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May Head Start Program Activities & Workshops

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The Tsawout Head Start would like to invite community members to come check out the Clothing Exchange area in the Head Start Room. There are donations that come in weekly from children’s to adult clothing! Sometimes household items too! The door is open from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Prenatal Classes
Prenatal moms will meet on Monday, May 6th with dental hygienist, Holly McDonald. She will share with our parent(s) the importance of proper dental care & healthy nutrition.
Prenatal swim at Panorama on May 13 & 27 from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm.  Swim passes can be picked up at Health front desk.  Tabita will provide transportation.

Food Bank Transportation Support
On Monday, May 13th, you can call Health front desk for a ride to the food bank. Look for the Holy Trinity white van parked at front parking lot. Lorea Thompson has volunteered since February as support to our community members. She arrives at 9:00 am and is available until 10:30 am to bring families to the Sidney Food Bank.  Please book ahead of time. 

Triple PPP
“Power of Positive Parenting” Workshops are held every Tuesday evening from 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm, with dinner at 4:30 pm.  The whole family can eat together! This workshop is open to our neighbouring communities and child minding is provided. Please call if you are interested. We meet in the middle Tsawout youth classroom downstairs and Tsawout Head Start room. 

Meal Bag Program
Meal Bag Program is offered on the 1st Tuesday at 10:00 am – 12:00 noon and the 3rd Tuesday, at 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  Children are invited to attend with their parent(s) and enjoy a meal prepared from ingredients in the meal bag.  Participants can also receive a fruit or vegetable bag ordered for attending the cooking class.

Panorama Swim
Swim at Panorama is still offered to parents who have swim passes.  Tabita Marks can provide transportation for families at 10:30 am – 12:00 noon. We stop at the Tsawout Assembly of Praise church for soup & bread at lunchtime!

Play Group
Head Start Play Group – Meet every 1st and 3rd Thursday in the Head Start room with Tabita Marks and Rachael Greene from Victoria Native Friendship Centre. A children’s activity is shared and teaching of SENĆOŦEN words during circle time and mealtime. We meet at 10:30 am – 12:00 noon to share a meal together.

G.A.L.S. – “Gals Are Like Stars” – Meet every Wednesday in the old Council Chambers from 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm. We are learning how to bead on a loom with Adeline Claxton. This is open for young ladies 15 & older. You are welcome to drop in anytime to have a light snack and learn from our elder and to hear stories of the past and present. Sarah Gamble, Tabita Marks and elder Liz Underwood support these group sessions.

Trinity Time
Trinity Time  meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of month. On May 9th, we will honour our mothers and grandmothers for all the hard work they do. A special day for moms to receive haircuts and styling will be given from one of our mom’s, Karen Stephenson. There will be a craft table for children to make gifts for moms and a delicious lunch served.  Transportation will be provided by Trinity Van and Tabita Marks at 10:30 am.

Children’s Oral Health Initiative is a free early intervention program sponsored by Health Canada. Tabita Marks and Holly McDonald have seen over 50 of our Tsawout infants, children and community members in the past 6 months! You can see the pictures of the children who have received the fluoride varnish treatment on our COHI wall downstairs next to Head Start centre. These children will be followed up with 2-4 fluoride varnishes a year, which are booked appointments in our Head Start centre in Tsawout.

Dental Therapist Visit to Tsawout - Melanie Braker will be coming to Tsawout on Thursday, May 2nd & Friday, May 3rd to support our children’s dental care.  Parents will be contacted by appointments as a free service from Health Canada for children 5-7 years old.  She can apply sealants to the children’s teeth.  Sealants are thin, clear or white plastic coatings placed on the surfaces of the first permanent molars to help prevent tooth decay. 

The dental therapist can also perform an alternative restorative treatment called, “Art”.  Art is a simple and painless procedure during which decay is scooped out of the tooth. A special filling material that contains fluoride to strengthen the tooth is then used to fill the tooth.  Art offers control of the tooth decay and keeps the child’s teeth pain-free.