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Westchase Elementary Slates Busy October

Fall in Westchase is always a busy time, and the PTA has a calendar full of events for you to enjoy. On Wednesday, Oct. 4, Westchase Elementary will participate in National Walk to School Day. Walk (and Bike) to School Day provides an opportunity for communities across the country to come together to celebrate safe, active transportation and, where needed, to bring attention to necessary changes so more people can safely bicycle to more places.

Westchase looks forward to celebrating this event with our students and families. Starting at 7:30 a.m., you can join us at the walker gate to meet and take pictures with Thunderbug, the Tampa Bay Lightning mascot, as well as our very own Westchase Wizard.

On Tuesday, Oct. 10, the Westchase PTA will sponsor a Science Exploration Night in the MPR from 6-8 p.m. There will be a robotics class sponsored by Sylvan Learning as well as other hands-on activities sponsored by Brighton Learning and a presentation from “Cool Science.” All families are welcome to attend this free event.

A couple of events were postponed due to Hurricane Irma. Our Wizard Walk moved to Thursday, Oct. 12, and our Skate World fundraiser was rescheduled to Friday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. Skate World will host our families for a glow-in-the-dark themed skating party. Admission is $6 and participants should wear light colors to glow on the roller rink.

Looking for an easy way to support our school? Come out to Burger 21 on Oct. 16 and 17 from 5-7 p.m. The PTA is selling $10 Burger 21 gift cards for just $7. Be sure to stock up and use the gift cards on Spirit Nights. The proceeds from all Spirit Nights will help to offset the expenses of the fourth grade trip to St. Augustine and the fifth grade trip to Busch Gardens.

Don’t miss the annual Fall Festival held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20. This annual community event is a fundraiser to support our classrooms. Each class will run a booth – from cookie decorating to bounce houses – and the proceeds go directly to the teachers so they can purchase necessary supplies. Tickets will be on sale in the office for $5 each starting Oct. 16. There will also be food and drinks for sale in the MPR during the event.

Our Fall Box Tops Drive is currently underway and runs through Oct. 20. Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to support our school. The money raised from this collection goes to support our Movie Night in December and Field Day in March, and the class that collects the most Box Tops will win a pizza party.

We want to extend a big thank you to all our Platinum Business Partners – Vology, Sylvan Learning, Durrett Orthodontics, Westchase Smiles, Mother’s and Westchase Law – for sponsoring this year’s Wizard Walk!

Last, if you are interested in becoming a mentor to one of our students, please email or call 631-4600, Ext. 227. If you are interested in becoming a business partner, please email for more information. As always, stay informed by visiting the PTA website at and make sure to like us on Facebook so you can stay up to date on the latest happenings at Westchase.

Westchase Elementary October Events

4         Walk to School Day, 7:30 a.m. 
10       Science Exploration Night, 6-8 p.m. in MPR
12       Wizard Walk, 8:30-11:15 a.m. in Rec. Center
13       Skate World Fundraiser, 6-8 p.m.
16-17  Spirit Night at Burger 21, 5-7 p.m.
20       Coffee and Conversation, 8 a.m. in MPR
20       Fall Festival, 4-7 p.m.
27       Storybook Parade, 8:30 a.m. 

By Kathy Curé


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