MARCH 2021 NEWSLETTER

DATES TO REMEMBER:

 

Mon., Mar. 1 – Tuition is due.  A Late Fee of $25.00 will be applied after March 7.

 

Mon., Mar. 1 – 9:00 a.m. Summer and Fall registration is open to the public.

 

Wed., Mar. 17 – Spring See’s Candies Fundraiser Ends.

 

Wed., Mar. 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Parties at snack time.

 

Tues., Mar. 23 – Spring See’s Candies Delivery.

 

Fri., Mar. 26 – Fri., Apr. 2 This year school will be closed for Spring Break.

 

Mon., May 31 – SCHOOL CLOSED for Memorial Day.

 

Fri., June 4 – Last day of the school year.  School CLOSES at 12:00 noon.

 

Mon., June 7 – Fri., June 11 – SCHOOL CLOSED for summer planning.  No alternate care available.

 

Mon., June 14 – Summer School begins.

 

Fri., Aug. 13 – Summer School Ends.

 

Mon., Aug. 16 – Fri., Aug. 20– SCHOOL CLOSED.

 

Mon., Aug. 23 – Fall 2021 - 2022 Pre-School begins. Orientation 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

 

Tues. Aug. 24 – Kindergarten school year 2021 – 2022 begins.

 

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

CONGRATULATIONS AMANDA KLESSIG

Miss Amanda is our hard working, wonderful, fun-loving and patient Kindergarten assistant teacher. Miss Amanda started at E.P.C.C. when she was 3 years old and continued through our afterschool summer camp until she graduated elementary school.  When Miss Amanda turned 16 years old she came back to work in our Afterschool Summer Camp and joined our Preschool teaching staff. This Spring, Miss Amanda is graduating with a BS degree from CSUN with a double major in both Criminal Justice and Psychology and is currently applying to graduate school. Miss Amanda loves Christmas, roses, the color blue, ice tea from Starbucks, shopping at Amazon.com and Target. Her hobbies include: sports, photography and reading. The restaurant she likes to dine in is The Cheesecake Factory and for dessert she likes funfetti cake, banana nut bread, sugar and chocolate chip cookies. We are so lucky to have Miss Amanda as part of our team. Thank you, Miss Amanda for all your hard work and for shining with us.

 

FROM THE DIRECTOR: 

 

TAX I.D. # - 95-1831056

 

REGISTRATION:  Did you remember to register for Summer & Fall 2021?   

 

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

 

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 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.

           

SPRING BREAK: This year school will be closed Fri., March 26 – Fri., April 2 for Spring Break.

 

HEALTHY SNACKS: March is National Nutrition Month. 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. 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.”

 

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.

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.

 

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

 

Thanks, Cathleen & Anie

 

TEACHER TALK:

ROOM 101:  February just flew by!  We had a great time with our dinosaur week. We even watched a volcano erupt. Thank you to all who helped with our Covid-19 Valentine’s Day party. The children’s boxes were full of love and treats. Hope you received your Valentine that was mailed to you. This month we will learn an Irish Blessing just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.  Please note – occasionally we will be giving the children “remembering homework”.  We only tell the children not the parents.  Notice the title “remembering homework”.  We will also work on our addresses and our phone numbers and we will even learn how/when to call 911 in an emergency.  Our bookworm is growing!!!  Keep bringing in those great books! 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. We hope everyone will have a great Spring Break. 

Mrs. Geni & Miss Chloe

 

ROOM 102:  Wow…March is already here, and we will start the month by celebrating

Dr. Seuss’ birthday.  We will be busy learning about St. Patrick’s Day, Spring, our home phone numbers as well as our home addresses.  Thank you, to all of our wonderful parents who contributed to our Valentines Day party it was fabulous!  Also, many thanks for all of our valentine cards and sweet treats. Please remember to bring extra change of clothes for your child daily and 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. Have a wonderful Spring.

Mrs. Asma & Miss Vianey

 

ROOM 103 It’s hard to believe spring is almost here! Our tricky friend, Lorcan O’Leary the Leprechaun, will be visiting 103. He is a little mischievous so be prepared for some silly stories. We will bake green pancakes for our St. Patrick’s Day celebration. We will start with some fun science experiments and Spring crafts. Sounds like a busy March. Thank you, parents for attending our zoom conferences. 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. Happy Spring!!! 

Ms. Jazmin & Miss Maryam

 

ROOM 104:  March is here!  This month we will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday, talking about Easter, bunnies and learning about art, paintings, famous artists and their masterpieces. Towards the middle of the month we will talk about spring, St. Patrick’s Day. We will be getting a visit from our friend Lucky O’Rainbow the Leprechaun.  Our St. Patrick’s Day party will be on Wednesday, March 17.  Don’t forget to dress your children in green!  We look forward to a beautiful month and hope the Leprechauns will bring us sunny warm weather and rainbows. Please take a moment to welcome Troy Hermandez and Aiden Boroujerdi and their families to our classroom!!!  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. Happy Spring!!!

Mrs. Silva & Miss Mari

 

ROOM 105:  March 16th we will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a scrumptious “Green Eggs and Ham” snack. Children can bring their favorite Dr. Seuss book and wear their PJ’s. We will draw colorful rainbows, beautiful shamrocks and will try hard to catch a Leprechaun. We will need your child’s shoe no later than April 12th, as it takes the children several days to finish this special gift.  We would like to give a special thank you to Jessica Pratt and Jennifer Grebow for being such an amazing room moms. Make sure that that your child wears green on our St. Patrick’s Day celebration on March 17. Please take a moment to welcome Dax Siragusa and his family to our classroom!!!  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.

Mrs. Wall & Miss Dulce

 

ROOM 106:  March is going to be a very busy month for our friends in room 106. We are going to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and St. Patrick’s Day. We will try to catch a leprechaun so he can show us where he hides his gold at the end of a beautiful rainbow.  Also, on March 17th we will have an all green snack to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Please take a moment to welcome Adler and Emmett Cole and their family to our classroom!!! 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. If anyone would like to donate Baby wipes to Room 106 it will be greatly appreciated we sure go through a lot of them. Happy Spring.

Mrs. Shahla & Mrs. Vanessa

 

PEEKING OVER THE FENCE WITH MRS. GAEL & MISS HAYDEN: As we spring into March … bugs, butterflies, blooms and birds will be our focus.  We will observe spring through art activities outside this month.  We will create caterpillar clips, wacky rainbows and more.