Our Amazing Environment WHAT: Environmental stewardship, science, art, games, snacks, and fun! For ages 5-14. WHEN: 10:00am – 2:00pm, Monday – Friday, June 25th – July 6th WHERE: River Pines Town Hall PRICE: $5 per day For more information, please call the ACRA office at 209-223-6349, email Paulette at firstname.lastname@example.org, or message our Facebook page at facebook.com/goacra. Visit our website at GoACRA.org.
WHAT: For kids grades K-12! Learn how to explore science and the environment with soda bottles and other recyclable materials! Projects will be on display at the 2018 Amador County Fair July 26-29.
WHEN / WHERE:
June 5th, 10:00am at the Scout Hut in Jackson
June 27th, 11:00am at Town Hall in River Pines
For more information, please call Paulette at 209-223-6349 or Troy Bowers at 209-245-6921, email Paulette at email@example.com, or message our Facebook page at facebook.com/goacra. Visit our website at GoACRA.org
Start your summer reading off with a fun filled musical time at your library. Listen to the Ukeamaniacs perform and learn about the Ukulele. Thursday June 14th 2-3 p.m. Main Library Jackson (next to ACE Hardware)
There will be a large amount of
activity at both Amador and Argonaut High Schools on May 21 & 22. Traffic will be heavy at
times and drivers should be aware of the possibility of delays. This is
happening because the Every 15 Minutes program will be taking place and
involves activities at both schools. This is a program sponsored by the
California Highway Patrol and the Office of Traffic Safety to promote safe teen
drivers and involves multiple local public safety agencies.
On Monday morning, May 21, there will be a simulated drunk driving
crash staged at Amador High. There will be many emergency vehicles involved and
traffic around the school will be heavy. Busses transporting students from
Argonaut will add to the congestion. Motorists are advised to avoid this area
if possible. On Tuesday, there will be an assembly at Argonaut as the program
continues. Busses transporting students from Amador will be arriving and
departing during the mid-day hours.
Most importantly, the public is reminded that this is a staged
simulated emergency event and that no real emergency actually exists.All emergency vehicles and air traffic are
responding as participants in this safe driving program.
In view of statistics about the increased risk or injury
or death for teen drivers and their occupants, a two day program was developed;
first in Canada and then adopted in the United States. Entitled “Every 15
Minutes”, it alludes to the frequency in which a teen is killed or injured in
an auto related incident. In California the program has been refined and
supported by the California Highway Patrol and the Office of Traffic Safety. It
generally focuses on high school
juniors and seniors; challenging them to think about drinking, driving, personal safety, and the
responsibility of making mature decisions. In addition to a decision to risk an
alcohol-related, impaired, or distracted driving crash, it focuses on the
impact that such decisions would have on their family and friends.
In Amador County, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Prevention Commission has taken the initiative to make this program available
at our local high schools. Working with a wide variety of community leaders,
interested agencies, parents, and with the financial support of local groups
and businesses, the program will happen on May 21 and 22.
It will involve all high school students in the County.
On the first day, a simulated fatal auto collision will be
created at Amador High School. It will involve an impaired teen driver and a
fatally injured victim. Emergency responders will arrive and conduct a re-creation
of what actually happens during such an incident. All of the typical agencies
will be involved, including police, fire, ambulance, coroner, public works, tow
trucks and others. Actors will be suitably dressed and made up to add realism,
and to make the simulation as authentic as possible.All high school students will be in
attendance to witness the activity. Later, as the day progresses, a “grim
reaper” will appear at the schools and remove a student every 15 minutes to
reinforce the statistic. Those students will be taken to an overnight retreat
and involved with activities related to the event.
On the second day, an assembly will be held at Argonaut
High School. It will include a simulated funeral atmosphere. The students
removed from class on Monday by the “grim reaper” will be reunited with their
parents, family and friends. A video of the previous day’s activities will be
shown. Several speakers will be offering their perspective on the activity and
the true impact that teen driving decisions have on their family, friends, and
the community as a whole. Following the assembly there will be a community
picnic for students, school staff, and event supporters. Support services will
be available at that time, as well as providing an opportunity for community
Initial funding for this program is provided by the
California Office of Traffic Safety. Additional funding is being provided by
generous organizations, businesses, and individuals. In-kind services are being
provided by local governmental agencies and first responder organizations.
information about sponsorship opportunities contact Loraine Davis at
(209)304-5125 or firstname.lastname@example.org.For more information about this program or
other youth prevention activities contact Nadine Magana at Nexus Youth and
Family Services. She can be reached at 257-1980 extension 102 or email to email@example.com.
account for half of the teen age deaths in this country. One-third of those are
caused by motor vehicle accidents; the leading cause of accidental deaths. The
most recent statistics indicate that a teen driver or passenger is killed or
injured in a traffic accident approximately every 15 minutes of every day.
risk of a teen driver being involved in a fatal traffic incident is highest for
the new driver. Lacking experience in conjunction with the risk-taking nature
of adolescents has an adverse effect on safe driving behavior. 16 year old
drivers have a crash rate nearly 4 times as high as drivers of all ages. It
gets better with age, with 19 year old drivers having a crash rate only twice
as high as that for drivers of all ages.
impaired driving is taken into consideration, the trend reverses. As an
example, the rate of accidents for drivers who “had been drinking” rises as the
age of the driver increases; with 19 year old “HBD” drivers having accident
rates twice that of drivers of all ages. The most common cause of fatal
collisions for teen drivers is excessive speed, which also accounts for more
than half of all citations issued to teen drivers. Perhaps the most concerning facts
is drivers who survive a crash are one and a half times more likely to have a
second crash than the crash rate of drivers as a whole.
driving accidents are preventable. Irrespective of the natural progression of
brain development in adolescents, teen drivers can adopt “minimal risk” driving
habits and exercise them when they understand the adverse consequences. It
really is worth the time and effort it takes to provide them with the tools and
with an understanding of the reality of the dangers, as well as the joy,
offered by the independence provided by having a driver’s license.
County has not been immune to the problem and has had more than our share of
sadness and heartache. We have several good programs to help address the
prevention, as well as the negative consequences of teen driving fatalities. Two
that have worked toward a safer driving community in our county are Amador Teen
Driver and XX through the local office of the California Highway Patrol.
of this article will deal with another local resource coming to our community. Photo courtesy the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Dear Ione Junior High 6th and 7th Grade Students and Families,
This is Rich Modesti, interim principal at Ione Junior High School. I am contacting you to let you know that we will begin the 2018-2019 pre-registration process for current 6th and 7th grade students tomorrow, Tuesday, May 1st, during tutorial. All students will be given pre-registration forms on which they will indicate which advanced courses or elective courses they are interested in taking during the 2018-2019 school year. Several copies of the course descriptions, which provide additional information for each course, will be distributed to each tutorial. You can access the course descriptions on our website http://ionejr.amadorcoe.org under the news and announcements section. Several of the elective courses require applications, which can be acquired from your student’s tutorial teacher or from the office. Please note that while we will attempt to accommodate student requests, enrollment in advanced courses will be based on a variety of factors, including student performance and teacher recommendations. Also, while we will attempt to place students in preferred electives, enrollment in specific elective courses cannot be guaranteed due to scheduling limitations. If you have questions or concerns about the pre-registration process, please contact our office at (209) 257-5500. Thank you.
High School, Amador High School and Educational Alternatives High School
SUTTER CREEK, CA - On Monday, May 21st,
2018, the California Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Amador County
Juvenile Justice Commission, will be conducting a simulated drunk driving
traffic collision as part of the Every 15
Minutes program. The collision will
be staged on the football field at Amador High School at approximately
9:30am. The mock collision will take
place for approximately one hour, and could result in delays on Sutter Ione
Road above Amador High School. During
the mock collision there will be a high concentration of emergency vehicles in
the area. We would like to ensure that
the public is aware this is a mock emergency incident and no real emergency
15 Minutes is a two day program, which demonstrates
to high school students the impact drinking and drugged driving has on friends,
families, and their community. The
program stresses the importance of making mature decisions and recognizing that
their actions effect others besides themselves. The name of the program is
based on the fact that every fifteen minutes in the United States, someone is
injured or killed in an alcohol-related collision. During the school day on
Monday, May 21, selected students from each high school will be
removed from their classrooms by the “Grim Reaper” every 15 minutes, and taken
to an overnight retreat to demonstrate this statistic. Traffic collisions are, in fact, the leading
cause of death among persons aged 4 through 34.
