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.

 

 

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!

 

 

Please Follow Us!

Hello!

I don’t know how many of our families are on Twitter, but we are slowly working on developing our communications and social media accounts! If you are on Twitter, you can find us at:

@prairielily_elc

We hope to see you over there! Keep watching us for more updates.

Cara