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National School Breakfast Week encourages students to try school breakfast 
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It is National School Breakfast Week (NSBW), March 8-12 and we are encouraging more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available with school breakfast!  

Most important meal of the day 

Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for many families to find time for a healthy breakfast. Fortunately, YES Public offers nutritious school breakfasts, complete with fruit and low-fat or fat-free milk, to ensure students are fueled for learning every school day. 

“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is a great way to ensure students get the best education they can,” said Child Nutrition Program Director Nakita Johnson. “The goal of the Child Nutrition department is to ensure that ALL students are ready to learn by having access to healthy, great-tasting and appealing school meals.” 

Access to free breakfast 

This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is allowing all children to receive school breakfast and lunch for free, without an application, so it’s a wonderful time for families to give school breakfast a try. 

For our students enrolled in our Online at Home instruction, they are receiving seven breakfast and lunch meals weekly delivered to their homes. Additionally, YES Prep non-partnership schools provide five days’ worth of meals every Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. curbside to all children 18 years of age and younger. 

Score big with school breakfast 

NSBW was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program, a federally assisted meal program operating in public and non-profit private schools and residential childcare institutions since 1975.   

The NSBW campaign theme, “Score Big with School Breakfast,” reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy and energizing start to the day for students. Studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to: 

  • Reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math. 

  • Score higher on standardized tests. 

  • Have better concentration and memory. 

  • Be more alert. 

  • Maintain a healthy weight. 

The “Score Big with School Breakfast” campaign is made possible by the School Nutrition Association and Kellogg’s®.  

For more information about YES Prep’s meals, visit yesprep.org/departments/child-nutrition.  

NSBW activity book 

Celebrate by clicking on the image below and downloading this year's NSBW activity book!

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YES Prep’s upcoming Family Workshops will consist of a 4-week series on mental health titled “The Teen Brain: A Neurodevelopmental Guide for Parents and Families.” The series will be presented by Dr. Crystal Collier LIVE on Microsoft Teams on Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. starting March 9 through April 6. Please note that there will be no presentation on Tuesday, March 16, during Spring Break. This informative series will cover the topics of stress, substance abuse, technology and behavior modification.

To register for the event, click on the button below. By registering, we will be able to send you a reminder about the sessions, plus we can tailor the session to best meet the needs of those in attendance. Dr. Collier will also be using the attendance list from each session to raffle off a copy of her new book, the Neurowhereabouts Guide, a nuerodevelopmental guide for parents and families who want to prevent youth high-risk behavior. 

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Series dates and topics:

  • The brain and stress  

Rates of anxiety, depression and stress are on the rise as the technology age adds stressors and reduces face-to-face playtime. Performance anxiety and perfectionism seem to be the new norm and children are experiencing these issues at younger ages than their parents did. In this presentation, families will learn the effects of stress and mood disorders on the developing brain, as well as active coping skills and tools for managing anxiety.

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  • The brain and substance abuse

The average age of first use of alcohol for teen boys is 11 and 13 for teen girls. Marijuana use is occurring at earlier ages, especially in states where it is legal. Engaging in substance use as a teen increases the chance of struggling with addiction as an adult by up to 90%. The risk is greater for those who carry genetic predispositions. In this presentation, families will learn how substances affect healthy neurodevelopment and what they can do to prevent it.  

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  • The brain and technology 

Being a digital native means growing up with all the pros and cons of using technology from a young age. In this presentation, families will learn the effects of technology on the developing brain including how technology overuse can lead to addiction. Effects on mood, sleep, relationships and behavior will also be discussed. Solutions regarding healthy technology limits, treatment issues and technology overuse problems will also be covered.

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  • April 6 – The brain and behavior modification

Is your child's behavior out of control sometimes? Does it leave you feeling powerless? In this presentation, families will learn the most productive parenting role to take depending upon their child's neurodevelopmental stage. The learning principles of shaping will be described and applied to the use of behavior-modification contracts. Bring your questions!

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Meet our presenter:

Dr. Crystal Collier is a therapist and educator who has been working with adolescents and adults suffering from mental illness, behavioral problems and substance use disorders since 1991. To learn more about her story and her powerful message, you can visit her website.

Recommend to view prior to starting series:

We strongly encourage you to watch The Science of High-Risk Behavior prior to the first session as we had to cut this foundational session due to the winter storm disruption.

Please note: If you are watching on a laptop, you can view the video with subtitles in your preferred language by turning on captions then selecting your preferred language from the dropdown menu under the icon that looks like a gear.

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Dear YES Prep Families, 

We hope this message finds you safe. As our community recovers from the devastation left by the winter storm, we are extending campus closures. 

In preparation for students’ and staff’s safe return, we will follow the school schedule below. 

  • Monday, Feb 22: no school 

  • Tuesday, Feb 23: no school 

  • Wednesday, Feb 24: Online and in-person instruction resume 

For virtual students who signed up to receive meals at home, meal delivery routes will resume on Monday. Students who attend in-person or who have opted out of meal deliveries will be able to pick up meals at their home campus on Monday between 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Family Support 

As we push through yet another crisis this week, we are comforted by the fact that we, as a YES Prep community, do not have to endure these extraordinary challenges alone.  

We have student support counselors dedicated to helping students and their families in times of need. Please let us know if your family has any circumstances that may affect your student’s ability to learn in the coming days and anytime in the future.   

Families can submit a Student Assistance Form (SAF) for: 

  • Family or student supplies or resources needed for school (i.e., uniforms, calculator, books, food)  

  • Student social and emotional concerns  

  • Student home or family concerns  

  • Other hardships 

Click here to submit a SAF for your student  

We partner with community organizations to provide ongoing support and resources to help YES Prep families with anything that may affect a child’s ability to return to school, whether in-person or online. You can see is a list of services for YES Prep families linking to community organizations that may be able to assist with current needs.  

Additional community resources for families impacted by the winter storm can also be found on our website here

Student Lottery Update 

Due to the power outages, the YES Prep Lottery for the 2021-22 school year has been postponed to Friday, February 26, 2021. Families can now expect lottery notifications on Friday, March 5. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at lottery@yesprep.org.  

As always, thank you for your support and partnership. Our commitment to our students and families remain stronger than ever. We know these are challenging times but please know YES Prep is still here and eager to support you and our students. Our next Family Update will be Friday, February 26 but we’ll be sure to communicate any urgent updates should they arise before then.  

Thank you 


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Estimadas familias de YES Prep: 

Esperamos que este mensaje lo encuentre bien. A medida que nuestra comunidad se recupera de la devastación dejada por la tormenta invernal, estaremos ampliando los cierres de las escuelas. 

En preparación para el regreso seguro de los estudiantes y el personal, seguiremos el siguiente horario escolar. 

  •  Lunes, 22 de febrero: no hay clases 

  •  Martes, 23 de febrero: no hay clases 

  •  Miércoles, 24 de febrero: resumen de instrucción en línea y en persona 

Para los estudiantes virtuales que se inscribieron para recibir comidas en casa, las rutas de entrega de comidas se reanudarán el lunes. Los estudiantes que asistan en persona o que hayan optado por no recibir entregas de comidas podrán recoger las comidas en su escuela el lunes entre las 11 a.m. y 1 p.m. 

Apoyo familiar 

Mientras atravesamos otra crisis esta semana, nos reconforta el hecho de que nosotros, como la comunidad de YES Prep, no tenemos que enfrentar estos desafíos solos. 

Contamos con consejeros de apoyo estudiantil dedicados a ayudar a los estudiantes y sus familias en moments de necesidad. Háganos saber si su familia tiene alguna circunstancia que pueda afectar la capacidad de aprendizaje de su estudiante en los próximos días y en el futuro. 

Las familias pueden enviar un formulario de asistencia al estudiante (SAF, por sus siglas en inglés) para: 

  •  Suministros o recursos para la familia o los estudiantes necesarios para la escuela (es decir, uniformes, calculadora, libros, comida) 

  •  Preocupaciones sociales y emocionales de los estudiantes 

  •  Preocupaciones familiares o del hogar del estudiante 

  •  Otras dificultades 

Haga clic aquí para enviar un SAF para su estudiante 

Nos asociamos con organizaciones comunitarias para brindar apoyo y recursos continuos para ayudar a las familias de YES Prep con cualquier cosa que pueda afectar la capacidad de un niño para regresar a la escuela, ya sea en persona o en línea. Puede ver una lista de servicios para las familias de YES Prep a organizaciones comunitarias que pueden ayudar con las necesidades actuales. 

También se pueden encontrar recursos comunitarios adicionales para las familias afectadas por la tormenta invernal en nuestro sitio web aquí

Actualización de la lotería estudiantil 

Debido a los cortes de servicio a electricidad, la lotería YES Prep para el año escolar 2021-22 se pospuso para el viernes 26 de febrero de 2021. Las familias ahora pueden esperar notificaciones de lotería el viernes, 5 de marzo. Si tiene preguntas, no dude en comunicarse con nosotros en lottery@yesprep.org

Como siempre, gracias por su apoyo y colaboración. Nuestro compromiso con nuestros estudiantes y familias sigue siendo más fuerte que nunca. Sabemos que estos son tiempos difíciles, pero sepa que YES Prep todavía está aquí y ansioso por apoyarlo a usted y a nuestros estudiantes. Nuestra próxima actualización familiar será el viernes, 26 de febrero, pero nos aseguraremos de comunicar cualquier actualización urgente en caso de que surjan antes de esa fecha. 

Gracias

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2-1-1 HELPLINE

The United Way of Greater Houston has also put together resources to serve as a guide on the path to recovery: click here. For help with recovery, from food to shelter, you can dial 2-1-1 any time.

The resources include:  

Food and Supplies

Food Banks: Text Food to 855-308-2282 to find the nearest food bank to you

Bread of Life Disaster Relief: Fill out the Bread of Life Disaster Relief assistance form to see if you qualify for a one-time financial assistance after experiencing sudden or emergency related financial hardship.

CrowdSource Rescue: CrowdSource Rescue is a Houston-based disaster response non-profit. They are partnered with several Texas food banks and are currently organizing volunteers to help do no-contact food deliveries to residents in the Houston area. If you are in need of food or supply assistance, click on the link below and fill out your request and information. If they are able, CrowdSource will contact you and connect you with local volunteers. Texas Freeze Assistance Request through Crowdsource Rescue

HTX Mutual Aid Coalition: ImagiNoir/BLMHTX has established the HTX Mutual Aid Coalition to provide monetary items and support to those impacted by this pandemic. The goal is to provide direct assistance to Black and Brown communities. Many folks within our communities were earning less than they deserved prior to the pandemic. This disparity in income, coupled with the stalled economy, has exacerbated the needs of our people. Your generous donations will allow for equitable distribution of resources towards: rental assistance, financial assistance, basic needs, and safety kits. If you are in need of assistance, the hotline is 409-999-3823.

Replacement SNAP (Food Stamps): The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has received federal approval to allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (food stamps) recipients to apply for replacement benefits for food lost or destroyed due to the severe winter weather.  

SNAP (food stamp) recipients can request their replacement food benefits by dialing 2-1-1 and selecting option 2. Alternately, recipients can download Form H1855 (Affidavit for Nonreceipt or Destroyed Food Stamp Benefits) here, and mail or fax the completed form to HHSC instead of visiting their local offices. Completed forms should be mailed to Texas Health and Human Services Commission, PO Box 149027, Austin, TX, 78714-9027, or faxed to 1-877-447-2839.  

For more information, please visit hhs.texas.gov

Warming Centers in Houston

These are the current warming centers open across Houston if you are in need of a place to go. Or call 2-1-1 to find your nearest warming center.

Frozen Pipe Clean Up

The Restoration Team

The Restoration Team cannot repair plumbing issues that may have come up during the freeze this week. They are not plumbers and cannot accept any of the risks involved with repairing or replacing damaged pipes. However, if you or someone you know is in need or immediate clean-up, they may be able to assist with cleaning and stabilizing the affected areas until a proper repair can be made. https://www.therestorationteam.org/frozen-pipe-assistance

Disaster Relief Assistance

Federal assistance is available to individuals and business owners who were impacted by the winter storm. Relief assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help you recover from the effects of the disaster. Click here for a helpful publication from Lone Star Legal Aid regarding how FEMA can help. Note your deadline to apply for assistance is April 20, 2021. 

To begin applying for assistance, register online at DisasterAssistance.gov, downloading the FEMA app, or by calling 1-800-621-3362 (1-800-462-7585 TTY). 


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Recursos comunitarios para los afectados por la tormenta invernal

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United Way of Greater Houston también ha reunido recursos para servir como guía en el camino hacia la recuperación: haga clic aquí. Para obtener ayuda con la recuperación, desde la comida hasta el refugio, puede marcar 2-1-1 en cualquier momento.

Alimentos y suministros

Bancos de alimentos: Envíe un mensaje de texto con “Food” al 855-308-2282 para encontrar el banco de alimentos más cercano a usted

Bread of Life Disaster Relief: Complete el formulario de asistencia Bread of Life Disaster Relief para ver si califica para una ayuda financiera única después de experimentar dificultades financieras repentinas o relacionadas con una emergencia.

