MARCH 2024


Dear Angie,

Happy March, families! Can you believe Spring is right around the corner? I think the kids really enjoyed the month of February, with creating valentines, and getting to play outdoors so much. We are looking forward to another fun month with all of you!


We are excited to share that we are a finalist for Best of 2024 in the Preschool category. Thank you for your support! Winners will be announced in June. You can see the list of finalists here. 


Be on the lookout for information about our Scholastic Book Fair! Dates and times are still in the works but getting more books into your homes and the classroom is so important! 


Last month we had a few families come in and share a read aloud about the Chinese New Year. If your family is interested in sharing anything special with your child’s class, please reach out to the teachers and we can make a date and time work. We love having families come in and share! 


Continue to dress for the weather! We have been so lucky to have a mild winter and going outside for fresh air has a great impact on the kids. Boots are great for wet/muddy days! 

Please press the green button when leaving the building. 😊 That let’s us know it’s a child leaving with an adult! 


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My family of four has gotten hooked on the game Code Names, and we try to get in a few sessions of play each week. Our daughters are 8 and 11, so I recognize that the days of them piling onto our bed to play a game may be short-lived; I am not taking this ritual for granted. The game itself is a fun mental challenge, but I also believe that the time together, away from work, homework, sports and, of course, screens, provides all of us with a sense of connection that forms the foundation of our family. And, importantly, this connection is a tool for building resilience in our children as they grow. 

Connection is one the seven “C”s of resilience, as developed by pediatrician Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D., MS Ed, FAAP:


Developing close ties to family and community creates a solid sense of security that helps lead to strong values and prevents alternative destructive paths to love and attention. You can help your child connect with others by:

  • Building a sense of physical safety and emotional security within your home 
  • Allowing the expression of all emotions, so that kids will feel comfortable reaching out during difficult times 
  • Addressing conflict openly in the family to resolve problems
  • Creating a common area where the family can share time (not necessarily TV time)
  • Fostering healthy relationships that will reinforce positive messages

Last night as we played, there was a disagreement about the rules that created some feelings of tension and frustration. Given the low stakes of the outcome, it was a good opportunity to practice allowing our daughter to express her emotions while working to calmly resolve the conflict. The space of connection allowed for a healthy response to the minor disagreement, and hopefully helped build skills for emotional expression and conflict resolution in the future.

Learn more about the 7Cs of resilience here:



2/29-3/31: Alice in Wonderland, Children's Theatre, Minneapolis

3/2: Kids' Film Fair 2024, Walker Art, Minneapolis

3/10: Härdsmälta Pond Skim and Festival, Hyland Hills, Bloomington

3/16: St. Patrick's Day Parade @12PM, Downtown Saint Paul

3/16: St. Patrick's Day Parade @6PM, Columbia Heights

3/17: An Irish Day of Dance, Landmark Center, Saint Paul

3/22-4/14: The Name Jar, Stages Theatre, Hopkins

3/23: Holi Celebration, Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis

3/23: Hot Dash & Kid’s Tater Trot, Minneapolis

Especially for Children - Eagan

3370 Coachman Road 

Eagan, MN 55121

(651) 452-0043

Center Directors

Marcia Ale and Sam Gort