EC3 Newsletter – 9/23/16

Published: 2016-09-23

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

On September 12th, 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.

Scholastic Book Orders Due Wednesday!

Wednesday, September 28th is the last day to order books this month through Scholastic. You can view the current catalogs, as well as hundreds of additional titles online. Best of all, when you place your order online, your child’s classroom receives a free book! Shop online at: One-Time Class Activation Code: L4CNM

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

Time is running out to take advantage of our September enrollment special! 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!

Weekly Menu

Ever wonder what goes into creating EC3’s weekly menu? Did you know that you can view the menu each week in a variety of places?

Abby Powers is our resident “dietary manager,” and she spends a great deal of time crafting the menu every week. She follows USDA nutrition guidelines, provided by the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), while considering input from teachers and families. Once the menu is created, she places an order for fresh food to be delivered on Monday, and we often pick up a few things from the grocery store (such as 20 gallons of milk) throughout the week. On Friday afternoons the menu for the following is posted in a variety of ways. Families can find it in the front hallway next to the white board, in the EC3 kitchen, in each of the classrooms, and on the EC3 website. You can link to the menu from the weekly EC3 newsletter as well. For those families who check it out online each week – we try really hard to have it posted before the newsletter is sent out, but for a variety of reasons, sometimes it simply doesn’t happen. If it isn’t updated, please shoot an e-mail to Marney Turner at

If you ever have questions about the menu, or about accessing it, please pop by the office and let us know!

Staff E-mails

Did you know that all EC3 lead teachers have e-mail addresses? This is a great way to communicate with your child’s teachers regarding your child, particularly if you (or they) are pressed for time at drop-off or pick-up times. Teachers check their e-mail accounts on a regular basis throughout the week, both on their breaks and outside of work. E-mail addresses, along with staff biographies, can be located at

Field Trips

Many of the EC3 classrooms will soon be taking field trips to one of the area farms or pumpkin patches. You will be notified by the classroom teachers in advance of any field trip your child takes. When teachers plan transportation for field trips, they will either walk with the children, use public transportation, or ask parents to drive (State of Michigan licensing rules require that parents transport their own child or ask another parent to transport their child). Sometimes a parent may not be able to attend a driving field trip. In that case you can ask another classroom parent to transport your child. If you are not comfortable with your child going with another parent, they may stay at EC3 and spend time with another classroom in the program. If you have any questions or concerns about an upcoming field trip, please inquire with your child’s teachers or in the office.

Weekend Family Fun

American Heritage Festival – Woldumar Nature Center
Saturday, September 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The American Heritage Festival is an annual celebration of Mid-Michigan heritage. Woldumar’s rich history and beautiful grounds make for the perfect spot to host traditional craft demonstrators, local artisans, living history actors, live musicians, and a variety of family-friendly activities. Families and individuals from all over the area are invited to join us in this FREE educational celebration of culture and community. Free; small fee for some activities.

Red Panda Day at Potter Park Zoo
Sunday, September 25th from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Activities will include docent discussions of red pandas, an art lesson on drawing a red panda, and other fun things for kids to do. There will also be red panda enrichment and bamboo feeding.
Potter Park Zoo Keepers will be selling items to benefit the Red Panda Network, a conservation organization dedicated to the red panda. The red panda is an endangered species native to Asia. They can be found from Nepal to the Sichuan province in China. Potter Park Zoo is home to four red panda, Rupert Jr., a 7-year-old male, Maliha, a 1-year-old female and two new cubs born earlier this summer.

One World One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure – Abrams Planetarium
Recurring weekly on Sundays through December 18th at 2:30 p.m.
You don't need a spaceship to learn about the sun, moon, and stars--just a little imagination! When Big Bird, Elmo, and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, take an imaginary trip to the moon, they learn amazing things along the way. Following every feature presentation is a 30-minute star talk, in which the viewers will have the opportunity to learn about some of the amazing things we can see in our very own night sky. Price: Adults: $4.00, Students and Senior Citizens: $3.50, Children (12 and under): $3.00

Important Dates Coming Up

* Monday, 9/26: Tuition Invoices E-mailed
* Thursday, 9/29: Facilities Assistant Roger Bertram’s birthday
* Friday, 9/30: Tuition Due

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