CrowdSource Rescue: CrowdSource Rescue es una organización sin fines de lucro de respuesta a desastres con sede en Houston. Están asociados con varios bancos de alimentos de Texas y actualmente están organizando voluntarios para ayudar a realizar entregas de alimentos sin contacto a los residentes del área de Houston. Si necesita ayuda con alimentos o suministros, haga clic en el enlace a continuación y complete su solicitud e información. Si pueden, CrowdSource se comunicará con usted y lo conectará con voluntarios locales. Solicitud de asistencia para congelación de Texas a través de Crowdsource Rescue

HTX Mutual Aid Coalition: ImagiNoir / BLMHTX ha establecido la HTX Mutual Aid Coalition para proporcionar elementos monetarios y apoyo a los afectados por esta pandemia. El objetivo es brindar asistencia directa a las comunidades negras y marrones. Muchas personas dentro de nuestras comunidades ganaban menos de lo que merecían antes de la pandemia. Esta disparidad en los ingresos, junto con la economía estancada, ha exacerbado las necesidades de nuestra gente. Sus generosas donaciones permitirán una distribución equitativa de recursos para: asistencia para el alquiler, asistencia financiera, necesidades básicas y kits de seguridad. Si necesita ayuda, la línea de ayuda es 409-999-3823.

Reemplazo de SNAP (Estampillas para Alimentos): La Comisión de Salud y Servicios Humanos de Texas (HHSC) ha recibido aprobación federal para permitir que los beneficiarios del Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria (SNAP) (estampillas de alimentos) soliciten beneficios de reemplazo por alimentos perdidos o destruidos debido a la tormenta invernal.

Los beneficiarios de SNAP (estampillas para alimentos) pueden solicitar sus beneficios de reemplazo de alimentos marcando el 2-1-1 y seleccionando la opción 2. Alternativamente, los beneficiarios pueden descargar el Formulario H1855 (Declaración jurada de beneficios de cupones para alimentos no recibidos o destruidos) aquí, y enviarlo por correo o fax. a la HHSC en lugar de visitar sus oficinas locales. Los formularios completos deben enviarse por correo a la Comisión de Salud y Servicios Humanos de Texas, PO Box 149027, Austin, TX, 78714-9027, o por fax al 1-877-447-2839.

Para obtener más información, visite hhs.texas.gov.

Centros de calentamiento en Houston

Estos son los centros de calentamiento actuales abiertos en Houston si necesita un lugar adonde ir. O llame al 2-1-1 para encontrar su centro de calentamiento más cercano.

Limpieza de tuberías congeladas

El equipo de restauración no puede reparar los problemas de plomería que pueden haber surgido durante el congelamiento de esta semana. No son fontaneros y no pueden aceptar ninguno de los riesgos que implica reparar o reemplazar las tuberías dañadas. Sin embargo, si usted o alguien que conoce necesita una limpieza inmediata, es posible que puedan ayudarlo a limpiar y estabilizar las áreas afectadas hasta que se pueda realizar la reparación adecuada. https://www.therestorationteam.org/frozen-pipe-assistance

Asistencia en casos de desastre

La asistencia federal está disponible para individuos y dueños de negocios que fueron afectados por la tormenta invernal. El fondo de ayuda puede incluir subvenciones para vivienda temporal y reparaciones del hogar, préstamos a bajo costo para cubrir pérdidas de propiedad no aseguradas y otros programas para ayudarlo a recuperarse de los efectos del desastre. Haga clic aquí para obtener una publicación útil de Lone Star Legal Aid sobre cómo puede ayudar FEMA. Tenga en cuenta que su fecha límite para solicitar asistencia es el 20 de abril de 2021.
 
Para comenzar a solicitar asistencia, regístrese en línea en DisasterAssistance.gov, descargue la aplicación de FEMA o llame al 1-800-621-3362 (1-800-462-7585 TTY).

 

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If you or someone you know is in need of rent relief, on Monday, February 15, eligible households will be able to apply for the Texas Rent Relief Program. This program can help renters with past due, current and up to three months of expected rent costs, utility and home energy expenses, with costs starting as far back as March 13, 2020.

For more information and to apply, you can call 833-989-7368 or visit TexasRentRelief.com

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Si usted o alguien que conoce está atrasado en el pago de renta, el lunes, 15 de febrero, familias elegibles podrán solicitar asistencia del Programa de Asistencia para el Pago de Rentas. Este programa ayudará a inquilinos con pagos vencidos, actuales y hasta tres meses futuros de costos por renta, por servicios públicos y de energía para el hogar, con costos hechos a partir del 13 de marzo del 2020.

Para más información y para aplicar, llame al 833-989-7368 o visite TexasRentRelief.com.

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