SEPTEMBER 2022 NEWSLETTER

DATES TO REMEMBER:


Thurs., Sept. 1 TUITION IS DUE.

Fri., Sept. 2 & Mon., Sept. 5– CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY

Wed., Sept. 7– First Room Parent/Parent Volunteer Group meeting at 9:15 a.m. in room 201.

Thurs., Sept. 15 – McDonalds Fundraiser 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dine in or Take out.

Mon., Sept. 19 & Tues., Sept 20 – Picture Days with Julie Lilly Photography.

Sat., Oct. 1 – TUITION IS DUE.

Wed., Oct. 5 – Room Parent/Parent Volunteer Group meeting at 9:15 a.m. in room 201.

Fri., Oct. 7 – School Closed for Staff In-Service.

Wed., Oct. 12 – The Stand Fundraiser 11:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. Dine in or Take out.

Wed., Oct. 19 – OPEN HOUSE 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. All are Welcome!

Fri., Oct. 21 EPCC’s Preschool PUMPKIN PATCH on our play yard. Every child will receive a pumpkin.

Mon., Oct. 24 – Fri., Oct. 28- SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR.

Fri., Oct. 28 – Halloween Parade in Fellowship Hall. 

                        Room 104, 105, 106 (9:10 a.m.-9:30 a.m.) Room 101, 102, 103(9:40 a.m.-10:00 a.m.)

Tues., Nov. 1 – TUITION DUE.

Wed., Nov. 2 – Fall ’23 Kindergarten sign ups begin.

Wed., Nov. 2 – Room Parent/Parent Volunteer Group meeting at 9:15 a.m. in room 201.                             

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

Fri., Nov 18 – Thanksgiving Feast 10:15 a.m. Fellowship Hall.

Wed., Nov. 23, Thurs., Nov., 24 & Fri., Nov 25 – SCHOOL CLOSED for Thanksgiving Holiday.

Thurs., Dec. 1 TUITION IS DUE.

Wed., Dec. 7 – Room Parent/Parent Volunteer Group meeting at 9:15 a.m. in room 201.

Mon., Dec 12 – Holiday Show in the Sanctuary. More info to come in Dec.

Fri., Dec. 16 – In Class Parties. 

Mon., Dec. 19 – Mon., Jan. 2 – SCHOOL CLOSED for Winter Break. 

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

 

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

CONGRATULATIONS: VIANEY PEREZ

OUR EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH Miss Vianey is our soft-spoken, hardworking, creative and patient “traveling” teacher. All the children know Miss Vianey because she helps in a different classroom every day. She is dedicated to always doing her best and is kind to everyone. She is a team player: and works well not only with the children, but also with the staff.  This is Miss Vianey’s third year at E.P.C.C. Miss Vianey’s favorites are: The colors red and black, shopping at Nordstrom, tulips and Christmas. She likes to collect candles and the restaurants she enjoys eating at are…The Cheesecake Factory, Wood Ranch and Chick-Fil-A. For dessert, she likes cheesecake and chocolate chip cookies. Thank you, Miss Vianey for all your hard work. You make the difference!

 

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: 

Cathleen Trapani M 9:00-6:00 TWTH 8:30-3:00 & Fri. 8:30-1:00.  Please feel free to come in during these hours to meet with me if you have any questions or concerns about our program.  Our Assistant Director,

Anie Kederian, is here M from 8:30-1:00, TWTHF from 9:00-6:00.

 

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.

 

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.

 

CPR: On Mon., June 6th the Children’s Center staff completed a re-certification course in CPR, FIRST AID, EPIPENS, INHALERS and BLOOD BORN PATHOGENS.

 

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 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.

 

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.

 

MCDONALD’S FUNDRAISER ENCINO:

We will have our first McDonald’s Fundraiser on Wednesday, September 15 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on the (Corner of White Oak and Ventura) Dine In, Take Out and Drive through. Family, friends and neighbors are welcome! McDonald will donate 20% of ALL sales from 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. back to E.P.C.C.

 

MRS. SCIARABBA’S CHILDREN’S LIBRARY:

 The Mrs. Sciarabba EPCC Library has been reorganized! Some of the areas you will find in the library are children’s books filed by the author’s last name, Disney books, Sesame Street books, Young Readers, and a new section of Pop-Up books. With the reorganization - comes new procedures. The library will now run on the Honor System. Simply borrow a book from the library and return it within 2 weeks, so that all our students can enjoy them. In consideration of others, when returning books, please return your book to the shelf where you found it. If you are uncertain where it goes, please place the book in the basket and one of the library volunteers will return it to the proper place. Happy Reading!

 

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.

 

SPECIAL THANKS:

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


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 make drop off and pick-ups quick as we are trying to have the least amount of contact possible so that we can continue to allow parents on our campus.

Also, please note our playground is not available for play after pick up. 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 washing hands, putting water bottle away and unpacking backpacks schedule. 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 every day, 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. Please label your child’s snack AM (for morning) and PM (for after nap) in either a Ziplock bag or separate container. We are constantly washing hands and toys so if you would like to donate some Clorox wipes or Lysol spray to our classroom, we would really appreciate it.

Thank you to Amanda Stromsborg (Will’s mommy), Julie Hoobler (Wesley’s mommy) and Sabrina Nowakowski (Peyton’s mommy) for volunteering as our Room parents.

Mrs. Geni & Ms. Jazmin

 

ROOM 102:  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 cooking 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.

Thank you to Karen Bayless (Chloe’s mommy), Jennifer Rawitch (Ariella’s mommy) and Reena Patel (Anika’s mommy) for volunteering as our Room moms. 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 youcircleheart

Mrs. Asma & Miss McKenna

 

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 is Friday. Books are welcome every day. 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 you to Donneta Marshall (Winter’s mommy) for volunteering as our Room mom. If you have any questions, please feel free to message us.

 Mrs. Jennifer & Miss Hayden

      

ROOM 104: We are getting to know each other, and making friends. We have been learning about families, friends, our five senses, and nursery rhymes. With fall here, we are learning all about the fall colors: red, orange, yellow and brown. We have two days to share toys: Thursdays and Fridays. Our classroom has also been practicing our earthquake and fire drills. Classroom photo updates will be posted on Dojo for you all to see the fun we are having in Room 104. Please bring a Ziploc bag with extra clothes labeled with your child’s name to stay inside their cubby and please label your child’s snack AM (for morning) and PM (for after nap) in either a Ziplock bag or separate container. We are so excited for all the fun to come this year! 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 you to Lori Hovsepyan (Talia’s mommy) for volunteering as our Room mom.

Mrs. Silva & Miss Paula

 

ROOM 105It 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 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 Clorox wipes to our classroom, we would really appreciate it. Please label your child’s snack AM (for morning) and PM (for after nap) in either a Ziplock bag or separate container. Thank you to Julie Nicola (Isla’s mommy) for volunteering as our Room parent. Thank you. Smiling Face

Mrs. Wall & Mrs. Sossi

          

ROOM 106:  Wow! August is gone and we are off to a great start!  Everyone is adjusting well to the routine and seems happy and excited to be in school.  During this month we will continue getting to know our little friends. Our manners week will teach our friends about sharing, taking turns and the importance of using “please” and “thank you”. In September, we

will be welcoming fall season. We have lots of activities and projects planned. We will be busy with arts and crafts. We will introduce our students to all the fun facts about apples and the letter A. Please remember to sign in and out every day, check your child’s backpack and bring extra clothes including socks and a pair of shoes. Thank you to Lana Wrentmore (Claires’s mommy) and Nazanin Saghafi (Darien’s mommy) for volunteering to be our Room moms. Please label your child’s snack AM (for morning) and PM (for after nap) in either a Ziplock bag or separate container. If you would like to donate disinfecting wipes to our class, we would greatly appreciate it! This will help us keep away the germs. Thanks again for entrusting us with your child, as they are such a blessing to all our lives.Smiling Face

Mrs. Karine & Mrs. Shahla

 

PEEKING OVER THE FENCE WITH MRS. GAEL: 

We are so lucky to have such a large outside play ground to run, climb, pedal, dig sand, and use our OUTSIDE VOICES!

We also have a creative spot under the tree for coloring, painting, crafts and table top toys, this “Free play” time is so Great for socialization with our friends!

 

AFTER NAP:  Our summer break is over and it’s Back to School but the fun has just begun! We are pleased to welcome all our returning children, as well as, all our new ones to our daycare program. We teachers are excited to have the opportunity to teach, guide and encourage the development of each child physically, socially and emotionally. We will be getting to know one another, learning songs, dances, games all while we are helping to build healthy and strong relationships. Each afternoon we will be exercising our muscles while playing on our beautiful yard and expressing our creativity with a lot of arts and crafts. While the weather is still warm, the children may play with a bit of water so please be sure to pack extra clothes, socks and a pair of shoes. Lastly, please label all of your child’s belongings. Thank you, for your cooperation.

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