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ACT Fall Fundraiser
ACT Donations Needed!
Box Tops
Terracycle: Chip Bag Collection
Lice Tips
EESAC Election Results
School Status Letter
First Fridays with FIN
Parent Workshops
School Store
Sub Shack
Performing Arts Meeting
Zumba for Breast Cancer
Walk to School Day
PTA Mixer
"Out of this World" Fun Fest
PTA Website
E-Prints Archive
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Upcoming Events

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: Corner Bakery PES Day 


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


9/27:  Deadline for ACT Fall Fundraiser Forms 


10/1: Walk Florida Program Begins


10/3:  Sub Shack PES Day


10/3:  Performing Arts Parent Meeting (6:30PM in the Cafeteria)  


10/4:  Zumba for Breast Cancer 


10/7-10/11:  Peace Week


10/9:  International Walk & Roll to School Day 


10/9: Walk & Roll Breakfast


10/9:  General PTA Meeting (6pm Cafeteria)


10/9:  Math & Science Fair (6:30pm Cafeteria)


10/18: PTA Parent Mixer 




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 through Terracycle.  We also welcome PES families to drop off their Single Serve, King or Family size SALTY snack bags.  See the following flyer:  Chip Bag Brigade Accepted WasteThe more bags we collect, like Box Tops, the more $ is raised for our school. 

Junior Troop 420 is undertaking this project for their "Bronze Award" leadership adventure to bring awareness to the school/community and make a difference in the world.  By collecting and measuring the bags used throughout the year they hope 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 
(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

(Wed 2-3pm) 


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) 


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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Generations Day
Join Us Next Wednesday, September 25th for a Blast from the Past!
On September 25th, Palmetto Elementary will host a celebration of Generations.  Grandparents, Aunt, Uncles or other extended family are invited to enjoy a light breakfast and presentation by the Performing Arts as well as visit student classrooms.  The generations will work together to complete a story of what growing up was like for the student's parent in decades past!  Think Rubik's Cube & roller rocks & record players!  Totally Far Out!
Fall Book Fair
Don't Miss Fall Book Fair . . . It's an Oasis


Get ready for a PES Oasis! Visit the Fall Book Fair, September 23rd - 27th (Mon/Tues/Thurs:  8am to 3:30pm, Wednesday: 8am to 2:30pm and Friday: 8am to 11:30am) and help add books to our classroom shelves by purchasing books and donating them to your child's class. Stop by to see your child's teachers' Wish List.


A Book Fair visit always helps create a wonderful reading experience for your kids with the books they want to read!


We appreciate your dedication to creating lifelong readers. See you at our Book Fair!


For more information or to volunteer to help, contact Tina Montesano at or Donna Sabates 

School Pictures

School pictures are TOMORROW, Thursday, September 19th in the Media Center. 

Volunteers are Needed. 
Please contact Patty Gassenheimer at to help.
Corner Bakery
Palmetto Day at Corner Bakery!
Take a break from the kitchen and dine at Corner Bakery any time on Thursday, September 26. A portion of your purchase will support our school.

Three ways to get credit for your purchase:

Pick up a voucher at the Book Fair,
Print one from our PTA website, or
Mention Palmetto Elementary when you order.

We hope to see you there!
School Directory Business Directory
Attention Palmetto Families!
Don't miss a unique opportunity to advertise your business to a very loyal group of customers,

our very own Palmetto families and staff!


Ads are now available in the following sizes/rates for the 2013-2014 School Year:

  • 1/3 Page = $50.00
  • 1/2 Page = $90.00
  • Full Page = $150.00

Together we can build a strong referral network for our Palmetto family!

Please return the this form with payment to the
PTA Mailbox in the Main Office.


Contact Tina Montesano at for more information.


ACT Fall Fundraiser
The ACT Fall Fundraiser is underway     

The ACT Fall Fundraiser is underway.  The deadline to turn in forms is Friday, September 27thYou can also purchase items online at and


For the Yankee Candle website, please enter 990052921 as the "group number", and the student's name as the "Seller ID", to ensure the student receives credit for the items purchased online.  Shop Believe does not require a school code, but please enter the student's information when prompted.   Sell 5 items to attend the power party.  Sell 10 items to play in the mobile video game trailer.  Selling 10 items also qualifies the student for a chance to win a ride on the "principal taxi".  Sell 30 items for the limo/lunch trip which will be scheduled on a teacher workday.  Items sold can be from either company or a combination of both.  Thank you for your participation.


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)

Box Tops
Attention Palmetto Lions!  

Palmetto Elementary needs you to clip Box Tops for Education. Our first collection is at the end of September. Please turn your box tops in to your class or in the front office labeled with your teacher's name. Box Tops for Education program, it's a great way for Palmetto to raise money for ACT (Assistants for Classroom Teachers)!

It's easy! Look for Box Tops for Education on hundreds of your favorite General Mills products, like Juicy Juice & Cheerio's. Each redeemed Box Top is worth 10, and all money raised goes directly to our school's ACT program.


For more information, visit or contact Jennifer Bermudez at


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.  Additionally, we welcome parents and families to drop off their Single Serve, King or Family size SALTY snack bags in the cafeteria bin as we get credit for those larger bags as well  See the following flyer for additional information:  Chip Bag Brigade Accepted Waste.  The more bags we collect, like Box Tops, the more $ is raised for our school. 

