The Tiger's Roar!  
Tildenville Elementary School, Winter Garden, FL
"A National Magnet School of Distinction"
Monday, February 25, 2019

Principal Alvarez
Kid's Heart Challenge (Begins Wednesday, Feb. 27th)
We will be kicking off our Kid's Heart Challenge (formerly known as Jump Rope for Heart) on February 27th through March 14th. Newsletters will go home with information regarding this event. We will be accepting online donations only this year through Students can earn prizes as thank you gifts for your donation. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Field Day (Thursday, March 14th)
We will also be holding our Field Day event at the conclusion of the Kid's Heart Challenge on Thursday, March 14th. All students will be participating in activities on the field throughout the day. We need volunteers for this special event. Please see Ms. Zepeda in the front office if you are interested in helping out.

Five Upcoming No Early Release Wednesdays
Please note these five upcoming Wednesdays as there will be no early dismissal for students. These dates will be regular length school days with three in a row occurring during May:
  • Wednesday, March 6
  • Wednesday, April 3
  • Wednesday, May 1
  • Wednesday, May 8
  • Wednesday, May 15
Parent Survey
As a reminder, our 2019 Parent Survey is still open. If you have a student at Tildenville, we ask that you kindly take a few minutes to complete this year's survey. All responses to the survey are completely anonymous.

Our goal is to ensure that at least 20% of our Tildenville parents complete the survey as it helps us directly with our 2019 school improvement planning. The survey link will be available through Friday, March 15, 2019. Thank you very much for your help.

Take the survey

Have a great week!

In Tiger Pride,

Agathe Alvarez 
Proud Principal
Tildenville Elementary School

Pictured very top: Safety patrols made up candy bags to take to the residents at the Golden Pond Assisted Living Facility. Great job patrols!


In 2019, please remember Tigers . . .
"If you ever see or hear of something suspicious or unusual, say something to any teacher  or staff member."

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Upcoming Events

Feb 25 - After School Tutoring
Feb 26 - After School Tutoring
Feb 28 - Black History Month Event - In House Museum Field Trip
Feb 28 - Kids Beach Club
Feb 28 - Spanish Honor Society Induction Ceremony
March 1 - Read Across America day! Readers can sign up on the ADDitions website to read.
March 1 - 1st grade drama production of Aesop's fables at 5:30pm
March 2 - Saturday Camp 
March 4-8 Foreign Language Week
March 4-5 After School tutoring
March 6 - Long Wednesday
March 7 - Kids Beach Club
March 8 - School Tour 9:30am
March 9 - OCPS Parent Academy: Do Your Best on the Test
March 9 - Saturday Camp 
March 12 - SAC meeting at 4
March 12 - Dual Language and MPLC meeting at 5
March 12 - FSA Parent Night at 6pm
March 13 - Spanish Spelling Bee Finals
March 14 - Field Day
March 14 - Spanish Honor Society Meeting at 8:15am
March 15-23 Spring Break

Parent FSA Night 
Parents, we would like to invite you to our Parent FSA Night on March 12th at 6:00pm

Topics of discussion will be:   
* Third grade portfolios: what are they and how are they used?   
* Summer reading camp for 3rd graders  
* FSA level 1's in Reading: what that means and what other assessments can be used for promotion?  
* The importance of the final i-Ready testing in April

New this Year!
Lakeview Middle School counselors will be at the Parent Night to discuss how the FSA scores in reading and math will be used to place your child in advanced-basic or remediation courses in middle school. No matter if your child is in 5th grade or in a lower grade, this is great news to have now!

Saturday Camp
We still have spaces in Saturday Camp for students in grades 3-5. If you are interested, please email Julie Hager at for a permission slip.

Students in Mrs. Gonzalez's class work on line plots in a small group with Ms. Fedrick    
Volunteers for Read Across America Day
Friday, March 1, 2019 
If you would like to participate in reading in the classroom for Read Across America, please make sure you have filled out the ADDitions application (an important part of our school safety plan across all of OCPS, but it does not take much time) and attach yourself to the opportunity. Your help is greatly appreciated. 
We are looking for readers to read in English and/or Spanish. Kindergarten reading times will be from 1:30 pm to 2:15 pm and 1st through 5th will be from 2:15 pm to 3:00 pm. If you would like to donate a Dr. Seuss book in English or Spanish for the event, please email 

Source: OCPS Daily Absence Bulletin. Includes excused and unexcused absences as both represent lost instructional time. Higher percentages are more favorable.

