Parent University

 

2017-18 Parent University Flyers

2017-18 Parent University Flyer

 

 

2017-2018 Parent University Sessions:

Parenting:

  • September 14
    • Helping Your Child Through Middle School
    • Amanda Bencik – Assistant Principal
    • OLHMS – 6:30PM
    • This session is designed for middle school families with tips and suggestions on how to help young adolescents navigate school related issues. The discussion will provide parents strategies to promote healthy conversations at home, cope with stress management, and remain organized and use time wisely throughout the school year.
  • October 5
    • Elements of Home Life that Impact Academic Performance+
    • Katy Spreitzer – Hometown Principal and Anne Marie McGovern – Hannum Principal
    • HOMETOWN – 6:30PM
    • This interactive session will engage participants in a dialogue about the various elements of home life that can potentially impact students’ academic performance. Subtopics include times to have meaningful conversations with children (include: goal setting?), making time for reading together, healthy sleep habits, and the value of physical activity and imaginary play. The session will start with an overview of pertinent research followed by a whole group conversation, and Q&A.
  • November 9
    • Developing Resilience: How to Help My Child Turn Adversity Into Opportunity+
    • Kristin Simpkins – OLHMS Principal
    • OLHMS – 6:30PM
    • Join middle school student leaders and staff to learn more about the continuum of resilience and how to “grow” resilience in our kids. Student leaders will explore the role adversity played in developing their skills and coping mechanisms.  Families will be able to develop a toolkit for how to create a growth opportunity out of a difficult situation.
  • December 7
    • How to Hold Positive “Dinner Time” Conversation and Why it’s Important+
    • Joe Macchia – Director of Technology & Communication and David Creech – Kolmar Principal
    • OLHMS – 6:30PM
    • Far more than a flat surface to have a meal, the kitchen table can serve as a  central hub to gather, talk, reflect and reconnect with your family. Please come ready to share your best efforts and strategies to holding purposeful conversations with your children during these often fleeting and rare moments.
  • January 30
    • How Much Sleep Does My Child Need+
    • Kathy Gavin – D123 Assistant Superintendent and Cynthia Riha – D123 Director of Special Education
    • OLHMS  – 6:30PM
    • We hope to engage parents in a discussion regarding the importance of sleep and its connection to school performance.  Strategies and tips for helping children go to bed will also be shared.  
  • February 15
    • Board Game Bonanza+
    • David Creech – Kolmar Principal and Joe Macchia – Director of Technology & Communication
    • KOLMAR  – 6:30PM
    • Board games provide a wonderful opportunity for us to spend time with those we care about.  They can also serve as a powerful learning tool for children of all ages. Playing board games can help children develop speaking and listening skills, help them understand rules, taking turns, and sharing.  Board games can also help children develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills.  In addition to learning about the academic value of several popular board games, participants will have the opportunity to share stories about board games they enjoy playing with their children and loved ones.
  • April 26
    • Implementing the 4 C’s of 21st Century Learning Outside of School+
    • John Wawczak- Covington Principal
    • COVINGTON  – 6:30PM
  • May 15
    • Using Travel Time in the Car as a Learning Opportunity+
    • Candy Kramer – Sward Principal
    • SWARD  – 6:30PM
    • Car rides can provide an opportunity for many more questions than, “Are we there yet?” This session will provide engaging ideas for car rides to develop literacy, math, and geography skills.  Participants will walk away with techniques including questioning strategies to address basic skills and higher order thinking that will make car rides enjoyable and educational.

