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Westchase Elementary Curriculum Night Sept. 6

Westchase Elementary welcomed new and returning Wizards back to school on Aug. 10. Former Vice Principal, Elise Saurez, returned to the school in her new role as principal. The Wizards welcomed Mike Miller as the new vice principal.

Administrators, faculty and volunteers were hard at work over the summer beautifying the campus inside and out to prepare for the big day. There is even a new hand-painted mural in the office by Mrs. Anderson, our art teacher! Westchase faculty and staff continue with their theme of “Anchored in Excellence,” with a focus of every child getting what the need to be successful.

Parents will get the opportunity to visit their child’s classroom to learn more about curriculum and resources during Westchase Elementary’s Curriculum Night on Sept. 6. Parents with students in Kindergarten through Grade 2 will attend from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Parents with students in Grades 3 through 5 will attend from 5 to 6:10 p.m. The purpose of this event is to enhance communication between teachers and families and to provide a more in-depth view of life in their child’s classroom. Some of the potential topics are Common Core Standards, Classroom Resources, Subject Overviews and Assessments and Grading.

Another great Wizard Walk kicks off Sept. 17. Last year students did an amazing job raising money to improve this wonderful school. The funds from last year went to updating technology. Funds purchased several laptop carts and smart projectors for some of the classrooms. Having cutting edge technology at the school will help students reach even greater heights.

This year the school hopes to raise money to get smart projectors in every classroom and to build a covered court for the second P.E. class. Seventy-five percent of funds raised will be allocated to technology and 25 percent toward the covered court in hopes it can be built soon. If you are a business partner that wants to help or are aware of a business partner that could help, please reach out the Westchase PTA at sponsorships@westchasepta.org. The school is grateful for any support!

The 2018-19 Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Membership Drive has begun and is available online at http://westchasetampafl.ptaptsa.org/ Indiv.idual Memberships are $8 and Family Memberships are $20. PTA membership comes with some great community and national discounts. The best part is that proceeds directly benefit your child through the programs the PTA supports. After School Enrichment (ASE), Holiday Shop, family movie nights, Junior Achievement and Yearbook are just a few of the over 25 programs supported by the PTA.

What can you do to get involved? Lots of opportunities exist to get involved in the PTA and school events throughout the year. Whether you have 30 minutes to give on a project you can do from home or you want to lead a committee, no contribution of time, talent or treasure is too small. Helping hands are always needed and appreciated!
Watch for your perfect opportunity to lend a helping hand! Please also consider supporting programs such as Box Tops, Wizard Walk, Yearbooks, Spirit Sticks and the Holiday Shop.

Please visit the PTA website at http://www.westchasepta.org to keep connected. There you’ll find Wizard News, teacher information, upcoming events, our Spirit Line shop and other ways to get involved.

Cover all the bases by following the Westchase PTA on Facebook and Westchase Elementary on Twitter. In an attempt to go green, all monthly newsletters will be electronic this year.

Important Westchase September Events

5-9 Fall ASE Online Registration
6 Curriculum Night: K-2, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; Grades 3-5, 5-6:10 p.m. in Student’s Classroom
7 Grandparents Read to Me Breakfast  
11 Fifth Grade Committee Meeting
11 Painting with a Twist Fundraiser
13 STEM Night
17  Wizard Walk Kick-off
17 Red Ribbon Week
19/20 Fall ASE begins
27 Wizard Walk

By Clare Himes

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