UPDATED Darien Parent Planner: Lots of Presentations, Events Coming Soon

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This week especially, but beyond it as well, there are lots of presentations, talks, workshops, seminars coming up for parents of school-age and even preschool kids.

Darien Public Schools, The Depot Youth Center and others are sponsoring the events. Here’s a chronological list of various events to help you plan which to attend (links go to Darienite.com’s events listings, which have further links):

[Check out Things to Do with the Kids When Schools Close on Columbus Day for Monday, Oct. 12]

[Newly added] NOW THROUGH FRIDAY, Oct. 16

Youth Commission’s TOPS Registration for 6th, 7th, 8th Graders Ends Oct 16 — Kids need to be registered to attend programs in Darien Youth Commission’s popular Teen Options Program (TOPS) program for kids in the middle school grades, and registration ends Friday, Oct. 16 at 2:30 p.m.

[Newly added] NOW THROUGH MONDAY, Oct. 19

Storytime at Darien Library for Kids up to Age 5: Register Now — Darien Library’s Children’s Library offers Storytime programs of various types for babies, toddlers and children up to age 5, and registration began Monday for a lottery to get into the program, which has limited seating. Registration for the Fall II 2015 Storytime lottery opens Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 and runs through Monday, Oct. 19. Registration is a lottery, and notification will be Saturday, Oct. 24. Storytimes will begin the week of Monday, Oct. 26, 2015.


MONDAY, Oct. 5

Holmes School Parents: David Adler Book Orders Due Monday — Author David Adler visits the school today. “The only way to receive a signed copy of a book on the day of Mr. Adler’s visit is to return the book order form […] and payment by Monday, Oct. 5.”

How Progress is Monitored for Darien Special Ed Students — An 11 a.m., Monday talk by Dr. Susie Da Silva, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction


Parents of DHS Junior/Seniors Invited for Coffee with Principal, Administrators — 9 a.m. in Darien High School Auditorium

Author on Keeping Personal Ties Strong as Technology Distracts — You may have read about Sherry Turkle, an MIT professor, in the New York Times recently or on various radio and TV shows. Register ASAP for this talk at the Darien Community Association.


How to Take the Stress out of the College Essay: Free Seminar — This free event, sponsored by Greenwich Education Group, takes place in Greenwich from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

How to Help Your Child Build Social Skills, Resolve Conflicts — “Learn how to help your children play and work with others and resolve conflicts at a 90-minute morning talk from 10 to 11:30 […]”


Learn About Darien School’s Gifted Program — 6 p.m. at Middlesex Middle School: “Are you Interested in learning about Darien’s gifted program for students in grades 1-9? Come to our first annual program information night to learn about the identification process, curriculum, meet the teachers and new program coordinator Joan Glass.”

Coffee & Conversations – Depression and Anxiety in Youth — 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Depot youth center. Register (but it’s free). “Depression and anxiety in youth — what does it Look Like and When Is It a Problem? With Dr. Aaron Krasner and Tracey Masella, LCSW.”


Mental Health First Aid Training, All Day, Saturday & Sunday — Register first, and pay — This weekend seminar (six hours on Saturday and another six on Sunday) isn’t specifically for parents, but if you’ve got a kid with a serious mental health problem, this might be very helpful. A “nationally certified course” that “like CPR training helps a non-medical professional assist an individual following a heart attack, mental health first aid training helps an individual who doesn’t have clinical training assist…”


Norwalk’s Wolfpit School Holds Pumpkin Festival Saturday, Oct 10 — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Here’s something fun — keep in mind that Tokeneke’s Pumpkin Festival is on the following Saturday.

MONDAY, Oct. 12

See Things to Do with the Kids When Schools Close on Columbus Day

TUESDAY, Oct. 13

[Newly added] Panel of DHS Parents on Surviving the College Admissions Proccess — A Darien High School Parents Association meeting program: “Woulda Coulda Shoulda” 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13 in Darien High School Auditorium. A panel of DHS parents who have survived the college admissions process and launched children into the world will provide their insights.  Coffee at 8:45 a.m., program will begin after general meeting announcements.

[Newly added] Panel: College Admissions Officers Answer Questions & Offer Tips — Admissions representatives from Bucknell University, Santa Clara University, Trinity College, University of Virginia, and Wake Forest University will participate in a college panel.  Get the inside scoop! Representatives will answer questions about the admissions process and give helpful tips on navigating application procedures. Topics will include SATs vs ACTs, the college essay, early decision vs early action and much more. Parents and students from all grades are welcome to attend!


A Day for Families: Supporting a Child’s Literacy Development Takes ALL of Us, Working Together — Register early — Trip to NYC organized by Darien Public Schools — “Whether you are the parent of a kindergartner or fifth grader, whether you have questions about how best to help your fourth grader with his writing homework, how to locate books your kindergartner will read, how children move from pretend reading to actually reading, how to support spelling and grammar, or how to prepare for high stakes assessments, there is something for everyone.” [Another college fair will be held at Danbury Fair Mall on Monday, Oct. 19 — see below for more details.]

[Newly addedWilton-Ridgefield High Schools College Fair — “Wilton High School and Ridgefield High School College Fair Partnership in the Wilton High School Field House, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. Doors open at 7 p.m. […] We expect a large turnout and suggest car-pooling. Free parking and shuttle buses from Ridgefield and WHS parking lots will be provided. Parking in the North Lot (senior lot) is restricted to College and University Reps ONLY. You will be directed to the South Lot and Cider Mill School for parking. For your convenience, traffic flow and Route 7 construction/congestion, please enter the parking areas using School Road (Route 7 tennis courts). Stopping and parking in front of the WHS Field House and WHS main entrance will not be permitted; shuttle buses only.”

FRIDAY, Oct. 16

Graphic Novelist Kazu Kibuishi Visits Darien Library (for Ages 8 & up) — Ages 8 and up Kazu Kibuishi, the author of the highly successful graphic novel series Amulet, will discuss his artistic process and experience. Most recently, Kazu has been chosen to illustrate the new covers for the paperback re-issues of the Harry Potter series. Check out one of Kazu Kibuishi’s books before the big day! Open – no registration necessary. Tickets will be distributed 15 minutes before the program.

Seventh Grade TOPS Tokeneke Fair Night — TOPS TOKENEKE FAIR NIGHT is Friday, October 16.  Taking place from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., STUDENTS MUST BE CURRENT MEMBERS OF TOPS IN ORDER TO ATTEND!

MONDAY, Oct. 19

[Newly addedCOLLEGE & VOCATIONAL FAIR AT DANBURY FAIR MALL — From 5 to 8:30 p.m. — “A list of participants who will be at the Danbury College Fair is listed on the Danbury High School web site under “Breaking News”. Please continue to check the site daily as it is updated often. Danbury High School guidance counselors will be on hand that evening to assist students and parents. A handout listing participants will be available at information booths. Don’t forget to pick up your copy. We look forward to seeing you at the fair which will be held in the lower level of the former Filene’s department store location. Good luck with your search! Danbury High School Guidance Department.” [Another college fair is scheduled at Wilton High School on Oct. 14, see above for details.]

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