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Dates to Remember

May 5th: Cinco de Mayo

May 14th: Mother's Day

May 19th: Family Workshop

May 26th: Last Day of Public School

May 26th: VPK Graduation

May 29th: Memorial Day. Center Closed

May 29th - Aug 9th: Summer Program

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Joseph H. Messina Children's Center News



mother's day.jpgRemember that Mother’s Day is Sunday May 14th. Make sure you make her day extra special.

A mother holds a special place in the hearts and minds of her children.  Mother’s Day is May 14th and there is no better way to celebrate than with the whole family.

We’re sure sleeping in on Mother’s Day sounds nice and that having some alone time can make for an enjoyable day.  But doesn’t it sound like a better idea to make this holiday a family day?  We encourage you to get outside and spend some quality time with your kids and loved ones.

All the Staff at 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 12th.

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Parents please join us on Friday May 26th in celebrating your child’s accomplishments this school year. The celebration starts at 9:30am.



Teachers have put out sign up sheets for the May end of the year Parent Conferences.  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.





  • 2 Bananas
  • Peanut butter
  • 1 cup Cereal (this one uses rice cereal)


1. First peel the bananas and cut them into thirds.

2. Then dump some cereal onto your wax paper, smear the bananas in peanut butter, and roll the peanut butter bananas in the cereal. That's it! You're done!

Thank you teachers for all you do!
  From May 8th to May 12th


Monday, May 29thThe center will be CLOSED for Memorial Day.

“On Memorial Day we celebrate all American soldiers in a day of remembrance.”

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Taming TV 

May 19th, from 5:30pm-6:30pm
Presented by:  SWF Extension Service

Join us for our May 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 May 19th from 5:30-6:30PM

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Healthy Habits for Life

Messina 2017 Healthy Habits

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 May programming will be held on May 4, 11, 18, and 25th.  Parents are invited to attend. Click on the image to watch our healthy superheroes.


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