Help Children Dream Big, Move Mountains & Go Great Places in Life

galaEvery child has the potential to move mountains. Encompass warmly welcomes you to get involved with the 2014 Autumn Gala. Your generous donations of time, energy, creativity, auction items and financial contributions directly make it possible for children and families in our community to dream big, move mountains and go great places through Encompass programs in education and pediatric therapy.

This year’s theme, “Oh the Places You Will Go” is inspired by a Dr. Seuss book about sending children out into the world to find the success that lies within while managing through life’s “great balancing act” (and having fun through it all). Lighthearted, whimsical, wise and inspirational—these attributes are ones Encompass weaves into our programs—and we look forward to sharing that with you through our gala.

Between now and the gala event on November 1, we have many diverse opportunities for anyone to contribute to creating a night that makes it possible for us to give local children and families an opportunity for the best start in life. This is a special opportunity to have a lot of fun and directly contribute to one of the Valley’s most special nights and our biggest fundraiser of the year.

Here is how YOU get started in helping children dream big, move mountains & go great places in life–
Attend the gala and invite friends
Contact our volunteer manager: Lisa Yeager, 425.888.2777, Ext. 1212 or Lisa.Yeager@encompassnw.org
Procure donations: Contact Ellie Holcomb, 425.888.2777 , Ext. 1218 or Ellie.Holcomb@encompassnw.org

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A Family’s First Summer Camp Story

This is a letter sent to us by a local family, who chose Encompass Summer Camps as their toddler’s first enrichment program. Both our 2-year old camps and our toddler playgroups are wonderful first experiences for 2-year olds where they are guided through developmentally-appropriate play and are able to have fun with other toddlers. Parents benefit from access to our expert staff and connections with other parents of toddlers.


Enrolling my 2 year old son in Encompass summer camps was the best thing I could have done for his growth and development.  Registration opened late March and I nervously signed him up for 3 camp sessions.  As a first time mom I was going through some uneasy and challenging times with my toddler.  He was very content being with me and only me.  If I put him in a situation where he was with other children, he would cling to my leg.  I took it in stride but wondered if he would ever get over his separation anxiety.

In April, my son turned 2, and was showing signs of improvement.  His language and social skills were developing into that of a typical 2-year old.  He would parallel play with other children but would keep his focus on me.  Every time he was left with a sitter there would be tears.  If I walked out of sight he would start to panic.  He preferred me over anyone else.  I was starting to think my parenting skills weren’t up to par and then the first day of summer camp came!

I vividly remember dropping Reid off for the Planes, Trains and Automobile camp in June.  We met our friends outside and all walked in together.  When it came time for me to say goodbye and leave I was shocked to see that he was okay.  I expected him to look for me and cry.  Instead he walked in to the classroom and started playing with the trucks.  I was relieved and excited to see that there were no tears but then thought to myself, what if he was just distracted?  Second day of summer camp came and I walked him to the class room again…and still no tears!  I felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.  We both needed this positive experience.  Since he loved being at camp so much I decided to sign him up for a 4th week.

As a mom, one of the best things about summer camp was bringing home all of the adorable and creative artwork he created.  Together we went through his masterpieces and framed a few for his room.  Needless to say my kitchen walls and fridge are plastered with art!

Miss Nikki and all of the summer camp counselors were great and always greeted us warmly when we walked in.  Eventually it got to the point where my son would run in to the class room and start playing without giving me a goodbye hug and kiss.  Summer camp at Encompass truly cured his ongoing separation anxiety and for that I am grateful.  Thank you so much!

~Jenna, North Bend

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Back-to-School at Encompass! Be welcomed, ready, involved and connected!

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September 2nd begins the 2014/2015 school year at Encompass! We have been getting ready and are so excited to meet our new students and see how much our returning students have grown this summer.

Learning as much as we can about your student and your family is a priority for us—and we believe every child learns and grows in his/her unique way. We will design our program around them. We’ve found this approach works much better than changing your child to fit our program! So please join us on Thursday, September 3 from 6:30-7:30 for Parent Orientation to review the handbook and get to know us, too (please contact us if you have a conflict and we will make arrangements to get you the information).

It is my hope that your family not only takes full advantage of the programs offered by our early learning program, but also utilizes the many programs at Encompass that include parenting support groupsparenting education workshops and coaching, toddler playgroups, pediatric therapy, parent nights out, and more.

How to Get Involved at Encompass

Share Resources & Camaraderie – Moms Moment – September 1

Volunteering – Donate Your Time & Energy to Nurturing Children & Enriching Families

Get Connected & Informed – Attend Parent Orientation – September 3 at 6:30

Reach Your Family’s Potential – Attend our FREE Parenting Workshop on Avoiding Power Struggles – September 4

Get involved with our Autumn Gala – Attend, plan, volunteer, invite friends: Now through Nov 1

Learn more about your child — Join us at our monthly FREE developmental screenings – September 8 (Snoqualmie) and 9 (Issaquah)

Experienced Childcare & a Lot of Fun – Register for Parents’ Night Out – September 13

Be Welcomed, Informed & Inspired – Attend our Moms Meeting – September 16

Engage Your Toddler Developmentally & Meet Other Parents — Join our Toddler Playgroups – Register now. Begins September 5

Support Encompass with Every Purchase through AmazonSmile – https://smile.amazon.com

Purchase comedy night tickets and support Encompass – October 1

Follow us on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, blog

Help Your Family Thrive by Attending Parenting Workshops

By Kerry Beymer, parenting education and support manager at Encompass

Frustrated, stressed out, angry, depressed—feeling unable to handle their children’s behavior. Many times in a day, I hear from parents in our community who want help with parenting because they are literally at the end of their rope and experiencing these and more feelings. 

Let me say right now—I am GRATEFUL for the parents who reach out to me! Your efforts to become a more educated and equipped parent mean that you already are a good parent!

Parenting is a complex job and it is not uncommon for you to need a little help along the way!

Workshops Led By Local Experts Help Your Reach Your Parenting Potential
So, whether you’re feeling frustrated or confident with your parenting skills, I encourage you be proactive and to register for the entire series of parenting workshops starting Thursday, September 4 at Virginia Mason. Led by our experienced Encompass staff, the workshops are free and cover a comprehensive array of topics including avoiding power struggles, the importance of play and adapted discipline for children with special needs.

Parenting classes can help ease the transition into all stages of parenthood so that you know what to expect and how to handle it. The Encompass parenting workshops get you in a room with a local parenting expert and give the opportunity to ask questions in a safe setting. If you feel you could use additional support, the instructor will provide resources for next steps, which could include 1:1 parenting coaching, a parent support group or even information about a parents’ night out!

Additionally, parenting classes are a great way to meet other parents and develop your network of peers on a similar journey as yours! The opportunity to socialize with folks who can relate to your struggles and triumphs can be a source of support and encouragement.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Connect with Encompass on FacebookTwitterPinterest | Instagram
Full List of Parenting Workshops
Personalized Parenting Support
Parent Support Groups
Parents’ Night Out
Pediatric Therapy
Get Involved with Encompass

BACK-TO-SCHOOL REMINDER – Prepare Your Student’s Comfort Kit

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As part of the Encompass Preschool Emergency Preparedness Plan, we would like each student to have a personal comfort kit. These kits will be stored by class in bins with our emergency supplies and will be returned to students on the last day of class. Encompass maintains ample stores of food and water for emergency situations.

When preparing your child’s comfort kit, please label and include the following items in a 1-gallon size Ziploc baggie:comfortkitfix

1. one pair gloves or mittens

2. one change of clothing including socks and underwear

3. small book or toy

4. personal note to your child

5. family picture

Please send this kit to school with your child on Tuesday, September 2. We appreciate your cooperation and can’t wait for the first day of school — only 1 week to go!

Volunteering As a Family Makes a Difference in the Community and At Home

By Lisa Yeager, Volunteer Manager at Encompass

The research is clear—raising compassionate, caring kids improves the health of your child, your family and your community. Parents can help children build their empathy “muscles” by giving them opportunities to practice caring.

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Macaroni Kid wants to empower local parents and their kids to take on a community service project with its support. You simply decide to make a difference and to model kindness for your kids. You can support a local non-profit, express appreciation, or give to those in need. DETAILS — http://snoqualmievalley.macaronikid.com/article/781321/do-something-great-day-september-20-2014

Partner with Macaroni Kid & Encompass to Assist Low-Income Families Get Ready for School
Families in the Snoqualmie Valley have the opportunity to “Do Something Great” on Sept 20 by volunteering together with Macaroni Kid. The publishers at MacKid want to empower local parents and their kids to take on a community service project with their support. Find more details here.

In conjunction with “Do Something Great Day”, Encompass has asked MacKid to help us assist local low-income families that are part of our Parent-Child Home program. The Parent-Child Home Program is a national program that supports young children’s early literacy and school readiness. It bridges gaps in achievement, preparing children to enter school ready to be as successful as their more advantaged peers.

How to Help
You can help by donating

  • new 4 packs of play-dough
  • new packs of jumbo-sized crayons.

We are also looking for the following books

  • “Five Little Monkeys sitting in a tree”/”En un arbol estan los cinco monitos”  (Eng/Spa bilingual version) by Eileen Christelow
  • “Tap the Magic Tree” by Christie Matheson
  • “Press Here”/”Presiona Aqui” by Herve Tullet.

To further help Encompass, consider purchasing these items via Amazon and its AmazonSmile program at https://smile.amazon.com/. Simply designate Encompass Northwest as the organization for the .5% donation made for every purchase. These items can be dropped off at the Encompass office at 1407 Boalch Ave NW in North Bend or the Pediatric Therapy office downtown North Bend before September 20. Call 425.888.2777 and ask for Lisa Yeager or email Lisa.Yeager@encompassnw.org if you have questions!

Simple Volunteer Ideas for All Ages
If you’d like to find out more about ideas for families volunteering together, visit the website www.bigheartedfamilies.org. They have a list of simple ideas for all ages and all types of families.  By doing good as a family, children learn empowerment, self-esteem, responsibility, academic skills, critical thinking, tolerance, respect and gratitude!  That’s a lot of benefit for just a few minutes to make a difference in your community!

At Encompass, volunteers are a crucial part of our mission to nurture children, enrich families and inspire community. If you have talents you would like to share with Encompass that are not mentioned here or extend beyond “Do Something Great Day” on September 20, let Lisa Yeager know at lisa.yeager@encompassnw.org or call 425-888-2777, ext. 1212. Our current volunteer opportunities can be found here. We look forward to hearing from you!