EC3 Newsletter – 3/4/16

Published: 2016-03-04

EC3 Bids Farewell to Rachel

For the past 14 years, Rachel (Erickson/Davies) Vulgaris has been a steadfast and much-loved teacher at EC3. She started out as a part-time assistant while pursuing credentials in the field. Rachel quickly worked her way up to lead teacher in the "Duck" room, which was EC3's student teaching laboratory for Lansing Community College. After LCC opened their own center, Rachel continued the high-quality teaching and fun-loving atmosphere in the renamed Bluegill room, helping hundreds of children grow in preparation for kindergarten and beyond. So it is with much fond sadness that we bid farewell to Rachel; she is leaving EC3 in order to attend her infant daughter, whose health concerns preclude her from group care. We are ever-hopeful that one day Rachel will return to EC3 and continue her fun and effective legacy. If you want to contact Rachel to wish her well, her email address is

Mark your Calendar - EC3 Family Storytelling & Movie Matinee

Join us on Saturday, March 19th at 10:00 a.m. in the EC3 gym for a reading month celebration. We will start off with a visit from Interactive Storyteller Karrie Korroch. Karrie will delight the kids with a unique and engaging story time. Then get cozy, grab a bag of popcorn and enjoy a screening of “Curious George Swings into Spring.” Bring blankets, sleeping bags, and pillows to sit on. Please RSVP at

Mark your Calendar - Second Wednesday Mom’s Lunch Happy Hour

Second Wednesday “mom’s happy hour” is this Wednesday. Join us from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. (ish) at the Soup Spoon Cafe for an opportunity to meet other women and share insights about family, work, life, and everything in between! Please RSVP by Monday, March 7th at

Summer Camp Registration is OPEN

Don’t delay--we’re ready to enroll kids for EC3’s summer camp! Children who have completed kindergarten through fourth grade are eligible to participate in EC3’s summer camp. From June 13th through September 1st, this year’s version promises to be one of the best ever, with themed weeks such as “Mad Scientist,” “Master Builders,” and “Sports Fanatics.” By early May we will have a detailed calendar of field trips available. You can read more about it and download the schedule and registration form on EC3’s website:

Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

The ladies over at Cool Mom Picks have compiled The Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide, which has more than 100 of the coolest birthday gifts for kids of all ages. Beyond the old standards, such as play kitchens and Legos, they highlight items such as personalized flash cards, handmade dinosaur block toys, and a cardboard food truck play set. If you are searching for the perfect gift for a youngster, this is a great resource!

Guest Readers for Reading Month

We are inviting all of our EC3 parents and grandparents to come in and read to the classrooms in honor of Reading Month! The children and teachers love hearing new books and seeing all the enthusiasm for reading. If you haven’t already, talk with your child’s teacher about finding a time to read. And if we have any EC3 graduates who would like to come back and read to their former classrooms, let us know!

Awesome Anticipation About April’s Auction

Only seven weeks until EC3’s biggest family event! The annual fundraising auction is also one of the most enjoyable events—there’s something for everyone in the family! Adults (current parents, past parents, and their relatives and friends) can browse the silent auction tables, enjoy some free pizza and salad, purchase treats from the bake sale for dessert, and bid on great items (including the classroom artwork) during the live auction. Children of enrolled families (infant through age 12) can either stay with their parents or have a pizza party with their friends and play in a classroom with child care provided—no charge! Please mark your calendar for Friday, April 22nd, 5:45 to 8:00 p.m. to support this community effort!

Weekend Family Fun

Science Saturday: WKAR Curious Crew Road Show – Capital Area District Library – Downtown
Saturday, March 5th from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Get a live look at WKAR TV's fun new science show! Host Rob Stephenson and other cast members will conduct an experiment and explain how science affects the everyday world around us.

Family Day – MSU Broad Art Museum
Saturday, March 5th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
First Saturday means Family Day at the Broad MSU! Come to the Education Wing of the museum to: create colorful projects based on different pieces in the exhibition, participate in creating collaborative drawings with other kids, go on an interactive scavenger hunt on an iPad, and enjoy a museum tour designed especially for families at 1pm. Free and open to the public.

Nature Story Hour – Fenner Nature Center
Saturday, March 5th 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.

Easter Bunny Brunch – Play East Lansing
Sunday, March 20th at 10:00 a.m.
Skip your usual Sunday breakfast routine in favor of a hoppin’ good time? Your family will chow down on a catered brunch with the Eater Bunny and then pose for pictures, all while dancing to fabulous tunes by Tim the Music Man. The celebration will continue with arts and crafts, a visit from some furry friends, and the most fabulous Easter Egg decoration table ever seen. Tickets will go quick – get them here:

Important Dates Coming Up

* Monday, 3/7: Tuition grace period day: accounts paid prior to 6:00 p.m. will not be assessed a late fee.
* Monday, 3/7: Finance and Facilities Committee Meeting, 12:00 p.m., 2nd Floor Conference Room
* Monday, 3/7: Frog Room Support Staff Dustin Brondyke’s Birthday
* Tuesday, 3/8: Program Committee Meeting, 4:30 p.m., 2nd Floor Conference Room
* Tuesday, 3/8: EC3 Staff Meeting, 6:15 p.m.
* Wednesday, 3/9: Second Wednesday Mom’s Lunch Happy Hour, 5:00 p.m., Soup Spoon Cafe
* Wednesday, 3/9: Development & Marketing Committee Meeting, 5:00 p.m., 2nd Floor Conference Room
* Thursday, 3/10: Frog Room Teacher Lucki Mullen’s Birthday

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