We Are One Nominations Now Closed

The Annual We Are One Dinner is April 23, 2015 at The Fountainhead.

It’s the best night in New Rochelle, but only because you tell us about the amazing work people are doing.

Click to buy tickets now.


Please contact Julia Muggia Ochs for questions at jmuggia@orsofilms.com.

Dear Parents, Teachers, Students, and Staff Members,

On Thursday, April 23, 2015 New Rochelle SEPTA will host the annual We Are One Awards Dinner at The Fountainhead. The evening honors the many dedicated people who make a difference in the lives of our children with special needs.

The We Are One Award honors school district teachers, administrators, and staff who go out of their way to support and nurture our children. The Bridges Community Award honors an individual or organization within the community who makes a difference in the life of a New Rochelle child with special needs. Starting this year we will also honor a student with the Bridges Student Award. Inclusion often starts with peers, and we are exited to celebrate a student who includes his or her peers with disabilities in friendship and shared activities. This student must attend a public school in the City School District of New Rochelle.

Please take this opportunity to publicly thank and honor the wonderful people in our schools and community who work so hard on behalf of our children. As in the past, all nominees will be recognized in the We Are One Awards Dinner Journal.

Please support New Rochelle SEPTA in our effort to make this evening a success. We look forward to celebrating with you April 23rd!


Julia Muggia Ochs                            Beth Fisch Cohen
President                                            President Elect

Estimados padres de familia , maestros, estudiantes y miembros del personal ,

El Jueves, 23 de abril 2015 New Rochelle SEPTA será la sede del anual We are One concede la cena en El Fountainhead La velada honra las muchas personas dedicadas que hacen una diferencia en las vidas de nuestros niños con necesidades especiales .

El We Are One Award honra maestros del distrito, administradores y personal que salen de su manera para apoyar y nutrir a nuestros hijos. El Premio de Puntes de la Comunidad honra a cualquier persona u organización dentro de la comunidad que hace una diferencia en la vida de un niño de New Rochelle con necesidades especiales. A partir de este año también honrará a un estudiante con el Premio Estudiante Bridges. Inclusión comienza con sus compañeros, y se nos salió a celebrar un estudiante que incluye sus compañeros con discapacidad en la amistad y actividades compartidas . Este estudiante debe asistir a la escuela pública en el Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de New Rochelle.

Por favor, aproveche esta oportunidad para agradecer públicamente y honrar a la gente maravillosa en nuestras escuelas y la comunidad que trabajan tan duro en nombre de nuestros hijos. Como en el pasado , todos los nominados serán reconocidos en el diario de la We Are One Cena.

Por favor, apoye a New Rochelle SEPTA en nuestro esfuerzo para que esta noche sea un éxito. Esperamos celebrar con ustedes 23 de abril !


Julia Muggia Ochs Beth Fisch Cohen
Presidente Presidente Electo

Buy Your Tickets Now!

Tickets are now on sale for the We Are One Dinner, Thursday, April 23 at The Fountainhead in New Rochelle.

Each ticket is $85.
*We also include a $3 surcharge to cover PayPal fees.
To purchase your seats:
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If you would like to purchase a journal add please contact Julia Muggia Ochs  at jmuggia@orsofilms.com.
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PTA Advocacy Breakfast – Featuring New Rochelle’s Yvette Goorevitch

“Making Education Whole”

WHERE: Ed House, 5 HOMESIDE LANE, White Plains, NY
TIME:  8:30 AM – 12 Noon

Our distinguished speakers and panelists will discuss current issues in NYS Education and how students in our region are impacted.


  • AMY PAULIN, NYS Assemblywomen, District 88
  • GEORGE LATIMER, NYS Senator, District 37
  • RICK LONGHURST, Executive Director, NYS PTA
  • JOSEPH HOCHREITER, Superintendent, Hen Hud School District
  • MITCHELL COMBS, Principal, Port Chester High School
  • YVETTE GOOREVITCH, Director of Special Ed, New Rochelle Schl Dist

Parents, Educators, and Legislators are Welcome to Attend

Make sure your units and councils are represented! Come ready to ask questions!  Get the answers you’ve always wanted!

RSVP magerbxv@gmail.com


8:30 AM      Breakfast served
9:00 AM      Amy Paulin, Member NYS Assembly Education Committee
9:30 AM      George Latimer, Member NYS Senate Education Committee
10:00 AM    Rick Longhurst, Hot Topics in NYS Education
10:30 AM    Panel of Educators moderated by Jane Harsha, VP, NYS PTA
11:30 AM    PTA Advocacy Workshop—How to Advocate. WEPR PTA Board

All sessions include time for Q&A. All times approximate.

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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 troop2981sa@gmail.com.

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 troop2981sa@gmail.com.

troop 2981

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A Note From Mayor Bramson

We want to share the link to Mayor Bramson’s moving and courageous blog post. Thank you, Mayor Bramson, for understanding and supporting children and adults with disabilities.


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Meet the New Executive Committee

It is our pleasure to introduce the 2014-15 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.

2014-2015 New Rochelle SEPTA Executive Committee:

Julia Muggia-Ochs President
Beth Cohen President-Elect
Carlos Perdomo Treasurer
Mary Monzon Recording Secretary
Deborah Whitman Corresponding Secretary
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Thank You For Another Great WE ARE ONE!

Watch the story from News12 Westchester

See photos from the night!

Meet The Award Recipients

Join us in honoring these amazing individuals:

Albert Leonard Middle School – Barbara Clark
Barnard Early Childhood Center – Jeanne Jacobsen
Columbus Elementary School – Otilia Tanner
George M. Davis Jr. Elementary – Ricky Marchione
Isaac E. Young Middle School – John Fullerton
Jefferson Elementary School- Billy Murphy & Eddie Ortiz
New Rochelle High School – Amy Cermele
Trinity Elementary School – Denise V. Campbell
William B. Ward Elementary School – Lisa Leventhal
Daniel Webster Magnet School- Susan Muller
District-Wide – Edie Barasch

2014 Bridges Award
Conroy’s Basketball  –  Frank Conroy

2014 Bridges Business Award
Modern Restaurant  – Sebastian Aliberti & Anthony Russo

Thursday, April 24
The Fountainhead

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Amazing Turnout at SEPTA Meeting

Check out the crowd for the November 19 SEPTA Meeting!


Thanks to everyone who attended this panel discussion with representatives from:

  • NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) – Mary Newhard, Deputy Director of OPWDD
  • Westchester’s Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) – Betsy Litt, Children’s SPOA coordinator
  • Adult Career & Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) – Mark Ridgeway, District Manager
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Dealing With Toileting Regression

Deborah Whitman returns with a new Behavior Corner on a topic many parents have had to deal with, Toileting Regression. What do you do when your child slips backwards with the bathroom?

Read about how to deal with Toileting Regression

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Thanks to Everyone for Making We Are One a Huge Success!

Here’s a look at photos from the 2013 We Are One Dinner!


Click to see more photos courtesy of Jen Parent!

Watch a video of the winners.

New Rochelle SEPTA “We Are One” Award Announcement 2013 from LMC-TV on Vimeo.

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