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Weekly Update - Week of April 16th

Azalea Elementary Weekly Update – Week of 4/16/18

Getting You Connected

Learning Hours: 7:35am – 1:35pm

                        **HOURS WILL BE THE SAME FOR                            THE 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR**

Supervision Hours: 7:05am – 2:05pm




Our Core Values - Consensus, Collaboration, Support, Respect, Enthusiasm

Our Mission – Attitude + Academics + Attendance = Excellence at Azalea

Our Vision – 100% Student Success

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



Gratitude Corner

Azalea Elementary students and staff would like to thank the following individuals for their generous donations. Remember that not all donations are monetary in nature. Time is precious. We appreciate all your support.


Joanne Lentino - At Large District #1
Linda S. Lerner -  Single Member District #6

Eileen Long - Single Member District #4
Peggy L. O’Shea - Vice Chairperson, At Large District #3


  • Congratulations to all of our scholars recognized this past week for their AAA (Achievement, Attitude and Attendance). We’re so proud of you!!!
  • Help me celebrate Mrs. Reed, 2nd grade.  She was awarded the Black History Month Excellence in Education Award. Thank you Mrs. Cross for making the nomination.
  • Spring Carnival. Need I say more? Thank you to everyone for making this another success. A HUGE THANK YOU to Mrs. Erica Metcalf for your continued leadership. As I sat in the dunk tank I had a birds eye view, it was so beautiful to watch our entire community enjoy one another.
  • Science Boards look great. Our scholars have worked so hard on them. If you haven’t looked at any of them please find time to do so. Thank you Mrs. Valenti for your leadership. You help us all stay organized and focused.
  • Enterprise Village was simply amazing. Thank you to our 5th grade teachers for preparing the future leaders of tomorrow.




Help Fund a Classroom

Please see the following projects we have going on that need your help. Any amount will help. You can give $5.00 or fund the whole project. See a brief description below and then follow the links for more detailed breakdown of each. See what aligns with your vision to support our vision.


Note: If you are having difficulty with the link in order to donate, you can always write a check to the school. Make it out to Azalea Elementary and in the memo section state Adopt-a-class: “project name”


Jabil’s STEM- Hands on Magic Kingdom Field Trip – Amount needed: $1,026.00

The goal of this field trip is for students to make connections to the STEM based activities within their gifted inventions unit of study to the real world; which will develop a deeper understanding of each concept as it relates to the broad spectrum of knowledge. 






Azalea Elementary April Events

The month of April is Autism Awareness Month

Azalea Elementary works hard daily to build and strengthen an inclusive school environment that promotes awareness and acceptance. We are proud of each one of our Eagles.


Thursday, 4/19

  • Chuck E Cheese Night from 3:00pm – 8:00pm
  • 20% of the purchases come back to the school
  • Say you’re with Azalea Elementary

Friday, 4/20

  • All Pro Dad’s breakfast from 6:50am – 7:30am
  • Bring your children with you

Friday, 4/27

  • Mom’s Tea Party during lunch times


  • PTA Astro Skate party for families from 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • ONLY $4.00 and that includes skates



ALL PARENTS: 7:45AM is the cut off time for late students to be sent to the café for breakfast



Important points:

If something sounds interesting, please see the expanded notes in the next section


  1. Parent Teacher Association (PTA): Are you a student advocate?
  2. Pinellas County Schools website
  3. Upcoming Student Assessments
  4. Principals Account in café
  5. Rays Spirit Night
  6. Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
  7. Parent input for your child’s next year teacher
  8. Pinellas County Schools STEM Summer Camp Student Application
  9. School Safety – Our Storefront is here



Important Points Expanded:


  1. PTA: Every Child. One Voice.

Join the PTA’s mission to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. Joining the PTA is about advocating for children. As parents we are our child’s strongest advocate so find out how you can support the school to ensure your child and all children have the successful foundation they need. You’re level of involvement is your choice but your involvement should not be an option. See the attached support the PTA letters and Email Christine Hutchings our PTA membership chair and 2nd grade parent to find out more


Find out what PTA does and how you can support:

PTA Flyer + Membership.pdf 


Parents’ Guide to Student Success:




2.  Pinellas County Schools website

Of course our website is helpful but if you are in need of a resource. Please check out the district site for oodles and oodles of resources and information




3.Upcoming Student Assessments

In the upcoming months, students will be taking district and state assessments in reading, math and science.

  • March 1-23 K, 1st, and 2nd grade will be taking MAP testing in reading and math.
  • 4th/5th will be taking a writing FSA March 6-7.
  • 3rd grade will be taking a reading FSA April 16-17
  • 4th grade will be taking math FSA April 16-20
  • 5th grade will be taking math FSA April 23-27
  • 4th grade will be taking Reading FSA April 30-May 4
  • 3rd grade will be taking Math FSA May 7-11
  • 5th grade will be taking Science FCAT 2.0 May 7-11


It is very important that students arrive to school on time and have eaten a healthy breakfast. 




4.Principals Account in café

Did you know that there is a Principals account at the school? We want to ensure our scholars always have a hot/ cold lunch. The money on this account is for convenience and available for our scholars to borrow from. Please note that some families have borrowed and then became eligible for free/ reduced lunch, money borrowed is remains owed as the new status does not erase the previous borrowed funds.


Families who owe money to the Principal’s account will receive a letter every week in April. The balance is now $242. We need to be at $0.00.




5. Rays Spirit Night

The Tampa Bay Rays have put together a fantastic ticket offer for Pinellas County students, employees and their friends and families for the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays game on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 6:10pm. Upper Level tickets will be offered for $10 (up to $30 value) and Lower Level tickets for $17 (up to $60 value). Each school that reaches 150 or more tickets sold will receive a visit from the Rays Mascot, Raymond, and the Rays Street Team to their campus during the 2019 school calendar year.


Just a friendly reminder regarding Rays Spirit Day for Pinellas County Schools on Saturday, May 5th at 6:10 p.m. 


You should have received your ticket order forms and last day to purchase tickets is April 24th.




6. Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day


This annual event, which will be celebrated nationally on Thursday, April 26, will not take place within the district due to the administration of the Florida Standards Assessments. 


However, we do provide a very flexible means for you and your child/children to take part in this day when it does not conflict with the state of Florida testing window.  You can request suitable times and days for you and your child/children to participate in such a day as long as it does not conflict with already scheduled activities at the school and gaining prior approval of all parties concerned. 


If the child/children are not scheduled for testing and a parent wants to take them out of school on April 26, 2018, to participate in the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day at their workplace, then such an absence would be an excused absence.  Please work through the principal(s) of the school(s) of your child/children to arrange a Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.




7. Parent input for your child’s next year teacher

As the current school year makes its’ final turn around the track, we begin making plans for next school year (2018-2019) and we would like for you to provide us with information about your child.
The school will be accepting written input (letters) or emails that you would like to provide regarding your child’s placement for the 2018-2019 school year. 
Please do not submit requests for specific teachers. Grade level teaching assignments can change over the summer.  In the past, these unexpected situations have forced the school to make teaching assignment changes over the summer time:
• A teacher transferring to another school site
• A teacher receiving a job promotion.
• An unexpected leave of absence.
• A teacher submitting a resignation.
Written input (letters) must be submitted in a sealed envelope to our elementary front office, to the attention of Principal Mike Rebman or you can email me by the close of the school day, Friday, April 27, 2018.  The school will not be accepting letters after this date. Your letter will include your child’s name, your name, date, the character qualities of the teacher you’d like for your child and why this would be the right fit.


Student placement consideration will be determined by the Class size amendment (18:1 K-3, and 22:1 4, 5), achievement, behavior, and diversity.  We will share any written input you provide to us with the teams.  We assure you that our staff will work as a team putting students' needs first, and your input will be strongly considered, but requests will not be guaranteed.  Before the end of the school year a generic grade level materials list will be posted on our school website.
 In early August, prior to the start of the school year, students and families will be invited to campus to Meet the Teacher, view class lists, review individualized class supply sheets, and tour the school. If you should have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 727-893-2187.




8. Pinellas County Schools STEM Summer Camp Student Application

2018 PCS STEM Summer Camp Student Application.pdf 




9. School Safety – Office Storefront is coming!

Our front office has begun the installation. It will span across the front office as an additional safety deterrent upon entering our front office doors. This will of course be a change when it comes but this safety partition is another way to add additional measures to keep your children safe and secure.




Other news:


  • Want to mentor? Contact Yaritza Ramos our Family Community Liaison



Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals



Clothes to Kids



All Pro Dad’s

  • Please consider joining All Pro Dad’s at our school. We are just getting started and more information to come. The All Pro Dad program is typically a monthly breakfast at the school which is geared to helping dads strengthen their relationship with their children. A volunteer Team Captain leads the meeting, which is constructed around a topic encouraging positive interactions. Please see the introductory video from Tony Dungy



Title I Family Library

  • Location: 2499 25th Street South St. Petersburg, FL
  • No Library Card Needed & No Late Fees
  • A Leveled Library
  • Each time your child visits the library they will receive a FREE BOOK!
  • We’re open!
  • Monday & Thursday 8:30- 6:00
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30-3:30
  • For more info call 727-893-2988



Adopt-a-Class & Adopt-a-School



School Store

  • Who: (AGP) Azalea Gifted Program 
  • What: School Store
  • When: Every Wednesday before school 7:05-7:30am
  • Where:  In the court yard
  • Why:  To raise money for our program
  • How can you help?????
    1. Buy items such as pencils, erasers, notebooks, small trinkets, or lollipops for a range of 5 cents to $1.00



PeachJar – community flyers



Be in the know - Major Issues with HB7069



Updating your phone number & Email information just got easier

  • There’s a new and easy way to change your contact information. You can now log in into the student reservation system  You will need your parent username and password to make any changes. If you don’t have a username and password please feel free to stop by our front office with your I.D. and one of our office staff will assist you.