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Big Lake Schools

Community Education Winter/Spring 2014

NEW Community Education + ECFE Catalog!

Register Online: www.biglakece.com


Welcome Big Lake Community Education is dedicated to building a strong community by offering lifelong learning experiences through cultural, educational and recreational opportunities.

Contents Adult|Fitness 3 Adult|Swim & Enrichment 4

Services

Adult|Trips 6

Youth & Adult Enrichment

Adult|Basic Education 7

Enrichment classes provide children and adults with educational and recreational programs to gain new skills and knowledge while building strong connections and empowering the community.

Adult|Online 9 Youth|Enrichment 10 Youth|Recreation 13 Youth|Gymnastics 16 Youth|Aquatics 18 Youth|Non-School Days 19 Youth|Kids Club 20 ECFE|Early Childhood 21

Adult Basic Education

• ESL (English as a Second Language) • GED • Basic Skills

ECFE|Infants & Toddlers 22

Adults with Disabilities

ECFE|2 - 5 Years Old 24

Through Opening Doors Network

ECFE|Special Events 25

Early Childhood Services

ECFE|Mixed Ages 26 ECFE|Early Childhood Screening 27 School Readiness|Preschool 28 ECFE|Information 29 ECFE|Community Resources 30 Specialty|Youth Sports 31

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Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) School Readiness Little Learners Preschool Early Childhood Screening and MORE!

Extended Day Programs

Specialty|Local Events 32

Kids Club - Before and After School Care

Information|Policy 33

Facilities Rental

Information|Registration 34

Need gathering space? We have it!

At-A-Glance Calendar & Info 35

Staff Brad Schnitzler Director of Community and School Activities 763.262.7183 or b.schnitzler@biglake.k12.mn.us Scott Barta Community Education Program Assistant 763.262.7169 or s.barta@biglake.k12.mn.us

Teresa Scott Community Education Program Secretary 763.262.7187 or t.scott@biglake.k12.mn.us Jeanne Freichels Early Childhood Program Secretary 763.262.7165 or j.freichels@biglake.k12.mn.us Paula Jelen Facility Program Secretary 763.262.7188 or p.jelen@biglake.k12.mn.us


Adult|Fitness HOT! Zumba

Come shake, rattle and roll in this exhilarating fitness class that is sure to make you break a sweat! During the hour-long class you will burn MAJOR calories by performing easy-to-follow Latin-inspired movements that are cardio-based and resistance-based. Let’s get movin’! Mon/Wed|Jan 13 - Mar 12|5:30-6:30 PM|15 Sessions $68|Ind. Elem. Cafeteria|Dolly Schmidt Not Meeting 2/17, 3/3, 3/5|W1400

Silver Steppers Tap Class|Beginner

Meet new friends and have fun while exercising and dancing to the oldies! Tap shoes required. For questions, contact instructor at 763.355.9459. Tue|Jan 21 - Feb 25|+Wed, Feb. 5|5:30-6:30 PM 6 Sessions|$49.50|Ind. Elem. Stage Kathy Langerud|Not Meeting 2/4|W1417-1 Tue|Mar 18 - Apr 15|+Wed, Mar 12|5:30-6:30 PM 6 Sessions|$49.50|Ind. Elem. Stage Kathy Langerud|W1417-2

Silver Steppers Tap Class|Advanced

CLASS ADDED! HOT! Hatha Yoga

In this traditional Hatha Yoga class, we will practice classical postures, breathing and relaxation techniques, and touch on yoga spirtuality. Please wear comfortable clothing that is suitable for doing stretches and bring along your yoga mat. Tue|Jan 14 - Feb 25|7-8 PM|6 Sessions $59|BL Middle School RM64|Kristi Uphoff|W1458

Walking Club

Are you looking for a warm place during the winter months to get some exercise? Look no further! Join the Community Ed Walking Club! We walk the hallways of Independence Elementary School before and/or after school. Register and stop by the Community Ed office to pick up your walking button. We only walk on school days. Mon-Fri|All School Year|6:30-7:45 AM & 4:30-9 PM $5|Ind. Elem. Hallways|WC

Meet new friends and have fun while exercising and dancing to the oldies! Tap shoes required. For questions, contact instructor at 763.355.9459. Tue|Jan 21 - Feb 25|+Wed, Feb. 5|4-5:15 PM 6 Sessions|$49.50|Ind. Elem. Stage Kathy Langerud|Not Meeting 2/4|W1407-1 Tue|Mar 18 - Apr 15|+Wed, Mar. 12|4-5:15 PM 6 Sessions|$49.50|Indy Elem. Stage Kathy Langerud|W1407-2 Tue|Apr 29, May 6, May 13|4-5:15 PM 3 Sessions|$24.75|Ind. Elem. Stage Kathy Langerud|W1407-3

NEW! Adult Co-ed Open Basketball

Looking for a great calorieburning activity for this winter? Look no further! Throw on some tennis shoes and get busy! Sun|Jan 12 - Feb 23|6:30-8:30 PM|7 Sessions |$20 Liberty Elementary North/South Gym |W1439

NEW! Adult Co-ed Open Volleyball

Want to stay active this winter? Come join us for Open Co-Ed Volleyball on Wednesday nights. Get out of the house and stay active with friends! Wed|Jan 15 - Feb 26|6:30-8:30 PM|7 Sessions |$20 Liberty Elementary North/South Gym|W1438

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Adult|Swim & Enrichment NEW! Water Aerobics

Tone your muscles, improve your cardiovascular system and get fit--all with the help of water buoyancy to support joints. This is a great form of exercise for any age! Sat|Jan 25 - Feb 22|8-8:45 AM|5 Sessions|$35 BL High School Pool|Kaycee Taubert|W1503

NEW! Swimming for Triathletes

Are you training for a triathlon? Is the swimming leg of the race the hardest? Learn tips and tricks to strengthen your stroke and decrease your swim time! Lap swimming on your own is available for just $2/session! High School students are welcome. Tue/Thur|Jan 14 - 30|5:15-6:00 AM |6 Sessions $42|BL High School Pool|Mary Walsh|W1506

Private Red Cross Swim Lessons|All Ages

Would you or your child enjoy one-on-one or oneon-two swim lessons instead of group lessons? Then this class is the ticket! Enjoy five 50-minute sessions with a certified instructor. Time and days can be arranged directly with the instructor, Kaycee Taubert, at 763.244.9982. Arrange days and times with instructor|5 Sessions $110|BL School Pool|Kaycee Taubert|W1507

NEW! American Red Cross Lifeguard Class

Do you want a great job for the summer? Lifeguard training class offers a 2-year certification in CPR/PR and AED, Standard First Aid and Lifeguard. Class involves rescues in the water, breathing and cardiac emergencies, spinal injury skills and training on bloodborne pathogens. Come prepared with your swimwear, a bag lunch, and reading material that can be found online at www.redcross.org/ Sat|Jan 25 - Feb 22 |9-2 PM|5 Sessions|$199 BL High School Pool & Health RM|Lily Lantto|W1504

AAA Driving Refresher Course

This driver improvement course is taught by MN Hwy Safety Center trained instructors. The class will explore changes in laws, the latest vehicle technology, and provide you with easy-to-use defensive driving tips. In addition, we will explore traffic safety and accident prevention. Completion of this course allows for a 10% reduction on automobile insurance premiums for those aged 55+. Wed|Jan 22|5-9 PM|1 Sessions |$20 Ind. Elem. Community RM Wed|Apr 23|5-9 PM|1 Sessions |$20 Ind. Elem. Community RM To register call 1-888-234-1294 or register online at www.mnsafetycenter.org and click on Driver Improvement Program.

Basic Woodworking

Do you want to learn how to do woodworking? Then this class is for you! Learn safety procedures, build an item like a cutting board or end table! The instructor will help figure out material costs--you will need to purchase the materials. Projects will need to be brought home inbetween classes. Tue|Jan 21 – Feb 25|7-8:30 PM |6 Sessions|$75 BL High School Shop C121|Joel Vagle|W1440

NEW! Red Cross CPR and Basic First Aid

Do you need or want to be CPR certified? Learn hands-on life saving skills and learn how to respond to common first aid emergencies. Also, learn how to respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies in adults and infant/children. Mon/Tue|Mar 24, 25|5:30-8 PM|2 Sessions |$65 Ind. Elem. Community RM|Lily Lantto|W1445

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Adult|Enrichment Pottery Wheel & Slab Work

Previous experience on the wheel is required for this class. If you enjoy expressing your creative side, then pottery is perfect for you!! In this class you will have a chance to expand the creative side of your brain while getting dirty in the process. Students will have the opportunity to make bowls, plates, cups and other ceramic masterpieces. Each piece you make will be unique. There will be five throwing/slabbing nights, one glazing night, and on the last night we will share our final projects with one another. Pottery making is one of the oldest traditions around. Space is limited so hurry, sign up before it’s too late! Mon|Jan 6 - Feb 24|5-7:30 PM|5 Sessions|$170 BL High School RM 112|Claudia Forsberg No Class Feb 17|W1421

Introduction to Photoshop

Discover the thousands of functions available in Photoshop in this great introductory course! Learn to use the toolbar, crop images, work with layers, save email and print-ready images, and retouch photos. Bring your own photos on a flash drive to class. Computers with CS4 Photoshop will be provided. Thur|Mar 20|6-9 PM|1 Sessions |$49 BL High School Lab C100|Sunny Bergstrom |W1411

NEW! Make Your Garden Beautiful

Music Lessons|Voice, Piano or Guitar

Enrich your musical talent with individual, half hour music lessons focusing on voice, piano or guitar. Pick what you want to focus on, how many sessions you want to take, when and with what instructor. A separate materials fee of $0-$14 may be required and should be payable directly to the instructor. Instructor: Mary Kline Wed|Jan 8 - Feb 26|8 Sessions |$140 Ind. Elem. RM 251|W1403-1 Wed|Mar 12 - Apr 30|8 Sessions|$140 Ind. Elem. RM 251|W1403-2

Sherburne County Master Gardeners, Diana Quinn and Stephanie Thomsen, will show you some of their favorite annuals, perennials and shrubs that add color to your garden throughout the growing season. By adding different textures, foliage and flowers you too can have a beautiful garden!

