September 2022

Blind Bay Munchkins The Outsiders Updates

September has arrived too fast as always. Our skin is sun kissed and we have shared many smiles and laughs as we explored the Shuswap. During our many adventures this summer we have hiked, biked, had a very successful lemonade stand, gone to the outdoor pools, rivers, beaches, parks, water parks, water slides, farms, the wildlife park and honestly the list could go on and on. It has been an eventful summer and we had a blast doing it with our Summit crew- they are honestly some of the best kids around.  

With September being here and the return to school tomorrow we wanted to go over a few reminders for those of us who remain with us for the school year along with welcoming some new faces. 

We are looking forward to getting to know all the new Kindy kiddos joining us this year, we hope to help your family have a smooth transition into the school year and give your child a safe, fun place to play after school.  

Unfortunately, with all the different school schedules we are unable to accompany kindergarten gradual entry. If you child is entering kindergarten- their first day at Summit will be Sept 19th. This is a pro- d day and a chance for us to spend the day with your child, developing a relationship and prepping them for their first day of after school pick up 😊 

 We are open from 7:30-5:30 on Pro D days and ask that your child is dropped off before 9am as we head out on an adventure. Sept 20th we will pick up your child from school as per schedule. 

Solanna and Jenessa will continue to be the friendly faces greeting your children upon pick up. 

Please send your child an extra change of clothes to keep at Summit in a Ziploc bag LABELED with their name. 

An inside pair of shoes or slippers can be kept at Summit as well- LABELED 😊   

If your child is absent from school and will not be attending Summit, we ask that you text the Summit cell at 250-803-6306. If your child is not at their designated pick-up spot after school- we send out a search party.  

If your child is absent and you have not informed us there will be a 5$ fee added to your invoice. This covers the search party! We give you one freebie 😊 

If your child is in grade one or higher, we will pick them up from school on the first day going forward Sept 7th.   

We will slowly be doing a name change in the near future- unfortunately our online presence is confusing for another center in Calgary that also has a summit child care program. So, we will be switching over to “The Outsiders.” Don’t you worry, we will still be providing the same great program with some awesome new swag. 

We will be closed on September 30th for National Truth and Reconciliation Day. 

We thank you for entrusting us with your children, we enjoy every day we spend with them.  

 

Summer! What do I need to pack!?

Blind Bay Munchkins The Outsiders Updates

What Do I Need to Know About Summer Day Camps!?

 

Everyday consists of a new adventure- Be ready for swimming, hiking, outdoor exploration, crafts, games, sports and outdoor fun!!

Everyday we head somewhere new whether it be a beach or river on the Shuswap to the many outdoor pools our area has to offer, along with mountain adventures, games, crafts, sports and all around outdoor adventures.

We are an outdoor based program and will be spending our days outside! Send your child prepared for the day!

We are open 7:30-5:30.

Drop off before 9am. We will not wait for late arrivals.

What Do I Need to Send With My Child?

  • Swim Suit
  • Towel
  • Water Bottle
  • Big Nutritious Lunch and Snacks
  • Shoes appropriate for hiking
  • Sun Hat
  • Labeled Life Jacket if your child requires one
  • Re-usable bag for swim gear!
    • Sunscreen applied on child before arrival and more to re-apply.

 

We look forward to a summer full of fun & adventure!

 

 

Updated COVID Policies Jan 2022

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Please find our 2022 updated COVID policies here:

COVID Updated Policies2022 

The biggest change being that children are no longer required to isolate when a close contact.

If a parent or household member is positive the child is not allowed to attend either.

We will not be required to close unless we cannot provide required staff to children ratio due to illness and lack of staff.

Children are still required to be symptom free to attend child care.

All children in school aged programs (Summit Kids and Shuswap Explorers) are required to wear a mask while inside. Please make sure your child has a clean mask to wear after school.

Any questions or concerns please contact Sam 250-803-2996

 

January 2022

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Good Day to all our Munchkin families.

New year, same pandemic! As we embrace the new year here at Munchkins, I would like to thank our wonderful community that surrounds us as we are all tirelessly working and adapting throughout this pandemic, whether that means working from home- with or without kids or just the same old pandemic restrictions! You are all doing an amazing job and we are thankful to be here caring for your little ones.

Please take a quick read through our January Newsletter.

January 2022 Newsletter*Click to open*

Preschool Info

Blind Bay Munchkins The Outsiders Updates

Summit Kids Outdoor Preschool is now open for registration for children ages 3 to 5 years, we are waiting on a few website changes, but you can register online now through the Summit Kids page. There are a few questions on the registration form that are not applicable to Preschool just put N/A.

Please have your child PHN ready along with a recent and clear head shot.

The semester runs from Sept 21st to December 16th.  Total of 26 classes

Fall Semester: $480.00 or monthly payments of $120/month

 

Please read our Parent Handbook HERE… Preschool Parent Handbook    BEFORE REGISTERING

 

A $50.00 Registration Fee is required. All Fees due September 1st.

Preschool classes will run on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:45am to 11:45a.m with the first class being on September 21st. This way we can all accommodate back to school schedules too!

This is an outdoor based preschool where we will be spending the majority of our learning time outdoors!

Classes will be held at different locations within Salmon Arm, Parents will be required to drop off their child at the class location. This allows us to start exploring, adventuring and learning right away, children will be transported back to Summit via our school bus and pick up will be at Summit Kids (1801 30St NE) .

 

 

 

 

Munchkins Newsletter

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Munchkin Parents!

Please click on the following link to read our September Newsletter ——>Sept2021 Newsletter

Licensing still requires us to follow all COVID policies and procedures. Your child will be sent home if they present any symptoms, please have a backup care plan in place.

Please re-review our COVID policies here      —–>    COVID Updated Policies All Centers

We continue to encourage everyone to follow the direction of our health authorities. Remember that your bubble is our bubble and vice versa. We do not social distance from your children, we hug them and love them as they are. We thank you for being mindful of your interactions with others as we keep each other safe as a community.

If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to Sam.

Please save this calendar of closures to refer back to- Calendars are also posted on all doors 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know that we participate in the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative?

The Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative  enhances child care affordability by offering funding to eligible, licensed child care providers to reduce and stabilize parents’ monthly child care fees.

This is automatically deducted from your child care fees every month!

If you’d like to see the exact fees with or without the CCFRI just check out our listed fees on our webpage.

                

 

 

Spring Update! READ our Covid-19 updates and policies here!

Blind Bay Munchkins Shuswap Explorers Updates

Well there finally looks like there is an end in sight as vaccines begin to roll out and flu season is coming to a close.

Shuswap Explorers strives to maintain a quality program for your children after school while supporting
the health and safety of our families and staff.

If you haven’t already please take a moment to read our updated policies and procedures around Covid 19. (Link at bottom)

Make sure your child is prepared to play outside after school- Our program is outdoor based, you will find us outside utilizing our forest and outside area.

As always we will post on our outside classroom door- where we have headed and the cell phone number of where we can be reached.

Upon pick-up, we will try to have your child ready to head out the door- if you must enter, masks are to be worn and social distancing practices are in place at all times. Be quick and mindful of others!

If your child will be absent PLEASE TEXT or CALL 250-803-2996.

We are a separate entity from the school and do not get notified if your child is absent or you have written in their agenda. PLEASE SEND A QUICK TEXT if your child will be absent!

Please familiarize yourself with our policies and procedures in the link below if you have not done so already:

Covid-19 Policies & Procedures

Thank you for doing your part and keeping us all healthy and safe as we work together as a community.

If anyone needs care on school closures- we do offer Pro-D day camps and summer camps out of our location in Salmon Arm- Summit Kids- see website for more details.

Summit Kids Spring Update & COVID-19 Policies

Blind Bay Munchkins The Outsiders Updates

Summit Families!

Make sure your child is prepared for the day- we spend our days outside! Rain or Shine!

We will continue to have revised hours throughout the on-going pandemic as extra cleaning and sanitizing is needed- currently we are open from 7:30am to 5:30p.m.

At pick up – if we are inside, please text us to let us know you have arrived and we will send your child out. If you MUST enter- wear a mask inside at all times and social distance.

Please be patient as we come out the other side of this pandemic.

If you haven’t already, click on the following link to read our updated policies to reflect the current pandemic.

All families are required to read and agree to the revised policy before returning to Summit Kids.

We encourage all families to follow the direction of our provincial health officials.

Remember your bubble is our bubble and vice versa. We thank you for being mindful of your interactions with others as we work together to keep each other safe and healthy in our community.

Please visit this link below;

Updated Summit Kids COVID-19 Policies & Procedures

Thank you from us all at Summit Kids!

2020 Shuswap Explorers Updates!

Blind Bay Munchkins Shuswap Explorers Updates

Well here we are rolling into February! We have been having a ton of fun snow shoeing, stomping around in the snow, adventuring in the forest, enjoying our friends company and playing after school!

We’ve had some big helpers come in and do some crafts and sensory projects with the kids after school- everyone has really enjoyed this!

We would like to remind families to please make sure your children have appropriate gear to play outside after school as we spend the majority of our afternoons outside!

Also spare clothes are a great to have. A large ziplock bag with a spare set of clothes- labeled works great and you can leave it in our room!

*Please send us a quick text or phone call if you child will be absent! We have a list of children attending and we are left looking for your child if you have not informed us of their absence! A quick text will do wonders!! *   

***250-803-2996***

 

Spring Break is right around the corner- If you are looking for something fun for the kids to do-

Summit Kids in Salmon Arm offers 2 weeks of fun! Check us out on Facebook or text us for more info! 250-803-2996