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Shantania Loving-Leggins, James Strickland and Glee Fossier. Photo by Debi Beauregard/Custom Minds Photography.

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION AT ITS FINEST

Katy ISD’s Partners in Education Department and Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) Executive Board is working hard to make the annual VIPS Celebration fun filled, high energy and engaging for all guests. Set for Friday, May 12th, the event honors the thousands of volunteers who serve the district.

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EXCLAMATION POINTS! Associate Publisher, LIZ JOHNSON Vol. 14 No. 5 May 2017

Hello Katy! It’s officially May. Can you believe it? We are in the homestretch for the school year! With it comes all of those things we have to do to bring the school year to a close. Ask any parent of school-aged children, and they will tell you that May is insane with finals, projects, end of the year banquets, prom, graduation, finding that lost library book . . . the list goes on and on. In my home, May should just be called Mayhem, because it’s crazy and makes us long for the quiet days of summer just around the corner. But buried in the insanity, the one thing I do love about May in Katy is that it is also Appreciation Liz Johnson. Month, which includes Teacher Appreciation Week and the widely anticipated, district-wide Volunteer Appreciation Celebration steeped in fun, reverence and tradition. These are events that people so look forward to every year that despite how crazy the end of the school year gets, they still make time for them. And that’s what we focused on in this issue of absolutely! Katy. The Katy ISD Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) Celebration is the largest volunteer appreciation party in the area highlighting the contributions and people that make Katy ISD the amazing place it is. Not only does Katy ISD make time to celebrate them, they make these volunteers a huge priority that speaks to the heart of Katy. Every year at this time, I look forward to celebrating several of the things that make Katy great. It keeps me sane and makes the mayhem worthwhile. I hope you take some time to do the same this month! Say thank you to the staff, teachers and volunteers that make Katy ISD one of the best districts in the state and nation. Be sure to send us your photos and memories of these celebrations, and I hope you have an absolutely! wonderful May! Absolutely! yours,

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COVER STORY By Liz Johnson

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sk folks around Katy ISD what May means to them, and you may

get a variety of answers: finals, graduation, prom, summer vacation. But to one group in Katy ISD, May is all about appreciating the volunteers from around the school district. The Partners in Education (PIE) Department and the Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) Executive Board is working hard to create a May 12th event celebrating the gifts, time and dedication that volunteers from all across the district have given to the school district. These folks throw a big party for the volunteers from all over Katy ISD in a fun filled, high energy, engaging program known all across the district as the VIPS Celebration.

Volunteer Appreciation at Its Finest Shantania Loving-Leggins, Glee Fossier and James Strickland. Photo by Debi Beauregard/Custom Minds Photography.

An Annual Event Rich with Tradition

Decorations and welcome messages line the entrance to the VIPS Celebration.

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Like many things in Katy ISD, the VIPS Celebration is rich with tradition and excellence. “The much anticipated event began as a yearly tribute to volunteers, specifically to recognize campus volunteers of the year,” said Janet Theis, director of community partnerships at Katy ISD. “We think its purpose now extends much farther. It is our opportunity to spotlight and celebrate the contribution of all volunteers at every Katy ISD campus and thank those who lead them.


“Our volunteers’ value is immeasurable. Certainly, they bring valuable resources to Katy ISD classrooms – both time and funds. But, even more, volunteers are a huge part of what makes Katy a community. To us in Partners in Education, they are the spirit and energy that drives everything we do to engage our community in Katy ISD classrooms. Students need multiple mentors, encouragers and role models in their lives. Our volunteers complement the support given students by their home campuses. They contribute greatly to creating an environment in which all students can thrive.” The VIPS Celebration is a huge event that takes months to plan and has been taking place for about 25 years. And as the district has grown, so has attendance to the VIPS Celebration. What once had about 500 campus volunteers in attendance has grown to over 1,200. Wonderful food, volunteer recognitions, student performances, campus-themed table centerpieces and décor all combine to create an air of fun, appreciation and community that is truly a celebration for all. Not only do attendees look forward to the fun and fellowship, guests are treated to amazing guest speakers who thank, motivate and encourage attendees. Past speakers include former First Lady Barbara Bush, Former Astros Owner Drayton McClain, Apollo Astronaut Captain Gene Cernan, comedian Judson Laipply and motivational speaker Aric Bostick. In addition, fun volunteer videos and the highly anticipated drum-line performances from the area high schools provide a treat for these greatly appreciated Katy ISD volunteers.

