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Audience: Special Needs, Homepage and Homepage

The next meeting of the Tri-Valley Dyslexia Support Group is:
Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7:00-8:30pm
Bella Vista Elementary School Library,
1050 Trumpet Vine Ln, San Ramon, CA 94582
RSVP:  Sandra Wicks, sandra.wicks@gmail.com

This month's topic is Technology, Community Colleges, and Students with Dyslexia: A Snapshot of Available Services at Chabot College, and Tech Tools You Can Use Right Now (Many Free!), and our speaker is Nathaniel Rice, Chabot College DSPS Director.

Nathaniel Rice, both a Contra Costa native and DVC graduate, has been assisting students with disabilities for most of his life. After DVC, he attended CSU East Bay (Walnut Creek extension) for a short period, before transferring to Stanford, where he graduated with a degree in English (but somehow ended up working in technology). His educational path was unusual, beginning originally in mechanical engineering, then switching to counseling psychology, but ultimately, as stated, finishing in English. His experience in serving students with disabilities goes all the way back to his time at DVC, where he started with tutoring and reading books on tape. He then moved to working in the high tech lab at DVC, then in the back of the house as a student worker in the Office of Accessible Education at Stanford. Numerous trainings followed, and he became an alternate media production specialist there for 6 years. Since then, he has taken pretty much every training offered through the High Tech Center Training Unit at De Anza, which serves all 144 California Community Colleges. Now, he serves as DSPS Director at Chabot College in Hayward, CA, where he has been for almost the past 8 years, although the first seven and a half were as the Alternate Media Technology Specialist. He says his special talent is “translating geek to English,” so come with your technology question and he will do his best to assist you.

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Posted by: Rachel Hurd, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs
Published: 4/8/18




Audience: Legislative Advocacy, Parent & Community Concerns, Special Needs, Homepage and Homepage

Join parents, educators, elected officials, and community members on Friday, April 20th, 9am-2pm for the 38th annual PTA Advocacy Day for EducationThis event is hosted by the San Ramon Valley, Las Trampas Creek and and Pleasanton PTA Councils.  We will explore topics related to public school funding in California.

 

Engage in an enlightening discussion and learn how you can make an informed difference!

 

For more information and registration, visit the Event page.

 

 

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Posted by: Rachel Hurd, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs
Published: 3/13/18




Audience: Special Needs, Homepage and Homepage

When:  Thursday, March 8, 2018, 7:00-8:30pm
Where: Bella Vista Elementary School Library,
            1050 Trumpet Vine Ln, San Ramon, CA 94582
            (See map - may be hard to find on your GPS)
RSVP:  Sandra Wicks, sandra.wicks@gmail.com


This month's topic is Introduction to Dyscalculia.  Our speaker will be Julie Holcomb. 

Julie Holcomb served 19 years as a public school educator (14 years in SRVUSD) before going into private practice to serve children with dyslexia.  In private practice, she offers the following:  reading intervention using the Barton Reading & Spelling System; writing intervention using voice-to-text writing and New York Writing lessons; and math intervention using Making Math Real methodologies.  She is one of five dyslexia screeners in the Bay Area recommended by Susan Barton, has led professional development workshops in dyslexia and in the use of the Barton system, and started and supervised an early intervention reading program using the Barton System at a local school.  

Your RSVP to Sandra helps us plan the room arrangements.  Thank you!

 

Future Meeting Dates & Topics for 2017-18 School Year:  

April 12 (Technology, Community Colleges, and Students with Dyslexia: A Snapshot of Available Services at Chabot College and Tech Tools You Can Use Right Now) | May 10  

 


This group is hosted in partnership between the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs Special Needs Committee and Decoding Dyslexia CA.  It includes parents and educators coming together once a month to offer support, share ideas and resources, and empower each other as we experience the successes and challenges of raising/teaching a child with dyslexia.  It's intended to be a safe place where we can together on a regular basis and freely share what we (and our kids) are going through with others who understand, or who may have overcome a similar challenge and can offer insight or experience.

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Posted by: Rachel Hurd, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs
Published: 3/5/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Thirty-Second District PTA Scholarships

Thirty-Second District PTA serves the youth and families of Contra Costa County. Each year, we award up to four $500.00 scholarships to high school seniors graduating from Contra Costa County high schools that participate in an active PTSA. These scholarships focus on the categories of school volunteering, community service, personal challenge and exemplification of PTA values. Scholarship applicants must be in good standing at their school, and have a grade point average of 2.0; transcripts are not required. Applicants must also be a member of your high school PTA/PTSA.

