The Northwest Star
5601 22nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710
School Phone 893-2147 Cafeteria Phone 893-1236
February 5, 2015
Marie Brainard, Principal
Claire Townsley, Assistant Principal
Patricia Wright, Area 1 Superintendent 588-5022
We have hit the 100th day of school! We are coming into Standardized testing season. Students in grades 4 and 5 will be taking the State ELA Writing test on March 3rd. Students in grades 1 and 2 will be taking the SAT 10 Standardized test March 9-20th. Why do we test so much? Well for several reasons: to identify what your children have learned, to identify what we need to reteach, and to identify what they already know. In the next two weeks teachers will be gathering in grade levels to analyze the data and develop an action plan for the remaining days of the school year.
During the week of Feb. 2nd chosen schools will be going through an Accreditation audit for the District Accreditation process. We wish them the best!
As we head into February we will be looking at our School Improvement Plan and Title I Plan to see what we have accomplished, what we still need to accomplish and to identify what did not work so well. If you have input please consider attending our SAC meeting on Monday, Feb. 9th at 4:00 in the Media Center.
For all the families and students that access the cross walks and the crossing guards, Friday, Feb. 6th is Crossing Guard Appreciation Day! Please say thank you as you cross 22nd or 58th for all they do to keep our kids safe!
Congratulations to our 2 families that won the Publix Gift cards for Perfect attendance last month: Valerie Akopian and Matthew Seeman ***WAY to GO!***
The Northwest Community is committed to 100% student progress 100% of the time
Daily, on time, attendance is important to your child’s academic success as well. We want to acknowledge families for having your child here daily and on time each month. Starting in January we will be having a random drawing to acknowledge two families for having your child/children here daily and on time. Publix gift cards will be awarded at the end of the month based on the drawing.
Dates to Remember
Feb. 4th - PTA cookie dough fundraiser kickoff
Feb 6th – School Wide Behavior incentive: Mad Science - 1:30
Feb 6th - Crossing Guard Appreciation Day
Feb. 9th - SAC Meeting - 4:00 pm
Feb. 13th - “I Love to Read” - 7:45 am
Feb. 16th – No School – Teacher Training Day
Feb. 19th - Science Family Night - 5:30 pm
Feb 23rd-Mar 13th - Annual Pasta for Pennies
Feb. 24th - Class and individual pictures
Feb. 27th – March 6th Spring Book Fair
Mar 2nd - Dr. Seuss' Birthday
Mar 2nd - Book Fair
March 3rd - State ELA testing 4th/5th grade
Title I Tid Bits
On Tuesday, Febuary 9th we will be reviewing the Title I budget and discussing needs for next year at the SAC meeting. Come join us and give your input. On Friday, February 13th we will be having an “I Love to Read” event for families. Come enjoy reading with your child at 7:45 am in the Media Center and the courtyard. We will be providing a book for you and your child to read together. We are asking for all students to wear red, pink or white that day. We want to create a “school heart” at the end of the day to celebrate reading!
February 19th Title I will be hosting a Science Family Night in conjunction The Beaming HopeChurch. Dinner will be served from 5:30-6:00. At 6:00 we will have a presentation by MAD SCIENCE and then we will be offering several grade level specific trainings: FCAT 2.0 science information for 5th graders, science project information for 4th graders, and then a variety of displays, and information for grades K-3. At the end of the evening you will have an opportunity to visit the Beaming Hope clothes closet. Come join the fun!!!
Citizen of the Month
Xavier Santos-Abdo, Stanley Jones, Jr.-Baird, Alyssa Waldo-Bryan, Krystal Vozniak-Byard, Eman Baabad-Clutter, Zachary Roland-J.Conway, Addison Ray-T. Conway, Alan Nguyen-Ebert, Shaelynn Picazo-Campbell-Farmer,
Hannah Rinkenberg-Fulmer, Nicholas Goff-Harper, Alex Wasserman-Hinnant, Aidon Messacar-Holtman,
Nicole Heller-Isett, Connor Pudlak-Jefferis, Lauren Thomas-Johnston, Nico DeNapoli-Jones, Darius Thurman-Kubes, Xena Lasavath-Lenges, Jannate Mhidra-Leone, Nicholas Ricciotti-Marion, Kyler Thach-McCormick,
Jaden Quezon-Miller, Adrian Kelly-Nichols, Nicole Trombly-Oblinger,
Jayde Traver-Parr, Careana Seymour-Ray, Sydney Miller-Rogers, Haylee Schmitt-Schmidt,
Jordan Prestero-Schoeller, Gabriel Morales & Angela Blofeld-Schupay, Mackenzie Lozano-Shedrick, Abbey Vandewalle & Diamond Phouthevanh-Suddarth, Ciera Murray-Williams - Ulevich,
Family and Community Corner
Northwest will be supporting the Annual Pasta for Pennies Program for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society from February 23 thru March 13. We are encouraging students and their families to collect spare change to support LLS’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and Hodgkin’s disease and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Change “banks” will be going home with each student as well as be available in each classroom and in the front office. The class that collects the most “change” wins lunch from Olive Garden.
Dr. Seuss’ birthday is on March 2nd. To honor him, we will be celebrating the week of March 3-7 by reading one of his books each day on the NW News and dressing up in a special way each day. More detailed information will be coming home closer to this celebration.
Family and Community Liaison
893-2147 x2101 or email@example.com
Food Service has made an adjustment to the Fruit/Vegetable offerings. Our Northwest Shining Star students will continue to have a variety of fruits and vegetables to choose from in our cafeteria for breakfast and lunch. Students will still be required to choose at least one serving of fruit OR one vegetable for a complete breakfast or lunch meal. There will now be a NEW maximum of 2 servings of fruits AND 2 servings of vegetables. Posters have been displayed in our Stars Cafeteria to notify the students of these NEW maximum serving changes.
Pinellas County Schools participates in the USDA National School Lunch and Breakfast programs.
District and School Accreditation
As you are likely aware, Pinellas County Schools is seeking district wide accreditation through AdvancED, the parent organization of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The survey we recently asked parents to complete is an integral part of our district wide accreditation process. Each school in the district has been wrapping up a variety of school-assessment tasks so that the district can complete its system wide assessment before the winter holidays. The evaluation process will culminate in a visit from AdvancED evaluators on Feb. 2-4 to gauge the effectiveness of classroom learning environments. We are incredibly excited about this opportunity. Currently, one middle school and all district high schools are accredited through AdvancED. District wide accreditation through AdvancED will provide PCS with the distinction of quality associated with a globally recognized accreditation organization. Earning and maintaining accreditation will help the district align its priorities to improve our processes and better drive student achievement. AdvancED will also provide the district with tools, training and strategies for continuous improvement. This information has been shared at SAC, and will continue to be a topic throughout the year. If you want more information please join us.
5601 22nd Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710