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Birch Buddies

Birch Buddies

Community Service has created Birch Buddies (BB), an after school program that is designed to provide a safe and fun environment for children after the normal school hours. Our Birch Buddies program is available to all currently enrolled students, Saplings through grade 5. This program is available every day that BGCS is in session. The program opens at 3:15 p.m. and closes at 5:00 p.m. Please see the school calendar for specific dates. We also offer Birch Buddies on non-school days if there are a minimum of five children signed up.

Only qualified and caring staff will work at the BB program! Our staff will work hard to ensure that your child’s participation in the program is a positive experience. All of our staff will have experience working with children and have current certifications in CPR and first aid.

Participants will also have access to the playground, tennis courts, ice skating rink, warming hut, pavilion, and nature trails located at the Birch Grove Center.

Afternoon Session: 3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The afternoon session will include planned activities by the BB staff. Activities and interactions may include outside time, gym time, on-going art projects, and hands on activities that are exciting to young children. At 4:45 p.m., the atmosphere will be quiet and relaxing until close at 5:00 p.m. We will begin to assess a late fee at 5:05 p.m. The rate is $1 per minute for pickups.

All Day Birch Buddies
All day Birch Buddies is child care that is offered on non-school days. A service that helps working parents fill child care needs on teacher work days, or school vacations. All Day Birch Buddies is open for the entire community, any children between two years and 12 years of age. Parents should sign up at least one week in advance. Ways to sign up include sending a note with your child to school, emailing Sara Silence, or calling her at (218) 370-1446. 

Homework Help
Homework help may be available to your child on an as needed basis during program hours. Licensed teaching staff may be available to assist children in understanding how to complete homework assignments; however, students/parents are responsible to see that assignments are completed. If your child needs help in understanding how to complete homework assignments, please call the Community Service office at 663-0170 ext. 26.

Tutoring may be available during program hours for an additional fee. To arrange, please call the Community Service office at 663-0170 ext. 26.

A secure online billing and payment system that allows digital payments directly from your bank account or credit/debit card. Paperless invoices, email receipts, and tax report. Sign up is easy! If you would like to use this system, please let us know what email address you would like to use, and we will send you a secure invitation to set up your account.

Program Hours

Every day school is in session
7:00 - 8:15 a.m.
3:15 - 5:00 p.m.

Program Rates

School Days Only 
Morning: 7:00 a.m.- 8:00 a.m. - $5 - Must be scheduled
Afternoon: 3:15 p.m.-5:00 p.m. - $5 - Must be scheduled

Non School Days
Half Day Rate: 0-4.99 hours - $17.50
Full Day Rate: 5-10 hours - $35.00 

Program Handbook

Additional Info

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