April 8, 2019  

    Hello ECC Families! 

    Today was the first day of "Week of the Young Child," an annual celebration hosted by The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to spotlight early learning, young children, their teachers, families and communities. This initiative is a local, state and national campaign aimed at bringing attention to young children and their families and the importance of high-quality programs and early childhood educators that support them. First launched nationally in 1971, this special week recognizes tht early childhood years (birth through age 8) establish the foundation for children's success in school and later in life.


    You might remember NAEYC is the organization with whom we are proud to be accredited. Each day this week is a special theme and each class has planned special activities. Some classes will be combining with others to do projects/cook/play together! Watch for details in your classroom newsletter. I will be posting pictures on Twitter using #WOYC19 to highlight how our school is celebrating. You can find me on Twitter by searching @LauraMTinsley.


    Here are the daily themes:

    Music Monday

    Tasty Tuesday

    Work Together Wednesday

    Artsy Thursday

    Family Friday


    Today, for Music Monday, many classes created musical instruments and played them to classroom favorite songs. The Brown Bears and Raccoons experimented together with different types of drums! The toddlers joined together for a Dance Party, complete with dancing to their favorite song, "Baby Shark!" (which I've been singing it in my head all afternoon!) Please watch your classroom newsletter at the end of the week for highlights of other activities.


    Hearing & Vision Screening

    The Oakland County Health Department will beon site to conduct hearing and vision screenings for children in the Kangaroo, Raccoon and Owl classrooms. Children in the Duck class who are entering kindergarten in the fall will also be screened. Please review the schedule carefully. If your child does not regularly attend school on Mondays or Tuesdays, please plan to have them assessed at your pediatrician's office, the health department, or to come in to our school during the morning of either date. After both screening dates are completed, we will send home the documents you will need for kindergarten registration.

    Hearing Screening: April 15 & 16

    Vision Screening: April 22 & 23


    Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Conferences are coming up! Please watch your classroom newsletter for sign up information for conferences, which are during the week of April 29. These are 20-minute meetings with your child's teacher to review your child's growth over the year! You'll receive a report generated from documentation the classroom team has been collecting all school year. We look forward to meeting with you!


    Autism Awareness

    Autism Awareness Day was April 2, 2019, over the break week, and April is Autism Awareness Month. You may see staff members wearing special shirts to recognize this important initiative. One of our BPS district teachers quoted beautifully, "Most people are aware of Autism. It's time to accept autism. Accept individuals impacted by autism no matter where they are on the spectrum. Care enough to question, understand enough to advocate, invest enough to celebrate." ~ Briona McKinney, ASD teacher


    Jam & Jelly Drive

    Hopefully you saw my earlier email today highlighting our partnership with NEXT, our senior center neighbors. Together we are collecting Peanut Butter & Jelly to donate to the Lighthouse of Oakland County. Please note, ECC is collecting the Jam & Jelly---no peanut butter please! We will have a donation table in the lobby. Thank you for your support!!!


    Enjoy the bright sunshine and warm weather before #TrueMichigan sets in and Mother Nature changes her mind!


    Laura Tinsley