CLARK, NJ – Health and Safety will be the focus of the third installment of the Clark Public School district's "Parent University" adult education series.  The next session will take place on Wednesday, March 29 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in various classrooms throughout Arthur L. Johnson High School.  These adult education events are designed to help us cement our already strong home/school connections. 

The evening will consist of three 30-minute sessions (7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.).  Participants can attend any one or up to three individual sessions that evening.

To enroll in “Parent University”, parents should email their course selections to Terri Rodrigues in the district office by email at trodrigues@clarkschools.org or by calling her at 732-574-9600 ext. 3337 by Wednesday, March 15.  Once we have this information, session times and locations will be sent out. 

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The ALJ Key Club is offering free babysitting during the meetings. Those in need of babysitting services should include the ages of the children who will be attending in their email to Rodrigues.

If you are unable to participate in this event, please stay tuned for information on our upcoming Parent University events.  The tentative themes for this school year’s remaining evening is Summer Programs and Transitions.  Our plan is to conclude the year with a graduation program for participating parents.

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Title: Understanding the Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) Intervention Process

Presenters: Sarah Badillo, FKH/VRS Guidance Counselor and Anti-Bullying Specialist

Target Audience: Parents/Guardians of Students in Grades Pre-K to 12

Description: Participants will gain an understanding of the state laws regarding HIB, the related school process, and the preventive measures that we, as a school district, put into effect.

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Title Positive Reinforcement and Discipline

Presenter: Jennifer Feeley, CHK Principal

Target Audience: Parents/Guardians of Students in Grades Pre-K to 102

Description: Parents will gain an understanding of the roles of positive reinforcement and discipline in school and supports that can be put into place at home that bolster desired behaviors.

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Title: Current Drug and Alcohol Trends Among Teens

Presenter: Steven Kaelblein, Student Assistance Coordinator

Target Audience: Parents/Guardians of Students in Grades 6 to 12

Description: Participants will gain an understanding of the latest trends in drug and alcohol use among teens along with the warning signals.  Proactive methods of avoiding such usage will also be addressed.

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Title: School Security

Presenter: Robert Sarnecki, Director of Security

Target Audience: Parents/Guardians of Students in Grades Pre-K to 12

Description: Parents will gain an understanding of our district’s proactive approach to school security.  An overview of such topics as visitor management, security drills, and reactions to bomb threats will be provided.

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Title: Applying Mindfulness in the School Setting

Presenter: June Curti and Patricia O’Gorman, School Nurses

Target Audience: Parents/Guardians of Students in Grades 6 to 12

Description: The world is stressful and that is especially true for students with the demands of academics, sports, and extracurricular activities as well as the social pressures so typical of the teenage years.  This stress manifests itself not just psycho-emotionally but also physically with an increase in headaches, stomachaches, insomnia, appetite changes, absenteeism, etc.  However, there is only so much parents, educators, and nurses can do to alleviate the external stressful stimuli.  With a practice of “mindfulness,” i.e., being present in the moment and not focusing on past events or worrying about what the future holds, tools that can help a student manage his/her reactions to stress can be imparted.  Participants will gain exposure to different forms of mindfulness and how they can be used to calm and relax students, build compassion and empathy for others, and reduce anxiety and stress

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Title: The Art of Talking 

Presenter: Judith Koebli, Speech-Language Specialist

Target Audience: Parents/Guardians of Students in Grades Pre-K to 8

Description: Participants will learn why some children have difficulty with conversations and strategies to help them.  This session will highlight concrete techniques to facilitate conversational skills with children that may have special needs and could benefit from enhanced social skills.

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