July 30, 2015

August 2015 Newsletter

Written by Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society
August at the Family Centre

City of Vancouver Awards for Excellence
We at the Family Centre are incredibly pleased to announce that our very own Maria won the City of Vancouver's 2015 Healthy City for All Award of Excellence for her years of dedication and service to the families in this community! Maria was out of town for the ceremony, so we honored her at our Board & Staff picnic. Please make sure to congratulate her on your next visit!
You can find out more about the Awards for Excellence and all of the recipients here.

Community Mural Project

You are invited to a consultation workshop for a proposed mural in Robson Park. The City of Vancouver is working in collaboration with the Mt Pleasant Family Centre, the Boys & Girls Clubs, and artist Lindsey Adams. Please join us in generating ideas about Community for a mural in the Robson Park Sport Court.
Friday August 7th, 2015 Drop in anytime between 4pm – 6pm
Mt. Pleasant Community Centre’s Art Room (1 Kingsway Ave) Bring something to paint in! 

You may also contribute your ideas downstairs at the drop-in! We will have paper and and art supplies available all week!

New Baby Drop-In!

The Family Centre is very excited to announce that beginning in September, we will be opening the playroom on Thursday afternoons for a Baby Drop-In. All parents with babies under one year old are welcome to attend this drop-in focused on babies only. Together we will explore their needs and developmental stages and learn ways to support babies' healthy growth through attachment and build parents' confidence through community. No registration required, no childcare offered for older children.Tell your friends with infants and encourage them to come! (Start date and times located in the Autumn section below.)

And now, on to August!

August 3Monday: BC Day Holiday The Family Centre is CLOSED today.
August 15 - September 26, Saturdays: 10 - 11:30 AM 1-2-3 Jump! 
Physical Literacy for 2 & 3yr 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 speak with Flora.
August 21 & 28, Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Family Daycare Mornings Family daycare providers are welcome to bring their kids for two special mornings of playtime just for them! Please sign up in advance with Ewa or Maria.

Looking forward to Autumn...
September 4Friday9:30 - 11:30 AM Dads Drop-In All Dads, Uncles, and Grandpas are welcome on this special Friday morning to bring their kids and make connections! Refreshments provided!
September 7Monday: Labor Day Holiday The Family Centre is CLOSED today.
September 10Thursday: 1 - 3 PM Baby Drop-In Begins This drop-in is focused on babies under one year. Explore their needs and developmental stages and learn ways to support your baby through attachment and healthy growth. This drop-in requires no registration and will continue on Thursday afternoons through March.
September 11 & 18, Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 Parent Education Preparation In preparation for our Fall sessions of Nobody's Perfect and Making Sense of Preschoolers, we have scheduled two preparation mornings for parents who have signed up to attend either of these parent programs and need childcare for their children.
This will provide an opportunity for the playroom staff to become more familiar and comfortable with caring for your children, so that you can get the most out of the two-hour parent education sessions.
September 25 - October 30, 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. Childcare is available for children who will be happy with staff in the playroom for the 2 hr program. Ask staff for more info and to sign up. This program is free for members.
November 6 - December 18, Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Making Sense of Preschoolers Gordon Neufeld provides insight into their shyness, separation anxieties, aggression, resistance, oppositionality and more.
Making sense of these confusing yet wondrous creatures lays the foundation for intuitive and fruitful interaction with them. Flora will facilitate the course which runs six Fridaymornings. Childcare is available for children who will be happy with staff in the playroom for the 2 hr program. This program costs $70 for members.

Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society

We are a non-profit society offering a range of resources and services for parents, caregivers and their young children, pre-birth to 6 years. A Home Away From Home, Mount Pleasant Family Centre is a place for families with young children to drop in, make new friends, learn new skills and receive support in times of need.

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