Community Education News
Welcome to the first Bloomington Community Education newsletter!
We look forward to sharing monthly highlights of what is happening in the Community Education department. This newsletter will be full of inspirational stories, information about programs and services, announcements, photos, awards, and important messages we would like to share with you about Bloomington Community Education.
As the school year winds down, things are starting to heat up...we have 110 week-long summer camps students can choose to attend. Read on to see what we have been up to and check out our summer activities.
New to Youth Services
Julie Kinsella comes to Bloomington Community Education with over 20 years of experience in Community Ed. Her most recent position was the Child Care Specialist for Eastern Carver County Community Education. Julie's role in Bloomington is the Youth and Family Program Coordinator. She will be overseeing the Kids' SAFARI and Early Learners Academy programs. Julie is excited to be working in Bloomington and is looking forward to finding new ways to enhance our already successful program.
Did You Know?

The Kennedy Activity Center is used for Dryland Ski training by the Buck Hill Ski Racing Club. This year-round training helped the club achieve "Gold Certification" as 1 of only 10 clubs in the U.S. to do so. The next round of Dryland training starts in July.

America's fastest growing sport is also Bloomington Community Education's fastest growing sport! We started with one adult pickleball class in the fall and we are up to 3 full classes this summer! Feel like joining? Go to to register online.
Metro South Volunteer Awards - Spring 2018
Four volunteers were chosen to receive the Metro South Volunteer Award. Volunteers serve at all 9 sites where classes are held for adults learning English or working on their Adult Diploma or GED.

Volunteers who reach 1000 hours receive a certificate as recognition for their dedication to Metro South students and staff. Pat Middeke and Sharon Levine, who both volunteer with teacher Lily Lockwood at our Hennepin Technical College site in Eden Prairie, were presented this award.
(Front, left to right) Jason Larson, Caroline Matterson, Sharon Levine with (back, left to right) Jeanne Plack, Suzanne Jost, Judy Stelmazek, Mary Jo Bayliss, Lily Lockwood (missing from photo Pat Middeke)
In addition, Metro South ABE recognizes volunteers who have made exceptional contributions to our program. The award for Outstanding Collaborative Volunteer went to Caroline Matterson. Caroline has been a tutor at our adult ESL class at Centennial Elementary in Richfield.

The award for Outstanding Classroom Volunteer went to Jason Larson. Jason joined our program as a volunteer in 2012. He works with teacher Jeanne Plack and her students in the STAR reading program.

Jason also contributes financially to our program. He participates in a program through his employer Best Buy. These donations have helped us purchase many valuable educational tools for Metro South students and staff.
Did You Know?
Early Learners Academy was voted by parents as the Most Loved Preschool in 2018 on Hula Frog! Click on the photo above to read more.
Bloomington Community Education was named a WCCO radio
Good Neighbor. Click on the logo to hear the announcement.
Summer STEM & ECFE
Debra Goebel, Early Learning Lead Teacher shares...My son just graduated from college in mechanical engineering. I was talking to him about some exciting ECFE classes this summer that will focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) for our youngest learners. He immediately said “You can’t do engineering with a one year old!” I giggled a bit and said “Oh yes you can!” and then shared with him all the exciting activities planned for our young learners and their parents this summer.

These STEM activities include a heat-activated, color changing activity board for science, and large toddler-sized magnetic toys for engineering. To help young children develop STEM skills, it is important to have fun toys in their environment that they are interested in such as farm toys that encourage problem solving, imagination and using all 5 senses.
Technology for littles is a sensitive subject for many; this summer we will not have iPads for the toddlers, but will provide many opportunities for them to play with toys that help them develop the skills needed for technology use when they are older.

Parents will have a great time playing in the classroom with their child as well as having time with a licensed parent educator talking about MN state standards and how to encourage STEM learning at home.

4 ECFE STEM classes are being offered this summer
Tuesday’s: Pond Center
July 10, 17, 24, 31
Parents and Two’s 24-36 months
8:45 am-10:15 am
Parents and One’s 12-23 months
10:30 am-12:00 pm
Wednesday’s: Pond Center
July 11, 18, 25, August 1
Parents and Infants 0-12 months
8:45 am-10:15 am
Parents and children whose home language is Spanish (Birth-3 years).    
10:30 am-12:00 pm

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Next Month
We hope you enjoyed the first edition of the Bloomington Community Education newsletter! Coming next month: SLAM Camp highlights and information about our Driver's Education program. Want to know more?
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