Spirit Week and Book fair March 19-23

Family Learning Night Thursday March 22nd 5-6:30 p.m.

Come play math and literacy games and take some home for more family fun!

No School Friday April 6th Teacher PD Day

Tree Trunk Eagle Carving

Tuesday Oct. 17th starting at 9:00 a.m. until done. Parents welcome to attend

Wednesday Oct. 18th Fire Department visits for Fire Prevention Learning 1:00 p.m. Parents welcome to attend.

ACADIA Academy & USM Monthly Parent Learning Opportunities

After reviewing all the surveys returned by parents from the open house, USM's Mary Anne Peabody will offer 7 parent learning sessions throughout the year. Each event will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on the 2 nd or 3rd Wednesday of the month depending on vacation weeks.

The schedule for the year and the focus of each session is listed below. Click here for a sign up sheet for the first session. Please return it if you are interested in attending October's session, so that Mary Anne can prepare accordingly. Each month thereafter, a reminder and sign up will be sent home for each of the sessions.

At this time regrettably, we cannot offer childcare during these sessions and ask that parents do not bring children. This will allow for a distraction free learning environment for parents. It is optional but encouraged to bring a writing utensil and notebook, although Mary Anne will provide you with "Take Aways & Try It Outs" for practical and immediate use of what you learn. We are so excited to offer this opportunity and are grateful to USM for their partnership with ACADIA!

Session 1: October 18th

Ordinary, everyday moments: Parents role in helping children thrive socially and emotionally Social and emotional learning is built through the ordinary daily interactions between parents and their children. This workshop takes a look at the key components of social and emotional learning and targets how we as parents can make these everyday moments the key drivers to helping our children thrive.

Session 2: November 15th -

BIG EMOTIONS: BIG IDEAS: Getting underneath the behavior The "messy business of emotions" are what guide our behavior. Nowhere is the need for this awareness more essential than in the birth-to-eight-year-old population. We will look at child observable behavior both above and below the surface, offering some beginning understanding of the "why" of children's behaviors and how all adults can support social and emotional development.

Session 3: December 13th -

Limit setting: Four Square Children need limits, guidance, and structure. Come learn a 4 step approach to setting limits with children that offers empathy for their feelings, compassion for their needs, and clear limits. Learn the language of developmentally appropriate choice giving that teaches responsibility and decision-making.

Session 4: January 17th -

Playful parenting: What is really going on here? Based on strategies from Lawrence J. Cohen's book, "Playful Parenting" we will explore the importance of being a playful parent and how this approach can nurture close connections, re-think how we discipline, and build confidence in our children.

Session 5: March 21st-

Plays well with others: How to support social competence School, friendships, and play-dates are vital spaces for children to learn group behavior outside of their family. Developing friendship skills, following routines and rules, resolving conflict, and sharing are all essential for forming successful relationships throughout life. So many individualized factors impact social competence and we will look at many of these factors along a continuum.

Session 6: April 11th -

A moving child is a learning child: How body, brain, and learning intersect With advances in brain research, we now understand how providing a balanced menu of movement through play supports learning. We will explore how the body teaches the brain to think and how to include this more at home with our children.

Session 7: May 9th -

Talking & Listening: Emotionally responsive language Come learn how to talk and listen to our children so they feel empowered. Basic tips and suggestions will be explored that focus on being 'emotionally responsive' to what your child is communicating to you.