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.

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.

EOCSC Scholarship Opportunities – Deadline 17 February

The Ellsworth Officers’ and Civilians’ Spouses’ Club (EOCSC) offers two merit-based scholarships. The first is for eligible military and civilian dependents who will continue studies at an accredited college or university during the 2017-2018 academic school year. And the second is scholarships to graduating seniors who will begin undergraduate studies at an accredited college or university during the 2017-2018 academic school year.

Links to download the applications and enrollment verification forms are below. Please note that applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, February 17, 2017 to be eligible.

If you have questions please contact Daniela Hernandez of the Ellsworth Officers’ and Civilians’ Spouses Club directly. Her email is danni1781@yahoo.com.

Mandatory Douglas High School Soccer Meeting – 29 June

ATTENTION Douglas High School students playing high school soccer this next school year:

There is a mandatory meeting next Monday, June 29th at 6:30pm in the Douglas High School library. Parents are also requested to attend.

They will be fitting for uniforms on this day so that they can get them ordered.  If you would like a specific number you will need to attend this meeting!

Fees for playing this high school season will be approximately $75.  This fee will include paying for your uniform which will be yours.

They will also be discussing upcoming fundraising and will possibly be electing student officers for the sport.

The scheduled games are mostly local but there are also games scheduled in Hot Springs, Belle Fourche, Sioux Falls and the possibility of Aberdeen.  They wish to discuss with parents about those that are willing to drive which may include other players and feelings on being reimbursed or not for that travel.

Military Families Gain Access to Free, Online Tutoring

By Elaine Wilson – American Forces Press Service

The Defense Department has launched a free, online tutoring service for servicemembers and their families.

The site – www.tutor.com/military – offers round-the-clock professional tutors who can assist with homework, studying, test preparation, resume writing and more.

Marine Corps and Army families have had access to the program for more than a year. Seeing the value, Defense Department officials decided to expand the service to encompass all servicemembers and their families, officials said. Continue reading