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Issue # 57: March 2014
Material/Donation Requests:
Children’s Academy of New Albany Early Learning Center:  New knit hats and gloves
The Early Learning Center at CANA is in need of new knit hats and gloves for boys and girls ages 3 to 5 years.  These will be included in 2014 holiday gift bags for the children and will also be distributed as needed to students through the winter season.  A total of 550 hat/glove combinations is needed in order to assist all the children. (These items should be going on clearance soon!) Items can be dropped off or mailed to Children’s Academy Early Learning Center at 1111 Pearl Street, New Albany.  Contact Melissa Martin with any questions at mmartin@nafcs.k12.in.us or 812-542-5506.
Theatre Arts Department:  New Albany High School
New Albany High School Theatre Arts Department has created a newly formed Community Booster Club for adults 18 and over who live in and around our New Albany community and would like to be a part of our Community Booster club for one day, one show, or an entire season.  Do you enjoy working with wood, paint, scenic design, sound, lights, kids, costumes, prop creations, or even just running errands?  If so, perhaps you’d like to come lend your hand to our Theatre Arts Department?  Contact Gina Cisto, Director of Theatre Arts at New Albany High School (gcisto@nafcs.k12.in.us or 812-981-7650) for details.  We’ll tell you about how you can help us in building, sewing, painting, creating props and more!  You decide your availability and are free to stop by NAHS TAD (Theatre Arts Department) whenever you’d like and stay for as little or as long as you’d like.  All help is appreciated and valued! We’d love to have you!  (By the protocol of the NAFCS and the State Education Board, all community volunteers must complete a limited background check.)
School Uniforms:  Fairmont Elementary
Fairmont Elementary is seeking donations of uniform clothing for their students.  They need collared shirts in red, navy, light blue, white, black, pink, or yellow.  They need cotton twill slacks in khaki, black, or navy.  Shorts, jumpers and skirts in uniform plaid or solids are also appreciated.  Basically, anything that works for Catholic schools applies to their dress code as well.  Any new or used clothing will be much appreciated.  Donations can be dropped off at Fairmont.  If you have questions, please contact Principal Susie Gahan at sgahan@nafcs.k12.in.us.
Current Needs at the Children’s Academy Early Learning Center
(1) The Early Learning Center does not do school fundraisers; they focus solely on the collection of Box Tops for Education labels and Campbell’s Soup labels as a means to fund their extra projects, classroom supplies, and events.  If you collect these labels from the products you already buy for your home, the school can turn them in for cash.  Drop the labels off at the school office or mail them to Children’s Academy Early Learning Center (1111 Pearl Street, New Albany).  (2) Several times a year, workshops are held at the school where parents are able to do a learning activity with their child.  Door prizes are given for these workshops.  Any individual or company who is interested in donating a door price, can contact Melissa Martin at 542-5506 or mmartin@nafcs.k12.in.us.
Bulldog Assistance Center:  New Albany High School (NAHS)
New Albany High School has opened the Bulldog Assistance Center (B.A.C.) which exists to help students in need.  To help keep the center going, the following donations would be most welcome:  school supplies (notebooks, folders, sketch pads, pens, pencils, rules, backpacks, etc.); toiletry items (shampoo, conditioner, soap deodorant, feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc); food (snacks, lunch items, and even items to send home); clothing (tops, pants, shoes, jackets, dresses in many sizes).  Donations can be taken to NAHS (1020 Vincennes St, New Albany).  Further, if you know of a student in need, please get in touch with one of the New Albany High School Counselors so that B.A.C. may be able to assist them.  Call 542-8506.
Sewing Materials Needed:  Hazelwood Middle School & New Albany High School
Do you have sewing materials around your home that you’re no longer using?  What about a working sewing machine that you no longer use?  Hazelwood Middle School and New Albany High School could use these items as they frequently need to repair theater costumes and choir robes. Please consider donating items such as thread, zippers, materials, trim, bias tape, metal/pant/skirt hangers, or even a working sewing machine.  You can bring the item(s) to Hazelwood (1021 Hazelwood Ave, New Albany) or contact Cora Flispart with questions: cflispart@nafcs.k12.in.us or 542-8502 x3379.
