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Campus Kids continues to grow!!


Campus Kids has really grown in size over the past 2 years!  Since the start of the school year, we have served 212 students!  Our Pre-schoolers through 1st grade students attend our Cedar Trails location, while our 2nd through 5th graders attend at Beach location.  This number includes students who come in the mornings, afternoons, and all day care when school is closed.  The staff has done a great job of getting to know each child and of offering programming that they enjoy.  In the mornings, the children can work on a craft, go to the gym, watch a movie, or play a game with a friend.  The afternoon session offers time to play outside or in the gym, homework time, computer time, or crafts.  Parents really like it when their child finishes his/her homework or reading while at Campus Kids.

Our all day programming occurs on days when school is closed; i.e., Mid-Winter Break, Spring Break, Christmas Break, etc.  On these days, the children spend a lot of time outside enjoying the Michigan climate (weather permitting!) by sledding, building snowmen or forts, playing on the outdoor equipment, cooking snacks, playing gym games, competing in games for prizes, crafting, and reading or playing on the computers.  There is a small time frame in the morning and in the afternoon for electronic use.  The staff really keeps the children busy and engaged with their peers throughout the day.  We are currently gearing up for our Summer Camp session.  Campus Kids Summer Camp will be held at Cedar Trails.  The children are divided by age group – 3 to 7 year olds and 8 to 12 year olds.  This way we can plan age appropriate activities and outings.   Summer Camp starts on June 12, 2017 and runs through August 31, 2017.  We are closed the week of the 4th of July.  There is a $20 registration fee for one child and a $35 registration fee for a family.  If you register for the Summer Camp, your registration fee covers the next school year.  Cost for Summer Camp is $27 a day or $125 for 5 days a week.  Families can sign up for as many or as few days as needed.  A sibling discount is available.  Tuition payments are due a month in advance and payment is expected for the number of days registered for.  No refunds are issued for missed days.  Field trip costs are extra.  Drop-In rates are available but your child needs to be registered and please call in advance to check availability.  Programming for Summer Camp includes many field trips to various fun and educational spots around the area.  Last summer we offered 34 field trips and plan to offer even more this year!!  Some examples of field trips last summer included:  bowling, roller skating, Paris Park Fish Hatchery, berry picking, Rockfit Ninja gym, zoo, swimming, Whitecaps Baseball game, parks, movies, Howard Christensen Nature Center, NorthStar gymnastics, splashpad, Boulder Creek Wild Animal Park, etc.  Other fun activities included contests, crafts, gardening, community service, Zumba, reading and relaxing, free time, outdoor play, etc. We also employ some teachers for the summer, so tutoring assistance is available for those desiring it.    Registration packets are available at Cedar Trails or online at csredhawks.org and Campus Kids is under the Parents tab.  Or you can call Campus Kids at (616)696-1716 or e-mail questions to campus.kids@csredhawks.org.  Please register for Summer Camp by May 10, 2017.

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“Campus Kids Explore”

Campus Kids, the Before and After School Program, explored their senses on a recent snow day with many fun, ooey, gooey activities!!!  Sensory tubs were set up so we could have a lot of messy fun!!  We made tie-dye pictures with shaving cream and liquid watercolor paints and then played in the shaving cream, made ooblick out of cornstarch and water, and had a great time in the clean mud made out of Ivory Soap!!  The fantastic afternoon was enjoyed by everyone.  We can’t wait to do it again!

We are also doing “Random Acts of Kindness” throughout the month!  We have had discussions about helping others and about being nice at home and at school.  When a child does an “act of kindness”, they write it on a plastic flower and add it to our “Garden of Kindness” on the wall.  Our Garden grows everyday with many kind acts!

One of the many after school activities is called “Everyone Reads”.  In this program, an older child from Beach or Cedar View is paired up with a child from Cedar Trails, and they read books together.  The older children encourage the younger children to read out loud, and they help them with the words.  It has been great to see the interactions!

Summer is (hopefully!) right around the corner, and Campus Kids will be hosting a Summer Camp for all who are interested.  We will be doing lots of fun, creative, and educational activities every day of the week.  These may include gardening, sports, music, arts and crafts, tutoring assistance in various subjects, sensory fun, computer use, experiments, a walking/running club, etc.  We also are looking forward to several field trips throughout the summer.

The cost of Summer Camp is $27 a day or $125 a week (for 5 days).  There is a $10 a day discount for the second child if attending 4 to 5 days a week.  Campus Kids Summer Camp will be closed June 30 through July 4.  If you are interested in signing your child up for Summer Camp, please call Teresea Schlump, Child Care Director at (616) 696-1716 for more information.

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