MARCH 2020
Greetings!

2020 EFC SUMMER PROGRAM
It will be a different summer this year, given the world’s situation, but we are looking forward to spending a fun summer with your child here at Especially for Children. The Creative Curriculum will continue to be our foundation, and we will “dig into” the gardening study this summer. 

“Planning, planting, and tending to a growing garden requires a wide variety of skills from all domains of development and learning. Children work together to care for the garden and solve problems that arise, develop language and literacy skills as they discuss garden plans and create plant markers, and use mathematical skills to compare plants and observe how they grow and change over time. By including plants in the garden that produce fruits and vegetables, children will see how a seed or seedling grows into a familiar food. They will learn about healthy eating habits and prepare fresh produce to make different recipes such as pizza or fresh salsa. Working with others will also help the children discover how gardens can build a sense of community and help people care for one another.”

We can’t wait to watch our gardens grow.
CENTER HAPPENINGS
REVSPORTS SOCCER
We are excited to host soccer classes with RevSports this summer! Soccer will be held on Wednesday afternoons for preschool/PreK and school agers, starting the week of June 8 th . This is a parent paid class with a cost of $59 for 8 sessions. Classes will be held outdoors only, and the instructor will both wear a mask and maintain social distance. You can register here: 


Scroll down to choose your Especially for Children center. Please contact angiew@especiallyforchildren.com if you have any trouble registering.
PARENT REMINDERS
SUMMER REMINDERS
--Although flip flops are fun to wear, they are not very safe and will not be allowed at the center. We ask that your child wears tennis shoes or sandals with covered toes and a firm strap around the heel.
 
--Please make sure to keep a bottle of non-aerosol sunscreen, labeled with your child’s name, at school. We apply sunscreen before going outside both in the mornings and afternoons. Feel free to bring in sunhats or caps for your child to wear outside!!

CURBSIDE PICK-UP
There are many winter belongings that were left at the center due to the pandemic. During the week of June 8 th , we will be offering you a safe, curbside pick- up to retrieve your items. Please contact Susan at 952-946-9971 to arrange. Thank you!

LOOKING AHEAD
Especially for Children will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day. Enjoy your long weekend!
STAR WELLNESS
star wellness
WATERMELON PIZZA

This watermelon pizza is a fun little treat that everyone can enjoy! It’s healthy, easy to make and when we think of summer, we think of watermelon!

Instructions:
1.      Using a sharp knife, cut off a slice of watermelon right down the middle about 2-3 inches thick.

2.      Using a spatula, spread an even layer of your yogurt around the watermelon, leaving a bit of empty space at the top. (where your “pizza crust” is.)

3.      Layer your fresh fruit on top as you please. You can add as little of as many toppings as you like!

4.      Drizzle with honey or maple syrup for a little extra sweetness if desired.
ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
WE DON’T GIVE UP
by Angie Williams

We’ve relied on the wisdom of Fred Rogers quite a bit in recent months, and it seems we aren’t quite done with it yet. It is hard to be a human right now. We are in the midst of very stressful times, and we do not know when things will get better. If Mr. Rogers were still with us, I think he would remind us that we must allow ourselves to experience the dark emotions that the current circumstances bring about (“Anything human is mentionable, and anything mentionable is manageable.”).

And he would also tell us, as he did in one episode of his show, that the one thing we must not do in the face of challenge is give up.

“Real brave and strong people are able to cry when things are hard. But the one thing they don’t do is give up. They don’t give up because they know that there is so much that’s good in the world. They keep trying, and learning, and looking, and listening.”

-             Mr. Rogers

This may be easier said than done depending on the day, so we hope that you are finding time and space to take care of yourselves in ways (perhaps through nature, music, art, cooking, exercise, or meditation) that give you the emotional energy to press on. For me, it is helpful to name and then focus on some of the things that we must not give up on in order to make it through difficult times:

We don’t give up on gratitude.

We don’t give up on caring for one another and for ourselves.

We don’t give up on joy.

We don’t give up on hope.

We don’t give up on listening.

We don’t give up on curiosity.

We don’t give up on kindness.

We don’t give up on love.

In addition to dealing with our own feelings, we know that children may be picking up on some of the stress that is in the world. If you have concerns around this, please feel free to reach out to your director or your child’s teacher with any ways we can support your child during this time. At EFC we are grateful to give children opportunities to learn and grow in an environment focused on the values listed above.
Especially for Children
5015 W. 70 Street
Edina MN 55439 
(952) 946-9971 

Center Directors:
Susan Wilson and Michelle Botz
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