D34 ParentConnect

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D34 ParentConnect is the 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.

Catching Up & Missing Out

As we re-enter in-person learning, what is typical, academically, socially, emotionally, at different ages/grades? How are students supported at school in each area?

Watch the latest ParentConnect virtual webinar to hear from Family Service Center professional counselors and District 34 student services staff about how you can help your children - and yourself - navigate the changes and challenges of these times. 

Watch the Webinar

Presentation Slides


The topics of these parent education sessions will be chosen based on the results of the latests 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. 

Parent Survival Podcast

Discussion Groups

We're thankful for the input from so many families that have participated in D34 ParentConnect discussion groups! Previous 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.

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

Meet 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
Karen Hitzeman, Student Services Parent Coordinator
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
Whitney Langas, Pleasant Ridge
Jennifer Leitel, Springman
Shiva Mohsenzadeh, Glen Grove
Alison Parry, Henking
Westbrook Parent Rep TBD

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.