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Dates to Remember

Feb 2nd: Groundhog Day

Feb 2nd: Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day

Feb 3rd: Super Bowl Sunday

Feb 14th: Valentine's Day

Feb 17th: Random Acts of Kindness Day

Feb 18th: President's Day. Center CLOSED for In-Service

Feb 19th: No VPK (but open for child care)

Feb 20th: Love Your Pet Day

 

Medical Forms

Remember to ask for updated medical forms when your child goes to the doctor for check-ups. We are required to have current documentation on file.

** Before you leave the doctor’s office, LOOK at the form and make sure it is signed and not just stamped.

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school-choiceVPK TO KINDERGARTEN

School Choice is now open for VPK children eligible for Kindergarten Fall 2019. Your child’s teachers have probably already talked to you about this transition and what needs to be done. An Information Sheet was placed in your Parent File.  Be sure to ask if you have questions.  We are here to help!


PRESCHOOL (PURPLE ROOM) PARENTS

VPKYour child is eligible for our Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program this fall.  Children who turn 4 on or before September 1 can move into VPK.

For parents not familiar with VPK, it is a program that prepares your child for kindergarten.  The days and hours offered are Monday through Friday from 9am – 12 noon.  These hours are FREE, and the children must attend every day.  If after-care is needed, the cost is $110 per week.

Enrollment into a VPK program requires a voucher that is obtained through the Early Learning Coalition.  Log into the ELC website www.elcofswfl.org and follow directions.  Please ask for help if you are having trouble.


PARENTING

Reading to Kids Creates Habit

It’s never too soon to read to a child.  There’s no set timetable.  Each child learns to read at his or her own pace.  But forget the flashcards! The most important factor in reading development is whether or not a child was read to regularly.

  • Make reading a priority.  Do it every day.
  • Keep a variety of books around –pattern, board, plastic, pop-up, and noise-making.
  • Never withhold stories as a form of punishment.
  • Encourage questions about words and pictures.
  • Take advantage of “environmental print” you see in daily travels.
  • Make sure your child has a comfortable spot to read.
  • Be a role model.

sweetheartsVALENTINE'S DAY

It’s never too early to help children express love and friendship in ways that transcend materialism.  Because young children are concrete thinkers, it’s hard for them to understand a concept that can’t be represented by objects.  But by watching you give gifts of kindness, time, compassion, respect, and thoughtfulness to the people you love ---not just on holidays but throughout the year---they will learn that “I love you” means so much more than three words inscribed on a candy heart.


NUTRITION CORNER

garlic chicken and potatos

 

Garlic Chicken and Potatoes

Ingredients

2 pounds small red-skinned potatoes, quartered
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (optional)
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1 lemon (1/2 juiced, 1/2 cut into wedges)
Pinch of red pepper flakes
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (1 1/2 to 1 3/4 pounds)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or parsley

 

Directions:

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees F. Toss the potatoes with 1 tablespoon olive oil, the cumin seeds, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste.  Spread in a large baking dish and roast until the potatoes begin to brown, 25 to 30 minutes. 
Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat.  Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly golden, about 2 minutes.  Remove from the heat and stir in the brown sugar, lemon juice and red pepper flakes.  Remove the baking dish from the oven, push the potatoes to the sides and arrange the chicken breasts in the middle.  Season the chicken with salt and drizzle with the garlic mixture. Return to the oven and bake until the chicken is cooked through and the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. 
Remove from the oven; transfer the chicken to a cutting board and slice.  Add the cilantro to the baking dish and toss with the potatoes.  Serve the chicken with the potatoes and lemon wedges.  Drizzle with the pan juices.

TRY THIS AT HOME

Starting February 1st until Valentine's Day, put a new heart on your kids door with a reason why you love them!
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OUR FRIENDLY TEACHERS

Blue Room: Ms. Miranda & Ms. Sandy

Coral Room: Ms. Rita

Yellow Room: Ms. Julie

Red Room: Ms. Stephanie & Ms. Cookie

Purple Room: Ms. Jessica & Ms. Tanzie

Teal Room: Ms. Jenna & Ms. Nicole


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