Mabry Minute for Week of 11/24/19

School is closed Nov 25-29 for Fall Break. School will reopen on Monday, Dec 2.
We hope everyone has a safe, fun, and relaxing time off with those they love!
Spring Auction Announcement !
Our biggest night in fundraising is also the most fun night around. Join the Mabry PTA in your masquerade attire for an exquisite evening of cocktails, nibbles, casino games, live auction, and more...all benefiting Mabry Elementary. 

Family, Casino Table, & Business sponsorships available
Student Council Needs Your Help!
Next month is busy for student council, and you can help!  We are hosting our annual toy drive and our annual holiday card making

From  December 2-6 , we are collecting toys for all ages (infants to teenagers.) All toys will be donated to Metropolitan Ministries to help children and teenagers in need. 

Also, from  December 9-12 , please be sure to stop by the front of the school in the morning to make a holiday card. The card making is going to be donated to a local assisted living center to brighten someone's holiday season and make them smile.

 Things to remember:
  • Toy Drive will be held from December 2 - 6
  • Card making will be held at the front of the school December 9- 12 from 7:10-7:40
  • Toys must be new and unwrapped
  • Some toy options include:
    • Stuffed animals/Dolls
    • Learning toys
    • Books
    • Legos
    • Jewelry/Make-up/Hair accessories
    • Sporting equipment
    • Board games
    • Game kits/ Craft kits
    • Bicycles/Skateboards
    • Gift cards: Target, Walmart, Apple, Best Buy, Publix
Please bring donations to your student council rep. If you have any questions, please email Jessica Strauss.
Fall Family Night

Dinner and dancing from around the world! The Mabry chorus and steel pans will be performing, along with grade level folk dance performances (from 6-7pm). Food trucks serving mediterranean, philipino, columbian and moroccan fare (All will serve a kids meal). Mabry students who participate in grade level performances will receive a special spirit stick. Mabry spirit wear for purchase. More information can be found HERE, and be sure to sign your child up to dance HERE.
Engraved Pavers!
Paver forms  are due by December 6th. Turn them into HR teacher or PTA Box in front office. Questions? Contact Stephanie at .
Holiday Shop
The "Holiday Shop" is a is a program brought to the school by the PTA. This program gives children a safe, supervised environment in which to choose appropriately priced gifts for family and friends. 

This year, it will be December 9-13, 2019 during school hours and will only be open for students. More details about the shop will be sent home with children. 

Volunteers are needed! Please sign up to volunteer HERE.
November's Character Connection: Kindness
Here are some discussion points to talk about kindness with your child:
  • Tell me about a time when someone was kind to you. How did it make you feel?
  • Why do you think kindness is important?
  • Who is someone in your class you can be kind to?
  • What are ways you can be kind to people at home and in your community?
Mabry PTA Bi-laws
This school year, Mabry PTA's bi-laws will need to be approved. The executive team has proposed to keep our current bi-law adjustments and renew for another 3 years. (Click here to review these items.) We will be voting on these proposed bi-laws at the next General Membership Meeting on January 30th , 2020. If you have any questions, please email .
Help Spread Holiday Cheer!
'Tis the season!

We are asking for your help in providing holiday gifts for some of our Mabry families, as well as students from our partnership school, West Shore Elementary.

Help spread holiday cheer by using the link to our Signup Genius to sponsor a child in need.
School Safety Update
The Mabry PTA is installing additional fencing around the perimeter of the school grounds. This week, during the Thanksgiving break, new fencing will be added along Neptune Avenue and Lois Avenue. In the coming months, gates will be installed at the entrance and exits of the school drop off lane at Neptune and Lois. 
Celebrate a special event on the Mabry Marquee!
Kids love seeing their birthday displayed or personal announcements!!

The Mabry Marquee celebrations reservation form is online at Complete this form and put it in the front office box or send it in via email.  
School Choice is Open!
The first School Choice window is now open, and will close on 12/31/19. Those families who wish to consider magnet schools for the 2020-2021 school year are encouraged to apply in the first round, to have the best chances for selection.   

More information can be found HERE with event dates and descriptions of the choice options, as well as links to explore school choice options online. 
Spirit Day Event
Where: Jeremiah's Italian Ice
> 4501 S Dale Mabry
When: Thursday, 12/19/19, from 11am-10pm.  

**Mention you are here for the Mabry Elementary School fundraiser to ensure your purchase is counted towards the promotion. 
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.
Details for how to order a yearbook tribute for your Prek-4th grader can be found HERE. Deadline to reserve tribute online only is 2/6/20.  Tribute is due in the yearbook basket by 2/13/20.
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.