opportunities and welcome all SEPAC school liaisons with a review of their roles in our schools.

Developing Your Child's Self-Determination Skills and SEPAC Board Elections

THURSDAY MAY 25 2017,  7pm Natick Town Hall (3rd floor - School Committee Room)

Join Dr. Lori Peterson to explore these questions and learn about evidence-based strategies to increase opportunities to support the development of your child’s self-determination skills.   Parents will walk away with:

  • An understanding of what are self-determination skills and its impact on success
  • Strategies to increase your child’s self-determination skills and how to provide opportunities for your child to practice these skills
  • Resources available for additional support with promoting self-determination skills.
Personal Pathways to Success:  Career & Training Fair
WEDNESDAY MARCH 22, 2017, 6:30-8:30 pm
Natick High School Cafeteria, 15 West St
Students and families are invited to learn about a variety of postsecondary options beyond typical 4 year colleges. Hosted in Collaboration by Natick, Holliston, Framingham, and Newton Public Schools  Link to more info

Self-Determination Skills and the Student led IEP process
THURSDAY MARCH 16, 2017,  7pm Natick Town Hall (3rd floor - Training Room)
Join Tim Luff, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, to learn how the Natick Public Schools will teach self-determination skills to students in an effort to have them become meaningful participants in their IEP Team Meetings.  Note:  A vote to approve the 01/23/17 Meeting minutes and revised SEPAC Bylaws will also be taken.

Post-Secondary Transition Roundtable
THURSDAY MARCH 9, 2017, 7 - 9 pm (rescheduled from the original 2/9 due to storm)
Natick High School
, 15 West St
Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Natick, Newton, and Wellesley Public Schools are pleased to announce a Transition Roundtable Presentation on the topic of post-secondary transition options.   Link to more info

Basic Rights Training
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 2, 2017, 7 - 9 pm Natick Town Hall (3rd floor - Training Room)
A speaker from the Federation for Children with Special Needs helps parents navigate the process to request support services and understand the laws/guidelines surrounding special education. This meeting is highly recommended for parents just starting the special education process or parents that have a child on an IEP but have never attended a Basic Rights workshop before.

SEPAC Board Meeting
MONDAY JANUARY 23, 2017,  7pm Natick Town Hall (2nd floor - Dlott Meeting Room)

2016 Past Events


SOLD OUT
:  Sarah Ward (Parent/Caregiver Event): Developing your Child's Independent Executive Function Skills
MONDAY OCTOBER 17, 2016:  6:30-8:45 pm, Wilson Auditorium
Learn strategies to help your child with Executive Function Skills including:  time management, goal setting, carrying out organized steps and modifying a plan to complete a task successfully.

Sarah Ward (Educator Event): Executive Function Skills For Success in the Classroom
MONDAY OCTOBER
17, 2016:  3:30-5:00 pm, Wilson Auditorium
This workshop will provide practical, hands-on strategies to develop students' executive function skills for success in school.

Meet the Student Services Team
THURSDAY OCTOBER 13, 2016: 7-9pm  Town Hall, 3rd Floor
Note:  Prior to this event there will be a SEPAC Board Meeting, 6 - 6:45pm

Join us for an opportunity to meet the Students Services team for all grade levels (preschool - high school), including Superintendent, Peter Sanchioni, and Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, Tim Luff.  Parents and staff will participate in small group discussions to help learn from each other.  A great opportunity for parents to meet the Student Services staff outside of a formal IEP meeting, or to meet staff members that parents may be working with in the future.  

Student Services Recap, Board Member elections and 2016-2017 planning
THURSDAY MAY 26, 2016:  7 pm, Natick Town Hall (3rd Floor)
2015-2016 Student Services Recap,  Welcoming of our new School Representatives and  2016-2017 planning

SPARK/SEPAC: 
How to Make and Keep Friends
WEDNESDAY MARCH 16, 2016:  7-9 pm, Natick High School 
Donna Shea and Nadine Briggs, friendship experts and social coaches, offer tools to help your child achieve social success. Nadine and Donna provide easy to implement and actionable tips that assist children in attaining, maintaining and sustaining improved social skills and true & lasting friendships.

Metrowest Special Needs Resource Fair
SUNDAY MARCH 6, 2016:  1-4pm, Natick High School  (snow date:  April 3)
Please join us for  this free event to learn about local resources, activities, and services available to individuals and family members with special needs. The fair is designed to offer MetroWest families the opportunity to learn about dozens of programs, services, products and resources – all in one location.    Note:  Children are welcome.  We will have an arts and crafts area staffed with volunteers so parents and caretakers can take in the fair.   Click here for a list of participating vendors

SEPAC Board Meeting
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2016:  7-9pm, Natick Town Hall, -3rd floor
Please join Natick SEPAC to get an update on the upcoming Metrowest Special Needs Resource Fair.

Elementary Specialized Programs

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 4, 2016:  7-9pm, Natick Town Hall, -3rd floor
Please join Tim Luff, Assistant  Superintendent for Student Services and Paul Tagliapietra, Assistant Director of Student Services for a presentation on the Natick Elementary Specialized Programs.

Understanding your Child's Learning Style

THURSDAY JANUARY 28, 2016:  7-9pm, Natick Town Hall - 2nd floor
The different ways students take in and generate information can greatly affect how and whether they succeed in school and later in life. The presenter will identify the features of different learning styles and through interactive discussion with the group participants will explore how parents and teachers can harness a child’s learning style to help him/her achieve success in many different environments, including the classroom.

SEPAC Board Meeting
THURSDAY JANUARY 7, 2016:  7-9pm, Natick Town Hall, -3rd floor
Please join Natick SEPAC to get an update on the upcoming Metrowest Special Needs Resource Fair
and SPARK/SEPAC event:  How to Make and Keep Friends.    Volunteers are needed.

2015 Past Events

Basic Rights Training
DECEMBER 3, 2015:  6:30-8:30pm, Natick Town Hall 3rd floor, 13 E Central St.
Free babysitting provided:  Must register for babysitting by Monday 11/30 by emailing naticksepac@gmail.com
A speaker from the Federation for Children with Special Needs helps parents navigate the process to request support services and understand the laws/guidelines surrounding special education. This meeting is highly recommended for parents just starting the special education process or parents that have a child on an IEP but have never attended a Basic Rights workshop before.


Meet the Student Services Team
OCTOBER 15, 2015:  7-9pm, Town Hall 3rd floor
An opportunity to meet and interact with the Student Services Staff

Student Services Recap, Board Member elections and 2015-2016 planning
THURSDAY MAY 28, 2015:  7 pm, Natick Town Hall (3rd Floor)
2014-2015 Student Services Recap,  Welcoming of our new School Liaisons and  2015-2016 planning