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Weekly Update - Week of Dec. 10th

Azalea Elementary Weekly Update

Week of 12/10/18



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:


  • Another great turn out at our PTA movie night at the school. Such a great family event


  • Congratulations to the upcoming weddings. Blessings and joy!!!

 Nancy McCabe, 3rd grade ASD Teacher

 Brittany Cobb, Speech-Language Pathologist

 Corei Pratt, 4th Grade ELA Teacher


  • Holiday drive has been taken to a higher level by All Pro Dad’s getting involved and and supporting the initiative. We’re going to be able to do even greater things for our families in need this holiday season. 



Safety Concerns:

  • School Zone Flashing Lights: Hours AM--7 am to 8 am, PM—1pm to 2pm This includes parents using 16th Ave turning on to 74th street in front of school, Parents leaving School Parking Lot, Parents traveling north and south on 74th


  • Not Parking on the Northside of 16th Avenue, there is a sign posted by the city half down on the north side of 16th (See Picture attached)


  • No Left Turn off of 74th street into school parking lot, there is a sign posted by the city for this near the north entrance to school parking lot. Hours for this is stated on sign as follow: AM—7am to 745am and 1pm to 2pm  (see attached Picture)





Azalea Elementary December Events

Tuesday, 12/11

  • School Favorite day menu by 3rd grade
    • Corn dog
    • Cheese Pizza
    • Seasoned curly fries


Wednesday, 12/12

  • 8:00am Winter Chorus Concert at the school
  • 7:00pm Winter Chorus Concert at Azalea Middle School


Friday, 12/14

  • Holiday Drive: $1.00 “Wackiest Hair”
    • No hair coloring allowed per dress code policy


Friday, 12/21

  • 6:50am – 7:30am All Pro Dad’s 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 AdvancED Climate Survey
  2. NEW Pennies for Patients – 5th Grade Gifted Service Learning Project
  3. NEW Santa’s Calling Program
  4. NEW December Mentor Workshops
  5. NEW Discovery Nights for Middle School
  6. Focus App



Important Points Expanded:


  1. NEW AdvancED Climate Survey


The survey window is Nov. 12 – Dec. 14. We need 125 parent surveys completed.

Please follow the link:





  1. NEW Pennies for Patients – 5th Grade Gifted Service Learning Project

Introduction video:


Fundraiser will run from December 3-14th. Be a HERO!!!

  • Students take individual boxes home to collect pennies and then upon return, dump them into the classroom collection box at any time 
  • Additionally, we will create a wall of hope so "Heroes"  (teachers, students and parents) can buy blood drops with their name on it for $2 and we will place it on the wall
  • When students have raised $5 in their coin box and return the coupon attached to the flier, please put it in your classroom collection box and we will give them tier Hero ring
  • The class that collects the most money will be treated to lunch sponsored by Olive Garden

Each classroom will receive:

  • A poster to keep track of your goal (our school goal is $1,500)
  • A classroom collection box for students to deposit their contributions (as they bring them in)- 5th grade AGP students will empty your boxes 2 times during the fundraiser Once on Dec 7th between 10AM-10:40AM.  Then again on Dec 14th at the same time.   

Each student takes home:

  •  “Every Hero Needs A Squad” Flier
  • Coin Collection box




  1. NEW Santa’s Calling Program

Santa’s Calling: Chat with Santa about the holidays! Santa Claus, in cooperation with the St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation Department, calls children who are 8 years old and younger to chat about their holiday wishes.


Please share the link with your families which includes the fillable form to return to the North Pole substation so their child can receive a call.




  1. NEW December Mentor Workshops

Become a mentor





  1. NEW Discovery Nights for Middle School
  • See attached regarding their night for their Center of Innovation and Digital Learning at Tyrone Middle School




  • See attached regarding their night for their Academy of Engineering at Azalea Middle School





  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.





Other news:


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