Meeting Information

2021/22 School Year

For the 2021/22 school year, we hope to host a combination of in-person and virtual meetings. Meeting information is shared in our bi-weekly newsletter, The Star, and via our Facebook page. Meeting Topics are updated and scheduled throughout the year.

Meeting Schedule:
The Fairfield SEPTA typically meets the last Wednesday of the month.  Meetings typically start at 7:30pm.  Each meeting begins with a roundup of SEPTA news, all are welcome!

September: 9/29/2021 – Meet our board and the FPS Special Education department head and coordinators… An opportunity to learn about special education priorities for the year and connect with our dedicated SPED administrators. 7:30 pm. Fairfield Ward High School Auditorium. This will be an in-person meeting where masks and social distancing will be in effect.

Meeting Minutes:
September Meeting Minutes

October: 10/27/2021  – Summary of September success with first fundraiser and Halloween Trunk or Treat. FPS SPED report. Speakers Coach Brian Markham of Challenger Baseball; Coach Drew Bickel of the Ray Greenberg Basketball program for special athletes; Kathy Morehouse summarizes Fairfield Adaptive Recreation activities.

October Meeting Agenda & Presentation

November: 11/17/2021 – General update on SEPTA pie sales and special presentation: Substance use among IEP students by Cathy Hazlett, Coalition Coordinator of Fairfield CARES

November Meeting Agenda & Presentation
Summary Results from Fairfield CARES

January: 1/26/2022  – Representative from Fairfield Police will talk about the various programs in Fairfield to support our special population of students and young adults.

January Meeting Agenda & Presentation
SAFETY FIRST! Presentation by Fairfield Police Department

February: 2/23/2022 – General membership meeting for February to discuss upcoming SEPTA activities and opportunities. Includes SPED director update

February Meeting Minutes
February Meeting Agenda & Presentation

March: 3/30/2022

April: 4/27/2022 

May: 5/25/2022   

June: TBD

2020/21 School Year

For the 2020/21 school year we expect to host most meetings virtually.  We will publish meeting links in advance of each meeting as well as via our Facebook.

Meeting Schedule:
The Fairfield SEPTA typically meets the last Wednesday of the month.  Meetings typically start at 7:30pm.  Each meeting begins with a roundup of SEPTA news, all are welcome!

September: 9/30/2020 -“Meet” and hear from the FPS Special Education department coordinators… new faces and change-driven plans to help ensure special education students and staff are supported and prepared to learn and grow this year!  Access the meeting presentation:   SEPTA Virtual Meeting_30SEP20_Agenda-Slate-Budget 20-21. To watch the meeting (video 1.5 hours):  click HERE

October: 10/28/2020 – Vote in your new Board, Approve our 2020-21 Budget and stay to hear a special Presentation: Onboarding New Caregivers.  Rehab Associates team will share topline tips on what and how to prepare a new caregiver to work with special needs children.  Insights and best practices from their Special Needs Caregiver Training.  Content and handouts can be found HERE

November: 11/18/2020 – Financial planning in the time of Covid

December: 12/16/2020 

January: 1/27/2021 –Catch up on SEPTA Business – Special Presentation: Financial planning in the time of Covid. What’s new, what’s changed, what’s on the horizon.  Q&A with Michael Beloff, Wealth Advisor, Stratos Wealth Management, specializing in assisting special needs families.  SEPTA Virtual Meeting Jan 2021 Agenda & Summary

February: 2/24/2021 – Standards-Based IEPs
Jon Goodison, Middle School Special Education Coordinator, will discuss Fairfield’s transition to standards-based IEP development including a parent Q&A session.  Preview: Want to understand more about the background toStandards-based IEPs in CT, check out the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center article, Aligning IEP and Academic Content Standards,

SEPTA Virtual Meeting FEB 24, 2021 Agenda and Summary

March: 3/31/2021. General Meeting:  Update from Rob Mancusi on Special Education, Meet new Elementary Special Education Coordinator, Zoe Dolan, Learn more about the SEPTA Scholarship program.  Nominating Committee Q&A – We hope you will join us and take an opportunity to talk about SEPTA, what we are doing, what we can do, and how we can grow and improve this Spring into next Fall!

SEPTA Virtual Meeting 31Mar21 Agenda and Summary

April: 4/28/2021 Topic: Making Time for Self-Care: Our friends at Inspire Inc will present ideas and strategies to help busy, special needs families prioritize self-care to improve overall care. 

SEPTA Virtual Meeting 28Apr21 Agenda and Summary

Tips to Destress- Inspire Inc April 2021

May: 5/26/2021 This will be our last business meeting of the year. Please join us for a Vote. Use your voice (and your Vote) to elect the 2020-21 slate!  View the slate by clicking this link also review the proposed 2021-22 Budget HERE

Join us Wednesday @7:30 pm 
Join Zoom Meeting

June: TBD

2019/20 School Year

All meeting will take place from 7:30- 9pm Library @ McKinley Elementary School, 60 Thompson Street.  Child Care available* in APR unless otherwise noted 

SEPTEMBER:  9/25/2019 Welcome to the 2019/20 School Year!  Meet the Staff and Open house

OCTOBER:        10/30/2019

NOVEMBER:   11/20/2019

DECEMBER:   12/18/19   Cookie Walk & Parent Social

JANUARY:       1/29/2020


2018/19 School Year

SEPTEMBER 2018  9/26/2018, 7:30- 9pm Library @ McKinley Elementary School, 60 Thompson Street.  Child Care available* in APR SPED Audit   Sept 2018_Reports

OCTOBER 2018  10/24/2018, 7:30- 9pm Library @ Ludlowe High School, 785 Unquowa Road.  After the business meeting, Fairfield SEPTA welcomes Shelley Macaluso,  Medicaid School-Based Services Coordinator will explain the Medicaid Billing process with parents and answer any parent questions regarding the Medicaid School-Based program for Special education and 504 students..  October 2018_Meeting Minutes_draft

NOVEMBER 2018  11/28/2018, 7:30- 9pm  Library @ McKinley Elementary School, 60 Thompson Street.  Child Care available* in APR.  Kate Maxham, Staff Attorney from the Probate Court will discuss current  revisions to the guardianship program  as well as an overview of guardianships and conservatorships for parents as their children turn 18.  November 28 2018_Meeting Minutes & Reports – Google Docs

DECEMBER 2018  12/19/2018, 9:00- 12:00pm  Building Lobby  501 Kings Hwy East

This is a beloved event raising funds and holiday cheer…But we need your support! We need you to Bake, Bake, Bake.  Click HERE  to signup to help out and/or let us know what fantastic sweet you will be making!  The annual Cookie Walk will take place at Central Office (501 Kings Highway) from 9am – 12 pm (or while supplies last!). Come fill a box (or 2) of eclectic holiday sweets perfect to bring to any family event! $15 per box – Cash or Check

JANUARY 2019 1/30/2019 CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER   January 30 2019_Reports Cancelled due to weather

FEBRUARY 2019  2/27/2019, CANCELLED 

MARCH 2019 3/27/2019, 7:30- 9pm Library @ Ludlowe High School, 785 Unquowa Road,  We will announce the details of this years’ SEPTA grant recipients and have invited some current and past grant recipients to come and talk about the programs they have initiated with these funds, their successes and their long-term goals  March 27 2019_Meeting Minutes & Reports

APRIL 2019  4/24/2019, 7:30- 9pm  Library @ McKinley Elementary School, 60 Thompson Street.  Child Care available* in APR.  Presentation of the 2019/2020 Slate. April 24, 2019_Meeting Minutes & Reports

MAY 2019  5/29/2019, 7:30- 9pm Library @ Ludlowe High School, 785 Unquowa Road.  Vote in the 2019/20 Board, Presentation. May 29, 2019 Meeting Minutes & Reports

JUNE 2019  6/6/2019 Taco Loco 7-9pm – End of year Parent Social

2017/18 School Year

SEPTEMBER 2017  Welcome to the 2017/18 year. Fairfield SEPTA welcomes the new SPED Director & Staff Meeting Minutes 9.27.2017

OCTOBER 2017  October meeting presentations focused on extra curricular programming available to Fairfield families. Meeting Minutes 10.25.17. Westport-Weston YMCA Special Needs Programming 2017-18  Fairfield Adaptive Recreation   Dance 4 All Abilities

NOVEMBER 2017 – Fairfield SEPTA welcomes Rehab Associates to learn about their programs and the Special Caregiver Course


JANUARY 2018 Presentation shared by Rob Mancusi regarding department initiatives for 2018-19 as well as the new Medicaid requirements of all CT school districts and the independent special education program review.  Special Education department updates (SEPTA Jan312018R)    Meeting Minutes 1.31.18

FEBRUARY 2019  2/27/2019, CANCELLED 

MARCH 2018  Meeting Minutes 3.28.18

APRIL 2018  Provider Fair

MAY 2018  Voted in the 2018/19 Slate and budget.  First presentation “Vision of a SPED Graduate” where we welcomed members from FPS who spoke about transition and the Community Partnership Program (CPP).