Parent Education & Resources

The Parent Education and Resources Committee promotes opportunities for CRS parents to come together to explore how to better understand and support children in elementary school. The committee sponsors gatherings where either the professional School Counselors or other relevant speakers lead discussions related to school and parenting. Topics will address common academic, social and behavioral issues.  

Upcoming Events:

Join us on June 6 at 9:00 a.m. in the CRS library to hear from our CRS reading specialist and librarian on the importance of summer reading. You'll come away with lists of book suggestions for family reading, popular new titles, and summer reading program opportunities in the area. You will also learn some fun, practical tips for encouraging new readers.

Past Events for 2018-2019:


Parent Education Discussion About Anxiety


Parents joined us for a facilitated book discussion about Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents by Lynn Lyons. Want to purchase the book? Go to and select “Churchill Road PTA” before you order. 


Finding Calm - Helping Our Kids Handle Stress, Pressure, and Anxiety

Parenting specialist Rachel Bailey shared her insights into how we can help our kids handle stress and anxiety. She talked about fostering positive self-esteem and building resilience so that our children can tackle and adapt to whatever challenges they face. 

Rachel Bailey is a Parenting Specialist who has been serving families in Northern Virginia for a decade. She is a mother of two, and has a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology, a certification in Positive Discipline, and has provided services as a coach, mentor, and psychotherapist. Currently Rachel teaches parents hands-on tools for raising resilient, confident children -- without adding more stress or guilt to parents' lives. For more information, visit her website at

Homework Battles Got You Down? Come to Learn Techniques for Helping Your Child Build Study and Organizational Skills!

Local organization The StudyPro shared their proven and straightforward techniques for building a growth mindset and executive function (EF) skills. These skills help your child overcome their struggles with homework, and prepare them for middle school, high school and beyond. Information included specific strategies you can use to bolster EF skills, help your child push through their frustration, and encourage independence.

Executive Function Fixes: How to Get Your Kids Organized, Focused, and Motivated...Without Being the Bad Guy

Presented by Ann Dolin, M. ED. Parents learned about:

  • What the research says about where and when your kids should be studying after school
  • How to open the lines of communication in elementary school and beyond
  • How to transform binders and backpacks from "black hole" into "trusty planning tool" without nagging
  • Practical ways to tame procrastination
  • Methods to tackle anxiety and perfectionism so it doesn't spiral out of control
  • How to foster independence, study habits, and reduce stress by finding the balance between helping too much and helping too little


2017-2018 Events:

  • Getting Your Child to Cooperate: Motivating Without Yelling, Begging, Bribing or Punishing: Parenting specialist Rachel Bailey shared a simple 3-step strategy to use in the moment when your child refuses to cooperate. Attendees also learned specific tools for fostering internal motivation so that your child wants to make responsible decisions, even when you aren’t there to remind them. For more information, visit her website at
  • The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: CRS Counselor Jamie Meyers, the CRS Parent Education Committee and the Safe Community Coalition (SCC) hosted a casual conversation among parents based on clinical psychologist and child expert Dr. Wendy Mogel's book, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee. The first of Dr. Mogel's three books covers how to raise self-reliant, compassionate and ethical children. The conversation covered everyday child-rearing issues: dealing with picky eaters, building respect, knowing when to say no and more - all based on Dr. Mogel's knowledge and decades of helping parents raise confident, well-adjusted children. Find tips on her website.  
  • iParent 101 - Tips for Digital Parenting: Local child psychologist Dr. Adam Pletter discussed preparing and managing your family in the age of smartphones and social media, including what to have in place before you give your child a smartphone, getting screen time under control, and setting firm boundaries to safely navigate digital parenting.
  • Safer Internet Day Panel: Hosted by the NOVA PTA. The recording is on YouTube. You can find more digital safety resources on the National PTA website

Other Past Events:

The Parent Education and Resources Committee hosted the following events in prior years:

  • Summer Reading: Presented by CRS Librarian, Sari Warren, and Reading Specialist, Cindy Haines. To download the materials, please CLICK HERE.
  • Building Self-Esteem and Resiliency in Elementary School Girls: Presented by CRS sixth-grade teacher Meghan Ehrman. To download the materials, please click on the respective links. Powerpoint Slides of Mrs. Ehrman’s Presentation“Raising a Powerful Girl”“9 Ways to Boost Your Daughter’s Self Esteem”.
  • Motivating & Nurturing Children: Dr. Heather Tedesco, an applied psychologist, gave a presentation at CRS on how we can more effectively motivate, shape, and nurture our children's development.  Slides from her presentation and a list of suggested resources are available by clicking the links below.  

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