Thursday, February 23, 2017

Looking for Something Fun to Do This Summer??

Westerville Parent Council's Summer Camp & Activities Expo is something you will definitely want to check out for summer opportunities!

Families will be able to meet one-on-one with representatives from more than 70 organizations around Ohio and beyond that offer exciting summer opportunities for children of all ages.
Registration for many camps will be available on-site.

Admission is FREE and open to the public.

The 2017 Expo will take place from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 
at Westerville North High School, located at 950 County Line Road.  

Hope to see you there!

Your Friend, 
The Polar Bear

Monday, February 6, 2017

Yeah Miss Julie!!

Check out this great photo of me posing with our very own Miss Julie and Roadrunner from The Harlem Wizards! 

He is in town with his basketball team to play against our staff team, the Wonders Of Westerville otherwise known as WOW! Teachers and staff from across the district will be there, coached by our own superintendent, John Kellogg!

This afternoon, Roadrunner stopped by the ELC and, we got to watch some of his fancy moves! It was super fun!

This is part of a fundraiser to support Libraries for Liberia.  More information about this event can be found at:

The game is TONIGHT, February 6th at Westerville Central High School.  Tickets are available at the door which opens at 5:30PM. Game time is at 6:30PM.

Let's go cheer for Miss Julie!

Sincerely, The Polar Bear

Friday, September 23, 2016

Come See My Friends at Fourth Friday, TONIGHT!!

I've been a busy bear preparing for tonight's Fourth Friday Event in Uptown Westerville!

My friends from the ELC will be in front of Hanby Elementary School starting at 6 PM, and I know they would love to talk to you!

We will have a few activities for our young friends, and will be available to answer questions about child development.  

Look at the great sign we made for our display!  My friend Matt helped with the picture on the flyer.  Isn't it beautiful?!?

Gotta Run!

The Polar Bear

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Apparently, We Are News Worthy!!

That's right!  I spent yesterday afternoon with reporters  - reporters who plan to feature our center in an up-coming issue of the magazine Westerville 365!!  

When they contacted us, I figured the focus of the story would be on my excellent writing skills.   (Yes, for a bear, my writing skills are extraordinary!) However, it turns out that the real story is the amazing staff, students, and families at the Early Learning Center! The more they talked to our team, the more they understood why our program earned a Five Star Step Up To Quality rating! 

I can't wait to read the article when it is published!!

Also, a quick reminder that our curriculum night will be held in our center from 6PM to 7PM tonight.  I hope to see you there!

The Polar Bear

Monday, August 8, 2016

Going Back to School Makes Me Hungry!

With all of this excitement, who wouldn't be hungry!  

And I'd certainly rather support the Early Learning Center than cook dinner!

So, I plan to download this flier and take it with me to Raising Cane's on Polaris Parkway tomorrow, August 9th between 11 AM and 9 PM.  When I do, Raising Cane's will donate 20% of the sale back to our PTA!

(and if I forget to print off the flier, I can show them the flier on my phone!)

I'll see you soon at the Early Learning Center!

The Polar Bear

Friday, July 29, 2016

This is an Event Not to be Missed!

Students in the Westerville City School District who will be riding a school bus for the first time this fall are invited, along with their parents or guardians, to attend the annual First Time Riders open house, which will be held at Whittier Elementary School from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 30. Whittier is located at 130 E. Walnut St. in Westerville.
At the event, sponsored by the district’s Transportation Department, pupils will have the opportunity to explore a school bus up close, learn about bus safety, ride a real school bus with their parents, learn about school bus mechanics through hands-on activities, and meet Buster the Bus. Those who are not first time riders, but are apprehensive about the school bus experience, are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Count Down Has Begun!

In just over a month, all of our Preschool Friends will be heading back to school, and we are busy getting ready!  As you can see, we have been busy preparing our Back To School Mailing!  (Actually, it was a lot of work trying to stuff envelopes with my hairy paws, so I skipped out to work on my blog while they kept working!)

The packets have been compiled and are in the mail!  

In the mailing, the packet includes helpful information about what families need to do before school starts.  It also includes several important dates ... Important dates like:
  • Preschool starts August 23rd
  • Back to School Event is scheduled on August 9th (11:00-1:00 and 4:00-6:00)
  • Families can come and Meet the Teacher on August 22nd (3:00-4:00 or 4:00-5:00)
  • Back to School Picnic hosted by our WSNPTA will be held on August 25th 
Also in the packet, you will get information about how to complete some required forms online. (yep, the forms are required, and it is required that they are completed online - let us know if you need help!) The more families who complete these forms BEFORE coming to the Back to School Event, the smoother our event will go.

Preparing packets was hard work, and work makes me hungry, so I did what any bear would do ... I called my friends at Raising Cane's!  They have offered to host a Spirit Day Fundraising Event for us ALL DAY on August 9th! That's the same day as our Back to School Event! At least for Polar Bears, that's a great day to eat out - I know that I won't feel like cooking after an exciting afternoon at the ELC!  I hope to run into some old friends and make a few new ones at the Back to School Event ... maybe I will ask them if they want to meet for lunch or dinner when we are done!

The Spirit Day Fundraiser will be held at the Polaris Location from 11AM to 9PM.  The Spirit Day Fundraiser is simple, especially for our families who would be eating out anyway.  When families are at the ELC, we will pass out fliers.  When our families take the fliers and go to Cane's for lunch or dinner, our PTA will make money!  Isn't that cool! 

I look forward to seeing you all VERY soon!!

The Polar Bear