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Contents

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

LIVING WELL

Dear Readers,

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Community Profile: African Village Seeks Year Round Presence .................4

e hope you had a great time making memories this summer!

HEALTH & SAFETY

The new school year is here and we are helping you get ready for it with this, our Back to School issue. For many students, the beginning of the school year is a time of apprehension. To help your child, we have included expert advice and tools. There are some wonderful books you can read to your child to calm their fears (First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg) or get them excited about the new school year (This School Year Will Be The Best by Kay Winters). For a list of Back to School books, turn to page 10. Do you have a child who suffers from anxiety? Please turn to page 33 and read about tools that can help your child cope with anxiety. Licensed Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst Andrew Scherbarth shares strategies to help your children adjust to school on page 11 and Aurea Thompson, Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition at Wolfson Children’s Hospital shares expert advice on packing a healthy lunch including a Trail Mix recipe. Did you try Aurea’s recipes from the June/July issue this summer? If not, grab your copy or visit us online at Jax4Kids.com and turn to page 5 of the digital issue for the recipes – they’re excellent! To make busy school day mornings easier, turn to page 13 for healthy make-ahead breakfasts.

August/September 2017

Hurricane Checklist: Clip and Save...........................................................5

INFANT & TODDLER

Fruit Juice Not for Kids Under 1.................................................................7 Why Toddlers Bite.....................................................................................7 Tummy Time, Fun Time.............................................................................8 Things to Do: Infants and Toddlers............................................................8

BACK TO SCHOOL On page 6 is an important clip and save checklist for you to use to make sure you are ready for hurricane season. Do you have a child under age 1? The American Academy of Pediatrics has made its first change in recommendations on fruit juice since 2001. Turn to page 7 to read more about feeding your child fruit juices. September is Baby Safety Month and Safe Kids Northeast Florida’s mission is to keep children safe. Turn to page 9 and learn about the importance of Tummy Time for your baby. If you’re looking for sports, music or other enrichment programs to enroll your children in this fall, visit jax4kids.com, you’ll find available classes and sports programs under the School and Activities tab.

You will find the complete Parent Academy catalog of courses for the fall on pages 15 – 26. These classes in Student Achievement, Parenting and Advocacy and Personal and Individual Growth Until next month, are excellent, free and available to the community as a whole; not just for students and parents in Duval County. I encourage you to look through Alison Peters-Carlson the catalog of upcoming courses and use the Editor course planner on page 25.

Follow us... Alison Peters-Carlson Editor....................................... editor@jax4kids.com Linda Bigbee Graphic Designer......................................linda@jax4kids.com Tim Chavez Graphic Designer........................................... tim@jax4kids.com Judi Fields Circulation Manager........................................judi@jax4kids.com Beth Canonica Advertising Sales.................................... beth@jax4kids.com Donna Paunetto Advertising Sales.............................. donna@jax4kids.com Doug Berle Advertising Sales......................................... doug@jax4kids.com Mary Gustafson Business Manager............................... mary@jax4kids.com Published by Child Enrichment, LLC, 12620-3 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246. Copyright 2017. Reproduction of any artwork or copy prepared by Jax4Kids.com To Go is strictly prohibited without written consent of the publisher. We will not be responsible for any errors and/or omissions. The Publisher’s liability for error will not exceed the cost of space occupied by the error. Articles for publication are welcome and may be sent to editor@jax4kids.com. For more information concerning advertising, call 904-710-2020 or e-mail advertise@jax4kids.com.

Back to School Books ............................................................................10 Back to School Events ...........................................................................10 Tips for Parents to Help Their Children Adjust to School ...........................11 Send Them Back to School Healthy ........................................................12 Plan Ahead, Easy, Healthy Breakfasts .....................................................13 Ten Ways To Help Kids Be Successful Students .......................................14 First Coast Youth Orchestras Music Education Initiative ............................14

PARENT ACADEMY FALL COURSE CATALOG ..........................................15-26 DUVAL COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS Bus Information....................................................................................28 Grades K -8 General School Supply List.................................................28 Important Dates....................................................................................28 This Is How We Communicate...............................................................29 State of Florida Immunization Requirements..........................................30

CLAY COUNTY SCHOOL NEWS

School Grades Show Improvement..........................................................31 State Champs .......................................................................................31 New Principals Named ...........................................................................31 School Meal Prices Raised......................................................................31

ST. JOHNS COUNTY SCHOOL NEWS School System Keeps It’s “A”...................................................................32 Character Counts! .................................................................................32 More New Principals Named ..................................................................32 Meals Policy Amended............................................................................32

SPECIAL NEEDS

Coping With Anxiety Disorders ................................................................33 Things to Do: Special Needs ...................................................................33

TEENS

Loosening Marijuana Laws Raising Risks for Youth...................................34 Things to Do: Teens................................................................................34

PETS

Get Prepared for a New Pet ....................................................................35 Things to Do: Pets..................................................................................35

THINGS TO DO

August and September Events .........................................................36-39

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LIVING WELL

Community Profile:

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frican Village Inc. is an organization founded by the organizers of the African Village area in Jacksonville’s annual World of Nations celebration that is held in the spring.

After more than 20 years of collaborative effort, African Village Inc. was “created to take their exploration of culture and community empowerment to the next level (and) to foster mutual respect and understanding among diverse communities by empowering people to explore and celebrate culture and to strengthen the human family by the sharing of culture and heritage.” “African Village was conceived out of a desire to bring the excitement of World of Nations to more people, expand to a year round calendar, and engage in larger project for the benefit or more people. (It) now provides unique educational opportunities, engaging events, and has an exciting strategy to develop a host of programs that promote peace and understanding. Our goal is to build local, national, and international connections between communities and create meaningful exchanges that have economic and cultural benefits.”

To accomplish this lofty objective they began this summer holding a free monthly African Village Bazaar at the historic Ritz Theatre and Museum in downtown Jacksonville, 829 N Davis St., With the aim of recreating the excitement if the World of Nations, it runs on the last Sunday of every month through November and features vendors, artists, crafters, live music and other performances and seminars. Future plans include offering educational materials to help people engage with arts and culture. Their curriculum will “include free downloads, links to educational resources, workshops and seminars lead by professionals, and much more.” For more information see African-villageinc. org or contact Vanessa Davis at africanvillageinc@gmail.com or call 904-861-7104. World of Nations Celebration is a popular annual international festival held at Metropolitan Park every May since 1993. It is designed to showcase the diverse immigrant and international communities of Jacksonville and Northeast Florida. Last year 32 nations were represented. j

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HEALTH & SAFETY

Hurricane Checklist: Clip and Save Before the Hurricane… • Determine safe evacuation routes inland. • Learn locations of official shelters. • Check emergency equipment, such as flashlights, generators and battery-powered equipment such as cell phones and your NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards receiver. • Buy food that will keep and store drinking water. • Buy plywood or other material to protect your home if you don’t already have it. • Trim trees and shrubbery so branches don’t fly into your home. • Clear clogged rain gutters and downspouts. • Decide where to move your boat. • Review your insurance policy. •Find pet-friendly hotels on your evacuation route.

When in a Warning Area… • Closely monitor radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards for official bulletins. • Close storm shutters. • Follow instructions issued by local officials. Leave immediately if ordered! 9 Stay with friends or relatives at a low-rise inland hotel or at a designated public shelter outside the flood zone. • DO NOT stay in a mobile or manufactured home. • Notify neighbors and a family member outside of the warned area of your evacuation plans. • Take pets with you if possible, but remember, most public shelters do not allow pets other than those used by used by people with disabilities. Identify pet-friendly hotels along your evacuation route.

and cell phone; flashlights; extra batteries; a blanket or sleeping bag for each person; identification; copies of key papers such as insurance policies; cash, credit card.

• The calm “eye” of the storm—it may seem like the storm is over, but after the eye passes, the winds will change direction and quickly return to hurricane force.

If Staying in a Home… • Turn refrigerator to maximum cold and keep it closed. • Turn off utilities if told to do so by authorities. • Turn off propane tanks. • Unplug small appliances. • Fill bathtub and large containers with water in case clean tap water is unavailable. Use water in bathtubs for cleaning and flushing only. Do NOT drink it.

After the Storm… • Keep listening to radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards. • Wait until an area is declared safe before entering. • Watch for closed roads. If you come upon a barricade or a flooded road, Turn Around, Don’t Drown! • Stay on firm, dry ground. Moving water only 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet. Standing water may be electrically charged from power lines. • Never use a generator indoors. • Avoid weakened bridges and washed out roads. • Once home, check gas, water and electrical and appliances for damage. • Use a flashlight to inspect damage. Never use candles and other open flames indoors. • Wear proper shoes to prevent cutting feet on sharp debris. 9 Do not drink or prepare food with tap water until officials say it is safe. • Avoid electrocution by not walking in areas with downed power lines

If Winds Become Strong… • Stay away from windows and doors, even if they are covered. Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway. • Close all interior doors. Secure and brace During the Storm external doors. When in a Watch Area… Plan to Leave if You… • If you are in a two-story house, go to an interior • Frequently listen to radio, TV or NOAA Weather • Live in a mobile home. They are unsafe in high first floor room. Radio All Hazards for official bulletins of the winds no matter how well fastened to the ground. • If you are in a multi-story building and away storm’s progress. • Live on the coastline, an offshore island or near from water, go to the 1st or 2nd floor and stay • Fuel and service family vehicles. a river or a flood plain. in the halls or other interior rooms away from • Inspect and secure mobile home tie downs. • Live in a high rise building. Hurricane winds are windows. • Ensure you have extra cash on hand. stronger at higher elevations. • Lie on the floor under a table or other sturdy • Prepare to cover all windows and doors with object. shutters or other shielding materials. What to Bring to a Shelter… • Check batteries and stock up on canned food, First-aid kit; medicine, prescriptions; baby food Be Alert For… first aid supplies, drinking water and medications. and diapers; games, books, music players with • Tornadoes—they are often spawned by hur• Bring in light-weight objects such as garbage headphones; toiletries; battery-powered radio ricanes. cans, garden tools, toys and lawn furniture.

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More safety and preparedness material is online at: Federal Emergency Management Agency: www.ready.gov; American Red Cross: www.redcross.org; NOAA National Weather Service: www. weather.gov/safety.php.


INFANT & TODDLER

Fruit Juice Not for Kids Under 1

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Why Toddlers Bite

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ruit juice offers no nutritional benefit to children under age 1 and should not be included in their diet, according to a new policy statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics that marks the Academy’s first change in recommendations on fruit juice since 2001.

Toddlers should not be given juice from bottles or oddlers do the most adorable things: Give easily transportable “sippy cups” that allow them to unexpected hugs, squeal with laughter, and consume juice easily throughout the day. The cuddle up to you when they’re tired. But as any excessive exposure of the teeth to carbohydrates can lead to tooth decay, as well. Toddlers should not parent of a toddler will tell you, they also do some be given juice at bedtime. not-so-adorable things, like kick, scream ... or bite.

Over past years, the Academy advised against offering fruit juice to children under the age of 6 months, but has expanded that time frame to include the entire first year of life.

Children should be encouraged to eat whole fruits and be educated about the benefits of the fruit as compared with juice, which lacks dietary fiber and may contribute to excessive weight gain.

The statement, “Fruit Juice in Infants, Children, and Adolescents: Current Recommendations,” published in the June issue of Pediatrics accounts for the rising rates of obesity and concerns about dental health based on evidence accumulated over recent years.

Human milk or infant formula is sufficient for infants, and low-fat/nonfat milk and water are sufficient for older children.

“Parents may perceive fruit juice as healthy, but it is not a good substitute for fresh fruit and just packs in more sugar and calories,” said Melvin B. Heyman, MD, FAAP, co-author of the statement. “Small amounts in moderation are fine for older kids, but are absolutely unnecessary for children under 1.” The new recommendations state that 100-percent fresh or reconstituted fruit juice can be a healthy part of the diet of children older than 1 year when consumed as part of a well-balanced diet. Consumption, however, should be limited depending on a child’s age. The policy statement recommendations include: Intake of juice should be limited to, at most, 4 ounces daily for toddlers age 1-3. For children age 4-6, fruit juice should be restricted to 4 to 6 ounces daily; and for children ages 7-18, juice intake should be limited to 8 ounces or 1 cup of the recommended 2 to 2 ½ cups of fruit servings per day.

Consumption of unpasteurized juice products should be strongly discouraged for children of all ages. Children who take specific forms of medication should not be given grapefruit juice, which can interfere with the medication’s effectiveness. In addition, fruit juice is not appropriate in the treatment of dehydration or management of diarrhea. The Academy supports policies that seek to reduce fruit juice consumption and promote fresh fruit. This support extends to developing policies for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), provided that the policies do not have negative nutritional consequences for children without access to fresh fruit. “We know that excessive fruit juice can lead to excessive weight gain and tooth decay,” co-author Steven A. Abrams, MD, FAAP said. “Pediatricians have a lot of information to share with families on how to provide the proper balance of fresh fruit within their child’s diet.”j www.aap.org

Biting is quite common in kids this age, but that’s little consolation if your toddler bites. After all, no one wants their child to be considered the menace of the play group. And worse yet, kids who are labeled “biters” may get kicked out of childcare centers — a challenge that no working parent wants to face. You may think biting is just another phase you’ll have to live through, but that’s not necessarily the case. There are ways to get to the bottom of your toddler’s biting habit. Here’s how to help curb this type of behavior. Why Toddlers Bite Biting is very common in early childhood. Babies and toddlers bite for a variety of reasons, such as teething or exploring a new toy or object with their mouth. As they begin to understand cause-andeffect, they also might bite a person to see if they can get a reaction. Biting also can be a way for toddlers to get attention or express how they’re feeling. Frustration, anger, and fear are strong emotions and toddlers lack the language skills to deal with them. So if they can’t find the words they need quickly enough or can’t say how they’re feeling, they may bite as a way of saying, “Pay attention to me!” or “I don’t like that!” Biting is slightly more common in boys and tends to happen most often between the first and second birthday. As language improves, biting tends to lessen. How to Curb Biting

Discipline usually is not necessary, since most kids don’t realize biting hurts. If you’ve tried the steps above and the behavior doesn’t stop, timeouts may be effective. Older toddlers may be taken to a designated timeout area — a kitchen chair or bottom stair — for a minute or two to calm down. As a general rule, about 1 minute per year of age is a good guide for timeouts. Shorter timeouts can be effective, but longer ones have no added benefit and can sometimes undermine your efforts if your child gets up (and refuses to return) before you signal that the timeout has ended. Creating a ‘Bite-Free’ Environment Whether you feel like you’ve made progress with your child’s biting habit or it continues to be a work-in-progress, it’s important to create a zero-tolerance culture at home, daycare, and elsewhere. Here are some ways to get your little one back on the right track: • •

With biting, it’s important to deal with the behavior immediately after it happens. The next time your child bites, try these steps: •

• Kids really do say the funniest things! Please share your favorites with us by e-mailing your story directly to editor@jax4kids.com. One entry each month will be turned into a cartoon to be published in the next issue of Jax4Kids. We’ll send you the original cartoon as a keepsake.

Step 1: Be calm and firm. Address your child with a firm “no biting!” or “biting hurts!” Keep it simple and easy for a toddler to understand. Make it clear that biting is wrong, but avoid lengthy explanations until your child is old enough to understand. Remaining as calm as possible will help resolve the situation more quickly. Step 2: Comfort the victim. Direct your attention to the person who has been bitten, especially if it’s another child. If there is an injury, clean the area with soap and water. Seek medical care if the bite is deep or bleeding. Step 3: Comfort the biter, if need be. Often, toddlers don’t realize that biting hurts. It’s OK to comfort a child who may be feeling upset about hurting someone. But try not to reinforce this negative behavior if he or she bites to get attention. Step 4: Offer alternatives. When things have calmed down, suggest alternatives to biting, like using the words “no,” “stop,” and “that’s mine” when wanting to communicate with others.

Step 5: Redirect. Distraction works wonders with kids this age. If emotions and energy levels are running high or if boredom has set in, help redirect a little one’s attention to a more positive activity, like dancing to music, coloring, or playing a game.

Be consistent. Reinforce the “No biting” rule at all times. Use positive reinforcement. Rather than reward negative actions with attention, make it a point to praise your child when he or she behaves well. This may help prevent your child from biting in the first place. Plan ahead. Toddlers might be more comfortable and not feel the urge to bite if they know what to expect in new or high-energy situations. If biting happens at childcare, tell your child what to expect before you go. If a larger, more chaotic environment seems overwhelming, you might consider putting your child in a smaller setting. Find alternatives. As language skills develop, you can help your child find better ways to express negative emotions. For example, asking kids to “use their words” when they’re frustrated or upset can help calm them. If you need help, a doctor, counselor, or behavioral specialist can discuss ways to teach your child to manage strong emotions and express feelings in a healthy way.

When to Seek Help Although biting is common in babies and toddlers, it should stop at about 3 or 4 years of age. Excessive biting, biting that seems to be getting worse rather than better, and other hostile behaviors might mean you need to get additional help. If you’re concerned about your child’s behavior, talk to your pediatrician about finding out its causes as well as ways to deal with it.j kidshealth.org

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Tummy Time, Fun Time

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s adults, we are constantly working on bettering and strengthening our bodies. During pregnancy, many expectant moms try to incorporate or continue exercise to help strengthen their muscles and improve their overall health. Now that your little one has arrived, what can we as caretakers do to enhance development and strengthen their bodies at such a young age? When it comes to helping our babies grow and develop, spending some quality time interacting with the infant positioned on her belly while she is wide awake - “Tummy Time” - provides the perfect opportunity to do so. Tummy Time works on strengthening your baby’s back, legs, hips, arms and neck muscles. It also helps improve upper body strength and gaining of head control. Strengthening these muscle groups helps the baby prepare for sitting, crawling, and scooting around. Research has shown that Tummy Time also aids in fine motor skills, helps gas and constipation, and is good for brain and eye development. As we know, babies spend a lot of time sleeping, but they also need some time on their tummies while they are awake. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics it is important that babies sleep only on their backs every time they sleep, and only in a safe crib,

pack n’ play or safety approved bassinette. Providing regular Tummy Time sessions, however, will help to prevent a flat spot from developing on the back of the baby’s head. So how do we start Tummy Time? Tummy Time should always be well supervised and done only while he is awake and alert. Start with short 3-5 minute sessions, and increase them as your baby grows. Tummy Time can be done on an activity mat, the floor, or even on your chest, just make sure the environment is safe and the baby is always being watched by an alert adult. Sing, talk, look at a book together, or have your baby reach around for different toys. You can also include your other children to make them feel like they are helping with their new sibling by letting them help you with Tummy Time (supervised by an adult, of course!) Most importantly, have fun! Enjoy this time with your baby and watch them grow in the process! For more information about Tummy Time benefits and guidelines, as well as other important baby safety tips, visit the Kohl’s Ready, Set, Sleep program at http:// wolfsonchildrens.org/programs-services/programs/ Pages/KohlsReadySetSleep.aspx j

Things to Do Infant & Toddler

Free Sing & Play Discovery Day Class August 1, 2, 3, 5, 9:30am to 12:30pm Each child, with their parents, will experience singing, creative movement, simple instruments, finger plays and more with the help of a rich collection of traditional songs and rhymes. The program is for children ages 18 months to four-years old. Choose from one of these classes on August 1, 2, 3, or 5: 9:30am to 10:30am (2 1/2 years - 4 years) 10:30am to 11:30am (18 mos - 2 1/2 years) 11:30am to 12:30pm (2 1/2 years - 4 years) First United Methodist Church / 904-3531636 / 225 E. Duval Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.jaxchildrenschorus.org Barnes and Noble Weekly Storytime August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 10:30am Ages 3 and up are invited for a weekly storytime and activities at Barnes and Noble. Every week has a different theme. Barnes and Noble, San Jose Blvd / 904886-9904 / 11112 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223 / www.bn.com $5 Climb for Age 6 and Under at Beaches Rock Gym On Friday mornings 9:30-10:45 a.m., Beaches Rock Gym hosts a pre-school friendly climbing environment. Harnessfree climbing over thick padded mats means the only equipment you need are climbing shoes. Bring your own or rent a pair for $3. Children and their parents receive a safety orientation and friendly staff are on hand to answer your questions. Visit www.beachesrockgym.com for more information. Beaches Rock Gym / 904-222-0707 / 14 West 3rd Street, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 / www.beachesrockgym.com Free Zumbini Demo Class August 18, 10am to 10:45am buybuy BABY hosts a free Zumbini Demo Class. Designed for children ages 0-4, and their caregivers, Zumbini combines music and movement to create the ultimate bonding experience. Sing, dance, and play together while developing your little one’s social, cognitive, emotional and motor skills. Please RSVP as spots are limited. buybuy BABY / 904-363-6014 / 8801 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / www.zumbini.com

Community Child Safety Car Seat Checks - Baptist/Clay Medical Campus August 18, 10am to 12noon Safe Kids Northeast Florida offers car seat checks at locations throughout Jacksonville. Seat checks by appointment only. Call 904-202-4302 for your appointment and time. Held at Baptist/Clay Medical Campus, in the parking lot in front of medical office building. Baptist/Clay Medical Campus / 904-2024302 / 1747 Baptist Clay Drive, Fleming Island, FL 32003 / www.wolfsonchildrens. org Art For Tots at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens • August 19, 9:30am to 10:30am This class, for children 24-36 months and an accompanying adult, is designed to help develop a child’s sensory and motor skills through art, movement, music, and storytelling and takes place in the galleries, garden, and studios. Entry is through Art Connections. Cost is Members $15 per pair, Non-Members $20 per pair; Registration Required. Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens / 904-355-0630 / 829 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32204 / www. cummermuseum.org Natural & Organic Baby Products Care Class August 29, 3pm to 6pm Parents will learn to create natural and organic diaper creams, lotions, powders, baby baths for soothing and sleep, as well as teething tidbits. You will make in class and take home Lavender dusting powder, Baby bath botanicals, Foaming baby wash, Belly balm, Natural diaper cream safe for cloth diapers, and Baby oil. Class is $35 for non-members. Supply Fee of $15 is due in class. The Studios at Florida School of Holistic Health / 904-465-0985 / 1506 King St, Jacksonville, FL 32204 / www.thestudiosatfshh.com For more Infant and Toddler events, visit Jax4Kids.com’s online events guide.

* PROMOTIONAL TWO WEEKS FREE WILL BE THE 6TH AND 11TH WEEK OF ENROLLMENT. CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER DISCOUNT OR PROMOTIONAL OFFER. FOR NEW FAMILIES ONLY. NOT REDEEMABLE FOR CASH AND IS NON-TRANSFERABLE. OTHER RESTRICTIONS APPLY. PLEASE SEE CENTER MANAGEMENT FOR MORE DETAILS.

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BACK TO SCHOOL

Back to School Books FIRST DAY JITTERS BY Julie Danneberg Everyone knows that sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach just before diving into a new situation. Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared and doesn’t want to start over at a new school. She doesn’t know anybody, and nobody knows her. It will be awful. She just knows it. Sarah Jane reluctantly pulls herself together and goes to school. She is quickly befriended by Mrs. Burton, who helps smooth her jittery transition. This charming and familiar story will delight readers with its surprise ending. THE NIGHT BEFORE KINDERGARTEN By Natasha Wing • It’s the first day of school! Join the kids as they prepare for kindergarten, packing school supplies, posing for pictures, and the hardest part of all--saying goodbye to Mom and Dad. But maybe it won’t be so hard once they discover just how much fun kindergarten really is! Colorful illustrations illuminate this uplifting takeoff on the classic Christmas poem. THE NIGHT BEFORE FIRST GRADE by Natasha Wing • It’s the night before the Big Day— first grade! Penny is excited to start the year with her best friend right beside her in the same classroom. This humorous take on Clement C. Moore’s classic tale has a perfect twist ending that will surprise readers —as well as the “heroine” of the story— and help all about-to-be first-graders through their own back-to-school jitters.

wart in her class, Wemberly realizes that school is too much fun to waste time worrying! AMELIA BEDELIA’S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Herman Parish Amelia Bedelia goes to school and mixes up just about everything in this funny picture book about the childhood of the iconic character.The first book in the nationally bestselling series about the childhood of America’s favorite literalminded housekeeper, Friendships are formed, lessons are learned, and projects are completed, and through it all Amelia Bedelia’s teacher, Mrs. Edwards, offers gentle guidance and an open heart. SCHOOL’S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Adam Rex It’s the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone’s just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. What will the children do once they come? Will they like the school? Will they be nice to him? The school has a rough start, but as the day goes on, he soon recovers when he sees that he’s not the only one going through first-day jitters THIS SCHOOL YEAR WILL BE THE BEST by Kay Winters • On the first day of school, new classmates are asked to share what they would most like to happen in the upcoming year. Some kids’ hopes are familiar while others are off-the-wall. Whether it’s looking good on picture day or skateboarding at school, everyone’s wishes are shown in humorously exaggerated illustrations. As the first day draws to a close, there can be no doubt this school year will definitely be the best!

HOW NOT TO START THIRD GRADE by Cathy Hapka and Emily Titlebaum Will should be excited to start third grade. But his little brother, Steve, is starting kindergarten. The same laugh-out-loud writing and hilarious illustrations that brought us How Not to Babysit Your Brother now portray the tribulations and embarrassments of starting school with a very troublesome little brother. School will never be the same!

JUDY MOODY WAS IN A MOOD by Megan McDonald • To start, Judy Moody doesn’t have high hopes for third grade. Her new desk won’t have an armadillo sticker with her name on it. Her new classroom will not have a porcupine named Roger. And with her luck, she’ll get stuck sitting in the first row, where Mr. Todd will notice every time she tries to pass a note to her best friend.

WEMBERLY WORRIED by Kevin Henkes • Wemberly worried about spilling her juice, about shrinking in the bathtub, even about snakes in the radiator. She worried morning, noon, and night. “Worry, worry, worry,” her family said. “Too much worry.” And Wemberly worried about one thing most of all: her first day of school. But when she meets a fellow worry-

KINDERGARTEN ROCKS! By Katie Davis Dexter already knows everything there is to know about kindergarten. His big sister, Jessie, told him all about it. So Dexter is not scared. Not even a little bit. But his stuffed dog, Rufus, is scared. Actually, he’s terrified. But Dexter--er, Rufus--has nothing to fear: As he’ll soon find out, kindergarten rocks!

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Back to School Events Sales Tax Holiday August 4 - 6 The 2017 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday that begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 4 and ends at 11:59 pm on Sunday, August 6. Qualifying items will be exempt from tax including: certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item; clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item; and personal computers and certain computer-related accessories purchased for noncommercial home or personal use selling for $750 or less per item. See www.floridarevenue.com for more information and a detailed list of qualifying items. Back to School Giveaway 2017 August 5, 10am to 2pm The Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge hosts a Back to School Giveaway. There will be free school supplies, lunch, clothing, haircuts, snow cones, vision screening, health education, bounce houses, and more. Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge / 410 N Broad Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www. jgc-oesphafl.org Omega’s Encouraging Words Back to School Workshop August 5, 11am to 3pm Omega’s Encouraging Words Back to School Workshop will be preparing students for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. The goal is to educate, uplift, and provide educational resources to students as they prepare to return to school. The students will receive free school supplies, a free lunch, create a vision board for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year, and hear an inspirational and motivating speaker. Students will receive the school supplies at the end of the workshop. This event is for K-12 students. Please make sure you register each student so their seat can be reserved. Once the room is filled registration will close. Pablo Creek Regional Library, Community Rooms A & B / 904-330-4897 / 13295 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / jpl.coj.net 88 Blessings Back to School Bash August 5, 12noon to 4pm 88 Blessings, Inc will be hosting its Annual Back to School Bash. There will be a DJ, food, free school supplies, and more. Free to attend, but registration is required. Deadline for enrollment is July 21st, 2017. Be sure to bring your printed ticket; mobile tickets will not be accepted. Titus Harvest Dome Gym / 904-290-3588 / 12335 Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32225 / www.88blessings.org


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Tips for Parents to Help Their Children Adjust to School

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oing back to school is more than just a change—it’s a big change. The summer is coming to an end, which means less free time, different sleeping cycles, and maybe even a change from recreational evenings to evenings with homework and a lot to accomplish. Kids will be around new peers and new situations. This article will address a few ways parents can help their kids prepare for the adjustment to make this change as smooth and easy as possible. For preschoolers or kindergarteners going to school for the first time, there are a LOT of different picture books out there (bookstores, libraries, kindle). They talk about being around new kids, new toys and activities, as well as the message that teachers can be fun and great helpers for them. Also, parents of children this age can play a fun game of pretend for 15-30 minutes. You can call it the “going to school game” with a prize (sticker, etc.) at the end for good participation. In such a game, parents can have their child walk into the living room, put their backpack into a “cubby” or locker area, come sit on the rug while the parent reads a story, get supplies from their bag and go to the table to draw a picture, then possibly go outside and play ball for “recess,” come in for a snack from their lunchbox, then pack up their school bag. Last, it would be a good idea to go see the classroom if there’s an open house before school starts. For older kids, they’re aware of the school routine, so it’s just a matter of preparing themselves to return to schoolwork and to meet new people. If there’s an open house before school starts, it would be ideal for them to go see the class and meet the teacher. Either way, your kids can be reminded of how they made friends last year—introduce themselves, join others who are playing (or talking), invite others to come play (or talk) with them, to talk about what they did over the summer, and to spend time with people who are being positive towards them. A good homework routine is predictable and rewarding. It’s best to establish a consistent time to start that’s relatively soon after they get home from school, since they will be more motivated complete work if there’s a fun activity afterwards. A small break after school is fine, but it’s a hard sell to leave a super fun activity to get started on homework. Very fun activities should be started after their homework is complete. Homework should be done in a relatively distraction free environment—that means no TV and nobody else in the family playing a fun game next to them or in front of them while they have to be doing work. Although some kids are organized enough to know if they have homework, parents should be there while their child checks their bags and folders for any homework to complete for the first few weeks. Any work found should be broken into

chunks. I find it’s better to have a short break for 5 minutes or less after completing each chunk of work—like one worksheet or assignment , then a break, followed by another worksheet. During the break, parents can be checking through the homework to find out if there’s anything else to be corrected. When all the work is done, they should be allowed 15-30 minutes of a very fun activity as a reward for working hard! Work is always more satisfying when it ultimately leads to fun time! Also, sleep cycles have often shifted over the summer time towards later bedtimes and later wake times. Although school may not start for a couple weeks, consider slowly shifting bedtimes and wake times to be early by 15 minutes every 2-3 days until you reach the target bedtime to allow for a gentle adjustment. Nobody likes a big shock to their circadian rhythm and they should go off to their first day of school feeling fresh and ready to go. If your child has previously had significant school related issues (school work completion or grades, behavior concerns, anxiety) and you do not feel that the school created an adequate plan to manage these issues, know that you don’t have to settle for the lack of support. An inadequate Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan from the school (or a complete lack of any IEP or 504 plan at all) fails to provide a helpful and coordinated plan to support kids with special needs. Bring it to the attention of school administrators (school guidance counselors, vice-principals, or principal) right away. If you request a meeting in writing, they are mandated by law to set up a meeting within weeks to review inadequate plans and/or to discuss the need to establish a plan. If they fail to respond to you within a week to offer meeting times, then consider asking them again and/or elevating the issue to a vice-principal or the principal.

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Many kids will be able to adjust better using these tips. That said, if your child needs more support, definitely think about getting professional assistance from a psychologist or other mental health professional—especially if your child has special needs in schools that are not being supported. We can help with things like sleep, homework routines, anxiety related to school, behavior, and/or social skills. j Andrew Scherbarth, Ph.D., BCBA-D Licensed Psychologist | Board Certified Behavior Analyst Keystone Behavioral Pediatrics 6867 Southpoint Drive North, Suite 106 Jacksonville, Florida 32216 Phone: 904.619.6071 t

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Send Them Back to School Healthy N o one really wants to think about going back to school – parents or kids alike! Yes, there is something to be said for routine, but there is also something so wonderful about lazy summer evenings, relaxation on the beach, late-night movies and time with family and friends. The school years starts, and weekends fill up quickly with sports & school projects. Sunday nights once again leave you thinking, “do the kids have clean clothes for school tomorrow”, or better yet, “do they have anything to eat for lunch tomorrow?” Doing a little planning ahead for school lunches can make life a bit easier as a parent. Skip the morning rush and prepare as much as you can the night before. A good variety includes lean protein foods, whole grains, fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy. If your child wants a sweet treat or dessert, include a small portion. Also, remember to start the day fresh by making sure your child’s lunch box is emptied the night before and washed out with warm soapy water. Consider these tips when packing for your child’s lunch:

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Send a spoon: there are reusable cutleries that now come in a variety of colors, or give your child a disposable fork/spoon to make their short lunchtime easier. Pack for the long haul: More than two-thirds of all kids say they want to eat healthy foods for lunch – but healthy doesn’t have to stop at lunch time. Many children participate in after-school sports or other extra-curricular activities and need a snack to get them through these activities until dinner time. Since the ice pack is no longer working after school hours, pack foods which are safe at room temperature. This includes trail mix (you can make your own healthy version), granola bars, carrot and celery sticks, whole pieces of fruit or single-serve fruit/applesauce cups, dried fruits, or cans of tuna with whole grain crackers. Don’t forget peanut butter (or other nut butters) as a great protein source – try the all-natural peanut butter without partially or fully hydrogenated oils – send with low-fat graham crackers and your kids will have a great afternoon snack.

Keep Cool for School: Perishable foods such as For a do-it-yourself trail mix, try the following meats and dairy products should not be left out of recipe: refrigeration for more than two hours. If your Ingredients children are like mine, they do not have access to • Oats - toast in the oven on a baking sheet a refrigerator at school. Keep your child’s lunch with a few drops of vanilla extract or a safe by packing it in an insulated lunch bag and sprinkle of cinnamon include an ice pack or two. A frozen beverage • Cheerios container can also keep perishables at a safe • Rice Chex temperature. Packing hot foods? Use a thermos • Almonds, walnuts or pecans to keep foods warm until noon. • Dark Chocolate Chips • Pretzels Skip the shortcuts: Most parents prepare their • Dried fruits such as raisins, cranberries (or child’s lunch in the morning before school, which pick your child’s favorite) can make mornings crazy and can lead to forgetting something – like the necessary ice Encourage your child to pack their own lunch and pack! Hurrying in the morning can also make for help them by providing easy-to-grab food items a less healthy lunch – your child grabs whatever which are on the healthier side. they can find instead of the foods you prefer that they take. The solution? Pre-package healthy Be healthy and enjoy the new school year! j items like raw veggies or whole grain crackers Aurea Thompson, MSH, RD, CSP, LD/N with sliced cheese the night before so these are the grab-as-you-go items to choose from. When Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition you pre-package items it also encourages portion Wolfson Children’s Hospital control so your child will learn appropriate

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Plan Ahead, Easy, Healthy Breakfasts Breakfast #4 Top 1 cup of low-fat plain yogurt with ½ cup of granola and ½ cup of blueberries. Here are two make ahead breakfast recipes that you can enjoy all week long: Make ahead Breakfast #1 Mix 23 almonds and 2 tablespoons of raisins with 1 cup of Multi Grain Cheerios and place in sandwich sized Ziploc bags for a grab and go breakfast. Make as many servings as you need and store in your pantry. Pour low-fat milk or milk alternative in travel mugs in the fridge ready to grab and go.

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tock your kitchen with a few staple items and you can take the stress out of the morning routine and still send the kids off to school with a healthy breakfast that will keep them energized all morning long. Shopping list: • Whole Grain Cheerios • Whole Grain English Muffin • Steel Cut Oatmeal • Granola • Low-fat milk or mil substitute such as almond milk • Low-fat plain yogurt • Almonds • Fresh berries or other fruit • Bananas • Peanut or other nut butter • Raisins Prepare as much of the next day’s breakfast as you can the night before. Even just grouping everything you need on the countertop helps. Breakfast #1 A cup of whole-grain cereal, ½ cup of low-fat milk, and half a banana Breakfast #2 Spread 2 tablespoons of peanut butter on a whole-grain English muffin. Serve with a cup of berries. Breakfast #3 For each person, put ¾ cup of low-fat plain yogurt, a cup of fruit, and 1 cup of low-fat milk in a blender. Blend and pour in a cup or a travel mug to drink on the go.

Make ahead Breakfast #2 Overnight Oatmeal Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 7 hours Recipe makes 4 servings Ingredients: • 1 cup steel-cut oats • 1 cup skim milk (or milk substitute, such as almond or soy milk) • 3 cups water • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce • 1 teaspoon cinnamon • ¼ cup chopped nuts • Fresh berries Instructions: 1. Place oats, milk, water, applesauce, and cinnamon into a slow cooker. Stir, cover, and set to low. 2. Cook for 7 hours. (See tip below if you are cooking overnight.) 3. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon of the nuts and fresh berries. You can make extra and refrigerate it for later use. It will keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days. If the oatmeal is refrigerated or if it cooks longer than 7 hours, it will firm up. To bring back its creamy consistency, simply add ½ cup of low-fat milk or water for every cup of cooked oatmeal. Stir until it loosens up and microwave it for 1-2 minutes to make it hot again.j kidshealth.org

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Ten Ways To Help Kids Be Successful Students

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upport from parents is key to helping kids do studies. Be sure to know when a test is schedwell academically. Here are 10 ways you can uled so you can help your child study ahead of put your kids on track to be successful students. time. Teach your child how to break down overall tasks into smaller, manageable chunks so preparing for a test isn’t overwhelming. 1. Attend Back-to-School Night and ParentTeacher Conferences 7. Know the Disciplinary Policies Kids do better in school when parents are Schools usually cite their disciplinary policies involved in their academic lives. Attending (sometimes called the student code of conduct) in back-to-school night at the start of the school student handbooks. The rules cover expectayear. It is a great way to get to know your child’s tions, and consequences for not meeting the teacher and his or her expectations. Attending expectations, for things like student behavior, parent-teaching conferences is another way to dress codes, use of electronic devices, and stay informed. These are usually held once or acceptable language. twice a year at progress reporting periods. It’s important for your child to know what’s 2. Visit the School and Its Website expected at school and that you’ll support the Knowing the physical layout of the school building school’s consequences when expectations aren’t and grounds can help you connect with your child met. when you talk about the school day. It’s good to know the location of the main office, school 8. Get Involved nurse, cafeteria, gym, athletic fields, playgrounds, Whether kids are just starting kindergarten or auditorium, and special classes. entering their last year of elementary school, there are many good reasons for parents to 3. Support Homework Expectations volunteer at school. It’s a great way for parents Homework in grade school reinforces and to show they’re interested in their kids’ educaextends classroom learning and helps kids tion. practice important study skills. It also helps them develop a sense of responsibility and a work ethic Many grade-schoolers like to see their parents at school or at school events. But follow your child’s that will benefit them beyond the classroom. cues to find out how much interaction works for A good rule of thumb for an effective homework both of you. If your child seems uncomfortable and/or study period is roughly 10 minutes per with your presence at the school or with your elementary grade level. Fourth-graders, for involvement in an extracurricular activity, example, should expect to have about 40 minutes consider taking a more behind-the-scenes of homework or studying each school night. approach. 4. Send Your Child to School Ready to Learn A nutrious breakfast fuels up kids and gets them ready for the day. In general, kids who eat breakfast have more energy and do better in school. Kids who eat breakfast also are less likely to be absent. Kids also need the right amount of sleep to be alert and ready to learn all day. 5. Teach Organizational Skills When kids are organized, they can stay focused instead of spending time hunting things down and getting sidetracked. Check your child’s assignment book and homework folder every school night so you’re familiar with assignments and your child doesn’t fall behind. Set up a bin for papers that you need to check or sign. No one is born with great organizational skills — they need to be learned and practiced. 6. Teach Study Skills Studying for a test can be scary for young kids, and many educators assume parents will help their kids during the grade-school years. In elementary school, kids usually take end-of-unit tests in math, spelling, science, and social

9. Take Attendance Seriously Sick kids should stay home from school if they have a fever, are nauseated, vomiting, or have diarrhea. Kids who lose their appetite, are clingy or lethargic, complain of pain, or who just don’t seem to be acting “themselves” should also take a sick day. Otherwise, it’s important that kids arrive at school on time every day, because having to catch up with class work and homework can be stressful and interfere with learning. 10. Make Time to Talk About School It’s usually easy to talk with elementary students about what’s going on in class and the latest news at school. You probably know what books your child is reading and are familiar with the math being worked on. But parents can get busy and forget to ask the simple questions, which can have an effect on children’s success at school. Make time to talk to your child every day, so he or she knows that what goes on at school is important to you. When kids know parents are interested in their academic lives, they’ll take school seriously as well. j kidshealth.org

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First Coast Youth Orchestras Music Education Initiative

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major new arts education program has been created in North Florida. The First Coast Youth Orchestras has been founded under the auspices of the First Coast Community Music School as a large ensemble program catering to young musicians from the First Coast ages 7 through 21. The First Coast Youth Orchestras plan to enroll up to 250 to 300 students in five levels of ensembles covering a diverse range of abilities, starting with the youngest string players in Debut Strings and progressing through Intermezzo Strings and Aria Strings. More experienced players will play in the two full symphony orchestras - Youth Philharmonic and Youth Symphony. A chamber music program will also be offered to musicians in these two ensembles. FCYO’s season will run from September through May with rehearsals on the weekends. This first season will consist of four concerts, with the first concert being presented on Saturday, November 18th, 2017 at the University of North Florida’s Lazzara Concert Hall. Heading the program, as well as conducting the top two orchestras, is Maestro Scott Gregg, Artistic Director of the First Coast Community Music School and 22-year veteran as Music Director of the Jacksonville

Symphony Youth Orchestras. “The enthusiasm this project has generated throughout the First Coast, along with the 60+ years of combined experience our conducting staff has had nurturing a culture of excellence in young musicians, and the potential for innovative programming between the School and the Youth Orchestras is going to be a powerful combination,” said Gregg. FCYO will present a unique experience to its students in that the Youth Orchestra will be a division of the First Coast Community Music School, a non-profit educational institution founded in 2004. FCCMS has more than 200 students studying with experienced area professional musicians in private lessons and chamber music. Serving alongside Gregg will be Ms. Judith Steinmeyer and Mr. Rocky DiGeorgio, both veterans of area youth ensemble programs as well as accomplished teachers. The FCYO is NOW AUDITIONING to fill its membership and applications will be accepted until all available spots are filled. A live audition week will be held in mid-August with the season kicking off in September. Visit www.firstcoastyo.com to apply or for more information. “Like” them on Facebook at facebook.com/firstcoastyo or call them at 904-515-5092.

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2017 Fall Schedule All Parent Academy courses are free of charge. Refreshments and childcare are provided at select courses.

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ATTENDANCE MATTERS

Presented by: DCPS Staff This course will provide parents with information on why attendance is important for student success. It will provide information on the consequences of students who are absent regularly. In addition, it will provide data and statistics to support the importance of regular school attendance.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 09/21/17

Portside MARC, 13936 Ascot Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32250

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 11/28/17

Joseph Finegan Elementary School 555 Wonderwood Dr., Atlantic Beach, FL 32233

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

CUDDLES, QUESTIONS AND CONVERSATIONS: PROMOTING PRESCHOOL LANGUAGE AND LITERACY SKILLS

Presented by: DCPS Staff Snuggling up with your preschooler to read and talk about a book is one of the best ways to grow a great reader. This session will include strategies to expand vocabulary, develop background knowledge and foster thinking skills during this special reading time with your child.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 09/26/17

Abess Park Elementary School 12731 Abess Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32225

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday 11/08/17

S.P. Livingston Elementary School 1128 Barber Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Thursday 12/07/17

Oceanway Elementary School 12555 Gillespie Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32218

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS: PARENT PARTNERSHIPS FOR SUCCESS

Presented by: DCPS Staff Come explore how mathematics instruction has changed and how students are being prepared to: understand how mathematics works, be able to work fluently with numbers, and become lifelong mathematicians. This course will expose you to math content your child will experience, and provide tips on how to help them be successful.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 09/05/17

Jacksonville Beach Elementary School 315 10th Street, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

8:45 - 10:15 a.m.

Tuesday 09/12/17

Saint Clair Evans Academy 5443 Moncrief Road, Jacksonville, FL 32209

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday 10/10/17

Twin Lakes Academy Elementary 8000 Point Meadows Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32256

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 11/09/17

Don Brewer Elementary School 3385 Hartsfield Road, Jacksonville, FL 32277

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday 12/12/17

Thomas Jefferson Elementary School 8233 Nevada Street, Jacksonville, FL 32220

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY

Presented by: DCPS Staff This course will be an in-depth presentation regarding the athletic eligibility for high school students to participate in sports at their school.

Date

Location

Time

Wednesday 08/23/17

Englewood High School 4412 Barnes Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32207

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

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Presented by: DCPS Staff This course provides an understanding of dual enrollment and its advantages in preparation for college. Can your high school student take college credit courses? This course provides an understanding of dual enrollment and its advantages in preparation for college.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 10/10/17

Jean Ribault High School 3701 Winton Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32208

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday 11/09/17

Florida State College of Jacksonville South Campus, Building U Room 135a 11901 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246

12:00 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday 12/12/17

Andrew Jackson High School 3816 North Main Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

FINANCIAL AND ACADEMIC PLANNING: PREPARING FOR POST GRADUATION

Presented by: DCPS and Mr. Messer Join parents and community members in learning about ways to prepare for post-graduation both academically and financially.

Date

Location

Time

Saturday 09/23/17

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church 215 Bethel Baptist St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

9:15 11:45 a.m.

MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY

Presented by: DCPS Staff This course will be an in-depth presentation regarding the athletic eligibility for middle school students to participate in sports at their school.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 08/29/17

Oceanway Middle School 143 Oceanway Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32218

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

MIDDLE SCHOOL MATHEMATICS: PREPARING STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS Presented by: DCPS Staff Explore Digits and Eureka Math curriculum along with I-Ready resources for the year. Get the latest information on curriculum updates and the impact the adjustment will have on the students along with the opportunity to experience the life of a student in a 6-8 mathematics course.

Date

Location

Time

Monday 10/09/17

Twin Lakes Academy 8050 Point Meadows Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32256

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Monday 11/06/17

Kirby Smith Middle School 2034 Hubbard Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

PRESCHOOL POWER! RAISING A SELF-RELIANT PRESCHOOLER

Presented by: DCPS Staff Young children who learn to be self-reliant are more successful in preschool and better prepared to take on challenges. This session will explore practical strategies and suggestions easily incorporated into a busy life.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 09/21/17

Pinedale Elementary School 4229 Edison Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32254

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday 10/03/17

Spring Park Elementary School 2250 Spring Park Road, Jacksonville, FL 32207

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday 11/14/17

Ruth N. Upson Elementary School 1090 Dancy Street, Jacksonville, FL 32205

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.


PRESCHOOL MATH AND SCIENCE AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Presented by: DCPS Staff Are you looking for a fun way to boost your preschool child’s math and science skills? Young children are curious and eager learners. This course will discuss hands-on math and science activities for families around the house and in the neighborhood.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 10/24/17

Reynolds Lane Elementary School 840 Reynolds Lane, Jacksonville, FL 32254

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday 11/28/17

Greenland Pines Elementary School 5050 Greenland Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32258

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday 12/14/17

Hogan-Spring Glen Elementary School 6736 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32216

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

PRIORITIZING MILESTONES IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Presented by: Parent Academy Staff/DCPS Learn how to set goals to be successful through Elementary School and upon entrance into Middle School.

STORY TIME

Presented by: The Jacksonville Library and the Center for Language and Culture (ESOL) Read with your Baby!

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 09/21/17

The Center for Language and Culture (CLC) on the campus of Kings Trail Elementary 7401 Old Kings Road S., Jacksonville, FL 32217

11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Sunday 10/15/17 Thursday 11/16/17 Thursday 12/14/17

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS ON THE HIGH SCHOOL MATHEMATICS FSA/EOC’S

Presented by: DCPS Staff Explore the strategies for student success on the Algebra I and Geometry FSA/End of Course Exams.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 09/19/17

Louis Sheffield Elementary School 13333 Lanier Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32226

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 10/10/17

Atlantic Coast High School 9735 R.G. Skinner Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32256

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday 10/12/17

Jacksonville Baptist Association 2700 University Blvd. S., Jacksonville, FL 32216

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Monday 11/13/17

Edward White High School, 1700 Old Middleburg Rd. N., Jacksonville, FL 32210

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday 11/07/17

John Love Elementary School 1531 Winthrop Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

TEST TAKING STRATEGIES THAT WORK

Presented by: Parent Academy Staff/DCPS This course will include ways to master reading skills that can be used to reach proficiency on classroom and standardized tests.

PRIORITIZING MILESTONES IN HIGH SCHOOL

Presented by: Parent Academy Staff/DCPS Learn how to set goals to be successful throughout High School and beyond.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 11/16/17

One Love Christian Center 2960 Edison Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32254

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

PRIORITIZING MILESTONES IN MIDDLE SCHOOL

Presented by: DCPS Staff Learn how to set goals to be successful through Middle School and upon the entrance into High School.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 09/19/17

John E. Ford Pre-K-8 School 1137 Cleveland Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

THE ONE STOP SHOP TO ACADEMIC SUCCESS (HOMEWORK HELP)

Presented by: DCPS Staff Parents, caregivers and students can expect to learn how to navigate needana.com to get free academic resources.

Date

Location

Time

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday 09/19/17

Westview K-8 School 5270 Connie Jean Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32210

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday 11/07/17

Loretto Road Elementary School 3900 Loretto Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32223

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 09/26/17

Highlands Middle School 10913 Pine Estates Road East, Jacksonville, FL 32218

Tuesday 10/10/17

Lake Shore Middle School 2519 Bayview Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32210

SEEING STUDENT-ATHLETES TO HIGH SCHOOL SUCCESS AND COLLEGE COMPLETION Presented by: Brenda Priestly Jackson, Dynamic Education Foundation, Inc. (DEF) This course will teach parents how to fully support student-athletes. Learn about the Dynamic Education Foundation, Inc., NCAA requirements, SAT/ACT prep, and more.

UNDERSTANDING THE FLORIDA STANDARDS ASSESSMENT: ELEMENTARY READING AND WRITING

Presented by: DCPS Staff Learn how to assist Elementary School Students in the areas of Reading and Writing on the Florida Standards Assessment.

Date

Location

Time

Date

Location

Time

Monday 09/25/17

Edward White High School, 1700 Old Middleburg Rd. N., Jacksonville, FL 32210

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 09/14/17

Jacksonville Baptist Association 2700 University Blvd. S., Jacksonville, FL 32216

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday 10/04/17

Atlantic Coast High School 9735 R.G. Skinner Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32256

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 10/10/17

Jacksonville Beach Elementary School 315 10th Street, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Monday 10/09/17

First Coast High School 590 Duval Station Road, Jacksonville, FL 32218

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 12/07/17

Windy Hill Elementary 3831 Forest Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

UNDERSTANDING THE FLORIDA STANDARDS ASSESSMENT: HIGH SCHOOL READING AND WRITING

To learn more or register online go to: www.duvalschools.org/ParentAcademy For additional registration options: E-mail ParentAcademy@duvalschools.org or call the Department of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) at 904.390.2960

Presented by: DCPS Staff Learn how to assist High School Students in the areas of Reading and Writing on the Florida Standards Assessment.

Date

Location

Time

Monday 10/02/17

Andrew Jackson High School 3816 North Main Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday 11/08/17

Terry Parker High School 7301 Parker School Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32211

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

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Parenting & Advocacy

UNDERSTANDING THE FLORIDA STANDARDS ASSESSMENT: MIDDLE SCHOOL READING AND WRITING

Presented by: DCPS Staff Learn how to assist Middle School Students in the areas of Reading and Writing on the Florida Standards Assessment.

ANGER MANAGEMENT AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION

Presented by: DCPS Staff This course will assist in obtaining knowledge on how past learning can influence present behavior. It also will discuss current trends and how they impact potential future societal issues.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 09/05/17

Lake Shore Middle School 2519 Bayview Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32210

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 11/07/17

Mandarin Middle School 5100 Hood Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32257

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday 11/02/17

Countryside Village MARC 10960 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Monday 12/04/17

Mayport Middle School 2600 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, FL 32233

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

UNDERSTANDING LAVILLA’S MAGNET MYSTERY

Presented by: DCPS Staff Parents/caregivers will receive information needed for auditions and magnet deadlines for entry into LaVilla School of the Arts.

Date

Location

Time

Monday 10/09/17

LaVilla School of the Arts 501 North Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (Feeder Schools)

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday 10/10/17

LaVilla School of the Arts 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 501 North Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (Non-Feeder Schools)

WHAT DOES INCLUSION LOOK LIKE?

Presented by: DCPS/FDLRS Child Find If your child has an IEP and is served in the general education classroom, this training is for you!

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 10/26/17

Parent Services FDLRS/Child Find Exceptional Education DCPS 4124 Blvd. Center Drive, Building 4600, Jacksonville, FL 32207

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

WHAT IS i-READY TELLING ME ABOUT MY CHILD’S PERFORMANCE?

Presented by: DCPS Staff Learn the best utilization of the i-Ready online learning program to boost student achievement at home.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 09/21/17

West Riverside Elementary School 2801 Herschel Street, Jacksonville, FL 32205

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday 12/05/17

Spring Park Elementary School 2250 Spring Park Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32207

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

WORLD LANGUAGES & CULTURES

Presented by: DCPS Staff Come get exposure to world language instructional strategies, cultural information, and the value of second language acquisition.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 11/09/17

Hendricks Avenue Elementary School 3400 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32207

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday 12/14/17

Alfred duPont Middle School 2710 Dupont Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32217

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

YEAR UP, JOIN UP, MOVE UP

Presented by: Year Up/Florida State College at Jacksonville This course will give parents and students an understanding about the organization, the admission process, opportunities for young adults, and successful outcomes. This is an option for those ages 18-24 with a high school diploma or GED.

Date

Location

Wednesdays Florida State College of Jacksonville 09/13/17, 101 West State Street, Suite 3001 Jacksonville, FL 32202 10/11/17, 11/08/17

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Time 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

BREAKFAST LEARNING SERIES

Presented by: Family Support Services This course will share helpful information while providing a networking opportunity to individuals raising children and professionals who help parents. Each session covers a different topic. The Breakfast Learning Series is held on the third Wednesday of each month from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Continental breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m.

Date

Location

Time

Wednesday 08/16/17

Guest Speaker is Attorney Garry Bevel, Children’s Ombudsperson from The Partnership of Child Health Edward Waters College - Schell Sweet Community Center located at 1697 Kings Road, Jacksonville, FL 32209

8:30 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday 09/20/17

Guest Speaker is Karen Tozzi, Department of Health, Director of Maternal & Child Health Edward Waters College - Schell Sweet Community Center located at 1697 Kings Road, Jacksonville, FL 32209

8:30 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday 10/18/17

Guest Speaker is Dr. Patricia Willis, Superintendent for Duval County Public Schools Edward Waters College Gym 1859 Kings Road, Jacksonville, FL 32209

8:30 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday 11/15/17

Guest Speaker is Alan Louder, Director of Juvenile Diversion State Attorney’s Office, 4th Judicial Court Edward Waters College - Schell Sweet Community Center located at 1697 Kings Road, Jacksonville, FL 32209

8:30 10:30 a.m.

CREATING SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENTS/BULLY FREE

Presented by: DCPS Staff This course will review the warning signs and descriptions of behavior associated with bullying for both the victim and the bully, the laws associated with bullying, and DCPS policies and procedures. This course will also provide a description of a safe and supportive environment, while offering resources for both students and their parents.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 09/07/17

Arlington Middle School 8141 Lone Star Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32211

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday 10/19/17

Portside MARC, 13936 Ascot Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32250

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 11/02/17

Gateway to Heaven Christian Church 7700 North Pearl Street, Jacksonville, FL 32208

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM SUPPORT MEETING

Presented by: New Town Success Zone Business Committee and Edward Waters College This course will focus on supporting, educating, and providing resources to parents who have children ages (0-3), to ensure that the children are developmentally ready to succeed.

Date

Location

Time

Every third Tuesday of the month beginning 08/22/17 and ending on 12/19/17 (excluding holidays)

Edward Waters College Center for the Prevention of Health Disparities Building 1401 Grunthal Street, Jacksonville, FL

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

GRIEF AND LOSS IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

Presented by: DCPS Staff Parents will receive an overview of how grief & loss impact children and provide community resources for support.

Date

Location

Time

Wednesday 10/18/17

WellCare Inc. 5115 Normandy Blvd. Suite 1, Jacksonville, FL 32205

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Monday 12/11/17

William M. Raines High School, 3663 Raines Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32209

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.


HEALTHY MINDS, HEALTHY KIDS

Presented by: DCPS Staff This course will provide parents with a better understanding of important school and community based resources to serve the WHOLE child.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 09/07/17

Jefferson Davis Middle School 7050 Melvin Road, Jacksonville, FL 32210

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 09/19/17

Normandy Village Elementary School 8257 Herlong Road, Jacksonville, FL 32210

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 09/21/17

Bayview Elementary School 3257 Lake Shore Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32210

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 10/05/17

Westview K-8 School 5270 Connie Jean Road, Jacksonville, FL 32210

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 10/10/17

J.E.B. Stuart Middle School 4815 Wesconnett Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32210

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 11/16/17

Jacksonville Heights Elementary School 7750 Tempest St. South, Jacksonville, FL 32244

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

HOW TO BECOME A DCPS PARENT LEADER

Presented by: Parent Academy Staff/DCPS The Parent Academy is always looking for great Parent Leaders! Parent Leaders are those who will support other parents, empower them, and advocate for the Parent Academy overall.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 11/02/17

Duval County Public Schools 1701 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday 11/08/17

12:00 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday 11/14/17

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday 11/30/17

12:00 1:00 p.m.

HOW TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL FAMILY

Presented by: DCPS Staff Knowing we all can improve, this course emphasizes self-inventory on the status of family and provides tools to ensure success, not perfection.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 09/26/17

Oasis Church 422 New Berlin Road, Jacksonville, FL 32218

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday 10/05/17

Countryside Village MARC 10960 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

HOW TO RAISE TODAY’S TEENAGERS TO BE PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS

Presented by: DCPS Staff This course will provide information to help keep your teen on a positive track and away from trending pitfalls such as decreased school performance, drug use, petty crimes, and sexting.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 09/12/17

Northwestern Middle School, 2100 West 45th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

IT’S A HEARING WORLD

Presented by: DCPS/FDLRS Child Find Come and learn about resources for growing a child who is deaf/hard of hearing.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 09/28/17

Parent Services FDLRS/Child Find Exceptional Education DCPS 4124 Blvd. Center Drive, Building 4600, Jacksonville, FL 32207

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

To learn more or register online go to: www.duvalschools.org/ParentAcademy For additional registration options: E-mail ParentAcademy@duvalschools.org or call the Department of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) at 904.390.2960

LEAP: EARLY LITERACY FOR FAMILIES

Presented by: Jacksonville Public Library Join us for a six-week reading program for adults and children ages birth – 5 years old. Parent/caregivers and children will play and learn together. Learn how Reading, Writing, Talking, Singing, and Playing together gets kids ready to read! • Interactive reading of two books, making reading fun! • Music and Movement activities that get kids moving and learning! • Take-home literacy toy to play with children during the week. • Families that attend 4 of the 6 sessions will receive a special gift!

Date

Location

Time

Tuesdays 09/19/17, 09/26/17, 10/03/17, 10/10/17, 10/17/17, 10/24/17

St. Stephen Childcare and Learning Center 1525 North Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

MANAGING YOUR CHILD’S BEHAVIOR

Presented by: DCPS/FDLRS Child Find Learn the cycle of misbehavior, what to do during each stage, and how to prevent acting out behaviors.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 11/02/17

Parent Services FDLRS/Child Find Exceptional Education DCPS 4124 Blvd. Center Drive, Building 4600, Jacksonville, FL 32207

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

PARENT DIGEST

Presented by: Parent Academy Staff/DCPS Parents and caregivers are invited to “chat and chew” as we share and digest meaningful portions of information and resources to better navigate Duval County Public Schools over a meal sponsored by Golden Corral. This parent-only course is limited to the first 25 registrants; sign up today!

Date

Location

Time

Monday 09/18/17

Golden Corral Restaurant 4250 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32216

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

PRIME TIME FAMILY READING TIME

Presented by: Jacksonville Public Library Join us for a six-week reading program for adults and children ages 6 – 10. Parent/caregivers and children will enjoy award-winning books presented by a storyteller and discuss big topics such as fairness, courage and dreams. Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 20 families. Registration ends on September 14. • Read and discuss stories. • Enjoy a FREE dinner every week. • Learn about library services. • Enter weekly raffle for prizes. • Bring the whole family – special activities will be provided for children under six years old.

Date

Location

Time

Wednesdays Mandarin Branch Library 10/04/17, 3330 Kori Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257 10/11/17, 10/18/17, 10/25/17, 11/01/17, 11/08/17

6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

PROJECT LEAP GED MATH REASONING

Presented by: Jax Journey Refresher math course to improve scores on the GED Mathematical Reasoning Exam

Date

Location

Time

Every Tuesday of the month beginning 08/08/17 and ending on 10/03/17

Edward Waters College - Adam Jenkins Gym 1859 Kings Road, Jacksonville, FL 32209

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

RECLAIMING OUR YOUTH: JOIN THE BOOK CLUB!

Presented by: Mrs. Selena Webster-Bass Join other parents and community members in the book Reclaiming our Youth; books are provided for registered participants.

Date

Location

Time

Saturday 10/14/17

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church 215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202

9:15 11:45 a.m.

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REDUCING TOXIC STRESS: BECOMING TRAUMA INFORMED PARENTS

Presented by: NE Florida Healthy Start This course is designed to make parents and students aware of the issue of Toxic Stress and how it affects brain development and long-term health.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 10/10/17

John E. Ford Pre-K-8 School 1137 Cleveland Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 10/17/17

North Shore Elementary 5701 Silver Plaza, Jacksonville, FL 32208

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

RESOLVING CONFLICT: HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR CHILD LIKE A CHAMP

Presented by: Parent Academy Staff/DCPS Gives a proactive approach in communication and developing positive decision-making skills and outcomes.

Date

Location

Time

Monday 11/06/17

Venetia Elementary School 4300 Timuquana Road, Jacksonville, FL 32210

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Monday 12/04/17

Jefferson Davis Middle School 7050 Melvin Road, Jacksonville, FL 32210

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

VISION KEEPERS

Presented by: New Town Success Zone This course will focus on creating a positive vision for community development through advocacy and education.

Date

Location

Time

Every first and third Thursday of the month beginning 08/17/17 and ending 12/7/17

Edward Waters College Center for the Prevention of Health Disparities Building 1401 Grunthal Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

ECONOMIC GROWTH

Presented by: New Town Success Zone Business Committee This course will offer support in economic and business development.

Date

Location

Time

Every third Monday of the month beginning 08/21/17 and end on 12/18/17 (excluding holidays)

Edward Waters College, Health Disparities Building 1401 Grunthal Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

ELEVATE

Presented by: UF/IFAS Extension/Duval County ELEVATE is a 5 part series that is designed to help couples understand the connection between emotions and physical reactions. Learn how to decrease stress, enhance your relationship, trust and love each more, and live a healthier, calmer life.

Date

Location

Time

Thursdays 09/21/17, 09/28/17, 10/05/17, 10/12/17, 10/19/17

UF/IFAS Extension Office Duval County 1010 North McDuff Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32210

5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

FIT FRIDAYS (FUNKY FIT)

Presented by: New Town Success Zone and Mayo Clinic Workout and have fun doing it!

Date

Personal & Individual Growth BEING A BETTER YOU: ESTABLISHING AND ATTAINING LONG AND SHORT TERM GOALS Presented by: Parent Academy/ DCPS Explore ways to enhance your life using motivational, coping, and healthy techniques in reaching personal or professional milestones.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 10/19/17

WellCare Inc. 5115 Normandy Blvd. Suite 1, Jacksonville, FL 32205

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

CREDIT SMART

Presented by: Hope for Housing Inc. This course will provide an understanding of the fundamentals of credit. 1) Credit and Why is it important 2) Understanding Credit Scores 3) Establishing Credit 4) Restoring Credit 5) Think Like a Lender 6) Scoring Models and The Credit Reporting Agencies 7) Collections, Judgments, and Liens.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesdays 08/22/17, 09/19/17, 10/24/17, 11/07/17, 12/12/17

Hope for Housing Inc. 263 River Hills Drive Suite 2, Jacksonville, FL 32216

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Thursdays 09/07/17, 10/12/17, 11/16/17

Location

The first Edward Waters College Center for the Prevention of and third Health Disparities Building Friday of 1401 Grunthal Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209 every month beginning 08/18/17 and ending on 12/15/17

Time 6:15 - 7:30 p.m.

FOUNDATIONS TO FINANCIAL LITERACY

Presented by: Hope for Housing Inc. This course will provide an understanding about the four basic foundations of financial literacy. 1) Budget & Savings 2) Debt Reduction & Asset Building 3) Credit 4) Loan Terminology

Date

Location

Time

Tuesdays 08/29/17, 09/12/17, 10/17/17, 11/14/17

Hope for Housing Inc. 263 River Hills Drive Suite 2, Jacksonville, FL 32216

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Thursdays 09/28/17, 10/05/17, 11/02/17, 12/07/17

Hope for Housing Inc. 263 River Hills Drive Suite 2, Jacksonville, FL 32216

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

HOME BUYER WORKSHOP

DAD ALL DAY (DAD)

Presented by: Family Support Services DAD course is open to all dads of all ages with children of all ages. Each dad will learn how to be a dad 24/7 by developing stronger relationships with their family. Learn ways to be involved in your child’s life and discover ways to improve communication with your child’s mother or caregiver. Class is held on the 2nd Thursday of each month.

Date

Location

Time

Thursdays 08/10/17, 09/14/17, 10/12/17, 11/09/17, 12/14/17

dward Waters College Center for the Prevention of Health Disparities Building 1401 Grunthal Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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Presented by: Hope for Housing Inc. Learn the home buying process from leading real estate professionals.

Date

Location

Time

Saturday 08/12/17

University Park Public Library, 3435 University Blvd. North, Jacksonville, FL 32277

10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.


HOME FLOW

Presented by: UF/IFAS Extension/Duval County This program is designed to simplify the home living situation by creating and maintaining how the home “flows” together as a unit comprised of a dwelling, its occupants, the property, and community in which it’s located.

Date

Location

Time

Mondays 11/13/17, 11/20/17, 11/27/17

Pablo Creek Regional Library 13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville FL 32246

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Tuesdays 10/10/17, 10/17/17, 10/24/17

Beaches Branch Library 600 3rd Street, Neptune, Beach, FL 32266

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 10/24/17

Frank H. Peterson Academies 7450 Wilson Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32210

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday 12/14/17

First Baptist Church of Oakland 1025 Jessie Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

THE IMMIGRANT GUIDE: WHAT EVERY IMMIGRANT NEEDS TO KNOW

Presented by: DCPS- Center for Language and Culture (ESOL) Information for Immigrants. Courses begin the week of 09/11/17 and end 12/18/17 (Mondays excluding holidays)

Mondays The Center for Language and Culture (CLC); Courses begin on the campus of Kings Trail Elementary the week of 7401 Old Kings Road, South, Jacksonville, FL 32217 09/11/17 and end 12/18/17 (Mondays excluding holidays)

Time 10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.

Time

Wednesday 09/06/17

St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church 3738 Winton Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32208

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday 11/07/17

One Love Christian Center 2960 Edison Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32254

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

WELLNESS RX

Location

Time

Every Edward Waters College Center for the Prevention of second Health Disparities Building and fourth 1401 Grunthal Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209 Saturday of the month beginning 08/26/17 and ending on 12/09/17.

9:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

WELLNESS RX EDUCATION

Presented by: New Town Success Zone and Mayo Clinic A community led wellness program designed to empower and educate parents and caregivers with information to improve their overall health.

Date

Location

Time

Every first Edward Waters College Center for the Prevention of Tuesday of Health Disparities Building the month 1401 Grunthal Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209 beginning 09/05/17 and ending on 12/05/17.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Presented by: DCPS- Center for Language and Culture (ESOL) A networking meeting to empower moms and women! Share with us your services, abilities, skills, and empower other ladies in a relaxing and a safe environment.

Presented by: DCPS- Center for Language and Culture (ESOL) At your own pace, learn English or Spanish using the individualized Rosetta Stone software. Courses begin the week of 09/05/17 and end 12/19/17 (excluding holidays).

Location

Location

WOMEN’S CIRCLE

ROSETTA STONE: LEARN ENGLISH/SPANISH

Date

Date

Date

Presented by: Parent Academy Staff/ DCPS This course will provide participants with the basic information on starting a small business. Participants will receive information on how to obtain a business license, how to get resources to start a business, and begin writing your business plan within this course.

Location

Presented by: DCPS Staff This course will teach participants how to maximize their potential by networking, perfecting their public speaking skills, and ensuring an unforgettable first impression.

Presented by: New Town Success Zone and Mayo Clinic A community led wellness program designed to empower and educate parents and caregivers with information to improve their overall health. Followed by a food pantry/grocery giveaway.

THE FOUNDATIONS OF ESTABLISHING A BUSINESS

Date

SPEAKING WITH CONFIDENCE

Time

Tuesdays The Center for Language and Culture (CLC); Courses begin on the campus of Kings Trail Elementary the week of 7401 Old Kings Road, South, Jacksonville, FL 32217 09/05/17 and end 12/19/17 (excluding holidays).

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.; 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.; and/or 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Thursdays The Center for Language and Culture (CLC); Courses begin on the campus of Kings Trail Elementary the week of 7401 Old Kings Road, South, Jacksonville, FL 32217 09/07/17 and end 12/14/17 (excluding holidays).

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.

Tuesdays West Riverside Elementary School Courses begin 2801 Herschel Street, Jacksonville, FL 32205 the week of 09/05/17 and end 12/19/17 (excluding holidays).

4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Date

Location

Time

Fridays 09/15/2017, 10/20/2017, 11/17/2017, 12/15/2017

The Center for Language and Culture (CLC); on the campus of Kings Trail Elementary 7401 Old Kings Road, South, Jacksonville, FL 32217

10:00 11:30 a.m.

Library Course Offerings COMPUTER SKILLS FOR JOB SEEKERS

In this course, we will discuss the basic computer and internet skills that will help you with your job search, provide you with resources to take away from the class, and invite you to attend future classes that will help with more skills that are specific to what you may need.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 08/29/17

Brown Eastside Branch Library 1390 Harrison Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday 09/21/17

Olga L. Bradham and Etta L. Brooks Branch Library 1755 Edgewood Avenue W., Jacksonville, FL 32208

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

INTERNET SAFETY AND SECURITY

Learn how to create secure passwords, avoid internet scams, and evaluate website safety in order to surf the web safely.

Date

Location

Time

Monday 08/14/17

Graham Branch Library 2304 Myrtle Avenue N. Jacksonville, FL 32209

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday 09/13/17

Highlands Regional Library 1826 Dunn Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32218

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

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JOB NOW & RESUME HELP FOR JOB SEEKERS

Free computer access for job seekers to create resumes using Job NOW, edit resumes, search job sites, and submit online applications. A staff member will be on hand to answer questions and give assistance.

Date

Location

Time

Mondays 08/14/17, 08/21/17, 08/28/17, 09/11/17, 09/18/17, 09/25/17

Highlands Regional Library 1826 Dunn Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32218

3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

MS OFFICE 2010: EXCEL 1

Learn to create a simple spreadsheet using formulas and formatting. Create a basic workbook, navigate between worksheets, become familiar with Excel ribbon and menus, be able to format columns, rows, and cells, and be able to create and use formulas.

MS OFFICE 2010: EXCEL 3

Learn more functions and features in MS Excel 2010 to retrieve and analyze data. Learn how to use the VLOOKUP function, create PivotTables and Pivot Charts, create Sparklines, use conditional formatting, and more.

Date

Location

Time

Saturday 08/26/17

Pablo Creek Regional Library 13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Thursday 08/31/17

Mandarin Branch Library 3330 Kori Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Thursday 08/31/17

Olga L. Bradham and Etta L. Brooks Branch Library 1755 Edgewood Avenue W., Jacksonville, FL 32208

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday 08/31/17

Webb Wesconnett Regional Library 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday 09/12/17

Beaches Branch Library 600 3rd Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 08/17/17

Webb Wesconnett Regional Library 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Monday 09/18/17

University Park Branch Library 3435 University Blvd N., Jacksonville, FL 32277

11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

Thursday 08/17/17

Olga L. Bradham and Etta L. Brooks Branch Library 1755 Edgewood Avenue W., Jacksonville, FL 32208

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday 09/21/17

Regency Square Branch Library 9900 Regency Square Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32225

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Monday 08/21/17

University Park Branch Library 3435 University Blvd N., Jacksonville, FL 32277

11:00 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday 09/26/17

Webb Wesconnett Regional Library 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210

11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday 08/29/17

Beaches Branch Library 600 3rd Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Friday 09/29/17

South Mandarin Branch Library 12125 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32223

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Friday 09/01/17

South Mandarin Branch Library 12125 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32223

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Thursday 09/07/17

Regency Square Branch Library 9900 Regency Square Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32225

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday 09/12/17

Webb Wesconnett Regional Library 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210

11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

Thursday 09/14/17

Pablo Creek Regional Library 13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday 09/20/17

West Branch Library 1425 Chaffee Road S., Jacksonville, FL 32221

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Friday 09/22/17

West Branch Library 1425 Chaffee Road S., Jacksonville, FL 32221

10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

MS OFFICE 2010: EXCEL 2

Create formulas that are more complex. Work with basic functions such as sorting data, filtering data, and creating charts. Completion of the Excel 1 class or previous experience with MS Excel is highly recommended.

MS OFFICE 2010: EXCEL 4

Learn how to clean up worksheets by finding duplicates, using Data Validation, and using the TRIM function. Students will also learn more tips and functions to save time and be more productive. Attendance to a previous Excel class or previous Excel experience is highly recommended.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 09/28/17

Regency Square Branch Library 9900 Regency Square Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32225

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

MS OFFICE 2010: POWERPOINT 1

Create a simple presentation, create, edit and save slides and slide shows. You will learn to insert clip art, apply designs, work with views and run a slide show.

Date

Location

Time

Monday 08/14/17

Regency Square Branch Library 9900 Regency Square Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32225

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday 08/16/17

Highlands Regional Library 1826 Dunn Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32218

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 08/22/17

Beaches Branch Library 600 3rd Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Saturday 08/19/17

Pablo Creek Regional Library 13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Thursday 08/24/17

South Mandarin Branch Library 12125 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32223

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday 08/24/17

Webb Wesconnett Regional Library 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday 09/07/17

Webb Wesconnett Regional Library 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday 08/24/17

Olga L. Bradham and Etta L. Brooks Branch Library 1755 Edgewood Avenue W., Jacksonville, FL 32208

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday 09/07/17

Olga L. Bradham and Etta L. Brooks Branch Library 1755 Edgewood Avenue W., Jacksonville, FL 32208

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 09/05/17

Beaches Branch Library 600 3rd Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday 09/19/17

Southeast Regional Library 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32256

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Monday 09/11/17

University Park Branch Library 3435 University Blvd N., Jacksonville, FL 32277

11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

Thursday 09/28/17

Pablo Creek Regional Library 13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 09/14/17

Regency Square Branch Library 9900 Regency Square Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32225

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Saturday 09/30/17

Pablo Creek Regional Library 13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Friday 09/15/17

South Mandarin Branch Library 12125 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32223

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday 09/19/17

Webb Wesconnett Regional Library 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210

11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

Friday 09/29/17

West Branch Library 1425 Chaffee Road S., Jacksonville, FL 32221

10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

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MS OFFICE 2010: POWERPOINT 2

Participants will learn how to modify bulleted and numbered lists, indents and line spacing; use Word art and shapes; animate text and objects, and use audio and video in presentations. To fully benefit from this course, you should have attended the PowerPoint 1 class, or have basic experience using PowerPoint.

Date

Location

Time

Monday 08/21/17

Regency Square Branch Library 9900 Regency Square Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32225

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday 08/23/17

Highlands Regional Library 1826 Dunn Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32218

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Thursday 09/14/17

Webb Wesconnett Regional Library 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday 09/14/17

Olga L. Bradham and Etta L. Brooks Branch Library 1755 Edgewood Avenue W., Jacksonville, FL 32208

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

MS OFFICE 2010: WORD 1

Participants will learn to open the program and find basic functions (Office button, ribbon, help menu). Learn to create, edit, save and print document. Instruction includes formatting text, cut, copy, paste and using spelling and grammar tools.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 08/22/17

Webb Wesconnett Regional Library 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210

11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

Monday 08/28/17

Highlands Regional Library 1826 Dunn Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32218

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Friday 09/01/17

West Branch Library 1425 Chaffee Road S., Jacksonville, FL 32221

10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday 09/05/17

Southeast Regional Library 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32256

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Friday 09/08/17

Pablo Creek Regional Library 13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Thursday 09/21/17

Mandarin Branch Library 3330 Kori Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Monday 09/25/17

Highlands Regional Library 1826 Dunn Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32218

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

MS OFFICE 2010: WORD 2

Participants will learn about more advanced MS Word functions such as bulleted and numbered lists, columns, tables and images.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 08/29/17

Webb Wesconnett Regional Library 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210

11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

Friday 09/08/17

West Branch Library 1425 Chaffee Road S., Jacksonville, FL 32221

10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

Friday 09/15/17

Pablo Creek Regional Library 13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

MS OFFICE 2010: WORD 3

Participants will learn about even more advanced MS Word functions such as mail merge, table of contents, advanced formatting, headers, footers and much more.

MS OFFICE 2010: WORD FOR RESUMES

Participants will learn about more advanced MS Word functions such as bulleted and numbered lists, columns, tables, and images. Templates will also be covered with a focus on building and modifying resumes.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 08/17/17

Main Library 303 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Sunday 08/20/17

Main Library 303 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

SELLING ITEMS ONLINE

This class is an introduction to selling goods and services online via eBay, Craigslist, Etsy and Amazon Marketplace. Learn what skills are needed to sell online, how to create and manage accounts on these sites, and how to stay safe and avoid scams. To fully benefit from this course, basic mouse and keyboard skills are necessary.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 09/19/17

Highlands Regional Library 1826 Dunn Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32218

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 09/28/17

Main Library 303 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

SMALL BUSINESS DATABASES TO HELP ENTREPRENEURS

Thinking of starting a business? Want to know how the library can help? Join us for an informative program on databases the library gives you access to, from helping you obtain demographics for areas of town, how to start, finance or manage your small business to finding sample business plans, how to guides, tips and strategies.

Date

Location

Time

Saturday 08/26/17

South Mandarin Branch Library 12125 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32223

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

TECHNOLOGY FOR ESL LEARNERS

These basic computer classes are taught in English for students learning English as a second language.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesdays 08/15/17, 08/22/17, 08/29/17, 09/05/17, 09/12/17, 09/19/17, 09/26/17

Main Library 303 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Thursdays 08/17/17, 08/24/17, 08/31/17, 09/07/17, 09/14/17, 09/21/17, 09/28/17

Main Library 303 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Date

Location

Time

Monday 08/14/17

University Park Branch Library 3435 University Blvd N., Jacksonville, FL 32277

11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

Thursday 08/17/17

South Mandarin Branch Library 12125 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32223

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

To learn more or register online go to: www.duvalschools.org/ParentAcademy

Thursday 08/24/17

Main Library 303 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday 09/05/17

Webb Wesconnett Regional Library 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210

11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

For additional registration options: E-mail ParentAcademy@duvalschools.org or call the Department of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) at 904.390.2960

Sunday 09/10/17

Main Library 303 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Friday 09/22/17

Pablo Creek Regional Library 13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

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2017 Fall

Course Planner Visit www.duvalschools.org/ParentAcademy or call 904.390.2960 to verify and register. Please tear out and use this simple Course Planner as you decide which classes you would like to attend this fall. Please consider attending our “How to Become a DCPS Parent Leader” as one of your course selections! Date and Time

Course Title

Location

Strand Student Achievement Student Achievement Parenting & Advocacy Parenting & Advocacy Parenting & Advocacy Personal & Individual Growth Bonus Course

November is Family Engagement Month!

We encourage you to visit our website in November for family engagement events and offerings!

Students have TEACHERS. Parents have...the PARENT ACADEMY!

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2017-2018 Varsity Football Schedule

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Important Dates:

Grades K-8 General School Supply List

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Clay County School News

School Grades Show Improvement State Champs The Florida Department of Education has released school grades for the 2016-2017 school year. The state calculates school grades annually based on up to 11 components, including student achievement and learning gains on statewide, standardized assessments and high school graduation rate. Clay County improved in percent of possible points earned, moving from 57 percent (“B” letter grade) to 61 percent (“B” letter grade), one point shy of the “A” school rating (62 percent). Clay County District Schools now has 12 “A” schools, an increase of five schools from the 2015-2016 academic year. Three schools improved from a “C” letter grade to “A” or “B” ratings. Lake Asbury Junior High demonstrated remarkable improvements jumping from a “C” to an “A” school, a 101-point increase. Ridgeview Elementary made significant gains by increasing 134 points, moving from a “B” school to an “A.” Overall, Clay County now ranks 12th in state in percent of possible points earned, moving up eight spots from last year. Other data indicates noteworthy gains in multiple areas at the elementary and secondary levels: • English Language Arts (3rd-6th grades) improved by 15 points and outpaced the state gain of nine points (Grades 3 through 5 results placed 10th in the state); • Seventh grade English Language Arts improved by seven points, outpacing the state gain of three points • Math (3rd-6th grades) improved by 10 points and outpaced the state gain of nine points (Grade 6 results placed 3rd in the state); • Algebra I improved by ten points and placed 12th in the state; • Algebra II improved by five points and placed 14th in the state; • Overall Civics EOC results placed 5th in the state; • Overall U.S. History EOC results placed 6th in the state. “It is evident that our students, teachers, support staff, and administrators have done tremendous work toward improving student achievement. I am confident that our blueprint has established a common purpose for providing our students with high quality tasks and activities that will lead to excellence in the years to come. We will continue to strengthen our focus for preparing students to become college, career, and life ready as a full option graduate,” said Superintendent Addison Davis.

August/September Calendar Tuesday, Aug. 8

First Day, Teacher

Thursday, Aug. 10

District Inservice Day

Tuesday, Aug. 15

First Day, Students

Monday, Sept. 4

Student/Teacher Holiday

Elementary Schools Argyle Charles E. Bennett Clay Hill Clay Virtual Coppergate Doctor’s Inlet Fleming Island Grove Park Keystone Heights Lake Asbury Lakeside McRae Middleburg Montclair Oakleaf Village Orange Park Paterson Plantation Oaks RideOut Ridgeview S. Bryan Jennings Shadowlawn Swimming Pen Creek Thunderbolt Tynes W.E. Cherry Wilkinson Junior High Schools Green Cove Springs Lake Asbury Lakeside Oakleaf Orange Park Wilkinson Senior High Schools Clay Fleming Island Keystone Heights Middleburg Oakleaf Orange Park Ridgeview Charter Schools Clay Charter Academy Florida Cyber OP Performing Arts

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Oakleaf High School Girls Softball Team (30-2) closed out last year by winning the state Class 8A fast-pitch championship against Palm Beach County’s Wellington High. This was only the

second time a Clay team has won. The Clay High team won in 2001. The current Oakleaf coach Christina Thompson was on that team.

New Principals Named Superintendent Addison Davis has named 12 new Elementary. principals for 2017-18 school year. • Elise Love at S. Bryan Jennings Elementary. She was assistant principal at Clay Hill They are: Elementary. • Lacy Healy at Thunderbolt Elementary. She ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS was principal of Hendricks Avenue Elementary • Angela Ward at Argyle Elementary. She was School in Duval County. principal at Keystone Heights Junior/ Senior High School. JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLS • Sarah Lawson at Charles E. Bennett El• Mallory McConnell at Lakeside Junior High. ementary. She was principal at Lake Asbury She was principal of Bradford Middle School in Elementary. Bradford County. • Jennifer Collins at Fleming Island Elementary. • Kristin Rousseau at Oakleaf Junior High. She She was principal at Venetia Elementary School was assistant principal at Green Cove Springs in Duval County. Junior High. • Tiffany Outman at Lake Asbury Elementary. She • was principal at S. Bryan Jennings Elementary. HIGH SCHOOLS • Tammy Winkler at McRae Elementary. She • Aaron McWilliams at Keystone Heights Junior/ was assistant principal at Keystone Heights Senior High. He was principal at Spring Park Elementary. Elementary School in Duval County. • Kimberly Marks at RideOut Elementary. She • Roger Dailey at Middleburg High. He was assiswas assistant principal at Fleming Island tant principal at Fleming Island High.

School Meal Prices Raised County school meal prices have been raised for 2017-18: Breakfast will increase from $1.25 to $1.50; Elementary Lunch from $1.75 to $2; Secondary Lunch from $2.10 to $2.25. District officials say the increase will bring the district more in line with average meal prices in the state, as well as bringing the district more in compliance with federal requirements. It also helps to keep up with increased food prices and aids continual improvement in the program, such as allowing additional revenue for modernizing equipment and serving areas.

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St. Johns County School District News CHARACTER COUNTS!

School System Keeps Its “A”

American Youth Character Awards

The St. Johns County school district continued it top ranking in the state in 2017 as its school grades from the Florida Department of Education continued to improve. St. Johns had 25 “A’ schools, 7 ‘B’ schools and 5 ‘C’ schools, with no ‘D’ or ‘F’ schools. Three elementary schools improved their grade while only one dropped a letter. At the secondary level, Pedro Menendez went from a “B” to a “C.” Grades: Elementary Schools John A. Crookshank Cunningham Creek Durbin Creek W. D. Hartley Hickory Creek R. B. Hunt Julington Creek Ketterlinus Otis A. Mason Mill Creek Ocean Palms Osceola Palencia PV/PV – Rawlings South Woods Timberlin Creek Wards Creek The Webster School K-8 Schools Liberty Pines Academy Patriot Oaks Academy Valley Ridge Academy Middle Schools Fruit Cove Alice B. Landrum R. J. Murray Pacetti Bay Gamble Rogers Sebastian Switzerland Point High Schools Bartram Trail Creekside Pedro Menendez Allen D. Nease Ponte Vedra St. Augustine Charter Schools St. Aug Public Montessori Virtual Schools St. Johns Virtual Franchise St. Johns Virtual Instructional Program

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ing and maintaining strong character so please consider offering your support. To get involved, contact the Community Relations Department at (904) 547-7517.

The annual American Youth Character Awards honored 39 seniors and 56 juniors in 2017 for exemplifying the Six Pillars of Character. Each of the 39 seniors received a scholarship check provided by CHARACTER COUNTS! of St. Johns County. In addition, three special awards were presented. The David Macaulay Mathis Pursuing Victory With Honor Award and $1,000 scholarship to a student-athlete for outstanding character in athletics was awarded to Derrick Leroy Jr. of St. Augustine High School. The Tucker McCarty Memorial Scholarship was established to honor a student of good character who makes the world a better place. The recipient of the $1,000 McCarty Scholarship was Charles “Hal” Swan of Ponte Vedra High School. The Dr. Joseph Joyner Sportsmanship Award for leadership in ensuring athletic programs mirror a high standard of ethics, sportsmanship and good character was awarded to J. Randy Johnson, principal of Creekside High School.

The Six Pillars Citizenship Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer.

CHARACTER COUNTS! is an educational framework for teaching universal values and a national coalition of organizations that support each other. The result is a culture change in your school, business or organization. CHARACTER COUNTS! improves the lives of the adults who teach it, the communities that embrace it and the students who make better choices as a result of it. The vitality of our community is dependent on build-

Carfing Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need • Be charitable and altruistic. Trustworthiness Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country

Responsibility

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Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes • Set a good example for others.

Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements

Fairness

August – All Pillars September – Fairness October – Responsibility November – Citizenship December – All Pillars January – Respect

Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly.

Pillars of the Month for 2017-2018 February – Caring March – Trustworthiness April – All Pillars May – Citizenship (with an emphasis on patriotism)

More New Principals Named Bethany Mitidieri has been named the new principal of Wards Creek Elementary replacing Edie Jarrell who was earlier named principal of Cunningham Creek Elementary.

elementary teacher in Kentucky, and then continued as a teacher for eight years at Southwest Elementary in Indiana. In 2006, Groves moved to St. Johns County where she taught at Julington Creek Elementary School before serving as an Mitidieri joined the district as principal of The administrator for seven years at Crookshank, Webster School in 2012. Prior to this she served Hickory Creek and R.J. Murray Middle School, as principal of Suwannee Intermediate School in Live Oak, Fl. Mitidieri has worked with Exception- respectively. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University, a master’s degree from Northern al Student Education programs as a teacher and administrator since 1995. She holds a bachelor’s Kentucky University and Educational Leadership Certification from Indiana University-Purdue degree from St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, University Indianapolis. NY, and a master’s degree from State University College at New Paltz. Antonio Scott, former principal of Cashell Bethany Groves, principal of Hickory Creek since Elementary in Rockville, Md, is principal of W.D. Hartley Elementary. Scott will replace Joy Taylor 2014, has been named principal of The Webster who retired. Scott began his career in 2001 as School. She began her career in 1994 as an

Meals Policy Amended The district has amended its policy for serving meals to students under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs for the 2017-2018 school year. All students will be served lunch and breakfast meals at no charge

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at the following schools: • John A. Crookshank Elementary School; • Osceola Elementary School; • South Woods Elementary School; • The Webster School.

a teacher in Brooklyn, NY. He then became a dance specialist for grades K-5 also in Brooklyn. His elementary teaching career also included opportunities in Fairfax, Va. and Germantown, Md. Scott then became the assistant principal at Whetstone Elementary in Gaithersburg, Md., and was named the principal of Cashell Elementary in 2015. Prior to teaching he spent 11 years as a principal dancer, composer, rehearsal director and the lead dancer and company teacher at Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Alvin Ailey Dance Theater both in New York, NY. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pa; a master’s degree from Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY. and a master’s degree from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va.

August/September Calendar Tuesday, Aug. 2...................... First Day, Teacher Thursday, Aug. 10................ First Day, Students Monday, Sept. 4...........Student/Teacher Holiday

Visit St. Johns County Schools online at http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/schools/ for more information.

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SPECIAL NEEDS

Coping With Anxiety Disorders

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n average 1 in 6 Americans will suffer from an anxiety disorder this year. About half of them may have experienced their first symptoms by the age of 11. Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental health problem in the U.S. today. While anxiety is a normal part of childhood, those children who do develop a diagnosable disorder without treatment are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, and engage in substance abuse. Research has shown that accessibility during childhood to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) plays a major role in reducing the prevalence of both child and adult anxiety disorders. In support of these efforts, a new treatment program has been released to make it easier for psychologists to conduct an accessible and reliable CBT intervention for child anxiety disorder within schools. The Take Action program teaches children aged 5–12 years helpful ways to cope with and manage anxiety. Developed by clinical psychologists from Griffith University Australia, the program is based on the well-established principles of CBT and specifically designed to be easy-to-use, flexible, and effective in both the clinic and classroom. It differs from older CBT anxiety treatment programs in using recent research showing the importance of how anxious children interpret ambiguous or mildly aversive situations as more dangerous than non-anxious children.

children. The best way forward is to encourage the growth of partnerships between psychologists and schools to allow the implementation of up-todate evidence-based CBT treatments for individuals or small groups. This targeted intervention can include psychologists from private psychology practices, government mental health centers, or university psychology training clinics helping a school tailor a treatment solution that best suits the needs of their student population. The Take Action program can be adapted by reducing sessions, combining sessions, or using a single session as a standalone guide to teach specific skills. The program has also been delivered classroom-wide, where high levels of anxiety among children have been identified j takeactionprogram.com

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Unlike some CBT program approaches that can cost a school thousands of dollars in teacher training, Take Action can be used immediately by school or community based psychologists who can order the comprehensive Take Action practitioner guidebook from any bookstore and immediately start using the program with identified children to help reduce their anxiety and prevent a lifetime of needless suffering. And that’s exactly what the people behind the program would like to see. For years psychologists have been calling for strong and broad partnerships between stakeholders to allow consistent and effective early CBT treatment for anxiety disorders in children. Schools are the obvious place to find large numbers of children and treat them, yet already schools are subjected to numerous programs targeting a variety of issues such as bullying, suicide, emotional resilience, social skills, female empowerment, and aggression. And while it is admirable that so many current school programs aim to build emotional resilience and coping skills to enhance psychological well-being it is often difficult to fit these within an already crowded curriculum and over-worked teaching schedules. Yet the reality remains that an increasing number of educators across the U.S. and in Europe are dealing with high levels of anxiety in young

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Things To Do Special Needs Rockin’ Resource Fair August 5, 10am to 2pm We Rock the Spectrum hosts a Rockin’ Resource Fair for families to reach a variety of providers in the Jacksonville area in one place. There will be ABA providers, Speech, OT, extra-curricular activities, and more. North Florida School for Special Education will be on hand with their Berry Good Farms Food Truck for lunch. There will be gym package deals, and We Rock the Spectrum will also be unveiling their We Rock Social Skills Program and scheduling parent meetings to begin in August. Open Play will not be available during this event, as the equipment and gym will be utilized to showcase opportunities for growth. We Rock the Spectrum / 904-330-0362 / 9357-3 Philips Highway, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / www. werockthespectrumjacksonville.com Sensory Sensitive Sundays August 6, 8am to 10am Two area Chuck E. Cheese’s locations offer Sensory Sensitive Sundays. On the first Sunday of every month, these locations will open two hours early, specifically for children with autism and other special needs. There will be reduced lighting and noise, food and games offered, and trained and caring staff. Chuck E. Cheese / 6065 Youngerman Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32244 / and 10320 Shops Lane, Jacksonville, FL 32258 / www.chuckecheese.com AMC Sensory Friendly Films: The Emoji Movie August 8 AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to bring you unique movie showings where you can feel free to be you. The theater will turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing. Tickets are available to purchase in advance. AMC Regency 24 / 9451 Regency Square Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32225 / www.amctheatres.com 10th Annual Youth Summit August 11 – 12 The Florida Youth Council invites youth and emerging leaders to The 10th Annual Youth Summit, August 11-12 in Orlando. The Annual Youth Summit brings together young people with disabilities between the ages of 15 and 30 from communities across the state of Florida to learn, share, and network. This two-day event is hosted by The Florida Youth Council, a group of youth and emerging leaders with disabilities who have a passion for encouraging leadership and advocacy among their peers. The FYC is all about youth empowerment, and the entire Annual Youth Summit is planned for youth, by youth. The 10th Annual Youth Summit will be held at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando. Limited financial assistance is available. If you are not requesting financial assistance, please contact the Florida Hotel directly at 407-859-1500 to reserve a room at the special event rate of $104/night. Make sure to mention the Annual Youth Summit to get the event rate. To register, please complete a registration form and return it to The Family Cafe by email to ngermain@familycafe.netor fax to 850-224-4674. Florida Hotel and Conference Center / 850-224-4670 / 1500 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32809 / familycafe.net Life Rolls On: They Will Surf Again August 12, 8am to 4pm

Hundreds of volunteers, people of all ages with disabilities, and entire families come together for an epic day in the ocean. Adaptive surfboards and beach transfer wheelchairs will be provided. Participants will need to bring wetsuit, lifejacket (for athletes), fins (for deep water volunteers) and towels. If you don’t own a wetsuit, please plan on renting one from a local surf shop. Breakfast snacks, lunch, and water throughout the day are included for registered athletes and volunteers. Check in begins at 7am. Life Rolls On Quality of Life Events are always free. Be sure to register in advance, as space for participants and volunteers fills quickly. Lifeguard Station / 2 Ocean Front North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / liferollson.org Special Needs Gaming Party at Microsoft August 12, 9am to 10am The Microsoft Store hosts a Gaming Party for kids with special needs. XBox One consoles will be set up in the theater space for gaming. While the children are gaming, the parents have a breakout session on internet safety and parental controls. Register online in advance, here. This event is open to families with children with special needs and their siblings. 40 spots are available on a first come first serve basis. Microsoft Store / 4791 River City Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / www.microsoft.com Jacksonville Suns Spina Bifida of Jacksonville Family Night • August 13, 1:15pm to 6pm Spina Bifida of Jacksonville families are invited to kick off the new school year with the yearly baseball game with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. Please RSVP to Jenna at jprice@spinabifidajax.org by August 7 so that tickets can be ordered. On August 13, families will meet from 1:15pm to 3:30pm for tickets and food, and then the game will start at 3pm. Food will include hamburgers, hotdogs, coleslaw, beans, cookies, tea and lemonade. Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville / 904-697-3686 / 301 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www. spinabifidajax.org Surf Quest 2017 • August 19, 1pm to 3pm This program is a free monthly event with trained volunteers who introduce adaptive aquatic recreation using specialized surfboards and flotation devices for anyone with a disability. All ages and abilities are welcome. This program allows family and friends to participate in outdoor recreation as ohana (family). All events start at 1pm. Crescent Beach Ramp / 904-824-7249 / Mary Street, Cresent Beach, St. Augustine, FL 32080 / www.arcsj.org CARD/FDLRS Satellite Clinic – Flagler County August 21, 9am to 3pm The UF-Jacksonville Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) and the UF-Jacksonville Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System Multi-Disciplinary Center (FLDRS-MDC) offer clinics to outlying counties in order to more effectively serve their constituents. Sign up for a consultative appointment with clinicians who specialize in child psychology, behavior therapy, academic interventions, Autism Screeners, Transition, and more. Appointments are at no cost to the family. Location: the Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway N.W. To schedule an appointment please contact chanel.baldwin@jax.ufl.edu, (904)633-0816. Flagler County Public Library / 904-633-0816 / 2500 Palm Coast Parkway NW, Palm Coast, FL 32137 / www. hscj.ufl.edu

For more Special Needs events, visit Jax4Kids.com’s online events guide.

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Things to Do

TEENS

Loosening Marijuana Laws Raising Risks for Youth

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urrently, 29 states and the District of Columbia allow medical or recreational marijuana use. Although the laws are aimed at adults over age 21, the increased availability of marijuana in the community can create shortand long-term harm to youths. With marijuana now legal for recreation or medical use in a majority of states—and access and attitudes toward it relaxing as a result—a new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) clinical report calls on doctors to help protect patients’ developing brains and bodies from the health harms marijuana can cause amid increased legalization, particularly for teens, and highlights the dangers of a climate in which the drug increasingly is seen as acceptable, safe and therapeutic.

that marijuana use is therefore “harmless” – especially for teens. The AAP recommends pediatricians advise parents against using marijuana around their children. “Parents who use marijuana themselves may not fully realize the effect this can have on their children,” said Sheryl A. Ryan, MD, FAAP, lead author of the clinical report and chairperson of the AAP Committee on Substance Use and Prevention. “Seeing parents use marijuana makes kids more likely to use it themselves, whether or not their parents tell them not to, because actions speak louder than words,” she said. Parents who use marijuana at home also expose their children to secondhand smoke, Ryan said, or accidental pot poisoning from an increasing array of edible of marijuana products such as potinfused candies, baked goods and beverages that contain high amounts of THC yet are often indistinguishable from ordinary treats.

“Marijuana is not a benign drug, especially for teens. Their brains are still developing, and marijuana can cause abnormal and unhealthy changes,” said Seth D. Ammerman, MD, FAAP, co-author of the AAP clinical report and former In addition, being “high” on marijuana interferes AAP Committee on Substance Use and Prevention with a parent’s ability provide a safe environment, Committee member. especially for younger children, Dr. Ryan said. j Adolescents who use marijuana regularly can develop serious mental health disorders such as addiction, depression and psychosis. Marijuana causes dulled sensory awareness, motor control, coordination, judgment and reaction time, all of which can cause accidents involving teens who drive. Marijuana can impair lung function. It also causes decreased short-term memory and concentration, attention span and problem-solving skills, which can interfere with learning.

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In the past few decades, the concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive substance in marijuana plants, has increased considerably. Research shows it rose from roughly 4 percent in 1995 to 12 percent in 2014, and current strains contain concentrations as much as 20 percent, increasing the risk of overdose and addiction. Overall, 9 percent of people experimenting with marijuana become addicted. That percentage increases to 17 percent among people who began using marijuana in adolescence, and to 50 percent among teens who smoke marijuana daily. Despite this, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ national survey on drug use and health found the percentage of 12- to 17-yearolds who perceive “great risk” in smoking marijuana once or twice a week dropped from 55 percent in 2007 to 41 percent in 2015. The same survey linked decreases in perceived risk with increases in use. Studies have found THC may be helpful for adults in reducing side effects of chemotherapy or pain from certain chronic conditions. But the AAP asks pediatricians to help counteract the perception

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Teen Pizza Throwdown April 1, 10am Web Design for Teens August 5, 2:30pm to 4pm Beginning with basic HTML, library staff will show you how to begin coding your own website. In this class, learn about coding elements in HTML, including images and links. This class is tailored for Teens ages 12 – 19. Jacksonville Public Library - Southeast Regional Branch / 904-996-0325 / 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / jpl.coj.net

reviewed. Everyone is invited to attend as part of the audience. Refreshments will be provided. St. Johns County Public Library, Ponte Vedra Beach Branch / 904-827-6950 / 101 Library Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 / www. sjcpls.org

Teen Cooking: Smoothies August 22, 6pm to 7:15pm Learn how to make hearty and healthy smoothies that will fill you up. Teens ages 12 and up will learn the basics of cleanliness, food prep, and food safety at this monthly program sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration is required for this free program. Call 904-827Prep For College 101 and 102 6900 to reserve your spot. A parent or guardian August 5, 12, 19, 26, 1:30pm to 2:30pm must be present at the time of the program to Strategic Passions Learning Academy hosts a sign a waiver. series of free seminars to get your teen ready for St. Johns County Public Library - Southeast college. In Prep for College 101, they will cover Branch / 904-827-6900 / 6670 US 1 South, St. developing an overall strategy for transitioning to Augustine, FL 32086 / www.sjcpls.org college including key considerations to stand out in your college applications. Topics include SAT/ Bicycle Maintenance and Safety for Teens ACT, Extracurricular programs, how to get letters August 26, 2pm to 3pm of recommendations and how your grades affect Teens will learn basic bike maintenance and your opportunities. Prep for College 102 follows safety practices. This will increase teen’s emup the 101 workshop by focusing on more powerment and confidence while riding bikes, to specifics for your applications: narrowing down encourage personal transportation that is green your application list, attacking college essays, and healthy. Free. creating a sound financial plan, and more. All Jacksonville Public Library - Willowbranch seminars are free and open to the community. Branch / 904-381-8490 / 2875 Park Street, Please register in advance so they know how Jacksonville, FL 32205 / jpl.coj.net many to expect. August 5 and 19, 1:30pm to 2:30pm Women’s Defense Company Abduction & Prep For College 101 Rape Response Tactics Class August 12 and 26, 1:30pm to 2:30pm August 27, 8:45am to 2:45pm Prep For College 102 Women’s Defense Company hosts an Abduction Strategic Passions Success Center / 904-586& Rape Response Tactics Class for ages 14 and 8200 / 11570 San Jose Blvd. Ste 18, Jacksonover. The high intensity signature course will ville, FL 32223 / www.strategicpassions.com provide effective self-defense tactics to women in response to an attempted assault, rape or Drivers Education Class – Learner Permit abduction. By providing students with options, Preparation panic can be replaced by a plan, allowing for August 14 thru August 29, 8am to 9am effective defensive tactics and an improved Classroom lecture about the safe operation of outcome. Students will have the opportunity to a motor vehicle on the roadways including road experience simulated abduction/attack scenarios rules and road signs. The Learner’s Permit exam and will be able to deploy applicable techniques is administered on the last day. This program, for escape. This course is a compilation of the provided by the St. Johns County Tax Collector’s most effective defensive tactics for women and office, is conducted at each public high school will teach you how to attack your attacker. Cost from 8am to 9am for a 12-day cycle. Students is $139 per student. Sign up in advance. must be at least 14½ years old at the beginning The Women’s Defense Company / 904-655of the class. Visit website for complete list of 7772 / 13241 Bartram Park Boulevard, Unit 405, requirements. Held at Bartram Trail High School Jacksonville, FL 32258 / womensdefensecomand St. Augustine High School from August 14 pany.com thru August 29. The course is free to public school students who reside in St. Johns County. Introduction to the Redesigned SAT Test Home school and private school students must August 29, 6pm to 6:50pm attend at the public high school for which they The SAT has recently been redesigned and are zoned. everything you thought you knew about the SAT St. Johns County Drivers Education / 904-209is now different. Teens are invited to this free 2298 / www.sjctax.us presentation to get all the information you need. Instructor Brett Hancock has been a teacher Teen Coffeehouse for 21 years and an instructor of SATs for 20+ August 16, 6pm to 7:30pm years. For more information, call the library at The St. Johns County Public Library, Ponte Vedra 904-827-6940. Beach Branch is looking for teen performers for St. Johns County Public Library - Main Branch the Open Mic Night. Teens who are emerging / 904-827-6940 / 1960 N. Ponce De Leon Blvd, singer songwriters, vocalists, musicians, spoken St. Augustine, FL 32084 / www.sjcpls.org word artists, rappers, acoustic groups, magicians, etc are invited to apply. Interested teens must contact Youth Services Assistant, Suzanne Visit Jax4Kids.com for more event listings. Egeln, at segeln@sjcfl.us for a performance slot, and all original material will need to be


Things to Do

PETS

Get Prepared for a New Pet W

hether it runs, tweets or hops, there’s a lot you can do to prepare your home and family for a new addition. Adding a pet to your family is a big decision. Cats and dogs can live for many years, to say nothing of a parrot, which can outlive you. Here are a few things to consider:

If the kids are doing everything, keep an on eye them. The first few days that the new pet is home will be a flurry of activity, but don’t be surprised if their interest level wanes over time. You don’t want to find that the guinea pigs are sitting in poop from a little too much cage neglect. EQUIP YOURSELF

• Can you commit to its care? Different pets Buying equipment for a new pet is a little like need different levels of care and some do buying for a new baby: you can easily go better if there is someone at home at least overboard. There are essentials though: part of the day. A dog, for example, is happiest with someone home and with • A safe place to sleep/rest/live. For a dog, that several walks a day. A cat is more indepencould mean a crate. For a cat, a fluffy bed in dent. An iguana really doesn’t need you at all. a box. Smaller furry creatures need an appropriate cage and hiding place, while a • Do you have time in your lives for a pet? It’s a good quality tank will go a long way to big responsibility to bring home a pet. Are the keeping your fish friends happy. children old enough to help take care of a pet? Do you have the time? Do you travel a • Age and species appropriate food. Food lot? Think about these things when deciding quality is important: your pet can avoid on the type of pet and involve your kids in the downstream health issues by getting a high decision. After all, if they’re going to help take quality food from the beginning. If you don’t care of it, they need to be on board. care for the brand your pet is currently eating (pet store/breeder/animal shelter choices), it’s • Any allergies? This is a big one. You don’t important not to change brands or foods want to find out four days in that your quickly but instead transition slowly. Otheryoungest is allergic to cat dander. Expose the wise, they could end up with quite an upset kids to different animals beforehand. tummy. After deciding on a pet, whether furry, feathered or covered in scales, here are some tips for ensuring a smooth transition: PET PROOF YOUR HOUSE Getting your home ready is not hard but it does depend on the kind of animal. For example, if you’re getting a dog, you might want to go around on all fours and see what kinds of things they could get into and chew on. Chemicals need to be moved to higher shelves, latches should be placed on garbage cans, cords should be hidden or protected (this one is true for cats, too. They love to chew on cords.). If you have an outdoor space, make sure it’s safe and that there are no holes in the fence. Find a quiet corner for the crate, cage or tank, but somewhere accessible so that everyone can see when Hammy Hamster is out of food. SET UP A CARE PLAN Who is going to do the walking, cage cleaning, and scooping in the backyard? If everyone is helping out, a good way to keep on top of it is to keep a chore chart with everyone’s scheduled times.

• Dogs need collars, identity disks and leashes. Outdoor cats should also have a collar and ID. Litter boxes, litter, bedding, grooming tools and more are all important, depending on what kind of pet you have. While cats litter train in no time, dogs can take a little longer. Consider things like training pads. GET A VET AND CONSIDER INSURANCE Before you bring home your new pet, find a vet that will take them as a new patient. Not all vets will take guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits and other so called ‘exotics.’ Pet insurance, for animals like dogs and cats, can be a lifesaver… literally. It will help ensure that you won’t be put in the position of not being able to afford the care that your new family member requires. With all of that said, it’s important to enjoy your new pet. Spend time with them and their little personality quirks are sure to delight everyone in your family. j petsplusmag.com

Pet Events

Canines and Crustaceans (Bark in the Park) August 5, 6:05pm The Jumbo Shrimp are happy to host all willing and able dogs at the Baseball Grounds, free of charge, for a fun day of Canines and Crustaceans. Dogs are free, human tickets start at $5. Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville / 904-3582846 / 301 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.jaxshrimp.com Safe Animal Shelter Rummage and Arts & Crafts Sale August 5, 8am to 12noon The Safe Animal Shelter hosts their First Annual Rummage & Arts/Craft Sale. Spaces are available for a $20 donation which will benefit the Safe Animal Shelter. Spaces are limited. Visit website for the form to reserve your spot, or sign up at the shelter. Safe Animal Shelter / 904-375-9122 / 2913 County Road 220, Middleburg, FL 32068 / safeanimalshelter.com Anesthesia Free Pet Dental Cleaning Event August 6 and 7, 10am to 6pm Dr. Goldberg and Janet, with EZ Vet, will be at Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming in Fleming Island to perform no anesthesia dental cleanings for your pets. This means that they do not have to use any sedation or drugs on your pets during their dental cleanings, and will only take about 20 minutes. This procedure is great for any dog, but is ideal for senior dogs that may be sensitive to anesthesia but are in need of dental cleaning or an in-between cleaning. The cost is $165. If Antibiotics or anti-inflammatory medications are recommended, these are at an additional cost. Non-refundable $25 deposit is required to hold your spot. Spaces are limited. Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming Fleming Island / 904-602-7892 / 1960 East-West Pkwy, Ste 107, Fleming Island, FL 32003 / www.woofgangflemingisland.com All Organic Pet Food & Treat Making Class August 12, 11am to 2pm All organic pet food and treat making class. Participants can create organic and natural pet food and treats for dogs and cats. There will be a class fee, and a separate supply fee. Green Lotus Studios, The Studios at Florida School of Holistic Health / 904-465-0985 / 1506 King St Jacksonville, FL 32204 / www.localendar.com

Painting With a Purpose: Clay Humane August 20, 3pm to 5pm This special public class is also a Painting with a Purpose event partnering with the Clay Humane Society in which 50% of the proceeds from the class will go to give back to their organization. Cost is $35, and reservations are available online. Painting With a Twist, Fleming Island / 904-4948057 / 1524 County Road 220, Fleming Island, FL 32003 / www.paintingwithatwist.com Pet CPR and First Aid Class August 26, 9am to 12noon Pet Life Saver is offering a Pet CPR & First Aid class. Topics covered will include restraining & muzzling, primary pet assessment, bleeding & shock management, snout-to-tail assessment™, choking protocols, canine & Feline CPR, rescue breathing, and more. Each student will receive a PetSaver™ handbook, and upon successful completion each student will receive a certificate of completion. Cost is $149. $50 from each student will be donated to K9s For Warriors. Nease Animal Hospital / 904-209-5740 / 10440 US Highway 1 N Suite 101, St. Augustine, FL 32095 / petlifesaverjax.com Learning Breeds at Fresh Prints Pet Lodge and Day Resort August 27, 8am to 6pm This is a one day seminar hosted by IGA with Lindsey Dicken IGMS, NCMG Deana Mazurkiewicz IGMS, NCMG and Nicole Kallish IGMS, NCG. Learn hands on technique in Bichon’s, Poodles and Handstripping. You are welcome to bring a dog and work along, or simply observe. Certifications are at an additional charge. Fee is $175 for members and $200 for non-members. The event is limited to 30. There is a bathing facility with two tubs available. Participants will need to bring your own table, equipment, and shampoo. Email intgrooner@gmail.com for your spot. Lunch provided. Fresh Prints Pet Lodge and Day Resort / 904642-9988 / 3327 Peach Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / www.intgroomer.com

Pet Photo Shoot Fundraiser August 27, 1pm to 4pm AGoldPhoto Pet Photography and Southern Swells Brewing Co. are teaming up to raise money for the Jacksonville Humane Society. The photo shoot sitting fee for each pet is $35 and 100% of the sitting fee goes to the shelter. You will receive an online gallery with photos Nease Animal Hospital Grand Opening & from the shoot to choose from. Each edited Open House digital photo is $20; 10 edited digital photos August 19, 11am to 1pm or more is $15 per photo. There is a minimum Nease Animal Hospital invites the community order of 3 digital photos. Appointment times to come celebrate their Grand Opening. Come can be booked online. tour Nease Animal Hospital, and check out the facility, which features an underwater treadmill Southern Swells Brewing Co. / 1312 Beach and doggie gym, and meet the great staff. There Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / agoldphoto.com will be door prices, food, and giveaways. Nease Animal Hospital / 904-209-5740 / 10440 Like Jax4Pets.com’s Facebook page US Highway 1 N Suite 101, St. Augustine, FL at facebook.com/jax4pets to find out 32095 / www.neaseanimalhospital.com about other events for pets. AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2017 • Jax4Kids.com •

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THINGS TO DO Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp August 1, 2, 3 at 10:30am August 14, 15 at 10am The Jacksonville Jaguars invite fans to attend their Training Camp for free. Fans can attend the Jaguars training camp practices held at the Practice Fields at EverBank Field on July 27, 28, 31, August 1, 2, 3, 14 (vs Bucs), and  August 15 (vs Bucs). Gates open each day 30 minutes prior to practice beginning.  Parking is free in Lots M and N.  The practices are free, but registration is required.   Everbank Field, Practice Field / 904-633-6000 / 1 Everbank Field Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www. jaguars.com

soft serve ice cream, pretzel or boiled peanuts from Jasper’s Snack Shack. Remember concert admission is always free and dinner is optional. Music by the Sea takes place in the oceanfront setting at The St Johns County Pier Park. Music by the Sea runs through September 6th with food service beginning at 6pm and the band plays from 7pm to 9pm.  Coolers and beach chairs are welcome.  Dogs are permitted as long as they are leashed.  Parking is limited in and around the Pier Park. Please use the Park, Ride & Dance shuttle program. Just park your car at St Augustine Beach City Hall (2200 A1A S) or Ron Parker Park (607 Old Beach Rd) and then hop aboard bright orange Sax Shuttle Bus. Civic Association members ride National Coloring Book Day - Kids Workshop  free! Non-Members pay just $1 and Kids 12 and August 2, 1pm to 3pm under always ride free with a paid adult. The Creative Grain Studio celebrates National Coloring Shuttle is air conditioned and has plenty of room Book Day with a special kid’s workshop.  Cost is for your cooler and beach chairs. The shuttle runs $20. Registration is available online.  a continuous loop from 5:45pm until 10pm. Park, Creative Grain Studio / 904-373-1163 / 1814 Ride & Dance is the easiest way to get to and Hendricks Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / www. from Music by the Sea.  creativegrainstudio.com St Johns County Pier Park / 350 A1A Beach Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080 / www.sabca.org Music by the Sea Concert Series August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 7pm to 9pm Ripley’s Free Summer Movie Series The series features 16 bands playing a wide August 2, 9, 8:30pm to 10pm variety of music including jazz, blues, clasThe Summer movie series wraps up with two sic rock, pop, reggae, disco and country. Each final shows in August. Movies begin at 8:30pm Wednesday evening will feature a different band, at the Colonial Oak Music Park located at 27 St. and a different restaurant. Dinner is always afGeorge Street. Ripley’s Red Trains will provide fordable with all items priced at $10 or less. After complimentary transportation from the parking dinner enjoy a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade, garage stop and Ripley’s to the top of St. George

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Street for all guests. Shuttles begin at 7:30pm and run every 15 minutes until 8:30pm. They will resume following the film. All guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for seating. (No outside food or drinks are allowed at the Colonial Quarter). ​​​​ August 2nd: Lego Batman - PG August 9th: Moana – PG Colonial Oak Music Park / 904-829-6545 / 27 St. George Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / www. ripleys.com Cirque du Soleil: Ovo August 2, 3, 4, 5, 7:30pm; August 5, 4pm; August 6, 1:30pm and 5pm Cirque du Soleil: OVO returns to Jacksonville August 2 - 6. The cast of OVO is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. One highlight of OVO is the stunning Flying Act where group of scarabs soar high above – from each corner of the stage – and land together on a platform in the middle.  Tickets range from $35 to $150.   Veterans Memorial Arena / 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.ticketmaster. com

Don’t miss this timely presentation before school starts. S.T.A.N.D. up for what’s right: Stop the Bullying, Tell Someone, Ask for Help, Nobody Deserves Bullying, Don’t Be a Bystander. Call the Library at 904-827-6950 with any questions. Please Note: Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult in the event for the duration of this magic show. St. Johns County Public Library, Ponte Vedra Beach Branch / 904-827-6950 / 101 Library Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 / www.sjcpls.org

Sounds on Centre August 4, 6pm to 8pm Sounds on Centre is a free event, fun for the entire family. Concerts are on First Fridays through October.  Sounds on Centre is located at the intersection of Second Street and Centre Street in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach Florida.  Shows are from 6pm to 8pm.  Sounds on Centre T-shirts will be available for purchase. Raffle drawings will be held throughout the event with prizes donated by local community businesses and retailers. All proceeds go to advertising efforts of the organization. This month’s featured concert is Flipturn; Indie Rock – Alternative. Magician Mark Alan’s S.T.A.N.D. Against Bully- Downtown Fernandina Beach / 102 Centre Street, ing Magic Show Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 / soundsoncentre. August 3, 4pm to 5:15pm com Magician Mark Alan returns just before school starts with a fun, interactive, and impactful magic Stuffed Animal Sleepover at Chick-fil-A show that will show you how to embrace your August 4, 5:30pm to 7pm inner hero by standing up for yourself and others. Chick-fil-A is hosting a sleepover for your kid’s


THINGS TO DO Free Video Game Day August 5, 11am to 8pm Video Game Rescue hosts Free Video Game Day. Touch a Truck at the Avenues Mall They will be giving away 200 goodie bags. Each August 5, 10am to 2pm bag contains a free video game for the platform Families are invited to the Avenues Mall to kick of your choice* and some other random goodies off Tax- Free Weekend with The Zone 3 Sheriff’s as well. Video games will be for the following Watch Safety Fair and Touch a Truck on Saturday, platforms: PS2, Wii Xbox, Xbox 360, PS3, GameAugust 5th from 10am to 2pm. The event will be Cube, PS1, N64, SNES, GBA, Atari 2600, GameHungry Caterpillar Storytime held inside the mall and in the parking garage. Boy, Nintendo DS, Genesis, NES, Xbox One, PS4. August 4, 11am Enjoy safety exhibits, informational display and Free Video Game bags will be first come, first Barnes and Noble invites ages 5 and up for a demos at the event, become a Sheriff’s Watch serve. Doors at 11am. The free games for current special story time with special guest, the Hungry Advisor or member, get your child(ren)’s fingergeneration platforms will be extremely limited. Disney’s Cinderella Kids Caterpillar. There will be Eric Carle stories, activi- prints electronically, turn in unused/outdated So if you are looking for those, you may wish to August 4-5, at 5pm ties, and photo opportunities with the Hungry medications for proper disposal and more. Also arrive early. There will also be other raffles and August 6, 11am Caterpillar. scheduled to be at the Safety Fair are Police Cars giveaways throughout the day, including the new KidzfACTory at Limelight Theatre presents CinBarnes and Noble, San Jose Blvd / 904-886-9904 & K-9 Vehicles, Bomb Squad Vehicles, JFRD Fire VGR t-shirt. derella Kids, a family-friendly musical by summer / 11112 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223 / Trucks, Police Motorcycles, JSO Comman Vehicle Video Game Rescue / 904-361-3626 / 2415 camp students.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 www.bn.com , Armored SWAT Vehicles, U.S. Coast Guard, and a Blanding Blvd #7, Jacksonville, FL 32210 / www. for children.  Parking is free.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection Helicopter. VideoGameRescue.com Limelight Theatre / 904-825-1164 / 11 Old Saturday Storytimes at Barnes and Noble Avenues Mall / 904-363-3060 / 10300 Southside Mission Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / www. August 5, 12, 19, 26, 11am Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / www.simon.com Kidz Bop Live! Jacksonville limelight-theatre.org Kids ages 5 and up are invited for a different August 5, 7pm story each Saturday.  Most weeks will include Community Build: Lego Boost The No. 1 music brand for kids performs at the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp vs. Birmingham coloring, craft, or an activity to go along with the August 5, 2pm Daily’s Place Amphitheater. Tickets start at $33. Barons story.  Free.  LEGO and robotics enthusiasts ages 8 and up Daily’s Place Amphitheater / 1 EverBank Field Dr, August 4 - August 8 August 5 - Peterrific and Aqualicious Storytime are invited for a fun-filled community build event Jacksonville, FL 32202 / dailysplace.amphitheThe Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp take on the August 12 - Goodnight Lab: A Scientific Parody celebrating the release of Lego Boost. Build, code, aterjacksonville.com Birmingham Barons. Single game tickets start at Storytime and play with Vernie the robot and learn how to $5, with multi-game and group packages availAugust 19 - Nothing Rhymes with Orange Story- program Vernie to complete obstacles and tricks. Summer Movie Classics Series able. Public parking costs $7 and is controlled time Barnes and Noble, San Jose Blvd / 904-886-9904 August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2pm to 4pm by the City of Jacksonville. Garage parking is also August 26 - How to Get Your Teacher Ready / 11112 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223 / The Florida Theatre hosts a series of classic movavailable next to the Veterans Memorial Arena for Storytime www.bn.com ies. The cost is $7.50 per movie. $7. Prices are subject to change depending on Barnes and Noble, San Jose Blvd / 904-886-9904 August 6 - The Jungle Book (animated) 50th Anfurriest friends at the Amelia Island location.  Families are invited for a special dinner with the Chick-fil-A Cow. Don’t forget to wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal. When dinner is over, you’ll head home, but your stuffed friends will stay for a slumber party. Meet them here the next morning (8:30am to 9:30am) to see pictures from the slumber party and find out all about their adventures.   Chick-fil-A Amelia Island / 904-491-5552 / 464004 State Road 200, Yulee, FL 32097 / www. chick-fil-a.com

events at the Sports Complex. Friday is Family Fireworks night at the ballpark and on Saturday, the Jumbo Shrimp are giving away Back Packs plus it’s Superhero party night and Sunday is family FUNday! Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville / 904-358-2846 / 301 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.jaxshrimp.com

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THINGS TO DO niversary, Not Rated August 13 - Space Balls 30th Anniversary, PG August 20 - In The Heat of The Night 50th Anniversary, Not Rated August 27 - Dirty Dancing 30th Anniversary, PG-13 Florida Theatre / 904-355-5661 / 128 East Forsyth Street, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / floridatheatre.com

Public parking costs $7 and is controlled by the City of Jacksonville. Garage parking is also available next to the Veterans Memorial Arena for $7. Prices are subject to change depending on events at the Sports Complex. Friday is Family Fireworks night and Sunday is Family FUNday! Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville / 904-358-2846 / 301 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.jaxshrimp.com

Story Time at Doing Dishes Pottery Studio August 8, 10am or 4pm Doing Dishes offers a Story Time at both locations. Class is once a month at 10am and 4pm. For $18, your child will hear a story and then paint a corresponding piece. Your child will also receive a snack and a drink. This class is designed for you and your child to create scheduled projects together. Smaller children will need guardians help. This month’s theme is “How do Dinosaurs Go to School?” - Dino Figurine. Doing Dishes / www.doingdishes.com/ San Jose Location / 904-730-3729 / 5619 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville FL 32207 Saint Johns Location / 904-824-7774 / 2220 CR210 W Suite 309, Saint Johns, FL 32259

Bloxels For Homeschoolers August 11, 18, 25, 1:30pm to 2:30pm For youth in grades 3 and up. Bloxels, a first of its kind technology that enables you to build, capture, design, play and share your very own video games. Designed with blocks, a universal element of childhood play, Bloxels cultivates imagination while encouraging discovery and experimentation. With Bloxels, you can realize your own video game ideas, build and animate original characters, develop villains, add in power-ups, and more. Space is limited, so sign up in advance. St. Johns County Public Library - Anastasia Island Branch / 904-209-3730 / 124 Seagrove Main Street, St. Augustine, FL 32080 / www.sjcpls.org

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp vs. Mississippi Braves August 10 – 14 The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp take on the Mississippi Braves. Single game tickets start at $5, with multi-game and group packages available.

Reel Fun Night August 11, 8:30pm to 10:30pm Come to Town Hall Park for a Reel Fun Night this summer. Kid’s activities start at 6pm and the movie will begin at sundown (about 8:30pm). Be sure to bring a blanket to sit on. There will be

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popcorn and other foods available for purchase. All movies are family-friendly. This month’s movie is Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them. Town Hall Park / 904-264-2635 / 2042 Park Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073 / www.townoforangepark.com End of Summer Family Game Day at Skate Station August 12, 1pm to 4pm Both area Skate Station locations host an End of Summer Family Game Day. Games include egg roll, candy elevator, nose dive, breakfast scramble, and more. Admission starts at $9. Skate Station / funworks.com Mandarin Location / 904-880-7703 / 3461 Kori Rd, Jacksonville, Florida, FL 32257 Orange Park Location / 904-272-5600 / 230 Blanding Blvd, Orange Park, Florida, FL 32073 Jacksonville Caribbean Carnival August 12, 1pm to 10pm Celebrating all Caribbean cultures, the Jacksonville Caribbean Carnival features everything from a street parade featuring Caribbean costumes and music, to an elaborate food festival highlighting all the flavors and aromas of Caribbean food, as well as Caribbean craft displays and catchy steel drum music and live performances. Tickets are $10. Metropolitan Park / 1410 Gator Bowl Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.jacksonvillecarnival.com

Cupcake Decorating Class for Kids August 12, 2pm Hot Shot Bakery hosts a Cupcake Decorating Class for Kids. For a fee of $28 an individual, learn how to decorate cupcakes like Pastry Chef Jalyn Howard, a New Jersey native and Hot Shot Bakery’s head baker. In addition to the finished product, each student is entitled to a complimentary beverage. Hot Shot Bakery N Café / 904-824-7898 / 47 Cordova Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / www. hotshotcafe.com Movie Under the Stars - St. Johns Town Center August 12, 7:30pm to 10pm St. Johns Town Center is hosting the ultimate way for families to stretch their entertainment dollars with Movies Under the Stars. During the day, visit St. Johns Town Center for special offers and events at participating retailers. Family activities will begin at 7:30pm and include special character appearances before the feature film, and samples from Cantina Laredo. The film, Boss Baby, will start at 8:30pm. Proceeds from the event will benefit Wolfson Children’s Hospital. For more information, please contact the Mall Management Office at 904-998-7156. St. Johns Town Center / 904-998-7156 / 4663 River City Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / www. simon.com Orange Park Skateboarding Clinic


THINGS TO DO August 13, 9am to 11am Start your new skateboarder off with an OP Clinic. Seasoned instructors cover safety, park etiquette, foot placement, pushing, bailing and more. Sign up in advance. $35 per student. Orange Park Skate Park / 904-625-6260 / 1006 Fromhart Street, Orange Park , FL 32073 / www. townoforangepark.com

through age 3 are invited to join the Jaguars Cub Club. Fans may only bring approved bags into the stadium. Visit website to see the bag policy and list of prohibited items. Everbank Field / 904-633-6000 / 1 Everbank Field Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.jaguars. com

Jacksonville Armada FC Games August 16, 6:30pm -- vs. Puerto Rico FC August 20, 6pm -- vs. Miami FC The Jacksonville Armada FC is Jacksonville’s official North American Soccer League club. Games are played at the Hodges Stadium at UNF. General admission tickets start at $20, with discounts for season tickets, and students. Matchday parking is $5 in Lot 18. UNF Hodges Stadium / 844-227-6232 / 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224 / www.armadafc. com

Meow Cake Class for Kids August 19, 2pm Hot Shot Bakery hosts a Meow Cake Class for Kids. For a fee of $35 an individual, learn how to decorate a cake with icing and fondant to create a realistic grass base with fondant kitties to frolic atop. The class will be taught by Pastry Chef Jalyn Howard, a New Jersey native, and in addition to the finished product, each student is entitled to a complimentary beverage. Hot Shot Bakery N Café / 904-824-7898 / 47 Cordova Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / www. hotshotcafe.com

Jacksonville Jaguars Preseason Games August 17, 8pm -- vs. Buccaneers August 24, 7:30pm -- vs. Panthers Jacksonville’s NFL team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, will play two preseason home games and seven regular season home games, at Everbank Field. Single game tickets, as well as season ticket options, are available for purchase. Youth season tickets are available for a discounted price. There is a Family Fun Zone, in section 227, that is family friendly for children. Also, newborns

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp vs. Birmingham Barons August 21 – August 25 The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp take on the Birmingham Barons. Single game tickets start at $5, with multi-game and group packages available. Public parking costs $7 and is controlled by the City of Jacksonville. Garage parking is also available next to the Veterans Memorial Arena for $7. Prices are subject to change depending on events at the Sports Complex. Friday is Family

Fireworks night! Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville / 904-358-2846 / 301 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.jaxshrimp.com Fee-Free Day at all National Parks August 25 Entrance into National Park Service sites across the country is free on select days throughout the year. Parks in our area include Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve, Fort Caroline National Memorial, Cumberland Island National Seashore, Castillo de San Marcos, Fort Matanzas National Monument, Fort Frederica National Monument, Fort Pulaski National Monument, and the Savannah Historic District National Landmark. National Park Service / www.nps.gov Community Nutcracker of Jacksonville Auditions August 26, 9am to 5pm Auditions are being held for female dancers from age 9, currently training in ballet and dance. Auditions will be held at the Munnerlyn Center Theater, located on the Episcopal School of Jacksonville Campus. Pre-registration is required. The audition fee is $20 per registrant and must be paid in advance. Episcopal School of Jacksonville / 904-396-5751 / 4455 Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / jaxnutcracker.org The Lion King Jr

August 26, 2pm and 7pm Share and Seed Academy for the Performing Arts presents The Lion King Jr. Tickets are $15 each and are available online. There will be two showtimes, one at 2pm, and one at 7pm. Times-Union Center for the Performing Art, Terry Theater / 904-633-6110 / 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.ticketmaster.com Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos August 31 – September 4 The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp take on the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Single game tickets start at $5, with multi-game and group packages available. Public parking costs $7 and is controlled by the City of Jacksonville. Garage parking is also available next to the Veterans Memorial Arena for $7. Prices are subject to change depending on events at the Sports Complex. Friday is Family Fireworks night and Sunday is Family FUNday! Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville / 904-358-2846 / 301 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.jaxshrimp.com

EDITOR’S NOTE: Dates, times and locations are accurate at time of publication; events and activities listed in this guide are subject to change without notice. Visit Jax4Kids.com for updated information and more events!

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