Annual General Meeting – Tuesday, October 17th, 7:00pm

This is just a friendly reminder that our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be tomorrow, Tuesday October 17th, at 7:00pm 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 Tuesday 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.

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

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October 20th Pro-D Day Cancellation Reminder

Hi KOSC families!

This is just a friendly reminder that today is the last day to cancel for the October 20th Pro-D Day without charge. Please note that all cancellations must be made in writing/email.

If you have any questions or can’t remember whether you are signed up for the Pro-D Day, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Have a good one!

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October After School Care Calendar

Check out our spooky and fun October ASC Calendar! 

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October Newsletter

Please check out the October newsletter for important dates and information, including the upcoming Pro-D day and the Halloween Haunted House put on by Lion’s Hall. I can tell the kids are already excited for Thanksgiving and Halloween — we should have a lovely autumn!

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Capital Upgrade Plans for KOSC

KOSC families are invited to attend a forum and discussion on Tuesday, September 19th, from 6:00 to 7:00 in Pirate Portable.

We have advanced to the second stage of applying to the Ministry of Children and Family Development for a one-time Child Care Major Capital Funding grant.  Up to $500,000 in funds are available, so the difference this could make is substantial.  If successful, this funding could be used to replace some of our end-of-life portables, and possibly add new structures and equipment – thus allowing for the continuation of a program that has been so valuable to Keating families.

The application process is very detailed and rigorous, and it will be a community effort to complete the requirements within the short time frame given to us.  The purpose of the discussion on September 19th will be to give an update on the application process, as well as the effects on KOSC programming should we be successful, and undertake a major capital upgrade.  There will also be opportunities for KOSC members to get involved, and we will be grateful for any contributions in terms of time or expertise offered.

This discussion forum is open to any KOSC member.  Please join us if you are available, and we will see you there!

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Pro-D Day Registration Reminder (also: a quick note about the Pirate Portable Sign-Out Sheet)

Welcome back! Hope the first day back at school has gone smoothly for everyone!

This is just a friendly reminder that Pro-D Day registration has opened for all Pro-D Days for the 2017-18 school year (October 20th, November 24th, January 29th, February 23rd, March 5th, April 20th, May 4th, and June 29th). To register your child for Pro-D Day care, please send an email to kosckids@telus.net with the dates you require.

We’ve already received a lot of registrations — some days are already more than half full! — so if you will be needing care, I would recommend getting those emails in as soon as possible. You may cancel Pro-D Day registration without charge up to one week prior to the day in question.

Also, I just wanted to let everyone know that there seems to have been a weird glitch with our parent sign-out sheet for the Pirate Portable parent table — a whole bunch of children’s names seem to have gotten deleted from the Excel file on our computer by accident. I’ve corrected the file for next week, but in the meantime, if you do not see your child’s name on the sign-out sheet, just write in their name on the bottom of the page. I apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

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September Newsletter and First Week of School!

It’s hard to believe that the first week of school is here!

First and foremost, I would like to take a moment to welcome you and your family to another year at Keating Out-of-School Care. You should have received an email with additional information about your child(ren)’s room placement and leaders for Before and/or After School Care, as well as the September newsletter with important dates and information.

September 2017

The first week of school can be a bit chaotic in terms of attendance, especially on days with early dismissal and/or kindergarten gradual entry. Because the schedule is so different, there is a high demand for drop-in care from families who may not ordinarily be registered on certain days. On the other hand, many families with regular spaces opt to make alternate pick-up arrangements during those first few days rather than send their child to KOSC.

A few quick reminders:

– KOSC is closed for the stat holiday on Monday, September 4th.

– Tuesday, September 5th is the first day of classes for children in Grades 1 – 5. Class will run from 8:40am to 10:15am for these grades. KOSC will be open for Before School Care from 7:00am to 8:40am, and for After School Care from 10:15am to 6:00pm. We can also provide full-day care for any Kindergarten children who are ordinarily registered to attend on Tuesdays.

– Wednesday, September 6th is a regular day for Grades 1 – 5, and it is the first day of Gradual Entry for children in Kindergarten. If your Kindergarten child is registered for Wednesday Before School Care, you may drop them off at KOSC as early as 7:00am and must pick them up by 2:46pm; if they are registered in Wednesday After School Care, you may drop them off after 8:40am and must pick them up by 6:00pm. (If they are registered for both Before AND After School Care, you can drop off and pick up any time between 7:00am and 6:00pm.  🙂  )

Some parents prefer to drop their child off and/or pick them up from their classroom session directly, which is totally fine — we just need to know which time periods we should be expecting your child to be at KOSC.

– Gradual Entry continues for Kindergarten students on September 7th, 8th, 11th, and 12th. On Wednesday, September 13th, all students will be on the regular class schedule of 8:40am to 2:46pm, and Before and After School Care will proceed as normal.

– If your child has a regular space for Before and/or After School Care, you MUST inform us if he or she will not be in attendance on a day that they would ordinarily attend. This is especially critical for After School Care, as if a child does not show up within ten minutes after dismissal time, we must call you to confirm their absence and, in the event that we are unable to reach you, we will need to initiate our Missing Child Procedure.

Licensing requires that we are informed of absences by the parent or guardian, so even if the school office or your child’s teacher tells us that your child is away or was picked up early, we still need you to call or send an email to let KOSC know, as well.

Thank you in advance!

Please note that if your child is attending both Before and After School Care, their portable placement may be different in the mornings and afternoons. The Morning or Afternoon Supervisor will be able to direct you and your child to the correct portable.

If your child is in Grade 4 or 5, they have been assigned to the Lions Hall for any days that they are registered for Before and/or After School Care. This is the first year that we have used Lions Hall for Before School Care, so please make sure that you review the information in the newsletter about drop-off times for mornings.

Finally, I would like to invite everyone to take a moment to read over the latest edition of the Parent Handbook and Registration Information Sheet. There have been some policy updates in recent months, so I encourage everyone to review this important information.

Parent Handbook 2017-2018

Registration Information Sheet 2017-18

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. We are looking forward to another fun and exciting year here at KOSC!

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