VICPA’s Making Tomorrow Conference 2019

Vancouver Island Cooperative Preschool Association (VICPA)’s  Making Tomorrow Conference provides a special day of information, community building, creative ideas and insights into the important job of educating and caring for our children.

The 2019 theme is “The Essence of Play” – and our experts will guide participants through discussion of the pivotal role of play in developmentrisky play, development of “Hygge”, supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder through play, pedagogical narratives, kids and technology, the new Early Years Learning Framework, and more!

Please join us on May 25, 2019 at the luxurious Ocean Pointe Resort in Victoria, BC to share ideas, experiences, and a delicious buffet lunch!

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Online Auction 2019

We are taking our popular annual silent auction online again this year! Our fundraising efforts allow us to keep tuition costs affordable, and help fund monthly parent education ssilentauctionpeakers and enrichment programming for our preschool community.

Mark your calendars, our silent auction is LIVE: February 24th at midnight and ends March 10th 2019 at 9pm PST.

Auction is HERE, items being added daily.

Thursday Parent Meeting with Stephanie Curran: Mindfulness as a resiliency and wellness tool for parents

This Thursday February 7th is our Parent Meeting, at 7pm Gonzales Preschool is thrilled to have Stephanie Curran here for the parent education portion of our evening. She will be speaking about the role of mindfulness as a resiliency/wellness tool for parents, how/why to bring this awareness to parenting and how to share this with our children and in the context of family life.

Stephanie Curran, a practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, is a long time practitioner of meditation. She has completed teacher training course work in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (with Jon Kabat-Zinn), Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting, Listening Mothers and Mindful Schools. As a parent, Stephanie is deeply moved and inspired to share the benefits of mindfulness with children, families and her community. She leads a variety of courses for parents and educators in Victoria and presents at conferences across the province.

Thursday Parent Meeting: World issues-How to talk about class, poverty, and homelessness with our kids in a way that feels honest?

Parent meeting is this Thursday January 10th at 7pm parent education, 8pm business meeting.

Our world is full of huge challenges that adults seem unable to “fix” or mend–climate change, economic inequality, racism and sexism, etc. For us parents, it is hard to know how to talk about the issues in our world that we want them to understand. During this parent ed session we will explore together how to talk about class, poverty, and homelessness. How do we talk with our kids in a way that feels honest but not scary? How do we maintain a sense of the humanity and complexity of the lives of those living on the margins?

Gonzales Preschool is excited to have Rev. Shana Lynngood at our parent ed meeting. Rev. Shana Lynngood has served as Co-Minister of First Unitarian Church of Victoria (with her wife Melora) for the past 8 years. She is a parent of a 12 year old daughter and 6 year old son and prior to ministry was a daycare provider for several years. When not immersed in all things related to work or family–and when is that?–Shana is a jazz aficionado, poetry enthusiast, and finds deep meaning in all things art history
We look forward to exploring these challenging topics with her as we welcome in 2019!

Gonzales Preschool Holiday Collection

This year we will be supporting Our Place. This wonderful organization offers a sense of belonging for Victoria’s most vulnerable citizens. Our Place provides a home, nourishment, hope and support for many in dire need.

Our Place Winter needs:

  • *Socks and Underwear
  • Gloves and Scarves
  • Toques
  • Thermal underwear
  • Warm Jackets
  • Blankets
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Tents
  • *Toiletries (travel sized and new)
  • Backpacks
  • Nail clippers
  • Emery boards
  • Travel sized toiletries
  • Hand/foot warmers
  • Sturdy small comb or brush
  • Full sized deodorant
  • Individual got chocolate packets

*must be new items

They welcome all used items except underwear and toiletries. This as a great opportunity to clean out your coat and linen closet. These are only adult items but if anyone wants to do a second collection, we can drop children’s items to the single family resource center. Please drop items off at the Preschool by December 13th, there is a box there waiting for donations. Thank you!