The leaves are falling – fall must be here! Our teachers are planning lots of fun and festive activities to help us celebrate the beginning of autumn. Remember to keep seasonally appropriate clothes at the center including a light jacket, hat and mittens for those chillier days ahead. We will continue going outside every day. 
Our annual Halloween Party will be held on Monday, October 28, from 6-7:30 PM . In order for us to prepare for the party, we would appreciate if you could pick up your child by 5:30 PM . Thanks for your help!

Our staff will host a variety of age appropriate and fun activities throughout the center. Apple cider and a light snack will be served. Costumes for all (parents included!) are encouraged. We hope you can join us!
The preschool children will go trick or treating for the Brookdale seniors and through the Edinborough office complex on Thursday, October 31 . Please dress your child in his/her Halloween costume in the morning—but leave smaller accessories at home so they are not accidentally lost for your evening festivities. We are looking forward to a fun day!!
On Tuesday, October 22 , the preschool classes will visit Bouncing-Ton Indoor Playground in Bloomington. There will be a waiver to sign beforehand, so please keep an eye out for that.
Help us get into the cozy, fall spirit by having your child dress in his or her favorite flannel outfit on Friday, October 18 !
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. Edina School District is offering screening by appointment on select days in November and December. This screening must be completed before starting kindergarten in a Minnesota public school. For more information, visit:
EFC will be closed on Thursday & Friday, November 28 and 29 for Thanksgiving.  
Have you been wondering how the new Creative Curriculum materials have been used and implemented in your child’s classroom by the teachers? Take a look! 
One-on-one time in the infant classroom to build and strengthen relationships doing Intentional Teaching Cards, Mighty Minutes, and Highlight Hello books.
Thought webs in the preschool classroom exploring this month’s study of “Beginning the Year.” Children brainstormed who works in our school and made a map.
Daily investigative questions in Pre-K. During group time, children explore a different question each day. They discussed what the classroom rules are, what names they need to know at school, and who works at our school.
Interpretive art in intermediate preschool!
As a part of the beginning the year study, one investigation was all about friendship. Here, preschoolers worked together to do partner paintings. 
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/WalkSaint 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
3300 Edinborough Way 
Edina MN 55435 
(952) 835-0505 

Center Directors:
Anna Wilson 
Samantha Baker