Kids' Korner at Macdonough School

A Before and After School Program of the Northern Middlesex Y

FUN FRIDAY…on a Half-Day Thursday. March 29, 2013

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Miss Nikki, who works in the Macdonough Family Resource Center, brought our Kids’ Korner children a basket of extra fruit from the school.  The children enjoyed a healthy snack of bananas and apples, while playing outside in the beautiful weather.  Thank you, FRC for contributing to C.A.T.C.H.

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Shortly after, we were surprised by a visit from Isaiah’s W.’s mom, who dropped off an Easter Basket of goodies for the children and staff.  She had filled pastry bags with Cheetos and Cheddar Goldfish then tied them with a green ribbon to a resemble a carrot.  The idea was so cute and  completely Pinterest-worthy! The children were excited about their special snack. Thanks, Natalia and Isaiah for the holiday snacks.

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Later in the day, when we went back inside, the children were treated, yet again.  Jazlynn’s mom, Courtney, had donated a brand new Popcorn Popper to our Kids’ Korner and it was time for a test run.  Popcorn was plentifully popped and then coated in red chocolate for a tasty treat.  Thank you Courtney and Jazlynn for your generous donation.  Popcorn Parties will be plentiful at KK because of you.



Shakin’ Things Up for St. Patrick’s Day! March 27, 2013

Filed under: Site Happenings — KK @ MacD @ 8:58 pm

Homemade Shamrock Shakes have become quite the tradition at our site.  We’ve been making them every March since 2007.  Today, Devonna made one for every child for a half-day program treat. Vanilla ice cream, milk, mint extract and green food coloring were blended to minty perfection. Several children referred to their Shamrock Shakes as “magically delicious” …without absolutely no prompting from the staff. 😉

Xavier and Rena enjoying their Shamrock Shakes down to the last drop.

Xavier and Rena and their Minty Mugs

Jenna, Alyssa, and Sadie going gaga for their minty treats!

Jenna, Alyssa, and Sadie going gaga for their minty treats!


Service Learning with Boo Boo Bunnies!

Filed under: Site Happenings — KK @ MacD @ 8:04 pm

Today, our Olders created washcloth-origami Boo Boo Bunnies, just in time for the up-coming holiday.  Boo Boo Bunnies are an adorable alternative to an ice pack, with a spot on their backs to hold an ice cube.  Each bunny was adorned with a pretty ribbon bow, googly eyes and a poof-ball tail.  The Boo Boo Bunnies are to be donated to the Children’s Home of Cromwell.  Lyric’s mom has been kind enough to deliver the 18 Bunnies to their program.  Thanks, Latasha!


Here are some pictures of the Boo Boo Bunny Factory!



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Supporting Student Success in Connecticut! March 26, 2013

Filed under: Announcements! — KK @ MacD @ 10:10 pm

A major report released by the CT After School Network features several children from our Kids’ Korner After School Program and even Macdonough School principal, Jon Romeo.

See a copy of the report here: Supporting Student Success in CT.



Our After School Funding Threatened!

Filed under: Announcements! — KK @ MacD @ 10:04 pm

Kids’ Korner Families and Fans!

1. The budget recommendations released 2/6/13 by Governor Malloy has eliminated the After School Grant Program – a $4.5 million cut. Now is the time to contact your state legislators and ask them to put the funding back in the budget.

2. March 7th was After School Day at the Capitol. We released our major report “Supporting Student Success in Connecticut”.

3. >Sign the Facebook petition “Don’t Cut After-School Funding for CT Children!”and ask others to sign on too!

4. Write emails and letters/Make phone calls to our legislators.  All Kids’ Korner at Macdonough families have received a packet of information from Melanie Carfora urging people to take action!

Your involvement CAN make a difference! 

Tell them how important the Kids’ Korner After School Program is to you! 

This funding allows us to offer After School Scholarship rates for our participants.

Kids' Korner Talent Show 2012

Kids’ Korner Talent Show 2012


C.A.T.C.H. Nutrition!

Filed under: Site Happenings — KK @ MacD @ 8:08 pm

C.A.T.C.H. (Coordinated Approach to Children’s Health) is a healthy-living initiative curriculum that we implement at our site.  There are two components to C.A.T.C.H.  One component is offering the children the opportunity to participate in moderate to vigorous physical exercise while teaching the benefits of cardiovascular games.

The second component is a nutrition focus.

We teach the children about Go, Slow, and Whoa foods.  “Whoa” foods are foods we really shouldn’t eat and if we do it should be few and far between.  “Slow” foods are sometimes foods, foods that are okay in moderation. “Go” foods are foods that we can eat any time without causing harm to our bodies.  Usually fruits and vegetables are the best examples of “Go” foods.


Our C.A.T.C.H. nutrition activities on site are meant to teach the children simple inexpensive snack options that they can prepare and eat themselves.  Today’s lesson was about a “Go” food, celery, and how it is a source of natural fiber that aids in digestion.  We teamed the celery with some cream cheese, discussing that it is a “Slow” food and part of the dairy group.  The children cut their celery into small pieces and then spread some cream cheese on the celery bites.  We discussed that this snack also works well with peanut butter as a substitute for the cream cheese.

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Justin reported, “I can’t believe it. This is actually a really easy snack for me to make all by myself. I think I will tell my mom to buy some of this celery.”  Rena told us, “I loooove celery.” Lyric said, “I never knew you could eat cream cheese on celery for a snack and it could taste good.” Some children that claimed they didn’t like celery, enjoyed it once the cream cheese was added. Most of the children were just excited we trusted them with the task of cutting their own celery with a plastic knife.