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HappyHalloweenDates to Remember

Oct 15th: Public school closed. Center open. No VPK.

Oct 18th: Family Workshop.

Oct 18th: Hearing and Vision screening.

Oct 30th: School Age Pumpkin Carving/Painting with Wells Fargo.


 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.

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Joseph H. Messina Children's Center News



Messina 2013 (10)aWe are asking parents to bring in a vegetable plant for their child to plant in the garden.  Each classroom has a vegetable bed and are responsible for planting, nurturing and sharing their vegetables.  Classrooms will bag the surplus for parents to enjoy.  We are always looking for gardening volunteers.  So, if you have always thought you would love to garden this is the perfect opportunity.  You can also claim a bed for your family.  See Tammy or Yolanda if you would like a family garden bed.


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, “Family Mealtimes.”   October 18th 5:00-6:00PM


hearing and visionThursday October 18th 

The Lion’s Club is screening all children age 2 to 5 for Vision and Hearing on October 18th.  Screenings will begin at 8:30AM.  There will not be any makeup days, so mark your calendars.  Permission forms will be sent home October 1st.  Please have them completed and returned before October 18th.



HalloweenMessina 4 and 5 year old children in the Lion and Bumblebee classrooms will be celebrating Halloween Fun with the residents at the Page Field Convalescence Center.  Children have been invited over to go Trick or Treating with the residents.  The residents and the children always enjoy their time together.  The residents have an opportunity to socialize with the children and enjoy seeing the children fill their trick or treat bags and parade through in their costumes.  We are fortunate to have a great partnership the Page Field Convalescent Center.  Date TBA


October 30th Wells Fargo Volunteers

Our favorite Wells Fargo Volunteer group is coming on October 30th the carve pumpkins, make pumpkin pies and join in the School Age Tigers pizza party.  Children and volunteers will work together to carve or paint their pumpkin.  Children will bake the seeds and will make no bake pumpkin pies.  This is a truly fun evening.  The children love the volunteers and are looking forward to a great evening!

Messina 2014 (30)



Pumpkin Pancakes

Try this easy and delicious recipe with your children.  Cooking together is a sure fire way to get your children excited about food and eating it!!


1 cup water
1/2 cup pumpkin
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
1 cup pancake mix


In a large bowl combine water, pumpkin, cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, mix well.  Add the pancake mix and stir just to combine-the batter should be lumpy.

Ladle about 1/4 cup batter onto a hot griddle or oiled pan.

Cook until bubbles appear on the top of the pancake, then flip and cook the other side until golden brown.

Serve with delicious maple syrup or fresh fruit and powdered sugar.

"Everything we do improves the lives of children.”  

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