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WESTGATE IMPORTANT NUMBERS

HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE INFORMATION

Westgate Subdivision falls within District 4 of the Harris County Sheriff’s Department. Suspicious behavior should be called in to the Non-Emergency

number, general questions should be directed to the Patrol District Office and emergencies should always call 911:

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EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Fire or Sheriff Emergency 911

Sheriff (non-emergency) Press Option 1 for Dispatch 713.221-6000

Patrol District Office (gen. info) 281-463-2648

16715 Clay Rd., Houston, TX 77084

Cy-Fair Vol. Fire Dept. 713-466-6161

Cy-Creek Vol. Fire Dept. 281-440-0079

Child Protective Services 713-394-4000

Poison Control 800-764-7661

Community Events & Activities Committees

HOA Board of Directors: board@westgatetx.net

Newsletter Editor: Kimberly McGaughy • kbmcgaughy@gmail.com

Garage Sale Chairs: Philip & Adrean Rowell • garagesale@westgatetx.net

Social Chair: social@westgatetx.net

Parks/Pools Chair: poolandparks@westgatetx.net

Deed Restriction Committee Contact:

deedrestrictions@westgatetx.net (to report problems)

Crime Watch Chair: Helen Daglas • crimewatch@westgatetx.net

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UTILITIES

Reliant Energy (elec) 713-207-7777

CenterPoint Energy 713-659-2111

CenterPoint Energy (to report gas leak) 888-876-5786

CenterPoint Energy (power outage/downed lines) 713-659-2111

MOC Water Emergency 24 hr service line 281-367-5511

MOC Utility Operations (Katy office) 281-347-8686

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MUD #70 contact: Schwartz, Page & Harding Attys. 713-623-4531

ktranchin@sphllp.com

WCA Waste Corp. (garbage) 281-368-8397

www.wcawaste.com/Houston/houston-residential.html

Houston North 281-766-1914

Schools

Cy-Fair ISD 281-897-4000

Copeland Elementary 281-856-1400

Jowell Elementary 281-463-6966

Hoover Elementary 832-667-7301

Anthony Middle School 281-373-5660

Cy-Spring HS 281-345-3000

Langham Creek HS 281-463-5400

Local Services Bear Post Office 800-275-8777

Bear Creek Library 281-550-0885

Cy-Fair College Library 281-890-2665

Langham Creek YMCA 281-859-6143

Animal Control 281-999-3191

ASPCA (24 Hr Poison Control) 888-426-4435

Spills 713-439-6000

TX Wildlife Rehabilitation 713-941-8972

Humane Wildlife Removal 281-354-2293

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ANNUAL HOA FEES DUE

The Board was able to avoid raising dues for 2021 and the annual

statement has been mailed to all homeowners. The dues should be paid

in January. If you anticipate not being able to pay your Westgate fees for

2020 on time, be sure to call Inframark (281-870-0585) to discuss getting

on a payment plan before more fees are tacked on-from the attorney,

etc. $635 can turn into $1000+ very quickly. Even if you don’t think

you can pay all at once, you need to call Inframark to make payment

arrangements. DON’T WAIT and cost yourself MORE money.

These dues help pay for landscaping, electricity, water, refurbishing and

adding amenities and pool management, among other things. It helps

Westgate continue to be a great community with stable or increasing

property values. If you’d ever like details of how your dues are spent,

you can always ask our management company. Also, go to our annual

meeting and you will receive a copy of the financials.

DEADLINE FOR HOA BOARD ELECTION IN MARCH

At the Annual Homeowners’ Meeting in March, two positions on the HOA

Board of Directors are up for election; Kimberly McGaughy and Wanda

Lewis currently hold those positions. If you are a Westgate homeowner and

you’d like to run for this position, you MUST SUBMIT your INTENT TO RUN

BY Monday, February 22, 2021, to our management company, Inframark, by

contacting Angela Bumann at Angela.Bumann@Inframark.com (also copy

the Board at board@westgatetx.net) or calling 281-870-0585 (Inframark).

If you have any questions about what Board directors do, feel free to

email us. HOA Board members should be residents who want to help

steer Westgate right and protect their home’s property values. Having

good Board members can make a big difference in the quality of life

in a neighborhood. They need to have common sense, care about the

community and be willing to go to monthly meetings to conduct business.

WESTGATE HOA NEWS

Our Board meetings are currently being held through Zoom on the 4 th

Thursday of each month. Check our website for details and join in.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR DEED RESTRICTIONS?

In an effort to educate our residents, we are highlighting some deed

restriction or other item that needs improvement in Westgate:

FINE POLICY FOR DEED RESTRICTION VIOLATIONS

Beginning in 2016, Westgate instituted a new fining policy for deed

restriction violations. Our bylaws give approval to do so. After researching

other neighborhoods’ fining policies and working with our attorney to

ensure we comply with state law, the Board voted to approve this step.

Why did the Board feel this step was necessary? Our job is to do what

we can to keep up property values in our community; some violations,

when notification letters are ignored, pull down the overall appeal of

our neighborhood. While some violations must be sent to the attorney,

others can be addressed with fines and hopefully avoid attorney expenses.

Fines also address the cost of repeated notifications and further necessary

actions; in other words, if someone ignores notification letters, they pay

for causing further actions with the fines. The details are available in the

Fine Policy document, but the policy is essentially this: • One notice of

violation is mailed to homeowner. • After 30 days, certified Notice of Non

Compliance letter is sent to homeowner. $50 fine assessed. The homeowner

can request to be heard by the Board. • After 30 more days, another notice

of violation is sent and $100 fine assessed. The Board can then send the

matter to the attorney. • In certain circumstances, the Board can forgo the

Notice of Non Compliance; for instance, if the homeowner has received the

same notice of violation within a certain period. At any time, anyone can

request clarification on a violation by calling our management company,

PCMI. Keep up to date through our website, www. westgatetx.net and on

our Facebook group, Westgate Subdivision. COPIES OF ALL WESTGATE

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STAY UP TO DATE WITH WESTGATE NEWS

To get the latest information on what’s happening in Westgate, be sure to

check our other Westgate sources:

1. The WESTGATE WEBSITE, www.westgatetx.net

2. The Westgate FACEBOOK page is Westgate’s official Social Media

outlet for information (on Facebook, search for “WESTGATE SUBDIVISION

Official” and you must sign up); you can find goodies like pictures of

our events, HOA information, etc. If you have trouble finding it on

Facebook, type this into your address bar: www.facebook.com/groups/

WestgateSubdivision/. Within a day or two, you will then be asked to

verify your address, as it is a residents-only group. Look for this in your

“messages” section at the top left of the page and you may be asked to

accept a message.

3. Send questions to the WESTGATE HOA EMAIL, Board@westgatetx.net.

The newsletter only comes out once a month and information is a month

old, so the other methods are used when something happens last minute

and if you missed the newsletter.

HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE INFORMATION

Westgate Subdivision falls within District 4 of the Harris County Sheriff’s

Department. Suspicious behavior should be called in to the Non-

Emergency number, general questions should be directed to the Patrol

District Office and emergencies should always call 911:

NON-EMERGENCY NUMBER: 713-221-6000 (Option 1 for dispatch)

PATROL DISTRICT OFFICE: 281-463-2648 (for general information only)

16715 Clay Road, Houston, TX 77084

EMERGENCY: 9-1-1 (emergencies only)

PROCEDURE WHEN FILING A REPORT

WITH THE SHERIFF’S DEPT.

If you ever have to file a report with the Sheriff’s Department, whether

after calling 911 or the nonemergency number (713-221-6000), be sure

to let the deputy know that Westgate has a contract with the Sheriff’s

Dept. through our MUD district (Harris County MUD #70). That way,

the incident will be reported to our contract deputies, giving them

information on what to look for in our community. Also, be sure to report

the issue to our Crime Watch committee at crimewatch@westgatetx.net.

They discuss the problems with our deputies as well.

WHY YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CALL

THE NON-EMERGENCY NUMBER

Please call the non-emergency number, 713-221-6000, when you see

suspicious activity. A couple of recent calls have resulted in getting a

couple felons off our streets. When an incident happens - suspicious

person or vehicle, someone rifles through your car, etc - call the nonemergency

number whether anything was taken or not, whether damage

was done or not. Our contract officer spoke to some residents while he

was responding to a call. They informed him that they did share info on

social media but didn’t call HCSO. HCSO is not monitoring Social media.

HCSO put their non-contract officers where there are problems. No calls

= no problems. One call a week or so does not prompt a concern. But if

everyone who posted on social media called it in, it would be, then HCSO

would be justified in allocating more resources in our area to combat

crime: 713-221-6000.

STREETLIGHT OUTAGES

If you see a streetlight out, please report outages to CenterPoint Energy

at 713-207-2222 or 800-332-7143; also, at www.centerpointenergy.com.

You will need the pole number, the black and white numbers listed

vertically on the pole, to report the outage. This is something you can

do to help keep your community safe. Otherwise, it may take a while for

Centerpoint to notice it is out.

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KIDS ONLINE - WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW

TOP 10 THINGS TO TELL YOUR CHILD

1. Never fill out questionnaires or any forms online or give out personal

information (such as name, age, address, phone number, school, town,

password, schedule) about yourself or anyone else to anyone without

Mom and/or Dad’s permission.

2. Never agree to meet in person with anyone you have spoken to online

without Mom and/or Dad’s presence.

3. Never enter a chat room without Mom and/or Dad’s presence or

supervision. Some “kids” you meet in chat rooms may not really be kids;

they may be adults with bad intentions. Remember, people may not be

who they say they are.

4. Never tell anyone online where you will be or what you will be doing

without Mom and/or Dad’s permission.

5. Never respond to or send email to new people you meet online.

6. Never go into a new online area that is going to cost additional money

without first getting Mom and/or Dad’s permission.

7. Never send, without Mom and/or Dad’s permission, a picture over the

Internet or via regular mail to anyone you’ve met on the Internet.

8. Never buy or order products online or give out any credit card

information online without Mom and/or Dad’s permission.

9. Never respond to any belligerent or suggestive contact or anything

that makes you feel uncomfortable. End such an experience by logging

off and tell Mom and/or Dad as soon as possible.

10. Always tell Mom and/or Dad about something you saw, intentionally

or unintentionally, that is upsetting. (It is better for your child’s mental

health to be able to discuss exposure to pornography than for it to

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krenekprinting.com, click submissions and choose Jobseekers) with your

name, birthdate (mo. & yr.), phone number, year you will graduate and

the name of your newsletter/subdivision. Check the list of jobs you want

on your form. Please make sure your email is correct, we send emails

in the summer to make sure all the info is still good and that you want

to stay on the list. If we do not hear back from you after 3 tries, we will

remove you from the list until we do. Must have parent(s) permission.

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Neither the subdivision, nor Krenek Printing is responsible for those listed

on the Teenage Job Seeker List. Please ask for and check out references

if you do not personally know those listed. This is just a list of teenagers

from the subdivision who wish to find part time jobs. Responsibility for

any work done by these teenagers is between those seeking helpers and

the teens and their parents.

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COMMUNITY

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Cypress Assistance Ministries (CAM), a local nonprofit organization

serving northwest Harris County, recently began construction of a new

21,000 square foot facility located at 12930 Cypress N Houston Road.

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years, addressing the many issues that accompany a lack of financial

resources, language barriers and unemployment. Emergency situations

arise through a multitude of reasons - loss of a job, illness, divorce, natural

disaster and recently with the onset of COVID-19. When a crisis hits is when

CAM steps in, providing a much-needed helping hand with rent, food,

utilities, employment services, adult education and through seasonal

programs at Christmas, back to school time, Easter and Thanksgiving.

