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Helping Others One Red Kettle at a Time
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Posted 12/12/2017 at 12:17:37 PM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]
What's red, round and collects money every Christmas season? If you guessed the Salvation Army's red kettles you are correct. These kettles and the people who man them are constant fixtures this time of year. We usually see Bell Ringers volunteering in front of local grocery stores. Here in Central Ohio, there are 80 locations where volunteers will collect donations until Christmas Eve. This simple act of charity started in December of 1891, when a Salvation Army Captain in San Francisco, Joseph McFee wanted to provide meals for the poor. He thought of a simple but effect way to get money to buy the food. So he borrowed an idea he had seen when we was a sailor in England. He gathered pots and put them near the ferry landing, so folks could drop in their donations. The idea really took off and by 1897 his kettle project had spread from the west coast to the east coast, giving 150,000 meals to people in need. Today, the Red Kettle Campaign is helping people all over the world and it's the Salvation Army's largest fundraising effort. Here in our community, the Salvation Army funds are used in various ways, operating 29 programs and services. Last year, more than 123,000 people were helped with education, food, shelter and empowerment in Central Ohio. And the need doesn't end when you stop seeing the red kettles. The Mobile Red Kettle will be live through January 2018. Donors can go to http://igfn.us/vf/CENTRALOH or simply text CENTRALOH to 71777 to support the campaign. And the Salvation Army needs volunteers year-round. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Nikki Fogg at 614/358-2627 or e-mail her at Nikki.Fogg@use.salvationarmy.org. Helping others is a great idea in any season.
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Ten Useful Parent Involvement Tips
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Posted 12/5/2017 at 8:15:54 AM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]

December 2017

No matter where we are in our Parent journey, we can learn something new. When you are open to hear from other Moms and Dads, it may help us discover useful skills to enhance our parenting. Parent involvement is not only beneficial when our children are in elementary school, but may be even more important as we help our High School students learn to transition to the next level into adulthood.

Here are a few parenting ideas from Educating Our Children Together: A Sourcebook for Effective Family, School, Community Partnerships, and Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Education.

1. All parents have hopes and goals for their children. They differ in how they support their children’s efforts to achieve those goals.

2. The home is one of several spheres that simultaneously influences a child. The school must work with other spheres for the child’s benefit, not push them apart.

3. The parent is the central contributor to a child’s education. Schools can either coopt that role or recognize the potential of the parent.

4. Parent involvement must be a legitimate element of education. It deserves equal emphasis with elements such as program improvement and evaluation.

5. Parent involvement is a process, not a program of activities. It requires on-going energy and effort.

6. Parent involvement requires a vision, policy and framework. A consensus of understanding is important.

7. Parents’ interaction with their own children is the cornerstone of parent involvement. A program must recognize the value, diversity and difficulty of this role.

8. Most barriers to parent involvement are found within school practices. They are not found within parents.

9. Any parent can be “hard to reach.” Parents must be identified and approached individually; they are not defined by gender, ethnicity, family situation, education or income.

10. Successful parent involvement nurtures relationships and partnerships. It strengthens bonds between home and school, parent and educator, parent and school, school and community (RMC Research Corporation, 1999).

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Local Barbershops Encourage CCS Literacy
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Posted 11/20/2017 at 2:38:39 PM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]

November 2017

Did you know that 85% of African-American males in the 4th grade are not proficient in reading? This sad statistic inspired Columbus City Schools to begin a good thing; Barbershop Books. Barbershop Books is a nationally-recognized literacy program, founded in New York City by Alvin Irby, a passionate educator committed to innovative curriculum, child-centered education and transformative teaching and leadership. Locally, the program is a partnership between Columbus City Schools and Columbus City Council.

Ten barbershops are currently part of the program here in Columbus. Each barbershop receives age-appropriate children’s books and a colorful child-friendly bookshelf that is placed in their business. Various books with different themes are included, with topics that would attract their primary audience: children between 4 to 8 years old.

One local business participating in the reading program is Righteous Cuts Barbershop, 2327 W. Broad Street. Owner, Ike Belcher, has been in the program since its inception in 2016. He wants to promote positive energy for the community. He says he notices the kids gravitating to the bookshelf, away from where they would normally focus their attention. “Kids use to come into the barber shop and only focus on video games and grab the console as they had their hair cut”, says Belcher. “But now, many will grab a book instead; even instead of just watching TV.”

Belcher uses the program as an opportunity to give the kids positive reinforcement. He hopes the young readers in his shop, show their parents, they’ll need that support at home too. “I realize most of those who get a book are probably being encouraged to read at home; that’s key. If we capture those before the 4th grade, we may encourage a life-long love of reading”, he adds. “I’m glad to have the opportunity to participate in the program”.

For more information on the Barbershop Books program, contact the Office of Student Mentoring Initiatives at 614/365-5000.

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You Are Not Alone
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Posted 11/9/2017 at 8:44:02 AM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]

November, 2017

The Columbus City Schools Parent Mentor program has a unique employment requirement; the Mentors must have a child with special needs. The Parent Mentors help parents become effective partners in education for their children, encouraging parent and professional partnerships.

Through the Parent Mentor office, families get one-on-one help to lead them through what can be a complex and challenging journey. Mentors provide assistance as they:

Describe special education programs (preschool, school age and transition into adult life) offered by Columbus City Schools.

Explain the Individual Education Program (IEP) process and the parent’s role in the development of the IEP, as well as attending meetings with parents until they are familiar with the process.

Organize and conduct workshops, and support groups for parents and professionals.

Brandi Muhammad is a Parent Mentor who has reaped the benefits of the program. She credits fellow Parent Mentor, Elaine Hamilton, with her success. Now Hamilton is her co-worker. “Elaine helped me to become an advocate for my own children and also teach them how to be advocates for themselves”, says Muhammad. Having the same challenges as the parents she serves helps her to make connections, relating to their struggles. “My ultimate goal as a Parent Mentor is to help empower parents to be advocates for their children. Giving back is important to me and Elaine”, she adds.

Now paying it forward, Muhammad is eager to make the impact Hamilton made on her life. “I accepted the (Parent Mentor) position because I wanted to help parents (and be) an ear to listen to them and helping them through the process too; seeing the parents walk with a little more pride and empowerment. My motto is: You are not alone”.

For more information on the Parent Mentor program, contact Brandi Muhammad, Columbus City Schools Parent Mentor through Student Support Services at BMuhammad@columbus.k12.oh.us or 614/365-5219.

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Less Mess Less Stress
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Posted 11/1/2017 at 8:22:55 AM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]

Week of October 30, 2017

A few years ago the dairy industry started a campaign they hoped would help their declining sells. The campaign usually featured a celebrity who would take a big gulp from a mug, giving them a big milky mustache, look into the camera and say, “Got Milk”? As Parents we may not be asked the question, “Got Milk”, but may be asked “Got Stress”? To many of us the answer would be a resounding YES! Stress can be caused by a number of factors, but basically it comes when our lives are full of Mess. Mess can happen when you have so much to do, but so little time to do it; you refuse to ask for help; you won’t say “No”. Mess can cause confusion and disorder.

According to a recent article written by students at the Mt. Carmel College of Nursing here in Columbus, Stress can be defined as: A mental and emotional state that can be caused by many factors. Life can feel overwhelming at times and your body reacts to those feelings.

Signs of Stress include:

    Trouble sleeping

    Feelings of sadness

    Unable to focus

    Changes in mood

So how can we reduce stress? Here are a few suggestions to help Parents cope:

    Think of things that make you feel happy

    Color or Draw

    Practice breathing slowly when you feel          overwhelmed

    Stay physically active

Finding ways to lessen the stress and mess in our lives, can help us deal with the challenges that come our way.

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Lose Your Baggage
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Posted 10/16/2017 at 12:34:36 PM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]
Week of: October 9, 2017

In the song “Bag Lady” by Erykah Badu, she sings about a woman who is carrying too many bags: “Bag lady, you gone hurt your back, dragging all them bags like that”. If the bags are physical or mental bags, just like the Bag Lady, many parents are dragging bags in our lives.

In the song, Badu says to get rid of those negative bags, because they are holding back the Bag Lady to achieve her purpose. That’s a great idea, but when you have held on to your “bags” for so long, it may be very difficult to get rid of them. Because if we don’t release our “bags” eventually they will weigh us down. We’ll be tired, exhausted, burned out and stressed out!

So before we are overwhelmed, here are a few suggestions on how to release our bags:

Acknowledge Our Bags
You can’t wish away our bags. Recognize your bags and be honest with yourself. It may be bags of judgment; bags of insecurity; bags of guilt; bags of anger.

Ask for help with your Bags
Holding onto your bags may be holding you back from achieving your full potential. So release your ego and get assistance. Humble yourself and get resources you need. Speak with a Family Member, Friend or even a Counselor.

Allow time to Heal from your Bags
Even when you let go of your bags, it may take time to heal; you’ve carried them for so long. Surround yourself with positive people to encourage your growth.

Keep moving forward and Lose Your Bags!

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Teens and Dating Part 2: Victims & Abusers
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Posted 10/16/2017 at 4:25:01 PM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]

Week of October 2, 2017

Teens and dating: What a totally mixed bag of thoughts and emotions. To the teens, it’s an exciting time; a new adventure and the dream of meeting their first love. As parents, we know the reality of heart’s broken, tears flowing and fears that our children are testing intimacy way too soon.

However, as hard as it is to face, it is normal for children to want to date and be involved in relationships. The main issue is, how to teach our children what is acceptable dating behavior.

In the brochure Start Talking: Dating Abuse 101, it states that all relationships exist on a spectrum from healthy to abusive with unhealthy somewhere in the middle.

· Healthy relationships are based on equality and respect: You make decisions together and can openly discuss whatever you are dealing with. You enjoy spending time together, but also can be happy apart.

· Unhealthy relationships are based on attempts to control the other person: One person tries to make most of the decisions. The teen may be pressured about sex. You feel like you should only spend time with your partner.

· Abusive relationships are based on power and control: One person is making all of the decisions, about sexual choices, friend groups, even what is true and what’s not. You spend all of your time together and feel you can’t talk to others.

Caitlin Tully, BA, Training and Development Supervisor for The Center for Family, Safety and Healing here in Columbus, has 11 years of experience working with adolescents and 5 years of experience working directly in the teen dating abuse/family violence field. She says although the following warning signs aren’t limited to teen dating, they may be an indication that there are abusive behaviors in relationships:

Signs of Being a Victim:
-Giving up things that are important
-Isolation from friends
-Dramatic changes in appearance, weight, grades or behavior 
-Unexplainable injuries, or explanations for injuries don’t that make sense 
-Afraid of partner or fearful of making partner angry 
-Preoccupied with and/or apologizes for partner’s behavior 
-Receives excessive and/or unwanted text messages from partner 
-Gives excuses to questions about their relationship, like, “Everything is under control,” or “It’s not your problem”

Signs of Being an Abuser:
-Loses temper, breaks or hits things
-Argues or fights with other people
-Always texting and/or using technology demanding to know who their partner is with or where their partner has been
-Shows up unexpectedly
-Calls their partner names, says mean things or puts down their partner in front of other people 
-Acts extremely jealous when their partner is talking to others

Tully also suggests even if you suspect abuse, avoid saying “I told you so”. “Listen and give support to your teen. Your child may feel ashamed of what happened in their relationship and what could happen in the future. Many teens fear that their parents may overreact, blame them or be disappointed. If they do come to talk to you, let it be on their terms, and meet them with understanding, not judgment”, says Tully.

She adds, “Avoid ultimatums like, “If you don’t break up with them, you’re grounded and won’t be allowed to date anyone in the future.” Leaving is the most dangerous time for victims so it’s important not to force the decision and trust your child. Safety planning is available through www.loveisrepect.org and Huckleberry House (614-294-5553)”.

If the situation turns dire, and your teen threatens to harm themselves, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741-741.

Keeping the lines of communication open between children and parents can make the teen dating experience more fun and less fearful.

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Let’s Talk about Teens and Dating
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Posted 9/27/2017 at 8:50:47 AM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]

Week of September 25, 2017

When it comes to teens and dating, many parents may look at the experience as a rite of passage. Some parents may be more comfortable with “group dates”, where teenagers go to the movies or out to dinner with several friends, while others trust their teenagers can handle going out as a couple. Deciding which format may be best for your teen can be based on their level of maturity.

According to Caitlin Tully, BA, Training and Development Supervisor for The Center for Family, Safety and Healing, there really isn’t a specific age to start dating. Everyone is different. “There is no magic number for teenagers to begin dating. But psychologists generally recommend age 16 for teens who wish to spend alone time with a boyfriend (or) girlfriend. Many middle school and early high school students may date in large groups or say that they have a boyfriend (or) girlfriend but they mainly communicate via social media”, says Tully.

But before teens enter the dating arena, everyone should be clear about expectations. Parents may be more comfortable talking with their daughters about how to stay safe, but may not realize that talking with their sons about what a healthy relationship looks like is also important.

According to Tully, it’s good to be clear on what is acceptable behavior. “Parents can help their children have healthy relationships by talking about boundaries, including healthy and unhealthy behaviors. Start early and have these conversations often. Getting to know your teen’s friends and social group is important too”.

Unfortunately, many teenagers experience negative behavior while dating. According to the brochure Start Talking: Dating Abuse 101, one in three teens experience some form of abuse in their dating relationships. And dating violence occurs equally in same-sex and opposite-sex relationships.

Although the majority of teen dating violence happens to girl, Tully states either gender can be the abuser or the victim. “Unlike domestic violence, research on teen dating abuse indicates that girls are just as likely to be perpetrators of abuse as boys in high school. However, girls are more likely to report emotional and/or physical harm, including fear and injuries, than boys. Also, boys are more likely to engage in behaviors like sexual coercion, especially using technology.” Sadly many parents aren’t clear on how to identify when their child is being abused or being abusive. What should a parent look for? In our next article Teens and Dating: Victims & Abusers, learn the warning signs of a victim and an abuser and learn what resources can help your teenager break the cycle.

