Calling all Grade 6!
We will be hosting our second Calgary Flames Grade 6 member tournament.
Registration for this event will Open on the 23th of November 2015, You can call your branch and register with member services or email your branches youth team. .
Course Code #107177
Must Be Available to play! Transport arrangements can be made from your home branch.
When the needs of a child guide parents and caregivers in their actions, it helps children to have positive experiences that support them in their growth and development.
YMCA Calgary aims to provide your child with a safe, caring and stimulating environment – one filled with lots of opportunities for them to explore and learn as they play.
We know that it is very important to have open, positive relationships between parents and caregivers so communication is effective. This allows children to make connections between their home and the broader community while gaining an understanding that the adults in their life are working together… for them!
YMCA Child Minding areas are places children become very familiar with as they gain confidence for being away from their parent. In the Child Minding area they develop relationships of their own with other children as well as the staff and volunteer caregivers. As a values based organization we pride ourselves on providing opportunities for children to learn about, and practice behaviours of, respect, responsibility, caring and honesty. In the child minding areas you can see this –
- When children observe caregivers and parents warmly greeting and calmly speaking with one another
- When check in and sign out processes are smooth and worry free for children, parents and caregivers
- When children clean up the toy or piece of equipment they were playing with prior to leaving the area
- When caregivers let the phone go to voice mail while they play and engage with children. Messages can be picked up in a few moments, a wonderful play moment shouldn’t be interrupted
- When a parent or caregiver voices a concern to the other adult and they hear each other out prior to determining how they can best work together to support the child
YMCA staff and volunteers want all children to feel comfortable and happy within the Child Minding area. They truly enjoy working with the children and are committed to providing them with the care and attention they need.
For more information about YMCA Child Minding areas visit our website at http://www.ymcacalgary.org/childminding/
Reminder: Child Minding Block Booking for winter 2016 Session (Jan 4 – Mar 20, 2016)
YMCA Members Book beginning Monday, November 23, 2015
Non-Members Book beginning Monday, December 7, 2015
On February 27, in a steadfast commitment to his own wellness, Jim Gray completed over 300,000 lengths during 23 years to reach his goal of swimming across Canada. At this special event, we were thrilled to announce the renaming of Eau Claire YMCA to celebrate his commitment to the community through his ongoing support of YMCA Calgary.
Together with his family, Jim is stepping forward to help the YMCA grow our impact across the city. This growth will include three new centres of community being brought to life through the YMCA’s $30-million campaign, Power of Potential.
We are thankful of Jim Gray and his family for their ongoing commitment and support.
Eau Claire was BOOMING this past Friday as our Grade 6’s congregated on the third floor to celebrate the past 10 months we’ve spent together.
What a truly amazing year we’ve had! Between impromptu gaga ball face-offs, nutrition workshops, tournaments, dance parties, Lego sessions, and cooking classes, it seems we have done it all at the YMCA! This past Friday, we got all of our branches together for our Grade 6 Year End Celebration, and it was incredible! Even though we were rained out of our Riveredge site, we still managed to collect a whopping total of 122 grade 6 students under the Eau Claire roof!
After enjoying some pizza and veggies, we split off into groups and participated in a variety of different stations. All our grade sixes got to try a little bit of everything; from Lego, to Kin ball and team building, to the first ever YMCA dance-rap-karaoke party!
We even got to meet Harvey the Hound and former Flames defenceman, Rhett Warrener!
The best part was having all of our members come together and experience something new with their fellow branches. All of us were excited to be a part of something so different – and we ensured that everyone in the building knew it! We are the first cohort of Calgary YMCA’s Grade 6 members, and we made sure to sign this school year off with a bang!
Summer is just around the corner and we are all bustling with the exciting opportunities that await us! To find out more information on what your branch is doing this summer, take a look at our Activity Page or contact your Youth Coordinator!
Thanks again to all of our lovely grade 6 members who have made this year at the YMCA one of our most memorable! And thank you to all of our incredibly dedicated staff and volunteers as well as the Calgary Flames Foundation for Life for making this year happen! Without all of us – staff, members, and supporters alike – this year’s success would not have been possible!
Calling all Grade 6 Members!!
Join us on June 12th from 5:00-8:00pm for a free year end celebration at YMCA Camp Riveredge! We will be offering free food, games, and activities for all of our grade 6 members to celebrate the end of their grade 6 year.
All are welcome to attend this fun, free event! Each branch will be offering transportation to and from Riveredge on the day of the event. We will be meeting at Eau Claire at 4:30 for the bus.
Activities for our celebration will include:
- Gaga Ball
- Meet and Greet with Harvey the Hound
- BBQ Dinner
- Low Ropes Course
- Challenge Course
- Wide Games
Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Sarah Thornton at 403-781-1685. We hope to see you all there!
Grade 6 is a great time for exploring and learning about your community. Often times, however, we find that youth around the grade 6 age become apathetic towards physical activity and community engagement. The Grade 6 Memberships were created to help combat this apathy. But what else can we do to keep active and stay involved over the summer?
The Eau Claire Y has decided to create a program that gets our Grade 6 Members out into the community once a week to learn more about what it has to offer! We will be meeting every Wednesday to explore our community and get involved in new and interesting ways. From community art projects to capture the flag, Eau Claire’s STARS program will have it all! In STARS, Students Thrive and Reach for Success!
This program is free for all of our Grade 6 Members and will be registered by the week. Program is scheduled to run every Wednesday from 9:00am-2:00pm. A schedule for the summer is being created and will be posted on the website once it has been finalized.
If you are interested in participating in this fantastic opportunity, please download a registration form by clicking here! Please fill out the forms and return the to the branch as soon as possible. Spots for the program are limited and are on a first come first serve basis.
For more information or with help registering, please contact Sarah Thornton, Eau Claire Youth Coordinator at 403-781-1685 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
YMCA Strong Kids 5K, 10K & Family Fun Run
Participate with your family and friends in the Strong Kids 5/10k and Family Fun Run! Sign-up as a team,support the YMCA and enjoy a fun and healthy event along the bank sof the Bow River. All proceeds help children and youth reach their potential!
Eau Claire YMCA | Saturday, May 2, 2015
5K and 10K Race 9:00am
1.5K Family Fun Run 10:30am
Adults $35 ($30 before March 1)
Youth (8Y –17Y) $20 ($15 before March 1)
Kids (7Y & under) $10 (includes t-shirt & medal)
Have you started your Spring Cleaning yet?
YMCA Child Development Centres across Calgary are looking for recyclables that are in your homes! These items will be used for arts and crafts and will assist children in exploring creativity and imagination.
We are looking for the following items:
- Paper towel rolls
- Empty Styrofoam egg cartons
- Milk jugs
- Scrap materials (fabric)
- Children’s costumes for dress-up
- Multi-cultural items for exploration in the classroom
If you have any of these items, please bring them to our YMCA Child Development Centres at Shawnessy YMCA, Eau Claire YMCA or Saddletowne YMCA.
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