Kids OVERVIEW FOR Saturday, May 25, 2013
During a busy April Troop 46 welcomed a large group of cross-over Scouts from Packs 20, 38 and 46. The troop now has more than 100 Scouts and is one of the largest and strongest in the area. During the month the troop continued with its busy schedule. The April 1 meeting gave the Scouts a choice of merit badge classes.
With the last weeks of school approaching, Lowry students are using every minute to reach their goals. In April the students raised over $3,000 through the Pennies for Pasta program, which ran for two weeks. All of the proceeds went to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Third grader Aanya Bastain personally donated $100 of her birthday money to the fundraiser.
It’s that time of year again. FCAT, end-of-course exams and finals are just around the corner. Add to that the heaps of homework assigned by teachers who are racing to complete the curriculum. Getting through the “rush hour” of the school year will take a lot of effort. Unfortunately, side effects like stress can get in the way of students’ success. How can kids manage stress and sail past tests and into the summer? The answer, surprisingly, comes from a few easy steps.
In April the Westchase Community Theater (WCT) performed their fifth show to rave reviews. On April 12-14 the local theater troupe produced The Little Mermaid, Jr., at Westchase Elementary’s multipurpose room. This year WCT's cast consisted of 37 very talented actors and actresses ranging in age from 6 to 16 and hailing from various schools such as Westchase Elementary, Cambridge Christian, Hillel Academy, Walker IB Middle Magnet, Robinson High School, Steinbrenner High School and Lowry Elementary.
The rain held off just long enough for our Scouts to enjoy several hours of frolicsome play as they celebrated at their annual Blue and Gold Picnic. Held at Upper Tampa Bay Park on March 24, the picnic saw dens go head-to-head in tug of war and a water balloon toss. Meanwhile games of tag ensued at the playground.
Carmen and Carl Longnecker of The Shires welcomed Adrianna Maria on April 3 at 12:56 p.m. Adrianna Maria weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 21 inches long. She was greeted home by big brother Nathan, 17 months.
May is a time for appreciation, goodbyes and congratulations. Congratulations to Davidsen’s Hannah Keller and Elizabeth Corn, who moved on to compete in this year’s State Science and Engineering Fair. Both girls took home high honors for their projects. Hannah took third place in the Junior Behavioral and Social Sciences and Elizabeth earned first place in Microbiology.
It is time to start planning for the 2013-2014 school year. With that, the debate over school uniforms continues. Proponents of uniforms base their views on research showing that when kids wear uniforms they are less likely to misbehave, peer pressure is decreased, students’ grades are higher, and mornings are easier on both students and parents. Opponents of school uniforms believe that requiring students to wear them infringes upon a person's rights to freedom of expression and individuality and decreases diversity.
Nope. It’s not a tie! The Dads Club is pleased to announce that their new Westchase Dads’ Club (WDC) sport shirts and hats are now available for purchase! These quality items will be the perfect Father’s Day gift for all of the Westchase Elementary dads out there. In addition, all profits from the sales of both items will go directly to Westchase Elementary School.
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!