As has become tradition, my space in the May newsletter is reserved to recognize service milestones for our staﬀ as a part of Employee Appreciation Month. Many thanks to all who contribute to Tri-Valley’s mission and in particular the individuals listed below:
5 Years Deirdra Vos Martin Schneider Jean Halvorson Julia Mendoza Akil Burgess Shelamar Henderson Randall Fallas Beita Kelly Galvin Jeffery McGary Wendy Arreola Cynthia Scott Christine Young Linda Steinback Karina Perez Lopez Yadira Zamora Aundrea Porter Stormy St. Vincent
10 Years Karen Martin Carsten Hovland Lindsay Vokaty Christopher Bernd Diana Martinez Milton Ventura Rodriguez Graciela Marino Cisneros Paul Diaz Vikki Ernst Debbie Lindenfelser Linda Riebel
20 Years Pam Nikle Nancy Mellesmoen Sherri Berg Vickie Zahradka Carla Juntunen Kimberly Filson 25 Years Sandra Whited 30 Years Tracey Sundeen
15 Years Delores Anderson
In This Issue:
In This Issue:
* CEO News and Notes * Monticello Parent Meeting * Upcoming Events * Provider Appreciation Day * Crookston Parent Meeting * Teacher Appreciation Week * Wilkes Serves on Parent Panel * May Was Community Action Month * Senior Programs Attends Celebrate Aging Expo
* Head Start Hosts Training Session * Head Start Hosts Food and Nutrition Conference * Head Start Attends Kickoﬀ Event * Head Start Gives Out School Supplies * Tri-Valley Summer Food Service * Lee Earns Professional Certiﬁcation * House for Sale * 20,000 Books Awarded Through Literacy Program * Tri-Valley Board of Directors
Monticello Parent Meeting The Monticello center held their ﬁrst Parent Meeting of the season on Thursday, May 2. There was a great turnout of 23 parents that discussed the importance of helping the center recruit more qualifying families as well as ideas to reach in-kind goals. They elected their policy council representative, Celeste C. and their alternate, Viviana A. At the end of the meeting, the center recognized the parents who had children that had perfect attendance for the month of April.
May 10 is Provider Appreciation Day May 10 was Provider Appreciation Day®! It's a special day in May to recognize child care providers, teachers and other educators of young children everywhere. Provider Appreciation Day is appropriately celebrated each year on the Friday before Mother's Day. Thank you providers!!!
Crookston Parent Meeting
Upcoming Calendar Items: * June 11 - Board of Directors Meeting * June 29 - MSHS/MSEHS Policy Council meeting
The Crookston center held their last parent meeting of the year. The focus of the meeting was families as partners. Parents participated in discussions about child development, healthy media habits and how to best support their children throughout their educational experience. There were stations set up that described the beneﬁts of play and how each activity assists in healthy development. Families also enjoyed a picnic dinner. This was their most successful event this year and the Crookston staﬀ served over 115 meals!
Crookston Center Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week Super cool idea! For Teach Appreciation Week, Samantha (Education Supervisor) and Kiely (Center Manager) decorated all of the teachers’ doors to show their appreciation for all of their hard working staﬀ. Great job and thank you staﬀ!
Wilkes Serves on Parent Panel at MHSA East Grand Forks parent Juanita Wilkes served on the parent panel at the Minnesota Head Start Association, Inc. Parents as Leaders training on May 15 in St. Cloud,MN. Juanita spoke about her experiences serving on a Policy Council. She's currently serving her fourth year on Tri-Valley’s Policy Council.
May is Community Action Month in Crookston Thank you to the City of Crookston and Mayor Guy Martin for declaring the month of May "Community Action Month"! (Photo courtesy of KROX)
Head Start Hosts Food & Nutrition Conference Tri-Valley Head Start, Child and Family Programs held their First Annual Food & Nutrition Conference. The conference was held at the Sprout Food Hub in Little Falls, MN on May 14 and 15. A chef was brought in to demonstrate how to utilize local foods in the menu and how to cook with herbs and spices. The center managers and food services staďŹ€ that attended learned a lot and had a great time!
Senior Programs Attends Celebrate Aging Expo On May 15, Kristal Abrahamson (Foster Grandparent/Caring Companion Specialist) attended the 4th Annual Celebrate Aging Expo presented by Essentia Health St. Mary's-Detroit Lakes. Attendees were treated to vendors, resource booths, samples, door prizes, seminars, and entertainment provided by Lewy Ronken!
Head Start Hosts Training Session On May 21 and 22, Melody Hedden, Missy Janssen and Edna Tudon trained the Recruiters and Family Advocates in Family Services and the ChildPlus Software (Professional Head Start Management Software). Avril Kruchten also presented the PowerPoint she created for parents covering the information on the Tri-Valley Parent Handbook. The training was held in Monticello.
Head Start Attends Education of Migratory Children Kickoﬀ Event Staﬀ from throughout Minnesota gathered at Hamline University for the annual Title I Part C: Education of Migratory Children Kickoﬀ event. There will be nine Title I Summer Migrant Education Program sites this year which include BelgradeBrooten Elrosa, BOLD, Breckenridge, GlencoeSilver Lake, Monticello, Plainview-Elgin-Millville, Owatonna, Rochester, and Sleepy Eye. Migrant students in kindergarten through grade 12 and out of school youth are eligible to attend the educational programs in each area. The Title I sites collaborate with Migrant Seasonal Head Start centers in the area in order to provide comprehensive services to eligible children and youth 0-21. Coordinators and recruiters at the kickoﬀ received Yoobi Classroom Packs from the Kids In Need Foundation Minnesota (Caring Tree Program) that will be given to eligible families throughout the summer.
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/
Head Start and Kids in Need Minnesota Gives Out School Supplies Marie Davila (Tri-Valley Opportunity Council Recruiter) with an eligible family and their new school supplies compliments of Yoobi Classroom Packs from the Kids In Need Minnesota (Caring Tree Program). These school supplies will be given to eligible families throughout the summer.
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.
Tri-Valley: Lee earns CACFP Child Nutrition Professional Certiﬁcation By Submitted | Crookston Times On behalf of the Board of Directors of National CACFP Sponsors Association, it is my privilege to inform you that Jami Lee of Tri Valley Opportunity Council, Inc in Crookston, MN has earned the CACFP Child Nutrition Professional Certiﬁcation from the National CACFP Sponsors Association. The CCNP Certiﬁcation is a special designation for those in the CACFP profession that are committed to continually learning best practices and keeping up with changing trends in the ﬁeld. Ms. Lee has shown this commitment by attending additional trainings and workshops to further her knowledge of the CACFP program. This achievement reﬂects her dedication to upholding high standards in the CACFP profession. Join us in congratulating Jami Lee on this accomplishment. She is an asset to the CACFP community.
20,000 children’s books awarded through SMIF's Early Childhood Literacy Program Allison Miller (Owatonna People’s Press)
OWATONNA — Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) recently awarded 20,000 children’s books valued at $363,400 to 49 organizations through its Early Childhood Literacy Grant Program. This grant supports early literacy eﬀorts that enhance school readiness for children birth to age ﬁve by providing children with books. The books were awarded in partnership with Capstone and ABDO, Mankato-based publishers of children’s books and digital products and services. In 2002, Capstone helped launch the BookStart program, working with SMIF to distribute thousands of books to children in the region over a period of 15 years. In 2018, the Early Childhood Literacy Grant was formed as a new collaborative eﬀort between SMIF and the two publishers to put even more books into the hands of children birth to age ﬁve. SMIF has previously partnered with both companies on collectively distributing more than 100,000 books across the region through grants and programming. “Learning to read is a foundational milestone in a child’s life and incredibly important in setting up their future success,” said Christie Skilbred, Capstone Corporate Giving Manager. “Capstone is honored to support early literacy eﬀorts in the region by providing books for the Early Childhood Literacy Grant recipients. We want to congratulate all of the grant recipients this year and thank them for the important work their doing to support early literacy in their community. Helping kids succeed by making learning fun is at the heart of what we do. Through our continued partnership with Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, we are able to reach and help more children in our communities succeed together.” The following organizations (list was shortened for space) were awarded Early Childhood Literacy Grants because they provide outstanding early literacy opportunities for young children and their families: • Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Elgin “By reading to children, they are exposed to so many wonderful things – imagination, creating, thinking and painting a picture of the story in their mind,” said Rae Jean Hansen, Vice President of Early Childhood at SMIF. “The nurturing and one-on-one attention during reading encourages children to form a positive association with books and reading.” Award recipients will be able to choose from a selection of titles donated by the publishing companies, including bilingual and early childhood appropriate books. The organizations will incorporate the books into their programs and events where young children will receive books to take home and keep.