Resources for Families and Students

The PTA does not endorse the service providers or organizations or attest to the value of any webinar or other resource featured here—our goal is to find and share information that we believe will be of interest to YHS families.

Parent Support Group

For more details, see the Parent Support Group flyer.

Join other parents in your community to share experiences and learn about topics relevant to your family each week.

Hosted by Arlington CFSD clinical staff

Starting December 15, 2020 7:00 – 8:00 pm — Ongoing

Each week a different topic will be discussed, covering a broad range including Internet Safety, Time Managementfor kids, COVID related grief and loss, How to navigate the school IEP process, Positive Praise and Behavior Management. Come support other parents and share your successes and lean in for support. Send any questions to

Community Resources

Please see this flyer for more information about help in our community (mental heath, medical care, rent assistance, food assistance, etc.)


PTA Family Network-Sponsored Webinars

December 2:  The College Funding Coach presents a live webinar.  Brock Jolly and his team return to YHS to present the always popular “Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College.”  FREE, 7:00-8:15 pm. Register here.

The Changing Landscape of Testing and College Admissions webinar hosted by Ann Dolin, M.Ed., President of Educational Connections. Recording of live event presented to YHS community on 11/19.  How COVID has changed college admissions and testing, ACT and SAT advice, biggest factors affecting your child’s chances of admission to their dream school, and more.

APS Parent Academy Videos

Webinars Recommended by PTA Family Network

The Dos and Don’ts of Effective Parent Communication hosted by The StudyPro. FCPS School Psychologists Michelle Scales and Katie Hidalgo Arrieta share key strategies and specific approaches to communicate more openly and effectively with your children.

Permission To Feel for Kids: How Adults Can Support Children in Managing Emotions During Challenging Times, CASEL Cares Webinar Series. Dr. Marc Brackett (Founder and Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and CASEL Board member) shares a four-step process to support adults in (1) being culturally responsive and emotionally intelligent role models for children and (2) helping children build a repertoire of healthy emotion regulation strategies to support their well-being and academic success. The target audience is parents/guardians and teachers.

Making Deposits: 5 Ways to Better Connect With Your Child. From the sponsor—”During distance learning and all times, it can be challenging to have the bond with your students that you want.  In this engaging podcast, The StudyPro and Rachel Bailey of Rachel Bailey’s Parenting Academy focus on how to make ‘deposits’ into the 5 emotional needs of all children (with a focus on teens) to improve your relationship and their self-esteem.”

FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference and Inova Act on Addition Summit: Tools for Resiliency During Unprecedented Times includes a number of information-packed video recordings available through 2020 only.  Sample offerings: “Social and Emotional Learning in School and at Home: Supporting our Students’ Engagement, Resilience and Well-Being During Challenging Times” — “Building Social Awareness through Conversations about Race and Racism”—“Managing Emotions: How to Talk About Feelings so Kids Will Talk About Feelings”—“When Enough is Enough – Disrupting the Reward and Addiction Process” (“Early detection relies on recognizing signs and symptoms of alcohol and other drug use especially in adolescents and young adults.”)

Helping Kids Build Resiliency and Self-Efficacy in the Era of COVID featuring Dr. Jonathan Dalton, the Founder and Owner of the Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change in Maryland, hosted by The StudyPro Executive Function and Study Skills Center.  Dr. Dalton is an expert on childhood anxiety. This talk discusses ways to help our students overcome the challenges of COVID and leverage this time to build flexibility, resilience, and grit.

Other Resources

Activities for Families and Teens During Covid-19


Covid-19 Health Guidelines

Coping with Covid-19, Covid Restrictions and Distance Learning:

Mental Health Resources

Suicide Prevention

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Disability Resources
APS Parent Resource Center page and events