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October 17, 2011

Hello Imagine Family,

If your child did not get an opportunity to take their picture on the last picture day, retakes will happen October 18th. They will also take class group pictures on this day. Students are asked to wear their school uniforms. If your child turned in money from the last time and did not received pictures, we have them and will distribute to them on picture day. If you would like for your child to retake pictures or if they are new to the school, please have them come to front office to pick up a picture packet.

This Friday, October 21st, we will hold our first Hispanic Heritage Night. Teachers have chosen different countries and decorated their doors so that students can learn information about the different countries. The event will be held in the cafeteria from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Come join us for food, music and fun!

Next Saturday, October 29th, we will hold our annual Fall Festival from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. We will have games, food, performances and much more! We are also looking for parents to join us in our Annual barbeque Cook-off. What’s your specialty, ribs, chicken, or steak? We also need side dishes and desserts as well. Whatever it is come on and join the competition and big fun! There are a couple of middle school students that are pretty good and on the grill and looking for a challenge. Our Board Member, Roderick Dunson still holds the title of King of the Grill—any takers? This is a big fundraiser for the carnivals as patrons of the carnival pay $5.00 to sample the food and vote of the best one. As always volunteer are needed – you can earn DOUBLE volunteer hours for this day. Email keosha.simmons@imaigneschools.com if you are interested in volunteering.

Guidelines for cookout:

  • You can grill on campus beginning as early as you would like, or you can bring your dish already prepared.
  • All food need to be ready to served by 11:00 a.
  • Prepare enough food for 100 people
  • Contact alisonrhodes@imagineschools.com to signup

A. Prince

Parent Involvement

  • Parents, check out the The Florida Parental Information and Resource Center at the University of South Florida at www.floridapirc.usf.eduflorida. Florida PIRC at USF is a federally funded project of the US Department of Education which began in October, 2006. The Florida PIRC at USF provides training and technical assistance to schools and districts on ways to effectively involve parents in their children’s education in order for all students to achieve at the highest academic level. The Florida PIRC at USF also helps schools and districts meet the requirements for parent involvement of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Title I legislation. This includes development of policies, compacts, workshops, and other resources for parents. The Florida PIRC at USF especially seeks to support families of children who may be educationally disadvantaged because of economic factors, differences in language, or learning challenges. Significant emphasis also is given to supporting early childhood parent education, recognizing that a solid foundation for learning is best established in the early years
  • Are you looking for extra homework assistance? The Pinellas County School Board offers a free program to assist your student in completing their homework. It's called the Homework Help Hotline. The hotline is staffed by teachers to assist in answering any homework related questions you may have. To access the hotline, please call 547-7223 or 442-3226 between 5:00-8:00 p.m. (Monday - Thursday). The hotline is not available on days on which we do not have school. Thank you for utilizing this excellent resource!
  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We are still in need of volunteers to help in the front office. We are looking for help with answering phones, filing and data entry. If you have expertise in this area, please email angela.prince@imagineschools.com or stop by and see me. The following teachers are also in need of assistance. If you can assist them or myself at the email above.
  • Coach Bolin, ellen.bolin@imagineschools.com would like help writing student names on The Walking Club tally cards.
  • Ms. Lopez, justine.lopez@imagineschools.com, needs volunteers to help pull assignments from workbooks and sharpening pencils.
  • Mrs. McGarrah, rhonda.mcgarrah@imagineschools.com , would like help painting dry erase boards in her classroom as well as have a volunteer assist with health lessons and tutoring.

Economic Sustainability

  • We need at least two volunteers to help us with the snack shack operation between 3:00pm-3:30pm each day. Email brittany.mcdonald@imagineschools.com
  • I have had several parents inquire about the cost of purchasing volunteer hours. You may purchase your volunteer hours for a low cost of $10 per hour.

Character Development

  • The character trait for the month is Trustworthiness. Please review the information about this trait that can be found in your child’s agenda as well as discuss ways with your child how they can exhibit this trait on a daily basis.
  • Each Wednesday our middle school students will have Imagine Men and Girlfriends meeting. This meeting will be held each from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. The Imagine Men are asked to wear a shirt and tie on each Wednesday as a part of the group. Parents, if you have extra ties or shirts that you would like to donate, please stop them by the front office. We want to make sure that all students are able to wear shirts and ties on each Wednesday.
  • The middle school girls are exploring various clubs during this time. Thus far they have an art club, drama club, modeling club and crocheting club. If you have any topics that you would like to discuss with the girls as a whole or a club that you think the girls might be interested in, please contact angela.prince@imagineschools.com and let us know and we will make arrangements to help you get it started.
  • Choir practice will be held after school each Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the music room
  • Cheerleading practice will be held each Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Girls Basketball tryouts will be held Wednesday, October 19th and Thursday, October 20th from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Students in grades 5-8 are eligible to play. Students must have registration form and $30.00 in order to try out. Please see Ms. Allen in room 301 or you can email her at latasha.allen@imagineschools.com .

New School Development

  • We will continue enrolling students through February. Remember if someone you recommend enrolls, your volunteer hours are waived. We have opening in 4th, 5th , 6th and 8th grades
  • Webby dance offers dance class each Friday after school from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. If your child is interested, please have them stop by the front office and pick up a registration for or plan to attend on Friday after school. The instructor will pick the students up from the playground area.
  • GIRL SCOUTS. We are still in need of girl scouts. We received quite a few names of student interest, but only two parents showed for the meeting. In order to get started, there is information that has to be completed for each child. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 17, 2011. Attached to this newsletter is a general information letter about the scouts. Please contact Veronica James at dreammakersda@gmail.com.

Academic Achievement

  • Please make sure that your child’s agenda is signed each day. Also please make sure that your child is completing homework each night. Teachers should be sending home homework packets Monday of each week. If your child does not have homework, they can read for 10-30 minutes and they may log onto FCAT explorer from home. Middle School students have all been given their passwords.
  • Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated October 24-28th

Please Note that the Board meeting for this month has been change to October 26th at 12:00 noon.

 

October 10, 2011

“Well, I did it! I skated although I did not making it around the entire rink before experiencing the “great fall.” I know the students got a great kick out of me holding on for dear life and taking baby steps on skates. It was worth every minute and I look forward to seeing what they have in store for me to accomplish for next year and we increase our grade!

Picture Retakes – If your child did not get an opportunity to take their picture on the last picture day, retakes will happen October 18th. They will also take class group pictures on this day. Students are asked to wear their school uniforms. If your child turned in money from the last time and did not received pictures, we have them and will distribute to them on picture day. If you would like for your child to retake pictures, please have them come to front office to pick up a picture packet.
A. Prince

Parent Involvement

  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We are still in need of volunteers to help in the front office. We are looking for help with filing and data entry. If you have expertise in this area, please email angela.prince@imagineschools.com or stop by and see me. The following teachers are also in need of assistance. If you can assist them or myself at the email above.
  • We need at least two volunteers to help us with the snack shack operation between 3:00pm-3:30pm each day. Email brittany.mcdonald@imagineschools.com
  • Coach Bolin, ellen.bolin@imagineschools.com would like help writing student names on The Walking Club tally cards.
  • Ms. Lopez, justine.lopez@imagineschools.com, needs volunteers to help pull assignments from workbooks and sharpen pencils.
  • Mrs. McGarrah, rhonda.mcgarrah@imagineschools.com , would like help painting dry erase boards in her classroom as well as have a volunteer assist with health lessons and tutoring.
  • It that time of year for our fall Carnival, which also means the Annual Grilling Cook-off! What’s your specialty, ribs, chicken steak? Whatever it is come on and join the competition and big fun! There are a couple of middle school students that are pretty good and on the grill and looking for a challenge. Our Board Member, Roderick Dunson still holds the title of King of the Grill—any takers? Email keosha.simmons@imaigneschools.com if you are interested in volunteering. This is a big fundraiser for the carnivals as patrons of the carnival pay $5.00 to sample the food and vote of the best one. The carnival is scheduled for October 29th.

Economic Sustainability

  • SAC/PTO Meeting – Thursday October 13th at 5:30 p.m. (SAC) and 6:00 p.m. (PTO). We will vote for officers.
  • Thursday, October 13th, after the SAC/PTO meeting, the library will be open for you to visit with your children is the PIZZA AND BOOKS night. You may visit the book fair on line at http://www.scholastic.com/schoolbookfairs/2960622. Also remember that many teachers also have wish list, so feel free to purchase extra books for your child’s classroom and it counts as volunteer time, through time, talent or treasure (1 book = 1 hour).
  • I have had several parents inquire about the cost of purchasing volunteer hours. You may purchase your volunteer hours for a low cost of $10 per hour.

Character Development

  • Our “Stomp Out Bullying” Pep Rally was held on Friday. The students wrote and performed skits and each grade competed for the loudest chant, “I know I can, stomp out bullying, if I work hard at it, I can stop bullying.” The students all signed a pledge banner to do their part in “stomping out bullying.” Christian Hawkins led the pep rally and will continue to read anti-bullying information this week during the morning announcements. Please help us in this cause by talking with your child about bullying and how to step and let others know when they see it happening.
  • The character trait for the month is Trustworthiness. Please review the information about this trait that can be found in your child’s agenda as well as discuss ways with your child how they can exhibit this trait on a daily basis.
  • The following students were recognized Friday, October 7th for exhibiting the trait of Responsibility. These students were all chosen by their peers: Jerome Lismore, Kayiamah Burden, Zariah Jones, Maya Hager, Janee Woods, Jessica Watson, Jada Scott, Kayla Watson Sthefania Fernandez , Madison Travaglino, Alex Rivera, Andrew Belice, Sarita Changoo, Ayanna Fowler, Chris Williams, Malika Changoo, Keyondra Walker, and Autumn Myrick. Each student receive and Imagine back pack and Charter certificate. They will all have their responsibility essays displayed in the cafeteria along with their pictures.
  • Each Wednesday our middle school students will have Imagine Men and Girlfriends meeting. This meeting will be held each from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. The Imagine Men are asked to wear a shirt and tie on each Wednesday as a part of the group.
  • The middle school girls are exploring various clubs during this time. Thus far they have an art club, drama club, modeling club and crocheting club. If you have any topics that you would like to discuss with the girls as a whole or a club that you think the girls might be interested in, please contact angela.prince@imagineschools.com and let us know and we will make arrangements to help you get it started.
  • Choir practice will be held after school each Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the music room
  • Cheerleading practice will be held each Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Each of these groups will perform at the Imagine Schools Florida Principal’s conference on October 13th. Permission slips were sent home with them last week. Student must return the permission slips in order to attend the fieldtrip.
  • Boy’s Basketball tryouts will be held Wednesday, October 12th from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Students in grades 5-8 are eligible to play.

New School Development

  • We are asking that each family find just one person to bring to one of these events in hopes of enrolling their child in Imagine Schools. Remember if someone you recommend enrolls, your volunteer hours are waived. October 13th is the date we are looking to have students enrolled by for this marking period. We will continue enrolling students through February.
  • Webby dance offers dance class each Friday after school from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. If your child is interested, please have them stop by the front office and pick up a registration for or plan to attend on Friday after school. The instructor will pick the students up from the playground area.
  • GIRL SCOUTS. We are still in need of girl scouts. We received quite a few names of student interest, but only two parents showed for the meeting. In order to get started, there is information that has to be completed for each child. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 17, 2011. Attached to this newsletter is a general information letter about the scouts. Please contact Veronica James at dreammakersda@gmail.com.

Academic Achievement

Please make sure that your child’s agenda is signed each day. Also please make sure that your child is completing homework each night. Teachers should be sending home homework packets Monday of each week. If your child does not have homework, they can read for 10-30 minutes and they may log onto FCAT explorer from home. Middle School students have all been given their passwords.

 

October 3, 2011

Can you feel the change of weather in the air, this means that fall is near and I LOVE IT! The week is finally here for me to meet the challenge that was given to me by the students—SKATE AROUND THE ENTIRE SKATING RINK to celebrate the improvement in our school grade! On Friday, October 7th, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. we will have our first Astro Skate fieldtrip and I will skate around the rink for the hard work our students achieved in getting our school a passing grade. Students will also receive the rewards they choose for reaching certain levels on the FCAT. We will also have pizza parties for those students as well. Come on out and join us and bring families and friends that may also be interested in enrolling their children in Imagine. Please returned attached field trip permission slip and money by Thursday.

Parent Involvement

  • Parents, we need your help with car line. Our goal is to keep it moving swiftly so that it is not back logged into the street. Please make sure that your child is ready to exit the car when they arrive at the curb. Please pull all the way down to the end of the fountain and one of our safety patrols will open and close the doors for the students. We would appreciate your help in making sure that students report to the appropriate place: carline, or parent pickup. If you would like to pick up your child, please have them report to the playground area and not the cafeteria.
  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We are still in need of volunteers to help in the front office. We are looking for help with filing and data entry. If you have expertise in this area, please email angela.prince@imagineschools.com or stop by and see me.
  • It that time of year for our fall Carnival, which also means the Annual Grilling Cook-off! What’s your specialty, ribs, chicken steak? Whatever it is come on and join the competition and big fun! There are a couple of middle school students that are pretty good and on the grill and looking for a challenge. Our Board Member, Roderick Dunson still holds the title of King of the Grill—any takers? Email keosha.simmons@imaigneschools.com if you are interested in volunteering. This is a big fundraiser for the carnivals as patrons of the carnival pay $5.00 to sample the food and vote of the best one. The carnival is scheduled for October 29th.

Economic Sustainability

  • On Thursday Night, October 6th, at Tyrone Square. We will have our second annual chili’s fundraiser. Please distribute the attached flyer out to all of your friends and families and ask them to come join us at Chili’s. This coupon can be used ALL day, so have your co-workers order lunch, pick it up for them and use the coupon; Order dinner, pick it up and use the coupon; or join us there around 6:00 p.m. with Imagine staff and faculty for a great time. Hope to see you there.
  • The Scholastic Book Fair is just around the corner! During the week of October 11th -14th, Imagine school will hold its annual book fair. Teachers are currently conducting many activities with the students to get them excited about the event and your children will be previewing books and making wish lists to bring home. On
  • Thursday, October 13th, after the SAC/PTO meeting, the library will be open for you to visit with your children. We will provide child care for this meeting so that you can attend the meeting and then attend with the children afterwards. You may visit the book fair on line at http://www.scholastic.com/schoolbookfairs/2960622. Also remember that many teachers also have wish list, so feel free to purchase extra books for your child’s classroom and it counts as volunteer time, through time, talent or treasure (1 book = 1 hour).

Character Development

  • The character trait for the month is Trustworthiness. Please review the information about this trait that can be found in your child’s agenda as well as discuss ways with your child how they can exhibit this trait on a daily basis.
  • Last Wednesday our middle school students had their first Imagine Men and Girlfriends meeting. This meeting will be held each Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 am. The Imagine Men are asked to wear a shirt and tie on each Wednesday as a part of the group. The Imagine Men groups chose topics that they would like to have discussed throughout the year and we are looking for male role models to come and speak with the groups as well—father, brothers, uncles, grandfathers are all welcome—sorry mom, it is a “Boys Only” group.
  • The middle school girls are exploring various clubs during this time. Thus far they have an art club, drama club, modeling club and crocheting club. If you have any topics that you would like to discuss with the girls as a whole or a club that you think the girls might be interested in, please contact angela.prince@imagineschools.com and let us know and we will make arrangements to help you get it started.
  • Remember volunteer hours can be earned through your time, talent or treasure!
  • Choir practice will be held after school each Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the music room
  • Cheerleading practice will be held each Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Each of these groups will perform at the Imagine Schools Florida Principal’s conference on October 13th
  • Boy Basketball tryouts will be held next Wednesday, October 12th from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Students in grades 5-8 are eligible to play.

