EC3 Newsletter – 9/16/16

Published: 2016-09-16

EC3 Volunteer Opportunities – Saturday, October 1st

Saturday, October 1st, we will be tackling our next volunteer opportunity – working outdoors for our annual fall yard work and cleanup. We need a group of volunteers to help with various jobs. Work will start at 9:00 a.m. and continue until 3:00 p.m. Come lend a hand at any point during that time, even if just for an hour! Please sign-up at – available slots range from one hour to all day and you can choose what you would like to help with. There are even slots to sign up for bringing refreshments! We are also happy to receive gift cards to Home Depot, where we purchase our yardwork supplies.

We will also use this opportunity to invite people in our neighborhood to stop by for refreshments or to lend a hand. EC3’s playgrounds are vital components of this community and we hope to strengthen the relationships we have with our neighbors.

Annual Forms Reminder

Last week, parents of currently-enrolled children received a packet of information and required forms in their child’s cubby. If you haven’t done so already, please complete the forms and return them to the EC3 office as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to pop by the office for clarification.

Last Chance to Take the Family Survey

Current and recent families should have received a link to our annual parent survey via e-mail ( Please take a few moments to complete the survey and help us fulfill our goal of continuously improving the program. This feedback is also necessary for our accreditation with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which requires that at least 50% of enrolled (and recently-enrolled) families participate. If there are two parents/guardians in the household, both are eligible to complete the survey independently.

Scholastic Book Orders

Tired of reading the same book over and over at bedtime every night? Scholastic has compiled a list of the 100 Greatest Books for Kids (, broken down into categories by age. Most of these books are available on the Scholastic website, so as you are placing your book club order you can add a few of these to your child’s library. October catalogs will be in cubbies early next week, and you can shop online at: One-Time Class Activation Code: L4CNM. And remember, every book you order helps us get books for the classroom! Orders will be due by September 28th.

Reminder: Earn a Tuition Discount—or Cash—by Referring a Family to EC3!

For the month of September, we’re offering an incentive to EC3 families—both current families and alumni—who refer a new family to enroll at EC3. Although we’re still full in our infant program, expectant mothers are welcome to get on the wait-list, and we’ve got lots of space in our preschool classrooms (Frogs, Tigers, and Bluegills). So if you’ve got coworkers, neighbors, relatives, or friends who are currently at home with their 2.5+ year old (or if the child is with a nanny or in home-based care), it’s a great time to share with them EC3’s loving atmosphere and high-quality program. To sweeten the deal, we’ll even waive their application fee!

The EC3 community has always been the best advertising around, and we’re excited to welcome more of YOUR community into ours!

September is Safe Sleep Month in Michigan

September is “Safe Sleep Month” in Michigan. For the past several years, Governor Rick Snyder has declared September as Infant Safe Sleep Month to help stem the growing tide of deaths caused by babies being put to sleep in unsafe environments. In 2014, 152 infants died due to unsafe sleep environments. These deaths are 100% preventable!

It is critical for parents and caregivers to always follow the A-B-Cs: put baby to sleep Alone, on his/her Back, in an empty Crib. Following these simple tips can prevent deaths.

For additional information on infant safe sleep, go to

Weekend Family Fun

Stewardship Mornings at Harris Nature Center
Saturday, September 17th from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Harris Nature Center needs your help to keep their park and trails safe and healthy. Pitch in to help remove invasive plants, maintain habitat areas, identify/repair troubled trail areas and garden around the building.

Down Home Days - Mason
Recurring daily through Sep 18, 2016
Check out fall colors and join Mason folks for an outdoor concert Thursday, family walk Friday, Saturday's 150-vendor craft show on the historic Ingham County Courthouse Square and so much more!

Miniature Golf at the Ballpark – Cooley Law School Stadium
Tuesday, September 20th, and Thursday, September 22nd, 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 24th, and Sunday, September 25th, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Rounds are just $5 apiece, and are available for purchase at the stadium box office. Golfers are encouraged to bring their own putters.

Important Dates Coming Up

* Monday, 9/19: Tuition Grace Period Day: accounts paid by the end of the day will not be assessed a late fee
* Monday, 9/19: Support Staff Tammy Epling’s birthday
* Tuesday, 9/20: Infant teacher TeShawna Robinson’s birthday
* Tuesday, 9/20: EC3 Board of Directors meeting, 6:15 p.m., EC3 gym
* Thursday, 9/22: Preschool teacher Alyssa Hargett’s birthday
* Friday, 9/23: Toddler teacher Ryan Mayes birthday

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