Page 10 - Chehalis Tribal Newsletter for March, 2016
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Parents read Early Learning loves literacy
to little ones
EVENTS As we celebrate the arrival of spring, we are to the Grand Buffet at Lucky Eagle Casino and
at Chehalis loving literacy at Chehalis Tribal Early Learning. Hotel while Mental Health Counselor Sheryl Spahr
Tribal Early March 24: Egg hunts, Easter parties answered questions and offered advice to parents.
March 25: Child care closed for Good We value our children and our community and Thank you, Sheryl, for your continued support of
Learning. Friday holiday we love to share an opportunity to bring the two families at Chehalis Tribal Early Learning. We also
April 4-8: Spring Break for Head Start and together. Our February parent meeting was on appreciate the parents who attended this training.
Early Head Start storytelling. Families were invited to bring a book
Mondays: Special Services Team visits and take a book. We had books galore to share with We look forward to our visits from the wonderful
Early Learning kids children and families to encourage reading. Teachers Pat Odiorne every month to talk with and teach our
shared stories, talked with parents and discussed the little ones all about health and nutrition. During
importance of reading at school and home. February when the focus was on heart health,
Pat visited each classroom with pictures of the
We were saddened to see such a small turnout heart, foods that are healthy for our hearts and a
for our February parent meeting, but we made the stethoscope to show children how it works and that
most of it and the very few families that attended it can be fun to hear a heartbeat.
walked away with stacks of books. Handouts were
given on 10 things to do to raise a reader and simple We always enjoy seeing Pat here and love the
yet powerful things to do while reading aloud. support and services she provides to the Early
Learning Program.
We enjoyed a baked potato bar for dinner and
one of our parents, Jessica Hill, Policy Council has been going
brought in banana bread and cake very well with our new members.
for dessert. Thank you, Jessica! We meet once a month to go over
everything Early Learning and
Early Head Start had a busy address old business and new
February as it was home visit business. Some new business will
month for families. Teachers try to be our upcoming federal review on
stress the importance of our home Comprehensive Services and School
visits to our parents and guardians, Readiness during the week of
and the children love seeing their March 21.
teachers in their homes engaging in
culture and traditions. For more information, stop by
the center, attend a Policy Council
On Feb. 23, we had a mental meeting or call 360-273-5514.
health luncheon and training for
our families. We invited families Wishing you a happy Easter!


It’s easier than you think. If you are You may be: Ask Aunties
age 21 or older and in good health, n Single, married or divorced
Chehalis Tribal Foster Care Program n Male or female March 22 / April 26 / May 24
would love to hear from you. n A parent with young or grown
children Ask Aunties is a monthly playgroup with a
You will need: n Someone who’s never had children discussion topic and dinner. It is designed
n A good-size spare room n Employed to give families an opportunity to bring
n Evidence of parenting skills, either n You may have a criminal record for their children together and engage in
with your own kids or other people’s non-violent offences in the past educational parent-child interaction
n A commitment to ongoing training activities and discuss, ask questions and
n An interest in helping young people CONTACT share parenting tips and ideas with other
with difficulties understand that they Chehalis Tribal Foster Care Program, parents and professionals. The group is
do have a future 360-709-1745 or 360-709-1632 open to everyone: young and old, aunts,
n A commitment to working in uncles, parents and grandparents. All are
partnership with the child’s birth invited to join, share and enjoy an evening CONTACT
family and an Indian Child Welfare together. Beth Klatush at 360-709-1627,
social worker Time: 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays
n We are willing to work with you Where: Chehalis Tribal Wellness Center’s
getting licensed. We need homes for PT room
emergencies, respite, short term and Also: Dinner will be provided
long term.
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