March Newsletter

Focus Charity - March 2018 This month we could like to send a big THANK YOU to our local First Responders. We at Life Skills in ACTion can never relay our true gratitude for all they do and for the sacrifices they and their families make. We hope each and every firefighter, paramedic, and police office knows our appreciation! Please feel free to drop off a thank you card while visiting Life Skills in ACTion.

** Featured Class of the Month

~ Civics End-of-Course Review ~** CIVICS EOC - Students must pass this EOC exam/class in order to meet the requirements for Middle School graduation. Life Skills in ACTion will be offering a prep class for this exam starting in April. The course is priced at $75 for 4 one hour sessions. The classes will be April 5, 12, 19, and 26 at 6:00 PM. Please contact Mindy at 813-575-9100 to register.

Parenting Tip The American Academy of Pediatrics has estimated that 1 in 10 teens will experience depression at some point. While many parents feel it just might be a part of the teen years and growing up, doctors are urging parents to have open dialogue with their child because it may be signs of pre-depressive symptoms.

Many things can trigger feelings of sadness - stress of performing well in school, arguments with parents or friends, social media, bullying, divorce, and neglect. There are many ways you can help your teen. Make sure they are getting the proper nutrition, sleeping enough, fitting in some exercise, encourage times of relaxing, and encourage open talks with them about how they are feeling. Also, be sure you talk with your child's doctor during their annual physical. There are now screenings doctors can give to children from ages 12 - 21.

Career Academies in Pasco County Schools Did you know that Pasco County offers many Career Academies in several middle & high schools? These programs offer students the opportunity to participate in a variety of meaningful work-related learning experiences. For more information about the Academies of Pasco visit

February News

Focus Charity - February 2018 The Ronald McDonald House is our Charity of Focus for February 2018. They are a non-profit organization that provides families a place to stay while their child receives medical treatment at a nearby hospital. The Ronald McDonald House assisted over 2,000 families in 2017. This month we would love to provide new/used board games, new puzzles, & card games. You can drop off your donations at Life Skills in ACTion until February 28th. Thank you for your support to The Ronald McDonald House & the families they welcome!

Featured Classes of the Month~ FSA Test Prep Courses ~ FSA Testing is right around the corner - is your child ready? Life Skills in ACTion offers a variety of FSA Test Prep courses for students in elementary, middle, and high school. Each Test Prep course costs $150 and will have 4 one-hour classes. The fee also includes a test prep workbook that will be used for homework during the course. Discounts are given for multiple classes. Talk with Mindy or Amy to find the right course for your child.

Parenting Tip Testing can cause anxiety for many students. Helping your child prepare ahead of time will certainly help them feel more at ease before any testing begins. Here are a few tips on making the most of the prep time.

  1. Practice any practice tests that are available. This will allow your child to become familiar with the format of the assessment.
  2. Study as much as possible over an extended period of time. Trying to cram it in will only cause more stress.
  3. Eat a protein packed breakfast the morning of testing. Proteins allow for better concentration and will keep you from feeling tired.
  4. Catch those ZZZ's! A full night's rest the night before an assessment will help you stay focused.
  5. Pace yourself during the test. Scan the test before you begin so you can estimate how long you will have for each question. Don't allow one question to hold you back.

Career Academies in Pasco County Schools Did you know that Pasco County offers many Career Academies in several middle & high schools? These programs offer students the opportunity to participate in a variety of meaningful work-related learning experiences. For more information about the Academies of Pasco visit

November News

November, 2017 Happenings

Life Skills in ACTion

Focus Charity – Nov./Dec. 2017 Our charity for Winter 2017 is the Pajama Program, a not-for-profit organization that provides new pajamas, books, and small stuffed animals to children and young adults in need. You can drop off donations of new pajamas (sizes newborn to adult XXL), new books, and small stuffed animals to both the Wesley Chapel and Lutz locations.
Donations will be accepted through December 11, 2017

Featured Classes of the Month ~ Elf Shop & Winter Break Camp ~ The Elf Shop is coming! Drop your little Elf off and do some holiday shopping! Your kiddies will learn how to plan a budget, wrap gifts, make a card, complete crafts and enjoy some holiday treats! Elves in Kindergarten through 7th grade are invited to participate. Cost is $100 which includes a $65 shopping budget. Choose the best Elf Shop date that works best for you – November 29 (5-7 pm), December 5 (4-6 pm), and December 6 (5 to 7 pm).

Winter Break Camp will be held at our Wesley Chapel location starting January 2nd through January 5th from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. Kids are invited to spend the day/week where they will participate in 2 academic sessions, a personal development session, 1 physical movement class, and 2 life skill classes. Winter Camp is $85/day or $235 for week – sibling discount offered.

Parenting Tip Taken from the Journal of American Health Association – 8 ounces of water for our children can make a big difference. First, increasing your water intake by just 8 ounces of water a day significantly improves a child’s ability to learn. The second part if that 76% of boys are dehydrated which makes them appear hyper, overactive, and disengaged. Encourage kids to get a drink of water from our water fountain - it is cold and filtered! You can’t get much better than that!

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October, 2017 Happenings

Life Skills in ACTion

Focus Charity – Sept./Oct. 2017 Our charity for the Fall 2017 is the Hope Children’s Home. We are asking for school supplies to donate. Our office staff, students, and families are invited to participate with us. Here is how you can volunteer and donate.

  1. Drop off pens, pencils, notebooks, and paper at our Wesley Chapel office. DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 13TH.
  2. On Hope’s website there is a list of immediate needs and urgent needs.
  3. Volunteer opportunities such as kitchen help, vehicle wash, and Hope Thrift Store.

Featured Class of the Month ~ Study Skills 1 ~ One of most popular classes offered to 4th – 12th graders is the Study Skills I class. Students will learn organizational tips for home and backpack use! In addition, we cover time management, daily note taking, test taking skills, developing rapport with teachers, goal setting, and creating a personal brand. The goal of this class is more free time for students and less parental support to get the job done!

Parenting Tip “Breakfast helps improve memory and positively affects the tasks that require the retention of new information. Conversely, a hungry child can be apathetic, disinterested, and irritable when confronted with difficult tasks. Breakfast is the key! Breakfast provides sugar, starch, protein, and fat, elements necessary for child to ensure a sustained release of energy. “ ~ Richard Rominger

We snack more after dinner, when we don’t eat breakfast because our bodies are craving minerals and vitamins. You need to start the day with 6 oz. of water! Your organs need to be woken up and water is the only way to get the body systems going.