The first day of the program is highlighted by a
simulated traffic collision that will be conducted at Amador High School
involving an impaired teenage driver and a fatally injured victim. Student participants will be carefully
selected to include students from Amador, Argonaut, and Educational
Alternatives High Schools. All students
from each high school will be present at the crash scene. The event includes emergency responses from
police, fire, ambulance, coroner, public works, and tow truck companies, just
as an actual collision would require.
The second day of the Every 15 Minutes program will take place at Argonaut High School in
Jackson on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. A mock funeral assembly will be held at approximately 9:30am at Argonaut
High School where the previously mock-dead students will be reunited with their
parents, family, and friends. Students
from all high schools will attend the assembly where a video of the previous
day’s activities will be shown, and presentations will be made by several guest
speakers. Following the assembly will be a reception to provide support
services, community engagement, and lunch to all students, staff and
This event is conducted by the California Highway
Patrol, with support from the Amador County Juvenile Justice Commission, Jackson
Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, Amador Teen
Driver, Amador County Probation Department, Nexus Youth & Family Services,
Ledger Dispatch, Sutter Creek Fire Department, Sutter Creek Police Department,
Jackson Fire Department, Jackson Police Department, Amador County Sheriff’s
Office, State Farm Insurance, American Legion, Amador County Superior Court,
Amador County District Attorney’s Office, Daneri’s Mortuary, Sutter Amador
Hospital, Amador County Unified School District, KVGC 1340 and many other
community partners and affiliates.
funding for this program is provided through a grant from the California Office
of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additional
funding is needed to successfully implement this program.
Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians has generously
offered to be a Platinum level sponsor for the event. If you would like more information regarding
funding opportunities contact Loraine Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to
provide the highest level of safety, service, and security to the people of
For more information
about this program, or other youth prevention activities that are available in
our county, contact Nadine at Nexus Youth & Family Services at 257-1980
ext. 102 or email email@example.com
Tuition-free online public school offers flexible option for K-12 students to thrive
RIPON, CA – California Connections Academy @ Ripon, a tuition-free, virtual public school, announces open enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year. The school, which serves students in transitional kindergarten through 12th grade who reside in Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties offers a flexible learning option to meet the needs of the modern student.
“At Connections Academy, I love that my days are never repetitive and there is always something new to learn,” said Delaney Bagneschi, student at California Connections Academy @ Ripon. “Being able to get in touch with all my teachers when I have subject questions or just questions in general has never been easier.”
Through advanced technology tools and a rigorous curriculum, teachers work closely with students to develop an individualized learning plan, which nurtures their strengths and provides additional support for areas of difficulty. The diverse student body includes competitive athletes with strict training schedules, previously homeschooled students looking for teacher support, and students seeking expanded course offerings, among others.
“It’s our mission to offer students a flexible and high-quality learning option that suits their academic needs,” said Amy Hunt, site administrator at California Connections Academy @ Ripon. “For prospective families, we recommend attending a free online or in-person information session to learn more about virtual school at Connections Academy.”
California Connections Academy enabled prolific alums Mirai Nigasu, Vincent Zhou, Nathan Chen and Karen Chen to chase international ice skating glory at PyeongChang, exemplary of the flexibility the school offers – allowing students to accommodate their schedules around other commitments.
While flexibility and a change in local school options are largely cited as reasons for switching to online school, the benefits of online learning go far beyond that. California Connections Academy provides a high-quality curriculum, which meets rigorous state education standards and state-credentialed teachers who teach a variety of courses, including honors and AP classes, digital technology and career technical courses. In addition, the school offers a variety of UC "a-g" courses including science wet labs, numerous visual and performing arts courses and more.
California Connections Academy also offers students a National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society chapters, and an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program to help students in grades 6-12 prepare for college.Many students also enjoy multiple in-person field trips and special events planned throughout the year where they can socialize offline with staff and fellow students.
California Connections Academy @ Ripon is a tuition-free, high-quality, highly accountable virtual public school serving students in grades K-12, including transitional kindergarten, in Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties. California Connections Academy is fully accredited (grades K-12) by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The school opened in 2012 and is authorized under state law by the Ripon Unified School District.
California Connections Academy provides students who meet state residency requirements with the flexibility to learn from anywhere with an internet connection with an innovative curriculum which meets rigorous state education standards. The combination of state-credentialed teachers, a proven curriculum, unique electives, technology tools and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education. For more information, call 800-382-6010 or visit the school’s website.
Celebrate National Reading Month...even if your child can't read yet!
Even non-readers can celebrate Reading Month. Here are 6 skills to prepare your young child for reading.
Each year at the beginning of March, school children kick off National Reading Month by celebrating the birthday of the beloved Dr. Seuss. Teachers will design contests, family literacy events, and even pajama & pillow days to provide cozy mornings of uninterrupted reading. With help from Read Across America, their goal is motivating kids to read every day of the year.
But what about the little ones? With a little help, they can enjoy National Reading Month too.
Research findings outlined in a recent report of the National Early Literacy Panel highlight the fact that literacy skills begin to develop at birth. The panel identified a number of early skills that are related to-and may even help predict-a child's later success with reading and writing.
Skills closely related to later success with reading and writing
Alphabet knowledge-the ability to name letters and the sounds they make
Phonological awareness-the ability to hear and manipulate the sounds of spoken language (such as hear the beginning sound of a word)
Rapid letter or number naming-the ability to quickly name letters or numbers
Rapid object or color naming-the ability to quickly name random series of colors or objects
Phonological memory-the ability to remember spoken information for a short period of time
Writing letters or one's own name-the ability to write single letters in isolation, or write their own name
So, even young children who are not yet reading can join in the celebration of National Reading Month. While each child's developmental journey has its own pace, the next section describes how you can help foster these important skills with activities that suit your child's current abilities and interests. And chances are, you and your child already engage in some of these activities!
Activities to Foster Important Early Skills
Knowing letters and sounds:
Sing the Alphabet Song. The number of versions on iTunes alone is testament to its enduring appeal. Have fun singing this familiar tune with different tempos or silly voices (monster voice, tiny mouse voice, robot voice).
Hunt for environmental print. Start a game of I-Spy and have your child search for letters prominently displayed on signs, posters, billboards, even cereal boxes.
Play with alphabet letters. Pull out the magnets, blocks, puzzles, whatever you have, and name the letters, eventually having your child identify the letter names on his own. It's usually best to introduce letters in alphabetical order, or start with the letters in your child's name. Upper case letters can be easier to tell apart, so they are often introduced first. At the same time, the lower case letters show up more in print, so there are good reasons to include both. Also, help your child match the letters with the sounds they make, along with a familiar word that contains the letter sound.
Explore the Starfall website. The ABCs section contains activities designed to help your child learn letter names and sounds.
Playing with the sounds of language:
Introduce nursery rhymes and sing-along games. Recite nursery rhymes, play the name game (Mason, Mason, bo bason, bananfana...), check out children's sing-along CDs at the local library, and spark your child's delight in the sounds of language.
Enjoy rhyming books. Read aloud and pause at opportune spots, encouraging your child to join in on the rhyming portions of text.
Go on a treasure hunt. Help your child search for items in your home that rhyme, or start with the same sound.
Tune your child's ears to the rhythm of music. Clap or dance to the beat, or tweak lyrics by substituting new rhyming words, even silly ones. Music provides plenty of natural opportunities for children to appreciate and manipulate the sounds of language.
Remembering what you hear:
Read it again...and again. When your child asks for repeated readings of the same book, rejoice! While you may tire of the storyline, your child is gradually memorizing the text and enhancing her listening comprehension. Eventually, you can encourage your child to "read" the story to you, using what she's memorized to retell the tale. You can also have your child retell the story using puppets, or by simply acting it out. Books with predictable, repetitive storylines are a good place to start.
Read and discuss. While younger children benefit from fewer interruptions during reading in order to maintain attention, occasionally ask your child questions about the story and illustrations. Sometimes, repeat your child's response. Other times, expand on what he has said, or make your own responses. This provides your child with a model of how to talk about books and enhances his ability to remember what he's heard.
Make up listening games. Implement a version of Simon Says, with one, then two, then three or more verbal instructions to follow (Simon Says, touch your nose; Simon says touch your nose, then jump. Simon Says touch your nose, then jump, then turn around).
Quickly naming letters, numbers, objects, and colors:
Play beat-the-clock. Open a book or magazine and have your child point to, and name, as many letters, numbers, objects, or colors as she can in 30 seconds.
