Monday, March 20, 2017

2017 Summer Adventure Club

Jill, Jena, and Marsha, Adventure Club Site Supervisors, have worked hard planning crafts, science, and games for the summer. The summer calendar should be populated with activities starting next week.
Some events to look forward to this summer:
-- Tuesdays science at a school site with the Palouse Discovery Science Center sponsored by NASA 
-- Wednesdays through Fridays with the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute staff teaching about our food
-- Mondays movies at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Center
-- Thursdays rock climbing at the UI Climbing Center 
-- Optional daily swimming (don't forget to buy a pool pass at the Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center)

Friday, March 10, 2017

March 13-17 Non-School Day Reminders

A few reminders about Non-School Activity Days

Location for March 13-17 is McDonald Elementary,  (208) 892-1160, from 7:30am to 6:00pm.

You must sign children in and out inside the MPR/cafeteria of the school.  You may not drop them off curbside.

Children MUST bring an extra set of clothes each and every day.  The Adventure Club is not responsible for supplying clean clothes to children.  If children soil their clothes, parents/guardians will be called to bring clean cloths.

I recommend children bring a bike or hockey helmet if they plan on ice skating on Monday, and wear appropriate clothes for ice skating.  The sign-up sheets for for the three field trips will be available on the day of the trips.  You may call in to sign up as early as 7:30am, but you still must provide your signature upon arrival.  

Here is an acronym, SCHOOLS, that might help you remember the daily operation procedures and gear needed during Adventure Club non-school days:

Sign children in and out
Clothes appropriate for the day's activities and weather
Hat daily during the summer
Own water bottle full of water, particularly during the summer. No carbonated drinks or soda, please.
Outdoor sun protection (sunscreen, lip balm with SPF) during the summer
Lunch packed that does not require heating or cooling, except during free summer lunch days
Sneakers each and every day for gymnasium, cafeteria, hiking, outdoor recreation, etc.

I strongly discourage flip flops as footwear unless they are brought to wear only at the pool.  Flip flops provide zero foot protection and zero ankle support.  Outdoor recreation sandals made with non-marking soles are fine.  Sneakers are always great.  Most sandals cannot be worn in the school gym.  Always have sneakers available in your child’s backpack.


Please do not permit children to bring toys from home, including Pokemon cards.

The calendar of events is below for the 5 days.




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Monday, March 6, 2017

2017 Summer Enrollment Now Available

The Summer 2017 Enrollment Form is now available online, and will be distributed in your child’s weekly folder this week.

The summer calendar will be available online before the end of March.  Thanks for your patience.

You may also download the enrollment form from the enrollment page of the Adventure Club website.


I am migrating the program website to WordPress within the next few months.  Microsoft Expressions Web is no longer supported by Microsoft, so it’s time to integrate with the school district’s WordPress system (e.g., see how tiny my contact information is in the upper right corner of the webpages . . . grrrrr).  The Google calendar will be integrated into the new website, too.  And . . . WordPress is mobile friendly. J

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Schedule for March 13-17 at McDonald


This calendar is more readable in the Google calendar on the Adventure Club website..   The image below is also linked to the calendar page. If you click on the + sign at the bottom right corner of the calendar on the website, the calendar will expand.  Nothing is written in stone on the calendar, except for field trips and visitors.  Working with elementary school children requires flexibility.




A few reminders about Non-School Activity Days

Location for March 13-17, 2017: McDonald Elementary,  (208) 892-1160

You must sign children in and out inside the MPR/cafeteria of the school.  You may not drop them off curbside.

Children MUST bring an extra set of clothes each and every day.  The Adventure Club is not responsible for supplying clean clothes to children.  If children soil their clothes, parents/guardians will be called to bring clean cloths.

Here is an acronym, SCHOOLS, that might help you remember the daily operation procedures and gear needed during Adventure Club non-school days:

Sign children in and out
Clothes appropriate for the day's activities and weather
Hat daily during the summer
Own water bottle full of water, particularly during the summer. No carbonated drinks or soda, please.
Outdoor sun protection (sunscreen, lip balm with SPF) during the summer
Lunch packed that does not require heating or cooling, except during free summer lunch days
Sneakers each and every day for gymnasium, cafeteria, hiking, outdoor recreation, etc.

I strongly discourage flip flops as footwear unless they are brought to wear only at the pool.  Flip flops provide zero foot protection and zero ankle support.  Outdoor recreation sandals made with non-marking soles are fine.  Sneakers are always great.  Most sandals cannot be worn in the school gym.  Always have sneakers available in your child’s backpack.

Please do not permit children to bring toys from home, including Pokemon cards.

Friday, February 24, 2017

February 2017 Update: Billing, STEM, Summer

Here are few updates you may be interested in:
  1. I hope to get bills for January 2017 days distributed before the end of February.
  2. We will continue the Tuesday rotations of the Palouse Discovery Science Center (PDSC) at sites through May.  Thanks to the Latah County Community Foundation for funding the program!
  3. Beginning in March, funding from NASA via the Idaho Space Grant Consortium and funding from the Idaho STEM Action Center will begin.  The STEM Action Center is paying for the science center's mobile planetarium to be brought to the Adventure Club sites, while the NASA funding will pay for STEM programming throughout the remainder of the calendar year.
  4. Spring Break sign-ups, both online and at the sites, will be available early next week.
  5. I hope to get a pre-summer survey out to families before the end of March.
Have a great weekend. I hope you are able to enjoy the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival this weekend.


Monday, February 13, 2017

Final Reminder: February 17, 2017 Non-School Day at Lena Whitmore Elementary

I will be picking up the February 17th non-school day enrollment sign-up sheets today.  You may still enroll by early tomorrow morning at the online sign-up.

A few reminders about Non-School Activity Days

Location for Feb 17: Lena Whitmore Elementary,  (208) 892-1201, from 7:30am to 6:00pm.

You must sign children in and out inside the MPR/cafeteria of the school.  You may not drop them off curbside.

Children MUST bring an extra set of clothes each and every day.  The Adventure Club is not responsible for supplying clean clothes to children.  If children soil their clothes, parents/guardians will be called to bring clean cloths.

I recommend children bring a bike or hockey helmet if they plan on ice skating, and wear appropriate clothes for ice skating.  The sign-up sheet for ice skating will be at Lena on Friday.  You may call in to sign up as early as 7:30am, but you still must provide your signature upon arrival.  The maximum enrollment is 65, which should be plenty of leeway. 

Here is an acronym, SCHOOLS, that might help you remember the daily operation procedures and gear needed during Adventure Club non-school days:

Sign children in and out
Clothes appropriate for the day's activities and weather
Hat daily during the summer
Own water bottle full of water, particularly during the summer. No carbonated drinks or soda, please.
Outdoor sun protection (sunscreen, lip balm with SPF) during the summer
Lunch packed that does not require heating or cooling, except during free summer lunch days
Sneakers each and every day for gymnasium, cafeteria, hiking, outdoor recreation, etc.

I strongly discourage flip flops as footwear unless they are brought to wear only at the pool.  Flip flops provide zero foot protection and zero ankle support.  Outdoor recreation sandals made with non-marking soles are fine.  Sneakers are always great.  Most sandals cannot be worn in the school gym.  Always have sneakers available in your child’s backpack.


Please do not permit children to bring toys from home, including Pokemon cards.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Billing Statement Explanation

The billing explanation should provide you with most answers regarding your billing statement. This document is also linked to the billing page of the program website.