Past Events Archives


Positive Behavior Supports for Preschoolers
November 14, 2016
This presentation will encourage parents to consider developmental milestones while at the same time, associating the strengths and challenges of their own little ones. Through lecture, visual supports, and active discussion, each participant will gain practical information regarding preventative strategies to apply immediately in the home for reduction of problem behavior. About the Presenter: Dana J. Burke, M.S.Ed., BCBA, District 181 Behavior Consultant, has spent the past 20 years working with children, parents, and educational teams in both the public and therapeutic school sectors, providing support as a speech-therapist assistant, classroom teacher, and behavior analyst. She holds a B.S. in Communication Disorders and Sciences and a Master’s degree in Special Education.

Mindful Parenting: Simple and Powerful Solutions for Raising Creative, Happy Kids in Today's Hectic World, Featuring Dr. Kristen Race
February 7-8, 2017
Between academic pressures, over-scheduled after-school activities, homework and demanding careers, parents today find it difficult just to get dinner on the table. Dr. Kristen Race speaks directly to today’s busy families who make up what she calls “Generation Stress” and presents an alternative – a mindful approach. Drawing on the latest research, Dr. Race shows how mindfulness helps us – and our children – feel happier, healthier, calmer, less anxious, less stressed, and more focused. This humorous and engaging talk provides simple solutions that move us from simply surviving in our family lives to thriving in our family lives.


ELL Family Night: "Summer Learning"
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Please join us for this event for English Language Learner (ELL) families. Pizza and dessert will be served; a craft activity will be provided for kids. Attendees will hear an explanation of the D181 Summer Learning Program, learn tips on reading to their children over the summer with the dual language books, and hear about exciting English as a Second Language (ESL) learning opportunities and community resources. Families interested in attending are asked to return the form they received to their child's ELL teacher.

Parent Program: "School Safety in District 181"
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
All parents are encouraged to attend this event, which will include: Meet & Greet Members of Our Local Police and Fire Departments; Safety & Crisis Committee Overview; Drills and Safety Procedures; A Parent’s Role in a Crisis; Safety Communications from the District and Schools; Summer Safety Tips; and District and School Resources for Family Support.

HMS Next Steps: Online Survey and Engagement Events
D181 staff, residents, and local business employees are being asked “Where do we go from here?” as the administration and Board of Education contemplate the next steps in addressing the facility needs of HMS. The District wants to better understand why the March 2016 referendum was not successful, and what changes should be considered so that any future plan is one the community can support. An online survey was open through May 18, 2016. All community members were also invited to attend either of two upcoming engagement events, which are being held as an opportunity to have a conversation about the long-term plan for HMS. Those events are May 24 at Prospect School (6:30pm) and May 26 at the Administration Center (9:30am).

" IEP/504 Family Event: Understanding Your Child’s Behavior"
Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29, 2016
Is a child in your life struggling behaviorally? Do you feel like you are not in charge with your own children? Are you always taking items away from your child but find the inappropriate behaviors are not getting better? Addressing issues early can prevent long-term negative consequences to the parent-child relationship, the family dynamic, and your child’s future. Come learn how to identify the function of your child’s challenging behaviors and understand individual responses and interventions known to reduce problem behaviors. Presenter Molly Bradley is a Behavior Analyst, with over 15 years of consulting for school districts, over 10 years of in-home Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) coaching and six years of classroom teaching students with severe autism.

Strong Parent/Strong Child
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
This powerful interactive presentation will focus on building skills as a parent with a child that has a disability from ADD to autism, dyslexia, OCD, asthma, allergies. We will explore the proven technique of mindfulness. Join Jessica Helmark, LMFT, Director of Clinical Services at Pathways Therapeutic Services as she presents on how to build skills that can last a lifetime for both you and your child.

Strategies for Academic Success
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Never underestimate the impact parent involvement has on your child’s achievement! This insightful session will provide an overview of strategies for achieving academic success including: the importance of early parent/child communication, daily homework vs study time, study habits to support academic achievement, awareness of different learning styles, and six life skills kids need for the future. Presenters Morris Mallory and Adrienne Johnson are consultants for the DuPage County Regional Office of Education. Mr. Mallory is a retired teacher and administrator with over 30 years of experience in education and is the founder of Parent Education Workshops. Ms. Johnson is a retired Nationally Board Certified Teacher who also has over 30 experience in the classroom, ranging from middle school through college. As parents themselves, they understand the unique experiences parents face and are eager to share their real life strategies to academic success!

"Summer Camp Expo"
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Simplify your summer planning! All community members are invited to this one-stop-shop to meet with exhibitors one-on-one and learn about local and regional overnight camps, sports camps, fine arts programs, special education services, recreation activities, and more. New exhibitors are added every year. Children are welcome! Hosted in partnership with the D181 Foundation

HC Parent Network/New SAT/Current ACT
Tuesday, March 9, 2016

Dive deep into the world of the current ACT and the new SAT. Find out effective ways to prepare your child. Learn what strategies and techniques make a difference. Join Lynn Lach, Jill Suter, and Ann Wilson from The Village Tutors as they answer questions and provide valuable information about the ACT & SAT.

ELL Family Event: "Supporting Learning at Home"
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Please join us for this event for English Language Learner (ELL) families. You will hear tips and strategies to help your child’s learning at home. Pizza will be served. Babysitting available. Also, help us kick off our Dual Language Library! Each family that attends the March 1 event will receive a book in both English and your native language to read together with your child.

"The Mask You Live In"
February 24 and February 25, 2016

This event is a screening of this acclaimed new documentary "The Mask You Live In" which highlights what it means to be a “man” for today’s youth. The movie aspires to change the way we raise boys, and change the messages we send them.

IEP/504 Family Event: Transitioning into Middle School
Thursday, February 18, 2016

If your fifth grade child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan, we invite you to join us for a panel discussion on the transition process into middle school. D181 administrators and staff will present information on our continuum of services, classes, levels of support, extracurricular activities, building independence, and what parents can do to help their child through this transition process.

"Age of Opportunity:Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence" with Dr. Laurence Steinberg
January 27 and January 28, 2016

One of the world's leading authorities on adolescence, Laurence Steinberg, PhD, discusses the teenage brain’s malleability and vulnerability, the elongation of adolescence as a developmental stage, and the implications of each for how we parent, educate, and understand young people.

Building Independence through Effective Executive Functioning
January 19 and January 21, 2016

Executive Functioning tasks such as time and organizational management are necessary to be successful each day, yet many students struggle with the acquisition of these skills. If your child needs support in this area, or if your child has an IEP or Section 504 Plan, join us for a presentation by Dr. Michael Frey, a neuropsychologist with over 30 years of experience. He will explain executive functioning, how it impacts daily living, and the strategies parents can use to help their child strengthen this area.

Learning from our Illinois Youth Survey Data
January 7 and January 11, 2016

We will welcome Peter Ji, Ph.D., to the District for a presentation on the 2014 Illinois Youth Survey data gathered from 6th and 8th grade students. The survey asked questions related to alcohol and drug use, health and nutritional behavior, safety, home environment, and feelings about school. Please join us on Thursday, January 7 at HMS (7pm) or Monday, January 11 at CHMS (9:30am) as Dr. Ji describes what young teens tell us about their experiences at school, alcohol use, mental health, and the influence of parents. (Dr. Ji is also working with our schools and SELAS Committee on using the data for school improvement and to better understand the needs of our students.)

ELL Family Night: Traditions Around the World
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Families are invited to attend a special event where the traditions and holidays of our District families will be celebrated. Attendees are asked to come with a craft, food, or activity to show. Those interested in attending are asked to return this form by November 20.

8th Grade Parent Night: A Conversation About Your Student’s 4-Year Hinsdale Central High School Academic Plan
Thursday, November 12, 2015 and Wednesday, November 18, 2015

This event, open to all Hinsdale Central feeder school 8th grade parents, will feature John Bruesch, Hinsdale Central’s Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction, and Mark Kolkman, Ed.D., Hinsdale Central’s Principal. Mr. Bruesch and Dr. Kolkman will share insights and advice with parents about the Hinsdale Central curriculum, registration process, and factors to consider when working with their student to compile his/her four-year high school academic plan and to select freshman year classes in January 2016.

IEP/504 Family Event on Developing Independence
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Parents are invited to attend an event focusing on developing independence for students with an IEP or 504 Plan. A panel of guests will share their experiences and provide insight into building the skills needed for lifelong success.

IEP/504 Transition into High School
Wednesday, November 4, 2015

District 86, Hinsdale Central and South High Schools, the Hinsdale Central PTO Parent Network, and District 181's Family Resource Network will present "IEP / 504 Transition into High School." The purpose of this presentation is to help prepare families for the high school transition by answering many questions, such as "What are the options for classes in high school?", "How is placement decided?" and "What is an IEP transition meeting?"

Heroin Education Family Night
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

This event is being hosted by CHMS; all D181 families are welcome. The program will include information on the heroin epidemic in DuPage County, signs and symptoms of addiction, early intervention strategies, current local statistics, and information on what is being done to address this epidemic locally. Register here. Featured Speakers include (in the following order): Dr. Richard Jorgensen, DuPage County Coroner's Office; Robert Berlin, DuPage County State's Attorney; Matthew Quinn, Rosecrance Treatment Center Clinician; Former CHMS Family, sharing their personal story of dealing with addiction

"Parenting with the Brain in Mind" Featuring Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Part of the District 86 Community Speaker Series Learn everyday strategies for nurturing your child’s emotions, relationships, and decisions. Register for the 9:30am event . Register for the 7pm event.

"K-5 Math Night"
October 15, 2015

A representative from the Math in Focus series publishers will be present to provide parents with an overview of the curriculum resources being used in D181 elementary schools. Parents will hear an in-depth description of the philosophy and framework behind Math in Focus and how it aligns to the Common Core Standards to prepare our students to be college and career ready. They will also address Singapore Mathematics, homework options, online resources, and more.