Construction of the new facility allows for the potential future expansion

of programs and the streamlining of current programs. “A new facility will

position CAM to better serve the community,” said Martha Burnes, CAM’s

Executive Director. “With our ability to design the space more efficiently,

people coming to CAM can access all programs in one area, reducing the

time they spend seeking assistance.”

Construction on the building is expected to be completed during

2021. The building was designed by J.A. Greene Construction Services

who will also be managing the construction. Allegiance Bank financed

construction of the structure. Project Manager is Michael Keavney,

President of Patrick & Wayde General Contractors. CAM is raising funds for

all fixtures, furniture and equipment in addition to the security system,

wiring for a phone and computer system and a generator.

“The support of such a generous community allows CAM to help those

who are financially the most fragile,” said Janet Ryan, CAM’s Director of

Development. “We are now asking our community members to help

CAM by donating to our Capital Campaign fund which will allow us to

purchase the needed phone system, computer infrastructure, security

system and furnishings such as classroom furniture. CAM also has naming

opportunities available to help with these expenses. And everyone has

the opportunity to purchase an engraved brick in honor of or in memory

of their loved ones, favorite organization, faith group, pet or business.”

Contact Janet at 281-815-0162 or janetr@cypressassistance.org for more

information on how you can help.

“This is an exciting time not only for CAM but for our community,” said

Burnes. “With the space more strategically designed we will be able to

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CYPRESS ASSISTANCE MINISTRIES (CAM)

DISTRIBUTES OVER ONE MILLION POUNDS

OF FOOD DUE TO PANDEMIC

It’s definitely a bittersweet milestone. In mid-November, Cypress

Assistance Ministries’ Food Pantry distributed its one millionth pound of

food this year, far surpassing the amount of food needed at any time in

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While CAM is thankful to be able to meet the needs of people who have

lost jobs and fallen on hard times during the covid-19 crisis, this milestone

is a sobering indication of just how great that need is. “We’ve remained

committed to serving our community during the pandemic,” said Janet

Ryan, Director of Development for CAM. “Thanks to the generosity of

local people, churches, businesses and organizations along with the time

investment of our dedicated volunteers, we’ve been able to provide that

needed helping hand to families who are struggling.”

Since the end of March, a drive-up distribution method has been in effect

to follow social distancing recommendations and limit person-to-person

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More than 25,000 people have relied on CAM during this time to have

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New family registration will be on Tuesday, February 9 th at 10 AM. Our

registration will be through our website at www.cornerstoneumc.org-

Preschool. You may visit our website starting in January for more detailed

instructions.

Starting in January, if you are interested in touring our facility, contact

us at 281-859-1612 to schedule a tour. Tours will be offered after regular

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COMMON VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES

As we embark on the journey each day to eat and live better, take note of

the common vitamin nutrient deficiencies that are easily treated:

1. Calcium: Calcium is important for maintaining strong bones and

controlling muscle and nerve function. Signs of severely low calcium

include fatigue, muscle cramps, abnormal heart rhythms and a poor

appetite. Make sure you’re getting enough with at least three servings of

milk or yogurt a day. Other good sources of calcium are cheese, calciumfortified

orange juice and dark, leafy greens.

2. Vitamin D: This vitamin is also critical for bone health. Symptoms

of a vitamin D deficiency can be vague - fatigue and muscle aches or

weakness. If it goes on long term, a vitamin D deficiency can lead to

softening of the bones. To get enough vitamin D, have three servings

of fortified milk or yogurt daily eating fatty fish, such as salmon or tuna,

twice a week; and spend some time outside in the sunshine every day.

3. Potassium: Potassium helps the kidneys, heart and other organs

work properly. You could become low in potassium in the short term

because of diarrhea or vomiting, excessive sweating or antibiotics or

because of chronic conditions such as eating disorders and kidney

disease, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Symptoms of

a deficiency include weight loss, muscle weakness, constipation and in

severe cases, an abnormal heart rhythm. For natural potassium sources,

consume bananas, whole grains, milk, vegetables, beans and peas.

4. Iron: Iron helps your body make red blood cells. When iron levels get

too low, your body can’t effectively carry oxygen. The resulting anemia

can cause fatigue. You might also notice pale skin and dull, thin, sparse

hair. To boost iron levels, eat iron-fortified cereal, beef, oysters, beans

(especially white beans, chickpeas and kidney beans), lentils and spinach.

5. Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 aids the production of DNA and helps make

neurotransmitters in the brain. With an increasing number of vegans

and people who’ve had weight loss surgery, vitamin B12 deficiency is

becoming more common. Symptoms of severe B12 deficiency include

numbness in the legs, hands or feet; problems with walking and balance;

anemia; fatigue; weakness; a swollen, inflamed tongue; memory loss;

paranoia; and hallucinations. You can get vitamin B12 from animal

sources: eat more fish, chicken, milk and yogurt. If you’re vegan, opt for

vegan foods fortified with B12, such as non-dairy milk, meat substitutes

and breakfast cereals.

6. Folate: Folate or folic acid, is a particularly important vitamin for

women of childbearing age, which is why prenatal vitamins contain such

a hefty dose. A folate deficiency can cause a decrease in the total number

of cells and large red blood cells as well as neural tube defects in an

unborn child. Symptoms of a folate deficiency include fatigue, gray hair,

mouth ulcers, poor growth and a swollen tongue. To get folate from food,

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7. Magnesium: Magnesium helps support bone health and assists in

energy production. Magnesium deficiency can cause loss of appetite,

nausea and vomiting, fatigue and weakness. In more severe cases, it can

lead to numbness, muscle cramps, seizures, abnormal heart rhythms,

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EASY WAYS TO EAT MORE FRUITS & VEGGIES

The new food plate unveiled by the Department of Agriculture sends a

clear message: eat more fruits and vegetables. Here are easy ways to get

more of these important foods into your diet:

Start early: Get in the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables

a day by eating them early with your morning meal. Add a banana to

your cereal, berries to your yogurt, veggies to your omelet.

Make them visible: Set out a fruit bowl in the kitchen or have carrot

sticks available for snacking. Take some time to prepare the fruits or

vegetables, so they are ready to eat.

Frozen is good: Frozen vegetables, such as peas and carrots, are a great

way to make sure you always have vegetables in the house.

At mealtime, think of the veggies first, not the protein: Half of your

plate needs to be filled with fruits and vegetables. Base your meals on

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Have fruit with your sweets: Fruits are nature’s natural candy. Puree

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Martin Luther King, Jr., an American clergyman and Nobel Prize

winner was one of the principal leaders of the American civil rights

movement and a prominent advocate of nonviolent protest. King’s

challenges to segregation and racial discrimination in the 1950s and

1960s helped convince many white Americans to support the cause

of civil rights in the United States. After his assassination in 1968, King

became a symbol of protest in the struggle for racial justice. In 1957,

King helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

(SCLC), an organization of black churches and ministers that aimed

to challenge racial segregation. As SCLC’s president, King became

the organization’s dominate personality and its primary intellectual

influence. He was responsible for much of the organization’s

fundraising, which he frequently conducted in conjunction with

preaching engagements in Northern churches. SCLC sought to

complement the NAACP’s legal efforts to dismantle segregation

through the courts, with King and other SCLC leaders encouraging

the use of nonviolent direct action to protest discrimination. These

activities included marches, demonstrations and boycotts.

“I Have a Dream” - King and other black leaders organized the 1963

March on Washington, a massive protest in Washington, D.C. for

jobs and civil rights. On August 28, 1963, King delivered the keynote

address to an audience of more than 200,000 civil rights supporters.

His “I Have a Dream” speech expressed the hopes of the civil rights

movement in oratory as moving as any in American history. After

his death, King came to represent black courage and achievement,

high moral leadership and the ability of Americans to address and

overcome racial divisions. Perhaps the most important memorial

is the national holiday in King’s honor, designated by the Congress

of the United States in 1983 and observed on the third Monday in

January, a day that falls on or near King’s birthday of January 15 th .

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SCHOOL CALENDAR

To download the 2020-2021 school calendar, visit the CFISD website at

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32ND ANNUAL B.F. ADAM GOLF CLASSIC

RAISES $130,000 FOR CFEF

The CFISD community raised approximately $130,000 for student

scholarships through the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation’s (CFEF) 32nd

annual B.F. Adam Golf Classic, held Nov. 16 th at BlackHorse Golf Club.

The annual event, named after longtime CFISD school Board member

and elementary school namesake Bernard Fred (B.F.) Adam, contributes

to the CFEF mission of increasing college access for CFISD graduates by

awarding scholarships.

“We were so thankful to be able to have our tournament this year,

COVID-19 has impacted our community and we are blessed to have

events that benefit students and staff of CFISD,” said Marie Holmes, CFEF

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The tournament was underwritten by Allegiance Bank for the second

consecutive year. Platinum Sponsors were IBI Group, Linebarger

Attorneys at Law and Zenith Real Estate Group. Gold Sponsors were

Cromdane Steel, Inc.; DivisionOne Construction; PBK Architects; Salas

O’Brien and Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc. The Lunch Sponsor

was Caldwell Companies and The Backyard Grill and Carl’s BBQ were the

Dinner Sponsors.

The North Course winner was Raba Kistner, Inc., shooting a 17-underpar

score of 55. Team members were Scott Blank, John Baker, Chad Thoe

and Chuck Shelton. The North Course Longest Drive winner was Thomas

Glover with Hightower Electric Company LTD and the Closest to the Pin

winner was Will Rose with Adam & Bing, P.C.

The South Course winner was Natex Architects, shooting a 19-under-par

score of 53. Team members were Dale Songy, Sergio Weitzman, Robert

Machi and Michelle Freck. The South Course Longest Drive winner was

Anthony Snipes with J.P. Morgan Securities and the Closest to the Pin

winner was Wade Bradow with Caldwell Companies.

Terry Rasmussen of Edgenuity was the Putting Contest winner.

CFISD STUDENTS RECOGNIZED IN

SUPERINTENDENT HOLIDAY CARD CONTEST

Students from Fiest Elementary School, Spillane Middle School and

Cypress Lakes High School placed first in the annual Superintendent

Holiday Card Contest, as their designs were selected from more than 265

entries across 78 CFISD campuses.

CFISD Superintendent Dr. Mark Henry and associate superintendents

served as jurors for the contest, designating a winner for each grade level

and choosing the top three honorees at the elementary, middle and high

school level from the “Best in Grade” winners.

In the elementary school category, Fiest Elementary School third grade

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student Emma Marshall placed first with her color pencil/paint card titled

“Snowy Holiday.” Wells Elementary School fourth grade student Ivana

Welch finished second and Wilson Elementary School kindergarten

student Anett Huerta placed third.

In the middle school category, Spillane Middle School eighth grade

student Christopher Soliman finished first with his color pencil piece

titled “Brightest Light.” Spillane seventh grade student Carla Salcedo

Cano was the runner-up and Salyards Middle School sixth grade student

Daniel Valdez Gonzalez placed third.

In the high school category, Cypress Lakes High School freshman Caleb

Weaver earned first place for his color pencil piece titled “Secret Santa.”

Cypress Woods High School senior Kylie Thomas placed second and

Bridgeland High School sophomore Jacob Lemos placed third.

In addition to the top three honorees at the elementary, middle and high

school level, the following students were recognized as Best in Grade

winners:

Jade Lane - Pope Elementary School

Evalyn Joseph - Pope

Peyton Bisel - Black Elementary School

Esperanza Rodriguez - Cypress Ridge High School

Visit the Season’s Greeting page on the CFISD website to view all the

winning designs.

NATIONAL BLOOD DONOR MONTH

The American Red Cross urges people to share their good health and

resolve to give blood regularly, beginning in January with National

Blood Donor Month. Below are key messages that can be relayed to

donors while scheduling appointments.

• Extreme winter weather in some parts of the country and seasonal

illnesses often make it difficult for the American Red Cross to maintain a

sufficient blood supply at this time of year. Healthy individuals are urged

to give now.

• The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood donations every day

for patients in need.

• Do you know someone who has never donated before? Please encourage

them to make an appointment with you. Without more donors, patients

will not have the blood they need.

• Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency

personnel reach for in trauma situations when there isn’t time to

determine a patient’s blood type.

• Type O positive is the most transfused blood type and can be transfused

to Rh-positive patients of any blood type.

• Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh-positive or

negative patients.

• Save time by using RapidPass® to complete your pre-donation reading

and health history online before you come to your appointment. Get

started at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or by using the Blood Donor

App.

• For detailed donor eligibility questions, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-

800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org.

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Spaghetti Pizza

You could make this on National Spaghetti Day January 4th!

Ingredients:

1 (8 ounce) package spaghetti, broken into 2-inch pieces

1 egg, beaten

1/4 cup milk

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

1 (16 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon dried basil

4 ounces pepperoni sausage, sliced (or other toppings if preferred)

Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch

baking dish. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add spaghetti

and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse with cold water.

Combine egg, milk, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese, salt and garlic salt in a

large bowl. Stir in cooked spaghetti; mix well. Spread mixture into prepared

baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and

reduce temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Spread sauce over spaghetti. Sprinkle with oregano, basil and the remaining

1 1/2 cups mozzarella. Top with pepperoni, return to oven and bake until

cheese is bubbly and beginning to brown, about 30 minutes more. Let stand

5 minutes before cutting.

Source: allrecipes.com, Submitted by: Kathy

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

You could make this on National Peanut Butter Day January 24th!

Ingredients:

1 (9 inch) prepared chocolate cookie crumb crust

4 eggs

1 cup butter, softened

8 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 cup smooth peanut butter

1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

DIRECTIONS:

Melt 6 ounces semi sweet chocolate and cool to room temperature. Beat

the eggs with 3/4 cup butter or margarine, chocolate and confectioners’

sugar for a FULL 5 minutes. Mixture will be thick and smooth.

In a separate bowl, beat the peanut butter, 1/4 cup butter, and cream.

Spoon chocolate filling into crust. Swirl peanut butter filling into

chocolate filling. Drizzle remaining 2 oz of melted chocolate on top of

pie. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and serve.

Source: http://allrecipes.com/

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Gardening Tips For January

• Birds: Provide food and fresh water. More birds die from lack of water

than from lack of food.

• Cacti: Semi-dormant now. Reduce watering.

• Camellias: Plants may be moved. Pick up and discard fallen blooms.

• Cultivation: Changes in design may now be made, new beds dug and

old ones rebuilt. Correct defects in drainage. Incorporate gypsum into

heavy soils: repeat in three weeks. Dig granite dust, rock phosphate

and quantities of organic matter into soil. Allow time for settling before

planting.

• Fertilize: Daylilies, spuria, Louisiana and bearded irises with complete

fertilizer. Give strawberries 1 teaspoon ammonium sulfate, keeping six

inches away from plant. Fertilize pansies with manure tea or blood meal.

Water in.

• Fruits: Plant fruit trees. Mulch figs with grass or straw to prevent freeze

damage to crown.

• House Plants: Water, when surface soil is crumbly dry. Wash dust off

leaves to open pores. Mist often. Inspect for diseases and insects. Reduce

water for poinsettias.

• Lawns: Remove thatch aerate, and feed with low nitrogen mixture.

• Pests: For petal blight prevention, spray azaleas and camellias as

flowers open. Spray for scale with dormant oil solution if temperature

will be above 35˚ and below 85˚ for next 48 hours. Always read and heed

manufacturer’s directions before spraying.

• Propagation: Ivy cuttings root easily this month and next. Root cuttings

of shrubs in mixture of loam and coarse sand; keep damp and semishaded

until rooted.

• Prune: Fruit trees in advance of new growth. Prune to groom and shape.

Do not remove too much. Remove dead wood from trees and shrubs

before spring buds swell, but do not prune spring bloomers. Prune crape

myrtles. Prune nandina and others of similar growth habit by cutting

unwanted canes out at base of plant.

• Roses: Annual pruning about the middle of February, just before the

spring buds break. To prevent later appearance of disease in the old beds,

keep garden clean of debris and weeds. Complete preparation of new

beds for roses.

• Transplanting: January is one of the best months to transplant woody

plants, both evergreen and deciduous, especially trees. Energy will be

expended on roots instead of foliage. Learn ultimate size and cultural

needs of tree or plant before buying. Consider dwarf varieties to avoid

crowding later. Group plants of similar cultural needs. Do not work wet

soil. Assure good drainage. Keep plants moist.

• Vegetables: Prepare beds, preferably raised for drainage, with about

50% humus, including rotted manure.

• Winter Protection: Expect freeze any time; plan for protection of tender

plants. Water. Remove coverings, particularly plastic, when temperature

rises. Protect low plants with dry leaves, pine needles or soil mulch, but

remove when weather warms.

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25 WAYS TO SNEAK IN

MORE EXERCISE EVERY DAY

One of the TOP New Year resolutions: exercise more! Here

are some ways to help incorporate exercise into your daily

routines:

1. Make your bed every morning.

2. Do 10 push-ups every morning.

3. Squat while you brush your teeth.

4. Park farther than you need to.

5. Clean your office.

6. Take the stairs.

7. Exercise on the job.

8. Do your own filing/copying/coffee-fetching.

9. Switch your office chair for a stability ball.

10. Schedule a daily walk break at work.

11. Take calls standing up.

12. Skip the inter-office mail and walk it over.

13. Suggest walk meetings.

14. Practice isometrics.

15. Reorganize your office or home.

16. Go on walking/biking errands.

17. Do the grocery shopping.

18. Make your own food.

19. Hand-wash dishes.

20. Keep your yoga mat/weights/kettlebell by the TV.

21. Clean your home.

22. Wash your own vehicle.

23. Play with children.

24. Dance.

25. Laugh.

Courtesy of: www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/25-ways-tosneak-in-more-exercise-every-day/

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POPULAR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

• Drink Less Alcohol

• Eat Right

• Get a Better Education

• Get a Better Job

• Get Fit

• Lose Weight

• Quit Smoking Now

• Reduce Stress On-the-Job

• Reduce Stress Overall

• Save Money

• Take a Trip

• Volunteer to Help Others

LOVE YOURSELF

To love yourself means to respect and appreciate yourself as you are and to come to

terms with those aspects of yourself that you can’t change - the aspects that make

you unique. It means allowing yourself to drop the conditions that you have created

to love yourself like, “I will love myself once I…” and simply choose to embrace the

good and the bad, the mistakes and the triumphs.

Loving yourself isn’t a one-time thing, but an endless, ongoing process that starts

with realizing that it’s not about discovering self-love; it’s about tearing down the

walls you’ve built against it. Below are 6 ways to learn to love yourself more:

1. Focus on the things you like about yourself

2. Make time to do the things you enjoy

3. Let go of mistakes and embrace the past

4. Appreciate your life

5. Get out of your comfort zone

6. Take care of your body!

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