The Eaton Effect Newsletter

June 5, 2020

A Letter from the Superintendent 

Dear Eaton RESA Families,

June 5th marks the closure of the 2019-20 school year. It has been a year characterized by the unexpected, patience and resilience in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This school year has brought educators and families closer together as we worked in partnership to support learning for our children through connections between home and school.

As parents and family members, each of you are your child’s first and foremost teacher, mentor and role model. Eaton RESA staff and administrators value and respect your important role and recognize that we are all learners, doers and teachers.

In this time of uncertainty surrounding how and when we will be re-opening our summer programs and school for fall, know that we will keep you updated on decisions and important information about your child’s program through our School Messenger alert system this summer.

I truly appreciate your efforts to support continuity of learning for your child during the district closure over the past three months and the partnerships that have been built with our staff. It has not been easy but we have done it together successfully.

I hope you and your family are able to enjoy the opportunities our great Michigan summer months have to offer!

Stronger Together,

Cindy Anderson
Eaton RESA Superintendent

General News & Resources

CapCAN Summer Virtual College Advising

The Capital Area College Access Network (CapCAN) will be providing Summer College Advising for the whole community this year. CapCAN received a COVID-19 response grant from the Michigan College Access Network to support FREE virtual college advising in Ingham and Eaton County throughout the summer. A trained college adviser will have virtual office hours daily. Both high school and college students are able to connect with CapCAN via social media or by submitting questions directly to collegequestions@capcan.org. Students will be contacted within 24 hours to either answer their question or set up a virtual one on one meeting with a trained college adviser. Evening hours will be available.

Whole Child Newsletter

The resources in the May Whole Child Newsletter address many of the 10 components of the Whole Child Model and are both for you to share with teachers and other school personnel, but also with families in your community. Read the May newsletter here

Benefits of Mindfulness

It seems like everyone is talking about Mindfulness lately, but what does it mean to be mindful? Mindfulness is simply being aware of the present moment. Being mindful allows us to witness our experience without getting swept up in emotions or judgments or whatever is happening around us. It is the intentional and non-judgmental awareness of the present moment. Read more about mindfulness here. 

Reduce Your Risk

Many factors influence the chances of getting or spreading the COVID-19 virus. When possible, choose activities or behaviors on the low-risk (green) side of the chart; keeping in mind that the more low-risk choices you make, the more protection you have from getting or spreading COVID-19. View the infographic here.

Barry Eaton Health Department Report

Barry-Eaton District Health Department has put together a COVID-19 Public Dashboard Report each week. See this week's report here.

EL Education K-5 Language Arts

The EL Education K-5 Language Arts curriculum is a comprehensive, standards-based core literacy program that engages teachers and students through compelling, real world content. Created by teachers for teachers, our highly-acclaimed curriculum draws on EL Education’s 25 years of experience in engaging teachers and students in active and meaningful learning.

Regional Education Laboratories

The Regional Education Laboratories (REL) bring together people with disparate areas of expertise and interest to provide technical support, conduct research and offer learning opportunities that inform changes to policy and practice in an effort to improve educational outcomes for students. This week’s resource involves blending letters, recognizing and reading words

Storyline Online 

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Daytime Emmy®-nominated and award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online®, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Rita Moreno, Viola Davis, Jaime Camil, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman, Betty White, Wanda Sykes and dozens more.

Starfall Activities

Starfall.com® opened in September 2002 as a free public service to teach children to read. Since then it has expanded to include language arts and mathematics for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade. Starfall’s emphasis on phonemic awareness, systematic sequential phonics, and common sight words in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity has proven effective in teaching emergent readers. Starfall activities are research-based and align with Individual and Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics.

Early Childhood News & Resources

Monday Moment Newsletter

The Monday Moment newsletter, from Eaton Great Start, features three content areas: Learn, Grow and Know. We know there is a lot of online information coming at all times from various sources, which is why we want to keep this newsletter brief, but meaningful to you! Read the Monday Moment here.

Meadowview School News & Resources

A Letter from the Principal

Meadowview families,

I wanted to alert you to a fun activity that our Adaptive PE and Related Service Staff have put together for your students for the summer. This summer, our Meadowview students will be visiting a Virtual Amusement Park. Each week your gym teacher, Ms. Allison, will introduce you to the "ride or game of the week" and show you how to play. There will be physical therapy, occupational therapy, communication and social skill lessons to go along with these activities. So get ready to hop on and enjoy the rides and games!

For those of you that are returning in the fall, I wanted to let you know that we are excited to plan for whatever awaits us going forward. If you have students on a balanced calendar, we will be starting the sessions online until at least June 30. As soon as we know what will be coming after that I promise that we will be reaching out to let you all know. Thank you!

Michel McDonald
Meadowview School Principal

Career & Technical Education News & Resources

National Technical Honor Society

The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) honors the achievements of top Career and Technical Education (CTE) students, provides scholarships to support the pursuit of their career path and cultivates excellence in today's highly competitive and skilled workforce. For over 35 years, NTHS has been the leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in career and technical education. 

The Jon H. Poteat scholarship, named in honor and memory of the co-founder of the Society, is awarded annually to NTHS members who consistently exemplify the seven character attributes of the National Technical Honor Society - skill, honesty, service, responsibility, scholarship, citizenship and leadership. We are pleased to award a $1,000 Jon H. Poteat Scholarship to Tanner Collison from Lakewood High School who participates in the Auto Technology Program and Sophia Adkins-Schlappi from Eaton Rapids High School who participates in the Health Technology II program. Congratulations!

Career Preparation Center Virtual Awards Night

This year's Career Preparation Center Awards Night looked a little different than normal. We held a virtual awards nights to honor our students and their achievements. Students received recognition for: 

High Academic Achievement - Students have maintained a B+ or better average grade (87% or above) and had 6 or less absences 

Superior Commitment - Students have maintained an A- or better average grade (90% or above) and had 4 or less absences 

Perfect Attendance - Students with zero absences

May 29, 2020 Edition

May 29, 2020

A Letter from the Superintendent

Dear Eaton RESA Families,

As the school year winds down and many of you transition into summer, I wanted to share some thoughts on the importance of connecting learning between home and school. During our shared experiences with distance learning, the overlap between home, school and community have never been more apparent.

