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Dear Families,

     I hope you have made many wonderful memories this summer and your children are excited to embark on a new school year.  My name is James Robbins and I am the new Director of Special Education for the East Bridgewater Public Schools.  I am honored to have the opportunity to serve in this role and I pledge to make decisions that will promote progress, access, and enriched experiences for your children.  Through my previous work experience, I have supported special education students at all grade-levels and have consulted with parents on a wide-range of topics, and I am looking forward to collaborating with you. 

    We have several new staff members who will be joining the Special Education Department during the 2017-2018 school year.  At the Central School, Cortney Kelly will serve as our Therapeutic Learning Center Teacher.  At the Junior/Senior High School, Katherine Bean will serve as the Special Education Teacher for 9th and 10th grade students in our Language-Based Learning Program, Laura Ribeiro will serve as the Special Education Teacher for 7th and 8th grade students in our Language-Based Learning Program, and Gina Muse will serve as the Special Education Teacher for 7th and 8th grade students in our Therapeutic Program.  Also, some of you may have already had the pleasure of working with Kaitlin Morelli  during previous school years.  In the upcoming year, Ms. Morelli will begin her new role as the grades 5-7 IEP Coordinator.      

     I would like to take a moment to encourage you to attend a SEPAC meeting this year.  The SEPAC provides invaluable insight from the parental perspective to our school district which helps us improve the quality of programming for your children.  I have already had the pleasure of meeting with the SEPAC committee members and our conversations have inspired new approaches for the Special Education Department.  

     Additionally, please review the enclosed Parent’s Notice of Procedural Safeguards.  The document has been prepared by the Massachusetts’ Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to help you interpret your rights related to notice, consent, and due process.  To further your understanding of Special Education regulations, I encourage you to attend the Basic Rights in Special Education Workshop, hosted by SEPAC, which is scheduled on October 5, 2017, at 7:30 in the East Bridgewater Jr./Sr. High School.

    Throughout the year, questions may arise about your child’s Special Education programming and we have appointed experienced staff members to field your questions.  Please refer to the chart below to identify the appropriate contact person based on your child’s grade level: 

Lauren Dalton

Preschool

508-378-8204 x3027

ldalton@ebps.net

Sheila Pero

K-4

508-378-8204 x3304

spero@ebps.net

Kaitlin Morelli

5-7

508-378-8209 x4311

kmorelli@ebps.net

Deena LaVallee

8-12

508-378-8214 x5002

dlavallee@ebps.net

 

      I have already had several inspiring and heartening experiences with students, staff, and families from the East Bridgewater community, and I am thankful to have the opportunity to contribute to the great work that is underway within the East Bridgewater Public Schools.  All the best to you and your family during the upcoming school year!

                                                                                                        James Robbins

                                                                                                        Director of Special Education