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It’s no longer just the daily grind of dinner plans, pick-up duties, and practice schedules on parents’ minds. With the COVID-19 pandemic, parents are more concerned than ever with the long-term well-being of their kids, their health and safety, and their future plans.

To help parents find coping mechanisms and community with one another, The Ellis School is offering a free virtual webinar series for parents. Pandemic Parenting: Navigating Your New Normal features three free mini-sessions with a focus on belonging, mindfulness, and remote learning. The sessions will include brief presentations and allow time questions and dialogue.

Sync Up: Cultivating a Continued Sense of Belonging for All Children

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With no playdates in the near future, you’re probably wondering how your child can stay connected to their community and continue to thrive from the comfort and safety of home this summer. Denise LaRosa, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at The Ellis School, is here to help. Join her for a live virtual session on Wednesday, June 3 at 3:00 p.m. to learn more about how you can fill the gap and sync up summertime schedules to set your child up for success.

As an educator, parent to two daughters, and Ph.D. candidate at University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education, Denise has a wealth of knowledge about how parents can foster a sense of belonging for their children, even during times of social distancing. Denise will provide helpful tips and ideas to parents of school-aged children during her virtual mini-session.

Keeping Your Cool: Family Health and Wellness During an Unusual Summer

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When you’re balancing work, childcare, and household duties, it can be easy for self-care and mindfulness to be the first things cut from your to-do list. And while the exhaustion is real, it’s crucial that families find time within their day to unwind, unplug, and connect with each other. So how can you and your family make space for self-care this summer?

Join Licensed Professional Counselor Jamie Rivers for a live virtual mini-session on Wednesday, June 17 at 3:00 p.m. to learn how you can employ wellness and mindfulness strategies at home. Prevent burnout and nurture positive relationships with your children so you can feel well-rested and ready to take on the day—and your to-do list.

Ready for the New Normal: How to Prepare for the Coming School Year

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What will school look like this fall? Will we have to continue distance learning from home or will children be able to resume in-person classes? If students are able to return in-person, what types of health and safety changes will be made to protect families? For parents, there are so many questions and so few answers about what the future holds.

Learn more about the options school administrators are weighing for the future during our live virtual session with Macon Finley, Head of The Ellis School, on Thursday, June 25 at 5:30 p.m. While there is still much that is uncertain about school in the fall, with over 20 years of experience in education, Macon will provide parents with more information about the decision making processes and possibilities for how school can resume in the 2020–2021 academic year.