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PTA Programs for Families and Children

  • Helping Hands & Giving Tree
  • Red Ribbon Week
    • Westchase Elementary is joining the Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign to help promote healthy, drug- and bully-free lifestyles. This program is one of the oldest and largest drug prevention programs in the US. The theme for the 2016 Campaign is “YOLO (You Only Live Once) – Be Drug Free”. Red Ribbon Week at Westchase Elementary will be October 24 – 28th. Did you knowchildren of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations? For more information on this program, please contact Heidi Pogue at heidipogue@icloud.com.

  • Veterans Program
    • Westchase Elementary salutes our families and friends that serve or have served in the military. Please plan to join us for a wonderful breakfast and Veterans Program supported by our students & scouts from Westchase & Davidson. The program will be held on November 10th at 8:30am in the MPR. In conjunction with the Veterans Program, the PTA holds “Penny Campaign” to raise money for our veterans. This campaign will begin on November 1st and run through November 10th. For more information on this program, please contact Tracy Christiansen at christensen@msn.com. 

  • Grandparents Read To Me Day 
    • Sept 9th at 8:30am in the MPR. This is a great program that allows extended family and friends to support Westchase and our students. All Grandparents (or friends of the family) are invited to Westchase to enjoy breakfast and then read to a class. The kids love this involvement from Grandparents who don’t always get a chance to participate. For questions about this event, please contact volunteers@westchasepta.org.

  • PTA Volunteer Breakfast 
    • August 24th at 8:30am in the MPR - Are you interested in volunteering for PTA programs and events? Come learn about all our programs and events for this school year, and find something that sparks your interest. We have something for everyone and for all times of day! For questions about this event, please contact volunteers@westchasepta.org.
  • Walk to School Day 
    • This is an International Program that is supported by our school and PTA. Organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America, Walk to School Day in the USA began in 1997 as a one-day event aimed at building awareness for the need for walkable communities. In 2000, the event became international when the UK and Canada (both of which had already been promoting walking to school) and the USA joined together for the first International Walk to School Day. In the USA and Canada, International Walk to School Day galvanizes visibility for walking and bicycling to school. Over time, this event has been part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record breaking participation - each October. Today, thousands of schools across America and in more than 40 countries worldwide celebrate walking to school every October. 

    • All families are encouraged to walk or bike to school on October 5, 2016. Please meet at the Rec Center for a snack and special treats starting at 7:30am.  Westchase Elementary encourages all families to take this opportunity to reinforce walking and biking safety with their children: watch for cars, walk on sidewalks, bike in bike lanes, wear safety equipment (helmets), and have safety equipment on your bikes. This is also a time to remind parents about the importance of watching out for walking and biking students. Please put down your cell phones and watch out for our most important resource! For more questions about this program, please contact Karri Zaremba at karrizarem@yahoo.com.

  • After-School Enrichment (ASE) 
    • The After-School Enrichment Program is run by our PTA and offers classes for our students on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:15pm – 3:30pm at school. Classes range from Art, Kickball, Chess, Karate, Soccer, Spanish, Engineering, and many more.  
    • The cost is $90 per session, and each session lasts for 8 weeks.  
    • Fall Session: Registration: September 7th & 8th
    • Classes from September 21st & 22nd through November 9th & 10th
    • Spring Session: Registration: February 8th & 9th
    • Classes from February 22nd & 23rd through April 19th & 20th 
    • If you have any questions, please contact ASE@westchasepta.org.
  • Movie Night 
    • Movie Night will take place on Friday, December 2nd at 6:00pm under the Covered Courts. For more information about this program, please contact Ann-Marie Flannery at events@westchasepta.org.
  • Field Day 
    • Field Day will take place on Friday, March 10th. For more information about this program, please contact programs@westchasepta.org.
  • Sweetheart Dance
    • The Sweetheart Dance will take place on Saturday, February 25th at 3:30pm at the Westchase Recreation Center. For more information about this program, please contact Ann-Marie Flannery at events@westchasepta.org.
    • General PTA Meetings 
      • The PTA has 3 Board Meetings per year for ALL PTA members. These meetings are very important for all PTA members to attend.  They allow our PTA members to:

        a)  Understand the plans for the year

        b)  Vote on a budget that supports proposed programs/events

        c)  Voice opinions on new programs/events for Westchase

        d)  Vote on dollars raised through fundraising for school enhancement

        e)  Vote to elect next year's PTA leaders

        First General Meeting: August 17th at 5:30pm in MPR - Vote to approve Budget for the year, which means this vote decides which programs are supported. 

        Second General Meeting: December 7th at 8:30am in MPR - Vote on how spend money raised through fundraising activities, Nominating Committee.

        Third General Meeting: April 26th at 5:30pm in MPR - Review how the year went, propose new programs/events for next year, vote to elect next year's PTA Leaders, celebrate successes. For questions about this program, please contact Ann-Marie Flannery at amflannery@msn.com.

    • Reflections 
      • Art-minded students are encouraged to participate in Reflections, a National PTA program which asks students to reflect on a theme and create original works of art in the categories of photography and visual arts. This year's theme is “What is Your Story”.  Entries are due October 24th with judging being held the first week in November. For more information about this program, please contact Eugenia Zambrano at zam5@zothic.com.
    • Family Skate Night 
      • Westchase Elementary has teamed up with Skate World (on Paula Drive). Twice a year, they host families from Westchase with all proceeds from admission coming back to Westchase PTA. All money raised goes to supporting our 5th Grade Activities & Field Trips.  This is a great opportunity to meet friends outside of school and have some fun. For questions about this program, please contact fundraising@westchasepta.org.

        a) Fall Skate Night – August 25th at 6 pm

        b) Spring Skate Night – March 9th at 6pm

    • Supplies
      • Wizard Families: We are seeking school supply donations for our own students in need, as well as the students at our adopted school. We need basic items (pencils, markers, crayons, glue sticks, folders, notebook paper, composition books, etc.), as well as backpacks and lunch boxes. If you'd like to donate, please bring your donation to Open House and drop them in the boxes located in the front office or the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR). See Mrs. Kiersten Rivenburg with questions. THANK YOU! 

    Teacher & School Support

    • Teacher Appreciation Week
      • Teacher Appreciation Week runs Monday, May 1st through Friday, May 5th. Homeroom moms will distribute details about how their classes will acknowledge their teachers’ dedication.  Each day of the week will offer a different opportunity for kids to show their teachers how much they mean to them. For more information about this program, please contact Renu Greenburg at renudg@hotmail.com.
    • Welcome Back to School Lunch
      • For school staff.
    • 5th Grade Parents' Meeting
      • 5th Grade is a special year at Westchase. Information on the 5th Grade Fundraiser and Committee is forthcoming. Please also plan to attend the 5th Grade Parents’ Meeting on Sept 14th at 8:30am in the Multi-Purpose Room. For more information about this program, please contact Jen Peaire at jpeaire@tampabay.rr.com.
    • Parent Conference Night Dinners
    • Fall Festival
    • Great American Teach-In
    • Love Ya Latte
    • Teacher Grants
    • Parent University
    • Super Summer Sign-Ups
      • The PTA organizes a fun family event to get ready for the summer. We work with more than 30 vendors to come to the school and allow you to shop for summer camps and activities for your children. In addition, the PTA offers dinner and activities for the kids so parents can spend time talking with our vendors. The cost is $50 per vendor to help pay for the cost of providing dinner and children's activities. This year's event will be held on March 23, 2017 at 6pm in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR). If you have any questions about this program, please contact Summer Sanacore at summersignups@westchasepta.org.

    • Lunchroom Support
      • Westchase Elementary needs and appreciates parent involvement in the lunchroom.  The extra support allows more “eyes” on our children during lunch to help open containers, get needed items and support our teachers during their lunch hour.  However, there are a few school and county rules that need to be followed. If you volunteered with your teacher to help provide support during lunch – please plan on attending training. Training: MPR on Thursday, August 11th at 8:30am. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Renu Greenburg at renudg@hotmail.com.

    • Kindergarten Round-Up
      • Kindergarten Round-Up will take place on Friday, January 27th, 2017 at 8:30am in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR).
    • Junior Achievement
      • This program is supported by Hillsborough County and consists of five, volunteer-led lessons which foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills. Detailed lesson plans and course materials are provided to volunteers. This program is taught in all grades from Kindergarten through 5th and even into Middle and High School. For Elementary School, the lessons culminate in a trip to “Biz Town”, where students “work” a small town, with each child having a different job, including Mayor, McDonalds, Banks, CEO’s, sales, newspaper, and more. Training – November 15th at 8:30am in the MPR.

    • Muffins with Administration
      • Keep up with the latest school news and information at "Muffins with Admin". These periodic breakfast events will afford parents the opportunity to meet with various members of administration, discuss issues, and socialize with other Wizard parents.
    • School Tours
    • Homeroom Parent Meeting
      • All our teachers need support to coordinate communication and special activities with classroom families. Homeroom Parents are the backbone of the PTA communication plan. Most communication from the PTA about upcoming events and programs and volunteer opportunities are emailed through the “Homeroom Mom Network”. PTA information is emailed to each homeroom mom, and then they forward it to all families in their class. Please plan on attending this meeting to ensure the PTA has your information and you know about emailing information out to your classes. The training will be held on August 16th in the MPR at 8:30am.