EC3 Newsletter - 7/18/14

Published: 2014-07-21

Last Day for the Scholastic Book Fair

We have almost reached our goal of $2,000 in sales for our Scholastic Book Fair! This is an important event for EC3 because it relates directly to our work toward early literacy; we are able to buy books for the classrooms with the revenue generated through this sale.

If you miss us today (sale ends at 6:00 p.m.), you can still purchase books from our online fair until July 29th at Books will ship to EC3 for free!

Dolphin and Seal Room Painting Tomorrow

Tomorrow (Saturday, July 19th) we will be tackling our next painting job -- the Dolphin and Seal rooms! Work will start at 9:00 a.m. and continue until 3:00 p.m., unless we finish earlier. Please come lend a hand at any point during that time! Questions? Contact Betsy at

Mark Your Calendars for Meet-the-Teacher Nights in August

EC3 is hosting our annual series of meet-the-teacher nights for our preschool and older toddler classrooms. These events are intended to give parents a chance to see the classrooms and meet the staff members who will be teaching their children in the fall. If your child will be moving into the Gecko, Frog, Tiger, Bluegill, or Bear classrooms after Labor Day, watch for a note in your cubby soon with more details.

Children in Cars

As temperatures across the country continue to escalate, it is more important than ever to understand the health effects for children. Infants and young children are particularly sensitive to the effects of extreme heat and must rely on others to keep them safe. When left in a hot vehicle, a young child’s body temperature can increase three to five times as quickly as an adult’s. Here are a few simple things you can do to keep children safe:

* Make it part of your everyday routine to account for all children in your care. Set up backup systems to check and double-check that no child is left in the vehicle. Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle—even if the windows are partially open or the engine is running with the air conditioning on. Vehicles heat up quickly; if the outside temperature is in the low 80s, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in only 10 minutes, even with a window rolled down 2 inches.
* Always make a habit of looking in the vehicle—front and back—before locking the door and walking away. Create reminders to ensure that no child is accidentally left behind in the vehicle. Place an item that is needed at your final destination in the back of the vehicle next to the child.
* Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately if you see a child alone in a hot vehicle. If he or she is in distress due to heat, get the child out as soon as possible and cool him or her down rapidly.

Creative Art Activities for Lazy Summer Days

Between the trips to the beach, camping, ball games and barbeques, families occasionally find themselves with a beautiful weekend day and nothing on the calendar. This is a perfect time to get messy and creative in the backyard with the kiddos. Check out this great article on seven family friendly art activities. An added bonus – you can save the artwork for Christmas presents!

Dressing Up at EC3

Dramatic play is an important element of early childhood education because it allows young children to develop their skills of symbolic thought, which contribute to intellectual development in general and language development in particular. At EC3, we feature a dramatic play area in each classroom and are always in need of new supplies—costumes, hats, shoes, accessories. As you clean up your closets at home (or visit neighborhood garage sales), please keep us in mind for donations of dress-up items for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Weekend Family Fun

Giant Scale Radio Controlled Model Airplane Show – CARDS Field
Saturday, July 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. // 8328 Otto Rd, Grand Ledge
CARDS Radio Control Model Airplane Club will welcome spectators at their 33rd annual Giant Scale Airplane Show. This event always draws top pilots from throughout the Midwest and will feature them performing highly skilled aerobatics. Admission: Donation at the gate.

Lugnuts & Fireworks – Cooley Law School Stadium
Saturday, July 19th at 7:05 p.m.
Go Nuts downtown for a Lansing Lugnuts Baseball game! The classic American past time is alive and well in our community, so come be a part of the fun. Enjoy LAFCU Fireworks after the game!

Family Fun in the Park – Sharp Park
Sunday, July 20th from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. // 1401 Elmwood Dr., Lansing
Free family magic show featuring Jeff the Magician. Show is sponsored by Delta Township Parks & Recreation and will be held in the amphitheater near the pond. Free.

Important Dates Coming Up

* Saturday, 7/19: Dolphin and Seal Rooms painting, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
* Monday, 7/21: Tuition invoices e-mailed
* Friday, 7/25: Tuition due

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