Welcome Families, Students, School Staff and Community Partners
The following pages are a good place to learn about the services and supports for students and families in the Shawnee Heights School community. You'll find a directory of local resources; links to services; and information about common areas of concern.
As a school community, we understand and value that our families have a major influence on a student’s achievement. When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better at school, stay in school longer, and like school more. The agencies listed offer a variety of resources for children and families. For more information about their services, click on the agency name below and contact them directly or contact a member of our Counseling Staff. If you have specific needs, please call staff listed at your school building for additional information.
The listing of any organization in the list of community resources does not imply that the organization or the goods and services offered have been endorsed by the Shawnee Heights School District.
Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior that one person in a relationship uses to control the other. The behavior may be verbally, emotionally, physically, financially, or sexually abusive. NCTSN in partnership with Futures without Violence has developed Children and Domestic Violence, 10 fact sheets for parents who may have left—or still be in—an abusive relationship. The fact sheets help families living with domestic violence or its aftermath to learn the following:
- How they can get help for themselves or someone else in a domestic crisis
- How they may see their children react to domestic violence
- How they can best help their children to feel safe and valued
- How they can help children to develop personal strength
#1--How Does Domestic Violence Affect Children?
#2--Celebrating Your Child’s Strengths
#3--Before You Talk to Your Children: How Your Feelings Matter
#4--Listening and Talking to Your Child About Domestic Violence
#5--The Importance of Playing with Your Children
#6--Keeping Your Children Safe and Responding to Their Fears
#7--Managing Challenging Behavior of Children Living with Domestic Violence
#8--Where to Turn if You Are Worried About Your Child
#9--Helping Your Child Navigate a Relationship with the Abusive Parent
#10--A Parent’s Self-Care and Self-Reflection
Midland Care offers support for those who have experienced the loss in their lives. These services include individual grief support for all ages, adult support groups, Family Evenings, Hearts of Hope Camp for children, Teen Retreat, potlucks, memorials, and opportunities for expressive therapies.
The goal of Grief and Loss Services is to help those who have suffered a loss understand that:
- Grief is a natural and even healthy reaction to loss.
- Within each of us is the capacity to heal.
- The duration and intensity of grief is unique - no magic "finish" line
- Caring and acceptance assist in the healing process.
- Individual Adult Grief Support
- Individual Child Grief Support
- Adult Grief Support Group
- Family Evenings - for children, teens and families
- Camps and Retreats
- Memorial Services
- Community Education
- Mobile Grief Support in schools, workplaces and faith communities
- Specialized Groups for specific circumstances
Family Evenings start Thursday, February 9 – for 6 weeks – they begin at 6PM and there’s no charge to attend.
Here’s the plan for each session:
6:00PM – Families arrive – shared meal (first meal provided by Midland Care – subsequent meals are potluck or you can donate $$)
6:30PM – Move to age appropriate groups – we have a Littles Group (ages 4-6), Sons and Daughters (ages 6-12), Teens (ages 12-17) and Adults.
7:45PM – All participants and volunteers back together for closing circle.
Each session has a particular focus; the goal is to provide a fun and safe place for children, teens and their families to discover their capacity to heal, grow and lead more fulfilling lives.
It is a community where kids can share memories, express feelings, try new activities and get tools to cope with grief.
We are already receiving calls and I wanted to make sure you have the info – we also have a Facebook event set up under Midland Care Facebook.
Nearly five million households with school-age children do not have Internet service at home. Lack of Internet service makes it difficult for students to complete homework, creating a “homework” placing students without access at a disadvantage as compared to their peers who do have such access.
EveryoneOn, a national nonprofit working to ensure all students have access to Internet service at home, is pleased to inform you about an upcoming new low-cost wireline home Internet offer for your students and their families:
Qualifying households include those:
NO Charge for in-home Wi-Fi Modem.
Other requirements apply. Please visit att.com/access for more offer information.
We invite school districts to share this information with students and their families when the program launches on April 22, 2016. This can include:
Get Internet at home today for a better future tomorrow.The Internet is essential for success. See how you can get connected.Your family qualifies if:
Click HERE to get started.
Shawnee Regional Prevention and Recovery Services (PARS) is a not-for-profit organization that is committed to helping make our community a place where people of all ages are safe, connected with others and free from the effects of substance abuse. PARS provides assistance and support to individuals, families, schools, businesses and the community. It is divided into two programs, The Prevention Services Department, which houses the Regional Prevention Center and Evaluation Services programs, and Safe Streets
Services of the Prevention Services Department include:
Services in this expanded facility include Social Detoxification, Intermediate and Intensive Outpatient Treatment, Continuing Care, Gambling Addiction Treatment, and Relapse Prevention. These comprehensive services are available to anyone in the state of Kansas. We are licensed by the state to do referrals, and can provide assessment within 24-hours. We utilize the Living in Balance Program developed by Hazeldon Publishing and Educational Services. This cognitive behavioral and experiential treatment approach draws from current research and science in drug addiction. Together with practical clinical experience it provides a solid foundation for treatment. All Recovery Center programs provide exposure to community based self-help groups to assist clients in building skills and relationships that will support their recovery. Valeo Recovery Center is part of a state-wide referral network.
Valeo Behavioral Health Care
330 Oakley (Northwest Entrance)
Present at East Entrance after 5pm
Topeka, KS 66606
Social Detox 24-Hour Hotline 785-234-3448
Recovery Center Services Information 785-783-7532
Recovery Center Admissions 785-233-1730 Ext. 3303
Find more information Here.Contact UsThe staff at PARS is committed to providing you with excellent service. Please contact us in person, or via telephone or e-mail using the information below.
HoursMonday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesday evenings by appointment
Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Address and Phone
2209 SW 29th Street
Topeka, KS 66611
38% of Franchise Fee Credit Funds Remain
The 2015 Franchise Fee Credit Program continues, although only 38% of the funds remain.The funds will be exhausted soon, it is well advised for eligible qualifiers to sign up as quickly as possible.
CRC administers the Franchise Fee Credit Program, a City of Topeka program that provides eligible households a standardized credit by utility. Each approved household can qualify for up to $175 in credit for the calendar year 2015.
To qualify for the City of Topeka Franchise Fee Credit Program you must:
- Be a city resident (homeowner or renter) with electric, gas, water/waste AND
- Have a household income of less than $32,400; AND
- Be born before January 1, 1959 OR be blind OR totally and permanently disabled OR have a dependent child living at home under the age of 18
Have an appointment? Below are the documents you need to bring with you:
- Kansas ID or Drivers License
- Copy of each of the bills eligible for the program: electric, gas, water, waste water (eligible bills must be in your name)
- Proof of income - either a 2015 tax return or a social security award letter for all residents in the house
- Documentation for dependents under 18 living in the house: birth certificate and social security card