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  1. 1. Army Community Service (ACS) Fort Drum, NY April 2012 ACS Green Press ~A tree free newsletter Direct questions / feedback To: Sarah Lynch : 772-5374 this issue: Honoring the Military ChildMandatory ACS Program- 2ming Need To Know - In 1986 Defense Secretary we have an opportunity to The Army Communityfrom your USC Caspar Weinberger designated recognize the sacrifices theseService Family AdvocacyRegarding Resilience : Tips, 3 April as Month of the Military special children make be- Program is partnering withtools and techniques for Child. Since then, every April cause of the honorable ser- CYSS to hold their Childpracticing resiliency everyday our nation honors and recog- vice of their Soldier . Mili- Safety and ID day at theACS Friends and 4 nizes military children as the tary children endure frequent Child, Youth and SchoolNeighbors Fort DrumKids young heroes they are. moves, loss of friendships Services (CYSS) Youth This month’s newsletter fea- and family separation as well Center in honor of theMilitary Kids in the 5Community tures children of Fort Drum as many other stressors that Month of the Military who are part of the nearly 1.7 stem from the service of theirChild on Saturday April 21Military Kids in the 6Community million children in military parent or parents. from 1-4pm. Come onMonthly Feature: Family 8,9 Families of which approxi- Army Community Service out and learn about safety,Advocacy Program (FAP) mately 900,000 have had one (ACS) offers programs and get free identification kitsChild Youth Behavior 10 or both parents deploy multiple services for the entire Family and take advantage of theConsultants times. Every day military chil- including programming spe- giveaways. While you’re dren face challenges that are cifically designed for chil- there, attend the CYSSMilitary Kids on the Move 11 specific to their lifestyles and dren. Programs such as the Month of the Military they do so with pride for their Exceptional Family Member Child Carnival. There willOn the Payroll 12 be games, prizes, food and parent or parents who serve Program, New Parent Sup-Advantage Kids After fun for your child and theSchool Program our nation in various military port and Family Advocacy branches. As Family Members, Program focus on the well child in you.ACS Events and Classes 13,14 Teachers, Civilian Employees, being of the Military Child, ACS salutes Fort Drum’sACS Contacts 15 and Volunteers, or anyone who not only in April, but every Military Children! works with military children, month of the year. EFMP DRAMA CLINIC For children ages 8-18 on the Autism Spectrum to build social skills Adult Training 10:00-12:00 Actor Workshop 12:00-2:30 March 24 and 31, May 26 and June 2 ACS Ball Room This is a free event
  2. 2. Page 2 ACS Green Press April 2012 What You Might Need To Know from your ACS Unit Service Coordinator (USC) Army Commu- spections. In fact, AR 608.18 mandates 600-20 5-10, 1-2 hours) and the Reloca- nity Service that all new commanders have a Family tion Readiness Program’s (RELO) utilizes a Unit Advocacy Program overview brief within Overseas Orientation Brief (AR 608-14-Service Coordinator (USC) to reach 45 days of assumption of command. AR 22, 1.5 hour).out to command teams to find out the 608.18 also mandates that troops receive Over the next few weeks the USC willtype of information and referral needed Domestic Violence Awareness Training be contacting their assigned Commandto best support their Soldiers and Fami- for a minimum of 1 hour as well as Child Teams to arrange meetings and tolies. The USC goes directly to the unit Abuse Detection and Awareness Trainingand completes a desk side needs assess- for a minimum of 1 hour annually.ment to determine the unit’s specific Think ACS First! The Required Financial Readiness Pro-needs. gram (FRP) trainings as per AR 608-14-The USC sits down with command 39 are the Financial Readiness for 1st If you are part of yourteams to determine which training is Termers (8 hours), Checkbook/Money unit command teamappropriate to offer based on the De- Management (Command-referred 1.5 and would like a visitployment Cycle Support Training Ma- hours) PCS Financial Planning (1.5trix, mandatory unit trainings and indi- hours) and Army Emergency Relief Com- from your Unit Servicevidual needs the command teams iden- mand Referral Training (AR 930-4, 1 Coordinator,tify based on the overall needs of their hour) please contactSoldiers at that specific time. Other trainings required include Mobili- Sarah Lynch atMany of the ACS classes and trainings zation and Deployment (Mob/Dep) Pre-are required for commands to pass in- deployment and Reunion Briefings (AR 772-5374 21st Annual International Festival of Food Volunteer Support Fund Friday, April 20, 2012 4:30-8:00 PM at The Commons Pick up at will call the night of the event! All proceeds benefit Fort Drum Community Volunteers by paying for childcare! Pre-Sale tickets available March 7-April 4th Through Unit Representatives, ACS, Off the Beatin Path, or American Red Cross Window at Clark Hall Tickets: $10 age 12 and older ($15 at the door) $5 for kids 3-11
  3. 3. Page 3 ACS Green Press April 2012 Regarding Resilience: Tips, tools and techniques for practicing resilience everyday! By Jenn Eichner, MRT 772-2848Energy ManagementHope you had a wonderful February – kicked into action as soon as an Activat-  After each muscle group, take afilled with hopeful, optimistic ing Event happens. minute break before continuing tothoughts! Have you been noticing Principles for designing mental games the next muscle groupyourself recognizing Activating include the following: Must require yourEvents? Have you identified any full attention, should be hard and fun and Energy Management is a crucial part ofThinking Traps or Iceberg Beliefs that must be games you can do within a few maintaining a happy, healthy self. Takemay need closer attention in order to minutes. A few examples include: Math the time to find ways to reduce yourmaintain productivity? Remember, games: Count back from 1,000 by 7s. stress in a way that works for you. Ifresilience is a practice not an overall Alphabet games: Work your way through you are finding it difficult to do this,body of knowledge. Practice makes the alphabet, naming someone for each you may want to search your mind forperfect! pair of initials. Categories games: Name a Thinking Trap and/or an Iceberg all the sports figures, war heroes, etc. you Belief that may be inhibiting you. ForToday we are going to talk about can in two minutes. Lyrics: Recite upbeat example, the Me, Me, Me ThinkingEnergy Management. What do you song lyrics. Trap may find you feeling as if takingdo to relax and alleviate stress in your care of self is not a priority. Or if onelife? Are you a runner? Do you knit Controlled Breathing techniques for En- of your Iceberg Beliefs is, “I should beor play an instrument? Or are you one ergy Management include the following: able to handle it all”, you may find En-of many that have not yet found that Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Medita- ergy Management a sign of weakness.outlet? Energy Management is a tion and Positive Imagery. Give it a try: In either case, your Thinking Trapcritical resilience competency as it  Do controlled breathing for two min- and/or Iceberg Belief would be harm-helps to build self-regulation. The goal utes ful thinking and should be reevaluated.of Energy Management is to develop  As you breathe in, make fists and Remember the old but very true sayingstrategies that lower the intensity of tense your hands and lower arms – you can’t fully take care of othersemotions so that you can think and  Keep your muscles tight for the count until you take care of yourself.respond more clearly and with greater of fifteencontrol. The challenge is that no one  As you exhale, relax the muscles Have a great month – good luck andcan tell you exactly what strategies will quickly and concentrate on the feeling good thoughts!work for you. You may need to take of relaxationthe time and try a few and see which  Do twice; take a minute break andyou find to be relaxing and calming. then move on to the next muscleResearch has found that in a pinch, groupbreathing techniques and mental  For each group tense the muscles forgames may be the best place to start. fifteen seconds, then relax them forThese are good strategies that can be thirty seconds Upcoming MRT Dates April 9 Module 2 9:30am-2:30 pm May 21 Module 3 9:30am-2:30 pm June 11 Module 4 9:30am-2:30 pm August 13 Module 5 9:30am-2:30 pm All Modules will be held at ACS Times include 1 hour lunch break refrigerators available for use
  4. 4. ACS Green Press April 2012 Page 4ACS Friends and Neighbors-Promoting Community Fort Drum Kids in the Spotlight Since April is The Month of the Mili- tary Child, Instead of Spouse in the Spotlight, ACS wanted to introduce our readers to some of the kids that are part of our community. Tiffany Allen is the middle child and only girl of the bunch. She is a 3rd Rahman White is the youngest of grader at Carthage Elementary and three children. He attends the even though she doesn’t have a favor- Strong Beginnings Program ite subject at school, she loves every- through CYSS. Rahman loves any thing about school and learning. Tif- sport with a ball, playing with Bay- fany’s favorite colors are pink and pur- blades, drawing and playing his Rashaun Vinson is 11 years old and ple and is usually up for anything from Nintendo DS. in the 5th grade at Carthage Middle riding her bike to reading, playing Another thing Rahman absolutely School. His favorite subject at school video games to doing arts and crafts. loves to do is EAT! His favorites is Science. Rashaun’s favorite color is Tiffany plans to become a fashion line up with anything his Dad likes. red. He is extremely sociable, which designer when she grows up. She also In fact in the picture above, he is is an important trait for any military hopes to go to college when she is 13. wearing his Dad’s hat! child when it comes to making new This may be attainable because when When Rahman grows up, he wants friends. Someday, you might see she was in Virginia her school skipped to be in the military just like his Rashaun speeding away in a red race her from the 1st to 3rd grade; she was father. Rahman’s mother will tell car because, as a small child, Rashaun part of the Gifted and Talented Pro- you that he is a very happy kid, dreamed of being a race car driver; gram and was student of the month who is always singing and saying right now he is keeping his options during the 2009-10 school year. hello to the people he meets but open. She and her friend started an environ- most of all he loves his mama! Rashaun enjoys building with Legos mental club called Save the Planet. They Rashaun, Tiffany and Rahman are and putting together model cars. He meet once a week and decide what the children of Christina and Rah- also loves eating. In fact, if you asked small projects they can do around the man White. Christina is prior mili- what one of the best things about neighborhood, like pick up cans and tary and is now a stay at home mom being in the military is, he would re- bottles or plant flowers. Tiffany is a looking for a job. Rahman has spond all the activities on post, espe- very positive, cheerful young lady but been in the military for 24 years. cially ones with FOOD! Rashaun is when asked what she likes or doesn’t frequently found on Tuesdays at the like about the military, she states that Winners Circle for Family Night at she doesn’t like all the moving and the Commons. having to make new friends.
