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October is National Bullying Prevention Month Part II

October is
National Bullying Prevention Month

You can help create a world without bullying!

A nationwide campaign founded in 2006 by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center that unites communities around the world to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention.

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Bullying among school-age youth is a pervasive problem that challenges the teaching and learning environment, increases mental health and behavior problems, diminishes school connectedness and violates the right of students to receive equal educational opportunities in a safe environment. In response, schools have an ethical and legal responsibility to prevent bullying of any kind, ideally as part of a comprehensive approach to ensuring school safety and promoting positive behavior.
Visit this post from the American Psychological Association, for information on Bullying, Electronic Harassment and Aggression Prevention. In Montgomery County, these agencies are working to address the problem locally.  

Register Now for October Community of Practice Workshops!

Our Youth Development Community of Practice (CoP)offers professional learning opportunities for youth development practitioners serving young people in Montgomery County. Please join us at our upcoming CoP Workshops:
  • October 9, 2017 9:30-2:00PMLGBTQ Ally TrainingMid-County Rec Center, 2004 Queensguard Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20906
  • October 10, 2017 9:00-3:00PM Youth Development Practices for Old-er Youth: Increasing Engagement and Building CommunityMid-County Rec Center, 2004 Queensguard Rd, Silver Spring, MD, 20906
  • October 14&28 2017 9:00-4:00 PM2-Day Advancing Youth Development Training for TeachersNorbeck-Muncaster Mill Neighborhood Park 4101 Muncaster Mill RD, Norbeck, MD, 20853
  • October 17-18 2017 9:30-2:30 PMYouth Mental Health First AidSilver Spring Civic Center 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910
  • October 19, 2017 9:30-12:30 PMRestorative Practices for Youth and FamiliesConference Center, 1801 Research Blvd, Rockville, MD 20850
  • October 24, 2017 9:30-2:00 PMKeys To A Successful Mentoring ProgramConference Center, 1801 Research Blvd, Rockville, MD 20850
  • October 25, 2017 12:00-1:30 PMCreating Safe Space: Reducing Bullying and Harassment; Building Positive Climate Webinar
  • October 26, 2017 9:30– 2:00 PMEngaging African American Males in Youth ProgramsSilver Spring Civic Center 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910
  • October 27, 2017 9:30– 12:30 PMTrauma Informed Care Conference Center, 1801 Research Blvd, Rockville, MD 20850
To register and for more details view the CoP flyer.

Free Video Production Classes for high school students

Registration is underway for free 12-week video production classes for high school students that will begin September 25. The classes are being offered by Gandhi Brigade Youth Media at their location in the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre at 8641 Colesville Rd. and at five county library locations.
  • All programs meet after school from 3:30 – 5:30pm
  • Rockville Memorial Library (Mondays)
  • Marilyn Praisner / Burtonsville Library (Mondays)
  • Long Branch Library (Tuesdays)
  • Kensington Park Library (Tuesdays)
  • Aspen Hill Library (Wednesdays)
  • Silver Spring Black Box Theater (Thursdays).
Gandhi Brigade Youth Media is an after-school program that empowers young people in Montgomery County to use multimedia tools to promote community building, multicultural understanding, and the common good.

Register Now for September Community of Practice Workshops!

Our Youth Development Community of Practice (CoP)offers professional learning opportunities for youth development practitioners serving young people in Montgomery County.

Register here for September Workshops with our Community of Practice:
September 15th: Building Community

September 15th: Planning and Reflection

September 22nd: Homework Help

September 25-28th: Advancing Youth Development

September 29th: Ask-Listen-Encourage

September 29th: Cooperative Learning

Register Now for September Community of Practice Workshops!

Our Youth Development Community of Practice (CoP)offers professional learning opportunities for youth development practitioners serving young people in Montgomery County. Please join us at our upcoming CoP Workshops: “The Friday Series”
  • Active Learning ( 9/1/17)
  • Youth Voice (9/8/17)
  • Reframing Conflict ( 9/8/17)/em>)
To register and for more details visit the CoP registration page.

