Mabry Minute for Week of 10/13/19
Walk-A-Thon Donations Due 10/15!

DONATE HERE!! All donations are due THIS TUESDAY, Oct 15!!

The 11th Annual Walk-A-Thon will be Saturday October 26th (9AM-Noon). Students, families and staff will gather at the Coleman Track to walk together and raise funds for our school. Last year's Walk-A-Thon proceeds went to installing overhead projectors in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms. As students raise donations they earn prize bags filled with free meals at local restaurants, Mabry swag, and even Hydro Flasks. Homerooms can earn recess gear or ice cream parties. More information can be found HERE. Interested in volunteering? Email us or sign up HERE.

We will be stuffing the Walk-A-Thon prize bags on October 19. If interested in helping out, please email us.
This month, student council and Mabry will be participating in Socktober!
What is Socktober? It is a month long event where you can help donate various items to help students in Hillsborough County (grades K through 12), as well as adult clothes for a local homeless shelter through Matthew 25.  It doesn't have to be just socks. You can donate:
*     Socks
*     Underwear
*     Soap
*     Shampoo/Conditioner
*     Antibacterial Ointment/Bandaids
*     Brushes/Combs
*     Hygiene products
*     Deodorant
*     Baby wipes
*     Other Toiletries
Bring in your donations to your student council rep by Oct 25. If you have any questions, email Miss Strauss
Attention Mabry parents ...
Starting January 1, Tampa police will be issuing tickets for texting in a school or work zone.   It will be considered a moving violation with the possibility of 3 points on a driving record and up to a $60 fine.  Please be advised that Tampa PD will be implementing this change immediately, and while they may issue only warnings through the next couple of months, they will be stopping people.  We all have a role to play in the safety of our children, so please avoid using your phone for texting while picking up and dropping off. 

Please feel free to send any questions to Advocacy Chair Lucy White at  lucyhouse@gmail.com .
Internet Safety Message
Neither You Tube or You Tube Kids has adequate controls to prevent your child from viewing inappropriate content.  Please ensure that you have adequate parental controls on your child's devices, monitor their online usage, and regularly check their browsing history for in appropriate content.
A Message from VP Holley
Mabry families- Many of you have contacted us to say that you are not receiving Parent Link messages. I am unsure why this is happening, but many of you have been marked as "Do Not Contact". If you want to opt back in to Parent Link (also known as Blackboard) please follow the directions below. 

How to "opt-in" to Parent Link  Phone calls: Call the Blackboard Phone Hotline at "855-502-STOP (855-502-7867)" from the phone line that has been opted out.  Text (SMS) messages: Reply START to "60680" from the phone line that is not receiving non-emergency messages. Reply START to "54968" for emergency messages.
New School Directory
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Hello Mabry Community, please check out our new Mabry PTA membership directory at Membership Toolkit! Please check your email for instructions or take a moment and go to this link to register.
Character Connection: Acceptance
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Here are some discussion points to talk about acceptance with your child:
  • What do you think acceptance is and why is it important?
  • Tell me about a time when it was hard to include someone you didn't want to play with?
  • What are some ways you can practice acceptance of yourself and others?
No Uniform on Thursday
Bring a dollar on Thursday for Walk-A-Thon and skip the uniform!
Walk to School Wednesdays
Walk to school every Wednesday and fill those  punch cards Here's the map of  walking routes and additional details.
Love to bake? We need you!
We are looking for volunteers to help bake or purchase goodies for the 5th grade bake sale at the Walk-A-Thon. Details and a signup genius can be found HERE

Please have the items prebagged and marked if they are one of the "Gluten-Free, Nut-Free or Dairy-Free" snacks.  All items should be dropped at THE FRONT of the school the Thursday and Friday before the Bake Sale, October 24 or 25.
5th Grade Tribute
Don't miss your chance to reserve a tribute for everyone to see!

Go to balfour.com to place your order.  Tribute deadline to reserve the space January 17, 2020. More details can be found HERE.
Weekly Reading Fun Tips
The Reading Enhancement Committee loves to focus on providing tools and tips for our little readers and parents to make it fun and it is time sensitive! 

This week's tip:
It's Fall! It's that time of year when we start baking for the Holiday's. Use recipes to help not only to teach fractions but reading too!
Suggestion
Parents, please share the Mabry calendar with Nannies, grandparents, and anyone else in your child's life.
Art News
Check out the Fall Art Newsletter!
Amazon Smile
Your charity, Mabry Elementary School PTA, recently received a quarterly donation of $90.52 thanks to customers shopping at smile.amazon.com.