PTSA meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month. They are open to all parents and staff. Everyone is encouraged to attend and share ideas to help shape our children’s experience at Bryant. To include your issue on a Board meeting agenda, email your topic to the Executive Committee at least a week before the meeting. Three general meetings, featuring special topics or speakers are scheduled each year and are a special opportunity for the greater Bryant community to participate. These are also when issues requiring a vote of the general PTSA membership (like approval of the budget and election of officers) take place.
Thanks to those of you who made it out to our latest speaker event on Tuesday. Chris McCurry shared the possible origins of anxiety in our kids and techniques for recognizing and coping with it. If you missed it (or your notes are incomplete!) download some of his information here.
The Anxiety Dance
Tuesday, March 14, 7 pm
Noted expert Chris McCurry, Ph.D., is a clinical child psychologist in private practice at Associates in Behavior and Child Development, Inc. in Seattle. He is the author of Parenting Your Anxious Child with Mindfulness and Acceptance published by New Harbinger.
Chris will discuss:
The origins of child anxiety in biological factors (temperament, brain development) and early experiences, especially social experiences.
The ways a child’s fearful and anxious behaviors function to communicate distress and compel the parent to come to the child’s rescue.
Strategies for making this process or “dance” work better: clearer communication, mutual respect and cooperation, better problem solving and coping.
As parents we share many of the same concerns. When do we cut off screen time? How do we broach the dreaded sex talk? What can we do we ease our kids’ test taking anxieties? We’re all figuring it out but it would be great to add some tools to our parenting skill sets.
We’re excited to announce the Bryant PTSA 2016-2017 Speaker Series. We will be hosting 3 expert speakers on these parenting topics at PTSA meetings this year to support you! First up, families and technology.
Raising Kids and Finding Balance in a Digitally Connected World Monday, December 12th at 7 pm
Please welcome our very own Emily Cherkin, a Bryant parent, parent educator and academic coach, to December’s PTSA meeting. Emily will use recent data to help us develop realistic goals for our kids (and ourselves!), and find better balance in our lives when it comes to screens and technology. We’ll discuss:
★ Raising your “Digital Natives” (and what that means)
★ Current research on screen use for kids and teens
★ The impact of screens and technology on brain development
★ The pull of screens and technology for kids AND adults
★ Tools and resources for creating a balanced “tech-positive” family environment
**LASER will be providing babysitting from 6:45 – 9:15pm – $10 per kid** Sign up for LASER babysitting @ laserchildcare.org.