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    TOPS Families,

    Wanted to make sure you all had the following information and updates on Disability Awareness Month and Volunteerism that I forgot to add to my weekly email this past Sunday.  ZOOM links and schedules for curriculum nights on next Tuesday (October 27) and Thursday (October 29) will be sent on Sunday!

    This coming Monday:  Intersectionality and Disability Justice: Bringing Our Full Selves to Schools and Communities - Monday, October 26, 7 - 8:30 pm, event co-sponsored by Special Education PTSA and SPS Special Education Department.

    We cannot create schools where every student belongs and thrives unless we address the intersection of racism and ableism, particularly low expectations of disabled students who are multiply marginalized and oppressed. Join this conversation to understand how to act in solidarity with disability justice movements, celebrate disability pride and identity, and ensure that there is “nothing about us, without us.” Presented by Carrie Basas, Director of the Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds.  This event with have ASL, Spanish, and Somali interpreters.

    The TOPS K-8 Disability History Month Poster Or VIDEO contest  October is Disability History and Pride Month. Win a book of your choice from a reading list by submitting a poster or short video (1-2 minutes) that profiles a person with a disability who has contributed to social justice.  Use your art or video skills to profile a person with a disability who made a significant contribution to social justice. Represent that person through drawing, painting, images, text, and/or other ways. Middle school contestants: Please explain how this person has changed our world and why you respect their contribution.   See the attached flyer for more details:   TOPSflyerdisabilityprofilefinal.pdf 

    Volunteering at TOPS.  New guidelines are linked here!  We would love to have more families helping our classroom teachers in breakout rooms (monitoring students, facilitating discussions, helping).  All breakout room volunteers need to be Category B  Volunteers.

    Have a great weekend families!