Thursday, April 7, 2016

Celebrate World Health Day the Rec & Ed Way

Today, April 7, is World Health Day! With the number of people living with diabetes having quadrupled since 1980 to 422 million adults, this year’s campaign focuses on beating diabetes. How much do you know about diabetes? Click for a quiz to test your knowledge!

Rec & Ed can help YOU stay healthy and prevent diabetes. We offer cooking classes and a variety of fitness options to keep you at your best. Consider these choices:

  1. Have “A Yen for Sushi?” This hands-on class with Chef Tom Lin will satisfy your cravings. ID #1695.301

  1. Join Jyothi as she takes you on a journey to northern India, adding new Indian dishes to your cooking repertoire. Mattar Paneer & Chapathi (Vegetarian) is a combined Demo/Hands-On class. ID# 1670.302

The American Diabetes Association recommends a complete routine of physical activity for the prevention of diabetes which can include aerobic exercise, strength training and flexibility exercises. Check out these options:

  1. Cardio Barre Get your heart rate up with this challenging, high-energy and FUN workout! This is a NEW offering for Rec & Ed! ID# 3104.301

  1. Band Strong 41-inch continuous looped resistance bands can help your body achieve your fitness goals. Resistance band training challenges the neuromuscular system to improve strength, movement quality and balance. ID# 3128.301

Throughout Rec & Ed’s 2016 Spring Catalog, you’ll find classes and workshops to help you and your family stay healthy, fit and help prevent diabetes.


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Sally Searls retires after 32 years with Rec & Ed

This week, Rec & Ed staff will bid a fond, grateful farewell to Sally Searls, Lifelong Learning Manager.

Over thirty-two years, Sally has provided enrichment programming for tens of thousands of children and adults. She's also seen a lot of things change in the school district and at Rec & Ed.  When she started, Rec & Ed was still receiving a subsidy from the school district and the city. During her tenure, the recreation and community education departments were joined under one Rec & Ed umbrella.  Sally was critical in transitioning community education to a self-sustaining budget.

Sally personifies the term “Lifelong Learning.” Her curiosity and passion led her to push Rec & Ed forward with branding, marketing, customer service and analytics. 

"Sally has given so much to the school district and Ann Arbor community," said Jenna Bacolor, Executive Director of Community Education and Recreation. "She helped establish and grow our child care, after school and summer camp programs. Simply put, she's made life better in our community."

Everyone at Rec & Ed wishes Sally the best in her well-deserved retirement. Her last day with Rec & Ed is January 22. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

5 ways Rec & Ed can help you be mindful in 2016

The concept of "mindfulness" seems to be everywhere in American culture right now -- from health care to K-12 education and even the best seller list. At its most basic, mindfulness is simply being aware of the present moment. As a technique used in meditation, yoga, and other insightful activities, mindfulness has been shown to help boost one's immune system, reduce stress, focus attention and fight depression. 

This winter, Rec & Ed welcomes you try mindfulness in one of our affordable, convenient classes or one-time workshops for adults.

Register directly from Rec & Ed's online Winter Catalog.
See pages 31-35 for all mindfulness offerings.
Below is just a sampling of the mindfulness offerings in Rec & Ed's Winter Catalog. Enroll now -- most classes start in mid- to late-January.  

1. Creating from Within class
Are you looking for a way to connect with your creative self? This class provides a safe space to find joy in self-exploration and expression. Using a facilitated process, allow your unique creativity to come alive. The focus is on the process of art, not the product. No experience or skills is necessary. 6 sessions in 3 weeks beginning 1/19. Instructor: Laura Shope, MFA. More info and register here

2. Intro to Yoga - NEW!
This class provides a gentle introduction to yoga, with standing and seated poses along with breath work to release physical and mental tension. Learn to improve your balance, body alignment and range of motion. Eight one-hour sessions start 1/27. Learn more and register here

3. Chakra Energy Workshop - NEW!
Discover how chakras impact your life and ways to unblock these essential junction points between mind and matter in this single-session workshop. Favorite Rec & Ed instructor Carl Gunderson of Simply Holistic Fitness will provide guidance and resources for chakra beginners. Start the journey to a more balanced, peaceful you. 1/25, 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Register here

4. Insight Meditation for Everyday Life
Today's information-saturated world means that everyone -- student, teacher, employee, boss or retired person -- is often more stressed than they used to be. Meditation is a deep and profound practice that can help you deal with life's stresses with more ease and compassion for yourself and others. This class offers you a little space in your life to build a foundation of mindfulness meditation skills with ongoing support for continued practice. 6-week class with instructor Erica Dutton from Still Mountain Meditation Center begins on 1/20. Learn more and register here.  

