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Looking Ahead

10/15 6:30 STPC Meeting via Zoom

10/22 4:30-7:30 Dine & Donate at Ricky's Eastbound, 5755 Mountain Hawk Dr

Monthly Newsletter

Are you getting our monthly newsletter, the Falcons Gazette? Check your Spam or "Promotions" box in your email account. You can read past editions by going to the "Falcons Gazette" tab on the top left of our STPC webpage.

What is STPC?

The Student, Teacher, Parent Committee was established as a service organization to support students, staff and the school community here at Rincon Valley Middle School. The STPC helps contribute to and provide additional funds for student, staff, and school needs that fall outside of available school funding sources. We also coordinate volunteers to support various programs and activities at the school. We send out a monthly email newsletter to provide information and support for our parent community. We are working to make this an outstanding year! Please consider volunteering or making financial donations to our school. Your help makes a direct impact on our students! Volunteering opportunities throughout the year typically include:

  • School dances (chaperone, food donations, etc.)
  • 7th Grade Sport-A-Rama
  • Food donations for special events, teacher luncheons
  • Renaissance
  • Student Achievement Recognition
  • Fundraising
  • Carnival in May

Contact Us!

Contact us with any questions!

STPC President:

Amy Niesen Kempiak amyoniesen@aol.com

STPC Vice President:

Terah McIntosh  mcterah@gmail.com

 

Parent Club (STPC)

Dine & DOnate moved to 10/22!

Dine and Donate at Ricky's changed to 10/22

Donate to the Family Giving Campaign!

As you all know, this year is like none other, so we have sought to adapt our family giving campaign requests to our circumstances. We encourage you to give what you can so that we can continue to provide RVMS students with the programs they deserve, even if they look different than in previous years.

How to Help Children Cope with TrauMa/Grief

HOW TO HELP CHILDREN COPE WITH TRAUMA/GRIEF
1. Listen – Provide opportunities for children to talk and express whatever they are feeling and thinking.
2. Be supportive and non-judgmental – Let children have their own reactions. Don’t tell children what they should or should not feel.
3. Support children in expressing feelings, verbally and non-verbally – Talking, crying, drawing, writing and playing are all helpful ways to process reactions. Children will often work through their feelings through play and may re-enact the experience, trauma, funeral, etc. with playmates, dolls and other toys. This is a normal and healthy way for children to heal.
4. Be honest and provide accurate information appropriate to the child’s ability to understand and wish to know – In order to cope, children need to trust that we will be honest with them. The unknown and the imagined can be much more terrifying than the truth.
5. Be patient – Realize that this will take time. Children may take longer than adults to resolve trauma and grief. Their processing of it may be intermittent. They may need to ask the same questions over and over.
6. Share your feelings – It is okay for children to know that you are human and have feelings, too, but don’t overburden your children with your anxieties. Make sure you take care of yourself and have good support from other adults.
7. Provide affection and reassurance regarding safety issues – Let your children know that they are loved and that the adults in their lives will do their best to keep them safe. Children may temporarily need extra safety measures: i.e., sleeping in your room, leaving lights on, etc. You may want to say, “We will do this for a while and then get back to normal.”
8. Maintain order, security and stability in your children’s lives – Children need regular routines and structure to continue as much as possible.
9. Give choices so that children have a sense of control and participation – Ask: What would help you feel safe? 
10. Memorialize – Light candles. Create a scrapbook or memory book. Write letters to the people impacted. Ritual helps us heal.


Memorial Bereavement Services/LGarric, SCOE 1/26/09

Fire Recovery Checklist

FIRE RECOVERY CHECKLIST

There is so much to do.  Where do I start?  Here is a helpful beginning checklist…

 

Contact Insurance Agent

  • Get a claim number (this applies for both renter or owner)

  • Ask for complete copy of home Insurance Declaration Page (this is the cover sheet which contains the details for your selected insurance coverage policy)

  • If replacement premium requires contractor plans, find one now.

  • Start tracking and listing lost items (don’t feel like you need to do this all at once - just start doing it).

  • If claiming value of inside property: assemble pictures where they support your claims.

