December News
Advocacy Update
January is fast approaching and that means the Legislative Convention is just around the corner. Have you registered yet? Click here to register.

Winter Training
We have made it through the first half of the school year! Can you believe it?
Now it’s time to start getting ready for the second half. That means we need to prepare for audits, nominating committees, and awards. Winter training will be held Thursday, January 18 th from 9am to 11am at Kraftologee, 10312 Bloomingdale Ave, Suite 101, Riverview, FL 33578. Kraftologee has been generous enough to delay their opening that day so that we can help you prepare for the second half of the school year. They are also offering a discount on their menu for anyone attending the training that day in case you want to stay for lunch or get your breakfast there . http://kraftologee.com/menu/
R.S.V.P. to Jessica Kociara at VPLeadership@hccptaptsa.org
Hillsborough County Pre K - Grade 12 Students
for Achievement in the Arts
Students from 43 Hillsborough County schools participated in the 2017-2018 National PTA Reflections art program themed:  Within Reach . Students of all abilities  created original works of art in the medium of their choice (dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts) reflecting on this specific theme which changes annually. The top three entries in each arts category received an  Award of Excellence  which honors imagination, creativity, and interpretation of the theme.  Students were recognized for their artistic ingenuity and efforts to bring the theme to life in a way that is personal and meaningful. Award of Excellence recipients will have t heir work advance to the State level competition in April 2018 in Orlando. Congratulations and best wishes to all Hillsborough County student artists! 
Leadership is the art of motivating a group of people towards achieving a common goal. The leader is the inspiration and director of the action. He or she is the person in the group that possesses the personality and leadership skills that makes others want to follow his or her direction. Set the tone and people will follow it. Great leaders make sure they are heard and understood, but they also listen to people. If you trust your team to do their job, there should be no need for micromanaging, and meetings can run swiftly. The best leaders out there know when they need help, and they know where to turn to in order to get it. Great leaders are constantly learning and always trying to improve themselves. There’s always something that you can work on.
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-Jessica Kociara, VP of Leadership
Health For The Holidays
The holidays are upon us…..you probably ate a little too much for Thanksgiving and have already gained a few pounds. During December it will only get harder with holiday parties and gifts, such as cookies, pies, and fruit cake, but not enough time to exercise. There are a lot of fun ways to enjoy your holidays while being mindful of your health.
Be realistic -   Don’t try to lose pounds during the holidays. Instead, try to maintain your current weight.
Plan time for exercise -   Exercise relieves stress, and we know how stressful the holidays can be with family, parties and shopping. Go to the mall early and take a walk while you wait for the stores to open. You already know you’re going to have to park far away from where you need to go, so gladly park in that last spot and briskly walk into the stores.
Don’t skip meals -   Always keep a healthy snack in your car rather than stopping for something that will probably not be healthy. Have meals planned, so that  after a long day out, dinner will already be planned.
Think ahead -   When going to a holiday party, eat something healthy before leaving the house. Scan the buffets before choosing; you might find healthier choices at the end. Eat until you are satisfied, but not stuffed.
Watch those beverages -   Calories can add up quickly. Know what you are going to have before you leave the house and how to make a high calorie drink less caloric by changing a few ingredients.
Adapted from "Stall Talk", a publication of the University of Florida IFAS/Hillsborough County Extension Service
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