FEBRUARY 2020 NEWSLETTER

DATES TO REMEMBER:

 

Mon., Feb. 3 – Tuition due.  A Late Fee of $25.00 will be applied after February 7th.


Tues. Feb. 4 – JAM for PS 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.


Wed., Feb. 5 – Parent Volunteer Group meeting, 9:15 a.m. upstairs in room 204.

 

Wed., Feb. 5 – Wed., Feb. 12 Summer and Fall registration begins for 2019-2020 school year for currently enrolled students.

 

Fri., Feb. 7 – SCHOOL CLOSED for staff planning day.

 

Tues., Feb. 11- Fri. Feb. 14- Michaelyn Straub photographer will be on site.

 

Wed., Feb. 12– Dr. Michelle To, DDS a pediatric dentist will share some information with your child about how to keep their teeth healthy at 9:30a.m.

 

Wed., Feb. 12 – McDonald’s Fundraiser from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Ventura & White Oak.  Dine In or Drive Through.

 

Fri., Feb 14 – Valentine’s Day Class Parties.

 

Fri., Feb. 14 – Summer /Fall 2019 registration for siblings of currently enrolled students.

 

Mon., Feb. 17 – SCHOOL CLOSED for President’s Day.

 

Tues. Feb. 18 – JAM for PS 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

 

Wed., Feb. 19 – Summer/Fall 2019 registration for siblings of EPCC alumni.

 

Mon., Mar. 2 – Summer & Fall registration open to the public 9:00 a.m.

 

Mon., Mar. 2 – Wed., Mar. 18 – Spring See’s Candies Fundraiser.

 

Wed., Feb. 19 – Spring Break sign- ups.


Sat., Mar. 21 Family Fun Day from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. More info to follow.

 

Wed., Apr. 25- See’s Candy Delivery.


EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

CONGRATULATIONS!!! ASMA MOHAMED

Mrs. Asma is our hardworking, friendly, loving 5-day a week PK teacher. Mrs. Asma  started working at E.P.C.C. since 2007. She is dedicated to giving her best and she shows kindness to all. She is married and has 2 children Mazia graduating High School this year and Fyaz (junior at Taft High School) who both attended E.P.C.C. when they were little. Some of Mrs. Asma’s favorites are: Thanksgiving, jasmine and roses, the colors white and black and shopping at Macy’s. Mrs. Asma’s hobby is trying new recipes. The restaurants she enjoys eating at are Cheesecake Factory and Veggie Grill. The desserts that Mrs. Asma likes are chocolate cake and chocolate chip cookies. Thank you, Mrs. Asma for all your hard work. We appreciate you!

 

FROM THE DIRECTOR: 

 

TAX I.D. # - 95-1831056

 

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.

 

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 24 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.  Let’s have a healthy 2019!

 

HEALTHY SNACKS AND LUNCHES: Please remember to sign up for snack approximately once each month in your child’s classroom.  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.  Thank you for your participation in our healthy snack program.  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.”

 

CONFERENCES:  Thank you to all of our families who participated in Parent/Teacher conferences on Saturday.  We hope you found your conference informative and helpful.

 

SNOW DAY: What fun!! On Wednesday, Jan. 29 the children had a blast playing in all that snow; we had 12 tons of snow blown onto our play yard. 

 

STAFF PLANNING DAY: On Fri., Feb. 7 the Preschool will be closed for our annual staff planning day and work day.  The teacher will be planning for the remainder of the school year and working in their classrooms.  Remember, no care will be available on Friday, February 7.

 

COMMUNITY HELPERS:  February is community helpers’ month.  During this time we welcome parents and family friends to come in and talk to the children about their jobs.  Doctors, dentists, police officers, fire fighters, musicians, artists, hairdressers and many others are welcome to come in and share their careers with the children.  If you enjoy an interesting hobby, please consider sharing that with the children as well.  Please let us know if you or a friend would be willing to spare an hour to share your time with the children.

 

KINDERGARTEN:  Our kindergarten class continues to fill for the 2020-2021 school year.  If you are interested in learning more about this exceptional program, please contact Cathleen or Anie.

 

REGISTRATION:  Please note the very important registration dates noted in this newsletter.  Registration packets have gone home.  We will register currently enrolled students first, siblings, siblings of EPCC alumni and then new students.  Remember, if your tuition is not up to date, you will be unable to register for the summer and fall.

 

HELP OUR SCHOOL GROW!!!

Recommend us to your friends. YOU receive $100.00 credit *toward your child’s tuition when your friend enrolls their child in our school.

*credit will be applied after 3 months of enrollment.

Be sure to have your friend write YOUR name on their child’s application as a referral so you can get the $100.00 credited to your account.

 

PARENT VOLUNTEER GROUP MEETING:  On Wed., Feb. 5 at 9:15 a.m. we will have a parent volunteer group meeting to discuss upcoming events for the spring. 

 

VALENTINE’S CARDS:  All children are encouraged to bring Valentine’s for their classmates on the day of the class party.  Please do not address or label the envelopes with your child’s friend’s names, just sign each card with your child’s name only. This makes passing out the cards so much easier.

 

EXTRA CLOTHES:  Please be sure that your child has extra clothes in his/her cubby or bag.  We often run out of school clothes because they are not returned when we lend them out.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.


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.

 

MRS. SCIARABBA’S CHILDREN’S LIBRARY:  Our library incentive program continues.  Take a few moments to check out some books with your child.  While you encourage a love of reading and instill a sense of responsibility within your child, he/she will earn a special certificate of recognition if one or more books are checked out by the end of each month.  We also have a wonderful selection of books for grown-ups too.  If you are looking for a book to read, check out our library!

     

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.

 

SPRING BREAK CARE:  This year school will be closed Fri., April 3 – Fri., April 10 for Spring Break.  Alternate care will be offered Mon., April 6 thru Thurs., April 9 at an additional cost of $60.00 per day.  Registration forms will be sent home beginning of February.  Sign-ups begin on Wed., Feb. 19.  Please note: We will be CLOSED on Fri., April 3 and Good Fri., April 10.

Cathleen & Anie

 

TEACHER TALK:

ROOM 101:  In February, you will see us working on our special Valentine’s Day projects.  We will need two forever stamps and a shoebox from each child by Monday, February 3rd.  Our Valentine’s Day party will be on Friday, February14.  Please have your child bring in 17 Valentines for his/her classmates.  We had a blast playing in the snow.  We will be finishing our dinosaur week this week.  We are continuing to work on following directions and problem solving simple tasks.  Later this month we will have a special 5-senses week.  We will work on some special projects and cook lots of fun food to help us learn about our senses.  A special thank you to all the parents who attended conferences.  We enjoyed the chance to share this important information about your child with you. 

Mrs. Geni & Ms. Jazmin

 

ROOM 102: The New Year has certainly started with a bang!  We have been so busy and have had so much fun learning about winter, snow, polar bears and penguins.  Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to participate in parent/teacher conferences.  We always enjoy the opportunity to share information about your child’s progress at school.  In February, we will learn about Valentine’s Day and how we can show our love to others.  We will also learn about eating healthy and staying healthy.  February is also Community Helper’s month. If you would like to come in and share your job with the children, please let us know.  Our Valentine’s Day party will be on Friday, Feb. 14.  A sign up sheet will be posted soon.  Please have your child bring 19 Valentines for the entire class.  Do not address the Valentines to each child.  Sign your child’s name on the card only. This makes it much easier to pass the cards out.  We will also need 2 forever stamps from each child by Tuesday, Feb. 4th for a special Valentine. Have a happy February!

Mrs. Asma & Ms. Antonela

 

ROOM 103: We are erupting with love in Room 103! We will begin with a study of Geology and make our own “volcanos.” We, of course, will experience an exciting eruption and locate various volcanos around the world on our map. As we prepare for Valentine’s Day, please have your child bring enough Valentine’s for each student (15) in the class. We will have our Valentine’s Day Party on Friday, February 14th. Room 103 will round out February with our study of endangered animals. We will discuss our role and how we can protect them. Be sure to check our world map for where to find these amazing creatures. Fun in 103! 

Mrs. Joanna & Mrs. Jennifer

 

ROOM 104:  Love is in the air in room 104.  In February, we will be talking about Valentine’s Day, love, feelings and Presidents’ Day.  We will continue building our small muscle skills by cutting with scissors.  We will also continue reviewing the alphabet and the sound each letter makes. Our Valentine’s Day party is on Friday, Feb. 14 at 10:30 a.m., a sign-up will be posted soon.  Please have your child bring 18 Valentines for the entire class.  Do not address the valentines to each child; sign your child’s name on the card and leave the envelope blank.  This makes it much easier for them to pass the cards out.  Have a wonderful February!!

Mrs. Silva & Mrs. Sossi

 

ROOM 105:  Valentine’s Day brings us the wonderful opportunity to explore what love and what sharing means to all of us and how warm those feelings make us feel deep inside.  We will listen to our hearts and learn about our circulatory system and how to keep our body healthy.  The children will need two forever stamps for a special valentine.  Watch for a unique surprise coming your way.  Please have your child bring 18 valentines for his/her friends for our party on Friday, Feb.14 at 10:30 a.m.  Put only your child’s name on the cards, do not address them.  We want to remind you to save one of your child’s shoes for our Mother’s Day project. Save the date!  Our Mother’s Day Tea will be Fri., May 8th at 11:00 a.m. in our classroom. Reminder: Once a week, send a note to school with your child stating an accomplishment that he/she achieved that has not come easily.  Our goal is to help foster the children’s self esteem and independence.

Mrs. Wall & Miss Dulce

     

ROOM 106:  Love is in the air!  Our Valentine’s Day party will be on Friday, February 14th at 10:30 a.m. Please send Valentine cards/treats signed by your child or you, but DO NOT label the envelopes.  A party sign-up sheet will be posted in our room or an e-mail will be sent soon!  After all the festivities we will take time and honor our Presidents, and talk about not so common community helpers. We will end the month with yet another party as we celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday!  An extra special thanks to all the parents for taking the time to conference with us.  We enjoy the opportunity to exchange information with you regarding your child. Thank you for consistently signing up to bring snacks, our friends are so hungry after playing outside. Please make sure your child has warm extra clothes during this chilly weather.

Enjoy your February.

Mrs. Karine & Mrs. Shahla

 

PEEKING OVER THE FENCE WITH MRS. GAEL:  This month we will paint, paint, paint, with big brushes, small brushes, no brushes, tempera color, water color and sometimes no color, just water!  On some days that aren’t too windy we will create a collage.  Look for our creations in the hall outside 102.

 

AFTER NAP:  As Valentine’s Day approaches we will be having lots of “LOVE” art.    During this month we will learn about our past Presidents with art projects and fun books.  Make sure to stop by our bulletin board in the hallway and check out our festive art.  Please make sure you label your child’s jackets and sweaters.  Have a happy February and stay warm!

Mrs. Eva, Mrs. Salma, Miss Amanda, Miss Vianey, Miss Hayden, Mrs. Michelle, and Miss Lucia