Archive for April, 2015

Play Nice (& Safely)

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Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare- All Saints

Every sport your child plays comes with the risk of a concussion. Risks are present even just when they are socially playing indoors or outdoors. As a parent, it is important to know the risks, symptoms, and treatment options for concussions.

Would you recognize the signs of a concussion? Read more…

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury, and all concussions are significant. A person does not need to lose consciousness to suffer from a concussion. A person can sustain a concussion without a direct blow to the head. Concussions left untreated can cause long-term problems.

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It is common for a concussed athlete to have one or many concussion symptoms and they evolve and emerge 24–48 hours after the injury occurs.

Concussion Symptoms


  • Headache
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Balance problems
  • Fatigue
  • Sensitivity to light/noise
  • Numbness


  • Feeling mentally foggy
  • Feeling slowed down
  • Difficulty remembering
  • Difficulty Concentrating


  • Irritability
  • Sadness
  • More emotional
  • Nervousness

Sleep Related

  • Drowsiness
  • Sleeping more or less than usual
  • Trouble falling asleep

Who can care for my child before and after a concussion?

The All Saints athletic training staff provides support to athletic teams from Case, Horlick, Lutheran, Park, St. Catherine’s, and Union Grove high schools. Part of their job is to educate athletes, parents, and coaches about injury prevention, including concussions. They also provide on-the-field care, including evaluation for advanced medical care and help manage follow-up care.

The team at the All Saints Concussion Care Network can treat head injuries and concussions in both children and adults. To return to play, the child must be evaluated and cleared by a medical professional. We provide baseline testing, concussion screening, follow up care and guidance.

After someone has suffered a concussion, how do you know when he or she is ready to get back into the game?

All Saints utilizes the ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) system. ImPACT uses computerized neurocognitive assessment tools to help doctors and athletic trainers determine an athlete’s ability to return to play after suffering a concussion. This widely used testing program has become a standard tool across high school, collegiate, and professional sports.

The ImPACT program measures many aspects of cognitive functioning in athletes including:

  • Attention span
  • Working memory
  • Sustained and selective attention time
  • Response variability
  • Non-verbal problem solving
  • Reaction time

After a concussion, the ImPACT test measures a player’s symptoms, verbal and visual memory, and processing and reaction speed. “This is especially important because Wisconsin State law requires any child in an organized athletic program suspected of a concussion to be removed from play even if they say they feel okay to continue playing,” says Dr. Goran Jankovic, Family/Sports Medicine.

Dr. Goran Jankovic, Family/Sports Medicine

Dr. Goran Jankovic, Family/Sports Medicine

“To return-to-play, the child must be evaluated and cleared by a health care professional. At All Saints, we provide baseline testing, concussion screening, follow-up care, guidance for head injuries, and suspected concussions,” adds Dr. Jankovic.

If you think your child has sustained a concussion, seek care by visiting the Emergency Care Center or scheduling an appointment with the All Saints Concussion Care Network at (262) 687-5800. To learn more, visit

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PEI, JAK, EXPO, etc.

 Empowering Parents to Equip Their Children for SuccessParent Empowerment Initiative post it note
Written by guest mom blogger from Racine,
Lindsay Knapp

“The Parent Empowerment Initiative (PEI) is a community supported effort to give parents and caretakers the tools they need to raise children who are equipped for the future.”

Aside from being a mouthful to say, … what is the Parent Empowerment Initiative really? Read more…In real terms – this initiative consists of 12 electives, taught by our own community members, on topics ranging from “finance management” to “leadership development in your children”. We currently meet twice a month at Living Light Community Center for an hour on Tuesday nights to gain understanding and education on various subjects – both pragmatic and soft-skill parental.

Our hope is to raise awareness regarding the needs within our community, and to address some of those challenges head-on through education and relational support for families.

Currently, the city of Racine lives with a 12% poverty rate, the majority of which are children in single family households. If you are anything like me, reading a stat like that is like chewing on dry toast. It doesn’t carry any weight. It’s just a number. We often don’t link this type of information with our neighbors or the children in our schools. Or we categorize groups of people in our minds as those who are affected, and those who are not. Cut and dry. Simple. Let’s move on with our drive-in order at Starbucks.

