EC3 Newsletter – 07/10/15

Published: 2015-07-10

Scholastic Book Fair, July 13th –17th

Three times a year, EC3 hosts a Scholastic Book Fair to promote literacy and the joy of reading among our staff, children, and families. The next fair starts on Monday. Proceeds from book fairs are used to purchase books and other program materials for EC3’s classrooms. The book fair is a great opportunity to get your kids excited about reading by letting them browse and pick out a book or two (or ten!) on their own. This afternoon we will have the book fair set up for families to preview before we open next week.

Do Teething Babies Need Medicine on Their Gums?

There are more theories about teething and "treating" a baby's sore gums than there are teeth in a child's mouth. One thing doctors and other health care professionals agree on is that teething is a normal part of childhood that can be treated without prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medications.

Too often, well-meaning parents, grandparents, and caregivers want to soothe a teething baby by rubbing numbing medications on the tot's gums, using potentially harmful drugs instead of safer, non-toxic alternatives.
The FDA has previously recommended that parents and caregivers not use benzocaine products for children younger than two years, except under the advice and supervision of a health care professional. Benzocaine—which, like viscous lidocaine, is a local anesthetic—can be found in such OTC products as Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orajel, Baby Orajel, and Orabase. There are safer, non-toxic alternatives. For more information, go to

Creative Art Activities for Lazy Summer Days

Between the trips to the beach, camping, ball games, and barbeques, families occasionally find themselves with a beautiful weekend day and nothing on the calendar. This is a perfect time to get messy and creative in the backyard with the kiddos. Check out this great article on seven family-friendly art activities. An added bonus – you can save the artwork for Christmas presents!

Weekend Family Fun

Lake Lansing Bandshell Friday Night Concerts - Lansing Concert Band
Friday, July 10th, 7:00 p.m.
Lake Lansing Park South hosts free Friday Night Concerts at The Band Shell concert stage between Memorial Day and Labor Day. There is free parking and admission. Bring your own lawn chair and a picnic and we will see you this summer! Free.

Music in the Park – Sharp Park
Sunday, July 12th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Free concert featuring Donny & the Dorsals playing surfing music.

Our Place in Space – Abrams Planetarium
Sunday, July 12th at 2:30 p.m.
While solving a crossword puzzle about the sky, Scarlet Macaw and her friends explore the cause of day and night, the importance of our star the Sun, the beauty of the constellations, and the variety of objects that make up the Universe. This show is ideal for preschool to early elementary age children and their families.

The Firefly Ball
Saturday, July 18th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Follow the fireflies to an enchanting evening aglow with the magic of twilight! As the moon begins to rise, play. will be transformed into a whimsical fairy tale forest full of fantastic adventure! Woodland visitors will discover magic everywhere as they transform into fairies and elves. Fairies will fly home with sparkling crowns and wings, tutus, magic wands, a sprinkle of fairy dust, and a merry glow. Elves will depart with festive hats, archery kits, satchels of treasure, and a twinkle in their eyes. Ages 3 - 7 (fully potty trained). $22.50 members, $25 non-member.

Important Dates Coming Up

* Monday, 7/13: Tuition Grace Period Day; accounts paid in full by 6:00 p.m. won’t be assessed a late fee.
* Monday, 7/13: Scholastic Book Fair Starts
* Monday, 7/13: Finance and Facilities Committee Meeting, 12:00 p.m., 2nd Floor Conference Room
* Tuesday, 7/14: Program Committee Meeting, 4:30 p.m., 2nd Floor Conference Room
* Tuesday, 7/14: Staff Meeting, 6:15 p.m.
* Thursday, 7/16: Development & Marketing Committee Meeting, 4:30 p.m., 2nd Floor Conference Room
* Thursday, 7/16: Toddler Teacher Julie Douglas’s Birthday
* Friday, 7/17: Scholastic Book Fair ends (6:00 p.m.)
* Friday, 7/17: Staff Lugnuts Game Outing, 6:00 p.m.

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Since beginning EC3, Miles has made huge leaps in several areas including language development, increased independence, and socialization. In just a few months, we have seen a little guy who had much difficulty with transitions and interacting with new people become much more confident and adaptable. We definitely feel that he will be much more prepared for kindergarten because of the quality of his teachers and the types of activities that EC3 has to offer!

Sid & Jennifer Briere
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