In brief: Postponed preschool and kindergarten open house, Penguin Bookshop event and more around Sewickley

Parents and carers interested in learning more about preschools, day care centers and kindergartens in the Quaker Valley region are invited to attend the Sewickley Public Library’s annual open day. The program was rescheduled to 6:30 p.m. on March 3. Representatives from many area institutions will be available to answer questions about their programs.

Open House is a unique opportunity for parents to explore educational options for their children, especially since fall enrollment at many of these schools begins in February. Parents and guardians are encouraged to come and meet with the teachers to learn more about each facility and all the options available to families.

No registration is required for this event, which will take place in the Children’s Department on the second floor of the Sewickley Public Library. Questions regarding the event can be directed to Children’s Services at 412-741-0937.

Penguin Bookstore

Penguin Bookshop will welcome Diana Giovinazzo as a guest for this month’s meeting with Penguin Bookshop evening readers. We will discuss her latest novel, “Antoinette’s Sister”. This event will be held virtually via Zoom at 7 p.m. on February 24. If you are not a member of the Penguin Bookshop Evening Readers but would like to participate in this event, email Susan at [email protected]

Scholarship available

The Bob Williams Rotary Memorial Scholars Program announces the availability of scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic year. In recent years, the club has awarded at least eight scholarships of $5,000 each. High school students from Allegheny and Beaver counties are eligible to apply. Vocational students, GED students, and those attending parochial, charter, and private schools are also eligible.

Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher and must also write an essay highlighting their community/school service as part of the application submission.

Complete application and criteria materials, including the application deadline, are available on the Rotary District 7305 website, Scholarship Link, or from area high school counselors. For more information, contact Dr. Robert Arbuckle at [email protected]

All meetings are held in the Sewickley Public Library Community Room from 7-9 p.m. The Feb. 28 meeting will feature Janet Oellig and speakers Susan Sour (Ansel Adams) and Lynne Schneider (California Gold Rush).

Quaker Valley Kindergarten Enrollment

Kindergarten enrollment for the 2022-23 school year in the Quaker Valley School District is open. Children must be 5 years old by September 1, 2022.

The registration form takes about 20 minutes to complete and is best done on a laptop or desktop computer.

Kindergarten registration is not the same as the Kindergarten Roundup, which is an event held in February. However, by completing the registration form, QVSD will have your contact details and will be in communication regarding KRU details.

Supporting documents are required to enroll your student. This includes a copy of birth certificate or passport, immunization records from the doctor’s office, and proof of residency – utility bill (gas, electric, water, or cable) and/or a current driver’s license from PA; if you are new to the area and do not yet have proof of residency, you can submit this information later.

You will have the opportunity to submit all or part of the supporting documents as an attachment to the kindergarten registration form. Alternatively, you can email supporting documents to [email protected] after completing the registration form. For questions or more information, contact [email protected] or 412-749-5095.

Visit qvsd.org to register.

Greater Pittsburgh Business Connection

The Greater Pittsburgh Business Connection, a referral group of business professionals, will meet Feb. 23 at Eat N’ Park on Route 60 in Robinson Township for breakfast from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Speakers will be Brian Thomas of BT Computer Consulting Services and Michele Long of Keller Williams Realty. To attend, become a member or for more information, visit gpbc-pgh.org or call 412-364-6446 ext. 302.

St. Stephen’s Anglican Church

Open to the public and a Friday tradition since 1976, guests are invited to lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Christy House, located on the corner of Frederick and Walnut streets in Sewickley.

Christy’s House has two unique stores, the Needles Eye (new) and Earthly Treasures (gently used), where special gift items and collectibles can be purchased. Lunch reservations made online must be made by Thursday 9:00 a.m.

If you are reserving on Friday, please call Maison Christy at 412-741-5960. The suggested dinner donation is $15 for adults and $5 for children. All proceeds are donated to various ministries and missions, especially those dealing with the needs of women and children.

CARE Workshops

Start 2022 by signing up for one of Laughlin Children’s Center’s informative care workshops presented by Dr. Gail Mangan, a highly regarded adolescent psychologist.

CARE training includes an educational component and active practice for general use by adults who interact with children of all ages in a variety of settings. Adults who are clinicians will benefit from the training, as will those in positions such as receptionist, preschool teacher, child care provider, medical care provider, parent or foster parent.

CARE is hands-on, trauma-informed training for non-clinical adults. Care training emphasizes the principles taught in parent-child interaction therapy.

CARE uses the 3 Ps – Praise, Paraphrase, Emphasize – to connect with children and promote positive child-adult relationships. CARE training also contains techniques for giving children effective commands and a set of selective ignoring techniques to redirect problem behaviors. Here is the upcoming schedule:

• March 10, 6-9 p.m.

• March 11, 9am-12pm

• April 7, 6-9 p.m.

• April 8, 9am-12pm

• May 12, 6-9 p.m.

• May 13, 9am-12pm

The cost is $60 per participant. To register, visit laughlincenter.org/event or call 412-741-4087.

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