MARCH 2020
Greetings!

MINNESOTA SPRING
Mud, slush and water… Oh My. The first day of spring is March 20 and with that comes the thaw. With this thaw, comes lots of puddles and wet snow. The children will get wet all the way
through their snow pants and sometimes through boots too! Please make sure your child has at least two changes of clothing at school, including extra socks , and mittens. We want to make sure that the children can play outside every day and still come in and be able to learn and play in comfort. This is also a great time to double check your child’s bin of extra clothes to ensure they have the proper sizes! Thank you .
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
READING TOGETHER
A great way to promote reading is to make sure the whole family reads together. This doesn’t mean reading aloud to your child 100 percent of the time, but reading together can help foster feelings of love and security, increase imagination and vocabulary and increase future success in reading and writing.

Here are a few tips to for an enjoyable reading time:
  • Choose a book with repetition.
  • Choose a story that is not too long.
  • Choose a book with pictures that you can discuss together.
  • Read with expression.
  • Be careful not to read too quickly.
  • Allow your child to ask questions.
  • Set aside a special reading time, such as right before bed time.
  • Read books that your child likes again and again.

“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are”
- Mason Cooley
STAR WELLNESS
star wellness
STAR WELLNESS: GROOVY GREEN SMOOTHIE
In honor of Spring, we are celebrating with our annual Groovy Green Smoothie snack. Parents are welcome to join us for snack on Friday, March 20 at 3:30 PM.

Groovy Green Smoothie Recipe:
Here is a great way to get your children to eat some greens! Feel free to experiment with different amounts or types of fruit.
What you will need:
1 banana cut into chunks
6oz Greek yogurt
½ apple, chopped up
1 ½ cup fresh spinach leaves

Combine items in a blender. Cover and blend until smooth. Pour into glass and enjoy!
ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
KIDS COUNT!
By Alli Zomer, Director of Operations

There is a truly momentous thing happening in America in 2020, something that is sure to shape our government for many years to come. An event filled with door knocking, ad campaigns and witty slogans. No, I am not talking about the election…I am talking about the census!

Every ten years, the federal government is required to count us, all of us. That may seem like a simple task, but it is a far cry from counting the green and speckled frogs my kids are so fond of (for the record, there are 5 of them). The census is a massive, complicated task. A huge team of people (called enumerators) hit the streets and literally knock on doors to try to understand how many people live in the US. In addition to those face to face counters, people can submit their census forms in the mail and, for the first time in history, online.

Census geeks will spend hours talking about the process, the methods and the data. But for most of us, there is a much simpler question that comes to mind: why does it matter? The results of the census are a pretty big deal for all of us, and especially for our children, for a few reasons:

Representation: The census determines how many seats each state has in the US House of Representatives, as well as the voting districts for state and local government. For Minnesotans to have our voices heard, this representation is vital.

Funding: Census data is what lawmakers use to decide how much money is spent in local communities. And when it comes to our children, everything from school lunch to healthcare to food assistance to childcare subsidy support relies on census data. We know that children and families in our community rely on these resources, and an accurate census helps to ensure that children get the support they deserve.

Planning: The government relies on census data to plan roads, schools, hospitals and more. By knowing who is in our community, lawmakers can create better plans that meet their needs.

Knowing that all these important things are tied to the results of the census (and stay in place for 10 years until the next count), it is important to make sure everyone is counted. Unfortunately, children are one of the most undercounted groups across the country. They often get missed, which means that we lose out on the representation and the resources our children and families need. So, as we head into the spring, think of it as census season, and make sure that your family is counted!

To learn more, visit: https://mn.gov/admin/2020-census/
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FAMILY EVENTS

Now-3/8  Tropical Beach Party , MN Zoo, Apple Valley
3/7  First Free Saturday: Kids' Film Fair , Walker Art, Mpls
3/7 & 3/14  Irish Day Running Races , Various Locations
3/10-4/5 The Rainbow Fish , Children’s Theatre, Mpls
3/12-3/14 Disney on Ice , Target Center, Mpls
3/17 St. Patrick's Day Parade , St. Paul
3/17 Irish Celebration , Landmark Center, St. Paul
3/21 Kids at the Castle; Mini Makers , Swedish Institute
3/27-3/29 Peace 4 the Ages , Stages Theatre, Hopkins
3/27-4/30 Farm Babies , MN Zoo, Apple Valley 
 
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