Special Ed Connection and DirectStep Courses for FREE – 8 February

Are you interested in learning how to handle critical education issues to obtain positive outcomes?

Please join Child and Youth Programs and the Airman and Family Readiness Center on Thursday, Feb 8th at 12:00 for a free lunch as you learn about two new exciting opportunities from LRP Publications: DirectSTEP and Special Ed Connection eLearning courses. These eCourses are available for use, free of charge, for all Air Force Staff, parents, Military/DoD personnel assigned to Air Force installations and K-12 educators serving military children. We will provide information on course
content and learning objectives as well as how to access and use the materials.

Where: Ellsworth AFB Youth Center

When: Thursday, Feb 8th 2018 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Please RSVP by 1 Feb 2018 – 605-385-2277 Come Lunch and Learn!

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Reducing Holiday Stress for Families of Children with Autism

Holidays can be stressful and over-stimulating for anyone, but particularly so for children with autism. Here are some helpful strategies to lessen your child’s anxiety and increase your family’s enjoyment of the holiday season:

Shopping –

  • Last minute holiday shopping can be stressful for children who rely on routines
  • If you do take your child shopping, allow enough time to gradually adapt to the intense holiday stimuli that stores exhibit

Family Routines –

  • Meet as a family to discuss how to minimize disruptions to established routines and how to support positive behavior when disruptions are inevitable
  • Continue using behavior support strategies during the holidays. Try social stories to help your child cope with changes in routine, and visual supports to help prepare for more complicated days
  • Try using a visual schedule if you are celebrating the holidays on more than one day (e.g., Hanukah) to show when there will be parties/gifts and when there will not

Gifts –

  • Wait until just before the holiday to set out gifts, especially large tempting ones
  • When opening gifts as a family, try passing around an ornament to signal whose turn it is to open the next gift. This helps alleviate disorganization and the frustration of waiting.

Play Time –

  • Prepare siblings and young relatives to share their new gifts with others
  • If necessary, consider giving your child a quiet space to play with his/her own gifts, away from the temptation of grabbing at other children’s toys

This information is provided by Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST), an agency providing autism services to individuals and families. More information about AST can be found on their website at www.autismtherapies.com.

Youth Center Coloring Book

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The Youth Center on base has produced a wonderful coloring book. The idea is that the students have created the coloring book with images of the things they wish they had known about South Dakota before they got here. They even did the drawings themselves. Feel free to print it off and make as many copies as you would like. It can really help make a child feel less apprehensive about an upcoming move.

 

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Imagination Library Registration Form

If you have never heard of the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, you are not alone.  This resource is only used by about 30% of those who qualify in the Black Hills.  Just fill out the form, sign it and send it in. It takes about 60 days, but after that your child will receive a free, age appropriate book each month until their 5th birthday.  It really is a good way to help them become interested in reading.  I am attaching the form you need.  As a reminder you will still need to fill out a form after you PCS even if your child is already on the program.  The Post Office does not forward the books.  You can read more at: http://www.unitedwayblackhills.org/imagination-library/

 

 

Attention All Homeschoolers: Space Camp

Homeschool Space Camp at the Journey Museum November 13, 2017 – November 17, 2017

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Your space cadets will love a week filled with new, interactive educational experiences that allow them to explore the stars, galaxies and planets of our universe.

Spots are limited, be sure to reserve yours today by calling 605-394-6923!

Learn about teamwork, decision-making and leadership through homeschool space camp.

We utilize NASA created content to create an authentic experience for camp goers.

Launch rockets, design and create rovers to explore the surface of planets, and take your fellow peers through the wonders of the solar system and far off galaxies.

Space Camp not only teaches students how to explore the outer galaxies that we call home, but the history of how the galaxies and stars are formed.

A camp for those space cadets that want to turn their star-gazing hobby into a career one day! New interactive experiences at every camp.

SLO Roundtable – Digital Dangers

The Round table will begin with an opportunity to bring any education related concerns forward. We will also provide a $20 or less recipe, which will be available for sampling. Following this, or 1800, Ms. Hollie Strand from Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC), an international and interagency law enforcement organization, will share with us a presentation covering the following topics:

  • Navigating the net: digital footprints, social media and what to share/keep private
  • Cybercrimes: Cyber-stalking, sextortion, child pornography, child exploitation, sexting and online threats.
  • Cyberbullying: What it is and what to do.

This presentation will be appropriate for 6th grade and up. Should you desire to bring small children, there will be space in another room for them to be watched by someone of your choosing. The SLO will not be able to provide childcare.

Bus information released!

Families,

Please find attached the Ellsworth AFB Bus package for the 2017-2018 school year.  It contains:

  • Behavior Policy
  • Morning/Afternoon Schedules
  • Route Maps
  • FAQs

If there are any questions regarding the program, please contact the contract officer at: 28lrs.schoolbus.contract@us.af.mil or by calling 385-4852 or 385-2910.

EAFB Bus Contract-Routes package

Back to School Round-Up 2017

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Back to School Round-Up

26 August 2017

 My dear Ellsworth family,

I am going to update you often through this site (www.ellsworthslo.org).  I am excited to have this outlet to do that.  Today, I want to tell you about the Back to School Round-Up.  It will be held at the Pride Hangar on base from 1300-1500, 26 Aug 17.  We have lots of exciting activities, presenters and prizes.  We are even giving away a laptop and some iPads!  Operation Homefront has been very generous again this year to provide us with backpacks filled with school supplies. We also have our bags of goodies, too.  My daughter is most looking forward to the petting zoo. We also will have face-painting, temporary tattoos, a climbing wall, sensory tables, art experiences and lots of other hands-on stuff.  A few special visitors will come by from Security Forces.  I am hoping Sparky and McGruff will be making an appearance and I know everyone will love the Military Working Dogs. It is simply going to be awesome to get everyone together to celebrate our kids and military education, specifically it is exciting to do this while getting them ready to start the school year off on the right foot. It does not matter if they go to private, public or home school, please grab your kids and come join us!

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