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2016 Fall Events from Our Substance Abuse Response Coordinator

posted Jun 27, 2016, 11:53 AM by Karen Stark   [ updated Oct 7, 2016, 5:34 AM ]
Hello Longmeadow Parents and Guardians:

This fall we have a series of events and opportunities for parents to be involved in our community’s substance use prevention efforts.  Please check out the list below and join in on the conversations on how we can best support our young people! 

Friday, October 7th:  Longmeadow Safe Homes Network at 8:45am, LHS in Room 97

Longmeadow Safe Homes is a network of parents who agree not to serve alcohol or drugs to youth in their homes, who meet periodically to discuss their concerns and ways to reduce teen drug and alcohol use.  Information and a link to the membership pledge are available on our website:

Wednesday, October 12th: Dr. Bertha Madras at 7pm, Minnechaug Regional High School

            Dr. Madras, a Professor of Psychobiology and Chair of the Division of Neurochemistry at Harvard Medical School, will be speaking on Marijuana and the Teen Brain.  Free.  All are welcome!  See the attached flyer for more information.

Tuesday, October 18th:  The Spectacular Now from 7-9pm, Storrs Library

            The first of a two part film series for parents and community members, sponsored by

CLOSE Community (Coalition of Longmeadow for a Drug Free Community), Storrs and LHS.  Post-film discussion on underage drug and alcohol use facilitated by Shelly Warren.  Visit the CLOSE website: to learn more about the coalition.  See the attached flyer for more information.

Thursday, October 20th:  Shelly Warren Visits Elementary School PTOs

            6:30pm in the Community Room at Center School

            Discussion of when kids start experimenting with what and strategies for parents on age appropriate conversations.

Thursday, October 27th:  Rachel Simmons at 7pm at Longmeadow High School

            Best selling author Rachel Simmons discusses the “Curse of the Good Girl”.  Event is sponsored by the Special Programs Committee.  See the attached flyer for more information.

Tuesday, November 1st: Chasing the Dragon 7-8:30pm in the LHS Auditorium

            The second of the two part film series sponsored by CLOSE, Storrs and LHS.  This film was released in 2016 by the FBI to educate students about the opiate epidemic.  We will be using this film in some our classes at LHS this year.  Please come to support ongoing conversations with your kids.  High school students are welcome to attend.  Post-film discussion will be facilitated by Anne-Marie Kroisi, Longmeadow parent and Learn To Cope facilitator.  See the attached flyer for more information.

If you are looking for additional information, local and online resources, feel free to give me a call or visit my webpage located on the LHS page under the Pupil Services and Academic Support tab. I hope to see many of you soon!


Shelly Warren

Substance Abuse Response Coordinator for Longmeadow Public

Karen Stark,
Oct 7, 2016, 5:29 AM
Karen Stark,
Oct 7, 2016, 5:29 AM
Karen Stark,
Oct 7, 2016, 5:29 AM