Special Education Update – AUGUST 2020

The Special Education Spotlight – AUGUST 2020


The OES PTA Special Education Committee was formed in 2012 in an effort to create an awareness of and address matters relevant to this vital part of our school’s population. With the inclusivity of ALL students and families as our primary goal, we strive to be the direct link between our school’s Special Education/IEP community, PTA, students and families and the diverse Special Education offerings of our local area.

If you are new to OES, seek additional information about Special Education and wish to establish connections with others at our school; or if you are interested in joining our committee (all are welcome!), we encourage you contact our Special Education Liaisons, Andrea Zuppas and Maren Wood at special.education@oaktonpta.net.

Please CLICK HERE find our latest update of important information!


Rising 5th Graders: Get Ready for BATTLE OF THE BOOKS!



Rising 5th graders, it’s time to start reading you Battle of the Book titles!  Your list can be found in the Library Google site, on our OES webpage and HERE!


How to Access OES Library Google Site


Accessing Student’s Library Google Site:

Because this is an FCPS protected site, it can only be accessed through the student Google log-ins (similar to Google classroom).  You will use the student Google account to access the site.



COVID-19 has changed and continues to change our lives.  We all need help figuring out the ever-shifting landscapes of education, parenting, health, business, and just the daily business of living in this unexpected new reality.  We are blessed with a community of OES parents, teachers, staff, and friends that are willing to share helpful information and just communicate with each other.  We urge you to join the OES PTA Facebook Group and check in frequently to ask questions, share information, monitor what is going on, and just feel part of a vibrant and welcoming community. 

JOIN US AT https://www.facebook.com/groups/OaktonPTA/



Parent Information Relating to Special Education

All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.  In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.

When other events become available they will be posted at: https://fairfaxcountysepta.org/upcoming-community-events/

Note that The FCPS Parent Resource Center is still open, and it continues to provide direct assistance to families, educators, and community members.  The staff there can help you find answers and solve problems.

Email:  prc@fcps.edu   Phone: 703-204-3941

The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Service Board is providing free access to Web and mobile tools to support our resilience and well-being. Appropriate for ages 13-adult. Start here: https://files.constantcontact.com/bbee573c701/92633049-c14e-4509-8384-f426ebbbfbe7.pdf


Setting the Stage for Distance Learning Success

Fri. May 1, 10 am-noon, Webinar

Learn strategies to help support your pK-12 child’s learning with realistic expectations, routines, and organizational supports.

Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSebBycj8L1Xm169WK0xeUippoJ8OHv-7qq9Tz7CEoimdVpoZA/viewform

Dr. Dan’s Support Group for Parents of Exceptional Kids  

Mondays 1-2 pm, starting May 4, Online

This new support group for parents of special needs children and youth will be facilitated by a behavioral pediatrician.

Register:  https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eh1pyh6fa5912327&oseq=&c=&ch=

Disability Benefits:  VA’s Medicaid Waivers and Social Security

Mon. May 4, 7-9 pm, Webinar

Disability benefits are tricky.  Learn about Social Security benefits and VA’s Medicaid Waiverswhat they are, who is eligible, and how do to apply.

Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/disability-benefits-vas-medicaid-waivers-and-social-security-registration-99076633879?aff=erelpanelorg

Business Networking Event for Special Needs Parents

Friday, May 8, 9:00-10:30 am Online

Connect with fellow special needs parents and business owners, build your referral network, and share best practices.

Information:  https://thearcofloudoun.org/networking/

Maintaining Wellness and School Supports During COVID-19

Fri. May 8, 10 am-noon, Webinar

Learn strategies for maintaining wellness for self and family, how to notice children’s stress, activities to foster resilience, and other resources.

Register:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSedQPwtGZdR_ki7FAHzz40iNRI0vqPWUaBQcVvD2VD7I5tqlw/viewform

Motivating Responsible Behavior When Kids Are Home 24/7

Fri. May 15, 10 am-noon, Webinar

Learn how to manage sibling relationships, and resistance to homework, while having children help with chores around the house.

Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center/register-free-workshops-parent-resource-center

Business Networking Event for Special Needs Parents

Fri. May 22, 9:30-10:30 am, Online

Connect with fellow special needs parents & business owners, while building your referral network. Meets every other Friday.

Information:  https://thearcofloudoun.org/networking/

Managing Stress in Children

Wed. May 27, 7:00 – 8:30 pm,

Learn the signs and symptoms of stress as well as techniques on how to engage in positive ways with your children to avoid stress at home and  school.

Register:  https://www.theauburnschool.org/speakerseries

Plan Ahead — Transition University — 5-session self-paced online course

Sun. June 7,  8:00 pm – Monday, July 20,  4:00 pm

Parents/guardians of school-age children can learn how to navigate the transition process to prepare their children for the adult world.

Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-2020-transition-university-virtual-training-registration-80303508957

Plan Ahead — An Individualized Approach to Raising Your Challenging Child —9 session course

Tuesdays June 23-Aug. 25, Via Zoom

This program is to help parents identify the source of their child’s challenging behavior and learn what they can do about it.  For parents of children ages 3-12.

Register:  http://www.parentchildjourney.com/journey/  $ Cost varies.



All these support groups are open to newcomers, and they are free, except where noted.  No diagnosis is required to participate.  Participants are typically given the opportunity to share their story, experience support, and glean guidance (as desired) from group members regarding both community and school resources.  Confidentiality is respected.  Many, but not all, have switched to online format.

Alpha Moms  This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.  Contact:  robin4brady@gmail.com

Autism Dads meets one evening monthly in Falls Church.  Contact:  George Buzby at 571-419-1257 or gbuzby@aol.com

CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm.  Contact:  Jenny  ADHDParentMountVernon@gmail.com  or call 703-472-4678.

  • Burke CHADD Support Group for Parents, Caregivers and Family Members Last Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm.  Contact Kim Griffin: kimberlyrgriffin@yahoo.com

  • Loudoun County CHADD Parent Support 3rd Tue. morning of the month in Sterling.  Contact:  Bonnie Little  571-306-2932 or on Facebook @loudounahdhsupport

  • West Fairfax CHADD Evening Parent Support Group  3rd Thur. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  clintob@aol.com  or 703-716-4646.

  • West Fairfax CHADD Morning Parent Support Group  1st Tues. of each month at 10:30 am Contact:  Sharon  clintob@aol.com  or 703-716-4646.

CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6-8 pm in Alexandria Contact:  Samar.Chwairy@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-799-2882.

D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Tue. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria.  Contact:  George gbuzby@aol.com or call 703- 545-6089.

Fairfax Juvenile Court Parent Support Group for problems including runaway behavior, truancy, alcohol/drug abuse, and serious behavioral problems at home, at school, or in the community. 7:30 pm every Tues. Room 201.1 Fairfax County Courthouse – call 703-246-2495.

Kinship Caregivers Support Group  2nd & 4th Thur. monthly, 6:30-8:00 pm, South County Gov. Ctr. Rm. 220, 8350 Richmond Hgwy, Alexandria.   Free dinner and resources. Register 1 week ahead:  KFI@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-246-4653

Kinship Café  – meets monthly on the 2nd Wed. in Fairfax.  Free dinner.  Activities for children and discussion for adults.  Register 1 week ahead  by calling 703-246-4653 or online at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hscode/EReg/Registration.aspx?groupID=27

NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for affected families.  Arlington Parent Support Group meets two Sundays a month at 7:00-8:30 pm.  Contact:  Naomi 703-862-9588  verdugo.naomi@gmail.com

OCD Family Support Group  1st Monday of each month, 7:30 p.m..  Contact familygroupocd@verizon.net or call 202-215-5859.

Northern Virginia Tourette Support Group meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at noon at the Chantilly Public Library.  Contact:  mark.bramer@gmail.com

OCD Family Support Group 1st Monday of each month 7:30 pm. Contact:  familygroupocd@varizon.net or call 202-215-5859

Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) meeting times and location posted at: https://poac-nova.org/events/

Parents of Autistic Teens meets the 2nd Sat. of each month in Oakton.  Contact:  Maria Dubuc 703-970-3676 or Admin@ASNV.org

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