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More re: Human Trafficking. Raising Awareness  >>  From the Human Trafficking Hotline -
Myths & Facts:

Myth: People being trafficked are physically unable to leave their situations/locked in/held against their will.
Reality: That is sometimes the case. More often, however, people in trafficking situations stay for reasons that are more complicated. Some lack the basic necessities to physically get out - such as transportation or a safe place to live. Some are afraid for their safety. Some have been so effectively manipulated that they do not identify at that point as being under the control of another person. Myth: Labor trafficking is only or primarily a problem in developing countries
Reality: Labor trafficking occurs in the United States and in other developed countries but is reported at lower rates than sex trafficking. Myth: Traffickers target victims they don’t know
Reality: Many survivors have been trafficked by romantic partners, including spouses, and by family members, including parents

Watch for more information re Human Trafficking in the next issue.

Compliments of the Imagine Foundation.

The Parma Heights PACT (Police & Community Together) Youth Group:
      >> Alternating between an activity (soccer, kickball, etc.) and a discussion topic (social media, bullying, college vs Career Tech, eic.), the group continues to meet every other Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at Cassidy Theater (unless otherwise announced.). Area students ages 12 -17 are welcome to join.
      >>  For announcements & detailed information visit the PACT Facebook page at:; email:; ph: 440.884.1235.

O  From Parma City Schools:
      >> If you have, or know of, a prospective eighth grader NOT enrolled in PCSD consider registering for Shadow Day. This new program gives a prospective eighth grader the opportunity to experience an entire school day to include regular classes, Career Tech programs, athletics & clubs. For more information visit this page: or contact Audrey Holtzman, Admin Specialist for Enrollment & Recruitment at 440.885.8334; email: Days are scheduled for Nov 1st & 8th so sign up soon.
      >>  Parma Parent University
….PCSD & Tri-C have teamed up to offer free, informative & entertaining workshops for parents w/students in the district who wish to learn more about a variety of subjects & challenges which affect children today. Go here to learn more & to register for the next session:
  Take advantage of “Donuts wth Dr. Smialek”, a once-a-month opportunity for a donut, coffee & an informal conversation with the Superintendent. Sessions run from 8:00 am to 9:00 am at local Dunkin’ Donut locations as follows: Mon., 11/04/19, 7422 Broadview Rd. and Mon., 12/02/19, 5759 State Rd.
      >>  Re: Strategic Consolidation….All community members are being offered the opportunity through November 8th to complete a short survey regarding Master Planning for Strategic Consolidation options. The survey can be found clicking on the Strategic Consolidation link on the Superintendent’s web page
      >>  Three of the five Strategic Consolidation meetings taking  place in Novemebr are as follows: Saturday, 11/2/19, from 10:00 am to 11:30 at Parma Branch Library (Powers Blvd.), Monday, 11/4/19, from 6:30 pm to  8:00 pm at Shiloh Middle School & Monday, 11/18/19, from 6:30 pm to  8:00 pm at Valley Forge High School - Media Center Tours of 21st Century Schools are scheduled Nov 9 & Nov 16. For details on these and up-to-date information re: up-coming Strategic Consolidation meetings Visit
      >>  The second of four Town Hall meetings is schedule for Wednesday, Nov. 20th  at Parma Library (Rm A) beginning at 6:30 pm.
O  From the Ohio Department of Education (ODE….
>>  Go here:  to check out the results of a year-long effort to improve learning experiences and outcomes for students with disabilities. 
      >>  Go here: Go here to learn more about Social – Emotional Learning (SEL) and the wealth of resources available. Clicking on the “Family & Community” section of the graphic will display a whole list of options to include posters, guides of various kinds, with embedded links to, among other things, cue cards to help address specific situations.

O  From PCSD Connects (formally CBS Connects):

      >>  Go here: for information regarding workforce development related services available to District students & links to connect directly w/school counselors.  Click on the “Gear-up” graphic to learn about all the college admission/scholarship assistance services also are available for your child.

O  From Metro Health:
      >>  Project Dawn….Deaths avoided w/Naloxone – For individuals who use opioids & are at risk of death from opioid overdose, & for their  family & friends. Learn how to recognize an overdose, how to respond to an overdose & how to administer naloxone to reverse an opioid overdose. Local venue: Cuyahoga County Board of Health, 5550 Venture Dr., Parma. For information call: 216.778.5677 or visit:
      >>  First Year Cleveland….A program to address deaths of babies during their first year of life. Alone. On their Back. In a naked Crib. Don’t smoke. Visit for more information.

O  From Cleveland Angels: A relatively new nonprofit providing volunteer support for foster parents & kids.
      >>  The Love Box….your group will be matched w/a local foster family; will show up monthly to provide support & give the kids a greater sense of belonging & support.
     >>  Dare to Dream….Become a mentor for a fostered youth. Provide the wisdom, advice, encouragement & practical/emotional guidance through developmental milestones.
      >>  Learn more at

O  From the Parma Area Family Collab:
      >>  The next Mobile Food Pantry is scheduled for Thurs., Nov. 14th, (weather permitting) from 3 – 5:00 pm at Parkview Elem. For those interested in volunteering: for set-up be there around 8:30 am & for distribution about 2:30 or so. The food pantry program will then take a break & re-start in May.
      >>  Sign up now for the next Parenting Partners workshop scheduled to start on Nov 5th. This popular, 7-week series of parenting workshops is designed to help you become a more positive & effective parent. Classes will run every Tuesday from 4 – 5 pm; free childcare is available. Call the Collab at 440.887.4873 for more info and/or to register.
      >>  Volunteers needed…..the Clothing Center, every Thursday fro 2 – 4 pm and other special programs, i.e.: Belle of the Ball, Back to Schools Supply Drive, Coats for Kids, Holiday events, others. Call or visit web site.
      >>  For information re area resources click on the RESOURCES tab on their web site ( and watch for any additional and/or changes in programs/ services, etc. The next community/partners meeting will be 9:00 am Thursday, Nov. 21st at Parkview Elementary, 5210 Loya Pkwy. (next to Parma Sr. H.S.)

