FSN Community News
January 2018
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Breakfast with Santa 2017
 
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Family would like to give away: 
  • Columbia specialized car seat for larger child up to 150 lbs. (pictures available)
Families in need of these items:
Family whose home burned over the holidays is in need of appropriate clothing.  PLEASE only donate the requested sizes for immediate use. They currently do not have anywhere to store items for later use. 
 
16 yo male: pant size 34x32, shirt size medium, shoe size men 11
15 yo female: pant size 10, blouse size small, shoe size women 6.5
12 yo male: pant size 12, shirt size 10/12, shoe size 4
8 yo female: pants and blouse size 10 girls, shoe size 3
6 yo male: pants and shirt size 6, shoe size 12
4 yo female: pants and blouse size 6, shoe size 9
(mom): pants size 10, blouse size Medium, shoe size 7.5
blankets
 
If you have something you would like to give to another family or if you are looking for an item, please let us know and we will be happy to share this in our newsletter.  Please call 336.703.4289 for more info or email Chris at ChrisFSN@theCFEC.org.
Young Life Capernaum for High School Students 
 
* Saturday, January 20, 2018
 
Groups meets at the Robinhood YMCA from 4:00 to 5:30 PM. 
3474 Robinhood Rd,
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Stepping Stones - Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) 
The Family Support Network will offer this new 9-week course on Parenting Children with Special Needs in the Spring of 2018 for families who have children with special needs between 2-5 years. 
The group will meet weekly and learn parenting strategies that have proven to be effective for children with special needs. Space will be limited to 14 parents.  There will be no cost to families for this program.  If you would like to be considered for this course please contact Chris Gentry at 336-703-4289. 
Piedmont Down Syndrome Support Network Annual Meeting
Featuring Dr. Tamison Jewett's Down Syndrome Update Presentation. We'll also enjoy dinner, vote in new board members, share PDSSN's plans for the upcoming year, and ask for your input on the activities you'd like PDSSN to plan this year.
   
Sunday, January 21, 5 pm - 8:15 pm
5:00 pm - Dinner
5:45 pm - PDSSN Business Meeting
6:30 pm - Dr. Tamison Jewett's Down Syndrome Research Update
 
Don't worry if you can't make it to the event by 5 pm.   You're welcome to join us at any time during the evening!
 
Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 1046 Miller Street, W-S, NC 27103
 
Dinner and child care are provided at no cost with RSVP.  We want to be sure to have enough food and child care for everyone, so please click here to RSVP by January 19.
 
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Breakfast with Santa!
 
Exceptional Families Meeting
Tim Flavin, Moji Coffee & More  
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Thursday, January 25, 2018
Dinner 5:30 PM
Meeting from 6:00-7:30 PM with childcare.
There is no cost, but RSVP is required.
Please RSVP at 336-703-4289.
 
Presenter will be Tim Flavin, local dad and entrepreneur.  Discussion will be about employment for individuals with disabilities and Tim’s new venture Moji Coffee and More (opening soon in Winston-Salem) https://www.mojicoffee.org/
 
Little Creek Recreation Center
610 Foxcroft Dr.
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
 
Exceptional Families is a monthly discussion group for parents of children of all ages with special needs

 
Sibshops
Spring Dates
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March 16, April 13, May 11
6:00-8:30 PM
Reservations taken 2 weeks prior to each event.
 
The Children's Center
2315 Coliseum Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
 
Sibshops are special events for kids ages 5-14 who have a brother or sister with special needs. Please call the Family Support office at 336.703.4289 or email Chris at ChrisFSN@theCFEC.org to reserve your spot or for more information.

 
El Grupo de Esperanza
Parent Group for Spanish Speaking Families of Children with Special Needs
Monday February 12, 2018
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services
4637 Tim Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
 
ECAC will present in Spanish on "Navigating the Special Education Process."  Details can be found here https://www.calendarwiz.com/calendars/popup.php?op=view&id=118905981&crd=trainings
 
Questions?  Call/email Rosa Sanchez at 336-703-4289 or RosaFSN@theCFEC.org

 
Summer Camps Information
Even though many programs have not started taking applications – it’s time to start thinking about summer camps now! Here are a few resources to get you started. 
 
 
Imprints Cares Summer Program - https://imprintscares.org/summercamp/ has options for special needs students
 
 
NC Family Support Network Summer Camp Directory 2017

 
ECAC Webinars
Transition to Kindergarten - FREE 4 Part Series
 
Family members:  This series will cover a wide range of topics related to planning for your child's transition to Kindergarten. We'll emphasize the parent's role, and how you will effectively participate in decision-making about your child's educational program. We'll also talk about what you can do at home between now and the start of Kindergarten to help your child be ready!
 
Educators and other professionals:  We encourage you to participate in these webinars to strengthen your ability to collaborate with parents!
 
Please share this information with others!  
Register for 1, 2, 3 or all four events!  Simply complete a very quick, but separate registration for each session you wish to attend.   
 
Session #1                                                
Challenges, Opportunities and the Parent's Role
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
7pm - 8pm 
 
Session #2
Special Education Basics for Kindergarten and Beyond
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
7pm - 8pm 
Please register for Session #2 at: 
 
Session #3                                           
How Kindergarten May Look for YOUR Child
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
7pm - 8pm 
Please register for Session #3 at: 
 
Session #4                                             
Setting the Stage Now for Success in Kindergarten
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
7pm - 8pm 
Please register for Session #4 at: 

This free series is co-sponsored by: 
ECAC and the Triangle Down Syndrome Network.
  
NOTE:  If you don't have internet access at the time of the webinar, you can call in on a toll-free number and with advanced notice we can email you the materials that will be used. 

For more information, contact ECAC:  1-800-782-2094

 
Transitioning and Employability Skills
The Enrichment Center & Forsyth Technical Community College
In collaboration with Forsyth Technical Community College, The Enrichment Center is proud to teach a 5-week Human Resource Development Class located on Forsyth Tech's West Campus. This class teaches job readiness and employability skills, and is geared to help students learn transition skills into adult life by providing community resources to meet the individual's interests, including a referral to Vocational Rehabilitation.
Individualized goals are set in the beginning, and assistance to reach these goals is provided through carefully selected curriculums. Community outings are strategically planned to further enhance the topics being taught. At the end of the course, students will receive a certificate of completion from Forsyth Tech, and a referral to Vocational Rehabilitation for assistance in job placement. Individuals will also receive resources to help them navigate their community. 
 
FOR MORE INFO:
http://www.enrichmentarc.org/transitioning-and-employability-skills 

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