In today’s edition of Team Tuesday, we are pleased to feature Patricia Sciolino, better known at ‘Ms. Pat’. Ms. Pat is the Kitchen Manager in our West Amherst Center and every day, it is evident how much she means to the children. Whenever Ms. Pat enters a classroom, she is surrounded by children. They know she gives out the best hugs and brings delicious food.
Danielle (an infant teacher at the center), recently shared her appreciation for Pat, noting: “When Pat walked in, three parents arrived at the same time to drop off their children… she saw it was a little busy, stopped what she was doing, and stayed to comfort a sad child, so I was able to greet the new arrivals and talk to their parents.”
Similarly, Lisa (a toddler teacher at the center) shared a story thanking Pat for consistently demonstrating warmth and affection to children, noting that “her smile and caring attitude make her exceptional.”
Thank you, Pat, for these loving examples of being responsive to children’s needs; your efforts have a positive impact on children, families, and coworkers, setting the tone for a lovely doodle day. Hearing the children cheer as you enter each classroom at mealtimes is priceless! The doodle community is a better place because you CARE.
It’s hard to believe that the holidays are already upon us. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun! To kick off this holiday season, all of our locations will be hosting our annual family event, Milk & Cookies. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, December 9 from 5:30pm – 7pm and will also feature a holiday sing-along!
We welcome all families and friends to stop in, enjoy dinner (pizza!!), cookie decorating, classroom crafts and special performances by the children. The preschool, pre-k and school-age groups will perform two holiday songs for guests throughout the evening. As the event gets closer, check with your center director for a singing schedule.
“The holidays are meant to be spent with friends and family. This event gives us an opportunity to gather, enjoy some holiday treats and listen to our little ones sing songs of the season,” said Anthony Insinna, president and CEO of the company.
Not only is the event a nice opportunity for our current Doodle Families to gather and celebrate the season, it’s also an great chance for families interested in our programs to check us out. If you know someone who would make a great addition to the Doodle Community, bring them along! The more, the merrier!
All eleven of our corporate Doodle Bugs! Children’s Centers locations are participating in a food drive to benefit our local food banks for the holiday season.
We are in the last week of our drive and hoping that it will be our most successful one yet. Centers began collecting on November 2 and will conclude the drive this Friday (11/20) so our food banks can distribute our donation in time for Thanksgiving.
Prior to the drive, each classroom decorated turkey boxes which were placed outside each classroom and served as collection points. So cute!
“Our November curriculum focuses around the topics of thankfulness, generosity and appreciation. Hosting a food drive is the perfect opportunity to introduce children to the joy of giving,” said Christina Fecio, Director of Education. “It’s so inspiring to watch young children get excited about contributing items that will help local families enjoy a holiday meal”.
As the drive comes to a close, we want to take a moment to thank all our families for their tremendous support of this initiative! And, there’s a few days left—let’s fill those turkey boxes!
As an extension of National Positive Attitude Month, which was observed in October, the faculty at Doodle Bugs! Children’s Centers enjoyed a season of Best Days Ever. During the campaign, all 11 of the company’s corporate locations participated. Each center was paired with another and tasked with planning the Best Day Ever for their fellow center.
Highlights from the celebration included: inflatable sumo-suit wrestling, photo booths, a caricature artist, a food truck on-site, karaoke, long stem roses, catered meals and more!
“We are thrilled to sponsor this initiative for our faculty” said Anthony Insinna, President and CEO of Doodle Bugs! Children’s Centers. “As part of our continued efforts to build a community of happy children, happy parents, and happy teachers, we have really focused our efforts on the experience that our employees have with us. The Best Day Ever campaign is just one example, but I am so happy with its results”.
The #BestDayEver campaign has proven to be a natural extension of our mission to build a community of happy children, happy parents, and happy teachers. When adults model optimism, positivity, and empathy, children develop those same pro-social behaviors.
