EC3 Newsletter - 3/6/2015

Published: 2015-03-06

Set Clocks Ahead This Weekend

Daylight savings time begins on Sunday, March 8—don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour!

Second-Wednesday Mom’s Lunch

Calling all moms who are interested in meeting other moms for casual conversation and plenty of laughter! We meet in EC3’s second floor conference room on Wednesday, 3/11, at 12:15 p.m. If you haven’t attended before, don’t be shy – all of us were new to the group at one point. This is a great opportunity to hear about different ages and stages, parenting highs and lows, and a chance to laugh about it all. Bring your lunch!

March is Reading Month at EC3

This week, EC3 honored Dr. Seuss’s birthday with a week of silly dress-up themes! The children and staff had a blast showing off their silly socks and crazy mixed-up outfits. Throughout the month classrooms will continue to celebrate in a variety of ways – watch for details from your child’s teachers! EC3 will also be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair the week of March 16th. One way you can participate in EC3’s celebration of Reading Awareness Month is to volunteer to read a book to your child’s class, or to other classrooms in the building. And if we have any EC3 graduates who would like to come back and read to their former classrooms, let us know!

Donations Needed for Silent Auction

We’ll take all the help we can get bringing in items for the silent auction portion of our Spring Auction fundraising event (April 17th)! Please consider asking your favorite stores or vendors if they would donate an item to EC3 that can be auctioned off. Where you get your hair done, buy your golf clubs, eat out on Friday night--consider the types of things you would enjoy bidding on, then find some of them & drag them to EC3! You can download the form (and get other information) from our website at

Shop for Cute Kids Clothes AND Raise Money for EC3!

Tea is a collection of globally-inspired children's clothes for little citizens of the world. They offer sizes newborn to 12. From 3/9/2015 until 3/15/2015 Tea will give 20% of your order total back to EC3! AND, you will receive free shipping on your order. Simply enter the promo code SDS15ECCC at checkout.

Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle – National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Check out this great article that gives eight tips on how to incorporate healthy habits into your day.

Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

The ladies over at Cool Mom Picks have compiled The Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide, which has more than 100 of the coolest birthday gifts for kids of all ages. Beyond the old standards, such as play kitchens and Legos, they highlight items such as personalized flash cards, handmade dinosaur block toys, and a cardboard food truck play set. If you are searching for the perfect gift for a youngster, this is a great resource!

Weekend Family Fun

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.!

Nature Story Hour at Fenner Nature Center
Saturday, March 7th from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
A volunteer librarian will be leading a nature story in the Visitor Center that is geared towards children between the ages of 4 and 6. After the story, they may participate in a craft. Free - donations appreciated.

Michigan Historical Museum Story Circle
Saturday, March 7th, Two 45-minute sessions to choose from: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Recommended for ages 2 to 5. Free with admission
The Michigan Historical Museum has created a new program to engage the youngest visitors and their families in historic objects and museum settings. During each program, museum staff will read a story to children, teach a hands-on craft or other activity and then give a guided tour of a museum gallery. Each session is limited to 30 participants and begins in the Time Lab (first floor, east wing). March 7th - Learn about collecting and museum artifacts and enjoy the story Hannah's Collections by Marthe Jocelyn.

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum celebrates childhood and the joy of learning by providing an interactive, hands-on environment that inspires learning and encourages self-directed exploration. Check out exhibits like the Imagination Playground, Aunt Daisy’s Farm, Mom & Pop store, and more!

Important Dates Coming Up

* Monday, 3/9: Tuition grace period day: accounts paid before 6:00 p.m. will not be assessed a late fee
* Monday, 3/9: Finance & Facilities Committee meeting, 12:00 p.m., 2nd floor conference room
* Tuesday, 3/10: Preschool teacher Lucki Mullen’s birthday
* Tuesday, 3/10: Program Committee meeting, 4:30 p.m., 2nd floor conference room
* Tuesday, 3/10: Staff meeting, 6:15 p.m.
* Wednesday, 3/11: Mom’s Lunch, 12:15 p.m., 2nd floor conference room
* Thursday, 3/12: Development & Marketing Committee meeting, 4:30 p.m., 2nd floor conference room

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