Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Parents, Patch wants to hear from you on the questions that get families talking.
Welcome to "Hey Mom and Dad"—a weekly feature in which we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on parenting. Every week, we get the conversation started by taking a look back at a question we asked parents the week before on Patch Facebook pages from around the area. Is there anything more harrowing than the day when you first hand over the keys to your brand-new teen driver, the same one who it seems like just yesterday was still biking with training wheels? It's not uncommon for parents to set some restrictions on their newly-minted leadfoots, so we took to our Facebook pages to find out what the laws on this are in some west-suburban households. Which brings us to this week's question: What new rules do you have for your new teen …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Some principals reassure parents by email that their concerns are being taken seriously after Newtown tragedy.
School principals in St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 reached out by email to reassure parents steps are being taken to ensure their children are safe, as well as to address the questions or even counseling needs children may have in reaction to Friday’s deadly massacre in Newtown, Conn. A gunman on Friday forced his way into Sandy Hook School, where he murdered 20 children and six adults before taking his own life. Before that violence began, he shot his mother to death in her home. Some principals, as Superindendent Dr. Donald Schlomann did, began emailing parents on Sunday to reassure them that student safety is a priority. Schlomann noted in his email that mental health and emotional struggles were becoming apparent as …
Monday, December 17, 2012
St. Charles school officials to evaluate security measures, consider mental health concerns after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
Friday’s shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at a schoolhouse in Newton, Conn., stunned the nation. Each detail that emerged about the violence at the hands of a deranged gunman struck a nerve for many parents, who wondered, “Are my children safe in their schools?” Late Sunday afternoon, while some St. Charles parents expressed their fears and concerns when St. Charles Patch hosted a Facebook discussion of the issue, St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 announced initiatives educators hope not only will keep children safe, but also will head off potential violence before it erupts. Superintendent Dr. Donald Schlomann sent the email about 4:30 p.m., about 50 minutes after the Facebook discussion began. Schlomann wrote …
Late Sunday afternoon, some St. Charles parents expressed their fears and concerns about school violence when St. Charles Patch hosted a Facebook discussion of the issue.
St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 Superintendent Dr. Donald Schlomann emailed this message to parents of District 303 students at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16.
Monday, December 17, 2012
The tragic events which occurred last Friday in Connecticut have resulted in a lot of discussion nationwide about a range of related topics. My observation is that those discussions have centered on taking reactive actions in an attempt to provide certainty that the events at Sandy Hook School will never happen again. As the passage of time has revealed more of the facts about Friday’s events in Connecticut, much of the focus has turned to mental health and identifying individuals who may be struggling emotionally. I would like to share with you some initiatives we are going to take in St. Charles District 303. As you might expect, our staff will review all our security measures just as many other school districts are doing. More …
Friday, June 15, 2012
The hard truth is that your kid is probably average, will never be a soccer star—and two grand and a "premier" program won't turn him into Pele.
Massachusetts English teacher David McCullough stole a bit of my thunder when he told the Wellesley High School class of 2012 they weren’t special—nine times—during his commencement speech. As you might imagine, the mere thought of their progeny being blisteringly average sent a boatload of over-indulgent parents into an immediate and uncontrollable tizzy. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the last seven years, it’s that calling out self-absorbed people is always a fascinating proposition. Not that that’ll ever stop me. So even though our sage speaker hit the nail squarely on the head, the tack we’ll be taking is more along the lines of Barnum’s “sucker” or, to paraphrase Mencken, no one ever went broke underestimating the narcissism of…
Monday, November 14, 2011
The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Christ Community Church.
Suicide affects affects thousands of people everyday. District 303’s Parent University will offer the program “Youth Suicide and Depression - The Silent Epidemic” on Nov. 15. More than 4,000 suicide attempts are made by children age 12-19 years old daily, according to the Parent University notice. The short film “Choices," will be shown with discussion to follow. Amy Ashland, LCPC, who possesses more than 20 years of experience in counseling children and families, will run the presentation. Ashland is associated with the Streamwood Behavioral Health Systems and The Jason Foundation. The program runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Christ Community Church. Fill out the information here to reserve a place at the event.