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Weekly Update - Week of Oct. 25

Azalea Elementary Update

Week of 10/25/21


Getting You Connected!

Learning Hours: 7:35am – 1:45pm

Supervision Hours: 7:05am – 2:15pm


Our Core Values - Collaboration, Mutual Respect, Support, Professionalism, Consensus

Our Mission – Attendance + Attitude + Academics = Excellence and Empowerment at Azalea Elementary

Our Vision – 100% Student Success

Our motto – Empowered for life. It’s the Azalea way!






10/25 – 10/29


Red Ribbon Week (daily themes TBA)




Fall Parade

Gingerbread Parade


5:30 – 7:00pm

Trunk or Treat



FYI: Department of Health School Based Sealant Program provided vital dental services to Azalea Elementary School students and 175 children benefited from their various services, from Oral Hygiene instructions, Sealants, fluoride and goodie bags.


REMINDER: Amazon smile: This is an ongoing fundraiser. A portion of purchases you make on Amazon come back to the school. It doesn’t add to your purchase price, Amazon simply takes a small portion and supports a charity of your choice. We have received 124.94 since we started this last school year. With only 40 people donating !!!!! Here is the link to donate to Azalea PTA.


REMINDER: Join our PTA: You can be active in our PTA just by being a paid member. Your contribution helps fund grants for classrooms, support family events, etc. Visit our school link and become a member today.


Campbell Park Resource Center

One resource they offer is a food pantry that’s open every Thursday, but they are not getting the volume of customers necessary to keep it open. If you need this resource please take advantage of this resource. The Campbell Park Community Center is located in building 7 at John Hopkins Middle School. 

Below is a flyer of all the other resources they offer.



Toys for Tots:

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Resident of and children living in Pinellas County
  2. Children ages 12 and under as of 12/25/21
  3. Financial need (i.e., receiving financial assistance of some type, homeless, or has recently had life changing event such as unemployment, fire, hurricane damage, etc.)

How to Request Toys from Toys for Tots

Go to  before November 10th to register.

Enter your e-mail address.  You will receive an email from Toys for Tots with a link to the registration page.

Fill out the form entering your family name, address, and your preferred date and time for toy pickup as well as information for each child (ages 12 and under) by adding their name, age and school they attend.  Submit the registration request after confirming all information is correct.  The screen should now tell you that you have an application pending and that the program will not start approving these applications until November 10th.  You can check the status of any application at any time by going to and re-entering the email address you used at registration.

You will receive an e-mail acknowledging your request and another email when you have been approved. 

You will receive a confirmation e-mail in December (around December 10th). 

  • You MUST acknowledge this email and confirm your appointment by December 15th. Failure to respond will remove you from the approved list.
  • Upon acknowledgement of this email you will receive your bar code.

Toy pick up will be held on 12/17/21 and 12/18/21.  Toys for Tots will send you an e-mail with the pick-up location.   Please arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.  You must bring your bar code with you to distribution (either on your phone or a printed copy).

If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please contact

Renee Hazen, School Social Worker

727-893-2187 or


Level Up: Please take advantage of Level Up, the free, virtual enrichment program that helps you and your child get the most out of their PCS Connects digital learning devices. This week, there is a session that provides parents with at-home resources to support mathematics. And students can learn how to utilize the “Hey Did you Know” feature in Cleaver. Find these sessions and more at

Upcoming Opportunities:

  • Elementary/Middle School - The James Museum and artist Stan Natchez Virtual Art Field Trip: This interactive session will include stories of art-making adventures from a famous Native American Pop Artist with art exhibited in The James Museum. Online resources will be shared for students to create their own Pop Art! Target Group: Grades 4-8. Time/Date: 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 26. Link: Click here to join the session.


  • Middle/High School - Want to elevate your research projects? Then sharpen your research skills: This session is for scholars in grades 8 through 12. Finding high-quality research sources doesn't have to be hard when you know how to use World Book Online and Gale Databases. Explore these two Clever apps that can help with research projects. Bronwyn McCarthy, Program Coordinator for Library Media, will host the session. Target Group: Grades 8-12. Time/Date: 6-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27. Link: Click here to join the session.
  •  "Hey Did you Know" self-paced enrichment Nearpods on a variety of topics are available on an open Canvas course: Students have a button in Clever titled "Hey Did You Know." Here, students can access self-paced mini-courses in a variety of topics and content areas. They can also suggest new topics. The mini courses can be accessed in class as "early finishers" or from home any time. This feature is designed for gifted and talented learners but is accessible by all district students. Four new topics will be added each month starting in October. Target Group: K-5 Gifted. Access via Clever.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  • Middle School Mathematics: What Does the IXL Diagnostic Score Mean and What are the Next Steps?: The results of the initial IXL Diagnostic will be explained and parents/guardians will gain assistance in understanding their child's Diagnostic Action Plan.  In addition, parents will learn how IXL can help their student fill in any math learning gaps. The session will also support current learning. Target Group: Parents of students in grades 6-8. 6-7 p.m. Watch the session here.


PCS Keeps Families in the Loop with Monthly Parent Guide Updates 

The 2021-2022 Parent’s Guide is an interactive calendar that helps families keep track of important district dates. Families can see what’s happening each month at, and click on events to learn more about them. There is also a monthly parent tip and other valuable information. 

Azalea Elementary Lunch Menu:


Food and Nutrition Update: The Food and Nutrition Department is experiencing occasional menu substitutions from our vendors. We are working closely with our partners to secure the food needed to provide our posted menus, however last-minute changes may occur.  We regret the uncertainty this creates for our families and will continue to provide the highest-quality meals and service to our students. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


PreK Openings – 3 and 4 year olds

Call the Azalea Elementary office for information 727-893-2187

  • 3 year olds are $75/week
  • 4 year olds are $65/week for full time
  • 4 year half day is no charge




Update Lunch Schedule:

  • Kindergarten-9:35-10:05 
  • 3rd-10:10-10:40 
  • 2nd-10:40-11:10  
  • 5th-10:55-11:25
  • 4th-11:25-11:55 including ASD
  • 1st-11:55-12:25


Want to Volunteer? Please contact Yaritza Ramos or call the front office. We can always use volunteers in the Media Center.


Get Emergency Text Messages: Pinellas County Schools uses text messages to communicate information about severe weather and other emergencies. To get alerts, text “Yes” to 67587. If you opted in before, you don’t need to opt in again. Verify your personal contact information in Employee Self Service. To update the phone number on file, log in and go to the section called “Personal” and click “Edit/Update.”