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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. 
Thank you to those who attended the Teens & the Internet Parent Workshop on Wed, 11/20/19.  This was a unique opportunity to hear from experienced teen sexuality educator and researcher, Meagan Ramsey, MSW, about how our middle school students are encountering explicit content on the internet, how it affects them, and to discuss our role as parents.  In a workshop format, this session helped us learn how our middle schoolers can develop healthy relationships, understand their sexual development, and make wise choices.   Please find the information presented, along with a resource list, below:


The Book Club events for 2019-2020 are here!

Get PUMPeD Book Club on
Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020
Time: 8:30am-10:00am
Location: MBMS Library
Middle School Matters: The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle School and Beyond - and How Parents Can Help
By Phyllis Fagell

Come join us for the third book club of the year on Thursday, January 30, 2020 in the MBMS Library at 8:30am-10:00am.  Margot Parker will be leading the third discussion about Chapters 11-13 from the book, Middle School Matters by Phyllis Fagell.  The focus will be on learning.

Fagell helps parents use the middle school years as a low-stakes training ground to teach kids the key skills they'll need to thrive now and in the future, including making good friend choices, negotiating conflict, regulating their own emotions, be their own advocates, and more.  To answer parents' most common questions and struggles with middle school-aged children, Fagell combines her professional and personal expertise with stories and advice from prominent psychologists, doctors, parents, educators, school professionals, and middle schoolers themselves.

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We look forward to learning and growing together!


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 (
Mindful Parenting
Start 2019 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: