JULY 2020

Greetings!

ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN WILL BE CLOSED ON FRIDAY, JULY 3 rd INDEPENDENCE DAY. WE WISH EVERYONE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY WEEKEND!


WHOSE BIRTHDAY IS TODAY?
Some birthdays come in winter;
Some birthdays come in spring.
On birthdays, there are games to play
And lots of songs to sing.
My favorite birthday is in July,
 And it doesn't belong to me!
It's the birthday that lights up the sky;
For all the world to see!
Rockets glare, trumpets blare,
And bands begin to play.
Happy Birthday America;
It's Independence Day!

*Poem from Childfun.com
PARENT REMINDERS
SUMMER REMINDERS
Water Days will be coming soon. Please watch parent boards and baby/daily connect for specific dates.
 
Sunscreen is required for ALL children. Lotion form only. No aerosol sprays. We will be spending more time outside where the germs can be blown away. Group times and art projects may be done outside.

COVID-19 NOTE
In accordance with state requirements, all workplaces are required to have a Covid-19 Preparedness Plan that outlines current health and safety procedures. If you would like to view EFC’s plan, please ask your center director.

U.S. CENSUS REMINDER
Just a reminder to fill out the U.S. census if you have not already done so! The census is a hugely important tool that helps the government determine representation, funding, and infrastructure planning. To learn more, visit: https://mn.gov/admin/2020-census/  
CENTER HAPPENINGS
RED, WHITE AND BLUE PARFAITS

Ingredients
1 – 8 oz carton vanilla low-fat yogurt
¼ tsp almond extract or ½ tsp vanilla
½ - 8 oz container frozen light whipped dessert topping
3 cups fresh raspberries and/or cut up fresh strawberries
3 cups fresh blueberries

Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, stir together yogurt and almond extract or vanilla. Fold in whipped topping.
  2. To serve, in six 12-ounce glasses or dessert dishes, alternate layers of the berries with layers of the yogurt mixture.

Makes 6 servings

LOCAL FARMER'S MARKETS
We have been having a great time planting and maintaining our vegetable gardens. This year we planted green beans, cucumbers and tomatoes. Take a peek! They are located outside between the toddler and preschool playgrounds. Here are some local farmer’s markets to check out as well!

Inver Grove Heights
Veteran’s Memorial Community Center
Sundays: 8am-1pm

St. Paul
290 East 5 th St
Saturdays: 6am-1pm

South St. Paul
Intersection of 12 th and Southview
Wednesdays: 2pm-6pm

Eagan
1501 Central Parkway
Wednesdays: 4:00pm-8:00pm

ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
  This month we are offering a mental break from some of the heavier topics we have covered in recent months. Enjoy this throwback article from 2014 below! 
PriscillaWilliamsEFCPres
THE STICK

While playing outside with your child this summer, don’t forget the value of the stick. Children find sticks an endless source of make-believe fun. In 2008 the stick, which may be the world’s oldest toy, was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. Here are some of the attributes cited:

“Sticks can turn into magic wands, majorette batons and fishing poles. When children pretend with sticks, they cultivate their creativity and develop their imaginations.”

This made me smile when I realized that one of my favorite childhood photos is of my older sister and me sitting on a log. She was teaching me to whittle.

When hiking in the woods, I still love to find a sturdy stick to accompany me. Not only does it help me stabilize, it also makes me feel like a voyager on a real adventure. And part of the fun is exploring the area to find just the right stick!

Of the 53 toys that have made it into the National Toy Hall of Fame, the stick is the only one that is found in nature all ready to be played with. Sticks are all around us: they are natural and free.

After this past windy weekend our yard was filled with sticks of various sizes. Without any prompting our two-year-old grandson gathered several together to touch and examine.

Pretty soon I looked and saw that he found one still covered with leaves. Over a period of a few minutes that stick was a lawn mower and then evolved into a leaf blower. Later that day Steve and I had him help us pick up sticks and put them in a trash can.
What a fun afternoon! Now I want to find sticks to use to draw in the sand, make a campfire and then roast marshmallows!
Especially for Children
6125 Cahill Ave.  
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076 
(651) 450-1994  

Center Directors:
Fle Jensen and Kristine Berg


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