Kids OVERVIEW FOR Saturday, September 05, 2015
They fell just short of the ultimate goal – a spot in the Little League World Series. But the Keystone Little League All-Star baseball team captured something unexpected this summer. They won everyone’s heart.
The boys of Cub Scout Pack 46 are excited for fall and invite new members to join us for a year of fun and service to our community. Cub Scouting is for boys in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years of age. Pack 46 will participate in the Westchase Elementary School Open House on Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Interested parents can stop by our table and meet with current Scouts and adult leaders to learn more about our programs.
Dominique Nelson described it as “the next chapter of my life.’’ Soon she will report to Florida Atlantic University, where she earned a scholarship to play soccer for the Owls. If this chapter is anything like the rest of the book, Nelson’s life story, expect hard work, dedication, accomplishment and plenty of fun, too.
Dust off those uniforms, Dragons! It’s time to get ready for another exciting year at Davidsen Middle School. The first day of school will be Tuesday, Aug. 25. In preparation, Davidsen will host its annual back to school open house on Friday, Aug. 21.
Does your son or daughter want to get a kick out of their weekends? Registration for Westchase Soccer Association’s (WSA) fall programs will be held in August.
When asked what her greatest accomplishment in her life thus far was, Keswick Forest resident Jordan Smart didn’t cite her 6.95 GPA at Steinbrenner High School. Or the fact that she was ranked fourth out of 554 classmates. “My biggest accomplishment was completing a week of volunteer work at an orphanage, Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, in the Dominican Republic,” she said.
Westchase Elementary School welcomes all Wizards back to school on Tuesday, Aug. 25. We hope everyone enjoyed summer vacation and is looking forward to the new school year. Your child’s classroom assignment will be sent out by mail on Aug. 14 and open house will be held on Friday, Aug. 21.
July was a great month for the MOMS Club! The kids kicked off the month by celebrating the Fourth of July with a play date and patriotic-themed craft at the park. We also had a great turnout for our popular Music and Movement event at the library.
A graduate of Jesuit High School, Keswick Forest’s Austin Sellers, was quick to cite the school’s influence when picking a book that greatly shaped him. “One of my required books at Jesuit, The Life of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, is a good life lesson about the founder of the Jesuits,” he stated. “He lived a humble and selfless life worthy of following.”
This past month has been a busy one for Troop 46. We had our summer camp at Woodruff Scout Reservation, hosted a citizenship merit badge session and attended a Westchase community meeting.
WOW Scholar Jonathan Sims’ life took a dramatic turn one day in preschool. “My teacher asked me about a mark on my face. I told her the truth: my father had hit me.” The young boy, whose parents were both addicts, faced a childhood in foster care.
Carmen and Carl Longnecker of The Shires welcomed Elise Marie Longnecker on January 15 at 7:17 p.m. Elise Marie weighed 4 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 18 inches. She was greeted home by big brother, Nathan, 3, and big sister, Anna, 21 months.
Brie and Mike Gorecki of Stockbridge welcomed Brendan Richard on June 23 at 3:19 p.m. Brendan Richard weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 21.75 inches. He is their first.
Alyson and Jeremy Schoenfeld of Stockbridge welcomed Mia Keely on September 16 at 9:19 p.m. Mia Keely weighed 5 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 19 inches. She is their first.
Life is good, but not for everyone.Imagine getting to school ready to learn, but not being able to because you have nothing to write with and nothing to write on. Now imagine working so hard at school, and then losing all of your homework and projects because you have no binder or folder in which to carry everything.
The cake bake off challenged the kids to use their imagination. For the event the Pack 46 Cub Scouts had to come up with ideas to fit the Scout, animal, holiday, sports, movie/TV or cupcake categories – and the scouts came through! Their designs also proved that Scout skills extend to the kitchen.
If you missed it, February’s Casino Night to Remember was a blast! The Westchase Elementary Ways and Means Committee would like to thank the families, teachers and staff for their support in a very successful fourth Casino Night to Remember on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Bayanihan Arts and Event Center. The event raised money to enhance computer technology at Westchase Elementary.
Andrea and Dave Digdo of Castleford welcomed Anna Noelle on December 28 at 3:52 a.m. Anna Noelle weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 19 inches. She was welcomed home by big brother Luke, 5, and big sister Grace, 3.
Before the summer break, the lasting memory for Alonso High School’s year was its baseball team capturing a Class 6A state championship. Two months into a new school year, Alonso’s football team tied a program record by starting 5-0.
When Alonso High School boys basketball coach Todd Price sees kids waiting for space on pick-up courts in the Westchase area, he gets encouraged. When Price notices heavy enrollment for youth basketball leagues at the YMCA, he smiles. Heck, if Price spots a young boy dribbling a basketball in the driveway, that’s a positive.
September brings cooler weather and the first full month of school. With summer now a memory, the students are focusing on new classes and teachers. The newly painted hallways of Davidsen are busy with the sounds of students shuffling through textbooks and scurrying to classrooms before the bell rings.
After a year of hit or miss temperatures and precipitation, weather was finally of no concern for the Cub Scouts of Westchase Pack 46. When the Scouts celebrated their end-of-year party at Xtreme Fun Center, all the activities took place inside! The Scouts had a wide range of fun activities to choose from, including baseball hitting ranges, video games and, of course, laser tag!