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Dear Angie,

We have many great activities planned for the month of February!

Valentine’s Day

This year each classroom will be hosting a special fancy snack for our Valentine’s Celebration on Wednesday, February 14. Please watch for communications from your individual child’s classroom. Children can wear red/pink/white/purple in celebration. Keep in mind our treats and celebrations policy prefers healthy snacks to be shared vs sugary treats for any occasion. If you have any questions, please feel free to let us know.


Black History Month

Each classroom will be learning about a new person each week in celebration of Black History Month. We have chosen a variety of different people and will be learning what made them special. Please watch Daily Connect for pictures or descriptions of what we have learned.  

Pajama Day 

Costume Kim will be here on Thursday, February 8, to host “Pajama Day!” She will tell us fun stories and sing songs wearing jammies! Please send your child in Pajamas on this day….we look forward to the fun!! There have been many requests to host a pajama day so we hope that everyone can participate!!


Parents - Design a Valentine…

We would like to continue a tradition started many years and need your help.  We would like parents to design a Valentine for their child(ren) to be hung in the hallway at Especially for Children. This is your opportunity to be creative and have fun!! Due to limited space, the size restriction of the Valentine will be letter size (9” X 13”). The above example is just an idea to get you started. Also if you would like to have your kiddos help decorate the Valentine that would be great too.

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Picture Day

Lifetouch will be here on Thursday, February 29, and Friday, March 1, to take Spring Photos. Please watch for further information on which days each class will be getting their picture taken.


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 babies are born in the year of the dragon more than any other animal.


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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: 


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


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


Working with other people toward a common goal 


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


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


Making a contribution that improves the lives of others 


Treating all people fairly, no matter who they are 


Making a promise and following through on it 


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. 



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 - Eden Prairie

6223 Dell Road 

Eden Prairie, MN 55346

(952) 934-1119


Center Directors

Cathie Underwood and Jamie Kittleson