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The MASK Academy is a year-long multi-tiered approach that aims to build social and emotional skills in children while helping the school create a positive climate in a manner that helps teachers and school administrators meet educational standards.

Our goal is to improve school climate, build healthy children, and strengthen parent-child bonds through psycho educational information, classroom-based activities, and education on current trending topics through the MASK Academy and MASK The Magazine.

The Parent University is an important part to the MASK Academy. Establishing ongoing communication with your child on these social situations will help lead them to healthy choices.

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   Did you know?

Only 30% of middle and high school students who report having positive family communication say that they are willing to see their parents advise and counsel.

45% of families that eat together three or fewer times a week say that the TV is on during meals, and nearly 1/3 say there isn’t much conversation.

 

 

Sierra

Each MASK lesson that your child is taught has a MASK kid story. MASK uses a storytelling approach to enhance the learning experience. This is also a great way to initiate conversation about their lesson. Simply ask them what they learned about Sierra.

So that you are aware, Sierra and her sister Summer are best friends. They live with their grandparents because their parents travel a lot. Sometimes Sierra finds it hard to talk to her grandparents about what is going on, but she knows that she always has Summer to talk to. A few weeks ago, Summer started acting different again and Sierra was worried. Sierra wanted to talk to Summer, but when she tried, Summer walked away. Sierra felt awful. She did not want to get Summer into trouble, so Sierra kept her feelings bottled up inside. One day, her grandparents came up to Sierra and asked her if everything was okay. Even though she was afraid to get Summer in trouble, she also knew that she needed to listen to her body. Sierra told her grandparents that Summer had started smoking  and that she did not want Summer to get in trouble. Sierra made chatter matter by talking to her grandparents, and they were able to help Summer make safe, healthy choices.

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some things you can do to make Chatter Matter for your family:

 

What you can do?

  • Recognize your child’s talk language- is your child an active talker, a sleepy talker, spend time watching and learning when they like to talk?
  • Be present, make the time- being available and giving them your full attention is key.
  • Be consistent
  • When they are open to talk remember to “Ask open-ended questions”

Here are some Conversation Starters to try that compliment the lesson learned

  • Do you know what drugs are? Do you know they can sometimes look like candy?
  • Do you know what marijuana is? If someone tells you it is “medical” marijuana, do you think it is safe to use?
  • If you were arrested for possession of a controlled substance (drugs), how do you think it would affect your future?
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