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Out to Lunch Bunch Day
Fairchild Challenge Art Show
Classroom/Club Pictures
Winter Concert at Pinecrest Gardens
Fairchild Challenge Art Show
Tasty Treats/Garden Club Date/Time Changes
School Store New Hours
Mitch's Westside Bagels
Tasty Treats/Garden Club Date/Time Changes
Sushi Maki Night
Dinner & a Movie Night
Jump Rope for Heart
Mindful Kids Fairchild Gardens Program
Free Home Learning Help
Flocking 5th Grade Fundraiser
Save the Date: SOMI Art Walk
PTA Membership
School Directory Business Directory
First Fridays with FIN
PTA Website
E-Prints Archive
Submissions for Next E-Prints
Upcoming Events

1/15:  Out to Lunch Bunch Day


1/16:  Classroom/Club Pictures 


1/17:  No School (Teacher Planning Day)


1/18:  Winter Concert at Pinecrest Gardens (7pm starting time) 


1/20:  Martin Luther King's Day Holiday (No School)


1/24:  Relay for Life No Uniform Day 


1/30:  Golden Paws Ceremony


1/31:  Dinner and Movie Night   


2/7:  No School (Teacher Planning Day)


2/14:  Jump Rope for Heart


2/17:  President's Day (No School)  


2/20:  Golden Paws Award Ceremony


2/25-2/26:  FCAT Writing


2/28:  Fashion in the Gardens (Pinecrest Gardens) 


Click here for more future events.  See 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 Treats Snack Shack
(Weds starting at 1:50pm 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 starting at 7:45am) 


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
(Select Weds 1:45-2:10pm in Front of the Cafeteria) 


Upcoming Dates:


January 22nd
February 5th and 19th  


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


Our goal this year is to earn $1,900, That works out to 8,000 individual Box Tops. We can use this cash to buy the things we need. This year we're planning to use the money to support ACT.


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 child's and teacher's name (for credit for individual and class prizes).     


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
Carmen Karshis, PTA PresidentBarbara Oikle, Editor
Out to Lunch Bunch Day
Join Us TODAY!
P.E.S.'s annual Out To Lunch Bunch Day is TODAY, Wednesday, January 15th.
Parents, Grandparents, or favorite guests are invited to bring their best-loved books and a blanket and join your child for lunch bunch.  
Fairchild Challenge Art Show
TONIGHT: Wednesday, 1/15 from 3-6pm at Fairchild Tropical Gardens!
Teachers, students, family and community members are invited to Fairchild Tropical Gardens tonight to enjoy the talented work of students participating in The Fairchild Challenge, including students from our very own Palmetto Elementary!

Hundreds of art entries from PreK-12 schools across
South Florida will be on display.  Registration is not required and admission is free for attendees. We hope to see you there!

For more information, see the following flyer:  Fairchild Challenge Art Show.
Classroom/Club Pictures
TOMORROW:  Thursday, 1/16   

Please remember classroom/club pictures will be taken tomorrow, Thursday 1/16.  Please make sure all students come to school wearing school uniforms.

Winter Concert

At Pinecrest Gardens THIS Saturday, January 18th 

Cocktails & Hors d'Oeuvres at 7pm 
Concert at 8 pm 
our very own chorus and jazz combo in a collaborated performance with 
professional musicians Dani Driggs and Brenda Alford 

Never before have our students performed alongside professional musicians.
Don't miss out on a truly MEMORABLE musical experience for our students!!!

Tickets on sale TODAY Wednesday 1/15 & TOMORROW Thursday 1/16
before school & after school in front of the Cafeteria:
$45 per adult & $35 per child*
*Performers do not need to purchase tickets 
Proceeds go to benefit PES Performing Arts!

For ticket form and more information, please click on the following link:

Pictures Needed for Memory Book

Looking For Candid Photos For Memory Book!


Please send in any pictures you may have from events happening at school this year. Guidelines below must be met or the pictures will not be reviewed. Pictures that are turned in are not guaranteed to be in the memory book.


*Maximum of 5 pictures with at least 2 students in each.

*Must be on a flash drive or CD

*Must be labeled with your child's name, teacher's name, and grade level

*Photo must be at least 500 KB in size (Cell phone pictures do not work!)

*Bring all photos to Mrs. Juan and P3.

