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Part-time Job Opportunity

posted Sep 14, 2012, 7:42 PM by Coop Webperson

Hi All-

A friend of mine (and former Co-op parent/board member) is looking for a part-time social media assistant. Details below...

Take care,
Heather Harris
Kenan's mom

Chapel Hill app development startup is looking for a Social Media Assistant to help manage our social media channels. We are developing an iPad app that makes it easy to create multimedia photo albums on your iPad, and need someone to help create brand awareness and engagement and develop a community of interested users.

The ideal candidate will be a photography enthusiast and blogging and social media savvy with excellent writing skills, organization skills, and the ability to work independently.

This person will assist the founder in creating content for company blog, and managing Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and other social media accounts, engaging in online dialogues and answering questions. Flexible hours, work from home, 10-15 hours per week—perfect for SAHM. Please email short cover letter, résumé (if you have one) and writing sample to

Field Trip Update 3

posted Aug 28, 2012, 7:24 PM by Coop Webperson

Hi Families,

I apologize for blowing up your Inboxes with emails, but I wanted to clarify a few things.

This whole time I thought the train ticket was $8/each and the discounted admission price was $10. Apparently it's the other way around. The train ticket is $10/each (ages 3+) and the admission price is $8. For those of you who haven't gone to the museum website to read more about the event, the train ticket includes, train ride to the pumpkin patch, a pumpkin for each ticket, face painting, decorating a bag, and a snack. The normal cost for a train ticket on any other museum day is still $3, so asking for $10 hopefully doesn't sound too outrageous. If your child is 2 or younger and you still want to participate, you just have to purchase a ticket for yourself. Again, I apologize for the confusion.

If you look on the bulletin board in the front room of the school you will see a Field Trip Sign up Sheet. Please fill out your name and number of tickets you need. For those of you who aren't able to give me money on Friday at the potluck, please leave a check in my son's folder (Dag Heintzman, Wildflower). For everyone else, you can wait to give me money on Friday.

The field trip will be on October 19 at 10:30am at the Life and Science Museum in Durham. Considering how busy the day will be and the amount of people, we will meet in front of the museum around 10am and walk into groups according to membership. I am hoping we will have enough members to get most, if not all non members in for free. When the time gets closer, we will work out the details.

Thanks again everyone and I hope you and your little ones have a great first day back in school!


Field Trip Update 2

posted Aug 28, 2012, 7:18 PM by Coop Webperson

Hi Families,

I'm writing to follow up on some suggestions made by other coop members. First, a few moms made a good point that a lot of us are members of the museum and could get 1-2 more people into the musuem on our card. If you are one of these members, please sign a form on the bulletin board with the number of extra people you can take and for those of you who are nonmembers to the museum can sign their childs name. We for example have a membership for 4 and will only need 3, so we can take 1 person.

If you are not able to go to the potluck,but are planning to join us for the field trip, you can leave me a check in Dags' (Wildflower) folder. Make the check out to Leslie Heintzman. The reason I need the money now, is to guarantee our reservation on Friday. After the potluck on Friday I will be calling the museum to give them the final number, along with my credit card number to purchase the tickets. If you are not a member to the museum and can not get onto another families card, you will still have to give me the $10 plus $8 for the train ticket. Regular admission is more than $10, so if you want the discounted group rate of $10, I need to prepay. Thanks everyone and again, feel free to email me if you have more questions.

Many thanks,


Field Trip Update

posted Aug 27, 2012, 7:03 PM by Coop Webperson

Hi Families,

New update on our Field Trip!! I just got off the phone with the group planner at the museum and she said if we have 20 members or more who want to go, we can get a group rate for $8/ticket for the Pumpkin Express. This does not include general admission into the museum, so of your not a member you still have to buy the admission fee into the museum. I will place a sign up form in the school to see how many members want to go and on Friday at the potluck I will collect money to guarantee our group reservation. If you are a member, you will only have to give me $8/ticket. If you are not a member you will need to give me $8 plus $10 for ticket and admission ($18/person). Thanks everyone!


Field Trip October 19

posted Aug 27, 2012, 6:57 PM by Coop Webperson

Hi families,

This year we thought it would be fun to go to the Museum of Life and Science in Durham for the Pumpkin Event. Below is the link to their website. If you are members presale tickets start Sept. 4 & 5 ($12/ticket),depending on your membership. For the general public, tickets go on sale on Sept. 7 for $20/ticket. Last year the event sold out in one day after the sale was open to the public, so you MUST buy at 9am if you are not a member. The date for our field trip is Oct 19, so please try to purchase your ticket for that date.

Feel free to contact me if you need any further information.

Many thanks,

Heintzman clan

P. S.
If you haven't signed up for a dish for our first potluck, please do!!!
Here is the link again and the password is: coop

Potluck URL:

Back To School Potluck

posted Aug 18, 2012, 8:43 PM by Coop Webperson

Hi Families,

It was great to see many of you at the Open House today! I don't know about you, but we are really excited to start another year at the Coop.

This will be our second year with the school and we are grateful to have received the Field Trip/Social Coordinator position. This position includes organizing the Potlucks. Aside from setting up and cleaning afterwards, we are in charge of making sure people sign up to bring a dish. This year we've decided to try something different with the sign up sheet. To help avoid too many of the same dish we've set up the list in categories of Main, Side, Dessert, and Drinks. If you notice that 2 families have already signed up for the same dish, please consider bringing something different. Even though this is a potluck for the kids, many of the parents are joining us on their lunch break from work and it would be nice to have enough food so everyone can go home full. If all of the positions are already taken, feel free to add your own in whatever category you would like. Thank you for your cooperation and we are looking forward to another great year at the Coop!

Here is the link to the online potluck sheet:

Password: coop

Many thanks,

Chris, Leslie, Dag (Wildflower) & Maximus

Potluck Final Reminder! - June 5, 2012

posted Aug 12, 2012, 8:04 PM by Coop Webperson   [ updated Aug 12, 2012, 8:04 PM by John Lim ]

Hi all,

This is the last and final reminder to sign up for the potluck! We hope you will join us and please remember to bring chairs or blankets. Also, if we could get 1-2 volunteers to help with setup and cleanup, we would truly appreciate the help!

Potluck URL:

Password: coop2

Many thanks,

Chris & Leslie

Field Trip

posted May 2, 2012, 8:45 PM by Coop Webperson   [ updated May 2, 2012, 8:49 PM by John Lim ]

Hi all,

So it seems the majority has voted for Strawberry Picking. I've spoken to Rob (the farmer) and he suggests that we arrive around 10. They will set up two kid size picnic tables and two adult picnic tables, so we can have a picnic lunch after our hard work. They also wanted me to mention they just rescued two miniature pigs, have a doe, baby dwarf goat and two full size goats the kids can visit while we are there. If we show up around 10am that will give us a hour or more to pick berries,visit the animals and have a picnic lunch. They have a port-a-potty and a use-your-foot hand washing system out there. Rob also wanted to me to remind you that it will be chilly in the morning, so bring an extra layer of clothes. Before we meet out there I would also like to remind you to please talk to your child/ren before you arrive about not running on the plants, on the rows, and to pick the berries gently to avoid damaging anything. They are expecting another group around 2pm that afternoon, so we need to wrap things up before they arrive. Many thanks everyone and we look forward to seeing you at the farm!


Check out Lucas in a TV ad!

posted May 2, 2012, 8:44 PM by Coop Webperson   [ updated May 2, 2012, 8:44 PM by John Lim ]

Lucas has a brief moment of fame in one of the TV ads about Amendment One. Yes, it is a fleeting moment, but he is in the red & blue striped shirt if you want to check it out -

It is amazing how 4 hours of play at the playground distill into such a quick 30 seconds!


Field Trip

posted Sep 11, 2011, 6:19 PM by Coop Webperson   [ updated May 2, 2012, 8:16 PM by John Lim ]

Hi friends,

First, I want to apologize for sending this information out so late, I hope you will join us next week on a fun adventure with the little ones! We came up with two fun options and depending on what the weather permits you can choose either option for you and your child. The first option is the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. We have a reserved a spot for 9:15am on April 24 and all you have to do is meet at the front desk and sign in under the Children's Cooperative Playschool. Unless you want to take your child into one of the special exhibits, general admission into the museum is free. We realize that Raleigh is farther away than the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, but we thought the change in location would be fun and exciting for the kids.

The second option is Strawberry picking at our friends farm, Whitted Bowers Farm, which is a certified Organic & Biodynamic Farm. Due to our very mild and warm winter, local strawberries will not be available for very long. Our friends tell us that all of the strawberries are coming in all at once and fast, so if you want your fill, now is the time to pick them! I chose this farm because unlike other local farms, Rob (the farmer) does not spray his fields, so we don't have to worry about our little ones getting rashes from chemical sprays or any other icky stuff other farmers spray on their berries. Below is the link to their website, so you can read and learn more about the farm. Rob recommends that you bring your own buckets and when you arrive, make sure you have them weighed before you start filling them with the delicious berries! The U-pick strawberries are $2.50/lb and you can stay out their as long as it takes to get the amount of strawberries you want. For those of you who are interested, I've also added a few delicious recipes in case you want to take the experience farther with your child and make homemade jams and pastries at home!

Please let us know which field trip you would like to take your child on. We have already reserved a spot for the school at the museum and I can call Whitted Bowers to let them know how many to expect if you decide strawberry picking is the trip for your family. Quick note: if your interested in both trips, you can always take your family to pick strawberries over the weekend. Let us know!

Strawberry Jam
2 pounds fresh strawberries, hulled
4 cups white sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice

1. In a wide bowl, crush strawberries in batches until you have 4 cups of mashed berry. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, mix together the strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. Stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to high, and bring the mixture to a full rolling boil. Boil, stirring often, until the mixture reaches 220 degrees F (105 degrees C). Transfer to hot sterile jars, leaving 1/4 to 1/2 inch headspace, and seal. Process in a water bath. If the jam is going to be eaten right away, don't bother with processing, and just refrigerate.

Strawberry Shortcakes:

Strawberry Ice Cream:

Many thanks,

Chris & Leslie

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