Family and Youth News Nov. 25, 2020

Parenting teens in unconventional times

To assist parents helping our teens cope with this difficult time, Maimonides Jewish Day School presents an online publication, Back to School in Unconventional Times, featuring articles by child and adolescent mental health professionals from across North America.
Articles are Students’ Mental Well-Being: A Teacher’s Toolkit; Back to School: Ten Tips to Support Your Teen; Building Resiliency; Finding Stability in Wobbly Times; Taking Care of Our Kids’ Mental Health; Sleep, Exercise, and Teen Depression; Teens, Trauma and Resilience; What to Say – and Not to Say – to Teens Right Now; The Power of Play; Back-to-School Emotional Toolkit; Helping Kids Deal with Back-to-School Anxiety; Help Teens Manage Back to School Emotions; and Teens, Anxiety and Depression.
Read the booklet at

Preschool in the Time of COVID
The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland presents three panelists discussing Preschool in the Time of COVID at 8 pm, Dec. 7.
Panelists are Dana Hepper from The Children’s Institute; Dinah Gilburd, LCSW, Jewish Family & Child Service; and Cory Willson, assistant director at Foundation School. 
For information on other upcoming programs for parents of different age groups, email Rachel Nelson, director of educational initiatives at the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, at

Celebrate Chanukah on Zoom with BB Camp and DIY Steel
Make a beautiful piece of art for your family, friends or yourself for this holiday season in this virtual DIY Steel Dreidel Class presented by B’nai B’rith Camp.
Join BB Camp for this DIY Festive Holiday class at 4-4:45 pm, Dec. 13, on Zoom. Put together a four-piece dreidel while learning the proper way to clean and paint metal while celebrating Chanukah. All ages are welcome, but parent supervision is recommended for kids under 7 years old. Register by Dec. 7 to receive your kit in time for the class.
Cost is $18, which includes delivery of kit, Zoom class, Chanukah activities and BB Camp surprises. Register at



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