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Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue 269

August 30, 2016

We have some really exciting news and want to shout it from the rooftops! Doodle Community, please join me in celebrating our new dynamic duo at our Clarence, NY location!

A huge round of applause for Angela Frost on her promotion to Clarence Center Director and a big congratulations to Kaitlyn Snell on her promotion to Clarence Director Assistant! Both of these women are exceptional examples of climbing our Doodle Career Ladder!

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Angela began her tenure with Doodle Bugs! as a Lead Teacher at our Orchard Park center. After some time at the classroom level, she was was promoted to Director Assistant at our Cheektowaga location. Now, we are thrilled that our Clarence community will benefit from her expertise.

“Whatever Angela is doing, she commits 100%. It’s clear that she is passionate about early childhood learning and committed to excellence.”  Said Anthony Insinna, President/CEO of Doodle Bugs!

Angela’s education background combined with her Doodle Bugs! experience is a perfect fit for our Early Childhood Learning center. She attended Buffalo State College where she earned a Master’s degree in Literacy (Birth-Grade 12) and a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Childhood Education.

“Angela brought her can-do attitude and stepped up to fulfill a leadership role. She has made it a point to introduce herself to each parent and faculty member and is a strong example of what the 10 foot rule looks like!” said Kate Bordonaro, a long-time member of our Administrative team.

Kaitlyn Snell began at Doodle Bugs! as a Lead Toddler Teacher. She gained vital operational experience during her time in the classroom.

“Kaitlyn has been at our center for a few weeks now and fits right in! She is kind, considerate and always smiling. Kaitlyn is always on top of things at the front desk and is always checking on the teachers in the rooms to see if they need anything.” said Miss Katie, a member of the Clarence faculty.

Miss Kaitlyn’s education includes a Master’s degree in Early Childhood and Childhood Curriculum and Instruction from Buffalo State College and a Bachelor’s degree in Childhood and Special Education from Geneseo College.

The combination of their early childhood expertise, leadership qualities and desire for excellence will greatly benefit the entire center. We are so proud of both Angela and Kaitlyn and are confident that the duo will be a wonderful addition to our Clarence facility.

 

September News!

August 29, 2016

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Time to tuck away the bathing suits and make room for book bags and new sneakers. Until next time, summer!

What a wonderful summer it was at Doodle Day Camp– so many exciting adventures! It’s hard to say goodbye after all of the fun, but we have so much to look forward to during the school year ahead.

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In this month’s edition of the newsletter, you’ll find all kinds of useful info about this fall. The newsletter will be going home with each child this week and is also ready for download now!

Mark your calendars now for the following:

Fan Friday Kickoff Party
Friday, September 9
As the Official Child Care Provider for the Buffalo Bills and The Pittsburgh Steelers (oh, and the Buffalo Sabres too!), we are so excited to kick off another season of Fan Fridays!
Every Friday, we invite our faculty and children to show your team spirit by wearing your team’s colors. On Fan Fridays we’ll also work together to create signs and props that we’ll use in our Fan Friday center parade. As opening day draws near, let’s all show our team pride!

Tae Kwon Do and Doodle Dance & Fitness
Did you know all preschool and pre-k children at Doodle Bugs! participate weekly in Tae Kwon Do enrichment classes? The program is included in our tuition because we recognize that gross motor activities, such as TKD, help to promote positive feelings about physical activity from a young age.

NOTE: Tae Kwon Do began at our Lake Worth, FL last week, all remaining locations will begin the week of September 12.

Grandparents Day Celebration
Wednesday, September 14
Grandparents (or other special guests) are invited to stop in to our centers as we celebrate Grandparents Day! We have lots of special activities planned throughout the day, so come and visit anytime!

Fall Open House
Wednesday, October 5, 5:30-7:00pm
We invite you to stop in for our annual Fall Open House! This family-fun event offers an opportunity to visit with our fantastic faculty, see our wonderful classrooms and meet other families. We will be serving pizza and fruit for dinner and facilitating lots of activities for all in attendance. If you know someone interested in learning more about the Doodle Difference, invite them! Our Open House is a great event for interested families too!

All of our center’s will be closed Monday, September 5th for Labor Day–we’ll reopen Tuesday, September 6th with normal hours. Enjoy the holiday weekend and here’s to a wonderful year ahead!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue 268

August 23, 2016

It’s that time of the year again, back to school! As our Doodle families are preparing for another school year, we are also saying, “See you soon!” to some of our Doodle faculty as they head back to college!

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Doodle Bugs! prides itself on having some of the most demanding educational requirements–ensuring that we hire strong early education candidates. Additionally, we continually encourage our faculty to participate in our various professional development opportunities and allow schedule flexibility for those pursuing higher education.

We want to thank those pursuing higher education for choosing to share their expertise with Doodle Bugs! Have a wonderful semester and we can’t wait to have you back over winter break!

Let’s give a big virtual high-five to each of the college-bound ladies listed below:

Name: Taylor Hess
Center: Cheektowaga
School: Medaille College
Major: Elementary Education
Taylor will be student teaching in local elementary schools this semester!

Name: Amanda Pepe
Center: Lancaster
School: Fredonia State
Major: Early Childhood & Childhood Education (Dual Major)

Name: Sarah Gaczewski
Center: Lancaster
School: Mercyhurst University
Major: Childhood/Special Education (Dual Major)

Name: Jillian Wojtan
Center: West Amherst
School: State University of New York at Fredonia
Major: Childhood Inclusive Education

Name: Brianna Saltzman
Center: East Amherst
School: Grand Canyon University
Major: Athletic Training

Name: Emma Schum
Center: Webster
School: Nazareth College
Major: Occupational Therapy

Name: Torie Rymarczyk
Center: Clarence
School: Kent State University
Major: Early Childhood Education

Name: Katherine Chandler
Center: McCandless
School: West Penn Hospital School of Nursing
Major: Pursuing a degree in Nursing

Webster Pre-K Teacher Promoted to Program Coordinator

August 18, 2016

We are so proud to share this news with you all! This month, Miss Katie Fiocca, a Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher at our Webster location, was promoted to Rochester Program Coordinator! Let’s hear it for Miss Katie!

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In her new role as Program Coordinator, Katie will provide coaching and support to classroom teachers and assistants in all age groups.

While in her postition as Lead Pre-Kindergarten, Katie successfully completed the Leadership 101 program, Doodle Mentoring program and was an active member of the Bug Squad– our community events team.

While we’ll miss having Katie in her Pre-Kindergarten classroom, we are thrilled that she will be bringing her expertise to all programs throughout our Rochester centers. Katie adds “I am so excited for this next step on my professional journey!”

We love this example of another employee climbing the Doodle Career Ladder and look forward to seeing Katie in her new role. Way to go, Katie!

 

Doodle Bugs! Launches New & Improved Ambassador Program

August 17, 2016

We are so excited to announce Ambassador Program 2.0! Last year, our inaugural year of the concept, turned out to be such a great experience. We all learned so much and it left us anxious to introduce a new and improved version of the program. The first meeting was held last week and it was awesome! We had representation from all 13 of our centers which includes the regions of Buffalo, NY, Rochester, NY, Pittsburgh, PA and South Florida.

Let’s hear from one of our Ambassadors herself, Kelsey Short from our Orchard Park location:

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The Ambassador meeting was so interesting, empowering and fun! It was exciting to have the opportunity to decide what we want the Program to bring to our centers and the company as a whole.

This forum was a great way to discuss with other centers, what our goals are and how we plan on accomplishing them. Caroline [Director of Customer Relations] began the meeting by asking us to define what the ambassadors would be–such a great conversation starter! We were able to dig into what we wanted to do as the Ambassadors and all the ways we could promote excellence company-wide.

The guest speakers at the meeting inspired us about what we could accomplish. I loved Toni’s [Doodle Bugs! Education Specialist] training on how to build resilience and bounce back quickly. We learned that by building connections, accepting change, working toward a goal and keeping a clear head and open mind, we can bounce back and recover quickly from all situations.

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We also heard from Christina [Director of Education]–who always delivers an inspiring session; Ruby [Recruitment Specialist]; Kate [Marketing Manager] and Lindsay [Behavior Specialist]. 

The mission of the Ambassador program is to unite the centers and to find our common goals. Caroline had us each set 30, 60 and 90-day goals as Ambassadors. I have already started implementing mine and I am really excited to bring my feedback to the next meeting. The entire concept of the Ambassador program is wonderful–I feel inspired and empowered and am so excited to see where this leads!

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Thank you, Kelsey and all of our Ambassadors for your dedication to continued excellence at Doodle Bugs! We look forward to all the ways that your hard work will benefit the entire Doodle Community. Here’s to a great year ahead!

 

Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue 267

August 16, 2016

We’re taking a moment this Team Tuesday to recognize an exemplary Doodle Team Member, Miss Taylor! Taylor’s excellence has caught the attention of parents, fellow team members, and management in her center. Here’s what they had to say:

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Miss Taylor, a lead toddler teacher at the Clarence, NY Center, lives the Doodle Bugs! Way in everything that she does. Parents often gush about Miss Taylor’s dedication to the children and her classroom.

Taylor is a team player who always helps to welcome new faculty members to the center by sharing her knowledge and expertise with them. We really appreciate that Taylor is always adaptable to changes in the workplace and approaches each day with a smile. Her positive attitude is contagious and  greatly appreciated by Clarence children, parents, and faculty alike.

Additionally, Miss Taylor is a Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres playroom team member–where she provides gameday care for players’ children. Miss Taylor is also making strides in our Leadership Program.

Thank you, Taylor, for your wonderful influence on the Doodle community. We are so glad you are a part of the team!

Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue 266

August 9, 2016

We have been very busy in our training center this summer– which we like to refer to as Doodle U! Last week, some of our new and recently promoted managers gathered for a full day of professional development.

In the morning, participants were welcomed with a #PinterestWorthy welcome gift.

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Staying true to our play-based learning methodology, we jumped right in to some fun, interactive exercises.

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During the seminar, our Customer Relations team facilitated a totally interactive Effective Communication session where managers participated in various activities that demonstrated these principles first hand.

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Doodle Bugs! Behavior Specialist Lindsay Leusch, also shared her expertise with the group. The intention of her Behavior Matrix training was to marry mangers’ understanding of Positive Behavior Support (PBS) practices and their expectations within the classroom, for both children and teachers. The history leading up to the development of the matrix was shared with managers, as well as the final product, which will be launched company-wide in the coming weeks. There was thoughtful discussion with managers on how to train, support, and extend teachers’ understanding of these behavioral expectations, providing greater insight on the positive and consistent application these rules moving forward.

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We are excited for our new managers and are thrilled to have had the opportunity to build upon their expertise and give them the tools they need to help their centers reach their highest potential. Can we give them all a big, virtual high-five?

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