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Auditions for third to fifth graders for the Dig It  musical take place tomorrow, March 21, during the school day.  If your student didn’t spend spring break preparing for her/his acting role, please practice tonight using this script:  Script & Permission Form.  Please bring the signed permission slip to the audition.   Auditions for first and second grade students take place Thursday, March 23, also during the school day, using the same script and permission slip.  For more information on Spring Musical Auditions, please click here:  Spring Musical Auditions.  Please contact Music Specialist, Steven Florio, at steven.florio@sdhc.k12.fl.us with any questions.

Grady Elementary students will perform in the musical production, Dig It, on Thursday, May 4, 2017.   The Music Department is looking for motivated actors and actresses to star in this production.   Auditions will be held for the following students at the following times:

* Tuesday, March 21, for 3rd to 5th grade students, during the school day (at 9:10 am); and

* Thursday, March 23, for 1st and 2nd grade students, during the school day (at 9:10 am)

If your Grady student wishes to audition, please print the permission form and script linked here:  Permission Form & Script.   Students should practice the audition lines and return the signed permission form to Music Specialist Mr. Florio on the day of the audition.  Please contact Mr. Florio at steven.florio@sdhc.k12.fl.us with any questions. 

This is going to be another amazing Spring Musical and we hope your family is able to participate in it and enjoy it. 

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Please join us tonight from 6 pm to 9 pm at Lee Roy Selmon’s for Family Night. For details, please click here:  Selmon's Family Night.

Also, the deadline to order Grady yearbooks is March 10, 2017.  We cannot guarantee that your child will receive a yearbook if you do not order it by March 10.  Please click here for information on how to order your child’s yearbook and an online ordering link:   Grady Yearbook.

Spring pictures are March 9.  Please send your children to school with big Grady smiles on Thursday. 

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Please remember that the last club session for each of the winter after school clubs is this coming week, March 6-9.   The ASE clubs ending this coming week are Basketball, Robotics, Art, Photography, Soccer, Science, Chess, Lego, Spanish & Music, 3-D Art, and Running Club.

When we return from Spring Break, there will be no clubs again until April 10.  If you have comments about the clubs, please email ASE Club Coordinator, Moni Sears, at aseclubs@gradytigers.org.  

Please join us for Family Night at Lee Roy Selmon’s on Monday, March 6, from 6 pm to 9 pm, details:  Selmon's Family Night.

Don’t forget to buy your child’s yearbook before Spring Break:  Grady Yearbook

Thank you to the members who attended today’s PTA general meeting in front of the flagpole.  The motion to amend the PTA budget to spend money on giant fans for the Pavilion was approved.  We will keep you updated on the progress of this project.  We are able to make this major improvement because of your donations, volunteering and involvement. 

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Good news!  The awning over the playground has been repaired and the playground is now ready for kids.  Thanks to Mrs. Dosal for making many calls to get this repair complete.  To see a picture of the repaired awning, please click here:  Playground Awning

Jump Rope For Heart results are in. Grady Elementary’ s total donations to the American Heart Association through Jump Rope for Heart are $6,200.00.   Thanks to all who donated to this worthy cause.   Physical Education Specialist Mrs. Michelle Murrell  gratefully thanks all of the donors and all of the parent volunteers who gave their time to make the event run smoothly.   The school-wide winner of fundraising for JRFH is Lucy Dingle in Mrs. Ward's first grade class.  Congratulations, Lucy!  Our school’s collective donations helped Grady earn a $300.00 gift certificate to U.S. Games to purchase new Physical Education equipment.  Prizes for JRFH fundraising participants  have been ordered and will be delivered and distributed in 3-4 weeks.  

Please don’t forget the PTA General Meeting Tomorrow morning at 8 am to vote on a budget amendment.  The meeting will last only  5 minutes.   And, of course, please stop by the flagpole between 7:30 am and 8:00 for your Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.  $7/dozen or $1 each.  All proceeds benefit the fifth grade end-of-year activities.

Monday night, March 6, please join us for Family Night at Lee Roy Selmon’s located at  4302 W Boy Scout Blvd. (near International Plaza).  Please mention Grady to your server so that Grady receives 10% of your purchase.  For more details, please click here:  Family Night.

Please join us for family night at Lee Roy Selmon's

Date:  March 6, 2017

Time:  6 pm to 9 pm

Location:  4302 W Boy Scout Blvd. (near International Plaza) 

Menu: Selmon's Menu

Monday nights kids eat free at Selmon's with an adult purchase of an entree of $9.99 or more and a drink.

Please mention Grady Elementary to your server to ensure that Grady receives 10% of your purchase.

See you there! 

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Thank you so much to the volunteers who helped make Jump Rope For Heart a success.   Thanks to the families who contributed to the cause.  To see some pictures of Jump Rope for Heart, please click here:  JRFH Pictures.

There will be a PTA general membership meeting on Friday, March 3, at 8:00 am under the flagpole.  All PTA members are invited to attend.  The purpose of the meeting is to vote on a budget amendment that will allow us to buy a giant, roof-suspended fan to keep the Pavilion cool during P.E. and school events like the Spring Musical.  Please come by at 8:00 am on Friday to vote on this budget amendment.

Friday there will also be a fifth grade Krispy Kreme doughnut sale from 7:30 am until 8:00 am in front of the school.  Doughnuts are $7/dozen or $1 each.

Monday, March 6, from 6 pm to 9 pm, please bring your family out to Lee Roy Selmon’s located at 4302 W Boy Scout Blvd. (near International Plaza) for Family Night.  Monday nights kids eat free at Selmon's with an adult purchase of an entree of $9.99 or more and a drink.  Please tell your server that you are with Grady and Selmon’s will give Grady 10% of your purchase.  For more information, and to see the menu, please click here:  March 6, Lee Roy Selmon's.

Next week, March 6-9 is the last week of Winter Clubs.  We will be setting up a final 6-week round of clubs to start on April 10 and will notify you when the online sign up period for the next round of clubs is open.

Please buy yearbooks soon!  Click here for more information about yearbooks: Grady Yearbook.   

March 9 is Spring Picture day. 

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Jump Rope for Heart takes place tomorrow.  Please send Grady students to school in sneakers.  Please send back the participation and fundraising forms that were sent home at the beginning of the month.  For more information about JRFH please click here:  JRFH.   To volunteer tomorrow, please click here:  Volunteer for JRFH.

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If you haven’t ordered a yearbook for your child, please do so before Spring Break.  This year’s yearbook has 92 pages, which is 20 more pages than last year’s yearbook.  There will be 31 pages of class pictures, 41 pages of pictures of school events and 20 pages of dedications.  For more information about the Grady Yearbook, please click here:  Grady Yearbook.  There is a yearbook signing party on May 22.  If you want your child to have a yearbook for this event, please order your yearbook soon.

The Kindergarten students performed a Valentine’s Concert for their families on February 14.  To see some pictures of the event, please click here:   Too Much Cuteness!

Jump Rope For Heart is this Friday, February 24, 2017, on campus.  It’s not too late to donate to JRFH  by sending in the forms sent home in backpacks or by registering and donating online.  Click here for more information:  Jump Rope for Heart Information.  All students who donate at the $50 level will receive JRFH t-shirts.  Students with the JFRH shirt will be featured in a special yearbook photo of the students standing in the shape of a heart.

There are Jump Rope For Heart volunteer spots still available:  from 8:45 am to 10 am (while the Kindergarteners and Ms. McAlister’s class participate); from 11:00 am to 11:55 am (while third grade and Ms. Nichols’ and Ms. Eveland’s classes participate); and from 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm for clean-up.  If you can spare some time to volunteer, please click here to volunteer online:  JRFH Volunteers.   

The final count for Box Tops was 7,200 submitted.  This will generate $720.00 for our school.  Thanks again to all of you for clipping and submitting Box Tops.  To see some photos of fifth graders enjoying the Box Top popsicle party that occurred on Friday, please click here:  Popsicle Party.   The fourth grade also enjoyed a popsicle party, but due to testing, their party was later and there are no pictures.

There will be a general meeting of the PTA membership on Friday, March 3, at 8:00 am under the flagpole.  This is also a fifth grade doughnut sale day, so we expect many parents to be available to come to this meeting.  The meeting will last 10 minutes or less.  The purpose of the meeting to amend the PTA general budget to include a line item for a giant fan that will be installed under the roof of the Pavilion to keep kids cool while they exercise and to keep guests cool during the Spring Musical and other events.  The cost of the fan is approximately $9,000.00, which we have raised through fundraising efforts.  We do feel that such an expenditure will benefit all of the children at Grady Elementary and we would like to get the project moving as quickly as possible.  So, please come out to the general meeting on March 3 to vote on the budget amendment.

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Grady PTA is calling a general meeting on March 3, 2017 at 8:00 am in front of the flag pole in the car loop.  The meeting will last 10 minutes or less.  The purpose of the meeting is to amend the budget to plan for purchases to enhance student experiences at Grady Elementary.  Please attend and vote.
Grady Elementary was selected to participate in Florida State Fair Black History Art Exhibit. The theme for each school had to be based on Tampa's black history. The students completed art based on the prominent African-Americans that visited the Jackson Rooming House located on Zack Street in downtown Tampa. This was the only hotel where African-Americans could stay during segregation. It was built in 1901 by Moses and Sarah Jackson and was in business until the late 1980's.

Grady Wears Red!

February 3, 2017

Grady Wearing Red and Raising our Voices in support of Women with heart disease and stroke!

Come on down to Grady's Kindergarten Round Up on January 26, 2017, at 8:30 am.  Parents, grandparents and children are welcome to attend. Adults, please bring your government-issued identification with you in order to check in to the school for the program.  The program starts promptly at 8:30 am in the Kathryn Hance Media Center.

School administrators and each of the Kindergarten teachers will speak. The program will conclude with a tour of each of the Kindergarten classes. No RSVP is necessary. 

To learn more about Grady Elementary, visit our school facts page at:http://gradytigers.org/grady-elementary-at-a-glance.  To learn more about how the students at Grady Elementary have performed academically, please click here: http://gradytigers.org/pride

For more information about the process of registering your child for kindergarten please visit: http://www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/doc/842/kindergarten/resources/entryrequirements/

We look forward to seeing you at Kindergarten Round Up!  Please call Ms. Valenti at (813) 872-5325 with any questions.

Grady Elementary is honored to have been selected by the Florida Department of Education as a winner of the Five Star School Award for the 2015-16 school year.  The honor is awarded to schools committed to in incorporating family and community members into the school environment. 

In determining whether to give the award, the FDOE considers the school’s efforts and results in five areas:  Community/Business Partnerships, Family Involvement, Volunteerism, Student Community Service and School Advisory Council.  

Grady consistently has very high volunteer hours.  In fact, the volunteers in our school have repeatedly helped us win district-wide PTA awards for volunteerism. Grady Elementary has had a 100% membership PTA for several years, demonstrating parent involvement.  Our students and families have served the community through food drives (for Alpha House and End 68 Hours of Hunger), Pasta for Pennies (info here: prior newsletter), Tiger Leadership Council, Poetry for a Purpose (photo of published book), and many other community initiatives. And our Grady Tiger Partners, both Family Partners and Business Partners, confirm our community and business partnerships.  All of these factors pushed us over the top to win this award.

Congratulations and thank you to the volunteers, family and business partners, hard-working community-minded students and parents who helped us to win this award.  Awards from the Department of Education have positive consequences for our school; and every award helps us rise in notoriety.  This award would not be possible without the commitment to excellence by the Grady faculty, staff and administration.  They establish the culture of our school.  They set the expectation of participation, volunteerism, partnership and community involvement.  So, thank you and congratulations to Grady faculty, staff and administration for this fine honor.

To read more about the Five Star School Award, please click here: Five Star School Press Release.

Hillsborough County PTA will be honoring and awarding participants in its Reflections Art Contest on January 8, 2017 from 2-4 pm at Strawberry Crest High School.  22 Grady Students whose art work was submitted to the Hillsborough County Reflections Art Contest will have their work on display.  Good luck, Grady Tigers!  For more information, please contact Reflections Program Coordinator Ellen Lyons at ellen@gradytigers.org.  

 

The Grady Fifth Grade Math Bowl Team has won Second Place in the Area 1 Math Bowl!   Congratulations to the Math Bowl Team and to the Math Bowl Sponsor, Ms. Neukamm!  To see a picture of the victorious Math Bowl team, made up of Wayne Belser, Nicholas DeVoe, Erin Dougill, Davis Hackel, and Misha Patel, please click here:  Math Bowl.   

We are so proud of our Grady Math Bowl Teams.

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Tonight starting at 5:30 PM, is the Family Night of Reading at Barnes & Noble, located at 213 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.  Mrs. Dosal will start the evening by reading a holiday book to the group.  She will be followed by Mr. Campbell, Ms. Quevedo, Mrs. Brinson, Ms. Trupp and Ms. Ona (f/k/a Ms. Janasiewicz).  The last reader of the night is Mr. Tsourakis.  He will do a reading of The Polar Express.  During the evening there will be a craft table, where your child can make personalized gift tags or ornaments.  At 7 PM, complimentary hot cocoa and cookies will be served.  It will be a very special night.

Please come on out and enjoy the stories.  During the event, and for the rest of the weekend, Barnes & Noble will donate a portion of any purchases made to Grady.  Please mention Grady at the counter.  For anyone who cannot attend, there is an online book fair, at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/h/bookfairs, (presently B&N is offering 20% off).  At the checkout page, just click the box that asks if this is a book fair order and put the book fair code: 12043113 into the box that appears.  We use the money that is raised from this book fair to help the teachers buy more books for the school.

Please come out tonight for a night of family fun and a great cause.

Also please make sure you’ve calendared, the special Holiday Moms' Night Out on Wednesday, December 14, from 5:30 PM until 8:30 PM at Carmel Kitchen. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and drink specials and get to know other Grady Moms.  Reservations are not required, but are appreciated.  To RSVP, please email VP of Fundraising, Krista Harvie, at fundraising@gradytigers.org.  We hope to see many Moms at this event.

Please join us for a special Holiday Moms' Night Out on Wednesday, December 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Carmel Kitchen, 3601 W. Swann Avenue.  Enjoy complimentary appetizers and drink specials and get to know other Grady Moms.  Reservations are not required, but are appreciated.  To RSVP, please email VP of Fundraising, Krista Harvie, at fundraising@gradytigers.org.  We hope to see many Moms at this event.
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Grady Elementary School has received notice from the State of Florida that Grady Elementary ranks in the Top 10% of all elementary schools in the State of Florida in the following four categories: (1) English Language Arts Achievement; (2) Mathematics Achievement; (3) Science Achievement; and (4)  English Language Arts Improvement.   This is a remarkable achievement and shows that Grady Elementary teachers, students and parents are all working hard to create amazing outcomes for Grady students.   

The State of Florida's notification included a hand-written note from Governor Rick Scott addressed to Principal Dosal, which stated "Great job!"  We are so pleased that Governor Scott has taken note of our school's success and we are as proud as ever to receive confirmation that Grady's programs are among the very finest in the State.  To see a picture of the notification and hand-written note, please click here:  Grady: Top 10% in State of Florida

Yesterday, the Reflections Art Program concluded with an ice cream party and awards ceremony.  To see pictures of the party and awards ceremony, please click here:  Reflections Art Program.  To download a slide show of the art that won the Reflections Art Contest for each grade level, please click here:  Slide Show.  The winning art will proceed to the Hillsborough County Reflections Art Contest, which will feature a January art show and award program.   A big thank you to art teacher, Ms. Grigsby, and to the volunteers who helped with the Reflections Art Program this year!  The big smiles on students’ faces at the art awards party showed us that this program is really worthwhile.

Grady mom and professional photographer, Patricia Cannon, has updated her link of Grady Fall Festival photos to include picture of the Storybook Parade.  To see the photos, click here and scroll down past the Fall Festival photos:http://sweetplumphotography.com/grady.  To download photos without the Sweet Plum Photography logo, click on the photo to select it and then scroll up and press “download” in the upper right top of the screen.  The photos will download without the logo.  Thank you to Patricia Cannon and Sweet Plum Photography for the pictures. 

The Pasta for Pennies program, which collects donations for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, is going on right now.  Students can collect money and bring it to their homeroom teachers.  All money donations are due by Thursday, November 10.  Thank you very much for your donations to support this worthy cause.

Picture retakes are on November 8. There is no school on November 11.  The Thanksgiving Luncheon is on November 15.  The Great American Teach In is coming up on November 17.  It’s not too late to sign up, so please click here if you are interested:  GATI.  

Grady Elementary continues to excel at preparing students for life.  Excellent teaching and parents’ contributions of time, talent and good parenting are the keys to this success.  Thank you for supporting our school.

Grady Elementary School has received notice from the State of Florida that Grady is in the Top 10% of all elementary schools in the State of Florida in the following four categories:

1.  English Language Arts Achievement

2.  Mathematics Achievement

3.  Science Achievement

4.  English Language Arts Improvement

The State of Florida's notification included a hand-written note from Governor Rick Scott addressed to Principal Dosal, which stated "Great job!"  We are so pleased that Governor Scott has taken note of our school's success and we are as proud as ever to receive confirmation that Grady's programs are among the very finest in the State.  A picture of the notificataion is below.

 

 

Grady's Photography Club will be displaying their club portfolio and individual projects at Kahwa Coffee on 3928 Henderson Blvd. on Friday, November 4, from 6 pm until 7 pm. Please come out and enjoy refreshments and see the work of Grady's student photographers.
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Thank you very much to all of you who came to Fall Festival on Friday.  Thank you very much to the many volunteers who ran the festival booths, made snow cones, bagged popcorn, managed the bounce houses and did so many wonderful things to make Fall Festival run smoothly for our kids.  It was a very special evening and a great chance for Grady families to get to know one another.   To see some pictures of the Fall Festival, please click here:  Fall Festival Pictures.

A hearty thank you to Mr. Campbell and Mr. Tsourakis for kindly allowing themselves to be slimed by Grady students.  To see video of Mr. Campbell being slimed, please click here: Mr. Campbell Gets Slimed Like a Champion and to see a video of Mr. Tsourakis being slimed, please click here:  Mr. Tsourakis is a Good Sport.

Tomorrow begins Red Ribbon Week and tomorrow’s theme is “wear red.”  To see each day’s Red Ribbon theme, click here: Red Ribbon Week.  This Thursday, the first grade Girl Scouts will meet in the cafeteria at 6 pm.  For more information, please click here:  First Grade Girl Scout Meeting.   And next Monday, October 31, is Grady’s Annual Storybook Parade. To see a message about the parade that came home earlier this week in backpacks, please click here:  Storybook Parade.

Click Read More to see a You Tube video of Mr. Campbell being slimed at the Fall Festival. Thank you, Mr. Campbell, for being such a good sport!

Monday - wear red (school will hand out red ribbons)

Tuesday - crazy socks day

Wednesday - "turn your back on drugs day" by wearing your clothes backwards

Thursday - turn in posters for poster contest.  Posters must be 8.5" x 11" and in landscape position.  Posters must relate to the theme "Drug Free Me" and drawn with markers, paints or crayons

Friday - School Spirt Day - wear spirit shirts

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The Fall Festival is this Friday, from 5 pm until 7:30 pm, on campus.  Please join us for an amazing event.  We will have carnival games of every kind, a giant inflatable obstacle course as well as a regular bounce house, hair, nail and face painting at the “Bootique,” and more.  

Additionally, both Mr. Tsourakis and Mr. Campbell will be slimed during this event.  Don’t miss this event.  It is fun for the whole family.  To read more about Fall Festival please click here: Fall Festival Information.  To see the sliming video from last year, click here:  Sliming Video.  To see photos from 2015 Fall Festival, click here:  2015 Fall Festival.

The deadline to pre-order wristbands for your children to enjoy unlimited games, bouncing, "Bootique" visits, snow cones and popcorn is quickly approaching.  If you purchase before October 19, wristbands are just $20 for the first child and $15 for each additional wristband.  This is a substantial discount from the day-of-event wristband price of $25.  To purchase a wristband using our Cisco-certified secure online registration and payment system (all credit cards accepted), please click here: Wristband Order Form.

At the Fall Festival, there will be an Art Show and framed hand art, displayed at PDQ, will be on sale for $10 each.  Our art teacher, Ms. Grigsby, asks for volunteers to help display, frame and take down the art.  To volunteer, please click here:  Volunteer at the Art Show at the Fall Festival.   

We look forward to seeing you on Friday for our wonderful Fall Festival.

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Please pick up your fundraiser items today from 1:45 pm until 6 pm in the cafeteria.  This is especially important for anyone who ordered cookie dough.  Cookie dough must be picked up today, please.

Also, if you are able to help today or Monday with fundraiser pick up, please click here:  Volunteer to Help Distribute Fall Fundraiser Merchandise.  Thank you to the volunteers whom have already signed up!  We appreciate you!

We have three new Tiger Family Partners to appreciate!  There are two new Leader of the Pack level partners, HOUSE OF HUCKLEBERRY and the Lyons Family - Mike, Ellen, Frank & Nick.  There is one new Cub level Family Partner, the Ledford Family.  Thank you so very much to our new Tiger Family Partners.  Grady is very lucky to have such wonderful sponsors

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Thanks to the Grady Moms who came out to the Moms’ Night Out!  We had a wonderful time and really enjoyed making new friends and getting to know one another.  Thank you to the dads, spouses, partners, and grandparents who picked up the slack and made sure the moms could have a night out.  We moms are grateful to you.  To see pictures of the Moms’ Night Out, please click here:  Moms' Night Out Photos.  

Grady’s Fall Festival is coming up on Friday, October 21.  To read about Fall Festival and to pay by credit card to pre-order wristbands for unlimited games, bouncing, snow cones and popcorn, please click here:  Grady Fall Festival

Congratulations to Grady fifth grade student, Emily Azevedo, a student in Ms. Trupp’s class!  Emily’s Hispanic Heritage artwork was selected to appear in a county-wide art show at the Hillsborough County Fair on October 20–23 and October 20 7–28 To see a picture of Emily’s art, click here:  Artwork, and to see some pictures of the Grady school-wide winners of the Hispanic Heritage Bookmark Contest, click here:  Bookmarks.  

It is an unintentional 4-day weekend for Grady Families.  There is no school tomorrow due to Hurricane Matthew and  Monday, October 10 is a non-student day and there will be no school.  Stay dry and safe!

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Reminders: 

The Book Fair is open late until 6 pm tonight.

School Pictures are tomorrow.

The Moms' Night Out is October 4, from 5:30 pm until 8 pm at Carmel Kitchen.  We've received a number of RSVPs, and we appreciate them.  However, RSVPs are not necessary, just appreciated.  We hope to see many Grady Moms tomorrow night. 

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Congratulations to Ms. Trupp, Mr. Bruce and Ms. Taylor, each of whom are being awarded for their commitment to excellence in education.

Ms. Hillary Trupp, fifth grade teacher, has been named Grady Teacher of the Year 2016-17. Mr. Michael Bruce, Academically Gifted Program teacher, has been named Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year.   And, Ms. Karen Taylor, Front Office, has been named Non-Instructional Support Person of the Year.  Each winner has brought their best efforts and utilized their talents to serve the students at Grady.  A hearty congratulations to each of them.  To see a picture of them and to read a bit about the Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year Award, please click here:  Congratulations.

Monday is the last day of the Book Fair.  The Book Fair is going amazingly well and we are so close to meeting the financial goal that will let some lucky students slime Mr. Tsourakis during the Fall Festival on October 21.  To ensure we meet our financial goal, Mr. Tsourakis is opening the Book Fair up LATE on Monday. The Book Fair will be open LATE on Monday until 6 pm!   Any YMCA parents who want to shop after picking up their children can proceed right to the Media Center.  Any non-YMCA parents who want to shop, please go to the school gate on Church Street, where Mr. Tsourakis will have his cell phone number posted.  Call the number, and Mr. Tsourakis will let you in to shop.   Mr. Tsourakis also gives a huge “THANK YOU” to all of the wonderful volunteers who have given so much of their time this week to help ensure the success of the Book Fair. 

As you plan your next week, remember that we are having a Moms’ Night Out on Tuesday, October 4 from 5:30 pm until 8 pm at Carmel Kitchen.  There will be drink and food specials, see here:  Food & Drink Specials.  It is not necessary to RSVP, but it is appreciated.  If you have questions or want to RSVP, please email Krista Harvie at fundraising@gradytigers.org.   

Also next week is student pictures on October 4.  It is a voluntary non-uniform day.  If would like to order pictures and don’t have an order form, there are plenty of additional order forms in the front office.  

Please keep sending in Box Tops.  The deadline is October 21.  Please click here for more information:  Box Tops.   

Congratulations y felicidades to the Grady students who have won the Hispanic Heritage Bookmark Contest.  To see the complete list of winners, please click here:  Congratulations to the Hispanic Heritage Bookmark Winners!

Today Grady PTA has made the purchase of $318 in art supplies to pay for Grady students to participate in the Reflections Art Program.  The Reflections Program encourages and celebrates student artists.  This year, students will be reflecting on the theme “What’s Your Story?” to develop a piece of art that expresses a narrative about who they are as a person.  The program will be overseen by Grady Art Teacher, Ms. Debonique Grigsby, and the art work will be completed by student artists in grades 1-5 in Art Class.  There will be a professionally-judged art contest at the end of the program, complete with award ribbons for the top three art pieces in each grade, honorable mention ribbons, and an awards party that will double as an ice-cream social.  

Send In Box Tops By October 21

September 27, 2016

Grady receives 10 cents for very Box Top collected and submitted. This money is used for teacher grants, student supplies and classroom needs. Last year, Grady Elementary received $1,161,20 in Box Top funds. Historically, Grady has received 9,442.19, just from clipping and submitting box tops.

Please help us make it another great box top year. Please clip and send in box tops in clear ziploc-style bags, with a maximum of 50 Box Tops per bag. Please write the number of Box tops on a slip of paper in the clear ziploc-style bag. Please send in Box Tops between now and October 21.
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Grady PTA invites mothers to a Moms’ Night Out on Tuesday, October 4 from 5:30 pm until 8 pm, at Carmel Kitchen, 3601 W. Swann Ave.  Moms' Night Out is an opportunity for moms to get to know one another while our spouses, partners or grandparents take care of the kids!  To see pictures of the Moms’ Nights Out from last year click here:  MNO October 2015 and here: MNO February 2016.  To see the fantastic $4, $5, and $6 food and drink specials that will be available until 7 pm, click here:   Moms' Night Out Information.

We have a new Bengal-level Tiger Family Partner, The Griffin Family - Drew, Jennifer, Roman & Cort!  Thank you so much to the Griffin Family for their generous donation to our school.  Because of donors like you, the PTA is preparing to fund and bring the Reflections Art Program to Grady for a second year.  

