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November is Homelessness Awareness Month


November 16-24, 2013 is National Hunger & Homelessness Week. 


Hunger Facts:   Who Are The Hungry?
From the report ‘Hunger in America 2010Local Report prepared for Food Bank of the Rockies(FBR)” by Mathematica Policy Research Inc.
·         42% of the members of households served by FBR are children under 18 years old
·         10% of the members of households served by FBR are children age 0 to 5 years
·         5% of the members of households served by FBR are elderly
·         43% of households include at least one employed adult
·         71% have incomes below the official federal poverty level during the previous month
·         49% report having to choose between paying for food or paying for utilities or heating fuel
·         44% had to choose between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage bill
·         36% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care
·         25% of households served by FBR have at least one household member in poor health
Food Bank of the Rockies Locations:
Aurora Inter Church Task Force
1553 Clinton St.
Aurora, CO 80010
By Phone Appointment Only - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 830am-130pm.
Must live with the city of Aurora and show photo ID and proof of address.
Clothing bank and utility assistance when available.
FBR Mobile Pantry - Arapahoe County/Colorado Community Church
2220 S. Chambers
In parking lot behind church
Aurora, CO 80014
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month 3-5pm (or until the food is gone)
Must live in Arapahoe County
Please bring bags, boxes or baskets to transport items.
Mountain of Fire and Miracles
16764 E. Iliff Avenue
Aurora, CO 80013
(303) 283-6470
Wednesdays from 6:00-8:30pm, call for Saturday hours, Sundays from 9:00am-12:30pm
Peace with Christ Lutheran Church
3290 S. Tower Rd.
Aurora, CO 80013
Apply in person, Mon-Fri 9:00 - 4:00
Must have proof of residence in ZIP codes 80013, 80015, 80017 & 80018 only.
9650 Jordan Rd.
Parker, CO 80134
Wednesdays from 10am-4pm, Thursdays from 12pm-6:30pm and Fridays 10am-2pm.
Must call to verify zip code
Closed for one week per month. Limited Utility and rental assistance available.
Smokey Hill Vineyard
20050 E. Smoky Hill Rd.
Centennial, CO 80015
Saturdays from 8:30-10:30am
Clothing bank onsite.
Additional food banks in the area:
Aurora Interchurch Taskforce
1553 Clinton Ave.  Aurora 80010
(303) 360-0260
Queen of Peace Catholic Church
13120 E. Kentucky Ave.  Aurora 80012
(303) 364-1056
Salvation Army
802 Quari St.  Aurora 80011
(303) 366-7585
Salvation Army Temple Corps.
3900 East Arapahoe Rd.   Littleton 80122
(303) 290-9043
Inter-Faith Taskforce
3370 Irving St.    Englewood 80110
(303) 789-0501
There is a very long list of food bank locations in Denver.   Contact your school Counselor or District Liaison for assistance.
Contact the CCSD District Homeless Education Liaison -  Vicky Lisi at 720-554-4555 or









Cherry Creek Schools Parent Academy

PA GGC Tweens flyer 2013-14.pdfPA GGC Tweens flyer 2013-14.pdf

Above is the 2013-2014 Guiding Good Choices (GGC) parent class schedule.  Below is a brief overview of the class:

 GGC classes are a low cost resource available to parents of students in 4th – 8th grades.  The classes are evidenced to significantly reduce substance use and the development of depression in students of parents who participate.  Among other things, class content includes information on how to set and communication clear expectations, how to develop and support social-emotional skills such as impulse control and responsible decision making and understanding of the adolescent brain.  Classes are facilitated by trained members of the district mental health team and counseling department.  Scholarships are available to families receiving free and reduced lunch and child care is offered on a limited basis.  GGC classes are appropriate as a preventative approach for all families and can also be effective as a more targeted support to families of students that are beginning to demonstrate risk-taking behaviors or unhealthy decision making.

Thank you,

Janise McNally, EdS, NCSP
CCSD Wellness Coordinator
Educational Support Services
4700 South Yosemite Street, Suite 234
Greenwood Village, CO 80111


Cherry Creek School District :  Challenge School
Challenge School will be accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school-year from residents of Cherry Creek School District only between November 4, 2013 and January 28, 2014.  Challenge is a K–8 magnet program in CCSD designed to meet the needs of academically advanced and highly motivated students.  Applications and information are available on the school’s website at   
 Complete applications are due by 4 p.m. January 28, 2014.
Tours (for adults only) are available on select days at 9:00 a.m.  View full calendar on the website.   Determine the date that works for you and sign up by calling Challenge at 720-747-2100.  Thank You.






































