EC3 Newsletter – 1/29/16

Published: 2016-01-29

Upcoming Holiday Reminder

EC3 will be closed on Monday, February 15th, in observation of Presidents’ Day. Teachers must report to work for in-service training.

Hand Washing Helps us Stay Healthy!

Hand washing is like a "do-it-yourself" vaccine—it involves five simple and effective steps (think Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) 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

School Lunch Inspiration

It’s halfway through the “school year” and plenty of you are finding yourselves in a school-lunch rut. If you’re nodding your head, you’ll want to check our EC3’s Healthy Lunch Ideas Pinterest page, which provides lots of school lunch inspiration you can put into action right now.

Why Children Need Chores

Giving children household chores at an early age helps to build a lasting sense of mastery, responsibility and self-reliance, while also teaching children how to be empathetic and responsive to others’ needs.
Here are some of the best ways to get your children properly motivated to do chores:

* Watch your language. In a study of 149 three-to-six-year-olds in the journal Child Development last year, researchers found that thanking young children for “being a helper,” as opposed to “helping,” significantly increased their desire to pitch in. They were motivated by the idea of creating a positive identity—being known as someone who helps.
* Schedule chore time. Write chores into the calendar, right next to the piano lesson and soccer practice, to maintain consistency.
* Game it. Like a videogame, start small and have young children earn new “levels” of responsibilities, like going from sorting clothes to earning the right to use the washing machine.
* Keep allowances and chores separate. Research suggests that external rewards can actually lower intrinsic motivation and performance. With chores, psychologists say that money can lessen a child’s motivation to help, turning an altruistic act into a business transaction.

Types of tasks matter. To build prosocial behavior such as empathy, chores should be routine and focused on taking care of the family (i.e., dusting the living room or doing everyone’s laundry), not self-care (i.e., tidying one’s bedroom or doing personal laundry). Psychologists add that involving children in choosing the tasks makes them more likely to buy in.

For a list of age-appropriate chores, see

EC3 Auction Planning Has Begun!

Each year, at the end of April, EC3 hosts its biggest annual fundraiser--the Spring Auction! Funds raised at the auction are a critical portion of EC3’s general operations. EC3’s staff and Board of Directors are coordinating vendors, preparing auction materials, and contacting sponsors and donors. How can you help? If you have a favorite salon or restaurant, why not ask them to donate a gift certificate to the silent auction while you are there? Or maybe your employer would like to be an auction sponsor. And we need lots of yummy treats for the bake sale! Check out the EC3 website for donor, sponsor, and bake sale forms.

Weekend Family Fun

Winter Wonderland at Harris Nature Center
Saturday January 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Get outside and be adventurous this winter! Take a hike through the trails or call ahead and reserve a pair of skis or snow shoes free of cost! See demonstrations by recreational dog sledders, place a bid at the HNC Silent Auction. Kids will have fun in the Kids Outdoor Activity Area and everyone will enjoy the campfire and watching Miller Ice Sculptures.

Wharton Center Presents: The Monster Who Ate My Peas
Sunday, January 31st at 1:30 and 4:00 p.m.
Based on the multi-award story by Danny Schnitzlein, this musical tells the funny and poignant story of a young boy who doesn’t want to eat his peas. When a crafty monster appears underneath his kitchen table, the boy is ready to make a deal: if the monster eats his peas, the boy will give the monster any of his possessions. First, it’s a soccer ball, then a bike. But when the monster raises the stakes, will the boy face his fears? An entertaining and engaging tale about the value of willpower. Enjoy FREE interactive educational activities provided by the Wharton Center’s Inner Circle volunteers one hour prior to the performance. Recommended for ages 4-8. Admission: $9.

Important Dates Coming Up

* Monday, 2/1: Tuition invoices e-mailed
* Friday, 2/5: Tuition due

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