While I welcome the opportunity to write to you once again about this summer, I would remiss if I did not share that this week has been challenging. I know I am not the only one who feels this way. While it has been a struggle for many of us to find new and safer ways of operating amid a pandemic, it is even MORE heartbreaking to see injustices ripping through communities across America, highlighting racial divides. I do not claim to be an authority on how to address these issues, but I do know that it will take people of all races and backgrounds to stand in support of marginalized groups in order to make progress against injustice and racism.
At KBIA, it is part of our mission to be inclusive and to provide a safe and supportive environment for all children and families. You have my word that we will continue to do this. We are also here to listen – we don’t have all the answers and we shouldn’t. We need voices from our community to give feedback on how we can continue to do better so we can continue to live our mission and serve everyone. It is work and I am ready to work alongside all of you.
Today, I am proud to share our revised on-site programming with all of you – these classes will begin on July 1st – and registration for these classes starts TODAY (June 5)! They will all be socially distant and you will need to bring your own face covering to participate in them. Additionally, there is a handy graphic on how to go about registering for these classes – if at any time you have questions, just reach out to our Program Administrator Lorraine at [email protected]. She is AMAZING and will be able to help you with all your registration needs. I have been receiving a lot of emails with similar questions, so we even created a FAQ sheet for you. If you still have questions that aren’t answered there then please reach out! I’m more than happy to talk with you. You can find these documents in the Membership & Registration page of our website.
We have done an enormous amount of work to make this 2020 summer a reality, as shown in this graphic:
This reflects the work of our staff and Board and it is incredible to be part of such an amazing team, ready to create responsive programming to help our community come together.
As a reminder – everyone who joins as a member BEFORE June 22 will get early access to registration next year. Registration will open on April 15, 2021 but if you sign up this year before June 22 then you will receive access to registration a full TWO WEEKS EARLY for next year. That happens to be April 1, 2021, but I assure you (as I did before) this is NO joke. Here is the link to join (if you haven’t already):
Speaking of community – our digital community, complete with nighttime “events” and daytime classes (synchronous and asynchronous) will launch on June 22. To gain access to this for NO ADDITIONAL COST all you have to do is become a member. We will pilot the daytime classes from June 22-July 10 and if you love it then we will continue it. The nighttime experiences will continue all summer long! The programming for our first week of “nights” will be shared on June 15th. The schedule – by age band – for our digital classes can be found below.
I want to thank you for being so supportive of KBIA. I have received so many emails from members – offering ideas, words of support, and kindness. I am lucky to be a part of this organization and I am grateful for all the good will that we will continue to put into the world.