Waconia Kids Company

March Newsletter
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2021 Summer and 2021-22 School Year Registration Information

Opening registrations to current families:
Monday, March 1 - Friday, March 12

Opening registration to the general public:
Wednesday, March 17
Please remember if your child is ill to keep them at home.  Sharing any COVID -19 concerns with us will help us keep everyone safe.  As communicated by the school our district has a COVID -19 team that helps all departments and families navigate their way through COVID-19 concerns.  As we are all aware of COVID-19 symptoms mirror many other illnesses.   If your child is excluded due to COVID-19 symptoms but you feel it is due to another illness it is recommended you have them see your physician.  If your child is diagnosed with something besides COVID-19 their exclusion would be adjusted based on the new diagnosis.  Also please have a pick up plan if your child needs to be picked up due to illness.  Your plan should enable your child to be picked up in less than 30 minutes.

Please remember to notify Kids' Company if your child/ren have been sent home from school as well as any days after. The schools do not notify Kids' Company of any absences that happen during the school day. 
Highlighted Staff of the Month!




These staff members above are being recognized for going above and beyond their regular duties here at Kids' Company! They have all been an outstanding employee this past month. We are extremely grateful for all of them! 
March 1st:   Summer & School year registration OPENS to current Kids' Company Families only

March 12th:  Summer & School year registration CLOSES to current Kids' Company Families

March 17th:  Summer & School year registration OPENS community wide

March 5-12: Spring Break Non-school days will be located at Laketown Elementary 

March 31: Distance Learning Day will be located at Southivew. Online registration will open on March 8th and will close on March 19th. There will only be an online registration for this date 

April 2: Non-school day will be located at Laketown. Online registration will open on March 8th and will close on March 19th. There will only be an online registration for this date

April 5th: School and Kids CO is Closed

*** If your child/ren will NOT be attending the School Closure Days you will be charged your regular contracted rate for the School Closure days that are the same as your contracted days. In order to NOT be charged you will have to contact Patty Karels - and request a COMP DAY. ***

What to pack for Distance Learning and School Closure Days:
- Morning Snack
- Home Lunch
- Afternoon Snack
- Even though we do not have a designated homework time, your child is welcome to bring their homework and work on it during free time. 
- Outside Gear (Jacket, Snow pants, Boots, Hat, Gloves)
All students will be going outside as long as the weather is above zero degrees and is not raining. 


If your schedule has changed and you no longer need care during the School Closure days please let your site lead know ASAP

Hello preschool families, it’s hard to believe we are already in March and heading into spring.  We have some fun themes to talk about this month, with the first one leading us into spring break with a fun “beach day” on March 4th.
March 1st-4th:  Ocean
 We will be talking about Ocean animals and fun things we can do at the Ocean.  We will be having a Beach day Thursday the 4th, the children can wear their beach clothes (swim suits must have a cover up), bring a towel to relax on, wear their sun hats and sunglasses.  We will play a little limbo and other beach games. We will be talking about Thinking thoughts and feeling feelings this week in our Social Emotional lessons.  Letter C    Number 11
March 5th thru 12th  – Are non-school days so we will all be located at Laketown Elementary; an email was sent out with all the details.  You have to have registered to attend these days.
March 15th-19th:  Fairy Tales
            We will be talking about and learning about many well-known Fairy tales such as The Three Little Pigs, Jack and The Beanstalk and many more.  We will talk about how they are not stories of true life but made up tales.  We will even be growing our own bean stalks.  We will be learning how to be “Bucket Fillers” this week in our Social Emotional lessons.  Letter: O  Number 12
March 22nd-26th: Our State
            We will be learning a lot about Minnesota this week, What’s the state flower, state muffin, state bird and so on.  We will also be doing a few virtual visits to locations near us, to see how much fun we can have right here in our own state.  We will continue talking about “Bucket
Fillers” in our Social Emotional Lessons, and start filling our friends buckets with compliments and then see what happens to those compliments when we become “bucket dippers”.  Letter: G  Number 13
March 29th – April 2nd : Eggs
            We will be learning about all the different eggs that will start appearing with Spring being here (birds, turtle, fish, etc).  We will be making fun things out of eggs and learning a bit about the eggs and what happens when they hatch.  We will be making Smart Guesses this week in our Social Emotional.  Letter: Q 
Number 14 
                With the weather warming up we still ask that you continue to send all winter gear, until the snow is gone off the playground.  Once the snow is gone, our playground gets very wet and muddy, so please make are you either still sending snow pants and boots (if even rain boots) to keep dry or at least maybe an extra pair of clothes.
        Masks must be worn at both drop off and pick up.
                Please make sure you send both a morning and afternoon snack.  Keeping a few extras in your child cubby is an option and often works best.  Many of the kids are very hungry come lunch and are eating some of their snack as well.