The truth is, the cycle that we are now contending with is subtle and vicious. Often what we see as a community are the SYMPTOMS of a much deeper reality at hand, and it can be difficult to find an accurate diagnosis to the root of the issue without consistently treating the trauma with band-aides and pain-killers. We see teenage pregnancy, prostitution and promiscuity, drug and alcohol abuse, poverty, rage and violence, homelessness, teen suicide, behavioral disorders, illiteracy, criminal activity, burglary, and increase of government programs to sustain survival, bullying, disregard for authority, gangs, repetitive imprisonment, and the list goes on…..

From where I stand, I see children in need of a family. When I look at all of the areas we are bleeding out as a city, the bare-bones issue, to me, is the break down of a strong family structure; whereby the presence of actively engaged mothers and fathers are evident. It’s the oldest and most trustworthy institution in history, … and yet, it’s teetering. We seek to restore that necessary structure that has dilapidated over time and to empower parents to skillfully carry their children through pivotal years of maturing.

If we fail to do this, we are left to deal with the inevitable future of half-orphaned children who do not carry the necessary skills to contribute to the betterment of society. Simply put, when we abdicate our role as a community, we create a future burden for ourselves that we pass along to our children. As mother of four children and a committed member of this community, I feel a sense of real responsibility for the days ahead. I want to rescue those who are rescue-able, champion change for those who seek it, and watch our future citizens win. We are standing on a tilt; the scales will fall where we choose or refuse to place our involvement.

Far easier and more convenient than addressing the hard realities of many of the families who live in community alongside us, is to scurry to the safety of our own inner circles, judge others, and remain resolved in our ignorance. This was my own story for a stint of time. Homelessness, poverty, abuse, violence, … it was all too unnerving and inconvenient, and essentially, too BIG. So, I would divert my eyes, … telling myself that if you don’t see the lack or acknowledge the injustice, then it simply isn’t there. Monkey no see.

What changed? I think the overwhelming evidence, as our children grew, that no school, reform, institution, government program will ever replace our God given mandate as parents to our children. Not just our children (like the ones who sit in the backseats of our cars and leave their chewing gum on the seats) but “our” children -collectively. Over time, we have learned to lean so heavily into our education institutions that the lines are often blurred between whose role is what. We have created a surrogate parent out of our schools; requesting basic needs being met like protection against danger and square meals in addition to proper discipline, instruction, correction, encouragement, addressing behavioral challenges, and education of the whole person, and please- don’t forget fractions. Loaded with these responsibilities but stripped of any real authority and unarmed with the innate relational bond that is unique to parents and children, the dependency on this system is faltering.

As contributing societal members, we must find a way to start bridging the gap. Because the sad truth is, in too many of our homes, single parents, teenage parents, impoverished parents are vulnerable, and so are their children- awaiting the inevitable repeated cycle of uninformed choices and subsequent lot lines. They, themselves are still learning how to “grow up”, and more times than not, children’s emotional needs, physical needs, spiritual and mental needs are neglected.

And it isn’t just vulnerable families that need education and support. Parenting is the world’s hardest job. Like, ever. Having children who look to you for, well, everything puts you in the same boat as every other caretaker on the planet regardless of socio-economic status, race, age, or religion. The idea of coming together in spite of those often divisive categories is the miracle of true community. When we step out of our isolation, we create a net that works (network) to foster the development of “our” children. Alone, we are our own source. Together, we become resource-FULL.

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So where does that leave us? As part of the solution, we hope. We envision a gathering of  willing participants from every representation of our city who are eager to learn. And we see that a set of tools, when implemented, can steer the course of the life of the parent, as well as foster a healthy relationship with their children. We believe the content is relevant for the challenges our kids face today; health and nutrition, the power of encouragement, safety and first aide, leadership development, identifying gifts in your kids, daily routines, city wide resources, conflict resolution, managing finances etc… And we trust that coming together will improve our cross cultural relationships.

With the support of Racine Unified School District, we provide a translator for Hispanic families and are hoping to tackle the challenge of finding childcare for all who require it. Equal to the value of sitting through a teaching from some of our own community members, is the interaction we open ourselves to with other families. This is the heart of true community: union for the sake of common goals. What better goal than building strong families?, … who, then, build strong cities?, … which, then, build strong nations?…. on and on until the solar universe is strong.

If you are interested in lending your hand and partnering with this movement, contact Lindsay Knapp @ or for more information on classes please visit our Parent Empowerment Initiative Facebook page.


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Learn & Play

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Wisconsin Virtual Academy
 A tuition-free, online public school option for grades K-12

Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA), authorized by the McFarland School District, is a full-time, tuition-free, online public school option for students in grades K-12 living anywhere in the state of Wisconsin. We provide an individualized, high-quality education.

Our goal is to deliver a personalized, high-quality education so that each child may reach his or her full potential through: Read more…

Individualized Learning and Personal Attention: Every child receives an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) and one-to-one attention. You will experience a close learning partnership between you, your child, and Wisconsin-licensed teachers. We provide a mastery-based approach to learning in grades K–8, and multiple course levels and support in grades 9–12.

Exceptional, Extensive Curriculum: Our school offers more course offerings than most brick-and-mortar schools. Not only more choices, such as dozens of career-building electives, but also subjects that are not offered in many schools, including AP, art, music, and world languages. There are opportunities for potential early graduation and/or earning college credits. We also offer opportunities for Advanced Learners and allow students to learn at their own level.

A Strong Community and Partnership: Wisconsin Virtual Academy offers an active, supportive school community with a wide range of extracurricular clubs and activities. Face-to-face activities include a talent show, field trips to exciting locations like museums, parks, and zoos. WIVA even hosts an end-of-year Jamboree where families and staff come together to celebrate all of the past years accomplishments. Plus, teens can enjoy prom, and even a graduation ceremony.

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Wisconsin Virtual Academy home shot pic for email 01.23.2014Wisconsin Virtual Academy is driven by a mission that is child-centered. We believe education is the foundation of every child’s success. And we only succeed if your child succeeds. The result is exceptionally high satisfaction ratings from the parents and students who attend our school. In fact, 91% of WIVA parents say they’d recommend the K12 curriculum to a friend or family member and 90% of students say they’ve benefitted academically from the K12 curriculum. Another measure of success is that our graduates have gone on to attend such prestigious colleges as University of Wisconsin, Boston University, Marian University, and Ripon College. One thing is certain, our graduates tell us they feel better prepared than most to take on life. They have learned to think critically for themselves; learned to take on responsibility; and have been nurtured, supported, and challenged.

We invite you to learn more by joining us at an upcoming event to meet and speak with school staff:

K-8 Online Information Session
Monday, April 13, 6:00pm

High School Online Information Session
Thursday, April 16, 6:00pm 

Milwaukee In-Person Information Session
Tuesday, April 21, 5:30pm

For a full list of events and to register visit or call us at 866.339.9912.

Not able to attend an event, but interested in learning more? The following resources are available to assist in your research:

The Wisconsin Open Enrollment Window for the upcoming 2015–2016 school year closes April 30, 2015. If you’re interested in enrolling in our school, you must submit an Open Enrollment application during this window. However, know that submitting an Open Enrollment application doesn’t obligate you to enroll in our program, but it does ensure you have the option of doing so for the upcoming school year should you choose to.

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Hey, Ho, let’s DETOUR!

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Traffic Rerouted!
by Just Add Kids Founder,
Paula Herrmann

Last week, we opened the doors to a preview of our show. This week we learned of a change in the show. So here’s a bit of a review and change at the venue. Not that it’s that big of a deal, but for you EXPO! pros, and I know you’re out there, it’ll be a fun, new, experience.

We hope you accept our invitation to attend our 6th Annual Just Add Kids EXPO! taking place at Case High School on Saturday, April 18th from 9am-2pm.

Let’s open the door to the Case High School, via the Theater doors…Read more…

Not only do we have an amazing line up of exhibitors coming and sharing their family friendly products and services, but a ton ‘o fun for not a lot of dough. In fact, admission is FREE! How does that happen? Well, the FREE comes with a great partnership with Racine Unified School District, as well as support from our expo sponsors Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints, Educators Credit Union, Racine County Eye, and The Party Company, LLC.