Put a new twist on Slap Jack. As with the original version of the game, a deck of cards is divided equally between two players, with the stacks face down. One at a time, each player places the top card of her pile face up in the center of the table, but in this version of the game, the first player to name the number on the top card wins the pile and adds these cards to his own pile. If both players name the number at the same time, neither player gets the pile, and the game continues. Play continues until a player has won all of the cards. Other versions can be played with cards from games such as Memory or Old Maid.
Writing letters, writing your name:
Paint with water. Grab a bowl of water and a couple of paint brushes or sponges and "paint" letters on the sidewalk or on a wooden fence.
Scribble in the sand. Use fingers or small sticks to draw letters in the sand.
With the assurance that even the youngest children are on the road to reading, here's to embracing March as National Get-Ready-to-Read Month and building on these important foundational skills well beyond March 31st.
In honor of Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss' Birthday (which was Friday, March 2). First 5 Amador had a Facebook Contest to win 5 children's books, each! Families posted pictures of their little ones reading (or being read to) on our Facebook page! To make sure you know about any future contests here at First 5, please LIKE us on Facebook!
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!
This month join us at the Upcountry Community Center in Pine Grove for a fun hands-on morning building with our hands! Enjoy a snack, story-time and a free book to bring home.
Saturday, March 31, 10:00am - 12:00pm.
See theFLYER with all the information.
Save the fourth Saturday of every month for more outings held at fun venues around the county. Story time, a snack and a free book are provided each month!
How can you give kids the best start in life?
Are the children in your program at risk for social or emotional difficulties?
We know how critical the first 5 years of life are.
The sooner we catch a delay or disability in a young child, the sooner we can help connect them with services and supports that make a real difference. The Ages & Stages Questionnaires® (ASQ/ASQ-SE) are parent-completed developmental and social-emotional screeners used to pinpoint delays as early as possible and can identify any need for further assessment or ongoing monitoring.
Come to a free training to learn all about these valuable screening tools and how to best work with families to ensure every child is getting the best start in life they can get. Receive a free ASQ Kit at the training.
Thursday, March 13, 5:30-8:00 (new date!)
(dinner at 5:30, meeting starts at 6:00)
Call (209) 257-1092 for more information about the training and to RSVP.
Would you like to improve the quality of care you offer to children in your family child care home, preschool setting, or other early learning environment? Give us a call at First 5 and find out about the many resources (and incentives!) available to you, (209) 257-1092.
The Summer Kindergarten Bridge Program is designed for children who will be starting kindergarten in the Fall. First 5 Amador is seeking teachers, and teacher's aides, to serve children at each of these sites.
Dates and times are: Monday - Thursday, 8:00 - 11:30 am, from June 11 through June 28. These positions are ideal for current kindergarten, transitional-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. All applications are due no later than 2:00 pm on FRIDAY, MARCH 16.
Download the Enrollment Form, HERE or in Spanish, HERE.
Little Free Libraries offer a way to share good things to read: books that intrigue, books that teach, books that are fun! Whose libraries are these? They belong to everybody: neighbors, friends, people we don't even know yet. Anyone can use them. That's why we want to take care of them. Share a book: after you read a book, bring it to any Little Free Library, and bring other books from home that you would like to share. Take a book: if you see a book you would like to read, take it, and then bring it back for someone else to read.
Amador County now has over 20 Little Free Libraries in every corner of the county! Print out the map below and find one near you!
Nothing says Saint Patrick's Day like a rainbow with a pot of gold at the end!
Put this out at the beginning of the day and let your kids snack on healthy fruits all day long. They'll love the idea and they'll enjoy making their way to the pot of gold. Put a bowl of banana slices at the ends of the rainbow, or bowls of yogurt for dipping to be your pot of gold!
Here are some fun Spring ideas for kids for National Nutrition Month, Saint Patrick's Day, and the First day of Spring:
Help you children keep a daily eating log, making sure they understand the importance of healthy eating
Color a Saint Patrick's Day picture
Tell Leprechaun stories
Help your kids come up with a list of all the reasons they like spring
Start some seeds in your yard or in small pots for the house
One day, California's success
will be measured by the
well-being of its youngest children.
Calling all children 0 to 5 years of age.
Join Amador's favorite reading club!
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).