Sunday, April 16, 2017

Amador Promise: “A Promise to Help Each Student in our County Achieve a Higher Education”

“A Promise to Help Each Student in our County Achieve a Higher Education”
By guest columnist Kathleen Harmon,
Executive Director, Amador Community Foundation
(Permission to re-issue, courtesy of Rick Torgerson, Publisher The Upcountry News)
Amador Promise. You should rightfully ask “What is Amador Promise?” The Amador College Promise (The Promise) is a big idea and a real commitment! If you live in Amador County and attend Amador Public schools from 9th grade on, scholarship funding will be waiting for you at graduation and will help fund your first two years of college or technical school.

The Amador Promise project is still in its formative stages. Our goal is to build a scholarship endowment fund to award scholarships. We’re optimistic that through the support of Amador County residents and alumni, we’ll be able to begin awarding scholarships during the 2018-2019 school year.
The Amador College Promise program is designed to build upon and extend the generosity of existing Amador County college and technical school scholarship programs and parent/grandparent college savings efforts in order to ensure that all deserving Amador County high school students receive scholarship funding to pursue their dreams.

You don’t have to be a straight A student or a star athlete to be eligible for a scholarship in Amador County. The Promise scholarship is not need-based. Your family’s income does not factor into the decision. It is not a competitive process. If you meet the requirements, you receive a scholarship. Neither is it a limited process, as you and all of your siblings can receive it. If you can dream of a promising future and are willing to work hard to get there, the scholarship will be waiting for you.

Here is how The Promise works. All Amador County (Argonaut, Amador, and Independence/North Star) graduating seniors who have attended since 9th grade qualify. Parents do their part by supporting learning and committing to a college savings plan. Students do their part by making a commitment to stay focused, work hard in school and provide community service. The current high school requirement is ten hours per year/40 hours total. Amador Public Schools does its part by ensuring that all TK-12 students are learning, progressing, and achieving in order to reach their full potential and graduate from high school prepared for college, career, and citizenship.

The beauty of The Promise is that it is for ALL students. We want to offer scholarships to every student who wants to attend post secondary education. So whether the graduate is a struggling to get good grades, but sees a future in a trade school or wants to continue at a junior college, or is the star of the class that has many doors open to them, it won't matter to The Promise program. We want everyone who has the desire to continue education to have help from Amador Promise.

If you’d like to be part of this exciting effort to build a lasting Amador Promise Scholarship endowment fund for future Amador County high school graduates, the Amador College Promise Steering Committee is working to raise an initial endowment fund. For further information, please contact either Kathleen Harmon, Executive Director of the Amador Community Foundation at 209-223-2148 or Leigh Anne Catania, Amador Promise Steering Committee member at 209-245-6810.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Speech & Language Workshop - Mon May 1

Speech & Language Workshop
Monday, May 1
5:00 - 7:00 pm
First 5 Amador, Jackson
Learn how to help build language skills in young children through reading and conversation. Presented by Tracy Morlan, Lead Speech-Language Pathologist for the Amador County Office of Education.
Light dinner and child care will be provided. Please RSVP to 257-1092.

First 5 Amador: Provider Appreciation Night - Thurs May 11

Provider Appreciation Night: An Evening to Celebrate YOU!
Thursday, May 11
6:00 - 8:00 pm
First 5 Amador, Jackson
In honor of Provider Appreciation Day, enjoy an evening of recognition and appreciation for everything you do! Learn more about upcoming opportunities to help support you, the children you care for, and the families you serve. Network and mingle with other child care providers and preschool teachers. Receive a gift certificate to Discount School Supply, as a token of our thanks and appreciation. Presenters joining us will include Elizabeth Blakemore, Assistant Director of Child Development Programs and Early Care & Education Planning Council for the El Dorado Office of Education... and Denise Gale, Regional IMPACT Coordinator with the El Dorado County Office of Education.
Light dinner and child care will be provided. Please RSVP to 257-1092.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Science Saturday - Sat May 6

AAUW - Amador Branch
Pine Grove Elementary
Science Saturday
Saturday, May 6 from 10AM-2PM
Pine Grove Elementary School
20101 Hwy 88, Pine Grove

Dozens of hands-on science activities for K-6 students to explore.
STEM event for young students (K-6) and their families. Hands on experiments, demonstrations and fun!
Refreshments for purchase offered by the Parents' Association.
For more information, call 296-2800

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

First 5 Amador ~ April 2017

As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher!
Ready ... Set ... Grow!
April 2017
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Upcoming Events

6:00-7:00pm at each elementary school: 
Jackson - January 18 
Ione - January 31 
Sutter Creek - February 15 
Pine Grove - March 29 
Pioneer - March 30 
Plymouth - April 6 
 Call if you need child care, 257-1092.

For grandmas and moms to be!
Saturday, April 812:30-3:30pm in Jackson. 
Tuesday, April 116:00-8:00pm
The Resource Connection,10877 Conductor Blvd.,Sutter Creek 
Visit our booth at Celebrate Our Children! 
Saturday, April 22, 11:00am-2:00pm

Celebrate Our Children
Saturday, April 22, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Argonaut High School, rain or shine!

Speech and Language Workshop
Monday, May 15:00-7:00pm
975 Broadway, Jackson
Child care available, call 257-1092.

Summer Bridge Program
Monday, June 12 - Thursday, June 29.
8:00am - 11:30 at each elementary school.
Click here for all the details and to print out an enrollment form.

