OUR HOPES |OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER | Issue 6 1 Our HOPES |Our Staff Newsletter Hoboken & Plainfield, New Jersey February, 2016 WELCOME TO OUR 51ST YEAR OF HOPES! IN THIS ISSUE Head Start/Early Head Start Annual Self-Assessment Process Work Anniversaries Page 2 By Joselyn Estevez-Vargas Birthdays Page 2 The HOPES CAP, Inc. Early Childhood Program will initiate the program’s Annual Self-Assessment in February. This is a process that involves staff from all content areas and all program options both in Hoboken (February 3rd – March 24th) and Plainfield (February 12th- March 24th). Smile Break Page 2 IT Corner Page 2 The self-assessment process provides all Head Start and Early Head Start grantees with a method to regularly assess the effectiveness of key management. This resource lays the foundation for program directors and their management teams with the goal of outlining an effective self-assessment process. Continuous quality improvement is a central tenet of the Head Start/Early Head Start program, with the goal of meeting the Head Start Program Performance Standards and moving toward program excellence for serving children and families. Finance Page 2 Facilities Projects Updates Page 2 Health and Wellness Page 3 Employee Spotlight Page 4 Updates on NJ HS Assoc. Page 5 ZIKA Virus Page 5 Ask HR Page 5 Strategic Plan Page 6 The self-assessment process involves the collection of information from a variety of sources to determine the effectiveness of systems as it relates to the implementation and integration of program services. These sources of information can be used to identify program strengths, determine areas for improvement for planning appropriate strategies to address program services. Information gathered by each Self-Assessment team is compiled in a summary report that outlines the results from the self-assessment. This report is used by program management to determine areas where program improvement has been identified and to ensure compliance in all service areas. The report is reviewed and approved by the Policy Council and the Board of Directors. After the self-assessment process is completed, Content Area Program Plans are updated and these plans become the blueprint to guide program operations. As part of the overall program planning process, the Self-Assessment supports HOPES in ensuring that the services provided to children and families support the overall mission of Head Start/Early Head Start: • Enhance children's growth and development • Strengthen families as the primary nurturers of their children • Provide children with educational, health and nutritional services • Link children and families to needed community services • Ensure well-managed programs that involve parents in decision-making Early Childhood staff should be on the lookout for Self-Assessment group assignments and meeting schedules. We look forward to your participation in this important component of program planning. FRIDAY, February 5th Wear your favorite team jersey to work day!
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OUR HOPES |OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER | Issue 6 THANK YOU FOR YOUR YEARS OF DEDICATION! ISMAEL ACOSTA DANNY BLACKMON STEPHANIE CORBOSIERO MARIE FORCUM JACLYN L. LEVINE JESSICA A MITCHELL MARIA MUNIZ JUANA RAMOS BARBARA REYES MILAGROS RIVERA LAZARA RIVERO MELISSA VALENTIN IVETTE VILLEDA 02/11/2002 02/09/2015 02/05/2013 02/10/2003 02/01/2014 02/12/2010 02/05/1990 02/16/2010 02/06/2003 02/01/1988 02/13/2013 02/25/2015 02/01/2010 Updates on Facilities Projects By: Danny Blackmon The Rue 1st Floor Kitchen has gone through final inspections for plumbing and electrical and is scheduled for an overall final inspection on February 4th. The Annex is currently in a holding pattern as we are undergoing environmental testing for lead/asbestos contaminates. The Electrical Distribution has been a challenging process and is taking much longer than anticipated primarily due to the complexity of the job. It has been stated that this job is scheduled for completion within the next two months. Currently this job is at a 70% completion. Universal Buzzing System: As we embark upon the Annex project it is becoming increasingly important to have a centralized buzzing systems at all doors. Therefore, the universal buzzing system is currently being put in place at each of the available doors to alleviate confusion for the community and our tenants. 2 YESENIA ANDRIUOLI BIBI BAINATH JOSE G BENITEZ MARIXA CONCEPCION STEPHANIE CORBOSIERO FAITH ENRICO JANETH P LANDAZURI JACLYN L LEVINE PAMELA LIGHTEN SONNY MARTINEZ MARISELA MELO IDANIA MERCADO JESSICA A MITCHELL GESSELLE PICHARDO 02/07 02/16 02/24 02/17 02/17 02/01 02/11 02/15 02/13 02/16 02/16 02/24 02/23 02/21  Your credit card and petty cash receipts along with purchase orders affect all grant expense reports.  