“’Twas the Night Before Christmas” Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA

Register nowVA Dept. for the Blind and Vision Impaired, VA Hands & Voices,  VA Association of Parents of Students with Visual Impairments, VA Hands & Voices and VSDB Outreach Services co-host a theater event!

When?       Saturday, December 7, 2019, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Who?         For students grades 1 through 12 who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired from any school in Virginia. Students must be accompanied by at least one parent from 9:30 – 1:30, and are welcome to bring up to three family members (for a maximum of 4 people total attending per family). Limit: 45 people.

What?        View the play, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” (not like the poem) with pre- and post-show sessions, and meet students from other school divisions.  Special features:  Audio description provided by Access Virginia and ASL interpreters will make the play accessible to all; students will have the opportunity to explore the stage before the play, and ask actors questions after; time to network and learn about state services and resources during lunch; career awareness session after, “Careers in Theater:  A Lot More Than Acting!”, designed for students 12 years and older and their families (younger students who are interested and their families may attend!)

Cost?            Event and lunch provided free for all registrants confirmed to attend.

Where?     Barter Theatre, Gilliam Stage, 127 West Main St, Abingdon, VA   24210 (free parking behind Stage II – more details will be sent to registrants later.)

How Do We Register? Complete registration form at:

https://forms.gle/KkgGEtEH9N2AzTkf9

(click on the link above, or you may need to cut and paste this into your browser line).  Deadline for registering is noon, Nov. 21, 2019.  Attendance is limited to the first 45 family members registered.  Registration does not guarantee attendance; emails will be sent letting you know if you are confirmed or on wait list.

 

For more information, please contact Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer, Director of Outreach Services at debbie.pfeiffer@vsdb.k12.va.us  or (540) 414-5249.   More specific details will be sent to registrants as the date of the event approaches. We hope to see you there!

 

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NEW! Online Self-Paced Tutorial from Perkins for Individuals Working with Children Who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Register now for Courses #4, 2019-2020

VSDB Outreach Services purchased access to six online, self-paced tutorials (90 minutes to 10 weeks) and we are making them available this school year, free of charge to professionals in Virginia who want to learn more about working with children who are blind or visually impaired.* Registration has ended for 3 of the courses; below is registration for the final course for this semester.  These courses were developed at the Perkins School for the Blind.  Those registering before the given deadline will be sent a code that will allow access for the specified period of time to complete that tutorial at their convenience, 24/7, with the fee waived.  At the end of that tutorial, each participant will choose from “ACVREP” (includes their logo), “Continuing Education,” or “Professional Development.” Registration is now open for course #4!

REGISTER NOW for Course #4:   Dual Media Learners:  Instructional Strategies and Assessment (1.5 Cr.) 

https://forms.gle/YdcSNuSCi4syqERM9

Registration for this course with VSDB Outreach ends Nov. 4, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Course access is Nov. 5 – Dec. 3, 2019.

 

Course Description:  Dual Media Learners: Instructional Strategies and Assessment, presented by Anne Spitz.  Teaching children with visual impairments who are dual media learners presents challenges, but offers incredible rewards as they develop the literacy tools needed for success. This tutorial provides an overview of the characteristics of dual media learners, considerations in programming, as well as strategies for instruction and assessment. Participants will earn 1.5 ACVREP, CTLE credits, or Continuing Education credits by completing an online quiz.

Target Audience: This is a web-based, self-guided professional development activity for TVIs, VRTs, O&Ms, Parents, Teachers of the Deafblind or Severely Impaired, and Rehabilitation Specialists.

After the registration period ends, you will receive a voucher (coupon) code, and can then take the course at your convenience from any location, within the time period allotted.

*If you do not need credit or certificates of completion toward licensure, these courses can be accessed for free through Perkins without going through VSDB Outreach Services.