New School Development

  • Your child should have brought home a letter and card flyer asking for your support as we continue to push enrollment for our school. We are asking that each family find just one person to bring to one of these events in hopes of enrolling their child in Imagine Schools. Remember if someone you recommend enrolls, your volunteer hours are waived. If you would like to take some of informational cards and distribute to your neighborhoods, churches or local playing fields, just let us know and we will send them home to you or you can stop by the office and pick them up. October 13th is the date we are looking to have students enrolled by for this marking period. We will continue enrolling students through February.
  • Webby dance offers dance class each Friday after school from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. If your child is interested, please have them stop by the front office and pick up a registration for or plan to attend on Friday after school. The instructor will pick the students up from the playground area.
  • GIRL SCOUTS. We are still in need of girl scouts. We received quite a few names of student interest, but only two parents showed for the meeting. In order to get started, there is information that has to be completed for each child. The next meeting is scheduled for October 17, 2011. Attached to this newsletter is a general information letter about the scouts. Please contact Veronica James at Dreammakersda@gmail.com.

Academic Achievement

  • Elementary Progress reports were sent home on Monday. If there are concerns, please contact your child’s teacher to schedule a conference, write a note in your child’s agenda or call the school and leave a message for the teacher.
  • Middle School report cards will be distributed on October 12th. New tracking cards will be distributed on October 5th.
  • Results from Fair and SAT 10 testing should be returning soon, we will send the scores home with your child as soon as we receive them.

Girl Scouts Meeting @ Imagine School - Troop #344
Troop Leader: Veronica James - Dreammakersda@gmail.com

Positions Needed Position Agreements: Before October 1, 2011

At least TWO (2) Co-Leaders: Run troop meetings (3 OR 4 for the year). Help plan and manage troop events. Attend Imagine Troop Monthly Leaders Meeting.

Treasurer: Collect dues and Co-sign checks which mean your name will be on the troop account as a co-signer. Keep records of troop finances, cookie sales, troop expenses, etc. Complete year-end finance report. Attend Imagine Troop Monthly Leaders’ Meeting.

CPR Certified Volunteer: Attend troop events. If you are not, you can go to the training and become certified.

Product Manager: Oversee cookie sales and peanuts sales. Must attend September 12, 2011 training. Must also attend cookie training sale in December. Attend Imagine Troop Monthly Leaders’ Meeting.

REGISTRATION is Online
https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/Home

Early Registration ends September 9, 2011

Registration is $12 for the year. Imagine dues are $5 per month and must provide refreshments for at least one meeting.
The uniforms for Daisies are vest which are $15
The uniforms for the Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes are sashes which are between $5 and $6.
They will also be able to order t-shirts soon. T-shirts are not more than $15.

Meetings are 1st and 3rd Mondays 6:00-7:30 with dinner. (Media Center)
Product Sale:

All troops are required to participate in both the fall and spring sale. Any other fundraisers are up to the troop

Family donations - Now online! But you can donate at the troop level. Girls get a specific patch for donating $25.

Father/Daughter Dance:
Land of Candy theme.
Troop must donate a basket. Must choose a theme off the web. Door prize tickets if they are registered for the dance by the January meeting.

Badges/Patches:
Look at the badges and see what our girls can do and how they can earn the badges.

Daisy Day:
October 16, 2011 at Pinellas Pioneer Settlement… 2700 31st Street South (gate 2) $15 per girl.
10:00 - 2:45
Registration Deadline is September 12, 2011. September 15 is deadline to sign up to volunteer.

Brownie Encampment: October 7 & 8, 2011 - Friday night and Saturday. Troop will provide $6 towards registration if was a Scout last year at Imagine. Financial Aid cannot be done online.

Sight Night:
Send flyer out the week before Trick or Treat asking for old glasses.

 

September 26, 2011

If your child ordered pictures, they should have received them on Friday. If your child missed school picture day, we will have a make-up day on October 18th. They will also take group class pictures on this day. Students should be dressed in school uniforms for these pictures. Reminder forms will come home the week before picture date. They will be able to purchase pictures at this time. Remember this is a fundraiser for the school as we receive 25% of all picture sales.

Shared Values

Yearbooks
Order your child’s year book today! The order form is attached. Purchase before November 30th and receive the following special prices.

Prices: 25.00 hard cover
27.00 hard cover and zoom
30.00 hard cover and personalized
32.00 includes all the above

Please return the attached form to Ms. Allen in room 301.
We had a great turnout for our first Chuckie Cheese family night. Additionally the Rays Spirit Night was awesome! Thanks to all the families that came out and supported Imagine St Petersburg and the RAYS!

Academic Achievement
Steps to Success Intensive classes began today for reading and math. Teachers have looked at the students test scores from FAIR and FCAT and have grouped them accordingly to receive additional remediation or enrichment during the school day.

If your child did not receive their FCAT scores from last year, they are being sent home this week as well as any awards they may have received during our end of the year awards program.

The state of Florida identifies the last full week of September as Celebrate Freedom Week. Students will be discussing the Declaration of Independence during social studies classes.

Parental Involvement
In order for you to plan ahead, I have included another copy of the school calendar that was sent home at the beginning of the school year. This calendar lists all of the days that students will not be in school. These days are planned for us by Pinellas County Schools.

Got some extra time on your hands? Come on in and volunteer with us. We need help with filing, and answering phones in the front office. Email angela.prince@imagineschools.com if you would like to come in and assist us.

Character Development
The character trait for the month is Responsibility. Please take time and read the information about the trait with your child in their agenda.

Economic Sustainability
Snack Shack has been a great success. Students are running the shack after school and are enjoying this entrepreneurial adventure.

New School Development
Know a student who might be interested in attending Imagine St. Petersburg? We are still in the midst of our marketing push to enroll 100 kids by October 13th. We have scheduled several information session over the next month. Please share the attached flyer with anyone you know that may have an interest. Additionally, if they would like their child to shadow your child, we can provide this opportunity for them.

Choir Practice
Remember if your child is interested in participating in Choir, please plan for them to stay after school on Tuesday, September 27th from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Girl Scouts
The first Girl Scout informational meeting will be held on Thursday, September 29th at 5:30 p.m. in the media center. Please come and bring your child to gain more information on meeting dates and troop activities.

Upcoming Events
October 10-14 - Book Fair
October 13th - SAC/PTO
October 18th– Board Meeting
October 29th – Fall Festival – Please let us know if you would like to help plan for this

 

September 20, 2011

Imagine Family,

There is no school for students on Friday, September 23rd. This is a district wide professional development day.

Join us tonight for our first Imagine’s Chuckie Cheese Night from 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Please let them know that you are with Imagine Schools and the proceeds will go towards our school fundraiser. We have attached coupons that you may use tonight as well.

Also remember to send your forms in for tickets for the RAYS Spirit Night on Friday, September 23rd. Tickets are $12 for upper level and $20 for outfield. All request must be received by Thursday, 9/22. Hope to see you there.

Mark your calendars! As promised to the students at Imagine, I will skate around the Astro Skate Center on October 7th for our school receiving a passing grade. Field trip forms will be sent home with students as the date approaches. Also, students who earned incentives for FCAT will receive them during this week as well.

A. Prince

Parent Satisfaction

  • Parent Conferences – If you would like to have a conference with your child's teacher, please contact them and sign up for Friday, September 23rd You should be receiving a conference sign-up sheet in your child's agenda.
  • Please remember to turn in your volunteer forms, along with a copy of your driver's license. We have begun entering the hours into the system. Remember that there is a requirement of 20 volunteer hours per family.
  • Volunteers Needed! We are looking for volunteers to assist in front office with telephones. If you have time in your day and can commit this time to us, please give us a call.
  • School Bus Concerns. Parents, we need your help. If your child rides a school bus, specifically busses 3 and 4, we need your support in stressing the importance of safety. We are receiving reports of students standing, screaming and hands out of windows on the bus. Please know that riding the bus is a privilege and students reported by their bus drivers as not being compliant will be suspended off of the bus for 2 days for the first offense, 5 days for the second offense and 10 days for the third offense. If there is a 4th offense, the students will be suspended off of the bus permanently.

Economic Sustainability

  • The Cookie Dough Fundraiser was a HUGE success. We sold over $14,000 in cookies as we received 50% profit on the sales. We will definitely need volunteers to help sort and distribute the cookie dough when it arrives. Because of the quantities that were ordered by students, we are arranging for a Saturday Distribution date when the cookie dough arrives. Please contact alison.rhodes@imagineschools.com if you would like to assist.
  • YEARBOOK Pre-sales – Order your yearbook today! See the attached flyer for the various options that you can choose from. The price of the yearbook will increase after this pre-sale is complete.
  • Please continue to send in your Coke Rewards bottle caps and products, Capri Sun pouches and box tops. These items add up quickly and our school reaps the rewards. The points earned last year from Coke Rewards are going toward funding our art program with supplies.
  • Did you know that if you are an employee of Walmart, your volunteer hours at the school can help us raise funds. Walmart will donate $500 to our school once your hours are completed. All you have to do is go to the human resource office, get a form, and complete the forms and we will do the rest.
  • Also remember to sign up for Target debit and credit cards and choose to donate funds to Imagine. You will also receive 5% off of your purchase.

Character Education

  • The character trait for the month of September is Responsibility. Students that have represented this trait throughout the month, will be selected from each class. They will be honored with a special ceremony for this accomplishment.
  • If your child is interested in being a part of the Imagine Choir, please plan to stay after school on Tuesday, September 27th from 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Please sign the attached form and return to Mr. Scott by Monday, 9/26.
  • RECORDERS. Mr. Scott sent forms home for students to order their recorders. He has found a good deal on the recorders and the students are able to purchase them for only $5.00. Please complete your order form and return to Mr. Scott by Monday, September 26th. Students will need these recorders as part of the music program. If they have their recorder from last year, they may bring that back to use as well.
  • GIRL SCOUTS – if your child is interested in girl scouts, please have them return the attached form. We will contact you with a date of the first informational meeting.

Academic Achievement

  • If you have not picked up your child's FCAT scores, we will be sending them home with them this week.
  • We are finishing up our first round of testing this week. Students were administered common assessments this week in writing, math and science will be given at the beginning of next week. The results of these assessments will allow us to know specific areas that we need to focus on with students during class and intervention time.
  • Please make sure that you are reading your child’s agenda each night. There should be a message from your child's teacher indicating how your child progressed throughout the day. Please make sure that you sign the agenda each night. Students whose agendas are not signed will receive an after school detention. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

New School Development

  • WE NEED YOUR HELP! We need coaches, equipment, uniforms etc. Your help is needed in developing an Athletic Booster Club so that we can begin fund raising opportunities for the various sports. If you are interested in coaching a specific sport, please contact kelly.mascolo@imagineschools.com.
  • Imagine school is seeking sponsors and partnerships with local business. If you know of businesses that may be interested in becoming a sponsor or partner with our school, please email angela.prince@imagineschools.com. We have a proposal prepared that we can send to them immediately.
  • We are still enrolling students. Our enrollment is currently 419 including VPK. Our goal is 500 students. Tell your friends, neighbors and family members and let’s get these seats filled! Thank you for all of your referrals thus far and remember that when the student you recommend enrolls, this serves as the completion of your volunteer hours.

Shared Values (Justice, Integrity and Fun)

  • Stop by the office to see our beautiful crystal award that we received this summer. We received this award for most improved shared values. Kudos to the staff and faculty at Imagine School St. Petersburg.
  • Remember if you have ideas or projects that you would like to see as a part of Imagine school. Let us hear from you. We would love to have you lead this project with our students.
  • Imagine Men and Girlfriends will begin for middle school on Wednesday, September 28th from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. These meetings are weekly and if you would like to come and speak with these young men, please contact terrence.tomlin@imagineschools. If you are interested in doing a club with girlfriends, contact lastasha.allen@imagineschools.com or rhonda.mcgarrah@imagineschools.com.

SAVE THE DATE!

September 12, 2011

Can you believe that we are half way through September already? Time is really moving fast and Holidays will be here before you know it. The newsletters that you receive each week will be formatted around the SIX MEASURES for Imagine School: Shared Values (Justice/Integrity/Fun), Parental Involvement, Economic Sustainability, Character Development, Academic Achievement, and New School Development. These newsletters will also be posted on the Imagine School website each week, www.imagineschoolsstpetersburg.com.

Imagine Schools are evaluated yearly on these six measures. At this year’s national conference, our school received the coveted Shares Values Award. We were recognized as runner up for Most Improved Shared Values! This is a direct testament to the teachers and staff at Imagine School and the professionalism they show towards each other, our students and community. We are on a mission to not only be runner up put the overall winner of this award next summer.

Shared Values

Did you know Imagine School is governed by a Board of Directors? This is an amazing group of people who truly support the students, parents and staff of Imagine School. Board Meeting are held each month and if you are interested in attending all you will need to do is email me at angela.prince@imagineschools.com. The meetings are held at 12:00 noon at Imagine School in the first floor conference room. The board meetings for this year will be held on the following dates: September 20th, October 18th, January 17th, February 21st, March 20th, May 15th, and June 19th. Additionally the board will hold two evening board meeting in conjunction with PTO meetings on November 15th and April 17th.

Bus Routes: Hopefully we have resolved many of the bus issues that we experienced the first week of school. We have hired a new driver for bus one and all of the routes should be running smoothly. If at any time our busses experience problems, we will make every effort to call you as soon as possible to notify you. Thanks again for your patience.

Parent Involvement

WE NEED YOU! Please attend our first SAC/PTO meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. The SAC meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. and PTO will begin at 6:00 p.m., a light dinner will be served. We are in need of officers for SAC and PTO. This is your opportunity to earn volunteer hours while serving in a leadership capacity for our school. The SAC is responsible for developing and oversight of the School Improvement Plan and School Budget. These meeting are usually held prior to PTO meeting for parent convenience.

We are still looking for parents to adopt a classroom in the school. Once the class is adopted, you will assist the teacher with various roles in the class and help with events that take place in the class. A form was sent home the first week of school. If you are interested, please send a note in your child’s agenda or return the form to their teacher.

Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that Imagine School St. Petersburg has a mandatory 20 volunteer requirement per family. Please make sure you sign the volunteer long whenever you come in for your child (conferences, meetings, observation, brining snacks, etc.) If you have not done so, please turn in your volunteer form, along with a copy of your driver’s license so that we may get you registered to log your hours.

PCS Portal Accounts. These accounts are created at the school site. We should have the system set up by next week. If you are interested in an account, you will be able to stop by at this time. This account allows you to check your child’s progress at anytime.
Do you face book? If so you may be the perfect person to keep our face book page up to date. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, contact angela.prince@imaigneschools.com.

Academic Achievement
Progress Reports. Middle School students will receive progress reports on Friday, September 16th. Please schedule a conference with your child teacher on September 23rd if there are any concerns. Reports cards will be issued on October 12th.

Agendas. All students should have their agenda with them at all times. Please make sure that you are reviewing them each night. There should be a comment from your child’s teacher and we welcome comments from you as well. This is the main source of communication between home and school.

Tracking Cards: Parents, middle school students should have tracking cards stapled inside of their agenda. Please ask your child for these daily. If your child received a mark on their card, a parent signature is required.

Character Development

Imagine focus on six character traits throughout the year, Responsibility, Respect, Fairness, Caring, Trustworthiness, and Citizenship, The student agenda follow the character trait that we focus on each month. Please take time and read the information about the trait with your child.

Each month a student is selected from each class that has exhibited the trait that we are focusing on. Those students are recognized in a reward assembly each month.

Parents it is important that our students learn the responsibility of arriving on time to school. School begins at 8:00 a.m. and we ask for your assistance in ensuring that your child arrives no later than 8:15 a.m. Any student arriving after this time is marked tardy and is not afforded the opportunity to eat breakfast. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. Please know that 4 tardies equals one absence and 10 tardies are considered excessive. We are required by law to report all students reaching 10 tardies and/or absences.

Economic Sustainability

Cookie fundraiser – this was a huge success. Our students sold cookies in record numbers! The cookies should arrive back to the school before Thanksgiving Break!

MOVIE NIGHT – This Friday, on September 16th will be Imagine School’s movie night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For only $5.00 students will receive a slice of pizza and soda. Students will also be allowed to buy items from the snack shack. To ensure that we prepare properly, please return the attached slip and return to their homeroom teacher no later than Wednesday, September 14th. Students may also pay at the door. There will be separate movies for elementary and middle school.

RAYS SPIRIT NIGHT – mark your calendar for September 23rd. The RAYS will have a special section just for Imagine School and have given us a discounted price of only $20.00 for these awesome seats. Please join us for this evening of fun. If you are interested, complete and return the attached form, denoting the number of tickets and attach your money. Have your child return this to their homeroom teacher.

We have many fundraisers plan for the year. Volunteer are always needed. Here is a list of upcoming fundraisers: Book fair - October 10th -14th, Fall Festival – October 29th. Ongoing; My Coke Rewards, Box tops, Capri sun pouches, and Campbell soup labels.

New School Development

We are still enrolling students. Our goal is enroll 100 more students by October 13th. We have spaces in the following grades:
Does your daughter have an interest in Girl Scouting? We would like to grow our troop from last year and sell Girl Scout cookies for the first time at Imagine School. If your child is interested, please complete the attached interest form and return to school.

If your child signed up for interest in Cheerleading, you and your child will need to attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. in the Media Center. Students in Kindergarten – 8th grade are welcome to tryout, but only students in grade 5th – 8th can be a part of competitive cheerleading. For more information, please contact talisha.tillis@imagineschools.com.

We are in the process of obtaining the information for upcoming sports. We are in need of coaches for all sports. If you have an interest in a particular sport, please send your name and sports interest to kelly.mascolo@imagineschools.com.



9-6-2011 Newsletter

Remember Picture Day on Tuesday, September 7th. We need parent volunteers to help us! Please your picture envelope back with your child on this day.



Imagine Summer Extravaganza Sunday, August 7th 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Live Radio broadcast from Radio Disney Come join the fun, purchase uniform shirts, signup for sports programs,register your child, and find out information about our school!

August 29, 2011

Imagine Family,
As we enter this second week of school, I want to say thank you for your patience as we worked out all of the glitches, with busses, schedules and teachers. Overall, we had an excellent first week and the students adjusted to being back in school as if they had never left. As of today we have an enrollment of 395 students – 262 in elementary and 133 in middle school. We are close to reaching that magic number of 500 students (20 VPK, 330 Elementary and 150 Middle School). Of course we will welcome any students over this number as well. We are currently filling the classes we have to capacity and will level off classes after the 10 day count. This means there may be some changes to classes, teacher and schedules and this is to be expected, as in any school, as we continue grow. Remember for each student you refer, you volunteer hours are waived.

Teachers
We had some changes of over the last week and would like to make you aware of them. We have lost a couple of teachers;

  • Ms. Parks, Kindergarten will be leaving us as of September 6th, and we have hired a new teacher, Ms. Berkley, who is presently in the class transitioning with her.
  • Mr. Greenleaf, Middle School Science, had to move out of the state unexpectedly, but was kind enough to help us find a replacement before he left. Mr. Fleming will be joining us on September 6th.
  • Ms. Lemley, our music teacher, also had to leave us unexpectedly, and we have found a replacement for her as well, Mr. Scott, who will begin on tomorrow, August 30th.
  • Ms. Scott, our Data management Technician, is no longer with us and we have hired, Mrs. Roberson, as her replacement and she will begin with us on Wednesday, August 31st.

So as you can see we have had a very busy first week of school, but have worked hard to ensure that the transition for all of the students is a smooth one.

Dismissal
Students are dismissed at 3:15 p.m. We dismiss bus riders first and then car and parent pick up students at 3:20 p.m. Parents if you are picking up your child, we ask that you please wait at the playground area. This is for your child’s safety. The teachers have a list that they must check off to ensure that every child was received by the appropriate person. As for parents picking up students by car, we begin calling students names at 3:25 p.m. and the line is usually cleared within 20 minutes. We ask that once your child’s name is called by radio, please pull down to the end of the fountain and we will bring them to you. Our goal is the have everyone cleared in 30 minutes and thus far, we are about 15 minutes off that time. I know with your help, we can make dismissal a smooth process.

PICTURES
School pictures will be taken on September 7th. Students are asked to wear their school uniforms for these pictures as we use them for student ID’s and for the year. For Spring Photos, students will be able to dress freely.

Open House
Open house will be held on September 7th from 6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Please plan to come and meet your child’s teacher at this time. Also remember to send in any school supplies for your child if you have not already done so.

Fundraisers
Our first fundraiser began today, Otis Spunkmeyer Cookies! The students attended an assembly about the prizes they can receive and they have set goal for themselves personally and as a class. Your assistance in helping us is greatly appreciated.

Parents, we welcome your assistance with any fundraisers that we have at the school. We have the following fundraisers that are ongoing and we would love to have some parents volunteer to lead them. Please send the following items in with your child.

  • Box Tops
  • Coke Cola Caps - and other products with numbers
  • Capri Sun packages
  • Campbell Soup Labels

The “snack shack” also opened today. Students are able to purchase snack items after school, ranging from .25 cents to $2.00. These items includes, blow pops, chips, water, Capri suns, and frozen slushes.

SAC/PTO
Our first PTO meeting will be held on September 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. Light refreshments will be served. Prior to PTO, we will have our SAC (School Advisory Council) meeting and we are in need of officers and members. Please mark your calendars and plan to be a part of these important events.

FORMS

  • During the first week of school some very important forms were sent home, please take time to complete the forms and send them back if you have not done so already. These forms include: emergency card, student code of conduct, lunch forms, SES (Title I tutoring forms), parent compact and volunteer form. These forms are very important and your help in getting them returned is greatly appreciated.
  • Included with this newsletter is an Enrollment Form/Residency Questionnaire. This forms help determine if your child may be eligible for additional services under the McKinney-Vento Act. Please complete and return to us as soon as possible.

BUS
We hope that we have finally worked out all of the glitches in the bus schedule. If you child rides a bus, they should have received a form with the new bus routes and a form for you to complete indicating the bus they will ride and the stop.

Today, Imagine staff rode the buses and listed the students for each stop. We added a 4th bus this year and Bus 3 and 4 are already full to capacity. Your help in ensuring that your child’s honors the rules and procedures on the bus will be greatly appreciated for the safety of all students.

UNIFORM SHRITS
If your child ordered shirts and paid for them in full, they should be in their back packs today. We are expecting the second shipment on Friday and will get the remaining orders filled as soon as possible. Students will be excused for one additional week until all uniforms shirts have been received.

All the best,
A. Prince

July 18, 2011

Hello Imagine Family,

We just got back from the National Imagine School's forum. We learned a wealth of information from our sister Imagine Schools. At this conference, schools are recognized and given awards based on the six measures. Imagine School at St. Petersburg won RUNNER UP FOR MOST IMPROVED SHARED VALUES! We are super excited that our efforts are being recognized at a national level. We are gearing up for an awesome school year, even better than last year! Check out the great article that appeared in the Weekly Challenger last week.
http://www.theweeklychallenger.com/news/Article/Article.asp?NewsID=109709&sID=4&ItemSource=L

Good Things Ahead For Imagine School At St. Petersburg
By: Khana A. Riley
The Weekly Challenger
Originally posted 7/15/2011
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ST.PETERSBURG - A school formerly labeled as a double F kicked their efforts into high gear and earned a D. While a D might not seem like much to gloat about, it shows that things are headed in the right direction. A school predicated on choice seems to have made the right choice and looks ahead to make more improvements. Terrance Tomplin, enrollment coordinator and senior staff since the inception of Imagine School at St. Petersburg, comments, “We have made a larger tangible difference than what grades would show.”

Imagine School is known for valuing hands-on learning, where students are actively engaged in the daily activities and choices of the day. The learning environment is one where the students’ feel that they have a vested interest in what they’re learning. They also provide a cooperative learning environment where students have a voice, participate with others, and learn how to be citizens in a global society.

This year was a time for unsettling pressure with the presence of 2 F’s looming, but the atmosphere at Imagine School was of high spirits and a loving community. Lasting memories were made as the future of Imagine School was uncertain. Regardless however of the negative, retention rates are high and students and families still see the value and the promise in Imagine School.

With the leadership and guidance of Principal Prince, the school is headed in the right direction. “The concept has always been solid, but we just needed the right guidance to put us in the right direction,” says Tomplin. Prince is known to be an even-keeled leader who sets high expectations for herself, staff and students. In turn, she expects the students to set high expectations. She is the first one to arrive and the last one to leave, and emanates caring for each student and the desire to see them succeed.

With the new school year approaching, there are many good things for the students and staff of Imagine School to look forward to doing. A 3rd grade Book Club named “I can see Paris in Midtown” created in memory of the young girl Paris Hamilton who was killed, seeks to encourage reading among 3rd grade girls. An increase in sports teams is on the horizon, giving students physical activity but also a lesson in competition and camaraderie. The young men also have the program Imagine Men. This program was designed around the concept of preparing our young boys to see themselves as men. They’re mentored and provided with skills and strategies to guide them on the way of becoming individuals with values and good character.

With the dedication and commitment of the Imagine Schools Team, the faculty hopes to forego a C and earn a B. The belief is strong that it will happen. This school can show you that anything you can imagine can be possible.

July 9, 2011

Imagine Family,

WE HAVE A PASSING SCHOOL GRADE! “D”! This is a major accomplishment and the students worked extremely hard to ROCK THE FCAT!

I hope that you are having a great summer! We are busy planning for the next school year and getting ready for the entire exciting thing for the upcoming year.

Please make sure that we have your correct phone numbers and email addresses so that you are certain to receive information about our Celebration for our school making a passing grade this school year! Also stay tuned for more information about the upcoming Astro Event where I skate around the entire RINK!

Enrollment is steadily increasing and we hope that we meet our goal of 500 by August 22nd. Remember you can receive credit for your 20 volunteer hours by recommending and having one student to enroll. To welcome the new parents that have enrolled thus far, we are hosting an open on Saturday, July 16th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Please feel free to come join us! On this day we will have uniform and spirit shirts for sale. The supply list can be found at the on the bottom of the web page.

Our school hours will remain the same for this school year 8:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. Students are marked tardy after 8:15 a.m. and a parent must accompany them in to sign into school. For the 2011-2012 school year, we will no longer have early release days. This will allow us more instructional time with students.

We are busy interviewing teachers each day; we will have about seven new teachers this year. Student placement into classrooms will be complete by the end of July. If you'd like to provide any input about your child, please be sure to send it to me in the next two weeks.

FCAT reports are available for parent pickup. We will mail home any reports not picked up by the end of July.

Bus schedules are now available thanks to Pinellas County. They have completed all of our routes and you may call the office to find the stop for your child. Children who live less than two miles will not be provided bus transportation for this school year. We are adding a 4th bus for the upcoming school year. We hope that with the 4th bus we will be able to accommodate most of our families.

Next week there are twelve of us attending the Imagine National Forum in Phoenix? We look forward to the regional reports, workshops, and networking with our 73 sister schools from around the country!

On July 22nd, students who earned level 5 on FCAT and Level 6 on Florida Writes will attend the Busch Gardens fieldtrip that they have earned. All other students will receive their incentives when the school year begins.

During the summer months, please check the website for ongoing updates.

Angela Prince

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