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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Annual CARES Open House and the Family Resource Fair

By Dr. Deborah M. Vereen

The Woodland Hills School District will host the annual C.A.R.E.S. (Connect And Resourceful Engagement with our Schools) Open House and Family Resource Fair on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 12:00 pm until 7:00 pm. The event will be held at the Administrative Offices at Fairless.

The purpose of this event is twofold. First of all, Woodland Hills School District families with infants will have an opportunity to get to know the members of the professional community long before their child enrolls in school. C.A.R.E.S. is an early childhood program that helps to prepare future children for the education process. The open house segment of the fair will enable qualifying families to register to be a part of this program. Secondly, The Woodland Hills School District routinely works to ensure that families have the varied resources that they need. Therefore, the event is further designed to facilitate all processes to connect families as well as community members to various resource providers according to the unique needs and desires of each guest.

All of the events for the day have been scheduled to allow those attending to schedule a time slot that fits into his or her personal schedule. This enables guests to plan to attend and participate in specific breakout sessions that have been previously scheduled.

Children are welcome to attend the event with their parents. A Children’s Fun Station will keep children occupied as they learn and have fun while families visit with various resource vendors and attend breakout sessions. A segment highlighting student performances will be held from 5:00 pm until 6:30 pm. Performers from the Woodland Hills Department of performing Arts will present musical selections and gymnasts from the Pittsburgh Gymnastics Club will be showcased. Woodland Hills student artwork will be displayed, too. Awesome raffles and book giveaways will also highlight the event.

THE WOODLAND HILLS SCHOOL DISTRICT FAMILY RESOURCE FAIR PROGRAM OF EVENTS
Resource Providers Available At Tables to Answer Questions and Distribute Materials
* Woodland Hills C.A.R.E.S. (Connected And Resourceful Engagement with our Schools) – Registered families will receive a one-time CARE Package
* Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Family Care Connections: Healthy Schools Program and Healthy Out-of-School Time
* The Woodland Hills School District College Access Office
* Mrs. Bridgett Creach, Woodland Hills Parent and RISE (Ramah International Service Enterprise) Consultant
* Woodland Hills Kindergarten Registration
* Woodland Hills Edgewood and Wilkins PTO (Parent Teacher Organization)
* Allegheny Family Network
* Circles
* Women For A Healthy Environment
* Heritage Community Initiatives
* On-Site Voter Registration
* Woodland Hills Home School Visitors: Summer Programs For Youth and Other Helpful Information (available until 3:00 pm)
* United Way
* Turner Dairy
* Gardweeno, Braddock Youth Project: Gardening
* The Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC)
* The Braddock Library
* Pittsburgh Gymnastics Club
* Matilda Theiss
* Word and Worship Church
* ATU (Athletic Trauma Unit) Food Truck: Healthy Food Sampling, Parking Lot
* The Woodland Hills Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services Department
* ReadyRosie (Families registered for C.A.R.E.S. (Connected And Resourceful Engagement with our Schools) will receive this early childhood on-line program)
* Glade Run
* Power Up, Adagio Health
* Greater Braddock Ministerial Association

Awesome raffles from places like the Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh Pirates, Eat N Park and many, many more will be held throughout the event! A children’s book give-away will be sponsored by Reading Is Fundamental! Student artwork will be displayed! The Children’s Fun Station will provide children with friendly entertainment!

Informational Sessions
  • Athletic Trauma Unit, Mr. Chris Edmonds “ATU Workout” *Exercise Participation 12:00 pm
  • Women For A Healthy Environment “The Battle for Healthy Water In Pittsburgh” 12:00 pm
  • Woodland Hills Home School Visitors “Attendance Matters” 12:30 pm
  • Ms. Pauline Schofstall, Wilkins Kindergarten, “Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten” 1:00 pm
  • PAEYC “The Power of Storytelling for Advocacy” 2:00 pm
  • Circles “Circles 101: Poverty In Our Neighborhoods” 2:30 pm
  • Matilda Theiss, “Ways To Handle Family Stress” 3:00 pm
  • Mr. William Marshall “The Meaning of Juneteenth and the Pittsburgh Observance” 3:30 pm
  • Mrs. Bridgett Creach, Woodland Hills Parent and RISE (Ramah International Service Enterprise) Consultant “Stick Business: Today’s Impact On Tomorrow” *Skill Development for Children 4:00 pm
  • Rev. Richard Wingfield, President, Greater Braddock
  • Ministerial Association “The Spiritual Development of the Family” 4:30 pm
  • Matilda Theiss “Coping With Family and Community Trauma” 5:00 pm
  • Women For a Healthy Environment “The Battle for Healthy Water In Pittsburgh” 5:00 pm
Special On-Stage Performances
Student Musical Presentations from the Woodland Hills Department of Performing Arts, 5:00 pm
“Preschool, Ninja, and Tumbling Showcase”, Pittsburgh Gymnastics Club, 609 6th Street, Braddock, PA 15104, 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm