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ACT Donations Needed!
Spirit Week
MDPLS: Save Our Libraries Event
School Store
Tasty Tuesdays/Edible Gardens
The Green Team
School Pictures
Fall Book Fair
Call for Volunteers
Generations Day
"Out of this World" Fun Fest
Math Superstars
Newcomers Thank You
PTA Website
E-Prints Archive
Submissions for Next E-Prints
Upcoming Events

9/5: No School (Teacher Planning Day)


9/7:  Save Our Libraries Event (7pm @ Pinecrest Gardens Banyan Bowl) 


9/9-9/13: Spirit Week 


9/10: Tasty Tuesday Grand Opening


9/11: Fun Fest Meeting (8:45am in the Cafeteria)


9/11: EESAC Meeting (2:15pm in the Media Center)


9/13: ACT Catalog Kick-Off


9/18: Edible Gardens Grand Opening 


9/19: Picture Day


9/19-9/20: Fall Book Fair Set-Up (8:45am-3pm in the Media Center)


9/20: Fall Book Fair Teacher Preview (in the Media Center)


9/23-9/27: Fall Book Fair (Media Center)


9/25: Generation's Day


9/26: September Golden Paw Ceremony (During the Morning Announcements in the Media Center) 


10/1: Walk Florida Program Begins


Click here for more future events.  See also Recurring Events below for recurring events.
Recurring Events

Recycling Corner
(Mon-Fri in Media Center)

We are collecting:

--Batteries (no car batteries
--Laser and ink jet printer cartridges
--Aluminum pop tabs (for Ronald McDonald house)
Questions: please email or

The Green Team:
Chip Bag Collection
(Mon-Fri in the Cafeteria) 

In an effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle, our lunchroom has a new bin for up-cycling lunchbox chip baggies.  The chip bag collection will reduce waste while earning money for our school.  Girl Scout Troop 420 will be collecting and measuring the bags used throughout the year to teach our children that making a small daily change in what we consume can make a big difference!     

Walk Florida

Beginning October 1st! 

(Mon-Fri 7:45-8:25am
Next to the basketball court)


Join us for some wonderful physical activity before the bell rings Monday-Friday. Coach Sundry has challenged our students and faculty to embark on a 1,600 mile trek around the state of Florida this school year.  Grab a friend and your sneakers!  See you there! For more information, click here.   
Tasty Tuesdays 

Beginning September 10th! 

(Tues 1:50-3:30pm in front of the Cafeteria)   

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.      

Edible Gardens

Beginning September 11th!

(Wed 2-3 pm) 


Come learn more about planting, tending and tasting your own grown food and explore the wonders of the garden!  For more information, click here.    

School Store
(Wed 1:50 -2:10pm by Room 28/Kindergarten playground) 


For the first few weeks of school the School Store will also be temporarily open on Mondays/Fridays from 8:15-8:45am. 


If you are unable to 

pick up your orders at these times, 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. 
Our first collection drive ends at the end of September!

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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PTA Membership
PTA Needs You! 
This year more than ever, we need the Palmetto Elementary Community to support our PTA. The PTA is an organization dedicated to improving our children's scholastic lives through its fundraising efforts during the school year. The easiest way to contribute is by purchasing one of our membership packages - click here for details and forms needed to join. Anyone can join - including grandparents, and your contribution funds programs and activities that directly impact our children's academic experience at Palmetto Elementary.
Membership is not tied to any volunteer commitments, but rather is a way to show your support for the programs and events that the PTA provides. Don't miss out on this very significant opportunity...
ACT Donations Needed!
Support Enriched and Enhanced Academics at Palmetto . . .     

Dear Families:


Welcome Back! And to our new students, welcome to our Palmetto family!


PES ACT (Assistance for Classroom Teachers) is a parent-funded nonprofit organization that funds positions that enrich and enhance academics at Palmetto.


This year, ACT will fund:


  • a science lab teacher who will bring hands-on lab experiments to the classroom, as enrichment to the current science curriculum;
  • a paraprofessional to run the computer lab; and
  • two certified teachers who will assist classroom teachers in math and reading.

Our goal is to raise $50,000 in parent donations. While any amount is welcome, a $250 donation per child is recommended. PES ACT, Inc, is a 501(c)(3) organization and your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. You will receive a donation letter from ACT acknowledging your contribution.


Help us keep Palmetto the A school that it is and make your donation today. Please make your check payable to PES ACT, Inc. You can drop off your donation with your child's teacher or at the front office.


If you have any questions, please feel free to call Shannon del Prado at (305) 670-8060.



Thank you,


Your 2013-2014 Palmetto Elementary ACT Committee


Shannon del Prado (Casey - 2nd grade, Jade 5th grade)

Daiana G. Diez (Isabella - 2nd grade, Andrew 5th grade)

Maria Keeshen Gomez (Miriam 5th grade)

Janette Martinez (Daniel - 1st grade, Gabriella 4th grade)

Spirit Week 
Show Your School Pride by Participating in Spirit Week!  

