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Hurricanes & Bad Weather

Hurricane season begins June 1st, and we want to be prepared. During the summer months if a hurricane is approaching, you need to listen to your radios for closings.  Remember that we are part of Child Care of Southwest Florida and the closings could be announced that way instead of The Children’s Learning Center at FSW.  If public schools are in session, we follow the lead of the Lee County Schools, and close when they close.  We will try our best to keep you informed.  As for re-opening, we check the facility for damages, etc., and then get permission from the college to re-open.  Martha’s business cell phone number is 239-292-3893, and you can call that number if information is needed about re-opening, etc.

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VPK 2019-2020

Edison 2009 (62)Do you know someone who is looking for a VPK program for August?  We still have a few spaces left!  Any child who turns 4 on or before September 1st is eligible.  Spread the word!


FOCUS ON FOUR

focus on fourSeventeen children are signed up for the summer program, Focus on Four.  We are excited that these children will be “continuing” their VPK experiences and be able to practice their developmental skills for kindergarten during the summer months. 

Ms. Jenna and Ms. Nikki will be teaching the class.


VACATIONS

travelSummer is a time when you will probably be taking weekend getaways or long family vacations.  Remember to let Ms. Andrea or Ms. Martha know when your child will NOT be at school.  This will make it easier for meal counts as well as keeping our ratios correct.  Teachers will be taking days off too, and we need to know when to call in extra staff.  (PLUS……..remember that it is now a DCF rule that we know if your child will be absent!!!!!!)


SUMMER ATTIRE

happy-summerSummer days can be really hot, and we want the children to be comfortable.  Sneakers are still the preferred choice of shoe attire because they are safer footwear for the playground.  Sandals are not comfortable because of the mulch and because children are not able to run and climb well. 

Flip-flops are NOT ALLOWED unless it is for a “special occasion” and a note has gone home to indicate that.

 

girl reading alone blog headerTIPS TO ENCOURAGING SUMMER READING

Make sure your kids have plenty of books. Take your kids to the library or the bookstore to pick out some interesting new books. Go to yard sales, and sort through the books there. Organize a book swap in your neighborhood. Do whatever you need to do to keep a fresh supply of books around.

Always pack up books, magazines or newspapers whenever you go somewhere, for your kids and for yourself. Make sure your kids see you reading, whether it's on the beach, while waiting for the softball game to start, or at home.

Try to keep some time available for reading. This is perhaps the hardest thing, as schedules fill up with sports, cookouts, trips and movies. These are all fun, too. But there's no substitute for the occasional afternoon spent under a tree exploring far-off worlds through books.

Encourage social reading. If your child wants to read a book because other kids are reading it, by all means get a copy. This reinforces the idea that reading is cool, and gives your child a chance to talk about the book with others. Take the kids to see a movie based on a book, and also read the book. Do whatever you can to make reading cool and social.


SUNSCREEN

With the summer heat coming into full effect here in Florida, we want to make sure your children are protected. We ask that you apply sunscreen to your child before you bring them to school.  Thank you in advance!


OUR FRIENDLY TEACHERS

Blue Room: Ms. Miranda & Ms. Sandy

Coral Room: Ms. Rita

Yellow Room: Ms. Julie & Ms. Edina

Red Room: Ms. Cookie & Ms. Carmen

Purple Room: Ms. Jessica & Ms. Tanzie

Teal Room: Ms. Jenna & Ms. Nikki


ARE YOU ON FACEBOOK? SO ARE WE!

Another great way to stay connected is our Facebook page.  If you have a personal Facebook page, find our page…….The Children’s Learning Center at FSW…… and LIKE it.  Now you will be able to see activities around the center or perhaps even your child.

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NUTRITION CORNER

Peanut Butter, Strawberry and Banana Quesadillas

 
PBJ-banana-quesadillasIngredients
2 tortillas
1/2 - 1 banana
2 - 4 strawberries
1 - 2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 - 2 tablespoons strawberry jam (or whatever flavor you prefer)
 
 
Directions
Over medium heat, preheat a skillet or pan that's large enough for your tortilla.
Spread the peanut butter on one side of a tortilla.
Spread jam on one side of another tortilla.
Make enough banana and strawberry slices to cover the bottom of one tortilla.
Place the other tortilla (jam or peanut butter side down) on top of the other tortilla.
Cook in the pan until the bottom is crisp. This will depend on your tortillas, but it took about 2-3 minutes for me.
Flip over and cook the other tortilla until crisp.
Serve immediately. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

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