stress out of grandparenting
Grandparents who are raising their grandchildren
are a growing phenomenon across the nation and here in New Mexico.
However, grandparents can incur incredible stress, as they deal
with a delayed retirement, financial issues, grandchildren's behavioral
issues, and health problems.
Outcomes, Inc. with the generous support of
Albuquerque Community Foundation, will be expanding their services
to these deserving families. A $16,500 grant in July from the Wilhelmina
Neat Coe Foundation, with ACF, will provide therapeutic groups for
grandchildren, counseling sessions for approximately ten families,
and parenting-education groups with emphasis on anger and stress
Grandchildren face loss and abandonment issues,
and some acquire behavioral difficulties as a result. Therapeutic
groups will focus on appropriate emotional expression and improving
social skills. A minimal fee will be charged.
Counseling sessions can be designated for the
grandchild, grandparent, grandparent couple, or family unit. Bilingual
therapists are also available. Grandparents will be asked to contribute
$5 per session.
Finally, grandparents will be able to attend
sessions on stress or anger management. Child care will be provided
during these sessions and a minimal fee will be charged for group
attendance and childcare.
Counseling sessions will be available beginning
in July, and the groups for grandparents and grandchildren will
begin in the early fall. Call Debbie Trujillo or Sheila Genoni,
at 243-2551, for more information or to register for the groups,
as attendance is limited. Fees may be decreased if warranted by
a grandparent's situation.
End of Summer Fun Day for three- to five-year-olds
All parents and grandparents with children ages three to five
are invited to bring their children to the Bernalillo Head Start's
End of Summer Fun Day on Tuesday, August 8, from 9:00 a.m. until
noon. Bernalillo Head Start, at 100 Ricardo Lane, across from the
Country Store, is administered by Presbyterian Medical Services.
The Fun Day will have information and applications for Head Start,
Early Head Start, Peanut Butter & Jelly, and early-intervention
services. Staff will be on site to sign children up for Medicaid.
Children will receive free books from Read West and can go fishing
in the fish tank for prizes. Tours of the Placitas Volunteer Fire
Brigade's new red engine and ambulance will be provided. Dr. Charles
Haines, from the PMS Rio Rancho Family Health Center, will be checking
blood pressure and reviewing children's immunization records. Peanut
Butter & Jelly staff will have games and information on their
parent-skills program. There will be free smoothies for the children
while we sign them up for Head Start.
Head Start's fall session begins August 21 for children ages three
to five who are from low-income families. They have bilingual teachers
who help the Spanish-speaking children and their parents feel welcome
in the classes.
Head Start is an early-education program that helps children build
their skills through play and social interaction. Children who attend
Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities indoors
and outdoors in a safe setting that helps them grow socially, emotionally,
mentally, and physically. They receive a free nutritious breakfast,
lunch, and snack every day.
Head Start also provides health screenings for all Head Start
children and assists the parents in finding medical and dental services.
They also work with the children's parents to build their social
skills, advance their education, and provide referrals to help them
succeed in life.
For more information, please call 896-1885, Mondays through Fridays,
from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can also pick up a Head Start application
for your child from the Bernalillo Head Start site, 100 Ricardo
BPS schools to offer free meals to all students
All students in Algodones Elementary, Bernalillo High/Middle School,
Carroll Elementary, Cochiti Elementary/Middle School, Roosevelt
Elementary, and Santo Domingo Elementary/Middle Schools will be
offered free meals regardless of income through the 2006-2007 school
year unless otherwise notified.
All meals served must meet regulations established by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture. If a child is determined by a doctor
to be disabled and unable to eat the regular school meal, the school
will make any substitutions prescribed by the doctor at no extra
charge. If you believe your child is in need of substitutions because
of a disability, please call the school for further information.
All schools and the office of the superintendent or administrator
have a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested
Village Academy interim campus prepares for students,
—ROSANNE EAKIN, BOARD MEMBER, VACS
Village Academy Charter School, officially opening this month, has
a new site-based governance council. Members of the 2007 VACS Governance
Council are Reggie Nepomuceno (chairman), Rosanne Eakin, Erica Hightower,
Rich Rudd, and Teresa Sheehan. The governance council has been working
diligently to get the school facility ready for the fall term, and
to hire staff, including the new principal, Robin Troup.
Troup is well suited to the task of bringing a new charter school
online. A former Peace Corps volunteer, she worked in Honduras and
is fluent in Spanish. She understands the importance of effective
community schools to help communities improve the quality of life
Says Troup, “I am very excited to be part of a new educational
option for Sandoval County. Our charter school will be a real community
school, serving a diverse student body. I think that the middle-school
years are pivotal for a lot of students who may be overexposed,
in many respects, to pop culture. Our aim is to create a small family-oriented
school that uses Core Knowledge to expose students to a world-class
curriculum and rich resources. We want to help develop confident,
successful students with the skills and understanding to move on
to the next phase of their academic and life experience.”
In addition to her extensive background in special education and
community charter-school development in New Mexico, Troup serves
as an examiner for Quality New Mexico, an organization that supports
the use of data-driven decision-making to improve organizational
effectiveness based on the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria of Performance
Troup notes that opening a new charter school is a tremendous
challenge, but also rewarding. “[It] takes strong support
from the community and the involvement of families and students
to open a charter school. We need to encourage parents and volunteers
to work with our governance council and our committees. They can
take ownership of this school and create an environment that is
truly responsive to their needs and their children.”
Applications are still being accepted for remaining first-year
student slots in grades six and seven. Prospective student applications
can be submitted to the VACS Governance Council, or mailed during
the enrollment period, which remains open. For information about
the application process, please see the VACS Web site (www.villageacademyplacitas.com).
Please note: Public governance-council meetings are now held the
second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the interim
campus, 274 Don Tomas in Bernalillo. Interested individuals are
encouraged to attend the charter school's public meetings to obtain
information and offer suggestions. For further information regarding
student enrollment, parent or volunteer participation, employment,
and the Core Knowledge Curriculum, visit www.villageacademyplacitas.com
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continuing developments in Village Academy's progress will be posted
to the Web site.
Placitas Library party to celebrate children’s
—NANCY GUIST, CHILDREN'S SUMMER PROGRAM COORDINATOR,
PLACITAS COMMUNITY LIBRARY
Come to the Placitas Community Library on Thursday, August 10, at
10:00 am. and join in celebrating the summer reading our community's
children have done, far surpassing the Summer Reading Challenge
library goal of three hundred books. As of this writing, 465 books
have been read by or to the children who registered for the program.
Truly a cause for celebration!
All children are invited to attend the party, regardless of whether
they participated in the Summer Reading Challenge Program. We will
have two special guests. Larry O'Hanlon, a Placitas resident who
is currently a science journalist and who previously worked for
the Explora Science Center and Children's Museum, will be representing
the Rio Grande Astronomical Society and has planned some solar demonstrations.
He will use a solar cooker to make grilled cheese sandwiches for
the children and will also set up a telescope with a solar filter
for looking at the sun. Our second guest will be Jeanne Whitehouse
Peterson, an Albuquerque author who has written several picture
books for children, including I Have a Sister—My Sister
is Deaf (a Reading Rainbow book), My Mama Sings, and
Sometimes I Dream Horses. She will read to the children.
The celebration will also include refreshments for all and certificates
and bags of prizes for the children who participated in the Summer
Reading Challenge. Mark the morning of August 10 on your calendar.
This will be the last event of our summer program.
Complete guide for grant writers available
at Placitas Library this month
—ANNE GREY FROST, BOARD MEMBER, PLACITAS COMMUNITY
Have you ever wondered about applying for a grant but didn't know
where to start? Well, for the next six weeks all the information
you need will be available at the Placitas Community Library. The
library is hosting the state library’s Traveling Foundation
Center Collection, thirty-four-volumes on how to write successful
grants and where to send them to have the best chance of success
for your particular organization. The books cover current information
on independent, corporate, and community foundations and have focused
information for interest areas such as animal welfare, education,
minorities, health, and more. The traveling collection is funded
by the New Mexico State Library and is for use in the library only.
