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It’s Time to Give Thanks

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Thanksgiving is about more than just the turkey. Here are ten recommended books for kids ages 0-9 that celebrate friendship, generosity and gratitude. Read these stories to the children in your life to help them see what the spirit of Thanksgiving is really all about. Compiled by Jax4Kids.

Llama Llama Gives Thanks

By Anna Dewdney. In the wonderfully rythmic style for which Anna Dewdney is known, the ever-popular Llama Llama learns to give thanks not just on Thanksgiving, but all year long. (Ages 0-3)

Otis Gives Thanks

By Loren Long. Otis has so much to bed grateful for – his home on the farm, the rain and sun that grow the crops, fun games and hard work, and most of all, friendship and love. A lovely introduction to developing an attitude of gratitude for toddlers and preschoolers. (Ages 0-3)

Thanks from the Very Hungry Caterpillar

By Eric Carle. “Thanks for showing me… to be KIND to every creature, to CARE for the trees and sky and oceans, to be curious, gentle, and BRAVE.” With brilliantly colored illustrations and a sweet message, this book is a beautiful way to show thanks to loved ones. (Ages 2-5)


By Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Archie Preston. Two children dress up as adults and express their thanks for things like light, color, plants, and rhyming words. This charming book encourages kids to be thankful for even the smallest blessings. (Ages 4-7)

The Berenstain Bears Say Please and Thank You

By Jan and Mike Berenstain. My kids love the Berenstain bears and hang on every word of their books. In this one, our favorite bear family learns about good manners, gratitude, and being polite. (Ages 4-8)

Thanks a Million

By Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera. With 16 poems on thankfulness, kids will learn how it feels to be thankful and how to express gratitude to others. This is a great reminder of how meaningful a simple “thank you” can be. (Ages 4-8)

Ten Thank-You Letters

By Daniel Kirk. While Pig writes one long thank-you note to his grandmother for a birthday gift, Rabbit quickly writes ten letters to the people he wants to thank. This humorous picture book helps kids understand the value of a thank-you note. (Ages 5-8)

Bear Says Thanks

By Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman. Bear is having a feast for all of his friends, but his cupboards are empty. Bear thanks each friend as they show up, bringing food with them. This warm and inviting book uses themes of friendship and generosity to illustrate good manners. (Ages 4-8)

The Thank You Book

By Mo Willems. In Piggy and Gerald’s final book, Piggy makes an effort to thank everyone, but Gerald is worried she’ll forget someone important. With classic Mo Willems humor, Piggy and Gerald teach a valuable lesson while saying goodbye. (Ages 4-8)


By Pat Mora, illustrated by John Parra. Written in both Spanish and English, this humorous book follows a day in the life of a young boy. He thanks the sun, the bees that don’t sting him, and the crickets that sing him to sleep at night. It’s funny, heartfelt, and sweet. (Ages 5-9)


November Happenings at Parks’ Place 2018

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Classroom News

Butterfly Infant


The infant room had a wonderful month of sensory experiences! The children have painted, colored and even tore paper. The children loved the sound of the various types of paper as they made completely different sounds. As the weather has changed and the sun is not as hot the children have explored the great outdoors and taking buggy rides. A special thank you to all of our parents who helped with fall festival. You are great!

Ms. Carmen
Ms. Touraya

Grasshopper Twos


The month of October was fun and exciting. We learned about Fall and Safety! We did a lot of hands on activities such as dressing up like firefighters and police officers. We would like to thank all the parents for participating in fall festival. We had so much fun trunk or treating!

Ms. Sabrina

VPK News


This month was so exciting! We learned about Fall and Safety. During safety week we had a visit from the fire department. They taught us about fire safety and showed us their cool truck! We especially liked learning all the different types of  fire fighting equipment. We did exercises like pretended to call 911 in case of an emergency. We learned about the different parts of a pumpkin and even decorated one in class. We had a ball on our field trip to Connor’s A-Maize-Ing Acres. We walked in the corn maze and took hay rides. We ended the month with our Trunk-or-Treat Fall  Festival.. Thank you to all of our parent volunteers for your help.

Mrs. Michelle, VPK A/B
Ms. Butler, VPK C
Ms. Mincey, VPK C

Busy Bee Ones

Busy Bees/Ones

This month we are excited to learn about farm life and Thanksgiving! We have lots of festive sensory activities in store for this month. Last month, the children enjoyed learning about Safety. Our fall festival was an amazing event. The children enjoyed dressing up in their costumes and collecting candy. This month the children will learn about the importance of Thanksgiving, pumpkins, apples, and life on the farm.

Ms. Odemaris
Ms. Jazmine

Pawsomes Threes


This month we talked about trees, leaves, squirrels, acorns, pumpkins, apples, fire safety, and we did LOTS of Halloween activities. We talked about the life of a tree, why leaves change colors and why squirrels like acorns. We learned about fire safety and what to do in case of a fire. We had a visit from the fire department. They showed us all their different equipment and even went up the fire truck ladder for us. We ended things off with our fall festival! We dressed up and played all types of games before going trunk or treating in the parking lot.

Ms. Miller

Dates to Remember

Friday, November 2nd
Cooking Baked Apples

Monday, November 5th
Family Engagement Turkey Activity
Report Cards Go Home

Tuesday, November 6th
VPK Awards Ceremony

Friday, November 9th
NO VPK – Teacher Planning

Monday, November 12th
Veteran’s Day Observance
PPLC Closed

Friday, November 16th
Thanksgiving Feast

Wednesday, November 21st
PPLC Closing Early

November 22nd-23rd
Thanksgiving Holiday
PPLC Closed

Monday, November 26th
Progress Reports Go Home

Thursday, November 29th
VPK Field Trip
Publix at Oakleaf Commons

November 11, 2018

To those in uniform serving today and to those who have served in the past, we honor you today and every day.

Thank you for your service.

November 1st-16th

Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and joy. A time of food, family, and counting our blessings. But, not everyone is as blessed as we. Part of being thankful for our good fortune is using that to help others.

Parks’ Place will be collecting food items to distribute to needy families. Please, help us to help them have something for which they can truly be thankful.

This is a wonderful opportunity to explore all the things your family is thankful for with your child.



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Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Literacy Pumpkin Contest

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Join in the fun at the Literacy Pumpkin Contest

Pumpkins are Due by Friday, October 26, 2018

Decorate an artificial pumpkin to match your favorite book. Children will vote to choose their favorite pumpkin in their class. Class winners will display their pumpkins in the Lending Library. Other children will have their pumpkins displayed in the classroom.

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Free Kindergarten Readiness Packet

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Download a free Kindergarten Readiness Packet created by Heather Cartwright.

It contains a lot of very valuable information including:

  • Language & Reading Requirements
  • Book & Reading List Recommendations
  • Important Skills
  • Picture Identification
  • The Alphabet
  • Name Writing
  • Rhyming Words
  • Sight Words
  • Math
  • Writing Practice
  • Counting
  • Right & Left
  • Colors
  • and more

Download a interactive guide Kindergarten Readiness Packet and have fun teaching and playing with your child to learn the important skills needed to be prepared for kindergarten.

Kindergarten Readiness Packet
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Academic & Athletic Summer Camp June, July, & August

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Academic & Athletic Summer Camp June, July, & August FEATURING: DAILY FIELD TRIPS
Exciting Locations around Metro Jacksonville • MOSH (Museum of Science & history) • Historical sites in Jacksonville & St. Augustine • Swimming • Camping • Bowling • Horseback Riding• Bike Riding • and More!

Literacy Camp
Jacksonville Library Summer Reading Program
Computer Skills Training
An Athletic Focus
Our Annual Daycare Cup (D.C. Cup)

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First Time Home Buyers Information Session

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First Time Home Buyers Information Session

Tired of Renting? Fire Your Landlord.

Need Credit Counseling?

Come out and get insider tips on how you can own your own home.

Thursday, January 18th at 6:00 pm at Parks’ Place

  • Zero down home loans available.
  • Up to 15K grants available.
  • Free credit report available to everybody who attends.

Please join us for a first time home buyers seminar.

Come out and get insider tips from guest speaker Willie Smith with Hampton Group Funding, Inc.

Tosha Martinez Realtor