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Authors Lee Daniel Kravetz and Julie Lythcott-Haims will address Social Contagion: How to Catch Resilience on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the M-A Performing Arts Center (PAC) as part of the M-A Parent Education Series. Register: https://strangecontagion2017ma.eventbrite.com

From social media to state-of-the art healthcare and education, Silicon Valley is uniquely good at making things that catch. Yet in 2009, Silicon Valley created something that was never supposed to catch but did, ensnaring students, parents, and the community.

Lee Daniel Kravetz, author of Strange Contagion: Inside the Surprising Science of Infectious Behaviors and Viral Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves, and Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success and Real American are the featured speakers.

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A volunteer pursuit turns into full-time occupation for education expert Charlene Margot

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The third time Charlene Margot’s son took the SAT exam when he was a senior at Menlo-Atherton High School, he put his fist through a wall. It was a wake up call for Charlene. “There was a rising tide of student stress and not very good parent education for public schools,” she recalls. “I’ve been in […]

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Child and Family Institute “Change Makers” mix learning and giving back by building a playhouse

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“Change Makers” is one of the newest programs offered by the Child and Family Institute, which has been in Menlo Park for 30 years. It’s described by CFI Director Brooke Larkins as “a service learning program for middle schoolers and their parents.” Today the parents and kids built a playhouse for a veteran family from Blue […]

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Nicki Boyd explains why talking to babies matters – and how the product Starling can help parents

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Nicki Boyd, co-founder with two others of Menlo Park start-up VersaMe, admits they came up with the name for the company’s first product, Starling, without knowing the bird of the same name is studied for its advanced linguistic capability. “It was chosen more because a star has a positive connotation across cultures,” she says. After a decade […]

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Parent Education Double Feature: a great movie + a conversation with all 4 school principals & the incoming superintendent!

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There will be a screening of Beyond Measure, the award-winning film from the makers of Race To Nowhere, followed by a panel discussion with the principals of all four Menlo Park schools — Oak Knoll, Encinal, Laurel and Hillview — moderated by incoming district superintendent, Erik Burmeister. It will take place on Monday, March 20, at 6:30 […]

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SCREENAGERS movie screening & community conversation set for March 12

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Trinity Church in Menlo Park is hosting a screening of the documentary, SCREENAGERS, on March 12 at 6:00 pm. It will be followed by community conversation with a panel of parents and teens. All local parents and children over the age of 8 are invited to attend and stay for a conversation after the screening. SCREENAGERS […]

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MPCSD Parent Education Series announces its Winter/Spring line up

Four talks covering a range of interesting, impactful and engaging topics are on tap. All events are free and open to the public and include free childcare and food. Check out the entire lineup online. First up on January 23 at 6:30 pm  is Effective Discipline from Toddlers to Teens presented by Susan Stone Belton, (Coach, Speaker, Author). Learn what discipline really […]

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The Upside of Stress is next M-A Parent Education topic

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On Thursday, April 14 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, Kelly McGonigal, PhD, speak at the M-A Parent Education Series on “The Upside of Stress: Why Stress if Good for You and How to Get Good at It.” Seating is limited; register online. While most of us do everything we can to reduce or avoid stress, […]

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Parent ed topic on March 29 is “Helping Young Athletes Reach Their Potential”

On Tuesday, March 29, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the La Entrada Middle School multi-use room, Steve Smith, PhD will give a talk titled “Helping Young Athletes Reach Their Potential.” He will address: Healthy youth sports participation Specialization issues in youth sports Raising balanced kids Peak performance under pressure Goal-setting and the nature of […]

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Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep host New York Times columnist Frank Bruni

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Menlo School in partnership with Sacred Heart Preparatory is presenting a conversation with New York Times columnist and best-selling author Frank Bruni and Denise Pope of Challenge Success about today’s college admissions process. The event, scheduled for Monday, March 21, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Menlo School athletic center, is free and open […]

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Two free anti-bullying workshops for kids 6-16

Two free community anti-bullying workshops aimed to help children and teens overcome the negative impact of bullying are scheduled for Friday, March 18 and Friday, April 1. Students will learn how to identify bullying behavior, realistic ways to avoid being a target of bullying, and how to stop bullying behavior. This workshops are recommended for children ages 6-16 […]

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