SEPTEMBER 2022
Greetings!

"WE'RE SO GLAD THAT YOU ARE HERE." 
This is a perfect time to tell you… “We’re so glad that you are here.”
 
We appreciate your decision to choose our center and we take seriously the responsibility you have given us. Our teaching staff will work hard to:

  • Keep your child safe
  • Maintain classroom environments to promote health and sanitation
  • Love and nurture your child
  • Provide activities that stimulate your child’s development and growth
  • Communicate with you about your child’s progress in our program
CENTER HAPPENINGS
FALL PICTURE DAY
Picture Time will be here to take individual student pictures on Friday, September 23. If the weather cooperates, we will be taking our pictures outside. If you child does not attend on Thursday, please speak to Anna or Andrea about a good time to stop by. We will also offer class composite pictures. 
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EFC FALL PICNIC
Please join us on Tuesday, September 13, at the Rosland Park Shelter in Edina, 5:30-7:30 PM for our Fall Family Picnic!! To help us plan, please RSVP no later than Friday, September 9.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDERS
We will once again be selling books through Scholastic book clubs. Ordering books through Scholastic is a terrific way for parents to acquire new books at a reasonable price. Our center also receives bonus points for each order, for which we can purchase books for the classrooms. You can also purchase books on-line. Sign in at www.scholastic.com/bookclubs and enter our EFC activation code GW4BC to order books from home. Flyers will be available in early September and monthly from then on. 
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
INTRO TO OUR FALL ENRICHMENT CLASSES

Music with Mr. Kyle
Kyle is a former public-school music teacher who now introduces young children to music concepts. His course is a pre-instrumental course where children learn about high/low notes, variations in sounds, as well as being introduced to many instruments. Kyle will come to our school for classes with all toddler & preschool groups every other Monday. 
 
Stretch-n-Grow
Coach Nikki has a degree in Community Health Education and is a Certified Health Education Specialist, and fitness instructor. Stretch-n-Grow is designed to promote exercise and wellness for children through games, music and stories. A short wellness lesson is followed by warm-up, exercise and cool down; teaching children that exercise is fun and important for good health! Nikki is here every other Thursday morning.

Spanish—Mr. Daniel
Mr. Daniel (one of our preschool teachers) will be teaching Spanish to our preschoolers this fall. Daniel is fluent in Spanish and is excited to share O’Neill Language Academy’s Spanish preschool curriculum with the children. We plan to vary the class day so that all children have an opportunity to be part of the class. 
OPTIONAL (PARENT PAID) CLASSES

Kiddy Keys—Tuesday afternoons
Mr. Kyle returns on Tuesday afternoons for an optional music class for preschoolers. In Kiddy Keys, children are introduced to rhythm & music exercise that develop small & large motor skills, memory skill building, recognition of the music alphabet and musical terminology. Mr. Kyle will do a trial class for all preschool groups on Tuesday, September 13, and will have registration materials available after the trial class.
 
Kid Dance—Wednesday mornings
In Kid Dance, a variety of dance styles including basic ballet technique, jazz, tap and creative dance are taught by our long-time instructor Amy. Dancers also participate in two annual shows, complete with costumes, in December and May. If you are interested, please let your child’s teacher know; your child can attend a trial class before signing up! 
PARENT REMINDERS
UPCOMING HOLIDAY
Especially for Children will be closed for teacher training on Friday, September 2, and Monday, September 5, for Labor Day. We wish you a long, wonderful weekend!

REMINDER
Remember to call us by 9 AM if your child is not coming to school!! We like to know that our friends are healthy and safe at home! Our direct phone number is 952-835-0505. You can also communicate absences via Daily Connect. 
STAR WELLNESS
star wellness
FALL SNACK: APPLE COOKIES

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 apple
  • ¼ cup peanut butter or sun butter
  • ¼ cup almonds, sliced
  • ¼ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips or raisins

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Slice apple into thing rings and remove core.
  2. Spread peanut butter over one side of ring. Top with almonds, walnuts, coconut, and chocolate chips.

ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
NAEYC ACCREDITATION
As you may know, each of EFC’s 8 locations has achieved NAEYC (the National Association for the Education of Young Children) accreditation, which means they have met the 10 standards defined by the organization as being essential to quality early childhood development programs. In the coming weeks and months, all of our centers will be working on their re-accreditation process. NAEYC accreditors will visit the centers to observe classrooms and will review classroom and program (organization) portfolios, which provide evidence that we meet the criteria in each standard. 
 
Below are the descriptions of the 10 standards from NAEYC’s website:
 
Standard 1: Relationships
The program promotes positive relationships among all children and adults. It encourages each child’s sense of individual worth and belonging as part of a community and fosters each child’s ability to contribute as a responsible community member.
 
Standard 2: Curriculum
The program implements a curriculum that is consistent with its goals for children and promotes learning and development in each of the following areas: social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive.
 
Standard 3: Teaching
The program uses developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate and effective teaching approaches that enhance each child’s learning and development in the context of the curriculum goals.
 
Standard 4: Assessment of Child Progress
The program is informed by ongoing systematic, formal, and informal assessment approaches to provide information on children’s learning and development. These assessments occur within the context of reciprocal communications with families and with sensitivity to the cultural contexts in which children develop.
 
Standard 5: Health
The program promotes the nutrition and health of children and protects children and staff from illness and injury. Children must be healthy and safe in order to learn and grow. Programs must be healthy and safe to support children’s healthy development.
 
Standard 6: Staff Competencies, Preparation, and Support
The program employs and supports a teaching staff with the educational qualifications, knowledge, and professional commitment necessary to promote children’s learning and development and to support families’ diverse needs and interests.
 
Standard 7: Families
The program establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with each child’s family to foster children’s development in all settings. These relationships are sensitive to family composition, language, and culture. To support children’s optimal learning and development, programs need to establish relationships with families based on mutual trust and respect, involve families in their children’s educational growth, and encourage families to fully participate in the program.
 
Standard 8: Community Relationships
The program establishes relationships with and uses the resources of the children’s communities to support the achievement of program goals. Relationships with agencies and institutions in the community can help a program achieve its goals and connect families with resources that support children’s healthy development and learning.
 
Standard 9: Physical Environment
The program has a safe and healthful environment that provides appropriate and well-maintained indoor and outdoor physical environments. The environment includes facilities, equipment, and materials to facilitate child and staff learning and development.
 
Standard 10: Leadership and Management
The program effectively implements policies, procedures, and systems that support stable staff and strong personnel, and fiscal, and program management so all children, families, and staff have high-quality experiences.
 
We are busy and excitedly preparing for our NAEYC visits. You can learn more about these standards and NAEYC accreditation on the website: https://www.naeyc.org/
TWIN CITIES
FAMILY EVENTS

Now-9/5 MN State Fair, Saint Paul
Now-10/2 (weekends) Renaissance Festival, Shakopee
9/3 Story Time, 50TH and France, Edina
9/9-9/11 City of Ramsey Happy Days, Ramsey
9/16-9/17 Excelsior Apple Day, Excelsior
9/23 Family Fun Night, Eagan
9/24 Field Fest, MN Landscape Arboretum
Especially for Children
3300 Edinborough Way 
Edina MN 55435 
(952) 835-0505 

Center Directors
Anna Wilson and Andrea Wilson
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