November 29, 2017

December 2017 Newsletter

Written by Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society
December at the Family Centre 
December 7, Thursday: 10 AM  - 1 PM Winter Celebration Party at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House - 800 East Broadway. Activities include a walk through winter wonderland, crafts, cookie decorating, face painting and music. Feel free to bring a seasonal treat (finger food only please). The Family Centre will be CLOSED on this day, including the afternoon Baby Drop-In.

The Baby Drop-In Program will be open Thursday Dec. 14th for the last session before the holidays. Program will reopen on January 5, 2017.

The last day for Family Drop-In is Thursday, December 21 - AM Drop-In only.
December 21 (afternoon) - January 1:
 The Family Centre will be CLOSED for Winter Holidays. We will be reopen on Tuesday, January 2 with regular program hours.

Survey Results
Thank you to those who filled out our annual survey.  We appreciate all your feedback. Here are some program responses to your inquiries and statements:

For Family Drop-In Program 
1. More books that describe diverse families
- Staff will be purchasing some new books for the child and adult library. Stay tuned! Any parent suggestions are always welcomed.
2. Infant Program 2 times a week - We are unable to expand our program due to funding and time, however, here are some other Baby Drop-In and Regular Family Drop-In Programs in the community:
- You and your infant are welcome to attend our regular drop-in hours, where we provide a baby space downstairs and babies can go upstairs during singing time.
- Raven Song Community Health Centre
- Creekside Community Centre - Infant Sing and Grow Program (scheduled program)
- Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House - Just Play! Family Drop-In
3. Garden program outside - We do offer a family garden program in the summer. We usually look for interested families in the spring via newsletter or face to face. Please talk to Flora if you are interested in gardening.
4. Parents could re-do some parenting courses - Please talk with staff regarding specific interest.
- Retaking in the Circle of Security and Neufeld courses is possible. 
- Nobody's Perfect Program is set up for one time only due of funding. Please ask staff if you have any queries that come up regarding parenting challenges.
- We also need to acquire more funding in order to expand parenting group times.
5. Name tags - Staff is taking this into consideration. Thank you!

For Circles of Care & Connection Program 
1. Please expand your program for children older than 6 years
In partnership with Boys and Girls Club and ISS of BC, the program for Tweens is offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
2. 
Please extend the hours of the program
We are  currently unable to extend the hours due to funding, please check with staff about  programs for families offered by other agencies
3. English classes that can teach our kids the letters in English and Arabic would be amazing, if possible
More English songs and activities would help us to improve English language skills
Staff will continue developing new appropriate language activities for children.
5. 
I wish you can do a workshop on grocery shopping. Sometimes after I buy things I discover they are different from what I wanted.
We have started planning our 2018 parenting/settlement workshops, several workshops on nutrition/grocery shopping will be offered next year.

Circles of Care and Connection Program
For the December Calendar - CLICK HERE

The CCC team would like to thank everyone who made donations for our newly arrived refugee families. This time we are looking for a stroller suitable for babies and a double bed comforter/duvet. Please contact  Sanja: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 778-372-6552


Looking forward to January...
January 2, Tuesday: Welcome Back!
January 20 - March 3, Fridays - 7 WEEKS: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Making Sense of Preschoolers Gordon Neufeld Video Course 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 rewarding parenting. A current Family Centre membership is required. Cost for the program is $70. For more information. contact Flora. 
January 27 - March 17, 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 contact Flora. 
 
Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society
wishes you and your family
a very happy and prosperous holiday!
See you all in the New Year!
 
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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