March is National Women’s History Month!

March is National Women’s History Month! This month was declared by Congress officially in 1987. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment.” We should celebrate the many accomplishments of women that are sometimes overlooked. Despite the struggle for women’s rights and equality, women have managed to leave a lasting mark on society in many different forums. We should talk to our daughters and inspire them to embrace being and becoming strong and influential women. We should talk to our sons about respecting women and valuing them for their diverse experiences. Take a moment to consider the large steps women have taken to improve our society into what we know today!

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Visit this site for more information: http://www.nwhp.org/

Pride

 

 This week in Al’s Pals, we introduced the topic of PRIDE. The kids learned what it means to be proud, and we had a discussion about times they have felt proud of themselves.

Leading up to this lesson, for the past few months, we have been rewarding the best behaved 1-2 students each week with a “Star Leader” award and prize. These awards go to students who are quiet and listening, helpful to the teacher, and participating in songs, games, and discussion. Hopefully, your kids have shared their awards with you. If not, be sure to ask them if they have gotten any thus far! And be sure to ask them what they did to earn the award. The leaders of the day should have pride in themselves, and should be encouraged to share their pride!

Teen Job Preparatory Program at Oakland Village

At Oakland Village, Miss Leslie and Miss Hanna, two interns from VCU, have been leading lessons for the Teen Job Prep Program. Last week, the group discussed study skills and ways to better help kids to get good grades. While these are mostly targeted toward high school aged children, many of the below listed study techniques can be useful for older elementary and middle school kids. Take a look below and help your kids to focus and do well in school!

  1. Time Management
    1. Plan how long each assignment will take
    2. Write down appointments and assignments
  2. Go to class everyday and pay attention
  3. Do assignments on time and to best ability
  4. Review notes, don’t cram
    1. Look over your notes each evening and make sure you understand the material
  5. Study Alone
    1. Unless your friends are as serious as you are about topic or know it well, study by yourself
  6. Create a good study environment
    1. Quiet, comfortable, no distractions
  7. Make Flash Cards of your information
    1. Make reviews or tests for yourself to complete once you know the material
  8. Snack on healthy food while you study- gives an energy boost
  9. Take a break
    1. For every hour you study take a ten minute break to relax and do something like take a walk, play a cell phone game, etc.
  10. Get good sleep
    1. 8 hours of sleep night before test

Girl Power at Oakland Village

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At the Oakland Village Connect, the V.C.U. interns have been leading the first through fifth grade girls in Girl Power. This program is all about empowering young girls to believe in themselves and to teach them skills for problem solving, anger management, self confidence, hygiene, etc. Girl Power began at the beginning of January and will continue through May. Ask your girls about what they have been learning at Girl Power every Tuesday. Listed below is the Girl Power pledge that is recited at the beginning and the end of every meeting!

Girl Power! Pledge
I am a girl with responsibilities, strengths and Power.
I am a girl that could be anything I want to be.
I am a girl with the knowledge and the courage to stand up for what I believe in.
I am a girl with respect for myself and others.
I have Girl Power!

February is Black History Month

As many of you might know, February is Black History Month. This is a time to celebrate the accomplishments and the role that African Americans have played in United States history. Black History Month was officially established by President Ford in 1976. At Connect, we will be talking to your children about the significance of this month and teaching them about some important African American figures in our history. Talk to your children about their heritage and the significance of celebrating the achievements of African Americans. Visit the link below for more information!

http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month

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February is National Teen Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

Tomorrow, February 4th, is “It’s Time to Talk Day.” This day advocates for talking about teen domestic violence and helping our teens make good decisions about healthy relationships. This is a movement to end teen dating violence, an all too common issue in our society. So tomorrow, talk to your teens and increase awareness about teen domestic violence.

During the whole month of February there are several things that you can do to prevent and raise awareness about teen domestic violence. Some ideas include: write your government officials and ask them to advocate for the issue, educate your friends and family about teen domestic violence, wear orange on February 11th, post on Facebook about teen dating violence, etc.

For more information visit: http://www.teendvmonth.org/

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