The Family Center holds workshops regularly to support family engagement. During the 2019–20 school year, Meridian is partnering with the Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) to provide Meridian families with a series of workshops focused on the fundamentals of positive parenting. Each one will zero in on particular challenges of three different age groups – preschool/early elementary, late elementary, and middle school. PEP programs provide time-tested, proven strategies coupled with practical real-life solutions to help you foster cooperation and connection with your children. Please check our announcements for upcoming dates and times!
Some examples of past workshops:
Parents as Students
The Parent Center partnered with the YMCA to provide GED training to Meridian parents seeking to complete their high school equivalency. Participants attended weekly GED-prep courses while learning job-readiness skills, including interviewing and resume writing.
Behavior Management Workshop
This workshop, lead by our Mental Health Clinician, addresses various concerns participants have about classroom and home behavior, discipline, and behavior management skills.
Scholastic Book Fair
The Scholastic Book Fair encourages parents to read actively with their students. Students have the option to buy books at the fair for two weeks each year (one in fall, and one in the spring).
Promoting Student Health
The Parent Center sponsored two school-wide initiatives to promote healthy lifestyles. With support from DC Smiles, all students were screened for free for dental care in the fall. Students needing additional dental support received subsidized dental care through the DC Smiles program. Also, thanks to a partnership with Kaiser Permanente, all students received lessons on healthy lifestyles targeted to their age groups.
Learn more about our Parent Center.
Agenda, Notes, Handouts from 2017-18 events
October 10-12, 2017 - "Bagels with Bobo" Parent Breakfast - Effective Communication (presentation by Head of School C. Bobo, presentación del Directora Ejecutiva como impresos en español )
October 18, 2017, 8:30 AM - Parent Involvement Meeting:
hands on PowerSchool parent portal demo
November 7, 2017 - Bagels with Bobo Parent Breakfast - Understanding Response to Intervention/Entendiendo la Respuesta a la Intervencion (presentation by RTI Coordinator D. Blue, What is RTI handout/Que es Respuesta a la Intervención impreso )