Classroom Parties will be on Thursday, October 31 . We would appreciate you would send your child’s in their costumes if they have one and a change of clothes to change into after the party. We will be providing a spooky treat for the children. So please DO NOT send any treats with your child. 
Thursday, October 3 - WILD DAY!
Friday, October 4 - Preschool Apple Orchard!
Wednesday, October 9 - Bring in a leaf!
Wednesday, October 16 - Wacky Day!!
Friday, October 18 - VIKINGS DAY!!
Wednesday, October 23 - Pajama Day!!
Monday, October 28 - Hat Day!!
Thursday, October 31 - Crazy Socks Day!!
Preschoolers will be heading to Remick’s Apple Orchard on Friday, October 4 . Bus is leaving at 9:30 and returning by 12:30 we are looking for volunteers to join us. Please let the teachers know if you like to join us in a morning of fun!!!
Please remember to keep your child’s emergency information up to date. As you change jobs or phone numbers, make sure we receive them also. We have had a hard time reaching some parents due to these types of changes. 
Weather will be changing fast please check and change out your child’s extra clothes. We do go outside daily and want your child to stay warm.
With the holiday season quickly coming up, we just wanted to remind you of the days the center will be closed:

  • Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29, for Thanksgiving.
  • Tuesday, December 24, closing at 3:00
  • Wednesday, December 25, for Christmas
  • Wednesday, January 1, for New Year’s

If you are planning additional days off, please let us know. Teachers are making their holiday plans, and I can approve days off now when we have a heads up. Thank you for keeping us updated. 
Last month I had the opportunity to attend a community meeting at which two high school students provided opening statements. I was impressed by their confidence in front of a large group of adults as well as the articulate ways they expressed themselves. In addition, I found it inspiring that they were using their time and talents to contribute to the community around them.

One of the areas of social/emotional development we have written about in the past is resiliency . It is important for children to build skills that help them work through the inevitable challenges of life and not feel defeated by the obstacles they may face. Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, who practices at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and has spent decades studying the topic, has developed a framework called The 7 C’s: The Essential Building Blocks of Resilience . The fifth C is Contribution, which is when children understand the world is a better place because they are in it. Dr. Ginsburg writes:

“Children who understand the importance of personal contribution gain a sense of purpose that can motivate them. They will not only take actions and make choices that improve the world, but they will also enhance their own competence, character, and sense of connection.”

We can begin affecting a child’s sense of Contribution at a young age. Some ideas of Contribution that young children can participate in include:

  • Picking up trash on your next walk to or from a local park.
  • Hosting a Little Free Library—or simply adding books to one.
  • Drawing pictures, making baked goods, or even shoveling the sidewalk for an elderly neighbor.
  • Choosing a favorite charity to which the whole family can contribute.

Does your family have special ways that foster the idea of Contribution? We’d love to hear comments on our blog that we can share.

Finally, Dr. Ginsburg encourages caregivers to think about the following questions as they relate to Contribution:

  • Do I communicate to my child (at appropriate age levels, of course) that many people in the world do not have as much human contact, money, freedom, and security as they need?
  • Do I teach the important value of serving others? Do I model generosity with my time and money?
  • Do I make clear to my child that I believe she can improve the world?
  • Do I create opportunities for each child to contribute in some specific way?
  • Do I search my child’s circle for other adults who might serve as role models who contribute to their communities and the world? Do I use these adults as examples to encourage my child to be the best he can be?

Contribution can be a key ingredient in raising resilient children by empowering them with a sense of purpose and creating connections to others and the world around them.
Angie Williams
EFC Marketing and Finance Director

10/1-11/3   Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular , MN Zoo, Apple Valley
Now-10/20 Circus Abyssinia , Children's Theatre Company
10/12   BT5K Run/Walk Saint Paul
10/12-10/13   Farmer Ken & Jan’s Pumpkin Patch Trolley Ride , Lake Harriet Trolley, Mpls
10/19   Pumpkin Night in the Park , Springbrook Nature Center, Coon Rapids
10/20   Trick ’r Trolley , Lake Harriet Trolley, Mpls
10/25-10/26   Family Halloween Events , Anoka
10/26   Pumpkin Fest , 50 th  & France, Edina
10/26   Haunted Harriet 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
Especially for Children
8885 Evergreen Blvd 
Coon Rapids MN 55433 

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