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September 2018



Special Dates
September
3   Labour Day
4   First Day of School
8   Intl. Literacy Day
18 Autism Workshop



PD Days
September
21 PD Day for All Programs

Closures
September
  All TOPP KIDS closed 

 

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to our returning families and hello to all new families!

We hope everyone had a fun yet restful summer! We had a blast during Summer Camp but are looking forward to all the exciting things that accompany a new school year!

First, we are happy to welcome new faces to our own TOPP KIDS Family! Due to our continuing growth, our programs continue to grow and so do our teams!

Secondly, our programming over the next year will emphasize child led emergent programming and a Kids Club based atmosphere. We officially changed our name to TOPP KIDS Out of School Clubs to reflect our values and focus. We are firm believers that children are natural leaders and learners as we continue to develop new ways to encourage all our children to be true TOPP KIDS! As a continuation from last year, keep watching for exciting programming including STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), Loose Parts Play, enhanced Physical Literacy, Enrichment time, and community-based projects!

We are very excited to be expanding our ELCC and Community Development program this year! Our first workshop open to families is our free Autism Workshop. Read on for more information on this great opportunity and how to register.

We strive to provide the very best programs for Calgary families and are always working to enhance the standard for Child Care in Alberta. We invite you and your family to share any feedback, ideas, suggestions, and comments with us! You can find links to our Satisfaction Surveys further on in this newsletter.

Most importantly, never forget to...
TOPP KIDS CALENDAR 2018 - 2019
Please be sure to save a copy of this year's calendar by following the link below:

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TOPP KIDS continues to implement new programs every year, focusing on bringing more opportunities to our clubs and families! Take a look at some of the newest developments for 2018.

Physical Literacy - P.L.A.Y
Responding to the growing need across Canada for Phyiscal Literacy, Alberta Recreation and Parks Association created a Physical Literacy and You (P.L.A.Y.) Alberta to support, engage and connect Alberta communities in their efforts to use Physical Literacy as a resource for health and community development. TOPP KIDS has partnered with the ARPA to continue to grow our Physical Literacy Programs for next year using the P.L.A.Y. program and focusing on skill development.

STEAM Programming: Coding & Robotics
This year we will be implementing a new Coding & Robotics Enhancement Program to TOPP KIDS using new equipment and toys focused on introducing skills for future careers. Participants will get the opportunity to design video games, code the movement and patterns of robots, engineer things to move, design animation, and more! This program will be led by TOPPKIDS and Engineering 4 Kids!

Enrichment - Literacy Programs
TOPP KIDS continues to focus on building literacy skills for participants in our program. Literacy is fundamental to one's learning, growing, and comprehension of the world. The ability to read, write, and think critically is essential in all facets of our lives - from academics and career to civic responsibility to social engagement. Whether is it reading about current events in newspapers or online, writing a cover letter to a potential employer, or reviewing the nutritional content of food when grocery shopping, literacy skills come into play. Programs will continue over the next year to incorporate enrichment as part of their daily schedule - planning literacy activities, providing time for academic work and building family involvement activities. We plan to incorporate local authors, storytellers, and multiple types of literacy into the programs.

The TOPP Artist Program
You will be amazed at what your child is capable of! This innovating program delivers quality fine art focused enhanced programming for school-age participants with simple lessons and lots of fun, giving the students the tremendous benefits of artistic expression and education. Let them discover the artist within as they learn about artists, movements, and mediums, as we use great artists of the past as well as local artists to inspire and teach. Students not only learn art history but are given the skills and confidence to be a great artist!

Kindergarten Curriculum
TOPPKIDS is currently developing a new Kindergarten curriculum that will be piloted over the 2018/2019 year. The curriculum will focus on bringing more hands-on, European inspired play based programming using more natural materials and community involvement while focusing on developmental milestones and teachable moments.

TOPP KIDS Summer Camp 
Due to the overwhelming demand for summer camp spaces this year, TOPP KIDS will be opening a second and possibly third Summer Camp location for summer 2019. We are so excited that our camps are in such high demand, and it is our goal to have enough room in camps for every TOPPKIDS Out of School Clubs participant in the near future.
We want to Say THANK YOU to the National Afterschool Association and School Specialty for awarding our very own Program Coordinator Janniel Saville a $500 voucher for winning the SSI Out-of-School-Care Contest to use on products for our Evergreen Out of School Club program!

Congrats Janniel and Evergreen!

NEVER STOP LEARNING!

E.L.C.C & Community Development has had an extraordinarily successful year! we hosted over 20 events this year invluding full streams of professional development workshops, summits, business consulting, family seminars/engagement events and the Alberta Afterschool Care Conference! E.L.C.C has now also been approved by the Alberta Government for Professional Development funding, making our serives more accessble to the Early Childhood Education (E.C.E) community across the province.

Our team is growing and their creative minds have developed another full serives of E.C.E Professional Development workshops for both TOPP KIDS and the public using our combination of theory and experiential learning through focused teamwork and role play.

Driven by positive feedback, we decided to expand our reach and have now been invited to present in Atlanta Georgia next year at the Beyond School Hours Conference for the Foundations Organization.

We invite all ECE Professionals to join us in this fun and educational journey. But wait, there’s more! We are also creating a continuous family based facilitations for next year aimed specifically at focusing on our families needs.

Child care professionals and families have the opportunity to register online for any event. Follow our website and stay up to date with detailed information on workshops topics, schedule, and location.

Autism Workshop

ELCC and Community Development's first workshop of the year is an Autism Workshop open to parents, families, and staff. This event is FREE and we welcome all families and anyone in ECE to attend.

