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Social Emotional Wellness (SEW)

Read below to find out about our Student Wellness support and resources. Interesting links and information can also be found on the sidebar to the right. 
Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety
Don't miss the screening of this documentary designed to raise awareness around anxiety.  Anxiety is one of the most common problems affecting our teens.  Angst will help you to understand the symptoms of anxiety and drive a thoughtful discussion around mental health issues.  
Tuesday November 27, 2018
Each screening will by followed by Q and A with family therapists to help answer some of the concerns highlighted in the movie.  Click here to learn more about this documentary. 
A sign up genius link will be available shortly.  
Book Club/Speaker Presentations

A big thank you to both Meagan Ramsey and Margot Parker for their presentation on Internet Porn and how it affects our middle school teens.  For those who couldn't attend or if you missed it, click here for the full presentation.  

Meagan has also provided a resource guide for those interested in researching this topic further.  Click here to see the guide. 

In lieu of our previously scheduled book club, MBMS parents were given a unique opportunity to hear from experienced teen sexuality educator and researcher, Meagan Ramsey, MSW, and Margot Parker, local expert on parenting and teen social-emotional development, about how our middle school students are encountering porn on the internet, how it affects them, and our role as parents.  We also learned how to help our middle schoolers develop healthy relationships, understand their sexual development, and make wise choices. 

“Get PUMPEd” (Parent University at MBMS Participatory Education)
This year will be filled with new excitement and change for your child, but we want you as parents to build connections with us and each other as well.  This year we are continuing with our "Get PUMPEd” (Parent University at MBMS Participatory Education) through partnerships with MBEF, South Bay Families Connected, and the Beach Cities Health District.  It will include small group book clubs at MBMS moderated by Margot Parker, small-group workshops led by a local expert to provide expanded discussion following the Families Connected Speaker events and other parent education opportunities. 
Our first book club was a huge success!  Margot Parker led an informative and interactive discussion focusing on resiliency and positive parenting strategies.  Click here for her full presentation if you missed the event or just want to review the notes!    
South Bay Families Connected 
Families Connected Speaker Series: 
Don't miss our next speaker, noted author and researcher, Dr. Jean Twenge.   She will be speaking about Today's Youth: Screen Time and Mental Health.  Click here for more info. 
Small-Group Parent Workshops:
New this year, a series of Small-Group Parent Workshops will expand on topics discussed during the Families Connected Speaker Series events, including cyber safety, vaping and anxiety. The workshops start in early October and will be facilitated by local experts from Beach Cities Health District’s Student Mental Health Provider Task Force.
To register for upcoming technology workshops (Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube) click here
For related technology resources on SBFC (some really great info!) click here
Parent Connection Groups:
Also new this year, these informal walking groups will give parents an opportunity to connect with other parents on a range of topics. Groups are led by parent volunteers. The first walking group will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 9-10AM at Aviation Park, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach. No registration necessary.  Click here for more info.
Visit the South Bay Families Connected website to see all the upcoming events, for many helpful resources,  and to find valuable parenting information. Sign up here to receive their monthly newsletter.

Don't miss the chance to learn and connect with others who are parenting in the pre-teen/teen time of life.  

Click here to find the MBMS Counseling staff, resources, blog, and schedule changes policy. 

Other resources:
If you haven’t yet, please visit Mira Costa High School’s youth wellness website, MCHS Families Connected, to read MBUSD's latest SEW Community Education article, Homework and Study.  

Click here to see what Parent Information is currently being offered in and around the South Bay.


Please feel free to contact us with questions or ideas that you may have for our MBMS families connected!

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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 (
Families Connected Parent Newsletter
This month’s Families Connected Parent Newsletter will connect you with the top SBFC resource pages and blogs of 2017. No surprise…our Teens and Technology page topped the list. Check it out here:
Mindful Parenting
Start 2018 with some helpful Mindful Parenting tips from a number of leaders in the field. Click here:
Interested in learning more about Vaping?  Here’s a link to the latest SBFC blog on vaping prevention: