EC3 Newsletter - 11/7/14

Published: 2014-11-07

EC3 Volunteer Opportunity – TOMORROW, Saturday, November 8th

Tomorrow 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!

Reminder -- Scholastic Book Orders Due Monday

Monday (11/10) is the last day to order books online through Scholastic. You can view the current catalogs, as well as hundreds of additional titles online. Best of all, when you place your order online, your child’s classroom receives a free book! Shop online at: One-Time Class Activation Code: L4CNM

Reminder - Fall Conferences

If you haven’t done so already, please sign up for toddler and preschool fall conferences. If you need the link to the online signup sheet resent, please let Marney know at

Reminder -- School Selection Forum

EC3 is hosting a School Selection Forum on Thursday, November 13th, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This will be an opportunity for parents to educate themselves about the different school options in the area for kindergarten and beyond. We will host representatives from the Lansing School District, DeWitt School District, Cole Academy, the Montessori Children’s House, and St. Gerard Catholic School. Each representative will give a short presentation and then open the floor for questions from parents. This event is open to all families, not just those who have kids starting kindergarten next fall. Please RSVP at

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, November 22nd

Believe it or not, the Christmas season will soon be upon us. What better way to kick off the holiday season than enjoying breakfast with Santa! Bring your children for a hot pancake breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Troppo. The morning includes cookie decorating, writing letters to Santa and holiday arts and crafts. Tickets are available at Troppo and are $10 each, children under 2 receive free admission. Reserved seating for dining will be from 8:00 am – 12:30 pm. For reservations call Troppo at 517-371-4000.

Second-Wednesday Mom’s Lunch

Admit it, Moms: sometimes it would be nice to spend an hour with other moms when the kids are NOT around so you can share stories, laughter, and advice. So bring your lunch to EC3 on the second Wednesday of each month and do it! This informal group has no agenda; rather, it’s an opportunity to gather for random chat and get-to-know-ya time! Be warned: with a population such as this, there's a high probability the word "poop" could be uttered while you eat your sandwich. But if you're not squeamish, please join us at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday. Questions? E-mail Marney Turner at RSVP at

Black Friday Playcare

Drop your little ones off with the staff at Play for non-stop fun in their 2600 square foot play-space while you get all of your holiday shopping done! Children can have fun with their friends in are eco-friendly play-space and create holiday crafts. Please pack snacks and a lunch for your child. Open to public. Member discounts! For children 2.5 to 6 years old. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 1/2 day $25 (3 hours). Full day $40 (6 hours).

Weekend Family Fun

Tadpole Storytime – Impression 5 Science Center
2nd Sunday of every month from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
For ages 3 to 6 years old.
Join us for a tad of reading, a dab of science, and a ton of fun! A preschool storytime and science activity hour in partnership with Capital Area District Libraries. CADL’s early literacy experts have teamed up with Impression 5’s education specialists for science-themed storytime! Admission to this monthly event is free with your CADL card or Impression 5 membership card. Regular admission applies if you are not a member of either place. Space is limited, and seating is on a first-come basis.

All of Us Express: "The Frog Prince & The Truly Remarkable Puss-n-Boots" – Hannah Community Center
Every Friday and Saturday from November 7th through November 15th. 7:00 p.m. Fridays, 2:00 & 4:30 p.m. Saturdays
This is a 'double bill,' a show with two complete short works, before and after intermission.
The Frog Prince: A humorous and charming play about the famous bewitched Prince. It pokes fun at pomposity, brings a whimsical and often confused fairy godmother on the scene, and of course, the fair young Princess who decides to adopt a most unusual pet; a large frog.

Puss-n-Boots: Following the original fairy tale, this play presents an arrogant, swaggering Puss who struts though a series of adventures which give his young master position, riches and a happily-ever-after curtain. The young master's two elder sisters scoff when their brother receives only a cat in their father's will, but it is Puss, the self-styled "truly remarkable cat." The highlight is Puss' encounter with a most terrifying ogre whom he persuades to take on a mouse's form. That is obviously the end of the ogre and the installation of princess, master and Puss in the late ogre's castle! Admission: $5 Ages 17 & under, Adults $7.

Lansing Model Train Show - MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education
Sunday, November 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
All Aboard Michigan's largest model train show and sale with over 500 vendor tables. See trains running over 10 different layouts from Z scale all the way up to G gauge. Learn how to build a model railroad of your dreams from experts. Shop for new model trains, Thomas the Tank Engine, books, DVD's, railroad collectibles, and much more. It's a train load of fun for everyone. Admission: $6 adults, free for children under 6 and scouts in uniform.

Important Dates Coming Up

* Saturday, 11/8: Community Building Saturday – Painting, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
* Monday, 11/10: Tuition invoices e-mailed
* Monday, 11/10: EC3 Finance & Facilities Committee meeting, 12:00 p.m., 2nd floor conference room
* Tuesday, 11/11: EC3 Program Committee meeting, 4:30 p.m., 2nd floor conference room
* Tuesday, 11/11: Staff Meeting, 6:15 p.m.
* Wednesday, 11/12: Mom’s Lunch, 12:15 p.m., 2nd floor conference room
* Thursday, 11/13: EC3 Development & Marketing Committee meeting, 4:30 p.m., 2nd floor conference room
* Thursday, 11/13: School Selection Forum, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
* Friday, 11/14: Tuition due
* Friday, 11/14: Support staff Zainab Shakir’s Birthday

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