Agriculture Literacy Day is May 1st

The 15th annual Florida Agriculture Literacy Day is scheduled for Tuesday, May 1, 2018. This will be the fourth and final book in a series of non-fiction children’s books developed that highlights Florida’s fruit industries. Agriculture Literacy Day will be moving to the fall in the 2018-2019 school year.

The book, Drive through Florida: Fruit features the animated red truck named ‘Ole Red’ that takes students on a tour around Florida to learn about our diverse fruit industries.

Readers are expected to schedule their classroom visits, and are asked to schedule those visits before they order materials. Registration for materials, which includes one book for the teacher and one bookmark and sticker per student, is available on FAITC’s website. To learn more about and register for Florida Agriculture Literacy Day, visit http//

Parents May Benefit From Parent-Child Book Reading Interventions

Children who participated in parent-child book reading interventions had improved quality of life, social-emotional competence and reading interest, while their parents had improved reading attitudes and relationships with their children, increased parenting competence and reduced depression or stress, researchers reported in Pediatrics. The findings, based on a meta-analysis of 18 studies, also showed that the psychosocial benefits of parent-child book reading programs were observed across all age, racial and ethnic groups.

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30 Anti-Bullying Books

October was National Bullying Prevention Month, which makes this the perfect time to open dialogue with your children about the harsh realities of bullying. An excellent tool to begin a tough conversation, is a book. Here is a list of 30 Anti-Bullying Books.  Don’t wait to talk to your kids about bullying.

Thanks to Brookshire Elementary for sharing this list!

  • Simon’s Hook by Karen Burnett
  • The Invisible Boy  by Trudy Ludwig
  • One by Kathryn Otoshi
  • Just Kidding by Trudy Ludwig
  • My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig
  • The Bee Bully by Angela Muse
  • Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
  • Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
  • Bye-Bye, Big Bad BullyBug!by Ed Emberley
  • Llama Llama and the Bully Goat by Anna Dewdney
  • Tease Monster: A Book About Teasing vs. Bullying by Julia Cook
  • Bully: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Sheri Safran
  • Bullies Never Win by Margery Cuyler
  • Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Bullies by Howard Binkow
  • The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others by Bob Sornson.
  • Bully B.E.A.N.S. by Julia Cook
  • Stop Picking on Me: A First Look At Bullying by Pat Thomas
  • King of the Playground by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Confessions of a Former Bully by Trudy Ludwig
  • Stick Up For Yourself! Every Kid’s Guide to Personal Power and Positive Self-Esteem by Gershen Kaufman Ph.D., Lev Raphael Ph.D., Pamela
  • Speak Up and Get Along! Learn the Mighty Might, Thought Chop and More Tools to Make Friends, Stop Teasing, and Feel Good About Yourself by Scott Cooper
  • Stand Up for Yourself & Your Friends: Dealing with Bullies and Bossiness and Finding a Way by Patti Kelley Criswell
  • Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain by Trevor Romain
  • Bully by Patricia Polacco
  • The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill
  • Leave Me Alone: A Tale of What Happens When You Stand Up to a Bully by Kes Gray
  • Lucy and the Bully by Clair Alexander
  • The Berenstain Bears and The Bully by Stan Berenstain
  • A Smart Girl’s Guide to Friendship Troubles: Dealing with Fights, Being Left Out and the Whole Popularity Thing by Patti Kelley Criswell
  • The Bully Blockers Club by Teresa Bateman

National Day Of Unplugging – March 4-5, 2016

national day of unpluggingAre you or your child constantly on your cell phones? Take your ipad to the beach on vacation? Ever find it hard to get through a conversation without posting an update to Facebook? Is your computer always on?  Find it difficult to engage with your child because they’re always in front of a screen?

We increasingly miss out on the important moments of our lives as we pass the hours with our noses buried in our iPhones and BlackBerry’s, chronicling our every move through Facebook and Twitter and shielding ourselves from the outside world with the bubble of “silence” that our earphones create.

If you recognize that in yourself – or your friends, families or colleagues— join us for the National Day of Unplugging, sign the Unplug pledge and start living a different life: connect with the people in your street, neighborhood and city, have an uninterrupted meal or read a book to your child.

The National Day of Unplugging is a 24 hour period – running from sundown to sundown – and starts on the first Friday in March. The project is an outgrowth of The Sabbath Manifesto, an adaption of a ritual of carving out one day per week to unwind, unplug, relax, reflect, get outdoors, and connect with loved ones.


Contact Dina Mann (, National Marketing and Outreach Manager, Reboot

Dommerich Elementary Family Garden Day

DommerichGarden Day 1 Elementary hosted it’s annual Family Garden Day on October 3, 2015 from 9-11AM.

This year’s theme was “Butterfly Gardening” with guest speaker Dr. Robert Bowden from Leu Gardens.  The Kindergarten children started the morning with singing ‘The Garden Song’.  After listening to Dr. Bowden, the children and families rotated through the following four stations set up around the garden and PE field:

1.  Decorate a pot and choose a butterfly plant

2.  Create a beaded butterfly and/or caterpillar decoration for your potted plant

3.  Read Aloud Station:   listen to stories about butterflies and gardening

4.  Snack station:  Create a celery and cream cheese butterfly. Garden Day 3

With 250 in attendance, this beautiful morning offered snacks from our partners in education, helpful information for starting a butterfly garden and lots of opportunities for fresh air and visiting with friends!

Cari Rotenberger is the Chair of the PTA Garden Committee which consists of 12 members.  Lisa Rotenberger, Kindergarten Teacher,  is the School Garden Coordinator and works closely between the committee and the teachers and staff.  All were in attendance to help set up, man the stations and clean up afterward!

This was a wonderful event!