Special Education Liaisons

This section is dedicated to providing our special education families with information, resources and a forum for responding to and supporting your journey advocating on behalf of your teen. Feel free to contact Jane Winant, PTSA Special Education Liaison, with any comments, questions, content recommendations or suggestions on how we can improve.


Jane Winant

PTSA Special Education Liaison

AHS Cat B Family Newsletter


February 2017


December 2016

A note from Cat B teacher Ms. Reap:  we really need plastic bags.  If anyone has their groceries/other retail purchases bagged in plastic bags, instead of recycling the bags or throwing them out, please send them in with their son/daughter to school. Thank you!

The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) helps parents of students with disabilities. It sponsors workshops, has a lending library, and has Parent Liaisons to help parents solve problems. Information from past workshops and conferences is available at www.fcps.edu/node/28555.  2334 Gallows Rd. Rm 105, Dunn Loring English: 703 204-3941 Espanol: 703 204-3955


Job Fairs for Teens

Sat., April 1, noon - 2 p.m., West Springfield High School, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield

Sat. April 29, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., South County High School, 8501 Silverbrook Road, Lorton.

Local businesses and agencies will be on hand to offer a range of opportunities including part-time jobs, internships, and volunteer work. Resume workshop at the Chantilly job fair.

Registration: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/springfield/teenjobfair.htm


Padres como Líderes Colaboradores (PACL) en Español

Fri.-Sat. March 24-25 Northern Virginia Area

Padres interesados en el desarrollo de liderazgo, comunicación, relaciones y habilidades para mejorar la vida y apoyos para su hijo, así como otras familias en su área. 703-923-0010


Register Now: FCPS Special Education Conference 2017

Sat. April 1, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Hayfield Secondary School 7630 Telegraph Rd, Alexandria

Learn the latest research, strategies, and trends in the education of students with disabilities.

Over 60 workshops to choose from and over 80 exhibitors to see. Translators available.

Register: www.fcps.edu/node/33238 or 703-204-3941

All of these opportunities are FREE unless noted.


Support Groups for Youth


Youth and Young Adults: Stronger Together Alternate Tuesdays, January 10 through May 2017, 6:30-8:00 pm in Fairfax. Sponsored by Formed Families Forward, this peer-to-peer support group for youth ages 14 - 22 meets twice a month through May. Parents, caregivers and guardians meet at the same time. Register: formedfamiliesforward.org/youth-together-peer-group/ or 703 539-2904 $3


Support Group for High School Students with ADHD meets the 1st Sunday of each month 3:30 - 5:00 pm 4031 Univ. Dr Fairfax, VA enter on South St. No parents! Call 703-403-3335 to enter the building. Contact: coach@BrainRelief.org (703) 641-8940


People First for Young Adults 2nd Tue. monthly, 7–8:30 pm The Arc , 2755 Hartland Rd Suite 200, Falls Church. Youth with disabilities ages 14-26 practice public speaking skills, plan social outings, learn from guest speakers on topics of life skills and advocacy, and do projects to enhance social skills. Information: Diane Monnig 703 208-1119 x 118


Community of Solutions Helping Teens Cope with Life Stress

All of these opportunities are FREE unless noted.


Local Support Groups for Parents


Alpha Moms. This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean. Contact: robin4brady@gmail.com


CHADD: Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder meetup.com/novachadd/


Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group last Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm Contact: Jenny ADHDParentMountVernon@gmail.com 703 472-4678


Oakton ADHD Parent Group 4th Tues. of each month at 7:30 pm. Contact: Maureen Gill maureen@adhdcoachforparents.com


West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group 1st & 3rd Tues. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact: Sharon clintob@aol.com 703 716-4646


JCCNV Special Needs Parent Support Group 1st Wed. of each month, 7:00–8:30 pm Contact: Contact: Melissa at MelissaH@jccnv.org Cost: $15 per meeting.


NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for those affected by mental illness.


Oakton Family Support Group meets 1st Thurs. of each month, 7:30-9:00 pm Contact: Joanna.naminova@gmail.com or 703 620-2633


Fairfax Family Support Group meets on the 2nd Thur. of each month 7:30-9:00 pm Contact: Heather daviesva@gmail.com or 703-362-4985


Springfield Family Support Group 4th Thur. of each month 7:00-8:30 pm Contact: Heather daviesva@gmail.com or 703-362-4985


OCD Family Support Group 1st Mon. of each Month, 7:30 pm Contact: familygroupocd@verizon.net or 202 215-5859



Online Auction Results

The AHS PTSA Online Auction to support the "All-Night Graduation Celebration" was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who browsed, bid, bought items or shared the site with friends and family.

We had 245 bids placed on 106 items by 69 bidders. We had over 55 businesses contribute items and combined the items were viewed 5,230 times!

Thanks to your support and generosity, we raised over $5,750. Go Atoms!