Every month, we select a Doodle Bugs! team member who exemplifies our CARE values– Commitment, Accountability, Respect and Excellence. This month, we are honoring Paul Dooher, our facility cleaner at our Webster, NY location.
Paul is an integral part of the Doodle Bugs! team. His behind-the-scenes attention to detail and dedication to excellence is always evident. He is dependable and always shows up to work with a smile on his face, eager to do his job. When we need extra coverage, he is always willing to pick up a shift or work extra hours to ensure the center is clean and ready for our children and faculty the next morning. His work ethic, positive personality and kindness is what makes him so deserving of this recognition. Sometimes he even brings in baked goods for our faculty to enjoy! The doodle community is a better place because he CAREs!
Thank you, Paul, for being an important part of our doodle team.
October is National Positive Attitude Month, a clearly defined opportunity to “Think positively. Expect great things.” Recognizing that a positive attitude has a tremendous impact on children and adults alike, Doodle Bugs! Children’s Centers is celebrating positivity with multiple initiatives.
This “positivity campaign” is a natural extension of the Doodle Bugs! mission to build a community of happy children, happy parents, and happy teachers. “We understand that thinking positively is the key to happiness, beginning in early childhood,” said Director of Education & Training, Christina Fecio. “When adults model optimism, positivity, and empathy, children develop those same pro-social behaviors.”
In appreciation of the faculty’s efforts to build a community of happy children, happy parents, and happy teachers, this fall, Doodle Bugs Center Directors were treated to a limo ride, spa day and “ladies lunch”. Their day of pampering kicked off a season of Best Days Ever at Doodle Bugs! To keep the excitement going, centers were paired up and tasked them with planning the Best Day Ever for each other. This initiative is fun, light-hearted way for the entire Doodle Bugs! team to share their appreciation for one another and to spread positive energy throughout the doodle community.”
- Employee Recognition System
As part of continued efforts to build a community of happy children, happy parents, and happy teachers, Doodle Bugs is using a sophisticated web-based system to gather input from employees to better define and execute “the Doodle Bugs! Way”. This new program is two-fold: The first tool is a strategic recognition system that acknowledges employees who provide an excellent doodle experience for families and coworkers. The second is a semi-annual employee survey that will allow employees to regularly provide feedback on how the company is doing in their efforts.
- Kindness Campaign
This fall, Doodle Bugs! Children’s Centers sponsored Mike Seege’s Say No to Bullying Magic Show in more than a dozen Buffalo-area elementary schools. Throughout September and October, Mike brought his fast-paced, high-energy show to thousands of students spreading a message that kindness counts and bullying will not be tolerated. This kindness initiative perfectly complements Doodle Bugs’ Bravo! curriculum, which focuses consistent attention on enhancing children’s understanding of what it means to be kind.
While extra efforts have been focused this fall on the “positivity campaign”, Doodle Bugs! maintains an ongoing emphasis on training opportunities because teachers’ professional development instills a sense of preparedness and overall competence. Formal training courses, including CPR and AED certifications, are complemented by practical tools, such as emergency response reminders on every employee’s name tag. Fecio adds: “When teachers are confident in their skills and knowledge – from medication administration to first aid – they comfortably approach each day with a “can do!” attitude.”
Highlights of the celebration of Positive Attitude Month, including the #BestDayEver initiative, will be featured on social media and at www.doodlebugs.com .
In today’s edition of Team Tuesday, we are pleased to feature Brittany Wachowiak, who has been selected as the October Employee of the Month.
Brittany is a dedicated team member who is willing to go the extra mile. She takes on Lead Teacher tasks and responsibilities when needed and always makes the safety and care of the children as her number one priority. Her dedication to our program is evident as she is a member of the Bug Squad, Doodle Bugs Leadership 101 program and the Playroom staff for the Buffalo Bills and Sabres. Brittany also attends countless field trips throughout the year.
She truly has a passion for Early Childhood Education and it shows in the bonds she creates with each child in her classroom. Thank you, Brittany, for your warm and caring nature and giving 100% everyday!