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. 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.
Grandparents Read To Me Day
All Grandparents (or friends of the family) are invited to Westchase Elementary 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.
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.
Movie Night offres an ooportunity for students and families to enjoy a relaxing evening while watching a movie.
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.
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.
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.
Coffee and Conversation
Keep up with the latest school news and information at "Coffee and Conversation". These periodic breakfast events will afford parents the opportunity to meet with various members of administration, discuss issues, and socialize with other Wizard parents.
Teacher Appreciation Week
Teachers provide so much to our students—inspiration, motivation and, ultimately, their futures. We would like to show our thanks and gratitude by treating them like a V.I.T. – VERY IMPORTANT TEACHER. nTeachers change the lives of millions of children every day, and their work and impact extends far beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Join us during Teacher Apprecation Week to thank the teachers for all that they deliver to our nation’s children.
Great American Teach-In
The Great American Teach-In is an annual event coordinated by the Department of Public Relations to celebrate American Education Week. Members of the community are invited to our schools to speak to students about careers, travel and hobbies.
Kindergarten Roundup is designed to foster positive relationships between the children and their parents, the children and the teachers, and the parents and the teachers. Further, children have the opportunity to meet and get to know some of their classmates and the school building, before the start of kindergarten.
The Westchase Giving Tree is an annual tradition to support our very own families in need during the Holidays. Detailed information on how you can help will be available in November along with a Sign-up Genius link.