Parent Information Relating to Special Education – January 2020

Parent Information Relating to Special Education

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:

Plan Ahead — Strengthening Families — 14 week course

Mon. Jan 27 – May 18, 5:30-8:00 pm, ARHA Bldg. 401 Wythe St. Alexandria

Parents and youth (ages 6-11) can strengthen family bonds through discussion, games, roleplaying, and family projects. Free dinners & Childcare (for ages 2-5).

Register:  Yolonda Thompson at 703.820.9001 X 109

Plan Ahead — Developmental Disability Advocacy Day — Bus to Richmond 

Tue. Jan. 28, 7 am-3 pm, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200, Falls Church 

This is an annual bus trip to Richmond where we will advocate in coordinated groups meeting with legislators who represent the region. Return bus trip included. 

Register:  RSVP to

Fairfax Prevention Coalition Meeting

Wed. Jan. 8, 1-3 pm, Thom. Jeff. Lib. 7415 Arlington. Blvd, Falls Church

Learn about strategies to prevent drug misuse and addiction, including vaping, opioids, and underage drinking, along with connections to treatment. 


Neuropsychological Evaluation

Wed. Jan. 8, 7-9 pm, Auburn Sch. 3800 Concorde Pkwy. #500, Chantilly

Learn about the information that a neuropsychological evaluation provides, and how it can be used to implement appropriate interventions at home and school.

Register: or 703-793-9353

What People with Autism Have to Teach the Rest of Us About Sexuality and Gender

Wed. Jan. 8, 7-9 pm, Temple Sinai 3100 Military Rd. NW Washington, DC


Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC Partner Training Strategies

Wed. Jan. 15, 6:30-8:00 pm, TCW HS 3330 King St. Alexandria

Learn about various AAC tools and how to use them to enhance your child’s ability to communicate at home, at school, and in the community.

Register by Jan. 8: or phone 703-824-0129 

Raising Tweens:  10 Key Skills Kids Will Need in Middle School and Beyond

Thu. Jan. 9, 11:45 am-1:15 pm, StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean

Learn how we can help our tweens to navigate key issues:  making good friend choices, negotiating conflict, regulating emotions, and self-advocating.  


Financial Planning for Special Needs Families — With Webinar & Recorded Options

Fri. Jan. 10, 10:00 am-noon, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200, Falls Church

Learn general financial planning principles and special considerations for the unique needs of families with special needs children and young adults.  


Mental Health and Wellness Conference

Sat. Jan. 11, 8 am-1 pm, Independence HS 23115 Learning Cir. Ashburn

This conference for parents includes concurrent breakout sessions, presentations by school, community, and regional experts, and a resource fair.


Watch Party for a Presidential Form on Disability Issues

Mon. Jan. 13, 11 am, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200, Falls Church

Join others to watch the live-stream coverage in Austin, TX of Elected for Inclusion: A Presidential Forum on Disability Issues.

SEPTA Advocacy Event & General Membership Meeting

Tue. Jan. 14, 7-9 pm, Gatehouse Admin. Cafe 8115 Gatehouse Rd. Falls Church

Learn the steps in how to advocate to bring about change for yourself, your child, and our community.

Register:  Eventbrite

Beyond Learning Differences and Executive Functioning Challenges: How to Solve Any Academic Problem with Study Skills and Time Management

Wed. Jan. 15, 7:30-9:00, Lab Sch. 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Wash. DC

This talk will highlight simple, practical ways to help your students improve their study skills and time management. 


Evidence-based Interventions for Children with FASD — Webinar

Thu. Jan 16, 6:30-8:00 pm

The various interventions to be covered will target behavior and self regulation, social skills, family support, and academic skills.


Who Gets to Tell Your Story:  Disability and Identity in a ‘Perfect’ World

Thu. Jan. 16, 7 pm, McLean Sch. 8224 Lochinver Ln. Potomac, MD

Disability advocate, John Sharon will explore how a person’s limitations impact who they are and how they are seen by those around them.


Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents: Assessment, Treatment, and Research Update

Tue. Jan. 21, 10 am-noon, Parent Resource Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring

Learn about diagnostic criteria, signs and symptoms in children and adolescents, and treatment options, resources and collaborations.

Register:  or 703-204-3941

Parenting Youth in LGBTQ+ Adoptive Families — Webinar

Thu. Jan 23, 7-8 pm. Cost varies.


Managing ADHD Medications

Fri. Jan. 24, 10 am-noon, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean

Learn how to manage ADHD medications, including how to manage side effects, uneven coverage, and stoping medication. Bring your questions.


Strengthening Families — 14 week course

Mon. Jan 27 – May 18, 5:30-8:00 pm, ARHA Bldg. 401 Wythe St. Alexandria

Parents and youth (ages 6-11) can strengthen family bonds through discussion, games, roleplaying, and family projects. Free dinners & Childcare for ages 2-5.

Register:  Yolonda Thompson at 703.820.9001 X 109


Tue. Jan. 28, 9 am-noon,  Providence Community Ctrr. 3001 Vaden Dr. Fairfax

OR Gum Springs Community Center 8100 Fordson Rd, Alexnadria

These workshop are for brothers and sisters of children with special needs.

Register:  or 703-204-3941

Developmental Disability Advocacy Day in Richmond! — Bus There and Back

Tue. Jan. 28, 7 am-3 pm, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200, Falls Church 

This is an annual bus trip to Richmond where we will advocate in coordinated groups meeting with legislators who represent the region.  

Register:  RSVP to

Social Competence:  For Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities

Wed. Jan. 29, 9-11 am, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn 

Learn strategies for promoting social skill acquisition and tools to help children understand social interactions, expectations, social cues, and social rules. 


Protecting Our Youth:  A Conversation About Teen Trafficking for Parents and Teens

Thu. Jan. 30, 6:30-8:30 pm, BWHS 22525 Belmont Ridge Rd, Ashburn

A panel of law enforcement will discuss how teens of every gender, race, and means are targeted locally, and the types of situations to look out for.


Strategies to Promote Fine and Gross Motor Development in Young Children

 Mon. Feb. 5, 6:30-8:00 pm, TCW HS 3330 King St. Alexandria

In this workshop, parents will learn some practical and fun ways to boost their young child’s fine and gross motor skills.

Register by January 29: or phone 703-824-0129 

Portrait of an ADHD Graduate: Overcoming Obstacles While Optimizing Strengths

Fri. Jan. 31, 10 am-noon, Parent Resource Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring

Learn how to help your student with ADHD by building on existing strengths, developing executive function skills, and cultivating emotional intelligence.

Register:  or 703-204-3941

Plan Ahead — Parenting & Navigating the Teen & Tween Years — 7 week course

Thu. Feb. 13 – March 26, 9-11 am, Riverside ES 8410 Old Mt. Vernon Rd. Alexandria

Join other parents of 10-16 yr olds to address how to set routines, manage conflict and navigate exposure to drugs and tobacco

Register:  Meg Turkson, Parent Liaison at

Plan Ahead — Cecily’s Advocacy Conference 2020

Sat. Feb. 29, 8:30 am-2:00 pm, McLean Sch. 8224 Lochinver Ln. Potomac, MD

Early Bird Registration before Feb. 3:  $50 includes 2 meals

Save the Date — FCPS Special Education Conference

Sat. April 18 Hayfield SS, 7630 Telegraph Road, Alexandria.

Includes a Student Strand for youth ages 14-22.

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:

Autism Dads meets one evening monthly in Falls Church.  Contact:  George Buzby at 571-419-1257 or

CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm.  Contact:  Jenny  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:
  • Loudoun County CHADD Parent Support 2nd Wed. of the month in Sterling.  Contact:  Bonnie Little  571-306-2932 or
  • West Fairfax CHADD Evening Parent Support Group  3rd Thur. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  or 703-716-4646.
  • West Fairfax CHADD Morning Parent Support Group  1st Tues. of each month at 10:30 am Contact:  Sharon  or 703-716-4646.

CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6-8 pm in Alexandria Contact: or call 703-799-2882.

D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Tue. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria.  Contact:  George 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: 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

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.comOCD Family Support Group   1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm.  Contact:   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:

OCD Family Support Group 1st Monday of each month 7:30 pm . Contact: or call 202-215-5859

Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) meeting times and location posted at:

January 2020 PTA Meeting

Join us on Thursday, January 16, for the next Woodburn PTA meeting.

Date: Thursday, January 16
Meeting topic: Building Literacy at Home, a preview of the PTA’s Raise a Reader activities
Location: Woodburn Cafeteria
Time: 6:45-8pm

Notes: A bus from Fairmont Gardens will pick up at 6:30pm and drop off immediately after the meeting.  Babysitting will be provided.

6:45-7pm: Dinner (provided by Silver Diner)
7-8pm: PTA Meeting

Meeting details:
This meeting will feature a reading panel with Mrs. Vinisky (school librarian), Ms. Cortes (reading specialist) and Ms. Castelucci (ESOL lead).

They will discuss how to help support a love of reading at home as well as answers questions parents have about literacy development.

The Raise a Reader event takes place Feburary 21.

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Breakfast

Teacher and Staff Appreciation breakfast takes place Tuesday, December 17.

Thank you to all who have offered to support the event, whether by way of food and drinks, and setting and clean up!

Food/drink items should include ingredients list, and be labeled “Teacher Appreciation Breakfast”

2 options for dropping off food/drink items: 
 drop off your items in the cafeteria at 7:30am on Tuesday 12/17
2) drop off in the office during school hours on Monday 12/16
(non-perishable items in the office, and perishable items in the fridge in the Clinic). 

For those who will help set up, please arrive to school at 7:30am Tuesday, 12/17.
For those who will help clean up, please arrive a little before 9am. 

Winter Enrichment & January events

Winter Enrichment class registration opens Dec. 12, and classes begin Jan. 21.
View classes and to register, Click Here.
(*Note: Arts Club applications are available here: English | Espanol)
Payment for Arts Club will be due online after applications have been processed.  

Save the dates for these January events!

January 8: Club and Candid Yearbook Photos – during school hours

January 16: PTA Meeting
Topic: Raise a Reader event preview
Location: Woodburn Cafeteria – 6:45-8pm
Dinner by Silver Diner, bus service and babysitting provided

January 21-23: Enrichment classes begin, before school and after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

Giving Tree for Woodburn Teachers

The PTA is excited to announce a new Holiday celebration—a Giving Tree for our amazing teachers!    We hope this project will make it easier to meet all of our teachers’ needs and show them how much we appreciate their hard work and the time they devote to our kids!

The PTA worked with Woodburn’s teachers to compile a wish list of items—$20 or less—that they would like for their classrooms or programs. 

Your family will be able to claim a wish list item, buy it, and give the gift to your teacher during your child’s classroom party the week before Winter Break (Dec. 16-20).  If you are buying a gift for a specialist teacher (for example PE, Art, ESOL, Special Education, Music), you or your child can present your gift to that teacher sometime during the week before Winter Break (Dec. 16-20).

There are two (2) ways you can claim wish list items for teachers:

If you have questions, please email Nate at

We have so many wonderful teachers at Woodburn, we hope this will help us celebrate and thank all of them!