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Encouraging Words for Mom and Dad
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Encouraging Words for Mom and Dad
Posted 9/21/2017 at 11:18:48 AM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]
As Eastmoor Academy and other Columbus City Schools families begin the 2017/18 School Year, many are excited about a new beginning. But with the potential for new opportunities also comes new concerns. Freshmen students wonder if they’ll fit into the challenging high school environment. Seniors hope they have met all of the graduation requirements. And parents may question if their opinions still have the power they once had with their children.

But Moms and Dads: Have no fear. The PTA – Parent Teacher Association, assures parents they are still very important to their children. PTA says parents are actually the most important educational partner in our child’s life.

In a document titled: You are Key to Your Child’s Success, PTA gives the following advice to show how parents can continue to support their children:
Connect Early & Often: Reach out to your child’s teachers at the beginning of the school year and reconnect with the teacher whenever you attend a school event.
Commit to Communicating: Schools and teachers send messages to families in a number of ways – backpack folder, voicemail, email, newsletter, social media, portal, etc. Pay attention to these messages and ask questions or respond whenever information is unclear or you have feedback to share.
Stay Informed: Understand what is expected of your child in terms of learning and conduct. Ask the teacher how you can support learning at home. Each day, ask your child specific questions about school, extracurricular activities and friendships. Reinforce classroom rules and positive behaviors at home.
Speak Up: Share worries or concerns about your child’s unique needs with the teacher. Address problems quickly and trust that the school also wants what’s best for your child.
Get Involved: Contribute your talents and skills to improving the school community. Join school committees, volunteer in the classroom or at school events, offer support to your child’s teacher, etc.
Seek Support and Enrichment Opportunities: Participate in programs offered by the school, PTA or other community organizations that enhance your child’s educational experience and improve your family’s health and overall well-being.

I hope these tips will help parents and students to have a happy new school year!
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Teacher Appreciation
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Posted 5/8/2017 at 9:24:12 AM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]

Join this year’s Teacher Appreciation Celebration!

Week of May 8, 2017

The origins of Teacher Appreciation Week are credited to our former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Back in 1953, people in the United States started celebrating National Teacher Day after Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded Congress to set aside a day to recognize educators.

It didn’t become a national day until March 7, 1980, after the National Education Association (NEA) along with its Kansas and Indiana state affiliates and the Dodge City, Kan., local chapter lobbied Congress. People continued to celebrate the day in March until 1984, when the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) designated the first full week of May as Teacher Appreciation Week.

Today, many people continue to honor educators and celebrate their contributions to making our society better. Eastmoor Academy is ready for this year’s celebration too, especially since EA has the best and brightest teachers in the Columbus City Schools district! During the week of May 8, EA teachers and staff will receive special tokens of appreciation and everyone is welcome to contribute.

We encourage all of our EA Families to think of special ways to honor our teachers and staff: A heart-felt note, homemade cookies or just by saying “Thank you”. Do your part to show our EA Educators how much we value them as they prepare our children for the future.

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Springbreak Information
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Posted 4/13/2017 at 8:04:35 AM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]
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An Evening of the Arts at Eastmoor Academy
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Posted 4/3/2017 at 8:35:11 AM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]
N. Michelle Sutton, EA Parent Consultant
Week of April 3, 2017

April is National Poetry Month, so it's the perfect time for Eastmoor Academy to host EA Visual & Performing Arts Night, on Thursday, April 6 beginning at 7 p.m. Come out and enjoy our amazing students as they entertain us through their vocal talents, musical skill, creative poetry and their visual arts. Admission is only $5. Let's show our students we appreciate their hard work and join them as we celebrate the arts! For more information contact our EA Art Teacher, Mr. Knick, at 614/365-6158.
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Summer Camp for Special Children
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Posted 3/31/2017 at 8:25:11 AM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]

Special Summer Camps for Special Children

N. Michelle Sutton, EA Parent Consultant

Week of April 3, 2017

As our Eastmoor Academy families prepare for Summertime fun, it can be a challenge for parents of children with special needs to find resources, especially when it comes to Summer camps and job opportunities. However, the Ohio Department of Education’s State Support Staff have prepared information for this special audience. I’m sharing a few camp offerings, but more information is available at www.sst11.org in the 2017 Summer Resource Directory.

Camp Arye is for children from Kindergarten to age 22 with physical, mental, emotional, cognitive and learning disabilities. Camp Arye is sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus. Camp activities will include aquatics, arts & crafts, field trips and much more. For more information, contact Halle Schwartz, Director of Children, Youth, Teen and Camping at: 614/559-6279 or hschwartz@columbusjcc.org. Their website is: http://columbusjcc.org/summercamps.

