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West Clay Elementary

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West Clay Elementary

Welcome West Clay Extended School Enrichment (ESE) families!

 

We love being part of the West Clay team! Together we create immersive learning experiences, build relationships and explore new things through enrichment clubs. Mrs. Hammons and Mrs. Ballinger lead our West Clay ESE team. You can meet the rest of the ESE team, including fun facts, by clicking here. Go Wolves!

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Site Supervisors

Jennifer Hammons

Jennifer Hammons

Site Supervisor
317.698.4966
jhammons@carmelclayparks.com
Jess Ballinger

Jess Ballinger

Assistant Site Supervisor
317.698.4966
jballinger@carmelclayparks.com

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They Love Coloring

We like to think that we offer a wide variety of activities for the kids. But you know what they say: Give a kid the box the toy came in and they’ll play with the box longer than the toy. We have discovered that sometimes the simple things are what keep the kids the happiest. This is certainly true when it comes to blank paper and coloring sheets. Most days we’ll get out coloring sheets as an option, especially for indoor recess, along with board games, gym games, and crafts. It’s amazing the kids that gravitate toward the coloring sheets. Some of them just color, others love to turn it over and trace the design, then either color it or leave it just as an outline.  The blank paper they love to draw on, write stories on, and turn into paper airplanes. Of course, they do like our other activities, but it just goes to show that kids can entertain themselves with very simple things!

Legos

Another activity the kids all love is Legos. It doesn’t matter what age, or if they’re a boy or a girl, the Legos come out and everyone is drawn to that table. They make spaceships, houses with detailed rooms and furniture, beyblades, cars, animals … you name it! It’s fantastic to see their creativity at work. In addition, it’s a great opportunity for the kids to practice sharing and complimenting each other on their designs.

Sometimes we throw in Jenga blocks, shapes, dinosaurs and/or army men. Then the creativity really takes off. Kids build farms, army barracks, geometric designs, towers … again, the sky’s the limit. They never get tired of playing with these building materials, and they never make the same thing twice. Go creativity! We’ve got some future engineers in here.

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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“The staff are so friendly and do a great job with the kids! We love all the activities the kids do and appreciate all the hard work that goes into caring for all the students.”