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Dates to Remember

Feb 2nd: Groundhog Day
Feb 4th: Thank a Mail Carrier Day. Classes will make cards to leave in the mailbox for our mail carrier
Feb 9th: National Pizza Day
Feb 14th: Valentine's Day. Raffle drawing
Feb 17th: Random Acts of Kindness Day
Feb 18th: President's Day. Center CLOSED


Analayah C. - Feb 1
Andreina E. - Feb 4
Alexandra G. - Feb 5
Rita G. - Feb 5
Jose L. - Feb 11
Genesis P. - Feb 24
Armani P. - Feb 26
Randy M. - Feb 27
Jaden A. - Feb 28

Children's Garden of LaBelle News



kindnessIt sure feels good when a family member or a stranger is kind to you. What about showing a little kindness to others? February 17th is "Random Acts of Kindness Day", but being kind is something that we should practice every day, all the time. A random act of kindness will inspire people to practice kindness and to pass it on to others.  The acts do not need to be for the same person, and the person doesn’t even have to be aware of them. Some ideas on how to be kind to others can be: helping a friend with a chore, making someone smile, complain less, clean after yourself, say hello to your neighbors, etc.

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Valentine’s Day Raffle-  We are raffling off a dozen gift wrapped chocolate covered strawberries for Valentine’s Day.  Tickets are $2 each.  If you are interested please see a teacher.  The drawing will be the morning of February 14, Valentine’s Day.

chocolate strawberries

On Thursday February 14th, we will have classroom parties to celebrate friendship and each other.  Please see your child’s classroom teacher if you are interested in bringing items to share.


Lets Move CalendarThe "Get Moving Today Activity Calendar" developed by Head Start Body Start provides fun ways to help preschoolers be active. Check out the February Calendar. There is an activity you can do at home with your child every day of the month!



garlic chicken and potatos

Garlic Chicken and Potatoes


2 pounds small red-skinned potatoes, quartered
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (optional)
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



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.


Monday, February 18th Our center will be CLOSED for our Annual In-Service Day.

In honor of President's Day here are few fun facts about presidents:

  • George Washington was the only president unanimously elected.
  • Thomas Jefferson spoke 6 languages including English, French, Greek, Italian, Latin and Spanish.
  • John Tyler had 15 children.
  • Abraham Lincoln often stored things like letters and documents in his tall stove-piped hat.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president to appear on television.
  • John F. Kennedy was the first president who was a Boy Scout.
  • Gerald Ford was a fashion model in his youth.
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Parent Reminders

Please keep your children home if they have excessive cough or runny nose.  If your child has had a fever, vomiting, diarrhea or any other contagious symptoms, they must be 24 hours symptom free and no medicine before returning to school. 

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