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Wizards Plan Fun and Busy December

The holidays are upon us, and we’re starting out the month with some family fun. On Friday, Dec. 1 please bring your family out to our Winter Movie Night, featuring a screening of The Emoji Movie. Attendees are asked to bring a toy or monetary donation for Toys for Tots. Toys for Tots only accepts new, unwrapped toys. There will be snacks, pizza and a limited number of Spirit Sticks available for purchase. Be sure to bring blankets and chairs to watch the movie on the covered courts! For more information, contact Mary Kate Smith at mksmith2007@gmail.com.

All donations for the Giving Tree need to be dropped off at the school by Wednesday, Dec. 6. If you would like to contribute, please go to http://www.westchasepta.org to see what items are still needed. We have 28 families who would appreciate your generosity this holiday season.

Our Holiday Shop will be open from Dec. 11-15, and students will be able to pick out gifts for family and friends during school. Prices range from $0.25 to $5, and the shop is cash only. More information will be sent home with your child regarding the class schedule and volunteer opportunities.

On Wednesday, Dec. 13, the chorus will be performing at the Chick-fil-A on Waters Avenue. The second grade Little Wizards will start the night off at 5 p.m., followed by the Blue and Gold Chorus at 5:30 p.m., and concluding with the third grade Little Wizards at 6 p.m. Then, there will be two Winter Music Concerts on Thursday, Dec. 14, in the MPR. The first concert will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will include performances by the Little Wizard Chorus and the Orffins. The second concert will begin at 7:15 p.m. and feature the Blue and Gold Chorus and the World Drumming Ensemble.

Calling all bakers! On Tuesday, Dec. 19, we will again host our Cookie Exchange for our teachers and staff. Please look for a sign up opportunity coming soon.

Our fifth graders have been learning about the economy, and on Dec. 22 they will head to JA Biztown where they will be assigned a job for the day, from Mayor of Biztown to banker, newscaster or McDonald’s employee. This trip always proves to be fun and memorable!

The Wizard Walk Committee would like to extend its special thanks to all our Business Partners. Our Business Partners gave $10,000 to Wizard Walk, and we would like to recognize our Platinum members: Durrett Orthodontics, Impact Martial Arts, Mother’s, The Red Ranch, Sylvan Learning, Vology, Westchase Law, PA Todd Marks, Westchase Music School and Westchase Smiles Institute. Overall, Wizard Walk netted just over $70,000 (including 2016/2017 rollover funds from the PTA). We are currently working with the school to determine where the funds will have the greatest impact regarding new technology and school improvements.

Last, we thank the Davidsen Music Department who joined with Westchase for a great performance at our Veterans Day Program.

Westchase December Events

1          Movie Night, 6 p.m. on covered courts 
6          Giving Tree Donations Due  
11-15   Holiday Shop
14        Winter Music Concert, 7:15 p.m. in MPR
22        Grade 5 at JA Biztown

By Kathy Curé

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