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Fall Gardening What to plant right now Find Good in News Local reporter on positive storytelling Holiday Home Design Thanksgiving décor ideas from local designers Portraits of a Family Spotlight on four Tampa Bay area families Guest Editor Hope lives in the holiday tent Adoption Stories Celebrating National Adoption Month Feeding Tampa Bay How to help local families in need
Corbett Prep Choose a vibrant preschool Libraries Give Back Find resources for business, coaching and assistance Hillsborough Schools Referendum Local PTA in support of the ballot initiative
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BEAUTY + STYLE 58 Trendy Baby Mother of all Baby Showers finds the newest baby gear
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Winter Village Downtown Tampa’s annual event returns this month! Volunteer as a Family How to give back in Tampa Bay Holiday Gift Market The Junior League of Tampa features Paws Publishing
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‘Tis the season in more ways than one. Sarah, my pride and joy, my one and only, my top priority, left the nest two months ago. She told me she read somewhere that parents of only children act especially crazy when their children leave home. The truth is that I do want to talk to her every day, whether it’s a three-minute phone call or a 50-minute FaceTime session. We also can’t avoid that she is an only child raised by a single mother since the age of 5. Suddenly, she’s a young adult and doing well in college. I often find myself reminiscing about the difficult promise I made to give her roots and then wings to fly. The last time we spoke in the wee hours of the morning, Sarah shared a paper she had written about something that had profoundly impacted her life. It
was a story about how her mom worked at a nonprofit called Metropolitan Ministries, an organization that helps poor and homeless families find a better life. She went on to describe her own volunteer moments at the Ministries’ holiday tent. She recalled a little boy named Sammy asking if she had food in her refrigerator at home, because he did not. Sarah described observing my 11 years working at Metropolitan Ministries and her own volunteering as “a way to gather strength for her inner spirit. The world can be an ugly, cruel place, but you can bring sunshine and laughter to your little corner.” It was then that I knew she would be okay. Of all the special occasions parents can share with their children, volunteering and showing compassion for others is a true gift to give and receive.
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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 10 and 13-year-olds around in her minivan. She never leaves home without her library card. You can find her at youreditingsolutions.com.
Carrie Mobley is a wife, mother of four boys, gardening expert on HSN, television personality, professional singer, and a lover of butterflies, vodka, and music. Find her on Facebook at Carrie Mobley and Instagram @carriemobley631
JENNIFER HODGES Jennifer Hodges is the Supervisory Librarian in Community Engagement for Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library. She lives in Land O' Lakes with her husband James, a web application developer, and their three children. Jennifer and their family love theatre/ Broadway, listening to audiobooks and singing all 20,520 words to 'Hamilton: An American Musical.'
Lauren Mooser is a full-time working wife and mother of an active toddler with another on the way. She moved to Tampa three years ago from New York City, where she was a marketing professional for a data center technology company. She is currently the Director of Marketing for Armature Works.
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Thomas Mantz is the Executive Director of Feeding Tampa Bay, the largest hunger-relief organization in Tampa Bay, which serves the 10-county West Central Florida region and delivers more than 3 million meals each month.
DONNA KRAUSER Donna Krauser, CWCM-Sup and CWLC-Sup brings over 28 years of prior experience in child welfare to Children’s Home Network, including leadership positions as a Foster Parent Program Director, a Licensing and Placement Director, and Foster Home and Adoption Network Coordinator.
ASHLEY GAUGHAN Ashley Gaughan owns Ashley Gaughan Interiors, a full service residential interior design firm that specializes in all aspects from new construction, renovation, to accessorizing and staging. Ashley’s training and expert industry experience of over 10 years gives her an unmatched eye for detail.
JULIANNE HENDRICKSON Julianne Hendrickson lives in South Tampa with her family. As an interior designer, she offers everything from color consults to construction management. As a mom of two small children, she understands the need for design to be both budget-friendly and functionally beautiful. Find her at hendricksoninteriors.com or on Facebook.
ALISHA STEPHENS The grateful mom of 7-year-old twin girls, Alisha Stephens serves as the President Elect & Advocacy Co-Chair for Mitchell Elementary PTA. She and her husband, Chris, are both Florida natives and University of Florida graduates. She worked in the finance industry before becoming a stay-at-home mom. She spends time doing almost anything outdoors (especially fishing, hiking, biking and reading).
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LIFE + HOME | FALL GARDENING
FALL IN LOVE WITH GARDENING INTRODUCE YOUR KIDDOS TO PLANTS THIS SEASON By Carrie Mobley
Water is a MUST
Most of you are in zone 9. This is very important in knowing which plants to plant. It comes down to how much cold or heat a plant can tolerate. You have a little wiggle room. I have several tropical trees that are better in zone 10. It just meant I had to cover them from frost, especially when they were babies. Keep in mind many nurseries sell plants that do not survive in our zone. However, the back of each tag on your plant will give you the information.
Every time someone tells me they “kill everything” they plant, I already know the problem. Daily watering is necessary. And, in small pots, you might need twice a day watering. It’s a commitment! During the rainy season, we get a little help from Mother Nature. But as we enter fall, you have to be diligent. This is a great task for kids. It’s hard to overwater. Pots have a hole for drainage, and the earth will know what to do with the excess water if ground planting. If you know you can’t commit that much, succulents are very trendy right now! And they can go weeks without water.
Choose fresh herbs and fruit trees
Not only will you find the pleasure in using those fresh herbs in your cooking, but they’re easy to grow and kids will love picking them right off the plant to taste. Fresh mint, basil, thyme, parsley and cilantro are inexpensive and fun options. If you see insects starting to munch on them, simply mix soapy water in a spray bottle and spray the plants. Fruit trees like lemon, peach, (just make sure it is a “low chill” variety of peach) and avocado are easy to plant and can even live for years in a large pot. You won’t believe how much pleasure you’ll find in watching the blooms turn into fruit! I’m looking forward to these upcoming cooler months in which so many veggies thrive. Choose beans, broccoli, carrots, leeks, onions and spinach. Start small! And enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of your labor.
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AS A MICHIGAN NATIVE AND THE DAUGHTER OF A MASTER GARDENER, MY OPTIONS WERE ALMOST ENDLESS IN THE BEAUTIFUL SPRINGS AND SUMMERS OF GARDENING IN THE NORTH. WHEN I FOUND OUT WE WERE RELOCATING TO TAMPA, I COULDN’T CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT! BIRDS OF PARADISE, BOUGAINVILLEA, AND YEAR-ROUND GARDENING WEATHER WERE CALLING MY NAME! BUT… OH, MY GOSH, IT’S HOT. IT’S SO HUMID. THERE ARE INSECTS AND DISEASES I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW EXISTED. AFTER 17 YEARS OF GARDENING AND FOUR SONS LATER, I’D LOVE TO SHARE WHAT I HAVE LEARNED AND HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF GARDENING WITH YOUR KIDDOS.
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FIND GOOD | LIFE + HOME
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Bobby Lewis with his family at a recent book signing.
in the news
hile relaxing on a cabin porch in the hills of North Carolina, three-time Emmy-award winning television reporter Bobby Lewis clearly felt God plant a mission in his heart. It was time to remind people that good news is not extinct. “Usually, we associate newscasts with depressing stories and deflating reports,” says Lewis, who was born in St. Petersburg and lives in Seminole with his wife of nine years, Juslin, and their two children, Ava and Easton. “Fires, shootings and disasters pepper the headlines. Despite the disappointing outlook, there is reason to celebrate the many joyful moments all around us. They often feel hidden, but the good news is easy to find if you know where to look.”
I THINK THE GOOD NEWS OUGHT TO BE IN THE NEWS. - Bobby Lewis
A 10News WTSP feature reporter and Clearwater High and University of South Florida graduate, Lewis has been uncovering uplifting, feel-good stories for his daily human interest segment, “On The Road,” since 2014. He’s compiled 28 of those stories into his new book, “Finding Joy Beyond the Headlines.”
“I think good news ought to be in the news,” Lewis says. “The headlines are awful, but God is working in our media mess.” Inspired by seeing God move in incredible ways in the lives of the people he’s interviewed, Lewis picked seven Biblical principles to unwrap in “Finding Joy Beyond the Headlines.” Each chapter highlights a different principle – love, joy, giving, ambition, blessing, thankfulness and perseverance – and shares a real news story from his travels. Each person featured exemplifies his or her chapter principle and shows how God can do amazing things in the lives of people who are seeking joy. You’ll feel connected to a child photography phenom, a WWII pilot and a colorblind landscaper. You’ll fall in love with an ageless mermaid, a Santa-in-training and even a cancer-defeating Mr. Universe. One major distinction for Lewis’ book is the ability for readers to watch the original news segments for each character found within the pages. He’s compiled all the links for his stories at findingjoybeyondtheheadlines.com. Hearing from the book subjects in their own words adds credibility to the miracles God performed in their lives. Website testimonials also help readers get to know the book subjects even better. The book has been reviewed by Team USA Olympic Chaplain, Asif Shaikh, “Wheel of Fortune” co-host Vanna White, and 14-time author Jennifer Rothschild. Negative headlines are not going away. Fortunately, neither is God. Embrace the joyful news all around you with Lewis’ new book, “Finding Joy Beyond The Headlines,” and watch more stories like the ones featured in the book weeknights on 10News WTSP at 5:30 p.m.
UNCOVERING UPLIFTING STORIES
The book was printed by WestBow Press and is available at findingjoybeyondtheheadlines.com.
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LIFE + HOME | HOLIDAY HOME DESIGN
here for the turkey design ideas for the holidays Julianne Hendrickson & Ashley Gaughan
The holidays can be stressful. From designing a menu to designing a comfortable space for them to stay, it is time to entertain your family and friends. Here are a few tips from local interior designers Julianne Hendrickson and Ashley Gaughan to prepare your home.
prep a guest room
spruce up your dining space
Place fresh towels, linens, and toiletries for your guests to use and enjoy.
Add a holiday-specific table runner and new host chairs to freshen your dining room.
Ashley’s choice for towels: Pottery Barn Hydro-Cotton
Julianne’s choice for linens: Frontgate
stock the bar Create a stylish bar area. Use unique glassware, and a pitcher always doubles as a vase for fresh flowers.
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Ashley loves these chairs from Ballard Designs
Julianne’s pick: glassware from Crate and Barrel
Ashley’s choice for a stylish bar tray from Target
Julianne likes this table runner from Williams Sonoma Home
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LIFE + HOME | FAMILIES
Portraits of a family By Tara Payor, Ph.D.
Family—a beautiful, powerful word. For some, it conjures up images of what family is supposed to look like. Holidays can be trying, as we pressure ourselves to fit molds of what families are supposed to be and do. These Tampa families created new molds.
The Gannuch family
For 5+ years, Stephanie and Cy Gannuch tried conceiving. “I tried everything, acupuncture, the whole gamut,” Stephanie says. Then she prayed. “I heard a voice say, ‘There’s a soul out there for you.’” She knew they were called to adopt. They hurried to complete the months-long home study process, undergoing medical tests, providing financial records, creating a family profile, and securing recommendations.
Stephanie says. Emee’s paperwork was signed on Stephanie’s birthday—another gift, another sign. The Gannuchs send Mother’s Day cards, Christmas gifts, and an annual book of highlights to the birth mother. “She’d never do anything to disrupt their lives. I know she loves them.” They speak to the girls about adoption—explaining how the birth mother carried them in her belly because Stephanie couldn’t, and underscoring how families are made differently. “They know we’re meant to be together, that they grew in my heart.” Annually, they celebrate Gotcha Day. Every Dec. 20, they recognize the girls’ release by visiting Parksdale Farms for strawberry shortcake. At Christmas, they create traditions with neighbors: “We watch movies in the yard, in PJs. I want them to know friends are family.”
Some feel one child completes their family. Others, two. For the Billos, nine might be the number. Ann has eight children with husband, James, and one stepson. Ages: 23, 18, 15, 10, 9, 7, 5, 3, and newborn. The Billos didn’t envision nine children. Actually, two children and six years in, marital difficulty bubbled. “I asked God make clear what He wanted me to do. I came to a conviction that we’d have another baby, though I didn’t want one.” Neither partner was on board. Their goals were rebuilding and staying married. James’ life counsel assured him children are
In under a week, a mom chose them. Everly was born Labor Day weekend—the Gannuch’s 5th wedding anniversary. “There were signs all along.” Birth mothers The Billos family have 48 hours postpartum to sign official paperwork. Stephanie wasn’t nervous. Leaving the hospital, she saw a rainbow: “That was my sign. I had peace.” The birth mother signed paperwork on her own 21st birthday. Then, the adoption attorney called again. Everly’s birth mother was pregnant again, and wanted the babies to be together. “We wanted them together, too. There was nothing to think about,” 16 TampaBayParenting.com | NOVEMBER 2018
blessings. A month later, Ann was pregnant. Baby three was just 6 months when Ann got pregnant again: “We were shocked but decided we’d welcome these children— these blessings.” Ann admits feeling overwhelmed: “I just want to cry sometimes, but God’s faithful.” For a family of 11, celebrations are undertakings. They simultaneously celebrate each month’s birthdays. Ann hosts Thanksgiving because guests traveling to them is easier. They don’t do Santa but do exchange gifts: “We follow something you want, something you need, and something to read.”
Brian advises: “Put personal feelings aside and your child first. Bella’s our guiding light.” Respect is non-negotiable. “No matter what happened to our marriage,” Brian added, “there were no crossed words about raising Bella.” Brian and Katherine demonstrate that divorce doesn’t have to mean a crumbling of respect, communication, and putting children first. “When those aren’t in place,” said Brian, “it’s to the child’s detriment.” The Cleary kids
Five years into marriage and with a 3-year-old daughter, Brian and Katherine divorced. Four years later, they’re intent on successful co-parenting. Bella spends two days with each parent and alternates weekends: “We didn’t want an entire week without seeing her,” explains Katherine. Co-parenting includes FaceTime on the way to school and sharing daily pictures. They were pleased at back-to-school night because, for the first time, the teacher prepared an informational packet for each of them. Both are heavily involved in Bella’s academics, and extra items are kept at each house. Busy attorneys, their assistants check the shared “Isabella” calendar before scheduling anything. Both believe overcommunication is key. The three spend Christmas morning together and take Bella gift shopping for one another: “At first, it was stressful not having her all of Christmas day,” Katherine says. “Now, we all know it’s okay.” Each celebrates with Bella before or after actual holidays. They’ve created traditions, including mommydaughter days at Nordstrom and daddy-daughter date nights at the Straz.
Families blend cultures. The Clearys did. Deeply connected to her Peruvian roots, Charlene’s helped Brian and children—Christian and Carina—embrace Peru’s traditions. They celebrate Noche Buena, which includes a spread of lechon (roast pork) and papa rellena (stuffed potato). Charlene loves that the kids have a slumber party like she and her sisters did. Just after midnight, Christmas music plays, cueing the kids to wake and wish baby Jesus a happy birthday and family a Feliz Navidad. Then, they open presents: “It’s spirited and loud,” says Charlene. Loud music, flying wrapping paper, excited kids, and adults sipping spiked eggnog. “It’s a bit overwhelming for Brian, who wears ear plugs.” During their engagement, Charlene felt out of place because Brian’s family celebrations were so quiet. She’s now focused on sharing Peruvians’ New Year’s tradition of running around the block with an empty suitcase at midnight: “It signifies a year of travel. I remember doing it in Lima, when young.” Families are uniquely made. This holiday season and beyond, embrace your family’s mold and hold strong to the fire of family love.
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metro ministries HOPE LIVES IN THE HOLIDAY TENT
LEARN MORE Find the Metropolitan Ministries’ main campus at 2002 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, 33602 The Pasco County campus is located at 3214 US Highway 19, Holiday, 34691. The main Holiday Tent is located at 905 N. Governor St. (tucked in just west of North Nebraska Avenue and East Cass Street) in downtown Tampa. Visit metromin.org and metromin.org/holiday-central.
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GUEST EDITOR | LIFE + HOME
By Justine Burke, V.P. Marketing, Metropolitan Ministries
ounded in 1972, Metropolitan Ministries is a local grassroots, donor and volunteerfueled community nonprofit. We provide practical solutions for poor and homeless families and individuals in the Tampa Bay region. Through services that are designed to alleviate suffering, promote dignity and instill self-sufficiency as an expression of the ongoing ministry of Jesus Christ, Metropolitan Ministries strives to be America’s most effective and innovative caregiver for those in need. Our services help individuals, children and families, no matter how serious the need. Whether they need to get off the streets at night or they’re seeking education so they can get a job that will support their family, we can help. Healing broken lives and building strong, caring communities Evany is 76 years old, retired, and living off social security. She came to register for holiday assistance. Sometimes she only has one meal a day, cereal and coffee. She says she is grateful because she can turn a Thanksgiving dinner into two weeks worth of meals. Dan told us that he hasn’t had electricity in his home, where he lives with his wife and four children, for a month and a half. When people
DURING THIS THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SEASON, WE WILL HELP 20,000 FAMILIES IN FOUR COUNTIES.
come to us for holiday assistance, we often find their suffering is actually year round. Liz came for help because she has terminal stage 4 cancer and the medical bills have fractured her financially. She said every holiday that comes around is one more she gets to have, and since she was diagnosed with cancer, she’s learned that every day is a gift. We reach 32,000 homeless or at-risk men, women, and children each year through our services. More than 124 families and 300 children live on our main campuses, and we will case-manage 740 families this year, both on and off campus. Over 400 families were prevented from becoming homeless in the last year through our prevention and diversion programs. During this Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season, we will help 20,000 families in four counties, who would otherwise go without, with food and toys so that they may have hope and a reason to smile. Volunteering at the Holiday Tent Every year during the holiday season, Metropolitan Ministries constructs what has become an iconic symbol of hope in the Tampa Bay area—the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent. This tent is no ordinary tent. In fact, it has grown over the years to be the size of a football field in order to accommodate more than 100,000 people who will visit during November and December. People from all walks of life come to donate, volunteer and receive services. More than 10,000 volunteers each year give their time and hearts at the holiday tent. Volunteers range in age from 12 to 90, and teachable moments are everywhere. It’s all about the community uniting for the greater good because no one should go without a holiday if we can do something about it. Metropolitan Ministries expects 20,000 hurting families that can’t afford a holiday to seek assistance this season. That number is up slightly from 18,000 families in 2017. Families in need are currently registering to receive assistance for
food and toys for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The hurt is overwhelming for moms and dads who are struggling to provide for their families. Given the choice, most would go without eating to give their children a holiday. Many are already making extreme sacrifices and there is nothing left over for traditional celebrations and gift giving. Metropolitan Ministries aims to bring Thanksgiving and Christmas to these families through services offered at the holiday tent. Because so much of the food and labor is donated, the Ministries’ cost to provide a hot meal is just $1.96. More ways to get involved Without true community collaboration, so many would be left out in the cold with no hope for a future. When individuals, businesses, corporate groups, and families volunteer and donate to Metropolitan Ministries, we are able to provide a holiday experience that is out of reach for so many hurting families in Tampa Bay. Some of the most important ways to get involved include: hosting a food or toy drive, volunteering, offering your special skill or service, being an advocate, and making a monetary donation. All of these opportunities are available and needed 365 days a year. Hope counts on you.
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Friday, December 7th, 2018 | New Beginnings Christian Church 4100 South Manhattan Avenue, Tampa 33611
Friday January 11th, 2019 | Iglesia Missionera A/D 10651 Anderson Road, Tampa 33625 Thursday, Feb. 7th, 2019 | Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church 16650 US Highway 301 South, Wimauma 33598 Friday, March 1st, 2019 | Grace Point Plant City 1107 Charlie Griffin Road, Plant City 33566 Thursday, March 28th, 2019 | Grace Family Church (South Tampa Campus) 4479 West Gandy Boulevard, Tampa 33611 Friday, April 26th, 2019 | St. Timothy’s Catholic Church 17512 Lakeshore Road, Lutz 33558 Thursday, May 30th, 2019 | City Life Church 8411 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa 33614 Thursday, July 11th, 2019 | Manhattan Center (FDLRS) 4210 West Bay Villa Avenue, Tampa 33611 22 TampaBayParenting.com | NOVEMBER 2018
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ADOPTION STORIES | LIFE + HOME
love MAKES A FAMILY
By Donna Krauser,
Chief of Out of Home Care at the Children’s Home Network
ovember is National Adoption Month, and an opportunity for all of us to reflect on family and how important it is for the community to embrace foster and adoptive parents. For many parents who are called to be a family, the pathway may be anything but traditional, as the Vandenbergs’ story demonstrates. The Vandenberg family will soon celebrate 20 years of marriage, six years of fostering, and more recently, the adoption of two brothers for a total of three adopted children from Hillsborough County’s foster care system. The Vandenbergs became foster parents in 2012, eager to make a difference in the lives of children who were victims of traumatic experiences. They made it their mission to offer each child in their care the unconditional love and support they desperately needed to heal. They worked hard to meet the individual needs of each child, including emotional and unique medical needs, such as reflux, liver disease and neurological issues. No matter the obstacle, the Vandenbergs always prioritized the best interest of each and every child. As a result, the children thrived.
Their focus was to help reconnect children with their biological families. I’m thrilled to share that out of the 10 children that the family fostered, seven have been able to return home to be with their biological families. Although the Vandenbergs had no intention of adopting, they created an unbreakable bond with three children, who became part of their forever family through adoption. For children transitioning from foster care to adoption, permanency is bigger than the word adoption. For these children, the sense of “home” means so much more. It’s a sense of belonging, feeling safe and loved, and ultimately, cared for. Permanency is having a place and people to belong to no matter what happens. It brings with it the sense of unconditional love and support, something we all need as human beings. These days, the Vandenberg family continues to thrive and grow in love and appreciation for each other. They feel as if their family is now complete with three young boys, and have decided to switch gears in foster care. The family is no longer actively fostering, but instead, is focused completely on parenting and teaching their children, prioritizing education and life experiences, and of course, advocating for foster care and adoption. For the miracle of family, the Vandenbergs, and so many others like them: Thank you for your love, sacrifice, and service, for being foster parents and for the beauty of adoption!
LEARN MORE ABOUT FOSTERING Contact the Fostering Families program at the Children’s Home Network at 813-864-1403 or visit childrenshomenetwork. org/fostering-families
The Vandenberg family with their three adopted sons.
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LIFE + HOME | FEEDING TAMPA BAY
3 MINUTES 3 HOURS $30 WHETHER YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES OR THREE HOURS, THERE ARE MANY WAYS YOU CAN HELP FUEL THE POTENTIAL OF THE YOUNG MINDS OF TAMPA BAY 3 Minutes
The struggle of hunger is often silent, but you can give those in need a voice at HungerIsQuiet.com.
Feeding Tampa Bay’s Family Night gives parents with children of any age an opportunity to network with other like-minded families and volunteer in a productive way.
Feeding Tampa Bay can provide 10 meals for every $1 donated, creating 30 meals for just $30 this holiday season.
Help Fuel Potential
this Holiday Season Thomas Mantz, Executive Director, Feeding Tampa Bay
lunch box. It may seem like a small and insignificant part of a child’s day. But as a parent, you aspire to fill that box with more than just food. It represents the care that goes into preparing a meal made with love. Across Tampa Bay, 1 in 4 children deal with a hunger that they can’t understand every day. The stories of these children and their families are often overlooked, but are vital to understanding the impact that hunger has on childhood. The absence of a lunch box is more than a lost piece of childhood – it’s the absence of healthy meals. For a child, food is more than sustenance. Food fuels potential. It’s a conduit for growth, is vital for learning, and a common ground for family time. Hunger doesn’t take a break after the holiday season. It’s a year-round struggle affecting 1 in 7 of our hard-working neighbors. Feeding Tampa Bay exists to feed the potential of children and families in our community. Supported by more than 500 partner agencies, programs such as our school pantries, after school meals, backpack programs and mobile pantries are working to end hunger in Tampa Bay. When these children have access to healthy meals and consistent nourishment, they become more engaged and confident students, making them more likely to receive good grades and interact with friends and classmates. In fact, our Feeding Minds School Pantry program has been so instrumental to student success that 10 additional pantries will be opening in the 2018-19 school year. This holiday season, when you donate to Feeding Tampa Bay, you are fueling the future of children in our community.
At Feeding Tampa Bay, we are inspired by our caring community of families in this region, and we wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season. Feedingtampabay.org
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EDUCATION DIRECTORY | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
TO PRIVATE AND CHARTER SCHOOLS IN TAMPA BAY
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. Alongside challenging academics, competitive championship sports teams, and distinguished arts and science programs, Academy students celebrate love of learning and the joy in the journey, all within a culture that teaches empathy and virtue. enrollment: 450
class size: 14
tuition range: $11,580-$23,710
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: 955
class size: varies
PreK4-8 coed, grades: 9-12 girls tuition range: $12,150 to $19,160
ADMIRAL FARRAGUT ACADEMY 501 Park St. N., St. Petersburg, 33710 727-384-5500; farragut.org Admiral Farragut Academy is a co-ed private school with boarding for grades 8-12. Farragut is an experience, a journey, and a launch point for life. The students represent 32 countries and 17 U.S. states. Signature programs include Aviation, Marine Science, Scuba, Sailing, Engineering, NJROTC, and Leadership. Summer camps also offered. enrollment: 500
class size: 18
tuition range: $12,400 to $23,300
BERKELEY PREPARATORY SCHOOL 4811 Kelly Road, Tampa, 33615 813-885-1673; berkeleyprep.org Berkeley presents a safe, nurturing environment featuring inspiring teaching, engaged parents and alumni, and outstanding resources. We offer a broad curricular and extracurricular program enjoyed by an exceptional and diverse community of learners. We develop and expect strong character, promote innovation and growth, and desire excellence in all that we do. enrollment: 1,380
class size: 20
tuition range: $17,760 to $25,640
BISHOP LARKIN CATHOLIC SCHOOL 8408 Monarch Drive, Port Richey, FL 34668 727-862-6981; bishoplarkin.org Our school has been serving families for over 28 years and is a Christ-centered learning environment that fosters spiritual and academic growth. We are an accredited school and our nurturing faculty and staff work together with our parents and parish communities to provide our students with strong academics and other excellent programs. enrollment: 250
class size: 20-30
tuition range: $6,000 to $8,000
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 KEY
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CORBETT PREP | EDUCATION
Baccalaureate Primary (IB) Years Programme to guide students through stimulating units of inquiry in ways that support Dr. Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences as well as engage all learning styles.
FREE PLAY While an academic curriculum is important, valuable lessons take place on the playground. Studies have shown that active free play can improve children’s thinking skills and help them socially, emotionally and physically. They develop compassion and understanding of others during imaginative role play and learn to problem-solve during dedicated time for free play.
TO A CHILD’S NATURAL
PreK is a time for children to develop independence, self-sufficiency and responsibility. Teachers may put students in charge of signing their names when they arrive as they stash their lunchboxes in their cubbies. Many classes have small jobs as well, assigning students to hold doors, lead the lines or turn off the lights. It’s important for prekindergarteners to have a safe and supportive environment to work on these new skills.
CHILD'S PLAY CHOOSE A VIBRANT PRE-K By Courtney Cairns Pastor
ith oversized magnifying glasses and handmade binoculars, PreK3 students peer intently at puddles, trees and squirrels, making observations about everything they spot. The focus this week is the sense of sight, and 3-year-olds in Corbett Prep’s PreKindergarten program are on a hike around campus to see what they can see. Back in the classroom, teachers point out how our senses play different roles, asking students to think about the differences in how snacks taste in the dark or if color still exists without light. In PreK4, meanwhile, students studying body systems visit Corbett Prep’s Application Lab to peek inside the body using the augmented reality technology of zSpace. Wearing 3D glasses, the 4-yearolds examine detailed 3D images of the
circulatory and digestive systems that look so real students reach out to try to touch them. Engaging lessons that appeal to a child’s natural curiosity instill the joy of learning at a young age. The prekindergarten years are critical in preparing students academically, socially and behaviorally for kindergarten and the rest of their education. How can parents make sure their child’s preschool is up to the task? Here are some important factors to consider when looking for a great prekindergarten program.
CURRICULUM Three- and 4-year-olds will amaze you with what they are able to learn. PreK3 teachers at Corbett Prep introduce their students to famous works of art as they study how people express themselves. Parents are surprised to hear students come home talking about Degas painting ballerinas or identifying “The Starry Night” as a Van Gogh painting. Teachers in a high-quality prekindergarten program have a research-based curriculum to follow, and they make sure students are challenged beyond basic school readiness skills. Corbett Prep teachers use the International
THE JOY OF
A YOUNG AGE.
ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES Exposure to visual and performing arts, international languages and athletics in “specials” classes or extracurricular activities provides opportunities for kids to discover their natural gifts at an early age as well as appreciate the perspectives and talents of others, creating social-emotional learning lessons. Each discipline also offers specific benefits to a child’s development and confidence. Art classes, for example, improve students’ fine motor and critical thinking skills, while sports and physical education promote teamwork and develop coordination. At Corbett Prep, specials teachers often work with classroom teachers to tie what they do into the current academic unit. Music teachers brought soundwaves to life as part of the IB unit on senses, beating a drum to make grains of rice vibrate so the PreK3 students could “see” sound. A quality PreK program allows students to grow in many different ways during these critical years. When trained teachers create a warm, encouraging environment within a well-rounded curriculum, students become comfortable taking risks academically and socially. With so much to discover about their world and themselves, young students in robust prekindergarten classes gain the foundation and confidence they need for success in kindergarten and beyond. OCTOBER 2018 | TampaBayParenting.com 27
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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, and more. Open house on Oct. 18 from 5-8 p.m. enrollment: 602
class size: 14
tuition range: $13,000+fees
CANTERBURY SCHOOL OF FLORIDA Hough campus (Prek3-4) 1200 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg, 33704 Knowlton campus (5-12) 990 62nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, 33702 27-525-1419; canterburyflorida.org Canterbury School is a private, co-ed, college preparatory school on 2 campuses in St. Petersburg serving 3-year-olds through Grade 12. Founded in 1968, Canterbury School of Florida educates and nurtures the whole child in mind, body, and spirit in preparation for college and a life as a responsible steward of our world. enrollment: 430 class size: 15 grades: PreK3-12 tuition range: $3,300-$20,525 CARROLLWOOD DAY SCHOOL Bearss Avenue Campus 1515 West Bearss Ave., Tampa, 33613 Early Childhood Campus 12606 Casey Road, Tampa, 33618 Bearss 813-920-2288, ECC 813-963-2388; carrollwooddayschool.org Carrollwood Day School is the only International Baccalaureate® World School in Tampa Bay that offers the Primary Years Program, Middle Years Program, and Diploma Program. We strive to enrich the mind, strengthen the character, and inspire the hearts of our students with our motto of “Education with Character.” enrollment: 1,090 class size: 12 grades: PreK2-12 tuition range: varies
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
tuition range: $12,680-$15,180
CHARTER SCHOOL ASSOCIATES Multiple Locations 954-414-5767; charterschoolassociates.com Tuition-Free, SACS Accredited public charter schools offer Cambridge Advanced Studies and a STEAM enriched curriculum. There are currently eight locations in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties serving students in grades K-12, with two new schools opening August 2019. Visit charterschoolassociates.com for a complete listing of our schools.
COMMUNITY MONTESSORI 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 child and cultivates the unique potential of each individual by adhering to Montessori’s 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 KEY
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Admissions Open House 8:30 a.m. November 13 .@ Highly trained teachers provide academics with joy and challenge .@ Brain-based teaching strategies reach and engage all learners .@ Focus on team sports that provides options for every player @ Visual and performing arts that build confidence and creativity .@ Social and emotional learning integrated into curriculum
(813) 961-3087 â€˘ www.corbettprep.com 12015 Orange Grove Drive t Tampa, Florida 33618
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EDUCATION DIRECTORY | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION CORBETT PREPARATORY SCHOOL OF IDS 12015 Orange Grove Drive, Tampa, 33618 813-961-3087; corbettprep.com Founded 50 years ago, Corbett Prep serves 500-plus students. An International Baccalaureate curriculum, research-based teaching strategies, gifted-endorsed teachers, visual and performing arts, team sports for grades 1-8, and experiential, hands-on learning produce confident, creative, innovative thinkers with character ready to contribute to the world in a meaningful, positive way. enrollment: 515 class size: varies grades: PreK3-8 tuition range: $12,000-$16,370
CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN 1317 Milwaukee Ave. Dunedin, 34698 727-733-1438; cornerstonechristianfl.org We believe that every child has value and purpose. Our job is to help students discover their potential through academic, physical, social, and spiritual development. Our mission is to provide quality education in a Christ-Centered environment for the children of our community. enrollment: 80
class size: 10-15
tuition range: $6,300-$6,870
ELITE SCHOLAR ACADEMY 3626 Henderson Blvd., Tampa 33609 813-382-6106; elitescholaracademy.com Elite Scholar Academy is a boutique learning center in South Tampa offering an exclusive private educational experience for a limited number of K4-12 Scholars, who will be individually guided to reach their full academic potential in a true private setting, while taught how to learn and think critically. enrollment: 10-40
class size: 1-8
tuition range: $6,700-$38,000
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 (FASTB) provides a multicultural educational experience through French Immersion from Pre-K through Grade 5. No prior French language instruction is required to begin in this authentic environment, where French becomes the language of instruction and interaction in everything we do – we learn and play, en français! Children learn the language naturally and by Grade 5, can read, write and speak in French and English. We invite you to explore the gift of language and its lifelong benefits for your child – please contact us to arrange a visit and tour of our school. Merci! enrollment: 100 class size: 15 grades: PreK-5 tuition range: $6,500-$13,500
HILLEL ACADEMY 2020 W. Fletcher Ave., Tampa, 33612 813-963-2242; hillelacademytampa.com Hillel Academy, the area’s only accredited Jewish day school, is an institution for high school and collegiate preparedness through critical, collaborative and creative thinking while also developing a personal Jewish identity in an atmosphere of “chesed” (kindness). enrollment: 150
class size: 15
tuition range: $8,400-$16,900
HILLSDALE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 6201 Ehrlich Road, Tampa, 33625 813.884.8250; hcatampa.org Hillsdale Christian Academy and Preschool is a private Christian school conveniently located at the Ehrlich Road exit off of the Veteran’s Expressway. We offer a strong, Christ-centered academic program from PreK-2 through 5th grade.
class size: 15
tuition range: $4,500-$7,300
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: 307 KEY
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North Tampa Christian Academy is Wesley Chapel’s newest Christian school. We offer an inclusive and educationally-innovative learning environment for students age 2 through 12th grade. Our 23-acre campus includes a state-of-the-art facility consisting of six buildings that facilitate a variety of learning opportunities. Our campus is designed as a unique outdoor environmental training complex for students, including a marked nature trail, observation decks, bird rookery, bat colony, and wetland creation areas. Our caring and highly qualified teachers provide authentic and meaningful learning opportunities that are engaging for the students. As the official Health and Wellness Partner with Florida Hospital, serving the local and global community is a key component of our project-based approach. We offer a full complement of enrichment opportunities, such as varsity and intramural athletics, music, and robotics, to our rich STEAM curriculum. If you are looking for a safe, nurturing, Christ-centered, inclusive experience for your child, call us at 813-991-0801 to see how you can become part of the North Tampa Christian family.
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EDUCATION DIRECTORY | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION LEARNING GATE COMMUNITY SCHOOL 16215 Hanna Road, Lutz, FL 33549 207 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road, Lutz, 33548 813-948-4190; learninggate.org Learning Gate Community School is a tuition free, A-rated, Hillsborough County public charter school in Lutz, Florida. Our mission is to promote academic excellence, community service and environmental responsibility through family and community partnerships. LGCS serves Kindergarten through 8th grades. Nature is our best teacher. enrollment: 800 class size: 18-22 grades: K-8 tuition range: free 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 four 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
tuition range: $11,200-$12,750
MIRACLES SCHOOL 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. class size: individual instruction
tuition range: $7,500-$25,000
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NORTH TAMPA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 5585 E. County Line Road, Wesley Chapel, 33544 813-991-0801; northtampachristian.org North Tampa Christian Academy is Wesley Chapel’s newest fully-accredited Christian school. Our 23-acre state-of-the-art campus and dedicated teaching staff provide a safe, relevant, and engaging educational experience. A variety of enrichment activities enhance our rigorous academic STEAM program. Come see what our school has to offer your family. enrollment: 310
class size: 20
tuition range: $11,900-$15,900
ODESSA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 19521 Michigan Ave., Odessa, 33556 813-792-1825; odessachristianschool.org We believe superior learning starts with authentic experiences, cultivated through high expectations for every learner, engaging teaching methods, and regular field learning/ educational travel. Our mission is to cultivate world changers - young people of strong Christian character with active and creative minds who are committed to Biblical social justice. enrollment: 75
class size: varies
tuition range: $9,500-$10,000
OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN SCHOOL 301 58th Street South St. Petersburg, 33707 727-344-1026; osls.net Our Savior Lutheran is a nationally accredited, private Christian school, located in St. Petersburg. Since 1982, dedicated staff has provided one-to-one attention in a safe and loving academic setting. Small class sizes create a learning environment that is designed to help your child grow intellectually, academically, individually and spiritually. enrollment: 220
class size: varies
tuition range: varies
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PALM HARBOR MONTESSORI 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: 215 KEY
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Safety Harbor Montessori Academy
SAFETY HARBOR MONTESSORI ACADEMY
As unique as your Child. Early Childhood - 8th grade 2669 N. McMullen Booth Road Clearwater, FL 33761 (727) 724-1767 www.safetyharbormontessori.com
Safety Harbor Montessori Academy is a community of teachers and learners whose goal is to inspire passionate scholarship and compassionate citizenship. Children are guided by a deep sense of integrity, responsibility, compassion, and determination to achieve one's personal best, from ages 2-14 years old.Â Â The Montessori philosophy is at the center of everything we do at Safety Harbor Montessori Academy. We emphasize the natural rewards of learning that go hand-in-hand with an engaging, child-centered approach to education. All learning spaces encourage curiosity, independence, creative thought, a strong work ethic, and respect for our local and global communities.
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EDUCATION | LIBRARIES istock.com/intararit
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RESOURCES FOR BUSINESS, COACHING AND ASSISTANCE AT Jennifer Hodges, PhD, MS, MLIS
he holiday season brings with it delicious food and celebration, but it is also an important time of year to reflect, give thanks and give back. Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library supports the many ways that local charities, small businesses and entrepreneurs can give back by reaching out into the community and providing resources to help them thrive. From startups to established ventures, businesses benefit from quality informational resources and spaces to develop ideas. Hillsborough County libraries offer professional recording studios where community members can record podcasts, create presentations with Adobe Creative Cloud or Apple software, film a commercial, develop a YouTube series to build their brand, or use the green screen to capture professional headshots.
Community-building connections happen every day at TampaHillsborough County Public Libraries. Visit us at HCPLC.org.
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Participants listen during a recent Reference USA meeting
A Hillsborough County library card provides access to online business resources anywhere, any time. Through the library’s website, the community can take business classes on Lynda. com, develop targeted market research with Demographics Now, or generate sales leads with ReferenceUSA. To learn more, check the events calendar for upcoming workshops or make an appointment for Library Office Hours at the ECC. Visit the library’s business page here https:// hcplc.org/research/business and business workshop calendar here http://bit.ly/ HCPLCSmallBiz.
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Several libraries host networking events geared to help small business owners and entrepreneurs expand their knowledge base, develop long-lasting partnerships, and establish their reputation in the community. The Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library hosts BizConnect the first Friday of each month at 8 a.m., and Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library hosts a partnership networking group the fourth Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. Both groups are open to anyone who wants to learn about library business resources and listen to guest speakers share their knowledge and experiences. Wednesdays at 9 a.m., entrepreneurs meet at the Hillsborough County Entrepreneur Collaborative Center (ECC) for 1 Million Cups. This is a unique opportunity for startup companies to present their ideas to an audience of peers, mentors, educators and advisors. A business librarian is also available at the ECC on Wednesdays between 1-4 p.m. to offer help with research and guidance in using the library’s resources. Individual 1-hour appointments can be scheduled by calling 813-273-3652.
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INVESTING IN STUDENTS VOTE YES ON THE SALES TAX REFERENDUM
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PTA BELIEVES YOU SHOULD SUPPORT THE SALES TAX REFERENDUM
By Alisha Stephens
The Nov. 6 ballot will include a one-half cent sales surtax referendum to raise much-needed funds for Hillsborough County Public Schools. Our schools critically need these funds to repair and replace air conditioners, fix leaky roofs and improve classroom technology and school security.
MY CHILD ATTENDS A GREAT PUBLIC SCHOOL – I DON’T SEE ANY FUNDING PROBLEMS.
Despite Florida’s public education funding being 44th in the nation, Hillsborough County Public Schools are accomplishing amazing things. Imagine what our schools could do if they received adequate funding! The underfunding of public schools has hit crisis levels and we now have over a billion dollars of deferred maintenance. We have schools that need new roofs, A/C’s, classroom technology and additional security. All our children deserve to go to school in a safe and comfortable environment for learning.
OFFICIALLY LISTED ON THE NOV. BALLOT AS NO. 3 HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY REFERENDUM: “REFERENDUM ON ONE-HALF CENT SALES SURTAX FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL AIR CONDITIONING AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS”
MY CHILD (WILL) ATTEND PRIVATE SCHOOL – WHY SHOULD I VOTE FOR THIS?
Public schools are one of the leading drivers of property values. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, home values in Florida can vary anywhere between $50,000 and $300,000 based on the neighborhood school ratings. Better schools lead to a better economy. Hillsborough County’s increased graduation rates from public schools since 2015 has had a $670 million impact on the economy.
MY CHILD ISN’T IN SCHOOL YET – HOW DOES THIS AFFECT ME?
Your child stands to benefit the most from referendum funds. Our county faces a $1 billion deferred maintenance challenge that will only worsen without this referendum. Our schools are performing well despite these challenges; imagine what will be possible with optimum learning conditions and teacher working conditions.
HOW CAN I LEARN THE DETAILS ON THE REFERENDUM?
The District has created a comprehensive look at the issues that will answer almost any question you might have about the referendum. sdhc.k12.fl.us/doc/2299/investing-in-students/about/investinginstudents/
PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy organization in the country. It is our duty to advocate for the needs of our children, including and especially funding for our schools. Public education advocacy is a nonpartisan issue. PTA does not support any specific candidates or political parties.
Want to know what specific projects your school will focus on? Check out the Hillsborough County schools website and scroll to the bottom to download a PDF of the Referendum Education Toolkit. sdhc.k12.fl.us/doc/2307/investing-in-students/resources/projectlist/ NOVEMBER 2018 | TampaBayParenting.com 43
EDUCATION DIRECTORY | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
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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 2 through 14, and we are fortunate to enroll students of many religions and backgrounds from all over the world. 160
SEFFNER CHRISTIAN 11605 E. US Highway 92, Seffner, 33584 813-626-0001; scacrusaders.com Seffner Christian Academy offers a well-rounded educational program within a relational, caring atmosphere. The preschool through 12th grade program nurtures the child the whole child through a biblical worldview, challenging academics, engaging fine arts, integrated technology, and competitive athletics. Call today to schedule a tour! enrollment: 726
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SHORECREST PREPARATORY 5101 1st St., NE, St. Petersburg, 33703 727-522-2111; shorecrest.org Founded in 1923, Shorecrest is a coed, nonsectarian, PreK3-12 independent school in St. Petersburg, FL. 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. tuition range: $8,900-$23,600 grades: PreK3-12 class size: 15 enrollment: 990
SKYCREST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 129 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater, 33765 727-797-1186; skycrest.us Skycrest graduates enter high school 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. Open House date on Nov. 29. enrollment: 450
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SPORTS, LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT ACADEMY (SLAM) TAMPA 7116 Gunn Highway, Tampa, 33625 813-920-8802; slamtampa.com The mission of SLAM is to prepare students for postsecondary studies and careers through an educational program emphasizing sports leadership and management career preparation. The charter school will offer students opportunities in career exploration and internships through the following career academics: sports medicine, digital media and sports television production, sports marketing, entertainment, and management. tuition range: free grades: 6-11 class size: <25 enrollment: 550 SUNCOAST WALDORF SCHOOL 1857 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor, 34683 727-786-8311; suncoastwaldorf.org The Suncoast Waldorf School has provided a balanced preschool-5th grade curriculum for 20 years. We understand that academics represent one aspect of a child's healthy development, so we complement our movement-infused lessons with time outdoors, instruction in practical skills like knitting and gardening, and an emphasis on the social-emotional development of each child. enrollment: 100 KEY
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Pepin Academies are 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit, tuition-free, public charter schools that serves students with specific learning and learning-related disabilities. Qualified as Exceptional Student Education (ESE) center schools, we are SACS/CASI accredited and provide a nurturing environment that focuses on improving academic success and social achievement. Today, we serve more than 1,100 students in 3rd-12th grades at three campuses across two counties – Hillsborough and Pasco. We have significantly smaller class sizes, with an average student-teacher ratio of 12:1 across all grades. We are a fully therapeutic learning environment where, for students who are eligible, therapy is provided at no cost with access to social workers, mental health counselors, occupational therapists, and physical therapists, as well as sensory integration and speech and language programs. All students have the opportunity to participate in various extra-curricular activities such as sports, clubs, music, dance, culinary arts, theatre, and more. We also have a comprehensive transition job training program that serves students up to age 22 in Hillsborough County; this program provides on-site pre-vocational training and guidance through community partnerships such as the Hillsborough County Public Defender’s Office, TPepin’s Hospitality Centre, Publix Supermarkets, and Ferman Automotive. At Pepin Academies, we believe that belonging leads to learning.
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EDUCATION DIRECTORY | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION ST. JOHN’S EPISCOPAL Primary School 1002 S. Rome Ave., Tampa, 33606 813-849-6200; stjohnseagles.org St. John’s is a co-ed, nonprofit Episcopal school with a 67-year tradition of preparing students for lifelong intellectual and spiritual growth in a Christian environment. Love of learning is enhanced by a commitment to spiritual and ethical values, advanced technology and the development of strong character. Open house is Oct. 23 from 9 -11 a.m. enrollment: 505
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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. St. Mary’s highly-qualified Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade faculty inspires students to achieve their best, developing well-rounded individuals enrollment: 445
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ST. PETERSBURG CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 2021 62nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 33702 727-522-300; stpetechristian.com St. Petersburg Christian School has served the community of St. Petersburg, FL since 1971. We offer Lower Division grades K-4 and Upper Division grades 5 -8. The SPCS family is filled with dedicated faculty and staff, supportive alumni and current families to provide the best possible education. Activities include volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, soccer, golf, bowling, flag football, baseball, softball, track, coding, STEAM, makers space, visual art, band, musical theater, National Junior Honor Society, student government, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, WSPCS News and yearbook. enrollment: 375
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TAMPA PINNACLE ACADEMY 207 Como St., Tampa, FL 33606 813-374-4006; tampapinnacleacademy.com Tampa Pinnacle Academy empowers students with learning differences to become independent and successful learners in a nurturing, yet structured environment. Pinnacle offers small class sizes, where multi-sensory and brain-based instruction compliments the blended therapeutic approach to each child’s learning experience. Our students feel understood, confident and motivated to learn. class size: 8-10 tuition range: $17,200-$20,200 grades: K-8 enrollment: 30 TAMPA PREPARATORY 727 West Cass St., Tampa, 33606 813-251-8481; tampaprep.org Tampa Prep is a co-ed college preparatory school for grades 6-12 in downtown Tampa. We are known for our active learning environments and innovative faculty. As a place to think, create, be yourself, aspire to excellence and go beyond, our students grow academically and personally within our halls. enrollment: 693
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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. The mission of Westlake is to guide and inspire students to develop their God-given potential, while fostering a lifelong love of learning in a nurturing Christ centered environment. enrollment: 400 KEY
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LEARN ALL ABOUT THE VIRUS YOUR BABY IS ALMOST SURE TO CATCH AT SOME POINT. By Anu Varma Panchal
Being sick yourself is no picnic. How about managing everything while your spouse huddles under a blanket sweating and shivering? No fun. And if it’s your school-age child who has the sniffles? Even worse. But dealing with a sick infant? The worst. This time of year, the flu may be on everyone’s minds as the major illness to watch out for. But there’s another culprit: RSV, or Respiratory Syncytial Virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control, RSV is a relatively common virus that causes severe lung infections, including bronchiolitis (infection of small airways in the lungs) and pneumonia (an infection of the lungs). The CDC states on its website that each year, 57,000-plus children younger than 5 are hospitalized due to RSV. It can affect the elderly as well. About 177,000 older adults are hospitalized each year with an RSV infection. Unfortunately, for about 14,000 of those older people, the infection proves fatal. Dr. John Prpich, a pediatric pulmonologist at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital explains that the seasons vary, even across the state. Miami and Jacksonville could see spikes at completely different times. This year in Tampa Bay, the
LEARN MORE Coughing or wheezing that does not stop.
season started in mid-July and is anticipated to continue through March, and it’s unusually severe. “It’s an early season this year and we saw a rapid increase in the amount of RSV cases in our community,” Dr. Prpich says. The state determines the extent of the season from positive swabs that come in from emergency room and pediatrician’s offices. In November, the rate of RSV in Florida stood at 20-25 percent. “It’s important to know that almost all kids will get RSV at least once by 3 years,” says Dr. Prpich. “It’s the most common reason worldwide that infants and toddlers are hospitalized for respiratory conditions.” How can you tell if your infant has RSV? Prpich says to look for fast breathing, “like a puppy.” If the child is coughing excessively and working hard to breathe, you want to intervene before you see a change of color. In babies 2 months and below, RSV can cause pauses in breathing called apnea, when the baby will turn “dusky” or blue, especially around the mouth or fingernails. A high fever is another concerning sign. Some children develop significantly lower respiratory tract symptoms called bronchiolitis, marked by swelling in the airway and obstruction due to mucus. Although most healthy infants, older children and adults recover fairly easily, some patients may need to be treated with oxygen and IV
fluids, and every year, some kids end up on a ventilator. Although Albuterol and steroids are commonly used in other conditions with wheezing and difficulty breathing, these don’t prove effective in helping with symptoms due to RSV. Some children who are especially at risk—such as preemies—can qualify to receive a monoclonal antibody given monthly as a preventative measure during RSV season. Another nuisance aspect of RSV—you can get it more than once in one season. Also, children who get a very significant case when they’re under 6 months may be at increased risk for further episodes of wheezing with future viruses lasting into their teenage years. The news isn’t all bad, however. Although there is no cure, prevention is low tech, easy and doable. You catch the sickness when you touch the droplets from someone’s cough or sneeze and then touch your face, nose, mouth or eyes. The virus can live for 8-12 hours on a surface. So do the following things to ensure you keep your baby safe from this disease this season: • Wash your hands—constantly!— with soap and water. • If your child is sick, don’t send them to daycare or school to spread their germs on toys and surfaces. Kids going back to school after the holidays is a major risk factor for RSV. • Use antibacterial wipes at the grocery store to wipe carts. • Newborns need bubble care. Everyone wants to touch baby, but encourage visitors to touch baby’s feet rather than her face. • If someone does get sick in your home, clean contaminated surfaces such as doorknobs, frequently.
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travel well SIMPLE PARENTING COMPANY The company that brought you the super cool and functional Doona car seat that is also a stroller, has come out with the Liki, the most compact folding trike in the world with a sleek urban design that elegantly combines functionality and aesthetics. It simply folds and unfolds at the click of a button, making it an ideal companion for your everyday urban lifestyle as well as your travels. MOABS loves this product for traveling with your toddler. $250$300 (TBD—OUT IN THE COMING MONTHS) BRITAX Britax is synonymous with safety, but many don’t know that the company also owns BOB. BOB’s Rambler Travel System includes the car seat and stroller. It’s easy to install and has a Safe Center LATCH so it’s simple to secure the infant car seat base. The stroller has a mountain bike-style suspension system and air-filled tires that deliver an ultra-smooth ride, while the swivel-locking front wheel locks for stability when jogging on-or-off-road. The robust yet lightweight aluminum frame weighs 25 pounds, but has a 75-pound capacity. While it’s already spacious, the one-hand reclining seating area offers extra room to grow. MOABS loves the value of this travel system and the longevity of the stroller—it’s all the stroller you’ll ever need! $599.99 (INCLUDES STROLLER + CAR SEAT + BASE + ADAPTOR) UPPABABY Uppababy has always had fantastic stylish and safe products, but we’re really impressed with their new chemical-free options. The MESA car seat lineup features padding and softer fabrics for added style and comfort. By its innovative use of Merino wool in two fashions, the Henry and Jordan MESA car seats are the ONLY car seats to pass federal safety standards without the use of fire retardant chemicals. MOABS loves this product for its added safety features; plus, they’re just so pretty! $349
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ADEN AND ANAIS Aden and Anais have always carried the cutest swaddling blankets made of fashionable prints that are also breathable and soft. The company has come out with some amazing new prints. Their newest patterns are sophisticated and fun and they even carry matching baby swaddles with adult blankets. We love the trail blooms pattern. The options are endless when it comes to their swaddles, with something for every taste. MOABS loves these so much that we want to wear them as scarves in our colder cities! $49.95 FOR A 4-PACK OF SWADDLES
CUSTOM SHOES BY @MEREDITHHAUTE I came across shoes by @MeredithHaute on Instagram when I noticed a friend had them made. They are fun, flashy and unique. I decided since we move around so much at the MOABS events, I need something comfortable, brand-appropriate and fun. ABC Kids Expo was a perfect place to show these custom Converse shoes off. All you do is order the shoes of your choice, send them to Meredith and email her info about you and she works her artist magic. I told her about MOABS, my kids, my love of rap and hip hop and sunglasses and she did the rest. MOABS loves her shoes because I can dress them up or down and everyone notices a girl with Eminem lyrics on their shoes! $45 FOR THE SHOES AND $90 FOR THE PERSONALIZATION
FINN AND EMMA Finn and Emma has such beautiful products that it’s hard to pick just one that we love. But one product that stands out is their newest indoor/ outdoor macramé swing. It’s handmade and great for babies and toddlers up to 50 pounds. It is made from 100 percent cotton thread and solid wood bars and features adorable fringe embellishment. MOABS loves this product because it’s so pretty and will fit into any adult décor in your home! $99
TRENDY BABY | BEAUTY + STYLE
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AMY LUSTHAUS of The Mother of All Baby Showers (MOABS) was thrilled to attend the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas. After all, it’s an industry event that only media and buyers are allowed to attend, and she got all sorts of inside info on some our favorite brands as well as new ones.
stay safe K8eBANDS K8ebands is a safety device for children with autism or other special needs. K8ebands was developed to give these children the freedom to explore, play and be a kid while being at a safely monitored distance from their parent or caregiver. They are not limited to those children only though. K8ebands will help keep all children safe without using apps, phones or paying a monthly service fee. MOABS loves this product because it keeps families safe and is easy to use! $170 FOR A K8EBANDS FAMILY PACK
The Mother of All Baby Showers is a night out filled with food, drinks, spa treatments, educational sessions, exclusive deals and try-before-you-buy products, and over $20,000 in giveaways. themotherofallbabyshowers.com
The Mother of All Baby Showers comes to Tampa on Nov. 2 at Glazer Children's Museum at 6.p.m.
keep those kiddos clean SWABBIES Swabbies are a new product made right here in Florida by a mom who had a squirmy baby. Every time she used diaper cream, it was a complete mess (can’t we all relate)? So she came up with the genius idea of a one-time applicator and all-natural diaper cream to treat your baby’s diaper rash. It’s a more hygienic and mess-free way to change your baby. MOABS loves this product because it’s great for on-the-go parents and promotes good hygiene and clean mom, baby and house! $8.95 FOR A 2-PACK
#BIGFATLUNCH LUNCH BOX #bigfatlunch is the newest option for “lunch boxes” on the market. They are equal parts fashionable and functional. The mom who created these saw a need in the marketplace to help keep hers and her kids’ lunches cold or hot all day long. And #bigfatlunch does just that! With an easy to carry lid that easily screws off, stainless steel interior, two hot/cold bowls inside, plus a spork built into the lid, you can be sure that your mac ‘n cheese stays warm and your fruit stays cold. They’re also coming out with a smaller version for preschool aged children. MOABS loves this product because it’s lightweight, easy to clean in the dishwasher and helps ensure your kids actually eat at lunch! $24.99
WASH. IT.LATER BAGS Wash. It. Later. is all about keeping your clothing clean when you’re out and about. Imagine a baby’s diaper blow out or a food spill on your own clothing during a long car ride. This sealable bag of special high grade plastic with built-in detergent pod will give you a way to get those clothes home mess free, all the while preventing the stain from setting in! MOABS loves this product because it’s practical and can be used for children and adults’ clothing. $14.99 FOR A PACK OF 3 SOAK & SAVE BAGS
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FOOD + DRINK | DATE TRADEWINDS NIGHT GUIDE
wine + dine
TAMPA'S COOPER'S HAWK WINERY AND RESTAURANT
By Katelyn Schur for tampabaydatenightguide.com
Take a night off with your significant other and head over to Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant for a first class evening. Located in Tampa’s business district off Boy Scout Boulevard, Cooper’s Hawk features an upscale dining experience in a relaxed environment with delicious American fare, and boasts an award winning winery to wet your taste buds. Perfect for date nights, anniversaries or anything in between, Cooper’s Hawk is sure to delight for any occasion.
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Cooper’s Hawk refers to their food as “New American Fare” with multiple menu options to suit the palate of all who choose to dine here. Even those with gluten intolerances can find a delicious meal suitable for their needs. The main menu features a two-page array of appetizers with dishes like Crispy Crab Beignets, Cooper’s Calamari, Candied Bacon and Artisan Cheeses, and a selection of soups, salads and flatbreads. The mouth-watering entrees include burgers, sandwiches and salads. A great feature to the menu is their “Life Balance” section which lists all options 600 calories or less. It’s perfect for the mindful eater!
Save room for dessert! Check out the dessert menu to really take your dining experience to the next level. Every sweet treat is made in-house every single day and priced at the unbeatable cost of $7.99. From cheesecakes to pies, sundaes to Crème Brulee, Cooper’s Hawk will surely excite the sweet tooth in everyone!
SHORT RIB RISOTTO with mushroom, sweet onion, white wine, shaved parmesan, and white truffle oil
The winery at Cooper’s Hawk is quite possibly the crown jewel of the establishment. Producing 573,000 cases of wine each year, the wine grapes are imported from California, Washington, Oregon, and other regions to start the winemaking process. The wine list is extensive and the options are plentiful. The restaurant’s no-risk policy means that you are encouraged to taste the wine of your choosing to make sure it is what you want, or to try something new! Wines are available by the glass or by the bottle and are featured not only as a pairing with your meal, but as a dessert as well, if you so choose. Whether you stop by before or after your meal, be sure to check out the Napa-Style Tasting Room to sample the latest wine selections. No need to reserve a spot, each tasting includes 8 different samples to try anytime during your Cooper’s Hawk experience. Also unique to Cooper’s Hawk is their Barrel Wine Reserve. The Barrel Wine Reserve is reserved for the best wine grapes of the season and is only bottled once per year. What makes this so unique is that there is no formula used—the final wine is tested for flavor and texture alone. One barrel is sent to each Cooper’s Hawk restaurant nationwide for guests to enjoy. The Barrel Wine Reserve wine varies year to year, creating a unique wine experience during each annual visit.
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33,500 GALLONS OF H2OHHHHH Dining beside a breathtaking 33,500-gallon aquarium is just one incredible experience at RumFish Grill. Learn all about local marine life and even Swim with the Fishes – an incredible snorkeling experience where you can come face to fishy face with some creatures you have to ‘sea’ to believe. You can even shop the area’s largest selection of Guy Harvey merchandise.
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Federation proudly recognizes generations of farms families who SWAP THE FANCY WHITE LINEN FOR work together to protect our state’s precious natural resources. DATE “NIGHT” WITH A DIFFERENCE To learn more about how our farmers and ranchers care, visit www.thisfarmcares.org or find us on Facebook, @ThisFarmCARES. 62 TampaBayParenting.com | NOVEMBER 2018
KIDS COOK | FOOD + DRINK
LOCAL COOKING CLASS FOR KIDS A HIT IN TAMPA BAY! By Lauren Mooser
rmature Works kids cooking events offer an unforgettable experience for you and your little one to learn how to prepare a dish from start to finish. Kids in the Kitchen is a cooking series that lets kids try their hand at making seasonal recipes and learn basic culinary techniques such as mixing, measuring and seeing how food they eat every day is made from scratch. Classes range in ages from 3-7 and 7-14. Visit the event calendar on the Armature Works website for upcoming seasonally-themed events in November and December.
Photos by Jessica Guercio Photography
make some pizza At our recent pizza making class, it was all about the pizza dough! The little ones learned how to roll it and shape it and added fresh tomato sauce. They topped off the pizza with fresh mozzarella cheese made fresh from curds that Ms. Alyna demo'd in class and then topped the pizzas with any ingredient they wished. While the edible masterpiece was in the oven, the little ones decorated their own personal pizza box.
PIZZA DOUGH RECIPE 2/3 cup flour + 2 tablespoons flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon yeast 1/4 cup warm water 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
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FOOD + DRINK | LET'S TRADEWINDS COOK
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Zucchini By Carley Boyette
While zucchini is typically a summer vegetable, because of Florida’s warm climate in the fall, zucchini is still an easy and delicious vegetable to grow well into the Fall season! What Boyette Family Farms loves most about this vegetable is all the different ways you can prepare it. Zucchini can be shaped into noodle-like spirals and used as a low-carb substitute for pasta. It can be prepared with a variety of cooking techniques, like steaming, boiling, grilling, stuffing and baking, barbecuing, frying, or incorporating in other recipes such as soufflés. However, one of our favorite and more unique ways to prepare it is in bread, similar to banana bread!
a treat to be thankful for BOYETTE FAMILY FARMS ZUCCHINI BREAD: Ingredients 3 eggs 2 ½ cups of sugar 3 tsp. vanilla 1 cup of vegetable oil 1 cup flour 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. baking soda ¼ tsp. baking powder 3 tsp cinnamon 2 cups grated zucchini ¼ cup chopped nuts 64 TampaBayParenting.com | NOVEMBER 2018
Directions 1. Beat eggs, sugar, vanilla, and oil. 2. In another bowl, mix flour, salt baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. 3. Mix in zucchini. 4. Add egg mixture and nuts. 5. Mix. Pour into 2 greased and floured loaf pans. 6. Bake for an hour at 350 degrees. Makes 2 loaves.
HUNGRY: A LABEL NO ONE DESERVES A lunch box. It may seem small, but to a child, it’s everything. While its absence signals the loss of a small piece of childhood, what many don’t see is the most important thing that’s missing: a healthy and nutritious meal. Every day, hundreds of thousands of children in our community are quietly struggling with this void. Their stories are often overlooked but are vital to understanding hunger in Tampa Bay.
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WINTER VILLAGE | FAMILY FUN
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Downtown Tampaâ€™s only outdoor ice rink welcomes families and friends to share in this holiday tradition along the Tampa Riverwalk and Hillsborough River as Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is transformed with the sights, sounds, and activities of the holidays for children and adults of all ages. During its seven-week installation, Winter Village will feature 10 boutiques from local craftspeople and purveyors as well as specialty drinks and treats to complement the 5,000 square feet of real ice. Tampa Theatre will present two holiday movies with the support of the F.E. Lykes Foundation, bring back the Winter Village Express and introduce new experiences to enhance the sights, sounds, and tastes of the holidays in Tampaâ€™s Downtown.
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FAMILY FUN | VOLUNTEER AS A FAMILY
PLACES TO VOLUNTEER AS A FAMILY By Laura Byrne and Rosie Raggio
Our list of places to volunteer as a family is one of our most popular stories each year, so we’re bringing in back just in time for the 2018 holiday season! We share stories about empathy often in the pages of our magazine because we believe it is important we teach our children to care for their neighbors. One if four children in our own community does not know where their next meal is coming from. When your child volunteers their time to sort food that will help feed a child in need, they will leave with a sense of pride but also a continued drive to serve others.
HURRICANE MICHAEL RELIEF Your family can also help those impacted by Hurricane Michael. If you are looking for an organization to give to or volunteer your time, FEMA recommends families to visit National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster at nvoad.org.
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FEEDING TAMPA BAY
THE SALVATION ARMY
Metropolitan Ministries hosts a Holiday Tent in downtown Tampa where people of all ages and backgrounds come together to make the holidays special. More than 10,000 volunteers serve in the Holiday Tent each year distributing food and toys to thousands of families in need in Tampa Bay. Children over 12 years old can also volunteer with their families in the Metropolitan Ministries kitchen, helping prepare meals for those who need it. Learn more about volunteering at Metropolitan Ministries: metromin.org/ volunteer.
Feeding Tampa Bay allows children ages 5 and up to volunteer with their parents at the morning or afternoon warehouse volunteering sessions held daily from Tuesdays to Saturdays. The whole family can work together to help those in need. On designated monthly Family Nights, Feeding Tampa Bay will provide kid-friendly, age-appropriate activities for kids of all ages to bring awareness about the 1 in 4 children in our communities who go hungry, and give each family member the opportunity to learn and serve. Register for warehouse volunteering and learn more about all volunteer opportunities: feedingamericatampabay. volunteerhub.com.
The Salvation Army Kettle Bells will sound in early November and will keep ringing through December 24. The entire family can take part in the Red Kettle tradition that began back in 1895. Money raised goes to local families for help with food, shelter and emergency assistance. You can learn more about how to take part in Tampa’s Salvation Army Kettle Bell program by visiting salvationarmyflorida. org. There are more than 100 locations throughout Hillsborough that are perfect for you and your family to ring the bells and keep the tradition of giving going.
WHAT WILL YOU DO TO SERVE OTHERS?
4 HIGH RISK HOPE High Risk Hope’s Books for Babies is an easy way to involve children with High Risk Hope’s mission to help families dealing with premature birth. The children can host a school book drive or donate their own gently used books to be placed in NICU Napsacks given to the parents of premature infants. Learn more: highriskhope.org
HOPE CHILDREN’ S HOME Hope Children’s Home takes in abused and orphaned children and provides them a family atmosphere with house parents who are always there to guide and encourage them. Hope Children’s Home is entirely supported by community members like you, churches, clubs, and organizations, so your family’s volunteer efforts are vital. Learn more about volunteer opportunities and create your volunteer profile at hopechildrenshome.org/new-volunteer/
TOYS FOR TOTS Toys for Tots is the US Marine Corps Reserve program for helping families in need have the holiday season they deserve by collecting and distributing Christmas gifts. Families with young children can set up toy drives to collect donations in October, November and December. Those with children over 16 can volunteer in the warehouse in the sorting process. To learn more about the Toys for Tots program, visit tampa-fl.toysfortots.org
6 HUMANE SOCIETY The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is committed to helping homeless animals by providing shelter and care. Children ages 5 to 12 can volunteer in the Paws for Literacy program in which they read to animals to make them feel more comfortable. Children under 16 are able to volunteer with a parent or guardian with services such as walking dogs, playing with cats, cleaning kennels, and more. Volunteers can also collect items from the wish list to donate to the Humane Society. Register for a volunteer open house or learn more about volunteering opportunities at the Humane Society by visiting humanesocietytampa.org/ become-a-volunteer/
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE The Ronald McDonald House has many opportunities for the whole family to get involved. Children under 14 can help by making and decorating snack bags for families in the hospital, collecting items for the wish list drive, and holding penny drives to support the families. If you have children ages 14 and up, you can volunteer by preparing dinner for resident families at one of the four Tampa Bay Ronald McDonald Houses. To learn more about Ronald McDonald House and the volunteering opportunities available, visit rmhctampabay.org
1 // Volunteer in the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent. 2 // Collect trash during a Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful event. 3 // Brush up on your painting skills during a Paint Your Heart out Tampa Bay day. 4 // Read books to Humane Society shelter dogs. 5 // Participate in a Books for Babies book drive. 6 // Sort food in the Feeding Tampa Bay warehouse.
MEALS ON WHEELS Meals on Wheels serves seniors in the Tampa area who live independently in their own homes but require help getting the meals they need. You can volunteer with Meals on Wheels by delivering nutritious meals and providing daily visits for the homebound seniors. Children can help make the day brighter for seniors by riding along with their parents for meal delivery or by making gifts for the seniors to keep them from being lonely. You can visit mowtampa. volunteerhub.com to sign up to deliver meals.
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FAMILY FUN | HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET
A pawsitive passion for storytelling
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR INSPIRES WITH HER LINE OF STORIES AND TOYS By Sarah Martisek
LEARN MORE 2018 Holiday Gift Market is Nov. 8-11
Visit the Pawz Publishing booth at the 2018 Holiday Gift Market from Nov. 8-11. Buy tickets at jltampa.org/featured-events/ holiday-gift-market/
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n a world of Netflix and YouTube, it is not often that you meet a young person with a passion for teaching life lessons through storytelling. The 2018 The Junior League of Tampa’s Young Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) winner, Pawz Publishing, is anything but ordinary. Rebekah Phillips holds Created by mother and daughter team Mocha Grande her pug-mix, and the muse Rebekah Phillips and Sharon Gonyaw, their mission is to teach young for her Mocha Grande impressionable minds to be creative mystery box. The and develop into thoughtful adults. mystery box comes The Junior League of Tampa’s Young with an adorable Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) pug toy, a mystery presented by Valley National Bank friend, and includes Women Entrepreneurs aims to grow our friendship pledge the potential, leadership and influence card. of female business owners in our region. Launched in 2014, the program offers a unique and valuable opportunity for one selected female entrepreneur who is then featured at the annual The Junior League of Tampa Holiday Gift Market Presented By Publix event in Tampa. Rebekah Phillips is a graduate of The Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. Her artwork has not only appeared in numerous private collections and galleries, but has won multiple academic achievement awards as well. Also a published songwriter, she has recently turned her attention This toy animal set is from writing songs to writing and illustrating children’s based on “Farlee and books. Friends,” a brand new The 2018 YEP winner notes her passion for inspiring series featuring an creativity in others through her artwork and writing. “To adorable airedale pup be able to create is the essence of being human. I hope my named Farlee, and his books have messages that are remembered, illustrations best friend, Cornelius that inspire, and characters that are loved for years to the mouse. The very first come.” Through playful rhythm and visuals, Phillips feels book in the series, “The strongly that spending quality time with developing minds Perfect Gift,” is a special is of the utmost importance. “We challenge parents to edition Christmas book unwind, ‘pause,’ and use story-time as a wonderful bonding and will be available at experience for you and your little ones.” The Holiday Gift Market! “Piper was Afraid” is the first published book of seven in her series, each using the world of animals to impart a unique character quality to the reader. Recently, the characters from her books have come to life with Pawz Publishing’s expanded line of custom plush toys.
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WEDU PBS KIDS WEEKDAYS
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PBS KIDS FAMILY NIGHT
WEDQ PBS KIDS 24/7 channel repeats programs from 2—10 p.m block overnight.
Channel 3.5 FiOS 473, Spectrum 617, Xfinity 205/1184
Watch the live stream at wedu.org/kids
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We are thrilled to share that we took home two Charlie Awards from the Florida Magazine Association. We placed first for Writing Excellence/Commentary/Opinion for our editorial and position statement on gun safety which was published in our April issue. It is not easy to take a stand on such divisive issues, but we felt we needed to take a position for stricter gun laws after our friends lost their niece in the school shooting in Parkland. We also took home the Silver Award for Digital Excellence/ Best Online Video for our inside look at the redesign of MOSI in Tampa. We love producing videos to show you all of the amazing things you can do together as a family in Tampa Bay. We’ll keep them coming! We will continue to work hard to promote safe and healthy families in Tampa Bay and share stories that are not only impactful, but fun!
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CHRISTMAS IN THE WILD Nov. 23 - Dec. 30, various times Enjoy a special festival of lights to launch the holiday season at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. Indulge yourself with stunning lights, seasonal smells of holiday treats and the excitement of festive entertainment as you enjoy the magic of wildlife at night. lowryparkzoo.com 9-5 THE MUSICAL Nov. 1-11, times vary At the Jaeb Theater on select nights in November, come enjoy “9-5 The Musical” presented by “mad Theatre” with music and lyrics by none other than Dolly Parton. This show is based on the 1980 smash hit film set in the 1970s. Follow along a classic tale of adventure, friendship, revenge and a touch of romance for an awesome evening. strazcenter.org THE FLORIDA ORCHESTRA DISNEY CONCERT- TALE AS OLD AS TIME Nov. 2, 8 p.m. A magical evening for all ages, this performance at the Straz Center’s Carol Morsani Hall will enchant young and old alike with a storytelling experience through music and Broadway level singers as well as high definition film clips and key moments from Disney’s “Frozen,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Cinderella,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Tangled,” “The Lion King,” and more. strazcenter.org CLEARWATER BEACH UNCORKED Nov. 3 and 4, 1-4 p.m. Head over to Clearwater Beach for a delicious afternoon full of food and adult beverages. Come to unwind, relax and sip some sensational libations! VIP Access is available including early entry, unlimited wine tastings and access to the Wyndham Grand pool deck. clearwaterbeachuncorked.com STRAZ! LIVE IN THE PARK Nov. 4, 2-6 p.m. This annual event hosted by the Straz Center is sure to be a delight for theater goers and block party lovers alike! To kick off the new season, venture out to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park for an afternoon of picnicking, Broadway showtunes, and perhaps a couple of surprise guests. Food trucks will be on site, but be sure to bring your coolers, chairs and blankets to this FREE event! strazcenter.org 6TH ANNUAL WINE, WOMEN & SHOES Nov. 8, 6:30 -9:30 p.m. Head over to Armature Works for an inspiring event bene-
November fiting the Children’s Cancer Center. The event will host the opportunity to sample and explore new wines from all over the world as well as shopping opportunities from local and national boutiques. Enjoy silent and live auctions, a fashion show put on by Saks Fifth Avenue, and entertainment by the Sole Men. Donations can be made to the Sole Men and 100 percent of proceeds will benefit the Children’s Cancer Center. For tickets visit wwstampa.com ADMIRAL FARRAGUT LOWER SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE Nov. 8, 8:30 - 10 a.m. Enjoy light refreshments, opening remarks by the Headmaster, and a tour where you will meet the Head of Lower School, view classrooms and meet teachers and students. By attending, you will also be entered into a raffle with fun giveaways. Welcome Reception is in the West Lounge. 727-3845500 ext. 220 or admissions@ farragut.org. THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF TAMPA HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET Nov. 8-11, times vary Come on out to the Florida State Fairground for the Junior League of Tampa’s largest fundraising event. This unique shopping experience features 180 vendors selling everything from clothing to food, art to children’s toys/items. Proceeds help fund community projects and programs put on by the League throughout Tampa Bay. jltampa.org MICKEY’S VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARTY Nov. 8-Dec. 21, 4 p.m.-midnight Head over to Walt Disney World for another festive party thrown by Mickey Mouse. Starting on select dates in November throughout December, join Mickey, Minnie and the gang for an evening full of yuletide and cheer! Enjoy the Magic Kingdom as it is
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beautifully decorated for the holiday season, full of seasonal parades, fireworks, characters and festive treats, this event will surely enhance your holiday season. disneyworld.com RIBFEST Nov. 9-11, times vary Take a trip to Vinoy Park in St. Pete for this 3-day rock ‘n’ rollin’ festival full of live music, delicious ribs and beautiful waterfront views. RibFest is proud to offer some of the best ribs in the world, plus a stacked lineup of touring bands playing country, classic and southern-rock on two stages. This year’s lineup includes sensations such as Josh Turner, Los Lonely Boys and the Barenaked Ladies. Come out to raise money for local youth charities! ribfest.org 7TH ANNUAL TROT THRU THE TERRACE Nov. 10, times vary Join Terrace Community Middle School for the 7th Annual Trot Thru the Terrace race featuring a 5K, 10K and 1 mile walk/run through Temple Terrace. This year’s race is expected to have the biggest turn-out yet! This year’s race will help TCMS students take “Education by Storm.” Proceeds will benefit the middle school and its 6-8th graders. TCMS has been awarded the National Blue Ribbon of Excellence for Education and has received “A” ratings for 16 years. Come out and support one of Hillsborough County’s great schools! runsignup.com CORBETT PREPARATORY OPEN HOUSE Nov. 13, 8:30 a.m. For 50 years, Corbett Prep has lived its founders' vision of appreciating the uniqueness of each learner. Experience for yourself what sets this PreK38th grade private school apart at an Admissions Open House. Headmaster Dr. Joyce Burick Swarzman will begin with an
HIGH RISK HOPE TOT TROT Nov. 3, check-in at 8:30 a.m., trot begins 9:30 a.m. This annual family friendly 3K is the perfect opportunity to raise funds to benefit High Risk Hope. The whole month of November is prematurity awareness month internationally. Come out to spread awareness and win the #fightforpreemies. The course is a non-competitive 3K (1.86 Miles) where those participating may walk, run, trike or stroll! All are welcome to attend. tottrot.org
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overview of Corbett Prep’s educational programs and philosophy before parents leave for tours with Middle School student ambassadors. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (813) 961-3087. CHRISTMAS AT GAYLORD PALMS Nov. 16- Jan. 6, various times Experience everything Christmas in one place as part of this interactive spectacle ICE! at Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee. Check out the new ICE theme with 2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides featuring “A Christmas Story,” with scenes from The Old Man’s Major Award, Aunt Clara’s pink nightmare, the classic triple dog dare at the flagpole, and much more. christmasatgaylordpalms.com WINTER VILLAGE AT CURTIS HIXON PARK Nov. 16- Jan. 9, times vary Celebrate the holidays starting in November and lasting into the New Year at Curtis Hixon Park. Come see the transformed waterfront park decked with sights, sounds and activities full of holiday cheer for children and adults of all ages. Downtown Tampa’s only outdoor ice rink will be back again this year as another must-do for Tampa residents and guests alike. wintervillagetampa.com
Christmas Town festivities! Included with park admission, guests can enjoy beautiful lights, seasonal shows, Yuletide shopping and a pit stop into Santa’s House. Meet characters from the classic “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” television special who will also be celebrating around the park. buschgardens.com KIDFITSTRONG FITNESS CHALLENGE Nov. 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bring your kids for the nation’s largest mobile fitness event striving to keep all kids active and healthy. Kids of all ages are welcome to participate in an obstacle course to test speed, strength, agility and overall physical fitness. The minimum age of participants is 3, and the course is designed and adjusted to benefit each kids from each age groups to include parents/adults. Aside from the obstacle course, there will be rides, food, and other on-site entertainment. kidfitstrong.com
18TH ANNUAL FLORIDA HOSPITAL BOLT RUN Nov. 17, start times vary The Lightning Foundation and the Tampa Bay Lightning are proud to be hosting this year’s 18th annual Bolt Run. The morning will consist of a 5 Mile, 5K, and a Family Fun Run/Walk. The whole family is invited to come out and cheer on the runners while participating in family friendly activities on Ford Thunder Alley. This year, the finisher’s circle will occur inside the Amalie Arena! Proceeds will benefit local prostate cancer research and other patient services by the Lightning Foundation. runsignup.com SHOPAPALOOZA Nov. 17 & 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Save the date for LocalShops1’s annual festival! Come out to South Straub Park in St. Pete to support more than 130 businesses along with 5,000 shoppers each day! Admission is free for all and includes free entertainment. Food and kids play zones will be on site, along with raffles and prizes. shopapaloozafestival.com CHRISTMAS TOWN AT BUSCH GARDENS Nov. 17-Dec. 31, times vary with park hours Starting mid-November until the end of December, Busch Gardens will begin its annual
MOSI THANKSGIVING BREAK CAMPS Nov. 19 – 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate your break exploring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) at MOSI! Two camps are available. In Cooking Creations (K – 3rd Grade), you will use science to cook some delicious food and learn about different chemical reactions. In Game Making 101 (4th – 8th grade), they’ll show you the techniques you’ll need to know in order to develop a game from scratch. mosi.org 4TH ANNUAL GOODY GOODY TURKEY GOBBLE Nov. 22, 7 a.m. Join the Tampa YMCA for their 4th annual 5K, 8K, and 1 mile run/walk, sponsored by Goody Goody restaurant. The restaurant will be serving free breakfast for all the participants after the race. All proceeds will benefit local cancer survivors and their families. Register now to hold your spot! runsignup.com
STRAZ! LIVE IN THE PARK Nov. 4, 2-6 p.m. This annual event hosted by the Straz Center is sure to be a delight for theater goers and block party lovers alike! To kick off the new season, venture out to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park for an afternoon of picnicking, Broadway showtunes, and perhaps a couple of surprise guests. Food trucks will be on site, but be sure to bring your coolers, chairs and blankets to this FREE event! strazcenter.org
MINECRAFT MANIA Nov. 24, 1 -3 p.m. Experience the world of Minecraft first hand at MOSI. Make friends, uncover new gaming secrets, and learn how to become a Minecraft designer, adventurer and maybe even a Minecraft Master! Ages 7-12 are welcome. Admission is $20 and $15 for MOSI members. tampa.eventful.com THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER Nov. 29 - Dec. 2, times vary Presented by the Patel Conservatory, this story is told by kids grades 2-12 who take on the roles of the Herdmans, AKA, the worst kids ever. Follow along as this notorious family take over a Christmas pageant for loads of shock and chaos, with a heartwarming resolve. (Sensory friendly performance on Dec. 1). strazcenter.org THE PIANO GUYS Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m. Head over to Ruth Eckerd Hall to witness four dads who became internet sensations by making original music videos. Their covers of hit songs such as One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” and Frozen’s “Let it Go” have earned them over 500 million views on YouTube. Their charming personalities and ambition will inspire all that come to this entertaining event. rutheckerdhall.com WORLD WAR I CENTENNIAL CONCERT Nov. 29, 5:20 p.m. Presented by the classical guitarist and composer out of Sarasota, Florida, this concert will commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War. Culver’s concert will feature WWI era music, transporting guests back in time. Attendees will hear tunes that soldiers may have listened to, and brief war facts and stories behind the songs will be told as well as details regarding Manatee County’s role in the war. manateevillage.org TAMPA BAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Nov. 30, 6- 10 p.m. Don’t miss Tampa’s annual tree lighting ceremony at Curtis Hixon Park Waterfront Park. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. including a countdown to the lighting with Mayor Buckhorn and a free movie in the park. The ceremony is free, and blankets, lawn chairs, coolers, and dogs on leashes are permitted. Glass and alcoholic products are prohibited. tampagov.net
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