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Weekly Update - Week of Feb. 5th

Azalea Elementary Weekly Update – Week of 2/5/18

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.


  • Our amazing teachers and staff. They work tirelessly week in and week out. I had to put this in writing as a public thank you for everything they do to make Azalea an amazing place to be.
  • Our PTA offers mini-grants to staff members two times per year. This generous work provides many needed instructional opportunities to help our eagles soar.
  • Congratulations to our Support Services employee of the year Erica Metcalf (CDA PreK 4/5 year old) and our Teacher of the Year Diana Benton (5th grade teacher)




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”


Service Learning Challenge- ASD Coffee Kart: Amount needed: $1,037.00

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.



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. 




Jabil - OK GO! Azalea Eagles Invent (Primary) – Amount needed: $999.60

Our goal is that all students will be able to recreate and modify a simple machine design based on Rube Goldberg inventions using resources such as Legos, dominoes, and simple machines. Students will also be able to utilized 21st century technology (I-PAD) to collect and record data based on experiences and observations.




Azalea Elementary January Events

Friday, 2/9

  • 5:30 – 7:00pm Azalea Elementary’s first Sweetheart Dance. The theme is Under the Sea.
  • Information has been sent home
  • We can’t wait to see you. Bring your sweetheart to the dance
  • IMPORTANT: We can only accept reservations through Tuesday 2/6 due to the high level of interest. We are almost at capacity.

Wednesday, 2/14 Valentine’s Day

  • Come to school and “Read with your Sweetie”
  • More info will be send home regarding this event

Friday, 2/16

  • 6:50 – 7:30am All Pro Dad’s
    • All Dad’s and their children are invited
    • We will provided light breakfast items
    • After the meeting we invite you to walk your child(ren) to class

Monday, 2/19

  • No school for students




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



Cold and Flu season: We want to let you know what steps we are taking to keep our school community healthy and how you can help.  We take the health of our students very seriously and we work diligently to keep germs and viruses from spreading.  We regularly clean frequently touched areas such as doorknobs, railings, telephones, keyboards, desks and faucets.  As is our normal routine, we monitor absentee rates to identify any abnormalities or increase in absenteeism.


Please help us keep our students healthy.  Encourage healthy habits at home such as handwashing, covering cough and sneezes, and avoiding sharing cups or utensils.  If your student is sick, keep them home from school, especially if they have a fever above 100 degrees, diarrhea, vomiting, or a severe cough.  Any student with a fever must stay home from school for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone without using fever-reducing medicines.


If you suspect your student may have the flu, we encourage you to call your child’s doctor as soon as possible.  Thank you for helping us have a healthy school building!

Parent flu communication 011818.docx 




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. Ways to use FOCUS
  4. PRIDE Awards
  5. Dinner Dilemmas: Promoting family discussions




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. Ways to use FOCUS

See brochure FOCUS Brochure.pdf 




4. PRIDE Awards

PRIDE is the Program to Recognize Initiative and Distinction in Education.   Its purpose is to encourage and reward outstanding academic efforts. Every year four high achieving Pinellas County fifth grade students from each school are recognized at the annual PRIDE Awards ceremony. Students are honored in the areas of math, science, social studies and writing. Each student winner receives a medallion and a trophy to recognize his/her academic achievement. Our winners are:

  1. Math
    • Lucas Hicks
  2. Science
    • Cade Shapiro
  3. Social Studies
    • Fabricio Fonseca
  4. Writing
    • ​​​​​​​Joshua Gregory 




5. Dinner Dilemmas: Promoting family discussions






Other news:


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.