FEBRUARY 2024

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Dear Angie,


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We would like to continue our tradition of parents designing Valentines 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 sheet of construction paper with poems, snapshots, glitter or whatever else you want. Please bring us your artwork by Friday, February 9th!

FAMILY RESOURCES

THANK YOU TO OUR JANUARY GUEST READERS!

We would like to take the time to say a special thank you to all the special guest readers we had last month. It is such a great experience for the children to have people other than their teachers reading to them. It was a classroom highlight for both the children and teachers. Please feel free to talk with your child’s teacher if you’d like to be a guest reader again. 

FAMILY REMINDERS

CAHILL DENTIST VISIT!

On Friday, February 16, at 9:00 am, Cahill Dental will be visiting our toddler and preschool classrooms to give a little presentation on dental health and give the kiddos a goodie bag.  

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VALENTINE’S DAY PARTIES

Each class will do a Valentine Party and EFC will provide a special snack that day. If your child would like to bring in a Valentine to pass out to their friends, they will be able to do that during their class party. Please make sure to follow the treat/snack policy in the parent handbook. Stickers, fruit, veggies, or non-food items make great valentines. If you have any questions, please feel free to talk to your child’s teacher.  

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 - Inver Grove Heights

6125 Cahill Ave. 

Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076

(651) 450-1994

efc14@especiallyforchildren.com

Center Director

Kristine Berg

Center Assistant Director

Alison Todd