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Parent Education -- Events & Opportunities

Last updated January 11, 2013

 
WELCOME TO THE PARENT ED PAGES,
PTA Council's index to parent education opportunities (talks, meetings, & TV shows) and online resources. Please explore! If you know of interesting events we've missed, please let us know -- write to us at eNews@paloaltopta.org.
 

WHAT'S HAPPENING?
(Your CALENDAR)
 
WHAT'S AVAILABLE?
(Your CATALOGUE)
Upcoming talks, events, & broadcasts, organized by date and by topic. In the index on the right, click "[events]" for the topic you want.   Archived talks and other Web-based info, organized by topic, available 24/7. In the index on the right, click "[web]" for the topic you want.

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HOT TOPICS

 
ADVOCACY
103 PAUSD Students' Homes at Risk.
   Now, ongoing [details]
 
PARENTING
How Do We Ensure Our Kids Will Thrive? [details]
   Mon mornings beginning Jan 14,
   or Thu evenings beginning Jan 17.
 
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL HEALTH
Sound Minds, Sound Bodies.
   Wed Jan 23.
[details] [flyer]
 
SAFETY
TrackWatch Assistance Request
   Ongoing, every day [details]
 
REPLAYS -- CABLE & WEB
See list at top of [Quick Calendar]
 
 
 



QUICK CALENDAR

 
 
 
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=> CABLE & WEB REPLAYS <=
Tue Dec 11 Romance of Risk
See also:
and
[online videos], available 24/7
 
       
       
 
Every Day Track Watch Assistance Request
 
     
 
Now 103 PAUSD Students' Homes at Risk
 
       
  now! Become an Art Docent in our schools!  
       
  Mon Jan 14 ff (6 sessions) How Do We Ensure Our Kids Will Thrive?  
  Tue Jan 15 School Board Meeting  
  Wed Jan 16 PTA Council General Meeting  
  Wed Jan 16 Romantic Relationships  
  Thu Jan 17 ff (6 sessions) How Do We Ensure Our Kids Will Thrive?  
  Sat Jan 19 National Portfolio Day (SF)  
       
  Wed Jan 23 Sound Minds, Sound Bodies.  
       
  Tue Jan 29 School Board Meeting  
       
  Tue Feb 12 School Board Meeting  
  Wed Feb 20 PTA Council General Meeting  
  Mon-Tue Feb 25-26 State PTA Legislation Conference (Sacramento)  
  Tue Feb 26 School Board Meeting  
       
  Tue Mar 12 School Board Meeting  
  Wed Mar 20 PTA Council General Meeting  
  Wed Mar 20 Making Writing Easier for Your Child  
       
  Wed Apr 17 Connecting with Your Challenging Child  
  Sat Apr 20 NACAC National College Fair (SF)  
  Tue Apr 23 School Board Meeting  
     
  Tue May 7 School Board Meeting  
  Tue May 21 School Board Meeting  
       
  Tue Jun 11 School Board Meeting  
  Tue Jun 25 School Board Meeting  
       
     


ADVOCACY

 
K-5
6-8
9-12
  PAUSD STUDENTS' HOMES AT RISK.
PTAC logo   103 PAUSD students live in Buena Vista Mobile Home Park. All of them are at risk of losing their homes to redevelopment. These students attend Barron Park, Terman, Gunn, & several other schools in our district.
The developer wants to replace the park's 115 homes with "180 upscale apartments for young tech workers" -- housing that the current residents can't afford. This project would require a zoning change from R-15 (15 homes per acre) to R-40 (40 homes per acre). Over the next year, the City will hold hearings, and then approve or reject the change. To learn more about what you can do to support our PAUSD students, contact Friends of Buena Vista, winterdell@earthlink.net, or PTA Council, nancy@kroplaw.com.
 
     
     


ARTS

     
 
K-5
6-8
9-12
  BECOME AN ART DOCENT IN OUR SCHOOLS!
O’Keeffe, Rivera, Thiebaud, Lawrence – Interested? Volunteer docents needed to give presentations about the lives and work of Master Artists to PAUSD elementary students. Training provided by Arts Coordinator, Sharon Ferguson, at Art Education, 25 Churchill, Portable F. Art History background preferred but not required. Flexible hours.
Info: Emily Marshall, PAUSD Art Education, 329-3939, emarshall@pausd.org.
 
