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Greetings!

We're proud to report that we've been sticking to our New Year's Resolutions, taking on new challenges and keeping families informed. Lawrence and Johanna have both posted their first blog articles in their respective lives, and even Talia's made some headway on her goal to make Buddings a household name.

 

We've got an awesome Valentine's contest for families who buy hours for February by the 7th of the month, and the naming contest for our afternoon program for 3 - 5 year olds is such a landslide that we're going to call a winner in the next newsletter. We want to move to the next steps, like designing a logo, and we just can't wait. 

 

This year, Buddings is going to be featured in Vancity's "Stories of Impact" series, and they'll be filming at the centre on Feb. 5. We're super excited and hope your little star will light up the stage. 

 

There's all that and more in the articles below. Enjoy!

In this newsletter...

Valentine's Day Childcare Contest
Vancity Filming - Feb. 5, 2013
Welcome Johanna!
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"Preschool" Naming Contest - Phase 2
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This Valentine's Day, Take the Night Off

This Feb. 14, Buddings is hosting a kids movie night, from 5 - 9pm! There are 5 spots available and anyone who buys at least 24 hours for February has a chance to win one. That's right, childcare covered on Valentine's Day!
 
We'll draw the 5 winners on Feb. 7, and there's even more! We're all about supporting local business, and in case you haven't been there, let us recommend Red Ginger Asian Cuisine, across the street. We like the food, service, atmosphere, and owner so much, we're going to set one family up with a table for two on Valentine's Day, and dinner on us.
 
Already have at least 24 hours for February? Great! You're already entered!
 
Have 10 but want in on this awesome contest? Email Talia to get 14 more hours for the price of 10, AND get your name in the draw. You might get to use 4 of them on Valentine's Day, anyway! 


Vancity Filming at Buddings - Feb. 5, 2013

 

Last year, our bank,Vancity Credit Union, launched their web series "Stories of Impact" and featured 4 of their clients, including Save on Meats, in 3-minute videos on YouTube. This year, they're going to do 5 businesses, and Buddings is their first stop!!!! 

We're beyond excited, and can't wait to see how the project turns out. Would your little star like to be a part of it?

Filming will be happening at Buddings on Feb. 5, and if you book into that day, we'll ask you to sign a video release form for the project. It is optional. Vancity is working with Giant Ant Productions, and they will not film children for whom a consent form has not been signed. 
 
Please contact Talia if you have any questions or concerns about participating. 

 
Teaching Adventures

 

Johanna and the 3 - 5s have been hard at work exploring our monthly topic - All About Me. And she's been preparing for February's Winter Journey. And she's helping in the kitchen. And she's blogging about her experiences! 

We're as eager as you are to find out how the program's going, and even more, to hear how Johanna's faring in her new role. Her first post is up, and if you want to bookmark her page, you can follow along with her and the kids as Buddings' new program rolls out. 

By the way, there's still room in the class, which is running this season on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 1 - 4pm. We have two options for $500/month, either 2 or 3 days per week, with extra, flexible hours as well. If you'd like more information or to register your 3 - 5 year old, just let us know

 

So Many Projects

Let's see what happens Not to be outdone by our newest staff-member, Lawrence is also testing his writing skills and launching a blog of his own! 

You may already know this, but Lawrence had a hand in building every part of our daycare, and after a decade building restaurants, it shouldn't be a surprise that his precision and attention to detail are pretty good. 

Now that the space is built he's looking for new challenges and his first project is an aquaponic system. If you don't know what that means, don't feel alone! We're all learning about it together, and Lawrence is sharing each new discovery as he goes along. 
 
His first post is up, and you can bookmark his page to follow along.   
 
"Preschool" Naming Contest - Progress Update

Last issue, we told you to check out the possible names for our new afternoon program for 3 - 5 year olds and vote for your favourite on our Facebook Page. The person who submitted the name with the most votes by the end of February will win a spot in the program for a year!
 
Well, a lot of people have done just that, and while we think it's important to be fair to all the contestants, it might just be possible to call this thing a bit early: The name in the lead has 61 votes, and second place is a tie, with 11 votes each. 

The naming contest has been really fun but we're also looking forward to designing the logo and launching the new name, so we're giving you one more week to vote. If you really LOVE one of the other names, or if you think you could muster up some support for your own entry... pitter patter, time to get at'er. Our next newsletter is going to call this puppy. :)

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