Lac du Flambeau Head Start & Early Head Start Zero to Five Program
"EACH ONE HONOR ONE"
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA,
President of the United States of
Pvt. Ryan Frank Kusay, U.S. Army, visited Zaasijiwan Head Start Program on November 2, 2009. Students were able to visit with Ryan and ask him questions about his career and look at his uniform.
Private Ryan Kusay will be leaving to Germany for training on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 before being shipped out to Afghanistan. Private Ryan is the brother of Jodi Chapman, a ZHS co-teacher.
To further support Ryan during his tour, Zaasijiwan Head Start will apply for the Adopt a Soldier program. Zaasijiwan Head Start wants to thank Private Ryan for coming to visit us and send all our best wishes with him and his family. Happy Veteran's Day!
In This Issue:Veteran's Day: A Veteran Visits Head Start.
AdoptaPlatoon: Veteran Visits inspires Head Start to adopt a platoon or veteran.
Annual Fall Feast: November 18th, 2009, Head Start will be having its Annual Fall Feast at the LDFPS Small Gym - Starting at 11:00 AM
Veteran's Day: No School - LDF Public School Honor Pow-Wow Starts at 10:00 AM
Benefit Bingo: Benefits 120 Children in our Head Start Program - Every Monday in November. Starts at 6:00 PM
November Key Dates: Dates to Remember
ZHS Calendar: View ZHS Activities and click on daily Ojibwe Words to hear audio.
Classroom and Admin News: Read about what is happening in the classrooms and with programming along with educational resources.
Zaasijiwan Head Start will be having its Annual Fall Feast on:
November 18, 2009
Lac du Flambeau Public School Small Gym.
All Head Start families and relatives are invited to attend.
Zaasijiwan Head Start applied to become a supporter of Adopt a Platoon. They are requesting that they be connected with Pvt. Ryan Frank Kusay who recently visited their program. Please join them in supporting our troops at: http://adoptaplatoon.org/
Zaasijiwan Head Start will be having its annual Holiday Fundraiser.
Every Monday in November
Lake of the Torches Bingo Hall
You need to be 12 or over to participate.
Please contact Vicki Soulier for further information:
715-588-9291 or firstname.lastname@example.org
All monies will go towards purchasing gifts for the 120 children in our program.
(Head Start Representative)
(Early Head Start Representative)
(Home Base Representative)
Benefit Bingo is an important annual event that happens in November. Monies raised help buy gifts for children attending our Head Start. Parents are invited to volunteer and/or donate goods and services to support this initiative. Bingo is held every Monday in November and starts at 6:00. If you would like to volunteer, please come to the Lake of the Torches Bingo Hall. If you would like to donate door prizes or food items, please bring them to the Bingo Hall at this time or drop them off at Head Start. Playing bingo also helps raise the bar as well as meet our goal. Stay and Play!
Head Start is considering lifting its ban on food with peanuts/nuts at our center. Please contact Chris Zortman if your child has peanut/nut allergies by November 30th, 2009. You can reach Chris by calling: 588-9291.
The following events have been updated for the month of November, 2009:
November 5, 2009 Thursday “Partnering for Success” Conference has been cancelled. School will be in session. Busses will run as usual.
November 11, 2009 Wednesday Veteran’s Day No School
November 18, 2009 Wednesday Thanksgiving Family Social Luncheon at 11:00 LDF Public School Small Gym Busses will run in morning only. Parents will pick up children @ 11:00
November 19, 2009 Thursday Staff In-service No School
November 23-27th, 2009 All Week Thanksgiving Vacation No School All Week
Please take time to honor community Veterans on November 11, 2009.
LDF Veteran's Honor Pow-Wow
LDF Public School
Boozhoo from the Bineshiihn (Bird) Classroom,
We are working on our daily routine and adjusting to new experiences for my group of toddlers. We are also working on walking around tables and structures which two have mastered already. We also will be working on developing self-help skills such as using spoons and forks. We are also practicing using sippy cups when they eat. We are practicing using baby sign language to have the children communicate with me before they start talking. If the parents want copies of the signs we are using for the children, just ask and I'll have copies made for you.