     
     


COLLEGE & CAREER

 
10-12
  COLLEGE FAIRS.
Is it time to decide which post-secondary option is right for you? Plan to attend a College Fair for info on:
Admission requirements
Testing
Financial aid
College Majors
Before you go -- some brief & useful web pages:
College & Career Center web sites: [Gunn] [Paly]
"Making the Most of a College Fair"
"Faring Well at College Fairs"
"Prep for the Fair"
"Tips for Visual & Performing Arts Students"
Upcoming College Fairs include:
Sat Jan 19, 2013, National Portfolio Day, SF.
Sat Apr 20, NACAC National College Fair, SF.
 
     
     


COMMUNITY
Watch recent events online: [click here]
 

 
K-5
6-8
9-12
  SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS.
PAUSD logo   Everyone is welcome. [agenda & materials]
(Agenda for each regular meeting is posted the Friday before the meeting.)
Tue Jan 15, Board Room, 25 Churchill, 6:30 p.m. [map]
Regular meetings are cablecast on Comcast Ch 28; also [webcast],
both at the time of the meeting (i.e., live), and later. [click for schedule]
Future regular meetings: Tuesdays Jan 29, Feb 12 & 26, Mar 12, Apr 23.
 
     
     
 
K-5
6-8
9-12
  PTA COUNCIL GENERAL MEETINGS.
The PTA/PTSA at your child's school works on issues at the school level; PTA Council works on issues affecting PAUSD as a whole. Come learn what is happening and what PTA is doing for all our children!
These meetings are open to everyone.
Wed Jan 16, 2013, Board Room, 25 Churchill, 9 to 11 a.m.
Wed Feb 20, Board Room, 25 Churchill, 9 to 11 a.m.
Wed Mar 20, Board Room, 25 Churchill, 9 to 11 a.m.

   
     
     
 
K-5
6-8
9-12
SILICON VALLEY COMMUNITY CALENDAR.
The Community Calendar is a free, convenient resource to help Bay Area nonprofits share their charitable events with one another and the whole community.
http://www.siliconvalleycf.org/calendar.html
Hosted by Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
 
     
     


ELECTIONS & VOTER INFO
Videos and more: [click here]
 

     
     


EN ESPAÑOL

     
     


GATE (GIFTED & TALENTED EDUCATION)

     
     


HEALTH (PHYSICAL)

 
K-5
6-8
9-12
  YOUR CHILD'S HEALTH UNIVERSITY.
Health University logo   Families & Caregivers -- Lucile Packard Children's Hospital offers Your Child's Health University, a series of programs & classes that enhance the lives of parents and children. Get insights from clinical experts and participate in community health events; learn how to keep your children safe and healthy! [details & index]
 
     
     


HEALTH (SOCIAL / EMOTIONAL)
Watch recent events online: [click here]
 

 
K-5
6-8
9-12
  SOUND MINDS, SOUND BODIES. [flyer]
For parents in all grades and students in grades 6 to 12.
PTAC logo   An integrated approach to promote teen mental health & happiness. Please join us for a forum discussion with Drs. Shoshank Joshi, Meg Durbin, Rafael Pelayo, Amy Saltzman, & Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet, LCSW. More details soon.
Wed Jan 23, Spangenberg Theater, Gunn High School, 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: 780 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto. [map]
Info: nspatni@aol.com, hemlamd@hotmail.com, or kj.squint@gmail.com.
Sponsored by PTA Council & Gunn PTSA.
 
     
     


LEARNING
Watch recent events online: [click here]
 

 
K-5
6-8
9-12
  FREE PARENT WORKSHOPS from SANTA CLARA COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION.
SCCOE logo Each school year, the Santa Clara County Office of Education offers over 200 FREE workshops for parents and for parent leaders, at locations all over the county, on topics including:
student learning
children's health
parenting
bullying
arts
early literacy
interventions
and much more.
Read our newsletter, [Head of the Class]!
[Details, including list of workshops] (list for 2012-2013 coming soon!)
Questions: Mary Ann Burke, maryann_burke@sccoe.org
 
     
     
 
K-5
6-8
9-12
  RACE TO NOWHERE.
A documentary about the pressures faced by American schoolchildren and their teachers in a system and culture obsessed with the illusion of achievement, competition, &  the pressure to perform. Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren't developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what's best for their kids, Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace, students have become disengaged, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. Race to Nowhere is a call to mobilize families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens. Featured in the film: Dr. Madeline Levine, Clinical Psychologist and author of the best-seller, The Price of Privilege; Dr. Wendy Mogel, Clinical Psychologist and author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee; Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, Adolescent Medicine Specialist, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Dr. Deborah Stipek, Dean of the School of Education at Stanford University; Dr. Denise Pope, Co-Founder, Challenge Success, Stanford University; Sara Bennett, Founder, Stop Homework.
Many dates & locations. Bay Area screenings Tue Feb 1, Sat Feb 5, Tue-Thu Feb 8-10, Wed Feb 16, and more. [details & registration]
 
