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Weekly Update - Week of December 4th

Azalea Elementary Weekly Update – Week of 12/4/17

Getting You Connected

Learning Hours: 7:35am – 1:35pm



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!



Important points to note from this message


  1. Parent Teacher Association (PTA): Are you a student advocate?
  2. Pinellas County Schools website
  3. No time to volunteer. Help in another way - Help fund a school wide project
  4. Want to buy an ASD t-shirt?
  5. School store: Every Wednesday before school 7:05 – 7:30
  6. Dads: We’re going to need you
  7. Cold weather uniform clothes
  8. Need a computer to use at home?
  9. Christmas Dinner and Toy Drive
  10. Title I Family Information
  11. ESOL Community Resource Fair
  12. Updating your phone number & Email information just got easier
  13. The Wild West Book Fair is coming
  14. Christmas/ Winter Holiday Resources: See how you can help and where to get help
  15. Be in the know - Major Issues with HB 7069



KG Parents: Reminder that when we return from Winter Break on January 8th you will not be able to walk your scholar to class. Majority of you have already stopped and you have helped us develop that independence. Thank you for being a partner in your child’s interpersonal development.



Congratulations to our Superintendent of schools





Azalea December Events


Thursday, 12/7

  • Thankful Thursday (see important point #7)
  • Dental program begins
    • On Thursday December 7th through Friday December 15th we will have the Health Dept. on campus preforming FREE dental cleanings and applying sealants on our students. You should have already received this packet. If you are interested, please be sure to fill it out completely making sure to sign it and then send it in with your child. It is one of the great benefits of being a Title 1 school so we hope that you will take advantage of this wonderful program!
  • Reading Under the Stars. This is our book fair FAMILY night. Purchase some great books, read them with your child(ren) in the courtyard under the stars while we play holiday music. Santa will also be paying us a visit


Monday, 12/11

  • 2nd grade students & 4th and 5th grade Chorus
    • In school Concert: 8:00am-9:00am, Azalea covered court
    • Wear school uniform
    • Parents bring lawn chair for seating
    • 4th and 5th grade chorus members: Wear Music t-shirt, khaki uniform bottoms, school uniform shoes


Tuesday, 12/12

  • 2nd grade students & 4th and 5th grade Chorus members
  • Winter Music Concert: 7:00pm-8:00pm, Azalea Middle School, kids arrive at 6:30pm
  • Wear your holiday best! Girls- dresses or skirt and blouse; Boys- slacks and shirt
  • 4th and 5th grade Chorus members: Wear Music t-shirt, khaki uniform bottoms, school uniform shoes.


Thursday, 12/14

  • 3:00 – 8:00pm Check E Cheese Night. Remember to mention our school and 15% of the purchases will come back to the school

Friday, 12/15

  • Dental program ends

Friday, 12/22

  • Pajama day for the whole school. Scholars can wear school appropriate pajamas and their regular sneakers


Monday, 12/25 – 1/5 Winter Holiday Break

  • School resumes Monday 1/8



Important Points:


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. No time to volunteer. Help in another way - Help fund a school wide project

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”


Service Learning ChallengeEarth Force:  

The goal is to increase the school community knowledge of ways to reduce, recycle and reuse to help the earth.


Service Learning Challenge- ASD Coffee Kart: The goals are:

To teach students with Autism career and life skills.
Teach students about the importance of supporting their local communities.
Teach students how to operate a variety of kitchen utensils.
Teach students how to count and manage money, take inventory, etc.
Teach students about positive environmental impacts of using FairTrade and Organic Coffee beans.




 4. Want to by an ASD t-shirt?

ASD tshirts new.docx 




5. School Store

  • Who: (AGP) Azalea Gifted Program 
  • What: School Store
  • When: Every Wednesday before school 7:05-7:30
  • 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




 6. Dads: We’re going to need you

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




7. Cold weather uniform clothes

We have a surplus of cold weather uniforms. If you want something for your child please email me. Send me your child’s name(s), teacher name and sizes. I will then forward your information to our PTA president Lisa Signorelli.




8.Need a computer to use at home?

We can help. Our Title I program Connect for Success can help. This program allows you to check out a laptop from us for this school year. See the attached flyer for the information.

AES Connect for Success 12-17.pdf 




9. Christmas Dinner and Toy Drive

Please help PMAC and the Thankful Thursday initiative this month, as we show Holiday generosity to some of our Azalea Families. All students and staff are encouraged to donate $1 or a new unwrapped toy in order to wear school appropriate t-shirts on Fridays in Dec. All money collected will be used to complete Holiday meals for our Azalea families in need or to complete holiday gifts. Students are to turn in their donations to their teachers, as they will be keeping track of those students participating from their class.


The Themes are:

Friday Dec.8th: I’m a Team player!”: donate  and wear a your favorite college team jersey or tee (Gators, Seminoles etc.)   


Friday Dec. 15th: I’m a Super Hero!”: donate  and your favorite super hero tee (Batman, Superman, Wonder woman etc.)



PMAC/ Thankful Thursday appreciate your support and charity during this season of Miracles!                       

Please note: All donations above the $1.00 are greatly appreciated.



We are still in need of holiday meal items:

  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Stuffing
  • Canned vegetables
  • Turkey gravy
  • Canned sweet potatoes
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Macaroni and Cheese




10.Title I Family Information


Countdown to School Success.pdf 

free children websites.docx 




11. ESOL Community Resource Fair

ESOL Community Resource Fair connects families to important resources — The PCS English for Speakers of Other Languages department is partnering with community organizations to provide families who speak other native languages with information about a variety of resources. Topics will include career and college opportunities, tutoring, early learning programs, medical care, English classes, career counseling, the GED and other educational opportunities, transportation services, citizenship, financial assistance and immigration information. The free fair will be held 5:30 to 7 pm. on Thursday, Dec. 7 at High Point Neighborhood Family Center, 5812 150th Ave North in Clearwater. Fliers in multiple languages are attached and available on the PCS website. For additional information, contact Ericka Reckenwald at or 727-588-6415.

ESOL Fair Flyer.English .pub December 2017.pdf 

ESOL Fair Flyer.Spanish December 2017.pdf 




12. 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.




13.The Wild West Book Fair is coming …

Newsletter book fair_.docx 




14.Christmas/ Winter Holiday Resources: See how you can help and where to get help

The website link is for Toys for Tots registration.  You will need to have a valid email address when you are registering.  I have also attached the Toys for Tots process.  Registration closes on December 1st

Metropolitan Ministries also has a Christmas program.  Families can call 813-209-1000 for information on registration.

See info regarding the Holiday Lane Market Place


2017 HLMP comm.donation and volunteer flyer.docx 


familygathering8th Annual Holiday Lane.docx 

HLMP Shopper-family Flyer 2017.docx 

Process - Toys for Tots Pinellas.html 




15.Be in the know - Major Issues with HB7069

Please follow the link and see how it effects not only Azalea but PCS as a whole.



Other news:


Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals



Clothes to Kids




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




PeachJar – community flyers