As a result of our partnership, you have encouraged and supported academic learning and the well-being of your child. The routines, schedules and activities you have established during the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order on a daily basis, have supported school directed and home based learning experiences. Our staff have gained knowledge of each family and you have gained a deeper understanding of your child’s curriculum, progress and learning needs. Despite all the challenges that have come with distance learning, this shared understanding between home and school is truly a win-win for all.  

Our staff will continue to provide information, resources, activities and suggestions for learning that can continue over the summer months. We look forward to communicating our plans for school start up in the fall when more guidance is available from the Michigan Department of Education and the Governor’s office. This information will be shared with you via our School Messenger alert system during the summer, so stay tuned!

- Cindy Anderson, Superintendent

General Resources

PBS KIDS Read Along

Every week, celebrities and PBS KIDS authors are reading aloud their favorite books on the PBS KIDS’ Facebook page and YouTube channel. Watch them all again here and find fun activities for the whole family to do!

How to teach kids about money

Money is a part of life. Your kids pick up money habits earlier than you think. From saving and spending, to credit and interest, here are a few financial literacy basics to help your kid gain some “common cents” at every age.

PBS Learning Media

Find elementary resources and lessons from PBS Learning Media. Inspire your students with videos, games and activities aligned to state and national standards.

Barry-Eaton District Health Department Dashboard

Barry-Eaton District Health Department has put together a COVID-19 Public Dashboard. Please take a minute to review the website

Early Childhood News & Resources

GSRP Farewell

Dear families, 

Thank you for enrolling your child in GSRP this year. Our teachers and staff have enjoyed the time they got to spend with your child-both in the classroom and virtually! Please let your friends and neighbors know that we are currently taking applications for fall enrollment at www.eatonpreschool.org. We also encourage members of the Essential Workforce to complete applications. Have a wonderful summer!

Jennifer McCaffrey
Early Childhood Supervisor GSRP
jmccaffrey@eatonresa.org

Meadowview School News & Resources

John Gengtes Award

Thank you Meadowview families for your patience and hard work throughout the last few months. We completely understand how hard this has been on everyone, mostly because we know how much time and effort goes into working with kids. It's also because many of us have kids at home that we are trying to educate as well. You would think it would be easy for us, but I know how hard it has been with my two teenagers to get them motivated. I want you to know that we are all getting antsy to start working with your students. This is not only because we are ready for our own to go back to school (I'm mostly kidding), but more importantly just because we enjoy helping kids. Thank you again and I wanted to end this with some exciting news for one of our Meadowview offsite students. Blake Blanchard is one of 3 students at Eaton Rapids High School to receive the John Gengtes Award. This is given to seniors who have made their school a better place. Watch the video announcing Blake's award here. Congratulations Blake!  

-Michel McDonald, Principal

Career & Technical Education News & Resources

Michigan Career Development Model

In the Fall of 2018, a team of talented staff from Eaton Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) began to meet to discuss and plan for the integration of the new Michigan Career Development Model (MCDM). This new legislation dictated that districts incorporate grade level career development education within their K-12 educational delivery system.

The MCDM provides required targets and suggested instructional strategies to meet those targets, organized by K-12 grade level bands, and designed to assist schools in developing a local or regional model program. Although the model is organized by grade level bands, the district is expected to deliver career development at each grade level annually. The bands were designed to allow flexibility in delivery, not to omit instruction in a grade level. The grade level bands are: Career Awareness Grades K-3, Career Awareness Grades 4-6, Career Exploration Grades 7 & 8, Career Preparation Grades 9 & 10, and Career Preparation Grades 11 & 12. Thus, began the work of RESA Career Development Coordinators, Peg Denman, Kris Dykstra and Lorin Stewart along with Pathway Specialist, Sara Jobson, to develop new regional Career Development Standards. Read more here.

May 22, 2020 Edition

May 22, 2020

A Letter from the Superintendent

Dear Eaton RESA Families,

Now more than ever, families are participating in their child’s school activities and learning experiences due to the health crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The staff at Eaton RESA are working diligently to create opportunities for you as parents and family members to participate in teaching and learning activities with or in support of your child. Our goal is to make you feel welcome and comfortable within the new distance learning efforts we are implementing.

Your contributions, participation and engagement around distance learning have helped your child adjust to new ways of schooling during this challenging transition. Working together, families and staff are supporting your child’s learning and social-emotional well being..

On behalf of Eaton RESA, I value, recognize and celebrate the important contributions each of you are making with your time, talents and efforts. As a school community, we truly appreciate the collaborative role you are taking on and the positive impact you are having on your child.


Cindy Anderson
Superintendent

General Resources

Executive Order 2020-88

Based on the recent Executive Order 2020-88, the Governor outlined a process to chart a path for the safe and equitable reopening of schools in the fall by creating a Return to Learning Advisory Council. This council will be composed of students, parents, frontline educators, administrators and public health officials. They are tasked with providing recommendations to the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force on Education on how to return to school in the fall.

We anticipate receiving further guidance on planning and school reopening considerations for the fall in the next several months along with more details on how pending state revenue shortfalls will impact Eaton RESA and local district school budgets, programs and services. It truly is an uncertain time for schools, parents and students.

Our Eaton RESA administrative team will be working on various contingency plans and scenarios for school reopening in the fall and will incorporate additional guidance and information on future requirements as more details become known.

Activities to Support Dual Language Learners 

Access to technology, instructional support, and curricula in the online environment are on the minds of many. Online and digital learning programs may not be able to offer the kinds of specific, targeted resources English language learners need for language development. The Spanish Solutions team at NWEA reached into their teaching toolboxes for five language-rich ideas that families can use to support English and Spanish learning at home.

Coronavirus Public Dashboard for Eaton County

Barry-Eaton District Health Department has put together a COVID-19 Public Dashboard. Please take a minute to review the website.

Early Childhood News & Updates

GSRP Update

Dear Families,

Thank you for participating in our program this year. The teachers and staff have enjoyed helping your child learn and grow!

The teachers at each site will share information about times to pick up our last learning packet and end of the year certificate. If your child had any personal belongings in the classroom, those items will also be available to be picked up. Please watch your Remind messages for scheduled  times.

The State of Michigan will be issuing Pandemic Electronic Bridge Transaction (P-EBT) cards to families enrolled in GSRP who qualify for free or reduced lunches. These cards will be delivered by mail after May 26th. If you have questions please let me know.

Thank you,

Jennifer McCaffrey
Early Childhood Supervisor GSRP
jmccaffrey@eatonresa.org

The Monday Moment Newsletter

The Monday Moment newsletter, from Eaton Great Start, features three content areas: Learn, Grow and Know. We know there is a lot of online information coming at all times from various sources, which is why we want to keep this newsletter brief, but meaningful to you! Read the Monday Moment here.

Meadowview School News & Updates

Student Lemonade Stand

The Meadowview SCI Elementary classroom has been participating in virtual cooking following bi-weekly lessons on Fridays. Mr. CJ posts a step-by-step video with instructions while making each recipe. The students then view it in the Google Classroom and make it at home. One of our students, Sean, went above and beyond by not only making Cherry Lime-Aid last week, but he also set up a Cherry Lime-Aid stand and sold his product! 

Career Preparation Center News & Updates

Eaton RESA Gains AED Foundation High School Recognition

The Eaton RESA Heavy Equipment Technology program was just awarded recognition by the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) Foundation under the recommendations of Lansing Community College. 

"We are pleased that Eaton RESA has chosen to demonstrate its commitment to academic excellence and continuous improvement through the process of recognition, and I would like to thank longstanding AED member AIS Construction Equipment Corporation, which houses the program and is instrumental in its success," stated AED Foundation Executive Vice President and COO, Jason Blake. "AED Foundation high school recognition signifies to equipment industry stakeholders that your school has achieved a level of excellence. This is based on meeting secondary school technical standards developed with your AED Foundation accredited sponsor and the diesel technology department at Lansing Community College. These standards align with The AED Foundation's national post-secondary construction equipment technology standards.

This is great news for the students of the program. For graduating seniors, if they choose to attend Lansing Community College, they are now eligible for an additional $2,000 scholarship through this recognition.

Careers through Distance Learning

Looking for some fun opportunities for your elementary student/s to explore careers? We have put together a document called the Career Distance Learning Activities Comprehensive List which shares several "lessons" featuring books, activities, interactive websites and virtual tours showcasing careers in each of Michigan's 6 career pathways!

May 15, 2020 Edition

The Eaton Effect Newsletter

May 15, 2020

A Letter from the Superintendent

Eaton RESA Families,

Over the next several weeks I will be meeting with each of our staff groups and departments to check in on progress with our distance learning efforts. Establishing ongoing communications like this to gather input and feedback, support the development of sustainable and constructive relationships between district leadership and staff.

Communication is the cornerstone of strong family-school partnerships as well. I have encouraged all of our staff and administrators to establish these types of ongoing communications with you, our families. It is important to value and act on your input as a partner in your child’s learning, now more than ever, given the current district closure. Developing an understanding of your communication needs and preferences, as well as family interests and goals will strengthen our relationships and guide the resources and supports we provide.  

As we head into the final weeks of this school year, I ask that each of you share your feedback and input with your child’s teacher or service provider regarding our distance-learning efforts. What went well, what challenges arose and what suggestions you have for improvements. By doing this, you will be a genuine partner in your child’s education and have the ability to influence and inform our future planning, programs and services.  

Thanks in advance for sharing your perspective with us.

Cindy Anderson
Eaton RESA Superintendent

General Resources

The Road to Resilience

In times of stress or crisis, we have a choice in how we respond. It's best to face your fears and become resilient to them. 

Create a Resilient Lifestyle

  • Take Care of Yourself: Practice good nutrition, and get adequate sleep, hydration and exercise. 
  • Reflect Regularly: Regularly reflect on things for which you are grateful. 
  • Practice Spirituality: Practicing spirituality reduces stress and increases health and wellness. 
  • Connect with Others: Connecting with others creates a support system. 
  • Care for Others: Caring for others improves your mental health and emotional well-being.

"I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it." - Maya Angelou

Census Parent/Caregiver Toolkit

The U.S. Census has put together toolkits for students, grades Pre-K to High School. Each activity explored in the toolkits, stresses the importance of a complete census count. Learn more about the toolkits here.

Resources for Families

Common Sense Media has put together lots of resources to help families navigate social distancing and school closures at-home learning opportunities for your kids.

Family Guide for Students Success

The Family Guide for Student Success outlines some of what your child should learn in math and literacy at each grade level from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. You can encourage your child’s academic growth by reinforcing classroom activities at home. The Family Guide for Student Success booklets represent what all students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade level.

Coronavirus Data Report for Eaton County

Barry-Eaton District Health Department continues to publish a weekly data report on the spread of COVID-19 within Eaton County. Please take a minute to review the data report.

Early Childhood News & Resources

Great Start Readiness Program

The Great Start Readiness Program teachers have been sending daily lessons to support learning for children during this extended closure. We hope you and your family have enjoyed these lessons and the opportunity to stay connected with our program. The teachers will send their last  video Friday May 22.

A second learning packet and a GSRP certificate of achievement for children will be offered May 26-28. Teachers will share pick-up times and locations through the Remind app. Children’s personal belongings that were left in the classrooms (blankets, extra clothes, etc.) will also be available for pick up during that time.

Please be sure to schedule an end of the year conference with your child’s teacher. This conference will focus on the strengths of each child. 

Thank you,

Jennifer McCaffrey
Early Childhood Supervisor GSRP
jmccaffrey@eatonresa.org

Early On Update

The Early On program provides early intervention services for infants and toddlers and their families in Eaton County. In the face of this pandemic, we are providing these services remotely. We are supporting families any way that is accessible for them. As new children are referred to our program, initial assessments are being completed remotely online or on the phone. If any current families have questions, please contact the Early On Supervisor, Amy Lowrie at alowrie@eatonresa.org or 517.541.8752. Referrals can be made at www.1800earlyon.org.

The Monday Moment Newsletter

The Monday Moment newsletter, from Eaton Great Start, features three content areas: Learn, Grow and Know. We know there is a lot of online information coming at all times from various sources, which is why we want to keep this newsletter brief, but meaningful to you! Read the Monday Moment here: https://www.smore.com/x4y9z

Meadowview School News & Updates

A Letter from the Principal

Here we are 11 weeks out from the first day of school closure and I feel that we are finally getting our footing with this new online world. I want to thank all of you for how hard you are working with your kids to really make this a worthwhile experience. In saying that, I would like to see how all of you feel like this has gone so far. Please respond to this survey that will give you the opportunity to do just that. Please let us know where you feel that we have done well and also where we could have improved. Thank you again!

Mr. McDonald
Principal

Career & Technical Education News & Resources

Partnering with Davenport University for Student Success

Through our partnership with Davenport University (DU), 60% of students (9 out of 15) who participate in the Business Administration, Information Technology and Medical Assisting Capital Region Technical Early College (CRTEC) programs successfully completed their degree requirements by the end of the Winter 2020 semester.  

On March 12, DU canceled all its in-seat classes for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic to safeguard the health of the students. All classes were transitioned to online or real-time virtual instruction beginning on March 17. Courses which require a portion of in-person instruction, like our Medical Assisting practicums, were put on hold. Thus, we expect that 14 out of 15 CRTEC students will complete their degree requirements by the end of Spring/Summer 2020 (this term). Read the student success stories here.

May 8, 2020 Edition

May 8, 2020

A Letter from the Superintendent

On April 30, 2020 Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-65 which incorporated our Eaton RESA early childhood programs such as Great Start Readiness Programs (GSRP), Early On, and Parents As Teachers, into the district’s “Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan”. As a result, the revised Plan is posted on our district website for your review.

All of our staff continue to implement remote and distance learning opportunities for students and are teleworking from home as much as possible. With the week of May 4-8, 2020 designated as National Teacher Appreciation Week, I hope you and your child can do a simple “shout out” to our teachers and staff that are working hard to support learning and provide you with resources during this pandemic. Our dedicated and caring staff make a difference everyday in so many ways!

When families and our staff work in partnership, children experience more success in learning and life. Given our current distance learning experiences, this focus on partnerships is even more critical. Some of the key aspects of family-school partnerships (the 5 C’s) include: communication, connections, community building, collaboration, and contributions. Each week from now until the end of the school year I will share information on these aspects of partnership, in hopes of strengthening our relationships to support your child.

In Partnership,
Cindy Anderson

General Resources

The Road to Resilience

In times of stress or crisis, we have a choice in how we respond. It's best to face your fears and become resilient to them.

Change Your Thinking

“One of the most significant findings in psychology in the last twenty years is that individuals can choose the way they think.” Dr. Martin Seligman

  • Positive Self-talk: Engage in positive self-talk to change your narrative. 
  • Setbacks are Temporary: Think of setbacks as temporary, situational and objective rather than permanent, pervasive and personal. 
  • The Power of Yet: Remember the power of yet, give yourself permission to learn and grow. 
  • Win Your Worry War: Win your war with worry by not telling yourself this type of scary story. 
  • Be the Hero in Your Story: Tell yourself a story where you are the hero.

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

See the full comic here.

Unite for Literacy

Unite for Literacy is a resource to ensure that all children have access to an abundance of books that celebrate their cultures and languages. Visit the Unite for Literacy website to access the resources available.

Coronavirus Data Report for Eaton County

Barry-Eaton District Health Department continues to publish a weekly data report on the spread of COVID-19 within Eaton County. Please take a minute to review the data report.

Wellness Resources

Prevention Services has been collecting wellness resources which are available to the public not only during this time, but every day. The list of resources is diverse and extensive as there is something available for everyone. Please take just a minute to review the resource list and share with those outside Eaton RESA who are in need of support.

Early Childhood News & Resources

Child Care Relief Fund

We know that many child care providers are doing their best to support essential workers during this time. If you are a child care provider, there may be grants available to you. Find out more information on the State of Michigan website.

The Monday Moment Newsletter

The Monday Moment newsletter, from Eaton Great Start, features three content areas: Learn, Grow and Know. We know there is a lot of online information coming at all times from various sources, which is why we want to keep this newsletter brief, but meaningful to you! 

Meadowview School News & Resources

A Letter from the Principal

Meadowview Families,

First off, I wanted to give a huge shout-out for our Meadowview teachers.  This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and we have been doing our best as administrators to show our teachers how important they are to all of us. One thing that our new Assistant Principal, Beth Longshore, has created is a Meadowview staff online lounge. This has been a great way for our teachers to share their ups and downs with their colleagues like they would during a normal school year.  

Next, I wanted to say how much I have enjoyed my time with your students online in this unique situation. Regardless of how complicated this can be, they are the reason that we are all here. Seeing them light up when they see their friends and their favorite staff members highlights this fact and definitely give us all perspective. 

Finally, if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to either myself or Beth at elongshore@eatonresa.org.

Michel McDonald
Principal

FAQ on the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT)

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) food assistance benefits will go to Michigan families with students ages 0-26 that are eligible for Free or Reduced-Price School Meals. This includes families

currently receiving Food Assistance Program (FAP) benefits, as well as those not currently enrolled in the program. No application is necessary for eligible families to receive P-EBT benefits. Read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) here.

Career & Technical Education News & Resources 

SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year

Career Preparation Center Student Services Coordinator and counselor, MaryEllen Brocklehurst has been named the 2020 SkillsUSA Michigan Advisor of the Year! The SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year program recognizes professional members who support SkillsUSA's mission of empowering students to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

MaryEllen has served as the SkillsUSA Advisor for the Eaton RESA Career Preparation Center students for the past 21 years. In this role, she works with instructors, administration and the Board of Education to coordinate the logistics of regional, state and national competitions, often giving up her own school breaks to be with students for their competitions. She also works tirelessly with the students, preparing them for leadership events by organizing mock interviews, job shadow experiences and supporting students as they prepare for their competition presentations and speeches. In addition to supporting Eaton RESA students, MaryEllen has also taken on the role as Treasurer for the SkillsUSA Michigan Advisory Council. This attests to her dedication to not only the students but the SkillsUSA organization.

Congratulations MaryEllen!

May 1, 2020 Edition

May 1, 2020

A Letter from the Superintendent

On April 29, the Eaton RESA “COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan” was finalized and posted on the district website as required by a recent Executive Order 2020-59 issued late last week. This plan outlines the health, safety, and cleaning procedures to be implemented within our district facilities during a pandemic, such as COVID-19.

We are finishing week seven of the district closure and the transition to distance learning is fully implemented for your child enrolled in an Eaton RESA program. Given the changing nature of our response to this virus, one word really sums up our shared experience...flexibility.  

We will be highlighting resources to share with families over the next several weeks on adapting to and dealing with the stress brought on by the pandemic, which has changed our lives.

As our staff continue to partner with you to support learning opportunities for your child, know that we will adapt to the needs of your family. Teachers and service providers will continue to monitor child participation in learning activities provided and reach out to provide needed support or resources. I also encourage families to contact your child’s teacher or service provider with questions or needed resources as well.

In upcoming editions of the Eaton Effect newsletter, I will begin highlighting key dimensions of Family-School Partnerships, in an attempt to further our relationships despite our current distance learning situation.

In partnership,
Cindy Anderson
Eaton RESA Superintendent

CDC Tips on Coping and Stress

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  has put together a website on topics related to daily life and coping. Resources include: 

  • A household checklist 
  • Living in close quarters 
  • Stress and coping
  • Visiting parks and recreational facilities 
  • Protect yourself when running errands
  • Living in shared housing
  • Caring for children 
  • If you have animals

The Road to Resilience

In times of stress or crisis, we have a choice. Learn to face your fears and become resilient. We will be sharing other reminders next week as well.

Calm Yourself 

  • Deep Breathing - Increases the supply of oxygen to your brain, stimulates the vagus nerve promoting calmness.
  • Physical Exercise - Reduces stress hormones and produces endorphins which act as painkillers and mood enhancers. 
  • Journaling - Writing down negative thoughts clears them from your mind.
  • Spend Time Outdoors - Exposure to natures reduces blood pressure, tension and stress hormones.
  • Limit Phone Usage - High mobile phone use is associated with stress and sleep disturbances.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Next week, May 4-8, 2020 is National Teacher Appreciation Week. We wanted to take a minute to say thank you to not only our teachers, but all of our staff who work with students. There isn't always a chance to say thank you. #TeacherAppreciationWeek #ThankATeacher

Coronavirus Data Report for Eaton County

Barry-Eaton District Health Department published a data report on the spread of COVID-19 within Eaton County. The report highlights data from the time frame of March 10 through April 27, 2020 and will continue to be issued weekly.

Early Childhood News & Resources

GSRP Update

Dear Families, 

The Great Start Readiness Program teachers sent short video lessons out each day this week. Many families have sent positive responses to the lessons. We would like to gather information about how the videos are working for your family. Please complete this short survey to help us with plans for future lessons. 

We have prepared packets with some additional learning activities for children and families to enjoy. The packets include a new book, a wipe-off letter practice book, a small planting kit and many family activities. Teachers have sent out a schedule of pick up opportunities. If these times do not work for your family, please let me or your classroom teacher know so we can make other arrangements. 

May 4-8 is Teacher Appreciation Week! Our Great Start Readiness Teachers are truly a group of talented and caring teachers. We are very grateful for their dedication to our youngest learners! 

Thank you, 

Jennifer McCaffrey
Early Childhood Supervisor - GSRP

Eaton Great Start Newsletter

Eaton Great Start wants to continue connecting with families in the best way we can given the current circumstances. They have created a weekly newsletter to support early learning at home and to help Eaton County families remain connected to local resources and supports. This newsletter will be brief and feature three content areas: Learn, Grow and Know. We know there is a lot of online information coming at all times from various sources, which is why we want to keep this newsletter brief, but meaningful to you! Read the Monday Moment here. 

Meadowview School News & Updates

Meadowview Principal Update

Meadowview Families,

I really hope that you have had the opportunity to partake in some of the fun activities that our teachers have created for our students. Last week was our soft opening, but we have had lots of different things going on within each one of our classes. Some of that has been academic work, but just as importantly there has been quite a bit of social interaction time that our students truly enjoy.  

Also, in case you have not heard, Eaton RESA has a new Assistant Principal, Beth Longshore, on our staff.  Beth has a wealth of experience as a special education teacher, monitor and administrator. We are all very excited about the additional supports that this will allow us to build in for Eaton RESA.

Finally, next week is National At Home Field Day. To have your student joy in the fun, please look for the link on your teacher's Google Classrooms. The kids may even get to see some fun videos of their favorite staff members doing some of these activities as well.  

Thank you for all of your patience and support!

Mr. McDonald
mmcdonald@eatonresa.org

Career & Technical Education News & Resources

Update from the Career Prep Center

Eaton RESA career and technical programs are operating with each of our partners. Our Eaton RESA staff have made many attempts to reach out to ALL students so that they can fully engage in our program offerings through the end of the year. We are working on ways to celebrate the success of the Capital Regional Technical Early College graduates, who we are so proud of!

