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Coppell Early Childhood Association

Volume 18

Issue 9

Early Childhood Chatter Dear CECA Parents, I can't believe it, but it's already time to start thinking about next year! We are currently filling our 2018-2019 Board, and we need your help! We truly have a position for anyone willing to help! This is the end of my 4th year on the board, and I can't begin to describe what being on this board has done for me. Parenting is a physically and emotionally draining job, and it takes a village. We are so grateful to the women and occasional men who step-up to help ensure that anyone looking for support can find it: in a playgroup, with an inspirational speaker, something fun for the kids to do, or maybe some kid free adult time. I hope that you will join us! Best Wishes, Stephanie Branum 2017-2018 CECA President

Monday, March 5 Raising Food Smart Kids Meridan Zerner, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD 10am-11:30am CECA now meets at

Apr. 9 Rest and Relax Yoga Flow Jennifer Kubinsky, Yoga Instructor May 7 Spa & Wellness Day

Meridan Zerner is an award-winning Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with 28 years of experience in the field of health and wellness. The last 17 years have been spent at Cooper Clinic, where she not only works with patients, but shares her passion for nutrition through media segments and lectures across the country. Meridan is a Certified Wellness Coach and uses behavioral change skills to help support long-term lifestyle changes in her patients. You can find Meridan contributing to multiple entities across the Cooper campus. She is an adjunct instructor at The Cooper Institute, lead facilitator for Cooper Wellness Strategies and a group exercise instructor and lecturer at Cooper Fitness Center. Her wellness philosophy is to do the best you can with what you have, where you are. When she isn’t partnering with patients or leading classes, Meridan enjoys traveling with her two kids, husband and one quirky dog. Her favorite destination is Maine, where she lived prior to making Dallas her home.

Our monthly Parent Events are a great chance to meet other parents and to hear some exceptional speakers talking about hot parenting topics. We serve hot coffee and delicious refreshments and best of all… there is free childcare! Find out more and RSVP via the Evite! Make sure to sign up for childcare per the Evite instructions.

RSVP by Feb. 27th!

CECA provides free childcare through GracePoint with timely Evite RSVP! Please note children’s ages in the comment section.

Admission: $8 per person 4 & older $5 per person 3 & younger Socks must be worn at all times.

CooCoos 6505 W Park Blvd. Suite 250 Plano, TX 75093

10:00am Friday, March 23 *Complete the waiver online at home to save time.

Join us for the March CECA Children’s Activity at CooCoos in Plano! RSVP via the

2018 CECA Spring Photo Fundraiser

Register Your Slot Now!

Spring Florals Photo Shoot When and Where?


Friday-Sunday, April 6-8, 2018 What is my investment?

Grapevine Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park

Who is my Photographer? Each Photo session costs $85. Please note that payment is required Melissa Staab to secure your spot. When do I get my beautiful photos? More Details: Customers will be contacted by the Duration of a Session: Approximately 20 minutes Number of Images: 5-7

Photographer within 2-3 weeks of their session.

Thank you for supporting CECA! Register Your Slot Now! View examples of Melissa’s work here:

10:00 am Monday, March 5, 2018 General Meeting @ Gracepoint Church Please be sure to attend the March general meeting to vote whether to adopt our updated bylaws. This process is required by Texas PTA periodically. Please see the President’s CECA Scoop for more details!

Remember to email your event photos to to share in the CECA newsletter!

We are currently filling our new CECA Board. Here are job descriptions for ALL of the board positions. If you have interest or even a question about any of the positions, please let one of our Nominating Committee members know or email!

President a. coordinate the work of the officers and committees of the association in order that the purposes of the association may be promoted b. preside at all meetings of the association c. appoint chairs of special committees, subject to approval of executive board d. serve as an ex-officio member of all committees except the nominating and audit committees Vice President a. act as aide-to-thepresident b. plan and execute annual Preschool Fair c. plan and execute annual Old/New Dinner d. preside in the absence of the president Treasurer a. handles the organizations funds b. creates budget in conjunction with officers and committee chairs c. writes checks, makes deposits, balances accounts d. prepares tax return e. submits books to audit committee Secretary a. records the minutes of all meetings of the association b. keep an accurate record of attendance at executive board meetings Parliamentarian advise the presiding officer on questions of parliamentary procedure

