FAIS Family Enrichment Series

We value our FAIS family,which is a committed partnership among students and their families, faculty, administrators, other staff members, and alumni.  -FAIS Core Values, July 2009

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One way we support our FAIS Family is to offer workshops on a variety of topics that are both relevant and highly informative for our community. This year’s topics include Internet Safety, Relational Aggression, Parenting for Prevention (equipping parents to combat youth substance abuse and suicide), and Proactive Parenting and Healthy Relationships. This year we are pleased to be able to offer the Relational Aggression workshop multiple times during the school year so that an adult from every household may have the chance to attend. This is a topic that is often covered in the media, but rarely does the coverage include tools for parents and educators to use to prevent and respond to incidents of social bullying. You will get those tools and tips at this workshop.

All workshops will begin on time in the Rose Préau Commons. Childcare is not provided and the workshops are not intended for students. FAIS family members are welcome to invite friends, neighbors or extended family to presentations in the Enrichment Series. RSVPs, though not required, are appreciated so we can assure seats for all attendees. Please contact Diana Platas, FAIS school counselor, with questions or to RSVP for any of the workshops.

  • Tuesday, October 4, 6 - 7 PM: ALLIES IN ACTION/RELATIONAL AGGRESSION
  • Wednesday, November 30, 6 - 7:30 PM: INTERNET SAFETY
  • Tuesday, January 24, 8:30 - 9:30 AM: ALLIES IN ACTION/RELATIONAL AGGRESSION
  • Tuesday, March 20, 6 - 7 PM: PROACTIVE PARENTING: HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
  • Tuesday, May 1, 6 - 7 PM: ALLIES IN ACTION/RELATIONAL AGGRESSION
  • Wednesday, May 2, 8:30 - 9:30 AM: STAY AHEAD OF TECHNOLOGY: FACEBOOK, TEXTING, CELL PHONES, OH MY!

Allies in Action / Relational Aggression

  • Tuesday, October 4, 6 - 7 PM
  • Tuesday, January 24, 8:30-9:30 AM
  • Tuesday, May 1, 6 -7 PM

According to Girls, Inc., on a daily basis, over 160,000 girls and young women nationwide report missing school out of fear of aggression from other girls. Girl-to-girl aggression manifests as social alienation, exclusion, and hostility such as spreading rumors, intimidating glares, “backstabbing” and physical violence. The effects of these behaviors on girls can be devastating, making school a challenging place to learn.

Jessica Abel of Girls Inc., of NW Oregon, will present an Allies in Action workshop for caregivers, parents and educators in our community. The program objectives are to:

Engage girls as cultural healers in their communities.

Educate girls about the origins of relational aggression and how it impacts girls.

Cultivate media literacy and media creation skills in girls.

Teach conflict resolution techniques.

We believe this workshop is so important that we ask at least one caregiver from every family to attend a workshop this school year. The Allies in Action workshop will be presented three different times in order to make it accessible for every family. More information about the Allies in Action program and tips for parents can be found at http://www.girlsincnworegon.org/?q=node/48

Internet Safety

Wednesday, November 30, 6 - 7:30 PM

Join Portland FBI agent, Chuck Dodsworth, as he shares information about keeping children safe online. He works with the Innocent Images Task Force to combat child pornography and child predators online. This will be Chuck’s first visit to FAIS, but parents who’ve attended previous FBI presentations on campus have expressed that they come away feeling more knowledgeable about what to watch for and what internet safety skills use in their home. This parent/caregiver presentation is for adults only; parents of all ages are encouraged to attend. Agent Dodsworth will return to campus the following week to speak specifically with 6th graders as part of their Technology and Health and Social Education classes.

More information about the Innocent Images Task Force, and tips to Protect Your Children online, can be found at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/cyber/innocent/innocent

Proactive Parenting: Healthy Relationships

Tuesday, March 20, 6 - 7 PM

Proactive parenting requires that we give children the tools and techniques to navigate future challenges. In March, we will have a teen counselor present strategies to support our children in making healthy relationship choices, both now and throughout their lives. The Domestic Violence Resource Center not only offers services and supports for survivors and victims of domestic violence, but they actively work in the community to prevent violent relationships. Middle and high school students tend to be hungry for this type of information. Come to listen, ask questions and leave with some new tools in your parenting toolbox. A description of Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships can be found on the DVRC’s website, along with a wealth of other related information. http://www.dvrc-or.org/domestic/violence/resources/C67/

Stay Ahead of Technology

  • Trouble on the web: what you need to know to keep kids safe
  • How to manage cell phone and web time
  • Video games — how much is too much?

Rosemary Schwimmer of Oregon Partnership will present to parents in the Gilkey PLC meeting on Wednesday, May 2, 8:30-9:30 am in the Commons. The information will be geared toward middle school parents, but all parents are welcome to join on this day.