Zaasijiwan Newsletter

Lac du Flambeau Head Start & Early Head Start Zero to Five Program


October 2009

National Fire Safety Week - October 7, 2009

Fire Safety at Home
  • Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home, especially near sleeping areas. 
  • Families should plan and practice two escape routes from each room of their home. 
  • Regularly inspect the home for fire hazards. 
  • If there are adults in the home who smoke, they should use heavy safety ashtrays and discard ashes and butts in metal, sealed containers or the toilet. 
  • If there is a fireplace in the home, the entire opening should be covered by a heavy safety screen. 
  • The chimney should be professionally inspected and cleaned annually. 
  • Children should never play with electrical cords or electrical sockets. 
  • Nothing should be placed or stored on top of a heater. . 
  • Children should never touch matches, lighters, or candles. If they find matches or lighters within reach, they should ask an adult to move them. 
  • No one should stand too close to a fireplace or wood stove or other types of heaters, where clothes could easily catch fire.

In This Issue:

Policy Council Elections: Nominations taken until October 13, 2009.  Elections held October 28th, 2009.  

Parent Participation:  Parents are a key to successful Head Start initiatives.  Next monthly meeting will discuss Benefit Bingo.

Parent Committee Meeting: Door Prizes and Snacks Provided October 22, 2009 at 4:30 PM

National School Bus Safety Week: Learn about bus safety.

ZHS Calendar: View ZHS Activities and click on daily Ojibwe Words to hear audio.

Classroom and Admin News: Read about what is happening in the classrooms and with programming along with educational resources.

ZHS Policy Council Elections

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Boozhoo! It is that time again!  Zaasijiwan Head Start is having their annual elections for its Policy Council. As a member you will enhance your parent participation in policy making and other decisions regarding the program. The Lac du Flambeau Tribal Council recognizes the Policy Council as a formal structure of shared governance. Three positions will be nominated for and elected upon: President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer. Federal regulations prohibit the following persons serving on the Policy Council: "Tribal employees and their immediate family who work in areas directly related to or which directly impact upon any Head Start, fiscal or program issues." As well as, Tribal officials and their immediate family members.

If you are interested in becoming a member or would like to nominate someone to the Policy Council, please call Chris Zortman, ZHS Receptionist, at 588-9291. All requests will be placed on a ballot for voting purposes and must be received before Tuesday, October 13, 2009. Any requests received after that date will not be considered.

One nominations have been made, parents or guardians may cast their vote at the next Family Social which will be held on Thursday, October 28, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Only parents or guardians of children currently enrolled in the program will be eligible to vote for members of the Policy Council.

All members of the Policy Council shall complete a minimum of six hours of training regarding the duties, functions and responsibilities of the Policy Council. Members of the Policy Council must stand for election or re-election every year with a three year limit. Chii Miigwitch.




Parent participation is critical to a successful Head Start Program.  Each year, Benefit Bingo is one of our signature events. Last year, enough money was raised to purchase one gift for each Head Start child for the holidays.  In addition, in-kind donations such as time and goods were also at an all time high.  During tough economic times, this was seen as a very successful event.  

This year, Benefit Bingo is going to be happening again and we are hoping for another successful outcome.  This will not happen without the support and volunteerism of our parents and community.  Donations of time and goods also add to our federally required match and help families in our community.  

Please consider volunteering or donating during this time to help our effort in purchasing gifts for all 120 children in our program during the holidays.  To sign up for this important event, please contact Arleen Harsvick at Head Start or email her at:  You can also leave a message for her by calling the Head Start Program at 715-588-9291.

Monthly Parent Meeting - October 22, 2009

Please attend monthly parent meetings to help with planning and decision-making.  Each month, parents meet to discuss fundraisers, when pictures are taken,  what type of activities they would like to see for children, field trips, and so on.  Your voice matters.  Based upon your comments, planning occurs that benefits children and their families.  It is also nice to talk with parents each month.


ZHS Parent Meeting

Join Us for Some Spooky Fun!!!

October 22, 2009

4:30 - Head Start Center

Door Prizes and Fun Snacks!

Child Care Provided


National School Bus Safety Week 

October 19-23, 2009

The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) celebrates National School Bus Safety Week each year. This year October 19-23, 2009 is "Avoid harm, Obey the STOP ARM". They have wonderful posters.

You can also visit the National Center for Safe Routes to School Web site at they have excellent information can be used on Tips for Parents and Other Adults for Teaching Pedestrian Safety to Children. Another resource is School Transportation News (STN) eNews. This website has great articles and other resources. You can look up such things as school bus safety, emergency procedures and more. There are also numerous websites which have many wonderful materials to use; most of them are free and include materials for children with special needs.

Of course the best resource for Head Start Programs is the new Transportation Pathfinder on ECKLC.


Binaakwe giizis 

(raking/falling leaves moon) 


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
 Practice One Ojibwe Term Per Day  


Mental Health Consultations

Jiibay - ghost 


Agosimaan - pumpkin 


Giisinaa - cold out 


Bus Evacuation - AM

Fire Truck - AM


wadoohns - candy 


Ajidamoo - squirrel 


Giiwose - he/she hunts 


Nutrition Activities

Last Day to Nominate Policy Council Members

Waawaashkeshii - deer 


Parent Teacher Conference

Bisikiwaagan - jacket 


Parent Teacher Conference

Maandaamin - corn 


Wiiwikaan - hat 


Turtle Play Shoppe


Mishiiminaaboo - apple juice 



Naboob - soup 


Parent Committee Meeting

4:30 PM

LDFPS Small Gym

Snacks & Door Prizes Provided




- pumpkin pie 


 Mizise - turkey 


 Moonigwane - yellow hammer/flicker


Policy Council Elections

Family Social

Binaakwe giizis  - Falling Leaves Moon



Conscious Discipline Training

No School

 Halloween Party Invite

Dr. Adrienne Laverdure, Peter Christensen Health Center Clinical Director, is having her Annual Halloween Party.  All Head Start children and families are invited.  Donations of can goods for the food pantry are requested.

October 17, 2009

6:30 - 9:00 PM

10570 Plantation Pines Drive

(Formerly Curtis Lake Lane)

Minocqua, Wisconsin


Pancake Breakfast & Open House

Support your Firefighters and EMT's 

Plus Our Annual Raffle Drawing

Lac du Flambeau Fire & Ambulance Department

Saturday, October 17, 2009

7:00 AM and 11:00 AM

Everyone Welcome Fire Station #1

County Highway D & Wild Rice Avenue

Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin

$6.00 Adults/$3.00 Children Under 6

Breakfast Includes: 2 Sausages, Scrambled Eggs, Choice of Orange juice, Mile, or coffee

All You Can Eat Pancakes


Ms. Appalonia

Boozhoo, My name is Appalonia Clemmens.  I am currently substituting in the Infant Classroom.  I am new to the Head Start Program and enjoy working with the children in my classroom. We are working with children to understand simple directions and language terms.  It is interesting to see them understand beginning words and sounds.  Allowing them to play and look at books gets them prepared for circle time when we read to them as well as learning to appreciate reading, loving books, and recognizing print early in their lives.  Please visit Head Start and our classroom if you are in the area.

Ms. Shirley and Ms. Sue

Boozhoo Families, We want to welcome you and your children to the Home Base Head Start Program. We look forward to working with you and your child in the coming school year. During the month of October we will be working on topics related to the season of autumn, pumpkins, and scary feelings (due to the Halloween holiday). We hope you can join us for these months' special events: Turtle Play Shoppe on Tuesday October 13 "Pumpkins" at 10:00am Family Social on Wednesday October 28 at 2:15pm.  Hope to see you there!  Miigwitch, Ms. Sue Ms. Shirley

Ms. Janet and Ms. Jeanette 

Boozhoo The children are older this year, so they are learning new self help skills such as the potty, serving food, eating with fork and a spoon. Parents please practice these skills at home with your child; it will be easier for the children to learn. Language development is also important read, sing, label everyday items and encourage your child to repeat the words to build their vocabulary. Please feel free to come to our classroom to visit and read to the children.  Miigwitch, Ms. Janet Ms. Jeanette Bizhiw (Lynx) Room

Ms. Sally and Ms. Arleen 

Boozhoo, Greetings from classroom five Mizhiike (Turtle) room. Nannon. We have been busy in our classroom doing activities about fall, such as leaves, apples, wild rice, and cranberries. We recently has a family social about which apples we like the best. After tasting three different types of apples red delicious, granny and golden delicious, it was determined that the children's favorite was granny smith. The children taped the different colored apples shapes to the corresponding trees, and we counted to see which apples wont the taste test. Beautiful outdoor weather gave us the opportunity to see pretty leaves on the trees, and gather some for out classroom. We painted leave shapes with paint and many colors. Books about fall were read to the children, as well as finger plays. Turtle play shop featured wild rice season and harvest. The children tasted wild rice, and were given recipes to take home to their families. We looked at gourds of many shapes and colors. Cranberries from Lake Nokomis were brought in for our class to see and examine. We are working with the children about sharing and turn taking. At this time for their age these are perhaps the most difficult. Now that the weather is getting colder please remember send in warm clothing, heavier jackets, hats and mittens. Stay healthy and warm.  Gigaawaabamin, Ms. Arleen Ms. Sally

Mr. Eli and Ms. Jodi

Boozhoo from the Maang (Loon) room, we have been very busy learning about the fall season, apples, leaves and each other. We also introduce a new letter of the alphabet and an ojibwe word that we will learn about every week. Local firefighters visited with us and we were able to see a fire truck and an ambulance. The children were very excited to receive firefighter hats and coloring books. Please feel free to drop in and share a story or a meal with our class. Happy belated birthday to Esaube Brown who turned 4 in September.  Please remember to attend our parent meetings. Benefit Bingo will be coming up in November. We need parents to run the Bingo sessions. The Benefit Bingos are extremely important because they provide funding for activities for our children. Miigwitch, Mr. Eli and Ms. Jodi

Ms. Alison and Mr. Mike

Boozhoo Families, October is going to be a very busy month in our room and we look forward to sharing everything we learn with you. Right now we are working with our second unit of study entitled My Family, My Community. During this three week unit we will be looking at our families, neighbors, neighborhoods, and the helpers that make up our community. We will also be reading stories from around the world, working on our math, reading and writing skills, and seasonal activities. Miigwitch! Miss Alison and Mr. Mike 

Ms. Kathryn and Ms. Melinda 

Room 11 News “Smooth” is the best word to describe the first few weeks of the new school year in our classroom. The children are adjusting well to being in school, making new friends, and learning lots of new skills. For the first two weeks of October our classroom theme is Feelings. We have been practicing using our faces to show that we are happy, sad, scared, angry, surprised, etc., as we sing the song “If You're Happy and You Know It...” Also we have been reading books which feature characters who are experiencing strong feelings. During the latter part of October we will be focusing our attention on the topic of Bats. We will also be getting our room ready for Halloween. We will celebrate Halloween at the Family Social on Wednesday, October 28, at 2pm, and hope you will join us then. More information will come home soon about this event. We are currently scheduling our first home visits. We look forward to talking with your about the things we are doing here at Head Start, and the progress your child is making.

Ms. Jennifer and Ms. Stefanie

We have had a great start to our new year! All of our students are getting used to the schedule and routines we have in our classroom. We have been singing our ABC's, counting to 10 in English and Ojibwe, and singing "If you're happy and you know it". We had a rocky start having so many new children who had never been to school before and had to get used to being away from home. We have less tears now and are having fun everyday! We graphed our favorite types of apples, got to see a fire truck and ambulance up close, and will be discussing "scary things" as we approach the Halloween holiday. If you ever have any questions or would like to visit our room, please feel free to do so. Our goal is to inspire your child to have a love for school and we are really happy to have each and every one in our room! Having a great fall, Ms. Jennifer and Ms. Stefanie, Giigoohn Room, # 9

Ms. Mabel and Ms. Laverne 

Boozhoo, We are learning about the fall season. Our class is learning their colors, shapes and the changes in fall. We are taking small steps in learning and being introduced to the school and classrooms. Everything is still new. Parents please feel free to come in and read a book to the class and don't forget to call and schedule a home visit.  Miigwitch, Ms. Mabel Ms. Laverne Room 8 Waawaashekeshii Deer

Ms. Margaret and Mr. Mark

Dear Parents, As you are aware September is one of our busiest months of the year. Children coming back to school and readjusting to school hours, along with the parents. For the past three years I have been the CACFP Coordinator for the Head Start Program. I am proud to say that this past September was the best attendance we have had in the past three years. Great job to the parents and the children keep up the good work. And a reminder you are always welcome to come in and eat breakfast, lunch or snack with your child, please notify your child's teacher in advance so the kitchen is prepared.  Sincerely, Mark Stone Assistant Cook CACFP Coordinator



Ms. Vicki and Ms. Julia, Family and Community Partnerships Coordinators 

Dear Parents,

Self-concept is defined as how a child feels good about himself or herself. If a child feels good about whom he or she is, then it is likely that he or she will feel sufficiently confident and want to try new experiences and make new discoveries. Much of what children learn about themselves comes from the support and encouragement received at home. As a parent, you provide your child with a good self-concept. We, on the other hand, will work with you in a partnership to help you - help your child build a positive self-image.

Educational research documents the importance of self-concept on success in life. By constantly supporting your child, giving genuine praise at every opportunity, and helping your child feel good about who he or she is, you can help your child develop a valuable self-image - a determinant of lifelong success.

1. Give your child some genuine praise every day. Let your child know that you are aware of the many things he or she is learning and that you are constantly supporting those efforts. Praise can consist of a pleasant comment, a pat on the back, a big smile, or best of all, a hug. Make sure your child gets several every day.

2. Make a personal scrapbook with your child. Special photographs of your child, drawings, pictures of favorite foods, books, TV shows, people, and some other artifacts can be used for the scrapbook. Be sure to take some time regularly to add new things and to talk about them with your child.

3. Help your child share in some family decisions. These decisions can be very simple ones, such as where certain family members should sit at the dining table or what TV program to watch at a specific time. By providing your child with the opportunities to make decisions, you are helping your child build a very positive self-image.

4. Be sure to take some time every day to talk with your child about some of the things he or she did or learned. The dinner table may be the most useful location for this communication. It is very important that your child have a regular opportunity to share the day with you. Your attention and concern will be valuable in your child's development.

5. Every child is unique. Let your child know that he or she has some very special qualities that no one else has. You may want to talk about color of his or her hair, the choice of clothing, or the kind manner in which he or she treats friends. Let your child know that there are many unique characteristics that make him or her special to you.

6. Don't compare your child with others. Although parents sometimes have a tendency to compare one child with another, this can be harmful to your child's self-image.

7. Be realistic in your expectations of your child, and be patient. Read magazines, books, and articles related to child development and parenting to assist you in understanding your child. Know that your child must learn over a period of time to pay attention, to follow rules, and to get along in a group. Praise your child for whatever he or she tries to do.

Sincerely, Vicki Soulier and Julia Chapman Family & Community Partnerships

Ms. Lynn, Health, Mental Health, Nutrition and Safety Coordinator 

Health News

Caregivers - Flu Prevention

  • Special precautions are necessary if you are taking care of a sick person, especially if the person is an infant or child. More…
  • Check with your healthcare provider or pharmacist for correct, safe use of medications. More…
  • Keep the sick person in a separate room and keep the sickroom door closed. More…
  • Protect other people in the home from infection. More…
  • Protect yourself if you are taking care of someone at home who has H1N1 (Swine) flu. More…
  • Throw away disposable items used by the sick person, and keep bedside tables and bathroom surfaces clean using household disinfectant. More…

Mental Health News

ZHS has revised their Mental Health referral form.  Observations are currently scheduled to begin in October of 2009.  If a referral is made, Lynn Gillich, ZHS Mental Health Coordinator, will contact the child's parent/caregiver to discuss whether a plan of action needs to be made on behalf of the child.  A part of the Head Start Performance Standards, mental health coordination ensures the timely and effective identification of and intervention in family and staff concerns about a child.  

Nutrition News

Small Step - Today's lifestyle doesn't allow much room for health. And that's where Small Steps comes in. We know that it's impossible for many people to make dramatic lifestyle changes. Instead, we want to help you learn ways that you can change small things about your life and see big results.

Explore this section further to get more in-depth facts about health, diet, and activity. And check out the Small Steps section to see what changes you can easily make in your life. 

Check out this exciting website: 

Ms. Ruth, Education and Disability Coordinator

Transitional Activities

Transitional activities can be positive and exciting ways of moving children from one activity to another. They can make finishing one activity and moving on to another activity a learning experience and an adventure. Transitional songs, games, finger-plays and conversations can make the day flow more smoothly, occupying hands and minds while children wait to finish clean-up, or gather for a group activity or wait for lunch to be served. Transitioning from one activity to another is often a difficult time in child care settings. This may be particularly true for children with disabilities. It may take them longer to physically move themselves from one activity to another. It may be difficult for them to understand the need to change activities. It may be difficult for them to manage their own behaviors for an appropriate transition from one activity to another. It is the purpose of this tip sheet to help child care providers look at their daily programs and analyze which transitions are particularly difficult, and then offer solutions. More.....

Six Steps to Make While Moving

When parents or caregivers think about stress in children's lives, moving to another neighborhood is not the first thing that comes to mind. But changing homes, schools, and friends can be very stressful. Some children embrace moving as an opportunity to make new friends and to learn new things; others get anxious or develop behavior problems. It may take children and adults months to adjust after a move. For many children and adolescents, giving up the familiar—friends, favorite places, and routines—can be difficult. As parents focus on coordinating the moving process, some children react negatively to the decrease in attention. Children may experience anxiety and grief before, during, and after a move, and these emotions are intensified if moving results from major family disruptions, such as divorce or death.  More....

Disability Resources

Children who may have a disability often exhibit signs that their development is not typical at a very early age. The presence of significant delays in specific areas of development, when other skills are age appropriate, could indicate that your child has a learning disability.

Here are many helpful resources to help you understand the early signs of learning disabilities, early assessments and ways to help your child.

Early Childhood Websites
LDA Early Childhood Committee

When Pre-Schoolers Are Not “On Target” In Their Development:
Excerpts from LDA’s comprehensive guide for parents, early childhood educators and child care providers. Full article

Early Identification of Speech-Language Delays and Disorders: Basic information on speech-language evaluation and treatment of delays and disorders. Full article

Early Childhood Assessment - Birth To Three Years: Helpful information on the process known as developmental assessment used to assess young children. Full article

Assessment of Readiness Skills During Early Childhood: An overview of the areas of assessment that might be considered for children exhibiting signs of developmental delay. Full article

Starting School: How To Help Your Child: Great tips on helping your child get off to a good start at school. Full article

Parents Are Their Child's First Teachers: Simple ways to enhance your child’s early development. Full article

Activities For Young Children: Providing Practice For Development: Ways to provide young children with learning disabilities opportunities to practice the skills they are taught. Full article

Helping Young Children with Learning Disabilities at Home: Suggestions on how to focus on your child's strengths in order to build self esteem and to help them become an integral part of the family. Full article

Early Writing: Why Squiggles Are Important: Understand why experiences that relate to early reading go hand in hand with those that encourage early writing. Full article


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