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- August 19, 2015
August 19, 2015
Can you believe that we are already in the middle of August!?! Even though the weather doesn’t seem to know summer is coming to an end, we all know what the end of August brings…the start of the new school year. This is a time of year with a lot of changes and transitions. As most of our families are gearing back up for school we wanted to share a few Back to School Tips from NASP (National Association of School Psychologists) in hopes of making your family’s transition back to school as smooth as possible!
Before School Starts
Visit school with your child
If your child is young or in a new school, visit the school with your child. Meeting the teacher, locating their classroom, locker, lunchroom, etc., will help ease pre-school anxieties and also allow your child to ask questions about the new environment. Call ahead to make sure the teachers will be available to introduce themselves to your child.
Re-establish the bedtime and mealtime routines
Plan to re-establish the bedtime and mealtime routines (especially breakfast) at least 1 week before school starts. Prepare your child for this change by talking with your child about the benefits of school routines in terms of not becoming over tired or overwhelmed by school work and activities. Include pre-bedtime reading and household chores if these were suspended during the summer.
The First Week
Set Alarm Clocks and leave plenty of extra time
Have school-age children set their own alarm clocks to get up in the morning. Praise them for prompt response to morning schedules and bus pickups.. Make sure your child has plenty of time to get up, eat breakfast, and get to school. For very young children taking the bus, pin to their shirt or backpack an index card with pertinent information, including their teacher’s name and bus number, as well as your daytime contact information.
Send a brief note to your child’s teacher
Let the teachers know that you are interested in getting regular feedback on how and what your child is doing in school. Be sure to attend back-to-school night and introduce yourself to the teachers. Find out how they like to communicate with parents (e.g., through notes, e-mail, or phone calls). Convey a sincere desire to be a partner with your children’s teachers to enhance their learning experience.
Let your children know you care
If your child is anxious about school, send personal notes in the lunch box or book bag. Reinforce the ability to cope. Children absorb their parent’s anxiety, so model optimism and confidence for your child. Let your child know that it is natural to be a little nervous anytime you start something new but that your child will be just fine once he or she becomes familiar with classmates, the teacher, and school routine.
Reinforce your child’s ability to cope
Give your child a few strategies to manage a difficult situation on his or her own. But encourage your child to tell you or the teacher if the problem persists. Maintain open lines of communication with the school.
To read the full article visit: http://www.nasponline.org/resources/home_school/b2shandout.aspx
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- August 5, 2015
August 5, 2015
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- May 7, 2015
May 7, 2015
May is such a wonderful time of year, the sun is shining, the birds are singing and summer is just around the corner, but the greatest part about May is that it is National Foster Care Month! It is a month that is set aside to acknowledge all the amazing foster parents, family member, volunteers, mentors, social workers and other members of a very dedicated community who make it their mission to support and find permanency for our Foster Youth. This is also a great time to spread the word about the needs of our foster kids and continue to grow our community.
A little history…
National Foster Care Month was originally National Action for Foster Children Week which was is established in 1972 by President Nixon. Sixteen years later in 1988, President Reagan established May as National Foster Care month. Rebekah Children’s Services had already been working with this population for over 90 years before the first National Foster Care Month took place!
Recognizing that "Children are best raised in families, not institutions," President Barack Obama on April 30th issued a proclamation naming May 2015 as National Foster Care Month. There are over 400,000 boys and girls in the nation’s foster care system. More than 100,000 of them are waiting to be adopted, and every year, 23,000 young people age out of the system—never having found the security of a permanent home. There also continue to be disproportionate numbers of African-American and Native American youth in the foster care system, compounding the disparities these communities too often face. The administration is committed to supporting innovative strategies that strengthen families, improve the foster care system, and prevent children from entering the system in the first place. Source: ylc.org
Learn more about how you can help a foster child.
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- May 11, 2015
May 11, 2015
Everyday there are new children that enter into foster care, they are scared, hurt and often feel alone. It is a priority for Rebekah Children’s services to help support these youth by providing them with a loving foster home. Unfortunately, the number of foster children in out community far outweighs the number of foster homes forcing children to go to group homes or be split up from their siblings.
As we continue to celebrate National Foster Care Month, Rebekah Children’s Services is committed to increasing the number of foster homes in our community! Our goal is to recruit, train and place 15 new foster homes in 2015! We are hoping that you, your friend, your neighbor and others in the community will step up to meet the challenge and open your homes to a children in need.
RCS will be hosting two screenings of the short film ReMoved: Part 1 and 2. These are incredible films that addresses the real lives of children in the foster care system. After the film, stay for an informational session on how to support kids in foster care.
- May 12th at 6:00pm
- Our Campbell Office
1600 West Campbell Ave; Suite 201
Campbell, CA 95008
- May 20th at 6:00pm
- Our Gilroy Campus
290 IOOF Ave
Gilroy, CA 95020
If you have any questions call us at: 408-871-4962
For more about the film visit: http://removedfilm.com/
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- April 24, 2015
April 24, 2015
On May 5, 2015, thousands of Bay Area residents are going to show their support for their favorite nonprofit during Silicon Valley Gives. On that day, every donation and donor Rebekah Children's Services gets will go further to help us claim our share thousands of dollars in prize money!
This is going to be a big event, and everyone will be talking about who they’re supporting. Think “American Idol” and we're in the try-outs but need your support to make it to the top.
We need you to help us with these three things:
- Mark May 5, 2015 on your calendar and add this link (http://www.rcskids.org/svgives)
- Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rcskids) or on Twitter (twitter.com/rcskids) and help build the buzz.
- Spread the word! Share our Facebook posts with your family and friends and add a personal note as to why you believe in our work, and why they should give on May 5, 2015.
Help spread the excitement. Tell your friends and family why you think they should help us with their donation. Please be our champion, and help us see it to the top! We can’t wait to celebrate the difference your generosity will make on May 5, 2015.