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  1. 1. This Week in MC&FPMarch 11, 2011___________________________________________________________ Our morning began early with word of the massive earthquake in Japan and thetowering tsunami waves in the Pacific. The Defense Department quickly geared up to help. Thisafternoon, Secretary of Defense Gates said, Ive been kept informed all day long about the tsunami inJapan, the earthquake and tsunami. As best we can tell, all of our people are OK, our ships and militaryfacilities are all in pretty good shape. We obviously have huge sympathy for the people of Japan andwe are prepared to help them in any way we possibly can. Its obviously a very sophisticated country,but this is a huge disaster and we will do all, anything we are asked to do to help out.To stay informed and follow the military response to this historic national disaster, see . The site contains emergency links, keyinformation, maps, and related stories.Have a good week and take care.Your MC&FP TeamPlease note: Some hyperlinks in this text are lengthy, sometimes extending more than one line. Forbest results, cut and paste the entire link into your Web browser.From DoDEA DoDEA Celebrates National Womens History Month Our History is Our StrengthThis years theme pays tribute to the millions of women who have helped create a better world forthe times in which they lived, as well as, for future generations. You can read about the origins ofNational Womens History Month on our DoDEA Celebrates Web page at: White House Invites Experts, Communities to Conference on Bullying PreventionDoDEAs Acting Director Marilee Fitzgerald participated in the March 10, White HouseConference on Bullying Prevention. President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, theDepartment of Education, and the Department of Health and Human Services welcomed students,parents, and teachers to the White House event. The conference brought together communitiesfrom across the nation that have been affected by bullying, as well as those who are taking action toaddress it. Participants spoke about the effects of bullying and the work of students, parents, andteachers nationwide. See Providing policy, tools, and resources to further enhance the quality of life of service members and their families.
  2. 2. ThisWeekinMC&FPMarch11,2011 Terra Nova Testing Under Way for Students WorldwideWhile this does take some hours away from daily curriculum and activities, testing also providesDoDEA with extremely valuable information, used at the school and district levels to improveteacher instruction and increase student learning and achievement. Department of DefenseEducation Activity students made gains in all subject areas assessed in the 2010. The 2010 testresults show that DoDEA students in grades three through 11 scored substantially higher than thenational average (the 50th percentile) in all subject areas: Reading, Language, Math, Science, andSocial Studies. On 43 of 45 subtests, DoDEA students scored 10-25 percentile points above thenational average. In addition, students scored 7 and 9 percentile points, respectively, above thenational average on the remaining two of the 45 subtests. March is Music In Our Schools MonthMusic in Our Schools Month helps to raise awareness of the importance of music education for allchildren and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music. Thespecial observance provides music teachers the opportunity to bring their music programs to theattention of the school and the community and to display the benefits school music brings tostudents of all ages. DoDEA joins schools and communities across the globe with concerts andother activities based on the years theme, Music Lasts a Lifetime. For more information, see Aviano Elementary School Clubhouse Provides Safe Haven for Students with Deployed ParentsA large number of Aviano Elementary School students currently have or soon will have a parentdeployed for a significant amount of time. In response, school staff developed a safe haven tohelp them to learn to cope with all the stages of deployment and continue to be active learners whiletheir parent is gone. Once a week, students meet during lunch in the Members-Only Clubhouse,manned by school counselors and the school psychologist. Students may join as soon as they learntheir parent will be deployed and may stay in the club after the parent has returned. Attendance isvoluntary and gives students an opportunity to discuss feelings and reactions with other studentsexperiencing similar situations. Clubhouse activities include sending e-mails or writing letters tothe deployed parent; making coupon books to give to the parent at home good for helping aroundthe house; arts and crafts such as putting their photos on a pillow case to send to their deployedparent and making seasonal decorations; developing a calendar of activities; and talking about howto normalize deployment in their family. Activities are based on the grade level of the student.See and click on Deployment Club.From the Family Advocacy Program Office HHS Live Webcast to address "Infant Suffocation Deaths in the Sleep Environment"Suffocation is the leading cause of injury deaths to infants in the U.S., occurring at a rate four timesgreater than any other injury cause. In an effort to prevent this tragedy, Health and Human ServicesHealth Resources and Services Administration is sponsoring a free, live Webcast on Thursday,March 24, 2 to 3:30 (EST).Online advanced registration is required in order to facilitate technical trouble shooting. To register,go to Participants should then plan to beonline approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the session.Page2
  3. 3. ThisWeekinMC&FPMarch11,2011Webcast highlights will include:- The scope of infant deaths from suffocation and the pilot study for the national Sudden,Unexplained Infant Death Initiative SUID an effort to help us better understand thecircumstances and events in suffocation deaths.- The circumstances of the sleep environment for infant suffocation deaths as described by datafrom child death review teams.- Risk factors in infant suffocation deaths identified through child death review and the SUIDCase Registry.- The scope of state efforts in risk reduction and prevention efforts and one states work to linkinjury prevention and MCH with state and local partners for a comprehensive infant safe sleepinitiative.- Examples of community-based safe sleep and suffocation prevention programs, includinghospital based education, safe sleep education and crib distribution programs.