To start your research, come to the library and ask for the Introduction
to Grant Writing.
Our book group will be meeting Monday, August 7, at 4:00 p.m. This
month we are reading One Thousand White Women: The Journals
of May Dodd: A Novel, by Jim Fergus. This is a fascinating
story of a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices
of the U.S. government traveled to the western prairies to intermarry
among the Cheyenne. At the September 11 meeting the group will be
discussing Tiger in the Grass, by Harriett Doerr. If you
are looking for a book group, please join us for these fascinating
discussions. This group is always open for drop-ins and new regulars.
The library would like to thank Gary Priester for all his time
and TLC as our Webmaster these past three years. He has been most
generous in giving us a presence on the Web and crafting and maintaining
our site. He is ready to pass this responsibility on to Jodie Streit.
Welcome aboard, Jodie!
You can visit our Web site and find out what's happening at the
library at www.placitaslibrary.com.
The play-yard landscaping is now complete. We would like to thank
Keep New Mexico Beautiful for their generous grant. Since the rains
have come, the buffalo grass is greening up and the shrubs look
great. Many thanks go to all who have worked to plant and maintain
this yard. It should look better and better.
The library needs your help to make our entryway more accessible.
We need to build a cement ramp. If you have skills or cement you
could contribute, please call us, at 867-3355. We hope to have the
ramp completed by the end of August. To those of you who have been
inconvenienced by our lack of an appropriate ramp, thank you for
your patience and we hope to welcome you to the library very soon.
The community is always welcome at our board meetings, on the second
Wednesday of each month, now at PVFB main station.
The library hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays,
and Saturdays; noon to 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. We look forward to
Crashes involving teen drivers often result in
someone else’s death
—BRENDA YAGER, MANAGER OF PUBLIC AND GOVERNMENT
AFFAIRS, AAA NEW MEXICO
When teen drivers are involved in a fatal crash, someone else is
usually the victim, according to a recent analysis of ten years
of crash data by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
The new AAA study shows that, nationwide, young novice drivers
comprise slightly more than one-third of all the fatalities in crashes
in which they are involved. The remaining two-thirds of those killed
are other vehicle users and pedestrians.
In New Mexico, according to the AAA Foundation analysis, 339 lives
were lost in crashes involving young novice drivers from 1995-2004;
this included 102 drivers fifteen to seventeen years old (30.1 percent),
121 passengers (35.7 percent), seventy-five occupants of vehicles
operated by drivers at least eighteen years of age (22.1 percent),
and thirty-nine non-motorists (11.5 percent).
The AAA Foundation analysis shows that from 1995 through 2004 crashes
involving fifteen-to-seventeen-year-old drivers claimed the lives
of 30,917 people nationwide, of which only 11,177 (36.2 percent)
were the teen drivers themselves. The remaining 19,740 (63.6 percent)
included 9,847 passengers of the teen drivers, 7,477 occupants of
other vehicles operated by drivers at least eighteen years of age,
and 2,323 non-motorists.
New Mexico's graduated driver-license law went into effect in
2000. In stage two, which is the provisional-license period, the
teen driver may not operate a motor vehicle between midnight and
5:00 a.m. unless accompanied by a licensed driver at least twenty-one
years old. The law also states that no more than one passenger under
twenty-one who is not a member of the minor's immediate family may
be in the car during the provisional-license period, unless a licensed
driver at least twenty-one years old is also in the vehicle. The
teen driver must hold the provisional license for at least twelve
months and cannot apply for a full unrestricted license if convicted
of a traffic violation within the ninety days preceding the application.
AAA graduated driver-license laws now exist in all fifty states.
AAA and the AAA Foundation have released updates of two of their
popular educational tools for parents, AAA's Teaching Your Teen
to Drive DVD and the AAA Foundation's interactive, risk-management
DVD, Driver-ZED. For order information about Teaching Your Teen
to Drive, call 1-800-327-3444. For information about Driver-ZED,
call 800-305-SAFE or visit www.aaafoundation.org.