Candidates, Bullying, And More! Join Us March 16.

You can join us March 16 at 6:15 for our annual parent friendly school board candidate forum. What makes our forum parent friendly?  You get to ask your own questions, actually talk to the candidates, and both food and childcare are available. Can’t stay for the entire forum or need to arrive late?  Not a problem!  With our format it is easy to come and go. We understand the difficulties you have juggling your family schedule and will welcome you for the time you have to share.  So please come!  Forum will last approximately an hour. As last year, the forum will be held at United Community Builders, 617 North Providence.  Our forum is co-sponsored with the CMSTA.

You can actually join us BEFORE the forum for  a workshop on the new bullying law and related district policy. That begins at 5:30 pm. As a parent you need to know how the changes could affect your child, and what to do if your child is bullied or accused of bullying. You can find many good resources related to bullying here.

If you are a parent or other community member concerned about maintaining and strengthening our public school system so that ALL kids have a fair opportunity to succeed we welcome you to come meet us, share your concerns, and join in our work!

5:30 pm Workshop – What Parents Need To Know About Bullying

6:15 pm School Board Candidate Forum

March 16, 2017,  617 N. Providence

 

Fourth Annual Bullying Prevention Awareness Week

Several parents have contacted us with requests for information on how to deal with bullying.  The week of October 4th through the 10th marks PACER’s Fourth Annual Bullying Prevention Week and you can sign up for their free webinar, scheduled for Tuesday September 28 from 1 to 2 Central, for a good overview of prevention resources.  Your school can als  contact them to become a partner in bullying prevention.  You can take a look at their website to see a long list of partners and resources.

Learning About Disability

Here are a few good sites for parents and students to look at for learning more about working with a disability.

  • Finally, to find out more about learning disabilities, check out LDOnline or see their section for kids.  There is a tremendous amount of information on this website so be prepared to spend some time!

Rainbow House Crisis Care Family Support Program

This program allows a parent to place his or her child at the Rainbow House shelter for a short period of time during a crisis.

Some crisis examples are:

  • Medical and mental health emergencies
  • Death in the family
  • Parent participation in an alcohol or drug rehabilitation program
  • Highly stressful home situation with little or no support
  • Eviction
  • Lack of food or utilities
  • Domestic violence

Rainbow House Crisis Care is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, call (573)474-6600.

Finding the Funds

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We know times are hard, and we know that our children need an education that inspires in order to thrive. Over the last few years programs like the popular “Critters in the Classroom” program have been cut from school budgets and been sustained by private funders. Technology budgets have been cut as have personnel. How do we find the resources we need? Are there ways we might be able to reorganize that might save money and boost student achievement? Your creative ideas are welcome here. We will also post grant options that are identified or secured for schools, and by parent or community groups that are working with the schools.