Syracuse Hebrew Day School sets education fair date

Eight area specialists from the fields of medicine, psychology and education will come to the Syracuse Hebrew Day School Monday Nov. 3 to give free seminars to parents of young children and adolescents. Topical and timely issues will be discussed, such as insights into autism, eating disorders, the importance of play, and sports injuries in adolescents.

"Being the parent of a young child today is more challenging than ever," said Barbara Davis, school principal. "We parents are frequently faced with conflicting advice, warnings, standards and requirements. Those who live in Central New York, however, are very fortunate that a roster of nationally respected experts in many aspects of child rearing also live in our community."

The Syracuse Hebrew Day School offers in-house workshops on a consistent basis, but these types of presentations didn't seem to be offered to the public, said Jackie Kassel, director of development for alumni affairs.

Consequently, "Empowered Parenting" surfaced last year, inspired to bring professionals to the public. "Empowered Parenting II" is the sequel in a series of what the school now wants to become an annual education fair.

"We thought instead of just doing this for ourselves -- in-house -- let's open it up to the community," Kassel said. "We have wonderful access to so many people."

The night is broken into two sessions: from 7 to 8 p.m. and from 8 to 9 p.m. People can sign up for any two sessions, and at the end of each, a question/answer period is offered.

"The success of last year's event, which brought so many people out despite a snowstorm, showed us how important it is for our community to be able to learn more about the issues involved in raising a child successfully in the 21st century," Davis said.

Last year's topics touched on legal issues, depression and headaches in children, peer pressure and learning disabilities. Parent feedback?

"Real pleased," Kassel said. "Everyone was just real pleased with it."

For more information, please contact 446-1900 or email shds@twcny.rr.com.

The Syracuse Hebrew Day School is a kindergarten through sixth grade elementary school with a dual curriculum in both general and Judaic studies. Serving the Greater Syracuse area, the day school is located in the Jewish Community Center at 5655 Thompson Road in DeWitt.

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