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November 10, 2017

Groves Academy supports families in the community seeking information on dyslexia, ADHD, and similar learning differences. Groves is a local resource for families and the only organization of its kind in Minnesota.

We are proud to co-sponsor
an upcoming workshop on executive function.


Thursday, November 16
8:30 AM - 4:10 PM
Sheraton West Minneapolis
in Minnetonka

Click HERE for more information and to register.

Workshop led by Sara Ward, MS, CCC/SLP

Leave the conference with actionable strategies to teach youth how to develop task initiation, transitions, forethought, time management, planning and self-awareness.

In addition, Groves Academy's Community Education Workshop Series provides helpful information to families who attend Groves as well as those from the community for no or low cost. Click here to register or for more information.


November 14:
Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities, presented by Ellen Engstrom, Groves Academy Director of Curriculum. 7:00-8:30 PM

December 5:
Diagnostic Testing Overview: IQ and Academic Assessments, presented by Dr. Ethan Schwehr, Groves Academy Licensed Psychologist. 7:30-8:00 PM | 952.920.6377

3200 Highway 100 South

St. Louis Park, MN 55416

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ERIN WALSH - Speaker

Title: Raising Kids in the Digital Age: Is there an app for that?

Date: Thursday, December 7

Time: 5:00-6:30 PM

Location: Breck US Library

Erin Walsh, M.A. is a dynamic, knowledgeable speaker who has addressed a wide range of audiences on topics related to brain development and raising resilient young people in the digital age. Erin was instrumental to the development of the MediaWise movement and enjoyed working with her father, Dr. David Walsh, for 10 years at the National Institute on Media and the Family before creating Mind Positive Parenting together in 2010.

In addition to her work with Mind Positive Parenting, Erin is a speaker with the Bolster Collaborative and teaches undergraduate students at the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs where she teaches a program called Making Media, Making Change.

Erin currently serves as the board chair of YMCA Camp Widjiwagan, a wilderness-based youth development program and has consulted with schools, school districts, parent groups and other youth serving organizations throughout the country on issues related to digital media, children, youth. She lives in Minneapolis, MN with her partner, two sons, and husky dog.

Minnehaha Players to Perform Student-Written Play US. at Guthrie

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN., (N, 2017) - Minnehaha Academy Upper School theatre students have the unique opportunity to perform student-written US. at the world-class Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis this November.

At Minnehaha Academy, we have learned in new ways how community pulls us together and lifts us up. That lesson is reflected in the Upper School performance of US; a piece written and performed by the Minnehaha Academy Players. Minnehaha Academy actors have the unique opportunity to perform this piece at the world-class Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

US. is a "devised theatre" piece designed to reflect who we are as a community and how we can all come together with all of our differences to work toward a common goal with love and respect. The setting is in an airport where a plane has mysteriously made a sudden landing and all are waiting to finish the last leg of their trip. The characters are vastly different with differing views and perspectives yet everyone's goal is the same, to finish their trip safely.

Student Written & Performed at Guthrie

Student actor Greta Hallberg noted, "US. is really unique in that it's like nothing the Minnehaha Academy Players have ever done before. Not having a concrete script and writing a show from scratch has certainly been a challenging process. We don't really have a crutch to fall back on with words that have been crafted by a playwright because we are the playwrights! It adds a whole new aspect to this production that we usually don't experiment with. While it's certainly been frustrating at times, my hope is that the finished product will be worth the hard work and that people will be able to connect with the words we write and the ideas we portray on stage."

Students had assistance from a local playwright who workshopped the play with the students. Ray Tippen, Upper School student, commented, "I'm really glad that we were given this opportunity. Storytelling has always been something that I'm passionate about, and this gave us all a voice to share. It was a very unique experience that taught me a lot about collaborative writing." In addition to writing the play, students were also responsible for writing and creating the music for US.

Student Cailin Hoben said, "I'm excited and nervous to perform it at the Guthrie because so many great plays have been put on there and I never thought I'd be acting in a play at the Guthrie."

On Finding a Play for Minnehaha Academy

"After all that has happened to our community, I felt uneasy about finding any play that would best fit our needs," said Theatre Director Nicholas Freeman. "I kept seeing people come together to mourn, inspire and rebuild. I prayed about what to do and kept hearing the word "us." I guess that was God's way of speaking to me. The voices that really matter the most in our community belong to the students. I wanted them to be able to share what is on their hearts and minds. This play does not directly address the explosion or any emotional ties related to that, but rather these students wrote about people and topics that are near and dear to them. This form of storytelling should inspire dialogue and reflection. We always strive to walk in God's light and follow His lead for our work. We hope the audience feels that and appreciates this unique theatrical experience."

Performance Details


Written by the Minnehaha Academy Players

Co-Directed by Shannon Elliott and Nicholas Freeman

Nov. 9th, 10th and 11th. 7:30 p.m.; Nov.11th 2 p.m.

Guthrie Theatre's Dowling Studio

(Running time is around 1hr 10min with a 20min. talkback.)

Scott Forbes '82 has published his first book. "Dreamwalking" is based on the true story of a gifted young man who is left paralyzed from the waist down when he is accidentally pushed off a cliff and ends up moving to a state-run nursing home, where he meets a cast of characters.

Senior Sarah Betts Selected to Attend Nobel Week in Stockholm

Senior Sarah Betts to Attend Nobel Week in Stockholm

Congratulations to Sarah Betts '18, who has been awarded with a full scholarship to attend the Nobel Prize Ceremonies Week in Stockholm from December 4-11. Only 5 students internationally are selected each year for this honor.

Sarah has been invited to attend Nobel Week, hosted by Stockholm University; the Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies, the Nobel Lectures, and numerous festivities take place in honor of the 2017 Nobel Laureates. Sarah has also been invited to attend official lectures presented by the 2017 Laureates in Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature and Economic Sciences and she will participate in conferences and a luncheon with Stockholm University professors who sit on the Nobel Selection Committees.

Sarah has two utility patents for her orthopedic medical device called the ViEx® for patients suffering from chronic hand pain. Currently, the University of Minnesota and Twin Cities Orthopedics are using Sarah's invention with their own patients. Sarah is also a gifted violinist with national conservatory honors and aspires to be a neurosurgeon.

We are proud of Sarah and we look forward to hearing about her travels to Stockholm in December.

Minnesota Association of Independent Schools Welcomes Groves Academy as the latest member of their association. Groves Academy, located in St. Louis Park, is a school for students with learning disabilities. It came into existence in 1972 and has grown ever since that time. Groves is not only a school but also a learning center with diagnostic testing, and a professional learning center for teachers and parents. We at MAIS are looking forward to working with all members of Groves School.

Preschool - 8th Grade Open House

Saturday, November 4, 2017
10am - 12:30pm
Experience our well-rounded curriculum for yourself in the form of hands-on mini-lessons. Children welcome to the Early Childhood lessons with adults, adults only at Grades 1-8 lessons. There will be bun-making, circle time, middle school math and science, Intro to Reading/Writing, Handwork, Circus Arts and much more. Please RSVP here:

Girls & Sex: Navigating the complicated new landscape

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Blake Upper School, Minneapolis MN 55403




Blake School Member Registration


9 a.m. Registration/Check In

10 a.m. Welcome and Peggy Orenstein Keynote

11:30 a.m. Lunch

12:30 - 2 p.m. Panel Discussion/Q & A

2 p.m. Book Signing

3 p.m. Conclusion

Other things to know

  • Free parking
  • Lunch is provided for all registrations
  • This event is appropriate for upper elementary, middle school, and high school students as deemed appropriate by parents/guardians.
  • A copy of Peggy's book can be found on Amazon by following this link: Girls and Sex by Peggy Orenstein
  • If you'd like to learn more about Peggy, you can listen to the MPR interview or view her TED Talk.

Peggy Orenstein Biography

Peggy Orenstein is the author of The New York Times bestsellers Girls & Sex, Cinderella Ate My Daughter and Waiting for Daisy, as well as Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Kids, Love and Life in a HalfChanged World and the classic School Girls: Young Women, Self-Esteem and the Confidence Gap. Don't Call Me Princess, Peggy's latest collection of essays on women's and girls' lives, will be released in 2018. A contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, Peggy has also written for such publications as The Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Elle, Time, Mother Jones, Slate, O: The Oprah Magazine and The New Yorker, and has contributed commentaries to NPR's All Things Considered and the PBS Newshour. Her articles have been anthologized multiple times, including in The Best American Science Writing. Peggy has been a keynote speaker at numerous colleges and conferences and has been featured on, among other programs,Nightline, CBS This Morning, The Today Show, NPR's Fresh Air and Morning Edition and CBC's As It Happens. Peggy was named one of "The 40 Women Who Changed the Media Business in the past 40 years" by The Columbia Journalism Review. The Council on Contemporary Families recognized for her "Outstanding Coverage of Family Diversity," she won Books For A Better Life Awards in the Parenting category for Waiting for Daisy, and in the Relationships category for Girls & Sex. Her work has also been honored by the Commonwealth Club of California, the National Women's Political Caucus of California and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Additionally, she has been awarded fellowships from the United States-Japan Foundation and the Asian Cultural Council. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Peggy is a graduate of Oberlin College and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, filmmaker Steven Okazaki and their daughter, Daisy.

    Panelist Bios

    Erin Adams has her Master's degree in Educational Psychology and has served as a Licensed School Counselor in public and private schools for the past 20 years. Erin's current role is as Director of Counseling at Blake, an independent PK-12 college-prep school in the Twin Cities. In addition to her primary work with individual students and families, she offers an array of parent education opportunities in the school setting, as well as ongoing professional development workshops for educators. .

    Carol B. Peterson, Ph.D., L.P., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota. She received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of eating disorders. She is also the Chief Training Officer at The Emily Program, a Fellow with the Academy for Eating Disorders, and a practicing clinician in the community.

    Dr. Himanshu Agrawal is a board certified child psychiatrist and an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin as well as Children's hospital of Wisconsin (both in Milwaukee). Prior to joining Medical college of Wisconsin, Himanshu spent eight years working at a residential treatment center for children and adolescents at Northwest Passage in Northwestern Wisconsin and then served as the clinical director at the Maple Grove site for Prairie Care in Minnesota. Himanshu sees adult patients at the Tosa Center clinic and children and adolescents at the child psychiatry clinic at the Children's Hospital campus. He is also part of the Psychiatry Psychosomatic Consultation/Liaison team at Froedtert Hospital. He is also a candidate in psychoanalytic training at the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Institute. Himanshu was born in New Delhi, India and spent his childhood living with his family in Bangladesh, London, Moscow, and Nepal. His strong role models (including his father, mother and grandmother) helped him cultivate his audacious belief that boys and girls should be treated equally. His wife and son ensure that he continues this cultivation!

    Anne R. Gearity, PhD LICSW has an independent mental health practice in Minneapolis, and provides consultants on to many schools and agencies. She is currently a clinical faculty at UMN department of child psychiatry, as well as teaching in the U's infant mental health program. She wrote Developmental Repair, a manual for working with challenging and challenged children. Teen girls and sexuality is a long standing interest, ever since she was a teen girl and feeling clueless about this lovely part of life. Our girls today deserve better pathways.

    Katrina Mendoza. I consider myself to be an experienced, enthusiastic and multifaceted reproductive justice advocatewith over ten years of experience in the sexual health field. Currently I am blessed to be working with the Latinx community (in Richfield primarily) through Planned Parenthood and also with the LGBTQAI community with Family Tree Clinic. I love presenting, teaching, supporting, learning from and meeting people. I am passionate about empowering young people and folks in marginalized communities,encouraging, supporting and helping folks identify their own strengths and thereby finding their own self identified ways to address or contribute to the issuesin their own lives in ways that are meaningful to them.

    Jan Search, MSW, LICSW is a private practice psychotherapist and psychoanalyst in Minneapolis. Since 1985 she has worked with directly with children, adolescents, and adults. The first seventeen years Jan worked in the public schools providing individual and group work to children and adolescents and consultations to parents and teachers. Her private practice, beginning in 1995, has focused on helping adolescents understand their changing bodies & minds in the context of ever evolving and sometimes confusing social and family relationships. Additionally, Jan teaches in the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program and the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Institute, and provides supervision to graduate social workers working to earn their clinical license.

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