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Weekly Update - Week of Jan. 14th

Azalea Elementary Weekly Update

Week of 1/14/19



Getting You Connected

Learning Hours: 7:35am – 1:35pm

Supervision Hours: 7:05am – 2:05pm




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

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

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.



  • District School Board members:


Lisa N. Cane - At Large District #2 

Nicole M. Carr - At Large District #3
Carol J. Cook - Vice Chairperson, Single Member District #5

Bill Dudley -  Single Member District #6
Rene Flowers - Chairperson, Single Member District #7
Joanne Lentino - At Large District #1
Eileen Long - Single Member District #4





We are proud and grateful:


  • Welcome back and Happy New Year
  • Congratulations to both Jennifer Cinelli and Gabrielle Cinelli, 3rd grade teachers for completing the clinical educator program to become teachers that can take on final interns. Building and leaving a legacy is critical





Please note that the order form says $1.00 for an Azalea sweatshirt. This is a misprint – the cost for one of our sweatshirts is $18.00. We apologize for the confusion and thank you for your understanding.





Azalea Elementary January Events


Monday, 1/14/19

  • 12:15pm SAC Meeting in Front Office


Thursday, 1/17/19

  • 5:30 – 6:30pm Ready, Set Kindergarten


Friday, 1/18/19

  • Report cards go home


Monday, 1/21/19

  • NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Wednesday, 1/23/19

  • PTA Spirit Sales and Membership Drive ENDS


Friday, 1/25/19

  • Walk-a-thon
    • During specials time ONLY
    • Parents welcome to walk with their children


Monday, 1/28/19

  • Class pictures
  • Uniforms are REQUIRED for class pictures




Important points:

If something sounds interesting, please see the expanded notes in the next section. Many of these items will be reoccurring, so to help you locate new important points with ease I have added the word NEW and placed them first in the list


  1. NEW Teacher of the Year – Fan Favorite – Go VOTE for Mrs. Reed
  2. NEW Kindergarten Registration begins January 14th
  3. NEW PCS application period for PreK programs will open Jan. 21
  4. NEW Pinellas County Schools launches new Spanish-language Facebook page
  5. Focus App




Important Points Expanded:


  1. NEW Teacher of the Year – Fan Favorite – Go VOTE for Mrs. Reed

Please "like" your favorite teacher to cast your vote. For your vote to count, you must also like the Pinellas Education Foundation page. Voting will last through Friday, Jan. 18. Thank you to our sponsor, the Tampa Bay Rays for making this contest possible!




  1. NEW Kindergarten Registration begins January 14th

Beginning Jan. 14, parents can register their children for kindergarten for next school year. To kick off registration, Ready, Set…Kindergarten events will be held at elementary schools on Jan. 15, 16 and 17. Families will have opportunities to register for kindergarten, explore classrooms, meet teachers and find out how to get their children ready for kindergarten. Learn more and see a schedule of events at If you have questions, call Student Assignment at 727-588-6210.




  1. NEW PCS application period for PreK programs will open Jan. 21

Parents will be able to apply online at for Pre-K 3 and VPK for next school year from Jan. 21 to Feb. 1. Parents will also need to log back into the district’s Student Reservation System from Feb. 25 to March 8 to accept an invitation for Pre-K 3 and VPK programs. Pre-K 3 is for children who will be 3 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2019. For information about Pre-K 3, visit or call 727-588-6000 ext. 2184. VPK is for children who will be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2019. For information about VPK, visit or call 727-588-6513.




  1. NEW Pinellas County Schools launches new Spanish-language Facebook page

The school district has launched Pinellas County Schools en Español, a new Facebook page for our Spanish-speaking families. The page was created to serve our school district’s growing population of Spanish-speaking families and keep them informed about educational resources and important events. Approximately 18 percent of students in the district identify as Hispanic and 63 percent of our English Learners speak Spanish. You can access Pinellas County Schools en Español Facebook page at




  1. Focus app gives parents better access to student information on mobile devices

PCS is launching the Pinellas County Schools App to help parents stay connected to their children’s education. The app, developed by Focus, helps families access student information on their cellphones and other mobile devices. Parents and students can still use the Focus website on desktop computers, but the app is designed to work better with mobile devices. Parents will receive real-time notifications of grades, attendance, upcoming assignments and test scores. Users will also be able to view school district news and Facebook posts, school messages, school menus, school bell times, the student calendar, family engagement opportunities and transportation information. Administrators can use the app to access student schedules and grades. Administrators and teachers will also be able to view PCS news, Facebook posts, Portal Messages and other links. The Pinellas County Schools App can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.





Other news:



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.




Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals

  • 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
  • Even if you have had Free/ Reduced lunch benefits last year or at a previous school you MUST reapply every year




Clothes to Kids





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




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. Email our PTA


$5 PTA Membership: Join Today

     Click on the link for member perks including discounted Legoland tickets


Parents’ Guide to Student Success




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