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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!

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

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

Audience: Special Needs
Posted by: Iris Tessler
Published: 11/2/17

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! 

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

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.  

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

Audience: Special Needs


Posted by: Heidi Ellicott-Pesic
Published: 9/14/17

Audience: Homepage and Special Needs


The new 20-minute documentary, Tastes Like Freedom, will be the backdrop for this evening discussion about food allergies on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017, 7-9pm in the Iron Horse Middle School Multipurpose Room.Tastes Like Freedom intimately portrays the social and emotional challenges of living with food allergies and the freedom this group of young people experienced at this unique camp experience.


After the film, a panel including teen campers, Louise Tippens - Camp Blue Spruce’s founder, Julie Bitler - a representative from the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy & Asthma Research, Sahru Keiser - an associate of F.A.R.E, and other speakers will discuss how people and programs in our community are making a positive difference in the lives of our kids with food allergies. 


This event is free and open to the public, but please register to attend at the Eventbrite link below.  Students are welcome to attend too!


Posted by: Iris Tessler
Published: 4/26/17

Audience: Homepage, Inclusion & Diversity, Parent & Community Concerns and Special Needs

Parents are invited to join Superintendent Rick Schmitt and Assistant Superintendent, Education Services, Toni Taylor, on May 3, 2017 as they host two Special Education interactive Town Halls for parents. The district’s vision for Special Education will be shared and parents are invited to ask questions and share their thoughts and ideas.


As we look toward the future, we are placing increased attention on Special Education in the 2017-18 school year. This includes shifting the Special Education Department and the new, yet to be identified, Executive Director for Special Education, under our Educational Services Division. As part of our work, we will focus on creating structures and supports that encourage building relationships and trust among all of our stakeholders.


To learn more, please join us on May 3 at one of the following meetings:


9-10:30 am
SRVUSD Education Center Board Room
699 Old Orchard Drive, Danville


6-7:30 pm
Professional Development Center
Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Road, Danville

Posted by: Iris Tessler
Published: 4/22/17

Audience: Special Needs

Wednesday, March 22nd
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Iron Horse Middle School-MPR
12601 Alcosta Blvd.
San Ramon, CA 94583

Are you looking for a fun program for your child or young adult this summer? Come meet local providers of camps and services for those with special needs. Please feel free to ask questions, learn about their programs, and take home brochures. We are excited to bring this very informative event to our community. No need to RSVP, just come on by! 

* This event is presented by the SRVUSD Special Education Community Advisory Committee & the SRV Council of PTAs Special Needs Committee

Posted by: Iris Tessler
Published: 3/10/17

Audience: Special Needs

Parenting 2017 & Beyond Conference

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Dougherty Valley High School

8:00am - 3:00pm

Mark February 25, 2017 on your calendar for the next Parenting Conference presented by the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs. This annual event offers engaging workshops on various topics relevant to parents with children of all ages. Registration will open in January.




For 2017, we are fortunate to have as our keynote speaker, Dr. Michele Borba, an internationally recognized expert and author on children, teens, parenting, bullying and moral development. She will be speaking on Empathy: The Best Antidote to Bullying and Lessons for Success in the Digital Age, and introducing her latest book, UnSelfie, which gives 9 proven and teachable habits to nurture children’s empathy and why developing empathy is key predictor to help kids succeed in our global, digital-driven world.


Please visit the SRV Council of PTAs Parenting Conference page for more up to date information and a list of speakers. 

Posted by: Rachel Hurd
Published: 1/7/17

Audience: Special Needs

Join Christine Koehne, SRVUSD Special Needs Support Liaison on the first Wednesday of each month for a BYOL (bring your own lunch) discussion. All meetings will be held at the SRVUSD Education Center located at 699 Old Orchard Drive, Danville. 


For more information, contact Christine at ckoehne@srvusd.net


Below are the scheduled dates and topics: 


September 7, 2016 at 11:30am

Welcome to Special Education


October 5, 2016 at 11:30am

How to Build a Working Partnership with your Child's Special Education Team


November 2, 2016 at 11:30am

Strategies and Ideas in How to Best Support Siblings of Students with Special Needs

December 2, 2016 at 11:30am

Workability and Transition Plans


January 11, 2017 at 11:30am 

Resources Available for Students with Special Needs



Posted by: Iris Tessler
Published: 9/1/16