By Anne Mead
What is “Great Expectations: Together We Can Achieve More!!”? It is a celebration and special day for families to learn together in Danbury on Saturday, April 9 at Rogers Park Middle School from 8:30-2:00. The half-day conference hosts many parent and child workshops: parents and their children can learn to build, make homework boxes and get supplies for them, and learn about theater arts, yoga, meal and snack planning, Global Positions Systems (GPS) and how to have a conversation with your child. Family University aims to help parent and children develop the tools to help their children succeed in school and life.
While children go off to their own activities, parents have a choice of seminars they have requested, such as helping your children through transitions from pre-k to kindergarten, to middle school and onto high school; preventing and helping to protect your child from online pornography and computer safety; developmental assets; Mind in the Making; how to raise your kids who talk; unconscious bias and diversity; financial planning and positive discipline. A special lunch seminar will be offered entitled, “Families & schools as partners: How can parents and teachers work together to improve our schools?” One of the most important ways that parents can support their child’s learning is by being engaged with their child’s school through participation in school activities and relationship building. Participants will explore strategies to deepen their relationship between school and home by sharing ideas to create better partnerships.
Some parents might ask why it is important for them to attend. Parents from previous years report that they learned about how to protect their children from computer predators, how to foster relationships with their children, brain development and activities to do with the children and found out how to have healthy lifestyles. Danbury Public Schools adopted the 5210 Let’s Go curriculum in Spring of 2015. More details will be available about that program and what you can do at home.
Raffles, door prizes, books for each family and a resource room of community agencies will be open throughout the day. The event is sponsored by Danbury Public Schools, the Danbury Board of Education, the South and Morris St. Family Resource Centers, the Danbury Family Learning Center, Inc. and Sodexo. Thank you to our premier sponsors: Dolce Restaurant of Danbury and Tambascio’s of Newtown.
Child care and activities will be provided for children under 3 and other activities for those over 3 such as exploring animals, music and movement, arts and crafts, Legos, money matters, robotics and puppet making. This conference is free and many seminars will be in Spanish and English. Preregistration is required. More information and registration is available by calling the Danbury Family Learning Center at 203-797-4734 or visiting www.danbury.k12.ct.us
Please join us in this celebration for families and their children!!
Anne E. Mead, M. Ed., is the administrator for the Early Childhood Education and Extended Learning Programs of the Danbury Public Schools. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact her at 203-830-6508 or firstname.lastname@example.org.