  5. 5. Page 5 ACS Green Press April 2012Military Kids in the Community: Making LastingImpressionsFort Drum Kids Name the Zoo’s Latest Baby! The story began nex Drive came up with a long list that names chosen to be voted on by the in September of included names like Sponge bob, fluffy, public. 2011 when the or even the same name as the child who Too make a long story short, the five Watertown Zoo suggested the name. For instance, Susie kids who suggested Ninja as a good received infor- thought the Kitten should be named- name for the kitten were not the only mation about an you guessed it- Susie! The list was nar- people to think that. When Northern abandoned male rowed down to the ten most popular mountain lion NY cast their votes Ninja was the names submitted by the kids and thecub being held by the Montana Fish, winner! name Ninja was suggested by five dif-Wildlife and Parks Department. Ap- ferent kids from Chapel Drive Annex. The military kids at Chaple Drive Annexparently, the cub was found by utility The five kids who suggested the name have enjoyed their moment of fame withworkers after either being abandoned were, Elias Chavez, Nicolette Austin, a television news piece as well as a visitor separated from his mother. Alonzo Alvarez, Richard Barker and from the zoo staff who brought themFortunately for the Watertown Zoo, Nora Bernat had no idea what would stuffed baby Ninja animals! The Chapelas well as many young fans, the kitten happen next. Drive Center is planning a field trip tocame to live in upstate NY. visit Ninja this Spring. The Staff at the zoo narrowed the list I asked the kids about naming Ninja andIn January 2012 the zoo had a compe- further to five names which included below is what they had to say:tition to name the kitten. After being Linus, Sorky, Climby, Tsavaorite, andprompted by their teacher to enter the and you what? Ninja was one of the fivecontest, the children from Chapel An- “They can climb to the tippy top of a tree like a Ninja.” Richard Baker “Ninja is a good name. They run fast and battle and climb big rocks The whole gang with the teacher who just like a Ninja.” Elias Chavez gave them the idea, Ms. Amy Thomas. “The bab y lion lost he lives at his mama the zoo an and cute….we d he’s etty and named him “Mountain lions are pr Nicolette Austin Ninja!” e mine!” Ninja has blue eyes lik Nora Bernat “It’s cooland awesome and perfect name for a a lion.” Alonzo Alvarez
  6. 6. Page 6 ACS Green Press April 2012Military Kids in the Community: Making LastingImpressionsJiu Jitsu Nation of Watertown: Proudly Serving Military Families (NAGA) NY State Championships in ficult dealing with these feelings can Albany, two of the four kids that be. “As children they have a hard competed were from military fami- time expressing how they feel while lies. Gabriel Smith whose father is dealing with these issues. We at Jiu stationed at Fort Drum, took a gold Jitsu give them a positive, structured medal in both gi and no gi categories avenue to do so, while at the same while JJ Comely, after training in Bra- time serving as a positive role zilian Jiu Jitsu for only three months, model.” took a bronze in both the gi and no gi categories.” Marc also noted that Jiu Jitsu Nation Pictured from left to right with Marc has a number of active duty Soldiers Stevens: Gabriel Smith, Matt Simmons, JJ I asked Marc to tell me about the who are also instructors “Curtis Comley, Carter Comley, Nick Rogers service he provides to Fort Drum. Mosely holds the rank of purple belt He responded, “We work hand in in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and teaches our Jiu-Jitsu Nation located on Arsenal Street in hand with military kids to help them fundamentals classes. Our kids box- deal with the added pressures of hav- ing program is taught by SFC Watertown, provides beginner and ad- vanced martial arts classes for ages 4 and up ing parents who are deployed and Marques Daniels who is one of our serving their country.” professional fighters as well as the and accommodates all skill levels. 