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Nurturing Potential, Sustaining Support

March 2019

It has certainly been a Minnesota winter to remember - or maybe one we'd just like to forget.

On the bright side, we've finally turned the corner into March, and it could be that the record-breaking snow and cold this year will make spring feel even sweeter.

This month in our newsletter we'll focus on the goal of increasing access for Young Scholars.

Believe it or not, even though it still looks very much like winter outside, this is actually the just-right time to start looking into summer opportunities. With this in mind, we'll be taking a look at a variety of activities, camps, and options this summer to help increase access to resources and experiences that nurture your Young Scholar's amazing potential.

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This Month in Young Scholars

Summer Information, Resources and Opportunities for Your Young Scholar

You may recognize a few of the resources below from last year's summer access edition, but they're definitely worth repeating. You'll also find several new entries as well!

Summer Camps

1. Each spring the StarTribune newspaper publishes their Minnesota Summer Camp Guide that allows users to search camp choices by interest, age level, price, location, and more. Camps can fill up fast, so it's not too early to take a look!

2. The University of Minnesota Youth Programs offers a wide variety of summer camps for ages 5-15. This year's theme is "Be Your Own Compass" with a focus on building youth leadership skills.

3. Does your Young Scholar like to imagine and build? The Works Museum in Bloomington describes itself as "a hands-on engineering and design museum for kids and their grown-ups." The museum is a great place to visit any time of the year, and they have a wide variety of summer camps as well. Scholarships are available for up to 50% off the cost of camps.

4. The Bell Museum, a natural history museum and planetarium in St. Paul, offers summer camps for a variety of ages. A limited number of scholarships are available for week-long camps.

Library and Local Events

1. Park Grove Library in Cottage Grove has a variety of kid-friendly activities planned all summer long. Click here to see the current spring and summer schedule. Check back throughout the spring as events may be added.

2. Another great way to take advantage of your local library is through the MELSA smARTpass program. With just your library card (which you can get free at any library), you have the opportunity to reserve free and/or discounted admission to a wide range of arts experiences around the Twin Cities.

3. The City of Cottage Grove has a lot going on this summer! Click here for a current listing of summer events. Check back frequently as events are added throughout the spring.

Online Opportunities

1. PBS KIDS Summer of Adventure site has loads of educational activities, games, and videos designed for kids, with parents in mind. Topics range from free printable summer activities, word games, articles on building social skills, and books to help get ready for next school year.

2. KidsTryScience is part of a larger website called TeachersTryScience and is full of fun and (mostly) easy-to-do science experiments for your curious Young Scholar to try out this summer.

3. It's Okay To Be Smart is a YouTube channel hosted by Joe Hanson, a Ph. D. biologist, science writer, and creator/host/writer of the PBS Digital Studios show It's Okay To Be Smart. Videos are generally short and are divided into topics such as food science, animals, space and more. While these videos are, as a whole, created with kids in mind, it is always important to first make sure that they meet your family's guidelines for appropriate content.

About Me

Hi All!

My name is Colleen Redmond, and I am thrilled to work as the 833 Young Scholars advocate and lead teacher.

I'm a mom of two teenagers, a wife, small business owner, avid biker (the pedal kind), book enthusiast, and beekeeper. Plus, on top of all of that, I have the happy job of implementing and growing the Young Scholars program here in 833!

I've been lucky enough to teach in South Washington County Schools for over twenty-five years and have had the incredible opportunity to be a part of the lives of so many students and families over the years.

Now, as part of Young Scholars, I have the honor of working with the amazing staff, students, and families throughout 833. I am so very excited to work with and support you and your Young Scholar. I can't wait to see where the journey takes us!

Contact Information

Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions, thoughts, or needs!

Colleen Redmond