Early Education Newsletter

December 4, 2020

We look forward to settling back into a routine as classes come back together. Thank you for your patience and resilience through these new procedures and protocols this year. We are grateful you chose the Early Education Center as your early childhood home and we look forward to supporting your student's healthy development in the months to come! You will find a variety of timely resources and announcements below.

Sincerely, The Early Education Team

Covid-19 : Be Prepared

We continue to diligently work to keep our youngest learners in school and learning in person. You can help slow the spread of illness by:

  • Completing the at-home health screening DAILY prior to school

  • Letting us know if you, or a family member develops symptoms

  • Staying connected to SeeSaw for class announcements

  • Maintaining a 6-foot social distance from other adults

  • Finding virtual options to connect to family and friends

Give Back : Supporting Your Child's School

There are many opportunities that you have to help support your child’s preschool! Consider the following ways to contribute to the success of all our preschoolers:

Elden’s Receipts -

When you shop at Elden’s you are able to place your receipt in the basket that has our school name on it. Or, return your receipts to school. Elden’s generously provides classroom materials based on the number of receipts turned in.

Order Books -

Scholastic book orders are submitted monthly. Each purchase helps us order books to stock our classroom shelves. You can place an order anytime at scholastic.com/bookclubs, using the class code: J P R K 9

Donate -

Have extras? We are able to make use of a ton of items you may no longer need at home including:

  • Art and craft supplies (tissue paper, beads, paper plates, popsicle sticks, etc.)

  • Winter gear (boots, snow pants and gloves in sizes 4t - 6)

  • Packing peanuts

  • Puzzles, games and toys in like-new condition

  • Healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables for snack

Get Involved : Parent Advisory Committee

Join the committed group of parents who give input into programming, assist with the selection and purchase of building supplies, and learn about the behind-the-scenes operation of the EEC.

Next Meeting: Friday, December 18 from 9 - 10 am

Please email eecinfo@alexschools.org for a virtual meeting link to join us.

It’s no question that this year has presented new family challenges that no one saw coming. With all the uncertainties, it is easy for stress to find its way into your home. Here are just a few ideas to keep you healthy and happy during this time

  • Stay Connected - Staying connected with friends and family is a great way to cope with stress. Talking with a person you trust about how you are feeling can be a huge help.

  • Healthy Routines - Creating healthy routines can help life feel more normal. Both you and your children can practice healthy eating habits, spend time outdoors doing physical activities, and making sure you are getting adequate amounts of sleep.

  • Limit Screen Time - With all the extra time at home it is easy to get an overload of screen time. Try to break away from this by participating in outdoor activities. There is so much to explore in the beautiful outdoors - during any season.

  • Be Intentional - There are a lot of opinions about what the “right thing” to do is. Keep focused on your family’s values and make intentional choices about what’s best for you and your kids. It’s okay if what is best for you looks different than what is best for someone else.

For more great tips, visit this link

Parenting : At-home Activities

There are so many things that you can do at home to help your child’s development. Here are some fun, easy activity packets that can be printed and enjoyed at home! To request a printed copy, give us a call 320-762-3305

  • Activities to Encourage Speech and Language Development, Reading Rockets

  • Need more? Watch for information on the next Activity Box. Coming soon! The Winter Wonderland activities will be available for a small cost of $5.00 to cover supply costs. This kit will have everything you need for hours of family fun for two kids! To reserve your box, give the front desk a call! 320-762-3305

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