Potter Gray Elementary After-School
A Word from the Supervisor
As you’ve been picking up your kids these past couple of weeks, you may have noticed some unfamiliar faces. These are our new staff members! When you see them please give a warm welcome to Olivia, Abby, Madelyn, and Nolan. They are working very hard alongside me to make after-school a fun and safe place for your children. It may take them a little longer to learn all the faces and names, so please be patient and know that they are doing their best. As I mentioned in my last blurb, dodge ball season is quickly approaching. Mrs. Erin is currently ironing out all the details and I will relay them to you as soon as I know more. As always, we still have quite a few items in the lost and found. If your child is missing anything, please talk to me or one of my staff so that we can return these items as quickly as possible. I will have another lost and found display day, but would also like to donate any unclaimed items to charity. Please talk to me if you have any questions about this. As a final order of business, I have created a homework sheet for parents to fill out. If you would like your child to do homework during after-school, please fill out these papers so that I can keep them on file. Thank you again for all your help and cooperation!
Spring break all-day program available
Community Education of Bowling Green/Warren County is offering all-day programming during Bowling Green Independent Schools' spring break April 4-8 at McNeill Elementary School and during Warren County Public Schools' spring break April 11-15 at Cumberland Trace Elementary School. The programs are for students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. The cost is $25 per day. For more information, visit the Community Education website (http://www.commed.us/) or call Community Education at 270-842-4281.
Insurance help available in case of accidents
Accidents do happen, and children are no exception to that. Sometimes a little one trips over her own feet on the playground and falls. Or maybe a child bumps into another one as he is running on the playground. We don’t like to see any child hurt! Although parents sign a waiver stating they understand they solely are responsible for any medical expenses, Community Education wishes to assist parents in such circumstances and annually purchases an accident insurance policy – the same used by most schools – to help defray the out-of-pocket costs on some medical visits due to accidental injury. The policy, which we upped to double coverage, realistically covers an amount that is similar to a co-pay. We do this as a convenience for our families. This policy is not intended to replace your normal health insurance policy, but is a supplement to it. We have noticed that some of the newer health insurance policies do not pay any or much at all, due to high deductibles, toward small injuries. Please double check your health insurance policy to determine how much you are willing to pay out of pocket in such a circumstance. If you need more information about this insurance and how it might benefit you, call the Community Education office. If your child has an accidental injury during our after-school or before-school program requiring medical treatment, please check with our office staff to determine how this policy can be used by your family (or be applied to their treatment expenses).
Hill's team wins Spellabration event
The Hill-Arious Spellerz team from Hill’s Pet Nutrition won the 11th annual Community Education Spellabration event Feb. 19 at the Sloan Convention Center, beating WBKO Television’s WBKObi-wan-Kenobees team in the final round of the Star Wars-themed event. The annual fundraiser, described as a party with an adult spelling bee in the middle, was sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition and Graves Gilbert Clinic. Tony Rose of WDNS-FM radio served as Master of Ceremonies and Alan Palmer was again the word reader in an event billed as “Spell Wars”.
The 11 teams and guests were treated to a variety of foods donated by local restaurants. They were able to browse and bid on dozens of silent auction items in this event that raises funds for Community Education’s school-age programs for children in the Bowling Green and Warren County school systems.
In addition to Hill’s and WBKO, other Spellabration winners were honored. Second runner-up went to the Spellbinders of Warren County Public Library, sponsored by Graves Gilbert Clinic. The Best Costume Award went to the spELPO team from the English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley law firm, the Best Table Decoration Award went to Lost River Cave, and the Most Spirited Award went to Warren County Public Library.
Spellabration Art Contest winners recognized
The five winners of the Spellabration 2016 Art Contest were recognized during the Spellabration event held Feb. 19 at the Sloan Convention Center. This year students were asked to submit artwork depicting animals or scenes from Kentucky Down Under. The winners of the art contest, which is sponsored by US Bank, will have their artwork printed on notecards that will be sold at Kentucky Down Under.
This year’s winners are Liz DeMarse, a Drakes Creek Middle School eighth grader; Bosco Tuyisenge, a Henry F. Moss Middle School eighth grader; Harley Wilson, a Lost River Elementary School sixth grader; Hayden Wolf, a North Warren Elementary School third grader; and Addison Rosado, a Jody Richards Elementary School first grader.
All winners had their artwork on display at Spellabration. The art was displayed for two weeks at the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce.
Early School Closing Policy Reminder
If your child’s school closes two or more hours early due to bad weather or other issues, Community Education will NOT provide care that day, as the majority of our staff attend classes at WKU and cannot get to the site that early. Full afternoon care will be provided if your child’s school closes less than two hours early.
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FUNNER Cards on sale now!
The Bowling Green Hot Rods and Community Education are partnering to bring you FUNNER Cards. For only $25, you can get over $300 worth of amazing deals including eight individual tickets to Hot Rods' games (four to ANY game and four to any Sunday through Thursday game), 10 percent off all purchases at The Body Shop, and more! A portion of the proceeds help support Community Education's school-age programs.
Forms will be available at your after-school sites or you can call Community Education at 270-842-4281 for more information.
Nominations needed for Volunteer of the Year Awards
Volunteers in Action (VIA), made up of representatives from various agencies and organizations that rely on volunteerism, is seeking nominations for its 27th annual Volunteer of the Year Awards. Sponsored again this year by BB&T Bank, the Volunteer of the Year Awards ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, April 24 at the Bob Kirby Branch of the Warren County Public Library at 3 p.m.
Nominations are needed in three categories: the Anne Grubbs Spirit of Service Award, which honors a person excelling in quality, length, and spirit of service to others; the Team Award, which recognizes a group that has worked together to provide outstanding volunteer service in the community; and the Rookie Award, which recognizes an individual or group that started volunteer service within the past 24 months.
For more information or to obtain a nomination form, go to this link: http://www.commed.us/general-community-education/nominations-sought-for-volunteer-of-the-year-awards/
Spring Enrichment Classes start soon
Whether you want to learn a new language, create a work of art, or get up to speed on the latest technology, Community Education has what you’re looking for in its lineup of spring adult enrichment classes. More than 80 classes will be offered from April through June. Classes are offered at various locations throughout Bowling Green and Warren County in 11 categories: art, painting and pottery; business and careers; children and teens; computers; crafts, handwork and jewelry; fitness, dance and recreation; health and aging; history; home and garden; languages; and technology and photography. The classes are taught by experts in the fields and are offered at reasonable prices.
A catalog listing all enrichment classes will be inserted in the March 20 Bowling Green Daily News and will be available for pickup at various sites in the community. The class listings and a registration form can be found on the Community Education website (http://www.commed.us/taking-classes/). The catalog is produced in conjunction with Western Kentucky University’s Division of Extended Learning and Outreach (DELO) and Warren County Parks & Recreation and includes information about offerings from DELO and Parks & Recreation.
Important Site Information
Potter Gray Site Number: 270-991-4231
- Site Supervisor: Liz Kindma
- School Age Programs Specialist: Jarrod Shive
- Associate Director: Erin Lightfoot