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Learning Center Update 4-1-18


Family Partnership Waiting List Information Form


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Learning Center Update:  4-1-18

School Age Care for Summer, Non-School days & before/after school,  we will be having a program for them at the school in Buffalo Lake. Yes, it is held at the school --but it will not be like any other school day, NO BUMMER SUMMER! Will be filled with lazy summer days of playing, creating, hanging with friends and making awesome memories. Field trips to pools, community activities, parks, movies and more!

Kami Jo Lenzen is our Asst. Director and is busy planning and coordinating NO BUMMER SUMMER! KamiJo is a 2005 graduate of BLH. After graduation, KamiJo continued her education at MN State University Moorhead, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. KamiJo was a Fitness Program Manager for 3 years and ran several before/after school programs in the Fargo/Moorhead Area. For the past 6 years KamiJo has worked at the Hutchinson Public School as an Educational Assistant in both the Middle School and Elementary. KamiJo and her husband Josh, reside in the Buffalo Lake area with their 3 ½  year old daughter and their second baby girl due any day. KamiJo is the daughter of the late Larry  Rath and Marilyn Rath. KamiJo is excited to jump into the role of Assistant Director for the Learning Center and having an influential role in building an attractive School Age Program for the BLHS Community. 


Come to the  LIONS FISH FRY & Business Expo hosted by BLABA,  April 6th to find out more about these 2 awesome programs coming to support families in our communities. We want you to come vote in the naming contest. The school board narrowed our 15 entries to: Little Mustangs Learning Center, Little Stangs Learning Center and Stepping Stones Learning Center.


There will also be OPEN HOUSE at the Community Center, April 10th from 3:00 - 6:00.

Come and see what activities are being planned, the newest developments of the Learning Center, ask questions and get your child signed up for fun, laughter and awesome childcare!




FAQS-frequently asked questions part two:

The Learning Center will have the following age groups: Infant 6 weeks - 11 months, Transition Room 12 months -16 months, Toddler 14 months - 33 months and Preschool I - 33 months - 3.5 years and Preschool II 3.5 - 5 years. The age ranges will be adjusted based on the ages of the children that enroll.


Our curriculum and daily interactions with all the age groups will put children on the path to learning from their first day of care.


How do we help infants learn? Talking and providing physical, verbal and emotional responses to their actions are one way.  Other ways are by providing stimulation for their senses, playing games with them, reading to them, singing songs with and to them, and choosing toys that allow them to interact and explore for their age and emerging skills.


What is the Transition Room? The Transition Room is geared towards older, mobile infants.  In this room staff will be able to focus on the older infant’s developmental needs -- transitioning toward being a toddler. Examples include eating table food, showing more interest in books, sensory activities with creative art process, sleeping on a cot, and more outside time. So much learning in all these activities!


How will toddlers learn? Toddlers learn constantly by observing, listening, asking questions, trying new things and lastly by doing. The Teachers in this room will be busy keeping varied activities ready and modeling for the children how to play. Activities will include reading books one on one or in a small group, indoor and outdoor music and movement, exploring creative and sensory materials, and playing with toys that teach a variety of skills (shape sorting, colors, numbers, etc.).


How will preschoolers learn?  The foundation that has been laid in early years has taught Preschoolers “how to learn”. Strong preschool experiences help children realize “I can learn, or I am a good learner” Preschoolers are so fun to watch as the put together all the steps and realize what they can do! Teachers in their classroom will provide them with language and literacy lessons through stories, drawing, writing and time for conversations with their peers. Math skills such as numbers, shapes and measuring are learned through games, sensory play and discussion. Science skills are learned through observing and experimenting.  What happens when you do this? Will this sink or float? How come this happened? Curious minds want to know! Social skills take a huge part of a preschooler’s day. Lessons on sharing, taking turns, clean up and how to be a friend occur through interaction daily. We also hope to go out and be a part of the community by meeting those that help us and helping others!

Family Partnership BLHS Learning Center Waiting List is now available go to www.blhsd.org, Learning Center if you have questions email lholtberg@blh.k12.mn.us



https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/FWRwX4JP7DfWv77HCJmC_0s3Rq2cr1wC6QVb8uv4WGFXu8pmMcIeYJ-gPVBLRdYmjDu9MwoJSJxV_PdE__ZXXzisNi4_b6q0uawsSHz-1M96qVYZBdk5YfsCwCGAU7sdRpVQ6mb5buiMUNqCpQ The BLHS Learning Center Director is Lori (Rath) Holtberg.  Lori is a native of the area and a graduate of BLH. Following graduation, Lori worked as an Assistant at Play Pals and with the ECFE program at BLH. After finishing her education at Ridgewater College, she went to work in a center-based program for 10 years, during this time she worked as Teacher and Assistant Director. Most recently, Lori has owned and operated an in-home family childcare with an emphasis on providing a preschool program to prepare children for Kindergarten. She has also served as a Board Member for the Wheel & Cog Children’s Museum of Hutchinson. Lori is excited to help make this center a success for the BLHS school district and its communities.


A Family Partnership Waiting List will be available beginning on March 8, 2018. You will be able to download CLICK HERE or pick up a form at the BLHS District Office in Buffalo Lake. The form can be returned to the District Office with a deposit starting March 15, 2018.



Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart SchoolsP.O. Box 307Hector, MN  55342

Hector Campus 320-848-2233Buffalo Lake Campus 320-833-5311

Office Fax 320-848-2401

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