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Camrose Family Resource Centre Association

- A Parent Link Centre -

Phone: 672-0141

Spring 2013 Newsletter–
Take a look at our new van!!
Thank you to Camrose Chrysler, GEN3 and the FRC Board of Directors for our new set of wheels! Our rural program has grown so much that we needed another van. We are so fortunate to have the support of all of these people and these business’! You guys are amazing!

Indoor Playground Drop In Times– Monday: 8:30-4:30 Thursday: 8:30-4:30

The times are in effect April 02, 2013
Wednesday: 8:30-4:30 Saturday: 10:00-2:00
(Until May 11)

Tuesday: 11:30-4:30
Cleaning– (1:30-2:30)

Friday: 8:30-4:30

Discovery Room Drop In Times

Monday: 8:30-12:00

Tuesday: 11:30-4:30

Wednesday: 12:00-4:30 Saturday: 10:00-2:00
(Until May 11)

Thursday: 3:30-4:30 Friday: 8:30-4:30

Please check our facebook page for drop in times from March 11-April 02– Or call the Centre– 780-672-0141 Check out our Facebook Page – Camrose Family Resource Centre Click “LIKE” for updates and great information!

M.E.N.D empowers children & families to become fitter, healthier & happier

MEND 5-7 (1 hour and 45minute session) are weekly for 10 weeks. MEND is aimed at children and their families. It combines active play, nutrition and behaviour change. Each session includes active play and snack time where children and parents participate together. Additionally, creative play sessions just for children, and information sessions specific for parent are provided. Parent topics include:
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Healthy eating for families Mealtime struggles Portion sizes Healthy habits

MEND 5-7 program is a healthy lifestyle program for children who are at risk, or above a healthy weight and their families.

Bunny Hop Family Spring Dance
Dress up in your cute Easter dress or your best “bunny” tie and lets do the Bunny Hop! Friday March 22, 2013 Norsemen Inn, Camrose 6:30-8:30pm Doors open at 6:15 Music, snacks and a lot of dancing!!! We are in need of volunteers to decorate, bring snacks and clean up. Please talk to Kim if you are available.

Triple P– There is a TIP Sheet for all ages and parents too
Positive Parenting Home safety Balancing work and family Supporting your partner Being a parent Toddlers Wandering Whining Disobedience I Bed Time problems

Feeling depressed after the birth of your Language Hurting others baby Coping with stress Preparing your child for a new baby Infants Separation Anxiety Crying Sleep Patterns Promoting Development Preschooler Going Shopping Having visitors Travelling in the car Mealtimes Tidying up Separation problems Nightmares and terrors Disobedience II Fighting and aggression Interrupting Teens Coping with Depression Drinking alcohol Taking drugs Friends and peers Eating habits Rudeness and disrespect Coping with Anxiety Smoking Truancy Sexual behaviour Fads and fashions Money and work School Age Fears Creativity Lying Stealing Homework Bedwetting Chores Being bullied Self esteem Swearing ADHD Sports Behaviour at school Independent eating Tantrums Sharing Toilet training

Does one of these TIP Sheets interest you? Please let us know

Resources for Families - Toy Lending Library

How do I Borrow Toys?
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The Date Your Name and Phone Number The Item Description The Item Number




Resources for Families - Parent Resource Library

How do I Borrow a Book or DVD?
1. Find an FRC Parent Link Staff to open up the brown cupboard across from the elevator. 2. Browse through the amazing selection of books on topics such as: (the colored description
behind the topic is for easy finding in the cupboard)

*SELF HELP~~ Red Rectangle, DIVORCE~~Yellow hollow circle, ADOPTION, INFERTILITY~~Pink hollow circles * BULLYING~~ Orange hollow circles, Creative Resources==Ideas for Parents to use with Children~~~ Green hollow circles * INFANT MASSAGE~~ Yellow circle, pink hollow circle, *PREGNANCY, NEWBORN, BREAST FEEDING AND CHILDCARE~~Yellow circles * PARENTING – GENERAL~~Blue circle, PARENTING: Child rearing, moral and ethical aspects~~~ Blue circle * PARENTING: Toddlers~~Blue circle, PARENTING: Preteens~~Red Circle, PARENTING: Teenagers~~Red Circle *NUTRITION~~~ Blue hollow dot, PARENTING: Problem Behaviors~~~Blue circle, yellow hollow dot, *PARENTING: Toilet Training~~~Blue Circle, orange hollow circle, SEXUALITY~~~Blue Circle, green hollow circle, *FATHERS~~~Purple circle

3. Fill out the sign out sheet located atop the videos with your name, phone number and the call number on the side of the book. 4. Please return in a months time to the Box on top of the Toy Library shelf labeled “Books and Videos”.

Resources for Families - Ages and Stages Questionnaire and the Social Emotional Questionnaires
We offer the Ages and Stages Questionnaire for parents to use to give themselves a ‘snapshot’ of their child’s development. The Ages and Stages Questionnaire – SE offers parents a ‘snapshot’ of their child’s development in the Social Emotional area. If you wish to access the ASQ or the ASQSE, please ask a staff member to help you. The questionnaires range from 2 months to 60 months of age.

What Is the Ages and Stages Questionnaire?
This is a simple questionnaire that the parent fills out at home. It is based on the age of the child and asks specific questions based on the child’s development in the following areas: Fine motor Personal-social Problem-solving Gross Motor Communication

What Is the Ages and Stages Questionnaire - SE?
This is a simple questionnaire that the parent fills out at home. It is based on the age of the child and asks specific questions based on the child’s social/emotional development in the following areas: Self-regulation Adaptive Functioning Interaction with people Compliance Autonomy Communication Affect

Resources for Families -Taking Action on Bullying Program
The project is a partnership between Alberta Education and Alberta Children and Youth Services. The focus of the project is to provide families and schools not only information and strategies to effectively deal with bullying behavior but to work with the Camrose Parent Link Centre to empower and strengthen families in an effort to target prevention. Currently, the Taking Action on Bullying program is at Charlie Killam School providing:

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In class lessons on bullying education and prevention, individual and family support Recess supervision, peer mentor groups, student leadership training, staff consultations and support The project is also at the Camrose Parent Link Centre providing:
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Workshops for families, family consultations and support regarding bullying, resource information Assist with Camrose Family Resource Centre parent groups, group presentations to both the community at large and to other schools

The Taking Action on Bullying project intention is to not only share effective strategies to deal with current bullying situations but to take a preventative role by offering/facilitating parent/caregiver workshops and groups which strive to assist in building their connection with their child.

Registered Programs for Families– Registration date March 16, 2013

Programs for Families with Infants
Programs Location Dates Time Fee

Curious Cuties
Registration begins March 16 at 10am Age Group 0-18 months

Fun for your 0-18 month old. Enjoy songs, finger plays while letting your young explorer crawl around or sit and socialize with other babies.

Eastside Indoor Soccer Field

Thursdays: April 18, 25, May 2, May 9

10:00-11:00 am


Programs for Families with Preschoolers
L’il Chefs
Registration begins March 16 at 10am Age Group 3– 5 years

Learn how to create simple recipes to take home and eat or bake with your family. Class size is limited to 8 L’il Chefs. * Please make other arrangements for younger siblings as space is limited and
for safety concerns.

Discovery Room

Mondays: April 8, 15, 22 & 29
*Please notify us if you have any allergies.

$15/child 1:00-2:00pm

Messy Madness
Registration begins March 16 at 10am Age Group 2 (1/2) – 5 years

Come play and get messy!!! Cool and Creative theme based “Messy Play Activities” are provided each week. Thursdays: Discovery Room April 11, 18, 25, May 2 1:15-2:30pm $10/family Please have your child dressed in PLAY clothes

We are collecting books for our Annual Book Sale If you have any fiction, non– fiction, children’s books or DVDS which are taking up room on your shelf; we would love to have them. Drop them off at the Indoor Play ground. Our book sale is on July 01, 2013, at the Community Centre This is CASH only

Programs for Families with Preschoolers continued
Programs Location Dates Time Fee

Fuzzy Pickles
Registration begins March 16 at 10am Age Group 18 months to 6 years

5 week registered program with songs, finger plays, nursery rhymes and stories to encourage literacy development at home. Tuesdays: Indoor Playground & Discovery Room Session F: May 7, 14, 21, 28 June 4 10:00-11:00 am $10 per family

Parent Child Mother Goose
Registration begins March 16 at 10am Age Group 0– 6 years

Throughout these sessions, families can learn new ways to tell stories, sing songs and have fun with rhymes. Thursdays: Camrose Public Library May 16 , 23, 30, June 6 10:30-11:30am $10 per family

Follow your child’s lead and allow them to explore and tell you all about what they are experiencing. Register for 1 or all 3! Follow My Lead
Registration begins March 16 at 10am Age Group 3– 6 years

Kinder Garden Planting May 6 Let your child discover nature through exploring different elements while we plant flowers to take home. (Just in time for Mother’s Day) Exploring with Paint May 13 For children, painting is a multi-sensory experience rather than a purely visual one. Come let your child explore how paint works with different textures, surfaces and tools. Be prepared for them, and you, to get messy. Wear play clothes! Goopy Gooey Slimy Stretchy Smelly Stuff May 27 You know all the fun goopy, gooey, stretchy, slimy smelly ‘stuff’ we make at the centre. (Gak, Magic Mud, Cloud dough etc.) Come make some of these recipes with your child to take home! We will provide recipes for you to make again at home. Perfect for rainy day fun! Mondays: Camrose Community Centre Room 231/Discovery Room May 06, 13, 27 1:00 -2:00pm $5/session/family

Programs for Parents and children 5-7 years of age
MEND 5-7
Age Group Parents and Children (aged 5-7)

Join us for active play, snack-time, and creative play, ending with a parent/caregiver workshop covering nutrition and mind/behaviour change. Mind Exercise Nutrition Do It! Indoor Play ground and Indoor Soccer field March 12-May14 * Please wear clean indoor shoes* 6:00-7:45pm Free, however preregistration is required.

Drop In Programs for families with Children 0-6 years
Wednesday Morning Drop In Playgroup
no registration required

We all meet at the indoor soccer field for a physical, fun, energy boosting program ENJOYABLE for the entire family!! Community Centre Indoor soccer field & Discovery Room Free Every Wednesday April 03 to June 5 10:00-11:30 am
Parents please bring your child’s snacks, water and

“indoor shoes”.

Breakfast Club
no registration required

Begin your Saturday morning with a healthy breakfast, followed by a pleasant family experience at the centre. One Saturday per month. Breakfast in room 230 April 20 Breakfast from 10:00- 11:00am Free

Parents Programs—Triple P
Seminars—Learn more about the 5 key principals of the Power of Positive Parenting:
Helping children develop skills like respect, cooperation, consideration, independence; healthy self esteem and problem solving; and helping children deal more effectively with their emotions. You can attend one or all of the seminars. Seminars are available to parents of children 0-12

Monday: Camrose Community Centre Room 231 The Power of Positive Parenting— April 15 Raising Confident, Competent Children—April 22 Raising Resilient Children— April 29 6:00-7:30pm Free, however registration is required.

Parenting Seminar Series For Parents of Children 0-12

Triple P one to one support: Dear families: We have trained facilitators who can provide one to one family support through Triple P parenting. This level of support includes 3-4 one hour sessions. If you feel like you need to regain the positive side of parenting– Let us know if we can help you.

Rural Play Groups Schedule P.L.A.Y. Van - Parent Link Access for You
DROP IN facilitated playgroups for families with songs, stories, finger plays and crafts. A great opportunity for parents with young children to meet other parents, access information and resources, while spending quality time with their children.
Programs Location Holden Community Hall Dates Every Tuesday. Holden Parent Nursery (Parent Link Visits on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday) April 16, May7, 21 June 4 Thursdays, Daysland PLAYgroup Providence Place Basement (the 2nd & 4th of each month) April 11 & 25, May 9 & 23, June 13 Tuesdays, Viking Stay and Play Viking Legion Hall Main Street (the 2nd & 4th of each month) April 09, 23, May 14, 28, June 11 10:00am-11:30am Contact Theresa at (780) 336-4024 10:00am-11:30am No fee 9:30am - 12:00pm Please contact Krisha 780-688-2488 Time Fee

Parents bring their own snack

Parents bring their own snack

Fridays, Round Hill Round Hill Rugrats Community Centre (the 1st & 3rd of every month) April 12 & 26 (Date change) May 3 & 17, June 7 & 21 Tofield Community Hall 5309 - 50 St. Every Tuesday. No play group Apr 02 (Parent Link visits on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday) April 9 & 23, May 7 & 21 June 4 & 18 Mondays, Hay Lakes Parent Tot Playgroup Hay Lakes Our Saviour Lutheran Church (the 1st and 3rd of every month) April 15, 22, May 6, 27, June 3, 17 10:00am—12:00pm $2 per family 9:30am-11:30am $2/drop in fee or a $20.00 punch card Contact Nova Fritz (780) 662- 4779 10:00am-12:00pm $30/family/year Contact Cara at (780) 672-6007

Tofield Kids Spot Play Group

Wednesdays, Hardisty PLAYgroup Toddlers Inn Play School (the 1st and 3rd of every month) April 3, 17, May 1, 15, June 5, 19 10:30am-12:00pm $2 Family drop in fee

Rural Play Groups continued...
Wednesdays. New Norway Parent & Tot (the 2nd and 4th of each month) New Norway Community Hall April 10 & 24, May 8 & 22, June 12 10:00am-12:00pm Contact Deanna at 780-855-3848

Parents bring their own snack

Lougheed PLAY Lougheed Community

Third Wednesday 1:00pm-2:30pm April 17, May 15, June 19

Free Contact Kim at 780 672-0141

Parents bring their own snack


Every Tuesday.

Bawlf Playgroup
Parents bring their own snack

Preschool Building

Parent Link Visits on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday April 9, 23, May 14, 28, June 11, 25 Thursdays,


Contact Leanna at (780) 373-3797

Killam Playgroup

Flagstaff Family Resource Centre—Killam Agriplex

(the 1st and 3rd of each month) *April 4 NO session April 18, May 2 & 16


$5 drop in fee

Killam Baby Group

Bring your 0-18 month old for songs, rhymes and special activities aimed specifically for this age group. This is a great way to meet other moms as well as learn new ways to enhance your child’s development. Flagstaff Family Resource Centre—Killam Agriplex Thursdays, (the 1st and 3rd of each month) *April 4 NO session April 18, May 2 & 16 12:30pm-1:30pm $5 drop in fee

Spring would not be spring without bird songs. – Francis M. Chapman

Camrose Family Resource Centre ~ Bike Rodeo
If climbing over a collection of old bikes, strollers, skate boards or roller blades in your garage or garden shed is driving you bananas, then help is on the horizon!

Our Annual Bike Rodeo is on—Saturday April 20, 2013 Consignment– 10:00-11:30am Public Sale -12:00-1:30pm Bike Rodeo and Activities12:30-3:00pm

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( Each item is subject to a $1.00 fee and 15% of the selling price will be donated to the CFRCA)
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Camrose Edgeworth Centre Bring your bike and your helmet to the Bike Rodeo to experience an obstacle course, have your bike and helmet inspected or to learn the rules of the road!

Glitter Tattoos and Raffle tickets will be for purchase This is a CASH ONLY event.

Triple P Parenting Program Telling Kids What to Do By Professor Matt Sanders
When children refuse to cooperate, it may be related to the way instructions are given. Here are some common traps. Too many. The more instructions you give, the more opportunities to disobey. Too few. Children may sometimes seem disobedient because no one has taken the time to give them clear information on what is expected. Too vague. Shouting your son’s name, then pausing and frowning because he is jumping on the couch might not be of much help if he has also just teased his sister. State clearly what behaviours you find unacceptable. Asking, not telling: Don’t phrase an instruction as a question. If you ask: “Would you like to go to bed now?” be prepared for them to say: “No”. Poorly timed. Asking your child to do something while they are busy watching their favourite television show will probably result in them ignoring the instruction. Shouting from a distance. Instructions shouted from one room to another are often ignored simply because parents are not there to back up the instruction. Emotionally laden. Children react to the emotional tone of what parents say to them. Calling children “stupid” or an “idiot” shows disapproval of the child rather than the child’s behaviour. Although it can be difficult, parents should work to control expressions of anger when giving children instructions. If you want your child to stop doing something, remember to tell them what to do instead. Give your child time to cooperate and praise them when they do so – or carry out a logical consequence if they refuse.

Professor Matt Sanders is founder of the Triple P - Positive Parenting Program ®

Great recipe to get the kids to eat veggies!
Kale chips? I know, but they are bizarrely delicious and strangely hard to stop eating: saline and crispy, with a kind of a mild, green flavor.
What you'll need • • • • 1 bunch of kale, washed well 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 tablespoon miso (I used a mild white miso) 2 teaspoons rice or balsamic vinegar

How to make it 1. Heat the oven to 300 and prepare two rimmed baking sheets by greasing them lightly or covering them with parchment paper. 2. Separate the kale leaves from their tough stems. You could use a large knife for this job, and simply cut down the side of each center rib. Now cut across the leaves to make 1- or 2inch pieces of some or other shape. Use a whisk to combine the oil, miso, and vinegar in a large bowl, then dump in the kale and use your hands to coat the pieces evenly with the mixture. Spread it in a single layer across the two sheets and bake until crisp and dry but not black or papery--around 15-20 minutes. Cool and eat.

May I “play” with my food?

Spectacular Sing - a - Long Songs
It Is Spring (sung to "If You're Happy And You Know It") It is spring and it's time to fly a kite! It is spring and it's time to fly a kite! It is spring that's the season! We don't need a better reason! It is spring and it's time to fly a kite!

Spring Song (Tune: Are You Sleeping) It is spring time, It is spring time

Spring is here (tune: Farmer in the

Winter's gone, Winter's gone Summer time is coming

The days of Spring are here, Warm, sunny days are near, Flowers and bees, and birds in trees. The days of spring are here.

Summer time is coming It won't be long It won't be long

Q. What season is it when you are on a trampoline? A. Spring-time! Q. When do monkeys fall from the sky? A. During Ape-ril showers! Q. Can February March? A. No, but April May! Q. What flowers grow on faces? A. Tulips (Two-lips)! Q. Why is the letter A like a flower? A. A bee (B) comes after it!

Camrose and Area ECD Coalition Why the early years are so critical?
(Taken from ECMap Key Messages Information Sheet - 4 - January 2013)

• The early years, from before birth to age five, set the course for a child’s future. Studies show that early development influences how well children do in school, their physical and mental health, job prospects, relationships and even incomes. • All children deserve the best possible start in life and the opportunity to achieve their potential. • More than one in four young children in Alberta— and Canada — are experiencing difficulties in development by kindergarten. • Children who grow up in poverty or with other social disadvantages are more likely to experience difficulties in development. The middle class has a smaller percentage of vulnerable children, but the greatest numbers of vulnerable children come from middle-class homes.

The Camrose and Area Early Childhood Development Coalition has taken the results of the EDI which was done on kindergarten children in our area and is sharing it with key people in our community., It is true in Camrose as well that 1 in 4 children are experiencing difficulties. These children are the children that do not have any identified diagnosis or special needs. How can we as a community help these children and their families? We can invest in the Early Childhood development!!! How can we invest?
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Make donations to agencies that are enhancing Early Childhood Development Volunteer at an activity or event which is promoting ECD. PLAY more with the little people in your life Take a look around at the assets in your community Are they being used by children 0-5? Are they safe? What changes need to be made?

For more information please visit: or call 780-672-0141

Does your Child have an Abundance of Energy?

Parent & Tot Time
Indoor Soccer Field Monday ~ Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Free of Charge
(Please have clean footwear or socks and be sure your stroller tires are wiped dry)
Thank-you to the city of Camrose for continuing Parent & Tot Time and for offering this program to our community at large.

Camrose Family Resource Centre Association - A Parent Link Centre #3 Community Centre– 4516– 54th Street Phone: 672-0141 email:
Meet our StaffDirector Laurie Jansen Early Childhood Program Coordinators Gina Freeborn Lorraine Bell Kari Cameron Kareen Nelson Kim McNalley April Fox

Taking Action on Bullying Jennifer Hastings