Sunday, March 9, 2014

5 ways Rec&Ed welcomes School of Choice families

Jenna Bacolor, Executive Director, Community Education and Recreation ("Rec&Ed")

This month, Ann Arbor Public Schools announced the opening of 750 slots to School of Choice students in Washtenaw County. See our district website for more information about the application process and deadlines. 

Rec&Ed warmly welcomes School of Choice children and families to enjoy our classes, instructional and team sports, child care and school break camps.

How does Rec&Ed support School of Choice families? 

At Rec&Ed, we take our motto "Where community comes together" very seriously. For our youth programming, this means creating opportunities for youth to develop friendships while playing a sport, making art, building a robot or exploring nature. 

Rec&Ed will have a table of information at the School of Choice Fair on Tues., March 11, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Pioneer High School Annex. I'll be there, too, and would be happy to meet you!

Here are five ways Rec&Ed helps School of Choice children and families as they join the AAPS family:

1. Before and after school child care at your child's school
Many busy families utilize Rec&Ed's School Age Child Care program. The before school child care program begins at 7:15 a.m.; the after school program ends at 6:00 p.m.

Rec&Ed's child care program complements the K-5 Instructional program with themed activities, special programs, homework/school project help, arts and crafts, quiet reading time, and plenty of opportunities for active play. Every day, our caring staff offer several options for students to choose from. 

Our program is licensed by the state of Michigan Department of Human Services and offers easy, on-line registration and payment.

2. After school enrichment classes 
Rec&Ed offers more after school and weekend enrichment classes than any other school district in Washtenaw County. Chess, Lego, dance, art, yoga, music, languages, instructional soccer and basketball...we have something to match every child's interest. 

These classes typically run immediately after school once per week for eight weeks. Our evening and weekend youth enrichment includes ballet, ceramics, cartooning and even Irish adventure role playing. 

3. Opportunities to play team sports with classmates
Playing a sport with classmates is a wonderful way to make new friends. Rec&Ed's kid-friendly youth team sports program is focused on fun and skill development. Students in the district through School of Choice are placed with classmates from their school. 

4. Younger siblings can be part of the fun, too!
Have a baby, toddler or preschooler? Rec&Ed's early childhood program welcomes younger siblings of School of Choice students! Our First Steps program is open to families with children from birth to kindergarten entry. Find out more about First Steps parent/child classes, parent support, and more services here

In addition to the First Steps program, Rec&Ed offers many preschool enrichment classes and summer camps.
5. Get to know AAPS this summer
Your child(ren) can join the AAPS family early by coming to a Rec&Ed summer camp. Early bird registration is open now for over 150 summer day camp sessions at school buildings around our district. From Green Adventure Camp to Harry Potter, and from Math/Science to instructional sports camps, we really do have something for everyone. Entering Kindergarteners and first graders are especially invited to our Safety Town Program

Visit our Virtual Summer Camp Fair for more information. 

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