Woburn Parent Network

April WPN Parent Support Forum

Wed, 04/28/2021 - 6:00pm

The Woburn Parent Network is hosting it’s monthly Parent Support Forum on April 28th, 2021. This month we will have an entirely open discussion. As in-person classes resume, we will address how parents are navigating the transition, concerns that they may have, and unforeseen challenges they are experiencing. Breakout rooms for elementary, middle and high school parents will also be available for more in-depth discussions. 

Maple Leaves by Andrew Gibson

The video below is from one of our Woburn Parent Network forums. In this forum SCI Staff Member Jenna Francis introduces us to meditation with a little yoga afterward. Thank you Jenna for the excellent program to start off our forum.

March WPN Parent Support Forum

Wed, 03/24/2021 - 6:00pm

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The Woburn Parent Network is hosting it's next Parent Support Forum on Wednesday, March 24th, at 6PM.

Social Capital Inc.'s, Jenna Francis, will share some helpful yoga and mediation techniques to destress and relax! This will be followed by an open discussion, where parents can discuss any challenges they are facing, as well as share resources and tools with one another.

We plan to have facilitators and outreach materials translated in Spanish, Haitian Creole and Portuguese.

The Woburn Parent Network (WPN) is a collaboration between SCI Woburn, Woburn Public Schools and The James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club. Created by Social Capital Inc., the WPN’s mission is to support local parents by fostering spaces for connections and community building, while also offering relevant programming and resources.

For more information please email sichizawa@socialcapitalinc.org 

Woburn Parent Support Forum

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 6:00pm

Woburn Parent Network Parent Support Forum 

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On Wednesday, February 17th, the Woburn Parent Network is hosting its next Parent Support Forum. These forums are designed to give resources and support to Woburn parents. The forum will begin at 6:00 pm with a short presentation by Jennifer Mack, an academic consultant and tutor, who will share some creative ideas to get your kids moving! We will then have a moderated discussion where parents will be able to discuss this, as well as share any other challenges that they are currently facing.

The Woburn Parent Network (WPN) is a collaboration between SCI Woburn, Woburn Public Schools and The James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club. Created by Social Capital Inc., the WPN’s mission is to support local parents by fostering spaces for connections and community building, while also offering relevant programming and resources.

In order to have a more diverse and equitable forum, we plan to have discussion leaders and outreach material in multiple languages. Outreach materials will be available soon. 

If you would like to take part in or wish to be put on our new support email group, please email SCI AmeriCorps member Sophie Ichizawa at sichizawa@socialcapitalinc.org

WPN Forum Flier

On Wednesday, January 20, WPN will host the second Parent Support Forum on Zoom. The goal of these programs is to help foster connection and mutual support among Woburn parents. We encourage you to come ready to share your concerns as well as encouragement for others!

The Woburn Parent Network (WPN) is a collaboration between SCI Woburn, Woburn Public Schools and The James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club. Created by Social Capital Inc., the WPN’s mission is to support local parents by fostering spaces for connections and community building, while also offering relevant programming and resources.

We plan to have discussion leaders and outreach material in multiple languages. Outreach material will be available soon.

If you would like to take part please email SCI AmeriCorps member Sophie Ichizawa at sichizawa@socialcapitalinc.org

Here are some Parent Resources to help talk about the events of January 6th:  

WPN PARENT FORUM FLIER

Woburn Parent Network Announces Upcoming Programs

After starting the Woburn Parent Network (WPN) with six successful virtual presentations, the next WPN will focus on our end goal of building a community where parents can support each other and find resources. SCI Woburn invites parents to attend the WPN Parent Support Forum: an evening of conversation centered on parent-to-parent connections and ways the WPN can continue to support your efforts.

The WPN Parent Support Forum will take place on two separate nights to address the needs of both the hybrid school population and those of the fully remote (Virtual Academy & homeschool) population. The WPN Parent Support Forum for fully remote parents will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, November 10th at 6 PM. The Forum for hybrid school parents will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, November 11th at 6 PM

Forum Goals:

  • Begin to build a peer-to-peer support system for Woburn Parents 

  • Gain actionable insight into the resources and programming SCI/WPN can provide or coordinate to support Woburn Parents 

  • Generate solution-oriented ideas for addressing identified challenges

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Over the past month we've had two Woburn Parents Network workshops to help parents address the stress that parents and children may experience with the return to school later this month.

Kristen Herlihy, local mom, life and fitness coach and licsw presented “Feeling Anxious? Emotional School Supplies for an Unexpected Year.”  It discussed clearing away emotional triggers, mental road blocks and hidden feelings by learning coping skills for establishing a balanced academic year. You can find the video embedded below.

Jon Mattleman, the Clinical Director for Minding Your Mind's New England area office, presented a workshop entitled "Back to School: Re-entry and Resilience". In the workshop Jon addressed how we can support our children as they get back to school and help them manage ongoing challenges. With his signature compassion and humor, counselor Jon Mattleman provided attendees with context to the factors impacting this school year, highlighting the resilience we've all shown during this challenging time, and how we can use that to be a source of strength, stability, and support for the youth in our care. You can find his video embedded below.

Woburn Parent Network, a collaboration between SCI Woburn, Woburn Public Schools and The James L. McKeown Boys and Girls Club, was formed in April to help bring relevant programming to and encourage productive conversation between the parents of Woburn.

This project is funded through CHNA 15 DoN funds from Lahey Hospital and Medical Center.

The goal of Woburn Parent Network is to connect parents and families in Woburn with each other for mutual support and with the resources necessary to thrive.  Community connectivity and support is essential now more than ever before due to the global health crisis we are experiencing.

4 Pillars of Success

This week, on Wednesday, May 6 , Jennifer Mack, M. Ed, presented 4 Pillars of Success: Thriving During These Uncertain Times of Quarantine and Remote Learning. Jennifer has been in education for over 17 years and is a MA certified elementary teacher for grades 1-6.  She provides personalized academic support to students based on each child's needs and learning style.  Through work with teachers, parents and students Jennifer's goal is to help students feel confident in themselves and their abilities and to help parents, guardians and teachers learn how to best support their students throughout their academic career. You can watch a Video of this program below. 

The Woburn Parent's Network, a collaboration between Woburn Public Schools, SCI and the James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club, was just launched two weeks ago with a great presentation by Jen Mahon on setting up family routines.  Last week John Mattleman presented on mental health issues affecting our kids during quarantine.  The goal of the WPN is to create a support group of parents in Woburn who can lean on each other in good times and crazy pandemic times alike.  Eventually, WPN will have in person events and meetings to build more camaraderie within the group.  For now, WPN will host Zoom presentations on topics that will hopefully help us all grow though this difficult time rather than just "get through" it.  

This program from the Woburn Parent Network is funded through CHNA 15 DoN funds from Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, coordinated by SCI in partnership with Woburn Public Schools and the James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn.
TEENS, TWEENS & QUARANTINES

This Woburn Parent Network (WPN) program will help participants learn about how this "new norm" impacts teen / tween mental health, how parents can help support them, and have their questions answered. More details on the presentation follow below. 

This WPN program is funded through CHNA 15 DoN funds from Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, coordinated by SCI Woburn  in partnership with Woburn Public Schools and the James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn.