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UNF Child Development Research Center

January 2015


Upcoming Events

1/1       New Year’s Day                                                         Closed

1/2       CDRC re-opens                                                          No VPK

1/5       VPK begins

1/5     Registration for Spanish and for Happy Feet begins

1/08     Parent Organization Meeting                                      5:00-6:00 pm

1/15   Conscious Discipline Training                                      5:00-6:00 pm

1/16     Scholastic Book Orders Due

1/19     Martin Luther King Day                                                     Closed

1/20   Spanish classes begin

1/21    Happy Feet classes begin

1/21     Elementary school information session by Pearl M. Roziers  5:00-5:30

 (Superintendent Office of School Choice) 

Mesut Erdogan (River City Science Academy)                                 5:30-6:00

1/23     Bon Fire & Night Walk                                                          6:00pm

1/27     Vision Screening                                                                     9:00- 12:00

1/28     Vision Screening                                                                     9:00-12:00


Happy Birthday

1/3       Austin V.                                                        1/21 Rachel S.

1/5       Ava A.                                                            1/23     Ms. Jayne

1/6       Hannah H.                                                       1/26     Sean C.

1/9       Kimiko O. & Tyler F.                                      1/29  Ms. Anila

1/11     Ms. Pam                                                          1/31 Aliyah J.

1/14  Armando P.                                                                                                       

1/16     Amaria D. & Jaiden B.                                                                      

1/16     Ms. Mahreen                          


                                                                                                            Elementary School/Kindergarten Information Session

“Finding that perfect match between student and schools is often the key to a successful school experience for students (Pearl M. Roziers)”. In order to help our parents transition successfully from preschool to kindergarten, we have arranged for Pearl M. Roziers, Assistant Superintendent, Office of School Choice Duval County Public Schools to come on January 21st at 5pm to do a short presentation about the choice of Elementary schools, magnet programs or charter schools in Jacksonville. This will help parents make an informed decision about their child’s future and education. Please plan on attending this presentation.

Mr. Mesut Erdogan from River City Science Academy will also be there to talk about his school and options available to families.


Vision Screening

Vision is Priceless, is a local, non-profit organization.  The VIP Council provides vision screening and education programs for children and adults in the First Coast area.  This screening is provided at no cost to you through community donations.  Eye screenings will take place on January 27th and 28th at CDRC.  Since the screener is only available in the morning, afternoon VPK children will have to be brought here in the morning to be screened, parents will need to stay with their child.  Screening begins at 9:00 and continues until about lunch time.  While your child’s results are confidential, they will be shared with the school and notifications for referrals will be sent home.


Campfire and Nature Walk

On January 23rd, Friday, we will have a campfire and night walk at 6:00 PM at the island in Lake Oneida.  This is next to the ropes course and by parking services building #54. Highlights of the event will include a Night Walk guided by a UNF Park Ranger, followed by a campfire where families can roast hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire. Don't miss out on this absolutely fun event and the opportunity to make a wonderful family memory. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for walking. The event is open to all families with children.  We are also looking for volunteers to help get ready for the event and with the actual event. Contact Pam Bell or Mahreen Mian at 620-2372 or or  if you’d like to help out.


Special Classes

Every Semester CDRC offers a variety of specialty classes. This spring we are pleased to offer Spanish class which will be taught by Ms. Nancy. CDRC will also be introducing a new class “Happy Feet” the class offers age-appropriate child fitness soccer program, the instructor uses stories, songs, nursery rhymes and fun games designed to teach creative soccer technique and enhance motor development. Registration for both classes begins Monday January 5th. The classes will begin the week of January 20th.


CDRC Staff

Director  Pam Bell

Assistant Director  Mahreen Mian

Bear’s Teacher  Jayne De La Rosa

Dolphin’s Teacher  Melissa Leone

Cardinal’s Teacher  Anjum Naeem

Manatee’s Teacher  Nancy Winckler-Zuniga