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  • Weekly Newsletter! Friday the 13th Edition!

    Posted by Nicole Rasmussen on 3/13/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Hello EdVenture Club Staff!

    We hope everyone is hanging in there especially after this week of a lot of unique and crazy things!  

    Please see below for important information:

    1)  Health Reminders:  We have received some questions in regard to the latest health-related concerns in regard to the Coronavirus.  To address the concerns, we ask that you assist us by referring parent questions and concerns to the district messaging that has come from the superintendent.  We also ask that you take precautions at your site to prevent the spread of germs.  Please review the list of Prevention tips from National Afterschool Association:

    Please also consider these proactive precautions, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, to protect yourself and those around you.

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Follow CDC recommendations for using a facemask. CDC does not recommend people who are well wearing a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19, to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

     Consider these handshake alternatives:

    • Wave
    • Smile brightly
    • Nod your head
    • Bump elbows
    • Wink and point
    • Bow slightly
    • Brief curtsey

    2)  Background Check Schedule for Week of 3/16-3/20:  Please sign up for a time if you have not completed this yet.  Thank you!  LINK 

    3)  Hiring Updates:

    Glassdoor/Indeed CC Applicants:  12

    AppliTrack CC Applicants: 3

    Interviews this week: 3

    Interviews Next Week: 5 with potential of 8

    Staff started this week: 3

    Offers extended this week: 0

    Have a great weekend everyone and another great week next week!!

    Nicole and the LST

     

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  • Weekly Newsletter; Spring is on its Way!

    Posted by Nicole Rasmussen on 3/6/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Hello EdVenture Club staff!

    We hope this finds you all enjoying an early Spring!  We have a great weekend ahead so hopefully you all get a chance to get out and enjoy it!

    Please read for some important announcements:

    1)  ADaPT Training:  Thank you to the Site Leads and Sub Site Leads that attended the training this week.  We plan to roll out ADaPT in the coming weeks/months to our sites for all to use.  I hope you all got some great information from Joel!

    2)  BG Check Schedule next week:  If you haven't completed your background check please click on next week's schedule here:  LINK and find a spot that works in your schedule.  Please remember to bring a valid state issued photo ID and if the address is not correct, please also bring along a bill that shows your current address.  Thank you!

    3)  Summer Staffing:  Please complete the following survey to let us know if you will be returning to EdVenture Club Summer!  LINK

    4)  Summer T-Shirts:  Be on the lookout for a survey about our Summer T-Shirt Color!

    5)  Staffing Updates:

    Dashboard (Weekly Update-Wed to Wed)

    Glassdoor/Indeed CC Applicants:  10

    AppliTrack CC Applicants: 5

    Interviews this week: 5

    Interviews Next Week: 3

    Staff started this week: 3

    Offers extended this week: 2

    6)  Time Change AHEAD:  Please remember to set your clocks FORWARD this weekend so that you are on time to work on Monday!  Thank you!

    Have a great weekend!

    Nicole and the LST

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  • Weekly Newsletter- February Wrap Up!

    Posted by Nicole Rasmussen on 2/28/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Good afternoon EdVenture Club Staff!

    We are approaching the end of yet another month of the school year.  Soon Spring will be upon us and I know everyone is excited for that to happen!

    1)  Staff of the Week:  Congratulations to Parker Schelske!  Parker is a Child Care Worker at Zimmerman Elementary and has been stepping up to help out where and when needed.  He has a great rapport with the students in the program and makes an effort every day to insure they are enjoying their time with us!  Thank you, Parker, for all that you do to make EdVenture Club an amazing place for our kids and families!  

    2)  Background Check Processing Schedule:  Please see the following link for the week of March 2nd-6th and schedule your background check at Handke with Rayane ASAP:  BG Check Schedule

    Staffing Dashboard:(Weekly Update-Wed to Wed)

    Glassdoor/Indeed Applicants:  10

    AppliTrack CC Applicants: 11 (4 new)

    Interviews this week:  1

    Interviews Next Week:  TBD

    Staff started this week: 1 

    Offers extended this week: 2

    3)  New Staff:  Please welcome Christina Crotty, our new Rogers DL PM Site Lead.  She joined us on Thursday, February 27th.

    We will have Lauren Swann starting as our second Site Lead at Hassan on Monday, March 2nd and Jordan Keith starting as a child care worker at Hassan also on Monday.  Please help us to welcome them to the team!

    4)  Flu Season is STILL here!  We have a lot of sick staff and students.  Please make an effort of washing hands, using hand sanitizer, and reminding everyone to cough into their shoulder to avoid the spread of germs.  We appreciate your help!  Hopefully the weather warms up and we can get out of this season!

    Have a great weekend everyone and thank you for all that you do!

    Nicole and the LST

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  • Weekly Newsletter: Happy Valentine's Day!

    Posted by Nicole Rasmussen on 2/14/2020 3:00:00 PM

    Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

    We sure had another cold week and it certainly presented us with some challenges!  Thank you for everyone's flexibility with our first Inclement Weather Day of the year.  Let's hope that was it for us this year! 

    Please read below for important announcements:

    1)  Background Check Sign-up:  Please click on the following link to sign up for a time to complete your background check next week:  BG Check Sign Up  Please bring a valid State Issued Photo ID with you to this appointment and if your address is different please bring a bill from home that states the correct address.  You will be expected to complete your fingerprinting within 14 days so please be sure to sign up ONLY if you can fulfill this requirement.

    2)  GERMS:  The flu bug is running rampant across our sites.  Please help us out by washing hands, using hand sanitizer, doing the vampire cough, etc.  and most importantly if you are SICK, please stay home and submit PTO for the time missed.  Help to remind our students to follow these same practices and hopefully we can get through this season together!

    3)  Summer Planning:  Please be on the lookout for the Summer Interest Questionnaire!  This will be going out by email early next week and will give you the opportunity to let us know if you are planning to work this summer, your availability, and preferred location.  You can also let us know if you are interested in the Summer Enrichment position.  If you have any questions please reach out to your Liaison.

    4)  Hiring Updates:  We welcomed Crystal Nesenson into her new role as Program Liaison for Otsego this past Monday and we have several new site leads and child care workers coming on board in the coming weeks.  We are excited to be making some progress to fill some of the holes especially in the South end of the district.  Be on the lookout for more updates!

    We hope you all have a great weekend and thank you for all of your hard work!

    Nicole and the LST

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  • Staff of the Week: Griffin Young!

    Posted by Nicole Rasmussen on 2/14/2020 3:00:00 PM

    Congratulations to Griffin Young, our Staff of the Week!  Griffin has been doing an amazing job of stepping up to work at several sites when they have been short.  He has an amazing rapport with students and staff.  Griffin was nominated overwhelmingly by several Site Leads who have been able to work with Griffin at their locations.  

    Thank you so much for all of your hard work and extra effort, Griffin!  We appreciate you continuing to make EdVenture Club a great place for our students and families!

    Thank you!

    Nicole and the LST

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  • Staff of the Week: Congratulations to Lynn Melco!

    Posted by Nicole Rasmussen on 2/7/2020 3:30:00 PM

    Congratulations to our Staff of the Week:  Lynn Melco!

    Lynn is our Twin Lakes Site Lead and has demonstrated on several occasions her willingness to go above and beyond to support the program when needed.  Lynn has a wonderful and outgoing personality and cares so very much for the students in our program.  A huge kudos and thanks to Lynn for a positive attitude and doing what you can to continue to make EdVenture Club a great place for our students and famillies.

    Way to go!!

    Nicole and the LST

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  • Student Spotlight: Hassan Elementary is Creating Mini Engineers!

    Posted by Nicole Rasmussen on 2/7/2020 3:30:00 PM

    I've had the pleasure of working at Hassan EdVenture Club this week and this morning I learned that a group of students have been working on cardboard box creations over the past few weeks.  Cristine Funder, Hassan Site Lead, shared that these students have built a space ship and airplane and now are working on an old school video game.  It was so fun to see their creativity and team work to put these awesome things together!  

    Thank you Cristine for encouraging and inspiring or student's imaginations!!

    Hassan

    Nicole and the LST

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  • Weekly Newsletter-Welcome to February!

    Posted by Nicole Rasmussen on 2/7/2020 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings EdVenture Club Staff and Happy FRIDAY!

    We hope this finds you all enjoying some more mild weather and temperatures.  Hopefully we are on the upswing and Spring is right around the corner!

    Please read below for some important updates:

    1)  Hiring Updates:

    Glassdoor/Indeed CC Applicants:   19

    AppliTrack CC Applicants: 6 applicants

    Interviews this week:  7 interviews

    Interviews Next Week:  Potential of 10

    Staff started this week:  1; 4 next week

    Offers extended this week: 4

    Otsego Program Liaison:  We are excited for Crystal Nesenson to begin in her new role as Program Liaison for the Otsego region.  She will be working between Zimmerman and the Otsego in the coming days until her replacement starts in Zimmerman.  Please congratulate and welcome her when you see her!

    Rogers EdVenture Club dual Site Lead:  Please congratulate Hannah Lindberg on her new position as Site Lead at Rogers EdVenture Club.  Hannah is the first of our new Dual Site Lead positions to be hired and she will start in that role on Monday, February 10th.  

    Stay tuned for more information about these positions in coming Weekly Newsletters!

    2)  Phase 2 Background Checks:  If you have NOT completed your DHS background check, please make an effort to schedule this ASAP.  Please click on the following link and sign up for a time next week to come to Handke and complete this with Rayane in the front office:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Oaakit8F8JnFXxXSocAwPAbu4hThTSC23VCTfLhyuU8/edit?usp=sharing.  

    *Please bring a VALID State Issued Photo ID.  If your ID does NOT have your current address, please bring a piece of mail that shows proof of your current address for our processing. 

    **You will be expected to complete the fingerprinting process within 14 days after you start the background check.

    3)  FLU SEASON: As you know flu season is in full swing.  Please help us to proactively keep this at bay!  Wash your hands, cover your cough, use hand sanitizer every chance you can and encourage our kiddos to do the same!  Thank you for your help!

    Thank you to everyone for stepping up and filling in when and where needed!  I'm so PROUD of this team!!!!

    Nicole and the LST

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  • Kudos to Rogers EdVenture Club Student Helpers!

    Posted by Nicole Rasmussen on 1/29/2020 2:00:00 PM

    I had the pleasure of observing some AMAZING students helping out by doing some heavy lifting at Rogers Elementary yesterday!  We had a double snack order arrive and the students got right to business helping the staff carry boxes into the cafeteria.  Way to go Rogers EdVenture Club-so impressed!!!

     

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  • EdVenture Club Weekly Update

    Posted by Nicole Rasmussen on 1/29/2020 2:00:00 PM

    Greetings EdVenture Club staff!

    We hope this finds you all enjoying a slight winter thaw.  Please read below for some important updates:

    1)  Staff of the Week:  Congratulations to our Staff of the Week, Crystal Nesenson!  Crystal has gone above and beyond as the Zimmerman site lead and did an amazing job leading her staff through the DHS process and visits.  We appreciate Crystal's positive attitude and ability to make the Zimmerman EdVenture Club an amazing place for our students and staff.  Thank you for all you do!

    2)  Otsego Program Liaison Announcement:  We are excited to announce that we have hired our Staff of the Week, Crystal Nesenson, into the Program Liaion position for the Otsego region!  We are so excited for Crystal to fill this role after the amazing job she has done as the site lead in Zimmerman.  When you see her, please tell her Congratulations for both accomplishments this week!

    3)  Staffing Updates:  We are continuing to fill positions across the board and are happy to report that we are making some progress!  Please check out the following updates and we appreciate you continuing to send any referrals our way!

    Dashboard (Weekly Update-Wed to Wed)

    Applicants:  18 

    Interviews this week:  12

    Interviews Next Week:  4

    Staff started this week:  8

    Offers extended this week: 5

    Thank you for all that you do!  Have a great week!

    Nicole and the LST

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