January 15, 2012

Weekly Update, Jan. 15th

I will be changing the code this week, look for am email!!

Events this week:

9:30-10 Mr. Ben music upstairs
10-12 Open Play Upstairs

9:30 Storytime with Beth
10-12 Open Play upstairs

9:30 Music with Maggie upstairs
Please RSVP to me if you would like to come to this class! Mggie is teaching a class once a month similar to Music Together, just for swap n play families. Any age welcome!

9:30 French Class
3:30pm (corrected) Big Kids playgroup in the ballroom (3 years and up)

3pm Laura Veirs concert (with Mr. Ben opening) in the ballroom

Upcoming Swap n Play Events:

January 18th: Red Cross Home Safety Class. 7 to 8:30pm. The neighborhood assoication along with the Red Cross is putting on this FREE class. They will be using the swap n play space as the childcare area for the event. We have a flyer posted on the bulletin board about the event. Take a look!

Jan. 22nd: Laura Veirs concert with the Tumble Bees and Mr. Ben opening. Here is the ticket link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/218348 Don’t miss out!! SPREAD THE WORD, tickets are going fast. She will also have a couple members from The Decemberists playing with her.

Jan. 23rd: Preschool Discussion Night 7pm at swap n play. I have three guest speakers coming to this event who have vaious backgrounds in teaching preschool. Thanks to all of you who sent in an RSVP. It will be a great night! If you are interested in coming, and have not sent me an email, please do so I am able to plan the correct number of handouts etc.

Feb. 26th: Community Kids Clothing Swap and Baby Gear Garage Sale! This is going to be an amazing event. I will send out a seperate email about it this week, and look for a flyer soon!

Other Events of Interest in the Community:

Saturday, Jan. 21st: 9:30-12, Cooperative Preschool Fair hosted at Tillamook Preschool (935 NE 33rd) inside the Presbyterian Church. Come meet Portland Cooperative Preschool representatives from all co-op preschool in the area and get any questions you have answered. (We will have a PCPO representative coming to our own preschool discussion night as well).

Woodlawn School Events to remember: Now is the time to get involved!!
Jan 19 – Latino Family Night 6-7:30pm
Jan 20 – PTA Parent Coffee 8:50-10am
– PTA Parent Family Movie Night 6:30-8:00pm
Jan 25 – School Tours – 9:15-10am
Jan 26 – Mid Winter Family Write Night 6-7:30pm

Great Neighborhood Service Opportunity!
NE Portland Backpack Buddies Lunch Program! The Oregon Community Church is collecting food for this program, which feeds low income children lunch on the weekends when they don’t have access to the school lunch service. Interested in helping? Collect juice boxes, soup, snacks, mac n cheese type foods this month and bring them to The Village Ballroom Sunday, January 29th at 10am. We will pack the lunches together. If you can’t make it on Sunday, but want to donate, email me and I will collect your contributions and store them on the pub side of the building.

Other News/Information:

Sunday, Feb. 5th, we will be hosting another family dance opportunity! Come to the Waggle ‘n Flap!  It’s a family dance party where kids, adults and everyone in between can get down together.  We’ll be
playing all the music that makes your booty shake ’til it can’t shake no more!  And if that isn’t fun enough, there will be costumes for all ages and an art corner to boot.  Join us on February 5th from 3-4pm at the Village Ballroom–700 NE Dekum st. Be on time to be a part of the welcoming circle of fun!  See you there!
Items needed for the event: large blastic bins, fake flowers/reusable decorations, big pillows, costumes/props for all ages. Contact Niko if you have any of these: revampniko@yahoo.com

Our Love and Logic Class will be happening the 4 Sunday afternoons in March, held in the ballroom. The time is still TBA based on ballroom availablilty and our instructor’s schedule. Childcare will take place in the swap n play space downstairs, $5 a class. Free class! Awesome!

Remember is it time to pay member dues for Winter Quarter (January-March). Please leave check or cash payment in the black mailbox by the sign in book, or use paypal on our website. Thanks! If you not longer wish to be a part of swap n play, please email Angela at lelunut@gmail.com.

Sensory Tub:
We will be adding a bin of lentils this week for kids to dig around in with their hands and various other tools. They are in a large rectangular plastic box marked “lentils” that will most likely be placed out of reach on the shelves near the craft supplies. Please encourage kids to keep lentils inside the box during play. A small broom and dust pan will also live in the box for easy cleanup. Spilled lentils can be returned to the box, minus big chunks of floor debris. Please return lentil toys to the box and put the box out of reach again after you are done with it, so we can avoid unexpected lentil explosions.

Playgroups: Our playgroups are taking form! Yay! Interested in going to one?
Monday 3pm: 12-18 months
Tuesday 9:30, Bi-Monthly (next one Jan. 25th) 6-12 months
Tueaday 11am 2-3 years
Wednesday, 10am, 18-24 months? Anyone want to take this over as a co-op job?
Friday 3pm: 3 years and up

Speech Consultant: We have a new memer, Cheri, who worked as a speech path for a number of years. She is willing, as her co-op job, to answer a few questions of any concerned parents about their child’s speech development. Need her info, contact me. Thanks! And Thanks Cheri!

SURVEY: Please, please, take a moment and answer this 10 question survey about your swap n play experience! I really am looking for some good feedback! I know some of you are brand new to swap, and if that is the case don’t worry about it. If you have been a member for a month or longer your information would be really appreciated!



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