The "Holiday Season" is upon us. As many of you know, for many years the NHS faculty and staff have shared some of that holiday cheer, in part by contributing to the "NHS Holiday Fund". We are embarking on this wonderful annual tradition again this year.
If you are willing and able, please consider contributing to the NHS Holiday Fund. Your contribution augments generous contributions from our PTC and the Needham High School staff. Last year we were able to provide 122 Needham families with over $10,000 worth of gift cards. The Counseling Department discretely distributes gift cards to students and families who have been identified as those who would benefit from some financial assistance this time of year.
If you would like to contribute to the fund, please drop off gift cards (MasterCard/Visa, Target, Sudbury Farms, Walgreens) to Danielle Doherty, in the Main Office. Your contribution will be very appreciated.
We are officially opening the NHS Holiday Fund today (11-27), and will collect until Wednesday, December 13th. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have, and I'll send out reminders and updates periodically.
While this season's holidays and family traditions may differ, for many of us, it is nevertheless a fun and celebratory time of the year. Thank you, in advance, for contributing, and brightening the holidays for our Needham families in need.
Best wishes for your own celebration.
Director of Counseling, 7-12
Seniors & Senior Parent/Guardians
We invite you to read the attached letters from the NHS Counselors.
Lane Lyceum Speaker Series
Raising Resilient Children in a Stress-Filled World
Tuesday, December 12, 2023 7:30pm
In Person- First Parish in Needham, 23 Dedham Ave.
Zoom link: bit.ly/ResilientChildrenLyceum
The role of a parent has always been a gratifying and challenging responsibility. The challenges have intensified in today’s world given the ramifications of COVID, political divisiveness, and the impact of social media. In his presentation Dr. Brooks will offer realistic strategies for nurturing self-worth, caring, responsibility, and resilience in our children. Many illustrations of these strategies will be offered.
Dr. Robert Brooks is a psychologist on the faculty (part-time) of Harvard Medical School and former Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital. He has lectured nationally and internationally and written extensively about such themes as resilience across the lifespan, education, parenting, and creating positive school and work environments. He is the author or co-author of 21 books including Raising Resilient Children; The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life; and Tenacity in Children: Nurturing the Seven Instincts for Lifetime Success. Dr. Brooks has received many awards for his work, most recently, The Mental Health Humanitarian Award from William James College in Massachusetts for his contributions as an educator, clinician, and author. He has also served as a consultant for Sesame Street Parents Magazine.
Naval Academy Admissions Information Forum:
When: Friday, December 8, 9:00am-7:00pm
Where: Sheraton Boston Hotel
What: Admissions Forum to learn more about the Naval Academy. Opportunity to meet Admissions staff.
Who: Open to the public
These events are a great opportunity for current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to learn more about the Service Academies.
NEW NEEDHAM SEPAC SUPPORT GROUP
First Meeting Monday Nov. 6th, 2023 @ Needham Public Library Community Room (7:30 - 8:30 PM)
We invite all Needham parents and caregivers of children/teens in Special Education to come together for a monthly, in-person support group. Our goal is to offer a supportive environment where parents and caregivers can come together to connect, find emotional support, and share experiences. We hope to enhance our sense of community connection and promote parental well being. The group will be facilitated by SEPAC parents Becca Kahane, Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Carrie Galhouse, Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This is an open group. We welcome you to join any or all meetings. We ask all participants to respect confidentiality and to refrain from discussing the content of our meetings outside of this context. Participate in whatever way works for you, share as much or as little as you are comfortable with. Please note this is not a therapeutic group and no formal clinical treatment or recommendations will be given. Meetings will typically be held at the Library, the first Monday of the month. Visit the support group page for more information.
Plugged In Band Program's fall session starts the week of September 18th and is open to any youth, teen, 20-something or adult. Bands are grouped by age, skill level and musical interest.
Fall Session Dates
September 18, 2023 - January 11, 2024
Rock Band Class
Media Scoring Class
Youth, Teens, 20-Somethings & Adults
Plugged In Website