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FEBRUARY 22ND, 2016 MEETING MINUTES

In Attendance:  Warren Haire, Lisa Strenkowski, Pat McIntosh, Karin Bradley, Heather Hansen-Dunbar   Regrets:  Tamika Lightfoot, Shelley Rideout 

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 have been some fevers and a cough.  In Tangible, there has been some conjunctivitis.

     Status of facilitys license (48 (5)(b)):  fully in compliance, 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)):  Teachers would like us to find a source of colored masking tape for the classrooms that is financially affordable. Fairy Houses have not arrived yet.  We have a credit with Avron as we sent back a jug of tempera paint. 

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

      Baby Room:   4 staff:  1 Level 1, 2 Level 2s, Mezzo:  1 staff: Level 1, Bounce:  3 staff:   3 Level 2s, Zest:  3 staff:  3 Level 3s, Vivacity:  3 staff:  1 Level 3, 1 Level 2, 1 Level 1, Dynamic:  3 staff:  1 Level 1, 1 Level 2, 1 Entry Level.  Angy the Bounce teacher who is on maternity leave just gave birth to a 9+ lb healthy baby girl on the weekend.   We have a Zest teacher on medical leave until March 7th.  Our regular sub Fatema is working a lot for us right now.  HWHS has another Co-op placement student beginning with us.    Tysha is a NSCECE student and is placed in the baby room.

  • Fundraising:

The Parent Committee is assisting with the funds to send 4 staff to the conference in Maryland in April 2016:  http://playempowers.blogspot.ca/p/play-is-power-conference.html   We registered the spaces. A draw took place at the KrK Staff Retreat in October for eligible teachers and the following names came out:  Karin of Tangible (Baby Room), Aislinn (Zest Room), Darlene (Dynamic Room) and Ellie (Vivacity Room).     Natalie was picked as Aislinns replaced for the trip. 

The Parent Committees account stands at $3392.89.  This money has been allocated for the annual Teachers’ Appreciation event in the spring.  The event usually takes about $1200 - $1400 and the remainder of the funds are a safe hold in the account which may be allocated towards either the blocks or the PD for special away conferences. 

Current Fundraising Activities:   

      Regal catalogues sales – This fundraiser raised $186.89 for us!

      Daycare Sleepovers -  Spring date:   Friday, May the 6th, 2016

      Lucky Duck Lotto – This is taking place since February 4 and continues until the 25th. The money and unsold tickets must be returned to Recreation N.S. by Mar 4th.

      Mama’s Pantry possibility... Is there anything new on this?

We are raising funds to eventually get the blocks   http://www.communityplaythings.com/products/outdoor/outlast-blocks   we dream of brochure on display in the front entrance.  We are also planning 1 – 2 sleepovers in the new year.  We conduct the Lucky Duck Lotto http://www.recreationns.ns.ca/2015-lucky-duck-lottery-easy-way-to-raise-funds/  ticket sales in January / February.  We will need to have funds for the annual Teacher’s Appreciation Day in the spring of 2016.   May 27th, 2016 has been selected. 

ACCOUNT RECONCILIATION

    $1,998.74
10/30/2015 MONTHLY PLAN FEE -$1.95
11/13/2015 etransfer sleepover Mtchell 2 kids Nov/15 $70.00
11/30/2015 MONTHLY PLAN FEE -$1.95
12/4/2015 etransfer sleepover Mtchell 2 kids Dec/15 $70.00
12/9/2015 sleepover monies raised from November / December /15 $1,260.00
12/31/2015 MONTHLY PLAN FEE -$1.95
1/31/2015 MONTHLY PLAN FEE -$1.95
2/23/2016 Regal ***TO BE DEPOSITED*** $186.89
    $3,577.83

Discussion regarding incentives for committee members:  ideas around financialincentives, ideas around providing a meal and have it earlier.  Ideas around having it while we are still open.  Ideas about having it staggered.  Every second one early, late, alternate.  Have supper at every second one.  Varying times could make a big difference, give more options.   Also no one ever wants to make a meal. 

Discussion regarding section of website to have anonymous comments / concerns:  There was discussion on the negative merits on this as well as positive ones. Our Chairperson, Lisa, who added this the agenda, emphasized that it was about representative topics / ideas from the parent community as opposed to anonymity.   

Next Parent Committee Meeting:   Monday, March 21st, 2016