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July 7, 2021

Summer News: Hot off the press!

The summer sun is shining down so, with sunscreen applied (every 3 hours!), the kids and teachers are preparing for a season of new adventures!

This week, we're pleased to re-introduce Ayumi Kato, who has been supervising the floor at Broadway since returning to Buddings last January. She's a licensed Early Childhood Educator, with lots of experience with kids, but she also managed a preschool in Japan, and has been supervising and working with lots of teachers-in-training as well. She was the obvious choice for the manager role, now that Aïda has moved to Vancouver Island, and we're so glad she's stepping up! 

Aïda is still available by email, because she's staying on as our sustainability coordinator, managing our 2loops Family Store. It's been just over three months, and the online clothing swap and shop needs just 7 more subscribers to reach 100! Help her get there! It's free! And all kids' items are just $2 - $5!

She's unveiling the new branding and website next week, and shares some healthy, adaptable snacks below!

But first, whatever the weather, structured learning play and learning for preschoolers marches on! Our afternoon programs are picking back up this season, and each centre is pleased to present a Friday afternoon special, all through August! 

Last, but not least (by a long shot!!!), you may have heard BC has moved into Phase 3 of COVID recovery and many health emergency measures have been lifted. The end of our pandemic experience may be right around the corner, and we've learned a lot! Our updated sickness policies, including when masks are recommended, aim to carry forward the lessons, and keep us kind, calm, and safe. Here's the fine print. 

For the rest, find the details below!

Sail away with us this summer!

This summer, both of our air conditioned centres offer hot times, and cool experiences, with our seasonal program, Out of the Storm!

On Fridays through August, Storybook is thrilled to be reconnecting with our friends Josh and Vinny from Flow Martial Arts, who will be presenting a hop, skip, jump, hi-yaah! program of karate for kids from 1:30 - 3:30. Josh led our online Karate class last summer, too! Welcome back, sensei Josh!

Members can join by signing in as usual, and we're pleased to make the class available to a few non-member preschoolers as well. Fun, active sport, and a dash of self-discipline, this class has it all! Email to join in!

Plus! Broadway's new manager is from Japan, and wants to share her culture! And camping! Her special class on Fridays will be setting up camp, sharing stories, and toasting marshmallows, in August! 

Fun and allergen-free! Here's what's cooking!

Last week, we shared our Snacks and Sustainability blog post, to explain why we're not (and have never been) nut-free, and families had questions about how we feed so many kids, with so many different needs. 

So this week, our teachers present a round-up of our favourite, most adaptable foods to keep us cool and happy. Pancakes can be made from almost anything, and for picky eaters, it's all about options.

Click here for a sneak peek into our kitchens! 

Ayumi (and Codie) at the helm - at Broadway!

If you've been at Broadway at all this year, or any time since 2017, you'll have met the lovely and talented Ayumi Kato. She's a licensed Early Childhood Educator, with over a decade of experience in Canada and Japan, and this summer, she's taking on the management of our big headquarters at Broadway and Oak!

Ayumi knows kids (she has one herself!), and she knows teachers, families, and best of all, she has a pure appreciation and always strives to the heart of the matter. 

The new position has more responsiblity, but Ayumi's been there before. She'll be brushing up on the finer details this summer, but we have every confidence in her ability. 

Plus, she's got super floor supervisor support! The Storybookers are missing Codie's cool competence this month, but our East side all-star is pinch hitting at Broadway while Ayumi finds her feet.

She's still coordinating a handwashing video, creating our graphics, serving up snacks, and keeping the days flowing, while acting and performing in films! This girl does it all, and we couldn't be prouder to host her talent. 

If you're heading into Broadway, be sure to say hello to the new management team, and find all our teachers' bios here.

Featured on the blog:

Out of the Storm - Summer 2021
5 fun, allergen-free summer snacks!
Ayumi at the helm - at Broadway!
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