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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. 
Book Club/Speaker Presentations

Book club returns February 1st with Middle School Makeover by Michelle Icard. This book helps parents, teachers, and other adults in middle school settings to understand the social dilemmas and other issues that kids today face.  Author Michelle Icard covers a large range of topics, beginning with helping us understand what is happening in the brains of tweens and how these neurological development affects decision-making and questions around identity. She also addresses social media, dating, and peer exclusion.

Margot Parker, social emotional wellness expert, former MBMS Assistant Principal and longtime counselor, will be facilitating this engaging, hands-on discussion on parenting our middle school students. This is a great opportunity to reflect on our parenting practices, get ideas from each other, and learn new strategies in a fun, lively, discussion.

Click here to register.  Books are available at Pages Bookstore in downtown Manhattan Beach. You need not have read the book to participate -- all are welcome!


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. 

“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  
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: