Volume 04 | 4.23.2020
Family Guide for
Engaging Children at Home
Hartley Outdoor Education Center Update

Friday, April 24th join team Hartley at 10:30 a.m. on Facebook Live as we kickstart our online nature series! Naturalist Andrea Lowshaw will read The Log Hotel from the woods and take everyone further into the forest to seek out fallen trees and see what amazing creatures we can find!

Follow us on Facebook @hartleyoutdooreducationcenter to explore the beauty of our world and anticipate more live events every Friday!!!
Supports & Resources for Engaging Children
Engaging in the Performance Arts
The Stratford Festival Theatre is offering free streaming of 12 Shakespeare performances over a four month period. The productions are a part of the festival’s “Stratford Festival On Film” series and this is the first time they will be available for free.
Each of the films were shot during a single live performance in front of a full audience with additional shots performed and gathered immediately after the show.

The service will begin on William Shakespeare’s birthday, Thursday April 23 with a performance of King Lear and shows will continue until July 30, 2020.
Tips For Positive Behavior at Home
Over 25,000 schools have embraced positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) as a highly effective way to build children’s social-emotional-behavioral skills and reduce challenging behaviors. PBIS can be effectively used at home too and is especially helpful when events disrupt normal routines (e.g., worldwide health pandemics, natural disasters, extended breaks). Below are some recommendations for families and caregivers on how to use PBIS to support their children’s social and emotional growth and minimize behavioral disruptions in the home. 
Scholastic Supports for Literacy at Home
Scholastic has generously given permission to share print resources that may be valuable to families right now. This is a set of activities that families can engage in together at home to promote literacy growth for young learners. Included, is a brief handout with an explanation of the key areas of literacy these activities are designed to support. All of these activities can be done at home, without access to technology.

If you do have access to technology, Scholastic’s Learn At Home program is providing 20 days’ worth of active learning journeys designed to reinforce and sustain educational opportunities for PreKindergarten -9th grade students.

Frontline Energy Program

The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) announced today that it has developed and launched a dedicated utility relief program for essential workers that begins on April 22, 2020. For those customers that meet the program criteria (see attached release and guidelines) can visit our website at  www.thawfund.org  to download an application to be completed along with required documents and mail to our office at 535 Griswold St., Suite 200, Detroit 48226  or  we can mail an application to them.
Pandemic EBT Program

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) provides temporary funding to address emergency food needs for families affected by the pandemic. P-EBT food assistance benefits will go to Michigan families with students ages 5-18 that are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. This includes families currently receiving Food Assistance Program benefits, as well as those not currently enrolled in the program. No application is necessary for eligible families to receive P-EBT benefits.

Reach out to Saginaw ISD for support
Ericka Taylor - Executive Director of Early Childhood (Birth-5)
Erin Senkowski - Executive Director of Special Education
Rebekah Hornak - Executive Director of Instruction (K-12)
Do you have needs outside of engagement supports?
Saginaw ISD | Website