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Katy, TX News – Rover Oaks Pet Resort Launches Operation: War Dogs

Katy, TX News (May 29, 2014) – Rover Oaks Pet Resort has officially launched  its fourth annual month-long donation drive, Operation: War Dogs, to support non-profit organization United States War Dogs Association (USWDA).  The drive officially began on Memorial Day and ends on Independence Day, July 4, 2014.  Last year, Rover Oaks raised over $15,000 for USWDA through Operation: War Dogs.

USWDA exists to provide much needed support to the Military Working Dogs serving in the United States Armed Forces. They facilitate adoptions of retiring War Dogs; support returning troops and service dog organizations such as Military Working Dogs, Police K-9 units, and Search and Rescue units; establish War Dog Memorials, and educate the public on the history of all U. S. Military War Dogs from all wars.

During Operation: War Dogs, donors can stop by Rover Oaks Pet Resort in Houston near Reliant Stadium or Rover Oaks Katy near Katy Mills mall to make a contribution or mail a check to Rover Oaks made out to United States War Dogs Association.  Rover Oaks will be giving away a free night of lodging at their facilities to every donor who contributes $100.  Donations of $25 will receive a commemorative army dog tag necklace or USWDA bandana.  In addition, Rover Oaks will decorate their facilities with patriotic paw prints presenting the names of the clients and community members who contribute to USWDA.  Every dollar counts and anyone interested in donating is encouraged to stop by either Rover Oaks location to make a contribution in their name or in honor of a soldier or war dog they wish to recognize.  These donations will provide an abundance of critically needed items including K9 medications, food, grooming tools, bedding, and other necessities. The donations also cover travel costs and facilitate adoptions to bring our war dogs home. (more…)

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Katy, TX News – Simon Kidgits Club® Welcomes All to Annual Super Duper Lil Chefs Event

Katy, TX News (May 29, 2014) – Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG), a leading global retail real estate company, is stirring up tasty fun for families as Simon Kidgits Club Super Duper Lil ChefsSM makes its annual appearance at Katy Mills on Saturday, June 7 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the AMC Plaza. Lil Chefs events are being presented at approximately 100 Simon® shopping centers nationwide to get kids learning about the craft of cooking and having fun with food.

The hands-on atmosphere of Simon Kidgits Club Super Duper Lil Chefs will engage both parents and children in exploring the endless imaginative possibilities of pairing creativity with cuisine. The event menu offers a variety of food-focused festivities ranging from cooking demonstrations to etiquette lessons and craft-making with meal items. Other food-inspired activities include pasta art, lollipop flowers, cereal jewelry making, and cookie decorating sponsored by Great American Cookie.

Additionally, Simon Kidgits Club® is teaming up with Lil Chefs presenting sponsor Warner Bros. Home Entertainment for the launch of Sophia Grace & Rosie’s Royal Adventure, coming to DVD, Blu-ray™, and Digital HD Tuesday, May 20. The super-cute, talented two-some of Sophia Grace and Rosie sang and danced their way to stardom on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and now families can see the little, lovable performers in their first original live-action movie. (more…)

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Katy, TX News – Local Businesses Plant Seeds of Support in Branding Campaign Initiative

Katy, TX News (May 28, 2014) – “Katy – Energy Grows Here” is taking on a literal meaning at the entrance of the PetroSkills Conference Center. A proud supporter of the Katy Area Economic Development Council’s place brand initiative, PetroSkills is one of the first area businesses to purchase a planter specific to the Katy brand.

Donna England, PetroSkills Conference Center Manager, says she is looking forward to seeing the Katy brand develop throughout the area. “We feel this will further enhance greater Katy and are proud to showcase how ‘Energy Grows Here’.” The planters prominently display the brand logo along with the sponsoring business’ name. The conference center’s planter boasts a beautiful array of seasonal flowers and an ornamental tree.

Lance LaCour, Katy Area Economic Development Council CEO (Center), Donna England, PetroSkills Conference Center Manager (4th from left) and Don Massey, Katy Mills Mall General Manager and KAEDC Place Brand Committee Member (5th from right) are flanked by oil and gas industry professionals attending training sessions at the Katy Conference Center. These professionals represent 7 different countries and were excited to be part of the “Energy Grows Here” moment!

For the past three years, the Katy Area Economic Development Council has been working on a major place-based branding project designed to capture and articulate the defining characteristics of Katy, as well as to provide a graphic platform for key city assets to have a cohesive look and feel. (more…)

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Katy, TX News – Fund for Teachers Announces Houston 2014 Fellows

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (May 23, 2014) – ?This summer, a select group of Katy ISD teachers will participate in the Fund for Teachers Fellows program, traveling to destinations like London, Spain, France, and Costa Rica to embark on self-designed learning experiences that they will bring home to Katy ISD classrooms. A total of eight Katy ISD teachers have been selected among only 46 in the Greater-Houston area for the grant program.?

This year’s Fund for Teachers 2014 Fellows are:

  • Stephanie Aromy and Charlotte Cook, Kilpatrick Elementary – Aromy and Cook will explore locations from Paris to the Seine Valley that inspired renowned Impressionists such as Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Cezanne, and Pissarro, to guide students’ discovery of the artists within themselves.
  • Mary Batycki, Stephanie Cantu, Jennifer Chapman, and Leigh Ann Sublette, Alexander Elementary – This group will participate in the Teachers College Summer Reading Program at Columbia University in New York City to develop the Readers’ Workshop model school-wide and train colleagues and parents for maximum student achievement.
  • Nancy Bradley and Kristen Brennan, Exley Elementary – Bradley will participate in the Teachers College Summer Writing Institute at Columbia University in New York City to train two elementary school staffs in the implementation of a writing workshop model that creates 21st century writers. (more…)
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Katy, TX News – Faith West Academy Science Teacher Receives Grant

Katy, TX News (May 23, 2014) – Beth Coalson, Faith West Academy science teacher, has been awarded a $4,986 grant from Fund for Teachers. The grant will allow Coalson to research, across Western Europe, the great scientists of the 16th-19th centuries during the summer. Coalson will place an emphasis on physics, experimental science, and technology. “Fund for Teachers bridges the gap between what teachers have and what students need to advance academically,” said Karen Webb, Fund for Teachers’ executive director. “Fellows turn our initial investment into broadened perspectives and engaged learning – for themselves and their students. The result is a transformed career and classroom.”

Beth Coalson, Faith West Academy science teacher

One can follow Coalson’s  journey (June 7 – 21) daily on her blog, sciencethenandnow.wordpress.com, as she will discuss adventures in seeing history firsthand  (i.e. Galileo’s telescope, Newton’s principia and the apple tree on his estate, and Leonardo da Vinci’s original notebook pages). (more…)

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Katy, TX News – Langford Market to Open Saturday May 24, 2014

Katy, TX News (May 22, 2014) – Langford Market, the Houston local women’s clothing boutique will be opening at La Centerra in Katy, Texas on Saturday May, 24. The Katy location will be located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. Suite E140. Langford Market will be open Monday through Saturday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm.

Langford Market provides a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, offering carefully chosen, classically feminine clothing, accessories, and gifts. They emphasize authenticity, quality, and impeccable service in a friendly and welcoming setting. Most importantly, they strive to help you select the perfect wardrobe, complete with dynamic finishing touches that will highlight your personality and make you feel beautiful and unique.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Partners with Veterans of Foreign Wars to Celebrate Memorial Day

Katy, TX News (May 19, 2014) – The Katy Independent School District has partnered with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9182 to celebrate Memorial Day throughout the District on May 26 with a variety of campus activities that will educate students and staff on the importance of this national holiday.

“The Board of Trustees and I understand how important Memorial Day is for our families and staff,” Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey said.  “Because school will be in session, we have been presented with a unique opportunity to create a day of instruction and learning that will include honoring fallen soldiers at campuses and District offices.”

Local veterans representing community members and staff will be at various campuses across Katy to lead the Pledges of Allegiance in the morning. They will also visit history and social studies classrooms throughout the day to share their experiences while serving our country and personally encourage all students and staff to value their freedom and honor those who died to protect it.

Additionally, the Katy Veterans Memorial Service at Katy Magnolia Cemetery will be broadcast live at many Katy ISD campuses.  “For those who served, this is a day with deep emotional roots,” said Katy VFW Post Commander Gary Drahos.  “It is a day for us all to honor those who lost their lives helping to preserve the freedoms Americans enjoy today.”

Through the years, the VFW Post 9182 has also recognized servicemen on Memorial Day weekend by placing U.S. flags at the grave sites of soldiers, airmen, and sailors, and by hosting a memorial service.