Junior Troop 420 is undertaking this project for their "Bronze Award" leadership adventure to bring awareness to the school/community and make a difference in the world.  By collecting and measuring the bags used throughout the year they hope to teach our children that making a small daily change in what we consume can make a big difference!
Lice Tips
It's Head Lice Season!   



Since we are in the height of head lice season, and as a means to minimize the spreading of head lice, please remember to remain vigilant and check your children for head lice periodically.

In the event that your child does contract head lice, please DO NOT send him/her to school. Instead, contact your doctor for recommended treatments, shampoo, cream rinse, or lotion. Wash all your sheets in very hot water; place pillows, stuffed animals and plush toys in a plastic bag tightly sealed for 2 weeks; vacuum all carpets and upholstery furniture in your home or car, and soak ALL hair-care items in rubbing alcohol.


And please contact our staff/faculty to notify the school about any head lice incident so that the classroom may be properly checked and treated. Let's try to be a head lice free school!


EESAC Election Results
null Congratulations to . . .

The following parents who have been elected to serve as parent representatives on Palmetto Elementary's Educational Excellence School Advisory Council for the 2013-2015 Term:

Alan Leonardi

Didi Monteil-Weinberg

Jennifer Pina

Julianna Rhodes

School Status Letter
null Please Read the Letter at the Following Link . . .
In accordance with Federal and State requirements, school districts are required to provide an annual school status report.  The information in this this report should help you assess the performance of your child's school.  This report is known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act School Public Accountability Report, and it will be available for your review at Miami-Dade Public Schools' website: www. under ESEA Accountability Report. For further information see the full letter at the following link:  School Status Letter.
First Fridays with FIN
Please Join . . .

The Florida Inclusion Network (FIN) in a conversation about inclusion and your child

This toll-free phone forum, held on the first Friday of the month from 10 to 11am, will provide an opportunity for you to share your concerns and ideas with other families and FIN professionals.


See the flyer available at the following link for additional information:  FIN First Fridays Flyer.

Parent Workshops
null Offered by FDLRS



Parent Workshops are being offered by the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) for parents of children with special needs. Here is information on upcoming workshops. All workshops are held at their Main Office located at:  5555 SW 93rd Avenue, Miami, FL. Their phone number is 305-274-3501.



October 15, 2013 6:00 pm

Active Parent, Effective IEP!

(Individual Education Plan)

  • Understand your child's IEP
  • Understand your role as an important member of this team


November 5, 2013 6:00 pm

Use Your Heart to Discipline Your Child With Special Needs

  • The behaviors of our children can sometimes be directly related to our attitudes as parents


December 3, 2013 6:00 pm

MTSS (Multi-tier System of Supports) 101: Response to Intervention...What Parents Need to Know

  • Learn the MTSS process for students with disabilities or students suspected of having a disability


If you require special accommodations including the services of a Sign Language Interpreter, you must contact the ADA Office (305-995-4650) at least two weeks prior to the scheduled event.


For more information on these workshops and to RSVP, contact FDLRS-South Parent Services Staff at 305-274-3501: Cecilia Nieto, ext. 168,; or Ana Real-Serrano, ext. 171,



School Store
New School Store Hours . . .
Thank you to all who helped support our PTA by purchasing supplies from the Palmetto Elementary PTA School Store.  Please note that you can continue to purchase your supplies from the School Store throughout the year.   
Hours of Operation:
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   
Sub Shack
Palmetto Night at Sub Shack
Wed., October 2, from 6PM to 9PM
Come for dinner and get your sandwich made by Mr. Torres and Coach Sundry! A portion of all purchases go to support our school.  Sub Shack is located at 8269 SW 124st Street. We'll see you there!
Performing Arts Meeting 
Parent Meeting Reminder

The Performing Arts department will hold a meeting for all parents on Thursday, October 3, at 6:30PM in the cafeteria. If you have a child in band, chorus, orchestra, or cheerleading, you should plan to attend.
Zumba for Breast Cancer  

Friday, October 4th


PES is proud to participate in a Zumba for Breast Cancer Event where you can exercise for a good cause here in our very own School Cafeteria, hosted by two FIERCE certified instructors: Iris and Natalia, both Palmetto Elementary alumni. Come and help support Zumba raise $1,000,000.00 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.


You can check out the event and what people around the world are saying about the Zumba happy hour at


Doors open at 3:30 PM and class begins at 4:15 PM

Walk Your Child to School Day
Walk Your Child to School Day

October 9th is National Walk/Bike to School with your Kid Day!  Join us for our Palmetto Elementary Walk Your Child to School Pep Rally on Wednesday, October 9th at 8 AM at the Morning Star Renewal Center, and then come enjoy Breakfast with your child in the school cafeteria. This is a great opportunity for our school to participate in a nationwide event and inspire our children (and ourselves) to lead healthier lives. 

Annual PTA Mixer
Let's Mix It Up
5th Annual Parent Mixer


Save the Date: Friday, October 18th

"Out of this World" Fun Fest
It's Out of this World!

Get Involved in Our Biggest Fundraiser of the Year!


Our Fun Fest and Silent Auction will take place on Saturday, November 17th,
and we need YOU to make it a success!

There's something for everyone and it's guaranteed to be fun.  Whether you chair a committee or volunteer for a few hours, we need you! If you are new to Palmetto, helping out at the Fun Fest or the Auction is a fun and easy way to meet other parents.  You can sell T-Shirts, design posters, work on Public Relations, Ticket Sales, run a game booth and more. We welcome and encourage EVERYONE to get involved. Contact Janet Hodur at 202-631-0973 oemail a

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 27th to: