Parent Liaison

Connecting families to community resources and supporting parent-teacher collaboration.

a Parent Liaison Can Help

School

Have a question about the school or your child’s academics?

Community
Resources

Wondering about activities or resources that are available?

Childcare

Need help finding childcare?

DHHS

Need to connect with Department for Health and Human Services for a Bridge card, insurance, or other supports?

Housing
Insecurity

We help ensure stability and support for students and families without a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

Mental
Health

Need help connecting with a counselor, psychologist, or other mental health professional?

Meet Us

Beth Morey
Beth Morey

Beth is starting her second year as a Parent Liaison for Jenison Public Schools. Prior to this, Beth spent 10 years as a speech pathologist in Grand Rapids and 12 years as an SLP with Jenison’s ASD program. Beth graduated from Western Michigan University with a major in Speech Pathology and minors in Spanish and Elementary Education. She received her M.A. in Speech Pathology from Eastern Michigan University. In her spare time, Beth loves spending time with her family, boating, and reading. Beth provides support to Bauerwood, Bursley, Rosewood, JIA, and the High School.

Mary Veldink

Mary is starting her fourth year as a Parent Liaison for Jenison Public Schools. Prior to being a Parent Liaison, Mary spent 25 years teaching third grade. Mary graduated from Hope College with a degree in elementary and special education. Her Master’s Degree is from Cleveland State University where she focused on Early Childhood Special Education. Mary loves spending time with her family and friends, traveling, reading, and playing pickleball.
Mary provides support to El Puente, Pinewood, Sandy Hill, the Junior High and the ECC. .

Opportunities for Families

July 2021

Family Fun:

  • Rebounderz of Grand Rapids is a great place to take the kids this summer! Rebounderz, is a state-of-the-art indoor trampoline arena and extreme fun center in Jenison. It features a massive 56-Bed Combo-Jumper, a Super Dodgeball Jumper, the Rebounderz JumpXTREME Tower, 4-Lane Basketball Slam, a 6-Lane Foam Pit, and a Human Foosball game.  Rebounderz also offers a large Arcade, a Virtual Reality Experience, and a  Laser Tag arena. Check them out at Rebounderz Grand Rapids 
  • Looking to stay cool this summer? Check out the list of  splash pads in the area that you can visit.
  • Beaches Are For Everyone! Did you know…Bridge Card holders in Michigan can receive a free Ottawa County Parks annual motor vehicle permit?  See this flyer  for more information.
  • Free outdoor movies and concerts: Click on the link for the 2021 summer lineup of free outdoor concerts and movies.  Also, check out the free Music in the Park series at Rosewood Park in Jenison. Click on the link for dates and info! 
  • Looking for some indoor fun? GR kids has a list of places where you can Bowl for Free!
  • Road Trip! 4th and 5th graders can get into Sleeping Bear Dunes for free.  See the link for more details.
  • Time to Play Outside!  Check out these links for information on Millenium Park and other Amazing Parks and Playgrounds in West Michigan. 
  • Shopping for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables? Visit these local Farmer’s Markets in Georgetown and the Greater Grand Rapids Area.
  • JPS Summer Pool Activities: Please see the attached fliers for opportunities to participate in JPS summer pool activities.

SUMMER 2021 Water Polo (7th & Up) 

SUMMER 2021 Swim Lessons

Educational Opportunities:

  • Virtual Parenting Series: Arbor Circle is bringing parenting support to you! This series focuses on building connections between parents and caregivers while providing opportunities to share ideas for facing current challenges. Join us Monday nights as we embark on a journey exploring a variety of different topics.
    Mondays from 8-9pm
    7/12: Relationships & The Skill of Assertiveness
    7/26: Consequences & Investments  Register Here
  • JPS Reads! Join the Summer Reading Program at the Georgetown Library.  You can fill out your progress online, or download and print this Reading Log to win coupons, beads, and be entered in the Grand Prize Drawing.

  • Summer Tutoring: Looking for summer tutoring for your elementary-aged student? See this resource  for options in our community.

  • Free Summer Learning Apps: Common Sense Education has  12 free learning apps and websites for kids and activities for students in pre-K -12th grade.

Community Resources:

August 2021

  • Free Summer Learning Apps: Common Sense Education has  12 free learning apps and websites for kids and activities for students in pre-K -12th grade.

  • The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program is an opportunity for eligible households to receive one monthly benefit in the form of a discount of up to $50/month on eligible fixed or mobile broadband services and associated equipment for participating providers.  Please see the attached attached flyer for more information on the program.

  • Virtual Parenting Series: Arbor Circle is bringing parenting support to you! This series focuses on building connections between parents and caregivers while providing opportunities to share ideas for facing current challenges. Join us Monday nights as we embark on a journey exploring a variety of different topics.
    Mondays from 8-9pm
    8/9: Technology & sleep
    8/23: Co-parenting & Potty Training.   Register Here

  • Looking for some outdoor fun?  Check out these links for information on Millenium Park and other Amazing Parks and Playgrounds in West Michigan. 

  • Double Up Food Bucks: You can get up to $50 in FREE produce through the Double Up Food Bucks when you make purchases with your Bridge Card or Pandemic EBT student food benefits at participating Farmers Markets. See www.westmichiganfarmmarkets.com for a listing of Farmers Markets. The DUFB match is up to $50 a day this year. Farmer’s Markets Accepting Bridge Cards   – Double Up Food Bucks Flyer  –  Farmers accepting Bridge Cards
  • Summer Tutoring: Looking for summer tutoring for your elementary-aged student? See this resource  for options in our community.

Ongoing

 

  • GVSU K-12 Connect – Supporting Future Success: K-12 Connect has quickly expanded its free programs to further provide educational and mentoring services on a year-round basis. See below for more information on the current programs K-12 Connect offers.    https://www.gvsu.edu/k12connect/
  • FREE COLLEGE –Michigan residents 25 and older who don’t have a college degree can now apply for funding to cover community college tuition costs or skilled trades training scholarships. Click here for more information or to apply.
  • Community Action House offers Financial Wellness WORKSHOPS that provide courses, services, and counseling at no cost to community members for home buying education, financial capability, and foreclosure intervention.
  • Looking for outdoor fun for your family? There is  a new interactive nonmotorized trail map which features 4,600 miles of trails.
  • Resilience offers resources for helping to end domestic violence.  Many services are being offered virtually.  Check out the website to get connected or call the 24 Hour Help Line at 1-800-848-5991 for free and confidential support for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.  
  • The Fresh Guide to EBT answers all of your questions related to food stamps in Michigan. And best of all, the Fresh EBT app for Iphone and Android helps you keep track of all of your EBT information right on your pho

Classifieds

Needed

Clothing

  •  Gently used Boy’s clothing sizes 6-14

Infant Supplies

  • Size 6 Diapers – order through the Amazon Wishlist
  • Gentlease formula, and soy formula

Services

  • Auto Repairs

Other

  • $10-$20 gas cards
  • washer and dryer
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Available

Appliances

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Furniture

  • Twin Size Mattress
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Personal Care / Food

  • hair cuts
  • Hygiene Pantry at Sunrise Ministries (7754 28th Ave.) 3rd Wed. of the month 7-8pm
  • Food Pantry at Jehovah Jireh

Do you have have items or services to add to the list?

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