A Year in the Planning Every year, folks from the around the district attend wondering how the celebration could possibly be bigger and better than the previous year, and the PIE department and VIPS board never fail to exceed expectations. “We begin with a vision,” Theis explained. “What do we want our message to be, and how do we best deliver it? What will make our volunteers – every single guest – feel welcome, inspired and appreciated? And of course, how can we top last year’s event? We plan many events during the school year, but our volunteer celebration is the premier event of the year,

Katy ISD volunteers fill the Merrell Center each year at the VIPS Celebration.

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olunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) is the largest of Katy ISD’s Partners in Education programs, bringing folks onto every Katy ISD campus for the purpose of supporting both students and staff. During the 2015-2016 school year, over 22,000 volunteers donated more than 1 million hours, which is the equivalence of 10 extra staff members at every campus. Although the vast majority of the VIPS family is comprised of parents, it also includes business and community members as well. That means everyone is needed, wanted and welcomed! Campus volunteer opportunities are varied, and time commitments can range from 30 minutes per year to 20 hours per week and everything in between. Anyone volunteering at a Katy ISD campus always checks in through the front office’s Raptor system, which also tracks VIPS hours for the school.

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Art Teacher Sophia Buddenhagen and her students from Raines High School and the Opportunity Awareness Center created this art to celebrate 1 million volunteer hours performed at Katy ISD by volunteers from around the district in the 2015-2016 school year.

If you are new to the world of Katy ISD volunteering, you are in for a treat. Not only will you get to help your child’s campus, you will also meet some wonderful friends and have fun in the process. Katy ISD’s giant volunteer family is what makes the district so successful, providing additional support to staff and faculty so teachers can spend their time teaching! To learn about volunteer opportunities at your campus, contact your campus VIPS Volunteer Coordinator.

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VIPS board member and Katy ISD parent Glee Fossier loves her work on the VIPS executive board but was also recently surprised by her experience with her son’s Robotics team at Seven Lakes High School. “It is completely outside of my comfort zone, but they needed help. I’ve been able to witness the growth and increase in confidence of the kids who are on the team. To see that change over the course of the build season is amazing, and it’s been very rewarding to be a part of that.” VIPS Board Members Jeanie Griffith, Katie Roberts, Michelle Zamora, Jennifer Valencia, Laura Lowe, Glee Fossier and Shantania Loving-Leggins.

so we give its planning lots of time and effort. It’s an honor to host the event every year. We never lose sight of the privilege we have in telling our volunteers’ stories.” PIE Senior Specialist Martha Brown explained the yearlong planning process. “The VIPS executive board circles up immediately following the previous year’s event. We share extensive likes and wishes that ultimately help plan the next year’s event. So, we are in a constant state of planning the VIPS Celebration. We literally talk about it all of the time!”

Volunteers Are at the Heart of Katy ISD The amazing volunteers who are celebrated at the event include wonderfully talented and giving folks who have blessed Katy ISD with their time and talents. One such volunteer is Shantania Loving-Leggins, who currently serves as Officio of the VIPS Executive Board, a team of campus and district volunteer leaders who help support, encourage and grow volunteering in the district. “What I love most about volunteering in Katy is the welcoming spirit on our campuses, the opportunity to meet other people, the excitement from the kids when they see you and simply knowing that my service is making a difference,” said Loving-Leggins. “My favorite volunteer gig is Junior Achievement (JA) and the opportunity to have served on the executive VIPS board. JA gives me an opportunity to be hands-on with the kids, and I always use that as an opportunity to share real-life experience that the kids have loved over the years. The VIPS board has given me the opportunity to serve on a district level, which has been so much fun!” James Strickland, another amazing and dedicated volunteer, is on a mission to help bring more dads into the classrooms and onto campus through programs like Watch D.O.G.S. – Dads Of Great Students. “Being a Watch D.O.G. dad allows me to stay very much involved in my children’s lives while also serving as a male role model and mentor to many of the other children at the school, many of them without a positive male role model in their lives,” Strickland said. “Seeing up close how schools are run on a day-to-day basis gives me a unique perspective. My goal is to one day help every school in Katy incorporate some type of father involvement program and am actively working with Katy ISD to do so.”