CPC Student is a U.S. President Scholars Semifinalist

Natalie Wallas, a Senior from Grand Ledge High School was recently selected as a semifinalist in the United States Presidential Scholars Program. Nominated by MaryEllen Brocklehurst, student services coordinator and counselor at the Eaton RESA Career Preparation Center, Ms. Wallas has exemplified all the aspects of a Presidential Scholar. Ms. Wallas is a student in the Mechatronics and Robotics program at the Career Preparation Center and was previously a student in the Diesel Equipment Repair program.

The Presidential Scholars Program was created to recognize and honor some of the Nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Each year, up to 161 students are named U.S. Presidential Scholars, one of the Nation's highest honors for high school students. In the fall, Natalie will be attending Michigan Technological University to obtain a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Free Access to Career Finder Premium

Career Finder, an online tool that helps students make informed academic and career decisions based on what truly drives them, is providing more support for students during this difficult time by offering free access to the premium version through July 31. Features include: 

  • Personalized exploration that incorporates their College Board assessment data
  • Local career opportunities with estimated salary ranges so students can see in demand jobs in their area
  • Ability to save and share plans to maximize commitment and action
  • An Expense Calculator to estimate future expenses and better place salary information in context

Students can get started at www.roadtripnation.com/careerfinder.

April 24, 2020 Edition

April 24, 2020

A letter from the Superintendent

On April 20, Eaton RESA’s Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan was submitted to the Michigan Department of Education, which outlines how our teachers and staff will be providing learning opportunities to your children through the remainder of the school year.

This week, our program administrators, principals and staff are reaching out to families and children enrolled in our various Eaton RESA programs to share details about learning opportunities that will be provided, staff contact information and supports available in our new distance learning plan.

Now more than ever, our Eaton RESA staff will be focused on providing your family with the support and resources needed to continue your child’s learning. Given the importance of family-school partnerships, over the next few weeks, I will begin to share information with you on the importance of these relationships and connections.

As your child and family re-connect to learning opportunities in the coming weeks, don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher, service provider or administrator with questions or needed resources. We are in this together!

Sincerely,

Cindy Anderson
Eaton RESA Superintendent

Coronavirus Data Report for Eaton County

Barry-Eaton District Health Department published a preliminary data report on the spread of COVID-19 within Eaton County. The report highlights data from the time frame of March 10 through April 22, 2020 and will continue to be issued weekly.

Resources from our Team

Wide Open Schools can help adults establish daily learning routines, view activities for emotional well-being, math, reading, writing, special needs, social studies, science, arts, movement, life skills and field trips. For families with children in grades Pre K-12. 

Michigan eLibrary allows free access to electronic library resources.

Reading Rockets helps students and families find articles, blogs, videos to assist in reading and overall learning engagement. 

Early Childhood News & Updates

Supporting Student Social and Emotional Needs

Michigan Virtual recently launched a new Michigan Cares website for families and educators to provide resources and activities for supporting the social and emotional well-being of students. 

Early On Update

Eaton RESA’s Early On Program serves infants and toddlers from birth through age three and their families. Children qualify for Early On with a developmental delay or an established condition that puts them at high risk for delays. Early On Providers (Teachers, Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational and Physical Therapists, School Social Workers and Nurses) coach parents to support their child’s learning during everyday activities in their home and community. 

As part of the Eaton RESA Continuity of Learning Plan, the Early On Program will continue to support families, coach parents and support the learning of the infants and toddlers in their home and community. Since the closure, we have kept in touch with parents to offer support and answer questions for them. As we move forward this week and next week, we will be offering more formal coaching through creative and innovative ways. We are currently working with our families to determine what methods are appropriate for them and how they wish to continue to participate. Whether it is online video coaching, phone coaching, periodic check-ins, online or paper copy activity recommendations, we will continue to support our families.

At the time of closure, we had several children awaiting initial assessment. During the closure we continued to receive referrals. At this time, a core team of Early On staff and I are working hard to learn about and implement remote evaluations. We are working together with our colleagues in other counties, as well as receiving guidance from Early On Training and Technical Assistance and the Michigan Department of Education Part C consultants. 

Please contact me with any questions regarding the Early On Program in Eaton County. We are here to support infants and toddlers and their families. Referrals can be made at 1800earlyon.org

Amy Lowrie
Early On Supervisor
alowrie@eatonresa.org

Great Start Readiness Program Update

The Great Start Readiness Program teachers started sending out daily video lessons this week. The lessons are focused on learning activities that could be done at home. The teachers are working really hard to make these lessons fun and engaging. Many families have responded that their children are really happy to see their teachers! 

We would like to gather information about how the videos are working for your family. A short survey will be sent out Wednesday. Please share your input so we can continue to improve the lessons we send. 

We are preparing packets with some additional learning activities for children. We anticipate that these will be ready next week. We know many students also have some items that were left in the classrooms- extra clothes, blankets etc. We are working on a plan to get those items out of the classrooms and back to families. 

Thank you, 

Jennifer McCaffrey
Early Childhood Supervisor - GSRP

Eaton Great Start Newsletter

Eaton Great Start wants to continue connecting with families in the best way we can given the current circumstances. They have created a weekly newsletter, the Monday Moment, to support early learning at home and to help Eaton County families remain connected to local resources and supports. This newsletter will be brief and feature three content areas: Learn, Grow and Know. We know there is a lot of online information coming at all times from various sources, which is why we want to keep this newsletter brief, but meaningful to you! 

Meadowview News & Updates

A Message from the Principal

First off, I would like to say thank you for all of your patience and positivity throughout this unprecedented event. I can tell you that our staff is truly missing our students and that they have been working extremely hard to get our District's continuity plan up on running. I know that our teachers have been in contact with all of you and that they are eager to get back to educating our students. We have started with a soft opening this week as we await approval of our plan by the Michigan Department of Education.