APPLICATIONS must be submitted (digitally or postmarked) by February 5 (deadline extended).

 

APPLY HERE

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Posted by: Heidi Ellicott-Pesic, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs
Published: 1/8/18




Audience: Special Needs, Homepage and Homepage

The topic for our December meeting is the Underlying Causes of Dyslexia & Reading Problems with Neuropsychologist Dr. Elea Bernou. 

 

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 7:00-8:30pm

Bella Vista Elementary School Library

1050 Trumpet Vine Lane, San Ramon, 94582

RSVP:  Sandra Wicks, sandra.wicks@gmail.com

 

Your RSVP helps us plan the room arrangements and handouts.  
Thank you!

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Posted by: Rachel Hurd, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs
Published: 11/29/17




Audience: Homepage and Special Needs

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 7:00-8:30 pm
Bella Vista Elementary School Library,
1050 Trumpet Vine Ln, San Ramon, CA 94582
RSVP:  Sandra Wicks, sandra.wicks@gmail.com

This meeting is for the kids and adults and will include a demo of Learning Ally, including practice with some of the extra features.  Bring your mobile device (smart phone, tablet, or laptop) and learn in real-time.  If you don't have an account, we'll be able to set you up with a guest account so that you can try it out.  Earbuds or headphones would be helpful, if you have them.

Your RSVP helps us plan the room arrangements and handouts.  
Thank you! 

 

Future Meeting Dates & Topics:  

  • December 14:  Underlying Causes of Dyslexia & Reading Problemswith Neuropsychologist Dr. Elea Bernou.

January 11  |  February 8 |  March 8  |  April 12  |  May 10
Topics yet to be determined.  We're open to suggestions!

 

To join the Decoding Dyslexia CA email list, go to the email signup page on their website

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Posted by: Rachel Hurd
Published: 11/6/17




Audience: Homepage, For PTA Leaders, Legislative Advocacy and Parent & Community Concerns

The San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs encourages all PTA members to sign up with Ed100 as a way to learn more about how our California public education system works and to have a chance to win $1,000 for your school PTA. Be sure to add your school name when you create your account so that your PTA gets credit!

 

What is Ed100?

Ed100 has teamed up with California State PTA to provide a practical way for parent leaders, teachers and community members to learn about education issues, one lesson at a time. Ed100 is a free, self-paced online course that prepares you to make a difference in your school or school district. California's education system is complex and changing fast. Ed100 helps you learn what you need to know to be informed, credible and ready for action. Each lesson takes about 5 minutes, in English or in Spanish. Here’s a quick video to explain Ed100 a bit more: https://youtu.be/0Z2XwEbukYU

 

Which lessons should I start with?

Our PTA council has highlighted a few lessons which specifically address topics that have been widely discussed in our San Ramon Valley school communities:

 

Ed100 CHAPTER 8 - Lessons on Taxes and School Funding


How do I win the $1,000 for my PTA?

When you complete a lesson on Ed100 and answer the review question correctly, you earn a ticket for your PTA to be entered into a drawing for a $1,000 prize. The next drawing is on Thursday, December 7th, 2017. Please note: a rule of the $1,000 drawing is that you need to have at least two Ed100 participants from your school. When you sign up for Ed100, you can check the Leaderboard for a list of your school participants.

 

 

We invite you to sign up for Ed100 and start earning those tickets. By using Ed100, your school PTA could be the lucky winner and you'll know even more about our education systems!

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Posted by: Iris Tessler
Published: 11/6/17




Audience: Homepage and Legislative Advocacy

What is Ed100?

Ed100 has teamed up with California State PTA to provide a practical way for parent leaders, teachers and community members to learn about education issues, one lesson at a time. Ed100 is a free, self-paced online course that prepares you to make a difference in your school or school district. California's education system is complex and changing fast. Ed100 helps you learn what you need to know to be informed, credible and ready for action. Each lesson takes about 5 minutes, in English or in Spanish. Here’s a quick video to explain Ed100 a bit more: https://youtu.be/0Z2XwEbukYU

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Posted by: Iris Tessler
Published: 10/21/17




Audience: Homepage and Legislative Advocacy

September 29, 2017 presentation on Local Control Funding Formula by Rachel Hurd, SRVUSD Board Trustee: 

Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) - a Conceptual Discussion

 

 

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Posted by: Iris Tessler
Published: 10/18/17




Audience: Homepage and Special Needs

Yes, the SRV Council of PTAs Special Needs Committee is a co-sponsor of Decoding Dyslexia CA's Tri-Valley Dyslexia Support Group that began meeting in January 2017.  This school year, the group is meeting on the 2nd Thursday of each month, 7:00-8:30pm in the Library at Bella Vista Elementary School, 1050 Trumpet Vine Lane, San Ramon.

