San Leandro

Unified School District

SAN LEANDRO USD

835 E. 14th Street, Suite 200
San Leandro, CA 94577
Phone: 510-667-3500
Fax: 510-667-6234
Email: communications@slusd.us

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Family Learning Series

SLUSD offers online parent and community educational support sessions that provide essential information and strategies for parents/caregivers to support their child’s growth and development. 

Upcoming Sessions

SLUSD Single & Co-Parent Family Launch Pad
Tuesday, November 295:30 – 6:30pm

Topic: Holiday Stress and Strength

Happy Holidays! While we want to enjoy the holidays, they often bring a variety of emotions and feelings. During the season of giving to others, it is just as important to give to yourself through intentional time and activities that support your health and wellness. 

Join us in the single and-parenting Family Landing Pad virtual space for SLUSD families to share strategies for coping and managing the stress that comes with the holidays. 

This session will support single and co-parent families with TK-12th grade students. Raffle Prizes! Spanish and Chinese translations will be provided.


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Tuesday, December 6,⋅6:00 – 7:00 pm • African American Family Landing Pad

SLUSD and Blaze Consulting host a supportive space for Black Families and Families Raising Black Children. Join San Leandro families as we explore how to help our children thrive in San Leandro schools. What are the supports we need as caregivers? Where do we get “stuck” as parents, and what are some tools that will help us move forward? Let’s acknowledge and celebrate the resilience of Black peoples and the people of the African Diaspora. There will be a raffle for gift cards at the end of the session.

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Wednesday, December 14,⋅5:00 – 6:00 pm • Topic: Family Game Night

Laughter is the best kind of medicine, and PLAY is a great way to bring laughter into the room.  Join us for some family game night fun.  Bring your children and whole family on-screen to play, laugh and connect.  This will be an amusing way to counter the winter blues and move our bodies into Winter Break. During this interactive session, Blaze Consulting will use the Family Landing Pad, a virtual space for SLUSD parents and caregivers to talk about their own experiences of caring for children and teens.  This session is open to all San Leandro parents/caregivers with TK-12th grade students. Raffle Prizes! Spanish and Chinese translations will be provided. 

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Previous Sessions

Topic: The Graduate Profile

Did you know that the San Leandro School district has a Graduate Profile that articulates its “shared vision that identifies a set of student outcomes to define what all graduates should know and be able to do to be prepared for post-secondary education, career, and civic participation?” 

In this session, we will familiarize ourselves with the graduate profile and consider how the parents/caregivers community supports our young people to realize their academic potential.  

 

Topic: Dealing with Bullies

There are more ways than ever for children and teens to experience bullying.  It can take place at school, in the neighborhood or online. Bullying affects both the children who are being bullied and the adults who care for that child.

During this interactive session, Blaze Consulting use the Family Landing Pad, a virtual space for SLUSD parents and caregivers to talk about their own experiences of caring for children and teens.  We explore both perspectives.  We look at how you can support your child if they are being bullied, and we will acknowledge the harm it causes the parent/caregivers as well.  Finally, we look for tools of resilience to rise above this challenge. 

Topic: Parental Guilt

Parents and Caregivers have many competing and conflicting demands. We have to juggle the logistics of housework, working the job, keeping up with homework and maintaining our personal hygiene.  One piece of critical feedback from our children or another adult can trigger parental guilt: Am I doing a good enough job raising this child? During this interactive session, Blaze Consulting will use the Family Landing Pad, a virtual space for SLUSD parents and caregivers to talk about their own experiences of caring for children and teens. We will explore parental guilt and how we counter the shame that can arise from constant criticism that we create in our minds. 

Topic: You Matter Too 

The role of the parent and caregiver is so important to the academic, social, and emotional development of the child. It is both a rewarding job, but it is also challenging. What support do you need as a parent to prevent burnout, overwhelm, and disconnection from others? Prioritizing your children can’t be at the expense of deeply damaging yourself. 

Topic: Self-Awareness

We’re in the home stretch of the school year. Now it’s about following through on our commitments so we can finish the year feeling good. Let’s chat about our strategies for ensuring our kids stay on track or get caught up and finish the school year strong. What do you need to support your child(ren) during this time?

Topic: Refresh & Renew

Spring is upon us and with it comes a sense of renewal. The trees are growing new leaves and blossoms, gardens are getting turned over and ready for new planting. Join us as we discuss the season’s opportunities for refreshing life–clearing out clutter, creating or renewing our spaces, and planting new “seeds”. Blaze Consulting will use the Family Learning Pad, a virtual space for SLUSD parents and caregivers to talk about their own experiences of caring for our children and teens during the pandemic. This interactive session will support families with TK-12 grade students. 

Topic: Let’s Play Together!

Laughter is the best kind of medicine and PLAY is a great way to bring laughter into the room.  Join us for some family game night fun.  We’ll play and laugh and connect. 

