Family Resource Center Programs - Fall 2019

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    Ballet for Kindergarten-5th Grade
    Instructor: Rio Guillame

    Rio Tasia Guillaume has a decade of experience teaching students in New York City and Chicago. All classes are taught using the American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum, an internationally recognized system of teaching developed for ballet instructors to give age-appropriate training to pre-professional and recreational students alike. Ms. Rio’s mission is to foster holistic development of young dancers in the Chicagoland area by providing highly-qualified, progressive, and age-appropriate dance training in an inclusive and motivational environment. Parents are welcome to watch the last class of each session to witness the dancers’ progress. 

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    Trial Class: August 29,  4-4:45 p.m.
    Cost: Free (limit 20, register in advance)
    Location: Nelson School
    Class: Thursdays, 4-4:45 p.m. September 5 - October 24
    Cost: $78 for Eight-Week Session
    Location: Nelson School

    Yoga en Español
    Instructor: Maria Paloma

    La práctica de Yoga es más disciplina que deporte, porque al practicar regularmente cultivamos no solo el cuerpo, sino también la mente, y el alma. Al aprender a sincronizar la respiración con los movimientos encontramos una conección especial y experimentamos una profunda sensación de calma y relajación. La práctica regular de Yoga le garantiza un cuerpo firme, una mente estable, y un espíritu benevolente. Atención: esta clase es solo para adultos. Cuidado de niños gratis disponible.

    Yoga is more of a discipline than a sport. Its regular practice helps to cultivate your body, as well as your mind, and spirit. As you develop your practice you will create connections and experience a deep sense of calm. A regular yoga practice builds a toned body, a stable mind, and a kind spirit. Please note: this is a class for adults only. Childcare is provided.

    Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
    Jueves, a las 4:30 hasta las 5:30 de la tarde
    September 12 - November 7

    Youth Mentoring Program
    Instructor: Big Brothers Big Sisters & MaineStay Youth & Family Services

    Our award-winning site-based mentoring program, offered in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, provides an excellent opportunity where children ages 8-12 can enhance their social skills, confidence, and self-esteem by connecting with a positive adult role model in a safe, structured, and supportive environment.

    2nd and 4th Thursdays of the Month, 6-7:30 p.m
    September 12 - November 21
    Cost: Free
    Location: Family Resource Center

    Family Night/Erin's Law Information Session
    Presenter: Jessica Caccavallo, Education Coordinator, Northwest CASA

    Take a tour of the Family Resource Center and learn more about Erin's Law,  which requires that all public schools in Illinois implement an age-appropriate prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program. Refreshments served; child care provided. Hosted by Nelson School at the Family Resource Center, but open to all D63 families. Call 847.965.0050 to RSVP by Monday, September 9.

    Thursday, September 12, 6-7:30 p.m. (English/Spanish)

    English Language - Beginners
    Instructor: Stacy Costa

    Master basic English rules and use of everyday vocabulary skills to help establish a good foundation in the English language. Classes incorporate everyday social skills and basic grammar.

    Mondays, 4:30-6 p.m. (Free Childcare Available) 
    September 16 - November 18

    English Language - Intermediate
    Instructor: Joanna Sanchez

    Intermediate English language learners practice higher vocabulary skills, grammar, and daily communications. Classes also incorporate social skills and reading.

    Mondays, 4:30-6 p.m. (Free Childcare Available)
    September 16 - November 18

    Conversation Cafe
    Instructor: Joanna Sanchez

    Stick around after class for refreshments and a chance to practice what you have learned!!

    Mondays, 6:15-6:45 p.m. 
    September 16 - November 18 (Free Childcare Available)

    Understanding Feelings & Perspectives 
    Presenter: Niles Family Services

    Join us for a discussion on the importance of identifying feelings and perspectives. Children establish the value of empathy when they value other people and a variety of different perspectives. Learn how to apply restorative practices in the home to enhance emotion recognition, understand perspectives, and conflict resolution strategies.

    Tuesday, August 27, 9:15-10:45 a.m. (Spanish)
    Tuesday, September 17, 6-7:30 p.m. (English)

    Lunch Walking Club
    Facilitator: Angelica Schab

    Take out some time in the middle of your day to get some exercise, encouragement, and support! Getting healthy is about more than working out, it's also about building a community. We will walk approximately two miles each day, starting and ending our walk at the Family Resource Center. 

    Wednesdays, 12-12:45 p.m.
    September 18 - November 20

    Adult Money Smart: Your Spending & Saving Plan
    Presenter: Carol Gerardi, Des Plaines Bank & Trust

    Learn techniques for developing a spending and savings plan and how to prioritize spending when money is short.

    Monday, September 23, 5-6:30 p.m. (English, Spanish, Gujarati, Hindi, and Urdu)

    Anxiety Coping Skills Group
    Instructor: MaineStay Youth & Family Services

    This research-supported eight-week group helps children 8-13 learn effective ways to deal with anxiety and stress. Participants will have fun while mastering critical skills for success at school and at home.

    Tuesdays, October 1 thru November 19, 2019, 5-6 p.m.
    Cost: $50 for the Eight-Week Session
    Location: Family Resource Center

    Understanding IEPs and 504 Plans: Special Education
    Presenter: Vasiliki Frake, Director of Special Services @D63

    Join the Director of Special Services and our Special Education Facilitators for a workshop that helps parents of children in special education, or of those that might need special education services, understand Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 Plans. Parents will gain an understanding of special education services provided by our district and learn about the role that they play in their childs' education.

    ThursdayOctober 3, 5-6 p.m.

    Know Your Rights
    Presenter: Alliance for Immigrant Neighbors

    Know your rights and who can help with legal advice about immigration. Learn practical advice on what to do if encountering police and what to do when someone is separated from the family.

    Wednesday, October 16, 5-6 p.m. (English & Spanish)


    How to Talk to Your Child About Sex and Sexuality
    Presenter: Niles Family Services

    Join us for a discussion on strategies on how to start talking to your child about sex education when they are young and how to continue that conversation, as they get older. Children are exposed to information about sex from different sources at a much earlier age than many parents expect.  Open communication helps children to gain an accurate understanding of sex and helps them to feel positive about their own bodies.

    Tuesday, October 22, 6-7:30 p.m. (Spanish)
    Tuesday, November 19,  9:15-10:45 a.m. (English)