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Parent Academy   Fall  /Winter   2013-­‐2014  

Title of Session: Developing Good Reading Habits and Routines for a Successful School Year Presenters: Ms. Christine D'Aquanni (Kg), Ms. Heather Stewart (Gr. 3), Ms. Maria Falgoust (ES Librarian) Location: Elementary Library Intended Audience: Elementary school parents (Pre-K – Gr. 5) Date/Time: Wednesday, October 23rd from 14:20 - 15:20 Would you like to keep your child engaged in reading throughout the year? Would you like some tips on making reading a part of your child's daily routine? Is your child reluctant to pick up a book? Do you have Tumblecloud Jr. bookmarked on your computer? If you answered ‘yes’ to one or all of these questions, or if you would like assistance in becoming more involved with your child’s education, then please join us! Topics will include: • Strategies for engaging the entire family in reading • Tips on supporting and stimulating reluctant readers and English language learners • A demonstration of AOSR's online resources (Tumblebooks, Brain Pop, World Book Online, and many more)

Title of Session: Helping your Child Solve Social Problems Presenters: Resource & Counseling Department Location: School Cafeteria Intended Audience: ES & MS Parents Date/Time: Wednesday, December 4th from 9:15 - 10:15 Group discussion focused on identifying common social problems faced by children (teasing, exclusion, bullying) and the skills needed to deal with them effectively.

Title of Session: The Adolescent Brain: Why Kids do the Things they do Presenters: Resource & Counseling Department Location: School Cafeteria Intended Audience: MS & HS Parents Date/Time: Wednesday, January 15th from 9:15-10:15 How recent research on brain development can help us make sense of adolescent behavior.

Title of Session: How to Support your English Language Learner at Home Presenters: Ms. Rosa deBellis (ELL) Location: TBD Intended Audience: Parents of ELLs in ES, MS and HS. Date/Time: Monday, October 28th from 14:00 – 15:20

Title of Session: Apps to Develop your Child's Math Skills Presenters: Mr. Niall Boyle (Secondary Math) Location: TBD Intended Audience: General Audience Date/Time: Wednesday, February 12th from 9:20-10:20

This session will introduce the basics of language learning with practical and effective strategies parents can use at home.

We will explore and discuss math apps specifically designed for children to develop aptitude in math. Most of these apps are free or inexpensive. Parents are encouraged to bring their own iPad/pod/phone.

Title of Session: Online Research and Digital Citizenship Presenters: Ms. Lauren Waite (ES Technology) and Ms. Maria Falgoust (ES Librarian) Location: Elementary Library/Computer Lab Intended Audience: Grades 2 through 8 Date/Time: Wednesday, November 13th from 9:15-10:15 Do you know that you can access both library catalogs from home? Do you know that you can access articles, magazines and newspapers online using AOSR electronic resources from home? Do you know how to build a bibliography and create a citation? Are you comfortable with your child's netiquette? Have you considered your child's digital footprint? Join us to discuss ways to foster and develop good research practices. Learn ways to keep your child's mind engaged with age-appropriate and educational resources. In this quickly changing world, it is vital to teach our children how to participate safely and respectfully in the digital world.

Mission Statement The  American  Overseas  School  of  Rome  prepares  tomorrow’s     global  leaders  to  meet  the  challenges  of  our  changing  world     with  courage  and  integrity.

Parent Academy 2013-14  

These sessions are designed to enhance home/school collaboration in support of student success.