Community Events, Activities, and Resources (8/24/18)

Happy Friday to everyone!  It’s hard to believe that the first week of the 2018-2019 school year is almost in the books!  I’ve spent a lot of time in classrooms at all five of our schools this week and have so very much enjoyed watching students learn and build relationships with each other as well as staff!  Here are some upcoming community events, resources, and activities:

Community Events:

  • The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) through the Family Engagement Network is sponsoring a ParentCamp Saturday, September 22, 2018, for parents and school division personnel, in Roanoke, Virginia.  The VDOE encourages school division staff to take advantage of this unique opportunity and to encourage their community members to do the same.  ParentCamp is an unconference to build family, school, and community partnerships.  It is called an unconference because the event relies upon the expertise and perspective of the entire room, not just the presenter like the typical stand and deliver conference.  Every individual within the session brings an important and unique perspective to contribute to sharing strategies and ideas to benefit student learning, teaching, and parenting.  See flyer for details.
  • The Virginia Association of Community Rehabilitation Programs (VA ACCSES) is hosting a training (“Get Rid of the Myths! SSI/SSDI & Work Incentives: Understand the Myriad of Rules Governing SSI/SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare, & Related Work Incentives for Individuals with Disabilities”).  For more information and to register, please click here.
  • We have scheduled some of our Special Education Advisory Committee meetings for the 2018-2019 school year.  Meetings are scheduled to be held on 9/17/18, 11/5/18, 2/11/19, and 4/15/19.  All meetings will be held at the School Board Office and will start at 6:00 p.m.
  • Region IV’s REACH is hosting a Lunch & Learn on the “ABC’s of Behavior” on 9/17/18 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Chester Library The training will cover basic concepts of behavior, its purposes, and the benefits of collecting data with students with intellectual disabilities or developmental disabilities.  If interested, please click here to see more information and to register.
  • There will be a “sensory friendly” viewing of The Wizard of Oz at the Byrd Theatre on 9/15/18 at 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $3 each.  The event is sponsored by the Autism Society of Central Virginia.  Email for more information.
  • The Autism Society of Central Virginia is hosting a free“Accessing Services and Supports at Home and in the Community with Medicaid Waivers” workshop on 9/7/18 from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.  Navigating Medicaid waiver eligibility requirements can be difficult so if you’re interested in finding out whether your child may qualify, you may want to consider attending!  You can register for the workshop through this link.
  • Hallmark Youthcare (a Goochland County mental health provider) is offering training to educate community members on the issue of sexual exploitation of youth.  The event will be held on 9/12/18 from 9:30 am-1:30 pm and will be held at the Central High Cultural Arts and Education Complex.  See flyer for more details.


  • Do you know about Pre-ETS (Pre-Employment Transition Services)?  Students with documented disabilities can start receiving Pre-ETS services at age 14.  This video provides a brief introduction to Pre-ETS.  Services can include job exploration, work-based learning experiences, counseling on educational and training options, workplace readiness training, and instruction on self-advocacy.  If you have a child with a disability who is at least 14 years old and are interested in Pre-ETS, please reach out to Bridget Parker (Transition Specialist) at
  • If your child receives special education services through Goochland Schools, please consider completing this survey through the VA Department of Education.  Paper copies of surveys will also be sent home through your son or daughter’s book bags once school starts!
  • If you have a child who will be four years old by 9/30/18, please consider registering your child for one of our preschool programs at Randolph Elementary or Goochland Elementary School.  We have preschool spots available for students who meet criteria for our Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) program as well as tuition slots available as well.  Please follow this link for the preschool application.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions related to preschool enrollment/recruitment as well.
  • The Science Museum of VA offers discounted rates for families who need financial assistance.  (A family membership is only $20 for families who qualify!)  Please see flyer for more details if you’re interested.

I hope you all have a GREAT weekend!

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