February 23, 2017
The middle grades are important predictors of students long-term academic success. If there is a middle school student in your life it is important be aware of school requirements regarding academics as well as programs and services available to students. Mentors who know the answers to academic questions are in a much better position to help direct their student to resources that can help them throughout school and life.
Please join us on Thursday, March 2, 12-1 PM, as we welcome Dr. Sandra Henry to present a training on curriculum standards and requirements. Dr. Henry is the Middle School Curriculum Coordinator for the Sioux Falls School District and a mentor to a middle school student. She will cover what students need to do to succeed as well as give advice on how mentors can help. The training will take place at the LSS State Center, 705 E 41st Street. Please park in the back of the building. The training will take place in a first floor conference room. Please send an email to mentoring@LssSD.org or call 444-7803 to register.
February 17, 2017
The LSS Better Together program was blessed to be the Life 96.5 Radio “Hands and Feet” project this February. The station has been encouraging listeners to volunteer – and the results have blown us away! We have received 11 new volunteer applications this month, and we are still anticipating more! For a growing program that currently has 25 active matches, the influx of volunteers is much needed and appreciated.
In addition to listeners committing to a year of participation in Better Together, we have teamed up with the station to hold opportunity to just try out the program. LSS and Life 96.5 are hosting a BINGO Night on Thursday, February 23, 6-7:30 PM at the LSS State Center, 705 E 41st Street. Employees of the station, LSS staff, current Better Together volunteers and participants as well as potential volunteers and older adults in need of a volunteer will gather to learn more about the program and enjoy a few rounds of BINGO. This will be a fun way for older adults and potential volunteers to see if this is the program for them before they commit. We are looking for additional volunteers to attend the BINGO Night. If you are interested, please RSVP by clicking here.
Volunteers in the Better Together program commit to spending four hours per month with an older adult for the purpose of socialization and relationship building. Typical activities include going out for coffee or a meal, running errands or doing fun things like going to a movie or community event. Individuals, couples or families can apply to be matched with a senior.
Learn more about the opportunities to join and who you can serve by clicking here.
Post by Michelle Madsen
February 16, 2017
Okay, so International Interpreters and Translators day/week is actually in September. But I wanted to take time now to say a big THANK YOU to our LSS Interpreter Program for their partnership in the work we do in our LSS Kinship Programs. We feel fortunate to have the LSS Interpreter Program as one of our LSS programs. This past year Kinship staff have frequently utilized interpreter services to meet the needs of children and families with whom we work. Our LSS Interpreters have taken the time to partner with Kinship staff so together we can provide high quality services.
So, a big “shout out” to, LSS Interpreters for:
- Spending 3 – 4 hours with the Kinship Home study specialists to meet with families so they understand the home study process and so we can obtain the information needed to write a home study
- Making phone calls to family members to explain the Kinship Home Study and Locator services
- Helping Kinship Locators contact family members in other countries so children have those connections
- Being sensitive, kind and caring to the individuals and families we work with – you really help them understand what can seem like a complicated process
And a special Дякую to Galina! I appreciate all the numerous times you came to my office very early in the morning to do detective work and to make calls to a country in a time zone 8 hours ahead of us. I appreciate your understanding of that country’s culture and language. It was truly an adventure and with your assistance and persistence we found a relative and connection for a youth who really needed it. I couldn’t have done it alone! You and LSS Interpreter Program are GREAT!!!
For more information regarding LSS Interpreter Services and LSS Kinship Program please visit our website – www.lsssd.org .
And by the way – today please have a Happy National Do a Grouch a Favor Day and National Almond Day!!
Submitted by Dede Mogck, LSS Kinship Program Manager
February 9, 2017
What’s probably the top goal that I hear from people? They want to “save money”. Great….. so what does that mean? Spend less? Get better deals? Oh, no. They want more money in their savings account. I suppose you could say they want to be money hoarders. Now I’m not against having more money in savings, but I think, in most cases, they have the cart before the horse if you will.
So, what’s the one key thing to saving more money? The real lynch-pin? The keystone that holds it all up and together?
Spending. Read the rest of this entry »
February 6, 2017
Last year, Celebrate Church put out a strong call to their members to mentor. After hearing how much of an impact a mentoring relationship can have on adults, Dave Hajek thought it would be something he would enjoy.
Dave, who is an evening custodian for the Sioux Falls School District, knew that mentoring would easily fit into his schedule. He has enjoyed the opportunity to get to know Cameron, a 2nd grader at Discovery.
Cameron has loved having a special friend. “I like when we go in the gym and play soccer or hide and seek or sometimes football,” says Cameron.
Dave hoped he would make an impact when he signed up to mentor. He had no idea that he would become attached to Cameron. “He’s a special guy,” says Dave. “He makes me feel young and is definitely worth me investing a little bit of my time.”
In addition to playing in the gym, they have played a number of games. Cameron said that it is “fun and cool and great and awesome” to spend time with a mentor. Cameron loves little surprises too. Whether it is Dave hiding a chocolate in the game box or bringing pizza to celebrate the end of the school year, Cameron knows that Dave is thinking about him and cares.
To keep track of their time together, Dave started a notebook and writes a little bit about each meeting, or has Cameron write a little bit. It is already fun for them to browse through it and recall things they have done this past year. Dave and Cameron hope that they will write many more memories in the book in the years to come.