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Living With Children John Rosemond
Kids Health Watch
Create a Great Year for Your Family
Focus on joys rather than resolutions for a better 2018!
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How to Choose a Private School
Parenting Todayâ€™s Teens
What to consider when making this all-important decision?
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Growing Up Online Carolyn Jabs
Dave Says Dave Ramsey
Private School Listing Our guide to Pensacola private schools will help you find the perfect fit for your child.
Give Your Preschooler an Edge Key opportunities to seize that wonâ€™t cost a dime!
On The Cover From left to right: Lana Parungao (7th grade), daughter of Liza and Mark Parungao and sister to Allysa and Khara. Rose Elena Molina (6th grade), daughter of Paula A. and Gonzalo Molina and sister to Jasmine, Dakotah, Lily, Catalia, and Daniel. Sophia Delarosa (6th grade), daughter of Richard and Misty Delarosa and sister to Miles. Proud grandparents are Jaime and Josie Delarosa and Daniel and Jennifer Minton, and great-grandparents Tony and Yvonne Minton. Christina Carter (7th grade), daughter of Nick and Laura Carter and sister to Emma. Proud grandparents are Nick and Brenda Carter and Donald and Phyllis Stone.
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Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday with family and friends. Now that the holidays are over and we welcome a new year you may be thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. This may sound strange, but I have never liked New Year’s resolutions. I have nothing against personal resolutions, but to be honest, I have never really understood the need to make a change just because it is January 1. After all, any day is a good day to make a change if desired. I love Christina Katz’s perspective on the subject in her article, Create a Great Year For Your Family (By Focusing On Joys Rather Than Resolutions). In her article she explains that a New Year is the perfect time to focus on the joys of life. Sure, there are times we need to recognize things aren’t going in the right direction and change may be necessary, but instead of focusing on the discomfort we feel from stepping out of our comfort zone, focus on the positive results that come with the change. Katz offers some helpful ways to turn potential negative feelings that can come with New Year resolutions into a positive, joyful family experience. January not only brings thoughts of resolutions, but also kick-starts thoughts of the upcoming year, and before you know it, school registrations. You may be thinking, “What? We are not even half way though this school year.” The reality is many public schools, preschools, and private schools will start hosting open houses and registrations in the next couple of months. If you are fortunate enough to be zoned for a public school that is a great fit for your child, you are in luck! The process for registration is really simple. However, if for one reason or another the school you are zoned for is not a fit for your child, you may be looking at other options for school. If that is the case, you may want to start by reading Robert Kennedy’s article, What Is Really Important When Choosing a Private School? Kennedy reveals several points to consider when checking out schools. Immediately following his article is our Private School Directory, which is filled with area private, charter and magnet schools. Maybe your child is not quite school age but you are still interested in ways you can foster a love of learning and a sense of independence. Michele Ranard explains in 8 Ways to Give Your Preschooler and Edge that there are simple, everyday acts parents can participate in to help prepare their children for school. The good news is these steps are very easy actions that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine. As we welcome 2018, whether you are researching schools, kicking off a new wellness program or just enjoying the blessings that surround you, I wish you and your family a year filled with peace, hope and joy.
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LivingWithChildren by John Rosemond
Is My Toddler’s Behavior “Normal”? Q: My parents recently told me that my husband and I are letting our toddler run our family and that it’s becoming increasingly uncomfortable for them to visit or have us visit with them – they live 10 miles away – because of her misbehavior. Mind you, she is only 28 months old. She throws frequent tantrums and often refuses to do what we tell her to do. That’s normal for this age, right? By the way, my parents had me when they were older and are sort of stuck in the old ways of doing things.
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is ONLY 28 months old may go a long way toward explaining this situation. Your parents, being “stuck in the old ways,” understand that the most advantageous time to deal with any given misbehavior on the part of a toddler is when it first appears – by nipping it in the bud, so to speak. This very active approach to discipline recognized that misbehavior snowballs downhill very rapidly. For better or worse, major disciplinary precedents are set during the third year of
life (24 to 36 months). These precedents determine, to significant degree, whether the child’s discipline will be relatively easy or extremely difficult from that point on. I’m going to guess that your parents are concerned that by excusing your daughter’s behavior on the basis of her age that you are creating a significant disciplinary “debt” that will create even more stress down the road for all concerned. I’m sure you want nothing more than for your daughter to be a happy child. Consider, then, that obedient, well-behaved children are much, much happier than disobedient, ill-behaved children. Common sense confirms that and so does the best research into parenting outcomes. I urge you to get a move on before your daughter becomes a full-blown family tyrant. First, create a “tantrum place” – a safe and relatively isolated place where you put your daughter as soon as a tantrum begins. A half-bath works well. When screaming
commences, in she goes until the screaming stops. Time-out does not generally work well with older children or major discipline problems, but it can be very useful with a toddler. The child’s room, assuming it is not a self-contained entertainment complex, will do. Five or ten minutes in relative confinement for disobedience sends a powerful message to a child this age. Use a timer set outside her door to let her know when her time of repentance is up. Concerning the “old” ways of raising children, which we abandoned beginning in the late 1960s and began listening to mental health professionals tell us how to “parent,” it is now plain as day that professional advice, based on psychological theory, has resulted in a parenting catastrophe. Over the past 50 years, for example, the mental health of America’s children has been in free fall, with no end in sight. The Book of Ecclesiastes, one of the so-called “wisdom” books of Scripture, says “there is nothing new under the sun.” Concerning children especially, that is spot on. Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his website at www.rosemond.com.
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Area Mardi Gras Events Friday, January 5 Pensacola Mardi Gras Kick Off Celebration Pensacola’s best parading Mardi Gras Krewes will have their floats and their entire Krewes on Palafox and Government Streets, where Krewes will be ceremoniously blessed and proclaimed ready to participate. Each Krewe will be in costume and will have its royalty present. A priest, along with Town Crier T. Bubba Bechtol, will bless each individual float, the City of Pensacola, and the entire Pensacola Mardi Gras season. Come out and join us for FREE King Cake provided by Classic City Catering, and dance the night away with a second line jazz band street performance. The party starts at 5 p.m. This is a chance for all Krewes and all of Pensacola to join together and ring in the 2018 Mardi Gras season.
Friday, February 9 Krewe of Lafitte Illuminated Parade 7:30-9 p.m. Palafox and Government Streets. For more info, visit www.kreweoflafitte.com.
Monday, January 15 Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Pensacola.
Saturday, February 10 Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade 2-6 p.m. The Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade is annually the largest and most extravagant parade in Pensacola. This parade itself brings the most attention from the public and the highest traffic with attendees and participants numbering in the hundreds of thousands. The Grand Mardi Gras Parade features most of the Krewes from the area, local organizations and companies and everything from marching bands to Scout groups. Many parade entrants come from out of town as well. The parade has more than 6,000 participants, and often more than 100,000 watching the parade. It takes place on Palafox and Garden Streets in historic downtown Pensacola. The Grand Mardi Gras Parade is by far the the largest event of Mardi Gras and of Downtown Pensacola annually, and will prove to be the highlight of the season again this year.
Saturday, February 3 32nd Annual Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade 1-3 p.m. Krewe of Blues Mardi Gras Ball 6-11 p.m. Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center, 913 South I Street. Dance to the premier Destin band, Deja’ Vu; heavy hors d’ oeuvres; cash bar. Formal/semi-formal. $45 in advance; $55 at the door. Tickets available online at eventbrite. Kids and Kritters Parade 2 p.m. Casino Beach Parking lot, across from Sidelines. Theme: Magical Mystical Mardi Gras Walking procession for families, children, pets. Floats made from wagons. KIDS: Be in the parade! Registration at 1 p.m. No entry fee, but you must bring your own beads to throw and you must wear a costume. KRITTERS: Registration at 1 p.m. $5 for each animal. Must have tags or bring proof of vaccinations. Must be in crate, on short leash and under control of handler. Everyone must be on their best behavior. PRIZES: Best Costumed Kritter 1st, 2nd and 3rd place; Best Mini Float (decorate a stroller or wagon, but no motorized or pedal powered allowed) 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. For more info, e-mail email@example.com or visit www. pensacolabeachmardigras.com.
Sunday, February 11 Krewe of Wrecks Parade 2 p.m. The grand event of Mardi Gras on the Island. Oversized floats with generous riders, marching units, Wrecks royalty. Parade watchers: Come early and stay late. Eateries are open. Pack your lunch or visit a beach restaurant. Mardi Gras on the Island is one of the biggest events on Pensacola Beach and attracts a huge crowd. Parking is limited. Kids of all ages will experience the thrill of catching beads and trinkets. Plan to stay all day. Tuesday, February 13 Pensacola Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Priscus Celebration 1-5 p.m. Pensacola Beach. This marks the end of the Mardi Gras season. A new King and Queen Priscus will be revealed to lead us for the following Mardi Gras Season. For more info, visit http://pensacolamardigras.com. 5
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Kazoo’s New Year’s Celebration
5 p.m. Blue Wahoo Stadium, 351 W. Cedar St. The Pensacola Blue Wahoos will hold its inaugural New Year’s Celebration this year with the support of the City of Pensacola and the Parks and Recreation Department. The family-friendly night will feature the Pelican Drop, fireworks, inflatables, face painting and live music. Festivities will culminate with fireworks and a Pelican drop in the outfield at 8 p.m. Local bands Rewired and The Unicorn Wranglers will provide live music on the field with a special performance by the Antioch Youth and Adult Choir. Spectators will be able to take a seat in the stadium, enjoy live music from local bands and enjoy food and drinks from the concession stands. For more info, visit https://www.milb. com/blue-wahoos/news/.
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New Year’s Eve Fireworks On Pensacola Beach
8 p.m.-1 a.m. Celebrate all of 2017 and the new beginnings of 2018! First show at 8 p.m., then again at midnight for the ball drop. The first is a family-friendly affair taking place over the Santa Rosa Sound from the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk. The second fireworks show officially rings in the new year at midnight over the Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier. Multiple Pensacola Beach clubs and restaurants host New Year parties so take your pick of a celebration on Pensacola Beach.
Polar Bear Plunge at Flora-Bama
New Year’s Day at noon. Great laughs, fun for the whole family! The Flora-Bama Lounge on the Florida-Alabama state line on Perdido Key hosts this popular annual splash in the Gulf of Mexico. Afterwards, everyone joins in a southern tradition of eating blackeyed peas on New Year’s Day and warms up with good music and beverages. For more info, call (850) 492-6838.
Pensacola Museum of Art Academy for Autism
Jan. 20/Feb. 3 * 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for ages 5-9; 1:30-3 p.m. for ages 10-13. Art Academy for Autism is an arts education initiative designed for children and adults on the autism spectrum. Our program focuses on nurturing artistic development and abstract thinking skills within a group environment. Art educators believe that self expression can help students build personal connections, increase selfesteem and self-awareness, and learn a wide variety of artistic skills. Free program, sponsored in part by Autism Pensacola. For more info, visit www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247.
All Krewe Food Drive Challenge
Sunday, January 28 Noon-4 p.m. Pensacola Parade People Donate on behalf of your favorite Krewe and help them win the Humanitarian Award Trophy this year! Come hang out all afternoon and watch the action as Krewes battle it out for most pounds of food raised. Winning Krewe will be announced at the Priscus Celebration on Fat Tuesday where they will receive the Humanitarian Award Trophy! Pensacola Parade People Store will host the weigh in event. For more info, visit www.paradepeople.com/ or find us on Facebook.
Double Bridge Run
February 3 * 7 a.m. Pensacola Sports, 101 W Main Street. This 15K carries runners over two bridges, across Pensacola Bay and Santa Rosa Sound. It will run from downtown Pensacola with a tour that includes the historic district, picturesque Bayfront Parkway, a run through Gulf Breeze, and onto Pensacola Beach. The 5K invites both runners and walkers to travel from Gulf Breeze to beautiful Pensacola Beach on Santa Rosa Island and the Gulf Islands Seashore. For more info, call (850) 434-2800 or visit http://pensacolasports.org/. Greater Pensacola Parents I January 2018
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Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Presents: Beethoven & Blue Jeans
January 13 * 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. Something for everyone as we welcome an electric violinist to perform his own composition, and the orchestra shares one of Beethoven’s most wellknown works, “Symphony No. 5.” Dress is distinctly casual as the audience, orchestra and conductor will all be in denim. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www. pensacolasaenger.com.
The Pensacola Little Theatre partners with Gulf Coast Kid’s House to accept donated children’s coats in association with its production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, running January 26-28, February 1-4, and 8-11. Coats are being accepted now through February 11, for 10% off a full-price adult ticket to see the play. Tickets are available online at pensacolalittletheatre.com and through the Box Office at (850) 432-2042 or by visiting weekdays from noon to 5 p.m.
Pensacola Beach 10K, 5K and Half Marathon
Krewe of Blues Pin & Bead Festival
January 13 * 8 a.m. Run along a fast and flat race route along the beachfront shoreline. All routes feature a course that’s open to both runners and walkers (in the 10K and 5K races) and takes participants along the city’s scenic waterfront along paved roads between the Gulf of Mexico and the Santa Rosa Sound. For more info, visit https:// marathons.ahotu.com/event/ pensacola-beach-half-marathon or call (850) 435-9222.
January 14 * Noon-6 p.m. Free event with music throughout the day. Drink specials and KOB’s very own sandwich of the day, The Blues Burger! There will be a diaper drive for Gulf Coast Kid’s House; the Krewe donating the most diapers or wipes will win that category of Krewe Wars. Case of diapers or a $10 donation will get you a KOB pin (while supplies last). For more info, visit www.facebook.com/events/470588156469011/.
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Boy Scouts Hold Service Project at Hotel for Dogs and Cats
February 16-18 * Pensacola Little Theatre Ballet Pensacola revives the classic dance sequence that helped the original film earn the Academy Award for “Best Picture” in 1952. This patriotic evening of dance is rounded out with a special performance of “Stars and Stripes.” For tickets or more info, call (850) 432-2042 or visit www.pensacolalittletheatre.com/.
A vital part of the Boy Scouts of America is a program called Order of the Arrow. The Order of the Arrow is a National Brotherhood of Honor Campers, and one of its major purposes is providing service to our local community. Pensacola’s local Order of The Arrow lodge is called Yustaga Lodge 385, which covers Northwest Florida and some parts of Alabama. Penscola’s local chapter is Woapalane. Woapalane Chapter held a service project in November at The Hotel for Dogs and Cats. Scouts and Scouters, known as Arrowmen, pressure washed the building, raked the grounds, and spread mulch around The Hotel, which made a huge improvement. To learn more about the Order of The Arrow, visit oa-bsa.org. To learn more about Boy Scouts and to join Boy Scouting, visit BeAScout.org to find the closest troop to where you live.
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“My Tummy Hurts” Constipation in children is a fairly common problem. Sometimes it’s pretty evident, but other times it isn’t quite as obvious. On many occasions I have seen children in the office, usually for complaints of on-and-off stomach aches, for which the answer ends up being that they are constipated, and the parents were taken by surprise. That’s because as parents, constipation does not always come to our attention right away – once our children are using the toilet on their own, we often don’t really see their stools or talk about it. According to the Mayo Clinic, typical symptoms of constipation are: • Abdominal pain (this can be as simple as frequently hearing “my tummy hurts.”) • Fewer than three bowel movements a week • Stools that are hard, dry, and difficult to pass • Large-diameter stools (that may even cause toilet clogs) • Pain while having bowel movements • Streaks of liquid or pieces of clay-like stool in the child’s underwear – a sign that
stool may be backing up in the colon and is “leaking” out into their pants In my experience, there can sometimes be signs for which we can watch to let us know constipation is developing, and usually it just requires some awareness on our part (and as the child gets older, teaching them awareness of their own normal habits on their part). For younger children who have been toilet trained and are “taking care of business” on their own, in my opinion it’s a good idea to do a periodic “toilet check” before they flush to look for signs of firm to hard looking stools, lumpy looking, or largediameter stools. I would encourage every parent to do a quick online search for the “Bristol Stool Chart,” which illustrates what GI doctors have labeled as different classes or types of stool (I don’t have the ability to include one in this article, but just look it up online, it’s pretty self-explanatory). Type 4 and 5 stools are considered the normal ones. If you hear your child complaining of tummy aches with any regularity and without a reason (such as an illness), I would put constipation on your “radar.”
