Welcome!

The Fairfield Special Education Parent and Teachers Association, Inc., (SEPTA), invites anyone with an interest in improving the educational, social and recreational opportunities of children with special needs to join our membership. Together we can make a difference in every child's life.

Click here to learn about the history of Fairfield SEPTA, Inc.

Our mission is in line with the CT PTA mission:

  • To support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community, and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children:  To assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children; and
  • To encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools in Fairfield.

I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Shannon Goodchild and I will be the SEPTA President for the year 2014-2015. Nancy Ross is the President Elect. The two of us will be working together very closely for the next year. We're very happy to be working together and excited for what the next year will bring for SEPTA.

I have been a member of SEPTA almost from its inception over 10 years ago. I have served on the Executive Board in several different positions (some multiple times), including Membership, Communications and President (yes, I already did it once!). I am a lifelong Fairfield resident and attended Fairfield Public Schools. I am married and the mother of 3. My oldest son started out at the ECC when he was 4. He is now 20 and has one more year left in FPS's Community Partnership Program. I also have another son, who will be a senior in high school and a daughter, who will be a freshman. All three are involved in sports and other activities and keep me very busy!

I apologize if this gets too long. I just wanted to touch on some important things:

Just like any PTA, we're always looking for volunteers. There are many different ways to get involved in SEPTA. Some are long term, some are short term and some are one time only. Truth of the matter is "many hands make light work" and if we all pitch in, we can do that much more for the kids. Please consider pledging some of your time to volunteer and help us make SEPTA that much better.

That said, we are in need of having some key positions filled on our board. The position of Treasurer Elect which will prepare/train you to take over as the SEPTA Treasurer in the 2015-2016 school year. It's important to have someone in this position now so that they can learn the ropes, understand the process and have a smooth transition when they take the reins. We also need someone in the Communications position – more specifically, someone to become the editor of our newsletter the SEPTA Star. If this position is not filled, there will be NO Star for the 2014-2015 year. If you are interested in either of these positions or any of the other open positions listed on the SEPTA website (or want more detailed information on open EB positions or Standing Committee positions) please email me at fairfieldseptapresident@gmail.com or email Nancy at fairfieldseptavolunteers@gmail.com. (She is also our Volunteer Coordinator.)

If anyone has any thoughts or ideas as to speakers or topics for the coming year's meetings, please let Nancy or I know. We are open to ideas and want to bring in speakers on topics of interest and relevance to our membership. You can contact us at fairfieldseptapresident@gmail.com.

I am looking forward to SEPTA having a positive and productive 2014-2015 year and I hope that you will all be a part of it.

Shannon Goodchild, President
Fairfield Special Education PTA, Inc. (SEPTA)


RANDI TARCZALI FRIEND OF SEPTA AWARD

REMINDER - Nominations are Due Friday, November 7. Click here for information


NEXT SEPTA MEETING

Please join us Wednesday, December 10th for the next SEPTA meeting at the McKinley library. We will be presenting the Fairfield SEPTA "Friend of SEPTA" Award to Ms. Dawn Jara, SE Teacher at Fairfield Warde High School. The award presentation begins at 7 pm, followed by a short reception. At 7:30, Ms. Kate Mattias, Exec. Director of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Connecticut will address the SEPTA membership.

Childcare to be provided on an as needed basis. If you require childcare, you must email fairfieldseptapresident@gmail.com,at least 24 hours prior to the meeting to reserve a spot for your child.


SEPTA BOOK CLUB

Please join us for our next book club meeting on Monday, November 24th to discuss "When We Were Romans" by Matthew Kneale, a haunting psychological novel that powerfully evokes the emotions and confusions of childhood—the triumphs, the jealousies, the fears and the love. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Peg Ventricelli. Please RSVP to Peggielein@att.net.

The SEPTA book club has been meeting for nearly two years and its members have read and discussed together more than 15 novels, mostly ones focused on some aspect of special needs. Knowing of what we speak, our conversations have been insightful and also strengthening. We lend each other advice, support and solace. We'd love you to partake in our dynamic and fun-filled repartees! It's a new school year; we hope you have time for a few good books and to share your thoughts and reflections on the challenges we all face. To answer any questions, contact Peg Ventricelli at Peggielein@att.net or (203) 368-3427.


SEPTA GRANT APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED

Encourage your team members and school's teachers to apply! Deadline is December 10th! Click here for more information.


Click here for a schedule of town meetings.

Click here for the Town Approved Budget.




SEPTA NEWS

MEMBERSHIP NEWS!
Join online and pay with PayPal.


FUNDRAISING NEWS!
SEPTA Rocks On! was a success!
Click here for more information about other fundraisers!


GRANT NEWS!
It's That Time Of Year - It's Grant Time
Click here for more information!


CELEBRATIONS!
SEPTA Year in Review


Please join us this school year (2014-2015) for the following meeting dates*:

11/12 - "Strategies for a Fabulous, Balance Life" presented by Leonaura Rhodes
12/10 - "Friend of SEPTA" Award, also Ms. Kate Mattias, Exec. Director of NAMI
1/14 - IEP Workshop presented by CPAC (Snow date 3/11)
2/11 - Special Needs Trusts and Financial Planning presented by Stephen Ehrens
3/11 - Snow Date for IEP Workshop
4/8
5/13
6/10

* Dates, times and locations subject to change.

Meetings generally take place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month and typically take place at McKinley Elementary School Library, 60 Thompson Street, Fairfield, CT 06825, though some meetings may be held off site. All General Membership meetings will start at 7:30 pm.

Childcare will be provided on an as needed basis. If you need childcare, reservations need to be made at least 48 hours BEFORE the meeting, by emailing fairfieldeptapresident@gmail.com. Childcare will not be provided for any meeting held off site.


Brochure Look for our SEPTA Brochure in your School Offices and around town.

Click here to download a copy.pdf