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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

May 2016

Dear Readers,

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LIVING WELL

ummer is in sight and you are likely thinking about what you would like to do this summer. How about a cruise? Master Cruise Counselor Suzanne Fisher says family cruising is one of the best vacation values today. Turn to page 18 and start getting excited about the possibilities for a summer to remember! If you have a child with Autism, turn to page 20 to learn about autism-friendly cruises. There are so many fantastic summer camps available for your children to enjoy this summer! You’ll find many of them in this issue. Visit us online weekly at www.jax4kids.com to see what camp we’re giving away in our 2016 Great Summer Camp Giveaway. We’re giving away a week of camp every week through June 19th. Turn to page 13 for a list of participating camps. May is the month of Graduations. If you’re wondering what to give the graduate in your life or looking for graduation party ideas, look no further than page 24. I can’t think of anything more important than keeping your child safe and Safe Kids Northeast Florida is dedicated to doing just that. They’ll celebrate Safe Kids Day on May 14th from 9:30am – 1pm at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Turn to page 6 for more about what you can do, learn and enjoy at Safe Kids Day. If you have an infant or are expecting, Board

Community Profile: Tesori Family Foundation.......................................... 4 No More Toy Take-Over: Steps to Organizing Your Kids Toys..................... 5

HEALTH & SAFETY Safe Kids Day......................................................................................... 6

INFANT & TODDLER

Oh Baby! What to Eat?........................................................................... 7 Free SeaWorld for Preschoolers.............................................................. 7 Diaper Program Helps Those in Need...................................................... 8 Fun in the Sun: Keeping it Safe.............................................................. 8

Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition, Aurea Thompson answers parents’ most frequently asked questions about feeding your baby. If you have a preschooler and haven’t registered online for their FREE admission to SeaWorld for the year, the deadline is May 27th. You’ll find both on page 7. If you have a teen or pre-teen, I encourage you to turn to page 28 and brush up on the apps and websites teens are using and what you need to know about them. Join Jax4Kids at The Avenues Mall on Saturday, May 7th from 12noon – 2pm as we celebrate Moms with a special Kidgets event. Until next month, Alison Peters-Carlson Editor

SUMMER CAMPS ...........................................................10-17 TRAVEL Healthy Travel Tips................................................................................17 Family Cruising: One of the Best Vacation Values Today!........................18

SPECIAL NEEDS

#ToyLikeMe Effort Makes Waves...........................................................20 Autism-Friendly Cruises........................................................................20 App Aims to Help Autism Families.........................................................20 Social Phobia: A Treatable Problem.......................................................21

EDUCATION

Got Drama? Read More Plays..............................................................22 That’s My Job! Marie Boain-Meyer, Media Buyer...................................22 Blue or Not, It’s the Moon......................................................................22 Stock Up for Book Week........................................................................23 The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss............................................................23 Graduation Gift Ideas............................................................................24 Graduation Party Ideas..........................................................................24

DUVAL COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

2016 Reading Extravaganza.................................................................25 New Programs for 2016-2017..............................................................25

ST. JOHNS COUNTY SCHOOL NEWS

Follow us... Alison Peters-Carlson Editor....................................... editor@jax4kids.com Linda Bigbee Graphic Designer......................................linda@jax4kids.com Tim Chavez Graphic Designer........................................ tim@timothyjay.com Judi Fields Circulation Manager........................................judi@jax4kids.com Doug Berle Advertising Sales......................................... doug@jax4kids.com Beth Canonica Advertising Sales.................................... beth@jax4kids.com Teresa Meenen Advertising Sales................................ teresa@jax4kids.com Mary Gustafson Business Manager............................... mary@jax4kids.com Published by Child Enrichment, LLC, 12620-3 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246. Copyright 2016. 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.

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New Superintendent Selection Process Underway..................................26 County Tops in School Grades...............................................................26 Graduation Schedules...........................................................................26 STAR Banquet Honors 83 Top Seniors...................................................26

CLAY COUNTY SCHOOL NEWS “Botanical Melody” Showcases Annual Concert......................................27 County Fair Scholarships Winners.........................................................27 Register Now for Kindergarten...............................................................27 “Literacy Changes our World” Art Contest Winners.................................27 National Walking Day............................................................................27

TEENS

15 Apps and Websites Teens are Heading to After Facebook.............28-29

PETS

Pet Policies Differ with Airline................................................................29

THINGS TO DO

Things to Do: Mother’s Day Events.......................................................30 May Events..........................................................................................31

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Summer is in sight and you are likely thinking about what you would like to do this summer. How about a cruise? Master Cruise Counselor Suza...

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