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Mabry Minute for Week of 8/21/16

General PTA Membership Meeting

We are excited to be Back in School! We hope everyone is adjusting to new classes, new teachers and new friends!

Come to our 1st General Membership Meeting this Thursday August 25th at 6pm. Arrive early so you don't wait in line to check in and pick out your child's Spirit Stick for your attendance!

The meeting is a great way to connect with other parents, hear the latest information on school programs and have your kids connect with their classmates. You don't want to miss this first meeting as we approve our budget for the year and will answer any final questions for our online After-School Enrichment enrollment that opens at 9pm after the meeting!

Bringing the kids?

Childcare will be provided for school aged children during the meeting. Please sign up to reserve a spot and arrive by 5:45pm to participate in the planned activity.

Childcare Sign Up

Click here   to JOIN THE PTA online by TUESDAY! . Not only will you be able to vote on items at our meeting, you will help your child AND teacher potentially be the lucky class to win ANOTHER Spirit Stick and a 30 minute Special Visit from Mrs. Frick for being the class with the HIGHEST PTA membership.

We value your time and are grateful that you are a part of our team! See you Thursday!

Melissa MacKinnon  PTA President 2016-17 

After-School Enrichment (ASE)

Mark your calendars for Mabry Elementary PTA After-School Enrichment Fall 2016.

Class Length: Sept. 12 - Dec. 12

CLASSES WILL BE FILLED ON A FIRST RECEIVED BASIS - ONLINE ENROLLMENT ONLY. Enrollment is completed by child, so you must enroll each child one at a time on the registration website

REGISTRATION   BEGINS: Thursday, Aug. 25 at 9pm  ENDS: Thursday, Sept. 1 at 3pm

Clink the link below to access the online forms  Mabry ASE.

Hello Mabry Dads

Please join the Mabry Dad's Club e-mail list by sending an e-mail to Nelson Bosque at [email protected]. You will be the first to know about upcoming Dad's Club functions and about events geared to enrich the involvement of Dad's at school.

Please mark your calendar for Thursday, Sept. 1st from 7:15 am to 7:45 am for Donuts with Dad in the cafeteria. This is a free event for Dad's and students. Coffee and donuts provided.

Save Your Sneakers!

Donation of USED sneakers begins on Monday, August 22nd. The Mabry PTA is partnering with the  GotSneakers organization.

GotSneakers provides an opportunity to recycle your USED sneakers (all sizes welcome) and make a DIFFERENCE in the world! The collection dates are from Monday, August 22 - September 30th. Look for the GotSneakers GREEN boxes at the following school locations:

- outside the front office

- back of school

- media center

- 5th grade hallway 

Proceeds from the Mabry PTA fundraiser will benefit the 5th Grade Celebration Committee. Contact: Julie Sayer [email protected]

National PTA Art Contest

Reflections is an annual, national art contest held by the PTA. Students can make submissions in the areas of: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, or Visual Arts. Each submission should reflect this year's theme, "What Is Your Story?" Reflections is to all age levels at Mabry.

In the past few years Mabry has had students win at the state level in the area of Film Production. Deadline for projects is October 14th, 2016. Here is this year's flyer:  Reflection 2016

Contact: Neely Stout [email protected]

Online Directory

Calling all New Mabry Families!

Join our online directory. You can print class rosters, join the PTA, find parent contact information, and more!

Register Here

and enter code: mabryelementary

If you are already a part of the Mabry directory, please take a moment to update your information.

Update Here

Contact: Brandi Whitney [email protected]

Attention Girls in Grades K-5

Come Join Girl Scouts! New troops are now forming! Sign up on Wednesday August 24th at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria.

Contact: Catherine Verona [email protected]

Calling All Mabry Business Partners

Do you have a business you would like to promote to our fabulous community? Please consider joining us as a Business Partner and Event Sponsor! With exclusive marketing advantages, your business will shine in our community. Check out our packages available and sign up today!

