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October 2008 Volume 1, Number 1

Keep in touch! Email or call us with your educational questions and concerns.

Dear ALFWC community, We are so excited about the potential and relevancy of this ministry. Our children are the most prized possession we’ve been entrusted to steward. The nature and scope of their education is of utmost importance. So we say: To the Many Beautiful Children of Abundant As your pastors, we love you and believe you can excel far beyond the world’s expectations. We know that you have greatness inside of you and long to see you discover your gifts and fulfill your dreams. In fact, you are a present snapshot of the future and we want nothing more than for you to succeed. Throughout the school year, please remember we are in your corner and cheering you on. To the Parents Having been parents of school-aged children, we understand your desire for your children to receive the best education the state, private or charter school system can provide. We understand your longing for them to surpass you in their intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual development. And yes, we understand the tremendous challenges you face in motivating them to make wise choices, avoid the many trappings of society and the relentless pull of peer pressure. Thus, we are honored to stand with you and fight for the edification of our children. We encourage you to impart the Word of God to your children. The Word is akin to seed and the human soul to dry ground. Be the first, each day, to sow into your children, since it is inevitable that they’ll be exposed to various seed sowers throughout the school day. In our postmodern, technologically-savvy, and unfortunately increasingly secular culture, it is crucial that our children have a solid foundation, a moral center through which they interpret and evaluate their education. To the Entire Church Body It is so crucial that our children know they are loved. Love is a powerful force and has been repeatedly proven to be a necessary launching pad for learning. When children know they are loved, they tend to learn more and at quicker intervals, unhampered by low self-esteem, hopelessness, apathy, resentment, bitterness, feelings of abandonment, and the many other ills associated with being unloved. Let us band together to fortify our children, provide them with quality tutoring and mentoring, and cultivate an environment that inspires them to bravely meet, tackle and triumph over challenges. In closing, we encourage every stakeholder (parents, teachers, and church family) to consider the following question posed by Psalm 127:3 (Message version), “Don't you see that children are God's best gift? The fruit of the womb his generous legacy?” Let us therefore remain faithful in properly stewarding the minds and hearts of our

Students are welcome to contact the ministry also

Student’s standardized test scores should be coming in soon. We welcome parents/guardians to contact us to interpret their child’s test scores

Be sure to teach your child his/her times tables starting in the second-third grade. Most teachers don’t have the time to teach them and/or it is not included in the Math curriculum! Times

Tables are essential for learning how to do division, fractions, and Algebra.

youth. Bishop George & Mary Searight

Welcome

The G.O.E.E. Ministry is joyful in bringing to you volume 1 of our first newsletter! It is the hope of our leadership and our Reminder*** ministry that parents and guardians will take up their role as Parent-teacher conferences will be advocates and partners, in their children’s education. We are held in most committed at Abundant Life Family Worship Church, to aiding school districts in you in your journey. OctoberNovember..

If you have any questions and or wish to contact our ministry, please visit the church website, and look for the ministry under the Education area. Grace and peace, Mrs. Rochelle V. Gray, Ministry Leader Mr. Frederick Williams, Ministry Second in Command

Remembe r to reac h out t o all of you r c hild’ s teac he rs with a sho r t em ail, suppl ying you r con tact inf or ma tion , and pr oviding deta ils for le ar ning a bou t you r child

Help is Here!
By Elder Diane Tucker The school year is starting! School books, teachers, PTO, counselors, rule changes, more budget cuts and the rest. How does one survive? Now there is an answer! The God Ordained Excellence in Education Ministry is here for you. This ministry is your compass; to navigate your way through the school year and beyond. Maybe your child has just entered the school system for the first time. How proud you are as a parent. Or, this may be your last child in his or her last year in school. School is the place where a child will learn to grow in the areas that matter most. However, with spending cuts and teacher shortages, is it possible to get the education that your child is promised and deserves? How will you know? Consult with the G.O.E.E. Ministry. Check the subjects the schools are teaching. Are they what you desire your child (ren) should learn? In the past we learned “reading, writing and arithmetic”. – Now almost anything goes; including teaching a child moral values which contradict what the parents values are. Let’s be careful about our children in the school system. Let’s get more involved and find out what is being taught; that the schools are teaching what is important to the growth of the children in school. Call or contact the G.O.E.E. Ministry for all your school needs. I do believe this ministry has the help to direct you and your child (ren) through a successful school year.

Kindergarten Corner
by Latifa Bell Hello parents and guardians, A new school year is beginning, and your baby will be embarking on a new adventure: Kindergarten. Many of you have been through this experience before, but for some of you, it’s your first time. This letter is for you. You may be wondering, “What does my child need to know? Should I send him/her to school with something? Is he/she ready?” Well, here are a few things that your child should know before entering Kindergarten. Entering Kindergarteners should know:
• • • • • • • •

How to write and spell his/her first name (know his/her last name) His/her birthday (month, day and year) His/her address How to recognize and say letters of the alphabet (capital and lowercase) How to handle a book Recognize numbers 1-10 Count to at least 10 How to identify shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle)

Parents of first time Kindergarteners should know:
• • •

Your child will be participating in whole and small group learning Your child may be placed in a classroom with classified children (inclusion) Your child will be painting, coloring, working with glue, scissors and other material that may cause them to get dirty. (Don’t send them in their Sunday Best) There should be an assistant working with the teacher.

Here’s to your child experiencing a successful kindergarten year! r Secrets to Marketing ***8888888***Your Business

We’ve included a few of G.O.E.E.’s favorite websites.
Take a look! There is valuable information to guide you and your child through the educational process successfully.

www.state.nj.us/education
The official website for New Jersey; offering services for parents, educators, students, and other residents.

www.njea.org
Website of the New Jersey educators association; offers many tips

for parents

PBS Kids: www.pbskids.org
This site contains games, stories, activities, and information for parents. This site also provides direct links to websites for PBS's most popular children's shows including Arthur, Between the Lions, Clifford, Dragon Tales, Reading Rainbow, Bookworm Bunch, and Zoboomafoo.

Fun Brain: www.funbrain.com This site contains educational games and quizzes on various topics. Seussville: www.seussville.com/seussville This site contains games, writing activities, and print and play pages based on Dr. Seuss books.

http://reference.aol.com/ (reference materials, i.e dictionary, thesaurus)
kids.yahoo.com (features fun and educational resources for kids)
www.kids.gov.com (government links for kids) pbs k ids .or g (a saf e pl ace f or k ids t o explor e and play fun , educa tion al games wi th thei r favori te c har acte r s) www.internet4classrooms.com/parents

(a site that helps parents help their children in areas of reading, math, etc.) www.mathbuddies.com (need help with math, this is the site for you!)

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FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
Parents are asking and we are listening. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions posed by parents.

Question 1: What is the most important thing that parents/guardians can do to help their children academically?

Answer: That’s a great question! Students need to be encouraged to read, read, read. Teachers find that overall, students don’t read enough. This carries over into every subject and is especially important when students take tests. Every teacher knows of students who didn’t finish the test, especially the standardized tests because they ran out of time. Start with books and magazines that they like, and then introduce them to new genres. Question 2: Does living in a particular district/state afford a student a better education? Answer:This question can vary. There are always ways that he/she could be doing better or the education could be more strategically handled.. districts that are known for having students who do well, but you have to look also at how the subgroups are faring: economically disadvantaged, special education, Hispanic, Black. I believe that a student can get a good education, but sometimes the parent/guardian will have to supplement the education and stay on top of what is happening in the education world. Powerful Parents mission is to teach all parents how to be educational advocates for their children, for no matter how well your child may be doing, there are Question 3: Do absences count towards my child? Answer: Any time that there is an absence: excused as well as unexcused, your child can lose ground. Sicknesses happen, and the absence is excused if the child comes in with a parent note or a doctor’s note (if the absence is 3 or more days). When parents take students out of school for an unexcused absence (vacations, etc.,), know that teachers do not have to give homework, or take late work. It is at the discretion of the district’s policy and the teacher. As the student enters high school, unexcused absences can result in loss of credit, up to the student not graduating on time, if the student has many. Your district handbook will be able to tell you how unexcused absences are handled.
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Raising a Reader Reading begins at home. As your child’s first teacher, you can help instill a love of reading in your child that can last a lifetime. Enjoy reading with your child. Try to set aside time and read together: your child to you, and you to him/her. Engage your child in questions about the book. Why? Communicating orally is the way for a child to understand the written word. Make sure your child has a library card. Your child will have fun visiting the library and choosing selections to read all by him or herself. Also, let your child see you read! In addition, gift subscriptions to book clubs or taking a trip to a bookstore, are great ways to instill a love of reading in your child. To guide you, G.O.E.E has compiled a list of books that will interest your child and help them on their path to reading.. The lists are arranged

according to grade. Please aid your children’s education, by encouraging them to read. Reading is fundamental!
Kindergarten Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. David Goes to School by David Shannon First Day Jitters by Julie Daneberg Friends at School by Rochelle Bunnett Kindergarten Rocks! By Katie Davis First Grade Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel My Best Friend by Pat Hutchins Emily’s First 100 Days of School by Rosemary Wells Little Cliff’s First Day of School by Clifton L. Taulbert The New Girl….. and Me by Jacqui Robbins I Wish That I Had Duck Feet by Theo LeSig Second Grade We Are Best friends by Aliki One Upon a Time by Niki Daly A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Screech What Would Joey Do? By Jack Gantos Duck for President by Doreen Cronin Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin Third Grade That’s What Friends are For by Florence Parry Heide Summer Reading is Killing Me by Jon Scieszka Homer Price by Robert McCloskey Babe the Gallant Pig by Dick King Smith Judy Moody by Megan McDonald Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson Fourth Grade The Misadventures of Maude March by Audrey Couloumbis Bone #1: Out From Boneville by Jeff Smith How Much is a Million by David Schwartz Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park The Shakespere Stealer by Gary Blackwood Lunch Money by Andrew Clements Fifth Grade Baseball in April and Other Stories by Gary Soto

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table: A Math Adventure by Cindy Neuschwander The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox The Top Ten Ways to Ruin the First Day of Fifth Grade by Kenneth Derby What Would Joey Do? By Jack Gantos Emerils There’s a Chef in My World! Recipes That Take You Places by Emeril Lagasse Middle School Grades Pay it Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde The Pact by Jodi Picoult I May Be Wrong But I Doubt It by Charles Barkley Life, Love and the Pursuit of Free Throws byJanette Rallison The Last Chance Texaco by Brent Hartinger London Calling by Edward Bloor High School Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich All the Pretty Houses by Cormac McCarthy The Motorcycle Diaries by Erenesto Che Guevera ***DISCLAIMER*** The G.O.E.E. Ministry does not personally recommend the book selections. These are merely titles that are on many school districts reading lists. *********************************************************************

Parent Advocacy
by Sis. Rochelle V. Gray As a church, we’re learning how to be good stewards. This excites me, for in one area where we’re called to be good stewards is in the rearing of our children. This includes the educating of our children. Parents generally trust the educational system, but many have come to learn, that it is becoming extremely more difficult to do so. The parents and their children have experienced difficulties, where in many instances, none should have existed. Those instances happen sometimes, because we were not as knowledgeable about our children and how they were being educated, disciplined, and socialized as we could be. The members of the G.O.E.E. Ministry are here to encourage you to become more of an advocate for your children. It is a tremendous responsibility, and parents have varying degrees of knowledge about the educational process. We as a ministry are here to help. We offer parent/student seminars and workshops, that we encourage you to take advantage of. We have teachers from every level of education in our ministry, in addition to a principal, guidance counselor, special education specialist, a behaviorist, and a board of education member. We are here to offer guidance so that parents can be more strategic and powerful advocates in the education of their children. To contact us, you only have to leave a message at the Welcome Center, or visit the ALFWC website, click on Education, and you’ll find the G.O.E.E. Ministry, where you can leave a message. God has ordained “excellence in education”. That’s what the G.O.E.E.

Ministry represents. We can do better in being stewards over our children’s education, and ALFWC has given parents an opportunity to get professional guidance. Please take full advantage. Please take notes of upcoming announcements that will appear in the church communicator. The G.O.E.E. Ministry is here and eager to help. *********************************************************************

Ten things families can do to help children succeed in school
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Get involved in your child’s school. Make a quiet place at home where your child can study. Limit how much and what kind of TV programs your child can watch. Make a family reading hour, a time when everyone reads. Have books and magazines around your home. Call teachers early if your child has a problem. Support school rules. Tell your child that studying is important. Encourage your child to do his or her best.

10. Set goals your child can achieve and praise his or her progress.

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***Attention parents/guardians/community members*** There is a new drug known as 'strawberry quick'. There is a very scary thing going on in the schools right now that we all need to be aware of. There is a type of crystal meth going around that looks like strawberry pop rocks (the candy that sizzles and 'pops' in your mouth). It also smells like strawberry and it is being handed out to kids in school yards. They are calling it strawberry meth or strawberry quick. Kids are ingesting this thinking that it is candy and being rushed off to the hospital in dire condition. It also comes in chocolate, peanut butter, cola, cherry, grape and orange. Please instruct your children not to accept candy from strangers and even not to accept candy that looks like this

from a friend (who may have been given it and believe it is candy) and to take any that they may have to a teacher, principal, etc. immediately. Pass this on to as many people as you can (even if they don't have kids) so that we can raise awareness and hopefully prevent any tragedies from occurring. *****************************************************************************
We hope that you’ve enjoyed our first newsletter! There is something here for everyone. If anyone has any ideas for future information that you’d like addressed in our newsletter, please let us know by visiting the ALFWC website, or by leaving us a message at the Welcome Center. Here’s to all parents, students, teachers, support staff and administrators, having a great and successful 2008-2009 school year! The G.O.E.E. Ministry Special thanks to Bishop and Pastor Mary, Pastor Angel, Elder Jim, Elder Diane, Elder Desiree and Min. D. Ellington, for their support of the ministry!

Welcome
Keep in touch! Email or call us with your educational questions and concerns.

The G.O.E.E. Ministry is joyful in bringing to

you volume 1 of our first newsletter! It is the hope of our leadership and our ministry that parents and guardians will take up their role as advocates and partners, in their children’s education. We are committed at Abundant Life Family Worship Church, to aiding you in your journey. If you have any questions and or wish to contact our ministry, please visit the church website, and look for the ministry under the Education area.

Students are welcome to contact the ministry also.

Grace and peace, Mrs. Rochelle V. Gray, Ministry Leader Mr. Frederick Williams, Ministry Second in Command

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Help is Here!
By Elder Diane Tucker The school year is starting! School books, teachers, PTO, counselors, rule changes, more budget cuts and the rest. How does one survive? Now there is an answer! The God Ordained Excellence in Education Ministry is here for you. This ministry is your compass, ; to navigate your way through the school year and beyond. Maybe your child ishas just enteringed the school system for the first time. How proud you are as a parent. Or , thisperhaps may be your youngestlast child is entering in his or her last year in school. School is the place where a child will learn to grow in the areas that matter most. However, with spending cuts and teacher shortages, is it possible for your child (ren) to get a qualitythe education that your child is promised and deserves, ? one the state promises and one he/she deserves? How will you know? Consult with the G.O.E.E. Ministry. Check the subjects the schools are teaching. Are they what you desire your child (ren) toshould learn? In the past we were taughtlearned “reading, writing and arithmetic”. – Now almost anything goes, ; including teaching childrena child values that conflict moral valueswith their which are contrite to what the parents’ moralitys values are. Let’s be more concernedareful about how our children are faring in the school system. Let’s get more involved and find out what is being taught. Let’s; that ensure the schools are teaching what is important and appropriate for our children’s intellectual, emotional, and social growth and development to the growth of the children in school. Call or contact the G.O.E.E. Ministry for all your school needs. TI do believe this ministry is dedicated to providing you with thehas the necessary tools and resourceshelp to successfully direct you and your child (ren) through the 20082009a successful school year. .

Student’s standardized test scores should be coming in soon. We welcome parents/guardians to contact us to interpret their child’s test scores

HSPA re test for Seniors is October 2008!

Be sure to teach your child his/her times tables starting in the second-third grade. Most teachers don’t have the time to

teach them and/or it is not included in the Math curriculum! Times Tables are essential for learning how to do division, fractions, and Algebra.

Kindergarten Corner
by Latifa Bell Hello parents and guardians, A new school year is about to begin and your baby will be embarking on a new adventure: Kindergarten. Many of you have been through this experience before, but for some of you, it’s your first time. This letter is for you. You may be wondering, “What does my child need to know? Should I send him/her to school with something? Is he/she ready?” Well, here are a few things that your child should know before entering Kindergarten. Entering Kindergarteners should know:
• • • • • • • •

***Reminder*** Back to School Nights will be held in most districts between the third – fourth week in September.

Remember to reach out to all of your child’s teachers with a short email, supplying your contact information, and Parents of first time Kindergarteners should know: providing details for learning about your • Your child will be participating in whole and small group learning child.
• •

How to write and spell his/her first name (know his/her last name) His/her birthday (month, day and year) His/her address How to recognize and say letters of the alphabet (capital and lowercase) How to handle a book Recognize numbers 1-10 Count to at least 10 How to identify shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle)

Your child may be placed in a classroom with classified children (inclusion) Your child will be painting, coloring, working with glue, scissors and other material that may cause them to get dirty. (Don’t send them in their Sunday Best) There should be an assistant working with the teacher.

Here’s to your child experiencing a successful kindergarten year! r Secrets to Marketing ***8888888***Your Business

We’ve included a few of G.O.E.E.’s favorite websites.
Take a look! There is valuable information to guide you and your child through the educational process successfully.

www.state.nj.us/education
The official website for New Jersey; offering services for parents,

educators, students, and other residents.

www.njea.org
Website of the New Jersey educators association; offers many tips for parents

PBS Kids: www.pbskids.org
This site contains games, stories, activities, and information for parents. This site also provides direct links to websites for PBS's most popular children's shows including Arthur, Between the Lions, Clifford, Dragon Tales, Reading Rainbow, Bookworm Bunch, and Zoboomafoo.

Fun Brain: www.funbrain.com This site contains educational games and quizzes on various topics. Seussville: www.seussville.com/seussville This site contains games, writing activities, and print and play pages based on Dr. Seuss books.
http://reference.aol.com/ (reference materials, i.e dictionary, thesaurus)

***************************************************************************** FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
Parents are asking and we are listening. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions posed by parents.

Question 1: What is the most important thing that parents/guardians can do to help their children academically? Answer: That’s a great question! Students need to be encouraged to read, read, read. Teachers find that overall, students don’t read enough. This carries over into every subject and is especially important when students take tests. Every teacher knows of students who didn’t finish the test, especially the standardized tests because they ran out of time. Start with books and magazines that they like, and then introduce them to new genres. Question 2: Does living in a particular district/state afford a student a better education? Answer:This question can vary. There are districts that are known for having students who do well, but you have to look also at how the subgroups are faring: economically disadvantaged, special education, Hispanic, Black. I believe that a student can get a

good education, but sometimes the parent/guardian will have to supplement the education and stay on top of what is happening in the education world. Powerful Parents mission is to teach all parents how to be educational advocates for their children, for no matter how well your child may be doing, there are always ways that he/she could be doing better or the education could be more strategically handled.. Question 3: Do absences count towards my child? Answer: Any time that there is an absence: excused as well as unexcused, your child can lose ground. Sicknesses happen, and the absence is excused if the child comes in with a parent note or a doctor’s note (if the absence is 3 or more days). When parents take students out of school for an unexcused absence (vacations, etc.,), know that teachers do not have to give homework, or take late work. It is at the discretion of the district’s policy and the teacher. As the student enters high school, unexcused absences can result in loss of credit, up to the student not graduating on time, if the student has many. Your district handbook will be able to tell you how unexcused absences are handled. *********************************************************************

Summer Reading
Many schools have assigned Summer Reading/Language Arts/English and Math projects. The reading assignments and projects are sent home with the student or mailed, are usually due the first day of school, and depending upon the district, will be the first grade of the new year. Sometimes parents are unaware that their child has an assignment that is due, until the date is upon them, or past. We, at the G.O.E.E. Ministry, recommend asking your child and either calling your child’s school or the school’s guidance counselor. Another place to find the information would be from your child’s school or district website. If any parent has any questions in regards to Summer Reading or summer assignments, please leave us a note via the church information desk, or drop us an email, at the churches website.

Raising a Reader Reading begins at home. As your child’s first teacher, you can help instill a love of reading in your child that can last a lifetime. Enjoy reading with your child. Try to set aside time and read together: your child to you, and you to him/her. Engage your child in questions about the book. Why? Communicating orally is the way for a child to understand the written word. Make sure your child has a library card. Your child will have fun visiting

the library and choosing selections to read all by him or herself. Also, let your child see you read! In addition, gift subscriptions to book clubs or taking a trip to a bookstore, are great ways to instill a love of reading in your child. To guide you, G.O.E.E has compiled a list of books that will interest your child and help them on their path to reading.. The lists are arranged according to grade. Please aid your children’s education, by encouraging them to read. Reading is fundamental! The following are books that school districts have recommended for student reading. ***Disclaimer** Please note that the G.O.E.E. Ministry is not recommending these book titles. We’re merely providing a guide as to what children can read.
Kindergarten Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. David Goes to School by David Shannon First Day Jitters by Julie Daneberg Friends at School by Rochelle Bunnett Kindergarten Rocks! By Katie Davis First Grade Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel My Best Friend by Pat Hutchins Emily’s First 100 Days of School by Rosemary Wells Little Cliff’s First Day of School by Clifton L. Taulbert The New Girl….. and Me by Jacqui Robbins I Wish That I Had Duck Feet by Theo LeSig Second Grade We Are Best friends by Aliki One Upon a Time by Niki Daly A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Screech What Would Joey Do? By Jack Gantos Duck for President by Doreen Cronin Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin Third Grade That’s What Friends are For by Florence Parry Heide Summer Reading is Killing Me by Jon Scieszka Homer Price by Robert McCloskey Babe the Gallant Pig by Dick King Smith Judy Moody by Megan McDonald Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson

Fourth Grade The Misadventures of Maude March by Audrey Couloumbis Bone #1: Out From Boneville by Jeff Smith How Much is a Million by David Schwartz Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park The Shakespere Stealer by Gary Blackwood Lunch Money by Andrew Clements Fifth Grade Baseball in April and Other Stories by Gary Soto Sir Cumference and the First Round Table: A Math Adventure by Cindy Neuschwander The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox The Top Ten Ways to Ruin the First Day of Fifth Grade by Kenneth Derby What Would Joey Do? By Jack Gantos Emerils There’s a Chef in My World! Recipes That Take You Places by Emeril Lagasse Middle School Grades Pay it Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde The Pact by Jodi Picoult I May Be Wrong But I Doubt It by Charles Barkley Life, Love and the Pursuit of Free Throws byJanette Rallison The Last Chance Texaco by Brent Hartinger London Calling by Edward Bloor High School Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich All the Pretty Houses by Cormac McCarthy The Motorcycle Diaries by Erenesto Che Guevera

Parent Advocacy
by Mrs. Rochelle V. Gray As a church, we’re learning how to be good stewards. This excites me, for in one area where we’re called to be good stewards is in the rearing of our children. This includes the educating of our children. Parents generally trust the educational system, but many have come to learn, that it is becoming extremely more difficult to do so. The parents and their children have experienced difficulties, where in many instances, none should have existed. Those instances happen sometimes, because we were not as knowledgeable about our children and how they were being educated, disciplined, and socialized as we could be. The members of the G.O.E.E. Ministry are here to encourage you to become more of an advocate for your children. It is a tremendous responsibility, and parents have varying degrees of knowledge about the educational process. We as a ministry are here to help. We offer parent/student seminars and workshops, that we encourage you to take advantage of. We have teachers from every level of education in our

ministry, in addition to a principal, guidance counselor, special education specialist, a behaviorist, and a board of education member. We are here to offer guidance so that parents can be more strategic and powerful advocates in the education of their children. To contact us, you only have to leave a message at the Welcome Center, or visit the ALFWC website, click on Education, and you’ll find the G.O.E.E. Ministry, where you can leave a message. God has ordained “excellence in education”. That’s what the G.O.E.E. Ministry represents. We can do better in being stewards over our children’s education, and ALFWC has given parents an opportunity to get professional guidance. Please take full advantage. Please take notes of upcoming announcements that will appear in the church communicator. The G.O.E.E. Ministry is here and eager to help.
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Ten things families can do to help children succeed in school
11. Get involved in your child’s school. 12. Make a quiet place at home where your child can study. 13. Limit how much and what kind of TV programs your child can watch. 14. Make a family reading hour, a time when everyone reads. 15. Have books and magazines around your home. 16. Call teachers early if your child has a problem. 17. Support school rules. 18. Tell your child that studying is important. 19. Encourage your child to do his or her best. 20. Set goals your child can achieve and praise his or her progress. *************************************************************************

***Attention parents/guardians/community members*** There is a new drug known as 'strawberry quick'. There is a very scary thing going on in the schools right now that we all need to be aware of. There is a type of crystal meth going around that looks like strawberry pop rocks (the candy that sizzles and 'pops' in your mouth). It also smells like strawberry and it is being handed out to kids in school yards. They are calling it strawberry meth or strawberry quick. Kids are ingesting this thinking that it is candy and being rushed off to the hospital in dire condition. It also comes in chocolate, peanut butter, cola, cherry, grape and orange.

Please instruct your children not to accept candy from strangers and even not to accept candy that looks like this from a friend (who may have been given it and believe it is candy) and to take any that they may have to a teacher, principal, etc. immediately. Pass this on to as many people as you can (even if they don't have kids) so that we can raise awareness and hopefully prevent any tragedies from occurring.
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We hope that you’ve enjoyed our first newsletter! There is something here for everyone. If anyone has any ideas for future information that you’d like addressed in our newsletter, please let us know by visiting the ALFWC website, or by leaving us a message at the Welcome Center.

Here’s to all parents, students, teachers, support staff and administrators having a great and successful 2008-2009 school year! The G.O.E.E. Ministry Special thanks to Bishop and Pastor Mary, Elder Jim and Elder Diane for their support of the ministry!

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