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Nontraditional Families: Fostering Resilience and Inclusivity While Welcoming and Affirming All Families
Welcoming nontraditional families into authentic partnerships takes effort and can reap great rewards. Nontraditional families include those with parents, caregivers, or youth who identify as LGBTQ+, as well as those formed through foster care, adoption, and kinship care by grandparents, other relatives, or close family friends.
Join Dr. Kelly Henderson, Executive Director of Formed Families Forward, for this important webinar.
- Identifying unique strengths and challenges faced by nontraditional families raising children and youth, including those with special needs.
- Practicing effective communication strategies between families and school partners to increase comfort and inclusivity for students and families.
- Collaboratively strategizing and planning supports for adults (families, caregivers, teachers, and support staff), while boosting personal resilience as they face stressful circumstances.
November 3, 2022, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Where to Start: Supporting Children When Someone They Love Has Cancer
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer, this presentation will provide information and guidance on how to support your children throughout the cancer journey.
- How to have open communication about cancer with your children
- Strategies to use in the home to help your children adjust to changes
- Activities that the entire family can use to support each other
Presented by Jemma Stratton, MSW Pediatric Oncology Clinical Therapist I, Supervisee of Social Work, Life with Cancer, Family Center
November 4, 2022, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Moving On to Life in the Community: Resource Fair
Once students with significant disabilities graduate, they may require additional, ongoing support in the areas of residential, leisure, recreation, independent living, advocacy, and more.
This event will include:
- various support programs in the community available to students.
- A brief presentation about FCPS transition services and the bridge to adult services
- An exhibitor/vendor fair.
Designed to assist parents, guardians, and caretakers with future planning for students with disabilities who may require ongoing supports after graduating from high school.
- Thursday, November 10, 2022
- Willow Oaks Administrative Center – Room 1000 A&B, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Everything You Need to Know About Opioids
Join us for this important webinar designed to inform and raise awareness about the dangers of children and adolescents using and overdosing on opioids. This webinar is for adults only due to the content.
- How young people are getting drugs
- Opioid risk, misuse, withdrawal, and overdose symptoms
- The dangers of Fentanyl
- Naloxone and how it works
Presented by Tiffany Jones, FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist
Thursday, November 10, 2022, 10-11:30 a.m.
FCPS is deeply committed to creating a safe and positive school environment where all students can learn. Through school-wide positive behavior approaches and participation in K-12 health and guidance lessons, students are taught to behave respectfully and to resolve conflicts in positive ways.
The Bullying Prevention Webinar seeks to educate listeners on the following:
- FCPS definition of bullying
- Types of bullying
- Differences between bullying and other forms of inappropriate behavior
- How FCPS responds to allegations of bullying
- How parents and schools can work together to prevent bullying
- Stefan Mascoll: Coordinator Student Safety and Wellness, Fairfax County Public Schools
- Joan Lee: Educational Specialist, School Counseling Services, Fairfax County Public Schools
November 18, 2022 10:30 a.m. - noon *note the a typical
Dads: Stop The Power Struggles & Get The Respect You Want
As Dads, we want to be respected so our kids don't make the same mistakes we made. But how do you discipline and motivate kids who don't respond to consequences?
Celebrate Calm Founder, Kirk Martin, will give dads practical strategies to:
- De-escalate situations and stop common power struggles.
- Get your kids to actually listen to you.
- Stop the defiance and disrespect without yelling or threatening.
- Motivate kids who don't try hard or quit. Handle the chaos at home after a long day at work.
- Connect with your partner again even when you disagree and have grown apart.
October 6, 2022 6:30-8 p.m.
The Social Emotional Learning Screener - What Every Family Needs to Know
Social and emotional learning competencies are foundational skills for success in school and beyond. Students will participate in the SEL Screener in the fall and spring this year. The screener provides valuable information that guides planning and learning opportunities for families, staff, students, and school communities.
Join us in an informational session to learn more about SEL in FCPS, the role of the SEL Screener, and how families and schools might partner to foster skills over time.
- Learn about SEL in FCPS
- Unpack the SEL Screener: What it is and how it's used?
- Understand student results
- Explore ways to continue conversations about SEL at home
Lisa Phifer, FCPS Educational Specialist, Trauma Informed SEL, and Jaynie Van Sant, FCPS Social and Emotional Learning Systems Specialist
October 7, 2022 10-11:30 a.m.
Promoting Digital Wellness
Access to technology provides limitless opportunities to connect with others, explore diverse perspectives, share and build upon ideas, get involved in the community, and find opportunities. However, many kids are online almost constantly, which poses a number of challenges that impact youth wellness.
Highlights will include:
- How the attention economy makes technology irresistible
- How adolescent development impacts youth technology use
- How schools and families can build the skills needed to navigate the complexity of online life
Presented by Tammi Sisk, FCPS Educational Specialist, Educational Technology, and Bethany Demers, FCPS Educational Specialist, Mental Wellness
October 14, 2022 10-11:30 a.m.