 

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Katy, TX News – Mayde Creek High School Students Receive Statewide Award

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (May 16, 2014) – Humanities Texas recently announced that five students from Mayde Creek High School are among the winners of the Humanities Texas inaugural President’s Vision poster contest.

Sarah Mavad and Megan Myers won a first-place prize for their poster on Lyndon B. Johnson, Akrama Khan and Fatema Shipchandler won a second-place prize for their posters on John Adams and Woodrow Wilson, and Sophia Carrico won a third-place prize for her poster on Franklin D. Roosevelt. All five individuals are students in Penny Rosas’s eleventh-grade class at Mayde Creek High School.

In order to participate in the President’s Vision poster contest, students had to identify the “vision” of a U.S. president and use explanatory text and primary sources to illustrate how that president pursued his vision during his time in office.

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Katy Treasures

Katy Treasures: Must-see stops in Katy

You don’t have to live here very long to find out that Katy is full of fun and surprises for the whole family. Here are some of the most popular Katy destinations for local residents.

George Bush Park & Millie Bush Bark Park
16756 Westheimer Pkwy.
281-496-2177
The sixth-largest city park in the nation boasts 12 miles of walking, biking, and equestrian trails winding around picturesque Buffalo Bayou. For the dog lover, there is also a 15-acre dog park where pups can run without a leash and splash in one of three puppy ponds.

Katy Budget Books
2450 Fry Rd.
281-578-7770
For more than 25 years, this independent bookstore has offered Katyites a huge selection of new and used books as well as gifts, accessories, book clubs, special book release events for kids, author signings, school book list fulfillment, and more.

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Katy, TX News – Construction Ramps Up at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Katy, TX News (May 15, 2014) – Construction on the new six-story patient tower and second medical plaza is now underway at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and officials are encouraging visitors to plan ahead and utilize on-site resources, including directional signage, to navigate around the campus.

To facilitate construction equipment and crews on the building sites, hospital officials have temporarily relocated the bulk of visitor parking to the north side, or backside, of the campus. During this time, patients visiting Medical Plaza I should park in the northwest corner of the campus, while those visiting the hospital should park in the northeast corner of the campus.  Handicap spots and dedicated parking for laboring moms are still in close proximity to the hospital and medical plaza entrances.

Directional signage has been installed around the campus to guide visitors to the appropriate lots.  Additionally, the hospital is running a shuttle for those who need help getting to and from their vehicles.  Visitors can call 281-644-7130 to access the shuttle service.

“This is an exciting time for Memorial Hermann and Katy area residents,” said Scott Barbe, CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.  “The expansion will enable us to better meet the wide-ranging health needs of our community.”

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Katy, TX News – Principals Discuss Technology and Safety Needs; Transportation Department Talks Costs and Services

Katy, TX News (May 14, 2014) – At the May 8 Bond Committee meeting, Katy ISD principals discussed the technology and safety needs on their campuses. Committee members also heard presentations on transportation and portable needs within the District, and shared observations from the April 30 facility tours.

This week committee members get to work on reviewing cost estimates for all the District-wide needs presented to them for their consideration over the course of the past five weeks. These needs include: school and student activity facilities, renovations and replacements, technology, safety and security, and transportation.

The next Bond Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, May 15 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Meetings are open to the public to listen and observe. For more information, agendas, and presentations from the meetings, visit the Katy ISD Bond webpage.

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Katy, TX News – Compassion Katy and Houston Habitat for Humanity Announce Partnership

Katy, TX News (May 13, 2014) – Compassion Katy and Houston Habitat for Humanity announced they have formed a partnership to begin a program in Katy, Texas. Compassion Katy Executive Director Diane Walker and Houston Habitat for Humanity Development Manager Jerry Kovaly made the announcement following recent discussions between the two organizations.

“We are completely thrilled,” stated Walker. “The opportunity to partner with a great team like Houston Habitat to bless a Katy family with a decent, affordable place to live offers a great opportunity to make dreams come true and share Christ’s love.”

Compassion Katy is a registered not-for-profit (501c3) organization committed to developing and mobilizing partnerships between churches and the community within Katy, Texas to serve in the name of Jesus. Houston Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities, and hope.

“This partnership offers a unique opportunity for Houston Habitat,” Kovaly said. “Not only are we extending our reach beyond geographical Houston, but in joining with Compassion Katy we are mobilizing a community through its churches’ volunteers, partners and supporters.”

