Glen Haven Weekly Scoop: Week of June 8

Announcements:

  • Informal Parent Information Session/PTA meeting THIS week: Please join the Glen Haven PTA on Tuesday June 9 at 6:30 pm for a VIRTUAL meeting. We would love to touch base and share more information with other parents about happenings around the school, including: summer learning opportunities, community resources, and voting on next year’s PTA slate later this month.
  • VOTING for next year’s PTA executive board slate: Due to the pandemic, our normal procedures for nominating and voting in our new PTA executive board have been modified. The Maryland PTA bylaws do not allow for virtual voting, so we plan to have a drive-up socially distanced vote in the Glen Haven Elementary School parking lot at 7:30pm on Tuesday, June 23rd. We just need 10 votes for a quorum- please come by!! We have pasted the current draft of the slate below. If changes are made in the coming weeks, we will send out an updated version.
    o Please consider a position in the Glen Haven PTA! We are especially looking for a second VP, a VP of communications, and a second delegate. We have current PTA members who can help train you for the position. We also have “elect” positions for each executive position (i.e. “president elect”). In an elect role, you take on some duties but mostly observe/train to fill that position the following year. If you want more information about the positions, please email Catherine Beaudette at cbeaudette7@yahoo.com

    • Proposed slate of Candidates for 2020-2021 Glen Haven PTA Elected Board includes:
      • President (1)
        • Jessica Sniffin
      • President-Elect (1): (OPEN)
      • Vice President (2)
        • Communications: (OPEN)
        • John Nangle and (OPEN)
      • Treasurer (1)
        • Catherine Beaudette
      • Treasurer-Elect (1): (OPEN)
      • Secretary (1)
        • Kathryn Campana-Scherer
      • Delegate (2)
        • Douglas Ryan
        • (OPEN)

 

  •  Resources for talking to kids about bias and hate

Websites
https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/five_ways_to_reduce_racial_bias_in_your_children
https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/rubbing_off/
http://www.westories.org/#welcome
https://youtu.be/YrHIQIO_bdQ
https://www.npr.org/2019/04/24/716700866/talking-race-with-young-children
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/common-sense-media-resources-about-race-and-racism
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/how-to-talk-with-kids-about-racism-and-racial-violence
Books
 It’s Okay To Be Different, by Todd Parr
 Come With Me, by Holly M. McGhee
http://www.readbrightly.com/books-to-help-kids-understand-the-fight-for-racial-equality/
http://www.readbrightly.com/childrens-books-that-celebrate-strength-and-resilience-in-the-face-of-lifes-challenges/
http://www.readbrightly.com/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-race-books-and-resources-that-can-help/
https://www.slcl.org/bento/search/we%20stories
o Movies:
 Zootopia: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/three_lessons_from_zootopia_to_discuss_with_kids
o Anti-racism resources for adults
https://www.rachelricketts.com/antiracism-resources

  •  The MCPS Parent Academy has some excellent resources for these times (offered by the Parent Encouragement Program and Common Sense):
    • Parenting Support During the Coronavirus (registration required to access the free videos in this series)
    • Why Don’t My Kids Listen to Me? (registration required for free access to video)
    • Tech Balance: Family Engagement Tools to Talk Tech and Media Habits with Parents (available in English and Spanish)
    • Wide Open School
    • Tips and Advice for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic (available in English and Spanish)
    • Distance Learning Plans for K-2 Families
    • Tech Balance for Parents of 3-to-8-year-olds (available in English and Spanish)
  • Reminders:
    • Keep up to date on how MCPS is addressing the challenges of Covid-19: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/coronavirus-update-20200426.html
    • Keep up to date on what Montgomery County is doing to assist residents at this time. There is information on Covid-19 testing sites, food services, how to make face coverings, public transportation, family safety, and more

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