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Social Emotional Wellness (SEW) & Counseling

Each week, teachers lead students in a Second Step’s social emotional learning curriculum to teach powerful skills and competencies—like handling strong emotions, setting and meeting goals, making good decisions, and forging positive relationships—while building the safe, supported learning environment middle schoolers need to succeed.  Click here to view the curriculum and here for their parent website. 



Social Connections During COVID" Presentation, 3/12
Please join the MBUSD PTA and SEL Committee for the final presentation of their 4-Part Parent Support Series, “Emotional Support During Distance Learning." Olivia Tiffany, Family Counselor, Life Coach and Doctoral Student of Child Psychology, provides insight and tools to support your child’s social emotional well-being. See flyer HERE.

Sign up and submit questions prior to the presentation HERE.


We extend our sincere gratitude to our 96 Partner Districts/Schools and community partners who are working diligently to help students and educators return to in-person learning and activities. We can feel a shift towards optimism and reconnection in the spring air. Yet, along with excitement, many families are experiencing re-entry anxiety, change-fatigue and continued feelings of profound loss, all of which are normal. Whether you are struggling or are relatively okay, in this issue we share resources, insight and educational events to help our community move forward together and support our students’ and each other’s mental health.

Trending Parenting Resources to Help Youth Thrive

1. Re-entry Emotional Support
Access resources and expert advice for understanding and managing re-entry emotions as well as supporting your children's social-emotional wellness in continued remote and/or hybrid learning. 
2. Stress and Anxiety
Utilize these resources and gain insight into helping your children manage stress and anxiety in healthy ways, as well as reduce college admissions stress. We extend compassion to our South Bay seniors during this particularly challenging college admissions year. 
3. Grief and Loss
Gain insight to support your children's process in coping with grief during the pandemic, from the loss of rites of passage and connection, to the ongoing grief of mourning a loved one.
4. Body Image
Access expert advice and resources to help your children develop a healthy body image and prevent disordered eating, struggles that experts say have worsened dramatically during the pandemic.
5. Mental Health
If your child is struggling with mental health issues, know that they are not alone, and neither are you. Please access these resources and reach out for help when you need it. For crisis support, please visit our suicide prevention page

All South Bay Parents are Welcome!

Please join us and our partners Beach Cities Health District, Redondo Unified School District, Manhattan Beach Unified School District and Hermosa Beach City School District on April 13 for the first of our spring Families Connected Speaker Series events. Dr. Mimi Nartey will present about social justice parenting. 
Dr. Nartey shares about her upcoming Families Connected Speaker Series event.
Event Details and Registration
All South Bay parents are invited to attend our free three-part series featuring Dr. Moe Gelbart and hosted by our Partner Districts El Segundo Unified School District as well as Manhattan Beach Unified School District.
Timely topics include "Managing the Emotions of Distance Learning and Re-entry" along with "Teens, Stress and Anxiety: How Parents Can Help."
For details and registration, visit:

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Families Connected Parent Chat
Join other parents of teens and preteens in this weekly discussion of parenting challenges and successes led by a licensed family counselor.  There is no need to pre-register and participation is free.  Families Connected Parent Chats are held every Monday from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the Beach Cities Health District Cafe 514 N. Prospect Ave.  Redondo Beach, CA.  Questions can be sent to Tessa Dent of Beach Cities (
Mindful Parenting
Start 2020 with some helpful Mindful Parenting tips from a number of leaders in the field. Click here:
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Episode 3: February 5th @ 9:30am PST  TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL MEDIA