2021-2022 PARENT INFORMATION SERIES
2021 2022 Parent Information Series
The parent information series has concluded for the 21-22 school year. Please stay tuned for information regarding the 22-23 Parent Information Series.
Teen Driving Safety
May 26, 2022 from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Orchard Park Middle School Auditorium
OPCSD’s Parent Information Series continued with a Teen Driving Safety presentation held May 26, 2022 from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Orchard Park Middle School auditorium.
The Orchard Park Police Department and the Orchard Park Central School District presented the dangers of distracted driving, driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs, and license restrictions for permit holders and junior drivers, vehicle and traffic laws, pedestrians, and other safety issues. This presentation was for both teenagers and their parents.
What Does the Legalization of Marijuana Mean for Our Kids?
Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 7 p.m. in the Orchard Park Middle School Auditorium
The presentation was given by John Bennett, the Face2Face Program Director at Kids Escaping Drugs, focused on the legalization of marijuana and the issues it will establish with our adolescents. Parents had the opportunity to learn about the commercialization of marijuana, its harmful impacts on our youth, along with providing parents helpful guidance and advice. The presentation discussed current adolescent marijuana trends as well as the vast difference between current THC products and generations past.
Parenting in the Screen Age
Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m.
During this session Dr. Delaney Ruston, creator of the documentary film Screenagers, interwove science and practical strategies to help us help our kids be tech-wise and life-balanced.
Foundations of Mental Health amid Recovery from a Pandemic
Wednesday, September 29 at 7:00 PM
During this presentation, the three OPHS social workers – Amy Klube, Charles Kron and Amanda Mohler – closely examined the powerful effects of circadian rhythm dysregulation on physical and mental health, nutrition, exercise and community. Watch this recording to learn immediate, actionable, stigma-free and highly effective strategies to improve mental health, well-being, social connections and ultimately learning.
Raising Digital Leaders
Wednesday, October 6 at 7:00 PM
Jennifer Casa-Todd, an author, speaker and teacher-librarian from the Greater Toronto Area, delivered a guest presentation on proactive and research-based strategies to help parents balance technology usage, keep children safe online, and support their children's use of technology and social media for creating a positive influence. To learn more about the presentation as well as the book by the same title, please visit:
In-Person Screenings of LIKE
October 25-28 at 7:00 PM
LIKE is an original iNDIEFLIX documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. According to the filmmakers, 2 billion smartphone owners were checking their phones, on average, 150 times a day prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Research continues to confirm that having one's head down, staring at the screen, chasing "likes" and seeking "followers" can lead to low self-esteem, isolation and depression, as well as loss of focus and patience.
Helping Our Kids with Grief
Wednesday, November 3 at 7:00 PM
Ms. Day Cummings, LCSW, RN, a Buffalo-based certified bereavement counselor, provided a review of how children and teenagers grieve at different ages. She offered parents and guardians practical tips for helping children and teenagers express themselves and adjust to their loss of a family member, friend, or pet.
Supporting Children and Adolescents When There Are Sexuality and Gender Identity Questions
Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 7 p.m.
The event featured presenter, Danielle Cook, MS, LMHC. She is the owner and director of CPH Mental Health Counseling in Buffalo, which bills itself as the only treatment center in Western New York specially trained in the treatment of gender dysphoria and gender-related concerns in children and adolescents.