EC3 Newsletter – 10/16/15

Published: 2015-10-16

Meals on Wheels Needs Volunteers!

Ever wonder what to do on your lunch hour? How about delivering nutritious meals to seniors in the community? Meals on Wheels is in need of people who can commit to one hour, one day per month to deliver meals. That’s right – you only need to commit to one hour per month. To receive more information or submit a volunteer application, visit their website at or call 517-887-1460.

Last Chance to 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 age 12. Tuesday, October 13th through Sunday, October 19th, Tea will give YOU 15% off your order, and donate 15% of your order back to EC3! AND, you will receive free shipping on your order. You MUST shop on, not

Last Day - Movers for Meals Food Drive – Go Green! Go Blue!

Today is Spirit Day at EC3! Teachers will be decorating the classrooms and hallways with green & white or maize & blue, and from 4:00 to 6:00 stop by the office for FREE scoops of MSU and U-M ice cream from the MSU Dairy Store. This is your last chance to drop off your non-perishable food donation for the Movers for Meals food drive. As of this morning, Spartan fans are showing more spirit than Wolverine fans.

Picture Days: October 22nd and October 23rd

Lifetouch Fall picture days are coming to EC3 next week! On Thursday, October 22nd, the Bees, Ladybugs, Dolphins, Seals, Penguins, and Geckos will have their pictures taken. On Friday, October 23rd, the Frogs, Tigers, Bluegills and Bears will have their pictures taken. Part-time students will have pictures taken on whichever day they attend, regardless of what class they are in. Picture-taking sessions will take place both days from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Forms have been placed in the cubbies, but they need only be returned if parents have special preferences for background color or pictures with siblings. Parents are under no obligation to purchase the pictures when they are delivered to EC3 in a few weeks.

Teal Pumpkin Project

Being an allergy aware center, EC3 works closely with parents to ensure children with food allergies are not only safe, but that they don’t feel excluded. That is why we are happy to promote the Teal Pumpkin Project!

For children with food allergies, restrictions or sensitivities, Halloween may mean lots of frustration and disappointment. For the parents of children with food allergies it can be a stressful time where they’re forced to deny their children treat after treat to protect them.

That’s why the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) launched a national campaign in 2014 called the Teal Pumpkin Project. The Teal Pumpkin Project raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season by asking participants to offer fun, non-food alternatives for children with food allergies.

Read more about the project and take the pledge to make your house an allergen-friendly destination for trick-or-treaters.

Tips for Trick-or-Treating with Little Ghosts and Goblins

Halloween can be scary for small children, especially with costumes of monsters, witches, and devils roaming the streets at night. And parents have to worry about candy overload and keeping the kiddos safe. Check out this blog post for great tips and tricks for making Halloween with younger children a breeze.

Halloween Parade: Friday, October 30th

Mark your calendars for EC3’s annual Halloween parade! It will take place on Friday, October 30th at 3:30 p.m. It is sure to be a fun event for everyone, with all the children parading in their cutest costumes! There will be a staff costume contest and classroom celebrations as well. Check back here in the coming weeks for further details and check with your child’s teacher about each room’s specific celebration.

Weekend Family Fun
Energy Day – Impression 5 Science Center
Saturday, October 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Play with an erosion table, make your own biosphere, make a solar oven, learn about gas safety, create with snap circuits and more! Regular admission applies; Members are free.

Boo at the Zoo – Potter Park Zoo
Every Saturday & Sunday, now through October 25th. 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Boo at the Zoo returns to Potter Park Zoo! Little ghouls and boys will enjoy some “spooktacular” fun. There will be activities for the whole family including crafts, a straw maze, live animal presentations, hayrides and the infamous Boo Tunnel. All guests are encouraged to dress in their spookiest, scariest, or prettiest Halloween costumes.

Autumn Nature Walk – Harris Nature Center
Sunday, October 18th from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Leaves of red and gold decorate the trees, flowers have gone to seed and animals prepare for winter. What a great time for a guided walk with a Harris Nature Center naturalist to discover the autumn at Ted Black Woods! Meet in the parking lot on Van Atta Road. Admission: $3/ person or $7/ family.

Important Dates Coming Up

* Monday, 10/19: Tuition Grace Period Day; accounts paid in full by 6:00 p.m. won’t be assessed a late fee.
* Tuesday, 10/20: Seal & Dolphin field trip to Shawhaven Farms, 9:30 a.m.
* Tuesday, 10/20: EC3 Board Meeting, 6:15 p.m., EC3 gym.
* Wednesday, 10/21: Frog field trip to Country Mill, 9:00 a.m.
* Thursday, 10/22: Lifetouch Pictures: Bees, Ladybugs, Dolphins, Seals, Penguins, and Geckos
* Friday, 10/23: Lifetouch Pictures: Frogs, Tigers, Bluegills and Bears

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