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February Newsletter


We are working on an affordable housing project with the Northwest Minnesota Foundation that is focused on single-family homes. The project is still in the design stage but will likely include some new homes along with a rehab component for communities where that is more appropriate. For those who may not have been selected, Tri-Valley has initiated a culture study to help the Management Team and Board of Directors better understand how staff view the culture at our organization. The study consisted of one or two rather long surveys given to a random sample of 50 employees. I want to say a big Thank You to those who took the time to share their thoughts. I have one last program update. Colleen MacRae, our colleague at the Northwestern Mental Health center working with us on the Family Partner project, has obtained permission to reprogram grant funds that were unspent due to the project starting behind schedule. It seems that we will now be able to add a third school district to the project for the final 14-16 months of the project. Very exciting! I will close with a word on COVID-19 (coronavirus). Staff have seen communication coming from their respective programs and our HR Department. Know that the situation is continually monitored. We have a county Public Health Director on our board. We have nurses on staff. We have partner organizations sharing information. All this said, the situation changes by the minute and advice given in the morning may be outdated by the afternoon. Please read the communication sent to you. As we work through the situation, continue to follow the universal measures that have been put out by health officials: • • • •

Wash hands frequently and thoroughly Keep your hands away from your face Stay home if you are sick Avoid unnecessary travel or attendance at large group gatherings

I understand it can be difficult to keep calm in the face of the media coverage of what is now officially a pandemic. Please share questions and concerns through the normal chain of command. We will make sure you get the best answer that can be given at that particular time.

In This Issue:

In This Issue:

* CEO News and Notes * Foster Grandparent Program Expands Service Area * January Wacky Wednesday * Owatonna Hosts Cookies with Staff * Tri-Valley Seeking New Board Member * Several Tri-Valley Staff Earn Their CDA * Upcoming Events

* Owatonna Staff Receive Cozy Coffees * Love Your Pet Day * Grandma Betty Turns 90 * February Wacky Wednesday * School Bus Driver Appreciation Day * 2020 Census Information * Tri-Valley Board of Directors

Tri-Valley Senior Programs Receives Grant to Fund Foster Grandparent Program in Eastern North Dakota Tri-Valley Senior Programs is excited to announce it has been awarded a Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) grant to fund the Foster Grandparent Program in Eastern North Dakota. Tri-Valley’s Eastern North Dakota Foster Grandparent Program will have a start date of July 1, 2020. It will serve the counties of Barnes, Benson, Cass, Cavalier, Grand Forks, Griggs, Pierce, Ramsey, Richland, Sargent, Stutsman, Trail, and Walsh Counties. “The Tri-Valley Senior Programs department is excited to expand its current Foster Grandparent Program into Eastern North Dakota,” says Marley Melbye (Tri-Valley Senior Programs Director). “We will be able to play a part in improving the quality of life for our senior volunteers in North Dakota who have a passion for today’s youth. In addition, we are excited about the development and cultivation of new partnerships and collaborations with various school districts throughout the service area,” Melbye adds. The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) engages adults age 55 and over who help children in their communities develop academic and life skills critical to their development and future success. The Senior Corps volunteers serve as tutors, mentors, and role models to children at risk of falling behind in school and to those with physical disabilities and/or other special needs. The intergenerational exchanges that occur build lasting bonds that benefit those who perform the service and those being served. The Corporation for National and Community Service is the federal agency for volunteering, service, and civic engagement. The agency engages millions of Americans in citizen service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation’s volunteering and service efforts. For questions on Tri-Valley’s Foster Grandparent Program or other Senior Programs options, please call 800-584-7020 or visit www.tvoc.org.

January Wacky Wednesday The Owatonna center, Crookston Administrative Office and Le Center Administrative Office enjoyed the first Tri-Valley “Wacky Wednesday) of the year on January 29. The theme was “Stoplight Day” REDoldest child, YELLOW- middle child, GREEN- youngest child, BLACK- only child. Thank you to all the families and staff that took part in such a fun day!

Owatonna Hosts Cookies with Staff The Owatonna center hosted “Cookies with Staff” at the end of December to celebrate the last event of 2019. The event thanked all the male figures that took time to participate in events throughout the year and who helped promote Tri-Valley Head Start’s mission “To cultivate life-long learning in children and families”!

Upcoming Calendar Items: * March 2 - HS/EHS Policy Council Meeting * March 10 - Board of Directors Meeting * March 19 - Financial Empowerment Class

We want to remind students at the University of Minnesota Crookston and Northland Community & Technical College, that free public transportation is available (6 am - 8:30 pm M-F) from T.H.E. Bus with a student ID. Call 281-0700 in Crookston and 6816760 in Thief River Falls (Commuter Route) with questions or to schedule your ride! Thief River Falls to East Grand Forks Depart TRF around 6:45 am – Arrive in EGF around 8:00 am Depart TRF around 4:30 pm – Arrive in EGF around 5:45 pm East Grand Forks to Thief River Falls Depart EGF around 6:40 am – Arrive in TRF around 8:00 am Depart EGF around 4:30 pm – Arrive in TRF around 5:45 pm

Are you seeking a career with purpose? Tri-Valley is a rapidly growing organization and is always looking for qualified employees; we seek highly motivated, talented candidates to join our staff. Tri-Valley offers a supportive work-environment and a competitive benefits package to our employees. Apply today at Tri-Valley! https://careers.tvoc.org/

Seeking Board Member JOIN THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT IN OUR COMMUNITIES! Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. is seeking two new members to serve on our Board of Directors. The individuals will represent the Private Sector in Polk County and the Low-Income Sector in Norman County. Tri-Valley is a nonprofit Community Action Agency. We believe in the value of all human beings. It is that belief that drives our efforts to identify needs, seek resources and provide opportunities for people to thrive. To express interest call 800-584-7020 or email trivalleymail@tvoc.org.

Soto Earns Her CDA Jullisa Soto (Classroom Assistant Relief Teacher) from the Monticello center earned her Infant/Toddler Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. Congratulations Jullisa!

Yanez Earns Her CDA Lucy Yanez began her career with Head Start, Child and Family Programs as a Preschool Classroom Assistant. In 2018, she completed her Preschool Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential and became an Assistant Teacher. This past January, Lucy added an Infant/Toddler CDA to her list of accomplishments and is now working as an Infant Teacher at the Crookston center. Way to go Lucy!

Gonzalez Earns Her CDA The Owatonna center is excited to announce that Marina Gonzalez has earned her Infant/Toddler Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. Congratulations Marina on all your hard work!

Anderson Earns Her CDA Chandra Anderson completed her Preschool Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential in September of 2019. She represents Tri-Valley Head Start, Child and Family Programs in our newly formed collaboration classroom located in Fisher, MN. Chandra has gone above and beyond to ensure this partnership has been successful. Congratulations Chandra!

Owatonna Staff Receives Cozy Coffees Goodyke Earns Her CDA Kathleen Goodyke has been working with Tri-Valley Head Start, Child and Family Programs in Crookston since December of 2018. She began as a classroom assistant substitute before she decided to join the center full-time as the Early Head Start relief. Kathleen worked diligently to complete her ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI) courses along with the other requirements. She recently earned her Infant/Toddler Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. Way to go Kathleen! Everyone at the Crookston center is so proud of you!

On Friday, February 14, Gloria Rebeca Gonzalez (Center Manager) and Jennifer Olson (Ed Supervisor) surprised Owatonna staff with handmade “cozy coffees” designed as their favorite Disney characters. The special gifts were in appreciation for the staff’s hard work and dedication to the program. Great job Owatonna team!

Grandma Betty Turns 90 Love Your Pet Day Did you know??? On February 20th, pet lovers everywhere observe National Love Your Pet Day. Leading up to this special day, staff at Tri-Valley's administrative office in Crookston, Minnesota shared photos of their pets on the office bulletin board. How can you have a bad day seeing all those happy faces when you come to work?! Thanks for sharing everyone!

On Thursday, February 13, Ali (Senior Programs Manager) was invited to the Fertile-Beltrami School to celebrate Grandma Betty’s 90th birthday. The school had decorated the front door, the hallway in front of the classroom, the classroom and the employee break room for the occasion. There was cake and snacks for the staff, the class celebrated with cupcakes in the classroom, and presented Grandma Betty with an amazing gift that was collaborated on throughout the school and community. Students from each graduating class ‘signed’ a canvas by putting their fingerprints with paint on it. They even had students that have already graduated put their prints on it! It was a beautiful day, and Ali was honored to have been invited!

School Bus Driver Appreciation Day Wednesday, February 26, is “School Bus Driver Appreciation Day” in Minnesota. In honor of this, the Monticello center made the day extra special for the drivers by having the children on each bus make their driver a card. Center staff also printed the Governor Tim Walz proclamation and framed it for the drivers. Everyone at Tri-Valley appreciates all of our bus drivers and the hard work and dedication they give to our children and families. Thank you!

February Wacky Wednesday Pink Out Community Family Service Center looked dashing in their pink duds. The next Wacky Wednesday is March 25. The theme is "Hat Day" so get ready to wear your favorite hat to work!

Golden Spoon Awarded at Soup Cookoff On Friday, February 21, Tri-Valley’s Administrative Office in Crookston held a staff soup cook-off for the coveted “Golden Spoon”. Special guest judges included Don Diedrich (board member), Gary Willhite (board member), and Craig LaPlante (friend to the board). The winner of the “Golden Spoon” was Ashlee Johnson (Program Assistant, Head Start) with her delicious chicken gnocchi soup. Every soup submission was outstanding and included chicken alfredo tortellini, chicken vegetable, chicken gnocchi (2 versions), clam chowder supreme, and smoked chicken corn chowder. Staff polled after the event thought food contests should be held more often in the office!

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Tri-Valley February 2020 Newsletter  

Tri-Valley February 2020 Newsletter

Tri-Valley February 2020 Newsletter  

Tri-Valley February 2020 Newsletter