Parent Ed Events

Parent Ed Events: Spring 2021


Screen Time and Social Media

January 19 at 7:30 p.m. (Early Childhood & Lower School Parents)

Screens are of increasing importance in all of our lives today. We connect to friends and family via email, FaceTime, Zoom, social media and group texting. We follow news websites, place orders for most of our purchases online, and spend much of our work and school days connected to screens. How does this affect brain development, resilience, and our growth as humans?

Dr. Collier will be helping us understand what developmentally appropriate boundaries are and how you assert those boundaries.  She will also cover the neuroscience behind how screens affect developing brains and it's addictive properties.  Dr. Collier will share how you can make apps kid-friendly, help monitor your child's screen time use and what apps are appropriate for children, as well as how to mentor children through digital communications. Join us to learn how to navigate the digital access to screens our children have and understand what affect this brave new digital world has on our children. 

Our 4th-8th grade students will also be participating in a conversation with Dr. Collier to help them understand the intricacies of the digital world in which they are engaging. Our 4th -6th graders will meet, via zoom, with Dr. Collier on Wednesday, January 20 and our 7th and 8th grade students will meet, via zoom, with Dr. Collier on Wednesday, January 27. 
 

Screen Time and Social Media

January 26 at 7:30 p.m. (Middle School Parents)

Screens are of increasing importance in all of our lives today. We connect to friends and family via email, FaceTime, Zoom, social media and group texting. We follow news websites, place orders for most of our purchases online, and spend much of our work and school days connected to screens. How does this affect brain development, resilience, and our growth as humans?

Dr. Collier will be helping us understand what developmentally appropriate boundaries are and how you assert those boundaries.  She will also cover the neuroscience behind how screens affect developing brains and it's addictive properties.  Dr. Collier will share how you can make apps kid-friendly, help monitor your child's screen time use and what apps are appropriate for children, as well as how to mentor children through digital communications. Join us to learn how to navigate the digital access to screens our children have and understand what affect this brave new digital world has on our children. 

Our 4th-8th grade students will also be participating in a conversation with Dr. Collier to help them understand the intricacies of the digital world in which they are engaging. Our 4th -6th graders will meet, via zoom, with Dr. Collier on Wednesday, January 20 and our 7th and 8th grade students will meet, via zoom, with Dr. Collier on Wednesday, January 27.   
 

Executive Functioning Tools

February 9 at 7:30 p.m. (Early Childhood & Lower School Parents)
February 10 at 7:30 p.m. (Middle School Parents)

Executive Functioning Skills are the skills we use to help us manage daily life, practice self-control, learn to focus, follow directions, manage emotions, practice time management and organization, and develop our working memory. Executive functioning skills are often a struggle for young students, especially students with ADHD. Dr. Collier will guide parents through how and when the brain develops these skills and how parents can support students through that development. Parents will also learn what is developmentally appropriate for students and what are some ways to help facilitate growth of executive functioning skills.
 

7th Grade Sex Ed Parent Meeting

March 10 at 12:00 p.m. (7th Grade Parents)


Middle School Counselor, Cortney Kindall-Ritchey, will host a zoom meeting on to review a brief overview of our 7th grade sex ed curriculum, answer any questions you may have about the content, and help prepare you to have the conversations with your students at home. 

On Friday, March 12, our seventh grade students will participate in a developmentally appropriate talk about puberty and the basics of sex education. Boys and girls will be separated but will receive similar information regarding typical development, including changes that happen in both genders' bodies during puberty, anatomy basics, abstinence forward education, information about contraceptives, and basics of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Julie Zapatka, MSN, a Family Nurse Practitioner with the Specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology practice, will be speaking to the girls. She has a background in Health Education and has spent the last 13 years in women's health. Dr. Rakibul Akter, a resident with the General Pediatrics program at the Baylor College of Medicine, will be presenting to the boys. Dr. Akter has a passion for educating young minds on health and wellness and has spent much of his education volunteering to help underserved communities with patient care and general wellness. 

In advance of the February 12 student meeting with our community medical professionals, all 7th grade students will view three short videos this week, and each group will have their own slide presentations, as well as have an opportunity to ask appropriate questions. The slide shows and links to the videos are linked beiow for your review. We recommend that you have an introductory conversation with your child in preparation for the school talks. The students have been informed that these conversations will be occurring. Jo Leever, Chaplain, and Brenton Smith, Assistant Chaplain, have also provided some recommended talking points to help you through the more difficult parts of the conversation. Additionally, students will be directed to talk to their parents, doctor, or other trusted adults when they have questions about puberty.


 
 

Anxiety Management Tools

March 9 at 7:30 p.m. (Early Childhood & Lower School Parents)
March 10 at 7:30 p.m. (Middle School Parents)

In this parent education seminar, we will be discussing the anxiety we see in our children. Dr. Collier will chat about what developmentally appropriate responses to stress are for our children and how to help students manage when that stress response becomes anxiety. She will give parents tools on how to help children develop good coping skills and how to help mentor children through stressful or anxious times.


Drugs/Vaping/Alcohol

April 13 at 7:30 p.m. (7th & 8th Grade Parents)

Presbyterian School is hosting a conversation with 7th and 8th grade students on current trends in drugs, vaping, and alcohol. Dr. Collier will discuss the effect of substances on brain and body development as well as psychological development. Students will be given the tools to navigate making wise choices when confronted with substances.

PS students will participate in this presentation on Wednesday, February 24, and parents are invited to preview the conversation on Tuesday, February, 23 at 7:30 p.m., in preparation for any questions students may have the following day, as well as any questions parents may have on these topics. 

Past Parent Ed Events: Fall 2019 and Spring 2020


How do we talk to our kids about......anxiety and depression?

Saturday, September 14 
5:00 p.m.
LC181

Dr. Crystal Collier, LPC-S has worked with individuals suffering from mental, behavioral, and substance use disorders since 1991. Her areas of expertise include adolescent brain development, parent coaching, family of origin therapy, prevention programming, and training new clinicians. She possesses a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, and a doctorate in Counselor Education. Presentation followed by time for parents to have dinner at a local restaurant. Childcare is available from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm for children 2 months through 5th grade with a reservation. 

*Free childcare is available for ages 2 months through 5th grade. Make your reservation by emailing names, ages, and additional information such as allergies to childcare@fpchouston.org. Reservations must be received by 11:59 pm, September 9. Your reservation is complete when you receive a confirmation email. Childcare space is limited. Make your reservation now!


Playdates to Powerpoint

Thursday, September 19
8:30 a.m.
Living Room
Join PS Parent, Anna McKay for a Parent Ed to discuss the transition of stay at home parents returning to work. Are you considering a return to paid work? Anna McKay, Career Transition Coach for Stay at Home Parents returning to paid work can help start you down the right path. Come learn how to figure out the next career for you, find out what you can do now to prepare to go back to work, and what to do about a gap on your resume for childcare responsibilities. 
 

 

Understanding Your Child's ERB Scores

Monday, February 24
8:15 a.m.
LC181

This past December, 4th-6th grade students participated in our annual ERB CTP5 assessment program. Reports on individual student performance will be released to parents in a few weeks online through our report card website, www.reports.pshouston.org

Please join us at this upcoming parent education event to discuss the School's use of the CTP5 program. During this session, we will review the meaning of each number on your child's reports and the value it offers as a snapshot of your child's progress to master the various concepts assessed.

We will speak generally, so student-specific questions are best addressed with Mrs. Becky Swope, the Lower School Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, for grades 4 and 5, and Charlie Gramatges, Head of Middle School, for grade 6. We look forward to learning together!


Sex Education

Tuesday, February 18
8:15 a.m.
LC181

In keeping with the Presbyterian School values of nurturing students and providing education of a high quality in a Christian environment, MS Counselor, Cortney Kindall-Ritchey and EC/LC Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, Becky Swope, are overseeing the School's sex ed curriculum for 5th and 7th grade students focusing on developmentally appropriate information on sex education. 

5th grade students are introduced to elements of puberty development with the help of outside medical professionals. 7th grade students begin their sex ed unit through a unit on Reproductive Science in Science class with medical professionals providing more in-depth information about puberty development as well as information about STDs and abstinence-forward education. The 7th grade sex ed curriculum also includes education about healthy relationships, from friendships through dating, all aspects of consent, including photo sharing, respect for privacy, and relationship development.

Parents are invited to learn more about our sex ed curriculum at this upcoming parent education event.


How to talk to your kids about..."Good Pictures, Bad Pictures" 

Saturday, February 1
5:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

Join Presbyterian School and First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 1, at 5:00 pm in Fellowship Hall for a presentation followed by time for parents to have dinner at a local restaurant. Childcare is available from 5:00pm - 8:00 pm with a reservation.*

Kristen A. Jensen, author of "Good Pictures, Bad Pictures" will provide you with the appropriate language to engage your children in open, healthy dialogue regarding pornography and exposure to explicit content. Kristen explains the science behind pornography's effect on the brain and empowers children to turn away from pornography with the powerful CAN DO plan. 

*Free childcare is available for ages 2 months through 5th grade. Make your reservation by emailing names, ages, and additional information such as allergies to childcare@fpchouston.org. Reservations must be received by 11:59 pm, January 27. Your reservation is complete when you receive a confirmation email. Childcare space is limited.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions about a parent education event, please contact Mimi Traylor, Director of Annual Fund & Volunteers. Feedback from events and suggestions for future events are also appreciated.

EMAIL MIMI TRAYLOR