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Dear SSIS Parents,

Starting in January 2016, the elementary, middle and high school principals will be facilitating a parenting book club. This spring we will be reading Teach Your Children Well by Madeline Levine.  This book is appropriate and extremely applicable to parents in all three of our divisions at SSIS. You can can order a print or digital copy of this book from a number of online bookstores. An eBook using the Kindle app from Amazon is around $12 or less, and is also available on iBooks (both are US store links). The electronic version of this also has an audio book component included in the cost. Below is the summary of the book from the publisher Harper Collins.

Psychologist Madeline Levine, author of the New York Times bestseller The Price of Privilege, brings together cutting-edge research and thirty years of clinical experience to explode once and for all the myth that good grades, high test scores, and college acceptances should define the parenting endgame.

Teach Your Children Well is a toolbox for parents, providing information, relevant research and a series of exercises to help parents clarify a definition of success that is in line with their own values as well as their children’s interests and abilities. Teach Your Children Well is a must-read for parents, educators, and therapists looking for tangible tools to help kids thrive in today’s high-stakes, competitive culture.

The Key Details:

  • What: School-wide dialog about building resilience in our children
  • Why: Join together as a learning community to discuss topics of meaning and importance about parenting
  • Where: SSIS, MPR (4th Floor of the High School)
  • When: January 21, February 18, March 17, April 28 from 7-8 pm

Attend as many or as few of these sessions as you are able. We encourage attendance even if you haven’t finished the reading

Our first session on January 21 will explore the first two chapters of the book which are about forty pages in total. We encourage you to purchase your book at some point over winter break. Please sign up for the book club here.

Meeting Dates and Chapters:
January 21- Chapters 1 & 2
February 18- Chapters 3, 4, and 5
March 17- Chapters 6 & 7
April 28- Chapters 8 & 9

All of these sessions are designed for small group informal discussions about parenting. We will also provide coffee, tea, adult beverages and light snacks.

We hope to see you at our first meeting.

Dan Keller (ES), Molly Burger (MS) and Jacob Hendrickson (HS)

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