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Tickets are Still Available
for Our Fabulous Fundraiser!

Savour Our Neighbourhood will feature a sampling of bites from a variety of local restaurants and eateries, paired with beverages from local microbreweries and premium BC winemakers. The evening will feature entertainment provided by a collective of Vancouver’s finest musicians, as well as a silent auction. This is an adult only event (19+).

Please join us for what is certain to be a joyful celebration of local food, wine and community in support of the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society. Click here to purchase your tickets on Eventbrite. We need your support!!

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!

Dogs Outside the Family Centre
We recently had a visit from the animal control officer who informed us that it's not legal to leave a dog tied up outside the Family Centre (or any public place, city By-law 4.2) Please leave Fido at home when you come to visit.
Thanks for your co-operation!

Now, on to March!
March 1 - March 15, Tuesdays: 1 - 3 PM ABC Time On these Tuesday afternoons, we close off part of our playroom to run a small kindergarten readiness program. The drop-in is still open, but the playspace is smaller! For more information about our ABC program, please speak with Ewa or Maria
March 2, Wednesday: 10:30 AM Fire Drill On this Wednesday, during the morning drop-in, we will have a fire drill. 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.
March 10, Thursday: 5:30 - 9:30 PM Savour Our Neighbourhood Leave your kids at home and join us for our annual fundraiser, 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 11, Friday: The Family Centre is CLOSED today as we recover from putting on our fundraiser!
March 14 - 24: VSB Spring Break The Family Centre is OPEN through spring break (with the exception of the following holidays).
March 25, Friday:Good Friday Holiday The Family Centre is closed today.
March 28, Monday:Easter Monday The Family Centre is closed today.

Looking forward to April...
April 4, Monday: Five Family Places Professional Development The Family Centre isCLOSED today.
April 1 - May 13, Fridays: 9:30 AM - 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 Friday mornings.

Parent as Provider
When you sign-in at the family centre, we are now encouraging the adults to take responsibility for putting the piece of fruit they have brought to share on the fruit plate, as well as for putting money in the donation box. We recognize that there are a variety of reasons adults might want to include their children in these steps, however, providing food and monetary support are the adult's job. Also, much of the fruit gets damaged - either from being dropped or squeezed before getting on the plate!

Label Those Coats!
Even though you might know exactly what your child's coat looks like and exactly where you left it in the boot room, there might be another family who has the same exact coat (or boots, etc.) even though they are in a different size. So many children wear outerwear from the same shops, it can get confusing! If everyone puts their last name and phone number in their child's coat, then if there is an accidental swap, there is a way of contacting the other family. Even just a piece of masking tape inside the jacket or near the top of the boots will work for a while.

Repair Person Needed!
The Family Centre has a number of small repairs that need to be addressed, and all our volunteer repair people have "graduated" from our program. If you have tools, time, and feel confident that you could fix a couple of doors, strengthen a desk, and sand and refinish a hand rail, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

And Now, On to February...
January 30 - March 12, 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 spring session.
February 8, Monday:Family Day Holiday The Family Centre will be CLOSED.
February 11, Thursday: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Teddy Bear Clinic Bring your teddy bear or other doll and participate in thisproject geared towards familiarizing pre-school aged children with medical equipment and working with doctors from UBC's School of Medicine. By playing doctor with the child and treating their own Teddy for a made-up disease, we hope to reduce the anxiety the children experience at their first/next clinic visit.
February 16 - March 15, Tuesdays: 1 - 3 PM ABC Time On these Tuesday afternoons, we close off part of our playroom to run a small kindergarten readiness program. The drop-in is still open, but the playspace is smaller! For more information about our ABC program, please speak with Ewa or Maria

Looking Ahead to March...
March 2, Wednesday: 10:30 AM Fire Drill On this Wednesday, during the morning drop-in, we will have a fire drill. 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.
March 10, Thursday: 5:30 - 9:30 PM Savour Our NeighbourhoodLeave your kids at home and join us for our annual fundraiser, featuring a sampling of bites from a variety of local restaurants, paired with local craft beer and wine. There will also be entertainment provided by a collective of Vancouver’s finest musicians, as well as a silent auction. The auction will include a variety of amazing items, including a Les Paul guitar autographed by Sonny Landreth. This is an adult only event (19+). Please join us for what is certain to be a joyful celebration of local food, wine and community in support of the Mt Pleasant Family Centre Society. Tickets available to purchase here. We will need volunteers to make this evening run smoothly, be on the lookout for an email requesting volunteers in the next few days!
March 11, Friday: The Family Centre is CLOSED today as we recover from putting on our fundraiser!
March 25, Friday:Good Friday Holiday The Family Centre is closed today.
March 28, Monday:Easter Monday The Family Centre is closed today

Would You Like to Help Syrian Refugees?

Currently, there are approximately 300 refugees from Syria in Vancouver. Circles of Care & Connection Early Years Refugee Program (part of the Mt. Pleasant Family Centre Society) aims to bridge the gap that refugee families may experience in accessing services within their communities and shortening the pathway between arrival and integration. You can click the button below to make a charitable donation to CCC.


And now, on to January!
January 8 & 15, 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
January 13, Wednesday: End of Morning Drop-In Storytime with the VPL Librarian Come meet our librarian and enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories!
January 18 - March 7, Mondays: 3:30 - 5 PM Circle of Security At times, all parents feel lost or clueless about what our child might need from us. Imagine what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking of you. The Circle of Security Parenting Program can help. Childcare available. Please ask staff for more information and to sign up!
January 30 - March 12, 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 speak with Flora.

Looking Ahead to February...
February 11, Thursday: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Teddy Bear Clinic Bring your teddy bear or other doll and participate in thisproject geared towards familiarizing pre-school aged children with medical equipment and working with doctors from UBC's School of Medicine. By playing doctor with the child and treating their own Teddy for a made-up disease, we hope to reduce the anxiety the children experience at their first/next clinic visit.
February 16 - March 15, Tuesdays: 1 - 3 PM ABC Time On these Tuesday afternoons, we close off part of our playroom to run a small kindergarten readiness program. The drop-in is still open, but the playspace is smaller! For more information about our ABC program, please speak with Ewa or Maria

Even in January, Your Membership Counts!

Annual membership runs from May 1st to April 30th, and costs $45 per year. 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. If you purchase or renew your membership in January, that's less than $3 per week!

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 one of our Family Support Workers and they will help you.

Family Day Care Providers and Nannies are asked to request parents of the children in their care to purchase an MPFCS membership.


Our Annual Bake Sale is Happening NOW!


Bring your cash to the Family Centre and take home some tasty treats made by your friends! Many items are only $1 each! Also, the lovely folks at Aspen Clean have donated a two hour house cleaning session. You can purchase a raffle ticket to win this amazing prize at the bake sale and at our Winter Celebration Party next week! Tickets are $5. All proceeds from the bake sale and raffle go toward our Winter Celebration Party.

November 30 - December 3: during all drop-in sessions Annual Bake Sale Bring your cash and purchase tasty treats made by your friends. All proceeds go toward our Winter Celebration Party
December 10, Thursday: 10 AM - 1 PM Winter Celebration Party Join us at the Mt. Pleasant Neighbourhood House (800 East Broadway). The Family Drop-In will beCLOSED this morning, but the Baby Drop-In will be OPEN this afternoon.
December 4 - 18, Fridays: 9:30 AM - 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.
December 24 - January 4: The Family Centre will be closed for Winter Holidays.We will reopen Tuesday, January 5.

Looking Forward to January...
January 5, Tuesday: Welcome Back!
January 8 & 15, Friday: 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.
January 22 - February 26, 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
End of January, Saturdays:10 - 11:30 AM 1-2-3 Jump! Physical Literacy for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 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. More details coming soon! To register, please speak with Flora.

Even in December,Your Membership STILL Counts!
Annual memberships expire at the end of April, and cost $45 per year. 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. A Family Membership at the MPFCS is $45.00. If you renew in December, that's approximately $2.25 per week.

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 one of our Family Support Workers and they will help you.

Family Day Care Providers and Nannies are asked to request parents of the children in their care to purchase a MPFCS membership

Immediate Announcements:

 

FRPCanadaLogoAnnual Participant Survey

Family Resource Programs (FRP) Canada has put together an online participant survey. We will use this information as an evaluation tool for ourselves and to customize our programs for you. The survey will close at the end of the day Wednesday, September 30, so please take a few minutes to follow the link and provide us with your insight!

Click here to take the survey in English.

Cliquez ici pour participer au sondage en français.

 

 


 

Celebrate our New Mural!

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Annual General Meeting

October 20, Tuesday: 5:30 - 8:30 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. 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 voteand/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.

Photo courtesy Geoff Peters via Compfight

 


 

October is Upon Us!

October 3, Saturday: 11 AM - 3 PM Replaster the Storytelling Bench You are welcome to join Flora and Clare from Mudgirls as they recover our cob bench. Learn about cob construction and get your hands dirty (or not)!
October 5 - 9: National Family Week All across Canada this week we celebrate families! The playroom will have family-themed crafts and activities.
October 7, Wednesday: 10 AM - 1 PM Thanksgiving Family Potluck All families are welcome for this special event! Please bring a dish to share with others. There will be no afternoon drop-in this Wednesday.
October 9, Friday: Vancouver Family Place Day Today the City of Vancouver celebrates Family Places and all that they do to support families and help create a healthy city for all!
October 13 - November 24, Tuesdays: 1 - 3 PM ABC Time On these Tuesday afternoons, we close off part of our playroom to run a small kindergarten readiness program. The drop-in is still open, but the playspace is smaller! For more information about our ABC program, please speak with Ewa or Maria.
October 14, Wednesday: End of Morning Drop-In Storytime with the VPL Librarian Come meet our librarian and enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories!
October 17 - November 21, Saturdays: 10 - 11:30 AM 1-2-3 Jump! Physical Literacy for 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.
October 20, Tuesday: 5:30 - 8:30 PM Annual General Meeting All members welcome to attend, please reply to this email to RSVP so we can have enough food and childcare available!
October 29, Thursday: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Halloween Pumpkin Patch During the drop-in this morning there will be Halloween-themed activities including a patch of tiny pumpkins! Please bring a loonie to help cover the cost of the pumpkins. Costumes are optional.


Looking Forward to November...

November 6 - December 18, Fridays: 9:30 AM - 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. Space is limited. Flora will facilitate the course which runs six Friday mornings. Cost: $70.

 


Your Membership STILL Counts!

 

Annual memberships expire at the end of April, and cost $45 per year. 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. A Family Membership at the MPFCS is $45.00. If you renew in October, that's roughly $1.60 per week.

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 one of our Family Support Workers and they will help you.

Family Day Care Providers and Nannies are asked to request parents of the children in their care to purchase a MPFCS membership.

FRPCanadaLogo

Family Resource Programs (FRP) Canada has put together an online participant survey. We will use this information as an evaluation tool for ourselves and to customize our programs for you! Please take a few minutes to follow the link and complete this survey.

Click here to take the survey in English.

Cliquez ici pour participer au sondage en français.

Thank you for your time and participation, we greatly appreciate it! The survey will be available until September 30, 2015.

September 2015

August 26, 2015

Your Membership STILL Counts!

Annual memberships expire at the end of April, and costs $45 per year. 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. A Family Membership at the MPFCS is $45.00. If you renew in September, that's roughly $1.40 per week.

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 one of our Family Support Workers and they will help you.

Family Day Care Providers and Nannies are asked to request parents of the children in their care to purchase a MPFCS membership.

 

Baby Drop-In Begins!

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The Family Centre is very excited to announce that beginning September 10, we will be opening the playroom on Thursday afternoons from 1 - 3 PM for a Baby Drop-In. All parents with babies under one year old are welcome to attend this drop-in. 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 childcare offered for older children.Tell your friends with infants and encourage them to come! 

 

Fundraising Opportunity

Just in Time for the New School Year

DanicaStudiosLaptopBag

We received a donation of seven Danica Studio laptop bags in assorted fabrics like the one shown above. They usually retail for $60 - $70, but are available to purchase in person at the Family Centre for only $50. Here are the details:

  • Dimensions: 14" x 10" x 1.5"
  • Removable Shoulder Strap
  • Foam Padding on Interior
  • Durable, Water-resistant Outer Shell

Please speak with Sarah or Marjorie to see which patterns are available and to make a purchase.

 

And now, on to September!

September 2, Wednesday: Morning Drop-In  Fire Drill On this Wednesday, during the morning drop-in, we will have a fire drill. 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 4, Friday: 9:30 - 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 7, Monday: Labour Day Holiday The Family Centre is CLOSED today.
September 8 - 10, Tuesday - Thursday: During the Drop-In Grandparents' Day Crafts All week there will be special crafts to honour grandparents. Grandparents' Day is September 13.
September 10, Thursday: 1 - 3 PM Baby Drop-In Begins The playroom is open for parents with babies under 1 year old. No childcare offered for older children.
September 14, Monday: During the Drop-In Rosh Hashana Come to the drop-in for special crafts for the Jewish New Year!
September 21 - 24, Monday - Thursday: During the Drop-In Moon Festival Crafts All week there will be special crafts in preparation for the Moon Festival (Sunday, September 27).

 

Looking Forward to October and November...

October 17 - November 21, Saturdays: 10 - 11:30 AM 1-2-3 Jump! Come play and move around with Instructor Gaye in a fun setting where we learn new ways to get healthy and play with our hands, arms, legs, and feet! Three-year-olds and their parents are equal participants in this active adventure. Participants must be current members of the Family Centre. Sign up at the Family Centre or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
November 6 - December 18, Fridays: 9:30 AM - 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 Friday mornings. Participants must be current members of the Family Centre. Course costs $70.

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.

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