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December 2017 Newsletter

November 29, 2017
December at the Family Centre 
December 7, Thursday: 10 AM  - 1 PM Winter Celebration Party at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House - 800 East Broadway. Activities include a walk through winter wonderland, crafts, cookie decorating, face painting and music. Feel free to bring a seasonal treat (finger food only please). The Family Centre will be CLOSED on this day, including the afternoon Baby Drop-In.

The Baby Drop-In Program will be open Thursday Dec. 14th for the last session before the holidays. Program will reopen on January 5, 2017.

The last day for Family Drop-In is Thursday, December 21 - AM Drop-In only.
December 21 (afternoon) - January 1:
 The Family Centre will be CLOSED for Winter Holidays. We will be reopen on Tuesday, January 2 with regular program hours.

Survey Results
Thank you to those who filled out our annual survey.  We appreciate all your feedback. Here are some program responses to your inquiries and statements:

For Family Drop-In Program 
1. More books that describe diverse families
- Staff will be purchasing some new books for the child and adult library. Stay tuned! Any parent suggestions are always welcomed.
2. Infant Program 2 times a week - We are unable to expand our program due to funding and time, however, here are some other Baby Drop-In and Regular Family Drop-In Programs in the community:
- You and your infant are welcome to attend our regular drop-in hours, where we provide a baby space downstairs and babies can go upstairs during singing time.
- Raven Song Community Health Centre
- Creekside Community Centre - Infant Sing and Grow Program (scheduled program)
- Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House - Just Play! Family Drop-In
3. Garden program outside - We do offer a family garden program in the summer. We usually look for interested families in the spring via newsletter or face to face. Please talk to Flora if you are interested in gardening.
4. Parents could re-do some parenting courses - Please talk with staff regarding specific interest.
- Retaking in the Circle of Security and Neufeld courses is possible. 
- Nobody's Perfect Program is set up for one time only due of funding. Please ask staff if you have any queries that come up regarding parenting challenges.
- We also need to acquire more funding in order to expand parenting group times.
5. Name tags - Staff is taking this into consideration. Thank you!

For Circles of Care & Connection Program 
1. Please expand your program for children older than 6 years
In partnership with Boys and Girls Club and ISS of BC, the program for Tweens is offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
2. 
Please extend the hours of the program
We are  currently unable to extend the hours due to funding, please check with staff about  programs for families offered by other agencies
3. English classes that can teach our kids the letters in English and Arabic would be amazing, if possible
More English songs and activities would help us to improve English language skills
Staff will continue developing new appropriate language activities for children.
5. 
I wish you can do a workshop on grocery shopping. Sometimes after I buy things I discover they are different from what I wanted.
We have started planning our 2018 parenting/settlement workshops, several workshops on nutrition/grocery shopping will be offered next year.

Circles of Care and Connection Program
For the December Calendar - CLICK HERE

The CCC team would like to thank everyone who made donations for our newly arrived refugee families. This time we are looking for a stroller suitable for babies and a double bed comforter/duvet. Please contact  Sanja: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 778-372-6552


Looking forward to January...
January 2, Tuesday: Welcome Back!
January 20 - March 3, Fridays - 7 WEEKS: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Making Sense of Preschoolers Gordon Neufeld Video Course provides insight into their shyness, separation anxieties, aggression, resistance, oppositionality and more. Making sense of these confusing yet wonderous creatures lays the foundation for intuitive and rewarding parenting. A current Family Centre membership is required. Cost for the program is $70. For more information. contact Flora. 
January 27 - March 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. To register, please contact Flora. 
 
Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society
wishes you and your family
a very happy and prosperous holiday!
See you all in the New Year!
 

Halloween group photo

haloween trick or treatHalloween trick or treat

The Circle of Care and Connection children and their families had lots of fun on October 31st while attending our Welcome to Canada drop-in program. They went trick-or-treating around the ISS of BC Welcome Centre. The children enjoyed putting on the costumes and collecting candies. Some of them were tired after visits to numerous offices but very proud of their bags full of various treats. For many of them this was the first Halloween in Canada.

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November at the Family Centre
 
November 3 - December 8, Fridays: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Circles of Security It is a relationship based early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children. Eva co-facilitates the course which runs Friday mornings. Please speak with Ewa for more information on the next session.
November 7 - November 24, 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.
November 13, Monday: Remembrance Day The Family Centre will be CLOSED.
 

Circles of Care and Connection Program & Update
Stroller donation
One of the CCC families is looking for a double stroller. If you have one that you would like to donate, please contact our Child and Family Settlement Worker Narsmeen, phone: 778 968 8142, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Pumpkin Patch at Drop-In
On October 31, children went to our pumpkin patch in the yard and went upstairs to decorate their pumpkin. Check out their creations below and one of the many families that dressed up!
Are you handy or know someone who is?
We are  looking for a volunteer who is handy that can help out with fixing little things at the Mount Pleasant Family Centre. Currently, we are looking for help to take down the 40th Anniversary sign from the building. If you are interested or know someone who is, please contact Theresa, Program Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 604-872-6757.

Looking ahead...
December 7, Thursday: 10 AM - 1 PM Winter Celebration Party Join us at the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House (800 East Broadway). More information to come! The Family Drop-In Centre will be closed and no programs will be offered on this day. 

Community Kitchen team resized

Minister and ed resized

The CCC Community Kitchen Program had a special visitor last week. Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada spent some time in our playroom before he delivered an announcement at ISS of BC Welcome Centre. The children, parents and staff enjoyed chatting with the Minister and everyone was happy to see him tasting some of the special dishes that the families prepared that day. 

All Members welcome at the
Annual General Meeting
for the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society!

Tuesday, October 17, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM


 

The evening will begin with a potluck dinner (provided by the existing Board members) all together upstairs in the playroom. After dinner, the adults will go downstairs for the meeting and the children will stay upstairs to play with the childcare providers.

So that we can prepare enough food and provide enough childcare, please register your attendance by replying to this email or by calling us (604) 872-6757. In your RSVP, please include your name, your child(ren)'s names and ages, and your member number (if you have it handy).

Please note: Only those people with current memberships are allowed to vote and/or become board members. You are welcome to update your membership online or in person at the drop-in before the meeting. Membership fees will not be collected at the AGM.

Thank you for your continued participation. We hope to see you at the AGM!

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