     
     


PARENTING
Watch recent events online: [click here]
 

 
K-5
6-8
9-12
  TALKING TO OUR KIDS ABOUT SCARY NEWS.
PTAC logo   In the wake of the mass murder of schoolchildren in Newtown, CT, PTA & other organizations have been e-mailing and/or posting info about talking to our kids and helping them with their worries and fears. Click for ideas from:
[California State PTA]
[kids.gov] (this is from an office in the Federal government)
[PBS Parents]
 
       
       
 
K-5
6-8
9-12
  HOW DO WE ENSURE OUR KIDS WILL THRIVE?
YMCA logo  
How can I show my support for my child's efforts & dreams?
How can I know what's most important in helping my child succeed academically & in life?
Are there enough positive adults in my child's life?
"TAKE IT PERSONALLY" STUDY GROUP -- PROJECT CORNERSTONE.
Six sessions -- choose Monday mornings or Thursday evenings:
Mondays Jan 14 & 28; Feb 4, 11, & 25; and Mar 4, 8:30 to 10 a.m.
     Location: Library, El Carmelo, 3024 Bryant St. [map] [flyer]
     Details: soma@projectcornerstone.org.
or Thursdays Jan 17, 24, & 31; and Feb 7, 14, & 21, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
     Location: Board Room, 25 Churchill Ave. [map] [flyer]
     Details: linda@projectcornerstone.org.
Fee: a one-time $10 donation for a workbook.
Questions: paloaltoparented@gmail.com.
Sponsored by El Carmelo PTA, Fairmeadow PTA, and Palo Alto PTA Council.
   
     
     
 
4-5
6-7
  HEART TO HEART.
LPCH logo   A seminar on growing up, for parents & kids age 10 to 12. Separate sessions for girls & for boys.
Two sessions (it's important to come to both).
For girls & moms: Wed Aug 3 & 10; Sun Aug 7 & 14; Tue Sep 6 & 13; etc.
For boys & dads: Thu Aug 11 & 18; Wed Sep 7 & 14; etc.
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Auditorium.
Location: 725 Welch Rd. [map & parking info]
$75 for the two sessions. [full details, incl more dates & other locations]
Info & registration, 724-3783.
 
   
     
 
K-5
6-8
9-12
  CLASSES at CHILDREN'S HEALTH COUNCIL.
CHC logo   A wide variety of classes about children & parenting, birth thru adolescence. Many classes are free. [Info] about all classes. Click for [brochure] with classes for Fall 2011/Winter 2012.
Registration (required) [online] or call 617-3812.
(For online videos & slide presentations, [click here].)
 
     
     
 
K-5
6-8
9-12
  PARENTS PLACE ON THE PENINSULA.
Parents Place logo   "Everything to do with parenting" for families with children of all ages. Professional advice; workshops; adult, child & family counseling; peer support groups; drop-in play area; child development & parenting resource library;
tutor/mentor program; community service programs for teens.
[Info] Contact, ParentsPlacePeninsula@jfcs.org, 688-3040.
 
     
     


PTA TRAINING
National PTA e-Learning Courses: [click here]
 

 
K-5
6-8
9-12
  PTA LEADERSHIP TRAINING.
A big "Thank you!" to all who have volunteered to serve on PTA boards, at your child's school or on PTA Council! To help you hit the ground running, PTA provides many opportunities for new officers & chairs to learn about their positions, and for experienced folks to strengthen & deepen their knowledge and skills. Learn more, & network with your colleagues!
 
     
     
 
K-5
6-8
9-12
  STATE PTA LEGISLATION CONFERENCE.
Get trained and get connected! Learn about legislative (fiscal and policy) issues affecting our kids. Hear from -- and voice your concerns to -- State PTA leaders, officials in Governor Brown's Administration, and State Legislators from both parties and from all over the state. Network with fellow advocates from PTAs from all over California.
Mon-Tue Feb 25-26, 2013, Sacramento.
Info (as it becomes available): [click here].
Local contact: Erwin Morton, legislation@capta6.org.
 
