Our Community Resource Center opening was a hit!
Community Services Updates:
What are your rights, roles and responsibilities as a parent or guardian of a student in the public school system? Read this!
Who are the 2011-12 elected officials? Click here to get all of their contact information.
Are you interested in volunteering for Van Buren Public Schools? We would love to have you!
Check out the volunteer form here.
(Please note: if you'd like to volunteer, you'll need to fill out a background check form, which can be obtained at any school or the district office.)
Click here to learn more about Gleaners Food Bank and how they may be able to help you receive a monthly distribution of food.
Let us introduce ourselves. We are Cathy Bandy and Kimberly Nofz, your District Community Services Facilitators. As parents of school-aged children, we are fully aware of the many challenges that parents face in raising kids in today’s society. We have made it our mission to raise the awareness in our community as to the importance of the role of parenting. We are assisting families by identifying areas of interest through routinely conducting various types of surveys to learn about our student’s behaviors, parent’s concerns, and community needs.
Some of the ways in which we are doing this include:
- Hosting parent education opportunities
- Researching materials, programs and resources for families
- Maintaining individual building Family Resource Centers
- Facilitating parent support groups
- Building community relationships
- Linking families to local community resources
- Developing an informational parent webpage
If we can help you or if you have ideas on how we can better assist our families in their role as parents, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-697-9123.
Cathy Bandy is the mother of two daughters, thirteen and twenty years old. She was a foster parent for approximately forty kids over a twelve year period. Prior to working as a Parent Involvement Facilitator, Ms. Bandy worked for twenty years in the business of Interior Design. Ms. Bandy’s passion is all kids, with a special interest in those with unique challenges. This is reflected in her commitment to serving our District’s families.
Kimberly Nofz is the mother of two daughters, a thirteen and eleven year old. Her past work history includes working as a health care provider both as a nurse and as a clinical research coordinator/monitor for the pharmaceutical industry. Ms. Nofz’s passion is to raise the awareness of the importance of health and wellness and its impact on holistic child development.
Here are pictures from our Bullying event, where there were over 30 attendees.