Eblast for October 11, 2020
Miami Palmetto Senior High School PTSA
*OPEN HOUSE is being postponed- Stay tuned for updates
Oct. 13: Pinecrest Mayor’s Education Advisory Council Meeting, 9:15AM
Oct 15: Grade level Orientations (virtual and aired in 1st period)
Oct. 15: Deadline for Silver Knight Award Application
Oct 16: Freshman Class Elections (link will be sent to dadeschools emails on the 16th- voting during lunch)
Oct. 23: No School, Teacher Planning Day
Oct 26-30: Panther Spirit Week/Election Events
Nov 2: Mock Election
Nov. 3: No School/National Election Day/Teacher Planning
Nov. 11: No School/Veteran's Day

Other Resources:

THANK YOU PTSA Members and Sponsors!
As of 10/9 we have 693 members and have raised $28,358. Our GOAL is 1,500 members and $35,000. WE ARE GETTING THERE! A special THANK YOU to our sponsors. Palmetto needs you more than ever. Please join today! Scroll down for complete information. Quick link to sign-up: https://palmettopanthers.new.memberhub.store/store
At-Home Daily Student Health Screening Checklist:
This is an important message from Miami Palmetto Senior High School. This is a reminder that parents are expected to do a temperature and symptom check of their child each morning before going to school. Please visit the school website at www.palmettopathers.org to view the Daily Student Health Screening Checklist. Thank you and have a good evening.
Amazon Prime Days: Oct. 13 & 14:
Calling all Amazon shoppers! Bookmark this Amazon for all of your purchases. There is no cost to you, and a percent of sales through this web site (link to smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7102434 ) gets returned to Palmetto High PTSA. You can also add it to your Amazon app (click on the main menu/three horizontal lines, then Settings, then AmazonSmile, then search for Miami Palmetto Sr High School PTSA)
Note: Oct. 13 & 14 are Amazon Prime days, full of deals and promotions!
Updated MPSH Calendar (w/Blocks):
New Counselor- Welcome Mr. Sanchez!:
There is a new counselor at Palmetto High, Mr. Sanchez, for students whose last name starts with BB-D. All counselor contact info is below.
Senior Portrait Info:
Senior Portrait Info: Fox-Mar is still taking senior portraits. The last day for seniors to take their picture in order to be featured in the yearbook is December 5th. They can take their photo at any time, but that's the cutoff date (so far) to be featured in the yearbook. https://www.fox-mar.com

If you already took your senior portrait, but didn't submit your senior quote, please follow this link!
Senior Yearbook Ad Space:
Last day for senior ad page discount is October 30! Go to website to download form. They can also be purchased through OSP on the portal or the website for school. Details on the form that can be found at thepalmecho.com
SENIORS Interested in Silver Knight Awards (LAST CHANCE!):
All students interested in applying to become a 2021 Miami Herald Silver Knight Nominee, need to fill out this preliminary application (link to https://www.palmettopanthers.org/apps/news/show_news.jsp?REC_ID=663742&id=0) by October 15th.
College Month: Ivy League Info:
Can be found here
Scoir Parent Workshop:
Did you miss the District’s parent meeting about Scoir? You can watch it here:
Parents’ Guide to the District's New College Planning Tool (SCOIR) Webinar:
Passcode: t=6X%ann
FALL 2020

Oct 12            3:30                Oberlin College
Oct 12            4:00                Princeton University
Oct 13            3:30                University of Maryland (College Park)
Oct 14            3:30                University of Wisconsin (Madison)
Oct 15            3:30                Indiana University (Bloomington)
Oct 15            6:00                University of Michigan
Oct 15            7:00                Virtual Visit with State University System
Oct 16            3:30                Emory University
Oct 18            12:00-8:00      NACAC College Fair
Oct 19            3:30                Purdue University (Main Campus)
Oct 20            3:30                Bucknell University
Oct 21            3:30                Hofstra University
Oct 21            6:00                Transitioning to College for Students with Disabilities
Oct 22            3:00                Colby College
Oct 22            3:30                Rollins College
Oct 22            4:00                Historically Black Colleges
Oct 27            3:30                University of Miami AFROTC
Oct 27            6:00                Florida PCUF College Fairs
Oct 28            12:55              Miami Dade Honors College
Oct 28            3:30                Eckerd College
Oct 29            3:30                Florida Institute of Technology
Oct 30            3:30                Bates College
Nov 4             TBD                Miami Dade College
Nov 5             TBD                Miami Dade College

STUDENTS NEED to register with Scoir to attend.
(Parents can sign in for notifications on their child’s page)
Freshman Elections:
Contact- Ms. Valero, Student Activities Director- esilverio@Dadeschools.net @mpsh.2024
Junior Ring Sales:
Village of Pinecrest Mayor’s Education Advisory Council:
Every month there is a meeting about our Pinecrest public schools that includes Pinecrest Principals, PTSA Presidents, the Mayor of Pinecrest and Councilmembers, M-DCPS representatives, and interested parents and community members. The meeting is open to the community. They are currently being held virtually and our next one is this Tuesday, 9:15 AM:
Topic: EAC
Time: Oct 13, 2020 09:15 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 897 0237 7202
Passcode: 334575
Panthers Boys Lacrosse Fall Ball:
PTSA Legislative Report by Nancy Lawther, MPSH PTSA Legislative Chair:
Legislation Chair Report
MPSH PTSA Board Meeting
October 1, 2020

I.                   Florida Legislature
Governor Ron DeSantis has indicated his interest in calling a one-day Special Session of the Florida Legislature in November after the General Election, but with undetermined date, to consider new legislation, the “Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act,” regarding actions taken during public protest that result in property damage or personal injury. The proposed legislation is highly controversial. (Summary attached)

II.                 Elections
The last day to register to vote is October 5, and the last day to request a vote by mail ballot is October 24. Vote by mail ballots will be counted as they are received, and must be postmarked by November 3, 2020. Early voting will be held from October 19-November 1, and sites include the Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Coral Gables, and Coral Reef Branch Libraries. Early voting sites will have drop-off boxes for completed vote by mail ballots; voters should bring a picture ID. It is recommended that NO vote by mail ballots be submitted via the US postal service after October 13. Voters who have received vote by mail ballots but who wish to vote in person may turn their ballots in at Early Voting sites or (on the day of the General Election) their home precinct before receiving a new in-person ballot.

Beyond the Presidential race, the ballot will include state legislative races, the Miami-Dade County Mayoral race, the School Board District 3, 5, and 9 races, local municipal races, opportunities to renew (or not) certain judges, state constitutional amendments, county charter referenda, and, depending on the locale, municipal charter amendments.

III.               Census
The deadline to complete the Census form has been extended. A judge moved the deadline past September 30 to October 31, but a subsequent administrative rule has moved it back to October 5.

IV.               Schools Reopening Advocacy
Nancy Lawther spoke at the September 29 Emergency Meeting of the Miami-Dade County School Board regarding Education Commissioner Corcoran’s letter to the Superintendent and Board Chair indicating that if MDCPS did not reopen brick and mortar schools by October 5, date indicated in the District’s approved July 29 reopening plan, it would have to show cause on a classroom-by-classroom basis, or forfeit millions of dollars in funding. She spoke on the basis of National PTA’s position statement on school reopening, and stressed the importance of stakeholder input and local control.

V.                 Resolutions
Miami-Dade County Council of PTAs/PTSAs can adopt resolutions submitted by local units on topics within the scope of PTA. Adopted resolutions become position statements upon which PTA members can advocate at the local, state, and national levels. The process is ongoing, but MDCC PTA/PTSA is likely to consider at least two resolutions at its November Board meeting.
Parking Decal Sales:
Click here to find out how to apply for a student parking spot at Palmetto High.
Voting Info:
Election Day is quickly approaching. How are YOU voting (by mail, early voting, on Election Day)? Make a plan, don't wait until the last minute. And please, RESEARCH the CANDIDATES!
If you missed the MDCC PTA/PTSA School Board Candidate Forum you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/rO9mr1DMUEM

Other important dates: 
10/19-11/1- EARLY VOTING in Miami-Dade County (includes Pinecrest Library)
Locations, hours, & more info: 
10/24: Deadline to request Vote by Mail Ballot (by 5PM!) You must ALREADY be registered to vote to do this (remember THAT deadline was 10/5)
11/3- Election Day
**You cannot drop off your Vote by Mail ballot at your precinct on Election Day**
Voter Registration info, YOUR personalized sample ballot, signature update, Vote by Mail tracking (**imperative!!), and more can be found here: https://www.miamidade.gov/global/elections/home.page
2020 Census:
UPDATED Amazon Smile Link to Benefit Palmetto High PTSA:
AMAZON SHOPPERS! Here's an easy and no-cost way for you to support Palmetto High. SAVE THIS AMAZON BOOKMARK on your device to shop from. A percent of all your sales will go to Palmetto High PTSA. Again, there is NO COST for you to do this. THANK YOU!!!!

PTSA Annual Book Sale:
Buy your required and suggested reading for Language Arts and AP Classes! Click here to access Palmetto’s Book Fair at Books & Books. A portion of the proceeds will be given to Palmetto High PTSA, PLUS you are supporting a local business. Please also consider buying a gift card for students in need (directions below). Free shipping on orders $50 or more. Thank you!
Join Palmetto High’s PTSA TODAY! 

Direct Link to Online PTSA Membership/Sponsorship: https://palmettopanthers.new.memberhub.store/store

5 Reasons Why YOU Should Join Palmetto High PTSA Today:

1. You’ll Be Connected. Now more than ever communication is key to have a successful 2020-2021 year. Palmetto High PTSA will keep you informed all year on school updates and events. In addition, because we are starting school virtually, it is also the best way to meet and connect with other MPSH parents. 

2. You Are Helping the School. When you buy a membership, you are showing that you support Palmetto High and our PTSA, including financially. 100% of proceeds go directly back into our school. 

3. It Gives PTA/PTSA Legislative Power. Local, state, and national PTSA/PTA are constantly advocating for our children and our schools in legislative matters, and your membership fee contributes to their cause. 

4. You Are Your Child’s Role Model. By joining the PTSA you are showing that you are interested in your child’s school and their education is important to you. 

5. YOU Get a Vote. Every PTSA member gets a voice when voting on important Palmetto High PTSA decisions, including budget and spending decisions. 

In addition to buying a PTSA membership, we ask the Palmetto Community to consider an additional donation to our PTSA. At the web site above, please review the various sponsorship levels. All Sponsorships include PTSA Membership up to 4 family members.  

If you are a business and are interested in Business Sponsorship opportunities, please read our Sponsorship Letter and view our Sponsorship levels below.
Dear Potential Sponsor,

As President of the Miami Palmetto Senior High School PTSA, I am excited to announce that we are initiating what we hope to be a successful Fundraising Program this year in spite of the pandemic gripping our world. We are asking families, local businesses, MPHS alumni, and community leaders to participate. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to fund essential student programs, teacher special projects, and technology improvements, just to name a few.

Our popular annual “Love Our Panthers Event” is now going to be “Love Our Panthers ALL Year Long”! We will still plan to hold our annual community mixer event and Silent Auction in the Spring, should conditions allow, however, this year we are centralizing all of our fundraising efforts to run continuously all year. Banners that promote businesses that support Panther Pride are now included at various levels. These banners can be hung on the sports fence along both 120th Street and 77th Avenue, which is highly visible to local traffic.

Your contribution can make a real difference at a neighborhood school. You may be aware that Florida school funding is among the lowest per capita. Fortunately for our school, the PTSA in conjunction with our extraordinary community we are able to bridge that gap and make Miami Palmetto Senior High School a nurturing and amazing place to educate our teens.

There are several reasons why you may be interested in this program. Most importantly, we are a tax exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible.

Second, our sponsors are recognized for their support in several ways that are visible to thousands of members of our far-reaching Palmetto family.

We are continuously working with community leaders to promote our amazing, public neighborhood schools. Competing with other school options can be challenging, but we maintain that Miami Palmetto Senior High School is not only an excellent choice, but also one that serves our neighborhood and strengthens our community.
Please consider the various sponsorship opportunities that we offer. If you have any questions or another way that you are interested in supporting our school please do not hesitate to contact either me or the Vice President of Ways and Means, Dana March (danamarch73@gmail.com) or our Fundraising Chair, Zalaysha Lowry (zlowry76@gmail.com).

More information as well as the link to donate, can be found on our website: www.palmettohighptsa.org.


Gina Vinueza
Miami Palmetto Senior High School PTSA President, 2020-21
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!
Community News:
Pinecrest People Mover Info:
Pinecrest City Music Project:
Leave Quarantine with a lifelong skill while having a blast! PCMP (Virtual) Programming is back and better than ever! For Fall 2020, we are offering new one-of-a-kind classes including Computer Science Music Coding, Digital Music Production, Music Composition, and more from the safety of your home. We welcome students of all ability levels in grades K-8th. Scholarships are available. Semester dates: Oct. 5-Dec. 11. All students will have the opportunity to participate in the 4th Annual Music @ The Gardens Drive-In Music Festival!
Questions? Contact hello@pcmpmusic.org or (305) 965-1390. 
Halloween Events in Pinecrest:

The Village is making Halloween a little scary and very safe this year with three events for everyone in the family, including pets! 

The Spooky Drive-in Movie Theater featuring the 2019 animated rendition of the classic “The Addams Family” will be held on Friday, October 23 at the Village Green behind the Pinecrest Community Center, 5855 Killian Parkway. Gates open at 6:15 p.m. and the movie will begin at 7:00 p.m., with sound transmitted via an FM radio frequency directly to car stereo systems. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at Elia Pinecrest in the Pinecrest Community Center. 

Be careful when you walk away from the car. The forecast calls for fog, and there are rumors that zombies are making their way back to the Village. 

Capacity is limited, so get your ticket early. This is a family-friendly event hosted by the Pinecrest Parks & Recreation Department. 

There will be an overflow option for moviegoers who prefer to sit under the stars in socially distant circles for non-vehicle viewing. 

Tickets for lawn circles will be available for purchase the day of the event for $20. 
Each circle can accommodate a maximum of six people. Personal lawn chairs or blankets for lawn viewing circles are recommended. Social distancing circle participants must utilize FM radio with headphones or an FM Radio app with headphones to listen to the movie. 

Tickets can be purchased here:
Stay tuned for details about a virtual Howl-O-Ween costume contest on October 31.
Have Something You Want to Share?
If there is something you would like to share in the MPSH weekly e-blast, please email KatieLAbbott@comcast.net by the end of the school day every Friday.
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