Camp Flame Catcher and Camp for Champs are for children with epilepsy and seizure disorders ages 7 - 17. The camp is sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati and Columbus. Campers will choose from horseback riding, swimming, canoeing and a host of activities. Contact Karen J. Brown, of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Columbus at 614/725-1015 or KBrown@epilepsy-ohio.org for more information. Their website is http://www.epilepsy-ohio.org/camps.

Camp Hamwi is specifically designed for children ages 7 – 17 with diabetes. Children will enjoy the traditional camp experiences. Contact Darlene Honigford, Youth Services Director at 614/884-4400 or coda@diabetesohio.org. See their website at http://www.diabetesohio.org for more camp information.

The YMCA of Central Ohio offers a range of camp activities for various ages. Contact Samantha Stewart, Special Population Coordinator at 614/543-9000 or sstewart@ymcacolumbus.org for more information. You can also get more camp details at http://www.ymcacolumbus.org/daycamp.

Have fun and enjoy your Summer!

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Women's History Month Edmonia Lewis
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Posted 3/27/2017 at 1:57:52 PM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]
Edmonia Lewis 1845 - 1890
Edmonia Lewis was born to an African Father and a Chippewa Mother. She was given the Native American name “Wildfire”. Although she spent her childhood, fishing, swimming and making moccasins in Albany, New York, in the fall of 1859 she made her way to Ohio and was admitted into Oberlin College. That’s where she ignited her gifts as a sculptor.

Lewis used her talents to create busts of many famous figures, including Abraham Lincoln, John Brown and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Her most popular work was Forever Free, which depicts an African American man and woman removing their shackles at the moment of their freedom.

Lewis worked for most of her career in Rome, Italy. She was the first woman of African-American and Native American heritage to achieve international fame and recognition as a sculptor in the fine arts world.
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Celebrating Women's History Month Shirley Chisholm
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Posted 3/20/2017 at 8:40:09 AM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]

Shirley Chisholm

As we just witnessed what many would describe as an historic presidential election this past November, where a woman was the Democratic candidate, we should remember an African-American woman who made history as a presidential candidate not that long ago. That woman was Shirley Chisholm.

Shirley Chisholm attended Brooklyn College and Columbia University. She would become an expert on early childhood education and eventually worked as a consultant to New York City’s Bureau of Child Welfare.

In 1972 Shirley Chisholm declared her candidacy for the office of President of the United States. She was the first African-American woman to make that bid for office. But Chisholm was accustom to being the FIRST. Prior to her presidential run, she became the first African-American woman to win a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1968. After retiring from Congress in 1983, she taught at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and would later publish her autobiography, Unbought and Unbossed. Chisholm continued to use her voice to speak out for the poor and against the Vietnam War, until it ended. Shirley Chisholm passed away in 2005.

Mary Frances Carter Glascor – A Legacy of Firsts

“Lord make this a better world, beginning with me” was the daily prayer of Mary Glascor, an outstanding woman making history right here in Columbus.

Born here in Columbus on November 29, 1916, Mary graduated from West High School in 1934. After earning her degree in Social Administration in 1938 from The Ohio State University, she would marry Sergeant Major Milner, who sadly was killed in World War II. She would later marry Judge H. Alfred Glascor and have two children.

As is the motto of her Sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Mary lived a life of “Service to All Mankind” and was a true trailblazer. Some of her many accolades include: The 1st African-American Supervisor of the Franklin County Red Cross, 1st African-American Academic Advisor at the OSU College of Education, 1st African-American Director’s Assistant for the YWCA, 1st Annual “ED LUMS” Service Award recipient at the Ohio State University, Life member of Church Women United, Girls Scouts of America, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the NAACP. She was selected for the West High School Alumni Hall of Fame, a Founding Member of Second Community Church, served on the P.T.A. – Parent Teacher Association at the national and local levels, was Grand Marshall at the Ohio State Fair and she received the Columbus Mayor’s Award for Human Service.

However, even with all of her acknowledgements from the community, Mary was most proud of being a wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend. On November 29th, 2016, Mary celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends. Mary was the middle child of 11 children and the last survivor and only sibling to reach 100 years of age. Mary passed away on December 5, 2016 in her home.

Mary Frances Carter Glascor was a woman who really made our community and our world a better place.

If you’d like to suggest an outstanding woman to feature during Women’s History Month, please share through the Post a Reply attachment.

