Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Great School Escapes, Snapping Turtles and Tons of New Staff!

Happy Tuesday everyone! Our Fall programs are in full swing. Using Good Sense, our first Great School Escape of the semester takes place next Monday and is completely full! We're going to have a great time exploring the 5 senses that we share with other animals and other senses that some animals have that we don't. Our October 15, October 16, and November 30 Great School Escapes only have a few spots left. So, sign those kiddos up now!

In other news, a snapping turtle was spotted on our trails last week. When I heard this I was so jealous. I have worked here for six years now and have never seen a turtle on our property - beaver, muskrats, deer, coyote, and the ever-elusive stray cat family, but never a turtle! It's time to hit the trails by the river and put my turtle-detecting skills to work!

Parents, you may have noticed some new faces at the ELC lately. We have eleven new staff members on board this year! More than half of our previous staff graduated in the spring, so Brett and I had to go on a hiring spree. Rosemary, Alysse, Ally, Carolyn, Emily, Priscilla, Gemara, and Veronica have joined our program staff. Collin and Sean have joined our maintenance/volunteer management staff. In addition, graduate student, Kate, is our new Diversity Outreach Coordinator. These new folks will be learning the ropes from our returning staff members - George, Hayes, Tommy, Brittany, Joanna, and Fumie. As always, the ELC has attracted the best and the brightest in our college (and even a few from some other colleges on campus).

Enjoy the rest of your week!

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