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September 1, 2016

Dear Families,


Once again, summer has flown by and we are ready and excited to have our school doors open to your children.  I hope you all had a wonderful summer and enjoyed the hot, sunny weather!


During the course of my twenty years in the East Bridgewater Public Schools, I have had the pleasure of getting to know many of you and your children.  I look forward to meeting more of you through the 2016-2017 school year.  I would also like to take this opportunity to inform you of all the new and talented staff members we have welcomed to the Special Education Department (see opposite side).


Enclosed you will find the Parent’s Notice of Procedural Safeguards.  In accordance with federal special education law, IDEA 2004, school districts may distribute these Safeguards once per year to parents/guardians of students in special education.  Please maintain these Safeguards for your reference throughout the school year.  Should you need an additional copy at any point during the school year, we will be happy to provide that for you upon request.  If you have any questions regarding the contents of these Safeguards, please contact the appropriate Special Education Department Head:


Lauren Dalton


508-378-8204 x516

Sheila Pero

K-3 IEP Coordinator

508-378-8204 x102

Fred Ortelt

Grades 4-7

508-378-8209 X4311

Deena LaVallee

Grades 8-12

508-378-8214 x5002

Lorna Ibbitson

Out of District/IEP



In an effort to be as cost effective as possible, we are enclosing one copy per family, even if more than one child in your household receives special education services.  Also enclosed with this letter is information regarding the East Bridgewater Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC).  Please take a few minutes to review the information.  The SEPAC has been an important resource to many families in East Bridgewater and also to my department in the role of school and family liaison.


I look forward to this new school year and to working collaboratively with parents and staff as we strive to achieve a common goal of ensuring a positive school experience for all of our students.  Best wishes for a smooth beginning!





Gina Williams

Assistant Superintendent

Student Services

Tom Mahoney

School Psychologist (new hire)

Sheila Pero

IEP Coordinator (new hire)

Kristen Tanner

Special Education Teacher- Therapuetic Classroom K-2 (new hire)

Michelle DaSilva

Special Education Teacher -Therapeutic PreSchool (was CS TA last year)

Lizanne McCabe

Special Education Teacher - Access Classroom PreK/Kdg. (was CS TA last year)

Erica Marder

Reading Teacher (Grade 3 teacher last year)

Emily Miller

Speech and Language Teacher (new hire)

Jaclyn Benvie

Special Needs Teacher (was a grade 4 teacher)

Deena LaVallee

IEP Coordinator (new)

Erin Volante

School Psychologist (new)

Tarah Craig

Special Education Teacher – Language Based Classroom 7-8 (new hire)

Bridget Ryan

Special Education Teacher – Life Skills Classroom (new hire)

Jared Leonard

Therapeutic Language based Teacher (new Hire)