JUNE 2018

On Thursday, June 14 , we would like to honor all of the dads, grandpas or any special person in your child’s life with a special happy hour out on the playground. Starting at 4:00 we will offer a special treat to share with your child! 
Our gardens are now planted and ready to grow! We have a raised garden bed on the both the preschool and toddler playgrounds. The children helped with the planting and will help take care of the plants by taking turns watering and weeding. We are growing tomatoes, green peppers, sweet peppers, basil, and cilantro. We look forward to trying our freshly grown vegetables when they are ready! 
  • Please remember to bring in non-aerosol sunscreen that is labeled for your child. Now that the sun is deciding to shine, we will be going outside more with the children. Please apply in the morning and we will apply it as needed throughout the day.

  • Occasionally we like to have “water days.” Your child’s teacher may ask you to bring in a swim suit and towel or change of summer clothes in case they spontaneously have a fun water day!

  • Please send your child to school in sturdy shoes like tennis shoes or closed-toe sandals. We are requesting that the children do not wear flip-flops while at EFC. We know they are cute, but we want everyone to stay safe while at school. 

  • Now is a great time to replenish and replace your child’s sets of extra clothes with ones that are weather appropriate.
Summer is a popular time for vacations; in order to make sure we plan accordingly, there is a vacation calendar at the parent sign-in table. Please write your child’s name on the days he/she will not be attending. Remember if your child is on vacation five consecutive days (and you have been enrolled for six months or longer), you can receive a credit for ½ week’s tuition.  
star wellness
1 papaya, peeled and diced
1 cup low-fat yogurt
½ cup pineapple chunks
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1 cup crushed ice

In a blender, blend all ingredients until smooth.
Papaya is rich in vitamins A and C, and minerals like potassium, calcium and magnesium. Also contains antioxidants to help kids stay healthy.
Arts in the Park
Arts in the Parks begins and includes musical performances, moonlight movies and fireworks. All of these programs are free of charge and open to the public. There is a complete listing of all events on the Bloomington Arts in the Park website.

Bloomington Farmer’s Market
The Bloomington Farmer’s Market is celebrating its 11 th season and is held outdoors Saturdays June-October. In celebration of the 11 th season, the Bloomington Farmers Market will be offering four Pop-up Markets offered on select Tuesdays at Normandale Park. These markets will continue to connect growers and producers directly to the public and emphasize quality and freshness. Please see the Bloomington City website for the dates. 
Our six-year-old grandchild lives with us, and we have been revisiting parenting techniques to try to minimize a few of his less desirable behaviors. With the advice of a parenting specialist, we were challenged to select five core values that we want our family to embrace. During this summer we will take each value, one at a time, and find concrete examples of how that value plays out in our daily routines. For instance, if our value is responsibility, we will select concrete examples of how we can be responsible at various times of the day. And when one of us is being responsible, we will label the action and recognize that he/she is being responsible at that moment.

In the morning we each have our routines or responsibilities that help us get ready for the day. Someone makes breakfast, another person sets the table, we clear our dishes, we brush our teeth, we make our beds, and we gather the things we will need for the day. Now instead of just doing all of these things, we will make a list of each of our responsibilities and have a concrete picture of what the word responsibility means for our family in the mornings. We will do similar lists for how our responsibilities change throughout the day, all the way to bedtime.

The concept underlying this exercise of selecting core values and then identifying what they mean in your family is that the child learns the definition of the value and that it is a value that is important to you. You then demonstrate how you can be a family that works together and cooperates to live the value. In the course of this interactive work, children understand that rules are necessary in order to stay safe and to live together happily. And they experience the joy of being a part of a family unit – a team.

The family values we have chosen to define and live out this summer are responsibility, honesty, kindness, acceptance and self-control. We plan to spend two weeks concentrating on each value. Hopefully we will be able to keep on track with each of the previously learned values so that by the end of the summer all five values will be clearly lived out in our daily lives.

This may seem a bit structured for your family at the moment, especially for younger children. But it’s not too early to think about some core values that you will want to clearly communicate to your children within the next few years. As your children grow, you may add more values to the list.

Our hope is that the thoughtful and intentional expression of values in our household will lead to increased cohesiveness and fewer moments of frustration. Wish us luck!

Now-6/10 Dr. Seuss's The Lorax , Children’s Theatre Company
Now-9/3   Kangaroo Crossing , MN Zoo, Apple Valley
Now-9/3 Towers of Tomorrow with Legos , Science Museum of MN, St. Paul
Now-9/9 Dinosaur Train , MN Children’s Museum, St. Paul
6/1-6/3  Edina Art Fair , Edina
6/10 Open Streets Lyndale , Mpls
6/15-6/17 Stone Arch Bridge Festival , Mpls
6/29-8/5 DreamWorks Madagascar - A Musical Adventure , Stages Theatre, Hopkins

All Summer -  Music and Movies in the Park  - Various Minneapolis Parks  
Especially for Children5133 W. 98th St. 
Bloomington, MN 55437  
(952) 831-1435 

Center Director:
Kathy Hane