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Kettle Moraine School District

Learning without Boundaries

Calendar of Events

  • We are proud of the programs we have lined up for this school year. All of our programs are FREE and made possible by monetary donations or donations of space and expertise. We would like to thank all of the PTO’s in the KM School District for their financial support!! Our evening presentations were selected based on the feedback we received from parent surveys that were administered at the end of last school year. Continue to check back to our “calendar of events” section as we will be adding new programs during the year. Remember to Opt In to “Parent Resource Network” to receive up-to-date emails about our events as well. We also appreciate, but do not require, you reserving your seat in advance for our events by following the “click here” links in the event descriptions. This helps us tremendously with our planning and is much appreciated.  

    September 2016

    September 27, 6:30-8:00 PM, “Positive Parenting and Resiliency Training”, Cushing Elementary Activity Center.
    Resiliency is a big topic for parents, no matter what the ages of their children. Alissa Darin, a KMSD Counselor, will offer “resiliency training” strategies to empower our students to deal with today’s stressors in a healthy manner. Additionally, she will share Love and Logic® steps and solutions that help create a home environment that stimulates responsibility, resiliency and academic achievement. Ms. Darin is a Love and Logic® facilitator and trainer.   Click here to reserve your seat for this FREE event.    

    October 2016 

    October 10, 10:30 AM to noon, "The Resilient Child:  Helping Children to Cope with Stress and Anxiety" a KM PRN Coffee Chat at Yoga 4 All, 208 E. Oak Crest Drive in Wales. 
    What makes some children more easy going than others? Is it their innate nature or something else? Learn new ways of looking at this age old dilemma and explore strategies that may help your children to be better able to go with the flow. In this informal format, our coffee chat facilitator, Marie Coakley, will help us explore what may be sparking the increased anxiety we are seeing in children in these modern times. She will also present a child specific approach to easing stress. Participants are encouraged to share their personal challenges and triumphs.  Marie has worked in the field of medical speech-language pathology for over thirty years and has been an avid yoga student for over a decade, completing her yoga teacher training in 2009. Over the course of her career, Marie has worked with families of special needs children providing counseling and support to parents and her clients. She brings her personal experience of raising a medically fragile child into her presentation on raising a resilient child. Coffee donated by Cafe Buzzz in Wales.  To reserve your spot for this FREE event, please click here.


    October 18, 6:30-8:00 PM, "Why the {Bad} Social Media Activity?", Cushing Elementary  Activity Center Have you ever wondered why kids do the things they do on Social Media? Phrases like cyberbullying, sexting and ‘hiding behind a screen’ didn’t exist when we were young, but as parents in a technology-based world, it’s important we understand it and what may be happening mentally and emotionally with our kids in this new “normal.” Deanna Marincic MSW LCSW, from Gals Institute LLC will offer tips and tools on parenting teens in today’s digital world. We will learn how to keep our kids resilient while maintaining a positive sense of self with healthy communication and use of electronic devices.
    Click here to reservations for this FREE event.  


    November 2016


    November 16, 6:30-8:30 PM, “Date Safe Project: Help! My teen is dating!”, KMHS Library Media Center.  
    Join us for the video showing of “Help! My Teen is Dating!” produced by The DATE SAFE Project. Founder Mike Domitrz gives parents tips and advice that will help empower you to talk to your teen about dating. The DATE SAFE Project believes the best approach in supporting teens through the dating years is to give teens positive insights and how-to skills for addressing verbal consent(asking first), respecting boundaries, sexual decision-making, bystander intervention, and the connection between alcohol and sexual assault. This video will help you determine if your son or daughter is ready to date and will strengthen your ability to initiate “the” conversation that will help your child make safer and smarter choices. Click here to reserve your spot at this FREE event.   

    January 2017

    January 16, 6:30-8:00 PM, "Building Parent-Child Relationships", Cushing Elementary Activity Center.  
    The parent-child relationship is one of the strongest and longest relationships many of us will experience. The task of raising a responsible, caring and ultimately a contributing member of society is a tremendous expectation. Parents need to understand and be able to respond to the unique personalities, strengths, and vulnerabilities of each child. Our speaker, Kathy Duffek, is an innovative parent educator with over 25 years of experience with a passion for working with children and families, especially in the areas of social and emotional development. Click here to reserve your seat for this FREE event. 

    January 30, 10:30 am-noon, A KM PRN Coffee Chat: “Optimal Health through Your Digestive Tract”, Yoga 4 All, Wales. Families today are constantly on the go and connected 24/7. This may lead to poor hydration, improper eating patterns, stress, lack of exercise, and poor sleep patterns.  And kids are just as susceptible to this as adults!  Are you or your family members suffering from low energy, gas, bloating, constipation, heartburn, etc.? Your body is talking to you and it needs your help! Learn steps you can take to help you figure out what's going on in there so that your digestive system can function optimally.  This month’s facilitator is Janet Golownia.  She is a certified yoga therapist and health coach. Her life experience and training make her uniquely qualified to help people unlock their body’s ability to heal. She incorporates yoga therapy and functional nutrition tools to create individualized programs to help men and women lose weight, listen to their bodies and create life changes that stick. Thank you to Cafe Buzzz in Wales for donating the coffee. To reserve your spot for this FREE event please visit https://optimalhealththroughyourdigestivetract.eventbrite.com.

    February 2017

    February 15, 6:30-8:00 PM, “Coping Skills and Stress Management”, Cushing Elementary Activity Center. 
    Is my child depressed, stressed, anxious?  After all, what child isn’t periodically irritable, moody or feeling frustrated?  Learn all you need (and more!) about recognizing signs of depression, stress and anxiety. Also, learn how to help your child live a life of balance while developing strategies they can use to cope with their emotions in a healthy way! Our speaker, Dr. Gary Gregg, Psy.D., a licensed clinical psychologist, is the owner and Clinical Director of the Genesis Counseling Group, S.C., a private practice in Elm Grove, WI. Click here to reserve your seat for this FREE event.

    February 20, 2017, 10:30-noon, A KM PRN Coffee Chat: “How and Why to Create a Family Mission Statement”, Yoga 4 All, Wales.  Getting married and having kids are some of the biggest life-changing events we will ever experience.  Yet we often jump into these important relationships without giving much thought about how we want our future lives and the lives of our children to look like long-term.  What is our own “purpose” and the “purpose” of our family unit?  Stephen Covey, author of the “Highly Effective” series remarked, “A family mission statement is a combined, unified expression from all family members of what your family is all about — what it is you really want to do and be — and the principles you choose to govern your family life.”   By creating a mission through family discussions, you and your children will discover these family morals together which will promote ownership by each family member.  Also, this statement will be the foundation of the rules you all live by as your children grow older and your family evolves.  Our facilitator, Deanna Marincic MSW LCSW, from Gals Institute LLC will walk us through the why’s and how’s of creating a family mission statement and we will all share our own thoughts and experiences. Deanna is a licensed clinical psychotherapist who has been working in the mental health field treating individuals, families and adolescents for over 15 years and is the owner of Gals Institute, LLC in Delafield, a clinic that develops prevention workshops, programs and support groups for adolescents and adults.  Coffee provided by Café Buzzz in Wales.  Click here to reserve your spot at this FREE event.


    March 2017


    Wednesday, March 22, 6:30-8:00 PM, "Raising Kids Who Are Effective Learners, Thinkers, and Problem Solvers", Cushing Elementary Activity Center.  Habits of the Mind (HOM) are the characteristics, behaviors and dispositions you implement when you’re confronted with a question to which the answer isn’t apparent, a challenging social interaction, or any situation that requires a higher level of thinking to navigate our changing world!  The great thing is children and adults can discover, grow, and enhance these attributes in order to become better thinkers, problem solvers, and group members.  There are 16 identified “readiness habits” that, when engaged, can build student success in the classroom, in the workplace, and in life.  All KM schools are discussing select readiness habits with our children, but there are also things that parents can do at home to boost these attributes in your own children.  Join us to learn how you can incorporate these habits when you discuss homework problems, grades, or working on group projects.  Parents can even incorporate the habits into chores, family activities, and relationship building.  Our presenters will be KM Explore Director Laura Dahm, Magee Principal Sue Sterner, and KMHS Associate Principal Mike Vuolo.   (Please note that if you were unable to participate in the KM book study on “Activating and Engaging the Habits of Mind”, this talk will give you an overview of the book.)  Click here to reserve your spot at this FREE event!


    April 2017

    Monday, April 3, 10:30 am to noon, KM PRN Coffee Chat:  “Parenting So Children Will Learn and Achieve” facilitated by Dr. Jacqueline Borthwick, Yoga 4 All in Wales. Good parents want their kids to stay out of trouble, do well in school, and go on to do wonderful things as adults. And while there isn't a set recipe for raising successful children, research has pointed to several factors that predict success. Join our coffee chat discussion about parenting strategies that will help enhance your child’s ability to succeed in the classroom and during study time at home.  Our facilitator, Dr. Jacqueline Borthwick, is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in psycho-diagnostic and neuropsychological assessment of children, adolescents, and young adults. She has extensive training in the evaluation, assessment, and diagnosis of learning disabilities, autism and developmental delays, ADHD plus a sub-specialization in parent education and facilitating effective parenting strategies. Coffee provided by Café Buzzz in Wales.  To reserve your spot at this FREE event, visit https://parentsochildrenlearn.eventbrite.com.

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