Our Mission

SEPTA is New Rochelle’s Special Education PTA. SEPTA fosters support for all children in our district that may be facing academic, physical, and/or social challenges. The programs we support certainly help those children with a formal review and defined services– but our involvement extends beyond that and helps any child with any type of a need.

SEPTA communicates, funds, and assists in supporting programs that help children to accept and understand each other.

We understand that it takes a village and SEPTA highlights the actions of those in our community that work to ensure our challenged children are actively included as important, contributing members of our community through our “We Are One” awards dinner. Look for invites in March – it’s really the best night in New Rochelle!

If there’s an intervention you believe your child may need or a challenge your child is facing, a program you don’t understand – please know that you can reach out to SEPTA and we’ll offer our resources, knowledge, and energies to help you. It’s a great district-wide network and resource.

Thank you.

Elvira and Rick
Co-Presidents – New Rochelle SEPTA

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CONGRATULATIONS NEW ROCHELLE HS BEST BUDDIES!

We are proud to announce that the New Rochelle High School chapter of Best Buddies has been selected for the Outstanding Chapter Award for New York State.

Best Buddies New York which sponsors the award said the chapter, “absolutely went above and beyond this year with your programs, and we want to show you off! We are endlessly impressed by your leadership, spirit, and passion for social inclusion. In so many ways, your chapter serves as a model for the Best Buddies program.”

Congratulations!

 

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The Behavior Corner – Cutting Down on TV Time (May 2012)

A child watching too much TV is a common source of frustration for parent, read the latest Behavior Corner to learn about a simple intervention that can help you decrease TV time.

In each Behavior Corner, you’ll be able to read new tips to help you and your child at school and at home. Your comments and questions are welcome. Please email Deborah Whitman directly.

All Behavior Columns will be available on the Resources page of this website.

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We Are One Dinner – Thanks for a Wonderful Night

The Twelth Annual “We Are One” Awards Dinner was a fantastic success!

Thanks to everyone who made the night possible.

IT IS THE BEST NIGHT IN ROCHELLE!! The support of the community for this wonderful event is just spectacular. A special thank you from everyone at SEPTA to all those that nominated (there were 65 nominations), to our recipients (what heart-warming, inspirational words), and everyone in attendance – and those who couldn’t attend that sent their support and best wishes. A very special thank you to David Rubetone, our violinist, who had us all on our feet – and to his Dad on keyboards.

Photos and Video Coming Soon!

The Daily New Rochelle reported on the event http://www.thedailynewrochelle.com/schools/new-rochelle-special-ed-pta-honors-17-work

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The Behavior Corner – Emotional Outbursts in Public

Handling your child’s outburst in public can require a totally different approach than dealing with them in your home. Click here to learn tips like:

  • How to identify the cause of the outburst
  • How to prevent a melt down
  • What to do if your child has an emotional outburst

In each Behavior Corner, you’ll be able to read new tips to help you and your child at school and at home. Your comments and questions are welcome. Please email Deborah Whitman directly.

All Behavior Columns will be available on the Resources page of this website.

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The Behavior Corner – Homework!

New Rochelle District Behavior Consultant, Deborah Whitman BCBA, presents her first column for The Behavior Corner: Homework!

Homework can be a source of frustration and anxiety for both you and your child. Click here to learn tips like:

  • Decreasing how long it takes your child to complete their work
  • How to better motivate your child to do their work
  • How to get them to do their own work without your help

Each month in The Behavior Corner, you’ll be able to read new tips to help you and your child at school and at home. Your comments and questions are welcome. Please email Deborah Whitman directly.

All Behavior Columns will be available on the Resources page of this website.

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After School Programs

SEPTA has contacted each of the schools in the New Rochelle District to find out about After School programs that are appropriate for special education children.

Please click here to download the complete list.

Note: We are still reaching out to Columbus and Isaac Young and will include their programs as soon as possible.

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