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A Unique Volunteering Community Katy ISD parent, volunteer and school district employee Cassandra Hedgpeth found a deep sense of community when she moved to Katy from San Antonio and begin volunteering. “I was elated to find an immediate ‘welcome home’ connection in a town of complete strangers. The community has a way of taking you in to help you find your place. After several more years here, I find that Katy helps take care of its people, making us one big family irrespective of what campus your child attends.” Fossier said, “I love being able to give back to the schools that are giving my kids a great education. I also love meeting people from all over the world. I’ve made wonderful friendships through volunteering. The community benefits from this by everyone working to improve our area to be the best it can be for our families. Katy is unique in the way businesses, schools and community volunteers all work together to make Katy a great place to live.” Loving-Leggins shared her experience. “Katy is a special place to volunteer, because of the small town feel. It is growing at a rapid pace, but it still feels like a small community. My family and I have been part of this awesome community for the past 11 years, and we understand that volunteering is just what you do. “This is our community, and we volunteer! This is not just our family’s motto. This attitude is woven in the fabric of this community, which adds so much value to Katy. While many move to Katy because of the school district, we stay because of the community we are part of.”

You’re Invited! Katy ISD, PIE Department and VIPS Executive Board extends a warm welcome and heartfelt invitation to attend the VIPS Celebration to all Katy ISD volunteers on May 12th from 8:30 to 10:30 am at the Merrell Center. You can find out more information about the event and RSVP at the district website at www.katyisd. org.

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The Wild West Brew Fest Set to Impress While Giving Back The Wild West Brew Fest (WWBF) continues to expand for the 2017 event, showcasing pure beer nirvana in its 6th year. A Launch Party is set for Friday, May 5th and the WWBF for Saturday, May 6th at Katy Mills. “Within this massive space, you will find over 200 brewers featuring over 600 craft brews,” said David Loesch, event chairman. “We are adding some new fun things this year for the 2017 event and are very excited to showcase them to our crowd.” As with the 2016 event, 8th Wonder Brewing will sponsor the game tent, which will include pinball, arcade video games, shuffleboard and air hockey, all free to guests. In addition, patrons can enjoy over 12 unique taps. Another massive space sponsored by Jordan Ranch will have games such as boxing, golden tee and basketball. A VIP tent known as the Hop House will feature over 30 taps of rare beer in a climate controlled space, as well as food and music provided by the Deacon of Funk. No Label Brewery will provide their version of a beer garden along with a separate area sponsored by Growler USA and their unique spin on the same concept. These zones will feature a custom tap wall with over 15 taps and open air seating. Presented by the Rotary Club of Katy, the WWBF is 100 percent volunteer, and 100 percent of the net profits are donated. In 2016, the event brought in $130,000, which was given to several local charities, bringing the total amount given away in its five-year existence to over $300,000. Visit www.wildwestbrewfest.com for information and to purchase tickets.

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Co-Parenting With a Narcissist: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

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Amanda in the choir. “I am a soprano two section leader, and I love it. Though I have minimal piano skills, I still enjoy having the ability to teach my peers the music at hand and being able to problem solve difficult sections of the choral pieces. Overall, being a section leader gives me a sense of belonging in a program that I hold close to my heart.” She is the choir historian and was the recipient of the Texas Music Educators Association Outstanding Vocalist Award in 2015. Amanda adores her choir director Christin Reinartz. “Ms. Reinartz has taught me that you should always strive for perfection even if you don’t necessarily reach perfection at first, because you can only improve through practice,” Amanda said. “She has been a rock to lean on, and her program has made a difference in my life. I love that I have such a strong bond with Ms. Reinartz and that I know she would be there for me in a time of need. I owe her credit for the majority of my success as a choral performer.” In addition to choir, Amanda also played the role of Cinderella’s stepmother in the

2016 Tommy Tunes musical Into the Woods. Amanda is active in practicing her religion, and she values and lives by the Bible verse found in Psalm 55:22, which says, “Cast all your burdens on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will not let the righteous be shaken.” Amanda said, “It was not until recently that I found this Bible verse and instantly felt a connection with it. In today’s society, people can feel so alone in any given complication that they are faced with. This verse gives me such a sense of belief and comfort that no matter what I face, the Lord will face it with me and keep me steady.” In the fall, Amanda will attend Texas State University in San Marcos with a major in interdisciplinary studies (K-12 education). Congratulations on your undeniable accomplishments and incredible spirit Amanda, and good luck as you begin the next chapter of your efficacious life.

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efore my first son was born, my wife and I labored over what color to paint his room. We went back and forth but finally decided upon a yellow shade. His room had a lovely bay window that overlooked a park across the street, and the large oak trees in our yard cast playful shadows with the sun’s rays, giving the room a bright and warm feeling. We felt that the room was joyful. Who knew that what we were feeling could be backed by science? The colors in a child’s environment play a larger role than one might think. In fact, studies have repetitively shown that a child’s physical and emotional responses are affected by the colors around them. For example, being in a room that is mostly red will increase a child’s heart rate and blood pressure and lead to a heightened sense of smell. Conversely, a predominantly blue environment will lower a child’s pulse and body temperature and even reduce a child’s appetite (Engelbrect, 2003). Children with asthma and other breathing problems have been scientifically shown to react favorably to yellow, and exposure to it is associated with an increase in honesty and optimism (Karp and Karp, 2001). Green was shown to benefit a child’s vocal chords and speech development and be the most restful for

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the child’s eyes. Orange has been shown to greatly increase a person’s sensitivity to tonic effects – such as music notes – and is associated with urgency, while violet corresponds to high cerebral activity, such as non-verbal communication (Torrice and Logrippo, 1989). Pink lowers aggression, even in male prison inmates (Morton, 1998), while black, brown and gray are all associated with negative emotions (Boyatzis and Varghese, 1993). What is the craziest part about all of this? Children don’t need to even see the colors to experience the effects. Since color wavelengths are absorbed by the skin, children who are blindfolded – and even children who are blind – are all still impacted by colors as described above (Wohlforth and Sam, 1982). So what does this mean to parents and educators? Well, for one thing,

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too much of anything is not good for a child’s development. Even though most colors are associated with positive responses, if a child is overly stimulated with a single color or pattern, it has been shown to negatively impact the child’s focus and learning. The best environments give a balanced palate with each color perhaps helping identify a certain aspect, classroom or area that relates to that wavelength’s benefits. For example, my center’s new Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 has each early childhood center colorized by benefit: The high activity stations are red, the calming book nook station is blue, the story telling puppet center is green and the music station is orange. Parents should also keep in mind how colors may impact child in day to day life. For example, if you take your family to a restaurant that is predominantly orange and red, a child may seem antsy and have a higher sensitivity to a food’s smell. In the end, I know our son loved his yellow room, but he would have loved it just as much if it was any other bright and happy color. So, don’t sweat your paint swatches too much, Mom and Dad. There’s a whole rainbow of good choices out there.


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BRAIN TEASER By Myles Mellor

Across 1 Lovely flowers for Mother’s Day 4 Mother’s name in the family 7 Some time earlier 8 Make a meal 9 Nice color for Mother’s Day cards 10 Buddy 11 Cute 14 Go __ the park 15 Mom could put a ring in it 16 Tree that is always green 19 Sound from your pet dog 22 Where mom likes to go to chill out 24 It means love on a card 25 Sweet stuff 26 Girl who supports the football team See answers on page 27.

Down 1 List of things you need to make a meal 2 Baby ___; it’s a little party for a baby coming soon 3 Mom is __ cool! 4 What the postman brings 5 Create 6 Message to mom maybe (2 words) 9 Give money for something 10 Group helping out the school 12 Piece of sun 13 BBQ food 17 Dropped water from the sky 18 __load 20 Like clothes everyone likes 21 What you put flowers in 22 Idol favorite 23 Heart___ (love problem)

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Every mother must have the ZO Skin Health Gift Set, which includes an exfoliating cleanser, daily power defense, smart tone and a beautiful gift bag. Cinco Ranch Face and Body Plastic Surgery, 3030 Mason Road in Katy. Call 281-665-2626; www.beautybecomesyou.com.

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absolutely! DELICIOUS

Mentor Knows Best:

The Mother’s Day Edition

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hether she’s your mom or a “like-amother” mentor, chances are you’ve got a lot to thank her for this Mother’s Day. It’s a time for celebrating your biggest supporters, number one fans and best friends. In life, we’re lucky to form relationships with women we can learn from and grow with. Beth Somers, Elizabeth Nelson and Emily Tatak from the Wilton Test Kitchen consider themselves lucky. Beth Somers, Director of Creative Content Development, owes her start to her former boss Milette Raz. Raz is trained in the Wilton Method of Cake DecoratingTM and taught Somers how to decorate. But Somers thinks of Raz as so much more, calling her a mentor, her second mother and her friend. Years after working together, the duo teamed up for Cupcake Wars on the Food Network, returning home as champions of season six with winning recipes like Tropical Getaway Cupcakes. Elizabeth Nelson, Assistant Culinary Specialist, attributes her love of baking to her grandma Ann, learning the basics with her and picking up passed down recipes that she brought with her to college. She looks up to her mother, her grandmother and her great-grandmother, whom she’s told she also gets her competitive nature from. Nelson and her grandmother went through a lot of trial and error together to come up with what they believe is the perfect cinnamon roll recipe, very similar to this recipe for Cinnamon Rolls with Caramel Glaze. For Emily Tatak, preserving family recipes and continuing the traditions around the holidays and in the kitchen led to her career at Wilton as an Assistant Culinary Specialist. She owes her inspiration to her mom, who taught her how to bake. Together they iced cakes, decorated sugar cookies and even made a gingerbread house from scratch. Keeping with tradition, celebrating the holidays without grandma Irene’s Kolache recipe just wouldn’t be the same. For more recipe ideas to honor your mother or special mentor, visit s.wilton.com/MentorKnowsBest.

