Lakewood Co-operative Preschool



Where Families and Friendships Grow

Co-Chair's Note

Returning Student Enrollment

LCP Auction

Auction Procurement Ideas

Night School for Bumblebees

Board Meeting Minutes

Brigita's Bit

Feed the Can Man, Man

Special Events for February

Hands on Heart Valentines

Editor's Note

Cute Kid Pix


Co-Chair's Note

Dear Lakewood Families:

As I turned the calendar page last night to February, I was a little shocked to see how busy the month already was! But as I looked closer at all the appointments, I realized that almost everything on there was something I was actually looking forward to. I think Lakewood’s calendar reads something like mine:

  • A mid-year clean up booked right on top of the Super Bowl (thanks and sorry!) on February 4th
  • A highly anticipated Lakewood Ice Cream Social planned for Sunday February 11th from 2 to 4pm at the Lakewood/Seward Park Community Center (50th & Angeline)
  • Our annual open house scheduled for Tuesday night, February 13th, from 7 to 9pm
  • Deadline for returning families to submit their applications for the 2007-08 year is February 28
  • And the usual array of parent meetings and board meetings and fundraising meetings

So, synchronize your watches—this is going to be a busy month!

Christine Campbell

Christine Campbell is Co-Chair of LCP and mother of loyal Dragonfly Charlie Budd. ccamp [at-sign]

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Returning Student Enrollment

Returning student enrollment begins February 21st and ends February 28th. Families must submit applications and payment at that time.

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LCP Auction

Lakewood Coop Preschool’s Spring Auction is our main fundraising event for the year.

Friday, May 4th
7:00 to 10:30pm
The Rainier Club
820 Fourth Avenue, Seattle

Each LCP family is required to:

  • Purchase 2 auction tickets at $35 a piece (tickets on sale April 1st). Additional tickets available at the same rate.
  • Procure item(s) totaling a value of $150 or write a check for that amount to be turned in by March 15th.

Dates to remember and put on your calendar:

  • Now till March 15th: solicit donations of items to be auctioned
  • March 15th: Deadline for turning in auction donations
  • April 1st: Tickets for LCP families and guests go on sale
  • May 4th, 7pm to 10:30pm: Auction. (Reserve your babysitter!)

For questions about the auction, contact:

Laura La Forte is the mother of Dragonfly Talia and Bumblebee Santo. sllaforte [at-sign]

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“Actually, I'm hoping what I'm going to be when I grow up
hasn't been invented yet.”

Auction Procurement Ideas

The following are some items and services that have been procured in the past and have proven successful at auction. This list is intended to inspire you and provide ideas on the variety of things that can be donated by the businesses or people that you solicit.


  • Childcare, diaper, or house cleaning services
  • Handyman or other home improvement services (carpentry, plumbing, electrical, etc.)
  • Spa services: massage, facial, pedicure, manicure, etc
  • Photography session
  • Massage or chiropractic services
  • Automobile services or car wash for a year
  • Yard work or garden design
  • Grocery shopping for a family (say once a month for a year)
  • Golf, tennis, swimming, or bowling for 4 with dinner
  • Language, music, or any other lessons (for child or adult)
  • Monthly flower delivery or special occasion floral arrangement


  • Lunch or dinner with a local celebrity (TV personality, mayor, council member, Bill Gates)
  • Dinner (ethnic or otherwise) for 6-10 at one’s home
  • Wine tasting, Seafair party, children’s tea party, or boat ride with picnic
  • Athletic club membership
  • Family membership to EMP, Zoo, Aquarium, Museum of Flight, etc
  • Time in a special facility (recording studio, potters wheel, etc.)
  • Tickets to ballet, opera, theater, etc.
  • Birthday party at a special locale or with special entertainment


  • Restaurant certificate
  • Homemade baked goods delivered once a month
  • Gift certificate for lattes and other coffee items
  • Home cooked dinner delivered to home
  • Personal chef, dessert-a-month, or gourmet gift basket


  • Handcrafted items or clothes
  • Bicycle, lawnmower, luggage, etc
  • Electrical equipment, electronics, and appliances
  • Computer hardware or software
  • Assortment of wine or beer
  • Cord of wood
  • Box of children’s dress-up clothes or art supplies


  • Weekend at a local hotel or bed & breakfast, or at your cabin
  • Local ski lift tickets, airline, or rail tickets
  • Frequent flyer miles or sightseeing tour

Laura La Forte is the mother of Dragonfly Talia and Bumblebee Santo. sllaforte [at-sign]

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“I've had to whine hard for everything I've ever really wanted.”

Night School for Bumblebees

On Thursday, March 1st, we will be conducting our first ever Night School for Bumblebee. Class will be from 6:00 to 7:00 that night in lieu of that day. The parent who doesn't typically work in the classroom should attend; this way, they will get a chance to see what school is like for their Bumblebee, to meet their friends, and to acquaint themselves with the teacher and school. Come prepared for a night of fun, including puzzles, legos, building "tall buildings" with big blocks, and cooking "dinner" for our babies. And there will be play dough and easel painting

Please RSVP to erinmrobb [at-sign]

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“If you can get his parents to go ballistic, he can't hit a thing.”

Dec 06 Board Meeting Minutes

Treasurer: (Leanne Corcoran)
We are caught up on all outstanding tuition. Everything currently looks really good in our finances.

Parent Coordinator: (Melanie Fix, Jane Schmidt)
LCP’s Open House for prospective families is February 13th. Volunteers are needed. Our enrollment process has been completely revamped.

Fundraising: (Laura LaForte)
Our annual silent auction evening will be Friday, May 4th at the Rainier Club.

Scrip: (Rochelle Brown)
Scrip duties have transferred to a member of the fundraising committee: Louise Wong.

Teachers: (Erin Robb, Jennifer Birkner)
Furniture requests: 1 table, 4 chairs, 1 coat rack. Approval given to buy them ASAP. We will be getting a new piece of scrap linoleum to replace the old art room floor. The Church does not want us to put down anything permanent.

Class Chairs: (Jurate Audejaitiene, Kara Dowidar, Brian Buckner)
Dragonflies and Bumblebees will be having special evening class days in January and February (respectively) so non-working parents can attend. Crickets may do same later in the year.

Jobs: (Amy & Tim Zern)
Christine, Jim, and Job Coordinator are attending to this issue.

Rochelle Brown is LCP secretary and mother of Cricket Elise. jbandtheroche [at-sign]

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Brigita's Bit

Dear Parents,

Meal time can be one of the most challenging times we spend together as a family. We as grown ups may have a certain image of what a meal time should look like, but include a young child at the table and anything can happen, from your child refusing to sit down at the table to your child throwing a temper tantrum because you are not serving pizza that day.

If you have more than one child, your children’s squabble can also ruin a meal. At our family table, we had to put the youngest child at the end of the table, mom and dad on either side of her, and the two older sisters across from each other next to mom and dad. Dividing and conquering gave us a chance to have a peaceful family meal.

In spite of what seemed like years of family meals that were a lot of work and not always fun, there came a day when we started enjoying each other's company at the table. Luckily this happened before my oldest daughter reached the teenage years because research shows that teenagers who are in the habit of eating meals with their family are less prone to substance and alcohol abuse, are less prone to depression, and get better grades (from

So the message is: Try to think long term and insist on family meals. It does not necessarily have to be dinner; breakfast and lunch count too. Here are some pointers for a happy meal time:

  • Try to keep your meal schedule as regular as possible
  • Provide the appropriate physical environment for your child:
    • Appropriate size tables and chairs
    • Suitable dishes, glasses, and utensils
  • Sit down at the table with a positive, calm frame of mind
  • Serve the food family style; let the children serve themselves, even at a young age
  • Set clear expectations for meal times
  • Set a good example. You are a model for your children
  • Have realistic expectations. Take your child’s developmental stage and temperament into account
  • Respect children’s likes and dislikes
  • Remember to give children lots of opportunity to get used to new foods
  • Increase children’s experience with foods; serve a variety of foods
  • Avoid using food as reward, punishment, or to pacify

Bon Appetit,

Brigitta Dahl is in her seventh year as the parent educator for LCP. Questions welcome at 206-328-0960 or bdahl [at-sign]

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Feed the Can Man, Man


Look at me! Me wasting away to shoebox! Last month, me almost starve.

And poor Dragonflies have nothing to count.

Please bring me more food. Me no care what it is. So weak... can barely find strength... to complain.

The Can Man lives near the LCP entrance. He's a recognized expert on eating packaged cuisine still in the package. CanMan [at-sign]

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“He's just doing that to get attention.”

Special Events for February

If any of you are like me, your kids have runny noses and burst eardrums. YIKES! However, when they do heal eventually, I suggest the following cool activities:

  • February 11: The LCP Valentine Day Party
    Lakewood Seward Park Community Club, 50th & Angeline, 2 to 4pm. r> Just bring yourself and a healthy appetite for all things ice creamy (Soy will be offered too.)
  • February 17: Baby LOVES Disco
    Club Heaven, 172 South Washington St.,1 to 4pm.
    That's right! It is never too early to teach your kids rhythm. And I think it's on the WASL (only kidding!) It's the hottest party in town! Club Heaven hosts a kiddie version of the adult "nightclub" scene. $12 for all walking humans; kiddies are free. More info at:
  • February 19 to 23: Mid-Winter Break
    You have GOT to be kidding me. Anyway, that's right, the kids will be home ALL week in February. Some cool things to do include:
    • Indoor Playpark: An indoor Petri-dish for kids. Get outta the rain and head to Magnuson Community Center at Sandpoint. The playpark features a roller coaster, balls, maze and much, much more. Check out
    • The Little Gym of Kent offers Parent Survival Night every Friday night from 6:30 to 10:00 $35 first kid $15 each kid thereafter. Ages 3 to 10 potty trained. 425-656-0737 for more information.
    • The University Book Store in the U-District offers reading time at 11:00am each Saturday. It's free!

  • Seattle Parks has many athletic activities for children.
  • The Little Gym is enrolling for the current semester.

Yvette Moy is Events Co-ordinator the mother of Dragonfly Corrado. yvettemoy [at-sign]

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Hands on Heart Valentines

The following project is from Fun with Mommy and Me.

Handmade valentines are a great gift of love. Your child can repeat this activity several times to make valentines for the whole family. Grandparents really love these handmade treasures. Your child will learn: Fine motor skills, Valentine’s day traditions, colors and shapes, hand-eye coordination.


  • Glue
  • White paper doilies
  • Pink and red construction paper
  • Red and white paint
  • Safety scissors
  • Pencil
  • Crayons


  1. Fold a piece of construction paper in half. Glue a paper doily to the front of your card.
  2. Pour a small amount of paint on to a paper plate for your child to place their hand on (they love this tactile experience!) or you can paint their hand.
  3. Press their handprint on to construction paper that is a different color from the card paper.
  4. When dry, cut out the handprint in the shape of a heart. Let children who are old enough follow your penciled outline, or if your child is too young to do this themselves, you can help.
  5. Glue handprint heart to the middle of the doily.
  6. Use crayons to write a message on the card.
  7. Mail to family members and friends!

Lauren Milan is the church liason and mother of Cricket Eden. laurenmilan [at-sign]

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Editor's Note

Welcome to February, the Suicide Month. It's dark, damp, and its only holiday serves to remind you how unpopular you are with potential suitors. But now there's hope, because the first step toward curing a problem is developing an acronym for it that ends in the word "syndrome" or "disorder", and this time of year has that; it's called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. My wife is convinced I suffer from it, claiming I become irritable and cranky in winter. (She offers no explanation for my churlish outlook the rest of the year.) She suggested I get one of those light boxes people sit in front of for an hour a day, so I did: it's 42" diagonally with a 720-line progressive-scan plasma screen. I recommend it highly. Ask your doctor or Circuit City salesman if Hi-Def is right for you. (Side effects may include: lethargy, wider bottom, forgetting your kids' names.)

Even my 3-year-old, what's-her-name, has noticed how dark this time of year is, and because I am All-Mighty Dad (I rank somewhere between Superman and the Powerpuff Girls, in her estimation), she asked me to do something about it: “Dad, why is it dark so early? Could you make it not be dark now?” A lesser dad might not have risen to the challenge, but I nodded and said “OK.” I cleared my throat, raised my arms, and grimaced as if lifting something heavy. Then I stopped, as if remembering something, turned to her and said “No. Earlier today I asked you to pick up your toys and you did not, so it shall remain dark.” “But Da-a-a-a-d!”

I don't recall the subject of feigning omnipotence being covered in any of the child-rearing books I read, but I think it makes me a better role model. I was hoping it might also inspire awe, but such has not been the case. I don't read parenting books anymore. I read a half-dozen baby and toddler books for my first child, and when she hits the teen years, I'm sure I'll delve into some adolescent-defense manuals, but I figure it wouldn't be fair to the first kid to try to improve my parenting for the second one. Also, books really cut into my time with my light box.

However, there are always parenting tips I need to be reminded of, and I've found that one of the easiest ways to absorb and retain information is through a terse quote. (USA-Today-style infographics are also nice, but hard to make.) For example, “Seek the good and praise it.” I say this to myself a few times a week. It reminds me to catch my kids being good and notice them for it. I have no trouble catching them being bad and correcting them, and I'm also quite expert at losing my patience and yelling (this took surprisingly little training), but positive re-enforcement takes more effort for me, such as noticing when they:

  • Do something without having to be asked
  • Are playing nicely together
  • Are not doing one of those things I've told them a dozen times not to do

I think it was T. Berry Brazelton who said that a parent's positive remarks should outnumber the negative ones by 10 to 1. I'm not sure that T. Berry Brazelton ever had children. I feel good if I keep it at 1 to 1.

But name-brand pediatricians aren't the only ones spouting pithy remarks. Here are a few others I like:

  • Stop trying to perfect your child, but keep trying to perfect your relationship with him
  • Discipline doesn't break a child's spirit half as often as the lack of it breaks a parent's heart
  • If your baby is beautiful and perfect, never cries or fusses, sleeps on schedule and burps on demand, an angel all the time, you're the grandma
  • The quickest way for a parent to get a child's attention is to sit down and look comfortable
  • Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it
  • Children have more need of models than of critics
  • When teaching children to ride bicycles, they need both support and freedom. The realization that this is what they will always need can hit hard
  • A child, like your stomach, doesn't need all you can afford to give it
  • Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he's buying
  • I don't know why they say "you have a baby." The baby has you
  • Families with babies and families without are so sorry for each other

Bill Muse is the LCP newsletter editor and father of Cricket Veronica. LCP [at-sign]

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Cute Kid Pix

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Dragonflies do yoga

Jane is both architect and
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Dragonfly night school

The Crickets took a field trip to REI. They started by making rubbings of animal tracks on the floor

Everyone liked looking through the giant compass to the floor below

Eden's mom, Lauren, climbed the pinacle

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