Issue 2 : Volume 01 | JANUARY 1, 2019
Monthly News and Events
NATIONAL SUNDAY SUPPER MONTH - January - National Day...

NATIONAL SUNDAY SUPPER MONTH National Sunday Supper Month is an annual designation observed in January. A waning tradition, the Sunday Supper was once an opportunity after a hectic week for families to gather to spend time together and share...

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Sunday Supper Movement

Bringing back Sunday Supper Around the Family Table in every home.

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Community Connections Corner
What is Indicator 13?

From the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction:
Indicator 13 is a federal mandate requiring youth age 16 and older to have an IEP with a postsecondary transition plan. In Wisconsin, transition requirements begin no later than in the first individualized education program (IEP) that will be in effect when the child is 14 and updated annually thereafter. The transition requirements are found in  Wisconsin Statute 115.787(2)(g)1.
A postsecondary transition plan must include measurable postsecondary goals for students based on age-appropriate transition assessments related to training/education, employment and, independent living skills (if appropriate) and a description of transition services including courses of study needed to assist the students in reaching their goals.
If your child is 14, has an IEP plan but no PTP plan and you would like some assistance working with the school on getting one in place you can contact Community Connections for support.
Community Connections offers FREE and CONFIDENTIAL support for anyone pregnant or raising a child in Door County. A Community Connector is a parent peer who has experienced challenges of their own, received Door County services and has learned how to advocate for their family.

To view the full details about Community Connections click here .

To connect with me you can fill out this interest form , call or text me at (920) 421-3145 or email me at


"Thank you for all you do to support Sevastopol! It is great working with you and collaborating to reach as many families in need that we can." ~ Mrs. Margraff / Sevastopol Pupil Services Director
Supporting Literacy in Door County

 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
To participate:
  • read with your young child
  • color a shape for each book read
  • come in to receive a sticker from the library for each page of 100 books
  • put a sticker on the fish at the library for each page finished
  • complete 1000 books and receive a book as the final prize
Miss Beth's Monthly Pick
Local Events & Opportunities
A Film Screening and Panel Discussion Related to Addiction
*** click image to view the trailer ***

Thursday, January 10, 2018
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Donald and Carol Kress Pavilion
7845 Church Street, Egg Harbor

Panel, Q&A, and Discussion will follow the film

Light Meal provided at 5:00 p.m.
Film starts at 5:30 p.m.
Supporting Early Childhood Development
Just in Time Parenting

Just in Time Parenting is a free parenting newsletter that is delivered by email and specific to a child's age and needs. They are designed so that information that's relevant to your family is automatically delivered to you just in time!

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Supporting Door County Youth & Teens

Anti-Bullying Program Makes a Big Impact at Three Door County Schools in November
Challenge Day Vision
Our vision is that every child lives in a world where they feel safe, loved and celebrated.

Challenge Day Mission
Challenge Day provides youth and their communities with experiential programs that demonstrate the possibility of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, truth and full expression.

Challenge Day Recap:
"Challenge Day is a social emotional learning day that works to build connection, empathy, and inclusivity between students. The day was about being our most authentic self, by being real and sharing about who we really are. We walk around each day showing people 10% of who we are, but what would happen if we dropped that 10% image and showed people the real us? The day was all about showing others who we truly are, where we really come from, what makes us the person we are today. We did this by forming small family groups and completing an activity called if you really knew me. This was an opportunity to share life experiences that have influenced the person we are today. It gave us the chance to heal, share deep emotional stories that we rarely share with others, and help others understand what makes us the person we are. This was an extremely powerful activity that showed me everyone has a story and you never know what a person has survived to get them to where they are at today. The day taught me that you can’t judge a person by one glance, there is so much more to a person than appearance. In the afternoon we did an activity called cross the line. The Challenge Day leaders announced different scenarios that you may have experienced, and if it was true for you, you crossed the line. Some examples were; have you ever been judged on your appearance, have you ever been in foster care, do you have a family member with a physical or mental disability, did you grow up in a single parent home, has one or both of your parents passed away, etc. This activity really built connection among students and adult volunteers. There is so much power in seeing that someone you know has experienced similar challenges in life. Of all the scenarios that were listed, there was never a time a student crossed the line by themselves, there was always someone else who has experienced that same scenario. Overall, the day was very powerful and impactful. It showed me that you never know what a person has experienced and there is power in showing compassion and love for others." ~ Dakota Londo