November is Homeless Awareness Month 

Colorado Foreclosure Hotline

Your Home. Your Call. Your Options.
Calling the Colorado Foreclosure Hotline is the easiest way to get help if you are facing foreclosure.
Did you know that:
Four out of five homeowners who meet with a Colorado Foreclosure Hotline network housing counselor successfully avoided foreclosure.
The Hotline network agencies offer free counseling to help you in your time of need.
There are 26 HUD-approved housing counseling agencies around the state, so you can find one nearest to your home.
If you lost your housing and now live in a shelter, motel, vehicle, camping ground, or temporary trailer; on the street; doubled-up with family or friends; or in another type of temporary or inadequate housing, your child might be able to receive help through a federal law called the McKinney-Vento Act.


Under the McKinney-Vento Act, children in homeless situations have the right to:
Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there.
Attend either the local school or the school of origin, if this is in their best interest; the school of origin is the school the child attended when he/she was permanently housed or the school in which the child was last enrolled.
Receive transportation assistance to and from the school of origin, if needed.
Enroll in school immediately, even if missing records and documents normally required for enrollment, such as a birth certificate, proof of residence, previous school records, or immunization/medical records.
Enroll, attend classes, and participate fully in all school activities while the school gathers records.
Have access to the same programs and services that are available to all other students, including transportation and supplemental educational services.
Attend school with children not experiencing homelessness; a school cannot segregate a student because he or she is homeless.
What can I do to help my child in school?
Make sure your child goes to school every day and arrives on time, rested and fed.
Provide a quiet place for your child to do homework and set aside time every day to help your child with homework.
Pay attention to your child’s health needs and take care of problems early.
Ask your child what he or she is learning in school; have him or her explain it to you. If you show interest in your child’s education, he or she will know that it’s important.
Read to your child every day; for older children, set aside time each day for you and your child to read together silently. Talk about what you read.
Praise your child for what he or she does well, like getting a good grade or playing on a school sports team.
Listen to what your child shares with you and talk about any problems he or she is having. You can also talk about these problems with a teacher or school counselor.
Encourage your child to participate in things like sports and music.
Whom can I contact to help with my child’s education?
Every school district has a local homeless education liaison. This person can help you decide which school would be best for your child and communicate with the school. The local liaison also can help your child get school supplies, supplemental services, and free school meals; set up transportation to and from the school of origin; and help you find community supports.
When you enroll your child in a new school, you should ask to meet his/her teacher(s). You should also talk to your child’s teacher(s) every so often to talk about how he or she is doing. Know at least one teacher at your child’s school well enough to ask questions about your child’s schoolwork and to give him or her information that will help your child learn.
The school counselor can help your child deal with changes and challenges. Share with this person any information about how your child is acting at home or things he or she is dealing with that might affect his/her schoolwork.
Other good people to know are the school principal, attendance officer, bus driver, school social worker, and school nurse.


All school and school district staff can help make sure your child gets all the services he or she needs to do well in school. You are an important partner in your child’s schooling and should work as a team with the school and school district.


 Monday, November 11th is Veterans Day:
No one who has served our country should ever go without a safe, stable place to call Home. 
The Veterans Administration is committed to ending Veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. We can all do something to help end veteran homelessness, and the entire VA department has put its energy and resources into ending Veteran homelessness. VA's programs provide individualized, comprehensive care to Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Still, the VA cannot do it alone. Organizations and individuals in communities across the country are integral to providing services to Veterans and spreading the word about the resources VA provides to end and prevent homelessness among Veterans.  Explore to learn about VA's programs for Veterans and to find out what you, your neighbors, and your community can do to help Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Call to 877- 4AID-VET (877- 424-3838) to be connected 24/7 with VA's services to overcome or prevent homelessness for yourself or a Veteran you know.
 Contact the CCSD District Homeless Education Liaison  - Vicky Lisi at 720-554-4555 or