You will be greeted by some great young people handing out our event program. Make sure to grab one! (Not a kid, a program.) Straight ahead and to the left you’ll see “Just Add Kids Central”. At our home booth, your kids will be able to participate in our Annual “Color Mom Beautiful” Kids Coloring Contest sponsored by Educators Credit Union and Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark. We will kick that contest off online this weekend!

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So you’re in the center main hallway of the school, this is where you will be able to check out the fun that our sponsors will be offering at their booths. To the right/west, you’ll see two entrances that lead into the theater, which will serve as our MainStage! Kick back, take a seat, and take in a scheduled performance or three.

On the south side of the theater, take the hallway west and soon you’ll see an entrance to the Bounce House. It’ll be backstage of the theater, yet, there will be plenty of bouncing space. When your done, come back out the way you came in, and you’ll hit the first of our FunHub! stations featuring Cuddles and Billy Boy the Clowns and their amazing facepainting, glitter tattoos, and balloon creations. You’ll love that our FunHub! lines will loop around in ancillary hallways.

After that continue west into our main vendor show room, the cafeteria, and hit up as many of our vendors as you can: DeRose Children’s Dental  Mad Science of Milwaukee, Inc. Racine Zoo Discovery World St. Catherine’s High School DeRose Family Counseling, LLC Racine Christian School Mad Hatter Adventures Co. Racine County Opportunity Center SaintA Big Brothers Big Sisters Young Rembrandts Racine Community Tennis Association Racine Kiwanis Youth Symphony Racine Theatre Guild Mrs. Myers’ Reading Room Next Generation Now The Academy of Performing Arts – Oak Creek & Franklin Mt. Pleasant Chiropractic & Rehab Usborne Books & More Racine Cooperative Preschool Modern Woodmen Young Living Member #2457011 EverDry Waterproofing Sozo Chiropractic Acelero Learning Wisconsin Racine Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Department Mother’s Day Out Preschool and Childcare Center Elegance Salon & Spa Kenosha Kingfish Skatetown SCAN (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect)  IMPACT, Inc. Racine Art Museum eAchieve Academy Wisconsin Racine County Prep Football Jamberry Racine County Sheriff’s Office Wilson Funeral Home First Strike Laser Tag K12/Wisconsin Virtual Academy …and more to come! Each booth hopes to engage you in some interactive fun for both you and your kiddos.

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Somewhere along the way, you’ll bump into various mascots and characters. Make sure you have plenty of data available on your phones for pictures!

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Our second FunHub! station will be in the southwest corner of the cafeteria. For a limited engagement, you’ll be able to meet with the Snow Queen, Ice Princess, and Loveable Snowman. The Snow Queen & Ice Princess are scheduled from 10-11am. All three of them will hit the MainStage! in the theater from 11:15-11:45am. Then the Snow Queen and Lovable Snowman will be back in the FunHub! station from 12noon-1.


You can weave back through and visit with any of the many businesses and organizations on the EXPO! exhibitor floor, which will extend down the hallway adjacent to the field house west bathrooms. Near the field house entrance/exit play a few carnival games offered by area school’s PTA’s.

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As you near the school kitchen, you’ll reach our concession stands which are being offered as a fundraiser by both the Case Theater AfterZone Club and Case Wrestling Boosters. We have planned for 16 tables of 5 which will accommodate several families as they snack or dine for lunch.

If you missed the Bounce House from the south side hall, you can enter also from the north side hall.

Before you leave, make sure you get your child’s FREE SafeAssured-ID kit which includes a digital photo, personal profile, full set of digital fingerprints, voice sample, and streaming video showing movement and gait.

Please check the Just Add Kids EXPO! page on our website for updates and additions to the show.

This layout is subject to change, which may bring even a bigger element of surprise to the show. Who knows?!

Feel free to download any of the below items for sharing! Click on them to pop open, right click, save, share! We appreciate you including on your Facebook page, in your school newsletters, or if your a business…your website? Thanks so much!

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