SOCIAL EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE (SEE) COMMITTEE

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The SEE Committee was created as a sub-committee of the SLT to support and strengthen the social emotional experiences of our children, teachers, parents and the community at PS 154.  Social Emotional Learning is intended to teach children specific social-emotional skills like self-awareness, self-management, empathy, perspective taking and cooperation. In short, these are the lessons of emotional intelligence, which science has consistently shown is a greater determinant of success and happiness than IQ or academic ability. 

The research behind the academic success of students immersed in social emotional learning demonstrates the importance of these experiences for our children.

The SEE Committee aims to bring social emotional learning skills to the PS 154 community through various programs including parenting skills workshops and professional development.


The Social Emotional Experience (SEE) Committee announces the start of the PS 154 Parenting Book Club!

PURPOSE

This book club will serve as a safe, supportive discussion space for parents to learn new parenting philosophies and tools, and to share their parenting challenges and successes within the context of a chosen book. Participants will share a common desire to learn and possibly practice new ways improve their relationships with their children. The books chosen will be aligned with the mission of the PS 154 SEE Committee: to support the social and emotional learning of our children and of those who teach and care for them.

BOOK #1

Our first book is Raising Human Beings by Ross W. Greene. The inaugural meeting will be held in the MMR on Oct. 11 at 6:30pm. We will have 90 minutes to share our thoughts and ideas, and then can continue socializing off site at a TBD location once our time is up.

Book discount from Terrace Books: We have partnered with Terrace Books at 242 Prospect Park West, to offer parents a 20% discount on the purchase of the book. To do so, order the book through the link below and follow the instructions listed here.
Link to buy the book at a discount: https://www.communitybookstore.net/book/9781476723761
Three important details to get the discount:

  1. Select PAY AT STORE for payment

  2. Select TERRACE BOOKS as the pick up location.

  3. Write PS154 in the notes section.

Know of a great parenting book? Email pta_info@ps154.org to submit book recommendations. 

Here are some additional details about the book club:

BASIC GUIDELINES

  • Didn’t finish the book?

    • Come anyway. Life happens and not everyone will get a chance to finish. Non-readers may still have valuable insights and may just want to listen and learn.

  • Disagree with something?

    • All opinions are welcome. Let’s agree to be gracious. There is never any one way to experience or interpret a book. In fact, differing opinions can make great discussions when done peacefully. If you feel yourself getting too triggered, take a deep breath and pause before you speak.  

  • Feeling chatty?

    • We are, too! We love hanging out, so there’s time after the book discussion for socializing. It’s tough to find time to truly reflect on our parenting so let’s keep the book discussion focused on our shared purpose.

  • That dominating personality in the room

    • Make sure it’s not you. Let’s all agree to check ourselves.

  • Share responsibly

    • When sharing, it helps to avoid strong language like “awful” or “ridiculous” -- even “like” and “dislike” can put others on the defensive. Instead, report your experience—how you felt as you read the book: “I felt angry as I read the part about…”

  • Assume good intent

    • Talking about parenting can bring up feelings of inadequacy and feeling judged. Even an innocent comment can be interpreted as a criticism. Remind yourself that we’re on the same team and here to support each other. Put up your healthy mental boundaries so you can learn as much as possible.

We hope you can make it, and if you can not make this evening meeting but really want to talk about this book with other parents, email pta_info@ps154.org. If we have enough parents who can participate in a morning meeting, we will schedule one later in October.

The book club schedule is:

  • Book 1- Raising Human Beings: Sept/Oct (time frame for meeting to discuss)

  • Book 2: Nov/Dec

  • Book 3: Jan/Feb

  • Book 4: March/April


PAST PARENT & CAREGIVER WORKSHOPS

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CALMING ANXIETY AND BUILDING SELF-ESTEEM IN KIDS

MAY 2018

Understood and the Social Emotional Experience (SEE) Committee of PS 154 hosted this FREE parent gathering talking about strategies to calm anxiety and build self-esteem in kids with learning and attention issues — and parents too. 

PARENTING AND THE ART OF WAR

with Neil Weintraub, LCSW
JUNE 2018

Apply wisdom from Sun Tzu's 2,500-year-old military manuscript to contemporary parenting issues. Parents will discuss how to choose their battles and timing, how to avoid power struggles, and how to win without fighting. Neil Weintraub is a Licensed Certified Social Worker with over 25 years experience working with children from diverse backgrounds in a variety of settings. He is a School Social Worker at an elementary school in Brooklyn. The father of three boys, he also spends his summer at a Sleepaway Camp in the Hudson Valley. Mr. Weintraub maintains a practice in Park Slope Brooklyn with a focus on Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, depression, and parenting issues. His other workshops include, "Helping Children Deal with Anxiety," "Everything We Always Forget about Memory and Other Executive Functions," "Parenting Boys" and "Independence, a Guide for Helicopter Pilots." He is also a PS 154 parent!