D34 ParentConnect

Counseling Support From D34 ParentConnect Partner Family Service Center (FSC)

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented levels of change, stress, uncertainty, and loss. Family Service Center (FSC) offers Single-Session Consultation (SSC): a solution-focused, one-hour program designed to help individuals build a personalized action plan utilizing their inner strengths to take concrete small steps toward a meaningful goal – from coping with stress or uncertainty to connecting more effectively with others.

Single-Session Consultation is available to anyone aged 13 and older. FSC accepts many insurance plans and offers a generous sliding scale fee option for those who demonstrate financial need. If you are interested, please contact FSC at 847-251-7350 or info@familyservicecenter.com, and an FSC staff member will contact you within 24 business hours to schedule your session.

See complete information on SSC here. 



D34 ParentConnect Virtual Series

Focus on YOU: Parenting in the World of COVID-19


You can’t take care of others unless you, yourself, are healthy and well. In this series of virtual presentations and discussion groups, mental health professionals from Family Service Center (FSC) provided concrete strategies you can use to manage your own  concerns, fears and anxieties as a parent. You’ll revisit resources shared in other presentations throughout the year and relate them to today’s realities. In two 45-minute webinar presentations, FSC counselors covered topics including:

  • Considering your COVID-19 experience through a trauma-informed lens and how to combat this in daily living
  • How to shift from worry to awareness
  • Finding control in the chaos

Missed a Presentation? View them Now! 

Part I, April 29: Click here to view the recording of the April 29 presentation (Password: 2r^A64#1)
Part II, May 6: 
View the slides of the May 6 parent presentation here

 


What is D34 ParentConnect?


D34 ParentConnect is the District's parent education initiative designed to provide ongoing opportunities for parents to learn and connect throughout the year. It's a partnership between District 34 and the Family Service Center (FSC).

There are two primary connections:

  • Large-group presentations on topics that are important to parents.
  • Monthly discussion groups for parents to connect around topics of interest, learn about mental wellness resources, and discuss how to implement helpful ideas into their own lives.

D34 ParentConnect Event Calendar

Discussion Groups

Thanks to input from so many parents on D34 ParentConnect discussion groups, we are excited to launch our schedule for this year. We have made adjustments to meet your needs, but know that these groups will continue to support the development of effective, tailored parenting strategies and create a community of support. Last year’s participants stated that they consistently learned something from the group that they could apply to their family situation and expressed that it was helpful to remember they are not alone in their struggles. 

“I did not miss a single D34 Parent Connect Discussion Group facilitated by FSC clinicians. This process was life changing for me and my family.”

“Excellent data, relevant information, went away with strategies to improve relationships with our kids.”

“The information from the presenters and the research validating what we are experiencing in our own community. The questions that others asked and the take-home tools of how to implement the strategies into our family routine.”

Discussion groups will meet monthly, starting next Monday, November 4 at the Glenview Park District’s Park Center (2400 Chestnut Avenue in room 203). (On Tuesday, November 5, there is no school, so there will be no morning discussion group session for PK-2 parents.)

Mental health professionals from Family Service Center (FSC) will facilitate discussions and offer the most up-to-date information on parenting topics and areas of social-emotional health within the family. There will be ample opportunities to explore and discuss how these topics are relevant to your own family’s situation. 

This year, there are two types of groups, grade-specific and special-interest groups. You can attend multiple special-interest group meetings, as well as age-group meetings, depending on your needs and interests. 

Grade-Specific Groups for parents of children who are developmentally similar (pre-K-2nd grade; 3rd 5th grade; 6th-8th grade). They focus on a specific topic each month: 

  • November: Whole brain child approach, strategies for effective parenting during highly emotional times
  • December: Digital parenting, managing technology at home
  • January: Anxiety and growth mindset, helping kids cope with challenges and setbacks
  • February: Social relationships, helping kids navigate friendships and groups
  • March: Developmental expectations, helping kids increase competency and independence
  • April: Stress management, helping kids cope with stress
  • May: Preparing for a great summer and helping kids transition to the next grade

The PK-2 group meets the first week of the month, the 3-5 group meets the second week of the month, and the 6-8 group meets the third week of the month. There are three meeting times to choose from (7-8:30pm on Monday and 10-11:30am on Thursday). All meetings will be held in room 203 at the Glenview Park Center except for the following dates:

  • Monday , January 13 from 7-8:30 pm will be in room 101
  • Thursday, January 16 from 10-11:30 am will be at the D34 Administration Center (1401 Greenwood), in the conference room.
  • Monday, February 10 from 7-8:30 pm will be in room 101
  • Monday, March 9 from 7-8:30 pm will be at the D34 Administration Center (1401 Greenwood) in the conference room
Please note that there is are no meetings on the following dates:
  • Monday, January 20 from 7-8:30 pm (6-8 grade parent group) - D34 is closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Monday, February 17 from 7-8:30 pm (6-8 grade parent group) - D34 is closed for President's Day
 

Spanish Grade-Specific Groups are for Spanish speaking parents of children and facilitated by a bilingual professional from the Family Service Center. This monthly parent discussion group will provide you with knowledge and tools that you can use right away, and allow you to connect and share ideas with other parents. This group will meet once a month on Thursday in the second full week of the month in the Henking School LRC.

