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Parent Committee

The Sandbox: KrK Parent Committee

Date:  October 8th , 2015

In Attendance:  Tamika Lightfoot, Warren Haire, Lisa Strenkoswki, Brandy McIntosh / Patricia McIntosh, Shelley Rideout, Heather Hansen-Dunbar

Regrets:  Loni Vicaire, Karin Bradley (S/R)

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 are no current illnesses at the centre.

     Status of facilitys license (48 (5)(b)):  License is full and is in compliance with no violations.  Fire inspection took place in September and a couple of notes were made:  sprinkler inspection report should be 3 pages not 1, shelves by electrical panel in storage room is to be cut, plants are to come down in baby room, fire extinguishers are to be no higher then 5 ft., confirm that all power bars are CSA approved. Returning on November 2nd.

     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)):  Art order (Avron) was just placed and arrived. Its total came to $2298.65.  Birch poles put up in the front playground for weaving and canopies.  Play Hut: hive was commissioned & installed on front playground. Summer purchases included:  bubbles, balls.   New metal ergonomic childrens shovels, spades, rakes were purchased from Lee Valley.  2 Fairy Houses have been ordered from Early Explorations as well as additional catapults.

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

      Baby Room:   4 staff:  1 Level 1, 3 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

   we dream of and are on display in the front entrance.  We also would like to have the Parent Committee assist 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 have tentatively pre-registered the spaces. The account stands at $1998.74.  We have two sleepovers booked as fundraisers as well:  November 13th and December 4th .  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). 

  • Methods of Accomplishing our Work:  A discussion took place around positions, Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.  A decision was made to fill these positions after two meetings to provide familiarization.  We all discussed that a Facebook Group would be a great way to communicate and plan our work. 

Next Parent Committee Meeting:   November 9, 2015

Date:  May 12, 2015

In Attendance:  Patricia McIntosh, Linda Mackay, Heather Hansen-Dunbar, Joyca Sullivan, Erin Barkhouse, Jessica Hurdis, Kryston Simon

Regrets:  Shannon Harris

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 some facial rashes which we believe the rashes were some reactions to sunscreen.

     Status of facilitys license (48 (5)(b)):  License is full and is in compliance with no violations.  Annual unplanned / surprise licensing inspection took place in Tuesday, May 5th and no violations were noted.

     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)):  same as previous noted with the additional purchases of several large boxes of lego, bubbles and chalk

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

      Baby Room:   4 staff:  1 Level 1, 3 Level 2s,  Mezzo:  1 staff: Level 2, Bounce:  3 staff:   1 Level 3, 1 Level 2, 1 Level 1,  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

Ø     Fundraising:     The account stands at a balance of $2938.49.  This is down since our last meeting as we were charged:  -$7.35 for monthly fees and a cheque fee.  We get reimbursed this annually.  We have a deposit to take to the bank of $240.00 from our Epicure fundraiser.  We owe $135 to the main daycare account for the actual product which was paid to the Epicure representative by e-transfer on May 4th so we made a profit of $105 on this fundraiser. 

Ø     TEACHERS’ APPRECIATION DAY:  This year the celebration is on a Wednesday, May 20 with the dinner out taking place on the Friday night the 22nd.  The Halifax Feast Dinner Theatre is booked for 22 for that evening.   The email about the events went out to families on May the 11th.

Ø     SLEEPOVER FOR JUNE:   We are sad to report that is seems unlikely for us to have a sleepover this year as we have been asked to participate in an Early Childhood Education environment bus tour with ECEs visiting us on both June 13th and June 20th.  The majority of staff are also attending the annual NSCCA provincial conference on June 6th.    We plan to have several (3 or 4) next year so that we can send 4 teachers to the Play Empowers Conference and Rally in Maryland in April 2016.

Next Parent Committee Meeting: September / October, 2015

sandbox minutes jan 2015

Date:  March 10, 2015

In Attendance:   Joyce Sullivan, Linda MacKay, Patricia McIntosh, Heather Hansen-Dunbar

Regrets:  Erin Barkhouse, Shannon Harris, Karin Bradley

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

     Safety, care and well being of the children (48 (5)(a)):  since our last meeting, illnesses that have  presented themselves in the centre have been some fevers and colds, vomiting and diarrhea.  Quantity of cases has not been high enough to warrant calling Public Health. 

     Status of facilitys license (48 (5)(b)):  License is full and is in compliance with no violations.  Annual licensing took place in October and no violations were noted.

     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 Brik-a-Blocks arrived and have been very much enjoyed.   They were difficult to store in the rooms so we purchased baskets from Targets sale.
  • Some new Schleich animals were purchased (Dinosaurs and Under the Sea)
  • Some new buckets were purchased --- Ballos
  • Some new shovels were purchased --- snow shovels from Canadian Tire
  • A large quantity of toys were purchased from Explorations Early Learning and are being delivered on March 13/2015 : )
  • Staffing patterns and staff qualifications (48 (5) (e)):

      Baby Room:   4 staff:  1 Level 1, 3 Level 2s,  Mezzo:  1 staff: Level 2, Bounce:  3 staff:   1 Level 3, 1 Level 2, 1 Entry Level,  Zest:  3 staff:  2 Level 3s, 1 Level 2, Vivacity:  3 staff:  1 Level 3, 1 Level 2, 1 Level 1, Dynamic:  3 staff:  1 Level 1, 1 Level 2, 1 Entry Level

  • Fundraising:     The account stands at a balance of $2945.84.  We took a deposit to the bank of $910.00 for Lucky Duck Tickets with another $30 being billed to families on Marchs invoices.  We wrote cheque #013 to RecreatioNS for $282.00 for their portion of the funds raised.  26 books were returned unsold.   A profit of $658 was made.   Epicure fundraiser is planned for March 13, 2015.  Teachers Appreciation Day is planned for May 8th.  Spring Sleepover is planned for May 22nd .   See attached spreadsheet for a bank account reconciliation details and attached Fundraising report for details of each Fundraiser. 

Next Parent Committee Meeting: April 15th, 2015

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