Managing constipation is often as simple as paying attention to healthy dietary habits: make sure your child is drinking plenty of water, and try to get them to eat enough dietary fiber. Fruits and vegetables are the best source of fiber, and while whole grain is considered a good source as well, I encourage parents to try to include the fruits and veggies as much as possible. Mayo Clinic has a good list of fiber content of various foods on their website if you are looking for some ideas on what things to include in your child’s diet. Sometimes it’s useful to use some other tools to help with constipation such as stool softeners or children’s laxatives, but I encourage parents to talk to your child’s doctor for advice on how to approach those things. Dr. Samuel Ravenel, Board Certified Pediatrician, is a native of Greensboro, NC and joined Pediatric Associates, PA, in June of 2016. After completing his undergraduate work at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, he completed medical school at Medical University of South Carolina and did his residency at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters/Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. Dr. Ravenel practices at our Cordova and Pace locations.
Autauga County Schools
Medieval Demonstration at St. John
The Shire of Arenal came to St. John Catholic School for a medieval demonstration recently. St. John students had the opportunity to learn about armor, music, medieval fashion, games and heraldry during the Middle Ages.The entire school was able to cheer on a medieval joust, where Principal Ann Williams was named Queen of Renaissance Day!
GBMS Spreads Christmas Cheer
Gulf Breeze Middle School National Junior Honor Society members visited Watermark Assisted Living Facility to bring gifts and entertain the residents with holiday carols.
Trinitas Volleyball Team Victorious
It was a week of firsts for Trinitas Christian School volleyball! The Lady Knights found themselves victorious at the regional tournament played in Fort Walton Beach. Defeating both Calvary Christian and West Florida Baptist for the first time in Trinitas athletic history, these ladies hold the title of regional champions! The Knights made history yet again by winning the first game of the championship tournament against Christian Collegiate to advance to the final game, where the girls played a very worthy opponent, Bayshore Christian School. The Knights stood valiantly against their rivals and claimed the title of 2nd place in the 2017 Panhandle Christian Conference! These athletes have been training since summer and have spent countless hours conditioning, practicing and preparing. Thanks to all the parents and friends for their support, and a huge thank you to Coaches John Strickler, Holly Mattmuller and Joy Cowart for their time and hard work preparing these ladies for victory.
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MSP Takes Part in Downtown Parade
Montessori School of Pensacola proudly took part in the downtown holiday parade for the fourth year in a row. This year, the school constructed a new float based on the theme of Dr. Seussâ€™s story of the Grinch. Parents, staff and students excitedly helped design and create the new float. Many participants dressed as characters from Seussâ€™s fictional town of Whoville. It was a joyful event for all who took part. Greater Pensacola Parents I January 2018
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Little Flower Catholic Pre-K Class Painting
Miss Laurelâ€™s Pre-K class at Little Flower Catholic School has been painting with primary colors. The students enjoyed making snowflakes and painting them with the primary colors.
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Blessed Star Adds to School Curriculum
Blessed Star Montessori students now have additional opportunities to explore and express their creative side. This year, Blessed Star welcomed a new teacher, Mrs. Heather, who is also a very talented dance teacher. She began teaching the students expressive praise and worship dance when the children returned from summer break and the students have enjoyed her classes. They have learned how to use dance, drama, music and artwork as a way to express their love to Jesus and minister their faith through the creative arts. Topics have included dance with flags and streamers, types of dance, color symbolism, sign language in dance, and costuming/staging. Blessed Star also added piano to the curriculum this year. The students have begun to learn about music theory and will begin to practice on the piano in January. Blessed Star is enriching its learning environment with a creative flow that enhances the school experience. 11
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Beulah Middle Students See Movie Together
When given a choice between going to see a movie alone or with friends - choose FRIENDS! Some of these Beulah Middle School kids have been planning since last year when they were in the same 5th-grade homeroom to go together to see this movie version of a book their teacher introduced them to... and they came back and met her and her new students from this year and others to see Wonder together, with their teacher, classmates and new friends! They said the movie was WONDERful!
Pine Meadow Students Participate in Rock Cycle
Fifth-grade students from Pine Meadow Elementary School participated in a rock cycle simulation where they turned sediment (crayon shavings) into different types of rocks while they reviewed what it takes to create the different types of rock—igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic. Which type takes pressure, which takes heat, which takes a combination and what is the effect of higher temperatures? Hands-on learning means engaged learners!
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Jim Allen Elementary Holds Family Night
CLA Middle School Students Present Capstone Physics Projects
Each year the middle school students at Creative Learning Academy design and build Rube Goldberg machines. The principal goal of a Rube Goldberg machine is to create a complicated design to accomplish a simple task. Machines must include an example of each of the six simple machines and contain at least ten steps. Each step is then constructed from recycled materials, tested, and redesigned so that they are able to pop a balloon, throw confetti, toast a marshmallow and more. The annual Rube Goldberg presentations are capstone projects for CLAâ€™s eighthgrade physics students. After studying and testing the individual concepts and laws of physics, collaborative teams of three students design and build a compound machine in the style of the cartoonist Rube Goldberg. Each group must compile a spreadsheet containing their measurements and mathematical calculations for 12 different values in physics. Once complete, parents and lower school students are invited for the debut and an interactive presentation. Through these engineering principles of design, and similar inquiry-based learning approaches to teaching, CLA students are inspired to embrace creativity while being engaged in critical thinking.
Jim Allen Elementary School received a grant from MECOP (Medical Education Council of Pensacola) and with it, the school hosted a CDAC Family Night on November 30. The guest speaker was Denise Manassa, prevention education and awareness coordinator with CDAC (Community Drug and Alcohol Council). The topic of discussion was Internet safety, bullying and online community resources. The evening included dinner and door prizes and a pair of earbuds for all 3rd-, 4th- and 5th-grade students. The folks at Jim Allen send a special thank you to Jenna Coleman of MECOP for the grant opportunity.
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Trinitas Olympic Day
With banners on display, the 3rd-grade teams of Athens, Corinth, Sparta and Argos competed in the annual Trinitas Olympic Day. Mrs. Phillips’s class challenged one another in arm wrestling, javelin throws and a “discus” throw using a frisbee. The “potato put” allowed the children to see just how far they could hurl what would later become Mrs. Phillips’s dinner! The stad and dialous races (50 and 100 yard dashes) ended in close finishes between the teams, but overall, Team Sparta earned the most olive leaf crowns.
Gulf Breeze Middle Raises Funds for East Naples
Gulf Breeze Middle School recently held a fundraiser for its sister school in south Florida, East Naples Middle, who was hard hit by Hurricane Irma. The schoolwide fundraiser challenged every 1st-period class to donate Walmart gift cards to ENMS. Mrs. Schaeffner’s and Mrs. Shirley’s combined classes raised the most money and enjoyed a doughnut party with Principal Brandon. In all, GBMS donated more than $700 to the ENMS Gators.
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Aletheia Student Named National Merit Scholar
St. John Student Council Service
The Student Council at St. John Catholic School created a December service project hoping to reach out to those in our community. The Student Council, which is made up of students in 4th-8th grades, made slipper socks to comfort the homeless and hospitalized children. Led by faculty coordinator Michelle Johnson, St. John students created beautiful designs with paint on cozy socks that can be worn to warm up feet and gain traction on hospital floors.
Mitchell Brown, a senior at Aletheia Christian Academy, has been named a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). “The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”
Marcus Pointe Students Advance to State Bee
Marcus Pointe Christian School secondgrader Kannon Ham and fourth-grader Zoey Hernandez placed 2nd in the FACCS regional spelling bee competition, earning them a spot in the statewide competition.
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Episcopal Day School Announces New Head
Robert Stephens, Jr. has been unanimously selected by the Board of Trustees to serve as the next Head of School at Episcopal Day School. Stephens will come to EDS from St. John’s Episcopal School in Tampa, where he has been Head of School since 2014. The faculty, students and families of EDS look forward to welcoming him to Pensacola and EDS community beginning on July 1, 2018. This appointment is the result of a national search in which Stephens distinguished himself from an extensive pool of candidates. He is a proven leader with 25 years of experience in Episcopal and independent school education. Father Michael Hoffman, rector of Christ Church, looks forward to working together with Stephens and commented that he is “thrilled that EDS was able to find such an experienced, faithful man to lead our school. Robert has a great grasp and appreciation for who we are and what we can become.” Stephens received his M.S. in administration and educational Lleadership from Florida International University and his B.S. in education from the University of Alabama. He has 11 years of experience as a head of school, has served as a high school principal, lower school assistant principal, curriculum coordinator for a K-12 school, assistant athletic director, and history and economics teacher. At St. John’s, his leadership has resulted in a strengthened academic program, a stabilized cohesive community and increased giving to the annual fund. In addition to his official roles, Stephens serves as president of the Florida Council of Independent Schools. “I am absolutely thrilled to join the EDS Family and the greater Pensacola community,” Stephens said. “Episcopal Day School and Christ Episcopal Church, together, make up a wonderful nurturing family where students can grow, thrive, excel and serve. I am humbled and immeasurably excited to begin this journey together!” Greater Pensacola Parents I January 2018
County PE Teacher Named Top High School PE Teacher in the State
Three great announcements were made at this year’s SHAPE Florida meeting. Washington High School physical education teacher Samantha Harrison is SHAPE Florida’s High School PE Teacher of the Year for 2017-2018. This is an incredible recognition of itself, but what makes it even more impressive is she obtained the recognition in her first year of teaching. Harrison has a unique way of encouraging students to try new activities in their PE classes that they normally wouldn’t want to try. “Samantha Harrison fosters an environment rich in teamwork, communication and acceptance of all students,” said Casandra Waller, ECSD’s physical education, health, wellness, and driver education specialist. “On behalf of the entire school district, we are very proud of Ms. Harrison and look forward to seeing all the future ideas she shares with those in her school, our district, and our community.” Water and Youth Safety (WAYS) Pensacola received the “Community Service” award for the state of Florida via SHAPE Florida. The Community Service award may be given to an organization, individual, or media group for contributions and service to health and wellness issues. WAYS Pensacola has been heavily involved in the Escambia County School District for nine years helping fund, and provide, basic water safety skills to second-graders all across the district in hope of decreasing youth drownings. “This is a special opportunity provided to our students thanks to the massive community collaboration we have,” Waller said. “In nine years we have provided in-pool experiences for nearly 10,000 students.” Roxanne Baker, former ECSD specialist for the Physical education, health, wellness, driver education, and athletics department, has been recognized as an Honorary Life Member of SHAPE Florida for all her substantial contributions to the profession and organization. “Baker made a substantial contribution to the students and teachers of Escambia County throughout her career and everyone who has called her mentor, coach or friend are happy for her recognition at the state level for all that she has done to help advance the PE and Health profession in our state,” said Waller. From left are Jack Lynch, president of WAYS; Roxanne Baker and Samantha Harrison.
Blessed Star Welcomes Military Community
On November 16, Blessed Star Montessori opened its doors to military families to come and share in our Thanksgiving celebration. We wanted an the opportunity to express our gratitude and to honor those that have sacrificed so much for our country. During the evening, students sang a worship song prior to dinner and also assisted with serving everyone. We view community service as an invaluable experience that will benefit the children for many years to come. 16
Trinitas All Conference Winners Named
All Conference winners were announced at the regional tournament held at Calvary Christian School. On the Trinitas Christian School varsity volleyball team, Jillian Todd, Emma Todd, Alex Johnson and Mekenzie Petersen were selected as outstanding players in their field and honored with this prestigious award. On the soccer team, team captain Tucker Gregg and Adam Strickler were awarded the coveted medal. These athletes represent Trinitas well and stand out as exceptional in their sport.
GBMS Student’s Artwork Shown at Capitol
Gulf Breeze Middle School eighthgrader Alexandra Peavy had her work chosen to represent Santa Rosa County in the Middle School Art Show at the State Capitol in Tallahassee. She has been enrolled in art all three years in middle school. She has a natural talent for drawing and exhibits constant fluid movement in her technique. “Alex is maximizing her hues, values, and intensities with acrylics; something she said that she could never do,” said GBMS art teacher Rachel Hughes. “It has been a pleasure to see her overcome that challenge. Her future is certainly bright. We are so thankful to have Alex representing Gulf Breeze Middle in Santa Rosa County at the state level.”
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Little Flower Kindergarten Christmas Miss Grantham’s kindergarten class at Little Flower Catholic School is walking in a kinder-wonderland. The students traced their shoes and wrote their names on them to help decorate the classroom door. A special guest, Saint Nick, left them treats in their shoes.
Cultural Curriculum Overview at MSP
Montessori education has a curriculum area entitled “cultural,” which includes science, history and geography. Montessori School of Pensacola hosted a free educational event for the public to show the different types of lessons and materials that are used to instruct about cultural topics. Teachers explained how each age level is given cultural lessons, showing many examples of hands-on materials. Starting at a young age, MSP students learn about concepts in botany, zoology and more. This event will become an annual activity offered at MSP to help more people understand what Montessori education is and what makes it unique.
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CLA Partners with UWF for Project-Based Learning
MSP Bazaar Sale Supports Local
Montessori School of Pensacola hosted its annual holiday bazaar. This is a time when students get to plan, budget and shop for gifts for family members and friends. The bazaar requires that all items sold are in some way handmade. Many MSP staff, families and even students sell their wares. It is a joyous annual event. This year more than 30 vendors participated. A small percentage of what each vendor collects is given to the school as a fundraiser.
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Middle school students at Creative Learning Academy recently participated in a joint project-based learning series developed by CLA Director of Curriculum Melissa Sontag and UWF Associate Professor Dr. John Pecore. Dr. Pecore, professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership in the College of Education and Professional Studies, has researched innovative ways to engage students in science. He has been awarded several science education-related grants, including one from the National Science Foundation. He provides teacher workshops, summer camps and community outreach both regionally and nationally. During the “Enrichment Academy,” CLA students explored real-world problems with student teachers from UWF. Working with Dr. Pecore, UWF students presented three projectbased learning challenges. The purpose was to teach complex content to students in meaningful ways. The topics included: awareness of genetic disorders, debating scientific topics in today’s society, and designing an ideal food truck. CLA students worked with the university students over a period of four sessions. Each group was presented with challenging issues and questions. Students investigated their topic and established a course of action. Each group wrapped up its activity in a different way. For example, one group designed and presented a business plan for its food truck. Facing challenging, complex problems such as these helps students engage in 21st century higher learning skills, such as collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication.
Workman Gardeners Win Farm Bureau Grant
A $250 grant from the Florida Farm Bureau will support a special learning experience for a group of students at J.H. Workman Middle School. The grant has been awarded for the 2017-18 academic year under the Farm Bureau’s statewide, competitive “Ag in the Classroom” program. Workman teacher Milagros Sessions earned the funding by submitting a successful application for a project that involves making connections within the global community. Students continue to cultivate organic fruits and vegetables in their school garden and increase their donations to the Manna Food Bank from 224 pounds of produce as part of their community service learning project. Students also continue to build upon their campus beautification projects such as the serenity garden, which doubles as an outdoor classroom, and the Butterfly Garden. STEM lessons and inquiries into scientific principles, and the impact of scientific developments and innovations, are fundamental. In addition, the collaborative garden projects offer unique curriculum giving the students opportunities to practice the problem-solving skills that will assist them in making the healthy choices that will make them lifelong learners. For more information about the Florida Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom program, contact Michele Curtis, grant coordinator, at Michele.Curts@ffbf.org or (352)374-1541.
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Little Flower 8th-Grade Civil War Projects
In Mrs. DeGruccio’s 8th-grade social studies class at Little Flower Catholic School, students had fun learning about the Civil War. A variety of projects were presented ranging from models, games and food that depicted the Civil War time period. Amelia Eagle chose to create a book to express her knowledge. She is pictured here reading to her class.
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Pine Meadow Visits Roy Hyatt for Reptile Study
Roy Hyatt Environmental Center was a place to learn - up close and personally about reptiles for 5th-grade students from Pine Meadow Elementary School.
Blue Angels Christmas Cheer
On December 6, some of the students at Blue Angels Elementary School visited NATTC and brought some Christmas cheer to share with their military friends. They created beautiful ornaments that they used to decorate their Christmas tree.
Brentwood Admin Clerk Named Employee of Month
Brentwood Elementary School administrative clerk Pam Resmondo received the Stellar Employee of the Month Award for the Escambia County School District.
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Blessed Star Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A
Blessed Star Montessori students had an opportunity for community outreach by participating in Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A located on 1757 E. Nine Mile Road on December 7. Students assisted in serving drinks, cleaning tables, sweeping floors, greeting customers and generating a warm and inviting dining experience for the patrons. At Blessed Star we work diligently with students to impart a sense of honor, integrity and hearts that are willing to serve. Community service, kindness and putting others before ourselves is a message taught by example to each of our students. Blessed Star looks forward to more opportunities to serve and help the community in the near future.
Escambia County Public Schools Foundation Receives AT&T Grant for Two Schools
Students at Escambia High and Brown Barge Middle will benefit from a statewide investment by AT&T this year, one that seeks to increase understanding of how classroom curriculum translates into STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. At Brown Barge, AT&T’s grant for Robot Programming of Manufacturing Assembly will fund the purchase of two robotic arms with wrists and software that students will use to learn coding techniques. Students will use computer languages to make the arm perform simple tasks such as assembling parts that have been printed on a 3-D printer. Coding of robotic devices is a critical, high demand skill for future employment. Teachers Heath Parr and Richard Hunter will teach basic and advanced coding skills to students while IHMC (Institute for Human and Machine Cognition) staff will provide advice to teachers, student training and career guidance. Escambia High’s Matthew MacGregor is using the grant money provided by AT&T to purchase equipment that will be used for DNA Analysis of Lionfish Prey, a project which is intended to help curb the lionfish population by examining and dissecting their guts to identify prey. Students will carefully document and catalog the specimens, and the preserved samples will be shipped to the University of Arizona for DNA sequencing. This is important work as the Gulf of Mexico and southern areas of the Atlantic seaboard have been inundated by lionfish, a situation which has been described as a potential “fisheries ecological disaster” by state marine biologists. Results of the study will be published in a scientific journal and used to make policy decisions regarding fishery management. Escambia High is collaborating with UWF’s Department of Environmental Protection, University of Florida SeaGrant, Escambia County Marine Resources and local dive shops on this important project. Brown Barge Middle School students are shown at their school following the check presentation from AT&T.
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NCAA Volleyball Players Visit County Schools
NCAA volleyball was center court as championship players visited Escambia County School District schools and then ECSD students visited the field house at University of West Florida to watch NCAA championship volleyball!
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Make it a Summer of Discovery
Trinitas Kindergartners Meet Firefighters
at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Mrs. Sarrellâ€™s kindergarten class at Trinitas Christian School witnessed the important role of our brave Pensacola firefighters recently. With wide eyes and inquisitive minds, the little ones learned all about fire trucks and fire hoses. They saw the heavy protective equipment the firemen wear and heard about the courageous actions these people perform each day. They even learned a little first aid along the way! Our guests enjoyed some homemade treats prepared by the kindergarten class and after a sunny day outside, the children marched inside wearing their new red firemen hats!
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Jacqueline Harris Prep Presents Holiday Performance
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December Regular Workshop meeting of the Escambia County School Board had a fun holiday treat presented by students from the Jacqueline Harris Preparatory Academy.
Warrington Performs at Gallery Night
Escambia County School District music programs were well represented at a recent Gallery Night by Warrington Middle Schoolâ€™s Band! They have come a long way in just a few years! 23
St. John Preschool Students Perform Christmas Program
Escambia County School District Announces Top Five Teachers
St. John Catholic School celebrated the coming of Christmas by enjoying a performance by the K3, K4 and K5 classes. Students shared the story of Jesusâ€™s birth at Christmas through their acting, singing and dancing. Under the guidance of K3 teacher Sarah Weeks, K4 teacher Andrea Back and K5 teacher Mary Ann Davis, the classes gave an outstanding show to parents, family members and fellow schoolmates!
Candidates for the 2017 Top Five Teachers of the Year include: William Broome, Woodham Middle; Shana Brown, Molino Park Elementary; Megan Carroll, Northview High; Suzanne Hollingsworth, Beulah Elementary; and Carla Ross, Washington High. The winner will be announced at the annual Golden Apple Dinner on January 26.
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ECUA, ECSD and CH2M Invite Students to Explore Engineering Careers
The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA), the Escambia County School District (ECSD), and CH2M welcomed students from Ferry Pass Middle School to talk about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. This outreach event introduced Escambia County students to the STEM skills and principles needed to pursue engineering careers. Jobs in the STEM concentrations are increasing twice as fast as jobs in other fields, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, data also indicates that there may not be a large enough skilled workforce necessary to meet the increasing demand for STEM workers. The ECUA/ ECSD/CH2M partnership is an opportunity for the three organizations to get students excited about pursuing a STEM career.
Gulf Breeze Middle Band Students Perform for Pre-K Kids
Gulf Breeze Middle School’s Symphonic Band students played their favorite holiday songs for the Gulf Breeze Elementary School Pre-K ESE children. The toddlers jingled bells and sang along as the band played familiar tunes. The highlight of the morning was when the band played “The Polar Express” theme and the kids played choo-choo train through the rows of instruments.
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ParentingToday’sTeens by Mark Gregston
When Your Teen Just Doesn’t Care “I don’t care!” Ever heard that phrase pop out of your teen’s mouth? My guess is 99.9 percent of all teens have expressed their indifference to mom and dad. It can be maddening to watch a child shrug their shoulders or roll their eyes at something we say. I mean, how did kids get to be so apathetic today anyways? Typically, apathy is the symptom of a bad attitude. So the way we try to get past a teen’s indifference is to point out the obvious—your attitude needs to change! But how do you get an indifferent teenager to care again?
The apathetic teen is not a kid without emotions. In fact, I’d say that a kid who says he “doesn’t care” may actually care a whole lot! What I’ve found is that you have to look past the attitude to see what is driving a child’s apathy towards life. Often, an indifferent teen is struggling with fear—a fear of life and the world. He hates going to school, is afraid of social events, or angry about the state of the world. This outlook is common among kids who look around at things like famine, war, disease, murder, inequality and think, Hey, this is not right! I don’t know if I really care about this world after all. It’s a pretty crummy place. So they develop an attitude of apathy and try to block everything out. Even though they give their best effort to appear shielded, apathetic teens are still struggling to express anxiety, worry and fear over situations in their life. For the teen who is trying to overcome their anxiety through a cavalier attitude, you have to help them put life into perspective. Talk about the things worth celebrating. Show your apathetic son or daughter that life has more joy and happiness than what he or she can see at the moment. And let your teen know you believe in them. Many teens fear they don’t have what it takes for learning, for working, or succeeding in life. They compare themselves to others and refuse to try to do something they don’t think they can do—or do well. So here’s where you can guide them into places and projects where they can experience sucGreater Pensacola Parents I January 2018
cess and satisfaction—a part-time job, a new sport, or a fun project that you can even do alongside them. This will help them overcome the fear of failure that many apathetic teens face. It is easy to feign apathy rather than admit fear. That’s why it’s important to create a safe relationship with them. Let them know that you, too, have fears that you must face. Being vulnerable with them and allowing them to process their real feelings will go a long way in releasing them from their fears. And it will equip them to face future fears as they arise.
As teenagers begin to face the realization that the world isn’t the happy and carefree place they once thought it was, they might experience a deep sense of sadness and grief. Coming face-to-face with death and tragedy causes a loss of innocence. Sometimes a traumatic experience in a teen’s life can be a secret source of grief. As parents, we don’t know everything that is happening in our child’s life. My parents didn’t know everything I did as a teenager. And I’m guessing it was the same for you. So you can be sure that you don’t know everything your teenager is going through either. If grief is fueling their apathy, then we need to help our kids learn to process and deal with that emotion in a healthy way. Be attentive to your teen. Notice the little and big things that indicate what he or she is really experiencing. Have patience and encourage him or her to not only express his sadness, but his anger, and frustration, too. Show them that there are healthy ways to express all the emotions they feel. A friend who worked with me at Kanakuk Kamp in the ‘80s made a statement that has stayed with me through the years. He said, “The moods of a lifetime are often set in the all-but-forgotten events of childhood.” If your son holds on to his grief instead of processing it and moving past it, that grief may become the “mood of a lifetime.” And being apathetic may be your daughter’s way of trying to navigate these difficult feelings, when 26
she really needs your help to process them in a safe and respectable way.
There is nothing wrong with being angry. When we see acts of cruelty, scenes of chaos, or loss of life, it’s natural to feel anger and rage over a fallen world where bad things happen to good people. But in the same way that adults need to channel their anger into appropriate outlets, teen anger must be dealt with or it will grow into an “I-just-don’t-careanymore” attitude—or even something more destructive. So direct your teens to acceptable ways of expressing anger. Show them appropriate ways to let off steam. You can write a letter, go for a run, listen to music, paint a picture, build something, or even talk it out. Encourage them to use those angry feelings to do something, rather then let them boil inside. I’ve found the best way to break an apathetic attitude is to get your teen to serve others. Apathy is really a preoccupation with yourself. So when you take a kid on a mission trip, serve a soup kitchen, visit a nursing home, or make dinner for your sick neighbors, you are replacing a teenager’s self-obsession with a focus on helping others. When our kids say, “I don’t care,” the easy response is to say, “You’re being apathetic!” But pointing out a kid’s bad attitude doesn’t change it. Breaking your son or daughter out of their indifference requires getting to the root of the problem, and addressing those feelings. It also may require changing your own attitude. Do you complain about problems at work, church, or at home, but never take steps to get involved in making change happen? Would you rather talk than take action to do something? Apathy can be infectious. So if you’re dealing with a teen who doesn’t care, make sure you do! And make sure it shows in your actions. Mark Gregston is an author, speaker, radio host, and the founder of a residential counseling center for struggling teens located in Longview, Texas. Mark’s passion for helping teens can be seen in his 40 years of involvement with families as a youth pastor, Young Life area director, and now, as the Executive Director of Heartlight, where he has lived with and helped over 2,700 teens. To find out more about Mark and his ministry to parents and teens, you can visit www.HeartlightMinistries.org or www.ParentingTodaysTeens.org.
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Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids
by Gerry Paige Smith
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Safely secured in their pumpkin seat, children typically meet a car when they take their first ride home from the hospital. For many kids this is the beginning of a life-long love affair with cars and the independence they represent. But relegated to the back seat for most of their youth, a child’s curiosity about cars is amplified and their desire to explore all things automotive, magnified. The following toys let kids explore the driver’s seat, grab the keys, kick the tires and take the wheel as they explore the familiar machine that moves them through their lives.
Whisper Ride II (Step 2)
Kids take the next step toward driving independence when they transition from being pulled along as a passenger in a wagon, to taking the wheel in the push cart design of the Whisper Ride II. With an adult hand managing speed and direction from behind, little operators can confidently take the lead as they occupy the driver’s seat in front. Featuring automotive decals, seat belt, under-hood storage, a working horn and cup holders (for both adult and child), this ride is ready for every off-road expedition. Perfect pairing parent-child transportation for neighborhood walks, festival outings, park adventures and more, the Whisper Ride II from Step 2 is ready to roll out in style.
Sat Nav Steering Wheel
Theo Klein Service
Simulating a realistic driving experience either at home or in the car, Casdon’s Sat Nav Steering Wheel is the perfect choice for the serious driver-in-training. With simulated driving sounds and realistic design features, kids can learn right from left as well as the principles of acceleration while they navigate the course suggested by the Sat Nav. Handeye coordination and decision-making are also supported by the responsive design of this steering wheel as kids develop real-world navigation skills in a safe and engaging environment. Enjoying a realistic and responsive experience behind the wheel, young car enthusiasts’ will be engaged and entertained as they explore the fundamentals of driving with the Sat Nav Steering Wheel.
For children who seek a deeper understanding of the workings inside a car, the Theo Klein Car Station offers a closer look into the workings of an automobile. Built for tinkering, this station lets little ones open the hood and give the engine a once (or thrice) over. From changing the oil and tire to rebuilding the engine, young mechanics are equipped with tools to manipulate and manage the various working of a simplified car engine. Using a handful of AAA batteries, the Service Car Station also features working headlights, horn and realistic engine sounds. The only thing missing is an oily mess. Providing an excellent primer on a car’s familiar functions, this toy is top choice for the young automobile fan who wants to get up under the hood.
Dangling from parents’ hands like forbidden fruit, jingling with a siren’s call that small children can’t resist, our real keys to the car are the most perfectly imperfect toy for little kids. Thankfully, there’s an easy replacement for legitimate keys that will not only keep kids occupied, but also provide additional entertainment and learning opportunities in the mix. With an electronic motion sensor and buttons that generate more than 30 sounds, songs and phrases, V-Tech Beep & Go Keys offers hours of play for little hands. One of the keys is rubberized for additional teething action as well! For every parent of toddlers whose car alarm mysteriously goes off, and their toddler is the key-in-hand prime suspect, this interactive set is the ideal answer.
Gerry Paige Smith is a syndicated columnist recommending the best products for kids and their families. Discover more at www.PageBookMedia.com
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This year, resist external messages de-
New Yearâ€™s resolutions have become
heavily commercialized. Messages coming
signed to make you and your family feel
from all directions would have you believe
inadequate and flip New Yearâ€™s resolutions on
you are falling short as an acceptable hu-
their heads. Resolve to no longer let an an-
man being in a multitude of ways. You are too
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poor, too unfit, too uneducated, too lonely, too
of wholeness and worth. Resolution comes
busy, too selfish, too boring. You name it and
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decision or determination. This January 1st,
January 1st. But unless parents are clear that
why not become determined to resist self-
they are enough as they are, you risk passing
criticism altogether? Take some time over the
this annual habit of self-recrimination on to
New Year transition to assess everything you
your children and their future children. Greater Pensacola Parents I January 2018
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Here are a few family discussion topics that will help you focus on building your family up rather than on tearing each other down. Because, of course, when you feel critical of yourself, nit-picking your kids swiftly follows. Instead, start discussing these topics and watch the never-good-enough season transform into the joyful New Year every family craves. Discuss what was joyful last year. What choices did family members make that brought them joy? Were there some decisions any family members made that created disappointment? You can learn as much from what did not work as you can from what did work, so don’t be afraid to admit to any mistakes you feel you may have made. A balanced year is full of ups and downs.
Express feelings of joy. Have a deeper conversation about choices you made last year that brought you joy. What were the smartest decisions you made from your perspective? How did these positive choices make you feel? Would you make these same choices again? One of the best ways to milk more joy out of last year is to spend time discussing last year’s happiest moments. Imagine the new year as even more joyful. Ask each family member
to make up a story about what an even more joyful year would look like. They can make the story as ambitious or inspired as they like. For example, maybe one family member wants to get admitted to a college of her choice while another simply wants to maintain a long-time enjoyable activity. Remain nonjudgmental. Joy is not a competition and each person’s joy is unique to them. Each family member can tell the story that makes them feel the most content, and no one else in the family should interject their ideas or expectations.
Affirm each other’s visions. After
everyone has shared, family members will feel motivated to help each other. First
affirm the validity of each family member’s dream. Make sure everyone feels supported by each other. Stressing teamwork in achieving shared individual goals can help reduce sibling rivalry. Kids who are empowered to be authentic don’t have to compete with anyone. Parents can take whatever actions they can throughout the year to support each family member’s dreams. And parents should expect support for their dreams, as well. Don’t sit back and let the kids have all the fun! You are the creator of your family traditions; you don’t have to go along with 29
the crowd. So celebrate the New Year in positive, constructive ways that build family members up, rather than a negative, critical ways that tear family members down. When you teach your family members to use joy as a touchstone for making choices this year and every year, you give them the keys to creating personal satisfaction in their lives and you get to watch your family grow closer than ever every year. GPP Author, journalist, and writing coach Christina Katz strives to live a joy-centric life, despite whatever else is going on in the world. She knows there is nothing more important to pass along to future generations.
Making YouTube Kids Safer for Your Children Kids love videos—the sillier the better. And it’s a rare parent who hasn’t used them to secure a little quiet time. Today YouTube is, by far, the largest source of videos of all kinds. When they created an app for children in 2015, many parents assumed the content would be carefully curated and reliably child-friendly. Much of it is. YouTubeKids lets even young children happily swipe through a vast collection of content, much of it featuring familiar characters like Winnie the Pooh, Peppah Pig and PAW Patrol. Education clips are also plentiful, many from reputable sources like Khan’s Academy and PBS Kids. Mixed into this stew are videos created by users which vary enormously in content and quality. A small percentage include bizarre and even traumatizing images, sometimes of those same beloved characters doing lewd and violent things. How does this happen? Google uses artificial intelligence to decide whether a video is suitable for children. Although AI has come a long way, it doesn’t always spot problems that would be glaringly obvious to people. It may, for example, miss the nuance that distinguishes adult satire from the innocent content it’s meant to mock. And it’s often oblivious to trolls and clickbait—content created simply to lure clicks that generate revenue. In its defense, Google warns that children may encounter inappropriate content and asks that parents flag such material so other kids won’t see it. Of course, that’s a significant change. In the past, parents could assume children’s media was created with the wellbeing of kids in mind. On YouTubeKids, at least some of the videos are created to satisfy algorithms, stringing together content associated with key words in ways that are at best nonsensical and at worst disturbing. Google keeps changing its policies in an effort to stay Greater Pensacola Parents I January 2018
ahead of so-called bad actors, but often it seems the robots and their handlers are playing catch-up. Even when content is properly curated, parents need to be aware that children see a lot of commercial messages on YouTubeKids. The Red subscription may be free of paid advertising, but children still have access to entire channels created by companies like Hasbro or McDonalds. They’re also likely to encounter unboxing videos, short segments in which someone breathlessly unwraps a toy or a sweet, a process that seems designed to incite cravings in kids. Unfortunately, the parental controls for YouTubeKids are very limited. Parents can’t set their own filters for content or create playlists of acceptable videos such as those reviewed by Common Sense Media (commonsensemedia.org/ youtube-reviews). Most kids will still explore by swiping, so it’s good to know about these options: Change the password. Find the Grownups only section in the YouTubeKids app, and unlock it by using the random four digit passcode. The numbers are spelled out so pre-readers can’t use the code. For any child at the edge of literacy, find the “Set my own Passcode” button and do it. Disable search. Searching for videos increases the likelihood that children will see something unsuitable. Google allows parents to set up a profile for each child, so search can be enable or disabled depending on the child’s age and self control. Off should be the default. Tap the lock icon in the lower-right, enter the password, choose settings, create or find your child’s profile, and toggle off search. Review history. Because YouTubeKids doesn’t have filters, parents can’t necessarily keep kids from seeing something they 30
don’t want them to see. The app does make it easy to review history which at least allows a conversation, after the fact, about why a video is objectionable. Block videos you don’t want your child to see. If you see something unsuitable for your child, block the video or the entire channel. Just tap the triple-dot button for the video and then tap block. Report videos no child should see. Reporting gets the attention of human screeners who are actually counting on conscientious parents to let them know about unsuitable content that slipped by the robots. Think of this as a public service. If you see something, say something by tapping the triple-dot button and then Report. Set limits. To its credit, YouTubeKids does include a timer. Once it’s set, a colored progress bar lets your child see how much time is left in a session. When the clock runs out, a “Time’s Up” animation appears and the app locks until a parent enters the access code. Consider other options. Last but not least, consider other options. YouTubeKids may have the largest collection of videos but, when it comes to kids, quality is preferable to quantity. Companies like Disney, Nick Jr, and PBS Kids have brands to protect so they are likely to be more careful about what appears in their apps. For other possibilities, consult the list of video alternatives compiled by Common Sense Media (www.commonsensemedia.org/ lists/streaming-video-apps). Regardless of where your child watches videos, talk often about what your child is seeing and ask questions that develop critical thinking skills. Why does your child like certain characters? Are they behaving in a way that would be OK if a real person did it? Why is something funny? Did your child learn anything from the video? Is someone trying to get them to buy or do something? Having these conversations helps children become more discerning about what they watch, a skill that will be only become more valuable as they get older. Carolyn Jabs, M.A., has been writing the Growing Up Online column for ten year. She is also the author of Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart. Available at Amazon and Cooperative Wisdom.org. @ Copyright, 2018, Carolyn Jabs. All rights reserved.
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future — that’s fine, too. It would be another incredibly generous act. And in my mind, generosity of that magnitude should be met with gratitude and appreciation of equal measure. If you choose this route, let him know how and why you were able to give him this gift. Don’t hold it over his head or beat him up with it, but stress the importance of being wise with money, saving and investing, and staying out of debt in the future. Let him know if he’ll follow your example, he might be able to do the same kind of thing for his kids someday. That would be a wonderful thing to see, wouldn’t it?
Used car mileage Q. I know you advise most people to buy used cars. Do you have a rule of thumb for a mileage limit when it comes to buying a used vehicle?
A. No, not really. Sometimes mileage alone can be a good indicator of the quality of a used vehicle, but that’s not always the case. I would also advise doing a little research, and maybe letting a trusted mechanic have a look to determine if there are any issues that might give you trouble soon. The more inexpensive, and cheaply made a car is, the more likely it becomes that it would be worn down by higher mileage. Some vehicles start to get a little ragged at 100,000 miles, while others — some of the better makes — are just getting a feel for the road at that point. Of course, a lot depends on your budget, too. Overall, I would advise you to look for something that has a good reputation, a solid history, and as little mileage as possible. There are good, used cars out there that will last for years!
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As you begin exploring schools for your child, you begin to realize that you have dozens of options. And they are all a little different. It’s rather bewildering looking at all these web sites especially if you have never visited a private school before. They are all so different. How can you ever decide which one is best for your daughter? Start with a very basic strategy, a game plan if you will. Let’s look at what really matters when it comes to choosing a private school for your child.
Your requirements Start with your requirements. Your requirements trump everything. So have a family discussion. Be relaxed and openminded because your requirements as a parent are going to be different from your daughter’s. You are thinking the best educational experience. She’s thinking about her life and her friends and the reality that she will have a whole new situation to deal with. That’s scary for a young person. But you can make it an adventure and get her to buy into going to private school if you are patient, informative and, above all, a listener. Dictating to your child will probably get you nowhere in a hurry. So, what’s really important? Ponder these questions and then develop some answers after having that family discussion. • Are you looking for a traditional college prep school experience or something else?
• Is your religion a major determining factor? • What about sports? Arts programs? Extracurricular activities? If college preparation is your goal, think about the kind of college your daughter is likely to attend. Note that I said “likely to attend” as the dream you may have of her attending on of the Ivies simply may not be realistic. I know that four or five years in the future seems like an eternity but try to project your thinking and expectations as far ahead as you can. Then focus on the quality of the academic curriculum at the private schools you are researching. Look at the faculty. Do they have degrees in their subjects? Masters or doctorates? Is there breadth and depth in the course offerings? Do you require strong sciences? A rich array of languages and humanities? What about the enrichment programs offered?
If you are looking for a military education or a progressive approach, that will narrow the field considerably as there are far fewer military and progressive schools out there. Ditto with regard to your religion. If you have very specific requirements, that too will narrow the field of choices. Other considerations are arts and sports programs. If your child is really good at a particular sport, then inspect schools closely to see if they fit your needs. A strong inter-school athletic program will probably be a requirement for most sports. Plenty of performing opportunities in the music program would be a requirement on the arts side. The important thing is not to take these for granted. Inspect and verify. Now you are beginning to see how your organizational skills fit into the school search process. Now we start to get into more nebulous territory. This is where you have to trust your instincts. What do I mean? After looking at all those school web sites and filtering out schools based on your requirements, you will probably end up with several schools which meet your requirements fairly well. This is where you will fine tune those choices. The way you do that is by visiting the schools. Remember: it is not enough to rely on what you are seeing online. You actually must set foot on the campuses of schools which interest you and see how they work for you and your child.
Finances If financial aid is a factor in your school choice, work that component in at this stage. The amount of financial aid
a school offers could possibly eliminate some of the schools on your list. Are you discounting the idea of a private education for your child simply because you think you cannot afford it? I suggest that you ask about financial aid first. Then make your decision based on the facts which may pleasantly surprise you.
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Private schools come in two main locations: urban/suburban and in the middle of nowhere. If the location and setting matter greatly to you - and it should - look closely at this and determine which schools are most practical for you.
You looked at the school’s philosophy when you were discussing your requirements. But educational philosophy is such a subtle thing that you need to circle back and examine each school on your short list very closely with regards to educational philosophy. After all, the school is pretty much casting the die for your child in those critical high school years. Make absolutely sure that the school’s educational philosophy meshes with your own. If you are not sure about what is being taught, read the text books and understand their point of view. Ask questions.
Visiting the school The process of choosing a school is much like buying a house. You wouldn’t buy a house sight unseen. Same thing with choosing a private school. Visit every school on your short list. Satisfy yourself firsthand that it meets your requirements.
What’s not important
In education, rankings are not important. What your child learns is the only thing besides her happiness which matters. First of all, there are no private school rankings. You can safely ignore beauty contest listings of private schools which appear in the press. I don’t recall ever seeing one article which purported to rank private schools that made any sense. Titillating reading, possibly. Sensible information? No. If you want to know where one school fits in relative to another, ask your educational consultant. She will point out important facts and data to consider. But even she will not rank schools except in a casual, anecdotal way. Ranks are not important. The fit with your requirements is. Find a couple of schools which are good fits and you will have a happy child. That’s all that matters. GPP
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Importance of the Home Without the home, we as a school are ineffective. We believe that each child is only truly reaching their potential when the parents and the teachers link arms and work in concert with each other. Since it is the parent that is given the solemn responsible from God for their child, it is incumbent upon our teachers and administration to partner with the home through effective, consistent communication. East Hill Christian serves the home, and is therefore accessible to parents. With monthly newsletters (http://www.ehcs.org/eaglenewsletter.html), easily arranged parentteacher conferences, and daily access to grades, parents remain confident and assured that communication is a two-way street that is
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Opportunities to Enrich One of the distinct advantages to a small school is greater opportunities for students. In addition to the low teacher-student ratio, students at East Hill Christian can become involved in a variety of activities, clubs, and service opportunities. Our desire is to educate the whole child which is so much more than just the intellect. Students develop in a well-rounded manner when presented with the opportunity to serve others, grow spiritually, and flourish through teamwork. High School students at EHCS are required to log 100 hours of community service. The extracurricular activities (listed on the side bar) have as their aim to ultimately glorify Christ. As we know from the Scriptures, Jesus grew intellectually, socially, spiritually, and physically (Luke 2:52). In a loving, Christian environment, our mission is to see young people develop in each of these areas just as Christ was an example for us.
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Creative Learning Academy ad on pages 25 and 35
3151 Hyde Park Road, Pensacola, FL 32503 Mission: Creative Learning Academy nurtures and strengthens each child’s foundation of academic excellence, creativity, independence and integrity in a culturally enriched community. Grades: PreK-8 Extra Curricular: Opportunities for a variety of athletic, academic, and artistic enrichment. Athletic offerings include personal fitness, yoga, volleyball, flag football, dance / cheer, basketball, tennis, running club, soccer, and swimming. Arts are integrated throughout the curriculum with additional offerings after school in ballet, drama, voice, and visual arts. Middle School students participate in elective courses, National Junior Honor Society, History Fair, Science Olympiad, Geography Bee, and Math and Robotics competitions. Additional Info: In addition to the core subjects, all students participate in enrichment classes including Spanish, art, music, physical education, and technology. Students participate in Spanish, physical education, and recess daily. Students also participate in a variety of off-campus opportunities including trips to St. Augustine, Tallahassee, Space Camp, Flight Academy, Dauphin Island, and Camp Beckwith. For over 30 years, CLA 8th graders have participated in a week-long Outward Bound experience. Service Learning, Leadership, and Character Education are at the center of student life at CLA.
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East Hill Christian School
1301 East Gonzalez Street, Pensacola, FL 32501 Mission: The Mission of EHCS is to educate students morally, intellectually, and physically, based on the WORD of GOD, in a loving, Christian environment. Grades: K4-12 Extra Curricular: Spelling Bee, Science Fair, History Fair, Accelerated Reader Program, Handchimes, Pep Squad, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Council, Student Government Association, Student Leadership Institute, Student Mentoring Program, Service Projects, Mission Trips, Yearbook, Theater, ACT Prep, Chapel Praise Band, Field Trips, Cross Country, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Cheerleading, Baseball, Softball, Tennis Additional Info: EHCS is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), and partners with the home in an education for the whole child. Parents are involved through Parent-Teacher Fellowship (PTF), Booster Club, classroom volunteers, and field trips.
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Episcopal Day School ad on page 17
223 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 Mission: Episcopal Day School prepares students for a life of learning and meaningful service in a diverse and global world, by providing academic excellence and character formation inclusive of all of God’s children and grounded in the Episcopal tradition. Grades: K2-8 Extra Curricular: Our faculty and staff members work hard to provide programs that support our families and educate the whole child. All enrolled families have access to extended care programs throughout the year. EDS is a member of the Catholic Youth Sports League. Our athletes compete in a variety of sports including basketball, football (tackle and flag), and volleyball. Any students in the Pensacola community are welcome to attend our Summer Camp programs in June and July. Additional Info: Please contact Lisee Sherrill at email@example.com to schedule a tour today! We are now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. (850) 434-6474 firstname.lastname@example.org www.edscc.org
Little Flower Catholic School ad on pages 33 and 38
6495 Lillian Highway, Pensacola, FL 32506 Mission: It is the mission of Little Flower Catholic School to form young people who live their lives, as Jesus did, rooted in prayer, and who strive for a sense of self-worth, academic excellence, and the Catholic values of mercy and compassion. Grades: PreK-8 Extra Curricular: Gifted Enrichment Program; Honors Algebra 1 class; CYSL Sports Teams; Fine Arts and Drama Program Additional Info: Little Flower Catholic School is proud of the high level of thinking we present while providing a plethora of learning opportunities for students Pre-K through 8th Grade. (850) 455-4851 email@example.com www.pensacolalfs.org
Marcus Pointe Christian School ad on pages 21 and 37
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Extra Curricular: Spanish, Music, PE, Computer, Library, Art, Home Ec, Running Team, Cheerleading, Chapel, Afterschool Program Additional Info: At MPCS we challenge our students to examine and embrace the Christian walk through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We encourage our students to be academically articulate, knowledgeable, accountable, and to live with purpose to affect a difference in our community for the glory of God. (850) 479-1605 www.marcuspointechristian.org
Montessori School of Pensacola ad on page 14
1010 North 12th Avenue, Suite 138, Pensacola, FL 32501 Mission: MSP is committed to providing a Montessori education that inspires academic excellence and fosters respect, integrity, independence, and critical thinking in a caring community. Grades: 18 months - Kindergarten Extra Curricular: Ballet Pensacola, Yoga, Art, Spanish, Piano Additional Info: Spanish instruction begins at 18 months (850) 469-8138 firstname.lastname@example.org www.montessoripensacola.com
Montessori School of Pensacola ad on page 14
Catholic Education, Community, and Service. In partnership with parents and the Catholic Church, the administration and faculty help students to acquire knowledge, attitudes, and values necessary for effective Christian service to others. The curriculum is based on the guidelines put forth by the Diocese of Pensacola -Tallahassee. St. Paul Catholic School is recognized by the Florida Catholic Conference with its highest designation - Accredited with Distinction. Extended day care is available after school each day.
4101 Montessori Drive, Pensacola, FL 32504 Mission: MSP is committed to providing a Montessori education that inspires academic excellence and fosters respect, integrity, independence, and critical thinking in a caring community. Grades: Preschool, Elementary & Middle School Extra Curricular: Ballet Pensacola, Art, Band, Tennis, Spanish, Violin, Boy and Girl Scouts Additional Info: Middle School takes school trips on alternating years to places such as Sea Camp in the Florida Keys and the Heifer Ranch in Arkansas.
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Trinitas Christian School
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3301 East Johnson Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32514 Mission: By God’s grace we endeavor to assist Christian families in the education of their children, by providing a stimulating academic program in a distinctly Christ-centered environment expressly designed to equip students to a life of moral and spiritual integrity, personal and social responsibility, and a zeal to know and serve a Holy God. Grades: K-12 Extra Curricular: Drama Club, National Honor Society, Classic Film Society, Lost Arts Club, Yearbook, Student Government, Volleyball, Soccer, Baseball, Cross Country, Aesthetics trips, performance choirs, select quartets, variety of private music lessons (instrumental and voice), Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, community service opportunities Additional Info: - Trinitas is a fully-accredited member of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools. - National Merit Scholars Program: 11% of graduates earned commended status or higher. Trinitas alums have pursued undergraduate and graduate degrees both in Pensacola and across the country. We have alumni working in fields ranging from nuclear engineering to healthcare, education, business, and auto mechanics. Trinitas Christian School was established in the fall of 1999 as a private Christian school committed to providing a classical and biblically-based education to Christian families in Northwest Florida.
Pensacola Seventh-day Adventist Junior Academy ad on page 7
8751 University Parkway, Pensacola, FL 32514 Mission: The Pensacola Seventh-day Adventist Junior Academy exists to show children Jesus, nurture their love for Him and others, teach them to think, and empower them to serve. Grades: K4-8 Extra Curricular: Tumbling, Lego Robotics, German Additional Info: The Early Learning Coalition provides Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) funds for every four-year-old in Florida. All children living in Florida who turn four years old by September 1st of the current program year are eligible to participate. For more information about VPK, you can visit our school or go to our website (850) 478-8838 email@example.com www.pjacademy.org
Sacred Heart Cathedral School ad on page 39
(850) 484-3515 firstname.lastname@example.org www.trinitaschristian.org
1603 North 12th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32503 Mission: Our mission at Sacred Heart Cathedral School is to educate hearts and minds for God. As missionaries of the Church, we let it be known to all who enter here that Jesus is the reason for our school. Living as Disciples of Christ, we strive for academic excellence and service to all. Grades: VPK-8 Extra Curricular: 1:1 Macbooks in Middle School, CYSL sports, Electives, Science Olympiad, Student-led conferences, Fine arts program, ESE accommodations in Morning Star, K4-8 Spanish, Field Trips, Daily prayer, Weekly Mass Additional Info: Contact Mrs. Elizabeth Snow, Principal at esnow@shcs. ptdiocese.org to schedule a tour today!
• Aletheia Christian Academy
1700 Woodchuck Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32504 Mission: The mission and purpose of Aletheia Christian Academy is to provide a Christ-centered education to children of Christian families, equipping them spiritually, academically, and physically for today and eternity. Grades: K4-12 Extra Curricular: Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Volleyball, Softball, Piano, Cheer (850) 969-0088 email@example.com www.acalions.org
• Blessed Star Montessori Christian
9151 North Davis Highway, Pensacola 32514 Mission: Provide an environment that assists the child to learn, with teachers that care about the heart, spirit and mind of the child. Education is not to teach the child but to teach the child how to learn Grades: PreK-8 Extra Curricular: Praise & Worship Dance, Percussion, Piano, and Music Theory Additional Info: Home school enrichment opportunities available
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St. Paul Catholic School ad on pages 34 and 40
3121 Hyde Park Road, Pensacola, FL 32503 Mission: St. Paul Catholic School is a Christ-centered learning community that inspires lifelong growth of mind, body, and spirit. Grades: K3-8 Extra curricular: Athletic opportunities are available through the Diocesan sponsored Catholic Youth Sports League (CYSL) and include football, cheer, volleyball, basketball, track Additional information: St. Paul Catholic School is one of the primary missions of St. Paul Parish. Our School is committed to the threefold purpose of
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• Carden Christian Academy
3290 Bauer Road, Pensacola, FL 32506 Mission: Allowing the Holy Spirit to use us to equip our students with the tools necessary for lifelong learning Grades: K2-8 Extra Curricular: French, Latin, Tennis (850) 492-4873 www.cardenchristianacademy.com
• Christian Institute of Arts and Sciences
• Lighthouse Private Christian Academy
2007 North 61st Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32506 Mission: The Christian Institute of Arts & Sciences functions as a private school for home schooling families, combining the full services of a private school administration office with the advantages, personal assistance, and accountability needed to make your home education experience a success. CIAS provides various tutoring lessons, classes, and activities at our campus school to meet the needs of our families and students. Grades: K4-12
904 East Jackson Street, Pensacola, FL 32501 Mission: The mission of LPCA is to inspire students to have a love and joy for learning, for a lifetime, by providing a transformational, Christ centered education. Our Lighthouse philosophy involves love for Christ, exhibiting positive discipline, and integrating “hands-on” education into our curriculum. Beyond our Christian curriculum, we also integrate subject matter relating to learning more about God’s beautiful creation through hands-on project based lessons. Grades: VPK - 8 Extra Curricular: Extra curricular sports include football, basketball, cheerleading, softball, baseball, volleyball
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• Dixon School of the Arts
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2601-A West Strong Street, Pensacola, FL 32505 Mission: Our mission is to nurture high academic achievement through the use of the arts, positive learning environments, beneficial relationships and highcaliber instruction. We tailor these experiences to individual student and family needs. Grades: K-8
• Montessori High School of Northwest Florida
Pensacola, FL Mission: Our vision is a school which is supported through a communal effort between staff, students, parents, and the surrounding community. Our vision is an inclusive, academic environment, which emphasizes independence, civil discourse, creativity, and critical thinking. Grades: 9-12 Additional Info: Opening the 2019-2020 school year
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• Pensacola Catholic High School
3043 West Scott Street, Pensacola, FL 32505 Mission: Our Mission is to develop responsible Christian individuals by providing the finest in Catholic education. Pensacola Catholic High School is a vibrant Christian community offering quality education while emphasizing the teachings of the Gospel, the intrinsic value of the individual and commitment to service. Grades: 9-12 Extra Curricular: National Honor Society, Student Council, Football, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Dance Team, Golf, Volleyball, Swimming, Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field, Lacrosse, Weightlifting, Student Ambassadors, Music Ministry, CHS Pep Band (850) 436-6400 www.pensacolachs.org
• Pensacola Christian Academy
10 Brent Lane, Pensacola, FL 32503 Mission: At every level from kindergarten to high school, enrollment at PCA means a solid academic education, a firm foundation for lifelong learning. In an always changing world, students at PCA learn from a basis of unchanging principles that reinforce Christian character and patriotism. Grades: K4-12 Extra Curricular: Music, Speech & Drama, Cross Country, Volleyball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Track, Baseball, Elementary Saturday Sports Program. Junior and Senior high students join diverse clubs that pique their interest while teaching them new skills. Students can choose from Chess, Debate, Young Patriotic Americans, Craft and Cooking, and several other options.
• East Hill Academy
635 West Garden Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 Mission: The mission of the school is to provide each child with the best individualized education program that will improve their skills and abilities, so they may successfully re-enter mainstream education. Grades: K-12 Additional Info: East Hill Academy is dedicated to students with learning disorders that make it impractical to place them in a regular school setting. It is our purpose to develop these children’s educational and social abilities while improving their self-esteem. Our goal is to help our students reach their maximum potential.
(850) 478-8483 email@example.com www.pensacolachristianacademy.com
• Pensacola Private School of Liberal Arts
1010 North 12th Avenue #228, Pensacola, FL 32501 Mission: The Pensacola Private School of Liberal Arts, SoLA, is a nonsectarian college-preparatory middle and high school offering a broad and engaging curriculum designed to provide a strong foundation for academic excellence, developing the potential of students, cultivate independent thinkers, encouraging creativity, integrity and balance. Grades: 7-12
(850) 437-5560 firstname.lastname@example.org www.easthillacademy.org
(850) 434-2294 Info@thePensacolaSoLA.com www.thepensacolasola.com
• Escambia Christian School
3311 West Moreno Street, Pensacola, FL 32505 Mission: Our mission is to partner with parents in the development of their children in soul, mind, and body. We provide a Christian environment that prepares students for a lifetime of learning and service, and for an eternity with God in heaven Grades: K3-8
• Redeemer Lutheran School
333 Commerce Street, Pensacola, FL 32507 Mission: The mission of Redeemer Lutheran School is to prepare each child for a responsible role in society by developing thinking, learning, and communication skills; by recognizing achievement; and by encouraging a caring and serving attitude as modeled by Jesus Christ. Grades: K4-8 Extra Curricular: Accelerated Reading Program, Basketball, Cheerleading, Football, Volleyball, Track, Odyssey of the mind
(850) 433-8476 email@example.com www.escambiachristian.org
• Jubilee Christian Academy
5910 North “W” Street, Pensacola, FL 32505 Mission: To prepare young people–intellectually, spiritually, and physically–to be successful leaders in both Christian and non-Christian environments. We seek to produce leaders who are equipped with the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. Jubilee Christian Academy inspires students to think critically; To work independently and in partnership with others; and to develop a global, Christ-centered perspective for their lives. Grades: K2-8 Extra Curricular: Soccer and Basketball (850) 494-2477
(850) 455-0330 firstname.lastname@example.org www.redeemerschoolpensacola.org
• S.L. Jones Christian Academy
100 Boeing Street, Pensacola, FL 32507 Grades: K3-12 Extra Curricular: Basketball, Cheerleading, Choir, Dance team (850) 456-2249 email@example.com www.sljcainc.com
• St. John the Evangelist Catholic School
325 South Navy Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32507 Mission: St. John the Evangelist, as a Catholic school, provides a safe, caring, Christ-centered environment. We guide our students in developing academic excellence, leadership skills, and personal responsibility through the use of religion, reason, and loving kindness. Based on our Catholic faith, we are a community working for the respect of all, service to others, and social justice in our world. Grades: K3-8 Extra Curricular: Student Council, National Junior Honor Society, 4H Club, Choir, Basketball, Football, Flag Football, Cheerleading, Volleyball, Track Additional Info: Founded in 1874 Seven generations of families have called us “home” Pull-out Gifted Program with Certified Gifted Teacher MorningStar Program for students with special needs with certified
• Lighthouse Private Christian Academy
625 North 9th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32501 Mission: The mission of LPCA is to inspire students to have a love and joy for learning, for a lifetime, by providing a transformational, Christ centered education. Our Lighthouse philosophy involves love for Christ, exhibiting positive discipline, and integrating “hands-on” education into our curriculum. Beyond our Christian curriculum, we also integrate subject matter relating to learning more about God’s beautiful creation through hands-on project based lessons. Grades: 9-12 Extra Curricular: Extra curricular sports include football, basketball, cheerleading, softball, baseball, volleyball (850) 542-7828 firstname.lastname@example.org www.lighthousepca.com
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• Santa Rosa Christian School
4257 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 Mission: Good Shepherd Lutheran School, as a mission outreach of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, commits itself to: Provide Christ centered quality education. Develop individual gifts & worth. Promote Christian living and service. Nurture a partnership between church, school and family that all may know God’s love and grow in faith. Grades: K3-2 Extra Curricular: Chapel, Spanish, S.T.E.A.M. and P.E.
• Lighthouse Private Christian Academy
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• Good Shepherd Lutheran School
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• Faith Christian Academy
6331 Chestnut Street, Milton, FL 32570 Mission: Santa Rosa Christian School is dedicated to the spiritual, moral, mental, and social development of youth through Bible-based education. Grades: K2-12 Extra Curricular: Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Baseball, Softball (850) 623-4671 firstname.lastname@example.org www.santarosachristianschool.com
• The Learning Academy of Santa Rosa
5880 North Stewart Street, Milton, FL 32570 Mission: The mission of the Learning Academy is to create a quality, respectful learning environment in which students, staff and community members cooperatively build sound life preparation skills for all students. This collaborative effort will provide students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors to become productive, employable, and responsible citizens. Grades: 6-12
1508 New Hope Road, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 Mission: The mission of LPCA is to inspire students to have a love and joy for learning, for a lifetime, by providing a transformational, Christ centered education. Our Lighthouse philosophy involves love for Christ, exhibiting positive discipline, and integrating “hands-on” education into our curriculum. Beyond our Christian curriculum, we also integrate subject matter relating to learning more about God’s beautiful creation through hands-on project based lessons. Grades: 5-12 Extra Curricular: Extra curricular sports include football, basketball, cheerleading, softball, baseball, volleyball, track
(850) 983-3495 email@example.com www.lasrcrusaders.org
West Florida Baptist Academy
5621 Highway 90, Milton, FL 32583 Mission: The purpose of West Florida Baptist Academy is to provide “Academic Excellence” in a “Distinctly Christian” environment! Grades: K3-12 Extra Curricular: Voice, Piano, Violin, Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Softball, Volleyball
(850) 733-1017 firstname.lastname@example.org www.lighthousepca.com
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• Lighthouse Private Christian Academy
5613 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 Mission: The mission of LPCA is to inspire students to have a love and joy for learning, for a lifetime, by providing a transformational, Christ centered education. Our Lighthouse philosophy involves love for Christ, exhibiting positive discipline, and integrating “hands-on” education into our curriculum. Beyond our Christian curriculum, we also integrate subject matter relating to learning more about God’s beautiful creation through hands-on project based lessons. Grades: VPK - 4 Extra Curricular: Extra curricular sports include football, basketball, cheerleading, softball, baseball, volleyball, golf, track.
• L.E.A.D. Academy Classical School
4106 Berryhill Road, Pace, FL 32571 Mission: L.E.A.D. Academy will provide families a learning environment and support system that enables their student to grow spiritually, mentally, and physically into an adult with a Christian worldview. Grades: K4-12 Extra Curricular: Extended Day Enrichment Center, Piano, Little Mozarts, Dance, FFA, Chorus, Music and Voice Lessons, Equestrian Club, Basketball, Running Club, Yearbook Club, Drama Club Additional Info: Open enrollment for 2018-2019 school year beings 1/23/2018.
(850) 934-0180 email@example.com www.lighthousepca.com
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Escambia County Choice Schools/Programs A Choice Program is a program with specific theme required courses within a school that is not offered in the student’s assigned school. Applications must be made in order to be accepted into the program. Please see application time frames.
A Charter School is a non-regulated public school administered by an independent agency which operates under the auspices of the School Board. Charter Schools have great latitude in the development of educational programs and may offer specialized programs designed to serve a specific population of students. Charter programs may serve students in grades K-12.
A Magnet School is a school with a particular academic focus such as science, technology, or the arts. A Magnet School with an attendance zone is a school that has a zone for which students are assigned to the school and do not need to make application. A Magnet School without an attendance zone is a school that does not have any assigned zone from which students are assigned and the entire population must make application.
Beulah Academy of Science 8633 Beulah Rd, Pensacola, FL 32526; (850) 944-2822; www.bas-ecsd-fl.schoolloop.com Email: email@example.com; Grades: 6th - 8th Mission Statement: It is the mission of the Beulah Academy of Science to provide a quality, community based education to children in grades 6-8. We are committed to providing a teaching environment that fosters a love of learning, promotes academic achievement, and generates self-esteem for children of varying levels of ability. We strive to prepare our students to become responsible, productive adults able to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Extra Curricular: Basketball, Volleyball, Swim and Dive, Track and Field, Cheerleading, FFA, First Priority, Art Club
West Florida High School of Advanced Technology 2400 Longleaf Drive, Pensacola, FL 32526; (850) 941-6221; www.wfhs.net Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Grades: 9th - 12th Application time frame: Applications open November 2018 for the 2019-2020 school year Mission Statement: The mission of West Florida High School of Advanced Technology is to prepare students for entry into chosen career fields or higher educational pursuits through incorporation of quality learning experienced by integration of academic and technical skills. Extra Curricular: WFHS offers programs in football, volleyball, baseball, cheerleading, softball, cross country, track & field, basketball, soccer, swimming, golf, tennis, clubs, and extracurricular activities. Additional Information: Please check with the school for admission and academic requirements for acceptance. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Recognized as an “A” school by the Florida Department of Education. Brown-Barge Middle School 201 East Hancock Lane, Pensacola, FL 32503; (850) 494-5640; www.bbms-ecsd-fl. schoolloop.com; Email: email@example.com; Grades: 6th - 8th Application time frame: Applications open November 2018 for the 2019-2020 school year Mission Statement: The mission of Brown-Barge Middle School is to meet the specific needs of each student through the implementation of a program of academic excellence, which incorporates technology into an integrative curriculum. This curriculum includes individual and cooperative learning experiences designed to foster and promote a positive school culture. Mutual respect, ethical behavior, pride and integrity in one’s self, school and community and success for all students will be the realization of this mission. Extra Curricular: Chess club, Chorus, Robotics team, Japan club, Math club, Odyssey of the Mind, History fair, Spirit team. Additional Information: Please check with the school for admission and academic requirements for acceptance.
Byrneville Elementary 1600 Byrneville Road, Century, FL 32535; (850) 256-6350; www.byrnes-ecsd-fl.schoolloop.com; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Grades: K - 5th Mission Statement: Byrneville Elementary School, Inc. is committed to the constant improvement of skills and knowledge to provide an appropriate and safe environment in which students can develop their academic, emotional, physical, and social abilities to their fullest extent. Extra Curricular: We offer art, music, and physical education. Fourth and fifth grade students may qualify for Student Government Association membership. Additional Information: The Byrneville Board of Directors meetings are on the last Wednesday of the month at 3:30
N.B. Cook Elementary School 1310 North 12th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32503; (850) 595-6826; www.ces-ecsd-fl. schoolloop.com; Email: email@example.com; Grades: K-5th Application time frame: Applications open January 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year Mission Statement: N.B. Cook Elementary School of the Arts is committed to providing a positive learning environment which integrates the creative and technological abilities of children into the academic curriculum. Our mission is to provide children with learning experiences that will enable them to become productive members of society, of worth to themselves and others, by encouraging academic, technological, and social growth while developing aesthetic values in the creative and performing arts. Extra Curricular: Drama Club, Dance Club, Photo Art Club, Chorus, Running Club. Clubs are offered to select grades at select times during the year. Additional Information: Please watch our website for information about a prospective parent open house to be held in February.
Escambia Charter 391 90 9 Ranch Road, Gonzalez, FL 32533; (850) 937-0500; www.echarter.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Grades: 9th -12th Application time frame: Mission Statement: The mission of Escambia Charter School is to provide an alternative educational system that can aid “at risk” students, preparing them academically, socially, and culturally to be responsible participants in our society. The school is dedicated to kindling the hunger for learning, the respect for work, the commitment to public service, and the promotion of innovation, challenged thinking, disciplined inquiry, and teamwork. The Escambia Charter School believes that all young people should be encouraged to develop their abilities to the highest extent possible. Students will be encouraged to believe that the habits and characteristics they develop while in school are determining factors in the way they will interact with society. It is the obligation of the school to see that all students are provided with the opportunity to experience excellence in some realm of their education. Extra Curricular: Basketball Additional Information: Open enrollment throughout the year
School Within a School
A School Within A School is a magnet school housed within another school. The School Within A School is considered a separate school for graduation rankings only. Pensacola High School International Baccalaureate 500 West Maxwell Street, Pensacola, FL 32501; (850) 595-1500; www.phsibsupport.org Email: email@example.com; Grades: 9th - 12th Application time frame: Applications open November 2018 for the 2019-2020 school year Mission Statement: The mission of the International Baccalaureate Program at Pensacola High School is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Extra Curricular: Basketball, Baseball, Cross Country, Cheerleading, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Softball Tennis, Track, Weight lifting, Volleyball, Band and several other extracurricular activities and clubs. Additional Information: Please check with the school for admission and academic requirements for acceptance.
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Jacqueline Harris Preparatory Academy 1408 East Blount Street, Pensacola, FL 32503; (850) 432-2273; www.jhpa.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Grades: K - 5th Extra Curricular: Karate, Piano, Choir and Dance Additional Information: Pensacola Beach Elementary 900 Via DeLuna, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561; (850) 934–4020; www.pbes.org Email: email@example.com; Grades: K - 5th Application time frame: Please find enrollment information at PBES.org enrollment. Mission Statement: The mission of Pensacola Beach Elementary School is to recognize that each child has unique needs and abilities; provide a nurturing environment in which to achieve academic success and establish a foundation for educating citizens for life; instill the core values of equality, honesty, integrity, patriotism, respect, and responsibility; develop self-confident, critical thinkers; and cultivate creativity and leadership. Extra Curricular: Soundpiper Chorus
*The Escambia County School District conducts a controlled open enrollment process for all schools, each fall for middle and high school and each spring for elementary schools. The controlled open enrollment process is an online application process available of the school district website: www.escambiaschols.org. Please contact the Office of School Choice for additional information and assistance with School Choice options. They are located at 30 E. Texar Dr. in Pensacola or you may call them at 850-469-5580.
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Grateful for Good Reading
A child’s introduction to expressing gratitude usually comes first with our own example, and later with our first whispered ‘Say, thank you’ as we teach them to voice appreciation. When our children are treated with kindness, offered a gift or receive help, we want to teach them the ways to respond with thankfulness. But even more important than appreciative words are the profound and sincere feelings of true appreciation. The following titles take a deeper dive into our ‘thank you’ moments and bring to the surface the richer reasons for gratitude in our lives.
Thank You, Mr. Panda
by Steve Antony (Scholastic Press) Wearing his constant expression of stoic endurance and trailed by his friend Lemur, Mr. Panda ventures out with gaily wrapped presents specifically tailored for each of his friends. When he solemnly gifts Mouse with a sweater, the response isn’t ‘thank you’ but rather, ‘It’s too big’. Lemur helpfully interjects ‘It’s the thought that counts!’ Mr. Panda’s gift of six socks for Octopus spurs an exclamation of ‘But, I have eight legs. Lemur is nearby to point out the thought that counts with each almost perfect gift Mr. Panda offers. When a last present emerges for Lemur, will Mr. Panda finally get the thanks he deserves? If you’re looking for a primer on helping children receive gifts with grace, even if it’s the wrong size, shape or color, this title is just right.
Ten Thank You Letters
by Daniel Kirk (Nancy Paulson Books / Penguin) When Rabbit drops in on his friend Pig, he finds his pal writing a ‘thank you’ letter to his Grandma. Encouraged by Pig’s thoughtfulness, Rabbit asks to borrow paper and pen as he embarks on a mission to thank those who have positively affected his life. From his favorite author to the crossing guard, Rabbit remembers many people who deserve thanks for the things they do. Pig is glad to see Rabbit’s enthusiasm for writing letters, until it exacts an unfortunate toll on his supply of stamps. It may take one last important ‘thank you’ to remind both friends about the importance of gratitude. Encouraging kids to recognize the broader gifts in their lives, this celebration of a formal ‘thank you’ is welcome reading!
Thank You For Me
by Marion Dane Bauer, Illustrated by Kristina Stephenson (Simon & Schuster) Peeking into the diverse lives of children, ‘Thank You For Me’ is a sensory exploration of all the ways little ones experience their personal world with gratitude. Hearing daddy’s ‘Hush-sh-sh-sh’, seeing mama’s face, tapping toes and clapping hands join a list of gifts that receive special thankfulness from children. From the nose that smells the rain to the skin that fits exactly right, everyone is born with aspects and abilities that are worthy of appreciation. While children are encouraged to express their thanks for gifts and kindness that comes their way, this heartwarming title gently reminds kids of all the moments that deserve acknowledgment and thankfulness every day.
Find more reading recommendations at www.PageBookMedia.com.
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8 Opportunities to Seize Right Now In Carl Dunst’s Children’s Learning Opportunities Report (2000), he conceptualizes the opportunities for language development and early literacy in terms of incidental and intentional opportunities. Incidental opportunities might include watching leaves blow while on a walk, blowing on food when it’s too hot, or talking about body parts during bath time. Intentional activities might include story hour at the library or a trip to the zoo. Dunst says children need activity settings matched to their interests and competencies to practice existing skills and learn new abilities. Here are 8 opportunities Dunst suggests seizing:
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• What makes your child smile or laugh? • What makes your child happy and feel good? • What are your child’s favorite things? • What is enjoyable to your child? • What does your child work hard at doing?
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• What gets and keeps your child’s attention? • What is your child good at doing? • What “brings out the best” in your child? • What does your child like to do a lot? • What gets your child to try new things?
Everyday Repetition and Rituals.
It’s the everyday stuff! Repetition during meal time, bath time, diaper changes, and bedtime story routines primes young children for later school success. Sound lazy or too simple? It’s huge. Rosenkoetter and Barton’s Bridges to Literacy (2002) encourages parents to think of building bridges to literacy by providing experiences that include print, responsiveness, repetition, modeling and motivation, and oral language.
Reading time may be brief but must occur every day. Listening to stories helps kids explore new worlds, laugh across generations, and learn about amazing and ordinary things. Sharing stories can be a balm for irritable or fussy children. Rosenkoetter and Barton 49
indicate “Shared reading also provides security and calms children’s restlessness.” Reading together should be relaxing and fun. It is not just about the exposure to language, it’s about creating happy reading memories which set the stage for a love of reading.
For early literacy, you want your child to learn: language is fun, she can do it well, and she can get results from using it. When your child speaks, help her feel successful by giving her the attention and lots of positive affirmation.
Repeat Key Phrases.
Provide routine schedules that use familiar phrases (such as “let’s have some lunch” or “scrub-a-dub-dub”) and cues at key times during the day. Nap and bedtime routines should be kept the same, and reading the same book over and over helps strengthen the foundation for later academic success.
Be a consistent MODEL and MOTIVATOR.
It’s important your child sees you reading. “Such routines demonstrate that reading is important in the lives of older people and draws attention to the value of reading for coping with everyday life.” At home, point out that you are reading the newspaper or a recipe. On car rides, be intentional as you point out signs on the road or the names on store fronts. It’s also important to write and draw with your child. “When children draw pictures, their verbal comments should regularly be written on the page and read aloud.”
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Use ORAL LANGUAGE.
Quantity matters so talk a lot. You want to expose your child to as many words an hour as possible. Talk to your child during work and play. Chitchat has a big payoff and translates into broader vocabularies and higher levels of reading later. In Learning to Read the World (Zero to Three, 2004) Rosenkoetter and Knapp-Philo write “From this foundation of basic learning and subsequent daily explorations with everyday people and objects, the young child builds many other understandings of self and others…young children begin to ‘read their world’ and to have wider and greater impact upon it.” As parents we can help them read their world long before they learn to read. GPP
Michele Ranard is a former preschool teacher with a master’s of education degree in counseling. She has been helping students and families as a private tutor for a decade.
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Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. Fresh produce to local Lonestar Kitchen to jewelry and soaps. Come support local artists. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/pg/ gbfarmersmarket/ or call (850) 867-7263. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. Stories, songs and movement designed to build future readers! For more info, call (850) 453-7780. Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 6:35 p.m. Pensacola Ice Flyers, 201 E. Gregory St. Ice Flyers vs. Mississippi RiverKings. For more info, call (850) 432-0800.
Saturday, December 30
Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Sportz Center 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. Children 4 and under must have adult supervision. Parents can drop older children off for only $20 per child for supervised play. Admission covers pizza and drinks also. Parents are welcome to stay and play for free if they choose. Open to the public; no membership required. Call (850) 733-3547 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reelin’ in the New Year at The Wharf 5 p.m.-midnight. Main Street and Marlin Circle street party at Orange Beach. DJ entertainment and kids’ activities from 5-7 p.m.; Live Oak Band from 6-9 p.m.; Creativity Band from 9 p.m.-midnight; Marlin Drop and fireworks at midnight. Admission is FREE; various kids’ activities range $5-$10. For more info, visit http://alwharf.com.
Santa Rosa Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 4587 Woodbine Road, Pace (in front of The Pace Presbyterian Church). Providing local goods, including produce, baked breads, canned preserves, cooked meats and even wood-fired pizza.
Free Beginner and Intermediate Ukulele Class 9:30-11 a.m. Blues Angel Music, 657 N. Pace Blvd., Pensacola. Our free beginner ukulele classes are designed to get you familiarized with the ukulele, including parts of the ukulele, how to hold it, how to tune it, basic chord shapes, basic strumming patterns and chord changes for your first song! The intermediate class focuses on learning songs and playing while singing along. For more info, call (850) 457-7557. Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. Fresh produce, live plants, baked goods, fine art, and antiques are just a few of the items offered by vendors at Palafox Market in Downtown Pensacola. Items originate directly from onsite vendors who grow, make, or create the fruits, vegetables, herbs, and art for sale. For more info, visit www.palafoxmarket.com.
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The Wildflowers - A Tribute To Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Doors open at 7 p.m. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 South Palafox Street, Pensacola. All ages. Attendees under 16 must be accompanied by a ticketed, adult guardian. For more info, call (850) 607-6758.
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New Year’s Eve Fireworks on Pensacola Beach 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Celebrate all of 2017 and the new beginnings of 2018! First show at 8 p.m., then again at midnight for the ball drop! The first is a family-friendly affair taking place over the Santa Rosa Sound from the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk. The second fireworks show officially rings in the new year at midnight over the Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier. Multiple Pensacola Beach clubs and restaurants host New Year parties so take your pick of a celebration on Pensacola Beach. Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Presents: Celebrate the New Year! 7 p.m. Saenger Theatre, 118 South Palafox Place, Pensacola. Enjoy a swing, soul and blues-inspired performance celebrating the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles and other timeless vocalists to kick off the new year! Join us for this early evening performance, and still have time to go to dinner, stop by a party or join the celebration downtown. New subscribers save 50% on tickets. Subscriptions are available at www.pensacolasymphony.com/.
Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. Pensacola Ice Flyers, 201 E. Gregory St. Ice Flyers vs. Macon Mayhem. For more info, call (850) 432-0800.
at the Flora-Bama. The service always draws a large and friendly crowd. Visit http://www.centralonline.tv/ flora-bama/.
The Story of Ferdinand Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. All the other bulls love to run and jump and butt their heads together, but not Ferdinand. He would rather sit and smell the flowers. Then one day he is picked for the bullfights in Madrid. Join us to find out how Ferdinand fares in this classic story, in theaters now. Activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble. com/store/2926 for more info.
Sunday, December 31
Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent
Kazoo’s New Year’s Celebration 5 p.m. Blue Wahoo Stadium, 351 W. Cedar St. The Pensacola Blue Wahoos will hold its inaugural Kazoo’s New Year’s Celebration this year with the support of the City of Pensacola and the Parks and Recreation Department. The family-friendly night will feature the Pelican Drop, fireworks, inflatables, face painting and live music on the field. Festivities will culminate with fireworks and a Pelican drop in the outfield at 8 p.m. Local bands Rewired and The Unicorn Wranglers will provide live music on the field with a special performance by the Antioch Youth and Adult Choir. Spectators will be able to take a seat in the stadium, enjoy live music from local bands and enjoy food and drinks from the concession stands. For more info, visit https://www. milb.com/blue-wahoos/news/.
Monday, January 1
Polar Bear Dip at Flora-Bama Noon. Great laughs, fun for the whole family! The Flora-Bama Lounge on the Florida-Alabama state line on Perdido Key hosts this popular annual splash in the Gulf of Mexico. Afterwards, everyone joins in a southern tradition of eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day and warms up with good music and beverages. For more info, call (850) 492-6838. Polar Bear Plunge at Paradise Bar & Grill Registration begins at noon; plunge is at 2 p.m. 21 Via de Luna, Pensacola Beach. Live music. For more info, call (850) 916-5087.
Tuesday, January 2
Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see December 26 listing.
Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see December 26 listing. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Children ages 3-5 are invited to do arts & crafts, make a snack and have story time. The classes are creative and have an organic, environmental and local twist. Price: Complimentary. Call (850) 4335353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/.
Thursday, January 4
Pickleball at PAC! 6-8 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. For details, see December 28 listing. RadioLive Concert Series 5 p.m. Museum of Commerce, 201 East Zaragoza Street. WUWF’s popular monthly acoustic concert series, RadioLive, returns to Historic Pensacola. The scheduled performers are Grace Pettis, John Common & Jess Denicola, and Patchouli. Tickets are $10 and available in advance at radiolive.org or at the door on the day of the show. Doors open at 5 p.m.; show starts promptly at 6 p.m. For more info, visit wuwf.org/radiolive.