O  Siemens STEM Day: Whether you’re a teacher, parent, student or just someone curious about what STEM is all about visit: Here you’ll find free, grade/age specific activities/experiments to  download, videos & various other kinds of resources. Some of the activities/experiments you can do w/your child at home.  It’s well worth a visit.

O   From the Parma Area MyCom Neighborhood (PAMN):
     >>  If you know of any students interested in participating on the PAMN Youth Council contact Julia Boxler, CCPL Youth Programming Mgr at or ph: 216.749.9401.
     >>  The PAMN is looking for a new Coordinator. If you, or if you know of anyone who may be qualified and interested give Ms. Boxler a call.

O  From the Parma-Snow Library:
  Go here: to display their event calendar for the current month.
     >>  HOMEWORK MENTOR -  free after-school homework help available Monday – Thursday, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m..  Our trained mentor provides students in grades K- 8 with homework assistance after school.
      >>  Kids Café - During the school year we collaborate with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to provide children with healthy meals.  Monday – Friday, 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. while supplies last.
      >>  Storytimes begin Sept. 3!  Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.  
            >  Baby & Me Storytimes, Tuesday 10 a.m; Ages birth – 18 months with caregiver;
            >  Family Storytimes,  Tuesday 6:30 p.m.;  All ages with caregiver;
Toddler Storytimes, Wednesday 10 a.m.; Ages 19 – 35 months with caregiver,
Preschool Storytimes, Wednesday 6:30 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m Ages 3 – 5 years, but not yet in kindergarten, with caregiver,
      >>  A Frozen Celebration -  Monday, November 04: 6:30pm - 7:30pm..  Join us for a special family night program with crafts, activities, and refreshments, including a showing of the Disney animated short, Frozen Fever (7 min.) in our state-of-the-art Auditorium, cookie decorating, and silk screening!  Bring a plain t-shirt to decorate - light or dark colored. Attendees will also have the chance to win a family four-pack of tickets to Disney On Ice. Click on the Calendar link above & register from the “A Frozen Celebration” entry.
      >>  P.A.L.S. Big Screen Sensory Friendly Movie  Aladdin (2019 Live Action: PG); Tuesday, November 05, 11:00am - 1:00pm Join us for a Sensory Friendly Movie, where the sound is lower, the lights are brighter, and where talking, singing and moving is perfectly acceptable!  Most movies take place in our fully accessible Auditorium.  P.A.L.S. Sensory Friendly Movie programs are especially for people on the autism spectrum and/or with special needs (and their families), or for anyone who prefers this type of movie watching environment.  Fidget objects will be available during the movie.  Light snacks and covered beverages are welcome Click on the Calendar link above & register from the “Alladin Movie” entry.  
      >>  Lego EV3 Mindstorms; .  Ages 9-11.  Space is limited! Tuesday, November 05, 2:00pm - 4:00pm;  Learn to program a LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robot to complete a variety of challenges.  We'll learn to program this robot to take its first steps, test it out then watch it go. Click on the Calendar link above & register from the “Lego Mindstorms” entry.  

O  From the Parma Branch Library (Powers Blvd.):

      >>  Go here: to display their event calendar for the current month.
      >>  The Homework Center is now open….Monday through Thursday,  4 – 5:15 pm or 5:15 – 6:30 pm. For students K – 8. Registration is required; call 440.885.5362 or
Open Play for Babies – Birth – 35 months; Fridays in November at 11:30 am  w/a caregiver. Boost your baby’s brain with developmentally appropriate play. No registration. Attendance limited to room capacity. Visit
     >>  Master Builders – Grades 3 – 5;  Thursday, November 21st at 6:30 pm. Are you a LEGOTM fanatic? Want to tackle building challenges with friends? Bring your imagination and we'll supply the bricks. Register at:
     >>  Adapted Storytime — Ages 3 – 5 years with caregiver;  Saturday, November 9th at 11:00 am. Children with varying learning styles and abilities will learn together in a safe, supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences is encouraged. Register at:
     >>  Kindergarten Boost Book Club – Kindergarteners & their families; Saturday, November 9th at 2:00 pm. Discuss books and take part in fun activities. Participants will receive a copy of the book before the club meeting. Register at:  

O  From the
Parma Hts. Branch Library:
 >>  Go here:  to display their event calendar for the current month.
      >>  Fall Storytimes at the Library:
For Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Families; Tues., 9/3 – Sat., 11/30. Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and more. Please call 440.884.2313 for more information.
      >>  Tots & Blocks: Siblings birth to age 5; Friday 11/1 at 10 a.m. We will provide different sets of developmentally appropriate blocks for toddlers and their families to play with. The session may also include a story, fingerplays, and music. Register  at:

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Youth Advocate

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 8:50 AM, 11.01.2019