FIRST EVER COLLIER EDUCATIONAL EXPO

MOPS Moms Group Aims To Educate Preschool Moms About Future Schooling Options With First-Ever School Expo

NAPLES, FL – April 16, 2014 – As Naples area school options continue to grow, giving local families more variety and choices in education for their children, MOPS (Moms of Preschoolers) of Naples, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving and supporting Naples area mothers of children ages newborn to five, will be hosting its first-ever School Expo featuring public, private, charter and home schooling options from across Collier County from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7, at Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy.

In an effort to better inform local preschool moms about the educational choices available to their children as they approach school age, this free event, which will include breakfast and offer childcare for children ages newborn to five years old, is open to all Naples area moms of preschoolers. Due to limited seating and childcare availability, reservations are required by e-mailing mopsofnaples@gmail.com no later than May 5.

Representatives from various schools throughout the community, including the new charter schools, Gulf Coast Charter Academy South and Mason Classical Academy, slated for a Fall 2014 opening, as well as local private schools, homeschooling communities, and the Collier County School District, each will be giving a short presentation about their school and its philosophy and curriculum focus. Each school rep will have a table where attendees will be able to pick up informational materials and ask questions.
“Schooling our children is something most moms are passionate about. And with so many more school choices popping up around Naples, we are hearing from more and more parents wondering which option is best for their child. Many of us don’t know where to start,” said Lindsey Allen, president of MOPS of Naples.

“What is a charter school? What Christian private schools are available in the area and how much do they cost? Is homeschooling right for me? Which school zone should I live in? These are some of the questions we often hear from our moms of preschoolers as they start to think about full-time school options for their children,” added Allen. “We are hoping this School Expo will help moms better understand all that is available to them so that they can make the best educational decisions for their families.”

About MOPS of Naples
MOPS of Naples and MOPS International exist to meet the needs of every mom of a preschooler ages newborn to five – urban, suburban and rural moms; stay-at-home and working moms; teen, single and married moms – moms with different lifestyles who all share a similar desire to be the very best moms they can be. MOPS recognizes that the years from infancy through kindergarten are foundational in a mother-child relationship and are filled with unique needs. MOPS helps moms through relationships established in the context of local groups that provide a caring atmosphere for today’s mother of young children.

For more information about MOPS of Naples, visit MOPS Naples on Facebook or on the Web at www.mopsofnaples.org. The group meets at 9:15 a.m. the first and third Wednesday of every month throughout the school year at Center Point Community Church.

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Don’t Miss Our First Meeting of the Season!

Join us for our FIRST MOPS Meeting of the 2013-2014 season

THIS Wednesday, September 4th!

Drop your little ones off (childcare starts at 9:15am), get settled with a hot breakfast you didn’t have to make, and enjoy as we start off our year with a fabulous craft (making fancy dish-washing gloves) and hilarious speaker, Doris Brock.

Our 2013-2014 theme is “A Beautiful Mess”- doesn’t that perfectly describe life with a preschooler?!

As a special incentive to be there this week, we are giving away tickets to the the “Happy Mom” Conference in Estero, September 14-15.  More info on this can be found at http://www.uofmoms.com/happymomconference/.

Just make sure you are there by 9:30 to be eligible for this prize.

We hope you are able to make it to our first meeting of the season and to be a part of what we are sure will be a fantastic year!

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Summer Activities

Playdates EVERY Wednesday~ if any outdoor activity is disrupted by bad weather, meet at Center Point instead

1st Thursday of the Month- Mommy Day! Childcare provided for 3 hours (cost $5 per family), time to be used chatting and, for those that are interested, an activity of some sort (additional cost may apply).  Meets at Center Point.

2nd & 4th Thursdays of the Month- Book Club~ Childcare provided for 3 hours (cost $5 per family), book selections are June “Cottonwood Whispers” by Jennifer Valent/ July “Five Love Languages of Children” by Gary Chapman/ August “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers.  Meets at Center Point.

MOPS After Dark, starts at 7pm, childcare not provided~ June 10th Scavenger Hunt starting at Starbucks on 5th Ave/ July 23rd @ Senior Tequila’s/ August 11th Crazy Bowling @ Woodside Lanes

** PLEASE look for additional information to be posted on our MOPS Naples Facebook page.

HOPE TO SEE YOU THIS SUMMER!!!

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Calendar Update

Hey did you notice that our Second Semester Calendar is up.  You asked, and we complied.  It will be a great second half of our year and we hope to see you at our meetings!

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Mike Davis says “Thank You”

The following email was sent to MOPS Naples from one of the Kindergarten teachers at Mike Davis Elementary in response to our Valentines and I wanted to share it with you all!

The candy was a huge hit and was much appreciated.  The children were really excited today as you would expect – this is a BIG holiday in their world and you added to it.  We had fun!  And no injuries or traumatic happenings!  Happy Valentine’s Day indeed!

I will tell you that I think the real ministry was in the surprised and pleased faces of the other teachers when I came around with the candy – your ministry did not go unnoticed.  A great message and I thank you again.
Love, Louise
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Welcome Back!

This Wednesday, Sept 5th, is our first meeting of the year. I am sure when you were expecting your first you thought motherhood would be a lot different than it turned out to be. Come join us as we laugh, joke, and discuss the many things we swore we’d never do as mothers! Childcare is available at 9:15am, no reservations needed. Our meeting begins at 9:30 and lasts until 11:30. Hope to see you there!

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MOPS Sunday & Bake Sale

Come join us this Sunday, September 2nd from 9-10:30am at Center Point Community Church (6590 Golden Gate Parkway).  We will be serving up some delicious treats and getting information out about our upcoming MOPS year.  Service are at 9am and 10:30am, with a social time in between from 10-10:30am.  The kids will have a blast and you can get your first taste of Fall!  Hope to see you there!!!

What is MOPS?

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Summer Calendar of Events

MOPS Summer Calendar

Tues, June 5th Book Club -Center Point Community Church

9:45am -11:45am $5 for childcare

*  Read first 10 chapters of Fireflies in December by Jennifer Valant

Wed, June 6th Playdate- Fleischmann Park
9:30am-11:30am; Free

* Bring a picnic if you want to stay longer and celebrate the beginning of summer!

Tues, June 12th STEERING- Center Point Community Church

9:45am-11:45am, Room 105

* Complete Lesson 1: Faith in Action

Tues, June 12th MOPSafterDark- Girls Night In (Facials, Manicures, Scrubs, etc)
7pm- 9pm, bring a dish to share

* watch for evite containing more details including address

Wed, June 13th Playdate- Home Depot –South Naples (1651 Airport Rd S, 34112)

10am- 12pm; Free

* Kids will do a special project

Tues, June 19th Book Club- Center Point Community Church

9:45am – 11:45am; $5 for childcare

* Read from Ch 11 to end of Fireflies in December by Jennifer Valant

Wed, June 20th Playdate- Cici Pizza

10am -12pm; Buffet prices per person

* Tour the kitchen, make your own pizza, and enjoy lunch (included in price)

Tues, June 26th STEERING- Center Point Community Church

9:45am-11:45am, Room 105

* Complete Lesson 2: Faith and Life

Wed, June 27th Playdate- Hollywood 20 Theaters

10am – 12pm, $1 per person

* Meet after movie at Chick-fil-a Naples Center for lunch

Tues, July 3rd Book Club -Center Point Community Church

9:45am -11:45am $5 for childcare

* Read Chapters Mon through Friday of Have a New Kid by Friday by Dr Kevin Lemen

Wed, July 4th Playdate- July 4th Parade

10am – 12pm, Free

* Meet in front of the Inn on Fifth

Tues, July 10th STEERING- Center Point Community Church

9:45am-11:45am, Room 105

* Complete Lesson 3: Faith and Society

Wed, July 11th Playdate- Bowling at Woodside Lanes (8525 Radio Lane, 34104)

10am – 12pm, Free if you register for Kid’s Bowl Free ($2 shoe rental)

* The link to register is on our MOPS Naples Facebook page

Tues, July 17th Book Club -Center Point Community Church

9:45am -11:45am $5 for childcare

* Read Chapters Ask Dr. Leon and Epilogue

Wed, July 18th Playdate- Olympian Athletic Center (2383 Linwood Way, 34112)

10am; $5 charge per person

* Open Gym time- children must wear socks and bring a water bottle!

