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Azalea Elementary Weekly Update – Week of 4/17/17

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Important points to note from this message

  1. Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
  2. Overdue library books
  3. School Beautification – We need volunteers
  4. State testing (FSA) Schedule (FSA)
  5. Summer Bridge
  6. Parent University
  7. Summer reading initiative – Fill the Bus
  8. Parent input for your child’s next year teacher (see parent input)
  9. School Advisory Committee (SAC)



Azalea April Events

4/21 Field Day

  • WE Need Volunteers
  • We prefer volunteers that can stay all day
  • Lunch will be provided J
  • Call Yaritza Ramos 893-2187 for details


4/26 – Azalea Elementary Battle of the Books

4/28 – Volunteer brunch from 9:00 – 10:00am



Important Points:


  1. Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

This annual event, which will be celebrated nationally on Thursday, April 27, 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 27th to participate in the Take Your Son/Daughter 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 Your Child to Work Day.


  1. Overdue Library Books

There are hundreds of books that need to be returned to the library.  The first notice is coming home in planners.  In Pinellas County, books not returned will follow your child all the way through High School and will hinder them from taking checking new ones out. If this effects you please return your books or pay the fee because we want to put books in the hands of our children.


  1. School Beautification

We will be doing some landscaping. Not a huge project but we could use some help. We need help with some mulching, setting up border stone, planting, etc. If you can help, please email Yaritza Ramos


  1. FSA


3rd Graders:

  • May 1 – 4  Math


4th Graders:

  • April 24-28 Math


5th Graders:

  • April 17-21 Math
  • May 1-5 Science



  1. Summer Bridge

Could your child benefit from extra learning opportunities over the summer?


Registration for Summer Bridge is underway. Summer Bridge is especially important for students who are not performing on grade level or need additional help to stay on track. Summer Bridge provides engaging activities and focused instruction to prepare students for maximum success. Most Summer Bridge programs will run Monday through Thursday from June 6 to July 13. Register and find the latest information at Contact the school for additional info or help with the registration process.


  1. Parent University

Pinellas County Schools (PCS) and the Alliance for Public Schools will be hosting our spring Parent University at Gibbs High School on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. – 11: 30 a.m., General Session will begin at 8:30 a.m.  


Students will have the opportunity to receive any (or all!) of the following FREE services: Hearing and/or vision screening; school and/or sports physical; Adolescent vaccines to include incoming seventh-graders and computer access to sign up for PCS Parent Portal. Parents must preregister and bring a government-issued photo ID to use some of the services listed.



There will be a plethora of workshops offered as well as Resource Café.  Resource Café is an opportunity for guests to visit tables, and have one-on-one conversations with district departments, district leadership and PCS Board members.


Free childcare is provided for children in grades K-5 (with advance registration) Go to for more  information.  






  1. Fill the Bus

The district’s summer reading initiative is aimed at putting books in the hands of students, tracking their progress and providing incentives to increase their engagement in reading. The district will be sharing opportunities for community members to fill the PCS Book Bus, which delivers books to students over the summer. Community members will be able to donate funds online at Opportunities to donate by check or at Barnes & Noble stores will also be available.



  1. Parent Input

As the current school year makes its’ final turn around the track, we begin making plans for next school year (2017-2018) 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 2017-2018 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 28, 2017.  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.




  1. SAC Nomination

Are interested in being on our SAC committee? You will be a part of reviewing our school improvement plan, reviewing school wide learning results, etc. Be a part of how we run our school.

Azalea SAC nomination form.doc

Other news:



Our STEP club is collecting toiletries. Please send them in to the attention of the club advisor. The advisors name is Mrs. Rushing, 1st grade.

Continue supporting our school via our school based fundraisers like
Earning $ for school is easy just  visit web mall, register and then shop at their favorite online stores to earn!  Every store donates a % back to our school.


Puppies 4 Autism

Puppies 4 Autism azalea parent letter.docx 



Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals

see our websites home page in the NEWS section for a link



Adopt-a-Class & Adopt-a-School

see our website under get engaged



PeachJar – community flyers

see our websites home page in the PEACHJAR section for a link