Please visit 
www.toppkids.com to register!
Welcome back! Check out what's new at the programs this school year!
Prince of Wales
 
WELCOME BACK TO TOPP KIDS PRINCE OF WALES!!
 
We are thrilled to be back to routine and back into our center! We have a new team ready to play, grow, laugh and learn with each of your children.  For our returning families you will remember a few faces from last year including Stacey, Sherwin and Luke and to complete the team for this year we are welcoming along with me Tomoko, McKayla and Brittani.  We are all very excited to get started with our clubs!
 
This month we are concentrating on getting to know every child and their interest as well as getting to know their families. We will be building some new clubs based on the kids interest and getting settled into a new routine.
 
We can’t wait to meet all of you!
St. Philip
 
At St.Philip’s Fine Arts we are so excited for the first week of school! Our first theme will be “Get to Know Me week”, and we will be playing lots of fun games to learn and share about our new and returning friends. Our first day back we will be playing a program wide game of capture the flag, and we are planning a minute to win it tournament for parents later this month. We are excited to welcome Brianna and Hope to our St.Philip’s family, and truly look forward to all the possibilities this year holds for us!
Coventry Hills
 
Welcome back everyone! We are SO excited for a fresh year and have a feeling this will be our best year yet! We’ve already got a lot of fun stuff in store. Thursday, September 13th is our official Welcome Families Day! We are planning to have refreshments available for parents to enjoy after work, get to know staff a little better, and see what fun activities we do with our kids! Anyone who’d like to stick around a little later than usual on Welcome Families Day is welcome to come join us!
We are also jumping right into the fun with our big events. Our theme for September will be preparing for our Stone Soup play that will be happening in October. Kids will get the chance to make their own costumes, scripts, and have some fun with the dramatic arts! 
This year will be packed full of fun things for all our kids. We can’t wait to see our existing families again, as well as meeting and getting to know our new families! We hope everyone had a great Summer and are excited to be back in TOPP KIDS 😊
Holy Child & Holy Child Kindi

Hello TOPP KIDS Families,
  We would like to welcome everyone back to the Holy Child location. We are so excited for the new changes and growth happening here in our programs! Please come in to see our new spaces and meet the new leaders. September is an Open House month. Yes a full Month! We want our families to feel welcome in our programs so please come in to look around, play with us, get to know the team, and of course ask any questions or share feedback and ideas! 
Copperfield
 
I cannot believe how quickly the summer went by and that we are already getting ready for another exciting year at TOPP KIDS Copperfield!  I hope you all enjoyed the summer and got to spend a lot of quality time with family and friends.  We are very excited for this upcoming year and cannot wait for all of the fun we are going to have.  Our program is full going into our third year and we cannot be more thankful that our TOPP KIDS family keeps growing each year.  We are looking forward to making those connections with our new families and welcoming them into the program!  
 
The first month of program will be all about getting to know each other as we kick off with an “All About Us” theme.  All of our activities will be centred around getting to know each other and team building.  We want to build a strong sense of community within our program where everyone has fun and doesn't want to leave at the end of the day!  This year at Copperfield we will be putting a huge focus on developing our Jr. Leadership Program, which is a program for our children who are in grade 4. Our goal is to develop leaders in our program to be a support system and positive role models for the other children in the program.  I would love to hear and incorporate any ideas you may have! I am very excited to be kicking this year off with you all!
Evergreen

WELCOME back to Evergreen TOPP KIDS! We hope you all had an amazing summer spent with family and in the sunshine. We are super excited for a NEW year at Evergreen! This year we going through re-accreditation. If you are a parent, teacher or member of the evergreen community and would like to be about of our Accreditation board please contact Janniel, our program Coordinator. 
 
This year we are working hard on creating a strong literacy program to encourage our children to read, write and make stories for fun. Aida, one of our new Active play coordinators has a passion writing and is so excited to be taking lead in our literacy center. 
 
This year Topp Kids is focusing on creating successful clubs and here at Evergreen we are starting right away to teach leadership! Danielle this month is our Club manager. She opened up her club office yesterday to interview the children about what kind of clubs they are interested in facilitating and why they think they will be a good leader! We look forward to seeing what create clubs they make as well as building their leadership skills! 
 
Mark your calendars because September 12th is our 3rd annual PARENTS VS TOPP KIDS DODGEBALL! From 430-6, we will be battling it out to see who wins! This is a welcome back event to get excited about the school year, meet other Topp kids families, and welcome you into our family!

 
Maple Ridge 

This month Maple ridge will be working on “Getting to Know Me” and “Being Human” themes, September will be all about getting to know ourselves, and each other. We’ll make family trees, play baby picture guess who, and learning all about healthy bodies, active living and the importance of hygiene.  We are pleased to welcome several new members of our Topp Kids Out of School family including KC, Jiexi, Sandra, and Kendra!
Maple Ridge Kindi

We welcome all our Kindi children this week with great excitement looking forward to an awesome year together. This week we will be getting to know each other. Children are invited to bring a photo of their family, their pet, a photo from a summer vacation, or anything else special to them. This is a great way to break the ice and get to know each other. Reminder to parents to provide separate indoor shoes for TOPP KIDS, healthy snacks, and to use the Kindi phone number and email to contact us directly with any questions or concerns.

Family & Community Satisfaction Survey

 

Our Out of School programs at TOPP KIDS thrive off of feedback from our families and teams! Without feedback, we would not be able to grow as successfully as we do!

Child Satisfaction Survey

 

Let us know what YOU want to do and see in your program!
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