Social-Emotional Learning Night — March 7, 2023

Posted February 14, 2023

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McKinley-Thatcher families are cordially invited to our Social-Emotional Learning Night on Tuesday, March 7 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm!

What Is Social-Emotional Learning?

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the development of self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for success in school, work, and life. Our Social-Emotional Learning Night is focused on SEL specifically for parents and caregivers, with the goal of helping our families learn about a variety of important topics to best support their children at home and at school.

McKinley’s Social-Emotional Learning Night

  • Who: all McKinley-Thatcher parents, guardians, & caregivers and their McKinley students.
  • What: a night of learning for adults on a wide variety of SEL-related topics (see below!).
  • When: Tuesday, March 7, 2023; 5:00pm-7:00pm
    • 5:00pm-5:30pm FREE pizza dinner for families!
    • 5:30pm-7:00pmFREE childcare for McKinley students!
    • 5:30pm-6:10pm — Learning Session 1 for adults
    • 6:15pm-6:55pm — Learning Session 2 for adults
  • Where: McKinley cafeteria & classroom spaces
  • Why: to help families learn about important topics related to parenting.
  • How: come at 5:00pm to enjoy pizza & salad with your kids, then check your McKinley students in for free childcare provided by our school staff. Adults then choose two learning sessions to attend from our list (see below!). Each learning session is 40 minutes long and facilitated by a school staff member or DPS district expert.

SEL Night Learning Sessions

  • Raising Media-Smart Kids” presented by Brian Dino (he/him), DPS Educational Technology Instructional Specialist
  • Trauma & Its Impacts on the Brain” presented by Monica Padilla, DPS Trauma-Informed Practices Specialist
  • Tools for Talking So Your Kids Will Listen More” presented by Suzanne Vitullo, Mindful Parenting Teacher/Coach & Certified Mindfulness Instructor
  • Talking to Your Kids about Sex” presented by Molly Alderton (she/her), DPS Sexual Education Program Specialist
  • 12 Talks to Have with Your Child” presented by Sonia Geerdes (she/her), McKinley-Thatcher Principal  
  • And more to be announced!

An RSVP Is REQUIRED for Our SEL Night!

Please help us get an accurate attendance count for dinner and childcare needs by filling out our Social-Emotional Learning Night RSVP form here. RSVPs are due by Friday, March 3. We may close our RSVP form early if we reach our maximum capacity for childcare!

Request Interpretation for Our SEL Night Learning Sessions!

We are happy to provide interpretation services to our multilingual families! Families can request interpretation by filling out our Social-Emotional Learning Night RSVP form or by contacting Ms. Ingrid Hoff (she/her), our community liaison, on ClassDojo or by email to

Have Questions or Need More Information?

Call our main office at (720) 424-5600, email us at, or stop by our main office during school hours!