February 2014

Riverhouse Children's Center Newsletter

Riverhouse Mission Statement

The mission of the Riverhouse Children’s Center is to provide high quality care and early education services to young children. Riverhouse believes all families deserve access to exemplary child care regardless of socioeconomic status, disability, family composition, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious beliefs or political affiliation.

Upcoming Events:

Pediatric Dentistry Presentation Feb. 12th 8:40 am and 9:00 am

Valentine's Day Classroom Party Feb. 14th

Parent's Night Out- Feb. 28th 5:30-9:30 contact Miss Kim

Scholastic Book Fair April 7, 2014

Upcoming Closure Dates:

March 24-28 Spring Break

Durango Kid's Pediatric Dental Presentation :

Durango Kid's Pediatric Dentistry will be coming again this year. They will be here on February 12th , two sessions, one at 8:40am (Starlings and Blue Jays) and the second one at 9:00am (Chickadee, Hummingbird, Sparrow)

Riverhouse Food Drive:

Thank you very much for contributing non perishable food items for the Durango Food Bank. Good Job Riverhouse, we collected 108 pounds of food this year. In 2013, we collected 114 pounds and in 2012, we collected 98 pounds.

Red Ball Results:

Chickadee Classroom~ sold 92

Hummingbird Classroom~ sold 95

Sparrow Classroom~ sold 282

Blue Jay Classroom~ sold 307 * Classroom Party Winners 2/26/14 (PJ Day, Frozen Yogurt & Fruit Toppings, Heather O. will lead a game, Brenna will lead a mini Kid's Yoga Class)

Starling Classroom~ sold 246

Top two families who sold the most tickets are:
1st Place~ Charlie Appleton Family (Sparrow Class)
2nd Place~ Isla Masner Family (Blue Jay Class)

They will each receive a $25 Gift Certificate to Top That Frozen Yogurt!

Margaret Brown, our wonderful cook was the top Staff seller and will receive a $25 City Market gift certificate.

Overall we sold 1,150 tickets which means we raised a total of $4,312.50 for our program. This money is important because it helps us to offer Quality Programming and to support important programs like, The Riverhouse Subsidy Program.

A Shout Out and Thank You to all those that took City Market shifts and sold Red Ball individually this year:

Chickadees: Wren Martin Family, Henry Olsen Family, Connor Harte Family and Margo Youngblood Family.

Hummingbirds: Quorra Benally Family, Shayna Hassel Family, Fiona Albosta Family, Penelope Goessel Family, Bode Snitselaar Family and Miss Molly Anderson.

Sparrows: Peter Strength Family, Nolan Roper Family, Gemma Cooke Family, Quinn Moses Family, Miss Katie Valentine, Sage Newcomer-Ball Family, Grady Thomson Family, Charlie Appleton Family, and Sawyer Carey Family.

Blue Jays: Benjamin Blanchard Family, Finnley Arnett Family, Oliver Fulmer Family, Finnian Strouthopoulos Family, Miss Nicole Neales, Miss Megan Van Gulik, Miss Colombe Girolimon, Gwen Gallagher Family, Natalee Mora Family, Sophia Albosta Family, Alaska Farley Family, Adrie Wilson Family, Mira LaRocco Family, Dylan Toop Family and Isla Masner Family.

Starlings: Sadie Smith Family, Carter Imel Family, Milo Martin Family, Miss Kim Rabick, Miss Claudia Wethall, Miss Katie Sawyer, Chase Barker Family, Wesley Speicher Family, Ashton LaRocco Family, Kyla Brost Family, Mason Brown Family, Jordan Harris Family, Quinn Gassaway Family, Olivia Carey Family, Rosa Armstrong Family, Parker Peery Family, Dylan Funk Family and Analee & Tava Reynolds Family.

Tax Season is here!

If you are in need of a 2013 Childcare Statement for your taxes, please email Brenna so she can send you a copy. Our tax id # is 20-073733

Make Tax Time Pay!
Free tax help is available to ensure working families get the refunds they deserve

Families in Colorado that earned less than about $50,000 in 2013 could be eligible for up to $6,000 or more in tax refunds from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other tax benefits. In addition, these families can save money by filing their taxes for free at one of Tax Help Colorado’s 27 free tax sites.

When filing taxes, be sure to ask about…

  • The Earned Income Tax Credit is a federal tax benefit that boosts the incomes of families with children that earn lower or moderate wages. Working people without children who have incomes below about $13,600 are also eligible for a very small EITC.
  • The Child Tax Credit also helps working families with children. This credit is worth up to $1,000 per child.
  • Special tax credits are available for those who are saving for retirement or paying for college.

Learn more about your tax credit eligibility, and find the location of a free tax site near you, by dialing 2-1-1 (it’s a free call!), going to www.piton.org/eitc, finding us on Facebook or following us on Twitter.

Cheers for Children Save the Date:

Cheers for Children, a wine tasting and silent auction, is Riverhouse's largest annual fundraiser. In 2013, Riverhouse raised roughly $25,000 and over 200 people attended. We are proud to announce that the Glacier Club will be partnering with us again to host the 5th annual Cheers for Children event. The event will take place on May 10, 2014 at the Glacier Club from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will include an extensive wine tasting menu, scrumptious appetizers, a high-end silent auction, live classical music and a pledge card drive. All proceeds from Cheers for Children will directly benefit the children and families of the Riverhouse Children's Center. We hope you can attend. Early bird tickets are already on sale and can be purchased online at www.Riverhousecci.org .

* We are already collecting silent auction items for this event. If you have something to donate or have a connection to a local business please contact Brenna because we are already in contact with some local businesses.

* We are looking to form a Parent Volunteer Committee to help with the Event, please contact us if you are interested.

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Qualistar :

Riverhouse will be going through a Qualistar Rating March 2014.

Parents are asked to fill out a Family Partnerships Questionnaire, you have been sent a code to sign in and complete the We have to have an 80% return on these surveys in order to receive full points.

We currently have 32 Parent Surveys in, we need 45 more!!!

Please fill them out!!

Here are the steps in filling out the survey:

You have the opportunity to complete the Family Questionnaires online! The completed questionnaires are then immediately delivered to Qualistar. Please refer your families to http://families.qualistar.org, have them select Riverhouse Children's Center Inc. from the drop down menu, and use 043 as the access code. All questionnaires are due by the first day of your observation month.

Labels for Educations:

About Labels for Education®

Labels for Education a fun and easy program where families and members of the community work together to “Earn Free Stuff” for their school!

By collecting UPCs and beverage/sauce caps from over 2,500 participating products, supplementing your earnings through the eLabels for Education℠ program and with our bonus offers, your school earns points that can be redeemed for Arts, Athletics, and Academics merchandise. Explore our online catalog to see what your school can earn!

Parent please clip your labels for education and give them to us!!! Riverhouse can benefit from these clippings. Below are some sponsors:







Cares Program (City Market Card)

Riverhouse is now participating in the City Market Cares Program where you register your City Market card with us, you shop and then quarterly Riverhouse earns money!! Easy and a great fundraiser!

Please email Heather your card number, or stop by so we can get you registered!!

Starlings Celebrate National Pie Day!

Thank you parents for bringing in pies, they looked amazing!
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