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Spring 08 Newsletter

Spring 08 Newsletter

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Family Connection's newsletter from Spring 2008
Family Connection's newsletter from Spring 2008

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Published by: Family Connection of Easton, Inc. on Jan 17, 2009
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Family Connection of Easton, Inc. is a catalyst for change within schools, families, and the community.Through a team approach that includes families, the Easton Area School District, and communityorganizations, we improve academic performance, the quality of life, and the strength of our community.Family Connection of Easton, Inc., c/o Cheston Elementary School, 723 Coal Street, Easton, PA 18042.Phone: (610) 829-5819 ext. 35075. Email: familyconnection18042@yahoo.com. Visit us online:www.eastonsd.org/fc.
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Creating a Compassionate Community Where All Children and Families Have the Opportunity to Achieve Academic and Personal Success
The Art of Childhood
Childhood is an exciting time of intense self-exploration and spontaneousself-expression. I was inspired by the 200+ entries in our 10th anniversarystudent art contest that captured this spirit so eloquently. I hope that you,too, will feel uplifted and renewed after attending our art show at theState Theatre on April 19th. I look forward to celebrating the creativity,ingenuity, and dedication of children in our community with you on thisspecial day. We sincerely thank the many teachers, administrators, andparents who helped make this contest a success. We are especiallygrateful to the committed art teachers in the Easton Area School Districtwho live and breath the art of childhood everyday.
 Jessica R. DreistadtExecutive Director 
Table of Contents:
Dr. Seuss Breakfast
2Walk for a HealthyCommunity
2Karaoke Night
3Student Art Show
4Spring 2008
Family Connectionof Easton, Inc.
Our Programs for School Success:
Family Supportat elementary schools in the EastonArea School District builds family-school-community partnerships toensure that families have theinformation and support needed to beeffective and engaged members of theschool community.Parents Who Careis a family bonding and wellnessprogram that builds on families’strengths, develops positive parentingskills, and promotes fun familyactivities.Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP)is an early childhood educationprogram that prepares children andfamilies for school success throughweekly home visits over a two-year period.21st Century Community LearningCenter (CCLC)is an afterschool academic enrichmentprogram that prepares students atCheston Elementary School to meetstate academic standards throughhands-on learning activities andindividualized attention.All programs are offered at no cost tofamilies.
Dr. Seuss Breakfast
Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) students attended a Green Eggs andHam breakfast with their siblings and family members at Friendly’sRestaurant. Students colored Dr. Seuss masks and enjoyed many stories readby board member Val Bowman and CCLC Coordinator Jill Summerill-Fretz.
Walk for a Healthy Community
The 4th annual Walk for a Healthy Community, presented by HighmarkBlue Shield, will benefit 13 local health and human service organizations,including Family Connection. Since Highmark Blue Shield underwrites thewalk, 100% of the money raised by walkers supports participatingorganizations. You are invited to participate! You can help by walking on June 14,2008, asking friends, family, and coworkers to sponsor you, or by organizinga team with your family, friends, employer, service club, or religiouscommunity.We have a lot of exciting prizes for walkers and team captains. See theflyer inside this newsletter for more details.For more information about the walk, call Jessica R. Dreistadt at (610)829-5819 ext. 35075 or visit www.walkforahealthycommunity.org.
We are proud to be apartner with the UnitedWay of the Greater Lehigh Valley.
CCLC program coordinator Jill Summerill-Fretz reads a Dr. Seuss book toPCHP children at our Green Eggs and Ham breakfast.
Our Staff 
 Jessica R. Dreistadt
Executive Director 610-829-5819 ext. 35075dreistadtj@eastonsd.org
Tiffany L. Theadford
Finance and Administration Coordinator 610-829-5819 ext. 35074theadfordt@eastonsd.org
Lisa Bedoya
Family Support Coordinator Parents Who Care Coordinator 610-250-2551 ext. 24006bedoyal@eastonsd.org
Cheri Albertson
Family Support SpecialistCheston Elementary Schools610-250-2542 ext. 20004albertsonc@eastonsd.org
Wende Fazio
Family Support SpecialistPalmer, Tracy, and Forks ElementarySchools610-250-2521 ext. 23024faziow@eastonsd.org
Cathy Ziegenfuss
Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP)Coordinator 610-250-2542 ext. 20018ziegenfuc@eastonsd.org
Rubenia MaganaMarci NunezMargie Pearsall
PCHP Family Literacy Specialists
 Jill Summerill-Fretz
CCLC Program Coordinator 610-250-2542 ext. 20023sfj@eastonsd.org
Diane BrotzmanSandy Le
CCLC Program Assistants
Freda Fries
Educational Consultant
Karaoke Night at Cheston
Parent-Child Home Program(PCHP) and 21st CenturyCommunity Learning Center (CCLC) students, along with their families, participated in aKaraoke Night at ChestonElementary School. Karaoke is afun way to get everyoneinvolved, practice oralcommunication, and developliteracy skills. To start theevening, families enjoyed acommunity dinner. Our ChestonCCLC students enjoyed teachingsongs to the younger PCHPstudents and singing with them.While the children practiced,parents and caregivers attendeda presentation about violenceprevention with Julie Schiablefrom Communities in Schools.The grand finale of the eveningwas a performance for theparents.
In the photo above, CCLC students learnand practice a new song.Below, CCLC Program Aide DianeBrotzman assists a PCHP student with the mic.
Family Connectionof Easton, Inc.
Board of Directors
Lynn KutchPresidentPat Hunter Vice PresidentPastor David NewmanSecretary Jacob W. RugglesTreasurer  Julie A. Bator Val BowmanElyse CostelloLisa Curry Joseph EvanowskiDiane Evanowski Josie GallowayDavid Hightower Caroline JosephFrank KutchDee LohmanTracy PiazzaGreg Shoemaker 

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