March 25, 2012

Hello Swap ‘n Play Family,

I have a few announcements, and then enjoy reading the newsletter this week!

-Starting in April, along with adding Tyleena to our music mix, Mr. Ben will be doing a longer show for us! He will play from 10am-10:45, and then bring out his musical instruments for the kids to enjoy for a Musical Playdate with Mr. Ben each week. We are really lucky to have this on a weekly basis! Non-members are still welcome to come for a $5 donation. (We will run the upstairs play from 10:45 to 12pm). Thanks Mr. Ben!

-Below you will find more info regarding our Google Group, Dave’s Bread Order, Craft Time this week, Mama Clothing Swap, Waggle ‘n Flap Family Dance Party, and our New Member Orientation.

-Member Dues are increasing to $25 a month in April. You can pay online through our website by clicking HERE or check/cash at swap.

Thanks everyone, and Happy Spring Break to all the hard working teachers out there!

Its time to order Dave’s Killer Bread again!! You can check out there website: to see what breads are available.

To order please fill out your name, phone # and the # of loafs of bread that you want on the spread sheet link below. (The names of the breads and prices will be on the top of the spreadsheet) WE ARE GOING TO LIMIT THE # OF LOAVES EACH PERSON CAN ORDER TO 15 LOAVES. If you need to order more than 12 loafs for your family or friends you can visit the Dave’s Bread outlet store anytime! There is only a 12 loaf minimum to get the special discounted price. We are making this change b/c we were at our max for physically fitting all of the bread in our vehicles and we want everyone to have an opportunity to participate if needed.

Sometimes they are out of certain types of bread so if you are OK with a substitute please list that in the comments (ex: Ok to sub good-seed for 21-grain) We will pick up the bread on WEDNESDAY AM MARCH 28TH and leave it at swap back by the bathrooms or by the clothes bins with your name on it.

Please pick your bread up on Wednesday or arrange for a friend to get yours if you cant make it (a few months ago a mouse found its way into someones bread!!!!!) We should be back to swap with the bread by 8:30 am or so- but it does take awhile to sort :)The order will always be the LAST WEDNESDAY of the month 🙂 so you can plan ahead.

We will have a printed copy of the SPREAD SHEET WITH YOUR ORDER TOTAL PRICE printed on it AND A SIGN OUT SHEET (separate from the spreadsheet print off) LOCATED IN THE SIGN IN BOOK in Swap. Please check the amount owed on pick up as it might be different depending of bread availability. Please mark off on the sign out sheet that you have pick up and what type of payment and leave payment in the the mailbox. (make checks payable to Woodlawn Swapnplay) or you can paypal your order total to

Here is the link to the March spreadsheet:
March Dave’s Bread Order

Let me know if you have any questions
Thanks,Jessie + Liz + Jamie

Introduction to Family Biking with Katie Proctor
Saturday, April 21, 2012
10 am – noon.
Are you bike-curious? Don’t let your children hold you back! This two-hour workshop will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to hit the road by bike with your kids onboard.

We’ll discuss equipment, rules of the road, route selection, winter riding, and strategies for successful trips with kids of all ages. Biking with kids is a great way to get more exercise, see your neighbors, reduce your gas budget, and bring more joy into your life. Whether you’re hoping to take pleasure rides on weekends or give up a family car, this workshop will give you the information you need to get started!

Workshop is $7 for Swap members, $10 for non-members.  Printed materials, coffee, and snacks will be provided. Please RSVP to Janine @ jleckhart[at]me[dot]com so we know how many copies to make and cookies to bake.
Come with questions, worries, and obstacles-we’ll tackle them together!
Katie Proctor is a Portland mom and writer. She has been car-free since 2009 and has been riding with both of her children since they were babies-they are now 9 months and 2 ½. Her essays on family biking have been published in Taking the Lane and Boneshaker: A Bicycling Almanac, as well as at her blog, A Most Civilized Conveyance (

Mama Clothing Swap
Thursday, March 29th

Hey Moms, it’s almost Spring, and I don’t know about you, but my wardrobe needs some help.
Come to Swap n Play
Thursday, March 29th from 6:00 to 8:00
for a Mama Clothing Swap. Bring gently used clothes, shoes accessories and anything else you don’t want that might make another Mom feel a bit more glamorous. Anything left over will be donated to either Dress for Success or Teen Challenge. This a great opprtunity to have a little “me” time and get to know
some other Swap ladies.
For more info, contact Angela @

Another Great Parenting Class Opportunity!
Simplicity Parenting
4 Weeks in April
(exact date TBA based on interest)
Cost: $80 for Swap ‘n Play Families
$100 non-members

Many parents notice at one point or another that their children have accumulated way more stuff than they ever imagined, and that their schedules our so full it requires a separate calendar just to keep track of all the activities.
If you find any discrepancy between the fast track life you and your children are living and the peaceful pace you where imagining as a new parent, please join Yvonne de Maat of Heart in Hand Preschool in an exploration of modern child rearing. You will come away from this series with some simple ideas you can implement into your life right away to bring about profound change and deeper connections…

Yvonne is a trained Waldorf teacher and Simplicity Parenting group leader. She will start a 4 week parent group in April which will look at the many aspects of the home; creating rhythm, clearing up the environment, scheduling, discipline etc. For more information please call Yvonne at 503 287 4465

Monday-Saturday 8am-8pm
Sunday 1pm-8pm
Always feel free to contact

Quick Links:
Swap n Play Survey
Azure Standard
St. Johns Swap n Play
Food Buying Survey
March Date Night/Morning

Remember, starting April 6th
Tyleena, Fairy Funk Mother
will be coming to
Woodlawn Swap ‘n Play
Fridays, 3:30 in the ballroom.
Show open to non-members for a small donation.

Are you a part of our
Google Group?
This is the best way for members to communicate with each other rather than mass emails. Please contact Angela to join if you are not a member:
Here you will find info about neighborhood events, member needs etc.
Angela also manages our membership. If you have a membership question, or plan to discontinue your membership please contact her.

New Member Orientation
Sunday April 1st, 1pm
New Members are highly encouraged to come to an orientation, and anyone is welcome.
Come and find out all that swap ‘n play offers you!

This Tuesday!!
Foil Squeezing

Starting April, craft times
will be bi-monthly
Thursdays at 10:30
Thanks for planning these Nedra! You can check always check the calendar for our craft times.

Dance Party!
Waggle n Flap family dance party-a fun dancing time for kids and anyone who likes to hang out with them.

We’ll be doing it every first Sunday of the month from 3:30-5 pm at the Village Ballroom (700 NE Dekum).
Join us next on April 1.

DJ Acidwash will provide us with all kinds of music that make you want to move- hip-hop, reggae, electronic, funk, pop, latin, bhangra, and more.

Costumes and drawing supplies will be on hand for those inspired to get silly and creative.
Be there by 3:45 to be part of the opening circle and a brief warm up. All abilities and types of movers are welcome.

$5 per family.
Swap n Play families get in free.
Please spread the word!

Events This Week:
Our Calendar

9:30am Mr. Ben
10:30 Craft Time
10-12pm: Open Gym
10-12pm: Open Gym
6pm Mama Clothing Swap
9:30 French Class
5-8pm Date Night
8-11am Date Morning
3:30 Waggle n Flap

Ages and Stages Meet-Ups

This Week:

10am: 2-3 years (upstairs)
10am: 18mth-24mth (upstairs)
12-18 months 3pm
3:30pm: 3 years and up (upstairs)

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