TIPS for Parent-Teacher Conferences
Conferences are a great opportunity to talk with your child's teacher and there are some things you can do to make the most of your time. 
Before the conference 
  •  Ask your child how she feels about school and if there is anything that she wants you to talk about with her teacher.
  • Make a list of the topics that you want to talk about with the teacher.  Prioritize the list in case you don't have time to get through everything as teachers also prepare a lot of information to share with you.
During the conference
  • Be on time (or early) for the meeting.
  • End the meeting on time. Other parents will probably have a conference after yours.
  • Ask for explanations of anything you don't understand.
  • Ask your child's teacher for ways that you can help your child at home.
After the conference
  • Talk about the conference with your child.
  • Talk about the positive points, and be direct about problems.
  • Keep in touch with the teacher about any plans created during conference time.
Remember- You and the teacher both want the very best for your child. You can help your child by working together as a team. For more conference tips you can see the original article at
Check out the Spring classes available at Centralia College!
Are you a dad who is looking for new ways to support your child's development and growth?  If so then check out the *Dynamic Dads* class at Centralia College.  It is offered Saturday mornings from 9-12, April 5th to June 7th in TEEN/LAX (on Centralia College campus across from the Michael Smith Gymnasium). This three credit class is offered at no cost to participants! Contact Linda Wilcox, 360.736.9391 ext.464.
Other classes being offered include Grandparents as Parents, TIPS, Becoming a Love & Logic Parent, and Strengthening Families.  Contact the college for more information or request a flyer from the GMES office. 
Would you like to feel more confident as a parent or teacher?
Would you like to have more fun parenting and teaching?
Would you like to feel more relaxed at the end of the day?
Become a Love & Logic Parent!  Attend this 10-week video-based parenting program designed by The Love and Logic Institute, Inc. Facilitated by Glenn Spinnie & Merran Mahoney at Centralia College Jan. 7-Mar. 11on Tuesday evenings from 6-8 PM.  For more information or to register call: Linda Wilcox at 360.736.9391, ext 464 or email:  
Other classes currently available are:
  • Leap! into learning about early childhood development where you can meet other parents as you interact in an organized play setting with your children ages birth through 48 months.  
  • Parenting in Recovery, a class designed to support recovering families in reversing the impact of substance abuse on family dynamics.
  • T.I.P.S, Training in Positive Parenting Skills, designed to strengthen family relationships.  Parents and children participate in one hour of activities together.  Contact Donna Ruby ext 588 at 736-9391 for this class.  
It' hard to believe it is almost time for winter break to be here.  It's also a very busy time of year.  Don't forget to take time over winter break to read each day with your kid(s), it has been proven to improve learning in all subject areas!  Make learning fun by tying reading, math and writing into your daily routine so students understand the importance of education.  One idea could be to have students help write a grocery list, calculating the cost of items and reading the sales ads.
Winter is upon us!  Please make sure your child dresses for cooler weather and brings a coat to school every day.  Don't forget the hat and gloves:)
Looking for something to do with the kids during winter break? Check out the neighborhood lights at the Lights at Ken Lake, 2228 Lakemoor Dr. SW in Olympia.  And bring a non-perishable items to support local food banks.  The lights are sequenced to music on your car radio, tune in to 92.9!
Check out the Borst Park drive-through light display in Centralia.  It runs Dec. 20-24 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the cost of $3.00 per car or $2.00 with the donation of a canned food item or new toy.   
 * renters locate affordable housing
Across Washington, there is a new way to help people locate affordable rental, an online, no cost, service for renters and landlords, is expanding service statewide.  It allows renters to find available and affordable rental housing.  The service also has a call center available Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., offering assistance in English and Spanish (877) 428-8844.
Energy Assistance through Community Action Council will open on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.  
The phone lines will open at 7:00 AM and the internet appointments will open at 9:00 AM.  
A flyer is available at the office and can be sent home.  It explains what you need to do to make an appointment
You can go to or call 360-438-1100 ext.3.  
Those without internet access or a phone may also go to ROOF for help booking an appointment.
Please remember this is first come, first serve and the appointments book quickly. 
A chill is in the air and the Annual Rochester Life Assembly Shoe and Coat Drive is coming up!
Supply is limited and demand is great-so be sure to turn in your application if your child needs a coat and shoes on time.
 Applications were sent home on Friday, 9/27 to be turned in by Friday, 10/4.  
Dear Parents,
I would love for you to take a moment to complete the Parent Guidance Survey I have created.  Due to the growing needs of the students that I serve, I am attempting to obtain more information of which services you and your children would benefit from most.  This feedback will allow me to continue to provide a Comprehensive Counseling Program at Grand Mound Elementary.  To take the survey-click this link: by 10/01/2013.  This link was also sent to those of you with an email on our database.  
Thank you in advance for your valued support of the program. 
The Smilemobile is coming to Rochester Dec. 2-6!  It will be located at Grand Mound Elementary School.  The Smilemobile does dental check-ups, sealants, and fluoride treatments for children Birth-18 yrs. of age.  It also does restorative dental work for students or refers the work out to dentists who will do pro bono work if the decay is to extensive.  Call 1-888-286-9105 to make an appointment and look for fliers to come home soon. 
Would you like to feel more confident as a parent or teacher? 
Would you like to have more fun parenting and teaching?
Would you like to feel more relaxed at the end of the day?
Become a Love & Logic Parent
Attend a 10-week video-based parenting program designed by The Love and Logic Institute, Inc. 
Sept. 24-Nove26 Tuesday Evening 4-6PM in the Rochester Primary Gym. 
*Child care is provided.
For more information call Linda Wilcox at 360.273.9391, ext 464 or email:
Or call Carrie Teagle at 360.273.5161, ext. 3005 or email
Clock hours available for teachers - $32.00 per adult for two college credits. 

There is a great opportunity for children and families who have experienced the death of a loved one.  
An End of Summer day camp is being held this year on September 21
This camp is designed to provide support and skill building in a healing environment. 
Parents are encouraged to attend and participate. 

Call or email Shell St. Onge MS, LMHC
Bereavement Counselor/SoundCareKids Coordinator
Providence Sound Home Care and Hospice
Office 360.493.5928 Cell 360.359.1747

Off to a good start!
Another school year has begun!  Is your child ready and excited to jump back into school?  The first week can be both exciting and stressful.  There are a few key things you can do to help your child prepare for a successful transition from the laid back rules of summer to the routines of the school year.
  • Talk about your child's new teacher and classmates in a positive way to show them you are excited about the new school year.
  • Attend open house, meet the new teacher and explore the school and classroom.  Knowing ahead of time where to go and meeting a few classmates goes a long way to quell back to school jitters.
  • Adjust your child's bedtime to correspond with an earlier wake up time if they have gotten in the habit of sleeping in during the summer.  Keep in mind that kids need more sleep then adults, typically about ten hours a night.
  • Set up simple routines to help the "morning rush" and "homework hour" slide by with ease.  Checklists can be a great tool to help kids keep track of tasks independently.  Stress can be greatly reduced by breaking up what needs to be done each day in small chunks.

Check out these websites for printable checklists and more ideas on how to support a new and exciting school year.

Here's to a great year!
Rachael Ledbetter