Community Education News
Bloomington Community Education Class Registration Opens August 8th!
It's hard to believe that summer is winding down, school starts in about six weeks, and the Fall 2018 Bloomington Community Education catalog is ready for delivery.

The catalog is full of great information from our Early Learning Services program. Check out the new ECFE mini-classes and awesome Family Fun Nights!

Several new Youth Enrichment classes are being offered, including.... Flag Football, Lacrosse, and Soccer; a STEM Games Academy class that teaches STEM concepts through common board games; a Juggling and a Magician class, and so much more!

There are plenty of new classes for adults too. Mosaic Crafts, Cardio Drumming, and a morning Senior Walk 15 class are just a few of the new classes. And don't forget, the very popular Bake and Take Holiday Cookie classes are back!

Catalogs will be arriving in Bloomington mailboxes any day now. Check the catalog out and choose your favorite class. Registration starts at 7:30am on August 8th!

Two Minnesota Seasons - Winter & Construction!
The old saying is that Minnesota has only 2 seasons - Winter and Construction! We have seen a lot of construction around the district this summer. The most notable one for Community Education is the installation of a much-needed elevator at the Jefferson Activity Center. The hole in the ground is so big that everyone thinks we are putting in an outdoor pool! Work is progressing along with an anticipated completion date around the start of the school year. The entire main entrance to the JAC has been torn up, but visitors, members, and our adult fitness students are finding their way into the building by taking one of the pathways through the landscaping.
Did You Know?
While school was on summer break,
787
children participated in Kids' SAFARI. One of the most popular field trips was to the Poplar Goat Farm in Scandia.
How many children were enrolled in
SLAM camps this summer?
849!
Literacy Grant awarded to ELS!
Early Learning Services was awarded a two-year Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant. The grant will focus on teacher coaching, supporting families in home language and literacy development, and creating oral language-rich environments for all learners birth through age 5.

Bloomington Early Learning Services was one of five early learning programs in the state to be awarded one of the 36 grants.

The theme for this work will be:
Building the Reading Brain:
Talk-Read-Sing

Three of Early Learning Services own stellar teachers have been hired as new Literacy Coaches. Congratulations to
Jody Bohrer
Bridget Schwandt
Jill Swanson

Did You Know?
Kids' SAFARI is an inclusive program! The National Inclusion Project has partnered with Kids' SAFARI to create an inclusive environment where children with and without disabilities can play, learn and laugh TOGETHER. Read here for more information. The photo above features our students cheering on athletes in Special Olympics Minnesota!
Both the JAC and KAC are hosting the National AAU Girls Basketball Championships this week. High school girls from across the country and Canada will be in town competing. Several college coaches will watching as well, looking for their next Lindsay Whalen!
Metro South Students Learn about BPS Transportation

Metro South's students in the CDL (Commercial Driver's License) class were shown how the Bloomington Public Schools Transportation Department works. Students learned about job opportunities and had the chance to check out the district's line of buses. Students remarked that BPS Transportation seemed like a friendly place to work!

Students in this Career Pathways program also learn and practice interviewing skills and prepare for their CDL exam.

More Career Pathways classes will be scheduled during the 2018-19 school year and will include Construction, CDL, Phlebotomy, among the class listings.

To learn more about Metro South's Career Pathways program, contact Alison Wilcox at awilcox@isd271.org .

Next month
We hope you enjoyed this edition of the Bloomington Community Education newsletter! Coming next month: Getting ready for the 2018-19 school year.
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