Winter 2014

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities:

South Dakota 21st Century Community Learning Center Conference
June 1-2, 2015
Ramkota Conference Center
Pierre, SD.

South Dakota School Age Care Alliance
SoDakSACA Conference
October 8-10, 2015
Downtown Holiday Inn
Sioux Falls SD

Beyond School Hours Conference
February 18-21, 2015
Orlando, FL

National Afterschool Association Convention
March 8-11, 2015
Washington, DC

Boost Conference
April 28-May 1, 2015
Palm Springs, CA

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:

When requesting amendments for your 21st CCLC grant: the request should be submitted and approved before the expenditures are made. The reasoning behind this is, if you have already expended the funds and you submit an amendment and it is not approved, the funds would have to be returned to the State. When requesting an amendment please remember that the costs must be reasonable and necessary to support your 21st CCLC grant.

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:

Ten Strategies for Effective Communication in Afterschool – Working in an afterschool program involves taking on many roles and interacting with a variety of people, including staff, parents, and children. Effective communication techniques can help maintain a clear vision of the program's goals, clarify expectations of staff and students, and assure parents that their children are in good hands.

Give us your feedback

   If you get a minute please email Jill Cotton any comments/suggestions you have about the newsletter. This will provide some direction on where to go for future issues.


Center Highlight:
Red Cloud Indian School After School Program

    Contributor: Ann-Marie Amiotte, Program Director

Schools Served:
Red Cloud Elementary, Red Cloud High School, and Our Lady of Lourdes

After-School Program
Grades K-12

Daily Attendance: Red Cloud Elementary: 60
Red Cloud high school: 36
Our Lady of Lourdes: 105

Summer Program: 1st – 11th grades
Daily Attendance: RCES – 75; RCHS - 36; OLL – 41
Hours: M-F, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Session: 4 weeks

The After school Program at Red Cloud Indian School is halfway through its 5th year. According to program director Ann-Marie Amiotte, “This program has brought so much strength and additional academic support to our school. Without this resource, many opportunities and skills would be lost to our students. Most importantly, it has allowed our Lakota students to continue to achieve academically while more fully exploring our rich heritage.”

As the program has increased in years at the school, they have been able to more fully focus on expanding the amount of support to increase our reading, math, and science student assessment scores. Daily they assist all students with homework, tutoring upon request (1:1 in reading), and completion of Accelerated Reader – their school wide reading program.

They have also been very fortunate to increase the Lakota cultural activities and events with more students than ever. Ann-Marie feels that too often, schools focus on developing athletic programs with little resources left over for the development of the arts and other culturally related activities. The 21st CCLC program has allowed their school to teach the students the art of traditional beading and how to play handgames (a traditional Lakota game played by 2 teams). They also have Teca Wacipi Okolakiceye (a pow wow dance club) and a sewing club where students are learning to sew their own regalia. Field trips are another exciting activity for this group. They’ve gone to sacred places of the Lakota people, to teach the youth their heritage, culture, and thereby, how to move strongly into the future.


New grant competition

    The new grant competition will be announced after the first of the year. If you’re planning to apply or know someone whose organization would like to apply, all the application materials will be on our website. Materials will be up by January 5, 2015. We will also be having two informational webinars regarding the grant process on January 21st and 22nd; registration will be on the website. We will again be seeking peer reviewers for the competition. If you are interested in being a peer reviewer the application will be on the website.

America After 3 pm

    The latest statistics are available from the American After 3 pm website. It’s a great site to print graphics and/or statistics if you’re doing additional grant writing or need the information to present to boards or potential funders.

Harvest of the Month (HOM) Mini-Grants

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2014-16 Harvest of the Month Mini-Grants. The purpose of this mini-grant is to actively engage children in learning about and exposing them to sample fruits and vegetables. The mini-grant should be used in schools, after school programs, preschools, and summer programs. A team approach including the school, parents and community grocers is recommended.

In an effort to involve grocers or farmers' markets in promoting fruits and vegetables, the grant will also provide free print resources for HOM/Pick it! Try it! Like it! materials for the grocers or vendors who agree to provide these complimentary materials to shoppers in their stores.

Grant funding will be based on the total enrollment of the class(es) who will experience HOM: 0 to 100 children = $125, 101 to 200 children =$250, 201 to 400 children =$500. It is acceptable to request smaller amounts.

Funding for the mini-grants is provided through the USDA Team Nutrition State Training Grant. For additional information or assistance, contact Karlys Wells at 605-688-4039 or


Wellness Tip

    Fun with Foodella

Fun with Foodella is a nutrition education activity book. This is the second major revision of the original Food Fun with Foodella, which was undertaken as a pilot project by seven South Dakota elementary school teachers in the summer of 1975 to strengthen nutrition education for students at the second grade level. The first revision occurred in 1992. This revision and reprinting was initiated at the prompting of elementary teachers who had previously used the workbook in their classes.


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

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