Community Education News
Bloomington Bookfest - A Huge Success!
The first ever Bloomington Bookfest was held on Saturday, March 2 at Oak Grove Middle School. Although it snowed the day before, Saturday morning's clear blue sky brought out over 225 families to see what Bookfest was all about. Parents, grandparents, children and infants had a great time visiting with well-known costumed characters including Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Clifford the Big Red Dog. Families gathered in the Media Center to listen to local Minnesota authors Nancy Carlson and Douglas Wood read from their classic books. There were SLAM Camp vendors to visit, faces to paint, and rooms to explore created by the Media Directors from our elementary schools. Early Learning Services set up early registration for Preschool, and created two fun rooms featuring Pete the Kitty/Cat for their Step Into Reading program. Participants celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday, visited with local Bloomington community groups, and browsed the books for sale at the Scholastic Bookfair. On their way out of the event, each child attending Bloomington Bookfest went home with a free book!

The Bookfest planning team would like to thank event sponsors Bloomington Community Education, Education Foundation of Bloomington, Bloomington Federation of Teachers, Bloomington Public Schools, the Bloomington Optimist Club, Trader Joe's, Lunds & Byerlys, and the Bloomington Knights of Columbus.

Plans are to make Bloomington Bookfest an annual event. We hope to see you next year!
Welcome New Building Reservations & Activity Centers Manager
Although Mike isn't new to Bloomington Community Education, he does have a new role as the Building Reservations and Activity Centers Manager. Mike has been with Community Education since 1999 and has worked with every department not only as a Technology Specialist, but in a supporting leadership role with Metro South ABE and Early Learning Services. Mike started his new role on March 4th.

Did You Know?
Saturday, March 2 was Dr. Seuss' birthday. To celebrate, two rooms at Bloomington Bookfest were decked out in Dr. Seuss gear, books, and games. Visitors were treated to all things Seuss!
Mary Jelleberg performs costume character repair in her spare time? Neither did we, but it sure came in handy when Cookie Monster needed a little "repair."
STARS Awards
The STAR (Staff That Are Remarkable) Awards honors Bloomington Community Education employees who have made a positive impact in the lives of children, students and families in the community, while also inspiring others in the workplace with their dedication, enthusiasm, organization and excellence.

This year's awards were held on March 5th at Valley View Middle School. Honored were: Mike Larson, Alison Wilcox, JoAnn Young, Diane Simkins, Josh Stebbins, and Mary Jelleberg.

Congratulations on your 2018-2019 STAR Award!
Camp SAFARI registration begins on March 12 for the summer of 2019. This year's sites will be Indian Mounds, Washburn, and Ridgeview. Each summer, several hundred students participate in Camp SAFARI. Children spend the days participating in science, arts & crafts, gym, sports, theater, reading, cooking, and many more activities. Each week, students go on a field trip and spend the afternoon swimming at the Bloomington Family Aquatic Center. Our staff are already hard at work to make sure this summer at Camp SAFARI is the best ever!
Did You Know?
Registration for SLAM camps opens on March 13. Our S ummer of L aughs, A dventures, and M ore camps offer Pre-K through 8th grade students the opportunity to explore science, computer coding, dance, theater, arts & crafts, sports, and plain old fun during the summer. To view the catalog, click here and go to the purple section.
Metro South ABE students in Paul Selke's ESL and Career Development class in Eden Prairie met with EP Mayor Ron Case. This class uses Civics grant funds to teach students how the government functions and how to become an active participant. Metro South ABE is a consortium of Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina, and Richfield Community Education.
We hope you enjoyed this edition of the Bloomington Community Education newsletter.
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