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FEBRUARY 2020

FOR LOCAL FAMILIES, BY LOCAL FAMILIES

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING'S DAN GIRARDI TALKS ABOUT LIFE AFTER PRO HOCKEY

KID-FRIENDLY EXHIBITS TO SEE THIS MONTH

WAYS TO

KEEP KIDS HEART HEALTHY A LOOK

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AT THE CHANGES COMING TO THE

FLORIDA AQUARIUM

MORE!

Former Lightning player Dan Girardi and his wife Pam with their children Shaye, 6, and Landon, 9.

GUIDE TO TAMPA BAY SCHOOLS

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ONE SIZE DOESN’T FIT SMALL.

Emergency Care for Kids. Kids aren’t the same size as grown ups, so we don’t use adult-sized instruments in our pediatric ERs. Everything comes in a range of sizes to treat the smallest patient to the biggest one. Based on your child’s weight and size, we use the blood pressure cuff that’s the right fit for the most accurate reading, or ventilation masks and bags to provide

the correct amount of air for their lungs. And we always make sure that medications are measured appropriately. It’s important for your child to be treated someplace that’s equipped to meet their unique needs. Learn how the right size care can make a difference in your child’s ER experience: PediERChildSize.org

PEDIATRIC ER LOCATIONS Mease Countryside Hospital • St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital • St. Joseph’s Hospital-South

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INSIDE 12 // CARING FOR THE TINIEST OAK HILL HOSPITAL'S NEW NICU 14 // MOMS TO KNOW ALEXA SCHUMAN OF UPROOTED WELLNESS 16 // INSIDE LOOK NEW EXHIBITS COMING TO TAMPA THIS MONTH AND THE FLORIDA STATE FAIR 21 // RECIPES FOR LOVE TAMPA COUPLES SHARE WISDOM ON MARRIAGE AND PARENTHOOD AT ANY AGE 25 // FOR LOVE OR CANDY BLOGGER LYNN CRISTINA DISHES ON VALENTINE’S DAY WITH KIDS 26 // SNEAK PEEK AT THE GASPARILLA MUSIC FESTIVAL HERE'S A LOOK AT WHAT’S IN STORE

Image by Howie Mac Photo

28 // A CULTURE OF READING AND LESSONS CELEBRATE DIVERSITY AND STORIES AT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY

A New Season for the Girardi Family Dan Girardi talks about life after retirement from the Tampa Bay Lightning

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45 // THE ROAD TO KINDERGARTEN WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT REGISTERING FOR KINDERGARTEN IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY 61 // A SAFER HEARTBEAT A SPECIAL PROCEDURE SAVES LITTLE HEARTS AT ST. JOSEPH’S CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL 63 // 5 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR KIDS HEART HEALTHY JOHNS HOPKINS ALL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL SHARES EASY TIPS FOR LIFELONG HEALTH.

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31 // THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM CELEBRATES 25 YEARS CHECK OUT THE NEW AND UPGRADED EXHIBITS COMING TO THE AQUARIUM IN 2020 TO CELEBRATE THE MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY

EVERY ISSUE 10 // NOTEWORTHY FEBRUARY PEOPLE AND PLACES TO GET EXCITED ABOUT

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67 // GET OUT AND ENJOY FEBRUARY THE BEST FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENTS 70 // WHAT'S TRENDING ON TAMPABAYPARENTING.COM


MOSI helps your kids LOVE science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics!

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The MOSI in Motion Science Lab brings the excitement of a field trip to you! Immerse your students in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) with hands-on workshops or assemblies that fit right into your daily schedule, and you don’t have to leave your room! • Interactive STEAM workshops and assemblies that support your curriculum. • Multiple sessions per day of the program of your choice. • Enthusiastic educators who are Lunsford certified. • Activities are fun, engaging and based on standards. • MOSI brings all materials needed. • Available for Family Nights as well. Go to mosi.org for more information about MOSI’s interactive workshops and assembly programs.

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GET TO K NOW GUEST EDITOR Raquel Ferreira, R.N. CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND EDITORIAL MANAGER Laura Byrne ASSOCIATE EDITOR Anu Varma Panchal EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Sarah Rigby CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Raquel Ferreira, R.N. Anu Varma Panchal Julie Tingley Maggie Rodriguez Lynn Christina Tara Payor, Ph.D. Mariah Shae Martinez Grayson Kamm Raquel Hernandez, M.D., M.P.H. Laura Byrne CALENDAR Sarah Rigby ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Ralf Gonzalez Craig Collins LAYOUT & DESIGN Nicole Barolo of Page Four Creative CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Howie Mac Photo Jennifer Kielich Photography Tyler Downey Photo BOOKKEEPING Employee of the Month, LLC TAMPA BAY PARENTING MAGAZINE 320 W. Kennedy Blvd. Ste. 220 Tampa, Florida 33606 Phone 813-949-4400 Fax 813-315-6688 info@tbparenting.com editor@tbparenting.com BECOME A FAN tampabayparentingmagazine @tampabayparenting @TBParenting

Remember when your newborn was placed into your arms by your nurse or OB-GYN? The weight of your sweet baby, the smell of their hair, their tiny toes and fingers? In the blur of pregnancy and delivery, this is one of the few moments that remain ingrained in our mind, that we carry with us and recall often and tell every year on our babies’ birthdays. As perinatal and NICU nurses, we get to witness the miracle of the human body during pregnancy and experience the incomparable joy of bringing new life into this world every day. We see the power of women as their bodies work so hard, and we see the strength of support as dads, partners and family cheer mom on (and make sure dad has circulation to the hand that mom’s holding onto so tight).   Sometimes the birth of a child brings new challenges for parents, such as if their baby needs extra special care and is transferred to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). With the opening of our 10 private NICU suites in spring 2020, Oak Hill Hospital will keep NICU babies close to their home, family and doctors. During a time that can seem scary and unsure, our team is ready to be the rock of support and light of hope that parents and babies need to carry on. We cherish every milestone, anxiously awaiting the day of baby’s “NICU graduation” and saying farewell to our NICU warriors and NICU parents as they journey on to life outside the NICU.   To all moms and parents who trust us with their care and babies: Thank you. To our NICU warrior parents: You are stronger than you think and braver than you know. You’ve got this!   To the NICU nurses who love on these babies and their parents: We appreciate your devotion to your passion and we thank you for sharing your gifts with these families.   As we grow our family with the opening of this NICU, we wish your growing family health, happiness, peace, and a whole lot of “Remember when…ˮ

RAQUEL FERREIRA, PERINATAL AND NICU NURSE, DIRECTOR OF WOMEN’S & CHILDREN’S SERVICES AT OAK HILL HOSPITAL IN BROOKSVILLE Tampa Bay Parenting is published twelve times per year and distributed throughout the Tampa Bay community. Tampa Bay Parenting is not responsible for any errors, inaccuracies, omissions or incorrect information (or the consequences related thereto) contained within the magazine or online; readers should not rely on any information contained in the magazine and they should always consult with an appropriate professional for guidance. Tampa Bay Parenting accepts no responsibility for the consequences of error or for any loss or damage suffered by users of any of the information or materials provided by Tampa Bay Parenting. Some content published by Tampa Bay Parenting is sponsored or paid for advertising content, and some individuals quoted or cited in articles have paid for advertising or sponsorships; this content or opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Tampa Bay Parenting.

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LOVE AND LIGHT FOR THE LITTLEST ONES


with Neonatal Intensive Care O A K H I L L H O S P I TA L

Little Feet Leave Big Footprints On Our Hearts Our Neonatal Intensive Care will provide care for premature babies or babies who need extra care. Our Extra Special Care • 10 private NICU suites for baby and mom* to room in together *When mom is medically cleared and discharged

• Recliners to promote bonding and “kangaroo,” or skin-to-skin care • Emphasis on breastfeeding and supports Human Donor Milk, recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics • Free WiFi • Secured unit • Secure remote viewing access should parents need to leave the NICU

Our Extra Special Team • 24/7 Security on-site to ensure a safe environment • Board-certified NICU nurses • Board-certified OB/GYN and High-risk OB/GYN providers • Board-certified Neonatologists • Board-certified Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist available • Lactation Consultant • 24/7 Midwives • 24/7 Critical Care Intensivists in Critical Care Unit • 24/7 Hospitalists • Licensed clinical social worker dedicated to NICU babies and families

Questions? Visit oakhillhospital.com/NICU or call 352-606-7300. FEBRUARY 2020 TampaBayParenting.com

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Meet our contributors

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ANU VARMA PANCHAL Anu Varma Panchal has written and edited for area publications for nearly 20 years. She’s ac­t ive on her children’s PTA boards, loves theatre, concerts, the local brewery scene and travel, and spends way too much time schlepping her 11 and 15-year-olds around in her minivan. She never leaves home without her library card. You can find her at youreditingsolutions.com.

JULIE TINGLEY Julie Tingley is an 8-year Tampa transplant who has found her way through numerous professional and parenting transitions by maintaining focus on her daily inspirations: Ella, 6, and Kate, 3. With a vision of a better future for her girls, she has introduced the KNOW Book + Tribe, a women’s publication and community, to Tampa Bay.

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Every day, Grayson Kamm spreads the word about the amazing students, teachers and staff of Hillsborough County Public Schools. As the communications and media officer, Grayson oversees communications for 235 schools in America’s seventh-largest school district. Grayson previously served on the executive team at MOSI following a 13-year career as a TV journalist.

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LYNN CRISTINA Writer and blogger Lynn Cristina is married with two spunky little girls who keep her laughing and crying. Outside of parenthood, she is a marketing manager for the Tampa Bay Times, sits on several nonprofit boards, volunteers in the community and finds time to chaperone a field trip or two. Connect with her on her blog lynncristina.com where she shares the challenges of parenthood with humor, openness and a sprinkle of sarcasm.

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AHOY MATEYS DOWNTOWN TAMPA HAS A NEW RESIDENT PIRATE SHIP, THE LOST PEARL! It’s the newest addition to the Pirate Water Taxi fleet. You can set sail beginning Feb. 8. It’s available for private parties too. Learn more: tampapirateship.com

CHECK OUT 28 AMAZING LEGO BRICK MODELS representing a significant point in histor y like the dinosaurs of prehistoric times, the Civil Rights movement and more. Your kids can even stay and play with LEGO and DUPLO bricks. The display runs through Feb. 16.

this month with the debut of the Ten Year Blue hue to its convertible and booster seats. More new colors available for February are: Snowberry, Prince, Chrome, Aura and Flamingo. CLEK FOONF IN TEN YEAR BLUE

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GUEST EDITOR

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OUR TINIEST PATIENTS AT OAK HILL HOSPITAL By Raquel Ferreira, Perinatal and NICU Nurse for 29 years, Director of Women’s & Children’s Services at Oak Hill Hospital Images provided by Oak Hill Hospital

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NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE OPENING SPRING 2020 For 36 years, Oak Hill Hospital has provided compassionate, high-quality care to families. Every year, we invest in our community and expand the services provided to keep our families close to home, their family, friends and doctors. In 2016, we were fortunate to open The Maternity Suites at Oak Hill Hospital with private suites for families to room in together, to bond with their baby, and to enjoy their most life changing, memorable experience of becoming parents for the first time or expanding their growing family. With the opening of our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in spring 2020, we will be able to provide care for our tiniest patients. These 10 private suites allow baby, mom, dad or support person to stay with baby. We know that bonding with their baby right from the beginning is so important for families, and we are thrilled they will do so in a private, secure setting. Our team of nationally board certified NICU nurses are ready to provide complex expert nursing care for babies.


meet a few of the team:

DEBRA PECK, RN, PERINATAL AND NICU NURSE FOR 35 YEARS, CHARGE NURSE AT OAK HILL HOSPITAL “We will have all private rooms for our patients. We know babies get better faster when mom and dad are both here to take care of them. When your child—especially your newborn baby—is in the hospital, you want to be close to them and not have to travel away from your family, friends and doctors. Private rooms allow parents to bond with their baby, reduces the parents’ anxiety and it provides a home atmosphere for the family. It is the greatest feeling to take care of these babies. When you have a mom and dad and they are just so grateful, you feel like you made a positive impact on their life; they’re going to remember you and you’re going to remember them.”

K ATHY LEVIC, RN, PERINATAL AND NICU NURSE FOR 35 YEARS, CHARGE NURSE AT OAK HILL HOSPITAL “I attend a birthday party every single day that I work. It is an honor to be here when the baby takes its very first breath. One special story is when I signed a footprint shirt of the dad, and then he had a baby and I signed the footprint certificate for his baby. I said to him “come back and we’ll sign the next one.” In terms of a great grandparent, I would be a “great-great nurse.” To be a part of a special day is just very rewarding, and I cannot imagine doing anything else.”

REEMA ROGERS RN, PERINATAL AND NICU NURSE FOR 10 YEARS, CHARGE NURSE AT OAK HILL HOSPITAL

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“Although our NICU has 10 private rooms where parents stay with baby, there may be a time when a parent needs to leave the NICU. We will offer a NicView™ camera system where parents can securely view their baby from home. I think Oak Hill Hospital is unique because we have such a great team. I’ve worked with many of these nurses and physicians for many years and we know how to come together and work well together to provide the highest level of care for our most vulnerable patients.”

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moms to KNOW By Julie Tingley, KNOW Tampa and KNOW St. Pete/Clearwater Images by Howie Mac Photo

Alexa Schuman UPROOTED WELLNESS FOUNDER

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LEARN MORE about the KNOW books at theknowtribe.com

When it comes to passion and commitment to the hard things, Alexa Schuman is a mighty force. Her love for children, women and wellness fuels her movement toward delivering the tools that we, as mothers, need to be great and keep our little people healthy too.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

When I was pregnant with my son, the biggest surprise was the lack of education around nutrition and lifestyle. How do we nourish ourselves so both of us can thrive? How do we make whole foods work for our family? How do we make more conscious choices in our environment? The education component of empowering women to support their and their children’s health was missing outside of a pediatrician’s office. I created Uprooted Wellness to fill that space and bring more intention to building a better foundation of living, one where we could learn and grow together by incorporating practices that make us feel whole.

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR APPROACH TO HEALTHY LIVING AND HOW IT HAS TRANSFORMED LIVES.

I started this journey about nine years ago, and most of the transformation fell into three areas: mindful eating, conscious living and natural healing. Everyone’s story is unique. I find the most powerful transformation lies in listening and connecting to our body again and the discovery that you can heal yourself. I meet my clients exactly where they are and work on more intentional living in those areas. In my life, this has healed fibromyalgia, adrenal fatigue, high cholesterol, colic and postpartum recovery. It’s been instrumental in supporting the immune system and gut health. My clients have addressed autoimmune conditions that hit women and children so hard today, such as diabetes, chronic pediatric illnesses and celiac disease.

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WHAT ARE THREE SMALL CHANGES FAMILIES CAN MAKE FOR A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE?

1/ Add more color to your plate; the brighter the better! Nature put the medicine in our food and we need more of it. 2/ Sit down and connect with your family at the table without distractions at least a couple times a week. 3/ Avoid purchasing any conventional fruit and vegetables from the EWG Dirty Dozen list. This is the best place to start buying organic!

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW PROJECT!

It’s called The Uprooted Mother. The focus is on balanced and intentional living through pregnancy, postpartum and the first five years—a confusing time filled with uncertainty and questions. Did you know that women can experience postnatal depletion even 10 years after birth? The standard 6-week check-up is just not enough, and it’s such a crucial time to be proactive. The courses will offer a more natural and holistic approach to help women thrive through each of these phases.

REGISTER FOR THE UPROOTED MOTHER'S CLASSES AT THE COMMUNITY ROOTS COLLECTIVE IN TAMPA. VISIT UPROOTEDWELLNESS.COM


Feb 15 - May 25 The heroic PAW Patrol pups need your help in Adventure Bay! Join Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Everest, Rocky, Zuma, and Tracker as you explore your unique abilities, overcome challenges, and help friends. No job is too big, no pup is too small!

Produced by

ŠSpin Master Ltd. ™PAW PATROL and all related titles, logos, characters; and SPIN MASTER logo are trademarks of Spin Master Ltd. Used under license. Nickelodeon and all related titles and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

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INSIDE LOOK

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NEW FA MILY-FRIENDLY ADVENTURES OPENING THIS MONTH IN TA MPA BAY!

DINOS ALIVE AT ZOOTAMPA Feb.15-May 25 zootampa.org

WHAT TO EXPECT: This popular exhibit returns to ZooTampa this month and we’re are RAWRing with excitement! Stroll through prehistoric times where you’ll come face to face with your favorite dinosaurs, including the infamous T-Rex. There is also a fossil dig and other hands-on activities. Keep those cameras ready. Just like the rest of the Zoo, this area will be stroller and little-kid-friendly.

PAW PATROL: ADVENTURE PLAY AT GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Feb.15-May 25 glazermuseum.org

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WHAT TO EXPECT: You will step into Adventure Bay and lend a paw to help the eight pups save the day! If your child is really into Paw Patrol, you know that each pup is inspired by a real-world job like Marshall the fire dog, Chase the police officer and pilot Skye. Your kids will put on their pup packs and make their way through Adventure Bay, board the Paw Patroller, and even try to win TampaBayParenting.com FEBRUARY 2020

the Tallest Cake Competition by stacking cake layers at Porter’s Café. The exhibit not only sparks imagination but teaches our children about the importance of teamwork and different jobs in our community. This is the first exhibit on tour to feature the Paw Patrol. It was produced by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in partnership with Nickelodeon.


Insect Encounter at Ag-Venture

FLORIDA STATE FAIR AT THE FLORIDA STATE FAIRGROUNDS Feb. 6-17 floridastatefair.com

WHAT TO EXPECT: New additions to this year's Florida State Fair include celebrity chef and radio personality Dianne Linderman's show, "Kids Can Cook," which teaches kids how to create freshfrom-the-farm masterpieces. Two new sports entertainment groups are being added to the lineup: Xpogo with thrilling pogo stick action and Team Big Air, which will take basketball to new heights!

SOME OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS FOR LITTLE ONES ARE THE GIRAFFE MENAGERIE, THE GREAT AMERICAN PETTING ZOO AND THE LITTLE FARMHANDS EXHIBIT.

“We are very excited to introduce PAW Patrol: Adventure Play to families in Tampa Bay,” says Sarah Cole, President and CEO of the Glazer Children’s Museum. “We know that children in our community love the show and we can’t wait to see the joy and imagination sparked by this exhibit.”

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COVER STORY

YOU COULD SAY DAN GIRARDI KNOWS A THING OR TWO ABOUT SEASONS; IT WAS THE ICE-COLD OF WINTER THAT INSPIRED HIS CHILDHOOD DREAMS OF PLAYING PRO HOCKEY. BUT THE SEASONS WE’RE FOCUSING ON ARE THE CHAPTERS OF OUR LIVES. AFTER 13 SEASONS PLAYING WITH THE NHL, 11 WITH THE NEW YORK RANGERS AND TWO WITH THE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING, GIRARDI ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT IN SEPTEMBER. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT HAS ALLOWED HIM TO MAKE THE TRANSITION TO A NEW SEASON—ONE THAT ALLOWS HIM TO FOCUS MORE ON FAMILY AND INSPIRING THE DREAMS OF HIS OWN CHILDREN.

a new season

FOR THE GIRARDI FAMILY INTERVIEW BY LAURA BYRNE | PHOTOGRAPHY BY HOWIE MAC PHOTO

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THE GAME OF HOCKEY REQUIRES A LOT OF TEAMWORK. HOW DO YOU THINK THIS TRANSLATES INTO YOUR LIFE AS A DAD AND HUSBAND?

GIRARDI: Hockey has taught me so much over my career. Being a great teammate and a leader was always my number one goal. You have to work as a team if you want success. I have the same mindset at home with my family. Now that I am around all the time, we all have to work together to help each other out. I have to be a leader and a great role model for my kids.

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AT WHAT POINT DID YOU REALIZE YOU WANTED TO BE A PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY PLAYER WHEN YOU GREW UP? ONCE YOU MADE THE DECISION, WHAT DO YOU THINK HELPED MAKE YOU SUCCESSFUL?

GIRARDI: Ever since I was 5 years old playing outside on the frozen pond with my dad and my friends. I know it’s crazy to think at 5 that I wanted to play in the NHL, but that was all my friends and I thought about. I think growing up in a hard-working, close knit community like Welland, Ontario, made me who I am today. My parents Mark and Carol were also behind me 100% no matter if I had a bad or good game.

WHAT LESSONS DID YOU LEARN ON THE ICE THAT YOU TRY TO INSTILL IN YOUR OWN CHILDREN?

GIRARDI: I learned to always show respect, whether it be to the coaches, referees, opposing team, teammates or any of the employees that work in the arenas. Also, I learned to be disciplined and to have selfcontrol whether it be controlling my emotions on the ice during a game or something going on away from the rink. The final thing is that hard work pays off no matter what you do in life. You can work hard but still have fun at the same time. I loved having fun at the rink.

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HERE ARE HOME GAMES YOU COULD GO TO FEB. 4 AT 7 P.M. VS. THE VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS FEB. 6 AT 7 P.M. VS. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS FEB. 8 AT 7 P.M. VS. NEW YORK ISLANDERS FEB. 13 AT 7 P.M. VS. EDMONTON OILERS FEB. 15 AT 4 P.M. VS. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS FEB. 25 AT 7 P.M. VS. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS FEB. 27 AT 7 P.M. VS. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS FEB. 29 AT 4 P.M. VS. CALGARY FLAMES

YOU RECENTLY MADE THE DECISION TO RETIRE, WHICH HAS GIVEN YOU A FLEXIBILITY YOU HAVEN’T HAD BEFORE WITH YOUR FAMILY. LET’S TALK ABOUT THAT!

GIRARDI: Retirement has been amazing. You don’t realize how much stuff you miss out on when you play. I have been able to go to all my kids’ events and performances at school. I am also a full-time assistant coach with my son’s team. It is amazing to be out on the ice with him and his teammates. I love teaching the kids and helping them become good players and great teammates.

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WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE TO KIDS OUT THERE WHO ARE DREAMING BIG LIKE YOU DID?

GIRARDI: Don't give up. I never got drafted, started out in the ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League) and never was the most skilled or the fastest skater. You have to just keep going. What you do as a 9-year-old today is not going to make or break your career. You can still work on your skills on and off the ice, but you have to make it fun. Don’t wear yourself out by playing hockey seven days a week for the whole year. You need to take breaks and play some different sports. You want to keep it exciting every time you come to the rink.

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GIRARDI: We love driving our golf cart around Davis Island, grabbing a cappuccino at the DI coffee bar or some ice cream at Farrell’s. Our kids love going to CineBistro to see movies. So far, “Frozen 2” has been the best. Also, being able to take the kids to Amalie Arena to watch Lightning games—as a fan—is a lot of fun. Of course, ZooTampa and Busch Gardens are favorites too.

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TAMPA BAY IS MOST DEFINITELY A HOCKEY COMMUNITY, WHICH MAY SEEM A LITTLE STRANGE TO NON-NATIVES! WHY DO YOU THINK HOCKEY IS SO SPECIAL TO THIS COMMUNITY?

GIRARDI: I agree! When I tell people how great the minor hockey programs are here and how hockey is such a big part of the city, people back home think I’m crazy. Obviously the 2004 Stanley Cup helps, but I think Jeff Vinik has done a great job getting the Lightning out in the community. From the Community Heroes to the standing salute at the games, it’s just amazing the work he does. When I came here from New York I couldn't believe what a city Tampa was and how much they embrace the Lightning and hockey in general. FEBRUARY 2020 TampaBayParenting.com

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Kathryn & Bryan Just married! Feb. 1, 2020 THE PROPOSAL: He got down on one knee by the boats at the Tampa Yacht and Country Club where they’d gotten to know each other. Friends and family who’d been watching from afar raced out cheering and celebrating. “That was the day the person I love the most in this world said yes to spending life with me.”

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Katie & Chris Married 10 years Aug. 22, 2009 THE FIRST DANCE: They started with a slow dance to “She’s Everything” by Brad Paisley. To the wedding guests’ surprise, the music cut out and they launched into a choreographed dance to “Boom Boom Pow” by The Black Eyed Peas.

Eight-year-old Chance Hart is up to bat. Dad is coaching him from the field. Little brother Knox cheers him on from the stands. Mom would be too, but she’s busy chasing baby sister Emry who’s run off to explore again. Such is the life of Chris and Katie Hart, as they juggle three small children. “A bit of patience and a whole lot of coffee” is how Katie handles it, adding that she is grateful for every minute. Life is definitely busier since the Harts tied the knot ten years ago, but also better. Though date nights

are rare now, Chris insists that eating take-out while watching a movie at home “is just as much fun, as long as she is next to me.” Their daily routine isn’t the only thing that’s changed in their relationship. Katie remembers thinking as a newlywed that love was a feeling. Now she sees it differently. “Love is something you show. It’s putting gas in my car or getting me coffee in the morning. It’s those actions and that attitude of putting your partner first.” Selflessness and communication are crucial to a good marriage, Katie says. Sticking it out during stressful times is too, adds Chris. “Marriage is not easy,” he says, “but anything worth it rarely is.”

This is the first month of marriage for Bryan and Kathryn Krejci. As you read this, they may be saying “I do” or opening wedding presents at their home in South Tampa. They are enjoying the magical first days of a new life together. “I pray it will be the best journey, filled with happiness,” Bryan says, “where Kathryn and I can grow up with each other.” The young husband and wife gush like newlyweds. He says she looks beautiful every day. She says his dimples are “the cutest thing ever.” But it’s clear their connection goes far beyond skin-deep as they speak about shared values, life goals, devotion to religion and, as Kathryn says, “deep-rooted trust and loyalty in one another.” The couple looks forward to building on this strong foundation— leaning on each other no matter what life brings. For marriage advice, Bryan turns to a business card his father-in-law gave him when Bryan asked for permission to propose to Kathryn. Written on the back are the keys to a successful marriage: "loyalty, respect, appreciation of each other’s differences and the fact that you complete each other." Bryan had the card laminated and carries it with him every day. Looking ahead, Kathryn envisions a full life. “I can’t wait to experience new things, go new places and bring new life into this world with him.”

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Carol & David Married 39 years Dec. 20, 1980 THE WEDDING: They got married immediately after graduating from Wake Forest University. The budget was tight, so they served pimento cheese sandwiches cut in triangles and an “ugly cake” at the small reception in their church hall. “We were so happy. We didn’t need much.”

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The family room of the South Tampa home where David and Carol Stefany have lived for 23 years is a virtual shrine to their two sons’ childhood accomplishments in sports. Trophies, medals and encased baseballs fill shelves that run along the back wall. The boys are grown now, married with children of their own, and it’s just David and Carol in the house with so many memories. “All the memories come flooding back,” David says, reflecting on their lives now as grandparents to two toddlers who are their pride and joy. “Everything about our grandchildren is a reflection of what a great mom she was to her two sons and a byproduct of that loving and nurturing environment.” David gives Carol the credit, but raising their children was a team effort, with each parent modeling the behavior and values they hoped their sons would adopt. They emphasized hard work, responsibility, caring for others and giving back to their community. And their effort paid off. “They are outstanding human beings,” Carol says. “We couldn’t be more proud of our sons and the

choices they have made.” With their child-rearing days behind them, David and Carol focus on each other. They sing together in the church choir, go to Broadway shows at the Straz Center and watch Bucs’ games. A marriage built on “true love and common values” has only strengthened over time. “We’ve known each other so long that he just knows me,” Carol says. “I can be 100% myself, and that’s a wonderful thing.”

THE FIRST MEETING: They were high school students attending a football game in Rome, New York. She was cold, so she put her hand in the jacket pocket of the handsome boy standing next to her. He was shocked and instantly smitten. “That’s how I got his attention, and I’ve had it ever since.”

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Bill and Cathy DeMare have four children and nine grandchildren ranging in age from one to 21. They all live in different cities, but they stay close— visiting several times a year, Skyping weekly and chatting on a family group text. “I think it’s because of those family dinners,” Bill says, remembering a tradition they kept every night, without fail. “Our kids got used to talking. They always felt comfortable and would always talk about their issues, and just as importantly, listen to what we had to say.” Their kids were always a priority. Cathy gave up her career as a dental hygienist to be a stay-at-home mom. “He would travel a lot for work,” she says, “and there had to be a constant.” “We gave up the money she would have made,” Bill adds, “but it saved us a lot in the long run because our kids didn’t have any of the issues they might have had without their mother around.” In five decades of marriage, Bill and Cathy have lived in two countries and seven cities. Early on, they spent a year apart while Bill served in the Vietnam War. They came out of it all with a tight-knit family and a close union, thanks to what Bill calls the three components of a successful marriage: “First, love, which starts the relationship. Then, respect. If you don’t have respect, it will go nowhere. Lastly, it takes a commitment to make it work. Life is not always smooth sailing, but if you have made a commitment to make it work, then you don’t bail out. You never quit.”


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Who remembers passing notes to the boy you had a crush on when you were a kid? I believe it went something like this: “Do you like me? Check ‘yes’ or ‘no.’” The note had two little check boxes and was folded into a piece of origami art. Your heart was in your stomach as you nervously handed the note to your BFF who delivered it directly to your crush. Sometimes you got the note back right away, and sometimes it took days. Either way it was agony to wait. How could we place our fragile egos into one tiny little question? When I was growing up, we purchased our Valentine’s Day cards and wrote a name on each one. We went through the entire day excitedly receiving gestures of like and love from our peers. The popular kids were easy to spot on the bus ramp – loaded down with balloons and too many cards to carry from their admirers. When my daughter was in preschool, a few store-bought Paw Patrol cards with a bag of fruit snacks and voila, you were done. Now that she’s in elementary school, we must step up our game. Valentine’s Day is more sophisticated with customdesigned cards courtesy of Etsy and Pinterest accompanied with gift bags for each friend, not to mention the DIY shoe boxes the kids create to collect them all. I am an Amazon Prime mom. I lack the talent and patience for crafting and buy everything we need assembled and ready to go. When my oldest daughter Ella was in kindergarten, her crush was also born on Valentine’s Day. She begged me to buy him a present but that was a hard no for me. She doesn’t need to be prancing into class with gifts and a declaration for the one she loves at age 5. Later that day Ella came home upset because she was the only girl who did not have a gift for him. Are you serious? This is kindergarten, people. Lord have mercy; I am in for a long ride. Truthfully, I just hadn’t wanted her to get hurt or rejected. Her request took me back to the fifth grade when my friend Heather and I bought the boys we liked tie-dyed t-shirts with a football and their names airbrushed on the front. Why on earth did we think this was a good idea? We nervously showed up to school with Valentine’s Day gifts for dudes who were not even our boyfriends. They were embarrassed of course, and we were brushed off. A few days later my guy brought me a teddy bear with a little heart. It was clearly a consolation prize purchased by his mother who most likely didn’t want me to end up as a story on ABC’s After School Specials. I held onto that bear all year hoping he liked me, but he didn’t. That bear was false hope. Now my baby is in the second grade and she is much older and wiser. She admits that she is just in it for the candy score. This momma is smarter too. We hit up the dollar store, buy in bulk and recruit her little sister for the assembly line. Right now, it’s all about the chocolate and candy pop rings. We’ll save love and lavish gestures for her teen years. FEBRUARY 2020 TampaBayParenting.com

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FIRE UP THOSE DANCING FEET

A look at the Gasparilla Music Festival By Tara Payor, Ph.D.

THE CHANGES BROUGHT ABOUT BY BECOMING A PARENT ARE UNPARALLELED. STILL, OUR PASSIONS AND PASTIMES DON’T JUST FADE AWAY. THOSE WHO WERE MUSIC LOVERS BEFORE CHILDREN WANT TO SHARE THAT LOVE WITH THEIR KIDS AFTER THEY BECOME PARENTS. IF ARTS AND CULTURE EVENTS FILL PARENTS’ SOCIAL LIVES, THOSE ALSO BECOME EXPERIENCES PARENTS WANT TO SHARE WITH CHILDREN. ARRGH-EN’T TAMPA BAY PARENTS LUCKY, THEN? COME MARCH 7 AND 8, GASPARILLA MUSIC FESTIVAL TAKES OVER DOWNTOWN TAMPA.

FOR THE LOVE OF 813

David Cox, father to 5- and 8-yearolds, is also GMF’s executive director. A fervent music lover, Cox had the idea for GMF after years of attending music festivals and serving on the Gasparilla Film Festival’s Board of Directors. “The New Orleans Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival both had facets I wanted to bring to a music festival in Tampa,” Cox says. Beyond showcasing local musicians, Cox wanted to emulate those festivals’ nonprofit community events and focus on local food. “I don’t have a musical background, but I have a deep love for Tampa Bay. Completing my high school service hours with the Gasparilla Arts Festival helped instill in me, early on, an appreciation for local arts and culture.” 2020’s GMF will feature no fewer than 26 local acts. The festival will also serve up what Cox calls “indigenous Tampa food.” Staples like Cuban sandwiches, grouper sandwiches and deviled crabs are crowd pleasers in the 813.

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SWEET DEAL

GMF is 100% free for children 12 and under. “That really sweetens the deal for music-loving parents,” Cox says. Daytime performances include a spread of kindie rock which, with its singer-songwriter sensibility and kid-centric themes, appeals to ears of all ages. Cox notes that much of the children’s programming has consisted of Grammy-winning artists. This year, festivalgoers can enjoy Josh and the Jamtones—a Boston based ska band sure to have everyone in the family dancing the day away. Also taking the stage is Gainesville’s Bears and Lions, a wild mix of theatrics and rock, which basically sounds like breakfast time with kids.

EVERYONE’S SWEET SPOT

Many kids (and even a good number of adults) have short attention spans. They crave variety. Like the finest box of chocolates, GMF offers just that. March 7 and 8, Curtis Hixon Park is filled with face painting, a tie-dye shirt-making station, an interactive painting wall and plenty of green space for kids to run free. A partnership with Tampa General Hospital is instrumental in making the extensive children’s programming possible. For Cox and thousands of other GMF supporters, making time for musical experiences with family is a must: “My kids even come out to instrument drives we hold as part of our Recycled Tunes program—aimed at refurbishing and providing instruments to schools with limited financial means.” Cox and many other committed GMF supporters believe exposing their children to Tampa Bay arts and culture, as well as philanthropy, nurtures important qualities within the next generation to carry Tampa’s torch throughout the 21st century.

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CREATE A CULTURE of reading and learning

for your crew By Mariah Shae Martinez | Photo provided by Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library

FEBRUARY IS FULL OF CELEBRATIONS AND HOLIDAYS. SOME CELEBRATIONS HONOR HISTORY, STORYTELLING AND DIVERSITY, WHILE VALENTINE’S DAY AND NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY FOCUS ON MATTERS OF THE HEART. TAMPA HAS ITS OWN CELEBRATION THIS TIME OF YEAR, AND YOUR PUBLIC LIBRARY HAS JUST THE ADVENTURES FOR LITTLE ONES.

FOSTER CULTURAL EXPERIENCES

During Black History Month, your local public library will feature a variety of ways to learn about and honor African Americans and their many historic and continued contributions to society. Many library locations offer exciting programs involving various African drums, dancing and storytelling. The Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library on Nebraska Avenue will host a special Puzzle Mania event featuring African American inventors. Reading together is always a great way to learn something new. You can check out many children’s books that teach about race, cultural differences and celebrating Black History. One of my favorite books in our library is “My People” by Langston Hughes. This timeless book of photographs has simple, poetic prose that honors the strength and beauty of Black people in America. My daughter loved the expressive photographs and enjoyed trying to name the different emotions each person may have been feeling. This is a great book to start (or continue) a conversation with your little one of any age about diversity. You can find this book at your library by scanning the green QR code.

Whether you sail the salty seas together or honor African American contributions to the Bay area, be sure to check out HCPLC.org for creating a culture of reading and learning for your crew.

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SHARE YOUR LOVE OF READING

In February, hearts and symbols of love seem to float around everywhere. While you are thinking about your love for your friends and family, a fun activity to bring you even closer to the little one you love is reading together. Many of our libraries have special kids’ corners where you and your wee one can settle in and read a good book together. Read to your child early and enjoy these special times often. Reading with you helps your little one build confidence and is an easy (and free) way to give you quality time together.

ENHANCE YOUR (PIRATE) LANGUAGE SKILLS

You and your swashbuckling crew of miniature pirates can extend your Gasparilla traditions by learning the basics of speaking like a pirate. Our online language resource, Mango, prepares learners for realistic conversations and communication in over 70 languages, including Pirate. The orange QR code will get you started on your “Ship Talk.” Continue your adventure at the library where X marks the spot! Library staff can help you and your crew track down buried treasures of library books that highlight life as a pirate sailing the open ocean and Tampa’s own pirate history.


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When you’re here, you can feel it: the currents of life gently flowing around and through you. This is where you can be truly present, and reconnect with what matters most. Where you can embrace the tides of change, and help push towards a brighter tomorrow for our blue backyard. This is The Florida Aquarium. Memberships start at $80 and help fund conservation efforts that protect Florida’s seas and beyond. flaquarium.org | 813.273.4000

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It's a shell-ebration The Florida Aquarium goes big for its 25th anniversary, announcing 14 months of expansions and enhancements with even more family-friendly fun

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR GIVEAWAYS AND $19.95 ADMISSION DEALS ON SELECT WEEKENDS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. Why $19.95? The Florida Aquarium officially opened its doors in 1995!

By Laura Byrne Photos provided by The Florida Aquarium

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WASHED ASHORE “ART TO SAVE THE SEA” This traveling art exhibit curated for The Florida Aquarium features sculptures made from plastic debris pulled up from the beaches. The artwork makes its first Florida appearance here.

MARCH 2021 THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN A free temporary exhibit in front of the Aquarium is planned to be an open community attraction.

TECO ROOFTOP PAVILION AND SOLAR EXHIBIT More than 1,100 solar panels will cover two of the largest habitats and educate about solar power.

STAY TUNED FOR OUR MARCH ISSUE with even more on the enhancements coming to The Florida Aquarium.

NOVEMBER 2020 AND FALL 2021 CORAL COMPLEX ADDITIONS The Florida Aquarium continues its commitment to expand coral conservation facilities by opening the new Coral Arks, allowing increased breeding and research. FALL 2020 BAYS & BEACHES GALLERY WILL BECOME SHORELINES This exhibit is not only getting a new name, it’s also getting a new modern look with updated graphics, interactive exhibits and habitats.

SUMMER 2020 WETLANDS TRAIL EXHIBIT AND ENHANCEMENT The Florida Wetlands Trail that the otters, alligators and birds call home gets an updated look. The space includes a new hands-on experience where guests can touch native Floridian animals. FEBRUARY 2020 TampaBayParenting.com

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ACADEMY AT THE LAKES 2331 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes 34639 813-909-7919; academyatthelakes.org  Academy at the Lakes is a PreK3–12 independent school located in North Tampa offering everything you’d expect from an exceptional private school: excellence in academics, athletics, fine arts and college acceptances. Our students are prepped for life. Everything we do is done with intention, every step of the way from 3 years old through high school graduation. enrollment: 450 class size: 7.5 to 1 grades: PreK3-12 tuition range: $11,930-$24,520 ACADEMY OF THE HOLY NAMES 3319 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa 33629 813-839-5371; holynamestpa.org The Academy of the Holy Names empowers students to be authentic individuals who engage in independent thought, are inspired by creativity and lead culturally aware, spiritually rich lives. Our innovative approach to curriculum integrates technology, encourages artistic expression and actively engages students in exploration and inquiry. enrollment: 970 class size: varies grades: Pre-K to 8 Coed, tuition range: $12,640 (Pre-K) to

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ALEGRIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL 5995 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. S., St. Petersburg 33705 727-310-8243; alegriamontessori.com Alegria Montessori School is an authentic Montessori program that creates a rich learning environment and supports individual development. We are also a bilingual program, with students receiving Spanish instruction throughout the week from native Spanish speakers. We offer a true Montessori education through middle school. Come discover the joy of Montessori. enrollment: 140 class size: varies grades: 12 months tuition range: varies by grade -grade 8 AVANT GARDE ACADEMY OF WESTCHASE 13901 Sheldon Road, Tampa 33626 813-551-2144; agawestchase.org Avant Garde Academy of Westchase is developing tomorrow’s leaders by providing critical thinking and problem-solving project-based learning through an integrated curriculum. With a growing elective program, passionate educators and exceptionally supportive and involved PTO, every student matters in the AGA family.  enrollment: 422 class size: 18 grades: K-8 tuition range: free BAYSHORE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 3909 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa 33611 813-839-4297; bayshorechristianschool.org Bayshore Christian School is a college preparatory, accredited, non-denominational Christian school serving students 2 years old through 12th grade. Founded in 1971, Bayshore Christian School is located on 10 acres in residential South Tampa. BCS provides athletics and fine arts opportunities in addition to a rigorous and challenging academic curriculum. enrollment: 220 class size: 10 to 1 grades: PreK2 - 12 tuition range: $8,600-$10,495 

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION BERKELEY PREPARATORY SCHOOL 4811 Kelly Road, Tampa 33615 813-885-1673; berkeleyprep.org Berkeley Preparatory School presents a safe, nurturing environment featuring inspiring teaching, engaged parents and alumni, and outstanding resources, including incomparable facilities on a beautiful campus. We offer an exceedingly broad curricular and extracurricular program for an exceptional and diverse community of learners following personalized paths. enrollment: 1,380 class size: 20 grades: PreK-12 tuition range: $17,910-$26,730 BISHOP MCLAUGHLIN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 13651 Hays Road, Spring Hill 34610 727-857-2600; bmchs.com Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School provides a Christ-centered education that nurtures the development of the whole person. Bishop has a 100% graduation rate and a 100% college-acceptance rate. We are the number one college-prep, private high school in Pasco County and offer a wide variety of class options, sports and extracurricular activities. enrollment: 323 class size: 20-25 grades: 9-12 tuition range: $11,700-$13,200 BRANDON ACADEMY  801 Limona Road, Brandon 33510 813-689-1952; brandon-academy.com Brandon Academy is a nationally-recognized, college preparatory Blue Ribbon school, the only one in Eastern Hillsborough County fully accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) and the Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC). Our motto, “A Community of Respect,” is apparent in our students and faculty inside and beyond the classroom. enrollment: 270 class size: 25 grades: PreK3-12 tuition range: $6,000- $11,800

BULLSEYE LEARNING P.O Box 3573, Brandon 33509 844-430-1645 or 813-413-4998; bullseyelearning.com Bullseye Learning offers educational services including tutoring, professional subjects, test prep and homeschool services. We educate students of all ages based on their specific learning needs either at home or at a convenient location. Both monthly and hourly plans available. enrollment: varies class size: 1 to 1 grades: all grades tuition range: $30-$40 per hour CALVARY CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL 110 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater 33759 727-449-2247; cchs.us Calvary offers an advanced college preparatory education in an environment where students are taught a Christian worldview with the Word of God being integrated into each subject. Calvary also offers many extra-curricular activities for your child including athletics, fine arts, SGA, clubs, leadership opportunities and more! Come for a visit today! enrollment: 660 class size: 13 to 1 grades: 9-12 tuition range: $13,500 plus fees CAMBRIDGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 6101 N. Habana Ave., Tampa, 33614 813-872-6744; CCSLancers.com Cambridge Christian is a college preparatory, Christian outreach school serving students 3 months through 12th grade. Kingdom Education teaches a Biblical worldview, partnering with parents and the local church in the education of their children. This partnership provides a strong foundation for life and college from a nationally accredited school.  enrollment: 690 class size: 17 grades: 3 months-grade 12 tuition range: $8,000-$16,000

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION CARROLLWOOD DAY SCHOOL 1515 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa 33613 813-920-2288; carrollwooddayschool.org Carrollwood Day School is a world class co-ed IB school in Tampa for college-bound students age 2 through 12th grade. CDS fosters the development of the entire student not only in academics, but also ethically, emotionally and through social experience. Our goal is to help students discover and develop their own talents and interests and use these to better the world. enrollment: 1,008 class size: varies grades: PreK-12 tuition range: $6,000-$23,000 CENTER ACADEMY 6710 86th Ave. N., Pinellas Park 33782 727-541-5716; centeracademy.com Founded in 1968 and AdvancED accredited, Center Academy provides a small, safe setting to help students to focus, organize and learn. We work with students in grades 4-12 with ADHD and learning differences and accept McKay, Gardiner and Tax Credit Scholarships. Dual enrolment and summer programs are available. enrollment: 90 class size: 18 grades: 4-12 tuition range: $12,680-$15,180 CHARTER SCHOOL ASSOCIATES, INC. Multiple Locations 954-414-5767; charterschoolassociates.com  Tuition-Free public charter schools offering Cambridge Advanced Studies, a STEAM enriched curriculum, and project-based learning. With schools throughout Florida, there are currently 10 locations in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties serving VPK and grades K-12. Visit CharterSchoolAssociates.com for a complete listing of schools.

CHRIST THE KING CATHOLIC SCHOOL 3809 W. Morrison Ave., Tampa 33629 813-876-8770; cks-school.org Christ the King Catholic School offers an academically challenging Pre-K through 8th grade curriculum in a nurturing, Christ-centered environment. Our outstanding faculty, joyful campus and enriching academics provide our students with a strong foundation of skills, compassion and confidence to excel at the area’s leading high schools. enrollment: 524 class size: 25 grades: PreK4-8 tuition range: $7,950-$9,600 CLASSICAL PREPARATORY SCHOOL 12836 Shady Hills Road, Spring Hill 34610 813-803-7903; classicalprep.org Classical Preparatory School provides a traditional classical/liberal arts education to students in grades K-12. We aim to provide scholars with the tools needed to excel in higher education and to be moral and intellectual leaders in society. Through content-rich curriculum we impart to our students the ability to excel and a desire to continuously pursue learning throughout their lives. enrollment: 980 class size: varies grades: K-12 tuition range: free

COMMUNITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL Toddler & Primary Campus, 4930 Webb Road, Tampa 33615; 813-886-2050 Elementary & Middle Campus, 8411 Civic Road, Tampa 33615; 813-886-3969 communitymontessori.org Community Montessori School provides a prepared environment that responds to the developmental needs of the child and cultivates the unique potential of each individual by adhering to Montessori principles. CMS is a warm, secure community with a high expectation for the quality of thought, work and mastery of content and skill. enrollment: 133 class size: 25 grades: 18 mo.tuition range: $6,880-$10,350 15 years CORBETT PREPARATORY SCHOOL OF IDS 12015 Orange Grove Drive, Tampa 33618 813-961-3087; corbettprep.com Founded ​51 years ago, Corbett Prep offers the International Baccalaureate curriculum for all students. Teachers use research-based strategies to create hands-on learning experiences. Visual and performing arts, team sports, and social-emotional learning curriculum align to develop confident, creative, innovative thinkers with character ready to contribute to the world in a meaningful, positive way. enrollment: 539 class size: varies grades: PreK3-8 tuition range: $12,500-$17,020 KEY

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL 11499 131st St. N., Largo 33774 and 206 23rd Ave., Indian Rocks Beach 33785 727-596-1902; countrydaylargo.com Country Day School is an accredited independent school for 1-year-olds through eighthgraders located on a beautiful 16-acre campus in Largo and Indian Rocks Beach. The school is distinguished by its internationally-recognized Montessori program, world language, animal science, theater, visual arts, international study and travel. enrollment: 385 class size: varies grades: PreK1-8 tuition range: $8,000-$15,500 COUNTRYSIDE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 1850 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater 33759 727-437-0090; myCCAcademy.org Countryside Christian Academy’s mission is to assist families by providing excellence in Christian education while instilling Biblical principles in students’ lives that they might impact their society for Christ. Our program is fully accredited and well-balanced, encouraging the development of the whole child: spirit, soul (mind), and body. enrollment: 130 class size: 14 grades: K5-8 tuition range: $9,000 plus fees COVENANT ACADEMY 5495 Pinellas Park Blvd., Pinellas Park 33781 727-542-6294; covenantacademyfl.org Covenant Academy offers a college preparatory and Christ-centered education in a safe, nurturing and engaging environment. We’re the only certified University-Model® school in Florida. Stimulating, character-based teaching is provided three days a week in the classroom paired with two days of home learning. We offer an award-winning art instructor, soccer program and music education by the Patel Conservatory. enrollment: 54 class size: 10 grades: K-10 tuition range: $4,250-$5,150 Duall enroll grade 11 DOWDELL MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL - ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES 1208 Wishing Well Way, Tampa 33619 813-744-8322; hillsboroughschools.org/dowdell We bridge passion for the environment with real world learning. Students can take unique environmental and animal science electives. Students learn outdoors with our salt marsh grass nursery and land lab, and experience our hydroponics and aquaponics labs. Education at Dowdell is strengthened by our proud partnership with The Florida Aquarium. enrollment: 625 class size: 22 grades: 6-8 tuition range: free

DUNBAR ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL - MEDICAL SCIENCE 1730 Union St., Tampa 33607 813-276-5677; dunbar.mysdhc.org We partner with AdventHealth, USF Health's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine and the Patel Conservatory. Students participate in show choir, drums and Little Kids Rock band. Student-led inquiry and goal setting, National Elementary Honor Society, 3-D printing and Genius Hour are other elements that create a great learning experience. enrollment: 260 class size: 18-22 grades: K-5 tuition range: free

EARLY STEPS MONTESSORI ACADEMY 10701 Anderson Road, Tampa 33624 813-961-7636; earlystepsmontessori.com Early Steps Montessori School offers a multi-age authentic Montessori education for children 12 months - first grade. Isabel and Michelle Guerrero founded the school in 2013, providing children opportunities for individualized education. Through exploration of materials, peer learning and guidance from Montessori certified teachers, children are able to find a love of learning within our community. enrollment: 70 class size: varies grades: 1 year old-grade 1 tuition range: varies

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ELITE SCHOLAR ACADEMY 3626 Henderson Blvd., Tampa 33609 813-382-6106; elitescholaracademy.com  Elite Scholar Academy is a boutique private school in South Tampa offering an exclusive educational experience. A limited number of K4-12th grade Scholars are individually guided to critically think and reach their full academic potential in a true private setting. enrollment: 10-40 class size: 1-6 grades: PreK4-12 tuition range: $12,000-$29,000 TampaBayParenting.com FEBRUARY 2020

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION ESTHER'S SCHOOL Campuses in Bell, Haines City, Hudson, Kissimmee, New Port Richey, Sarasota and Spring Hill Administration: 5750 Louisiana Ave., New Port Richey 34652 855-544-4700; estherschool.net Serving the Pinellas County community since its founding in 2003. Our Accelerated Christian Education® program (A.C.E.) is not just a publisher but a comprehensive Biblebased program that has successfully worked for our students. Esther´s School has been the trendsetter in Biblical educational reform. Our philosophy is built on basic principles of the Word of God. Students are taught to see life from God’s point of view, to take responsibility for their own learning, and to walk in Godly wisdom and character. enrollment: 465 class size: 9 grades: K-12 tuition range: $9,120 FERRELL GIRLS PREPARATORY ACADEMY - CAMBRIDGE CANDIDATE 4302 24th St.,Tampa 33610 813-276-5608; Hillsboroughschools.org/Ferrell We are dedicated to developing confident, dynamic, educated young women. Our technology-rich, interactive learning campus—including our 1:1 iPad program—infuses 21st century technology skills into every student’s learning. Our Rigorous Scholar Prep high school credit courses challenge our students in a variety of subjects. enrollment: 583 class size: 22 grades: 6-8 tuition range: free

FIRST BAPTIST BRANDON CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 216 N. Parsons Ave., Brandon 33510 813-689-9435; fbbca.org The Academy desires to honor and serve Jesus Christ by providing academic and Biblical excellence to boys and girls while developing their faith in partnership with the home, church and community. Our commitment is to a program which is Christ-centered, educationally sound, welcoming to all and a place of peace, love and joy that provides equal opportunity to every child. enrollment: 240 class size: varies grades: infant to grade 8 tuition range: varies

FRANKLIN BOYS PREPARATORY ACADEMY - CAMBRIDGE CANDIDATE 3915 21st Ave., Tampa 33605 813-744-8108; hillsboroughschools.org/franklin We are molding young men of distinction who will achieve greatness. We promote academic achievement, professionalism and self-confidence. Our young men prepare for college in a technology-rich environment with a robotics makerspace, Smartboards and iPads available for every student. Free after school Enrichment Academies include debate, golf and Model UN. enrollment: 530 class size: 22 grades: 6-8 tuition range: free

THE FRENCH AMERICAN SCHOOL OF TAMPA BAY 2100 62nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg 33702 727-800-2159; fastb.org The French American School of Tampa Bay offers a multicultural educational experience that is unique to our region. French is the language of instruction and children learn the language in context, becoming bilingual naturally. Contact us to schedule a visit and explore the gift of language for your child. Merci! enrollment: 40 class size: 15 grades: PreK3-8 tuition range: $6,500-$13,500

GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH & SCHOOL 4301 16th St. N., St. Petersburg 33703 727-527-6213; glsfl.org We offer a Christ-centered exceptional education where parents are our partners in their child’s education. Grace teachers and staff provide rigorous and relevant learning. 21st Century skills, Spanish, performing arts, AVID and sports are key features of our school. It’s always a great day to be a Wildcat! enrollment: 250 class size: 20 grades: PreK-8 tuition range: varies

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GRECO MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL - IB CANDIDATE 6925 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa 33617 813-987-6926; hillsboroughschools.org/greco Our school-wide IB candidate program, guided by International Baccalaureate World School principles, launches in Temple Terrace in Fall 2020. Rigorous STEM and Pre-KAPS (King HS Advanced Placement Scholars) programs are offered, along with Scholar Quest high school credit courses including engineering, culinary and computer science. *Transportation provided for attendance-area only. enrollment: 819 class size: 22 grades: 6-8 tuition range: free

HILLSDALE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 6201 Ehrlich Road, Tampa 33625 813-884-8250; hcatampa.org Hillsdale Christian Academy provides a Christ-centered curriculum that equips students with a Biblical worldview. Daily classes offer rigorous, dynamics curriculum in all subject areas, giving each student a solid foundation to build on. enrollment: 177 class size: 15 grades: PreK2-5 tuition range: $5,500-$7,500

HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC SCHOOL 250 78th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg 33702 727-526-8194; holyfamilycatholicschool.com Holy Family Catholic School is a faith-based school located in Northeast St. Petersburg. We offer a data-driven, rigorous curriculum that is infused with the values of the Catholic church. We serve children ages 1 to grade 8, and strive to nurture the whole child, mind, body and soul. enrollment: 287 class size: 30 or less grades: PreK-8 tuition range: $6,000 -$7,000

HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN SCHOOL 3712 W El. Prado Blvd., Tampa, 33629 813-839-0665; htlstampa.org Holy Trinity Lutheran School is a co-educational school located in the heart of South Tampa. Founded in 1958, HTLS offers an enriching and rewarding academic education in a loving and safe Christian environment.  Our mission is to provide Christ-centered academic excellence and care for the whole child that equips them for lifelong learning and service.   enrollment: 191 class size: 16 grades: PreK-5 tuition range: $5,950 IGNITE ACADEMY 1555 Windmill Pointe Road, Palm Harbor 34685 727-900-6164; igniteacademy.education Ignite Academy is a growing, independent Christian School serving families from Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas Counties. Ignite Academy is enrolling Kindergarten-3rd Grade for the 2020-2021 school year. At Ignite Academy, your child will be immersed into a learning environment of real health: mental, physical and spiritual health. enrollment: 14 class size: 7 grades: K-3 tuition range: $500-$8,000

INCARNATION CATHOLIC SCHOOL 5111 Webb Road, Tampa 33615 813-884-4502; ICStampa.org Incarnation Catholic School has been making a world of difference in the lives of students in PreK-3 through 8th grade by providing a challenging, personalized and quality education based in faith and joy. We invite you to tour our campus to see firsthand what over 50 years of tradition has built. enrollment: 227 class size: varies grades: PreK3-8 tuition range: varies

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Launch Your Child’s Academic Career in Kindergarten at Hillsborough Schools

February 18 – 21

Plan to attend a “Ready for Kindergarten” event at your nearest elementary school the week of February 18-21, and get your questions answered. Find the day for your school’s event at SignUpForKindergarten.com. Hillsborough County Public Schools knows that the best start to children’s school years leads to the best outcomes later. Innovative kindergarten programs can point your child toward future academic success, and we’re here to help! Dunbar Elementary Magnet has a medical and science program that includes “Teddy Bear Surgery.” Shore Elementary Magnet has a visual and performing arts track. These are just some of the opportunities waiting for you. Discover more schools at HillsboroughSchools.org/choice.

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS HOST READY FOR KINDERGARTEN EVENTS

I know it’s only February. But now is the time to act if you have a child heading into kindergarten this fall. From Feb. 18-21, all across Hillsborough County, elementary schools are holding Ready for Kindergarten events. These events offer students and families a firsthand look at kindergarten life. Although each school’s Ready for Kindergarten program is unique, they often include a one-on-one conversation with a staff member to answer your questions, a tour of the school, time to meet the principal and administration, a pop into a kindergarten classroom and a packet with all the necessary information about the school. You’ll find the date and details for each school’s Ready for Kindergarten event at SignUpForKindergarten.com. When you visit, make sure you ask about what’s on your mind. On Hillsborough County Public Schools elementary campuses, you’ll discover music and the arts, advanced academics and our Academically Gifted Program, media centers and library resources, STEM learning and guaranteed recess time every day. Plus, with all the resources of the nation’s seventh-largest school district, Hillsborough County Public Schools can provide great support for any student who has a learning challenge or special needs.

To find your neighborhood school, head to HillsboroughSchools.org and enter your address in our School Locator. We also have magnet and choice schools that are open to students from anywhere in our county. Look for them in the School Guide listings in this issue of Tampa Bay Parenting and online at HillsboroughSchools.org/choice. All our schools and award-winning programs are tuitionfree. This is also a great time to register your child for school. Why register now? You’ll become part of your new school family right away, learning about upcoming events and more. You’ll avoid the extra stress of signing up in the days right around the start of school. Plus, schools determine their number of teachers based on the number of expected students. Registering now helps them create the best plan for the year ahead. What if you can’t make your school’s Ready for Kindergarten event? Don’t panic! Hillsborough County Public Schools campuses LOVE giving tours and showing off our schools. All you have to do is contact the school and set up a tour time. Explain that your child is an incoming kindergarten student and you would like to see the school, ask some questions and possibly register at that time. If you need to know what documents to bring when you register, we have that information and much more about taking the first exciting steps into kindergarten at SignUpForKindergarten.com. Your caring teachers can’t wait to see you this fall!

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INDIAN ROCKS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo 33774 727-596-4342; ircs.org Indian Rocks Christian School has served the Pinellas County community since 1984. IRCS is one of the largest, full-service Christian schools in the area. From preschool through 12th grade, Indian Rocks Christian School offers a balanced program of activities, academics, athletics and Christian development in a caring environment. enrollment: 920 class size: 18 grades: PreK2-12 tuition range: $5,200-$10,500 LAND O’ LAKES CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 5105 School Road, Land O’ Lakes 34638 813-995-9040; lolcs.org A Christ-honoring atmosphere for preschool through high school, LOLCS trains students to develop and grow spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically. We offer a fully accredited, balanced program that emphasizes spiritual life, challenging academics for college preparation, and opportunities for students to explore their interests and talents in fine arts and athletics. enrollment: 378 class size: 20 grades: PreK3-12 tuition range: $1,940-$6,950

LCC DAY SCHOOL 4400 Chancellor St. NE, St. Petersburg 33703 727-552-8331; lccdayschool.com LCC Day School is a partnership of school, church and families, inspiring superior academic performance while instilling leadership, responsibility and values in a nurturing environment. Our mission is to meet the changing needs of our students as they develop their God-given potential from early childhood through adolescence. PreK $3,786-$5,549 enrollment: 532 class size: 8-17 grades: PreK-8 tuition range: Elementary-Middle $10,073-$11,910

LEE ACADEMY FOR GIFTED EDUCATION 3001 Lee Academy Court, Tampa 33614 813-931-3316; leegiftedacademy.com Lee Academy offers a unique experience for advanced, motivated learners Pre-K through 12th grade. Set on five acres of lakefront property, Lee Academy offers a flexible program that encourages reflective and creative thinking, problem solving, critical evaluation and opportunity to pursue special interests. Call to schedule a personal tour. enrollment: 80 class size: 8-10 grades: PreK-12 tuition range: $11,600-$12,750

LINCOLN ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL -IB 1207 E. Renfro St., Plant City 33563 813-757-9329; lincoln.mysdhc.org We prepare students to meet the challenges of world citizenship with confidence, imagination and integrity. Students can study global cultures and develop an open and curious mind. Students engage in music and arts programs, Odyssey of the Mind, Robotics Team, inquirybased learning centers, student action/service learning, world languages and more. enrollment: 501 class size: 18-22 grades: K-5 tuition range: free LLT ACADEMY 6771 Madison Ave., Tampa 33619 813-234-0940; lltacademy.com Leading the way in Tampa since 2005, Literacy Leadership Technology Academy is an independent, not-for-profit, K-8 charter school. The mission of LLT is to empower a community of life-long learners to lead the way in literacy, leadership and technology. LLT Academy has excelled through innovation and commitment. enrollment: 630 class size: 15 to 1 grades: K-8 tuition range: free

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION LOCKHART ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL - CREATIVE SCIENCE 3719 N. 17th St., Tampa 33610 813-276-5727; lockhart.mysdhc.org Students learn using the latest technology tools and programs. We provide STEM education with PLTW (Project Lead the Way) where students engage in hands-on activities, projects and problems that are reflective of real-world challenges. Students engage with robotics experiences, engineering challenges, outdoor learning and wildlife habitats. enrollment: 387 class size: 18-22 grades: K-5 tuition range: free

LOMAX ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL- GIFTED TALENTED ACADEMY 4207 26th St., Tampa 33610 813-276-5569; lomax.mysdhc.org Students are active thinking and learning citizens, engaging their minds with Math Olympiad, TiViTz, chess, Future Problem Solvers and Odyssey of the Mind. We embrace the arts with World Drumming, violin and Little Kids Rock; build with LEGO and VEX Robotics; and grow through Student Ambassadors and National Honor Society. enrollment: 390 class size: 18-22 grades: K-5 tuition range: free MACFARLANE PARK ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL- IB 1721 N. MacDill Ave., Tampa 33607 813-356-1760; macfarlanepark.mysdhc.org As the #1 Elementary Magnet School in America, we prepare students to meet the challenges of world citizenship with confidence, imagination and integrity. Students study global cultures, engage in music and arts programs, Odyssey of the Mind, Robotics Team, Inquiry-based learning centers, student action/service learning, world languages and more. enrollment: 370 class size: 18-22 grades: K-5 tuition range: free MATHNASIUM Multiple Locations in Tampa Bay 877-601-MATH; mathnasium.com Mathnasium is your neighborhood math-only learning center that teaches kids math the way that makes sense to them. Our specially-trained math instructors utilize our proprietary teaching materials and techniques. We pinpoint your child’s learning needs, meet them where they are, and take them where they need to go. The results are transformative – kids will see measurable changes in attitude, confidence and school progress. MARSHALL MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL - IB CANDIDATE 18 S. Maryland Ave., Plant City 33563 813-757-9360; hillsboroughschools.org/marshall Launching with sixth grade in Fall 2020, students will be guided by the International Baccalaureate World School Philosophy in Plant City. Students can engage in STEM, robotics; culinary arts; Math League and AVID college readiness. Optional Scholar Quest high school credit courses offer additional rigor. *Transportation provided for attendance-area only. enrollment: 911 class size: 22 grades: 6-8 tuition range: free

MIRACLES SCHOOLS 15830 Greenglen Lane, Shady Hills 34610 727-858-5909; miraclesschools.com Miracles Schools believes that every student deserves the opportunity to learn in the capacity that best meets their needs. We strive to achieve excellence to ensure that every student will achieve their maximum potential in school and in life. Voted People's Choice Best of The Best for 2019. enrollment: 22 class size: 1:1 grades: K-12 tuition range: $7,500-$25,000 MONTESSORI ACADEMIES Multiple Locations in Temple Terrace and Tampa  montessoriacademies.com A place where children love to learn through hands-on lessons and are allowed to progress at their own pace. Foreign Language lessons in both Chinese and Spanish are included. Come see what makes us unique! enrollment: 115-190 class size: 25 grades: 12 mo. tuition range: $8,200-$9,500 grade 5

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION MONTESSORI BY THE SEA 1603 Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach 33706 727-360-7621; montessori-by-sea.org Montessori by the Sea is dedicated to the Montessori method of education by providing a child-centered curriculum that includes guided discovery through hands-on learning within multi-aged classrooms. We prepare engaging, fun and challenging lessons to satisfy students' curiosity, which keeps them eager to learn and develops their ability to stay focused, become self-reliant and take on leadership roles.    3 years to enrollment: 80 class size: 16 grades: grade 6 tuition range: $6,700-$10,750 MULLER ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL - VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS 13615 N. 22nd St., Tampa 33613 813-558-1355; muller.mysdhc.org Students learn through arts and science Integration, where they experience weekly strings, dance, music and art classes. They engage in the orchestra and rock band, performance groups and our annual musical. Students can explore the outdoor classroom, global gardens and take part in the National Honor Society and student government. enrollment: 439 class size: 18-22 grades: K-5 tuition range: free NORTH TAMPA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 5585 E. County Line Road, Wesley Chapel 33544 813-991-0801; northtampaca.com New, contemporary 23-acre campus that provides a safe, secure Christian learning environment. North Tampa Christian Academy fosters an educational program where student engagement meets real-world problem solving. We combine technology with cooperative, hands-on learning while encouraging students to reach their full potential. enrollment: 295 class size: varies grades: K-12 tuition range: $12,500-$16,250

NORTH TAMPA CHRISTIAN EXPLORERS PRESCHOOL 5585 E. County Line Road, Wesley Chapel 33544 813-991-0820; northtampaca.com/preschool We support young children as they develop skills of exploring, choosing, creating and solving for God’s glory. Children are challenged to stretch themselves and persevere as they make sense of the world around them. Our safe and secure facility is nature inspired, diverse and family oriented. Located at North Tampa Christian Academy. enrollment: 135 class size: varies grades: 12 months-PreK tuition range: $115-390 per month NORTHSIDE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 7777 62nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg 33709 727-541-7593; nck12.com Northside Christian School equips students to reach their God-given potential through outstanding academic and extra-curricular programs within a Christ-centered environment. Located on 28 acres in northwest St. Petersburg, Northside has been serving PreK3-12 students and their families in a safe, nurturing environment since 1971. enrollment: 715 class size: 16 to 1 grades: PreK3-12 tuition range: $7,350-$13,650

NOTRE DAME CATHOLIC SCHOOL 1095 Commercial Way, Spring Hill 34606 352-683-0755; ndcsfl.org Choosing your child’s school is one of the most important decisions you’ll make for them. The right education can open doors, but a well-rounded Catholic education can “Educate for Eternity.” At Notre Dame Catholic School, we instill a strong academic foundation, in a Christ-centered environment, nurturing body, mind and spirit for life-long service to others. enrollment: 250 class size: varies grades: PreK3-8 tuition range: $4,650-$6,950

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ODESSA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 19521 Michigan Ave., Odessa 33556 813-792-1825; odessachristianschool.org Superior learning starts with authentic experiences cultivated through high expectations and yields world changers for Christ. Via a blended learning model that includes direct instruction, hard copy components, online resources and tools and collaborative projects, OCS students truly own their learning and love it! enrollment: 75 class size: varies grades: K-12 tuition range: $9,900-$10,100 uniforms arts financial aid TampaBayParenting.com FEBRUARY 2020 KEY

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION ORANGE GROVE MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL - VISUAL, PERFORMING ARTS 3415 16th St., Tampa 33605 813-276-5717; hillsboroughschools.org/orangegrove Be a shining star at Orange Grove, where high academic achievement meets creativity. Our historic campus includes two professional dance studios, video production, visual arts with a Mac lab and exceptional music and technical theater suites. We provide advanced courses, and our Scholar Quest offerings lead to high school credit. enrollment: 556 class size: 22 grades: 6-8 tuition range: free OUR LADY OF LOURDES CATHOLIC SCHOOL 730 San Salvador Drive, Dunedin 34698 727-733-3776; myoll.com Celebrated for its close-knit and caring community, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School provides a quality, faith-based Catholic education to students of Dunedin from 3-yearolds to eighth-graders. As part of the parish faith family, our mission is to build a strong foundation by developing the unique, academic, physical, creative, social and spiritual gifts of our students, empowering them to live the mission of Jesus. enrollment: 207 class size: 20 grades: PreK-8 tuition range: $7,150-$8,950 OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN SCHOOL 5843 4th Ave. S., St. Petersburg 33707 727-344-1026; osls.net Our Savior Lutheran School has been providing an outstanding Christian education to students for over 30 years while maintaining a low student-to-teacher ratio in PreK2-8. It is our purpose to enhance each child's self-esteem and enlighten him/her to respect others, themselves and God while striving for academic excellence. enrollment: 215 class size: 20 grades: PS2-8 tuition range: call for pricing PAIDEIA CLASSICAL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 7834 N. 56th St., Tampa 33617 813-988-7700; paideiatampa.com  Paideia Classical Christian School is a community of parents and teachers who share a commitment for educating children to love learning and grow in godliness. We are intentional about developing passionate disciples, exceptional scholars and virtuous citizens. As a nationally accredited, classical school we employ time-proven curriculum and methods of education which teach students not primarily what to think, but how to think: thoroughly, maturely and biblically.  enrollment: 113 class size: 10 grades: K-12 tuition range: $7,745-$8,487 PALM HARBOR MONTESSORI ACADEMY 2355 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor 34683 727-786-1854; palmharbormontessori.com Our mission is to nurture the potential of the whole child and cultivate the growth of a diverse, international community. We provide a respectful and peaceful Montessori environment that promotes academic excellence. Our child-centric Montessori approach provides students with an individualized education that fosters spontaneous learning opportunities. enrollment: 234 class size: 18 grades: 12 months-8 tuition range: $6,300-$14,000 PATEL CONSERVATORY 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa 33602 813-222-1040; patelconservatory.org At the Patel Conservatory, every student deserves the opportunity to discover their creative potential. Our programs provide training in dance, theater and music. Camps and classes vary by length, age and skill level. Patel Conservatory classes require active learning participation by students and result in a performance. enrollment: 1,000 class size: varies grades: all ages tuition range: varies by program PEPIN ACADEMIES Campus locations in Tampa, Riverview and New Port Richey pepinacademies.com Pepin Academies are non-profit, tuition-free, public charter schools serving students with learning and learning-related disabilities in grades 3-12 and offering a transitional job training program for young adults ages 18 to 22. Our mission is to empower students with learning disabilities to maximize their potential in a positive therapeutic educational environment. enrollment: 1,000+ class size: 12:2 grades: 3-12 tuition range: free KEY

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION PROGRESS VILLAGE MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL - VISUAL, PERFORMING ARTS 8113 Zinnia Drive, Tampa 33619 813-671-5110; hillsboroughschools.org/progressvillage We are proud to offer the largest dance and culinary arts programs in Hillsborough County. We're routinely recognized as a Magnet School of America School of Distinction. Students can try exciting electives such as costume and fashion design, orchestra, journalism and more. The spotlight shines on students at Progress Village. enrollment: 953 class size: 22 grades: 6-8 tuition range: free QUEEN OF ALL SAINTS VIRTUAL ACADEMY 20120 Barnett Road, Brooksville 34601 352-428-4847; qasonline.org Virtual private education wherever you are, QAS Academy offers a unique and highly engaging way for children to receive a private education in a live, interactive online classroom. Taking the best of the most prodigious educationalists of old while focusing on the technological advances of the day, QAS strives to build for its children an educational method unsurpassed in results. Please schedule an online meeting with us to discover more. enrollment: 100 class size:8-10 grades: K-12 On-Campus/ 2-12 Online tuition range: $4,080-$4,462 QUEEN OF ALL SAINTS CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC 20120 Barnett Road, Brooksville 34601 352-428-4847; qasonline.org It is the vision of QAS Conservatory to cultivate a sense of order, harmony and beauty through the art of music. QAS is a participating school of the Royal Conservatory, one of the largest and most respected music education institutions in the world. QAS shares RCM’s belief in the importance of a consistent, national standard of music education and regular assessment. Instruction is offered in the following disciplines: violin, cello, oboe, flute, piano and voice. enrollment: 45 class size: varies grades: All ages tuition range: $34-$68 for private lessons RAMPELLO K-8 MAGNET SCHOOL - CULTURAL ARTS AND HUMANITIES 802 E. Washington St., Tampa 33602 813-233-2333; rampello.mysdhc.org Join us for experiential learning with walking field trips through downtown Tampa, and a differentiated instruction focus to meet the needs of all learners. We have strong community partnerships and school-wide AVID instructional strategies. Middle school electives include: Band/Jazz/Orchestra/Steel Drums, Art 2-D and 3-D, Spanish and Creative Writing. enrollment: 777 class size: 18-22 grades: K-8 tuition range: free RIVERHILLS ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL - IB 405 Riverhills Drive, Temple Terrace 33617 813-987-6911; riverhills.mysdhc.org We prepare students to meet the challenges of world citizenship with confidence, imagination and integrity. Students can study global cultures and develop an open and curious mind. Students engage in music and arts programs, Odyssey of the Mind, Robotics Team, Inquirybased learning centers, student action/service learning, world languages and more. enrollment: 529 class size: 18-22 grades: K-5 tuition range: free RODGERS MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL - CAMBRIDGE CANDIDATE 11910 Tucker Road, Riverview 33569 813-671-5288; hillsboroughschools.org/rodgers Rodgers becomes a Cambridge candidate school in Fall 2020, with learning guided by the rigorous, world renowned Cambridge Pathways philosophy. Located in Riverview's Bell Creek Nature Preserve, we embrace and empower the whole student. Several National BoardCertified Teachers highlight our exceptional team of educators. *Transportation provided for attendance-area only. enrollment: 823 class size: 22 grades: 6-8 tuition range: free ROLAND PARK K-8 MAGNET SCHOOL - IB 1510 N. Manhattan Ave., Tampa 33607 813-872-5212; rolandpark.mysdhc.org We inspire young inquiring minds to become compassionate, lifelong learners who are internationally-minded people with respect for various cultures and a desire to serve others. Students can experience inquiry-based learning centers, transdisciplinary units of study, an outdoor classroom with an international garden, a strings program and world languages. enrollment: 766 class size: 18-22 grades: K-8 tuition range: free

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION SAFETY HARBOR MONTESSORI 2669 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater 33761 727-724-1767; safetyharbormontessori.com Safety Harbor Montessori Academy's primary goal is to help students reach their full potential in all aspects of their development in a loving, respectful atmosphere. We have programs for ages two through 14, and we are fortunate to enroll students of many religions and backgrounds from all over the world. enrollment: 160 class size: 20 grades: PreK-8 tuition range: $9,500-$17,200 SHORE ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL - VISUAL, PERFORMING ARTS 1908 2nd Ave., Tampa 33605 813-276-5712 ; shore.mysdhc.org We are an award-winning Magnet School of the Arts located in Historic Ybor City. Students learn through arts and science integration and can take part in the Annual Arts Festival and school musical. Students expand their horizons through visual art, dance, strings, music, drama, STEAM Engineering and robotics programs. enrollment: 441 class size: 18-22 grades: K-5 tuition range: Free SHORECREST PREPARATORY SCHOOL 5101 1st St., NE, St. Petersburg 33703 727-522-2111; shorecrest.org Founded in 1923, Shorecrest is a coed, nonsectarian, PK3-12 independent school in St. Petersburg. In a safe, student-centered environment, Shorecrest educates a diverse community of students to become lifelong learners in the pursuit of personal and academic excellence, physical well-being, creative achievement and the development of a commitment to social responsibility. enrollment: 1,017 class size: 15 grades: PreK3-12 tuition range: $10,900-25,800 SKYCREST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 129 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater 33765 727-797-1186; skycrestchristianschool.org The value of a Skycrest education is immeasurable. School graduates enter their high school years with outstanding academic preparation, leadership skills and confidence in their ability to succeed. With newly integrated technology, an extensive list of extracurricular activities and a small student/teacher ratio, a Skycrest education is available at amazingly competitive rates. enrollment: 450 class size: 22 grades: PreK4-8 tuition range: $10,000 + fees SLIGH MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL - HUMAN HEALTH, MEDICAL SCIENCE 2011 E. Sligh Ave., Tampa 33610 813-276-5596; hillsboroughschools.org/sligh Join a culture of future health professionals who sport scrubs four days a week. We are preparing students for one of the fastest growing career fields in the country. Electives engage all students with Career and Technical Education, Family and Consumer Science and our AVID college readiness program. enrollment: 579 class size: 22 grades: 6-8 tuition range: free ST. CECELIA INTERPAROCHIAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL 1350 Court St., Clearwater 33756 727-461-1200; st-cecelia.org We offer an academically challenging and globally minded interdisciplinary education to children in PreK-3 through 8th grade. Through our International Baccalaureate programmes, we provide tools, develop character and teach skills that prepare our students to thrive in high school, college and beyond. We remain steadfast in our commitment to our student’s personal success but also to the betterment of our local and global communities. enrollment: 470 class size: 20-25 grades: PreK3-8 tuition range: $7,120-$7,918

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SOUTH TAMPA ACADEMY AT MONROE MIDDLE - IB CANDIDATE 4716 Montgomery Ave., Tampa 33616 813-272-3020; hillsboroughschools.org/monroe We develop active learners and internationally-minded students. Launching with sixth grade in Fall 2020, students will be guided by the International Baccalaureate World School Philosophy. Students can pursue unique electives like computer modeling and simulation. Our Sixth Grade Structure creates a supportive middle school transition. *Transportation provided for attendance-area only. enrollment: 432 class size: 22 grades: 6-8 tuition range: free uniforms arts financial aid TampaBayParenting.com FEBRUARY 2020 KEY

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ANYTIME ADMISSIONS THE BCS DIFFERENCE Personal Attention - With our small class sizes, you can be sure your child is getting the attention they need to succeed. Academic Excellence - It doesn’t take a BIG private school to help students achieve. Our graduates prove this with their 4.4 GPA average and the millions of dollars in scholarships they have earned. Values Based Education - We’re an interdenominational Christian School, and that informs every part of what we do.

ANYTIME ADMISSIONS We understand you may need to change your child’s school mid-year in order to create the best life possible. Whether it is

Christian Values, Small Class Sizes and Academic Excellence That’s what the parents of Bayshore Christian School love best about their school. Our students find a warm and supportive environment with teachers they love, fine arts and athletic opportunities, and the Christian values they live at home are reflected in the people around them. And as one young mid-year transfer student said, "Here, I feel like I’m learning much more. The teachers care about me."

Our family has found a perfect home for our kids. We are still in the elementary division but our boys love their teachers.  The parent-teacher relationships we've built are remarkable and the sta f creates an environment that is positive and Christian. It's "cool" to be smart and the whole student is appreciated. The arts program is phenomenal and BCS athletics department is amazing too. This is the best kept secret in South Tampa.  With all the great choices in our town, we still didn't hesitate to choose BCS.

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My husband and I are very happy and our kids are even happier. They like school and love their teachers. Families are from all over Tampa, and there’s a heavy military presence. Hidden gem in south Tampa.

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION STEWART MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL - NASA EXPLORER SCHOOL 1125 Spruce St., Tampa 33607 813-276-5691; hillsboroughschools.org/stewart Be part of a nationally recognized NASA Explorer School. Through our Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum, students choose from electives like Aerospace and Engineering. Scholar Quest options deliver high school credit in gaming, robotics and more. Stewart partners with NASA, NOAA and the U.S. Air Force for real-world learning. enrollment: 1,024 class size: 22 grades: 6-8 tuition range: free

ST. JOHN'S EPISCOPAL PARISH DAY SCHOOL 240 S. Plant Ave., Tampa 33606 813-840-4200; stjohnseagles.org St. John’s provides students in grades K(4) through 8 with a transformative, values-driven education that develops character and builds leadership skills. St. John's honors tradition and fosters innovation through vigorous academic programming that cultivates independent thinking, creativity and a passion for learning, preparing students for lifelong intellectual and spiritual growth. enrollment: 508 class size: 20 grades: PreK4-8 tuition range: $13,080-$14,070 ST. LAWRENCE CATHOLIC SCHOOL 5223 N. Himes Ave., Tampa 33614 813-879-5090; stlawrencecatholicschool.org Founded in 1961, St. Lawrence Catholic School maintains an environment of high academic standards, inspiring students towards excellence in a Christ-centered environment where students to learn to serve God and others. Open House for the 2020-2021 school year will be held from 9-11 a.m. Jan. 17. enrollment: 480 class size: 25 or less grades: PreK3-8 tuition range: $7,696 - $10,800 ST. MARY'S EPISCOPAL DAY SCHOOL 2101 S. Hubert Ave., Tampa, 33629 813-258-5508; smeds.org St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School provides challenging academics, performing and visual arts, competitive athletics, technology, public speaking, foreign language, global studies, community service, religious education and more. Our highly-qualified PreK-8 faculty inspires students to achieve their best, developing well-rounded individuals ready for the challenges ahead. enrollment: 445 class size: 22 grades: PreK-8 tuition range: $14,900 TAMPA DAY SCHOOL 12606 Henderson Road, Tampa 33625 813-269-2100; tampadayschool.com We meet the needs of students in grades 2-8 who are struggling in traditional schools due to dyslexia, ADHD, anxiety or mild processing weaknesses.  We are accredited by FCIS/SACS and have an instructional approach that promotes academic engagement to maximize the achievement of students who may learn a little differently. enrollment: 140 class size: 12 grades: 2-8 tuition range: $20,400 + fees

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TAMPA HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL - GLOBAL LEADERSHIP 3719 N. 17th St, Tampa 33610 (temporary) 813-276-5405; tampaheights.mysdhc.org Our students become innovative thinkers who achieve academically and socially through our seven wonders—leadership, environment, economics, wellness, innovation, communication and culture. Students can participate in Model United Nations and Odyssey of the Mind, learn world languages and leadership and experience cultural clusters: yoga, cooking, african art and LEGO makerspace. enrollment: 308 class size: 18-22 grades: K-5 tuition range: free THE VANGUARD SCHOOL 22000 U.S. Highway 27, Lake Wales, 33859 863-676-6091; vanguardschool.org The Vanguard School is a co-educational boarding and day school for students in grades 6-12. Vanguard specializes in educating students who experience academic learning challenges in an environment that works with academic strategies, executive functioning, social skills, celebrates student strengths and assists in transitioning into higher educational opportunities and independent living. enrollment: 120 class size: 6-10 grades: 6-12 tuition range: $25,500 to $49,000 uniforms arts financial aid TampaBayParenting.com FEBRUARY 2020 KEY

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION VILLA MADONNA SCHOOL 315 W. Columbus Drive, Tampa 33602 813-229-1322; villamadonnaschool.com Villa Madonna is a private, Catholic school operated by the Salesian order of Sisters, founded by Saint John Bosco. Villa Madonna School has been a Tampa Tradition for more than 75 years. Villa Madonna's standardized test scores continually exceed the national average in reading, science and math. enrollment: 400 class size: 18 grades: PreK3-8 tuition range: $6,500

WALKER MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL -IB 8282 N. Mobley Road, Odessa 33556 813-631-4726; hillsboroughschools.org/walker We develop creative and confident learners. Communication, reflection and whole-child learning energize Walker Middle Magnet, Odessa's IB World School. As a "Magnet School of Distinction," students are exposed to a rigorous curriculum. High-impact teachers and our Florida Power School Library highlight our exceptional, highly rated team of educators. enrollment: 984 class size: 22 grades: 6-8 tuition range: free WEB OF WISDOM 5238 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday 34690 727-389-4750; wowschools.org WOW is where learning meets adventure and education isn’t limited to the classroom. We offer college preparatory academics (AP/Dual Enrollment) in conjunction with extraordinary extracurriculars. These include snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, climbing, camping, athletics (K-12), computer programming, automotive repair, music and photography. We are the education that you’re looking for, with the experiences that your child will remember forever.  enrollment: 81 class size: 11-19 grades: K-12 tuition range: $7,800 to $10,000 WESTLAKE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 1551 Belcher Road, Palm Harbor, 34683 727-781-3808; westlakechristianschool.org Westlake Christian School, a National Blue Ribbon School, is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/AdvancED. Our mission is to help students develop in their faith, academics, fine arts and athletics. Serving students from northern Pinellas, southern Pasco, Trinity, Westchase and surrounding areas. enrollment: 425 class size: 1 to 18 grades: K-8 tuition range: $8,950 to $9,275 WESTMINSTER ACADEMY 804 North Lincoln Ave., Tampa 33609 813-279-5225; westminstertampa.org Westminster Academy is a Christian school committed to providing a robustly Christ-centered and rigorous classical education to children. We educate the whole child to love what is true, good and beautiful using methods and curriculum that foster a child’s love of learning in a joyful and caring environment. enrollment: 42 class size: 8-10 grades: PreK-5 tuition range: $6,000 to $7,250 WILLIAMS MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL - IB 5020 N. 47th St., Tampa 33610 813-744-8600; hillsboroughschools.org/williams We are a top-ranked IB World School, creating global learners focused on intercultural awareness and communication. Scholar Quest high school credit offerings challenge students in french, algebra and emerging technology in business. Connect through clubs including LEGO Robotics, Model UN, Future Business Leaders of America and our award-winning chess club. enrollment: 841 class size: 22 grades: 6-8 tuition range: free

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YOUNG MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL - CREATIVE SCIENCE CENTRE 1807 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., Tampa 33610 813-276-5739; hillsboroughschools.org/young We empower creative learners with our Project Lead the Way (PLTW) STEM curriculum. We focus on engineering, sustainability and "global planting"—engaging students in hands-on learning with an on-campus hydroponic farm and greenhouse, along with student-constructed rain gardens. Students learn using state-of-the-art technology, including touch-enabled whiteboards and 3-D printers. enrollment: 654 class size: 22 grades: 6-8 tuition range: free uniforms arts financial aid TampaBayParenting.com FEBRUARY 2020 KEY

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When it comes to matters of the heart, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital stands at the forefront of the very latest trends. Most recently, the hospital has become the first in Florida to use a cutting-edge device that repairs holes in the heart more quickly, easily and safely than any previous technology: the Gore Cardioform ASD Occluder. Two months ago, 5-year-old Jaycob Jones became one of the first patients in Florida to be treated successfully with this device by Dr. Jeremy Ringewald, pediatric interventional cardiologist and the Medical Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital. Jaycob was born with a hole between the two upper chambers of his heart— his atria—which is a condition known as an atrial septal defect. Had he been born a few decades ago, his only option would have been open-heart surgery.

However, for many years, improvements in technology have allowed a cardiologist to insert a small catheter into the blood vessel in the upper leg and advance an implantable device through the catheter to the heart to repair most atrial septal defects. A simulation of the Gore Cardioform ASD Occluder shows how a long thin tube is inserted into a vein in the groin. This tube snakes up and comes out in the heart. It goes through the hole in the heart’s wall from the right atrium into the left atrium. It then releases a white foam-like material into the left atrium. The foam blooms into a puffy bell-like shape that then collapses into a thick disc—much like how you can compress a paper lantern into a thick wad. The same process occurs on the other side of the hole in the right atrium, and the two discs are sealed into place, creating a “sandwich” over the original hole. In time, the endocardium, or the inside layer of the heart, grows over the foam, which then becomes part of the inner wall of the heart.

It sounds and looks like magic, but like much in medicine, is the result of painstaking years of research and step-by-step improvements. Ringewald explains that the first such device was developed and refined in the early 2000s. He has used five generations of these devices, but previous versions were not quite as effective or safe for larger holes. The most commonly used device occasionally caused an erosion or hole between the inside and outside of the heart. Although this was something that might take months or years to happen and only occurred in about one in 500 patients, it had serious, sometimes even fatal, consequences. This is the main problem that is avoided by the Gore Cardioform ASD Occluder that was approved last summer, and that Ringewald soon after began using at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital with almost 100 percent success. This new version uses a medical grade Gore-Tex fabric and nickel titanium wires, making the device bigger, stronger and more flexible than previous versions. This means that all but the biggest of holes can be mended with permanent security and peace of mind, even ones that are nearly 4 centimeters in diameter. “It’s very exciting,” says Ringewald. “It means we can close the biggest of holes safely without the worrisome erosion problem.” For patients like Jaycob and their families, an ASD might have meant hours of open-heart surgery followed by a long and painful recovery period. Instead, Ringewald inserted the Gore Cardioform ASD Occluder during a 2-hour procedure, which generally just means a night’s stay—a prelude to a lifetime of peaceful heartbeats.

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FEBRUARY IS HEART MONTH, A GREAT TIME TO SHINE LIGHT ON THE IMPORTANCE OF HEALTHY HEARTS IN CHILDREN AND TEENS. A recent study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that one in four young adults are living with prediabetes, and that can have serious health consequences, like cardiovascular disease. That study coupled with another recently conducted by Raquel Hernandez, M.D., M.P.H., medical director of the Healthy Weight Initiative at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, discovered many children who are currently at a healthy weight might actually be at risk for obesity. She shares simple ways to keep your family healthy.

WAYS TO KEEP KIDS HEARTS HEALTHY FOLLOW 9-5-2-1-0

GET 9 HOURS OF SLEEP Too many children are sleep deprived due to increasingly busy schedules, the use of devices at bedtime and our 24-hour culture. Set a household bedtime and turn off electronic devices.

EAT 5 SERVINGS OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber to keep kids regular and promote feeling full during meals. Keep fruits and vegetables in obvious places in the home for a quick grab.

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ALLOW ONLY 2 HOURS OR LESS OF SCREEN TIME Inactivity is a main risk factor for obesity, diabetes and hypertension. One of the biggest contributors to an inactive lifestyle includes extended screen time. Clock time by using timers and use screen time as a reward.

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ZERO OR ALMOST NO SUGAR SWEETENED BEVERAGES Too often, the excess calories our children consume include those from sodas, sports drinks and other sweetened beverages.

BE AN ADVOCATE FOR YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH Cholesterol Screening for Children is Important Heart disease and stroke are rare in children, but the process begins at a young age and progresses throughout life. It’s important to identify who is at risk early so lifestyle changes like healthy diet and exercise can start immediately. For children who have a family history of high cholesterol, cholesterol screenings should be done before the age of four, with other children receiving a universal screening by ages 9-11. Monitoring Blood Pressure is Important Most children have hypertension secondary to obesity. It is important for pediatricians to check blood pressure and diagnose hypertension. Children should have yearly blood pressure screenings done starting at age 3. The blood pressure is then compared to tables for age, gender and height. If the child’s blood pressure is greater than the 90th percentile, the child should be treated for hypertension.

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WEDU PBS and the Glazer Children’s Museum invite you to join WEDU PBS for our next Free Tuesday as we celebrate the birthday of everyone’s favorite Big Red Dog, Clifford!

Tuesday, Feb. 4 Noon - 6pm Glazer Children’s Museum 110 W Gasparilla Plaza Tampa, FL 33602

FREE GCM ADMISSION + Meet & Greet and Activities

Courtesy of Children’s Board of Hillsborough County Learn more at GlazerMuseum.org/FreeTuesdays or call 813-443-FUN1 (3861) Remember, children must be accompanied by an adult and adults must be accompanied by a child.

ABOUT THE SERIES: Clifford the Big Red Dog, a 20-foot-tall red dog who loves stories, and his owner, Emily Elizabeth, enjoy new adventures as they explore their island home. Clifford, Emily, and their friends all live on Birdwell Island, where they practice good citizenship. Inspired by the scholastic book series by Norman Bridwell, each episode emphasizes social-emotional skills and a curriculum that promotes early literacy and imaginative play. /wedupublicmedia

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FEBRUARY and its mission to promote the well-being of children and families.  glazermuseum.org TODDLER TUESDAYS AT ZOOTAMPA  Feb. 4, 10-10:45 a.m.  Tuesdays are for toddlers! Bring your tiny tot(s) once a month for a morning full of stories, games, sing-a-longs, arts, crafts and even an animal mingle! *Toddler Tuesdays occur once a month and is a members-only event.  zootampa.org BE MINE 2020: BELIEVE IN THE IMPOSSIBLE  Feb. 6, 6-9 p.m.  The Heart Gallery of Tampa’s signature event benefiting local foster children is BACK at Palma Ceia Country Club. Show up in your best costume for a silent auction, Mad Tea Party and inspiring program about adoption and more! Tickets are on sale and start at $125. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit  heartgallerytampa.org/bemine.

BUSCH GARDEN’S REAL MUSIC REAL MASTERS  Through March 15  Check out Busch Gardens online for exclusive live music and all new entertainment throughout the coming months. This month, check out Classics Stones Live, Simply Queen, The Diamonds, Let’s Hang On: America’s #1 Frankie Valli Tribute Show and Eaglemania: The World’s Greatest Eagles Tribute Band! All events are listed on their website with dates, times and further ticketing info.  buschgardens.com SESAME STREET® SAFARI OF FUN KIDS’ WEEKENDS  Feb. 1-16, weekends at 11:30 a.m.  Join the Sesame Street krewe for a pirate filled party! Families can enjoy special character interaction, themed story time, treasure scavenger hunts and dance parties for pirate-inspired fun. NEW this year (Feb. 1-2), families can meet Snuffy during

the first ever Snuffy Weekend in the Sesame Street Safari of Fun area of the park.  buschgardens.com MONSTER JAM  Feb. 1, 7 p.m.  Don’t miss February’s Monster Jam at Raymond James Stadium. Monster Jammers can expect to see Brodozer, Earthshaker, El Toro Loco, Grave Digger and so much more. The gates open at 5 p.m. There’s also an extended option (accompanied by a same-day ticket) for a Pit Party that begins at 2:30 p.m. and gives Pit Party-goers access to Monster Jam trucks and drivers with an opportunity for autographs.  monsterjam.com CHILDREN’S BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FREE TUESDAY  Feb. 4, Noon to 6 p.m.  Enjoy free admission to Glazer Children’s Museum in downtown Tampa as part of its partnership with the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County

2020 FLORIDA STATE FAIR  Feb. 6-17  Enjoy 12 days of nonstop fun with rides, games, live music, agricultural exhibits and, of course, food! Hillsborough County students get in free on Family Day, Friday, Feb. 7. To enter, students must show a student ticket or student I.D. at the gate. All students must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21 with a government–issued ID after 6 p.m.  floridastatefair.com ROCK THE PARK  Feb. 6, 6:30-9:45 p.m.  Rock the Park is a free monthly outdoor music series. This month’s rock the park will feature The Urbane Cowboys, Riley Moore and Redlight Stare. Admission is free.  rocktheparktampa.com WINEFEST 2020: CABBYSHACK  Feb 7-8, 7-10 p.m.  Tampa Theatre is teeing up for its 18th annual WineFest, hoping to hit a hole in one with Cabbyshack, featuring an exclusive wine pairing dinner and auction on Friday and an exciting wine tasting with small plates from Tampa’s pre-

miere independent restaurants on Saturday. And though the theme may be silly, WineFest’s purpose is most serious: The theatre’s biggest annual fundraiser supports the historic landmark’s preservation and artistic and educational programming.  tampatheatre.org LIPPO THE CLOWN  Feb. 8, 11 a.m.  Get your little ones out of the house and giggle your way through this big-top show with Lippo the Clown at the Straz Center. Tickets are only $7.50.  strazcenter.org 2020 HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY LINE DANCING CELEBRATION  Feb. 8, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Boot scoot and boogie on over to the Northdale Recreation Center to celebrate country line dancing. Doors open at 9 a.m. and include classes of all levels, as well as open dancing. Lunch is included in cost of the $25 ticket.  eventbrite.com BLIPPI LIVE!  Feb. 9, 3 p.m.  Blippi Live brings the energetic and loveable character Blippi off the screen and onto the stage with world-class production, audience engagement and amazing music. In the Live show they will continue to learn about the world around them while singing and dancing along. Tickets start at $25. VIP meet-and-greet upgrades are also available.  strazcenter.org MUTTS GONE NUTS   Feb. 9, 1 p.m.  Got a little one who is obsessed with dogs? Take them to see the unexpected as these mutts jump, catch, flip and soar through the air. These trickster dogs are some of the best four-legged performers you will meet! And they are cute to boot! Tickets start at $18.  rutheckerdhall.com PATEL CONSERVATORY PRESENTS THE JUNGLE BOOK, KIDS!  Feb. 13-16, various times  Disney’s “The Jungle Book” comes to life in this fun stage adaption for kids. Enjoy all the classic characters, Mowgli, Baloo and more, as students age 7-10 take on their roles. Tickets start at $20.  strazcenter.org

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ANDREA BOCELLI  Feb. 14, 8:30 p.m.  Andrea Bocelli will be joined by Opera Tampa for a special Valentine’s day performance at Amalie Arena. Bocelli sold out Amalie in 2018 and is back again with his world famous voice to bring us soaring arias and music perfect for celebrating love. Tickets start at $132.  strazcenter.org

KID TIME SERIES: CINDERELLA  Feb. 29, Noon and 4 p.m.  Every little princess dreams of meeting her prince charming one day, and the tale of Cinderella is as classic as it gets! However, The Panto Company USA has put their own twist on this classic tale to keep your toes tapping and audiences entertained. Tickets start at $12.50.  strazcenter.org

THE SPOUSE WHISPERER  Feb. 14-16, various times  You may be asking, what is a spouse whisperer and where do I find one? From “love at first sight” to “‘til death do you part” and everything in between, take this journey with comedian Mark Cordes as he delivers his critically-acclaimed one-man show.  strazcenter.org PAW PATROL: ADVENTURE PLAY   Feb. 15-May 25  Head over to Glazer Children’s Museum to explore Adventure Bay with Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Everest, Rocky, Zuma and Tracker. “There’s no job too big, no pup too small!” The museum will be closed Feb. 10-11 for the installation of this exhibit.  glazermuseum.org PUBLIX TOO GOOD FOR DRUGS JR. GASPARILLA DISTANCE CLASSIC  Feb. 15, 8:30 a.m. to Noon  Get your littles on the run! Ages 2-10 are welcomed to Jefferson High School Stadium for a day full of fun. Races range from 30 yards to 1 mile depending on age. Registration is free until Feb. 12. Race day registration is available at Jefferson High School beginning at 8:30 a.m. for $5. More details at  rungasparilla.com/ jr-classic. MONSTER ENERGY AMA SUPERCROSS  Feb. 15, Noon to 6 p.m.  Monster Energy AMA Supercross is the premier off-road motorcycle racing series on the planet, attracting the world’s top professional riders. These incredible athletes will achieve the impossible as they attempt daring stunts and tricks. Your adrenaline will surely be pumping at this event! Tickets start at $15.  supercrosslive.com BEER, BOURBON & BBQ FESTIVAL  Feb. 15, Noon to 6 p.m.  Curtis Hixon Park will host the 6th Annual “pork-out” of this beloved festival. Expect to find beer, bourbon, barbeque, bacon, biscuits, bluegrass and more. DJ’s will be jamming all day long. General admission is $29 and valid from 2 p.m. VIP are $79 and start at noon.  beerandbourbon.com

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TAMPA TACO FEST 2020  Feb. 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Make your way to Al Lopez Park for sunshine and tacos! Enjoy 30+ food trucks and beverage stations, live bands, traditional mariachi and DJs throughout the day. $5 entry, kids 12 and under are free.  813tacofest.com

DEEP FRIED DASH 5K AND FUN RUN!  Feb. 15, race starts at 7 a.m.  This race will take runners through the fairgrounds complete with sights and smells. All proceeds from the Deep Fried Dash will benefit the Florida State Fair Foundation. Register at  bit.ly/deepfrieddash . BAY AREA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL  Feb. 15-Mar. 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Fair maidens and merciful gents are invited out to the Tampa Bay Renaissance Festival that takes guests back to the 16th century. With over 100 artisans, enjoy a truly one-of-akind shopping experience and go back 400 years when you view live action jousting.  bayarearenfest.com MEAN GIRLS  Feb. 18-23, various times  The beloved teen show “Mean Girls” is coming to the Straz Center. Follow the hilariously entertaining journey of Cady as she becomes the new girl in school and works to make her way into the ‘it’ crowd. But it’s not as easy as she may have thought! Tickets start at $44.  strazcenter.org PUBLIX GASPARILLA DISTANCE CLASSIC  Feb. 22-23, various times  There is a race for everyone with your choice of 5K, 8K, 15K, or half-marathon. The 5K and 15K will take place on Saturday and the 8K and half-marathon on Sunday.  rungasparilla.com MARDI GRAS WEEKEND AT BUSCH GARDENS  Feb. 22-23  New this year at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is Mardi Gras.

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Guests can enjoy limited-time food, cocktails, entertainment and live music all Mardi Gras style at the Moroccan Palace Plaza.  buschgardens.com CLEARWATER SEA-BLUES FESTIVAL  Feb. 22-23  This two-day open-air seafood festival is becoming well known in the Tampa Bay area for its fresh food and live music. Located in Coachman park, this festival is free to the public with VIP and reserved seating options.  myclearwaterevents.com FLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL  Feb. 27-Mar. 8   Celebrate the strawberry harvest of Hillsborough County with entertainment, youth livestock shows, rides, commercial exhibits, and of course, delicious fair-style food—including the famous strawberry shortcake.  flstrawberryfestival.com

SLEEPING BEAUTY  Feb. 29, 8 p.m.  The Russian National Ballet is one of the top touring companies in the world and is returning to Ruth Eckerd Hall to perform this classic fairytale. Experience the story in a whole new way as the dancers speak without words through graceful and powerful movement.  rutheckerdhall.com BUSCH GARDEN’S FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL  Feb. 29-April 26, weekends  Savor culinary delights and sample an expanded selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails from around the world at Busch Gardens in Tampa. Some of the biggest acts in musical entertainment will take the stage every weekend.  buschgardens.com DINOS ALIVE!  Feb. 29 – May 31  Head over to ZooTampa to discover species that haven’t been seen for millions of years! Enjoy fossil digs, life-size animatronic dinosaurs and fun for the whole family!  zootampa.org

GASPARILLA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS 50TH ANNIVERSARY  Feb. 29-Mar. 1, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park will host over 250 visual artists for the 50th anniversary of the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts. Enjoy children’s activities, live entertainment, local food and beverages, pay-as-youwill admission to the Tampa Museum of Art and more. Complementary shuttle service from the Poe Garage will be provided.  gasparillaarts.com

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