Family Connectors University, starts Jan. 12th.
The Family Connectors University program is a ten-week series of adult workshops that is designed to empower families with information on how to navigate the school system, how to create a college-going culture at home, and how to support their child’s, and other children’s, academic success.
New School Lunch Menus - Link.
Over the past three years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has put in place many guidelines to help students make healthier choices in the school cafeteria, based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This year, in addition to further changes to the meal standards for breakfast and lunch, students will see changes outside of the school cafeteria as well. Food and beverages sold from vending machines, student stores and fundraisers will be affected by the new "Smart Snack" regulations. Flyer with all the details.
Hazel Wolf K-8 at Pinehurst. Work will start on this building in January. Interesting, though, they call it "K-8" as I thought the plan was to make every new building include a preschool. I'm sure the City is hot on the trail of this one. (And speaking of the City and preschool, we'll have to have a discussion about what the Governor is proposing for early childhood and the City's plan. I'm wondering if many there are too many plans afoot that may compete rather than compliment each other.)
Enrichment Opportunity for Girls
Girls on Ice is a unique, FREE, wilderness science education program for high school girls. Each year two teams of 9 teenage girls and 3 instructors spend 12 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers and the alpine landscape through scientific field studies with professional glaciologists, ecologists, artists, and mountaineers. One team explores Mount Baker, an ice-covered volcano in the North Cascades of Washington State. The other team sleeps under the midnight sun exploring an Alaskan glacier.
The application period for the 2015 Girls on Ice Teams will begin December 10, 2014 and end on January 31, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Alaska time.
Alaska program: June 19 – 30, 2015
North Cascades program: July 13 – 24, 2015
To be eligible, girls must be at least 16 years old by June 19, and no older than 18 on July 24.
Looks like President Obama is a feminist. First, he ignores labels and puts ALL kinds of toys into a bin for Christmas presents for girls. Like science toys, balls and Legos. Then, he breaks his own previous rule (when offered a football helmet, he declined to put it on) and put on a sparkly tiara with some Girl Scouts. (This was taken in June but the White House photographer decided to save it for the 2014 Year in Photos.)
Kids in Poverty, from the Washington Post.
Earlier this fall, the Census Bureau reported that child poverty in America is finally declining for the first time in more than a decade. But while the national trend is ticking down, in many parts of the country — particularly the South — poverty rates for kids are still above the national average and higher than they were before the start of the recession.
According to new Census data out today, poverty rates for school-aged children in 2013 were still above their 2007 levels in nearly a third of all counties, many of them clustered around metro areas in California, Arizona, Florida, Georgia and North and South Carolina.