Grady PTA is again planning to bring the Scripps National Spelling Bee to our school in December.  We are in need of a Spelling Bee Chair to help coordinate the event.  The position involves ensuring the school’s registration is completed (the PTA pays all of the registration fees, copying and distributing the spelling words list to the third, fourth and fifth grades (the lists may not be posted online), ordering trophies and certificates for the winners, organizing the event, and finding the moderator, timekeeper and judge (we hope the people who served in those capacities last year will again volunteer for those positions).  The Spelling Bee occurs in early December during the school day in the cafeteria and is watched by most of the students in the school.  If you are interested, or want to contribute in any way, please email President Kris House at President@gradytigers.org, for more details.  

We are just 35 memberships away from being, once again, a 100% membership PTA.  If you know someone who has not yet joined, or you think your child’s grandparents or other relatives would benefit from membership, please send them this link:  PTA Membership Information, with information about membership; and this link:  Online Membership Sign Up,  to join and pay online. 

We thank you for your membership and remind you that you can get discounts at Legoland through the Florida PTA’s website, http://www.floridapta.org/, and that you can designate Grady PTA as the recipient of a portion of your Amazon purchases on  Amazon Smile.  Follow this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7102322 to get started.  

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Grady PTA has, as of yesterday, funded over $2,000 towards the following items for teachers and students:  Scholastic “Science Spin,” “Let’s Find Out,” and “Storyworks” magazines for students in ASD K-1, Third, Fourth and Fifth Grades;  12 Kindle reading devices for Fourth Grade, the BrainPop educational app/software for use of students in ASD K-5; inflation equipment for the physical education program, chair pockets for Ms. Hero’s students, and an updated TV studio backdrop for the Morning Show.  The Scholastic magazines we purchased are aligned to common core standards and provide additional fictional stories as well as non-fiction for students to read.  They also offer vocabulary and grammar instruction and have online resources.  Thank you to our Grady teachers for researching these educational tools and asking us to fund them.   Grady PTA’s purpose is to fund these educational enhancements. Teachers, please keep the ideas for new educational tools coming.

The Homeroom Parents meeting is set for Monday, September 26 at 8:00 AM in the Teacher’s Lounge.  Please contact Lead Homeroom Parent, Alisha Nelson, with any questions at HRParents@gradytigers.org.

Great American Teach In will take place on campus during the school day on Thursday, November 17. Teach In is for adults to bring their talents to the classroom, by sharing hobbies or career information with our students.  It’s also a great way to get a sense of the work your child’s teacher does every day.  To register to teach at Teach In, please click here, print out, fill out and return this form  in your child’s backpack/folder.  Form:   Great American Teach In Registration Form.

Thank you to all of you who have eaten at Firehouse Subs at 2227 S. Dale Mabry Hwy., this week.  Tonight is the last night of family week.  Please mention Grady to ensure we get credit for your purchase.

The next Second Grade Brownies meeting will be on September 29 at 6:15 pm in the cafeteria.  For more information, please click here:  Second Grade Brownies Meeting.

Guidance Counselor, Ms. Nancy Barra, asks us to read the   September Home & School Connection

Book Fair, Sept. 26 to Oct. 3

September 22, 2016

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that provides the books kids want to read. It's a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level.

Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits. It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Please make plans to come to our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child's reading habits.
Remember, all purchases benefit our school.

See you at the Book Fair! 

To peruse titles online, click here: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/gradyelementaryschool.

To volunteer at the Book Fair, please click here: https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/signup/HCx17siKa

Please sign up to teach at the Great American Teach In on Thursday, November 17, 2016, during the school day. Students will love to hear from you, no matter what topic you present. You can present about a hobby or your career. Signing up is easy.  Just print this form:  Great American Teach In Registration Form.  Then, return the completed form to your child's teacher in the homework folder or bring it by the front office.  If you have any questions, please contact Guidance Counselor, Nancy Barra, at Nancy.Barra@sdhc.k12.fl.us.

The 2nd grade Brownies will have their first meeting Thursday, September 29th at 6:15pm in Grady's school cafeteria.  All interested 2nd grade girls are welcome to join our troop for the first meeting!  Please park and drop off along Church Avenue by the school cafeteria.  Contact Jessica Sandoval at Jessica.Sandoval@sdhc.k12.fl.us if you have any questions.

 

This week is Family Week at Firehouse Subs, located at 2227 S. Dale Mabry Hwy, near Plant High School.  From 4 pm until 8 pm each evening between now and Friday,  Firehouse Subs will give 20% of all gross sales back to Grady.  Be sure to mention you are from Grady Elementary School when ordering.

The Grady Scholastic Book Fair is set to begin next week.  If you are interested in volunteering for an hour or two at the Book Fair (helping children select books, making change, stacking and organizing books), please email Media Specialist, Nick Tsourakis, at Nick.Tsourakis@sdhc.k12.fl.us.  To see the volunteer opportunities, please register with Scholastic and look at the schedule at https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/experience/login/HCx17siKa.

We have a new Tiger Family Partner to celebrate and thank.  Feriyadi Hasnovi and the Hasnovi Family are Cub Family Partners!  Thank you so much to the Hasnovi Family!

Please join Grady families on September 14 from 4-8 pm at PDQ, located at 2207 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33629 (near Plant High School) for an evening of student art and family fun.  Student art will be displayed on the walls of PDQ from 4 pm until 8 pm and PDQ will be giving back a portion of the proceeds to Grady.  Please make sure to mention Grady Elementary at the counter when ordering.  

To volunteer to help display or take down the art, please click here: Volunteers.

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Thanks to the grandparents who came out for today’s Grandparents’ Breakfast for students with last names A-H.  To see pictures of today’s event, please go to the home page of our website,http://gradytigers.org/and click on the Grandparents’ Breakfast link.

There is still time to register for after school clubs.  Please do so today or tomorrow by going to this link:  ASE Clubs.  Please contact Moni Sears with any club questions at aseclubs@gradytigers.org.  

Sorry for the non-working Legoland discount link attached to yesterday’s email.  To get the discount, please go to http://www.floridapta.org/ and scroll through the banner announcements until you see “PTA Member Days at Legoland.”  Click on that link and you will be taken to the Legoland ticket page.  As learned yesterday, there is no shortcut to this process.  

We need volunteers to help display and take down art for PDQ Family Night on September 14.  If you can help, please click here to sign up:  Volunteer Sign Up.

Thank you to the newest Grady Family Partners, Club-level Partner, the Angel Ortiz Family!  We are so excited to have your family sponsor our school.

Have a great day. Don’t forget Patriot’s Day tomorrow, the Grandparents’ Breakfast for students with last names I-Z, and the media center volunteers meeting.  Remember you can always check our updated calendar for information about events: Calendar.

Tiger Talk Update: Clubs

September 7, 2016

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After school club sign ups are underway.  Already one club has filled up and others are filling up quickly.  If you want to sign your child up for an after school club, please do so quickly.  For information about after school clubs, please click here: http://gradytigers.org/ase.  To sign up for clubs, please click here: https://gradytigers.org/ase-club-signup.  Clubs start this coming Monday! 

Grady’s Grandparents’ Breakfast is being held over two days, Thursday (for students with last name A-I) and Friday (students last name H-Z) from 7:15 am until 8 am in the cafeteria.  Grandparents, please come enjoy coffee, muffins and perhaps a visit to your grandchild’s classroom. 

Friday is Patriot’s Day, and students are welcome to wear red, white & blue to school.

Grady Art & Family Night is set to occur on September 14 from 4 pm until 8pm.  Enjoy student art, PDQ and know that a portion of your purchase will benefit Grady.  We need volunteers to help display the art at PDQ from 12:45 pm until 1:45 pm on Wednesday, September 14 (you will be finished in time to be at the school for car line pick up) and volunteers to help take down the art from 8:00 pm until 8:30 pm on the same day.  If you can please spare some time to help set up or take down the art for this wonderful event, please reply to this email or email volunteers@gradytigers.org

PTA members get special deals at LegoLand Florida.  To get the discount, go to http://www.floridapta.org/ and click through the banners to the LegoLand banner, then click on the banner for the ticket page.

Support Grady PTA by using Amazon Smile to make your Amazon purchases.  Click here to get started: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7102322.

Please keep fundraising with our American Fundraising catalog.  If you are interested in emailing the fundraising information to your friends, please register your student at this site:http://www.fundsrus.net/ (School Code 651206669) and then send a link to your friends.

WELCOME, One and All, to Grady Elementary’ s Open House taking place on campus Monday, August 8, from 5 pm until 7:15 pm.  This will be an opportunity to meet your teacher, drop off school supplies, and learn more about what will take place this coming year.  Grady Tigers will be "Earning Our Stripes" this year, so please come see what that means.

Also, this event will be a chance to join the PTA, purchase spirit shirts, sign up for YMCA aftercare, learn about afterschool clubs, and participate in a free uniform swap.

Come on out to this great event!

School starts Wednesday, August 10, at 8:00 am.

Congratulations to Grady Elementary students, teachers and parents for Grady's spectacular performance on both the Stanford Achievement Test (“SAT”) and the Florida Standards Assessment  (“FSA”).  In 2016, Grady turned in overall FSA scores that ranked second in the entire Hillsborough County School District, which includes 154 elementary schools.  Grady was number 1 among all elementary schools in the competitive Area 1 (South Tampa) zone.  On the SAT, Grady ranked 1st in both reading and math for first grade, and 6th on both reading and math for second grade.

The test results and rankings demonstrate that Grady students are displaying mastery of the curriculum and national educational standards.  The results show that Grady teachers are effectively communicating the curriculum, working with students to develop the skills to master the curriculum and that students are able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge imparted by their teachers.  The results show that our children are experiencing educational success.  Congratulations to all who have made these wonderful results possible.

 

How Grady Elementary Compares to Other Schools In Hillsborough County

Below is a chart shows how Grady Elementary Compares to 154 Hillsborough County Elementary Schools in the ranking of test scores.  This chart compares the performance of students at Grady Elementary to students at 154 Hillsborough County Elementary Schools who took the 2016 Stanford Achievement Test 10th Edition (taken by first and second grade students) or the 2016 Florida Standards Assessments (taken by third through fifth grade students):

     Grade Level    

    Reading/Writing Score             

            Math Score         
1 1 1
2 6 6
3

15

5 (tie)
4 6 (tie) 3
5 4 6

Fifth Grade also took the FSA Science Examination and tied for 6th place within Hillsborough County.

Congratulations, Grady students and teachers!!

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The last day of school is here!  What a wonderful and fast moving school year this has been!  

If you want to sign up to receive Tiger Talk emails next year, and didn’t already fill out the forms that came home in backpacks, then please click here:  Tiger Talk Sign Up.  Now is also a great time to join the PTA for next year.  To read about what our PTA does, please click here:  Information about Grady PTA.  To sign up to join the PTA online, please click here:  Join Grady PTA.

We have extra yearbooks for sale in the front office for $20 each.  You can still drop by the school early next week and pick one up.  Please call the school at 872-5325 before you come by to make sure someone is available to assist you. 

We have pictures of yesterday’s Fifth Grade Banquet up on our website and we have pictures of 1st – 3rd Grady's Math Bowl Teams.  If you have pictures you would like to add to the photo galleries, please send them to me via return email.   Thank you to all the parents who provided photos for our photo gallery this year.  We are always in need of photos for the yearbook and website.

We want to know what you think about Family/Spirit Nights at local restaurants and if you have any restaurants to suggest for Family/Spirit Night locations. Please click here:  Family Night Survey to take our 5 question survey.  Again, thank you for all your participation in Family/Spirit nights this year.  This year, your participation added over $1,000 which was used to fund extra supplies and events at Grady Elementary.

It has been the pleasure of the board and committee heads of Grady PTA to serve the greater PTA membership this year.  We thank you for your service to our school and wish you and your family a safe and happy summer.

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UPDATE: Important Weather Update
After consulting with the National Weather Service and area agencies, ALL Hillsborough County Public Schools and district offices will be open tomorrow, Tuesday, June 7, for normal business hours.

A hearty congratulations to Mr. Nick Tsourakis, who won the Hillsborough County PTA’s Instructor of the Year Award.  Mr. Tsourakis was nominated for the Instructor of the Year Award because of his creative use of reading incentives, his arranging for an author to speak to students by Skype, and of course, his willingness to be slimed by students in order to promote the book fair.  He also purchased a starter robotics kit for the library and received a PTA mini-grant to purchase the remainder of the robotics kit.  We are so delighted for Mr. Tsourakis and proud of the work he has done for our school.  

On Monday, May 16, the Tampa Taiko Traditional Japanese Performing Arts Group visited Grady Elementary.  The group played traditional Japanese drums and told stories.  One story was about a group of two villages that decided to go to battle for scarce resources during a drought.  Instead of a physical battle, the villages decided to have a battle of the drummers.  The drummers from both villages played so loudly that the sounds provoked thunder and then rain, ending the drought and the need for war.  

See below as the drummers perform and as Grady teachers get in on the act!

To learn more about Tampa Taiko, whose appearance was made possible by Hillsborough Arts Council, please click here: www.TampaTaiko.com

Get ready for the Grady Elementary Spring Musical, a British Invasion, which takes place on Thursday, May 19, 2016!  Grady students will bring you the hits from the Brits in incredible style!  Here is the schedule for the Spring Musical on Thursday, May 19:

Morning:

7:45 am to 8:30 am, Volunteers set up chairs in the Grady Pavilion

7:45 am to 8:15 am, Pre-purchase and deposit tickets in boxes for raffle items.  Raffle tickets are $1 each or 7 for $5.  Cash, check and credit card accepted. You do not need to be present to win.

Afternoon/Evening:

4:30 pm           FREE facials from Origins Cosmetics http://www.origins.com/ under the Pavilion

            *         Get ice cream from Ice Cream Delight Truck

            *         Visit the table sponsored by South Tampa Kids Dental Krewe http://www.southtampakids.com/

            *         Visit the After Hours Pediatrics table http://www.afterhourspediatrics.com/

5:00 pm           Bid on silent auction items and purchase tickets for the Spring Musical raffle. Place the tickets in the boxes next to the items you desire to win.  See list of silent auction and raffle items below!  Silent Auction and Raffle submissions end at 7 pm.

5:00 pm           Visit the Book Fair in the Kathryn Hance Media Center (the Book Fair will be open until 7:45 pm) to visit with featured author, Augusta Scattergood.  For more information about the Book Fair, click here: Book Fair Info.

5:30 pm           Grady Elementary PTA General Meeting

6:00 pm           Spring Musical Begins!

7:30 pm           Raffle tickets drawn and winners called out.  If not present, raffle winners will be contacted and asked to pick up items in the front office.  

7:30 pm           Please stay and help put away the chairs!!

Enjoy dinner after the show at Chick-fil-A.  Mention Grady to the cashier and percentage of your purchase will be donated to Grady Elementary.

Silent Auction Items:

Origins Basket:  $200 value http://www.origins.com/

4 Sea World Tickets:  $421.76 value https://seaworldparks.com

4 Sea World Aquatica Tickets:  $242.84 value https://seaworldparks.com

2 Busch Gardens Single Day Admission Tickets:  $211.86 value https://seaworldparks.com

Raffle Items:

Gator Land--2 tickets http://www.gatorland.com/

Girls Scout Cookie and Candy Basket

Red Wine Basket 

White Wine Basket 

Joe and Sons Olive Oil Basket ($40 Value) http://www.joeandsonsoliveoils.com/

School of Rock--1 month of free lessons http://schoolofrock.com/

Otter Box--$90 gift certificate http://www.otterbox.com/

Olive Garden--$30 gift certificate http://www.olivegarden.com/home

Sweet Plum Photography--Motherhood or Family 30 minute photo session with 5 prints--$250 value donated by Patty Cannon http://sweetplumphotography.com/

Gourmet Gift Baskets--$20 gift certificate

Besito Mexican Restaurant--$25 gift card & 10 free guacamole cards http://www.besitomexican.com/TampaFL

MOSI--4 admission tickets including the IMAX theater http://www.mosi.org/

Martial Arts Advantage--Birthday Party Package for 15 people--$200 value http://martialartsadvantage.com/

Cinebistro--4 movie passes http://cinebistro.com/

Limited number of $10 Outback Steakhouse gift cards--to be sold for $5 each

THANK YOU TO THE KIND DONORS OF THE RAFFLE AND SILENT AUCTION ITEMS!!!

Grady's fourth grade students are now published poets!  

Our fourth graders worked on poetry for Poetry Month.  This year (for the first time) in addition to binding their own work, we selected their favorite poems and compiled those poems into a published (paperback) book. Each fourth grader has a poem in the book.  

Students also submitted artwork for the cover of our book.  The cover selected was illustrated by Sydney Nichols, fourth grade student at Grady.

We sold the books for $10.00.  The proceeds of the book are being donated to Camp Corral.  We are proud to say that we have collected $420.00 in profit that will be donated to Camp Corral! 

Camp Corral is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of children of wounded, disabled and fallen military heroes by providing a unique summer camp experience with peers who share similar experiences.

We are so PROUD of our Fourth Grade!!!

Grady Elementary was recently evaluated in the 2016 Teaching, Empowering, Learning and Leading (“TELL”) Survey administered by Hillsborough County Public Schools.  The TELL survey is an anonymous survey of instructional and professional staff in HCPS that assesses teaching conditions at the school and district level.  The survey asks participants to evaluate the culture of trust, the community support and involvement of parents, school leadership, overall student conduct, and the professional development of teachers.  Schools can receive scores from 1 to 100.  Grady received a 100 point rating on culture of trust, a 99.7 rating on community involvement and support, a 98.6 rating on managing student conduct, a 99.6 rating on teacher leadership, a 98.9 rating on school leadership and a 97.3 rating on professional development.  These are spectacular scores and reflect dedicated teaching and leadership and fantastic community and parent involvement.  Thank you, parents and teachers for helping to build a positive community for our students! 

For more information on the TELL Survey, click here:  http://www.tellhcps.org/faq

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The Spring Musical is this Thursday.  Here is information about the event: Spring Musical.  We need volunteers to help set up the chairs for the Spring Musical.  Chair set up will take place from 7:45 am until 8:30 am under the Pavilion.  Please come by the Pavilion Thursday morning after drop off to help us set up chairs. 

There will be a silent auction and a raffle featuring wonderful items (theme park tickets, restaurant gift cards, wine and more) at the Spring Musical.  However, you need not be present to win any of these items! You can pre-purchase raffle ticketson Wednesday morning in front of school from 7:45 am until 8:15 am.  Tickets are $1 each or 7 tickets for $5. Cash, check and credit card accepted. On Thurseday morning from 7:45 am until 8:15 am, you can not only pre-purchase raffle tickets but you can place the tickets in the boxes of the items you want to win and pre-bid on silent auction items.  If you are not present at the end of the Spring Musical when the winner names are called, you will be contacted to pick up your prize from the front office.  To see a list of raffle and silent action items, please click here: Raffle and Silent Auction Items.  

Thank you to the families that came to Beef O’Brady’s family night last Wednesday.  It was our last Beef’s family night for the year and it was well attended.  We make about $100 or so per family night, so your participation really helps.  This week is Chick-fil-A Family Week.  That means you can order breakfast, lunch or dinner at Chick-fil-A at 609 S. Dale Mabry from Monday, May 16, to Friday, May 20, tell the cashier you are there for Grady, and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to Grady.  Every bit helps, and we appreciate when you take the time to help our school through family nights.

The Grady Elementary Spring Book Fair starts May 12 (preview day) and ends May 20.  The Book Fair is a great way to get kids excited about reading and to buy some great summer reads!  Also you have the opportunity to donate books to your child's teachers' classroom and to children seeking treatment at St. Joseph's Hospital.

For more information about volunteering for the Book Fair, please click here: Spring Book Fair.

Shop Online at the Grady Elementary Spring Book Fair: http://onlinebookfairs.scholastic.com/default.aspx?f=3542685.

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

Ms. Reyher's team won the 4th Grade 2016 Grady Battle of the Books competition! The team will now move on to compete in the District competition on June 2nd at the Tampa Convention Center. Congratulations and best wishes to Team Reyher!! Click Read More to see pictures of the event.

Thank you to the many Grady Families who donated gift cards for our Morning Show Gift Card Drawing that took place on May 5, 2016.  Each of the 67 teachers, as well as aides and administrative staff won a gift card in the drawing.  Each teacher will also receive a surprise gift on Friday May 6. Teachers were also treated to a delicious lunch today provided by all of you, the PTA. 

The PTA continues to fund classroom projects including materials for science projects, and new books for each classroom (to be distributed shortly by Mr. Tsourakis).  The new books were purchased with the money raised during the Barnes & Noble Family Night of Reading, which took place on December 4, 2015.  Moreover, the PTA recently approved the purchase of additional classroom technology in the form of the Touch Chat app for iPads in the ASD program.  This funding is in addition to the $10,000 that the PTA recently paid for laptop upgrades.  Through both appreciation and donations to the PTA, Grady Parents are making our school a fantastic place for the best teachers to work, and we are helping to purchase the technology and educational enhancements that will ensure our children are best prepared for life.

THANKS AGAIN TO OUR GENEROUS GRADY FAMILIES FOR MAKING TEACHER AND STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK GREAT!!

Fifth Grade Parents whose children are starting at Coleman in August are invited to state whether they have an interest or willingness to serve on the Coleman PTSA Board of Directors. PTSA service is so important and Coleman has a wonderful PTSA with great leadership. Please click "Read More," and then click on the Related File at the bottom of the post, to learn about serving on the Coleman PTSA Board.

The Grady PTA is pleased to announce that we are bringing back our popular garden project. We placed beautiful, multi-colored snowflakes in the grounds at the front of the school in December. Now, to bring some colorful happiness to the end of the school year, we will be placing multi-colored flowers in the grounds during the month of May. Each flower is $5, and will include either the first name of your child or your family's last name.


Flowers must be purchased in advance. Order forms can be found in your child's folder or in the front office.  A printable PDF copy of the Order Form is also attached to this post as a "Related File."  To open the order form, please click on Related File and print. The order deadline for the flowers is Friday, April 29th. All proceeds will be used for school enrichment programs, new classroom technology, teacher mini-grants, and student supplies and enrichment. Please show your school spirit and Tiger Pride by purchasing a flower today!

Please volunteer for the Spring Book Fair, which takes place from May 12-20 at the Katheryn Hance Media Center on campus.  There will be a planning meeting on Monday, May 2 at 1:15 pm in the Media Center.  It will be a short meeting to let everyone know what to expect while volunteering. If you are able to attend the planning meeting  please email Media Specialist Nick Tsourakis at Nick.Tsourakis@sdhc.k12.fl.us or use the Volunteer Spot link below.  

You can use the Voluteer Spot link below to sign up for specific shifts.  Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/BzgHAK

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

The book fair will run late one evening, when we will be hosting author Augusta Scattergood and the students will be performing in the Spring Musical. 

For any questions, please call or email Nick Tsourakis at Nick.Tsourakis@sdhc.k12.fl.us or (813) 872-5325.

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO FOR GRADY!  Our book fair raises substantial funds for new books and your volunteering makes it possible for our students to enjoy new books each year!

Please help Grady Elementary celebrate Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week from May 2-6.  Here’s how you can make it great:

Monday, May 2  -Wear Your hat to school

Let's tip our hats to the teachers and staff that help make us great.

Tuesday, May 3 -Bring your teachers flowers

Students can show their gratefulness with flowers that are made with paper, home grown or from the store. Give them directly to the teachers and staff on Tuesday, May 3rd.

Wednesday, May 4 -Donate gift cards & gift certificates

Students can pamper their teachers and staff with donated prizes. On the morning show, we will be having a drawing of the donations. Some ideas are restaurant gift certificates, massages, gift cards. Please drop your donation off at the front office before 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4th.

Thursday, May 5 - Make a card or write a letter of thanks

We would like to have your child express their gratitude with thank you notes. Tell them how much they have helped you grow. Give them directly to the teachers and staff on Thursday, May 5th.

Friday, May 6 -Bring sweet treats

Students can bring in special treats that you have made or bought from the store to share with the teachers and staff. If possible, please individually wrap your goodies. Please plan to drop off the goodies at the front office on Friday, May 6th before 8:00 a.m.

During Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week, the PTA will also coordinate for our teachers and staff:

Grab-n-Go Breakfast (Monday)

Appreciation Luncheon (Thursday)

Thank You Bags (Friday)

If you would like to contribute to the PTA-sponsored events and appreciation, please contact Avery

Maniscalco at averymaniscalco@gmail.com to sign up.

Thank you!

Grady Elementary thanks its wonderful volunteers who give so much to help our school. Grady held a Volunteer Breakfast on April 8, 2016 to say thank you. The kindergarten class performed the song "Thank You" using voice and American Sign Language to thank our great volunteers. Please click "read more" to see pictures of the guests.

The Spring Session of After School Enrichment Clubs ends as follows:

LAST DAY:

Art: April 11

Basketball:  April 11

Robotics 3-5: April 18

Tennis  April 12

Chess: April 12

Science: April 12

Photography: April 12

Spanish & Music: April 13 

Lego Builders: April 13

Robotics K-2: April 21

We hope you have enjoyed ASE Clubs this Spring.  We are working on a great line up for the Fall.  Please email ASE Coordinator, Moni Sears, for details: aseclubs@gradytigers.org. 

Coleman Middle School invites parents of students in the fifth grade to attend an orientatiuon session on April 8 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm on campus. Grady fifth grade students will be taking a field trip to Coleman that day (permission slips have already gone home, so please make sure you return them). For more information, please contact Coleman PTA President Jennifer Carlstedt at jcarlstedt@verizon.net.
Jump Rope for Heart at Grady Elementary was a huge success.  Students also learned about heart health and had a wonderful time jumping rope, bouncing in the bounce house, jumping hurdles and playing with hula hoops during the event.  Plus, through fundraising, Grady Elementary raised $7,046.48 during Jump Rope For Heart!  Thank you, students, teachers and parents for participating in this great event. 
Grady has again earned an “A” from the Florida Department of Education for the 2014-15 school year.

Grady’s “A” grade was based upon our students’ performance on the Florida Standards Assessment (“FSA”).

Grady ranked 15th for total points earned on the FSA, out of over 140 Hillsborough County elementary schools. Grady tied for 10th highest in the county for Math, tied for 16th highest in the county for Reading and scored 14th in the county for Science.

This is a wonderful achievement for Grady students, teachers, administrators and parents. The students at our school are excelling at the curriculum. Grady Elementary is fulfilling its vision of preparing students for life.

A hearty Congratulations to all of us for making this happen!

NOTE: To see the spreadsheets that show all of the top schools in each category, please click Read More, then click on the FSA Results link at the bottom of that page.
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Grady Moms, please come to the Grady Mom’s Night Out on next Thursday, February 25, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, at Carmel Kitchen, located at 3601 Swann Ave. (corner of Himes and Swann).  Our last Mom’s Night Out was a huge success (see pictures here: Mom's Night Out Photos).  Many moms set up playdates, went to the movies and fostered new friendships as a result of this event.  So, please come out and enjoy a nice evening.  There will be $5 drink specials, happy hour specials until 7 pm and $5 sharable plates (calamari and shrimp, multiple types of flatbreads, chickpea fries, and more), so it’s going to be a very economical evening too.  Please reply to this email to RSVP (it is not necessary to RSVP, but it does help us with planning) and click here Mom's Night Out Details to learn more about the event.  We hope to see you there.