- Examples of efforts in states and local communities to develop comprehensive SUID riskreduction and accidental suffocation prevention programs.From the Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth Forging the Partnership Registration now open!Have you marked your calendars and plan to join us at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, April27- 29? Registration is open be part of this unique experience! See The conference will offer more than 200 presentations including: keynotes, research presentations,workshops, interacts and computer workshops. Topic areas will address early childhood, school-age, teens, parent/family, health, and community capacity building.In addition, the conference will include more than 80 program showcases and more than 40research posters. Plans are under way for two town hall meetings one with the Services seniorenlisted advisors and the second with religious ministry. See you in Chicago!From the Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special NeedsIsabel Hodge Participates in HHS Disability ConferenceIsabel Hodge was selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner ofthe Administration on Developmental Disabilities to attend the Building a National Agenda forFamily Support event at the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread in Racine, Wisconsin,March 6-8, 2011. Hodge and a group of 27 national family support stakeholders worked todevelop and reach consensus on:-Policy recommendations for the reauthorization of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 that will achieve outcomes of effective family supportPage3
  4. 4. ThisWeekinMC&FPMarch11,2011 - Recommendations to improve family support policy, practice and systems at the state level - An advocacy action plan for moving national family support forward, including recommendations for other federal legislation, in order to achieve the outcomes of effective family support.From the Office of Communication Youth Employment Skills Program Build your rsum and earn money for college!The Youth Employment Skills program YES is a unique volunteer program for high schoolstudents of active duty/Title 10 Air Force members. Students can earn a potential $1,000 grant byworking at an on-base location, and gain valuable employment skills while serving their localcommunity. Students can claim their banked grant funding upon high school graduation to beapplied directly toward post-secondary educational expenses. Please contact the youth director atyour base Youth/Teen Center to learn more about the YES program and enrollment procedures.This program, underwritten by the Air Force Aid Society, is a joint effort with the Airman andFamily Services Flight.From Resale Commissary On-Site Sale EventsThe Guard/Reserve On-site Sales Program provides the commissary benefit to deservingGuard/Reserve members and their families who live in areas that arent close to an existingcommissary store. These sales are not only for the Guard and Reserve theyre for any authorizedshopper.Currently, there are no on-site sales for online ordering. For more information, visit the next few weeks, DeCA will deliver the benefit: April 1-2 Texas Army National Guard Austin, Texas April 1-3 Guard and Reserve Smyrna, Tenn. April 2-3 Guard and Reserve Rome, N.Y. April 8-9 Air National GuardFresno, Calif.In the News From the American Forces Press Service Military Gears up to Help JapanU.S. forces are swinging into action to assist Japan in the wake of a magnitude 8.9 earthquake thatstruck early this morning. We are assessing the situation and positioning forces so that they areready to respond and provide disaster relief if directed, said Navy Cmdr. Leslie Hull-Ryde, aPentagon spokeswoman. Japan has requested U.S. assistance through the State Department.See From the American Forces Press Service Yakota Community Assists Diverted PassengersAirmen and volunteers are helping more than 500 commercial airline passengers whose flights werediverted here after a magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck today off the Japanese coast. SeveralPage4
  5. 5. ThisWeekinMC&FPMarch11,2011commercial aircraft were diverted here after Narita International Airport in Tokyo closed.See From the DoD Live Blog Moving? Let Us Help With Plan My MoveMoving again? Even when a move is months away, its natural to get a little stressed whenimagining everything at home getting packed into a box and shipped off to parts unknown. There isso much to do and so much to plan. Thats why we offer Plan My Move.See From the American Forces Press Service Dr. Biden Pledges Support for Guard FamiliesDr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, promised National Guard members and theirfamilies here that she will support them during every deployment As family members, we honor andsupport our [Guard members], but we also know that we will miss them each and every day theyreaway from us, she said during a March 4 call-to-duty ceremony at the Delaware Air NationalGuards 166th Airlift Wing. Biden announced Feb. 28 that she and First Lady Michelle Obama willlaunch a campaign this month thats designed to rally citizens, businesses and nonprofitorganizations to provide support for servicemembers and their families.See From the American Forces Press Service Arlington Burial Planned for Last DoughboyAmerica will pay its respects to its last World War I veteran March 15, as former Army Cpl. FrankBuckles is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Buckles the last of the more than five millionAmericans who served during World War I and were known as doughboys died Feb. 22 at hishome in West Virginia. He was 110.See of the Week Nutrition Tip of the Week March is National Nutrition Month!What are you going to do this month to improve your nutritional health? Try to lose weight?Increase your fruit and vegetable consumption each day? Eat less red meat? Drink more water?How about putting down the salt shaker and sprinkling some herbs and spices on your food?- Add a teaspoon of cinnamon to your oatmeal, toast with peanut butter, fruit cup or yogurt andgranola.- Sprinkle some ground ginger into a shrimp and vegetable stir-fry.- Chop a tablespoon of thyme and rosemary into your omelet.- Make your own hummus, experimenting with different amounts of cumin, coriander, red pepperand paprika. (Always experiment with smaller amounts such as teaspoon.)- Try yellow curry in your whole grain rice.- Sprinkle meats with thyme, rosemary or oregano.For more information on making healthy and nutritious food choices, check out the DefenseCommissary Agencys Web site at .Page5
  6. 6. ThisWeekinMC&FPMarch11,2011 Parenting Tip of the Week Are you a new parent?More than 2,000 babies are born to military families each week. If you are or will be a new parent,the New Parent Support Program was developed for you! Program benefits are available free ofcharge to families expecting a child, or have a child or children up to three years of age. Theprogram also includes home visits by the New Parent Support Program staff, and may also includesupervised playgroups, parenting classes, and access to materials on parenting. You can find moredetails at Lets Move/Childhood Obesity Tip of the WeekLike adults, kids need exercise. Most children need at least an hour of physical activity every day.Regular exercise helps children: - Feel less stressed - Feel better about themselves - Feel more ready to learn in school - Keep a healthy weight - Build and keep healthy bones, muscles and joints - Sleep better at nightAs kids...