Community Events/Announcements for the Week of April 16th

    • Goochland is also hosting our annual Goochland Transition fair on tomorrow from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Goochland High School.  If you’re available, please consider attending.  Bridget Parker (our transition specialist) has arranged for various organizations to talk with parents and students about services and supports that may be available to students after high school.  For more information, please see this flyer.
    • There will be a Youth Mental Health First Aid class at Longwood University on May 9th and May 10th.  Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to young people showing signs of mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care.  For more information, please see this flyer.
  • Caron’s Student Assistance Program, an advocacy group for substance abuse prevention, is hosting two workshops that may be of interest to you on May 8th from 9:30 to noon at the Tuckahoe library:
    • Peak Performance for the Student Athlete: Substance Use Prevention and Healthy Habits in a Competitive Environment
    • Clearing the Air About Vaping
See flyer for more details
  • The Parent Playbook is an online, self-paced course through VCU’s Autism Center for Excellence (VCU-ACE).  This course is designed to introduce families to information about Autism Spectrum Disorder, including tips specifically for caregivers, information about the DSM-5, characteristics, interventions, and recommended programs and services.  The course is free and was created for parents and caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder.
Finally, staff members and students at all of our schools wore blue on Friday to raise awareness and understanding of students with autism.  Some of our students in Beth Ferguson’s and Suzanne Taylor’s fourth grade class created videos with inspiring messages of inclusion and acceptance.  The links to view some of these videos are below.  I’m so proud of our students and staff!

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