Mabry Minute for Week of 10/20/19
T he 11th Annual Walk-A-Thon:
Join us 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.  Prize bags will be delivered Monday October 21st. 

If you need to swap out your t-shirt for a different size, parents will be in front of the school on October 25th and can swap out t-shirts on a first come, first serve basis.   More information can be found HERE

We are still in need of volunteers! S ign up HERE .
2019 Bully Prevention Week
October is National Bullying Prevention Month and students will be learning all about bullying behaviors and how to stop  them. Here at Mabry we are focused on building a kind, accepting, and inclusive community. During the week of October  21 -25 our focus will be about bullying prevention and awareness. We ask that students participate in each of the daily  themes to support our inclusive culture. Details can be found HERE.

Monday - Be an Upstander!
View the upstander video on the morning show and sign your classroom pledge to be an upstander.

Tuesday - Be Kind.
Treat others the way you want to be treated. 
Wear a t-shirt that represents kindness.

Wednesday - Make it ORANGE and make it end!
UNITY DAY Together we are united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.
Wear orange to show we won't tolerate bullying.

Thursday - Put a stop to bullying.
REFUSE bullying by teaming up to put a stop to it.
Wear any team jersey to show you are going to team up and put a stop to bullying behavior.

Friday - We are a FAMILY!
We are a community that cares about each other!
Wear a Mabry Spirit Shirt to show you are a part of our Mabry family.
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
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.
Character Connection: Acceptance
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?
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.
Walk to School Wednesdays
Walk to school every Wednesday and fill those  punch cards Here's the map of  walking routes and additional details.
Tickets for Texting
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 .
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.
5th Grade Tribute
Don't miss your chance to reserve a tribute for everyone to see!

Go to 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:
Practice your sight words by singing them to a favorite tune!
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!
New School Directory
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.