Volume 6 | June 2020
MONTHLY NEWS & UPDATES
June is for Fathers
THE POWER OF PARENTING
THE IMPORTANCE OF FATHERS
"A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society."  – Billy Graham

We know that both mothers and fathers are important in child rearing and development, but did you know that fathers have an impact on children beyond what mothers provide? In his book, Do Fathers Matter? What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We've Overlooked , Paul Raeburn combs through countless studies on the impact of a father on children and adolescents. Here are the results from a few of the studies:

  • Children whose fathers play with them, read to them, take them on outings, and help care for them have fewer behavioral problems in the early school years, and less likelihood of delinquency or criminal behavior as adolescents

  • Children with involved fathers are less likely to smoke as teenagers

  • Fathers who read their children when they are young and ask them about school when they are older are more likely to prevent depression and other psychological ailments in the kids decades later
  • The closer adolescents feel to their fathers, the less likely they will be to engage in delinquent behavior - such as stealing, running away, disorderly conduct, violence, and the use of weapons

  • The closer adolescents feel to their fathers, the less likely they will be to use drugs

  • Adolescents who had a good relationship with their parents had less need to seek outside relationships that could lead to risky behavior
  • Girls who have a warm relationship with their fathers and spent a lot of time with them in the first five to seven years of their lives, had a reduced risk of early puberty, early initiation of sex, and teen pregnancy

  • Children whose fathers who are more knowledgeable about their friends and activities are less likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors
Here's to all the fathers and father figures. This month we celebrate you and the part you play in raising up children.

"No father can bestow on his child a gift more precious than good upbringing."
-Prophet Muhammad
NEWS
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
How do you want school to look in the fall? Do you want school to start as it normally would? Do you want school online? Do you want your child to wear a mask to school? Are you opposed to your child wearing a mask at school?

These are questions your school board will be voting on soon. The School Board Trustees are YOUR elected officials and are there to represent YOUR interest. But, they can't represent your interest if you don't let them know what you think. Please take the time to email your Trustee to let her know your opinion on school resuming in the fall. Using the accompanying map, you can find the Trustee who represents your area.

CCSD SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS
The CCSD School Board Meetings are
Thursday June 11th, 18th & 25th at 5:00pm



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."

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!
TOOLS & RESOURCES
SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER
School may be "out" for the summer, but the importance of continued learning can't be stated enough. If children aren't practicing the skills they learned during the school year they can forget what was taught and start the next school year at a deficit, having to relearn what was taught the previous year before they are ready start new material. Research suggests 20 minutes of reading each day and 20 minutes of math practice each day can help students stay on track for the next school year.


You can obtain a free digital library eCard here to keep your child reading each day
WHAT IS HOMESCHOOLING IN NEVADA?
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

Wed June 10th, 7pm-9pm, Click here to register

Fri June 19th, 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!

June 18th, 7pm-9pm, Click here to register
UPDATED: CCSD FOOD DISTRIBUTION
CCSD plans to continue providing meals to students through June 30th from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. and are free to any child age 2 - 18. 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.

POWER2TEACH
MONTHLY GIFT CARD WINNER
CONGRATULATIONS BRIAN MEYERS!
Brian 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.
Brian is an 8th grade English Language Arts teacher at Winnemucca Junior High School in the Humboldt County School District.

Brian was nominated by Dawn Hagness who had this to say about him:
"Mr. Brian Myers is an incredibly talented, passionate and caring Junior High English teacher! First and foremost, he cares about his students. He truly takes the time to know them, their interests, and uses his passion for writing to engage with them. Our 8th grader found a connection with him early this year and has deemed him her favorite teacher! He has helped her find her passion for writing again (which she is incredibly talented) but he reminds her of that ability and her innate talent and that she has the ability to use her voice for so much great in the world! People like that who take the time to make strong connections in person and one-on one can make such a difference for one child. We know because Brian is the difference for our daughter!"

Thank you, Brian, 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!

ELECTION SEASON
PRIMARY ELECTIONS
You should have already received your primary election ballot in the mail. Your signed mail ballot envelope must be postmarked by June 9, 2020.

If you could not register to vote or update your existing registration by mail by May 12 or o nline  by May 21, you may do so in-person at the Clark County Election Department until June 5.


Every vote matters!
THE POWER OF COMMUNITY SERVICE
GAME LIBRARIES IN SCHOOLS
Help us build family game libraries in local schools for students to check out and take home to play with their families.

We are collecting new and used board games.

Email us at  info@power2parent.org  and we'll come pick them up.

Are you interested in building a game library at your school? Email us at info@power2parent.org and we can help.
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.
LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
Power2Parent is a non-profit organization that operates entirely on donations. If you like what you see, please consider contributing to us, so we can continue our work to help parents and families.