Grady’s Box Top Competition ends next Wednesday, February 24, 2016.  Please keep sending in your Box Tops. The top 6 contributors (a student, teacher or staffer) who turn in the highest amount of box tops will win gift cards to local establishments like Outback, Smoothie King, and Eats American Grill.  To learn how to clip and submit Box Tops, please click here: Box Tops Information.

Jump Rope for Heart is coming up next Friday, February 26.  We need volunteers to set up and clean up, and to "turn the rope!"  A link to sign up online to volunteer can be found here: Please Volunteer for JRFH Feb 26.  This event is sponsored by The American Heart Association, and a portion of the money raised will be given back to the Grady Elementary School physical education department. This money will be used for new physical education equipment and programs.

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Please join us for Family Night at Beef O'Brady's, located at 2819 S. MacDill Avenue (MacDill and Bay to Bay) on Wednesday night from 5 pm to 9 pm.  Enjoy a dinner not made by you, and know 20% of the proceeds will benefit Grady Elementary.  Please mention Grady Elementary to your server to ensure we get credit for your purchase. 

Tiger Trek raised $10,000 for Grady Elementary!  Coincidentally, that's the same amount that the PTA recently paid toward the school's technology upgrade!  This money is going to be used to fund more technology as well as teacher grants, science supplies, art supplies, and books to enhance the curriculum.  Thank you so much to all of you who sponsored students, volunteered, and served as family sponsors to Tiger Trek.  Tiger Trek Prizes will be distributed on Thursday.  Additional Tiger Trek shirts are still being printed, but anyone who ordered a shirt will be notified as soon as they arrive.   

This Friday, February 12, Krispy Kreme doughnuts will be sold in the front of the school next to the flag pole.  Doughnuts are $7/dozen or $1 each.  Cash, check or credit card accepted.  Proceeds will benefit the fifth grade end-of-year banquet, so please come by and get some doughnuts for yourself, your children or your office.

Also this Friday, all Kindergartners will be performing in an absolutely adorable Valentine's Concert.  To see more information about the concert, please click here: Kindergarten Valentines Program.  Please remember to bring government-issued identification (driver's license) to check in at the front office before the concert. 

Please start sending in Box Tops now for the Winter Box Tops Competition that ends on February 24.  For more information, please click here: Box Tops

Kindergarten Parents and Family, please join us for our 8th Annual Kindergarten Valentine’s Concert on February 12, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.
Our performance will take place in the Cafeteria. Please don’t forget to sign in at the front office with your driver’s license.  Every adult attending needs proper ID in order to attend the program.
We will have refreshments and cookies to share!  Please join us for a program filled with love!

LEGOLAND FLORIDA has a special deal for Grady PTA members.  During all of 2016, Grady PTA members can purchase discounted tickets to LEGOLAND for $35 per person (adult or child) for the theme park and $50 per person for a combination ticket to both the theme park and the waterpark (waterpark opens on March 12, 2016).  You do NOT need any kind of identification to show that you are a member of Grady PTA to take advantage of this deal.  Simply click this link, LEGOLAND DEALS!, and enjoy tremendous discounts at LEGOLAND for you and your family. 

LINK: LEGOLAND DEALS!

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Friday, February 5 at midnight is the deadline to register your child for Spring After School Clubs.  There are still spots open in Robotics K-2 and 3-5 and this program has a new curriculum that will involve building robotic models of animals, a windmill and a rocket.  There are also open spots in Photography Club, Spanish & Music Club, Lego Club, and Chess Club.  There are even open spots in our two sports clubs, Tennis and Basketball.  To see information about clubs and club choices, click here: Club information.  To register, click here:  Club Registration.   

Remember, you have the option to pay in two installments for clubs.  To do so, simply email ASE Club Coordinator Moni Sears at aseclubs@gradytigers.org.   

Clubs start this coming Monday, so please remember to notify any aftercare provider that might be affected by your child’s participation in clubs.  And on your child’s club day, please remind your child to go to the picnic area between second and third grade for club attendance.  Students will be walked to their clubs from the attendance area.  Students will be dismissed either to the YMCA or to the car line. 

Also, next Wednesday, February 10, from 5 pm to 9 pm, is Grady Family Night at Beef O’Brady’s located at 2819 S. MacDill Ave.  Next Friday is both the Kindergarten Valentine’s Day Program and the Fifth Grade Doughnut sale.  You can check our website www.gradytigers.org for the details on events.  And if you would like to see our Tiger Trek video, please click here: Tiger Trek Video.

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Thanks to all of the many volunteers and parents who helped at our annual Tiger Trek Walk-a-thon this past Friday.  The event turned out great and the weather could not have been better.  The kids all had a wonderful time, got some great exercise, and even took home a few goodies from our excellent sponsors.

Thank you to Jim Cornwell State Farm, Abdoney Orthodontics, After Hours Pediatrics, South Tampa Dental Krewe and South Tampa Pediatric Dentistry (Dr. Rudolph) for their generous donations and sponsorship of our event!

The walk-a-thon orange tiger striped t-shirts were such a hit that we have had many requests by students, teachers, etc. to obtain one.  We have decided that we will leave the Tiger Trek Donation Page: Donate, active for one more week for anyone that would like a t-shirt to go online and make a minimum $35 donation.  Orders for shirts will be placed with the printer at 3:30 pm on Friday, February 5.  Prize levels have already been determined, so this donation would be for a shirt only.  You may also fill out a donation envelope which was sent home with all students the first part of January and give it to your teacher or leave it in the front office.  If you do not have an envelope, one may be obtained in the front office.  Please be sure to mark down your child's t-shirt size.  If an online donation is made, please let your student's teacher know your child's t-shirt size.

Again, thank you to all who helped make this event a huge success.  Money raised from this event and others throughout the year are put towards teacher mini-grants, student enrichment programs, new classroom technology, etc.  We could not do these improvements without you, and appreciate each and every one of you!

The sign up period for Grady After School Clubs ends at midnight on Friday, February 5.  Click here to sign up: Club Signup.  Clubs begin Monday, February 8.  Robotics Club is introducing new a curriculum that will feature all new WeDo Lego robotics models including animals, rockets and windmills.  Yoga Club for K-2 now offers the option for parent/child yoga, meaning that both the parent and child may sign up for this program.   This is not an adults’ level yoga program, just a program that focuses on balance,  Parents who sign up with their children will sign up for the club the same way the child does.  Parents should be prepared to present ID in the school office before each yoga club meeting. 

There are still spaces in Basketball 3-5, Tennis K-2, Chess K-5, Photography K-5 (cameras provided), Lego Tampa History K-2, Spanish & Music K-5, Robotics K-2 and 3-5, and Yoga K-2.  Please contact ASE Club Coordinator Moni Sears with any questions about clubs at aseclubs@gradytigers.org

Children will hear stories from Celebrity Readers from Local Krewes! Students may come dressed as pirates or in pajamas.

There will be free books, beads, hot chocolate, cookies, and fun!!!

Parents of students in Grades K-2 will attend a program on reading essentials in the cafeteria

Parents of students in Grades 3-5 will attend an FSA Information Session in the Kay Hance Media Center

Grady Elementary is having a Winter Box Tops Competition that ends on February 24, 2016.  Please start sending in clipped Box Tops in clear Ziploc-style bags with a maximum of 50 per bag.  In each bag, please include a slip of paper with your child’s name, grade level, teacher’s name, and the number of box tops.  Please send bags of box tops to school in homework folders or bring them to the front office.  Each clipped box top is worth 10 cents to our school. 
See pictures from the Grady Spelling Bee. Congratulations to all of the classroom winners! And, congratulations to the school-wide winners: Emily Azevedo in first place, Daniel Kumm in second place, and Nicole Sapienza in third place.

Please help set up chairs for the Winter Concert tomorrow at 8 am.  It won’t take long to set up the chairs, so please come to the Pavilion tomorrow at 8 am to help.

Bakers and buyers of sweet treats, please bring in baked goods (individually wrapped if possible) to the front office between 7:30 am and 2:15 pm tomorrow for use in our donation-only bake sale at the Winter Concert. 

Are you looking for ideas for teacher gifts?  Why wonder when you can know what your children’s teachers like.  Please check out teacher profiles at Grady PTA’s website: http://gradytigers.org/grades.

The Winter Concert starts tomorrow night at 6 pm.  There will be a short PTA general meeting at 5:45 pm under the Pavilion.  At the meeting, we will ratify the gifting of the perimeter fence to the school and establish a $10,000.00 budget to pay for upgraded technology at the school.

The Tropicana Speech Contest was held for the 4th and 5th grade students with 4th grade student Faith House placing 1st, Maggie Warren 2nd, and Ava Green 3rd place.  In 5th grade, Taylor Hammond received 1st place, Alex Chagin was 2nd, and Landon Roberts earned 3rd place honors. 

The 2nd annual Spelling Bee was held this morning at Grady Elementary School.  Emily Azevedo correctly spelled the word "Sanskrit" to take the first place trophy, followed by Daniel Kumm in 2nd place, and Nicole Sapienza in 3rd.  To see pictures of today’s Spelling Bee, click here:  Spelling Bee Pictures.  Parents who took pictures, please email them to ellen@gradytigers.org to have them added to our photo gallery on the website.

Grady PTA has made over $1,000 from the Snowflake Garden, $125 from Beef O’Brady’s for the recent family night, and $9 from Amazon Smile.  Thanks to all of you who helped to raise these funds.  If you are using Amazon for holiday shopping, please consider using Amazon Smile to ensure a portion of your purchase benefits Grady PTA.  To use Amazon Smile for Grady PTA, please click here: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7102322.

Thanks for all that you do for Grady Elementary!  See you tomorrow!

Yearbooks On Sale Now!

December 2, 2015

Grady Yearbooks are now on sale! The Grady Yearbook is one of the best ways for your child to remember his or her time in elementary school and has individual pictures, class pictures, funny pictures and pictures from school events.  To order yearbooks online, click here: Order Yearbooks Online and use yearbook code 11885216.  For questions about yearbooks, please email Yearbook Coordinator, Janella Enajibi at Yearbook@gradytigers.org

Grady Elementary sponsored a food and personal item drive for Alpha House of Tampa.  Alpha House is so very grateful for our donations and wrote us the following note: 

"Thank you, students and families of Grady Elementary School, for the many boxes of generous donations for our food pantry from their Thanksgiving food drive. Lots of goodies for the Thanksgiving meal and other favorites for our moms and babies."

THANK YOU!  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Grady's Famkly Reading Night at Barnes and Noble will take place on Friday, December 4th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble located at 213 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.  Please join us for a night of reading by Grady teachers and faculty.  Mrs. Dosal will be reading at 5:00 p.m. and Mr. Tsourakis will do a special reading at 7:00 p.m. Other teachers scheduled to read prior to 7:00 p.m. include Ms. Driggers, Ms. Quevedo, Ms. Ward, Ms. Sandoval, Ms. LaCrosse, Ms. Oliva, Ms. Weathers, Ms. Trupp, and Ms. Harahan.  Complimentary hot cocoa and cookies will be served at 7:15 p.m.  Please join us for a night of reading, crafts and fun!  Barnes and Noble will be giving back a percentage of all sales to Grady Elementary School.  So, all purchases made in store on Friday, Dec. 4th or online from Friday, Dec. 4th-Sunday, Dec. 6th will directly benefit Grady Elementary School.  For purchases made in store, please let the cashier know you are with Grady Elementary so we will get credit for the purchase.  If you can't attend our book fair at Barnes and Noble, you can simply visit Bookfairs to do your shopping online.  Be sure to enter the Grady Book Fair ID 11721198 at checkout.

Grady Snowflake Garden

November 20, 2015

Grady Gardens will "Let It Snow" this holiday season. Snowflakes can be purchased for $5 each and your child's first name, family last name, etc. will be placed on the snowflake.  Unfortunately, due to the size of the snowflakes, only one name can be accommodated per snowflake.  The snowflakes will be installed on wooden posts to be inserted into the front lawn area in front of the Grady Elementary School.  This is a great way to show school spirit, decorate our school for the holidays, and the children will love seeing their names on the snowflakes.  An example of the snowflake is shown at Grady Elementary School, right in front of the large "Let It Snow" blue banner at the front walk way.  Order forms have already been sent home with the students, but if you need another order form, we have attached one for you here: Snowflake Sign Up.

The Gingerbread Shopping experience at Grady Elementary School will begin on Monday, November 30th and continue through Friday, December 4th, from 7:30-8:00 a.m. each day.  Gingerbread Shopping will take place on the stage in the school cafeteria, and will have items for the kids to purchase as Christmas presents for their parents, siblings, grandparents, etc.  These items range in price from $.25 each, up to $10.00.  This is not a fundraiser, but simply a way for school children to feel independent by purchasing presents by themselves for their family for the holidays.  Cash and checks made out to Grady PTA will be accepted, and the items your children purchase will be placed in a holiday bag and sent home with them that same day.  

Firehouse Subs located at 2227 S Dale Mabry Hwy (just north of Steak 'n Shake) held a Grady Family Week from October 12-16.  Firehouse Subs donated $700.00 to Grady as a result of this week.  Thank you very much, Firehouse Subs!!!  We all enjoyed our subs and the school will enjoy the extra funding for books and teacher-requested items!
Grady Elementary students have been reflecting on the sacrifices of those who have served in the U.S. military and have been honoring veterans through placing stars on the Veterans Day Wall of Honor.

Please join in the Grady Elementary Food Drive for Alpha House of Tampa between now and November 20, 2015.  

Please bring non-perishable food items and personal hygiene products to the Grady Elementary Cafeteria stage and place them in the boxes.  Thank you for participating in the food drive and helping Alpha Moms and their children.  

Items greatly needed are single-serve or family-size items (as opposed to commercial or institutional size items) of:

* canned fruits, vegetables, ravioli and pasta

* canned soup or chili, canned tuna, or canned meat

* macaroni & cheese

* instant rice 

* instant potatoes

* peanut butter, jelly

* boxed cereal

* oatmeal and grits (single serving size preferred)

* tea, coffee, juice (jugs or boxes), 

* chips, cookies, crackers, cereal bars, and boxed baking items such as brownie or cake mix and icing

Personal Hygiene items needed:  Deodorant, powder, lotion, Q-tips, baby wipes, baby formula, diapers, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and conditioner 

Please no glass items!

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR DONATIONS!!!

Spelling Bee participants and Winners

The Grady Spelling Bee is coming up.  Last year Grady Elementary became the first elementary school in Hillsborough County to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.  This year we are participating again.  A complete list of spelling words for the Spelling Bee is going home in backpacks November 4th or 5th.  Please start spelling now because the class-specific spelling bee takes place on November 20 via written test and the school-wide spelling bee, comprised of the winners from each class, takes place in the cafeteria on December 16 at 8:30 am.  Parents of the class winners are invited to attend the school-wide Spelling Bee.  Class winners will receive a Spelling Bee T-shirt and a $5 Yogurtology gift card.  First, Second and Third place school-wide winners will receive beautiful trophies.  The first place winner will proceed to the regional Scripps Spelling Bee. To see pictures of last year’s Spelling Bee, please click here:  2014 Spelling Bee Photos.

Grady participated in the PTA's National Reflections Art Contest. 37 students submitted pieces for judging. All of the young artists enjoyed an ice cream party and three artists will see their work promoted to the district level Reflections Art Contest. Congratulations to winners, First Place: Simrah Fahimuddin; Second Place: Elijah Carpena; and Third Place: Connor Shea.

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November 5, 2015

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Please join us for Grady Family Night, from 5 pm until 9 pm, on November 11, at Beef O'Brady's, located at 2819 S. MacDill Avenue (MacDill and Bay To Bay).  Please mention Grady Elementary to your server to ensure Grady Elementary receives 20% of your purchase.  Even though it is a school holiday, it’s still a great day to take a holiday from cooking and support Grady Elementary.

The 2015 Reflections Art Contest was a tremendous success.  37 students entered pieces of artwork into the contest.  The contest was judged by a retired art teacher who is not associated with Grady Elementary or its PTA.  The judge said it was very difficult to judge the contest because the artwork was fantastic and that Grady has many great young artists.  Each of the students who submitted artwork was rewarded with a Young Artist Ribbon and an ice cream party.  Pictures of the ice cream party and the contestants with their art submissions are here: Reflections Photos.  Congratulations to the winners of the Reflections Art Contest, who will move on to the district competition: First Place:  Simrah Fahimuddin; Second Place:  Elijah Carpena; and Third Place:  Connor Shea. 

The Tiger Leadership Council is spearheading the Pasta for Pennies Campaign, raising money to help cure Leukemia and Lymphoma.  The campaign started October 30 with letters and collection boxes sent home to each student and ends on Monday, November 9.  Students can donate pennies, nickels, dimes, etc. (and we even take checks).  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask Ms. Dickens atMelinda.Dickens@sdhc.k12.fl.us

Also, The Tiger Leadership Council is collecting names from students that they want to honor on our Veteran's Day Wall of Honor, called: Our "Stars in Fighting for Freedom."  The names will be put on a star and placed on a banner in our hallway. 

The Grady Spelling Bee is coming up.  Last year Grady Elementary became the first elementary school in Hillsborough County to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.  This year we are participating again.  A complete list of spelling words for the Spelling Bee is going home in backpacks this week.  Please start spelling now because the class-specific spelling bee takes place on November 20 via written test and the school-wide spelling bee, comprised of the winners from each class, takes place in the cafeteria on December 16 at 8:30 am.  Parents of the class winners are invited to attend the school-wide Spelling Bee.  Class winners will receive a Spelling Bee T-shirt and a $5 Yogurtology gift card.  First, Second and Third place school-wide winners will receive beautiful trophies.  The first place winner will proceed to the regional Scripps Spelling Bee. To see pictures of last year’s Spelling Bee, please click here:  2014 Spelling Bee Photos.

Grady Elementary is about to adopt a new website.  The website that you are used to seeing will be taken over by the PTA and will still be available with a complete calendar, teacher profiles, photo galleries, and news updates.  The Grady PTA website may be found atwww.gradytigers.org.  We will continue to update the Grady PTA website daily, so just go to the site anytime to see what is happening at school.

Please volunteer to present at the Great American Teach In on November 19, 2015.  You can present on any topic or career.  The kids truly appreciate hearing from adults in their community.  To present, please email Nancy Barra atNancy.Barra@sdhc.k12.fl.us.

On November 17, there will be a program on ADHD and Anxiety at Tampa Day School, presented by Dr. Wendy Rice and Dr. Norrine Russel of the ADHD Parent Support Network.  The program addresses the questions of "what does the combination of ADHD and anxiety look like?" and "how do we help those children in school?"  For more information, please click here:Program on ADHD and Anxiety.  

Finally, there are 8 days left to shop the Grady Stella & Dot Trunk Show!!  Please click here to see the show: http://www.stelladot.com/ts/h08b6.  All the proceeds go to Grady Elementary!

Dr. Norrine Russell and featured presenter, Dr. Wendy Rice, are presenting a program on ADHD and Anxiety.  The program addresses the questions of "what does the combination of ADHD and anxiety look like?" and "how do we help those children in school?"  For more information, please see the attached flyer: ADHD Parent Support Network Flyer. Here is information on the program:

NOVEMBER MEETING TOPIC:  ADHD AND ANXIETY

  • Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
  • Time: 7:00pm
  • Location: Tampa Day School, 12606 Henderson Road, Tampa, FL 33625
  • Speaker: Dr. Wendy Rice, Rice Psychology Group
  • Free and open to all. No child care.
  • No pre-registration required.
  • Parents, teachers, pediatricians, and other professionals welcome
  • Contact: Norrine Russell, Ph.D. with questions, tel:(813) 508-2367; email: Norrine@norrinerussell.com; website: www.norrinerussell.com 
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The Storybook Parade is this Friday, October 30 starting at approximately 8:30 am in front of the school.  Please do not park in the car loop or at the US Post Office located at 1002 S. Church Avenue when attending the parade.  Enjoy a free cup of Kahwa coffee from Grady PTA while you wait for the parade to begin.  

Thank you to everyone who volunteered at the Fall Festival.  The event was fantastic and it truly took a team of parents and teachers to pull it off.  Thank you to the many parents who volunteered time working the booths as well as those who purchased wristbands, food, and tickets to slime Mr. Tsourakis.  Your efforts raised $6,547.00 in revenue before expenses for Grady.  Thank  you to everyone who baked for the bake sale.  Your work raised $357.00 to pay for the Fifth Grade End-of-Year Banquet.

To see pictures of the Fall Festival, click here: Fall Festival Photos.  To see a YouTube video of Mr. Tsourakis being slimed, please click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IuNBzI1jhk. If you have pictures for the website or yearbook please send them via reply to this email or to yearbook@gradytigers.org.  We will gratefully post and/or publish your pictures. 

Tomorrow is the deadline to submit posters for the Red Ribbon Week poster contest.  For more information about the posters, click here:  Red Ribbon Week Activities.

Please sign up for Great American Teach In which will take place all day November 19, 2015.  For more information about Great American Teach In, please click here: Great American Teach In

We will need volunteers to help serve ice cream and other frozen treats at the Reflections Artists’ Party on Wednesday, November 4, from 1:30 pm to 2 pm in the Art Room.  Please email ellen@gradytigers.org to volunteer.

Grady's Storybook Parade takes place Friday, October 30, at approximately 8:30 am in front of the school.  All students are welcome and encouraged to wear a costume to school that represents a character found in a story book.  Students are encouraged to bring the book with their character and display the book while walking in the parade.  Please remember to send your student with a change of school clothes (uniform or spirit shirt and uniform shorts, jean shorts or skirt) so that they can change out of their costumes after the parade.  Please, no fake swords, knives, guns, etc. or any other costume paraphernalia that might get lost during the day.

The teachers and administration also dress up for the Storybook Parade.  For pictures of teachers' costumes from last year, please click here: Teachers During 2014 Storybook Parade.

Please do not park at the U.S. Post Office located at 1002 S. Church Avenue.  The post office will tow cars that park there.  Also, please do not park in the car loop or the remainder of the fire lane north of the car loop exit.  The Storybook Parade will be delayed if anyone parks at the post office or in the fire lane and the delay will continue until all illegally parked cars are moved.

While you are waiting for the Storybook Parade to begin, enjoy a free cup of Kahwa coffee from Grady PTA.

RED RIBBON WEEK ACTIVITIES

Tuesday, October 27- Hand out Red Ribbons and Wear Red.

Wednesday, October 28- "TURN YOUR BACK ON DRUGS"-Wear your clothes backwards.

Thursday, October 29 -Poster Contest-Students will create their own “Say No to Drugs” poster (at home) and turn in to teacher no later than Thursday Oct. 29th @ 8:00 am. Teachers will choose ONE student per class as the winner and display the poster outside their classroom door. Each class winner will receive a free kid’s meal from Outback.

 

 Poster must be:

-Drawn using colors, markers, paints, and/or crayons.

-Posters must be original, no cutting and pasting of pictures or stickers.

-Posters must be on unlined 8 ½ x 11 white paper and in landscape position.

A Message from Principal Kristine Dosal:

Dear Parents,

This school year we are requiring elementary students to establish a unique password for the computer and software programs. We are sending you this communication to inform you about the requirement for secure passwords.

In Hillsborough County we strive to be clear about the safeguards we have in place to protect student data. One of those safeguards is for each student to complete challenge questions and set their own unique password.  Students. choose and answer any three of the seven challenge questions from the list provided. The Challenge questions are only used as verification if the student forgets their password and needs to reset it.

You Can assist your student by helping them with their responses to the challenge questions. These challenge questions will let students manage their own password resets. Resetting a password is a skill they will need as a digital learner and interact with technology.

As students create unique passwords in elementary schools this year, the curriculum software programs they use will also transition to using this same password. The goal is to protect student data and personal information and provide greater ease of use by having the student use the Same password far all applications, i.e. Edsby, MyOn, The more students use this password the easier this process will became for them

Protecting the personal information of our students in a secure and responsible way is at the heart of our efforts to provide a richer and more dynamic digital learning experience for all students. We appreciate your support in this effort.

Please print and fill out the attached form (click here: Printable Password Form) and return it to your child’s teacher as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Kris Dosal

Want to see your child in the yearbook or on the Grady website?  We are in need of pictures for both!  Quality pictures of Grady children at events like the fall festival and the Storybook parade help fill the pages of our yearbook with lasting memories for you and your child!  Help make the memories special for your children by taking candid shots of them enjoying Grady functions with their friends.  So don’t forget to grab your camera on your way out the door!  Please remember to email pictures to yearbook@gradytigers.org.

Come to the Grady Elementary Fall Festival on FRIDAY, October 23 from 5 pm to 7:30 on Campus.  Teachers and parent volunteers are working together to provide you with wonderful family entertainment.  There will be two inflatable play areas: a giant inflatable obstacle course with a slide and a bounce house. There will be a funny photo booth, snow cones, popcorn, hot dogs and baked goods.  Most importantly there will be Games, Games and more Games!!   The games include: the Doughnut Chomp, the Pumpkin Toss, Skee Ball, Basketball, Pumpkin Putt-Putt, Pin the Tail on the Cat, Pumpkin Stacking and even an R2D2-themed game of Operation.  Prizes will be given to each game player.  Also, there will be hair and nail painting booths, face painting, temporary tattoo booths, scary feel and mystery boxes.  Hours of fun, food and family time. 

Admission to the festival itself is free for children and adults, but the games, food, bounce houses and photo booth cost money.  Without a wristband, games are $1 each and so are food items, except for the donation-only bake sale, which benefits the fifth grade.

You can purchase a wristband for your child that entitles each child to unlimited games, bouncing, snow cones and popcornWristbands are just $20 for the first child and $15 for each additional wristband.  This is a substantial discount.  To purchase a wristband please print and return the attached form -Wristband Order Form - with a check payable to Grady PTA or drop by the front of the school on Tuesday or Wednesday from 7:30 am until 8:30 am to pay by cash or credit card.  Pick up of all wristbands will be on the night of the Fall Festival at the PTA table.

Please purchase your wristband today and come out to enjoy our wonderful Fall Festival.

To volunteer at the Fall Festival, please send an email to VP of Volunteers, Chely Sierra at Volunteers@gradytigers.org, or contact your child’s teacher.  

We need two kinds of volunteers for the Fall Festival. Each class will be sponsoring a booth and we need parents to run the booths. Parents, please contact your child's homeroom teacher or homeroom parent to volunteer for booth spots.


