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Building Community Trust in Police and Schools

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Building Community Trust in Police and Schools

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Last Friday, September 28, the Danbury community came together at the Party on the Patio, sponsored under the umbrella of DanburyWorks, at the Danbury Police Department. Attended by over 150 families, diverse groups came together to celebrate their families, and talk to police officers and other community groups. The driving impetus for the event came…

The Importance of Early Identification, Referral and Services

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The Importance of Early Identification, Referral and Services

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Are you concerned about your child’s growth and development? Do you see your child lagging behind children of a similar age at birthday parties or at the park? Is your child 10 months old and not crawling or picking up finger foods or 18 months old and not walking? Some children begin talking right after…

September is Attendance Awareness Month

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September is Attendance Awareness Month

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Students who attend school on a consistent basis have better grades, become academically proficient and are on a trajectory to high school graduation. One would think that consistent attendance is the norm for most students; however, this is not the case. Though Danbury Public Schools has one of the lowest chronic absenteeism rates in the…

Welcoming Statement from the Danbury Superintendent of Schools

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Welcoming Statement from the Danbury Superintendent of Schools

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Welcome to the new school year! I hope everyone enjoyed a safe summer full of activities with family and friends. Whether you are a returning staff member or family member. or if you are new to the district, we look forward to your involvement in the Danbury school community. Your valuable support helps our students…

The Dog Days of Summer

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The Dog Days of Summer

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

“I want the rain to stop, Miss Anne,” stated an incoming kindergartener surrounded by children who chimed in singing their version of “Rain, rain, go away.” After the song, we talked about how “it has been raining for too many days” (as the students told me), how showers can start and stop quickly and how…

Summer Fun in the Sun

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Summer Fun in the Sun

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Summer is a wonderful time to try new things and visit unknown locations, and it offers time to improve our skills. Everyone has heard that summer learning loss causes students to return to school the next year having lost skills they had previously mastered. Summer reading is one of the best ways to combat summer…

Just How Fragile Are We Really? Are We Prepared?

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Just How Fragile Are We Really? Are We Prepared?

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D

Events in Danbury over the past few weeks have shown how fragile we are as victims of situations beyond our control. First, the waterline break at Tamarack Avenue stopped Danbury in its tracks, catching homeowners by surprise and unprepared. Many had no extra water or supplies on hand. Second, the more recent storm last week…

Thoughts on Danbury Public Schools and Educational Equity—Now Is the Time to Share Your Ideas

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Thoughts on Danbury Public Schools and Educational Equity—Now Is the Time to Share Your Ideas

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

The Danbury Public Schools (DPS) have been given funding by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation to do a yearlong project to discover the root cause of educational disparity or gaps. What are the challenges students face during their education journey and what gaps or barriers stand in their way? How can DPS make learning accessible…

Keeping Our Children Safe

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Keeping Our Children Safe

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

All parents want to provide for and keep their children safe; however, our world has changed. At home, we lock our doors, and teach children stranger danger and how to navigate our community and schools. Inevitably, it has become the responsibility of everyone to ensure our children’s safety. As children go to school, questions arise…

Are You a Victim of Cabin Fever?

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Are You a Victim of Cabin Fever?

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

When the weather turns cold, cabin fever sets in. You know the symptoms: feelings of isolation, restlessness and irritation and complaints of boredom. It’s a nasty feeling that everyone tries to avoid. But adults as well as kids can become victims. If you’re stuck indoors and crave a change of scenery, try these home remedies….

Your House or Mine: Meeting Families at the Front Door

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Your House or Mine: Meeting Families at the Front Door

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Meet families where they are; at their door, not your door. The phrase “hard-to-reach families” is a misnomer; there are no parents that are hard to reach. Rather, there are false assumptions about families that leads to assuming they are unreachable or don’t have the capacity to engage with their child’s learning. Do hard-to-reach parents…

Supporting the Danbury Schools Budget

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Supporting the Danbury Schools Budget

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Each year, Dr. Pascarella, the Danbury Superintendent, prepares a budget to operate Danbury Public Schools; it is approved by the Danbury Board of Education and sent to the Danbury City Council for approval. The City Council refers it to a committee that makes a recommendation back to the Council for funding. The Committee is conscious…

Mentors Making a Difference – One Hour at a Time

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Mentors Making a Difference – One Hour at a Time

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D., and Ellen Meyst

Think back to when you were younger: was there one person that was super special in your life? Did they guide you, help you make decisions and act as the sounding board you needed? That special person may have mentored you through difficult times and now, is maybe a special friend. January is National Mentoring…

The Snowy Owl and Student Success

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The Snowy Owl and Student Success

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D

During the cold New Year’s weekend, I became distracted by something large and white in the trees behind my home. There sat a large white snowy owl who was intently watching the ground below for movement, movement that would signify a small creature, that is, its next meal. The owl sat there for a good two hours, then swooped down to the snowy ground, grabbed its next…

The Need for Children to Have Adequate Sleep and Positive Routines

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The Need for Children to Have Adequate Sleep and Positive Routines

