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Dates to Remember

Sep 2nd: Labor Day. Center CLOSED

Sep 19th: Family Nutrition Workshop, Best Drinks

Sep 26th: Open House Field Day

Sep 30th: Rosh Hashanah. Center Open/Schools Closed


 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



Thursday, September 19th
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm "Best Drinks"

Our Family Nutrition Parent Workshops are our initiative to bring healthy foods and lifestyles to parents. These one hour workshops include cooking demonstrations, how to shop sensibly, and how to prepare meals on a budget. Parents who attend, will 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. There will be many door prizes for those who attend. 

family nutrition program


YUM engages children in fun activities that are encouraged through exploration, questioning and decision making applied to eating healthy foods. Through the YUM curriculum, children learn by doing. Children are taught about healthy foods, as well as participating in both a hands-on and physical learning activity. The greatest strength of the YUM program was the repeated exposure children were given to the nutrition components found on MyPlate.  Both teachers and children will participate in hands-on engagement and have an opportunity to try all the foods presented to them. Schedule below:

UF Family Nutrition Program
VPK - TUESDAY @ 10:00 am Bumblebees
8/27   Food Safety
9/3     Introducing MyPlate
9/10   The Goods on Grains
9/17   Fun with Fruits and Vegetables
9/24   Delicious Dairy
10/1   The Power of Protein Foods
10/8   Better Beverages
10/15 Create MyPLate


open house

Thursday, September 26th

Join us on Thursday, September 26th for our annual Open House.  Visit your child’s classroom between 9:00 am and 11:00 am and play games during our field day event. Parents will have an opportunity to visit the classroom see their children’s work and learn about our curriculum and the importance of family involvement. Classroom volunteers from Wells Fargo will be facilitating the outdoor games and the snack booths. Outdoor festivities begin at 10:00 am. Please join your child and teacher on this important day!

community_cooperativeFOOD LITERACY IN PRE-SCHOOL (FLIP)

The Lion and Bumblebee Classrooms will be participating in the Food Literacy in Pre-school Program offered by the Community Cooperative. (FLIP) provides pre-school children with education about how to make healthy food choices. Volunteers teach a lesson based on a piece of produce. Students are taught about where food comes from, how it is grown, and recipes for using the produce in healthy snacks. The snack and produce are taken home by the children. Periodic meetings with family members also occur so the entire family can learn together and achieve positive outcomes.


Sanibel Sea School is partnering with Messina to bring the oceans to our center.  The school age and the VPK program children will participate in monthly activities in the classroom and school agers will attend a monthly field trip to the Sanibel Causeway.  We are so privileged to have this opportunity brought to our center.   What better way to learn about our oceans than to take the children on a day of discovery. Children get wet as they explored Sanibel's unique marine habitats. Children will learn to use the seine nets and to scan the nets for the possibility of finding a seahorse, small fish and other inhabitants of the Gulf.

September 2019

Sep 11th - VPK Visit 10:00am-11:00am          School Age Classroom Visit 4:00pm-5:00pm

Sep 25th - VPK Visit 10:00am-11:00am          School Age Field Trip 3:30pm-5:30pm

"Everything we do improves the lives of children.”  

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