School Cafeteria 
Did You Know?
Breakfast is available every day at each of our schools
Students who eat a healthy breakfast at home or at school:
·        Are better able to concentrate in the classroom
·        Score higher on standardized tests
·        Visit the nurse’s office less often
·        Are better able to maintain their weight
Breakfast is available to all students in Cherry Creek Schools and those who qualify for free and reduced-price meals can also receive breakfast each day free of charge. While this service is available, a number of our students do not participate in the breakfast program on a regular basis.
Menu items at breakfast include breakfast burrito, breakfast bread, yogurt parfait, and oatmeal breakfast round. Each day there is also a variety of cereal, vanilla yogurt, and toast. In addition to their main entrée students can choose milk and fruit to round out the meal.
Check with your school for breakfast times.
If there’s no time at home, your student can eat breakfast at school each day!
Students can apply for Free and Reduced-Price Meals at any time
Students and families are able to complete an application for free and reduced-price meals at any time during the school year. If you believe your student may qualify for free and reduced-price meals, an application can be completed online at or by paper with an application from your kitchen manager. If a student qualifies for free and reduced price meals, they may eat breakfast and lunch at school each school day free of charge.
 If you have any questions about breakfast or lunch at your child’s school, please contact your school’s kitchen manager.
Cherry Creek School’s Food and Nutrition is here is feed the bodies and minds of all of our students!


PIN:  Parent Information Network


Resilience: The Key to Growing Strong Kids
“Why do some kids overcome adversity while others don’t?” asked Nan Henderson, MSW, at PIN’s November presentation.  Nan’s answer: resilience. 
“Kids do not bounce back from problems because they’re constantly being harangued,” she stated.  “Decades of research show that nagging doesn’t work,” she added.  “There is a core message about how people bounce back.  When children go through something hard, they struggle, and they come out stronger and wiser.”
According to a growing body of research, the reason why kids bounce back has to do with their innate protective factors—qualities that help them navigate and overcome difficulty.  Protective factors are different for each child and can include things like perceptiveness, humor, independence, optimism, special competencies, spirituality and creativity.  “Kids are much stronger than the sum of their problems,” Nan added. 
So what can parents do to help kids be more resilient?
Nan encouraged parents to shift their focus away from their child’s problems and toward the good qualities they possess.  “That’s where the power to change is,” she stated.  Once identified, protective factors can be cultivated, leading to kids who are stronger and better equipped to overcome life’s challenges. 
When asked for ideas of how to strengthen kids’ protective factors, parents suggested telling kids about their strengths, writing notes of encouragement, and helping kids pursue and grow their natural gifts through activities. 
“Kids should be able to tell you what their strengths are,” said Nan.  “It’s important to be specific when naming their strengths to them.”  Find out more about resilience at, or download a podcast of Nan’s presentation at
Coming soon: Creating your Best Second-Half of Life
Join us to hear Kristen Kaufman, founder of Texas-based Alignment, Inc. and author of the nationally acclaimed book, Is This Seat Taken?  Kristen will speak about the unforeseen opportunities that exist in our everyday encounters and how those moments can play into our ‘next act’ in life.  What can we learn from others who started over at age 50, 60 and in some cases 80?  Prepare to be inspired.
This FREE presentation will be held Tuesday, 12/3 at 9:15 a.m. at the SARC building: 14188 Briarwood Ave., Centennial.  Reservations are not required—just come! 

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
9:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
What’s Next?  Creating Your Best Second-Half of Life
Join PIN for our next presentation on Tuesday, December 3rd, to hear Kristen Kaufman, founder of Texas-based Alignment, Inc. and author of the nationally acclaimed book, Is This Seat Taken? 
Kristen will speak about the unforeseen opportunities that exist in our everyday encounters and how those moments can play into our ‘next act’ in life.  What can we learn from others who started over at age 50, 60 and in some cases 80?  Prepare to be inspired.
All parents, school administrators and community members are welcome and encouraged to attend PIN’s free presentations.  No need to RSVP—just come! 
Presentations are FREE and are held the first Tuesday of each month
at the Student Achievement Resource Center (SARC)
14188 Briarwood Avenue, Centennial
(south of Arapahoe Rd., between Potomac and Jordan Roads)

Come at 9:00 a.m. for refreshments and networking

Visit for Podcasts and Meeting Highlights.
January 7th                 Lives Changed: Volunteerism. CCSD Student Panel, Volunteer Fair     
February 4th               Raising Financially Responsible Kids
March 4th                   Encouraging your Child to Succeed    


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