JANUARY 2020
Greetings!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
The entire EFC staff wishes you good health and happiness throughout 2020. Thank you for your continued support and allowing us to be part of your child’s life. We also want to thank everyone who thought of us this holiday season. The holiday cards, gifts and good wishes were very much appreciated!
WHAT WE ARE LEARNING
Our new curriculum is in full swing!! It has been fun watching all the excitement from the teachers and kids as they are looking at learning in a new way!! Hope you have heard about some of the fun things the children have been doing!! Remember to check out the lesson plans hanging outside your child’s classroom to see what is in store for their day!!
CENTER HAPPENINGS
FUN DAYS IN JANUARY
Friday, January 4- VIKINGS DAY!!
Wednesday, January 8-Wear favorite color!
Thursday, January 16-Pick out your own outfit--Let your child’s inner fashion designer show off!
Tuesday, January 21-Beach Day!!
Thursday, January 23-Hat Day!!
Wednesday January 29-Bring in a sled!!
Friday, January 31-Backwards Day!!
PARENT REMINDERS
TUITION RATES AND TAX INFO
In December, each family received a letter stating their new tuition rates for 2020. These rates go into effect with January 1 statements. Tax information will be emailed out around the middle of January. Please make sure to save the statement you receive that reflects the 2019 year’s payments for your taxes. It also has our tax identification number on it for tax purposes.
PARENT RESOURCES
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WINTER FUN
During the winter, we all tend to hunker down and hibernate. Here is a list of fun activities to get you and your children out to enjoy some winter fun:
  • Build a snowman!
  • Build a snow fort!
  • Have a snowball fight!
  • Go ice skating
  • Go sledding
  • Go on a nature hike (Springbrook or Elm Creek nature center have fun activities to attend.) 
ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
  BUILDING COMMUNITY:
WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER

The entrance of a new year is a natural time to reflect on our lives and our hopes for the future—both individually and collectively. One of my desires for my family is that we can look for ways to build community in a world that often feels disjointed and full of conflict. We strive to give our girls, ages 4 and 7, a foundation of security and love. We hope that this foundation not only provides a special sense of belonging at home, but also that it can and should prepare them to engage with, contribute to, and receive from the communities they will encounter in their lives.

As I think about what it means to build community, a few concepts come to mind that I hope to instill in our daughters:

  • Being there when people need us most: I can think of several examples in my life when a community surrounded an individual or small group in urgent need. Just recently, as some of you may be aware, an EFC teacher lost her home to a fire. Her community of friends, family, colleagues, and even strangers has offered her incredible support to help her through this time. It is hard to imagine how people move through the most challenging times in life without community.
  • Being there when being there is hard or uncomfortable: There are some situations in which being part of a community is not easy. Perhaps we don’t know the right words to provide comfort, we don’t agree on a path forward, or we aren’t ready to open ourselves to new possibilities. Being in community requires empathy and patience, with others and with ourselves. We hope to help our daughters develop the emotional strength and stamina (even as I continue to work on mine!) required to be in authentic community, even when it is hard.
  • Identifying our strengths that can help the community: I am still on a Mr. Rogers kick and have started watching some old episodes of his show with our girls. He often tells his audience, “there is no one else in the whole world just like you.” Our older daughter grasped onto this and repeated it to me after one episode in a tone of wonder and pride. The idea that each of us is unique in the world and has something special to contribute to a community is so important; it builds our own sense of worth and makes the community stronger.

It is easy to get overwhelmed in our fast-moving and demanding society that has no shortage of entrenched problems. But when we are in community with one another, the load is lightened, and we gain greater understanding of each other. That feels like a good thing for our family to strive for in 2020!

And from this EFC community, which we hope will continue to provide support for your family, we wish you a healthy and happy new year!
Angie Williams
EFC Marketing and Finance Director
TWIN CITIES
FAMILY EVENTS


Now-1/5 Cinderella , Children's Theatre, Minneapolis
Now-1/5 Winter in Bloom , Mn Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen
Now-1/5 Gingerbread Wonderland , Houses of Norway, Minneapolis
Now-2/2 Skate the Star at MOA , Mall of America
Now-mid Feb Ice Skating at Centennial Lakes , Edina
1/4 Polar Dash , Saint Paul
1/17-2/17 The Dot , Stages Theatre, Hopkins
1/18-1/26 Winter Fete , Bloomington
1/23-2/2   Winter Carnival , Saint Paul

Especially for Children
8885 Evergreen Blvd 
Coon Rapids MN 55433 

Lisa Ward 
Director, EFC Coon Rapids 
(763) 784-0901
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