NOVEMBER 2019
Greetings!

WE’RE THANKFUL FOR...
We’re thankful for the basics:
food, clothing and comfortable shelter;
the rest is a bountiful bonus.
We’re thankful for work, play,
and the treasured people
who make these experiences
richer and more meaningful.
We’re most thankful
for family and friends,
especially the families that attend EFC!
CENTER HAPPENINGS
MN ZOO FIELD TRIP
Dolphins and Monkeys will be visiting the Minnesota Zoo on Tuesday, November 19 . The bus leaves at 9:00 am and will return after lunch. (Picnic lunch will be eaten at the zoo.) The cost of the field trip is $9.00 and parents are welcome to attend.
HOLIDAY PROGRAM
Our annual Holiday Program will be held on Tuesday, December 10 . The program starts at 6:45 pm with all classes participating by either doing a fingerplay, singing simple songs, or even using our sign language skills. Please mark your calendars for this fun family event.
PARENT REMINDERS
EFC HOLIDAY CLOSINGS
Thanksgiving Holiday
Thursday, November 28 —EFC closed
Friday, November 29 —EFC closed

Winter Holiday
Tuesday, December 24 —EFC closes at 3:00 pm
Wednesday , December 25 —EFC closed
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 —EFC Closed
VACATION POLICY & SCHEDULE CHANGES
After families have been enrolled for 6 months at Especially for Children,the vacation policy states that anytime your
child/ren have been gone for 5 consecutive days, you receive a ½ week’s tuition credit. The policy is unlimited throughout the year. We will have extra attendance logs in the front entry for families to mark an “X” on dates that your child/ren will not be attending during the holidays.

Please notify the office of schedule changes especially for early morning drop-offs. We want to make sure we have enough staff scheduled early to accommodate the schedule changes.
DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING
Early childhood developmental screening is a check of a child’s development, vision, hearing, growth, health history, and immunizations. Screening takes approximately 1-hour and a parent or legal guardian stays with the child during the process. You can contact Minnetonka public schools at the following phone number (952-401-6840) or connect through this link-- https://www.minnetonkaschools.org/district/mcec/early-childhood/screening ,
Eden Prairie’s contact information is (952) 975-6940 and their link is https://www.edenpr.org/community-education/ecfe-preschool/early-childhood-screening
STAR WELLNESS
star wellness
STAR WELLNESS MOVEMENT
Are you looking for some fun ways to keep those little bodies moving? The Turkey Hokey Pokey is a fun movement activity this time of year!

TURKEY HOKEY POKEY
You put your right wing in. 
You put your right wing out. 
You put your right wing in, 
And you gobble all about. 
You do the turkey pokey
And you gobble all around. 
That's what it's all about. 

Additional verses: Left wing, Drumsticks, Stuffing, Wattle (Head), Tail Feathers (Bottom), Turkey body.
ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN’S PEER COACHING PROGRAM
by DeeAnn Besch and Alli Zomer

Every so often we like to share a bit about what’s happening “behind the scenes” at Especially for Children. In 2018, we launched a peer coaching program that teaching staff participate in upon hire. Newly hired teachers are paired with a coach, often from a different EFC school, to support them as they get started in their roles.

Mentees are matched with coaches who work with the same age group so that coaches are able to share relevant teaching strategies, classroom management practices, daily routines, etc. Coaches and mentees observe one another in their classrooms and have time for in-person and phone conversations. They spend 6 months paired together, with the amount of coaching time dependent on the mentee’s background and experience. 

One goal of the coaching program is to make teachers new to Especially for Children feel welcome in the greater organization. It is also valuable to provide teachers new to EFC a chance to see different spaces and learning environments.

We are excited that the program has been a positive experience for those who have participated in it, both coaches and mentees. Once a quarter, coaches from all EFC centers gather for a training and a chance to share and connect. At our meeting in October, some of our coaches had this to say about the program:

“It gives me a chance to share what I have learned with other people and help them get a good start on their career with EFC. And it also lets me see what other teachers are doing well so that I can take those ideas back to my classroom.”

-        Lynn Livingston, EFC Eden Prairie

“It makes me so happy that I can use my experience to have a positive impact on a new teacher and help their transition into EFC be that much easier. And I can continue to be a resource, because we have an ongoing relationship.”

-        Robin Klippenstein, EFC Edina/W 70 th Street
Peer Coaches at a recent training. From left: Lynn L., Christina W., Stefanie B., Kari S., Robin K., Dan A., Gail S.
(Not pictured: Colleen D., Emily G., and Jessica N.)

We are grateful for all of our Peer Coaches!
TWIN CITIES
FAMILY EVENTS

11/2 Night Trains , TC Model Railroad Museum, St Paul
Now-11/3   Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular , MN Zoo, Apple Valley
11/3-1/5 Cinderella , Children's Theatre, Minneapolis
11/15&11/16 Kids at the Castle: Thankful Hearts , American Swedish Institute, Mpls
11/22-12/28 Elf the Musical , Stages Theatre, Hopkins
11/22-1/5 Winter in Bloom , Mn Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen
11/28   Drumstick Dash 10k and Cranberry Cruise 1 Mile , Lake Harriet, Minneapolis
11/28   LifeTime Turkey Day 5k , Minneapolis
11/29-12/1 Family Discovery Days , Bell Museum, St. Paul
11/29-12/22   Holidazzle , Minneapolis
 
Especially for Children
6223 Dell Road
Eden Prairie MN 55346 
(952) 934-1119 

Center Director:
Cathie Underwood 
Center Assistant Director:
Jamie Rocheford
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