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VPK Registration
Jump Rope for Heart
Fashion in the Gardens
Dinner & A Movie Night
Art Cards and Gifts Fundraiser
Spring Book Fair
Palmetto High Alumni Website
Free Home Learning Help
Spelling Bee Winners
Principal's Honor Roll
Golden Paw Awards
Save the Date: SOMI Art Walk
Save the Date: Career Day
PTA Membership
First Fridays with FIN
PTA Website
E-Prints Archive
Submissions for Next E-Prints
Upcoming Events

2/14:  Jump Rope for Heart


2/17:  President's Day (No School)  


2/20:  Golden Paws Award Ceremony


2/21:  Dinner and Movie Night   


2/25-2/26:  FCAT Writing


2/25-3/17:  Spring Book Fair Available Online


2/27:  VPK Orientation/

Lottery (11am)


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


3/1:  Relay for Life


3/3-3/7:  Spring Book Fair


3/6:  Multi-Cultural Concert (7PM at Palmetto High)


3/19:  General PTA Meeting


3/20:  Golden Paws Award


3/20:  Walk-a-Thon


3/21:  No School (Teacher Planning Day)


3/24-3/28:  Spring Recess (No School)


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:


February 19th and

March 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

Flocking 5th Grade Fundraiser

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





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VPK Registration
PeaceLovePawLogoFor the 2014-2015 Year Now Open! 

The VPK Orientation/Lottery will be held on February 27th at 11am.  

Jump Rope for Heart
THIS Friday!


Jump Rope for Heart 

Friday, February 14th

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM


Our school is participating in a very special community service program to raise funds for the American Heart Association. We are jumping to fight against our nation's #1 and #3 killers: cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  Our Annual Jump Rope for Heart event helps students learn about the benefits of regular physical activity and heart health, and teaches children the value of giving back to those in need. Heart disease affects every family, so help us support the American Heart Association, as they help people live longer, healthier lives! If you have any questions please contact Coach Sundry.


To make a donation online, please go to 

Fashion in the Gardens 

Fashion in the Gardens to Benefit Pinecrest Public Schools 


Are you ready for a good time for a good cause? Fashion in the Gardens at Pinecrest Gardens is back on Friday, February 28th from 10:30 AM - 2 PM, with feature models Mr. Torres, Mr. Diez, AND our very own Coach Sundry!!! You don't want to miss out on our handsome men strutting down the runway!


You will also enjoy a fabulous lunch, catered by Macy's, a wide variety of top of the line auction items, including  2 Teacher's Pets designed by our own resident artists: art teacher Mrs. Cummins



and PES parent Sean Karshis.  




Look for more information concerning this important annual fundraiser organized by Mayor Lerner and the Village of Pinecrest to benefit our school and other Pinecrest Public Schools:  Fashion in the Gardens Sponsorship Form and Fashion in the Gardens Silent Auction Form.

To purchase tickets for the Fashion in the Gardens Luncheon, please contact Dena Lundy at

Dinner and A Movie Night
Has Been Moved to Friday (2/21/14)!  


Our Annual Movie Night is sponsored by your PTA & ACT and will feature "How to Train Your Dragon".  Come join in the fun! Bring your blankets and chairs and watch the movie under the stars!  There will be food trucks, pizza and a concession stand.  Movie will begin at nightfall. 

Buy your tickets early and save $!  Tickets will be sold Tuesday, February 18 to Thursday, February 20 for $5.  Tickets purchased on the evening of the event will be $8.

Sponsorship spots are available! Have your company name and logo over & over on the BIG screen prior to the movie for only $50.00!  If interested, please email your jpeg to

We hope to see you there!

Art Cards and Gifts Fundraiser
Register Now!



Visit to sign up by Friday, February 14, to enroll your child in our annual art card and gift fundraiser! This is your chance to purchase cards, bags, phone cases, and other items featuring your child's artwork. They make great gifts all year long, and are a wonderful memory! 

Registering does not obligate you to buy anything, but if you don't register, your child's artwork cannot be submitted. It only takes a moment, so do it today! Visit to register for the spring 2014 fundraiser. 

Items will be available for purchase beginning in mid-March. Look for further information then on how to make a purchase! Contact Janet Hodur at with any questions. Thanks for your support!
Spring Book Fair
Coming Soon!  
Dear Parents and Families:


Reading is the most important skill you can teach a child. Of all the skills kids learn, it is the one you can influence the most.


We invite you to visit our Scholastic Book Fair and experience a celebration of reading that provides families the opportunity to get involved in a universal mission: encouraging kids to read every day so they can lead better lives.


Our Book Fair is part of a reading event that brings to school a wonderful selection of fun, engaging, and affordable books kids want to read. Giving kids access to good books and the opportunity to choose books will motivate them to read more. And like most acquired skills, the more kids practice reading, the better they'll get.


Reading is vital to every child's success, and it's the door opener to the 21st century for all children. Since there will never be a substitute for a parent's direct involvement in his/her child's education, please make plans to visit our Book Fair.


Book Fair Dates: Monday, March 3 thru Friday, March 7


Before you visit the Book Fair be sure to download the FREE Book Fairs App to help you find the right fit books for your child. For more information, visit: And if you're all booked up during Book Fair week be sure to visit the Book Fair online at Our Online Fair is available for an extended time from February 25 to March 17.


We look forward to having you participate in our Fair, and remember, all purchases benefit our school.

Palmetto High Alumni Website
Attention Palmetto High Alums!


The Palmetto Senior High Alumni Association now has its own website! 

