Waconia Kids Company

October Newsletter
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!

Neva  from Bayview
Scott from WEC 
Heather from Laketown
Doug 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! 

Happy Fall!  We have had a great start here at WEC Kids' Company.  We have made many new friends and learned how to "Be Safe", "Be Kind" and "Be Respectful" in our school.  October will bring on one of the preschoolers favorite themes...DINOSAURS. But first we will learn about fire safety during Fire Prevention week.  We will learn to STOP DROP and ROLL and the difference between good fires and bad fires.  We will end the month talking about Pumpkins and having a "fall party" in our classroom.
     Oct 4-9:   Fire Safety
     Oct. 12-23: Dinosaurs
     Oct. 26-30: Pumpkins/Fall Party (more info to come)
*No School Oct 14-16, Kids Company WILL be open, location to be determined


The door used for Kids’ Company drop off and pick is located on the east side of the building and is the door to the left with the plain purple awning.  

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


Thank you for working with us as we work out the best way to send your children for pick up! 

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 and 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.

October 14th -16th (Non-School Days)
Kids' Co location will be at Bayview.
There will not be any field trips planned for these non-school days.
You will have until Wednesday October 7th to register for these days. Sign ups will be online or at your site.

October 28th - Distance Learning Day for K-5
Online registration will be open from Monday October 5th - October 16th. 
WEC will still be a regular contracted day
Registered students will be at Southview 

Please remember to pack a morning/afternoon snack as well as a home lunch with your child.

If your schedule has changed and you no longer need care during the Non-school 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 Patty 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 6:16 pm is $45.00
With the recent warm weather it is making everyone think about cooler temps, but it is still important to pack all the necessary gear for playing outside!
Extra Shoes
Extra Socks
Don't forget to like Kids Co on Facebook to see 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- Sierrah Bjerke

WEC Site- 952-442-0649
Site Lead- Rhonda 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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