JANUARY 2023 DATES TO REMEMBER:


Tues., Jan. 3 – Tuition due.

Tues., Jan. 3 – REGULAR SCHOOL SCHEDULE RESUMES.

Wed., Jan. 11 – Parent Volunteer Group meeting, 9:15 a.m. in room 201.

Mon., Jan. 16 – SCHOOL CLOSED for Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday.

Wed., Jan. 18 – Shake Shack Encino Fundraiser ALL DAY! Dine in or Take out.

Wed., Jan. 25 – SNOW DAY.

Wed., Feb. 1 – Parent Volunteer Group meeting, 9:15 a.m. in room 201.

Fri., Feb. 3 Preschool & E.P.C.C. Kindergarten CLOSED. Parent/Teacher Conferences for E.P.C.C. Preschool and Kindergarten. Afterschool care for Encino Charter Elementary students is a regular day.

Wed., Feb. 9 – McDonald’s Fundraiser. Ventura & White Oak. More info to follow.

Mon., Feb. 20 – SCHOOL CLOSED for President’s Day.

 

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

 

CONGRATULATIONS - MARI ALTUNKARYAN

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH- Miss Mari is our patient, wonderful, reliable 5-day a week roving Preschool teacher and 1st – 5th grade afterschool teacher in Room 201. Miss Mari stepped up this year and is helping out Mrs. Jennifer and Miss Hayden while Mrs. Jennifer is on Jury duty. She is loved by the staff and the children and always ready to help whenever and wherever she is needed. You can always count on Miss Mari. Some of her favorites are: the colors blue, green and black, carnations, baby roses, Christmas, Starbucks and shopping at Sephora. Miss Mari enjoys reading and collecting books. Her favorite restaurant is Cheese Cake Factory. As for dessert, she likes chocolate chip cookies and chocolate fudge. Thank you, Miss Mari for all your hard work. You Make a Difference.

 

FROM THE DIRECTORS:


WELCOME BACK:  We hope everyone is well and rested after a very busy holiday season.  The teachers are ready to start the New Year with lots of great activities.  We are off to a terrific start with so much to do and learn! Our Email Address is: epccdirectors@gmail.com

 

TAX I.D. # - 95-1831056

    

FRIENDS OUTSIDE: A very special thank you to all who donated gifts to “Friends Outside.” Your generous spirit helped make the holidays special for so many children.

 

SNOW DAY: On Wed. Jan. 25th we will have 12 tons of snow blown into our court yard. Please send your child in snow clothes, waterproof clothes and bring an extra set of dry clothes. 

 

Please note your child does not have to have snow clothes to participate, they can participate wearing their regular clothes; please remember to send extra clothes to change them into dry clothes after enjoying the snow.

 

CONFERENCES: Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Friday, February 3, 2023 from approximately

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  SCHOOL IS CLOSED! You may have your conference either in person, Zoom or Facetime. Sign-up sheets are going to be posted outside your child’s classroom in middle of January. Parent/teacher conferences are so important – this is your chance to hear about your child’s progress in school as well as bring up any concerns you may have.  For our Pre-K classrooms kindergarten readiness will be discussed as well as placement for the upcoming school year.  Your prompt arrival at your conference is vital. If you are late you will have to reschedule at the teachers’ convenience. 

PLEASE DO NOT BRING CHILDREN TO YOUR CONFERENCE, AS THIS IS YOUR TIME WITH THE TEACHERS.

   

KINDERGARTEN: Our kindergarten class continues to fill for the 2023- 2024 school year. If you are interested in learning more about this exceptional program, please contact Cathleen or Anie.

 

REGISTRATION: We are currently touring new students for the 2023-2024 school year.  If you know of anyone who is interested in our school, please have them call as soon as possible to schedule a tour.  Siblings of currently enrolled students do not need a tour.  You will have a priority registration date in late February.

 

HEALTHY SNACKS AND LUNCHES:  Please remember that children are required to bring their own ready to eat lunch, 2 snacks and water bottle. Please keep snacks healthy.  Fruits, veggies, cereal bars, string cheese and crackers are always popular choices. Remember to send utensils with your child’s lunch if he/she needs them.  Teachers cannot leave the classroom to get spoons and forks for the children. Additionally, be sure that all snacks and lunches are sent to school” ready to serve.”

 

CLOTHING:  As the weather becomes cooler, please be sure to have adequate changes of clothing in your child’s cubby or backpack. If your child borrows extra clothes from the school, please wash and return those items as soon as possible so we can keep our supply well stocked.

 

NAPPING SUPPLIES:  All children who stay for nap must have 2 crib sheets and a blanket for naptime.  These items will be sent home at the end of each week and must be returned the following week.  Children who do not have the appropriate napping items will no longer be able to stay for nap.  Remember that the state of California requires children in daycare to have a brief resting period each day.  Even if your child does not sleep, he/she must rest quietly on his/her cot for 45 minutes.


LABEL EVERYTHING:  Be sure to label all sweatshirts, jackets, sweaters, backpacks, share toys or any item your child brings to school.  Labeled items have a far greater chance of being returned to you.

 

PARENT VOLUNTEER GROUP MEETING:  On Wed., Jan.11 at 9:15 a.m. we will have a parent volunteer group meeting to discuss upcoming events for the spring. Please join us to help plan some fun events for our school and families.


EPCC WEBSITE: Please be sure to check out our website epcckids.info and our Instagram account @ epcc_kids and Facebook account @ ECCKIDSS to see activities, art projects and more.

 

SCRAP PAPER: Our Preschoolers are in need of scrap paper to draw on and to make paper airplanes. If you work in an office that needs to get rid of paper…we would love to have it.

 

ILLNESS POLICY: In an effort to keep children and teachers healthy please keep your child home if he/she is sick. If your child vomits, has diarrhea, runs a fever, is lethargic or is simply not him/herself, we will send your child home immediately.  Children must be symptom free for 48 hours before they can return to school.  In addition, if you have given your child Motrin or Tylenol in the morning to reduce fever or ease pain, he/she may NOT come to school on that day. While we understand that a “green” runny nose and cough are not necessarily indicators of infectious disease, we will require a doctor’s note if there is any question about your child’s health. Remember that when we send a child home, we are using our best judgment in determining whether or not your child should remain at school.  This has been a particularly tough cold and flu season, especially for young children. Please respect this policy as well as the families and staff at EPCC by adhering to it. Parents in this horrible flu and cold season, please refer to the illness policies at the end of this newsletter and when to keep your child home. This policy is enforced in order to keep a healthy, happy school. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.


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.


PARKING LOT SAFETY:

Please enter through the Balboa entrance and exit onto Paso Robles. Our parking lot is a one-way lot. Our parking lot can be a busy place at certain times of the day.  Please help keep it as safe as possible for your child. We offer the following tips and ask for your cooperation:

         Please hold your child’s hand in the parking lot.

         Please make sure your child doesn’t run ahead of or behind you upon arrival and pick up.

         Please drive slowly in the parking lot.

         Enter the parking lot through the Balboa entrance (closest to the church building).

         Exit under the apartment building onto Paso Robles.

If you park on the street, please note the following:

         Parking is limited on specific days – note the street signs for times and street cleaning.

 

THANK YOUS: A HUGE HEARTFELT THANKS to ALL who donated so generously to our classrooms during the school year and this holiday season; and to all of YOU for your tremendous support throughout the year.  We are so fortunate to have such thoughtful, generous families.  We Wish You ALL A Happy, Healthy New Year.

 

TEACHER TALK:

 

ROOM 101:  Happy New Year and welcome back!  A special thank you to all the families who donated so generously to our classroom during the holidays.  We will be starting off the New Year with our own New Year’s Resolutions.  We will be talking about winter, penguins, dinosaurs and their habitats.  We will be conferencing individually with you by appointment on Friday, February 3rd. Sign-up sheets are going to be posted outside our classroom in middle of January. We encourage everyone to attend our Kindergarten readiness conference. With the cooler weather, please be sure your child has appropriate clothing in his/her cubby. We are ready to start the New Year off with a bang!

Mrs. Geni & Ms. Jazmin

 

ROOM 102:  Happy, Happy 2023!  We have had so much fun in 2022, how can things possibly get better?  A very special thank you to all of our families for your generosity during the holiday season … We feel so lucky and blessed to work with such great families. In January, you will see us exploring winter weather, learning about penguins, polar bears, and more. The conference sign-up sheets are going to be posted outside our classroom in the middle of January. We encourage everyone to sign up for a conference as this gives us the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress in detail. Please be sure to check your child’s supply of extra clothes to make sure they are appropriate for the weatherRemember to sign in and out everyday.  Please take a moment to welcome Daniel Abanonu and his family to our classroom!!!  Thank you again for generosity and support throughout the year. Have a very happy 2023!

Mrs. Asma & Miss McKenna

 

ROOM 103: As we welcome a new year, we want to thank all of our parents for your generosity and we hope your holidays were joyous. As we begin the New Year, we will talk about new things we want to accomplish in 2023. Listen for new words:  resolution, frosty, horizontal and vertical. We look forward to seeing you all at conferences on Friday February 3rd, 2023. We welcome this one-on-one time as an informative and helpful way for teachers to discuss the placement for the upcoming school year. Here’s to a great start to 2023! 

Mrs. Jennifer, Miss Hayden & Miss Mari

 

ROOM 104: Happy, New Year! We hope your holidays were wonderful!  We would like to thank all the families for their very generous gifts to us and our classroom. This month we will be learning about sequencing, snow, arctic animals and lots more. Our conferences are on Friday, February 3rd, sign-up sheets are going to be posted outside our classroom in middle of January, it’s our time to talk with you in detail about your child’s progress and development. Please take a moment to welcome Benjamin Brisbane and Sloane Millette-Pappas and their families to our classroom!!!  Thank you all again, for your generosity and we wish you all a very Happy New Year.

Mrs. Silva & Miss Paula

 

ROOM 105:  Happy New Year to all our families and a warm welcome back.  Thank you for your very generous donations to our classroom and to us. A special thank you to our room moms for their dedication and hard work for room 105 and to Sari 

(Levi’s mommy) for her wonderful Hanukkah presentation. We truly appreciate your support. This month we will be exploring winter and the Artic and how people and animals survive extreme weather conditions.  We will talk about hibernation, ice, snow, icicles and icebergs.  We will paint with ice cubes and pine boughs, decorate ice castles and build a 3-dimentional snowman for our classroom and we will also make prints in the snow.  Most of all, we will enjoy each other’s company. We will be conferencing individually with you by appointment on Friday, February 3rd. Sign-up sheets are going to be posted outside our classroom in middle of January. Just a reminder regarding our Mother’s Day shoe project.  Please keep one of your child’s old shoes when you are ready to buy a new pair, and don’t forget to sign for conference at the end of the month.

Mrs. Wall, Mrs. Sossi & Miss Vianey

 

ROOM 106:  HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome back, we hope your holidays were wonderful. Thank you for your generosity during the holiday season.  We are starting the New Year by transforming our room into a winter wonderland, snow scenes, polar bears, penguins…it will be so much fun! Please make sure to sign up for parent teacher conferences which will be on Friday, February 3rd.The conference

sign-ups will be posted on class Dojo. Please take a moment to welcome Everly King, Lyon Millette-Pappas, Noah Abanonu and Emery Harrsch and their families to our classroom. Please make sure your child has warm extra clothes during this chilly weather.

Mrs. Karine & Mrs. Shahla & Miss Vianey

 

PEEKING OVER THE FENCE WITH MRS. GAEL:  Some of the children are putting together 2023- time capsules featuring their favorite things. When the time capsules come home, encourage your child to add special treasures from home to their time capsule. Won’t it be fun when they open these up years from now! Be sure to check the hallway between rooms102 & 103 for our ever-changing displays of original “ART FROM THE YARD!”

 

AFTER NAP: Happy New Year! We are excited to welcome 2023. At art time we will be creating snow globes, snowmen, polar bears and penguins. We will also be reading amazing stories and singing fun winter related songs.  Please make sure your child has their name labeled on their jackets. Also, please make sure to take everything out of your child’s basket every day.  Have a warm and wonderful January.

Miss Lucia, Miss Vianey, Miss Mckenna, Mrs. Narine and Miss Katie