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Families & Youth in Transition Hold Training Workshops for Families Struggling with Issues of Homelessness AND Food Drives for the Holidays

Families & Youth in Transition Hold Training Workshops for Families Struggling with Issues of Homelessness AND Food Drives for the Holidays.

The new Thanksgiving Committee, who will help The Welcome Center assemble gift baskets for families in need this Thanksgiving, pose with Rhiannon Hendricks, Coordinator of Families and Youth in Transition (3rd from left) and Judith Fagan (r) the Family Advocate for the Welcome Center.

 
On October 16th, Families & Youth in Transition, a department of the HPS Welcome Center-- that helps families in residential transition cope with issues of homelessness-- held their first training workshop at the downtown branch of the Hartford Public Library.
 
Families received training to promote understanding their rights as homeless parents concerning issues of education in the State of Connecticut.  Attorney Stacey Violante-Cote, director of the Teen Legal Advocacy Clinic at The Center for Children’s Advo-
cacy in Hartford, gave the first presentation and answered questions for the attendees.  Breakfast was served and the second session began, taught by Laetitia Marulanda, the Director of Programming for the Hispanic Health Council.
 
The families who attended have volunteered to become the Welcome Center's Thanksgiving Committee.  They will assist in the assembly of 60 gift baskets to help Hartford families living in four of Hartford's shelters this Thanksgiving.
 

The Welcome Center is asking the employees of Hartford Public Schools in central office for donations of non-perishable food items for the 60 baskets

 

Below is a list of some non perishable items that would be good for our families.  There is also a need for Pampers and baby formula as some of our parents do have younger children that are not yet school age but still need assistance.
 
After meeting with the shelter case managers it was determined that it would be better to prepare baskets of non perishable food items for our displaced families.  These would be items that the families can microwave but also store in lockers because in their current locations they don’t have access to a refrigerator to store perishable items.
 
Some of the items requested by the shelters are:
·         Peanut butter
·         Whole wheat crackers
·         Nuts and trail mixes
·         Hot and cold cereals
·         Granola and power bars
·         Dried fruits
·         Canned meats such as tuna, salmon, chicken or turkey
·         Can veggies, such as green beans, carrots and peas
·         Canned soups or chill’s
·         Bottled water and juice
·         Powdered milk
 
Deliveries will take place on November 25th.  Currently we are servicing 4 shelters with a combined total of 20 families.  We also have 41 families that either living in a double up, motel or transitional housing.  Collection boxes will be available at HPS Central Office on the 8th floor, on the 9th floor, and in the Welcome Center by Friday, 11/15.  Thank you in advance for your generous donations.
 
Also, The Welcome Center is asking HPS department who can to "Adopt-a-Shelter" this Thanksgovong, which means to commit to bring hot food to one of the four participating shelters on Thursday, November 28th, Thanksgiving Day.
 
If you have any questions, please contact:
 
Rhiannon M. Hendrix
Coordinator of Families and Youth in Transition,
Truancy and 603's
Hartford Board of Education
960 Main Street, Welcome Center
Hartford, CT 06103
860-695-8554 (office)
860-695-8504 (office)
860-722-8542(fax)
 

Heads-up for December!  At the Staff Holiday Party we will be once again collecting children's books under the tree, as well as event and admissions tickets to anything in Hartford that is child-freindly and within walking distance of our shelters.  If you can donate or want to suggest an organization that may, please contact Rhiannon.

 

ESM at Mary Hooker Hosts Jumpstart and Read for the Record

ESM at Mary Hooker Hosts Jumpstart and Read for the Record

 
The Environmental Sciences Magnet (ESM) School at Mary Hooker hosted Jumpstart and Read for the Record on October 3rd in Hartford.  Volunteers from Central Office, United Way, and Mega Education gathered at ESM to receive copies of the children’s book Otis by Loren Long and then dispersed throughout the city to visit and read to second graders.
 
Hartford PreKindergarten Magnet School's Principal Dee Cole poses with ESM students, Ava Hamilton and Zael Mena.
 
Superintendent Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto and Delores Slaughter-Hinton, Executive Assistant for the Superintendent speak at the event
 
This year a record was set when 2,462, 860 people participated in this event nationwide.  Hosted to engage students and adults in a mission towards enhancing early literacy, this was surely a day to celebrate. 

Hartford Public Schools' District School Choice Lottery Opens

Hartford Public Schools' District School Choice Lottery Opens

 

THIS FRIDAY, November 15, 2013!

 

The First School Fair will take place on SATURDAY, November 16, 2013, at

Prince Tech, 401 Flatbush Avenue in Hartford, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm!

All Hartford Public Schools, District and Magnet, will be represented!

 
What Parents Can Do:  Attend this fair and check out ALL the available HPS school options – both District and Magnet schools will be represented.
 
Find Out More:  Determine which schools are of interest to you and attend an Open House at those schools. Visit www.hartforschools.org for the most current listing of scheduled Open Houses.
 
Apply On-line:  Both the Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) and the Hartford Public School’s District Choice Lotteries have on-line applications.  It is important for parents to have an email address.  When you apply on-line, you are able to continue to research schools and update your choices until the February 28, 2014 deadline.
 
Remember:  Talk with your child and use this as an opportunity to develop a “strategic plan” for your child’s future educational success.
 
We Are Here to Help:  The Hartford Public Schools Office of School Choice can be reached at 860-695-8876. 
 
There is also information to be found on-line at www.hartfordschools.orgor www.choiceeduation.org.

Meet YukShan Li, Community Partnerships Specialist

Meet YukShan Li, Community Partnerships Specialist

 
As the Community Partnerships Specialist at the Office of International Advancement (OIA), YukShan Li's main role is to manage the Extended School Hours Grant, facilitate partnerships between different agencies and Hartford schools, OIA announcements and assisting in other OIA efforts. YukShan is currently hard at work managing the Extended School Hours Grant Review Committee and coordinating this year's Hartford Public Schools United Way campaign. She welcomes being contacted by agencies who are interested in partnering with Hartford Public Schools, and receiving information about partnerships between different agencies and Hartford schools
 
YukShan is a 2005 graduate of Bulkeley High School. She earned a B.A. in Hispanic Studies and Anthropology from Trinity College and just completed her M.A. in Public Policy from the same institution in May 2013. She is fluent in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese. YukShan previously worked at at Trinity College’s Trinfo Café as their Program Coordinator where she was responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of programs. She also managed the Trinfo's adult computer literacy
classes both in Spanish and English as well as a variety of after school youth programming
 
"As a Bulkeley alumna, I am proud and excited to be working for Hartford Public Schools and in the city where I grew up. I look forward to continue working with and meeting Hartford Public Schools family and partners!"
 
 
 
 

Meet Charlene Perez, Hartford Community Schools Coordinator

Meet Charlene Perez, Hartford Community Schools Coordinator

 
As the Hartford Community Schools Coordinator, Charlene Perez works closely with the lead agencies that partner with HPS community schools. She monitors the fidelity to the community schools model, serves as resource to the Community School Directors and Principals, and encourages the sharing of best practices across all seven HPS community schools.
 
Charlene is currently working on creating a Hartford Community Schools video to highlight and promote HPS seven community schools. She is also helping to revamp the data collection about community schools partners and partnerships in an effort to showcase the effectiveness of the community schools model.
 
Charlene is also interested in knowing which community-based organizations are willing to partner with HPS community schools to meet the needs of the students and their families. She welcomes and encourages HPS staff to contact her if they have any questions or would like to learn more about HPS community schools.
 
Charlene graduated with honors from Bulkeley High School and has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and a graduate certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of Connecticut. She has worked with children and youth in Hartford since 2000.  Charlene worked with the Village for Families and Children for ten years, during which time she served as Community School Director for Alfred E. Burr School, one of the first cohort of Community Schools developed in the city.  Most recently, she served as Operations Manager for Burr Community School and is committed to continue her focus on working to make sure all children in Hartford thrive.  Among her many community volunteer activities, Charlene is an active member of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority and serves as an officer for the CT Institute for Community Development Puerto Rican Day Parade Committee.
 
“My work is meaningful because it’s on behalf of Hartford’s children and families. Hartford is where I was born, raised and I am proud to say I attended Hartford Public Schools. Being able to give back to my community is so rewarding."