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A Queen from Columbus
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Posted 2/27/2017 at 10:20:12 AM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]
A Queen from Columbus

N. Michelle Sutton, EA Parent Consultant

Jelisa Barringer from Columbus, was Miss Black Ohio in 2014/15 and is a product of Columbus City Schools. She graduated from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio in 2014. During Jelisa’s years at Central State University (CSU), she was a part of the Grammy- nominated CSU chorus and mentored freshmen as a student ambassador. Jelisa earned the title of Competent Communicator and Motivational Speaker in her role as the President of the Toastmasters International Speech Club. Jelisa was elected, by her student body to the Central State University Royal Court, and Student Government Association. During her reign as Miss Black Ohio, Jelisa’s platform was ‘Big Sisterly Love,’ because she mentored young girls, age 5 to 18.
Since its inception in 1982, the Miss Black Ohio Pageant has had the mission to empower female youth through pageantry. The organization’s vision is to reach our female youth ages 9-25 residing in the State of Ohio, to build their self-esteem through their pageant and developmental workshops.
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Howard “Tubby” Gentry
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Posted 2/17/2017 at 2:49:39 PM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]

Black History Feature – Howard “Tubby” Gentry

History in our own backyard

Week of February 13, 2017

As we celebrate Black History Month, we may think of well-known historic figures who lived in various parts of our country, but we may not be aware of the heroes and sheroes who are right here in our own backyard.

One local history maker was Howard “Tubby” Gentry. Gentry was a prominent athlete who became a successful college coach and administrator. He graduated from West High School in 1939. Unable to play at The Ohio State University due to racial quotas, he became an All-Conference and All-American athlete at Florida A & M and graduated in 1943. After college, Gentry became a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II. When he returned to the States, he held various coaching positions and eventually was named head coach in 1956 at Tennessee State University (TSU) in Nashville. Among his accomplishments as coach, in 1956 he led the Tigers to a National Championship with a 10-0 record and a victory in the Orange Blossom Classic. He was also named the NCAA "Coach of the Year". In 1959 the team again went undefeated and won another national championship. He was promoted to Athletic Director and served from 1961-1976.

In 1980, a TSU sports complex was named in Gentry’s honor - the Howard C. Gentry Physical Education, Recreation and Convocation Complex. This arena is used for the university's basketball games and special events, and seats 10,500.

Howard Gentry died at age 73 on February 14, 1995, following an extended bout with cancer.

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Panera Bread
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Posted 2/14/2017 at 12:31:53 PM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]
Special thanks to Tyler Wilkey, Manager of the Panera Bread in Bexley Centre. Your cookie donation was an awesome Valentine's Day treat for our Eastmoor Academy Teachers & Staff.
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Americans who made History: Jesse Owens
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Posted 2/7/2017 at 4:37:39 PM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]

N. Michelle Sutton, EA Parent Consultant Week of February 6, 2017

Although February is designated as Black History Month, many believe Black History should be celebrated EVERY month. Black history is after all American History.

One outstanding American who made history is Jesse Owens - 1913-1980.

Jesse Owens was one of the greatest track and field athletes of all time. Although he was born in Danville, Alabama, Owens has a connection right here in Columbus. As he trained to participate in the 1936 Olympic Games in Munich, Owens attended The Ohio State University. However, due to segregation, Owens and his wife could not live on the Ohio State campus. They lived on the Westside of Columbus on Oakley Avenue. The house where they lived is now a national landmark.

During the 1936 Olympics, Owens won 4 gold medals. This was met with hate and anger by Adolf Hitler, who had bragged that his Aryan athletes would defeat any Black American. Since Owens had dispelled Hitler’s racial superiority theory, Hitler even refused to present Owens with his medals. However, it was the prejudice Owens received here in America that prevented him from making a living he deserved to take care of his family. Owens was finally honored for his place in history when he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1976.

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Parent/Teacher Conference Success
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Posted 1/24/2017 at 11:35:23 AM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]
N. Michelle Sutton, EA Parent Consultant
January 2017
It’s time to sign-up for Parent/Teacher Conferences. This is an awesome opportunity for parents, teachers and students to design the best path for your child.

But let’s be honest, Parent/Teacher Conferences can be easy when your child has a great report. But suppose your child has a negative report, because they have behavioral or academic challenges?

Although it might be difficult not to become defensive, here are a few suggestions to help you through the process:

Make a list: Instead of going to the meeting unprepared, write your questions and any talking points you want to discuss.

Listen: If the teacher shares disappointing news about your child, listen, take a deep breath and then share your opinions.

Follow up: Most P/T Conferences have time limits. So if you feel you need more time, schedule another appointment. Also, contact Mr. Morton or our Counselors if you have questions your teacher can’t answer.
Work together as a Team with your teachers and staff. Find the best solutions for your child’s academic success.
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Organize with Ease in 2017
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Posted 1/11/2017 at 8:39:32 AM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]

N. Michelle Sutton – EA Parent Consultant

January, 2017

Happy New Year! Can you believe it’s 2017? As we begin a New Year, many people look forward to making changes. On January 1st we make resolutions; We’re going to lose weight, connect with old friends (beyond just wishing them a happy birthday on Facebook) or we’re going to travel. We set goals. It’s no coincidence that January is also National Get Organized Month. Yes, that’s really a thing.

