"Research shows that the more adversity children encounter, the higher is their risk for later consequences...Resilience is 'the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress' (American Psychological Association, 2012). Studies show that resilience is influenced by a number of factors, including characteristics of a child (e.g., skills, temperament, motivation) and their surroundings. Safe, inclusive, and nurturing environments strengthen resilience in traumatized children, whereas hostile and unresponsive environments add stress and may further traumatize those who are already vulnerable." --Trauma-Informed Programs and Practices for Schools (TIPPS) Program Guide
What are some steps your team is intentionally taking to ensure your spaces are safe, inclusive, and nurturing?
Shout out to Hikone Intern, Hannah Keith, for this beautiful reward system board and being an overall rockstar!
Three cheers for a clean and organized Bryant shed (wahoo, Fayiza!)
Creekside residents are getting in the spoooooky spirit!
The Humane Society visited Brick Community Center, and students got to "adopt" Beanie Baby animals to take home <3
Midge and Tess doing a great job at Bryant, cultivating meaningful relationships with our students, like Jamera
Pictured are some of Brick's students' "About Me" flyers - did your site also create some? These are always so fun!
CAN Fall Holiday Parties- These are great opportunities to have fun with CAN kiddos and families. We encourage those who can to ask directors what they need, plug in, and help out at an upcoming Halloween Party!
Green Baxter Court - October 25, ~4-6pm
Hikone - October 26, ~4-6pm
Brick - October 27, ~4-6pm
Arrowwood Hills - October 28, ~4-6pm
Creekside Court - October 28, ~4-6pm
Upcoming Staff Meetings- Our weekly rotation of staff meetings will be as follows:
All Staff/Interns Meeting
Off-Week / Meet on as-needed basis (e.g. Anyone who needs to touch base with specific people can set aside these Fridays to schedule those meetings with whomever it makes the most sense to include)
That means for the next couple of months, our meeting schedule as of right now will look as follows:
October 29, Management Meeting: 1-2:30pm
November 5, All Staff* Meeting: 1-3pm
November 12, Management Meeting: 1-2:30pm
November 19, Off-Week/ Meet on as-needed basis (e.g. Anyone who needs to touch base with specific people can set aside these Fridays to schedule those meetings with whomever it makes the most sense to include)
November 26, Off: CAN is closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday
December 3, Management Meeting: 1-2:30pm
*All staff are invited to attend- these are mandatory for Directors & VISTAs; Program Assistants and Interns are welcome to join if available.
CAN On the Holidays-
November 24-26 - CAN is closed
December 2 - Last day of ASP for most CAN sites
December 6-10 - Prep for Holiday Parties
December 13-16 - CAN Holiday Parties
December 22-January 2 - Bryant Market Closed
December 24 - CAN Closed
December 31 - CAN Closed
You can also view our more dynamic schedule on CAN's Google Calendar: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/2?cid=aW5mb3JtYXRpb250ZWNobm9sb2d5QGNhbndhc2h0ZW5hdy5vcmc
Google Calendars are a helpful tool CAN uses so we can make updates and share them out with all of our stakeholders in case anything changes!
Tips & Tidbits
Do you remember...
CAN's After School Program priorities & purpose statements from the "CAN After School Program Overview" training?
These are a great guiding light to stay on-mission!
-Review the SMART Goals your team made at the mid-semester check-in
-Reflect on how you are collaborating with your team to ensure the students have consistent and quality care in safe, nurturing, and inclusive spaces
And, if there isn't something there you would find incredibly valuable for yourself and staff to come, please email Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can work together to improve and increase our resources.
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