Friday, January 5
The Pensacola Chapter of Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast Monthly Meeting Meets the 1st Friday of every month at the Gulf Coast Kid’s House from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program includes education segments, presentations by local business women and is designed to provide women with the resources and connections they need to help them grow personally and professionally. Lunch provided. Visit www.powerfulwomengulfcoast.com. Pensacola Mardi Gras Kick Off Celebration 5 p.m. Pensacola’s best parading Mardi Gras Krewes will have their floats and their entire Krewes on Palafox and Government Streets, where they will be ceremoniously blessed and proclaimed ready to participate. Come out and join us for FREE King Cake provided by Classic City Catering, and dance the night away with a second line jazz band street performance. For more info, visit www. facebook.com/PcolaKickoff/. Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. Pensacola Ice Flyers Vs. Macon. 201 E. Gregory St., Pensacola. For more info, call (850) 432-0800.
Saturday, January 6
Black Jacket Symphony Presents Tom Petty’s Damn the Torpedoes 8 p.m. Saenger Theatre. The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience through recreating classic albums in a live performance setting. A selected album is performed in its entirety by a group of handpicked musicians specifically selected for each album, with no sonic detail being overlooked. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com. Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see December 30 listing. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Sportz Center 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see December 30 listing.
FamilyCalendar Santa Rosa Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 4587 Woodbine Road, Pace (in front of The Pace Presbyterian Church). For more info, see December 30 listing.
What Do You Do with a Chance? Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. The final book in the award-winning What Do You Do With …? picture book series by best-selling author Kobi Yamada and illustrator Mae Besom, What Do You Do With a Chance? inspires kids of all ages to find the courage to go for the opportunities that come their way. Activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores. barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.
Sunday, January 7
Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. For more info, see December 31 listing.
Tuesday, January 9
Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see January 2 listing.
www.oceanhourfl.com. Or call (850) 207-9326 and leave a message. Sabotage - A Tribute To The Beastie Boys Doors open at 7 p.m. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 South Palafox Street, Pensacola. All ages. Attendees under 16 must be accompanied by a ticketed, adult guardian. For more info, call (850) 607-6758. Pensacola Beach 10k, 5k, Half Marathon 8 a.m. Run along a fast and flat race route along the beachfront shoreline. All routes feature a course that’s open to both runners and walkers (in the 10K and 5K races) and take participants along the city’s scenic waterfront along paved roads between the Gulf of Mexico and the Santa Rosa Sound. For more info, visit https://marathons. ahotu.com/event/pensacola-beach-half-marathon or call (850) 435-9222. Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see December 30 listing.
Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Free. Funky Flow is a creative hour with fun postures and music, combining yin and yang postures. Please wear comfortable clothing. All you need is yourself, a mat if you have one and an open mind. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/.
Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Sportz Center 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see December 30 listing.
Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see January 2 listing.
Santa Rosa Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 4587 Woodbine Road, Pace (in front of The Pace Presbyterian Church). For more info, see December 30 listing.
Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see January 2 listing.
Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. 201 E. Gregory St. Pensacola Ice Flyers vs. Birmingham Bulls. For more info, call (850) 432-0800.
Wednesday, January 10
Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Presents: Beethoven & Blue Jeans 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. Something for everyone as we welcome an electric violinist to perform his own composition, and the orchestra shares one of Beethoven’s most well-known works - “Symphony No. 5.” Dress is distinctly casual as the audience, orchestra and conductor will all be in denim. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com.
Thursday, January 11
Open Studio: Printmaking 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. Relief printing, monoprints, stamping and more! Explore a variety of printmaking techniques, inspired by the current exhibition Katrina Andry: Depose and Dispose (of). Participants can create a series of prints to take away or exhibit in PMA Education Gallery. Free for PMA members and $6 for non-members. Drop in anytime from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. All ages are welcome! No registration required. For more info, visit www.pensacolamuseum. org/ or call (850) 432-6247.
Story Seedlings 2:45-4 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Story Seedlings builds on the foundations begun in Sprouts with emphasis on chapter books. Lessons are geared for 4- to 7-year-olds, but siblings under 10 are welcome to join and participate as they like! Cost: complimentary. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/.
Pickleball at PAC! 6-8 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. For details, see December 28 listing.
Friday, January 12
Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. Pensacola Ice Flyers, 201 E. Gregory St. Ice Flyers vs. Birmingham Bulls. For more info, call (850) 432-0800.
Saturday, January 13
Bay Bluffs & Chimney Park Cleanups 9 -10 a.m. Come join the Pensacola Scenic Highway Foundation, Earth Ethics and Ocean Hour for a two-location clean-up on Scenic Highway the second Saturday of every month. Location one is Bay Bluffs Park on Scenic Highway at Summit Blvd. Second location is two miles north at Chimney Park on Scenic Highway at Langley Ave. Buckets, grabbers, gloves and trash bags supplied. Sign-in at 8:45. Please dress for the weather and bring water, bug spray and sunscreen as needed. E-mail email@example.com or BayBluffsCleanUp@ gmail.com; visit www.facebook.com/oceanhourfl or
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Paddington Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. More than 50 years ago, a small bear set out on the adventure of a lifetime. Since then, Paddington has charmed readers around the world with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures. Activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/ store/2926 for more info.
Sunday, January 14
Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. For more info, see December 31 listing.
Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 4:05 p.m. 201 E. Gregory St. Pensacola Ice Flyers vs. Macon Mayhem. For more info, call (850) 432-0800. Krewe of Blues Pin & Bead Festival Noon-6 p.m. Free event with music throughout the day. Drink specials and KOB’s very own sandwich of the day, The Blues Burger! There will be a Diaper Drive for Gulf Coast Kid’s House; the Krewe donating the most Diapers or Wipes will win that category of Krewe Wars. Case of Diapers or a $10 donation will get you a KOB PIN (while supplies last). For more info, visit www.facebook.com/ events/470588156469011/.
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Tuesday, January 16
Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see January 2 listing. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see January 2 listing. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see January 2 listing. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see January 9 listing.
Wednesday, January 17
Tedeschi Trucks Band 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. Now in their eighth year, Grammywinning Tedeschi Trucks Band has earned a reputation as one of the premier live acts touring today. The 12-piece ensemble, led by the husband-and-wife team of guitarist Derek Trucks and guitarist-singer Susan Tedeschi, is a true collective. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com.
Thursday, January 18
Veterans’ Meeting 4-6:30 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. These free monthly meetings focus on veteran services in our community. Call Evelyn Coleman at (850) 543-2258 or visit http://everman.org/. Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. This unprecedented live experience explodes with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com. Pickleball at PAC! 6-8 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. For details, see December 28 listing. Science Hour 6-7:30 p.m. Escambia County Central Office Complex,
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Friday, January 19
Gallery Night 5-9 p.m. Stroll through the charming brick walkways of downtown Pensacola to experience an eclectic array of local music, art and cuisine. Gallery Night is a free event and many businesses provide light refreshments. Visit downtownpensacola.com/ or call (850) 434-5371. Preschool Art Time - Faux Woodblock Prints 10-11 a.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. First and third Fridays for ages 2-5 years old with caregiver. Inspired by the large scale woodblock prints from current exhibition “Depose and Dispose (Of)”, artists will make faux woodblock prints with styrofoam squares. Artists will use printing ink, so be sure to dress for a mess! Cost: $6/ members and $8/non-members, per class. Register at www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247. The Gulf Breeze Chapter of Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast Monthly Meeting Meets the 3rd Friday of every month at the Hampton Inn & Suites from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please join us for this time of non-traditional networking and education. The program includes education segments, presentations by local business women and is designed to provide women with the resources and connections they need to help them grow personally and professionally. Lunch provided. Visit www.powerfulwomengulfcoast.com. WUWF Presents: Capitol Steps 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. Need a good laugh? Join us! WUWF Public Media presents the Capitol Steps live! The Steps have been entertaining fans by parodying politicians, and the offices that once employed them, since 1981. Priding themselves as “equal opportunity offenders,” the Steps scour the headlines for material. As the Steps themselves say – they “put the ‘MOCK’ in democracy!” For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com. Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. Pensacola Ice Flyers, 201 E. Gregory St. Ice Flyers vs. Evansville Thunderbolts. For more info, call (850) 432-0800.
Saturday, January 20
Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see December 30 listing. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Sportz Center 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see December 30 listing. Santa Rosa Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 4587 Woodbine Road, Pace (in front of The Pace Presbyterian Church). See December 30 listing. Jacksonian Guard Colors Ceremony Noon-12:30 p.m.The Jacksonian Guard is a Pensacola re-enactment group of Jacksonian era and Spanish soldiers, fifers, and drummers who perform a Colors Ceremony every third Saturday, in Plaza Ferdinand, on Palafox Street in downtown Pensacola. The ceremony commemorates Pensacola’s 195th Birthday & Florida as a U.S. Territory. For more info, call (850) 466-5220.
Project Greenshores & Bartram Park Cleanup 9-10 a.m. Wayside Park West. Come join Ocean Hour’s clean up at Project Greenshores, also know as Wayside Park West, the third Saturday of every month. Project Greenshores is at the Three Mile Bridge on Bayfront Parkway, 745 Bayfront Parkway. Buckets, grabbers, gloves and trash bags will be supplied. Sign-in at 8:45. Please dress for the weather and bring water, bug spray and sunscreen as needed. The second location is Bartram Park located at 211 Bayfront Parkway, Pensacola (Behind the Fish House). E-mail: oceanhourfl@gmail. com; visit www.facebook.com/oceanhourfl or www. oceanhourfl.com. Or call (850) 450-1112 and leave a message. 2018 2nd Annual Joint Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball 6-11 p.m. The Mystic Societies of Krewe of Cerveza, Krewe Du Brew, Krewe De los Muertos, Krewe De Bon Amis and Mystic Order of Revelry present “Like Totally ‘80s.” Open bar and live band featuring ‘80s music and dinner buffet. Attire: Black Tie/Formal Dresses or Krewe Costume. Tickets for $60/110 Single/Couple available at www.moor-mg.com/2018jmgmb.html. Travis Tritt Live in Concert 8 p.m. Saenger Theatre. More than 27 years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Southern rockinfluenced artist continues to display strong sales activity, sell-out shows, and stay true and relevant to country music fans across the globe. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com. Pensacola Museum of Art Academy for Autism 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for ages 5-9; 1:30-3 p.m. for ages 10-13. Art Academy for Autism is an arts education initiative designed for children and adults on the autism spectrum. Our program focuses on nurturing artistic development and abstract thinking skills within a group environment. Our art educators believe that self expression can help students build personal connections, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and learn a wide variety of artistic skills. Free program, sponsored in part by Autism Pensacola. For more info, visit www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247.
You! Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. A life full of adventure first requires big dreams, and big dreams need big encouragement. From world-renowned author and artist Sandra Magsamen comes a new book offering inspiration and hope to readers of all ages. Activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.
Sunday, January 21
Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. For more info, see December 31 listing.
Monday, January 22
The Machine Performs Pink Floyd Doors open at 7 p.m. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 South Palafox Street, Pensacola. All ages. Attendees under 16 must be accompanied by a ticketed, adult guardian. For more info, call (850) 607-6758.
Tuesday, January 23
Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see January 2 listing.
Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see January 2 listing. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see January 2 listing. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see January 9 listing.
Thursday, January 25
Pickleball at PAC! 6-8 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. For details, see December 28 listing.
Friday, January 26
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 7:30 p.m. Family-friendly musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Directed by Mario D Cieri, with musical direction by Ginger Caro and choreography by Michael Dennis. Pensacola Little Theatre is also accepting coat donations for the Gulf Coast Kid’s House through February 11, for 10% off a full-price adult ticket. Tickets are available online at PensacolaLittleTheatre.com and through the Box Office at (850) 432-2042 or by visiting us on weekdays from noon-5 p.m. Snowbirds Beach Bash 9-10:30 a.m. Pensacola Beach welcomes winter visitors at this fun event. Meet at Pensacola Beach Community Church, enjoy a light breakfast, shopping local businesses and explore Pensacola Beach via our Trolleys beginning at 10:45 a.m. Plus, this year enjoy the music of an Elvis Tribute and win big at Trivia Blast Bingo! For more info, visit http://visitpensacolabeach.com/. Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. Pensacola Ice Flyers, 201 E. Gregory St. Ice Flyers vs. Huntsville Havoc. For more info, call (850) 432-0800. Pensacola Opera Presents: Madama Butterfly 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. Considered Puccini’s greatest operatic masterpiece, Madama Butterfly explores the depth of human emotions through tender duets and breathtaking arias. Set in Nagasaki, Japan, an innocent geisha’s love for an American naval officer begins with hope but ends in despair. Blossoms of love turn into tears of betrayal as Cio-Cio San is forced to make the ultimate sacrifice. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com.
Saturday, January 27
Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see December 30 listing. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Sportz Center 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see December 30 listing. Santa Rosa Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 4587 Woodbine Road, Pace (in front of The Pace Presbyterian Church). For more info, see December 30 listing. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 7:30 p.m. For details, see January 26 listing. Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. Pensacola Ice Flyers, 201 E. Gregory St. Ice Flyers vs. Huntsville Havoc. For more info, call (850) 432-0800.
FamilyCalendar Arcadia Kids Crafts 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Arcadia Mill, 5709 Mill Pond Lane, Milton. Free arts and crafts in the classroom. This month’s project is an Underground Railroad lantern. All materials are provided and should take only about 30 minutes to complete. All participants must be accompanied by an adult. For more info, call (850) 626-3084 or visit historicpensacola.org. Open Studio: Sculptures 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. What can you make out of sculptural media? Experiment with a variety of media to construct your own sculpture. Free for PMA members and $6 for non-members. Drop in anytime from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. All ages are welcome! No registration required. For more info, visit www. pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247.
Fancy Nancy: Oodles of Kittens Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Fancy Nancy returns in a story about felines, canines and making new four-legged friends! Nancy’s new kitten meets her posh pup, Frenchy. Will her two pets ever get along? Will Nancy be able to love them both the same? Activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores. barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.
Sunday, January 28
All Krewe Food Drive Challenge Noon-4 p.m. Pensacola Parade People. Donate on behalf of your favorite Krewe and help them win the Humanitarian Award Trophy this year! Come hang out all afternoon and watch the action as Krewes battle it out for most pounds of food raised. Winning Krewe will be announced at the Priscus Celebration on Fat Tuesday where they will receive the Humanitarian Award Trophy! Pensacola Parade People Store will host the weigh in event. For more info, visit www.paradepeople.com/ or find us on Facebook. They Might Be Giants Doors open at 7 p.m. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 South Palafox Street, Pensacola. All ages. Attendees under 16 must be accompanied by a ticketed, adult guardian. For more info, call (850) 607-6758. Pensacola Opera Presents: Madama Butterfly 2 p.m. Saenger Theatre. For details, see January 26 listing. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 3 p.m. For details, see January 26 listing. Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. For more info, see December 31 listing.
Tuesday, January 30
Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see January 2 listing. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see January 2 listing. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see January 2 listing. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see January 9 listing. Escambia County All County Orchestra 7 p.m. Saenger Theatre. This event is free and open to
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the general public. For more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com.
Thursday, February 1
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 7:30 p.m. Theatre Thursday shows are half price. For details, see January 26 listing.
Friday, February 2
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 7:30 p.m. For details, see January 26 listing. Glenn Miller Orchestra 7-9 p.m. National Naval Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Blvd., Ste B, NAS Pensacola. Since 1956, this band has been consistently performing an average of 300 live dates each year worldwide. For more info, call (850) 453-2389 or visit www.navalaviationmuseum.org/. Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. Pensacola Ice Flyers, 201 E. Gregory St. Ice Flyers vs. Evansville Thunderbolts. For more info, call (850) 432-0800. Michael Jackson: A Thrilling Tribute! 7 p.m. Saenger Theatre. This high-energy thriller features Falynne Lewing and her team of highly skilled, professional dancers from Red Hot Productions. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www. pensacolasaenger.com. Preschool Art Time - Creative Construction 10-11 a.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. First and third Fridays for ages 2-5 years old with caregiver. Build imaginative and colorful architecture using paper tubes and bold colors. Artists will use paint, so be sure to dress for a mess! Cost: $6/members and $8/non-members, per class. Register at www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247.
Saturday, February 3
Navarre Krewe of Jesters Parade 1 p.m. Family friendly. Hosted by the Krewe of Jesters in Navarre. Information is online at www.nkoj.org. This event is free to attend! It’s a giant party; feel free to wear a costume if you would like. The Pink Floyd Laser Show 8 p.m. Saenger Theatre. After 30+ years of touring, Paramount’s Laser Spectacular has become a cult classic, presenting the music of Pink Floyd like you’ve never seen it before. Presented for the first time in 1986, producer Steve Monistere has established the Laser Spectacular as the longest-running, touring theater show in history! For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www. pensacolasaenger.com.
Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Presents Mozart Madness 7:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 6 E. Wright St. Guest conductor Jerome Shannon, PSO musicians and the Pensacola Opera artists-in-residence perform excerpts from “The Marriage of Figaro” and “Haffner Symphony” in this intimate, general admission performance at First United Methodist. Tickets are just $10 for this all-Mozart program. Purchase tickets online at www. pensacolasymphony.com/ or call (850) 435-2533. Pensacola Museum of Art Academy for Autism 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for ages 5-9; 1:30-3 p.m. for ages 10-13. For details, see January 20 listing.
Double Bridge Run 7 a.m. Pensacola Sports, 101 W Main Street. This 15K carries runners over two bridges, across Pensacola Bay and Santa Rosa Sound. It will run from downtown Pensacola with a tour that includes the historic district, and picturesque Bayfront Parkway, a run through Gulf Breeze, and onto Pensacola Beach. The 5K invites both runners and walkers to travel from Gulf Breeze to beautiful Pensacola Beach on Santa Rosa Island and the Gulf Islands Seashore. For more info, call (850) 434-2800 or visit http://pensacolasports.org/. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 7:30 p.m. For details, see January 26 listing. Krewe of Blues Mardi Gras Ball 6-11 p.m. Sanders Beach, Corinne Jones Resource Center. Dance to the premier Destin band, Deja’ Vu; heavy hors d’ oeuvres; cash bar. Formal/semi-formal. $45 in advance; $55 at the door. Tickets available online at eventbrite. Kids and Kritters Parade 2 p.m. Northeast corner of the Casino Beach Parking Lot, across from Sidelines. Walking procession for families, children, pets. Floats made from wagons. Theme: Magical Mystical Mardi Gras. No entry fee for kids, but $5 for each animal. For more info and registration, visit www.pensacolabeachmardigras.com.
Tuesday, February 6
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. Now in its 27th amazing year, the “World’s Most Successful Rock ‘n’ Roll Musical” continues to thrill audiences around the world. Buddy tells the story of Buddy Holly through his short yet spectacular career, and features classic songs. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www. pensacolasaenger.com.
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Babysitter Class This class is open to youth from ages 11-15 for $30 (lunch is not provided). All participants receive an American Heart Association Family & Friends CPR Card, plus a Sacred Heart Hospital Babysitting Certificate. Classes are held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5051 Carpenter’s Creek Drive in Pensacola at our Population Health Building. Pre-registration is required. Call (850) 416-7262. Course provided by Sacred Heart Education. Junior Tennis Clinic 4-6 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. E-mail Brandon@PacActive.com to receive a FREE tennis level evaluation for proper placement. Call (850) 453-1534 for more info. Junior Tennis Clinics are held for Pee Wees up to 8 years old 4-5 p.m.; Juniors ages 9-14 from 5-6 p.m.) Cost $10. Mojo Elite Gymnastics Parent/Toddler Classes 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday morning at 9 a.m. we have a parent/ toddler class for only $5. The first visit is free. Children walking to age 3 are welcome. This is a great way for toddlers to explore in a safe environment and meet new friends! Call (850) 733-3547 or e-mail email@example.com.
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tailor your experience from early pregnancy to months following your baby’s birth. Our experienced team of nurses and educators are specially trained to make your birthing experience one of a kind. To register or for more info about our classes, call (850) 434-4567 or visit www.ebaptisthealthcare.org/birth. Baby Care Basics – Two-class series walks you through what to expect in the hospital and at home. A key milestones guide will be given to monitor baby’s growth and needs and how to meet them. $20 per couple. Baptist Birth Experience – Overview of the Baptist Women’s Center, tour of labor & delivery unit, and epidural video. FREE. Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd Floor. Usually held first Saturdays of most months, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Beginning Breastfeeding – Two-class series teaches how breastfeeding works, the best way to start, and what choices will result in a rewarding breastfeeding experience. $20 per couple. Prepared Childbirth – This class prepares you and your partner for the labor and delivery journey by understanding the process and offering coping skills. $90 per couple. All-day or four-class series available. Sibling Class (Ages 3 to 8) – This class helps you prepare your children for the arrival of the new member of the family! $10 per child per class. Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd Floor. Tours of Baptist Hospital, 3rd Floor, Labor and Delivery Unit Please call (850) 434-4567 to reserve your tour time. Tours are available Mondays and Fridays, 5:30 p.m. Monthly Series Package – $125 per couple and includes Prepared Childbirth (a four-class series or one all-day class), two Breastfeeding classes and two Baby Care Basics classes.
Sacred Heart Hospital offers a variety of prenatal education classes designed to help parents-to-be prepare for their special day and for the days that follow back home with the new baby. Registration is required for all classes and is offered online. For any questions, please call (850) 416-6378 (NEST) or visit www.sacredheart.org/SHHP/Childbirth/Main/Guidance/. Breastfeeding This two-hour class, taught by one of Sacred Heart Hospital’s lactation consultants, teaches techniques for breastfeeding success and addresses common concerns to make your experience as smooth as possible. Cost is $20 per couple. Offered monthly on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings. Infant/Child CPR Course Class is open to new parents, family members and friends who will be caring for a baby or young child. Classes are held every Tuesday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Fee is $22 per person and pre-registration is required. To register, please call the Sacred Heart Education Department at (850) 416-7264. This class is an orientation to CPR and is not a certifying or credentialing course. “My Family’s Growing” Sibling Class Class prepares soon-to-be siblings (ages 3 through 10) for the arrival of a new baby in their family. Our sibling class includes a complete tour of the Maternity & Women’s Center of Sacred Heart Hospital. Cost is $10 per child. Newborn Parenting This class strives to prepare parents in caring for their new bundle of joy, from birth through the first few weeks at home. Newborn Parenting is taught by experienced nurses from Sacred Heart Hospital’s mother-baby unit, and a local pediatrician will be available to answer questions during a portion of the class. Next classes are offered Dec. 4 and 21 from 6-8 p.m. Cost is $20 per couple. Prepared Childbirth Classes Designed to help prepare you and your partner for the birthing process – including tips to make you more comfortable during labor – Prepared Childbirth Classes are taught by experienced obstetrics nurses and include
a tour of the Maternity and Women’s Center. Cost is $50 per couple. This course is offered in two different formats to meet your scheduling and educational needs: •As a four-week series, especially designed for first-time moms. •As a one-day class, ideal for moms who have had children before and are looking for a refresher course in the delivery experience. To see a list of upcoming dates, visit www.sacred-heart. org/SHHP/Childbirth/Main/Guidance/. Tours Tours of Sacred Heart Hospital’s Maternity & Women’s Center will give soon-to-be moms an idea of what to expect during your stay at the hospital, including where to go, where to park and what to bring when you arrive for the delivery of your baby. Partners are welcome and encouraged to attend.
West Florida Hospital understands that giving
birth is a family affair, and we encourage the involvement of family and friends in the birth process. For more information about The Family Birthplace or childbirth classes at West Florida Hospital, call (850) 494-4368. Breastfeeding Classes Free for pre-delivery parents. Topics include: How breastfeeding works (How the Breast Makes Milk), Latch & Positioning, When to Feed Your Baby, How to Know Baby is Getting Enough Milk, Breast Care, Pumping, Storing and Bottle-Feeding with Breastmilk. This is a Power Point, Videos, and Question/Answer Class. Mom, Dad, and caregivers are welcome. For more info, call (850) 494-4368 or visit http://westfloridahospital.com/ service/childbirth-preparation. Understanding Birth - Childbirth Preparedness Class - 4-Week Series Join us for a PowerPoint presentation with videos on the subject of: understanding pregnancy, understanding labor, a birth story, understanding comfort techniques/options for pain control, understanding medical procedures, understanding cesarean birth, understanding newborns, understanding postpartum, and tour of the labor unit/ suite. This 4-week course goes into a little more detail than the intensive 4-hr course. For more info, call (850) 494-4368 or visit http://westfloridahospital.com/service/ childbirth-preparation. Understanding Birth - Childbirth Preparedness Class - Express Condensed version of our 4-week Childbirth Preparation class into one day, has many great topics, features and video clips including: understanding pregnancy, labor, medical procedures and cesarean birth. Free, very interactive and we finish with a tour of the Family Birthplace. Please call (850) 494-4368 for any additional questions.
Support Groups Grief Support
GriefShare The Sacred Heart Palliative Care department provides a free, 13-week Grief Support Group for adults who have lost a loved one. The meetings are in the Palliative Care department, located in Suite 201 of the Bayou Tower on Sacred Heart’s Pensacola campus. The public may use the free valet parking at the hospital’s Bayou Tower entrance, which faces Bayou Blvd. For class dates and times and for registration information, call Kerri Riggs, LCSW, at (850) 416-7705. Grief Support at Baptist Health Care Next group meets 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24. For more info, call (850) 469-7197.
Baptist Mommy & Me Play Group Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd Floor. Free support group for moms with babies up to six months old. Next meetings are Thursdays, January 4 & 18 from 10 a.m. to noon. For more info, call (850)
434-4567. La Leche League Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Our mission is to help mothers breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. Free. Next meeting will be held January 4 and February 1, from 10 a.m.-noon. For more info, call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/event/ la-leche-league-9/. LEAPS New Mom Support Group Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. LEAPS (Love, Encouragement, and Postpartum Support) is a self-care support group focused on helping moms connect and engage in activities that promote balance, stress management, and overall wellness. Guest speakers and self-care activities will be provided and are free of cost. Pre-crawling babies welcome. Free. Next meetings will be held January 3 and 20, from 10-11:30 a.m. For more info, call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/event/leaps-new-momsupport-group-3/. Mommy & Me Support Group The group meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon in Classroom C/D of Sacred Heart Hospital, located at 5151 N. Ninth Ave. in Pensacola. This free support group provides mothers with an opportunity to share experiences, gain support and develop friendships. A lactation consultant from the Sacred Heart Maternity & Women’s Center will be present to answer questions and offer advice. Baby weight checks are offered at each meeting. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required for each class session. For more info about this class or your parenting experience, please call The Nesting Place Women’s Boutique at 850-416-6378 (NEST) or visit www.sacred-heart.org/ childbirth. Pensacola Parents of Multiples Meets the second Thursday of every other month at Sacred Heart Women’s and Children’s Hospital Meeting Room C/D down the hallway next to the cafeteria. Parking is available in the 9th Avenue Parking garage and in the lot in front of The Children’s Hospital. If you are expecting or already blessed with multiples, you are encouraged to get free, helpful information. We offer a support network, social activities for children and parents, library and more. For more info, visit pensacolamultiples.com or call (850) 449-4208.
Children With Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD) Support Group For families of children with attention deficit disorders. To find a local group, please visit www.chadd.org/.
Core4 Support Group Meets Tuesday, Jan. 2, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Baptist Tower 3, Ground Floor, Baptist Weight-Loss Center, 1717 North E St. For more info, call (850) 434-4567. Weight-Loss Support Group Meets Tuesday, Jan. 9, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Baptist Tower 3, Ground Floor, Baptist Weight-Loss Center, 1717 North E St. For more info, call (850) 437-8746.
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Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi
Ferdinand MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B Violence: C+ Sexual Content: B+ Profanity: AAlcohol / Drug Use: A The MPAA has rated Ferdinand PG for rude humor, action and thematic elements. The Story of Ferdinand is a children’s book by American author Munro Leaf. Published in 1936, the tale of gentle Ferdinand, a bull who prefers sniffing flowers to fighting others, was accompanied with detailed black and white illustrations by artist Robert Lawson. It quickly earned a devoted following of kids and grownups alike, including Walt Disney, who produced an animated version in 1938. If you grew up with this story, you may leave theaters feeling rather uninspired. Unfortunately, the 2017 screen adaptation has more in common with mediocre Saturday morning cartoons than it does with classic children’s literature. Fortunately, besides the lackluster quality of the writing, the movie is mostly harmless for youngsters. With the typical messages about friendship, being yourself, and treating others with kindness, it manages to pull off a sweet, if entirely unrealistic, ending. Violence is limited to slapstick situations, mild bullying and roughhousing. Perilous situations are handled carefully, avoiding the blood and gore that usually accompany packing plants and bull fights. Still, the acknowledged death of Ferdinand’s father and the uncomfortable reality of animal mistreatment may be troubling to some. In a world where conflict and misunderstanding often drive decision making, it’s refreshing to see a main character who rejects those philosophies, and a pity that the movie couldn’t do justice to the concept.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 150 minutes Overall: B+ Violence: CSexual Content: AProfanity: BAlcohol / Drug Use: B The MPAA has rated Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence. After awakening the force in Episode VII of the Star Wars saga, the battle is on between The First Order and The Resistance. Facing conflicts from within and without, fate flickers on the spark of hope that was supposed to ignite the galaxy in a joint effort to extinguish the dark. Will Luke really be the last Jedi? Is it still possible to rekindle the light side of the Force? These doubts and challenges provide the screenplay with many opportunities for violent clashes. Lightsabers slash, impale and dismember. Spaceships shoot, bomb and collide. Supernatural powers toss and choke opponents. Injury, death and mass destruction are seen and implied. And it becomes difficult to tell the good-guys from the bad-guys. For fans of the franchise, the action sequences will be sure to impress (although they do seem more lengthy than necessary). And the fluctuating motives add welcomed complexity to the good-vs-evil story. Even though some of the plot points may feel familiar (similar situations are depicted in past movies), the dashes of humor, special effects and questions about the survival of the Jedi will likely keep Star Wars aficionados sufficiently satisfied.
Despicable Me 3
The LEGO Ninjago Movie
(New on Home Video) MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B Violence: C+ Sexual Content: B+ Profanity: B+ Alcohol / Drug Use: B+ The MPAA rated Despicable Me 3 PG for action and rude humor. Gru, Lucy (voices by Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig) and their adorable daughters may be moviegoers’ new favorite family. And for good reason. The villain turned virtuous dad adopted three orphans and then married his secret agent sweetheart. While Gru got the fatherhood thing figured out in the previous movies, Lucy still hasn’t found her footing when it comes to life as a parent. Meanwhile the minions have had it with Gru’s good guy persona and set out on their own. However, their reformed boss is soon tempted to return to the dark side. The invitation comes from his twin Dru (voice also by Carell), a sibling Gru didn’t know he had. Dru, also a villain, wants Gru to join him in a heist that will bond them as brothers. For audiences, it may be impossible to find three cuter characters than Margo, Edith and Agnes. But despite their big eyes and winsome personalities, this isn’t an entirely kid-friendly film, especially for younger children. Like so many animations, this one is packed full of cartoon-style punches, scuffles, guns, rockets and explosions. The script also introduces a mammoth-sized robot intent on destroying Los Angeles. Fortunately, this sequel comes with some sweet life lessons about dealing with grown-up concerns. (Even little Agnes choses to face disappointment with a positive attitude adjustment.) But the messages most likely to charm audience members are those about families, in all their configurations.
(New on Home Video) MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B Violence: BSexual Content: ALanguage: B+ Alcohol/Drug Use: A The MPAA has rated PG for some mild action and rude humor. Garmadon (Justin Theroux) attacks Ninjago City on a regular basis. His brick-smashing rampages are so frequent that the local TV news depends on him for entertaining programming. Even more thrilling for the locals is when the team of mysterious ninja warriors, who pilot Transformer-like robots, come to the rescue. Everyone knows Lloyd (Dave Franco) is the offspring of the most evil guy in the world and the citizens of Ninjago City voice their displeasure toward the teen boy by ostracizing and demeaning him. But what they don’t know is that Lloyd is none other than the Green Ninja, one of the six heroes who save the day... everyday. Teens Cole, Jay, Kai, Nya and Zane all bring their unique talents together and, along with Lloyd, are trained in the ways of martial arts by Master Wu (Jackie Chan). But their dependence on oversized robots to defeat their archrival is coming to an end when Garmadon promises to attack with his “ultimate weapon”. Now Master Wu determines to teach his charges the true methods of the warrior, including finding your inner piece. The LEGO Ninjago Movie is a fun diversion that will likely appeal more to the typical ages that would purchase the toys this film deftly markets. Greater Pensacola Parents I January 2018
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