EC3 Newsletter 1/27/17

Published: 2017-01-27

Upcoming Holiday Reminder

EC3 will be closed on Monday, February 20th, in observation of Presidents’ Day. Teachers must report to work for in-service training.

Grant Awards!

EC3 has been awarded grants from Great Start to Quality, and the Delta Dental Foundation! The grant from the Delta Dental Foundation, in the amount of $200, will be used for a summer camp field trip to the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum for the “Chew on This!” exhibit.

A Quality Improvement grant from Great Start to Quality, in the amount of $4,485, will be used for the purchase of computer tablets for each classroom, to enable teachers to record and track student development according to our new curriculum guidelines. Since adopting The Creative Curriculum in 2015, teachers have been using paper booklets to record progress; the software version of the recordkeeping, called Teaching Strategies Gold (TSG), streamlines the process greatly and will help teachers use the data more efficiently.

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 a financial 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

Statehood Day Celebration - Michigan History Center
Saturday, January 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Michigan History Center will commemorate the people who created our state – settlers, Native peoples, statesmen, and townspeople – at its annual Statehood Day celebration. Visitors will have the opportunity to view the first ever showing of the new “Mistories of Michigan” video, enjoy a slice of birthday cake, listen to folk tunes performed by violinist and ethnomusicologist Laurie Sommers, try out book-making with the Library of Michigan, learn about Native culture and traditions with Nokomis Learning Center, practice surveying with the Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors Reenactment Group, participate in historic craft and trade demonstrations, view statehood documents, and more!

Greater Lansing Chinese New Year Celebration – Meridian Mall
Saturday, January 28th from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
The Greater Lansing Chinese New Year Celebration is an annual event that takes place in Okemos' Meridian Mall. This event launches with a traditional Chinese parade and features a variety of performances, including Chinese folk music, lion or dragon dances, and more. Visit displays of Chinese cultural artifacts such as Chinese paintings, calligraphy, paper cutting, Peking opera, musical instruments, and games.

Important Dates Coming Up

* Saturday, 1/28: Program Director Betsy Clinton’s Birthday
* Monday, 1/30: Tuition invoices e-mailed
* Tuesday, 1/31: Preschool teacher Angie Mendenhall’s Birthday
* Thursday, 2/1: Finance & Facilities Committee meeting, 5:00 p.m.
* Friday, 2/3: Tuition due

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You know what I love about EC3 (burrrrpp)?....I get to use finger paints and my mom doesn't get all freaked out about the mess (and mom loves that I'm already making art projects).

Maggie, 12 months
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