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Preschool And Terrific Three’s Application

Preschool Applications for 2017-2018 school year are now available! View, print, and return the application to Parkview Learning Center’s office. The Terrific 3’s application will be available at a later date. Parents will be mailed information and application forms.  If you have questions about either of these programs, please call the ECFE/School Readiness office at 742-3805 or email

There will be a Preschool Transition night on Tuesday, March 14th 6-7:00 p.m. at Parkview Learning Center. Come and learn more about the school readiness program in the Virginia school district. The Early Childhood Coordinator, transportation director, school nurse, and a school readiness teacher will be there to give information, as well as answer your questions.

Parents may register children for preschool during this night. Also, there will be registration for preschool screening during this night (or email The dates for screening are March 17th, April 7th, and April 28th.


Parents Tell the Benefits of Early Childhood Classes

Early Childhood Family Education classes have been popular with parents/caregivers and their children for many, many  years! Here are some quotes from parents in the program:

“I enjoy taking my children to ECFE because it gives me a chance to get out and meet other moms with children the same age as mine. I’ve made lifelong friends from attending ECFE classes.”

“All of my children look forward to their time at ECFE and ask daily when they get to go again.”

“The teaching staff are helpful and provide current resources to parents to assist in their children’s development.”

“My child is exposed to a variety of activities and it is fun to see how he responds to a school routine firsthand.”

“I would recommend the ECFE program to any parent within the Virginia area community. The Parkview Learning Center is a state-of-the-art facility and is a model neighborhood school.”

If any of these testimonials convince you to sign up for a class, please call the ECFE office at 742-3805! We still have openings in winter classes 2017 and would love to have you join us!

Donation Requests for Family Gym Nights

ECFE is requesting snack items for those who attend gym night. Please bring one or two of these items to gym night within the quarter:  1 gallon of 100% apple juice, 1 box plain graham crackers, 1 box Goldfish crackers, 1 box teddy graham crackers, 1 box animal crackers, or 1 box vanilla wafers, Clorox wipes, or 5 oz. size paper cups. Thank you!

Family Gym Night Rules

ECFE family gym nights are a special shared playtime for caregivers to be with their children. It is not a time for roughhousing or playing sports with adult friends. It is not a time for ECFE staff to babysit children while adults socialize with one another. It is not a time for adults to use their cellphones/ laptops/ iPads while ECFE staff babysit their children.

At ECFE, we want all adults and children to play safely. We don’t want any family to feel afraid of being hurt because adults are throwing balls carelessly and not paying attention to those around them. As you attend ECFE family gym nights, please be courteous of others and enjoy playing with your children.

Everyone starts somewhere. Yep, even that guy or girl in the gym lifting those heavy weights and making a 10K run look like a walk in the park was a beginner once. At some point we are all beginners. Being a newbie can be daunting, and sticking to your goals is no easy feat. However, we’re here to offer some advice.

Here are our top tips for gym beginners to help make sure you smash your health and fitness goals, whatever they might be. 


Nobody expects you to walk into the gym and know everything straight away so, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it (most people will probably be flattered that you asked).

If you’re shy, book in for an induction session with a personal trainer at your gym. Remember to make a list of all the questions that you have so that you can put your mind at ease before going at it alone.


Don’t overcomplicate your workouts. 

If you’re new to the gym, the best way to start seeing results is to master your basic compound exercises. Once you have these perfected, you can then begin with isolation and more advanced movements.


Similarly, you want to make sure that you’re performing each exercise safely and effectively. 

Make sure you have mastered perfect posture before increasing the weight. It might seem boring, but it is a vital part of the process.


When you first start training, it’s easy to feel like everyone is watching and judging your every move. However, the reality is that no one really cares.

Each person is too busy focusing on smashing their own goals. 

Top Tip: If you’re struggling with this, invest in some headphones and blast out some motivational music – trust us, it helps.


Nobody wants slow progress, but unfortunately, that is the reality of training, of course you can improve results by using natural supplements, take a look at this Bioharmony complex plus review.

The basic rule is if you achieve it quickly, you’ll also lose it quickly. Sustainable progress is usually slow, so don’t be disheartened if you’re not seeing results straight away – give it time! 


Not everyone in the gym (or on your Instagram feed) is at the same point in their journey as you are and that’s okay.

Don’t compare your start to someone else’s final destination. Of course, use them as inspiration, but don’t let it get you down.

You don’t have to be doing it like them; you can do it like you! 

Help Me Grow Website

Parents often have questions about their child’s growth and development. For more information on how young children develop and ideas to help children learn and grow, visit This website is research based and sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota Department of Health, and Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Kool-Aid Playdough Recipe

There have been a number of parents who would like to make our Kool-Aid playdough at home. ECFE is happy that you enjoy our homemade playdough!

Here is the recipe:

2 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup salt

2 packages of unsweetened Kool-Aid

1 teaspoon alum (found in the spice section of the grocery store)

Mix above ingredients together in a bowl, then add:

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 cups boiling water

Knead until well mixed. Let cool at room temperature. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator. This should last two or three weeks.


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  • ISD 706
  • 411 South 5th Ave.
  • Virginia, MN 55792
  • Phone: 218-749-5437
  • Fax: 218-741-8522