Waconia Kids Company

February Newsletter
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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!

Kimberlie from Bayview

Bionca from WEC 

Jasmine from Laketown

Koby from Southview 

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! 
Welcome back, it has been so nice to see all the children again and to catch up on their fun and exciting stories.  This month we will be talking about:
                                Feb 1-5: Loving others  We will be learning about taking turns, giving to others, loving others and how to apologize to others when we make mistakes.  We will be making thank you cards for the community, talking about Bucket filers and dippers along with attempting to make a friendship blanket. Letter: N,  Number: 7, Social skills:  Size of the problem
                                Feb. 8-12: Valentines  We will be making many valentine projects this week.  We will also do some fun activities with conversation hearts.  Did you know that conversation hearts make great learning tools???  If you happen to have any extras at home or would like to donate a bag or two,  we would greatly appreciate it.  We will be counting, making patterns and playing games with them.  We will also be having a valentines party on Friday Feb. 12th,  watch your child’s backpack for a class list, if you choose to send valentines to exchange (this is optional).  . Letter: Y,  Number: 8, Social skills:  Problem solving skills
                                Feb. 15-19 & 22-26: Transportation  This is another preschool favorite to learn about.  We will be talking about all things that fly, float and drive.  We will make a shooting rocket, like they send into space and some other fun projects that have wings and wheels.  We will float boats and drive into the dirt with construction vehicles.  . Letter: A/Z,  Number: 9/10, Social skills:  The group plan/Thinking Thought and Feeling feelings
The Pyramid skill of the month for February is Teach problem solving skills using the 4 steps that lead to possible solutions.
Kids who feel overwhelmed or hopeless often won't attempt to address a problem. But, when you give them a clear formula for solving problems, they'll feel more confident in their ability to try. 

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. 
You may park in the parking lot as long as you arrive after  3:00 pm.
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

February 5th: School closure day has been changed to April 2nd(School and Kids CO will be open normal hours)

February 15th: School and Kids CO are both CLOSED for Presidents Day!

February 24th: Distance Learning Day for K-5
Online registration will be open from  February 1st - February 10th
WEC will still be a regular contracted day
Registered students will be at Southview 

March 5-12: Registration for Spring Break will open on February 8th and will close on February 17(registration will be available online)

*** 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

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
With the chilly temps and random snow falls it is important to pack all the necessary gear for playing outside!
Jackets, Hats, Gloves, Snow pants, Boots
Extra Shoes
Extra Socks

All students will be going outside as long as the temperature is above Zero 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 Lead- 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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