2020-2021 Parent Information Series

  • The Orchard Park Central School District will be hosting a Parent Information Series during the 2020 - 2021 school year. 

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Stronger on the Inside

  • From 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4, Joe Clem will present strategies to build confidence, resilience, and flexibility during challenging times in his virtual presentation Stronger on the Inside.  The presentation will be available on the Orchard Park Central School District website www.opschools.org.

    Anxiety can be defined as the Perceived inability to manage a task in front of you. None of us has a playbook for these times, so stress is unavoidable. Honestly, we often rely on really old, mostly unconscious, information to manage stressors. The Emotional and Behavioral Sciences have provided us evidence-based tools to help us use these times to shift our perceptions so we can actually get better through our challenges. 

    This workshop will introduce clear, evidence based, strategies to increase compliance and success and reduce defiance, anxiety and misery in your home for all ages. You will leave with techniques to implement! Joe Clem is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with over 15-yrs of practical experience. This combination provides a unique window into the emotions that drive negative cycles in our homes and clear behavioral strategies to help us move through them, back to a home we can love.  

Anti-Racist Tools for Parents and Caregivers

  • The District has rescheduled the Parent Information session titled “Anti-Racist Tools for Parents and Caregivers”.  In working with our presenter on this comprehensive and important topic, the district has determined that a long-range strategic approach would be most beneficial to our parents and community members.  We are developing a series of sessions to address the overall topics of racism, bias and diversity.  The rescheduled date for the first session will be Thursday, November 12 from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Additional sessions will be held on December 3 and January 7.  More information will be shared as we get closer to those dates.

    The Orchard Park Central School District will continue it’s 2020-2021 Parent Information Series with a virtual presentation Anti-Racist Tools for Parents and Caregivers presented by Dr. Diantha Watts of SUNY Brockport. on Thursday, November 12 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

    Parents and caregivers have an incredible opportunity to engage their children in meaningful conversations about race, racism, and racial injustice.  This workshop will provide tools for parents and caregivers to have age-appropriate impactful discussions with their children on these difficult, yet important topics.  At the conclusion of this workshop, caregivers and parents will feel empowered to support their child’s development of an anti-racist mindset, including attitudes and behaviors.

     A link to the presentation will be available on our website www.opschools.org on Thursday,  November 12th.  Parents and interested community members are encouraged to view this free presentation.


Helping Your Child be Effective with Anxiety

  • Visit https://youtu.be/xcLw-2SAmGw to see the 2020-2021 Parent Information Series’ presentation of Helping Your Child be Effective with Anxiety.  The presentation was pre-recorded for your convenience so as soon as you click the link you will be able to view the presentation.

    The rate of anxiety in children is a mental health crisis with 1 in 3 children suffering from an anxiety disorder.  Nearly 80% of these children and teens suffer without help. Students with anxiety often have academic and social challenges, in addition to being at risk for low self-esteem and substance abuse. 

    The webinar Helping Your Child be Effective with Anxiety created by AnxietyTraining.com founders Kimberly Morrow, LCSW and Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, LCSW-C, focuses on walking towards fear, talking back to worry, and sitting in discomfort as the keys to changing students' relationship with fear.  It demonstrates the role of anxiety in families and how to partner with schools to help children live well with anxiety.  The webinar teaches skills to shift out of avoidance and accommodations and into doing what the child values even when they feel anxious.

    In addition to the Helping Your Child be Effective with Anxiety presentation the team at AnxietyTraining.com has provided the Orchard Park Central School District with additional resources for parents, students and staff.  They are available at https://www.opschools.org/Page/10547.

Supporting Your Children in a COVID World

  • The Orchard Park Central School District hosted it’s first 2020-2021 Parent Information Series with a virtual presentation Supporting Your Children in a COVID World on Thursday, September 3rd from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

    Back to school is imminent, and many parents and kids are feeling lost. How will my child fare with the new COVID restrictions? How will I balance their needs with mine? How do I help my child navigate this new territory when I don’t even know what it is?  Dr. Darci Cramer, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, will use her expertise in family systems to help parents, in this interactive workshop focused on parenting kids going back to school in this epidemic. None of us have experience in this particular challenge, but relying on what we know about child development, parenting, and relationships, we can do our best to be there for our kids in this new venture.

    Click here to watch the presentation

Supporting Your Children in a COVID World Parent Information Series Presentation