JANUARY 2021 NEWSLETTER

DATES TO REMEMBER:

Fri., Jan. 1– Tuition due.

 

Mon, Jan. 11– REGULAR SCHOOL SCHEDULE RESUMES.

 

Mon., Jan. 18– SCHOOL CLOSED for Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday.

 

Mon., Feb. 15– SCHOOL CLOSED for President’s Day.

 

MARVELOUS MONTHLY MAXIM

 

We Love Them When You Leave Them!

 

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH:


CONGRATULATIONS:MISS CHLOE BYRNE

Miss Chloe is our friendly, hardworking, kind and soft spoken Pre-K assistant teacher. Miss Chloe is a team player: she is always willing to help whenever and wherever she is needed. We are so lucky to have a responsible young woman with such a gentle way about her to work with our preschool friends. Miss Chloe began at E.P.C.C. in our preschool program when she was 3 years old and continued through our Kindergarten and our afterschool-school age programs. Miss Chloe’s favorite color is pink; she loves the Dodgers and collects vintage clothes and baseball T-shirts. Christmas is the holiday that Miss Chloe enjoys most; she likes to shop at Target and Amazon. Miss Chloe is a gluten free, vegan her favorite food is French fries and her favorite restaurant is Monty’s Good Burger.

Thank you, Miss Chloe for all your hard work. When you act with your heart it shows.

 

 

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 gift cards to “Friends Outside.”  Your generous spirit helped make the holidays special for so many children.

 

CONFERENCES:

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Zoom, Facetime or on the phone. Your child’s teacher will contact you about the dates and times that will be available. 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.  Kindergarten readiness will be discussed as well as placement for the upcoming school year. 

 

HEALTHY SNACKS AND LUNCHES: 

Please keep snacks healthy.  Cookies, cakes and doughnuts are not appropriate for every day snacks.  Fruits, veggies, cereal bars, string cheese and crackers are always popular choices.  Be sure to send milk or water.  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.”

 

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.

 

WORSHIP AND SUNDAY SCHOOL: 

If you don’t have a church home or you are looking for a change, join us at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings on zoom. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81310538958

 

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.


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.

 

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.

 

EXTRA CLOTHES: 

Please check your child’s cubby or backpack for an appropriate change of clothing.  Be sure to label any extra items your child keeps at school.

 

DROP OFF AND PICK UP TIMES: 

It would be a GREAT help to us if you could drop off and pick up during the hours that we are at the gates.

 

Drop off time is between

7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.

 

Kindergarten begins promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Kindergarteners that arrive after 8:30 a.m. are marked tardy.

 

Pick up time 1:00 p.m. is at Paso Robles.

3:00 p.m. /3:30 p.m. pick up we will bring your child to your assigned gate.

If your child is in ROOM 101, 102, 103 and 104 the drop off and pick up gate is the gate off the parking lot near Balboa Blvd.

If your child is in Room 105, 106, 202, 203, and 204 the drop off and pick up gate is Paso Robles.

If you have two children with different drop off and pick up gates PLEASE bring both children to the parking lot gate as it is less crowded.

If you have an emergency or an appointment and need to drop off or pick up your child at a different time please call us and buzz us at the Paso Robles gate when you arrive and we will escort your child to their classroom or to you.

 

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.

 

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 72 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 Covid 19, cold and flu season. Please respect this policy as well as the families and staff at EPCC by adhering to it.  Parents in this horrible Covid 19, flu and cold season, please refer to the policies regarding illness 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. Let’s have a healthy 2021.

 

KINDERGARTEN:  

Our kindergarten class continues to fill for the 2021- 2022 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 2021-2022 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.

 

THANK YOUS:  

To all who donated so generously to our classrooms during 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.  

Happy, Healthy New Year.

Cathleen & Anie

 

TEACHER TALK:

ROOM 101:  Happy New Year and welcome back! We hope everyone had a safe and blessed holiday. A special thank you to all the families who donated so generously to our classroom as well as the teacher’s gifts. Now that we are back our main focus will be keeping the children and our classroom safe and clean. We all will be wearing masks, washing hands and keep a safe distance always. This month we will be making New Year’s Resolutions, talking about winter, penguins, dinosaurs and their habitat. We will also be getting ready for Parent /Teacher conferences.   

We will let you know more about dates and times as soon as we know. With the cooler weather, please be sure your child has appropriate clothing in his/her cubby. Also, on Share Day have your child bring his/her toy in a Ziploc bag. Thank you always for your trust and support. Happy New Year!  

Mrs. Geni & Miss Chloe

 

ROOM 102: New Year, new hopes and wishes! May this year bring us all good health and peace of mind. As we start this New Year, we would like to thank you, our parents, for your understanding and co-operation. We would also like to thank you for your thoughtful holiday gifts. In January, you will see us exploring winter weather, learning about penguins, polar bears, and more. Please be sure to check your child’s supply of extra clothes to make sure they are appropriate for the weatherThank you again for your generosity and support throughout the year.

Have a very happy 2021!

Mrs. Asma & Miss Vianey

 

ROOM 103: As we welcome a new year, we want to thank all of our parents for your generosity and hope your holidays were joyous. We have lots of fun, winter projects planned for this month.

We are preparing for our Parent/Teacher conferences…we will contact you with dates and times later this month. Listen for our new words:  resolution, frosty, horizontal, vertical, and jubilant. Here’s to a great start to 2021! 

Ms. Jazmin & Miss Maryam

 

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. We will be getting ready for Parent teacher conferences. We will let you know more about dates and times as soon as we know. Please take a moment to welcome Sloane Maggard and her family to our classroom!!!  Thank you all again, for your generosity and we wish you all a very Happy New Year.

Mrs. Silva & Miss Mari

 

ROOM 105:  Happy New Year to all our families and a warm welcome back.  Thank you Emily (Jack’s mommy) for your generous donations to our classroom and to us. Your gift will help us acquire great learning materials for the children.

Thank you Jessica and Rob (Landon’s parents) for ALL the cleaning and sanitizing supplies!!!

A special thank you to: Jessica Pratt and Jennifer Grebow our room moms, for their dedication and hard work for room 105. 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 contact you this month to schedule a Parent/Teacher conferences. Just a reminder regarding our Mother’s Day shoe project.  Please keep and give to us, one of your child’s old shoes when you are ready to buy a new pair.

Mrs. Wall & Miss Dulce

 

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! We will contact you for a Parent/Teacher conference. Please take a moment to welcome Wesley Hoobler, Avery Sanchez, Leon Guerrero, Jack Berberian, Flori Rose Entwistle and Anika Patel to our room!!!  Please make sure your child has warm extra clothes during this chilly weather.

Mrs. Shahla & Mrs. Vanessa

 

PEEKING OVER THE FENCE WITH MRS. GAEL & MISS HAYDEN:  Observing your child during time on the yard, it is blaringly evident to see the importance of outdoor play. Beyond improving muscle strength, maximizing gross motor skills of running, biking, throwing and kicking balls, we are seeing valuable social and emotional interaction and development. Peer-to-peer relationships are flourishing and “OUTSIDE VOICES” are so much fun!