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Getting Ready For Kindergarten How To Prepare & What To Expect

HEALTH 10 |

Did You Know? Mercy Hospital Now Offers Kid Friendly Emergency Care!

PARENTING 16 |

Back-to-School Are You ready?

THE KIDDOS KID REPORTER 18 |

Care Resource Jonathan Welsh, Marketing Development & Dr. Curtis Barnes, DMD, Dental Director

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Fuel Up Like Team USA Know What It Takes To Build A Champion

Hour Of Code Introducing Kids To Computer Science

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Kiddos Publisher’s Notes

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PUBLISHER/ EDITOR

Veronica Lepere CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Roxane Timon Bright Horizons Florida Citrus KiDZ Neuroscience Center M-DCPS Magnet Schools Books & Books Care Resource MilkPEP

Kiddos is turning 3! It’s hard to believe that three years ago we were celebrating the launch of Kiddos Magazine’s first publication and announced our presence as the new voice of families, parents and kids. The last twelve months have been a great endeavor!

We’ve been honored to have amazing contributing writers, experts and professionals in diverse areas submitting columns to give parents and readers valuable insights on relevant parenting topics, as well as inspiring personalities that engaged in many interesting conversations with our Kiddos Reporter. That being said, the magazine has been growing with quality of content In order to help make the Back-to-School transition easier for kids and parents, Kiddos Magazine’s Back-to-School and 3rd Anniversary special edition brings useful articles that will help them be prepared and ready for the new school year.

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I would like to take a moment to thank the wonderful team and every person who made every issue possible and who have helped us to come this far launching and publishing a magazine. So, with much gratitude to all of our supporters, contributors, advertisers, friends, readers, followers and advisors, we are proud to be Kiddos Magazine! We wouldn’t be here without you!

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Getting Ready For Kindergarten How to Prepare & What to Expect WRITTEN BY: Bright Horizons

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he transition to kindergarten can be a big change for parents and children. In many cases, this means not only a classroom change but a transition to a new school as well. As exciting as this change may be, it can also bring anxiety.

Tips on Preparing for Kindergarten

neighbor whose child attends the same school can take your child.

• Plan a kindergarten visit. Visiting the new classroom or school with your child will help make preparing for kindergarten easier for him/her. Make sure you include a visit to the cafeteria, gym, playground, etc. If possible, meet with your child’s new kindergarten teacher. Some of these may be included in an orientation that the new class or school provides. But, if not, try to arrange a school visit on your own.If a visit doesn’t work with your schedule, maybe a relative or

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• Keep informed of school happenings. If your child is leaving an early childhood education program, you may find that your child’s kindergarten experience may be less personalized than your experience in childcare. You will have to act as your child’s advocate in some situations. Keep informed. Read everything that comes home. Occasionally visit the school or kindergarten classroom if your work situation

allows you. Knowing the school secretary, nurse, principal, etc. and introducing yourself and your child to them may also help prepare your child for kindergarten.

• Establish bedtime routines. Resume the regular bedtime routines about a month before school starts to help ease the kindergarten transition. If you let your child stay up a little later during the summer, for example, gradually get back to the bedtime you will expect when kindergarten starts. Talk to your child about


why you are doing this and how it will help his/her back-to-school transition.

• Establish a morning routine. Do a “dry run” of the new morning routine, whether it is walking to the bus stop with your child, driving to the new school, walking together to the new classroom, etc. to see how much time it will take. Remember, school preparation almost always takes more time than you think, especially when the unexpected happens (you have to go back for homework, sneakers for gym, etc.).

• Plan time for breakfast. Your child may have been used to eating breakfast at preschool. If your child is transitioning to kindergarten, breakfast will not be available in many schools. Having a good breakfast before leaving for school is important. Be sure to adjust your morning schedule to account for the extra time for your child to enjoy breakfast.

• Create a lunch plan. If your child will take lunch to school, “rehearse” packing lunches in the morning. That way you will know how much extra time it will take and what lunch and snack foods you will need to have on hand. If your child will buy school lunch, begin collecting dollar bills and

change. Find out how much it will cost and practice together counting out lunch money.

• Decrease or phase out naps. For preschoolers who still take a nap, begin decreasing naptime so that he/she will be ready for a full day by the time kindergarten starts.

• Develop a homework routine. Create a homework space where your child can do kindergarten worksheets and other homework, store papers from school, keep school supplies handy, etc. This could be an individual desk, a place in the kitchen or dining room, etc. Set an afterschool or nighttime schedule that includes a homework routine as well as play or “chill out” time.

• Connect with your child’s teacher. Once the school year starts, it is important to give yourself and your child a chance to “bond” with the new teacher. This important part of the school transition process won’t happen instantly. In some cases, we almost need to “grieve” leaving the relationship we developed with our child’s last teacher. The new teacher may do things a little differently than your child’s former teacher. Give time for the new relationship to develop between you, your child, and the new

teacher as you all adjust to a different style.

• Go shopping together for school supplies. While you may have a list that the kindergarten teacher provided, let your child choose colors or styles. There is nothing like brand-new school supplies when getting ready for kindergarten! k

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health

Did You Know? Mercy Hospital Now Offers Kid-Friendly Emergency Care! WRITTEN BY: Roxane Timon

ercy Hospital now has emergency care rooms made just for your kiddos. Specially designed with your little ones in mind, the kid-friendly ER is open 24/7 and provides a wide range of services to meet your family’s needs to ensure that your child has a quick and comfortable recovery. Services include private treatment rooms, full lap and imaging services (CT Scan, Ultrasound and X-Ray) and more. The Kid ER offers a team of pediatric certified registered nurses and highly trained physicians so your child is always in good hands.

Located in the heart of Miami, Mercy Hospital’s Kid ER is just a few minutes away from Brickell, Key Biscayne and Coconut Grove. Mercy Hospital has been serving the healthcare needs of South Florida for 65 years and offers a full range of services to the residents of Miami-Dade county and surrounding communities. Mercy is affiliated with over 700 physicians representing 27 medical specialties. Its Centers of Excellence include: The Heart Center, the Maternity and Women’s Health Center, the Miami Cancer Center, the

Minimally Invasive Institute, the Orthopedics Institute, and the Surgical Weight Loss Center. Mercy Hospital is dedicated to providing excellent medical care. With each expansion, Mercy has remained true to its mission of caring for the physical and spiritual needs of all the people it serves. Mercy Hospital strives to improve the well-being of those served through a healthcare delivery system designed to promote wellness and cure illness. k

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hen school is back in session, moms know all too well how hectic mornings can be. From organizing schedules, finding all the homework assignments and getting to school on time — breakfast time can be rushed. But, serving your kids a quick and easy, nutritious breakfast can help to set your kids’ day up right.

Eating Breakfast Every Morning Helps Fuel Active School Day

Establishing a breakfast routine — either a sit-down meal or a quick and easy meal that kids can grab and go — helps to shape a better morning. Eating breakfast helps everyone to start the day off right with both energy and focus. And, with 9 essential nutrients, including highquality protein, adding a glass of low fat or skim milk is an easy way to boost the nutrition of the morning meal. In fact, milk helps to increase your kids’ intake of key nutrients — including calcium, potassium and vitamin D — three nutrients of concern most kids are lacking as outlined by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. And there are many compelling reasons Photography: Getty Images

why every breakfast —rushed or not — matters:

Breakfast helps kids perform their best in the classroom. Studies show breakfast eaters have better scores on math, reading and standardized tests.

Breakfast eaters are able to pay attention better as compared to skippers. Plus, a recent study found drinking milk could even positively impact brain and mental performance.

