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Contact Us Community Education. Main Office........................763.262.2523 Early Education Main Office........................763.262.3233 Kids Club Main Office........................763.262.8107 Director Brad Schnitzler.................763.262.7183 Community Ed Program Coordinator Allen Berg .........................763.262.8107 Community Ed Program Secretary Teresa Scott.......................763.262.7187 Facility Program Secretary Cathy Phillips...................763.262.7188 Early Childhood Program Coordinator Kelly Kazeck......................763.262.8128

Early Childhood Program Secretary Jeanne Freichels...............763.262.8182 Kids Club Site Supervisor - Ind. Elem. Jackie Kosch.............................763.262.7168 Kids Club Site Supervisor Liberty Elem. Samantha Wiggins...................763.262.8284


EARLY CHILDHOOD............................ 4 Classes....................................................... 5 Special Events........................................... 8 At-a-Glance................................................ 9 Resources..................................................10 Screening..................................................11 PRESCHOOL........................................ 12 Class Options............................................13 SCHOOL-AGE CHILD CARE............. 15 YOUTH................................................... 16 Enrichment...............................................16 Recreation.................................................20 Gymnastics...............................................22 Aquatics....................................................24 Youth Sports Assoc..................................26 ADULTS................................................. 27 Enrichment...............................................27 Fitness......................................................30 Get Involved!............................................31 Trips..........................................................32 Opening Doors..........................................34 Adult Basic Ed..........................................36 REGISTRATION.................................. 38 POLICIES.............................................. 39

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Together with Community Education


Early childhood through second grade

Eas y to Lo v e, Dif fic ult t o D is cip lin e … You love your children, but if you are like most parents, you don’t always love their behavior. How can you guide them without resorting to less-thanoptimal behavior yourself? Focusing on self-control and confidence building for both parent and child, learn how to turn conflict into cooperation and turmoil into tranquility by developing the powers and skills necessary to be able to respond appropriately, rather than react negatively to discipline challenges in your home. Learn how to stop pleading with your child or demanding that they behave, so that you can become the parent you have always wanted to become.

August 28

5:00 - 5:30 pm FREE Dinner (Registration Required) + Question & Answer Time with the

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Liberty

Conscious Discipline Trainer


5:30 - 6:30 pm Fun Activities for Children & Training for Parents/Guardians 6:30 - 7:00 pm Parents/Guardians with Children Let’s make this school year successful... create a make and take tool to use & succeed with at home!

17901 205th Ave

FREE EVENT! Register Online Search “Conscious Discipline”


Classes for families with children ages birth to before kindergarten entrance.

Together, families engage in activities and experiences led by licensed staff that nurture children’s social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and language skills.

A Typical ECFE Class Includes:

Family Time: together families enjoy a safe classroom filled with developmentallyappropriate learning activities, such as art, blocks, puppets and sensory play. A portion of this is spent in “circle time,” where parents, children and teachers come together to sing, read and participate in literacy-rich music and movement activities. Adult Discussion: adults join together for a discussion group led by a licensed parent educator. Each session, joys and concerns are shared, in addition to topics pertaining to child development. Depending on the class, discussions occur either within the classroom (non-separating) or in a nearby parent education room (separating).


Children’s Time: while parents are in discussion, children participate in childdirected play-based activities facilitated by a licensed Early Childhood teacher. Teachers prepare the classrooms using developmentally-appropriate research-based curriculum that focuses on meeting each child’s individual needs and development.

Baby Steps

Birth-12 months|non-separating Discover ways to support your baby’s development! Playtime and nesting will be followed by interactive discussions on nursing/ bottle feeding, nutrition, sleep, safety, brain development and balancing your life as a parent. Your baby stays with you during this engaging class. Come for all sessions‌or drop in for the sessions that work for you. We are here to support what works best for you and your baby! No class: Oct 18, Nov 1, Nov 29, Dec 3 Tue, Sept 17-Dec 10 Lib. Elem. Rm 116 12 Sessions

1-2 pm PC101 FREE

Fri, Sept 20-Dec 13 Lib. Elem. Rm 116 10 Sessions

10:45-11:45 am PC101A FREE

ECFE Baby Shower

Birth-12 months|non-separating Drop in and celebrate the birth of your new baby! Meet other new parents, enjoy activities together, learn about our free baby classes, and receive a complimentary gift. Free childcare is available for older siblings upon request. Fri, Oct 11 Lib. Elem. Rm 116 1 Session

10:45-11:45 am PC102 FREE

Breastfeeding Basics for Parents

This class is designed for pregnant, postpartum women and their significant others. Learn about breastfeeding including going back to work and pumping, resources and more. Resources provided by Sherburne County Health and the Statewide Health Improvement Program. Registration is required. Call 763-262-3233 to register. Tue, Oct 1 Lib. Elem. Rm 114 Register by Sept 25

9-11 am FREE

Birth-3 Play With Me

Birth-36 months|non-separating This will be your special time to experience uninterrupted play with your little one in our early childhood classroom. Circle time will include singing, stories and parent discussion. No class: Oct 17, Nov 28 Thu, Sept 19-Dec 12 Lib. Elem. Rm 115 11 Sessions

9-10:30 am PC103 $30

Birth-5 Play With Me

Birth-5 years|non-separating We know evenings can be hectic... so feel free to bring your evening meal and eat before class if you like. We have a table available by 5 pm in our ECFE pod. Join us at your convenience in the early childhood classroom for some special one-on-one time with your child. Come relax and play! We will have the room ready with lots of fun hands-on activities for all the kids! Circle time will include singing, stories and parent discussion. No class: Oct 16, Nov 27 Wed, Sept 18-Dec 11 Lib. Elem. Rm 115 11 Sessions



5:30-7 pm PC104 $50

Wonderful Ones & Twos

12-36 months|non-separating Crawling, walking, tumbling and toddling. Your little one is growing up and changing into an adventurous toddler. Our early childhood classroom is the perfect safe place to play and explore! Circle time will include singing, stories, and parent discussion. Take a break to come and play! No class: Oct 16, Nov 27, Dec 3 Tue, Sept 17-Dec 10 Lib. Elem. Rm 115 12 Sessions

9-10:30 am PC105-1 $50

Wed, Sept 18-Dec 11 Lib. Elem. Rm 115 11 Sessions

10:45 am-12:15 pm PC105-2 $50

No one is turned away due to an inability to pay. See the sliding fee scale on the at-a-glance page.



Tremendous Twos & Threes

24-36 months|separating Your 2 or 3 year old is experiencing new milestones and developing new skills every day. You and your child will meet new friends while enjoying fun activities and circle time. After circle time, parents will meet in the parent ed room for discussion and focus on the wonders and challenges of navigating the bridge between the toddler and preschool years, while children remain in the classroom with the early childhood teacher. No class: Oct 18, Nov 1, 29 Fri, Sept 20-Dec 13 Lib. Elem. Rm 115 10 Sessions

9-10:30 am PC106 $70

NEW! Thrilling Threes

3 years|separating Being three is tons of fun! Make new friends and learn new things! Children will experience activities that help them build their independence and try new things while you are able to chat with other parents about the thrills and challenges of parenting a preschooler! No class: Oct 16, Nov 27 Wed, Sept 18-Dec 11 Lib. Elem. Rm 115 11 Sessions

9-10:30 am PC107 $77

Fabulous Fours and Fives

4-5 years|separating This ECFE class will provide opportunities for your preschool-aged child to practice important social emotional skills. In the parent ed room you can connect with other parents and discuss ways to enhance and support your child’s learning. No class: Dec 2 Mon, Sept 16-Dec 9 Lib. Elem. Rm 115 12 Sessions

10:45 am-12:15 pm PC108 $84

ECFE & Me at the Library

Birth-5 years|non-separating Come enjoy circle time where we will sing songs, do movement activities, and read a different children’s book each month. Then we will expand on that book by offering activities and games for parents and children to do together!


Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 10 GRRL Big Lake Library 3 Sessions

11:15 am-12:15 pm PC110 FREE

Stepping into Little Learners

3 years|separating Do you love ECFE but feel your child is ready for a more formal preschool experience? This class offers the best of both worlds by combining our Little Learners Preschool with our ECFE program. This is a great way to introduce your new three year old (age 3 by Sept 1) to the world of preschool. Class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays with an optional parent ed component day on Wednesdays. If you choose the parent ed option, you will join other parents on Wednesdays part way through class for discussion time with Miss Sarah, our ECFE parent educator. On Mondays children attend class independently.  See the Little Learners Preschool pages for more information.

