• Preschool screening information (9.30.2020)

    Posted by Brian Mistretta on 9/15/2020 10:40:00 AM

    On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, the Upper Township Child Study Team is conducting Child Find Preschool Screenings at the Upper Township Primary School.  This is a service that locates and provides services for those children ages 3 to 5 who may have physical, cognitive, language, social, or emotional difficulties.

    For children birth to 3 years of age, information is also available on how and where to obtain services.

    If your child appears to have one or more of the following signs, please contact the Upper Township Child Study Team.

    • Significant delays in acquiring language
    • Significant difficulty walking, running, or manipulating small objects • Frequent health problems or disabilities present from birth
    • Consistent trouble seeing or hearing
    • Significant difficulty playing appropriately with other children
    • Significant problems paying attention and listening

    Screening and professional guidance are available through the Child Study Team all year long.

    For more information or to schedule an appointment for the preschool screening on September 30th contact School Social Worker, Jill Clark, at 609-628-3500 ext. 2180 or email clark.jill@upperschools.org.

    Click HERE for the flyer!


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  • Cape May County Virtual Parent Leadership Roundtable is May 21, 2020

    Posted by Brian Mistretta on 5/5/2020 10:20:00 AM

    Join parents, educators, school administrators, and other interested parties at a virtual rountable.  

    Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020
    Time: 2:00 – 3:30 PM
    Location: Virtual meeting
    The goal of this virtual roundtable meeting is to check in to see how things are going in our school districts and communities, to discuss any concerns and successes with the distance learning, problem solve together to develop next steps, as well as to share information and resources to support family engagement to improve practices, programs, policies, and outcomes for children.
    Hope to see you at the virtual roundtable!


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  • Challenger Baseball, Track and Field and Dance!

    Posted by Brian Mistretta on 2/27/2020 9:10:00 AM

     CLICK HERE FOR THE REGISTRATION FORM or register online at www.utchallengersports.com


    The UT Challenger Sports Program is a co-ed recreation program that enables children ages 5 and up with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities to enjoy the benefits of team sport participation.  The program is broken down into fun filled skill-building activities designed to fit the individual player’s ability and an adapted game.  The player will be paired up with a volunteer “Buddy” to shadow the player and offer encouragement and support when needed.

     Games will be held on Sundays: April 5, 19 / May 3, 10, 17, 31 from 1pm-2pm. We will skip April 12st for Easter, April 26th for Special Olympics Track Meet, May 24th for Memorial Day Weekend. Games will be played at the Upper Township Middle School baseball fields at 525 Perry Rd., Petersburg, NJ. Times and location may change if needed. 

     …Please register no later than March 27th, 2020…

    2020 Special Olympic Track & Field

    We are looking for students with special needs ages 8 and up that are looking for the opportunity to learn through skill development and participate in competitive settings. We practice at the Middle Township Track on Saturdays.  Athlete can participate in several events like sprints, distance runs, long jumps, walks, wheel chair events, and throwing.  Athletes will participate in our local Special Olympics Area 8 meet at Stockton University and can optionally participate in the NJ Summer Games.

     …Please register no later than March 16th, 2020…



    UT Challenger Sports has partnered again with Starstruck Dance Academy again to bring our athletes a creative dance program. This is a co-ed recreation program that enables individuals ages 8 and up with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities to enjoy the benefits of a creative dance routine in an adapted environment structured to fit their abilities. Space is limited.


    …Please register no later than TBA





    Player must be accompanied by parent/guardian for games.


    Registration is on-line at www.utchallengersports.com

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  • Information on 2020-2021 Full Day PreSchool Program

    Posted by Brian Mistretta on 1/29/2020 4:05:00 PM

    Please click HERE for information on our FULL DAY PreSchool program for the 2020-2021 school year!

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  • Grandparents raising grandchildren event February 19, 2020 (Keeping Our Kids Safe)

    Posted by Brian Mistretta on 1/28/2020 2:10:00 PM

    Please consider joining the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office for the latest "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren" event on February 19, 2020 at 5:30pm.

    Click HERE for the informational flyer!

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  • NJ Resources for Families FREE workshop by SPAN!

    Posted by Brian Mistretta on 12/18/2019 2:00:00 PM

    Click HERE for information about a FREE workshop covering the many resources available in New Jersey to families of children with special needs.  Tatsiana Dagrosa from SPAN will present. 

    The workshop is scheduled for January 29, 2020 form 6:00-7:30pm and is being hosted at Cape May County Special Services (148 Crest Haven Road, Cape May Courthouse, NJ 08210).


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  • Child Find screening Friday, January 10, 2020

    Posted by Brian Mistretta on 12/2/2019 3:30:00 PM

    If you suspect your pre-school age child may have special needs, click HERE for information about free help from our district's Child Study Team.

    Screenings are scheduled for Friday, January 10, 2020 at the Upper Township Primary School.

    Please contact School Social Worker Jill Clark at 609-628-3500 ext 2180 or via email at clark.jill@upperschools.org

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  • Division of Disability Services (DDS) resources and support!

    Posted by Brian Mistretta on 11/18/2019 11:30:00 AM

    Through its toll free hotline, 1-888-285-3036, the Division of Disability Services (DDS) responds to as many as 15,000 requests each year for statewide Information and Referral Services.  Nationally certified Information and Referral Specialists are available to confidentially discuss issues, provide information, assist with problem solving, and to refer individuals to appropriate agencies or services.  

    DDS I&R Specialists provide resources for individuals with disabilities in many areas: from the most basic needs for food and shelter to more complex needs of health care, support services, independent living, and employment.  DDS I&R Specialists also serve as the screening center for children and young adults, 20 years old and under, seeking Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS). Our small team is highly trained to not only provide referrals for the primary need of the caller, but to identify any additional needs and suggest resources that may be beneficial.

    DDS I&R Specialists developed this comprehensive resource directory, NJ Resources 2019-2020. It is a tool designed to help you find the right resources, fast. This ever-evolving guide is packed with various programs and services the Department of Human Services offers to New Jersey residents, caregivers and advocates. They use it every day to help families locate commonly requested resources, answer basic questions about disability related concerns, and for general reference. NJ Resources is available online 24/7 on our website: https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dds/home/index.html

    If you have any questions, or require assistance, please contact the staff members listed below.

    Dianna Maurone, Administrator of Information and Referral Services, and Ursula Baker, I & R Unit Supervisor.
    Department of Human Services
    Division of Disability Services
    PO Box 705
    Trenton, NJ 08625-0705
    Phone# 1-888-285-3036
    Fax# 609-631-4365

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  • Grandparents raising grandchildren event November 20, 2019

    Posted by Brian Mistretta on 11/4/2019 2:55:00 PM

    Click HERE for another workshop in the "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren" series at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension (355 Courhouse South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House, NJ) on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 5:30-7:00pm.  RSVP to Courtney Marian at 609-465-5115 ext 3609 or via email at Marian.Courtney@co.cape-may.nj.us.

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  • Breakfast With Santa!

    Posted by Brian Mistretta on 10/28/2019 2:40:00 PM

    Click HERE for an invitation for a sensory friendly "Breakfast With Santa" at the St. John Lutheran Church in Ocean City on Saturday November 30, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  

    This event is hosted for POAC Autism Services.  Register online at www.poac.net/events/

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