South Whidbey Record


What’s happening this month at the Family Resource Center

October 4, 2012 · Updated 2:41 PM

Welcome to all new and returning students and families to the 2012-2013 school year.

A special welcome to South Whidbey Academy, the South Whidbey School District’s new K-12 alternative program, located at the former primary school. Look for the big Bayview School bell in front. We hope each student finds success and excitement in learning this year!

Author talks about teen communication

Readiness To Learn Foundation and the South Whidbey School District present author Vanessa Van Petten for a free, one-night talk, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Van Petten is the author of “Teen Secret Communication 101: The Science of Relationships.”

She teaches parents how they can use scientific research to get what they want from their relationships, stop fighting and understand their sometimes frustrating counterparts.

Using social and emotional literacy, Van Petten provides parents with a new strategy to fight bullying, lying and teen drama.

She is also a CNN columnist, winner of the Mom’s Choice Award, was featured on The Dr. Drew Show, CBS News and Fox News, The Doctors, The Real Housewives of Orange County and has been in the Wall Street Journal, Teen Vogue and is author of “Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I’m Grounded?”

For more information or to register, contact Lauri Johnson at the South Whidbey Family Resource Center at 221-0484.

Back To School Project is successful

We have completed our 14th annual Back to School project with great success, assisting 260 students, and want to take this time to thank each and every person who dropped off school supplies, donated supplies and money to the donation boxes, for all the banks and business partners who provided a space for our donation boxes, Webb’s Department Store for contributing 150 Jansport backpacks, The Goose Grocer, Whidbey Coffee and the entire community for supporting this popular and much-needed program. This could not have been accomplished without everyone’s cooperation. Again, a huge “Thank-you” for seeing that all our students began school ready to learn.

Readiness To Learn continues to provide school supplies throughout the year to students in need.

donations needed for Laundry Fund

Last year we put a call out for laundry funds for families who didn’t own a washer and dryer and found that paying $6 per load at the laundromat was a struggle.

We are once again asking for small donations to fill our depleted laundry fund. We also received a small supply of laundry detergent last year and would like to be able to offer detergent as well.

If you think you can chip in $5, send it to SW Family Resource Center, P.O. Box 346, Langley, WA. 98260. Thank you in advance!

Relatives As Parents Program

Are you raising a relative’s child? Is the child your grandchild, niece or nephew? Would you like to join an informal group of relative caregivers who understand what you are going through?

You are invited to attend a RAPP meeting once a month. We also welcome drop-ins. Bring a guest!

For more information or to sign up, call Marilynn Norby at 221-0484.

Single Mom’s Group meets

Feeling isolated? Just want a night out? Would you enjoy someone to talk to confidentially, who, like yourself, is parenting alone … or feels like you are? Want to know what community resources you can access?

Our group is open to any mom who is parenting alone, or feels alone, and needs the support of other single moms. Join this great group in a casual and confidential atmosphere. We meet once a month from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Join us for a complimentary dinner, potluck style and free child care (upon request, in advance). To RSVP for child care, call 221-0484.

Parents of Special Needs Children

All parents and caregivers of special needs children of any age are welcome to join this monthly support group.

Lend support or get support and relax with other parents who share the joys and challenges of raising a child with special needs.

Meetings take place in the Family Resource Center the second Friday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Child care is provided upon request and in advance.

Call the Family Resource Center at 221-0484 to RSVP and for more information.

The Family Resource Center is located at the South Whidbey Primary School Campus, located at 5476 S. Maxwelton Road in Langley.

For more information, visit rtlearnfoundation.org.

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