SEPTEMBER 2020 NEWSLETTER


DATES TO REMEMBER:

 

Fri., Sept. 4 & Mon., Sept. 7 CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY

 

Tues., Sept. 1 TUITION IS DUE.

 

Thurs., Oct. 1 – TUITION IS DUE.

 

Wed., Sept. 30 & Thurs., Oct. 1 – Picture Days with Julie Lilly Photography.

 

Fri., Oct. 16 EPCC’s PUMPKIN PATCH on our play yard. Every child will receive a pumpkin. Video will be emailed home.

 

Wed., Oct. 21 – OPEN HOUSE Video will be emailed home.

 

Mon., Oct. 28– Fri., Nov. 1- SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR ONLINE.

 

Mon., Oct. 30– IN CLASS Halloween Parade and Party. Video will be emailed home.

 

Mon., Nov. 2 – TUITION DUE.

 

Wed., Nov. 4 – Fall ’21 Kindergarten sign ups begin.

 

Wed., Nov. 11 – SCHOOL CLOSED for Veteran’s Day.

 

Fri., Nov 20 – In Class THANKSGIVING FEAST at snack time. Video will be emailed home.

 

Wed., Nov. 25, Thurs., Nov., 26 & Fri., Nov 27 – SCHOOL CLOSED for Thanksgiving Holiday.

 

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH


CONGRATULATIONS MISS HAYDEN EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH  Miss Hayden is our hard working, energetic, caring, loving and reliable 5 day a week Preschool yard assistant teacher. Miss Hayden did an amazing job this summer when she was the yard teacher. She was kept very busy supervising the students and sanitizing all the toys and equipment’s on the yard. Miss Hayden began at E.P.C.C. when she was in 2nd grade; she attended our afterschool and summer camp programs until she graduated. When Miss Hayden turned 16 years old she came back to work in our afterschool summer camp and joined our Preschool teaching staff. Some of Miss Hayden’s favorites are: The color black, going to the gym, hibiscus flowers, Halloween and shopping at American Eagle. Miss Hayden likes to collect festival wristbands. Her favorite restaurants are In & Out and Melody’s. For dessert she likes Vanilla cake, chocolate chip cookies and Mrs. Trapani’s blondie bars.

Thank you, Miss Hayden for all your hard work. SMILE…BELIEVE…ACHIEVE!

 

FROM THE DIRECTOR:

 

Welcome to all our new friends and welcome back to all our old friends.  Wow! What a wonderful and busy start to our new year. The children are adjusting well and having a great time.  Please be sure to take the time to read our monthly newsletters as they give you all our information and important dates for upcoming events.

 

DIRECTOR’S HOURS:  This year my hours are:

M- Fri. 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  Please feel free to contact me during these hours if you have any questions or concerns about our program. 

Our Assistant Director, Anie Kederian, is here M-F from 7:30a.m.-3:30p.m.

CHILDREN’S CENTER TELEPHONE EXTENSIONS:

The following are our phone extension that might be helpful to you:

Director: Cathleen Trapani at Ext. 119, Asst. Director Anie Kederian at Ext. 117 & Bookkeeper Tracie Cordle at Ext. 125

 

TUITION:  Please remember that tuition is due on the first of each month unless otherwise arranged with the director.  There will be a $25.00 late fee added to your tuition account if payment is not received by the 7th.  As we do not send statements home, be sure to look for tuition reminders on all classroom doors.

 

PAPERWORK:  Children with missing paperwork will be excluded from school effective immediately.  This information is mandated by the State Department of Social Services and must be in each child’s file.

 

ILLNESS POLICY:  As expected, colds and viruses are already going around.  Thank you for keeping your children home when they are sick.  By doing so, we can stop the spread of illness a little bit faster. Check our Illness Policies for more information.

 

NUT FREE SCHOOL: A nut is a fruit composed of a hard shell and a seed, which is generally edible. At E.P.C.C. this includes: peanuts, walnuts, pecans, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios, brazil nuts, chestnuts, pine nuts, candlenuts, beechnuts, filberts.  Our “nut free” policy is in place to ensure the health and safety of the children under our care.  When you drop off your child

each day, we want you to feel comfortable leaving, knowing that we are doing our best to keep all of the children under our care safe and healthy. Please note: Nutella is a cocoa and hazelnut spread, and therefore not allowed at school.  Sunflower or cookie butter are acceptable alternatives and can be found at Target, Trader Joes and other markets.


EMERGENCY DRILLS:  Each month we will be practicing fire and earthquake drills as part of our curriculum.  These drills are required by the state and are not meant to frighten the children.  Take a moment to ask your child how these drills are carried out in their classrooms.

 

CLOTHING:  Please be sure to adhere to our clothing policy as outlined in the Parent Handbook.  We have noticed many children at school wearing sandals.  Remember, shoes must cover toes and heels and have non-slip soles.  This is for the safety of your children.

 

EPCC WEBSITE: Please be sure to check out our website epcckids.info and our Instagram account @ epcc_kids and Facebook account @ Encino Pres. Children’s Center to see activities, art projects and more.

 

AMAZON SMILE:

Amazon Gives to Encino Presbyterian Children’s Center:  Attention Amazon Shoppers! Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Encino Presbyterian Children’s Center every time you shop, at no cost to you.   Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to our school. All you need to do is to sign on through the Amazon Smile link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/95-1831056 or using your existing account login, you can select First Presbyterian Church of Encino as your charitable organization.  Amazon will remember your selection and Encino Presbyterian Children’s Center will receive the donation.  Shopper identities and purchases are not disclosed to the school.  Be sure to tell your family and friends and remember to bookmark the Amazon Smile link.



MRS. SCIARABBA’S CHILDREN’S LIBRARY:

Is temporarily CLOSED

 

SPECIAL THANKS:

To the families who have been able to locate and donate Clorox/Lysol wipes and disinfecting sprays. We appreciate it more than words can express

xoxo

 

SOME GENTLE REMINDERS

Please pick up your child on time as teachers have other commitments elsewhere. Each day, please clean out your child’s lunch box. Soft-sided lunch boxes get especially dirty and tend to absorb odors if not washed out daily.


Please do not block the gate at pick up time. We need to be able to make smooth transitions with the children at the end of the day and this is difficult when parents and siblings are visiting with other families at the gate. We know they all miss each other but it would be so helpful if you could move away from the gate. Your help in these matters is greatly appreciated.

 

TEACHER TALK:

 

ROOM 101:  We are off to a great start!  Everyone is adjusting beautifully to our new COVID 19 schedule. Wearing masks, washing hands and airplane arms. We are also busy recognizing our names and learning our initials.  We are reviewing our shapes and colors and having fun making collages and cutting. We have also been practicing our earthquake and fire drills. Our famous bookworm is already growing. Remember, the children may bring books to class everyday, but share day is on Friday only. Please bring a Ziploc bag with extra clothes labeled with your child’s name to stay inside their cubby.  We are constantly washing hands and toys so if you would like to donate some precious Clorox wipes to our classroom we would rally appreciate it.

Mrs. Geni & Miss Chloe

 

ROOM 102:  Let us begin saying a big thank you to all our parents who are helping us start our new school year with lots of adjustments. In Room 102 we are getting to know each other, making friends and falling into a fun routine. We are learning to recognize our names and our initials. We will also be reviewing our colors and learn new shapes along with some cookng projects. In September, we will practice how to verbalize our feelings and express them to our friends. Our leap into reading is off to a great start!!!  Keep the books coming.

Remember… we share books Monday through Thursday and only Friday is our toy share day. Just a few reminders: be sure to label all of your child’s belongings, make sure shoes cover toes and heels. If you would like to donate disinfecting wipes to our class, we will greatly appreciate it! This will help us keep away the germs. Thank youJ

Mrs. Asma & Miss Vianey

 

ROOM 103:  So far, we are happily on our way to another school year. We are settling in and making friends. Look for more "Words of the Week" coming soon - "cooperate," “patience” and "fragrant." The word is always posted on our board. September will bring lessons on shapes, sequencing, and our senses. We continue talking about safety and practicing earthquake and fire drills. Parents, we are so grateful you are on time each day. Our share day schedule for Friday. Books are welcome everyday.

If you have any questions please feel free to message us.

Ms. Jazmin & Miss Maryam

 

ROOM 104: We are getting to know each other, and making friends. We have been learning about families, friends, our five senses, colors and shapes. We are working on a special project called “All About Me.” We have also been practicing our earthquake and fire drills.  Please remember to check your child’s folder and bring a Ziploc bag with extra clothes and shoes labeled with your child’s name to stay in their cubby.

Mrs. Silva & Miss Mari

 


ROOM 105:  It is such a joy for us to see how well the children are adjusting to their new class, new teachers and new friends.  This month we will practice our earthquake and fire drills.  We will review the safety habits and COVID 19 healthy protocol. We will be introducing the concept of “Heart prints and friendship.  We will have a unit on “ME”, myself and I.  We will discuss our uniqueness and what is special about us and others.  Every week a family will be selected to be our “Featured Family”.  This will be a family project that your child will be able to share with his/her classmates.  We will give you a flyer with more details. We are constantly washing hands and toys so if you would like to donate some precious Clorox wipes to our classroom we would really appreciate it.

Thank you. J

Mrs. Wall & Ms. Dulce

 

ROOM 106:  COMING SOON J

Mrs. Shahla & Mrs. Vanessa

 

PEEKING OVER THE FENCE WITH MRS. GAEL: 

Our calendar may say “fall” but our temperatures will stay hot for a while. Please make sure your child has a water bottle and make it part of your morning dressing routine to ass sunblock as another layer of protection.