The Preschool Press

October 22, 2021

A Note From the Director

This week felt like autumn around the ECDC. We learned the life cycle of pumpkins, made pumpkin muffins, roasted seeds, and enjoyed the beautiful fall weather. In music we danced fast and slow to loud and soft music and pretended to be falling leaves. In art we learned how to tint and shade color and created monochromatic paintings.

Don't forget this Sunday is Trunk or Treat from 2:00-3:30pm in the ECDC parking lot.

If you would like to participate in our pumpkin decorating contest, simply create a pumpkin and drop it off at the ECDC on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

Next Week at a Glance




Bring a decorated pumpkin!


Halloween Festival


Halloween Festival

Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat is a beloved Marquette tradition, where parents decorate and open their trunks to the cutest trick-or treaters around! It’s a great way to see friends, get to know families, and trick or treat in a safe environment.

Trunk or Treat will be this Sunday, October 24th, from 2-3:30 in the ECDC parking lot.

If you have questions please contact Sarah O’Donovan or Kelli Petersen

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Halloween at ECDC

On October 28th and 29th we will have a Halloween Festival at ECDC. Children may have free dress (no costumes please) on both days. We will play games, enjoy prizes and eat treats! Teachers will send more information. Show off your creative skills with a decorated pumpkin to display on the 27th-29th!
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ECDC Enrollment

We are now accepting applications for new students to the 2022-23 school year. If you have a younger child at home or know someone interested in our preschool, please click HERE to complete an application. Kindergarten applications and re-enrollment for returning students will occur in January.
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19-20 Memory Books

The 19-20 ECDC Memory Book is now complete. Click HERE to purchase a book.
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MHSA Corner

It has been a busy month for the MHSA! First and foremost, thank you to everyone who was involved with Trivia Night--it was a huge success. With November right around the corner, work is in high gear for the annual Marquette Auction. We are thrilled to have it back in-person this year, and hope you will make plans to attend as this is the school's single largest fundraising event. Most immediately though is Trunk or Treat. Join us in the ECDC parking lot this Sunday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. for candy, music, games and a good time. Thank you to everyone who makes the work of the MHSA possible. Below you will find some highlights from the past (busy!) month.

-Liz James, MHSA president

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Dessert Auction

It's time for the auction, so that means it's time for the Dessert Auction! We are bringing it back!! We are thrilled to be having an in person auction this year and want to have as many beautiful desserts to auction off as possible. We are looking for desserts of all kinds--they can be homemade or bought/donated from your favorite bakery or restaurant. We will have drop off times on November 12th at the ECDC parking lot or in either the ECDC office or the Marquette office or if you need to drop off earlier we can make arrangements.

As always, whatever the desserts are brought on will be part of the donation. If you want to buy a cute cake stand or plate that would be great, and if not we will have plastic cake plates available for store bought desserts. Please list what you are planning on bringing in the comments section so we don't have all of the same kind of dessert!!

We are excited to see all the beautiful desserts, thank you for your help making this a great success!!

Click HERE to sign up!

Thanks so much for donating.....we appreciate you so so much.

Sandy Stoulil & Stephanie Vanderslice

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Auction T-shirt!

Click HERE to order the new auction T-shirt. Order are due by October 26th.
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Supporting the Auction

We will continue accepting donations of wine for the Wine Pull through Monday, November 8th. PLEASE MAKE SURE EACH BOTTLE OF WINE IS AT LEAST $20 IN VALUE. You may drop off wine at arrival or dismissal at the ECDC. If you are able to contribute, then your child is allowed to wear “athletic (free) dress” the day you make your wine donation.

Of course other donations are always welcome too! If you have access to goods, services, gift cards, etc. you may drop them at the school entrance on the following days:

  • October 29

All items donated are tax deductible and greatly appreciated. If you are able to donate, your Marquette/ECDC student is allowed to wear “athletic (free) dress” on that donation drop-off day.

If you have questions about donations or have something large to donate to the auction, please contact Kayley Nammari ( | (713)540-4322) or Paula Dunkel ( | (918)706-0003. Additionally, to keep up with the latest information visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram.

As Marquette's largest fundraiser of the year, we hope you will consider taking part in a fun-filled night on campus under the stars in our BIG tent.


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Volunteering and VIRTUS

Each year, we rely on volunteers to help support classroom and school activities, field trips, fundraising activities, athletics and much more. Volunteers play a critical role at Marquette, and we appreciate your dedication, time and talent.

What you need to do:

  • First, VIRTUS Child & Youth Protection Requirements have three components: 1.) the background check submission 2.) adherence to policies, procedures, and ethical standards, and 3.) the child & youth protection education training. Each component needs to be renewed every five years.

  • Registration for First-time Users:
    • Visit
    • Select “First-Time Registrant” to create an online VIRTUS account.
    • Follow the onscreen step-by-step instructions for completing the process. We require all volunteers to start this process no later than two week before the date of volunteering.


  • Update Existing Account:
    • Registered volunteers are encouraged to login at the beginning of every school year to ensure that all personal information is correct. Upon login, your account will prompt you to complete any necessary requirements. Automated emails are sent through VIRTUS approximately one week before they expire. Please ensure that the registered email address is correct.
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2021-2022 Marquette School Theme

“Joy, with peace, is the sister of charity. Serve the Lord with laughter.”


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Marquette Saint of the Year-St. Joseph

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