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The Grady Elementary Spring Book Fair is coming up from March 11-18th (with a preview day on March 8th).  The Book Fair is a great way to get kids excited about reading and to buy some great reads for Spring Break! 

To volunteer at the Book Fair, please click on Book Fair Volunteers

We will provide the link to our online ordering before the Book Fair commences. 

Thank you for supporting our school Book Fair and developing a love of reading in your child!

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Jump Rope for Heart is coming up tomorrow, Friday, February 15th!

We still need volunteers to help monitor stations, hand out water, turn jump ropes and more, especially for Kindergarten (8:40-9:30) and 3rd grade (11:40-12:30). To view the schedule and sign up to volunteer, click on VOLUNTEER FORMThank you to everyone that has already signed up!

Jump Rope for Heart is a fun field day that has our students jumping rope, running and jumping over hurdles and bouncing in a bounce house. In addition to fun, students learn about heart health and the importance of a good diet. Jump Rope for Heart also has a fundraising component that raises money for the American Heart Association and helps raise funds for athletic equipment at Grady Elementary. Your child can still collect donations and turn them in via the envelope provided or you can sign up online by clicking on Grady Elementary's AHA Page. You can also download the Kids Heart Challenge mobile app. 

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Murrell at [email protected]fl.us

 

Below are some upcoming important dates:

2/15 - Jump Rope for Heart and Field Day

2/18 - President's Day - NO SCHOOL

2/21 – Conference Night at Grady

3/04 - Strawberry Festival - NO SCHOOL

3/09 - Grady 80's themed Auction Night at Christ the King 

3/12 - 1st & 2nd Grade School Concert

3/13 - 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade School Concert 

3/18-3/25 - Spring Break - NO SCHOOL

 

Grady Auction

Join us for our totally rad 80's themed auction on Saturday, March 9th. This adult only event will be held at Christ the King from 6:00 - 10:00 pm. 

Early Bird Tickets are now available for $35 per person through Sunday, March 3rd. The ticket includes admission, dinner and 2 drink tickets. To purchase your tickets, click on Grady Auction Tickets

We will have raffle tickets for sale during drop off the week of March 5th – 8th. We will be sending out emails with pictures of the raffle baskets and some of our auction baskets in the coming weeks. 

We have some amazing auction items, including: 

  • One week stay at the Wyndham Bonnet Creek in Orlando from June 7 - June 14, 2019 (click on Wyndham Bonnet Creek for more details)

  • Football clinic with NFL Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick

  • VIP school parking - skip the car line and park in the back of Grady

  • Hang your college flag in front of Grady for a year. Grab your friends and be sure to win this highly coveted item! Which college will be waving its flag this coming year?

 

Florida State Fair

Grady students will have artwork on display during the Florida State Fair for the Black History Art Exhibit. Our theme was "Celebrating African American Pioneers in the Arts and S.T.E.M." Grady focused on Benjamin Banneker this year. The art will be on display inside the Florida Center during the time that the fair is running. Please come out to enjoy the art show and other festivities. 

 

Yearbook

Purchase your yearbook today! Prices are currently $20 for a softcover yearbook and $25 for a hardcover yearbook, however, pricing will increase April 1st. Please visit www.strawbridge.net to purchase online and enter online code 112045.   

We need pictures for our yearbook. If you have pictures from field trips, the 3rd-5th grade winter concert, Barnes & Noble Family Night of Reading, Family Skate Nights, Tropicana Speeches or the Great American Teach in that you would like to submit, please email them to [email protected]

 

Got used markers? ColorCycle them at Grady

What is Crayola ColorCycle? Crayola’s latest sustainability initiative designed to repurpose markers, highlighters and dry erase markers. All marker brands are accepted. 

How do I help? Collect markers and drop them off in the front office or your student can give them to our art teacher, Debonique Grigsby. 

For more information, click on ColorCycle.

