Parents of kindergarten through eighth grade students are invited to a Parents, Pizza, and Pointers session on Tuesday, November 14, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Koch Elementary School in the cafeteria. The session focuses on bullying.
Milbank’s school nurse, Brenda Nomeland; school counselor Julie Nolz; and school psychologist, Jill Lear will lead the session. Parents will dine on free pizza and listen to speakers. Students will join supervised activities in the gym and also will eat pizza.
Parents can expect to learn about common somatic complaints in children K-8, how to tell if the complaints are real, when to keep children out of school, and when psychosomatic complaints should be shared with teachers. “How to Help Children Open Up at Home” highlights how to help children share about their day, how parents can avoid overreacting to negativity, how to focus on the positive, and when information is serious enough to contact the school. They will also learn the definition of “bullying” taught in Milbank schools. At “Responding Effectively to Reports of Bullying,” attendees will learn how to respond to reports of bullying, what information should be shared with teachers and administrators, how to address children’s fears about reporting incidents, and how you can help a child who tends to bully others.
A question and answer session will wrap up the evening. For more information, contact Nomeland, Nolz, or Lear at Koch School at 605-432-6615.