Archive for the ‘meetings’ Category

Important changes in IEPs–please read

October 29, 2008

From Ellen McHugh: this seems extremely important. please spread the word among parents who would be affected.

New York State Education Department (NYSED) is planning to make changes to the forms used across New York State for Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).  They are required by law to hold public meetings to receive public comments, and they have scheduled 3 meetings in early November, including one in New York City on the afternoon of November 6, 2008.   These changes could profoundly affect future IEPs, and therefore the delivery of special education supports and services for students with disabilities in New York City.   Some proposed changes that may be of interest or concern to ARISE Coalition supporters are:

  • The proposed IEP no longer includes the section that asks what type of diploma the student is on track to receive.
  • The proposed IEP no longer includes a place to specify group size for SETSS or related services.
  • The proposed IEP does not indicate the language needs of the parent/guardian or provide a place for indicating the language of a child who needs bilingual services.
  • For children who need a Behavior Intervention Plan, the proposed IEP provides a “drop down menu” of options, which includes only two options:  use of a time-out room and “other.”

NYSED will also accept written comments until November 14, 2008.  The proposed forms, address and fax number for written comments, and details regarding the hearing dates and locations can be found at

Time 2:00-4:30 p.m. (Naturally at an extremely inconvenient time for parents!)

Thursday,November 6, 2008 

Manhattan VESID Office 

7th Floor Conference 


116 W. 32nd Street 

Manhattan, NY 10001 


I really wish I could go to this; it is very unlikely that I will be able to. If anyone does go, please email me and let me know what you learned. Thank you.





Now’s your chance to tell Joel Klein!

October 16, 2008

From Sam Pirizzolo of the CEC:

Dear Parents:
The Panel for Educational Policy will be holding a meeting at Petrides on October 20th.

This meeting is an opportunity for you to speak directly to the Chancellor. You may speak about ANY concerns that you have. If you have comments or suggestions, this is the time to make them. The PEP meeting only comes to Staten Island Once A Year. The meeting will be held at 6 PM in the Petrides School Auditorium, 715 Ocean Terrace, Staten Island, NY.

If you would like to speak, you must sign in between 5:30 – 6:00 PM. Each speaker will be allowed two minutes to speak during the Public Comment portion of the meeting.

If you are unfamiliar with this process and would like some help please contact our office for assistance. Our email address is For more information see our web site at, click on news.

Thank you,

Sam PirozzoloPresident CEC 31

***so don’t just complain to each other, come and complain directly to the chancellor! Hope to see you all there!

31 IDEAL presents a forum on school governance

October 11, 2008





            Thursday, October 23, 2008  7:00 pm


            New Location

            Intermediate School 72

                  33 Ferndale Ave

                           Staten Island, NY 10314


                  Scheduled Panelists


Moderator: Mara Montalbano NY1 News Anchor and Reporter


Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum 


UFT Borough Rep Emil Pietromonaco Chair of UFT Task Force on School Governance


Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott


Deputy Chancellor Christopher Cerf


Leonie Haimson Parent Commission on School Governance and Mayoral Control


April Humphrey Alliance for Quality Education


Contact Joan McKeever-Thomas for more information


Oct.18–special ed forum in Brooklyn

October 3, 2008

May be of interest to many parents. H/t: Andrea


Are You the Parent of a Child with Special Needs?

Do You Wonder About Higher Education Opportunities for Your Special Needs Child?

Do you have Questions about Services Offered by Advocacy Organizations?

Saturday, October 18, 2008

10 AM to 2 PM

Marine Academic Center (MAC)

Kingsborough Community College

2001 Oriental Boulevard , Brooklyn, NY 11235

Contact Senator Martin Golden

Room 946 LOB • Albany, New York 12247 • (518) 455-2730

7403 5th Avenue • Brooklyn, New York 11209 • (718) 238-6044

Invited Speakers include:

Linda Wernikoff, Executive Director

Office of Special Education Initiatives

Yolanda Cacciolo, Director

New York University, CRC Counseling

Students with Chronic Illnesses & Psychological Disabilities

Information Tables:

Local Advocacy Organizations

Resources in the Community

State & City Agencies Devoted to

Special Education

Senator Martin Golden’s

2nd Annual Special Education Forum


Owen H. R. Johnson, Legislative Analyst

Hon. Martin J. Golden

New York State Senate, 22nd District

7408 Fifth Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11209

Tel 718.238.6044


Save the date: Legislative Forum, Friday, Nov. 7

September 28, 2008

The SIFederation of PTAs is holding its annual Legislative Forum on Friday, November 7 from 9:30 am–12:00 in the Conference Center, Bldg “C” of the Petrides Educational Complex, 715 Ocean Terrace, Staten Island. All local elected officials have been invited. This event is free and open to the public. Invitations will be going out shortly to all schools and PTAs. Please spread the word to all parents.

