Information for District 67 families and community members, in conjunction with the District 67 Emotional Wellness Committee and APT Parent Awareness.
October 2016  
Did You Know...
  • The EWC is planning a Speaker Series for Parents? Please help us by filling out this short survey on what topics interest you, and what time of day would work best.
  • D67 is working on a 3-5 year plan to implement Social Emotional Learning (SEL) standards for all students!
  • Officer Christianson held Internet Safety presentations for the parent community.  If you missed it, no worries, click here to view the recorded session.
  • Emotional Wellness publishes a monthly bathroom newsletter, "The Stall Street Journal"?  Click here for the September and October editions!
  • Unsafe behavior, students being mistreated, or other concerns can be reported anonymously online:  Go to the DPM homepage and click "INCIDENT REPORT"
    • We strive to make DPM the best place it can be!  We need your help in this effort.
  • The D67 E-Pulse back issues are available on the Emotional Wellness page on the district website.
WELCOME BACK! As the 2016-2017 school year is in full swing, we thought you might be inspired by the simple, yet amazingly profound words of the one and only, Kid President:

Parents and School... a Partnership

For Parents... 
Do you ever find yourself asking your child(ren), "So, how was school today?" and your child(ren) thoughtlessly responds, "good", "fine", etc.  As parents, we want to know more!  This article offers 25 different questions that will give you more.  
  • What was the best thing that happened at school today? (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)
  • If I called your teacher tonight, what would she tell me about you?
  • Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?
For Staff...

Taking attendance everyday can be the most mundane of tasks...  Or so you thought.  Find out how educators are getting to know their students and building their classroom communities by using attendance questions.
  • What's your favorite food/movie/book/
    celebrity/season?
  • What was the best part of the summer/your weekend/your day?
  • What was the most beautiful/interesting thing that you saw this morning on your way to school?
  • What is the #1 problem in our world/school today?
  • What's the taste of happiness/the shape of sadness/the smell of joy? 
What Kids Wish Their Teachers Knew ( A Must Read for Teachers!)
 
 
A Dose of Emotional Wellness

For the Kids...


From preschool through high school: 24 great books that show empathy, kindness

Pre-K through Kindergarten
"The Nice Book" by David Ezra Stein
"Those Shoes" by Maribeth Boelts

First through 3rd Grade
"Each Kindness" by Jacqueline Woodson
"Extra Yarn" by Mac Barnett

Middle School
"The Thing about Luck" by Cynthia Kadohata
"When You Reach Me" by Rebecca Stead

Click here for the complete list.
Upcoming Events
 
 
October 27: Lake Forest Country Day School (LFCDS) will host New York Times best-selling author, educator, and speaker Jessica Lahey on Thursday, October 27 at 10:00 a.m. Her talk "The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed" will explore why parents should refrain from stepping in when children experience disappointments and frustrations, so children can learn from life's inevitable mistakes and setbacks and grow up to be successful, resilient, self-reliant adults.

Ms. Lahey's lecture is free and open to the public, however seating will be limited. To register, please visit: www.lfcds.org/speakerseries or call the Main Office at (847) 234-2350.  

November 9: LEAD, in partnership with Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Schools, is hosting a special screening of the award-winning documentary SCREENAGERS on November 9, 7:00 p.m. at The John and Nancy Hughes Theater at Gorton Community Center. The screening is free, and no RSVP's are required. Seating is limited, and is first-come, first-served.

If your kids scroll through life with rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span, then this is for you! Latest research from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens.  No matter the age of your kids, this topic is relevant.

For more information about the screening, and to view a trailer of the film, visit: http://www.leadingefforts.org/screenagers.
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