We Are One Memories

Thanks to everyone for making the We Are One Dinner an amazing success. Here are some photos from the night.

If you are interested in high resolution prints, please click here: www.deborahjkarson.com/newrosepta Password: VIP

Once on the website, you can leave a comment on any photo you are interested in printing. Deborah Karson, the event photographer, will be in touch with you.

We Are One 20th Anniversary Celebration – A Fantastic Success!!

The We Are One event was attended by over 400 supporters. Our recipients were impactful in raising awareness and sharing their ideas in how to support our special needs children through their inspirational stories. We are very grateful to all of those that volunteered, donated, attended and shared the evening with us!

We Are One appeared on the front page of the Journal News on May 16, 2017.
Click here to read the story: http://www.lohud.com/story/news/education/2017/05/10/we-one-bridges-gap-new-rochelle-schools/101324106/

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2017 We Are One Award Recipients

Ticket Purchase is still permitted through 5/4, 10 AM. As of 4/30 seating assignments will be finalized. When purchasing after 4/30, list your seating preference and we will do the best we can to have you join your preferred group.

Albert Leonard Middle School – Lynda Maligieri
Barnard School – Christine Weeks
Columbus School – Anny Vanegas
Davis School – Carolina Teuscher
Isaac E. Young Middle School – Jesus M. Figueroa
Jefferson School – Sandra Rubin
New Rochelle High School – Kevin Austin
Trinity School – Anthony DiCarlo
Ward School – Jeannine Zaccagnino
Webster School – Joseph Shinn
Administration – Dr. Diane C. Massimo

2017 Bridges Award Recipient
Montefiore New Rochelle – Project Search

2017 Bridges Student Award Recipient
Ainsley Jones

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New Rochelle School District Transition Fair

New Rochelle Transition Fair

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Sensory Sports Therapy Program


Sensory Sports Therapy Program

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Kick Procrastination to the Curb

Kick Procrastination to the Curb

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SEPTA Grant Applications

1) SEPTA is accepting grant applications that are designed to promote inclusion and a unified school community (the application is attached). All New Rochelle school district general- and special-education teachers and staff members (no outside agencies) are eligible to apply. The money can be used to fund a project related to special needs issues, including:
(a) Integrated Activities that focus on collaboration of general education and special education students;
(b) After School/Recreational Activities focusing on Music, Art and Related Technologies;
(c) Vocational and pre-vocational community based activities;
(d) Reading and Math Literacy Programs; and
(e) Courses, workshops, or materials (books/DVDs etc.) that will enhance the teacher’s ability to work with children with special needs either in the general or special education classroom (behavioral, technological, emotional, or academic issues)
Deadline for Fall Applications is November 1st.

Grand Guidelines

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SEPTA Wins Award

Some good news we’d like to share!

New Rochelle SEPTA won the Best of the Best Award from the Westchester East Putnam Region PTA for having an outstanding unit this year.

Thanks to everyone for your support and participation!


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The 7th Annual Hispanic Parents Leadership Conference on Special Education

The Changing Suburbs Institute® 


The 7th Annual Hispanic Parents Leadership Conference on Special Education 

Workshops in Spanish for parents of children with special needs: 

Special Ed 101: Understanding the Special Education System 

Understanding an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and Making this a Meaningful Document for Your Child 

Understanding Special Education Classifications 

Advocating for Your Child 

Workshops in English for educators, professionals and SEPTA members: 

Transitions: Middle School, High School and Beyond – Helping Parents of Linguistic Diversity Prepare for their Child’s Future 

An Overview of the NYS Blueprints on Special Ed and ELLs 

Thursday, June 9, 2016, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm 

Reid Castle, Manhattanville College

Download Flyer in English

Download Flyer in Spanish

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2016 We Are One Award Dinner – Thanks to everyone who made it great!

Thanks to everyone who made the 2016 We Are One Award Dinner a huge success!

Click to see photos.

Watch a video prepared for Award Recipient Donald Ross

2016 We Are One Award Recipients

Albert Leonard Middle School – Donald Ross
Barnard School – Vicki Rashbaum
Columbus School – Tricia Attanasio
Davis School – Krista Gedney & Joseph Triolo
Isaac E. Young Middle School – Sue Carpanzano
Jefferson School – Gary Schwartz
New Rochelle High School – Mark F. Nelson
Trinity School – Charles E. Gillum, Jr.
Ward School – Maria Tejeda
Webster School – Jessica Barnes
Administration – Joanne Goldman

2016 Bridges Award Recipient
Naomi Brickel, Director, Hudson Valley Special Education Parent Center

2016 Bridges Student Award Recipient
Olivia Darden

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Sesame Street Introduces Autistic Character, Resources


On October 21st, Sesame Street introduced “Julia,” its first character with autism, as part of the initiative, “Sesame Street and Autism – See Amazing in All Children.”  Sesame Street created lots of wonderful resources for its website.


There are ten videos, including the music video, “The Amazing Song.” http://autism.sesamestreet.org/videos/amazing-song/  You will find a storybook, “We’re Amazing 1, 2, 3!”  http://autism.sesamestreet.org/storybook-we-are-amazing/  and eight Daily Routine Cards that use Sesame Street characters to teach children the steps of everyday activities such as teeth-brushing and bedtime routines.


For decades, Sesame Street has shown its commitment to including all children – including those with disabilities – on its show.  We are excited that Sesame is now featuring autistic children to reinforce the message that “We all are amazing each in our own way.”

Beth and Julia
SEPTA Co-Presidents and Longtime Fans of Sesame Street

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