Timely submission of your documents ensures that funds are properly received.  Bank statements become available on the 28th of every month to expedite the process. IT CORNER SMILE BREAK The Boss One day a man goes to a pet shop to buy a parrot. The assistant takes the man to the parrot section and asks him to choose one. The man asks, “How much is the yellow one?” The assistant replies that it costs $2,000. The man is shocked and asks the assistant why it’s so expensive. “The parrot is a very special one. He can type really fast.” “What about the green one?” the man asks. “He costs $5,000 because he can type, answer incoming phone calls and take notes.” “What about the red one?” the man asks. The assistant says, “That one is $10,000.” Curious, the man asks, “What does he do?” The assistant says, “I don’t know, but the other two call him boss. General Cleaning Tips for Computers Below is a listing of suggestions to follow when cleaning any computer components or peripherals as well as tips to help keep a computer clean. 1. Never spray or squirt any liquid onto any computer component. If a spray is needed, spray the liquid onto a cloth. 2. You can use a vacuum to suck up dirt, dust, or hair around the computer. However, do not use a vacuum inside your computer as it generates static electricity that can damage your computer. If you need to use a vacuum inside your computer, use a portable battery powered vacuum or try compressed air. 3. When cleaning a component or the computer, turn it off before cleaning. 4. Be cautious when using any cleaning solvents; some people have allergic reactions to chemicals in cleaning solvents, and some solvents can even damage the case. Try always to use water or a highly diluted solvent. 5. When cleaning, be careful to not accidentally adjust any knobs or controls. Also, when cleaning the back of the computer, if anything is connected make sure not to disconnect the plugs. 6. When cleaning fans, especially smaller fans, hold the fan or place something in-between the fan blades to prevent it from spinning. Spraying compressed air into a fan or cleaning a fan with a vacuum may cause damage or generate a back voltage.
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OUR HOPES |OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER | Issue 6 The Biggest Loser Challenge Opening Weigh In CDC Travel Alert – ZIKA Virus By: Mary Caldwell I want to give a huge thanks and congratulations to all the staff who stepped up and signed up for our first ever Biggest Loser Challenge. It was a great turn out, 33 signed up in Hoboken and 28 in Plainfield. Now that opening weigh-ins are over, we now have the midway weigh ins to look forward to. Remember, the second weigh ins serve to help you measure your progress but because this is HOPES, we love to keep it interesting and so we are going to award staff members who are doing the best so far: 1st Place: Fitbit Charge HR 2nd Place: $100 Massage Envy gift card 3rd Place: $50 Modell’s gift card Overall midway weigh in will take place between Feb 12th –March 9th at Retro Fitness Hoboken. There will also be onsite weigh in on the following dates and times: Rue Conference RoomFriday, February 19th, 2016 3PM-4PM Watchung SiteFriday, February 26th, 2016 3PM-4PM Aside from these cool incentives provided by HOPES & Retro Fitness a lot of us signed up with the goal of losing weight via exercise and a healthy diet. Based on what I’ve seen, read, and my own experiences that’s not always enough. In order to make a healthier lifestyle a permanent part of you, it’s important to question your motives, “Are you doing this for yourself or for the acceptance of your peers, family, significant other, etc.?” I think a lot of us have had or still have that person in our lives usually a 3 family member who has criticized the way we look and made us feel less than what we truly are. Although, this can be a motivator to make a change, it can’t be your sole purpose otherwise you’re more likely to lose motivation and give up especially if the results aren’t immediate and in turn you feel worse about yourself. When you’re making the change for yourself, think of something you want to be able to accomplish or improve. It can be something small like being able to use the stairs without feeling out of breath, picking up a sport, having more energy, just being stronger & faster, or avoiding/managing chronic diseases. When you work towards accomplishing intrinsic goals you’re more likely to be patient and understanding of the time and work it entails to achieve and the inches you lose along the way becomes just an added bonus. By: Jessica Palencia Since our Ugly Sweater contest in December was such a success and generated such positive participation, we would like to continue the fun each month with a different activity. In honor of Valentine’s Day , we are inviting all staff who would like to participate to submit a written story about how they met their significant other, or alternatively, how a couple they admire met. The story should be no more than three paragraphs long and submitted to ourhopes@hopes.org by Wednesday, February 10th. A committee will read the submissions to determine a winner, and the person who submits the most intriguing story will win movie tickets for two. Additionally, the winning story will be featured in the March edition of Our HOPES . The winner will be announced on Thursday, February 11th. The CDC recommends that travelers to the following locations protect themselves from mosquito bites: Barbados, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, Saint Martin, U.S. Virgin Islands, Martinique, U.S. Virgin Islands, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela. Zika virus can be spread from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby. There have been reports of a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly and other poor pregnancy outcomes in babies of mothers who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant. Knowledge of the link between Zika and these outcomes is evolving, but until more is known, CDC recommends special precautions for specific groups: Women who are pregnant (in any trimester): Consider postponing travel to any area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. If you must travel to one of these areas, talk to your doctor first and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during your trip. Women who are trying to become pregnant, before traveling should consult their doctor about your plans to become pregnant and the risk of Zika virus infection. Strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during your trip. Specific areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing are often difficult to determine and are likely to change over time. Please keep informed by referencing cdc.gov for up to date information.
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OUR HOPES |OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER | Issue 6 What is your proudest moment at HOPES: When Sandy hit, Hopes landed a $100,000 grant Robin Hood foundation and we were able to help those in dire need. Employee Spotlight: Jesse Rodriguez What are three artists you would choose to listen to for the rest of your life? 1) J. Cole By: Tatiana Ferraro 2) Donell Jones Residence: 3) Any 90’s Rap Bloomfield, NJ What are two goals you are trying to accomplish this year? Inhabitants at residence: My wife Naroopa and my daughter Melina. Years with current position at HOPES: About 7 years 1) I want to get my real estate license in NJ this year. 2) Finish getting my degree. How do you plan on accomplishing these goals? Just doing it. What is your favorite past time? 4 If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be? My mother’s rice, my grandmother’s beans, and my aunt’s pepper steak. What do you fear most? God What do you do for fun? Hang out with my family and eat. What is your biggest pet peeve? Backseat drivers. What would people be surprised to know about you? I am a certified massage therapist. If you were to do it all over again what would you do differently? I would’ve acquired my degree already. If given the chance to be anyone in the world, who would you like to be for a day? What I like best about working for HOPES: Taking road trips with my Uncle Ralph who passed away a few years ago. Myself, everybody has problems. The fact that I get to help out senior citizens and to experience their appreciation for what we do for them. Before I die, I would like to (top 3 items on bucket list): I’m with my family eating. Before working at HOPES. What was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve had? 2) See my grandchildren. I can’t say I’ve ever had one. Before working at HOPES, what was the worst job you've ever had? I had a moving job I didn’t like much. 1) See my daughter grow and evolve. 3) Find my favorite place to live. If you were stuck on an island what three things would you bring: I’m happiest when: Motto, Personal Mantra or Favorite Quote: “Expect the best, prepare for the worst” Favorite place to live: I haven’t experienced that yet. 1) Food 2) TV 3) More food “EXPECT THE BEST, PREPARE FOR THE WORST.”
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OUR HOPES |OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER | Issue 6 Updates from New Jersey Head Start Association By: Joselyn Estevez-Vargas Starting in the fall 2015, the New Jersey Head Start Association’s (NJHSA) leadership has been working on ways to strengthen the Association and engage Head Start and Early Head Start programs as active members. The composition of the Association is through four affiliate groups: The Directors’ Affiliate, Staff’s Affiliate, Parent Affiliate and Friends’ Affiliate. Program Directors were charged with increasing the participation of staff, parents and friends of Head Start in Association meetings. Through consistent and successful participation, the Affiliates would then be able to elect Officers and Board Members. With Board Members in place the Association By-Laws would be able to be updated and the business of the Association would be able to be carried out more effectively and efficient. Association elections were held on January 14th and we are elated to report that HOPES has the honor of having three representatives elected as Affiliate officers and NJHSA Board. Carmencita Pile, Board Member for HOPES, was elected as Secretary for the Friends’ Affiliate, Simona Ovanezian, VP/CFO for HOPES, was elected as President of the Staff’s Affiliate and Joselyn Estevez-Vargas, Director of Children and Family, was elected as President of the Directors’ Affiliate. All three were also elected to be part of the NJHSA Board. Congratulations and best wishes to all!! The NJ HS Association is seeking volunteer staff to assist with registration, raffle, and other tasks before and during the Annual Conference, March 23-26, 2016 in Atlantic City. If interested or for more information, please email ourhopes@hopes.org before February 9th, 2016. Senior Programs funded by the HCAAA Grant Vital community programs that support senior citizens throughout Hudson County will continue to be offered through 2018. These programs and services are made possible through a renewed funding commitment from the Hudson County Area Agency on Aging. HOPES has been a successful grantee of the Area Agency on Aging and has served thousands of low-income seniors through a wide range of empowerment programs. Some of the services that will be offered under the new agreement include Information and Assistance (I&A) services, Area Plan Contract Counseling (formerly Benefits Screening), Assisted Transportation, and Language Translation services that provide oneon-one support in understanding, determining eligibility and applying for a wide range of benefit and entitlement programs, including Social Security, Medicare, utility and phone bill assistance, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and nonMedicaid federal, state, county, municipal, locally-funded and private pay options. Additionally HOPES will be providing evidence based educational classes that will also include physical fitness activities aimed at improving or maintaining seniors’ health and wellness. In addition to HCAAA funding, HOPES is collaborating with the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, the National Council on Aging, and other local and regional organizations to deliver critical services and resources to Hudson County seniors. This work is helping seniors to continue leading independent lives, accessing critical resources, staying fit, and socializing with members of the community. For more information about senior programming available at HOPES, contact Evelyn Mercado at 201-8762935 ext. 1302. 5 ASK HR I recently received notification that Hoboken University Medical Center (HUMC) will no longer be a participating hospital with Horizon BCBS. What do I do in case of an emergency? Effective February 2, 2016, Hoboken University Medical Center will no longer be a participating hospital in the Horizon Hospital Network. Under NJ state law and the terms of Horizon’s contract with HUMC, all Horizon BCBSNJ members may continue to use HUMC through June 1, 2016 to allow for transition of care. Prior authorization needs to be obtained when required. This means that effective June 2, 2016, HUMC will be out of network for Horizon BCBSNJ members. Additionally, Bayonne Medical Center is no longer a participating hospital in the Horizon network effective January 1, 2016. Horizon BCBSNJ members may continue to use BMC through April 30, 2016 in order to transition care, and prior authorization must be obtained when required. However, in cases of medical emergency, members should go to the nearest emergency facility regardless of network affiliations. In Hudson County, Jersey City Medical Center and Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center are still part of the Horizon network. For a complete list of participating hospitals, please reference HorizonBlue.com/doctorfinder.
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