2010 All Army Combative Cham- Marc’s desire to reach out to military pion.” Owner, trainer and competitor, Marc Stevens and his instructors exhibit a real children motivates him to offer sig- passion for mixed martial arts and for the nificant military and family discounts. I asked Marc to explain what the Jiu Jitsu currently offers both Brazil- kids gain from his classes and he students they teach. I recently spoke with Marc about the military kids in his program ian Jiu Jitsu and boxing for kids. said, “Over time spent with these Both classes teach kids discipline, self kids we notice a number of changes. and he had this to say: confidence, self-control and provide Most often it has to do with respect “Here at Jiu Jitsu Nation our kids program an outlet for energy, frustration and and confidence. They must maintain currently has about 50 “little ninjas,” as I aggression. Children of military fami- good grades as well as keeping a bal- like to call them, of which about half are lies have to deal with mom and or anced home life which is great to see military kids. In fact, this past weekend at dad being away from home on the in today’s youth.” “Kids who train the North American Grapplers Association front lines during war. Marc under- in Jiu Jitsu aren’t out getting into stands and empathizes with how dif- trouble on the streets!” Marc It’s not what you think While we try to teach our children all you are that holds your about life, back, it’s what you think you are not.” Our children teach us what life is all Denis Waitley about ~Angela Schwindt
  7. 7. Page 7 ACS Green Press April 2012 Monthly Feature: Army Community Service Family Advocacy ProgramThe Family Advocacy Program is a quality of life. offered include: Baby Boot Camp,strength based military community Here at Fort Drum, we offer a number of Terrific Toddlers (Birth to four),agency that provides a variety of holistic exceptional educational programs to help Middle Years (Four-Twelve), Screamand educational programs to Soldiers support Families in all stages. The New Free Parenting and For Fathers Only.and their Families. The program serves Parent Support Program consists of a Don’t Stress! Family Advocacy alsoto assist in the development of strong team of professional nurses and social offers skill enhancing classes to helpArmy Families as well as aid in the pre- workers who provide supportive and car- build resilience and coping skills forvention and treatment of Family vio- ing services to military Families with chil- everyday situations. Services offeredlence. dren from birth to three years of age. Ser- include: Resilience Classes, StressThe Family Advocacy Team is dedicated vices offered include: home visits, infant Management, Conflict Resolutions,to preventing spouse and child abuse massage and Parent’s Alone Support Reintegration Classes, Anger Man-through awareness, education, prompt Group. agement, and Couples Communica-reporting, intervention and treatment. The Family Advocacy Parent Educators tion.The overall mission is to provide ser- offer parenting classes designed to givevices to support readiness of Soldiers parents the knowledge they need to estab-and their Families to promote self- lish healthy routines, positive disciplines,reliance, resilience and stability in order communication skills, and nutrition forto enhance relationships and improve healthy growth and development. ClassesProviding a Framework for Success through ParentingWorkshops by Dani Reed Family Advocacy Program EducatorI often hear parents say they wish chil- For Fathers Only is an 8 hour work- nursing and weaning toddlers, exploredren were born with manuals; to make shop is designed to give fathers tools on the possibility of another baby and re-raising them easier. Here at the Family positive discipline and building self es- view community resources for toddlersAdvocacy Program we don’t necessarily teem in a stimulating environment. and their parents.have the manual; however we do have Through lecture, workshop exercises, Middle Years is designed for children 5workshops and classes to give parents small group activities and one-on-one -12 years old. This 6 hour workshop isthe tools to become better parents. coaching, Fathers will be challenged, designed to give parents strategies on prodded and encouraged to redesign positive discipline, sibling rivalry, com-The military community includes ap- their approach to their parenting skills. munication skills, establishing familyproximately 1.8 million children and They will become a more effective par- rules and nutrition for healthy growthyouths under the age of 18 nationwide. ent and more deeply connected to the and development.Raising a happy, healthy child is one of most important people in their lives,the most challenging jobs a parent can Baby Boot Camp is an 7 hour work- their Family.have-- and also one of the most reward- shop designed to assist new parents thating. Good parenting helps foster empa- Terrific Toddlers is for parents with have children ages 0-3 years old and ex-thy, honesty, self-reliance, self-control, children birth to 4 years old. During pecting parents with information regard-kindness, cooperation and cheerfulness, this 6 hour workshop we’ll talk about ing basics of infant care. Topics include:while allowing the natural consequences discipline (teach and protect) and man- infant massage, baby proofing the home,of a childs behavior to do the teaching. aging the array of new emotions includ- breast feeding, good nutrition and much, ing temper tantrums. And well discussOur programs include: (Continued on page 8) predictable sleep challenges, talk about