"ELL Family Night"
October 8, 2015

This event will be an opportunity for families in our English Language Learner program to review student ACCESS scores and learn more about this assessment.

"Resource Expo 2015"
October 1, 2015

Connect with a variety of service providers for art, childcare, social services, executive functioning, music, preschool, supports services and therapies, and tutors. D181 staff will be on hand to discuss MRC/Tech resources, as well.

"Rachel’s Challenge"
September 23 and 24, 2015

Hear the inspirational story of Rachel Scott and her vision to create a chain reaction of kindness and compassion to enhance the caring and supportive learning environment of schools.

"IEP/504 Families "Meet and Greet"
September 18, 2015

This event will be an opportunity for families to meet our Pupil Services staff.

"Substance Abuse Prevention Awareness Program"
September 16, 2015

Open to school-aged students, parents and community members, this event is co-sponsored by the Illinois Save-a-Child's Life Network and Robert Crown Centers for Health Education.


"Raising Self-Disciplined and Resilient Children" with Dr. Robert Brooks
April 29, 2015 and April 30, 2015
Harvard psychologist and nationally known expert Dr. Robert Brooks will offer practical advice and strategies to nurture self-disciplined, responsible, caring, hopeful and resilient adolescents.

“Food for Thought” Community Presentations with Kelly Sierra, RN, LDN
April 14, 2015
Providing adequate nutrition for children can be confusing and challenging with so many differing thoughts and opinions expressed throughout the news and social media. Join registered dietitian Kelly Sierra for a one-hour presentation on foods that promote optimal growth and wellness.

"Too Much of a Good Thing" with Dr. Dan Kindlon
March 18, 2015
Dr. Dan Kindlon sheds light on how parents with the best intentions of making their children happy may actually be doing the opposite. "What we want for our children is a perfect life devoid of hardship and pain," Kindlon states, "but their happiness as adults is largely dependent on the tools we give them." He examines children's attitudes toward their lives, society's increasing focus on achievement and success, and discusses how parents can help children develop the emotional maturity needed to take responsibility for their actions and have meaningful fulfilling relationships. Dr. Kindlon an is a nationally-renowned educational psychologist specializing in the cognitive and emotional development of children and adolescents. He spent 20 years as a researcher and consulting psychologist to independent schools and was a member of the Harvard University faculty from 1985-2010. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed academic journal articles and four books, including the 1999 NY Times bestseller, Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys. (co-authored with Michael Thompson).

Summer Camp Expo
March 2, 2015
All community members are encouraged to attend our annual Summer Camp Expo. No registration is required. This event will welcome representatives from organizations representing overnight camps, recreational activities, sports camps, fine arts camps, and educational enrichment opportunities, as well as camps and services for students with special needs and advanced learners. Offerings include programs for children ages preschool through high school.

"Choke" with Sian Beilock
February 10, 2015
Understand what the secrets of the brain reveal about getting it right when you must. This event is part of the District 86 Speaker Series.

"Money Matters" with The Economic Council
January 22, 2015 and January 23, 2015
Stop the "I Wants" and help your children become money-smart! This interactive workshop will give parents an opportunity to set a framework for working cooperatively with children on money issues. On-site activities will be provided for children in attendance of this parent education event. Space is limited.

"Joyful Learning" with Dr. Paula Kluth
November 17, 2014 and November 18, 2014
Dr. Paula Kluth will describe what a joyful learning classroom looks like for children, where students learn and thrive. Dr. Kluth explains that once parents have this understanding, they can more effectively partner with their child’s teacher to create a positive learning environment for everyone.

"Resource Expo" with Area Organizations
November 5, 2014
Connect with a variety of educational service providers, including local counselors, tutors, enrichment programs, and support services. Organizations interested in hosting an Expo booth are invited to contact the FRN (see column at right) or can click here to reserve a booth space online.

"Taming the Homework Beast" with TRL Education Services
October 22, 2014 and October 23, 2014
Learn tips for helping your child manage time, keep organized, and handle long-term projects. The presentation will provide you with solutions for working your children on materials management, goal setting and study skills.

"Queen Bees and Masterminds with Rosalind Wiseman"
October 7, 2014 and October 8, 2014
In this free event open to the community, we invite you to understand and navigate the unwritten rules of our children’s social arenas. This event is part of the District 86 Speaker Series.

"New Family Welcome Event"
September 19, 2014
Whether your first child has just entered District 181 or you have recently moved into the area, please join us! This event is an opportunity to meet other new families, engage in conversation and gather important information regarding District 181, our schools, and our community.

"Beyond Google: Exploring the MRC Resources Available to Students 24/7"
September 17, 2014 and September 18, 2014
In this free event open to the community, District 181 MRC Directors will offer a hands-on journey through age appropriate reference, research and homework resources offered online to all D181 students to write papers, complete assignments, and much more! Topics will include online encyclopedias, eBooks, search engines, videos, and image sources. Please click the links above to register for either the morning or evening sessions.

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