A number of grants were written in August dealing with Early Childhood Family Education. The program already received the Parent Aware designation. This means a state approved curriculum is used in our School Readiness classroom and the teachers have been trained in curriculum and assessment. Another grant was written for Early Learning Scholarships as one of the schools in Region 9 that had funding available. That was also approved and will add some days to our School Readiness year. More publicity will be coming from the Minnesota State Department of Education on the details of this program.
Preschools have started for the year and the children have settled into a routine fairly easy. Upcoming classes for two years olds will start on Monday, Sept. 23, 6-7:30 p.m. for nine sessions. Toddlers are planned for Thursdays, 6-7:15 p.m. beginning Thursday, Oct. 3 for six sessions this fall. We use the child’s birthday as of Sept. 1 when choosing which class to attend as it keeps children and families together until they are ready to start kindergarten.
Early Childhood Screening will be held on Thursday, Oct. 10 with appointments open between 10 a.m. and 12 noon at this time. Children who will be 4 by Dec. 31 are invited to participate in this fall date, as well as any who have moved into the district and not had it done.
ECFE Newsletters were mailed out last week or given to parents who attended the open house events. If you did not receive one, please call and we will get one to you. An additional item that residents may want is the newest babysitting list that was put together last month.
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The next 55 Alive/Mature Driving 4-hour renewal class will be on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 1-5 p.m. An 8 hour first time class is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12 beginning at 8 a.m. Material is being revised and the fee will go up after Dec. 31.
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The first advisory board meeting for Community Education will be on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. in Room 109. The group meets five times a year.
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The next outing needing attention is for Wednesday, Oct. 30 to “Fiddler on the Roof” at the Chanhassen. Some of the songs included are “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” and “Sunrise, Sunset”. It is the main stage production and includes a noon luncheon. Sign-up is needed by Sept. 30.
A second trip has been scheduled for the Church Basement Ladies at the Plymouth Playhouse. It will be on Friday, November 8 and is entitled “The Last (Potluck) Supper.” This is the fifth musical in the series. Would depart at 8:45 a.m. and return by 5:30 p.m.
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Renaissance Festival discount tickets are available in this office. They are $5 less than the gate price and can be used until the last weekend of September.
The Community Education office is located in Room 109 of the Sleepy Eye High School. School day hours are generally 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Since staff is part-time, they may not always be in the building. You can call and leave a message on voice mail, 507-794-7873, and we will get back to you with more information. Another option is to e-mail staff with questions and to sign-up. Addresses are on the school website.