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  • Birth-1 Ready! for Kindergarten

    What is Ready!? Ready! For Kindergarten provides workshops and take home materials and tools to inspire and empower parents and caregivers to help babies and young children develop strong brain connections that determine how they will think, learn, and grow. Parents and caregivers attend a series of workshops each year, based on their child’s age. They learn new skills and helpful tips to nurture development in ways that foster academic skills and personal behaviors to boost children’s motivation, perseverance and engagement in learning. Ready! facilitates interactions and active learning by using movement, play, exploration, communication and all of the child’s senses-seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, and tasting Ready! for Kindergarten is a series of three parent classes per year (fall, winter, spring) for parents of children aged birth to five. Register for each child separately. This class is for parents with children who will enter kindergarten in 2027.
  • Books and Beyond 2-5 years- Non-Separating

    Delve into the world of imagination with your child through books. In the 1 1/2 hour non-separating class you and your child will experience art, math, science, music and nutritional activities that will correspond with books you'll be reading. Parenting tips will be shared and outdoor experiences will be provided weather permitting.
  • Busy Bodies (10-18 months)

    Rolling...creeping...crawling...walking! Share some special time with your "little mover". Get together with other parents with children of similar age to engage with your little ones as well as have discussion with other parents. Topics range from child development to finding some time for yourself. Outdoor experiences will be provided weather permitting.
  • CHANHASSEN DINNER THEATRE “THE PROM”

    It’s a story of love, acceptance and embracing the person you were meant to be. A troupe of hilarious, self-absorbed and down on their luck Broadway stars shake up a small Indiana town as they rally behind a teen who wants to go to the prom with her girlfriend.
  • CHESS 1.2 WINTER

    {YEL!} Grandmasters of Chess 1.2 Winter For grades K-5 New and returning students invited. Our winter session focuses on advanced beginner and intermediate concepts. The {YEL!} Teach It! Practice It! Play It!® method keeps chess students progressing through 60+ chess lessons and thousands of puzzles as well as guided games and in-class tournaments. Class fee includes ChessKid.com membership for the session. Sign up today. Visit YELKids.com for more details. https://youtu.be/W-n_6gIqXZg https://youthenrichmentleague.com/portfolio-item/chess-classes-for-kids/
  • CHESS 1.3 SPRING

    {YEL!} Grandmasters of Chess 1.3 Spring For grades K-5 Returning students invited. Our spring session focuses on intermediate and advanced concepts and features an end-of-year in-class tournament. The {YEL!} Teach It! Practice It! Play It!® method keeps students progressing through 60+ chess lessons and thousands of puzzles as well as guided games. Class fee includes ChessKid.com membership for the session. Sign up today. Visit YELKids.com for more info. https://youthenrichmentleague.com/portfolio-item/c...
  • COMPASSIONATE CONVERSATION

    When community members experience suffering through grief or loss, it is not solely the task for professionals to offer support. The responsibility to take care of one another in difficult times belongs to all of us. Only through compassionate conversations are we able to come together and heal. Learn how to have those difficult conversations and show genuine compassion to those in your life. This guided discussion will be faciltated by Lynn Waterbury and staff / volunteers of NicBlue Cares.
  • COMPOSTING WITH WORMS

    Build a worm composting bin and learn how to turn kitchen scraps into natural plant fertilizer! Go home with a finished worm bin and red worms ready to compost.
  • CRAFT LAB

    The Craft Lab is located in room 152 of Lincoln Community Center. This space is to be a positive resource for Mankato area crafters of all levels. We have equipment and supplies available for use that include (but are not limited to) sewing machines, work lights, and many crafting tools. Our lab is spacious with long tables and plenty of room to spread out and work on anythng from sewing to scrapbooking, knitting, quilting or anything in between. The Craft Lab is open for individual use by punch card. You may also reserve the space for your group. For more information, please contact the Mankato Community Education Office at 507-387-5501.
  • Classes

    Mankato Area Public Schools Community Education provides a variety of course offerings for school age students designed to expand knowledge, gain and improve skills and also provide opportunities to explore new areas of interest.
  • Classes

