NEWS BRIEFS

Families in

Partnership to

review program options

Transition is a concept we talk about regularly in the world of early childhood. Usually we think of transitions from the child perspective; moving from one task to the next, or growing into a new developmental stage, like starting school. However, transitions apply to the whole family, as well as the system that supports them.

As a family support agency, we recognize our role in that system and want to ensure we are prepared to adapt to meet the needs of children and families within our community. Pending the approval of our regional office, we are exploring a proposal to transition from center and home based options, to expanding our home based program services. If this change in program options is approved, Families in Partnership Early Head Start would exclusively offer home based services effective 01 July 2018.

We are excited to further Families in Partnership’s vision of strong families in a strong community and to better engage with the family as a whole by focusing on our program’s home visiting strengths. We want to ensure we remain responsive to the needs of the community, consistent with our mission of promoting and developing the potential of families and improving the community through effective action and leadership.

For inquiries about this transition and expanded home based services, please contact:

Alexandra Eanes, Executive Director OR Hy Boltz, Education Manage Families in Partnership, Inc. (406) 293-6242, fipehs@icloud.com, PO Box 762, Libby, MT 59923

Phone: (406) 293-6242 Fax: (406) 293-5078

www.libbyfipinc.

 

 

Would you like to spend your

summer living on the lake?

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is recruiting volunteer hosts for two popular fishing access sites in northwest Montana. FWP is accepting applications for host positions this summer at Echo Lake Fishing Access Site near Bigfork and Paul’s Memorial Fishing Access Site on Lake Five near West Glacier. Hosts will live on-site. FWP provides space for host RVs with water, septic and electricity.

Volunteer hosts are responsible for monitoring these public fishing access sites from approximately May through September. Their duties include cleaning, light groundskeeping, communicating with visitors and opening and closing gates.

“The host position at Paul’s Memorial on Lake Five would be perfect for someone who is interested in exploring Glacier National Park on their off time and Echo Lake would be great for someone with a boat who likes to fish,” said Tony Powell, FWP Region 1 Fishing Access Site Coordinator.

Anyone interested in serving as a site host at either of the lakes should send a cover letter to tpowell@mt.gov or FWP Region 1 Office, cc: Tony Powell, 490 N. Meridian, Kalispell, MT, 59901. For questions, contact Powell at (406) 751-5423.

 

 

Libby High School internship

applications open March 19 – April 10

Libby High School offers seniors the opportunity to earn high school credit for hands-on learning in a work environment. Internships look great on resumes, job applications, and college applications. Employers look for applied experience like this when they are hiring. Thanks to generous local businesses in our community, we offer a large range of internship opportunities to our students:  Students interested in an internship must think ahead! Applications are due in the spring of your junior year but some internships require pre-requisite classes so be sure to plan ahead. Seniors taking an internship spend two periods a day at their work site for one semester. They earn high school credit for these two periods. Schedules are flexible but some internship work sites prefer interns at certain times of day to get the most out of their experience.  Applications are open 3/19/18-4/10/18 Intern selection is done by the host sites and students will have to participate in an interview process if their application is approved. For students filling out applications, please type them. You can open the PDF applications below using Nitro Reader (free download) to type onto it directly. REMEMBER to turn in 2 teacher recommendation forms, a cover letter, and a resume in addition to your application. Print out your application and turn it into Mrs. Rewerts in the GEAR UP Office.

Feel free to contact Mrs. Rewerts at any time with questions.

 

 

Daines introduces bill to secure our schools

On March 6, U.S. Senator Steve Daines  announced his new proposal, the Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act. This bipartisan legislation he introduced with Senator Orrin Hatch (UT), secures our schools by implementing proven, evidence-based programs and technologies that stop school violence before it happens.

The Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018, or the STOP School Violence Act, reauthorizes and amends the 2001-2009 bipartisan Secure Our Schools Act to offer Department of Justice grants to states to help our schools implement proven, evidence-based programs and technologies that STOP school violence before it happens.
The bill permits grants to fund evidence-based programs and practices to:

Train students, school personnel, and local law enforcement to identify warning signs and intervene to stop school violence before it happens;

Improve school security infrastructure to deter and respond to threats of school violence, including the development and implementation of anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence;

Develop and operate school threat assessment and crisis intervention teams; and

Facilitate coordination between schools and local law enforcement.

The bill would authorize $75 million for FY 2018, and $100 million annually for the next ten years, which may be partially offset from a DOJ research program called the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative.

 

 

Free tax services available for all taxpayers at IRS.gov/freefile

With the tax season opening up less than a month ago, the Free File Alliance, a nonprofit coalition of industry-leading tax software companies partnered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), today reminded taxpayers that free tax solutions are available to all Americans at www.IRS.gov/FreeFile.

Taxpayers with a 2017 Adjusted Gross Income of $66,000 or less can access free, industry-leading tax software to prepare, complete and e-file their federal tax returns at no cost. Free state return options are also available to everyone making $66,000 or less.

Taxpayers who have an AGI that exceeds $66,000 can e-file their federal tax returns or an extension using Free File Fillable Forms—a service designed for taxpayers who are familiar with tax law and need no preparation assistance. Free File also helps taxpayers with the health care requirements. Using Free File, most taxpayers will simply have to check a box to report health care coverage for the entire year.

“Taxes can be done in the comfort of one’s own home, on travel and at all hours of the day and night.  Every American taxpayer can and should take advantage of the Free File program,” said Tim Hugo, executive director of the Free File Alliance. “Whether you need to e-file a tax return or an extension, Free File is the fast, safe and free way to tackle your taxes. Free File is also the only place where the industry’s best tax software is available at one place and at no cost. Simply visit IRS.gov/freefile and choose the software offering that fits your tax needs.”

The Free File program has provided over $1.5 billion in free tax software over the last 15 years. Free File Alliance member companies have continually worked with the IRS to strengthen the Free File program, and taxpayers have consistently reported that it is user-friendly and efficient. Responding to a 2009 IRS survey, 96 percent of users said they found Free File easy to use, while 98 percent said they would recommend the program to others.