Date: November 9th , 2015
In Attendance: Warren Haire, Lisa Strenkoswki, Brandy McIntosh / Patricia McIntosh, Karin Bradley, Shelley Rideout, Heather Hansen-Dunbar
Regrets: Loni Vicaire, Tamika Lightfoot
From the Daycare Act: “The facility’s agenda for each meeting includes (48 (5))
➢ Safety, care and well being of the children (48 (5)(a)): there have been some cases of diarrhea, fevers, conjunctivitis
➢ Status of facility’s license (48 (5)(b)): Annual Licensing Visit was November 6th, with Kathy Black as our L/O. No violations were determined. Kathy sent us some notes about some things for us to consider / reflect on. When parents do not answer phone when we call regarding absences, develop a process for follow up. The cleaning schedule is being filled out well but we should consider adding staff initials as well. Reminder to ensure that things on the coat hooks not hang over covering exit diagram. Please fax AM’s PD letter of level continuation by Monday.
➢ 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)): Our main purchase in the past month has been a new washer and dryer for the centre. Regular toys, materials, art supplies for the children are the same as previously noted. Fairy Houses have not arrived yet.
- 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. Practicum Student has begun her placement with NSCECE, her name is Krista and her placement is in Zest room (Mondays and Tuesdays). HWHS has approached us about a Co-op placement. A meeting took place last week about it. The placement has been agreed upon and she begins this Thursday, Nov. 12th. Her name is Jessica and she will be in the Bounce room.
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).
The Parent Committee’s account stands at $1998.74. 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 safehold in the account which may be allocated towards either the blocks or the PD for special away conferences.
Current Fundraising Activities:
Lucky Duck Lotto
Mama’s Pantry possibly
This year we are excited to use Regal Gifts for our Fundraising Campaign. They offer more than 1000 products with hundreds being priced under $20. We are sure everyone can find something either for themselves or as a gift for family and friends.- Regal has designed our own website for safe and secure ordering – www.krk.shopregal.ca - You can start placing your orders immediatelyand all orders must be placed by December 31st, 2015. We recommend you make your orders by November 22nd. - After placing your order on our web store, the products are delivered directly to you. In stock items generally arrive within 7-10 business days.- Regal has a low shipping rate - only $6.50 per order under $100.00 or 6.5% of the order total if your order is $100 or more. ( plus taxes)- Product Exchanges are done directly through Regal’s Exchange Centre – www.regal.ca/exchangecentre. Refunds can be requested through the Centre as well as long as your campaign is open. After the campaign closes you will only be able to receive an exchange.We thank you for your continued support!!
We are doing Regal instead of Norcard. It seems so much more committee / user friendly. We are attaching the fundraising letter tonight and putting the catalogues out for tomorrow.
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 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: Monday, December 7th , 2015
DECEMBER MEETING CANCELLED --- NEXT MEETING TOOK PLACE IN JANUARY 2016