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Placentia - Yorba Linda Unified School District
1301 E. Orangethorpe Ave. Placentia, CA 92870 Phone: (714) 986-7000 Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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ACADEMICS

Helping Your Child With Secondary Math
Would you like to better support your student in secondary math? This session will review Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District math pathways and provide resources for helping students in math for Grades 6 – Algebra 2.

Presenter: Katie DeGraffenreid, Stephanie Dempsey
Date: September 28, 2016 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: District Board Room, 1301 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Placentia
 

Transition from Elementary to Middle School
Register for this class 10/25/16
Are you and your child trying to navigate middle school together?  Would you like to learn tips to help support your child to be more successful?  Join us for an overview of strategies pertaining to organization, homework, PE, technology, communication, attendance, and more.

Presenters:  Katie DeGraffenreid, Brian Shay, Jodi Bonk, Gloria Johnson
Date:          October 25, 2016 
Time:          7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Location:     District Board Room, 1301 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Placentia

 

 
Taking It Up a Notch: Transition From Middle to High School
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Register for this class 5/11/17
Do your memories of high school make you break out in a cold sweat? Or just break out? Do you still have nightmares about failing tests or being late for class? Do you still sit in the back row at Back to School Night? Now you are going to relive that excitement and trauma of high school with your precious child!
 
We’re here to help. We realize your child is the most important child in the entire high school. Come to our presentation to get insider tips on surviving the transition from middle school to high school. We will discuss high school expectations, how to get the most out of your parent teacher relationships, and the things you can do to help your child achieve success in high school and beyond.
 
Presenters: Amanda Wolf, Frank Perez
Date: October 13, 2016 or May 11, 2017 (Thursdays)
Time: 7:00 - 8:15 p.m.
Location: District Board Room, 1301 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Placentia

High School Challenge – Making the Most Out of Four Years
Register for this class 10/20/16

Register for this class 4/20/17
In this 90-minute course, three Orange County Teachers of the Year will present helpful insight into three core areas: academics, electives/extra-curricular activities, and community outreach. This course is designed for all parents who want their child to be competitive in both the college and workplace markets. In this constantly changing world, both colleges and businesses are shifting their focus. This shift requires a four year investment. This is why it is in your child’s best interest to take advantage of all available high school opportunities for potential maximization. Topics discussed will include how to encourage your child to pursue a well-rounded education, and how to balance all of his/her pursuits. You will leave this evening with a better understanding of how best to focus your particular student’s efforts.

Presenters: Amanda Wolf, Kathleen Switzer, Sunshine Cavaluzzi
Date: October 20, 2016 or April 20, 2017 (Thursdays)
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: District Board Room, 1301 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Placentia
 

Helping Your Child With Elementary Math
Would you like to better support your student in elementary math? This session will provide resources and strategies for helping students in math for Grades K-5.

Presenter: Kim Voge, Stephanie Dempsey
Date: November 17, 2016 (Thursday)
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Professional Development Academy, 4999 Casa Loma Ave., Yorba Linda

 

GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) Presentation – The Double Edged Sword of Giftedness

No registration required.

 

Presenter:    Ian Byrd

Date:           February 8, 2017 (Wednesday)

Time:           6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Location:      Professional Development Academy (Room A), 4999 Casa Loma Ave., Yorba Linda

 
 
COLLEGE
 
Getting There From Here
Whether your children or grandchildren are learning to crawl or learning to drive, you can help make a college education a reality. We'll discuss questions to consider as you establish a college savings goal, strategies to help you reach your goal, and the features and benefits of 529 college savings plans.
 
Presenter: Jonathan Lising
Date: January 19, 2017 (Thursday)
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: District Board Room, 1301 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Placentia

College 101 – Improve Your Child’s Chances of Getting Into a 4-Year College
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This class will outline how to strategically help your child prepare for college by beginning the process early, planning academic strategies, covering the differences between the SAT/ACT exams, explaining the application process, and helping to ensure the best possible school fit for your child.
 
Presenters: Michael Pham and Travys Uyekawa
Date: January 24, 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: District Board Room, 1301 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Placentia
 

College Essay Writing (Parent Focus) – Helping Your Child Take That Next Big Step
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If you have ever wondered how to help your child write a college application essay, this is the course for you! Topics to be covered will include important dates to remember, common essay questions, analysis of the essay components, techniques for finding a great essay topic, and strategies for providing critical feedback and revision techniques. Although applying to college can be a stressful experience, it doesn’t need to be!
 
Presenter: Desi St. Amant
Date: February 9, 2017 (Thursday)
Time: 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. Location:
District Board Room, 1301 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Placentia
 

SAT and ACT (for parents and students)
This session will present parents and students with an objective series of points designed to help cut through the clutter of the various test offerings so that your student’s test taking choices are both cogent and well-informed. Paul Kanarek has presented to Placentia-Yorba Linda families many times since he founded The Princeton Review in California in 1983. He is usually amusing and always insightful.

Presenter: Paul Kanarek, Collegewise/Princeton Review
Date: February 15, 2017 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
Location: District Board Room, 1301 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Placentia

College Essay Writing – Walk Away With a Draft
**Limited to 50 Students** (Two Saturday Sessions for Students – please plan to attend both sessions) The scariest part of the application essay is that you have complete control over it. Come learn how to get a jump-start on your college application essay. Topics will include common essay questions and how to address those prompts to showcase your strengths. Time will also be devoted to writing the application essay in a computer lab with the oversight of experienced teachers, so you can leave with a draft of your college application essay. It’s time to stop staring at that blank page and turn it into a beautiful college application essay.
 
