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PRC Weekly Message: 1.17.23

Good morning! We hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend. Our Monday Message will return next week, but here are some updates for the week ahead.

This morning, we are looking forward to welcoming Elise Kenney-Caldwell, Director of Counseling at Williamsburg Middle School, who will share the results of the recent Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Survey at 10:30am for families of students with middle and high school students. Jennifer Lambdin will share the results of the SEL Survey for families of elementary age students on Thursday from 1-2pm. It’s not too late to register – you can use this link: https://forms.gle/2qn8dYjdshEfmyXU8. If you are the parent of a PreK student who will be attending Kindergarten next fall, don’t miss next week’s PreK to Kindergarten Transition session. Details for all three of these sessions are below.

  • Social and Emotional Learning Survey Results
    • Secondary Parent Information Session: Tuesday, January 17, 2023 – 10:30am to 11:30am
      Presented by: Elise Kenney-Caldwell, Director of Counseling, Williamsburg Middle School
    • Elementary Parent Information Session: Thursday, January 19, 2023 – 1pm to 2pm
      Presented by: Jennifer Lambdin, School Psychologist – Ashlawn Elementary School and Section 504 Coordinator – Arlington Public SchoolsRegister at: https://forms.gle/2qn8dYjdshEfmyXU8

      APS students in Grades 3-12 recently participated in the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Survey. SEL is the process through Secondary SEL flyer imagewhich all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions (CASEL, 2021).The SEL Survey results are a report of your student’s self-reported strengths and experiences at a particular moment in time. Survey results are reported in the areas of Self-Management, Growth Mindset, Social Awareness and Self-Efficacy. Schools will use the survey results along with other data to inform practices for SEL skill development and support student social emotional needs. This data also will help staff and families partner together to promote student success.These virtual presentations will explain SEL terms, provide specific examples of the skills involved, and include tips for parents to help their children develop healthy, productive social-emotional skills.
      View elementary session flier
      View secondary session flier

PreK to Kindergarten Transition Sessions
Register online at: https://forms.gle/6BMPJa5ndcpq2QJX7

PreK to K Transition Session flier image

        • Evening Session: January 25: 7-8pmVirtualSession via Zoom
        • Morning Session: January 26: 10am – 11:00am
          Syphax Education Center, Room 2582110 Washington Boulevard
          Arlington, VA 22204

Do you have a PreK child receiving special education services who will transition to Kindergarten next year? If so, please plan to join us to learn more about the transition process and how to prepare and support your child during the transition from PreK to Kindergarten. This session will address the continuum of special education services in kindergarten.


Check out these new resources graphic

The Virginia Family Special Education Connection’s January Family Flyer is now posted online and contains new resources for families, including a new Social Wellness Toolkit from the National Institute of Health, and more. You can view the  entire January Family Flyer at this link. The Virginia Family Special Education Connection is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education, and the Kellar Center at George Mason University. Check out the January Family Flyer at this link.


Please visit the Parent Resource Center’s Events page for information about more upcoming events at www.apsva.us/prc-events.

Have a great week, everyone!

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