It started back in 2005, when the Association of Professional Coordinators decided they wanted to increase awareness of the significance of organization and the value of employing a professional organizer. Studies show that individuals waste up to an hour every day on average, searching for things that they’ve misplaced. And that drives home that fact that almost everyone can benefit from getting and staying organized. Here are a few suggestions from Women’s Day magazine.

1. A small, open basket on the coffee table keeps remote controls from slipping between sofa cushions, says professional organizer Kathy Waddill, author of The Organizing Sourcebook: Nine Strategies for Simplifying Your Life.

Put wastebaskets in every room, suggests Waddill.

Whenever you run across anything empty, ripped, the wrong size or never used, immediately toss it in the trash or a charity box.

Store sheet sets in the same room as the bed, between the mattress and box spring or tucked into an underbed box.

Keep a cedar chest (or a light-weight wicker basket if you have young children to avoid accidents) at the foot of your bed to hide blankets and extra pillows.

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Prepare your Graduate
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Posted 1/5/2017 at 8:40:45 AM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]

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Tip Of The Week
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Posted 12/1/2016 at 9:11:50 AM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]
Are your family members functioning at their best? Sometimes not having a routine to follow can cause disorder. According to the National PTA - Parent Teacher Association, children actually thrive when they have routines. That's why it's important to have consistent study time, dinner time and bed time. And, it's never to late to start. So work together and develop your family routines. Give your child a sense of security and structure.
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Parent Page
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Posted 9/26/2016 at 11:10:30 AM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]

Thursday, September 8, 2016
Hi Eastmoor Academy High School Parents:

I have a question for you: Got Stress? I bet the answer is yes. Many of us have full, fun and sometimes frantic lives. Family, Career and Volunteering in our church and community can keep us busy. Unfortunately through it all, we may encounter situations that cause us to feel stressed. And although stressful situations can we a part of our lives, there are ways to get it under control. The Ohio Department of Mental Health shares this advice on how to reduce stress:
· Work off Stress: Physical activities like exercise, gardening, even a walk around the block can help clear your head.
· Talk out your worries: Confide in a trusted friend, family member, your Pastor or a professional counselor. Get it off your chest.
· Accept what you cannot change: Recognize your limitations and the limitations of others. Then develop a realistic and positive attitude about the situation.

Find ways to reduce stress can lead to a healthier and happier life.

A Message from Michelle Sutton - Eastmoor Academy Parent Consultant

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Thanksgiving Traditions
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Posted 11/15/2016 at 4:46:10 PM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]

Thanksgiving Traditions

N. Michelle Sutton, EA Parent Consultant

November, 2016

Dear EA Parents:

Did you know that November is Good Nutrition Month? How ironic. The same month where many begin our holiday binging. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and most of us will share fantastic feasts with family and friends. We give into our annual temptations of pumpkin pie and dressing and gravy. But just because this is the season to have some amazing meals, it doesn’t mean we can’t make some healthy choices too. Here are a few suggestions for post Turkey Day Fun!

1. Take a Walk: Instead of just eating and taking that after dinner nap, move. Ask family members to take a walk around the block. Work off the dessert.

2. Pass the Ball: Don’t just watch the game, start one. Go shoot some hoops or play some touch football in the backyard. A little friendly competition can be fun.

3. A Mind is a Terrible Thing….: Get the mental muscles working too. Dust off the board games or get a deck of cards. Monopoly never goes out of style.

Enjoy time with your family and friends and challenge them to do something different. Adding fitness to your Thanksgiving celebration can start a new tradition.

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Posted 11/1/2016 at 4:47:50 PM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]

Charity begins at EA

N. Michelle Sutton, EA Parent Consultant

November 2016

America is a great nation. But even in America, millions of families go hungry. There are many faces in a crowd of poverty. These faces may be a neighbor, the child on the school’s soccer team. It could even be your home, where there is never quite enough.

According to FeedingAmerica.org, our State of Ohio ranks #6 in the nation where many households don’t have a sufficient amount of food. But with your help, we can put food on the tables of some of our Ohio families.

EA is a School of Excellence with a charitable legacy. We have adopted the Our Lady Of Guadalupe Center Food Pantry on the Westside of Columbus. This year, with the help of the EA National Honor Society, under the direction of Mrs. Deborah Mills and Mrs. Kelly Rasberry, our Internship Coordinator, we are hosting a friendly competition between each Class. The Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior and Senior Classes will collect canned goods from November 14 – 18. The Class who collects the most canned goods will not only have bragging rights, but will also be rewarded for their giving.

