Volume 4 | April 2020
MONTHLY NEWS & UPDATES
Bringing our focus back to our family
THE POWER OF PARENTING
FAMILY TOGETHERNESS
Together is a wonderful place to be.

-A.A. Mine in Winnie-the-Poo
This time last year, none of us would have seen a quarantine coming. But while this strange new reality has dealt a blow to us, there's been a huge benefit to families we didn't see coming either. Instead of being isolated as individuals, we've been able to remain together in our respective family units in our own households. Sporting events, school, and special events have been canceled leaving most of us with virtually nothing on our schedules. This stand still has given us a chance to turn our attention back to our family and our time together.

This time together might be one of the greatest opportunities our society could ask for and if we use it to our advantage, we might find it's the solution to some of our biggest problems.

According to the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan, “The amount of time children spent eating meals at home is the single biggest predictor of better academic achievement and fewer behavioral problems. Mealtime is more influential in the lives of children than time spent in school, studying, attending religious services, or playing sports.”

While all of these other good activities are canceled, studies show that what happens in our home will have a greater impact on our children than these other pursuits.
“Children who eat dinner together with their families are less likely to drink, smoke, do drugs, get pregnant, commit suicide, and develop eating disorders”. Bruce Feiler, The Secrets of Happy Families, 2013
Have you taken advantage of our family dinner conversation cards?

FAMILY GAME NIGHT CHALLENGE
Have a family game night and send us a picture. We'll enter your name into a random drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card so you can buy your family a new game!

HAVE A DECK OF CARDS?
NEWS & EVENTS
PREDATORS CAPITALIZING ON ADDITIONAL ONLINE ACTIVITY
As predators become more and more creative at targeting our kids online, we've got to be more educated in response. Certified Security Professional, Chelsea Brown of  Digital Mom Talk ,​ is here to provide you with the most up to date offensive and defensive tactics to keep your kids safe online.

Join her in a LIVE workshop on how to protect your remote learning workspace with tools like:

  • Filter & Boost Wi-Fi Signal
  • Device Parental Controls
  • Scams To Watch For
  • And Questions!!

Friday, April 3rd at 3:00pm PST


And while you wait, check out her recent article:

NEED HELP WITH HOMESCHOOLING?
Here are some tips from Elissa Wahl, the woman who helped write Nevada's homeschool laws and the co-founder of the Nevada Homeschool Network and RISE Education Resource Center.

For more information on homeschooling your children long-term, check out the Introduction to Homeschooling classes offered by Elissa and RISE .
HELP WHILE YOU'RE HOME
We are working around the clock to gather information and resources to help you and your family through the quarantine.


We'll continue updating our website with resources as long as we are asked to stay home for Nevada!
CCSD FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION SITES
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 36 school locations throughout the district from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday.

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 NICK DEMOTT!
Nick 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.
He was nominated by Stephanie Harris, a fellow 3rd grade teacher, who had this to say about him:

"Mr. DeMott goes above and beyond to help students and staff at Walter Bracken to be successful. When I first started at the school, I was going through the CCSD ARL program and Mr. DeMott was instrumental in helping me with the program. He was constantly available to answer questions, help with planning and offer advice on classroom management techniques. He also helped me learn the systems in place within the school and how to set up my classroom for success. He has continued to be a very helpful colleague and has a wealth of experience that he is eager and willing to share. I often see him mentoring student teachers, as well as other teachers who are new to our school. In addition, Mr. DeMott shows his passion and commitment to education through the various classes he takes outside school hours to further his professional development, often sharing new ideas at staff meetings. He also helps to train teachers on how to teach coding to students and even teaches several classes on coding to students throughout the year. He is definitely an asset to Walter Bracken and an excellent example of a professional, dedicated, hardworking teacher."
NOMINATE YOUR OUTSTANDING TEACHER!

Do you have a teacher who has gone the extra mile for your child, or who has had an amazing influence on students in the State of Nevada?

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

ELECTION SEASON
REGISTERED TO VOTE?
To check your current voter status, visit: www.nvsos.gov/votersearch

To register online, visit: RegisterToVoteNV.gov
THE POWER OF COMMUNITY SERVICE
HELPING OUR SENIORS
This quarantine can be particularly challenging for seniors who are isolated from their families and who cannot receive visitors for health reasons. Senior centers have asked for artwork, letters from children, masks, and care kits for their staff.

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.
HERE WE GROW AGAIN
Team Members Needed!

We are looking for volunteers to fill some committees on our board. If you're interested, email us and let's chat! Info@power2parent.org . Adults, students, college students, young adults welcome.

Join our private Facebook group:   P2P Volunteers
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 the charity of your choice, go to smile.amazon.com on your computer or phone. Type "Power2Parent" in the search box that says "Or pick your own charitable organization". When our name appears, click on the box that says, "Select" and you'll be all set.