Topic: Talking about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Home

Diversity makes our community amazing. Join us while we discuss what supporting diversity looks like in action, share examples of how to be an ally to others and discuss what our children are learning about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Topic: Navigating Social Media Part 2


Our local high school student body has over 200 IG accounts that categorize students according to their looks, behavior, affiliations and more.  Many of our students have accounts that we know about and accounts that are not welcome to the adult community.  These young people are bombarded daily with images, messages and standards of “coolness” that are liked and shared.   In this session, we examine: How do we help our students to be smart in the digital environment?  And how have you managed the stress of discovering your child’s digital personality? We will hear from  our youth about their experience in the online space

Topic: Navigating Social Media Part I

BRB, TYSM, Emoticons, Avatars. There is a whole world online where we have zero experience as parents.  But this world completely exists and is REAL.  How do we guide our children and teens through the worlds of gaming and social media? What is internet etiquette and how is it different from what we are used to?  In this session, Blaze Consulting will use the Family Landing Pad, a virtual space for SLUSD parents and caregivers to talk about their own experience of caring for our children and teens during the pandemic.  Join us for an interactive conversation with some young people, who will offer some insight into the real world they are navigating today.

Topic: Responsible Decision Making

Happy New Year! New Year’s resolutions: who keeps those? Let’s come together and trade our ‘New Year’s resolutions for ‘New Year INTENTIONS’.  When you set clear intentions and a realistic, achievable goal you are more likely to accomplish it. Take a moment for yourself, with other parents and guardians to explore and chat about the newness of the year.

Topic: Mental Health

The holiday season is upon us and with it comes a whole variety of emotions and feelings. In this session, we explore ways to reflect, release and renew our hearts and minds. We explore how art can be a useful tool in calming and quieting a busy and stressed mind.  Art can be a great way to learn things about yourself, to express yourself, and can also be a simple and fun way to just play. 

Topic: Social Awareness

The holiday season is upon us and with it comes a whole variety of emotions and feelings. Join us as we explore ways to reflect, release and renew our hearts and minds. In this session, Blaze Consulting will use the Family Landing Pad, a virtual space for SLUSD parents and caregivers to talk about their own experience of caring for our children and teens during the pandemic. We will explore how art can be a useful tool in calming and quieting a busy and stressed mind.  Art can be a great way to learn things about yourself, to express yourself, and can also be a simple and fun way to just play. The session will support families with TK-12th grade students. Raffle Prizes! Spanish and Chinese translations will be provided.

Topic: Social Awareness 

Let’s PLAY, laugh and relax together!  Family game night is a time for everyone–the whole family, family & friends or just yourself–to join us for a virtual blast. In this session, Blaze Consulting will use the Family Landing Pad, a virtual space for SLUSD parents and caregivers to talk about their own experience of caring for our children and teens during the pandemic. Let us take a moment out of the chaos of life and step into a community game show. Through interactive activities we will relieve stress, build connections and have fun. The session will support families with TK-12th grade students. Raffle Prizes! Spanish and Chinese translations will be provided.

Topic: Self Management

Come join us as we use physical movement to relieve stress and increase our sense of wellness and mental health.  In this session, Blaze Consulting will use the Family Landing Pad, a virtual space for SLUSD parents and caregivers to talk about their own experience of caring for our children and teens during the pandemic. In this interactive session, we will explore how we can combat stress through brain breaks, movement and laughter. In today’s uncertain and rapidly changing world, stress is inevitable. Let’s look at ways each of us can take control of it and keep it from taking control of us. How do we manage stress? One movement at a time. The session will support families with TK-12th grade students. Raffle Prizes! Spanish and Chinese translations will be provided.

Topic: Self-Management

Fall has come and with the highs and lows of managing our families for success. Research shows that this time of year people can struggle with depression, sadness and just feeling overwhelmed. In this session, Blaze Consulting will use the Family Landing Pad, a virtual space for SLUSD parents and caregivers to talk about their own experience of caring for our children and teens during the pandemic.Come join us for an interactive session as we look for ways to generate joy for ourselves and our families. Let’s come together as a community to connect, be heard and hear each other. Sometimes the best way to generate joy is to know you’re not alone. The session will support families with TK-12th grade students. Raffle Prizes! Spanish and Chinese translations will be provided.

Topic: Self-Awareness 

Our young ones are back to school in person! How do you manage the stress during these uncertain times?  In this session, Blaze Consulting will use the Family Landing Pad, a virtual space for SLUSD parents and caregivers to talk about their own experience of caring for our children and teens during the pandemic. In this interactive session, we will re-frame stress into opportunities, so we don’t just live but thrive! The session will support families with TK-12th grade students. Raffle Prizes! Spanish and Chinese translations will be provided.

Topic: How do you manage the stress during these uncertain times? 

Our young ones are back to school in person!  In this session, Blaze Consulting will use the Family Landing Pad, a virtual space for SLUSD parents and caregivers to talk about their own experience of caring for our children and teens during the pandemic. In this interactive session, we will re-frame stress into opportunities, so we don’t just live but thrive! The session will support families with TK-12th grade students. Raffle Prizes! Spanish and Chinese translations will be provided.

