PTA May 2020 Meeting Recap

The final PTA meeting for this school year took place virtually on Thursday, May 21, from 7-8 pm. 

We celebrated all our volunteers, events, and voted in the new PTA board.

In preparation for the first meeting next school year, here are the proposed minutes from the May 21 meeting: May minutes – proposed

Parent Information Relating to Special Education – JUNE 2020

All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.  

In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.

When other events become available they will be posted at: https://fairfaxcountysepta.org/upcoming-community-events/

The FCPS Parent Resource Center is still open, and it continues to provide direct assistance to families, educators, and community members.  The staff there can help you find answers and solve problems.  prc@fcps.edu   703-204-3941

Neighborhood Community Services is providing NCS Connects, an online resource for youth, teens, and parents this summer.  Adapted resources are included at Exploration Station:  https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/neighborhood-community-services/ncs-connects

The Support Groups included at the end of this list have been updated to include online groups.

Happy Campers at Home:  Navigating Summer with Children During COVID-19Mon. Jun. 1, 4 pm, Webinar with Replay LinkLearn practical ways to create happiness and connection at home this summer, including ways to talk with your kids about difficult topics. Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0wJNZhynR1KyVEhtT6i0VA
Sleep Solutions for the ADHD Brain Tue. June 2, 1 pm, Webinar with Replay Link Learn about the impact of poor sleep on ADHD symptoms throughout the lifespan and strategies to improve sleep in families with ADHD .Register: https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1313090&tp_key=e18a241283
Talk Saves Lives LGBT Tue. Jun. 2, 5-6 pm, Online Suicide can be prevented. Learn about suicide prevention, including common risk factors, warning signs, and how to stay safe. Register:  https://virtualtsl-6-2-20-5pm.attendease.com
Distance Learning and Trauma Informed Schools Tue. Jun. 2, 7:30 pm, Online Learn the principles and practices of trauma informed schools and why they are vital during distance learning and the return to learn scenarios. Register:  
Nutrition For Stress Management During COVID-19 Fri. Jun. 5, noon-1pm, Webinar Learn how what you eat influences how you feel, including foods that trigger uncomfortable emotions, and foods that help calm you. Register:  http://bridgestherapyandwellness.com/event/nutrition-for-stress-
Talk Saves Lives Sat. Jun. 6, 10-11 am, Online Suicide can be prevented. Learn about common risk factors, warning signs, and how to stay safe. Includes firearms considerations. Register:  https://virtualtslfirearms-6-6-20-10am.attendease.com
Capacity Building for IEP Teams Sun. June 7-21, 3 hours — Available 24/7 Online Learn practical strategies to help future IEP meetings be more positive, productive. and collaborative for parents and educators. Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-capacity-for-iep-teams-june-registration-103276081540
Learning, Fun, Free Time: How to Balance and Structure the Lazy, Crazy Days of Summer for Children with ADHD Mon. Jun. 8, 1-2 pm, Webinar with Replay Link Learn how to focus and engage your child by creating flexible schedules for reading, projects, trips and time online. Register:  https://www.additudemag.com/webinar/summer-schedule-for-children/
Intelligent Lives Reunion Webinar Wed. Jun. 10,1-3 pm Via Zoom,with replay link Watch the film and a discussion on how persons with intellectual disabilities need not be denied higher education, meaningful jobs, and intimate relations. Register:  https://unh.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AncfsaRwRLigTRUZeqhHDw
Talk Saves Lives Thu. Jun. 11, 5-6 pm, Online Suicide can be prevented. Learn about suicide prevention, including common risk factors, warning signs, and how to stay safe. Register:  https://virtualtsl-6-11-20-5pm.attendease.com
Talk Saves Lives LGBT Tue. Jun. 16, 5-6 pm, Online Suicide can be prevented. Learn about suicide prevention, including common risk factors, warning signs, and how to stay safe. Register:  https://virtualtsllgbt-6-16-20-5pm.attendease.com
Five Common Emotional/Behavioral Challenges Children Face and Strategies for Addressing Them (Part 1)— Webinar Thu. Jun. 18, 1:00-2:30 pm,  Extended Access June 18-July 18 Register: https://cdn.givecloud.co/s/files/1/0000/0613/files/webinarflyer2019-2020-600.pdf $0-$15. Free with coupon code.
Talk Saves Lives Tue. Jun. 18, 1-2 pm, Online Suicide can be prevented. Learn about suicide prevention, including common risk factors, warning signs, and how to stay safe. Register:  https://virtualtsl-6-18-20-1pm.attendease.com
Emergency Planning:  Preparing for the Unexpected Thu. Jun. 18, 2:00-3:15 pm Learn how making key contacts in the community and other strategies can help families with disabilities plan for emergencies. Register:  cd49445%26FM%3D1%26rnd%3D7545027096%26servicename%3DTC%26ED%3D1007245527%26needFilter%3Dfalse&siteurl=thearc
An Individualized Approach to Raising Your Challenging Child Tuesdays Jun. 23-Aug. 25, 7:30-9:00 pm, 9 session course via Zoom This program helps parents identify the source of their child’s challenging behavior and learn what they can do about it.  For parents of kids ages 3-12. Register:  http://www.parentchildjourney.com/journey/ $ Cost varies.
ADHD Medication Part 1:  Diagnosis, The Case for Medication, How To Do a Trial Thu. Jun. 25, 7:30-9:00 pm, Via Zoom $ varies Learn from a behavioral pediatrician about the process of ADHD diagnosis, how to think about medication, and how to start. Register:  https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eh1nj0ssab378243&oseq=&c=&ch=
Talk Saves Lives  LGBT Tue. June 27, 10-11 am, Online Suicide can be prevented. Learn about suicide prevention, including common risk factors, warning signs, and how to stay safe. Register: https://virtualtsllgbt-6-27-20-10am.attendease.com
ADHD medication Part II:  Side Effects, Uneven Coverage and Discontinuation Trials Thu. Jul. 2, 7:30-9:00 pm, Via Zoom $ varies Learn from a behavioral pediatrician about managing ADHD medications, including side effects, uneven coverage. and stopping smoothly. Register:  https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eh1pgfwfbbf8ab11&oseq=&c=&ch=
Plan Ahead — Transition Series 2020       $25-$50 Sat. Sep. 26 & Oct. 17, 8:30 am-3:00 pm, Marymount U. Arlington Students with developmental disabilities and/or their parents can learn how to plan ahead for the transition to many aspects of life after school. Register:  https://thearcofnova.org/programs/transition-series/
On Demand — NAMI Basics NAMI Basics is a 6-session educational program for parents and caregivers of children and youth who are experiencing mental health symptoms.  Access:  https://namivirginia.org/programs/for-parents-of-children-and-youth-virginia-family-network/child-and-teen/

Support Groups
All these support groups are open to newcomers, and they are free, except where noted.  No diagnosis is required to participate. Participants are typically 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.

Support Groups for Parents
Alpha Moms  This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.  Contact:  robin4brady@gmail.com
Autism Dads meets one evening monthly typically in the past in Falls Church.  Contact:  George Buzby at 571-419-1257 or gbuzby@aol.com
Autism Society of Northern Virginia Virtual Support Group 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, 1:00-2:30 pm via Zoom.  Meeting ID:  83085728013 
Business Networking Event for Special Needs Parents Alternate Fridays, May 29 and following, 9:00-10:30 am Via Zoom.  Connect with fellow special needs parents and business owners, build your referral network, and share best practices.  Contact:  https://thearcofloudoun.org/networking/

CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm.  Contact:  Alyssa  ADHDParentMountVernon@gmail.com  or call 303-903-9972.
  • Burke CHADD Support Group for Parents, Caregivers and Family Members Last Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm.  Contact Kim Griffin: kimberlyrgriffin@yahoo.com
  • Loudoun County CHADD Parent Support 3rd Tue. morning of the month in Sterling.  Contact:  Bonnie Little  571-306-2932 or on Facebook @loudounahdhsupport
  • West Fairfax CHADD Evening Parent Support Group  3rd Thur. of each month at 8:00 pm Contact:  Sharon  clintob@aol.com  or 703-716-4646.
  • West Fairfax CHADD Morning Parent Support Group  1st Tues. of each month, time TBA, Contact:  Sharon  clintob@aol.com  or 703-716-4646.

CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6-7:30 pm via Zoom Contact:  Samar.Chwairy@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-799-2882.
D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Tue. each month, 7-9 pm via Zoom.  Contact:  George gbuzby@aol.com or call 703- 545-6089.
Dr. Dan’s Support Group for Parents Raising Challenging Children meets via Zoom on Mondays, 1-2 pm, Register:  www.parentchildjourney.com/journey/
Fairfax Juvenile Court Parent Support for problems including runaway behavior, truancy, alcohol/drug abuse, and serious behavioral problems at home, at school, or in the community. Sign up for a phone consultation at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/juveniledomesticrelations/juvenile-intake .
Meditation and Mindfulness: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday; 12:15 p.m.: https://www.si.edu/Events?trumbaEmbed=eventid%3D143846035%26view%3Devent%26-childview%3D
NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for affected families.  Arlington Parent Support Group meets two Sundays a month at 7:00-8:30 pm.  Contact:  Michelle Best mczero@yahoo.com
OCD Family Support Group 1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm. Contact:  familygroupocd@verizon.net   or  call 202-215-5859. 
Parents in a Pandemic is a group for families of children or young adults with developmental and/or behavioral challenges.  They currently meet twice monthly, 5:30-6:30 pm on Tuesdays.  Contact Diane Manning dmonnig@thearcofnova.org .
Parents of Autistic Children (POAC-NOVA) Parent Support Group meets on Saturdays occasionally.  Contact:  Brianne Russel-Morris administrator@poac-nova.org .
Parents of Autistic Teens meets the 2nd Sat. of each month in Oakton.  Contact:  Maria Dubuc 703-970-3676 or Admin@ASNV.org

Parent Information Relating to Special Education – MAY 2020

All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.  In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.

When other events become available they will be posted at: https://fairfaxcountysepta.org/upcoming-community-events/

Note that The FCPS Parent Resource Center is still open, and it continues to provide direct assistance to families, educators, and community members.  The staff there can help you find answers and solve problems. Email:  prc@fcps.edu   Phone: 703-204-3941

The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Service Board is providing free access to Web and mobil tools to support our resilience and well-being. Appropriate for ages 13-adult. Start here: https://files.constantcontact.com/bbee573c701/92633049-c14e-4509-8384-f426ebbbfbe7.pdf
Setting the Stage for Distance Learning Success Fri. May 1, 10 am-noon, Webinar Learn strategies to help support your pK-12 child’s learning with realistic expectations, routines, and organizational supports. Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSebBycj8L1Xm169WK0xeUippoJ8OHv-7qq9Tz7CEoimdVpoZA/viewform
Dr. Dan’s Support Group for Parents of Exceptional Kids  Mondays 1-2 pm, starting May 4, Online This new support group for parents of special needs children and youth will be facilitated by a behavioral pediatrician.  Register:  https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eh1pyh6fa5912327&oseq=&c=&ch=
Disability Benefits:  VA’s Medicaid Waivers and Social Security Mon. May 4, 7-9 pm, Webinar Disability benefits are tricky.  Learn about Social Security benefits and VA’s Medicaid Waivers what they are, who is eligible, and how do to apply.  Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/disability-benefits-vas-medicaid-waivers-and-social-security-registration-99076633879?aff=erelpanelorg
Business Networking Event for Special Needs Parents Friday, May 8, 9:00-10:30 am Online Connect with fellow special needs parents and business owners, build your referral network, and share best practices. Information:  https://thearcofloudoun.org/networking/
Maintaining Wellness and School Supports During COVID-19 Fri. May 8, 10 am-noon, Webinar Learn strategies for maintaining wellness for self and family, how to notice children’s stress, activities to foster resilience, and other resources. Register:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSedQPwtGZdR_ki7FAHzz40iNRI0vqPWUaBQcVvD2VD7I5tqlw/viewform
Motivating Responsible Behavior When Kids Are Home 24/7 Fri. May 15, 10 am-noon, Webinar Learn how to manage sibling relationships, and resistance to homework, while having children help with chores around the house. Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center/register-free-workshops-parent-resource-center
Business Networking Event for Special Needs Parents Fri. May 22, 9:30-10:30 am, Online Connect with fellow special needs parents & business owners, while building your referral network. Meets every other Friday. Information:  https://thearcofloudoun.org/networking/
Managing Stress in Children Wed. May 27, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Learn the signs and symptoms of stress as well as techniques on how to engage in positive ways with your children to avoid stress at home and  school. Register:  https://www.theauburnschool.org/speakerseries

Plan Ahead — Transition University — 5-session self-paced online course Sun. June 7,  8:00 pm – Monday, July 20,  4:00 pm   Parents/guardians of school-age children can learn how to navigate the transition process to prepare their children for the adult world. Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-2020-transition-university-virtual-training-registration-80303508957
Plan Ahead — An Individualized Approach to Raising Your Challenging Child — 9 session course Tuesdays June 23-Aug. 25, Via Zoom This program is to help parents identify the source of their child’s challenging behavior and learn what they can do about it.  For parents of children ages 3-12. Register:  http://www.parentchildjourney.com/journey/ $ Cost varies.