Homeroom Parents

There will be a homeroom parent meeting on Tuesday, August 23rd at 8 AM in the media center. We will be going over the role of the HR parent as well as answering any questions you might have. Email Jen Rubin jen2rubin@gmail or

Kerri Edwards [email protected] if you are unable to attend.

Reading Buddies

Do you have 30 minutes a week to help a child improve their reading abilities?

The PTA's Reading Buddies program is in need of volunteers. No experience necessary! You will be matched with a child and will spend 30 minutes a week encouraging and listening to them read. Teachers will provide the materials.

Contact: Stephanie Thomas [email protected]

The Book Fair is Coming!

The Scholastic Book Fair is just around the corner! Help encourage your child's love of reading - and help raise funds for our media center - by purchasing books.

Monday 8/29: Preview Day - Students will have a chance to peruse the books available

Tuesday 8/30 & Wednesday 8/31: Book Fair open 7:30am - 3:00pm

Thursday 9/1: Book Fair open 7:30am - 3:00pm AND 5:30pm - 7:30pm during Primary Open House

Friday 9/2: Book Fair open 7:30am - Noon

Contact: Brandi Whitney [email protected]

New PTA Calendar

As you can see there are lots of great activities going on at Mabry Elementary. Stay connected with important dates and events by using the PTA Calendar found on our updated website, You can even sync the calendar to your smart phone!

Events Calendar

Notes from the Principal


Welcome to the 2016-17 school year!


We had a great start to the school year thanks to our students, staff and parent volunteers. In talking with families as we all returned, it was very nice to hear all the wonderful adventures our students experienced. Everyone seems rested and ready to go back to work!


I want to give a big THANK YOU to our staff for all their efforts to start off this year in a smooth, efficient way. Teachers have worked hard getting their rooms organized and ready for our students. Office and custodial staff have also worked extra hard in getting the school clean and ready for a great school year.


I would also like to say THANK YOU to all our families for the never ending support you give us. You make such a difference in our ability to succeed at Mabry and continue to be an "A" rated school. We appreciate all the volunteer hours and the support you give us each and every year.


Finally, I would like to send a big THANK YOU to Ms. Hajner (our beautification chair), the Chiellini family for donating 500 bags of mulch, and the families who came out for our "Annual Beautification Day." I hope everyone has had a chance to look around the school at the fresh landscape.


As I begin my sixth year as principal of Mabry Elementary, I look forward to working collaboratively with all stakeholders.

Sherri Frick, Principal



Are You Still Packing Lunch?


Did you know our school meal program operates a healthy, innovative, and cost-effective school meal program that is nationally regarded as one of the best in the country?


On a daily basis students are offered a range of whole grains, lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy. Our meals feature fresh, locally sourced items such as tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, blueberries and green beans! The best part - breakfast is free and lunch is only $2.25, though your children may be eligible for free lunch depending on your household income.  To learn more about the school meal program, download the Nutrislice App, and access MyPayments Plus you can click here and go to the Mabry PTA website.  


Today's school meals aren't what they used to be. Encourage your children to try them today and put the packing behind you!




Media Center New Volunteer Meeting


 If you're looking for a fun, easy way to help out at Mabry, the Media Center needs you! Our team of volunteers helps Mrs. McClelland by managing the checkout desk, shelving books, and helping students find books that interest them.


To learn more about what we do, come to our New Volunteer Meeting

Friday, August 19th at 8:05am in the Media Center. Please contact Brandi Whitney with any questions at [email protected].

Open House This Thursday

AGP Intermediate 3rd–5th Open House

Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Intermediate 3rd–5th Open House

Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Online Directory


Calling all New Mabry Families!

Join our online directory. You can print class rosters, join the PTA, find parent contact information, and more!


Register Here


and enter code: mabryelementary


If you are already a part of the Mabry directory, please take a moment to update your information.


Update Here

Any questions please email Brandi Whitney at [email protected].   



Save Your Sneakers


The Mabry PTA is partnering with The Gotsneakers Organization.


Gotsneakers provides an opportunity to recycle your used sneakers and make a DIFFERENCE in the world!

