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Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue #237

October 6, 2015

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!

Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue #236

September 15, 2015

In today’s edition of Team Tuesday, we are happy to feature Adrianne and Ashley, members of the West Amherst teaching team. A recent letter from Nash’s mom, shared when he moved on to the school district, was so heartwarming that we had to share her sweet sentiments with you, too!100 TT

Nash has so thoroughly enjoyed his time at Doodle Bugs!. He has formed so many bonds with staff, from the front desk to Ms. Pat, the lunch lady.

Ms. Adrianne and Ms. Ashley have definitely set the bar high for all of Nash’s future teachers. I honestly don’t know how the public schools will compare!

…they have both been so caring and compassionate and so easy to talk to…not to mention all the fun and exciting things they would do every day in Classroom 7!

Many thanks, Ashley and Adrianne, for having such a positive impact on Nash and his family — and on all of your students! The doodle community is a better place because you CARE

Grandparents Day 2015 – Come Celebrate with Us!

September 11, 2015

So many childhood memories of mine involve my grandparents. I remember, in great detail, spending every Tuesday during the summer months at my Grandma’s house. She had an in ground pool where my cousins and I played “categories”, a creek that we floated down in an inflatable raft, and lots of patio furniture and cushions which we used to make forts. I can still smell the warm air of her bath house where we changed into our suits and taste the chocolate frosted brownies she made for us after a long day of play.

I was only a young child at that time, but I now realize that being part of our family’s history, which started long before I was born and will continue long after I am gone, plays an enormous role in who I am.

This year, Grandparents Day is on Sunday, September 13 and Doodle Bugs! will be celebrating on Wednesday, September 16. During our celebration, grandparents (or other special guests) are invited to stop in for a special treat and activity to celebrate this important day. For your family’s convenience, this is an all-day event. We want to see all your adorable photos too! Share them with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and hashtag it #DBlove.


Grandparents Day began in 1979 when President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation. Carter once wrote, “Grandparents are our continuing tie to the near-past, to the events and beliefs and experiences that so strongly affect our lives and the world around us.”

There’s no time like the present—let’s make 2015 the best Grandparents Day yet! Here are some simple ways to remind grandparents how important they are.

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  1. Help your child make their own card. Extra points for breaking out the paints! (photo)
  2. Have your child pick out a special book and read it with their grandparents. Too far away? Utilize FaceTime or Skype! (How to Babysit a Grandpa)
  3. Create a book full of your child’s artwork. There are so many companies that will help you to create and print a personalized book from your photos. Check out Artifact Uprising, one of my favorites right now! Check this out for inspiration!
  4. Bake a pie with grandpa and grandma. When it’s done, break out the fancy plates and enjoy! (photo)
  5. Can’t see them in person? Mail them a box of love! Include handmade heart confetti, photos, handprints, artwork, anything that shows how much your care! (photo)

Are you a doodle team member who wants additional ideas for your classroom celebration? Check out our teacher blog!

Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue #235

September 1, 2015

In today’s edition of Team Tuesday, we are pleased to feature Kara Zambito, who has been selected as the September Employee of the Month.   

Since joining the Doodle Bugs! team in 2013, Kara has skillfully taken on multiple roles including doodle dance teacher, teacher assistant, and her current role of center opener at the Cheektowaga location.

Kara goes above and beyond to make sure that everyone has a great start to their doodle day; she is always willing to lend a hand and willingly takes on any challenge that is given to her.

Kara realizes that excellence is in the details and helps every child to have a smooth transition every morning. Parents and staff greatly appreciate Kara’s personal attention and positive interactions. Kara is a tremendous asset to our community of happy children, happy parents, and happy teachers.

Thank you Kara for making the doodle difference, the doodle community is a better place because you CARE.

Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue #234

August 11, 2015

In today’s edition of Team Tuesday, we are pleased to feature Linda Rowley, who has been selected as the Employee of the Month for August 2015.

A valued member of the infant teaching team at the Penfield location, Linda is beloved by babies, their families, and coworkers alike.

Linda understands that warm, responsive caregiving and rich, positive interactions are the heart of infants’ learning experiences. Parents appreciate her genuine kindness and personal attention, which helps them to feel “at home” at the center.

Thank you, Linda, for making a difference in the lives of our littlest learners, assuring that their doodle experience gets off to a great start!

Doodle Bugs! Employee of the Month – July 2015

August 4, 2015

Congratulations to Amanda Dehlinger, a valued member of the East Amherst team who has been recognized as the July 2015 Employee of the Month.

July EOTMIn her role as a preschool teacher and mentor, Amanda serves as a role model for new employees at the East Amherst center. She understands that children learn best through play and embraces the idea that “to encourage playful children, we must be playful adults”.

Families and coworkers alike appreciate that Amanda approaches each day with a sunny disposition and an obvious commitment to the Doodle Bugs! mission: “She makes every effort to make every day a great one and clearly always has the children’s best interests at heart.”

Thanks, Amanda, for the many meaningful contributions you make to our program; the doodle community is a better place because you CARE.


Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue #233

August 4, 2015

In today’s edition of Team Tuesday, it’s a pleasure to feature Jen Pierson and Jess Brown.   

Valued members of the teaching team at our Henrietta center, Jen and Jess “constantly and consistently get compliments from their babies’ parents” — their classroom is an excellent example of responsive caregiving and engaging, age-appropriate curriculum.  

Center Director Amanda Voglmayr remarks that parents who tour the center and spend time with Jen and Jess “leave feeling so confident and happy”.

Thanks, Jen & Jess, for starting families’ doodle experience off on the right foot! The doodle community is a better place because you CARE.


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