Spring 2013

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities:

LifeSkills Curriculum Training
May 29-30, 2013

LifeSkills Curriculum Training will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on May 29-30, 2013 in Watertown, SD.

LifeSkills is a proven, highly effective, substance abuse prevention program. This comprehensive program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to resist social pressures to smoke tobacco, to drink, and to use drugs.
For more information contact Shari Wirkus at (605) 884-3524 or shariw@humanserviceagency.org

CLICK HERE to register.

National Afterschool
Association Annual Conference

April 7-10, 2013
Indianapolis, Indiana

SD Out-of-School Time Directors’ Retreat
Pierre – May 2-4, 2013

National Conference on Summer Learning
The 10th Annual Summer Changes Everything
national conference on summer learning
Orlando, FL
November 11-13, 2013

Department of Education Calendar of Events
View the SD Department of Education's calendar of events for many events are that open to everyone.

Mark's Money Tip:

Internal Controls Definition: Methods put in place to ensure the integrity of financial and accounting information. Non-Federal entities receiving Federal awards should establish and maintain internal control designed to reasonably ensure compliance with Federal laws, regulations, and program compliance requirements. More information on internal controls can be found in OMB Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement March 2011.

Click here to access their website. Internal control information can be found in Part 6.

Mark Gageby is a management analyst for the South Dakota Department of Education and oversees funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program.

Resource Corner:

empowerME4Life – Teaching Healthy Living to Kids
empowerME4Life is an 8-session healthy living course designed to equip kids ages 8-12 with new attitudes, skills and knowledge about eating better and moving more – for life! empowerME4Life is designed for implementation in afterschool and community settings and to be facilitated by teens or adult allies. The educational content and methods are aligned with the National Health Education Standards (and thus the South Dakota Health Education Standards) for fifth grade. empowerME4Life is based on the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s five steps kids can take to live healthier lives.

Click here to download the lesson plans and the Facilitators Guide.

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Center Highlight:
Three Rivers Cooperative:
Kadoka/Wanblee sites

    Contributor: Annette Vandermay, program director

Schools Served:
Kadoka Elementary

After-School Program
Grades: K-8, Daily Attendance: 25 at Kadoka, 12 at Wanblee
Hours: Kadoka 3:50-5:30 p.m., Wanblee: 4:30-6:00 p.m..
Fridays both programs run from 8:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

Summer Program
Daily Attendance: 25 at Kadoka, 12 at Wanblee
Summer Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Mon. – Thurs. for 8 weeks

The Kadoka 21st CCLC is in its 12th year of serving the students of Kadoka Elementary School. They are also in their third year of providing programing to the Wanblee students who are bussed to Kadoka for school. This program takes place in Wanblee. Kadoka's 21st CCLC program success comes from the support of the families, school and community. The parents, teachers, administrators, and community partners all work together to make sure the children in the program are given a safe and fun learning environment.

Some Favorites
One of the favorite after-school activities is going to the Kadoka Care Center. Annette says, “The resident's eyes light up when the kids arrive at the nursing home. As they do their activities together, there is always plenty of visiting taking place.” Another favorite of the students is when the Discovery Center comes to the program to do STEM activities. Something new to the program this year, which is also a favorite among the kids, are i-Pads. The students didn’t have much experience with them at first, but they are excited to keep learning about them.

Family Nights
The last family night was held in conjunction with the school's family night. It was a math themed event in which the 21st CCLC program and the classroom teachers had math games and activities for the parents and students to participate in. If the kids did a certain number of activities, they were eligible for door prizes, which were drawn at the end of the evening.

Annette says, “We want the kids who come to our program to know that we genuinely care about them and their well-being. We want them to know that they can be successful in school as well as in life. Lastly, we want them to know that when they come to our program, they can have a fun and safe learning experience.”


2013 21st Century Community Learning Center Summer Conference

    This year the summer conference is scheduled for June 17-18, 2013. We will be starting at noon on Monday and will run all day Tuesday. Our focus this year is centered on Literacy and Reading. We will have literacy presentations from Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks, along with presentations from 2 authors, and a special presentation from a renowned researcher on play, Dr. Stuart Brown. He will be speaking about the importance the act of playing has on the lives of kids. Please make plans to attend. We hope to see just as many participants as we did last year!

Summer Fun with Food and
Fitness Mini-Grant

    South Dakota Team Nutrition will award up to $1,000 for a Summer Fun with Food and Fitness plan at your school or agency.

Team Nutrition is offering the mini-grants to summer programs in order to support nutrition education activities and to promote physical activity. Click here to read about successful activities from prior grantees.

Agencies applying for the grants must participate in the US Department of Agriculture child nutrition programs such as CACFP, school lunch, after school snack or child and adult food program. Schools must also be signed up for Team Nutrition.

Applications will be accepted until available funds have been allocated. The project end date is August 30, 2013. Download application here.


New "Must Read" and "Must Share" Publication

    A new resource is now available that makes the case for quality afterschool and summer learning programs. Expanding Minds and Opportunities is a powerful compendium of studies, reports, and commentaries by more than one hundred thought leaders including community leaders, elected officials, educators, researchers, advocates, and other prominent authors. This landmark collection of nearly seventy articles is being met with great acclaim, as it presents bold and persuasive evidence and best practices from the field that quality expanded learning opportunities

• Promote student success and college and career readiness
• Build youth assets such as character, resilience, and wellness
• Foster partnerships that maximize resources and build community ties
• Engage families in their children’s learning in meaningful ways

A complete online version of every article in the book is now available, for FREE, from the Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project. Every article in the book may be printed, downloaded, shared, and used freely, so long as the content is attributed to the author(s) and the Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project.


Wellness Tip

    The Crucial Role of Recess in School

Recess is most children’s favorite period, and parents and teachers should encourage that trend, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Recess can be a critical time for development and social interaction, and in a new policy statement published in the journal Pediatrics, pediatricians from the AAP support the importance of having a scheduled break in the school day.

Click here to read the full text of the policy statement


       Sue Burgard, S.D. Department of Education
       (605) 773-5238

       Jill Cotton, S.D. Department of Education
       (605) 773-4693