Presenter: Desi St. Amant
Date: March 4 AND March 25, 2017 (Saturdays)
Time: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. (lunch will be provided)
Location: District Board Room, 1301 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Placentia
 

College 201 - The Road to College, Smoothing Out the Bumps
Do you know the difference between college and university? Do you know the requirements for entrance into a four-year school? What classes do you need? What tests do you need to take? Do you know how to apply for free money? The road to college is filled with obstacles. We will provide you with some of the tools you’ll need to navigate this exciting journey!

Presenters: Deniz Fierro and Brandon Frank
Date: May 17, 2017 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: District Board Room, 1301 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Placentia
 

How to Prepare Your Child to Stay In College
This class will teach you strategies and tips to help your child survive and thrive his/her first year of college and beyond. Among topics discussed will be the top 10 reasons college students leave or drop out.

Presenter: Peyton Pike, Counselor
Date: May 31, 2017 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: District Board Room, 1301 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Placentia
 

PARENTING SUPPORT
 
The Love and Logic Approach to Parenting
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Would you like to sharpen your skills for raising happy and well-behaved kids with
positive, loving tools? The Love & Logic approach to parenting is built around the
science of crafting caring and respectful relationships. An authentic, loving connection
between parents and their children is the root of a healthy, thriving relationship built on
trust and understanding.

Although this may sound easy, never before in history have parents been faced with so
many challenges! The Love & Logic approach provides a variety of simple and effective
strategies for parenting children from birth to adulthood. Whether you are embarking
for the first time with a new baby or navigating the turbulent teens, these strategies
and techniques will help you create calm and loving solutions.
 
Date: Fridays beginning in February 2017 
Location: Ruby Drive Elementary School, 601 Ruby Dr., Placentia, CA.
Time: 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. (Classes will be held for 6 weeks on Fridays)
 
 

Common Sense Parenting Tips - Location: District Board Room
This class is now full. There is the possibility of another class being implemented.  PLEASE CALL DAVID GREEN (714) 985-8670, EXT. 82658 if you are interested.
**Reservation only** It’s not easy raising children in today’s hectic and high-pressure world. Every family needs help from time to time. The trick for most parents is how to find the right resources and the time to get the help they need.
 
After decades of serving thousands of parents and children across the country in evidence-based parenting classes, Boys Town has developed a time-efficient and high-impact parenting series called Parenting Café.

CSP classes can help you with:
 
  • Balancing discipline with affection
  • Praising your child’s good behavior
  • Reducing a child’s problem behavior
  • Power struggles between you and your child
  • Effective communication

This is a six-week course. At the first meeting an overview of the program will be presented.
 
Presenter: Boy’s Town Staff
Date: October 26, 2016 (all Wednesdays) November 2, 2016 November 9, 2016 November 16, 2016 November 30, 2016 December 7, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: District Board Room, 1301 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Placentia
 

 SPACE IS LIMITED AND SEATING MUST BE RESERVED. SIGN-UPS WILL BE DONE THROUGH THE OFFICE OF STUDENT SERVICES. PLEASE CALL DAVID GREEN (714) 985-8670, EXT. 82658.

Dealing With Divorce and Blended Families
This workshop will deal with the impact of divorce/separation on children and give you strategies to reduce that impact. Co-parenting strategies will be discussed, along with tips, tools and resources to help. This workshop gives you opportunity to meet other families with similar struggles.
 
Presenter: Neha Shahpatel, Mental Health Clinician
Date: March 8, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: District Board Room, 1301 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Placentia

Health Development
Do you have questions about your child’s development? Do you need some tools to effectively communicate with your child about how their body is changing? Would you like to learn the best ways to keep your child healthy? Our district nurses will answer some of these very important parent concerns. This class will focus on the health and development of your child in the areas of physical, emotional and mental abilities. You will learn what to expect as your child matures, and parenting tips in each of these areas.

Presenter: Michelle DeHaven
Date: March 28, 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location District Board Room, 1301 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Placentia
 

STUDENT SAFETY

Internet Safety: Addressing Bullying/Cyberbullying - (PARENTS ONLY)
Come join us for a presentation on cyber safety to find out what your kids are faced with in their peer groups. The presentation is intended for parents only.
 
Presenter: Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Holmes
Date: September 14, 2016 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: District Board Room, 1301 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Placentia

Current Drug Trends – Prevention and Intervention Resources - (PARENTS ONLY)
This presentation is provided by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The goal of the presentation is to provide information and tips to prevent drug abuse. Parents will receive tips on providing their children parenting guidance, protecting their family, and setting good boundaries. This presentation is intended for parents only.
 
Presenter: Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Holmes
Date: December 1, 2016 (Thursday)
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Location: District Board Room, 1301 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Placentia
 
 
The Rx Project Parent Workshop - (PARENTS ONLY)
Community Service Programs, Inc. aims to reduce and prevent drug use throughout Orange County, and the Rx Project focuses specifically on preventing prescription drug abuse among youth by providing educational services to youth, parents, and school staff. Our parent workshop gives an overview of commonly abused prescription drugs, the signs and consequences of abuse, and ways to effectively safeguard medications at home. It also covers the 40 Developmental Asset model, which highlights building blocks for young people's success in school and overall well-being, including practical strategies parents can use to help teens stay drug-free.

Presenter: Charlotte Whitney, Community Service Programs
Date: April 27, 2017 (Thursday)
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: District Board Room, 1301 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Placentia