There are a few changes this year. Unfortunately, the Board felt that an increase in the fee of $5 was required to make sure we have the funds to provide the newsletter, gym time, and dances among other things for this upcoming year. Scholarships are available upon request.
As always we have the requirement that everyone helps out by organizing or assisting to organize an event/field trip/ share, whatever. This can sound like a daunting thing but it’s not PHSA policy to throw you into a shark infested pool and watch you struggle. We gladly take your hand and show you what needs to be done and a more experienced member will walk alongside you as you learn. Often we encourage new people to host a Mom’s Night Out, either at their home or at a local restaurant, because that is something people feel more comfortable doing. We have outlines, forms and directions to help you. If you are nervous about this, we understand- we’ve all been there. Come talk to us- we’re really pretty neat people.
We have an optional Sports Program for children 9 and older. There is an extra fee involved because we rent the gym specifically for this during the winter. We found that the bulk of this program was falling on too few shoulders. This year the Board decided that the parents of participating Sports Families are required to facilitate a Sports Activity. Ack! This does NOT mean you must know the ins and outs of a particular sport or any sport for that matter. We use the term “sports” lightly- it’s not hard core soccer/baseball/basketball. It’s mainly to encourage physical activity, for fun and to learn a few skills along the way. Some of the things we have done in the past were Dodge ball (a favorite!), relay races, jump rope, circuit training, playground games, Frisbee golf as well as volleyball, basketball, softball, and soccer. We are using the word “facilitate”- this means you can arrange for someone else to come in and teach something or you can watch someone else’s little ones while they oversee activities. Fathers and Grandparents are encouraged to help. This is a great program that the kids really enjoy and we want to see it continue. It will NOT continue without all of us pitching in.
Come join us for the coming year! It’s a fun ride.