Eblast for September 27, 2020
Miami Palmetto Senior High School PTSA
*OPEN HOUSE is being postponed- Stay tuned for updates
Sept. 28: No School, Teacher Planning Day
Sept. 30: Reassessment of Local COVID-19 Conditions
Oct. 5: Target Date to Pivot to Schoolhouse Model
Oct. 8: General PTSA Meeting 7PM
Oct. 23: No School, Teacher Planning Day

Other Resources:

THANK YOU PTSA Members and Sponsors!
As of Thursday 9/24, we have 572 members and have raised $23,197. Our GOAL is 1,500 members and $35,000. Please join today! Scroll down for complete information. Quick link to sign-up: https://palmettopanthers.new.memberhub.store/store
Reopening of School/Phase 2 Safety Measures at Palmetto Video:
Palmetto families- please watch this important video that highlights the safety measures that will be in place when we go back to school:

Please note that although Palmetto High is not going back to the Schoolhouse Model until later, starting October 14th the virtual school start time will revert to 7:20AM.
Student Council – Freshman Elections:
Freshman Parents, PLEASE share with your child!

Are you a freshman that is interested in being more involved at Palmetto? Are you a leader, hard worker, spirited student? Then the Class of 2024 is looking for you. We will be holding Freshman elections in the 3rd week of October. If you're interested in running for president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer, or just being a part of the team, join us for an interest meeting taking place on October 1st during the regularly scheduled Student Council Meeting. Get more information about running for office and meet some current members of Student Council. Meeting will be Thursday October 1st at 3:30pm.

Elizabeth Valero is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Student Council Monthly Meeting
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 881 0189 8463
Passcode: 6MrfCR
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: 
10/5- LAST DAY to register to vote (this is COMING UP!)
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 is 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
LAST CHANCE to Get Your 2019-2020 Yearbook:
If you need further information or assistance on yearbook related matters, please contact Ms. Huffman at: a.huffman.thepalmecho@gmail.com
Who is Your Child’s Counselor?:
Please note the updated Counselor contact info below. Please remember to leave an email and a phone number where they can contact you.
*Updated College Fair Schedule:

Visits are open to all students, not just seniors. 
FALL 2020
Sept 29           12:55            Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 
Sept 29           3:30              University of Connecticut
Sept 30          12:55             Lynn University
Sept 30           3:30              Elon University
Oct 1              3:30               Boston University
Oct 2              3:30               Colby College
Oct 5             3:30                Rice University
Oct 5              4:00               University of Central Florida
Oct 6              3:30               The Ohio State University (Main Campus)
Oct 7              12:55             Georgetown University
Oct 7              3:30               American University
Oct 7              6:00               Tufts University
Oct 8              3:30               Tulane University of Louisiana
Oct 9              3:30              Florida State University
Oct 12            3:30               Oberlin College
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 16            3:30               Emory University
Oct 19            3:30               Purdue University (Main Campus)
Oct 20            3:30               Bucknell University
Oct 21            3:30               Hofstra University
Oct 22           3:30                Rollins College
Oct 27            3:30               University of Miami AFROTC
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)
Silver Knight Preliminary Application:

All students (seniors only) interested in applying to become a 2021 Miami Herald Silver Knight Nominee, please fill out this preliminary application and return by Oct 15.
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!!!!

Free Tutoring from M-DC Public Libraries and tutor.com:
FREE TUTORING through our public library system and tutor.com! Get homework help, help with writing a paper, preparing for a test, finding a job (Career Coaches!), and more. Our library system pays for it (FREE for you) from 
1- Click on this link
2- On right side menu, scroll down and click on Tutor.com
3- Login with your library card number. Don't have a card yet? You can get on online! https://www.mdpls.org/library-card/library-card.asp
Our library system has so much to offer, supported by YOUR TAX DOLLARS, check it out!
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!
Register to Vote 2020 & Vote by Mail:
REGISTER TO VOTE!!!! (and if you have an 18-year old please help them if they need it!)
Register to Vote Florida: https://registertovoteflorida.gov/home
Community News:
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.
Click Here to donate to Miami Palmetto PTSA (thank you!!!)

PLEASE FORWARD this email to any new parents who may not be receiving it yet. 
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School Website: palmettopanthers.org
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