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. Did you know children who's parents talk to them regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of children report having these conversations?
Westchase Elementary salutes our families and friends that serve or have served in the military. Every year we plan a wonderful breakfast for active duty and veterans followed by a program supported by our students & scouts from Westchase & Davidson. This program is open to all families. In conjunction with the Veterans Program, the PTA holds a “Penny Campaign” to raise money for our veterans.
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.
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 email@example.com.
The PTA hosts 3 general 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.