Message from the Director

My sincere apologies for the lack of newsletters in January or February; it has been a very busy few months. Hopefully we are starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel for snow.  While the weather is finally warming up some, please remember to continue bringing winter clothing. I want to thank all of you for your patience during the last few months. I have generally been here at the centre by 8am until 4pm and I do miss some of you, so I apologize for that. I hope to have a more consistent schedule in the next couple of months. I look forward to a new fiscal year with each of you and a wonderful Spring & Summer!

Yours Truly,

Amie DeLeavey, MA(CHYS), BA

Programming

You have probably seen the St. Patrick’s Day decoration made the some of the children and pictures of Ireland around the preschool classrooms. The toddler 1 classroom was picking away at some bugs in ice the other day and todder 2 has made a pot of gold displayed outside their door and was emerged in pipette painting with water colours this morning making wonderful Spring butterflies. The school age classroom had a wonderful March Break that included bowling, making their own pizza as well as flubber.

Staff

Some staff will be taking a Workshop this weekend called “Where is the fairy dust” with Barbara Kaiser. We did have some in-house workshops in February that focused on Professionalism and Behaviour Guidance within the classroom. We do have a Spring Conference coming up soon with Kinstec.

Fundraisers

I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard for the Valentine’s basket. We made $508.00 for the daycare. We will be doing a Mother’s Day basket and are currently accepting donations.

From the office

Just a few reminders:

  • Since the weather continues to warm and freeze, the driveway can still be very icy. Please use caution. Sand/salt is applied daily, but it can still be icy. On that same note, as you know, we have very little space for drop off and pick up and with all the added snow accumulation it has been even more difficult. You may have noticed that we did have snow removed from the grounds twice in the past month, this is very costly to us and we hope that the weather this week allows for the melting of a great deal of the banks.
  • ALL PARENTS AND CHILDREN-please remove your shoes in the lobby at drop off and pick up. We understand this can be frustrating and time consuming, but we are trying diligently to keep the building clean and removing shoes in the lobby helps immensely. In addition, as some parents are currently complying with this request, others are not and so those who are, are still getting wet feet! Please be courteous to others and remove your shoes in the lobby. Thank you!
  • The new parent handbook was sent out to all parents February 1st, 2015 with changes in our policies. At the very back, there is a parent contract that each parent must sign. This is a regulation by the department of community services that we have to adhere to. If you have not signed and dated your contract, please do so before April 1st, 2015 and ensure it is handed into Amie or your child’s teacher.
  • If you are a parent who pays via e-transfers and would like a paper receipt monthly, please let me know.
  • We do have a volunteer from New Boundaries working with us for a couple of hours/day. She enjoys cleaning and is gaining experience in that area with us so you may see her in the afternoons if you are in the centre.
  • There are two designates for the centre when I am not in the building; Susan Spencer in Toddler 2 between 9-5 and Patricia Crichton in the Infant unit from 6:30-9am. If you have questions or concerns, you are more than welcome to pass them along to either of the above individuals when I am not in the building and they will ensure I get the message. In addition, I do write on the office door when I am out and a time that I anticipate a return, so please make sure you check the door if you are wondering if I am around the building if I am not in the office.
  • We will be getting the centre floors waxed this weekend, one side of the building at a time. If there are any strong and physically able parents that could help the volunteers to move furniture on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, please see Amie for details.
  • PLEASE be more diligent in removing your shoes in the lobby to avoid any unnecessary scratches.

HOLIDAY CLOSURES

Windsor Daycare Centre will be closed on the following upcoming holidays:

Friday, April 3rd-Good Friday

WINTER STORM CLOSURES

Our parent handbook indicates that in the event of a storm our centre will remain open. Should the weather be life threatening and it is decided to close the centre for the safety of families, children and staff, we will advertise the closure on AVR and there will be a message on our answering machine. We will make every effort to do this as early as possible.

Just a few reminders and housekeeping items:

LOST AND FOUND

We continue to accumulate quite a pile of lost and found items from each classroom. Please ask your teacher where it is and have a look to see if anything belongs to your child. At the end of each month these items will be donated if they are not taken home. Also, please take some time to clean out your child’s cubby daily. They work hard on making their artwork etc so please take it home or we will have to recycle it.

Message from the Board

On behalf of the WDC Board of Directors I would like to wish everyone a Happy Spring! Although it does not look much like the season, it will soon be upon us. We appreciate all the families patience and understanding as Amie adjusts to her new position, there will be minor changes that you will already note and more to come as we work with and support her. The Board feels these changes are positive and will provide more efficient administration and improved care for your children, as well as allowing us to be fiscally responsible. The office is also using new programming and this will allow for better time management. The fundraising account is almost depleted as we completed the 2nd phase of the large play area and other needed projects around the Day Care Centre. The largest and most expensive project was getting the heat pumps installed for air conditioning and for those interested we used them for our only heat source this winter to reduce our heating portion of our power bill. We were able to get these installed using a payment plan through NS Power. In tightening our belts, there will be some things that take time to complete as finances allow. The next large project will be to improve on the outside infant area. As always, in an effort to keep rates as low as possible for our families, we encourage all parents to take an interest in the fundraising committee and/or the events they plan. As a not for profit our salaries, groceries, utilities, mortgages and loans are paid for by parent fees, grants and donations, so every penny we can raise, helps to keep this Centre open and running smoothly.

The Annual General Meeting will once again be held on May 6, 2015 at 6pm in the School Age classroom. All are welcome to attend.

Than you again for all your support.

Leslie Porter, President WDC Society

ldporter40@hotmail.com