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Katy, TX News – The National Merit Scholarship Corporation Announces Katy ISD Winners

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (May 12, 2014) – The National Merit Scholarship Corporation last week announced the 2014 winners of the prestigious $2500 National Merit Scholarship. A total of 10 Katy ISD students were named among only 2,500 designees across the nation.

Katy ISD’s National Merit Scholarship winners are:

  • Joey Gu, Cinco Ranch High School; probable career field: biochemical engineering
  • Austin Kuo, Taylor High School; probable career field: chemical engineering
  • Sarina Madhavan, Cinco Ranch High School; probable career field: biomedical engineering
  • Ojas Potnis, Seven Lakes High School; probable career field: medicine
  • Anthony Qi, Seven Lakes High School; probable career field: corporate finance
  • Dhanatcha Sadetaporn, Taylor High School; probable career field: medicine
  • Siddharth Seethepalli, Seven Lakes High School; probable career field: computer science
  • Vidisha Srivastav, Seven Lakes High School; probable career field: bioengineering
  • Catherine Wu, Cinco Ranch High School; probable career field: medicine
  • Jonathan Zong, Taylor High School; probable career field: computer science

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Election Day for Positions 3, 4, and 5

Katy, TX News (May 9, 2014) – Election Day for Positions 3, 4, and 5 on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees is Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 10 various polling sites across the District:

KATY ISD VOTING
PRECINCT

COUNTY
PRECINCT(S)

POLLING
PLACE

1

Ft. Bend – 3006, 3038, 3142,
3143, 3144

Seven Lakes High School
9251 S. Fry Rd.
Katy, Texas 77494

2

Ft. Bend – 3004, 3122, 3130,
3132, 3133

Cinco Ranch High School

23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Katy, Texas 77494

3

Ft. Bend – 3014

Harris – 639 Ward A

Waller – 420

City of Katy Municipal Building

910 Avenue C

Katy, Texas 77493

4

Harris County – 119, 149,

639 Ward B

Waller – 418, 419

Katy Municipal Court Building

5432 Franz Rd.

Katy, Texas 77493

5

Harris – 362, 619, 644

Memorial Parkway Jr. High

21203 Highland Knolls

Katy, Texas 77450

6

Harris – 400, 509, 522, 547,

751, 772, 993

Taylor High School

20700 Kingsland Blvd.

Katy, Texas 77450

7

Harris – 95, 120, 283,

461, 711

Wolfe Elementary

502 Addicks-Howell Rd.

Houston, Texas 77079

8

Harris – 305, 603, 618, 720,

813, 877

1005, 1061

Morton Ranch High School

21000 Franz Rd.

Katy, Texas 77449

9

Harris – 463, 521, 589, 804

879, 992, 1006

Mayde Creek High School

19202 Groeschke Rd.

Houston, Texas 77084

10

Harris – 398, 517,

523, 621, 622, 650, 771

Bear Creek Elementary

4815 Hickory Downs

Houston, Texas 77084

 

For more information on the candidates and the polling locations and times, view the 2014 Voter’s Guide on the Katy ISD website.

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Julian Salinas Continues to have Rolling Success

The mother of Julian Salinas, a young bowler formerly featured in Katy Magazine’s summer 2011 Notes and News section, recently updated us on her son’s current endeavors.

As a fifth grader at Hubenak Elementary, Salinas is staying busy both academically and through outside extracurricular activities. Over the past few years, Salinas has continued to practice, compete, and improve his bowling game, helping him become one of the top ranked bowlers in his age bracket in Texas. Salinas currently bowls with three different leagues – COYSL Youth League at Times Square Entertainment in Katy, SSS Sport League at Copperfield, and HS Travel League with the regional high school bowlers in Katy/Houston.

Through bowling, Salinas has won awards and over $2500 in scholarships that will go towards his college fund. During summer he will compete against the best bowlers in the country in the USBC Junior Gold Championships in Buffalo, NY.

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Healthy Families: Parent Talk

Katy parents share tips on common topics we all face.

Need Advice? Have helpful tips to share? This section is where Katy parents help other parents with great advice and tips for common kid issues and childhood dilemmas.

Written by Kirsten Cornell

 How do you handle a toddler’s tantrum in a public place?

Prepare Ahead of Time
“I always try to address this before we go to a public place. For instance, if you throw a fit while we are in Target, we will leave without getting anything. Make sure you follow through. Park that basket and promptly leave. If it happens in a restaurant, I will go sit in the car with them for a time out and a nice long talk.” – Meredith Gilbert

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