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JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARTY
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26,  6:00-7:30 PM

Carnival-style games, l ight snacks, and  Merlajean's Parading Puppets  from 6:15-7:15 p.m.

Dress in costumes (and yes, even mom and 
dad can wear a costume if they wish!)
 
Feel free to bring a decorated pumpkin on  Wednesday evening or Thursday morning
for our pumpkin carving contest.  (Families will vote for their favorite  pumpkin at the party on Thursday night with  prizes awarded!)
 
In order for the party to start at 6:00 pm,  we are closing EFC at 5:30 pm.

 
UPCOMING EVENTS
FIRE TRUCK VISIT
Eden Prairie's fire truck will visit our  center on Monday, October 2, at 3:00 pm. The firefighter(s) will talk to the preschool group as well as the toddler class. The firefighters talk about safety as well as show us the fire truck.  

FIELD TRIP
Preschoolers will visit Emma Krumbee's  Pumpkin Patch in Belle Plaine on Tuesday, October 3. Our bus will leave at 9:00 a.m. with parent volunteers welcome. Each child will choose their own pumpkin, get to jump in a  haystack, ride "tractor bikes" and even  receive an apple to bring home. It is always  a fun day!

PARENT REMINDERS

LOOKING AHEAD
Mark your calendars: EFC will be closed on  Thursday, November 23 , and Friday,  November 24 , for the Thanksgiving holiday .
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
At Especially for Children we have parent-teacher conferences twice a year. The fall conferences will be held beginning in late October and move into November. Sign-up sheets will be located in your child's classroom closer to the time of that teacher's week. Each conference lasts about 20 minutes. If you feel you will need more than that, please discuss this with the teacher.

Parent-teacher conferences are the perfect time to talk about your child's development and progress. During the month of October, we will be giving you more resources regarding our Desired Results Developmental Profile, which we use for both planning classroom as well as individual goals for the children. There are 3 ring binders in the front entrance room with the continuums for both infant/toddler and preschool. If you would like to view online:

STAR WELLNESS
star wellness
CROCKPOT APPLESAUCE
Serves 4
Prep: 5 minutes; Cook 4-6 hours

Ingredients                        
  • 4 large apples
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
Directions
  • Peel and core apples; cut into quarters.
  • Add apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, brown sugar and water to crockpot.
  • Cover and cook on low 4 to 6 hours, until apples are very tender.
  • Mash with the back of a fork or potato masher.
ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY
On Friday, September 1, the teaching staff from all eight of our Especially for Children centers gathered at Normandale Community College for a series of workshops. It was a productive day of getting new ideas and preparing ourselves for the start of the "school year". We split into groups so that the trainings could be age-specific.
 
The teaching staff who work with infants or young toddlers attended one session on math and science and another on how movement and play build the brain. We participated in hands-on activities, and teachers were given some new resource materials to enhance their classrooms and facilitate their lesson planning.
 
The teaching staff who work with older toddlers or preschoolers also had sessions on interactive math and science. It is amazing how even the simplest activities can be designed to help children understand concepts such as patterning, geometry, estimation, volume, and the physical aspects of the environment.
 
Back to School Dramatic Play area
Also leading a workshop were two of our own employees. Carolyn and Samantha from our Edina/Edinborough center led a session on Creative Dramatic Play. They presented great ideas on how we can embellish our dramatic play areas to be even more fun and educational for children.

Then, all employees attended sessions on how to prepare for their accreditation visits that will be coming up soon. The workshop was entitled "Through the Assessor's Eyes" and gave very practical information to help teaching staff prepare for the observations that NAEYC validators will conduct. Our accreditation renews every five years. Although we work very hard to uphold the accreditation standards each and every day, there is always a bit of stress connected to having an outside observer spend an hour in your classroom during which time he/she assesses whether or not hundreds of standards are being met. Think good thoughts as our teachers prepare for these visits.
 
The last component of our day was honoring long-term employees. This year 51 people were recognized for having worked for Especially for Children over 5 years. Of those, 19 people have been with the company 20 years or more. A special thank you to our longest-term employee, Kathy Brotten, of the Circle Pines center for her 37 years of service!!! See our Parent Blog for photos of our long-term employees.

TWIN CITIES
FAMILY EVENTS
Now-10/29  Spookley the Square Pumpkin , Stages Theatre, Hopkins
Now-10/29  Shafer Corn Maze, Shafer 
Now-10/31 Scarecrows, MN Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen
10/14-10/15 Farmer Ken & Jan's Pumpkin Patch Trolley Ride, Lake Harriet Trolley, Mpls
10/21  Pumpkin Night in the ParkSpringbrook Nature Center, Coon Rapids
10/21  Pumpkin Fest , 50th & France, Edina
10/21-10/29 (weekends) ZooBoo, Como Zoo, Saint Paul
10/28   Terror Trot 5k, 10k & KidsK Family Run, Lake Harriet, Mpls
10/29 Trick 'r Trolley , Lake Harriet Trolley, Mpls 

Apple Orchards & Pumpkin Patches
Aamodt's, Stillwater
Applewood, Lakeville
Deer Lake, Buffalo
Emma Krumbee's, Belle Plain
Minnetonka, Minnetrista


At our Professional Development Day in early September, we recognized all EFC teaching staff and directors who have been with the organization for 5 years or more. That includes 51 dedicated early childhood educators across all of our centers! We appreciate their many contributions to EFC. The individuals pictured below have been with Especially for Children for 26 years or more!

>> View more photos on the blog


Especially for Children
6223 Dell Road
Eden Prairie MN 55346
(952) 934-1119

Center Directors:
Lynn Seltz and Cathie Underwood 
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