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January Monthly Meeting and Educational Program
January Educational Programming: Restorative Practices 
The program will take place January 16, 2019 at 10:15 a.m., 
after the UPC Monthly Meeting at 9:00 a.m. 

Join us for a discussion on restorative practices in PVSchools led by Dr. Jason Reynolds, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Ed and Dr. Mitch von Gnechten, Director of Student Services-Secondary. Learn what restorative practices are, why it is important to your student and school community, and how PVSchools is implementing Restorative Practices. 

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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*ALL UPC Monthly meetings and educational programs are open to public 

Deconstructing Barriers to Learning: The Neuropsychology of Learning Differences 

Join us Wednesday,   January 23, 2019   at 6:00-7:30PM with a presentation from Dr. Alison Reuter on  the topics below.  The topics will be discussed in context of all students including gifted and special needs. Children with learning differences often present with a variety of learning characteristics, and sometimes do not fit neatly into specific "diagnoses."  In this presentation, we will talk about the different types of learning characteristics or challenges that are common among broader diagnoses (listed above).  We will learn about different types of dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia, as well as the different types of executive functions that contribute to learning.  We will also highlight the role of anxiety in undermining optimal learning, and how anxiety can co-occur and exacerbate other learning challenges.
The Neuropsychology of Learning Differences for ALL Learners including Gifted and Special Needs. 
- ADHD/Executive Functions
- Learning Disabilities, including Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia 
- Anxiety and its impact on learning 
Please refer to the flier for more details.

Teacher & Staff Appreciation!

Coming soon Teacher and Staff Appreciation nomination period is from  February 13, 2019 through March 13, 2019! Stay tuned more information to come! 

Calling All Parent Groups - UPC wants to hear from you!  

We want to know what fundraisers and programs were the most fun and successful at your school!  Or, if there are specific vendors you've heard about and would like to see represented at this year's LINC (Leadership, Ideas, Networking, Community) Vendor Showcase coming up on March 11, 2019! Let us know and we will do our best to bring them on board!  
Please e-mail us at upcmail@hotmail.com with suggestions.

BRING A FRIEND to Wednesday's meeting!

Our "Bring a Friend/Come for the First Time" Raffle continues at our meeting this Wednesday at 9:00AM.   Bring someone new to Wednesday's UPC Meeting - a PTO member, parent, administrator, neighbor, etc. and you will each be entered in our Gift Card Drawing!
February Monthly Meeting & Educational Program 
February Educational Programming: 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 to www.kidinthecorner.org/resources  for a list of organizations that can help change the story for a teen today.

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

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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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