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Northwest Elementary

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The Northwest Star

5601 22nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL  33710

School Phone 893-2147       Cafeteria Phone 893-1236

March 2, 2015


Marie Brainard, Principal

Claire Townsley, Assistant Principal

Patricia Wright, Area 1 Superintendent 588-5022


Dear Parents and Families,                                                                                              

           We began the month of March by celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday in honor of his contributions to children’s literature.

           Please try to ensure your child’s attendance daily as we are in the middle of testing “season”. Our 4th & 5th graders took the FIRST FSA Writing. Our ESOL students are in the middle of the CELLA testing. The First and Second graders will be taking the SAT 10 assessment beginning March 10th. Continuous district assessments are being administered to monitor student progress. Your child’s participation is important to measure growth and potential academic needs.

March 10th- March 20th: SAT 10 for grades 1&2, March 24th-27th- FSA Reading for grades 3&4, April 7th-10th FSA Math for grades 3&4, April 13th-21st- FSA Reading for grade 5 (computer based), April 22nd-April 30th- FSA Math (computer based), April 28 & 29 FCAT Science grade 5 (paper based) Reminder: No ELECTRONIC Devices allowed during testing.

SAC: The Northwest Staff is beginning to make changes and plan for next year. We appreciate any input you may have for the School Improvement Plan, the Title I Parent Involvement Plan or family events. Our last SAC meeting will be held Tuesday March 10th.

4th & 5th Graders:Parents of children in 4th and 5th grade: We are experiencing an increase of issues on campus involving cell phones (social media) and inappropriate comments being made about classmates. Please monitor your child’s cell phone communication….you would be amazed! We want to avoid District or Law Enforcement involvement. Thank you.

Safety:Starting April 6th all adults must enter the campus through the front office. We will be asking for IDs to run through the District Raptor system for safety measures. We apologize for the inconvenience, however we are taking all precautions to keep your children safe. Thanks you for being patient while we implement this process.

High Five: *Congratulations to Ms. Clutter’s class for creating the ST Math video on YouTube! Go to Thank you Ms. Alfaro, Ms. Clutter and Ms. Trombly!!!

*Congratulations to all of our Scientists who attended the Super Scientist Competition on Saturday, Feb. 28th:

Brayden Bohl, Steven Cook, Jade Kaiser, Ciera Marion, Chase Miller, Isabella Sanchez, Tiffany Vuu, Zoe Zill.

*Good Luck to Abigale Vandewalle, John Nguyen, Steven Cook, Diamond Phouthavanh, Bre’Anna Morrow at the All County Chorus on Saturday March 7th.

*Congratulations to Hannah Ives’ and Zae’quawn Riggins’ families for Perfect Attendance in February! They were awarded Publix gift cards donated by our business partner, Gries Investment Funds.    

Have a happy and safe Spring break,


Mrs. Brainard


Dates To Remember

March 2nd – March 6th – Book Fair

March 3rd- FSA Writing for grades 4 and 5

March 6th- School Wide Behavior incentive for February: Movie and popcorn

March 6th- Chuck E Cheese Sprit Night 3-9 pm

March 7th- All County Chorus

March 10th- 20th- SAT 10 testing for grades 1 & 2

March 10th- SAC 4:00 pm

March 13th – End of report period 2

March 16th- No school for students

March 20th- Gifted Math meet

March 24rd- 27th- FSA Reading grades 3 & 4

March 27th- School Wide Behavior Incentive for March: Field Day

March 30th- April 5th Spring Break

April 6th- School re-opens

Title I Tid Bits

Thank you for completing the Title I parent Survey. Your input is valued!


Citizen of the Month

The following students were Citizens for the Month of February:

Roxanne Rodriguez-Abdo, Dayshaun Blackwood-Baird, Sean Grover-Bryan, Mesai Lopez-Byard, Gianna King-Clutter, Isabella Lopresti-J.Conway, Maggie Funke-T. Conway, Vincent Stickney-Ebert, Eric Everling-Farmer,

Aya Faren-Fulmer, Mirsad Alimanovic-Harper, Katie Roland-C. Wilson, David Zoss-Holtman, Dameon Coyne-Isett, Janny Son-Jefferis, Bethany Seeman-Johnston, Samantha Hernandez-Jones, Phoenyx Patton-Kubes, Tamara Payne-Lenges, Jason Thach-Leone, Nolan Coogle-Marion, Isabella Perez-Miller, Lizbeth Doll-Nichols, Alethia Bailey-Oblinger, Ben Convery-Parr, Careana Seymour-Ray, Nikki Ngo-Rogers, Bridget Thomas-Schmidt,

Anthony Hall-Schoeller, Nevaeh Forte-Hay-Schupay, Devon Sierra-Shedrick, Ciera Marion-Suddarth, Korey Thomas- Ulevich, Marleni Beato-Wilson


Family and Community Corner

Thank you for collecting spare change to support LLS’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and Hodgkin’s disease. We will continue collecting donations for our Pasta for Pennies Program for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society until March 13. As students fill their change bank, they can add their change to their classroom box and continue to re-fill their bank. The class with the most donations will get a pasta party from Olive Garden. You, your extended family and friends can also donate online and your child’s class will receive credit. Here is our school’s online fundraising page URL:


Lost and Found: We do not have room to store all lost items. Please write your child’s name in all coats and jackets. We will begin donating unclaimed items at the end of each month.

National School Breakfast Week – March 2-6

We are encouraging all our students to start their school day with breakfast at school. Pinellas County Schools offers breakfast to all students at no charge. This program is available to all Pinellas students regardless of family income. Northwest serves breakfast each school day from 8:05-8:30. If your child has not tried breakfast at school, now is the perfect opportunity for your child to get a healthy start to their school day.


Michele Mollard

Family and Community Liaison

893-2147 x2101 or


The Science Center Spring Break Camp

                Join the fun at the Science Center this Spring Break.

Classes for Grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade are:

Outdoor Explorers: Campers will find the answers to all kinds of questions as they tour and explore 7 acres of Nature Trail and Wetland areas.

T-Rex and Friends: What should you do when you see a 20 foot T-Rex in your backyard? This oversized carnivore is one of the many dinosaurs you will study by reading stories and making crafts. Some of the Science Center’s resident reptiles will visit the class.

Classes for Grades 4 and up are:

Global Safari: Grab your safari hats and hiking boots and spend the morning on a journey to the four corners of the globe. Some of the Science Center’s resident animals will be stopping by for you to meet them.

Super Science Lab: Who lives in a drop of pond water? How many calories are in a Cheeto? Spend the afternoon learning the answers and becoming familiar with the use of laboratory equipment such as beakers, flasks, scales, and microscopes as you do investigations and experiments in the fields of Chemistry, Meteorology, Biology, and Food Science.

                Classes are from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. They have before care starting at 7:30 am and after care until 6:00 pm.

The Science Center is located at 7701 22nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg. For more information, please call 727 384-0027.


Mission Statement
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.                                    




Northwest Elementary

5601 22nd Avenue North

St. Petersburg, FL  33710

(727) 893-2147


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