Mill Creek OST

OCTOBER

Falling for MCE OST

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.

-F. Scott Fitzgerald


  • Thursday, October 8th-Early Dismissal-Mill Creek walking trail, 1p-3p and park 4-5:15p
  • Friday, October 9th-All Day OST-Shawnee Mission Park and Power Play, 10a-4p. Kids will receive a pre-paid card with 20 points and 1 attraction, kids may bring extra money to add to it. Bring a sack lunch, water bottle, wear weather appropriate clothing and shoes, book for reading.
  • Thursday, October 22nd-All Day OST-Pumpkin Patch at Johnson Farms, Belton, KS, 9:30a-4p (RAIN or SHINE) Bring a sack lunch, water bottle, wear weather appropriate clothing and shoes that could get dirty, book for reading.
  • Friday, October 23rd-All Day OST-Lights On Fall Fest at Theatre In the Park, SMP, 9:30-3:30p, EVENT TIME TBD (RAIN or SHINE). Bring a sack lunch, water bottle, wear weather appropriate clothing and shoes that could get dirty, book for reading.

JCPRD does not refrigerate or heat any lunches. Times represent when we leave and return to site.


If your child(ren) will not be attending JCPRD please call, 913.599.5785, by 3p, or email jennifer.thomas@jocogov.org by 2p.

Please keep in mind that we open at 7am and close at 6pm. Late fees apply after 6p, a $1 per minute and will be strictly enforced.

JCPRD's MCE OST Hot Air Balloon

Engineers and Designers:

Piper D.-Laruen D.-Sarah W.-Sterling S.-Nora F.-Sara G.-Kate V.-Hannah W.-Mackenzie F.-Lydia H.-Everly D.-Micah B.-Peyton H.-Reese R.-Emeilia F.-Jack M.-Micah K.-Marcus B.

These creative and talented engineers and designers will receive one free admission ticket to the Midwest Hot Air Balloon Festival that will be held on October 23rd and 24th. Our balloon will be in contest for a high bid during an auction at the festival. Thank you to all who participated, they are sure to "blow" away the competition!

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Guesstimation Jar

It's back.....All JCPRD's MCE OST participants and each parent/guardian are allowed one chance to guess how many items are in the jar. Write your guess and legible first and last name on the paper provider and place in the pail. Last day to guess will be Oct. 28. Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor.
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Extra Extra-curricular Activities

If your child(ren) plans on joining a before or/and an after school activity or club that is sponsored by SMSD/Mill Creek or outside services, such as Scouts, Mad Science, Safety Patrol, and others, please notify us about the specific times and dates they will attend and if they will join JCPRD's OST afterwards. It will be the sponsor's responsibility to escort your child to JCPRD.
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School iPads

They're here....the SMSD Mill Creek issued iPads are now in the hands of your children (3rd-6th graders). JCPRD has discussed with both school and district administration on how best to handle these amazing technological devices while your child(ren) are in the JCPRD Out of School Time program. The admin team is in favor of keeping the iPads in the student's backpacks while they are in the OST program. 3rd-6th grade will meet in the JCPRD room, #002, upon dismissal and place backpacks in baskets in closet area. Students are only allowed in that area supervised when retrieving/returning homework or leaving for the day. At this time JCPRD will continue to be a screen free environment, iPad homework will need to be supervised at home. If you feel that you would rather have your child's iPad locked up, JCPRD will have that availability. You will need to email the director at jennifer.thomas@jocogov.org to give permission to do this and to have a conversation with your child(ren) about this.

It will be the responsibility of the students and parents to check iPads back to the students when picked up.

Keeping the iPads in the backpacks helps make sure the correct tablet gets to the right student, taken home nightly, and keeps staff in ratio and engaged with the children. If you have any questions or concerns please call 913.599.5785 or email at the above address. This will be a work in progress, your suggestions, concerns, and comments are welcomed.

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JCPRD's CODE of CONDUCT

Participation in the program is a privilege, not a right. The ability of each participant to consistently practice positive life skills is essential to ongoing enrollment. The following set of non-negotiable standards for participation is designed to allow participants to self-regulate behavior. 1.) Respect the right of others to courtesy and personal space. 2.) Manage anger in appropriate ways. 3.) Respect and respond to adult authority. 4.) Accept differences among the group. 5.) Accept responsibility for own actions. These are reasonable expectations for any child participating in a group program setting. The actions of each individual influence the quality of participation for the entire group. Our goal is to facilitate successful participation for each child through the joint understanding, support, and practice of these positive life skills.

Bring in Your ID

Please have your ID ready to show when picking up your child(ren). We know we will have returning students and parent,s but when we have subs and new staff, they will ask for your ID. This is for your child's protection, thank you for your support on this.

SIGNING IN & OUT

We have a new change when signing in and out your child(ren). Parents will need to continue to add the time you sign in and out your child(ren) BUT you will also need to sign your initials as well. Inform your authorized persons picking up your child(ren) about our change.

Verifying Pick Ups-If we do not get a call, email, or note stating another person besides parents are not picking up, we will call to verify this. Please call the site number at 913.599.5785 if someone else is picking up your child(ren) so that our staff is informed and can attend to the kids.

Please remember to initial and time in and out your child(ren) daily.

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

Fee Due Dates:

Friday, October 9th

Friday, October 23rd


Early Dismissal:

  • Thursday, October 8th, released at 12:30p. Going to Little Mill Creek Park and walking trails 1p-4p


Upcoming Closures:

  • None so far


All Day OST:

  • Friday, October 9th, All Day OST, Shawnee Mission Park & Power Play, 10a-4p
  • Thursday, October 22nd, All Day OST, Pumpkin Patch at Johnson Farms, 9:30-4p
  • Friday, October 23rd, All Day OST, Lights On Fall Fest @ Theatre In the Park, SMP 10a-3:30p

OST SCHEDULE


  • Check-In: We will check 1st-2nd graders in at the Café, K, 3rd-6th graders check in in the JCPRD room. 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: Commit to Health snacking with healthy alternatives, fresh fruits and veggies with delicious water.


  • Homework/Reading time: After snack time your child(ren) can stay inside for our homework/reading time that will begin roughly at 4p and ends 4:30p. We encourage kids to work on homework but do not force them.


  • Activities: We will provide clubs for kids to experience a wide range of activities. Some of the clubs include: Chess, Writing, Cooking, Art & Crafts, Kid Fit, and STEAM. 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 in room 002 through door #15. There is a late charge of a $1 per minute after 6:00pm

MCE OST Staff

Morning Care:

Zachary Drummond-Lead Teacher M-F

Jennifer Thomas-Program Director M-F


After School:

Bailee Donegan-Lead M-F

Zachary Drummond-Lead Teacher M-F

Dylan St.Clair-Assistant Lead M-F

Klara Stevermer-Assistant Lead M-F

Jennifer Thomas-Program Director M-F

Jack Todd-Lead Teacher T & R