College Success for Students with Disabilities
This breakout session is part of FCPS Virtual College Week: October 17-20. While a disability can be an obstacle, it should not prevent students from attending or completing college. This session will help participants understand their student’s rights and responsibilities and the process and resources available to help students transition to college. Learn how self-advocacy plays a key role in the student’s college success.
Students that recognize their talents and strengths, learn self-advocacy skills, know how to access accommodations, and support in college are better equipped to succeed in postsecondary school.
October 18, 2022, 7:00 p.m. Virtual
Considerations for Students with Disabilities in High School v. College
This breakout session is part of FCPS Virtual College Week: October 17-20. Career and Transition Services is offering this workshop in conjunction with George Mason University and will explore issues to consider during the college search, application, and preparation process for students with disabilities.
October 19, 2022, 6:00 p.m. Virtual
Dyslexia Open House
Come learn more about dyslexia and support for students with dyslexia in Fairfax County Public Schools.
October 20, 2022, 4-6 p.m.
8270 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive
Fairfax, VA 22031
Meet the Author Series - Paige Saves the Day
Paige is a happy kid with a unique fashion sense and creative imagination. Despite being bullied because of the things that make her different, she enjoys using her creativity to entertain her family and friends with stories in which she and her dog, Peppermint, are Super Heroes who always save the day!
Join us as the authors, Nalani Butler and Leila Butler, read Paige Saves the Day and share their experiences with families.
Children are welcome to join their families for this very special webinar and book reading.
October 27, 2022 7-8 p.m.
Manejando el estrés serie de 3 partes
Part #1: Manejar los momentos estresantes de la vida 28/10/22 at 10 a.m.
- ¿Qué es estrés?
- Diferencia entre estrés agudo y estrés crónico.
- Síntomas del estrés en adultos.
- Cómo los síntomas del estrés afectan las habilidades de crianza.
- Síntomas del estrés en niños .
- Cómo el estrés afecta el rendimiento escolar en los niños.
Part #2: Estrategias de manejo del estrés 16/12/22 at 10 a.m.
- ¿Qué es el autocuidado?
- ¿Por qué es importante el autocuidado?
- Cómo practicar el autocuidado.
- Técnicas de relajación
- Gestión del tiempo
Part #3: Apoyando a sus hijos durante tiempos estresantes 17/3/23 at 10 a.m.
- Construyendo Resiliencia
- Reestructurando nuestro pensamiento
- Cómo reparar la relación con nuestros hijos.
- Aynalem (Nalem) Valdes, MS.Residente en Consejería de Salud Mental en Servicios Familiares del Norte de Virginia, Centro Multicultural
- Ana Stevenson, MS. Trabajadora Social Clínica Licenciada en Servicios Familiares del Norte de Virginia ,Centro Multicultural
SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!
The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:
- Meet other siblings in a relaxed, virtual setting.
- Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
- Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
- Play games and have fun!
October 31, 2022 (Student Holiday) 9 a.m.- noon at Providence Community Center
Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services
"I Can't Focus!" When ADHD Impacts Your Child's Math and Writing Performance: A Webinar for Families
Math and writing are often difficult subjects for students with ADHD because both require extensive working memory. But with the right study hacks and strategies, almost anyone can master writing and math! Unfortunately, most students don't learn these important skills at school.
This academic year is just getting started, and effective strategies can make a difference between success and frustration. In this webinar, educator, author, and Educational Connections Founder Ann Dolin, M.Ed., will teach parents:\
- Research-based math study skills and strategies to use at home and in class
- How to help your child get organized and get their thoughts down on paper
- Tech tools to help students get started on assignments (and finish them!)
- How virtual classes during the pandemic deepened math and writing learning gaps for many students with ADHD and what you can do to help your child get back on track this year
September 8, 2022, 6:30 - 8 p.m. and September 9, 2022, 10-11:30 a.m.
Signs and Symptoms of Eating Disorders: What Families and Schools Need to Know
Join Katie Maki as she shares her experiences highlighting the following topics:
Signs and symptoms of eating disorders and how they differ in age groups
Facts and myths about eating disorders
How to avoid negative messaging on body image and food in education
- What parents need from school staff to support families fighting eating disorders
September 16, 2022 10 -11:30 a.m.
Gang Prevention: A Webinar for Families and Community Members (Presented in Spanish)
- What is a gang and why do youth join gangs?
- Common gang activities
- Risk factors associated with gang involvement
- Protective factors that reduce gang involvement
- Supports available in Fairfax County and FCPS
- Stefan Mascoll: Coordinator Student Safety and Wellness, Fairfax County Public Schools
- Liliana Janssen-Checa: Program Manager of Youth Initiatives, Northern Virginia Family Service
- Francisco Klockner Gonzalez: Gang Prevention Coordinator, Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
September 27, 2022 6-7:30 p.m.