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Kids OVERVIEW FOR Monday, February 08, 2016

Welcome Back, Dragons!

The weeks before winter break were a flurry of activity at Davidsen! From a very festive outdoor band concert that featured a visit from Santa Streeter and the Davidsen music department’s performance at the Westchase tree lighting to the school’s first annual Holiday Shop, lots of fun activities got everyone in the holiday spirit.

Raven Runners Win Top GPA Award

Alonso High School senior runner Zach Smagowicz proudly describes himself as a student-athlete. “The ‘student’ part is first,’’ he said. “It’s great to be on a team like that.’’

Westchase Swimmer Commits to Division I University of Vermont

Greens resident Maddie Strasen signs with the Universty of Vermont at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center.

Nearly a decade ago, Maddie Strasen was one of the kids in the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center’s “Little Flippers’’ program. Swimming was her pastime – mostly because her sister swam – but she never imagined it would become her passion.

Troop 46 Enjoys Camping, Canoeing and Service

November is the month each year that Troop 46 completes its annual re-chartering process. In the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), a charter authorizes an organization to operate BSA Scouting units. It certifies the agreement between a chartered organization – an organization that agrees to utilize Scouting as a part of its service to youth – and the Boy Scouts of America, setting expectations for the quality of program to be delivered.

First Grade Happenings at Lowry Elementary

Our first grade students recently put their knowledge of sink and float to the test during our Science Olympics. The students were given a mission – they had just three minutes to build a boat out of aluminum foil that they thought could hold the most marbles.

New Year’s Events for MOMS Club Slated

Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. The MOMS Club had a great time in December. The Learning Express held a special story time for the kids, where they heard the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and created a Rudolph-themed craft. We also enjoyed some delicious sweets at our holiday cookie swap, and celebrated a night out at Repeal 18, which hosted our annual holiday party.

Everly’s Angels Foundation Host Fundraising March

One year ago, our family said goodbye to our precious daughter, Everly Marie, as she transitioned from this life to heaven.

Alonso Baseball Fundraiser Jan. 2

The Alonso High School Ravens Baseball 2015 Saladino and District Champions will be hosting a golf tournament fundraiser at the Westchase Golf Club on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016 at 1 p.m. The format is a four-person team scramble.

Little League All Stars Win State Title

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.

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!