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Community Learning Series

At Riverbend, we believe that education is a collaborative effort that extends beyond classroom walls, and we know the critical role parent’s play in their child’s academic journey and overall development. To foster a stronger partnership between our School, parents, and the greater Natick community we are excited to present our Community Learning Series designed to provide valuable insights, resources, and strategies to support your child’s personal growth. 

These hour-long workshops are FREE to Riverbend families and the greater MetroWest community. For our in-person events, we’re delighted to offer free childcare with pizza dinner exclusively for Riverbend families.

Upcoming sessions

March 7, 2024, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Childhood 2.0: How to Reach, Teach, and Support iGeneration Students

Appropriate for: Parents/caregivers of Elementary and Middle School age children
Important details: Virtual
Description: Childhood has drastically changed with the advent of the smartphone, other devices and video games. This session will include strategies and tips to keep your children safe on the internet and to support them both academically and emotionally.


March 14, 2024, 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
Beyond Riverbend: An Alumni Panel

Appropriate for: Upper Elementary and Middle School students and families
Important details: In person
Description: Hear directly from Riverbend alumni who have successfully navigated the high school application process and gained admission to prestigious institutions. This panel with Q&A promises to be an invaluable resource for students and parents alike, providing firsthand experiences and advice to navigate your path to secondary education and beyond.

March 26, 2024, 7:30 – 8:15 p.m.
Montessori MasterClass: Montessori in the Home for Toddler Families

Appropriate for: Parents/caregivers of Toddler age students
Important details: Virtual
Description: In this session, parents will learn how to integrate Montessori Principles and philosophy into their home. We will discuss ways in which parents can prepare their home environment to encourage order, independence, and self-motivation at home.

April 11, 2024, 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
Gardening for the Whole Family with Dave Epstein

Appropriate for: Elementary and Middle School students and families
Important details: In person
Description: Nothing says warm weather like budding flowers, fresh vegetables, buzzing pollinators, and lush greenery! If you’re interested in gardening with your family this spring and summer, but you’re not sure where to start, join us for a fun and informative night with Dave Epstein, local weather expert and horticulture legend, for tips on “digging in” (pun intended!) to your outdoor space.

April 30, 2024, 7:30 – 8:15 p.m.
Montessori MasterClass: Freedom within Limits for Toddler and Primary Families

Appropriate for: Parents/caregivers of Toddler and Primary age students
Important details: Virtual
Description: What is freedom with limits? In this parent education session we discuss types of freedom in the Montessori environment, the limits of a Montessori classroom, and how children benefit from freedom within limits.

May 13, 2024, 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
Understanding Your Child’s Mental Health, a Workshop hosted by Natick 180

Appropriate for: Parents/caregivers of Elementary and Middle School age children
Important details: Virtual
Description: Coming soon!

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