Mabry Minute for Week of 08/13/17
2017-2018 School Year is Underway!
Welcome back Mabry families!  We are so excited to be back and working hard for another great year!  Hopefully all of our families got a PTA Welcome Packet.  Please make sure to read through all the information.  The PTA strives to partner with our teachers and parents to help our children reach their full potential.  How can you immediately help? Support our association and join!  Membership is only $7 and 100% of the funds go to carry out the year's programs and events.  The PTA would love each and every member of the Mabry community to be involved in the success of our school! 
 
Come to our first meeting on Thursday Aug. 24th at 6pm in the cafeteria.  Hear about ways to get involved and help vote how to best utilized the funds our association has raised.  We look forward to hearing from you and partnering up to focus on our students and their success! Melissa MacKinnon, Mabry Elementary PTA President 2017-18

5th Grade Fundraiser
As you clean out closets after a busy summer, don't forget to save your old sneakers (both kids AND adult sizes accepted) for our GotSneakers donation fundraiser*. 
Ask friends, neighbors, and family to donate too so we can reach our goal of collecting 1000 pairs!
Donations will be accepted at Mabry starting August 22nd.   *Athletic shoes ONLY. Shoes with worn/tearing/seperated soles, holes, or torn lining are not accepted.
Solar Eclipse Viewing at Mabry
On Monday August 21st, a solar eclipse will occur and we can see a partial view here in Tampa!  Come back to school at 2:15pm next Monday.  Parents are encouraged to stay and experience the maximum view at 2:49pm.  100 Viewing glasses have been purchased to safely see the eclipse.  If you would like, bring your own.  The local libraries are having events leading up to the event where you can have the opportunity to get your own pair and learn more, http://www.hcplc.org.  The event is rain or shine!  Meet up in the front of school by the bike rack on the sidewalk leading back to the Media Center.   Ms. Strauss and other volunteers will assist leading activities during the time. Activities will conclude at 3pm.  
Become a Mabry PTA Business Partner and Event Sponsor today!
Do you want to reach over 2,000 potential customers? Sign up today as a Mabry PTA Business Partner and/or Event Sponsor today! We have multiple levels available that feature flyers, email and online marketing, logo placement on t-shirts and/or banners, and so much more! Limited quantities available, so go to www.mabrypta.org and sign up today!  
Uniform Donation Drive
jumper Do you have uniforms that your children have outgrown? Our PTA's Community Outreach Committee will help you share them with other Mabry students, and students from our community schools. You can place them in the uniform donation box in the front office of the school and we will also be collecting them at the drop off circle at the front of the school between 7:30 to 8:00 am August 14-18.  Please contact Ms. Heinberg, our school's guidance counselor, if you are in need of uniforms for your children.
Business Sponsor
Thank you to
Domingo Quintero, III for signing up as a Mabry PTA Business Partner!
Grades 3-5
Open House
Intermediate (Grade 3-5)Open House Thursday, August 17th at 6:30 pm
AGP starts at 6:00 pm
Attention Mabry Dads!
Interested in joining the Mabry Dad's Club?  E-mail MabryDadsClub@gmail.com and you will be included in the correspondence.  If you were previously on the e-mail list, no need to register again.
Join Cub Scouts
Boys in grades 1-5, Join Cub Scout pack 53! Sign up for new scouts is Monday August 21 in the cafeteria at 6:30 pm.
Contact: Lona Elly lona.elly@gmail.com
Join Girl Scouts
Join us on August 16, 2017 at 6:15 pm in the Mabry Cafeteria to learn more! Co ntact: 
Catherine  Cverona3103@gmail.com
Calling All 5th Grade Parents!
Please mark your calendars to attend the  5th Grade Year Celebrations planning meeting:  Sunday, August 20th 5 pm Location TBD*. T his will be an overall meeting before going in to sub-committees for the various 5th Grade activities throughout the year.   Contact Heather 
dhdepalma@gmail.com  or Melissa Henderson mhenderson246@gmail.com
Media Center Volunteers
Media Center New Volunteer Orientation Friday 8/18 at 8:05 in Media Center. Come learn more about volunteering in Mabry's Media Center! Contact: bhwhitney@gmail.com.
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 smile.amazon.com site!