In our continuing efforts to fulfill our mission of partnering with the Christian home, we offer Partnership Events. Throughout the year we will create opportunities in which families and the school can come together to address the issues that are most pressing.

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Event Archive

Please note, a few of the older archives are not listed below because there were no resources available for parents to download or refer to.

Internet Safety – Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Representatives from the CHEEZO Unit of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department were in FRCS in Holy Grounds on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, to share information about internet safety. The electronic world is constantly changing, and this will be an informative and educational presentation for parents.

There were also age-appropriate presentations for elementary students on Friday, February 24, during school hours.

Other Internet Safety Thoughts

If you’re interested, there are several posts about digital parenting on the Bits & Bytes blog.

Culture, Communication, and Your Teenager: Positive Parenting in a Negative World – March 17, 2015

For this special edition of the Partnership Series, FRCS teamed up with Gordon College. Our guest speaker was veteran youth ministry practitioner and Gordon College faculty member, Bob Whittet.

In our world of hurried schedules, an influx of media influences, and non-stop electronic communication, how can we develop and maintain quality communication with our teenagers? In order to raise young men and women of God in an increasingly secular society, we need to see what they see and hear. We must become students of adolescent culture. As parents, we must come to understand the terrain of the adolescent world so that we can engage our children in positive conversation as they wrestle with the complexities of their culture. How can you be that important, positive voice of encouragement in a world that leaves so many teenagers struggling and discouraged?

Letting Go: January 29, 2015

In a Partnership Series survey, the number one topic request concerned helping parents “let go” (allowing their children to make mistakes or preparing parents for their children going to college). We are therefore proud to welcome guest Jodi Top as she presents at the next Partnership Series Event. In this world of threats, navigating the fields of parenting a teen is full of dangers from within and without.

About the speaker: Jodi is a graduate of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa with a Bachelor’s in Social Work. She received her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Denver and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Colorado. Jodi specializes in the treatment of adolescents including mild substance abuse, post-adoption adjustment and trauma, depression, cutting, and general teenage angst. In addition, Jodi is experienced in family issues, mood and anxiety disorders, and group facilitation. Jodi has held a leadership position in her church for over 15 years.

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Raising Christian Teenagers in the Midst of a Secular Culture: March 13, 2014

For this special edition of the Partnership Series, FRCS teamed up with Gordon College to challenge and encourage parents to raise their children as Christians, even while living in a secular world. The speaker for this event was veteran youth ministry practitioner and author, Dr. Mark Cannister. His book, Teenagers Matter, is a reflection of his heart for building the faith of students. In order to raise young men and women of God in an increasingly secular society, we need to see what they see and hear what they hear. We need to understand the messages encrypted in their culture, and thus understand what is really being communicated to our teenagers. As parents, we must be able to navigate the troubling and confusing terrain of the adolescent world so that we can engage the complexities of their culture and discern the soul of our teenager’s world. You can download the slide show from the evening (1.5mb pdf)

Learning Styles: January 29, 2014

Imagine you’re driving to a place you’ve never been before, and you’re not sure of the way. Would you rather: 1) Listen to someone giving directions, 2) Look at a map, OR 3) Just start driving, believing you’ll get there eventually? Is there a right answer? Any of these choices could end up working out just fine. The truth is, people use various methods and approaches to tackle life’s challenges.

In the same way, students in the classroom take various approaches to learning. Although they’ve been exposed to the exact same lesson, different students will use vastly different pathways to process and use the information. Even siblings, raised in the same household, seem to have different “wiring” for learning.

At this Partnership Event, FRCS Learning Specialist, Lia Wiersma, explored the area of Learning Styles — a way of understanding how people prefer to learn.

Building Communication with Your Teen: January 26, 2013

This session of the Partnership Series explored non-confrontational, esteem-building communication with teens/pre-teens. It included information on how to raise teenagers who respect boundaries and submit to authority, even in a sexually-saturated society. Drs. Paul and Virginia Friesen, of Home Improvement Ministries, were the presenters. You can download an audio mp3 of the presentation (38mb mp3).

Cutting: December 4, 2012

In the inaugural session of the Partnership Series, we addressed the heavy but important topic of cutting. Adam Wilson, a counselor with Southwest Counseling Associates, shared with parents on this topic. He covered the basics of understanding what cutting is, why teens do it, and what steps to take in response. Adam graciously shared his slides for the evening with us, and you can download the slide show (<500kb pdf). The slides include resources for parents, and his contact information for parents who want to know more.