- Tech talk parent series
- One-Night Programs
- Decide To Be Kind
- Peyton Heart Project
- Project Linus
- Spirit Karate
- Spirit Lacrosse
- QPR for Suicide prevention
- rugged farmer obstacle course
Ellington Youth Services and Ellington Middle School are teaming up again this year to provide several nights of information and discussion regarding technology and our families in the middle school library. We will be offering opportunities to learn and engage in conversations about our children's screen time.
Open to all parents, not just middle school! Refreshments will be served.
Please email Debbie Stauffer at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot for these events.
Friday, January 19th
7:15 to 9:15 pm. -Ellington Middle School Library
Taking place at the same time as the middle school dance.
Back by popular demand, an in-depth documentary produced by physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston. She learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens and saw it with her own kids. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.
We will view the film and break into groups to discuss ways to help our families and community.
Watch the trailer here.
Tuesday, February 27th
Social Media Trends and Tips to Help Parents Regain Control
7:00 to 8:30 pm - Ellington Middle School Library
Guest speaker: South Windsor School Resource Officer Tina Roy. Is social media taking over your child? You are not alone. Officer Roy will present the newest trends in social media. Find out ways to regain control without being tech savvy.
Visit the Parenting program page for more info on adult one-night fun programs:
Pie & Paint at LuAnn's Bakery on Somers Road
String Art (two night-er) at Youth Services-January 5th and 19th
Mason Jars at Youth Services-February 9th
Decide to Be Kind
The Decide to Be Kind committee was formed in the summer of 2015 by Ellington Youth Services and the Council for Developing Positive Youth Culture (DPYC) with a mission to provide inspiration, education and resources to build a kinder and more compassionate community.
Help us brainstorm how to keep the Decide To Be Kind Movement going by offering events, programs and activities. Visit our website to find out how you can join the Decide to Be Kind Movement.
The next Decide to Be Kind Community Meeting will be on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm at Ellington Youth Services at 31 Arbor Way.
New members are welcome.
Check out our video:
Help us make our hearts of hope! The Peyton Heart Project was started in memory of Matthew R. Dille who committed suicide in 2014. Read about his story at www.thepeytonheartproject.org.
The hearts are made of felt or yarn and each one will have an inspirational quote attached and will be scattered around our community. Patterns are available for those with knit and crochet abilities. Yarn and felt will be supplied. Refreshments served.
Any age is welcome, families are we invited.
WHEN: Friday, February 2, 2018
TIME: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
PLACE: Youth Services, 31 Arbor Way
To register, please email Deb Stauffer at email@example.com
Volunteer Blanket Making club
This club, hosted by Ellington Girl Scouts, will be making blankets again to be donated to "Project Linus." The Project Linus is a non-profit organization that provides homemade blankets to children in need. Their blankets are lovingly made by adults and children from all walks of life and many different sources. These blankets provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer "blanketeers."
AGE LEVEL: 5th grade to 12th grade
All skill levels are welcome. We will be knitting, crocheting and weaving. Participation can count towards community service hours.
WHEN: Mondays, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/12, 3/26, 4/2
TIME: 6 pm to 7:30 pm
LOCATION: Ellington Youth Services, 31 Arbor Way
Please register on Activenet CODE; BLANKET.LINUS
Children with special needs and their parents are invited to spend an afternoon learning Karate in an environment that is safe and fun. Come meet new friends and learn new skills. This clinic will be held and hosted by American Karate.
Free t-shirt and snack included.
WHEN: Sunday, March 4, 2018
TIME: 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm
WHERE: American Karate, 175 West Road in Ellington
Register on Activenet CODE: SPIRIT.KARATE
Children ages 5-14 with special needs and their parents are invited to spend an afternoon enjoying fun lacrosse activities, learn skills, have snacks and make new friends. Area high school and college level coaches will be on staff.
Non-residents are welcome
Participants receive a free t-shirt
WHEN: Sunday, May 6, 2018
TIME: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
WHERE: Pinney Street Fields, Ellington
Register on Activenet CODE: SPIRIT.LAX18
To become a sponsor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Suicide Prevention Training Workshop
Question - Persuade - Refer
QPR is a simple educational program that teaches ordinary citizens how to recognize the warning signs of a mental health emergency and how to get a person at risk of suicide the help they need.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
TIME: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
WHERE: Youth Services, 31 Arbor Way
Please email Deb Stauffer at email@example.com to reserve your spot.
Join us for a fun family obstacle course, filled with farm challenges all along the way. Help us raise funds for the Jacob Roger Poulin playground.
WHEN: Sunday, Aprill 22, 2018
TIME: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
WHERE: Brookside Park
More info coming soon!
Watch our website for more details on this event.
31 Arbor Way
Ellington, CT 06029
31 Arbor Way Ellington CT 06029
P.O. Box 187
Ellington, CT 06029
Phone: 860-870-3130Fax: 860-870-3198
8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Evening appointments for counseling are available.