Gigawaabamin (See you later) Miss Appallonia
Ms. Shirley and Ms. Sue
Boozhoo from the Makwa (Bear) Classroo
m Families, We are always happy to see you and your child come through our doors for class. It does get easier for the child to use to coming in to school. The children at home are a little shy at first but they are happy to see us with our toys. During the month of November we will have activities with cranberries, the five senses and talk about Thanksgiving. We are also using the Ojibwe words for the month naming objects and pictures. The Turtle Play Shoppe will be a reenactment of harvesting of the cranberries, at 10:00am and we hope you can join us. The Family Social is on November 18th at 11:00 am in the small gym, we hope that you can make it to this event as well. No school for the following day because of in-service. We have a break the following week and we will see you back on the 30th of the month.
Gigawaabamin, Ms Shirley Ms Sue
Ms. Janet and Ms. Jeanette
Boozhoo from Bizhiw (Lynx) c
lassroom! As you know it is getting colder outside. Please send in with your child a hat and pair of gloves. We will be going outside daily. Benefit bingo will be starting to raise money for holiday gifts for the children in Head Start. Please, if you have time come help at the bingo hall. Call Head Start for more information. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you, Ms. Jeanette and Mrs. Janet
Ms. Sally and Ms. Arleen
Boozhoo! Greetings from Mishike (Turtle) classroom,
Hope everyone continues to stay happy healthy and well. We are excited to be back in our classroom with the children, after a long break. Spring ahead, fall behind, and rewind the clocks for daylight savings time! In our classroom we are working on learning our colors, matching shapes and color, sharing and picking up toys! Everyone is doing well and trying to do their best. We have also been walking with the rings in the school hallways, seeing a lot of friends. Please remember about some of our upcoming events; with the Turtle Play Shoppe on November 17, featuring activities centered on cranberries. Our Thanksgiving Family Social will be on November 18. Please attend and have fun with your children during this harvest time. We had our second parent meeting this past week and continue to plan and brain storm for creative ideas to raise money for holiday gifts for the children. There will be Bingo for the next four Monday's. If you are not able to attend bingo sessions to volunteer, come play, or donate baked goods for the bingo bake sale. Baked goods can be brought to your child's teacher each Monday. Please support this worthy cause. We look forward to hearing from you. With our continued cool frosty days please dress your child for the weather with a warm jacket, hat and mittens? Later boots will be needed as we go outdoors for fresh air everyday. As always we appreciate parent participation in our classroom. Continue to think of more ideas for our fundraising and bring them to our next parent meeting.
Respectfully, Ms. Arleen Ms. Sally
Mr. Eli and Ms. Jodi
Boozhoo from Maang (Loon) Classroom,
This month in Mr. Eli's and Miss Jodi's class we will be learning about our five senses, family and feelings. We will be doing a lot of outdoor activities this month so dress warn and we can't wait to see you at our family social on November 18th at 11:00am in the small gym.
Miigwitch, Mr. Eli and Ms. Jodi
Ms. Alison and Mr. Mike
Boozhoo from the Migizi (Eagle) Classroom Families,
We hope everyone had a fantastic Halloween and that all of you are in the best of health. November is already off to a very busy start and everyone has had a blast getting into our new theme entitled My Five Senses. Throughout this unit we have been exploring the world around us, especially nature, using all our senses. We have also been reading stories from around the world, working on our math, reading and writing skills, and seasonal/holiday activities.
Miigwitch! Miss Alison and Mr. Mike
Ms. Kathryn and Ms. Melinda
Boozhoo from the Esiban (Raccoon) Classroom,
Our classroom has rebounded well from the nasty illnesses that swept through in October. We are happy to report that almost everyone is now back with us at school. Our focus for the remaining weeks of November is on giving thanks and appreciating our many gifts. We are also enjoying the last few weeks of mild weather that autumn has offered us. We hope you will join us at the Thanksgiving Family Social on November 18th at 11am, for turkey and all of the fixings. In December, we will learn all about our five senses, as we also prepare for the upcoming holidays. We will be practicing songs for our annual holiday concert, to be held on December 16, 2009. Also coming up in December are Parent/Teacher conferences on December 9 & 10, 2009. If you have any concerns about your child, or questions about what we are doing at Head Start, please feel free to speak with us at any time.