Move & Learn – Drop In Play

Birth-5 years|non-separating Come explore our early childhood classroom! Let’s play blocks, sift in the sensory table, paint at the art easel, and roll out playdough. Leave the mess to us! No registration required with the purchase of a punch card! Punch cards are available in the Community Ed office, or simply pay as you attend. No class: Oct 18, Nov 1, 29, Dec 3 NEW EVENING TIME! Tue, Sept 17-Dec 10 Lib. Elem. Rm 115 $2 per child per session Fri, Sept 20-Dec 13 Lib. Elem. Rm 115 $2 per child per session

6-7 pm PC111A 10:45-11:45 am PC111

Family Fun For Everyone

Birth-5 years|separating Come enjoy special time with your child/children, exploring and playing in our classroom. During parent discussion in the parent ed room, share, laugh, learn and find support in the joys and challenges of everyday life with your busy family! No class: Oct 17, Nov 28, Dec 2 Mon, Sept 16-Dec 9 Lib. Elem. Rm 115 12 Sessions

9-10:30 am PC107-1 $84

Thu, Sept 19-Dec 12 Lib. Elem. Rm 115 11 Sessions

10:45 am-12:15 pm PC107-2 $77

Join us for a FUN CLIFFORD inspired morning full of activities featuring the beloved BIG RED DOG created by children’s book author Norman Bridwell

open house

Saturday Sept 14, 2019 10 am – 12 pm

• Meet the Teachers • Explore the Classrooms • Play & Create • Book Giveaways • Sign Up for Classes • Make New Friends!

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A FREE EVENT for children ages birth to five and their families at Liberty Elementary ECFE 763-262-3233


Special Events ECFE Open House – Featuring Clifford the BIG Red Dog

Join us for a morning full of fun! Come when you can, and stay for as long as you would like. Check out all of our classrooms and get entered into free book drawings! Our teachers will have lots of Clifford the Big Red Dog inspired activities set up for you and your child to enjoy together. Admission is FREE but online registration is requested! Sat, Sept 14 Lib. Elem. Pod 110

Family Fun Fest Resource Fair

A free resource fair for the whole family. Local businesses and agencies will have information and freebies. There will be art activities, snacks, face painting, games, and prizes! Wear a costume and visit the photo booth! CALLING ALL BUSINESS OWNERS! Have a business you would like to promote? Sign up to have a booth at the Resource Fair where you can market your business, reach hundreds of families and demonstrate great community support! Booths must be staffed and provide an activities for children 6 years old and under. For more information or to register, visit biglakece. com. Fri, Oct 4 Lib. Elem.


10 am-12 pm SE101

5-7 pm FREE

Ooey Gooey Day

Birth-5 + families Fingerpaint, play with homemade slime and glurch, splash in water, and make a big mess AT SCHOOL! Children learn important concepts through sensory 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, Nov 2 Lib. Elem. Pod 110 $10 per family

10 am-12 pm SE102

Gingerbread Adventures

Birth-5 + families Run, run as fast as you can, see if you can catch the gingerbread man! There are gingerbread boys and girls on the loose in the school! Will you be able to help us catch them? There is even a sneaky little gingerbread baby hiding somewhere. Join us for a gingerbread adventure as we listen to fun gingerbread tales, build delicious gingerbread houses, decorate gingerbread children, and follow the clues to try to catch those mischievous little cookies. Sat, Dec 7 Lib. Elem. Pod 110 $10 per family

10 am-12 pm SE103

Early Bird Discount! Register by Sept 1 and receive 10% off! Use code: FALLECFE19

Class Calendar: Monday



8:45-10:45 am Stepping into Little Learners

9-10:30 am Wonderful Ones & Twos

8:45-10:45 am Stepping into Little Learners

9-10:30 am Family Fun For Everyone

(Monthly) - 11:15 am-12:15 pm ECFE & Me @ The Library

9-10:30 Thrilling Threes

10:45 am-12:15 pm Fabulous 4s & 5s

1-2 pm Baby Steps 6-7 pm Drop In Play

10:45 am-12:15 pm Wonderful Ones & Twos



9-10:30 am 9-10:30 am Birth-3 Play w/Me Tremendous Twos & Threes 10:45 am-12:15 pm 10:45-11:45 am Family Fun for Baby Steps Everyone 10:45-11:45 am Move & Learn Drop-in Play

5:30-7 pm Birth-5 Play w/ Me

ECFE Special Events: ECFE Open House Sat, Sept 14 10 am-12 pm Family Fun Fest Resource Fair Fri, Oct 4 5-7 pm Ooey Gooey Day Sat, Nov 2 10 am-12 pm Gingerbread Adventures Sat, Dec 7 10 am-12 pm



Can’t afford a class? No problem! Check out the sliding fee scale below and give our office a call to register.

2019-2020 ECFE Sliding Fee Scale Household Size

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Resources ECFE Home & Child Care Visits

Big Lake Schools’ Early Childhood Family Education Program offers several home visit options for families and child care providers in an effort to share knowledge and resources. Visit to learn more about our programs. Questions? Call 763.262.3233 or email ECFE & Me! This is a free “personalized visiting” program that comes to you! Struggling with bedtime routines? Looking for new ideas for potty training? Or maybe you have other questions about your child... we can help! Families can choose to meet in their own home, a public place, or one-on-one at our ECFE center. One of our knowledgeable staff members will meet with you and together conquer any struggles or questions. Baby & Me! These visits are for families with a new baby. An ECFE representative will come to your home with information on classes, resources in the community, and a free gift! An introduction into baby massage can also be included in this visit upon request. These visits are free. Child care Provider 1-on-1 Connections We are here to partner with you! Our staff can connect with you about topics or questions you have pertaining to child development, challenging behaviors, social emotional issues, health and nutrition and more. The parent educator can meet with you in your home, at school, over the phone, or via email. These visits are free.


ECFE Come Play with Me (Child care Visit) ECFE teachers are available to visit your provider home monthly (or on a schedule that works best for you). We will provide storytime followed by fun, engaging, hands-on activities for the children in your care, with your involvement. In addition, we will provide handouts for you to share with your families about the activities we presented and how they support child development and learning. This is a great opportunity to get connected to our program and be informed of all school and community activities that may pertain to you as a child care provider!

Sherburne County Programs Visit the county website for detailed information on each program.

Breastfeeding Resources Breastfeeding is one of the most important things you can do to give your baby the best start in life. Child Passenger Safety / Car Seats Sherburne County Public Health wants to ensure that all children are traveling safely in vehicles. Check out our car seat distribution class! Follow Along Program Babies and young children grow and learn at their own rate. However, some children may need help to grow up healthy and learn skills such as sitting, walking, or talking. Minnesota’s Follow Along Program can help you track your child’s development and let you know if your child is playing, talking, growing, moving, and behaving like other children. Family Home Visiting This service, for pregnant women, their partners, and families with young children, provides education and support to help families to reach their needs. Women, Infants & Children (WIC) WIC is a federally-funded health and nutrition education program that provides free supplemental foods to promote good health for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five.

Reach-Up Inc. Head Start (K-readiness for 3-5 year olds) Early Head Start (Child development activities for prenatal-2 year olds) Call for more info! (320) 253-8110 Most programs are provided at NO COST to families who qualify.

Is your child 3?

Then it’s time to screen! Early Childhood Screening is a quick and simple check of how your child is developing. Between the ages of 3 and 4 is the prime time to screen as it can detect possible health or learning concerns, so that children can get help before they start school.

Screening covers: • • • • • •

Immunization records Hearing & vision Large & small muscles Height & weight Thinking, language & communication Social & emotional development

Who needs to be screened?

All Minnesota children 3-5 years old who are not currently enrolled in kindergarten. You will have to submit screening information for kindergarten entrance.

Watch this!

Take a minute to watch a MN Dept of Education video about screenings here:

Make an appointment online:

Screenings are done by appointment only. Go online:

Screening Dates

Sept 12-13, Dec 3, March 5-6, April 30, May 1

Screening Times

Tuesdays: 8:45 am-12 pm Thursdays: 8:45 am-12 pm & 4-6 pm Friday:  8:45 am-12 pm


Liberty Elementary School

FAQs What if I feel like my child isn’t ready?

Screening isn’t about “being ready” for anything! It is just a snapshot in time that looks at where your child is physically, emotionally and mentally.

Should I wait until my child is closer to kindergarten entrance age?

No, this screening has nothing to do with kindergarten entrance other than it needs to be completed before a child enters kindergarten. It is best to have your child screened right when they turn three years old so that if any needs are discovered they can have two full years to work on them before entering kindergarten.

What if my child fails the “test?”

Test? This isn’t a test. There is no passing or failing grade given. It’s just a snapshot in time measuring where they are at in various areas.



Refer a child to:

If you have concerns about your child’s development, talk to your health care provider, or call Help Me Grow at 1-866-693-GROW(4769). Someone will assist you in arranging a free screening or evaluation to determine if your child is eligible for Help Me Grow: Early Intervention Services. Early childhood specialists will work with eligible children and families to plan the services and support they need. Visit:


PRESCHOOL Children discover the joy of learning through handson play!

Little Learners Preschool Big Lake Schools

Here’s a Little Bit About Us

Little Learners is a Big Lake Schools preschool program for potty-trained 3, 4 and 5 year olds. We focus on helping young students acquire the skills and attitudes necessary to begin their journey as lifelong learners! Our teachers carefully plan lessons using research-based curriculum and teaching strategies that meet the individual learning needs of each child.

Our Teachers are Amazing!

Little Learners teachers are out-of-this-world amazing! Not only are they licensed, highly educated, and specially trained in early childhood, but they are some of the most warm and friendly people you will ever meet!

Our Curriculum is Top-notch!

Teachers use The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool in all preschool classrooms. This comprehensive research-based curriculum features exploration and discovery as a way of learning. Students will build confidence, creativity and critical thinking skills by engaging in hands-on, project-based investigations. We place a strong emphasis on teaching social emotional skills necessary for learning success - all while having fun and being active!

Registration & More Info


Visit for more information or to register. You can also call the Early Childhood Office at 763-262-3233.

ALMOST FULL! We’re almost full for the 2019-2020 school year! Hurry and register now at to grab a spot!

Stepping into Little Learners

We are excited to offer two options this year to better accommodate families. Option 1: 3 years old + parents Children attend with their parents on Wednesdays and experience a typical ECFE class where parents and children do activities together, and then parents move to the parent education room for discussion time while children remain in the classroom with an early childhood teacher. On Mondays, children attend class independently without parents.


8:45-10:45 am

Call to be added to a waitlist for classes that are full! A $40 registration fee and the first month’s tuition are due at registration.


Class Options


Option 2: 3 years old (no parent) Children attend class independently both days.


8:45-10:45 am


Classes for 3 Year Olds

Must be 3 by Sept 1 We focus on becoming familiar with school routines and learning how to separate from caregivers. Skills we emphasize are following directions, learning to participate, making friends, developing emotional regulation, and beginning concepts.

Classes for 3.5 & 4 Year Olds

Must be 3 by March 1 We focus on important social skills as we work on developing a stronger attention span, independence, and cooperative group interactions - all while building early literacy and math skills.

Classes for 4 & 5 Year Olds

Must be 4 by Sept 1 We continue to emphasize the important social skills needs for learning success such as self regulation, negotiating, problem solving, and being a super friend. Academic skills are embedded into daily activities that provide foundational knowledge in literacy, math and critical thinking.

Hive Time is a wrap-around child care option available for children who are enrolled in our Little Learners preschool program. It’s considered an extension of the program since it follows the same philosophies and expands on the learning occuring in the preschool classroom. Availability: Hive Time is open from 6 am to 6 pm, and is available for non-preschool days. Rates: Full Day: $29/day Half Day: $19/day Financial assistance information and/or scholarship applications are available. Call 763-262-3233 for information.

Busing is available for children who are 4 by Sept 1, 2019 for a fee. Details available during registration.







Kids Club is a Big Lake Community Ed program that offers before and after school child care in a fun, safe environment for students in kindergarten through age 13.

Child Care for School-age Children

Our school-age program is more than just child care; we offer a wide variety of programming like arts and crafts, physical education, outdoor games, and more!

What Ages Can Go?

Kids Club is open to students in kindergarten through 13 years old. Have a child in Little Learners Preschool? Check out our Hive Time child care program - see the preschool page for details.

When is Kids Club Open?

Kids Club is open from 6 am - 6 pm, Monday - Friday. It’s a great option for nonschool days and summer too!

Where is Kids Club at?

We have two convenient locations: inside of Liberty and Independence Elementary Schools. Grades K through 2 attend Liberty Elementary, and grade 3 through 13 years old attend Independence Elementary. On non-school days, all children attend Liberty Elementary.

What is the Cost?

Before OR After School: $10 / day Drop-in: $15 / day Non-school Day/Full Day: $34 / day


Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is open! Register soon before all of our spots fill up!



Enrichment Cupcakes & Canvas: Koi Fish

Ages 4+ Family Grab the whole family and join us for a fun night of painting. You will work together to paint Koi Fish across two or three 11x14� canvases. KidzArt will show you step-by-step how to create this painting in a fun and mistake-free environment. It’s a chance for your child and a relative or caretaker to create together. Enjoy a cupcake as we wait for our canvases to dry. One canvas per person. $30 for each additional canvas. Instructor: KidzArt Tue, Oct 22 Ind. Elem. Cafeteria 1 Session

6-7:15 pm YC-110 $35

Clay Winter Workshop

Grades 3-5 Join us for a special 2-week clay workshop! We will sculpt a penguin out of Sculpey clay and design snowflakes with air-dry clay. Instructor: KidzArt Thu, Dec 12-19 Ind. Elem. Art Rm 255 2 Sessions


3:50-4:50 pm YC-112 $32

NEW! Clay & Canvas for Kids

Grades K-5 Each day your child will create fantastic projects using canvas & clay! First, we will create a colorful canvas creation and learn a few techniques and special strokes that help make students be better painters! Then, we will roll, design and construct a coordinating clay project to put the finishing touches on our story theme. Instructor: Tracy Giza Design Tue, Oct 15-29 Ind. Elem. Art Rm 255 3 Sessions

3:45-5:45 pm YC-198 $69

Draw, Paint, Clay

Grades 3-5 Get creative exploring all kinds of art materials such as watercolors, markers, colored pencils, acrylic paints, pastels, air-dry clay and more. Our confidence building program allows students to use their imagination and take creative risks in a fun and safe classroom environment. No class: Nov 28. Instructor: KidzArt Thu, Nov 7-Dec 5 Ind. Elem. Art Rm 255 4 Sessions

3:50-4:50 pm YC-111 $52

Grades 10-12 These courses are designed for students wishing to improve their test-taking skills and their overall scores on college entrance exams. The course includes diagnostic testing, strategies for answering questions in all testing areas, instruction in time management, essay writing and more. Students may repeat the courses in future offerings free of charge. Instructor: Advantage Educational Programs Mon, Sept 30-Oct 21 BLHS Rm K101-K102 4 sessions

5:45-8:45 pm YC-197 $140

Advanced Rocket Design

Grades 3-6 Engage in hands-on activities that teach and reinforce the basics of Newton’s third law of motion. Dr. Fun from America’s Fun Science will show each student how to build a reusable, individualized outdoor rocket with parachute to take home for hours of fun with friends and family. This STEM activity will cover the basics of rocket design and construction using recycled materials. Instructor: America’s Fun Science Tue, Nov 19 Ind. Elem. Rm 147 1 Session

3:50-4:50 pm YC-105 $24

NEW! Artistic Selfie for Teens

Ages 13-19 years Let’s face it, there is a selfie phenomenon happening! We are creating liberating versions of ourselves, expressing our beauty from within, complete with flaws & colorful love for ourselves! Teenagers can naturally be preoccupied with how they look as they change and grow even though no one looks fantastic all the time and everyone has bad days! This selfie creation is a positive affirmation of self-love! Teens will gain a sense of freedom to be who they want to be & create the image on their canvas! Email a photo to and your image will be sketched onto your canvas before you arrive ready for your creative selfie creation. All the help & ideas will be provided so that you can start painting your true SELFIE! Instructor: Tracy Giza Design Tue, Oct 29 Ind. Elem. Art Rm 255 1 Session

6-8 pm YC-199 $35

Babysitting 101

Ages 10-13 years / non-school day Learn current practices for safety, injury prevention, first aid basics, feeding and caring for infants. Additionally, learn how to handle behavior problems and how to manage a babysitting business. You will receive a reference book, handouts, babysitting bag and a first aid kit. Bring lunch. Instructor: Emergency Outfitters, Inc. Thu, Oct 17 Lib. Elem. Rm 146 1 session


ACT Prep Class

8:30 am-4:30 pm YC-117 $65

Balloon Rocket Car Racing Fun

Grades K-5 Dr. Fun will present an introduction to rocket theory, wheel and axle design, and construction in a fun, hands-on setting. Learn about Newton’s Third Law and its application to balloon rocket car design as you assemble your own colorful rocket car and race to the finish! Then, take your Balloon Rocket Car home to impress friends and family. Latex balloons are used. Instructor: America’s Fun Science Grades K-2 Tue, Oct 1 Lib. Elem. Art Rm 146 1 Session

3:40-4:40 pm YC-102 $22

Grades 3-5 Thu, Oct 3 Ind. Elem. Rm 147 1 Session

3:50-4:50 pm YC-103 $22

Basic Knitting for Kids

Grades 3-8 Join the club and knit a take home project! In this club, you can choose to make a coin purse or a hackey sack square, or both if you want! You will learn everything you need to know to make these projects and leave with your own handmade toy or accessory. No experience necessary, all materials provided. Instructor: Pam Whitcomb Mon, Dec 2-9 Ind. Elem. Rm 103 2 Sessions

3:45-5:15 pm YC-118 $40


YOUTH Nature Explorers

Grades 1-2 Calling all first and second graders to come and explore nature. As Nature Explorers, we will learn to identify flowers, trees, go on nature hikes and learn to connect with our backyard. We will connect nature to artwork, creating pieces that tie in to our learning. Come join us as we explore the outdoors together! Wear comfortable walking shoes. Snacks will be provided. No class: Oct 17. Instructors: Dan Haley and Jane Kallemeyn Tue/Thu, Oct 1-22 Lib. Elem. Rm 201 6 sessions

3:45-5 pm YC-114 $40

Intermediate Chess


Grade 2-6 America’s Fun Science presents four classes of fun learning chess basics from a championship chess coach. Each class focuses on a different piece. Series culminates with a mini-tournament and prizes! Prerequisite: Must have taken Beginning Chess or equivalent. No class: Oct 22 Instructor: America’s Fun Science Tue, Oct 15-Nov 12 Ind. Elem.Rm 147 4 Sessions

3:50-4:50 pm YC-104 $69

NEW! Scratch 3.0 Game Coding with Nintendo Characters Grades 2-6 / non-school day This course will give you hands-on experience developing your own game using Scratch 3, a visual coding platform. Students will learn how to think like a programmer, and learn coding concepts while creating a two-dimensional game, using their favorite Nintendo Characters. The first part of the class will be instructor led; with the time remaining students will have the opportunity to customize their games. Bring a USB drive, a drink and a peanut-free snack to class. Instructor: Tech Academy Fri, Nov 1 Lib. Elem. Art Rm 146 1 session

9 am-12 pm YC-100 $46

WEATHER CLOSINGS If school is cancelled, Community Education classes will also be cancelled for the day. Any cancellations due to weather will also be posted on our Community Education Facebook page.

Ages 14 ½ + This complete Drivers Education program consists of 30 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours of behind the wheel training. Behind-the-wheel instruction will be scheduled individually and directly with Wreck-Less Driving Academy. Students must attend all 30 hours; any missed classes must be made up in future sessions (at any Wreck-Less location). Students will receive a completion certificate once all 30 hours are complete. Eligible students must be 14 1/2 years old before the first day of class. An optional parent class will be offered quarterly. Pay $50 to Community Education during registration, and pay the balance at the first day of class to Wreck-Less Driving Academy. Mon-Fri, Oct 21-Nov 4 BLHS Rms K101/K102 10 sessions

2:45-5:45 pm YC-176 $350

Prairie Fire’s Peter Pan

Ages 7+ Up to 81 children are needed to play the roles of Peter Pan, Wendy, John, Michael, Nana the Dog, the Lost Kids and so many more! An information sheet with rehearsal times for each of the roles played will be sent home. Instructors: Prairie Fire Actors Auditions Mon, Nov 18 BLHS Auditorium Praire Fire

4-7 pm YC-119 $65

Rehearsals Tue-Fri, Nov 19-22


Drivers Education

4-7 pm

Show Times Fri, Nov 22 at 7 pm & Sat, Nov 23 at 2 pm BLHS Auditorium Tickets: $5 adults / $3 youth

NEW! Sound & Light Fun NEW! Engineering: Crazy Action Contraptions

Grades K-3 / non-school day If you love Legos, making things move, building and experimenting this class is for you! Learn about engineering and the physical science principles behind different action machines. Working in teams, students will build crazy wheeled and geared contraptions that spring into action. Have fun while you learn the principles of mechanical engineering and simple machines. Make tops, spinners, zip lines, rubber band powered cars, crimping cars, and other crazy contraptions. Bring a USB drive, a drink and a peanut-free snack to class. Instructor: Tech Academy Fri, Nov 1 Lib. Elem. Rm 146 1 Session

1-4 pm YC-101 $46

Flying Butterfly Ornithopter Fun

Grade K-2 Learn the basics of Ornithopter design, and theoretical basis of lift created via flapping wings. “Dr. Fun” shows you how to construct your own butterfly Ornithopter and watch it fly! Take it home to share with family and friends. Bring your favorite book to launch your Ornithopter. Instructor: America’s Fun Science Wed, Oct 23 Lib. Elem. Rm 146 1 Session

3:40-4:40 pm YC-106 $22

Grades K-5 Dr. Fun will demonstrate how both light and sound are waves and travel in a straight line until they are absorbed, redirected, reflected or allowed to pass through an object. Students will engage in a range of fun, hands-on activities and take home a special project to do with family and friends. Instructor: America’s Fun Science Grades K-2 Wed, Dec 4 3:40-4:40 pm Lib. Elem. Art Rm 146 YC-107 1 session $22 Grades 3-5 Wed, Dec 11 3:50-4:50 pm Ind. Elem. Rm 147 YC-108 1 session $22

REGISTER EARLY Don’t let a class get cancelled by waiting to register! The decision on whether a class will run is made about a week before the class start date.




Friday Night Ski/Snowboard Trips

Grades 6-12 New to skiing or snowboarding? Not a problem! Lessons are available. Need a lift ticket, equipment or lessons? We have a package that will suit your needs. Buses depart from the back of the high school shortly after class dismissal. Buses return to the front of the high school at approximately 9:30 p.m. All participants must ride the bus to and from Powder Ridge. Mandatory student/parent meeting for all new participants (and highly encouraged for returning ones) on Tuesday, Dec 3 at 7 pm in the Big Lake High School Cafeteria. Fri, Dec 13-Jan 24 2:30-9:30 pm YC-116 6 sessions $299 Lift Ticket/Rental/Transportation $225 Lift Ticket/Transportation $130 Transportation Only

Amazing Athletes


Ages 2.5-6 years This developmental sports and fitness program teaches basic fundamentals and mechanics of nine different sports including baseball, volleyball, lacrosse, football, basketball, soccer, golf, hockey and tennis. Build self-confidence, practice teamwork and improve motor skills. In this non-competitive environment, children increase their cardiovascular fitness, muscle tone, hand-eye coordination and reaction time. Instructor: Amazing Athletes Wed, Oct 2-Nov 6 Lib. Elem. Cafeteria 6 Sessions

3:45-4:30 pm YC-113 $64

Archery with Mr. Streit

Grades 4-5 Learn how to shoot and score Archery! We will learn how to safely shoot a bow following the NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) guidelines. Come get involved in this great lifelong sport! Instructor: Mr. Lowell Streit Mon-Thu, Oct 21-24 Ind. Elem. East Gym 4 Sessions

3:50-4:50 pm YC-115 $30

Volleyball Skills

Grades 3-6 Build self-confidence, practice teamwork and improve motor skills while learning the fundamentals of volleyball. Wear tennis shoes and comfortable clothes. Instructors: Christa Vogel, Jaclyn VanHorrick & Jeff Vogel Sun, Sept 15-Oct 20 Lib. Elem. Gym 6 Sessions

6:30-7:30 pm YC-196 $55

SHARE YOUR SKILLS Community Ed is always looking for new instructors and classes! Do you have a skill or knowledge you’d like to share, and make money doing it? Let’s talk!

Want to ride, learn and work with horses? Campers get to learn how to groom, tack-up, lead, and do in-hand work with horses. Learn how to work with them while learning balance and control in the saddle. Horse crafts may include braiding a horse’s mane and tail, giving a horse a bath, horse tag, feeding and watering, and care. Build new friendships with fellow horse loving peers in this structured and positive environment. Camps are rain or shine. Proper attire includes a sneaker or boot (closed toe with a heel), long pants and layering depending on weather. Bring a water bottle and nut-free lunch (if class is held over lunch hour). Riders under 6 years old must have parent present. Instructor: Andrea Keacher, Boulder Pointe Equestrian & Event Center, 6612 189th Lane NW, Anoka

Ages 4-16 Learn verbal skills and non-aggressive selfdefense techniques tin this safety awareness class! New students earn the certified yellow belt, and returning students can earn higher ranking certified belts. Instructor: Jeff Wood. No class: Nov 26 Register in-person Tue, Sept 17 Ind. Elem. Cafeteria

3:45-5 pm $5 one time fee

Ages 4-16 years Tue, Sept 24-Dec 17 Tue, Sept 24-Dec 17 Ind. Elem. Cafeteria

3:45-4:30 pm 4:30-5:15 pm $7 per week

Cheer America

Ages 2-5 years Sat, Sept 14 Boulder Pointe 1 Session

9-11 am YC-140 $45

Sat, Oct 19 Boulder Pointe 1 Session

9-11 am YC-141 $45

Ages 6+ years Thu, Oct 17 Boulder Pointe 1 Session

9 am-3 pm YC-143 $95

Fri, Oct 18 Boulder Pointe 1 Session

9 am-3 pm YC-144 $95

Introduction to Wrestling

Grades K-5 Work with the high school wrestlers and head varsity coach, Ryan Prom, in this introductory wrestling clinic to see if wrestling is for you! We will cover basic wrestling rules and procedures, takedowns, basic top and bottom techniques, benefits of wrestling, plus our values and mission as a program. Please wear comfortable athletic clothing. Mini-meet on last day of class. Mon-Wed, Oct 21-23 Thu, Oct 24 BLHS Wrestling Rm 4 Sessions

Karate/Self Defense


Horse Camp

6-7 pm 6-8 pm YC-194 $25

Ages 4-16 Cheer America is an exciting cheerleading program where students will learn popular cheers and chants, choreographed dance and pom-pom routines, parade marching techniques etc. Instructor: Kylie Burke. No class: Oct 31, Nov 28 Register in-person Thu, Sept 12 Ind. Elem. Cafeteria

6:45-7:45 pm $5 one time fee

Ages 4-8 years Thu, Sept 19-Dec 19 Ind. Elem. Cafeteria

6:30-7:30 pm $7 per week

Ages 9-16 years Thu, Sept 19-Dec. 19 Ind. Elem. Cafeteria

7:45-8:30 pm $7 per week

DON’T FORGET! Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in Eleyo so you receive any classrelated emails pertaining to changes, cancellations, confirmations and more.



Gymnastics Parent/Child Gymnastics

Ages 18 months-3 years Work together with your child as you practice different activities such as walking on a beam, throwing rings, forward and backward rolls, wall walkers, jumps, bear crawls and so much more! No class: Oct 3, 31 Mon, Sept 9-Nov 4 BLHS-Door M 9 Sessions

4-4:45 pm GC-300 $85

Thu, Sept 12-Nov 7 BLHS-Door M 7 Sessions

5:40-6:25 pm GC-301 $66

Preschool Gymnastics

Ages 4-5 years Let those little ones burn off some energy! The class will help with coordination, flexibility and balance. Your child will go through many activities including walking on beams, hanging on the bars, learning floor movements, trying out the vault and more. Children must be potty trained, parent must remain for duration of class. No class: Oct 3, 4, 31


Thu, Sept 12-Nov 7 BLHS-Door M 7 Sessions

4:45-5:30 pm GC-302 $66

Fri, Sept 13-Nov 8 BLHS-Door M 8 Sessions

4-4:45 pm GC-303 $75

Beginner Gymnastics

Ages 5-6 years This class will introduce children who have 0 to 1 year of experience using all four events designed for gymnastics including vault, bars, beam and floor. Some of the skills covered include backward roll, handstand and a cartwheel on floor. No class: Oct 4, Nov 5 Tue, Sept 10-Oct 29 BLHS-Door M 8 Sessions

4-4:55 pm GC-304 $92

Wed, Sept 11-Nov 6 BLHS-Door M 9 Sessions

5-5:55 pm GC-305 $104

Wed, Sept 11-Nov 6 BLHS-Door M 9 Sessions

6-6:55 pm GC-306 $104

Sat, Sept 14-Nov 9 BLHS-Door M 9 Sessions

10-10:55 am GC-307 $104

Mon, Nov 18-Dec 16 BLHS-Door M 5 Sessions

5:30-6:25 pm GC-308 $58

Tue, Nov 19-Dec 17 BLHS-Door M 5 Sessions

5:30-6:25 pm GC-309 $58

Wed, Nov 20-Dec 18 BLHS-Door M 5 Sessions

5:30-6:25 pm GC-310 $58

Wed, Nov 20-Dec 18 BLHS-Door M 5 Sessions

6:30-7:25 pm GC-311 $58

Intermediate Gymnastics

Wed, Sept 11-Nov 6 BLHS-Door M 9 Sessions

5-5:55 pm GC-312 $104

Wed, Sept 11-Nov 6 BLHS-Door M 9 Sessions

6-6:55 pm GC-317 $104

Fri, Sept 13-Nov 8 BLHS-Door M 8 Sessions

5-5:55 pm GC-313 $92

Wed, Sept 11-Nov 6 BLHS-Door M 9 Sessions

7-7:55 pm GC-318 $104

Sat, Sept 14-Nov 9 BLHS-Door M 9 Sessions

9-9:55 am GC-314 $104

Fri, Sept 13-Nov 8 BLHS-Door M 8 Sessions

6-6:55 pm GC-319 $92

Mon, Nov 18-Dec 16 BLHS-Door M 5 Sessions

6:30-7:25 pm GC-315 $58

Sat, Sept 14-Nov 9 BLHS-Door M 9 Sessions

11-11:55 am GC-320 $104

Wed, Nov 20-Dec 18 BLHS-Door M 5 Sessions

5:30-6:25 pm GC-316 $58

Mon, Nov 18-Dec 16 BLHS-Door M 5 Sessions

7:30-8:25 pm GC-321 $58

Tue, Nov 19-Dec 17 BLHS-Door M 5 Sessions

6:30-7:25 pm GC-322 $58

Ages 7-8 years This class will introduce children who have 0 to 1 year of experience using all four events designed for gymnastics including vault, bars, beam and floor. Some of the skills covered include backward roll, handstand and a cartwheel on floor. No class: Oct 4, Nov 5

High School Off-Season Training

Grades 7-12 Skills practiced in this class include full twisting and flipping vaults, handstand skills and releases on bars, flight series on beam and twisting on floor. Instructors: Amy Hedberg Mon, 7-9:15 pm and Thu 2:35-4:35 pm, Nikki Dilbert Thu 6:30-8:45 pm. Early bird discount if registered by Sept 3. No class: Oct 3, 31 Mon, Sept 9-Nov 4 BLHS-Door M 9 Sessions

7-9:15 pm GC-330 $183

Thu, Sept 12-Nov 7 BLHS-Door M 8 Sessions

2:35-4:35 pm GC-331 $162

Thu, Sept 12-Nov 7 BLHS-Door M 7 Sessions

6:30-8:45 pm GC-332 $142

Ages 8+ years This class focuses on strength and technique. Gymnasts work hard to build on basic skills already mastered including bridge kick-over, handstand to bridge, walk pull over on bars and comfortably jumping on the high beam. No class: Oct 4


Beginner Gymnastics

Advanced Gymnastics - Approval Needed

Ages 8+ years Take your skill level beyond Intermediate with this class. Approval is needed to take this class, please contact Wed, Sept 11-Nov 6 BLHS-Door M 9 Sessions

7-8:30 pm GC-325 $156

Wed, Nov 20-Dec 18 BLHS-Door M 5 Sessions

7:30-8:45 pm GC-326 $72

All classes held at Big Lake High School Auxiliary Gym. Enter Door M



Aquatics Seahorse 1 & 2|Parent/Child

Ages 6 mo-3 years Parents work with their child on body position, blowing bubbles, floating and entering/exiting the water on their own. Class is intended for swimmers to learn to be comfortable in the water and start to develop skills for swimming independently from a parent with assistance of a floatation device. This class is a combination of Seahorse 1 & 2 and instructors will determine your child’s level on the first night of class. No class: Sept 21, Oct 12, Oct 19, Nov 9, Nov 27, Dec 2 Sat, Sept 7-Nov 23 BLHS Pool Door M 8 sessions

9-9:30 am SC-100 $42

Sat, Sept 7-Nov 23 BLHS Pool Door M 8 sessions

11:20-11:50 am SC-101 $42

Turtle Level 1|Preschool Aquatics

Ages 3-5 years Class will focus on water exploration with learning how to float, blow bubbles, push off of the wall, kicking and small distance forward motion. Swimmers will learn personal water safety along with basic swim competency. No class: Sept 21, Oct 12, 19, Nov 9, 27, Dec 2


Sat, Sept 7-Nov 23 BLHS Pool Door M 8 sessions

9-9:30 am SC-103 $42

Sat, Sept 7-Nov 23 BLHS Pool Door M 8 sessions

11:20-11:50 am SC-104 $42

Mon/Wed, Nov 18-Dec 18 5:30-6:00 pm BLHS Pool Door M SC-105 8 sessions $42

Mon/Wed, Nov 18-Dec 18 5:30-6 pm BLHS Pool Door M SC-102 8 sessions $42

Turtle Level 2|Preschool Aquatics

Ages 3-5 years Class will build upon the first Turtle 1 allowing swimmers to swim and kick longer distances, submerge under water to pick up a ring from the bottom of pool, and jumping in from side. The benchmarks for passing will be submerging underwater, swim to float, and learning to jump and swim to safety. No class: Sept 21, Oct 12, Oct 19, Nov 9, Nov 27, Dec 2 Sat, Sept 7-Nov 23 BLHS Pool Door M 8 sessions

9-9:30 am SC-106 $42

Mon/Wed, Nov 18-Dec 18 5:30-6:00 pm BLHS Pool Door M SC-107 8 sessions $42

Ages 6+ years Swimmers will be introduced to underwater streamline, swimming and kicking longer distances, building on their treading skills, and jumping in from the side and swimming a certain distance. No class: Sept 21, Oct 12, Oct 19, Nov 9, Nov 27, Dec 2 Sat, Sept 7-Nov 23 BLHS Pool Door M 8 sessions

9:40-10:20 am SC-108 $44

Sat, Sept 7-Nov 23 BLHS Pool Door M 8 sessions

10:30-11:10 am SC-109 $44

Mon/Wed, Nov 18-Dec 18 6:10-6:50 pm BLHS Pool Door M SC-110 8 sessions $44 Mon/Wed, Nov 18-Dec 18 7-7:40 pm BLHS Pool Door M SC-111 8 sessions $44

Dolphin 1 (Level 2)

Ages 5+ years Swimmers will develop stroke technique in front and backstroke, and introduce the breaststroke kick and diving. Swimmers will continue to build on their endurance by learning rotary breathing. No class: Sept 21, Oct 12, 19, Nov 9, 27, Dec 2 Sat, Sept 7-Nov 23 BLHS Pool Door M 8 sessions

9:40-10:20 am SC-115 $44

Mon/Wed, Nov 18-Dec 18 6:10-6:50 pm BLHS Pool Door M SC-116 8 sessions $44

Otter 2 (Level 1 Advanced)

Ages 6+ years Swimmers will build on the foundations learned in Otter 1. Swimmers will work on swimming and kicking longer distances, explore simultaneous arm and leg motions on their stomach and back. Swimmers will focus on body position, control and directional change. No class: Sept 21, Oct 12, Oct 19, Nov 9, Nov 27, Dec 2 Sat, Sept 7-Nov 23 BLHS Pool Door M 8 sessions

9:40-10:20 am SC-112 $44

Sat, Sept 7-Nov 23 BLHS Pool Door M 8 sessions

11:20 am-12 pm SC-113 $44

Mon/Wed, Nov 18-Dec 18 6:10-6:50 pm BLHS Pool Door M SC-114 8 sessions $44

Dolphin 2 (Level 3)

Ages 5+ years This class will focus on stroke introduction and will continue with stroke technique and diving. Swimmers will be introduced to the dolphin kick and timed swimming events. Students will also be introduced to the butterfly. No class: Sept 21, Oct 12, Oct 19, Nov 9, Nov 27, Dec 2 Sat, Sept 7-Nov 23 BLHS Pool Door M 8 sessions

10:30-11:10 am SC-117 $44

Mon/Wed, Nov 18-Dec 18 7-7:40 pm BLHS Pool Door M SC-118 8 sessions $44

Shark 1 (Level 4) Stroke Improvement

Shark 2 (Level 5) Stroke Refinement

Sat, Sept 7-Nov 23 BLHS Pool Door M 8 sessions

Sat, Sept 7-Nov 23 BLHS Pool Door M 8 sessions

Swimmers will learn all four competitive strokes and will work on how to improve their swimming abilities. Swimmers will also be introduced to starts and turns while building their endurance for Shark 5. No class: Sept 21, Oct 12, Oct 19, Nov 9, Nov 27, Dec 2 10:30-11:20 am SC-119 $49

Mon/Wed, Nov 18-Dec 18 7-7:50 pm BLHS Pool Door M SC-120 8 sessions $49


Otter 1 (Level 1)

In this advanced class, swimmers will refine their strokes and learn about competitive swimming. Swimmers will gain endurance and learn skills on how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle. No class: Sept 21, Oct 12, Oct 19, Nov 9, Nov 27, Dec 2 10:30-11:20 am SC-121 $49

Mon/Wed, Nov 18-Dec 18 7-7:50 pm BLHS Pool Door M SC-122 8 sessions $49



Youth Sports Assoc. Listed below are Big Lake Area Youth Sports Associations. Please contact them directly for registration questions. Becker – Big Lake Youth Hockey Big Lake Baseball Association In-house & travel Big Lake Fastpitch Association In-house, local league & travel Big Lake JO Volleyball Travel: Ages 9-17 Big Lake Lacrosse biglakelax In-house & travel

Big Lake Youth Basketball Association In-house & travel Big Lake Youth Football Association Flag, local league & travel SWARM Wrestling BigLakeSwarm/ In-house & travel Great River Soccer Club Preschool-K, recreational & competitive





Adult/Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED

Could you save a life in an emergency? Be prepared with the skills necessary to prevent, recognize and provide care during an emergency. All participants will be American Red Cross certified in Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/ AED upon successful completion of the course. Instructor: Allen Berg Tue, Oct 22 Lib. Elem. Rm 114 1 Session

6-9 pm AC-223 $55

Thu, Nov 14 Lib. Elem. Rm 114 1 Session

6-9 pm AC-224 $55

NEW! Crochet a Baby Afghan

Learn to make a simple chevron-style afghan, solidifying your skills with the single crochet and pattern reading. Please bring 2 skeins of 1 color Bernat Blanket Yarn, and 1 Alternate color of the same yarn, plus a size L/8mm crochet hook. This is an easy pattern that only requires knowledge of the chain and single crochet stitches. You will need some basic experience with single crochet though! Instructor: Pam Whitcomb Mon, Oct 14 Ind. Elem. Rm 103 1 Session

6:30-9 pm AC-228 $27

NEW! Winter Spruce Tip Pot

Bring a splash of color to your entryway or porch. Bring a 16� - 24� container filled 3/4 full of soil. You will design your own beautiful winter spruce tip pot. This will be a hands-on class, please bring garden gloves. Park behind the Middle School by Door F and we will have carts available for you to transport your container. Instructors: Master Gardeners, Diana Quinn and Stephanie Thomsen Mon, Dec 2 BLMS Shop Rm 1 Session

6:30-7:30 pm AC-226 $45

NEW! Knit a Chunky Pillow Topper

Learn the super easy method of hand knitting on a table to create a chunky knit pillow! (This is even easier than arm knitting). You can finish this in an evening and have the skills to make one of those chunky blankets everyone is talking about! We will learn starting, stitching and binding off. We will also talk about sources, types, and care of blanket materials (if there is interest.) Please bring at least 26 yds. of roving yarn (like Mainstays Acrylic Roving Yarn). Instructor: Pam Whitcomb Tue, Nov 26 Ind. Elem. Rm 103 1 Session

6:30-9 pm AC-229 $27



Puppy Kindergarten

Teach your 9 weeks - 6 month old puppy basic obedience commands with the guidance of an expert trainer. Your pup will learn how to sit, stay, lay down and more! Playtime will take place to help puppies learn appropriate social skills. Basic immunizations per your veterinarian’s protocol are required. 4134 School Blvd, Monticello. Instructor: Cathy Mahr. No class: Oct 31 Tue, Sept 24-Oct 22 Enter lower level 5 Sessions

6-7 pm AC-208 $75

Thu, Oct 17-Nov 21 Enter lower level 5 Sessions

6-7 pm AC-209 $75

Tue, Oct 29-Nov 26 Enter lower level 5 Sessions

6-7 pm AC-210 $75

Thu, Dec 19-Jan 16 Enter lower level 5 Sessions

6-7 pm AC-211 $75

Basic Dog Obedience

Sit, stay, down and heel will be covered in this class. Additionally, pups will begin learning how to walk nicely on a leash. This class is designed for dogs ages 6 months and older. Basic immunizations per your veterinarian’s protocol are required. 4134 School Blvd. Monticello. Instructor: Cathy Mahr. No class: Oct 31 Tue, Sept 24-Oct 22 Enter lower level 5 Sessions

7-8 pm AC-204 $75

Thu, Oct 17-Nov 21 Enter lower level 5 Sessions

7-8 pm AC-205 $75

Tue, Oct 29-Nov 26 Enter lower level 5 Sessions

7-8 pm AC-206 $75

Thu, Dec 19-Jan 16 Enter lower level 5 Sessions

7-8 pm AC-207 $75

Driver Improvement Classes Ages 55+

Explore changes in laws, learn about the latest vehicle technologies, and learn easy-to-use defensive driving techniques. In addition, this class will explore traffic safety and accident prevention. Complete these courses and you could receive a 10% reduction on your automobile insurance premiums! This class is offered through MN Safety Center. To register, please call 1-888-234-1294.


4 HR Refresher Class Mon, Sept 23 5-9 pm Ind. Elem. Community Rm AC-218 Mon, Oct 28 12-4 pm Big Lake City Hall AC-219

8 HR Initial Driver Improvement Class Thu, Dec 19 9 am-5 pm Big Lake City Hall AC-220 1 Session


Meet Justin

Growing up in Big Lake, I had the opportunity to follow two passions of mine: sports & farming. I enjoyed my school years playing football & basketball while laboring in the local farmland. While attending the U of M Crookston I expanded my farming employment by working as a farm hand in Grand Forks. In more recent years my wife & I have enjoyed serving our local farmers & supporting our communities through the opportunities given to us by Thrivent. During our weekends we live an active lifestyle & enjoy trying new experiences. With our dogs always in close proximity we often find ourselves on a walk exploring new areas or at the lake. Family being of upmost importance to me has been highly influential to my business. I pride myself on providing support to everyone I meet to ensure they are financially confident for themselves & their families.

Retire Happy

Is Saturday the day you set aside to play golf, spend time with your grandkids or enjoy your hobby? In retirement, every day can be like Saturday. That’s a lot of time to fill and it’s important to have a plan. Learn from financial expert Tom Hegna’s book, Don’t Worry, Retire Happy: 7 Steps to a Secure Retirement. Instructor: Justin Bettinger, Thrivent Financial. Tue, Sept 24 BLHS Media Center 1 Session

6:30-7:30 pm AC-213 $12

Savvy Social Security

Careful planning can help you get the most out of your Social Security benefits. This workshop may help you determine the ideal time to apply and ways to maximize your Social Security benefits while minimizing taxes on those benefit. Instructor: Justin Bettinger, Thrivent Financial. Tue, Oct 15 BLHS Media Center 1 Session

6:30-7:30 pm AC-212 $12

Prepare Wisely: End of Life Strategies

This workshop explores how having a strategy in place can make things easier for your family after you’re gone. Attendees will learn what documents they need so final wishes are know. Instructor: Justin Bettinger, Thrivent Financial Mon, Nov 4 Lib. Elem. Rm 103 1 Session

1-2 pm AC-216 $12

Retire Fearlessly

The more you know, the more you can plan for your dream retirement. We will review and evaluate several different strategies that can allow you to thrive in retirement. Instructor: Justin Bettinger, Thrivent Financial Tue, Nov 19 BLHS Media Center 1 Session

6:30-7:30 pm AC-215 $12

Inheriting in Harmony

Transferring large assets to the next generation can be tricky. Managing the emotional connections is just as important as navigating the financial and legal processes and requires more than deeds and keys. Join us for this workshop to help you start the inheritance process. Instructor: Justin Bettinger, Thrivent Financial. Thu, Dec 12 BLHS Media Center 1 Session

6:30-7:30 pm AC-214 $12

Heart to Heart: Conversation Around Aging

Aging and the changes that come with the need for additional caregiving can have a significant impact on your personal finances as well as your family relationships. This workshop reviews the considerations to make in planning for changes that arise as we age, explains long-term care and provides tips for starting healthy conversations with family members that can lead to positive outcomes. Instructor: Justin Bettinger, Thrivent Financial Mon, Dec 16 Lib. Elem. Rm 103 1 Session

1-2 pm AC-217 $12



Fitness NEW! Aqua Burst

Give your joints a break by exercising them in the water! Water’s natural buoyancy lets you stretch and strengthen joints with less impact than land-based exercises. Water-based aerobics also can help with arthritis, osteoporosis and other health ailments. Instructor: Kaycee Taubert. No class: Nov 9, Nov 30 Sat, Nov 2-Dec 14 BLHS Pool 5 Sessions

7:30-8:30 am AC-227 $45

Jocks for Life - Basketball

Looking to play some early morning pick-up? Larry Tschritter will be in contact with you via email each week with information on the game, which gym to meet at and what day of the week (usually Friday mornings). This is ongoing so join anytime! Fri, Now-May 22 5:15-6:30 am BLHS-Gym AC-222 $20/school year


Uncover your hidden six pack and get fit while learning some realistic techniques of Tae Kwon Do with circuit training, toning, heavy bag work and cardio all in one! Session 1 will go over basic punches and footwork. Session 2 will add more advanced punches and kicks. Lastly, Session 3 will go over footwork and advanced theory. You will need hand wraps and boxing gloves. Instructor: Brandon Stein, Evolution Tae Kwon Do, 321 County Rd. 43, Big Lake


Wed, Sept 11-25 Evolution Tae Kwon Do 3 Sessions

7-8 pm AC-200 $25

Wed, Oct 2-30 Evolution Tae Kwon Do 3 Sessions

7-8 pm AC-200 $25

Wed, Nov 6-20 Evolution Tae Kwon Do 3 Sessions

7-8 pm AC-200 $25

NEW! Pilates/Sculpt Class

Postural alignment, strengthening and balancing muscles around the spine, as well as focusing on core muscles is the focus of this class. The class implements yoga as a warmup, and transitions into sculpting by using more weights and focusing on arms and legs. As the class progresses, focus moves into hip mobility, abs, belly and core. The last part focuses on glutes and hamstrings. You may experience a greater center of balance and enhanced coordination. Instructor: Amy Visci Tue, Nov 12-Dec 17 Ind. Elem. Comm. Rm 6 Sessions

6-7 pm AC-203 $45

Walking Club

Independence Elementary hallways are open for walkers before (6:30-7:45 am) and after (4:309 pm) school on school days only. Stop in the Community Education office located at Liberty Elementary School to purchase your walking button. Mon-Fri, Oct 11-Apr 24 Ind. Elem. Hallways

$10 AC-221

Women’s Self Defense

This self-defense seminar will help women and girls ages 14+ recognize potentially threatening situations from the six major attack categories. You will learn how to acquire verbal skills, physical techniques, and psychological confidence to effectively defend and escape an assault from any of the attack types, and gain insight into the use of frequently used self defense devices such as pepper spray, noisemakers, tasers and many others. Emphasis is also placed on empowering the mind, (which is the most effective tool in defending an attack), to overcome fear, and to let go of a victim mentality. Instructor: Jeff Woods, Young American’s School of Self-Defense. Tue, Nov 19 Ind. Elem. East Gym 1 Session

6-8 pm AC-225 $30

Community Education can only thrive when community members get involved. We’re not just talking about taking our classes - we need community members who are interested in teaching classes and paving the future. Community Education Advisory Council: Big Lake School’s Community Education Advisory Council is responsible for discussing and making recommendations regarding Community Education programs, classes, policies, budget and staffing. This committee is made up of interested volunteers of all ages who are willing and able to be actively involved in their community and local school district. If you are interested in joining this committee or if you would like additional information, please contact Community Education. We meet during the school year at Liberty Elementary in Room 114 at 6:30 p.m. Upcoming dates are: September 3, October 1, November 5, February 11, April 7, and May 5.


Get Involved!

Join the Early Childhood Advisory Council: The council invites dedicated parents to join us as we help make our early childhood programs the strongest and best they can be! Please contact the ECFE office for more information or to join. Meetings are held from 6-7 p.m. at Liberty Elementary School in Room 114. Upcoming dates are: September 30, November 4, December 2, January 6, February 3, March 16, and May 4. Volunteer Opportunities: We are always looking for community members to help run programming in our district. Volunteer opportunities range from assisting a sports coach to chaperoning a trip. There are a few requirements for volunteers such as passing a background check (if working with children). The most important requirement is a love for lifelong learning! Teach a Class: Do you have a passion or skill that you would like to share with the community? Sign up to teach a class for us and earn extra income! Are you interested but want to learn more information first? Just give us a call and we will go over all of the details!



Trips Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta + More!

Experience one of the most photographed events in the world by viewing over 100 colorful balloons at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. You’ll tour Albuquerque City, strolling the streets of Old Town, then witness the Balloon Glow at dusk. Travel plans for the rest of the trip include Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos Bradbury Science Museum, Taos City Tour, then Santa Fe City where you’ll experience history, culture and the unique architecture of this interesting city. This trip includes 5 nights hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, 7 meals and so much more! For details call CE at 763-262-2523.

National Parks & Canyons of the Southwest

Fly into Las Vegas and meet your tour director. Enjoy a panoramic Las Vegas city tour featuring the Old Downtown and the Vegas strip. Days 3-6 will be busy as you board your motorcoach and travel to Grand Canyon West, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Zion National Park. For the last night you will stay in Mesquite taking in the beautiful Valley of Fire State Park. Trip Travel Details: Sun-Fri, May 3-8 5 Nights $1,995 per person/double occupancy

Trip Travel Details: Fri-Wed, Oct 4-9 6 Nights $2,475 per person/double occupancy

Southern California | Rose Parade Trip

Arrive in beautiful Orange County where you will stay at first class Hotel Irvine for 5 nights. Day 2 you will experience highlights such as San Juan Capistrano, Laguna & Newport Beach traveling by Motor Coach. Enjoy a professional tour director while traveling the famous Highway 1. Other tour stops will include lunch at Lawry’s in Beverly Hills, Richard Nixon Library, Rodeo Drive, New Years Eve dinner party, Tournament of Roses Parade and much more! For details call CE at 763-262-2523.


Trip Travel Details: Mon-Sat, Dec 30-Jan 4 5 Nights $2,750 per person/double occupancy

ADULTS Opening Doors is a program for anyone 16 years of age or older with a disability.

Opening Doors

Apples, Apples, Apples-Pie Making

Martha Stewart could not do this apple pie bake any better than we can! We will make our own apple pie. Each participant will leave class with an unbaked pie ready to bake at home or freeze for later. Don’t worry - we have pie to sample and apple cider to quench your thirst. Register 1 week in advance so we have time to collect the apples. Tue, Sept 17 BLHS FACS Rm C112

6-7:30 pm $10

First Aid Kit

Be prepared to help when the need occurs. This kit will include Band-Aids, gauze pads, tape and other supplies. Come put together your very own first aid kit. We will also discuss how and when to call for emergency assistance. Thu, Sept 26 BLHS FACS Rm C112

6:30-7:30 pm $9

Microwaveable Heat Packs

Don’t let the chilly autumn days get to you! We will make a handy heat pack that will keep you warm all season long. Thu, Oct 10 Ind. Elem. Art Rm 255


6:30-7:30 pm $7

Snack Attack Pack

Who hasn’t had the need for a quick snack when you have been out and about. In this kit-creation class we will assemble a jar with those healthy options to hold off your hunger. We will add a few not so healthy treats too! Thu, Oct 24 BLHS FACS Rm C112

6:30-7:30 pm $9

Halloween Party

There might be scary ghosts and goblins at this event, for sure games and prizes. Sub style sandwiches and Halloween treats too. Do not miss this Halloween party. Registration deadline is October 22; we want to have enough treats for everyone! Tue, Oct 29 Ind. Elem. Coat Rm

6-7:30 pm $9

Turkey Craft

It is amazing what we can transform from a clay pot and a few feathers! This design will accent the Thanksgiving deco in your home. This turkey will give everyone something to gobble about! Mon, Nov 4 Ind. Elem. Art Rm 255

6:30-7:30 pm $7

Christmas Tree Creation

Thu, Nov 21 BLHS FACS Rm C112

Thu, Dec 19 6:30-7:30 pm Ind. Elem. Art Rm 255 $7

When Mother Nature calls be prepared! This unique kit will contain a roll of toilet tissue and some hand sanitizer. Come join the fun as we put together this laughable kit. 6:30-7:30 pm $9

Prairie Fire’s Peter Pan

Get ready to travel to Neverland! The cast and crew will lead you on a travel with a twist. Meet our Opening Doors staff inside the main entrance to high school). Captain Hook awaits you! Sat, Nov 23 BLHS Auditorium

2-3:45 pm $10/$6

Ice Cream Sundae in a Box

This sweet kit will contain a variety of toppings to make a spectacular ice cream sundae when you get back home. We will also have some of those sundaes to sample in class. Thu, Dec 5 BLHS FACS Rm C112

6:30-7:30 pm $9

This tree will be a holiday hit, hang it on your very own Christmas tree or give it as a gift to that special person in your life.

Friday Night Bingo

G3, I9, B1-Bingo is back for another season of fun. Amazing prizes served with a slice of pizza and other special treats will add to the excitement of the evening. Mark your calendar for a night of BINGO! Fri, Sept 13 or Dec 13 Ind. Elem. Comm. Rm


Traveling Toilet Paper Holder

6-8 pm $10/$6


Come with a friend or by yourself as we shoot a few hoops and get some great exercise. All players will engage in fun and good sportsmanship. Spectators are welcomed too! Fri, Nov 15 & 22 Ind. Elem. East Gym

6:30-7:30 pm 2 Sessions/$15

Holiday Concert

Join us for the beautiful sound of the season holiday concert. The Big Lake High School Bands and Choirs will perform a variety of music especially chosen for the holidays. Meet our Opening Door staff inside the main entrance to high school so we can sit together for this 7 pm holiday extravaganza! Mon, Dec 16 BLHS Auditorium

6:45-8:30 pm $5

Holiday Cookies

Make and take! Create special holiday treats for yourself and friends. You will have a great time making these seasonal masterpieces. Please bring a container to take your treats home with you. Register early - this class is limited and sure to fill up quickly! Tue, Dec 17 BLHS FACS Rm C112

Opening Doors offers classes/activities in the school districts of BuffaloHanover-Montrose, Big Lake, Becker, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and Monticello. Specialized activities offer educational, social, life skill and recreational learning opportunities for adults with a disability. Only activities in the Big Lake area are listed in this catalog. For activities in the other school districts, visit or request a current Opening Doors catalog by calling 763-682-8770.

6-7:30 pm $10

To register for any of these classes, visit Buffalo Community Ed at, or call 763-682-8770.


ADULTS ABE is a free program to help adults, ages 17 years and older, prepare for the GED test, learn English, and improve basic skills such as literacy and math.

Adult Basic Ed Basic Skills Work one-on-one with staff to acquire or improve math and literacy skills for work, training, college or personal enrichment.

GED (General Education Development) This program is available to ages 17+ who would like to earn their GED, which is equivalent to a high school diploma. ESL (English as a Second Language) Adults learn skills in listening, conversation, reading and writing English. Multi-level and advanced classes available.

Class Schedule Sept 10 – May 28


GED/Basic Skills Tuesdays, 6-8:30 p.m. Multi-level ESL Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9-11 a.m. Thursdays, 6:00-8:30 p.m. GED/Basic Skills/ESL Thursdays, 4-6 p.m. All classes held in Rm 103 at Liberty Elementary School

Child Care Free child care is available during daytime classes. Arrange with your ABE instructor at least a day in advance. Volunteering ABE and ESL programs welcome your help. Experience is not needed and training is provided. For upcoming trainings, visit: training West ABE Big Lake’s ABE program is part of West ABE, which offers programming throughout the west metro area. Learn more about West ABE here: www.westabe. org. Contact Information For more information about Big Lake’s class offerings, call 763-262-2523.

Paid Advertisements Free Family Event Come and experience activities to learn about the true meaning of Christmas Saturday, December 7, 9 am — 12 pm Lord of Glory Lutheran Church 15550 190th Ave NW, Elk River (Intersection of Hwy 10 & CR 15)

Free Breakfast

Take a walk through the Nativity Scene Gallery

Participate in the all kids Kazoo Review

Create a one of a kind keepsake ornament

Bake Sale

Looking for a gift? Bethlehem Boutique will specialize in low cost items—perfect for children to gift to loved ones complete with wrapping

Help in the creation of tie blankets for those less fortunate than ourselves

HOST A PARTY! Looking for the perfect place for a birthday or team party? POOL PARTY! Rent the Big Lake High School Pool for the perfect venue! Get the details online at

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Farmers Market Wednesdays, 3pm - 7pm June 5 - September 25, 2019

Lakeside Park, 101 Lakeshore Drive, Big Lake, MN

Winter Market Updates! Bummed the Summer Market ends in September? Save the date for the Winter Market at City Hall on the third Saturday of each month from 10am-1pm starting in November!

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Registration Online at

Stop by our offices located in Liberty Elementary School

Call CE @ 763.262.2523 Call ECFE @ 763.262.3233

Mail registration form with payment to 17901 205th Ave NW, Big Lake, MN 55309

Paper registration forms are available in the Community Education office or one can be mailed to you upon request.

Policies 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 receive a confirmation email, or an email letting you know you have been placed on a wait 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. Refunds/Cancellations 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 $7 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. Paid Advertisements Throughout the catalog, paid advertisements can be found. We do not endorse the organization or what it is advertising for.

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. Inclement Weather 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 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. Class Disclaimer 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. Non-endorsement Community Education does not endorse the opinions or business affiliations of the instructors used.

Pool Shut Downs Occasionally the pool is shut down due to circumstances that are beyond our control. If only one class is cancelled, there is no make-up class. In the rare situation a second class is cancelled, we make every effort to offer a make-up lesson. ECFE Specific Policies: Payment Class fees are per family, unless otherwise stated, and are due at registration. Payments can be made in multiple installments, if necessary. Sliding Fee Scale No one will be turned away because of an inability to pay for classes. See the Early Childhood section for the sliding fee scale. Immunizations Required 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. Class Location All ECFE classes are held at Liberty Elementary School. 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: FREE

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Permit No 9 Big Lake MN 17901 205th Ave Join us for a FUN CLIFFORD Big Lake, MN 55309inspired morning


full of activities featuring the beloved BIG RED DOG created by children’s book author Norman Bridwell

open house


Saturday Sept 14, 2019 10 am – 12 pm

• Meet the Teachers • Explore the Birth-5 year + families Classrooms Join us for morning full of fun! Come when you can, and stay for as long as you • a Play & Create would like. Check out all of our classrooms and get entered into free book drawings! • Book Giveaways Our teachers will lots of Clifford the Big Red Dog inspired activities set up for Uphave for Classes • Sign you and your child to Friends! enjoy together. • Make New

ECFE Open House - Featuring Clifford

Sat, Sept 14 10 am-12 pm See page 8 A FREE EVENT for children ages birth to five and their Grades 6-12 families at New to skiing or snowboarding? Not a problem, lessons are available! Need a lift Liberty Elementary ticket, equipment or lessons? We have a package that will suit your needs. Join us on ECFE the slopes at763-262-3233 Powder Ridge! Participants ride our bus to and from the ski hill.

Friday Night Ski/Snowboard Trips graphics ©

Fri, Dec 13-Jan 21

2:30-9:30 pm

See page 20

Winter Spruce Tip Pot Adults

Bring a splash of color to your entryway or porch by creating your own beautiful winterspruce tip pot. This will be a hands-on class, please bring garden gloves. Mon, Dec 2

6:30-7:30 pm

See page 27

Introduction to Wrestling Grades K-5

Work with the high school wrestlers and head varsity coach, Ryan Prom, in this introductory wrestling clinic to see if wrestling is for you! We will cover basic wrestling rules and procedures, takedowns, basic top and bottom techniques, benefits of wrestling, plus our values and mission as a program. Mon-Thu, Oct 21-24

6-8 pm

See page 21

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