Upcoming Dates to Remember
- Monday, February 2nd-The last day to turn in Little Caesar’s Fundraising Forms
- Tuesday, February 3rd- The 100th Day of School at ECKC!
- Thursday, February 12th- Valentine’s Day Celebration for Kindergarten and Kindergarten Enrichment classes.
- Friday, February 13th- Hilliard City Schools are Closed. ECKC will be open for Drop In Care.
- Monday, February 16th- ECKC will be CLOSED for our In-Service Day.
- Tuesday, February 17th- Hilliard City Schools will be Closed. ECKC will be open for Drop In Care.
- Wednesday, February 25th- BSLF Family Game Night will be held at Kids’ Campus from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
In the case that Franklin County is ever under a level 3 weather emergency, Enchanted Care will close. If you are ever in question, you can check ABC6 News and listen to 97.9 WNCI for confirmation. We will also work our best to update our website in the event this happens.
If schools are closed, and the county is not under a level 3 weather emergency, Enchanted Care will remain open for care. Please be sure to arrive early in the morning or call to get your name on the list to reserve your spot for the day. Attendance will be calculated on the number of staff we have scheduled to work on days like this.
What to Expect This Month!
Hilliard has three days that they are closed for school; February 13th, 16th and 17th. We will provide Drop In Care on the 13th BUT, we are closed on Monday, the 16th for our In-Service Day. Sign-up sheets are posted on the front door for the 13th and 17th. If your child will be attending those days, please be sure to add in your drop in fee to your first February payment. Since we are closed on February 16th, please be sure to schedule alternative care as needed. We will return to normal business hours on Tuesday, the 17th.
Tuition is due on February 4th & February 18th of this month. Please remember to turn your payment in no later than 6 PM on the Wednesday of that week. If your payment is not received by that time, your account will be charged a $25.00 late fee. We offer an automatic withdraw program for your convenience.If you are interested, please see Ms. Kedra.
This Month in Kindergarten
Our school year has approached the 100th day of school! The Kindergarten students are celebrating this day in many different ways. Ms. O’Day and Mrs. Haskins have sent communications home regarding the 100th day of school to each kindergarten student. We are excited to celebrate this day with your child! We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on Thursday, February 12th. Sign-up sheets will be posted by the Library. Please see your Kindergarten teacher for details.
Our February In-Service day is scheduled for Monday, February 16th. As stated above, please be sure to find alternative care on this day. We will be focusing on the upcoming Summer Camp Program and all the new and exciting events and activities we are planning!
Summer Camp registration is just around the corner. I expect to have summer camp information by the end of February if not before. Keep your eyes and ears open for further information. Kindergarten registration for the 2015-2016 school year is under way. If you or someone you know needs information regarding our Kindergarten program, please let me know. Registration items for Kindergarten should be turned in by Friday, February 27th.
This will be held on Friday, February 27th this month. Don’t forget to enjoy some popcorn during pick up hours on this day!
News From Our Education Team
Learning About the Uses and Benefits of Technology
Children today have many opportunities to interact with technology for entertainment value and learning. Most often we think of children using computer technology, including handheld devices loaded with games, books, music and movies. In moderation, these devices can aid in children’s learning and development.
Within our academic curriculum, we involve children in activities and reflection on ways that technology can improve our understanding of the world around us, help us do our jobs, and make the world a better place. We help children see how the understanding of science and math moves technology forward, and that someday they too might create new and improved ways to do things.
Below are a few ways that we integrate technology in our classrooms and some ideas to try at home.
In the classroom: Beginning in our Intermediate program, students learn common technology vocabulary, such as mouse, keyboard and email. Students also explore the double meaning of verbs that describe online and offline activities, such as “tapping” and “surfing”.
At home: Dot. by Randi Zuckerberg is a great book to read with your child to continue the learning at home. Dot, the main character, is a tech savvy little girl who leaves her electronic devices at home while she taps, swipes and shares in the real world.
In the classroom: Teachers encourage our older preschoolers to use technology as a tool to express themselves. For example, students use a camera to take photos of seasonal changes outdoors and write what they observed in their journal. This activity promotes creativity and provides a fun opportunity to practice writing skills.
At home: Allow your child to explore his world using digital photography tools. Ask him to describe his photos and explain why he chose those objects or locations to photograph. Encourage him to use descriptive language and emotion vocabulary.
In summary, we provide numerous opportunities for children to explore technology in our classrooms. Through these activities, children become excited to use technology educationally, and are better prepared to use technology in elementary school and beyond.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD- Director of Early Childhood Education