EC3 Newsletter - 9/12/14

Published: 2014-09-12

Annual Forms Reminder

Parents of currently-enrolled children: if you haven’t done so already, please complete the forms you received in your child’s cubby last week and return them to the EC3 office as soon as possible. Note: Please date and initial the Child Information Record after reviewing it for accuracy. Both CACFP forms, including the Household Income Eligibility Form, must be completed and returned, regardless of whether your family qualifies for subsidies. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or pop by the office for clarification.

EC3 Volunteer Opportunities

Tomorrow, Saturday, September 13th, Lansing area volunteers participating in the Capital Area United Way’s Day of Caring will be at EC3 to paint the fence that surrounds Toddlerland. Work will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end by 1:00 p.m. We could use your help if you have an hour or two--or four!

Next Saturday, September 20th, we will be tackling our next interior painting job -- the Bluegill room, kitchen, and upstairs bathrooms! We need a group of volunteers to help with various stages of the job -- prep work, furniture moving, painting, and clean-up crews will all be needed. Work will start at 9:00 a.m. and continue until 3:00 p.m. Please come lend a hand at any point during that time! Sign-up sheets for Bluegill room parents are on the room clipboard -- parents from other classrooms are welcome to pitch in too! Questions? Contact Betsy at

These volunteer activities are an important part of what it means to be in the EC3 community; children benefit from seeing their parents collaborating with the parents of their friends, maintenance costs are kept down, and everyone has the opportunity to get to know each other better.

Ideas for Lunch AND Lunch Boxes and Containers

Are you running out of healthy ideas to send for lunch or are the kids tired of the same things every day? It is a challenge many parents face; sending a healthy, well-balanced lunch that the children will actually eat! Check out our blog post about healthy options, portion sizes and more at You can also check out our Pinterest page ( for lunch ideas.

We have added links to lunchboxes and lunch bags, as well as lunch containers. With up to 18 kiddos in some classrooms, room in the refrigerator is at a premium. To make sure we have space for everything, we recommend soft sided lunch bags over hard side and tin lunch pails. Additionally, if you send your child with condiments or beverages from home, we ask that you send single day servings, versus a carton of milk or full bottle of salad dressing or ketchup.

Make it at Home!

Play dough encourages imagination and creativity in young children. Have your child build characters out of play dough and work together to tell a story! You can also let your child help you make the play dough, encouraging early science and math skills. Check out EC3’s Pinterest page for more make-it-at-home ideas, including homemade bathtub paints and homemade finger paints!
Mix together:
* 2 cups flour
* 2 cups warm water
* 1 cup salt
* 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
To create colors, just add a few drops of food coloring or unsweetened drink mix.

Keep Track of Kids at Drop-Off and Pick-Up

It’s nice to see children who feel safe and confident enough to depart company from their parents as soon as they enter EC3, and we’re also glad when parents stop in the office to chat or catch up with other parents. However, parents (not teachers) are responsible for their children until they are signed in (at drop-off) and after they are signed out (at pick-up)—so please keep them close while you’re in the building!

Old Newsboys Association

Since 1924, Old Newsboys of Greater Lansing has been providing shoes and boots to deserving children. Last year they spent $182,000 on shoes, boots, and socks for 5,800 children. The Association partners with schools in the Lansing area to distribute footwear to children in need. Children qualify for footwear if they would also normally qualify for free or reduced lunch. If you would like more information about the program, or a request form for footwear for your child, please let Marney know at

Weekend Family Fun

Harvest Moon Tales around the Campfire – Harris Nature Center
Saturday, September 13th at 7:00 p.m.
The harvest moon is low in the sky and appears huge. The extra light it gives off used to allow farmers to stay in their fields harvesting crops well into the night. What a great time to enjoy a campfire and hear stories before taking a short walk through the nighttime woods with a naturalist. Admission: $3/person or $7/family.

Touch-a-Truck – Hawk Island Park
Saturday, September 13th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Touch-a-Truck/Big-Rig-Gig is a family-friendly event that gives the community an opportunity to sit in, touch, climb on, or take pictures by the “big rigs” that the kids love! They are featuring a Bouncy House, Straw Bale Maze, Potter Park Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Paint a Truck, Disc Golf, Kona Ice Shaved Ice, a local Food Truck and more! Admission: $3-$12.

Capital Area Humane Society Walk for the Animals – Fitzgerald Park
Saturday, September 13th
Join the CAHS for one of their largest fundraisers! Enjoy a pancake breakfast; the Meows & Mutts Midway, with carnival games for both you and your dog, and much more! Participant favorites such as the doggy obstacle course and agility demonstrations are returning. This is all in addition to the 5k and 1-mile walk, which are both stroller friendly. There is no registration fee; however, walkers are encouraged to collect pledges from friends and family, and will take home incentives based on their total of pledges raised. Anyone raising $75 or more will receive a free pancake breakfast, five tickets for the Meows & Mutts Midway and other incentives.

Registration options include visiting the website at, and clicking on the “Walk for the Animals” tab, registering on the day of the event starting at 9:00AM at Fitzgerald Park, or emailing for more information.

Capital City Dragon Boat Race – Adado Riverfront Park
Saturday, September 13th thru Sunday, September 14th
Don't miss cheering on your favorite team during the Capital City Dragon Boat Race as paddlers race in timed trials to capture their flags on the Grand River at Adado Riverfront Park. The fundraiser will benefit the Women's Center of Greater Lansing.

Important Dates Coming Up

* Saturday, 9/13: Capitol Area United Way Day of Caring Volunteer Event, 9:00 a.m.
* Saturday, 9/13: Support staff Allison Dennis’s birthday
* Monday, 9/15: Tuition invoices e-mailed
* Tuesday, 9/16: EC3 Board of Directors Meeting, 6:15 p.m., EC3 Gym
* Saturday, 9/20: Support staff TeShawna Robinson’s birthday
* Saturday, 9/20: Bluegill room painting day, 9:00 a.m.
* Sunday, 9/21: Support staff Yoshaum Young’s birthday

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We have sent our son to EC3 for the past two years and consider it our second home. The staff are amazing. I love that the center is NAEYC accredited. My son loves his teachers and his friends. They'e had outstanding protocols during the pandemic and thank goodness - because my son has some normalcy in his day-to-day life. We are blessed to have such a high-quality center in our community. I'm excited for my daughter to go through the same program, knowing that she will be in a supportive, nurturing environment. I highly recommend EC3!

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