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June at the Family Centre 
 
June 13, Tuesday: Both Morning & Afternoon Drop-In Graduation Day We celebrate all the children who will be attending Kindergarten this fall! A ceremony will be held and each child will be recognized. The Drop-In will remain open to the public, but play time will be shorter. This might not be the best day for families with very small children to attend. For more details, please talk to Maria or Ewa.
June 16, Friday: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Family Daycare Morning Family daycare providers are welcome to bring their kids for a special morning of playtime just for them! Please sign up with Maria or Ewa.
June 21, Wednesday: 11 AM - 1:30 PM National Aboriginal Day at Musqueam Meet us at Musqueam's Cultural Centre (4000 Musqueam Ave) to check out the day's festivities. For more information on the event, CLICK HEREIf you need transportation, please talk to staff as we have arranged a small bus with limited seating available. FAMILY DROP-IN WILL BE CLOSED ON THIS DAY.
June 30, Friday: 10 AM - 1 PM Canada Day Celebration Join us as we celebrate Canada turning 150 year old!  Crafts, face painting, and entertainment are just some of the fun festivities. Bring your own lunch and a picnic blanket. 
 
Circles of Caring and Connection Program 
CLICK HERE to view the June schedule 
 
Membership Drive Update
Thank you to all our families who have purchased or renewed their memberships. Your support is greatly appreciated. In order to meet our fundraising goal, we need 333 families to purchase/renew their membership. We continue to accept payment via cash, cheque or credit card. The annual membership is $45 for the year (which breaks down to only 86 cents per week!) and expires at the end of April 2018. For more information, please talk to any staff at the Family Centre.
 
Playground update
Please be aware that the gravel is very slippery. We are working on finding a solution to this problem. In the meantime, if any family member can donate some time to shove/sweep the gravel back in its place, please let us know. We have a shovel and some brooms readily available in the bike shed. As well, parents and caregivers should monitor/prevent the children dumping the gravel on the blue surface, wooden benches and walkway.
 
Scotiabank Charity Challenge - Get moving and support the Family Centre
 
There is still time to join our team and fundraise for Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society. Many staff and board members are walking on Sunday, June 25. The money raised goes back directly to supporting our programs and special events. Please go to our website, www.mpfamilycentre.ca to join our team or to make a donation. You also have the opportunity to win great prizes and receive cool swag when you join our team.
 
Looking forward to July...
July 7 - August 11, Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Nobody's Perfect This parent support education group allows parents to get a better understanding of their children's development, meet other parents and share ideas. For more information, please contact Flora at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A current Family Centre membership is needed to participate.
July - August, Saturdays: 10 - 11:30 AM 1-2-3 Jump! Physical Literacy for 2.5 - 3.5 yr olds. Have fun with your child moving and learning in new ways. Registration is required.The program is offered free in partnership with Little Mountain Neighbourhood House. We ask that you have a current Family Centre membership to participate. Please speak with Flora to put your names on a contact list for the next session.

May 2017 Newsletter

April 28, 2017
May is Membership Month!
Annual membership runs from May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018 and costs $45 per year (which averages out to only 86 cents a week). Membership fees are a much needed part of our annual revenue and help fund our Family Drop-In program, parent education, workshops, special events and seasonal celebrations. Membership is an integral part of community participation and an effective way to contribute to our sustainability. Our goal is to have 333 memberships paid for this year!If you did not have a membership last year, please go directly to our membership page. To renew your membership please go to CanadaHelps.org. When you visit the Family Centre, you can pay using cash, credit card, or cheque. Please speak to our staff and they will help you.
 
May calendar
May 2 - June 9, Tuesdays 1-3 PM and Fridays 9:30 -11:30 AM: ABC Time On these days, we close off part of our playroom to run a small kindergarten readiness program. The drop-in is still open, but the play space is smaller! For more information about our ABC program, please speak with Ewa or Maria. A family centre membership is required in order to participate.
May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, Wednesdays: 2:15 pm - 2:45 pm during afternoon Drop-In. Participants do not need to register. Come sing, dance and play with Music Therapist, Melody Owen in our playroom. Family participation is required.
May 6 - June 17, Saturdays: 10 - 11:30 AM 1-2-3 Jump! Physical Literacy for 2.5 - 3.5 yr olds. Have fun with your child moving and learning in new ways. Registration is required.The program is offered free in partnership with Little Mountain Neighbourhood House. We ask that you have a current Family Centre membership to participate. Please speak with Flora if you are interested or to sign up for the next session.
May 22, Monday: Victoria Day The Family Centre will be CLOSED. Enjoy the long weekend!
 
 
 
Scotiabank Charity Challenge  
 
Come out and support the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society as we participate in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge on Sunday, June 25. Please go to our website
www.mpfamilycentre.ca for instructions to join our team. 
 
When you join our team, you will receive:
  • Fundraising tools, ideas and tips
  • Team buff headwear
  • Fun community meet ups 
  • Team spirit and race day photos
  • Heartfelt gratitude of families with young children that you're literally stepping up for
If you are unable to join us, you can make a donation here:
MAKE DONATION TO MP FAMILY CENTRE TEAM 
100% of your donation goes to support the Family Centre. 
 
 
Are you a keen gardener?
The Family Centre has a plot in the community garden near the playground and we are looking for parents who are interested in exploring growth and development from a gardening perspective! Ask Flora for more information.

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The children in our CCC playroom had lots of fun playing with two police officers last week. The visit marked the beginning of the new partnership between ISSofBC and the Vancouver Police Department.  Two Constables Wes Fung and Tyler Nadon will be on site every Wednesday to begin a variety of newcomer related programming around policing in Canada and to ease any traumatic experiences related to police or army officers that the families possibly had in their home countries or refugee camps.  

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Our family centre participated in the 5% day organized by Whole Foods Market. On April 5th, 5% of their sales was donated to Vancouver Farmers Markets for the Nutrition Coupon Program.  Last year, thanks to the partnership, more than 40 Circles of Care and Connection families who came to Canada as refugees, were given nutrition coupons to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms and producers. The families always look forward to our field trips to farmers' markets which, as they often say:  "remind them of home". 

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Congratulations to the Winner of our WestJet Gift of Flight - Winnie Ma of Richmond BC. Winnie's ticket was purchased to raise money for the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society annual fundraiser Savour Our Neighbourhood. 

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