MAY 2018
Greetings!

EFC GARDENS
We are so excited to be getting our gardens ready to plant!! The kids have been picking out old plants and tilling up the dirt. We are now deciding what to plant!! Any ideas for things we should grow for our farmers market in the fall?  
THANK YOU!
Thank you so much to all the families who donated and contributed to our staff appreciation potluck. Everything was delicious and we greatly appreciate your generosity. 
CENTER HAPPENINGS
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BREAKFAST WITH MOM
Friday, May 11, breakfast will be served 8:00-8:45. We will be having the children’s favorite!! “Breakfast Burritos”. Please let your child’s teacher know if you can join us so have enough food. 
FUN DAYS IN MAY
Friday May 4 - Hat Day
Thursday May 10 - Pajama Day
Friday May 11 - Breakfast with Mom
Friday May 18 -Twins Day!
Tuesday May 22 - Fancy Day
Wednesday May 30 - Dress as your future career!
PARENT REMINDERS
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OUTDOOR REMINDERS
For your child’s safety we only allow close toe shoes that have backs to be worn on the playground.

The sun is bright and hot please bring in sunscreen for your child. Reminder no aerosols and please label with first and last name. 
LOOKING AHEAD
*Spring Conferences dates will be posted on classroom doors.
*Spring Pictures will be May 8.
*Bears Graduation will be on May 31 at 4:30.
*EFC will be closed on May 25 for professional development day and May 28 for Memorial Day
ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
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PARENTS AS CARING GARDENERS
Daisy and Suzie danced the summer away.
They grew strong.
They were beautiful.
They were thankful for caring gardeners.”

This is an excerpt from a children’s book titled Go Daisy, Grow written by Ruth Ann Willius. The story engages readers in cheering on a daisy – from seed, through a rough period of struggles, to a second chance when she’s finally given the attention and nourishment she needs to reach her full, beautiful potential.

I received a copy of the book and love it on many levels. First, Ruth, the author, worked at Especially for Children for over 20 years and was my soul mate as we decided how best to develop a program to educate and nurture young children. It is so exciting to see how Ruth’s experience as a teacher and manager have come together with her love of nature and her skill as a parent educator to create this wonderful story.

The illustrations in the book are all done by sixth graders from Scandia Elementary School. The art is amazing, and the collaboration that took place between Ruth and the students makes the book a truly unique creation.

As Mother’s Day approaches I was thinking about this book’s timely message about the importance of nurture. Just as Daisy was able to achieve her dreams when she was given care and attention, our children are given the opportunities they need to reach their full potential through the adults in their lives who act as “ caring gardeners.”

From her years of being a mother, a teacher and a parent educator, as well as an avid gardener, Ruth has developed a simple formula that I would like to share with you.

Good Beginnings + Patience + Knowledge + A loving caregiver = Successful Growth

By being a “ caring gardener” for your child, you will dance together as dreams are achieved!
The illustrations in the book are all done by sixth graders from Scandia Elementary School. The art is amazing, and the collaboration that took place between Ruth and the students makes the book a truly unique creation.

As Mother’s Day approaches I was thinking about this book’s timely message about the importance of nurture. Just as Daisy was able to achieve her dreams when she was given care and attention, our children are given the opportunities they need to reach their full potential through the adults in their lives who act as “ caring gardeners.”

From her years of being a mother, a teacher and a parent educator, as well as an avid gardener, Ruth has developed a simple formula that I would like to share with you.

Good Beginnings + Patience + Knowledge + A loving caregiver = Successful Growth

By being a “ caring gardener” for your child, you will dance together as dreams are achieved!
TWIN CITIES
FAMILY EVENTS

Now-5/6 Farm Babies , MN Zoo, Apple Valley
Now-5/13   Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit , MN Children's Museum, St. Paul
Now-5/20 Whoever You Are , Stages Theatre, Hopkins
Now-6/10 Dr. Seuss's The Lorax , Children’s Theatre Company
5/3-5/6 Festival of Nations , St. Paul RiverCentre
5/5 Walk for Animals , Golden Valley
5/6 MayDay Parade & Festival , Minneapolis
5/12 Dash it for Baskets , Eagan
5/13 Mother’s Day Symphony , Landmark Center, St. Paul
5/18-5/20 Art-A-Whirl , NE Minneapolis
After the long winter we had, any activity that our family can participate in outside in the sunshine sounds like an excellent idea. I have never been known for my green thumb, and in fact always feel a bit guilty when given a plant by a friend because it’s not likely to last long under my care. However, after reading this  blog post  on gardening with children, I’m inspired to try out a pizza garden with our girls this summer.

Especially for Children
8885 Evergreen Blvd 
Coon Rapids MN 55433 

Lisa Ward 
Director, EFC Coon Rapids 
(763) 784-0901
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