Mabry Minute for Week of 08/11/19
New Family Funday - TODAY
Please join us today August 11th from 12-2pm at Friendship Park (rain or shine) for the annual New Family Funday  event.

All Pre-K, Kindergarten and new families to  Mabry are invited! This event is a great way to meet other families and receive valuable information about  Mabry, the PTA and other programs. 

In addition, the Dolphin Depot (our school spirit store) will be open for business where families can buy  Mabry uniforms and the school spirit shirts. 

We are looking forward to seeing you there!
Each student should received a packet of information from the PTA. 

Please complete and return packets by Fri Aug 16th, either to your homeroom teacher or the front office PTA box. 

If you did not receive a packet,  click here.
2nd Annual Back to School bash
Mark your calendar for the 2nd Annual Back to School bash on Friday, August 16th at Lulu Studio 906 N. Rome Ave. Tampa, FL 33606.  Drop by anytime from 9 am to 1 pm to shop a great group of vendors and give back to the community!
In addition to great back to school treats from vendors like Shades Kids, Posies Flower truck, and Island Breads, we are holding a school supply drive to benefit OASIS Network. OASIS provides basic necessities to underprivileged children in Hillsborough County public schools. It's a battle of the schools so please find your schools box to donate - winning school gets a donation made in their name!
The following donations are especially needed as we begin a new school year:
Gently used school uniforms
Gently used shorts & t-shirts (Youth sizes 4-18)
Tennis shoes (new or gently used in Youth sizes)
New socks & underwear (Youth sizes 4-18)
Schools supplies - specifically #2 pencils, college ruled notebook paper, composition books, markers
Hygiene Items - specifically deodorant, toothpaste, hairbrushes
Homeroom Parent Opportunity
Interested in getting involved with your child's classroom and being a homeroom parent? Great! Below is a list of the responsibilities when taking on this role.  After reading the list, please let your child's teacher know that you are interested in being a homeroom parent and would like to be considered for this role.

* Liaison between teacher and parents ("The Teacher's Voice")
* Coordinate classroom celebrations
* Coordinate gifts to the teacher
* Recruit volunteers for classroom and school events
* Assist with the class project for the Auction Fundraiser
* Help with Staff Appreciation week in the Spring of 2020

After each teacher selects their homeroom parent/parents, there will be a meeting to discuss the details of this role.  The tentative date for this meeting is the morning of Monday, August 26th.  

Please feel free to email Jennifer Holden, the Homeroom Parent Coordinator, with any questions.
C haracter Champ update from Mrs. Richards:
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!! My goal for this year is for all students to incorporate the character trait of the month into their daily lives, both at school and at home. This year, at the beginning of each week, a school challenge will be presented to the students via the morning show. These challenges will coincide with the trait of the month. My hope is that these fun challenges will internally motivate each child to participate and help to make the world a better place!  

In case your child arrives late or misses the announcement, the challenge will also be posted on the bulletin board outside of the Student Services suite (formerly known as the Guidance suite). I will also be including some discussion points each month in the Mabry Minute that will assist parents or guardians in having conversations about each of the traits! This is all in addition to the normal Character Champs being announced on the morning each week.
After School Enrichment (ASE) Registration OPENS August 23 at 6pm. A reminder that classes fill quickly so follow the tips on the website to be ready when it goes live.

Classes start September 16-20 and end December 10-16.
Monday classes adjust September 14 - December 16 to allow for regular dismissal.

For more information regarding ASE, please visit the website (

Class schedule, policies and procedures, waitlist information, and registration links will be updated on the webpage soon.

If you have any questions or are new to Mabry and need more information regarding our wonderful ASE program, please email us at
Give Back with Amazon Smile
If you are doing any online shopping, take a moment and register for AmazonSmile! Every purchase you make will give Mabry Elementary PTA a donation. You can sign up  here . Just make sure to always use the  site! 
Health Services Documents and Forms
Parents, print forms for Epi pens and medications HERE.
Students return to school tomorrow, August 12th, an early release day (12:55pm). Welcome back!

Also, parents can walk their children to their classroom on the first day of school only.
Kindergarten parents can walk their children to their classroom till Friday, August 16th. There will be teachers, administrators and student helpers in the hallways to assist students to their classroom. 

Thank you for patience as we follow the safety guidelines required by the state of Florida.
Kindergarten Clap-in is Friday, August 16th at 7:45 am. Parents be sure to stop by the front of school to sign in and get visitor's badge.
PTA Meeting
Save the date! There will be a PTA General Membership meeting Tuesday, August 20th at 6pm in the Mabry cafeteria. Childcare will be available for your school-aged child.
Mabry families, don't forget to fill out or update the SERVE form  here  in order to volunteer at the school. You MUST complete the form to volunteer!
Join Girl Scouts
Attention girls! Come join Girl Scouts! Join us on Wednesday, August 21, at 6:30pm in the Mabry Cafeteria to learn more! 
Contact: Jessica
Stay Up to Date!
The calendar of school and PTA events is available online at the PTA website . You can even subscribe to the calendar and sync with your phone, personal and work calendar.
Interested in helping out with Mabry's Fall fundraiser, the Walk-a-thon? A kick-off meeting will be held Wednesday, 8/21 a t 6:30pm at the Bel Mar Bar and Grill at 3501 S Manhattan Ave. 
Safety Corner
The first week of school is very busy with so many families getting accustomed to the flow of the new school year. If you are dropping your child off, please give yourself plenty of time to wait in the drop off lines. If you feel you are running late, try to find a parking spot and walk your child to the front or back entrance. Remember, please do not drop your child off on the street! The approved drop off lanes are on Estrella in the loop in front of the office, and on Neptune in front of the cafeteria.