Indian Prairie Special Needs PTA

Who We Are ... 

The Indian Prairie Special Needs (IPSN) PTA is primarily a group of parents and caregivers who have children with special needs in Indian Prairie School District 204, which serves children from the communities of Aurora, Bolingbrook, Plainfield, and Naperville.  Our members have children with a wide range of ages, abilities and educational placements within and outside of the District's schools. Our group welcomes all interested persons at our meetings.

 

2013-14 Meeting/Event Schedule
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  • September 17th at 7pm:
    Topic: IEP Planning & Resources presented by Mary Denise Cahill.  Meeting will be held at CEC 2nd Floor Board Room.
  • October 17th:
    BINGO - at Still Middle School.  Registration begin at 6:45pm BINGO begin at 7pm-8pm.
  • December
    Social Event: Time and location to be finalized.
  • January 21st at 7pm:
    Topic: Transition & Planning Meeting presented by Mary Denise Cahill. Meeting will be held at CEC 2nd Floor Board Room.
  • March 18th at 7pm:
    Topic: District 204 Special Olympics.  This will be held at CEC in the Multipurpose Room at the Prairie Children Preschool.
  • April 15th at 7pm:
    This will be held at CEC 2nd Floor Board Room. General Meeting and New Board Elections. Local orgs/summer camp/program information has been cancelled.
  • May:
    End of year event

 

Executive Board

  • President: Wanda Malone
  • 1st Vice President: Padmini Navalpakkam
  • Treasurer:  Amie Crouse
  • Recording Secretary:  Elizabeth Lardio
  • Corresponding Secretary:  Shelly Menendez
  • Special Olympics:  Janine McDonough
  • Special Needs Liaison: Michele Linden
  • Social Chair:  Open
  • IPPC Rep:  Open
  • PDAC Rep:  Open
  • Health & Safety Chair:  Wanda Malone

 

Our Mission ... 

Our mission is to unify and support parents and care givers of children with special needs from ages 3 to 21 by providing them with an opportunity to:

  • Meet with other parents to share experiences and learn more about topics of interest to them through regular meetings.
  • Learn about and support legislation, funding, services and community resources that support and strengthen the families of children with special needs in our communities.
  • Meet with educators and community leaders to increase awareness of and gain support for the children with special needs in our communities.

 

We believe that no one can better understand the unique challenges of parenting a child with special needs than another parent of a special needs child.  We've been there!

 

Membership is open to all.

 

What We Can Provide ... 

Here are just some of the things that we provide:

  • Information.  We can provide information about special education and District 204.  We can provide an opportunity for parents to meet and support each other.
  • Monthly Group Meetings.  Formats vary from month to month and have included guest speakers and social gatherings.
  • Parent Directory.  Parents new to supported education or resource often find it helpful to talk with more experienced parents.  Members will receive a group directory annually that enables them to connect with other parents throughout District 204.
  • Community Resources.  Find others that offer services to the special needs community.
  • Legislative Updates.  Learn more about current legislation and how it affects you and your child.

 

 

Events and Meetings

The Indian Prairie Special Needs PTA meets at the Crouse Education Center (780 Shoreline Drive, Aurora, IL 60504) in Board Room B6 unless otherwise noted.

 

2013-14 Meeting/Event Schedule

  • September 17th at 7pm:
    Topic: IEP Planning & Resources presented by Mary Denise Cahill.  Meeting will be held at CEC 2nd Floor Board Room.
  • October 17th:
    BINGO - at Still Middle School.  Registration begin at 6:45pm BINGO begin at 7pm-8pm.
  • December
    Social Event: Time and location to be finalized.
  • January 21st at 7pm:
    Topic: Transition & Planning Meeting presented by Mary Denise Cahill. Meeting will be held at CEC 2nd Floor Board Room.
  • March 18th at 7pm:
    Topic: District 204 Special Olympics.  This will be held at CEC in the Multipurpose Room at the Prairie Children Preschool.
  • April 15th at 7pm:
    This will be held at CEC 2nd Floor Board Room. General Meeting and New Board Elections. Local orgs/summer camp/program information has been cancelled.
  • May:
    End of year event

* - Meeting dates, times and locations are subject to change. Members will be notified via email of any changes, and also updated on our website.

 

 

 

Meeting dates and topics/speakers are subject to change.

 

The Indian  Prairie  Special  Needs  PTA  is a PTA designed to support students and  families in the  31 schools in District 204  who have Special Needs Children. 

To get information out to the schools regarding our great Special Needs PTA, the IPSN PTA relies on SNLs (Special Needs Liaisons) to help be that middle person. Since this position has been created, the SN PTA has continued to rely on these people to help get information to the schools and their PTA organizations in the district.

 

It is the SN PTA’s wish to have as many of the schools represented as possible. We still have several schools that do not have an SNL(see list below). If you see your school listed as one that does not have anSNL, consider becoming one for  your school. If you would like to find out more about theSNLprogram or sign up to be one at your school,  Michele Linden at m_linden@att.net

 

 

Special Needs Liaisons and Chairperson: 

Communicate between your home school PTA and IPSN PTA to create awareness and help promote our PTA’s speakers/meetings, events and relay membership information through staff for parents and caregivers. 

 

Contact: Michele Linden at m_linden@att.net
 

Social Committee and Chairperson: 

Coordinate events such as coffees, lunches etc to foster interaction between IPSN PTA members. 

 

Contact: Shelly Menendez at s_a_gifford@yahoo.com

 

Other Committees

For information on all other committees please see our List and Descriptions of Committees (pdf). 

 

Content is coming!

 

Content is coming!

 

We have some great fundraisers that help fund many of our great events and programs including the Teacher Grant program. In addition to becoming an IPSN PTA member, we hope that you will participate in some of our fundraisers. Thank you for participating in our fundraisers!

 

Dominick’s eScrip program

Please register your Dominick’s Fresh Values Card online today!  IPSN PTA will receive up to 4% of your purchases throughout the year if you register your card with IPSN PTA and use it at the checkout. Be sure to share this link with your friends and relatives that shop at Dominick’s and have them sign up their card as well!

  • Visit www.escrip.com
  • Click on “About the Program”
  • Click on “Sign Up”
  • Under Group Name, enter: Indian Prairie Special Needs PTA (use entire name)
  • Group Number: 500017360
  • Shop at Dominicks and present your Fresh Values card at check out!

 

Restaurant Benefit Days

  • Check back for information on upcoming restaurant benefit fundraisers

 

iGive.com

 Please consider registering with iGive.com before you do any online shopping and help the IPSN PTA raise some funds.

 

How iGive Works:

  • GO TO iGive.com
  • SELECT your favorite cause (“Indian Prairie Special Needs PTA”).
  • REGISTER with iGive.com and SEARCH &/or SHOP brand name online stores through the iGive.com Mall.  Just searching for stores/item generates funds and if you make a purchase a percentage is donated to IPSN PTA.  SAVE money with exclusive coupons/free shipping deals.  Plus, when you shop within 45 days of registering iGive.com donates an extra $5 to IPSN PTA!
  • There are over 700 vendors to shop from including many well known stores like Kohl’s, Meijer, Gap, AMAZON.Com, Avon and so many more!
  • Search the web through iSearchiGive.com (a search engine powered by iGive!), using the search engine will raise a penny or more for my cause every time it is used.  you don’t even have to purchase anything to be raising money

  

If you have any questions, comments or ideas for fundraising, please contact Michele Linden, 1st VP, IPSN PTA at m_linden@att.net or 630-585-9177.

 

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Street Address

Crouse Education Center (map)

780 Shoreline Drive

Aurora, IL 60504

Main Office Phone

630.375.3000

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