Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities:
• South Dakota School Age Care Alliance Conference (SoDakSACA)
October 5-6, 2012, Sioux Falls, SD
This year, if you attend the conference we will pay the $70 membership fee which allows you to be a member of SoDakSACA and NAA. When you register for the conference, make sure you note that you are with a 21st CCLC program. When you send in the registration fee, you can deduct the membership fee from the amount of registration.
• South Dakota Parent Resource Network Annual Parent Conference October 27, 2012 Rapid City, SD
• Department of Education Calendar of Events
View the SD Department of Education's calendar of events for many events that are open to everyone.
Mark’s Money Tip:
The following websites are circulars which establish principles for determining costs for your 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant. The most common audit finding relates to distribution of salaries and wages, so please pay special attention to that section in the appropriate circular below.
OMB Circular A-87, Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments
OMB Circular A-122, Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations
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.
Check out Money as You Grow. Money as You Grow was developed by the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability. It provides 20 essential, age-appropriate financial lessons—with corresponding activities—that kids need to know as they grow. Money as You Grow will help equip kids with the knowledge they need to live fiscally fit lives. The lessons in Money as You Grow are based on more than a year of research, and drawn from dozens of standards, curricula, and academic studies.
With the elections coming up in November, take a minute to check out iCivics. iCivics is a website geared toward helping kids learn more about their own American Government. There are several games and even curriculum units available to spark kids’ interest in Civics. The Pierre Boys and Girls Club incorporated this into their program last year and found it very valuable and fun.
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Contributor: Lindsay Hargens, program director
Chamberlain Elementary School and the St. Joseph Indian School in Chamberlain.
Grades: K-6, Daily Attendance: 140
Hours: 7:30—8:30 a.m. and 3:20 – 5:30 p.m
- Daily Attendance: 60
- Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Thursday
Growing and growing…
According to Lindsay Hargens, the program’s director, the PAWS Program is definitely a much needed program in the Chamberlain community and each year it has grown bigger and better. The program started out in half a classroom space and after 7 years they have finally moved into at larger space that they do not have to share with anyone. “We all love it,” says Hargens. That’s quite an accomplishment that many of you located in schools can relate to!
Everyone Gets It
Lindsay gives credit to the teachers, staff, administrators, and community members for the support they provide. She says, “They all know the kids love music, doing crafts, playing games, learning about and being outdoors, doing community service or helping others, and also learning about other places and people in the world. People are always asking me how they can help or suggest cool ideas that they think I would like to teach and the kids would like to do or learn. We really would not have the success we have now without those people.” Her statement further reinforces the fact that a program needs support from all those involved in students’ lives to be successful.
The thing Lindsay wants most for the kids to take away from the program is that they can be or do anything their heart’s desire. One challenge she faces is that most of them don’t know what is outside of their small community. Lindsay teaches them about World Hunger along with other important issues happening in the world around them and shows them what they can do to help. Fortunately, for her students, Lindsay has traveled to Africa and has made friends there. Every Christmas the kids in the program send cards and other things to spread cheer to the kids of Tanzania. When the kids in the PAWS program see how the children from the particular village react to their thoughtful cards it’s evident in their faces that they really get it. That’s proof to her that this program is definitely making a difference in the students’ lives and not just giving them a safe place to go afterschool.
It’s time again for our regional meetings. The schedule is posted below; please email Sue or Jill to let us know which one you’ll be attending.
• Sept. 10, 2012 – Mobridge, Pizza Ranch
• Sept. 12, 2012 – Rapid City, TIE Office
• Sept. 13, 2012 – Chamberlain, Al’s Oasis
• Sept. 17, 2012 – Watertown, Minerva’s
• Sep. 18, 2012 – Sioux Falls, Washington Pavilion
The Profile and Performance Information Collection System (PPICS) is the database for reporting your 21st CCLC information. The timeframe for this year’s report is the summer of 2011 and the 2011-2012 school year. You have all the information to complete this report at the present time. If you haven’t started filling out the report, we encourage you to start soon. The information will be due towards the end of October. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Fostering Relationships in the Classroom
With a new school year starting, we hope you are forming those all too important positive and encouraging relationships with your students. Afterschool is such an influential time in a student’s life and it’s important that they have a trusted adult to count on. This article has several suggestions on ways to form positive relationships.
2011 South Dakota Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Data Released
Coordinated School Health in the South Dakota Departments of Education and Health has released the 2011 South Dakota YRBS data. The YRBS monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults. The health-risk behaviors include:
• Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence
•Sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection
• Alcohol and other drug use
• Tobacco use
• Unhealthy dietary behaviors
• Inadequate physical activity
Click here to see the full report of the 2011 South Dakota YRBS. You can also contact Sue or Jill if you want a hard copy.
Note – The YRBS is a trusted and recognized source of data. Schools and other youth-serving organizations can use state level YRBS data to demonstrate the need for services when applying for grants.
Sue Burgard, S.D. Department of Education
Jill Cotton, S.D. Department of Education