October Workshops for Lake Seneca Families

The MCPS Office of Student and Family Support and Engagement offers workshops throughout the school year for parents and guardians that cover topics ranging from social media and cybersafety to homework, special education, and college preparation. All workshops are FREE and occur at schools and locations throughout Montgomery County; registration is recommended. Childcare and interpretation services are provided.

Here are the October workshops we think will interest Lake Seneca families most. Unless otherwise indicated, workshops are suitable for parents and guardians of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. For the full list of scheduled workshops, visit the MCPS Parent Academy online. Descriptions below provided by MCPS.

Monday, 10/1  7:00-8:30 p.m.
Introduction to Secondary Transition Services (presented in English)
**Recommended for families of 5th Graders
Do you have a child who is turning 10 or older? Does your child receive special education services? If the answer is yes, please join us for an introductory session on transition services. Learn about what transition services are and how you can help your child succeed at the secondary level. Presented by MCPS staff.
Shady Grove Middle School, 8100 Midcounty Hwy, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Wednesday, 10/3  6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Special Education: Families as Advocates and the Family-School Partnership (presented in English)
Learn about the special education process and how to advocate for your child. Topics include the Individual Disabilities Education Act (I.D.E.A.), Individualized Education Program (I.E.P.), resolving issues, community resources, and support. Learn, network, and share tips with other families. This is the first of a series of four workshops facilitated by the Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. The remaining workshops in the series will take place on 10/10, 10/17, and 10/24.
Gaithersburg Middle School, 2 Teachers’ Way, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Monday, 10/8  7:00-8:30 p.m.
Plugged in Parents: Keeping Kids Safe, Happy, and Healthy in the Digital Age (presented in English)
Join us to hear how children are using media and technology to create, consume, communicate, and learn. We will also discuss the impact of media and technology on health and development and how to guide your child in making safe and respectful digital choices. Presented by Common Sense Education.
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, 4301 East-West Hwy, Bethesda, MD 20814

Thursday, 10/11  11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., 7:00-8:30 p.m.
MCPS at a Glance (presented in English)
Hear how to access school system resources and services that are available to you and your child. Learn tips to stay informed, monitor your child’s performance, and communicate with school staff. Presented by MCPS staff.
Rocking Horse Road Center Auditorium, 4910 Macon Road, Rockville, MD 20852

This workshop will also be presented in other languages in October:

Vietnamese: Monday, 10/1  6:00-7:30 p.m.
Rocking Horse Road Center Auditorium, 4910 Macon Road, Rockville, MD 20852
French: Wednesday, 10/3  6:00-7:30 p.m.
Rocking Horse Road Center Auditorium, 4910 Macon Road, Rockville, MD 20852
Korean: Thursday, 10/25  6:30-8:30 p.m.
Herbert Hoover Middle School, 8810 Postoak Rd, Potomac, MD 20854

Monday, 10/22  7:00-8:30 p.m.
Discipline Without Threats and Bribes (presented in English)
Alternative discipline tools will be the focus of this how-to workshop. Discover the power of the logical consequence approach instead of punishment. Come and learn positive ways to keep peace in your home. Facilitated by the Parent Assistant Resource (PAR).
Francis Scott Key Middle School, 910 Schindler Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20903

Wednesday, 10/24  6:00-7:30 p.m.
Spanish Family Workshop: Key Factors Promoting Student Academic Success (presented in Spanish)
There are key factors that promote a student’s academic success. Family engagement and building a strong home-school partnership are essential in fostering your child’s academic achievement. Come and learn about engaging with schools and other contributing factors that lead to student success! Presented by MCPS staff.
Rocking Horse Road Center Auditorium, 4910 Macon Road, Rockville, MD 20852

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