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SEPTA and Parent Resource Center Announcements

Hi everyone,
I hope you all had a very happy holiday.  I wanted to remind you of some upcoming events sponsored by Arlington's  Parent Resource Center (PRC) and/or SEPTA (Arlington's Special Education PTA). 

Prescriptions to Combat Disorganization and Procrastination
Thursday, January 5, 20177:00pm to 8:30pm

NEW LOCATION!  –  Wakefield High School, 1325 S. Dinwiddie Street, Arlington, VA  22206

Sponsored by Arlington Public Schools/Parent Resource Center

 Presented by: Ann Dolin, M.Ed.

Are your child’s backpacks and binders chronically disorganized?
Are assignments done at the absolute last minute causing undue stress and panic?
Is your relationship with your child defined by academics?
Do you feel like you’ve become the Homework Police?

If this sounds like your household, here’s help!  Join us in welcoming Ann Dolin, M.Ed., President and Founder of Educational Connections Inc., who will help us understand:

  • Why children often end up in last-minute panics that cause them and the whole family stress
  • How binders and backpacks can transform from black holes into valuable planning tools
  • Communication techniques to improve academic performance while improving parent-child relationships

Ann has more than 20 years of experience in education and is the author of the award-wining book, Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools and Solutions for Stress-Free Homework.

Registration is requested.  Register today at:

Spanish language interpretation will be provided.

Upcoming Events

More information on each event can be found here

  • Friday, January 6th at 6:30 p.m.:  Family Fun Night at Langston Brown Community Center
  • Monday, January 9th at 7:30 p.m.:  Access Community Lecture Series at McLean Bible Church
  • Thursday, January 12th at 7 p.m.:  Organize Your Papers at Parent Resource Center, Syphax Building
  • Thursday, January 26th at 4 p.m.:  Super Sibs Club at Langston Brown Community Center
  • Friday, February 3rd at 6:30 p.m.: Family Fun Night at Langston Brown Community Center
  • Thursday, February 9th at 7 p.m.: SEPTA Monthly Meeting at Parent Resource Center, Syphax Building
  • Monday, February 13th at 7:30 p.m.:  Access Community Lecture Series at McLean Bible Church
  • Friday, March 3rd at 10:00 a.m.:  Super Sibs Club at Langston Brown Community Center
  • Friday, March 3rd at 6:30 p.m.: Family Fun Night at Langston Brown Community Center
More information on Arlington's Special Education PTA and how to become a member can be found here:

Fwd: A Message from the Parent Resource Center: November SEPTA and ASEAC Meeting Announcements

Please see the reminder about tonight’s SEPTA meeting and upcoming meetings!

SEPTA Meeting:  November 9, 2016 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm

This month’s Special Education PTA (SEPTA) Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Thomas Jefferson Middle School at 7pm. This month’s meeting will be presented in Spanish by the Parent Education and Advocacy Training Center (PEATC), and the topic will address Understanding Special Education.


ASEAC Meeting: November 15, 2016 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm


This month’s Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee (ASEAC) meeting details are listed below.


Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee (ASEAC) Meeting

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Washington-Lee High School Library

1301 N Stafford St Arlington, VA 22201


*Please note that this meeting is being held in a different location from the usual ASEAC meeting location. The W-L library is adjacent to the typical meeting location and you can still use the same parking area.


Topic: Diploma Options




7:00 – 7:15 pm – Introductions and Public Comment

7:15 – 7:45 pm – Follow up on outstanding items 

7:45 – 8:15 pm – Diploma Options

8:15 – 8:30 pm – Diploma Options Discussion

8:30 – 8:45 pm – ASEAC subcommittees update and plan for the year

8:45 – 9:00 pm – Open Discussion  


If you cannot attend a meeting in person, you can still participate. Feel free to ask your questions related to the topic being discussed prior to the meeting, during, or afterwards at: , or email ASEAC at , or text  571-620-APS5 (2775).  Questions emailed to ASEAC’s email address will only be read by the ASEAC leadership team and your privacy will be respected. While ASEAC cannot guarantee that they will have time to answer every question during the 2 hour meeting, they will work to provide answers to every question that they receive within a reasonable amount of time. 


If you have a question or comment regarding an individual student, due to meeting time constraints, these discussions should take place outside of the 7:00-9:00 pm meeting hours. Any questions or comments about a specific student situation can be emailed to the address or discussed in person at monthly meetings before or after the 7-9 official meeting hours. 

Find ASEAC online at: and on Facebook at


Introduction to SEPTA and Notice of Meeting on Thursday October 13th at 7 p.m.

Hi everyone,

Did you know that Arlington County has a
PTA just for parents or guardians of kids with special needs?  It is the first of its kind in Virginia.  Following is some information
on SEPTA and how you can get involved.  If
you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 

What is SEPTA?

Arlington SEPTA is a separate nonprofit organization affiliated
with the National PTA and Virginia PTA.  Arlington
SEPTA was established in March of 2010 and is the first Special Education PTA
in Virginia. 

Arlington SEPTA does the following:

  • facilitates events and
    resources about special needs services in the (APS) system and Arlington

  • provides a voice of
    advocacy for the good of our children and families;

  • supports APS teachers
    and administrators to achieve the best outcomes for students with special
    needs, including mini-grants for educators;

  • raises awareness and
    acceptance of disabilities and special needs; and

  • hosts social events
    with for special needs families.

For more information
on SEPTA or to join, go to:

October Monthly Meeting – This Thursday

SEPTA’s next monthly
meeting is on Thursday, October 13, 7-8:30 pm at the Syphax Education Center. We’ll
discuss SEPTA’s annual mini-grant program, which features awards of
up to $500 for teachers of students with an IEP or 504 plan in Arlington Public
Schools.  We’ll provide information about this year’s revamped
criteria for the grants, and some of the grant recipients from last
year will talk about their mini-grant projects.  As a special bonus,
all teachers attending the meeting will be gifted a membership to SEPTA!

featured at the October meeting will be a presentation from Catina Claytor,
Arlington Public Schools’ coordinator for Medicaid billing.  Parents
are asked at their children’s IEP meetings whether they will consent to the school’s billing
a public insurance provider
 for certain services provided
under the IEP. Come hear about what this common request means, and get your
questions about Medicaid billing in APS answered!

always, parking is free, snacks will be provided, and children are welcome! 
you on the 13th at the Syphax Education Center,
2110 Washington Blvd., Suites 101, 103, Arlington, VA  22204.

Meeting Minutes 6.14.16

Hi everyone,
Summer is finally here! Hope you all are enjoying the hot weather.  Attached are the minutes from the PTA meeting on June 14, 2016.  Thank you for letting me serve as your PTA Secretary for the last two years.  It has been a terrific experience getting more involved with the PTA and Campbell.  This is my last set of minutes, so enjoy.  As always, feel free to reach out if you have questions. 
Summary of Minutes:
  • Congratulations to the PTA for all of its accomplishments this school year.  We did a lot.  To see a run down, open the full minutes.
  • 5th grade promotion — volunteers needed. Contact Beth Cavey if you are interested in helping
  • Treasurer's report — you can see the monthly report on the PTA website.  We also discussed a proposed budget for FY 2017.  The final budget will be voted on at the September PTA meeting.
  • Bylaws:  two changes were proposed (adding a VP of Communications and Outreach and the election of officers at the May meeting instead of June); the revised bylaws will be voted on at the September PTA meeting.  A copy is also posted on the PTA website.
  • The new PTA Executive Board members were voted in! Congratulations to:  Nathan Zee, President; Katherine Novello, Secretary; Jenny Morris, Treasurer; Kelly Krug, VP of Programs; and, Kathy Evans Cordon, VP of Fundraising. 
  • Because we did so well fundraising this year, we have a sizable balance that we are carrying forward.  The VA PTA recommends that only 1/3 of any remaining funds be carried over to the next school year.  Several funding requests were submitted.  Check the full minutes to see which funding requests were approved. 
  • Ms. Nesselrode provided an update on staffing changes, the school upgrade (painting/carpeting has been postponed until next year), and summer library hours
Please note that there will be a special PTA meeting on July 12th at 6:00 pm in the Campbell library to review options for upgrading the courtyard pond.   

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: Meeting Minutes 5.10.16

Correction: Campbell Olympics is June 15th. Rain date is June 22nd.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 1, 2016, at 8:32 PM, amy yenyo <> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> My sincere apologies for the delay in getting last month’s PTA minutes out. A lot going on in May. The minutes include general announcements, the proposed slate for the Executive Board of the PTA (to be voted on at the June PTA meeting), the monthly Treasurer’s report and approved funding requests, important updates from the Principal, and a communications update.
> Please let me know if you have any questions.
> Kind regards,
> Amy

Meeting Minutes 5.10.16

Hi everyone,
My sincere apologies for the delay in getting last month's PTA minutes out.  A lot going on in May.  The minutes include general announcements, the proposed slate for the Executive Board of the PTA (to be voted on at the June PTA meeting), the monthly Treasurer's report and approved funding requests, important updates from the Principal, and a communications update.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Kind regards,

