FAMILY LEARNING SERIES: FALL SESSIONS

Presented by the HCPS Department of Family and Community Engagement’s Family and Educator Resource Center.

To register: parents, guardians and teachers should email tktalbott@henrico.k12.va.us or
call 804-652-3787 to sign up to attend one or more workshops. Recertification points will be awarded to teachers who attend.

Are You Smarter than Your Child’s Smart Phone? Social Media Tips, Tricks and Secrets

Catava Burton, educational specialist, HCPS Department of Professional Development and School Improvement

Learn the latest texting slang, secret apps and social media tricks. Information will also be provided on bullying and cyberbullying, human trafficking, internet safety and the psychological effect of these issues. Find out what you as parents and guardians can do to keep your children safe. Bring your smart phone!

When: Sept. 25, 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: Varina Public Library, 1875 New Market Road, Henrico, Va.


Anxiety and Stress in Elementary Students: Building “Worry Warriors”

Jentae Mayo, M.Ed., school counselor, Dumbarton Elementary School

Anxiety and stress can interfere with a student’s success. Through management and coping skills, parents and guardians can be critical parts of a support system for children and adolescents. Come acquire a better understanding and hear about creative, meaningful and effective techniques to turn “worry warts” into “worry WARRIORS! Walk away with practical strategies, tips, techniques and handouts to use right away to support your child!

When: Sept. 26, noon–1:30 p.m.
Where: Varina Public Library, 1875 New Market Road, Henrico, Va.


Homework and Study Strategies

Pam Bell, director, HCPS Family and Community Engagement

This session will focus on a variety of ways to help your child jump start their school year with key strategies they can use to realize success throughout the school year. When people “begin with the end in mind” they are typically more successful. Get tools to help navigate the Va. Department of Education website, see the curriculum guide for your child’s grade level and see real examples of SOL questions. Learn more than 30 ways to help your child study, and discuss organizational strategies so that your student starts and ends on top!

When: Oct. 2, 6–7:30 p.m.
Where: Tuckahoe Public Library, 1901 Starling Drive, Henrico, Va.


Building a Better Budget

Tara Heckstall, membership development representative, Virginia Credit Union

Two-thirds of Americans struggle to scrounge up $1,000 in an emergency, according to the Associate Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Without a budget, you have no idea how much you could be saving. Let’s face it, raising a family can be a financial burden, but having a plan for managing your money will help you and your family avoid getting into debt. This session will provide practical advice for creating and sticking to a budget with tools to track spending and establish savings goals.

When: Oct. 3, noon-1:30 p.m.
Where: Tuckahoe Public Library, 1901 Starling Drive, Henrico, Va.


Drug Awareness for Parents and Guardians: A Henrico County Adolescent Substance Abuse Needs-Assessment

Pat Hill, Ph.D., LCSW, Henrico County prevention services manager and Steve Hixon, BSW, MBA, prevention services coordinator 

This presentation will share the results of a recent comprehensive needs-assessment study done in Henrico County about adolescent drug use. Get information about specific drugs of choice, risks and protective factors, and strategies parents and guardians can use to be more involved in individual and community prevention efforts.

When: Oct. 9, 6–7:30 p.m.
Where: North Park Library, 508 Franconia Road, Richmond, Va.

Drug Awareness for Parents and Guardians: A Henrico County Adolescent Substance Abuse Needs-Assessment

Pat Hill, Ph.D., LCSW, Henrico County prevention services manager and Steve Hixon, BSW, MBA, prevention services coordinator

This presentation will share the results of a recent comprehensive needs-assessment study done in Henrico County about adolescent drug use. Get information about specific drugs of choice, risks and protective factors, and strategies parents and guardians can use to be more involved in individual and community prevention efforts.

When: Oct. 10, noon–1:30 p.m.
Where: Glen Allen Library, 10501 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, Va.


Raising a Confident Child: What’s Your Parenting Style?

Vivian Stith-Williams, Ph.D., Parent Resource Center social worker, HCPS Family and Community Engagement,

Confidence is one of the greatest gifts parents and guardians can instill in their children. A kid who lacks confidence will be reluctant to try new or challenging things because they’re afraid of failing or disappointing others. This can end up holding them back, so parents and guardians must encourage and support children as they attempt to tackle difficult tasks. Parents and guardians want to raise children with healthy self-esteem and confidence, but how do you avoid creating an inflated ego and feelings of entitlement? What’s your parenting style? A parenting style is “the emotional climate in which parents and guardians raise their children.” Your parenting style can affect everything from how much your child weighs to how he or she feels about himself or herself. Do you believe in lots of discipline or are you more permissive? Find out about the different types of parenting and learn about which will works best for you.

When: Oct. 16, 6–7:30 p.m.
Where: Twin Hickory Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, Va.


School Accreditation and SOL Testing: What is it and Why?

Tiffany S. Hinton, Ph.D., director, HCPS Department of Assessment, Research and Evaluation

Have you ever wondered what it actually means when a school is “Accredited”? Why do school divisions have to give SOL tests? This session will answer these questions and more! Using resources from the Virginia Department of Education website, families will learn about the criteria used to determine school accreditation and gain a better understanding for why SOL tests are given. Get tips and resources to help support children in preparing for SOL tests.

When: Oct. 17, noon–1:30 p.m.
Where: Twin Hickory Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, Va.


Assistive Technology and Students with Disabilities

Joyce Downs, M.S., CCC-SLP, HCPS Department of Exceptional Education, AT/AAC coordinator; Kristina Coates, assistive technology coordinator, HCPS Office of Assistive Technology

In this presentation, we will discuss assistive technology and how it can support student outcomes. Learn how assistive technology is defined and find out about examples used by Henrico Schools to improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities.

When: Oct. 23, 6–7:30 p.m.
Where: Brookland Middle School, 9200 Lydell Drive, Henrico, Va.