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August Newsletter


August is a funny month. On one hand, we are super busy with Migrant and Seasonal Head Start in full swing and a hopping transportation department. On the other hand, projects with partners can slow down a bit as folks take time to spend with family prior to the new school year starting. Senator Tina Smith came to Crookston in August for a listening session related to housing. The event was well attended and the Senator heard from Tri-Valley in regards to Transitional Housing and housing affordable to the lower income workforce. We appreciate the Senator making the time to visit. Follow up has been promised. I look forward to seeing what form that takes. The last of the three Northwest Housing Consortium houses was set in Red Lake Falls in August. The speed at which the houses sell will certainly inform next steps. I think the project is a great one in many ways but I am not sure what Tri-Valley’s role may be in the future. The board may have some thinking to do. I had meetings in August with CareerForce and Northern Dental Access about the services Tri-Valley provides. Great conversations. I feel it is extremely important that we leverage as much of our existing resources as we can for maximum effect in the communities we serve. If you think there is a group I should speak to, please let me know. It is amazing to me that even long time partners still may not know what we do and vice-versa. As far as we have come with outreach, we still have room for improvement. As the board has not yet acted on this, I cannot share details but I have some good news for folks who have health insurance with Tri-Valley. Our renewal this year was outstanding and significantly less than cost trend (i.e. inflation) for health care! More information will be available to Program Directors after the September board meeting. I didn’t want those affected to wonder until Open Enrollment!

In This Issue:

In This Issue:

* CEO News and Notes * Perez Celebrates 20 Years * Tri-Valley is Hiring * Melendez Earns CDA * Staff Take Part in 5K Fun Run/Walk * Coleman Invited to Capital * Tri-Valley “On the Go” * Pina Gets ServSafe Certified * Upcoming Events * Grafton Parent Meeting * Romo Earns Her CDA

* Grandma Rose Recognized * Rogers In-Service Training * Le Center Takes Part in Wacky Wednesday * Mendez Earns Her CDA * Elgin Takes Part in National Night Out * St. Cloud Parent Meeting * Danube Family Event * Tri-Valley Takes Part in Ox Cart Days * Lee Earns Award * Homes For Sale in Crookston and Warren * Tri-Valley Board of Directors

Melendez Earns Her CDA

Perez Celebrates 20 Years at Tri-Valley

Veronica Melendez obtained her Infant/Toddler Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) in July. Veronica is an Infant/Toddler teacher and has been working at the St. Cloud center for the last two seasons. Congratulations Veronica!

Congratulations to Hermelinda Perez (Infant Teacher) at the Danube center. This is her 20th continuous season working with Tri-Valley Migrant and Seasonal Head Start. Thank you Hermalinda for your work and dedication to the children and families of Tri-Valley Head Start, Child and Family Programs!

Staff Take Part in 5K Fun Run/Walk

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Staff that attended the 2019 Minnesota Community Action Partnership Annual Conference in Duluth, MN had the opportunity to take part in a 5K Fun Run/Walk fundraiser event. Five brave individuals participated and took full advantage of the “dress up” option! Pictured left to right are Melody Hedden (Head Start Family and Community Services Manager), Marley Melbye (Senior Programs Director), Sandy Whited (Danube Head Start Center Manager), Hannah Miller (Human Resources Specialist), and Tracey Sundeen (Assistant Director of Head Start Program Operations). Well played everyone!

Tri-Valley “On the Go” Tri-Valley’s Laurie Coleman Invited to Capital for Children’s Cabinet Re-Launch Laurie Coleman, Tri-Valley’s Head Start, Child and Family Programs Director, was invited to the Minnesota State Capital on Wednesday, August 7 for the announcement of the Children’s Cabinet re-launch. Coleman was invited as a key partner in making Minnesota the best state for each and every child. She currently serves on the Early Child Reform Committee and the BUILD Initiative. The executive order to reestablish a Children’s Cabinet will make children’s issues a more visible priority in Walz’s administration. The Children’s Cabinet works to bring efficiency and effectiveness to state government efforts to improve child and youth outcomes. The work of the Cabinet can also involve collaboration with counties, local communities and other stakeholders. It will better align state services related to children and their families, including education, health care, childcare and housing. For more information about Minnesota’s Children’s Cabinet visit https://mn.gov/governor/ administration/childrenscabinet/. The Early Childhood Reform Committee operates in an advisory capacity to state agencies and was established in response to a lack of equitable opportunity which has caused significant disparities in developmental outcomes for children prenatally through age 8. The committee’s goal is to ensure children and families are receiving the supports they need in a manner that encourages their optimal growth and development and eliminates racial disparities in program access and outcomes. The BUILD Initiative works with early childhood leaders within states and nationally to better prepare young children to thrive and succeed. The Initiative helps state leaders develop an early childhood system – programs, services and policies tailored to the needs of the state’s unique young child population.

Tri-Valley “On the Go” visited the communities of Roseau, Warroad, Brooks, Oklee, and Red Lake Falls in August. Thank you to all the communities for welcoming us and to those that stopped by to learn more about Tri-Valley and the amazing programs we offer in our communities!

Pina Gets ServSafe Certified

Angelica Pina (Assistant Cook) at the Sleepy Eye center passed her ServSafe Certification this summer. ServSafe Certification is a food and beverage safety training and certificate program administered by the National Restaurant Association. The program is accredited by the ANSI and the Conference of Food Production, allowing Angelica to qualify for her Certified Food Protection Manager license. Great job Angelica!

Upcoming Calendar Items: * Sept. 10 - Tri-Valley Board Meeting

Grafton Center Holds Parent Meeting Safety was the topic of the Grafton center’s parent meeting held on Wednesday, August 7. Parents learned about internet safety and had their car seats inspected by Safe Kids Grand Forks while children enjoyed fun activities.

Rogers Holds In-Service Training Day Romo Earns Her CDA Mirsa Romo recently obtained her Infant/Toddler Child Development Associate Credential (CDA). Mirsa is currently a data processor at the Grafton center. Great work and congratulations Mirsa!

Grandma Rose Recognized as an Outstanding Senior Citizen Foster Grandma Rose Hanson was recently recognized as an Outstanding Senior Citizen of Marshall County. She has been a Foster Grandma at Grygla Elementary since 2017 and was recognized at the Marshall County Fair in Warren. Congratulations Grandma Rose on such a high honor and thank you for all that you bring and contribute to the Foster Grandparent Program!

The Rogers Center held their first In-Service Training Day on August 2. Vanessa Escamilla (Center Manager) and Carol Peterson (Education Supervisor) trained staff on La VIDA, Safe Environments, and Conscious Discipline with the help of their center’s coach Linda Steinback. The staff had a theme for their training day and all staff dressed as super heroes. They also had breakfast made by Erla Escobar (Food Service Manager) and a potluck lunch. During the in-service, everyone enjoyed team building group activities, and each person created their own super hero.

Le Center Staff Take Part in Wacky Wednesday Staff at the Le Center Administrative Office participated in the "Wear the Color of your Birth Month" Wacky Wednesday on August 14. Cris wore red/Ruby for July, Claudia wore purple/Amethyst for February, and Linda wore yellow/Topez for November. Wacky Wednesday is a great way to get to know your co-workers and participate in some office fun!

Elgin Center Takes Part in National Night Out On Tuesday, August 6, the Elgin center participated in the National Night Out in Plainview, MN. Center staff gave out program information and recruited new staff as well.

Mendez Earns Her CDA Jessica Mendez from the Elgin center recently obtained her Preschool Child Development Associate Credential (CDA). She worked really hard on this goal and it has paid off. Congratulations Jessica!!!!

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St. Cloud Center Holds Parent Meeting Parents of St. Cloud Migrant Seasonal Head Start spoke and staff listened! Parents expressed the hardship of trying to attend weeknight parent meetings and asked about an alternate night. The center started holding parent meetings on Friday nights and the parent participation has increased! Friday August 9 the families once again gathered for the common goal of school readiness. The meeting started off with a delicious meal while a slideshow of happenings around the center was played. That was followed by a video of their children singing a song, center reports, and a ReadyRosie parent curriculum workshop. Children with perfect attendance were recognized and door prizes were given out.

Tri-Valley Takes Part in Crookston’s Ox Cart Days Tri-Valley staff in Crookston spent their lunch break searching for the Ox Cart Days medallion! Unfortunately, the medallion for that day was found by someone else. T.H.E. Bus made its yearly appearance in the annual Ox Cart Days Parade. The parade is always one of the biggest events during Ox Cart Days week.

Danube Center Hosts Family Event The Danube center held a family event in August that included a sing-along. The group talked about ways that families can help their children transition from preschool to kindergarten this fall. Resources were also given to the families to help their children have a successful school year. Center staff wish all the children transitioning to another school this fall a very successful year!

Agassiz Townhomes are Ready to Rent Agassiz Townhomes have units ready to rent! If you or somebody you know is looking to relocate to Crookston, be sure to check them out! Two and three bedroom units available. Call 218-547-3307 for more details or check us out online at www.dwjonesmanagement.com/crookston.

Lee Earns Gold Level Turnip the Beet Award Jami Lee, Child Nutrition Manager, received the U.S. Department of Agriculture Gold Level Turnip the Beet Award for Tri-Valley’s Child Nutrition Services Department. There are three levels, gold, silver, and bronze. Turnip the Beet award winners are summer meal sponsors who are going above and beyond to ensure their meals are both nutritious and appetizing. They showcased their excellence by serving a variety of vegetables and fruits throughout the week, serving whole grains and dairy products, and serving culturally-appropriate meals. Sponsors also conducted taste tests with the children (and incorporated the feedback into the menus) and oered nutrition education activities along with the meals.

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Tri-Valley August Newsletter  

Tri-Valley August Newsletter

Tri-Valley August Newsletter  

Tri-Valley August Newsletter