Tri-Valley SELPA Dr. Sara Woolverton, Tri-Valley SELPA Senior Director
4665 Bernal Avenue
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Office Phone: 925.426.9144 Office Fax: 925.426.9142

February 11, 2016

News and Events

PLEASE NOTE: Entry to the Tri-Valley SELPA is now through the Special Education Department Building 300. As of February 1, 2016, the door to the Special Education building where the Tri-Valley SELPA is located will remain locked. Accordingly, all visitors must enter through the main Pleasanton Unified School District Office and request that the SELPA be notified of your arrival.

IMPORTANT MESSAGES from Dr. Sara Woolverton, Tri-Valley SELPA Senior Director, and the Interim Director of Special Education at the California Department of Education
    Copy of an email sent from Dr. Sara Woolverton, Tri-Valley SELPA Senior Director, on February 1, 2016:

      "Directors and others,

      This email contains a notification that the state has been ordered to turn over personally identifying student information of ("PH", including but not limited to, names, addresses, social security numbers, assessment results, health and mental health records, behavior and discipline reports, evaluations, and IEPs) to a parent group and their attorneys, UNLESS parents or adult students notify the judge in writing that they do not want their information released. This data may involve any student in a CA school from 2008 to the present.

      The attached letter explains the situation and provides a link to the judge's Notice of Disclosure of Student Records and a form that may be used by parents or adult students to object to the disclosure of information their or their student's information."
    Click here to link to the Morgan Hill Case.

    For a copy of the Official Message from the Interim Director of Special Education at the California Department of Education, please click on the PDF file link below. NOTE: Neither the Tri-Valley SELPA nor any district in the Tri-Valley SELPA is a party in this lawsuit.
    2-1-16 Official Message from Interim Director of Special Education.pdf

    2016 Alameda County Transition Information Faire

      This is an event to help facilitate a successful transition from school to adult services for youth with developmental disabilities and their families. The Transition Faire includes an educational showcase of adult service programs and a variety of education workshops.

      Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016
      Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
      Location: College of Alameda, 555 Ralph Appezzato Parkway, Alameda, CA

      Mail or online registration is required.
      Registration Deadline: March 4, 2016

      All students must be accompanied by an adult in order to participate. For more information about the Transition Faire, please download a copy of the flier in:
      English: 2016 Transition Faire Registration Form english.pdf
      Spanish: 2016 Transition Faire Registration spanish.pdf

    SAVE THE DATE! Annual Make A Difference Awards Night

      The annual Make a Difference Awards night will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at Dublin High School. More information about this special night of celebration will be published early 2016.

    Special Olympics Northern California (SONC)
    Save the Dates! 2015-2016 Tri-Valley Special Olympics School Program

        March 3rd: SONC School Programs Basketball Competition / Grades K through 5th Grade
        Place: Pleasanton Middle School, 5001 Case Ave, Pleasanton, CA
        Flier: Basketball Elementary School 3-3-16.pdf
        March 15th: SONC School Programs Basketball Competition / Grades Middle School through High School/Transition
        Place: Pleasanton Middle School, 5001 Case Ave, Pleasanton, CA
        Flier: Basketball Middle-High-Transitional School 3-15-16.pdf

        April 19th: Harvest Park Middle School, 4900 Valley Ave, Pleasanton, CA
        April 20th: Croce Elementary School, 5650 Scenic Ave, Livermore, CA
        April 21st: Donlon Elementary School, 4150 Dorman Rd, Pleasanton, CA

        April 26th: Invitational "Bay Area Games"
        Place: Site to be determined
        May 10th: SONC School Programs Track & Field Competition / Grades Middle School through High School/Transition
        Place: Livermore High School, 600 Maple St, Livermore, CA
        May 24th: SONC School Programs Track & Field Competition / Grades K through 5th Grade
        Place: Livermore High School, 600 Maple St, Livermore, CA

PLEASE NOTE: The Tri-Valley SELPA and member districts do not endorse or recommend non-SELPA events, but strive to keep our parents and educators informed of opportunities for special education staff and special education students and their families. We do not advertise events by "private-for-profit" agencies.
      How to Improve Your Child’s Fine Motor and Sensory Integration Skills

        Does your child have a hard time fastening buttons and zippers? Do they hold their pencil in an awkward way? Do they have problems orienting their letters on the paper? Do they have difficulty focusing in a loud environment?

        At this presentation, you will:
        • Gain an understanding of age appropriate fine motor skills and typical challenges
        • Learn how to engage your child in play activities to practice fine motor skills and sensory issues
        • Be able to see and touch equipment and materials for the home environment
        • Get information on helpful resources and ask general questions. Please Note: due to confidentiality issues, specific questions about an individual child or eligibility for OT services WILL NOT be addressed during this time.

        Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
        Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
        Place: Hart Middle School, Multipurpose Room, 4433 Willow Rd., Pleasanton

        For more information or to register for this free event please go to the event website or scan the QR code included in the event flyers below:
        English: 2-23-16 Motor & Sensory English.pdf
        Spanish: 2-23-16 Motor & Sensory Spanish.pdf

        For questions about this event, help with registration, or requests for a sign (ASL) or spoken language interpreter, email Please send interpreter requests by February 16th.

      Special Needs Family Appreciation Night with the Golden State Warriors

        Families of children with special needs can enjoy the game at an exclusive discounted rate of just $75 per person (a savings of over $20 with NO taxes, surcharges, or fees)!

        Date: Monday, March 7, 2016
        Time: Game starts at 7:30 pm
        Place: Oakland Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA

        For more information please download a copy of the event flier: WarriorsSNAppreciation-2.pdf

      COMING SOON! Friends of Children with Special Needs (FCSN) presents Special Needs Talent Showcase 2016: ENTER NOW!

        Come spread your invisible wings and reach for the stars. You can join the Special Needs Talent Showcase as an individual or as a group. All types of performances are welcomed – musical acts, dancing, comedy, magic acts, martial arts, acrobatics, etc. Participation medals will be awarded to every contestant. Trophies and prizes will be awarded to all finalists at the Final Competition. All individuals with developmental disabilities are encouraged to try out and have the chance to enjoy an extraordinary experience!

        Preliminary Auditions:
          Date: SUNDAY, January 31, 2016
          Time: 1:00 p.m.
          Place: Friends of Children with Special Needs Dream Center, 2300 Peralta Blvd, Fremont, CA

          Date: SATURDAY, March 19, 2016
          Time: 7:00 p.m.
          Place: Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA

        ENTRY FORMS:
        FOR MORE INFORMATION (e.g., Contestant Eligibility, Entry Fees) please see our Friends of Children with Special Needs webpage.

      Miss Unlimited Pageant

        All too often, we are taught to believe in a false definition of what it means to be beautiful, casting aside the essential values of real beauty: strength, kindness, confidence, the qualities that truly make us all radiant.

        The Miss Unlimited Pageant was founded on the principle of empowering the true beauty and unlimited potential of girls with special needs. The pageant provides the opportunity for these young girls to be celebrated for all they are inside, and not just defined by what the world sees on the outside.

        The Miss Unlimited Foundation works to bring the community together in support of girls that have overcome physical limitations and empower them to achieve their dreams!

        Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016
        Place: San Francisco, CA

        For more information go to

      Pleasanton Council PTA: Do YOU Want to Support Children With Special Needs?

        For parents and educators in the Pleasanton Unified School District.
        The Pleasanton PTA Council Special Needs Committee is comprised of a group of highly motivated volunteers, with representatives from each school and PUSD, who are committed to the quality education of children with special needs. Come share your ideas and offer your unique perspective as a special needs parent or educator. It does not take a great time commitment to make a difference. The committee meets one hour each month during the school season.

        Click here for more information regarding Pleasanton PTA Council Special Needs Committee.

      The Easter Seals Kaleidoscope After-School Program

        The Easter Seals Kaleidoscope After-School Program is the only place providing after-school and summer programming to children, adolescents, and young adults with disabilities in the Tri-Valley areas of Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore and surrounding communities. Kaleidoscope provides a nurturing, structured, home-away-from-home environment where individuals ages 5-22 have the opportunity to experience the rewards of socialization, group participation, and the development of long term friendships.

        For more information, contact: Zach Lupton, Administrative Coordinator, Easter Seals Bay Area, Kaleidoscope

    Recruiting Parents and Educators for the Pleasanton Council PTA Special Needs Committee
      Please check out the "Pleasanton Council PTA Special Needs Committee" flier to learn more about the council:

        • Who they are
        • Who they serve
        • What they do
        • What you as a parent or educator can do by filling a spot on the committee as a School Liaison or General Member

      Committee Flier: SNC Recruitment Flyer Updated 1-12-15.pdf

    GET CONNECTED! Subscribe to Tri-Valley SELPA E-Connection
      Receive email notification of upcoming meetings, events, local non-profit agency opportunities, and special SELPA advisories on important special education issues through the Tri-Valley SELPA.

      Click on the SELPA E-Connection link (located on the right side of this page) to subscribe via the Pleasanton USD system.

      Member districts are ACOE, Dublin USD, Livermore Valley USD, Mt. House Elementary SD, Pleasanton USD, and Sunol Glen SD.

      Click here for CAC/SELPA flier for more information about the CAC and Tri-Valley SELPA: CAC flier13.pdf

    Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP)
      BORP was founded in 1976, by people with disabilities to create access to the outdoors, to fitness, to sports and to recreation for a population that had been left out. In the 1970's, there simply were no recreation programs in the state specifically for people with disabilities. Initially started as a small student program at UC Berkeley, BORP has since grown to serve children, adults and families from all over the greater Bay Area. Over the past 30 years, thousands of people have benefited from our innovative programs, trainings, referrals and consultations.

      Click here to access our BORP webpage for additional contact information.

    TRI-VALLEY SELPA BROCHURE (revised Aug 2014)
      Check out the latest Tri-Valley SELPA Brochure:

      This Handbook is a useful resource for families seeking a quality education for their children with special needs:
      Tri-Valley SELPA Parent Handbook_Rev 8-14.pdf

    "DID YOU KNOW" HANDBOOK (revised Aug 2014)
      This Handbook contains valuable information for educators and parents such as:
      • Tri-Valley SELPA description, services, placement options, eligibility, and summary of procedural steps
      • Local support groups
      • Communication and contact information
      • Parent & educator workshop opportunities
      • Special Education terms and acronyms
      Did You Know rev 8-2014.pdf