Newsletter

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

Our Canada Day Celebration was great fun! Special thanks to our volunteers, supporters, and performers: Aiden, Astra, Brian, Clara, Dustin, Elizabeth, Jenny, Linda, Mark, Natalie, and Peter; as well as the lovely folks from BC Mobile Dairy Classroom and our neighbours at Destination Auto and The Granville Island Toy Company. Many hands make for excellent work!

Riding Your Bike to the Drop-In?
Please park and lock your bike on the outside of the fence around the playground. This reduces the congestion inside around the outdoor play areas.

We are open all summer long with our regular hours:
Monday - Thursday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 AM and
Monday - Wednesday afternoons from 1 -3 PM.

And now, on to July!

July 3 - August 14, 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. Cost: $70.

Family Literacy Summer Festival July 30 2015 poster flyer
July 30, Thursday: 10 AM - 1 PM Family Literacy Festival Please join us for the third annual Family Literacy Festival in the field at Robson Park. Many other community organizations will be present with information and activities. Bring a picnic lunch or some money to spend on hot dogs (sold near the Robson Park Playground and Pool). The Family Drop-In will be closed on this day.

Membership Renewal Update

Thanks to all our families who have renewed their memberships! Your support is greatly appreciated. If you have not yet renewed your membership, you still can do so. The next time you drop in, just bring cash, a cheque, or a credit card with you. Annual memberships are $45 for the year (which breaks down to only 86 cents per week!) and expire at the end of April 2016.


Scotiabank Charity Challenge: Another way to support the Family Centre

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Many of the staff and board members are walking to raise money for our beloved Family Centre. The additional funding we receive can be used for more parent education programs or for improvements to our facility. You know how important these things are for families with young children, so please click the image above and then press the red Donate Now button to make your generous donation!

Would you like to join our team to walk and raise money with us? You can! Click the image above, then scroll down a bit and click the link to "View Team Page". Once you are there, you can click the red button to Join The Team. It costs about $60 to register and join the team and each member commits to raising at least $100. Thank you for your support!

And now, on to June...

June 17, Wednesday: Both Morning & Afternoon Drop-Ins Graduation Day This is the day we celebrate all the children who will be attending kindergarten in the fall! We hold a ceremony outside in the grass and each "graduate" is recognized. The drop-in will still be open to the public, but play time will be shorter. There will be many people attending and more time for sitting still. This might not be the best day for families with very small children to attend. If you have a child entering kindergarten who regularly comes to the Family Centre, please check with Maria or Ewa to find out more details.
June 19, 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!
June 26, 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 in advance with Ewa or Maria.
June 30, Tuesday: 10:00 - 1 PM Canada Day Celebration Please come for a fun morning of Canada Day activities! There will be crafts, face painting, cow milking demonstrations from BC Dairies, a parade, singing the national anthem, and more! We will be selling hot dogs, so bring a bit of money to spend, too! The regular drop-in will be closed for this event.

Looking Ahead to July...

July 3 - August 14, 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 wonderous creatures lays the foundation for intuitive and fruitful interaction with them. Flora will facilitate the course which runs six Friday mornings.

May 2015 Newsletter

June 15, 2015

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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. A Family Membership at the MPFCS is $45.00 per year or 86 cents 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.



New Policy for Daycare Providers

Mount Pleasant Family Centre welcomes everyone and we are happy to see you! Your health and well-being are very important to us. Our mandate is to provide effective support for families. In order to do this well, we strive to get to know each adult and child who visits. This contributes to the pleasant "home away from home" feeling that so many of you appreciate. We are very concerned about the growing number of adults and children in the playroom and we need your cooperation.
 
Until now, we have asked daycare providers to only attend the drop-in once a week.Beginning Monday 18 May 2015, at each drop-in session, only one daycare provider may attend with up to three children in their care. This does not include nannies, nor does it include parents who are caring for a child alongside their own children. We hope that you will see how this limitation will help us all to have a better Family Centre experience.
 
In order to facilitate this shift in policy, we will have a calendar posted near the entrance where daycare providers may sign up in advance, in person to attend drop-in sessions. Also, we will plan special Daycare Provider Fridays throughout the summer.

 

Ninacropped Welcome Nina!

Nina will be working in the playroom this year while Alma is away on maternity leave. We are so glad to have her as a part of our team!

Nina is a certified Early Childhood Educator who has worked in countless classrooms with children ranging from ages six months to five years. As an educator she is passionate about early literacy and looks forward to getting to know every parent, caregiver and child at the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society. She lives with her partner and five year old step-son in South Vancouver.


Congratulations to Earl and Ayryn!

They raised money for the Family Centre at their wedding reception. Thank you so much!

 

And now, on to May!

May 4 - 7: Mother's Day Fun! All week in the playroom there will be special Mother's Day crafts.
May 5 - 26, 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.
May 6, Wednesday: 1 - 3 PM Downstairs on Wednesday afternoon, we will have special treats and fun for first time moms with small babies
May 6, Wednesday: End of Afternoon Drop-In Storytime with the VPL Librarian Come meet our librarian and enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories!
May 7, Thursday: 9:30 - 11:30 AM While your child plays upstairs, you can come downstairs and make a card for an important woman in your life!
May 9, Sunday: Mother's Day a very good day to honor all the influential women in your life!
May 18, Monday: Victoria Day Holiday The Family Centre will be closed today.

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