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Forest Dale Elementary

Welcome Forest Dale Extended School Enrichment (ESE) families!

 

During the school day at Forest Dale Elementary, kiddos learn in a warm, nurturing and safe environment. Before and after school, within our ESE program, we continue that environment! Mrs. Simmonds and Mr. Krauss lead our Head Counselors and Kid Counselor team. You can meet the rest of the team, including fun facts, by clicking here. Go Falcons!

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Site Supervisors

Valeska Simmonds

Valeska Simmonds

Site Supervisor
317.258.6504
vsimmonds@carmelclayparks.com
Charlsie Krauss

Charlsie Krauss

Assistant Site Supervisor
317.258.6504
ckrauss@carmelclayparks.com

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A Special Valentine’s Day!

It’s not often that we get to have our Valentine’s Day on a Friday. While the kids were enjoying a special treat, we had live music for them to enjoy. The amazing Will Casterline wanted to show off his piano skills. He played three songs for us and it was absolutely amazing to watch! Once the snacks were done, the fun began with music, dancing and games in the gym! Once the kids needed a break from all of the dancing and fun in the gym, they had the option to come to the cafeteria to make a craft and play bingo for prizes. We had so much fun being silly at our photo booth. 

Pacers Game

Standing by the tunnel waiting to walk out on the court, our hearts start beating faster as the crowd gets louder. A man is standing out in the middle of the court beautifully singing our National Anthem. The announcer comes on, and we start to walk out on the court holding the Pacer’s Flag. The crowd is going wild as we all get into position. As our cue comes, we begin to spread out the flag and wave it. While we wave the flag, music plays, they announce the players, and sparklers go off! It was a magical moment for the kids. Every kid had a smile on their face. After the flag was folded up, the kids were smiling from ear to ear. We ended the night watching the game and enjoying a night out!

First, I want to say how thankful we are for our parents/guardians understanding and patience during this time. We are in a very unique situation, and your positivity and support for our team means so much! I also wanted to share that during this time we are continuing to pay our full- and part-time staff. I wanted to take this time to reiterate that ESE is closed through April 10 and School’s Out Spring Break Camp is canceled. Refunds/credits have been issued. If you have any questions, please reach out to your Site Supervisor, they will be able to assist you! Should anything change, we will be in contact with you. I also wanted to share some resources for you while you’re home with kiddos. First, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation’s parks and greenways are still open! Our parks and greenways are a great place for you and your family to get fresh air and stay active while practicing social distancing. We also have several educational resources on our website, carmelclayparks.com/coronavirus-information, in the “Kids at Home?” drop down, and plan to post fitness and nature education content regularly on our social media channels (@CarmelClayParks on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). While we greatly miss seeing your kiddo(s) every day, we know we are doing the right thing to keep our families and staff safe. We will see you soon!

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“Ms. Simmonds and Ms. Krauss and the whole staff are wonderful and make my children feel like they are with family when they are at ESE. We so appreciate everything they do!”