November 2020 ELC Newsletter

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ELC Meal Site Change

Beginning Monday, November 2nd, the ELC Meal Site will be provided from the front porch of the school. You will no longer see a bus, but can still pick up the food from the porch.

Family Involvement Team

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Our Family Involvement Team meeting will be on November 3rd at 2:30pm. You can join us virtually at the link below:

Join Zoom Meeting


This is an opportunity where you can collaborate with other parents and guardians about what opportunities we offer using the Parent/Guardian Fund from Head Start and ECEAP.

All parents and guardians are welcome!

Circle Time Tips

TIP: Designate a stuffed animal "Zoom Buddy" for your child to hold during Circle Time! Your child may also enjoy having another sensory or fidget item to help them hold their attention during class.

TIP: Children look to their parents and guardians for insight into how to react to new or unfamiliar situations. See what happens if you get extra excited about class time - it might just be contagious and help your child be even more excited, too!

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Upcoming ELC Events!

Watch for a special November newsletter coming out soon with links to the recordings of two annual ELC presentations: Kids at Hope, and Rise to Resilience and Hope!

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Dates: 11/10, 11/17, 11/24

Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Topic: Financial Impact during a pandemic and Savings with a Purpose

How to register: Go to https://bit.ly/FEIRegister

How to join: We will send you a Zoom link!

Brought to you by: Bank of America

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Congrats for Seesaw Stats!

Early Learning families have done thousands of activities with their children on Seesaw!

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Pierce County Virtual Play to Learn

View the calendar for Play to Learn here:


Just click on the title of the activity you want to register for to receive the link!

Virtual Play to Learn Circle Time:

Weekly on Mondays 10:00-10:30 a.m. and 4:00-4:30 p.m.; Wednesdays from 10-10:30 a.m.

Virtual Play to Learn Activity Time:

Weekly on Tuesdays from 10-10:30 a.m.

Virtual Play to Learn Caregiver Connections:

Once a month on Thursdays 7:00-7:45 p.m.

Virtual Pajama Play to Learn:

Twice a month on Thursdays from 7:00-7:30 p.m.

Virtual Play to Learn Family STEAM:

Once a month on Thursdays from 7:00 - 7:30 p.m.

You can also find all the past activity recordings here:


Do you know who to call if you need support or assistance?

We have staff available to support all families at the Early Learning Center.

If your child is in Developmental Preschool or Title 1, contact:

Kristen Smith at 253-298-4670 or krsmith@fpschools.org.

If your child is enrolled in Head Start or ECEAP, you can reach your Family Support Specialists:

(ECEAP) Marlys Fisher 253-298-4688 or mfisher@fpschools.org

(Head Start) Courtney Maples 253-298-4686 or cmaples@fpschools.org

(Head Start) Melissa McPheeters 253-298-4693 or mmcpheeters@fpschools.org

(Head Start/ECEAP) Rebeca Moriarity 253-298-4684 or rmoriarity@fpschools.org

(Head Start) Marcy Slaughter 253-298-4687 or mslaughter@fpschools.org

(ECEAP) Regina (Gina) Sumandig-Tajalle 253-298-4689 or rsumandig-tajalle@fpschools.org

Do you have children ages 9-14? Consider attending Guiding Good Choices!

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Email rmorales@fpschools.org to register for Guiding Good Choices!

Resources for You

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Through the Students Connect Program, qualified households will receive free in-home high-speed WiFi services through the 2020-2021 school year. Student Connect benefits include a high-speed WiFi package and up to 30/10 mbps internet connection. There is no charge to your household and no contract is required. To qualify, you must be preapproved by a participating school district. https://bit.ly/3cUx0Vi

FP Meal Sites:

Community Resources: https://www.fpschools.org/departments/family-engagement-office/community-resources

Food Banks: https://www.efoodnet.org/resources/food-banks/

Pierce County Library ages 0-5 stories, songs, and rhymes: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIfwpL562-5Ui9o-wk68vOCsY9jLviEpR

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Seesaw for Virtual Learning

We are all learning a new platform together to support your child's learning!

Your child's teacher will be providing you with a code that you can use to create an account and access the classroom on Seesaw.

Click here to: Watch this video about Seesaw for Students

All Children Are Capable of Success, NO EXCEPTIONS!

This is one of the core beliefs the staff and children hold at the Early Learning Center. We believe in all of the children and teach them to be Kids at Hope. One way we practice being Kids at Hope is through the Kids at Hope pledge:
I am a Kid at Hope

I am talented, smart, and capable of success

I have dreams for the future,

and I will climb to reach those goals and dreams every day.

All Children are Capable of Success-NO EXCEPTIONS!

Franklin Pierce Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to James Hester, Compliance Coordinator for State and Civil Rights Laws; Wendy Malich, Title IX Officer; or John Sander, 504/ADA Coordinator at 315 129th ST S, Tacoma, WA 98444-5099 or at (253)298-3000.