In The Spot Light - Ms. Kim Basl and the SJCS Extended Care Program: A 24—7 Faith Journey
When Kim Basl thinks about her work as Extended Care Director at SJCS, she bases plans and decisions from a belief that our faith journey is 24-7. “I want kids to be able to ask questions and have someone who can guide them toward wise and godly choices. Living for God is something that happens throughout the day, not just during school hours.”
Ms. Basl focuses on three SJCS Throughlines: GROWING BELIEVERS who understand who God is and what His will is for the world, WISE DECISION MAKERS who use discernment to guide their actions and choices, and ENGAGED CITIZENS who follow Christ by seeking to create peace and rectify injustice. Many parents, including myself, find daily blessing in the Scripture verses posted by the checkout. “I started writing the daily scripture when I noticed parents coming to pick up distracted and stressed from their day. I want them to look over and be touched by God in a way that only God knows they need. I believe these scriptures are a way for God to show them that He cares for their needs in a particular way.”
Extended Care is a time where many decisions are made as students play and do homework. Ms. Basl and her team practice a Love and Logic technique when problems arise. “When a student brings a problem to us, we give suggestions and then hand the problem back. Students practice making wise choices.” An important goal is for students to show respect through communication and action. The focus is on preparing students to live as Jesus Christ modeled for us.
Ms. Basl also oversees the Extended Care staff. Her leadership model fosters increased leadership skills in her staff as she models best practices. She knows the importance of a strong staff. “What a blessing it is to know that kids love being in the Extended Care program and parents have trust in the program offered here.” If your child attends the daycare program, be sure to ask about Miracle Monday, Serve Others Tuesday, and the group poster projects shown here.
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10