Tuesday, November 27, 2012

QV Hosts Free Student-Parent Workshop

In order to foster academic and personal excellence in its students, the Quaker Valley School District is offering a three-part series for parents and children entitled, "Promoting Excellence at Home".  The first installation of these workshops will take place this Wednesday, November 28th from 6 to 7:30pm at Osbourne Elementary School.  Dinner and childcare will be provided, as well as raffles and gift card giveaways for attendees!

These workshops will be co-facilitated by author and educator Dr. Don Sheffield and QV community liason Terry Bradford.  Parents will receive a copy of Sheffield's book, Practice Makes Perfect-Not!: Excellence is a Habit.  Sheffield's expertise is focused on the academic and personal development of children, as well as parenting skills in the home.  The workshops will provide practical tips and strategies for overall academic and personal improvement.

Attendees are asked to RSVP to Stephanie McKissic at 412-749-3616 or mckissics@qvsd.org with the number of adults and children planning to attend. For more information regarding the workshop, contact Terry Bradford at 412-414-1335 or via email at Tbradford321@yahoo.com.

This information has been brought to us by Larissa Dudkiewicz at the Sewickley Patch:

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Support QVSD Education Foundation!

The Friends of Quaker Valley Schools Education Foundation is an incredible, local non-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting the students of the Quaker Valley School District by helping them learn and develop into well-educated, healthy, productive, and socially conscious adults with a life-long commitment to learning.  
Please consider giving to the QVSD Education Foundation's Year End Giving Campaign.  Be a Friend to QVSD by helping it achieve its goal of $50,000 by December 31, 2012.  To give online, simply click here.  
Your donation will be used for the benefit of the QVSD students to fund the following programs: Art & Robotics Club, Annual Hall of Fame honoring a QVSD graduate athlete, Wrestling Club, Floyd Faulkner Community Worker, The Middle School Cyber Wellness Center, Middle School Juggling Club, Instrumental Music, The Young Lions - African American Mentoring Group, College Scholarships and more.
Your support is needed to come alongside the students in QVSD.  Please consider giving!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

1st Annual QV Wrestling & Pressley Ridge Snowball Dash

You are invited to participate in the first annual Snowball Dash in Sewickley!  The Quaker Valley Wrestling Team and Quaker Valley Rotary Club have teamed up with Pressley Ridge in hosting a 1-Mile Fun Run on December 1, 2012!  The race will start at 9:00am on Chadwick Street and will finish at the start of the holiday parade on Beaver.  

The Quaker Valley Wrestling Team wants to help Pressley Ridge serve the families in our region that will be struggling to provide the basic needs for their children this holiday season.  Pressley Ridge is dedicated to this mission, providing local services that include residential help, foster care, and family-focused education with an emphasis on safety, well-being, and stability.  This year, Pressley Ridge was able to help over 5,400 children and families in need.    

The Quaker Valley Wrestling Team needs your help to support the children and families in crisis in our community.  Your $25 race registration fee is enough to buy a child a warm winter hat, scarf, and a pair of mittens.  To register or make a donation, go to www.pressleyridge.org and click on the race link.  Please come alongside Pressley Ridge, as well as the children of Quaker Valley and the Sewickley Community, in giving relief to the children and families in need this holiday season! 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Fatherhood Leadership Summit

The month of November is a great time to remember who we are thankful for, especially the loving bonds between family members.  Fatherhood is such a significant stage of life for both father and child.  This generation has a deep need for committed, loving fathers.

The Beaver County Roundtable is offering a Leadership Summit on Fatherhood, focusing on the importance and responsibility of fatherhood, as well as steps to create a county action plan.  This summit is especially offered for fathers, mothers, service providers, faith-based leaders, community leaders, business leaders, local governmental officials who want to strengthen men and fathers' involvement in the lives in their children.

Topics of discussion include:
 - Combating father absence and promoting responsible fatherhood
 - Recognizing the crisis to children in father's absence
 - Addressing the consequences of absent fathers
 - Planning steps that leaders can take in light of absent fathers
 - Raising awareness and initiative in community to build up fathers and families

The summit details are as follows:
Thursday, November 15, 2012
7:30am - 12:00pm
Community College of Beaver County
Learning Resources Center Conference Room
1 Campus Drive
Monaca, PA 15061

RSVP today to Shon Owens 724-378-2882 or sowens@franklincenter.org

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Boys Wrestling Club

Attention Boy Wrestlers: A new wrestling club is available at the Sewickley Community Center.  All skill levels are welcome.

Practices are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 6:15 - 8 pm.

Interested students should contact Floyd Faulkner at 412-722-2122 or by e-mail: faulknerf@qvsd.org.

Youth wrestling ages 5 to 12 is available for students from any school district; middle school and high school students can wrestle for Moon only.

With enough participation, the club could become a school-sponsored activity.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Youth Connect's Reading List

The holidays are just around the corner, potentially bringing some extra time to dive into a good book! Here are Youth Connect's highly recommended reads for parents:

1. Letting Go by Karen Levin Coburn & Madge Lawrence Treeger

2. How to Talk So Your Teens Will Listen, And Listen So Your Teen Will Talk by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

3. A Year of Living Generously by Lawrence Scanlan

4. Before They Know It All by Alan Carson

We would love to hear your own book recommendations! Is there a book that every parent should read? Happy reading.