Information for District 67 families and community members, in conjunction with the District 67 Emotional Wellness Committee and APT Student & Parent Awareness.
May 2018 
For the Community

2017-2018 EWC Parent Speaker Series...  
"Raising Teens & Tweens:  Common Parenting Pitfalls"
District 67 Emotional Wellness & APT Parent & Student Awareness proudly present the final speaker in our
2017-2018 EWC Parent Speaker Series, Audrey Grunst, LCSW. This event is open to all of our D67 Community.
  • When: May 17, 9:00-10:15 am
    • Presentation
    • Q&A Session
  • Who: Audrey Grunst, LCSW
  • What: EWC Speaker Series, "Raising Teens & Tweens: Common Parenting Pitfalls"
  • Where: the Cube at Deer Path Middle School-East, 95 W. Deerpath in Lake Forest (please park at the back of the school and use at the DPM-East entrance)
  • Please click here to RSVP 
  • Do you have specific questions that you would like Audrey to address?
Mindfulness and Young Adult Well-Being
Our very own, Dr. Matt Dewar (Lake Forest High School faculty member), delivers a thought provoking

"The pace and complexity of modern life jeopardize the well-being of young adults. By integrating mindfulness into schools, educators can help young adults reconnect with themselves and reclaim life balance."  - Dr. Matt Dewar

Deer Path Middle School Throws a Party With a Purpose

This year's "Pay it Forward" event proved hugely successful in helping the student chosen organization Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (
NPH. USA).   NPH USA supports Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for "Our Little Brothers and Sisters"), which is raising more than 3,100 orphaned, abandoned, and disadvantaged boys and girls in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. An additional 3,100 children who live outside the homes receive scholarships, meals and healthcare. NPH community outreach programs provided over 140,000 services in 2017.

A huge thanks goes out to Elise Stetson, Amy Infanzón, Katie Schiyer, all the teachers that volunteered at the event and donated Teacher-Time raffles, Spirit of 67, APT, DPM staff, and the Emotional Wellness Committee at DPM for making this event a memorable one!    
Parents and School... a Partnership

For Parents...
  •   Explore a curated list of blogs, articles, and videos for parents about fostering skills like kindness, empathy, gratitude, resilience, perseverance, and focus in children.
  • Seven Steps Parents can Take to Ensure Kids Work for the Right Kind of Popularity.  The leap from elementary to middle school is a vulnerable time.  Kids start to care more about their standing among peers than their role in the family.  Although parents may want to downgrade the importance of popularity, they shouldn't discount it entirely.  Here are seven steps parents can take to ensure kids develop the right skills, focus on likability, and value authenticity over power and status.
For Staff...
    25 Things to Know About Social Emotional Learning (SEL). SEL has made its way into the spotlight of the educational arena.  Often times, there are misconceptions about what exactly SEL is, or isn't.  Here is a helpful list to better familiarize yourself with SEL.
  • 32 Tips For Building Better Relationships With Students - A MUST READ FOR TEACHERS!
    • Building relationships with students is crucial to the well-being and academic growth of all students.
    • Relationship building is not always simple.  Part of the reason it's not, in fact, 'simple' is because every student is different and there are few universal rules for engaging students.
    • In the same way connecting with colleagues and people in your personal life can be complicated because of different contexts, interests, personalities, and communication patterns, connecting and building relationships with students in the classroom can be equally challenging. 
A Dose of Emotional Wellness

For our Students...
  • How These Teens Found Their Purpose in Life

    What should I do with my life?
    That's a daunting question for many teens-and for many adults, too-but one that is not insurmountable, as discovered from essay submissions to the Greater Good Science Center's Purpose Challenge Scholarship Contest at UC Berkely.
  • What to Do (and Not Do) When Children Are Anxious. According to the 2017 Children's Mental Health Report, Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders of childhood and adolescence. Different kinds of anxiety affect young people at different times in development. Phobias and separation anxiety affect primarily young children; social anxiety develops later, as peer relationships become more important.
    • Nearly one in three adolescents (31.9%) will meet criteria for an anxiety disorder by the age of 18.
    • Anxiety and depression are on the rise.
    • Social, political, and environmental causes are likely implicated in an increase in the number of teens each year who have had a depressive episode, up 37 percent between 2005 and 2014.
    • High school students today have more anxiety symptoms and are twice as likely to see a mental health professional as teens in the 1980s.
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