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Dear Angie,


We will be celebrating Friendsgiving Luncheon on Monday, November 20, please bring in a store bought item to share with your child’s classroom.   



It is fall conference time! We hope you will take advantage of the chance to talk with your child’s teacher on a one-on-one basis. We will be sending home a form for you to fill out and return to us before the actual conference. It will assist us in the discussion of your child’s progress and any questions you may have. Conferences will start the week of November 13. Sign-up sheets will be posted on the parent table.



As the weather becomes colder and the snow begins to fly, please be sure to have a warm jacket, snow pants, hat, mittens and boots at school every day. Please be sure to label all items with your child’s name as many children have similar items. We will have permanent markers available for labeling items.

Take a moment to check your child’s extra clothes in their cubby to be sure that the clothing is weather appropriate.


EFC will be closed Thursday, November 23, and Friday, November 24, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

We will also be closed on Monday, December 25, for the Christmas holiday and closed on Monday, January 1, for New Years.



by Angie Williams


A growth mindset is one characterized by the view that intelligence and skill can be obtained and increased through effort. In a growth mindset, the brain is rightly understood to be malleable, and mistakes and challenges are a natural and healthy part of learning. A fixed mindset, on the other hand, views intelligence as predetermined and set. Someone with a fixed mindset sees little value in practice and effort because he or she does not think it will change outcomes. A fixed mindset can be detrimental both to the individual who does not believe he or she can be successful in a given area as well as for the one who develops an inflated view of his or her intelligence.


Because having a growth mindset is an important predictor of future success in many areas of life, it is important that adults help to foster a growth mindset in children. Psychologist and researcher Carol Dweck has studied the growth mindset in children and states, 


“If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning.”  


While much research and literature about the growth mindset focuses on elementary-aged and older children, adults can encourage even young children to value effort over outcomes in service of deep and lifelong learning as well as in building resiliency.


For example, these are ways to stimulate a growth mindset:


• Praising Effort 

• Accepting Failures

• Ask for Explanations

• Express the Amount of work put in

• “Your Brain is Growing”

• Praise the PROCESS!


These actions, in contrast, may discourage a growth mindset:


• Praising Outcomes

• Criticizing Failures

• Telling children the answers

• Labeling or Judging student/work

• Telling them they “tried their best”

• Praising the PERSON


We can also share stories with children of characters (real or imagined) who failed and persevered:

Young children may have a natural propensity for a growth mindset and less developed definitions of success and failure than older children and adults. Caregivers can thus encourage participation in varied activities and experiences that engage all of their senses, deepening children’s understanding of the world, capitalizing on these assets of their developmental stage, and expanding children’s belief in their own potential.  





9/30-11/4 Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, MN Zoo, Apple Valley

Now-2/24 (Saturdays) Night Trains, TC Model Railroad Museum, St Paul

11/11-1/7 How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Children's Theatre, Minneapolis

11/16-12/31 Winter Lights, Mn Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen

11/17-12/27 Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR., Stages Theatre, Hopkins

11/18 and 11/25 Visit Santa’s Reindeer, Bachman’s, Mpls

11/23 Drumstick Dash 10k and Cranberry Cruise 1 Mile, Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

11/23 Turkey Day 5k, Minneapolis

11/24-11/26 Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt, Excelsior

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Just a reminder that we are still interested in hearing from you through our Sharing Family Culture Survey!

Especially for Children - Circle Pines

2 H South Pine Dr.

Circle Pines, MN 55014

(763) 786-9410

Center Directors

Linda Kottke and Bridget Doyle