October 2012 Newsletter

October News


October 24th is ECE Appreciation Day!

This day has been set aside province wide to recognize the value of the input that Early Childhood Educators have on the early education and care for young children. As an organization First Adventure’s reputation for high quality is a direct result of investing in our Early Childhood Educators. I would like to invite you to join us in applauding all of our teachers on this day.


First Adventure Child and Family Space Quinte Amalgamate

We are so excited to share our good news. First Adventure and Family Space have been working diligently to amalgamate both organizations. Over the last decade we have collaborated with Family Space on many ventures with amazing success. Both organizations are focused on offering high quality programs to children and families from this region.


Children’s Entertainment

Here are some exciting opportunities to share time together with your child(ren). Nov. 3rd, Quinte Children’s Theater presents Sharon and Bram at the Maranatha Church auditorium. Tickets are just $6 and can be purchased through our office and are on sale now until October. 29th. Call Debbie or Mary Ellen at 613-962-3474.
Other upcoming events include: Robin Hood – January 19th/13th, Circus Terrificio – March 2nd/13th and Jack Crunsky – Apr. 27th/13th.


About our SCRIP Program

As a high quality program that focuses on each child’s development, we struggle to keep our fees as affordable as possible and fundraising activities at a minimum. Please help us by participating in: Fundraising with Ease!.

As a nonprofit organization we utilize many creative strategies to fundraise. The easiest and most convenient for parents is our gift card or “SCRIP” program. Like all of our families, we do buy groceries regularly and we use a gift card to purchase our groceries for the centre. First Adventure buys the gift cards and we receive up to 3.5% from the grocery chain as a donation. If all of our families participated in this program, it would have a significant impact on each of our programs. It is very easy. Forms are available in the foyer or ask your child’s teacher for a copy of the gift cards available, phone your order into the centre, pick up your gift cards. You can use your gift cards all at once or any portion of it, until you have spent the full amount. This program costs nothing to participate, i.e. when you buy a $25 gift card you can purchase $25 worth of groceries/products.


A Welcome to our New Families!

On behalf of the staff and Board, I want to take this opportunity to welcome all of our new families to First Adventure. There are many free resources available in our newly renovated vestibule so please help yourself to the free magazines and brochures.

Fee Increased Schedule as follows:

Infant Program – $65/day
Toddler Program to $44/day
Preschool & Kindergarten Program to $41/day
Best Start to $39/day
Before and After School to $25/day


Available Space

@ Our Bridge St. Campus:

Infant – (under 18 mos) no vacancies
Toddler Program – (18 to 30 mos) full & part time
Jr Childcare_ 2 1/2 to 3 yrs – part time
Sr/KC –(over 3 to 5 yrs) 1 part time space for child attending public school schedule B


Available Space

Best Start @ Georges Vanier

Kindergarten Complimentary – alternate days for children when they are not attending school
Preschool – ages 2 ½ to 4 years from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.,
For more information please contact the office at 613-962-3474. Child care subsidy is available for families who qualify.



Dates to Remember


Script Fundraisers Next orders go in on October 22nd and November 5th, 19th so please call the office at 962-3474 to place your order. Thanks for your participation. All funds raised support the children at First Adventure.

Oct.23rd & 24th
Picture Day!!

Oct. 24th
ECE Appreciation Day – thank a teacher today!

Oct. 29th
PA day – reminder it is a Monday.  If you have not already registered for the PA day and need care please register ASAP

Oct. 31st
Hallowe’en –safety first – please check that children’s vision is unobstructed

Nov. 1st
Membership meeting to approve the Amalgamation of First Adventure Child Development Centres and Family Space Quinte Inc.

Nov. 23rd
P.A. Day – If you have not already registered for the PA day and need care please do so ASAP


Just a Reminder about the Cooler Weather

Please remember to dress your child(ren) appropriately for the weather. With the cooler temperatures approaching, mitts, jackets and hats are a must! If it warms up in the afternoon we will peal away the layers.