Also, the PTA also needs volunteers to run the big items such as the bounce houses, grill, popcorn, food booth and snow cone machine. To volunteer for these positions please email: Volunteers@gradytigers.org

Grady Elementary is participating in the Reflections Art Contest, a national art competition sponsored by the PTA.  The theme of this contest is "Let Your Imagination Fly," and all visual arts entries must relate to the theme of flying,  meaning that visual arts that depict flying bugs, planes, rockets or unicorns are all acceptable subjects.   Grady’s contest is being administered by Art Teacher, Lauren Niedergang (email: Lauren.Niedergang@sdhc.k12.fl.us).  Students in grades 3-5 have been preparing an art work that is suitable for submission in the contest.  It is the choice of each student, pending the permission of his/her parents, to submit a piece of art work into the Grady Reflections Art Contest.  Mrs. Niedergang has the student entry form and will send them home for your signature, but a printable extra copy may be found here: Reflections Student Entry Form.  Ms. Niedergang is also accepting submissions of visual arts (meaning ceramics, collages, photo collages with all original photos, and drawings and paintings) on or before October 23.  Only one entry per student, so if your student submits a separate entry, the art made during Mrs. Niedergang's class will not be submitted.  Paper works of art must be mounted on sturdy material like a cardboard mat, but may not be framed.  Although this contest is focused on grades 3-5, Ms. Niedergang is accepting entries from any Grady student, regardless of the grade of the student.  First, Second and Third Place ribbons will be awarded and every student's contribution will be celebrated.  There will be an ice cream party in the Art Room on November 4 from 1:30 to 2 pm to celebrate the student artists.  If you are able to volunteer to help serve ice cream at the party, please email Ellen Lyons at ellen@gradytigers.org

The rules for submissions are here: Reflections Rules

pta update

Please come pick up Fall Fundraiser Merchandise.  Pick up is in the cafeteria.  

Wednesday October 14: 12.30pm – 6.30pm

Thursday, October 15: 7.30 am – 8.00 am  AND 2.00 pm – 6.30 pm

Friday, October 16: 7.30am – 8.00am  AND 2.00pm – 6.30pm

Tiger Talk Update

October 14, 2015

Chalk Board

What a great fall fundraiser we had! With your help we raised more than $6,000.00 for Grady which can now go towards programs to benefit your children. Items purchased during the fundraiser will be available for collection at the Grady Elementary Cafeteria from Wednesday October 14th. thru Friday, October 16th.  The collection times are listed below. We would appreciate if items, particularly perishables (eg. cookie dough, cheesecakes) could be collected as soon as possible to minimise the storage requirements.

Wednesday October 14th: 12.30pm – 6.30pm

Thursday, October 15th: 7.30am – 8.00am & 2.00pm – 6.30pm

Friday, October 16th: 7.30am – 8.00am & 2.00pm – 6.30pm

Our 2015 Fall Festival is right around the corner, Friday, October 23rd, 5:00-7:30 pm.  A flyer was sent home in binders last week, look for information on the activities and advanced purchase of wristbands.  Also, we still need volunteers to work the fall festival.  Please look for information soon, and consider helping make this event an even greater success.

It's spirit week at Fire House Subs!  Each night this week from 4:00-9:00 stop by for dinner at the Hire House Subs on Dale Mabry, across from Plant High School.  Be sure to mention you're with Grady Elementary School.  

A special thanks to all those who attended the Lee Roy Selmon's  Family Night, we earned $116. 

It's Grady Family Week at Firehouse Subs, located at 2227 S Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, FL 33629 (just north of Steak 'n Shake). Come in from October 12 to 16 and 10% of your purchase will benefit Grady. Please mention Grady at the register to ensure our school gets credit for your purchase.
Thank you, Tiger Families, for all of your shopping and voting. Your work has resulted in Grady winning the Facebook voting competition (prize of $500.00) and third place in the shopping competition ($1,500.00 prize) through Westshore Plaza's Earning for Learning Competition.  This money will help provide Grady students with after school tutoring.  Thanks again to our families and to Westshore Plaza for operating Earning for Learning.

Grady families and friends, please join us for Grady's Fall Festival on Friday, October 23, from 5 pm until 7:30 pm on campus.  The festival will feature games, free crafts, hair/face painting, two amazing inflatable bouncers (an obstacle course and a regular bounce house), a bake sale, and a crazy photo booth.  Admission to the event is free, but the games are $1/ticket/game.  Wristbands for unlimited games can be purchased in advance via a form that will be sent home from school.  To learn more about how to volunteer, please contact VP of Volunteers, Chely Sierra at Volunteers@gradytigers.org. To learn more about the event, including how to become a vendor at the event or how to display your product/service at a vendor table, please contact VP of Events, Elizabeth Weekes, at Events@gradytigers.org.    

Grady's Book Fair has been extended until Wednesday, October 7!  We are so close to our book fair goals and to seeing our Media Specialist, Nick Tsourakis, slimed!  Please come by the book fair today, in the Katheryn Hance Media Center and buy some books.  Also, you can shop on line here : Grady Book Fair Home Page.

We need volunteers for the book fair as well.  To volunteer, please click here: http://vols.pt/8AZLqr

If you have questions about book fair, please contact Media Specialist, Nick Tsourakis at Nick.Tsourakis@sdhc.k12.fl.us

Scholastic Book Fair

September 28, 2015

Welcome to Grady's Scholastic Book Fair.  Find great books and benefit our school's Media Center by participating.  

The book fair runs from September 25 to October 2 at school and until October 3 online.  To see a list of books and to order online, please click here: Grady Book Fair Home Page.

We need volunteers for the book fair as well.  To volunteer, please click here: http://vols.pt/8AZLqr

If you have questions about book fair, please contact Media Specialist, Nick Tsourakis at Nick.Tsourakis@sdhc.k12.fl.us

This Friday, October 2 is the first Fifth Grade Doughnut Sale!  Krispy Kreme doughnuts will be sold in the front of the school next to the flag pole.  Doughnuts are $7/dozen or $1 each.  Cash, check or credit card accepted.  Proceeds benefit the fifth grade end-of-year banquet.  Please help support our Fifth Grade and stop by for doughnuts this Friday!

Individual student pictures will be taken on Tuesday, September 29, 2015.  This is a non-uniform day and students may wear a school uniform or some other outfit that day. 

Information to order pictures will go home in paper format in backpacks, but if you prefer to order online, with the option to pay by credit card or PayPal, simply follow the instructions below.

Ordering Online:  Go to mylifetouch.com, input Picture Day ID FA115016Q1 (Grady Elementary School) and order pictures and pay online.  No need to send forms back to the school. 

Earning for Learning is from September 7 – October 4, at WestShore Plaza.  Grady Elementary is qualified to win up to $3,500 this contest.  Grady is one of only 12 schools that can win in Earning for Learning, so we stand a great chance of winning. Grady Elementary was an Earning for Learning grand prize winner in 2013 and 2014.  This contest is also great for us because it is the ratio of our spending to our student population that will determine if we win.  That means that bigger schools can’t automatically win just based on total purchases. 

This year the contest rules are different.  There are 2 ways to win - point based competition and online voting.  

With the Points contest, prizes will be given to schools whose parents and benefactors obtain the most Points at WestShore Plaza.  $1 = 1 point, generally.  Points are earned by submitting receipts for ANY establishment in the mall (food court, movie theater, Macy’s and all stores) to the Guest Services Counter next to Macy’s.  Purchases must be made between September 7 and September 27.  Purchases made on Mondays and Tuesdays get double points.   Submit your receipts from ANY WestShore Plaza establishment (even those Starbucks purchases – every bit counts!)  to Guest Services before 6 pm September 27.  You may also donate school supplies for a specified amount of points (e.g. a box of pencils = 10 points). See a complete list of supplies, each worth 10 points, here:  Special Points.  The school supplies will support students at Metropolitan Ministries’ school.   

With Online Voting, please use your Facebook Page to VOTE ONCE A DAY for Grady Elementary.  A link to the Facebook page is here:  https://www.facebook.com/WestShorePlaza.   Please put the voting page on your personal Facebook page and encourage your friends to vote daily for Grady.

A full summary of the official rules is below.  Thank you for supporting Grady!  Please participate in this contest.

Rules: 

Point Based Competition: 

- Total of $7,500 given away to 3 schools.  1st place is $3500, 2nd place is $2500 and 3rd place is $1500. 

- When receipts are submitted to Guest Services, every dollar spent will equal 1 point toward your school.  

- There will be double point opportunities that will be communicated via social media, the website and/or email.  A few things are always double points - like when you shop on Mondays and Tuesdays or the purchase of a WestShore Plaza Gift Card.   Please note that turning in receipts on a Monday or Tuesday doesn't make it double points, only purchases made on Monday's or Tuesday's are double points.

Online Voting Competition:

- One winner will receive $500.

- The school with the most votes wins.

- Voting will take place on WestShore Plaza's Facebook Page, the tab titled 'VOTE Here for Earning for Learning' will be live at 12:01 am Monday, September 7th through 11:59 pm September 27th.  You may vote daily during the competition.   https://www.facebook.com/WestShorePlaza

- You will be able to share that you have voted on your own social media pages or share the link to encourage others to vote. 

Non Profit Donation of School Supplies:

There is additional way to earn points, with donating school supplies that will benefit the children of Metropolitan Ministries.   Please visit the link below to see the list of school supplies.  Each item on the list will be worth 10 points.  Donations are not eligible for Double Points.

Here is the link to official Earning for Learning page on WestShore Plaza’s website, with rules and other information.   http://www.westshoreplaza.com/earningforlearning.

Grady Fall Fundraiser

September 2, 2015

Help Grady Elementary by supporting our Fall Fundraiser.  Catalogs will come home in backpacks on September 2. 

The fundraiser runs from September 2 until September 16, with delivery in mid-October.  Please do not add sales tax to any orders. Please make checks payable to American Fundraising Services

SHOP ONLINE:

To order online, go to www.fundsrus.net to set up a seller account.  Enter School Code 351203863 in the student registration section. Then click "Invite Family and Friends" to invite them to shop and support our fundraiser.  Visa and Mastercard are accepted. 

Free shipping will apply for online orders delivered to the school or for order over $50 that are shipped to a home address.  Frozen items purchased online can only be shipped to the school.

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING GRADY ELEMENTARY!!!  

Grandparents and Grandfriends are invited to Grady Elementary for Grandparents' Breakfast.  Two breakfasts will be held:

Thursday, September 10, for grandparents visiting students whose last names begin with the letters A through H - and-

Friday, September 11, for grandparents visiting students whose last names begin with the letters I through Z.

Breakfast begins at 7:15 am and ends at 8:00 am.  Please call Ms. Taylor or Ms. Richmond with any questions at (813) 872-5325.

Hello Members of the Grady Elementary Community,

Wow, what a fabulous first week for our Grady Tigers!!  We know there has been a ton of great information already shared, and we want to keep you informed of even more opportunities on the horizon.

First let me introduce myself, my name is Amy Zink and I’m your new PTA - VP of Communications for the 2015-2016 school year.  Through-out the year, you will see numerous emails on upcoming events from amy@gradytigers.org, feel free to reach out me at this location anytime.

At this year’s open house, there was a great chance for the parents to meet and greet many of the vendors that will build the afternoon program.  The programs will begin Sept 14th, but sign-ups for the After School Enrichment Clubs are now available online.  Please go to http://gradytigers.org/ase to see a message about clubs, as well as the club selections.  Then you can sign up and pay online with a credit card using our CISCO-Certified Secure payment system.  Parents may also check their child’s folder for further instruction.

This year’s fundraiser kick-off assembly is on Wednesday, Sept. 2nd, with packets to follow home that afternoon.  Our new little creature is destined to be a chomping success!!  Therefore, we’re all geared up to keep the momentum moving and start awarding the kid’s efforts first thing Thursday morning. 

The Grandparents Breakfast, on Thursday, September 10th and Friday, September 11th,, will give Grandparents the opportunity to sign up and receive information about their grandchildren’s school via email.  Bring $10 to join the PTA and help support Grady Elementary.  There are no time commitments and we will be raffling off a Grady Tiger for a lucky Grandchild!  The $10 goes toward funding many wonderful projects and events at Grady, including Grandparents breakfast and teacher mini-grants.  A flyer with all the details was sent home on Monday, RSVP now!!.

Last but definitely not least, come join us at Lee Roy Selmon's on September 14th for an all day event. Receive credit for our Tigers, by eating at Selmon's anytime through-out that day.   Check it out on the following link  http://gradytigers.org/2015/8/join-us-for-family-night-at-lee-roy-selmon-s.

Sincerely,

Grady PTA 

Please join Grady Elementary PTA for a Family Night at Lee Roy Selmon's, located at 4302 W Boy Scout Blvd, Tampa, FL, on Monday, September 14.  Bring your family to Lee Roy Selmon's anytime during the day or night on Monday, September 14 (lunch counts too).  Kids get a free meal from the Little League Menu for every $9.99 and up adult entree and beverage served during the evening.  And, a percentage of the event proceeds comes back to our school.  Please be sure to mention Grady Elementary to the server to ensure that our school gets proper credit for your purchase.  We hope to see you there!
Welcome to Open House

We hope you have enjoyed a wonderful summer.

We are excited to begin the 2015-16 school year and we WELCOME YOU TO GRADY.

Please come to the Grady Open House on Friday, August 21, from 5 pm until 7:15 pm.

At the Open House you may:

*  Meet Your Teacher

*  Meet Principal Kristine Dosal, Assistant Principal Michael Campbell, and the Grady Faculty and Staff

*  Join the Grady PTA at this event and receive a FREE Grady car magnet or Tiger key chain.  PTA membership is $10 for a 2 members.

*  Drop off your school supplies.  For a complete list of school supplies, per grade, click here:  School Supplies

We hope to see you there.   Please call Ms. Taylor or Ms. Richmond with any questions:  (813) 872-5325. 

The school’s address is 3910 Morrison Avenue, Tampa, FL 33629.

Parents of students who are new to Grady are invited to Tiger Tears, a not so boo-hoo event in the Kathryn Hance Media Center on Tuesday, August 25.  Our Tiger Tears event begins at 8:15 am, just after school begins.  As soon as you've said your good-byes, please stop by the Media Center for a little support from other parents and some delicious snacks and coffee.  It is a great way to learn more about our school and meet other Grady parents.  For questions about Tiger Tears, please send an email to communications@gradytigers.org. For pictures of last year’s Tiger Tears and first day festivities, please click here:  Tiger Tears Photos.  

