Family Engagement

2022-23 Fall & Winter
Family Engagement Series

October

    • Dyslexia Simulation 
          • Wednesday, October 12, 2022 @ 6:00-8:00 — Location: PCS
          • Presenter: The Pennsylvania Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
          • Overview:  This powerful simulation will open your eyes to the daily struggles children can experience.  It starts with a brief discussion of dyslexia, including the neurological basis, demographics, warning signs, and interventions.  Participants will then take part in simulated activities which mimic the experiences and processing of those with dyslexia.  A variety of topics are covered including reading, spelling, auditory processing, visual motor, and challenges with math computation. 
          • Dyslexia Simulation Registration
    • Bookshare Information Session
          • Thursday,  October 20, 2022 @ 6:00-7:00 — Location: PCS
          • Presenters: Mrs. Shannon Iachini 
          • Overview: When students read independently, they increase their reading comprehension skills and become more confident learners. Even struggling readers step up to the challenge when they see the progress they’re making.  Come to learn how to foster a connection with reading in your home.
          • Bookshare Information Session Registration 
    • Attention Disorders: Skills, Not Just Pills
          • Tuesday, October 25, 2022 @ 6:30-8:00 — Location: PCS & Virtual
          • Presenter: Dr. Cheryl Chase 
          • Co-hosted by PBIDA
          • Overview:  Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is a neurological condition characterized by inattention, distractibility, hyperactivity, and/or impulsivity.  According to the CDC, in a  2016 national parent survey, about 6.1 million children -that is 9.4% have been diagnosed with the condition.  ADHD has been found to exist in virtually every country in which it has been investigated and symptoms are relatively universal among human populations throughout the world.  Regarding treatment, here in the United States, it is very common for a family to take their child who is suspected of having ADHD to a physician for a relatively brief evaluation and then begin medication.  Sometimes, that is all that is needed for the child to be successful.  Many times, though, that is not enough.  This is because ADHD is much more than just difficulty paying attention or sitting still.  Those with also ADHD struggle with a set of cognitive skills known as executive functions, which are fundamental for manual and behavioral self-control.  This talk will describe what ADHD is (diagnostic criteria, subtypes, developmental course), how the executive functions are involved, and provide many strategies that educators and families can employ to help the children they serve to address and overcome the symptoms and impacts of ADHD.
          • Attention Disorders: Skills, Not Just Pills Registration

November

    • High School Transition Fair – Session I
          • Thursday, November 10, 2022 @ 6:00-7:30 — Location: PCS
          • Presenter: Various Presenters
          • Overview: Are you unsure of where your child will attend high school? There are many options in the Greater Pittsburgh Area and this event will highlight some of those options. 
          • Transition Event – High School Fair Part 1 Registration
    • STEAM Night
          • Thursday, November 17, 2022 @ 5:00-7:00 — Location: PCS
          • Overview: This is a family event for both students and parents to attend. Families participated in a number of science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities. 
          • STEAM Night Registration
    • Lessons Learned: A Mother and Daughter Talk about Growing up with Dyslexia
          • Wednesday, November 30, 2022 @ 7:00-8:00 — Location: Virtual
          • Presenters: Dr. Lisa Goldstein & Ms. Haley Mankin
          • Overview: Child Psychiatrist Lisa Goldstein, MD and her daughter Haley Mankin, MSW, will speak with each other and with the audience about what they learned about each other and themselves through Haley’s experience with dyslexia. With humor, love, and compassion Lisa and Haley will discuss their challenges, missteps, strategies, and successes as Haley grew as a learner, professional, and a young adult.
          • Lessons Learned: A Mother and Daughter Talk about Growing up with Dyslexia Registration

December

    • Wilson® Game Night
          • Wednesday, December 7th @ 6:15-7:15 — Location: PCS
          • Presenters: Dr. Mindy Bramer, Ms. Rosa Arzenti, Ms. Anai Flanagan, Ms. Jennie Kaufman, Ms. Madeline Hill, Ms. Jillian Lohner, Ms. Samantha Onstott, Ms. Betta Risa, and Ms. Joan Rossi, Mr. Ben Zyra
          • Overview:  This is a family event and parents and children should plan to attend.  PCS staff will share some strategies that families can use at home to reinforce language concepts found in the Wilson Reading System® while having fun playing Wilson “games.” 
          • Wilson® BINGO Night Registration
    • Winter Family Event
          • Thursday, December 15th @ 5:00-7:00 — Location: PCS
          • Overview: This is a family event for both students and parents to attend. Families participated in a number of winter-themed crafts and games. They ended the night decorating cookies and drinking hot chocolate. 
          • Winter Family Event Registration

Proud Sponsor

Provident Charter School is a proud partner of PA’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers. We are grateful for their contribution and support for the events in our Family Engagement Series.