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Weekly Update - Week of March 18th

Azalea Elementary Weekly Update

Week of 3/18/19



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.


  • Azalea is a special place to be, whether you work there or a parent/ family member or a community member. We are in a constant pursuit of greatness and one important piece of moving from good to great is celebrating our success. Another way to engage with Azalea is by messaging our Area Superintendent or school board members. Please take a moment to send them your testimonial. We may not be a magnet or fundamental school with a special application period, but we are Azalea “the secret by the park.” Help me share our secret.



  • 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:


Maria Edmonds Hispanic Achievement Award

  • Anna Ramirez – 4th
  • Zoey Gonzalez – 5th
  • Scarlett Hernandez – 5th
  • Megan Pina Brito – 5th


PRIDE Awards: (5th grade)

  • Math-Samantha Uplinger
  • Science-Alan Weaver
  • Social Studies-Shaelee Fry-Schultz
  • Writing-Kiana Sayavong


Vyrle Davis African American Achievement Award: (5th grade)

  • Khary Dodd
  • Iryana Mackey



Azalea Elementary March Events

  • March is National Women’s History Month — In 1987, Congress designated March as National Women's History Month, creating an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the achievements of American women. This year's theme is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence.” The theme honors women who have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society. To learn about the 2019 honorees, visit Additional information about Women’s History Month is available at
  • Arts in Our Schools Month — March is nationally recognized as Music in Our Schools Month, Theatre in Our Schools Month, Dance in Our Schools Month and Youth Art Month. All Florida schools are encouraged to use March as an opportunity to celebrate the arts and provide students with meaningful, authentic arts experiences.










 School March Calendar:





Week of March 4th

All Week

National School Breakfast Week


12:15 – 1:15pm



Alternate schedule

Field Day (PreK – 5th)


All Day

No school for Students

Week of March 11th

All Week

Spring Break – No School


All Day

Students return from Spring Break


7:00 – 7:30am

All Pro Dad’s


All Day

Report Cards Go Home


5:30 – 7:00pm

Family Dance



PTA March Calendar:




Executive Board Meeting



PE: Field Day



All Pro Dads Meeting



Family Dance



PTA Spring Fundraiser




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. Foreign Exchange Students
  2. Opportunity to recognize music educators
  3. Florida Prepaid College Plan
  4. Exceptional Student Education annual parent survey runs Feb. 1-May 31
  5. Bay News 9 highlights educators who make a difference in A+ Teacher segment
  6. Focus App 



Important Points Expanded:


  1. Foreign Exchange Students





  1. Opportunity to recognize music educators


The GRAMMY Museum is accepting applications for the Music Educator Award. The award was established to recognize educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in schools.  The winner will be awarded a $10,000 personal honorarium. There will also be awards for finalists and semifinalists. Nominations can be submitted by music teachers, school administrators, students, parents and community members. The deadline to nominate a teacher is March 15, 2019. Learn more at




  1. Florida Prepaid College Plan

The open enrollment period for the Florida Prepaid College Plan is underway. The Florida Prepaid College Plan allows families to lock in college plan prices and prepay the future cost of college tuition and fees. Through March 2, Florida Prepaid is celebrating its 30th anniversary by making enrollment FREE. The enrollment period will close April 30. Use the promo code 30YEARS to save $50 today. Learn more and apply at the Florida Prepaid website.




  1. Exceptional Student Education annual parent survey runs Feb. 1-May 31

The Florida Department of Education will launch its annual Exceptional Student Education Parent Survey on Feb. 1. Parents of students in Pre-K through 12th grade who receive special education services will have the opportunity to share feedback about how well schools are partnering with them and promoting their involvement in their children’s education. Feedback helps the state and the school district improve educational services for children with special needs and their families. The survey is confidential, but Pinellas County Schools receives overall results and makes changes based on parent feedback. The survey will be available on Feb. 1 at A paper copy of the survey will also be sent home with students.




  1. Bay News 9 highlights educators who make a difference in A+ Teacher segment


Each Tuesday morning, Spectrum Bay News 9 and Al Ruechel will feature an A+ Teacher who is inspiring and leading students across the Bay Area. Bay News 9 has asked students or their parents to nominate an A+ Teacher. If you know of a teacher who deserves to be recognized (and would not shy away from news coverage), encourage your school community to nominate them. Nominations can be submitted by email at Parents and students should send contact information and a short explanation of why their educator is an A+ Teacher.




  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.






General 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.




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




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