EC3 Newsletter - 2/6/2015

Published: 2015-02-04

Upcoming Holiday Reminder

EC3 will be closed on Monday, February 16th, in observation of Presidents’ Day. Teachers must report to work for in-service training.

Mom’s Lunch Next Wednesday (2/11)

On the second Wednesday of each month, EC3 hosts a “mom’s lunch” for any mom interested in getting to know other moms. Bring your lunch and come to the 2nd floor conference room at 12:15; there’s no “program,” just conversation and lots of laughs!

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 must change as he/she grows. Parents are responsible for making sure the medication is suitable for their child.

Music Enrichment Program Returning Soon!

As you are aware, EC3 took a brief hiatus from our music enrichment program to review the goals and objectives of the program. During this time the Program Committee, in conjunction with Program Director Betsy Clinton, reviewed music curriculum programs and quality early learning criteria to determine what our music enrichment program should look like. Using those criteria, EC3 has initiated a six-month trial contract with Wanda Degan, a professionally trained children’s music instructor. Wanda has been sharing her love of music in Lansing-area classrooms for more than 20 years. As a Michigan Wolf Trap Teaching Artist, Wanda has led one-week residencies all over the state where she trained teachers in incorporating the performing arts into the preschool curriculum. Wanda will begin working in the classrooms next week, and we are very excited to have her here.

NAEYC for Families

Did you know that NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) has a website just for parents? It is called NAEYC for Families, and it contains all kinds of fantastic parenting resources. You can find information on a wide variety of topics, including potty training, nutrition, sibling rivalries, and biting, to name a few. This month they have a wonderful article on finding the proper balance of criticism and praise for young children.

Preschoolers and Power Struggles

Power struggles are a common occurrence during the preschool years. Young children who engage in power struggles are developing normally: they are learning that they have their own thoughts, feelings, and desires that are sometimes different than those of adults. But while kids should learn to be assertive, they should also follow your rules. This article gives some ideas for avoiding power struggles and for dealing with them when they do occur.

Weekend Family Fun

East Lansing Children's Concert – Tim the Music Man
Saturday, February 7th, 11:00 a.m., at the Hannah Community Center
The City of East Lansing sponsors live musical performances for families as part of the FREE Children's Concert Series. This week's performer will be Tim the Music Man.

Family Moonlight Sledding - North Meridian Road Park Sledding Hill
Saturday, February 7th, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., 5191 North Meridian Road, Williamston
Bring the family outdoors for a fun night of sledding, followed by a campfire and hot cocoa!

Broad Family Day – Broad Art Museum, MSU
1st Saturday of the month from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
First Saturday is Family Day, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance. Scavenger hunts, hands-on projects, and live music by St. Martha Strings Ensemble — plus a special family tour at 1:00 p.m.!

The Wind in the Willows – All of Us Express Children’s Theatre
February 6th and 7th, and February 13th and 14th at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing.
Toad is the rich playboy of the animal kingdom. His current enthusiasm is motor cars, which he embraces passionately without the formality of learning to drive. After several narrow shaves, his friends Rat, Mole, and Badger ground him for his own safety at his home, Toad Hall; but he eludes them and appropriates a police car, which antic lands him in jail. In his absence, the Weasels take over Toad Hall, and Toad returns to find his elegant mansion in a shambles. It takes his friends to drive the Weasels out and restore Toad to his senses, but by that time he has acquired a new passion; airplanes!

Important Dates Coming Up

* Monday, 2/9: Tuition grace period day: accounts paid before 6:00 p.m. will not be assessed a late fee
* Monday, 2/9: EC3 Finance and Facilities Committee meeting, 12:00 p.m., 2nd floor conference room
* Tuesday, 2/10: EC3 Program Committee meeting, 4:30 p.m., 2nd floor conference room
* Tuesday, 2/10: EC3 Staff meeting, 6:15 p.m.
* Wednesday, 2/11: 2nd Wednesday Mom’s Lunch, 12:15 p.m., 2nd floor conference room
* Thursday, 2/12: EC3 Marketing and Development Committee meeting, 12:00 p.m., 2nd floor conference room

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