 

Topic: Summer Learning and Wellness

Summer is a wonderful time for students to reset! Join us to learn about holistic ways to support your child in being healthy and prepared for success next year. We will share resources and ideas to help your child be the best that they can be.

 
Topic: How can we use movement to help manage stress?
 

Throughout this year we have explored strategies to support parents as they navigate the challenges and the opportunities of virtual learning. While we have mostly named strategies rooted in Social Emotional Learning, we can also use physical movement to counter stress and increase our sense of wellness and mental wellbeing. How can we use movement to help manage stress? 

Topic: Family Game Night

In this session, HystenConsulting looks at activities we can take on virtually to relieve stress, build connections and have fun. 

Topic: Autism Awareness
 
Autism is a diagnosis that has become more prevalent with children and students across the world. In this Family Learning Series session, Autism Awareness is the focus. We provide educational definitions, supportive resources in our community, and helpful tips if you have a student who is diagnosed with autism.

Topic: Routines Support Stability

This year, many of us are trying to maintain our sense of safety and normalcy as the pandemic lingers. In this session, we will look at the value and practice of routines as for the whole family. What are the activities that you want to keep in your daily life? What are the activities that can happen weekly? What is a tool we can use to support our children and teens to hold the schedule? We will explore these questions and share our experiences as parents. The session will be interactive, and to hear about the experiences of other caregivers with TK-12th grade students.

Transforming Trauma

Resilience, and Healing. We have been living with uncertainty for nearly a year and for many of us living with uncertainty has caused a great deal of physical and/or emotional trauma. This session will help you understand trauma and the impact trauma has on our day-to-day lives. This session will also discuss the “hope” that comes with transforming trauma through resilience and healing by way of protective factors and social justice. 

Topic: Creating Community

As we continue our series, we will support each other with hope and positive regard. When we access inner positivity, it boosts our mental health. During the session, we identify two strategies to increase our connection to the community and each other. The session includes fun activities and support families with TK-12th grade students.

Topic: Parental Resilience

The New Year brings with a sense of hope, optimism and well wishes for our loved ones. How are we bringing that hope and positivity into our parenting/guardianship? We look at the benefits of holding a positive perspective on our bodies and our emotions. We will identify real and practical ways to lift the energy of our households. It is not enough to manage stress; we have to replace it with new energy! The session will be interactive, include fun activities, and support families with TK-12th grade students. Spanish and Chinese translation provided.

Topic: Dealing with Stress and Fatigue

The Winter holidays are known to be a time of joy, family, and giving. Yet, they are also known to bring experiences of stress and fatigue. In this session, we will co-create space to name three types of fatigues. Then we will articulate real strategies to manage stress and interrogate our resistance to self-care. Participants will learn strategies to manage themselves and others’ expectations during Winter break. The session will be interactive, include fun activities, and support families with TK-12th grade students. 

Topic: Family Literacy Night
 
In this session, we discuss the key focus areas of SLUSD’s approach to literacy instruction and help you understand the literacy skills your child is learning in each grade band.  You will have the chance to see sample of texts and samples of writing at each grade band, and learn what to look for and listen for when your child talks about reading, writing, listening and speaking in school.
Topic: Social Awareness
 
Moving into online gatherings has stretched our ability to be aware of the ideas, perspectives and needs of others. In our continuing exploration of the Social Emotional Development framework, we reflect on what it takes to identify and understand the thoughts and feelings of others, and appreciate a diversity of perspectives. We look at two strategies that can support us to connect with others in school or in the community. 

Sensory Smart: Designing Home Learning Spaces for Success

Presenters: Trisha Park and Christina Pandolfo, SLUSD Occupational Therapists

SLUSD Occupational Therapists present a functional overview of how to help set up a distraction free and sensory friendly environment for distance learning at home. 

Growth Mindset for Mathematics and Beyond! (TK-12)

A growth mindset is an important stance for improving learning in mathematics, whether students have a strong math identity or feel like they are “not a math person.” Learn about the current research and what you can do to support your child in believing that they can do mathematics–no matter what anyone has told them before.

TK-12 Supporting My Child with Different Needs through Social Stories and Visuals

This session is for all families who want to learn more strategies to support their child that has different or special needs.  The presentation describes ways to use social stories and and using visual enhancements for learning at home. 

Routines and strategies for Secondary Families to Support Common Home Learning Challenges

Learn how to ease the challenges you and your middle or high school student may be experiencing. Discover strategies to support your child’s learning and discuss ways in which you can help your child engage in school.

Navigating Schoology, the Learning Management System for Grades 6-12

Learn how to find schedules, navigate Aeries, Schoology, and how to manage multiple classes.

Navigating Learning Management Systems for Grades TK-5

Learn how to find schedules, navigate Clever, SeeSaw and other popular platforms teachers might be using.