The Northwest Star
5601 22nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710
School Phone 893-2147 Cafeteria Phone 893-1236
December 3, 2014
Marie Brainard, Principal
Claire Townsley, Assistant Principal
Patricia Wright, Area 1 Superintendent 588-5022
Happy New Year!
We hope you all had a restful and fun winter break!
We are preparing our 4th and 5th graders for the State Writing test on March 3rd. It is very different from previous years, combining reading and writing. The teachers are working hard to ensure your child is ready. If you have questions or want to see what could possibly be on the upcoming State assessments, check out some samples on the fldoe.org.
Did you know that dismissing your child early on a regular basis can affect their academic progress? Did you know that 3 early dismissals can add up to an absence? Beginning in January (January 6th), the office will be closed from 2:10-2:35 for early dismissals. Students are missing precious learning time and by interrupting classrooms it is affecting other students’ learning. We will address emergencies as they arise. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause however your child’s academic success is a priority.
Also, please continue to have your child’s name displayed on colored paper and placed in your car’s windshield to make car dismissal run more smoothly.
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
January 26th-29th is Literacy Week
Make Northwest your choice for Kindergarten!
We will be hosting two Kindergarten Round Up sessions on January 15th for interested incoming Kindergartners. You can attend at 9:00 am or 10:30 am. You will be able to meet the teachers and see current students engaged in learning.
Title I Tid Bits
Please plan on attending our Title I math family night on January 15th. Flyers went home Wednesday, Jan. 7th. Make sure you get your RSVPs in for a dinner of Chick-fil-A
Citizen of the Month
The following students were Citizens for the Month of December:
Jack Moraniec-Abdo, Madilyn Swiger-Bryan, Tristan Strader-Conway, Talaysha Barker-Ebert,
Tanisha Kuduvabalaji-Farmer, Jose Gonzalez-Fulmer, Ciarstin Leonard-Harper, Emily Scites-Hinnant, Katelyn Chrik-Isett, Kyra Lupiani-Jefferis, Aden Nouri-Johnston, Denisa Alimanovic-Jones,
Imran Barrow-Lenges, Danielle Amador-Marion, Ryan Buchman-McCormick, Valentina Santos-Miller, Hannah Ives-Nichols, Haylee McCombs-Parr, Adrian Walker-Ray, Nicholas Shipley-Rogers, Ashton Trombly-Schmidt, Emily Moore-Shedrick, Ciera Murray Williams-Ulevich, Joshua Goff-Wilson
Family and Community Corner
Thank you to all of our families that participated in our Canned Food Drive. Also, thank you to our
Multi-Cultural Club for collecting from the classrooms and boxing up the food. Our school collected 2000 food items! Mrs. Byard’s Pre-K Class won the class contest by collecting 194 items. Thank you for sharing what you have with others in the community!
The Box Tops have been cut and counted and the winner for the first semester contest is Mrs. Lenges’ Second Grade Class. Our school collected 4,150 Box Tops which equals $415. Keep bringing Box Tops and Labels for Education in to your class. We are starting a new contest that will end in May.
Family and Community Liaison
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
Celebrating Literacy Week January 26th - 30th
Monday Jan 26 – “Hats off to Books” Wear a funny hat
Tuesday Jan 27 – “Be Well Read” Wear red
Wednesday Jan 28 – “Reading Rocks” Wear your funny socks
Thursday Jan 29 – “Score with Books” Wear your favorite team gear - Send in gently used books to donate to our local shelters.
Friday Jan 30 – “Reading Rock Stars” Dress like a Rock Star
We are celebrating literacy at Northwest Elementary during the week of January 26th-30th. Literacy or the ability to read or write is very important. We encourage you to take time to read a book with your child during this week. Believe it or not according to the US Department of Education, 32 million adults in the US cannot read.
To our Marvelous Moms, Fabulous Dads, and Fantastic Families we would like to invite you to come and read your favorite book or one of our books to your child’s classroom.
Northwest would also like to put out a request for our “Everyday Heroes” such as firefighters, police officers, nurses and military personnel to join us during “Literacy Week”.
*If you would like to participate please contact Lisa May at firstname.lastname@example.org or 893-2147 for questions.