    A variety of opportunities for adults of all ages.
  • Co-Rec Social Volleyball

    Wednesday evenings 6:30-9:00 pm. Informal Recreational Volleyball. Only for athletes NOT participating in Community Education Volleyball League. Fee: $25 Registration Deadline: February 1nd. (Must have minimum of 16 registrants)
  • Connections

    Registration for Summer Connections will open on Feb 6th @ 7:30am. Registrations will be available online or in person at the Lincoln Community Center Connections office.
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  • DASH Floor Hockey

    DASH Sports floor hockey camps provide players a well-rounded hockey experience covering a broad range of skills training and skill-based games. Players will be taught how to properly stickhandle, pass, shoot, and play defense in a fun and positive environment. Athletes should bring a water bottle. Sticks and pucks are provided.
  • DASH T-Ball TYKES

    Looking for a fun introduction to T-ball? DASH Sports T-ball tykes camp introduces players to key elements of throwing, fielding/catching, batting, and baserunning. The final day of classes is ‘Game Day’ and athletes will showcase their skills in a game environment. Athletes should bring a water bottle and a baseball glove. Baseballs and bats are provided. Parent participation is recommended as needed.
  • DOG SAFETY - "WHAT IS THAT DOG TRYING TO TELL ME?"

    Understanding the body language of a dog (large or small) is important to the safety of the animal and the people around them. Nicole Lueck, Certified Veterinary Technician from MN Valley Pet Hospital is here to help kids and adults identify behaviors that communicate a dog’s feeling including but not limited to: fear, aggression, injury, or anxiousness. Understanding dogs that belong to you or that exist in shared spaces is a critical step in assuring safety for all parties.
  • DUNGEONS & DRAGONS MIDDLE SCHOOL AFTER SCHOOL DMMS

    DUNGEONS & DRAGONS CLUB LOCATION - Dakota Meadows Middle School *Due to the popularity of DnD, we have a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday Club available Winter Term of 2023. Each club meets only 1 day per week to accommodate more students / more interest. Students are welcome to register for multiple clubs, but you may only attend the club on the day(s) you are registered (priced at $75 per club). Each club has limited enrollment, so register EARLY if you intend to participate. Participants will notice a higher cost for Dungeons & Dragons Club. Due to small club size necessary for DnD, we need adjust the price to cover salary and expense costs. Exception is Monday club. This day is available at a lower cost due to the non school days scheduled in Janauary. ABOUT MIDDLE SCHOOL AFTER SCHOOL Middle School After School Clubs meet after school (when classes are in session). Most clubs meet one day per week. There are exceptions such as parent teacher conferences or days when after school programming is cancelled due to weather other unforeseen circumstances. When changes are made to the original schedule, the Mankato CER office will communicate with parents via text or email, so please be certain that your payer account stays updated with accurate email and phone contact information. HOW MANY DAYS PER WEEK CAN I ATTEND MSAS? During the 2022-23 school year, Middle School After School will be open at Prairie Winds and Dakota Meadows Middle Schools from 3:20 - 5:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday afternoons. No programming on Wednesday or Friday. You should attend MSAS on the day(s) your club(s) are in session. You may also attend MSAS on the day(s) you are not enrolled in a club but want to stay after school to wait for a ride. We call this time (outside of your club time) "Student Union." During Student Union you can work on homework, use games activities provided by the program, and hang out with friends. Only authorized computer games (shooter games prohibited) and authorized, age appropriate content will be allowed on cell phones or devices during MSAS. WHO CAN ENROLL IN MIDDLE SCHOOL AFTER SCHOOL? Middle School After School is open to students in grades 6-8, attendig Prairie Winds or Dakota Meadows Middle Schools. You must be registered for AT LEAST 1 club to use the Student Union on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday. You must be registered BEFORE attending clubs. Registration is only done through the Community Education Office, not the middle school. Call the Mankato Community Education Office for registration assistance at 507-387-5501. Keep scrolling to learn about financial aid from Greater Mankato Area United Way Connecting Kids. Popular clubs are available on multiple days per week to allow for more youth participation. Cost per club varies. Drama Kids registration is via their website. Go online at dramakids.com/mankato-stpeter-new-ulm-mn for complete schedule, cost and DK program information. WHERE TO REPORT Immediately after the final bell of the school day, students enrolled in Middle School After School should report to the cafeteria. You should report to MSAS with EVERYTHING you need for clubs or to take home. This includes jackets, chromebooks, homework, cell phones, band / orchestra instruments or any personal items. You WILL NOT be able to go to your locker after 3:30 pm when the academic wings are locked There will be a sign indicating the check in area and MSAS site supervisors will be ready to distribute a snack and take attendance. From 3:20 - 3:45 pm, students will be in the cafeteria having a snack, visiting with friends, and unwinding from the school day. Site Supervisors will have organized games or art supplies available for student use. Youth can also use this time to complete homework. This is also time when students can locate their teachers for questions or to make up work. Check in with MSAS Site Supervisors before locating your classroom teacher. TRANSPORTATION HOME Clubs begin at 3:45 pm and end at 5:00 pm. Transportation is not available. Parents / Guardians must arrange for pick up at 5:00 pm. All youth participating in the Middle School After School Student Union or Clubs should report to the cafeteria immediately after the final bell of the day for a snack and check in with staff. Site Supervisors will assure students are directed to the right location for their club or have proper supervision and age appropriate activity until picked up. SAFETY & CONDUCT We ask that any student enrolled in Middle School After School be prepared to follow school day rules for conduct as well as any COVID mitigation guidelines including but not limited to: staying home when you are ill and following CDC guidelines when you test positive for COVID. If you have any additional questions about the program or your participation, please contact Melanie Schmidt, Enrichment Program Coordinator with MAPS Community Education at 507-207-3044 or email mschmi3@isd77.org REFUNDS If you wish to withdraw your registration from a club, you must do so a MINIMUM of 4 business days prior to the start date of the club. Refunds will not be granted fewer than 4 days prior to the start date of the club and after the club has started. If space allows, you will be allowed to join a club after the start date, but the cost will not be pro-rated. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Greater Mankato Area United Way Connecting Kids Fee discounts are available particularly for those who qualify for FREE or REDUCED lunch. For more information on possible scholarships, contact Jennifer Stratton at Connecting Kids. Her email is connectingkidsmankato@gmail.com or by phone at 507-207-3042. You may also visit the Connecting Kids website at connectingkidsmankato.org. You must complete the 2022-23 Application For Educational Benefits before requesting a schoarship. This application is available from your school.
  • DUNGEONS & DRAGONS MIDDLE SCHOOL AFTER SCHOOL PWMS

