Tuesday, January 25, 2011


The award-winning Parents’ Academy program, which provides Brockton Public Schools parents with free evening lectures, has begun its second semester. If you’ve never had the opportunity to take part in this fabulous parent education and outreach program, you are missing out on an important community resource. Begun in the fall of 2006, Parents’ Academy welcomed 10,000 participants through its doors. Courses range from MAS tutorials and internet safety to bullying prevention, discipline and family fun nights. Each spring, Parent Engagement Specialist Jane Feroli surveys parents to determine what topics they would like to learn more about and schedules workshops throughout the school year to meet the needs of the community.

Held weeknights at 6:30 p.m. at the Arnone School, Parents’ Academy offers free childcare, camaraderie and tips for parents and community members. Tomorrow, Parents’ Academy and the Special Education PAC (SEPAC) are partnering to sponsor “Behavior Support for Families – Maximizing Student Potential Using a Strength-Based Approach.” Applestein is a nationally-recognized youth care specialist whose primary focus is on working with children and youth presenting with emotional and behavioral problems (see attached flier).
Please feel free to take part in any Parents’ Academy workshop and please, spread the word!
Tuesday, January 25 Behavioral Support for Families – Maximizing Student Potential Using a Stres basesBApproach
Charlie Applestein, M.S.W.
Tuesday, February 1 Family Event: Go Green Storytelling and Musical Presentation in celebration of Go Green Week!
Nancy Valois, Storyteller and John Salonen, Musician

Thursday, February 10 Internet Safety: What We All Need to Know to Keep our Children Safe
Officer Al Gazerro
Brockton Police Department
Thursday, February 17 Loving Your Family, Feeding Their Future: Seven Habits to Eat Healthier & to Stretch Your Food Dollar
Andrea Gulezian, M Ed., RD, Project Leader
UMass Extension Family Nutrition Program

Thursday, March 3 notMYkid: A Drug Awareness Presentation
Officer Nancy Leedberg
Brockton Police Department
Thursday, March 10 Family Event: Bonnie The Snake Lady
Jane Feroli, Brockton Public Schools Parent Involvement
Lisa Zolga, Brockton Public Schools Title 1
Tuesday, March 15 Make Your Child a Better Writer
Kathleen Flaherty & Diane Sullivan
Retired Brockton Public Schools Staff

Thursday, March 24 Health Resource Fair
Brockton Public Schools & Community Representatives
Thursday, March 31 Helping Siblings Live Harmoniously
Deb Broadley
Families First Parenting Programs, Boston

Tuesday, April 5 Family Event: The Best of Brockton Night
Jane Feroli, Brockton Public Schools Parent Involvement Lisa Zolga, Brockton Public Schools Title 1
Wednesday, April 13 What Every Parent Needs to Know about ADHD
Brockton Public Schools SPED Staff
Wednesday, April 27 Family Event: Family Fitness Night
Peter Caruso & Brockton Public Schools P.E. Staff
Thursday, May 19 Summer Fun in the City Resource Fair
Brockton Public Schools Staff & Community Representative
Brockton Public Schools SPED PAC Resource Fair
Thursday, June 2 Happy 5th Birthday Parents’ Academy!