The Tiger Post  
Your Weekly Community Brief from Tangelo Park Elementary School
Friday, September 28, 2018
Together We Achieve the Extraordinary! 

It was another terrific week at Tangelo Park Elementary School! Parents, it is imperative that your student is on time to school and in attendance each day. Please be reminded that school starts at 8:15 a.m. and students are expected to be in the classroom learning.
We would like to invite you to our next SAC meeting on Thursday, October 4th, from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in the media center.
Progress reports went home Friday, September 21, 2018.  Parents, please take the time to review your child's progress report and feel free to contact the main office if you need to schedule a Parent/Teacher Conference with your child's teacher.
The teachers at Tangelo Park Elementary received a $10,000 monetary gift donation from Burlington Stores and Adopt-A-Classroom. Congratulations teachers and students!
We are looking forward to another terrific week at Tangelo Park Elementary.
We are the Tangelo Tigers - making adjustments, accelerating, and educating!  

Educationally yours,

Mrs. Lakeitha Black
Proud Principal
Tangelo Park Elementary School

Pictured very top: A group of chorus students practicing for an upcoming event. They will debut at the Hispanic Heritage Night event on Thursday, October 11th.
Dates to Watch For
RESPECT - September's character trait of the month

Sept. 15 - Oct. 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month - Governor Scott's art & essay contests for elementary school students
Sept. 30: Final day for the Tangelo Park Parent Survey - Click here
Oct. 4: SAC meeting 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., media center
Oct. 5: Due for Hispanic Heritage Month assignment (below) 
Oct. 10: No early release on this Wednesday
Oct. 11: Hispanic Heritage Month Night at Tangelo Park *  
Oct. 15: No school for students (teacher workday) 
Oct. 23: 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade Orchestra Field Trip: Young People's Concert at the Bob Carr Theater
Oct. 29: ROAR Night - "It Takes a Village." Meet & Greet 5:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Meeting 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., cafeteria 
* We would like to invite you to a great evening of fun, education, food, music, art, and celebrations Thursday, October 11th  from 6:00 p.m. to 7-00 p.m.

Vital Signs  
Daily attendance, the #1 leading indicator of student achievement . . .   

Grade  9/21  9/14  9/7  8/31  8/24  8/17  Direction 
84.3%   88.0%   87.2%   93.0%   91.4%   94.3%  

87.6%   84.2%   91.2%   92.9%   89.4%   94.9%  


85.8%   87.6%   89.4%   88.3%   88.1%   95.8%  

88.5%   88.7%   88.7%   92.0%   89.8%   96.5%  

85.7%   87.9%   84.8%   88.9%   91.3%   95.1%  
5th  91.1%  90.7%  92.6%  91.4%  92.1%  94.4% 
Direction: Rising, slowing, unchanged.
Trend: Number of school weeks in current direction. 
Source: Daily Absence Bulletin. Includes excused and unexcused absences as both represent lost instructional time. Higher figures are more favorable.  
Community Support 
$10,000 Donation Helps Tangelo Park Elementary Teachers Buy School Supplies 
Tangelo Park Elementary was featured in the local news as teachers receive a surprise donation from Burlington Stores. Click here to watch the video

On September 18th, Tangelo Park Elementary hosted a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) event provided by the National Organization of Black Chemists & Chemical Engineers.

Tangelo Park Mentoring School Organizations
Two quality programs available to all of our Tigers! 
Our mentoring school organizations Young Ladies of Distinction and Young Men of Promise were created to teach our youth about building positive relationships, displaying quality character trait, and exhibiting positive behaviors towards their peers and adults. In addition, students who join either of these organizations will experience great deal of fun social activities and life-skill lessons! 

If you are interested in your male or female student joining these school-based clubs/organizations, please feel free to email Young Ladies of Distinction sponsors,  Krystle Iton at or Lakeitha Black at and Young Men of Promise sponsor, David Waller at Please see the flyer below about Young Men of Promise.

Hispanic Heritage Month 

A time for celebrating the culture, art, and achievements of Hispanic people, September 15th through October 15th has been designated as Hispanic Heritage Month.  September 15th also marks the independence days of five Hispanic countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua). Mexico achieved independence on September 16th, and Chile on September 18th.

Family Project:
Begin by brainstorming with your student about all the various aspects of culture, in this case, Hispanic culture.  Remind your student that culture is not just race and ethnicity but that culture extends to dance, music, art, architecture, education, family dynamics, film, religion, politics, literature, food, holidays, and much more.

Work with your student to research about the Hispanic country that was selected for your class.  Your student will need to present the information they find to their class. Look in your student's agenda for more information. Turn in before Friday, October 5th, 2018.

* Invitations were sent home for our Hispanic Heritage Month Night at Tangelo Park Elementary.  Please RSVP.

** Annual art and essay contest for elementary school students by Gov. Rick Scott (4-year college scholarship award to winners)

FINAL DAYS: Parent Survey  
Your feedback would be very helpful early in the school year. Thank you. 
In an effort to improve the school culture and climate at Tangelo Park Elementary, we have collaborated up with UCF and created a parent survey. Please use this link to access our Parent Survey before the deadline of September 30th.

Tangelo Park Elementary School (parent survey) - please click on the link below:

Staff Spotlight   
Meet Mrs. Pollard 
Mrs. Pollard has worked with Orange County Public Schools for 33 years and has been at Tangelo Park Elementary for 2 years.  She enjoys the students and staff at TPE. Mrs. Pollard's favorite book is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Her interests are shopping, interior decorating, and reading.

School-Wide Discipline Plan
ROAR plan rolled out this week
Our ROAR discipline plan was rolled out this week and we will host our ROAR Night "It Takes a Village" meeting on October 29th from 5:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Fifth grade math with Mr. Jamison 

Mr. Jamison's fifth grade math class visually represented their knowledge of the order of operations. GEMDAS is a mnemonic used to remembered the order of operations in math problems; Grouping (such as parentheses), Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction.

Tiger Token Store  
The Tiger Token Store will be opening soon. Students will be able to earn Tiger Tokens from teachers and other staff members for positive behavior. Tiger Tokens can be redeemed for rewards at the Tiger Token Store.    
Closing Images for this Week . . .
Tiger Happenings around campus 
Isaiah in Ms. Clute's class was very excited to receive his online book order that he made during our Scholastic Book Fair.
Just above and nearby: Parents participating in "Bring Your Parents to P.E." activities with their children this month.

Ms. Giles' first grade class used traditional Huichol Mexican folk art techniques as part of their Hispanic Heritage Month studies.

Friday's Motivational Moment! 

If you want happiness for an hour -
take a nap.

If you want happiness for a day -
go fishing.

If you want happiness for a year -
inherit a fortune.

If you want happiness for a lifetime -
help others.

~ Chinese Proverb

Please consider becoming an ADDitions volunteer at Tangelo Park this school year. It is a quick and easy process to sign up. Thank you!

Mrs. Black, Principal
Tangelo Park Elementary School
Friday, September 28, 2018

Leadership Team

Principal: Lakeitha Black
Assistant Principal: Eboni Montenegro

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