Research shows breakfast eaters have more nutritious diets and tend to be leaner than breakfast skippers. k

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Cycling and Walking to School

hile family vehicles and school buses are common choices, families should consider cycling or walking. Active transportation is healthy and fun, and can strengthen the body, improves fitness, and increase academic performance. It is important for parents to have a conversation with their children about safety before they begin cycling or walking to school.

children to improve safety. First, it is important to wear a properly fitted helmet while riding. Florida Law states that anyone 16 years old and under must wear a helmet when riding. To properly fit a helmet, follow the two-finger rule: 1) Two of the child’s fingers should fit between the bottom of the helmet and their eyebrows, 2) Two fingers should fit between the chin and the chinstrap, and 3) Two fingers should form a V shape directly under the ear tracing the placement of the straps. Secondly, to increase visibility, install reflectors on the bicycle, wear reflective or bright clothing, have a front white light and rear red light, and ride in groups. Lastly, use hand signals, ride in a straight line, and follow all the signs and signals on the road.

While riding a bicycle, proper helmet fit and increasing visibility are concepts parents can teach their

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cars and other vehicles know that pedestrians will be crossing. When you get to the crosswalk, remember to stop. Before crossing the street, it is important to look left, then right, and then left again. Once you see that there are no cars coming, it is safe to cross the street. Remain vigilant throughout the walk to school, both at crosswalks and on the sidewalk. Awareness of your surroundings is one the best ways to stay safe. k

For more information about bicycling and pedestrian safety, please visit the KiDZ Neuroscience Center website,kidznc.org.

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BACK-TO-SCHOOL:

are you ready? WRITTEN BY: Bright Horizons

What can you do to help make the first day easier for your child? Here are some tips for back-to-school:

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• Talk to Your Child. Remind your child that he or she is not the only student who is a bit uneasy about the first day of school. Teachers know that students are anxious and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible.

• Choose a Buddy. If possible, find out the names of other children in your child’s class. Find another child the first day of school and the rest of the year. • Be a Cheerleader. Point out the positive aspects of starting school or


going back to school: It will be fun. Tell your child he’ll see old friends and meet new ones. Refresh his memory about previous years when he may have returned home after the first day of school with high spirits because he had a good time. Transitioning from Summer to School. While it is wonderful to give children the opportunity for a more relaxed schedule during the summer, August is the time for gradually easing children back into a routine to avoid an abrupt transition when school starts. Here are some ideas for easing the transition back to school: • Get into the routine. Start re-implementing your regular routines during August. If you let your child stay up a little later during the summer, gradually get back to the bedtime you expect once school starts. • Practice. “Rehearse” packing lunches in the morning, so that you will know how much extra time it will take and what lunch supplies you will need to have on hand. If

your child will be purchasing school lunch, begin collecting dollar bills and change in a location in the kitchen for you will have it handy. Do a “dry run” of the new morning routine with your child, whether it’s walking to the bus stop or driving to the new school to see how much time it will take. • Check out the school. If you haven’t done so already and if the school welcomes the practice, make a visit to the new school to meet your child’s teacher. If this doesn’t work with your schedule, arrange for a relative or neighbor whose child attends the same school to take your child before the official school year begins. • Have a back-up or emergency plan. Make sure you and your child know the routine for before- and after-school care ahead of the first day of school. Have a back-up plan for what to do in case you are late. You probably had a plan at your childcare center, but be sure that your emergency pick-up people know where the new school and

after-school program is located and what the pick-up routine is there. It is better to prepare ahead of time than encounter an emergency. • Create a morning routine. For happier mornings when school starts, develop a special morning routine and stick with it. When children can predict what’s coming next, they feel competent and are much more likely to cooperate. For younger children, a relaxing routine might start off with some snuggle time and independent play, followed by a nutritious breakfast. For older children, it might include time to collect homework and plan for afternoon activities. It’s impossible to protect our children from the world and school is a big step towards their independence. With our reassurance and patience, our children’s transition to school can be rewarding for all of us. Visit the Bright Horizons Growing Learners website for school readiness information and activities or find back-to-school resources on our Family Room Blog. k

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the kiddos kid reporter

Care Resource Jonathan Welsh, Marketing Development & Dr. Curtis Barnes, DMD, Dental Director WRITTEN BY: Roxane Timon

Jonathan Welsh is head of the Marketing and Development Department at Care Resource, a community medical care provider in South Florida. Dr. Curtis Barnes, DMD, is the Dental Director and has practiced dentistry in South Florida for 19 years.

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he new school year is just around the corner! This means shopping for school supplies, preparing your child’s lunches, parent-teacher conferences and, of course, scheduling back-to-school doctor visits for your child. In recognition of this special time, our Kiddos Kid Reporter interviewed two important members of Care Resource: Jonathan Welsh, the head of Marketing and Development Manager and Dr. Curtis Barnes, DMD, Dental Director. Care Resource has been serving the South Florida community for over 30 years and provides a variety of health services for pediatric, adolescent, and adult care.

Mr. Welsh and Dr. Barnes talked about important topics with our Kiddos Kid Reporter. He also learned more about Care Resource’s commitment to the well-being of children and families.

Jonathan Welsh The Kiddos Kid Reporter: Can you tell me a little bit more about Care Resource and its mission?

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Jonathan: Care Resource goes by what we call the 3 C’s: we are a Health Care Center that is committed, competent, and compassionate. We like to put that experience into everything that we do. It’s in the details too; it’s about a place we can

go and be on a road map to better health. Our services include primary care, dental care, case management, wellness screenings, and so much more. We also provide quality kid care. Our pediatrician and our staff here are equipped to meet all the needs for children whether it is for


Jonathan: I love speaking to the rich diversity of the community that enters our offices daily and seeing the smiles on their faces when they exit. Indeed, he who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything. Seeing the hope we give to families and children first-hand after delivering quality care is what makes the Care Resource experience so great.

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hearing, vision, dental, or immunizations. The Kiddos Kid Reporter: How can families learn more about Care Resource? Jonathan: First of all, one should definitely visit our website at careresource.org. It’s very vibrant and kid-friendly. You can also check us out at one of our many locations. So I recommend that you go on the website and you can even find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus, and Instagram! The Kiddos Kid Reporter: What’s the part you love and enjoy the most about your job?

The Kiddos Kid Reporter: Now we are here with Dr. Curtis Barnes, Dental Director at Care Resource. School starts soon! How can parents and kids get ready for a healthy school year? Dr. Barnes: I think the summer is a time to rest, go on vacation and eat properly so that you’re all ready to start a new school year with lots of energy and good health. The Kiddos Kid Reporter: How can kids avoid getting cavities? Dr. Barnes: The best way you can avoid getting cavities is by brushing and flossing. Especially when you’re young it’s important that you brush and take the adequate amount of time to cover all the surfaces of the teeth. Most children brush very quickly, but their

parents should supervise so that they know that they’re doing it properly. Once you get a little bit older then it’s very important to floss because most of the decay at that time is between the teeth. The Kiddos Kid Reporter: What’s the part that you love most about your job? Dr. Barnes: Seeing the patients and making them smile – that’s what I love the most. k

About The Kiddos Kid Reporter Kiddos Magazine introduces for the first time in our 2014 Back to School edition “The Kiddos Reporter,” a new segment in which our 10 year old reporter, Marco, interviews celebrities, educators, and inspirational artists and personalities who have strong impacts in our community and in our Kiddos’ lives.

