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On the Cover: The Holiday Season
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Season’s Greetings! Our favorite time of the year is here, and we couldn’t be more excited! Christmas music is playing on the sound systems, homes are decked with brilliant and dazzling decorations, friends and family gather together to celebrate, and we can enjoy warm cozy nights with our family by the fire drinking hot cocoa, gazing at our tree and watching holiday movies. This is truly the best time of the year for spending time with your loved ones, and our Christmas wish for you is that you cherish these times. The hustle and bustle of the Season is fun and exciting, but the true meaning of the Season is about giving, miracles and believing. If you are able, please help to give those less fortunate a Holiday to remember! The blessing you give is more precious than any gift you could ever receive. Merry Christmas from our home to yours! With Prosper Pride,
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“Ralphie, I can’t get up!” Every family has their traditions. In our house, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a, or several, viewings of “A Christmas Story.” For you, maybe it’s a movie. Maybe it is the people. Maybe it is a particular decoration that makes an appearance. A certain song sung by candlelight. Traditions give us comfort, but they also connect us to the past and to those truths that are central in our lives. Christmas traditions hopefully connect us not just to each other, but to a child born cold, poor and forsaken. Upon his birth the angels proclaimed, “I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” (Luke 2:10) The good news and the great joy are the real gift of this season. It is the gift that won’t fit so easily in a wrapped package, a beautiful song or a family tradition. It is a gift that is expressed most fully in the kind of selfless and generous gift that God offered in His Son.
Jesus came to pour God’s love into the world in the hopes that we would never be the same. If our desire is to keep “Christ in Christmas,” perhaps we would do that best by following in his footsteps. Enjoy your Christmas traditions. I know I will. However, this may be the year for a new tradition. Adopt a child from an “Angel Tree” and make the Christmas of a family in need a little brighter. Make some time for your family to go out and serve those less fortunate. Spend a little less on those who don’t need any more, and make a generous gift to an organization that blesses others. Let this be the Christmas season where we join in saying, “I bring you good news… a cause for great joy for all people!” Merry Christmas. Doug Kriz is the pastor of Grace Christian Church. A young and growing congregation for Prosper currently worshiping Sunday at 10:30 at Baker Elementary School. If you would like to adopt a child from the Grace “Angle Tree” you can learn more at www.graceprosper.org.
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Building Community Samantha Dickey, Executive Director of The Initiative Scholarship Foundation, developed the concepts behind The Initiative in response to the growing disconnect between how children are taught and learn about physical and mental health in America. Fad dieting, 24-hour ﬁtness centers, and self-help literature only address side eﬀects of a ‘have it done yesterday’ mentality. The Initiative’s dedication to building the total athlete has the potential to greatly impact the futures of our children and our community. The Initiative works to change the norms by creating an environment that promotes healthy nutrition and healthy development of competition and discipline. In her research for The Initiative, Samantha discovered that a disproportionate number of children that are suﬀering from obesity come from families with low socio-economic standing.
“To combat this gap in access to education on healthy living, I created a scholarship foundation to fund the tuition for children who cannot aﬀord our programming but would greatly beneﬁt from participation. ” The scholarship program was designed to create an access point for families that want to change their nutritional lives, but do not have the ﬁnancial means or heatlhy living knowledge to do so.
The three month program teaches children how foods aﬀect their bodies, both positively or negatively, and how each organ system has nutritional needs. The program also teaches children how to make exercise a fun, routine part of daily living instead of an activity they must do each day to meet social norms.
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Give Thanks You can impact the lives of these children by sponsoring their tuition for their programming. Your donation will directly fund a child with limited means and allow them to participate in a program that could very well change the path of their lives. Below are the recommended levels of dona tion, however, we would be grateful for any level of contribution. $600 50% of tuition for one child $2,400 100% tuition for two children $1,200 full tuition for one child $3,600 100% tuition for three children $4,800 100% tuition for four children
“ It’s the fastest-growing cause of disease and death in America. And it’s completely preventable. Nearly two out of every three Americans are overweight or obese. One out of every eight deaths in America is caused by an illness directly related to overweight and obesity.” – Surgeon General “Obese children and adolescents have a greater risk of social and psychologi cal problems, such as discrimination and poor self-esteem, which can con tinue into adulthood.” - CDC
Research shows that being over-weight or clinically obese greatly increases the likelihood for experiencing lower overall health and lower quality of life. It has also been proven that being over weight can signiﬁcantly aﬀect self-eﬃcacy and cause mental issues such as Obese children are more likely to have depression and anxiety . •
High blood pressure and high cholesterol, which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Increased risk of impaired glucose tolerance, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Breathing problems, such as sleep apnea, and asthma. Fatty liver disease, gallstones, and gastro-esophageal reﬂux (i.e., heart burn.)
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Healthy Solutions by Dr. Jon Thomas
High cholesterol, also known as hyperlipidemia, is one of the most common preventable medical conditions. High cholesterol is associated with increased risk for heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, and peripheral vascular disease, and is frequently associated with high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid disease, obesity, and tobacco use.
The cholesterol panel is comprised of total cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL (the “good” cholesterol), and LDL (the “bad” cholesterol). In general, the LDL should be below 100 mg/dL, the total cholesterol should be below 200 mg/dL, the triglycerides below 150 mg/dL, and the HDL (good cholesterol) should be above 60 mg/dL. In many cases, patients have slightly elevated total cholesterol, LDL, triglycerides, or slightly low HDL. In this case, there are benefits to having one to two servings of fish per week in your diet, such as salmon or tuna, which contain fish oils. If you do not consume fish in your diet, then over the counter fish oil is recommended at a dose of 1-2 grams per day. Fish oils will reduce triglycerides and increase HDL (good) cholesterol. However, most patients with recurrent high cholesterol may need a statin medication (eg lipitor or crestor) to lower the LDL, total cholesterol, and triglycerides. Statin medications have some side effects but are tolerated by about 90% of patients. Avoiding red meat, butter, fried foods, cheese, and other foods that have a lot of saturated fat is also beneficial to lowering your cholesterol. Screening for and treating high cholesterol has many health benefits and is an integral part of your individualized treatment plan with your family physician.
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PROSPER CENT$ Finding Great Customer Service When was the last time you remember having an elevated customer service experience? I’m talking about service that knocked your socks off. If you can’t recall a time when your banker greeted you with a smile or acknowledged you by name, you are not alone, and you must not bank at American Bank of Texas. Over time we get to know our customers well. One day a regular customer strolled into our branch to conduct some business. The teller, who has known him for years, noticed that he didn’t drive as usual and had walked instead. This in itself was odd, but he was also very disoriented and confused. Because we knew his family, we promptly contacted someone to come over to the branch. A few weeks later, we found out that he had just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Other examples of providing great service, include making a phone
call to Adult Protective Services for suspected elder abuse, delivering signature cards to a small business owner that couldn’t make it into the branch to sign, looking up directions for a customer who is running errands and needs to find the nearest branch or driving a customer home when she locked her keys inside of her car. Regardless of the need, we are always looking out for our customers! The staff at your Prosper branch of American Bank of Texas has over 50 years of combined banking experience. We will provide you with a consistent level of great service every time you call or visit our branch. Most banks offer similar products and services but at American Bank of Texas, we’re proud to raise the level of customer service. We have great Texas people at our great Texas bank. Melanie Goodman VP, American Bank of Texas
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Giving the Gift of Our Presence By Jody Capehart Presents are transient. Colors, fads and sizes come and go. Toys break. But the gift of our inner presence is one that permeates and remains forever in our children’s memory bank. The presence of a calm, happy parent is ultimately a much richer and more meaningful gift for any child. Children are so mesmerized by TV ads and things they see on the internet, and they want to have one of everything! They ‘want want want’ and become consumer crazy. The Christmas season can become a one-way street with “getting” being the end. One year I realized I had to be more proactive if my children were going to learn about the importance of true presence? instead of just presents. I began with writing this letter:
Dear Children, My gift to you is that I choose to give you the following PRESENCE this Christmas: 1. My actual physical PRESENCE.I will keep you near me as I am shopping, baking, wrapping, and doing the myriad of things on my ‘to do’ list. 2. The PRESENCE of my PEACE. I will take time to do whatever I need to so that I can give you my peaceful PRESENCE rather than being hurried, harried and hassled when I am with you. 3. The PRESENCE of spontaneous JOY. I promise to try my best to laugh with you when things don’t go the way we planned. 4. The PRESENCE of my unconditional LOVE. God loved us so much that He gave us His Son Jesus. His love for us is unconditional. I pray that my love will shine through even though your ball has just smashed the centerpiece we have worked on for the last two painstaking hours…:) 5. The PRESENCE of PATIENCE when you ask for the bazillioneth time, “How many more days until Christmas?” 6. The PRESENCE of KINDNESS as I teach you to share with those who are less fortunate than we. 7. Most importantly, the PRESENCE of mind to always show you by my example that CHRIST is at the center of our Christmas. I thank the Lord every day for giving me this wonderful PRESENT called YOU and now I want to give my PRESENCE back to you. I love you with all my heart! Mommy 12 | Live & Prosper Magazine
This began the Christmas tradition of sharing gifts of time with one another. The presence of God became more evident and my children became less absorbed with just thinking of what presents they would receive. All the holidays are special for me but I especially love Christmas. I like to start early so as the time gets closer, we can just enjoy the beautiful decorations, smells, music, and true meaning of Christmas. We have established traditions, which I dearly cherish. For example, we do our Devotions for Advent every night with reverence instead of rushing through it just to get on to other things. I want my children to know the PRESENCE of the Christ Child at Christmas and to truly know that Jesus is the reason for the season. Often the affect of our PRESENTS are short-lived but the gifts of our PRESENCE can last for eternity. Jody Capehart is the mother of three grown children and wrote this to her children when they were young and continued the tradition each year. She now has 5 grandchildren to share her presence with each Christmas. Jody is the head of school at Grace Academy of North Texas, a classical and Christian school in Prosper.
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PISD Bullying Information
Prosper ISD prohibits bullying on school property, at school-sponsored or school-related activities, or in any vehicle operated by the district. Bullying may be verbal or written expression or expression through electronic means, or physical conduct. Bullying is not tolerated by the district and any student or parent of a student who believes that the student or another student has experienced bullying or that a student has engaged in bullying is encouraged to immediately report the incident. Retaliation against anyone involved in the complaint process is a violation of district policy and is prohibited.
This conduct is considered bullying if it: 1. Exploits an imbalance of power between the student perpetrator and the student victim through written or verbal expression or physical conduct; and
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A student who intentionally makes a false claim, offers false statements, or refuses to cooperate with a District investigation regarding bullying shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action. Reports of bullying shall be made as soon as possible after the alleged act or knowledge of the alleged act. A failure to immediately report may impair the District’s ability to investigate and address the prohibited conduct.
The District prohibits bullying. Retaliation against anyone involved in the complaint process is a violation of District policy and is prohibited. Bullying occurs when a student or group of students engages in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that occurs on school property, at a school sponsored or school-related activity, or in a vehicle operated by the District and that:
2. Interferes with a student’s education or substantially disrupts the operation of a school. The District prohibits retaliation by a student or District employee against any person who in good faith makes a report of bullying, serves as a witness, or participates in an investigation.
1. Has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or of damage to the student’s property; or
REPORTING FORMS AND RESOURCES Students or parents may report an alleged incident of bullying, orally or in writing, to a teacher, counselor, principal or other district employee. Elementary Campuses have an Online Reporting Form and Secondary Campuses utilize the Talk About It System.
2. Is sufficiently severe, persistent, and pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.
For more information, resources, the Anti-Bullying Law, and the full PISD Board Policy on Bullying, please visit the district’s website at www.prosper-isd.net.
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* Prep/Total Time: 25 min. * Yield: 16-20 Servings Ingredients * 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple * 3 medium firm bananas, sliced * 1 jar (10 ounces) red maraschino cherries * 1 jar (6 ounces) green maraschino cherries * 3-1/2 cups eggnog, chilled * 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix * 1 prepared angel food cake (8 to 10 ounces), cut into 1-inch cubes * 1 carton (16 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed * 1/4 cup chopped Diamond of CaliforniaÂŽ Walnuts Directions * Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Dip bananas in juice; drain and discard juice. Set aside pineapple, bananas, three red cherries and three green cherries. In a bowl, whisk the eggnog and pudding mixes for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. * Place half of the pudding in a 4-qt. serving or trifle bowl; layer with half of the bananas, pineapple. cherries, cake cubes and whipped topping. Repeat layers. Garnish with walnuts and reserved cherries. Yield: 16-20 servings. Santaâ€™s Sleigh Cocktail by Sandra Lee
Ingredients * White sugar crystals, preferably coarse * 2 cups store-bought eggnog, chilled * 1/2 cup brandy * 1/2 cup amaretto liqueur * 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg * 2 scoops vanilla ice cream * 4 cinnamon sticks
Directions Dampen the rims of 4 martini glasses and then line the rims with sugar crystals. Combine eggnog, brandy, amaretto, nutmeg, and ice cream in a blender; process until smooth. Pour mixture into martini glasses and garnish each glass with a whole cinnamon stick.
Tips for Keeping The Peace at Holiday Parties! Mediators Amanda Lipscomb, Haeli Martin, Eliana Albelbaisi, DeWana Willard and Jeff Goldthorpe are skilled in the art of communicating with people in conflict. Often people dread the holidays fearing arguments and animosity from loved ones. Below are some tips for party hosts and party attendees to keep warm happy feelings during the cold holiday season.
Party Hosts: * Leaving things for last minute can leave you feeling flustered and cause you to become more irritated with everyone else around you. Make sure to include time to de-stress before your guests arrive. * Invest in a To Do List and Time Block Sheet. Make sure you have everything planned in advance so you don’t have to worry about any last minute items you may have forgotten. * If alcohol tends to lead toward unpleasant conversations among your party guests, limit the intake by serving a premixed festive drink with less liquor than usually consumed. * Positive Holiday Games For Communication: - Pass around a Santa doll or something festive as a talking stick for everyone to go around the room saying something they are thankful for this year. Keep the conversation positive and friendly. It can also be used to talk about important issues. It cuts down on people talking over each other and feeling unheard. - Place a bell on a necklace made of red ribbon for each of your party guests to wear. The rule of the game is that you cannot say the word “NO” or else the person that catches you saying it gets to take your bell and any others you have collected. The person with the most bells wins a silly prize at the end of the party. This game promotes positivity, community and lighthearted, positive enjoyment for your guests.
Party Attendees: * Eat a snack before you go to the party, empty stomachs lead to grumpy people. * Treat your family how you treat your friends. * Remember the season and the meaning behind it. * Don’t be too quick to get mad, listen to whoever is talking to you and if you see someone getting upset be the bigger person and diffuse the situation. * Remember that everyone has an opinion and to respect their right to an opinion, whether you agree with their view or not. * Look for positive things in each of the people at the party. Give them a compliment. * Always remember that at the end of the day you are family and friends who love and care for each other, don’t let petty arguments ruin a beautiful holiday.
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Sunday, December 16th We will serve up to fifty families Cornerstone is walking alongside. Each family will receive a large food basket, 3 outfits per family member, and the opportunity for parents to shop and wrap gifts for their childrenall while the kids are entertained!
Drop items off at our partner, FBC Prosper, (601 S. Church Street) between Sunday, November 25 and Monday, December 10th.
To help, you can donate: • toys & presents (0-18 years)* • clothes & shoes • wrapping supplies • catering for the day • money (tax deductible)
The mission of Cornerstone Assistance Network of North Central Texas is to unite with others to demonstrate Christ’s compassion by serving our neighbors in need. This is accomplished by sharing the Gospel and helping family units escape the cycle of poverty for good by providing resources, tools, and education.
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fundraising event, Cockrell Elementary PTO raised $422. Together, Cockrell Elementary raised $1,000. Rucker Elementary raised more than $587 this year with the help of the REACH Team’s morning announcements and posters which prompted the students to bring in their Coins for Clothes. Baker Elementary raised $450, Folsom Elementary raised $319, and Prosper ISD raised a total of $2,564, which clothed over 25 children. Businesses in Prosper, Frisco and Little Elm donated funds and products. One company in Prosper anonymously matched 100 percent of the funds raised at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church. Another business in Prosper gathered funds from other business and donated them through Grace Christian Church. The morning of the event, hot coffee from Starbucks, coffee stirrers, creamer and sugar were donated from Market Street, pastries and juice from Baylor Medical Center – Frisco, and water, ice and Little Debbie snacks from 7-Eleven Frisco. These items were of huge help to the volunteers who arrived at 4:45am to prepare for the arrival of the families at 5:45am.
By Patty Felan
The Clothe A Child Program for Frisco, Little Elm and Prosper children is a unique program. It enables low income families with students in Kindergarten through 8th grade to apply for the opportunity to purchase $100 worth of new school clothes at KOHL’S Department Store. The program raises money and enlists volunteers primarily through local churches. Congregations throughout Prosper donated funds to help clothe every child in Prosper that qualified to participate. Each $100 raised goes to clothe one child, and this is the second year that the Prosper community has stepped up to clothe each of the Prosper ISD children that applied. Additional funds raised in Prosper were combined with the extra funds raised in Frisco, and were used to clothe children in Little Elm where the need is greater than the ability to provide for these children. Many parents, teachers, and students from Prosper ISD joined neighbors and local businesses to help raise money to clothe these children. Every year we hear amazing fundraising stories that bring tears to our eyes. My favorite this year is about a 4th grade boy named Cody Duke. Cody raised money last year, and was quick to start again this year. He went door to door in his neighborhood collecting money, and he emptied his own piggy bank. All together, Cody raised $208, and because of his dedication, Lawn America generously matched his donation and Principal Thomson gave $100 in honor of Cody’s selfless efforts. With the help of a Cherry Berry
On October 27, 2012, 816 children from Prosper and Little Elm ISDs were clothed with the help of 629 volunteers from Prosper, Little Elm and Frisco. These volunteers came from many different places in Prosper and the surrounding area. Sparky, the Prosper Fire Department mascot participated, and Girl Scout Troop 2735 offered face painting to the children after the families completed their shopping. The Prosper High School soccer team and coaches helped at the cash registers, insured that the shopping bags were well stocked, helped re-stock shoes and folded lots of clothes. Prosper ISD donated buses and drivers to transport volunteers, and Little Elm ISD transported families to and from the event. The Little Elm Police force also volunteered to help, and familiar faces like Dr. Jill Sentlingar and Cockrell Principal Jana Thomson walked with families.
Clothe a Child takes place three Saturdays each October, two weekends for Frisco ISD children and one weekend for Prosper and Little Elm ISD children. Over the course of three weeks, it took 1,566 volunteers to clothe over 2,200 children from Prosper, Frisco and Little Elm. Every year Clothe a Child grows, and expects to include four Saturdays mornings in 2013! For more information on our Clothe a Child program, visit www.clotheachildfrisco.com. There you will see the churches, businesses and organizations that partner with Clothe a Child and see how you can become involved with the event.
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