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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. 



MBUSD Social Emotional Learning Parent Series 
Presented by MBUSD PTA & SEL Committee

Sign up for a new 4-part Workshop Series “Emotional Support During Distance Learning” for MBUSD parents. Featured Expert Olivia Tiffany, Family Counselor, Life Coach and Doctoral Student of Child Psychology will provide insight and tools to support your child’s social-emotional well-being.

• Friday 12/11/20, 9:30–10:30am - EMOTIONAL SUPPORT: Teens & tweens today are under increased stress and anxiety. In this session, we’ll talk about signs of depression and how parents can identify the signs and tools to best support their children. 

• Friday 1/8/21, 9:30–10:30am - NUTRITION & MOOD: We will discuss how a balanced diet can help balance your child's moods. Ways to approach the topic of healthy foods and help implement into their lives. 

• Friday 2/5/21, 9:30–10:30am - SOCIAL CONNECTIONS DURING COVID: The rushed adoption of technology to support distance learning programs, fast tracked many tweens online. Here we will discuss how to set up parameters and rules around screen time and social media. 

• Friday 3/12/21, 9:30–10:30am - TECHNOLOGY & SOCIAL MEDIA: How to keep this alive and prevent your child from feeling lonely.

FORMAT: 1 Hour Long Webinar including Live Q/A. Recorded for future viewing and posted on MBUSD school websites. RSVP for each session on the Sign Up Genius. Questions will be also collected prior to ensure we address them. View the flyer.

    • For social-emotional support during this time when our families are struggling with loss on many different levels, we encourage you to visit our Coping with Grief page for insight and resources. 
    • To help bring down the stress level in your home during distance learning, we invite you to check out the resources on our updated Coronavirus Support page and Mindfulness Parenting page.
    • To support your teens with education and inspiration that will help them stave off drug and alcohol use, please visit our newly updated Vaping Facts for Teens Page and Opioid Awareness Page. Here are some recommended activities to empower you and your teens:
      • Watch the full video of our Vaping Prevention Tour with Alex Gray with your teen and discuss the facts shared on the page. 
      • Watch the Opioid Prevention videos together and alert your teen to the trending issue of Fentanyl
      • Visit the SBFC Virtual Teen Center, a resource created by teens for teens, for more information and videos to help youth connect and destress in healthy ways.
    • If you are a parent or caregiver looking to connect with support and information, please join us at our free weekly Families Connected Parent Chat provided in partnership with Beach Cities Health District. The group is moderated by Dr. Moe Gelbart of the Thelma McMillen Recovery Center and focuses on various social-emotional wellness topics. Below are our remaining December topics that link to details and registration:
    • For information on MBUSD’s upcoming SEW parent education event, visit MBMS Families Connected or MCHS Families Connected.
    • Read our featured parent blog, COVID Goal: Good Enough is Enough. Hang in there! We’ll get through this together. 

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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:
Interested in learning more about Vaping?  Here’s a link to the latest SBFC blog on vaping prevention: