Spring book discussion

GROTON — The Groton Dunstable Alliance for Youth’s Parent to Parent Network is hosting its spring book discussion for parents, guardians and interested community members. The event is open to all parents, regardless of whether children are in public, private, charter schools or homeschooled. The book to be discussed is “Seven Things Your Teenager Won’t Tell You: And How to Talk About Them Anyway.” The authors, Jennifer Lippincott and Robin Deutsch, have written a book designed to assist parents in knowing when to let go, when to step in and how to keep your kids honest and safe.

SEPAC Basic Rights presentation

HARVARD — This year, Harvard will team up with Hudson and Marlboro to present a Basic Rights Workshop for parents of children with IEPs. This workshop must be presented annually by state regulation for families of children on IEPs. The workshop will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mulready Elementary School Library, 306 Cox St., Hudson. By teaming up with two other towns, the fee for this workshop is waived. This workshop provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Massachusetts Special Education Law and No Child Left Behind (NCLB). It is designed to help parents learn how to be effective partners with the school, to decide the child’s eligibility for special education, to plan, make decisions and to monitor the educational progress of their child. Workshop materials are also available in Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. For further information about this workshop, please consult the Federation for Children with Special Needs Web site, For directions to the event, call Sue Tokay at (978) 456-8144.

HARVARD — Harvard kindergarten registration will be held from Monday, March 6 to Friday, March 10. Parents of eligible students will receive a mailing with a registration appointment as well as an explanation of the screening process and a list of upcoming events. If you do not receive a mailing by March 1, please contact the school at (978) 456-4144. Your child must be 5-years-old by Sept. 1, 2006 in order to be eligible for the kindergarten program. Kindergarten orientation night will be held on Wednesday, April 5, at 6 p.m. in the media center at HES.

Science fair

HARVARD — The Bromfield School in Harvard is hosting its annual science fair on Thursday, Feb. 9. The science fair will be open to the public at 7 p.m. The awards presentation will begin at 7:45 p.m.

Parent-to-parent social

The purpose of the parent social is to give parents the opportunity to discuss parent interests and challenges, socialize and meet other parents in our area. The socials do not have a formal agenda, but will be used as a catalyst for networking among parents. To learn more about the parent social or the Parent to Parent Network, contact Judy Robinson, GDAY coordinator, at (978) 448-6362, ext. 1132 or

‘Bring Out the Best in Your Child’

Special education lecture series

GROTON — The Groton Dunstable Regional School District (GDRSD) Special Education Parent Advisory Council presents “What is Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)?” as part of their lecture series. The program will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School Library. Amy Geckeler, M.S., BCBA, the director of consultation for The New England Center for Children, will explain the components of ABA, the kinds of children for whom it works best, and the environments in which ABA can be used (home, school, etc.) to help children with disabilities and their families. This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information and parent resources, see the PAC Web site at or contact Nancy Bugbee at (978) 448.9916.

Parent Information Night

PEPPERELL — Parent Information Night for 2006-2007 kindergarten has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. (snow date, Feb. 9), at the Peter Fitzpatrick School, 45 Main St., Pepperell. Children residing in Pepperell who will be 5 years old as of Aug. 31, 2006 are eligible to attend kindergarten. Please call the school at (978) 433-2787 for more information.