September 1, 2016

September 2016 Newsletter

Written by Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society

September at the Family Centre

September 1, Thursday: 1 - 3 PM Baby Drop-In Continues 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.
September 5, Monday:Labour Day The Family Centre will be CLOSED.
September 6, Tuesday:Storytime with the VPL Librarian during morning Drop-In. Come meet our librarian and enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories.
September 7, 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.
September 8, Thursday:Grandparents' Day during the Drop-In. There will be special activities to honour grandparents. Grandparents' Day is September 11.
September 9 - October 14, 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 for more info and to sign up.
September 12 - 15, Monday - Thursday:Moon Festival Crafts during Drop-In. All week there will be special crafts in preparation for the Moon Festival (Thursday, September 15).
September 22, Thursday:Storytime with the VPL Librarian during Baby Drop-In. Come sing,rhyme and enjoy stories with the librarian.
September 24 - November 19, 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 ask Flora for more info and to sign up.
September 26, 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. 
September 29, Thursday: 1 - 3 PM Dental Visit Workshop Info for babies during Baby Drop-In.

Literacy through Music Program
We are pleased to announce a new program this fall called Literacy Through Music Program. Melody Owen will be the facilitator and will offer the singing and music program for 10 sessions starting Monday, September 26 from 2:15 pm - 2:45 pm. The program will be part of our regular Drop In Program and the Circles of Caring Connections Program. Participants do not need to register.

Join us at our 40th Anniversary Family Dance!

October 1st, Saturday: 2 - 5 pm
Cost - $10 per adult and $5 per child, infants under 1 year old are free
Location - Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral
145 E 10th Ave, Vancouver BC, V5T 1Z4

This is a perfect event for children ages 0-6. You can also help our refugee families attend this dance by sponsoring them. Your donation of $5 sponsors a child and $10 sponsors an adult. Or you can donate $30 to sponsor an entire family.  

Tickets on sale now on Eventbrite.

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 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. It was well attended as 53 MPFC family members with 92 children from our Family Drop-In Program and 19 families with 40 children, enrolled in the CCC Early Years Refugee Program attended the festivities. 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. And the chocolate birthday cake was the favourite of everyone!

Our newly arrived Syrian families also expressed the following statements: "This was one of our best days since we arrived to Canada". "I was so happy to meet other families like mine. We ate lunch together and our children played together. Thank you for this". "My favourite part  was meeting my new friends"! Thank you to the kind support of the following local stores: Buy Low Foods, Nesters Market, Safeway, Save On Foods and Superstore. As a result of their contributions, we were able to provide lunch for the refugee families.

Are you handy or know someone who is?
We are currently looking for a volunteer who is handy that can help out with fixing little things at the Mount Pleasant Family Centre. 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 to October and November...

October 11 - November 25, Tuesday's 1-3 PM and Friday's 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 21 - December 9, 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. 

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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