September 9-13


Monday: Yee-Haw Western Monday. Lets boot, scootin' and boogie the day away! Wear your favorite country western clothing.


Tuesday: Take it Back Tuesday! As we turn back the time- dress up from the past decades, 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's.


Wednesday: Patriotic Wednesday. Show your American pride and wear the red, white, and blue!


Thursday: Clash of the Colors! Wear your assigned color and show your grade level pride!

(PK and K: Yellow, 1st: Red, 2nd: Blue, 3rd: Green, 4th: Orange, 5th Black)


Friday: Sports Fanatic Friday. Come to school in your favorite sports' team fan wear.


MDPLS:  Save our Libraries Event
Join Us at the Pinecrest Gardens Banyan Bowl
Come out to an event, where we will be screening Truffaut's Fahrenheit 451 and spreading library advocacy in light of pending budget cuts to the Miami-Dade Public Libraries. 

When:  September 7 @ 7PM
Where:  Pinecrest Gardens, Banyan Bowl
11000 S. Red Rd., Miami, FL 33156
Cost:  Free

For additional information, please see the following flyer:  Save Our Libraries Event

School Store
Get Your Supplies . . .
The Palmetto Elementary PTA School Store still has many school supplies you need available, including school uniform polos, Peace Love Paw T-Shirts, New Edition Wordly Wise Books, the FCAT Ready Reading & Math books for Grades 3-5, and much more.
Hours of Operation:
Monday/Friday 8:15-8:45am
Wednesday 1:50-2:10pm

By Room 28/Kindergarten Playground.
If you can't make it at these times, call or email Jordan Schroeder at   
Tasty Tuesdays/Edible Gardens  
Starting Soon . . .
With the leadership of Principal Torres and support of our PTA, the Wellness Committee is excited to begin a new school year.  Our goals are to provide healthier options for students and faculty during the school day and empower students with knowledge that increased physical activity can improve their overall health, well-being and success.
Tasty Tuesday Snack Shack
Opening date:  September 11th
Every Tuesday, 1:50 PM - 3:30 PM, in front of the Cafeteria.  Enjoy fresh fruit smoothies and seasonal healthy snacks for only $1 a snack.  Come try something new and delicious!
Edible Gardens
Opening date:  September 18th
Every Wednesday from 2 PM - 3 PM.  Come learn more about planting, tending, and tasting your own grown food and explore the wonders of the garden!  
The Green Team
Chip Bag Collection . . .
In an effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle, our lunchroom has a new bin for up-cycling lunchbox chip baggies.  The chip bag collection will reduce waste while earning money for our school.  Girl Scout Troop 420 will be collecting and measuring the bags used throughout the year to teach our children that making a small daily change in what we consume can make a big difference!
School Pictures
Save the Date!

School pictures are Thursday, September 19  in the Media Center. Be sure to mark your calendars & look for more information to come.

Volunteers are Needed!
Please contact Patty Gassenheimer at to help.
Fall Book Fair
A Great Book Fair Can Never Have Too Many Volunteers!


Dates: September 23 - 28


Our school is conducting a Book Fair to motivate students to read more. Join our volunteer group and help us plan and conduct our school's best reading event ever!


Join us if you ...


      like to organize and put things in place.
      bring creative flair to signs and decorations.
      enjoy offering a helping hand, setting up, or packing up.
      like to help serve food and refreshments.
      want to help shoppers of all ages find the perfect book.


We appreciate your support in whatever form it takes!


If you are interested in helping, please contact: Tina Montesano at or Donna Sabates    


Call for Volunteers
Many Positions Available
The PTA needs volunteers for many positions.  Contact Carmen Karshis at to find out how you can get involved! 
Generations Day
Save the Date
This year we will be celebrating Generation's Day at Palmetto Elementary on Wednesday, September 25th.    


"Out of this World" Fun Fest
Fun Fest is Coming, and It's Going to be "Out of This World"!
Fun Fest will be Saturday, November 16, from 11AM to 4PM,
but you can get involved NOW!
Come join the team that makes it happen: the Fun Fest Volunteer Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 11, at 8:45AM in the Cafeteria.

Questions or can't make it? Contact Fun Fest Chair Janet Hodur at 202-631-0973 or
Math Superstars
Although the Math Superstars Program has been discontinued for this year, we would like to encourage all the wonderful volunteers who helped out with this program in the past, to consider volunteering for other PTA programs.  All interested, please contact Carmen Karshis at to find out how you can get involved.
Newcomers Thank You
Once Again Thanks to Linda Dwyer for . . .

Organizing and hosting another great Newcomers luncheon!  Thank you for all you do to help make the newest members of the Palmetto family feel welcome!   

PTA Website
Check Out the Palmetto Elementary PTA Website & Stay Up To Date


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 PTA's website at

E-Prints Archive

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


Now you can find prior E-Prints in our 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, September 13th to: