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Parent Committee

The Sandbox: KrK Parent Committee

Date: May 9th, 2017

In Attendance:  Pat McIntosh, Lisa Strenkowski, Tamika Lightfoot, Heather Hansen-Dunbar, Sarah Hoban

Regrets:   Karin Bradley

Thanks to the members for the pineapple, cantaloupe, and

 From the Daycare Act:  The facilitys agenda for each meeting includes (48 (5)) 

  • ➢ Safety, care and well being of the children (48 (5)(a)):  there is a stomach flu going through the center at the current time
  • ➢ Status of facility’s license (48 (5)(b)): We had an inspection today as we returned to our building yesterday.  We are in full compliance with no violations.

             ➢     Programs provided by the licensee (48 (5)(c)):   Our curriculum is Emergent.   We provide both full and part time programs for toddlers and preschoolers; full time programs only for infants.

  • ➢ Equipment & materials available to the children (48 (5) (d)): new cribs have been purchased (4)

Staffing patterns and staff qualifications (48 (5) (e)): 

      Baby Room:   Team of 4:  Two Level 2’s and Two Entry Levels, Mezzo:  Solo Teacher:  One Level 1, Bounce:  Team of 3:  Two Level 2’s and One Level 1, Zest:  Team of 3:  Level 3’s, Vivacity:  Team of 3:  One Level 3, One Level 2, One Level 1, Dynamic:  Two Level 3’s, One Level 2. 

Fundraising:

--- We reached out to http://www.woodchacallit.ca/ regarding replicating the Outlast blocks.   We met with them and placed an order of other items.  Following up on whether or not they believe they can replicate Outlast products.

--- The fundraiser, Lucky Duck netted us $783.2

--- plans are in the works for June 9th sleepover

 Separate discussions included:

  • The paint day fundraiser set up by a parent: Shelly Samson
  • Hosting a welcome back party with juice, chips, and bouncies
  • Holding draws for gift cards for $25 - $35 --- about 5 or 6
  • Ideas for a reunited celebration --- not a party --- raffle ---- details to be worked out!

Teacher Appreciation Ideas:  

  • Spa
  • Axe throwing (Lumberjack party)
  • Sit down dinner
  • Grafton St. dinner theatre
  • Boat tour and dinner:  Murphy’s on the water and / or Harbour Hopper
  • Best Date:  May 26th
  • meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of Each Month

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Date:  January 10, 2017

In Attendance:  Pat McIntosh, Lisa Strenkowski,, Ulanda Ulalia

Regrets:   Karin Bradley, Warren Haire, Shelley Rideout, Sarah Hoban, Tamika Lightfoot, Heather Hansen-Dunbar

Thanks to Lisa for the vegetable and dip snacks! Yummy! 

From the Daycare Act:  The facilitys agenda for each meeting includes (48 (5))

     Safety, care and well being of the children (48 (5)(a)):   Our maintenance man had to repair one of our tables, but it is great and sturdy again.  Health issues: congestion and fevers remained until after Christmas. Finally seems to be leaving the centre. 

     Status of facilitys license (48 (5)(b)):  Our Annual Inspection took place on November the 3rd.  We are in full compliance with no violations

     Programs provided by the licensee (48 (5)(c)):   Our curriculum is Emergent.   We provide both full and part time programs for toddlers and preschoolers; full time programs only for infants.

     Equipment & materials available to the children (48 (5) (d)):  Four exercise mats have been purchased for the classrooms.

Staffing patterns and staff qualifications (48 (5) (e)):

      Baby Room:   Team of 4:  Two Level 2s and Two Entry Levels, Mezzo:  Solo Teacher:  One Level 1, Bounce:  Team of 3:  Two Level 2s and One Level 1, Zest:  Team of 3:  Three Level 3s (one is working a maternity leave term position for us until February when a Level 2 is slated to return), Vivacity:  Team of 3:  One Level 3, One Level 2, One Level 1, Dynamic:  Two Level 3s, One Level 2. 

Fundraising:

--- We reached out to http://www.woodchacallit.ca/ regarding replicating the Outlast blocks.   We met with them and placed an order of other items.  Following up on whether or not they believe they can replicate Outlast products.

--- Pat will contact Moms Pantry re the orders and the process.

--- Next fundraiser will be the Lucky Duck Draw, set to begin in February, 2017

‘For Feb Only’: Our meeting will be held on MONDAY  Feb. 13th.

from 7 to 8:30 pm J See you then!

Usually meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of Each Month

NOVEMBER 8TH, 2016 Minutes

In Attendance:  Pat McIntosh, Lisa Strenkowski, Shelley Rideout, Tamika Lightfoot, Sarah Hoban, Heather Hansen-Dunbar

Regrets:   Karin Bradley, Ulanda Ulalia, Warren Haire

Thanks to our amazing chair, Lisa, for bringing PIZZA!!!  YUMMY YUM!  And thanks to our super treasurer, Tamika, for bringing TRUFFLES!  OMG! YUMMY YUM! 

From the Daycare Act:  The facilitys agenda for each meeting includes (48 (5))

     Safety, care and well being of the children (48 (5)(a)):   Our maintenance man had to rehang a shelf in Dynamic that had come down.  We also pressure washed the giant ship rope as it was discolored and we wanted to ensure it was not mold / mildew? (on front playground)  The classrooms have some colds but there is no particular illness circulating.

     Status of facilitys license (48 (5)(b)):  Our Annual Inspection took place on November the 3rd.  We are in full compliance with no violations but she did make some notations for us to consider / change. 

GOING OUTSIDE TWICE A DAY:  The Zest room had not gone out twice a day the previous week (3 days out of 5) due to not enough children having required outerwear.  She proposed we schedule outdoor time on the playground with less puddles on puddle days to get them all out whether they have right clothes or not.  We are discussing this and also preparing an extensive requirement list for families.

LABELLING OF BABY BOTTLES:  we have always labelled the shelves in the fridge for the specific children and she would like the bottles labelled.  We can either replace the shelf labelling with this or just label the bottles.

MEZZO MATS:  getting worn at seams.  Recommended replacement.  (did this the same day via Costco.ca)

EMERGENCY NUMBERS:  phone numbers in baby room are posted by the phone and need to also be by the exit.

EVAC PLANS THAT ARE POSTED:  Recommend also highlighting the plan for that room. 

INFANT FOOD PLANS:  are in childrens files in the office.  Recommend that they also be in a binder with index tabs in the infant classroom.                                                                                                                             

              Programs provided by the licensee (48 (5)(c)):   Our curriculum is Emergent.   We provide both full and part time programs for toddlers and preschoolers; full time programs only for infants.

              Equipment & materials available to the children (48 (5) (d)):  The very large art supply order approximately $2500 was placed.  Some items were purchased through Walmart.ca (shaving cream), some through Staples Preferred (card stock) the remainder were purchased through Avron.  We also got a large quantity of loose parts recently from Goodies, Dartmouth Surplus, and Princess Auto.  We purchased $2000 worth of books and toys from Chapters but got a $500 discount due to Friends and Family sale.  We also purchased 30 custom made baby-doll slings made with different fabric, some for inside and some for outside.  Placed an order with Woodchacallit.ca after meeting with them.

     Staffing patterns and staff qualifications (48 (5) (e)): 

      Baby Room:   Team of 4:  Two Level 2s and Two Entry Levels, Mezzo:  Solo Teacher:  One Level 1, Bounce:  Team of 3:  Two Level 2s and One Level 1, Zest:  Team of 3:  Three Level 3s (one is working a maternity leave term position for us until February when a Level 2 is slated to return), Vivacity:  Team of 3:  One Level 3, One Level 2, One Level 1, Dynamic:  Two Level 3s, One Level 2. 

  • Fundraising:

--- We reached out to http://www.woodchacallit.ca/ regarding replicating the Outlast blocks.   We met with them and placed an order of other items.  Following up on whether or not they believe they can replicate Outlast products.

--- We contacted our local BP: Boston Pizza.  Either Sean or Vanessa will be calling us tomorrow to discuss enrolling us in School Earnback.

------We then prepared the Moms Pantry information for dispersal on the lockers tomorrow.

  • Additional Agenda Items:

Heather was writing a couple of notices to parents and asked for the parents of the committee to help with the concepts, approach, phrasing etc. and for ideas. One was a letter about drop off time being 9 a.m. and the other was about required items to have at daycare. The committee recommended a clothing drive for families to bring in outerwear / clothes that families have outgrown to help others with acquiring the needed items.  Also the committee decided to purchase either 1 or more MEC rainsuits to have a raffle to fundraise to buy more of these with the rainsuit(s) as the raffle prize. 

Committee Functions:  Lisa Strenkowski is the Committees Chair.  Tamika Lightfoot is the treasurer. 

Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of Each Month!

Our next meeting is December 13th from 7 to 8:30 pm J See you then!

Date:  December 13th, 2016   

In Attendance:  Pat McIntosh, Lisa Strenkowski, Tamika Lightfoot, Heather Hansen-Dunbar

Regrets:   Karin Bradley, Ulanda Ulalia, Warren Haire, Shelley Rideout, Sarah Hoban

Our meeting began with a Yankee Swap Gift Exchange and yummy goodies! 

From the Daycare Act:  The facilitys agenda for each meeting includes (48 (5))

     Safety, care and well being of the children (48 (5)(a)):   Our maintenance man had to repair a piece of board on the ramp on the hill as it was needing replacement.  Health issues: congestion and fevers…  occasional.  There is one case of Hand Foot Mouth (suspected)

              Status of facilitys license (48 (5)(b)):  Our Annual Inspection took place on November the 3rd.  We are in full compliance with no violations.             

          Programs provided by the licensee (48 (5)(c)):   Our curriculum is Emergent.   We provide both full and part time programs for toddlers and preschoolers; full time programs only for infants.

          Equipment & materials available to the children (48 (5) (d)):  the art order arrived and no new equipment has been ordered this past month.

     Staffing patterns and staff qualifications (48 (5) (e)): 

      Baby Room:   Team of 4:  Two Level 2s and Two Entry Levels, Mezzo:  Solo Teacher:  One Level 1, Bounce:  Team of 3:  Two Level 2s and One Level 1, Zest:  Team of 3:  Three Level 3s (one is working a maternity leave term position for us until February when a Level 2 is slated to return), Vivacity:  Team of 3:  One Level 3, One Level 2, One Level 1, Dynamic:  Two Level 3s, One Level 2. 

  • Fundraising:

--- We reached out to http://www.woodchacallit.ca/ regarding replicating the Outlast blocks.   We met with them and placed an order of other items.  Following up on whether or not they believe they can replicate Outlast products.

--- We contacted our local BP: Boston Pizza.  Either Sean or Vanessa will be calling us tomorrow to discuss enrolling us in School Earnback.   WE NEED TO TRY AGAIN.   

------We messaged Shelley to ask how we made out for the results for Moms Pantry.  Shelley was unable to make it tonight so she will let us know. 

-----We made $910 at our Dec. 2nd sleepover.

Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of Each Month!

Our next meeting is January 10th from 7 to 8:30 pm J See you then!

Minutes of October 17, 2016

In Attendance:  Heather Hansen-Dunbar, Sarah Hoban, Tamika Lightfoot, Lisa Strenkowski, Karin Bradley 

Regrets:   Shelley Rideout, Patricia McIntosh, Warren Haire, Ulanda Ulalia

From the Daycare Act:  The facilitys agenda for each meeting includes (48 (5))

     Safety, care and well being of the children (48 (5)(a)):   Staff have been updating their first aid courses. The current illness is a cold with fever and cough.  It is not pervasive and there have been a case or two per room.

Status of facilitys license (48 (5)(b)):  fully in compliance, no violations.  Our Annual Inspection is scheduled for November the 3rd.

Programs provided by the licensee (48 (5)(c)):   Our curriculum is Emergent.   We provide both full and part time programs for toddlers and preschoolers; full time programs only for infants.

     Equipment & materials available to the children (48 (5) (d)):  We are currently preparing a very large art supply order approximately $2500

     Staffing patterns and staff qualifications (48 (5) (e)): 

      Baby Room:   Team of 4:  Two Level 2s and Two Entry Levels, Mezzo:  Solo Teacher:  One Level 1, Bounce:  Team of 3:  Two Level 2s and One Level 1, Zest:  Team of 3:  Three Level 3s (one is working a maternity leave term position for us until February when a Level 2 is slated to return), Vivacity:  Team of 3:  One Level 3, One Level 2, One Level 1, Dynamic:  Two Level 3s, One Level 2. 

Fundraising:

We reached out to http://www.woodchacallit.ca/ regarding replicating the Outlast blocks.

We made $89.77 from our Mabels Labels campaign with a total of 14 orders submitted.

Shelley Rideout suggested the idea of Boston Pizza receipt collection and submission.  https://bostonpizza.com/en/school-programs/fundraising/

A decision was reached that while we are waiting to hear back from Woodchacallit re: the blocks. The parent committee would raised funds for the http://www.communityplaythings.com/products/outdoor/w440-outlast-cascade and this would give us a lot of information regarding purchasing from Community Playthings. 

We then went over Moms Pantry information kit, the order forms are for last year so we went online and requested the new ones for this year.  We decided as a committee of the 3 options to use the Classic which has a full product range.  We plan to launch the beginning of November. 

Committee Functions:  Lisa Strenkowski is the Committees Chair.  Tamika Lightfoot is the treasurer.  Yay!!!

Current Fundraising Activities:   

We are currently fundraising with Lovable Labels.  http://kidsrkids.lovablelabels.ca  --- 20% of the purchased amount goes to the committee and 80% goes to Lovable Labels.  We also have the information for Mom’s Pantry and are launching this campaign at the beginning of November. 

Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of Each Month!  Our next meeting is November 8th from 7 to 8:30 pm J See you then!