Archive for April, 2010

Registration Open For 21st CCLC Showcase

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

A Statewide Afterschool Showcase

New Jersey’s 21st Century Community Learning Center Programs
Soaring Beyond Expectations:

A Statewide Afterschool Showcase

This Afterschool Showcase is to highlight best practices of NJ’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers
(21st CCLC) Programs

This event is open statewide to anyone interested in utilizing afterschool, before school or summer school as a strategy to improve youth’s knowledge and skills and engage them in meaningful learning opportunities.

Who should attend?
School personnel, afterschool directors, teachers,
youth workers, and others interested in starting or enhancing
an existing afterschool, before school or summer program

Presented in partnership with NJSACC

This project was funded in its entirety with federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by No Child Left Behind, Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant funds through a grant agreement with the New Jersey Department of Education.

When: Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost:  $25 ,  lunch and materials

Where: Georgian Court College, 900 Lakewood Ave., Lakewood, NJ 08701
(Little Theater which is located in the Arts & Science Building)





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There Isn’t a Moment to Lose: An Urgent Call for Legal Reform and Effective Practices to Combat Bullying in New Jersey Schools.”

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Noting that nearly 160,000 school children miss school each day because they fear being bullied, the NJ Commission on Bullying in Schools issued a report today aimed at reducing school harassment, intimidation, and bullying: “There Isn’t a Moment to Lose: An Urgent Call for Legal Reform and Effective Practices to Combat Bullying in New Jersey Schools.”

The 14 member Commission was established by the Governor and the Legislature in January 2008 to study the effects of bullying and to make recommendations for decreasing bullying in schools. In its report, the Commission reviews evidence of the damaging effects of pervasive bullying, ranging from extreme behavior such as suicide and violence toward others to poor academic achievement, increased levels of absenteeism, and feelings of alienation at school. Finding that New Jersey, unlike most other states, has enacted laws and undertaken initiatives to combat bullying in school, the Commission, nonetheless, identified critical ways in which New Jersey’s laws and practices must be strengthened.

Some of the Commission’s key recommendations include:

  • expanding administrative procedures and remedies available to victims of bullying;
  • protecting students from “cyber” bullying;
  • developing guidance to address particularly vulnerable students, such as those with disabilities or perceived to be LGBT
  • equipping each school with a school climate team trained on best practices in dealing with bullying;
  • establishing regional technical assistance centers to support schools, educators, and parents;
  • creating a school bullying fund to allow DOE to seek public and private money to address school bullying.

ELC attorney Elizabeth Athos participated on a law committee that provided input to the Commission. “The Commission’s report is an important step forward,” said Ms. Athos. “However, citizens and advocacy groups around New Jersey must now push for the next step of ensuring that the recommendations are enacted and funded.”

An appendix to the report warns that there are currently no State funds dedicated to the implementation of anti-bullying laws and practices and that federal funds will be eliminated from the 2010-11 budget. Thus, “NJDOE and school districts will have no dedicated funds to support [harassment, intimidation, and bullying] prevention and intervention activities beyond the 2009-10 school year.”



Thursday, April 29th, 2010

The New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Educational Support Services (OESS) is pleased to inform you about the release of the revised
Keeping Our Kids Safe, Healthy and In School website: .

The website was updated to include six major areas –

Student Health,
Student Behavior
Safe & Positive Learning Environment
Afterschool Programs
Social Services
Other Educational Services

The website provides valuable information and resources for parents, teachers, administrators and the general public about programs and services that support the positive development of K-12 students. The site includes information in the areas of student conduct, including substance abuse, violence, bullying, risky behavior, and truancy; school safety, including law enforcement operations; intervention and referral services for student learning, behavior and health problems; child abuse and neglect; school health services and student health, including HIV, STI and obesity prevention; afterschool programs; alternative education programs; and home or out-of-school instruction.

We are confident that the website will provide valuable information and we encourage you to explore it and all its content.
Thank you.



Arbor Day Tomorrow!

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

This Friday, April 30th is Arbor Day. It is the official celebration of  trees.There has been many stories about trees.

A wonderful poem to share with your afterschool children is  TREES by Joyce Kilmer.Although some of you may only know Joyce Kilmer as someone whose name is on rest area on the turnpike.
However, Kilmer was also a Rutgers Graduate, an editor for the Targum (The Rutgers daily newspaper), then an employee of Johnson & Johnson.
He was the inventor of Johnson & Johson’s baby powder. He was also a great poet, whose most well known poem is Trees.
So take a moment-take the kids outside , stand under a tree, have them look up and then read aloud to them this poem!


I think  that I shall never see

A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest

Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,

And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear

A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;

Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,

But only God can make a tree.

by Joyce Kilmer  1914


Warren County Training

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Programming for Tweens

Developing activities for Tweens – children ages 8 through 14 – is both rewarding and challenging. Important aspects of doing this successfully include hiring and training appropriate staff, planning multiple week activities with youth making presentations or final products, communicating with parents and keeping them excited about attending.
This workshop will be geared to both new and existing programs.

When: Wednesday June 9, 2010
Where: Warren County Library Headquarters
199 Hardwick Street
Belvidere, NJ 07823-1527

Time: 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

This training is hosted by Jason Kolucki, NJSACC Afterschool Ambassador, Warren County