  8. 8. Page 8 ACS Green Press April 2012Parenting Workshops Continued...(Continued from page 7) We also participate in special events likemuch more. the upcoming Child Identification andScream Free Parenting is not just Safety Day at CYSS, 21 April 1:00-4:00. For most parents, nothing is more im- Whatever you vividlyabout lowering your voice. It’s about imagine, ardently desire, portant than the safety of their children.learning to calm your emotional reac- sincerely believe and Keeping kids safe is everybodys re-tions and focus on your own behavior enthusiastically act sponsibility, so whether youre a parentmore than your kids’ behavior. This 6 or not we all need to be aware and do upon…hour workshop gives parents tools for a all we can to protect children. So the Must inevitably come tolifelong parenting process. It involves first step in the educational process is to passthe acquisition of new knowledge, raise the awareness level of parents.skills, abilities and attitudes towards the Participating vendors will be there to Paul J. Meyerlearning process for parents. offer information and answers ques- Recognized as Most tions. Children will have fun at the admired Man of theOur parenting workshops are worth- Month of the Military Child Carnival Decadewhile for every parent, because they canhelp you do the best job possible in and the Special Teddy Bear Clinic for araising your children, building trust and medical checkup where kids will receiveimproving your confidence in your par- a certificate of good health. A great dayenting ability, which is the most impor- involving fun for parents and children,tant job you will ever have. Become no reservation is necessary, this eventinvolved and contact FAP: 772-4244. will be enjoyed by the entire family. New Parent Support Program– A The Family Advocacy Program (FAP) recent workshop was held during the PROMOTES HEALING: Massage New Parent Support Program was month of March. helps aid teething distress and improves developed to help military families lung congestion for little ones, with a The benefits of infant massage in- cold. with young children to adapt to par- clude: enthood and to thrive as healthy fami- PROMOTES COMMUNICATION: lies. The program staff consists of RELAXATION: The massage re- Parents become more aware of baby’s Registered nurses and social workers leases tension, fussiness and irritabil- non-verbal cues. One-on-one communi- who offer home visits, classes, play- ity. It can aid in the digestive process cation instills a message of love and secu- groups and workshops for new par- and help reduce colic and gas. Mas- rity. ents. sage is a wonderful way to lessen IMPROVES BABY’S SLEEP: As the stress in both the infant and the par- One of the more popular classes of- ents. infant learns to relax and release stress, fered by the New Parent Support sounder and longer sleep is often the re- Program is the Infant Massage Class. ENHANCES BONDING: Mas- sult. Whether you are interested in learn- sage conveys nurturing and love, the ing massage or you would just like some- On a quarterly basis, New Parent Sup- essential ingredients for emotional and port Home Visitors provides an Infant physical growth and well-being. one to talk to about your successes and Massage educational 4- week work- concerns as a new parent the New Parent shop series. It is made available to AIDS GROWTH AND DEVEL- Support Staff can provide you with the parents with infants, from 8 weeks to OPMENT: Studies have shown in- support you are looking for. If you 8 months old. Grandparents and ex- creased weight and immune function. would like to learn more about the pro- pectant mothers and fathers are wel- Myelination of nerves is also in- gram Contact Ms. Terry Herzog for in- come, as well. The workshop is held creased. All of these components, in formation at (315) 772-0748. at an on-post community center turn, are needed for brain and muscle within the housing areas. The most development.
