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Wellness Committee Meeting
Peace Week
Red Ribbon Week
Character Parade
Corner Bakery Cafe Event
Jungle Jamz Fun Fest & Silent Auction
Jungle Jamz Shirts, Wristbands & Tickets
Art Exhibition Participants
Box Tops Contest Winners & Deadline
Federal Elections
PTA Bylaws Renewal
Golden Paw Winners
Math Superstars
Math & Science Fair Thank You
Parent Mixer Thank You
New PTA Website
New E-Prints Archive
Submissions for Next E-Prints
Upcoming Events

United Way Week

10/24 (2 pm)
Wellness Committee Meeting
(No Garden Club due to Meeting)

Golden Paw Awards

Teacher Planning Day
(No School)

Red Ribbon Week

10/31 (8:45 am)
Character Parade
Corner Bakery Cafe Event



Daylight Saving Time Ends


No School

11/7 (9:15 am)
Fun Fest Meeting

Veteran's Day Observed 
(No School)

11/22-11/23 Thanksgiving
(No School)

11/28 (8:45 am)
General PTA Meeting
(Bylaws Renewal)

Click here for more future events.  See also Recurring Events below for recurring events.
Recurring Events
Walk Florida
(Mon-Fri 7:45-8:25am
Next to the basketball court)


Join us for some wonderful physical activity before the bell rings Monday-Friday. Grab a friend and your sneakers!  See you there! For more information, click here.

Tasty Tuesdays    (Tues 1:50-3:30pm)


Enjoy fresh fruit smoothies and seasonal healthy snacks at the Snack Shack. Snacks are available for $1.  Come try something new and delicious!  For more information, click here.  

Garden Club
(Wed 2-3 pm) 

Every Wednesday, students are invited to explore the wonders of the garden. Please bring a hat and a water bottle.  Our mantra: "WE DIG DIRT!"  For more information, click here

(Wed After School

Every Wednesday after school is Pizza Day! Treat your kids and help the PTA with this delicious weekly fundraiser. Visit us outside the cafeteria and enjoy a slice and a drink for only $2. Other delicious healthy snacks are also available. 

School Store
(Wed 1:50 -2:15 pm ) 


The online school store 

is now back up and

running.  Please place

your orders online at

If you are unable to
pick up your orders on Wednesdays, please

notify Jordan Schroeder at palmettoschoolstore@ to work out an alternate schedule. 

Please leave your payment in the PTA mailbox in the office.


Box Tops


We need you to clip
Box Tops to raise money for ACT!   Please turn in your Box Tops to your class or the front office labeled with your teacher's name.

It's easy! Look for Box Tops on hundreds of your favorite General Mills products.  For more information, visit the Box Tops website at or contact Jennifer Bermudez at



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Wellness Committee Meeting


The Wellness Committee Invites Parents, Teachers & Students to Come Join in a Conversation.

TODAY 10/24
Media Center

We WANT your voices heard to help create a sustainable plan for


Parents and Teachers play a pivotal role in advocating school nutrition and healthy celebrations.  We invite YOU to come to the table & discuss The Palmetto Elementary Wellness Policy & The Play Eat Succeed Initiative. 


When it comes to Healthy Celebrations, Incentives and Rewards our goal is to create a consistent message with your input for our students and faculty.  Palmetto has been an inspiring model for many other schools throughout the district. We will have achieved great success if we create a forum that becomes a collaborative effort, school and community wide!


Topics will include:


*What is the policy and initiative: goals and objectives

*Parent feedback: suggestions and solutions

*What is possible under the initiative
*Alternative fundraising

*Ideas for celebrations, incentives and other rewards

Current programs:


*Walk Florida*  *Tasty Tuesdays*  *Garden Club*


Hunter Reno had the distinct honor of being among the few selected, along with Dr. Larry Feldman, to represent MDCPS at The Healthy Schools Forum Program in Little Rock, Arkansas, this past weekend
Oct 20-22, 2012 at
the Presidential Clinton Library.


Please Check out this website:

Many thanks for all your energy and continued support of PES,


Your Wellness Committee    
Peace Week

Palmetto Elementary Students and Staff Celebrated Peace Week October 15-19.


The theme for this year was "Be A Buddy, Not a Bully."


Some of the activities included:  choosing Secret Pals to be kind to all week, a writing prompt on "Ways to Be Kind," creating a Wall of Peace with students' wishes for peace, and Mix-It-Up at Lunch in which students were paired up with partners who they do not usually sit with to try to get to know them better.  Conversation starters were provided on each lunch table to assist them. Several fourth and fifth grade students participated in a workshop conducted by the Anti-Defamation League entitled "Becoming An Ally: Responding to Name-Calling and Bullying." Students also made Kindness Ladders listing ways to be a buddy. They received kindness pencils, kindness bracelets and pledge cards, courtesy of our PTA. All of these activities are part of our No Place for Hate program that we are participating in for the second year in a row.

Red Ribbon Week

Palmetto Elementary Red Ribbon Week:  

October 29-November 2, 2012


Our theme this year is "Be A Super Hero: Have the Power to Say No to Drugs"


Please show your school spirit and participate in Red Ribbon Week by wearing the following clothing this week:


Monday (October 29):  Sock It To Drugs  (Wear crazy socks) 



Tuesday (October 30):  I'm A Jean-ius:  I'm Drug-Free  (Wear Jeans) 


Wednesday (October 31): Dress Up as a Super Hero or Favorite Storybook Character


Thursday (November 1):  Stay in the Game: Be Drug-Free (Wear a shirt from your favorite sports team)


Friday (November 2):  Wear Red

Character Parade

Character Parade (All Grades) 

Wednesday, October 31st 

8:45-9:45 AM

PE Court


  • Costumes should be school-appropriate and non-violent and should avoid gory elements. Students will not be allowed to carry weapons as part of their costumes. Masks are permitted, but please remember that the entire school will be allowed to participate in this event, and we need to ensure our youngest students are not frightened.
  • Students in costumes deemed not appropriate will not be allowed to participate in the parade.
  • Any student who does not wish to participate may go to the Media Center.
  • Following the parade, children will return to normal school-day activities. Please send them to school with their uniform under their costume. If the uniform cannot be worn under the costume, students must bring their uniform to school and change after the parade. 
  • All parents are invited to watch the children walk the parade route! As a means to stay on schedule and to secure the safety of the children, please gather on the PE Court and track area, NOT in the classrooms or the hallways.
  • Corner Bakery Cafe Event

    A New PES Night Out!


    We are excited to announce a new PES Dinner Out Night! On Thursday, November 1, join your PES friends at Corner Bakery at The Falls for dinner. Choose from a menu that includes salads, sandwiches, soups, and pasta, as well as some great choices for kids. Bring the flyer available at the following link: Corner Bakery Cafe PES Night Flyer and 15 percent of your meal price will be donated to our school! See you there!  

    Jungle Jamz Fun Fest & Silent Auction

    "Jungle Jamz" Fun Fest 2012, our biggest event of the year, is fast approaching!  The annual PES Fun Fest and Silent Auction will be held
    Saturday, November 17, from 11AM-4PM.


    Come out on November 17 to enjoy games, rides, a silent auction, and more. Among the many exciting parts of the day will be the amazing food. Come check out vendors including:

    Sam's Hole in the Wall Pub
    Chicken Kitchen
    Snow Caps Shaved Ice
    Palmetto Baked Goodies
    Popcorn, Cotton Candy, and much, MUCH more!

    Please contact Janet Hodur at (202) 631-0973 or to get involved or to become a sponsor!

    Own a local business or know one that would like to donate to our auction?  Contact Dena Lundy at
    Jungle Jamz Fun Fest Shirts, Wristbands & Tickets
    Pre-Order Your Fun Fest Shirts, Wristbands & Tickets Now!
    Jungle Jamz is coming November 17!  Pre-order your Fun Fest shirts, wristbands & tickets before November 2nd using the following form:  Fun Fest Pre-Order Form.  You can also purchase these items after school in front of the cafeteria on 11/7 & 11/13-11/16.  Buy during the Pre-Sale and save time and money!  See the Jungle Jamz Pre-Order Form for additional information.
    Art Exhibition Participants!

    Please Join Us in Congratulating . . . 
    the following four students whose artwork has been selected for exhibition at the Student and Teacher Art Exhibition at Pinecrest Gardens:


    Trinity Schroeder, 3rd Grade

    Sara Alessa, 4th Grade

    Kamryn Figueras, 5th Grade 

    Sara Leiva, 5th Grade


    This year's theme is:  Nature as Designer:  Where Science and Nature Collide.  Please see the invitation at the following link:  Student and Teacher Art Exhibition Invitation for additional information.

    Box Tops Contest Winners &

    New Contest Deadline! 

    The Results are in . . . 


    for the first Individual Collection Contest that ended September 28, 2012 and the winner is Brad Chapman who collected 375 Box Tops! The second runner up is Matthew Loeb who collected 230 Box Tops!  Prizes will be awarded on the morning announcements.  


    So far Palmetto Elementary School has collected 5,156 Box Tops!  We still have the Crazy Class Picture Celebration for a class to win! All Box Tops collected for the Individual Collection Contest will also count towards the class collection. So far the top five classes are (in no particular order): Kozdron, Telfort, Ferrer, Capote and Martinez. All classes still have an opportunity to win. The collection deadline is Friday October 26, 2012. Good Luck!