 
Child Reading
Click Read More for the full Tiger Talk Update

Below are some upcoming important dates:
2/08 - Fair Day - NO SCHOOL
2/13 - Pre-K and Kindergarten Valentine's Day Concert
2/15 - Jump Rope for Heart and Field Day
2/18 - President's Day - NO SCHOOL
3/04 - Strawberry Festival - NO SCHOOL
3/09 - Grady 80's themed Auction Night at Christ the King
3/12 - 1st & 2nd Grade School Concert
3/13 - 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade School Concert
3/18-3/25 - Spring Break - NO SCHOOL

Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for Heart is a fun field day that has our students jumping rope, running and jumping over hurdles and bouncing in a bounce house. In addition to fun, students learn about heart health and the importance of a good diet. Jump Rope for Heart also has a fundraising component that raises money for the American Heart Association and helps raise funds for athletic equipment at Grady Elementary.

We will need volunteers on Friday, February 15th to help monitor stations, hand out water, turn jump ropes and more. We will be sending the full schedule and volunteer sign up later this week.

Florida State Fair

Grady students will have artwork on display during the Florida State Fair for the Black History Art Exhibit. Our theme was "Celebrating African American Pioneers in the Arts and S.T.E.M." Grady focused on Benjamin Banneker this year. The art will be on display inside the Florida Center during the time that the fair is running. Please come out to enjoy the art show and other festivities.

Congratulations to Mekaela Grullon! Her firework-inspired art was selected to go on display at the Florida State Fair. It will be inside the Florida Center during the fair. Way to go Mekaela!

Grady Auction

Join us for our totally rad 80's themed auction on Saturday, March 9th. This adult only event will be held at Christ the King from 6:00 - 10:00 pm.

Early Bird Tickets are now available for $35 per person through Sunday, March 3rd. The ticket includes admission, dinner and 2 drink tickets. Click on Auction to purchase tickets and see some of our amazing auction items!

Jump Rope for Heart is a fun field day that has our students jumping rope, running and jumping over hurdles and bouncing in a bounce house. In addition to fun, students learn about heart health and the importance of a good diet. Jump Rope for Heart also has a fundraising component that raises money for the American Heart Association and helps raise funds for athletic equipment at Grady Elementary. 

We will need volunteers on Friday, February 15th to help monitor stations, hand out water, turn jump ropes and more. We will be sending the full schedule and volunteer sign up later this week.

Your child can collect donations and turn them in via the envelope provided or you can sign up online by clicking on Grady Elementary's AHA Page. You can also download the Kids Heart Challenge mobile app. 

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Murrell at [email protected] 

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Thank you to all of the pirates that joined us on Thursday Night for our Unlock the Treasures of Reading Night! Our students loved hearing the stories, getting beads and eating cookies! 

Our goal over the past year and a half has been to upgrade our technology. With the funds raised last year, we were able to purchase 1 computer cart (with at least 20 laptops) for each grade level for a total of 120 laptops. The laptop cart will allow the computers to go from classroom to classroom, so that the computers can be utilized by more students during a single school day. For the 2018-19 school year, we included budget items for additional technology upgrades. We have already approved the purchase of 2 ceiling mounted projectors, 2 iPads, and 1 laptop and plan to purchase additional technology for the media center. 

Principal Dosal requested that we use the our additional funds this year to install a new digital marquee. The digital marquee will assist the office in quickly communicating with our parents and providing up-to-date reminders of important events at Grady, instead of monthly updates. During the meeting, we officially voted to fund the digital marquee with our additional funds. We will share more information about the marquee as it becomes available. 

In addition, during the meeting we approved over $2,500 in mini grant requests from our teachers and specialists that include: purchasing 100 classic literature books for 4th graders, providing flexible seating options for students, approving subscriptions (News 2 You, Scholastic, Storyworks, Starfall and ABC Mouse) that benefit students in multiple grades, and providing our ASD classrooms with kits that help with fine motor skills and help with science experiments.   

Thanks to all of our amazing sponsors, donors during events such as Tiger Trek and Auction Night, and increased club enrollment, we have acquired more funds that allow us to better serve our students and the community. 

Below are some upcoming important dates:

1/25 - Kindergarten Countdown for incoming Kindergarten parents
1/31 - Family Skate Night at United Skates of America
2/08 - Fair Day - NO SCHOOL
2/13 - Pre-K and Kindergarten Valentine's Day Concert
2/15 - Jump Rope for Heart and Field Day
3/09 - Grady 80's themed Auction Night at Christ the King 
3/12 - 1st & 2nd Grade School Concert
3/13 - 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade School Concert 

DUST OFF YOUR LEG WARMERS!

TEASE YOUR HAIR UP!

When: March 9, 2019 from 6-10pm

Where: Christ the King

Theme: The 80’s

THIS IS AN ADULT ONLY EVENT!

Early Bird Tickets available through Sunday, March 3rd
$35/each includes admission, dinner, 2 drink tickets

Advance Tickets available Monday, March 4th - Friday, March 8th
$40/each includes admission + dinner (no drink tickets)

Day of Tickets available Saturday, March 9th (purchase at the door only - no online purchase available)
$45 includes admission + dinner (no drink tickets)

TO PURCHASE EARLY BIRD TICKETS: CLICK HERE 

AMAZING AUCTION ITEMS INCLUDE:

    • One week stay at the Wyndham Bonnet Creek in Orlando from June 7 - June 14, 2019 (click on Wyndham Bonnet Creek for more details)
    • Football clinic with NFL Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick
    • VIP school parking - skip the car line and park in the back of Grady
    • Hang your college flag in front of Grady for a year

    TICKETS FOR TEACHER'S ONLY (PLUS ONE GUEST): CLICK HERE 

    Grady PTA School Skate Party With The Worlds Largest Indoor “Real Fake Snowball Fight”

    Thursday, January 31st
    6:00 - 8:00 pm

     

    Pre-sale are available until Tuesday, January 29th!!
    Pre-sale tickets get you early entry at 5:30 pm!!

     

    $6.00 per person
    (includes regular skate rental)
    Non-skating Adults entry is FREE!
    All children entering must pay admission.
    ONLINE SALES ARE NOW CLOSED!
     
    Please join us on Thursday, January 31st for the World’s Largest Indoor Snowball Fight themed school skate party at United Skates of America. Join us to skate, throw snowballs and support the Grady Elementary PTA. Hope to see you all there!
     
    United Skates of America, 5121 N Armenia Ave., Tampa, Fl 33603 
    813-876-5826

    www.unitedskates.com/tampa

    Child Reading
    Today is the last day to register for our Spring session of After School Enrichment (ASE) Clubs. The clubs start January 22nd and run through May 17th. Please visit ASE Club Information for more information about our clubs and ASE Club Signup to register. Please note that the Baseball Club has been cancelled due to low enrollment.

    Thursday is our annual Unlock the Treasurers of Reading Night (Pirate Reading Night). The kids are invited to dress as pirates or wear pajamas. The night starts with a general PTA meeting at the flagpole at 5:45 pm. Children will go to classrooms and enjoy stories read by pirates from local krewes, while parents of students in grades 3-5 go to the Media Center for the FSA Information Session and parents of students in grades K-2 go to the Cafeteria for a Reading Essentials Information Session. It's a really fun night with free books, beads, juice and cookies!

    Congratulations to all of our Reflections Art Contest winners! To see a full list of the winners, click on Read More.

    Below are some upcoming important dates:

    1/17 - Unlock the Treasures of Reading Night (Pirate Reading Night) & General PTA Meeting
    1/21 - MLK - NO SCHOOL
    1/22 - First day of Spring After School Enrichment clubs
    1/25 - Kindergarten Countdown for incoming Kindergarten parents
    1/31 - Family Skate Night at United Skates of America
    2/08 - Fair Day - NO SCHOOL
    2/13 - Pre-K and Kindergarten Valentine's Day Concert
    3/12 - 1st & 2nd Grade School Concert
    3/13 - 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade School Concert
    3/9/19 - Grady 80's themed Auction Night at Christ the King