As you settle in the new school year, we would like to take you on the Journey that ExCEL has embarked this year to MOVE THAT QAP BUS!
ExCEL Quality Action Plan (QAP) review journey began in spring 2016. Our office met with stakeholders, reviewed data, and identified the key areas of support we needed to grow and develop as we created the third iteration of the QAP.
- We designed additional tools to support ExCEL Program managers to support their staff in implementing the QAP
- We created more resources for the windows of the bus! For the windows of the bus – Safe and Supportive Culture & Climate, Healthy Active Youth and Aligned Academic Support.
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Hillcrest World Fair
In it’s 3rd year, May’s Mission YMCA Hillcrest World Fair is a culminating event and showcase for a month-long world cultures exploration.
After School teachers pick a country and design enrichment activities encompassing many different learning styles and modes of learning. Parents/Caregivers and the entire Hillcrest Community are invited to view student work and engage in interactive activities which span the globe!
Read story and watch a video produced by Hillcrest staff on our website.
ENDING THE YEAR WITH A BANG!
Some tips and tricks to consider:
Thank Your Community
Remember all those in your school community that have impacted your program, like principals, receptionists, custodians, cafeteria staff, teachers, etc. Make them cards, bring them a healthy treat or flash mob them! They will appreciate being recognized.
Invite Parents to the Party
Make sure to invite families to any closing events or even just to come by during the last week of program. They will appreciate celebrating with their children. Try parent/staff vs. student sporting events, movie nights, or just let them hang out in their child’s activity.
We have put in the time and energy to build relationships and connect with youth all year. Put the same effort into reflecting on the year and saying goodbye. Emphasize that you will be looking forward to seeing them next year!
Let’s think creatively about the treats that we serve during the end of the year celebrations. Our “deconstructed pizza” made with a granola crust, yogurt, and fruit was delicious! Also try all-fruit ice pops, fruit kabobs, 100% fruit juice leathers, frozen smoothies, and dark chocolate dipped pretzels and strawberries.
Recognize Your Staff…
…For anything and everything they do for us, the kids, the families and the program. They are the ones that keep our programs going. The ones that are flexible when plans change. The ones that plan amazing lessons on a budget. And the ones who day in and day out just show up. Appreciate their awesomeness with a thoughtful Thank You note, email or Shout Out. Give your staff the chance to appreciate each other in a closing circle before the year ends.