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D

Babies let us know how much sleep they need by becoming cranky, sucking their thumb or rubbing their eyes. When parents recognize these signs, they comfort their children to help them go to sleep. As children get older, they show different signs of needing sleep and will fight going to bed. Crying, tantrums, poor reactions…

Not My Mother’s Voice: Things I Promised I Would Never Say to My Children

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Not My Mother’s Voice: Things I Promised I Would Never Say to My Children

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D

When I was growing up, my mother would say things to my sibling and me that I promised myself I would never say to my own children. Though I made this promise to myself, they slip out. After hearing these things and talking with my children about what bothered them, I compiled a mental list…

Danbury Public School’s Readiness Program Scores High on National Accreditation Criteria

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Danbury Public School’s Readiness Program Scores High on National Accreditation Criteria

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D. and Robin Provey

Danbury Public School’s Readiness Program received notification of its 5-year reaccreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) on October 4, 2017. “We have been working on updating the materials, taking new pictures and improving our learning space for over the two last years. The NAEYC validator spent an entire day…

Fascinating Fall Family Frolics

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Fascinating Fall Family Frolics

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Fall is a time for renewed energy; the air gets cooler, school has begun and families start to settle into new schedules. But wait; take a minute to think about all the fascinating opportunities fall brings us. It is a time when we hear the crinkle of leaves under our feet and the hooting of…

Enhancing Children’s Emerging Skills

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Enhancing Children’s Emerging Skills

By Anne Mead

Spoken language is one of the things unique to humanity. Infants and toddlers, as they rapidly acquire important language skills, are “evolving” every day as they increase their communication skills and their understanding of the world around them. Providing an environment that capitalizes on these traits and immerses them in language is key to helping…

Danbury 2017-18 “Teacher of the Year” Loves Science

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Danbury 2017-18 “Teacher of the Year” Loves Science

By Tribuna Staff

The daughter of a school teacher and a pharmacist, Beth Manning started out as a pharmaceutical representative. But it wasn’t long before Manning felt the calling to become a teacher herself, a position that suits her love of science and her desire to share that passion with others. The Danbury educator has long been known…

Danbury’s Working Cities Challenge Needs Your Help

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Danbury’s Working Cities Challenge Needs Your Help

By Anne Mead

The Working Cities Challenge is a competition designed to lead teams within smaller cities to collaborate to solve economic growth issues impacting the lives of low-income residents and all families. Danbury’s design team consists of the Mayor’s office, Danbury Public Schools, the Community Action Agency of Western CT, City Center Danbury, NVCC, WCSU, Danbury Chamber…

Summer Meals Fill Hungry Little Bellies

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Summer Meals Fill Hungry Little Bellies

By Anne Mead

Often, children don’t have enough high-quality and healthy foods to eat during the summer. Families’ budgets increase by $316 a month to feed a family of four whose children normally eat lunch at school. Summer Meals Danbury, in conjunction with Danbury Public Schools and its community partners, offer breakfast and lunch throughout many of its…

Beware of Ticks: Protecting Ourselves from Tick-Related Diseases

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Beware of Ticks: Protecting Ourselves from Tick-Related Diseases

By Anne E. Mead

Due to the mild winter, scientists feel this will be a banner year during tick and mosquito season. With this thought in mind, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers the following advice. Keep mosquitoes and ticks from bugging you this summer by taking steps to prevent bites. Summer is a great time for children…

Save Money on In-State Adventures with AARP’s Local Offers

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Save Money on In-State Adventures with AARP’s Local Offers

By Nora Duncan, State Director, AARP CT

Summer is quickly approaching, so whether it’s fun in the sun or indoor activities, AARP members and guests can enjoy great local offers on admission to a variety of Connecticut museums and cultural attractions, local theater and musical performances. AARP Connecticut offers members terrific year-round opportunities to save money and connect them with people and…

Understanding Danbury Public Schools’ 2017-2018 Calendar

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Understanding Danbury Public Schools’ 2017-2018 Calendar

By Anne E. Mead

Danbury Public Schools’ administration feels that ongoing communication is the key to developing partnerships within the community. After the April Board of Education meeting, many questions were raised about the later start of next year’s school calendar, on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Many families are concerned how this will impact their summer activities and child care,…

The Value of Gardening with Children

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The Value of Gardening with Children

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Children are curious; they love to experiment and play in the dirt. How can we channel this energy into something positive? Gardening!! Gardening is a wonderful way for children to explore and experiment while playing in the dirt and learning life skills. Think about it for a moment. How good does it feel to work…

Finding Ways to Live with Autism: The Struggles of a Mother Looking for Alternative Treatments for Her Daughter

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Finding Ways to Live with Autism: The Struggles of a Mother Looking for Alternative Treatments for Her Daughter

By Mariana Silva - Tradução: Angela Barbosa

Vania Guerra’s story represents one of thousands of mothers who fight against the public authorities’ neglect and lack of accomplished professionals to deal with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a range of conditions classified as neurodevelopmental disorders that do not have a cure. When Nicole, Vania’s oldest daughter, was diagnosed with autism at the age of…

