EC3 Newsletter - 11/14/14

Published: 2014-11-14

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Shopping – Support EC3 While Doing It!

As you are gearing up to start your holiday shopping, keep in mind there are ways you can support EC3 at no extra cost while doing it!
* supports charities by giving a portion of each sales order to a charity of your choice, and EC3 can be your designee when you login using
* Another way to give is by registering with every time you shop at any of the 1,000+ online stores in the iGive network (including, L.L. Bean, Cookies by Design,, FedEx Office, Lands’ End, Omaha Steaks,,, Popcorn Factory, Shutterfly, Snapfish,, and more), a portion of the money you spend benefits EC3. It's a free service, and you'll never pay more when you reach a store through iGive. In fact, smart shoppers will enjoy iGive's repository of coupons, free shipping deals, and sales. To get started, just create your free iGive account. Start iGiving at:
* And all you Kroger shoppers – before buying that holiday turkey or ham, don’t forget to sign up your Kroger card for the Kroger Community Rewards Program. For every purchase you make, your local Kroger will donate a percentage of your purchase to benefit EC3. Register your Kroger Plus Card online at

Check the Dates & Doses on Children’s Medications

Many parents send over-the-counter medication to EC3 for their children, to have on-hand in case of fever or pain (with the appropriate permission form, of course). However, keep in touch with the teachers about when such medication expires, or when the child’s dosage changes as he/she grows. Parents are responsible for making sure the medication is suitable for their child.

Snow Day Policy

Although there hasn’t been any snow to speak of yet this winter, it’s still a good time to remind currently-enrolled families of EC3’s inclement weather policy: EC3 will close if the State of Michigan closes its offices due to bad weather; the Executive Director also may elect to close the center on bad weather days that the State stays open, if there aren’t enough teachers to maintain required ratios. In that rare event, parents will be notified several ways: via text, via e-mail and social media, via local media (radio and television), and via the out-bound message on EC3’s voice message system.

EC3 Holiday Kick-Off Parties November 21st

In tandem with downtown Lansing’s annual Silver Bells in the City celebration, many of EC3’s classrooms are planning to bring in the holidays with a family celebration on the afternoon of November 21st. Parents should watch for more information from teachers over the next week or so.

Silver Bells in the City

Millions of lights. Thousands of people. Are you ready for Lansing’s premiere holiday event? The 30th Annual Silver Bells in the City takes place next Friday, November 21st, in downtown Lansing.
The entire city will glow with millions of lights, bringing together family and friends from all over Michigan to celebrate the holiday season. Immediately following the parade, the steps of the State Capitol will sparkle as the State Christmas tree is lighted, followed by a spectacular fireworks display cascading over the capitol dome (weather permitting). Be sure to check out the schedule of events for all of this year's exciting Silver Bells festivities.

Weekend Family Fun

This weekend seems to be a quiet one for the Lansing area. Must be everyone is getting ready for Silver Bells next weekend! Since there isn’t much going on inside, why not bundle up and take the kiddos outside for some fall exploration.

Fenner Nature Center – Lansing
Fenner Nature Center is an environmental education center encompassing 134 acres. The property includes over four miles of trails, including two handicap-accessible paved trail loops. Trails are open daily throughout the year from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. Inside the Visitor Center, check out their collection of live native reptiles and amphibians; watch songbirds, deer, and wild turkeys through large picture windows; and explore hands-on children’s exhibits. Throughout the year Fenner offers a variety of programs for children and adults.

Woldumar Nature Center – Lansing
Each year, Woldumar Nature Center is situated along the Grand River with 1.25 miles of shoreline. Woldumar represents one of the most diverse ecosystems in the region. More than five miles of trails await on 178 acres of woodland, prairie, river-side and pine forest. Hike or ski anytime between dawn and dusk. The Visitor Center is a great place to start with interpretive and live creature displays! Woldumar offers numerous outreach and on-site Environmental Education programs for children and adults.

Harris Nature Center – Meridian Township
The mission of the Harris Nature Center is to protect, promote, and interpret the Red Cedar River and its surrounding ecosystems. Through creative exhibits, programs and exploration of the native environment visitors are encouraged to observe, experience, and appreciate this representative slice of mid-Michigan riverine habitat. All trails are open from dawn to dusk everyday. Harris Nature Center offers a variety of programs year round for children and adults.

Hawk Island County Park – Lansing
Hawk Island County Park is a 100 acre park in south Lansing. In the fall, Hawk Island offers paved accessible walkways (1.5 miles) to explore. After taking a stroll, check out the community-built playground. In the winter, bring the family and enjoy snow tubing! Then warm up and take a break in the warming lodge.

Burchfield Park – Holt
With 540 acres of scenic woods, trails and beach, Burchfield Park is Ingham County's largest park. In the cooler months, Burchfield Park offers cross country skiing & rental, hiking trails, horseshoe pits, disc golf courses, mountain biking trails, playgrounds, sledding hills, winter snack bar, and a winter warming lodge.

Important Dates Coming Up

* Monday, 11/17: Tuition grace period day; accounts paid in full by 6:00 p.m. will not be assessed a late fee
* Tuesday, 11/18: EC3 Board of Directors Meeting, 6:15 p.m., EC3 Gym

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