Parent Education

Helping Teens Deal with Grief & Loss During COVID-19. Tuesday, April 28, 2020 from 6:30-7:30pm

At John Muir Health Behavioral Health Services, we understand life can be challenging while adjusting to a new pace during this time of uncertainty. We are here to support our community now and into the future. This discussion is meant for parents, although teenagers are welcome to join. Learn to identify signs of teen grief and loss, including coping strategies to help your teen during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Live Streamed to your own home via Zoom. RSVP Required. Register here.

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Transitions Workshop for Senior Parents

Tuesday, March 10  from 7-8:30pm in the Acalanes Library

Led by Joe Ianora, certified educational coach and licensed marriage and family therapist, this workshop focuses on the issues surrounding families as they enter the new, post-graduation phase of their lives. This workshop is free and no registration is required


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How to Successfully Engage with Homework

Wednesday, Mar 11 at 7pm in the Acalanes Library

Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) welcomes parents to a discussion on best practices related to homework. Administrative staff will review the updated 2019-2020 homework policy and share highlights, successes, challenges and next steps. This event is open to all AUHSD school parents; no advance registration is required.


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Thursday, April 9 from 7-8:30pm in the Acalanes Library. 

Wrapping up the 2019-2020 Speaker Series, we have David Solo, President of Special Olympics Northern California along with a special guest.  They will present a unique program to our community about inclusion in diverse circumstances. Please click here to reserve your seat. 


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APC Sponsored: “Just Mercy” FREE Screening

Monday, Feb 24 at 7pm in the Orinda Theater. Hosted by Acalanes BSU & ASB Leadership.

In celebration of Black History Month, the Acalanes Black Student Union (BSU) is hosting this highly acclaimed film. Acalanes Parents Club bought out the theater so the event for parents and students is free! Donations to the Acalanes Black Student Union will be accepted. 

Film overview: In this adaptation of a true story, idealistic young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) takes on cases of death row inmates, but he risks being crushed by his biggest challenge yet when he tries to represent convicted murderer Walter ‘Johnny D’ McMillan (Jamie Foxx). 


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Parent Ed: Let’s Go to the Movies! An Oscar After-party

Tuesday, Feb 11 Let’s Go to the Movies! An Oscar After-party from 7-8:30pm in the Small Theatre As Audrey Hepburn once said, “Everything I learned, I learned from the movies.” Join us for an enthralling conversation with NYU professor Harry Chotiner as he takes us on a deep dive into 2019 films such as Irishman, Marriage Story, Little Women, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Parasite. Mr. Chotiner will also touch on how the Academy works, the winners and losers, diversity, movie theatre attendance in the U.S. and more! See you after the Oscars! The Small Theatre/Drama room is located on the Quad at Acalanes. Reserve your spot here.


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Parent Ed: Fostering Resilience in Complex Times

Thursday February 27 from 6:30-8pm in the Acalanes Library. Fostering Resilience in Complex Times with Dr. Dan Peters, Ph.D, Psychologist, Author and Executive Director of Summit Center, will share his wisdom at a presentation you don’t want to miss! The pressure to be successful, get good grades, be a good athlete and develop talents is growing for our children. With it comes the growing parenting pressure to raise children who can compete in the increasingly competitive world.  Dr. Dan has devoted his career to the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and families in overcoming worry and fear, and learning differences. Reserve your spot here.


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Stay tuned…

Stay tuned for more fantastic topics from the APC Speaker Series as we kick off the New Year.  As always, if you have questions or suggestions on content you would like to see more of at Acalanes, please contact: Kelly Daggs, VP Community Partners

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Gift of Presence: Managing Finals and Holiday Stress  

Wednesday, Dec 11 from 7:00-8:00pm in the Acalanes Library

Join us for a real gift and hear from Allen Choi of Acalanes Wellness and Dr. Brittany Friedrich of Las Lomas Wellness. Learn what they hear from students about what stress they have, and how parents can effectively help them. Join us for this workshop in the Acalanes Library. Parents and students welcome.

Kelly Daggs,
VP Community Partners
Mary Kuhn, Parent Education Chair 


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Parent Ed Workshop

Master the Message: The Art of Face to Face Communication with Matt Crevin

November 18 from 7-8:30pm in the Acalanes Library 

Lamorinda native and 49ers Football Press Box Announcer Matt Crevin will join APC to discuss the essential life skill of face-to-face conversations. While teens excel in connecting with numerous social media platforms, many lack the ability to sustain confident, clear and coherent face-to-face conversations. As a former talk show host, youth coach, sports announcer and parent, Crevins will guide parents in learning how to help your teen add effective face-to-face communications to their growing repertoire of skills. This workshop is similar to those he gives through his company Talk Shop. You can find more details via Talk Shop’s video link. We hope to see you on the 18th. Please register here for this free event.


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