Local Events and Opportunities
Community activities and events are listed below. All items listed have been approved by the district office for posting. In most cases, paper copies of these postings can be found in the designated school building's office. By clicking on the headings below, more information regarding the events can be viewed.
East Lansing Educational Foundation 17th Annual Awards dinner and Golf Outing
East Lansing Public Schools Kindergarten Parent Information Night
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
MacDonald Middle School Auditorium
6:00 pm: Welcome from Dori Leyko, Acting Superintendent
6:10 pm: Introduction of Principals and Staff
6:20 pm: A Presentation on Kindergarten in ELPS
6:45 pm: Visit your elementary school table as well as other tables for information about:
- English as a Second Language Services
- Food Service by Chartwells
- Before and After Care by the City of East Lansing
- Schools of Choice
Full details for the event can be found by clicking here!
SAVE THE DATE! The East Lansing Educational Foundation In Association With ITC Holdings Corp. Presents: THE DREAM (4) S.T.E.A.M.
THE DREAM (4) S.T.E.A.M.
“A celebration of career and educational opportunities for any student passionate or interested in S.T.E.A.M related courses”
***The ELEF invites all East Lansing students, parents, teachers, administrators, and interested persons to come hear STEAM related presentations, see STEAM related demonstrations, and visit with STEAM related employers***
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ARTS & MATH (S.T.E.A.M.)
April 26, 2017
East Lansing High School Student Union
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
CI-MSU Open House
Confucius Institute at Michigan State University (CI-MSU) is proud to hold the first ever Online Chinese Program Open House.
This event is on 4/15/17 from 9am to 1:30 pm, and we would like to invite all your middle school and high school students to attend.
It’s a completely free event for your students to learn more about our online program.
During the event, students will enjoy performance, activities, and authentic Chinese food.
City of East Lansing/East Lansing Parks, Recreation, & Arts Upcoming Events
Downtown Chili Cook-Off
Community members are encouraged to mark their calendars and prepare their taste buds for the Downtown Chili Cook-Off, taking place Saturday, April 1 from noon-4 p.m. in downtown East Lansing. The event is free and open to the public.
During the event, community members are invited to visit participating restaurants to sample free chili and rank the samples they try in a number of different categories. In addition to bragging rights, the restaurant that receives the most points will be presented with the 2017 Golden Spoon Trophy for the Best East Lansing Chili.
“We are excited to highlight the dining options in downtown East Lansing with this great weekend event and invite all community members to join in the fun,” said East Lansing Community Development & Engagement Manager Amy Schlusler.
Additional information, including a list of participating businesses, can be found at www.downtownel.com. The chili will be served at the locations/businesses listed on the website and balloons will be affixed to the outside facades of all of the participating businesses on the day of the event. This event is brought to the community by the East Lansing Downtown Management Board.
Registration Now Open for Spring/Summer Adult Softball Leagues
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The East Lansing Department of Parks, Recreation & Arts (ELPRA) is currently accepting team registrations for its 2017 spring/summer adult softball leagues. The registration deadline is March 24.
ELPRA offers a wide assortment of adult softball opportunities, ranging from competitive to recreational. Men’s and coed adult leagues will play games at the East Lansing Softball Complex, 6400 Abbot Road, on various nights throughout the 2017 spring/summer season. The spring/summer season runs from late April to the end of July.
Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/sports or email Jim Jennings at email@example.com to learn more about 2017 spring/summer adult softball registration.
Youth Baseball Leagues
Emphasis is placed on instruction, participation, sportsmanship and FUN!
Spring training begins the week of Monday, May 8 for all leagues.
Games begin in late May.
Little Ninjas Karate (Ages 4-5)
Kids Power Karate (Ages 6-12)
Crossing Guard Applications Are Being Accepted for the City of East Lansing
CROSSING GUARD APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE CITY OF EAST LANSING.
Either one hour in the morning, or, one hour in the afternoon, or both depending on need, Monday – Friday. Must be available before school starting time and when school lets out in the afternoon. Specific hours dependent on public school.
$12.00 per Hour
Go Online to cityofeastlansing.com for details and to complete an application.
Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts - Adventure is Calling!
Cub Scouts is for boys in the 1st-5th Grade
Boy Scouts is for boys 11 years and up
Venturing Crews are co-ed, ages 14-21
East Lansing Amateur Softball Club
2017 Registration Form
East Lansing Amateur Softball Club
Girls Fast Pitch Softball
ELASC is looking for girls of all ages to play fast pitch softball this summer!! We’ll begin forming teams in mid-April and starting practices in early May. Games start in early June and go through mid-July. Experienced players and beginners are welcome. Parent coaches will teach the skills and fundamentals of the game.
East Lansing Baseball Club Latex Paint Collection Fundraiser
East Lansing Baseball Club: 12U Cooperstown Team
Why: In addition to the 12U’s traditional local season, the team will travel to Cooperstown, NY for a week of training and competition. This is a once in a lifetime experience for these young athletes. The Cooperstown team costs are 4x higher than a traditional team. Our goal is to raise enough funds to substantially close the cost gap for the players and their families.
How: The 12U team will collect, process, and properly dispose of your cans of latex paint. We will clean the cans and recycle those that meet recycling requirements. Goal: 450+ latex paint cans.
When: Athletes will be available to collect your cans and accompanying donations on Thursday, March 30th and Friday, March 31st from 6p-8p and Saturday, April 1st from 10a-1p.
Latex paint and accompanying donations may be dropped off at the Potter house on most evenings, if the times above do not work well for you. Thank you for your support.
East Lansing Kiwanis Annual Candy Hunt
Located in Patriarche Park, East Lansing
Hunt begins at 10 a.m. sharp, arrive early.
Take home what you can carry. No baskets or bags please.
Separate areas for preschool-kindergarten, 1st-2nd graders & 3rd-5th graders.
Open to all children through 5th grade.
East Lansing Lacrosse 2017 Winter Clinics at MacDonald Middle School
FREE LACROSSE CLINICS
STARTING ON JANUARY 22
Is your child interested in playing lacrosse? Or do they need to get
ready for this years spring season? East Lansing Lacrosse Club is
offering five FREE lacrosse clinics on Sundays from 4 pm to 5 pm
for grades 3-6. And from 5 pm to 6 pm for grades 7-8.
January 22, 29 • February 12, 26 • March 5
East Lansing Lacrosse Club 2017 Season Registration
The East Lansing Lacrosse Club is gearing up for the 2017 spring season. If your child is in 3rd to 8th-grade and is interested in playing lacrosse join us for our Season Information Meeting, Wednesday, February 15 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.
The spring season runs from March through early June. Teams will practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with games on Mondays and Wednesdays.
East Lansing Public Library
Elementary Statistics Class
School-aged children, join us for a free series of four classes in statistics! Classes will be led by Anna Esen-ther, a student at Michigan State University. This class is intended for 3rd - 5th graders, but any child with an understanding of place value and division is welcome. Sessions build off of each other so please plan to come to all four sessions if possible. Topics will include introductory descriptive statistics (mean, median, mode, range), developing statistical intuition, and learning to approach questions like a statistician.
To register, please visit elpl.org
Fridays March 24, 31, April 7 and 14
EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service and computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans. Through partnerships with local Internet service providers, EveryoneOn is able to offer free or $9.95 home Internet service in 48 states and the District of Columbia. We work with device refurbishers, so individuals and their families can purchase discounted devices, including $150 tablets and $199 laptops.
Fine Neurodevelopment Lab Michigan State University Social Perception Study
PURPOSE OF RESEARCH STUDY
To identify high functioning
children with symptoms of autism
using video vignette stories.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
- Boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 12
- Typically developing or with ADHD or with Asperger’s / High functioning autism
Grand Rapids Academic Summer Program (GRASP)
The GRASP program is a summer math and reading correspondence program for grades Kindergarten to 8th. Children receive a packet of materials with a booklet containing 9 lessons. They complete one lesson a week or work at their own pace. They mail the lessons to GRASP where they are scored and returned to the children with comments.
We also have an on-line version of GRASP for students in 4th to 8th Grade.
Children successfully completing at least 7 lessons with 70% accuracy are awarded a certificate. Those successfully completing all 9 lessons with 70% accuracy receive a medal.
The fees for the summer of 2017 are $38 for one subject or $63 for both subjects for each child. Each child should be placed at the grade just completed in school. If there are extenuating circumstances, order the level that is appropriate for your child.
Hoopfest March Magic
Hoopfest, an interactive basketball playground, returns to Jenison Field House with skill stations like:
-3-Point Shoot Out
Thursday, March 23 - 2 pm to 7 pm
Friday, March 24 - 2 pm to 7 pm
Saturday, March 25 - 10 am to 6 pm
Admission is FREE with MHSAA Tournament Ticket or $2 without.
Ingham Intermediate School District Summer Camp Fair
Come learn about summer opportunities for students with disabilities.
March 25, 2017 — 10 am to 2 pm
Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club
2900 Hannah Blvd., East Lansing, MI 48823
There will be snacks, arts and crafts activities for your children, prize drawings every half-hour, and a grand prize entry for on-site program registrations.
Intervention Study on Children With Developmental Dyslexia
In this study, we recruit children with and without developmental dyslexia from age 7 to 15. We examine whether two scientifically designed intervention programs can effectively improve reading in the brain. This study will involve multiple visits to Michigan State University, with two fMRI scanning sessions. You will get compensation for your time.
ITEC Information Technology Empowerment Center
Science and Engineering Activities for Kids!
The Information Technology Empowerment Center (itec) in Lansing is offering a Spring Break Camp and Session II of their Spring Courses. Itec is a Lansing-based group that promotes various math, science and engineering fields to children ages 5-13.
Classes include topics such as robotics, 3D printing, video game and app design, web design, and computer coding.
There are two different options for this spring being offered by itec. Click on the links below for more information and costs for each option.
ITEC Courses are offered at the Foster Community Center
200 N. Foster Ave, Lansing, MI 48912
Courses run January 17th-April 29th
Language Classes for Preschoolers, Children & Teens
Our weekly language classes for preschoolers (ages 3-6), kids (ages 6-12), and teens (ages 13+) provide practice for speaking and listening while incorporating some reading and writing. Children are grouped by age and proficiency; concurrent sections are offered for most languages.
Classes are held in Wells Hall at MSU starting the week of January 23, 2017. All classes meet for 10 sessions.
Multiple-program/child discounts are available (10%). Classes will be cancelled if fewer than 5 students enroll.
Lansing Youth Startup Expo
Student registration for the Lansing Youth Startup Expo is now open at www.purelansing.com/youthstartup and the event takes place on Wednesday, March 29th from 9am-1:30pm at the Lansing Center.
The expo is a part of our Youth Startup Initiative which is focused on introducing students to the career possibilities of being an entrepreneur or small business owner. During the application process and event itself, students will develop important skills such as critical thinking, market evaluation, profitability, and more; all while building confidence and poise.
Please encourage your students to participate. There will be over $10,000 in prizes to win. There is no charge to attend this year’s event and lunch is included for the students who participate as well as their chaperones. The event is open to ALL middle and high school aged students who reside or attend school in the Lansing region (Clinton, Eaton & Ingham Counties)
LCC Youth Programs
League of Women Voters of the Lansing Area
Challenges Facing Our Public Schools: A Public Forum
Wednesday, March 22
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Hannah Community Center
819 Abbot Road
School Board Member Panelists:
Peter Spadafore – Lansing
Erin Graham - East Lansing
Greg Talberg – Williamston
Camilla Davis – DeWitt
Listen and learn from these current school board members as they discuss some external factors that affect school progress and performance. Issues will include legislative mandates, funding, financial accountability, testing/evaluation, schools of choice (including charter schools) and public support. Audience questions will be addressed as time permits. For more information, contact Camilla Davis at (517) 624-9224.
The League of Women Voters is a national, nonpartisan, political organization that encourages the
informed and active participation of citizens in their government, works to increase understanding of
major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Many Hands Weekend Survival Kits
Have you heard of Many Hands or the Weekend Survival Kit food program? Many Hands is a local non-profit organization that provides Weekend Survival Kits (WSK) to students enrolled in East Lansing schools. Many families do not have the means to provide food during the weekend for their families. Imagine your child, coming home from school to an empty cupboard? Unimaginable, but true for nearly 11,000 children in Ingham County alone. When in school, children can receive Free/Reduced priced lunch and breakfast. On the weekend they can receive a WSK that provides 14 meals, 2 sides and 2 snacks which are sent home with students in their backpacks every other Friday. There are several ways to help support this great cause, without it, this program could not survive.
Michigan Education Trust (MET) and the Michigan Education Savings Program (MESP) college savings information and enrollment event
The Michigan Education Trust (MET) and the Michigan Education Savings Program (MESP), two of Michigan’s 529 college savings programs, are hosting a college savings information and enrollment event. I was hoping that you could help us spread the word about this event to parents of elementary and middle school children.
The Community Information and Enrollment Session is being held at the Okemos Public Library Thursday, March 30 from 3-8 pm. This is a free, drop-in session where those looking to learn more about ways to save for a child’s college education can speak with MET and MESP staff one-on-one and/or enroll in a savings program onsite.
Michigan State University Participants Needed for Motor Learning Research Study
Michigan State University Science Festival
APRIL 7-23, 2017
Over 150 unique presentations, including demonstrations, seminars, discussion panels, tours and hands-on activities! And it's all FREE!
MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design’s Saturday Morning Art (SmART) Program
The Department of Art, Art History, and Design’s Saturday Morning Art (SmART) program is part of the Department’s Art Education degree program, which affords pre-service art education majors the opportunity to interact and work with school-age children, ages 7 through 18. The creative program serves to broaden and enrich the art and educational experiences of all involved and is designed to expand SmART participants’ artistic and problem solving skills, as well as their aesthetic and cultural awareness and sensitivity. The program provides 6 class sessions of instruction and an exhibition day for everyone to celebrate the artistic creations of the students.
MSU’s Graduate Women in Science Organization Presents: Girls Math & Science Day
Biomedical & Physical Sciences Bldg.
Michigan State University
Saturday, March 4, 2017 8am-12:30pm
For middle school girls who want to participate in math and science demos led by some of MSU’s enthusiastic and knowledgeable students and researchers.
Details, registration and volunteer information at:
MSU MVP Ball Club
The MVP Ball Club is about more than just basketball. It's about developing kids throught Mid-Michigan both on a& off the court.
Nature Science Club Solar System & Stars 3.0
Solar System & Stars 3.0
1. Gathering at the MSU Planetarium @ 1pm
2. Outdoors: Making a human walking/spinning solar system model
3. Indoors: Making Kid's Own Constellation Books & Snack (provide by Foods for Living)
4. Star Stories @ MSU Planetarium*!
(They have created a special show just for the Nature Science Club.)
6. Hike to MSU Dairy Store & or Children’s Garden
Where: MSU Planetarium
When: Saturday 11 March 2017
Time: 1-4pm (we will meet at the MSU planetarium)
Bring: Outdoor gear for the solar system game
Also bring: at least one adult with a child
To be sure there are enough snacks & materials for your family, if possible, please RSVP by Friday 10 March @ noon via blog comment @ http://naturescienceclub.weebly.com/ or
or email @ firstname.lastname@example.org
*All activities in this club are free, except for occasional field trips. The planetarium show is $4.00 per person. However, we do have some scholarship funds available. Please email us if you need help with funding to attend the planetarium show.
Reach Studio Art Center
Spring Open House
Saturday, March 25th, come join us at REACH to see what we've been up to! Watch clay pottery wheel demonstrations and make your own rod puppet.
Our Youth Gallery will feature superhero marionette puppets, dancing to funky music, created by our Creative Connections students this winter term. Also featured are portfolio works created by our Teen Open Studio participants.
Spring Break Workshops
April 3-6, 1:30 -3:30 pm
School Break Camps are open for registration!
Spend your spring break making art! Sign up for all four days, or just one workshop. Space is limited! The workshops are:
- Monday 4/3: Cardboard Marionettes
- Tuesday 4/4: Paper Kites
- Wednesday 4/5: Simple Machines
- Thursday 4/6: Natural Dyes
Save the date for Alices Mad Hatter Tea Party
May 13th at 1:00pm. Get your tickets here today!
Spartan Writing Camp 2017
Dates & Times:
June 19-22, 26-29
July 10-13, 17-20
AM Half Days 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
PM Half Days 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Full Days: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tourette Syndrome Programs
The Tourette Syndrome Camp Organization (TSCO) is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt all volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to promoting camping opportunities for children with Tourette Syndrome (TS) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and its associated disorders Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD).
The Tourette Syndrome Camp Organization (TSCO) will host the 24th Annual Tourette Syndrome Camp USA from Sunday, June 25, 2017 until Saturday, July 1, 2017 at YMCA Camp Duncan in Ingleside, Illinois. Our program is design for children ages 7-16 with Tourette Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The cost for this program is $637. We have financial aid available and a number of opportunities to assist families with raising funds to help cover the cost. Please see our website for more information at www.tourettecamp.com
TSCO will also be hosting a family event on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at YMCA Camp Duncan from 10:00AM to 3:00PM. The cost for this program will be $10 per person or $30 for a family including lunch.
This is an opportunity to spend the day at camp while experiencing and participating in some of the same fun activities that campers enjoy during our summer camp. A number of our volunteer staff will be on hand to partake in the activities as well. This is your opportunity to experience a piece of camp. Please see our website for more information and registration at www.tourettecamp.com
There is local support in Michigan for children with Tourette Syndrome and their families through the Tourette Association of America Michigan Chapter at https://www.tourette.org/chapter/mi/