Weekly News - January 22 - 26

January 26, 2018
  • Weekly Review

    Florida Literacy Week

    There is no better place than Northeast Florida to appreciate the riches of the land and sea. This week our students did just that using Reggio and STEM activities to appreciate what the land is able to provide for us. This week, students celebrated Florida Literacy Week, reading books that explore the natural wonders of our oceans. Each day was a different theme, for example, Reel in a Good Book on Monday. Each Day focused on a book, sensory activity and aquatic-themed song. On Wednesday at 9am, all of our students participated in a simultaneous read aloud of ocean themed books across the state of Florida.


    Florida Literacy Week

    Deep Sea Explorer Jacque Cousteau would be impressed by the nautical know-how of students who created collages of undersea life using pictures of ocean animals. Students learned firsthand the important roles that aquatic predators and prey serve our ecosystem by making ocean food chain mobiles.


    Florida Literacy Week

    Did you know that Jellyfish don’t have brains or central nervous systems?! These creatures are stranger than fiction and have lived in our oceans millions of years. Students read and discussed the story of “Ooey Gooey JellyFish.”  Students created their own Jellyfish in a jar and made Jellyfish works of art using brown paper bags. 



    Tested the density of salt and fresh water

    In addition to creatures that live in the ocean, students learned about the water that makes up the ocean, gaining an understanding of the differences between fresh and salt water. Using an egg, students tested the density of salt and fresh water to see which objects would float (rather egg-citing wouldn’t you say)

    Outdoor Fun

    Students in VPK read the seminal Shel Silverstein classic, “The Giving Tree.” Inspired by the book, they became amateur dendrologists (tree scientists) by observing the characteristics of trees in the courtyard and creating their own trees made from found objects in nature.

    Melting Snowmen

    The recent cold snaps of the past few weeks seemed timely as the students read “Hottest, Coldest, Highest, Deepest” by Steven Jenkins. Students then created their own snowman using a baking soda mixture and plastic cups. Add a little baking soda and voila! The fizzy, melty, snowy experiment was a success! 


    Goldilocks Engineering

    Students in VPK re-read the story of Goldilocks and the three bears, keeping in mind the questions “What was wrong with the first two chairs? Why didn’t the other two chairs break?” Students then engineered new chairs that would sustain the weight of anyone in the Bear Family without breaking. The test subjects were Mama Bear, Papa Bear, and Baby Bear figurines. Students discussed their findings in class (Ikea take note, a bear friendly collection may be on the horizon!). 


  • Teacher Spotlight

    Meet Patti Rossi

    Patti grew up in Tiffin, a small rural town in Northern Ohio. She received her bachelors degree from Ohio Dominican College and her masters degree from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Patti has been a teacher for 25 years and before coming to Collage she was a special education teacher for 16 years in Ohio and then she moved to Florida and was a substitute teacher for St. Johns County Schools the last two years. Patti has been married to Jeff for 25 years and they have three sons: Dominic (25), Graham (22), and Tony (16). On the weekends, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the movies, antique shopping, and walking her dog, Bear, on the beach.

    Teaching Philosophy

    “Every child deserves a champion, an adult who never gives up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” – Rita Pierson

    Did You Know…

    Patti’s favorite movie is Forrest Gump, and she is really good at whistling- she can whistle any song!


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    After School Enrichment Programs

    All below events are open to the community!

    Schedule & Sign-up
    Parent’s Giftedness Workshops: A 3-Part Series

    January 24, February 21 and March 21 from 5:30 – 6:30 PM
    Cost: $20 each

    Adults Wellness Wednesdays

    Every Wednesday
    CrossBarre 8:45 – 9:45 am
    Yoga 3:00 – 4:00 pm
    Childcare provided for both classes

    Food Truck Fridays

    A new food truck every Friday!
    11:00 AM- 12:30 PM

    Food Truck Schedule
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