OCTOBER  2021 NEWSLETTER

DATES TO REMEMBER:

 

Fri., Oct. 1– TUITION IS DUE

 

Wed., Oct. 6 – Room Parent/Volunteer Meeting at 9:15 upstairs in room 201.

 

Fri., Oct. 8 – SCHOOL CLOSED – Staff in-service.

 

Wed., Oct. 13The Stand Fundraiser from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 

Wed., Oct. 13 & Thurs., Oct. 14 – Speech, Language and Hearing Screenings-more info to follow.

 

Wed., Oct. 20 – Virtual Open House. A video of this event will be posted on your child’s class DOJO.

 

Fri., Oct. 22 E.P.C.C.’s Pumpkin Patch on our play yard. Every child will receive a pumpkin. A video of this event will be posted on your child’s class DOJO.

 

Mon., Oct. 25 - Fri., Oct. 29 Scholastic Book Fair – on line.

 

Fri., Oct. 29 – Halloween Parade, in class parties and Trick or Treating. A video of this event will be posted on your child’s class DOJO.

 

Mon., Nov. 1 – Fall 2022 Kindergarten sign ups begin.

 

Wed., Nov. 3 – Room Parent/Volunteer Meeting at 9:15 upstairs in Room 201.

 

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

 

Fri., Nov. 19 – Thanksgiving Feast – in the classrooms at snack time.

 

Wed., Nov. 24, Thurs., Nov., 25 & Fri., Nov 26 – SCHOOL CLOSED for Thanksgiving Holiday.

 

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

CONGRATULATIONS!!! CARLY LEVY!!!

Miss Carly is our kind, soft spoken, loving and patient Preschool floater and Afterschool 1st-5th grade teacher. Miss Carly is reliable and hardworking and shows kindness to all. She helps our school age children with their homework; snack, she plays games with them, plans and implements arts and crafts and other various indoor activities, as well as, supervises their outdoor activities while their parents are at work. Miss Carly started at E.P.C.C. when she was in our Kindergarten afterschool program and our Summer Camp program until she graduated fifth grade and this summer Miss Carly joined our E.P.C.C. teaching staff. Her favorites are: the colors red and pink, roses, Christmas and shopping at Lululemon. Miss Carly enjoys eating at Fabrocini and In-N-Out. For dessert, she likes chocolate chip cookies, frozen yogurt, confetti and ice cream cake.

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

 

FROM THE DIRECTOR:

 

CHILDREN’S CENTER TELEPHONE EXTENSIONS:

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

Directors Cathleen Trapani and Anie Kederian at Ext. 1, Bookkeeper Tracie Cordle at Ext. 2.

 

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.

 

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:  Due to severe, life threatening allergies, we are a “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.

 

FUNDRAISERS:  We will have a few fundraisers throughout the school year. Our first was a Drive Through McDonald’s fundraiser on Sept. 22nd.

Our second will be The Stand in Encino on Wed., October 13th and See’s Candies in November; we will send more information in few weeks. Although you are not required to participate we appreciate any and all participation. We raise funds for:

  • Our E.P.C.C. Pumpkin Patch (all Children receive a pumpkin).
  • Replacing, repairing and purchasing new equipment for our classrooms and play ground. Examples . . .  balance bikes, water table, basketball hoops, etc.   

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:  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.

 

TUBS:  If your child stays for lunch or daycare, please remember to take all of his/her belongings out of the

tub at the end of each day.  Please do NOT take the tubs home.  Nap items will be sent home at the end of each week to be washed.  Don’t forget to bring nap items back to school on Monday.

 

WORSHIP: For any families interested in finding a church home, First Presbyterian Church Encino, offers a worship service at 10:00 a.m. including Sunday school program for all children. All are welcome. For more information you can contact the church’s office @ 818-788-1147 and ask for Greg.

 

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.

 

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

 

OPEN HOUSE:  On Wed., Oct. 20th a video of this event will be posted on the class DOJO!!!

 

HALLOWEEN PARADE, PARTIES & TRICK OR TREAT:  On Fri., Oct. 29th, we will host our annual Halloween Parade and Sing-A-Long. This year it will take place in each classroom. Children are encouraged to wear costumes to school, however, masks and weapons are not allowed. Be sure to send a change of clothes for after the parade. The children will Trick or Treat to all our offices and have a party at snack time. A video of this event will be posted on your child’s class DOJO.

 

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION:  On Mon., Nov. 1st priority registration will begin for our Fantastic Kindergarten for Fall 2022.  Registration will be open only to families currently enrolled in our preschool program and will be on a first come first served basis.  Only 24 spaces will be available for the upcoming school year.  You can email or call the school to make an appointment to check out our fabulous Kindergarten program.


ROOM PARENT/PARENT VOLUNTEER GROUP MEETING:  Our second meeting will be held on Wed., Oct. 6th at 9:15 a.m. in room 201 (upstairs). If you are interested in helping with our school events or with classroom parties please come to the meeting to find out what

you can do. The room parents for this year are:

101:     Jessica Pratt

            Jodi Valbuena

            Lauren Telegdy

102:     Anet Joukadarian

            Nede Norouzi 

103:     Laura Oates

104:     Sabrina Nowakowski

105:     Amanda Stromsborg

            Emilie Plouchart

            Reena Patel   

            Julie Hoobler

            Zach Helsper

106:     Lori Hovsepyan

K: 203  Natalie Strauss

            Betina Martin

K: 204  Lori Hovsepyan

            Reena Patel

            Kathleen Fong

            Lauren Kaufman        

 

E.P.C.C.’S PUMPKIN PATCH: Friday, Oct, 22nd will be our annual E.P.C.C. Pumpkin Patch Day all the children will receive a pumpkin of their choice during their outside time. Unfortunately, parents will not be allowed to attend this event. We will take lots of pictures and the teachers will post a video of this event on their class DOJO. Please have your child to school no later than 8:45 a.m. on this very special day so they won’t miss out on all the Halloween festivities. :) We will not begin the fun until all parents dropping off have left our campus. Thank you for respecting our wishes and making your drop off quick so we can start the FUN!!!

           

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 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.

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 drive slowly and cautiously in our parking lot.


MRS. SCIARABBA’S CHILDREN’S LIBRARY

Can be used by one family at a time :)


TEACHER TALK:

 

ROOM 101:  We are off to a great start!  Everyone is adjusting beautifully to our schedule and routine.  We are busy recognizing our names and learning our initials.  We are reviewing our shapes and colors and having fun making collages, practicing our cutting and working our small muscles by hole punching, and writing. We are also introducing emotions and appropriate ways to deal with them. We are encouraging good manners always, especially during snack and lunch time. We have also been practicing our earthquake and fire drills. Soon we will be cutting out pumpkins, ghosts and bats as well as learning about their habitats. Just a reminder our Open House and Halloween parade will be virtual again this year. A video will be posted on class DOJO. Our Open House is on October 20th, Halloween parade, the class party and trick or treating will be on Friday, October 29th. Remember, the children may bring books to class everyday, but share day is on Friday only. Please send a Ziploc bag with extra clothes labeled with your child’s name to stay inside their cubby and we also need Clorox wipes, disinfecting sprays and disposable children’s masks. Please include a few extra clean disposable masks in your child’s backpack daily as we sometimes need to switch to a clean mask on the chance that they get dirty or wet.

Thank you for your help and cooperation.

Mrs. Geni & Ms. Jazmin

 

ROOM 102:  What a pleasure it is to see the children settled in their new classes. In September, we read lots of books and explored many different forms of art. We also had fun learning about apples and baking with them. In October, we will be preparing videos of our Open House, Halloween Parade and our Pumpkin picking. J We will   be learning about nocturnal animals, shapes, pumpkins and Halloween.  We are already learning lots of songs for our Halloween Parade and we will be picking pumpkins from our own pumpkin patch this month. 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, disposable children’s masks and disinfecting sprays to our class, we will greatly appreciate it! This will help us keep away the germs.

Please include a few extra clean masks in your child’s backpack daily as we sometimes need to switch to a clean mask on the chance that they get dirty or wet. 

Thank you for your help and cooperation.

Mrs. Asma & Miss Vianey


ROOM 103: We are so excited to move into Autumn and see the leaves changing colors and falling to the ground. Watch in our photos for our tree in 103 to make some changes as well. We are busy decorating for the fall season and the Halloween Holiday. We will be learning several Halloween songs. Our virtual Open House is on October 20th. A video of this event will be posted on our class DOJO. We have been busy making friends, sharing, following directions, and working on our good manners. As we learn more about Halloween, we will discuss "fantasy" being “considerate” and "nocturnal" animals. Look for those words on our "word of the week" wall. We would like to welcome Happy Autumn. If you would like to donate disinfecting wipes, disposable children’s masks and disinfecting sprays to our class, we will greatly appreciate it! This will help us keep away the germs. Please include a few extra clean masks in your child’s backpack daily as we sometimes need to switch to a clean mask on the chance that they get dirty or wet.

Thank you for your help and cooperation.

Mrs. Jennifer & Miss Hayden

 

ROOM 104:  Wow!  It’s already October!  We will be learning about fall leaves, spiders, pumpkins and bats. Halloween stories and songs will be part of our curriculum this month too!  We have been practicing our earthquake and fire drills.  In October, we will be decorating our room for Open House. Our virtual Open House is on Wednesday Oct. 20th, EPCC pumpkin patch is Friday, October 22nd, Halloween sing along, trick or treating and class parties are on Friday, October 29th, all the videos of these events will be send home on class DOJO. Please remember to send a Ziploc bag with extra clothes labeled with your child’s name to stay in their cubby. Thursday and Friday is our share day. If you would like to donate disinfecting wipes, disposable children’s masks and disinfecting sprays to our class, we will greatly appreciate it! This will help us keep away the germs. Please include a few extra clean masks in your child’s backpack daily as we sometimes need to switch to a clean mask on the chance that they get dirty or wet.

Thank you for your help and cooperation. :)

Mrs. Silva & Mrs. Sossi

 

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 be learning about Fall, spiders, bats, skeletons, owls, pumpkins and witches.  Ask your little goblins about our “spooky town.”  This will surely put you in a Halloween fright!  Our “Featured Family” project has begun.  The children really enjoy sharing their pictures and talking in great detail about their own special family. Our virtual Open House is on Wed., October 20th, EPCC pumpkin patch is on Friday, October 22nd, Halloween parade, trick or treating and class parties are on Friday, October 29th. A video of all these events will be posted on class DOJO. If you would like to donate disinfecting wipes, disposable children’s masks and disinfecting sprays to our classroom we will greatly appreciate it. Please include a few extra clean masks labeled with your child’s name on it in your child’s backpack daily as we sometimes need to switch to a clean one. Thank you :)

Mrs. Wall, Miss Dulce & Miss Chloe

 

ROOM 106: October is here!!! This month we will talk about our feelings and help our youngest friends learn how to express themselves. We can’t wait to start our fall and Halloween art projects. We will be singing lots of Halloween songs. Our virtual Open House is on October 20th. Halloween parade, the class party and trick or treating will be on Friday, October 29th a video will be posted on class DOJO. Remember to check your child’s backpack for important papers and projects that are sent home.  Also, please bring extra clothes including socks and extra shoes and please label everything. If you would like to donate disinfecting wipes, disposable children’s masks and disinfecting sprays to our class, we will greatly appreciate it! This will help us keep away the germs.

Please include a few extra clean masks with your child’s name on it in your child’s backpack daily as we sometimes need to switch to a clean mask on the chance that they get dirty or wet. Classroom photo updates will be posted on class Dojo everyday. Trick or treat!!!

Mrs. Karine & Mrs. Shahla

 

PEEKING OVER THE FENCE WITH MRS. GAEL:  Our annual EPCC “Playground Pumpkin Patch” will again be modified this year. On Friday, October 22nd each class will experience a “pumpkin hunt” during their scheduled outdoor time. Each child will select their “perfect” pumpkin to take home. We will have decorations galore and some festive, Covid 19 appropriate activities!!!

 

AFTER NAP: October is here, and we are happy to see how fast the children are adjusting. Our October theme will be Halloween and Fall.  We will be busy learning new songs and dance moves, lots of arts and crafts such as spiders, ghosts, bats, Jack-O-Lanterns, masks etc.  Leaves are falling and the weather is cooling.  Please provide your children with jackets, extra clothes, socks and pair of shoes.  Don’t forget to label all their belongings to avoid any confusion. Be sure to check out our art boards in the hallways, as they are full of beautiful art work handmade by your little artists.  Thanks!

Miss Hayden, Miss Chloe, Miss Vianey, Miss Katie, Mrs. Narine, Miss Lucia & Miss Paula