IMPORTANT: Major Capital Funding Project / Program Expansion Update

Hello KOSC Families,

We have an update on the development of 65 new spaces for Keating Out of School Care’s program, using the funds we have been awarded through the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Major Capital Funding Grant.

The School District has been extraordinarily helpful in this project, offering and provisioning space in the lower parking lot to install the four new modular units KOSC is purchasing to expand its program.  We were hoping the new buildings could be delivered in time for the 2018-2019 school year, but the recent court ruling on class size limitations has had schools across the province ordering similar structures all at the same time, and the backlog of several thousand portable orders means that delivery for KOSC’s purchase will not be possible until 2019.  While we would have liked to have had them delivered immediately and in place for this September, the limited capacity of the manufacturer to build portables to meet the demand has imposed this unavoidable delay on our project schedule.

We should be receiving the new portables in the spring of 2019, getting it equipped and ready over the that summer, with the newly expanded program in effect for the 2019-2020 school year.

Thank you for all the expressions of support from the KOSC community, and we will share news as it develops over the coming year.

Sincerely,

KOSC Board of Directors

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November Newsletter and After School Care Calendar

Hi everyone!

Here is our monthly newsletter for November. Check it out for information about Winter Break Camp registration and more!

November 2018

And here is the After School Care activity calendar for November!

November 2018 ASC Calendar

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Halloween Haunted House Date Change

Please note that the Halloween Haunted House has been changed to Monday, October 29. Kids will be walking down to the Lion’s Hall location with their portables and the kids at Lion’s Hall will be running the show! It is helpful to know that each portable will give their kids a choice of going through the haunted house with the lights on or the lights off, so that those kids who may find a haunted house a bit scary can have a less scary experience. The haunted house is super fun, so if you pick up your kids early, you may also bring them down and walk them through the haunted house yourself while it is running. If your child is a KOSC kid, but does not attend on Monday afternoons, you may also bring them to the haunted house, as long as you are with them at all times. For families with kids attending Lion’s Hall, please consider picking them up after 5pm so they can fully participate in creating a great haunted house experience.

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KOSC Annual General Meeting (AGM) – Wednesday October 24th @ 7pm

Just a reminder that our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is next Wednesday, October 24 at 7pm in the Pirate Portable. As members of Keating Out-of-School Care Society, all KOSC parents are invited and encouraged to attend. Light refreshments and free childcare (no children under age 3, please) will be provided.

Board members will be nominated and elected at the AGM. All KOSC members are eligible to vote in the election of Board members. If you are interested in becoming involved with the KOSC Board of Directors, please contact me and I will put you in touch with the current Board President, Liana Tupper.

We would love to see a strong turnout on Wednesday evening, so we hope that you will be able to attend. Our Board of Directors is a critical part of our centre — without a Board, we wouldn’t have a daycare! Your participation and support allows our programs to better serve the needs of the Keating community.

Please RSVP for the AGM by completing this survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VNGJM6H

Alternately, you may RSVP by adding your name to the sign-up sheets on the parent tables at Pirate Portable and Lions Hall.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Pro-D Day cancellation reminder

This is just a friendly reminder to all KOSC families that today is the last day to cancel for the October 19th Pro-D Day without charge. If you are not sure whether you have signed your child up for the Pro-D Day, please feel free to contact me to check in order to avoid any confusion. 🙂

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October Newsletter and ASC Activity Calendar!

Hello KOSC Families! Please read over the October newsletter. Lots of important information about Pro-D Days, staff, KOSC policies, and upcoming events!

October 2018 Newsletter

Also, if you are wondering what awesome activities your child will be doing in After School Care, please check out the activity calendar for October!

October 2018 ASC Calendar (The original Lions Hall Activity Calendar seems to have gone missing — we are searching for it today and will upload an updated calendar that includes the Lions Hall activities!)
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Tomorrow (August 22nd)

In the interests of playing it safe with the air quality warnings, we have made alternate plans for KOSC Summer Camp for tomorrow, August 22nd. Instead of going to Esquimalt Water Park as planned, we will be heading to Langford Lanes for bowling. We will be leaving KOSC around 10:45 and returning by 3:00.

Thursday is a site day, so there should not be any change of plans necessary. Hopefully by the time Friday rolls around, the air quality will be a little better and we will be able to proceed with our planned excursion to Gyro Beach.

Our awesome Youth Coordinator will be in touch with YAP families in regards to alternate plans for the older group. (The originally scheduled adventure was a bike trip, and even if the air quality does improve significantly by tomorrow, it will still probably be best to avoid outside exertion of that level.)

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Change of plans for Tuesday, August 21st

In light of the continuing poor air quality advisory, KOSC and YAP have cancelled the planned field trips for today. Both groups will instead be heading to Star Cinema for a movie. We should be back on site between 12:45 and 1:00.

We will be keeping an eye on the air quality alerts to see if there is any improvement, but given current expectations, it is possible that we will be making alternative arrangements for tomorrow, as well. I will endeavour to provide an update by the end of the day.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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