Many of the parents and students in our After-School and Summer programs are preparing for upcoming Parent/Teacher Conferences at their schools. For some families this is an exciting time as they are encouraged by their child’s progress. However, for other families, Parent/Teacher Conferences are a time fraught with stress. Regardless of how you are feeling regarding meeting about your child’s learning, the tips below can help us all to make the most of our scheduled time.
Medical bills sending your reeling?
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, an estimated 1 in 3 Americans report having difficulty paying their medical bills – that is, they have had problems affording medical bills within the past year, or they are gradually paying past bills over time, or they have bills they can’t afford to pay at all.1 Read the rest of this entry »
A new study entitled “The Mentoring Effect” shows what we at LSS already know — Mentoring Works! The study was commissioned by the National Mentoring Partnership and was just released this month. Key points from the study include: Read the rest of this entry »
Last winter I wrote a post on Family Fitness When It is Freezing and one on how to Beat Boredom so I decided this year it was time to write about some other fun indoor activities. My eight year old daughter has turned into quite the little game player lately. She has moved past “Monopoly,” “War” and “Go Fish” and has some new fun favorites.
One game she is enjoying is “Garbage” or “Trash.” It is perfect for kids preschool aged and older and is even fun for adults. It doesn’t take a lot of skill but holds the attention of players as it is self paced and can be fast-moving. The goal of the game is to complete a set of 10 cards which teaches younger players number order. Wikihow has the instructions here.
We continue a series on the five largest ethnic groups to be resettled to Sioux Falls in the last five years by the Refugee and Immigration Center (RIC). Upcoming blog posts will focus on the following topics: Conflict History, Cultural Differences, and New American Success Stories. Please join us as we learn together about our new neighbors and their courageous stories.
New American Series: Eritreans (Tigrinya and Kunama Ethnic Groups)
Heterogeneous Eritrea is home to nine major ethnic groups. The Tigrinya make up the majority of Eritrea’s population at 55%, while the Kunama are one of the smallest minorities at around 2% of the population. While both groups have now found a new home in Sioux Falls, the historical and cultural differences between these two groups are important. Read the rest of this entry »