"I went into Challenge Day with an open mind, as these type of events are usually uncomfortable for me. The facilitators did a fantastic job of making everyone feel included & engaged. Before we knew it, students & adults were interacting on a human level without labels & roles being a concern.  
We were encouraged to step outside of our comfort zones, be in the moment, express ourselves, & share openly, without judgment or bias. I believe every person could benefit from experiencing a Challenge Day!" ~ Melissa Andrews
Supporting Door County Youth
with Different Abilities
Bob Ross, from Ross Estate Planning is going to help us understand what a Special Needs Trust is and why they are so important to set up to help protect our loved ones.

To be held at the PATH Clubhouse 340 Jaycee Ct. Sturgeon Bay, WI
RSVP by January 4th - call or text Chas Hartl (920) 495-6902
Local Resource Spotlight
Door County Food Pantries

The CARE 24/7 food pantry is a Stella Maris ministry to help anyone in Door County who is in need of food. 
We openly extend the invitation to any Door County resident to utilize our pantry whenever the need arises. No questions asked. OPEN 24 HRS A DAY 7 DAYS A WEEK.

Door of Hope Food Pantry - Call Heidi at (920) 421-1253 or Ed (920) 421-0387

Lakeshore CAP’s  Door County Food Pantry is a non-sectarian, not-for-profit program that provides on-going and emergency healthy food assistance to low and limited income residents.
The pantry, is open between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM every Tuesday and Thursday.   More Info...
The food pantry at Door of Life Church is open 24/7, available year round. This pantry is open to everyone regardless of income status, without obligation or explanation. We understand that there are times of crisis and seasons of need that are experienced by families throughout Door County.
The food pantry is located in the entryway of the church, and is stocked regularly. Items available include non-perishable foods and disposable tableware.

For more information, call 920-421-1253 or visit the  Door Of Life Food Pantry Facebook page .
Feed My People:
Pantries of a variety of food items, enough to last up to 2 weeks. Fresh food such as milk, eggs, oleo and meats are also given out with the pick up the regular food.

Holy Name of Mary Food Pantry (Maplewood) 920-856-6440
Koinonia Kupboard ("coin-no-ni'-a")

The primary free food pantry for the Northern Door County area is housed at the church, and is open for self-service from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Tuesday through Thursday. 
Visitors are allowed to take up to two bags weekly of groceries for food assistance. Support for the pantry comes from many area churches, businesses, and social organizations.

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

Washington Island Food Pantry
Distribution every 4th Monday for qualifying individuals and families. For more information, including making donations, call John Davies at  920.847.2255

Soup and Bread
What do you do in the winter evenings when you want to spend time together with friendly people? If it’s Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., come join us at Soup and Bread. From the 2nd Wednesday in January through Holy Week, island people gather for meals of soup and bread. Come alone; bring your family and friends; volunteer to bring a double batch of soup or two loaves of bread. Come and enjoy. All are welcome.
Contact: Melinda Ellefson
FoodShare Wisconsin was created to help stop hunger and to improve nutrition and health. FoodShare helps people with limited money buy the food they need for good health.
Each month, people across Wisconsin get help from FoodShare. They are people of all ages who have a job but have low incomes, are living on small or fixed income, have lost their job, and are retired or disabled and not able to work.
Door County Partnership
for Children and Families
Next Quarterly Meeting is
Friday, March 8, 2019 @ 8:15am

Everyone is Welcome!

The Partnership is open to any Door County Community member. You are especially encouraged to attend our quarterly Partnership meetings to hear what the Partnership has been working on. This program is person-centered and requires feedback from community members to be successful. Please be sure to share any feedback or suggestions you may have, we want to hear your voice!
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the Door County Partnership for Children and Families, please contact:

Candis Dart
Partnership Coordinator
(920) 421-3144
The Door County Partnership for Children and Families together with our partner organizations, is dedicated to connecting people to resources through a family-centered approach in order to achieve social emotional well-being and school success.

For questions regarding Community Connections
contact Rebecca Nicholson at
(920) 421-3145 or .

Check out Door County Resources on the Door County Library website!
"Working together and supporting families."