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Sannicandro Bill Supporters Give Gov 100 Foot Petition

Filed under: Politics,Schools & Education by News Staff at 2:40 pm on June 21, 2011
Supporters and Rep. Tom Sanicandro Present Gov. Patrick with Petition for Transitional Services for Disabled High School Students (June 21, 2011)

Supporters and Rep. Tom Sanicandro present Gov. Patrick with petition at State House, June 21, 2011.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - State Rep. Tom Sannicandro, (D-MA 7th Middlesex District), who represents constituents in Framingham and Ashland, met with supporters this morning before a hearing on House Bill No. H159.

The legislation if approved will amend Massachusetts General Law, (MGL Ch. 71, Sec. 38G) to define a special "Transitional Services" teacher license.

Those teachers would be trained to assist and guide the successful transition of students with disabilities to activities after graduating high school including; furthering ...[read more]

Sensory Integration: Ideas for Home and School

Filed under: Schools & Education by News Staff at 3:14 pm on November 6, 2009

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Framingham Special Education Parent Advisory Council (F-SEPAC)cordially invites you to " Sensory Integration: Ideas for Home and School", a talk where Phyllis Samara of the Barrett Family Wellness Center will share her knowledge of SI, and discuss ideas for helping special kids both at home and at school.  Thursday, November 12, 7:00pm - 9:00pm at the Cameron Middle School Auditorium, 215 Elm Street, Framingham, MA.

This presentation is free & open to the public. It is geared toward parents, guardians, & education professionals who teach children with special needs.

All TEACHERS attending may get PDPs (Professional Development Points). All ATTENDEES may receive a certificate of participation. Sign-up sheets will be available at the workshop.

Please RSVP so they will have enough handouts available for all attendees, please RSVP to

For more information call 508.558.7220 or go to our web site

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Phyllis Barrett Samara has been in the business of Occupational Therapy for over 35 years and is a graduate of Boston University. She is an SI Certified Therapist, specializing in treating children with varying disabilities. She is also a professor of Occupational Therapy at Quinsigamond Community College. In 1980 she began her own practice, P.B. Samara OT & Assoc., servicing area school systems and nursing homes. In 2000, she started the Barrett Family Wellness Center with the goal of providing exceptional occupational therapy services that would benefit the children and parents alike. It has been her mission to educate parents about their children's various disabilities in order to empower them, and enable them to make informed decisions as to what course of treatment is best for their child.

Teachers Appreciation Week at Office Depot August 16 - 22, 2009

Filed under: Schools & Education by Deb Cleveland at 5:01 pm on August 19, 2009

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- Office Depot, Shoppers World, Rt. 9 W, celebrates teachers the week of August 16-22, 2009 by offering them 10 percent off school supplies. On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon there will be breakfast treats by Bruegger’s Bagels,and John Harvard's Brew House. There will also be free gifts and coupons while supplies last.

Teacher Breakfast with treats, gifts, and coupons on Sat, August 22

Teachers who sign up for the free Office Depot STAR teacher program also receive 15 percent off in the copy and print center throughout the year. They will also be enrolled in the Worklife Rewards program, which gives them 10 percent credits on ink, toner, paper and 1 percent back in credits on other qualifying purchases.

On Saturday, August 22, 2009 only, they will receive 50 percent back in rewards on products made by selected manufacturers, including Crayola, Expo, Papermate, Five Star, Sharpie, and Meade. See or the local Office Depot store for details.

Teachers and the general public can also help out their local schools by mentioning a pre-K - 12 grade school at the checkout. The school will receive 5 percent credit towards school supplies on qualifying purchases through the Office Depot 5% Back to Schools program.

Teachers need to enroll in the free STAR Teacher program in order to receive the 10 percent discount. Enrollment is in-store and only takes a few minutes.

Office Depot in Shoppers World is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The store’s phone number is: 508-620-5570.



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