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September at the Family Centre
 
September 4, Monday: Labour Day The Family Centre will be CLOSED.
September 7, Thursday: Storytime with the VPL Librarian during morning Drop-In. Come meet our librarian and enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories.
September 8, Friday: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Family Drop-In We will be offering Drop-In on this morning. We hope to see you all there!
September 15 - October 20, 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. Participants must be current members of the Family Centre. Please ask Flora or Theresa for more info and to sign up.
September 16 - November 4, Saturdays: 10 - 11:30 AM 1-2-3 Jump! Physical Literacy for 3 years 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 ask Flora or Theresa for more info and to sign up.
September 28, Thursday: Storytime with the VPL Librarian during Baby Drop-In. Come sing,rhyme and enjoy stories with the librarian.
 
Circles of Care and Connection Program & Update
CLICK HERE to view the September schedule.
In September, our Welcome to Canada – Early Learning and Family Support Group will be even more fun than usual. The program runs from Monday to Wednesday1:00 to 3:00 pm in our playroom located on the 3rd floor at Welcome Centre, 2610 Victoria Drive.
 
The Conversation Circles program will continue on Mondays so that parents who came to Canada as refugees can practice English while their children participate in our early childhood development program.
 
On September 13 (Wednesdays), the new Healthy Together Program starts. Healthy Together is an innovative and unique family education program that brings families together to learn how to make healthy choices and build healthy relationships. It is offered thanks to financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada. Let’s learn, move, cook, and eat together! Space is limited, to register please call 778 372 6552 after September 8, 2017.
 
On September 19, (from 1:30pm to 2:30) the Sound, Movement and Play Program starts again. Through this fun folk song approach developed by the Living Language Institute, children and their parents/caregivers are engaged in singing, movement and social play. 
 
Board Recruitment
Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society is located at 2910 St. George Street in Vancouver (adjacent to Robson Park). We are seeking new Board Members and would welcome all enquiries. Please contact Gini Bonner, our Executive Director at 604-872-6757 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about this rewarding opportunity. Why Volunteer? Volunteering is a great way to gain hands-on experience in a variety of leadership roles while bettering your community. It provides an opportunity to work and interact with people from different walks of life, while providing valuable lessons in teamwork, leadership, and commitment to something above and beyond our daily existence.
I look forward to hearing from you!  Gini
 
August picnic at Robson Park
Our annual picnic at Robson Park was a great success. On August 17th, MPFCS welcomed families from our Drop-In and Circles of Care and Connection Early Years Refugee Program. Everyone enjoyed playing the outdoors games, art making, face painting, the pinata and meeting other families. The highlight of the day was singing Happy Birthday to our long standing volunteer Janice. 
 
Looking ahead to October and November...
October 11, Wednesday: Fire Drill During morning Drop-In, we will have a fire drill at 10:15 am. This can be a fun and/or interesting experience, but it will definitely be a different sort of day for everyone. We will use a hand-held bell (not our building's alarm bell) to alert the beginning of the drill.
October 10 - 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.October 27 - December 8, Fridays: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Circles of Security The Circle of Security is a relationship based early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children. Eva will co-facilitate the course which runs Friday mornings. Participants must be current members of the Family Centre. Please speak with Ewa for more information. 
October 27 - December 8, Fridays: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Circles of Security The Circle of Security is a relationship based early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children. Eva will co-facilitate the course which runs Friday mornings. Participants must be current members of the Family Centre. Please speak with Ewa for more information. 
2910 St. George Street
Vancouver BC V5Y 2E1
604-872-6757

www.mpfamilycentre.ca

 
 
August at the Family Centre

IMPORTANT - User Fee Update
Starting from September 1, we will be implementing a Family Drop-In fee:
 $2 per visit for members
 $5 per visit for non-members

Family Daycares, Nannies, Babysitters, and Friends
For each visit:
$2 Drop-In fee per child with membership
$5 Drop-In free per child without membership

If you bring 3 children, Providers need to write the day of your visit on the white board near entrance (Limit 1 Provider per day). 

For more information, please talk to any staff at the Family Centre.

 

August Calendar
August 7, Monday: We will be CLOSED because it is BC Day!
August 16, Wednesday10AM to 2PM, we will move our Drop-In Program outside at Robson Park! Don't forget to bring your snack/lunch and your picnic blanket! Activities include face-painting, crafts, bubbles, painting on the fence, games and a piñata. Please note we will be closed after 2 PM. * Please bring some individually wrapped candies before August 16 for the pinata! In case of rain, this event will be cancelled and we will have normal drop-in hours.
 
Musqueam Outing

On Wednesday, June 21, our families and staff went to the
Musqueam Reserve to celebrate National Aboriginal Day!
 
Canada Day Event 
On Friday, June 30, we had our annual Canada Day event from 10AM - 1PM! It was wonderful to see all our families enjoy all great activities including Yeeri the Magician! CLICK HERE for more photos uploaded on our website gallery.
 
Goodbye Mij and Alice!
We will be saying goodbye to Mij and Alice in August. Since their arrival, they have been highly supportive in our Family Drop-In Programs, as well as, assisting in planning for our summer events. The Mount Pleasant Family Centre staff would like to thank them for all their support, creativity and positive demeanor these past months. We wish them well in their future endeavours.
 
Scotiabank Charity Challenge Final Update
On Sunday, June 25, our group of staff, board members, and families gathered to participate for a third time in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge 5K. Congratulations to Flora, Jessica and Lisa for winning the prizes as our top 3 fundraisers this year! And we have raised $5000 together as a team! Thank you to all those who participated and supported us financially for this run. 
 
Circles of Care and Connection Program 
CLICK HERE to view the August schedule.

Looking ahead to September...
September 15 - October 20, Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Nobody's Perfect Program 
This parent support education group allows parents to get a better understanding of their children's development,
 meet other parents and share ideas. We ask that you have a current Family Centre membership to participate. For more information and to sign up for the next sessionplease contact Flora at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

September 16 - November 4, Saturdays: 10 - 11:30 AM 1-2-3 Jump! Program 
Physical Literacy for  3 yr olds (36-48 months). Have fun with your child, moving and learning in new ways. The program is offered free in partnership with Little Mountain Neighbourhood House. We ask that you have a current Family Centre membership to participate. Registration is required. Please speak with Flora to put your names on a contact list for the next session.

Fresh to Families

July 27, 2017

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The families participating in the Circles of Care and Connection Early Years Refugee Program started visiting farmer’s markets again. In July, 46 CCC families (55 adults and 52 children) went to Main St. Station Market to buy fresh, locally grown food. “We all had fun today, my children loved eating fresh fruits and vegetables,” one dad told us.  

Thanks to the Fresh to Families Project supported by Whole Foods Market, low-income families, newly arrived refugees, and at risk expectant mothers receive Farmers Market Nutrition Coupons to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, eggs, and nuts from local farms and producers.  

July at the Family Centre
 
July 3, Monday: We will be CLOSED because it is an additional statutory holiday for Canada Day.

July 6, Thursday: Drop-In 9:30 - 11:30 AM and Baby Drop-In 1 - 3 PM VPL Librarian Visit Come meet our librarian and enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories!

July 7 - August 11, Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Nobody's Perfect Program 
This parent support education group allows parents to get a better understanding of their children's development, meet other parents and share ideas. We ask that you have a 
current Family Centre membership to participate. For more information, please contact Flora at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
July - August, Saturdays: 10 - 11:30 AM 1-2-3 Jump! Program 
Physical Literacy for 2.5 - 3.5 yr olds. Have fun with your child moving and learning in new ways. The program is offered free in partnership with Little Mountain Neighbourhood House. We ask that you have a current Family Centre membership to participate. Registration is required. Please speak with Flora to put your names on a contact list for the next session.

Canada Day Event 
On Friday, June 30, we have our annual Canada Day event from 10AM - 1PM!
Come out to see and enjoy arts & crafts, face painting, Yeeri the Magician, Hiphop dancing, Vancouver Fire Dept fire truck, VPL Story Bus, cake and more for free
Bring your picnic lunch and blankets. See you there!
 
Introducing our Summer Students

Alice (left), Mij (right)

Mij is currently a 3rd year Psychology student at UBC. She has a lot of experience working with children, especially with improving their literacy, and creating arts and crafts with them. So, it makes sense that she is drawn to psychology topics such as child development. Mij works in the playroom as a Child and Family Support Assistant, helping run drop-in programs. She is very grateful to be working with awesome staff and meeting families at the Family Centre!

Alice is currently a 4th year International Relations major at UBC. Beginning her second month at the Family Centre as a Special Events Assistant, she is beyond excited to be here, working and interacting with all the lovely staff, families and children. She is truly thankful to be in a warm, supportive and multicultural environment. Alice's passions lie in French, helping others and learning new cultures and languages. She is looking forward to meeting you all!

Scotiabank Charity Challenge Update

 
 
On Sunday, June 25, about 25 people - staff, board members, and families - gathered to participate for a third time in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge 5K. Thank you to all those who participated and supported us financially for this run. Through this event, we have raised $4791 so far. You can still donate HERE until Monday, July 24th, or we also accept cheque/cash at the centre. Thank you for your ongoing your support!
 
Circles of Caring and Connection Program 
CLICK HERE to view the July schedule.

Your Membership is Important!
Annual membership runs from May 1st to April 30th, and costs $45 per year. That is only 86 cents per weekIf you and your children enjoy coming to our centre, we would greatly appreciate your purchase/renewal of membership. 

Membership fees are a crucial part of our annual revenue to continue our Family Drop In program, parent education, worshops, special events and seasonal celebrations.

In order to meet our fundraising goal, we need 333 families to purchase/renew their membership. We are at approximately 100 memberships so far. We continue to accept payment via cash, cheque or credit card. 
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.

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