Eblast for December 6, 2020
Miami Palmetto Senior High School PTSA
Upcoming Events - ALL EVENTS AND DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE:
*OPEN HOUSE is postponed- Stay tuned for updates
Dec 8: Pinecrest Mayor's Education Advisory Council Meeting, 9:15 AM
Dec 8: Variations Shake Shack Fundraiser
Dec 10: Teacher/Staff Holiday Luncheon
Dec 11: Junior Magazine & Cake Sale Extended Deadline
Dec 15: Group Banner 1st Deadline (Bronze Sponsorship)
Dec 21-Jan 1: No School/Winter Break
Jan 14: General PTSA Meeting, 7PM
Jan 26: PSAT for 10th Grade (11th Grade Optional). TBD for 9th Grade
Jan 28 & 29 Picture Days (tentatively)
Feb 8: Yearbook Price Increase
Mar 15: Group Banner 2nd Deadline (Bronze Sponsorship)

Resources:





Holiday Teacher Gift Card Collection (we only have 51, our goal is 100!):
Paws for Panthers Program:
Paws for Panthers works with our school social worker to “make things happen” for our least privileged, most at risk students, who are coming from broken families, abuse situations, severe financial need, aging out of foster care or with no home at all. We welcome and care for every student coming to our school. 
 
We have gotten an overwhelmingly kind response to this initiative, and the gift purchasing option is now closed. However, you may still contribute funds that will be used to fulfill wish list asks and provide support during the school year, by sending a check to the school, payable to MPSH PTSA, with Paws for Panthers in the memo line. 
 
If you have any questions, please reach out to elyssalewis@gmail.com.
 
Thank you for your generosity,
 
Elyssa Lewis
Paws for Panthers Chair
Free Grab and Go Meals at the Library:
December 4 – 29, 2020

Kids 18 and under can enjoy free, nutritious meals provided weekly by Sisters For Abundant Living while supplies last. Seven breakfasts and lunches for the week are available for pick up on a first come, first served basis at 12 participating library locations on select days and times.

Adults may pick up the meals without the child being present by providing one of the following for each child receiving meals:

  • Student ID
  • Report card or progress report
  • Student Portal access
  • Birth certificate
  • Insurance card
  • VPK registration

Adults can also receive more than one box of meals by providing identification for each child.

For a list of participating library locations and distribution days and times, visit www.mdpls.org/grabandgomeals.
College Board AP Parent Webinar: Practice Resources and Tips
From The College Board:
Dear Parent, 
We know this school year looks different for AP® students, so we want to make sure students and their parents know about free resources available to help your child with their courses. Join us for a webinar hosted by Terry Redican, the vice president of AP Program Delivery, to learn more about the best way to plan ahead for AP Exams in the spring.
In this one-hour webinar, two AP teachers will also share tips on the best ways students can prepare for AP Exams and succeed all school year long.
The webinar will take place on Thursday, December 10, at 7 p.m. ET. We’ll email the recording following the webinar.
To Register:
FREE Tutoring from Tutoring for Tomorrow:
 
Mu Alpha Theta, Science National Honor Society, and Social Science Honor Society have partnered to tutor Palmetto students in math, science, or social science every Wednesday over zoom from 3-4 p.m. Wednesday tutoring is completely FREE and open to all subject levels. See the zoom code in the flyer below.
Buy Your Tix for the Golinsky Comedy Show:
Next game 12/11 details to come 
Variations Mask Sale:
Variations Shake Shack Fundraiser:
Testing Updates for All Students:

  • Testing for the "waived" Biology EOC and US History EOC will be on 12/8/20 (8 a.m.-end of school day). This is ONLY for those students who specifically asked to take it because they are going for a Scholar's Designation. Deadline to contact me is November 20th.
  • FSA ELA for 11th grade Physical students is from 11/16/20-12/3/20.
  • MSO 11th grade students will test for the FSA ELA in Feb/March 2021.
  • 11th grade PHYSICAL students who were under quarantine during the FSA ELA testing dates and those who missed it for other reasons, will report to the Media Center Computer Lab room 2109 on December 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at 7:30 a.m. (3-day test). Students will go to their first period of the day-take attendance- report to Media Lab. Do not wait for an individual testing pass, just come to the Computer lab on December 1st and I will give everyone a testing pass. 
  • PERT Math for ONLY seniors will be 12/10/20. I will send student rosters to teachers to inform students.
  • Second wave of Retakes for FSA ELA seniors will be at end of December (pending schedule).
  • PSAT/NMSQT- Testing date is January 26, 2021
  • All 10th graders will take the PSAT/NMSQT. The district pays for all 10th graders so there is not need to register or purchase it.
  • 11th grade studentswill be able to purchase the PSAT/NMSQT starting on 12/1/20-12/11/20. Limited number of seats. This window will close early if all seats are sold out. Payments will be via OSP, found in the apps/services section of the student/parent portal.
  • 9th graders, will be able to purchase PSAT/NMSQT place between 12/14/20-12/17/20. Limited number of seats. This window will close early if all seats are sold out. Payments will be via OSP, found in the apps/services section of the student/parent portal. 
  • I will re-post any information for the PSAT/NMSQT if purchasing dates change.
  • Physical 10th graders will be given a PSAT/NMSQT study guide by their Language Arts teacher in December.
  • Link for PSAT/NMSQT Study guide.  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/psat-nmsqt-student-guide.pdf


Alejandra Valencia
Testing Chairperson
Co-AP Coordinator
Miami Palmetto High School
(305)235-1360 x2284
Yearbook Info:
Senior Spotlight Form:  https://forms.gle/GQK2nS9rbehfp8JWA
As a 2021 senior you need to be photographed by Fox-Mar.
Please make sure you are photographed before the yearbook deadline to be included in the yearbook!
Choose your personal photography session today.
Yearbook Sessions are NO CHARGE! However, Fox-Mar does offer a variety of upgrades to session choices and preview delivery options.
Call our Appointment Hotline: 1-866-227-5406 or click here to schedule.
M-DCPS Parent Academy Schedule:
GET YOUR PALMETTO SPIRIT WEAR:
The Miami Palmetto Senior’s PTSA school store is operated by Sharingwear.org, a charitable organization founded and operated by Nicole Markus, a Palmetto High senior. Sharingwear’s Palmetto Senior Online Store is the sole PTSA/school source to buy dress code shirts for Palmetto Senior as the Palmetto Senior PTSA does not operate a physical store at school. All clothing featured on Sharingwear’s Palmetto Senior Online Store are approved by Miami Palmetto Senior High as qualified dress code attire.
Designs can be purchased in multiple clothing styles (tshirts, sweatshirts, etc.) and some designs are available in multiple colors. Orders are custom printed and take 2-3 weeks for delivery. Several great new designs have been added.
All profits from Sharingwear’s Palmetto Senior Online Store are shared 50% with the Palmetto Senior PTSA and 50% with Sharingwear’s Charity of the Month. 
Please visit SharingWear.org to stock up on clothes for next year!
Get Your Palmetto Gear!
Community News:
Pinecrest Education Advisory Council Zoom Meeting Info (12/8, 9:15AM):
This meeting is open to the public and includes Miami-Dade School representatives, area Principals, area PTSA/PTA Presidents, Pinecrest Councilmembers, and interested community members. To participate in the meeting, please visit bit.ly/VOPEAC_120820
Music @ The Gardens:
Cortada Science Art Academy:
Pinecrest Gardens Nights of Lights:
Friday, November 27, 2020 through Sunday, January 3, 2021 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $7 in advance, $10 at the gate* (Children younger than 2, free)

Pinecrest Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland dotted by thousands of twinkling lights that go up, through and around the whimsical botanical landscape. This year we are adding a whole new section of sparkling holiday lights and amazing surprises in our Lower Gardens. Eat yummy treats, have a signature Pinecrest Gardens cocktail and enjoy magical Story Time with Mrs. Claus. Stay tuned for Santa Claus special appearances on the Banyan Bowl stage! On select evenings, admission includes a holiday concert performance in the historic Banyan Bowl. For tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nights-of-lights-tickets-127343855901?aff=NOLwebpage
Pinecrest Gardens 7th Annual Environmental Art Contest: Indigenous Plants & People *Virtual Contest*:

Students in grades 4-12 are eligible. For more info click here
Sponsor News:
Have Something You Want to Share?
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