EC3 Newsletter - 2/5/16

Published: 2016-02-05

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.

Donate Your Returnables to EC3

Save yourself the time and trouble of cashing in all your Super Bowl 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…

Reminder -- Scholastic Book Orders Due Today

Every month or so, families of currently-enrolled children get a Scholastic flyer in their child’s cubby to order books, either online or using the order form. Today is the last day to order books through Scholastic. Shop online at: One-Time Class Activation Code: L4CNM.

Spending Time Together

Most parents value spending time with their children. But all too often our lifestyle doesn’t lend itself to “togetherness.” Even when we plan special time with them, things don’t always go smoothly. Here are some tips for helping make the time spent together happy and productive for all:

* After a week of work for you and child care or school for the kiddos, we often plan “fun” activities for the family as a way to connect. Quite often, these outings can end up as a source of stress instead of relaxation. Consider staying home and having an unstructured day during the weekend - this might be a better way to nurture a relationship than going to see a movie or going to the zoo.
* When life prevents you from giving the kiddos your full attention, consider letting them join in your projects. The adult world is appealing to children. After all, children want more than anything to be “big.” They also want to spend time with their parents. For example, while you’re making dinner, put a plastic tablecloth on the floor. Give your youngster a pan of water (not very deep) and some potatoes to wash with a vegetable scrub brush. Or let them help clean with a rag and spray bottle of water. Even the youngest children can help sweep the floor, sort laundry, and put toys away.

Lansing School District May Bond Proposal Presentation

The Lansing School District will be sending voters to the polls on May 3, 2016, for a bond proposal called the Lansing Pathway Promise. The district will ask voters to consider a $120 million investment in the school system. This investment will provide upgrades and investments to existing buildings, and significant construction to the district’s K-8 buildings; technology and security upgrades; and new furniture district-wide for all schools.

If you would like more information regarding the bond proposal, the Averill Elementary PTA is hosting a presentation on Monday, February 8th at 5:30 p.m., in the Averill Elementary library. 3201 Averill Drive, Lansing, MI 48911. You may also go to for more information on the bond proposal.

Depression Screening Recommended For All Pregnant Women, New Mothers

Baby blues, or something more? According to recommendations issued Tuesday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, pregnant women and new mothers need more attention when it comes to screening for depression.
The announcement follows similar recommendations in 2002 and 2009. What's new this time is the special shout-out for pregnant women and new moms. They need special recognition, the task force says, because of evidence showing that they can be accurately diagnosed and successfully treated, and because untreated depression harms not only the mother, but her child as well. Learn more at

Weekend Family Fun

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – East Lansing Hannah Center
Friday, February 5th and 12th at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, February 6th and 13th at 2:00 and 4:30 p.m.
Families will enjoy this adventure, set in the land of Narnia. "The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe" faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion; his struggle with the White Witch; and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. The intense action features chases, duels and escapes as the witch is determined to keep Narnia in her possession and to end the reign of Aslan.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youth. To purchase tickets in advance, call 517-333-2580, ext. 0.

Family Day – MSU Broad Art Museum
Saturday, February 6th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
First Saturday means Family Day at the Broad MSU! The exhibition Andrew Sendor: Paintings, Drawings, and a Film features a cast of silly, serious, whimsical, and quirky characters imagined by the artist. Come create your own characters at Family Day! Don’t miss a special family tour at 1:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Nature Story Hour – Fenner Nature Center
Saturday, February 6th at 1:00 p.m.
Fenner’s volunteer librarian will be leading a nature story in the Visitor Center that is geared towards children between the ages of 4 and 6. After the story, they may participate in a craft and watch a family friendly video.

Science Saturday: WKAR Curious Crew Road Show –Capital Area District Library South Branch
Saturday, February 6th at 3:00 p.m.
Get a live look at WKAR TV's fun science show! Host Rob Stephenson and other cast members will be here to conduct experiments and explain how science affects the everyday world around us. South Lansing Branch. Free.

Important Dates Coming Up

* Monday, 2/8: Tuition Invoices Emailed
* Monday, 2/8: Finance and Facilities Committee Meeting, 12:00 p.m., 2nd Floor Conference Room
* Tuesday, 2/9: Program Committee Meeting, 4:30 p.m., 2nd Floor Conference Room
* Wednesday, 2/10: Second Wednesday Mom’s Lunch, 12:15 p.m., 2nd Floor Conference Room
* Wednesday, 2/10: Development & Marketing Committee Meeting, 5:00 p.m., 2nd Floor Conference Room

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