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When the sun goes down at every American Cancer Society Relay for Life event, hope shines the brightest. During the Luminaria Ceremony, hundreds of luminarias light the track or path to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has taken too much. This ceremony of light symbolizes the hope and perseverance with which we all continue to fight.

You can give to the American Cancer Society and keep the flame of hope lit by dedicating a luminaria in memory of someone lost to cancer or in honor of someone still fighting or who has beaten the disease.

Form must be returned by Thursday, April 17, 2020

Hello Mabry Parents,

As you may know, the Florida Legislature is currently in session and education is an agenda item that will see much action in this session. I had the opportunity to attend the Florida PTA legislative conference last week in Tallahassee and meet with our local and state legislators and the Department of Education to discuss the issues that are important to our children and teachers. Attached below you will find my letter outlining the issues/bills that are being discussed, including education funding, teacher pay, and school safety, as well as a flyer on the current stats of our education and the slides presented. I urge you to reach out to Representative Jackie Toledo, Senator Janet Cruz, Commissioner Richard Corcoran and Governor Ron DeSantis to express your support for these bills and issues.  

Some tips for communicating effectively with your legislators:
1. Write a postcard or an email, or place a phone call - contact information can be found below. If you call, ask to speak to a staff who handles education issues.
2. Express that you are a constituent, and let them know if education issues are a voting issue for you
3. Be constructive and respectful, if you have a specific story or example or anecdote, please share this. Remember that you catch more flies with honey than vinegar, I can personally attest to this as a former legislative aide in Washington, DC.
4. This is a great civics exercise for your children. My children have written postcards - feel free to do this and be sure to include that you are constituents.
5. The sooner the better, timing is important. Session ends March 13, 2020 and each week these bills are being shaped and discussed. Early input is effective input!

I have heard from many of you throughout the year who support teacher pay increases and have concerns about education funding and school safety. Now is the time to use your voice! 

Finally, I am circulating some slides that I presented at last week's PTA meeting which include information on the 2020 US Census and a local PTAPartnership that our school is participating in. Be sure to check those out as well!

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me at [email protected].

Governor Ron DeSantis
Plaza Level 05, The Capitol
400 S Monroe St
Tallahassee, FL 32339-0001

Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran
(850) 245-0505
Turlington Bldg
325 W Gaines St, Suite 1514
Tallahassee, FL 32339-6533

Senator Janet Cruz
(850) 487-5018
 (813) 348-1017
218 SOB
404 S Monroe St
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Rep. Jackie Toledo
(850) 717-5060
(813) 281-5549
209 HOB
402 S Monroe St
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Many thanks,

Lucy White
Advocacy Chair
Mabry Elementary

Art Show Feb 6th

February 6, 2020

The students have come together to create Artwork for the spectacular Art Show celebration. Every student has their own masterpiece framed & on display. You don't want to miss this event!
You can proudly display your child's framed original Art in your home or office. You may also order COLOR REPRODUCTIONS at the Art Show. A framed reproduction of your child's Art is an amazing, personalized gift for grandparents, friends or other family members.
Framed Artwork: $25 
Cash OR Check made payable to Artome
Can’t Make the Art Show?
Please fill out the order form attached below & return it with your payment to the office. Thank you!

Pencil Grams!

February 3, 2020

Student Council is excited to announce the annual Pencil Gram drive. This year, all proceeds will go to Metropolitan Ministries.  Come to the gram table in front of the school from 7:10-7:40 am on Feb 3rd-6th and create a message you would like to send FOR JUST A $1!  It could be for a friend, your parents, your teacher, or any member of the Mabry Family.  Parents, you can even send one to your child!  Student Council will attach a pencil and deliver it on February 14th to the respective rooms.  Let’s bring a smile to those around us!

Don’t have time to stop in the morning?  Pre-order now!  Fill in the attached form and return to your student council rep.  Cash or checks made out to Mabry Elementary PTA.  Email [email protected] if you have any questions.