NOVEMBER 2020
Greetings!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
We have been informed by our landlord that Xcel Energy needs to replace a transformer on the Edinborough property. Unfortunately, this work will result in the closure of the entire building for the day on Monday, November 9. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience—our landlord made every effort to push for the work to be done outside of regular business hours, but Xcel informed them it was not possible.

For families that typically attend on Mondays, we will be applying a tuition credit for that day. If you attend part time, including on Mondays, and wish to attend a different day that week instead, please let Anna know and she will do her best to accommodate your request.

ANNA VACATION NOTE
Anna will be on vacation the week of November 2-6, but can be reached via email at Center07@especiallyforchildren.com
PARENT RESOURCES
THANKSGIVING BOOKS
We are thankful for books, here are a few good reads for thanksgiving.

  • Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell
  • We are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell
  • ‘Twas The Night Before Tanksgiving by Dave Pilkey
  • Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet
CENTER HAPPENINGS
PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
Conferences will be held for all classrooms during late November and early December. We hope you will take the time to discuss your child’s successes in our program. Teachers will also share curriculum goals for the year and will fill you in on what your child’s day is like here at Especially for Children. More information will follow soon. 
GYM TIME
On Tuesdays & Thursdays, Koalas, preschoolers & Kindergartners get to play in the Edinborough Park gym in the afternoon. We have the gym entirely to ourselves and the gym equipment is cleaned immediately after. 
PARENT REMINDERS
EDINBOROUGH PARK ALERT
Edinborough Park is one of Edina’s polling locations, and we expect Tuesday, November 3 to be a busy day (especially in the parking lot). Please keep an eye on your little ones as you navigate the voters!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING
Especially for Children will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday & Friday, November 26 & 27. This year we are especially thankful for your support & kindness as we have dealt with the on-going pandemic. We wish you all a safe, healthy & fun Thanksgiving weekend. 

For your planning purposes, we are also closed on Thursday & Friday, December 24 & 25, and Friday, January 1 for Christmas & New Year’s Day. 
ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
DEMOCRACY AT HOME
By Alli Zomer

These days it is hard to escape the flood of political news all around us. And unfortunately, it can often feel chaotic and divisive. But what if we acknowledged this moment in time not by thinking about politics, but by thinking about democracy? And specifically, reflecting on some of the core values of democracy and what it might mean to explore those at home, with our own families. There is no single list of those values, but here are a few ideas for how children (and adults!) might be able to connect to some of our nation’s founding principles this November.

E Pluribus Unum
The national motto of the United States is E Pluribus Unum, “Out of many — one.” The idea that many different people come together to create a united whole applies to our families as well. So why not take some time to think about the special contributions of each person that, when put together, make your family extraordinary? Each person in your family could have a special day, when they get to choose favorite activities, books or foods for the whole family. Or it could be a way to learn more about extended family members – what stories, experiences and contributions have they made? Children could come up with a list of questions to ask grandparents, aunts/uncles or cousins and interview them (a great use for video chat!). Finally, your family could develop its own motto: what are your words to live by?

Life (liberty, and the pursuit of happiness)
Children are naturally curious, and have a wonderful ability look at things adults may take as a given and genuinely ask, Why? Imagine how many questions could be explored through the single concept of life! What things are alive (plants, animals, people)? What do living things need and how do they get them (food, water, sunlight/energy)? What don’t we understand about life (so many things!)? How can we respect the life around us, whether a person, a plant or a pesky bug?

Vote
Ok, this one might veer into the actual political realm for just a moment. But participating in the democratic process is an invaluable lesson we can pass on to our children. Whatever your political views, we hope that you will vote and make your voice heard. And when you do, talk to your children about it. A great way to help them understand is to create voting activities at home. A shoe box and some scratch paper can easily be transformed into a ballot box and a heated contest for which vegetable to make that evening! Children who can’t write yet could use a green mark for green beans or an orange mark for carrots. Experiences like that help children to see that their perspective matters, and it also teaches them to respect the views of those around them whether they win or lose.  
QUOTE FOR THE MONTH
Especially for Children
3300 Edinborough Way 
Edina MN 55435 
(952) 835-0505 

Center Director
Anna Wilson 
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