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PES Day at Westside Bagels
Fairchild Eco-Video Challenge
Red Ribbon Week
Character Parade
National Red Ribbon Photo Contest
Farmer's Market Returns
PTA/Fun Fest Meeting
"Out of this World" Fun Fest
Palmetto Feeder Pattern Curriculum Expo
Box Tops
Artwork Honored
Halloween Costume Fundraiser
PTA Mixer Thank You
PTA Membership
School Directory Business Directory
First Fridays with FIN
Parent Workshops
PTA Website
E-Prints Archive
Submissions for Next E-Prints
Upcoming Events

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


10/25:  PES Day at Westside Bagels


10/25:  Teacher Planning Day (No School)


10/28-10/31:  Red Ribbon Week


10/30: Golden Paws (Media Center during morning announcements)


10/31:  Character Day  


11/5:  Farmer's Market Returns! 


11/6:  General PTA/Fun Fest Meeting (Cafeteria 8:45 AM)


11/8:  Teacher Planning Day (No School)


11/11:  Veteran's Day (No School)


11/13:  Palmetto Feeder Pattern Curriculum Expo (at Palmetto High from 6:30 to 8:00)


11/15:  Fun Fest Set-Up (4pm)


11/16:  Fun Fest (11am to 4pm)


11/21:  Golden Paws (Media Center during morning announcements)


11/28-11/29:  Thanksgiving Holiday (No School)



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 in Front of the Cafeteria) 


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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PES Day at Westside Bagels
It's PES Day at Westside Bagels!

No school on Friday, October 25...what to do? Take the kids out to breakfast or lunch and support your school! Visit Mitch's Westside Bagels, at 12729 South Dixie Hwy, this Friday, mention Palmetto Elementary, and a portion of your purchase will come back to our school. Meet your friends or stop in on your way to the park or the beach. We'll see you there!  
Fairchild Eco-Video Challenge

Eco-Videos Due Tomorrow! 

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  


FUN FACT:  If just 25% of U.S. families used 10 fewer plastic bags a month, we would save over 2.5 BILLION bags a year!


Red Ribbon Week
October 28 to November 1!

Our theme this year is "A Healthy Me is Drug Free."

Please have children dress according to the following schedule for Red Ribbon Week:

Monday (10/28): 
Sock It To Drugs: Wear crazy socks

Tuesday (10/29): 
Wear RED

Wednesday (10/30): 
I'm a Jean-ius: I'm Drug Free: Wear Jeans

Thursday (10/31): 
Drugs Are No Treat: Say Boo to Drugs:  Character Day: Dress as your favorite storybook character

Friday (11/1): 
Stay in the Game:  Be Drug Free:  Wear a shirt with your favorite sports team.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  Mrs. Astuto needs volunteers to decorate the school for Red Ribbon Week on Monday, October 25. Decorating will begin right after drop off. If you're interested please e-mail Tina at
Character Parade
Character Parade (All Grades) 


Thursday, 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.

  • National Red Ribbon Photo Contest
    Win an IPad and Money for Our School!

    Studies show that parents who talk to their children about the dangers of drug abuse are less at-risk. Our children's health is of utmost importance and we need your support. Palmetto Elementary will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week Oct. 28 - Nov. 1. Here is a way to get involved in taking a stand against drug abuse.

    Would you like a chance to WIN 1 of 10 IPads and the opportunity to WIN $1,000 for our school? Participate in the National Red Ribbon Photo Contest. Here's how to enter:

    1. DECORATE. Work together as a FAMILY to decorate your HOME door, mailbox, or fence with a Red Ribbon and this year's theme: "A Healthy Me is Drug Free."

    2. SNAP A PHOTO & UPLOAD. Take a picture of your family in front of your Red Ribbon decoration and upload to You must be 18 years old to enter, so parents must submit the photos.

    3. GET VOTES! Ask your friends, family, colleagues and school contacts to vote for your photo on the website.

    If you have the most votes in your region, you win an IPad and $1,000 for your school! For more details and a list of terms and conditions, visit This contest is sponsored by the National Family Partnership.
    Farmer's Market Returns
    Starting Tuesday, November 5th


    The Wellness Committee & PES PTA
    is excited to announce the return of our
    very own PES farmer's market! 

    Jerry from "Jerry is Here" at the Pinecrest Green market will be joining our Tasty Tuesday Snack Shack by selling his farm fresh produce! It's affordable, it's local and it's here right at school every Tuesday starting on November 5th support our green market! Just another courtesy brought to you by our wonderful PTA! 

    PTA/Fun Fest Meeting
    Save the Date:  Wednesday, November 6th! 
    Please join us on Wednesday, November 6th at 8:45 am in the Cafeteria for our next General PTA Meeting.  This is a mandatory Room Parent Meeting, as we will discussing Fun Fest. 
    Come to learn about Fun Fest ticket sales, T-shirts, game booths, volunteer opportunities, silent auction, and so much more!!! 
    We look forward to seeing you there!
    "Out of this World" Fun Fest
    It's Out of this World!

    Our Biggest Fundraiser of the Year is Coming Soon!


    Our Fun Fest and Silent Auction will take place on Saturday, November 16th!

    There's something for everyone and it's guaranteed to be fun. Look for t-shirt, ticket, and wristband pre-order forms coming home this week, along with family sponsorship and auction pre-registration information. Plan ahead and avoid the lines!

    We welcome and encourage EVERYONE to get involved. Volunteers are still needed! Contact Janet Hodur at 202-631-0973 or email a
    t, or attend the volunteer meeting in the cafeteria on November 6 at 8:45AM, to learn how you can get involved. Know a high schooler who needs community service hours? We can help!
    Palmetto Feeder Pattern Curriculum Expo

    Don't Miss the Curriculum Expo!


    Where:  Palmetto Senior High School (School Gymnasium)



    When: Wednesday, November 13 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM


    For additional information, go to:  

    Box Tops
    Box Tops News!



    A message from Jennifer Dunbar, your Box Tops Coordinator:


    It's Box Tops submission time! I'll be sending in all the Box Tops we've collected by October 24, 2014. Our goal this year is to earn $1,900, so our

    goal with this submission is $800. That works out to 8,000 individual Box Tops. Wow.  That's a lot of Box Tops!


    If you have Box Tops you still need to get to me, here are some optional tips that'll make the submission process easier - they're helpful but not at all necessary:


    * Put you child's name & homeroom teacher on submissions for credit for individual & class prizes


    * Use a collection sheet - go to to download one or Zip Lock bag


    * Submit them to homeroom teacher or front office by October 24, 2013.


    Once we send in all the Box Tops, our school will receive a check from General Mills on or around December 15th. We can use this cash to buy the things we need. This year we're planning to use the money to support ACT. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at


    Thanks for all your help!



    Artwork Honored

    Congratulations to the Following Students . . .  

    For having their artwork selected for exhibition at Pinecrest Garden's "Incredible Gardens:  The Art of Collaged Organic Imagery":




    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:
    PTA Mixer Thank You 
    Our 5th Annual Parent Mixer was a Huge Success!

    The evening was fun, with fabulous food and better company.

    A warm and heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to the Pita family for hosting this year's event, and to ALL the parents who joined us to welcome our new PES
    families into our community!
    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...


    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.


    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,



    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, November 1st to: