Help for those in need

What is the Christmas Kettle Campaign? 

The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is a fundraising effort that occurs each year during the Christmas season. Kettles are found in 2000 locations across Canada and are an opportunity for the public to donate whatever funds they can to support the work of The Salvation Army during the Christmas season and throughout the year. 

What happens to the money raised? 

For too many Canadians, the necessities of life needed for basic human dignity are out of reach. Poverty is the root cause that puts dignity out of reach for millions of Canadians, making access to everyday needs, like food, clothing and shelter, difficult. 

Funds raised through donations made at Christmas kettles, together with other sources of funds, help provide direct, compassionate, hands-on service to 1.6 million people each year in Canada, restoring hope and dignity to those who might otherwise remain invisible in society. 

Click here if you're interested in volunteering for the Kettle Campaign.

It won't be long now.
Helping families cope with the high cost of Christmas gifts


Registering for toys:

**Children must be 12 years of age or under to qualify for toys** Please call 211 where you are  now able to register you for toys.

Once your application has been completed, 211 will provide you with a Confirmation Number and a toy pick up appointment date and time.

If you have applied for toys and you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment, there is no need to reschedule. You can visit the Toy Centre anytime AFTER your scheduled appointment date.

Note: December 22nd, 2018 is the last day for Toy pick-ups.

Documentation Required when picking up toys: 

( ONLY Original Documents will be accepted)

1. Your Confirmation Number

2. Proof of Income (Pay Statement, ODSP Statement, OW Statement or
Income Tax Return)

3. Photo identification for yourself (example: Ontario Driver's License,
Ontario Health Card or Passport)

4. Identification for your children showing their Date of Birth (example:
Ontario Health Card, Passport or Birth Certificate)

A busy year in the playroom over so soon!

It's hard to believe the year is coming to an end.

The year has flown by but we had a lot of fun! In November we enjoyed a "Pete the Cat Day" where we read the book and our toddlers helped us complete the story with a felt board. It was a great way for the children to be involved! We completed a 'Pete the cat and his groovy buttons' craft. Our parents also learned the benefits to reading of their children from a young age.

Our swaddler program ran an Infant Massage class on November 20th. Our parents saw the benefits of having a bedtime routine for their baby and how massaging their child can help them.

We look forward to the Christmas party in December as well as our Christmas spirit week on Dec 18th, 19th and 20th. Check out the December calendar for more details.

Thank you for a wonderful year in the Child Development room and see you in the New Year!

Have you done a budget lately?

Some of the most interesting discussions in our classroom happen out of the blue. One cold Wednesday morning this past month I sat down with a student to discuss a math assignment that was causing her anxiety. The assignment was about calculating her personal monthly expenses.

"OK, so I have to figure out how much I spend per month - wait - on everything?" she squeaked?

For the next half-hour or so, our math student was joined by two others who decided to do their own budgets (granted, someone visited the copy room and hand-delivered the assignments). We talked about deficits and surpluses and figured out the average monthly cost of using hair extensions. And before you say anything, yes, we took into account the fact they were only synthetic extensions and a friend braided them in, so they really didn't cost much at all!

Not everyone was happy with the results of the assessment, but lessons were learned all around. Budgeting can be a challenge for everyone, but it's better to learn that you need to switch to a cheaper phone plan than to cross your fingers and visit the mall.

The Salvation Army has a money management program designed to help singles and families gain stability in housing and financial affairs. This program is called the MoneyWise Program. Here's how the Salvation Army describes this program:

"The MoneyWise Program assists individuals and families, who receive social benefits, pensions and wages. We will help by showing you how to manage your finances and avoid homelessness. This will help you maintain affordable housing and avoid recurring debt. This completely free trusteeship program is run by the Salvation Army's Community and Family Services Department.

How does MoneyWise work?

Our staff members will help you learn how to:

reduce and eliminate unpaid debt
set goals for saving money
build confidence in handling your finances.

We tailor our services to meet your unique needs. We can help you understand complex invoices and negotiate repayment plans with creditors. We will also refer you to other community agencies if you need additional supports or services.

Email or phone for more information: Call 613-241-1573, ext. 255 or 613-241-1573, ext. 256 or email us."

Having fun learning life skills

Our Friends with Food class has been learning a lot this month. 

Our young chefs are eager to learn and have been growing confident in the kitchen. They are learning facts about the food we are making and why it is good for them.

Some of our young chefs really like getting their hands dirty especially when making the homemade healthy chicken strips!

In November we also planted lettuce seeds for the garden tower.

We are excited to be offsite on December 1st for the Santa Shuffle and our graduation is quickly approaching.

If you think your child, between the ages of 7 and 12, would be interested in this program for the new year, please contact the front desk at 613-725-1733 ext 101.

Advice from CIBC for parents teaching their children about money

"Research shows that money habits are formed by the age of seven. However, a CIBC survey reveals few parents talk about money with their children because they feel their kids are too young.

"My best advice for talking to kids about money is to start early, teach by example and show kids the value of money and tradeoffs," says Jennifer Hubbard, Managing Director, CIBC Financial Planning and Advice. Get the conversation started through these creative ways.


"A good time to start building a young one's financial confidence and security is around age four," says Jennifer. Try these engaging activities to teach kids the value of money.

Responsibility and allowance

Rewarding children for their efforts teaches them about responsibility. For example, being asked to put away their toys or set the dinner table makes them feel grown up. Giving kids an allowance leads to a conversation about what to do with the money, including spending versus saving.

The piggy bank

Using a piggy bank to save coins and bills helps young ones discover the value of money. Encourage them to put a regular amount of their allowance each week into their piggy bank. "This important habit supports the pay-yourself-first concept that we encourage our clients to incorporate in their savings routine," says Jennifer."

Are you up for a challenge?

December 11th is the next date for our game day. We have a number of games to offer from Chess to Scattergories. If you're interested just let Phil know and then show up on December 11th from 11:30 am to 12:00 noon for a quick game.

Mark your calendar

Mayor's 18th Annual Christmas Celebration
Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Saturday, December 8th, 2018   from  2:00 to 6:00 pm

Celebrate the season in the outdoors on Marion Dewar Plaza by roasting marshmallows and singing Christmas songs around a campfire.

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus who will arrive from the North Pole and be housed in their very own outdoor cabin.

Come ice skate on the Sens Rink of Dreams, take a horse-drawn wagon ride on the downtown streets surrounding City Hall, then indulge in delicious BeaverTails.

The live entertainment is sure to get you moving, with planned performances from LGS (Le Groupe Swing) and Sonshine & Broccoli!

The fun continues inside in Jean Pigott Place where you can enjoy hot chocolate, assorted juices, cookies, and fresh fruit.

To help those in need and to share in the spirit of the holiday season, admission to this sponsored event is a non-perishable food donation to the Ottawa Food Bank.

OC Transpo will offer free bus rides on all routes to and from City Hall from 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm to children 11 years and under when accompanied by a fare-paying adult.

Questions?: 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401)

Please note this event is not nut-free. Dress warmly as most of the activities will take place outdoors.

Here's an interesting way you can help.

For every original photo of a Rice Krispies* toy treat uploaded to or posted to your public Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account between Oct. 4/18 - Dec. 31/18, with the hashtag #treatsfortoys in the post, Kellogg will donate $20.00 to The Salvation Army (up to a max. of $30,000) to buy toys for children in need across Canada. Must be a Canadian resident and 13+ to participate. By submitting your photo, you agree Kellogg can use your photo and/or post for promotional purposes. Limit one donation per Rice Krispies* toy treat photo, regardless of number of original photos taken of it. For full terms and conditions, click here

Here's a program you might find very useful.

Ottawa Mission Food Services Training Program: Open to All

We've all seen The Ottawa Mission from the outside, but have you ever looked inside? The Mission does a lot of impressive work, and we'd like to tell you about one program that recently caught our eye: the Food Services Training Program.

This program is open to anyone ready to work and willing to give it their all. Classes start (on a rotating basis) at 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 am, the program runs for 24 weeks. Once you're in the program, you'll get the hands-on experience and theoretical knowledge you'll need to make it in the food service industry. If you're ready to make a positive change in your life, the Mission Staff is there to work with you.

This was the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I
In from the cold free meals
A very informative documentary

Once a month, we screen a Netflix documentary that deals with an important issue of concern to many. This month's film will be screened on Thursday, December 6th from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm . Called  " The Peanut Problem ", it shows that as takes a look at the problem of food allergies and tries to understand what's changed in our bodies, while farmers and chefs contend with new challenges.  

Since space is limited to see this documentary, please speak to Phil to reserve a spot for yourself .

The Learning Coach - (613) 799-2668 (voice or text)

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