Sunrise Park Elementary 5K Race

Sunrise Park Elementary’s PTA will be hosting the “Sunrise to Run” 5K run/walk this Saturday, March 16th. The 5K will start at 7:30 a.m. at the Pond Apple Pavilion in South County Regional Park. This is the first time that the race has been made into an official 5K that is open to the public, which is an exciting way to get the entire community involved in raising funds and awareness for the West Boca elementary school.
At 8:45 a.m., the younger athletes can participate in a 1-mile Kid Run. There will also be a celebration carnival after the run/walk, featuring face painting, food vendors, bounces houses, and a rock climbing wall. The registration fee is $5 if completed by March 11th (tomorrow!) and $30 from March 12- race day for ages 17+. The cost for runners age 16 and younger is $15, and a family of six is eligible for the family price of $60. The registration fee for the Kid Run is $10, including a T-shirt. Participants can register at

Omni Middle School: FCCLA Competition Winners

Omni Middle School participated in the State FCCLA competition in Orlando on March 2nd through March 5th. FCCLA stands for Family, Career and Community, Leaders of America. FCCLA is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for students in grades 6-12. FCCLA is the only national career and technical student organization with the family as its central focus.
Congratulations to the following gold medal FCCLA state champions: Annie Coen, Isabella Ellingsworth, Jessica Giang, Valerie Kwong, William Metlach, Liv Myrhe, Kevin Patlis, Skylar Sanchez, and Joseph Wallace. Winning silver medals at the state competition were Alana Bruckenstein, Donja Dewberry, Victoria Gonzalez, Sheina Koolik, Alexandra Lopez, Olivia Lopez, Maya Portal, Molly Schiller, Abigail Taylor, and Rebecca Tesmond. In addition, Omni had three students awarded bronze medals. They were Alexina Chasin, Daniella Scott and Brianna Texidor.
This outstanding winning team is sponsored by Omni teacher, Mrs. Carolyn Zaremba. She has been bringing home the gold for Omni for nine years! Her assistant this year and last year is another teacher at Omni, Ms. Phyllis Fimiani.

Photo: Standing, left to right – Daniella Scott, Kevin Patlis, Brianna Texidor, William Metlach, Alexandra Lopez, Olivia Lopez, Alana Bruckenstein, Abigail Taylor, Rebecca Tesmond, Valerie Kwong, Skylar Sanchez, Donja Dewberry, Alexina Chasin, Shelby Black-Smith, Sheina Koolik, Saam Rajaei. Seated, left to right – Jessica Giang, Maya Portal, Joseph Wallace, Molly Schiller, Isabella Ellingsworth, Victoria Gonzalez, Annie Coen and Liv Myrhe.
Thanks to Ms. Fimiani for notifying us.

Relay for Life West Boca Update: Get Your Gifts Wrapped!

        As the holidays are among us, the efforts of the teams supporting West Boca’s Relay for Life are no where near taking a holiday. Relay for Life is an event by the American Cancer Society that takes place all around the nation to raise funds and awareness for cancer research. West Boca’s Relay for Life is fast-approaching: the event is planned to take place on February 23rd, 2013 at Loggers’ Run Middle School.
 The teams are gathering together to raise funds for the big day by “Wrapping for a Cure.” They have four dates in December and three locations to choose from, and are offering their gift-wrapping services in exchange for a donation to the cause. Come by, donate, and let the teams take care of all of the holiday gift-wrapping.

The West Boca Relay for Life teams are offering their gift-wrapping services in exchange for a donation to support cancer research and awareness.

The first gift-wrapping date is this Saturday, December 15th, at the Shadowood Square Starbucks (located at the intersection of US-441 and Glades Road). The teams will be out front of Starbucks from 10 AM-3 PM, which is next to the Boston Market in the shopping center.
The second gift-wrapping date is Saturday, December 22nd, at Mizner Park.  The teams will be at the Starbucks from 10 AM- 3 PM. The Starbucks is located next to Robb & Stucky.
The Relay teams will also be wrapping at the Walgreens  on 441 & Palmetto Park Road and the Walgreens in Shadowood Square (the shopping center at the intersection of 441 and Glades Road) on December 22nd, 23rd, and 24th from 12 noon until 9 PM. For those last-minute gifts in need of wrapping, these locations are the perfect fit.
Keep checking back to West Boca News for further Relay for Life Updates. If you would like to learn more information or make a donation, please visit Relay for Life West Boca .

Omni Middle School FCCLA

Mrs. Carolyn Zaremba and Ms. Phyllis Fimiani, who teach at Omni Middle School, sponsor an after school club called FCCLA. FCCLA is a national organization that stands for Family, Career, and Community, Leaders of America. FCCLA is made up of middle and high school students. Omni is one of only a few middle schools that have an FCCLA club in Palm Beach County.

Pictured: Several of the Omni FCCLA winners, from left to right: Victoria Gonzalez, Valerie Kwong, Rebecca Tesmond, Annie Coen, and Maya Portal.

On November 7, 2012, Omni Middle School’s FCCLA chapter attended the 2012-2013 FCCLA Palm Beach County District 8 meeting. At this meeting Omni eighth grader, Shelby Black-Smith, was elected as the district secretary. While at the meeting, Omni was successful in winning first place in each of the following categories they competed in:

  • Themed Poster – Donja Dewberry and Abigail Taylor
  • Hand Constructed Themed Banner – Shelby Black-Smith
  • Machine Constructed Themed Banner – Victoria Gonzalez, Valerie Kwong, Maya Portal, Annie Coen, and Rebecca Tesmond
  • Hand Constructed Themed T-Shirt – Alana Bruckenstein, Serena
    Gibbs, Alexandra Lopez, and Olivia Lopez
  • Machine Constructed Themed T-Shirt – Alexina Chasin, Isabella Ellingsworth, Seina Koolik and Molly Schiller

For more information visit the FCCLA website.

Farmer Jay: Keeping South Florida Food Fresh, Pure, and Local

It isn’t rare to walk through the local supermarket and see products stamped with an “organic” or “all natural” sticker. The amount of recyclable bags is increasing, and being “eco-friendly” has become a lifestyle statement. While “going green” may seem like a fad, healthy eating and living in a sustainable fashion is not.

Jason McCobb, owner of Farmer Jay Pure Organics, is s Delray Beach grower who knows that “going green” begins with the basics: Know what you eat.

Farmer Jay can implement custom gardens and raised beds for the beginner or expert gardener. All are made of rot-resistant cedar that is certifiably sustainable. Image courtesy of Farmer Jay’s Facebook page.

Farmer Jay offers fresh, chemical-free vegetables to local restaurants. Other than providing the freshest local ingredients to restaurants, Farmer Jay brings a sustainable lifestyle to the community by helping other gardeners (from the beginner to the expert) create successful gardens to be proud of. He offers the service of building custom-made raised beds for gardens, all made of rot-resistant cedar that is certifiably sustainable, and can have a self-watering system. Local restaurants, such as Tanzy of Boca Raton’s iPic theaters, already boast beautiful gardens from Farmer Jay.
Farmer Jay also offers lectures and events that educate the community on topics such as  how to have a garden in your own backyard to understanding soil. The upcoming event, called ‘Farm Anywhere– Size Does Not Matter!’ will be held on Saturday, November 19th from 1-2:30 at the Ellenville Garden Center (220 NE 11th Street, Boca Raton) The cost of the workshop is $25. This is the second workshop of a series of workshops that will run through December, each with a different theme (check the line-up here!) 

Farmer Jay offers classes and workshops throughout the community to schools, events, and birthday parties. Photograph courtesy of Farmer Jay’s Facebook page.

Farmer Jay can also be contacted to speak at events ranging from community events to schools and birthday parties, where kids decorate pots, plant herbs, and plant seeds for plant anatomy garden that explores the six different parts of the plant we eat.
Whether it be tossing out the junk food, taking shorter showers, or keeping that New Year’s Resolution to recycle more, the Boca Raton area has plenty of alternatives to commercialized food and unhealthy lifestyles that also supports local land and farms.
Like Farmer Jay on Facebook  to get the most up-to-date information on their offerings and upcoming events in the community for healthy living.

Early Results in West Boca: The Middle School Vote

We heard that Loggers Run Middle School had its own presidential election Monday, with President Obama winning in a 600-300 landslide. It’s unlikely that this is much of a predictor for the overall national outcome, but we also heard that they had a simplified ballot with only the presidential race and only two candidates on the ballot, plus a line for write-ins. No word yet on the write-in count.

Palm Beach County Schools Closing Early Thursday; All Day Friday

Due to Hurricane Sandy, Palm Beach County schools will close three hours early on Thursday and all day Friday.
For more details, read the Palm Beach County Schools News
Apparently the forecast high winds can pose problems for school buses. That makes sense. Seems a little premature to cancel Friday already. But if you’re in their shoes, it might seem like the prudent thing to do.

West Boca High Culinary: Food Truck Competition

Yesterday West Boca High’s Culinary Academy had a competition to create food truck displays. Six students competed.
–Update– Photos of the 1st and 2nd place winners at bottom —
We do not have the full results yet, but the third-place winner was sophomore Miah Shefer, whose display was made up of a sheet cake, icing, fondant and rice crispies. It was 100% edible (and possibly delicious). Last year as a Freshman Ms. Shefer took 2nd place in a cake competition.
Here’s a close-up of the Shefer entry and a shot of her at work:

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And here are the photos of the 1st and 2nd place winning items (we don’t have their names yet):