A 2017 “Spring Let’s Talk Community Conversation Series” has been planned in each of the four Pottstown elementary schools to address parents’ concerns on “Helping Our Children Grow Socially and Emotionally.”

Laurie Kolka, director of curriculum instruction and professional development at Pottstown School District, will join building principals for a brief presentation explaining what social and emotional learning is and what the benefits are of having such a curriculum at Pottstown.

Parents will have the opportunity to learn what is happening in the schools and how they can use parts of the program at home while providing their own input.

The Let’s Talk series will not only allow parents a time to talk with other parents but will allow families to enjoy a free meal and have opportunity to win free prizes while their children participate in an entertaining juggling show by Give and Take Jugglers! Free childcare and Spanish interpreters will be available at each school for these fun filled and informative events.

The Let’s Talk conversations are free and available to families in the Pottstown School District and will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on March 16 at Elizabeth B. Barth Elementary; March 27 at Lincoln Elementary; March 28 at Rupert Elementary; and March 30 at Franklin Elementary.

The Our kids…Their Future or Let’s Talk conversations are supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania Penn Project for Civic Engagement. The grant has enabled the school district to work with the community-particularly families, as well as the local agencies and community leaders who serve them to determine how the home school partnership can be strengthened, to find out what can be done to increase family participation and to improve support for ALL children’s growth and development from birth through elementary school.

For more information contact Valerie Jackson, PEAK community engagement coordinator, at 610-256-6370 or email vjackson@potstownsd.org or visit www.pottstownschools.org.

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