Heirloom Birth Certificate

You can celebrate a newborn or memorialize an ancestor with an Heirloom Birth Certificate issued by the State of Michigan. These certificates are signed by the Governor. The certificates contain calligraphy style printing, are printed over artwork, and are suitable for framing and preserving as family heirlooms, but not intended as legal proof of birth. The commemorative certificates are mailed encased in cardboard shields to ensure protection. Visit Michigan Heirloom Birth Certificates website.

Carson City Lions Club
Greenville Lions Club
Baker Rader Insurance Agency
Rough Riders Motorcycle Club
First Congregational Church of Sheridan
First Congregational Church of Stanton (Women’s Fellowship)
Vickeryville United Methodist Church (Women’s Fellowship)

Medication Disposal

Medication Disposal Program Safely dispose of unwanted medications today! Did you know that disposing of medications in the trash or flushing them down the toilet is unsafe for the environment and the public? Proper disposal of medications helps prevent childhood poisonings, reduce substance abuse and protect the water. If you have medications that have expired, are no longer needed, can’t be identified, or changed color, smell, or taste bad, dispose of them at one of the following locations:
Medication Drop Box Locations
Call for hours of operation or more information.
Sorry, no sharps.
Montcalm County Sheriff
659 N. State St. 989-831-7590
Carson City Police Dept.
123 E. Main St. 989-584-6448
Howard City Police Dept.
125 Shaw St. 231-937-4311
Lakeview Police Dept.
315 S. Lincoln St. 989-352-6211
Greenville Public Safety
415 S. Lafayette St. 616-754-7101

Recognizing the Signs of Child Abuse:

Recognizing the Signs of Child Abuse: Is It in Your Classroom?
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
4:30 PM to 7:45 PM
4:30 PM to 4:45 PM Defining Child Advocacy and its Supporting Agencies – Mary Ellen Clery
4:45 PM to 5:15 PM Effects of Trauma on Brain Development and Learning Ability
Presented by Esther Combs, MAISD Special Education Supervisor
5:15 PM to 6:00 PM Understanding and Recognizing the Signs of Child Abuse
Presented by Jodi Kern and Jessica Higley, Montcalm County DHHS
· The Referral Process: What to expect? What happens next?
· Surrounding Counties in the School District
6:00 PM to 6:15 PM - - - B R E A K- - -
6:15 PM to 7:00 PM IM Safe Child Advocacy Center (CAC)
Presented by Andrea Krause, Montcalm County Prosecuting Attorney
Sue Ellen Pabst, LCSW, CAC Board of Directors
Amanda Peterson, RAVE (Relief After Violent Encounter)
· History, Function, and Services Provided – Andrea Krause
· What happens to the child? – Sue Ellen Pabst
· Mental and Emotional Health – Sue Ellen Pasbt
· Counseling – Sue Ellen Pabst
· Resources and Support – Amanda Peterson
7:00 PM to 7:30 PM Role of Law Enforcement
Detective Sergeant Tom Goerge, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department
· Investigation & Interviews
· Expectations from School Staff
· Needs for Successful Prosecution
7:30 PM to 7:45 PM Early Intervention and Its Impact on Change – Mary Ellen Clery
7:45 PM Adjournment
No cost to attend. Dinner will be provided.
Register at www.maisd.com under professional development.
Register by November 13.
Held at MAISD located at 621 New Street in Stanton
Questions? pdora@maisd.com

Foster Families Needed

    Would you consider becoming a foster parent? Montcalm DHS is always looking to recruit new prospective foster families and have found this to be quite a struggle in rural communities often hit hard by economic downturn. Montcalm DHS is looking for homes in Montcalm and Ionia Counties so that our most vulnerable children (foster children) might remain in their schools, with their friends, and everything else that is comfortable to them.
If you are interested, contact:

Kristina Syjud- Montcalm County Children’s Foster Home Licensor
Phone: (989) 304-0882
Email: syjudk1@michigan.gov
Sarah Gorby – Ionia County Children’s Foster Home Licensor
Phone: (616) 902-9909
Email: gorbys@michigan.gov

National Children's Alliance on Abuse

OK2SAY Campaign Launch

The Montcalm County Sheriff's Office reports the launch of OK2SAY, a new hotline and student safety initiative available to Michigan students beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.  OK2SAY enables sutdents to confidentially report potential harm or criminal activities aimed at students, teachers, staff or other school employees.  The program will operate as an early warning system in our schools to thwart tragedies before they occur.  Created as a result of the Student Safety Act (183 PA 2013), OK2SAY's focus is on early intervention and prevention.  For more informaton on OK2SAY, please click here.

Heritage Village

SIDNEY – Montcalm Heritage Village will host trick-or-treaters Oct. 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to dress for the holiday and enjoy a hayride, cider, donuts and trick-or-treating throughout the village. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Karen Maxfield at karen.maxfield@montcalm.edu or (989) 328-2111, Ext. 334.t

Professional Development Opportunities

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Outsmarting the Picky Eater
Michelle Hawkes
August 1st, 2015
Montcalm Area ISD
621 New Street
Stanton, MI

Building Language &
Literacy Rich Environments
Dorothy Farrell
May 26th, 2015
The MACC-Early Childhood-Elementary School Education Classroom
1550 W. Sidney Rd.
Sidney, MI

Creative Curriculum
Christie Alles
August 8th,  2015
Mt. Calvary Church
908 West Oak
Greenville, MI

More Trainings Coming soon!
Infant Massage
Screen time and the Young Child
Infant Art
Check the training calendar at Great Start To Quality for a complete  listing of our trainings, frequent  updates and easy registration.
Any questions or registration assistance, call 1-800-396-0241 for Grace (ext. 143)


State of Michigan Child Protection Registry

Want to protect your family from unwanted adult advertising?

The State of Michigan offers a free program to stop adult advertisements from reaching e-mails and mobile phones (text messaging).  The Michigan Child Protection Registry, created by the Michigan State Legislature in 2004, allows Michigan schools and families to protect their students from receiving adult-oriented messages.  Registered addresses and numbers are protected from messages that advertise pornography, tobacco, illegal drugs, alcohol and gambling.

For more information and/or to sign-up please visit www.protectmichild.com.

Child Abuse Reporting

Statewide 1-855-444-3911

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Local Festivals

Take the family on a field trip and explore the history, businesses and people of our county! These festivals offer craft shows, car shows, hot air balloon launch, children's health fairs, carnival rides, parades, food and more!

Sheridan Springfest
Memorial Day Weekend

Carson City Frontier Days
1st Weekend in June

Lakeview Summerfest
3rd Week in June

MCC Heritage Village Festival
1st Weekend in August

Stanton Old Fashioned Days
2nd Weekend in August

Greenville Danish Festival
3rd Weekend in August

Trufant Jubilee
Labor Day Weekend

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