The Tiger's Roar!  
Tildenville Elementary School, Winter Garden, FL
"A National Magnet School of Distinction"
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Principal Alvarez
I am very pleased to share with our school community that we have enjoyed a fabulous opening to the 2018-2019 school year. Credit for this goes to our industrious students, dedicated teachers, committed staff, and our involved families. Thank you so much!

Last week we announced our Teacher of the Year and Support Person of the Year (see below). Should you happen to see Mrs. Blanco or Ms. Zepeda on campus in the coming days, kindly take a moment to congratulate them. This is a major recognition based upon votes from their colleagues and peers. As you can imagine, we are very proud of their success!

Please make sure to mark your calendar for our annual Open House next Thursday, September 6 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. We are very excited to open the school up to our families and do hope you will make every effort to attend.

Thank you for looking over this latest issue and if you are traveling this Labor Day weekend, please drive safely and remember to buckle up!


Agathe Alvarez 
Proud Principal
Tildenville Elementary School

Pictured very top: Our teachers have initiated a " Donors Choose" opportunity (please see story below) where community members can go to view various school projects that need support and make a contribution to help that teacher. They are very excited about this system and hope that some of our school community members will participate while we are still early in the new year. Thank you for your consideration!

"Support a classroom. Build a future."
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Dates to Watch For 
8/27: Annual PTA Fundraiser began (below)
9/3: Labor Day, No School
9/6: Open House, 4-6:30pm
9/7: Fundraisers Due
9/11: SAC Meeting, 4:30pm
9 /11: Dual Language Parent Committee Meeting, 5:30pm
9/12: Cub Scout Sign Up, 6:30-8:00pm in the cafeteria
9/13: Kids Beach Club, 3pm
9/13: PTA General Session, 5:30pm
9/14: PTA Spirit Night at Let's Skate
9/15: OCPS Parent Academy, Timbercreek High School - "A Balanced Beginning"
9/20: Kids Beach Club, 3pm
9/27: Kids Beach Club, 3pm
9/28: Kindergarten Apple Day!
10/2: Tea with the Principal, 4pm
10/4: Kids Beach Club

The students really got off to a terrific start this month. They came back from their summer break well rested and ready to go as you will see below!

Special Events 
Next week Thursday is our 2018-2019 Open House! 
Open House

September 14th is Spirit Night at Let's Skate!
Come have a great night with your family. Make sure to tell them at the ticket booth you are here for Tildenville! Parents you must stay with your children. Spirit night will be between 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. You can stop by for a few minutes or stay the whole time!

Teacher of the Year / Support Person of the Year
Congratulations Mrs. Blanco and Ms. Zepeda!  

Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year, Maria Blanco, Kindergarten Dual Language Teacher and to our Support Person of the Year, Isamar Zepeda, Front Office Clerk!

Mrs. Blanco, Principal Alvarez and Ms. Zepeda
(August 2018)

Thank You!! 
Foundation Academy & PTA  
Orange County Voters 

Thank you to the Foundation Academy and the Tildenville PTA for starting our teachers off with school supply baskets!

Orange County voters approved the renewal of the one mill property tax for another four years Tuesday by 83%. This was the greatest success rate so far and these monies will once again be gradually invested across many high quality programs that benefit our students.

Orlando Sentinel (Aug. 29) - "Orange County schools tax passes easily, winning more than 83 percent of the vote"

Teacher Recognition! 
A huge shout out to our NEW 4th grade Dual Language Spanish teacher -  
Mrs. Morales!   
Hi Ms. Morales,

I hope that you have enjoyed the first week of school thus far! I just wanted to send you a quick note of thanks to let you know that Amaiah absolutely loves your class and adores you! This is huge because she was extremely apprehensive about being in your class being that she is not that well versed in Spanish. She was actually very sad after "Meet the Teacher" as she had none of her friends from her previous class in her current class and she was very scared about the language aspect, which of course in turn had me questioning whether or not we had made the right decision for her. Since day 1 she comes home and raves about you and the class. She says that you are so supportive and make sure that she isn't left behind. She is so happy, and that in turn makes me so happy! Thank you so much for caring and supporting her to the best of your ability, it means so much to our family.  

Please feel free to reach out to me at anytime, we are here to support you as well. Cheers to a great year!


Mrs. Amanda Wilson
Tildenville Elementary School Parent
Mrs. Morales, 4th Grade Dual Language Teacher
Counselor's Corner
"Be KIND to your MIND" 
Animated US Flag
Character Trait of the Month: September - CITIZENSHIP

What is CITIZENSHIP? Doing things to make your community a place for people to enjoy.

