DECEMBER 2019
Greetings!

TOY DRIVE
EFC is proud to host Raising The Holiday Spirits Toy Drive with 4:13 Athletics (Artez’s non-profit organization) and Children’s Hospital again this year until Wednesday, December 18.

Every year many children spend the holiday season in the hospital. 4:13 Athletics strives to create e a strong community where everyone is looking out for one another. Our goal this holiday season is to bring holiday spirit to those in need. Please join us in strengthening and bringing joy to our community.

The toys will be gifted to children at Children’s Hospital and fostering families. More details to follow; feel free to speak with Artez (Monkey Room) if you have any questions.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
COZY PAJAMA DAYS IN DECEMBER
Pajama day is always a favorite, so we decided to add a few extra this month:
Friday, December 13
Wednesday, December 18
Tuesday, December 31 
DECEMBER BAKING WITH JILL
This month Jill will visit each toddler and preschool classroom for special baking time.
PARENT REMINDERS
HOLIDAY CLOSURES & ATTENDANCE
Please mark your calendars in preparation for the holiday season. EFC will be closed the following days:
·     Christmas Eve: Tuesday, 12/24; closing at 3 PM
·     Christmas Day: Wednesday, 12/25
·     New Year’s Day: Wednesday, 1/1

We understand many families travel during the holiday weeks. Please let us know your child’s attendance by signing the forms on the classroom doors by December 13 . This will help us staff classrooms and allows us to give our teachers some well-deserved time off. Thank you!

We wish everyone a very happy and
healthy holiday season!
WINTER CLOTHING
Please ensure your child has the appropriate winter gear to explore outdoors each day. This includes a warm jacket, snow pants, boots, hat and waterproof mittens. We also request that a spare set of weather appropriate clothing is kept in your child’s locker/cubby each day. Thanks!

ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
“WHAT IS ESSENTIAL IS INVISIBLE TO THE EYES” AND
OTHER THINGS FRED ROGERS KNEW
by Angie Williams

I grew up watching Mister Rogers. Perhaps some of you did, too. But I have not reflected on the lessons of his television show until recently. Ahead of the movie,   A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood , there have been several excellent profiles about the man who touched millions of children’s lives with his kind demeanor and profound grasp of humanity. He spoke directly to children about the joys and the challenges of their experiences. He gently but consistently emphasized the importance of children acknowledging and talking about their feelings in order to understand themselves and the world around them.

There is a new, 10-episode podcast called  Finding Fred , which explores the themes and methods of his show. I listened to the first episode last night entitled, A Genius of Empathy. The host and guests discussed how Fred Rogers was able to teach children about empathy—a pretty tricky emotional concept even for adults—by, again, recognizing the feelings children have, helping them understand that feelings are universal, and giving them words and ideas to help them manage their feelings. (If you haven’t listened to his song, “What do you do with the mad you feel?”, it’s a great example of this.)

We know—and Fred Rogers knew—that the social and emotional development of children is paramount to their overall wellbeing as well as their ability to be a “good neighbor,” which is what we hope all of our children will be.

The depth of his thinking is something that I can appreciate only now as an adult. The following paragraph of an article stood out to me:

“L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.” That was Fred’s favorite quote. He had it framed and hanging on a wall in his office. “What is essential is invisible to the eyes,” from Saint-Exupéry’s “The Little Prince.” “It’s not the honors and the prizes and the fancy outsides of life which ultimately nourish our souls,” he once said, expounding on the idea in a speech. “It’s the knowing that we can be trusted, that we never have to fear the truth, that the bedrock of our very being is good stuff. … What is essential about you that is invisible to the eyes?”

These are deep thoughts for both adults and children, and I love that Mister Rogers reminded children that there  is  something essential within them that they can love and share. When I reflect on the message within those words, I think of what an amazing privilege it is to engage in the life of a child as a parent, and for our teaching staff, as caregivers and educators. It is such an honor (and a responsibility!) to help children discover the essential parts of themselves—those interests and traits that make them who they are and connect them to life and the world in a positive way. Once again, as Fred notes, “the bedrock of our very being is good stuff.” How lucky we are to share that lesson with children and watch it grow within them.

Sources:
http://www.neighborhoodarchive.com/music/songs/what_do_you_do.html
Angie Williams
EFC Marketing and Finance Director
TWIN CITIES
FAMILY EVENTS

Now-12/22   Holidazzle , Minneapolis
Now-12/28 Elf the Musical , Stages Theatre, Hopkins
Now-1/5 Cinderella , Children's Theatre, Minneapolis
Now-1/5 Winter in Bloom , Mn Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen
Now-1/5 Gingerbread Wonderland , Houses of Norway, Minneapolis
12/7 Reindeer Day , Linden Hills, Minneapolis
12/7-12/8 Holly Trolley , Lake Harriet, Minneapolis
12/14 Reindeer Run , Lake Harriet, Minneapolis
12/25 Joyful 5k , Maple Grove
12/31 New Year's Eve in the Wild , Lebanon Hills Park, Eagan
 
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Edina MN 55439 
(952) 946-9971 

Center Directors:
Susan Wilson and Michelle Botz
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