September Steak Night

I wanted to just take a few minutes this Friday to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone that came out to support us with our Steak Night last night at the Turvey Centre. I have a few specific thank you’s to share!

To the Turvey Centre, thanks for a delicious meal, everyone that I talked to really enjoyed it. To Marcy Black, thank you for organizing so much of this evening, your work was not unnoticed or unappreciated! To all of our families that bought and sold tickets, thank you so much. Your support means so, so much to me – it makes this job easier knowing that we are in this together. To everyone that donated to the Raffle Prizes, thank you! You helped us raise a higher amount of money to go towards our goals this fall (Please see our Facebook Page for a list of sponsors, if you would like to share your business with them!). For all the brothers, sisters, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, and friends who came and spent the evening with us, thank you! It was so great to meet so many people and get to know some new faces. I hope that you will come join us again for events in the future.

There were a few unclaimed prizes, so check your tickets please!

  1. An SGI Auto Prize Pack – #735656
  2. A Complimentary Wheel Alignment from Tread Quarters, Albert North – #735606
  3. A Steeped Tea Prize Pack – #735502

If any of these belong to you, please call our Sacred Heart office at 306-949-0090 to claim them.

I am also really happy to report that we were able to raise a total of $2391.00 from this event. $1330.00 of that was directly from ticket sales, and the rest was from our Raffle, and from the generosity of our 50/50 winner, Jeanette Moore, donating part of her winnings back. For our Normanview location, the money raised will go towards a purchase of the “Tree Climber” pictured below, and at Sacred Heart we will be putting it towards playground items, hopefully something like the mud kitchen pictured below.

I am truly, genuinely thankful for all of your support. Please enjoy this fall weekend and know that all of us appreciate our community so much.

 

 

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Ruth M. Buck Incident

Hello Families!

As many of you are aware, there was an incident on the playground at Ruth M. Buck this past week.

I wanted to post a link to the notice from the school on our site, as many of you who have children in our Centre are hoping to have them move up into Ruth M. Buck as their home school! I really believe in the schools we have close by, both Buck and St. Joan, and the staff and administration of these schools work extremely hard to ensure that their students are safe each day, and that they are happy throughout the day. We have enjoyed our working relationships with these schools over the past few years, and want you to know that we know they are striving to provide great care for you now and in the future.

We have been working this year even in our little corner of the school on improving safety and security for all Prairie Lily children by keeping the door locked on a more regular basis, and are sourcing a video security and buzzer system for you as well for moving forward so that we are able to keep that door locked all the time.

Please let us know if you have any other questions and concerns, as we are always happy to talk to you about these things. Taking care of your children properly is our job, and we are always open to feedback about how to do this better!

Cara

Ruth M. Buck – March 28, 2018

Why We Do What We Do

I meet a lot of people in my day to day life who can’t understand how Early Childhood Educators do the job they do. Quite often, there are comments like “how do you listen to these kids all day?” or “I couldn’t keep my patience!”.  Most days, I will tell you that we have the best job in the world. We laugh a LOT, get the most amazing pictures to put up in my office or on the fridge, and I get hugs and cuddles all day! However, if I am being honest, not every day is full of rainbows and sunshine. Sometimes I DO go home and struggle with decisions that I made during the day, wondering if I said the right thing, or did the right thing, or could I have found a way to talk in a nicer voice after asking one of the children to please listen for the 100th time? Could I have been more caring for our staff? Could I have added something extra to our activities to make it more fun?

However, I truly believe that this job is special. We not only get to give hugs and cuddles, wipe away tears and be a comforter, see first steps and hear first words, but we also get to be a part of some of the most formative years of a child’s life. Many research studies show that “from birth to age 5, a child’s brain develops more, and more rapidly, than at any other time in life. And while genetics plays a significant role, scientific research has made clear that the quality of a child’s experiences in the first few years of life – positive or negative – helps shape how their brain develops. And that these experiences have lasting impact on their health and ability to learn and succeed in school and in life” (www.firstthingsfirst.org). The things that children are learning in these first years will help set children up for success all throughout their lives, and we can teach them how to learn in school but also how to grow up being a great little human,

Some people think that childcare isn’t important, and that the work we are doing should be done by a family unit only. I would tell those people that we are never here to replace a parents role, but instead to support families while parents are busy working or taking care of all of the other things that need to happen during the week.

I grew up on a farm, hanging out with my brothers and my parents, being outside and never needing to attend a childcare centre. My first experience with school was getting on a bus and going to kindergarten. I had a wonderful childhood and I am thankful for it, but I know and love that not all families are the same! Had I been born 5 years later, maybe I would have gone to a childcare centre as things changed for us and my mom began to work outside our home. I really think that society has changed over the past 15+ years. I see a lot of homes with two working parents, more women joining the workforce (to contribute financially or simply because they find fulfillment in it), and families who are busy getting to all the things that make up this wild ride called life!

This past Spring, we were fortunate enough to work in partnership with SECA (Saskatchewan Early Childhood Association) to make a video in our Normanview location. I feel that this helps to express a small taste of why we do what we do, and why we are all so passionate about our jobs and the career we have chosen. We are so proud of how it turned out, and think we might have some little actors and actresses in the making! I am so proud of all of our Educators and families. We are definitely not perfect, but we are a team that wants to learn and grow, and we are so glad you are along for the ride with us! Teamwork really does make the dream work, so we hope you enjoy the video, and let us know what you think!

 

 

It Takes a Village To Raise a Child – African Proverb

I hope that you will indulge me in a bit of a personal post today. My heart is full as I have been realizing over the past few months just how true the “It Takes a Village” proverb is. I have always been the kind of person who likes to monitor “quality control” … also known as, being a total control freak. I used to be scared to ask for help. I hate feeling like I ask too much of those around me (especially our staff, who pour out their heart and soul at work every day), and I never know if the standards I set for myself are unfair to impose on others. I have a hard time letting things go, and asking other people to help me, and looking back now I believe that my attitude in these areas has actually held our Centre back instead of allowing it to grow in new leaps and bounds.

As we move into August, and the opening date of our second location is just a few weeks away, I am overwhelmed by the village of people who have come around myself and the Centre in support. When we found out that we were going to be operating the new Centre in Sacred Heart Community School, the first few days were filled with happy tears and excitement. It didn’t take long for the enormity of this new project to settle in, but not once have I felt like this was an impossible task.

There have been countless people who have shared our excitement and listened to our plans, ideas, and dreams. There were people who came and lifted boxes, painted furniture, and helped write policies and update our information so we would be ready. There were people who responded to my numerous voicemails and emails, and remained patient while I asked a million and one questions. There have been people who have helped us build our website, change our phone numbers, source office products (including computers), and have helped me find and order items that I am having complete mental blocks on.

There have also been countless people who have helped arrange or dropped off donations. People have asked others to help us, cleaned out their closets, and found unique items for us. There were all the people on Varage Sale who answered questions and re-homed their treasures to us, often adding in other items as well. Some of you don’t even know us or our Centre, but you have made a lasting impact on a large group of children and families by helping us create a beautiful, welcoming environment. Every time a new piece of furniture or box of items comes in, I want to hug someone. We have been working with a limited budget, and I have no doubt that without everyone’s help, we would be opening a much lesser Centre.

I will forever owe a mountain of gratitude to every person who has been a part of our journey so far. To our parents and staff, thank you for your patience while we have navigated this new experience. Thank you for listening to me, hugging me when I need it, and bringing me coffee when I need it even more. Thank you for helping me remember everything, and being gentle when I forget. Post-it notes can only take me so far! To my family and friends, thank you for letting me answer your texts and emails a few days later than usual. I can’t wait to show you everything that we have been working on.

I am so excited to see what was once a dream of our Centre growing become a reality as we expand our Normanview family. Growth can seem scary, but the fact that we are getting a little bit bigger should be a celebration! The experiences I have had with all of our families in the last 5 years has only lit the fire inside of me to keep on becoming better, and to provide services for you to simplify your life and support you as you raise your children. I would not be who I am today without the trust you have placed in me. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your lives, and to love and pour into your children. My life is so much richer because of all the people in it. Coming from someone who is not a mom, I cannot put into words what it means to me that you allow me to spend time teaching your children. Please know that my heart is big enough to love each one of them and there is so much more room to go.

So, cheers and thanks to everyone I am lucky enough to have in my life and in our Centre. Thank you for teaching me how to grow too, and for being my “village”. I hope that your lives are enriched as you have enriched mine.

Cara