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February Monthly Meeting and Educational Program

February Educational Programming: UPC / Preventing Teen Suicide Francine Sumner, PV Parent
The program will take place February 13, 2019 at 10:15 a.m., 
after the UPC Monthly Meeting at 9:00 a.m. 

Meet Francine Sumner, a PVSchools mom who is on a mission to change the story for teens with mental Illness. She will share the story of her son Zach and the birth of a new movement called, Kid in the Corner.

We hope you will join us to get informed, to gather resources and be inspired. We will help spread the word by taking The Penny Pledge to reach out to the kid in the corner, be aware of your own mental health and be a safe and caring person to talk to. Do you know a teen in need of help? Go towww.kidinthecorner.org/resources for a list of organizations that can help change the story for a teen today.

UPC TIP: We'd love for everyone to attend both the general meeting and the educational programming but we understand it is a long meeting! So come when you can - Hope to see you there! 
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Benefits of Second Language Immersion Education

Join us on Tuesday February 12, 2019 at 6PM-7:30PM to learn the benefits of learning a second language in an immersion setting. Ms. Cristina Ladas will explain the long-term  benefits to students that participate in these programs and the research that supports those findings. She will also examine the challenges faced by students in these programs and how parents can support their child's academic success in both languages.
About the Speaker: Ms. Cristina Ladas is the World Language Coordinator for the Cave Creek Unified School District. She is also a consultant to other school districts providing Professional Development and support services for teachers and administrators. Mrs. Ladas was recently named to the board of the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

The Seven Challenges of the Gifted Child 

Join us on Tuesday February 26, 2019 at 6PM-7:30PM 
While being gifted can be fun and interesting, it does come with challenges, intellectually as well as socially and emotionally. But what are those challenges and how do we deal with them as a parent? This seminar describes seven main challenges that came up while working with thousands of parents. The concerns apply to gifted chil- dren worldwide, and include ways to overcome a fixed mindset, how to use one's memory, stay focused, and how to gain motivation for learning in school. In a spirited presentation Tijl will take you through the seven challenges and, most importantly, practical applications parents can use to address these challenges.
Tijl Koenderink has been involved in hands-on gifted education for over 10 years in the Netherlands and throughout Europe. From setting up full-time gifted programs to a gifted dropout center. From parent training to setting up an innovative public school, he is looking at hands-on ways to make gifted kids thrive.

Parent Advocacy, Support & Resources with Raising Special Families  

Join us on Thursday February 28, 2019 at 6PM-7:30PM 
Having a child with Special Needs can bring a lot of extra challenges, but you're not alone! Join us to meet and network with other parents, and learn more about how Raising Special Kids can help support you and your child. Nannette Salasek from Raising Special Kids will be here to discuss:
  • Who Raising Special Kids is and how they can help parents
  • Finding accurate,  authoritative information related to your child's disability or special health
  • Special Education consultations, training, and problem-resolution services
  • Education and coaching for parents to learn the most effective methods in managing challenging
  • Connecting with a trained Parent Mentor that is skilled at providing more specific information
    and support
    At the end of this seminar, time will also be given for parents to network with each other so families can connect to create stronger support systems for our PVUSD families.


Teacher & Staff Appreciation nomination is coming soon!

Accepting nominations from  February 13, 2019 through March 13, 2019! 

English Submission Form
Spanish Submission Form
Learn more here!


Inviting All Parent Groups Leaders - March 11, 2019

This year's LINC (Leadership, Ideas, Networking, Community) event will take place at Explorer Middle School!  There will be dozens of booths with great fundraising ideas, programs and other resources for you to check out on behalf of your school and parent group. Admission is free!!    

To sign up as your school rep at the LINC event please sign up here.

BRING A FRIEND to Wednesday's meeting!

U PC's "Bring a Friend" continues at our meeting this Wednesday at 9:00AM.  
Bring someone new to Wednesday's UPC Meeting - a parent group member, parent, administrator, neighbor, etc. and you will each be entered in our gift card drawing!
Gifted In Paradise Presents: 
They Say My Child's Gifted....Now What?  with Dr. Dina Brulles, Dir. of Gifted Services in PVUSD

Join us Tues. March 12, 2019 at 6:00PM      
An overview of the continuum of gifted services available in PVSchools, Preschool through High School, and the differences between public, charter and private school offerings for gifted students.  Stay tuned more information to come! 

March Monthly Meeting & Educational Program 
March Educational Programming: Public Schools: The Facts with Dr. David C. Berliner 
The program will take place March 13, 2019 at 10:15 a.m., 
after the UPC Monthly Meeting at 9:00 a.m. 

Please join us as the United Parent Council welcomes back one of its favorite guests, Dr. David C. Berliner. He will engage the audience with personal stories as well as compelling research dispelling the many myths and lies that exist regarding public education here in Arizona and in the nation as a whole. He will touch on the impact of standardized testing, how out of school factors affect in school performance, school rating systems, charter schools and school vouchers. Dr. Berliner's focus has always been on "what is best for children" and how we can address those powerful out of school factors that limit student outcomes. Don't miss this amazing presentation by a man who is not afraid to speak the truth about public education in America!

Meet and Greet: 8:45 a.m.
UPC General Meeting 9:00 a.m.
10:15 a.m. Educational Program
Location:  PVUSD Administrative Center East/West Conference Room 15002 N. 32nd   Street,  Phoenix, AZ 85032

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Arizona's Legislative Session is in Full Swing!
United Parent Council encourages all citizens to become better informed about issues that impact the quality of education for our children and to exercise their right to vote.  
The Community Legislative Network, or CLN, is a grassroots effort to advocate for public policy that will benefit Paradise Valley Unified School District. During the legislative session (January - May), CLN tracks legislation and meets with state legislators to inform and educate them about the district's positions. 

CLN utilizes an e-mail network to send legislative updates to individual stakeholders with the goal of activating them to communicate with their legislation. 
Sign up by emailing subscribeCLN@gmail.com.

Request to Speak is an online system that allows you to click THUMBS UP or THUMBS DOWN to let legislators know how you feel about any bill that's currently being considered in the Arizona from your home! CLN can help you get registered on Request to Speak if you fill out a proxy form here.

Your participation is vital to the success of UPC and to supporting our students and PVSchools. Thank you for your support.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please email me at upcmail@hotmail.com.


Melissa K. Schwartz
PV United Parent Council
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