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Meeting Minutes 4.12.16

Hi everyone,
Please find attached the minutes of the PTA Meeting on Tuesday, April 12th.  At this meeting, we discussed the following (please see the minutes for detailed information):
  • Overview of School Board Liaison Meeting
  • Presentation of 5th Grade Mapping of the Wetlands
  • PTA Executive Board Nominating Committee, Process and Open Positions (see attached document for descriptions of the positions)
  • An update on the Wetlands Festival
  • Updates on other art events and opportunities and the math dice competition
  • Last Restaurant Day:  DogFish Ale House — May 17th!
  • Budget update
  • Funding requests
The PTA Executive Nominating Committee is:  Eva Clark, Chandi Krohl, and Amy Yenyo.  Please contact Eva Clark at if you are interested in serving on the PTA Executive Board or volunteering with the PTA.  The Executive Board positions include:  President, VP of Programs, VP of Fundraising, Secretary and Treasurer. 
If you have any questions, please contact Amy Yenyo, Secretary, at

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PTA Meeting Minutes 3.8.16

Hi everyone,
Attached are the minutes of the PTA meeting on March 8, 2016.  The items covered in the minutes include:
  • Partnership with Arlington Community Federal Credit Union (Greenscene Video and a presentation by Ashley Emerson)
  • Upcoming events:  Wet Your Whistle auction; DC United Campbell Night; Wetlands
  • Budget Report; two funding requests approved
  • Principal's Update:  Transitioning to electronic backpack mail; indoor recess kits; volunteer background checks
  • New business:  Chair of Nominating Committee Needed
Please let me know if you have any questions and we hope to see you at April's PTA meeting.

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PTA Meeting Tuesday 1.12.16 and Minutes for 12.8.15 Meeting

Hi everyone,
One last reminder for the PTA Meeting on Tuesday, January 12th at 6:30 p.m. in Campbell's library.  You do not want to miss this meeting.  You will have an opportunity to talk with new County Board Member Katie Cristol.  Childcare and dinner for kids is provided.  If you are unable to make it in-person, you can call in at 1-559-546-1230 (passcode: 795668#).
Attached are the minutes from last month's meeting. 
Here's to a great 2016!

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Minutes for PTA Meeting 11.10.15

Good evening!

Thank you to everyone who made it out to Ireland’s Four
Courts this evening for Campbell’s restaurant night. 
It was a great turnout. And, thanks again to
Campbell parent, Dave Cahill for hosting a wonderful evening.

Following are highlights from last night’s PTA
Attached are the full minutes
and the Treasurer’s Report for the month of October.

Meeting Minutes

November 10, 2015

6:30 p.m. – 8:25 p.m.

of attendees: approximately 25


  • Square1Art
    orders are due this Friday, November 13th.  Orders can be made online ( or by sending in the
    form and payment to the school. 

  • Freaky Friday
    School Dance is this Friday, November 13th from 6:30 – 7:30
    p.m. in the Campbell School Gym
    Kids can wear mixed match clothes; snacks will be available for
    sale; fun activities include dancing, a movie, raffles; bring a can of
    food to donate and get a free raffle ticket.  Cost is $1 for kids and $2 for parents.

  • Thank you to all of the volunteers and participants who
    helped make Campbell’s first Health Fair a success.

Report and Funding Requests (Nathan Zee)

  • See the attached Treasurer’s report.

  • Two funding requests were approved:  (1) popcorn maker and bags for $250; and (2)
    $350 speaker fee for a psychologist to present to the PTA on child brain
    development and strategies for parenting and teaching

Update (Kathy Cordon)

  • Pledge Drive continues up through December 11th
    to qualify for the incentives.  So
    far, we are at $1600.  Our goal is
    to raise $4200.   Any amount is welcome. 

  • Box Tops: 
    don’t forget to bring in box tops to the office 

Communications/IT Update (Amy Yenyo)

  • PTA Meetings:  We
    are looking into various options that would allow parents and others to participate
    in PTA meetings remotely (telephone conference; videoconferencing etc.)

  • PTA Website:  We
    are redoing the PTA website to make it more user- and mobile device friendly.  More to come.

  • Google Drive:  We
    are setting up a google drive to file PTA documents.

Campbell’s Progress and Survey Results (Maureen

  • Ms. Nesselrode gave an informative overview
    of the 2015 SOL scores and how they compare to previous years.  She also discussed the EL Implementation Review
    Scores and the Site Survey.  For more
    information, see the full minutes or go to the Campbell Website – click on “About
    Us” and then “School Data”

Discussion Item

  • Heather Wood-Mendoza and Bill Mendoza spoke
    passionately about the negative impact that the Redskins name has on their
    children, children of Native American origin, and on all children.  There was a request to continue the
    discussion and assess how the school, PTA, and non-Native Americans can get
    more involved in addressing this concern. 
    The PTA is looking into a forum whereby the Mendoza’s can raise their
    concerns and recommendations with a broader community.

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