Mabry Minute for Week of 2/2/20
The ONLINE AUCTION begins TODAY, Sunday, February 2nd at 8 am!  First up, Mabry Teacher Experiences that your kids will be giddy for. Check out the full Auction Schedule below. Don't miss this exquisite evening or the opportunity to bid on experiences, vacation rentals, summer camps and more! Start bidding in the online auction AND get your Masquerade tickets and added casino chips in advance at We've got a whole lot of new (and awesome) things happening at this year's event. 

Learn more about GiveSmart HERE.  

Auction Schedule:
Sunday, 2/2, 8am - Friday, 2/7, 10pm: Mabry Teacher Experiences 
Sunday, 2/9, 8am - Friday, 2/14, 10pm: Classroom Baskets 
Sunday, 2/16, 8am - Friday, 2/21, 10pm: FINAL Online Auction - Experiences, Summer Camps, Vacation Rentals, & more!  
Saturday, 2/22, 6 - 11pm: The Mabry Masquerade & Casino Night with LIVE AUCTION 

Early bird pricing is over, but you can still purchase tickets and you can still save big! Purchase casino chips IN ADVANCE for the Mabry Masquerade & Casino Night and get HALF OFF!  $20 for $200 in chips, $30 for $500 in chips, $50 for $1,000 in chips! These prices will double at the door, so get'em while they're hot! 

To say we're excited for our biggest night in fundraising is an understatement. But let's face it, that's just the grand finale!
2020 Mabry Art Show
"What's your Style?" from Da Vinci to Dali

February 6th, 2020,  5-7pm in the Mabry Cafeteria

*Come dressed fashionably in your favorite Style of Art ... express yourself, be yourslef! 

*Mabry Garden Delights for the tasting in a handmade student bowl you can keep for a small donation to help feed our community. 

*Fun make and take art activities (bring a pair of cheap sneakers for decorating)

*Beautiful framed art on display from every Mabry student. You may purchase the frame for $25 the night of the show or before, just be sure to make checks payable to "Artome". 

Can't Make the Art Show?
Please fill out this order form & return it with your payment to the office. Thank you!

Volunteers are needed! Sign up HERE if you can help!
Pencil Grams!
Student Council is excited to announce the annual Pencil Gram drive. This year, all proceeds will go to Metropolitan Ministries.  Come to the gram table in front of the school from 7:10-7:40 am on Feb 3rd-6th and create a message you would like to send FOR JUST A $1! It could be for a friend, your parents, your teacher, or any member of the Mabry Family. Parents, you can even send one to your child! Student Council will attach a pencil and deliver it on February 14th to the respective rooms. Let's bring a smile to those around us!

Don't have time to stop in the morning? Pre-order now! Fill in this form and return to your student council rep. Cash or checks made out to Mabry Elementary PTA. Email Jessica Strauss if you have any questions!
Jump Rope for Heart
Packets are due by Feb 7th.

For on-line donations, please visit

Please convert any cash donations into a check that is made out to American Heart Association.

Dj Party, Feb 14th, for any student that raises $25 or more.

Bonus Prize -- a Drone for each top fund raiser for each grade level 

Teacher Bonus --top raising homeroom from each grade level will win the teacher an Amazon Gift Card

Any questions, please contact Coach Broff or Coach Coto 
February's Character Connection:
Children learn empathy by watching and experiencing our empathy for them. They also notice by watching how you interact with others.

Here are some discussion points to talk about empathy with your child:
  • Identify and make connections between multiple thoughts, behaviors, and feelings with your child.
  • Talk about ways you can build a "climate" of empathy in the home and community.
Volunteers Needed for The Art Show!
We are still in need of additional volunteers to help set up this week for the Art Show on Thursday evening. Many different days and times available.

Middle and High school students can sign up HERE

4th/5th and Adult Volunteers sign up  HERE.

Please come help if you can!
Wear Orange on Thursday
Support cancer research by bringing in $1 and wearing orange this Thursday. 
Spirit Event This Weekend
February 8th and 9th: 18 Bagels, located at 111 S. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33609, will donate 20% of the sales from this promotion back to our school. 

April 4th and 5th:  Yogurtology,  located at 1202 S. Church Ave, Ste; C, Tampa, FL 33629, will donate 20% of the sales from this promotion back to our school. 
Details for how to order a yearbook tribute for your Prek-4th grader can be found HEREDeadline to reserve tribute online only is 2/6/20.  Tribute is due in the yearbook basket by 2/13/20.
Walk to School Wednesdays
Walk to school every Wednesday and fill those  punch cards Here's the map of  walking routes and additional details.
Coming Soon!
Sine up for the Great American Scholar is coming up on Feb 21  HERE!
New Research to Consider for Your Family
This Screen Time Guide compares advice from 10 behavioral experts and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The research has shown that, while technology is an invaluable learning tool in child development, too much screen time can lead to health issues and language delays in children. Screen time rules are meant to help families find a balance between media use and a healthy lifestyle.
Save the Date: Book Fair is Coming!
The Spring Scholastic Book Fair is coming February 24th - 28th!

eWallet,  the fastest, easiest way for your kids to shop cash-free,  opens up to add funds on 2/7 and it can be managed through 2/28.
Mabry PTA Alumni Scholarship
The Mabry PTA is now accepting applications for the Mabry Alumni Scholarship!!  Any senior who attended and completed 5th grade at Mabry is eligible to apply.  Please help spread the word! The deadline to submit applications and supporting materials is March 27, 2020. 

The application is available on the Mabry PTA website.