Community Events for the Week of 4/23/18

  • The Autism Society of Central Virginia is hosting a Teaching Social Competencies with Social Thinking workshop for parents.  Michelle Garcia Winner is the presenter for this workshop.  She is amazing!  A few spots have opened up and I highly recommend that you all sign up!  The event is free and will be held on 4/26 from 7-8:30.
  • The Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring a prescription drug take back on 4/28/18.  This is an excellent opportunity to get rid of any unused prescription medications!  See flyer for more details!
  • Naloxone is a nasal spray that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.  Attend a FREE training session on 6/5/18 at the Goochland Library.  If you have loved ones suffering from potential opioid abuse, you will not want to miss this training.  See flyer for more details.
  • The Next Move Program is hosting a special exhibition at the VA Museum of History and Culture on 6/14/18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The exhibition will include portraits and stories of adults with disabilities who are thriving in Richmond.  See this website for more information.

Community Events/Announcements for the Week of April 16th

    • Goochland is also hosting our annual Goochland Transition fair on tomorrow from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Goochland High School.  If you’re available, please consider attending.  Bridget Parker (our transition specialist) has arranged for various organizations to talk with parents and students about services and supports that may be available to students after high school.  For more information, please see this flyer.
    • There will be a Youth Mental Health First Aid class at Longwood University on May 9th and May 10th.  Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to young people showing signs of mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care.  For more information, please see this flyer.
  • Caron’s Student Assistance Program, an advocacy group for substance abuse prevention, is hosting two workshops that may be of interest to you on May 8th from 9:30 to noon at the Tuckahoe library:
    • Peak Performance for the Student Athlete: Substance Use Prevention and Healthy Habits in a Competitive Environment
    • Clearing the Air About Vaping
See flyer for more details
  • The Parent Playbook is an online, self-paced course through VCU’s Autism Center for Excellence (VCU-ACE).  This course is designed to introduce families to information about Autism Spectrum Disorder, including tips specifically for caregivers, information about the DSM-5, characteristics, interventions, and recommended programs and services.  The course is free and was created for parents and caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder.
Finally, staff members and students at all of our schools wore blue on Friday to raise awareness and understanding of students with autism.  Some of our students in Beth Ferguson’s and Suzanne Taylor’s fourth grade class created videos with inspiring messages of inclusion and acceptance.  The links to view some of these videos are below.  I’m so proud of our students and staff!

Community Events/Announcements for the Week of April 9, 2018

Community Events
  • Staff across all five schools will be wearing blue on Friday, 4/13 to help raise awareness and acceptance of students with autism.  Staff at each school have also planned additional activities focused on increasing inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities (including student-made videos, messages about inclusion during morning announcements, and resources for students and staff in libraries).  If you are a parent and will be volunteering at any of our schools on Friday, please consider joining us in wearing blue.
  • Goochland is also hosting our annual Goochland Transition fair on 4/17/18 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Goochland High School.  If you’re available, please consider attending.  Bridget Parker (our transition specialist) has arranged for various organizations to talk with parents and students about services and supports that may be available to students after high school.  For more information, please see this flyer.
  • Kindergarten and preschool registration day is 4/19.  You may now register your child for kindergarten (or apply for him/her to attend our preschool programs) at Randolph, Byrd, and Goochland Elementary Schools from 8:00am to 7:00 pm.  Additional information can be found here.
  • Goochland Education Foundation is hosting is annual gala on 4/28/18 from 6:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m. at the Hermitage Country Club.  More details about the event can be found here.
Resources
  • Autism Speaks’ campaign to raise awareness of autism has a message of “What You See is Just a Piece of Who I Am” (with the idea being that autism is just one aspect of people and the importance of seeing the “whole” child or person).  Autism Speaks put together an amazing mosaic that really drives home this point.  Check it out or consider contributing to it when your family’s own story using #AutismIs.
  • The College Place- Richmond (TCP- Richmond) is located at VCU.  They provide free information and assistance for students of all ages throughout the state.  Through in-person, telephone and online support, the centers help students complete applications and financial aid forms, as well as locate scholarships that can decrease overall costs.  For more information, please click here.
  • GRAPLE is a grief support group for individuals who have lost loved ones to substance abuse or addiction.  Weekly support group meetings are held on Tuesdays in Richmond.  Click here for more details.