"Solving the Puzzle of Parenting . . . One Piece at a Time."

The South Brunswick Municipal Alliance and the South Brunswick School District have partnered to offer a series of workshops under the umbrella of the South Brunswick Parent Academy (SBPA).  The Academy was founded on the concept of "Solving the Puzzle of Parenting … One Piece at a Time."  In its eleventh year, SBPA continues to offer parenting workshops, as well as District workshops on curriculum, instruction and safe and caring schools.  This year's Academy provides a wealth of information on timely and relevant issues facing families today.

Most workshops will be held at Crossroads North Middle School from 7:00-8:30pm and will offer free childcare for children 3 years old and above (unless otherwise noted.)  Please note that this year, the first two workshops on Oct. 6 & 27 will be held at South Brunswick High School: a two-part film study of The Race to Nowhere.  Be on the lookout for the Online Friday Folder for your school, which will further explain our upcoming workshops.  A link to the SBPA 2016-17 Course Book is below.

In an effort to 'go green' and keep up with the times, the SBPA will no longer be sending hard copy flyers home to advertise workshops.  All communication regarding the workshops will be done through each school's Online Friday Folder and email communication.  Registration can be done online on the SBPA webpage (see below).

Want to find out more? Check out additional online resources for parents on our EPIC webpage or contact Christine Mariano, SBPA Director at

2016-17 Course Book

Workshop Resources

Monday, February 27
Heartfulness: Guided Relaxation Practice for Balanced Living for Adults & Children
NOTE:  This workshop was rescheduled due to school closing. If you were previously registered for the 2/9 date, you do NOT need to re-register.  

The Heartfulness Relaxation technique is a simple and a practical exercise designed by the Heartfulness Institute to nurture individual well-being and balanced living. Through this practice of guided relaxation, participants are instilled with positive qualities of the heart such as sincerity, humility, courage, love, freedom, and responsibility.  The practice helps to develop internal skill development, such as clarity of mind, increased focus, self-confidence, empathy and awareness; not only beneficial to our students’ growth and success, but to our own, as well.

Children 5 yrs. and older are welcome to attend the workshop with their parent/guardian to learn effective relaxation and meditation techniques.

Click here to sign up for this meeting

Monday, March 13
Curriculum Focus: Next Generation STEM Standards for Grades K-12
In addition to the fact that the fastest growing occupations are those where science and mathematics play a central role, citizens now face problems from pandemics to energy shortages, whose solutions require all the scientific and technological genius we can muster. Americans are being forced to increasingly make decisions—including those on health care and retirement planning—where literacy in science and mathematics is a real advantage. This presentation will address how the Next Generation Science Standards have been designed to equip our students with the knowledge and skills essential to flourish in this paradigm.

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Future Meetings
04/6Positive Parenting: Because “Just Say No” Isn’t EnoughAre you being told you’re the only parent not willing to let your tween or teen attend unsupervised parties? Does your teenager believe alcohol is a rite of passage and that “everyone is doing it?”  More importantly, do you? Alcohol and other drug research has shown that positive parental involvement is an important factor that decreases risk of drug abuse and underage drinking. Yet parents are often conflicted about what they realistically can and should do to help their teens make wise choices and keep them safe.  The good news is: you’re not the only parent facing this; we’re all in this together!  Come to this timely and useful workshop and find out what you can do to help keep your children safe from the risks of underage drinking and substance abuse.    
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