  9. 9. Page 9 ACS Green Press April 2012 A new baby is like the beginning of all thing, hope, a dream of possibilities. `anonymous Baby Bundles are a terrific ACS Welcomes baby Chase Aidan Brown! Born program for expecting February 22 2012. Chase and his mom, who is a parents! Soldier with 66 MP CID, came by to pick up their baby bundle and give the ACS staff a chance to see If you are an E-5 or below, his beautiful face! More good news for mom– She expecting a baby, register for just found out she was promoted to Staff Sergeant! your free baby bundle full of goodies for you and your new baby! There is no rank restriction if you are expecting multiple births! for more information call 772-4244
  10. 10. Page 10 ACS Green Press April 2012 Spring Clean Your Closet Annual ACS Spring Clothing Drive Donation Drop Times and Locations: Community Centers-April 2-23, Mon-Fri 8-5 pm ACS - April 9-23, Mon-Fri 7:30-4:30 pm Giveaway: 27 April from 1:00-4:00 or until everything is gone For More information: Call Sarah Lynch 772-5374 our donations are appreciated!Child Youth Behavior Military Family Life Consultants: Hereto Support the Military ChildThe Military child is often regarded as Child & Youth Behavioral Military available to you, free of charge withbeing extremely resilient. They adapt and Family and Life Consultants (CYB- complete confidentiality. The CYB-overcome many unique challenges, such MFLC) available to help you and your MFLCs does not keep files or reportas multiple moves, deployments and children with situational, short-term, findings with the exception of duty-to-changing schools to just name a few. problem solving support. All of thewarn situations. They are simply hereMany studies show that the Military child CYB-MFLCs are Masters and Ph.D. to help make the Military child’s pathbecomes a very well adjusted adult, but level counselors who can address the manageable and enjoyable, which willthe path is not always easy for the chil- following types of issues: serve to be a great support to parentsdren or the parents. Did you know that  School Adjustments as well. Because of their expertise,support is readily available to you? ACS Mobilization and Deployment  Deployment and Separation has also paired with the CYB MFLCsDo you have a child or young adult who  Reunion Adjustment to provide pre and post-deploymentyou feel could benefit from discussingtheir challenges with a counselor who  Sibling and Parent Communication trainings for children ages 6 through 18 years of age.specializes in child and youth behavior?  Behavioral ConcernsDid you know that you may not need to If you feel you could benefit from thelook any further than our on-post Child,  Fear, Grief and Loss CYB MFLC program, please contactYouth and School Age Services (CYSS)?  Daily Life issues them at 315-523-3141 for more program information.Currently, Fort Drum CYSS as four (4) All of these services and more are
  11. 11. Page 11 ACS Green Press April 2012 Military Kids on the Move! A Relocation Guide for Parents Moving is an accepted part of being Do your homework so you can “sell” can be viewed as a safe, centralized in the military. To adults who antici- the new community to your child. Use virtual "file drawer" where a student pate, expect and sometimes want to to get (or parent) can keep track of all the move, moving can be both an adven- more information about the new loca- tion. This web page will link you to details that are not only difficult to ture and a trying experience. If moving is an adventure for the adult, what does everything you need including informa- organize, but are so necessary when moving mean to the child? tion on schools, housing, employment students move or apply for college, For some children, moving can also be and the local community. jobs or military service. viewed as an adventure; however some When registering your children in their Above all TALK to your kids!! Have children can experience a range of frank discussions BEFORE, DUR- new schools have copies of their tests, emotions from worry to excitement, ING, and AFTER the move. Fear of writing samples and their school re- sadness, curiosity, stress and hope. It the unknown exists before and after can also mean leaving friends, going to cords. If your children are young, in- you get to your new location. It’s im- a new school, and feelings of fear. clude samples of their artwork and portant to keep the lines of communi- Preparation and careful planning in all printing. It is also a good idea to copy cation open. Share your thoughts and areas can help make moving a positive the front, back and cover page of their let your child know that you’ll work experience for all. textbooks. This helps your new school through things together. The best thing you can do is visit your place students in the right classes. The For more information on moving con- Relocation Readiness office! They can web page is a tact the Relocation Program at 772- give you information on your next duty secure storage site for students’ educa- 6566 or station and help educate and guide you tional, extra-curricular activities, awards through the moving process. The less anxious you are the less anxious your and volunteer and work information. children will be. Remain optimistic and Please note, though, this NOT a re- positive about the moving experience. placement for a school transcript. It Did You Know the ACS Employment Readiness Program Serves Teens? Every year millions of teens work in ERP could benefit teens and enhance Annually, ERP hosts a career fair just part time or summer jobs. Summer their marketability both now and in for teens. In fact, the Teen Career employment provides a great opportu- the future. Fair will be held on 4 April at the nities to develop skills, enhance re- Computers for the Workforce is a ACS from 10 am -2 pm. The Teen sponsibility, and learn the value of free career development series offer- Career Fair has local business repre- money. The Employment Readiness ing classes in Internet, Word and sentatives who have summer posi- Program (ERP), in conjunction with Excel. Some basics skills in Word tions to recruit for. Often the teens the CYSS Hired program, works to and Excel can benefit a teen whose are hired directly from this Career teach skills such as resume writing, job summer job is in an office setting. Fair. searching, and interviewing to the The Build Your Own Business If you would like more information teens participating in the program. Workshop is great for a teen who is or to schedule an appointment, ERP can also meet one on one with interested in opening a landscaping please contact ERP at 772-9611 or teens to assist with their personal job business, or who might be the next 772-1090. search regardless of participation in Mark Zuckerberg with an idea like Think ACS First! the Hired! Program. Some of the Facebook. workshops and classes offered by
  12. 12. ACS Green Press April 2012 Page 12 Look Who’s on the Payroll: Employment Readiness Success Stories! Congratulations to the following Employment Readiness clients who have re- cently landed a job! Alyssa Evans stream Joanna Brown Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes Molly Manning USO Kristen Crabtree Fairfield Inn and Suites Sharon Grillett Pier 1 Crystal Smith Hilton Garden Inn If you are one of our clients who has recently become employed, we want to hear about it! Give us a call so we can highlight your accomplishment and inspire others! Local Business Shout Out:Advantage After School Program -Where Education and FunCome TogetherNearly 300 local youths are finding the Children’s Home of Jefferson the tools to help them find the raresafe, educational, and fun after school County, contracted to oversee the pro- coins that may pass through theiractivities “right in their own school- gram, have teamed up to create diverse, hands.yard” at the Indian River School Ad- fun and exciting activities that meet thevantage After School Program. needs and interests of sixth, seventh, A healthy snack is served while stu- and eighth grade students. It helps dents enjoy positive interaction withDesigned by the Army in an effort to them achieve social, emotional, physical their classmates. They are also givenreduce military deployment stress, the and academic success while developing time to complete homework assign-program targets schools and communi- healthy lifestyles and behaviors. ments. Tutoring with certified teachersties with populations of military chil- for any student needing extra help isdren. The goal is to reduce the conflict Research has shown without super- also available. Kids can register for upsoldiers encounter between mission vised, structured activities during the to four tutoring sessions per week.workforce requirements and parental after school hours, youth are at greaterresponsibilities. It allows Army Families risk of being victims of crime or be- Special interest clubs engage the chil-to feel secure knowing their children coming a participant in juvenile crime dren in specific activities and eventsare in a safe environment learning and risky behavior including alcohol targeted to individual interests. Some ofvaluable skills under the supervision of and drug use. AYPYN is designed to the programs offered include Life Skillswell-trained staff and professional edu- provide students with dynamic activi- Development Club which focuses oncators. ties which stimulate them intellectually responsibility, respect, and building and increase self reliance - all while healthy relationship skills. CommunityHowever, Army dependents are not the having a great time with their peers. Service Club identifies and organizesonly beneficiaries of the program. A wide variety of activities span the projects which allow the students toFunded jointly through the New York range of nearly every child’s interests. serve their school and community asState Office of Children and Family Creative Wear enables youth to design, well as The Speakers Forum The YouthServices, and the US Army Child and create and sew clothing. Two culinary Council and others. Advantage AfterYouth Services Army Youth Programs arts sessions focus on preparing foods School runs Monday through Fridayin Your Neighborhood (AYPYN) ini- from different regions and working from 2:15 to 5:15 PM. Program regis-tiative, any child enrolled at Indian with chocolate. Ballroom Dancing is an tration forms are available in the IndianRiver Middle School may participate at amazing opportunity for kids to learn River Middle School office. For moreno cost. to dance to various styles and rhythms. information call Paul Passino, Program National Treasures exposes them to the Director, at (315)778-6252.The Indian River School District and lifelong hobby of coin collecting and
  13. 13. ACS Green Press April 2012 Page 13 ACS Classes and Events for the First Two Weeks in AprilDATE Class Time Location/DetailsMonday April 2: Newcomers Orientation 0900-1130 ACS Survivor Outreach Family Night 1800-2000 ACS DEADLINE FOR AER SCHOLARSHIPS FOR DEPENDENT CHILDRENTuesday April 3: Drum Family Welcome Tour 0930-1400 Departs ACS Stress Management 1330-1530 ACSWednesday April 4: 1st Term Financial Readiness 0830-1600 Call for location Teen Job Fair 1000-1300 ACSThursday April 5: Mother’s To Be Breakfast 0900-1000 ACS Employment 101 0930-1130 ACS CONUS PCS Brief 1530-1600 Clark Hall A2-A6 An Evening at the Spa Gold Star Wives 1600-2100 The Spa Fort DrumFriday April 6: In her Shoes: living with domest violence 0930-1130 ACS Hearts Apart Support Group 0930-1200 ACSMonday April 9: Master Resilience Module 2 0930-1430 ACS Stalking Awareness 1330-1530 ACSTuesday April 10: ESOL Class 0900-1200 ACS Drum Family Welcome Tour 0930-1400 Departs ACS VMIS 101 0900-1000 Ed Center rm 104 Build Your Business Workshop 0930-1130 ACS For Fathers Only Workshop 1100-1300 ACS Scream Free Parenting 1230-1330 CYSS CONUS PCS Brief 1530-1600 Clark Hall A2-86 Thrift Savings Plan 1400-1530 ACSWednesday April 11: 1st Term Financial Readiness 0830-1600 Call for location Career Fair Prep Career Dev Seminar 0930-1130 ACS Key Caller Training 1000-1130 ACS Key Caller Training 1400-1530 ACSThursday April 12: ESOL Class 0900-1200 ACS For Fathers Only Parenting Class 1100-1300 ACS CONUS PCS Brief 1530-1600 Clark Hall A2-86Friday April 13: Insurance Workshop 0900-1300 ACS
  14. 14. ACS Green Press April 2012 Page 14ACS Classes and Events for the Last Two Weeks in AprilDATE Class Time Location/DetailsMonday April 16: AFTB Spring Marathon 0900-1600 ACS Resume Writing Computer Lab 0930-1030 ACSTuesday April 17: ESOL Class 0930-1200 ACS Anger Management 1330-1530 ACS AFTB Spring Marathon 0900-1600 ACS DRUM Family Welcome Tour 0930-1400 ACS EFMP Support Group 1130-1300 ACS CONUS PCS Brief 1530-1600 Clark Hall, A2-86Wednesday April 18: 1st Term Financial Readiness 0830-1600 Call for Location AFTB Spring Marathon 0900-1600 ACS Positive Discipline 1030-1130 CYSS Positive Discipline 1230-1330 CYSSThursday April 19: ESOL class 0900-1200 ACS AFTB Spring Marathon 0900-1600 ACS Overseas PCS Brief 0930-1100 ACS Volunteer of the Month 1030-1130 ACS Volunteer of the Year Ceremony 1700-2000 Commons CONUS PCS Brief 1530-1600 Clark Hall A2-86Friday April 20: AFTB Spring Marathon 0900-1600 ACS Autism Support Group 0900-1100 ACS International Spouses Group 0930-1200 ACSMonday April 23: Budget Management 0900-1200 ACS Advanced Key Caller 1300-1430 ACSTuesday April 24: ESOL Class 0900-1200 ACS Computer Basics for Job Seekers 0930-1130 ACS Introduction to Word In her Shoes: Living w/Dom Viol 1400-1600 ACS CONUS PCS Brief 1530-1600 Clark Hall A2-86Wednesday April 25: 1st Term Financial Readiness 0830-1600 Call For Location Car Buying Course 1400-1500 ACSThursday April 26: ESOL Class 0900-1200 ACS Federal Employment Class 0930-1130 ACS Family Wellness Support Group 1000-1100 ACS For Fathers Only Parenting Class 1100-1300 ACS Computer Basics Excel 1300-1500 ACS CONUS PCS Brief 1530-1600 Clark Hall A2-86 Family Wellness Support Group 1800-1900 ACSFriday April 27: In Her Shoes: Living w/Dom Viol 0930-1130 ACSMonday April 30: Child Abuse Training 0900-1030 CYSS Scream Free Parenting 1230-1330 CYSS OPSEC For Families 1030-1200 ACS Event Planning 1300-1430 ACS
  15. 15. Army Community Service P4330 Conway Road Fort Drum, New York 13602Army Emergency Relief 772-6560, 772-8873 or 772-2855Army Family Team Building 772-6710, 772-9229 Volunteer Program Coordinator 772-2899 Family Member Program 772-5488, 772-0819 /104951319542718Employment Readiness Program 772-9611, 772-2737!/fortdrumemploymentFamily Advocacy Program 772-4244, 772-6929, 772-2279(New Parent Support Program)SAPRP 772-0596, 772-4070, 772-0748 772-5605, 772-5914Financial Readiness Program 772-0050, 772-5196, 772-8526 and Referral 772-6556, 772-6557Military & Family Life Consultants 212-6919Mobilization and Deployment 772-2848, 772-0470, 772-2919 772-5374 Readiness 772-5475, 772-6553, 772-6902http:// -Drum -Relocation -ReadinessProgram/171335822906429 772-6566Soldier Family Assistance Center 772-7781 Outreach Services 772-6357