Spring 2015 Semester.

16 Dec

We hope you’ll join us from January through May 2015 for our Spring Semester. Please scroll down to view the schedule, and share with any friends who are interested in attending!

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Spring 2015

January 16
Be Your Best You: Fashion and Beauty Tips and Trends for the Modern Woman
Tracy E. Bozarth Co-Founder | Fashion Director of Dandizette™ Magazine: www.dandizettemagazine.com.

January 30
Lessons from a Sex Therapist
Evelyn Green, LPC, Certified Sex Therapist

February 6
Getting the Most Out of Summer With Your Kids (Without Going Crazy or Broke)
Panel: Chris Campbell, Leah Oliver, Paola Ramirez

February 20
How Do You Know When it is Time to Take Your Child to the Doctor or the ER?
Deb Efird, MD – Pediatrician and mom of two

March 6
Conflict to Connection: 3 Surprising Mindsets That Break Trust and Erode Relationships
Hilary Silver, LCSW – Therapist and Relationship Expert – www.hilarysilver.com

March 20
Working Moms that Make it Work
Panel:
Susan Bross, Independent Consultant – Nonprofit Leadership and Fundraising
Anna Clark, CMP, Neva Meetings & Events, Stella & Dot Stylist
Shaylisa Turner, Realtor and Broker Associate, PorchLight Real Estate Group

April 3
Prayer and Children
Sandy Prouty, Minister of Children and Families, Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church

April 17
Gardening Tips and Tricks for Busy Moms
Pam Johnston, Busy Mom and Landscape Designer

May 1
Raising Charitable Children: Giving and Volunteering With Your Family
and culmination of the spring service project supporting Babies of Juarez (details to come)
Sarah Harrison, Deputy Vice President of Philanthropic Services and Senior Philanthropic Planner, Denver Foundation

May 15
Courageous Conversations about Race
Jamie Morgan, Principal, Morgan & Rushton Consulting

Register for the upcoming semester here (dues are listed on this form): http://form.jotform.us/jsform/22345694600149

 

Cookie decorating party.

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Thank you to the talented Shauna Veen for showing some of the tricks of her trade. We had a blast!

Shauna is available for hire to make beautiful cakes and cookies at Sugar Art By Shauna: www.cakes-denver.com

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December 2014 Bake Sale.

3 Nov

Hello Moms!  Please consider baking something for our MomTime Bake Sale at Montview Church.  This is usually our biggest fundraiser of the year, bringing in around $1000 for MomTime scholarships and our Fall Service Project. We will be selling our baked goods on December 14th from 8am-12pm.

You can make treats at home, you can buy store-bought items and re-wrap them individually, you can contact a bakery to ask for donations, or you can ask your mom/mother-in-law/friend to bake something.  Use this link to indicate what you can bake or donate: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0448a5a69-momtime3

Items should be wrapped in small portions or individually. We will have a selection of clear treat bags, bread molds and ribbon at our November 7th MomTime sesison, Shauna Veen’s “Cookie Decorating for the Holidays”.

Treats can be sweet or salty – cookies, breads, pies, snack mixes – all are great sellers!  Peanut butter, chocolate and breads (banana, pumpkin,etc) are always a big hit with this crowd.

If you have time to volunteer for the bake sale itself, we will need help setting up (at 8am), pricing the baked goods, selling, and taking down tables at the end (at noon).

If you have questions, contact Haley Figueroa at haleyfig@gmail.com.  Generally baked goods are delivered to the church on the morning of the bake sale or dropped off at Haley’s house in Stapleton the day before.  Please contact Haley to let her know what you plan to do so she can be prepared.

DATE: 12/14/2014 (Sun 8:00AM – 12:00PM)

LOCATION: Montview Church Commons

Cookie Decorating for Beginners.

3 Nov

Please join us for a cookie decorating bonanza this Friday!  We’ll have different shapes to decorate, different mediums to decorate them with and instruction from Shauna Veen owner of Sugar Art by Shauna www.cakes-denver.com. Please bring a container to take home your sweet creations!

Please RSVP on the Evite by end of day Tuesday with the ages of your children so we can plan childcare accordingly.

Healthy Sleep for Infants and Toddlers.

27 Oct
Join us this Friday as we learn about the development and support of healthy sleep for our youngest family members!  Please RSVP by Wednesday on the Evite.
Sleep is complex and unique to every family. With so much conflicting information out there on infant and toddler sleep, many parents are left confused. By gaining an understanding of sleep development and biological sleep needs, a parent will be better able to listen to their intuition in supporting good sleep for the entire family. Patience Bleskan will walk parents through the major factors that impact sleep, normal sleep development, cultural impacts on sleep expectations, and finding solutions to sleep issues. There will be plenty of time for Q&A.
Patience Bleskan, MA founded Patience Parenting Services,LLC in 2003 and is the Co-Founder of The Family Room, a community center for families with young children. She has worked with families with young children for close to 20 years. Patience has spent the majority of her life learning to better understand how children learn, and how adults, teachers and parents, affect who children become. As the mother of 4, she supports parents with both a personal and professional perspective. She has had her own experiences with postpartum depression, loss of community and balancing a career with raising a family. These experiences and her passion for helping others understand children is what drives her life. Over the last 10 years Patience has become a leading expert on infant and early childhood sleep. She has supported hundreds of families around the country through her classes, groups and consultations. Patience approaches sleep by combining information from four major bodies of knowledge: Biology, Anthropology, Current Research and Motherhood. You can learn more about her philosophies on sleep on her website at www.patiencebleskan.com.

Exploring the history of race.

17 Oct

Dr. Ted Vial presented a fascinating lecture focusing on the history of race.  He delved into W.E.B. Du Bois’ and Immanuel Kant’s definitions of race, and explained that race is a relatively recent construct in western history.  The word “race” appears in the English language for the first time in the 15th century, and in German in the 18th century. Humans have always categorized themselves in groups; religion, gender, nationality, tribes, etc. but using skin color as a marker is fairly recent.  It also varies in different parts of the world – what we define as separate races here in the United States does not always apply in other countries.

We barely scratched the surface of this complex topic, so we hope to explore it further at MomTime in the future, especially in the context of talking to our children about race.

Thank you, Dr. Vial, for engaging our brains and making us feel like we were back in college for an hour this morning!

Fall Service Project: Montview Community Preschool & Kindergarten.

16 Oct


This semester we are supporting Montview Community Preschool and Kindergarten for our fall service project. Montview Preschool is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year.  All money raised for the preschool will go to their financial aid fund.  Montview is one of a handful of preschools in Denver to offer financial aid at all.  This opens up enrollment opportunities to a more diverse population, which is one of the founding principles of Montview Preschool AND one that is very important to Montview Church.

To participate in the fall service project, you can do any of the following:

1) Purchase a Starbucks card or grocery card from the preschool office (cash or checks only) – just one floor below where we meet for MomTime.  They sell cards for King Soopers, Whole Foods, Sprouts, and others in various denominations.  Depending on the retailer, 3-10% of your purchase will be donated to the preschool.  You still get the full dollar amount to use on your card – it’s the retailer who sends a rebate to the preschool.  Easy!

2) Go to MomTime’s Amazon Wish List to order books that have been specifically requested by the preschool.  The list can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/ZE0LGC6B9UBV

Then bring those books to the November 21st meeting where we will give them to Montview Preschool’s director.

3) Bring gently used books to the November 21st meeting.  Look for books that are appropriate for preschool and kindergarten kids.  The preschool does not use books that have licensed characters in them (Disney, Sesame Street, Thomas, Dora, etc.) and prefers regular paper books rather than board books.  If you need ideas, check out MomTime’s virtual book list using the tags in the right-hand sidebar.

4) Make a cash donationFrancine will be placing a bulk order from our Wish List so that we have a good number of books to donate to the preschool Director when she speaks at our meeting.

5) Donate baked goods or buy treats at the MomTime Bake Sale on Sunday, December 14.  This pre-Christmas bake sale is our biggest fundraiser of the year, usually netting around $1000 in sales.  We will give half of the proceeds to Montview Preschool.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our service project coordinate, Francine, at fmugge@gmail.com

Thank you in advance for your participation!  The Montview Community Preschool and Kindergarten is so grateful to have our help!

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