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Ptsa Parent Coffee Sept 2007

  1. 1. SAS-Pudong PTSA Parent Coffee September 6 th , 2007 Helping your child navigate the Middle School years
  2. 2. A couple of announcements <ul><li>MYG NYTE – </li></ul><ul><li>“ Mission Possible” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Friday, September 14 th </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3pm to 7pm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Permission Form and 20 RMB </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Helping Students Learn </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Monthly Publication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review the source </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Counseling Resources <ul><li>My website: www.schoolcounselor.teachtck.com </li></ul><ul><li>Being blocked in CHINA! </li></ul><ul><li>Always a work in progress </li></ul><ul><li>A great place for helpful resources, websites, pictures and ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>Today’s presentation with handouts </li></ul><ul><li>My Office Room 307 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Presentation Goals <ul><li>What do middle school students really care about? </li></ul><ul><li>Pitfalls of SAS and Middle School in general </li></ul><ul><li>How can SAS help? </li></ul><ul><li>How can parents help? </li></ul><ul><li>Information packet </li></ul><ul><li>Questions and Answers </li></ul>
  5. 5. So, what do they really care about? <ul><li>Any guesses from the audience? </li></ul><ul><li>FRIENDS </li></ul><ul><li>ACCEPTANCE </li></ul><ul><li>SAFETY / TRUST (School AND Home) </li></ul><ul><li>ACADEMICS (only after the top three are satisfied) </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Pressured Child” Dr. Michael Thompson </li></ul><ul><ul><li>He will visit SAS in the spring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Excerpt from book </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Student Pitfalls at any Middle School <ul><li>Organization </li></ul><ul><li>Time Management </li></ul><ul><li>Work Load </li></ul><ul><li>Social Life </li></ul>Pitfalls at SAS Middle School <ul><li>Living in China vs. Home Country </li></ul><ul><li>Long Commutes </li></ul><ul><li>Middle School Program that is growing </li></ul><ul><li>Parental Expectations </li></ul>
  7. 7. How can SAS help? <ul><li>Parent - Teacher Communication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Edline, Email </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Homework Opportunity Time (HOT) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Monday, Tuesday and Thursday </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set up an appointment with a teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Flex during Elective </li></ul><ul><li>Full Time Academic Support Specialist </li></ul><ul><li>Full Time Counselor (Emotional/Social/Academic) </li></ul><ul><li>Full Time School Psychologist (Testing) </li></ul>
  8. 8. How can you help? <ul><li>COMMUNICATION </li></ul><ul><ul><li>50%-50% - Who is doing the talking? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How much are you solving your child’s problem vs. helping them solve it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delicate Balance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What is home life like for your child? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your expectations vs. your child’s </li></ul><ul><li>Self Esteem – goes down as children grow older </li></ul>
  9. 9. Handouts <ul><li>Homework Survival Guide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good hints on organization </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Childhood Stress and Parent Support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Suicide / Cutting / Other destructive behavior </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Self Esteem </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I’m not good at it,” Easily frustrated </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Autonomy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For some of you, your child will be going to college in five years! Or just over 1,800 days! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Talking to your Child about Tough Issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dating, Sex, Drugs, Alcohol </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teenagers and Chores </li></ul>
  10. 10. Feedback Wanted <ul><li>Please send any ideas and/or feedback from this presentation. </li></ul><ul><li>Directly to me or via our MS PTSA rep </li></ul><ul><li>Respect for the talents that we have in our school community </li></ul>
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