FEBRUARY 2023

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Dear Angie,


We are excited to announce that we have a new director joining our team, Ronan! He has 13 years of experience working in early childhood as a teacher and a director. We are very excited to have him join the team! Ronan starts in February and will spend the first few weeks training at other EFC locations, in addition to spending time here with us getting to know our great community of teachers and families.


Join us Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 4-5:30 pm for a meet and greet at pick-up time.

CENTER HAPPENINGS

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2/1-2/14 Valentine’s Day Letters – In the days leading up to Valentine’s Day, we would like to invite you to “send” your child a valentine card that will be delivered to your child on February 14th. Create a Valentine at home and drop it off in the office – we will deliver them to your child in class then post them for everyone to enjoy! 


2/6 National Frozen Yogurt Day – To celebrate, we will be having frozen yogurt as a snack!

 

2/5-2/9 Soup-er Bowl – The week leading up to the Super Bowl, we will be collecting canned food donations for a local food shelf. Bring in any canned or non-perishable food items and we will take care of the rest. Beans, rice, spices, oils and other staples are always in high demand.

FAMILY RESOURCES

Black History Month - February is Black History Month! Officially observed from February 1st to March 1st in the United States since 1976, Black History Month is a time to recognize and celebrate Black people’s achievements and contributions throughout history. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also celebrate Black History Month. 

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.

TWIN CITIES

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 - SW Minneapolis

3908 Stevens Ave.         

Minneapolis, MN 55409

(612) 588-9700

efc17@especiallyforchildren.com

Center Assistant Director

Rachel McGill