December Events and Updates

Dear Parents,

Firstly, we would like to welcome our new Board of Directors for 2017/2018:

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President: Andrew Colgoni

Vice- president:Catherine Roberts

Secretary: Elizabeth McAllister

Treasurer: Dan Priljeva

Past President: Briana Palmer

Fundraising Chair (ex-officio) : Allison Henderson

If you are interested in supporting the work of the board, please let us know. We currently need volunteers to support fundraising initiatives, but there are many other incredible ways to get involved!

Note from the President of the Board of Directors:

I would like to draw your attention to the current decision facing the Board presently, which is McMaster University’s request that the Children’s Centre operate two locations on campus. Please do get in touch if you have feedback or questions.

Andrew Colgoni, (

Playing in Wintery Weather:

Snowy Days are ahead! A reminder that all children are to be prepared to play outdoors. Your child needs to be able to participate in the full program which includes two hours of outdoor activity each day.

Please make sure your child has available a warm coat, snow pants, boots, mittens, hat, and a scarf.

Inclement Weather Closures

If inclement weather causes McMaster University to close, McMaster Children’s Centre closes as well. Closures will be posted online on McMaster Daily News. Please confirm your email is updated as every attempt will be made to notify you via email also.

Donations in Support of Local Women’s Shelters and Housing Programs

This year, in the spirit of giving we are collecting donations to make up “Holiday Joy Bags” for local women’s shelters/housing programs. In particular, we would like to collect

donations for the following items until December 8th, 2017.

•Water bottles



•Lip balm

•Hand wipes/ soap

•Comb or small brush


•Mints, cough drops or gum

•Feminine hygiene products

•Shampoo and conditioner

•Toothbrush and toothpaste

•Bus tickets

•Nail clippers

•Gift cards

•Non-perishable individually packaged food items.

Holiday Closure:

A reminder that we are closed for the holidays, from December 25, through to January 1 and reopen on Tuesday January 2, 2018.

Have a Wonderful Holiday Season!

Angela Topolinsky R.E.C.E

Executive Director, McMaster Children’s Centre.

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Holiday Fundraiser: Poinsettias For Sale!

Hello Families,

2017 has been a great year for fundraising at the daycare.  Our spring raffle basket sold out all 200 tickets.  We hosted a ‘FUNdraiser’ at the Shawn & Ed Brewing Co and had nearly 100 people attend. We also spread some serious fall beauty with well over 200 mums being sold.  Thank you to everyone for your support and participation in our fundraising activities.  Together we have raised $3500 this year!

To wrap up the 2017 fundraising season, we will be selling beautiful poinsettias that will be grown locally by Terra Greenhouses. There will be paper copies of the order sheets outside of Angela’s office or email the Children’s Centre ( for more details on how to purchase.

Many thanks,

From the McMaster Children’s Centre Fundraising Team.

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Closed Labour Day

McMaster Children’s Centre will be closed on Monday September 4th, 2017 for Labour Day.

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Gorgeous Fall Mums for Sale!

The McMaster Children’s Centre will be selling gorgeous Fall Mums to raise funds for learning tools and play equipment for our children. So far this year, we have raised over $3,000 and are hoping to meet our 2017 goal of $5000!

The mums are grown locally by Terra Greenhouses. They will be in 10 inch pots- the perfect size for most outdoor urns. They will look beautiful on the front porch or even planted in the garden.

They are available in YELLOW, ORANGE and BURGUNDY for $10 a pot, payable by cash or cheque (To: McMaster Children’s Centre). Payment is due at the centre by Friday September 1st.

Mums will be available for pick up at the McMaster Children’s Centre on Wednesday September 13th, 2017.

Should you have any questions, please contact our Fundraising Chair at,

Thank you!

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Holiday Closure

McMaster Children’s Centre will be closed on Monday July 3rd, 2017 in recognition of Canada Day.

Have an enjoyable and safe long weekend!

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Our FUNdraiser Was A Success!

Thank you to everyone that helped to make our FUNdraiser at the Shawn & Ed Brewing Co a success. Together we raised over $2700! to put towards outdoor play equipment and toys for the children.
 A special thank you to the following individuals for donating to our raffle and silent auction:

Artists Jarrod Hogeterp, Ryan Waldron, Briana Palmer and Doug of the Mad Mongoose

Jewellery designer Laura Tedesco

Kirsten Weiss for her doTERRA Essential Oil products

A thank you to all the local businesses that contributed services and items:

Stroller Fit Hamilton
Zee Float
Earth Shake
Highland Physiotherapy
Bare Wax Bar
Kabuki Spa
Advanced Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine
Jax Sweet Shoppe
Beanermunkey Chocolates
The Collins Pub
Shawn & Ed Brewing Co
Flat Rock Winery
McMaster Summer Sports Camp
Shaw Festival
OHSO Fitness

AND… a big thank you goes to our incredible Fundraising Team!


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Mark Your Calendars For Our Upcoming FUNdraiser! SHED Brewery Craft Beer Tasting and Dinner- June 22, 2017.

Hello families and friends,
Mark your calendars for our upcoming FUNdraiser. We will be hosting a craft beer tasting and dinner at the SHED (Shawn & Ed Brewery) in Dundas on Thursday, June 22 from 6:30 to 9pm. Come on out and sample some great beer and enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by the Red Door Cucina. There will also be a silent auction and raffles taking place.
Tickets are $35 with all proceeds going to purchasing new outdoor equipment for our kids to use at the Centre.  For tickets, see Angela or email
Bring your friends, neighbours, coworkers, in-laws… out for a good time and a great cause. Check out our Facebook Event

P.S. if you are interested in helping out with the event or have an idea for a silent auction item, please let us know.

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Centre Closed Good Friday

McMaster Children’s Centre will be closed on Friday April 14th for Good Friday. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

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Upcoming Fundraiser at Shed Brewery June 22, 2017.

Looking for a fun night out or a fantastic gift for someone? … Save the date and mark your calendars for a craft beer tasting and dinner on June 22, 2017 at the Shed brewery in Dundas, Ontario. This wonderful evening will be a Fundraising Event for the McMaster Children’s Centre. More details to come…
We would like to put together a small committee to help with planning and running the event. If you would like to help out, the commitment will not be time consuming. We are looking for help promoting the event and assisting the evening of with taking tickets, serving food or helping with a silent auction.

Also, we are collecting services/items for a silent auction at the event. If you or someone you know owns a business, consider donating a service. It’s a great way to get some advertising and help with our fundraising. For example, massage, facial, dinner out, window cleaning… you name it!

Thank you for considering the call for help.  If you are interested please email

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Centre Closed Tuesday March 14th

The McMaster Children’s Centre will be closed Tuesday March 14th due to inclement weather.

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