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Fashion in the Gardens
Spring Book Fair
Odyssey of the Mind
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Save the Date: SOMI Art Walk
Save the Date: Career Day
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Upcoming Events

2/26:  FCAT Writing


Now-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:


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.  

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

Spring Book Fair
Spring Book Fair is Just Around the Corner!

Please visit the Book Fair, located in the Media Center, March 3-7

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Tina Montesano at

If you can't make it to the book fair, you can shop online


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


Mark Your Calendars:  March 20, 2014

Get your walking shoes on!Administrators, students, teachers, family members and volunteers will participate in this FUN event. Activities will be scheduled at every corner to entertain and motivate the kids!! We will walk around the perimeter of Palmetto Elementary and Palmetto Middle. Please help sponsor our PES Walk-a-Thon and support our school!!!!!

Safety is our priority!  Pinecrest police will assist the faculty and volunteers in providing supervision.  The streets near the walk-a-thon route will be blocked so there is no incoming traffic.

Contact Dena Lundy at or Lisa Bejar at if you would like to volunteer!
Odyssey of the Mind
PES Contestants Place at Regional
OM Competition!
Congratulations to the following students for competing in the 2014 Tropical Region Odyssey of the Mind Competition held in Miami Springs on February 22nd.  A special big congratulations to the 2nd Grade and 5th Grade teams for placing 1st in their individual problems and divisions and therefore advancing to compete at the State Odyssey of the Mind Competition to be held in Orlando in April!  Way to Go!
Problem 5: Seeing is Believing (Grade 2):  1st Place Finish!
Isabella Diez
Alexa Fein
Kayla Heller
Ella Pelz
Casey Pita
Stella Sharpe
Evelyn Yu
Coach: Steve Fein
Problem 2: The Not So Haunted House (Grade 5): 1st Place Finish!
Nicolas Hidalgo
Alexandra Ortega 
Jade Pita
Ella Sleeman
Maia Wenger
Coach:  Troy Galinas
Problem 3:  It's How We Rule (Grade 3):  3rd Place Finish!
Matthew Ehrenreich      
Abigail Lambert                         
Emma Leonardi                                        
Teagan Nayak
Kaitlyn Oikle      
Barnett Pesin          
Grace Uhle   
Coach:  Jamie Morris  
Movie Night Thank You
A Big Thank You To . . .

All the families who came out to support our Movie Night.  Additionally, we couldn't have done it without all of our dedicated volunteers.  Thank you for making Palmetto Elementary the special school that it is!

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:


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, March  7th to: