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happy thanksgiving 2019


Dates to Remember

Nov 3rd: Daylight Savings.

Nov 11th: Veterans Day.

Nov 14th & 15th: Picture Day.

Nov 14th: Thanksgiving Feast Day. 11:00am-12:30pm

Nov 21st: "Right Portions" Parent Workshop.

Nov 11th, 25th, 26th, 27th: Public School Closed. No VPK. Center is Open.

Nov 25th-29th: Lee County Schools Fall Break. Public School Closed.

Nov 28th & 29th: Center Closed in observance of Thanksgiving.


 Parent Reminders

1. 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.
2. Please shut all gates securely for the safety of all the children.
3. Update your Emergency Information if any changes occur.
4. Bring in all Physical and Shot Records prior to expiration date.

Joseph H. Messina Children's Center News


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November 14th & 15th

Ms Kimmie will be taking school pictures on November 14th and 15th. Pictures will be ready before Christmas. The Toddler and two year old classrooms with be photographed on Thursday, November 14th, preschool children on Friday, November 15th. If your children are going to be absent, please arrange another day with Ms. Kimmie. Please pick up your order form prior to picture day.


Thanksgiving-Dinner.pngThursday, November 14th

Join your children on November 14th for our Thanksgiving Feast!!  Children will be hosting their parents in their classrooms. Teachers have signup sheets in the classroom if you would like to bring your favorite Thanksgiving dish. All classrooms will be eating with their parents at their regularly scheduled lunch time.

Teddy Bear, Rainbow, Butterfly, Star and Sunflower at 11:15am.
Dolphin at 11:30am.
Bumblebee and Lion at 12:00pm.


family nutrition program

Our eating and living healthy initiative has been such a great experience for the children that we have extended it to the parents. Once a month through March The University of Florida, Family Nutrition Program will be presenting Family Workshops designed for parents of preschool children 2-5 years old.  The curriculum is designed to help parents shape homes and lifestyles to grow healthy and happy children. Join us for the first workshop entitled, “Right Portions.” November 21st 5:00-6:00PM.


veterans-day-heartsOn Monday, November 11th, Americans will celebrate Veterans Day. The special holiday is dedicated to the brave men and women of the armed forces who risk their lives on a daily basis to keep the rest of us safe and free.  They include members of the US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, National Guard, Air Force, and the Coast Guard.  They come from all walks of life; they are parents, children and grandparents.  They are friends, neighbors and coworkers, and an important part of the community.

We love our veterans!

Be Sure to check out our Facebook page!  



Sweet Potato Pie

sweet potato pie


1 pastry for a 9-inch pie crust
1 pound sweet potatoes, boiled and mashed
1 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Press pie crust into a 9-inch pie pan.

Mix sweet potatoes, sugar, butter, milk, eggs, vanilla extract, nutmeg, and cinnamon together in a bowl; pour sweet potato mixture into the prepared pie crust.

Bake in the preheated oven until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean, about 1 hour.

"Everything we do improves the lives of children.”  

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