Drama Students 
Fifth grade  

Fifth grade drama students were forming movie pictures as a group. This was a scene from Jurassic Park.

PTA News  
Hello Tildenville Friends & Family,

For the first time, Tildenville Elementary School is submitting hand art from its students to hang in the Florida Capitol Building during Florida Children's Week, March 24-30. The thousands of hands hanging from the rotunda remind our legislators of who is affected by the policies that they make (picture below).

Many thanks to Ms. Sickles, who has been tirelessly working during art class to create this opportunity for our students.

Currently in the Parent Workroom we are stringing together dozens of decorated hands from our students. The hand-art chains must be completed by Monday, March 4th, so that we can have time to mail them by the deadline.

Please consider coming by the workroom to help!

Here is information on Hanging of the Hands in the Capitol for Children's Week:

At the same time, Orange County Council of PTA/PTSAs is hosting a bus trip to Tallahassee on March 26th as part of our advocacy efforts for our children. Some of our Tildenville PTA members will be attending. We will be sure to take pictures! Please consider joining us!

Thank you for your interest & participation!

Best regards,

Wendy Birket
VP1 Membership & Volunteering
Tildenville Elementary PTA

Dual Language Program
Book exchange with students in Mexico  

Our books that were collected for the book exchange with the Dual Language program in Mexico have been received! We are excited the books arrived and are happy their students are enjoying them (below).

Elementary school students in Mexico with their books sent from our Dual Language program! 
Dual Language 
Our Tigers are pen pals with students from Puerto Rico 

Students from Pre-K to 5th grade were excited to receive their pen pal letters from Puerto Rico!

Tiger's Den Newsletter
Attention Tildenville parents 
Parents, please click here for a larger view of the image below.  

Partner in Education Spotlight 
One of our new Partners in Education, Michael Gonzalez, founder of ThrīvSource Fitness, gives back to our staff and teachers twice a month with a free fitness class! Teachers enjoy light cardio, plus resistance training, along with stretching, to stay fit and de-stress throughout the school year.  

Rigor "Outside" of the Classroom
Mrs. Salabarria 5th grade class 
Mrs. Salabarria's 5th graders took their science learning outside to the garden. Students spent time learning about the parts of plants and germination process.
Community Reminder 
Mentors / Parent Academy

We are looking for parents /businesses/individuals that have time to volunteer one (1) hour a week during lunch time and mentor a child. If you need details please contact or Ms. Sylvia Revangile for details.

If you have any questions or concerns, I can be reached via email: or by phone 407-877-5054 X 3972237

Parent Academy - Save the Date
Join us as we represent Tildenville Elementary at the Parent Academy on May 4, 2019!
There will be interactive workshops/presentations on how to add the fun in summer learning!
If you have any questions please contact Sylvia Revangile - or 407-877-5054 x3972237.

Literacy Week '19 

Students wrapped up Literacy Week with time to read quietly using their flashlights. Students had a blast! Thank you PTA for donating books for our students. Thank you Ms. Fedrick for organizing the week's activities.

Modern Woodmen Oration Contest  
Fifth grade students spoke publicly on the topic of: "Challenges Youth Face" 

Four courageous and talented 5th graders competed in this year's Modern Woodmen Oration Contest giving their speech on the topic, "Challenges Youth Face."
  • Chanel Bridgelal - 4th place
  • Ariana Mahavir - 3rd place
  • Gabrielle Osinski - 2nd place
  • Penny Visser - 1st place

First place winners are submitted to the district, and if their score ranks high enough, they'll go on to compete in the district level.

Special thanks to our judges: Maisha Wilder, school guidance counselor; Laura Davis, school secretary; Vanessa Chulak, parent & emcee; and Sylvia Revangile, parent engagement liaison.

Kindergarten Registration / VPK Enrollment  

Beginning today, February 25th, you may begin enrolling your student in kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year. Please click here for more information.

For additional questions, contact us at 407-877-5054 or email us at

VPK enrollment is just around the corner! Please read the attachment for how to apply for the 2019-2020 school year!

Parents who wish to enroll for Open Enrollment Capacity Transfers, please use the link below:

Parting Image of the Week . . . 

Kids and staff had a great time celebrating the completion of the first 100 days of school last month!

Leadership Team

Principal, Agathe Alvarez
CRT/Dual Language Program Coordinator, Julie Hager
ESE, Regan Trampe
Guidance Counselor, Maisha Wilder
Instructional Coach, LaQuanda Fedrick ·        

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