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Performing Arts Meeting
Media Matters: AR Parent Emails
Jump Rope Club
Clay Art Classes
ACT Fall Fundraiser
Zumba for Breast Cancer
Peace Week
Walk to School Day
PTA Meeting/Math & Science Night
Halloween Costume Fundraiser
Sushi Maki Night
Annual PTA Mixer
"Out of this World" Fun Fest
School Directory Business Directory
First Fridays with FIN
Parent Workshops
Golden Paws
Generation's Day Thank You
Book Fair Thank You
PTA Website
E-Prints Archive
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Upcoming Events

10/2:  Sub Shack PES Day  


10/3:  Performing Arts Parent Meeting (4:30PM 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


10/15:  Sushi Maki PES Night (6-9pm)


10/16:  General PTA Meeting (6pm Cafeteria)


10/16:  Math & Science Fair (6:30pm Media Center/Cafeteria) 


10/18: PTA Parent Mixer 


10/24: "Girl Rising" Screening (Pinecrest Gardens)


10/24:  Golden Paws (Media Center during morning announcements)


10/25:  Teacher Planning Day (No School)


10/23-10/31:  Red Ribbon Week


10/31:  Character Day 



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


(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.  

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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Eric Torres, Principal Sarah Fair, Assistant Principal
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PTA Membership
We Need 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...


Earth Week at PES/Fairchild Eco-Video Challenge
The PES Challenge Committee is Celebrating our Earth!

Be a part of Earth Week at PES -- Now through October 4th:
  • Sign the PES Paw Patrol Pledge to recycle, prevent pollution & slow climate change.
  • Take the Paw Patrol Self-Assessment and find ways your family can reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Make an Eco-Video for the Fairchild Challenge that sends an environmental message.

Calling All Performers ~ Be a Part of the Fairchild Challenge!!!

Eco-Video Challenge ~ A Paw Patrol Production 


  • Videos must be 5 minutes OR LESS
  • Videos must be submitted on a labeled flash drive and placed in a ziplock bag
  • Please include participating child an/or childrens' names, classes, adult names and phone numbers
  • turn into the Media Center NO LATER than Thursday, October 24th.  Late submissions will not be accepted.
  • Must be compatible with the latest version of Windows Media Player or Quick Time.
  • Videos will be viewed by PES Fairchild Challenge Committee.

If you have any questions, please contact Polly Guerrero at  


Did You Know?


If every American home replaced just one light bulb with a light bulb that's earned the ENERGY STAR, we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes for a year.   


To print this information, see the flyer at the following link:  PAW Patrol Flyer 

Sub Shack
TONIGHT! Palmetto Elementary Day at Sub Shack

Remember to come to Sub Shack tonight, Wednesday, October 2, to have your dinner prepared by Mr. Torres and Coach Sundry. They will be behind the counter, serving up sandwiches and more, from 5PM to 8PM. A portion of sales, and all tips, go to our school.

Support our school and a local business! Sub Shack is located across from Evelyn Greer Park, at 8269 SW 124th Street. Can't make it for dinner? Sub Shack will be donating a portion of sales to our school all day. Just mention Palmetto Elementary when you place your order.

Thanks for your support! See you there!
Performing Arts Meeting 
TOMORROW: Parent Meeting Reminder

The Performing Arts department will hold a meeting for all parents tomorrow, Thursday, October 3, at 4:30PM in the cafeteria. If you have a child in band, chorus, orchestra, or cheerleading, you should plan to attend.
Media Matters:  AR Parent Emails
Parents, Are You Receiving AR Emails?

Please be sure you are registered to receive an email each time your child takes an AR Quiz. It is part of AR Home Connect and is a vital communication link between our school and your home. Follow the steps listed below:

  2. Students Student Links→Renaissance Place Home Connect →
  3. Enter child's User Name (7 digit Student ID # - used for AR)
  4. Enter child's Password (first & last name initials - lower case letters)
  5. Click on Email Set-up (upper right corner)
  6. Take a look at the Overall Progress Page and then View Your Child's Bookshelf. Clicking on the book cover will reveal the Book Details and how your child performed on that quiz.

Parents, please encourage your child to earn the points needed to Go Over the Rainbow. Seven tags are needed before the mid-May deadline. Reading 30 minutes a day is required by MDCPS and should provide ample time for any child to achieve this goal. Happy Reading!

Jump Rope Club  

Jump Rope Club is Back!