Fundraising Chair a. if necessary, to set up a Adult’s Group Coordinator budget listing the necessary a. to coordinate special expenditures of the interest groups for parents association for the year’s (including, but not limited fundraising activities to be to, activities such as presented to the executive Parent’s Night Out, Bunco) board for its approval b. to inform membership of before its presentation to activities through general the association meetings and newsletter b. to plan and execute c. to collect the special fundraising activities interest groups’ monthly c. information and forward to the newsletter editor by the Hospitality Chair monthly deadline a. to provide refreshments at general meetings Advertising Chair b. to oversee the set-up and a. to solicit advertising cleanup of the meeting contracts annually for room for each meeting website and newsletter b. to bring any advertisements c. to coordinate and execute annual New Member Get deemed ethically Acquainted Mixer to be questionable or in conflict held after the membership with organization goals to drive and prior to the the executive board for a September general meeting vote Membership Chair Character and Spiritual Education Chair a. to serve as chair for the annual Membership Drive a. to plan devotional for each executive board meeting b. to enroll new members and and each meeting of the compile a list to be sent to association and to stress the Texas PTA office and and emphasize spiritual distribute members’ cards guidance and moral values c. to greet new/prospective b. to coordinate local members at meetings and charitable activities make them feel welcome, set-up, membership table Children’s Activities for sign-in and information Coordinator a. to plan monthly outings for d. to compile, type, edit, and create a directory for members and children membership use b. to inform membership of activities through general e. to update membership lists monthly meetings and newsletter f. to relay pertinent Children’s Party Chair information to appropriate a. to plan and execute board members Children’s Parties as approved by the executive Newsletter Editor board a. to coordinate deadline dates for story submissions, b. to inform membership of ad submissions with the parties through general appropriate chairs meetings and newsletter b. to collect all officers’ and c. to oversee set-up and chairs’ monthly reports/ cleanup of facility used

information c. to place all advertisements in newsletter as compiled by the advertising chair d. to bring any advertisements deemed ethically questionable or in conflict with organization goals to the executive board for a vote Nursery Coordinator a. to secure nursery reservations for the regular meetings Playgroup Coordinator a. to coordinate ageappropriate playgroups b. to designate and keep record of playgroup leaders Programs/Parent Education Chair a. to arrange and introduce programs for the regular and special meetings b. to be responsible for selecting the installing officer for the annual meeting, subject to the approval of the executive board c. to initiate J.J. White Award nominations to present in November and/or April Publicity Chair a. to send notices of meetings and items of interest to the news media (including, but not limited to, newspapers, cable TV, signs, flyers) b. to coordinate and execute involvement in community outreach c. to create and oversee publishing and distribution of annual membership brochures d. to create and distribute event notifications Website Chair a. to oversee and update the organization’s website

Our Nearly/Newly Ones playgroup is forming soon for families with children around 1 year old. Contact the CECA Playgroup Coordinator at for more information.

Thursday, March 22 Fuzzy's Taco Shop 3100 Grapevine Mills Pkwy #101 Grapevine, TX 76051 Check the for details!

Volume 18

Issue 9

Coppell Early Childhood Association

March 2018 at a Glance Mark your Calendar Monday, March 5 10:00 am Parent Event @ Gracepoint Church Raising Food Smart Kids

2017-2018 Board President Stephanie Branum Vice President Brandi George Secretary Brandace Dobbs

March TBA 10:00 am Children’s Activity @ Plano CooCoos Friday-Sunday, April 6-8 CECA Spring Photo Fundraiser Registration is open! Saturday, April 14 10:00 am CECA Spring Fling @ Vista Ridge United Methodist Church Save the Date for our big spring party!

Happy Birthday!

Treasurer Lauren Dubois Parliamentarian Erica Burgess Adult Groups Danea Thuemmel Character & Spiritual Nancy Martin Children’s Parties Randi Lounavaara Fundraising Wei Ni Kaplan Membership Kate Jones Nursery Krystina Britt Playgroups Angela McCulley Programs Amanda Stone Sunshine Committee Cassie Sagel Publicity Open Website/Newsletter Jyotsna Sripada

Katie Hansen


Patti De La Rosa


Meghan Morales


Brandi George


Hospitality Jessi Davidson- Irizarry

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