EC3 Newsletter - 2/27/2015

Published: 2015-02-27

EC3 Family Movie Matinee Tomorrow!

Tomorrow (February 28th) at 10:00 a.m., join us in the EC3 gym for popcorn and a screening of “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.” Bring blankets, sleeping bags, and pillows to sit on. After the movie the kiddos can run off some energy during an open gym time. Please RSVP at

Reminder -- Scholastic Book Orders Due Today (2/27)

Every month or so, families of currently-enrolled children get a Scholastic flyer in their child’s cubby to order books, either online or using the order form. Today (2/27) is the last day to order books through Scholastic. Shop online at: One-Time Class Activation Code: L4CNM.

Next Week is Dr. Seuss Week

March is National Reading Month, and EC3 has a tradition of kicking it off with a week honoring Dr. Seuss’s birthday, each day celebrating using a silly dress-up theme. Next week’s theme days are as follows: Monday is Silly Hat Day, Tuesday is Silly Sock Day, Wednesday is Red & White Day, Thursday is Crazy Mix-Up Day, Friday is Pajama Day. The rest of the month we’ll be promoting literacy in many ways, including having family members come read books to the classrooms. Watch your e-mail and EC3’s social media sites for more information!

Awesome Anticipation About April’s Auction

Only seven weeks until EC3’s biggest family event! The annual fundraising auction is also one of the most enjoyable events—there’s something for everyone in the family! Adults (current parents, past parents, and their relatives and friends) can browse the silent auction tables, enjoy some free pizza and salad, purchase treats from the bake sale for dessert, and bid on great items (including the classroom artwork) during the live auction. Children of enrolled families (infant through age 12) can either stay with their parents or have a pizza party with their friends and play in a classroom with child care provided—no charge! Please mark your calendar for Friday, April 17th, 5:45 to 8:00 p.m. to support this community effort!

Board of Directors Update: February 2015

EC3’s Board of Directors convened on February 17th for its fourth meeting of the fiscal year. Topics of discussion included enrollment and staffing trends, plans for the fundraising auction in April, and an update on progress toward the Board’s strategic planning retreat.

The complete minutes from February’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:

Public School Kindergarten Roundup Information

We have assembled 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. You can download the document from EC3’s website:

Babies and Music

For even the youngest children, music has power and meaning that go beyond learning rhythm and rhymes. Singing songs to your baby helps them learn language, from new words to their own name. It can increase bonding and help ease transitions. It is also a great way for older siblings to play with the new baby. Check out this great article on the NAEYC for Families website, 10 Ways Babies Learn When We Sing to Them! at

Weekend Family Fun

Peter Pan, Adventures in Neverland, a ballet in one act – Bath Middle School
Friday, February 27th and Saturday, February 28th
Acorn kisses and Pirate schemes! What do a sassy crocodile, a bumbling pirate captain, a boy who won’t grow up, a beautiful, “motherly” girl, a mischievous fairy, a fierce Indian princess and a nervous pirate cook have in common? Neverland – and all the magic therein!

Featuring a cast of dancers aged 5-70, don’t miss the the East Lansing Theatre and Dance Company’s production of “Peter Pan, Adventures in Neverland, an original ballet in one act,” conceived and directed by P.K. Van Voorhees, based on the original Peter Pan story by J.M. Barrie. The story is told through a combination of physical theatre and ballet moves, as well as a helpful narrator (Brandon Townsend).

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance by calling 517-336-4088 or at the door 30 minutes prior to show.

Lansing Boat Show – Lansing Center

Friday, February 27th through Sunday, March 1st
Admission: Adults $5, Seniors $4, Children $3, 5 and under Free
The Lansing Boat Show is set to invade the Lansing Center packing the Main Exhibition Halls with everything that is new for 2015! The Lansing Boat Show is Michigan's first look at new product designs and technology for 2015. The Lansing show features an intimate relaxed look at a great variety of brands and styles to fit Michiganders active lifestyles! Over eight Boat Dealers representing 36 different manufacturers will display new products for 2015!

Flicks’s Family Film Fest - Celebration Cinema
FREE family movies for kids 12-under and just $5.00 for adults. This week’s feature is “Dolphin Tale 2”. Several years have passed since Sawyer Nelson (Nathan Gamble) and the team at Clearwater Marine Hospital gave Winter the dolphin a prosthetic tail, thereby saving her life. Now however, a new crisis has arisen. Check the website for show times:

Public Skate – Summit Sports and Ice
Saturday, February 28th - Public Skate Hours: 2:00 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 6:20 p.m.
Public skate at The Summit is a great source of fun and exercise for all ages. What a great way to enjoy spending time with family and friends. If you need to rent skates, they have both figure skates and hockey skates from size 7 toddler, through men’s 12. Cost: $6.00. Kids 4 and under are free. Seniors/Military: $5.00. Skate Rental: $2.00

Important Dates Coming Up

* Monday, 3/2: Tuition invoices emailed
* Monday, 3/2: Silly Hat Day
* Tuesday, 3/3: Silly Sock Day
* Wednesday, 3/4: Red & White Day
* Thursday, 3/5: Crazy Mix-Up Day
* Friday, 3/6: Pajama Day
* Friday, 3/6: Tuition due

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