FACE FWD Film Festival #
The Office of Family and Community Engagement will begin the annual FACE FWD Film Festival later this month. FACE FWD will start with a virtual screening of Screenagers: The Next Chapter on April 27 at 6:30 p.m.
The film examines the science behind teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age.
This presentation will be streamed live (registration is required) and will be followed by a panel discussion and question-and-answer session. Registration links are limited, please use the link on the website to register.
FACE FWD is a film series designed for families and staff. The films Screenagers: The Next Chapter, Chasing Childhood, and High School 911 will be streamed, free of charge for CCPS families and staff. Registration to stream and attend webinars is required.
An additional series, In Focus: Breaking Down Barriers of Bias, will feature panel discussions or conversation opportunities on select films that can be streamed through the Chesterfield County Public Library or home-streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Knaopy, etc. These films include Akeelah and the Bee, Freedom Writers, Short Term 12 and Precious Knowledge.
The documentaries selected are aligned with the FACE mission and CCPS’s dedication to connect families to information through explorations of cultural competency, as well as social-emotional and adolescent supports. More information can be found on this website.
CCPS Immigration Forum #
Join FACE as they facilitate stories of our current immigrant families, including reasons for coming to the United States, how they arrived, and the challenges that they have faced. In addition, learn about the legal options immigrants have to obtain proper immigration status.
Respecting various social issues, such as immigration, this FACE forum is designed to create healthy public discussions with the hope to provide understanding and tools to educate our communities on this important, often-misunderstood, issue The first session, Voices and Legal Process, will take place April 28 at 6:30 p.m.
The series is set to include:
- April 28: Voices and Basic Legal Process
- May 19: History and Numbers
- June 23: Legal Process and Services
- July 21: DACA/Dreamers, Immigration Reform and Children
- Aug. 18: Immigrant Contributions
Please be on the lookout for more information regarding webinar registration.
Earth Day is April 22 and celebrates and educates others about our environment. Started in 1970, Earth Day is a great opportunity for families to “care about their planet” and focus on a more environmentally conscious lifestyle.
Start the conversation about conserving resources, recycling, and restoring. On Earth Day, take a walk and a second look at your pathways or neighborhood and see ways you can make better choices, or, celebrate the positivity of a clean environment. Below are a few online resources with more Earth Day ideas.
- Celebrate Earth Day – PBS Learning Media: This site is designed for middle and high school students and provides environmental justice and conservation videos, articles, and interactive activities.
- Earth Day – National Geographic Kids: Become a “Waste Warrior” and learn about the history of Earth Day. This site has ideas and tips to protect the planet year-round. Younger children will benefit through various activities and project ideas.
- Learning and Teaching about the Environment – EPA: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a great collection of lesson plans, online resources, and community service project ideas that can be used by educators or families. Take a deeper K-12 dive into ways to celebrate our planet.
April is Autism Awareness Month, which is now respectfully reframed to Autism Acceptance Month by the Autism Society of America Autism Spectrum Disorder is recognized throughout April, thanks to campaigns to spread awareness, promote acceptance, and ignite change for people with autism. Here are some resources for families to learn more about autism.
- Autism Speaks: Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
- Autism Awareness Activities
- Facts and Statistics: From Autism Society
- Amazing Things Happen: Alexander Amelines’ film gives an uplifting introduction to autism for young non-autistic audiences, aiming to raise awareness, understanding and tolerance in future generations.
- History’s 30 Most Inspiring People on the Autism Spectrum: From Applied Behavior Analysis Programs Guide