Welcome to the Somers Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA)
Somers Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA) is a district-wide PTA whose primary role is to provide resources and support to parents, teachers, and children who receive special education services through an IEP, 504 Plan, related support services such as resource room, counseling, and speech, occupational or physical therapy, and students who are twice exceptional or gifted.
SEPTA strives to enhance the lives of students with special needs through:
- Social, Recreational, and Educational Programs
- Parent Education and Resources
- Professional Development and Grants
- Student Project Grants
- Recognition of Outstanding Practices and Achievements in Special Education for both faculty and students
SEPTA invites parents, teachers, and community members with an interest in improving the educational, social-emotional, and recreational opportunities of children with special needs to join our membership. Anyone is welcome to join SEPTA.
Become a SEPTA Member
Please consider supporting Somers SEPTA by becoming a member. The money raised from membership and from our fundraisers goes directly back into the schools, supporting the children, teachers, and parents in the district.
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Somers Special Education Parent Teacher Association
SEPTA Coffee and Conversation
Thursday, May 11th at 10:00 A.M.
You are cordially invited to a SEPTA parent coffee and conversation, which will be held at SMS. Dr. Blanch and Stacey Elconin have requested to join us for our last coffee of the year! Join us for a casual conversation and a chance to meet and support other parents in the district through discussion and sharing of ideas. Your child does not need to currently be receiving support services for you to attend. Other parents are our best resources, so come meet some of them and tap into this breadth of knowledge and experience!
Please RSVP to email@example.com to be kept up-to-date with any location or time changes.
We look forward to meeting you!
SEPTA Annual Meeting with Special Guest,Board Certified Art Therapist, Lynn Cukaj, ATR-BCMay 9th at 7:30 PM in the SMS Library
SEPTA's Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 9th from 7:30 - 9:00 PM in the Somers Middle School library. In addition to electing a new slate of officers and voting on the 2023-2024 budget, we will welcome Board Certified Art Therapist Lynn Cukaj, ATR-BC who will lead a relaxing art activity after the business portion of the meeting. (Lynn to start by 8:15 PM)Lynn Cukaj is an art therapist, educator, and counselor. She works primarily with children to help them gain insight into their strengths. Those strengths are then supported to help with the presenting problem, friendship issues, identification and regulation of feelings, communication skills, etc. This process is done by using art or talking, whichever is more comfortable for the child. Her way of working is to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment where the client can feel at ease to begin exploring their personal roadblocks. Oftentimes, it is what is not being said that becomes the focus of the session. The artwork becomes the voice of the client and interventions are built around that experience. The focus is on client strength, unconditional positive regard, and a non-judgmental approach. This allows for clients to go on to live a life filled with joy and hope with tools and coping skills to better navigate the ups and downs of everyday life.
SEPTA Nominating Committee Report to Membership
The following members have been nominated to serve as officers of SEPTA for the 2023-2024 school year:
President Gina Provenzano
President Tara Tierney
Vice President Diana Tomasulo
Recording Secretary Lori McQuade
Treasurer Amanda Kandel
Corresponding Secretary Laura Markowski
Council Delegate Shari Silk
The election of officers will take place at our meeting on May 9, 2023 at 7:30 pm in the SMS Library.
You must be a SEPTA member in order to vote in the election. Membership will be accepted until Friday, May 5, 2023.
There are no absentee ballots. You must be present in order to vote.
According to our bylaws, intent to run from the floor must be received at least two business days prior to the date of the election.
Intent to run requests must be received by the Nominating Committee (SomersSeptaNominations@gmail.com) by 6 pm Friday, May 5, 2023.
Members of the nominating committee are: