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Top 5 Ways to Celebrate National Foster Care Month

May 3, 2017

May is such a beautiful time of year, the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, the birds are singing and you are starting to feel that summer happiness coming on! With all the sunshine and happiness that May brings is no wonder why it’s also National Foster Care Month!

National Foster Care month is the perfect time 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 care for children when they are at their most vulnerable. It is also an amazing time to spread the word about the enormous need our community has for more foster parents.

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!

How to Celebrate

The ways to celebrate are an endless list of fun ways to celebrate but here are our top 5!

  1. Give your favorite foster parent a night out! Offer to babysit, make dinner and send them on their way for a well-deserved break.
  2. Visit Rita’s of Campbell, bring a donation and treat yourself to a delicious Italian Ice. They are collecting donations (e.g., art supplies, backpacks, sport balls) for foster kids at Rebekah Children's Services.
  3. Surprise your favorite social worker. Whether it’s a card, picture, cupcake or some afternoon caffeine, saying "Thank you" to a Foster Care social work will really make their day!
  4. Spread the word. Blog, tweet, post, even carrier pigeon! Tell people about National Foster Care Month and the increased need for more foster families in our communities.
  5. Join us for our first Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Foster Youth! Spend the morning at Gilroy Gardens and raise awareness for foster kids in your community. Register at www.rcskids.org/walk.

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Walking Can Help Keep the Doctor Away

April 19, 2017

Wouldn’t it be nice if the simple phrase an apple a day keeps the doctor away was true? Well, it can be!

Replace the apple with 30 minutes of walking, and you will be surprised to see all the benefits that come out of walking for just 30 minutes daily. For the most part, when we think about getting into shape walking isn’t the first exercise that pops into our mind on how to get on track. First, we think of hitting the gym – running, weight workouts, or even attending those gym classes but the benefits of walking daily are quite surprising. The American Diabetes Association says walking lowers your blood sugar levels and overall risk for diabetes. Want lower blood pressure? Keep on walking. The University of Boulder Colorado found that regular walking lowered blood pressure and may reduce the risk of stroke. One more plus for those regular walks, it can lower your risk for heart disease. Plus, burning off all those extra calories won’t hurt your waistline either.

Besides your jeans fitting nicer and your legs looking summer ready, daily walks can help with other aspects of your physical and emotional self. Walking outside in a lovely setting or with friends, can boost your mood and make you happier! The natural sunlight helps get rid of those winter blues while socializing with friends is always an excellent stress relief. Walking regularly can increase concentrations of norepinephrine, the awesome brain chemical that helps cope with stress, and you know we can all get a little stressed. When you feel less stressed, you tend to be happier, more energized and get better sleep. Another surprising fact about regular walking is the similarities it may have with your morning coffee. It's been shown that if you can replace your coffee with a 30-minute walk in the morning, it will give you more energy throughout the day and save you from waiting in line at your favorite coffee shop for your triple shoot Americano with soy milk!

Sometimes knowing all the facts just isn’t enough and getting started is the hardest part. Well we have the perfect way to start you new dialing walking routine. Join Rebekah Children’s Services on May 13th for our first annual Mother's Day Walk for Foster Youth! You not only will get in your 30 minute walk, you will also be supporting the amazing foster kids in your community! Register today at www.rcskids.org/walk.

Start your 30-minutes a day to keep the doctor away with RCS and join us on May 13th, at Gilroy Gardens for our first annual Mother's Day Walk for Foster Youth!

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

November 26, 2015

Rebekah Children's Services would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to our community of partners in support of our enduring mission.

Your dedication, enthusiasm and passion empowers Rebekah Children's Services to meet the needs of our children, youth, and families we are privileged to serve.

On behalf of all Staff and our Board of Directors, we wish you and your loved ones a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving 2015.

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Kimberly Ordaz 2016 Award Announcement

April 20, 2016

Rebekah Children's Services is pleased to announce that Corina Sapien is the first recipient of The Kimberly Ordaz Award.

Corina truly embodies tremendous passion and commitment to her own family and her entire community. Corina has been married for 25 years to her husband Richard, and is a mother of two. Corina has been Principal at Glenview Elementary School since 2010, and a member of the GUSD leadership team. Corina has demonstrated exceptional personal commitment to the students and families of Glenview. She has implemented a school-wide culture based on the Love and Logic model. Her campus is a community hub for families and children to receive quality academics, mental health services, health care and screenings, and other resources.

It is our honor and privilege to recognize Corina as a committed and passionate leader in our community.

Six Tips for Back to School

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.

Overcoming Anxiety

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