Please read the SEPTA GRANT GUIDELINES below before submitting the application.

Applications Due February 28

PRIORITY will be given to programs and proposals that are:

  • Integrated activities joining general & special education students
  • After-school/recreational activities such as music, art, and related technologies
  • Vocational & pre-vocational community based activities
  • Reading and math literacy programs
  • Courses or workshops 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)
  • Not receiving funding from any other source

(Maximum Grant amount per person is $250. Maximum Grant amount for an integrated project is $500).



1. SEPTA is providing grants district-wide to promote inclusion and a unified school community.

2. Grants will be available to all New Rochelle general and special education teachers and staff members (no outside agencies) who wish to fund a project related to special needs issues, specifically:
(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;  and
(d) Reading and Math Literacy Programs.
(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)

3. The Maximum Grant amount per person is $250.
The Maximum Grant amount for an integrated project is $500. However, the Grant Committee will review and consider special projects that promote inclusion.

4. The SEPTA Grant Committee will review all Grant Applications once all grant questions have been addressed.  All requests will be accepted and/or rejected based upon relevancy and upon funds available.

5. Grant applications are due by the designated Fall and Spring deadlines.  Grant committee can also  review applications on an ad-hoc basis if the situation arises.

6. SEPTA will pay the vendors directly if a verifiable invoice or purchase order is submitted.  Invoices should not be more than 30 days old when submitted and reimbursement will be targeted at 10 business days from submission.

7. Within 30 days of completion of a grant-funded project, the grant recipient will submit to the SEPTA Executive Board a synopsis (for publication) detailing the program’s success, number of participants that benefited from project, and any other pertinent information. Parental/guardian approval for any pictures or quotes must be obtained by grant recipient prior to publication of any information and prior to submission to the SEPTA Executive Board.

FALL 2015 SEPTA Grant Winners

SEPTA congratulates the fall winners:

  • Kathy Barbara (NRHS) – Project Search Program
  • Barbara Clark (ALMS) – Theatre in the Trunk/Backstage Pass Advisor
  • Rhonda Logan (Isaac Young) – New Rochelle Special Olympics
  • Tara DeRubeis/Deirdre Ferrara (Davis) – Therabands, beanbags, and fidgets
  • Christine Grogan (NRHS) – CDOS
  • Toni Ann Zuzulo (Davis) -Fluency Skills Listening Centers Complete Set
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We Are One Award Nominations DEADLINE EXTENDED to Feb. 26

We Are One Nominations Accepted Now

Through February 26th
New Rochelle Special Education PTA (SEPTA) is accepting nominations for the “We Are One” and “Bridges Community & Student” awards.

All are welcome to nominate someone that has gone above and beyond to foster inclusiveness of our special needs children in the broader community. This can include anyone working with our children in the school system and in our community.

You can obtain more information and submit on-line at (English / Español) and  click on the “We Are One Dinner” tab or by using the attached form.

The nomination deadline is Friday, February 12th. 

We Are One Dinner – Save the Date
The dinner will be held on Wednesday, May 4th. ALL ARE WELCOME!  More information to follow.

Should you know any businesses that can donate goods or services or have questions, please email

Thank you.

Mary Jo Jacobs & Gina Egan
We Are One SEPTA Committee Chairs

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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.”  You will find a storybook, “We’re Amazing 1, 2, 3!”  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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Monday Sept 28 – general meeting 7:30 p.m.

Thursday Oct 8 –   executive meeting 7:30 p.m.

Monday Oct 26 –   general meeting 7:30 p.m.

Monday Nov 9 –   executive meeting 7:30 p.m.

Monday Nov 16 – general meeting 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday Jan 11 –   executive meeting 7:00 p.m. / general meeting 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday Feb 9 –   executive meeting 7:30 p.m.

Thurs March 3 –   executive meeting 7:30 p.m.

Mon March 21 – general meeting 7:30 p.m.

Wed May 4 –       We Are One Dinner 6:00 p.m.

Mon May 23 –     executive/general meeting 7:30 p.m

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Meet the New Executive Committee

It is our pleasure to introduce the 2015-16 New Rochelle SEPTA Executive Committee. Thank you to everyone on the nominating committee for their hard work and especially to the people who will be holding positions on the Executive Committee.

2015-2016 New Rochelle SEPTA Executive Committee:

Beth Fisch Cohen President
Julia Muggia-Ochs Co-President
Carlos Perdomo Treasurer
Alise Liquorie Recording Secretary
Deborah Whitman Corresponding Secretary
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Check Out This Amazing Video

We are also pleased to share a video – the culmination of a SEPTA grant provided to Dr. Gail Guttman and Mrs. Joyce Kinches at Ward – promoting respect, friendship, and the benefits of inclusion.

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We Are One Award Another Success!

Thanks to everyone who made this night a success!

Photos to come shortly.


Albert Leonard Middle School -Karen Johnson
Barnard School – Joanna Genovese
Columbus School – Andy Thomas
Davis School – Heather Cayanan
Isaac E. Young Middle School – Kenny Phillips and Corrine Olari
Jefferson School – Jillian Alli
New Rochelle High School – Donna Masi
Trinity School – Steve Spady
Ward School – Corey Andrews
Webster School – Andrea Bambace
Bridges Award – Mayor Noam Bramson
Bridges Student Award – Michael J. Apollo, Jr.

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Transition Fair on Fios1 News

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

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Technology Tips for Apps

The October 2014 SEPTA General Meeting featured a workshop on the best ways to use a selection of apps.

If you missed it or want a refresher, just click to learn some easy to follow instructions.

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Free ID Bracelets for Special Ed Kids

A Note From Girl Scout Troop 2981 –

We are high school freshmen in New Rochelle. We have been Girl Scouts for many years. Now we are working on our Silver Award project.

Our project is to provide the Special Education students in New Rochelle with an identification bracelet. We chose to do this project after reading about Avonte Oquendo and Senator Chuck Schumer’s idea for tracking bracelets.

If you would like to order a bracelet the form is attached.
You can contact us at

Download the form in English

Download the form en Español

Somos estudiantes de la escuela de High School secundaria en New Rochelle. Llevamos muchos años de Girl Scouts.

Ahora estamos trabajando en nuestro projecto Silver Award. Nuestro projecto es proporcionar a los estudiantes de educación especial en New Rochelle con un brazalete de identificación. Decidimos hacer este projecto después de leer sobre Avonte Oquendo y del Senador Chuck Schumer idea para el seguimiento de las pulseras.

Si le gustaría pedir una pulsera llene el formulario en la siguiente paguina. Puede contactar con nosotros en

troop 2981

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