Credits: Video Production: Filmart TV Photography: Kathleen Ballard Haircut & Style: Lil’ Jungle Location: Care Resource Midtown office. 3510 Biscayne Boulevard. Miami, FL. 33137

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Disney On Ice Presents Follow Your Heart

Featuring Disney • Pixar’s Record-Breaking Animated Hit Finding Dory and Disney • Pixar’s Inside Out

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he ice skating extravaganza featuring Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out, Disney’s Frozen and other beloved Disney stories visits the BB&T Center from September 15th to September 18th for 8 performances and Miami at the American Airlines Arena from September 22nd to September 25th for 7 performances. Tickets go on sale July 7, 2016. Just keep swimming with Dory, Nemo, Marlin and new pal Hank from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory as they embark on a life-changing excursion to find her parents and discover the true meaning of family. Cheer with the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out –Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust– as they help Riley find the confidence to win the hockey championship and experience the emotional rollercoaster of growing up. Venture to wintery world of Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See

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Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana and the Disney Princesses make their dreams come true through their virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and The Toy Story gang. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into your hometown! k

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Making the Most of the Morning Routine With Your Child • If time permits before your child wakes up, enjoy time alone with your partner, read the newspaper or a book, or savor that extra cup of coffee.

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llow Extra Time for the Morning Rush

• Give your child a little extra time to get going in the morning. Some children tend to start the day slowly. Allowing extra time may positively affect their morning mood.

• Create a morning family ritual such as a family breakfast, a book, and a cuddle in bed.

• With your child, choose and set out her clothes the night before. Then she will know what to put on in the morning.

Stick to a Daily Morning Routine

Encourage Self-Help and Growing Independence

• Children thrive on routine. Sticking

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to a regular morning routine wil l help your children know what to expect.

• Have your child get dressed, wash up, eat breakfast, and help put dishes in the sink or dishwasher. If time permits, allow her to play until it is time to leave. Create an incentive for getting ready. For example, once your children are ready they can play their favorite game.

child and put the tasks on a chart for her to check them off.

• Allow your child to get up with her own alarm clock. This might make her feel independent. Remember that keeping a sense of humor while getting through the morning routine can go a long way in a family. k

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.S. Olympic athletes know what it takes to build a champion: a lifetime of determination and training, countless competitions and years of fueling their bodies with the right foods and beverages. A survey* was conducted among U.S. Olympians, Paralympians and Olympic/Paralympic hopefuls, and the more than 1,000 who responded rated a healthy diet even higher than their intense training schedule as a key to their success. It’s not just a healthy diet they’re seeking – it’s the right mix of nutrients to help them reach their peak training, and that includes high-quality protein, like the protein in milk. Milk is a nutrient powerhouse with nine essential nutrients, including in each 8-ounce serving. With 8 Grams of natural protein, it provides a nutrient package that’s hard to find in any other single food or beverage. According to the survey, 9 out of 10 U.S. Olympian respondents grew up drinking milk*, largely thanks to encouragement from their moms. In addition, U.S. Olympic Training Centers, where athletes train at the highest level, serve tens of thousands of gallons of milk every year. “I’m always focused on getting the right nutrients to help fuel my training and protein is something I aim to get in every morning,” said Jennifer Kessy, professional beach volleyball player and London 2012 Olympic Games silver

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medal winner. “My mom encouraged me to drink milk growing up because of all the nutrients you get in one glass. Milk is still a staple in my diet, and now that I am a mom, I try to take what my mother taught me about healthy eating and nutrition and pass it on to my daughter.” Not only is milk helping fuel Team USA, fans also have the chance to learn how to train like an Olympian

when they purchase white milk for their families. Through August 28, fans are encouraged to upload receipts from milk purchases to milklife.com/champions. Each uploaded milk receipt provides an opportunity to win official prizes, including a trip to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, a web training session with a Team USA athlete and co-branded Team USA gear. k

*KRC Research conducted an online survey among retired, current, and hopeful U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes on behalf of MilkPEP between February 23 and March 7, 2016. The U.S. Olympic Committee and its National Governing Bodies distributed e-mail invitations with a link to the survey to its retired, current, and hopeful athletes inviting them to participate. In total, a cross Olympic and Paralympic sports, 1,113 completed the ten-minute survey (675 Olympians, 93 Paralympians and 345 hopefuls in training). *9 out of 10 finding based on 675 responses received from survey invitations sent to U.S. Olympians.

To learn more and to watch exclusive behindthe-scenes videos from Team USA athletes, visit milklife.com/teamusa

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Hour of Code Introducing Kids to Computer Science WRITTEN BY: Roxane Timon

EVERY CHILD CAN HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN COMPUTER SCIENCE! THE HOUR OF CODE IS A ONE-HOUR LEARNING EXPERIENCE MEANT TO INTRODUCE KIDS TO THE JOYS OF CODING AND COMPUTER PROGRAMMING.

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chools all over the world are participating in the movement during Computer Science Education Week (December 5-11, 2016), showing students as young as 4-years old that computer science can be fun, creative and accessible at all ages. The Hour of Code is organized by Code. org, a public non-profit that focuses on expanding access to computer science by making it more available in schools. In just one hour, kids learn the basics using simple code language to create online games. The movement has been a major success since its launch in 2013, reaching over 100 million students in over 180 countries. Many influential organizations and figures are supporting an Hour of Code, including President Obama, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the College Board, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

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The Hour of Code website hourofcode. com features links to coding activities that are aimed for Pre-K to high school students and available on a range of devices, or no device at all (check out code.org/unplugged for more information). These interactive tutorials and activities feature popular characters and games that kids may know such as Minecraft, Angry Birds, and Star Wars. Hour of Code lesson plans can be used to inspire students in many different classes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; math, history, English, and more. After doing an Hour of Code, many students want to continue! What are the benefits of Computer Science? Learning the basics of computer science prepares students for a world that is progressively dominated by technology, and the Hour of Code introduces these basics to more students. Research shows that students who study computer science also perform better at

math. Computer Science can help kids develop problem-solving skills, discipline, attention to detail, patience, the ability to predict an outcome, and understand how computers work. By starting early, students have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. Get involved! The Hour of Code movement is making a difference of a lifetime for kids. It gives them a chance to try their hands at coding in a fun and creative way while developing important thinking skills. Technology is moving very fast and these skills can help kids lead a successful future and inspire them in fresh new ways. The Hour of Code movement invites all kids and schools to try it out! The Hour of Code movement has already accomplished amazing goals. To name a few, 1 in 3 students in US schools have tried an Hour of Code and more girls have tried computer science than in the last 70


years. Schools all over the world have joined the Hour of Code. In fact, any parent, teacher, or organizer can host an Hour of Code event! Hourofcode. com provides how-to guides to help participators get started on hosting an event. The website also offers some great resources such as online tutorials, brochures, handouts, sample e-mails, tips, and stickers to help schools spread the word and implement the movement in their community. Schools can participate in the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week or they can also teach it all year-round. Beyond an Hour of Code Code.org partnered with Miami-Dade County Public Schools in 2015 to bring computer science curriculum to K-12 classrooms. In 2016, Code.org

partnered with the Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science as a Professional Learning Partner. Through this partnership, Frost Science will continue to provide these middle school and high school professional learning programs for teachers in the Miami-Dade area. Much of the impact of an Hour of Code is that it introduces computer science to classrooms as fun and accessible. It breaks down the idea that computer science is intimidating or only for some students. Miami-Dade teachers have the opportunity to go beyond one hour through Code.orgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s partnership with Frost Science and MDCPS. k

For more information about the Hour of Code or to host an Hour of Code event, visit hourofcode.com.

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1. Tumbling (YA) By Caela Carter A story about five very different girls chasing their dreams at the Olympic trials for the US Gymnastics team. A book perfect for anyone who cares about US Olympic sports, gymnastics, or just the various issues that can face five girls with different circumstances in a high stakes competition.

2. The Girl From Everywhere (YA) By Heidi Heilig Nix has spent her life on her father’s ship, and has enjoyed its ability to travel to any location on any map in any time, real or myth. Want to visit 1st century Cairo? All you need is a map. The same is true for modern day New York. However, there is one map Nix’s father doesn’t have, and wants more than any other. Nix wants to help him, but if he gets a hold of it , Nix might cease to exist.

3. The Shadow Cadets of Pennyroyal Academy (MG) By M. A. Larson No one thought Princess Cadet Evie belonged at the Academy, but after defeating the witches, she has proven she belongs. Now back at school, Evie finds that not all things are as they should be, and even witnesses a group of full-fledged princesses attack an innocent person! What’s going on at Pennyroyal Academy, and can Evie figure it out in time to save the school?

student at a new and strange school… a student fated to save the universe.

7. Otter Goes to School (PB) 5. Dragon Slayers’ Academy (Book 1 – The New Kid at School): (CB) By Kate McMullan Wiglaf was just a normal boy, until a traveling minstrel tells him he’s born to be a hero! So, what self respecting hero would ignore an ad calling for new students at the Dragon Slayers’ Academy! Wiglaf heads to his destiny, and for a first day he will never, ever, forget.

6. Ginny Louise and the School Field Day (PB) By Tammi Sauer A field day with numerous athletic events has come to Ginny Louise’s school, and she is excited not just for the competition, but to play with her friends. Some of those friends are more focused on winning than

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By Sam Garton Otter wants to be as smart as Otter Keeper, and wants all of Otter’s friends to be smart too. So, Otter creates a school! Otter prepares lesson plans, and teaches Giraffe, Pig, and Bear everything they need to know. In between handing out gold stars though, Otter realizes that Bear hasn’t gotten a single star! Is Otter a bad teacher?

8. Miss Nelson is Missing! (PB)

4. Cleopatra in Space (MG) By Mike Maihack This graphic novel features Princess Cleopatra of Egypt who is bored of palace life, and wants to flee from her duties as a future Queen. While on an adventure, she discovers a strange tablet, and it transports her thousands of years in the future! Now, Cleopatra is just another

having fun though. Will the competition be ruined?

By Harry Allard & James Marshall The classic story of a misbehaving class who is faced with doom as their nice everyday teacher is replaced with a veritable witch. Can Miss Nelson’s class find their missing teacher? k


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hen it comes to educational choice, Miami-Dade County Public Schools is the most innovative and progressive school district in the country, offering parents and students the option to choose from over 375 specialized Magnet programs at over 110 school sites. M-DCPS Magnet programs ensure that all students have the opportunity to experience the highest quality education, which will build on their personal and educational strengths and skills while encouraging academic excellence. There is no doubt that the Magnet choice is the best choice - for the fifth straight year, M-DCPS boasts more National Magnet Merit Awards from Magnet Schools of America than any other school district in the country. Through M-DCPS Magnet programs, students are prepared to thrive and excel in post-secondary education and in the work place, resulting in a more productive life and a positive future for students. In fact, studies show that students who attend Magnet schools demonstrate improved academic achievement, increased cultural competence, higher attendance rates, higher graduation rates, increased understanding of specific areas of knowledge, career readiness skills, greater control of talents and abilities, and benefit from innovative curricula, specialized teaching staff, and increased parent engagement.

The superior M-DCPS Magnet programs are open to all students and concentrate on studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; special interests, talents, and abilities. These uniquely designed Magnet programs are categorized under one of the following six themes of study: Careers & Professions; International Programs; Mathematics, Science & Technology; Liberal Arts; Visual & Performing Arts; and Virtual Programs. Each theme of study offers an extensive list of specialized programs available throughout the county at various schools from Pre-K through 12th grade, guaranteeing an exceptional learning experience for all students. k

To learn more about these outstanding Magnet programs, including general information and to view a full listing of schools and Magnet programs, visit the School Choice & Parental Options website at miamimagnets.org .

You may also visit individual schools for specific curriculum information and program questions. The application window for Magnet schools is October 1st through January 15th each year; for the 2017/2018 school year, apply at miamimagnets.org beginning October 1st.