Please call or text with child’s name 763-458-5217 when you arrive for drop off or pick up and a staff will come to the door

If your child/ren will not be attending Kids´ Company during a contracted day please call 952-442-0614 or email to let us know.

Please remember that all morning drop offs will be at the art room doors and all after school pick ups will be at door #15 off of the bus lanes.

Drop off: Please pull up to the main doors and call the Kids Company room at 953-442-0627 and a staff member will come out and assist you.

pick up: You can park in the parking lot. 
Then you will need to walk down the hill towards the playground. We will be using the door that goes directly into the dining room. That is door number 13.


Drop off: We will use the doors on the north side of the building that goes directly into the cafeteria. 
You may park in the parking lot as long as you arrive by 8:00 am.

Pick up: We will use the doors on the north side of the building that goes directly into the cafeteria door number 12.
You may park in the parking lot as long as you arrive after  2:40 pm.
Childcare options on Distant Learning days through Kids' Company

As directed by the Governor, we need to prioritize who we offer childcare to on distant learning days.  At this time Waconia Elementary Schools will have one distant learning day a month. 

How will prioritizing work?
All registrations are time stamped when received.
We will first confirm registrations of families that qualify and are confirmed as critical workers
We then will confirm the remaining spots with the families that have registered using the registration time stamp

What families qualify for critical worker statues

If you are a two parent household both parents will need to be critical works and supply documentation.  If you are a single parent household then that one parent needs to be a critical worker and documentation will need to be provided.  In both scenarios Kids' Company needs to be your only option as no one is home to care for your child.   

Who are critical workers
Please use this link and reference page 113 for the list of who qualifies as critical workers

How do you get your critical worker statues confirmed with Kids' Company 
On or before you submit your registration for Kids' Company, you will need to email your documentation to Patricia Karels at
You must provide a letter from your employer stating your position and their contact information. During your registration you will be asked if you are claiming critical worker status.  Please understand that you will not receive this statues just by clicking the box.  You will need to submit your documentation to Patty no later then the day you submit your registration.  We will not be following up with families that click critical worker statues on their registration but do not turn in their documentation.  Once Patty receives your documentation she will confirm if you meet the criteria.

Location of care
We will be at Southview elementary 

Hours of care
6:00 am - 6:15 pm

What to bring
Two snacks and a bag lunch
Clothes that are appropriate to be outside in
Labeled water bottle

Will distant learning be done while children are at Kids' Company?
Since this day is a planning day for teachers students will not have zoom meetings and will only be assigned homework.  Since homework can be done at any time during the day Kids' Company will not be having homework time on this day.  

Cost for critical workers
Care for critical workers is free from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Care before 8:30 am is $10.00
Care after 2:30 pm is $17.00

Cost for non critical workers
Care between the hours of 6:00 am and 6:15 pm is $45.00
The elementary school's have changed their outdoor temperature policy.  With that being said Kids' Company will also be adopting this new procedure.  

The old policy was children could go outside as long as the wind chill was at or above 0 degrees.
The NEW policy is children can go outside as long as the wind chill is at or above -10 degrees.

Kids will need to bring all their Snow Gear to Kids CO including:
Winter coat
Snow pants
Winter boots
Extra Mask(if old mask gets wet while playing outside

We will be going outside as long as the wind chill is at or above -10 degrees.
Don't forget to like Kids Co on Facebook to see any important updates and all the photos from day to day projects and fun activities your children enjoy while at Kids CO! Below is the link to our Facebook Page
Waconia Kids' Company Facebook Page Waconia Kids' Company Facebook Page
Who to contact when your child(ren) will be out for the day!

Southview Site- 952-442-0627
Site Lead-Yanet Rosales

Bayview Site- 952-442-0614
Bayview Site Lead- Ashlie Scheuble

Laketown Site-952-442-0667
Site Lead- Ashley Karels

WEC Site- 952-442-0649
Site Leads- Rhonda Bjerke/Sierrah Bjerke

Requesting a comp day please contact Patty Karels

Year End Tax Report for Kids Company~ How to Access

Go to:

Click on the “My Account” tab

Enter your home phone number and password

Click the "Documents" link from the toolbar.

From there, simply select the tax year you wish to view and print.

All family members who share the same Family ID number and were registered for Kids’ Company will be on the same report.

Kids' Company billing is on a contract basis. You are charged your contract rate everyday Kids Company is open NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH SCHOOL CLOSING. 

Comp days are for contracted days that your child does not attend, but you do not want to pay your contracted rate for that day. You may also use Comp days for Non-school days!

If you have any questions about billing please contact Patty at:

If School closes due to the snow then Kids Co will also close and you will not be charged for that day.

If school calls a two hour delay before 6 am  Kids Co will do the same and open at 8 AM.

If school closes 2 hours early then Kids Co sites will let you know ASAP if Kids CO will close 2 hours earlier than normal schedule.

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