EC3 Newsletter – 10/31/14

Published: 2014-10-31

Time Change this Weekend: Set Clocks Back One Hour

Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend. Before you go to bed Saturday night, set your clocks back one hour.

Parent Survey Results

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Halloween Parade and Parties Today!

EC3’s Halloween parade and class parties are today. A couple of last minute reminders:
* The parade begins at 3:30 p.m. – weather permitting.
* DON’T bring your child dressed in his/her costume that morning; rather, send children’s costumes with them (no weapons, please)--staff members will dress them after nap/quiet-time.
* DON’T come into the building prior to the parade (3:30 p.m.), but wait outside for the children to come out. If the weather is bad, there will be no parade – just head in to your child’s classroom at 3:30 for the party.

Picture Days: November 5th and November 6th

Lifetouch Fall picture days are coming to EC3 next week! On Wednesday, November 5th, the Bees, Ladybugs, Dolphins, Seals, Penguins, and Geckos will have their pictures taken. On Thursday, November 6th the Frogs, Tigers, Bluegills and Bears will have their pictures taken. Part-time students will have pictures taken on whichever day they attend. Picture-taking sessions will take place both days from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Forms have been placed in the cubbies, but they need only be returned if parents have special preferences for background color or pictures with siblings. Parents are under no obligation to purchase the pictures when they are delivered to EC3 in a few weeks.

EC3 Volunteer Opportunity – Saturday, November 8th

Saturday, October 11th, we will be tackling our next volunteer opportunity – painting bathrooms, the kitchen and a small portion of the Bear room. If painting isn’t your thing, we need help with prep and clean up as well. 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! Please sign-up at – available slots range from one hour to all day and you can choose what you would like to help with.

We’re also in need of paint brushes – if you have some to loan, please let us know! And as always, we are happy to receive donations of gift cards to Home Depot for supplies, as well as donations for refreshments for the volunteers!

Fall Conferences

Individual classrooms will be scheduling times within the next month for parent-teacher conferences. Fall Conferences are one of the most important opportunities we have to communicate and collaborate about your child’s growth and development.

You may be wondering – why bother attending a parent-teacher conference?
* To establish or renew a positive working relationship with teachers that will be the foundation for your work together for the rest of the year.
* To give teachers your parental insight, providing them a fuller picture of who your child is both in and out of the classroom.
* To hear specific information about how your child is developing in each of the six developmental domains.
* To review your child’s Work Sampling Portfolio, which contains evidence of your child’s learning achievements.
* To ask questions about how your child interacts with other students at school.
* To determine goals for further learning.

We encourage you to take this opportunity to have some one-on-one time with your child’s teacher. We thank you for your involvement and look forward to seeing each of you at conferences!

Reminder – Toys from Home

Please do not allow your children to bring toys from home. Toys brought from home are difficult for children to share and can cause a host of problems in the classroom. However, children may bring books or CDs to share with the group, or special nap/quiet-time toys such as stuffed animals or dolls.

Election Day

Tuesday, November 4th is Election Day. It's so important to let children see democracy in action--so take your kids to the polls this Election Day. Check out the following link for a great list of books that offer the opportunity to teach youngsters about character, leadership, and the meaning of participatory government.

Weekend Family Fun

Broad Museum Family Day - MSU
Saturday, November 1st from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
First Saturday is Family Day, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance. Scavenger hunts, hands-on projects, and live music by St. Martha Strings Ensemble — plus a special family tour at 1:00 p.m.

Pumpkin Fest – Potter Park Zoo
Sunday, November 2nd from 1:00 to 3:00pm
Join in the fun as Potter Park Zoo’s animals feast on Halloween leftovers!

Home Depot Kids Workshops - How to build a Pallet Coaster
Saturday, November 1st at 9:00 a.m.
FREE hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 - 12
All kid get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin. Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis. Please do not arrive before 9:00 a.m. Thank you for registering online to help us better plan our craft kit quantities needed.

Important Dates Coming Up

* Monday, 11/3: Tuition grace period day; accounts paid in full by 6:00 p.m. will not be assessed a late fee
* Wednesday, 11/5: Lifetouch Pictures: Ladybugs, Bees, Seals, Dolphins, Penguins & Geckos
* Thursday, 11/6: Lifetouch Pictures: Frogs, Tigers, Bluegills & Bears

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