    DUNGEONS & DRAGONS CLUB LOCATION -Prairie Winds Middle School Each club has limited enrollment, so register EARLY if you intend to participate. ABOUT MIDDLE SCHOOL AFTER SCHOOL Middle School After School Clubs meet after school (when classes are in session). Most clubs meet one day per week. There are exceptions such as parent teacher conferences or days when after school programming is cancelled due to weather other unforeseen circumstances. When changes are made to the original schedule, the Mankato CER office will communicate with parents via text or email, so please be certain that your payer account stays updated with accurate email and phone contact information. HOW MANY DAYS PER WEEK CAN I ATTEND MSAS? During the 2022-23 school year, Middle School After School will be open at Prairie Winds and Dakota Meadows Middle Schools from 3:20 - 5:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday afternoons. No programming on Wednesday or Friday. You should attend MSAS on the day(s) your club(s) are in session. You may also attend MSAS on the day(s) you are not enrolled in a club but want to stay after school to wait for a ride. We call this time (outside of your club time) "Student Union." During Student Union you can work on homework, use games activities provided by the program, and hang out with friends. Only authorized computer games (shooter games prohibited) and authorized, age appropriate content will be allowed on cell phones or devices during MSAS. WHO CAN ENROLL IN MIDDLE SCHOOL AFTER SCHOOL? Middle School After School is open to students in grades 6-8, attendig Prairie Winds or Dakota Meadows Middle Schools. You must be registered for AT LEAST 1 club to use the Student Union on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday. You must be registered BEFORE attending clubs. Registration is only done through the Community Education Office, not the middle school. Call the Mankato Community Education Office for registration assistance at 507-387-5501. Keep scrolling to learn about financial aid from Greater Mankato Area United Way Connecting Kids. Popular clubs are available on multiple days per week to allow for more youth participation. Cost per club varies. Drama Kids registration is via their website. Go online at dramakids.com/mankato-stpeter-new-ulm-mn for complete schedule, cost and DK program information. WHERE TO REPORT Immediately after the final bell of the school day, students enrolled in Middle School After School should report to the cafeteria. You should report to MSAS with EVERYTHING you need for clubs or to take home. This includes jackets, chromebooks, homework, cell phones, band / orchestra instruments or any personal items. You WILL NOT be able to go to your locker after 3:30 pm when the academic wings are locked There will be a sign indicating the check in area and MSAS site supervisors will be ready to distribute a snack and take attendance. From 3:20 - 3:45 pm, students will be in the cafeteria having a snack, visiting with friends, and unwinding from the school day. Site Supervisors will have organized games or art supplies available for student use. Youth can also use this time to complete homework. This is also time when students can locate their teachers for questions or to make up work. Check in with MSAS Site Supervisors before locating your classroom teacher. TRANSPORTATION HOME Clubs begin at 3:45 pm and end at 5:00 pm. Transportation is not available. Parents / Guardians must arrange for pick up at 5:00 pm. All youth participating in the Middle School After School Student Union or Clubs should report to the cafeteria immediately after the final bell of the day for a snack and check in with staff. Site Supervisors will assure students are directed to the right location for their club or have proper supervision and age appropriate activity until picked up. SAFETY & CONDUCT We ask that any student enrolled in Middle School After School be prepared to follow school day rules for conduct as well as any COVID mitigation guidelines including but not limited to: staying home when you are ill and following CDC guidelines when you test positive for COVID. If you have any additional questions about the program or your participation, please contact Melanie Schmidt, Enrichment Program Coordinator with MAPS Community Education at 507-207-3044 or email mschmi3@isd77.org REFUNDS If you wish to withdraw your registration from a club, you must do so a MINIMUM of 4 business days prior to the start date of the club. Refunds will not be granted fewer than 4 days prior to the start date of the club and after the club has started. If space allows, you will be allowed to join a club after the start date, but the cost will not be pro-rated. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Greater Mankato Area United Way Connecting Kids Fee discounts are available particularly for those who qualify for FREE or REDUCED lunch. For more information on possible scholarships, contact Jennifer Stratton at Connecting Kids. Her email is connectingkidsmankato@gmail.com or by phone at 507-207-3042. You may also visit the Connecting Kids website at connectingkidsmankato.org. You must complete the 2022-23 Application For Educational Benefits before requesting a schoarship. This application is available from your school.
  • Dash Basketball Camp

    DASH K-5th grade Sports basketball camps provide players a well-rounded basketball experience covering a broad range of skills training and skill-based games. Players will be taught how to properly shoot, pass, dribble, and play defense in a fun and positive environment. Camps ends with scrimmages/games on the final day. Athletes should bring a water bottle. Balls are provided.
  • Dash No-School Multi-Sport Camp

    Looking for fun sports activities on a no school day? This multi-sport camp includes:skills training and games in three sports: Soccer, Basketball, and Flag Football. Athletes will spend roughly 1.5 hours on each sport with instructor-led, skill-based activities and games. Students will also participate in other fun games such as Kickball, Capture the Flag, Whiffle Ball, Dodgeball, and more. Athletes should bring two snacks, a lunch, and a water bottle.
  • Dash Soccer Camp

    DASH Sports soccer camps provide players a well-rounded soccer experience covering a broad range of soccer skills training (dribbling, passing, shooting, & defense) and skill-based games. Players will be challenged and grouped at an appropriate level while receiving instruction in a fun, positive environment while learning values of ‘Respect, Hustle, and Pride’. Camp ends with a scrimmage on the final day. Athletes should bring a water bottle (spikes and shin guards are optional). Balls are provided. We will hold the camp outdoors next to the park and will move inside for inclement weather.