Friday, March 10, 2017

Let's Talk: Social and Emotional Learning

Blogger's Note: The following was provided by the Pottstown School District.

Did you know that children have a better chance of success in and out of school when they have healthy social and emotional relationships with others?

Did you know that it takes just one healthy relationship to make a difference in a child’s life? 

Well, the good news is that all of this is true and much more. The Pottstown School District recognizes the benefits of these facts and is doing something to make a difference.

A 2017 Spring Let’s Talk Community Conversation Series has been planned in each of the four elementary schools to address parents’ concerns on “Helping Our Children Grow Socially and Emotionally.” 

This year, the Pottstown School District introduced a Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum in volunteer classrooms. The plan is for all class rooms to participate during the 2017-2018 school year for grades Pre-K to 9th. 

The conversations will begin to share how the social and emotional program will benefit ALL students and allow parents the opportunity to learn what is happening in the schools and how they can use parts of the program at home while providing their own input.

Here's a video the school district produced to tell you a little more.

The Let’s Talk series will not only allow parents a time to talk with other parents but will allow families to enjoy a FREE meal and have opportunity to win FREE prizes while their children participate in an entertaining show. 

FREE childcare and Spanish interpreters will be available at each school for these fun filled and informative events. The Let’s Talk conversations are FREE and available to families in the Pottstown School District and will be held at:
  • Elizabeth B. Barth Elementary March 16, 2017 5:30 to 7:30
  • Lincoln Elementary March 27, 2017 5:30 to 7:30
  • Rupert Elementary March 28, 2017 5:50 to 7:30
  • Franklin Elementary March 30, 2017 5:30 to 7:30
The Our kids...Their Future or Let’s Talk conversations are supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania Penn Project for Civic Engagement. 

The grant has enabled the school district to work with the community-particularly families, as well as the local agencies and community leaders who serve them to determine how the home school partnership can be strengthened, to find out what can be done to increase family participation and to improve support for ALL children’s growth and development from birth through elementary school.

For more information and to learn more, please contact Valerie Jackson, PEAK Community Engagement Coordinator at 610-256-6370, or visit

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