EC3 Newsletter – 9/25/15

Published: 2015-09-25

Board of Directors Update: September 2015

EC3’s Board of Directors convened on September 15th for its tenth and final meeting of the fiscal year. Topics of discussion included enrollment and staffing trends, and planning for Board and committee meetings in the upcoming fiscal year. The Board also welcomed its newest member, Cameron Cichocki. His picture and bio, along with those of other Board members, can be found on EC3’s website at

The complete minutes from the September Board meeting are posted on EC3’s website ( EC3’s new fiscal year begins October 1st.

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:

Weekly Menu

Ever wonder what goes into creating EC3’s weekly menu? Did you know that you can view the menu each week in a variety of places?

Abby Powers is our resident “dietary manager,” and she spends a great deal of time crafting the menu every week. She follows USDA nutrition guidelines, provided by the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), while considering input from teachers and families. Once the menu is created, she places an order for fresh food to be delivered on Monday, and we often pick up a few things from the grocery store (such as 12 gallons of milk) throughout the week. On Fridays the menu is posted in a variety of ways. Families can find it in the front hallway next to the white board, in the EC3 kitchen, in each of the classrooms, and on the EC3 website. You can link to the menu from the weekly EC3 newsletter as well. For those families who check it out online each week – we try really hard to have it posted before the newsletter is sent out, but for a variety of reasons, sometimes it simply doesn’t happen. If it isn’t updated, please shoot an email to Marney Turner at!

If you ever have questions about the menu, or about accessing it, please pop by the office and let us know!

Staff E-mails

Did you know that all EC3 lead teachers have e-mail addresses? This is a great way to communicate with your child’s teachers regarding your child, particularly if you (or they) are pressed for time at drop-off or pick-up times. Teachers check their e-mail accounts on a regular basis throughout the week, both on their breaks and outside of work. E-mail addresses, along with staff biographies, can be located at

Field Trips

Many of the EC3 classrooms will soon be taking field trips to one of the many area farms or pumpkin patches. You will be notified by the classroom teachers in advance of any field trip your child takes. When teachers plan transportation for field trips they will walk with the children, use public transportation, or ask parents to drive (State of Michigan licensing rules require that parents transport their own child or ask another parent to transport their child). Sometimes a parent may not be able to attend a driving field trip. In that case you can ask another classroom parent to transport your child. If you are not comfortable with your child going with another parent, they may stay at EC3 and spend time with another classroom in the program. For example, if you have a child in the Frog classroom who can’t attend a field trip, they would spend that time in the Tiger or Bluegill classrooms until their class returned. If you have any questions or concerns about an upcoming field trip, please inquire with your child’s teachers or in the office.

Free Sam’s Club Annual Membership for New or Pregnant Moms

If you are a new mom with kids one year old or younger, or are pregnant, you can get a free single-year membership to SAM’S Club now through Sept 29th!

To get this deal, you have to call 1-888-746-7726 and choose option #2, let them know you’re calling for the new mom membership offer and they will issue you your member number. Take that number to your local Sam’s Club to activate your membership!

Weekend Family Fun

Twilight Trek – Fenner Nature Center
Friday, September 25th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Interested in exploring Fenner at night? Come join one of their naturalists for a guided hike as the sun is setting. Learn how certain animals are adapted to function during twilight and nighttime, and what animals are hunting, walking or flying around as we are getting ready for bed! This family-friendly program concludes with a marshmallow roast. Admission: FREE for members, $5 for non-members.

Agriculture Education Day – Monsanto Testing Site
Saturday, September 26th, 9:30 to 11:00 and 1:30 to 3:00
1440 Okemos Rd., Mason, MI 48854
The Monsanto Testing Site would like to invite the community to an Agriculture Education Tour. The focus of the tour will be crop production and farm safety. Admission is FREE! All ages are welcome! Group tours are also welcome! Includes free pair of safety glasses while supplies last. Learn about Tractor/Farm Safety, History of Agriculture, Crop Usage and much more. All guests are encouraged to register: Email:

American Heritage Festival – Woldumar Nature Center
Saturday, September 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Come take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the beautiful fall colors at Woldumar Nature Center. A day filled with education and demonstrations for the whole family about our combined American heritage. The festival showcases crafts and trades that were popular with the pioneers and Native Americans. Free.

Important Dates Coming Up

* Monday, 9/28: Tuition Invoices E-mailed
* Tuesday, 9/29: Facilities Assitant Roger Bertram’s Birthday
* Friday, 10/2: Tuition Due

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I love receiving a little anecdote or snippet from my child's day on their note or whiteboard at the end of the day. It helps facilitate conversation with a young child about their day, and gives me insight into how they've spent their time in the classroom.

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