Back to School!

Blind Bay Munchkins Summit Kids Updates

Well summer has flown by! We had an amazing summer full of fun and games! We kept cool by the lake, spray parks, beaches, rivers and pools! We headed everywhere and explored!! So many adventures and fun had by all!

Now school is just around the corner! We would like to welcome our new families to Summit- we look forward to developing relationships with your kiddos.

As school begins and schedules are changing please keep the lines of communication open with us! Let us know if your child will not be attending- a quick text will do wonders. **Summit Kids cell phone # 250-803-6306

Gradual entry kindergarten- If you will be needing pick up during this transition please let us know. We have not received school kindergarten schedules yet but will need to plan pick up accordingly!

The first Pro- D Day is September 20th.

Continue to send bathing suits and towels with your children ( you may leave these at the center) it is still very nice out and we may pop over to the beach after school!

Be sure to pack extra snacks if you know your child is a big eater- we provide one after school snack.

Schedule changes and withdrawal require 30 days notice, please call or text Sam at 250-803-2996

Invoices are due on the first of the month for that month. If payment arrangements have not been made this will result in the loss of your child care space until payment has been received.

We look forward to another fun year ahead!

Back to School!

Blind Bay Munchkins Shuswap Explorers Updates

Well another summer has come and gone! We hope you all had an amazing fun filled summer.

As we head into a new school year we would like to welcome everyone back! Our first day will be Wednesday the 4th- we are NOT open the first day of school as it is a short day.

We are open the same days as the school from 2:00pm to 6:00pm- If your child is in Kindergarten you will not be charged for after school care until full days commence as we are not able to accommodate the gradual entry.

If you have not confirmed your child’s space and would like after school care please do so ASAP

The first Pro-D Day is September 20th. If you are looking for childcare that day- we have camps offered in Salmon Arm- Check out Summit Kids on our website.

This year we are still in the lower part of the school- we are fortunate enough to share the indigenous room again this year 🙂 (beside the Strongstart program) Parents may park along side the school and come to our classroom door for pickup. If we are out and about you will see us playing or a note will be on the door letting you know where we might have headed off adventuring.

We strive to provide a program where the children can unwind at the end of their school day. We try to leave it pretty open ended with engaging activities that children may choose to participate in with a large amount of free play offered outside.

Here are a few reminders!

• Please pack an extra snack for your child! It’s a very long day and the kids are often hungry after school.
• Pack a suit and towel (you may leave this in our room) while it is still warm we may head to the beach.
• If your child will be absent please call or text us to let us know! 250-803-2996
• It is your child’s responsibility to meet us at the designated meet spot-** In front of the main entrance inside there is a bench- we meet here daily after school – (Kindy’s will have some guidance!)
• Always pack appropriate outside gear- we head outside daily rain or shine 🙂
• Label, Label, Label your childs’ belongings!

We look forward to another awesome year with your kiddos!

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to give a call or text! 250-803-2996 (Sam)

 

September is here!

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Summer is leaving us and September is welcoming us!

We have had such an amazing, fun filled summer with so many activities being done in this beautiful Shuswap weather we are so fortunate to have! The children have enjoyed themselves exploring a variety of engaging activities over the summer!

As September approaches we would like to wish all our “big kids” well on their adventure into Kindergarten. We will miss them dearly but we are all so excited for their next step! Have fun Kindy’s and never stop playing!

If you need after school care at Sorrento Elementary  you can register for Shuswap Explorers on our website. Our program is conveniently located within the school. Spaces are limited.

On that note, I would like to welcome all our new families starting in September! We are so happy to have you join our Munchkin crew and can’t wait to develop relationships with your little ones.

We will be starting to head out on field trips again towards the end of September- we will be venturing our local area- heading out on hikes, checking out some local farms, parks and exploring our area! As always the bus is equipped with car seats and everything else we might need 🙂

Reminders:

  • Please have your children dropped off by 9:00am so they can get the most out of our program. We also like to head out early on field trips- if your child has not arrived by 9:00 am we can assume they are absent for the day.
  • Please text us to let us know if you will be absent for the day.  250.463.KIDS
  • Schedule changes or withdrawal as stated in the Parent Handbook require 30 days notice. Please call or text Sam 250-803-2996
  • Apply sunscreen before drop off and send children with hats, sunscreen and bathing suits.
  • Pack large nutritious lunches and snacks. We are active during the day and work up quite an appetite!
  • Remember to send extra clothes and dress to play!

Fees are due on the first business day of each month for that month. You will be invoiced prior. Failure to make payment arrangements will result in a loss of your child care space until fees are paid.

We look forward to another fun fall- this is one of my favorite times of the year- the weather is still warm, there is so much changing as the season progresses which leaves the children with so much to explore, wonder and be inspired to learn.

“Education begins the moment we see children as innately wise and capable beings. Only then can we play along in their world.”   -Vince Gowmon

 

Summer is Here!

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Summer has Arrived!

 

Wow, it’s July already. We have been having so much fun, playing in the water, sand, baking, painting and adventuring outdoors-not to mention our little excursions we’ve been heading out on. With all that fun in the sun please remember to pack your children or leave at the center daily:

  • Swim suits
  • Labeled Water Bottle
  • Sun Hat
  • Sun Screen applied on children before arrival
  • Change of clothes
  • Big Nutritious Lunch and Snacks

We are outside for the majority of the day and the children need healthy snacks to fuel them throughout the day!

Thank you for sending your children prepared for their day of fun!

 

For those of you who have not been formally introduced- we do have a new adult around the center lending some extra support services. Lori-Ann is from Sorrento and will be helping out around the center over the next few months- she is here from Supported Child Development and we are so happy to have her join us. The children have really warmed up to her and taken a liking to her 🙂 You might see her a few mornings a week! Please help us make her feel welcomed!

This summer is bittersweet as we spend our last weeks with our 9 children that are headed off to Kindergarten in September! We are so excited for their new ventures and will enjoy our time playing and learning with them over the summer.

 

Please remember to pull in the top of the driveway and park parallel to the fence- this leaves room for others to come and go 😀

 

 

 

 

Summer Adventures! What to pack!?

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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!

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!

 

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

 

 

Shuswap Explorers Newsletter

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Summer is quickly approaching!!

We’ve had another great year at Shuswap Explorers After School Program and look forward to another fun year!

If you will be needing after school care in September please register online and secure your space. Spaces are limited!

A $50.00 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your space for September.

If you will be needing summer care at all over the summer or would like to put your kids in a fun adventure camp for a week or two over the summer- check out our Summit Kids program based out of Salmon Arm. We offer full day adventure camps Monday to Friday. Bus heads out at 9 am and is back by 4pm. Our opening hours are from 7:30am to 6:00pm.

Please remember to let us know if your child will not be attending the after school program on their scheduled day!

A quick text can do wonders! THANK YOU!! 250-803-2996

 

May Newsletter!

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The warm weather is finally here!! We are ecstatic. We have been starting the majority of our days outside so please:

  • apply sunscreen on your child(ren) before drop off.
  • Send a hat and appropriate outside clothes (we are outside all day)
  • Sandals or quick dry shoes (Not flip flops)
  • Change of clothes (or several!) we play in water/mud/sand regularly
  • Swim gear can be left in cubbies as well or a sun shirt!
  • Water bottle (labeled)
  • June to Aug there will be an additional $5.00 monthly charge for sunscreen. If you have a specific preference on sunscreen and prefer to send your own labeled bottle to stay in your child’s cubby just let us know!  

We have started our weekly bus trips and are having some great adventures! We mainly stick to our little Blind Bay/Sorrento area and have enjoyed some nature hikes and park adventures. Our trips are spontaneous and change weekly so that everyone gets a chance to head out. Please make sure your children are dropped off by 9:00AM.

   

 

Keep an eye for upcoming event days posted on the door- from pajama day, baking special snacks to share, picking our local produce and creating. We will post a heads up on the door ahead of time.

Some children really benefit from having a special stuffy or blankie from home. If your child is one of these and you don’t already- please bring an extra stuffy they can leave in their cubby to comfort them 🙂

 

We are looking forward to planting a fun, edible garden with the children in the upcoming weeks. So much learning happens during this process over the next few months!

 The children will be able to develop new skills such as:

  • Responsibility- from caring for their plants.
  • Understanding- as they learn about cause and effect (plants die without water, or too much water/sun etc…)
  • Self confidence- from achieving their goals and enjoying the food they have grown.
  • Love of nature- a chance to learn and explore the outdoor environment
  • Reasoning and Discovery- learning about the science of plants, animals, weather, the environment, nutrition and simple construction.
  • Co-operation & team work- as we work together as a team to achieve an end goal
  • Nutrition and Creativity as we learn about where fresh food comes from and find new and exciting ways to grow food!

We have some available spaces coming up in September- if anyone would like to add a day- please let Sam know by June 1st. In house families get first priority. 250-803-2996

We look forward to each day we get to spend with your amazing little people and thank all our families for raising such special, beautiful children.

Summit Reminders & Summer Camp

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Summer Camp News

We are now taking registrations for summer camp! We are looking forward to a fun filled active summer! It’s going to be a blast!!

Each day is an adventure, we are an outdoor based program so will be spending our days hiking, biking, exploring the Shuswap, heading to different beaches, scavenger hunts, mountain & river exploration, games,
science experiments, science center and so much more!

Please note our days are flexible and based on the group we have and their interests. Daily activities will be planned around them and what we know they will enjoy! The options are endless and we do not have a set summer schedule.

What you CAN plan for:

We will enjoy and explore the many offerings of the Shuswap and surrounding areas daily, so children should come with the following, everyday:

  • Swim Gear
  • Towel
  • Large re-usable water bottle (we can re-fill)
  • Healthy Lunch and Snacks for the day
  • Appropriate outside clothes for the weather

If the children need bikes, helmets or something out of the ordinary for the day, we will let everyone know in advance.

  • We will explore and have fun, every day, rain or shine!
  • Bus leaves at 9:00am and returns by 4:00pm

Looking forward to a fun filled summer!

Please label everything and read the parent handbook for more detail and what to send your child with daily. You can label your gear and leave it at the center if that makes it easier for your family.

Your space is not held until your deposit has been received.

Invoices will be sent out at the end of June for July camps.

Why is Social Emotional Learning So Important?

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Social Emotional Learning is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

These skills are essential for children and adults as we make successful transitions in life- one of the first big ones is heading into kindergarten where children will get to practice and build on the skills they have learned thus far.

On a daily basis we support the children in our care socially and emotionally- giving them the skills they need to be successful on a daily basis!

Take a quick peek at this video that shows you what SEL is and the importance of it.