But you can begin the giving early. Bring canned goods to the Parent/Teacher Conferences on November 7 and November 15. We’ll put them in your child’s class box located in the school’s lobby. The winning Class will be announced November 21st.

Thanks for making a difference in our community!

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Giving Back
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Posted 10/24/2016 at 4:48:31 PM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]

Giving Back

October/November 2016

N. Michelle Sutton – Eastmoor Academy Parent Consultant

Eastmoor Academy has a long history of volunteering in our community. Through our Impact Team, students have fed the homeless, hand-sewn sleeping bags, served as bell ringers for the Salvation Army and participated in beautification projects. I’m sure many of our kids got their volunteering spirit from Mom and Dad.

My parents taught me the importance of community service too. Through church meetings, parents groups and helping the less fortunate, I’ve learned how one simple act could make a difference in someone’s life.

During Parent/Teacher Conferences, November 7 and November 15, we are asking for your help. Eastmoor would like to begin a Reading Buddies Club. Reading Buddies helps support literacy in our schools. Our Goal: Eastmoor parents and students will read to elementary school students at Fairmoor Elementary School, once a week and help them improve their reading skills. Reading Buddies training will be held at Eastmoor. Your participate would make such an impact!

So please sign-up during Parent/Teacher Conferences in our school hallway. Volunteering as a Reading Buddy would be a great way of giving back!

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Posted 10/21/2016 at 4:51:40 PM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]
Dear EA Parents:

After debates, rallies, protests and conventions, we are almost at Election Day! Election Day is Tuesday, November 8. Although it may be too late to register to vote (Eastmoor offered voter registration during our Open House) for those who are registered, Early Voting has begun. Since October 10, you can vote at the Franklin County Board of Elections, 1700 Morse Rd, Columbus, OH 43229. And if you have questions on your polling site, call (614) 525-3100. Office Hours Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Many people literally died for this right, so don’t take it for granted. No matter your political preference, there is one thing we can all agree on: Your Vote Matters!

N. Michelle Sutton, Parent Consultant

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Breast Cancer
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Posted 10/11/2016 at 4:51:08 PM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]

Breast Cancer Awareness: What Women and Men Should Know

N. Michelle Sutton, Eastmoor Academy Parent Consultant

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And sadly, one out of eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. It is second only to lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer death among women in Ohio. But the news is getting better. Since 2000, nationally, breast cancer in women has decreased. That means progress is being made in early detection, improved treatment and possibly decreased incidence.

But women aren’t the only ones to be affected by the disease. After decades of silence, male breast cancer survivors are going public about their breast cancer journeys. Their Message: “Men have breasts; men get breast cancer too.” While the number of males diagnosed with breast cancer, each year is about 2,000, many of them are being diagnosed at later stages of the disease, when treatment needs to be more aggressive and their prognoses are less favorable.

Why are men getting diagnosed at more advanced stages? Most men are not aware they can get breast cancer. Men often do not get annual physicals. Comprehensive breast exams are not a routine part of a male physical, and men don’t get mammograms. Some feel embarrassed at the possibility of having a “woman's disease”, and then there is the fear factor. Consequently lumps and thickenings often go unnoticed or unattended until they can be seen or cause pain.

But men shouldn’t die of embarrassment. In addition to talking with their doctor, they can check out The Male Breast Center Coalition (MBCC) website to see male breast cancer survivors who share their stories with those newly diagnosed and in need of support.

For more information on updates on cancer research and treatment see the following:

· American Cancer Society (ACS)

· Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

· The Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center (The Ohio State University)

· The National Cancer Institute (NCI)

· The Ohio BCCP

Information for this article was taken from: Healthy.ohio.gov and VeryWell.com

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No Bullies Allowed
Michelle Sutton's Blog Page
Posted 9/28/2016 at 4:50:31 PM by Sonya Lovingood [staff member]

October is National Bully Prevention Month. Founded in 2006by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center, the campaign unites communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. Although the tips are primarily for children, most of the information could be used on various audiences. 

Most of us have heard about bullies on the playground at school. But how many of us have dealt with adult bullies at the parent meetings, in the sorority meetings and even in church?

It can be a challenge to use logic on someone who has illogical behavior. But some of the same techniques we tell our children could also be effective with adult bullies too. Here are suggestions some experts in the field of human behavior have shared:

·   Stand up for yourself: Let the bully know you don’t like their behavior;
·  Ignore them: When you don’t give bullies any attention it lessens their power;
·   When interaction with a bully becomes too intense, leave that space. Don’t stay in an environment with a bully if you don’t feel safe; And,
·   If their behavior goes past verbal insults to physical touching, report the bully to someone in authority, even the police.

Albert Einstein said: The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.

Find ways to stand up and speak out so people know you want to live in a bully-free zone.

N. Michelle Sutton - Eastmoor Academy Parent Consultant

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