Activities to do as a family to promote citizenship:
  • Participate in a community service project such as recycling, cleaning up parks, habitat for humanity, or feeding the homeless.
  • Pick someone in the community that has served in the armed forces generously. Have your child make a card or a gift of appreciation.
  • Watch a television program or movie together. Afterwards, ask how specific characters were showing good citizenship.

Staff Spotlight
Coach Gray, Physical Education (PE)  
Coach Gray
I'm Coach Gray and this year in Physical Education students of all grade levels will work towards achievements in the following areas:
  • Health and Skill Related Fitness Components
  • Movement Skills
  • Physical Fitness
  • Team Work and Communication
  • Nutrition
Make sure to know your Tiger's P.E. days so they come prepared and dress appropriately. Proper shoes are a must in order to participate which means they need either laced or velcro sneakers. Water bottles are allowed. Juice, soda, or other drinks are not permitted.

One Rule
As far as my classroom rules go - I have only one, The Golden Rule: Treat others the way you'd like to be treated.

Please Label
We want to encourage parents to label their child's property including jackets, water bottles, lunch boxes, and more. Each year there are a lot of these items left behind with no name on them and many children are not retrieving them. All items left behind will be donated to the local Goodwill at the end of the school year.

Class Dojo
We'd also like to encourage all parents to sign up on Class Dojo for much easier communication and updates on your child. We are going to send home separate notification with information on how to do so if you're not already using this.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns at any point during the school year please feel free to contact and speak with me directly. I'll be more than welcome to discuss any issues you may have. I'm generally out on the field with classes during the day, so drop me an email at

Donors Choose!
PE has started a Donors Choose project in order to secure some brand new equipment. If anyone would like to view this project and donate in any way it would be a great help!

The link is as follows:

Donors Choose 
Community support to help our teachers with their projects . . .  
We are so excited that three of our teachers have already had their grants funded through Donor's Choose! Thank you to our parents and community for all their support! We still have grants waiting to be funded.

Please check out and search under Tildenville. Currently Coach Gray (see above) , Mrs. Ventura, Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Baker all have projects waiting to be funded.

Please share through social media and help our teachers and students out!
September events include our Fundraiser and Spirit Night!

9/7: Coop handout during lunch; first day to turn packets in!  
9/10: Final fundraiser turn in day by 12:00pm (see below) 
9/13: General membership meeting 5:30-6:30pm. Childcare will be provided by Tiger's Den.  
9/14: Spirit Night at Let's Skate! Come have a great night with your family. Make sure to tell them at the ticket booth you are here for Tildenville! Parents you must stay with your children. Spirit night will be between 4:30-8:00pm. You can stop by for a few minutes or stay the whole time!
Annual Fundraiser 
This week had the kick off for our annual fundraiser. The fundraiser runs through September 10th. This year's focus is on random acts of kindness with opportunities to "pay it forward" using the mystery coops.

The fundraiser will assist PTA with providing our students an enriching and exciting year filled with new experiences.  

If your child wins 1 of the 6 chrome coops they will be invited to a special lunch with the Mrs. Alvarez.  

GAO provides tuition credits for participating students. Every $100 sold earns $1,000 credit and every $250 in sales receives a $2,500 credit.  

It gets better! All your child needs to do is sell 2 items, either online or through the catalogues, and they can enter the illusion show. If your child sells 10 items, they will be granted an all-access V.I.P. pass to the show, in addition to all of the prizes.   

To access the online store please go to and the school code is 2512259. Packets are going home this week.

We have three days to turn packets in: August 31st, September 7th, and September 10th.  Coop distribution will take place on August 31st and September 7th in the cafeteria during lunch.   
PTA appreciates your support and we look forward to a wonderful year!

Best regards,

Tildenville Elementary PTA  
Tiger's Den Extended Day Program  
2018-2019 application process is still open

We are still accepting applications for Tiger's Den. All information for this program can be found on the Tildenville Elementary website Registration forms are attached just below.

* Any questions may be directed to Extended Day Coordinator Laura Davis via email at

Campus Security
Meet Deputy Sheriff Derrick Threat, School Resource Officer    

Hello Tildenville parents and students,

My name is Deputy Sheriff Derrick Threat a.k.a. "Deputy T."  I was born and raised in the Bronx, New York City.  As a child growing up I decided to become a police officer just like my father.

