Early Learning Center News

L. Daniel Hutto Early Learning Center at FSDB

A Montessori Environment Where Young Children Explore, Learn and Create

October 2020
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Dates to Remember

Oct. 30 - End of 1st quarter

Oct. 30 - ELC Halloween Celebration (more information below)

Nov. 3 - Election Day - Remember to VOTE!

Nov. 23-27 - Thanksgiving Break


Dear ELC Families,

Learning in our Montessori classrooms in the ELC is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline and a love of learning.

The children work during an uninterrupted two-hour work block. During this time, a teacher might give a lesson to a child or to a small group of children, another child might give a lesson to a peer, or the children are free to explore the materials. For a young child, the lesson could only be a few moments long. An older child might receive a more complex lesson requiring attention to multiple steps or an advanced concept. These lessons help the children develop work habits, organizational skills, and order but they never teach the children the answers.

Teaching children the answers takes away their chance to make discoveries on their own. A preschooler may wonder, "Why did my tower of cubes fall down?" or "What happens if I paint with yellow and red?"

Our Montessori environment offers children the tools to discover the answers to their own questions. The teachers are the guides and the learning materials are the tools for discovery, growth and development. The children quickly learn to examine a problem carefully, seek possiblities and discover a solution. We see the children's confidence develop right before our eyes. We see them delight in solving their own problems and taking leadership roles in guiding others as they discover their abilities and skills.

Thank you for sharing your children with us,



The ELC will be celebrating Halloween on Friday October 30!

Please send your child to school in his/her costume* on Friday Oct. 30 and send a change of clothes.

We will celebrate with a special story, fun activities and a scavenger hunt from 9:00-10:30 - we will then change out of our costumes.

The children will get some treats and goodies but we will not have a parade or trick or treat this year - and in keeping with school policy, parents are not permitted to come on campus.

Please let your child's teacher know if you want to send in a special snack or treats for Halloween.

We promise to take and share lots of pictures!

*Please let us know if you do not celebrate Halloween or if you do not want your child to dress up.

ELC Celebrates the International Day of Peace 2020

The ELC celebrates the International Day of Peace

On Sept. 21, 2020 the ELC celebrated the International Day of Peace. We read The Peace Book, by Todd Parr and created artwork related to peace. The classes joined together and we each took turns saying what peace means to us.

Montessori Moments

Days of the Week song - presented by the ELC BVI Class

Days of the Week Video

New ELC Facebook Group!

In order to enhance digital security for our students and their families, we have transitioned our school Facebook page to a private group, which affords us better screening and monitoring measures. Our goal is to share information, update the community on events and programs, and showcase the achievements of students, teachers, parents and other community members in a more private and secure way.

Since this group will be private, an administrator must approve your request to join. If you would like to join the group, click the link below. Also, if you have not done so already, please like and follow the main FSDB Facebook pag.

ELC Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/fsdbearlylearningcenter

FSDB Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/fsdbk12

Transparent Classroom

Make sure you are signed up for Transparent Classroom. The teachers are posting photos of your children working, descriptions of the lessons taught, messages from teachers.....and so much more.....Please go to the ELC website https://sites.google.com/fsdbk12.org/early-learning-center/home. for more information or click the transparent classroom link here: www.transparentclassroom.com. Watch for the lessons below to show up in your child's activities! Once you are in Transparent Classroom, you are able to click on the links you are sent of your children working to learn more about the lessons they are completing.

ELC Wellness Policy

Our number one priority is to keep our students and staff healthy as we come back to school. The ELC and FSDB staff have worked tirelessly arranging the classrooms, the schedule and the routines in order to provide social distancing and a safe environment. Each day, ELC teachers and staff spend at least an hour cleaning every shelf, table and work in the classroom to try to prevent the spread of germs. The staff and children are washing their hands, using sanitizer, wearing masks and/or face shields and doing really really well distancing from each other. Everyone is doing their part to keep each other healthy. You are helping us by keeping your children home if they are showing symptoms of illness. Thanks to all of your for coming to pick up your children and for keepting them home if they are exhibiting signs of illness.

Many of you have called asking for clarification about our ELC/FSDB Wellness Policy.

Please keep in mind, none of us have ever experienced a pandemic before and we are learning everyday. It is the responsibility of our entire community to protect the health and safety of our students, staff and families.

Please click here for a detailed explanation of the ELC/FSDB Wellness Policy and please contact Gail with any additional questions or concerns.

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Virtual Parent Sign Language Classes

FSDB Parent University is hosting two virtual sign language classes for FSDB families starting the week of Sept. 21, 2020 and continuing weekly through the end of October. Beginner and intermediate classes are available, both from 4-5 p.m. No advance registration is required and classes will be held via Zoom. Click here for dates and more details.

PEW Dates for the 2020-21 Academic Year

Parent Engagement Workshops will be held virtually through the first semester of the 2020-21 school year. Dates forthcoming (Please confirm meeting dates prior to making travel plans, as these dates are tentative and may change.)

The second Parent Engagement Workshop (PEW) for the 2020-21 school year will be held on Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. via Zoom! We hope you can participate in this event. To join the meeting, visit: https://bit.ly/3ic2mb1

Future workshops will be held on Dec. 4, Jan. 15, Feb. 12 and April 23. Be sure to add these dates to your calendar!

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FSDB Presidential Interviews and Public Board Meetings

The FSDB Board of Trustees will interview presidential finalists on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, followed by committee, workshop and regular meetings on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Agenda topics focus on matters pertaining to FSDB. All events take place in Moore Hall Center for Learning and Development, are open to the public and live streamed on the FSDB board meetings webpage. American Sign Language interpreters will be provided.

Members of the public are invited to address the board for up to three minutes per person. All public comments are limited to 45 minutes total. Public comment registration cards must be turned in no later than the start of each event. Important: Moore Hall CLD and second floor overflow seating is limited; face masks shall be worn when social distancing is not feasible. Individuals who do not plan to make public comment are strongly encouraged to view the above events via live stream.

For more information and links to view the livestream, visit the FSDB Board of Trustees Meetings webpage.

Contact Us:

ELC Office

PH or Text: 904-827-2835

VP: 904-201-4529

Health Care Center

PH: 904-827-2410

VP: 904-201-3910


PH: 800-992-8747

Vaill Hall (Dorm)

PH: 904-827-2806

VP: 904-201-4461

Parent Services

PH: 904-827-2212

VP: 904-201-4527

Campus Police

PH: 904-827-2315

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St. Augustine, FL, USA


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