Life Skills Series - Class Overview

January 31st

“The Right Stuff—Get Organized!”

 

Students will learn some quick skills for utilizing their agenda pads to backwards plan and organize their daily work.  Participants will engage in a planning activity that will then translate into real active planning for their weekly work. They receive some small tools for organizing themselves and maximizing their ability to get all their work done and on time.  This session will start to give participants the most autonomy over their own work and assignments.

 

Shana Pyatt-Buckner has been  an educator for over 25 years. She has served in multiple roles at the middle school and high school level, from science teacher to high school principal.  She currently serves as the Director of Diversity for Uncommon Schools and is passionate about Study Skills and Organization Skills being taught explicitly.

 

February 7th

"Good Planning is Halfway to Success"

Using a relevant real-life example, students will learn basic planning skills and terminology including: Project Charter, project scope, stakeholders, time estimate and scheduling, budgeting. 

Ulrike Lechert-Lombardi has been managing projects for over 20 years in a variety of industries. She applies her planning and organization skills at work and at home. She also currently co-manages the Watchung ASE program. Her kids Thomas and Anna attend Watchung in 3rd and 5th grade. 

 

February 14th

Stress Management

Feeling stressed? Worrying about grades or friendships? You are not alone! Join us for a fun and interactive class about stress management techniques for kids!  We will learn about what stress is, what causes stress and the effect it has on our body and mind.

 

My name is Arianna Spatidol and I am a Child Study Team member at Watchung School!  Having spent the past five years as School Social Worker in Sussex County, I am new this Fall to Montclair and couldn’t be more excited.  I have training in the area of “mindful schools,” and love sharing what I have learned with my students.

 

My name is Tiffany Buffa and I am the Learning Consultant on the Child Study Team here at Watchung School. Before coming to Watchung, I taught at Buzz Aldrin Middle School for twelve years. I am so excited to begin a new chapter of her career at Watchung!
 

February 21st

Negotiation

What is negotiation? It boils down to this: How do I get what I want in the safest and easiest way possible? Learn how to ask questions better to make people want to say yes when you ask for things.

My name is Tiffany Buffa and I am the Learning Consultant on the Child Study Team here at Watchung School. Before coming to Watchung, I taught at Buzz Aldrin Middle School for twelve years. I am so excited to begin a new chapter of her career at Watchung!

 

My name is Arianna Spatidol and I am a Child Study Team member at Watchung School!  Having spent the past five years as School Social Worker in Sussex County, I am new this Fall to Montclair and couldn’t be more excited.  I have training in the area of “mindful schools,” and love sharing what I have learned with my students.


 

February 28th

Introduction to Contracts

We will explain what a contract is (a mutual promise) and why it’s so important to honor our contracts/promises.  We can talk about what happens when a contract is breached (broken) and what damages (punishment) can be awarded using a kid-friendly illustration. For example, the kids own the Watchung Candy Store and I promised to deliver 100 chocolate bars at $1 per bar.  After we enter a contract, I don’t live up to my promise. What would be a fair resolution?

Natalie Lefkowitz has been practicing law in New York City and New Jersey for the past 22 years.  She is a partner in an international law firm and represents manufacturers of automobiles and large household appliances, as well movie and television studios.  She is the proud mother of Max and Skye Lefkowitz, first grade students at Watchung.

 

March 7

Basic First Aid

Does your child put Band-Aids on a bruises? We can help with that. Marjorie McShane will go over the Do’s and Don’t for basics like cuts, burns, stings and bruises and share some safety rules, good practices and how to be aware of your own and other’s risk symptoms. Kids will also get some hands-on practice in wound care and emergency response.

Marjorie McShane has been Watchung’s School Nurse for 15 years.


 

March 14

The Basics of Personal Finance

This class will focus on the basics of personal finance, discussing topics such as Budgeting, Saving, and Investing.  The students will get an overview of how to make smart decisions with their money at a young age, to help create a strong foundation and positive attitude towards managing their money and making good financial decisions.

 

Michael S. Cocco, CFP®, ChFC® helps individuals planning for retirement implement strategies that empower them to control their financial destiny by utilizing a comprehensive approach to financial planning.   For more than a decade, Mike has created customized comprehensive strategies for his clients to improve their financial situation. He is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional, a Chartered Financial Consultant®, and has attended the AXA Institute at Harvard University, an advanced learning curriculum focusing on Asset Allocation and Wealth Management.

 

March 21

Gothic, eyebrow, or palladium? Learn about Montclair's Architecture!

At this after school class, we’ll look for architectural details on some of the beautiful homes located right here in Montclair (kid friendly slide-show). Children will follow along with a bingo game to learn the language of architecture. We'll then use ready made popsicle stick house drawings to color in some of the new styles/words we have learned.

Angelica Diggs is the Assistant Director of the Montclair History Center. 

 

March 28  - NO CLASS. Early dismissal
 

April 4

Writing and implementing laws

Join Natalie for a primer on the three branches of the United States government. What do the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary branches do, and how do they check each other's power?  Together we'll tackle a problem the way our government was designed to.  No partial shutdowns here!

Natalie Lefkowitz has been practicing law in New York City and New Jersey for the past 22 years.  She is a partner in an international law firm and represents manufacturers of automobiles and large household appliances, as well movie and television studios.  She is the proud mother of Max and Skye Lefkowitz, first grade students at Watchung.

 

 

April 11

Graphic Design

Learn to design a poster like a professional graphic designer! We’ll focus on the essentials of layout, fonts, and color and apply them to our own poster designs.

 

Victor Lombardi is a design director at Capital One. He has taught at Rutgers University, the Pratt Institute, and the Parsons School of Design.

 

April 18 - Make up date