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Family Literacy Day Campaign, November 2, 2013
Read On Arizona will be celebrating Family Literacy Day on November 2 which offers an opportunity for schools to promote the importance of literacy and explore the fun that books can provide for children and families. The Early Literacy Guide for Families is available for download and will be distributed from local McDonald's restaurants on November 2nd. Contact Terri Clark by email to get engaged in promoting the event! Find out more about statewide literacy efforts at readonarizona.org.
On Saturday, November 2nd from 9am to 1pm, the Rose Mofford Sports Complex will be hosting the Phoenix Plays 2014 Youth Sports Kick-Off presented by the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. Sports and health-related activities to engage the whole family in healthful fun. Find out more information on the Phoenix Plays Youth Sports webpage or download a printable flier.
City of Phoenix PlanPHX Poster Contest
We would like to invite your elementary school students to participate in the City of Phoenix’s PlanPHX poster contest. PlanPHX is a community based project to update the Phoenix General Plan. The General Plan is a voter approved policy document which outlines the needs and wants of our residents for the future of Phoenix. We have been conducting outreach in the community for the past year and would like to continue our efforts with your students. The PlanPHX Leadership Committee would like to use your student’s artwork in the plan. We need creative ideas and are calling out to your students to help us! There are five categories from which your students can choose; Connect People and Places, Build the Sustainable Desert City, Create an even more Vibrant Downtown, Celebrate our Diverse Communities and Neighborhoods, and Promote Innovation and Efficiency. The contest is open to all K-8 students who attend schools located in the City of Phoenix. Prizes will be awarded to the winning entries and the deadline for submission is Friday December 13th. If you need further information, please visit us at http://www.myplanphx.com/planphx-school-art-contest or contact Marc Thornton at 602-261-8701 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your assistance in promoting the PlanPHX art contest to your students and we look forward to seeing their creative ideas.
Free Prescription Discount Card
The free Phoenix Coast2CoastRx prescription drug discount card has saved Valley residents more than $10 million in less than three years. Anyone can use this free card at almost any pharmacy as many times as needed. It gives customers an average discount of 65 percent off the retail price. No application or personal information is required to get a prescription drug discount card. Also it can help people with dental, visual, hearing, and pet prescriptions, and more. The city of Phoenix is not spending any money on the program - it actually generates revenue for city programs and services.
“Our students and families are very appreciative of this resource and several of them have returned to obtain additional cards for other family members or to seek assistance in finding additional discounted services,” said Cyndi Tercero, dropout programs developer, Phoenix Union High School District, where prescription discount cards have already been distributed. “The discounts in dental care also are a blessing in helping families find discounted services with a trusted dentist.” Several local school districts are distributing cards through school offices, nurses and social workers.
Additional information can be found at coast2coastrx.com and free cards can be printed at coast2coastrx.com/phoenix. If you are interested in receiving and distributing prescription drug discount cards, contact Natalia Cuneo at 602-534-0115 or email email@example.com with the following information: Contact name, name of the school, mailing address (no PO Boxes), and phone number.
Phoenix Youth and Education Commission Accepting Youth Members
The Youth and Education Office is seeking high school students from each City Council District to be part of the Commission and assist in advising the city on opportunities and challenges relating to youth. These passionate and involved youth would meet with the rest of the commission at a minimum of once per quarter and at monthly commission meetings. Interested students can find instructions on how to complete an application for the Youth and Education Commission on the Boards and Commissions Page.
Phoenix Fire Department Fire Pals still have limited availability for the current school year to present a fire safety assembly for your 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th graders. Your trained Fire Pal will come to your school with an interactive assembly lesson using multi-media PowerPoint presentation and demonstration activities to teach children the basic skills necessary to protect themselves and their families when confronted with a fire or life safety emergency. The Phoenix Fire Department understands the importance of relevant learning time aligned with the new Common Core standards. We have created lesson plans aligned with Common Core vocabulary standards that include a pre-assessment, formal lesson plan, and optional extra credit assignments with adaptations and extensions. Please contact us at 602-534-0953 for information and availability.
Outstanding Young Man & Young Woman of the Year Award
The City of Phoenix Youth and Education Office will be accepting applications for the 2014 Outstanding Young Man & Young Woman of the Year award beginning this fall. The award program seeks to highlight the outstanding achievements of Phoenix youth who are role models for their school and community. Each year the program awards one young man and woman from each council district and awards them with a $250 scholarship. From among the district winners, two city-wide winners are chosen and will receive an additional $2,000 scholarship. For eligibility rules, visit phoenix.gov/education/outstanding.
US Education Department Survey
This year, the Education Department will develop and begin implementing a strategy that will guide the department’s policy and program development, as well as its communications efforts. The efforts of the RESPECT Blueprint have provided a solid foundation on which to build this work with hopes to have a clear concept on how to improve and support great instructional leadership that is focused on increasing teacher efficacy and improving student performance.
Joshua Klaris, an experienced district and charter school principal, and doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education is serving as the 2013-14 Resident Principal for the Department of Education and spearheading these efforts to improve instructional leadership. To inform his research, he has created a survey for Principals and Assistant Principals and asks for volunteers to complete the survey. It is his intent to share his results with ED leadership. All information is anonymous and confidential.
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Phoenix Youth Offered International Experience With Sister Cities Program
High school sophomores and juniors interested in traveling to another country may apply for the 2014 Phoenix Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Exchange Program by 5 p.m. Dec. 20th, 2013. The application can be found online through our website at phoenixsistercities.org. The Youth Ambassador Exchange Program is open to Phoenix residents and offers students the opportunity to visit one of Phoenix’s ten sister cities next summer to learn more about the city and its culture through a three-week, home-stay experience. Upon their return, chose Youth Ambassadors reciprocate and house their host brother or sister when they visit Phoenix during the same summer. Youth Ambassadors will be selected based on maturity, flexibility, self-confidence, leadership, and communication skills. International Youth Ambassadors will represent the U.S. and the city of Phoenix, and will have the opportunity to experience the culture of their destination city in ways otherwise unavailable to the typical tourist. Phoenix Sister Cities pays approximately half of the travel expenses between Phoenix and the selected sister city, while the remaining half is the responsibility of the students and their families. Financial assistance is available for qualified students.
For more information or an application, visit phoenixsistercities.org or call 602-534-3751. Follow us on twitter @PHXsistercities.
Phoenix Public Library in introducing a new STEM-based story time for preschoolers! DiscoveryTime is an early literacy program that includes informational text as well as math and science concepts designed for 3-5 year olds accompanied by a caregiver. Curriculum is aligned to Arizona Common Core standards for Kindergarten.
Phoenix Public Library offers a reading screening the first Saturday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave. The 30-minute screening for K-3rd graders is provided free of charge by specially-trained staff who will determine the child's reading level. If a child is not reading on grade level, staff will offer suggestions, activities, and materials for caregivers to use with the child. Referral information will be made available to those families whose child may need professional assistance. The last appointment starts at 1:00 p.m. In addition, each library has books organized by beginning reading level and handouts available full of tips for parents to help children become better readers. For more information call (602) 262-4636. This free screening is provided by the Arizona Literacy & Learning Center.
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