November 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 7:18 AM | Kendall Tuckerman (Administrator)

It has been a busy month. SEED Fall Family Day at Sienna Ranch was at capacity. We couldn’t have hoped for a better turnout and a more beautiful day. Families got to bond around a BBQ. Children explored the ranch, did pumpkin crafts, interacted with chickens and goats, rode horses, did archery, went on hayrides and hiked to the fort. This year the event saw the addition of a professional face painter and a group of about 10 teenagers there to enhance the family experience. 

SEED, in collaboration with the Springhill Elementary staff and PFC, piloted a day of Diverse Ability Awareness for the first time in the Lafayette School District. All the classrooms received age-appropriate hands-on lessons to experience what it is like to live with specific differences and disabilities. The highlight of the day was the meet and greet with Canine Companions for Independence. Click here for more info on the program. If you would like to champion such a program in your school, please contact us at

The second installment of SEED’s IEP Parent Education Series, “IEP Process & Goals,” was a tremendous success, with 60 parents coming out to hear advocate Todd Gary’s talk on the ins and outs of the IEP process.

The following points were covered in the presentation:

  • Understanding the IEP Process, which is needs based, and builds from the Present Level Of Performance, identifying educational needs, from there goals are set, and finally services and placement are determined.
  • How to develop SMART Goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic & Relevant, Timely.
  • Pragmatic tips for parents to be well prepared equal partners to the IEP Process.

For details, view the presentation by clicking here.

Once again, SEED’s new specialized childcare allowed many families present to attend. We plan to continue offering childcare for the 3rd installment in our IEP series with Todd Gary. This next parent ed on Tuesday, February 6, from 5:30 PM-8:00 PM is called "IEP Collaboration.”  Please RSVP for Parent Ed and Childcare by clicking here.

In the meantime, in response to many requests from our members, SEED is organizing and moderating a SpEd Parent Forum for LAFSD families on Thursday, November 30, from 5:30PM-8:00PM.

As always with our evening programming, the first half hour will be dedicated to socializing and refreshments. Whether it is for the parent forum or for the next parent ed, the presentations and discussions will start promptly at 6:00 PM. Please RSVP by clicking here.

Last but not least, it is time to RSVP to SEED Holiday Party on Friday December 8th, at 6:00PM. The respite for children that night will be provided by Mary Kaye Stephens and her fabulous staff of volunteers at Moraga Valley Presbyterian. In my house, we call it Mary Kaye’s Party! To register to the Holiday Party click here, and to register to Mary Kaye’s respite “party”, email Mary Kaye at

On behalf of the SEED Board, I’d like to express how grateful we are for the community response to our programming. We are all volunteers and your presence keeps us going strong. Happy Thanksgiving!

-Elsa Troy Slovik, President

SEED (Special Education Enrichment Development Foundation) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization run by parent and community volunteers to benefit diverse learners in Lafayette, California.

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