Parent Connection Newsletter March 2017.
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Dates to Remember

Mar 2nd: Dr. Seuss birthday.

Mar 12th: Daylight Savings Time Begins. Turn your clock forward 1 hour.

Mar 17th: Saint Patrick's Day.

Mar 17th: Lee County Schools Closed, Center Open.

Mar 18th: Southwest Florida Reading Festival.

Mar 31st: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons Play.


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Joseph H. Messina Children's Center News


Family Workshop

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March 24th, from 5:30pm-6:30pm
Presented by:  SWF Extension Service

Homestyles_right size portions March 24th.jpgJoin us for our March Parent Workshop in our initiative to bring healthy foods and lifestyles to parents.  These 15 minute cycle workshops enable parents to attend, receive valuable information and still get home in time for dinner.  We encourage all of our parents to attend to help us help you become a healthy and active family.  We will have samples of tasty, healthy snacks, prepared by the School Age children in the Care Club. Parents may enjoy their delicious snack during the 15 minute training on March 24th from 5:30PM-6:30PM

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Healthy Habits for Life


Healthy Habits for Life, is the next segment brought to our VPK children through our partnership with the University of South Florida Family Nutrition Program, with Felicia Nudo.  Children will be participating in physical activities based around the Sesame Street characters.  Children will explore healthy living and the importance of physical activity. The March programming will be held on March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30th. Parents are invited to attend.

Literacy Month Activities


Literacy Month Activities will highlight the 4 year old Lion classroom this month.  Children will be celebrating Dr Seuss’s birthday on March 2nd.  Children have chosen Pete the Cat, by Eric Litwin to represent their month long studies in literacy.  Children will be reading all of the Pete the Cat books, they will create their own story while they learn about the roles of authors and illustrators.  On Friday, March 31st the children will perform a play based on the book, Pete the Cat, and His Four Groovy Buttons.  Each child will receive their own copy of Pete the Cat.  Parents are invited to see the performance and join the children for an after party!!

Fire Department Visit

On February 17th the children enjoyed the visit of the Fort Myers Fire Department. They toured the fire truck.
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Little-Known Facts about Dr. SeussGreen_Eggs_and_Ham.jpg

  • He wrote Green Eggs and Ham on a dare. Ted Geisel’s publisher bet that Geisel couldn’t write a book using only 50 different words. In an effort to make learning to read more exciting for kids, he wrote a silly tale about a picky eater (a common complaint of many parents) and a fellow who won’t take “No” for an answer. The result? Green Eggs and Ham.
  • He was not a doctor. He added the title “doctor” before Seuss (his mother’s maiden name) while in college to lend credibility to his writings and characters, and in reaction to his father’s wish that his son would get a doctorate.

Southwest Florida Reading Festival

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Bring your family to Centennial Park on Saturday, March 18!  There are books everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!  Many activities, for both adults and children, will be going on from 10am – 4pm, as well.  CCSWFL will have a table/booth so be sure to stop by and say “hi.”

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