February 2016
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Welcome New LCOE Employees

  • Melissa Kinsel, Board Member 

  • Audrey Patti, Program Assistant II, She will be supporting the Child Care Planning Council and Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) Coordinator
  • Elisabeth Medina, Site Assistant - After School Program (ASES) at Pomo Elementary School
  • Kayla Wheeler, Site Assistant - After School Program (ASES) at Pomo Elementary School
24 Years of Continued Community Support

Got a minute?  Let's Do Lunch!  
Commit to a Healthy Lunch and Snacks at Work for 2016!!!
Proper workplace nutrition can help you get ahead.
Stay healthy, energized, and productive at the office this year!

  • Plan, Plan, Plan ahead and bring a healthy lunch and snacks to work. 
  • Buy or create portion controlled snacks - THINK AHEAD
  • Pack at least one veggie and one fruit
  • If you eat out, choose a place that has healthy options, order first and set the tone.  Opt for foods broiled, steamed or grilled, order soup or salad, eat till you are full and take home the rest
  • Rethink your drink.
  • Pack your lunch and snacks when you're not hungry.
  • Hydrate all day- keep a water bottle on your desk ... This will also make you feel fuller
  • Try green tea - it curbs your appetite.
  • Help change your office food culture.   Share flowers or a card instead of sweets at celebrations. 
Have a long drink of water or make a cup of green tea.
Congratulations!  You did it!  Feel better?
Make your plan for future healthy lunches and snacks and stick to it.
CLICK HERE  for our one minute - Work Well Minute Survey
and have a fantastic day!

Work Well - Sponsored by Partnerships to Improve Community Health and County of Lake
ECE Awards Nominations

Save the date, you do not want to miss this event! The ECE Awards will be held at Twin Pine Casino in Middletown on May 6, 2016. Put in your nominations today at www.lakecountychildcareplanning.com.

Jackets for Middletown Children

Hidden Valley Community church donated new warm jackets to all the children attending the Early Connection Preschool in Middletown. Julie Woodard the Middletown High School secretary and Wendy Gattoni of Middletown Healthy Start partnered to coordinate the coat drive for thirty-six preschool children.
Hero Project's Fearless Family Fun Challenge

The Hero Project's challenge is underway for the months of January and February. They are challenging families to play together for 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week. Every family who completes the challenge will receive a FREE Hero Project Official Build Your Own T.W.I.S.T.A. (Terrific Winter Indoor Superhero Twisting Activity) game. One lucky grand prize winner will receive a $150 gift certificate to Funtopia Toy Store in Middletown.

Play matters because it's a natural outlet for children to learn and it's FUN! Play is a tool children use to learn about themselves and those around them. Play is a tool parents use to better understand their child's individual needs. Regular playtime creates life-long memories and helps develop great learners who succeed in school! Commit to being a hero, turn the TV off and join us in our Fearless Family Fun Challenge by visiting www.lakecountyheroproject.com!
Annual Polar Plunge

We are going to be bold and cold and want you to join us for this crazy event! The funds you and others raise will help us continue to showcase the capabilities and achievements of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

The event will be held at Lakeside County Park in Kelseyville on February 20th. Registration opens at 10am, Costume Judging is at 11:30am and The Plunge is at 12pm with Post-Plunge
Awards following at 12:30pm.

Totes for Teens

Cheri Johnson with the Totes for Teens Program donated 48 totes for Middletown Middle School students who lost their homes to the Valley Fire. The totes were filled with hand made hats, scarfs, hygiene supplies, warm clothes, a sleeping bag and gift cards along with many other goodies. Kriss Davis, Middletown Middle School secretary, and Wendy Gattoni of Middletown Healthy Start, helped distribute the totes to the teens.

Konocti Unified School District Preparing 
for Data-Based Decision Making

Konocti Unified School District and Lucerne Elementary School District, called Cohort II of the School Climate Transformation Grant consists of Lucerne Elementary, Burns Valley Elementary, Pomo Elementary, Lower Lake Elementary, East Lake Elementary, and Lower Lake High School. 

PBIS Teams have been focused on their Behavioral Flowcharts that influence the creation of their Office Discipline Referral Forms (ODR). Teams are revamping older discipline forms to become compatible with the School-Wide Information Systems (SWIS) Data Entry system of the University of Oregon. The system can potentially give fruitful and give teachers a sense that the schools evidence to improve their school climates. 

Discussions among faculty members will require input from all staff to ensure that the forms contents meet the needs of the entire school community. Conversations on problem behavior definitions and the procedures to use for those problems have been Caption describing picture or graphic. The future holds promise for improving the social culture at their schools. 

At this time, the next step for implementation is the completion of the SWIS Readiness Checklist, that goes to Denae Dennis of Placer County office of Education. Schools collect information about discipline events that can be instantly accessed in useable reports in SWIS.
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Calendar Highlights

Special Education Hot Topics 
February 12, 2016  10:00AM - 1:00PM  |  Lake County Office of Education, Kesey Room

FREE Health Screening 
February 17, 2016  11:00AM - 3:00PM  |  Lake County Office of Education, Kesey Room (please park in the back parking lot located directly behind the office building).

Quality Care Conference 
February 20, 2016  7:15AM - 5:00PM  |  Yuba College, Lake County Campus

Private Schools Information Meeting 
February 22, 2016  2:00PM - 4:00PM  |  Lake County Office of Education, 1152 South Main Street, Lakeport, Kesey Room

PITC Training 
March 12, 2016  8:00AM - 2:00PM  |  LCOE Kesey Room

Dave Burgess Presents: Teach Like a Pirate 
March 14, 2016  4:00PM - 6:00PM  |  Cornelison Event Center

CPIN Life Science 
March 24, 2016  8:00AM - 1:30PM  |  Lake County Office of Education, 1152 South Main Street, Lakeport, Kesey Room

For comments or submissions contact
Annie Mills