We are hoping to prepare some questions in advance for the legislators. This year we are focusing on two major issues: Extension (or not) of mayoral control of the schools, when this provision ends next year, and the serious overcrowding of many of our schools. Please email Kathleen at fedsped “at” with your suggestions. Thanks!

Parent to Parent October support groups

September 28, 2008

Friday, October 3–Sibling Support Group, 5:00 pm. RSVP required494-4872

Tuesday, October 7–Mothers Support Group, 10 am, IBR

Wednesday, October 8–Asperger Support Group, 10 am, IBR

Wednesday, October 15–Mothers Support Group, 10 am, IBR

Wednesday, October 15–Fathers Support Group, 7:00 pm, **PAGE PLAZA DINER, 75 Page Ave, Tottenville

Friday, October 17–10 am, Workshop on IEPs with AnneMarie Caminiti

Wednesday, October 22–Asperger Support Group, 10:00 am, IBR

Friday, October 24–Sibling Support Group, 5:00 pm, IBR

Refreshments are served at all events and childcare is available for daytime events with prior registration. Parent to Parent is located at the Institute for Basic Research (“IBR”), 1050 Forest Hill Road, tel. no. 718-494-4872.

Back in business

September 21, 2008

After a busy summer and a whole month without the internet, I am back and ready to post. I apologize to all who were not able to contact me. We have moved into a new computer and I hope to be able to make this a much more usable blog.  Please note, the first SI Federation of PTAs Delegate Assembly is tomorrow, Monday, September 22 from 10 to noon at the Petrides Complex, building C conference center. Come early for sign in and refreshments.

Hope to see many of you there!

Lavelle School–UPDATE

June 16, 2008

Many of us attended a very interesting meeting with Ken Byalin, director of the proposed Lavelle Charter School. Ken has an update for us:

Dear Board members, planning team members, and friends of Lavelle Prep,

I’m delighted to tell you that Lavelle Prep has made enormous steps
toward accomplishing our goal of becoming the first Charter School in
New York State for children living with emotional and mental disorders.

To that end, I hope you will join us on Monday, June 30 to hear about
the progress we?ve made as well as the challenges, challenges we must
overcome if  the promise to Staten Island children with emotional
disorders is to be fulfilled: they can and will go to College.

In addition to hearing next steps and soliciting your thoughts, we
know we must continue to get the word out to potential parents,
teachers, community leaders and donors.  To help move this effort
forward, we have been working with Patty Kennedy of the New York
City-based marketing firm of Kennedy Spencer. To kick off discussion,
Patty will present her firm?s recommendations on positioning and
moving the communications efforts forward.

And if you haven’t seen the proposed school building in Sea View
Historic District, or if you would like to see it again, I hope you
will join us for a tour.


Date:    Monday, June 30, 2008
Time:    6:30 to 9:00 PM
Place: Lou Caravone Community Service Building,
          Seaview Hospital Rehabilitation Center
          460 Brielle Avenue
          Staten Island, NY 10314

Light supper will be served.

There will also be an opportunity for those of you who are able to
arrive early to tour the proposed site:


Date:   Monday, June 30, 2008
Time:  5 PM
Place: Executive Office, Robitschek Pavillion
          Seaview Hospital Rehabilitation Center
          460 Brielle Avenue
          Staten Island, NY 10314

Please let me know if you plan to attend the meeting, the tour or both.

As always, I thank you for your continued support, energy and ideas
around the John Lavelle Preparatory Charter School.

I look forward to seeing you.


Kenneth Byalin, Ph.D.
The Verrazano Foundation
777 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305
Fax: 718-667-2344