OCTOBER 2018
Greetings!

OCTOBER HAPPENINGS
We have a very busy month planned for the children in October. It is hard to believe it is autumn already, which happens to be our unit this month, Awesome Autumn! We can already start to see the leaves changing to their vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows. The colors are reflected in the children’s artwork hanging on the bulletin boards in the classrooms.

As the leaves start falling and the temperatures are dropping, it is important that your child has warmer clothing for outdoor play. Please make sure to label all clothing items as many children have the same type/brand/color of clothes.
CENTER HAPPENINGS
CORNY CORN DAY
We will celebrate the fall harvest on Wednesday, October 24 , with our Corny Corn Day, a day filled with fun corn-themed activities!
HALLOWEEN WEEK
To celebrate the holiday, we will have magician, Robert Halbrook come to perform his spooky Halloween Safety Show on Tuesday, October 30, at 3:30pm. 

On Wednesday, October 31 , come dressed in orange and black and wear your spookiest hairdo! The children will have a special Halloween breakfast to start the day!
PARENT REMINDERS
LOOKING AHEAD
Conferences will be held in November. Each class will have a sign-up sheet on the parent counter. If none of the available times work for you, please see Linda to make other arrangements.

Especially for Children will be closed on Thursday, November 22, and Friday, November 23, for the Thanksgiving holiday.
PARENT RESOURCES
PRE-TRICK OR TREATING DINNER
Simple-to-make homemade pizza bagels get a spooky makeover with a few easy garnishing tricks. What a super fright night treat our Spooky face Pizza Bagels are for kids and kids at heart!

What You'll Need:                                 
6 miniature bagels                                 
1 cup pizza or spaghetti sauce                         
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese                     
1/4 cup sliced pepperoni, for garnish     
1/4 cup sliced black olives, for garnish   
1/4 cup sliced mushrooms, for garnish

What to Do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Split bagels in half and spread 1 tablespoon sauce on each half. Sprinkle each half with 1 heaping tablespoon mozzarella cheese. Decorate with pepperoni, black olives and mushrooms to make spooky faces.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
IN THE COMMUNITY
SPOOKTACULAR COMMUNITY EVENTS

September 22-October 28 (Saturdays and Sundays): The Great Pumpkin Fest, Valley Fair

October 26-27: Parade and Party, Anoka

October 27: Thrill Kenwood, Kenwood Park, Minneapolis

October 27: Pumpkin Fest, 50 th and France, Edina

October 27: BooBash, Maplewood

October 28: Great Pumpkin Halloween Celebration, Landmark Center, St. Paul

October 31: Halloween Party, Bloomington Ice Garden
ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
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FALL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY
We had a great day on Friday, August 31, when all EFC employees gathered together for training. The kickoff was recognizing long term employees. This year there were 56 employees honored who have worked at EFC for 5 years or more. 36 of those people have worked for 10 years or more. We are so grateful for their commitment to early childhood education and the stability they create in our centers. Pictured below are 8 of the 11 employees who have worked at EFC between 26 and 38 years!!
The training topics of our day included a session on Strengthening Families led by Samantha Baker, the co-director of our Edinborough center. Samantha has her Master of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education and has qualified as a Master Trainer for the Minnesota Early Childhood staff training system. Her presentation was thought-provoking as it gave us many opportunities to look at our own families of origin and reflect on how those experiences and values shape how we interact with the families we serve. It also gave us insight into the different ways families develop their unique family dynamics. Using a strength-based perspective, our job as teachers is to listen and try to understand your needs and support your child’s growth through the lens of your family’s values. We want to respond with a two-generational approach, taking into consideration the needs of parents and children at the same time rather than supporting parents and children in isolation from one another.

The second session employees attended was led by Nancy Hafner, an early childhood specialist. The infant and toddler staff explored a relationship-based approach to challenging behavior. After observing to try to understand the child’s behavior, Nancy gave us many concrete ideas for responding and specific ways to soothe infants and toddlers.

Nancy’s session for preschool staff was titled Understanding and Preventing Challenging Behaviors in Preschool Children. She emphasized the importance of reframing the way we look at challenging behaviors. She said to put aside any beliefs about the child trying to make adults angry. Instead, ask what it is that the child wants or needs that is resulting in this challenging behavior. An image she gave us was an iceberg where most of the iceberg is under the surface. After trying to understand the reason for the behavior, or what is beneath the surface, the challenge is to help the child obtain what he wants using acceptable behavior. Again, Nancy gave many practical suggestions that we can use in our classrooms as well as excellent resources for obtaining even more information as we encounter specific challenges in the future. One of our goals as an organization is to continuously provide evidenced-based resources and tools to our teaching staff on these and other topics to help them, and the children in their classrooms, thrive.

If you would like to check out some of the resources we learned about yourself, see the websites below:

TWIN CITIES
FAMILY EVENTS

Now-10/21 Origami in the Garden , MN Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassan
Now-10/21 Charlotte’s Web , Stages Theatre, Hopkins
Now-10/30  Minnesota Renaissance Festival , Shakopee
10/4-10/31 Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular , MN Zoo, Apple Valley
10/13 BT5K Run/Walk, Saint Paul
10/13-10/14 Farmer Ken & Jan’s Pumpkin Patch Trolley Ride , Lake Harriet Trolley, Mpls
10/20 Pumpkin Night in the Park , Springbrook Nature Center, Coon Rapids
10/20 Open Streets , 50 th & France, Edina
10/21 Trick ’r Trolley , Lake Harriet Trolley, Mpls
10/26-10/27 Family Halloween Events , Anoka
10/27 Pumpkin Fest , 50 th & France, Edina
10/27 Terror Trot 5k/10k/KIDSK Family Run , Lake Harriet, Mpls

Apple Orchards & Pumpkin Patches
Aamodt's , Stillwater
Applewood , Lakeville
Deer Lake , Buffalo
Emma Krumbee's , Belle Plain
Minnetonka , Minnetrista

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Whether one is 3 or 30 or 80, sometimes it is hard to manage emotions such as anger, sadness, or anxiety. This video, taken from one of the resources mentioned in the Especially for Parents article, reminds us how powerful breathing deeply can be, and that even young children can benefit from the practice.
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Center Director:
Linda Burck
Center Assistant Director:
Kris Steffens
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