I have been with the Orange County Sheriff's Office for 9 years and this will be my 5th year as School Resource Officer (SRO) at Tildenville Elementary School. I am excited to call Tildenville Elementary School "HOME." My hobbies are  watching movies, playing/coaching basketball and playing video games with my kids.

I look forward to a positive 2018-2019 school year!

Deputy T
August 29, 2018

We are so excited to have Deputy Threat, Tildenville's School Resource Officer,
on campus 5 days a week now!

Please remember Tigers . . .
"If you see something, say something"
School Advisory Committee (SAC) 

SAC meetings are the second Tuesday of each month. The next meeting is September 11th at 4:00 p.m. We are looking for parents to participate in our mentoring program! We need volunteers that will dedicate their time (parents, ADDitions volunteers, Partners in Education and high school students). All mentors will need to be additions approved to help individual students to succeed. If you are interested in becoming mentor to please contact Ms.Sylvia Revangile at and also send an email to

2018 SAC meetings:
  • Tuesday, Sept. 11, 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13, 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 11, 4:00 p.m.

Snapshots from across the campus over recent days . . .   

Fourth & Fifth Grade STEM

Fourth and fifth grade gifted classes are continuing with the ESO (Elementary Science Olympiad) STEM challenges. Last week they worked on "Energy Lab" where they were give specific items that could be used in the competition to build the best reflector. They understand how a simple wax and foil sandwich can be used as a photometer. The created their reflectors with the available items and built the reflectors.

This week they will find out how effective they are as they measure the distance their reflectors work on a 2 meter course between to 20 watt CFL light sources in a darkened room. The tension builds!

Second Grade with Mrs.Black

Mrs. Black's second grade students working as a group to put together puzzles.

Fourth Grade Science with Ms. Edwards

Ms. Edwards' 4th grade class is already hard at work in science. Students are exploring if properties change when the shape changes.

First Grade Art with Ms. Sickles
"Drawing the contour"
"Textured fish"
First graders have been working on their contour with fish and adding texture into the design. We are off to a great start!

Parent Engagement Liaison 
September '18 Update 

Ms. Revangile,
Parent Liaison
Thank you for your partnership an ensuring that our Tigers reach their full potential! It's hard to believe that we are already in our third week of school. Here are some upcoming events I would like for you to be aware of:
Parent Academy
Date: September 15, 2018 at Timber Creek High School, 9:00-1:00
Theme: "A Balanced Beginning"


Virtual Parent Academy
Date: October 4, 2018, 6:00-7:00 (1 hour special online event)
Theme: "Beyond the Classroom"
Register online at:  
Date: November 14, 2018
What: Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles - have you ever wanted to be a teacher for a day? If so here is your chance, join us as we invite individuals from the community to share with our students about your profession. If you are interested, contact me today at

Tildenville Parent Communication
If you have not done so already please download the Remind App and enter school code @tildenvil to stay connected with the most updated information.
Thank you for your active support and involvement,

Ms. Sylvia Revangile
Parent Engagement Liaison
August 29, 2018

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

Making sense of the chart: The chart illustrates average daily attendance by grade level over the first two weeks of school and through Monday of this week. It compares the same period this school year with last school year and does not include August 21, 2017 when we had the solar eclipse and attendance collapsed. As you can see to the far right, overall attendance is up by two-tenths of a percent rising from 93.9% to 94.1%. That's progress...good job Tigers!

Source: Daily Absence Bulletin. Includes both excused and unexcused absences.
Courtesy: Mrs. Julie Clemons-Hager, CRT and Testing Coordinator;

The Learning Garden
Overview for our school community   

This Week's Motivational Moment!    

Bluford's first mission was STS-8, which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on August 30, 1983.

Guion S. Bluford, Jr. (Colonel, USAF, Ret.)
NASA Astronaut (former)

Col. Bluford really committed himself to getting an education. After he graduated from high school in Philadelphia, he went on to earn four (4) college degrees including a doctor of philosophy in aerospace engineering with a minor in laser physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology. One his favorite hobbies is reading for pleasure!

Sources: NASA, USA Today

Enjoy your Labor Day holiday!
Principal Alvarez
Tildenville Elementary School
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Leadership Team

Principal, Agathe Alvarez
Assistant Principal, Shannon Ross
Dual Language Coordinator, CRT,
ESE,CCT, Regan Trampe,
Guidance Counselor, Maisha Wilder,
Instructional Coach, LaQuanda Fedrick,

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