Weekly Update for June 27th
Congratulations to Lydia Robinson, Teacher is classroom 1D, on her new baby girl, Marleah McCarley, who was born on June 22nd at 12:50 a.m. weighing in at 7 pounds. Both Lydia and Marleah are doing well.
Congratulations to Tierra Parks, Teacher in classroom 1E, and Yeonta Russell, Teacher in classroom 1C, who graduateD on June 25th from National Louis, receiving their Bachelor of Science Degree.
Social Work/Family Support Services
The Social Work/Family Support team celebrated Dynamite Dads on 6/22 with a parent-child art project and snow cones! Children and their parents decorated Father’s Day themed picture frames and enjoyed fun family time together.
Laura and Nicole participated in trainings at the Ounce of Prevention, with a focus on relationship-based admissions. As a part of the training, they discussed techniques to assist children, parents and teachers with the separation process when they enter early childhood programs. They received a complimentary copy of the book “Everyday Goodbyes” by Nancy Balaban, and they plan to help implement some of the techniques into the programming at St. Vincent de Paul Center.
Early Childhood (Infant-Three Years)
Teachers received their new classroom assignments for the new school year starting in September. They discussed ways in which to improve the services we offer the children. The discussion included ways to assist children through professional development of teachers and other support systems needed to assist teachers in innovating and continually improving our high quality services to children.
The Pre-K classes are enjoying summer walking trips this week. We are fortunate that the Lincoln Park community has many wonderful destinations, including Lincoln Park Zoo, Adams Water Park, Sunshine Park, and the Lincoln Park Conservatory. The children are also enjoying recent new additions to the playground, including learning centers, blocks, and a garden.
The K-3rd grade classrooms 3F, 3A, and 3B each received 16 LeapPads, headphones and Leapfrog books/cartridges for the children in their classrooms from the Beck Foundation literacy grant. The LeapPads focus on decoding, phonemic awareness and reading fluency skills in a six-level series. They also reinforce letter-name recognition, letter-sound correspondence, sight word development, vocabulary development and word blending.
Senior Services & Homeless Outreach Programs
One of our Senior Services clients experienced a bedbug infestation in her apartment, causing her to need to throw out items in her home, including a bed for her mentally-challenged grandson. For three months, her grandson had been sleeping on the floor. In conjunction with the St. Vincent’s Outreach program, we were able to get a new bed for this family. The client told us that she was grateful that she was referred to the Senior Services program for assistance.
After 5 years, people are still trying to recover from Hurricane Katrina. A young man was relocated to Chicago for assistance after the hurricane. He has suffered many situations here that were worse than the hurricane. Unfortunately, this client was lost in the system and never received assistance to return to New Orleans. Our program was able to send him home.