February 6 - 13, 2021

Delta Family Center - Weekly Notes and News

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Backpack Program Move!
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Incredible Years Class

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Delta County Schools Winter Break February 15 - 19, 2021

There will be NO SCHOOL for PreK-12 February 15th - 19th. Have a safe and happy time off. School will resume Monday, February 22, 2021.
Message from Delta County School District

UPDATED DCSD Guidelines - Department of Public Health & Safety Guidelines Please refer to the following document on guidance on when your child is ok to go to school. At-home screenings should be happening at home prior to coming to school.

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BELA Preschool/Delta County School District Guidelines for COVID-19 Symptoms

The following updated CDPHE guidelines will be used to guide us as we continue to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic:

● If students/staff have symptoms they should not come to school until symptoms resolve/have improved

● If students/staff have minor symptoms that resolve within 48 hours and they can safely wear a mask they should return to school

● If minor symptoms have not resolved after 48 hours they are required to home isolate for 10 days following symptom onset

● If students/staff with minor symptoms in home isolation take a PCR or rapid test and test negative or obtain an alternate diagnosis and can safely wear a mask, they may return to school earlier (negative test results/doctor note required)

● If students/staff have tested positive they are required to home isolate for 10 days following symptom onset

● Students/staff who have been confirmed positive in the previous 90 days are not required to quarantine/home isolate.

Parents/Guardians of students who have symptoms should call the school and communicate the health status of their student. This should also include any absence of a student due to home isolation directed by the health department or a health official due to close contact with a positive case outside of school. These students will be marked “EXC19'' for the duration of their absence and our health aide and attendance advocate will stay in communication as to the status of your student. If a student is required to quarantine due to close contact while at school they will be marked “Q” for the duration of their absence. Once students complete a required quarantine and/or home isolation period they need to return to school. Teachers will not provide distance learning for students who chose not to attend school. A parent’s excuse for a student absence does not qualify for distance learning access.

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BELA Weekly Class Newsletters

Our BELA classroom teachers are hard at work putting together weekly newsletters for their families. They are working on emailing or printing these for you to have each week.

If you have not yet received a newsletter or talked to your teacher about how you would like to get your child's class newsletter, please let them know ASAP. If you need additional supports, please contact Angela Feder, Director or Lisa Mock, Assistant Director at (970)874-9517

BELA Preschool Breakfast, Lunch & Snack Menu

For complete menus for the year, please visit DCSD http://www.deltaschools.com/for-parents.php and follow the link to Preschool Breakfast & Lunch. Snacks are offered for BELA Transition, Full-Day and Extended Day Classrooms ONLY. If you have questions or concerns about your child's meals, please call Angela Fedler at (970)874-9517.
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Backpack Program Exchange Dates!

The Backpack Program is Coming Your Way! Each BELA class should receive a PowerAnnouncer as to your date and time for pick up. Families should have also hear from our wonderful Backpack Ladies with details about their exchange during their week.

Outlying Delta County Families: When it is your exchange week, the Backpack Ladies will be in our big white van from 11-1pm in partnership with each community's elementary school.

February 8th - 11th: Ms. Tina & Ms. Mimi

Ms. Sara/Kaitlyn & Ms. Stacy/Ms. Jessi

Ms. Shannon & Ms. Misty

Ms. Tiffini/Ms. Morgan & Ms. Em & Ms. Emily

Ms. Cindy & Ms. Danielle

Ms. Christina & Ms. Cendy

February 15th - 19th: Winter Break/Backpack Office Closed

February 23rd: Hotchkiss/Crawford

February 24th: Cedaredge

February 25th: Paonia

If you are NEW to the Backpack Program, please follow the link below to fill out a short form and watch a short required "Box Talk" prior to picking your first Backpack Box.

If you have questions, please call (970)874-9517 and ask to talk to the Backpack Office. See you all soon!

Backpack Program Virtual Box Talk

Required for all NEW Backpack Families prior to getting your first box.

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Delta Family Center Family Resource Center

Our Family Advocates are ready and working at the Delta Family Center main office and can be reached during normal operating hours. If you or your family have been directly impacted by the the COVID-19 pandemic, we may have financial resources to help. Please stay tuned to our page on Facebook and Weekly Notes and News for updates and information. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please call us at 874-9517 M-F from 7:30am-4pm.

Do you need help with your energy bill?

Call today to find out if you qualify for assistance with your energy/heating bill! The Family Resource Center Staff may be able to help! (970)974-9517

Bright By Text

Bright by Text

As families with young children find themselves home around the clock and seeking creative ways to keep their children safe and engaged, consider Bright by Text. Bright by Text provides developmentally appropriate tips and activities for free, delivered right to a caregivers phone. Bright by Text also partners with many Colorado organizations to deliver local resources such as library story times, parent education classes and more. The text messaging service delivers actionable information from trusted early childhood experts to parents and caregivers of young children — from prenatal to age eight, in English & Spanish — to support healthy child development and build strong, resilient families. Caregivers can sign-up by texting BRIGHT to 274448 or going here: bit.ly/2U8GtO8


Parents As Teachers

If you or someone you know who has a child aged 0-5 and is interested in a phenomenal parenting partnership program, look no further than Parents As Teachers. PAT is an evidence-based home visiting model that promotes early development, learning and health of young children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers. (https://parentsasteachers.org/what-we-do)

Delta Family Center Resource Office has openings for YOU to start this journey TODAY! Call us to find out more information 874-9517 or email us at dfc@deltaschools.com

Delta Family Center Website

Check out our website for up to date information on programs, news, and how to contact us!

Click Here for our Delta Family Center YouTube Channel

Visit our very own YouTube channel for videos to enhance your preschooler's day and parenting experience!

Delta Family Center

The Delta Family Center has been serving families since 1992 and is comprised of: The Backpack Program, The Backpack Early Learning Academy (BELA Preschool), and The Family Resource Center. The Backpack Program is FREE and open to all 3-5 year olds in Delta County. The BELA Preschool has locations in Delta, Hotchkiss, Paonia and Cedaredge, with a partner preschool in Crawford. The Family Resource Center provides numerous child and adult activities through a variety of services. Please call us for more information. (970)874-9517