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DATES TO REMEMBER:

Tues., Jan. 2 – Tuition due.

Tues, Jan. 2 – REGULAR SCHOOL SCHEDULE RESUMES.

Tues., Jan. 2 – JAM for Preschoolers.

Mon., Jan. 10 – Parent Volunteer Group meeting, 9:15 a.m. in room 204.

Mon., Jan. 15 – SCHOOL CLOSED for Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday.

Tues., Jan. 16 – JAM for Preschoolers.

Sat., Jan. 20 thru Mon., Jan. 22 – CPK Encino Fundraiser Lunch and / or Dinner. Dine in or take out. 11:00 – 10:00 p.m. Don’t forget to bring your flyer.

Wed., Jan. 24 – SNOW DAY.

Sat., Jan. 27 – Parent/Teacher Conferences. Look for sign-up sheets in your child’s classroom.

Fri., Feb. 2 – SCHOOL CLOSED for staff planning and in-service day.

Tues., Feb. 6 – JAM for Preschoolers.

Mon., Feb. 19 – SCHOOL CLOSED for President’s Day.

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

CONGRATULATIONS CHANTAL WALL EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH- Mrs. Wall is our hardworking, creative, patient and down and dirty 5-day a week, 3 year old teacher. She is equally loved by her present and past students. They all want to come back and visit her after they move on. Mrs. Wall has passion for teaching; it is one of her priorities to keep the activities in her classroom creative and fun. She is an excellent role model to all. She has been working at E.P.C.C. for more than 38+ years!!! Mrs. Wall is married and has 2 daughters Christine and Tiffany and 3 grandchildren Luc (21), Marc (17) and Rachel (15) who all attended E.P.C.C. when they were little. Mrs. Wall enjoys gardening and walking and she collects Santa’s. Some of her favorites are: Shopping at Nordstrom, Christmas, the color green, tea, wine and roses. Mrs. Wall enjoys eating at Maria’s Italian Kitchen. For dessert, she likes Mrs. Trapani’s lemon cake, brownies and chocolate chip cookies. We are so lucky to have Mrs. Wall as part of our team you are an asset to our program. Thank you, Mrs. Wall for all your hard work; you inspire us with your warmth, style and charm.

FROM THE DIRECTORS:

WELCOME BACK: We hope everyone is well and rested after a very busy holiday season. The teachers are ready to start the New Year with lots of great activities. We are off to a terrific start with so much to do and learn!

Our Email Address is:

epccdirectors@gmail.com

TAX I.D. # - 95-1831056

FRIENDS OUTSIDE: A very special thank you to all who donated gifts to “Friends Outside.” Your generous spirit helped make the holidays special for so many children.

SNOW DAY: On Wed. Jan. 24th we will have 12 tons of snow blown into our play yard. Please send your child in snow clothes, waterproof clothes and bring an extra set of dry clothes.

Please note your child does not have to have snow clothes to participate, they can participate wearing their regular clothes; please remember to send extra clothes to change them into dry clothes after enjoying the snow.

CONFERENCES: Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from approximately

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. We host conferences on a Saturday to better accommodate those parents who cannot participate in a weekday conference as well as to keep us from being short staffed when conferences are in session. Sign-up sheets are posted in the classrooms. Parent/teacher conferences are so important – this is your chance to hear about your child’s progress in school as well as bring up any concerns you may have. Kindergarten readiness will be discussed as well as placement for the upcoming school year. Your prompt arrival at your conference is vital. If you are late you will have to reschedule at the teachers’ convenience. PLEASE DO NOT BRING CHILDREN TO YOUR CONFERENCE, AS THIS IS YOUR TIME EITHTHE TEACHERS.

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.”

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.

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.

EPCC WEBSITE: Please be sure to check out our website epcckids.info for up to date information regarding school events and activities.

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!

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

EXTRA CLOTHES: Please check your child’s cubby or backpack for an appropriate change of clothing. Be sure to label any extra items your child keeps at school.

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 2018!

KINDERGARTEN: Our kindergarten class continues to fill for the

2018- 2019 school year. If you are interested in learning more about this exceptional program, please contact Cathleen or Anie.

REGISTRATION: We are currently touring new students for the 2018-2019 school year. If you know of anyone who is interested in our school, please have them call as soon as possible to schedule a tour. Siblings of currently enrolled students do not need a tour. You will have a priority registration date in late February.

PARENT VOLUNTEER GROUP MEETING: On Wed., Jan.10 at 9:15 a.m. we will have a parent volunteer group meeting to discuss upcoming events for the spring. Please join us to help plan some fun events for our school and families.

THANK YOUS:

To all who donated so generously to our classrooms during this holiday season; and to all of you for your tremendous support throughout the year. We are so fortunate to have such thoughtful, generous families.

Happy, Healthy New Year.

Cathleen & Anie

TEACHER TALK:

ROOM 101: Happy New Year and welcome back! A special thank you to all the families who donated so generously to our classroom during the holidays. We will be starting off the New Year with our own New Year’s Resolutions. We will be baking warm snacks, talking about winter, penguins, dinosaurs and their habitats. We will be conferencing individually with you by appointment on Saturday,

Jan. 27. If you haven’t already, please sign up for an appointment with us as soon as possible. We encourage everyone to attend our Kindergarten readiness conference. With the cooler weather, please be sure your child has appropriate clothing in his/her cubby. We are ready to start the New Year off with a bang!

Mrs. Geni & Miss Jessica

ROOM 102: Happy, Happy 2018! We have had so much fun in 2017, how can things possibly get better? A very special thank you to all of our families for your generosity during the holiday season … We feel so lucky and blessed to work with such a great families. In January, you will see us exploring winter weather, learning about penguins, polar bears, and more. The conference sign-ups are now posted on our parent board. We encourage everyone to sign up for a conference as this gives us the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress in detail. Please be sure to check your child’s supply of extra clothes to make sure they are appropriate for the weather. Remember to sign in and out everyday. Thank you again for your

generosity and support throughout the year.

Have a very happy 2018!

Mrs. Asma & Ms. Antonela

ROOM 103: As we welcome a new year, we want to thank all of our parents for your generosity and hope your holidays were joyous. We begin on a musical note as we invite EPCC alumni to introduce your children to more orchestral instruments. We have been learning the difference between strings, percussion, and winds. We will be doing a variety of exciting science experiments. We will wrap the month up learning about flags and geography as we prepare for the Winter Olympics. Listen for new words frosty, horizontal, vertical, scientific, and international. We look forward to seeing you all at conferences at the end of the month. We welcome this one on one time as an informative and helpful way for teachers to prepare your child for Pre-K. Here’s to a great start to 2018!

Mrs. Joanna & Mrs. Jennifer

ROOM 104: Happy, New Year! We hope your holidays were wonderful! We would like to thank all the families for their very generous gifts to us and our classroom. This month we will be learning about snow, arctic animals and lots more. Please make sure to sign up for parent teacher conferences on Saturday, Jan. 27th, it’s our time to talk with you in detail about your child’s progress and development. Thank you all again, for your generosity and we wish you all a very Happy New Year.

Mrs. Silva & Mrs. Sossi

ROOM 105: Happy New Year to all our families and a warm welcome back. Thank you for your very generous donations to our classroom and to us. Your gift will help us acquire great learning materials for the children. A special thank you to: Mary Hill our room mom, for her dedication and hard work for room 105. We truly appreciate your support. This month we will be exploring winter and the Artic and how people and animals survive extreme weather conditions. We will talk about hibernation, ice, snow, icicles and icebergs. We will paint with ice cubes and pine boughs, decorate ice castles and build a 3-dimentional snowman for our classroom and we will also make prints in the snow. Most of all, we will enjoy each other’s company. Please make sure to sign up for parent teacher conferences on Saturday, Jan. 27th. Please take a moment to welcome Harrison Woodlief, Ailish McKenna and Benjamin Wagner to our room!!! Just a reminder regarding our Mother’s Day shoe project. Please keep one of your child’s old shoes when you are ready to buy a new pair, and don’t forget to sign for conference at the end of the month.

Mrs. Wall & Ms. Annie

ROOM 106: HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome back, we hope your holidays were wonderful. Thank you for your generosity during the holiday season. We are starting the New Year by transforming our room into a winter wonderland, snow scenes, polar bears, penguins…it will be so much fun! The conference sign-ups are now posted on our parent board. Please make sure to sign up for parent teacher conferences on Saturday, Jan. 27. Please take a moment to welcome Marco Cabigon, Ava Simovich, Joseph Shields, Yui Chin and Duvall Duncan to our room!!! Please Please make sure to sign-up for snacks, our friends are so hungry after playing outside…we now have 14 kids for snack. Please make sure your child has warm extra clothes during this chilly weather.

Mrs. Karine & Mrs. Shahla

PEEKING OVER THE FENCE WITH MRS. GAEL: Some of the children are putting together 2018 Time capsules featuring their favorite things. When the time capsules come home, encourage your child to add special treasures from home to their time capsule. Won’t it be fun when they open these up years from now! Be sure to check the hallway between rooms102 & 103 for our ever-changing displays of original “ART FROM THE YARD!”

AFTER NAP: HAPPY NEW YEAR! Happy New Year! We are excited to welcome 2018 with open arms and all the joy it will bring. At art time we will be creating our very own snowmen, polar bears and penguins. We will be reading amazing stories and singing fun winter related songs. Please make sure your child has their name labeled on their jackets, toys etc. Also, please make sure to take everything out of your child’s basket every day. Have a warm and wonderful January.

Mrs. Eva, Mrs. Salma, Miss Rachel, Miss Lucia, Miss Darby,

Miss Amanda and Miss Hayden

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