Back to School looks quite a bit different this year.
Some students will learn remotely, while others will kick off the year in a hybrid model. For some, this will be their first year officially homeschooling with mom or dad taking on the role of teacher. And for others, school will once again take place in-person with social distancing and other safety plans in place. No matter what school looks like for your family this year, it’s safe to say that this is going to be the most unique school year yet.
Just like the school year, this guide will be a bit different than years past.
We share our team’s favorite Back to School items that are sure to help you and your kiddos start the year off on the right foot.
We provide links to resources that can offer you and your children additional support as you navigate this school year together.
Finally, we link to to nearby day camps and after school activities that will get your kids exercising, socializing and developing their talents.
A big thank you to our sponsor, Pikes Peak Athletics, for making this guide possible.
Pikes Peak Athletics | Little Pikes Swim Day Camp
COSMC Back to School Must-Haves
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Support During Covid: Our Favorite Resources
Hunger Free Colorado: Food resources during the Covid-19 Outbreak
COVID Crisis Internet Service Providers: A list of the major US internet service providers that offer support to those financially impacted by the current COVID crisis.
PPLD Homework Help: Live homework help and skills building from expert tutors in math, science, social studies and English plus writing and reading assistance. Designed for grades K – Adults. Tutors available online Monday – Sunday from 2 – 11 p.m.
Common Sense Media Family Center: Set your family up for success with distance learning tips and resources. From using Zoom to managing anxiety and supporting social and emotional well-being, welcome to your go-to guide for a positive experience learning from home.
Wide Open: Provides a curated selection of daily online and offline activities to help kids stay active and curious.
PPLD Virtual Library Services: From take and make programs to virtual yoga, the library has many exciting virtual opportunities for the entire family.
Lakeshore Learning at Home: Explore more than 1,000 free resources…as well as a variety of fun, engaging products for learning at home.
Homeschooling in Colorado: Resources for how to get started with homeschooling in Colorado.
Virus Anxiety: Resources for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty.
Crisis Text Line: If you or your child need to talk to someone, you can simply text “TALK” to 38255 and a master’s level mental health provider will respond within minutes.
Day Camps & After School Fun
Your kids work hard while in school, break up the school week with fun day camps and after-school activities that will get them exercising, socializing and developing their talents.
Pikes Peak Athletics: 602 Elkton Drive, 1880 Weiskopf Point, 125 E. Clubhouse Drive, and 1111 N. 31st
SafeSplash Swim School: 13171 Bass Pro Dr.
PPYMCA: Various Locations
Little Fins Swim School: 2233 Academy Place and 1625 Medical Center Point
Donna’s Dolphins Swim School: 5470 Powers Center Point #130
Flipshack: Weekly gymnastics, tumbling, and urban gym classes, 1789 S. 8th Street
Aerials: Weekly gymnastics, parkour, and Shangri-La Aerial Arts classes, 3536 Hartsel Drive
Precizion509: Weekly gymnastics and urban gym classes, 7235 E U.S. Hwy 24
Kinetic Gymnastics: Weekly gymnastics and tumbling classes, 30 Widefield Blvd #E
Stars Gymnastics: Weekly gymnastics and tumbling & tramp classes, 3870 Mallow Rd.
PPYMCA: Weekly youth gymnastics classes, locations vary
Dance Unlimited: 7850 N. Academy Boulevard
Colorado Ballet Society: 8570 Criterion Drive #154
Barbara Ellis Studio of Dance: 1595 York Road
Kemper Dance Academy: 3958 N. Academy Blvd Suite 106
Turning Pointe School of Dance: 5540 Library Lane
Jillian’s School of Dance: 5229 Galley Rd.
Summit Dance Works: 5958 Stetson Hills
United States Karate Academy: 207-A West Rockrimmon Blvd, 1769 S. 8th Street, and 4868 Galley Road
Coppock’s Kenpo Karate Academy: 1815 North Circle Dr
Gracie Barra Children’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: 1360 Academy Blvd N
Calvary Family Martial Arts & Fitness: 2361 N. Academy Blvd
Family Martial Arts: 3239 South Academy Blvd #140
U.S. Taekwondo Center: 16328 Jackson Creek Pkwy., 3478A Research Pkwy., 6217 Lehman Drive, 5799 Stetson Hills Blvd. Ste# 110, and 1316 N. Academy Blvd.
Universal Kempo Karate Schools: Numerous locations in Monument, Colorado Springs and Falcon.
Bemis School of Art: 818 Pelham Pl
Pikes Peak Artist Collective: 2708 West Colorado Ave., Suite C
Cottonwood Center for the Arts Art Club: 427 E Colorado Ave
Kids Can Draw Fine Arts Classes: 3617 Betty Dr. Suite S.
Colorado Springs Conservatory: 415 S. Sahwatch St
Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale: 1409 Palmer Park Blvd
Academy of Children’s Theatre: 2314 Vickers Drive
Starz Theatre Company: 5540 Library Lane