Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Healthy Schools Newsletter from @IADeptofEd & @IAhealthyschool

Stay healthy this winter by doing the DAB and learn about staying Healthy!

Parent Involvement w/ Teen Drivers Program

Sharing this from Mick Mulhern, Program Administrator/Youth Coordinator from the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau.

The Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) is committed to reducing the number of lives lost on Iowa roadways as well as minimizing the number of serious injury crashes. The number one cause of teen death in Iowa and the U.S. is car crashes. There are many causes for these deadly incidents as well as several preventable solutions to consider. Sadly, teen drivers, from those who are just beginning to drive to those who have driven for a few years are vulnerable to this troubling statistic.

One effective counter measure is aimed at bringing parents and guardians together with their teens to openly discuss traffic safety and good driving behavior.  The "Parent Involvement with Teen Drivers Program" brings to light the importance that parents and adult influencers have on teens and the examples they are setting. It encourages conversations about driving that might not otherwise have taken place. The program is informational in that it is intended to educate the adults on current trends and traffic laws. Ideally it will cause them to reflect on their own driving habits as well.

The attached brochure provides information for parents and adult influencers regarding current traffic crash trends, driver licensing laws and suggestions that they can use now to help reduce this problem. Please consider having this brochure visibly displayed and available for your visitors and staff.  There is no cost and the brochures will be delivered to your organization upon your approval. In addition to the brochures guest speakers representing traffic safety, a desk top driving simulator activity and traffic data may be available upon request.
Thank you for your consideration and concern for helping us reduce unnecessary teen deaths in Iowa. Our children are our most valuable asset!

Mick Mulhern, M.P.A.
Program Administrator/Youth Coordinator
Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau
Iowa Department of Public Safety
215 E. 7th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319<>
Office: 515-725-0148
Cell: 515-443-5676
Fax: 515-725-6133

Monday, December 19, 2016

Read everyday

I have always been a reader.  My grandmother made great burnt chocolate chip cookies and told us to learn something new everyday.  Much of my learning has come from reading, while enjoying chocolate chip cookies.

In the house I grew up in, my favorite to place to read was in our bay window that faced the south and was covered by a heavy full curtain.  This curtain served two purposes:  keeping out the cold and if you were on the bay side of the window, helped dim some of the noise from the other side of the curtain in a house full of nine other children.

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Just last week I was sharing with some of my peers the title of a book my mom gave me for 1st Communion.  At the time I was not quite sure why she chose this book, but at 53 I'm finally figuring it out!  (I'm still a work in progress:)

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As the holiday break is approaching --one thing we hope is on everyone's list of things to do is finding time for reading.  I've asked Patrice, our local librarian, to order some books I heard about on IPR for me to read over break.  

Atkins Elementary is doing a marshmallow challenge to encourage reading.

Why is it so important to read everyday?  Andrea Townsley, one of our Teacher Leaders here at BC, shared this graphic on one of her blog entries to highlight the importance of if we want to be better readers, we need to read.

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So what will you do over the holiday break.  We hope you take at least 20 minutes everyday to read.  Everyday!  And, if you want to make it even more enjoyable, find some chocolate chip cookies and a bay window!

Friday, December 9, 2016


This past week on Iowa Public Radio there was a story about gratitude.

As we think about what we have to be grateful for.  One thing I think about is my warm boots that are on my feet as I type this.  My tooties are so grateful to be warm when it is only 5 degrees outside.

With the cold weather now upon us snow pants, snow boots & shoes are needed at each of our Elementary Centers. If you have any filling up space in your closets or want to purchase new -- any of our Elementary Centers would appreciate donations. They would also appreciate your sharing this message with our families and service organizations within our District.

Thank you to our community for being gracious and sharing what you can with our students and families.