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SEPTEMBER 2012

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Movie Night Parent to Parent by Jennifer Beck

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September Fun Facts

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Gulf Coast Family School Guide

Party with a Purpose

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Treating Simple Skin Infections at Home

Meet the Robbins Family

Sensible Tips for Helping Children With Homework After School Activity Guide

GattiTown, Clearwater

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It’s Great to Create: Grandparents Day Crafts

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Heart Gallery

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Savings Made Sweet

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Core Strength

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The Young and the Young at Heart

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by Jené VanButsel

Species Spotlight with Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

Back to School Advice for Our Pets by Tammy Vasquez

Monthly Brain Workout

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September 2012 Events

Protect Your Family by Attorney G. Alan Tripp, Jr.

Jokes for the Month In the Next Issue This September We Recommend That You...

Destination Dinner Lonni’s Sandwiches, etc.

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by Noelle Phillips, Physical Therapist, Independent Living-Pediatrics

Building Blocks: Looking through Life’s Windowpanes Financial Peace by Pete O’Shea

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Destination Dinner: Lonni’s Sandwiches

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Focus on the Family

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Free Brakes for Food!

by Jim Daly and Dr. Juli Slattery

Family First 10 Things Your Kids Need to Get Right in High School

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Family Night Out

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The Tropical Garden

Kids in the Kitchen

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Although it can be a little bit overwhelming at times, I enjoy any kind of shopping with my little girls except grocery shopping. That can even be okay once in a while, but they usually get bored with it and start misbehaving long before we’re done! My 8-year-old, Hanna, especially loves to go shopping with me. And it doesn’t matter where – if I’m going, then she wants to go. And unlike my other kids, I can specifically say in advance that I won’t be buying anything for her, and she will still want to come.

While she certainly enjoys looking at things that she might want to buy for herself – books, clothes, stuffed animals, etc., the sweetest thing about shopping with Hanna is that almost every time, she wants to buy something (or many somethings) for another person in the family. If it’s for her oldest brother, David, it is usually something silly – a goofy t-shirt or anything that might embarrass him. But for the rest of the family, she usually finds things that she truly thinks they would like (whether an 8-year-old’s taste matches theirs is another story, of course).

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if I never bought her anything but bought something for Haylee “from her” instead. Haylee’s birthday was right at the end of last school year, and since that is always a busy time, we didn’t have a chance to let Hanna get a gift for her before the actual day. But she’s made up for it all summer long – she has selected no fewer than 20 different things that she wants to buy “since she didn’t get Haylee a birthday present,” and has actually given her 4 gifts – 3 purchased and one homemade. Then just this week, Hanna was telling me that she really needs to get Haylee another birthday present. “But her birthday was two months ago,” I argued.

rotten by constantly letting one buy gifts for the other

“But she turned 5, so I want to get her 5 presents. I’ve only given her 4.”

Hanna especially enjoys selecting things for her younger sister, Haylee, who loves to get new things. I honestly believe that I could spoil two kids rotten by constantly letting one buy gifts for the other – Haylee would love to receive a trinket every time Hanna goes shopping, and Hanna would be thrilled

Wow, this could get really expensive as Haylee gets older – I think we’re going to need to head to the dollar store! But that sweet, generous spirit is definitely something that is worth encouraging. Until next time,

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In celebration of National Museum Day, scheduled this year for Saturday, September 29, over a dozen local museums are joining with hundreds of other museums across the nation to offer free admission. The promotion, spearheaded by the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D. C., is held to promote museum visits among those who might not ordinarily tour museums. Along the Gulf Coast, Museum Day participants include the Museum of Fine Arts of St. Petersburg, the Armed Forces Museum, the Tampa Museum of Art and the Tampa History Center to name just a few. To find out more visit smithsonianmag.com/museumday.

In 1962, Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the world to the beloved Bear family of Mama, Papa and Small Bear in their first children’s book, The Big Honey Hunt. Since then, over 300 Berenstain Bears titles have been published to both critical and popular acclaim, with over 200 titles still in print today. The Berenstain Bears are among the most widely recognized and loved characters in the U.S. and they have been enjoyed by children for many years. When Stan and Jan Berenstain developed the Berenstain Bear book series, they purposely wrote each book to convey a moral or message to your child. September 29 is Berenstain Bear Day in honor of Stan Berenstain’s birthday. Here is a perfect opportunity to start discussions with your kids using these great books.

Over 950 Million lbs September 17, 2012 of Play-Doh have been purchased since it was accidentally invented in September 1955 by Joseph and Noah McVicker while trying to make a wallpaper cleaner. While Play-Doh did not make a good cleaner, this nontoxic, non-staining, reusable modeling compound became a hit with kids all around the world. National Play-Doh Day is September 16th this year, and it’s an easy day to celebrate. Simply pull out the Play-Doh and ...play! Play-Doh is inexpensive, it inspires creativity, and it is just plain fun, no matter how old you are.

Constitution and Citizenship Day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States on September 17, 1787. The Constitution stands as the final authority in United States law. September 17th is also a day for learning about the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens.

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A Christ-centered School of Excellence

Academics 95% College Acceptance, 2 Armed Forces 100% passing rate in AP Calculus (3 years in a row) Class of 2012 $4.8 million in scholarships 7 Dual Enrollment, 9 AP Classes and Honors Courses

Athletics Rated by the St. Petersburg Times - #1 Private or Public Athletic Program in Pinellas County 2009, 2010, 2011 Junior Mustang Athletic Programs starting at the preschool level

NCS welcomes Mike Alstott, head football coach

4 Varsity Coaches Named Coach of the Year for the Bay Area in 2011 8 graduating seniors received athletic scholarships to play in college

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September Family of the Month

Meet the Robbins Family Pumpkin pie, football season, cooler climate, and a new school year routine –these make September special for Rex and Amber, who refer to their home as "The Robbins’ Nest" because "home is always the place we enjoy getting back to." But the Robbins family finds their joy in reaching out from home to serve others. And that is by design. This father and mother of Gulf Coast's September Family of the Month set the example. "We are striving to be a family that thinks of others first and serves. This is a definite goal. We remind ourselves to stay purposeful about it because it is so easy to become selfish with time and resources." Rex and Amber approach parenting with a purpose as well. Rex's favorite aspect of the job: "the opportunity to step up and take responsibility for what God has blessed me with. I just love our kids; they are amazing in so many ways." When the family moved to the Tampa area in 2008, Rex purposed to find a school for Autumn (11), Scarlet (9), and Alexander (5) that met his goals for his family. "Bell Shoals Baptist Academy exceeded our expectations in every way," he said. Amber appreciates the nurturing staff. "They strive to work in tandem with parents to train up the children for eternity." She enjoys their innovative ideas – such as the garden recently developed with help from the well-renowned local company Outdoor Impressions.

Recently, the family served together preparing gift bags for the BSBA staff’s return to school and also assisted with a Back to School Outreach in Wimauma hosted at the Good Samaritan Mission. "The kids jumped right in to help – and were better at assisting the children in selecting backpacks and school supplies than we were!" They all helped plant a church: Apollo Beach Campus of Bell Shoals Baptist Church. Married 15 years this month, Rex and Amber have two different versions of their story! They met at work in Ohio and married 2 years later. "That much, we agree on!" they laughed. But both do recognize that God changed their hearts. Amber saw a difference in Rex and ultimately made a decision to follow Christ as he had.

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Family Favorites • Foods: Rex: Amber’s World Famous Cowboy Cookies; Amber: Brandon Farm’s Strawberry Shortcake; Alexander: fruit and junky food; Scarlet: cranberry chicken, cheesy potatoes with broccoli; Autumn: Mom’s homemade spaghetti & meatballs • Books: Rex: leadership, Christian self-improvement, anything by Ted Dekker; Amber: Bible studies, anything by Dannah Gresh; Autumn: anything by Brian Davis, Amanda Davis, and Jenny L. Cote; Scarlet: “The Case for Christ” and Tiara Club book series; Alexander: books from Cars Movies and the Bible • Fast food restaurant: All together now: “Chick-Fil-A!” • Sit down restaurant: “You can sit down at “Chick-Fil-A!”

Rex is regional sales director for a national telecommunications company, XO Communications, and Amber works as the family's domestic engineer. She also volunteers at the children's school as a member of Parent Teacher Fellowship and organizer of the Christmas Cookie Exchange.

• Movies: Alexander: Cars 2 and “I bet I will like Cars 3 when it does come out – and the Lego short movies on the Lego website.”

“The Robbins Nest” is a nurturing place for this family who loves each other and loves to serve together. Gulf Coast Family is pleased to honor all the Robbins as our Family of the Month.

• Local “vacation-type” activity: Rex: Going to Anna Maria Island and eating at the Sandbar Restaurant!; Amber: Going to Anna Maria Island and eating at the Sandbar Restaurant!

Meet The Kids Now a 6th grader (and thrilled to have a locker!), 11-yearold Autumn is accomplished and competitive. She loves reading, acting, and music – including singing and piano. Amber excelled in the Accelerated Reader program at BSBA and has been in 9 theatre productions at the Florida Academy of Performing Arts. She competes in Bible Drill at church and qualified for State competition this year.

• Hobbies: Scarlet: sewing & crafting with grandparents; Alexander: crafting with grandparents; Autumn: sewing & crafting with grandparents

Since Alexander was first exposed to Legos, not a day has gone by that he has not created something. He is definitely wired with an engineering bent! Legoland for his 5th birthday last December was a highlight! He also enjoys the Saturday morning building workshops with Dad at Lowes – and always plans things to invent and make for his family when he grows up. A Kindergartener now, Alexander loves being with family and loves having someone read to him from his “Action Bible”.

Like her older sister, 9-year-old Scarlet enjoys Bible Drill and piano. This organized 4th grader is an all-around great student and athlete with an encouraging spirit. She loves the color pink! She is an eager assistant in the kitchen and attended the Young Chef’s Academy. Oh, and watch out if you play UNO or BLOKUS with her – Scarlet plays a mean game of these family favorites! If you would like to recommend a family to be featured as the family of the month, send a photo and a description of what makes your family unique to articles@gulfcoastfamily.org.

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McKay Scholarship Accepted Step Up for Students Scholarship Accepted Financial Aid to Those Who Qualify (Limited) Accredited with the Florida Catholic Conference (FCC) and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

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MORNING Phone: 727-544-6036 STAR SC HOOL Email: mschool2@tampabay.rr.com Website: www.morningstarschool.org 4661 80th Avenue North Fax: 727-546-9058 Pinellas Park, FL 33781

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AC Kids Campus of Seminole

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Admiral Farragut Academy

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501 Park St. N, St. Peterburg

Anona Christian Center

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397-3204 www.bpwels.com

K-8th

391-4060 blessedsacramentcatholicschool.com

Pre-K–8th

548-1424

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Calvary Christian High School

449-2247 cchs.us

9th–12th

Canterbury School of Florida

525-1419 canterbury-fl.org

Pre-K–12th

Cathedral Child Care

522-6650 suncoastcathedral.com

Infant–VPK

Cathedral School of St. Jude

347-8622 cathedralofstjude.org

3yr–8th

Center Academy Palm Harbor

781-2986 centeracademy.com

4th–12th

Center Academy Pinellas Park

541-5716 centeracademy.com

5th–12th

Community Christian School

954-8856 ccschool.com

K–12th

895-2512 communitypreschool.com

2yr–VPK

799-1618 myccacademy.org

Infant–8th

447-6385 delphifl.org

Pre-K–9th

7589 113th Lane, Seminole

Blessed Sacrament Catholic School

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11501 66th Ave N, Seminole

Brite Beginnings Preschool

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4210 78th Ave N, Pinellas Park

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110A N McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater

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990 62nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg

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2300 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg

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Bay Pines Lutheran School

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6710 86th Ave N, Pinellas Park

7900 22nd Ave N, St. Petersburg

Community Preschool

1665 25th Ave N, St. Petersburg

Countryside Christian Academy

1850 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater

Delphi Academy of Florida

1831 Drew St, Clearwater

The Mission of Transfiguration Early Childhood Center is to provide a safe, inviting environment where children feel free to create, explore and express themselves while being nourished with love and care through the Catholic faith.

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Esther’s School at Aldersgate United Methodist Church

560-6991 estherschool.com

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Esther’s School at Church of the Nazarene

544-4700 estherschool.com

K–12th

391-9788 seminoleag.org

2yr–VPK

573-1012 feathersoundpreschool.com

2yr–5yr

First Baptist Preschool

544-9465 fbcpp.org/preschool

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First Christian Academy

943-7411 firstchristianacademy.com

9530 Starkey Road, Seminole

593-5437 anona.com; find us under the Grow tab

13233 Indian Rocks Rd, Largo

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Faith Academy Preschool

10600 113th Street, Seminole

Feather Sound Christian Preschool

13880 Feather Sound Dr, Clearwater 5495 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park

2795 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs

First Lutheran School

462-8000 flcclearwater.org

3yr–8th

GRAD Academy Christian School

584-8200 gradacademy.com

K–8th

Guardian Angels Catholic School

799-6724 gacsfl.com

Pre-K–8th

Gulf Coast Christian School

345-3448 gccskids.org

2yr–8th

Holy Family Catholic School

526-8194 holyfamily-school.com

2yr–8th

821-7100 imagineschoolsstpetersburg.com

K–7th

596-4342 ircs.org

Pre-K–12th

430-3902 jmackids.com

VPK–8th

393-9100 keswickchristian.org

2yr–12th

1644 Nursery Rd., Clearwater 3470 Adrian Ave, Largo

2270 Evans Road, Clearwater

6355 38th Ave N, St. Petersburg 250 78th Ave NE, St. Petersburg

Imagine School

1950 1st Ave N, St. Petersburg

Indian Rocks Christian School

12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo

JMAC Kids

2177 NE Coachman Rd, Clearwater

Keswick Christian School

10101 54th Ave N, St. Petersburg

Catholic (Faith Based) Curriculum Math Readiness Hands-on-Learning Early Literacy Reading Readiness Music & Movement Creative Thinking Indoor Playground Science Exploration Character Education/Safe Environment Healthy Habits Cooking Experiences Small Groups Spanish Sign Language Computers Gymnastics Lending library To advertise, call 727-612-0783

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Transfiguration Early Childhood Center 4000 43rd Street North St. Petersburg, FL 33714

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Kids Christian Care

8755 49th Streeet N, Pinellas

Little Stars Academy Preschool

637 Michigan Blvd, Dunedin

Living Love Early Childhood Center

4825 East Bay Dr., Clearwater

Loving Arms Christian Preschool

11220 Oakhurst Road, Largo

Lutheran Church of Cross Day School

4545 Chancellor St NE, St. Petersburg

Montessori Preparatory

557 Clearwater Largo Road N, Largo

Morning Star School

4661 80th Ave N, Pinellas Park

Newpoint High School

Contact Information

Grades

School

541-6502

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531-2761 osls.net

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595-2112 ctklc.org/preschool

2yr – 5yr 49

522-8331 lccdayschool.com

2yr–8th

581-1195

Infant – VPK

544-6036 morningstarschool.org

1st–8th

462-0134 NorthbayChristian.com

K–8th

Northside Christian School

541-7593 x 247 nck12.com

VPK–12th

Oakhurst Learning Center

596-3411 oakhurstlearningcenter.com

13233 102nd Ave. N., Largo

Open Arms Preschool

455 Missouri Avenue, Largo

Our Savior Lutheran School

301 58th St. S., St. Petersburg

Ovations School for the Arts

2100 4th St S, St. Petersburg

302-9668 www.cbistpete.org

1 yr – 5 yr

347-1227

Infant–Pre-K

330-9449 pinellasacademy.com

K – 7th

536-3600 pinellasprep.org

K – 8th

793-2400 platoacademy.net

K – 8th

397-5759 oakhurstumc.com/rainbow

2 yr – 5 yr

Riviera Day School

525-8866 rivieraumc.org

2 yr – 4 yr

Rosie’s Play School

727-526-1038 rosiesplayschool.com

2 yr – 5 yr

Rosie’s Play School

727-526-1038 rosiesplayschool.com

1 yr – 5 yr

544-1106 shsaints.org

Pre-K – 8th

526-6931

2–5 yr

456-7511 shorecrest.org

3 yr – 12th

Pauline Rivkind Preschool at Congregation B’nai Israel

344-1026 osls.net 270-ARTS (4787) ovationsarts.org

Pinellas Academy of Math and Science

54

Rainbow Preschool of Oakhurst United Methodist Church

13400 Park Blvd, Seminole

56 57

59 2yr–8th 60 Pre-K–12th

Plato Academy

401 S Old Coachman Rd, Clearwater 1601 Curlew Rd., Palm Harbor 7100 142nd Ave. N., Largo 10888 126th Ave., Seminole

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2yr–VPK

Pinellas Preparatory Academy

2300 S Belcher Rd. #100, Largo

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2yr–Pre-K

585-9790 email openarms@poplargo.org

Pilgrim Child Development Center

6315 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL

1775 S Highlands Avenue, Clearwater

Northbay Christian School

7777 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg

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Infant–Pre-K

9th–12th

2200 Marshall St., Safety Harbor

Grades

300 58th Street North, St. Petersburg

475-1256 newpointschools.org

21800 US 19 N, Clearwater

46

Contact Information

175 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg 4500 38th Ave. N., St. Petersburg 501 39th St. N., St. Petersburg

Sacred Heart Interparochial School

7951 46th Way N, Pinellas Park

Shining Starz Preschool

1541 54th Ave N, St. Petersburg

Shorecrest Prep

5101 1st St NE, St. Petersburg

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Founded in 1971, St. Petersburg Christian School (SPCS) embraces a Christ-centered philosophy of education for students KindergartenGrade 8. The school received the prestigious National Blue Ribbon School Award from the U.S. Department of Education in 2003 and continues to meet and exceed the rigorous requirements of that award. SPCS also offers comprehensive sports, fine arts and technology programs. SPCS just completed a $3.4 million project providing a 31,750 square foot 3-story building that includes 22 classrooms, offices, science lab and a new cafeteria. SPCS completed a 5-year SACS accreditation this year with high marks. To quote the accreditation team, “Many schools do a few things really well, SPCS does many things really well!” If you are interested in becoming part of the SPCS family, contact us at 727-522-3000 or visit our website at ww.stpetechristian.com. www.gulfcoastfamily.org


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797-1186 skycrestchristianschool.org

1 yr – 8th

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1199 Highland Ave. N.E., Largo

727-585-8596 stpaulumc.org

Infant–VPK

71

St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School

461-1207 st-cecelia.org

Skycrest Christian School

129 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater

Son Kissed Preschool

1350 Court St, Clearwater 64

65

66

67

68

69

St. Jerome Early Childhood Center

10895 Hamlin Blvd., Largo

St. Nicholas Orthodox Christian School

2801 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs

St. Petersburg Catholic High School

6333 9th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg Christian School

2021 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg

Sunset Point Preschool

1419 Sunset Point Rd., Clearwater, FL

Transfiguration Early Childhood Center

4000 43rd Street N, St. Petersburg

Pre-K – 8th

2 yr – 5 yr

942-0580 stnicholasorthodoxchristianschool.org

Pre-K – 8th SLD/LD K – 12th

522-3000 stpetechristian.org

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73

596-9491 stjeromeearlychildhoodcenter.org

344-4065 spchs.org

School

74 75

9th–12th 76 K – 8th 77

727-461-1001

1 yr – 5 yr 78

527-2880 transfigparish.org

2yr–Pre-K

Trinity Presbyterian Preschool

2001 Rainbow Dr, Clearwater

Veritas Academy

12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo

Victory Child Development

4401 58th St N, St. Petersburg

Wee Friends Child Care Center

11045 Park Blvd, Seminole

Westchester Academy

5690 Roosevelt Blvd, Clearwater

Westchester Learning Center

438 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg

Westlake Christian School

1551 Belcher Rd, Palm Harbor

Westside Christian School

11633 137th St N, Largo

Windsor Preparatory Academy

5175 45th St N, St. Petersburg

Contact Information

Grades

446-0959

2yr–Pre-K

593-8791 veritas-ircs.org

Pre-K–12th

545-9109

1yr–Pre-K

392-2037 seminolefirstbaptist.com/ weefriends.php

Infant–VPK

536-1622 westchester-academy.com

1yr–school age (Child care only)

521-9503

Infant – 5 yr.

781-3808 westlakechristianschool.org

2 yr – 8th

517-2153

westsidechristianschool.com 475-1297 windsorprep.org

K–12th K – 3rd

To have your school listed in Gulf Coast Family’s printed school guide call 727-612-0783 or visit gulfcoastfamily.org.

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Sensible Tips for Helping Children With Homework by Gina Stephens

1. SET GOALS

One of the biggest lessons for parents of school-age children is learning how to handle homework, and how best to help their children meet academic challenges. Sometimes, parents think helping their child complete homework, or even doing their child’s homework for him, will help him achieve better grades in school. Often, it’s just the opposite, creating a situation where children have not learned the concepts they are later tested on in the classroom.

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Instead, parents should create a homework environment that is conducive to their child efficiently tackling school tasks. At Sylvan Learning we recommend the following tips to help parents develop a homework plan for back-to-school success:

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5. SET WEEKLY MILESTONES

For big projects or exams, get a large calendar for your child’s desk area and help him set short timelines to ensure projects and studying aren’t left until the last minute. Celebrate with your child when each milestone is met. By working with your child to develop a plan to efficiently complete homework tasks, you will find higher grades, fewer homework headaches and a more confident child as a result. For more educational resources for children in grades pre-K through 12, please visit www.SylvanLearning.com or call 1-800-31-SUCCESS.

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After-School activities benefit your child in ways that might surprise you. According to a recent study by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, children who participate in after-school programs

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are more engaged in and have a better attitude about learning, perform better academically, and enjoy an increased sense of accomplishment, competence, and self-esteem. Participation also lowers children’s risk of becoming depressed, using drugs and alcohol, and experiencing other behavioral problems.

Thompson’s Music

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Extracurricular activities let your child enjoy himself in a fun, stress-free environment, get some exercise, and make friends outside of school. If he shows a special talent, it’s great to nurture that ability through lessons or classes. Here are some great local programs that you might want to consider.

Tutterow Dancers

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Florida Academy of Performing Arts 402 Oakfield Drive, Brandon 813-490-ARTS (2787)

Guilfoil Academy of Dance

12445 62nd Street N. #302 Oaklefe Center, Largo 727-216-6989 GuilfoilAcademyOfDance.com

JMAC Kids

2177 NE Coachman Rd, Clearwater 727-430-3902 jmackids.com

Keswick Youth Leagues

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GattiTown Surprise Party by Mary Beth White

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urprise!” Having our son’s surprise birthday party at GattiTown was a great experience for all of us. Our son had been begging to go to GattiTown all summer, since one of his friends had gone and told him about it. “Pizza and video games . . . been there, done that” – or so I thought. We had been putting off going to GattiTown, but decided to have our son’s “friend” birthday party there to surprise him. The staff seemed to enjoy being part of the surprise and got some of the last minute guests to the room quickly. When my husband came with our son (supposedly just to check out the place), the staff took him to the dining room for the big surprise. Was he surprised? Absolutely! And quite honestly, so was I.

GattiTown wasn’t anything like I had expected. Like most moms, I’ve seen plenty of “play & eat” places where I felt like I needed to disinfect my children as we went through; however, GattiTown was different. I was impressed by the cleanliness of the restaurant.

stick, which the staff set up to be played as a slide show during the party. Our son and his friends all got a good laugh out of some of the pictures.

The staff was great and the service was among the best we have received anywhere. When I arrived with the cake, one of the servers helped me with the cake, took it out of the box, and put the candles on it. They then proceeded to make sure that I had everything else that I needed and went above and beyond my expectations. Perhaps my favorite part of the party was the use of one of the television sets in the large room. I had put a large quantity of pictures of the birthday boy on a memory

The salad buffet looked really good. I had really good intentions of having a nice big salad. However, our wonderful servers brought some pizza out to the table and, let’s just say, I never made it to the salad bar. However, I was told by some of the other guests that the salad and the

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other goodies on the bar were very good also. After the children were done eating, the staff took them over to an area to do group activities. I hadn’t arranged anything specific before the party; however I was quite amused that the staff got the children doing the chicken dance and the limbo among other activities. Well, of course the “main attraction” for the children was the game time. The game area wasn’t huge, but seemed to have something for everyone. I personally

didn’t ride the bumper cars, but they looked like a lot of fun; and the kids really enjoyed them. Another favorite for the children was the motor cycle simulator.

So, it’s safe to say that the birthday boy wasn’t the only one surprised by the GattiTown birthday party. GattiTown is a great place to have a birthday party, and I’m sure it won’t be long before we go back just for food and fun.

The game area was completely separate from the dining area, so not only was there not any food in the game area, but while the kids were playing, the par- If you would like to share a party location or idea, visit ents could relax in the dining room and actually carry www.gulfcoastfamily.org and use our “Submit Party Idea” form. Thanks and have a great party! on a conversation. You can also email us at articles@gulfcoastfamily.org.

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Hands down, GattiTown has some of the best pizza in town! They make their dough fresh everyday and they have a signature sauce with 16 secret herbs and spices that will keep you coming back from more. Choose from over 20 specialty pizzas from their buffet line or create your own pizza. Gatti’s will make it fresh for you and deliver it to your table while you enjoy our their All-You-Care-To-Eat-&-Drink buffet where you will find Gatti's famous pizza, a salad bar with over 40 items, hot pastas like SpaGatti & their famous macaroni & cheese, breadsticks, and tasty desserts like cinnamon sticks and Dutch Apple Treat. Enjoy your dinner at GattiTown’s variety of dining areas including their GattiPark sports room to catch your favorite team on a 150" HD screen and seven HD TVs and their dinner theatre room where your family can watch the latest animated movies and shows on two 150" HD screens.

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We are offering an Upscale Blend of high quality Clothing, Shoes & Accessories in an inviting “boutique” setting. You will also find Furniture, Household Goods, Toys and more. All proceeds support the ministry of Keswick Christian School. We are committed to Community Investment through participation in a FREE Clothing Voucher program. Be a part of changing lives ... visit our store and ... be pleasantly surprised!

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GattiTown has the ultimate game room, GattiTown is the perfect spot for your with the latest high tech games around loadnext field trip or group outing. Their pried with maximum fun and great prizes for all vate party rooms are perfect for keeping ages. With over 5,000 square feet of the latest the class or group together and their buffet video games, arcade games, redemption games, variety pleases all appetites. Plus, their kids field bumper cars and mini bowling, guests can show trip prices come with game play for all the fun off their skills, win instant prizes or earn tickets at GattiTown! to redeem at the redemption counter. Guests can also redeem their points at the Gatti Goods store with the best prizes in Clearwater or win instantly on their instant redemption games! GattiTown has the prizes that you want to win, because at While creating their own pizzas, kids will get the opporGattiTown...”everyone goes home a winner!” tunity to have a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in the kitchen at GattiTown. The kids will learn the three S's to a successful kitchen - safety, sanitation and size. In this program, the kids will discover and develop practical life skills for a safe kitchen. This is a hands-on approach that will allow them to gain a better understanding of safety and sanitation.

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Treating Simple Skin Infections at Home by by Lisa Lisa Vaske, Vaske, ARNP, ARNP, After After Hours Hours Pediatrics Pediatrics Urgent Urgent Care Care

Parents often wonder when it is necessary to take a trip to the doctor after their child is injured. The good news is most skin injuries can be treated successfully at home!

Bruises

Bruises are areas of discoloration on the skin due to minor bleeding into the skin; but the skin itself remains intact. Some swelling may occur over and around the area. To treat bruising, place a light cloth over the area and apply ice over the cloth to prevent a freezing injury to the skin. Icing for 20-30 minute cycles will lessen discomfort due to bruising.

Superficial Wounds

Scratches, scrapes, abrasions or floor/rug burns are superficial wounds that do not

go all the way through the skin and are not deep enough to require stitches. Ensure dirt, gravel or other debris is removed by gently cleansing with cool water and antibacterial soap. Apply an antibiotic ointment and protective bandage.

Lacerations

Lacerations (cuts), flaps and tears are often superficial enough that skin cleansing, pressure and a bandage is all that is necessary for treatment. However, if bleeding continues after applying gentle pressure for more than five minutes, or the area gapes open during movement or while at rest, then a visit to the doctor is necessary. Cuts that appear minor should be looked at by a trained professional to determine if stitches would minimize even small

scars. Acetaminophen (“Tylenol”) or ibuprofen (“Motrin”) will lessen the discomfort from minor skin injuries.

The area will be red, warm and tender to touch. Your child’s doctor will likely prescribe an antibiotic.

Note: Always seek medical care if there is persistent bleeding, severe pain, or an apparent deformity of the bone that is below the injured area.

If the skin infection develops suddenly, forms an abscess, has drainage of pus, is extraordinarily tender, or is associated with fever, the cause could be methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). This requires an examination by your doctor who may need to lance the abscess and/or place your child on antibiotics.

Skin Infections

Fortunately, your child’s immune system will usually stop infection from occurring if the injured area is kept clean and covered. Even though the skin is covered by countless bacteria, our immune system is generally able to keep it from causing infection. However, at times, some bacteria will gain a foothold in an area of injured skin and cause infection called cellulites.

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• Hand washing with antibacterial soap is the most effective way to prevent the spread of infection. Treat your child’s wound with the same care and bathe him daily.

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• In general, if your child’s wound looks red, swollen, is painful to touch, has any red streaking, or is draining yellow or green pus, it will require a visit to the doctor. • Always consult with your doctor if you are unsure if a wound may need more specialized care.

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Grandparents Day is an officially –recognized national holiday that falls each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. With this holiday, children have an opportunity to show their appreciation and love toward their grandparents, and grandparents feel valued as their role is recognized. Here are three simple personalized crafts your children can create that are sure to put a smile on any grandparent’s face!

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Tell Grandma and Grandpa how great they are by making them this adorable foot print butterfly card. While your preschoolers may not be able to write, they can still make cards with words and special messages too! They may even learn something while they’re doing it!

This cute garden apron is a lot of fun and quite inexpensive to make. With a simple white apron, a couple of paint brushes and some acrylic paint from Michaels and of course your children’s imprints you can make this keepsake which any grandparent would love to have. You don’t need to be an artist to do this craft, just some patience to make sure the kids put their footprints and hand prints in the right locations. Use your children’s tootsies to make the butterflies and their hands for the flowers.

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Parents, here are several other “grand” ideas to help your family celebrate Grandparents Day this September:

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Give children an opportunity to show their appreciation and love for their grandparents, and likewise give grandparents an opportunity to show their love and caring for their grandchildren.

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Create a memory – an enjoyable, memorable experience for children and their grandparents. Spend an afternoon painting, go fishing, enjoy a special dinner, visit the park, or go to a museum.

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Honor them and give them validation in their role of grandparent. Grandparents like to know that they are making a difference in the lives of younger generations. Give the grandparents a chance to share some of their life experiences with the kids. A sense of legacy is a basic human need. Create a home that remembers its history as it builds its future. Young and old can find wisdom and inspiration in each other. Photo By: Michelle Nault Photography

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Whether it's an impromptu get-together with friends or a formal party, this simple recipe will whet the appetite. This recipe for Parmesan Bread Sticks is very easy and is sure to be a hit. They go so well with Italian dishes and even as a snack. Serve it with pizza sauce or garlic butter dipping sauce and your family is sure to say yummmm!

Parmesan Dipping Sticks • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning • 11-ounce tube refrigerated breadsticks

• 1 cup pizza sauce • Mozzarella cheese

1. Place Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning in a large resealable bag. Shake until combined. 2. Unroll breadstick dough and separate. Cut each breadstick into thirds. 3. Place 4 to 5 breadstick pieces at a time into the bag and shake until coated. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. 4. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes. 5. Place pizza sauce in a microwave-safe bowl and cover. Microwave on high for 1 ½ to 2 minutes until heated through. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

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This Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bar recipe makes a nice afternoon treat, especially after a long day at school. We love it because it's quick (bars are a great treat when you don't have time to bake multiple sheets of cookies), calls for ingredients one almost always has in their pantry, and of course it’s delicious.

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Oatmeal Bars • 2 cups quick-cooking oats • ½ cup packed brown sugar • ½ cup melted butter

• ¼ cup light corn syrup • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

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1. In a greased 9-inch square microwave-safe dish, combine oats, brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup. 2. Microwave on high for 3 minutes, turning halfway through. 3. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and microwave at 30% power for 4 to 5 minutes until chips are soft. Spread chocolate evenly over top. 4. Refrigerate 20 minutes before cutting.

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Destination: Dinner

to offer daily fresh breads for diners. The specialty - wild rice bread - is soft and moist and better than homemade. (A fellow diner purchased her loaf to take home during lunch.)

with the

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Lonni’s Sandwiches, etc There are relaxing Saturdays when you want someplace casual to go with the gang for a good lunch. And there are mid-week lunches to be planned when you want to grab a bite with a co-worker and you want it to be healthy and fresh.

I've often visited the chain "lunch places" with clients and co-workers, and there's nothing wrong with them. But we've found the perfect little spot in Clearwater that offers a delicious (and we mean delicious), fresh, house-made menu and frankly, we don't see ourselves going back to the "chain mentality." Lonni's Sandwiches at Feather Sound is a small little deli that specializes in quirky and anything-but-traditional versions of classic lunch dishes. Sandwiches like the "Sunny Bird," which pairs turkey with cream cheese, sunflower seeds, and housemade honey French dressing, will make you want to sit and savor your lunch. The Cuban and the Nutty Chicken Salad sandwiches are delicious, but do NOT miss

the opportunity to try "Mango Breeze", a delightful sandwich piled high with brie cheese, avocado, curried mango chutney and alfalfa sprouts and mayonnaise (add turkey to up the protein!). Or how about a "Cecil's Sunrise," which piles hard cooked egg atop ham, Swiss, and cheddar, all melted into gooey deliciousness over fresh potato bread? (Even the oldest Hungry son declared himself happily full - a miracle in itself.)

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The salads at Lonni's are piled high with fresh, crisp vegetables and toppings. The Hungry mama feasted on "Once in a Blue Moon," a hearty salad with bleu cheese, mandarin oranges, walnuts, alfalfa sprouts, sunflower seeds, tomato, dried blueberries, and fresh vegetables over romaine. I recommend the house French dressing and turkey on top (and you'll most likely have leftovers for dinner).

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Get it for carry-out and head out for a picnic, choose to take advantage of the catering menu, or sit a bit and enjoy lunch with a big glass of mango or raspberry tea. But whatever you do, make it a point to visit Lonni's Sandwiches. Dining out is an experience most of us have incorporated into our lives on a regular basis, and we are blessed to have some of the finest family restaurants around. Each month the “Hungry Family” will be loading up and traveling throughout Pinellas on their Destination Dinner Road Trip to search out and find the best family restaurants on the peninsula. So if you have a restaurant you would like us to visit, simply email us your recommendation to hungryfamily@gulfcoastfamily.org and we will see if we can add your restaurant as a future destination.

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If you have been couponing for any amount of time now, you probably know how quickly that you can build a stockpile of items! In fact, it really takes very little time at all to realize just how many items that you can add to your stockpile on a weekly basis. If you are shopping the sales and using coupons to maximize your savings, you should be adding items rather quickly to your stockpile. For me, having a stockpile, is in many ways, like having a life-insurance policy. You really should have one because

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you never know when you may need it. For example, when my husband lost his job unexpectedly, I don’t know what we would have done without our stockpile!

not have pets, but many times I can get pet food for Free with coupons. If I am not paying anything for the item, why not take advantage of the deal and give the items away to a local pet shelter?

In fact, I was so well-stocked on pantry and frozen items that we were able to live off of our stockpile for 4-6 months! I would only have to shop for those FREE items that I could get with coupons, or the everyday essentials like bread and milk.

Lastly, I love to stockpile items because I find that it allows me to build my weekly menu around the items that I have on hand in my pantry. Once your pantry is well-stocked, you will find that each week you are only shopping the sales and for everyday essential items such as milk and eggs!

If I knew that there was an upcoming sale on pasta sauce and I could get it for Free or very inexpensively, I would stock up! After all, we use pasta sauce on a weekly basis. Not only does stockpiling allow you to add items to your personal pantry, but it also allows you to donate items to those in need. I find that many times I am able to get items for Free which our family would not typically use and then donate them to my church, friends, or families in need. For example, we do

Stockpiling does take a little time and planning ahead, but once you start to see how rewarding it can be for your family and those around you, you will enjoy adding items to your pantry each week! So, the next time that your favorite pasta is on sale and you can get it for Free or very inexpensively, why not stock up? For more great savings tips, visit www.MySweetSavings.com

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Core Strength::The TheUnsung UnsungHero Heroin inMeeting MeetingPediatric PediatricGross Gross&&Fine FineMotor MotorMilestones Milestones by Noelle Phillips, Physical Therapist, Independent Living-Pediatrics. Gross and fine motor are often the main concerns of families with children that have special needs. While finding an exceptional preschool is ideal for so many aspects of development once they become a toddler, there are plenty of wonderful therapeutic activities that can be implemented in the natural environment of the home. In regards to gross motor or large body movements, there are a few crucial exercises that help strengthen the body and prepare it for movement. Regardless if the child’s tone

is low or high, these exercises can be completed to help strengthen the body’s core or trunk.

muscles by having a child turn and complete a diagonal sit up to each side. This will encourage a firm torso.

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Sit ups, either on a stabilized therapy ball or on a mat, is a great way to strengthen abdominal muscles. You can encourage a child to complete the sit up by using a little handheld manipulatives or toys and having them sit up to reach them as a reward. You can use two hand held assistance at first, in case it is too difficult. Then you can gradually take away your physical support. You can incorporate different

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Another great exercise for building core strength is bridging. Bridging can be easily performed by having a child lie on his or her back when on the floor with both knees bent and both feet flat on the floor. Next have a child lift his or her bottom up into the air and allow a toy such as a car to pass underneath thereby completing the bridge. This activity promotes good hip strength which is so vital for a good lower extremity development as well as balance.

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Now that gross motor movements have been discussed, let’s turn to some of the more intricate movements of the body. Movement completed with hands, or fine motor, is also very pivotal in healthy development. Shoulder strength is critical to meeting these important fine motor skills such as lifting up the arm, holding a bottle, pointing to eventually scribbling with a crayon and writing. Commando crawling as well as crawling in quadruped or four point are all excellent ways that babies and toddlers develop and strengthen their shoulder muscles.

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Other therapeutic activities to help strengthen the shoulder muscles include the following: wheelbarrow walking and using a rolling pin to roll out play dough with arms straight. Another fun way to get shoulder strength is having the child weight bear through extended arms on a therapy ball when the child is lying on his or her tummy. This activity is most enjoyable for toddlers because the forward and backward movement on the ball is very soothing. Also, having a bucket in front of the child and having the child weight bear through their arms when the ball is rolled forward and then pick up scattered bean bags is a great way to make the activity even more interactive. By doing similar strengthening activities daily, your child will increase their muscle strength in their core, thereby providing firm base for the arms and legs to move off of. Together, with the therapy that is provided from the therapist along with a home program that the parents are carrying over with the child at home, a perfect recipe is formulated for successful attainment of gross and fine motor skills.

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by Joy and Jerry Lancaster Back to school – 2012. It is always a special time. As a former kindergarten teacher, it is very important to me that all children (but especially those related to me!) are successful in school. We have 4 grandchildren starting back to school this year – from Pre-K to the 6th grade. Since I believe in the principle that “In the multitude of counselors there is wisdom,” I asked several of my colleague friends for their opinions about fostering success. “What do you believe,” I asked, “are the best things parents and grandparents can do to guarantee success in the classroom?” Here are some of their ideas:

• As the big day approaches, be sure to attend any pre-school startup activities. Perhaps your school hosts a family picnic to help children get about something good that happened acquainted or a “meet the teacher” at school each day. activity of some kind. • Mom (and even Dad) – be sure to try to hold back those tears as your child Though many of these comments comes to his classroom! are meant more for parents, we grandparents can do our part For Continued Success too. When I was teaching, some • Be sure your child starts out each of my favorite classroom helpschool day with a nutritious breakers were grandparents! Think of fast. Keep the conversation lightways you can become involved in hearted, and send your child to the success of your grandchild’s school with encouraging words ringeducation. Be a constant source of Emotional Preparation ing in his ears. encouragement to your grandchilAcademic Preparation • As the child nears school age, let him • Be involved in your child’s classdren throughout all their school room—not annoying, but involved! • Start reading to your children in their visit various classrooms. years. Remember: they do pass infancy. Acquaint them with written • Get them active in church activities Ask your child’s teacher how you quickly and, before you know it, words, and associate the words with where they are in a classroom setting can best help. you will be attending their high Have your child keep a “school jourpictures. for a short period of time. school graduations! nal” where he writes a short paragraph

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• Talk to your child – a lot! For instance, “I am buying crackers; let’s put them in the cart and be careful that we don’t squash them.” • Have your children take part in play days with other children. • Take them places such as the park and story hour at the library. • Teach them number concepts. For example, “Which one is the largest, smallest, etc.” or “Count how many Cheerios you have.” Have them put items in patterns, such as in the making of a fruit loop necklace: pink, green, yellow…pink, green, yellow.

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Looking through Life’s Windowpanes by Debra Evans When my father discontinued my weekly visits with my grandparents, and I consequently declared my independence from my father, I had no idea that I was doing what children typically do when they experience a disruption of bonding: they withdraw emotionally. In other words, they shut down. As a result, I quit experiencing my hunger for love, and instead buried my needs deep inside so I could no longer be hurt. It was a protective device that made love seem bad, trust seem unimportant, and people seem no good. When I shut down my God-given desire for love, my old friend abandonment took its place—and with it, the constant internal accusation that I must be unlovable. I had no idea that as humans, we cannot be hollow or remain empty on the inside; there will always be something driving us internally, no matter how numb or dead we think our hearts and minds are to our unresolved past. No

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.” The child thought about it matter how deeply we may have buried our for a minute and then asked, thoughts and feelings, we are not empty or “Grandfather, which wolf free of their influence. Something is always wins?” propelling our thoughts and decisions. The old Cherokee simply Dear friends, life is a constant fight to keep replied, “The one you feed.” hope and trust and faith from being displaced by disgrace and despair. Think of it as the Although some may not agree, I believe that Cherokees do: God is our partner in the quest to find and experience unconditional love when “life’s” One evening an old Cherokee grandfather reality has left us wanting. In fact, I believe told his grandchild about a battle that goes that God is the Author of unconditional love, on inside people. He said, “My child, the and that He has enough to fill every empty battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. space in your broken heart.

We all make choices every day, and in those choices we choose how we are going to react in any situation. After all we have been through, why would we continue to allow our past to dictate our future by making the same choices over and over and over again? Nothing in our future is going to change until we change something in our present. It is time for us to separate from our rejection, hurt, disappointment, and failures, and make a new start by choosing the “Good”. Why wait for the next hammer to fall, or the next crisis to come. It time for you to start living the life you were always meant to live. Choose well and live on purpose. Debra Evans has helped a world-wide audience experience God’s gifts of mercy, healing, grace, and truth, through frequent appearances on radio, television, social media’s, and in churches worldwide. She and her husband, Rick, have established Living In Faith (www.livinginfaith.com).

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Financial Peace

Inspiration AM 1110 WTIS would like to share with you a recent on-air interview with a local Tampa Bay participant in one of Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University class programs. We invite you to log onto www.daveramseyshow.com/fpu/classfinder to find a class at one of our area's 91 churches and schools that host FPU classes at a location, date and time convenient to you. As Dave Ramsey teaches us daily on his radio program, heard locally weekday afternoons 2-5 on Inspiration AM 1110, it is all about learning that we can be good stewards of God's money living debt free. While it may be challenge to clean up our debts and learn to be better stewards of His money, "we can live like no one else so later on we can live like no one else" learning how to give, save, and spend on a written budget.

know finances is what really makes the most impact on our lives. We live in a financial world. Before I took this course, I looked at finances the way everybody else does. You’d get your pay-check, you’d buy stuff, you’d pay bills and you’d just move on. You never really thought about the future-- Never thought about how you can end up being in debt. Debt is what really has that burden, that dark cloud over your life. That dark cloud really was removed because it opened up a whole new world. Light seems to shine brighter in your life by taking this and doing some of the techniques in order to get out of debt.

WTIS: Joining us on our newsmaker line is Pete Furgus. He’s from the Christian Family Church and he attended Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. Pete, I hope you’re having a blessed morning so far. Pete, I understand you learned quite a lot from taking the Financial Peace University class that was given at your church.

WTIS: What was the one thing from FPU that continues to impact the rest of your life.

Pete: That’s right. The Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University course actually guides you - It guides you through a process of utilizing baby steps initially how to focus in on your debt. You begin by removing small debt and it just snowballs. That’s a very simple technique. As a matter of fact, it’s so simple, it’s kind of humorous. You said to yourself, “Wow. I could have figured this out of myself. Most of us don’t do that but by utilizing some of these techniques you actually snowball and you get to a stage where you begin to remove debt by debt by debt, layers upon layers until finally you’ve focus in on some of the major debt in your life.

Pete: I’d say it’s probably one of the most life changing experiences I’ve had because it gives you an entirely new perspective on the way you look at finances. As we all

WTIS: I really like the way you put it. Financial Peace University really helped you to refocus your mind and take a whole different look at, not just debt but money in general

Pete: That’s correct. I consider myself very fortunate that I’ve been exposed to FPU.

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WTIS: Tell us, Pete, how you used the FPU techniques to get rid of $8,000.00 worth of debt in 13 weeks. Wow, that sounds amazing!

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and how finances work in our country. Pete, would you recommend Financial Peace University to other people that are listening right now? Pete: Oh absolutely! I actually wish I’d done this thing in my teenage years. It would have revolutionized my life. I’d be in a totally different place by now. WTIS: What would you tell Dave Ramsey about what it’s like to have financial peace in your life, Pete? Pete: I would thank him so much because in his learning techniques we actually inherited so much of the benefit from his experience, and his mistakes, and his realization. He realized that a blessing that’s coming from God is not to be kept to yourself. One of his great philosophies behind the Financial Peace University, is that individuals can get out of debt, not only for their own personal benefit, but also so they can have more resources to share with others. We know definitely that those who are faithful with a little will be made ruler of much. That is the guiding the principle behind the Dave Ramsey FPU course. That’s what he preaches. That actually is the ultimate goal-- to get you debt-free enough that you may become a blessing to others. WTIS: Thank you, Pete, may God bless you-- and continued financial peace. Remember, you can hear Dave Ramsey live M-F afternoons 2-5 on Inspiration AM 1110 or listen to the archives at www.wtis1110.com. As Dave says, "Remember that the only way to financial peace is through the Prince of Peace, Christ Jesus."

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An adult female manatee rescued January 31 gave birth July 13 to a full-term male calf at the David A. Straz Jr. Manatee Hospital at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. The birth marks only the fourth in the hospital’s history, with the first occurring in May 2000. While at the Zoo, she has also became a surrogate mother to an orphaned calf. The mother, nicknamed Joannie, successfully gave birth to her own calf in the early morning hours on July 13. Aware that she was expecting, the Zoo’s manatee rehab team had been monitoring her for several months, watching and waiting to find out if the calf had survived its mother’s injuries. The male newborn, nicknamed Lad, is

healthy and weighed 66.8 pounds after birth, and has been growing at the rate of approximately 10 pounds per week. Joannie was rescued from the St. John’s River in Jacksonville suffering from cold stress, which can be likened to hypothermia in humans. The consequences of cold stress can be severe and often result in death. After several months of care, Joannie had recovered and appeared ready for return to Florida waters, though her expectant condition delayed her release. After the birth of Lad, Joannie became a mother a second time to an orphan nicknamed Cheeno. Cheeno arrived at the Zoo on February 15 from the Caloosahatchee River in Cape Coral suffering from cold stress as well. Though not a newborn

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BACK TO SCHOOL ADVICE FOR OUR PETS The summer is coming to an end and fall is just around the corner. We spend much time preparing our children and ourselves, yet this transition also affects our pets. The freedom and attention received during summer vacation abruptly ends at the first day of school. Without warning, schedules shift – the coming and going, eating, exercising, and freedom may be limited while you spend time on your lessons. Their human playmates of summer suddenly have new interests and friends. All of this can create a lot of anxiety in our pets. This stress adds insecurity and affects our pets in many ways. It can cause behavior problems such as chewing, soiling in the house, barking with dogs or clawing furniture with cats. These problems can be troubling to us, but more serious health problems can also occur with your pet. The distressed pet may experience vomiting, diarrhea, skin issues, or eating problems. Eating problems may range from not eating at all to eating things they shouldn’t, such as dirt, plants, socks,

toys, etc. This can lead to emergency medical problems as these objects can easily get caught in the intestinal tract and can be deadly. Crating or sectioning off a safe pet area is always the best solution to this when you’re not home to supervise. You wouldn’t leave a toddler with free run, without supervision; and you shouldn’t with your 4-legged children either. It is important that you make them as comfortable as possible. Provide a bed, pillow, or blanket; and even when tempted, don’t leave them with a chewy. That is for when they are under supervision. Get an interactive but safe toy to leave with them, which will keep them safe and occupied. Most importantly, NEVER send them to their crate/room as a punishment! This is to be their “safe” zone; and a treat to get them in their “house”(as we call it) will associate good things, not bad, with their space. When you associate it with punishment they will never think of it as their “safe” place.

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with Jim Daly and Dr. Juli Slattery Q: Our son wants to try out for the football team this year, but I’m concerned. He’s only a freshman, and we have friends whose sons have sustained fairly serious injuries playing high school football. Should we forbid him from trying out? Jim: There’s no denying football is a rough sport. I should know -- my own high school football career ended with a broken collarbone! And there’s a significant amount of research suggesting that broken bones are just the tip of the iceberg. According to a 2010 New York Times article, football accounts for 22 percent of all concussions among 8- to 19-year-olds. In fact, 27 percent of football players ages 12 through 17 have had a least one concussion.

Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family, host of the Focus on the Family radio program, and a husband and father of two.

“Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” And the sport only gets more brutal when you move to the college and professional levels. Researchers have identified a serious condition in some NFL players called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. It can develop after repeated concussions and other trauma, resulting in serious depression and lack of impulse control. This condition may affect college-level players, too. Despite these alarming facts, I think it could be a mistake to prohibit your son from trying out for the team. Football is a great sport that teaches kids teamwork and helps them get in shape. At this point, the dangers of college and pro football are not a factor regarding your son, and probably never will be. However, the “win at all costs” mentality that pervades professional sports can trickle down to the high school level as well. You—and your son—simply need to be aware of the risks involved. Most injuries will have no long-term impact,

Before Son Joins Football Team, He Must Know Health Risks so long as they’re allowed to heal prop- Dr. Juli Slattery is a erly. Talk to the coach, and make sure he licensed psychologist, co-host of Focus on doesn’t push his players back out on the the Family, author field too soon after being hurt. Playing of several books, and a wife and while injured isn’t just tough—it’s stupid. Q: My wife and I have been married for six years and have two small children. Overall, we have a good marriage, but my wife’s impulsive spending habits are a constant source of stress. Every month, we have the same argument when the credit card bill arrives. She cries, apologizes, but then keeps spending! Juli: Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. We probably all fit that definition to some extent! It’s clear from your description of what is happening in your marriage that your current strategy isn’t working. Money is a very emotional topic. People spend and save money for a variety of reasons that are often rooted in emotional needs like security, comfort, relational power and validation. So, when you and your wife have your monthly credit card bill confrontation, you are not just talking about dollars and cents.

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Instead of reacting to the bill every month, it is time for you to be proactive in addressing this issue in your marriage. Your local church may offer free financial counseling or budgeting courses. One of my favorites, which is offered nationwide, is called Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey. Taking this course will help you and your wife work through a budget based on principles that you can agree on. (You can find out more information by going to www.daveramsey.com.) Because financial issues also involve emotions and relational tension, you may want to take the additional step of seeking marriage counseling. Yes, these steps require an investment of time and effort up front. However, financial disagreement is consistently listed as a leading cause of divorce. Your marriage is worth the effort!

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10 Things Your Kids Need to Get Right

in High School High school isn’t just about showing up. Attendance is critical, but it’s only the first step. High school has the potential to be an opportunity-laden springboard to the rest of your child’s life. Trade, college, career? No matter what the future holds, tomorrow can either be nurtured or sabotaged during those turbulent years known as “9th–12th grade.” So what can All Pro Dads do to keep the ball rolling? Well, awareness is an important first step. We can’t do it for them, but we can do a lot to help steer their way to success. Here are 10 things your kids need to get right in high school: 1 Relationships: In 9th grade, it’s still tough to be an individual and get away with it. That’s why, even if your kids have solid values, it’s important that they surround themselves with the right friends. We’re not saying they should be cliquish, or reject “the wrong kind of people,” just that your kids need to reach out from a position of strength. 2 Study habits: This is high school; there are no “do-overs” any more. Help your child think of school as their “job.” Good study habits mean never having to play catch up. Never having to play catch up means more

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time for extra-curricular activities. Good study habits are win-win. 3 Ownership: By the time college comes around, responsibility for your child’s education has shifted to… your child. That’s how it should be, but it takes the full four years of high school to get ready. 4 Delayed gratification: We’re talking long-term vs. short-term gratification. This includes things like: • “Staying out late tonight vs. doing well on my exams.” • “A couple of beers before driving vs. my college scholarship.” • “Working too many hours at McDonalds to buy a car vs. getting into a good college when I graduate.” • “Making the wrong choice about sex vs. college, career and the rest of my life…” 5 Dating: There is tremendous pressure in high school to date, fool around, have sex and “play the field.” Making the wrong decisions about dating compromises relationships, causes long-term emotional damage, treats other people like objects, denies fundamental values, cheapens physical love, exposes teens to life-changing

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Summer is now behind us, and your children are back in school. Carpooling makes very good sense for a busy family. It is economically and environmentally sound when done regularly. However, you should protect your family by carrying the proper automobile liability insurance coverage, especially if you are involved in a carpool. If you and your family are involved in a carpool or someone is ferrying your kids to and from after-school events like soccer practice, what do you know about their driving habits? What happens if there’s an accident? As we’re finding out across America, distracted driving laws are not

reducing accidents. Here is something to think about. Are you willing to trust that the carpool driver has adequate automobile insurance? Would you feel comfortable asking him/her how much insurance that they have?

If you are serving as a carpool driver, your legal liability for personal injuries does not expand, however, you are increasing the risk as you increase the number of passengers. Your responsibility to your passengers is always the same, whether you are driving as a part of an organized carpool or just out for dinner with friends. Always remember to remind all occupants in your vehicle to “buckle up” before leaving the driveway or parking lot. Did you know that a carpool accident can easily exhaust the driver’s liability coverage? That is why it is always recommended that a family carry at least $100,000 per person / $300,000 per accident in bodily injury liability limits. It is also strongly suggested that you carry the optional uninsured/underinsured (UM/UIM) coverage in addition to your bodily injury liability coverage. It is worth the peace of mind to purchase the proper automobile insurance rather than “save a few dollars” and then be woefully underinsured if you, your child,

or passengers were seriously injured. UM/UIM coverage is one of the most important automobile insurance coverages that you can buy. When adding UM/UIM coverage to your existing automobile insurance policy or purchasing UM/UIM coverage, it should be bought “stacked” and equal to your bodily injury coverage limits. In other words, the Driver’s Bodily Injury coverage + Your UIM coverage = Your Coverage. Carpooling is a good practice. Buying adequate automobile insurance is a better practice. Having a personal umbrella policy to include UM/UIM is an excellent practice. I encourage you to speak to a licensed insurance agent to answer any specific questions you may have about the best automobile insurance coverage to have in order to properly protect your family. Saving 15% on your auto insurance policy is NOT worth forgoing the advice of a trustworthy and experienced insurance agent who can explain to you the coverage and policy benefits.

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September 1 – 9 MUMMIES OF THE WORLD AT MOSI The highly anticipated Mummies of the World exhibition is now on display at the Museum of Science & Industry through Sunday, September 9th. Don’t miss your opportunity to see Month of September this astounding collection of 150 specimens FREE ZOO ADMISSION FOR BIRTHDAY and objects. Mummies of the World is GUESTS the largest exhibition of real human and Every birthday should be wild! Let Tampa’s animal mummies and related artifacts ever Lowry Park Zoo make it a birthday to assembled. remember. The birthday guest will enjoy Contact: www.mosi.org FREE daytime admission into the Zoo to celebrate with 1,700 animal friends. Guest September 3 (Sat) must present acceptable proof of birth date: UNCLE SAM’S BIRTHDAY – UNCLE SAM’S IMAGE WAS FIRST USED ON THIS driver’s license, birth certificate, passport DAY IN 1813. or military ID. Offer must be redeemed on

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September 1 (Sat) 19TH ANNUAL CORVETTES AT THE PIER There’s no doubt The Pier offers us one of the most amazing locations to show off your ‘Vette. You won’t want to miss this year’s show, since it is quite possibly the last one that will be located on the end of The Pier! Contact: www.stpetepier.com September 1 (Sat) GECKO FEST: GULFPORT’S WHIMSICAL SEND OFF TO SUMMER It’s time to get your Gecko on! The popular Gecko Fest, Gulfport’s whimsical send off to summer, will take place on Saturday, September 1st from 10am to 10pm. Imagine Mardi Gras meets the Renaissance where strolling street characters, stage musicians, performing artists and merchants with all types of weird and wonderful wares come together and captivate the crowds throughout the waterfront district. Over 30,000 attendees and up to 200 artisans, craftsmen and quirky vendors will be appearing at this year’s 12th annual celebration. Contact: www.Gulfportma.com

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September 3-5 (Mon – Wed) TAMPA BAY RAYS VS NEW YORK YANKEES AT TROPICANA FIELD September 4 (Tue) $2 TARGET TUESDAY - GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Come on the first Tuesday of each month to Glazer Children’s Museum for two dollar admission during special extended hours from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Entry lines can begin forming as early as 12:30. Therefore, we highly recommend visiting us a little later in the day—perhaps 4 p.m. —to potentially avoid a long wait outside.) Remember, children must be accompanied by an adult and adults must be accompanied by a child. Contact: www.glazermuseum.org September 5 LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE FUNDRAISER Laugh along with a trio of comedians at the Tampa Improv Theater. All ticket proceeds benefit the Children’s Cancer Center. Contact: www.childrenscancercenter.org September 7-9 (Fri – Sun) TAMPA BAY RAYS VS TEXAS RANGERS AT TROPICANA FIELD September 7 – 23 VENUE THEATRE PRESENTS ONCE UPON A TIME IN CENTRAL PARK Written by Gil Perlroth, who penned the hit musical revue Ain’t Retirement Grand! which played over several seasons at Venue. Once Upon a Time in Central Park is a warm delightful musical about love in the middle years. With 14 New songs - which you will walk out humming - it is expected that this new musical will follow “Retirement” to Off-Broadway. Contact: www.VenueActorStudio.org

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September 7-8 (Fri, Sat) NIGHT OF JOY Night of Joy is a contemporary Christian music festival that takes place September 7 and 8, 2012 at Magic Kingdom theme park. It features live performances by Contemporary Christian Music superstars in rock, pop and gospel. Night of Joy artists will grace several stages around Magic Kingdom theme park. Choose from different musical performances and locations during the festival. Contact: disneyworld.disney.go.com September 7-8 (Fri, Sat) ROCK THE UNIVERSE - FLORIDA’S BIGGEST CHRISTIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL The songs that move you. The faith that lifts you. It all comes alive in one place—Rock the Universe, where the biggest names in Christian rock take the stage at Universal Studios. Join thousands of other believers for a pulsepounding weekend of soul-stirring music right next to the action-packed thrills of the world’s premier movie and TV based theme park. Contact universalorlando.com

September 8 (Sat) TAMPA BAY ROWDIES VS ATLANTA SILVERBACKS AT AL LANG STADIUM September 8 (Sat) TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING VISIT DINOSAUR WORLD The Tampa Bay Lighting Rolling Thunder Tour makes one of its pre season stops at Dinosaur World in Plant City on September 8th from 11:00 to 2:00. The Dinosaur World stop is part of the 20th anniversary preseason tour. There will be 20 stops on the tour to celebrate 20 years of hockey. Contact: www.dinosaurworld.com September 8 - 9 (Sat, Sun) FISHER-PRICE PLAY WEEKEND Fisher-Price Play Weekend returns to the Zoo with a supersized play area filled with the coolest new toys from FisherPrice. It’s ideal for kids age 5 and under, and a roaring good time for the whole family. Play activities and costume character meet-and-greets are included with Zoo admission. Contact: www.lowryparkzoo.com

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September 11 – 31 MICKEY’S NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY This Halloween-themed special event is held on select dates in Magic Kingdom theme park. During Mickey’s Not-SoScary Halloween Party, guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Even better, you can collect delicious candy as you trick-or-treat around the Magic Kingdom theme park. In addition to many favorite Disney attractions, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is filled with special entertainment. The tone of the event is, well, “Not-So-Scary”, and is appropriate for children of all ages. Contact: www.disneyworld.com September 13 (Sat) USF BULLS VS RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS AT RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM

September 14 (Fri) FINDING NEMO 3D OPENS Academy Award-winning Best Animated Feature “Finding Nemo” returns to the big screen for the first time ever in thrilling Disney Digital 3D. September 15 (Sat) ZOO RUN RUN Join Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo for the 10th annual Zoo Run Run, a 5K run or walk that winds through the Zoo and along the scenic Hillsborough River. Walk-ups are accepted the day of the run. Contact: www.lowryparkzoo.com

bringing their obsolete documents to the roundabout in front of the MOSI Partnership School where Proshred will have one of their specially designed shredding trucks on site to destroy documents for $10 per box. All proceeds will support MOSI’s education programs. Contact: www.mosi.org

September 15 (Sat) MOSI’S COMMUNITY SHRED-A-THON Local residents and business owners are invited to help prevent identity theft by

September 15 (Sat) CHICK-FIL-A FALL STAMPEDE Join us for a 5k run and 1 mile fun walk/run, with music, food and all sorts of activities for the whole family! Activities include a mingle with the Chick-fil-A Cows, music by J.T. Curtis and the Silver Eagle Band, a 20-YardDash MASCOT RACE including your favorite sports team mascots in a mad dash against each other, and a full ‘herd’ of the famous Chick-fil-A cows will also be at the event, and many will be racing and walking with you! Contact: www.childrenscancercenter.org September 16 (Fri) MAYFLOWER DAY September 16 (Sat) $5 WALMART DAY AT LOWRY PARK ZOO Visit your favorite animals at the Zoo and learn about endangered wildlife for just $5 admission per person, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Free extra parking is available on $5 day only, next to the Tampa Greyhound Track. Please note: due to this special discount, Zoo rides are not included with admission on $5 Day. Contact: www.lowryparkzoo.com September 17 (Sat) NATIONAL CITIZENSHIP AND CONSTITUTION DAY September 17 – 20 (Mon –Thu) TAMPA BAY RAYS VS BOSTON RED SOX September 19 (Wed) TAMPA BAY ROWDIES VS CAROLINA RAILHAWKS AT AL LANG STADIUM September 21 – 23 (Fri – Sun) TAMPA BAY RAYS VS TORONTO BLUE JAYS

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September 22 GLAZER MUSEUM PRESENTS SUPER KIDS SAVE THE WORLD Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! In the Museum’s newest traveling exhibit, George will help you save the world by reusing old clothes, recycling plastic, and so much more. Every kid gets to be a superhero and save the world. Contact: www.glazermuseum.org

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September 28–29 (Fri, Sat) ZOOBOO SHRIEK PEEK PREVIEW WEEKEND Come creep around ZooBoo at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo -- the largest family Halloween event in Tampa Bay. It’s a ghoulish good time for all. Don’t miss the thrills, chills and family frights with attractions ranging in “scare factor” including haunted houses and trails, Zoo-wide seasonal displays and lights, monster characters, music, specialty gift shop, night rides and more. “Wake the Dead,” a NEW haunt themed with zombies, is sure to “unearth” some fun. Contact: www.LowryParkZoo.com

September 29 (Sat) SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE MUSEUM DAY In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission every day, Museum Day is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting an official Museum Day Ticket . . . for free. The Museum Day Ticket provides FREE ADMISSION to one person, plus a guest. Official tickets can be found on the Museum Day website. Your ticket will be emailed to you after you submit your information. You must print your ticket and present it to receive your free admission. A ticket will gain entry to only one of the participating museums, excluding parking and special events and exhibits. Contact www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/

September 28 (Fri) HOME SCHOOL HISTORY DAY AT THE TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER Take a peek at the History Center’s collections and find out how we care for them. Learn how to analyze artifacts like a historian, read maps like a geographer, and handle documents like an archivist. Younger children will enjoy a gallery hunt and other fun, age-appropriate activities. Contact: www.tampabayhistorycenter.org

September 29 (Sat) BERENSTAIN BEAR DAY September 30 (Sun) TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS VS WASHINGTON REDSKINS AT RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM

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September 29 (Sat) USF BULLS VS FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES AT RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM September 29 (Sat) CAREFEST 2012 Neighborhood groups, churches, school clubs, teams and businesses are invited to participate in one-day projects. Contact: www.carefestusa.com

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One of the players on our Junior High football team never saw action in a game. However our coach liked the kid and always gave him pep talks. “Remember, Ben,” coach told him, “everyone on this team has an important role. There is no I in team.” “True,” said the boy. “But there is a Ben in bench.”

During PE class one day, the coach had everyone lie on their backs with their legs up as if pedaling a bike. After several minutes one boy suddenly stopped. “Why did you stop pedaling?” the coach shouted. “I didn’t stop,” the boy said, wheezing. “I’m coasting.”

While leading a tour of kindergarten students through our hospital, I overheard a conversation between one of the little girls and an X-ray technician. “Have you ever broken a bone?” the technician asked. “Yes,” the girl replied. “Did it hurt?” “No.” “Really? Which bone did you break?”

My mother lacks a green thumb, but she keeps at it. Pointing one day to a line of new plants by the kitchen window, my dad whispered to me, “Look – death row.” Sunday School Teacher: “Tell me about Adam and Eve?” Johnny: “Adam bit the forbidden fruit and, feeling great shame, covered himself with a fig leaf. Eve, too, felt shame and covered herself with a fig leaf. Then she went behind the bush to try on a maple leaf, a sycamore, and an oak.”

“My brother’s arm.” Driving my car one afternoon, I rolled through a stop sign. I was pulled over by a police officer, who recognized me as his former English teacher. “Mrs. Brown,” he said, “those stop signs are periods, not commas.”

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October is a great time to create memories and family traditions. Come with us next month as we examine some safe and family-friendly ways to celebrate the season. Whether you are taking your kids out trick-or-treating or decorating your home for the harvest season our next issue will have everything from great party ideas to a listing of great local events.

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October is a beautiful time to go outdoors here in Central Florida and it is also a great time for families in the Tampa Bay area to visit one of the nation’s best zoos. Come with us as we take a look at the “most family friendly zoo” in America, our own Lowry Park Zoo. With the addition of several new attractions and animals, the Lowry Park Zoo is a must see this Fall.

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This September we recommend that you… READ IT

To My Sons: Lessons for the Wild Adventure Called Life by Bear Grylls Mountain climber, explorer, and internationally known television personality Bear Grylls knows a thing or two about adventure. The greatest adventure of his life, though, is raising his three boys. This charming book is a collection of spiritual and practical wisdom that Bear wants to share with his sons about the risks, tumbles, and victories of a well-lived life. In To My Sons Bear Grylls shares the quotes, sayings, Scripture verses and spiritual wisdom he has learned in his life--the wisdom he felt was important to pass along to his three sons. The book is a perfect gift for fathers and a poignant primer for boys and men of all ages.

WATCH IT

HEAR IT

Night of Joy at Magic Kingdom

Songs from the Silver Screen

September 7 & 8

by Jackie Evancho

Songs from the Silver Screen will be the fourth fulllength album to be released by 12-year-old American singer Jackie Evancho. It is scheduled to be released in late September. On Songs From The Silver Screen, Jackie applies her brilliant voice and extraordinary artistry to an entirely new set of classics. On her first two full-length albums, Jackie explored musical classics from arias to holiday standards. For Silver Screen, she offers her interpretations of a whole new category of classic music the much-loved movie melodies that have become part of our cultural landscape.

Each fall, Night of Joy brings spirited and soulful entertainment to Magic Kingdom theme park. During this contemporary Christian music festival, guests can delight in live performances by music superstars across a variety of genres—including rock, pop and gospel. From soulful, inspiring singers to hard-hitting, high-energy rockers, Night of Joy is looking to celebrating its 30th year with an unprecedented lineup of music artists. Performances will take place at several stage locations between 7:00 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. each evening. Popular attractions will also be available for guests to enjoy during Night of Joy hours. Night of Joy offers a variety of entertainment that's sure to lift your spirits.

Do IT CareFest

September 29 Volunteers are needed for a myriad of projects, painting, mulching and cleanup throughout the Tampa Bay area on Saturday, September 29. The annual week of compassion-related activities, sponsored by Somebody Cares Tampa Bay under the umbrella of CareFest USA, culminates with a day of service that gives back to the community -- benefitting individual homeowners and non-profit organizations. Neighborhood groups, churches, school clubs or teams, businesses, individuals and families can join in by volunteering to tackle one-day projects that range from painting homes, mowing, weeding and cleaning up yards to distributing food or visiting nursing homes. For more information on how you can get involved, visit www.carefestusa.com. 54 • September 2012 • Pinellas Say you saw it in the Gulf Coast Family Newspaper

SURF IT www.cozi.com

Cozi.com is a free online organizer that helps busy families manage all the things they do. Cozi helps families manage crazy schedules, track shopping lists and to do lists, organize household chores, stay in communication and share memories—all in one place. Since its very beginning in 2005, Cozi has been all about families. As a result, it makes it exceptionally easy for everyone in the family to communicate with each other and even when schedules change, Cozi is there making sure all the moving pieces fit together at the end of the day. This is a great site for any active family! www.gulfcoastfamily.org


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Why Keswick?

Academics

Spiritual Life: A Hunger for Jesus • Challenging Bible classes with special emphasis in Apologetics and Christian Worldview • Passionate student led praise and worship • Dynamic chapel services with frequent guest speakers • Emphasis on faculty and student led discipleship • Ministry on our campus, to our community and around the world through mentorship programs, school thrift center, missions and service projects

Tampa Bay Times Top Work Places • Placed 2nd among small business employers

• AP offerings in: World and US History Calculus Psychology English Art 2D, 3D and Drawing Statistics • Calculus students scored in top 10 percent of the nation in a highly competitive national competition – Moody Math Challenge • 75% of our high school students take honors level courses • 60% of our graduates earn Florida Bright Futures scholarships. 22% of our graduates earn the highly esteemed Florida Academic Scholarship award. • 2011/2012 ACSI Competitions Wins: – Placed 1st for regional Elementary Math Olympics – Most ribbons won (38%) for regional Elementary Spelling Bee – Placed 1st in State for High School Algebra I & II

CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 10101 54th Avenue North St. Petersburg, Florida 33708 www.keswickchristian.org (727) 393-9100


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