Wednesday, October 22, 2014

FSU Elementary News and Notes

Dear Parents,

Just a reminder of some important dates:

Thursday October 23rd will be an Early Release Day. Dismissal will be at 12:45. Please make sure your child’s teacher has an accurate way home form so there is no confusion with dismissal. Families need to arrive in the carline and parent plates walk up (pick up) by 12:45 or sooner.

Friday October 24 will be a teacher planning day.

Tuesday November 4th will be a teacher planning day.

Tuesday November 11th will be no school in honor of Veterans Day.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

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

Dear Parents and Families:

Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits.

It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:

- Set the example. Let children see you read.
- Have a collection of books in the home. Update this collection routinely to keep pace with changing tastes and reading skills.
- Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books to read.

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings to school the books kids want to read. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

Book Fair dates: October 31 - November 10

Shopping hours: 8:15am -3:00pm

Before you visit the Book Fair, be sure to download the Book Fairs app to help you find the right books for your child. For more information, visit: And if you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at Our online Fair is available from October 31,2014 to November 10,2014.


Come watch your favorite teachers, associates, and staff play against each other in a friendly game of Volleyball and help our school! The game will be Thursday, October 23 from 9:00 am to 10:15 am. You can join by filling out this flyer.

Dear Parents/Guardians:

On October 22nd, two days early we will be joining the rest of the United States in celebrating Food Day.

Food Dayinspires Americans to change their diets. Every October 24, events around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food. October 24 is a day to resolve to make changes in our own diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities at the local, state, and national level.

To celebrate, Chartwells School Dining Services is featuring a special menu for our students in your school. This menu focuses on vegetarian, flexitarian and pescatarian lifestyles encouraging students to sample more environmentally sustainable diets. In addition, we will be coordinating a canned and non-perishable food donation station at each school on October 22nd. Our mission is to help combat hunger in our area by collecting food items and donating to located on 2501 SW 52 terrace, Pembroke Pines.

We invite you to join us on October 22nd as we celebrate Food Day, combat local hunger and commit to healthful, sustainable diets for ourselves and our students!

Dear Charter School Parents,

Thank you to all of the parents who have donated and/or pledged to contribute to the Pembroke Pines Charter School Foundation. If you have not made a contribution or completed a pledge form, please do so now. Here  is a pledge form that can be used to make your contributions to the future of your child’s education. We hope you take the time to fill one out and send it in to your school’s front office.

The Pembroke Pines Charter School System has a proud history of excellence that we intend to preserve and grow for years to come. However, we cannot do so without your help.

Please fill out your pledge form today.

Please join us at Our First General PTA Meeting on Wednesday, October 29th at 6:30 pm. Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Dawn Pilger Williams will be Treating us with "Behavior Management That Really Does the Trick"

Earn Volunteer Hours for Attending! Food will be served beginning at 6pm
Pre-Order a Meal and get a Face Painting for FREE $5 Meal includes 2 slices of Pizza, a Drink and 2 Cookies.

Your kids will be supervised with fun activities while you learn some great parenting strategies for difficult behaviors

Activities Include:
Cupcake Decorating - $2 if Pre-ordered / $3 if Paid at the event
Free Art Activity
Music & Dancing in the Airnasium
$1 Face Painting

Dear Parents and Families,

The Fall 2014 Scholastic Book Fair will be at our school from Friday, October 31st through Monday, November 10th, 2014. Our Book Fair theme is Sir Readalot’s Castle. This season’s Book Fair will be an exciting celebration full of fun activities and hundreds of books kids want to read.


Dear Parents and Guardians,

We will have an advisory board meeting on October 27 at 6:00pm in our cafeteria. Service hours will be provided.

Dance practice will be held in the mornings on the following days from 8:10am to 8:40am:

14th - Intermediate
17th - Juniors
20th - Seniors
21st - Intermediate
22nd - Juniors
27th - Seniors
29th - Intermediate
30th - Juniors

3rd - Seniors
5th - Intermediate
6th - Juniors
7th - Seniors

We will keep you updated as we schedule dates and please note that there are events that may occur out of our control and there may be need for a cancellation and/or rescheduling of dates.

The State Department of Health has confirmed the first Florida case of the Enterovirus-D68 in Tampa. This virus causes cold and flu-like symptoms and is considered highly contagious. In infants and young children, the virus can cause difficulty breathing.

Schools are being advised to be vigilant and practice good hygiene. Parents, if your children experience one or more of the following symptoms, we ask that you keep them home. If the symptoms persist, please seek medical care as soon as possible: FEVER, RUNNY NOSE, SNEEZING, COUGH, BODY & MUSCLE ACHES, WHEEZING, AND DIFFICULTY BREATHING.

You can help prevent your family from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses by following these steps:

- Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact such as hugging, kissing, sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not with your bare hands
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick

Get your business exposed to our Charter School Families or donate a new item of your choosing for volunteer hours.

You or a friend own a business you'd like to promote to our families well... We are looking for DONATIONS for our PTA Spaghetti Dinner & Bingo Family Fundraiser. It is one of our most popular PTA events with over 700 attendees last year! You will receive volunteer hours for your donation & your business will be included in flyers before, at and after the event. Funds raised will be used to improve the Technology In Our Classrooms!!

We are accepting New Items, Services or Gift Cards. Please contact Dawn Williams [email protected] about your donation as soon as possible. Thanks so much for helping us support our kids' education!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please note this information about the parent portal for FOCUS.

Dear 5th Grade Families,

CALLING ALL 5th GRADE BABY PHOTOS! We need your precious baby photo for the yearbook. PLEASE DO NOT CUT THE PHOTO! It is much harder to scan and will leave lines around the photo. Your photo will be returned exactly how it is submitted.

Please include your child’s first and last name on the back of the baby photo along with the 5th grade teacher’s name. If you prefer, you can submit a high resolution (300 dpi) electronic photo directly to [email protected] The deadline for submission is Monday, October 27th.

Dear 5th Grade Parents:

Welcome to the world of Pembroke Pines FSU Charter Elementary Theater Productions. This year our drama play is Frozen. We are excited as we embark upon another year of keeping the PPCES FSU School tradition which brings an amazing experience to our students. Auditions are the first of many steps towards construction of this Frozen theatrical production to be performed on Saturday, May 16th at the Susan B Katz Auditorium(aka River of Grass).

Here the partial script for your child to learn for the auditions in addition to the song lyrics, Do You Want to Build a Snowman, which will also be required for the auditions.

Please encourage your child to participate and get involved. Thank you for your support and cooperation in advance.

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