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September 2017 Newsletter

September 21, 2017
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. 
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.

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.
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.
April 3, Monday: AM Drop-In Toddler Round Up Come speak to a Public Health Nurse regarding toddler development (i.e. nutrition, speech, behaviour, teeth, vision).
April 7 - May 12, 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. A current Family Centre membership is needed to participate.
April 12, Wednesday: 10 am - 2 pm Easter PotluckPlease bring your favourite dish to share and some small wrapped treats for the Easter Bunny to share!
April 13, Thursday: AM & PM Drop-In Storytime with the VPL Librarian Come meet our librarian and enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories!
April 14, Friday and April 17, Monday: Good Friday and Easter Monday The Family Centre will be CLOSED.
April 24, Monday: 9:30-11:30 AM Dental Visit Screening during Drop-In for ages 1-3 years old who don't have regular dental check ups. 
April 27, Thursday: 1 - 3 PM Dental Visit Workshop Info for babies during Baby Drop-In
 
Literacy through Music Program 
April 5, 12, 19 and 26, Wednesdays: 2:15 pm - 2:45 pm during afternoon Drop-In. Participants do not need to register. Music Therapist, Melody Owen returns to our playroom to sing, dance and play. Family participation is required.

Looking forward to May....
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-June, 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 Membership Month is Coming!
You are welcome to beat the rush and renew or purchase your annual membership in April! Speak to staff to find out more!
 
Congratulations to Winnie Ma! She is the winner of the Gift of Flight from WestJet. Thank you to all who contributed and supported Savour Our Neighbourhood 2017. You helped to make it a great success! We couldn't have done it without the dedicated efforts of our board and volunteers, and the generous donations of food, beverage, and servers from our local restaurants, breweries, and wineries. 
 
Scotiabank Charity Challenge
 
We are putting together a team of walkers and runners to participate in the Scotiabank Charity   Challenge Half-Marathon & 5K. This is a great opportunity to support the good work of the Family Centre and raise money while being active. Please be on the lookout for registration information in your email inbox!

March Newsletter

February 27, 2017
March at the Family Centre
Tickets are still available for our
fabulous fundraiser!

March 9, Thursday: 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Savour Our Neighbourhood Leave your kids at home and join us for this event, featuring a sampling of bites from a variety of local restaurants, paired with local craft beer and wine. This is a 19+ event. Tickets available here
March 9, Thursday: Morning Drop-In Program will be OPEN but Baby Drop-In Program will be CLOSED in the afternoon in order to prepare for our event.
March 10, Friday: The Family Centre will be CLOSED on this day as we recover from putting on our fundraiser.
March 13-24: VSB Spring Break The Family Centre is OPEN through Spring Break.
March 14: 10:30 AM Fire Drill This will happen during morning Drop-In Program. It 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 to alert the beginning of the drill.
March 29 - May 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. Family participation is required.
March 31 - May 12, 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. Ask Flora for more info and to sign up.
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. This session is full, but please speak with Flora to put your names on a contact list for the next session.

Looking for Keen Gardeners!

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 info.



New Books in our library
We have a variety of new books in our library, resources from parenting to child development. A current membership is required in order to check out the books. We also continue to sell Deborah MacNamara's book, Rest, Play, Grow. Deborah is senior faculty at the Neufeld institute. The book is based on the popular Neufeld course "Making Sense of Preschoolers" which we offer here at the centre. For more information about this book, please ask Flora.  

Lost and Found
Have you lost something? Please check out the Lost and Found bin next time you are at the Family Centre. There are many things that need to be claimed such as hats, diaper bags, hoodies and enviro mugs. If you don't know where the Lost and Found bin is, please ask a staff and they will direct you to its location.

February at the Family Centre

February 7 - March 24, Tuesdays 1-3 PM  & Fridays 9:30 - 11:30 AM:ABC Time On these Tuesdays and Fridays, we close off part of our playroom to run a small kindergarten readiness program. For more information about our ABC program, please speak with Ewa.
February 13, Monday:Family Day Holiday The Family Centre will be CLOSED.

Every Wednesdays starting February 8th...
Join Yazmin Vazquez (MPFCS Board Member) for an open discussion regarding Canada’s history featuring the material from the #OnThisDay website.

Where: MPFC Living Room
Each Wednesday from 10:00 - 10:30 am
Take away new knowledge that will dazzle your friends and family!
For more information, ask Flora or Theresa
150 years of history, one day at a time!

Rediscover Canadian history from Confederation to today with the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) heritage collection. Throughout 2017, discover the today-in-history vignette highlighting a significant event that shaped our society. Join the conversation! Subscribe to LAC’s Facebook and Twitter pages or use the #Canada150 and #OnThisDay. Visit Canada.ca/OnThisDay to read the February stories!

The Playground
Our outdoor playground is ready for little ones to play on. At this time, we ask parents and caregivers to help keep the gravel in its own area. It can be a hazard when placed on the blue flooring area, especially when on an incline. We hope you enjoy the benefits to the outdoor playground such as exploration, fresh air and free play. 

Savour Our Neighbourhood 2017 Early Bird Tickets! Deadline February 9th!
Join us for local beer, wine & bites from many of our Mount Pleasant eateries accompanied by live music on Thursday, March 9th. Get your early bird tickets while they last! CLICK HERE - Savour Our Neighbourhood 2017 Tickets
Check out the Early Bird and Draw Ticket Combo where you have 1/200 chance to win a Gift of Flight from West Jet!

Repair Person Needed!
The Family Centre has a number of small repairs that need to addressed. If you are handy and have the time, you are the volunteer that we are looking for. Please reply to this email. Thank you!

Lost & Found!
Have you lost something? Please check out the Lost and Found bin next time you are at the Family Centre. There are many things that need to be claimed such as hats, diaper bags, hoodies and enviro mugs. If you don't know where the Lost and Found bin is, please ask a staff and they will direct you to its location.

Looking ahead to March...
Recruitment for Nobody's Perfect - March 31 - May 12, 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. Ask Flora for more info and to sign up.

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