JUNE 2021
Greetings!


EFC GARDENS
It has been a busy spring getting our gardens ready for planting. The preschoolers discovered that mint has grown back from last years!! We talked about how some plants come back each year. The children and teacher did a great job getting everything planted and now we wait! Make sure you take a tour of the gardens and watch them grow with you children!!
CENTER HAPPENINGS
SPECIAL DAYS IN JUNE:
We want to wish all of our amazing Dads HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!

Friday June 4 – Slipper day!!
(Thank you Everson for the Idea)
Wednesday June 9 - Dress for your Future!!
Thursday June 17- Polka dot day!!
Monday June 21 - Twins day!!
Tuesday June 29 - Jersey day!!
REV SPORTS SOCCER
RevSports classes will be held on Tuesday afternoons starting the week of June 22. Separate registration materials were sent out via email end of May. This class will have a separate fee and will be held for all preschoolers attending this summer. Watch for details soon!!
PARENT REMINDERS
WATER DAYS
We will be starting Water Days in June. Please send a swimsuit, water shoes, and towel with your child or a dry change of clothes and do not forget to LABEL EVERYTHING! Water days will be posted in your child’s classroom.
SUMMER REMINDERS
Make sure your child has sunscreen and close toed shoes for outdoor play. Check your child’s extra clothes in their buckets for size and season. 
REVSPORTS SOCCER
We will host soccer with RevSports starting the week of 6/21! Soccer will take place for preschool children on Tuesday afternoons. This is a parent-paid class; the cost is $69 for 8 sessions. Register here: https://www.gomotionapp.com/team/mnrs/page/lesson-registration
PARENT RESOURCES
NATIONAL GUN VIOLENCE AWARENESS DAY
National Gun Violence Awareness Day is on June 4. We are deeply saddened by the escalated gun violence the Twin Cities and our country is experiencing. While this topic is challenging to discuss, it is important that we are all aware of what we can do to keep our children and our communities safe. Tragically, each year children are the victims of both intentional gun violence and unintentional/accidental shootings. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following advice to families and caregivers:
 
  • The safest home for a child is one without guns. If you are a gun owner, explore your options for storing your gun in a safe location away from home.
  • If guns are stored in the home, the safest way to store them is locked and unloaded, with ammunition stored and locked separately.
  • Ask about guns when your child goes to a playdate. Just as you might ask about allergies, pets or supervision, make it your routine to ask “Are there any unlocked guns in your home” before your child goes to play.
  • Talk to your child about gun safety. Remind children that if they ever come across a gun, they should stay away from it and tell an adult immediately.
  • Distinguish between movies/TV/play and real life. While children may see guns in the media or play with toys like squirt guns, we should be very clear with children about the difference between pretend guns and real guns, so they understand how dangerous real guns can be.
 
Following these precautions can help keep children and all of us safe.
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
SHARE YOUR PASSION PROJECT
A CELEBRATION OF COMMUNITY AND WHAT KEEPS US LEARNING AND GROWING
Over 45 years, thousands of children, staff, and parents/caregivers have been connected to the Especially for Children community. In honor of EFC’s 45th Anniversary, we want to learn about, celebrate, and share the passions of the wonderful people that make up the EFC family.
 
WHAT’S YOUR PASSION?
What does your child, or what do you, love to do in the world? Is there something you or your child love to create? Art, music, stories, photography, movement, food? Or something you like to experience and explore? Nature, science, culture? A passion can be a talent, but it does not have to be--it is just something you love and that makes you, you!
 
SHARE IT WTH US!
We would love to learn about your child’s and/or your passion and share it in our Gallery! Send us a photo, video, representation, or any method that works for communicating your/your child’s passion with us. We will create both digital and physical Galleries to post on our website and social media as well as display at our centers. We hope to receive submissions from many members of the EFC community--past and present—children, adults, and everyone in between.
 
HOW TO SHARE
Email your submission* to angiew@especiallyforchildren.com with the Subject: Share Your Passion Project, or mail it to Especially for Children c/o Angie Williams, 5223 W 73rd Street, Edina, MN 55439.
 
Feel free to include the EFC center you are or were connected to, your name, and your age. If you have friends who previously attended, we would also appreciate if you could spread the word!
 
 
We are working to develop our online, interactive gallery, but here are some examples we uploaded to our website that will be included in the gallery when it is ready! https://especiallyforchildren.com/share-your-passion-project/
 
*By sharing your submission, you agree that EFC may use it in on EFC's website, on social media, and in our centers.
Center Director
Lisa Ward
8885 Evergreen Blvd.
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
(763) 784-0901
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