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Find your way Back to School at Mercy Hospital’s Splash Bash Mercy Hospital Campus by the Bay From: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Join us for fun and exciting activities: Petting Zoo, Face Painting,Arts & Crafts, Fire Truck Tours, Teddy Bear Clinic, How to prepare a healthy lunch, and Back to School Safety Tips. Free Snow Cones, food available for purchase, giveaways while supplies last. Don’t forget your towels! Free entrance

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Coral Gables Art Cinema at 260 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL From: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The award-winning collection of short films, the Kid Flix Mix, is a perfect treat for young children. Short films appropriate for ages 3+. General admission includes a free popcorn and soda. For more information visit gablescinema.com Cost: $5

Miami Children’s Museum at 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL 33132 From: 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Event includes interactive activities, crafts and storytelling. Children can also explore hundreds of bilingual, interactive exhibits related to arts, culture, and community. For more information, please call 305-373-5437. Free admission

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Free First Saturday at Gold Coast Railroad 12450 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL From: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Treat your munchkin to a day on the tracks! The Gold Coast Railroad Museum offers free admission the first Saturday of every month. It’s great for any train enthusiast, Thomas the Train lover, or young kids. For more information, please call 305-253-0063 or visit gcrm.org. Free event (does not include train ride tickets)

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The Children’s Trust Family Expo From: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. A daylong festival that features activities and entertainment for the entire family. Activities include face painters, stilt walkers, magicians, bounce houses, arts & crafts, exhibits, and much more. Free event

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Miami Children’s Health Foundation 5K Run/Walk Coral Gables City Hall at 405 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables, FL Event begins: 7:30 a.m. Kids Race: 8:30 a.m. (ages 2-9) Join us for the 6th Annual MCHF 5K Run/Walk. As our largest annual community event, the MCHF5K is designed to increase awareness of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. This family friendly event features a Kids Race, Kids Fun Zone, Vendor Village, and custom dry-fit t-shirts and medals for all 5K participants. Registration: $10 - $30

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Fee-Free P.L.A.Y Day Deering Estate at 16701 SW 72 Ave, Miami, FL From: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Enjoy complimentary admission as well as hands on science activities and self-guided historic house tours – all for free! Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Free admission

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Care Resource

Providing South Florida’s Children with the Best Protection Possible WRITTEN BY: Care Resource

FREE COMPREHENSIVE CHECK-UPS AND REQUIRED VACCINATIONS FOR SCHOOL UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30TH

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chool-age children, from preschoolers to college students, need vaccines. Making sure that your children receive all their vaccinations on time is one of the most important things you can do as a parent to ensure your children’s long-term health-as well as the health of friends, classmates, and others in your community. Getting every recommended dose of each vaccine provides children with the best protection possible. Keep in mind that there are many opportunities to catch-up on vaccines for your preteen or teen. Preteens and teens typically see their doctors or other health care professionals for physicals before participation in sports, camping events, travel, and applying to college. Until September 30, 2016, new pediatric patients without health insurance may receive a free comprehensive check-up and required

“Beat the back-to-school rush and use this opportunity to get your preteen or teen vaccinated today!”

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vaccinations for school. Covered vaccinations include, but are not limited to the following: polio, Varivax (chicken-pox), measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), DTap or Tdap (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis). New pediatric patients may also receive a NEW back-to-school backpack. To redeem this promotion, one MUST first make an appointment by calling 305-576-1234 EXT: 470 (English) and 471 (Spanish). Care Resource is most inspired by the ability to bring much needed healthcare services to vulnerable families and individuals in our South Florida community. Our dedicated clinicians go the extra mile each day to be welcoming, thorough and compassionate as they improve health care in our community. Our staff brings meaning to “healthcare from the heart”, every day. k

About Care Resource: Care Resource is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization and a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with locations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Care Resource provides comprehensive primary medical and preventive care, including dental care, in-house pharmacy services and behavioral health/substance abuse services to all individuals in South Florida’s diverse communities.

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