FEBRUARY 2024

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Dear Angie,


We would like to invite families to create a valentine to show love to their sweeties. Get Creative and decorate a piece of construction paper with poems, photos, glitter, stamps, or whatever you would like. Please bring valentines in by Friday, Feb. 19! We will hang them in the hallway for all to see! 

CENTER HAPPENINGS

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VALENTINE'S DAY

Each classroom will be throwing a Valentine’s Day celebration on Wednesday, February 14. Please be on the lookout for more information to follow from teachers. If you would like to bring in Valentines for your child to pass out, please follow our treats and celebrations policy. Some good alternatives are stamps, artwork, or tattoos. If you need some alternate ideas head to this website. (We also encourage ideas that are earth friendly.) http://www.iheartnaptime.net/non-candy-valentine-ideas/

LET'S CELEBRATE

February is a month full of celebrations. Black History, American Heart Health, and National Cancer Prevention Month. We will be spending time in our classrooms celebrating, honoring, reflecting, and educating on the contributions of Black Americans throughout history and today. We will also be talking about ways to keep our bodies and hearts healthy. 

FAMILY RESOURCES

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EFC!

In February 2024, 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. 

CHINESE NEW YEAR - FEBRUARY 10TH

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 babies are born in the year of the dragon more 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. 

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 - Eagan

3370 Coachman Road 

Eagan, MN 55121

(651) 452-0043

efc07@especiallyforchildren.co

Center Directors

Marcia Ale and Sam Gort