Friends of Diverse Learners

Friends of Diverse Learners (FODL) is a group of LSPTO parents working together to enhance the education of children who have different learning styles.  The goal is to bring families in similar situations together to share information about the health and well being of all our children and to provide support for one another. We also facilitate meetings and discussions for the Parent Advisory Council (PAC).  LSFODL is an active participant in Two River Friends of Diverse Learners, a regional group.  We collaborate with the Two River districts to offer support group meetings and bring in guest speakers for parents.  For more information on FODL activities, meetings or to be added to the FODL mailing list, contact co-chairs Maria Wood at email address or Cate Knight at email address


More about Maria & Cate…

Maria Wood — I am the mother to three boys, 16 (ADHD/Sensory Processing), 11 (Dyspraxia/ADHD), and 8 (Autism/ADHD). I have taken SPAN’s (NJ Advocacy Network) SRP (SPAN Resource Parent) and SEVA (Special Education Volunteer Advocate) courses.  I welcome discussion about my children, their abilities and their struggles and enjoy helping other moms and dads navigate the winding road we walk as special needs parents.  

Cate Knight – I am the mother to two boys and a girl, all of whom attend Point Road School. I have personal experience with apraxia of speech, ADHD, congenital cataracts, global developmental delay and learning disabilities. I have taken SPAN Parent Advocacy  Network’s SRP (SPAN Resource Parent) course and am happy to speak with any caregivers about my experiences with special needs and try to help others who may have questions about navigating the school system or more general resources for their child.


Parent Advisory Council (PAC)

All parents and caregivers are encouraged to attend the Little Silver Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meetings, facilitated by the Director of Special Services. This council is a wonderful way to “get involved” and be part of a dynamic group whose goal is to improve and support local special education efforts and programs.  Typically four meetings are scheduled during the school year.


PAC meeting dates

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 — 7 PM, Markham Place Media Center (SPAN Presentation on Meaningful IEP goals and Curriculum for IEP students)

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 — 6 PM, Markham Place Media Center (Executive Function Speaker)

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 – 9 AM, Markham Place Media Center (Kelly Zweig, BCBA – Little Silver Schools’ Behaviorist)


TRFODL Support group meetings

TRFODL group support meetings provide an opportunity to connect with informed and engaged people who care for diverse learners.  Meetings are held on Wednesdays at Panera in Shrewsbury.


October 2nd at 9 AM 
November 13th at 7 PM
January 8th at 10 AM 
February 5th at 10 AM
March 4th at 10 AM
April 1st at 7 PM
May 6th at 10 AM


PTO Extracurricular Activities

If a child receives individualized instructional aide assistance during the school day and would like to participate in one of the ECA programs, please have them contact

The programs currently open are Bricks 4 Kidz on Monday Point Road gr 2-4, Bricks 4 Kidz on Tuesday Point Road gr 1-2, Sports & Fitness on Tuesday Point Road gr 3-4 and Coding on Tuesday gr 3-4, Acting on Wednesdays Point Road gr 3-4 or Markham gr 5-6.





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