Wed|May 7 - 28|4 Sessions|$70 Ind. Elem. RM 251|W1403-3

Wed|Mar 19|7-8:30 PM|1 Session |$10 BL Middle School RM 112|W1437

Wed|Mar 12 - June 4|12 Sessions |$204 Ind. Elem. RM 260|W1401-2

NEW! Facebook 101 for Businesses

Instructor: Sheri Lieffrin (Piano and Voice Only) By Appt.|6 Sessions |$102 BL Middle School Choir RM|W1420

Do you know how to effectively use Facebook as a marketing tool that produces results? Learn the main differences between a profile and a page, basics about Facebook’s algorithm, and how to plan effective content. Leave the workshop with an engaging weekly content plan in hand! Tue|Jan 28|6:30-8 PM|1 Session |$45 Ind. Elem. Community RM|Kayla Stai|W1436

Instructor: Megan Chopard-Boge (Piano Only) Wed|Dec 11 - Feb 26|10 Sessions |$170 Ind. Elem. RM 260|W1401-1

Registration: Set up lesson times directly with instructor, BEFORE registering for this class through Community Education. Mary Kline: 763.428.7594 or Megan Chopard-Boge: 763.262.7260 or m.chopardboge@biglake.k12.mn.us or Sheri Lieffrin at s.lieffring@biglake.k12.mn.us

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Adult|Trips NEW! Treasure Island Casino Trip

Come enjoy a day of gaming and fun with your friends! Let Big Lake Community Ed take care of your travel arrangements to and from Treasure Island Casino. We will leave from Independence Elementary School -Door J at 9 AM, spend 4 hours at the casino, then head back to Big Lake with an approximate arrival time of 4 PM. Cost includes transportation to and from Treasure Island Casino. Make sure to bring some gambling money! There will be coupons for participants provided by the casino. Register by March 7! Thur|Mar 27|9 AM-4 PM|$10 Meet at Big Lake Ind. Elem. School|W1451

NEW! Trip to the Plymouth Playhouse

Let us handle the arrangements, just jump on the bus and off you go to the Plymouth Playhouse Theater in Plymouth, MN. Enjoy the Church Basement Ladies in their hit, “The Last (Potluck) Supper.� Bus leaves Independence Elementary Door J at 12 PM and will return around 5 PM. Price includes transportation and your ticket. Register by March 17. Thur|Apr 10|12-5 PM|$44 Meet at Big Lake Ind. Elem. School|W1449

NEW! Trip to the Paramount in St. Cloud

Come enjoy a show with your friends at the Paramount Theater in St. Cloud. Let Community Ed take care of your transportation and ticket arrangements. We will be going up Friday, May16th to see Church Basement Ladies: A Mighty Fortress Is Our Basement. The show starts at 1:30 PM. Price includes transportation and your ticket! Bus leaves from Independence Elementary - Door J at 9:30 AM, and will stop at Princeton Community Education at 10:30 AM to pick up more guests. We will also stop at Green Mill along the way--lunch on own. Plan to be back in Princeton by 4 PM and Big lake by 4:30 PM. Register by April 25. Fri|May 16|9:30-4:30 PM|$38.50 Meet at Big Lake Ind. Elem. School|W1448

Have a good idea for a trip? Let Community Education know! 763.262.2523 6 | Big Lake Community Education | Winter/Spring 2014


Adult|Basic Education

c i L s l s l i D S a k E B S E G Move ahead in your career

Prepare for further education

Improve your daily life ESL

(English as a Second Language)

GED

(General Education Development)

Adults learn skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing English. Multi-level and advanced classes available. The GED program is provided for adults age 16 and older who are not currently enrolled in high school and who do not have a high school diploma. The GED is a high school equivalency program. In our classes you can pre-test and study to pass the state GED test.

GED-i

You may also prepare to take the GED exams with GED-i, an online program that you may access from the convenience of your own home, 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Space is limited. For more information or to apply email: adminged.i@gmail.com

Basic Skills

Adult learners work at their own pace with individual help on their reading, writing, computer skills, and math skills from teachers or tutors.

Volunteering

Most ABE and ESL programs welcome your help in classrooms and with individual tutoring. Experience is not needed & training is provided. For more information or to register, contact Terrisa Fisher at 763.682.8688. For upcoming trainings, visit: mnliteracy.org/ volunteers/training

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Adult|Basic Education The 2014 GED® Test Information 2014 will be the first year a new GED test is used that will focus on measuring career and college-readiness skills that are needed in today’s workforce. Four content areas: • Reasoning Through Language Arts (150 minutes) • Mathematical Reasoning (90 minutes) • Science (90 minutes) • Social Studies (90 minutes) Available in: English and Spanish Up to 3 opportunities to test per year, per content area.

FREE GED/ESL Class Schedule

January 6 - May 30 ESL Classes:

Multi-level: Tuesdays 9 AM - 11 AM Thursdays 9 AM - 11 AM & 6:30 PM - 9 PM Advanced: Wednesdays 1 PM - 3 PM

GED/Basic Skills:

Seven different item types: • Extended response • Drag-and-drop • Drop-down • Fill-in-the-blank • Hot spot • Multiple choice • Short answer

Tuesdays: 5:30 PM - 8 PM No class Feb 4 All classes held in Room 138 at Independence Elementary School. Enter through Door J.

Contact Information

Tests can only be taken on a computer.

For more information on ESL and ABE classes, please call 763.262.2523.

For more information on the GED test or to register, go to GEDcomputer.com.

FREE Childcare During daytime classes

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Adult|Online Online Learning Anytime / Anyplace

Register for Classes Online: www.ed2go.com/biglake/

Accounting and Finance Accounting Fundamentals I & II Accounting Software| Personal Finance and Investments

Business Business Communications | Business Software General Business Skills | Grant Writing Management & Leadership Nonprofit Project Management | Sales and Marketing Start Your Own Business

More than 300 online courses available to choose from! • • • • •

6 Week Classes Expert Instructor-led Project-oriented Access 24/7 Set Your Own Pace

Health Care and Medical Alternative Medicine | Ancillary | EMS & Fire Fighters | Ethics, Law & Compliance Health Care Certificate | Health Information Management | Veterinary

Language & Arts Arts | Creative Writing | Languages Publishing

College Readiness Math | Science | Test Prep

Computer Applications Adobe | Microsoft | Other

Technology Certificate Prep | Computer Fundamentals Programming | Database Management Networking | Security | Web Technology

Legal & Law Business & Corporate | Criminal Law General Law | LSAT Prep | Paralegal

Design and Composition Adobe Software | Digital Photography Graphic Design | Multimedia | Web Design

AND MORE!

Most Courses Just $89! www.ed2go.com/biglake/

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Youth|Enrichment Science Explorers’ Myth Busting 101| Grades K-5

Mind-blowing myth or scientific fact? Join in the fun and confirm or bust strange myths and wacky urban legends! Instructors will pose the crazy question, participants will develop a hypothesis, then smash it, crash it, sink it or launch it to determine if the myth is actually a fact. Wed|Jan 29 - Feb 19|3:40-4:40 PM|4 Sessions $49|Ind. Elem. RM 138|W1405

Science Explorers’ The Mechanics of Gizmos and Gadgets|Grades K-5

How did toys work before batteries? Register for this class and discover the power of motion, gravity and energy and how they can power toys! You will build science contraptions that really work--no batteries required! Mon|Feb 24 - Mar 24|3:40-4:40 PM|4 Sessions $49|Liberty Elementary RM 155|W1406 Not meeting 3/3

Science Explorers’ Emergency Room 101|Grades K-5

Become a student doctor as you learn about the human body and how to use items in a first aid kit. You will create a life-size model as you explore the respiratory, circulatory and skeletal systems. And, you will participate in mock emergency situations where you will practice the skills learned. Mon|Mar 31 - Apr 28|3:40-4:40 PM|4 Sessions $49|Ind. Elem. RM 255|Not meeting 4/21|W1415

Clay Pottery|Grade 8

Work with your hands and a pottery wheel to create beautiful bowls, vases and more! Classes consist of 30 minutes of prep time and an hour on-the-wheel with instruction. Take just 1 session, a few sessions, or register for all! Wed|Jan 8 - Apr 30|2:30-4 PM|$15/session BL Middle School RM 112|Claudia Forsberg|W1419

KidzArt Inspires|Grades 1-5

Come join KidzArt in this session where we will create some beautiful McCaw birds, draw an animae snow boarder catching some major air, and use oil pastels to draw a landscape like an impressionist artist. Learn to draw the easy KidzArt way and have FUN! Mon|Mar 10 - 31|3:40-4:40 PM|4 Sessions|$49 Liberty Elementary Art RM 130|W1423 Wed|Jan 22 - Feb 12|3:40-4:40 PM|4 Sessions| $49 Ind. Elem. Art RM 255|W1424

Creativity Soars with KidzArt|Grades 1-5 Get ready to explore your wild side in this session of KidzArt! You will create a magnificent landscape incorporating many patterns, use watercolor to paint a lion under the moon, and use markers and chalk to draw a spring picnic.

Tue|Mar 18 - Apr 8|3:40-4:40 PM|4 Sessions|$49 Ind. Elem. Art RM 255|W1425

Drivers Education|Ages 14 1/2 +

Big Lake Community Education is offering a complete Drivers Education program that includes 30 hours of required classroom instruction and 6 hours of behind the wheel training. Registration fee of $40 is payable to Big Lake Community Education and $310 is payable to Wheels Driving Academy on the first full day of class. Mandatory Parent/ Student meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 6-9 PM for Jan 27-Feb 7 session, and Tuesday, Mar. 11 from 6-9 PM for March session. Mon-Fri|Jan 27 - Feb 7|2:45-5:45 PM|10 Sessions $350|BL High School RM 212 Not Meeting at Normal Time on 1/28|W1422-1 Mon-Fri|Mar 10 - 21|2:45-5:45 PM|10 Sessions|$350 BL High School RM 212 Not Meeting at Normal Time on 3/11|W1422-2

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Youth|Enrichment Music Lessons|Voice, Piano or Guitar

Enrich your musical talent with individual, half-hour music lessons focusing on voice, piano or guitar. Pick what you want to focus on, how many sessions you want to take, when and with what instructor. A separate materials fee of $0-$14 may be required and should be payable directly to the instructor.

Chess Club|Grades K-8

Become a checkmate pro! Learn the basics and strategy behind chess in this mind-challenging class that includes a 30 minute chess lesson followed by 30 minutes of tournament-style play. All participants are sure to increase their skill level in this highly interactive environment. Mon|Jan 6 - Feb 10|3:40-4:40 PM|5 Sessions $57|Twin Cities Chess Club|Ind. Elem. RM 255 Not Meeting 1/20|W1402

Instructor: Mary Kline Wed|Jan 8 - Feb 26|8 Sessions|$140 Ind. Elem. RM 251|W1403-1 Wed|Mar 12 - Apr 30|8 Sessions|$140 Ind. Elem. RM 251|W1403-2 Wed|May 7 - 28|4 Sessions|$70 Ind. Elem. RM 251|W1403-3 Instructor: Megan Chopard-Boge (Piano Only) Wed|Dec 11 - Feb 26|10 Sessions |$170 Ind. Elem. RM 260|W1401-1 Wed|Mar 12 - June 4|12 Sessions |$204 Ind. Elem. RM 260|W1401-2 Instructor: Sheri Lieffring (Piano and Voice Only) By Appt.|6 Sessions |$102 BL Middle School Choir RM|W1420 Registration: Set up lesson times directly with instructor, BEFORE registering for this class through Community Education. Mary Kline: 763.428.7594 or Megan Chopard-Boge: 763.262.7260 or m.chopard-boge@biglake.k12.mn.us or Sheri Lieffring at s.lieffring@biglake.k12.mn.us

Spanish from Futura Adventures|Grades K-5 Are you looking for an adventure? Join other Spanish language learners as you jet set off to the bustling city of Madrid, Spain in your minds and learn Spanish vocabulary about sports and pastimes. Classroom adventures include playing soccer, eating Spanish tapas, and enjoying activities in the park. No previous Spanish experience necessary. Act now to secure a spot in this comprehensive bilingual experience! Thur|Jan 30 - Feb 27|3:40-4:40 PM|5 Sessions $85|Ind. Elem. RM 138|W1409

Pinocchio-Prairie Fire Theatre|Ages 7+

Be in the cast of Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s original musical production of “Pinocchio”! Up to 75 local youth are needed to play the roles of Pinocchio, the Blue Fairy, Cricket, Cat, the Spirits of the Forest, the Townsfolk, the Vermin, the Hooligans, and the Puppets. Two professional actor/directors from Prairie Fire will direct the production and play the roles of Geppetto/Tempesto, the Puppet Master, and the Fox. Auditions are open to anyone age 7 and up. The audition process lasts up to two hours and you must be able to attend the entire audition. A portion of the cast will be required to stay following the auditions for a rehearsal session. Auditions Monday, Apr 21|3:40-5:40 PM|$49 Big Lake High School Auditorium|W1404 Rehearsals Tuesday-Friday|Apr 22 - Apr. 25|3:30-7:30 PM Big Lake HS Auditorium|Elementary kids can meet by Kids Club to be walked over to the HS, and MS students can attend study hall in RM 129 from 2:303:30 PM. Show Times Friday, April 25|7 PM Saturday, April |7 PM Big Lake HS Auditorium|Tickets can be purchased at Community Ed, Klein Bank or at the door for $6 - Adults, $5 - Students & Seniors

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Youth|Enrichment NEW! Red Cross Babysitting|Ages 11-15

Do you love playing with kids? Do you want to make some extra money? Then come take this Babysitting class that will give you the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for infants and children up to the age of 10. Also learn and practice hands-on skills needed in first aid. This is a great opportunity to gain the skills needed to be successful in your own babysitting business! Tue/Wed|Mar 18, 19|3:45-6:45 PM|2 Sessions|$65 Ind. Elem. Community RM|Lily Lantto|W1444

NEW! ACT Practice Test

Want to get an idea how you will score on the ACT? Instead of spending $35 to take the ACT test on one of the official test days, spend only $15 and take it right at Monticello High School. Students will be given a recently retired full ACT test (does not include the writing portion) and it will be proctored just as it will be on the official test day. Within days of taking the test, students will receive a detailed scoring report – including the answer for each individual question. This will allow students to better target their ACT prep for their upcoming official ACT test. Take advantage of this great opportunity and register today! Sat|Jan 25 |9 AM-12:30 PM|1 Sessions |$15 Monticello High School Lecture Room|W1446 Looking for an ACT crash course? A PrepStar class will run in June-details will be in the Summer catalog. If you plan to take this class, it is highly recommended that you register for the June 14th ACT exam--registration deadline is May 9th.

NEW! Sewing 101|Grades 6+

Are you interested in learning how to sew? Then this class is for you! Learn about sewing machines, pattern reading, fabrics and general sewing. The first lesson will be a simple bag with future projects chosen by the group. Supplies are on your own--the teacher will give out a list after the first class for you to purchase. Thur|Mar 13 - 27|2:30-4:00 PM|3 Sessions|$45 BL Middle School RM 108|Donnella Pichel|W1441-1

NEW! Bike Rodeo

Come join us for a family day full of fun! Learn the basics of how to ride your bike around town safely. Big Lake Police will go over safety and participats can go through an obstacle course that will focus on different skills needed to stay safe on your bike. Sat|Apr 26 |9:30 AM–12 PM|Watch for more details on our Facebook Page.

Thur|Mar 13 - 27|4:15-5:45 PM|3 Sessions|$45 BL Middle School RM 108|Donnella Pichel|W1441-2

Coming in Summer Catalog NEW! Horse Camp

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Youth|Recreation NEW! Floorball Hockey|Grades 4-12

Are you looking for a fun, safe and inexpensive activity for your child? Then look no further! This fast growing sport is easy to learn, yet remains challenging for even the most advanced players. The activity is similar to hockey, but is played on a gym floor. Participants will need a pair of gym shoes, shorts or long pants and a T-shirt to play. Grades 4-6 Fri|Jan 17 - Feb 21|6-7 PM|6 Sessions |$30 Liberty Elementary North Gym Seymour Mitchell|W1410-1 Grades 7-9 Fri|Jan 17 - Feb 21|7-8 PM|6 Sessions |$30 Liberty Elementary North Gym Seymour Mitchell|W1410-2 Grades 10-12 Fri|Jan 17 - Feb 21|8-9 PM|6 Sessions |$30 Liberty Elementary North Gym Seymour Mitchell|W1410-3

NEW! Soccer Skills|Ages 8+

Do you love soccer? Do you need some extra help or want to work on some of the finer points of soccer? Then come join us for this skills-specific class. During class we will work on footwork and ball control skills while being creative to improve your game! Ages 8-10 Tue|Feb11 - Apr 15|3:30-5 PM|8 Sessions |$150 Liberty Elementary North Gym Victor Ababio|W1426-1 Ages 11+ Tue|Feb 11 - Apr 15|5-6:30 PM|8 Sessions |$150 Liberty Elementary North Gym Victor Ababio|W1426-2

Cheer America|Ages 4-18

In this exciting cheerleading program students will learn popular cheers and chants, choreographed dance and pom pom routines, and parade marching techniques. This program promotes physical fitness, flexibility and teamwork. At the last class, students will perform a group recital for family and friends, and receive certificates and medals. Ages 4-8 Mon|Feb 3 - May 12|6:30-7:15 PM|$7/week Ages 9-18 Mon|Feb 3 - May 12|7:30-8:15 PM|$7/week Registration $4 Reg. Fee |Independence Elementary Cafeteria Registration is on Feb 3 from 6:45 -8:45 PM

Self Defense|Ages 4-16

Elementary Basketball|Grades K-2

Basketball is a sport for boys and girls of all ages. It teaches teamwork as well as developing skills and technique fundamentals. Students will practice dribbling, passing, and shooting skills through participation in drills while having a ton of fun! Tue|Feb 11 - Mar 25|3:40-4:40 PM|6 Sessions|$42 Ind. Elem. East Gym|Michelle Stockham Not Meeting Mar 4 |W1427

Young Americans School of Self-Defense is an exciting self-defense and safety awareness program where students learn verbal skills and non-aggressive self-defense techniques to protect themselves. New students earn the certified yellow belt, and returning students can earn higher ranking certified belts. Parents are welcome to observe classes. Session 1 Tue|Feb 11 - May 6|3:40-4:25 PM|$7/week Session 2 Tue|Feb 11 - May 6|4:25-5:10 PM|$7/week Registration $4 Reg. Fee |Independence Elementary Cafeteria Registration is on Feb 4 from 3:40 -5:10 PM

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Youth|Recreation NEW! Elementary Volleyball|Grades 1-5

Learn the basics to the sport of volleyball, meet new friends and have fun! The class will include both drill/ practice time and game time. Price includes t-shirt. Grades 1-3 Wed|Jan 15 - Feb 26|3:30-4:30 PM|7 Sessions $42|Liberty North Gym |Ms. Hartel and Ms. Fischer W1428-1

Grades 4-5

Wed|Jan 15 - Feb 26 |4:30-5:30|7 Sessions $42|Liberty North Gym |Ms. Hartel and Ms. Fischer W1428-2

Floor Hockey|Grades 1-5

Floor Hockey is an easy inexpensive game that is very simple to play! Students will learn stick handling, forehand and backhand passing, and game techniques while learning good sportsmanship. Equipment will be provided. Bring a pair of gym shoes and shorts. Grades 1-2 Mon/Tue|Jan 6 – Jan 28|3:40-4:40 PM|6 Sessions $32|Liberty Gym|Joe Hartel & Dan Haley|W1435-1 No class on 20th and 21st

Grades 3-5

Mon/Tue|Jan 6 – Jan 28|4:45-5:45 PM|6 Sessions $32|Liberty Gym|Joe Hartel & Dan Haley|W1435-2 No class on 20th and 21st

Strength & Conditioning|Grades 9-12

Students will work to improve speed, agility, strength and power. All students registered will receive a tshirt. Please specify size when registering. Mon-Thur|Mar 17 - May 30|2:45-3:45 PM 41 Sessions|$120|BL High School Weight RM Mr. Keenan, Mr. Ramsdell & Mr. Girard|Spring1 No class if there isn’t school Mon-Thur|Mar 17 – May 30|3:45-4:45 PM 41 Sessions|$120|BL High School Weight RM Mr. Keenan, Mr. Ramsdell & Mr. Girard|Spring2 No class if there isn’t school

NEW! Sports Sampler|Grades 1-3

Come enjoy a variety of sports after school with teacher Mr. Streit! Learn some non-traditional and traditional sports that are sure to spike an interest! Mon/Thur|Feb 24 – Mar 20 |3:40–4:40 PM 6 Sessions|$30|Ind. Elem. East Gym Not Meeting Mar 3 – 7|W1452

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Intro to Fishing Learn how to bait a hook, tie a knot, where to fish and MORE! Look for it in the Summer Catalog!

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Youth|Recreation TRY THIS!

Firearm Safety|Ages 11+

Big Lake Hornets Trapshooting League|Big Lake 9-12 Grade Students This class is open to all 9-12th grade Big Lake Schools’ students who already have a firearm safety certificate. The fee includes all ammunition and targets needed for 2 rounds per shooter per week for all practice, fun shot and competition weeks as well as team shirts. Shooter should not bring their own ammunition. Cost does not include participation in the State Tournament. Watch for additional details at the High School. Must register by March 1, 2014. Location, date and time to be determined|$235 W1456

ATV Safety|Ages 11+

Effective January 1, 2006, anyone who operates an ATV and is born after July 1, 1987 needs to be certified in ATV safety. So sign-up today and get on the trails soon! Ages 16 and older: Complete each section of the ATV CD, which is available through Community Education, then complete and pass the ATV exam. Print one copy of the exam to use as a Temporary Certificate and print and mail another copy with a check or money order for $10 payable to the DNR to: DNR Safety Training Section 15011 Hwy 115 Little Falls, MN 56345 Ages 11-15: Complete ATV CD, which is available through Community Education, then take a written test and field operating class. Visit www.dnr.state.mn.us for class information.

DNR Firearms Certification is required by anyone born after Dec 31, 1979 in order to purchase a hunting license in Minnesota. Traditional Option: Traditional classes are offered in the fall and spring-visit www.dnr.state.mn.us for class dates. The firearm safety class consists of a minimum of 12 hours of classroom and field experience going over the safe handling of firearms and hunter responsibility. The field experience allows students to learn and demonstrate commonly accepted principles of safety in hunting and the handling of firearms. It includes live fire on a rifle range. Online Option The online course is a new program. It provides basic information for youth interested in learning more about hunting, as well as a study guide for the 12hour classroom course. Field days are limited. Before choosing this option, see availability for a field day by checking currently scheduled classes on the DNR site.

Snowmobile Safety|Ages 11+

Did you know that MN law requires all snowmobile riders born after Dec 31, 1976 to be certified in snowmobile safety? It’s true! So sign-up today and play in the powder soon! Two options for certification are available: Traditional Course: Meets 2+ times for at minimum 8 hours in total. Includes riding performance course. Visit www.dnr.state.mn.us for course dates. CD-based Course: Obtain a free CD from the DNR or Community Education, complete CD at home, then attend a one day review class and riding performance course.

Boating Safety|Ages 11-17

Are you interested in learning about boat safety and common rules of the water? Pick up your free at-home study course from Community Education or email the DNR at info.dnr@state.mn.us. Complete the course, and ages 12-17 can earn a watercraft operators permit.

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Youth|Gymnastics Beginner Gymnastics|Ages 5+

This class will introduce boys and girls to the sport of gymnastics using all four events designed for women’s gymnastics including vault, bars, beam and floor. Some of the skills covered include backward roll, handstand & cartwheel on floor. This class is designed for kids who have 0-1 year of experience. Wed|Jan 8 - Feb 26|5-5:55 PM|6 Sessions|$54 BL High School Auxiliary Gym|W1432-1 Wed|Mar 12 - Apr 16|5-5:55 PM|6 Sessions|$54 BL High School Auxiliary Gym|W1432-2

Preschool Gymnastics|Ages 18 mo. - 4 yrs

This is a great class for little ones who have energy to burn! The class will help with coordination, flexibility and balance. Parents are welcome to stay and watch or join in the fun and help their child through the many activities including walking on beams, hanging on the bars, learning floor movements, trying out the vault and MORE! Children who are not potty trained yet or under 4 need to have a parent or guardian present. Tue|Jan 7 - Feb 25|5-5:45 PM|6 Sessions|$40.50 BL High School Auxiliary Gym|W1431-1 Tue|Mar 18 - Apr 8|5-5:45 PM|4 Sessions|$27 BL High School Auxiliary Gym|W1431-2 Sat|Jan 11 - Feb 8|9-9:45 AM|5 Sessions|$33.75 BL High School Auxiliary Gym|W1431-3 Sat|Mar 15 - Apr 12|9-9:45 AM|5 Sessions |$33.75 BL High School Auxiliary Gym|W1431-4 Sat|Apr 26 - May 31|9-9:45 AM|5 Sessions|$33.75 BL High School Auxiliary Gym|W1431-5 Class Not Meeting On May 24 - Memorial Weekend

Wed|Apr 23 - May 28|5-5:55 PM|6 Sessions|$54 BL High School Auxiliary Gym|W1432-3

Beginner/Intermediate Gymnastics| Ages 5+

This class is designed for kids who have more than 1 year of previous experience in gymnastics, but aren’t quite to the full intermediate level. The class combines beginners and intermediates and focuses on helping kids advance their skill level. Wed|Jan 8 - Feb 26|6-6:55 PM|6 Sessions|$54 BL High School Auxiliary Gym|W1433-1 Wed|Mar 12 - Apr 16|6-6:55 PM|6 Sessions|$54 BL High School Auxiliary Gym|W1433-2 Wed|Apr 23 - May 28|6-6:55 PM|6 Sessions|$54 BL High School Auxiliary Gym|W1433-3 Sat|Jan 11 - Feb 8|10-11:15 AM|5 Sessions|$56.25 BL High School Auxiliary Gym|W1433-4 Sat|Mar 15 - Apr 12|10-11:15 AM|5 Sessions|$56.25 BL High School Auxiliary Gym|W1433-5 Sat|Apr 26 - May 31|10-11:15 AM|5 Sessions|$56.25 BL High School Auxiliary Gym|W1433-6

GYMNASTICS OPEN GYM - $10 at the door per time January 10 and March 14 Open for Ages 3-7 from 5-6 PM Open for Ages 8-11 from 6-7 PM

April 11 and May 9 Open for Ages 3-7 from 5-6 PM Open for Ages 8-17 from 6-7 PM

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Youth|Gymnastics Intermediate Gymnastics|Ages 7+

This class will be adding on to the basic skills learned in beginner classes. Skills focused on will include back hip circle, squat-on bars, bridge kick-over, back walkover, and round-off on floor, and a forward roll and split leap on beam. This class is designed for kids who have 2-4 years of experience. Wed|Jan 8 - Feb 26|7-8:30 PM|6 Sessions|$81 BL High School Auxiliary Gym|W1434-1 Wed|Mar 12 - Apr 16|7-8:30 PM|6 Sessions|$81 BL High School Auxiliary Gym|W1434-2 Wed|Apr 23 - May 28|7-8:30 PM|6 Sessions|$81 BL High School Auxiliary Gym|W1434-3

Xcel Gymnastics|Approval Needed

Does your child want to compete recreationally through USA Gymnastics? Then this is the class for them! The competitive divisions each have a broad list of requirements allowing students to have routines and skills unique to them, as opposed to having a compulsory routine. This allows more students the opportunity to compete and work ahead in their areas of strength. Gymnasts will be asked to join the program by instructors. Tue/Sat|Jan 7 - Feb 25|T: 6-8:30 PM S: 11:30-2 PM 13 Sessions|$292.50 - Payment Plan Available BL High School Auxiliary Gym|W1430-2 Meeting 1/15 instead of 1/14 and 2/5 instead of 2/4 Tue/Sat|Mar 15 - Apr 12|T: 6-8:30 PM S: 11:30-2 PM 9 Sessions|$202.50 - Payment Plan Available BL High School Auxiliary Gym|W1430-3

GYMNASTICS OPEN GYM - $10 at the door per time January 10 and March 14 Open for Ages 3-7 from 5-6 PM Open for Ages 8-11 from 6-7 PM

April 11 and May 9 Open for Ages 3-7 from 5-6 PM Open for Ages 8-17 from 6-7 PM

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Youth|Aquatics New! American Red Cross Lifeguard Class

Do you want a great job for the summer? Lifeguard training class offers a 2-year certification in CPR/ PR and AED, Standard First Aid and Lifeguard. Class involves: rescues in the water, breathing and cardiac emergencies, spinal injury skills and training on bloodborne pathogens. Come prepared to class with your swimwear, a bag lunch, and reading material that can be found online at www.redcross.org/ Sat|Jan 25 - Feb 22 |9-2 PM|5 Sessions |$199 BL High School Pool & Health RM|Lily Lantto|W1504

Private Red Cross Swim Lessons|All Ages

Would your child enjoy one-on-one or one-on-two swim lessons instead of group ones? Then this class is the ticket! Enjoy five 50-minute sessions with a certified instructor. Time and days can be arranged directly with the instructor, Kaycee Taubert at 763.244.9982. No scholarships available for this class. Arrange days and times with instructor|5 Sessions $110|BL High School Pool|Kaycee Taubert|W1507

Intro to Swimming|Ages 4-5

There are no prerequisites for this class! The objective is to help children feel comfortable in the water and teach them water safety. Elementary aquatic skills are taught that children can build on as they progress through the class and into the learn to swim levels. Sat|Mar 15 - Apr 19|11:40 AM-12:10 PM|6 Sessions $33|BL High School Pool|Kaycee Taubert|W1505

Intro to Water Skills|Level 1|Ages 5+

This class helps students feel comfortable in the water and enjoy the water safety. Students learn elementary aquatic skills and develop good attitudes and safe practices. Level 1-1 Wed|Jan 15 - Feb 19|5-5:40 PM|6 Sessions |$37 BL High School Pool|Kaycee Taubert|W1500-1 Level 1-2 Wed/Sat|Mar 12 - 29|W: 6-6:40 PM/S: 10-10:40 AM 6 Sessions|$37|BL High School Pool|Kaycee Taubert W1500-2 Level 1-3 Wed/Sat|Apr 2 - 19|W: 5-5:40 PM/S: 9-9:40 AM 6 Sessions|$37|BL High School Pool|Kaycee Taubert W1500-3

Fundamental Aquatic Skills|Level 2

This level is the beginning of locomotion skills. Students explore simultaneous and alternating arm and leg motions on their stomach and back to lay the foundation for future strokes. Must be Level 1 graduate to take this class. Level 2-1 Wed|Jan 15 - Feb 19|5:50-6:30 PM|6 Sessions |$37 BL High School Pool|Kaycee Taubert|W1501-1 Level 2-2 Sat|Mar 15 - Apr 19|10:50-11:30 AM|6 Sessions|$37 BL High School Pool|Kaycee Taubert|W1501-2 Level 2-3 Wed/Sat|Apr 2 - 19|W:5:50-6:30 PM/S:9:50-10:30 AM 6 Sessions|$37|BL High School Pool|Kaycee Taubert W1501-3

Stroke Development|Level 3

Students will continue skills learned in level 2 including coordination of front and back crawl, elements of the butterfly stroke, treading water and rules for head-first entries into the pool. Must be Level 2 graduate to take this class. Wed/Sat|Mar 12 - 29|W:5-5:50 PM/S:9-9:50 AM 6 Sessions|$41|BL High School Pool|Kaycee Taubert W1502

Open Swim|All Ages

Open to all community members! A certified lifegaurd will be present. Participants are welcome to bring a lock for a locker, but must remove it after each use. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Wed|Jan 15 - Apr 16|6:30-8 PM $2/person/session or $5/family/session-pay at door BL High School Pool|Not open Mar 5|OS

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Youth|Non-School Days NO SCHOOL! Pins, Pop & Pizza at McPetes|Grades 3-8

Come have some fun during spring break! High school students from Rachel’s Challenge, National Honor Society, and Student Council will teach kids bowling skills and have a ton of fun at McPetes! Students will bowl three games (shoes included) and enjoy pizza and pop for lunch. Transporation NOT provided.

NO SCHOOL! Ski Trip to Wild Mountain|Grades 5-12

Enjoy a day off by cruising the slopes! You’ll want to get a group of friends together for this awesome adventure! We will be going to a new destination in Taylors Falls, MN called Wild Mountain! Ski or snowboard the whole day with your friends. Cost includes a lift ticket and roundtrip transportation. If ski or snowboard rental is needed, add $20, if a helmet is needed, add $4. All payable to Community Education. Lessons are available at no charge, but you must call Community Education to arrange. Register by Jan. 31. Want to accompany your child on this great adventure? We are in need of adult chaperones; and you get in for free! Call Community Ed to chaperone! Mon|Feb 17|8 AM – 5:30 PM |1 Session|$45 Meet at Big Lake High School|W1450

NO SCHOOL! Grandparents’ Day|Grades K-9

Grades 3-5 Tue|Mar 4|11 AM–2 PM |1 Session|$11 McPetes in Big Lake|W1442-1 Grades 6-8 Thurs|Mar 6|11 AM–2 PM |1 Session|$11 McPetes in Big Lake|W1442-2

NO SCHOOL! Princess for a Day|Grades K-5th

Be a princess for a day with the Big Lake Ambassadors! Come have some fun dressed up as a princess, and do princess activities and games! Mon|Jan 20|9 AM-12 PM |1 Session|$22 Ind. Elem. Community RM|W1457

EARLY RELEASE DAY! Pool & Pizza Party|Grades 6+

On Friday, February 28th there is a 2-hour early release from school so why not stay and have some fun with your friends at the high school pool and enjoy some pizza! We will start the afternoon around 12:30 by swimming in the pool, and later enjoy some pizza. Get your friends together for an afternoon full of great fun. See you there! Fri|Feb 28|12:30 – 3 PM |1 Sessions |$7 High School Pool|Kaycee Taubert|W1443

Come have some fun during Spring Break and close the generational gap by playing games! Bring your grandparents or be paired with a senior citizen for a fun afternoon of games and snacks. Seniors can help teach some card games and the kids can help teach some board games! Senior Citizens don’t have to have a grandchild to come and enjoy this fun event with the younger generation! Wed|Mar 5|1– 3 PM |1 Session|FREE Ind. Elem. Community RM|W1447

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Youth|Kids Club Before School

During School

After School What is it?

Kids Club is a Big Lake Community Education program that offers before, during and after school childcare in a fun, safe environment. It’s more than just childcare though--we offer a wide variety of programming that includes arts & crafts, physical education, outdoor games, and many field trips!

What ages can go?

Kids Club is open to children from the age of 4 all the way to 9th grade.

When is Kids Club open?

Kids Club is open from 6 AM - 6 PM Monday - Friday. It’s a great option for late start, early release and non-school days!

Where is Kids Club at?

We have two convenient locations: inside of Liberty and Independence Elementary Schools. What location your child attends depends on where you live within the school district. Kids Club during the day is held at Liberty Elementary.

What is the cost?

Before OR After School: $8.50/day | Before AND After: $16/day Full Day Grades 1-9: $31 | Full Day Pre-K & K: $33/day or $150/week To register or for the most up-to-date rates, including summer rates, please call 763-2623233 or visit www.biglakece.com For information on Little Learners Preschool, see the ECFE section.

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ECFE|Early Childhood Meet lifelong friends, while learning, playing and growing! What exactly is ECFE?

ECFE stands for Early Childhood Family Education, and it’s a special place for you and your young child. It’s a place where you can make friends with other parents who have children the same age as yours, and who share the same concerns, joys and challenges that you do. It’s a place where your child has the opportunity to play with other children in a safe, supportive environment just right for his or her age. It’s a place where caring staff who understand children and parenting come together with families to support parents and children on their journey.

What kinds of activities take place during an ECFE class? There are two kinds of ECFE classes:

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Non-Separating Classes Separating Classes

Look for these symbols on each class to know what type of class it is.

What happens in separating classes? The following format takes place: 1. Parent-Child Time: The first 30-40 minutes of each class is playtime. An ECFE teacher will arrange the classroom with learning areas that include art, table activities, dramatic play, blocks and cars, sensory, manipulations and more! 2. Circle Time: Parents, children and teachers join together to sing songs, read stories or enjoy music and movement activities. 3. Snack Time: Parents separate for parent discussion at this time. 4. Time for Parents: Parents separate into their own discussion group in a nearby room, and a licensed parent educator leads them in a discussion covering many aspects of raising children. Parents are encouraged to bring ideas to class.

Non-Separating Classes: Parents and children remain in an ECFE classroom together. All infant classes are nonseparating.

5. Time for Children: While parents are in their discussion group, children stay in the classroom with a licensed early childrood teacher. Together they enjoy child-directed, free choice activities, like play dough, art, or games with peers.

Separating Classes: Parents and children begin and end the class together, but spend time apart during the middle.

6. Closing: Parents and children come together again for a closing circle as they say good bye, for now, to new friends.

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ECFE|Infants & Toddlers Baby Steps ❤|Birth up to 12 months

What does your baby need from you? What do you need for yourself? Start out on the right foot! Discover ways to support your baby’s development, celebrate his/her milestones, gain friendship and support, and discover your own parenting style. Playtime and nesting with your infant will be followed by interactive discussions on feeding, sleeping, safety, brain development and balancing your life as a parent to your new baby. Your baby stays with you during this engaging class. Fri|Jan 24 - May 16|9-10:30 AM|13 Sessions|FREE Ind. Elem. RM 150|Molly Ripp & Kara Dockry-Huberty Not meeting Jan 31, Mar 7, Apr 18 or May 2 |PC201

ECFE/School Readiness Advisory Council The Advisory Council meets at 6:00 PM on the 1st Monday of the month in the Community Room at Independence Elem. (enter through Door J). Free Child Care is provided during the meetings. Please call our office at 262-3233 a week in advance to request Child Care. If you would like to visit an ECFE & School Readiness Advisory Council Meeting, or become a Council Member, call the ECFE & School Readiness office at 262-ECFE (3233). Come help us work together to meet the needs of Big Lake families with young children...your input is valuable! Breastfeeding Basics for Moms & Dads

Tiny Tots ❤|Birth up to 30 months

Join us for this relaxing and informative class designed to be your time to slow down, enjoy your child and experience the world through your child’s eyes. This will be your special time to experience uninterrupted play with your baby through new toys, songs, puppets, musical instruments and other fun activities in our bright and baby safe classroom. A brief parent discussion addressing all of your infant questions will take place as the children play in the room. Thur|Jan 23 - May 15|11AM-12 PM|15 Sessions $15/Family|Ind. Elem. RM 150| Molly Ripp & Kara Dockry-Huberty|Not meeting Mar 6 or May 1|PC202 Thur|Jan 23 - May 15|6-7 PM|15 Sessions $15.00/Family|Ind. Elem. RM 150| Molly Ripp & Kara Dockry-Huberty|Not meeting Mar 6 & May 1|PC203

This class is designed for pregnant women, postpartum women and their partners. The class will discuss the benefits of breastfeeding, the risks of formula feeding, how to breastfeed, initial challenges, milk supply, going back to work, storing breastmilk, breast pump information, weaning, resources and more. Call 763-262-3233 to register. Fri|Jan 17|9:30-11:30 AM|1 Session|FREE Ind. Elem. Community RM| Register by Jan 15 Fri|Feb 21|9:30-11:30 AM|1 Session|FREE Ind. Elem. Community RM| Register by Feb 19 Mon|Mar 24|6-8 PM|1 Session|FREE Ind. Elem. Community RM| Register by Mar 20 Fri|Apr 4|9:30-11:30 AM|1 Session|FREE Ind. Elem. Community RM| Register by Apr 2 Mon|May 12|6-8 PM|1 Session|FREE Ind. Elem. Community RM| Register by May 8 Resources provided to ECFE by:

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ECFE|Infants & Toddlers Nursing Mothers Supporting Each Other ❤

A FREE support group for breastfeeding women! Please join us for a fun and relaxing group dedicated to providing support, encouragement, and information about breastfeeding. We will provide a safe and nurturing environment for moms to discuss breastfeeding related topics. This will be a wonderful opportunity to give and receive support and connect with other nursing moms. We welcome you to exchange information and experiences as we bring moms together to help foster healthy, happy families. All nursing moms, moms to be, babies, siblings and those who would like to learn more are invited. Sibling/child care for your additional children is available.

Wonderful Ones ❤|12 months - 24 months Your busy little one year old is suddenly everywhere, and into everything! Parents will have the opportunity to discuss baby’s growing independence and all the other changes you are experiencing. Babies and parents will enjoy songs, music, and other activities together as you make new friends!

Thur|Jan 23 - May 15|9-10:30 AM|15 Sessions $15.00/Family|Ind. Elem. RM 150|Molly Ripp & Kara Dockry-Huberty|Not meeting Mar 6 & May 1|PC205 Fri|Jan 24 - May 16|10:45 AM-12:15 PM|13 Sessions $15.00/Family|Ind. Elem. Room 150|Molly Ripp & Kara Dockry-Huberty|Not meeting Jan 31, Mar 7, Apr 18 and May 2|PC206

Sibling Care Available!

When you spend quality time with one child, your other kid(s) are cared for by ECFE Staff. Our Sibling Care room is equipped with toys and materials for all ages! Advance notice is required if you need this service. Please let us know when registering. Pricing and more information is available on the ECFE|Information page.

Tue|Jan 28 - May 13|9:30-10:30 AM|15 Sessions FREE|Ind. Elem. RM 165|Kara Dockry-Huberty Not meeting March 4| PC204

Need Help with Challenging Behavior? Are you almost at the “end of your rope” as a result of some of your child’s behaviors? Perhaps you are hearing about problems in day care? Don’t give up! Call ECFE at 763-262-3233 to discuss your concern with a licensed Parent Educator or Early Childhood Teacher. Besides support, ideas and resources on the phone, ECFE can also provide a free Home Visitor who will observe your child and help you with strategies for understanding and managing your child’s most challenging behaviors. For help with any parenting concern or questions about your child’s development, call 763-262-3233.

Walk with ECFE in the Big Lake Spud Fest Parade! Look for information in the Summer Catalog!

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ECFE|2 - 5 Years Old Terrific Twos _

It’s a whole new world! New skills, new words, and newfound independence - it is exciting to be two! Come and enjoy special time with your child, exploring and playing with other families, toys and fun activities in our classroom. Then meet with other parents for a discussion of language milestones, toilet learning, power struggles, and other topics you are experiencing with your children. Join us to share, laugh, learn, and find support as you experience the joys and challenges of parenting your 2-year old! Tues|Jan 28 - May 13|9-10:30 AM|15 Sessions|2 Payments of $53|Ind. Elem. RM 150|Molly Ripp & Kristen Hauck|Not meeting Mar 4|PC207

Book Adventures _|Ages 2-5

Do you know what happens “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie?” And why there was “The Very Hungry Caterpillar?” Come and explore these and other books your child loves as we make and create activities and projects dealing with each book. Parent discussion will focus on parenting topics that connect to the themes highlighted in the books we read each week in the classroom. Tues|Jan 28 - May 13|10:45 AM-12:15 PM 15 Sessions|2 Payments of $53|Ind. Elem. RM 150 Molly Ripp & Kristen Hauck|Not meeting Mar 4 PC208

Priming for Preschool _|Ages 31 months - 5 years

Whether you are “priming for preschool” or you need an “evening preschool” experience, this will be the perfect class for you and your child! Join us in an early childhood classroom as you get a little taste of what preschool is like! This parent/child class will be slightly more structured than a typical ECFE class. Parents and children will begin in the early childhood classroom spending time together warming up and working on early learning skills. Parents will then separate and go to the Parent Ed room to discuss parenting topics with the parent educator. The children will remain in the classroom with the early childhood teacher to expand on their basic skill development through circle time activities, learning centers, projects, and games. Tues|Jan 28 - May 13|6-7:30 PM|14 Sessions 2 Payments of $49|Ind. Elem. RM 110| Casey Mork & Kristen Hauck|Not meeting Feb 4 or Mar 4|PC209

First Steps Preschool _|Age 3

Are you looking for a way to introduce your 3-yearold to a preschool experience? First Steps Preschool is a combination parent-child and preschool class for 3 year olds that meets twice a week. On Monday, you will enjoy half the class with your child before separating for a short parent discussion. On Wednesday, your child will enjoy preschool activities with their friends while you attend parent discussion, discussing topics related to parenting your preschooler. Teachers will use the same curriculum and assessment as Little Learners School Readiness Preschool. (Must be 3 by Jan 20, 2014) Mon/Wed|Jan 27 - May 14|9-10:30 AM|28 Sessions 2 Payments of $98|Ind. Elem. RM 150|Molly Ripp & Kristen Hauck|Not meeting Jan 17, Mar 3, 5 or Apr 21|PC210

New! Tremendous Twos & Threes _

Your 2 or 3-year-old is experiencing new milestones and developing new skills every day. What an exciting time! You and your child will meet new friends while enjoying fun activities in the early childhood classroom. After circle time together, join other parents as we meet to discuss the wonders and challenges of parenting our active little learners as they navigate the bridge between the toddler years and preschool years. Fri|Jan 24 - May 16|9-10:30 AM |13 Sessions|2 Payments of $46|Ind. Elem. RM 110|Casey Mork & Kristen Hauck|Not meeting Jan 31, Mar 7, Apr 18 or May 2|PC211

Fabulous Fours and Fives _

Parents will choose specific discussion topics during the first session as we learn about kindergarten readiness and what parents can do to help, as well as all aspects of four and five-year-old development. Your child will enjoy socializing with other children, as well as benefit from the learning centers, circle time activities, stories, and projects provided by the early childhood teacher. Fri|Jan 24 - May 16|10:45 AM-12:15 PM |13 Sessions 2 Payments of $46|Ind. Elem. RM 110|Casey Mork & Kristen Hauck|Not meeting Jan 31, Mar 7, Apr 18 or May 2|PC212

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ECFE|Special Events Ooey-Gooey Day|Birth-5 Years + Families

Winter Open House - FUNTOWN USA|Birth-5 Years + Families

Come and join us for a morning full of fun! Your children will love touring our little town. Just look at what Funtown has to offer: a grocery store, post office, florist, hair salon/barber shop, gas station/repair shop, and dine at the famous Funtown Restaurant. Not feeling well? Visit the Funtown Hospital or Health Club. Children will receive toy money at the door. Parental supervision is absolutely necessary. Come when you can and stay as long as you like!

Do you finger paint, play with homemade slime and glurch, splash in water, and make a big mess at your house? If your house is like most, the answer is a big NO! Yet children learn important concepts through such play, such as empty, full, heavy, light, rough, smooth, wet, dry, and other comparisons. Shared with a parent, such play becomes an opportunity for language development and simple science. Dress for a mess and come prepared to have fun! Sat|Feb 22|10 AM-12 PM|$10.00/Family Ind. Elem. RM 150|Molly RIpp|SE201

Sat|Jan 11|10 AM-12 PM| FREE Ind. Elem. West Gym & RM 150| No Registration

New! Sweetheart Fundraiser Dance|Birth-5 Years + Families

Come join us for a special dance that the whole family will enjoy and support the ECFE/SR Advisory Council! Time to have fun getting dressed up in your fancy attire; however, not required. A DJ will provide family friendly, age appropriate music for our entertainment as we have a great time shaking our sillies out! Beverages and a small variety of snacks will be available for purchase. Proceeds to benefit our Big Lake Early Childhood programs. Fri|Feb 7|6-8 PM |$5/person or $20/family of 4+ Ind. Elem. Cafeteria|SE202

Look for ECFE at These Events! Math Family Fun Night-FREE

Mon|Mar 24|5-7 PM|Liberty Elementary Mon|Mar 31|5-7 PM|Independence Elementary

Family Reading Night-FREE

Check Out Our ECFE

Tue|February 25|5:30-7 PM Liberty & Independence Elementary Schools ECFE and School Readiness employees will have a table with a math/reading activity and treats! Stop by and see us!

http://biglakeearlychildhood.blogspot.com

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ECFE|Mixed Ages Bounce, Move, Wiggle & Groove ❤|Birth-5 Years

Are you ready to “Shake your sillies out?” Do your children know how to “FREEZE?” Or do they just want to do the “Bean Bag Boogie?” This is just the class to get you and your child/children rockin’ to the rhythms. Each week, we will have different instruments and music for you and your family to experience along with info and ideas to try at home! Dance party starts at 11, pay at the door per time or pay for the full class. Wed|Jan 22 - May 14|11 AM-12 PM|16 Sessions 2 Payments of $56 or $7/session|Ind. Elem. RM 150 Molly Ripp & Kristen Hauck|Not meeting Mar 5 PC213

Mixed Ages Group _|Birth-5 Years

Looking for a fun way to spend time with all of your children in an environment that is safe and welcoming for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers? Come and enjoy special time with your children, exploring and playing with the fun toys and activities in our classroom. Then meet with other parents for a discussion on topics related to what you are experiencing parenting your children. Join us to share, laugh, learn, and find support in the joys and challenges in everyday life with young children! Mon|Jan 27 - May 12|10:45 AM-12:15 PM 13 Sessions|2 Payments of $46 Ind. Elem. RM 150|Molly Ripp & Kristen Hauck Not meeting Feb 17, Mar 3 or April 21|PC214

Parent Talk|Birth-3rd Grade

This is a parent discussion class for parents of children who are newborn to 3rd grade. Parenting is the hardest and most rewarding job in the world! Support from other parents experiencing similar job challenges can make a huge difference! This parent-only discussion class will allow parents to come together to socialize, discuss current parenting concerns, and share in the goal of being the best parent you can be! The importance of taking time for yourself will also be emphasized. Take a break and join us on Thursday mornings! Child care provided. Thur|Jan 23 - May 15|9-10:30 AM|15 Sessions 2 Payments of $53|Ind. Elem. RM 163|Kristen Hauck Not meeting Mar 6 or May 1|PC215

New! “The Kids Are at it Again”|Birth-3rd Grade

This is a parent discussion class for parents of children who are newborn to 3rd grade. Does it feel like your kids are challenging you every step of the way? Are you at your wits end with your kids’ behavior and feel like you are out of ideas? If you are struggling with certain behaviors, need new strategies in your “toolbox”, and want tips & tricks from popular parenting books (but don’t have the time to read them!) then come join us on Thursday mornings! In this parent-only discussion class, we will discuss why children act the way they do and how you can deal with it! Common challenging behaviors, effective discipline strategies, and information from popular parenting books will be highlighted each week. You will also have the opportunity to discuss whatever behavior is driving you crazy that week... and we can all brainstorm ideas together! Child care provided. Thur|Jan 23 - May 15|10:45 AM-12:15 PM 15 Sessions|2 Payments of $53|Ind. Elem. Room 163 Kristen Hauck|Not meeting Mar 6 or May 1|PC216

Family Gym Nights|Birth-5 Years + Families

Join us for a night of running and romping in the gym as we shoot hoops, play tag, and try out some parachute games. There will be activities for all ages! Every Other Wed|Starting Jan 29 - Apr 9|6-7 PM 6 Sessions|$42 or $7/session|Ind. Elem. West Gym Kelly Kazeck|PC217

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ECFE|Early Childhood Screening Is Your Child 3? It’s Time to Screen!

The early childhood years from birth to 5 are an important time of rapid learning and growth. Early Childhood Screening is a quick and simple check of how your child is growing and developing. Between the ages of 3 and 4, screening can detect possible health or learning concerns, so that children can get help before they start school.

Early Childhood Screening covers: • • • • • •

Immunization records Hearing and vision Large and small muscles Height and weight thinking, language and communication Social and emotional development

Who needs to be screened?

All children living in the Big Lake School District who are 3-4 years old and are not currently enrolled in kindergarten. All of the information from your child’s Early Childhood Screening is important to his/her school success. After the screening, you will know how your child is growing, developing and learning.

Do I need to make an appointment?

Yes, screenings are done by appointment only. Call 763.262.3233 to make an appointment during the screening dates.

2013-2014 Screening Dates:

January 9th and 10th May 1st and 2nd Location: Independence Elementary, Community RM - Enter Through Door J

Development Guidelines At 3 months: • Follows movement by turning head • Lifts head and chest when lying on stomach • Moves arms and legs easily • Startles at loud noises • Cries, smiles, coos At 6 months: • Rolls over in both directions • Begins to sit with a little help • Coos, babbles, squeals, laughs • Knows familiar faces and starts to recognize strangers • Uses hands and mouth to explore the world At 9 months: • Sits well without support • Creeps or crawls & shows feelings by smiling, crying • Responds to own name • Makes sounds like “dada”, “mama”, “baba” • Shows feelings by smiling, crying, pointing At 12 Months: • Pulls to stand, walks holding onto furniture • Uses simple gestures, like shaking head “no” • Says “mama” and “dada” • Shows preference for certain people and toys • Imitates gestures, sounds and actions At 18 Months: • Walks alone, begins to run • Says 3 or more single words • Points to one body part • Scribbles with a crayon or pencil • Shows interest in other children At 24 months • Kicks a ball forward • Walks up and down stairs holding on • Points to things or pictures in a book when named • Uses 2 or 3 words together • Builds towers of 4 or more blocks At 36 months • Climbs and runs well • Uses 3 word sentences • Shows concern and affection for others • Plays make-believe with dolls, animals and people • Does puzzles with 3 to 4 pieces At 4 years • Catches a bounced ball most of the time • Tells stories and recalls parts of stories • Plays cooperatively with other children • Understands the concept of “same” and “different” • Follows instructions with 2 or 3 steps At 5 years • Hops; may be able to skip • Speaks clearly in sentences of 5 or more words • Counts 10 or more objects • Draws a person with at least 6 body parts • Wants to please friends & wants to be like friends For more information or to see a full chart of age expectations, visit HelpMeGrowMN.org

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recognized and sought-after program that focuses on school readiness for 4 & 5-year-old children.

Little Learners offers unmatched programming that follows school readiness curriculum designed around building self-esteem, increasing social skills, encouraging self-reliance and developing cognitive skills necessary for kindergarten success. Children are taught by a licensed teacher and one assistant in a safe and nurturing environment.

Who can attend Little Learners Preschool?

Little Learners is open to all 4 & 5-year-olds (age 4 on or before September 1st, 2013.)

What does Little Learners Preschool cost?

Little Learners Preschool costs $110 per month per child, payable on the 1st of each month. There is also a one-time $25 registration fee per child, which is non-refundable.

What if I can’t afford preschool?

Scholarships are available based on income--see the ECFE | Information page. No one will be turned away because of inability to pay.

Little Learners Preschool Classes:

Monday/Wednesday|8:45 - 11:15 AM Monday/Wednesday |12:45 - 3:15 PM Tuesday/Thursday |8:45 - 11:15 AM Tuesday/Thursday |12:45 - 3:15 PM We still have openings for 2013-2014!

Registration for 2014-2015 Little Learners begins on April 1st, 2014 To register, call 763.262.3233

Before and/or after preschool childcare is available through Kids Club - see Youth| Kids Club page for more information and rates.

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ECFE|Information Staff Program Secretary

ECFE Early Childhood Teacher

Kelly Kazeck | k.kazeck@biglake.k12.mn.us Casey Mork | c.mork@biglake.k12.mn.us Molly Ripp | m.ripp@biglake.k12.mn.us

Jeanne Freichels | j.freichels@biglake.k12.mn.us

Director of Community and School Activities Brad Schnitzler | b.schnitzler@biglake.k12.mn.us

ECFE Parent Educators

Kara Dockry-Huberty | k.huberty@biglake.k12.mn.us Kristen Hauck |k.hauck@biglake.k12.mn.us

Contact ECFE: 763.262.3233 | www.biglake.k12.mn.us ECFE Specific Policies

Class Location

Payment

Class fees are per family, unless otherwise stated, and are due at registration. Payments can be made in two 1/2 installments, if necessary.

Sibling Childcare Available

Sliding Fee Scale

No one will be turned away because of an inability to pay for classes. Sliding Fee Scale is below.

Immunizations Required

All ECFE classes are held at Independence Elementary School at 701 Minnesota Avenue. Enter through Door J.

Minnesota law requires that all children be immunized before entering school, including ECFE and Little Learners Preschool classes. Up-to-date immunizations must be submitted to ECFE before your child attends classes. Please enclose a copy of your child’s record with your registration.

Big Lake ECFE offers child care for siblings while you are spending quality time with a child in an ECFE class. Our sibling care room is equipped with toys and materials for all ages. Please indicate sibling care is needed when registering-advance notice is required. Sibling Care Rates: $4.5/session or $5/session for 2+ children

2013-2014 ECFE Sliding Fee Scale

No one is turned away due to an inability to pay! Household Size Annual Household Gross Income 2 $0 - $20,162 $20,163 - $28,694 3 $0 - $25,388 $25,388 - $36,131 4 $0 - $30,614 $30,615 - $43,568 5 $0 - $35,840 $35,841 - $51,005 6 $0 - $41,066 $41,067 - $58,442 7 $0 - $46,292 $46,293 - $65,879 8 $0 - $51,518 $51,519 - $73,316 For each additional person add: $5,226 $7,437 You Pay: NO FEE 50% Fee

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ECFE|Community Resources La Leche League of Minnesota “Follow Along Program” For infants and children up to 48 months of age Babies and young children grow and learn at their own rate. The Follow Along Program can help you know if your child is playing, talking, growing, moving, and behaving similar to other children of the same age. Some children may need special help to grow up healthy and learn skills such as sitting, walking, or talking. The this program can help you know if this is true for your child. WHAT IS THE FOLLOW ALONG PROGRAM? • A good way to learn about your child’s health and development. • A fun way to get ideas about “what to teach” and “at what age” to teach it. • A simple way to ask questions about how your child is hearing, moving, seeing, playing, talking, learning, growing, and acting. • An easy way to find out about other services you may want for your child.

www.lalecheleague.org

All breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding are welcome to come to our meetings or call one of our leaders for breastfeeding help or information. Babies are always welcome at our meetings. La Leche League Leaders are experienced mothers who have breastfed their own babies and who have been trained and accredited by La Leche League International to help mothers and mothers-to-be with all aspects of breastfeeding. They are available by phone whenever you have breastfeeding questions or concerns. If you prefer to receive help via email, please submit your question using the LLLI Help Form at http://lalecheleague.org/help_form Groups and Leaders in Minnesota Call (612) 922-4996 for a referral to your nearest LLL Group.

Reach-Up Inc.

HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK? • A professional, most often a nurse, may visit with you to tell you more about the program and find out more about your child. • And you will be asked to sign a permission form. • Questionnaires are mailed to you when your child reaches different ages such as 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 30, and 36 months old. Each questionnaire asks how your child is growing, playing, talking, moving, and acting. • Sheets with fun activities for you to do with your child or other age appropriate items are also sent • The results of the questionnaires will be shared with you. If there are any concerns, a nurse or other professional from the Follow • Along program will get in touch with you. Together, you can talk about choices for further evaluation or early help services. • After your child is 36 months old, you will get information about the next step, Early Childhood Screening. IS THERE A COST? No. There is no cost to you. HOW DO I SIGN UP? Just call Sherburne County Health and Human Services: 763-765-4000 or 1-800-433-5239

Head Start 3-5 years old Kindergarten Readiness Early Head Start Prenatal-2 years old Child development activities Call for more info! (320) 253-8110 or toll free 1-877-848-4912 Most programs are provided at NO COST to families who qualify and live in Benton, Sherburne, or Stearns County!

The Follow Along Program may make the difference for your child!

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Specialty|Youth Sports

Big Lake Soccer Association Are you looking for a fast-paced, high energy sport that increases coordination? If so, come join one of our BLSA teams! Register to be a part of the traveling competitive league, or register for the in-house soccer league.

Traveling/Competitive League Register by Feb. 5 Practices start in late March/early April with games likely to begin in late April. U9-U10: $155 | U11-U19: $170 - Not including uniform For uniform orders, email biglakesoccer@yahoo.com In-House League Ages 5-8 (U6-U8) In planning stages, please check website. For more information or to register, go to www.biglakesoccer.net

Big Lake Baseball Association

Reaching and developing our youth through teamwork, sportsmanship, rules of the game, and character building lessons that reach beyond the baseball field and into our community is Big Lake Baseball’s vision. This sport is open to kids in kindergarten - 10th grade. Registration - Online or In-person Try on uniforms or register at Big Lake Middle School Sunday, Feb. 23: 6-8 PM Monday, Mar. 10: 6-8 PM Skills Evaluations Saturday, Mar. 15th: Grades 3-8 Saturday, Apr. 26th: Grades 9 & 10 Visit website for times. 2nd Tryouts Saturday, Mar. 15th: Grade 8 Sunday, Mar. 16th: Grades 3-7 Sunday, Apr. 27th: Grades 9 & 10 See website for times. For more information or to register, go to www.biglakebaseball.com

Big Lake Fastpitch Association

The Big Lake Fast Pitch Association was formed to promote the education, training and skill development of fastpitch softball for girls in grades K-11, living within the Big Lake School District. Open gym @ High School 4-6 PM: 1/12, 1/26, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 03/09 Open gym @ Middle School 01/19, 3/02. Cost is $2 per session at the door. Key dates for 2014: Parent’s informational meeting (all ages) on February 25th 6-8 PM @ High School Auditorium Travel evaluations to be held on Sunday, March 16th 2-8 PM at Big Lake High School Travel Program Practices start in April and games end in June or July In-House Program Starts in May and goes through late June and/or early July For more information or to register, go to www.biglakefastpitch.com

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Specialty|Local Events Big Lake Community Calendar Feb. 8

Get Outdoors Day, 12 -3 PM at Lakeside Park

Feb. 22

11th Annual Little Hole on Big Lake Ice Fishing Tournament, hosted by Big Lake Area Jaycees

Feb. 27

Red Cross Blood Drive at the BL High School, hosted by the Big Lake High School Leo’s Club

March

Big Lake Lions Annual Fish Fry and Pancake Breakfast In Big Lake Township

Mar. 2

Big Lake Chamber of Commerce Expo at the Big Lake High School from 11 AM - 2 PM

Apr. 12

Big Lake Women of Today Easter Egg Hunt at Lakeside Park

Apr. 12 - 10

Annual Garden Education Expo, hosted by the Sherburne County Master Gardeners

Apr. 26 - 27

Prairie Fire Theatre’s production of Pinocchio at 7 PM at the BL High School Auditorium

May 3

Clean Up Day for Big Lake, Big Lake Twp, & Orrock Twp. at Big Lake Township Hall

May 10th

Spring Celebration of Nature, Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters

May 15-17

All City Garage Sale, hosted by West Sherburne Tribune

10th Annual Garden Education Expo

Presented by Sherburne Cty Master Gardeners Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 8 AM - 3 PM Big Lake High School, 501 Minnesota Ave. Big Lake, Enter Thru Door “B” Keynote by Debbie Lonnee, Bailey Nurseries, on “Adding Color to Landscape with Trees, Shrubs, and Vines.” Additional sessions on cool containers, landscape design, preservation gardening, awesome annuals, orchids, tropical plants for summer color, tomatoes, herbs, and more. Also, garden vendors, educational displays, silent auction, and door prizes! $25 fee includes sessions, materials, and continental breakfast/lunch by Culver’s. After April 4, registrations and walk-ins will be $30. For more information or to register visit: http://z.umn.edu/gardenexpo or http://www.facebook.com/ SherburneMasterGardeners or call 763-765-3075

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Information|Policy Registration

Registration is required. See registration page for ways to register. By registering, you are confirming your seat in a class on a first come first service basis. You do not have to be a Big Lake resident to participate in classes.

Confirmations

You are registered for a class once payment has been received. You will not receive a confirmation of registration. We will contact you if a class is cancelled or if you are on a waiting list.

Payment

Payment is due in full at time of registration. Payments can be made by cash, check or credit card. Make checks payable to Big Lake Community Education.

Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available for qualified classes & individuals. Contact Community Ed for eligibility requirements.

Photo/Video

Community Education staff may photograph and/or videotape participants, and use the material for promotional reasons on our website, catalogs, social media channels, and/or by local media outlets without any obligation to provide compensation to those photographed or any obligation to obtain prior consent for use. By registering for any of our classes, you are giving permission for you and/or your child(ren) to be photographed and/or videotaped. If you do not wish for this to occur, please inform us at the time of registration in writing.

Class fees are per family, unless otherwise stated, and are due at registration. Payments can be made in two 1/2 installments, if necessary.

Sliding Fee Scale

No one will be turned away because of an inability to pay for classes. See the ECFE | Information section for the sliding fee scale.

Immunizations Required

When bad weather or emergencies cause cancellation of school activities, Community Education classes will also be cancelled. Make-up classes are not guaranteed. Watch our Facebook page for closings.

Disclaimer

Class Location

Inclement Weather

UCare members receive $15 off most classes offered. All UCare registrations must be done by calling Community Education in order to receive the discount.

Refunds/Cancellations

Class Disclaimer

Class fees cannot be prorated for any reason. Cancellations made at least 2 days before the first class will be refunded the class fee minus $5 or 10%, whichever is greater. There will be NO refunds after classes have started or for weather-related closings. If the class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, a full refund will be issued. If you paid by cash or check, please allow 2-3 weeks for a refund check.

Payment

Minnesota law requires that all children be immunized before entering school, including ECFE and Little Learners Preschool classes. Up-to-date immunizations must be submitted to ECFE before your child attends classes. Please enclose a copy of your child’s record with your registration.

Every effort has been made to ensure timely accuracy of this publication; however, policies and class offerings do occasionally change. If you have a question about a policy or class, please contact Community Education for the most up-to-date information.

UCare

ECFE Specific Policies:

Fitness and other activity classes can be strenuous and cause injury. By registering, you agree to release Big Lake Schools and its employees of all liability of accidents or injuries incurred during a class by yourself and/or listed participants.

All ECFE classes are held at Independence Elementary School at 701 Minnesota Avenue. Enter through Door J.

Sibling Childcare Available

Big Lake ECFE offers child care for siblings while you are spending quality time with a child in an ECFE class. Please indicate sibling care is needed when registering. Sibling Care Rates: $4.5/session or $5/session for 2+ children

Non-endorsement

Community Education does not endorse the opinions or business affiliations of the instructors used.

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Information|Registration Online

Online is the preferred registration option because it is quick, easy and instant! Go to www.biglakece.com and create a new account or sign in to an existing account to register. Be sure to remember your user name and password for future class registrations.

Walk-In

Visit us in the Community Education Office in Independence Elementary School. Enter through Door J.

Mail

Fill out the form, and mail it with your payment to Big Lake Community Education, 701 Minnesota Avenue Big Lake, MN 55309.

Call or Fax

Call 763.262.2523 to register and receive a UCare discount or to register for classes paid by a scholarship. Fax registration form to 763.262.2529. Credit card payments only!

Main Adult Contact: Name: ____________________________________Address: ____________________________________________________ Daytime Phone: __________________Evening Phone:_________________Email: ________________________________ Would you like to receive general information on community ed classes via email?

Yes

No

Class Participant Information: 1. Participant Name: ______________________________________ Birth date: ___________________________________ Course Name: __________________________________________Class ID: __________________Cost: ________________ 2. Participant Name: ______________________________________ Birth date:___________________________________ Course Name: __________________________________________Class ID: __________________Cost: ________________ 3. Participant Name: ______________________________________ Birth date:___________________________________ Course Name: __________________________________________Class ID: __________________Cost: ________________ ECFE Registrations Only: _____ Yes, I would like sibling care during my ECFE class. Sibling’s Name: ____________________________ DOB: _______ ECFE Class ID: ____________Cost: _______________ Sibling’s Name: ____________________________ DOB: _______ ECFE Class ID: ____________Cost: _______________

Total Cost: __________

I agree that I have read and fully understand all policies set by Big Lake Community Education and that I agree to pay the total cost listed above.

__________________________________________ Date: ____________Registration Not Valid Unless Signed Charge to my credit card: Card #: __________________________________________________3 Digit Code: ____________ Exp. Date: _____________________

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At-A-Glance Calendar & Info Community Education NEW! Trip Registraion Deadlines: Treasure Island Casino Trip

Feeling lucky? Get on the bus and try your luck at the casino! March 27 - 9 AM - 4 PM Register by March 7!

Trip to the Plymouth Playhouse

See the Church Basement Ladies: The Last (Potluck) Supper April 10-12-5 PM Register by March 17!

Trip to the Paramount in St. Cloud

See the Church Basement Ladies: A Mighty Fortress Is Our Basement May 16 - 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM Register by April 25!

Big Lake ECFE Classes At-A-Glance: Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

1st Steps Preschool _ 9:00-10:30 AM

Terrific Twos _ 9:00-10:30 AM

1st Steps Preschool _ 9:00-10:30 AM

Wonderful Ones ❤ 9:00-10:30 AM

Baby Steps ❤ 9:00-10:30 AM

Mixed Ages _ 10:45 AM-12:15 PM

Nursing Mothers Supporting Each Other ❤ 9:30-10:30 AM

Bounce, Move, Wiggle, & Groove ❤ 11AM-12 PM

Parent Talk! _ 9:00-10:30 AM

Tremendous Twos and Threes _ 9:00-10:30 AM

❤ Non-Separating Classes

(Parents and children remain together for these classes)

_ Separating Classes (Parent discussion group

follows parent-child time)

Book Adventures _ 10:45 am-12:15 PM

Family Gym Nights ❤ 6:30 - 7:30 PM

The Kids are at it Again! _ 10:45am-12:15 PM Tiny Tots ❤ 11AM-12 PM

Priming for Preschool _ 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Tiny Tots ❤ 6-7 PM

ECFE Special Events: FUNTOWN, USA! Saturday, Jan 11 10 AM-12 PM

ECFE Sweetheart Dance Friday, Feb 7 6-8 PM

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Ooey Gooey Day Saturday, Feb 22 10 AM - 12 PM

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$5.00 off Any Winter 2014 ECFE Class

Please present coupon when registering. One coupon per family

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Wonderful Ones ❤ 10:45 am-12:15 pm Fabulous 4’s & 5’s _ 10:45 am-12:15 pm


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