•  Kathy Brickley

     Weekly Update 9/21/20

    Principal’s Weekly Message 09/21/20

    Dear Curlew Creek Coyote Families,

    Thank you to the many families who attended our Virtual Open House for grades 2 through 5 last week to start a partnership with your child’s teacher. Research shows the parent-school connection plays a significant role in student success in school. Your partnership is more important now, than ever, as we navigate through educating our children during a pandemic.

    Mark your calendar for Spirit Night on Monday, September 28th, at Chick-Fil-A at the Countryside & 19 location from 5-7pm. For this Drive Thru Spirit Night you may use the mobile app or tell them you are there for Curlew Creek. This is our second spirit night of the year and we hope you will support us.

    To promote higher education we are continuing our College Day Wednesdays this year. Everyone is invited to wear a college shirt every Wednesday.

    If you returned an iPad to school and still have the cable and a charger at home, please return them to school. We are in great need.

    A reminder that MyPCS online students have access to school breakfast and lunch meals through pick up of 5 days worth of food. Curlew students may pick up meals on Fridays between 9:45-10:15AM in our Car Circle. The cost is $11.25 for paying students.

    Tomorrow we kick off Start With Hello week with Motivational Monday. To support our focus on being kind and positive toward others we invite students to participate each Monday by wearing a shirt with inspirational or kind words.

    This week Pinellas County School district is recognizing Start With Hello Week. In every school in every community, there are young people who suffer silently because they feel left out, alone or invisible. Social isolation is a growing epidemic in the United States and within our schools. Start With Hello (SWH) Week raises awareness and educates students and the community to empower young people to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness.

    To promote the importance of this program, we will be recognizing “Start with Hello” week from September 21st – 25th. Students and staff are invited to participate in daily activities throughout the week that encourage kindness and being a good friend to others. See the schedule on our PTA website.

    Visit to learn more.

    Monday 9/21 • Let’s kick off “Motivational Mondays” by wearing a kindness shirt!
    Tuesday 9/22 • Students will sign a pledge promising to reach out and help others
    Wednesday 9/23 • Random acts of kindness—Go out of your way to do something nice for someone else today
    Thursday 9/24 • Share the love—Write someone a note to make them feel special today
    Friday 9/25 • Students will complete a reflection activity about the importance of“Start with Hello”.

    As the PTA is working to continue to support our school and community, PTA
    Membership is key. Join the Pack Movement and sign up for your PTA membership
    today ( Fees are $10 for the first
    member and $5 for any additional members. Your support will continue to provide
    program support for your students and teachers at Curlew Creek. One PTA
    program you can get engaged with now is our Secret Pals. This fun program helps
    our teachers and staff feel valued and appreciated and is sure to bring many
    smiles to them ( Visit our PTA
    website for more information and to sign up.

    Students are doing a good job of following this years’ safety guidelines and we
    thank parents for your support of our efforts. We do suggest that your child keep a
    mask in their backpack should they forget to wear one to school.

    We do not have a Lost and Found this year. Please label all belongings, including
    face coverings, with your child’s first and last name.

    Did you know you can report your child’s absences on line? Go to our school
    website,, and look for the icon in the top right
    corner, labeled “Report Student Absence.” The school and teacher will be notified
    when you report the absence in this manner. It’s very important to always include
    the reason for your child’s absence.

    The renewal of Pinellas County Schools Referendum will be on the Nov. 3 ballot.
    The Referendum boosts reading, art and music programs, provides up-to-date
    technology and textbooks, and helps recruit and retain quality teachers. Voters
    have supported the Referendum every four years since its initial approval in 2004.
    An independent citizens committee oversees Referendum spending to ensure money
    is spent as voters intended. Every penny of the funding benefits Pinellas teachers
    and students. For more information, please visit

    Thank you for your support!

    Principal Brickley