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Westchase PTA Hosts Meet the Candidate Mixer Oct. 2

The school year kicked off at Westchase Elementary with much excitement and anticipation from kids, parents and faculty. Parents wondered how things would go with a new start time, a new principal and assistant principal, and a few other small changes. Many took advantage of the opportunity to attend the first Coffee and Conversation with Administration on Aug. 24 to hear from Principal Elise Suarez and Assistant Principal Mike Miller.

Parking and transportation were two topics about which many attendees had questions. Although things have gotten much better in this area since the first week, the Westchase administration continues to work with the district and the county on other improvements. The top priority is safety for our students and efficiency is second.

The new Wizard Bucks system implemented by teachers to reinforce great behavior was also discussed. Additionally, the meeting addressed the curriculum and school safety, both of which follow state and district guidelines. Principal Suarez and Assistant Principal Miller appreciated the dialogue with parents and encourage parents to be vocal and involved.

Speaking of getting involved, the Westchase Elementary PTA will be hosting a Meet the Candidate Mixer on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 6:30-8 p.m. The event will be held at the Westchase Golf Club and is free of charge. It is an opportunity for Westchase area voters to meet the four candidates—Steve Cona, William Henry Person, Karen Perez and Henry "Shake" Washington—running for Hillsborough County School Board District 1 and District 6 seats.

Fall is a busy time at Westchase. Don’t miss these great October events!

Our Fall Box Tops Drive will run from Oct. 1-26. Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to support our school. The money raised goes to support the many programs available throughout the school year.

Have fun and support our school by attending our Westchase Elementary Skate Night at Skate World on Oct. 12 from 6-8 p.m. This event is always a blast for the kids and an easy way to contribute to the school while entertaining the family!

Don’t miss the annual Fall Festival held from 4–7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26. This annual community event is a fundraiser to support our classrooms. Each class will run a booth—from cookie decorating to bounce houses! There will also be food and drinks for sale in the MPR. The proceeds go directly to the teachers so they can purchase necessary supplies. Coupon cards will be on sale for $5 in the front office starting Oct. 22. Cash only please.

Westchase October Events

1-26  Box Top Drive
2       Meet the Candidates, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Westchase Golf Club 
4       Fall Pictures (Grades K-2) 
4       Conference Night, 4-7 p.m.   
5       Fall Pictures (Grades 3-5) 
9       Junior Achievement Training, 7:45 a.m. in MPR
12     Skate Night at Skate World, 6–8 p.m.
25     Reflections Entries Due    
26     Fall Festival, 4–7 p.m.
31     Storybook Parade 

By Clare Himes

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