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Materials for a Special Needs Classroom:  Mt. Tabor Elementary
The curriculum for students with multiple disabilities is based on teaching functional skills that will allow students to increase their independence at their own levels.  Students in this classroom are non-verbal, therefore it is extremely important to teach them how to communicate their choices.  Opportunities are given throughout the school day to let the students make choices and practice requesting what they would like using pictures.  The students also spend a good part of their day in the sensory room within the classroom.  The room includes many textures, objects, and visuals along with musical toys.
Our REACH community has been asked to help with 2 projects: 
#1  General materials needed to create individualized instruction that will withstand constant use
*velcro (hook and loop)
*baseball protectors (any size used for currency and baseball cards, can be purchased at hobby shops)
* Scotch Laminating Pouches (any sizes, can be purchased at Target, Walmart)
#2 Sensory items
ANYTHING is appreciated, however very small toys or those with small parts are not appropriate for the classroom.  The students enjoy musical toys and calming DVD's.  Donations of any size batteries would be appreciated as well.
Please contact teacher Holly Braden at Mt. Tabor is you have questions or would like to help.  Her email is hbraden@nafcs.k12.in.us.  You can drop donations off at Mt. Tabor (800 Mt. Tabor Rd) or can send in a monetary donation.  (Send the check to Mt. Tabor with a designation for Ms. Braden’s special needs classroom.)

Volunteer Requests:
Blessings in a Backpack:  Fairmont Elementary
Each Friday, students at Fairmont Elementary take home a backpack full of food for the weekend.  The school needs volunteers to assist with stuffing those backpacks on Friday mornings.  These volunteers are invited to help as it suits their own schedule:  that is, a person can commit to helping weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.  They usually begin at 7:45 a.m. and work for about an hour.  Please contact Wendy Ivey at wivey@nafcs.k12.in.us if you are able to help. 
If you are looking for other ways to support the NAFC Schools, be sure to check into the possibilities available with the Education Foundation
Blessings in a Backpack:  Slate Run Elementary
Each Friday, students at Slate Run Elementary take home a backpack full of food for the weekend.  The school needs volunteers to assist with stuffing those backpacks on Friday mornings.  These volunteers are invited to help as it suits their own schedule:  that is, a person can commit to helping weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.  They begin at 8:30 a.m. and work for about an hour.  Please contact Amy Niemeier at aniemeier@nafcs.k12.in.us or 812-542-5509 if you are able to help. 
Elementary Homework Program: Various Elementary Schools
Volunteers are needed to assist with a homework program that benefits elementary students in our corporation (currently most are kindergarten-fourth graders that attend either Fairmont or Slate Run Elementary.)  Helpers are able to offer either one-on-one help or can work with the students in a group.  This is a great way to make a difference in the life of a child:  helping him/her with daily assignments and playing fun educational games together. To find out how you can help, please call 812-987-6523 or 812-246-9111.  You can also send an email to mlashineabove@yahoo.com or embrey@insightbb.com.
Mentor Mii Program (Mentors Get Involved and Inspire):  at five of our schools
Our school system continues this year with its Mentor Mii Program where community members are invited to volunteer as mentors for our young students.  This is an excellent opportunity to have fun and make a real difference in a child’s life—for one hour a week.  We are currently recruiting new mentors to provide a caring, nurturing relationship for students recommended for the program.   New mentors will be matched with students at seven different sites—New Albany High School, Hazelwood Middle School, Scribner Middle School, Georgetown Elementary, Grant Line Elementary, S. Ellen Jones Elementary, and Slate Run Elementary School.  Please contact Sharon Jones at 542-2111 or sjones@nafcs.k12.in.us.        

Study Buddies:  Green Valley Elementary
The Study Buddy program at Green Valley Elementary takes place every Monday – Thursday from approximately 2:25 p.m. until 3:20 p.m.  Volunteers must be aged 17 or older and will work one-on-one with students in grades K-4. They work on reading, math, play games and just talk about whatever seems important that day.  For more information, or to volunteer your time, please contact Vince Klein at 542-6108, 812-989-4875, or vklein@nafcs.k12.in.us.
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