Expanded Toddler Playgroup
For children with special needs. 
Now in Plymouth on Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30.
Third Wednesday each month, 6:00-7:30pm
Sophia's Wel, 270 A Hanford Street, Sutter Creek. 
Call 256-3691 or 257-1092 for more information. 
Playgroups follow the ACUSD calendar.
Click for the schedule of times and locations.

For more listings, please visit our Calendar.
Week of the Young Child 
April 23 - 29 
The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. This year it begins April 23.
In Amador County we are kicking things off on Saturday, April 22, with the 19th annual
Celebrate Our Children! The event will feature exciting activities, food, a car seat check, petting zoo, entertainment, and fluoride varnishes! Everything is FREE!
This year's theme is called "Putting Minds in Motion! with S.T.E.A.M."  The letters S.T.E.A.M. stand for a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in five specific disciplines - science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics - in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, S.T.E.A.M. integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.

Children's art work from a previous Celebrate Our Children.
The Resource Connection is hosting an evening event where you can learn even more about S.T.E.A.M. It will be Tuesday, April 11, from 6:00-8:00pm at their building in Sutter Creek. Click here for the flyer with all the information or call 223-1624, ext. 201 to RSVP, or if you have questions. 
For more information on the S.T.E.A.M. curriculum, and what it means, here are a couple of helpful websites...
Dad and Me Every Month!

Celebrate being a dad (or uncle, or grandpa...) every month at our Dad and Me outings, held at fun venues around the county on the fourth Saturday from 10:00am-12:00pm.

This month visit us at our booth at Celebrate Our Children! We will have fun activities for everyone!
Saturday, April 22, 11:00am - 2:00pm at Argonaut High School in Jackson.

Click here for the flyer with all the information. 
April is...
Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month  

And for Amador County that means it's 
Knitting for a Cause

In efforts to bring awareness and education to our community about child abuse prevention, the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council's focus for April - Child Abuse Prevention Month - is on the "Period of Purple Crying." The aim is to bring attention to and educate parents and the community about this sensitive time and to the dangers of reacting in frustration with a baby's crying, such as shaking or harming them in some other way. Knitters and crocheters are invited to create hats with purple yarn for newborn babies of Amador County. To launch the project, information about Knitting for a Cause and the Period of Purple Crying, and along with some starter yarn, is being delivered to these locations throughout the county: 

For more information, please call the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council
at 223-5921, or visit 

Upcoming Workshops & Events 
Health and Wellness for Child Care Providers
Thursday, April 27, 5:45 - 7:30 pmdinner will be served 
First 5 Amador, Jackson 

Provider Appreciation Day/QRIS 101 Workshop 
Thursday, May 11Time TBA - SAVE the DATE!
First 5 Amador, Jackson
All About The FCCR's for Family Child Care Providers 
Saturday, May 20, 9:00am - 12:00pm 
First 5 Amador, Jackson
Easiest healthy spring
snack ever?
  • Baby Carrots
  • Celery
  • Ranch Dressing
Arrange ingredients on plate to match picture here.

Early Head Start/Head Start State Preschool
Accepting applications for Fall 2017-18 school year NOW!!!! 

Pickup an application at the Ione and Jackson centers or download an application at  Call 209-223-7333 or 209-274-0395 if you have any questions.


The Kindergarten Bridge Program is designed for children who will be starting kindergarten in the Fall. Priority enrollment is given to children who have spent little or no time in a preschool setting. The 3-week transition program is designed to introduce incoming students to the structure, rhythm and routine of the kindergarten classroom. It is called a Bridge Program because it aims to help children cross from the pre-kindergarten environment into the kindergarten world. The program has grown each year and will be serving children this Summer at all six school district elementary school sites, including Ione, Jackson, Pine Grove, Pioneer, Plymouth and Sutter Creek.
First 5 Amador is seeking teachers, and teacher's aides, to serve children at each of these sites.
Dates are: Monday - Thursday8:00 - 11:30 am, from June 12 through June 29. All hires must also attend an Orientation and a Mandated Reporter Training presented by the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council.
These positions are ideal for current kindergarten or preschool teachers, aides, or students in the Early Childhood Education field. Education and/or experience required.
If interested, please contact First 5 Amador at 257-1092, for an application. They can also be found on First 5 Amador's website  here  (scroll to bottom of page). Please include copies of any certificates and/or credentials held.

All applications are due no later than 12:00 noon on Friday, April 14.
Behavioral Specialist - Contract Position
First 5 Amador is seeking resumes from qualified behavioral specialists (MFT or LCSW) with knowledge of early childhood mental health; experience in early care and education; and experience in working with young children and families in a collaborative setting.

Please forward your resume and cover letter by 5:00pmFriday, April 28, to:
     First 5 Amador
     PO Box 815
     Jackson, CA 95642
If you have questions, you may contact First 5 at 209-257-1092.
   ILibaryCalling all children 0 to 5 years of age.   
Join Amador's favorite reading club!
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Over 800 Amador kids and counting! Get free books for your children! Sign your child up today and start receiving one free book every month from the Imagination Library! This is a free program, available to all Amador County children aged 0-4 (from birth until their 5th birthday).
All you have to do is read to your child!   
For more information click here. 
It's Our Job as Adults to Keep Kids Safe

Stay up to date on all the news and information about keeping our kids safe from abuse and neglect. Sign up for the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council's monthly e-newsletter HERE!
First 5 Amador | (209) 257-1092 |
PO Box 815 / 975 Broadway | Jackson, CA 95642
First 5 Amador supports and designs programs for children 0-5 years old and their Families. 
For more information call us at (209) 257-1092, visit our website,and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
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First 5 Amador, PO Box 815 / 975 Broadway, Jackson, CA 95642