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Cinnamon Rolls with Caramel Glaze Servings: 1 dozen rolls Rolls: 1 1/3 cups warm milk (105°F) 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast 1/4 cup granulated sugar, divided 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened 2 egg yolks 1 teaspoon Wilton Pure Vanilla Extract 3/4 teaspoon salt 4 cups bread flour, plus more for dusting Filling: 1/2 1/3 2 2

cup (1 stick) butter, softened cup granulated sugar tablespoons bread flour tablespoons ground cinnamon

Glaze: 1/4 1/2 1/2 1 1/4 1

cup (1/2 stick) butter cup lightly-packed light brown sugar cup heavy whipping cream teaspoon Wilton Pure Vanilla Extract teaspoon salt cup confectioners’ sugar (about 1/4 pound)

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Grandma’s Kolache Cookies For rolls, stir together warm milk, yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar in large bowl. Let stand 5–10 minutes or until foamy. Add butter, remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, egg yolks, vanilla and salt. Mix with electric mixer using dough hook on medium speed until combined. Gradually add flour, 1 cup at a time, and mix on medium speed until smooth, elastic dough forms, about 5 minutes. Spray large bowl with vegetable pan spray. Form dough into ball, place into bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let stand in warm place for 45 minutes or until doubled in size.

Servings: 6 1/2 dozen cookies 1

package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

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cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

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cups all-purpose flour

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teaspoon Wilton Pure Vanilla Extract

1/2

teaspoon salt Poppy seed, apricot and strawberry pastry filling Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

For filling, stir together butter, sugar, flour and cinnamon in medium bowl until well-combined. Prepare 13-by-9-inch pan with vegetable pan spray. Punch dough down and roll out to 18-by-14-inch rectangle on floured surface. Spread filling onto dough and roll up from long end, like a jelly roll. Pinch seam to seal, trim ends and cut into 12 equally-sized pieces. Place rolls into prepared pan; cover with plastic wrap and let rise 25–30 minutes or until doubled in size. Meanwhile, heat oven to 350°F. Remove plastic wrap from rolls and bake 25–29 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack while preparing glaze. For glaze, melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add brown sugar and cream. Cook over medium-high heat until mixture reaches a simmer; cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and salt. Whisk in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Pour glaze over warm rolls. Serve warm.

In large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter with electric mixer on medium speed until well combined. Add flour, vanilla and salt; beat until just combined. Divide dough into 2 disks. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill at least 12 hours. Heat oven to 375°F. Working with 1 disk at a time, roll each to 1/8-inch thickness on generously floured surface. Cut cookies using 2 inch round cutter. Place on cookie sheet and make indentation in dough with thumb. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon pastry filling into each indentation. Bake 16–18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool cookies on pan on cooling grid 5 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on grid. Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving. Source: Family Features www.absolutelykaty.com l MAY 2017

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By Christopher Hill

La La La La La La The Smurfs are back again. La La La La La La But will kids tell their friends? The Smurfs have been around since 1958 when a Belgian artist, Peyo, created a series called Les Schtroumphs, which introduced tiny blue characters whose names represent the work or characteristic they personify. Over time, those characters have spawned video games, television shows, movies and even theme park attractions. It was the Smurfs’ 1981 Saturday morning cartoon series that brought them to America and in front of a mass audience. The Smurfs ran for eight years, with reruns airing even today. In 2011, The Smurfs found a home as a live-action, animated feature. The success of the film spawned a sequel aptly titled Smurfs 2. Despite both films grossing nearly a billion dollars, Sony Pictures decided to eschew the live-action trilogy and developed instead a purely animated feature Smurfs: The Lost Village.

Brainy (Danny Pudi), Hefty (Joe Manganiello), Smurfette (Demi Lovato) and Clumsy (Jack McBrayer) embark on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest.

This time, the focus is on Smurfette (Demi Lovato), the lone female member of the all-male ensemble in Smurf Village. Actually, when you really look at each film, the focus is almost always on Smurfette, partially due to her unique positioning in their universe and her origin story. While we do not know how the Smurfs’ village was populated, we do know that Smurfette was created out of blue clay by the evil magician Gargamel (Rainn Wilson). Her backstory is central to the theme of the movie, which is good, because to date, no other Smurf really has a backstory. Smurfette accidently stumbles onto a member of another

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tribe of Smurfs. To her, the random encounter shows that their Smurf Village is not alone. She and some of her best mates head off to find this lost village. Unwittingly, they allow Gargamel, his cat and his pet bird to discover their mission as they attempt to find the village first. The film dabbles a bit in the realm of acceptance and the feelings of being an outsider, but the depth is puddle deep. Unlike some recent animated movies that are designed to connect to the audiences’ emotional core – Inside Out, for instance – Smurfs: The Lost Village drives past those options and delivers a story more likely to be seen on the television show. While everything is wrapped up in a bow, adult viewers with too much time on their hands could be left to wonder why, if you have a society in which each character is named for what their job is, you would have one known as “Table Eater.” But clearly, this is not a movie made for adults. It is made for children. The tone, humor and action are all designed for those 10 and under. Assuming this, I brought my youngest who fits into that demographic. She thought the film was “smurfy” – and that’s a compliment. She giggled throughout and proclaimed Demi Lovato voices Smurfette in it the “best movie ever” after- Smurfs: The Lost Village. ward. However, when pressed, she did want to make sure readers would be aware of an emotional ending that brought a few tears to her eyes. Parents need to know that she is right. It was a fairly well set-up ending that is a bit more impactful than one would expect. Don’t worry though. In a contrived finish, everything is right with Smurf Village in the end. In the end, quibbling with shallow characters and sophomoric humor misses the point. Smurfs: The Lost Village is a bright, colorful film distinctly designed with kids in mind. There is nothing too scary. The movie flows to its conclusion with humor, some action, and there is nothing to offend along the way. This will be a family film that your youngest may find smurftastic but will probably not ask to view again. Smurfs: The Lost Village Now Showing: In Theaters Now Rated: PG Violence: Only cartoon action sequences, but the finale provides an emotional sequence that younger viewers may have difficulty with. Language: None Sexuality: None © 2016 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.

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MEDICAL FOCUS

Houston Methodist West Hospital Receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation Houston Methodist West Hospital has received full Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). The accreditation acknowledges Houston Methodist West’s expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. “Houston Methodist West has been leading the way in cardiovascular care since we were first established,” said Vicki Brownewell, RN, Houston Methodist West’s chief nursing officer. “I’m proud of our team for continuing to deliver the best possible care for all of our heart patients.” The hospital was first accredited in October 2013, with its latest accreditation valid until October 31, 2019. An Accredited Chest Pain Center’s evidence-based, systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Chest Pain Centers better monitor patients when it’s unclear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted. The ACC’s Chest Pain Center Accreditation process ensures that hospitals meet or exceed a wide set of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists. By achieving ACC’s Chest Pain Center Accreditation status, Houston Methodist West demonstrated expertise in eight areas, including assessing, diagnosing and treating patients quickly, continually seeking to improve processes and procedures and ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel. For more information, call 832-5225522 or visit www.houstonmethodist. org/find-a-doctor.

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absolutely! AUTO REVIEW By Steve Kursar

2017 LEXUS RX T he 2017 Lexus RX is the latest version of a classic. It’s the mid-size luxury SUV/crossover that practically started the segment and enticed car buyers out of their sedans. The current RX looks like a designer’s fantasy concept prototype, and yet there it is in real life ready to drive away. It’s luxurious, gorgeous and practically perfect. The very first RX rolled off the assembly line back in 1998, when Lexus was known primarily for its sedans and the iconic Land Cruiser SUV. Built on a Camry platform, here was a luxury crossover that handled like a car and featured all of those wonderful Lexus touches, such as real, polished wood, soft, buttery leather and exquisite fit and finish. That very first RX exterior design was an unmistakable one that has continued to evolve through four generations. This latest version continues to carry design cues that harken back to the first. Where the original RX design was classic and certainly bland by today’s standards, the new RX exterior is sharp, aggressive, provocative and beautiful. This is a head turner. The interior is all Lexus with soft, perforated leather and a choice between either a dark mocha wood or a gray sapele wood trim. The fit and finish is impeccable. The spectacular optional panorama

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glass moonroof gives even the rear seat passengers a view of the sky. There’s also the F Sport option that gives the RX a specially tuned suspension sport performance for an even greater connection to the road. The 2017 RX is offered with two distinct powertrains: a gasoline only and a gasoline-electric hybrid. The gasoline only version – the RX350 – is equipped with a 295 hp, 3.5 liter V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers fuel economy numbers of 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The gasoline-electric hybrid version also has a 3.5 liter gasoline engine, but it is supplemented with an electric motor that both saves fuel and kicks up the horsepower to a total of 308 hp. Your fuel savings shines in city driving where EPA estimated fuel economy is 31 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. Base MSRP for the gasoline version RX is $43,120. Add about $10,000 more for the hybrid. The Lexus RX has been around for almost 30 years, and yet it seems to have grown younger with this latest generation. Follow Steve Kursar at KursarOnCars.blogspot.com.

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Photos by Buller Photography.

ABOUT

Katy ISD held its annual Ties and Tiaras event celebrating the dedicated KEYS (Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success) mentors who help Katy ISD students and the scholarship fund. Students also created a KEYS commemorative artwork that is awarded to the program sponsors.

IN THE HEART K AT Y

Cassandra and Claire Hedgpeth with Madelyn Tran and Jeannie Griffith. Tammy Stringer.

Jacob LaBlanc.

Congratulations to the faculty and staff at McRoberts Elementary School for being recognized as a Demonstration School by the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE). McRoberts Principal Kwabena Mensah also accepted the 2017 TABSE Principal of the Year Crystal Award.

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Kathryn and Lance Hindt.

2016-2017 Keys Mentors of the Year Fred Crist, Steven Herold, Kirsten Hampshire, Kevin Drury, Donna Ortiz, Carrie Zamora, Don Mach and James Grima.

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The Greater Katy Area Pachyderm Club hosted a free community event at the Golf Club at Cinco Ranch with the Fort Bend County Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce to help parents become educated on how to protect their children from online predators.

Michael Hartman, Lori Ann Belin, Jason Walker, Bruce Moats and Shannon Taylor.

The Arc of Katy hosted its Triumph Gala at Pine Forest Country Club. Funds raised from the dinner, games and raffles benefited the Arc of Katy’s day camp and expenses not covered by tuition, as well as other social programs.

Tori Macfarlan, Michael Gibson and Tina Walgenbach.

Gabriel Crema and Amy Campbell with Maria, Phyllis and Brandon Todd.

Photos by Angela Simone.

Wanda Christensen, Rhonda Johnstone, Aryn Simone and Susan Bode. 

Joni Barker and Amy Campbell. Vicki Knowles and Margaret Laney.

Jennifer Lee and Alexa Immenschuh. 

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The Lincoln Reagan Dinner benefitting the Fort Bend County Republican Party included a live and silent auction, dinner and cocktail reception at Safari Texas Ranch.

ABOUT IN THE HEART K AT Y

Nicole and Alexandra Bourgeois, Liz Johnson, Pete Olson, Elizabeth Walker, Jingjing Clemence and Jacey Jetton.

Lewis and Chakilla White.

Kaye and Gary Goolsby.

On March 6th, the Katy Area Retired Teachers (KARE) went on their annual field trip to Taste of Texas. KARE supports students and teachers in Katy by raising money for scholarships and through volunteer opportunities and support.

Omega Wied, Linda Lewis, Rita Camel, Carol Greenberg, Hindie Dershowitz, Anne Woods, Belinda Barnette, Pam Hightower and Sandy Louis.

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Susan Stuart, Patsy Stanley, Karen Thornton and Karen Reese.


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The most common symptoms of norovirus include diarrhea, throwing up, nausea and stomach pain. Other symptoms can include fever, headache and body aches. These symptoms usually appear within 12 to 48 hours of being exposed to norovirus. For most people, norovirus illness is not serious, and they get better in one to three days. A person may become extremely ill and throw up or experience diarrhea multiple times a day, which can lead to dehydration. Symptoms of dehydration include decreased urination, dry mouth and throat and feeling dizzy when standing up. Young children who are dehydrated may cry with fewer tears and usually are sleepy and fussy.

Norovirus 101 Q: Expert: Dr. Stan Spinner, Texas Children’s Pediatrics and Texas Children’s Urgent Care Chief Medical Officer

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WHAT IS NOROVIRUS?

Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes acute gastroenteritis. Following introduction of rotavirus vaccination, norovirus has become the most common cause of gastroenteritis in adults and children. Viral gastroenteritis is an infection that can cause diarrhea and vomiting. It happens when a person’s stomach and intestines get infected with a virus. Both adults and children can get viral gastroenteritis. Anyone can get infected with norovirus and become sick.

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WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF NOROVIRUS?

HOW DO YOU TREAT NOROVIRUS?

Unfortunately, there is no specific medicine to treat people infected with the norovirus illness. Norovirus cannot be treated with antibiotics, because it is a viral – not bacterial – infection. If your child has the norovirus illness, have him drink plenty of liquids to replace fluid lost from throwing up and diarrhea to help prevent dehydration.

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WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT NOROVIRUS?

These tips will help protect you and your child from norovirus. • Always wash your hands with soap and water before eating, preparing or handling food and especially after changing diapers or using the restroom. • Wash fruits and vegetables and cook seafood thoroughly before preparing or consuming them. • Do not prepare foods or care for others when you are sick and for at least two days after symptoms stop. • Immediately remove and wash clothes or linens that may be contaminated with vomit or stool. You should handle soiled items carefully by wearing gloves and washing your hands after. • Clean and disinfect any surfaces thought to be contaminated. For more information about Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, visit westcampus.texaschildrens.org or call 832-2271000.

HOW DO KIDS CONTRACT IT?

Your child can become infected with norovirus by accidentally getting vomit or stool from infected people in his mouth. While that may sound weird, this usually happens by consuming contaminated food or drink, touching contaminated surfaces or objects and then putting fingers in the mouth or having contact with someone infected with norovirus. Typically, norovirus outbreaks happen when infected people spread the virus to others. Outbreaks can occur in numerous institutional settings including schools, child care centers and colleges, because it lives on surfaces and is resistant to many common disinfectants.

The Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. Photo by A. Kramer.

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What’s Kickin’ in

Katy

By Cyd Wright

2017

is flying by, which means that the month of May will certainly be a real blast. From plenty of activities both indoors and out, there is a little something for everyone to check out. Grab your family, friends and even your dog, and take time to check out all that is kickin’ in Katy this month! May 2nd National Teacher Appreciation Day Take time to thank a teacher today!

May 4th National Day of Prayer 7 pm Leonard E. Merrell Center 6301 South Stadium Lane This annual observance invites people of all faiths to pray for our nation. Everyone is encouraged to come together as prayers are lifted up for the United States and its leaders. For more details, visit www.merrellcenter.org or www.nationaldayofprayer.org. May 5th Bingo de Mayo 6:30 – 9:30 pm Marriott Energy Corridor Hotel 16011 Katy Freeway Join this evening of fun complete with 12 Bingo squares, a silent auction, fajitas and pie. A portion of the proceeds support Texas Children’s Hospital. Tickets are $35 per person and must be purchased in advance. For more details, visit www.proudpie.com or call 281-392-2203.

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May 6th Katy Doggie Derby 9 am – Noon City of Katy Dog Park 5418 Franz Road The Katy Doggie Derby will bring the fun and pageantry of the Kentucky Derby to the Katy Dog Park. This event will be filled with games and activities for dogs and their companions. Donations will be accepted to support local shelters. Visit www.cityofkaty.com for more details.

May 12th Katy ISD Volunteers In Public Schools Breakfast 8:30 – 10:30 am Leonard E. Merrell Center 6301 South Stadium Lane The Volunteers In Public Schools (VIPS) Celebration salutes the time and talents of over 22,000 volunteers who make up the heartbeat of Katy ISD’s Partners in Education programs. Along with breakfast, student entertainment and a keynote speaker, the event culminates with the recognition of each campus “Volunteer of the Year” revealed by entertaining video announcements from campus principals. To RSVP, visit www. katyisd.org or contact Martha Brown at 291396-2468. May 14th Mother’s Day

May 6th Election Day Visit www.votetexas.gov or www.katyisd.org for more information on voting, polling locations and times.

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May 21st Typhoon Texas Kids Triathlon 6:45 am – 2 pm Typhoon Texas 555 South Katy Fort Bend Road Be part of the largest kids’ triathlon in the world! Short and long courses are offered, and the event is limited to the first 1,000 kids. Registration and more information is available at www.typhoontexaskidstri.com. May 29th Memorial Day


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