Sunday, October 23, 2016

FSU Elementary News and Notes

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We will have an Advisory Board Meeting on October 26, 2016 at 6:00pm in the cafeteria.  You will earn service hours for attending.  

Please come join The Leader in Me: How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a Time Book Study beginning  October, 27th at 6:00 pm at the Pembroke Pines Charter Elementary School- FSU Campus.

The Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation model and process—developed in partnership with educators—that empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. It is based on secular principles and practices of personal, interpersonal, and organizational effectiveness. Distinct in several ways, The Leader in Me starts from a powerful premise—every child possesses unique strengths and has the ability to be a leader—which shapes the views of staff to value and develop the whole child.

Special Guest Speaker Sam Drazin
Promoting awareness and inspiring empathy
Sam Drazin is an educator who has struggled his whole life with a hearing loss.  Sam’s experiences as both a student with a disability and as a teacher working in an inclusive classroom, formed his interest in improving disability awareness and understanding.

You will earn service hours if you attend this event.  

Greetings Parents/Guardians,
Please take a moment to read this flyer for information on advertising with Pembroke Pines Charter School Foundation.

Hello Parents,
This year’s main fundraiser is the Boosterthon Fun Run! It’s a 9-day program that kicks off with an in-school Pep Rally on Tuesday, October 25. You can check this short video about the program.
Boosterthon is a pledge based fundraiser.  Families will collect pledges for their student and then each student will walk/run 30-35 laps at the Fun Run on Friday, November 4. Our goal is  to raise funds for a playground shade. We asked the Fun Run experts at Boosterthon to power our Fun Run and make it more profitable, easier, and fun.

Hello Charter School Parents,
We would like to thank all of our charter school families that donated to the Support Our Schools Campaign in the 2015-16 school year.  Through the hard work of parent volunteers and family donations, we raised a total of $101,567.06 this past year.  We are proud to announce that this will be our fourth year as the Support Our Schools Campaign and we hope to be all the more successful! 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Just a friendly reminder that we are asking that all students in the school go on Successmaker at home daily. 

If you need additional help, please contact your child's teacher.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please note this flyer that describes the Healthy Foods Act-Smart Snacks.

Volunteer opportunity:

AM and PM Car Line

Earn service hours!  Volunteers are always welcome and truly appreciated!  If you are interested, you may stop by the front office any day.  We would love to have you!

Thank you,

Dear parents/guardians:

We have extended the deadline to pay the reduced amount for the activity fee.  The last day to pay the discounted amount will be October 11, 2016.  

The Pembroke Pines-Florida State University Charter Elementary School is a developmental research school (laboratory school) sponsored by Florida State University.  The mission of a developmental research school is to provide “a vehicle for the conduct of research, demonstration, and evaluation regarding management, teaching, and learning.”  As a developmental research school, the school is able to charge a student activity and service fee to be utilized for student needs throughout the school year.  On June 17, 2009, the Pembroke Pines City Commission approved to institute a student activity and service fee for the students of the school.  The student activity and service fee for each student for the school year 2016-2017 is $280 per student for grades K-5.  Please note that field trips and some other student activities may not be included in this fee.  

The fees will be used for the following:

-    Student Activities and Special Events (assemblies, competitions, etc.)          
-    Student Award Programs (Give Me 5, Honor Roll, etc.)
-    Student Supplies
-    Media
-    Special Areas (PE, art, music, science)
-    Classroom Materials and Programs
-    Classroom Technology

Dear “All Pro Dad” moms and dads,

10 All Pro Dad shirts, size “Adult Large” were erroneously printed with the phrase, “My Dad is all Pro.” Shout out to moms and dads who would like to wear this shirt for their dad.

These 10 shirts are being sold for $5 each.If you are interested in purchasing one of these shirts (Adult Large—only)please  email:   [email protected]

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are requesting donations of water cases for the special teachers and of pre-packaged snacks.   If you would like to donate a box of individually packaged bags of pretzels, goldfish crackers, fruit-gummy snacks, etc. we would greatly appreciate it!  Please drop off the snacks in the front office. 

Thank you so much for your assistance! 

Parents picking up their child in the pm car-line are requested to write the child’s name in dark marker on the car-line windshield hanger.  Please write the name so it is easy for staff and volunteers to see it from the car line.  If the name has faded or is written very small, please adjust it so it will help in the afternoon

Please write the child’s first and last name as well as the grade. This information clearly written on the car-line hanger makes things easier for staff in the carline. 

Drivers are requested to circle a 2nd time in the carline if the child is not present (yet) when the car approaches the loading area. Leave the name in the windshield until the car is loaded as it is easier to direct the children to the car.

Dear Parents,

Please see this attachment about Box Top collection.

Our PTA raises money through this collection.

Thank you,

1. All volunteers are to fill out and submit a Service Hours Application form. On the  form, parents must list all children who attend our charter school system.

2. Each family must complete 30 or more hours per school year; however, 10 hours of that can be given by some form of donation in lieu of fulfilling these hours in increments of ½ hour per donation.  All donations must be authorized by the principal in advance.  Parents and guardians of students in the City’s Charter School system shall be able to satisfy a portion of their thirty (30) volunteer hour requirement by purchasing up to twenty (20) of these hours as follows:

-    The first ten (10) hours may be purchased for $10.00 per hour.
-    The second ten (10) hours may be purchased for $20.00 per hour.

No parent or guardian shall be permitted to purchase more than twenty (20) volunteer hours for a total of $300.00.

The remaining ten (10) hours of the volunteer requirement shall be satisfied in a manner consistent with the Charter Schools’ previously established rules and regulations.  After May 1, 2017 you may only pay for these hours with cash or money order. 


All Pro Dad Families,

Thank you to the hundreds of families that spent time with their children at our school yesterday morning with our 1st 2016-2017 breakfast. 

We have always had great success with strong parental involvement at our breakfast, but yesterday’s showing of parental commitment was breathtaking.  The objective of the program is for dads and families to spend some meaningful time together discussing poignant topics making some positive memories.

Our “APD Committee” is already problem-solving to minimize some of the problems that we encountered with so many participants.  Please do not get discouraged and become tempted to skip the next 5 All Pro Dad meetings. 

Our volunteers have compiled a list of families that did not get a breakfast and we will gladly refund the money or give credits for 1 of our future All Pro Dad breakfasts.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to make some suggestions or want to double check that we have your name on the refund list.

Thank you for the partnership with this great program!

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