Proposed courses to be offered by VSDB Outreach through Perkins’ School, Spring, 2020 follow:

Name of Tutorial Period for Registration Period for Course Completion Number of Credits Perkins’ tutorials can be taken on your own, free of charge if you don’t need credits; Outreach has purchased state viewing for those who want credits for continuing education and/or ACVREP for each  of these titles.
Alternate Routes:  Adapting O&M Techniques  

Jan. 14-24, 2:00 pm, 2020

 

 

Jan. 25- Ap.10, 2020

 

10 credits ACVREP, CTLE, or CEU

Recognizing and Building Abstract Thinking  

Jan. 14-24, 2:00 pm, 2020

 

Jan. 25 – Feb. 26, 2020

 

1.5 credits

ACVREP, CTLE, or CEU

Functional Curriculum Feb. 18 – 26, 2:00 pm, 2020

 

 

Feb 27 – Ap. 10, 2020

 

1.5 credits ACVREP, CTLE, or CEU

 

We hope you can join us!   Debbie

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Register now for Courses 1, 2, &/or 3 Fall, 2019

NEW! Online Self-Paced Tutorials from Perkins for Individuals  

Working with Children Who are Blind or Visually Impaired

VSDB Outreach Services has purchased access to six more online, self-paced tutorials (90 minutes to 10 weeks), and is making four of them available this semester free of charge to professionals in Virginia who want to learn more about working with children who are blind or visually impaired. * These courses were developed at the Perkins School for the Blind.  Those who register before the given deadline for each will be sent a code that will allow access for varying periods of time, depending on length of tutorial (dates are specified) to complete that tutorial at their convenience, 24/7.  At the end of that tutorial, each participant will choose from “ACVREP” (includes their logo), “Continuing Education,” or “Professional Development.” People may take one course, or as many as they want. Registration is now open for courses 1, 2, and 3!                                               

We hope you can join us!   Debbie

REGISTER NOW for Course #1, Fall, 2019

Accessible Literacy for Early Readers (20 Credits, ACVREP or CEU)

https://forms.gle/mYAPmMR39mkuhwiT6

Registration for this course ends at 4:00 pm Oct. 7, 2019. Course access is Oct. 8 – Dec. 3, 2019.

Course DescriptionThere are 6 sessions included in Accessible Literacy for Early Readers training module that demonstrate theories and best practices for teaching students with visual impairments and additional disabilities. Plan to spend 1 week working through each module. Participants will earn 20 ACVREP credits or 20 PDP/CE credits by viewing the video presentations and lectures, and completing the assignments. An audit (no-credit) version is also available.  In addition to the credits, one can also earn the Early Literacy micro-credential (any questions should be directed to Perkins.) Required readings are provided through the learning platform. Additional suggested reading is optional.
Download Accessible Literacy self-paced syllabus »

Target Audience:  Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments (TVIs) Orientation & Mobility Specialists, teachers of students with moderate/severe disabilities, teachers of deafblind students, families & related service personnel.

REGISTER NOW for Course #2, Fall, 2019

Building Strategies Around CVI Phases (1.5 Credits)

https://forms.gle/45yxVZuefmww9MqJ7

Registration for this course ends at 4:00 pm Oct. 7, 2019. Course access is Oct. 8 – Nov. 4, 2019.

Course Description:  Presenter: Ellen Mazel.  This tutorial presents careful assessment around the 10 characteristics of CVI to help staff and parents understand the unique learning needs for each CVI Phase. They can then build strategies, modifications to the environment, modifications to materials, and modifications to literacy that match the visual strengths and visual areas of need. Understanding the child’s CVI Phase can assist in the creation of learning methodologies to benefit children’s expected visual improvement. Additional research and resources about CVI will be identified and discussed. Participants will earn 1.5 ACVREP, CTLE credits, or Continuing Education credits by completing an online quiz. By registering for ACVREP, CTLE credits, or Continuing Education credits, you will be provided with a self-paced tutorial using video clips and other resources related to this topic, as well as an online test to assess your knowledge.

Target Audience: TVIs, VRTs, O&Ms, Parents, Teachers of the Deafblind or Severely Impaired, and Rehabilitation Specialists.