  • December: Whole brain child approach, strategies for effective parenting during highly emotional times
  • January: Digital parenting, managing technology at home
  • February: Anxiety and growth mindset, helping kids cope with challenges and setbacks
  • March: Social relationships, helping kids navigate friendships and groups
  • April: Developmental expectations, helping kids increase competency and independence
  • May: Stress management, helping kids cope with stress
 

Special-Interest Groups include parents who are interested in learning more about the monthly topics (listed above) through the lens of a parent whose child struggles with anxiety, technology, or executive functioning. These groups meet on Wednesdays (two options, 10-11:30am and 7:00-8:30pm). All meetings will be held in room 203 at the Glenview Park Center except for the following dates:

  • Wednesday, January 15 from 10-11:30 am will be in room 205
  • Wednesday, April 6 from 7-8:30 pm will be in room 101
  • Wednesday, April 15 from 7-8:30 pm will be in room 101
  • Wednesday, April 22 from 7-8:30 pm will be in room 101
  • Wednesday, May 4 from 7-8:30 pm will be in room 101
  • Wednesday, May 13 from 7-8:30 pm will be in room 101
  • Wednesday, May 20 from 7-8:30 pm will be in room 101
Please note there are no meetings on the following days/times:
  • Wednesday, January 15 from 7-8:30 pm - D34 ParentConnect presentation at Attea at that time.
  • Wednesday, March 4 from 7-8:30 pm - D34 ParentConnect presentation at Springman at that time.


While group membership will be open over the course of the year, our hope is to create a collaborative community of consistent participants, which will maximize opportunities for learning, discussion, and building lasting connections with other parents. 

If you have questions about discussion groups or want more information, please contact FSC Executive Director Renee Dominguez, rdominguez@familyservicecenter.com.

Presentations

The topics of these parent education sessions will be chosen based on the results of the spring 2018 parent survey. The District-wide events will offer information and tangible takeaways that every parent can use. There will be time for Q&A and an opportunity to connect with other parents. 

2019-20 Presentations

Raising Digital Natives: Helping Your Child Navigate Their Real World
Featuring Devorah Heitner, author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World
November 14, 2019
7:00-9:00 pm
Attea Middle School

Anxiety 2.0: Fostering Grit
January 15, 2020
7:00-9:00 pm
Attea Middle School
Parenting Through Puberty: Changing Kids in a Changing World
March 4, 2020
7:00-9:00 pm
Springman Middle School

The D34 ParentConnect Council

The D34 ParentConnect Council worked together to develop a parent education program that meets the needs of our community. The members are your resource if you have questions, want to connect through informative and meaningful conversations, or want to find a friend to go to a discussion group with. 

Family Service Center
Renee Z. Dominguez, PhD, Executive Director
Robin Lake, MA, LCSW, Therapist & Outreach Educator

District 34
Megan Chin, Assistant Principal, Pleasant Ridge School
Dr. Dane Delli, Superintendent
Mary Geraghty, Executive Director of Student Services
Cathy Kedjidjian, Director of Communications & Strategic Planning
Keeley Lawriw, School Social Worker, Attea Middle School
Melanie Neuman, Communications Assistant

Parent Liaisons 
Missy Amrol, Springman 
Jen Biank, Hoffman, Springman
Beth Burns, Hoffman
Brandie Fagin, Lyon, Pleasant Ridge
Karen Hitzeman, Attea
Whitney Langas, Pleasant Ridge
Jennifer Leitel, Springman
Shiva Mohsenzadeh, Glen Grove
Alison Parry, Henking
Westbrook Parent Rep TBD

Looking Back: 2018-19 Presentations


Smooth Sailing: Survival Strategies for Maximizing Summer Fun and Emotional Wellness.
You’ll gain tips on managing the social-emotional well being of your child outside of school.
April 24, 2019
7:00-8:30
Attea Middle School
  A “SnapChat” for Parents:  Parenting Children & Adolescents in a Digital Age
RESCHEDULED! February 27, 2019
7:00-8:30pm
Attea Middle School
 
Children & Anxiety:  Considerations for Mindful Parenting 
October 3, 2018

7:00-8:30pm
Attea Middle School