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Weekly Update - Week of April 15th

Azalea Elementary Weekly Update

Week of 4/15/19



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


All County Honors Chorus


  • McKenzie Lyens
  • Amara Dreyer



Azalea Elementary April Events

  • Florida School Volunteer Appreciation Month — The Florida Department of Education celebrates Florida School Volunteer Appreciation Month in April.


  • National Autism Awareness Month — Autism Awareness Month is aimed at educating the public about autism, promoting acceptance of individuals and families dealing with autism, and recognizing individuals that serve students with autism. The Exceptional Student Education department has posted resources and awareness activities on its webpage
  • School Library Month — Each year, Florida school districts recognize the programs, services and resources provided by school libraries. This event provides opportunities to celebrate the contributions of school libraries to public education. School Library Month coincides with National Library Week, which is celebrated next week, April 7-13.




 School April Calendar:


FSA Testing Dates

  • 4/2 – 4th and 5th Writing
  • 4/3 – 3rd grade Reading Day #1
  • 4/4 – 3rd grade Reading Day #2


  • 4/24 – 5th grade Reading Day #1
  • 4/25 – 5th grade Reading Day #2


  • 4/29 – 5th grade Math Day #1
  • 4/30 – 5th grade Math Day #2


  • 5/1 – 3rd and 4th grade Math Day #1
  • 5/2 – 3rd and 4th grade Math Day #2
  • 5/6 – 4th grade Reading Day #1
  • 5/7 – 4th grade Reading Day #2


  • 5/9 – 5th grade Science Day #1
  • 5/10 – 5th grade Science Day #2







15 min each

3-5 AAA Assemblies


9 – 10:30

Maria Edmonds Hispanic Awards



PRIDE Awards


3 – 9pm

Chuck E Cheese Night


All Day 5th grade



All Day 4th grade




Vyrle Davis African-American Awards


All Day

No School


7 – 7:30am

All Pro Dad’s


4:30 – 7:00

Spring Carnival



PTA April Calendar:




Executive Board Meeting






All Pro Dads Meeting




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 Year Student Hours
  2. NEW District Science Showcase
  3. NEW Parent input for your child’s next year teacher
  4. NEW School Advisory Committee (SAC) Interest
  5. NEW STEM Summer Camps
  6. Florida Prepaid College Plan
  7. Exceptional Student Education annual parent survey runs Feb. 1-May 31
  8. Bay News 9 highlights educators who make a difference in A+ Teacher segment
  9. Focus App



Important Points Expanded:


  1. NEW Next Year Student Hours

Next year student hours are extended 10 min to 1:45pm, our student hours will be 7:35am – 1:45pm. Staff hours remain the same




  1. NEW District Science Showcase

See attached




  1. NEW Parent input for your child’s next year teacher

As the current school year makes its’ final turn around the track, we begin making plans for next school year (2019-2020) and we would like for you to provide us with information about your child.
The school will be accepting written input (letters) or emails that you would like to provide regarding your child’s placement for the 2019-2020 school year. 
Please do not submit requests for specific teachers. Grade level teaching assignments can change over the summer.  In the past, these unexpected situations have forced the school to make teaching assignment changes over the summer time:
• A teacher transferring to another school site
• A teacher receiving a job promotion.
• An unexpected leave of absence.
• A teacher submitting a resignation.
Written input (letters) must be submitted in a sealed envelope to our elementary front office, to the attention of Principal Mike Rebman or you can email me by the close of the school day, Friday, April 19, 2019.  The school will not be accepting letters after this date. Your letter will include your child’s name, your name, date, the character qualities of the teacher you’d like for your child and why this would be the right fit.


Student placement consideration will be determined by the Class size amendment (18:1 K-3, and 22:1 4, 5), achievement, behavior, and diversity.  We will share any written input you provide to us with the teams.  We assure you that our staff will work as a team putting students' needs first, and your input will be strongly considered, but requests will not be guaranteed.  Before the end of the school year a generic grade level materials list will be posted on our school website.
 In early August, prior to the start of the school year, students and families will be invited to campus to Meet the Teacher, view class lists, review individualized class supply sheets, and tour the school. If you should have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 727-893-2187.




  1. NEW School Advisory Committee (SAC) Interest

If you are interested in serving on our School Advisory Committee in the 2019-20 school year, please submit your request in writing/ email by Friday, April 29, 2019 to the attention of Mr. Rebman, Principal.





  1. NEW 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. 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.



7. 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.




 8. 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.




 9.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