Support Groups
All these support groups are open to newcomers, and they are free, except where noted.  No diagnosis is required to participate. Participants are typically 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.  Many, but not all, have switched to online format.
Alpha Moms  This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.  Contact:  robin4brady@gmail.com
Autism Dads meets one evening monthly in Falls Church.  Contact:  George Buzby at 571-419-1257 or gbuzby@aol.com
CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm.  Contact:  Jenny  ADHDParentMountVernon@gmail.com  or call 703-472-4678.
  • Burke CHADD Support Group for Parents, Caregivers and Family Members Last Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm.  Contact Kim Griffin: kimberlyrgriffin@yahoo.com
  • Loudoun County CHADD Parent Support 3rd Tue. morning of the month in Sterling.  Contact:  Bonnie Little  571-306-2932 or on Facebook @loudounahdhsupport
  • West Fairfax CHADD Evening Parent Support Group  3rd Thur. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  clintob@aol.com  or 703-716-4646.
  • West Fairfax CHADD Morning Parent Support Group  1st Tues. of each month at 10:30 am Contact:  Sharon  clintob@aol.com  or 703-716-4646.

CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6-8 pm in Alexandria Contact:  Samar.Chwairy@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-799-2882.
D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Tue. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria.  Contact:  George gbuzby@aol.com or call 703- 545-6089.
Fairfax Juvenile Court Parent Support Group for problems including runaway behavior, truancy, alcohol/drug abuse, and serious behavioral problems at home, at school, or in the community. 7:30 pm every Tues. Room 201.1 Fairfax County Courthouse – call 703-246-2495.
Kinship Caregivers Support Group  2nd & 4th Thur. monthly, 6:30-8:00 pm, South County Gov. Ctr. Rm. 220, 8350 Richmond Hgwy, Alexandria.   Free dinner and resources. Register 1 week ahead:  KFI@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-246-4653
Kinship Café  – meets monthly on the 2nd Wed. in Fairfax.  Free dinner.  Activities for children and discussion for adults.  Register 1 week ahead  by calling 703-246-4653 or online at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hscode/EReg/Registration.aspx?groupID=27
NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for affected families.  Arlington Parent Support Group meets two Sundays a month at 7:00-8:30 pm.  Contact:  Naomi 703-862-9588  verdugo.naomi@gmail.com
OCD Family Support Group   1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm.  Contact:  familygroupocd@verizon.net   or  call 202-215-5859.
Northern Virginia Tourette Support Group meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at noon at the Chantilly Public Library.  Contact:  mark.bramer@gmail.com
OCD Family Support Group 1st Monday of each month 7:30 pm. Contact:  familygroupocd@varizon.net or call 202-215-5859
Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) meeting times and location posted at: https://poac-nova.org/events/
Parents of Autistic Teens meets the 2nd Sat. of each month in Oakton.  Contact:  Maria Dubuc 703-970-3676 or Admin@ASNV.org

April 2020 PTA Meeting Recap

Thanks to all who attended and participated in the virtual April 16 Woodburn PTA Meeting.

Meeting-related links:
Proposed April 2020 Meeting Minutes (for review before next PTA meeting on May 21)
April 2020 meeting presentation

Slate of officers for 2020-2021:
Mary Cunningham – President
Matt Levi – Vice President
Rebecca Leach – Treasurer
April Rosenthal – Secretary

Save the Date: May 21
The next PTA Member Meeting will take place online on May 21 from 7-8 pm.
(Meeting link coming soon)
Join us to celebrate all our volunteers and supporters.
Meet the new Woodburn PTA officers for the coming school year.

Voting in of the new board will take place via SurveyMonkey, and administered by email. Woodburn PTA will send an email with the voting link to all current PTA members on May 21, and voting will be open until a specified time during the meeting.

All board candidates have been vetted by the nominating committee. Should anyone decide to run from the floor or self-nominate for any board position for the May 21 election, please contact the current PTA President by email at president@woodburnpta.com with your intent to run and your qualifications.

We look forward to seeing all PTA member at the virtual meeting in May!