     
     


SAFETY

 
K-5
6-8
9-12
  LOVE YOUR BRAIN -- WEAR A HELMET.
Fitted, buckled bicycle helmets can reduce the risk of head injury in a bicycle crash by 85% and traumatic brain injuries by 88%. Protect your brain. Wear your helmet every time you ride … and encourage the people you care about to wear one, too. The best way to encourage young people to wear helmets is to be a good role model. Adult brains need protection, too. To learn how to fit your bike helmet, go to http://bikeclass.swent.net/Helmets.htm
 
     
     
 
K-5
6-8
9-12
  TRACK WATCH ASSISTANCE REQUEST.
Ongoing, every day:
The holiday season can be a stressful time for everyone, so please consider, during this holiday season, donating your time to help watch the Train Tracks. To sign up, please contact Caroline Camhy, TrackWatch Volunteer Coordinator, 650-919-3261. If you don't have time to volunteer, please consider making a contribution to help cover the cost of paid guards at http://www.psnpaloalto.com/about-us/donate/ 
The paid guards are not there 24/7, so PTA Council needs volunteers to assist with the open slots. The PTA Council asks you to show support for each other this holiday season and beyond by looking after each other. THANK YOU!
 
     
     


SPECIAL EDUCATION
eNews, help when you need it,
& recent talks on DVD: [click here]
 

 
K-5
6-8
9-12
  ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS.
If your child is impulsive, naïve, or unrealistic, how does this affect their ability to enjoy appropriate romantic relationships? What can you do to help? Dr. Marci Schwartz has been providing counseling services for parents of children with autistic spectrum disorders, nonverbal learning disorders, and attention deficit disorders. Her work is focused on helping parents better understand their children’s unique way of learning and interacting with their environment..
Wed Jan 16, 2013, Covington Elem School Multi, 7 to 9 p.m. (Hospitality begins 6:45.)
Location: 205 Covington Rd, Los Altos. [map]
Sponsor: SELPA 1 CAC.
Future talks: Wednesdays Mar 20, Apr 17.
 
     
     
 
K-5
6-8
9-12
  WRITING WITHOUT TEARS:
MAKING WRITING EASIER FOR YOUR CHILD.
Does your child struggle with writing? Does every writing assignment turn into a battle of tears, anguish, stress and defiance? There is help! Janet Rose and Nancy Olson will offer tips and advice on how to make writing easier for kids, especially for those with learning differences. Janet, who will address writing for the younger child, runs a summer writing program for elementary-age students and has two sons with special needs. Nancy, who will address writing for older children, tutors middle and high school students in English. Get past those blocks and phobias and help your child develop confidence and fluency in writing..
Wed Mar 20, Covington Elem School Multi, 7 to 9 p.m. (Hospitality begins 6:45.)
Location: 205 Covington Rd, Los Altos. [map]
Sponsor: SELPA 1 CAC.
Future talks: Wed Apr 17.
 
     
     
 
K-5
6-8
9-12
  CONNECTING WITH YOUR CHALLENGING CHILD.
Come listen to Heather Hansen, Behavior Specialist, Parent Coach, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, discuss effective strategies and interventions in dealing with challenging behaviors. Heather’s techniques focus on addressing negative behaviors related to ADD/ ADHD, Asperger’s, Autism, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and other behavioral challenges.
Wed Apr 17, Covington Elem School Multi, 7 to 9 p.m. (Hospitality begins 6:45.)
Location: 205 Covington Rd, Los Altos. [map]
Sponsor: SELPA 1 CAC.
 
     
     
 
K-5
6-8
9-12
  AUTISM PARENT SUPPORT GROUP.
Parents of children with autism face a unique set of challenges. Connecting with other families who have been through similar experiences can provide valuable support. Please join our monthly support group! Discussion topics will include:
Advocating for your child
Dealing with the impact on the entire family
Navigating school and learning issues
Investigating treatment options and resources
Facilitated by Annie Darrow, Paula Gani, & Corinne Callan.
Thu Jun 14, 401 Quarry Rd., Stanford, 7 to 9 p.m. [map]. Room: Follow signs in lobby.
RSVP: Maura Chatwell, 650-721-6327, chatwell@stanford.edu. Walk-ins welcome!
Info: http://childpsychiatry.stanford.edu/Parent%20Support%20Group.html
Sponsored by the Stanford Autism Center at Packard Children's Hospital.
(This group is not intended to serve as therapy or other mental health services.)
 
     
     
 
K-5
6-8
9-12
  PARENTS HELPING PARENTS.
PHP logo   PHP has an excellent and extensive [calendar of events] and a [catalogue of resources] for parents of children with special needs.
 
     
     

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