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Weekly Update - Week of Feb. 4th

Azalea Elementary Weekly Update

Week of 2/4/19



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:


  • Thank you to everyone that voted for Mrs. Reed. She won the Fan Favorite at the Evening of Excellence. Mrs. Reed did not win the Teacher of the Year but she was a Top Ten Finalist out of 128 schools District wide. We’re so proud of her accomplishments. If you’d like to watch her finalist profile video check it out here



  • Thank you to our amazing PTA. The students that earned to duct tape the Principal to the wall from the Fall fundraiser did so on Friday morning. The 40 sec. video of the moment is attached. Enjoy!!!



  • Literacy Week was a blast. Everyone was involved as we celebrated literacy. Thank you for your continued involvement




Azalea Elementary February Events



National African American History Month in February

Azalea Elementary celebrates the many achievements and contributions of African Americans year-round and, particularly, during February, which is National African American History Month and state Black History Month.


Learn more about African American History Month at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is hosting contests for students and educators:





School February Calendar:






4th grade: 7:45 – 8:15am

3rd grade: 8:30 – 9:00am

5th grade: 9:15 – 9:45am

Grades 3-5 AAA Report Card Assemblies


AM Only

1st and 2nd grade AAA Report Card Classroom Visitations


Specials Times

Report Card Celebrations (ie. Principals List Bowling)


Picture Schedule

Spring Individual Pictures - NON-Uniform Day for Students


7:35 – 8:15am

PreK – 2 Read with Your Sweetie


7:00 – 7:30am

All Pro Dad’s


All Day

No School for Students – Teacher Planning Day


Lunch Schedule

Café Movie Day

25th – 3/1

All Week

Book Fair Week


4 – 7pm

Family Fiesta Night (Bookfair and Multicultural Event)




PTA February Calendar:







5th Grade Fundraiser


11:30 – 1:15

Corey Thornton – Stop Bullying Assembly



Executive Board Meeting



Mini Grant Presentations (Spring)



All Pro Dads Meeting



Astroskate Family Night



General Membership Meeting/Multicultural Family Night



Scholastic Fiesta Book Fair Family Night




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 Pinellas Households, Govt Shutdown & School Meals
  2. NEW Exceptional Student Education annual parent survey runs Feb. 1-May 3
  3. NEW Bay News 9 highlights educators who make a difference in A+ Teacher segment
  4. NEW Donations needed of soda bottle caps or pop tops
  5. NEW February Lunch Menus
  6. Focus App



Important Points Expanded:



  1. NEW Pinellas Households, Govt Shutdown & School Meals

Households which are impacted by the partial government shutdown, that is a loss of income, may apply for school meal benefits using their current income situation.


The new information will be used to determine eligibility for free or reduced-price school meals.  That eligibility will be good for the remainder of the 18/19 SY plus the first 30 days of the 19/20 SY.


Apply online at  or request a paper application from your Cafeteria Manager.




  1. NEW 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. NEW 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. NEW Donations needed of soda bottle caps or pop tops


Mrs. G. Cinelli, 3rd grade teacher is asking for donations. She will be completing projects in April with her students. If you can send these to school to her attention. Thank you in advance from Mrs. G. Cinelli’s classroom.




  1. NEW February Lunch Menus






  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




Title I Family Library

  • Location: 2499 25thStreet 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