EC3 Newsletter – 10/2/15

Published: 2015-10-02

New faces at EC3!

EC3 has a few new friendly faces in the classrooms! This week we welcomed preschool teacher Queayna Battle, toddler teacher Tammy Stoops, and support staffer Kelsey McFadden. Queayna has joined Rachel in the Bluegill room, and Tammy will be joining Claudia (Burger) in the Penguin room. They come to us with great education and experience and we are excited to have them. Please feel free to introduce yourself and welcome them to our EC3 family. You can read their bios on EC3’s website at

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.

Bring Us Some Pumpkins!

We’d love to have some real jack-o-lanterns in the classrooms to make the place festive for Halloween! If you’re picking up one for your house this weekend, please consider donating an extra one to EC3.

Exploring Nature

Fall is a perfect time of year to embark on nature exploration with your toddlers and preschoolers! Children are natural explorers. Set some basic boundaries, and let the child discover. The learning will come. Children use all of their senses to explore. They look and listen to observe what is happening around them, touch what they can reach, smell the fresh scents of nature, and occasionally taste when given permission. They run, jump, dig, and climb as they discover new places. For a child, everything is new—even the tiniest things are interesting and exciting. In today’s entertainment-driven world, exploring the outdoors is an opportunity for children to actively engage in learning. Check out this great list of ten easy ways to get you and your child exploring outdoors.

Hand Washing Helps us Stay Healthy!

Hand washing is like a "do-it-yourself" vaccine—it involves five simple and effective steps (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) that you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you (and those around you) can stay healthy. Regular hand washing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. For more information on proper hand washing techniques, the science behind the recommendations, and what to do when you can’t wash your hands, go to

Donate Your Returnables to EC3

Save yourself the time and trouble of cashing in all your tailgate returnables: bring them to EC3! We’ll gladly accept donations of this kind, even the beer bottles. Don’t worry, we’ll assume your neighbors drank it all…

Halloween Monster Ball at play

Join play. for trick or treating and a not-so-spooky night of fun! Your little monsters can dance the night away with family-friendly tunes, while also enjoying trick-or-treating, pumpkin decorating, a mad scientist lab, and more! Friday, October 23rd at 6:30 p.m. Kiddos 0-8. Space is limited!

Weekend Family Fun

Family Day: Past Forward – Broad Art Museum at MSU
Saturday, October 3rd, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
First Saturday means Family Day at the Broad MSU! Let’s learn about Emirati culture and take a visual journey through the United Arab Emirates as we explore Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates. Don't miss a special family tour at 1:00 p.m.! Free and open to the public.

Free Day at the Zoo – Potter Park Zoo
Saturday, October 3rd
Lansing & Ingham County residents will receive free admission to Potter Park Zoo to view our more than 600 animals and over 160 species on display for guests at Potter Park Zoo. Admission: Parking rates apply. See you at this fun (and FREE!) event!

How-To Halloween – Lansing Center
Saturday, October 3rd from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Halloween is one of the few remaining holidays that encourages the DIY ethic, so we are proud to announce the annual How-To Halloween coming to Downtown Lansing. This fun event for all age groups will include huge displays, great music and everything you want to know about making your own ghoulish props, decorations, make-up and baked goods. So break out your best homemade costumes, bring your friends and be a part of the creative celebration. Several hands-on and observable exhibits include: Batpod & Batman, "Green Invaders from the Red Planet", Zombie Splat, a walk through haunt and more. An exciting and informative event for all ages of the family. Admission: $6, children under 2 are free.

Family Series at the Library: Mini Concert – Capital Area District Library Downtown
Sunday, October 4th from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Join the Lansing Symphony Orchestra alongside the Capital Area District Library, presenting “Lansing Symphony Family Series at the Library,” an interactive series that connects families and young children with music and literature. This series includes free children’s concerts, each including an LSO performance followed by an activity that incorporates the performance.

Important Dates Coming Up

* Monday, 10/5: Tuition Grace Period Day; accounts paid in full by 6:00 p.m. won’t be assessed a late fee.
* Thursday, 10/8: Development & Marketing Committee Meeting, 4:30 p.m., 2nd Floor Conference Room
* Friday, 10/9: Toddler Teacher Jen Enterline’s Birthday
* Saturday, 10/10: EC3 Staff CPR/First Aid training

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