Coffee with the Counselors

Counselors across the district host a program for parents on a topic that is developmentally relevant. All parents are welcome to attend these meetings which last about an hour and assorted coffee and treats are provided. Our program typically involves a short presentation that includes a variety of resources and handouts. We then leave plenty of time for further discussions and questions. "Coffee with the Counselors" is designed to not only provide parents with information and resources but we aim to help parents develop a support network. We recognize that many parents have similar questions regarding how to navigate through their child's school years and our program is a great venue to meet other parents who share common experiences.

Strategies to Help Your Student Manage Anxiety
What We Learned from Lynn Lyons
When: Thursday, November 7th, 7:45-8:45 AM
Where: Bedford High School Counseling Suite

Social Emotional Learning: A Partnership Between Home and School*
     The value of play in the development of self esteem, self advocacy and social skills
     Fostering emotional intelligence as a firm foundation for good mental health
     Global knowledge for children as a way to enhance a culture of competence and acceptance

When: Tuesday, November 12, 6:30-8:00 PM
Where: Lane Elementary School
*This program is intended for parents/guardians with children in grades PK-5.

Strategies to Help Your Student Manage Anxiety
What We Learned from Lynn Lyons
When: Thursday, January 2nd, 8:30-9:30 AM
Where: John Glenn Middle School Library

Mental Wellness Through Post-Secondary Transitions

When: Thursday, May 7th, 7:45-8:45 AM
Where: Bedford High School LGI

Bedford Parent Speaker Series 

All three speakers are dynamic and have a wealth of experience working with teenagers, children, parents and schools. More information about each of the presentations is below. We look forward to seeing you there. 

The Pressured Child 
Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D.
When: October 7, 2019 @7:00pm
Where: BHS Auditorium 

"The Pressured Child" is, in fact, a presentation for "pressured parents" who have forgotten what school is actually like, and "pressured educators" who are trying to respond to the anxiety of families who believe, erroneously, that there is a one-to-one correlation between school performance and success in life. 

In the presentation, Dr. Thompson describes the psychological journey that children experience during their thirteen years in school. He reminds adults that children are almost never judging themselves by grades: they are always monitoring their own development and constantly searching for three things: connection, recognition and a sense of power. He illustrates how children find those in many different arenas of school life. There are three kinds of children in school: 1) those whose journeys are characterized mostly by success, 2) those whose journeys are characterized by a chronic but manageable struggle, and 3) those whose journeys are characterized by fury and despair. Each journey has its own different pressures. Every child is constantly developing strategies for coping with the pressures that he or she feels.

Raising Kids in the Age of Anxiety
Lynn Lyons
When: Friday, October 11th @7:00pm
Where: Bentley University

What can parents and educators do to help young people escape the influx of anxiety that seems so prevalent today? Join Lynn Lyons, clinical social worker and psychotherapist and Challenge Success co-founder Denise Pope, to explore concrete and often counter-intuitive strategies to understand and manage stress and support kids to have balanced, fulfilled lives.

Tickets $10
Available here

Raising Resilient Children and Adolescents 
Robert Brooks, Ph.D Child Psychologist, Professional Speaker & Author of 16 Books
When: April 29, 2020 @ 7:00pm
Where: BHS Auditorium

How do everyday challenges become formative assets for our kids? What experiences and factors help keep our kids healthy - even in the midst of change? How can we, as adults, foster resilience? 

In this presentation Dr. Brooks describes factors that help children and adolescents to deal more effectively with stress and pressure and become resilient. He discusses: 

(a) the importance of empathy in understanding and responding to children (b) why some children from birth have a more difficult time developing a positive self-image and resilience than other children (c) the importance of identifying and reinforcing each child or adolescent's "islands of competence," and (d) specific strategies for nurturing self-discipline, responsibility, caring, hope, and resilience in our children. 

Some relevant articles on resilience (the first three are written by Dr. Brooks and are located - with other monthly articles - on his website 

A faculty member of Harvard Medical School who has also served as the Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital, Dr. Brooks offers practical tips for parents of children in grades K-12. He has lectured nationally and internationally to parents on topics of resilience, motivation, school climate and family relationships. His talks are filled with practical, realistic suggestions, and he is renowned for the warmth and humor he uses to bring his insights & anecdotes to life.

2019-2020 Bedford High School Events

Date                                    Event                                                                       Details
Tues, Aug 27, 2019            Arena Day                                                                BHS Cafeteria, 8-11am
Tues, Aug 27, 2019            Freshman & New Student Welcome                        BHSAuditorium, 6:00
Wed, Sept 11, 2019            Senior Night: Post-Secondary Planning                 BHS Auditorium, 6:30pm
Mon, Sept 23, 2019            Financial Aid Night, Kevin Fudge, MEFA                BHS Auditorium, 6:30pm
                                            (recommended for junior/senior students & parents)
Thurs, Oct 24, 2019            Signs of Suicide (SOS) Night                                  BHS LGI, 6:30pm
                                            (recommended for 8th grade and 10th grade parents)
Sat, Oct 19, 2019                PSAT at BHS                                                           7:40am           
Wed, Jan 8, 2020                GAP Year Panel Wellesley High School                  WHS Auditorium, 6:45
Thurs, Jan 9, 2020              Junior Night: Post-Secondary Exploration              BHS Auditorium, 6:00pm
Tues, March 31, 2020         Post-Secondary Fair                                                BHS Gym, 6:30 - 8:00pm