Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,
Welcome back to school. I hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing holiday break with family and friends, and is ready to begin the second half of the school year with energy and enthusiasm. On my visits to campuses this week, I see our students resuming their routines and enjoying the companionship of their fellow students as well as their teachers, aides, and therapists. I’m very proud of the supportive community that exists within the Special Services school district.
Our recent Bergen County Special Services Expo, held at the Brownstone School in December, was a great success. Over 100 special education professionals attended our workshop offerings, “Current Legal Trends in Special Education” and “Screening, Intervention, Accommodations, and Use of Technology for Students with Reading Disabilities including Dyslexia.” Faculty members from our various programs were on-hand to answer questions about our academic and therapeutic programs and the services we provide local districts.
Our CAPE Special Services Resource Center continues to offer professional development workshops and information sessions for parents and guardians. Upcoming professional development offerings include “Behavior Assessments and Behavior Support Plans” and “A Teacher Toolbox for Behavior Intervention.” For parents and guardians, a Meet and Greet/Vendor Fair with representatives from support coordination agencies will take place on January 19 and a Meet and Greet with representatives of Adult Day programs in Bergen County and the surrounding area will be held on Thursday, February 16. In March, the CAPE Center will host its annual Camp Fair at the Bleshman School, where camp and agency representatives will present information and answer questions regarding programs for children and adults with disabilities. For a complete list of the CAPE Center’s offerings and services, please visit their website by selecting CAPE Resource Center from our main page, www.bergen.org.
Howard Lerner, Ed.D.