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March 26, 2010

The Friday Five

Happy Friday! We’re happy to share a collection of links, photos and other interesting tidbits to wrap up the week – enjoy!

 1. The excitement about our soon-to-be-butterflies continues! Each center set up their butterfly pavilion last week and began their observation. We’ll watch the caterpillars make their magical transformation in the coming weeks, to help everyone gain a practical understanding of the butterfly’s life cycle. Matthew, a kindergartener at the Penfield center, proudly named one of their caterpillars ‘Floppy Joe’!

 2. Did you know that Doodle Bugs! is participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (Buffalo, June 12) and the Stroll for Strong (Rochester, June 5). Faculty members and doodle families are invited to join our team in support of these worthy causes. Please contact Laura for more information on either event.

3. Rain, rain, go away! Are you stuck inside, wondering what to play? This article was intended to give parents tips for indoor activities during too-hot summer temps, but the suggestions are perfect for rainy days, too: 20 Indoor Activities for Kids 

4. As always, every doodle day has been full of hands-on learning through hands-on fun. Be sure to get your Daily Dose of the Doodle Difference (and adorable photos!) by becoming a fan on Facebook.

5. An outstanding team is the key to our program’s success, so on-going professional development is one of our top priorities. This week alone has been busy, busy, busy:

  •  Our monthly Team Retreat (a full day of faculty appreciation and team building activities) was held on Monday at our training facility;
  • CPR and Medication Administration classes were held in Rochester on Tuesday and Thursday, certifying 8 new team members to administer medication;
  • Carolyn Layer (Orchard Park UPK teacher) & Amber Nevinger (Buffalo Regional Curriculum Specialist) attended a full-day literacy conference on Monday, hosted by the Orchard Park School District;
  • Heather Dobson (Webster UPK teacher) & Cait Beauchaine (Rochester Regional Curriculum Specialist) participated in ‘Supporting Mathematical Thinking’ on Wednesday, a workshop hosted by the Webster School District;
  • The Cheektowaga, Clarence, East Amherst and Lancaster centers each hosted a 1.5 hour training session for their entire team this week, focused on positive discipline.

What an amazing week! Have a great weekend!