Family Engagement in Partnership with the WPSF
The Winnetka Public Schools District and The Winnetka Public Schools Foundation (WPSF) are partnering this spring to support our students, staff, and families. The demands of life right now can be stressful, but research shows that taking a break to learn something new or having family fun together can be a great stress relief. We have provided a series of events for our school community to enjoy to help us feel better during a time when we’re all physically away. Our schools deeply appreciate the long-standing support of WPSF.
Recordings of Previous Events
An Evening with Dr. Catherine SandersonWe invite our school community to a special end-of-the-year session with Dr. Catherine Sanderson (author of The Positive Shift and Why We Act). She will share strategies that will improve our mindset to help us raise well-adjusted children, and live a happier, healthier life. Dr. Sanderson is the Chair of Psychology at Amherst College. She received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Stanford University, and holds both masters and doctoral degrees in psychology from Princeton University.
Lost Experiences: Coping with Disappointments During COVID-19
We're in the midst of something that no one living has ever experienced, and it comes with many different challenges. For parents, one of the challenges is the disappointment and concern over our children's lost experiences. We feel helpless with every canceled camp or event. We are upset by how unfair it is for them, and for us. Join Molly Pope, school psychologist and mental health consultant, to build your toolbox as parents to support your children now, and in times to come. and in times to come.
Leadership, Character and Wellness with Jim Davis of the Good Athlete Project
How does your emotional state connect to performance and wellness? Join a discussion that focuses on leadership, character, and social-emotional learning in a refreshing and empowering context, beginning with “bedrock“ principles of the body and mind. The session is led by Jim Davis, former professional football player and champion powerlifter turned nationally recognized coach. He is a graduate of Harvard University, Northwestern University and Knox College and serves as the Director of the Good Athlete Project and the Staff & Student Wellness Coordinator at New Trier High School. At New Trier, Jim leads one of the largest and most successful strength programs in the nation and was honored as 2018 NASA National Coach of the Year. This presentation is geared for middle school students and their parents.
Transform Stress Into Strength During these Challenging Time with Dr. Matt Dewar
As parents, teachers, and coaches, our responses to stress and adversity are instructive to the children and young adults under our guidance and in our care. Through the practice of mindful attention and through the development of healthy and sustainable stress-managements skills, Dr. Dewar with share how we can build resilience in ourselves, our families, and our communities.
An Afternoon with Mandy Harvey
All families are invited to an incredible virtual assembly with America's Got Talent Finalist and Golden Buzzer winner, Mandy Harvey. Ms. Harvey is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and inspirational speaker who lost her residual hearing at the age of nineteen. She tours the world performing her original music and presenting her inspirational story of never giving up. This is the perfect way for students and staff to wrap up a unique school year feeling empowered and inspired!