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2016-2017 School Year
Legacy Tree and Branch of Wisdom
Golden Paw Awards
Fit Kids Day
Music USA Festival
Seeking PTA Board Nominations
Retirement Celebration
Staff Appreciation Week
Coffee and Conversation
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
Waste Free Wednesdays
Cleaning Out the Closets?
Volunteers Needed
Garden Club
PTA Membership
PTA Website
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2016-2017 School Year
PeaceLovePawLogo K-5 Registration now open!

Registration is open for all grade levels including kindergarten.  Register early and tell all your friends and neighbors about our School of Excellence!  

Kindergarten Orientation Friday, May 27 at 9:00 am in the Media Center.  Register for next year, meet the kindergarten team, program description and learn more about the EFL Program.
Legacy Tree and Branch of Wisdom
PeaceLovePawLogoDeadline May 6

There is still time to submit form if haven't already! Forms are attached (tree/branch). Don't miss your opportunity to participate in the Legacy Tree, a PES tradition, or to have your Fifth grader join the Branch of Wisdom, a new PES tradition. Legacy Tree proceeds will go to improving the courtyards at the school, while Branch of Wisdom proceeds benefit the Fifth Grade Fund. Order forms for either project can be left in the PTA mailbox in the office, or given to your child's teacher in an envelope marked "Attn PTA".  Contact Dena Lundy ( with any questions.

Thank you for your support!                            
Golden Paw Awards
Celebrating our Rainbow Readers
Congratulations to the following students for going over the rainbow in the month of April.  Kindergarten through 2nd Grade receive their awards today during morning announcements.  Tomorrow, Thursday, May 5, 3rd through 5th grades are awarded their golden paws during morning announcements.  Parents are invited to watch ceremony from the Cafeteria.

Damian Estivill (1,2)
Ferzli Dylan 
Blake Kandell (4,5)
Tegan O'Quinn (2)
Andrew Zambola (2)
Danielle Feller
Justin Kaplan (5)
Jaron Rosenberg (2) 
Michael Tracy (3)
Maria Posada (2)
Eli Glasser (4,5)
Sophia Mayoral (2)
Jacob Barnes (5)
Dylan Kinchens
Sean Landaeta (3)
Hunter Noy (2)
Jordan Diamond (4,5)
Sophia Francis
Mia Gonzalez
Matthew Capote (6,7,8)
Brayden Ewell-Arrick (2,3,4)
Anna Manzo (3,4)
Addison Schumacher (1,2)
Francesco Aguiar-Hanna
Marcel Borges
Lily Diedrick (2)
Nada Hussein
Mia Levin (2)
Neve Salem (3)
Jaxon Shevin (4,5)
Chiara Aguiar-Hanna 
Layla James
Dylan Presley (3)
1st Grade
Orland Brown
Hailey Goldberg
Dan Horwitz (2)
Vieve Berglund (2)
Thibault Carbonell (2)
Gianna Diaz (2)
Jake Kaercher (2)
Simon Paredes (2)
Cesar Pazmino
Victor Pesin (3)
Alissa Rivero
Henry Seo (2)
Taylor Uhle
Samuel Dickman (2)
Taeyun Kim (4)
Max Lapides
Eva Muniz
Nicolas Perales
Aaditya Ramakrishna (3)
Anantha Ramakrishna (2)
Sofia Rojas (3)
Abbey Salyers (6)
Ella Alicea
Maribella Exposito
Kaden Figueroa
Lorenzo Pardo
Catalina Suner
Tomas Suner
Ryan Vazquez
Natalie Wall
2nd Grade
Maximilliam Aguilar
Daniela Dominguez
Olivia Fernandez
Rachel Hunter
Scarlett Hunter
Paloma Mosquera (2)
Quinley Wylie (2)
Antonio Belaval
Kylie Dixon
Katie O'Hara
Jayden Vilorio
Jazmyn Beerkircher
Tristan Benigno
Joaquin Cardenas
Sofia Dominguez (3)
Yaar Dotanfuchs (2)
London Estes (2)
Sebastian Garavito (2)
Darryn Grubbs (2)
Hailey Lau 
Mason Levin (2)
Isabella Martin (2)
Anne Oria (5)
Tatiana Ortega (2)
Zachary Prager

3rd Grade
Adelaida Gomez (2)
Tomas Feeley (2)
Tyler Ferzli (3,4)
Sloane Gelfman
Isaac Mesnekoff
Declan Nayak (2)
Marcos Ortiz
Sara Paredes (4)
George Pesin (2)
Nicholas Ramirez
Misha Khamvongsa
Kristin Stoia
Charlotte Diedrick (5)(6)
Cemre Sengul (3)
Sideny Coggins
JEffrey Lu
Robert Dicman (4)
Sydney Lambert (2)
Aden Mahaffey
Lucas Varela (3)
Sebastian Huitron
Riley Rousso

4th Grade
Lorena Urbina
Riley Bejar
Mathew Goldstein
Catalina Jorquera
Nicholas Ortega
Ryan Potash
Kevin Seo
Stella Sharpe
Sienna Viteri (2)
Bruno Deoliveira
Isabel Duran (2)
Alexa Fein
Cody Knecht (2)
Chloe Leith
Marcos Ortega
Zachary Salyers (2)
Nicole Savage (2)
Timothy Thomas (2)
Nicholas Estevez
Jake Font
Martha Huitron
Emma Hussey (2)
Jake Arnold
Alan Mondesire
Rayan Mumar
5th Grade
Edwin Alicea
Anna Giraldo (3)
Abigail Lambert (3)
Jason Lu (2)
Teagan Nayak
Lucas Netto (2)
Barnett Pesin
Ryan Serafoglu
Heather Spinelli
Mikey Tafur (2)
Elias Barcenas (2)
Samurah Mustafa
Julia Beiley
Jake Brunschwig (3)
Ruby Friedman (2)
Taylor Maggard
Kaitlyn Oikle (3)
Zachary Su (6)
Abigail Wylie (2)
Shawn Rodriguez
Jakapoom Kenma
Marino Kulisic
Thomas Mussman (4)
Andres Novoa

Our final Golden Paw Ceremonies will be held June 1, 2 and 3 during morning broadcast for students who have gone over the rainbow in May. Grades K-1 are scheduled for June 1, grades 1-2 on June 2, and grades 4-5 on June 3. 
Fit Kids Day
Family Fun!
This Saturday, May 7
10 am- 2 pm
Evelyn Greer Park  
Get off the couch and join us for a day full of outdoor activities.  Hope to see you there!

Music USA Festival
PES Performing Arts Members to Perform at Music USA Festival in Universal Studios on May 14th!
On May 14th the Palmetto Singers, Concert Band, Orchestra, and Jazz Combo will be performing at the Music USA Festival in Universal Studios (Florida) where they will compete with other elementary music groups.  

We would like to wish all participating students good luck!  As in past years, we are confident you will do an amazing job representing our School!
Seeking PTA Board Nominations
Want to Serve on the Palmetto Elementary 2015-2016 PTA Board?
The Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations from interested PTA members for all positions:
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
3rd Vice President
4th Vice President
Recording Secretary
Correspondent Secretary
Assistant Treasurer
If you are interested, please contact the Nominating Committee:
Janet Hodur at
Shara Pelz at
Samantha Grubbs at

Retirement Celebration
Wednesday, May 11
2:30 pm, Media Center

Retirement Celebration honoring our retirees:

Mrs. Alfonso, Teacher
Sra Camacho, Special Area Teacher - Spanish
Mrs. Potter, Teacher

We invite our entire Palmetto Elementary community to join us on Wednesday, May 11 at 2:30 pm to honor our retirees.  Join us in celebrating their dedication and commitment to all Palmetto Elementary School students.                   
Staff Appreciation Week
Call for Volunteers:  May 16th-20th

Our teachers and staff do so much for our children all year long. Every day, they teach and help our children grow and learn. Staff appreciation week is our chance to thank them and it's just around the corner.

We need your help to make it a special one! Volunteers will help decorate, serve meals, and assist with activities for the staff throughout the week of May 16th-May 20th.  Please contact Julie Lambert at

Hats Off to our Teachers and Staff!

With Staff Appreciation Week comes your annual opportunity to
write thank you notes to our staff!  Boxes for each staff member will be set up in the cafeteria from Friday, May 13 through Thursday, May 19, or you can leave your letters in the big boxes in the office or Media Center an we will play postman for you. Please encourage your children to take a moment to thank all the teachers and staff who do so much for our school!
Thanks for helping us celebrate our teachers and staff! 
Coffee and Conversation
Wednesday, May 18 at 9 am null

MDCPS School board Member Dr. Larry Feldman will visit PES on Wednesday, May 18 at 9 am for a Coffee & Conversation session in the Media Center.  
All are welcome!    
Save the Date!  Wednesday, May 25
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast and Annual General PTA Meeting
8:45 am, Cafeteria

The Palmetto Elementary School teachers, staff, and administration invite all of our awesome volunteers to our annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 in our school cafeteria beginning at 8:45 am.

We want to thank you for partnering with us to help our children succeed in both academic and social/emotional areas of their lives.

PTA invites you to stay after the breakfast for the Annual General meeting and Officer Elections for the 2016-2017 school year.  
Waste Free Wednesdays
Reduce lunchtime trash with new challenge

Each Wednesday, Girl Scout troop 283 will be counting the number of trash bags PES produces at lunchtime, and report on this to challenge students to reduce the amount of trash we throw away. 
Cleaning Out the Closets?  
Collecting DVDs and Sneakers
Collections of DVDs and sneakers continue in the media center.
Volunteers Needed
Sign up and join the PES Volunteer Bank!

Receive email alerts throughout the year whenever we need help for an hour here or there.  Simply respond to our volunteer website to let us know if you can make it.  No job is too small.  We would love to see our parents' smiling faces around our school and so will your kids! If you aren't available to volunteer during school hours, there are opportunities for you as well!

Send your email address to  to be added to the bank and start receiving requests.  

Act fast.  PES is "banking" on your help.

Garden Club
PES Garden Club Meets Every Other Wednesday at 2 pm

Bring your kids, your water bottle, sun screen, gloves, shovels or weeding tools, and a hat with "closed toed" shoes to contribute to the garden!  Note:  all kids must be accompanied by an adult should they wish to participate.  All grades are welcome!  Please contact Tyler Schwartz for any questions at
PTA Membership
We Need You! 
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...
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, May 13, to:

Federal and State Laws
The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida adheres to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment and educational programs/activities and strives affirmatively to provide equal opportunity for all as required by:
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, or national origin.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended - prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, or national origin.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 - prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender.
Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) as amended - prohibits discrimination on the basis of age with respect to individuals who are at least 40.
The Equal Pay Act of 1963 as amended - prohibits gender discrimination in payment of wages to women and men performing substantially equal work in the same establishment.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 - prohibits discrimination against the disabled.
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) - prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, public service, public accommodations and telecommunications.
The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) - requires covered employers to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to "eligible" employees for certain family and medical reasons.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 - prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.
Florida Educational Equity Act (FEEA) - prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, gender, national origin, marital status, or handicap against a student or employee.
Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992 - secures for all individuals within the state freedom from discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, or marital status.
Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) - prohibits discrimination against employees or applicants because of genetic information.
Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act of 2002 - no public school shall deny equal access to, or a fair opportunity for groups to meet on school premises or in school facilities before or after school hours, or discriminate against any group officially affiliated with Boy Scouts of America or any other youth or community group listed in Title 36 (as a patriotic society).
Veterans are provided re-employment rights in accordance with P.L. 93-508 (Federal Law) and Section 295.07 (Florida Statutes), which stipulate categorical preferences for employment.
In Addition: School Board Policies 1362, 3362, 4362, and 5517 - Prohibit harassment and/or discrimination against students, employees, or applicants on the basis of sex, race, color, ethnic or national origin, religion, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender, gender identification, social and family background, linguistic preference, pregnancy, and any other legally prohibited basis. Retaliation for engaging in a protected activity is also prohibited.