Welcome to the Pleasanton PTA Council 
Special Needs Committee 

The Pleasanton PTA Council Special Needs Committee (SNC) is made up of dedicated parent volunteers committed to making a difference in the lives of our special needs students and their families. Our members include administrators from Parent Liaison, PBIS, and Special Education. SNC recognizes that all students possess great abilities and all face different challenges. We foster positive relationships between parents and PUSD, and spreading awareness and acceptance of ALL abilities within our community. 

SNC sponsors free evening speaker events with well-known local authorities on topics such as learning and behavioral challenges, anxiety in children and teens, ADHD, understanding the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and 504 processes, and building blocks to successful collaboration between parents and schools. We also sponsor the Ability Awareness Week program with participating schools throughout the district. Students learn about the challenges a student with special needs faces on a daily basis, and learn how to ACCEPT–UNDERSTAND–SUPPORT their peers who may have special needs

SNC defines “special needs” as a term that applies to children who are gifted learners, any child with a learning or processing difference, physical disability, cognitive delay, speech & language delay, behavioral challenges, social or emotional difficulty, and those with food allergies. 

Disclaimer: PUSD or the PTA Council does not necessarily endorse or sponsor the content of any written or electronic material displayed or provided. This information is provided for your convenience. Parents/guardians are responsible for determining the potential merits of the information listed.

If you would like to provide feedback regarding these listings, please email the Special Needs Committee.


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Adaptive Horticulture Application Deadline:  Friday, September 15

Tuesday, September 19
9:00-10:30 a.m.

PUSD District Offices
4665 Bernal Avenue, Conference Room 1



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2017-18 SELPA CAC Meetings
Open to the Public

PUSD District Offices, 4665 Bernal Avenue

 Building 400 – Kottinger Room 

6:00-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 19

Thursday, January 18

Thursday, March 15 




The Tri-Valley SELPA is Seeking New Members for Our Community Advisory Council (CAC)

The Tri-Valley Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) addresses the needs of students with disabilities in Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, Sunol Glen and Mountain House school districts and the Alameda County Office of Education.

The Community Advisory Council (CAC) is a body of parents, educational staff members, and community members that advise the SELPA’s governance council and director’s council on issues of interest to parents, school staff, and the community. Members of the CAC provide input on the implementation of the SELPA’s local plan.

The CAC meets 3-4 times/year with the director’s council, and CAC members may also choose to attend quarterly public meetings of the governance council. Typically these meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. and are hosted by one of the districts.

During the 2015-2016 school year, the Tri-Valley SELPA will be updating its Local Plan for the provision of services to students with disabilities.  One or more CAC members will participate in the working group to rewrite sections of the Local Plan.

Members of the CAC are appointed by the districts they represent. If you are interested in joining the CAC please contact the special education director or designee for the district at the number below.

Alameda County Office of Education Robert Stout 510-670-7623
Dublin Unified School District Blaine Cowick 925-828-2551
Livermore Joint Union School District MaryAnn Frates 925-606-3286
Mountain House Elementary School District Gay Costa 209-835-2283
Pleasanton Unified School District Marla Silversmith 925-426-4293
Sunol Glen Unified School District Molleen Barnes 925-862-2026

For general information about the SELPA or the CAC, contact Sara Woolverton, director of the Tri-Valley SELPA, at 925-426-9144

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      SNC Events      

SNC General Committee Meetings are held every month on select Tuesdays from 9:00-10:30 a.m. 

Location:  PUSD District Offices, 4665 Bernal Avenue, in the District Boardroom (DB) or in Building 400-Kottinger Room (KR)

August 22 
General Meeting KR

September 11-15
Donlon Elementary
Ability Awareness Week

September 19 
General Meeting 
District Conference 
Room 1

October 4
Overview of PUSD IEP and 504 Processes –Marla Silversmith, Kathleen Rief, Tara Kyle 

October 17
General Meeting TBD

Fostering Self Advocacy for Students with Special needs – Todd Gary 
Check back for details!

November 28
General Meeting DB

December 19
General Meeting KR

January 23 
General Meeting TBD

Anxiety – Dr. Kostalnick 
Check back for details!

February 27
General Meeting DB

March 20
General meeting DB

A Father's Journey into Autism – Hank Smith
Check back for details!

April 24 
General Meeting TBD

Mary 22 
General Meeting KR 

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