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Dear ELC Families,
As we wrap up Fall Quarter I look back on all the
wonderful things that we have shared with the children
Parent Conferences— Sharing memorable
milestones and learning more about your child.
Hay Ride— BC grounds crew set up a tractor pulled
trailer and treated the preschoolers to a fun morning
with a hayride and then some hot cocoa to warm our
ELC Fall Family Night— Sharing and visiting with
families and teachers and eating some yummy
Japanese Teachers— Visiting and learning about the
American way of preschool and sharing their culture
I am happy to announce that we have New Teachers
joining our team! Dee Sales has been working with
Lisa-Ann in T2. Mackenzie Swenson will be teaching
in the T-5 classroom with Delaney starting Dec. 9th.
Our Assistant Teacher Wendy Wright has been
promoted to a Lead Teacher in the infant room. Read
more about their talents as well as the exciting
activities that are going on in your child’s classroom.
As we move into winter quarter, a reminder that in case of
inclement weather the ELC will follow the closure status of
Bellevue College. If the ELC closes due to the weather
you can find out by calling the center, a recording will be
on the ELC voicemail, you can check the BC website and
watch the local news. Sign up for RAVE Alerts. (more info
on pg. 3)
We all have “break” calendars that are slightly different.
However you spend the break you have, I hope you are
safe, healthy and enjoying whatever time you have to
Dates to Remember:
Early closure at
Please be in the
building by 4:00 to
pick up your child.
Sign-up in the front
No BC Classes
First Day of Winter Quarter ELC OPEN
Introducing New Toddler Teachers:
Hello ELC Families,
I have had the privilege of teaching in the T2 classroom. I
have been teaching in Montessori and Immersion class-
rooms for the past 30 years and have a specialty in music
for children ages infants – 6 yrs old. My music certifica-
tions and sources are Musikgarten and Feierabend, which
introduce simple folk songs and folk tales to encourage
sharing in the early joys of singing and playing instru-
ments. I also have a music studio in Bothell, WA.
My Bachelor Degree is from the University of North Texas,
with past residences in Texas, Arkansas, California
(Monterrey and LA) and finally here in beautiful Seattle,
Washington, where we have lived for the past 18 years.
We are also a previous Air Force family. Our extended
family resides from Montreal to Costa Rica, so we enjoy
travelling to visit all of them.
I am enjoying getting to know your children and the fami-
lies of the ELC and the great teachers I get to work with
daily. I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you!
Dear Bellevue College, ELC Families,
I am going to be teaching in the toddler room and I am de-
lighted to be joining this amazing community.
I’m originally from Spokane, Washington but lived in
Indiana for 13 years where I earned my Bachelor degree
in Early Childhood Education from Ball State University. I
am so excited to be moving back to Washington where I
can continue working with children and developing young
minds! I look forward to meeting you all and creating
lasting relationships with you and your children.
A few of my favorite things:
Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite Animal: Moose and English Bulldog
Favorite Children’s Book: If You Give a Moose a Muffin
Favorite Hobbies: Hiking and reading
Favorite Sport: Football (Go Seahawks!)
Favorite Treat: Black Raspberry Chip Ice cream
For the last three years I served as a teacher
of infants and young toddlers at an
Army Child Development Center where I
earned a Child Development Associate
credential. I recently moved back to my
hometown of Issaquah to be near friends and
family. I have been an assistant teacher at the
ELC in the infant room for the past 3 months
and have enjoyed every minute of it.
I realize that everything infants and toddlers do
is a learning experience, so it is my heartfelt
desire to make a lasting contribution towards
each child’s future learning success. My
intention is to be here for a long time, so I look
forward to getting to know all of you.
Introducing New Infant Teacher: Wendy Wright
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process independently. There is a sign up at the ELC front desk so that we can submit
this list to the College’s Public Safety office and they can add your information manually
into the RAVE system.
Infant 1 & 2 Teachers: Mahboobeh, Brian, Tiffany & Wendy
What's New in the Infant Room?
Mahboobeh - firstname.lastname@example.org *Brian - email@example.com
Tiffany - firstname.lastname@example.org
Specialist for Infants and T1 : Linda Boyd
There is constant exploration and discovery going on in the
We setup the environment so that the
infants can safely investigate with new
materials rotated in and out. This keeps up
the discovery and interest of finding
something new and different things in the
Sound discovery happens all the time as the
children test different objects with slaps and
claps to create different noises.
The drum and xylophone are very
For the fall season, we brought
some gourds and a pumpkin into
the classroom. This brings in some
nature and science discovery
(they are cleaned everyday).
The children are constantly discovering their
increased mobility and are always practicing,
whether it be crawling through a tunnel,
pulling themselves up into a standing
position, or exploring around the playground.
Come discover with us!
What's New in the T-1 Classroom?
T-1 Teachers: Liliana, Marina & Wendy
Marina - email@example.com *Liliana - firstname.lastname@example.org
Specialist for Infant and T1 : Linda Boyd
We have been bringing more sensory activities in the classroom this month. We
set up the sensory table in the classroom and put in some fun objects for the
children to explore.
Recently, we put pinecones and leaves in the sensory table . The children used
shovels to scoop them up and drop them in the box. Some children stirred
leaves and others scooped them up and put them in a bowl. They grabbed
dried leaves with their hands and squished them to feel the crispness of the
We noticed that the children enjoy pulling tape
and papers off the wall so we started an activity of peeling paper off the
wall. For this activity we attached contact paper to the wall, sticky side
facing out. The children stuck pieces of tissue paper to the contact
paper and then peeled it off of the sticky paper. It is amazing to see the
amount of concentration that sticking and peeling paper requires.
Well we provided the children with an opportunity to explore the stickiness of contact paper and the
texture of tissue paper it also encouraged the children to practice their hand-eye coordination and fine
What have the T2 Toddlers been learning?
Teachers: Lisa-Ann, Dee & Joshua
Lisa-Ann - email@example.com & Dee - firstname.lastname@example.org
Specialist for Toddler Rooms: Vanessa Von Papp
We are enjoying the excitement of the Fall season!
We have been exploring leaves: coloring them, crunching them,
and observing the differences between leaves. We made a big leaf
picture that we hung on the wall between our classroom wall
trees. We even danced, “Dance of the Leaves” using scarves. The
song musically depicts the wind blowing leaves off trees and onto
the ground. We are very good at flowing with the music and lying
still on the ground during the slow music. That’s pretty amazing
since we do not move slowly or stay s