November 2020

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

Frederick Douglass

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:
We’ve launched FIVE clubs
Check out the new early dismissal club on Thursdays!
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Family Connect:
November 21- Family Movie Night
December 12- Light Up Family Connect
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Shift Youth
Every Friday!
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Active Families
Running TWO Saturdays a month!
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HomeBuilders
KOT Site launching February, registrations open
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Our Family Connect is getting a Christmas makeover! Join us on December 12 from 6:00-7:30 as we LIGHT UP Family Connect! We will be turning off the lights and turning on the blacklights to give our families a taste of the blacklight experience we love to do each year.

For many years, Kids On Track has hosted a huge blacklight Christmas show where youth and staff work tirelessly through the fall with practices, making sets, and sewing costumes. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, we had to cancel this major event. This staff were just not satisfied with doing nothing for this time of year, so once again, we began to look at what we can do instead of what we can’t. And that’s when the idea formed to host a blacklight Family Connect night.

We are encouraging parents and kids to wear neon and white to this night so that they LIGHT UP when the lights go out. We will join our new favourite friend Charley Marley as she tries to LIGHT UP the season but her Christmas Cannon does not work as expected. Kids will go home with a Christmas treat bag, and families will get to take home the “12+1 Days Of Christmas Family Activity Box” with interactive things to do each night leading up to Christmas. This is an RSVP event, so make sure to claim your spot HERE

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

Check out some opportunities below

HANDYMAN: Our foyer is getting a facelift and we need a handyman to install blinds

Contact Franc at 780-481-2942 or franc@kidsontrack.org

The Christmas season presents as a duality for many families- the joy and wonder of the day mixed with anxiety and stress of how families are going to pay for all of the things that make the day so special.

One thing that Kids On Track knows very well is that family celebrations are meant to be shared with food. It is why for over 20 years we have been hosting large community family meals to celebrate the different holiday days we have in Canada. Due to COVID-19, we have had to put these celebrations on hold, but we still want to equip families with the necessary items to make a special family meal.

Kids On Track has partnered with the Jasper Place Health and Wellness Center to offer our local families a Turkey Dinner hamper or Christmas Brunch hamper for the holiday season. We know that times are tough for many families this year, and putting together a family celebration for Christmas may seem out of the budget. Kids On Track families can sign up with us to receive a turkey dinner hamper this season free of charge- our gift to you! The deadline to apply for a hamper is Monday December 14! Sign up today!

3 ways to sign up!

  1. Click the button below for online sign up
  2. Email Maria at maria@kidsontrack.org
  3. Call Maria at 780-481-2942 ext. 31

I don’t remember my dreams very often, but when I do, boy can they be strange!

Recently I dreamt that I was travelling on a road in Edmonton down to the river. The KOT Youth Manager Brad was driving, and the KOT President Dave was in the backseat. We were going to a boat launch river access spot. Why? Because KOT had run out of storage space, and we decided to claim river space to keep some of our stuff. So we were heading down to the river to visit a file cabinet anchored just off shore.

I woke up from this very strange dream and I’ve been pondering any significance in the imagery. To be honest, I thought it had more to do with the spicy sausage I had for dinner than any real meaning. But I couldn’t shake the images from my head.

What I came to realize is that the very real issue of not having enough storage space was dealt with in a very unconventional way– by claiming the river. Now, that is truly a solution that won’t work— can you say soggy files? But the concept is there.

As we face difficult situations, some that we feel completely unqualified to tackle, sometimes we need to think way outside the box in order to find a way to a solution. I never thought we would be doing online lesson plans! I never thought we would be hosting events for parents virtually! These unconventional solutions to our very real and present issues in society right now are not easy, but they are so, so worth it. Building community is not cancelled. Hope is not shut down.

What is your “filing cabinet in the river” moment this week?

(Sent in from a KOT mom)

Kid: You know what the worst costume would be?
Mom: What?
Kid: A ball.
Mom: Really?
Kid: Yeah, or an octopus with four children

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

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Character Club: New Early Dismissal Time

Kids Character Clubs have been given new life this fall. Our leaders have been working hard at creating safe and fun environments to support kids in their character development. COVID-19 may have thrown a curve-ball, but the staff have been engaging their creativity in how to connect with kids when there are still so many restrictions.

Currently, we are hosting Character Clubs at various locations in West Edmonton. Schools and community leagues remain closed to the public, so we have partnered with various churches in the area to host these much-needed programs.

There is still room in each of the clubs:

Tuesdays- Kids On Track (15641-96 Ave) 6:00-7:30
Wednesdays- Fellowship Baptist Gym (14323-107 A Ave) 6:00-7:30
Thursdays- West Edmonton Baptist Gym (17821-98 Ave) 12:30-2:00
Thursdays- West Edmonton Baptist Church (17821-98 Ave) 6:00-7:30
Sundays- Kids On Track (15641-96 Ave) 4:00-5:30

We are excited to announce a NEW CLUB happening Thursdays from 12:30-2:00 at West Edmonton Baptist Church for schools in the area who are out for early dismissal. Register ASAP as spots will go fast!

CLUB ON SUNDAYS?

Yes! We have launched a weekend club on Sundays from 4:00-5:30 at People’s Church 15641-96 Ave. This Club is unique in that there is a place for parents to go during the Club. Dave and Linda Roussel are hosting an “Explore the Christian Faith” group at the same time the Club is running. Join them in the People’s Church foyer for some discussion and exploring life’s questions in a Christian world-view context. All are welcome!