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26 x September 7 - 20, 2017 x Throughout Southwest Orlando, parents, teachers and children prepared for the first day of school. From preplanning to meet-the-teacher events to the first day, it’s been a bustle of activity gearing up for the 2017-18 academic year. n Palm Lake Elementary SCHOOL NEWS compiled by Lauren Salinero Palm Lake Elementary Guidance Counselor Lauren Akesson talks to new kindergartners about the lunchroom. Giovanna (right) and Leo tell Mom Florence about their first day at Palm Lake Elementary. Billy the Bobcat is ready to kick off a new school year at Palm Lake Elementary. (Front, l. to r.) Asim, Erin and Christian give a thumbs-up to moms Debidatta (back, left) and Tricia for the first day at Palm Lake Elementary. Palm Lake Elementary teacher Kimberly Rodgers leads new kindergartners on a tour of the school. FUN-OF A-KIND. AMAZING FUN FOR AGES 3 TO 103 All First Time Flyer Packages PROMO CODE: FALLFUN10 ORLANDO SPECIALS $10 OFF * $50 OFF * FAMILY PACKAGES PROMO CODE: FALLFUN50 iFLY ORLANDO 8969 International Drive Orlando, FL 407-337-4359 BIRTHDAYS • GROUP OUTINGS • STEM TRIPS Fully customizable packages & catering for groups of all sizes. *PROMO CODE: FALLFUN10 valid on First Time Flyer packages only. PROMO CODE: FALLFUN50 valid on Family packages only. Offers valid Mon-Thurs at iFLY Orlando location only through 10/31/17. Not valid on previous purchases, exchanges, special orders or gift cards. Discounts cannot be combined with other iFLY offers or discounts.

n Westbrooke Elementary Westbrook Elementary teachers and staff members had a lot of fun preparing for the start of the school year. No ordinary year, WES is celebrating its 10th year. The school’s Partners in Education, including House Blend Cafe, made sure staff members were fueled with muffins and coffee. Lunch was presented x September 7 - 20, 2017 x 27 by the PTO and catered by Tijuana Flats and more. Teachers got to build their own Tijuana Flats meals, exactly to their liking, as well as enjoy a salsa bar. Crafty Susan also helped beautify the media center. This year’s focus is “Persevering With Pride,” with “pride” representing perseverance, respect, integrity, (self) discipline and effort. WES teachers aim to infuse these traits with their students throughout the year. Westbrooke Elementary teachers enjoy muffins and coffee during preplanning week. Tijuana Flats caters lunch at Westbrooke Elementary during preplanning week. CONTINUED ON PAGE 28