Contact Mortgage Holder (if property owner)

  • Let them know your house burned - Future reimbursement by insurances will also be including the mortgage holder.  

  • If renting, notify your landlord.  

Find Temporary Housing

  • Keep spreading the word if you are still looking – networking is helpful.

  • Contact a realtor you trust

Immediate Supply Needs

  • Get necessary immediate supplies & clothing.

  • Find where to go.  There are many donation centers located throughout the county. Our community and even other states throughout the US have been very generous with donations.

Mail

  • Re-route your mail:  get a PO Box or re-route to friend/family address.

  • Make a list of all places that send you mail (credit cards, medical plans, insurances, social security, banks or financial institutions, FastTrack, memberships, Amazon, utilities).  Inform them via email or calls.

Replace Personal Identification

  • There are currently ‘central hubs’ set up to help with this, free of charge.  (i.e. in Santa Rosa, go to the Press Democrat building in the downtown)

  • Some items to replace: drivers license, auto pink slips, passport, social security card, Medicare card, birth certificate, marriage license.

Contact County Assessor (If property owner)

  • File re-assessment claim form with county assessor.  

  • Apply for duplicate copy of title.

Contact Dept. of Environmental Health and Safety

  • This is optional: Obtain/review debris removal permit.

  • For Sonoma County the address is 625 5th Street, Santa Rosa

Register with FEMA Online (approx. 20 min process).  

  • Even if you are not asking for assistance, this has been a continual recommendation.  Many programs are supportive of regrouping/rebuilding and this FEMA identification can serve as a reference point for them.

Cancel all utilities

  • Also request waiver of early termination, where applicable.

  • Water, garbage, sewer, television, phones, internet (keep your email address), power

Spreadsheets

  • Is your head spinning with items lost? Start making spreadsheet lists.  Just start tracking and get these items out of your head and onto paper.

Mental Health

  • You are in shock, as is much of your support system of friends/family are as well.  It will show in many ways, such as difficulty making decisions or even anger.

  • It is ok to get counseling.  

  • Remember to have compassion and kindness.  We can all pull through this together, supporting one another.

Are you a Survivor and your house is still standing?

  • You may be experiencing “survivor’s guilt”. It is ok to have this response.

  • For the survivors, when talking to those that lost their house:  find out what they need, not how they feel (they have likely been getting asked this over-and-over and it forces reliving the emotions).

  • Giving back and providing within your own means (this could be physical items or of your own personal time) is the best way to help our community rebuild.

S. SOVEL -OCT 2017

STPC OPEN POSITIONS:

*Escrip Coordinator

*Family Giving Campaign

*Dine & Donate Coordinator

*Campus Beautification

If you are interested in knowing more about these positions, please contact STPC Presidents Amy Niesen at amyoniesen@aol.com.

STPC Meeting dates 2020-2021

                   Monthly Meeting Dates
Our next meeting is October 15 at 6:30 via zoom. If you would like to see what STPC is all about, please contact Amy Niesen Kempiak at amyoniesen@aol.com to be added to the zoom invite!

Our monthly meetings are typically on the first Thursday of the month from 11:30am-1pm or 6:30pm-8pm.

STPC is open to everyone! We talk about events at the school, what department needs funds for trips or supplies, and RVMS participation in outside events in the community.

More Ways to Support RVMS!

Please be sure to sign up for eScrip, Olivers's Community Card and Amazon Smile! These are additional revenue sources that help fund activities for the entire school community. 

2020-2021 STPC BOARD

✴ President: Amy Niesen Kempiak

✴ Vice President: Terah McIntosh

✴ Treasurer: Kim Cohee

✴ Secretary: Kinna Crocker

✴ Volunteer Coordinator: Jamie Moessing

✴ Dance/Snack Bar: OPEN

✴ eScrip: OPEN

✴ Newsletter Editor/Website Updating: Jamie Moessing

✴ Co-Hospitality: April Louton and Deana Terrell

✴ Family Giving Campaign: OPEN

✴ Renaissance Chair: OPEN

✴ Dine & Donate Coordinator: OPEN

✴ Carnival Coordinator: OPEN

✴ Intramural Sport Coordinator: OPEN

✴ Campus Beautification Coordinator: OPEN