Newsletter

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.

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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.

April at the Family Centre

An enormous thank you to everyone who helped to make our fundraiser, Savour Our Neighbourhood, a huge success!
This event would not have been possible without the generous donations from the community and the countless hours of work on the part of our volunteer board of directors.
Thanks so very much!

Membership Renewal Month is Coming! Membership fees are a much needed part of our annual revenue. They help to fund our family drop-in, parent education programs, workshops, special events, and seasonal celebrations. Memberships run from May until April. You can place your membership in person at the Family Centre with cash, cheque, or credit card. Memberships renewed in April will be applied to next year. If you don't yet have a membership, or if it has expired, you are welcome to make a donation to the drop-in each time you visit. Just drop your donation in the little box on the table where you sign in!

Lost and Found Our Lost and Found box is overflowing with hoodies, hats, water bottles, and more! Please check through our collection and take home anything you might have left behind. Items that have been here longer than 2 months will be placed in the donation bin at the end of next week!

Puddle Fun! Please remember that on particularly rainy days, part of our ball court floods, so we have a fabulous large puddle to play in. This is a great experience for the kids, just come prepared with rain suits and boots!

Clothing Exchange Donations We welcome donations of used clothing, books, or toys in excellent condition. Please do not donate stained, broken, incomplete, or worn out items. Also, as we have very limited storage space, please limit your donations to one or two grocery bags at a time.

And now, on to April
April 14, Tuesday: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Toddler Round Up! If you have questions about your child's health and development, Public Health Nurses will be available during the morning drop in to address your concerns. If your child will be attending the drop-in with a grandparent or other caregiver, a release form must be signed before the nurses can interact with your child. Release forms are available at the Family Centre.

Looking forward to May
May 2 - June 28 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.

Happy New Year to all members and friends of the family centre

We hope you and your loved ones enjoy a truly new year, blossoming with health and happiness. We look forward to sharing lots of love and learning with you here at the centre.

We closed 2014 with our popular Holiday party at the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House. It was great to see so many of you there. The party was funded by our successful bake sale. A big thanks to all our bakers and buyers who supported the sale!

Over the next few months we will be exploring ways to support healthy mental, emotional health in our children. In partnership with the Dalai  Lama centre's Heart-Mind Well-Being initiative we will have special activities and events to share with you...stay tuned!

 Jan15th & 29th Thursdays: 9:45-10:45 Toy Lending Library Toys, books, and videos available to borrow.

Jan 16th, Friday 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 wonderous creatures lays the foundation for intuitive and fruitful interaction with them. Flora will facilitate the course which runs seven Friday mornings til Feb 27th. This course is currently full, please talk to Flora to put your name on the wait list.

Jan 24th-March 7th, 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.

Jan 27th & 30th, Tues afternoons and Friday mornings: ABC program 
This is a small group class for 4yr olds and 5yr olds. Talk to the playroom staff for more info.

Your Membership Counts!

Annual membership runs from May 1st to April 30th, and costs $35 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 $35.00 per year or 67 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.

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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