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FHS ‘Parent Connection’ adds breakfast meeting

Farragut High School’s Parent Connection has come up with a new way to reach out to FHS parents — breakfast.

Parent Connection, a group began by FHS PTSO five years ago, has typically met for luncheons only. This year, in an effort to include more parents, the group will offer twobreakfast meetings as well.

Sue Edwards, mother of a FHS junior and co-chair of Parent Connection, said, “We meet — not always on a regular basis — for lunch. I think this year we are having five meetings.

And new this year we are also having two breakfast meetings in hopes of getting dads and maybe other working parents who can’t make it to lunchtimes; maybe this will work into their schedule.”

Both luncheons and breakfasts will be held at Fox Den Country Club.

Luncheons begin at 11:30 a.m., and the two breakfasts will begin at 7:15 a.m.

“The purpose is to bring parents together and provide speakers and issues that are informative and educational for parents of high school aged kids and also to provide fellowship with other parents,” Edwards said.

“Its amazing the questions that get asked and just that feeling of support that you get from other parents who my going through similar issues.”

The meetings always feature a guest speaker and address issues that may not necessarily be addressed in larger, open-house-type venues.

“This year one of the topics we are going to discuss is stress, some of the stresses our kids face and that we, as parents, face, dealing with our kids going through stressful times,” Edwards said.

“We are also going to have the new Knox County Superintendent of Schools speak to us in April. And Jerry Askew, [vice president of Mercy Health], he is a former University of Tennessee] dean and he gives a wonderful program about cutting the apron strings and what to expect when our kids go off to college.

“Our first [luncheon] is Thursday, [Sept. 18], and it will be the school principals and guidance counselors. That one is always well-attended because parents always want to ask those questions that you never get a chance to,” she added.

Parent Connection is open to all parents of FHS students and there are no membership requirements.

“They don’t have to be P-T-S-O members or anything. We also open it up to parents of middle school children because they will be over there soon.

“Its just a good way for parents to get together and learn something, but also to just be together,” Edwards said.

The first breakfast will be held beginning at 7:15 a.m., Oct. 9, at Fox Den Country Club.

“We are going to have the principals and the counselors at the first lunch and the first breakfast. The hope is that we will get parents that maybe couldn’t come to open house but can come to one of these and get to meet their child’s grade-level principal and the counselors.

“You always get some of those questions that you certainly wouldn’t stand up in a big open house and ask. This is a more intimate setting. They are always so good to come and they stay until the last question is asked,” Edwards added.

The complete schedule of Parent Connection meetings, including topics and speakers, is as follows: from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18, featuring FHS principal Michael Reynolds, grade level principals and counselors; from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, featuring Dr. Michael Greer “Issues of Stress;” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2009, Dr. Jerry Askew “Cutting the Apron Strings;” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, Nancy Truett, licensed family counselor; from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April, 23, Dr. Jim McIntyre, Knox County Schools superintendent; from 7:15 top 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 9, Reynolds, grade level principals and counselors. The second breakfast session has yet not yet been announced.


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