5. On Fire Again! Thriving in the Midst of Change - NEW workshop!
Occasionally we all find ourselves at challenging crossroads due to any number of life circumstances. This workshop teaches concrete next steps to help you reframe your current situation and find inner strength. Discover how to avoid the 3 biggest pitfalls that can keep you stuck. Feel a sense of renewed hope, receive support from unexpected places, and discover a clear path toward new dreams. One class: 1/28, 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Learn more and register here.  

Throughout Rec & Ed's Winter Catalog, you'll find 500 classes, workshops and camps to help you and your family stay active, be creative and enjoy life. 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Sign up now for one of Rec & Ed's redesigned e-newsletters [Chance to win $50 credit!]

This January, Rec & Ed is launching three new monthly e-newsletters focused on programs for pre-K, K-12 and adults. Each e-newsletter will feature the information you need about programs, people, discounts and registration deadlines.
Sign up for one or more of the following e-newsletters by Jan. 4 and you'll be entered to win a $50 credit on your Rec & Ed account!

Here are the three distinct e-newsletters we'll offer:
First Steps to Learning for Pre-K Families
This early childhood-focused e-newsletter includes all the Pre-K activities and classes offered through Rec & Ed. Look for information about First Steps, preschool classes and camps, and Safety Town along with interesting activities and parenting ideas.

The Lightbulb - Bright Ideas for Non-School Hours
Focused on families with children in grades K-12, this e-newsletter will spotlight classes and camps, registration deadlines for youth sports, School Age Child Care highlights and special events.

Community Connections
Our new adult-focused e-newsletter will provide information about enrichment and recreation opportunities for adults, including traditional and new opportunities. This e-newsletter integrates programs from our Team Sports division and Lifelong Learning so everything you need is right at your fingertips.

Sign up for one or all three today!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Rec & Ed Annual Report highlights participation and scholarship numbers

How many registrations were there for Rec & Ed's programs in 2014-15? What were Rec & Ed's biggest challenges and successes of the past year? These questions and more were answered in the 2014-15 Annual Report presented to the Board of Education on Dec. 9. 

View the annual report presentation slideshow here: 

We were pleased to have press coverage of the report! Check out this article in the AAPS News and this article in MLive. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Rec & Ed thanks Ann Arbor Fire Fighters for visiting Mitchell child care

Guest Blogger Angelita Jacobs, School Age Child Care Supervisor

Thanksgiving week is the perfect time to say "thanks" to Ann Arbor Fire Fighters for their visit to a Rec & Ed child care program during Fire Prevention Week. Earlier this month, Rec & Ed child care students at Mitchell Elementary enjoyed a visit from Station 4 of the Ann Arbor Fire Department. The station 4 firefighters were engaging and fun while delivering an important message for Fire Prevention Week

"The firefighters were very nice and polite"
- Savannah, age 8
History Lesson
First, fire fighters shared the history behind Fire Prevention Week. The week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which left thousands of people homeless, claimed many lives, burned thousands of acres and destroyed thousands of structures. Since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed each year in early October. 

Fire Safety Tips
The students learned several safety tips, two of the most important being:

  • Families should have a working smoke detector in each bedroom and hallways outside bedrooms -- half of all home fires occur when people are asleep. 
  • Practice makes perfect. Students learned that having a safety plan that includes a meeting space is good, but families need to also practice the plan. 

Drew, age nine, commented, "[The firefighters] were awesome! They told us about fire drills and meeting points." The firefighter gear was impressive to Ja'Nyce, age seven. "They dressed up so we could see how they looked when they go to a fire," she said. 

The Fire Truck (of course)

Hands down, all the children echoed Ja'Nyce's sentiments, "My favorite part was when I got to sit in the firefighter's truck!"

The firefighters' visit was one of many special programs children in Rec & Ed's School Age Child Care program enjoy. Learn more about Rec & Ed Child Care here