Holiday Events from S.I. Parent

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Heaven & Nature Sing with Richmond Choral Society
Saturday, December 5 • 8pm
St. Clare’s RC Church • 110 Nelson Avenue
718-448-3656 •
The Richmond Choral Society presents its 2015 fall concert, Heaven & Nature Sing, featuring Vivaldi’s Magnificat, the Te Deum of Felix Mendelssohn, and the Te Deum of Katl Jenkins. There will also be a selection of holiday favorites, and the traditional “sing along” at he end of the performance.

KidzRock Special Needs Breakfast with Santa
Sunday, December 6 • 10am – 11:30am
8 Johnson Street (off Arthur Kill Rd.)
(718) 966-5990
Buffet for kids, Christmas crafts, pictures and gifts with Santa (with your own camera), and cookies and milk sensory table. The event is for children with special needs and their siblings only. Must purchase tickets in advance.

Sounds Like Christmas
Monday, December 7 • 7pm
Oakwood Heights Community Church • 345 Guyon Avenue
(718) 351-3667
Benefit concert to raise funds for Oakwood Heights Community Church featuring NYC professional actors and musicians as well as special guest appearances by Spotlight Theater. Presented by SI Family Music. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Lincoln Center’s Boro-linc: A Christmas Carol
Saturday, December 12 • 1-3pm
Snug Harbor Cultural Center • 1000 Richmond Terrace (at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art )
(718) 425-3504
Lincoln Center is proud to partner with S.I.’s own, Sundog Theater to present interactive excerpts from “A Christmas Carol,” featuring a Charles Dickens expert who explains little known facts, and international mime Bill Bowers leads a workshop for the entire family.

A Bouncing Breakfast with Santa at Party Jam
Saturday, December 12 • 10am-12pm
75 Ellis Street
(718) 554-4441
Includes bounce, pancakes, bagels, coffee, juice, and photo opportunity with Santa.

Skippyjon Jones Snow What (& The 7 Chihuahuas)
Saturday, December 12, 2015 • 2pm
On Stage at Kingsborough • 2001 Oriental Boulevard (cross street: Oxford), Brooklyn, NY 11235
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the bravest Chihuahua of them all? Skippyjon Jones the Siamese cat who thinks he is a Mexican Chihuahua of course! With the help of his friends the Seven Chimichangos, Skippyjon must rescue the beautiful frozen princess Nieve Que (Snow What) from the magical snowy forest of make-believe. A new musical twist on the classic Snow White fairy tale, based on the book by Judy Schachner. Recommended for Ages 4 & Up.

Annual Breakfast with Santa at Applebees
Applebees Staten Island Mall location:
Saturday, December 12 & Sunday, December 13, 8:30–10am
2655 Richmond Ave • 718-370-3761
Applebees New Dorp, Expressway Plaza, and Outerbridge Crossing locations:
Sunday, December 13, 8:30–10am
430 New Dorp Lane • 718-980-7800
1451 Richmond Avenue‎ • 718-477-1300
2720 Veterans Rd W • 718-943-1200
*100% of proceeds will be donated to Staten Island Children’s Campaign. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Breakfast with Santa at Kids ‘N Shape
Saturday, December 13 • 9-11am
153 Main Street
(718) 227-8300
Bagels will be provided as part of the Breakfast With Santa. Even if your child is unable to stay for the full two hours, he or she will get a chance to meet with Santa since Santa will be there for the whole event. During this time, Santa will talk with the children, and there will be opportunities to have your child’s picture taken with him.

The Christmas Show
Friday, December 11 • 7pm
Saturday, December 12 • 3pm & 7pm
Sunday, December 13 • 3pm & 7pm
St. George Theatre • 35 Hyatt St.

Beastly Breakfast with Santa at the Staten Island Zoo
Saturday, December 12, 9:30-11:30am
614 Broadway
(718) 442-3101 x33
Includes a hot breakfast buffet, a tour throughout the Zoo, and a picture with a special guest (bring your own camera). Reservations required. Limited seats available.

Nutcracker Ballet
CSI Center for the Arts • 2800 Victory Blvd.
Saturday, December 19 & Sunday, December 20

Bowling & Breakfast with Santa
Rab’s Country Lanes • 1600 Hylan Blvd.
Sunday, December 20

Grand Oaks Country Club Brunch with Santa
Sunday, December 20, 11am – 2pm (several seatings)
200 Huguenot Avenue
(718) 356-2771
Enjoy Sunday brunch with all the holiday trimmings including Santa himself. Take pictures and receive a free gift for the kids.

A Fairy Tale Winter
St. George Theatre • 35 Hyatt St.
Tuesday, December 29 • 6pm


Study offers potential breakthrough in care of children with autism

Study offers potential breakthrough in care of children with autism

Symptoms improve after parents are trained to better understand and interact with preschool children, researchers say


Link here for the Article from The Guardian:

New York State’s Board of Regents Votes to Ease Graduation Regulations for Students with IEPs

From the New York Times

Fewer Hurdles to Graduation for Disabled Students in New York

The Board of Regents, New York State’s highest education authority, voted on Monday to make it easier for some students with disabilities to graduate from high school.

Under a new regulation, students with individualized education plans would need to pass two Regents exams — English and math — rather than five. They would still have to take three other exams, in social studies, science and one optional subject, but if they did not pass, their district superintendent could still grant them a diploma if they demonstrated proficiency in those subjects through coursework. Click here to READ THE REST

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From the New York State Education Department Website

Regents Expand Diploma Opportunities for Students with Disabilities; Action Continues Efforts to Provide Multiple Pathways to Graduation

The New York State Board of Regents today adopted new rules that allow certain students with disabilities to meet the academic requirements to earn a Local Diploma without passing every Regents exam that is otherwise required for graduation. The rules become effective on June 20, making it possible for students with disabilities who are otherwise eligible to graduate, to do so later this month. School superintendents are now required to determine, at the local level, if a student with a disability is eligible for graduation. Click here to READ THE REST

Parent to Parent NYS Support Parent Training Webinar

Parent to Parent of NYS is always looking for parents willing to help families who face parenting challenges similar to those they have faced.

Every parent of a child with a disability or special health care need has experiences to share that will assist another parent or family.

Support Parents are the heart of their Parent Matching program.  Through their Parent Matching program they offer parents/caregivers the opportunity to connect one-to-one with a parent/caregiver of an individual with the same or similar disability or special health care need – someone who has “been there.”

Support Parent Training Webinar
May 6, 2016 from 11:30 AM – 1 PM
Register at . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Other Upcoming Webinars Include:

  • Medicaid Service Coordination for Families – Getting the Most from Your Child’s Program
  • Loss, Grief, and Adjustment for Parents of Children with Special Needs
  • Housing Options for People with Disabilities in NYS
  • A Guide for Families to Understanding Supports & Services Administered by OPWDD

For information, visit

Would you like to connect with a support parent?  Contact Parent to Parent NYS if you would like to connect with someone who has “been there,” and can relate to the challenges you are facing.

Contact Person:

Maryalice Fegeley

Regional Coordinator

Parent to Parent of NYS

1050 Forest Hill Road

Staten Island, NY  10314

718-494-3462 / 800-866-1068

Fax:  718-494-0319

Family Support Services Advisory Council Meeting on May 9th

Our next evening Family Support Services Advisory Council meeting will take place on Monday, May 9, 2016    The meeting will start at 7:30 pm and end by 9:30 pm. at HealthCare Assoc 2535 Arthur Kill Road.   Wine & Cheese will be served.

We URGE new members to join us at ANY time.   We encourage you to forward this email to other family members (parents, grandparents & siblings) who might be interested in joining. Membership is open to all family members who have a relative with a developmental disability and to individuals with a developmental disability.

Topics of discussion will include a State wide report regarding changes to our supports and services.  The Governor’s budget, advocacy, the front door, and self-direction.  Representatives from the state will be available to answer questions.


Our last meeting before the summer break will take place at Harvest Cafe at no cost to our membership on Thursday, June 9, 16 at 9:30am.

Kindly confirm your attendance to us at the below email addresses.  If you have additional question please  call.718.983.5276.