Free Vaccinations Offered at Health Clinics for Students Entering Seventh Grade

Montgomery County health officials urge parents or guardians of students entering seventh grade to show proof their student is vaccinated against Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) and Meningococcal meningitis (MCV4) prior to the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

Montgomery County health officials urge parents or guardians of students entering seventh grade to show proof their student is vaccinated against Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) and Meningococcal meningitis (MCV4) prior to the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Students not in compliance with Maryland vaccination requirements are excluded from attending school until they provide documentation of the required Tdap and MCV immunizations. The requirements are in place throughout the State of Maryland.

Free Tdap and MCV4 immunizations will be offered to incoming students at the following locations:

School Health Services Center
4910 Macon Road, Rockville
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Dennis Avenue Health Center
2000 Dennis Avenue, Silver Spring
Tuesdays
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Germantown Health Center
12900 Middlebrook Road, 2nd floor, Germantown
Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Thursdays 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Silver Spring Health Center
8630 Fenton Street, 10th floor, Silver Spring
Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

A copy of the child’s immunization record must be presented to staff to receive vaccinations. For more information on immunizations, call the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services’ Immunization Program at 240-777-1050 or School Health Services at 240-777-1550.

Addressing Food Security in Your Afterschool and Summer Learning Program

Food is the one afterschool and summer learning program component necessary for survival. Food security is something we deal with daily.
Students or staff might ask themselves on any given day:
  1.  Did I eat?
  2.  Did I have enough to eat?
  3.  What would I like to eat?
Increasingly, students rely on school cafeteria food for food security. Many in our programs eat breakfast, lunch and a snack or meal during our care; many have nothing to eat when they go home. We have opportunities to play a vital role in the food security of the students we serve.

This article, originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of AfterSchool Today magazine, offers insight and ways to adapt your role in students’ food security to help them achieve the goals and vision your program has identified to help address community needs.

Summer Read and Learn 2017 – Build a Better World.

Summer Read & Learn for children, teens, and adults runs June 10–September 10!
  • Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) invites all students to participate in this year’s Summer Reading Program, which will run June 10 to September 10. This year’s theme is “Build a Better World.”
  • Children can register on-line or in person at any of the MCPL Branch libraries.

Healthy & Free lunch for Children 18 & under this summer

Summer Programs

Children 18 years of age or younger may come to any of these locations Monday through Friday to receive a healthy and nutritious lunch.

No appointment is necessary; but the lunch must be eaten at the location.

Argyle Middle School

2400 Bel Pre Road • Silver Spring, MD

July 10 — 28 • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

City of Faith

8051 Cessna Avenue, Suite 160 • Gaithersburg, MD

June 19 — Sept. 1 • 2:00-2:30 PM

Fox Chapel Elementary School

19315 Archdale Road • Germantown, MD

June 26 — August 4 • 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Gaithersburg
Elementary School

35 North Summit Avenue • Gaithersburg, MD

July 10 ­— August 11 • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Key Middle School

910 Schindler Drive • Silver Spring, MD

June 26 ­— August 4 • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Middlebrook Mobile

19515 North Frederick Road • Germantown, MD

June 26 — August 4 • 11:30 AM-1:00 PM

North Creek Community Center

20125 Arrowhead Road • Montgomery Village, MD

June 19 — August 11 • 12:30-2:00 PM

Northwood High School

919 University Blvd., West • Silver Spring, MD

June 26—August 4 • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Watkins Mill High School

10301 Apple Ridge Road • Gaithersburg, MD

June 26—August 4 • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Interested in receiving meals for your summer program?

The Summer Meals Program is designed to provide nutritious meals at no cost to children 18 years of age and younger. Approximately 35% of MCPS students are eligible for free and reduced price meals; and this program is designed to bridge the “nutrition gap” when school is out. 

The MCPS Division of Food and Nutrition Services is the summer food service sponsor in Montgomery County and about 9,500 children are served at approximately 120 locations each day.

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