Mill Creek OST

February

A little month filled with a lot of punch

With February being the shortest month, we are packing it with so much: many activities, celebrations, kid clubs, and field trips.



  • Tuesday, February 3rd is an All Day Care day (7am-6pm). Ernie Miller Nature Center will present a wildlife program in the morning. Following lunch we will take a jaunt to Cinemark Palace on the Plaza to view Paddington. We will depart Mill Creek at 12pm and return by 4pm. If you wish to give your child(ren) concession money, Cinemark is offering $5 snack packs, they will be responsible for their own money.


  • Friday, February 6th is an All Day Care day (7am-6pm). We will explore the Money Museum at the Federal Reserve then head to Union Station to stargaze at the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station. We will depart Mill Creek at 10am and return by 4:15pm. No money is necessary for this trip.


Please make sure you have signed the permission slips for these field trips.


We would love to have parent volunteers join us on our field trips to have some fun, spend time with your lovees, and lend a helping hand. Any questions please email Ms. Jen.


Please have your child(ren) wear their JCPRD shirt on both field trips.


Please provide a sack lunch on both days. Note we do NOT refrigerate any lunches, to keep a lunch chilled until its' time to chow down, try frozen fruit or yogurt which will keep food cool and is a refreshing treat.


  • Monday, February 16th, President's Day, JCPRD MCE OST and the SM school district will be closed. We will NOT offer care due to the observance of the federal holiday, you will need to make alternative childcare arrangements.


Check the Important Dates section below for even more important dates! Summer camps and 2014-2015 OST program information online now!

spring break enrollment

Registration for Spring Break (March 16th-20th) is underway. Please use the codes below for Mill Creek (as of now we will not combine with any other schools, however if we do not get enough spots reserved we may have to combine). To register call 913.826.3014.

Mill Creek's JCPRD Spring Break Camp codes:

Monday, 16th 27134... ...................Tuesday, 17th 27135

Wednesday, 18th 27136................ Thursday, 19th 27137

Friday, 20th 27138

Happy Healthy Hearts

Friday, February 13th, we will celebrate Valentine's day caring for our hearts during our Heart Healthy jump rope competition after nibbling on some body healthy homemade goodies.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Happy Mardi Gras and let the good times roll! Fat Tuesday, February 17th, we will have a small celebration creating Krewe masks, listening to Naw'Leans jazz and zydeco music, and indulging on homemade King cake, who will find the hidden baby that will bring them good luck?

Happy Chinese New Year

The Year Of the Goat. On Thursday, February 19th, we will immerse in the Chinese culture learning a few Chinese sports such as Bandy and Ping Pong, explore the artistic characters of the Chinese alphabet, try some Chinese cuisine, investigate the Chinese Zodiac calendar and the meaning of the Goat, as well as identifying our own Zodiac animal's meaning. Check out your Chinese Zodiac animal and it's meaning.

Black History Month

Throughout the month of February we will be discussing important black American figures, their achievements, and how they shaped our society. We will also explore the arts and entertainment and the effects it has on us.

Commit to Health...

What healthy foods does your family enjoy? We would love to hear about creative healthy nutritious recipes and share with others. You can have your child write down the recipe and submit to our Commit To Health Council, your recipe just might make it into our cooking club or snack menu!


Super Yum dip:

1.5 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/2 teaspoon dried chives

1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Best if you make the night before and let it set. Great with veggies, chicken, lamb, or fish.

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Congratulations to...

Sophia Rine guesstimated the correct number of "snowballs", 31. Look for our February guesstimation jar of hearts. One guess per student and one guess per parent, good luck<3.

Cold, then warm, then cold again

With the temps fluctuating from cold to warm and back to frigid again, we ask that your child layer up and continue to bring the appropriate attire (coat, gloves, hat) to wear outside. When temps are above freezing we will enjoy the outdoors.

Chapped

Cold weather can cause more harm than just winter blues and cabin fever, the dry and cold air can cause painful chapped lips and hands. We can give some relief to those exposed chapped areas by signing your name next to your child's name on the form for permission to give Vaseline (for lips) and/or Gold Bond Sensitive Skin lotion (for hands). You can write down if both are OK to give or just one. If you do not give permission we will not be able to help your child when in pain due to chapped areas.

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

Fee Due Dates:

Friday, February 6th

Friday, February 20th


Early Dismissal:

None for this month


All Day Care Days:

Tuesday, February 3rd, Paddington at Cinemark on the Plaza, 12-4pm

Friday, February 6th, Money Museum at the Federal Reserve and the Planetarium at Union Station, 10am-4:15pm


Your child(ren) will need to bring a sack lunch on both days. Remember we DO NOT refrigerate any lunches. It is up to the parents if you wish your child(ren) to bring concession money, they will be responsible for it.


Upcoming Closures:

Monday, February 16th, President's Day


SPRING BREAK enrollment has begun. Mill Creek will NOT be combined with any others schools as yet, register soon to save your spot. To register call 913.826.3014 and use these codes for Mill Creek's JCPRD Spring Break Camp: Monday 27134. Tuesday 27135. Wednesday 27136. Thursday 27137. Friday 27138.


SUMMER CAMP registration: you may register for indoor camps at 12pm on Monday, February 2nd. Call 913.831.3359 or go online to JCPRD.


2014-2015 Out of School Time information is available, checkout JCPRD's link.

SNOW DAYS

Winter weather is nipping in the air and good planning is key. Keep in mind that SMSD USD512 JCPRD locations DO NOT offer Snow Day care, you will need to make other arrangements. Check your local news stations for closures, you can also check smsd.org and JCPRD SM Twitter, or we will have updates if we are closed.

SIGNING IN & OUT

I want to thank you for remembering to sign your child(ren) in and out. I know time is valuable and it can be a bit of a hassle to sign in/out your child(ren) but it is most important that we continue to remember to sign in/out. Thank you again for taking the time to do so.

OST SCHEDULE


  • Check-In: We will check students in at the Café. If you know your child(ren) will not be in OST please call us at 913.599.5785 or email me at jennifer.thomas@jocogov.org. If a student has not checked in with us, we will contact you if we haven't heard from you first.


  • Snack: We are kicking off our healthy new year with a new snack menu. We are very excited to report that we have taken the Commit to Health Pledge! In doing so you can expect to see our out of school time participants engaging in more physical activity, learning about good nutrition, and eating healthier snacks while in attendance at JCPRD. Commit to Health is an initiative of the National Recreation and Park and Association and The Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Our staff has worked hard to develop a new food service menu that features items that are nutrient dense, low in fat, sugar, and sodium, as well as more fresh fruits and vegetables. Please support our efforts to help students develop healthy eating habits by encouraging them to be open to trying new foods and by reinforcing the benefits of nutritious diet. Healthy snacks and meals improve cognitive function, increase energy, and help children grow strong muscles and bones!


  • Homework/Reading time: During snack time your child(ren) can sign up for our homework/reading time that will begin directly after snack (roughly 3:30pm) in the café. We encourage kids to sign up but do not force them. When they do sign up we do expect them to come to the room and QUIETLY do their homework or read for 20 to 30 minutes.


  • Activities: Some of the clubs that kids will be able to join are: Chess, Writing, Cooking, Art & Crafts, Healthy New Year, and Engineering. As we progress through out the months, new clubs may be added.


  • Outside/Gym Time: We believe it is essential for minds and bodies to have mental health breaks and join in on fitness breaks. Weather permitting we will go outside. JCPRD follows the Shawnee Mission school district’s weather policy. Please remember to have your child(ren) layer up and bring a jacket with their name labeled inside it. We will have structured activities for them to do during this time as well as free play.


  • Check-Out: When you come to pick up your child(ren) please remember to WALK IN and SIGN THEM OUT. There is a late charge of a $1 per minute after 6:00pm

MCE OST Staff

Morning Care:

Stephanie Griggs-Lead Teacher M, W, & F

Zachary Drummond-Lead Teacher T & R

Jennifer Thomas-Program Director M-F


After School:

Zachary Drummond-Lead Teacher M-F

Laryissa Jones-Lead teacher M-F

Sierra Macklin-Assistant Teacher M-F

Graham Wills-Lead Teacher M-F

Jennifer Thomas-Program Director M-F