Thanks, Ms. Kathryn & Ms. Melinda
Ms. Jennifer and Ms. Stefanie
Boozhoo from the Gigoohn (Fish) Room Families,
This month we are exploring all of the things in life we are thankful for. We will be discussing our family traditions so please talk with your child about the things your family does each year. We will be making some turkeys in the art center so look for those in your child's backpack. We look forward to seeing everyone during the feast we will be having at this month's family social. Remember it is a half day and there are no afternoon busses so you will be taking your child home after the meal. You may invite grandma and grandpa's too. Aunties and Uncles are welcome as we celebrate this time together. Each classroom makes one of the table centerpieces so be sure to ask your child which one we made. Sometimes it is easier to think about the things we do not have rather than all of the things we do have. One of the most important things we have is each other! In our busy lives it can sometimes be hard to tell each other how grateful we are to have each other. Let's all take the time to smell the roses and give thanks for the family we have.
Ms. Jennifer and Ms. Stefanie
Ms. Mabel and Ms. Laverne
Boozhoo from the Waawaashekeshii (Deer) Classroom,
Reminders for parents, if you have not had a home visit; please call me to put you on the schedule. We are working on colors, numbers and shapes. We are also now wrapping up the fall season with giving thanks. I am thankful for being given the opportunity to work with your children. Children are enjoying saying thank you and what they most enjoy and are happy about. Please come in and enjoy any part of the day with your child. You are always welcome.
Miigwetch, Miss Mabel Miss Laverne Room 8
Triennial Review-Going for the Gold
Every 3 years, Zaasijiwan Head Start is subject to a comprehensive review as mandated by the Head Start Act. A company called Danya International is contracted to conduct monitoring reviews of all grantees. Danya will be giving Zaasijiwan Head Start a 30 day written notification in advance of the scheduled on-site review date.
When the monitoring team comes on-site, they conduct a thorough audit of over 1,600 performance standards pertaining to the operation of a head start facility. During this audit, brief interviews will be performed during various stages of the audit. They may contact a parent to ask questions pertaining to families being notified of various events planned here and encouraging them to participate.
Zaasijiwan's last review was in December of 2006. We highly anticipate the same time frame for 2009 will occur which was December. We will send notice of the review and provide you with information and updates so you can be involved and informed about the process. ZHS's motto is "Going for the Gold". The ZHS Team has worked hard to identify its strengths and gaps to improve its services. Parents are invited to call for more information.
Ms. Vicki and Ms. Julia, Family and Community Partnerships Coordinators
You can help your child learn and appreciate new words. Be relaxed and informal as your child encounters new words. Here are some projects you and your child may enjoy working on together.
" Write the name of an object in your home (chair, table, door, rug) on an index card. With your child, tape the card to the object it identifies. Each day let your child select one new object to label in this way.
" You and your child can look through some magazines to discover that words look different when printing styles vary.
" Use some new words when talking with your child. For example, "I saw a tiny ant on the sidewalk today" or "Let's go to the amusement park today." Write the new words on a card. Help your child understand that the words we speak are also words we can learn to read later.
" As your child completes a picture or illustration, have him or her select one or two words that can be used as a title. Print these words on the picture for your child to display on the refrigerator or in his or her room.
" Read to your child from a variety of sources. Newspaper, magazines, pamphlets, brochures, fliers, cereal boxes, cooking directions, and the like, can be used as reading material in addition to books. Help your child experience words in many different forms and many different ways.
Julia Chapman and Vicki Soulier Family & Community Partnerships
Ms. Lynn, Health, Mental Health, Nutrition and Safety Coordinator
Mental Health News
You know how your child behaves at home, but do you really know what he or she is like at school? Now is a good time to find out if your child is ready to learn. A child's mental health is an important factor in his or her ability to do well in school. Mental health is how a child thinks, feels, and acts. Mental health problems can affect any child-even elementary or preschool children. These problems are more common than you may think. One in five children has a diagnosable mental, emotional, or behavior problem that can lead to school failure, family discord, violence, or suicide. Help is available, but two-thirds of children with mental health problems are not getting the help they need.
The federal Center for Mental Health Services, a component of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is urging parents and teachers to talk about mental health. Your child's teacher should be your ally. He or she can help you decide if your child may need help.
Here are a few questions you should discuss with your child's teacher.
Does my child seem angry most of the time? Cry a lot? Overreact to things? Does my child destroy school property or do things that are life threatening? Harm other children on the playground? Break rules over and over again? Does my child appear sad or anxious much of the time? Show an unusual concern about grades or tests? Does my child seem obsessed about how he looks? Often complain about headaches, stomach aches, or other physical problems—especially when it's time to take a test or participate in classroom social activities? Is my child unable to sit still or focus her attention? Make decisions? Respect your authority as a teacher? Has my child lost interest in things usually enjoyed, such as sports, music, or other school activities? Suddenly started avoiding friends? If you and your child's teacher answer "yes" to any of these questions, and the problem seems persistent or severe, then you need to find out if a mental health problem is contributing to this behavior. It's not easy for parents to accept that their child may have a problem. Early treatment can help your child succeed in the classroom, but it is important that you seek help. Here are some tips to get you started.
Get more information. Call 1-800-789-CMHS (2647) to receive a free brochure or other materials about children's mental health.
Talk with your pediatrician or health care provider. He or she can check your child for other factors that can inhibit learning, such as poor eyesight or hearing. Together, you may decide that your child and family need help from someone with more mental health training.
Take an active role in helping your child get better. Every child and every parent has strengths. Helping your child do his or her homework gives you a chance to share your time and your experience with your child. This can strengthen the bond between you and your child. It also can teach you what interests your child.
Keep looking until you find the right services and the right providers for your child. Be patient, yet persistent. When it comes to mental health services, one size does not fit all. There are several national organizations and advocacy groups that can help you find services in your community.
Children need consistency — both in the home and in the classroom. By working together, parents and teachers can reinforce a child's strengths — such as curiosity, caring for animals, or a sense of humor. That's a big part of being a caring parent or teacher.
These tips were reproduced from the SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center.
Ms. Ruth, Education and Disability Coordinator
Welcome to Fun and Learning for Parents and Children! This booklet contains fun activities for you and your children. It is a collection of things to do that can be part of your family's everyday life in each room of your home, outdoors, and away from home. Just because an activity is described in one room of your home does not mean that it could not be done somewhere else.
Many of the ideas in this booklet might be routines you are doing already. If there are some new ideas, we hope you will use them. The more you enjoy playing with your children, the more they may be able to learn. Your children's abilities to learn many skills in the early years will depend on their stages of development and their individual interests. In addition, their learning will depend on the opportunities and support that the family offers them at home and in their surroundings.
Here are a few helpful hints to assist you in planning and doing the activities with your children.
Establish some rules with your children and be consistent about enforcing them. Set limits and be prepared to have them tested!
Use eye contact and reasoning to relate positively to your children.
Give detailed explanations to questions and explain the meanings of new words when you're playing with young children.
Assigning a few simple household chores helps your children learn to follow directions.
Outdoor activities will give your children a chance to use some energy and stay healthy!
It is also important to praise your children for their positive behaviors and let them know they are loved. Children are learning all the time, especially when they are playing. Learning for children is fun. Learning and playing with your children can also be fun for you. You will find that your child is curious and eager to talk and play with you.
What Is Sensory Integration? Sensory integration refers to how people use the information provided by all the sensations coming from within the body and from the external environment. We usually think of the senses as separate channels of information, but they actually work together to give us a reliable picture of the world and our place in it. Your senses integrate to form a complete understanding of who you are, where you are, and what is happening around you. Because your brain uses information about sights, sounds, textures, smells, tastes, and movement in an organized way, you assign meaning to your sensory experiences, and you know how to respond and behave accordingly. Walking through a shopping mall, if you smell a powerful, sweet scent, you are able to identify it as a candle or essential oil and realize that you're walking past an aromatherapy store. You may linger a moment to enjoy it or hurry by to escape it. Please click on the following link to read the rest of the article.....
Following is an interesting link called "Wisconsin Yellow Pages for Kids". You can find educational consultants, psychologists, educational diagnosticians, health care providers, academic therapists, tutors, speech language therapists, occupational therapists, coaches, advocates, and attorneys for children with disabilities on the Yellow Pages for Kids for your state.
You will also find special education schools, learning centers, treatment programs, parent groups, respite care, community centers, grassroots organizations, and government programs for children with disabilities.
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