December 2017
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Win a Prize!!!

Want to win Doris Belland's book "Protect Your Purse" (she is doing our webex in below!). I have 2 to give away. To win: find the spelling mistake in this newsletter and be the first to email the answer to

The MFS office will be closed for Christmas Vacation
starting December 18, 2017
reopening on January 3, 2018

In the event of an emergency, call my cell at 253-737-8714 or contact the Family Information Line at 1-800-866-4546
Child Care: Emergency, Respite, Deployment, and Work Related Absence
We are here to ensure that families receive the support they need for their children when their Family Care Plan fails during an emergency or when otherwise challenging situations arise due to their unique situation as a military family.

Do you have children? Before an emergency arises, contact your MFSC to find out how we can help you.
Children's Education Management (CEM)
Children's Education Management (CEM) programs and services ensure families:

  • Receive Education Management compensation and benefit entitlements;
  • Have access to compatible schools when posted outside of Canada; and
  • Have access to guidance counselling services to facilitate transitions between different school systems.
Navigating the US Healthcare System for CAF Dependents

Have questions about your medical coverage with Tricare?

Need to understand billing with Allianz Global or Great West Life?

How to file claims or ask for an advance?

Get all the answers here! Just listen to this brief delivered by Capt Raoul Mathias, CDLS(W) Health Admin Officer.
MFSUS Virtual Programs Winter 2018
Mark your calendars now for our upcoming online programs in the New Year! We have three exciting, guest speakers bringing us valuable information! 

5 Key Steps to Strengthen Your Finances
And Create Better Options For Your Family
 With Financial Literacy Educator, Author, and Speaker Doris Belland
Need to better understand how to strengthen your finances, protect yourself, and create better options for your family?
Come learn how to rock your finances!

Emotional First Aid
With Licensed Social Worker Megan Read
Looking for tools to help increase resiliency and self esteem to minimize the impact of “everyday hurts” to your emotional wellbeing? This is a one hour course you should check out!

And watch social media , online meeting calendar and newsletters for more info and to register for these upcoming, two, 3-part series:

Board Certified Behaviour Analyst Lindsay Drennan will be sharing:
Behaviour Issues In Young Children: What I can control!
February 2018

Eating Habits in Young Children:
How to get my child to eat something other than pasta!
March 2018
Virtual "Checking In" With New Families
Did you arrive this last posting season? Now that you're settling in, MFS and our volunteers want to check in with you, and see how life is here in the US! We would like to discuss your transition, and your advice on how we can support families better this coming posting season.

Checking In With Newcomers

Date: January 17th
Time: 7:30 ET

Upcoming Community Programs and Events
Potluck, Guest Speaker & Kid's Movie Night
Michelle is hosting a potluck at her home in Arlington! Bring some food to share, bring your kids for a movie night, and listen to guest speaker Erin Henshaw talk about "The Whole Brain Parent" - scientific methods to connect to your child. Find out more about Erin here:

When: Sunday January 21, 2017, 4pm arrival. Erin's talk starts at 4:15pm.
Where: Michelle's home in Arlington (I'll send the address upon registration).
Youth Bowling Event
Just for the kids! Organizedzk by our youth volunteers, come out for food, friendship and a little bowling!

When: Last weekend of January (date and time TBD)
Where: Fort Myer Bowling Alley
Monday 9 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 9 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9 am - 3:00 pm
Friday 9am - 3:00pm

Cell: 253-737-8714