February 4th, 2013 | Posted by DoverFSA in General Info - (Comments Off)

Please visit us often as we add information and develop a great resource for Dover families and teachers. Feedback is welcome and appreciated. 

The Dover Family School Alliance is a newly-formed, collaborative group intended to support special education students & educators within the Dover School District. The DFSA’s mission is to provide a source for Dover parents to have access to relevant information, training and emotional support in meeting their children’s special needs. We also aim to encourage an atmosphere of effective communication, understanding, and mutual respect among students, parents, educators and the Dover community-at-large.

Please join us on our Facebook Group  or Email Us to be added to our email list.

Educators and Community Members, Please Join Us!

September 26th, 2014 | Posted by DoverFSA in DFSA Event - (Comments Off)

World Café Style Discussion on Special Education in Dover

The McConnell Center (Room 305) 61 Locust Street, Dover NH Thursday, October 9, 2014 • 6:00-8:00PM

Dover Family School Alliance and NH Connections invite you to join a World Café style discussion to share your ideas on improving special education supports for children and families, accessing needed resources, and addressing unmet needs in the Dover school district.

The DFSA is now entering its third year and we want to hear from you! What type of events would you like to see? What concerns do you have? How can we better build community between and among parents and school personnel?

Childcare and light refreshments will be offered, but please RSVP to info@doverfamilyschoolalliance.org or 603-834-5585.

Why attend?

  • Connect with other parents and school staff.
  • Share ideas that will inform planning, policies and practices in special education for Dover.
  • Get to know your school staff better.

We hope you can join us!


We are beyond thrilled to announce that Carolyn Abell Hodges has been named by the Parent Information Center as a Champion of Parent Involvement in Education. This statewide honor is in recognition of her work to build and maintain the DFSA web site, the DFSA monthly newsletter and this Facebook group. This work has been instrumental in helping DFSA meet its mission and reach more parents/educators.

Carolyn, parent of Sam (7th grade, DMS), is also a photographer and graphic designer. She created the DFSA logo and designs all of the organization’s other brand materials. In short, she makes us look great! Carolyn will be honored by the Parent Information Center and Governor Maggie Hassan’s office on October 1st in a ceremony in Concord.

DFSA Back To School Picnic!

August 20th, 2014 | Posted by DoverFSA in DFSA Event | School Event - (Comments Off)

Families and Educations of kids with special needs – Please join us for a end of summer pot luck – a great, informal way to meet other families in the “special education” community.

Henry Law Park
Sunday, August 24th, 4-6 PM

Please bring a dish or dessert to share, as well as drinks and seating for your family. Paper products and tables will be provided. Members of the Dover School District special education team are invited, so we hope that this will be a great opportunity to meet with our children’s educators outside of the class setting.

We look forward to seeing you!

DFSA Thanks Our District’s Paras!

June 3rd, 2014 | Posted by DoverFSA in DFSA Event | School Event - (Comments Off)
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DFSA has had a busy Spring! In addition to our informal parent-teacher social at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, we were thrilled to host the 2nd Annual Para-Professional Recognition Event. DFSA hosted breakfasts at each of Dover’s five schools to celebrate all the hard work and dedication that our school district’s paras show our students every day. Whether children require a full-time para or just a little bit of extra support, our district’s para-professional team are there to help and guide.

Thanks to all the parents that donated items for the breakfasts. Special thanks go out to DFSA Steering Committee member Jamie Willett for organizing the entire week’s festivities.

As part of our para celebration, ChildLight Yoga donated two sets of Yoga 4 Classrooms Card Decks and one certificate for a Yoga 4 Clasrooms Professional Development Workshop, a total value of more than $220. Winners are MJ O’Neill and Lorraine Lord for the decks and Lynn Ivey for the workshop. Congrats!

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