EC3 Newsletter - 1/23/2015

Published: 2015-01-23

Public School Kindergarten Roundup Information – Coming Soon!

We are working on assembling a document containing dates and contact information for all the Kindergarten “roundup” activities at public schools in the area. For those of you who are new parents, Kindergarten roundup is an event (or series of events) organized by schools to provide parents with information and an opportunity to register children, and sometimes to provide teachers with a chance to meet the incoming children. Look for this document towards the end of January.

Kindergarten Information Night at Lansing Christian

Prospective parents are invited to attend Lansing Christian School’s Kindergarten Information Night on January 27th at 7:00 pm in the Media Center. Come hear a presentation on kindergarten readiness. You will gain an understanding of kindergarten expectations and what you can do to prepare your child for success. This is an opportunity to hear about Lansing Christian’s Kindergarten Curriculum, meet the teachers, and tour the campus. For more information contact Patti Jacobson at or (517) 882-5779.

New faces at EC3!

EC3 has a few new friendly faces in the classrooms. Please welcome support-staffers Kaitlyn Barnhart, Allison Healy, Tierra Lovejoy, and Shannon Scarlet. They have completed orientation and are now training in the classrooms. They come to us with great experience and we are excited to have them. Please feel free to introduce yourself and welcome them to our EC3 family. We are still looking for a few more talented people--please share our job postings with anyone you know who may be interested -

EC3 Staff Get Time-Off for Community Participation

One aspect of being a quality child care center is having staff members who continuously strengthen their relationships with the community. To support this, EC3 now offers eligible staff up to eight hours of paid time off annually to be used towards volunteer and community participation. This includes activities such as volunteering in schools, faith-based organizations and nonprofit community organizations. Beyond the obvious benefits to the community, supporting employee volunteerism strengthens team-building, improves employee morale and productivity, and increases employee longevity.

/Sign-out Procedures Reminder

Parents/guardians are required to sign each child in and out every day with the accurate time of drop-off or pick-up. Sign-in sheets are used to ensure all children are accounted for when they move from the classroom to the gym or playground, and they are required by the State of Michigan licensing agency. After a child is signed out at the end of the day, he or she is the responsibility of the parent, and is no longer in the care of EC3 staff members, even if he or she is still in the building. Please be sure that when you are signing your children in or out you are doing so on the correct line on the sheet, and accurately indicating the time of drop off or pick up.

Support EC3 While Shopping Online!

As you are shopping online on your lunch break, 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,, Lands’ End,,, 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. As a bonus, iGive will even alert you when you are on a website that is in their network. Start iGiving at:
* And all you Kroger shoppers – 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

Board of Directors Update: January 2015

EC3’s Board of Directors convened on January 20th for its third meeting of the fiscal year. Topics of discussion included enrollment trends, upcoming changes in EC3’s music program, and a briefing about East Lansing’s Bailey Childcare Center, which will be closing later this year. The Board also began discussions about this year’s Spring Auction, which will be held on a Friday night (4/17/15) this year. More information about the auction will be coming in February.

The complete minutes from January’s Board meeting, including committee reports, can be found on EC3’s website ( The Board meets monthly, on the third Tuesday, at 6:15 p.m. in EC3’s gym. These meetings are open to all, and those who are considering applying to serve on the Board are encouraged to attend at least one meeting as a visitor. A list of current Board members can be found here:

Weekend Family Fun

Family Moonlight Sledding – Meridian Road Park Sledding Hill
Saturday, January 24th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Bring the family outdoors for a fun night of sledding, followed by a campfire and hot cocoa!

Cardboard Classic Sled Contest – Gier Community Center in Lansing
Saturday, January 24th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Yeah, it's cold! Sure, it's snowy! Make the most of it at the 9th annual Cardboard Classic! Watch at participants show their creativity with sleds constructed out of cardboard, tape, glue, and paint. Prizes will be awarded for "fastest sled," "best design," and "because we felt like it." All entry fees help support WLNZ Radio Community Projects and the Gier Advisory Board's Youth Scholarship Fund. Sled registration starts at 1:00 p.m.; judging at 2:00; and the race begins at 3:00 p.m.

Lansing Symphony Orchestra Family Series: Woodwind Quintet – Capital Area District Library
Sunday, January 25th at 3:00 p.m.
The more the merrier! At this mini concert, you will have the privilege of learning about five different instruments - oboe, clarinet, bassoon, flute and French horn. You won’t want to miss this educational and thrilling performance by LSO musicians. Free.

Daddy Daughter Dance – Play in East Lansing
Friday, February 6th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Little mermaids and their favorite date (dad, grandpa, uncle, step-dad, older brother, etc.) are formally invited to the Under the Sea Ball. You will be treated like royalty while dining on pizza and sweet treats; All, while dancing the night away to family friendly music. Shelley from Platinum Dance Academy will be there to lead fun and exciting dances for you and your date! Highlighting the event will be a visit from a very special Mermaid. This memorable evening will be captured with a keepsake photo, and 'make-and-take' crafts.

Important Dates Coming Up

* Monday, 1/26: Family Swim Night at Goldfish Swim School, 5:30 p.m.
* Wednesday, 1/28: Program Director Betsy Clinton’s birthday
* Saturday, 1/31: Preschool Teacher Angie Mendenhall’s birthday

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