Welcome To H.O.P.E. Playgroup

Hellenic Orthodox Preschool Education

Directors of HOPE: Email: Phone:
Vanessa Tsimiklis vtsimiklis@teksavvy.ca (613) 822-7040
Nancy Pezoulas church@helleniccommunity.com (613) 225-8016 ext. 222

 

General Information

HOPE is a co-operative playgroup for families with young children (infant – 5 years) that are Greek Orthodox and Members of the Hellenic Community of Ottawa.

The objective of HOPE is to lead our young children into a living, active relationship with our Orthodox faith and Greek heritage. The events, which are all selected to be age-appropriate, allow plenty of opportunity for free and structured activities, as well as excellent social interaction for the adults who are required to accompany the children.

The group meets every Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in our Church Hall (basement). HOPE is run by volunteers so we ask that everyone contribute to the following routine tasks that must be done each Tuesday morning:

  • Toy set up & clean up;
  • Snack prep & clean up;
  • Craft prep; and,
  • Post-play clean up.

Membership Fees

$75 /family for PAID Hellenic Community Members
$150 /family for NON-PAID Hellenic Community Members

OR

A drop-in fee every time you attend of $3 per family for paid members of the Hellenic Community and $5 for non-paid members.

Accepted methods of payment for membership fees include cash, interact, Visa, MC, AMEX or cheque payable to: Hellenic Community of Ottawa. (Membership to the Community can be paid at time of registration.)

The Hellenic Community supports all the youth groups under the umbrella of the Church financially with an annual budget, which allows the fee to be as minimal as possible. All incoming monies go toward the purchase of snacks, juice, toys, craft supplies, as well as payment of any fees for special guests and field trips throughout the year.

Approximate Tuesday Morning Schedule

9:30 – 10:25 Free Play
10:25 – 10:30 Toy clean up & hand washing
10:30 – 10:40 Snack Time (nut-free snack and juice provided)
10:40 – 10:45 Snack clean up
10:45 – 11:00 Circle time
11:00 – 11:20 Craft Time
11:20 – 11:30 Post-Play Clean up

 

HOPE Playgroup: Important Dates 2016-2017

September 13, 2016 First Day of Playgroup
October 25, 2016 Costume Party
December 20, 2016 Christmas Party
December 27, 2013 NO PLAYGROUP- Christmas Break
January 3, 2017 NO PLAYGROUP- New Year’s Break
January 10, 2017 Playgroup Resumes
February 14, 2017 Valentine’s Day Event
March 14, 2017 NO PLAYGROUP – March Break
April 11, 2017 NO PLAYGROUP – Holy Tuesday
April 18, 2017 Easter Party
June 20, 2017 Last Day of Playgroup

Important Information

  • Every adult is entirely responsible for the behavior, whereabouts, and well-being of the child(ren) he/she is accompanying at all times. HOPE does not take any responsibility for the children, as this is a parent-supervised playgroup.
  • Please do not bring your child to Playgroup with a cold, flu, or fever. We must protect the children, any expectant mothers and other adults from contagious illness.
  • Since this is an Orthodox Christian Playgroup, the children are taught to make the sign of the cross before eating. All adults are asked to help the children with this.
  • If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday with Playgroup, please let one of the directors know in advance that you will be providing the snack for that day. All snacks brought for adults and children must be nut-free to protect children with serious food allergies.
  • Remember to sign-in every time you attend, and to inform one of the Directors if there is any change to the information provided on your registration form for that year.
  • Enjoy the opportunity to socialize with the children and your friends
  • Please remember that the success of HOPE Playgroup requires the total support, interest, and participation of its members.

THANK YOU!!!