Coach Bethell and his Jump Rope Club have returned to Palmetto Elementary! If you want some fun exercise or enjoy jump roping, join the Palmetto Leaping Lions Jump Rope with Coach Bethell and Coach Truby.


Jump Rope will meet every Tuesday from 3:05 PM until 4 PM and Wednesdays from 2:00 PM until 4 PM. If you are interested please read carefully the following registration form and return to Coaches Sundry or Truby:  Jump Rope Club Form  

Clay Art Classes 

By Art Thyme at Palmetto Elementary


Conveniently held in our school cafeteria, Art Thyme will organize project-based classes to nurture creativity, develop skills and techniques, and teach exciting hands-on activities in a fun, creative learning environment.


Mondays: 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM (Pre-K - 1st) and  

                3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (2nd - 5th)


If you are interested in enrolling your child, register by please reading carefully and filling out the following form:  Clay Art Classes Flyer.


ACT Fall Fundraiser
nullThe ACT Fall Fundraiser has Been Extended
You can still turn in your Fall Catalog order forms to support ACT.  The last day for collection of order forms will be Friday, October 4th.


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

Peace Week
October 7th to October 11th 
Please help us celebrate Peace Week by wearing the following colors October 7th through October 11th:

Monday (10/7):  White 
Tuesday (10/8):  Red 
Wednesday (10/9):  Orange or White 
Thursday (10/10):  Blue 
Friday (10/11):  Green

Please see the following information concerning Peace Week:
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 cafeteriaChildren will NOT be marked tardy if they enjoy breakfast in the 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. 

PTA Meeting/Math & Science Night
science fairJoin Us on Wednesday, October 16th 

Wednesday, October 16th

School Cafeteria

6:00 PM General PTA Meeting

6:30 - 7:00 PM Math & Science Fair


Palmetto Elementary School and PTA invite you to a fun-filled night of discovery and exploration. Please join Palmetto Elementary School's finest math and science teachers for hands-on manipulative demonstrations and curriculum overviews.


PK, Kindergarten & 1st Grade: Media Center

2nd through 5th Grades: Cafeteria

Professor Q's Lab: Cafeteria

Art Display: Media Center


Come one, come all! Refreshments will be served. 

Halloween Costume Fundraiser
Purchase a Costume and Support PES!  
Use Promo Code: Fun1935 when you purchase your costume at:
and support Palmetto Elementary!  At checkout, please note that you must select the option "Become a Member" in order to input the promo code.  After you apply the Promo Code, the $5 membership fee will be waived.
See the following flyer for additional information:
Sushi Maki Night
Palmetto Night at Sushi Maki: 
Tuesday, 10/15 (6-9 PM)!


October 15 is Palmetto Night at Sushi Maki. Download the flyer from the Palmetto PTA Website
and present it at area Sushi Maki restaurants between 6PM and 9PM on Tuesday, October 15, and a portion of your purchase will go to our school. This is good for dine in OR carry out, but you must have a flyer! Thanks for your support. 
Annual PTA Mixer
Join the fun at Palmetto Elementary's 5th Annual Mixer!


When:    Friday, October 18th at 8:00 PM

Where:   Pita Residence

                7000 SW 133 Street


Put a name to those faces you see every day at drop-off and pick-up, and get to your fellow parents and Palmetto staff.


Please bring your favorite beverage along with an appetizer or dessert to serve 6-8 people.


RSVP to Dena Lundy at by October 16th


This event is for adults only. 

"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 or email a

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.


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,



Golden Paws
Congratulations ... 
To the following students for reading "over the rainbow" in September: 
3rd Grade
Barnett Pesin
Emma Leonardi
Ryan Sarafoglu

4th Grade
Margaret Miao
Paulina Yu
Savannah Sarafoglu

5th Grade
Ivy Tan
David Buitrago
Generations Day Thank You 
A Big Thank You To ... 
All the wonderful Palmetto families who came out and participated in Generations Day.  The kids had a blast learning about what it was like when their parents were kids and enjoyed this special time with their grandparents and other family.  
Thank you to all our amazing PTA volunteers who made Generations Day happen for organizing such a memorable "blast to the past"! 
Book Fair Thank You 
Great News! 
Our Fall Book Fair was a tremendous success due to the wonderful support of our families!


We are so inspired to see the love of reading blossoming more and more every year. A very special thank you to all our volunteers who made this event possible, especially our Book Fair Co-Chairs, Tina Montesano and Donna Sabates. Your kindness and help is very appreciated!

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, October 18th to: