Tips to Get Involved at Your Child’s School

(Family Features) For some parents, back-to-school season can be bittersweet as they watch their kids grow more independent each year. Taking on an active role at your child’s school is a simple way to provide support and stay engaged.


Whether your schedule is relatively open or you’re juggling multiple demands, there are ways for virtually all families to participate in their children’s classrooms.


Volunteer in the classroom. Today’s teachers are busier than ever, developing classroom lessons, teaching to rigorous curriculum standards, coaching and chairing extracurricular activities and tackling their own professional development goals. This can leave little down time to coordinate special activities or classroom celebrations, but that’s where parent volunteers can play an essential role.

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Develop relationships with teachers. Creating a connection with your child’s teacher can be based on more than checking in on performance and behavior. Sharing resources and ideas with teachers makes you an ally and an asset to the classroom. One example is the Tom’s of Maine “Green Your School Fund,” which will give $1 million to classrooms nationwide this year so students can roll up their sleeves and tackle hands-on environmental projects to understand the impact they can have on the planet today and tomorrow. Learn more about the program and how you can help your child’s teacher submit a creative environmental classroom project at


Join a formal organization. School organizations like the Parent Teacher Association are designed specifically to engage parents in the education system. Members have a direct connection to news about what’s happening in the school, an avenue to share concerns and means for inspiring change and bringing about school improvements.


Take part in field trips. Many rich learning opportunities exist outside the classroom, but those activities are often limited by chaperone availability. Both schools and most field trip destinations require certain student-to-chaperone ratios for safety and optimal learning. Joining a classroom field trip not only allows you to share the experience side-by-side with your own child, but makes the outing possible for other children as well.


Share your talents. There are ways parents can get involved without straying too far from what they know best. Volunteering to speak at a career day in your child’s class is a simple way to share real-world experiences and help prepare the next generation of leaders. Of course, if you’re looking for something a little more hands-on, many schools welcome community support to help build props or sew costumes for the school play, host a lesson on a favorite artist, share cultural traditions or help run activities like science fairs or field days.


If you’re unsure how to get started, contact your student’s teacher or the school’s main office and ask for guidance on where you can make the biggest impact.




Free Class Offered on Tree Selection

Fall is an excellent time for planting trees………………

The Bowling Green Tree Commission will be hosting a class on “Selecting the Right Tree at the Nursery” on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 9-11 am at Simpson Garden Park. The event is free to the public.

The class will be held in the classroom and outside.

Fall is an excellent time for planting trees and attendees will learn what to look for when selecting a tree at the nursery or garden center to ensure their tree has the proper structure necessary for a long life.

Please contact  Bowling Green Arborist Grant Jones at or 419.353.4101 if you have any questions.




Pilot Study of Permanent Recycling Locations is Coming to Wood County

The duration of this study is expected to be six to twelve months depending on the location.The remaining satellite locations and times will be unchanged during the pilot study…..

On August 15th, the Board of Wood County Commissioners approved the Solid Waste Management District (SWMD) to move forward with the pilot study for the permanent recycling locations after positive feedback from the SWMD Policy Committee.

Discussions have begun with the four proposed pilot sites which are the Village of Pemberville, Village of

Tontogany, Portage Township and Village of Custar/Milton Township.

Details regarding the pilot will be worked out during the coming months with the expected start to be sometime in 2018.

The duration of this study is expected to be six to twelve months depending on the location.

The remaining satellite locations and times will be unchanged during the pilot study.

These locations are Bloomdale, Grand Rapids, Hoytville/Jackson Twp., Jerry City/Cygnet, North Baltimore, Perry Township, Perrysburg Township, Village of Portage, Rudolph, Stony Ridge and Weston.

The existing 24/7 sites managed by the Bowling Green Recycling Center and NAT will also be unchanged.

The SWMD will update the communities with the progress and results of the pilot study through our quarterly electronic newsletter.

After the pilot study has been completed, the SWMD will reach back out to the Policy Committee and the Commissioners to provide a full report and discuss the next steps.

For more information on the pilot study contact Wood County Solid Waste Management District at 419.354.9297

Lutheran Church News

For Sunday, August 20………………..

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore

“Unwavering Persistence” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore on Sunday, August 20 at 10:15 a.m.

Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb

“Unwavering Persistence” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb on Sunday, August 20 at 8:00 a.m.

A “Blessing of Backpacks” will be included in worship when students, teachers, school staff of all ages come forward with backpacks, notebooks, school equipment, lunchboxes, etc., for a blessing and prayer for the new school year.

A joint adult Sunday School with the McComb United Methodist Church begins at 9:15 a.m.

Church News for Sunday, August 20, 2017

Bairdstown and Good Shepherd United Methodist Churches…….

Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist

Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist will celebrate the 11th Sunday after Pentecost on August 20, with worship beginning at 10:15 a.m.

Rev. Susan Kronbach will preach from Matthew 18:23-35,  “What About Forgiveness?”

Sunday School for youth and adults begins at 9:15 a.m.  Sunday School for children is off for the summer.

Bairdstown United Methodist Church

The Bairdstown United Methodist Church will celebrate the 11th Sunday after Pentecost  on August 20 with worship beginning at 9:15 a.m.

Rev. Susan Kronbach will preach “What About Forgiveness?”  from Matthew 18:23-35.

Sunday School class is held immediately following worship.  Please plan to join us as you are able!







Guest Columnist: Smoothies Can Provide Excellent Nutrition

Smoothies can be customized to fit multiple taste preferences based on the ingredients added…..

Did you know it is recommended to eat between five and seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day? In order to meet this recommendation, we would need to eat multiple servings of fruits and vegetable at every meal and in between! Eating enough and a variety of fruits and vegetables can be challenging to most, but there are some solutions to make this challenge much easier. A common solution is adding fruits and vegetables into smoothies. Smoothies are quick, on-the-go options that are easy to prepare and can provide excellent sources of nutrition.

          Fruits and Veggies

Smoothies tend to be fruit based which makes them taste sweet while adding benefits like fiber, vitamins and antioxidants. The most common fruits used are berries, apples, bananas, and tropical fruits like kiwi and pineapple. However, any fruit can be used based on personal preference. You can use fresh, frozen, or even canned fruit in your smoothie. If using fresh, make sure to remove any pits or seeds.

Frozen fruit is the most convenient option as the fruit has already been prepared for ready-to-eat. Frozen fruit can always act as ice cubes and keep your smoothie cold. Canned fruit may also be used, but avoid those canned in heavy syrups and make sure to drain the can. Just by adding a few different types of fruits to a smoothie can increase the number of servings you consume in a day.

Leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale can also be added to smoothies. While these vegetables may not appeal to some by themselves, combined in a smoothie with other flavors can make them quite tasty. These vegetables are also high in calcium and iron and make great additions to the diet. Vegetables like spinach and kale are best added to a smoothie fresh.

Adding the Liquid

As you can see smoothies can be customized to fit multiple taste preferences based on the ingredients added. Another way to customize smoothies would be with the type of liquid added. Water is always a zero-calorie option that does not provide any additional flavor to the smoothie. Water can be used to thin the smoothie and create the right consistency.

Milk can also be used to add more flavor as well as providing calcium and vitamin D to the smoothie. If a thicker smoothie is preferred, yogurt can be a great option. Yogurt not only thickens the smoothie, but can provide calcium, vitamin D, and protein as well.

A final liquid that can be added to a smoothie is fruit juice. Fruit juice would cause the smoothie to be thin while providing additional flavor. However, fruit juice with other whole fruits added may make it too sweet so only minimal juice should be used. Ice cubes are also a way to keep your smoothie cold and provide some additional liquid.

Smoothie Recipe

*Recipe from


  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • ½ kiwi, sliced
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • ½ cup ice cubes
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • ½ cup 100% apple juice


  • Combine strawberries, blueberries, banana, kiwi, spinach, ice cubes, milk, and apple juice in blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Serve in a cup with a side of low-fat or fat-free cheese for a nutritious snack.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size: 1 cup

Serves 4

Calories: 100, Total fat: 0g, Total Carbohydrate: 25g, Dietary Fiber: 4g, Protein: 3g, Calcium: 101mg.

Total fruit and vegetable servings: about 3 per serving

About the Author:


My name is Ellen Purvis and I am currently a dietetic intern for BGSU. I completed my Bachelors in Dietetics from BGSU in 2015 and just completed my Masters in Food and Nutrition in August of 2017.

After completion of the dietetic internship, I hope to find a job working with children as a clinical dietitian in a hospital. I would also love to become a Lactation Consultant along with being a Registered Dietitian.