Community Bulletin Board

Survey to Assess Community Support for PPE

2/28/2021 9:26 pm

From Dave Gacioch, Heath parent and PSB Expert Advisory Panel 4 Co-Chair:

As part of the move to increase in-person time for students, Panel 4 members and friends are working with PSB to increase PPE offerings to educators, staff, and possibly also students. It is possible that PSB may need voluntary funding and organizational help to accomplish this, given how stretched both the PSB budget and staff members' time are right now. To that end, I am hoping to gauge what level of community $$ and logistical support we could leverage through this subscription form:

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For parents and community members looking for more concrete ways to express appreciation and support for PSB's wonderful, hard-working educators and staff, please consider this effort as one possible means of doing so.

More details to follow once we are able to gauge available resources through this mechanism and others.

Please share/forward as needed to reach as many potential supporters as we can. Thanks!

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Parent Update on "When the S*** Hits the Fan: Parenting during the Pandemic"

2/19/2021 2:59 pm

The PTO/B-PEN webinar "When the S*** Hits the Fan: Parenting during the Pandemic" by parenting expert Joani Geltman (http://www.joanigeltman.com/) offered parents a wealth of practical insights, reassurance, and helpful strategies for parenting through these unprecedented challenges. As one parent remarked, “I’m so relieved to know I’m not the only parent whose child is sleeping through some classes and has dirty dishes all over the bedroom and wet towels under the bed.” B-PEN’s Parent Update shares top tips from the evening.

Top Tips on Parenting in the Pandemic

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Tips for Talking to Adolescents about Troubling Events

2/3/2021 9:13 am

Between pandemic-driven economic hardship and deaths, the intensification of racial reckoning, major environmental disasters, and violent political chaos, families are faced every day with a lot of bad news. B-PEN offers some tips for how to talk to our adolescents about all this in a way that acknowledges the trauma without feeding the flames, offering perspective, guidance, and reassurance.

B-PEN Tips for Talking to Adolescents

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Letters for Rose

1/26/2021 10:30 am

Letters for Rose, a not-for-profit volunteer organization, collects letters, art and cards to deliver to senior homes in Brookline. Since the pandemic has left a lot of seniors feeling isolated and lonely, this is a great way to bring them joy and connection during this difficult time.

Letters for Rose would love to have Heath students of any grade level participate in being a volunteer!

Letters for Rose ambassadors are eager to get their message across to Heath students, and are willing to join a zoom call to talk to a few classes, or send out a google classroom/canvas announcement. You can encourage your classroom teacher to do is fill out this sign-up form for their class: https://forms.gle/ZpHtbvH7jjEmqLyV6. Letters for Rose ambassadors can also integrate their organization into a class lesson. After signing up, Letters for Rose ambassadors will reach out to teachers with specific information. Students can volunteer just once or multiple times.

This could be a really special opportunity for students to give back to the community in a meaningful way, and the Letters for Rose ambassadors would be thrilled to have any Heath school students work with them!

Questions or want additional information? Contact Letters for Rose Brookline

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When the S*** Hits the Fan: Parenting during the Pandemic

1/19/2021 8:54 am

Presented by the Brookline High School PTO and B-PEN

A virtual conversation with Joani Geltman, MSW

Jan. 25, 7 p.m.

Please join us for a virtual evening with parenting expert Joani Geltman, a clinician, parenting coach, college professor, and public speaker with over 30 years of experience. Using humor and storytelling, Joani will send parents/caregivers of teens and tweens home with a "goody bag" of practical insight and helpful techniques for parenting through these unprecedented challenges. She will address issues ranging from screen use and recognizing the difference between COVID blues and clinical depression to strategies for dealing with social isolation and self-care. Bring your questions or feel free to submit concerns you’d like Joani to address to ParentNetwork115@gmail.com.

Zoom log in -- https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85217590099?pwd=UGM1VHY3MHB3Qis0dTN2Y25qMXA5QT09

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