October 2011 Newsletter.v2 by zhouwenjuan


									                                                Kid Smart
                                                  October 2011 Issue

Special points of interest:
                                  President’s Address
                                  Brooke G.
   General Meeting Details       Dear Members,

   Public School Forum           Welcome to October in Dallas! This is probably one of the best times to live here. The crisp
                                  mornings will hopefully be upon us soon. This is definitely the time to grab a pumpkin
   Halloween Party               spice latte while you’re out running errands. I’ve listed a few great events that make this
                                  time of year so special in Dallas. I hope to see you at one of these events or one of the
                                  many PTA events soon!

                                  Autumn at the Arboretum: September 17 – November 23
Inside this issue:                See the only pumpkin village in the world at this year’s fall festival featuring over 150,000 fall blooming flowers
                                  and 50,000 pumpkins. Cinderella’s Pumpkin Village and Carriage are sure to be great photo opportunities.
                                  Enjoy Mommy& Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays, September 19 th through November 22nd, including a
General Meeting/          2       petting zoo, face painting, and Kindermusic. If all that doesn’t convince you to go, check out the Oktoberfest
Lunch Bunch                       Garten with a variety of beverages to enjoy! See www.dallasarboretum.org for more information.

Nursery Programs          3
                                  Preston Royal Fall Festival – Friday, October 7th, 6 - 9 p.m.
                                  The southwest corner of Preston Royal gets into the spirit of things with pony rides, a bounce house, face
                                  painting and a petting zoo. Visit the Gazeebo Burger parking lot.
Community                 4
                                  Spring Creek Farm – Big Orange Pumpkin Farm – September 24 - October 31
                                  Just up Central Expressway in Richardson and back in time, children will delight in the opportunity to search for
Public School Forum       5
                                  their very own pumpkin, romp on bales of hay and see a variety of animals. Our playgroup has enjoyed taking a
                                  picnic lunch and going on the hayrides together. Go give your family a taste of the country life!
Birthdays/New             6
Members                           State Fair of Texas – September 30 – October 23
                                  Visiting the Fair should be an annual tradition for every family in Dallas! Get a corny dog, visit the Food & Fiber
Member Spotlight          7
                                  Building and marvel at the crafts, and see the shiny new cars. The fair runs from September 30 th through
                                  October 23rd. Visit www.bigtex.com for more information about specials and daily events.

Special Interests/        8-10
                                  Trinity River Audubon Center
Halloween Party                   It’s finally cooling down enough for a nature hike with the family. Every Saturday there are guided hikes, as well
                                  as planned animal encounters with native animals. This is a great place to explore on your own too. See
Playgroups                11
                                  www.trinityriveraudubon.org for more information.

Webmaster/Sunshine        12      Withers Wildcat Festival - Saturday, October 22nd, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
                                  Open to the Public! Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of Withers with carnival games and family fun.

Outings & Events          13      NDECPTA Public School Forum – Thursday, October 27th, 7 – 9 p.m., Cochran Chapel
                                  Open to the Public! Come hear from parents and principals about our neighborhood public schools. Every
                                  school represented is on the Recognized level or above. It’s never too early to start learning about your
Advertisers               14-17   options.

                                  All the best,
October Calendar          17
                                  Brooke Green, President

                                  NDECPTA Meeting
                                    October 6th

              Join us Thursday, October 6th for a fun and informative program:
                     “How To Prepare Your Kids For Kindergarten”

 Maria Smith is a veteran educator, published author and children’s entertainer. She
   is the creator of Cool School with Ms. Maria, an educational video and music CD
series for children. Maria will join us for our monthly NDECPTA General Meeting and
share helpful, creative ideas on getting your little ones school-ready. She’ll also help
        answer that tough question, “Is my child ready to go to Kindergarten?”

Where: Meaders Hall at Cochran Chapel United Methodist Church, located at 9027 Midway Road (southwest corner of
Midway Road and Northwest Highway). Childcare is available with reservation. Please see nursery information on the
following page for more details.

When: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

For more information and a list of upcoming programs, please visit: www.ndecpta.com/Meetings .

*Don’t forget to read the community page to find out what you can bring to this month’s meeting to help our charities!

                                                   Lunch Bunch

 Join your NDECPTA friends after the meeting for more conversation and some lunch. Bring the kids
 and meet at the Chick Fil A on Inwood at Willow immediately following the October 6th meeting!

                                 Children’s Nursery

                       Oct. 6th: Fire Safety Puppet Show with Dallas Firefighters !!!

                      To reserve your spot in the nursery (for ages six months and older) please
                      contact Becky C. If you have already paid for the year, you automatically have
                      a reservation. If you do not plan to attend, please contact Becky to cancel
                      your spot. For more nursery information, please visit “Nursery Information” in
                      the MEETINGS section of our website: www.NDECPTA.com.

                   Kids in Nursery Have Fun !!!

While you are at the General Meeting on the first Thursday of every
month, your children, ages 2.5 years and older, will have speakers and
projects of their own at the PTA Nursery. There is no better deal in
North Dallas than $45 for NDECPTA Nursery with its children’s
programming. Check out the plan for 2011- 2012:

October: The Dallas Firefighters present a Fire Safety Puppet Show.
November: Dallas Public Library’s Amy comes to read a book and afterwards the
children make their own bookmarks.
December: Merry Makers return with the “Jolly Elf Show” for a full hour of
January: The dental hygienist from Marsh Lane Dental makes an encore visit
following rave reviews last year. The children will get to create a cotton ball mouth.
February: Valentine crafts are planned and hopefully the Dallas Public Library’s
children’s librarian will return to share more books.
March: It’s Lego time with the Museum of Nature and Science. The kids will build
simple machines.
April: Amazing Animals Day – Speakers and Craft TBD
May: A Mother’s Day craft surprise will be under construction while the mommies
are having brunch.


                  Baby & Kiddo Basics Drive for Jonathan's Place Kids

 The Entire Community Liaison Committee would like to thank everyone who attended, donated
 and participated in The Fall Couple's Party 2011. We are THRILLED to announce that we raised
                                       $310.00 for JP Kids.
  If you were unable to attend and would like to give to JP Kids, they are in need of the following
                                BRAND NEW UNOPENED items:

                                            Pull ups
                                  4t Boys and Girls underwear
                                          Sippy Cups
                                          Paper Towels
                                          Paper Plates
                                           Dixie Cups
                                           Hand Soap
                                   Laundry Soap (HE Kind)
                                        Fabuloso Cleaner
                                         Eucerin Cream
                   Gift Cards to: Walmart, Target, Babies R Us, Payless Shoes

              Please bring these items to the General Meeting on October 6, 2011.
We have an invitation out to the Executive Director of JP Kids to present them with our gifts. Please
                     help us make this a Fantastic Showing for NDECPTA!

                                            Thank You,

                                Jennifer, Jessica, Katie and Rebecka
                                       Questions: Jennifer L.

             Happy Birthday to ...

            Tina B. 10/3        Beth D. 10/16
           Robin S. 10/7       Anna V. 10/22
           Tara W. 10/7       Jennifer K. 10/26
          Kimberly B. 10/8      June M. 10/29
             Jill C. 10/8     Caroline P. 10/29
           Ellen W. 10/11      Martha S. 10/31

NDECPTA welcomes its newest members !!!

     Stephanie A.                 Elise O.
        Susan A.                 Kristin Q.
         Kate B.                 Amber Q.
       Ashley B.                 Jessica R.
       Sharyn B.                   Jill R.
      Britteny B.                Sonya R.
        Molly D.                  Kim T.
     Kimberly D.                 Karin T.
       Megan E.                    Pat T.
      Morgan G.                  Shelby V.
       Joanna G.                 Anna V.
     Stephanie H.              Stephanie W.
         Sara H.                  Tara W.
       Jessica H.                Jenna W.
      Whitney H.                 Sarah W.
      Suzanna J.                 Jenny W.
      Christina L.              Ashley W.
   Mary-Marshall M.             Melissa W.
      Jenny McC.                  Kim Z.
       Cori McC.                Amanda Z.
      Tina McM.


                         Dorrie A.
                    Hometown: Tallahassee, FL

     Favorite place to take my kids: Nana & Grumpy's house

              College attended: Florida State University

   On Saturdays, you find me: swimming or playing with my boys

                 I met my spouse: in Charleston, SC

                   Still working?: Yes/JP Morgan

I'm famous for doing this: hitting the snooze button at least five times

               Favorite hobby: organizing photo books

               Favorite date spot: neighborhood services

             How long have you been married: 10 years

                Favorite Magazine: Southern Living

         Pet Peeve: one cash register open at the grocery store

            Favorite Movie: Footloose, Miss Congeniality

                     Dream Vacation: the beach

                          Special Interests

Interested in hosting an event? We’re still looking for members to host
afternoon BYOB playdates, morning coffee, book club or a family/kids event.
Please contact Kate Hoedebeck at khoedebeck@gmail.com if you’re interested or
to find out more.

Playdate in the Park
Every Thursday from 3 – 4:30 in October at Northaven Park meet up with
other NDECPTA members and kids. Northaven Park is located on
Northaven, just west of Midway, next to Withers Elementary.

                          A Winetastic Mom’s Night Out!
                          Hosted by Paige L. and Jeni S.

                          Thursday, October 6th, 7 p.m.
                          At Winetastic, 4140 Lemmon Avenue, Suite 130

                          Winetastic will be featuring wines from Chile and Argentina and
                          have appetizer foods that night.

                          RSVP to Paige L.

                             Special Interests

Columbus Day at Owens Spring Creek Farm
Hosted by Paige L.
October 10, 10 a.m.
1401 East Lookout Drive
Richardson, TX. 75082

Bring a picnic lunch and join us at the pumpkin patch.
Pick out your own pumpkin, pet the farm animals, and go on a hayride!
Admission is $6, children under 2 are free.

RSVP to Paige L.

                          BYOB Playdate
                          Hosted by Robin S.
                          Tuesday, October 13, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
                          6924 Delmeta

                          BYOB and bring a snack to share with the group. Juice boxes will be
                          provided for the kids.

                          RSVP: Robin S.

Morning Coffee
Hosted by Becky C.
Monday, October 17, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
9734 Post Drive

Just show up - no need to bring anything!

RSVP: Becky C.

                                Special Interests

Book Club
Hosted by Jill C. & Sarah S.
October 20, 7 p.m.
Razoo’s Cajun Café
13949 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75243

“Dead Reckoning” by Charlaine Harris
With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie Stackhouse witnesses the firebombing of
Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured,
suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her
attention is divided when she realizes that her lover, Eric Northman, and his "child" Pam are
plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot--
which is much more complicated than she knows. Caught up once again in the politics of the
vampire world, Sookie will learn that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human--and
that there is a new queen on the board...

Please RSVP to Sarah S.

Upcoming Books
November: “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” by Amy Chua, Hosted by Kimberly B.
December: Annual Book Exchange, hosted by Jill C. and Kimberly B.
January: “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin, Hosted by Becky C.

                                 Annual Halloween Party

              Kids, grab your Mummy and come have a howlin’ good time at the
                              Annual NDECPTA Halloween party.

                            Wednesday, October 26, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
                                       Peter Pan Park
  There’ll be games, snacks and a Halloween parade of costumes around the park at 4 p.m.!

                     Hosted by Lisa B., Jennifer F., Kate H. and Clayton R.
                            RSVP with number of kids to Kate H.


         Don’t Be Left Out of the Loop… Join a Playgroup!

              It’s NOT TOO LATE to join a playgroup! They are just
              getting started, and some meeting times/places are still
              being worked out, so please call or email Jill C. if you’d
              like to join the fun!

Be on the lookout for an email from Jill with all the group & member
information, as well as one from your Group Leader with meeting

2011/2012 NDECPTA Group Leaders:
 Newborns (0-12 Months) - Amanda Z.
 13-24 Months Group A – Nancy S. & Nadine M.
 13-24 Months Group B- Heidi D. & Ellen W.
 2 Year Olds – Kim D.
 3 Year Olds+ – Jill C. & Joanna G.

Unfortunately we didn’t have enough interest in the Every 2 nd
Saturday or Open Playgroups to form those official groups, but if
things have changed for you & you’d like me to keep them as an option,
PLEASE don’t hesitate to let me know! I’ll do my best!

**Starting in November, I’ll be highlighting a new playgroup each
month, so send fun pictures to me.       Be sure to let me know who’s in
the picture and which group you’re in!

From Your Friendly Webmaster

Here are some reminders of the ins and outs of how to post in
the Daily PTA Email.

   To post something, simply reply to any previous Daily PTA email and include
    your message.
   We do not post things for non-members who are looking for things (i.e. my
    non-member friend is looking for a nanny, train table, etc.).
   We do post things for non-members if it is something of interest to our
    members (i.e. my non-member friend's nanny is looking for additional work).
   Please note that if your posting for a non-member requires contact
    informtion, YOUR (not your friend's name) will be used. You will need to
    forward any responses on to your friend.
   We do not post items on consecutive days unless they are for a PTA-sponsored
   The email is queued up the night before, so any items received in the inbox
    after 9:30 p.m. will be posted on the following day.

If you have any questions, please contact me at northdallasecpta@yahoo.com
and don't forget to check out the PTA website at www.ndecpta.com for
information on upcoming events, ways to support our advertisers and more!

Thank you!
Becca H.
NDECPTA webmaster


Having a baby? surgery? or any other crisis in your life and need a
                           little help?
   "Sunshine" is a way we help provide meals to members who are having a new
   baby, having surgery, or a crisis in life. We usually provide meals a couple of
times a week for two to three weeks. please let me know if you are expecting a baby
soon and would like to receive meals, or if you would like to provide a meal for a
                               member. Thank you!
                                      Susan D.

              Outings & Events

NDECPTA Members enjoy another memorable Couple’s Night Out!!

                                    Join NDECPTA on Facebook!

                       North Dallas Early Childhood PTA: www.ndecpta.com

October 2011
Sun   Mon                Tue            Wed               Thu                    Fri   Sat

2     3                  4              5                 6                      7     8
                                                          General Meeting
                                                          Mom’s Night Out

9     10                 11             12                13                     14    15
                                                          BYOB Playdate

16    17                 18             19                20                     21    22
      Morning Coffee                                      Book Club

23    24                 25             26                27                     28    29
                                        Halloween Party   Public School Forum

30    31                                                  Playdate in the Park
                                                          Every Thursday
                                                          3 - 4:30 p.m.
                                                          Northaven Park


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