March 9, 2020

    Hello ECC Families! As a reminder, along with the email I sent a bit earlier, please remember tomorrow, Tuesday, March 10, is a Voting Day and BPS has a bond proposal on the ballot. The bond proposal up for consideration would provide funding for brick-and-mortar improvements and enhancements and cannot be used for salaries and benefits. The bond proposal seeks to keep general fund dollars focused on the classrooms, while dedicating bond funds to vital capital needs throughout the District. If approved, the annual debt millage is expected to remain at or below the annual debt millage of 3.80 mills levied in 2019. The bond proposal authorizes the issuance of $195 million of bonds over 3 series through 2026. We hope that you’ll head to the polls on March 10, bring a friend or neighbor, or bring a new voter with you! If you have a new voter in your household, or if you haven’t registered to vote yet, learn how to register www.Michigan.gov/vote. Learn more about the bond proposal at https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/bond2020.


    March is Reading Month!

    March is recognized, nationally, as Reading Month! Even though we certainly believe every month is a reading month, we annually join others in celebrating! Your class newsletters have had details about activities going on this month! It’s been great to see all the guest readers arriving every day to read to classes! Please be sure to continue to read to your child every day! This daily focus has benefits that include spending individual time with your child, exposing them to rich literature, practicing early learning concepts like noticing letters and words in books, as well as talking about the storyline, characters and predicting what will happen next! Reading with your child every day is one of the single most important activities you can do to enhance their learning and success in school. Reading all types of books builds your child's background knowledge, enhances vocabulary and teaches them that written words have meaning and give messages to others. The rewards of reading are endless.


    Mother Goose Visit

    Speaking of reading...Nursery rhymes aren’t just for babies! They are so valuable to practice and repeat over and over with young children. "Mother Goose" came to visit last week! We love her program! In full costume and complete with her goose puppet, named Gander, she spent time with each class and practiced nursery rhymes and sang songs. Students loved interacting with her and also ‘acting out’ some of the rhymes. Hopefully you have heard your little one singing and rhyming! The ability to hear sounds in language, which first starts with the ability to rhyme, is a precursor to learning to read.


    I Can Read Board

    Annnnd speaking of reading and early literacy skills…Please stop to see the I Can Read Board in the “4s” hallway. Students in these classes have been collecting “environmental print” for the board. Environmental print includes logos, store packaging labels, symbols, etc of familiar stores, products, brands, etc. It is one of the first things that young children “read.” As children stop at the board, encourage them to read to you—including toddlers! The purpose of this activity is to promote early literacy. Also, when children begin to see themselves as a reader, it helps develop confidence. That confidence helps as they build their skills later in reading words. You can extend this learning at home as you encourage your child to read these familiar words and symbols. Shopping at the grocery store gives great opportunity for this practice! ***Also since we still have more room, if your child (any age!) wants to bring something they can “read” to put up on the board, please bring it to the office and we will add it!!


    Classroom Newsletters

    Please be sure to open and take a few minutes to read your child’s weekly classroom newsletters. Our teachers take extra time to write these so they can share activities they are doing during the week, and WHY. Also included are important dates for events like guest reader, field trips, etc. An added bonus are pictures of children doing the activities from the week! Also, so you are aware of what to watch for, the email “sender” will be T-Midvale and then the classroom name. The Duck’s classroom newsletter is sent directly from Ms. Elizabeth.


    April  Break  Week  (April 6-9) –please remember Ducks and Penguins have no school

    If you have enrolled your child for April break, you have already been billed through School Care Works. If you did not see this charge added to your account, we do not have your child enrolled. If this does not match your records, please call or email Nicole ASAP.


    Registration for Summer 2020

    Summer registration is open! An information email and forms were emailed to families last week. Flyers are hanging near classrooms, and in the office. We will open spaces for non-ECC families soon!  


    Art Show! Sunday, June 7, 2020

    Hopefully you’ve added the date to your calendars for our school-wide Art Show! Classrooms have been busy creating individual as well as community art pieces for display and purchase! Mrs. Ker and her team have been working hard on all the preparations! Please click here to see the flyer invitation. This is a wonderful event, held at the BBAC, in full art-gallery style! Please plan to enjoy the afternoon with us, as your child shares their masterpieces!


    Parenting Tidbit:

    Well….with all this talk about reading…I cannot say enough how important it is to read to your child every day. Reading alphabet books is an excellent way to expose and introduce letters to your child. Books that have one letter on each page with pictures of items corresponding to that letter sound provide good experiences into letter and sound knowledge. Children usually learn the letters in their name first. See if you and your child can find their letters in the books that you read. Begin to look at upper as well as lower case letters. Look for interesting alphabet books as you visit the library together! Other great books to look for are those with a rhyming text. As you read and re-read books, omit the last word in the sentence and see if your child can name the missing rhyming word! Wordless picture books are a great way to help your child tell stories, too! As they read the pictures, they can develop the story line, names of characters and create the ending to the story!! Goodnight Gorilla is a popular wordless picture book that we read here often J


    Thanks for taking the time to read through this month’s newsletter!

    Have a great afternoon!