Educational

  • September 21
    • Erin’s Law: Sexual Abuse Prevention and Awareness**
    • Victor Pacini
    • OLHMS – 6:30PM
    • On January 24, 2013, Governor Pat Quinn signed a new law requiring schools to implement age-appropriate sexual abuse, assault awareness, and prevention curriculum in grades Pre-K-12.  Join us to learn more how D123 plans to create a safe and engaging environment where children will learn about the dangers of sexual abuse, resources to protect themselves and prevent future incidents of sexual assault and abuse.
  • October 26
    • “One Community” Dialogue Part 1+
    • D123 Principals and District Administrators
    • ALL SCHOOLS  – 6:30PM
    • Join the conversation on how to make our school community great!  At the D123 State of the District Dinner information was shared and input provided that our school district needed more parent and family voice in school improvement processes.  The “One Community” dialogues will be designed to engage our school community in conversations around the topics of inclusion, diversity, and respecting differences.  The discussion will reflect the idea that together we are stronger.
  • January 18
    • Robert Crown: A Parent Primer for 5th Grade Families**
    • Robert Crown Staff
    • HANNUM – 6:30PM
    • The miracle of life and the functions of the reproductive anatomy are important topics for pre-adolescents. As physical and developmental changes occur, they need to be equipped with the facts about their reproductive organs and the creation of human life. This session is offered to parents of 5th-grade students preparing for their trip to the Robert Crown Center. Parents will learn about the program goals, what the students will learn, and be able to ask questions about the program.
  • January 24
    • “One Community” Dialogue Part 2+
    • D123 Principals and District Administrators
    • ALL SCHOOLS – 6:30PM
    • Join the continued conversation on how to make our school community great!  At the D123 State of the District Dinner information was shared and input provided that our school district needed more parent and family voice in school improvement processes.  The “One Community” dialogues will be designed to engage our school community in conversations around the topics of inclusion, diversity, and respecting differences.  The discussion will reflect the idea that together we are stronger.
  • February  8
    • The Escape Key – Indicators of Success+
    • Laura Ferrell – OLHMS Assistant Principal
    • OLHMS  – 6:30PM
    • Bring the family to an escape of epic proportion!  Participate in the D123 version of an “escape room” challenge while learning about the importance of our success indicators.   The evening will begin with an overview defining our success indicators and digging into their importance in the classroom and beyond.  Then, be locked into a classroom at OLHMS and utilize the talents of the collective to solve puzzles and determine a passcode to break out.  Prizes await those who escape (and for those who don’t!).  Pizza roundtable highlights ways in which students experience success indicators at school, and how to make a connection to them at home.  Leave with question prompts to continue the conversation long after the escape.    
  • February  21
    • Family STEM Night
    • Roz Reyes – D123 STEM Curriculum Facilitator
    • COVINGTON  – 6:30PM
    • School District 123 is committed to implementing STEM learning for all students.  Attend this workshop to learn more about how STEM concepts are infused into the learning environment of your child’s classroom.  Engage in hands-on activities and exhibits about what children are learning in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
  • April 4
    • Robert Crown: A Parent Primer for 4th Grade Families**
    • Robert Crown StaffSWARD – 6:30PM
    • Kids face tough decisions, especially regarding the issue of drug use. This program helps kids make healthy choices and lead a drug-free life using research-proven effective, interactive teaching methods. This session is offered to parents of 4th-grade students preparing for their trip to the Robert Crown Center. Parents will learn about the program goals, what the students will learn, and be able to ask questions about the program.

Health & Wellness

  • September 27
    • Calm, Cool, Collected Part 1
    • Emily Amos – D123 Yoga Instructor
    • OLHMS – 6:30PM
    • Join other D123 families as Emily Amos leads an open conversation, in which we share parenting tips and tricks for a more relaxed, stress-free home!  Let us unite as a community and come up with ideas to manage our stress levels and create more calmness in our household. Bring a friend or partner and let’s get together, chat and attempt to organize this crazy thing called life. The first of this 3-part series will begin with topics such as; developing realistic schedules and routines, embracing the chaos, creating a “zen zone”, and many more!!
  • December 13
    • Calm, Cool, Collected Part 2
    • Emily Amos –  D123 Yoga Instructor
    • OLHMS – 6:30PM
    • Join other D123 families as Emily Amos leads an open conversation, which we share parenting tips and tricks for a more relaxed, stress-free home!  Let’s unite as a community and come up with ideas to manage our stress levels and create more calmness in our household.  Bring a friend or partner and let’s get together, chat and attempt to organize this crazy thing called life.  We will resume where we left off with the second of this 3-part series. New Topics will include organizing your home while decluttering the mind, harnessing your child’s energy that will benefit everyone in the household, the importance of self-care, and many more topics that may naturally arise!
  • March 15
    • Calm, Cool, Collected Part 3
    • Emily Amos –  D123 Yoga Instructor
    • OLHMS – 6:30PM
    • Join other D123 families as Emily Amos leads a third and final conversation on parenting tips for a more relaxed, stress free home.  Bring a friend or partner to chat and attempt to organize this crazy thing called life. We will pick up where we left off in the final session touching on any topics that may have developed in the previous sessions. Furthermore, we will discuss unique ways to connect with your children, how to manage temperament in a healthy way and the importance of being an active and adventurous family!