The ECC Extra
Addams Early Childhood Center Family Newsletter
Week of Sept. 18th
We have several holidays to celebrate and acknowledge! National Hispanic-Heritage Month began Sept. 15 - Oct. 15...Click here to learn a bit more about terms "Latino, Hispanic, Lantix and Chicano"
Rosh Hashanah also began at sundown on Friday Sept. 15th. Happy New Year!
Tuition Preschool Classrooms:
We understand the transition to school can cause regression in toilet-training. It is a requirement for our program that all students are toilet-trained. We will continue to work with students and families towards building a relationship and comfort level using the bathrooms at school. Please communicate with the classroom teachers if your child is experiencing an issue. We typically allow for 30 days from the start of the school year for students to be nearly 100% toilet-trained. We understand accidents happen, however we do not have the staffing capacity and ratio to assist in full toilet-training. Please let me know if you have any questions.
This week we have another emergency drill. Monday afternoon we will have a fire drill. All students walk single-file out the most direct doors and meet on the blacktop near the elementary playground. Teachers take attendance and use a green or red poster to quickly notify administration if a student or staff member is unaccounted for. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Sept. 12 -- Secure Mode Drill (1:15pm)
Sept. 28 -- GSRP No School
Oct. 11 & 12-- Picture Day (teachers will notify which day)
Brightwheel Communication App
QR Codes are posted on the doors to help with this process. Below are very simple and quick (2 minutes) videos to help you all become more familiar. As a parent you are able to add any and all contacts to your child's Brightwheel account. Also, your unique 4-digit code is found in the profile section of the app. You can change this code to any 4-digits.
Extended Day Care (Before, After or Friday)
Before & After School & Friday
Before Care Hours: 7:30-8:45
After Care Hours: 3:45-5:30
Friday Hours: 7:30-5:30
Program Cell Phone: 248-321-8220 (only available during program hours, no texting).
Friday Care Families--Please remember to send 2 snacks and a lunch with your child. All items must be labeled with your child's name. Also, please remember to send a small blanket and pillow. Those in full day programs will move your child's rest bag to their Friday Care locker.
Parents will enter through our ECC main office (door #27). Extended Care begins at 7:30 and ends at 5:30 which is outside of our main office hours. You will call our program cellphone or ring our doorbell to notify staff you have arrived. If you are within the normal office hours, you will be buzzed in by office staff.
When you arrive please place your child's items in their "Extended Care Lockers" which are located right outside the main office. This is also where you will gather your child's belongings if they stay for After Care. The Extended Care Program is housed in room 108, the Gray Elephant Classroom! (also known as the Gross Motor Room or GMR).
Blessings in a Backpack
Is Your Student Going to be Absent?
Common Ground’s Birmingham Street Art Fair at Shain Park in Birmingham
270 W. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI 48009
This art fest features the work of jury-selected artists and crafters showcasing their work in painting, glass, jewelry, printmaking, ceramics and more. There will also be a silent auction tent, which directly benefits Common Ground.
Event cost: Free
Event times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23-24, 2023
Oakland County Health Department has recently updated the preschool-aged quarantine and isolation guidelines. At this time preschool-aged children will follow a 5 day quarantine and isolation. If symptom free and able to properly wear a mask, students may return to school after 5 days. If student return to school for days 6-10, they must wear a mask. As always, please contact the office with any close contact exposures or positive cases. Please reach out if you have any questions. 248-288-3220.