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Weekly Update - Week of May 20th

Azalea Elementary Weekly Update

Week of 5/20/19



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:


  • Our PTA is amazing. From our Staff Luncheon and weeklong treats to our Spring Carnival Friday. The carnival was so much fun, so well organized and so wet. Well, for me anyways and the dunk tank LOL. Special shout out to Erica Metcalf for planning and organizing this event. You’re the best 😊


  • We had four of our Food Service members recognized as nutrition all stars in multiple categories at an Evening of Excellence last week. I am so proud of them.


  • Shull, Music Teacher is the Pinellas County Music Educators Association Elementary Rookie Teacher of the Year




Azalea Elementary May Events


PTA & School May Calendar:




6th – 17th


Staff Appreciation Week


6:00 – 7:30pm

PTA Executive Board Meeting


8:00am & 6:30pm

Spring Chorus Concert



5th Grade Talent Show



PTA General Meeting in Media Center


4:30 – 7:30pm

Spring Carnival

20th - 29th


Health Dept Dental Program


4:00pm deadline

Final Grades due into FOCUS


All Day

3rd grade HOPS


3:00 – 8:00pm

Chuck E Cheese Night



5th Grade Graduation


No School

Memorial Day


11:35am Dismissal

Last Day – Early Release & Report Cards go Home




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 Next School Year Classroom Supply Lists
  2. STEM Summer Camps
  3. Exceptional Student Education annual parent survey runs Feb. 1-May 31




Important Points Expanded:


  1. NEW Next School Year Classroom Supply Lists

Please see our school website.  These will be posted soon.




  1. STEM Summer Camps

STEM SUMMER CAMPS (students entering 2nd-7th grades during 19-20 school year, enrollment NOW available)

    • Link to download 2019 STEM Summer Camp application packet: 
    • Who: students entering 2nd-7th grades during the 19-20 school year, only 120 students per site, if there are enough students placed on the wait list there might be opportunities for an additional class to be opened.
    • When/Where: 4-day camp (no camp on Friday's), offered during the 4 weeks in June, same content offered each week, grades 2-7 offered at each site regardless of school location (elementary school or middle school)
  • Week 1: 6/3-6/6 Leila Davis Elementary
  • Week 2: 6/10-6/13 East Lake Middle
  • Week 3: 6/17-6/20 Ridgecrest Elementary
  • Week 4: 6/24-6/27 Tyrone Middle
    • Hours: 8:00-3:30 Mon.-Thurs. (no camp on Friday's, pg. 2 of application packet identifies before and after care availability at each site)
    • Cost: $100 (includes a free PCS lunch each day)




  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.




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. Our All Pro Dad program is a breakfast at the school typically on the 3rd Friday of each month from 7:00 – 7:30am 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