Visit the following website to learn all about upcoming alumni programs and events:

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
Spelling Bee Winners
To Savannah Sarafoglu, the recent winner of the Palmetto Elementary Selling Bee for 4th and 5th graders. Savannah, a 4th grader in Mrs. Ferrer's homeroom, is the school champion after competing against 22 other finalists for the top honor. She will represent Palmetto Elementary at the district bee in March. 

Congratulations are also in order for outstanding speller, Alejandro Izcaray from Mrs. Martinez's 5th grade class who placed second and is the runner up. Way to go, Savannah and Alejandro! 
Principal's Honor Roll
Congratulations to the 
Following Students for 
Achieving all A1As in the 2nd Quarter!

FIRST GRADE                                                                                                             

Alkhenaizi       Ahmood                      

Bauza              Lucas                         

Coggins          Sidney                                     

Collazo           Victoria                                    

El-Assad         Zachary                      

Gelfman         Sloane                           

Gomez            Antonio         

Herskowitz      Lexi

Jaure               Alexa                                      

Khamvongsa    Misha                                    

Knapp             Giuliano                                  

Lambert          Sydney                                   

Lu                   Jeffrey                     

Madonia          Gianluca        

Mahaffey        Aidan                    

Martinez          Daniel         

Oikle                Ryan         

Ortiz                Marco          

Paredes           Sara          

Perez               Carlos         

Pesin               George         

Ramirez          Nicholas       

Raposo            James          

Sergunin          Dmitry                 

Williams          Kaitlyn                                                                                                               




Alexander        Blake                                      

Blackburn        Benjamin  

Bonanno          Sophia  

Diez                 Isabella                                   

Ebenbach        Rebecca                                

Fein                 Alexa                          

Knecht             Cody                                      

Levy                Joaquin                      

Montesano     Gabriel   

Ortega            Nicholas                                                      

Pelz                  Ella           

Proulx            Jack          

Salyers            Zachary        

Singer              Ryan           

Skoke              Justin         

Young             Jack           

Yu                    Evelyn         




Ehrenreich       Matthew                    

Ferzli               Colin                                       

Figueras          Kelsey                                    

Francis             Marc   

Lambert           Abigail                        

Leonardi          Emma                        

Marini              Danielle                                  

Mccabe           Jack                                       

Netto               Maya  

Netto               Lucas          

Nelson             Jack                                       

Oikle                Kaitlyn        

Oltz                  Jessalyn       

Pesin                Barnett       

Raposo           Sofia            

Sarafoglu        Ryan           

Soto                  Saree          

Uhle                  Grace          

Wylie               Abigail        





Aitken              John 

Cardoso          Tatiana                       

Cruz-Alvarez   Katherine                   

Martin              Isabella                       

Martinez          Gabriella     

Miao                Margaret       

O'brien            Andrew         

Schroeder       Trinity        

Weinbach       Grace         





Baumer           Christian                     

Dwyer             Jared                                      

Herrera             Natalia                       

Nelson             Alex                                        

Ortega             Alexandra                   

Ortega             Olivia                                      

Perez               Daniel         

Pita                  Jade           

Seo                  Nathan         

Sleeman          Ella           

Slifer                Luke           

Wenger           Maia           

Golden Paw Awards
Congratulations to the Following Students for Going Over the Rainbow in January!

1st Grade
Sloan Gelfman (2)
Lexi Herskowitz (2)
Sydney Lambert (2)
Ryan Oikle (2)
Marco Ortiz
Sara Paredes (3)
Robert Dickman (2)
George Pesin
Mateo Papadopulos (2)
Cemre Sengul (2)
Lucas Bauza (2)
Andres Izcaray
Alexa Jaure
Daniel Martinez (2)
Danna Velasco-Cabrera

2nd Grade
Noelia Garcia
Justin Khilnani
Annelise Lindsay
Jace Boix
Nicholas Ortega
Ella Pelz
Justin Skoke (2)
Mikel Aizpurua
Justis Frank
Cody Knecht
Ruthanne Lally
Joaquin Levy
Tsung-Hua Yu
3rd Grade
Jasyn Altchek
Emma Leonardi (4)
Jack Nelson
Marco Netto
Ryan Sarafoglu (3)
Heather Spinelli
Grace Uhle
Raja Bowen
Sofia Holzer
Thomas Mussman
Abigail Lambert
Barnett Pesin (4)
Elias Barcenas
Purusha Hossein (2, 3)

4th Grade
Tatiana Cardoso
Savannah Sarafoglu (5, 6)
Dylan Shapiro (2)
Chi-Hua Yu (3)
Andrew O'Brien (2)
Matthew Savage
Lucas Herring
Ashley Baxter (2)
Laura De-Oliveira (2,3)
Amariah Gordon (2)
Maria Leite
Chloe Rabbino (2, 3)
Andrea Buitrago
Margaret Miao(4)
Jason Rodriguez
Tomas Lara

5th Grade
Ricardo Muharram (3)
Mackenzie Mussman (2)
Sophia Tan
David Buitrago (3)
Adam Stein
Kevin Lamadrid
Jared Dwyer
Charles Munroe
Olivia Ortega
Daniel Perez
Nathan Seo
Christian Baumer  
Save the Date:  SOMI Art Walk
Join Us March 14, 2014 from 6-9PM!

Selected Palmetto Elementary artists from grades 1-5 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!  
Save the Date:  Career Day
Join Us May 8, 2014!

This year we will be celebrating Career Day at Palmetto Elementary on Thursday, May 8th.  Save the date!
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...


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, February 21st to: