End of the Year

End of the school year also means the end of our after school programs.During the last few weeks we did this:Seed planting May 2015

We planted some seeds in see-through plastic cups with water-soaked cotton balls.  The kids waited patiently for the sprouts to grow.  It did not take long!Pea Seed May 2015 A pea sprout.Yellow Bean Seed May 2015 A giant Yellow Bean Stalk – watch out!  And tiny radish sprouts besides it.

We went outside to playGoing Outside May 2015 and brought lots of equipmentOutsideEquipment May 2015It wasFunMay2015 When the weather wasn’t as nice we stayed inside and played Fruit & Veggie Twisterveggie & fruit twister May 2015 a card  game called “Racko”Playing Racko May 2015 and made beautiful accessories for our hair from tissue paper.Tissue Paper FlowersTissue Paper Flowers 2 We hope you have a happy and safe summer with lots of fun activities! We are looking forward to seeing you at one of our Summer Camp locations (Morning Glory PS – Pefferlaw, Sutton PS – Sutton or Jersey PS – Keswick) and that you will come back to our After School Program in September.  Registration for Summer Camp is open now and for all our other programs registration will start on Monday, August 3, 2015.

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A Brand New Beginning

We love after school programs

This is a very special week for us here at Jericho; the start of our regular programs for the year.  For the past month or so we have been very busy, finishing off another successful season of Summer Camps at three locations to best serve our community and completed planning for our upcoming “fall premiere”.  We have hired some new, awesome staff, who are eager to get to work.  We have trained new and existing staff, had fun at our Fall Family Fun Day, squeezed in a pre-teen dance at the Ice Palace and purchased supplies and snack for our cool after school programs.

Why do we think our after school programs are important?  We know how busy families are today with many activities to go to after supper and we are here to help with homework.  We offer structured and free play time; lots of gym activities and crafts.

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According to 2012 Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card 46% of Canadian kids get 3 hours or less active play per week and that includes weekends.  63% Of Canadian kids’ free time after school and on weekends is spent being sedentary.  How would not want to do fun stuff with their friends?  92% of Canadian kids said they would choose playing with friends over watching TV!

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We also serve healthy snacks for hungry stomachs!

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So if you have not yet done so, sign up for one or more of our free programs at https://jerichoyouthservices.recdesk.com and stay active!

Deer Park After School Program

Today we have a guest blogger; Kelsey Nicholls, Supervisor at the Deer Park After School Program:

At the Jericho After School Program located at Deer Park we value Jericho’s Mission Statement and stay true to it. The children and staff enjoy the enthusiastic company and engage in meaningful conversations as well as exciting activities. 

            In a recent gym activity, the program participated in a fort challenge which ultimately was a team building exercise. It involved cooperation, valuing each other’s ideas, sharing and safety. The materials included gym mats, 3 chairs for each team, and sheets. The participants were divided into two teams and were given 20 minutes to create the best fort to their ability. The only rule was that it had to include one room!

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After both teams finished they were invited to enjoy one another’s forts. This then extended into one big fort in the middle of the gym where the children were put to the test. They all had to work together in a set time limit to create the best fort they could including multiple rooms. Again the children came out on top as they created a fort with multiple rooms and had it last for more than 2 minutes before the walls fell over! All and all it was a total success!

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On another date we recently did a science experiment and created a cloud! It started with one participant and quickly turned into multiple participants! All we needed was a jar, boiling water, ice and hairspray. Previously we had created ice decorations, which came in handy since we had left over ones.

Here’s how we created it: 

With an adult, boil the kettle. Pour about 2cm of boiled water into a heat proof jar. Carefully swirl the hot water in the jar so that it heats up the sides of the jar. Then Turn the lid of the jar upside down and use it as a small container to put a few cubes of ice into. Rest it on top of the jar for a few seconds.

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This is where we put our ice decorations since they fit so perfectly. Take off the lid and quickly squirt in some hairspray. Put the lid, with the ice resting in it, back on top of the jar.

Watch the cloud form inside the jar.

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When it is fully formed, take the lid off and watch the cloud escape.  From this activity the children were given the chance to learn
multiple science facts.

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They learned that in the atmosphere there needs to be three things in order to create a cloud: 

1. warm, moist air

2. cooling

3. cloud condensation

The science experiment worked out so well, the children of Deer Park After School Program will revisit the experience. 

Sincerely,

Kelsey Nicholls, Supervisor