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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. 




MBMS PTA Presents: Brain Science and Heart Centered Parenting

Effectively communicating with our preteens and teens can be challenging in the best of times, so these days of distant learning can present a tricky landscape when parenting this often misunderstood age group.  Understanding brain development lays the foundation for developing communication strategies that can foster connection.

Please join us for this 3- Part Parenting Series on Wellness Wednesdays!  

Mark Your Calendar:

Part 1 – Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from 9:30am-10:30am

Part 2 – Wednesday, October 21, 2020 from 9:30am-10:30am

Part 3 – Wednesday, October 28, 2020 from 9:30am-10:30am

About Our Speaker

Kelly Hendrickson, R.N.  is a parent of three boys and a nurse educator with over 15 years of experience in child development. In addition to her role as an educator, Kelly is South Bay Families Connected’s Community Outreach Director. Her extensive research in the area of brain development paired with hands on parenting techniques provides a road map that aids in navigating the preteen and teens years.  In this 3-part parenting series Kelly will teach skills on how to effectively communicate with our preteens and teens during these challenging and unprecedented times. 


Please register!  24 hours prior to the first program a Zoom link will be sent out to the email address provided. 

Thank you!



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Families Connected Parent Chat
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