June 2021

“Where there is life, there is hope.”

Grover, Sesame Street

Kids On Track has continued to keep a close eye on the requirements for programming. Please see below for any program updates or changes:

Character Clubs:
See you in September!

Kids Summer Day Camps:
Registration open now!
CLICK HERE

Family Connect:
BACK JUNE 26 IN PERSON
CLICK HERE

Active Families
Fun through the summer
CLICK HERE

HomeBuilders
Launching classes in fall, stay tuned!

Shift Youth Fridays
Final Friday until fall on June 18
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Shift Youth Summer
$10/day all summer
CLICK HERE

 

He Was Dead Serious

Kid: Wow Mom, there’s a lot of garlic in this stir-fry

Mom: Yes there is! Garlic is really healthy for you. It helps you fight off-

Kid: (straight face) Vampires.

 

Do you have a great quote from your kids? Send it to kristy@kidsontrack.org

Now is the perfect time to follow us on social media!

We do contests, announcements, and keep you informed about what’s going on at KOT!

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Shift Youth Social Media:

We are so excited to announce the return of Summer Day Camps at Kids On Track! This year, we will offer 7 weeks of both Kids and Youth Day Camps. We will be following all AHS guidelines for safety, and we cannot WAIT for summer to begin!

Kids Day Camps:

July 5-8– Youngstown School
July 12-15– Holy Cross School
July 19-22– St. Martha School
July 26-29– Our Lady of the Prairies School
Aug 2-5– West Edmonton Baptist Church
Aug 9-12– Mayfield School
Aug 16-19– Belmead School

CLICK HERE for KIDS DAY CAMP REGISTRATION

Youth Day Camps:

Monday-Thursday

Meet at Glenwood Community League
(Unless otherwise posted on the calendar)

CLICK HERE for YOUTH DAY CAMPS

Registration is open NOW!

We will work with what you can pay. If you need a subsidy beyond what is posted, give us a call at 780-481-2942. No child will be turned away!

Volunteering with Kids On Track isn’t just giving KOT support- it’s a community where you belong

Interested in getting involved? We’d love to have you on our volunteer team!

Contact Sarah at sarah@kidsontrack.org to get more information on volunteering!

Family Connect is BACK In-Person!

We are SO EXCITED to announce that Family Connect will be BACK in-person this month! We have missed you so much, and cannot wait to see your faces again. KOT is kicking off the summer with an outdoor Family Connect. Bring your favorite lawn chairs and blankets, it’s going to be a night to remember!

Family Connect

Saturday, June 26

6:00-7:30 pm

15641-96 Ave, People’s Church Parking Lot
Bring your own lawn chair!

CLICK HERE to reserve your spot!

The Cast

Well, it finally happened. I ended up in the ER with my oldest kid after a spectacular flip over his scooter handle bars. Because my two boys are adventurous and fearless (a super exciting combination), I knew it was just a matter of time before we had to do the dreaded trip to the hospital for stitches or an X-ray.

As it turned out, he broke his scaphoid bone in his hand. Now casted and his thumb stuck in a permanent thumbs-up, my kiddo has had to rearrange a lot of his daily routines as he cannot move the thumb on that hand.

My thoughts turned to times when we also must be still in order to heal. My 11 year old didn’t want to admit that he could not do certain things, and continued to try them causing a fair amount of pain. Lesson learned.

Being still is not in my nature. My go-to is to keep very busy, filling every moment with work and projects. However, being still is sometimes exactly what I need to work towards healing in my mind or emotions. Being still gives me time to really evaluate my circumstances and allows me perspective to make good choices in order to move through any healing that I need.

There’s a popular saying that says, “If you don’t heal from your wounds, you will bleed on people who did not hurt you.” As we jump back into “normal life” following so much stress over this past year, take a minute, be still, and decide what to jump back into. There may be things that you find don’t fit into your life anymore, and that’s ok.

Being still isn’t easy. It might mean turning off that second episode of the latest binge-worthy tv show. It might mean saying “no” to something, not because that something is bad, but because you are giving yourself space. And, as people around us learn to be still, let’s give them grace to say no to us as well.

I will not be going back to “normal” in the traditional sense. I will take time to be still, evaluate, and heal. Will you join me?

Kids On Track and Shaw invite you to Chip in for Kids by texting KIDS137 to 30333 to donate $10 to our programs. The donation will simply be added to your phone bill for the month.

Thanks to Shaw, Shaw Charity Classic, and an anonymous KOT donor, your $10 donation will be matched at 125%, turning that $10 into $25 for Kids On Track. It’s a small act that helps us in a BIG way! The donations and matched contributions raised through the Chip in for Kids program will help ensure that Kids On Track continues supporting children and youth in our community

Meet a Summer Staffer

Meet Naomi!

She is a long-time KOT-er and has returned to our summer staff as the Assistant Youth Coordinator. We asked her some interview questions, and we put her answers into emojis! See if you can decode her answers!

Q: Tell us your favorite late night snack

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Q: Who is your favorite Avenger?

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Q: Tell us your favorite unusual pet.

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Q: Where do you want to vacation after COVID?

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Q: If you could turn into any animal, what would it be?

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Q: What is your favorite thing to do in Edmonton?

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