Fit Kids for Life Contest

by Mary on July 30, 2014 Filed under: Family Information

See the article below from The Mercury by Michilea Patterson. The deadline for submitting photos has been extended until Thursday at noon

Your child’s photo can be published in the newspaper for being active

Children can shine bright through physical fitness in the Fit Kids for Life contest.

Three winners will be picked every week and receive a free $25 gift card for Schuylkill Valley Sports and a T-shirt. Schuylkill Valley Sports is a sporting goods store located in Pottstown at 351 W. Schuylkill Road.

Pictures of the winners will be published in The Mercury newspaper and online at pottsmerc.com.

It’s easy for someone to enter for the chance to become the Fit Kid of the Week. Parents just have to send a recent photo of their child doing the activity of the week to the email mercfitkids@gmail.com. Along with the photo, parents should include the child’s first name, age and town.

Every week there will be a different activity for the contest such as biking, swimming and jump roping. Parents who snap a photo of their child doing the week’s specific activity, can then enter the child into the contest. Every week’s activity will be announced Friday on the Mercury Fit for Life Facebook www.facebook.com/MercFit4Life and the Fit for Life Twitter page @MercFit4Life.

The contest is starting with the activity “Fitness in the Park.” Kids that are swinging, climbing the jungle gym or doing something physically active in the park will qualify. The first winners will be announced August 1.

The contest includes three age categories. The categories are 2 to 6 years old, 7 to 12 years old and 13 to 18 years old.

Winners for each age division will be announced every Friday. Photo submissions are due by noon Wednesday each week. Parents that want to enter their child in the first week’s contest where winners are announced August 1 must have a photo submitted by noon on July 30.

Don’t worry if you miss the deadline; your child can still be a winner. Submissions turned in after noon on Wednesday will be included in the following week’s contest.

Mercury readers will decide the winner for each category every week through a Facebook photo album.

Voters need to like the Mercury Fit for Life page www.facebook.com/MercFit4Life and then “like” their favorite kid activity photo for each age category in the Fit Kids for Life photo album.

Voting for each week starts 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and ends 3 p.m. on Friday.

Also there’s no limit to how many weeks someone can enter the contest. As long as a child is caught on camera doing the activity of the week, they can enter to win.

Only one submitted photo is allowed per child each week. Any photos that are sent in without the necessary information won’t be included in the photo album for the contest.

The Fit Kids for Life Contest is sponsored by Schuylkill Valley Sports, The Mercury and the Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation.

For more information about the Fit Kids for Life contest, email mpatterson@pottsmerc.com or visit www.pottsmerc.com/Fitforlife.

 

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Summer Kindergarten Readiness Classes

by Mary on July 17, 2014 Filed under: Family Information

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Do you have a child entering Pottstown School District kindergarten this year? Seven free Summer Kindergarten Readiness Program classes will be offered at the PEAK community early learning partner sites August 11-22, 2014. The classes will focus on skills to help your child be successful in kindergarten.

To be eligible, students must be entering Pottstown School District kindergarten in September and meet income requirements. Family income cannot exceed 300% of the federal poverty level – for a family of four that is an annual income of approximately $71,550.

Spaces are limited – call now to register. The classes will be offered at Montgomery Early Learning Centers, Pottstown YMCA, KinderCare Learning Center, Warwick Child Care Center, YWCA Tri-County Area and Pottstown School District Pre-K Counts. A complete listing of the sites and contact information can be found on the PEAK web site at www.peakonline.org. Contact the sites for dates and times of the classes or the PEAK Coordinator at 610-970-6655

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Making Slime!

by Mary on July 9, 2014 Filed under: Classroom Ideas,Family Information,Science

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Do you need an indoor activity for a hot summer day? This is a fun, though a little messy, activity which will keep the kids busy for awhile and prompt lots of vocabulary. Just tell the kids you are going to make slime and watch their eyes get big! Just the name is a big hit with the younger set!

For easier clean-up, cover your table or work surface with an old tablecloth or papers. The recipe for slime is easy:

Slime

Equal parts of:

White School Glue

Liquid Starch

Liquid Water Colors or Food Coloring

Pour the glue into some type of container for mixing. Then add an equal amount of liquid starch. Mix with hands and enjoy the slimy experience! For color you can add liquid water colors (available at arts and craft stores) or food coloring.

Great sensory fun and opportunities for vocabulary development. Talk about what it feels like, what it looks like, etc.

Here are a couple of photos of the fun. Start with the glue – look for white school glue (not Elmer’s Glue)

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Add equal parts starch and mix

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For added color, use liquid water colors

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Then have some slimey fun!

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Summer Kindergarten Readiness Classes

by Mary on June 9, 2014 Filed under: Family Information

Is your children entering Pottstown School District kindergarten in September? If so, please take a look at this great summer learning opportunity.

Seven free state-funded Summer Kindergarten Readiness Program classes will be offered at the PEAK community early learning partner sites in August. The classes will be two weeks (August 11- 22) and focus on skills to help your child be successful in kindergarten.

To be eligible for the classes, the child must be entering Pottstown School District kindergarten in September and be income eligible. (Family income cannot exceed 300% of the federal poverty level – for a family of four that is an annual income of approximately $71,550).

The classes will be offered at Montgomery Early Learning Centers, Pottstown YMCA, KinderCare Learning Center, Warwick Child Care Center – North Coventry, YWCA Tri-County Area and Pottstown School District Pre-K Counts.

A complete listing of the sites and contact information can be found on the PEAK web site at www.peakonline.org. Contact the sites for dates and times of the classes or the PEAK Coordinator at 610-970-6655.

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Pottstown – Let’s Talk!

by Mary on May 20, 2014 Filed under: Family Information,News

We invite you to tell us what you need to support your child’s success in school.

The Pottstown School District in collaboration with the W. K. Kellogg foundation is hosting discussions to hear what you think. Come join us for adult conversation with food, child care and raffles. Spanish interpreters will be available.

Join us for any one of these discussions:

Tuesday, May 27, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Pottstown Middle School

Wednesday, May 28, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Connections on High

Thursday, May 29, 1-3 pm at the First Baptist Church

Thursday, May 29, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Barth Elementary School

Bring a friend. We need to hear your voice.

Does it truly take a village to raise a child?  We believe the answer is YES!  Let’s work together to support Pottstown’s most precious resource – Our Children and their Future!

For more information, contact Jane Bennett at jbennett@pottstownsd.org or 610-256- 6370.

 

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