Community Education News
Winter Catalog Preview!
The Winter 2019 Bloomington Community Education catalog will be delivered to 38,000+ Bloomington homes by December 7th. Class highlights include: January Mini-Classes for our early learners; Try It-Sports - a partnership with the Bloomington Athletic Association; and a fun Voice-Over class for our adults learners interested in a new potential career opportunity!

To be placed on our catalog mailing list, contact .

Registration for classes opens on December 12th. Register by calling 952-681-6132 or at .
Programs awarded BCPA Grants
Several Community Education programs were awarded Bloomington Crime Prevention Association Grants.
Youth Enrichment will use the grant to offer a series of anti-bullying themed acting classes. The classes called Act Up - Stop Bullying! will be held at several Bloomington elementary schools this spring.
Kids' SAFARI was awarded a grant to provide supplies and activities for their annual Lights On for Afterschool event held in October. This national event recognizes the importance of quality after school care. All Kids' SAFARI families are invited to attend.
The Learning Exchange received a grant to fund classes on Information, Boundaries, and Action . This class will equip adults with disabilities to become comfortable talking with a police officer, discussing personal boundaries, and assessing who to contact with safety concerns.
Metro South Adult Basic Education was awarded a grant to instruct their adult English language learners about financial safety and how to avoid falling prey to financial fraud. Sessions include: how to recognize a scam, when to notify authorities, and knowing your rights.
Bloomington Community Education would like to thank the Bloomington Crime Prevention Association for their generous support of our programming!
Did You Know?
Our Activity Centers were open Thanksgiving morning for members to work out before the big meal! In addition to exercising, members could shoot hoops, or play volleyball, badminton,
and pickleball.
December holiday hours are:
12/24 - 6am - 2pm
12/25 - closed
12/31 6am - 6pm
1/1 5pm - 9pm

December 30th is National Take a Walk Day! Sign up for Walk 15 - held at the Dance Studio at the Jefferson Activity Center, Tuesdays, 7-8:00pm,
Jan. 15 - Mar. 19.
Walk 15 is a nationally recognized fitness program geared to people in
all walks of life!
Our class in Bloomington is taught by Master Level Instructor Cathy Akehhurst.
Register by calling 952-681-6132.
Save the Date!
Bloomington Bookfest will be held on Saturday,
March 2, 2019 from 9am - Noon at Oak Grove Middle School.

Bloomington Bookfest is designed to bring families together to explore literacy and the importance of reading to young children. Families will participate in reading activities and will get to meet local children's book authors. This event is sponsored by Bloomington Community Education and the Education Foundation of Bloomington Schools. More information in our next newsletter!
New Staff & New Roles
Kim Naseth is the newest addition to the Community Education team. She replaces Ruth Beckman, who retired in October, as the Billing and Registration Clerk for Kids' SAFARI. Kim will work right alongside Diane Lafontaine, assisting families with their contracts, registration, and billing questions. Kim has over 20 years of office experience, most recently as an office manager for an orthopedic office. Welcome aboard Kim!
Diane Lafontaine has been working in Billing and Registration for Kids' SAFARI for the past two years. With Ruth's retirement, she added more hours to her position and is looking forward to taking on some of the more challenging SAFARI-related duties. Diane has also been our Community Education Building Attendant - a position she will be giving up at the end of December. Thank you Diane for all you do!
STEM Night at Early Learning Services
Early Learning Services hosted a STEM night on National STEM Day (November 8th). The event highlighted ways families can support STEM topic areas in young children. ELS staff created activities for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Additionally, families experienced read-alouds related to each topic. And each child attending took home a free book!
Next Month
We hope you enjoyed this edition of the Bloomington Community Education newsletter.
Coming next month: More on Bloomington Bookfest.
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