This plan will incorporate online learning, pre recorded videos lessons, work packets and teacher office hours. How we offer this programming will be in accordance with the family survey that was administered recently. We will be making our best effort to accommodate and individualize our instruction for all of our students. If your family is in need of assistance or has any questions, please feel free to reach out to your student's teacher or myself.

Mr. McDonald
Meadowview School Principal
mmcdonald@eatonresa.org

Career and Technical Education News & Updates

A Message from the Career Preparation Center

We are excited to have our students back engaged in real world learning in their career and technical education programs. We are still working to support ALL students and encourage ALL students to complete their college credit. If you have questions about your student’s assignments, class sessions, or anything else, please see the Eaton RESA staff list below.

Marcee Theisen – mtheisen@eatonresa.org    

  • Potter Park Zoo
  • Insurance
  • Davenport University

Marina McCullen – mmccullen@eatonresa.org

  • LCC Health Science
  • LCC Digital Media

Mary Ellen Brocklehurst – mbrocklehurst@eatonresa.org

  • AIS
  • LCC Auto Tech
  • LCC Welding

Jenn Grantham – jgrantham@eatonresa.org

  • LCC Law Enforcement
  • LCC Criminal Justice
  • LCC Mechatronics
  • LCC Mechanical Engineering
  • LCC Computer Security

Margo Hazelman – mhazelman@eatonresa.org

  • CRTEC

Breaking Traditions Awards

Congratulations to two of our CTE students for being awarded a 2020 Breaking Traditions Award. Awards criteria included:

  • Completion of a CTE program nontraditional to their gender;
  • Nomination by a teacher, counselor, administrator, or other staffer employed by the student's school or career center;
  • Contribute to awareness of nontraditional careers 

Sarah Bancroft, a student from Grand Ledge High School and enrolled in the Eaton RESA Game Design and Programming program, received the Breaking Traditions 2020 Merit Award. Addison Ramey, a student from Maple Valley Jr./Sr. High School and enrolled in the Eaton RESA Automotive Technology program, received the Breaking Traditions 2020 Certificate of Recognition. Congratulations!

Elementary Career Development

Elementary career development activities are being shared with local schools weekly using animated books, short career videos, game links, virtual tours and printable activities. The weekly lessons feature Michigan’s six career pathways and highlight as many careers as possible. Each lesson is structured so that students may spend time doing one or more things to expose them to the many different careers that exist. 

Sample lessons for the Human Services pathway

Week 2: Human Services - Upper Elementary

Week 2: Human Services - Lower Elementary

April 17, 2020 Edition

April 17, 2020

Letter from the Superintendent

Dear Eaton RESA Families,

Over the past week, our administrators and staff have been hard at work finalizing the Continuity of Learning Plan for Early On, Great Start Readiness Programs, Meadowview School and the Career Preparation Center. Each family will receive more information next week from the program administrator and/or your child's teacher or service provider with details on how and when learning will be continued for your child at home. We will begin initial implementation of our plans on April 21 and get to full implementation in all our programs by April 27. 

Each program plan will include different options for family and/or child participation in the planned instruction and/or learning activities. A blend of online, phone, text, video and print materials will be made available for children on a weekly basis given the distance learning needs of each family. Teachers and service providers will be available on a weekly basis via email, phone and video conferencing to address issues and support children in the learning activities provided. 

The district's Continuity of Learning Plan is focused on the following guidelines: 

  • Keeping students at the center by building relationships and maintaining connections through a weekly schedule.
  • Designing learning for equity and access with delivery of instructional content and activities in multiple ways.
  • Supporting family and/or child participation in learning activities.

During these challenging times, we know that distance learning will be new for our staff as well as your child. Know that we are here to assist and support you and your child as needed. 

Sincerely, 

Cindy Anderson 
Eaton RESA Superintendent

Support & Resources

Coronavirus Data Report for Eaton County

On April 15, the PDF DocumentBarry-Eaton District Health Department published a Coronavirus Data Report for Eaton County. The report contains data and information on persons testing positive for COVID-19 and the spread of the virus from March 10 through April 15.

Behavioral Mental Health Specialists

Under the guidance of the Michigan Department of Education and our local school districts, Eaton RESA’s Behavioral Mental Health Specialists are providing teletherapy to students struggling to adapt to the COVID-19 crisis. For students who need additional support, the Community of Mental Health Authority is also providing more intense teletherapy services.

CMHA-CEI COVID-19 Support Line

CMHA-CEI has developed a COVID-19 Support Line available to anyone in Clinton, Eaton, or Ingham counties. Please call 517.237.7100, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

Please feel free to share the COVID-19 support line information with those who may find it beneficial.

Early Childhood News & Resources

Dear Families, 

I hope you are all doing well! Our teachers and staff miss seeing your children very much, but we are glad you are staying safe! Thank you for completing the GSRP Family Survey sent out last week. This information helped us create a plan to continue offering learning opportunities for our GSRP students during this extended closure. 

We have submitted our plan to the Michigan Department of Education. Pending their approval, we anticipate implementing the following plan starting on Tuesday, April 21. GSRP teachers will begin sending out a video lesson for students every Monday-Thursday. These video lessons will be delivered using the Remind App. Teachers will focus on using materials you can find at home to practice Literacy and Math skills each week. We hope your child enjoys seeing their teacher and being able to engage in continued learning! 

In addition to video lessons, we will be preparing packets with age appropriate activities that can be completed at home. We anticipate that these packets will be ready at the end of next week. Pick up dates and times will be sent out as soon as possible. 

If your family is interested in additional online practice resources, ABC Mouse has given our Eaton RESA GSRP students free access to their program for the rest of this year. Enter the code: SCHOOL4638 to access the content.

