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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Month of the Military Child

April is the month of the military child.   
We are encouraging some dress up at home days to celebrate these resilient kids.

Red White and Blue or patriotic dress up for this Friday. Take fun and creative family pictures.  Soon I will send information on how to share your pics with our school community.
Then following Friday dress up in camouflage
Finale is Friday,  April 17 with purple up 

       The official flower of the military child is the dandelion because the plant puts down roots almost anywhere and it's almost impossible to destroy. It's a survivor in a broad range of climates. Military children bloom everywhere the winds carry them.  They are hardy and upright. Their roots are strong, cultivated deeply in the culture of the military, planted swiftly and surely. They're ready to fly in the breezes that take them to new adventures, new lands and new friends.
        
       Experts say that military children are well-rounded, culturally aware, tolerant and extremely resilient. Military children have learned from an early age that home is where their hearts are, that a good friend can be found in every corner of the world and in every color and that education doesn't only come from school.  They learn that to survive means to adapt, that the door that closes one chapter of their life opens up to a new and exciting adventure full of new friends and new experiences.


Some resources from EFMP especially related to reading and literacy that may be helpful as we practice social distancing.
Sgt Yano Library Virtual Preschool Storytime

Wednesdays at 1000 tune into the Army Hawaii Libraries Facebook page to hear authors read their books!  Stories geared to ages 0-5.
https://www.facebook.com/USAGHAWAIILIBRARIES/ < https://www.facebook.com/USAGHAWAIILIBRARIES/ >

Scribd

Access to millions of books, audiobooks, magazines and more FREE for 30 days.
https://www.scribd.com/readfree?utm_source=readfree < https://www.scribd.com/readfree?utm_source=readfree >

MWR Libraries Online

Check out thousands of digital and audiobooks, magazines, comics and movies using your MWR Library Online account.  Many other perks are available including learning a new language with Mango and free tutoring! Temporary accounts are being issued from now through July by emailing your interest 
toyanolibrary@gmail.com < Caution-mailto:yanolibrary@gmail.com >  with your name, email address, and status (active duty, dependent, etc.)  All temporary accounts will be deleted in July and new accounts can be created by visiting your nearest Army library.

Caution-
http://mylibraryus.armybiznet.com/search

Audible Free Stories for Kids

Audible states"For as long as schools are closed, we're open" and is now offering hundreds of stories for kids for free!  Categorized for Littlest Learners, Elementary, Tween, Teen and Classics.
Choose a book and have Audible read aloud as your child draws what they see in their imagination
https://stories.audible.com/start-listen <-https://stories.audible.com/start-listen >


Scholastic Learn at Home

Choose a grade level and begin to use the presorted grade-level appropriate daily projects to keep kids thinking and learning at home!
https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnatCaution-home.html?caching < https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnatCaution-home.html?caching >

The Khan Academy

Khan Academy is an online non-profit educational website with short video lessons and supplementary tools. The corresponding app has an adaptive learning path for each child account or a child can choose to learn independently from their library that includes activities, books, videos, and coloring pages.

Caution-
https://www.khanacademy.org < Caution-https://www.khanacademy.org >


***Important Local Resources***

Department of Education Q&A

Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities during the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak (March 2020)
https://sites.ed.gov/idea/files/qa-covid-19-03-12-2020.pdf

Stay Up to Date on US Army Hawaii Resources and Information

Check this page to get information on closures, fact sheets, relief organizations and resources

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https://home.army.mil/hawaii/index.php/covid < https://home.army.mil/hawaii/index.php/covid >


Army Community Service Hawaii

ACS Hawaii is currently operating as a Virtual Emergency Family Assistance Center (EFAC). The center is closed and all activities are canceled until further notice. For assistance please call the 24/7 hotline: 877-406-2148.


Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 Center

To access the most up-to-date information about prevention and response to COVID-19, visit:
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/ < http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/ >

Nightly Garrison Command Update

Check out the nightly Facebook Live event at 6pm hosted by USAG-HI leadership to announce changes and address community concerns:
Caution-www.facebook.com/usaghawaii/

Lastly Hawaii Autism Foundation is holding a virtual Q&A Session about educational/ IEP questions.  Parents can ask questions about IEP goals and related services and get answers and help.  You can register on the link here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeSs5TGvZJV7N1ucBKkveJwS9zkBy2966BP5pIiSS5w0bG89w/viewform

or
https://forms.gle/GH1UUv135STnSK4m6