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phone: 617 - 993 - 5400

Belmont Special Education Parent Advisory Council (Belmont SEPAC)

Belmont SEPAC Contacts

Belmont SEPAC belmontsepac@gmail.com
Chair
Timothy Flood
Administrative Chair
Mary Jo Peterman
Program Chair
Jill Norton
Fundraising Chair, Awards Chair
Diane Hutchins-Friedmann
Treasurer/Membership
Joanna Tzouvelis
Web Site
Jessie Bennett

BSEAC LogoWhat is the Belmont Special Education Parent Advisory Council (Belmont SEPAC)?

Belmont SEPAC is a parent advisory council as mandated by Massachusetts state law (Chapter 71B). We are dedicated family members of children with disabilities, who educate each other, who collaborate with school professionals and who exchange ideas and information. We welcome participation from all interested community members.

BSEPAC Awards for ExcellenceBelmont SEPAC Appreciation Awards

The Belmont SEPAC hosts an annual special Appreciation Presentation in conjunction with the Annual Meeting. The 2019 honoree was Mary Jane Weinstein, Assistant Director of Student Services. SEPAC also alected the 2019-2020 slate of officers at the Annual Meeting. 

Click here to find out more.

Announcements and Events

PARENT INFORMATION SESSIONS: 

Basic Rights, Evaluation and Eligibility

Wednesday, September 25th, 6:30-9:00pm at Wellington Elementary School

Presenter: Federation for Children with Special Needs

Who should attend? Families of students with identified special needs and those with questions about their students' learning

RSVP:  belmontsepac@gmail.com

This session, Basic Rights: Evaluation and Eligibility, provides an introduction to and helps explain complex special education laws and procedures. Session topics include: 

  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Massachusetts Laws 
  • Evaluations and Referrals 
  • The Team Meeting 
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP) and 504 Plans 
  • Effective Progress 
  • Transition 
  • Review of Important Timelines 
  • Strategies for Success and more!

SAVE THE DATE:

NEXT PIS TOPIC:    "Understanding IEPs" 

Wednesday, October 23rd from 6:30-9:00pm

SOCIAL GATHERINGS

AM Coffee: 

Questions?? Contact Rachel Nathan - rlnathan@gmail.com

DATE: September 26th, 10am – 11am 

PURPOSE: A time for parents to get together and share or ask questions with other parents who have children with different abilities (IEP’s, 504’s)

LOCATION: Bruegger’s Bagels, Belmont Center, 41 Leonard Street, Belmont, MA 02478

RSVP:  belmontsepac@gmail.com

PM Coffee: 

Questions?? Contact Lisa Oteri -  laoteri@gmail.com

DATE: September 16th, 7pm – 8pm

PURPOSE: A time for parents to get together and share or ask questions with other parents who have children with different abilities (IEP’s, 504’s) 

LOCATION: Starbucks (Cushing Square), 110 Trapelo Road, Belmont, MA 02478

RSVP:  belmontsepac@gmail.com

Playground Play Date: 

Questions?? Contact Parul Aneja -  parul.aneja@gmail.com

DATE: September 17th, 5:30pm – 7pm 

PURPOSE: A time for parents and children with different abilities to meet each other to talk and play on a Belmont Playground.(IEP’s, 504’s)

LOCATION: Joey’s Park, 177 Cross Street, Belmont MA 02478

RSVP:  belmontsepac@gmail.com

What We Do

  • We advocate for a quality education for all students in the Belmont Public Schools, in particular those with special needs.
  • We advise the Belmont school administration and School Committee on special education issues.
  • We assist families to effectively participate in the special education process.
  • We acknowledge school professionals and community members in their efforts to support our children

How We Do It:

  • We provide workshops, presentations, and discussions for families and professionals.
  • We meet regularly with school administrators and the School Committee.
  • We communicate via our newsletter, web site, and list-serve.
  • We host the annual Appreciation Awards in May.
  • We organize an afternoon of games, crafts, and food for children with special needs and their families.
  • We sponsor a support group.
  • We offer a resource library at the Chenery Middle School.

Contact Us

  • Administration: 617-993-5400
  • Belmont High School: 617-993-5900 
  • Chenery Middle School: 617-993-5800 
  • Butler School: 617-993-5550 
  • Burbank School: 617-993-5500 
  • Wellington School: 617-993-5600 
  • Winn Brook School: 617-993-5700
  • BPS Webmaster: send email

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