    Federal Elections

    Don't forget to Vote on Tuesday, November 6th!!


    Become informed and learn about all the amendments and referendums on your ballot, especially Referendum 222, which will affect ALL Miami-Dade County Public schools, including Palmetto Elementary School.
    To learn more information about Bond Referendum 222 go to:  Click on "Project List by School" to look at the proposed renovations for Palmetto Elementary School, including upgraded technology, replacement of doors and windows, removal of portables, air conditioning repair, repair of walls, flooring, and ceilings, and restrooms and plumbing renovations.

    The Miami-Dade County PTA/PTSA supports Bond Referendum 222

    PTA Bylaws Renewal

    Our PTA Bylaws are due for renewal!


    Mark your calendars and join us at our next General PTA Meeting to review our PTA Bylaws and vote for renewal.*

    General PTA Meeting
    Wednesday, November 28th
    8:45 AM
    School Cafeteria

    * Proposed amendments will be posted in the PTA display case in front of the school.   

    Golden Paw Winners

    Congratulations go out to . . .


    the following children for earning their Golden Paw and going "Over the Rainbow" during the month of October. They will receive their Golden Paws during the Morning Broadcast on Thursday, October 25.

    Blake Alexander
    Matthew Ehrenreich
    Nicolas Hidalgo
    Emma Leonardi (2nd time)
    Jason Lu
    Barnett Pesin (3rd time)
    Megan Sabates
    Zachary Salyers
    Savannah Sarafoglu (3rd & 4th time)
    Dylan Shapiro
    Chi-Hua (Paulina) Yu
    Math Superstars

    Congratulations to Our

    First Math Superstars of the Year!


    The following students were able to capture 50 stars:


    3rd Grade   


    Mikayla Ashe, Matthew Bentolila, Nicholas Brown,                          

    Andrea Buitrago, Tatiana Cardoso, Riley Diedrick,

    Amariah Gordon, Vanya Gupta, Kylie Howard, Aidan Kong, Aidan Leith,

    Andrew O'Brien, Ryan Park, Lucas Phillips, Savannah Sarafoglu,

     Carson Sleeman, Grace Weinbach, Chi-Hua Yu, and Ethan Yu


    4th Grade


    Sara Alessa, David Buitrago, Kevin LaMadrid, Gabriell Pena-Aleman,

    Jade Pita, Nathan Seo, Ella Sleeman, Adam Stein, Jacob Stein,

    Ivy Tan, Ethan Wenger, Maia Wenger, and Zoe Zimsek


    5th Grade*


    Amna Alkhunaizi, Nicholas Bellas, Caterina Dong, Daniel Fein,

    Ava Sanjabi, and Jonathan Wong

    *Mrs. Sundry's Class will be in the next issue of Prints.      

    Math & Science Fair Thank You
    We Congratulate and Thank ALL of our Fabulous Palmetto Elementary School Teachers, who Presented Their Innovative Hands-On Manipulatives to Parents and Students on Math & Science Night.


    It was a wonderful night for students to discover and enjoy the fun of learning!  Also, Professor Q's mobile lab was a huge success with the kids-we are so fortunate to have such a devoted educator of science, willing to engage students in a fun, creative way.  Finally, thank you to Principal Torres and Dr. Ingraham for offering these inspired Math and Science initiatives to Palmetto Elementary students; you are really paying attention to the needs of our children and community!

    Parent Mixer Thank You

    Our 4th Annual Parent Mixer was a Huge Success!


    And if you talk to any of the parents who attended, they will concur. The evening was fun, with fabulous food and better company.

    A warm and heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to Lilach Heller for securing our venue at Town Bar and Kitchen and helping ensure another successful night out for PES parents and staff. And a very special thank you to Lisa Bejar for coordinating with Lilach and Town's management. Thank you ladies and to ALL the parents who joined us to welcome our new PES families into our community!

    New PTA Website!
    Our Palmetto Elementary PTA has Launched a Brand New Website!


    We have created this website to keep you up to date with the latest news and information from our PTA and other organizations in the school. You can check out our new website at

    NEW E-Prints Archive

    Miss an E-Prints Issue or Looking for a Prior Article?  


    Now you can find prior E-Prints in our new archive!  Just click on the "Newsletter Archive" link at the end of the left hand column in each E-Prints to find prior email communications.  An Archive link is also available on the Palmetto PTA website at .    

    Submissions for Next E-Prints

    Have Something to Say ...   


    Include it in the next E-Prints!  Submit all materials NO LATER than Friday, November 2 to: