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Weekly Update - Week of July 23rd

Welcome Back Azalea Families


Azalea Elementary Weekly Update

Week of 7/23/18



Getting You Connected

Learning Hours: 7:35am – 1:35pm

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



  • All Pro Dad’s and our PTA have met throughout the summer to plan our events and programs for the year. Thank you for their dedication and leadership.




Celebrations of Success

  • Sustained annual proficiency growth in Mathematics
  • Increased use of service learning projects
  • We scored higher than the district average from staff, students and families on our annual survey.
  • We have 23 new staff members between last year and this year
  • Redefining the Azalea Way
  • 2 NEW PreK units
  • Azalea has grown from 400 to 600 students in 3 years
  • 42 Special Assignment Requests (most in the district)
  • 100 - 150 applicants




Azalea Elementary July/ August Events


Registration Hours

  • 7/23-7/26 is 8:00am – 2:30pm closed for lunch 12-1. 
  • 7/30 – 8/10 is 8:00 am – 2:30pm closed for lunch 12-1. 
  • On Thursday, August 9th the office is closed from 8:30am – 1:00pm due to mandatory staff training. 


Thursday, 8/9

  • Class lists will be posted by 5:00pm on the windows near the eagle at the front of the school


Friday, 8/10

  • Meet and Greet (Parents come to school from 7:35am – 8:05am to meet your child(ren) teacher(s)
  • Class lists will be posted
  • Uniform exchange in the front car circle


Friday, 8/10

  • NEW Family Orientation at 8:15am. If you are a NEW family, please meet us in the Media Center for a brief overview followed by a school tour.


Monday, 8/13

  • 1st day for students.
  • Gates open at 7:05am.
  • Teaching and learning begins at 7:35am.
  • Parents to leave campus by 7:35am.


  • Boo Hoo Coffee Talk hosted by our school PTA for Kindergarten parents at the Kindergarten building from 7:05am – 8:00am.



*Parents: please note we are an open campus for the first 3 days ONLY. After the first 3 days NO parents are allowed on campus in the morning except PreK, KG, and ASD families. These parents must come through the office, receive a visitors badge and walk their child(ren) to class only, not to breakfast. Thursday, August 16th we are a closed campus.*



*Parents: you are welcome any day to have lunch with your child(ren). Just sign in at the front office.



Friday, 8/24

  • All Pro Dad’s Mother’s Coffee
    • 7:05 – 7:35am
    • Come through the front office and grab a coffee to go. Network with other Azalea Mother’s. Provided to you by Azalea dad’s representing our All Pro Dad’s chapter.
  • Astroskate Family Night
    • 6:00 – 8:00pm
    • $4.00 includes roller skates



Monday, 8/27

  • Fall Individual Picture Day. This is a non-uniform day for students.


Thursday, 8/30

  • Back to School Night (Open House)
  • There are two sessions to attend in the event you have more than one child at Azalea.
    • Session 1: 5:30 – 6:15pm
    • Session 2: 6:20 – 7:05pm


Friday, 8/31

  • Last Friday of the month is Movie in the Café day.
  • We show a movie in the café for our scholars the last Friday of every month with exception of adjustments due to holiday breaks.




Important points:

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

  1. What’s Weekly Update?
  2. Keep up the Reading Incentives for Summer
  3. Breakfast and Lunch benefits
  4. Arrival and Dismissal
  5. Student Schedules
  6. Generic Grade Level Student Supply Lists
  7. 7.School Advisory Council (SAC) – Are you interested?
  8. 8.Text Message Notifications



Important Points Expanded: 


1.What is Weekly Update?

You can expect this written email communication every week on Monday evening. The communication will highlight what’s happening at school and important points you need to be aware of. We’re always keeping you informed. This communication can get lengthy at times but is highly repetitive.




2. Keep up the Reading Incentives for Summer

Summer is coming to a close. Did you know that there is a tendency for students to lose some of the learning gains they made during the year over the summer?  It is more commonly referred to as the “summer Slide”. Azalea Staff would like to ensure our students stay on top of their reading game by encouraging our scholars to read this summer; Pinellas County Schools is TEAMING up with the various reading partners to encourage summer reading with our summer reading challenge: Read on the Go with myON. The Read on the Go myOn Summer Reading challenge is a way for students to practice their reading skills while learning to love to read. Participate in weekly reading challenges for a chance to win some great prizes. In addition, the top 25 readers on myON during the summer will receive 2 tickets to a Buc’s home game. Visit our summer reading website at to learn more about all the reading incentives being offered this summer.


I have also attached the grades 3-5 Sunshine State Young Readers book list.

Sunshine State Young Readers List.pdf 


We are Reading to Learn. It’s the Azalea Way!!!!




3. Breakfast and Lunch Benefits

  • Breakfast is FREE for every student
  • Lunch is $2.00 per day. EVERYONE should complete the to see if you qualify for lunch benefits. It also supports us receiving federal funds for the 2019-2020 school year




 4. Arrival and Dismissal


  • Supervision for students is provided 30 minutes before the start of the school day. Students may arrive on campus no earlier than 7:05am. At that time they should go to cafeteria for breakfast or to their designated holding area.
  • Teaching and learning begins promptly at 7:35am
  • Drop off is in the front of the school for all students
  • Grades 3-5 may also be dropped off in the rear of the school on Russell Dr.



  • Supervision for students is provided 30 minutes after the end of the school day until 2:05pm. Students day ends at 1:35am and dismissal begins.
  • ASD, PK, K, 1, 2 and older siblings of ASD, PK, KG, 1, 2 arrive and dismiss from the front car circle.
  • Grades 3, 4, 5 and Walter Fuller bus dismiss from the back car circle.
  • Schools buses and larger community after care program vehicles pick up in bus circle
  • Smaller community after care program vehicles pick up in the front car circle




5. Student Schedules

Schedules will be available soon. Please note: for the 2018-19 school year, our school reserves the right to change a student’s schedule based on class size requirements, scheduling needs, loss or gains of school units, course availability, or the lack of interest in a course especially within the first ten days of school.  We are sorry in advance for any inconvenience this may present.




6. Generic Grade Level Student Supply Lists

The 2018-19 supply lists are posted on our website. Sorry for the delay. Please note: each teacher will have some specific supplies that that are not generic that pertain to their classroom. Also note, we are an Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) school and there are certain organizational tools (supplies) that are necessary to ensure consistency across the entire school from Pre-K - 5th grade. With that, Azalea was able to purchase these supplies for our scholars.

Examples of what we use are,

  • Colored folders representing an academic content area that will remain the same from K-5th grade so students and parents will always know what to expect.
  • Another example is binders, students will move from a folder to a 1” binder to a 2” binder and end 5th grade in a 3” binder. They will learn to organize their information early and will build on that skill from year to year. We want consistency and progression from year to year and between every classroom.




7. School Advisory Council (SAC) – Are you interested?

You will be a part of reviewing our school improvement plan, reviewing school wide learning results, hearing about our budget, etc. Be a part of how we run our school. We meet 4 times per year for 1 hour. If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, complete the attached and send to Mr. Rebman, Principal.

Azalea SAC nomination form.doc 




8. Text Message Notifications

Pinellas County Schools will begin using text messages as an additional way to communicate with employees and families in the 2018-19 school year. Text messages will only be used to communicate information related to school emergencies.


Employees and parents/guardians of students in Pinellas County Schools can text “Y” or “Yes” to 67587 to begin receiving text messages from the school district.


Mobile numbers need to already be on file with the district to enroll in the text message service.


The attached banner is on the district’s homepage. Learn more about the text message service at




Other news:


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 Jenny Murray our VP of PTA membership and parent to find out more


Find out what PTA does and how you can support:


Parents’ Guide to Student Success:





  • 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



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



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.