FEBRUARY 2024

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Hello Angie,


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Parents—it is homework time!! We’d like all parents to design a Valentine for your child/ren to be hung up in the EFC hallways during the month of February! This is your chance to be creative and have fun! Please decorate a 9x12 or a 12x12 sheet of construction paper with poems, snapshots, glitter or whatever else you want. Examples will be posted outside each classroom. We hope to see some creative artwork :). Please bring us your artwork by Friday, 2/9.

CENTER HAPPENINGS

BLACK HISTORY MONTH – FEBRUARY

In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, known as the “father of black history” initiated the celebration of Negro History Week to coincide with Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays. In 1976, 50 years later, President Gerald Ford officially recognized and expanded it to Black History Month. He called upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history”. Every Republican and Democratic president since has endorsed the theme and focus each year.


The theme for Black History Month 2024 is: African Americans and the Arts. 


Our preschool classrooms will each select at least four inspirational black men or women to spotlight this month. By the end of February, the classes will each have honored and learned about at least four influential people who have changed the world. We also want to invite you to bring in your favorite books that represent black culture to share with your child’s class during the month of February.  

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VALENTINE’S DAY PARTIES

Our classrooms will celebrate Valentine’s Day with classroom parties on Wednesday, 2/14.  Each classroom will communicate their party plans with you in early February. Please dress your child in pink, red and white for the day! In accordance with the EFC Celebrations & Treats policy, we remind you that sugary sweets and treats are not permitted for our parties.   

COSTUME KIM FEBRUARY VISIT

Costume Kim will be here on Friday, 2/23, for a performance based around “Good Night Moon.” We will have a Pajama Day & Bring a Stuffed Animal to school day to go along with the fun!  

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

In February 2023, Especially for Children has been in business for 48 years!!  After an overnight decision in 1976, Priscilla & Steve Williams took over two nursery school locations (Brooklyn Park & South Minneapolis) and named them Especially for Children. The company would eventually expand to a current total of 9 centers in the Metro area. Edinborough is the second longest running center behind the other Edina location. Our other locations include Bloomington, Circle Pines, Coon Rapids, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Southwest Minneapolis and Inver Grove Heights.  


The Edinborough site, which opened in 1987, was located in the current Brookdale senior building right next door.  We originally opened with five classrooms and served only toddlers and preschoolers. The infant program was added in the early 90s. In 2013 we moved from the senior building to our current location in the Edinborough Corporate Center. Steve & Priscilla retired from the company in 2019, and their daughters Angie & Alli took over the everyday operations, together with DeeAnn.


We are incredibly proud of the impact we have had on so many children and families over the years. We would like to thank you for entrusting us with your most valuable assets (our kids!), and for partnering with us on your parenting journey!

FAMILY RESOURCES

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR - FEBRUARY 10

The dates for Chinese New Year aren’t set in stone, and vary yearly based on the lunar cycle, but it always falls in January or February. The most important days of Chinese New Year are Chinese New Year’s Eve and the first day of Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year’s Eve is very special and important day to gather with family and have a big feast. The celebration lasts for fifteen days with the Lantern Festival marking the end of the celebration. 

2024 is the year of the Dragon. In Chinese culture, the dragon represents good luck, strength, and health. The dragon is unique because it is the only mythical creature of all the animals in the Chinese zodiac and more babies are born in the year of the dragon than any other animal.

ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS

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INSPIRATION FOR THE FUTURE FROM BLACK LEADERS OF THE PAST


My daughter’s 5th grade teacher is a huge baseball fan (instead of taking the lovely Minnesota summers off, she works at the Twins stadium to be close to the action). As she sets the tone for her classroom each year, she highlights Jackie Robinson, the first African American MLB player, and his nine core values. We are entering Black History Month, and it is inspiring to reflect on how these values shaped Robinson’s life, and how powerful they can be when cultivated in our own children. 


Jackie Robinson’s nine core values were: 


COURAGE 

Doing what you know is the right thing even when it is hard to do 


DETERMINATION 

Staying focused on a plan even though the path to its end may be difficult 


TEAMWORK 

Working with other people toward a common goal 


PERSISTENCE 

Working toward a goal and continuing to move forward even though you face obstacles or barriers 


INTEGRITY 

Sticking to your values, regardless of what others think you should do 


CITIZENSHIP 

Making a contribution that improves the lives of others 


JUSTICE 

Treating all people fairly, no matter who they are 


COMMITMENT 

Making a promise and following through on it 


EXCELLENCE 

Doing the best that you possibly can


Jackie Robinson broke barriers and lived out these values in spite of the personal and professional challenges he faced during an era of deep discord over issues of race. 


Martin Luther King Jr. followed behind Robinson during the civil rights era, and from a young age he was determined to develop and use his skills for justice and equality in our nation. In reading a recent biography of MLK, it is clear that he dedicated himself to and lived out many of Robinson’s same values. His persistence in fighting for equal rights, though it cost him his life, is evident. He also did so with optimism, which feels remarkable to me given what he and others encountered. In an early sermon, he asked his listeners, 


“Life is what you make of it by the way you handle trouble. When malice or misfortune finds you, do you hold it so close to your eyes that you can’t see anything else?…Learn to handle life’s difficulties with kindness and courage.” 


MLK implored his audience to keep working toward justice with a sense of positive and hopeful expectation. 


While black history is American history and should not be relegated to one month of the year, Black History Month gives all of us an opportunity to focus our attention on the life stories of both well-known black heroes as well as ordinary black citizens and their extraordinary contributions to our world. We can take time on our own and/or with our children to reflect on black history, and to learn about and be inspired by the perspectives and values of the people who lived it. 

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FAMILY EVENTS

Now-2/4 Winter Carnival, Saint Paul

Now-2/10 Winter Fete Activities, Bloomington

Now-2/11 Art Shanty Projects, Lake Harriet, Mpls  

Now-Late February Ice Castles, Maple Grove

Now-2/24 Night Trains, TC Model Railroad Museum, St. Paul      

Now-2/25 Dragons Love Tacos, Stages Theatre, Hopkins

2/3-2/4 Loppet Winter Festival, Mpls

2/17 Live Music with John Penny, Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis

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Especially for Children - Edinborough

3300 Edinborough Way 

Edina MN 55435 

(952) 835-0505 

efc07@especiallyforchildren.com

Center Director

Anna Wilson

Center Assistant Director

Laura Garcia-LaPanta