Principal's Weekly Message

  • Kathy Brickley

    Weekly Update 3/20/2023



    Celebrating 40 years!

    Using our Superpowers to Shape our Future!



    On behalf of our Coyote teachers, staff, and PTA I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Spring break, refreshed and ready to come back to school to use their learning superpowers! We look forward to seeing our scholars back to school tomorrow, Monday, March 20th, starting at 8:15 and no later than 8:40AM.


    Congratulations to our Carwise Achievement Award recipients, 5th grade students Morgan Turner and Aniyah Hayward. They will be recognized Thursday evening at Largo High School.


    Congratulations to Curlew Creek’s ESE Yes I Can Student of the Year - Myra Hancock!  Myra will be recognized at the Council for Exceptional Children’s breakfast awards ceremony on March 24.


    If your student was recommended to attend an extended learning program for reading or math before or after school, it’s important they attend. These recommendations are based on your child’s class performance and mid-year assessment results as part of the plan to help close your child’s achievement gap. Contact your child’s teacher if you have questions.


    Curlew Creek will NOT be a Summer Bridge site. Our students will be attending Leila Davis Elementary for Rising Kindergarten through 4th grade. Save the dates, June 5th through June 29th, Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Registration opens on March 21st. The YMCA will have a before/after school program with limited space.


    Don’t miss this chance to do something special to recognize a student or staff member! Purchase a PTA Coyote Marquee Shout Out for $10. All proceeds go toward funding the 5th grade Moving Up activities. Order here:


    Our 5th Grade committee will be hosting another $1 lunch fundraiser on Tuesday, March 21st to support 5th grade Moving Up activities.  Students across all grades may eat outside for a $1 donation.  This is for students only.  Students should bring or buy lunch as normal and then pay the Level 2 volunteer $1 and they will be escorted to the picnic area.


    Parents of students in grades 3, 5, and K may join their children for Lunch Bunch on the café patio this Friday, March 24th.  Two adult family members (parents, grandparents, adult siblings) are permitted to join your student. Please do not bring younger siblings. If you are not a level 2 volunteer, you will be escorted to and from the cafeteria. You may have lunch with only your child. Your child may not invite a friend.


    We are looking forward to seeing our Coyote families at our annual Coyote Carnival on Friday, March 24th from 5-8pm. Please enter through the back gate to the PE field. Remember, this is a family event and all students MUST be accompanied by an adult. Please do not drop your kids at the gate and leave.


    We are accepting donations for the popular cake walk activity that is returning to our Carnival! Please bring your donations of store-bought treats to the school office.


    You still have time to take advantage of presale pricing and get your Carnival wristbands for $20! Use the order form that was previously sent home or purchase online via our PTA website. Don’t miss all the fun with exciting games and inflatables, obstacle courses, huge slides, bounce houses, to name a few, as well as fun prizes, food trucks, and auction items!


    It’s not too late to sign up to volunteer at the Carnival if you can share an hour of your time to help monitor games and activities. This is a great opportunity for middle and high school students to get those volunteer hours! Thank you in advance for your help and support in making this year’s carnival the best, ever! 


    Would you like to advertise your business at our Carnival?  We still have spots available.  Please email for more information.


    Save the date of Thursday, April 20th at 6PM for Curlew Creek’s 40th Anniversary Celebration! Your family won’t want to miss it!  Your child’s special commemorative artwork will be revealed, the chorus is performing, there will be guest speakers, cake, memorabilia, and more!  Spread the word to friends and neighbors who have called Curlew Creek home to join us as well!


    We have many more upcoming events. Be sure to check out our calendar below, or on our school and PTA websites.



    3/20 Hurricane Make-Up Day – SCHOOL IN SESSION

    3/21 $1 Lunch Fundraiser

    3/24 Parent Lunch Bunch, grades 3, 5, K

    3/24 Coyote Carnival, PE court & field, 5-8PM

    3/28 Field Day, K & 1

    3/29 Field Day, 2 & 3

    3/30 Field Day, 4 & 5

    3/30 3rd Quarter Report Cards

    3/31 Parent Lunch Bunch, grades 1, 2, 4


    4/13 Science Olympiad, 6-8PM

    4/14 4th Quarter School Advisory Council (SAC) meeting, 7:30-8:30AM, School Library

    4/14 Parent Lunch Bunch, grades 3, 5, K

    4/14 Class Legacy Request Forms due

    4/20 Curlew Creek’s 40 Year Celebration, 6-7:30PM (See the unveiling of our new clay face wall which includes all 2022-2023 Curlew Creek students!)

    4/21 All Pro Dads

    4/21 Mid Period Reports

    4/24 Staff Appreciation Week

    4/25 $1 Lunch Fundraiser

    4/25 Literacy Night


    Our clinic is in need of clothing - shorts, pants, leggings, and new underwear in all sizes for boys and girls. Any donations are appreciated!


    Curlew Creek has Assistant positions available in our 3-year-old and 3rd grade classrooms. Apply online or call our school secretary, Mrs. Surace, at 724-1423 to inquire.


    Class Legacy Request forms for the 2023-2024 school year are due in writing by Friday, April 14th.  A hard copy request must be submitted to the school office addressed to Mrs. Brickley (no emails or faxes).  Use the form located in the school office or download from our school website. Only Legacy requests will be considered, however not guaranteed, due to class make-up guidelines we must follow.


    We are seeking candidates for our 2023-2024 School Advisory Council (SAC).  The primary role of SAC is to assist with school improvement planning.  As a member of SAC you will meet four times a year, get an inside look at curriculum and budget, and provide input and make decisions on school initiatives.  If you are interested, please submit the SAC interest form to the school office addressed to Mrs. Brickley.  The form is located on our school website and in the school office.


    In addition, we are seeking nominations for our 2023-2024 Curlew Creek PTA Board. Available executive board positions include president, vice president, treasurer, corresponding secretary, and recording secretary. If you are interested in serving on the best PTA in Pinellas County Schools, please submit the intent form to Tricia Wheeldon in the school office or email at  The form is located on our school website and in the school office.


    You can help our PTA earn money for our school by downloading the Box Top for education app. It’s as simple as registering for our school and scanning your receipts with your everyday purchases.


    Stay tuned to our school marquee, our school website, and our PTA website and Facebook page, to keep up to date with school news and events.


    Thank you for your support!





    Principal Brickley





    Principal Brickley




    Curlew Creek Elementary is to be responsive to the academic, emotional, and social needs of each child.  Our goal is to develop thinkers and problem solvers who are ready to be responsible, confident, and productive members of a diverse society.