EC3 Newsletter - 3/20/2015

Published: 2015-03-20

Last Day! Scholastic Book Fair

We have almost reached 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.

If you miss us today (sale ends at 6:00 p.m.), you can still purchase books from our online fair until March 31st at Books will ship to EC3 for free!

Puddles and Worms and Dirt, Oh My!

The weather is warming and the kiddos are spending lots of time outdoors again. Take inventory of the clothes in your child’s cubby and make sure there are extras of everything. This time of year it is especially helpful to have extra socks, rain boots, or an extra pair of shoes, as the playground can be pretty muddy some days. Sunscreen and bug spray should also be replenished. And with chilly mornings and warmer afternoons, the temperature in the building can fluctuate quite a bit – make sure that you have lots of extra layers. That long-sleeve shirt that was perfect in the morning might be a little warm in the afternoon.

Vision Screening on Monday

EC3 preschoolers (Frogs, Tigers, Bluegills, and Bears) will have their vision tested March 19th by the Ingham County Health Department. This is not a diagnostic exam; rather, it is a screening to find those children who show signs of vision problems that should be tested further. Parents need not be present or complete any forms, but if you have questions please contact the office.

EC3 Parking

Parking can be tight during peak drop-off and pick-up times at EC3. When that happens, it can be frustrating, especially when you have young children, buckets, and lunch pails in tow. While it may be tempting to quickly utilize the handicap parking spots near the door, please reserve those spots for authorized users.

Guest Readers for Reading Month

Thank you to all of the parents and grandparents who have come in and read to the classrooms in honor of Reading Month! The children and teachers love hearing new books and seeing all the enthusiasm for reading, and it’s been especially nice to have so many grandparents come in. If you haven’t already, talk with your child’s teacher about finding a time to read. And if we have any EC3 graduates who would like to come back and read to their former classrooms, let us know!

Summer Camp Registration is OPEN

Don’t delay--we’re ready to enroll elementary-aged kids for EC3’s summer camp! From June 8th through September 3rd, this year’s version promises to be one of the best ever, with themed weeks such as “Outdoor Madness,” “Master Builders,” and “Messy Olympics.” By early May we will have a detailed calendar of field trips available. You can read more about it and download the schedule and registration form on EC3’s website:

Auction Raffle Tickets Available – Win Cash Prizes!

One of the best parts of EC3’s annual auction is the raffle for the cash drawing! Tickets are available MONDAY (3/23/15) for purchase at just $15 each or two for $25. Your chances of winning something ($500, $250, or $100) are very good because only 200 tickets will be sold. Call or come to the EC3 office to get yours before they’re all gone. You can pay with cash, check, or credit card, and if you’re a currently-enrolled family we can charge it to your EC3 account! The drawing will take place the night of the auction, April 17th. You don’t need to be present to win, so grandparents and other far-flung family and friends can join in on the action!

Weekend Family Fun

The Gruffalo’s Child – MSU Pasant Theatre
Saturday, March 21st at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.
The Gruffalo said that no Gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep, dark wood...but one wild and windy night, the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist...does he? Tall Stories Theatre Company, the acclaimed creators of The Gruffalo , return with the musical sequel, The Gruffalo’s Child , based on Julia Donaldson MBE and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning picture book. EC3 families can receive $2.00 off tickets by going to and enter the promo code FAMILY.

Bunny Hop and Easter Egg Hunt – Lansing City Market
Saturday, March 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Visit the Lansing City Market for their annual our Bunny Hop Event! Activities include balloon animals, live music, take-away arts and crafts, children's games and face painting. Meet the Easter bunny, Sparty & Big Lug! The outdoor egg hunt schedule is as follows: ages 1-4 at 10:30 a.m., ages 5-8 at 11:35 a.m., and ages 9+ and latecomers at 1:15 p.m. FREE.

Maple Syrup Festival - Fenner Nature Center
Saturday, March 21st from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Celebrate nature's own "Liquid Gold" at Fenner Nature Center's Maple Syrup Festival! Participate in demonstrations in our Sugar Bush, try your hand at tapping a tree and treat your taste buds to savory treats like maple cream and maple cotton candy! $5 suggested parking donation.

Microbiology Day at Impression 5 Science Center
Saturday, March 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Professors and students from Michigan State University's Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Department will be onsite to show you what makes microbiology so incredible and how it affects our everyday lives. The Science Center will be full of interactive demonstrations and fun activities all day long!

Important Dates Coming Up

* Monday, 3/23: Tuition grace period day: accounts paid before 6:00 p.m. will not be assessed a late fee

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