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Wizards Celebrate Veterans Nov. 9

Congratulations to all Wizard parents!

If you are reading this, you survived October!

As we turn the calendar to November, we think of cooler weather and our veterans. On Nov. 1-9, the PTA will also host its annual Veterans Penny Campaign. All proceeds will benefit “Stay in Step SCI Recovery,” a local, non-profit recovery center that assists individuals with spinal cord injuries, including veterans. Visit http://www.stayinstep.org for more information.

Our annual Veterans Day Program will take place on Thursday, Nov. 9, starting with a Hospitality Breakfast for veterans and active military personnel only from 8:00-8:45 a.m. in the cafeteria. The breakfast, sponsored by The Grind, will be followed by a patriotic school-wide celebration on the covered courts at 9 a.m. All parents are invited to attend this very special salute, which includes a flag ceremony and performances by the Blue and Gold Chorus and Drum Corps, as well as the Davidsen Middle School Jazz Band, Chorus and Orchestra. Veterans and active military personnel may R.S.V.P. to the breakfast by emailing Tracy Christensen at christensendt@msn.com.

Conference Night is also Thursday, Nov. 9, and the PTA will sell spirit sticks, apparel and memberships on campus. Take advantage of this opportunity to pick up some new spirit gear. When you buy a PTA membership, your child is eligible to receive quarterly rewards and free admission to the International Festival and the General Meetings.

Each year Junior Achievement is taught in our classrooms by wonderful parent volunteers. JA is focused on providing kids with the tools they need to be financially literate and responsible adults. Kids learn about different types of businesses in their community, entrepreneurship, and more! Each teacher, K-5, needs a parent volunteer to facilitate this program for their class.

JA provides amazing and easy to follow materials for you to use. The materials are broken into five sessions, and they are tailored to grade level, interactive and fun. A training session will be held on Nov. 15 at 8:15 a.m. For more information about JA, visit http://jatampabay.org and p,lease email Clare Himes, clare.himes@gmail.com, if you are interested in helping.

Last year our guidance counselor, Ms. Rivenburg, launched a new anti-bullying campaign called Kindness Counts. This year, she is joined by Guidance Counselor, Ms. Rosado, and they are continuing the campaign with the theme, “Kind is Cool!” Students were introduced to the theme in October, and activities related to being kind to others, the Earth, and oneself were held throughout Red Ribbon Week. The theme will be carried over into multiple events during the year. If you would like to help with any Kind is Cool event, or have creative ideas on incorporating this concept into the lives of our families, please email Clare Himes at clare.himes@gmail.com.

Calling all parents, grandparents or family friends! Please join us for the Great American Teach-In on Nov. 16. Our little Wizards would love to hear all about your job, talents or hobbies! Please sign up for a time slot with your child's teacher. The PTA will be serving refreshments for all our volunteers so remember to stop by Room 201 before you leave.

As the holidays draw near, please look for the Giving Tree sign ups in November. All donations are due at school on Dec. 6.

Last, you can stay informed by visiting http://www.westchasepta.org and liking the Westchase PTA page on Facebook.

Westchase’s November Events

9         Veterans Day Program, 9 a.m. on the Covered Courts
10       No School: Veterans Day 
14       Picture Retakes  
16       Great American Teach-In
20-24  No School: Thanksgiving Break

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