Mon, July 25th Start of VBS at Center Point Community Church

* Contact the church to register and get more information 261-7486

Mon, July 30th MOPSafterDark: Zumba
7pm – 9pm

*  watch for evite containing more details including address

Tues, July 31st STEERING- Center Point Community Church

9:45am-11:45am, Room 105

* Complete Lesson 4: Faith and the Human Tongue

Wed, Aug. 1st Playdate- Sweet Bay Supermarket (750 Mission Hills Drive, 34119)

10 am -12pm; Free

* Tour the store, sample yummy treats, and practice being a cashier!

Tues, Aug. 7th Book Club -Center Point Community Church

9:45am -11:45am $5 for childcare

* Read chapters Sukkot through Lent of Girl Meets God: A Memoir by Lauren Winner

Wed, Aug. 8th Playdate- Golden Gate Aquatic Center (3300 Santa Barbara Blvd, 34106)

10am – 12pm; $3 adults, $2.50 kids 3+, under 3 free

* Bring a picnic lunch and a change of clothes for the ride home, naps almost guaranteed!

Tues, Aug. 14th STEERING- Center Point Community Church

9:45am-11:45am, Room 105

* Complete Lesson 5: Faith and Human Struggle

Wed, Aug. 15th North Naples Fire Department

9:30am -12pm, Free

* Bring a towel—the kids will get soaked while exploring the fire station, vehicles, and equipment. Bring a picnic and let the kids dry off while playing at Veteran’s Park afterwards!

Tues, Aug. 21st Book Club -Center Point Community Church

9:45am -11:45am $5 for childcare

* Read chapters Holy Week through Advent of Girl Meets God: A Memoir by Lauren Winner

Wed, Aug. 22nd MOPS Kickoff- North Collier Regional Park

10am – 12pm, free

* Come and gather to play, register for the upcoming 2012-2013 year, and share MOPS with a new mom. Invite someone to the playdate and enter to win your MOPS Intl. Membership for free!  Don’t forget to pack a picnic!

Tues, Aug. 28th STEERING- Center Point Community Church

9:45am-11:45am, Room 105

* Complete Lesson 6: Faith and Practice

Thurs, Aug. 30th MOPSafterDark: Game Night
7pm – 9pm

*  watch for evite containing more details including address

Wed, Sept. 5th 1st MOPS Meeting of the 2012-2013 Season!!!

9:15am- 11:30am, $7 per meeting (childcare included)

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The Nordstom Experience

Our next MOPS meeting on Feb 1 will treat us to the Nordstrom’s Experience!  Their Intimates Manager, Shana, will be joining our meeting this week to help us get a better understanding of a proper bra fit and how proper undergarments can give us back that pre-baby body.  She will bring her sizing equipment with her and if you want to find out your proper fit, our meeting will be a great opportunity to sans kids (You know its always so challenging to go shopping with them!)

We will also be doing a clothing swap and all donations and leftover clothes will be delivered to the local Abused Women and Children shelter.  We are also taking up donations of body products and toys.

If you live in the Naples, South Naples, or North Naples/Lee County zip codes, please bring a dish to share.  Hope to see everyone there!

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Long time, no posts!

Boy, its been a long time since we posted on our site.  Sorry!  Seems like we mostly stick to sending emails (mopsofnaples@gmail.com) and posting events on Facebook (MOPS Naples).  We do have lots of great meeting for 2012 and we hope you can join us.  Check out the Spring Schedule link for more information on upcoming speakers and activities.  We do promise to be more diligent with keeping our website up-to-date too, especially now that the Holiday season is behind us :-)

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