EC3 Newsletter - 12/5/2014

Published: 2014-12-05

Last Call for Scholastic Book Fair

We are almost three quarters of the way towards our goal of $2,000 in sales for our Scholastic Book Fair! This is an important event for EC3 because it relates directly to our work toward early literacy; we are able to buy books for the classrooms with the revenue generated through this sale.

Usually our book fairs end on a Friday, but this year you’ll have a chance to purchase on Saturday too! Since we’ll be at EC3 to host our annual “Drop & Shop” (where parents drop off their kids and pay for care so they can get some shopping done), we’re going to sell Scholastic Books during that time as well. Come take a look between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. (Drop & Shop goes until 3:00 p.m., but we’ll be dismantling the book fair after noon.)

If you miss us today or tomorrow, you can purchase books from our online fair until December 7th at Books will ship to EC3 for free!

Open-Ended Toys for the Holidays

Walk into any toy store -- you are bombarded with the noise and lights of hundreds of battery-operated plastic toys. These toys may at first seem very active, but they are designed to play by themselves, with little input from your child. The result: active toys produce passive children.

This year, consider “open-ended” toys for your child--toys that don’t play for the child. Open-ended toys provide multiple ways to use them, all requiring creativity! Wooden blocks, real-life dolls, art supplies, and pretend play items are all great options to consider. And don’t forget to save all those cardboard boxes! Once the holiday is over, you can paint, color, cut, stack, and tape the boxes into creations for dolls, cars, animals…and even caves for kids. Check out our Pinterest page for great examples of toys that will spark creativity and imagination.

Second Wednesday Mom’s Lunch

Each month EC3 hosts a “mom’s lunch” on the second Wednesday, at 12:15 p.m. This B.Y.O.L. gathering is a chance to meet other women and share insights about family, work, life, and everything in between! If you’re new to EC3 and haven’t been to one of these lunches, please come this Wednesday (December 10). Many a wonderful friendship has been kindled at EC3, and not just between the children!

EC3 Staff Christmas Party

The EC3 staff is being treated again this year to a Christmas party. This year we will be celebrating at the Dispatch in Lansing. If you wish to contribute toward this effort, please make your donation in the office by December 12th—and thank you!

Referral Incentive

Currently-enrolled families are encouraged to refer new families to EC3! If you refer a family who subsequently enrolls a child, you will receive a $50 referral discount on your family’s account after the referred family pays its first invoice.

Toys for Tots at Wonderland of Lights – Potter Park Zoo

Saturday, December 6th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
It's the annual Toys for Tots drive, and this year they are stuffing a truck courtesy of Two Men and a Truck! Join MIKE FM, Power 96.5 FM and your friends at the zoo to make this the most successful Toys for Tots night yet! Each person who brings in a new, unwrapped toy will be admitted to Wonderland of Lights for free. In addition to visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus, we'll have cookie decorating, animal presentations, and live broadcasting from the radio stations. This will be a great night supporting a great cause!

Local Music Events

The LCC Jazz Band
Friday, December 5th at 7:30 p.m. LCC Dart Auditorium. Free.

The LCC Concert Choir
Sunday, December 7th at 3:00 p.m. LCC Dart Auditorium. Free.

LCC Musical Theatre Showcase
Monday, December 8th at 7:30 p.m. LCC Blackbox Theatre. Free.
A showcase of the fall Musical Theatre Performance class.

Weekend Family Fun

Winter Glow – East Lansing
Saturday, December 6th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
There is something for everyone at the popular Winter Glow event – East Lansing’s free, outdoor winter festival. This year’s Winter Glow will feature ice carving, a reindeer petting zoo, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, horse and carriage rides, a special outdoor holiday farmer’s market, a heated music tent, a kid’s winter carnival, marshmallow roasting, merchant activities, roasted chestnuts, hot chocolate, luminaries and much more. The City, with the help of community volunteers, will light more than 200 luminaries throughout Ann Street Plaza, Fountain Square and East Plaza @ University Place, bringing a magical winter glow to the heart of the community.

Old Town Dickens Village – Old Town Lansing
Saturday, December 6th from noon until 5:00 p.m.
This holiday season Old Town will transform its streets into a festive Victorian scene for the 8th annual Old Town Dickens Village. Free family friendly activities will be taking place throughout Old Town streets and shops. Get a picture taken with Santa Claus, take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, make ornaments, decorate a cookie, and listen to live holiday music during this event. Carolers and characters will also roam the streets spreading holiday cheer throughout the town. Bring your friends and family, you don't want to miss this festive event!

The Brown Christmas Light Show – Mason
Now through January 2nd from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday thru Thursday; and 5:30 to 11:00 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays
1093 Cranbrook Lane, Mason MI
The Brown Christmas Light Show is a computer animated light display of 50,000 lights set to music. If you haven’t seen it before, it is a must see!

18th Annual Holiday Light Parade - Williamston
Saturday, December 6th at 6:00 p.m.
The parade steps off at 6:00 p.m, with illuminated floats and vehicles, marching band, animals, and more! After the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will help with the lighting of the tree in front of City Hall, 161 East Grand River in downtown. The kids will want to bring their lists and visit with Santa immediately after the tree lighting. They will be in Keller’s Plaza, 107 South Putnam. There are extended holiday shopping hours with many businesses offering popcorn, hot cocoa, hot cider, etc. Come early and browse around town!

Important Dates Coming Up

* Monday, 12/8: Tuition invoices e-mailed
* Wednesday, 12/10: Second Wednesday mom’s lunch, 12:15 p.m., EC3
* Friday, 12/12: Tuition due
* Friday, 12/12: EC3 staff Christmas party, the Dispatch, 6:00 – 8:00
* Friday, 12/12: Preschool teacher Danielle Martin’s birthday

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