Mental Health Matters

As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of students and families, we are transforming our caring-adult education program from D34 ParentConnect to Mental Health Matters. We have heard from you that this is the most important topic to our families! Look for a variety of topics, presenters and formats.

September Event

Emotions Matter: Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 7pm at Westbrook School 1333 Greenwood Rd

The first session is Emotions Matter, led by District 34 Instructional Coach for Student Services, Dr. Sarah Gebhardt.Join us to learn why emotions matter: at home, at school, and beyond.

When: September 27, 2023 at 7:00pm

Where: Westbrook School, 1333 Greenwood Road

You will learn how understanding emotions strengthens students' engagement and academic performance, how we support emotional learning and regulation in classrooms, and how you can help your children become effective "emotions scientists."

Mental Health Matters: For D34 Parents, Guardians & Caregivers

To view past presentations and resources, visit

Looking Ahead

  • October 25: The Passion Protocol: How to Rebound from Both Sides of Bullying & Bad Behavior, Chris Falcon (student programs will take place during the school day in October/November) - Sponsored by the Gelfand Foundation
  • November: Community book study of Dr. Devorah Heitner’s Growing Up in Public

  • January: Parenting Through Puberty returns

  • February: Restorative Parenting: Restoring Calm, Resolving Conflict at Home

  • March: Mental Health Matters virtual panel with D34 school psychologists and social workers + Family Service Center staff

  • April: Family Connect nights