EC3 Newsletter - 9/19/14

Published: 2014-09-19

EC3 Parent Participation

Not only is EC3 a high-quality early learning environment, but it’s also “owned” by its member families! EC3 is officially a parent cooperative preschool, which means that parents are responsible for the governance and maintenance of the organization. That’s why you’ll always see reminders for volunteer opportunities, and why we encourage parents to serve on our Board and committees. This type of parent participation has always set EC3 apart from other early learning centers, and it’s a legacy we’re excited to continue.

Tomorrow, Saturday, September 20th, we will be tackling our next volunteer opportunity – painting the Bluegill room (and the upstairs bathrooms and kitchen if we have enough people)! 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, even if just for an hour!

We’re also happy to receive donations of roller pads, disposable foam paint brushes, and gift cards to Home Depot!

Policy Reminder

It’s that time of year—cold and flu season is just around the corner, so it is a good time to reacquaint yourself with EC3’s sick policy. It is never an easy decision to disrupt your workday, so please know that if we call you to pick up your sick child we have considered all remedies within our power. We appreciate your swift response, and we thank you for keeping them away from the center until 24 hours after the symptoms have subsided (NOT simply 24 hours after we sent them home), or when the date on the Sent Home Sick form indicates. The complete policy can be found in your Parent Handbook, which is available on the EC3 website, as well as an example of the Sent Home Sick form.

Michigan Monitoring for Cases of Enterovirus

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is receiving reports indicating an increase in severe respiratory illness in children ages 5-17 across the state. At this time, Michigan has no confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with the national outbreak, but MDCH is forwarding samples to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for testing. Symptoms of EV-D68 include runny nose, cough, sneezing, wheezing, increased respiratory rate, and fever. Not everyone will experience all these symptoms, and not everyone who has these symptoms has EV-D68. If your child has any of these symptoms, contact your healthcare provider – especially if your child has any breathing/respiratory issues. Among the EV-D68 cases in Missouri and Illinois, children with asthma seemed to have a higher risk for severe respiratory illness.

Nickelodeon Worldwide Day of Play

Tomorrow, September 20th, Nickelodeon is hosting "Worldwide Day of Play," an event where the channel will go completely dark for three hours to reinforce one message: Get up, get out, and go play! This event promotes activity and pursuing healthy lifestyles for kids of all ages. Take a pop over to EC3’s Pinterest page for ideas of fun, easy outdoor activities and games.

Lansing Symphony Orchestra

The LSO presents the NEW Family Fun Card! Sign up the family for only $20 and receive $10 tickets all season long (even the parents!). For more information or to sign up, call the LSO office at 517-487-5001. There is a limited supply each season, so don’t delay!

Weekend Family Fun

Farm Dayz - Dimondale
Saturday, September 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
A spectacular one-day event devoted to community and small farms and local businesses. Many free demonstrations such as a working blacksmith, herding dogs, cow and goat milking and sheep shearing, a pair of working oxen and, for children, ride Reba the cow. See how things are done on a farm, where your food comes from and how it is grown. Live music from Sel de Terre, with incredible Cajun tunes. Bring a chair or blanket or pull up a seat at one of the many picnic tables. Parking $5/car. Bring the family, but please leave pets at home.

Free Family Film Festival at NCG Cinemas
Friday, September 19th through Sunday, September 21st.
Doors open at 9:30 am and all shows start at 10:00 a.m. This week’s feature is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Tickets are first-come-first-served.

Down Home Days - Mason
Thursday, September 18th through Sunday, September 21st
Check out fall colors and join Mason folks for an outdoor concert Thursday, family walk Friday, Saturday's 150-vendor craft show on the historic Ingham County Courthouse Square and so much more!

Old Town Blues Festival – Old Town Lansing
Friday, September 19th through Saturday, September 20th
Old Town BluesFest brings together the best blues artists from Lansing and across the country. Music workshops, a beverage tent and ethnic food. This FREE community festival is a tradition in Old Town, where community, creativity and culture thrive.

Important Dates Coming Up

* Saturday, 9/20: Support staff TeShawna Robinson’s birthday
* Saturday, 9/20: Bluegill room painting day, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
* Sunday, 9/21: Support staff Yoshaum Young’s birthday
* Monday, 9/22: Tuition grace period day; accounts paid in full by 6:00 p.m. will not be assessed a late fee
* Tuesday, 9/23: Toddler Teacher Ryan Mayes’s birthday

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EC3 was a wonderful, nurturing place for my children to grow and learn. I was constantly impressed with the quality and variety of educational activities the Center provides for children. Daily interaction with other children and trusted adults has allowed them to develop social skills that far exceed what they could develop just at home. In addition, EC3 showed tremendous willingness to consider my children's individual development and characteristics in determining appropriate placements. Both my son and, later, my daughter loved EC3, and I wholeheartedly recommend EC3 to other parents as well.

Erin Schor
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