Y Club News

All the News that is the News at Pathfinder Y Club

January 2016 Issue 1

Pathfinder Y Club Direct Line - (816) 468-1610


Nick Fleeman - Program Director

nickfleeman@kansascityymca.org

Direct line: 913-387-2410


Sherrie Thummel - Site Supervisor

sherriethummel@kansascityymca.org


Cyndi Perkins - Assistant Site Supervisor

Andrea Phipps - Youth Development Leader

Nikia Fitzpatrick - Youth Development Leader

Johnny Aguilar - Youth Development Leader

Happy New Year!

We were SO EXCITED to see all the happy faces on Monday and are ready to start this new year off strong! This week we revisited our expectations for the youth as well as discussed new things we can offer that will make Y Club something they can be proud of.


One of the things we talked about is having a "SPECIALS" club the kids can earn on Fridays. On Wednesdays, they'll all vote on what "special clubs" they want on Friday (i.e. Poke'mon club, Barbie Club, Bakugan club, etc.). Then, if they want, they can bring those things from home to participate in the clubs on Friday. Further details will come as we determine what those clubs will be so keep a lookout! :)


We also kicked off our annual "Valentines Card Drive" for Children's Mercy Hospital. We know what you're thinking, "VALENTINES CARDS ALREADY?!?" Yep! Last year we participated in the Valentine's Day Card Drive with Children's Mercy Hospital to provide cards for youth that wouldn't get to participate in traditional Valentine's Day parties because they are confined to the hospital. It takes a long time to make as many cards as they initially needed, so we got several other Y Clubs involved and were able to provide over 2000 hand made, one-of-a-kind cards for an out of this world Valentine's Day party they won't forget! Do you remember those wonderful parties, exchanging valentines' cards when you were kids? They were AWESOME! Imagine that on a MUCH BIGGER scale! :) You and the kids can make these at home too! They must be hand made and may include jokes or puns. You can look up classic Valentine's Day puns and jokes on the internet to write in the cards. You're sure to laugh your heart out! They should NOT include any mention of being ill or make any promises as (i.e. "Get well soon" or "we should hang out sometime"). A simple "Happy Valentine's Day!" will do if in doubt. Encourage them to be creative!


Much more is in store for Y Club in the coming months so keep your eyes peeled for further details!

New Fees for No School and Snow Days

Some of you may already know that the Y has decided to increase their fees for No School Days and Snow Days. This comes after examining a 9 year trend, determining that the rates have remained the same during this time. Beginning January 4th, the new rates will be as follows:


  • All remaining No School Days will be $35.
  • Snow Days will increase to $20, due at the time of drop off (first come, first serve; no pre-registration is required).


While we understand that this may come as an inconvenience, this increase is long overdue as prices of food and supplies continue to increase as well as staff salaries. As always, we strive to charge competitive prices with surrounding programs while providing the quality care you've come to expect from your Y Club sites. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask! If we don't know the answers, WE'LL HELP YOU FIND THEM!


If you pre-registered for future No School dates before December 31st please come see me.

New Year, New Me!

Studies have shown that the most common "New Year's Resolution" is either to lose weight or to start eating right. Did you know that at Pathfinder Y Club, we have a day dedicated to helping the youth learn about "Healthy Living?" Every Friday, they learn about their bodies and how to fuel them in a way that keeps them healthy and feeling great! Some Fridays we have "COOKING CLUB" where they get to try out recipes that encourage healthy alternatives to the fatty, sugary snacks we are so used to eating. Here are a couple of great recipes you can try at home! Trust the kiddos when they tell you THEY ARE YUMMY!

Agua Fresca

This is a typical Mexican drink, literally translating to "fresh (cold) water." However, this is not exactly an accurate description; in reality, it is a refreshing drink made from fresh, seasonal fruit. Make this nutritious and appealing treat with your family and enjoy a little piece of the Mexican culture.


Ingredients:

  • Fresh, seasonal fruit
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Garnishes and decorations (optional)
  • Cups and straws
  • Blender

What you do:

  1. have your child choose a single fruit that is in season or a mix of fruit. Some popular Agua Fresca flavors include cantaloupe, watermelon, strawberry and mango. If frozen fruits are your only option, try frozen strawberries or a mix of berries.
  2. Chop the fruit into chunks and have your child toss the fruit into the blender until the blender cup is about three quarters full. Invite them to add some cold water and a small amount of sugar to the blender. (only to take out some of the sour or bitterness of the fruits) Remind them that it is easy to add ingredients, but it is impossible to remove the sugar or water if they add too much in the beginning.
  3. Have them pulse the blender for a few seconds to break up the fruit and then blend the concoction more until it is liquefied.
  4. Try a small sample to see if it needs more sugar or water. Make sure to add the sugar one small bit at a time to avoid it being too sweet.
  5. Pour the Agua Fresca over ice if you prefer it more cold. Add to the bright colors of the drink by using neon straws, drink charms, swizzle sticks or a slice of the fruit to the rim of the glass. You can even add a shot of seltzer or a sprig of mint!

Banana Ice Cream

Can you believe you can make ICE CREAM from ONE INGREDIENT?


Ingredients:

  • FROZEN BANANAS!
  • Optional - You can add strawberries or blueberries if you wish.

What to do:

1. Get some "extra ripe" bananas.

2. Peel the bananas, cut them into approx. 1/2" slices, and put them on a tray.

3. Pop the tray into the freezer for a few hours until the bananas are frozen. (Once they're frozen, you can also put them in a bag to use later).

4. Put your bananas in a food processor or blender. (NOTE: If using a blender, you have to keep pushing the frozen bananas down in the blender so the blades can reach them and it takes a little longer for them to reach the right consistency)

5. Start mixing. First the bananas will just get chopped up. But as you keep mixing and scraping down the sides, it'll get creamier and creamier.

6. You can eat it right now, just out of the blender/food processor, and it'll be like soft serve custard.

8. Or you could put the mixture back in the freezer where it will get harder and more scoopable like regular ice cream. Before freezing it, add diced berries or mini chocolate chips.

This ice cream is DELISH and totally healthy! No added sugar or preservatives!

It's Not "OKAY" to Hurt Someone

JUST SOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT...

As a kid, a LONG, LONG time ago, when a person said, "I'm sorry," the immediate reaction was to say "It's okay." It wasn't until my grandmother told me something that I will never forget and have taken with me into the world of teaching. She told me, "Honey, it's not "okay" for someone to hurt you. If you respond to them by saying it's okay, they will think it's "okay" to do it again. All they have to do is apologize." It made sense! She told me that when someone apologizes you should say, "Thank You" instead. That acknowledges and accepts the apology with the understanding that it shouldn't happen again. Through the years, I have added to that little bit of advice by encouraging the youth to say "Thank you for apologizing. Please don't do it again." (PLEASE being a very important word)


It's important that we teach our youth that we should never give others permission to hurt us. It's equally important that we help give them the RIGHT words to say to prevent another incident. Most of the time, the offense happens by accident. But even so, when the words "it's okay" are used, it still gives the impression that the action that caused the injury or pain can be repeated as long as it's followed with an apology (which may or may not be sincere at that point).

Upcoming No School Day

Our next No School Day is Monday, January 18th. Getting registered is the key to a stress free No School Day. Pathfinder is the NSD site for all of Platte County (Pathfinder, Barry, Rising Star, Siegrest & Paxton). Spots will be limited, so here's how you can get the jump on everyone else:


Online Preferred Method: (this option closes 48 hours prior to No School Day) KansasCityYMCA.org

Walk-In:
Youth Development Services
8205 W. 108th Terrace, Suite 120 Overland Park, KS 66210

Phone: 913-345-9622 (Credit card only)


Fax: 913-345-0524 (Credit card only)


Important Information you should know about No School Days:

  • Youth will need to bring a sack lunch and a water bottle. Morning and afternoon snack will be provided by Y Club.
  • Tuition is $35 per child per day. Payment is due at the time of registration.
  • Tuition for No School Days is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • No School Days have limited space availability. Recommendation is to register early.
  • Register no later than 48 hours in advance. The 48 hour deadline does not guarantee availability.
  • Please note that if you are registering after the 48 hour deadline, you may only register in person at the YDS Office. Space is based on availability.
  • Please do not allow your youth to bring any toys or electronic devices to Y Club.

BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE!

Wow! Just a few weeks ago we were having 60-70 degree weather! Suddenly we are reminded that IT IS WINTER! "JUST IN CASE" we find ourselves hit with a crazy snow storm in the next few months, I wanted to give you the details on Y Club Inclement Weather Care.


Whenever the school district cancels school, they can go one of two ways:

  1. Schools are closed but district offices are open and they allow Y Club to operate in the schools.
  2. The weather is so bad that the district offices are CLOSED, which means they will NOT open the schools for Y Club to operate. (This has only happened twice in the past fours years I've been at Pathfinder)


It will be important that you are in communication (alert texts) with the school district so you know which situation we will be working with. Also, watch the news! If you see that the schools are closed but district offices are open then we will be there. If they say district offices are CLOSED, we won't be able to operate. :(


  • We will not open until 7:00 a.m. on inclement weather days.
  • It is a first come, first serve basis (up to 32 kids)
  • Registration is NOT required...just show up!
  • Cost is $20 per child DUE AT TIME OF DROP OFF.
  • Bring a sack lunch and water bottle.


Please remember it is not our responsibility to notify you in the event of an inclement weather day. We have so many families I'd be on the phone all day and never make it out of my house! :) We also share snow days with Barry Y Club. You'll need to be alert to the news and weather closings to know when and if we will be in operation on inclement weather days.

Just a Reminder!

  • Payments are due each Monday by 6 pm. Payments made after then must have a $15 late fee added to it.
  • If you make your payment online, please provide a receipt to Sherrie or Cyndi so we have records of your payments on site.
  • If your child is at the site AFTER 6 pm, you will be charged $1 per minute beginning at 6:01 that is due upon arrival or before drop off the next day.
  • Make sure you sign your child in and out each day. It is a State Licensing and YMCA requirement.
  • When picking up your child, please allow for clean up time. It is important that they learn the responsibility of cleaning up behind themselves. It also alleviates the staff staying long after program has closed cleaning up what has been left behind by youth.
  • PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD IS TAKING HOME THEIR OWN BAGS. We have LOTS of children and inevitably there may be some duplicate bags or similar looking bags. There have been several occasions already this year when children have taken home the wrong bags because they look alike. If you notice that your child has brought home the wrong bag, please do not remove anything from it. Leave it as you find it and give us a call so we can notify the owner of the bag. They probably have yours :) It can be exchanged the next morning at Y Club. If you think your child may have homework and they can't do it because they have the wrong bag, contact his or her teacher to explain the mix up. I'm sure they've had the same situation once or twice.