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Happy Mother's Day 2019

Dates to Remember

May 12th: Mother's Day
May 17th: VPK Field Trip to Orangewood Elementary
May 23rd-24th: Care Mobile
May 27th: Center Closed in Observance of Memorial Day
May 30th: Last Day of Public School
May 31st - Aug 2nd: Summer Program
Aug 2nd: VPK Graduation at 9:30am

 Parent Reminders

1. Please let the office staff know if you are not bringing your children in for the Summer.
2. Please bring in any shorts or pants your children have outgrown, as we would like extra clothing on campus for children who are soiled and have no extra clothes.
3. Please shut all gates securely for the safety of all the children.
4. Update your Emergency Information if any changes occur.
5. Bring in all Physical and Shot Records prior to expiration date.

Joseph H. Messina Children's Center News



VPK students will be touring the Kindergarten classes at Orangewood Elementary School, on May 17th from 9:00AM-11:00AM.  Children will have the opportunity to tour the classrooms, see Kindergarten students in action, participate in some fun activities, visit the cafeteria, outside play areas and much more.  This is an exciting day for the students and the teachers.  If you would like to join us please see Ms. Tricia or Ms. Jasmine to reserve your spot as a volunteer.  All volunteers will have a small group of children and will ride the school bus with the children.



Teachers will be putting out signup sheets for the May end of the year Parent Conferences.  Conferences will take place from May 6th through May 17th.  Please make time to attend your one on one with your child’s classroom teacher.  Teachers will be sharing with parents their children’s achievements throughout the year, work samples, Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment Report, writing samples and goals for the upcoming year.  Your child will receive a portfolio highlighting your child’s journey in learning over the past year.


focus on four

VPK Graduation is scheduled for August 2, 2019, at 9:30 AM.    Focus on Four, a continuation of VPK, to avoid the summer slide begins on June 10th and ends on August 2nd, 2019.  We look forward to seeing all of our VPK students during the summer freshening up all of the skills they will need, to be successful in Kindergarten.


Family Health Centers & The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program is a fleet of state-of-the-art vehicles that deliver cost effective dental care directly to children in their own neighborhood.  The Care Mobile will be here on May 23rd and May 24th offering free dental services.  Ask your teacher for the consent forms.  View Flyer


swfl symphonyThe Southwest Florida Symphony is Lee County's professional orchestra and is one of the oldest symphony orchestras on Florida's Gulf Coast. For more than half a century, the Southwest Florida Symphony has grown to a roster of 65 world-class musicians. Each season, our musicians present a series of five Masterworks concerts, three Pops concerts, a Holiday Pops and a Small Stage Symphonies series.  Messina has the opportunity to receive 20 free tickets for parents to bring their children to a concert experience.  Please see Tammy if you would like tickets for your family to attend.


Watermelon Fruit Pizza


½ cup low-fat plain yogurtwatermelon-pizza
1 teaspoon honey
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large round slices watermelon (about 1 inch thick), cut from the center of the melon
⅔ cup sliced strawberries
½ cup halved blackberries
2 tablespoons torn fresh mint leaves(you can use other toppings like: mango, pineapple, peach, kiwis, bananas, etc.) 


Combine yogurt, honey and vanilla in a small bowl.Spread ¼ cup yogurt mixture over each slice of watermelon. Cut each slice into 8 wedges. Top with strawberries, blackberries and mint.

mother's dayMOTHER'S DAY

Messina would like to extend a warm Mother’s Day wish to all of our parents.  Children will be making surprise Mother’s Day Gifts on May 10th.


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

Be Sure to check out our Facebook page!  


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