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A Year of Exploring "Belonging"

Parent Education 2018-2019


Dont we all crave it? 

Not simply a connection with one another 

But a community of BELONGING.

Parent Education programming is sponsored by PACA and will provide 3 evening programs throughout the 2018-2019 school year on topics specifically designed for parents, this year all on the topic of “Belonging.”  All parents in the CA community are welcome, all events are free for parents and include daycare.


Catherine Steiner-Adair

8pm- Q & A

RSVP by Jan 18 to Kelly Vazari KDVAZIRI@AOL.COM

Please joins us as we hear Catherine Steiner- Adair offer her insights and advice to help all of us achieve greater understanding, authority and confidence as we engage with the tech revolution and our children. 

Steiner- Adair is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, school consultant, author and speaker. She maintains a private practice in Massachusetts, is a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an associate psychologist at McLean Hospital, as well as speaking worldwide to numerous audiences.

During her presentation on February 20th, she will focus on her book The Big Disconnect.


Per the New York Times Book Review, “Steiner- Adair provides helpful suggestions for parents seeking to limit tech time and reengage with their children”.

An excerpt: “As the focus of the family has turned to the glow of the screen- everyday life is undergoing a massive transformation.  Parents often feel they are losing a meaningful connection with their children. Children are feeling lonely and alienated. Families are in crisis as they face this issue, and even more so than they realize…”

Chapter examples:

“Fast-forward Childhood: When to Push Pause, Delete, and Play: Ages 6-10”

“Going, Going, Gone: Tweens, Screens and the Perils of Independence: Ages 11-13”

“Teens, Tech, Temptation and Trouble:  Acting Out on the Big (and Little) Screen”

“Scary, Crazy and Clueless: Teens Talk about How to Be a Go-To Parent in the Digital Age”

“The Sustainable Family: Turning Tech into an Ally for Closeness, Creativity, and Community”

Jan. 29th Event

“Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age”

Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 (7-9pm)

Location: CA Dining Hall

Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Ryan Hansen

Parent Education will screen Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age, Tuesday, January 29th in the Dining Hall. Doors will open at 6:30pm, and the event will run from 7-9pm. Dr. Ryan Hansen, an Ohio State University specialist in digital distractions and addictions, will introduce the film and take Q&A following the film. Childcare will be provided with light snacks. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by January 22nd to Kelly Vaziri at with the number attending and the names and ages of your children who will require child care. This is a synopsis of the film from the website

“Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. 

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.

“HOW do we belong?: Thriving in Relationships.”

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 (6-9pm)

Location: CA Dining Room

Special Guest Speaker: Dr. C. Lynn Nakamura (Nakamura Bio).

The schedule for the evening is:

6:00-6:30pm Arrival, appetizers, drinks

6:30-7:00pm Dinner buffet

7:00-9:00pm Speaker and Discussion

Free childcare will also be included, and parents requiring this should include the number of children and their ages when they RSVP.

RSVPs are required by Monday, November 26th to:


More on Dr. Nakamura:

Dr. Nakamura has a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary and

has 30 years of graduate level teaching experience.  

She created her own LLC, Mindful Calling,

to help leaders develop their own emotional (and social) intelligence

for more effective leadership

and to increase personal fulfilment in relationships.

Dr. Nakamura is a compelling speaker who utilizes multiple approaches, including lecture, directed experiences, conversation, as well as tv and movie clips.  Together we will begin to explore the intellectual, physiological, and psychological foundations of emotional intelligence and mindfulness, to help move us toward better relationships and a greater sense of belonging.   

Click here for a downloadable, printable PDF of this information: Parent Ed Flyer- Belonging #1 (1)