DCF: 22,000 Citizen-Children of Undocumented Parents in CT

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DCF: 22,000 Citizen-Children of Undocumented Parents in CT

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas | CTMirror.com

Given the Trump Administration’s increased focus on deporting more undocumented immigrants, state legislators want to know just how many children they may end up leaving behind. On March 6, the Department of Children and Families reported to the Appropriations Committee that there are 22,000 children of undocumented immigrants who are under 18, U.S. citizens and living in…

Proactive Undocumented Immigrants Encouraged to Make Plans for the Worse

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Proactive Undocumented Immigrants Encouraged to Make Plans for the Worse

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Immigrants fearing detention or deportation are trying to be proactive and appoint a guardian to look after their children in case they are detained and are unable to care for them. Randy Capps of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a Washington-based non-profit that analyzes the movement of people worldwide, recently told Reuters that while putting…

Family Camp “Together We Can Achieve More” Integrates School and Family

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Family Camp “Together We Can Achieve More” Integrates School and Family

By Mariana Silva

The Family Camp, “Together We Can Achieve More,” organized by Danbury Public Schools, Danbury Family Learning Center, Inc. and Sodexo, Inc., will be held on April 1 at Rogers Park Middle School. The goal is to share strategies, perspectives and ideas that benefit our families, children, teachers and the community. The idea is to have…

Kindergarten 2017-2018 Begins in Six Months: Part 2

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Kindergarten 2017-2018 Begins in Six Months: Part 2

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In the last edition of Tribuna, I wrote about how to help prepare your child for kindergarten. In this edition, I am focusing on developing your child’s social, emotional and self-help skills. These skills are perhaps the most important for success in school. Students who have high self-esteem and a positive self-image, combined with excellent…

Planting the Seeds for Education

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Planting the Seeds for Education

By Anne E. Mead

It’s snowing outside today and carefully tucked in my mailbox were the summer seed catalogs. Is it time to think about summer yet? Yes, it is! Careful planning now will benefit everyone. Danbury is hosting multiple summer activities that keep children learning and growing, and family programs that expand parenting knowledge. Oh yes, one last…

Enhancing Children’s Emerging Skills

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Enhancing Children’s Emerging Skills

By Anne Mead

    Spoken language is one of the things unique to humanity. Infants and toddlers, as they rapidly acquire important language skills, are “evolving” every day as they increase their communication skills and their understanding of the world around them. Providing an environment that capitalizes on these traits and immerses them in language is key to helping…

Preparing for Your Child’s School Conference: Tips to Having a Joint Conversation

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Preparing for Your Child’s School Conference: Tips to Having a Joint Conversation

By Anne Mead

Each November, teacher-parent conferences are held. They are a joint meeting between parents and their child’s teacher to find out how the child is doing academically, socially and behaviorally. I remember my children’s conferences well. First, we would wait in the chair outside of my child’s classroom for our turn. The teacher would then welcome my…

My Child Saw Who Today????

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My Child Saw Who Today????

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Your third grader comes home and tells you, “this lady came and saw me today. Jimmy and I went to her office to play.”  Immediately you think, “who is this woman and why is she playing with my child and Jimmy?”  You call the school and are told that “Mrs. Salter is the school social worker…

But It Takes So Much Time: Helping Your Child to be Self Sufficient

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But It Takes So Much Time: Helping Your Child to be Self Sufficient

By Carol Dores & Anne E. Mead

Young children love to be able to do things by themselves. Ask any mother of a two year old and she will tell you she has been told many times by her child “I do it” or “Me do it.” The sense of independence that children gain by being able to accomplish easy tasks on their own is tremendous. Think back about your first really exciting accomplishment. It might have…

Positive Discipline: Agreements and Follow Through

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Positive Discipline: Agreements and Follow Through

By Carol Dores and Anne E. Mead, M.Ed.

I remember the day our older son turned to the younger one and said, “You don’t have to do what mom is telling you to do. She won’t hold you to it and won’t actually follow through on the punishment.” As a parent, I thought, “I was a pushover. My son thinks he can get away with not following through.”…

It’s Hard to Believe-School Begins Monday, Aug. 29 in Danbury

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It’s Hard to Believe-School Begins Monday, Aug. 29 in Danbury

By Anne Mead

It’s hard to believe, but it’s back to school time. On Monday, August 29, 11,000 students will begin the school year in Danbury with a full-day schedule. As we get closer to the start, routines that we didn’t practice during the lazy days of summer return, as does the preparation for the New Year. Routines put into place help mornings go smoothly and make a successful day…

Danbury Public Schools Announce the Opening of the Family and Community Engagement Center (FACE Center)

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Danbury Public Schools Announce the Opening of the Family and Community Engagement Center (FACE Center)

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Over the past few years, Danbury Public Schools has made a conscientious effort to open up doors that encourage parents, families and the community to engage with its schools. Whether it is serving on a School Governance Council, attending Parent-Teacher Organization meetings, volunteering in your child’s school, attending open houses and your child’s conferences, or…