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Series For Ridgewood Parents Covers Topics From Money To Suicide

New York Times money columnist and author Ron Lieber will present “How, When and Why to Talk to Your Kids about Money” Dec. 6 in Ridgewood.
New York Times money columnist and author Ron Lieber will present “How, When and Why to Talk to Your Kids about Money” Dec. 6 in Ridgewood. Photo Credit: Ron Lieber Facebook

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – The Ridgewood Public School district's annual Wellbeing series continues Wednesday with a program on addiction and recovery by motivational speaker Ken Bartolo.

Bartolo, a former high school and collegiate athlete who successfully fought years of addiction, will address parents and guardians on the topic, “There and Back: A Personal Story of Addiction and Recovery.”

The program is from 7-9 p.m. at the George Washington Middle School auditorium, 155 Washington Place.

Rescheduled from earlier this month, a program on Special Education 101 will be presented on Tuesday, Dec. 13, by Kim Buxenbaum, the district's director of special programs. Buxenbaum will provide an overview of the process and procedures for educational intervention with struggling students and discuss referral for special education evaluations, classification and service delivery. This program is from 7-9 p.m. at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place. Parents and guardians of children currently receiving special education and those concerned about their child’s progress in school are encouraged attend.

Closing out the first part of the series will be New York Times money columnist and author Ron Lieber, who will address parents and guardians on Tuesday, Dec. 6. His presentation, “How, When and Why to Talk to Your Kids about Money,” will be given from 7-9 p.m. at Benjamin Franklin Middle School auditorium, 335 N. Van Dien Ave.

Programming in the second half of the school year will begin with an interactive program on suicide Tuesday, Jan. 10. “Just Talk About It: A Suicide Prevention Program" will take place from 7-9 p.m. at the George Washington Middle School auditorium.

On Wednesday, Feb. 1, author, New York Times columnist and teacher Jessica Lahey will present “The Gift of Failure” from 7-9 p.m. at the George Washington Middle School auditorium. The program will focus on the importance of self-motivation to success and ways that parents can support their children to stay motivated over the long term.

“Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder” will follow on Tuesday, March 14 with author, advocate and Founder of the Alliance for Eating Disorder Awareness Ms. Johanna Kandel. This program will take place at George Washington Middle School Auditorium from 7-9 p.m.

On Tuesday, April 4, Buxenbaum presents “Least Restrictive Environment/Transitions.” She will explain terminology and describe the district's special education program. This presentation and panel discussion will take place from 7-9 p.m. at the Education Center.

Psychologist and author Catherine Steiner-Adair will cover the topic, “Protecting Children and Family Relationships in the Digital Age” from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 at the George Washington Middle School auditorium.

The final speaker in the Wellbeing series will be Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, pediatrician, professor and author. Ginsberg will speak to parents and guardians at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 23 on the topic, “Fostering Resilience,” and at 7 p.m. on “Authentic Success.” The morning program will take place at the Ridgewood Public Library's auditorium, 125 N. Maple Ave. The evening program be at the George Washington Middle School auditorium.

All programs are free.

The series is co-sponsored by The Valley Hospital, with support from The Ridgewood Education Foundation and the district’s Home and School Associations.

For more information, please contact 201-670-2700 Ext. 10532 or e-mail clabenda@ridgewood.k12.nj.us.

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