Hello parents of rising kindergartners!
Arlington Family Connection Kindergarten Connections program helps parents organize social meet-ups every summer to help the incoming students and families meet each other. We do this by recruiting parent volunteers from each school to organize and publicize events. We started the process for this year before the current pandemic situation. Typically, AFC would be assisting volunteers with scheduling group events around this time, but sadly that can not be the case right now. While some businesses and activities are starting to re-open, things remain unclear and we don't know when or under what circumstances everyone might be able to meet. That said, we'd still like to help families connect in whatever way possible, of course!
Below is a list of links to a Facebook group if one has been started at that school. We'll update as more Facebook groups are formed.
Right now it looks like a Facebook group has NOT been set up yet for incoming kindergarten families for Bishop. While it's not a complete necessity, a lot of parents do share ideas and info there. If someone has formed a group for Bishop, please reply all with a link and I'll also post it on Facebook.
Lastly, there is some info listed for the two groups for parents of students receiving special education services, The Arlington Special Education Alliance (TASA) and Special Education Advisory Council (SEPAC). If your child has or might need an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), please check out these resources.
Stay safe everyone!
FB group: Peirce School Incoming Kindergarten 2020-2021 https://www.facebook.com/groups/2653071624769726/?ref=share
FB group: Thompson Elementary Kindergarten 2020-2021 https://www.facebook.com/groups/717620058981476/
FB group: Dallin Incoming Kindergartners 2020-2021 https://www.facebook.com/groups/523285021624578/?ref=share
FB group: Hardy Kindergarten 2020-2021
FB group: Brackett Kindergarten Families 2020-2021
FB group: Stratton Class of 2026 https://www.facebook.com/groups/2630724120583830/?hc_location=group
Resources for parents of kindergartners with or needing an IEP:
TASA: The Arlington Special Education Alliance: www.arlingtonspedalliance.wordpress.com
TASA is a confidential networking and advocacy group for parents only – there is a private FB group and a private email list. See the website for further information.
SEPAC: Special Education Advisory Council: www.arlington.k12.ma.us/sepacSEPAC is a group that anyone can join. There are monthly meetings that APS administrators also attend, and they sponsor an annual workshop on SPED parent rights. See the website for further information.