SNOW DAY NOTICE
All Blast Programs Cancelled
Monday, September 30th, 2019

BLAST Bulletin

Welcome to It’s a BLAST Program

The Lethbridge Community Out of School Association IT’S A BLAST program, established in 1992, is a non-profit organization licensed to provide out of school care for children 6 to 12 years old. We offer various Before, After School, Summer programs in several schools throughout the city.

The vision of the Lethbridge Community Out of School Association, It’s a BLAST Program is to become the premier out of school  care program in Lethbridge.

PARENT PORTAL LINK
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Our Daily Activities

Creative Activities

For the child who likes to do crafts, colour and draw.

Centers

Where the children have a choice of what they want to play. i.e. Lego , K’nex

Games

For older and younger children such as puzzles, cards and board games.

Drama

For the child who like to pretend and imagine such as dress up, puppets and travel.

Physical

Either indoor or outdoors such as sports, parachute and circle games.

Quiet & Reading

For the child who enjoys their quiet time doing such things as hidden pictures, comics, or chapter books.

School Year Program

Register online by clicking on the tab above – Online Registration & Forms. Child care is available for grades 1 – 5 in the Public School System and grades 1 – 6 in the Holy Spirit Catholic System. Before School provides care Monday to Friday before school. After School provides care Monday to Friday after school, Professional Development (PD) days, Parent/Teacher interviews, Teacher’s Convention, Christmas & Easter Holidays

Summer Program

Summer program at BLAST is a busy and exciting time!!! The children are given a variety of choices during the day, and the ability to move freely to choose activities such as centres, physical games, outdoor play, water play, crafts, board games, and special activities such as cooking, science experiments, building and creating. We go on a variety of off-site activities from walks to their neighborhood par for free play, organized games and picnics, swimming, Whoop-Up Days Parade, Pavan Park, and out of town day trips. Last but not least, we have members of the community come into our programs and share their special talents! This could include bands, dancers, firefighters, students, members of sports teams etc. The fun is never-ending!

August 10, 2020

Dear BLAST families:

We hope this letter finds you well and that you are enjoying your summer. At BLAST we are working diligently on modifying our programs according to Alberta Health recommendations, Alberta Licensing requirements and by following procedures that our school districts are laying out for their re-entry. The safety and well-being of our families and our staff is of utmost importance to us.

With the recent announcement made by our government, our schools will return on September 1, 2020 to “Near Normal” operations and we would like to take this opportunity to provide more information about what BLAST changes will look like;

BLAST Staff is asked to wear masks at all times while working. According to Alberta Health regulations, all children in grades 4, 5 and 6 must also wear their masks at all times.

Staff will be trained on proper hand washing techniques and regular disinfecting of touched surfaces will be occurring.

Cohorts will be assigned to schools where further social distancing is required. The need for cohorts exist according to enrollment numbers at each individual program. Cohorts (where necessary) will be determined according to children’s surname. A-L will occupy one cohort where M-Z will occupy the other. Should siblings have different last names, we ask that you contact our office to work out these details and to ensure that siblings are in the same cohort. Cohorts assist with contact tracing and also help our staff to maintain a two-meter distance from their co-workers.

Currently we are in the process of developing an App for contactless sign in/sign out procedures. This may include the health and wellness survey that must be completed daily by parents and by our staff for attendance to the program. App development is currently in process and more details will follow.

These past months have been a challenge for everyone. Regulations are changing regularly, and BLAST is doing our best to accommodate these changes in each of our programs. We continue to ask for your patience as we prepare for a fun filled BLAST experience within this upcoming year. We understand that there may be regular changes within our programs to maintain public health measures implemented, and we will continue to maintain communication to our families so that all information is shared. We continue to follow all of Alberta Health’s recommendations as well as working closely with both school districts.
We look forward to seeing your all soon. Please, if you have any questions regarding BLAST’s newly implemented health and safety measures do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely,
Lesley Braden - Executive Director
403-634-7885

Robyn Scarfe - Program Coordinator
403-320-3988