Tasty Treats/Garden Club Date/Time Changes
Tasty Tuesday has Moved to Wednesday!
Starting Today!
All the same tasty treats and all the same fun out by the Snack Shack just on Wednesdays now @ 1:50pmSo come out and support the PTA & Wellness Initiative.  W.O.W= Wellness on Weds!
Also for our Garden Club kids that are interested in exploring & learning about the wonders of the Garden please join us on Weds at 7:45am.  
School Store New Hours
School Store Schedule

Need a new PES T-shirt or some extra notebooks to see you through the rest of the year? Stop by the school store, outside the cafeteria on the following remaining Wednesdays in January and February:

Jan 22:      1:45-2:10
Feb 5:        1:45-2:10
Feb 19:      1:45-2:10

Of course, you can always contact the school store at to arrange a purchase, which can be delivered to your child's classroom. Thanks for your support!
Mitch's Westside Bagels
Friday, January 17th! 


No school on Friday, January 17th...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! 
Relay for Life
No Uniform Day:  Friday, 1/24!

$1 donation to participate.  

Students must follow dress code policy.


Sushi Maki Night
Palmetto Night at Sushi Maki: 
Tuesday, 1/28 (5-8 PM)!


January 28 is Palmetto Night at SushiMaki. Download the following flyer: Sushi Maki PES Night Flyer; and present it at area Sushi Maki restaurants between 5PM and 8PM on Tuesday, January 28, 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! 
Dinner & a Movie Night
Save the Date!  

This year we will be having our annual Dinner & a Movie Night on the evening of January 31, 2014!  The movie will be "How to Train your Dragon" and tickets sales will begin on Tuesday, January 28th in front of the cafeteria.

We hope to see you there!

Jump Rope for Heart
Mark Your Calendars:  February 14th

This year we will be holding our annual Jump Rope For Heart activity on Friday, February 14th.
Mindful Kids Fairchild Gardens Program
Mindfulness Training
Mindful Kids Miami is a local non-profit organization dedicated to bringing
mindfulness training to all children, grades Pre-K through 12, in Miami-Dade
Their vision is to improve the lives of all children in the community by giving them access to mindfulness practices which reduce stress and anxiety, develop attention, promote emotional regulation, and create a sense of well-being.
Starting on January 28th, 2014, they are offering an 8 session after-school mindfulness training class at Fairchild Gardens, for students ages 7-10.  We are also offering a parents/adults class at the same time and location.
Please see the following flyer for more information:
Free Home Learning Help
Free Home Learning Help is Just a Phone Call Away!

Monday - Thursday
  • Language Arts and Reading
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Bilingual Studies
The Dial-a-Teacher program is a free service provided by Miami-Dade County Public Schools.  The program is not available on evenings before holidays or teacher work days.
See the following flyer: Dial-A-Teacher Flyer
Flocking 5th Grade Fundraiser
Join the Fun!  Paint the Town Pink! 
Because NOBODY forgets their first FLOCK!!! 
FLOCK as many friend's yards as you want! 
The FLOCKING is done in good spirits and the flamingos stay for 24 hours...then they mysteriously migrate to another friend's yard! 

Each Flock is a $20 donation, which will go towards our school's 5TH GRADE FUND.

Flock work forms can be printed HERE. Turn in your completed work order & check to our school's main office or to your child's teacher.  Get creative, FLOCK your neighbors, friends, and classroom! 

For more information or questions, please contact Patty Gassenheimer at 305-815-3639 or Elina Pacios at 305-776-0185.  
Save the Date:  SOMI Art Walk
Join Us March 14, 2014 from 6-9PM!

Selected Palmetto Elementary artists will be presenting an art exhibition at the historic Doc Thomas House, SOMI ArtWalk, home of the Tropical Audubon Society.  Ms. Cummins will also have an exhibition of her pastel and oil paintings, side by side with our young artists. Our Palmetto Jazz Band and other Palmetto musicians have also participated in past SOMI Artwalks. Last year 180 young artists proudly represented our school!

For additional information about upcoming SOMI ArtWalks, please see

Our students work extemely hard all year to bring their art and their message of conservation to their community, as well as to the greater Miami area.  Help us acheive the best attendance ever this year by coming out and supporting our students!  
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
The Florida Inclusion Network (FIN) invites you to take part 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.


Remaining dates for this school year are:


February 7th,

March 7th,

April 4th and

May 2nd.  


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


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, January 24th to: