November 2021

“I believe creativity is an inherent part of everyone.”

Kermit the Frog, The Muppets

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:
Open for registration! CLICK HERE

Family Connect:
Back in-person on Nov. 13!
CLICK HERE

Shift Youth Fridays
Meeting in-person every friday!
CLICK HERE

 

Kid: Mom, if you burp with water in your mouth then water might come out of your nose. Then you’d have a nose gun.

Mom:…

 

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

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We are so excited to announce the production of our Annual Christmas Celebration is planned for December 11! This year’s show, Mayhem In Bethlehem, follows the Christmas story through the lens of a zany local news crew as they interview the characters of the story we know so well. It is sure to be a night of laughter and fun!

Want to reserve your spot? You can do that right here!

Want to donate a door prize for the event?

Contact sarah@kidsontrack.org or 780-481-2942 ext. 2 for more information!

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

Here’s a look at some of our current Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Check-In Team Member, Family Connect
  • Take-Down/Clean-up Team Member, Family Connect
  • Midweek Gift Bag Stuffer, Christmas Celebration
  • Door Greeter, Christmas Celebration
  • Check-In Team Member, Christmas Celebration
  • Usher, Christmas Celebration
  • Set-Up and Take-down Team Member, Christmas Celebration

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

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

Family Connect is BACK In-Person!

KOT is kicking off the Family Connect this year with a special treat; Dr. Awkward has finished making his time machine, and is ready to take us on a wacky trip. Where will the team end up? Hint: there may be dinosaurs!

We will be hosting this event in as a “Family Service” to continue to abide by the current restrictions. Unfortunately this means no meal will be served and parents will be staying with their children for Clubhouse. There will be no childcare for babies or toddlers open at this time. HOWEVER, it is still going to be a great night! And, every family will get a special treat bag to take home!

Family Connect

Saturday, November 13

6:00-7:30 pm

15641-96 Ave, People’s Church

CLICK HERE to reserve your spot!

The Journey > The Finish Line

We are in the middle of our Christmas Show prep which means sets are being made, costumes sewn, dances learned, and scripts memorized. The show will be great – it always is! As always, each year I am reminded that the final show is not the biggest part of this endeavor.

As we spend week in and week out with the youth in the show, we get relationship capital. As my own son is now a LITE in our leadership program, I am watching this happen right in front of me. Yes, we are learning choreography. Yes, we are painting sets. But it’s more than that. We are accomplishing a huge task, together. We are digging deep and finding resiliency and perseverance. We are shoulder to shoulder, learning to work hard and see that hard work pay off. We are tackling challenges and allowing them to watch us, the leaders, work through problems in a healthy way. The show will be amazing, I’m sure of it. But the mentoring that comes from this time is priceless.

We make an analogy with our leaders that mentoring is like a bank – we cannot make a relationship withdrawal until there are enough relationship deposits. This is a great guideline for parents as well. Have you put in the relationship deposits before making the withdrawals? Have you learned who Pok√©mon is, or what an Ender Dragon is? Have you listened to their favorite song? Making relationship deposits can look like a lot of different things, but at the end of the day, it’s time spent getting to know the person…really know them.

Now, parents don’t get a “show” at the end of their parenting (what end???) but the relationship capital is still vital. Remember, the journey outweighs the end.

Meet Our Team!

We are so excited to welcome Jessica Campbell on staff as our Children and Family Program Manager! Jess comes to us from the Intercultural Ministries program at Vanguard College, and has been on casual staff in our SHIFT Youth Program for the past two years. We wanted to give Jess a chance to introduce herself, so we asked her some wacky interview questions!

 

Q: Who is your favorite Avenger and why? There are right and wrong answers here.

A: Thor, because I think he’s so funny at the perfect moments! (editor’s note, this was a wrong answer)

Q: What is your go-to drink at Starbucks?

A: Iced peach green tea lemonade. Light ice. Always light ice.

Q: If you could be best friends with any sitcom character, who would it be?

A: David Rose from Schitt’s Creek. (editor’s note, Jess couldn’t stop laughing when answering this question)

Q: What is your favorite comfort food?

A: Pizza! I have a pretty big obsession with pizza.

Q: If you owned a poodle right now, what would you name it?

Q: Harold. (editor’s note, Jess answered this question before we even finished asking it)