REGISTER NOW for Course #3, Fall, 2019

Speech Pathologists and Cortical Visual Impairment: 

An Overview of the SLP’s Role in Working with Children with CVI (1.5 Credits)

https://forms.gle/9neqNjwiimVXCQZRA

Registration for this course ends at 4:00 pm Oct. 7, 2019. Course access is Oct. 8 – Dec. 3, 2019.

Course Description:  This tutorial addresses Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) through the experience of a Speech and Language Pathologist by examining the characteristics of CVI that affect speech, language, and feeding. The tutorial also identifies modifications and supports for therapies and assessments when working with children who have CVI.

Participants will earn 1.5 ACVREP, CTLE credits, or Continuing Education credits by completing an online quiz. (ASHA credits are not available for this online tutorial.)  You will be provided with a self-paced tutorial using video clips and other resources related to this topic.

Target Audience:  SLPs, TVIs, O&Ms, Parents, Teachers of Students with Deaf-Blindness or with additional disabilities, and Rehabilitation Specialists.

After the registration period ends, you will receive a voucher (coupon) code, and can then take the course at your convenience from any location, within the time period allotted (see below).

Information regarding registration for and access to courses being offered by VSDB Outreach Fall, 2019 follows. Registration info for course #4 will be sent later.

Perkins’ tutorials can be taken on your own, free of charge if you don’t need credits; Outreach has purchased state viewing for those who want credits for continuing education and/or ACVREP for each  of these titles.

Name of Tutorial Period for Registration Period for Course Completion Number of Credits
Accessible Literacy for Early Readers Sept. 26–Oct. 7, 2019 Oct. 8 – Dec. 3, 2019 20 credits ACVREP, CTLE, or CEU
Building Strategies Around CVI Phases Sept. 26–Oct. 7, 2019   Oct. 8 – Nov. 4, 2019 1.5 credits ACVREP, CTLE, or CEU
Dual Media Learners:  Instructional Strategies and Assessment Oct. 21 – Nov. 1, 2019   Nov 5 – Dec. 3, 2019 1.5 credits ACVREP, CTLE, or CEU
Speech Pathologists and Cortical Visual Impairment: An Overview of the SLP’s Role in Working with Children with CVI   Sept. 26 – Oct. 7, 2019 Oct. 8 – Dec. 3, 2019 (may offer it again in the Spring if few take it in the Fall) 1.5 credits ACVREP, CTLE, or CEU

A brief description of the next self-paced tutorial being offered Fall, 2018 semester by VSDB Outreach Services follows:

Dual Media Learners: Instructional Strategies and Assessment Presented by Anne Spitz.  Access dates Nov 5 – Dec. 3, 2019 Teaching children who are dual media learners presents challenges, but offers incredible rewards as they develop the literacy tools needed for success. This tutorial provides an overview of the characteristics of dual media learners, considerations in programming, as well as strategies for instruction and assessment. Participants will earn 1.5 ACVREP, CTLE credits, or Continuing Education credits by completing an online quiz.

*If you do not need credit or certificates of completion toward licensure, these courses can be accessed for free through Perkins without going through VSDB Outreach Services.

Proposed courses for VSDB Outreach to offer through Perkins’ School, Spring, 2020

Perkins’ tutorials can be taken on your own, free of charge if you don’t need credits; Outreach has purchased state viewing for those who want credits for continuing education and/or ACVREP for each of these titles.  

Name of Tutorial Period for Registration Period for Course Completion Number of Credits
Alternate Routes:  Adapting O&M Techniques Jan. 14-24, 2020 Jan. 25- Ap.10, 2020 10 credits ACVREP, CTLE, or CEU
Recognizing and Building Abstract Thinking Jan. 14-24, 2020 Jan. 25 – Feb. 26, 2020 1.5 credits ACVREP, CTLE, or CEU
Functional Curriculum Feb. 18 – 26, 2020     Feb 27 – Ap. 10, 2020   1.5 credits ACVREP, CTLE, or CEU

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Science Day!

Join us for a day of fun and learning –
Science Day! 
Sponsored by VSDB Outreach Services

  • When?    Saturday, November 9, 2019,  9:30am – 2:30pm
  • Who?       For students grades 4 through 8 who are deaf/hard of hearing from any school in Virginia.  Students are welcome to bring 1 sibling in the same age group.
  • What?      A day of fun science activities and a great opportunity to meet students from other school divisions who also have hearing loss. Special features: Science Educator, Brita Hampton of Virginia Beach Public Schools, and a chance to visit the Fall Family Resource Fair being held by VSDB Family Resource Center!
  • Where?   The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind,  104 VSDB Dr, Staunton, VA  24402, Yates-Shinpaugh Building

How Do We Register?     Complete registration form before 4:00 pm on Oct. 24, 2019  in Google Forms at:

https://forms.gle/Kzs4atNikPC7KE2y5

(you may need to cut and paste this into your browser line)

See the registration form at the link above for more details.

Follow this link for the day’s agenda.

For more information, please contact Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer, Director of VSDB Outreach Services at debbie.pfeiffer@vsdb.k12.va.us  or (540) 414-5249.   We hope to see you there!

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Crash Course with the VI Consortium: UEB Technical Review

Presenter:  Kim Avila, PhD, COMS

Tuesday, Aug. 13 and Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

This two-part webinar will provide participants with an overview of UEB technical concepts.  Topics will include formatting, grade one indicator use, and transcription of basic to advanced mathematics.  Resources for UEB technical material transcription will be shared.  Participants should have a strong foundation in literary UEB transcription and preliminary UEB technical skills.  

Complete one registration now for both sessions at:   

https://forms.gle/9Snby8DJWnrr6P4T7 
(you may need to cut and paste this into your browser)                     

Registration deadline is July 30, 2019.

Presenter:  Dr. Kimberly Avila is the professor-in-charge and coordinator of the Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Vision Impairment at George Mason University.  She has over twenty years of experience working in the field of blindness and visual impairment, and is passionate about equitable access to literacy through braille instruction.  Dr. Avila earned her PhD at George Mason University and was a doctoral fellow with the National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities through the Office of Special Education Programs.  

Target Audience:  This two-part webinar is for teachers working in Virginia Public Schools with students who are blind/visually impaired.

Participants who complete this two-part webinar and the follow-up survey will receive a Certificate of Attendance for 4 continuing education hours.

We hope you can join us!

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Pinocchio! Virginia Voice, Virginia Repertory Theater; Register now!

A theater event co-sponsored by VSDB Outreach Services and the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired

Pinocchio! in Richmond, Virginia

When?     Sunday, April 7, 2019,  11:30 am – 2:45 pm

Who?       For students grades 1 through 12 who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired from any school in Virginia. Students must be accompanied by at least one parent/adult guardian from 11:30 – 2:45, and are welcome to bring up to three family members (for a maximum of 4 people total attending per family).

What?      View the play, “Pinocchio” with pre- and post-show sessions, and meet students from other school divisions who are also blind/vi or deaf/hh. Special features:  Audio description provided by Virginia Voice and ASL interpreters will make the play accessible to all; students will have the opportunity to explore the stage before the play, and ask actors questions after.

Cost?          Event and lunch provided free for all registrants who have been confirmed to attend.

Where?   The Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn in “The Shops at Willow Lawn,” 1601 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond, VA  23230 (near Osh Kosh and Carters, see http://va-rep.org/ct_directions.html ). Parking is free in front of the Shops.

How Do We Register? Complete registration form at:  https://goo.gl/forms/0UxE0KfzjfGMWAw22 (click on the link or you may need to cut and paste it into your browser line).  Deadline for registering is Mar. 21, 2019.  Registration does not guarantee attendance; emails will be sent Mar. 22 letting you know if you are confirmed or on a wait list.

Thanks to Virginia Hands & Voices and to VAAPVI for their support!

For more information, please contact Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer, Director of Outreach Services at debbie.pfeiffer@vsdb.k12.va.us  or (540) 414-5249.

More specific details will be sent to registrants as the date of the event approaches. We hope to see you there!

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Spring 2019 Short Courses Through VSDB Outreach

VSDB Outreach Services presents

Online Short Courses from CID  for Individuals  Working with Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

VSDB Outreach Services purchased access to four online, self-paced short courses (30 – 60 minutes each), and is making them available free of charge to professionals in Virginia who want to learn more about working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.* These courses were developed at the Central Institute for the Deaf (CID).  Those who register before the given deadline for each will be sent a code that will allow access at no charge for approximately one month (dates are specified) to take that course at their convenience, 24/7.  At the end of that course, each participant must complete an assessment, a course evaluation, and a questionnaire, and will then be able to request .05 ASHA CEUs or .5 LSLS CEUs and/or a certificate of completion. People may take as many or few courses as they choose.

 

Name of CourseRegistration with VSDB OutreachDates when course is available through CID:
Pediatric Audiology: The Basics1/8/16 – 1/15/181/17/19 – 2/17/19
Because it was so popular last year… Developing IEP Goals for Students with Hearing Loss: Speech, Language and Auditory Development2/12/18-2/18/182/20/19 – 3/20/19

A brief description of the short course being offered next by VSDB Outreach Services follows:

Developing IEP Goals for Students with Hearing Loss: Speech, Language and Auditory Development

This half-hour, interactive course takes you through the process of writing IEP goals using SMART criteria for children with hearing loss. (SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Relevant, Realistic and Time-bound). The course explores example goals and benchmarks for children of various ages from 3 to 12 years. It ends with a case study challenging you to apply what you have learned.

*If you do not need ASHA or LSLS credit or certificates of completion toward licensure, these courses may be accessed for free through CID without going through Outreach Services.

We hope you can join us!   Debbie

NOTE:   Many of you completed coursework from CID through VSDB Outreach last school year that used the CID SPICE KIT as a tool for evaluation and remediation.  A SPICE Kit purchased by Outreach Services has been placed in each of the following TTAC Lending Libraries for Virginia educators to borrow, free of charge.  Contact information for each of these TTAC Lending Libraries follows:

George Mason University –    http://kihd.gmu.edu/library/

James Madison University –    http://www.ttacjmu.org/lending-library/

Virginia Commonwealth University –     http://www.ttac.vcu.edu/library/

Old Dominion University –     http://ttac.odu.edu/services/library/

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University  –  http://www.ttac.vt.edu/Library/Library_GC.html

VSDB Outreach Services are available through grant funding from the Virginia Department of Education.

 

At the end of registration period, you will receive a voucher (coupon) code from VSDB Outreach, and can then take the course at your convenience from any location, within the time period allotted.

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Register now: Pediatric Audiology — The Basics

VSDB Outreach Services presents

Online Short Courses from CID  for Individuals  Working with Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

VSDB Outreach Services purchased access to four online, self-paced short courses (30 – 60 minutes each), and is making them available free of charge to professionals in Virginia who want to learn more about working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.* These courses were developed at the Central Institute for the Deaf (CID).  Those who register before the given deadline for each will be sent a code that will allow access at no charge for approximately one month (dates are specified) to take that course at their convenience, 24/7.  At the end of that course, each participant must complete an assessment, a course evaluation, and a questionnaire, and will then be able to request .05 ASHA CEUs or .5 LSLS CEUs and/or a certificate of completion. People may take as many or few courses as they choose.

REGISTER NOW for 2018-2019 Course #3,  Pediatric Audiology:  The Basics

https://goo.gl/forms/SbtYept4xi0jlPj23

Registration with VSDB Outreach for this course ends at 4:00 pm, Jan. 15, 2019. Course access is Jan. 17–Feb. 17, 2019.

Pediatric Audiology:  The Basics

Understanding the communication needs of a student with hearing loss starts with a basic knowledge of what he can and cannot hear.  This 38 minute course is a stand-alone audiology primer, essential for early intervention providers, teachers, pediatric speech-language pathologists and others who work on the educational team of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing.  This short course covers how the ear works, how to read an audiogram, the kinds of testing used to measure hearing levels of children of different ages, hearing devices, and more.

Target Audience: Early intervention providers, educators (especially teachers, speech-language pathologists, instructional assistants) who work with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, and family members.

At the end of registration period, you will receive a voucher (coupon) code from VSDB Outreach, and can then take the course at your convenience from any location, within the time period allotted.

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Conducting Learning Media Assessments

VA Dept. of Education and VSDB Outreach Services present a live training,

Conducting Learning Media Assessments:  The Essential Groundwork for All Learning for students with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities

Presenter:  Tom Miller, M.S.

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, 9:00 – 4:00

VA Dept. for the Blind and Vision Impaired, Richmond, VA

Please register for this training at:

The deadline for registering is 1:00 pm, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018.

Training Description: Results obtained from a quality Learning Media Assessment (LMA) lay the groundwork for all subsequent teaching and learning when it comes to students with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities.  Tom Miller will review the importance of conducting LMAs, share best practice and strategies, and provide opportunities for participants to utilize forms from various assessments.   Training methods will include lecture with power point, videos, case scenarios, simulated testing, discussion, and other interactive activities.  This training is free of charge; lunch will be provided.  Participants will earn up to 6 hours of continuing education units (not ACVREP).

Presenter:  Tom Miller is a former teacher and administrator of students with blindness/visual impairment and with deaf-blindness at the Perkins School for the Blind.  He recently retired as Program Director of the Kevin O’Grady School of the Northshore Education Consortium in Beverly, Massachusetts, and is currently a private consultant in the fields of blindness and deaf-blindness.

Target Audience: Teachers of students with blindness/visual impairment including those with additional disabilities, and others who work on their teams.

This training is supported by grant funding by the Virginia Department of Education andVSDB Outreach Services, with facilitation by the VA Dept. for the Blind and Vision Impaired and the VA Project for Children and Young Adults with Deaf-Blindness.  Questions should be directed to Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer at Debbie.Pfeiffer@vsdb.k12.va.us  .  Thank you!

We hope to see you at the training! 

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town

See the Play at Barter Theatre, Abingdon Virginia

Saturday, December 1, 2018
9:00 am – 2:30 pm

A theater event for students grade 1 through 12, co-hosted by Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired, Virginia Hands & Voices,  Virginia Association of Parents of Students with Visual Impairments, and VSDB Outreach Services

Who can participate:  Students grades 1 through 12 who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired from any school in Virginia. Students must be accompanied by at least one parent from 9:00 am through 2:30 pm and are welcome to bring up to three family members (for a maximum of four people total attending per family). Limit: 45 people.

About the event:     View the play, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” with pre- and post-show sessions, and meet students from other school divisions who are also blind/vi or deaf/hh. Special features:

  • Audio description provided by Access Virginia and nationally certified interpreters will make the play accessible to all
  • Students will have the opportunity to explore the stage before the play, and ask actors questions after
  • Interactive, educational session with Project REAL educators utilizing theatre techniques to integrate the student’s life experiences with career awareness.  (Project Real is provided under a contract with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2017-2018)

 

Cost: Event and lunch provided free for all registrants confirmed to attend.

Where:     Barter Theatre, Gilliam Stage, 127 West Main St, Abingdon, VA   24210 (free parking behind Stage II)

How to Register: Complete registration form at: https://goo.gl/forms/gZtSk3qsy2xzNTgM2 (click on the link, or you may need to cut and paste this into your browser line).

Deadline: Nov. 19, 2018.  Attendance is limited to the first 45 family members registered.  Registration does not guarantee attendance; emails will be sent letting you know if you are confirmed or on wait list.

For more information: Please contact Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer, Director of Outreach Services at debbie.pfeiffer@vsdb.k12.va.us  or (540) 414-5249.   More specific details will be sent to registrants as the date of the event approaches. We hope to see you there!

 

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