Supports for Families: Upcoming Parent Programs in D34

As we prepare our transition to Adapted In Person on April 7, we recognize that many students and adults will continue to struggle with the challenges posed by the pandemic, and the many changes that we’ve had to face because of it. 

In the coming weeks, you will be able to take advantage of parent programs, many of which are designed specifically for parents to gain resources to support their children in these times. See the information below and please mark your calendar. 

You also have access to direct support specifically for you, through Virtual Office Hours with your child’s school psychologist and social worker. Click here for information on how to sign up at each school

In addition, we ask that you take a few minutes to complete the Panorama Survey on social emotional learning. Your responses will help District 34 in better understanding the needs of our students, so we can continue to provide appropriate support and resources to families. You should have received an email on March 18 with a link to the survey; if you can’t find that email, please contact me and I will send you a link with a secure access code. 

We know it’s Spring Break, and you may need reminders for these programs as they get closer -- we will send them in emails, on our website and on the District’s social media.   

ParentConnect the Dots

Tuesday, March 30 at 10:00am & Wednesday, March 31 at 7:00pm 

D34 ParentConnect the Dots: Self Care for Parents

Passcode: SelfCare

(The same program will be offered at both times; pick the time that works for you) 

In this new discussion-based program from D34 ParentConnect, professional counseling staff from Family Service Center will facilitate conversations around self care. These meetings are a space to help parents learn, share and connect. Take a look at a few resources before the meeting: 

PBS - Self-Care for Parents - A Guide to Self-Care for Parents: Why Making Time For Yourself Matters

Psychology Today - 25 Simple Self-Care Tools for Parents


Cultivating Resilience - Doug Bolton, PhD

Monday, April 5, 7:00pm

Cultivating Resilience with Dr. Doug Bolton 


Passcode: BeWell34

Interpretation in Spanish, Korean and Mongolian will be available.

As part of D34's SELebration (our focus on mental wellness during the first days of Adapted In Person) Doug Bolton, Ph.D., will share current brain and social science research and provide strategies to help parents build resilience in their children -- and themselves -- so together, families can effectively manage stress now, and in the future. This program will align professional development for staff being held during the day on April 5. Dr. Bolton is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with Formative Psychological Services in Northbrook. He has worked in schools with children and families for more than 25 years. Dr. Bolton provides consultation, supervision and professional development to parents, educators and clinicians on building children’s resilience, mental health issues in schools and creating trauma-responsive school communities.


Abilities Speaker Series

Tuesday, April 6 at 7:00pm: Abilities Speaker Series Session 2 with Hannah Foley


Passcode: AAC

Interpretation in Spanish, Korean and Mongolian will be available.

This program will offer a personal perspective of Hannah Foley, a young adult, blogger and upcoming Assistive Technology Professional who uses Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Interpretation in Spanish, Korean and Mongolian will be available. 

If you missed the first session with Chris Klein, you can view the recording here. This series is funded by a generous grant from the Glenview Education Foundation


Dealing with Change Part 2

Thursday, April 22 at 7:00pm

D34 ParentConnect: Dealing with Change (Part 2) - Brushing Up on Social Skills & Putting the Pieces Together


Passcode: Connect

Interpretation in Spanish, Korean and Mongolian will be available.

Talking to others and socializing may feel uncomfortable after isolating for a year. Everyone, to varying degrees, feels uneasy right now. If this is what we're feeling and thinking, how can we help our children hone their social skills and reconnect with friends? Family Service Center and D34 staff will present information and strategies about Social Emotional Learning and growth mindset.