Community Education News
Celebrating National Community Education Day!
November 8, 2018 is National Community Education Day! Bloomington Community Education is getting into the celebration by offering special events and deals for the Bloomington community. Check out what we have going on:

  • Beginning on November 4th, current members of the Jefferson and Kennedy Activity Centers can bring a friend with them to work out for FREE! Offer is good until November 10th. Just sign in at the AC desk.
  • FREE Open Swim for you and your family will be available on November 7th from 4:30-6:00pm at the Valley View Middle School pool. Park in the back and enter through Door #7.
  • Parents of children in Kids' SAFARI will automatically be entered into a contest to win a FREE day of Kids' SAFARI childcare. One winner will be chosen at each elementary school.
  • Anyone who registers for a youth enrichment or adult enrichment class on November 8th will receive $5.00 off their class registration fee. Registration must be done by phone between 7:30 - 4:30pm. Good for any fall enrichment class.
  • Parents of young children, infants to preschool age, are invited to a STEM Family Night on November 8th at the Pond Center. This FREE event takes place between 5:30-7:00pm. The first 200 children to attend will receive a STEM-related book.
  • Metro South Adult Basic Education and the Learning Exchange will have activities tailored to their students. A special dessert will be served at Learning Exchange's "Egg-cellent" Frittata class held on the evening of November 8th.
Ruth Beckman is Retiring!
After 20 years with Bloomington Public Schools, Ruth Beckman is retiring. Throughout her time with BPS, she has worked with Volunteer Connection, Kennedy High School, and for the last nine years, Community Education. Ruth has faithfully served the Kids' SAFARI families for almost a decade as the friendly voice when they call about registration contracts and questions. And she has been an integral part of moving from paper registration to our current robust online system. While her family is lucky to have her around more often now, we will certainly miss her smiling face in Community Ed. Good Luck, Ruthie...you deserve it!
Did You Know?
Kids's SAFARI has been granted certification from the MN Department of Health as meeting the standards that promote health and safe environments for children. This certification allows Kids' SAFARI to participate in Minnesota's Child Care Assistance Program. The result of this certification allows Kids' SAFARI participants to receive state financial assistance for child care as applicable.
In addition to National Community Education Day, November 8th is also National STEM Day!
Bloomington Community Education offers several STEM after school and Saturday classes each session and week-long STEM camps during the summer. Check out our fall catalog or the class listings online at bloomington.ce.eleyo.com
for upcoming STEM classes in November and December.
State Senator Wiklund visits Ridgeview
Minnesota State Senator Melissa Wiklund met with members of the Community Education team and Principal Steve Abrahamson for a tour of Ridgeview Elementary School. The visit was organized to take a look at the after school programs offered by Community Education. Senator Wiklund had the chance to see children involved in the after school French class, the Drama Kids One Act play rehearsal, and the very popular Girls on the Run program.
Unity Day
October 24 was Unity Day...a day set aside to unite together against bullying and to be united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. The day is celebrated by wearing orange... "A color that provides a powerful, visually compelling expression of solidarity"  says Paula Goldberg, Executive Director of PACER Center. PACER Center is an advocacy group for individuals/families with disabilities and created Unity Day in 2011, along with their National Bullying Prevention Center.

Kids' SAFARI and our Inclusion Liaisons Meg Huttner and Molly O'Brien, celebrated the day by wearing orange, making Unity signs, playing friendship BINGO, hosting a Unity parade, having parents sign a pledge against bullying, and performing the song "You've Got a Friend in Me" in sign language. A little competition between SAFARI sites had Olson Elementary coming out on top with their all orange snack choices for the kids afternoon snack!

If you would like to learn more about Unity Day visit pacer.org/bullying .
Did You Know?
Bloomington Community Education's Swim program is now an official Make a Splash Local Partner. The USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash Initiative is a national child-focused water safety campaign, which aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim. If you would like to learn more about our Swim program visit bloomingtonschools.org/swim .
Metro South Adult Basic Education has a new website. Students can now access a website fully dedicated to Metro South ABE, where they can search for programs, class offerings, and general ABE information. Many of the forms that are located on the school district's website will be available on the new site for downloading. Plenty of student photos will be featured as well. You can visit the new site at metrosouth.org .
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