Community Education News
What Did You Do All Summer?
Bloomington Community Education worked hard all summer providing district children with premium child care, fun activities, camps, field trips, and more! Students learned to swim in our aquatics program, how to drive a car in our driver's education classes, and kept their math and reading skills up-to-date with our GRASP correspondence program. Two great plays were produced: Seussical Junior and Footloose . Parents and their little ones discovered the joys of learning in our ECFE classes. Adults kept active with Zumba and 50+ Fitness, learned more about their finances, and discovered ways to sleep better.
Community Education never takes a break from its mission of Lifelong Learning!
New Staff
The 2018 - 2019 school year starts off with some new faces in Community Education.
Rob Bellinger
Rob, a Jefferson alumni, was hired in June as the new Building Reservations Clerk. Rob has worked in the district for the past 7 years - first starting with Kids' SAFARI. He is married to Kristin, who is a teacher at Oak Grove, and they have a one-year old daughter. "I owe a lot to Bloomington Public Schools," says Rob. "The schools have given me my education, career, and the opportunity to meet my wonderful wife. I am so grateful and excited about this new position." Rob is a big Packers fan, which he says will make for some fun times during the upcoming NFL season.
Christine Wytaske
Christine is the new ESL Lead/Coordinator and Digital Integration Specialist for Metro South Adult Basic Education. Christine has been an English as a Second Language instructor for over 5 years, teaching in K - 12, ABE and Workforce Development. She is trained in STAR (Student Achievement in Reading), the GED writing initiative, CCRS (College and Career Readiness Standards), EBRI (Evidence Based Reading Instruction), Distance Learning and ACES/TIF. Christine is also an ATLAS trainer and presenter and holds an MAESL from Hamline University. She is an excellent instructor and role model for Adult Basic Education staff and students.
Samantha Rouse
Samantha is the new Youth and Family Coordinator for Kids' SAFARI at Poplar Bridge Elementary. Samantha comes to us from St. David's Center for Child and Family Development, where she acted as the Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator. Samantha coordinated two after school sites working with students with special needs. She planned and evaluated day to day programming for the students in her care and oversaw the staff working in those two programs.

We are also excited to have 5 new Activity Leads, who all come from working with Kids' SAFARI.
Danielle Jiracek @ Westwood
Meghan Lee @ Normandale Hills
Stacy Marchant @ Poplar Bridge
John Henderson @ Valley View
Jennifer Aubin @ Oak Grove
Tammy Kittelson, Paige Specken, Lisa Stankiewecz, Nancy Norris-Weber, Veronica Conway
This group of outstanding teaching professionals are new to our Early Learning Services team.

Tammy comes to us with years of experience teaching preschool and supporting families in both private and public programs, most recently teaching in South Washington County schools. Tammy will be teaching preschool at the Pond Center.

Paige has been teaching in the Edina Public Schools preschool program and has served as a Minnesota Reading Corps Fellow. Paige will be teaching preschool at Washburn.

Lisa has been teaching babies through age 5 in private programming and is a strong advocate for Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE). Lisa will be joining our ECFE team teaching at Southwood, Pond, and Valley View Elementary.

Nancy comes to us with deep experience teaching preschoolers in Minneapolis Public Schools, with her most recent experience teaching kindergarten. She is passionate about preschool education. This year, Nancy will be teaching 4 year-old preschool at Valley View Elementary.

Veronica was a student teacher in our ECFE program. After teaching and leading in a private preschool, she has come back to teach for Early Learning Services. Veronica will be teaching preschool at Pond Center.

Welcome to Bloomington Community Education!
Did You Know?
Bloomington Community Education offers financial aid for qualified students taking Youth Enrichment classes. This aid will help offset the class price by as much as 50%. For the 2018-2019 school year, the Education Foundation of Bloomington generously donated $5,000 to help more children take enrichment classes. Bloomington Community Education would like to thank the Education Foundation of Bloomington for their continued generous support.
Have an Adventure in Volunteering!
Do you love to cook, make crafts, or learn new things? Volunteering for Learning Exchange is a fun way to do just that and connect with the broader community! Learning Exchange offers customized community education classes tailored to the needs and interests of adults with developmental and cognitive disabilities. Volunteers work alongside Learning Exchange learners to support their class activities, have conversation and be part of the fun! The commitment is very flexible. Single session evening classes are 1 to 1 ½ hours long, and start at 7 p.m. Sign up as your schedule permits. Ask a friend or spouse to volunteer too!
Interested? Contact Janet Clarke, Coordinator:

Volunteer training is scheduled for
Thursday, Sept. 20 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Community Education Campus
or individual training is available online. Call 952-681-6109 to sign up.
Start your adventure in volunteering this fall!
Did You Know?
Bloomington Community Education was awarded an American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation Innovation Grant. The grant will be used to bring the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Plantmobile to several elementary schools during November early release days. Thank you to the Education Foundation of Bloomington for awarding us the funding for this great opportunity!
Our Aquatics program is looking for Lifeguards and Water Safety Instructors! Opportunity for free training with a commitment to 6 months of employment as one of our Swim Instructors or Lifeguards...a $250 value!
Want to learn more?
Call Betsy at 952-681-6134.
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