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Parent Enrichment Classes Brochure

All class times are 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted and are held at Acorn Community and Family Services building located at 101 Live Oak. Please call Donna Knight at 972-617-4658 or email donna.knight@redoakisd.org to reserve your spot for a class.


Texas Youth Tobacco Awareness Class

This session offers information on health effects of tobacco, costs of tobacco, and media literacy.  Sessions are activity and discussion centered. Classes are four 2-hour sessions offered over a two-week period. These classes are court mandated with a fee of $100.00. These classes are open to anyone needing a tobacco awareness class. Payment must be made at the first class. Presenter: Kathy Teer

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Dates for 2016-2017:

Session 1: Oct 10 Oct 12 Oct 17 Oct 19
Session 2: Dec 5 Dec 7 Dec 12 Dec 14
Session 3: Feb 27 Mar 1 Mar 6 Mar 8
Session 4: May 8 May 10 May 15 May 17

Truancy Class

What is truancy? What can I do as a parent to help my child? Will I be held responsible for their absences and/or late arrivals? This class is a preventative measure for those who may be in jeopardy of being sent to court for absences and/or late arrivals. If referred to court without attending this program cost of $50 will be assigned by the judge. Elementary students do not have attend with a parent but 6th-12th grade students MUST attend with one parent.

Payment must be made at the first class.

Dates for 2016-2017:


Oct 10 Nov 7 Dec 5 Jan 9 Feb 20 Mar 27 Apr 24

Elementary Parents only

Oct 13 Nov 10 Dec 8 Jan 12 Feb 23 Mar 30 Apr 27

Anger Management

This session will work on strategies to help control anger issues. Parents and students are encouraged to attend this class together. If court mandated the cost is $50. Certificates can be issued for those attending from the Court of CPS.

Dates for 2016-2017:

Oct 24 Nov 14 Dec 19 Jan 30 Feb 20 Mar 27 Apr 25 *new date May 15


(Southwest Autism Parent Educator Group)

This is a group of parents and professionals with a common goal: supporting children with autism to be all that they can be! Comprised and sponsored by several school districts in the Southwest Dallas & Ellis Counties. The meetings are a combination of social time, sharing resources, and hearing from invited speakers. Babysitting is provided for children free of charge with the sitters having been trained in the field of Autism.

Participating schools include: Cedar Hill ISD, DeSoto ISD, Ellis County Co-Op, Lancaster ISD, Life School, Midlothian ISD, Palmer ISD, Red Oak ISD, and Waxahachie ISD.

Meeting dates for 2016-2017:

Sep 27 Nov 1 Jan 24 Apr 11

Six Weeks Courses

Wk 1 

Sep 29

Who's in the Driver's Seat?
Establishing authority as a parent and Choosing effective discipline techniques. In this session you will be able to recognize the importance of balanced authority within the family, recognize that the key to successful discipline is successful leadership, view the testing of limits as a basic law of human nature, identify common staging areas where authority of parenting is challenged and develop tools for establishing/re-establishing appropriate boundaries of power within the family.

Wk 2

Oct 6

Was my child born this way or was it something I did?
In this session you will learn about knowing and valuing the Child as an individual and work through the Strong willed child curriculum. Topics to be discussed will be learning to recognize characteristics of the three temperaments, discuss the influence of temperament on parent/child relationships, understand the concept of goodness of fit between children and their environment and strengthening the relationships between family members

Wk 3 

Oct 13

Help! My kids are at it again!
The session will be dealing with sibling rivalry and defusing family disagreements. You will begin to understand birth order and sibling rivalry, develop skills for successful conflict resolution, identify each family member’s conflict style and discuss “fair fighting”.

Wk 4 

Oct 20

Are our children growing up too fast?
This session will teach you to recognize the risks involved when children today push for an early entrance into adolescence and young adulthood. You will discuss practical tools for slowing that transition and for setting boundaries, identify family values and how pop culture impacts them and learn strategies that balance family values and pop culture.

Wk 5 

Oct 27

Boys and girls are just FLAT different
Helping children learn to handle competition, understanding the complexities of Bullying and Social cruelty in children. You will learn ways to help children handle competition, understand the positive impact of a father’s role in his child’s life and identify skills to strengthen the father/child relationship.

Wk 6 

Nov 3

Home and School: What a TEAM!!!
This session will help you recognize the powerful role parents play in a child’s education, identify behaviors in the family environment that can affect success in school and learning, develop strategies for promoting positive homework attitudes and habits in the home, gain ideas for establishing a home environment conducive to learning and discuss tools for responding to the reluctant learner.

Hide N Seek

See ways drugs are smuggled into classroom, bedrooms etc. while learning the current drug trends. Presenter Donna Knight/Impact Ellis County

Date: Oct 24

In Their Shoes

Teens and Dating Violence is a scenario based training designed to help participants learn what dating is like for today’s teens-from their perspective. Participants will become teen characters, make choices about their relationships, and see what happens. In Their Shoes provides a snapshot of unhealthy teen relationships and generates a thoughtful decision about how adults may better understand and more effectively engage with teens. Presented by the Family Abuse Center.

Date: Nov 7 

“There’s an APP for that!”

Many teens are using lots of different apps to share secrets, follow friends and crushes and post selfies anywhere. Even though teens are only sharing day to day moments with their social group, there can be unintended consequences when teens think their messages and post disappear forever or when they make negative comments under cover of anonymous apps, not to mention what teens may be exposed to from other users within these apps. Presented by Adam Philyaw of Drug Prevention Resources/IMPACT

Date: Dec 5

Family Time: Cooking with Natasha

This session is for families to learn to make delicious snacks and take home to share. Cookies, Cake Balls, Popcorn snacks.  This class makes a great family time event. Presented by Natasha Spivey, ROISD Student Nutrition Catering Coordinator. RSVP to donna.knight@redoakisd.org or 972-617-4658 to save your spot.

Dates: Dec 8 & Feb 2 Feb 7 (new date)

Human Trafficking

Every year, millions of men and women, and children are trafficked in countries around the world, including the US. It is estimated that human trafficking generates many billions of dollars of profit per year, second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form of transnational crime. Learn how easy it is for our teens to become a part of this dangerous act. Presenter: Lindsey Speed of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center

Date: Jan 19
Time: 6:30-8:30

Domestic Violence 102

To provide a better understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence, the variety and complexity of obstacles faced by victims and the different types of relief and resources to those affected. Presented by the Family Abuse Center

Date: Feb 6

Parent Prevention

This session Is to help parents learn tips to help prevent their child in engaging in the destructive decisions that they are faced with daily. Presented by Reach Council

Date: Feb 13

ESL & GED Classes

Navarro College Adult Education Program will hold ESL & GED classes at the Acorn Family & Community Services during the 2016-2017 school year. Classes will be held on Monday & Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. First day of classes is tentatively scheduled for September 7, 2016.

For more information on how to sign-up for these classes, please contact Navarro College Adult Education Program at 1-800-NAVARRO ext. 7464.


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