 

For more information, contact sandra.wicks@gmail.com 

 

At the October meeting, on 10/12/17, the focus will be on self-advocacy – framed around how to talk to your teacher and other adults about what you need to be successful in your learning.  This meeting is intended for both kids and adults. Our guest presenters are Kyle Chan and Raymond Fang, Monte Vista High School students and speech and debate coaches, who have experience presenting self-advocacy camps for students.

Your RSVP to sandra.wicks@gmail.com helps us plan the room arrangements and handouts.  Thank you! 

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Posted by: Rachel Hurd
Published: 10/9/17




Audience: Homepage

Digital Citizenship: 6 Ways for Families to Learn More and Help Their Schools!

Digital Citizenship Week is October 16 - 20, 2017 and PTA would like to share some tips to help parents have “DigCit” conversations at our schools. When parents and students learn more about digital citizenship, we help create a positive school culture that supports safe and responsible technology use.

 

If you and other parents at your school want to learn more about where to look for practical tips on social media, apps, and technology information AND help your school receive Common Sense School digital citizenship certification recognition, here are 6 items you can discuss with your Principal:

 

1. Offering to help your school site distribute the Common Sense Family Tip Sheets which align with the topics being covered at your school or the Common Sense Family Media Agreement 

 

2. Hosting a school-wide parent education evening with a teen panel using materials, ideas, and best practices from the Common Sense Connecting Families program

 

3. Encouraging parent leaders to facilitate ongoing family engagement activities using Common Sense Connecting Families resources

 

4. Publishing an article about the importance of digital citizenship in the school newsletter

 

5. Posting a link to Common Sense on the school's website

 

6. Providing parents easy access to advice on parenting in the digital age by adding the Common Sense Parent News and Advice Blog widget on your school's website

 


 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 


 
 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by: Iris Tessler
Published: 10/8/17




Audience: Special Needs and Homepage

Pleasanton Adult & Career Education is hosting a Family Information Night on the topic of Transitioning to College with a Learning Disability

 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 7:00-8:30pm

Hart Middle School MPR

4433 Willow Rd, Pleasanton

RSVP Required @http://bit.ly/LD-College

Space is limited as the entire East Bay is invited for this rare opportunity.

 

Forget the myths, rumors and assumptions.  Get the facts on what really happens - and doesn't happen - for students with learning disabilities at college, from featured speaker, Elizabeth Hamblet, author of From High School to College:  Steps to Success for Students with Disabilities.  

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Posted by: Rachel Hurd
Published: 10/3/17




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

For a list of Back to School Nights around the district, visit the SRVUSD Website.

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Posted by: Heidi Ellicott-Pesic
Published: 8/13/17




Audience: Homepage

Hello Parents and Staff,

     If you or your child will be at a new school, please take a moment to update your email list subscriptions to make sure that you receive communications about Walk-thru Registration and other news during the first few weeks of school.  This is necessary because our PTA newsletter/email lists don't get updated until after Labor Day.  To do this, just click on the Update Profile link down in the footer of this message and check the lists you want to subscribe to. This is also the place to update your email address if you've changed it.

     Know any incoming or new-to-the-district families?   

     Please forward this message to them so they can get on the right lists.

     Parents of 2017 Graduates:  You're welcome to stay on the lists you are on, but if you'd prefer to stop receiving newsletters and school updates, just click on the Update Profile link and uncheck any lists you no longer want to hear from. We encourage you to subscribe to an Alumni Parent list or follow the Council PTA on Facebook or Twitter.

     Interest Lists - We also have the following interest lists:

  • Special Needs Info/Events - receive information from our Special Needs Committee

  • Parent Ed. Info/Events- receive information about parent programs throughout the district that are open to everyone

  • Legislative Advocacy Info/Events- receive action requests and information about legislation and policy, related to education or other issues affecting children and youth

  • Health & Wellness Info/Events - receive information from our Health & Wellness Committee

     We look forward to continuing to providing communication between home and school.   If you have any questions about this request, you may reply to this email and a member of our Communications Team will respond.

 

Sincerely,

Lynn Ashley

President, San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs

 

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Posted by: Iris Tessler
Published: 8/13/17