Detailed Agenda


Keynote Speakers:
- Jim Harris
- Donald Easton-Brooks, Ph.D
- John Stiegelmeier

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Schedule at a glance

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Tuesday, July 11

7:00 - 8:10 a.m. - Registration and Breakfast

Breakfast will include Caramel Rolls, Fresh Fruit, Coffee and Fruit juice

8:10 - 8:45 a.m. - Welcome/Governor Daugaard

Dennis Daugaard is the 32nd Governor of South Dakota.

8:45 - 9:55 a.m. - Welcome and Keynote Jim Harris

Opening Keynote – Jim Harris: So What’s Wrong with Kids These Days? An Exploration of What We Can Do to Support Children in a Complicated World

It is no secret that we live in an increasingly complex world and that this complexity has resulted in a number of challenges for the appropriate social and emotional development of youth today. In this session, Jim gets back to the developmental basics and helps to give you some ideas about how we can better understand and support youth in an ever-changing and complicated world.

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Breakout Session 1

Room D
The Importance of Multicultural Education in Low Diversity Schools

Diversity in the state and the region is increasing and our schools, teachers, and students are faced with changing needs. This presentation stresses the importance of incorporating racial and cultural diversity into school/class curricula, especially in schools with low racial and cultural diversity where students may not be exposed to this diversity outside the classroom. This presentation also includes cultural considerations specific to the high-representation groups in the state as well as suggestions for application.


Room E
From Kindergarten to Graduation: Helping Your Students Stay on Track and Attain That Diploma

As educator, we all share the same hopes and dreams for our students. We want them to succeed academically, enjoy the social aspects of school, and ultimately graduate. However, the reality is that not all students will complete that journey, and if they do, it may not be in the manner we had originally anticipated. Take an honest look at your practices. Are you, your coworkers, and administrators doing everything you can to ensure your students are reaching their full potential? Are your students actively engaged in lessons? What is your school climate like? Does your school have strong leadership that supports change and collaboration? The list of questions can go on. This session will provide participants with an opportunity to truthfully examine their current practices. Strategies to positively enhance student engagement, school climate, and school leadership will be shared, along with others. Participants will be encouraged to share their observations, make recommendations, and above all, have fun as they collaborate to ensure all their students attain that diploma.


Room G
RBI Bootcamp: Engaging the Youngest Scholars and Their Families

What is early intervention? How does it affect schools? What’s the buzz about improving child outcomes through family engagement? Come learn how Birth to Three has scaled up assessment, goal writing, and instructional practice by engaging families and what it means for your day to day practices. A Routines Based Interview demonstration will be conducted, followed by a Functional Goal Writing mini-workshop.


Lake Sharpe
Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs: A Whole School Approach to Increasing Physical Activity

This session is designed to provide information on how a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) can help schools use all opportunities for students to be physically active throughout the school day in order to meet the national recommendation of 60 minutes of physical activity daily and to provide the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be physically active for a lifetime. Participants will learn about two guidance documents developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and SHAPE America. They are the Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program Guide for Schools and the Strategies for Recess in Schools Toolkit. If possible, participants should have a laptop, tablet or smart phone available for accessing the on-line toolkits.


Francis Case
McKinney-Vento Liaisons – Determining Eligibility

This workshop is for McKinney-Vento liaisons and other school district staff who assist in identifying and determining the eligibility of students who may be experiencing homelessness. (Defined by the McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Act Title VII, Part B; ESSA Title IX, Part A) Participants will be asked to read a scenario and discuss whether the student(s) in the scenario is experiencing homelessness and qualifies for services. As time permits, participants will create an action plan for the student and discuss the services needed, funding available (general funds, Title I funds), and the role of the district.


Lewis and Clark
Working with Difficult Parents: Maintaining a Positive Relationship

In this session, educators will work together to understand the changing dynamics on families today, how this influences parent participation with school and how teachers can work to create and maintain a positive relationship with all parents, but especially those who can be challenging to work with.


Amphitheater 1
Milken Educator of the Year


Amphitheater 2
Retirement

11:10 - 12:10 p.m. - Breakout Session 2

Room D
Starting a Successful Teen Group – NAYSS (Native American Youth Standing Strong)

Presentation will be on the history of starting my successful teen group, NAYSS. The presentation will also include group dynamics, discussion on the subject matter of the group, activities of the group, and the group’s impact in the club, schools, and community. The presentation will also include suggestions an ideas for getting Teen group started in your club or community.


Room E
From Kindergarten to Graduation: Helping Your Students Stay on Track and Attain That Diploma (continued)

As educator, we all share the same hopes and dreams for our students. We want them to succeed academically, enjoy the social aspects of school, and ultimately graduate. However, the reality is that not all students will complete that journey, and if they do, it may not be in the manner we had originally anticipated. Take an honest look at your practices. Are you, your coworkers, and administrators doing everything you can to ensure your students are reaching their full potential? Are your students actively engaged in lessons? What is your school climate like? Does your school have strong leadership that supports change and collaboration? The list of questions can go on. This session will provide participants with an opportunity to truthfully examine their current practices. Strategies to positively enhance student engagement, school climate, and school leadership will be shared, along with others. Participants will be encouraged to share their observations, make recommendations, and above all, have fun as they collaborate to ensure all their students attain that diploma.


Room F
Starting Strong (Back to School Open House)
The traditional back to school or open house event is often an overlooked opportunity! This presentation will provide you with creative ideas and resources for establishing a solid school-family partnership that will last throughout the year. Come and explore the opportunities!


Room G
RBI Bootcamp: Engaging the Youngest Scholars and Their Families (continued)

What is early intervention? How does it affect schools? What’s the buzz about improving child outcomes through family engagement? Come learn how Birth to Three has scaled up assessment, goal writing, and instructional practice by engaging families and what it means for your day to day practices. A Routines Based Interview demonstration will be conducted, followed by a Functional Goal Writing mini-workshop.


Lake Sharpe
Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs: A Whole School Approach to Increasing Physical Activity (continued)

This session is designed to provide information on how a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) can help schools use all opportunities for students to be physically active throughout the school day in order to meet the national recommendation of 60 minutes of physical activity daily and to provide the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be physically active for a lifetime. Participants will learn about two guidance documents developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and SHAPE America. They are the Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program Guide for Schools and the Strategies for Recess in Schools Toolkit.
If possible, participants should have a laptop, tablet or smart phone available for accessing the on-line toolkits.


Francis Case
Support and Collaboration for Well-Rounded Education

The South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC) is increasingly involved in education in South Dakota, most notably through our Young Readers Initiative supporting early literacy. Because this initiative supports readers at school, in the home, and through public events we believe it is a critical part of supporting well-rounded youth. Three SDHC staff will present on the Young Readers Initiative, current collaborations with schools and the DOE, opportunities for schools including grants and other resources. After presenting on existing initiatives and ways South Dakota teachers and schools might become involved we hope to begin conversations about matching existing SDHC resources with existing classroom needs.


Lewis and Clark
Working with Difficult Parents: Maintaining a Positive Relationship (continued)

In this session, educators will work together to understand the changing dynamics on families today, how this influences parent participation with school and how teachers can work to create and maintain a positive relationship with all parents, but especially those who can be challenging to work with.


Amphitheater 1
GMS

12:10 - 1:20 p.m. - Lunch/ Updates

Lunch will include Penne pasta, cheese tortellini, Alfredo sauce, red meat sauce, Italian garden salad, breadsticks, Coffee and water

1:20 - 2:20 p.m. - Breakout Session 3

Room D
Using Equitable Practices to Educate the Well-Rounded child

South Dakota is a new state member of the Midwest and Plains (MAP) Equity Assistance Center at Indiana University-Purdue University. The Center provides technical assistance, resources, professional learning opportunities, and facilitates research related to equity, civil rights and systemic school reform. The Center serves as a resource to educational agencies across the nation. This session will provide participants the opportunity to discover useful resources available on the MAP website.


Room E
The Learning Zone

Staff from The Learning Zone will present their afterschool tutoring and homework help programs- the one during the year and during the summer. In addition, a presentation on the summer program, Students with a Goal (SWAG) for new freshman entering Rapid City High School will be a part of the presentation. A video will be included featuring the tutoring and homework help classroom. Finally, information on the annual Careers in Action conference will be presented.


Room F
Opening doors for Middles and High School Students

Students who take two or more Career & Technical Education (CTE) courses during their high school career graduate at a rate of 97%. This fast-paced session will explain what CTE is and will highlight districts across the state who have implemented innovative and effective CTE programs within their middle and high schools that have helped boost their graduation rates and provided their students with the skills they need to be both college and career ready. Details on program funding, overcoming scheduling conflicts and finding certified teachers will also be discussed.


Room G
RBI Bootcamp: Engaging the Youngest Scholars and Their Families (continued)

What is early intervention? How does it affect schools? What’s the buzz about improving child outcomes through family engagement? Come learn how Birth to Three has scaled up assessment, goal writing, and instructional practice by engaging families and what it means for your day to day practices. A Routines Based Interview demonstration will be conducted, followed by a Functional Goal Writing mini-workshop.


Lake Sharpe
Total Solar Eclipse, a Shadowy Experience?

This interactive instructional unit on solar eclipses demonstrates how teachers can incorporate a diverse cultural approach to not only science content lessons but to all subjects across the board including, math, literature, history, and culture. As representatives of Oglala Lakota College, we incorporate a Lakota perspective in to all our work. Our presentation also explores how the sun, earth, and moon are a natural system whose relationship has regular patterns of phenomena that inspire cultural beliefs and can be understood through observation and measurement.


Francis Case
WIDA Screener

In school year 2017-2018, South Dakota will begin the administration of the newly developed language screener, the WIDA screener. The new screener will replace the grades 1-12 W-APT. The WIDA Screener is an English language proficiency assessment given to incoming students in Grades 1-12 to assist educators with the identification of students as English learners. This session will familiarize attendees with the screener’s functionality and design and assist users in becoming more comfortable with the new system.


Lewis and Clark
Activate Healthy Choices for Well-being and Academic Success

Research supports the development of healthy skills as critical components of a healthy lifestyle and academic success. Health activation maintains that health skills are impacted by 1) understanding the influence of sleep and mood on daily choices involving nutrition and physical activity , 2) teaching methods that engage, empower, and activate students, and 3) comprehensive tools support simple, recurring, lifestyle changes.


Amphitheater 1
Using SD-STARS as a resource for informing instruction, continuous improvement, and making data-driven decision

When students and schools are successful, a contributing factor is often educators’ access to and use of student data to inform instruction and continuous improvement. Data helps identify gaps in learning, patterns in attendance, readiness for next academic step, and more. SD-STARS is one resource that contains useful reports and helpful tools for supporting districts. During this extended session, participants, will dive into reports and resources in SD-STARS that can help answer important questions that come up through the school year.

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Breakout Session 4

Room D
Using Equitable Practices to Educate the Well-Rounded child (continued)

South Dakota is a new state member of the Midwest and Plains (MAP) Equity Assistance Center at Indiana University-Purdue University. The Center provides technical assistance, resources, professional learning opportunities, and facilitates research related to equity, civil rights and systemic school reform. The Center serves as a resource to educational agencies across the nation. This session will provide participants the opportunity to discover useful resources available on the MAP website.


Room E
Using Ziplocs & Diapers to Investigate Plastic Polymers & Career Options

Research shows that hands-on activities improve student comprehension, but what does that look like in a classroom or an afterschool setting? Roll up your sleeves and join the Washington Pavilion for two hands-on activities that use every day items such as plastic bags, diapers, and water to demonstrate how plastic polymers are used in the real world, and how to help students make the connection between kitchen science and a viable career option.


Room F
Being Smart in Math Class

What does being “smart” in math class mean? When you ask many people that question, they respond with fast and correct. Thinking that being fast and correct are the only ways to be successful in math class turns many students away from math. Let’s learn how to expand our definition of “smart” in math and talk about best ways to communicate to students all of the ways to be successful in mathematics.


Room G
RBI Bootcamp: Engaging the Youngest Scholars and Their Families (continued)

What is early intervention? How does it affect schools? What’s the buzz about improving child outcomes through family engagement? Come learn how Birth to Three has scaled up assessment, goal writing, and instructional practice by engaging families and what it means for your day to day practices. A Routines Based Interview demonstration will be conducted, followed by a Functional Goal Writing mini-workshop.


Lake Sharpe
Technology Based Interaction in the Classroom for ELs

In this session we will discuss strategies to build background information and provide meaningful interaction for practice, application, review, and assessment of classroom lessons. Strategies will include Comics Head and Kahoot.


Francis Case
Focus on the Formative Assessment Process
This presentation will aim to help educators better understand the Smarter Balanced system and how to integrate Smarter Balance’s formative assessment processes into their classroom. I will highlight useful classroom aspects of the Interim Assessments and how the resulting data can connect to resources within the Smarter Balanced Digital Library. Overall, I will assist educators in making connections within the Smarter Balanced system that they will be able to implement in their classrooms in order to engage in the formative assessment process.


Lewis and Clark
Activate Healthy Choices for Well-being and Academic Success (continued)

Research supports the development of healthy skills as critical components of a healthy lifestyle and academic success. Health activation maintains that health skills are impacted by 1) understanding the influence of sleep and mood on daily choices involving nutrition and physical activity , 2) teaching methods that engage, empower, and activate students, and 3) comprehensive tools support simple, recurring, lifestyle changes.


Amphitheater 1
Using SD-STARS as a resource for informing instruction, continuous improvement, and making data-driven decision

When students and schools are successful, a contributing factor is often educators’ access to and use of student data to inform instruction and continuous improvement. Data helps identify gaps in learning, patterns in attendance, readiness for next academic step, and more. SD-STARS is one resource that contains useful reports and helpful tools for supporting districts. During this extended session, participants, will dive into reports and resources in SD-STARS that can help answer important questions that come up through the school year.

3:30 - 3:45 p.m. - Break

Popcorn, coffee, tea and leamonade will be available.

3:45 - 5:00 p.m. - Jim Harris

Keynote – Jim Harris: Are you Happy & Do You Know It? Stress, Happiness, & Effectiveness

So how are you doing with your “pursuit of happiness”? Are you like many people in our stress and success obsessed society reaching for the proverbial carrot just outside your reach at the end of the stick of life? In this presentation, Jim borrows from the research on stress and happiness to explore how we can alter our perceptions and practices to make happiness a daily part of our existence. Do not be mistaken this is not a “Pollyanna” presentation on stress and happiness! This is a presentation that explores how we can exist in a real world with tough issues and maintain a sense of resilience and passion in our work. Jim will explore the toxic effects of stress on our health and mental functioning and also challenge common perceptions about what makes us happy. You will leave this presentation with information and daily practice examples that can have an immediate effect on your life!

Wednesday, July 12

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. - Breakfast

Breakfast will include: Fluffy Scrambled Eggs, Bacon Strips Or Link Sausage, Breakfast Potatoes, Muffins And Butter, Coffee and Fruit Juice

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. - Keynote: Donald Easton-Brooks, Ph.D.

Donald Easton-Brooks, Ph.D, internationally-recognized scholar on teacher quality and diversifying teacher education.

9:40 - 10:40 a.m. - Breakout Session 5

Room D
How to Create an Awesome Summer Program That Everyone will enjoy

In this session, you will learn a variety of different ways to have an amazing and memorable end of the summer program that both your students and parents will love. In this session, you will learn a few different ways you can end your program with fun and excitement through dance, drama, and S.T.E.M.


Room E
Strategies to Increase Attendance

Although the importance of attendance is well understood, effective strategies, for increasing it are not so definitive. This session will briefly summarize the research on this very complex issue, present some research-based ideas a starting place for those who want to develop better policies and practices for attendance, and discuss the factors that contribute to increased attendance, engagement, and lower dropout rate.


Room F
Brain Research and Learning Mathematics

What does brain research tell us about learning math effectively? Why are mistakes and struggle so important in the process? What ideas and strategies in the classroom will help us engage our students in math? Come join us to explore thee questions and to learn helpful strategies to create a math learning culture in the classroom.


Room G
Equitable Services


Lake Sharpe
Helping Parents Support, Monitor, and Advocate for their Children During their Educational Journey

When parents learn how to formulate and ask the right questions effectively and participate effectively in decisions that affect them, they greatly improve the ability to help support, monitor, and advocate for their children in the educational realm. Learn the simple formula to teach parents to ask the right questions. This is especially helpful to parents in the special education realm. This work is based on the research done by Luz Santana, Dan Rothstein, and Agnes Bain and covered in the book, Partnering With Parents to Ask the Right Questions.


Lewis and Clark
Designated supports are Not Just for Special Education Students

Participants will learn more about designated supported and documented accommodations for the statewide assessment. Designated supports are not just for special education students, but for students whom the need has been indicated. The Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines (UAAG) document will be used to wade through what is available and appropriate.

10:50 - 11:50 a.m. - Breakout Session 6

Room D
Engaging Migrant and EL Families

In this session we will explore strategies for engaging migrant and EL families in the school and community. Participants will have time to learn and discuss ideas to not only help students become active in the classroom, school, and community, but to include the parents and families of these students as well. Engaging all stakeholders will develop a sense of belonging and responsibility and will encourage success for our diverse learners.


Room E
Working Together to Meet the Needs of the Children we Serve: Before, During, After School

Afterschool programs share more than school space, afterschool programs share the children schools educate during the school day! There are many benefits to working together for the best outcomes for our youth. It is proven there are positive changes in students’ social behavior, attitudes toward community, attitude towards school and academic performance when they attend afterschool (South Dakota DOE, 2015). It is also a fact that attendance improves when children participate in the afterschool programming. With ESSA accountability just around the corner, let us work together for school success. We must consider the great potential for the students, schools, and programs if we work more closely together to enhance the school day.


Room F
Mentoring for Growth and Other Lessons Learned

Throughout the first year of the South Dakota Mentoring Program, we have learned a lot, including the importance of mentoring for growth. This includes using feedback as a way to reflect and guide professional growth. The panel of mentors, new teachers, and or/administrators will discuss mentoring/coaching strategies used to support new teachers. They will also discuss the Mentoring Program and answer any questions.


Room G
ESSA


Francis Case
The eSchool Nurse: Allowing Educators to Educate and Students to Learn

Virtual School is not a new concept; however Virtual School Health is just emerging in the education world. Delivering health care in a rural school setting can be a challenge and yet the Centers for disease Control and Prevention found rural areas have a higher prevalence of children diagnosed with mental, behavioral and developmental disorders than in urban areas. This presentation will explore how delivering virtual health care in schools is solving access issues in rural areas by leveraging technology and resources in urban areas.


Lewis and Clark
Building Partnerships- Making Accommodations Work in the Classroom and Beyond

Accommodations can be used for all students, in all settings. Accommodations are not just for special education students. This session will help all educators understand accommodation and determine what accommodations can be effective in a variety of settings, for all students. You’ll leave the session with many resources and a “can do” attitude!

11:50 - 12:50 p.m. - Lunch/ Angela Lisburg- Ways to Identify Problematic Behaviors in Children

Lunch: Taco Bar including Seasoned ground beef with soft and hard shells. Toppings: sour cream, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, black olives, taco sauce, tortilla chips and salsa, Coffee and water

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Breakout Session 7

Room D
MTTSS: Making Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Work in Your Building

Response to Intervention (RtI) and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) are statewide initiatives available to all schools interested in addressing the achievement gap, and the behavioral, social/emotional needs of students. This session will outline how the basics of South Dakota RtI and PBIS frameworks, discuss critical features of each and what data is telling us about improvement schools are seeing across the state.


Room E
Oglala Lakota School District


Room F
Yoga in the Elementary Classroom

Join Jessica for a fun, engaging course on utilizing yoga in your elementary school classroom. We look at engaging ways to embrace multi-abilities, and encourage modification techniques. You will be provided with materials you can utilize in class right away. As an expert in the early childhood education and yoga fields, Jessica recently reviewed Teresa Anne Power’s new book The ABCs of Yoga for Kids Around the World and hosted a site for International Kids Yoga Day. This class is for anyone looking to get more yoga into their classroom, and is a nice break from a long conference day! Be ready to move!


Room G
Improving Native American Student Outcomes: Addressing the Academic Language Gap Pilot

Developing students’ academic language is key to increasing student achievement in any content area. The North Central Comprehensive Center (NCCC) has collaborated with state Indian Education Directors to develop a pilot program aimed at addressing the academic language gap for native American students. This session will provide an overview of the Academic Language Learner (ALL) pilot project that is being conducted by NCCC. Participants will be introduced to the importance of academic language development and the elements of the pilot including teacher/leader training, overall pilot results and next steps. Materials and access to training resources will be provided.


Lake Sharpe
Suicide Prevention Training

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. At this training, you will learn how to (1) recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis, (2) how to offer hope and (3) how to get help and save a life. We will also share Myths and Facts about Suicide and how to ask the Suicide Question.


Francis Case
WIDA Screener

In school year 2017-2018, South Dakota will begin the administration of the newly developed language screener, the WIDA screener. The new screener will replace the grades 1-12 W-APT. The WIDA Screener is an English language proficiency assessment given to incoming students in Grades 1-12 to assist educators with the identification of students as English learners. This session will familiarize attendees with the screener’s functionality and design and assist users in becoming more comfortable with the new system.


Lewis and Clark
Rounding the Last Bend in Special Education-Guardianship or an Alternative?

As a parent, I found the most challenging IEPs to develop dealt with transition skills preparing my son to be an independent adult. Similarly, it can be challenging for educators to address transition needs of students who may remain in a residential setting or require services from a community service provider. Will these students need a guardian or are there alternatives to guardianship?


Amphitheater 1
Staying Strong- SD Toolkit for Parent, Family, and Community Engagement

Looking for ideas about how to successfully engage families and build partnerships? Find the tools YOU need to be successful with the families in your school/classroom by exploring the NEW SD Toolkit for Parent, Family, and Community Engagement.

2:10 - 3:10 p.m. - Breakout Session 8

Room D
Hands On! Suitcase Education Kits

Learn how the kits are developed, handle kit objects and try out some of the activities.


Room E
Creating a Collaboration and Relationship with a Bureau of Indian Education

This presentation will highlight techniques on how to create collaborations and develop partnerships through relationships building. Understanding the importance of knowing the culture of your community to ensure you are providing the services needed is key. The boys & Girls club of Moody County has developed various partnerships with different organizations in the area which includes the Flandreau Indian School (FIS), the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribal Dakota Language Program, the Indian Education Program, and the Flandreau Public School to provide programming to students in the community by embracing the differences and building bridges resulting in expanding from a Traditional club to adding an off-set Club at FIS.


Room F
Title III


Room G
Improving Native American Student Outcomes: Addressing the Academic Language Gap Pilot

Developing students’ academic language is key to increasing student achievement in any content area. The North Central Comprehensive Center (NCCC) has collaborated with state Indian Education Directors to develop a pilot program aimed at addressing the academic language gap for native American students. This session will provide an overview of the Academic Language Learner (ALL) pilot project that is being conducted by NCCC. Participants will be introduced to the importance of academic language development and the elements of the pilot including teacher/leader training, overall pilot results and next steps. Materials and access to training resources will be provided.


Lake Sharpe
Suicide Prevention Training(continued)

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. At this training, you will learn how to (1) recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis, (2) how to offer hope and (3) how to get help and save a life. We will also share Myths and Facts about Suicide and how to ask the Suicide Question.


Amphitheater 1
Staying Strong- SD Toolkit for Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (continued)

Looking for ideas about how to successfully engage families and build partnerships? Find the tools YOU need to be successful with the families in your school/classroom by exploring the NEW SD Toolkit for Parent, Family, and Community Engagement.

3:30 - 3:45 p.m. - Break

Cookies, Coffee, Tea, Lemonade will be available.