The Tiger Post  
Your Weekly Community Brief from Tangelo Park Elementary School
Together We Achieve the Extraordinary!
Monday, January 21, 2019 

Happy Martin Luther King Day!  
There is NO school this Monday, January 21, 2019 as we take the time to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Let's think about how passionate he was to promote justice and equality for mankind. Let's continue to celebrate Dr. King and his legacy.   
Report Cards  
Parents please take the time to review and discuss your child's report cards. Our 1st Semester Report Cards went home this past Friday, January 18, 2019.   
We are in need of parent support and would like to encourage you to join our PTA - Parent Teacher Advisory organization. If you are interested in participating and becoming one of our PTA members, please plan to sign-up.  We will conduct a New Member Sign-Up Day Wednesday, January 23, 2019.  On this day, parents will have the opportunity to sign-up at the car rider loop, the main office, and after school in the Media Center.     
Rising Sixth Graders 
Particular 5th grade students will attend the school visit for rising 6th graders at Freedom Middle School on Thursday, January 31.
TPES Orlando Magic Game 
Parents, if you and your child have not purchased your Tangelo Park Elementary School Orlando Magic Game Night tickets for the January 25th basketball game at 7:00 p.m.; there is still time left! Please click on the link below:
ACCESS Assessment 
Our ELL (English Language Learners) students will be taking the ACCESS state assessment during the following testing window - January 28 - March 14.  The ACCESS - Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State - is a state assessment that is used measure the students' proficiency in the English language.

Academic Award Ceremonies 
Parents and guardians, you are invited to participate in our Academic Award Ceremonies in our cafeteria:
* Kindergarten and First Grade - Thursday, January 24th - 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 
* Second and Third Grade - Friday, January 25th - 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. 
* Fourth and Fifth Grade - Monday, January 28th - 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

A Special Thank You!
Finally, I would like to express a special "Thank You" to our Tiger parents who attended our ROAR Pep Rally last week Friday, January 11th. Mr. Freddie Figgers is a computer engineer inventor and he shared his childhood experiences and success stories with our students in the third, fourth, and fifth grades. He motivated and encouraged our students to BELIEVE in themselves and find what interests them - to move forward in fulfilling their dreams and ambitions. Mr. Figgers also inspired our students to stay focused and study hard in order to be successful both academically and behaviorally.   
Mr. Figgers delivering his inspirational message to students and parents on Jan. 11th   
Next month, Mr. Figgers will return to Tangelo Park Elementary with a special surprise for those students who are demonstrating mastery on their ELA, Math, and Science Common Assessments.
Have a terrific week!  

Mrs. Lakeitha Black
Proud Principal
Tangelo Park Elementary School

Pictured very top: Mrs. Delgado's kindergarten class made a "friendship soup" recipe with all students adding ingredients such as honesty, trust, respect, and goofiness. (More pictures below.)
Dates to Watch For
Report Cards went out Friday & no school on Monday . . .

Jan. 18: Report Cards sent home (2nd nine weeks / end of 1st semester)
Jan. 21: Martin Luther King, Jr. (No school)
Jan. 23: PTA New Member Sign-Up Day
Jan. 24: Awards Ceremony - Kindergarten and First Grade, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Jan. 25: Awards Ceremony - Second and Third Grades, 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Jan. 25: Joyful Noise - Chorus Performance at Orlando Magic game
Jan. 28: Awards Ceremony - Fourth and Fifth Grades, 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Jan. 31: Visit from Freedom Middle for Rising 6th Graders
Feb. 7: Visit from Southwest Middle for Rising 6th Graders
Feb. 14: Valentine's Day Parent Meetup - MPLC 

Ms. Iton's students cooperating during the extra hour reading block.

Vital Signs    

Teacher Spotlight  
Ms. Davis, 3rd Grade

Q: How long have you been a teacher?  How long at TPES?
A: I have had my own classroom since 2004 and I have been an OCPS teacher for about 6 years. Many of my years of teaching were done overseas. I lived in China and Vietnam. I've taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades. My favorite grade is the one I am teaching this year.  I love 3rd grade!

Q: Where did you graduate from college?
A: I graduated from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. We used to call it "The Nunnery" because once upon a time, all of the professors were either nuns or priests.

Nazareth College campus in Rochester, NY during the winter season
Q: What do you enjoy most about being an educator?
A: The best part of being an educator is interacting with children in a meaningful and lasting way. Watching young minds open up to new things and encouraging creativity makes me very happy!

Q: What book is your favorite book?
A: My favorite book of all time is Their Eyes Are Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. I read it at least once every year.

Q: Hobbies, interests?
A: My favorite thing to do is READ! I also love to travel, make art and go to the beach!  Libraries are among my most favorite places on earth! I visited a library in China that had books that were chiseled in stone almost 4,000 years ago! It was amazing!

Family Night at the Orlando Magic  
The Joyful Noise will sing a song before the Orlando Magic game January 25th, which is our Tangelo Park Family Night Fundraiser! Tickets are discounted at $15 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to our school. Join us as we support our Joyful Noise, our school, AND our Orlando Magic!

Support Our PE Department - Sport Stacking Fundraiser 
Motivational Speaker on Campus 
Thank You Mr. Freddie Figgers!

Mr. Freddie Figgers spoke to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders and parents about his personal success story. He provided copies of his magazine to the students and the students were excited to speak with him as he signed autographs.

"Friendship Soup"  
Mrs. Delgado's kindergarten students 
Mrs. Delgado's kindergarten class made a friendship soup recipe with all students adding key ingredients such as honesty, trust, respect, and goofiness.  

* Florida Dept. of Education Standard: HE.K.C.2.2 - "Recognize the characteristics of a friend"


A lesson in friendship for our young Tigers from the elephant!

Thank You Tangelo Park Volunteers!    

Mr. Gal├ín would like to thank the volunteers that come to school and help our teachers.  These extra hands are in need and are always welcome any time. If you would like to come to school and help out, we have lots of opportunities for you. Just take a moment and sign-up on ADDitions. For more information, contact our Parent Engagement Liaison/ADDitions Coordinator, Mr. Galan.

Leadership Team

Principal: Lakeitha Black
Assistant Principal: Eboni Montenegro

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