We will be collecting any used sneakers from:  August 22nd-September 30th.


We will have several drop-off locations around the Mabry Campus. These used sneakers are then recycled and sent to individuals around the world.

Proceeds from this Mabry PTA fundraiser will benefit the 5th Grade Celebration Committee.



Attention Boys in Grades 1-5



Join Cub Scout pack 53! Sign up for new scouts is Monday August 15 in the cafeteria at 6:30pm.

Contact Lona Elly




Uniform Donation Drive


Do you have uniform clothes that your child has outgrown or doesn't need anymore?

You can help pass them along to other  Mabry students. There will be a uniform donation box in the front office this week from August 15-19.



EduKit Follow Up


For those who took advantage of Mabry's school supply service, we hope you were satisfied.


If you have any questions, issues, feedback or suggestions regarding this service, please email [email protected].



 Ready for back to school?

 Give Mabry two to four hours of your time as we prepare our school for new and returning families alike.  Our teachers could use a few extra hands to help prepare classrooms.  Stop by school Friday August 5th from 10am-1pm. Your time will be well spent making copies, cutting out names, helping with all the final touches.   Check in to the Main Office.   

We also need volunteers Saturday August 6th from 9am to 12pm for Beautification Day.  Come prepared to give a little sweat equity as we spread mulch and prepare to welcome all the kids back.

Parents and Teachers and working together is what helps makes our Association and school A+.

Mabry Elementary PTA is now on AmazonSmile.

 Amazon will give back .5% of each eligible purchase to Mabry Elementary PTA!

 Please take a moment to use this link to choose Mabry Elementary PTA as your charity of choice when shopping on Amazon:

 Mabry PTA AmazonSmile

 You will hear about this on our Mabry PTA website and email communications, but offline advertising is not allowed by Amazon. So please spread the word to your fellow Mabry friends and family! When you purchase an item, you can post it to FB or twitter- please do so to spread the word!

Popsicles in the Park!


The Mabry Elementary PTA invites incoming Kindergarten & new Mabry students and their families to Friendship Park to enjoy popsicles while meeting new classmates!

Sunday, August 7, 2016  2:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Friendship Park  4124 W. Bay to Bay Blvd, Tampa FL 33629 (corner of Bay to Bay and Lois)

Mabry's Meet the Teacher

Pre-K to 2nd Grade 10:00 am - 11:00 am

3rd Grade to 5th Grade 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Reminder! First Day of School is Wednesday, August 10th. This is a full day of school so plan accordingly.

Edukits Pick Up

For those who ordered Edukit school supplies and did not pay extra for classroom delivery, your supply kits need to be picked up in the cafeteria on Tuesday, August 9th between 9:00 am - 12:30 pm.  If you paid extra for classroom delivery your kits (AGP included) will be in your child's homeroom class. Email Peggy Walker for any questions [email protected].

Dolphin Depot

Mabry's PTA- run spirit store, Dolphin Depot, has all of the latest school spirit merchandise! We are the exclusive retailer of Mabry's Friday/Field Trip shirt.   Our spirit store will be open at the New Families Popsicle Party and at the Mabry cafeteria during Meet The Teacher on Tuesday, August 9th.

Along with the spirit shirts, we will be offering: embroidered polo shirts for both boys and girls, dri-fit embroidered shirts for boys, hoodies, car magnets, hair accessories, pencils, erasers, Mabry Mom and Mabry Dad shirts....just to name a few!

The Dolphin Depot accepts cash, checks (made out to Mabry PTA) and credit cards.

Florida's Tax Free Holiday is August 5 - 7, 2016.

Qualifying purchases include:

  • Clothing, shoes, and accessories      ($100 or less per item)
  • Back-to-school supplies ($15 or      less per item)
  • Computers and computer accessories      (tax savings applies to the first $750 of the sales price-only when      purchased for personal/non-commercial use)

The Florida tax free weekend/week savings does not apply to clothing sold for more than $100 per item; school supplies sold for more than $15 per item; books (although many are already exempt). Other exceptions and exclusions may apply.