Volume 8 | August 2020
MONTHLY NEWS & UPDATES
EVERYTHING HOMESCHOOL & BACK TO SCHOOL
THE POWER OF PARENTING
"Intelligence plus character - that is the true goal of education."
- Martin Luther King Jr.
Our very long summer break is coming to an end and we are on the threshold of a new school year. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused unique challenges that may dampen the usual excitement of a new school year. In spite of these challenges, we can make the transition back to school positive for our kids. If parents have a positive attitude about school despite some inconveniences, we can help our children be resilient and thrive in this challenging time. Here are a few tips to help your family navigate some pandemic challenges we will inevitably experience in this new year.  
Communication is key whether you choose distance or face-to-face learning. Children need to know exactly what to expect so the return to school can feel as normal as possible. Help them understand the reasons they will be wearing masks at school, why washing their hands is important, and why we won’t be standing too close to our friends this year. Reflect confidence in your child’s teacher. Daily conversations about their school experience, especially in the first few weeks, will be helpful in addressing concerns or confusion about their new learning environment. 

Create a daily plan for success. New responsibilities bring opportunities to build autonomy and confidence in children. A chart can help kids remember what needs to happen before school, and keep them on track after school. Lots of positive feedback, even when correction is needed, can help build confidence and foster good relationships at home. 

Parental involvement in their child’s education is the single greatest indicator of success. Children with engaged parents are more likely to:
  • Earn higher grades or test scores
  • Graduate from high school and attend post-secondary education
  • Develop self-confidence and motivation in the classroom
  • Have better social skills and classroom behavior
  • They are also less likely to:
  • Have low self-esteem
  • Need redirection in the classroom
  • Develop behavioral issues
(Sheldon, S. B., & Jung, S. B. (2015). Parent Involvement and Children’s Academic and Social Development in Elementary School. Johns Hopkins University, School of Education).

Communication, planning and engaging are some simple steps that can set your family up for success in these unique times. We can have a great 2020 school year in spite of the obstacles. 
NEWS
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD
ON SCHOOL REOPENING!
Please email your Trustee to let her know your opinion on school reopening plans. Your voice matters!

CCSD SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS
Trustee Emails:
Deanna Wright - wrightdl@nv.ccsd.net
Chris Garvey - garveca@nv.ccsd.net
Linda Young - youngle@nv.ccsd.net
Irene Cepeda - cepedia@nv.ccsd.net
Lola Brooks - brookla@nv.ccsd.net
Danielle Ford - forddl@nv.ccsd.net
Linda Cavazos - cavazlp@nv.ccsd.net
Jesus Jara - jarajf@nv.ccsd.net
WCSD SCHOOL BOARD INFORMATION
To find your Trustee, precinct, and district information, please visit the Washoe County Registrar of Voters site. Just enter your street address (all caps) and click on "submit."

NEVADA LEGISLATIVE SESSION RECAP
Recently, the 31st Special Session of the Nevada Legislature to close the state’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget came to an end. Power2Parent worked hard with legislators to protect education from cuts. In the end, AB3 passed with bipartisan support containing an amendment that allocated $50 million in Federal Cares Act toward K-12 education.

AB3 creates a statewide grant program for K-12 schools to create “alternative intensive instruction” for some of the most disadvantaged students.  

Parents want K-12 education funded, but without bipartisan support for educational choice, we will continue to do the same thing expecting different results. 

If this crisis has taught us anything, it's that smaller districts, charter, and private schools were able to identify and serve their students' needs in a more efficient way than the larger districts, CCSD and WCSD. Now is the time to begin to ask our leaders to think differently about how we educate our kids. 

NOW, not later. 

Educational choice is a parental right. We look forward to the 2021 Nevada Legislative Session to continue to champion school choice legislation for our children. Until then, we have to keep fighting for whatever comes our way during the COVID-19 pandemic.
TOOLS & RESOURCES
CONSIDERING HOMESCHOOLING?
Do you have questions about homeschooling and wonder if it might be right for your family? Considering homeschooling and just don't know how to get started? Come learn about homeschooling in Nevada from the woman who helped write Nevada's homeschool laws. Elissa Wahl, co-founder of the Nevada Homeschool Network and RISE Education Resource Center, will be on hand in an informal gathering what will allow you to get all your questions answered.

INTRODUCTION TO HOMESCHOOLING

Thursday August 6th, 7pm-9pm, Click here to register

Friday August 14th, 7pm-9pm, Click here to register

If you’re contemplating homeschooling a high schooler, you may also want to attend our Record Keeping/Transcripting class. This will go over how to make a transcript, graduation, scholarships and more…all information you’ll need to successfully homeschool high school!

Wednesday August 19th, 7pm-8:30pm, Click here to register
HOMESCHOOLING IN NEVADA
To homeschool your child in Nevada, you'll need to fill out a Notice of Intent to Homeschool and mail it to the District office where you live. Then notify your school, in writing, you will be withdrawing your children and homeschooling them. You do not need to answer any questions from your school, or provide them with any other information. You can find the address to mail the NOI form here.

Parents who live in the Clark County School District can use this CCSD Guide to Homeschooling for additional help in CCSD.

For a list of Homeschool resources, visit our website: https://www.power2parent.org/homeschool.html
UPDATED: CCSD FOOD DISTRIBUTION
The Clark County School District (CCSD) will continue providing breakfast and lunch to students during the closure of our schools. Student food distribution pods will be set up at school locations throughout the district.  Parents and guardians will now be able to pick up meals for their children without their child/children present.


WCSD FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION SITES
Working in partnership, the Washoe County School District and Food Bank of Northern Nevada are providing free meals for all children, aged 18 and under, at the following sites. You do not need to provide identification or information about your family to receive these free meals.

POGO PASS IS BACK!
Pogo Pass Lets you visit all of the top family attractions across Las Vegas for one low price. Instead of purchasing memberships, or paying full price admission at each location, Pogo Pass grants you admittance to each venue a set number of times in this all inclusive pass.

Purchase a pass for each member of your family and access the passes from your mobile device.


Use code "P2P" at checkout to get an extra 20% off each pass!
POWER2TEACH
MONTHLY GIFT CARD WINNER
CONGRATULATIONS NICOLE MELTON!
Nicole is this month's Power2Teach winner of a $50 Amazon gift card and will be entered into our end of year $500 grand prize drawing.
Nicole is a 3rd grade teacher at Givens Elementary School. She was nominated by Jen Richards who had this to say about her:

"Ms. Melton is a fantastic teacher. She is somehow able to really understand and appreciate the academic and emotional needs of ALL her students. She goes the extra mile for her students. She created a running club during recess. Instead of taking that off time for herself, she is outside every day logging the students’ laps and cheering them on. She always accepts and welcomes non-English speakers into her classroom and spends one on one time with these students to improve their English. She challenges her students to be their very best, all while making them laugh and keeping things light and fun in her classroom. She is very good at communicating with parents and keeping us involved in our child’s education. She works very hard and loves her students very much."

Thank you, Nicole, for being an outstanding teacher in Nevada! We love our Nevada teachers and want to show our appreciation in a BIG way.

WHO IS YOUR CHILD'S FAVORITE TEACHER?
What teacher makes your child excited to go to school each day? What teacher has given your child a love of learning?

Each month we choose an outst teacher in Nevada who receives a $50 Amazon Gift Card who is then in the running for our yearly $500 grand prize!

THE POWER OF COMMUNITY SERVICE
WANT TO GET INVOLVED?
Do you feel a call to become more informed and involved in advocating for your children? There's a lot of ground to cover and we can use your help! Much of the help we need can be done from home.

Join our private Facebook group: P2P Volunteers

We follow school board meetings and agendas to communicate news to parents that will affect their children in schools. We monitor state legislation to make sure we have a heads up on any bills that will impact our ability to parent our children. We advocate for school choice, so parents are able to choose the education option that best fits the needs of their children. We work with schools and community groups to give parents tools and resources to help them with parenting, and much more!
AMAZON SMILE DONATIONS
When you shop on Amazon.com using the link smile.amazon.com the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice at no cost to you! 

To select "Power2Parent," as your charity, visit smile.amazon.com and type "Power2Parent" in the search box "Or pick your own charitable organization". When our name appears, click on the box that says, "Select" and you'll be all set.
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