Jennifer McCaffrey, 
Early Childhood Supervisor - GSRP

Career Preparation Center News & Updates

Eaton RESA career and technical education programs operated through local partners will begin virtual/online instruction on April 20. This includes students in all programs through Lansing Community College (LCC), Davenport University (DU), Farm Bureau/Olivet College, Potter Park Zoo and AIS. All students received an individual letter from Mr. Reynolds, CPC Principal on Wednesday evening, April 15.

Local high schools are able to provide devices for students, so all students should contact their high school to find the date and time for pick-up. Internet access is available at most districts and also LCC and DU Lansing campuses. Any student needing assistance should contact Mr. Reynolds as soon as possible at mreynolds@eatonresa.org. Eaton RESA staff are here to help families and students be successful in these challenging times, so please reach out to any staff member for assistance.

April 10, 2020 Edition

The Eaton Effect - April 10, 2020

Letter from the Superintendent

Dear Eaton RESA families,

First off, I hope all of you are taking care of yourselves and your families during this unprecedented situation with the Covid-19 pandemic. The health, safety, and well-being of everyone is our most important priority at this time.

That said, I know you are aware that all in-person instruction that was being provided to your child through an Eaton RESA program has been suspended through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. This is based on the recent Executive Order 2020-35 issued by the Governor on April 2, 2020.

As a result, Eaton RESA staff and administrators are working hard to develop Continuity of Learning Plans for each of our student programs to include: Early On, Great Start Readiness Programs, Meadowview School programs and programs through the Career Preparation Center. We appreciate your support and patience as we transition our instruction and support services to an alternative remote format. In the next week or two you will be receiving more detailed information on the learning and support opportunities we will be able to provide to your child from either a program administrator, teacher or staff member.
If you have already completed your family survey about distance learning resources/needs, we thank you for your input. This information will help us build our plans and support the needs of your family and children. If you have not yet completed your family distance learning survey, please do so as soon as possible to assist us with planning for how to address your needs during the school closure.

Though the remainder of the school year, Eaton RESA will be sending out this family newsletter to keep you connected to happenings within our student programs that will be of interest to you and will provide me the opportunity to update you on important information as well.

This new world of remote and distance learning will be an adjustment for all of us, but I am confident that if our Eaton RESA staff work in partnership with our families, we can rise to the challenge and support our children. We appreciate your support and don’t hesitate to reach out to your program administrator with questions, issues or concerns. We are here to assist!

Sincerely,
Cindy Anderson
Eaton RESA Superintendent

Early Childhood News & Resources

Technology Access Survey Reminder

If you child is enrolled in a GSRP program or you currently receive Early On services, please be sure to complete this survey regarding your access to technology:
GSRP Services - External Linkhttps://bit.ly/34ogF7f
Early On Services - External Linkhttps://bit.ly/3aYHO30

Supporting a Child's Emotional Well-being

Resources to support and protect child's well-being during the pandemic - External Linkhttps://bit.ly/2xhalSU

Meadowview School News & Resources

Technology Access Survey Reminder

If your student is enrolled in a Meadowview School program, please be sure to complete this survey regarding your access to technology: External Linkhttps://bit.ly/2xZfcrU

Meadowview School Welcomes Assistant Principal

In the midst of this transition, Eaton RESA welcomes a new member to our team. Elizabeth (Beth) Longshore is joining Meadowview School as the new Assistant Principal.

After beginning her career with a degree in education for gifted students and those with mild/moderate disabilities, she quickly found that she gravitated towards the students with more profound behavioral and functional skill needs. She taught for 7 years in Alaska, primarily at the secondary level, where she also had the opportunity to be a transition coordinator and district special education assessment coordinator. Prior to returning to Michigan, she taught a K-8 classroom for students with intensive needs and provided services to students who were homebound in rural Alaska.

For a brief period, she worked at Ingham ISD as the county's special education compliance monitor and technical assistance provider. In that position, she was able to indulge her odd passion for compliance and special education regulation and policies. Most recently, she has been a special education supervisor in the Lansing School District working with their programs for students with Emotional Impairments. Welcome Beth!

Eaton RESA Donates Materials to the Community

Meadowview School Nurse, Amanda Brunton loaded up all the excess personal protective equipment, medical supplies and cleaning supplies we had in stock and donated them to Sparrow Hospital at their request for donations recently.

We are fortunate to have such great staff who will donate their time and effort to assist our front-line healthcare workers in their time of great need. Our thanks go to Amanda for her efforts on behalf of the district!

Career Preparation Center News & Resources

We hope you are all safe and enjoying some sunshine during this challenging time. We recognize you have many questions and we are working hard to get the Eaton RESA CTE classes up and running as soon as possible. Please keep in mind that we are working with Potter Park Zoo, Farm Bureau/Olivet College, AIS, Davenport University and Lansing Community College, as well as our local school district plans for continued learning.
If you have not already done so, please complete the technology device and access survey found in this link. Because all learning has transitioned to virtual/online, it is important we learn what capability each student has.

Our top priority is to assist students in successfully earning their college credit. However, it is our intention to offer our CTE instruction to all students, if possible. We will continue to update you weekly, however, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Mr. Reynolds, CPC Principal at mreynolds@eatonresa.org or Dr. Szuminski, Assistant Superintendent of CTE at kszuminski@eatonresa.org. Stay safe!

Technology Access Survey Reminder

If your student is enrolled in a Meadowview School program, please be sure to complete this survey regarding your access to technology: External Linkhttps://bit.ly/2V03h6p

Eaton RESA Donates Materials to the Community

Career Preparation Center Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing instructor, John Mayes has been busy creating 3D printed parts including masks, filters, face shields, straps, etc. that are currently in need.

He said this about this project, "If I group items in one print, it can take over 20 hours to make. There are many different parts needed, not only the masks, but face shield brackets and straps. This is just one area that I'm tackling this week. Next week I'll be taking them to the place where they will be assembled with the appropriate filters and sent to the designated areas in need. There is a whole group of people who are involved in this and I'm glad to be a part of helping where help is needed." Thank you, John!