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Kids OVERVIEW FOR Sunday, April 26, 2015

Eagle Scout Project Helps Protect Westchase Kids on March 21

Jacob Doty, back row, third from left, along with his fellow Scouts, at his recent Eagle Scout project.

On Saturday, March 21, visitors to the Westchase Rec. Center had the opportunity to receive a free child ID kit. Westchase resident Jacob Doty, who grew up attending the Rec. Center’s after-school program, organized the event as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Scouts Court of Honor Recognizes Accomplishments

Last month’s Court of Honor saw Troop 46 Boy Scouts recognized for their accomplishments. The Court of Honor awarded 172 merit badges, 37 rank advancements, and 47 special awards and training patches. Two Scouts, Xavier Patrick and Morgan Bentley, also achieved the rank of Eagle.

MOMS Club Enjoys Seuss and Strawberries

MOMS Club members enjoy the Strawberry Festival.

March brought many fun activities to the MOMS Club! We kicked the month off with Dr. Seuss Day, when members’ children completed art projects and games that were inspired by Dr. Seuss. It was fun to watch the kids create Cat In The Hat-style hats and then run around Baybridge Park wearing them. We also had an outing to the Strawberry Festival in Plant City.

Davidsen Dragons Let Loose at the Annual Medieval Fair

Davidsen held its annual Medieval Fair on March 6. Students enjoyed inflatables, several fun carnival games and, of course, lots of fair food! PTSA member Elaine Ragan headed up the festivities again this year and thanks everyone who volunteered their time to make the fair possible.

Summer Camps: Saving Bucks While Picking the Winners

Yes, child care is a big expense – particularly during the summer when school is not in session. So how can you make the most of this summer while watching that wallet?

Lowry Leopards Excel at STEM Fair

Lowry Elementary is proud to announce the participants in the Hillsborough Regional STEM Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the Tampa Convention Center. Fifth grader Anish Amin was an Outstanding Award winner with a project that added pop rocks to soda to test the amount of carbon dioxide released. Fourth grader Mieke Rowe won a Superior Award for her project that showcased which materials would clean up an oil spill the best. The third grade had two Excellent Award winning teams.

Alonso Media Center Offers AP Test Prep Help

Did you know that there are free resources that can help your Alonso student ace that AP exam? Simply send your student to the Media Center to ask for the AP class practice tests.

Westchase Dads Host Fourth Annual Poker Tournament

Mark your calendars and join the fun on April 12! The Westchase Elementary School Dads’ Club Committee will host its Fourth Annual Poker Tournament at the Silks Room of Tampa Bay Downs on Sunday, April 12, beginning at 3 p.m. All proceeds from the event will benefit Westchase Elementary School’s classroom technology initiative.

New Westchasers, March 2014

Elise Marie Longnecker

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.

New Westchasers, September 2014

Brendan Richard Gorecki

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.

New Westchasers, December 2013

Mia Keely Schoenfeld

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.

Westchase School Supply Drive for Just Elementary Organized

Sophie Moss and Publix Manager Dan Damron prepare for Moss’ school supply drive.

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.

Pack 46 Holds Sweet Bake Off

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.

Casino Night Proves a Successful Fund-Raiser

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.

New Westchasers, March 2012

Jack Richard Tamulski

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.

Football Success Triggers Surge in Alonso School Spirit

Alonso High School football players wear navy blue polo shirts to school on game days as a display of their team unity.

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.

Short in Stature, Alonso Hoopsters Grow in Respectability

Alonso junior Greg Robinson, Coach Todd Price and Malachi Christopher are hoping to build upon Alonso High School

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.

Davidsen Dragons Discover Newly Painted School

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.

Cub Scouts Mark Year’s End with Xtreme Fun

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!