Thank you to the Grady Elementary 2014-15 Patrols and to their leader, Ms. Trupp!  Thank you for all of your good deeds and hard work that have made our school a safer and happier place.  Here is a photo of the Patrols, Ms. Trupp and Ms. Dosal at the recent Patrol Picnic.  Good luck and best wishes to all of these wonderful, helpful students!!

Tiger Talk Update

May 29, 2015

We hope you had a good time during Spirit Week.  There are many events coming up next week, including yearbook signing, the teacher and student volleyball game, award ceremonies, class parties and the Fifth Grade Banquet.  Event dates and times are on our website here: Grady Home Page.  There are a limited number of yearbooks available for sale in the office - $20 each, first come first serve.

Get ready for great summer reading.  Here are the Third Grade 2015-16 Battle Books List and the Fourth Grade 2015-16 Battle Books List.  If you order these books on Amazon, please use Amazon Smile and choose Grady PTA as your charity.  You can use this already-set-up link to order the battle books or anything else from Amazon: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7102322 and benefit Grady.

Last week, the Second Grade held a publishing picnic to celebrate books written by Grady students.  Here are the photos: Second Grade Publishing Picnic

The first round of Grady Fence Panel plaques are all installed. Another round of plaques went to the printer today, and should be installed next week.  Please come by the school to see your family’s plaque soon.  It’s not too late to sponsor a fence panel and get a beautiful plaque.  Simply click here to Purchase a Panel Securely Online.

Our President, Debbie Bresnahan, delivered an end-of-the-year letter about what our PTA did this year and how much the parents and teachers of this school have accomplished together and how PTA funds were spent.  To read the letter, please click here.  President's End-of-Year Message

Get started on your summer reading because here are the:

Fourth Grade Battle Books for 2015-16

Author                                                                              Title

  Nate Ball

  Blast Off!

  Lutricia Clifton

  Freaky Fast Frankie Joe

  Neil Gaiman

  Fortunately, the Milk

  Donna Gephart

  Olivia Bean Trivia Queen

  Christopher Healy

  The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your   Kingdom

  Jennifer L. Holm

  The Fourteenth Goldfish

  Gordon Korman

  The Hypnotists

  Suzanne LaFleur

  Eight Keys

  Natalie Lloyd

  A Snicker of Magic

  W. C. Mack

  Athlete vs. Mathlete

  Patricia MacLachlan

  White Fur Flying

  Jeri Watts

  Kizzy Ann Stamps

  Sarah Weeks

  Pie

  Elissa Brent Weissman

  Nerd Camp

Dear Members of the Grady Elementary Community,

This has been an absolutely wonderful school year! A great big thank you to all of you for supporting our fundraisers, for coming to our events, and for volunteering your time. Thanks to you we have accomplished so much!

This year has seen record amounts of parents, grandparents and friends volunteering at our school.  We have again won the Hillsborough County PTA's award for Volunteerism and Participation in our PTA.  This award is a credit to the fine work of so many of YOU and our wonderful teachers!!  We know you, volunteers and teachers, are doing the heavy lifting of raising the standards of education in our school.  We are grateful for your work.

Grady Elementary also won the Hillsborough County PTA's Superintendent's Award for excellence in increased membership.  The Award was presented by Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins.  We were delighted and surprised to win this award, but it is a testament to the commitment of teachers, parents, grandparents and friends to join together to support our school.  This year, we had 333 members, which is a 22% increase over last year and constitutes 100% membership (PTA membership is considered 100% when membership exceeds 75% of the number of students enrolled at the school.  This is because some families have more than one student at a school).

I want to recap some of the financial aspects of this year.  In terms of fundraising, our Fall Fundraiser raised $9,700 in profit for Grady Elementary and our biggest fundraiser, Tiger Trek, raised $15,000 for our school.  We used much of the fall money to pay $7,000 toward the ELP tutoring program that occurred after school during the second, third and fourth grading periods.  We also funded $6,000 in mini-grants for teachers, and we spent $4,000 on teacher classroom supplies by providing each classroom with a $100 Lakeshore Learning gift card.   We also purchased T-shirts for Math Bowl, and Spelling Bee, and funded the registration fees and trophies for the Spelling Bee.  Moreover, we spent $2,000 on teacher appreciation week, $1,000 on the back to school lunch, and $850 on conference night expenses.  We incurred some expenses in instituting the new after school enrichment program, but those expenses were off-set by the club fees paid by parents.

This year we completed the installation of the first phase of our fence replacement. The first phase cost $54,600. $10,750 was raised from people sponsoring fence panels and the remainder was paid for using funds from last year's surplus and some of this year's fundraising.  Next year, we begin the drive to complete the second phase of the fence replacement.  The entire project will cost $102,412, and we have $47,812 yet to raise to complete the project.

I leave the position of President in good hands.  Kris House, currently VP of Community Outreach, will serve as President in 2015-16.  Kris has served this board for many years and is ready to lead.  Our Grady Elementary PTA Nominating Committee, which includes Kris and Patricia Cannon and Krista Harvie, have nominated, and the PTA has elected the following officers:

President - Kris House

VP Membership - MaryAnn Hoffman

VP Outreach - Ellen Lyons

VP Sponsorships - Jessica Schentrup

VP Communications - Amy Zink

VP Volunteers- Chely Sierra

VP Events - Elizabeth Weekes and Annette Simeon-Lopez (not formally elected yet)

VP Fundraising - Open

Treasurer- Debbie Bresnahan

Secretary - Avery Maniscalco

We are still seeking a VP of Fundraising, as well as committee chairs and committee members.  If you are interested in serving on a board or committee (Committees include Yearbook (Chaired by Janella Enajibi), ASE Clubs (chaired by Moni Sears), Spelling Bee, Membership, Events and Volunteers), please talk to any board member on this list or email us via the website.   You may also speak with Nominating Committee members, Patricia Cannon and Krista Harvie.  Thank you to the Nominating Committee for finding such a great slate of officers to lead us next year.

The goal of the Grady PTA is to enhance the educational experience for our children, and you all are doing a fabulous job!  Thank you for your commitment!

Sincerely,

Debbie Bresnahan, President, Grady Elementary PTA

Dear Future Third Grade Parents,

As a third grader, your child will be participating in a reading adventure called the Battle of the Books. The purpose of this reading enrichment program is to encourage recreational reading, offer a variety of types of literature, increase familiarity with different authors, and share books through written and oral expression.

There are a total of seven books that have been chosen from the Sunshine State Young Readers Awards. On the back of this notice is next year's list so that students can begin reading this summer. These books are available at public libraries and book stores. They will also be available in the classroom and media center next year.

As part of the Battle of the Books, students will compete with their homeroom in May, 2016. The top four students from each homeroom will "battle" with the knowledge of books. This opportunity is great practice for the "official" fourth grade battle, but does not predetermine future participants.

We are looking forward to teaching your children next year! Have a wonderful summer and happy reading!

Sincerely,

Third Grade Teachers

THIRD GRADE BATTLE BOOKS LIST

1. The Lemonade War, by Jacqueline Davis

2. Shredderman: Attack of the Tagger, by Wendelin Van Draanen

3. Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things, by Lenore Look

4. The Earth Dragon Awakes, by Laurence Yep

5. Clementine, by Marla Frazee

6. Andy Russell, Not Wanted by the Police, by David A. Adler

7. The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School, by Candace Fleming

The Grady Elementary Chess Club did very well at its first chess tournament, the Mitchell Gran Prix.  Kindergarten and First Grade won Third Place, Second and Third Grade won Fourth Place, and Fourth and Fifth Grade won Second Place!  Congratulations to the students.  Below you can see some happy students with their trophies.

Tuesday, May 26, to Friday, May 29, is Spirit Week at Grady Elementary.  Here are the themes for each day:

Tuesday:     Sports Day

Wednesday: Crazy Hair Day

Thursday:    Mix & Match Day

Friday:       Super Hero Day

Enjoy this fun-filled week at Grady!

Tuesday, May 26, to Friday, May 29, is Spirit Week at Grady Elementary.  Here are the themes for each day:

Tuesday:     Sports Day

Wednesday: Crazy Hair Day

Thursday:    Mix & Match Day

Friday:       Super Hero Day

Enjoy this fun-filled week at Grady!

There will be one last End-of-the-Year Family Night at Yogurtology, located at 1202 S. Church Ave., on Wednesday, June 3, from 2 pm to 8 pm.   Please come out for some yogurt and know that a portion of the proceeds of your purchase will benefit our school.  Please mention Grady Elementary at the counter to ensure that our school gets credit for your purchase. 

Tiger Talk Update:

May 22, 2015

This has been a great week at Grady.  The Chess Team dominated in the Mitchell Gran Prix.  To see standings and pictures of kids with their trophies click here: Chess Tournament Winners.

The Book Fair was a huge success thanks to all of the families who participated and all of you who volunteered.  Thank you for your support.  Thus far, the sales at the book fair are $6,700.00, but they could go higher and break our record of $7,100, if parents purchase books through the online book fair that runs through May 26.  Please just follow this link Online Book Fair Until May 26 and click in the middle of the page that says “Online Book Fair.”  All orders ship free to the school and there is an expanded selection of books, including books for all ages (child to adult).   

Also, we need more “treasures” for the Treasure Chest in the Kathryn Hance Media Center.  If you have unused party favors, small toys such as Happy Meal toys, or other cool treats that would be a pleasure for a student to receive, please bring them to Mr. Tsourakis in the Kathryn Hance Media Center or Ms. Taylor in the front office.  This is a great way to give unused party favors or Happy Meal toys a second life.

Next week, when we return is Spirit Week.  Here is a list of the themes for each day: Spirit Week Daily Themes.

There will be one last End-of-the-Year Family Night at Yogurtology, located at 1202 S. Church Ave., on Wednesday, June 3, from 2 pm to 8 pm.   Please come out for some yogurt and know that a portion of the proceeds of your purchase will benefit our school.  Please mention Grady Elementary at the counter to ensure that our school gets credit for your purchase.   

We are concluding our Spring After School Enrichment Program Clubs (Robotics, Chess, Dance, Basketball and Spanish Club).  All clubs have concluded for the year, except for Spanish Club.  We hope you liked the clubs; we are looking for feedback on our ASE Club Program and any advice you may have to help us make the program even more successful in the future.  You can direct comments to Ellen Lyons at communications@gradytigers.org, and to ASE Club Coordinator, Moni Sears at ASEClubs@gradytigers.org. We will be bringing back the program in the fall, with expanded club offerings.

Raffle Prize Winners

May 14, 2015

Congratulations to all the winners who won raffle prizes last night. All raffle and silent auction winners have been notified and have confirmed their knowledge that they have received the prizes, except for the holders of these tickets:

MOSI passes winner: 1021729
Glazer museum winner: 1039397
Stamp Making Basket: 1039063
Starbucks basket: 978449
LaFleur’s: Wendy dela Garza

If you have won, please go to the font office and bring your winning ticket to claim your prize!

Grady Elementary has won the Hillsborough County PTA’s Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Increased Membership.  The Award was presented by Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins.  The award was accepted by Grady Principal Kristine Dosal and PTA President, Debbie Bresnahan.  Our school won the award because we had the highest increase in PTA membership of all schools in Hillsborough County.  Prior to presenting the award to Grady, Superintendent Eakins spoke about the importance of parental involvement in schools and how parental and teacher cooperation is critical to the success of a school.  We are delighted and grateful to be presented with this wonderful honor.  At the same award ceremony, Grady also won awards for Volunteerism and a Golden Participation Award for parental involvement.   Grady was represented at the award ceremony by Mrs. Dosal (2014 Principal of the Year), Sandra Richmond (nominated for Outstanding Non-Instructional Person), Mr. Florio (2014-15 Grady Teacher of the Year and nominated for Hillsborough County PTA Teacher of the Year),  PTA President Debbie Bresnahan, PTA President-Elect Kris House, VP of Event Jennifer Narvaes, VP of Membership MaryAnn Hoffman-Dougill, ASE Club Coordinator Moni Sears, and  VP of Communications Ellen Lyons

Receiving the award: 

award

Here's a picture of the group with the Superintendent's Award:

And a picture of the group before the awards ceremony began: 

The Spring Musical is May 13!  Here are the times for the many events:

Morning:

7:30 am to 8:30 am  – buy raffle tickets and bid on silent auction items in front of the school, while enjoying free coffee and pastries.  You need not be present to win raffle and silent auction items.

8 am to 8:30 am – Chair set up in the Pavilion.  We still need volunteers for this, and it goes quickly with more people.  To volunteer, please click here: Volunteer for Set Up or Breakdown of Chairs.

Afternoon and Evening:

3:30 pm to 7:30 pm,  Book Fair in the Kathryn Hance Media Center (to volunteer for the Book Fair, click here: Volunteer for Book Fair

4 pm to 7:30 pm, Student Art Presentation in the Cafeteria

4:30 Food Trucks start serving and vendor tables are set up

5:00 pm Silent Auction and Raffle items available under the Pavilion.  Raffle tickets are 7 for $5.  We take cash, check and credit cards for raffle tickets and silent auction items.   To see prizes, click here: Raffle and Silent Auction Items.

5:15 Students in the Chorus to report to Room 26, Actors report to Room 13, Dancers report to your grade level classrooms.

5:30 pm, Introductory remarks, PTA General Meeting

6:00 Spring Musical, How to Be A Pirate in Seven Easy Songs, begins. All other events, except food truck sales, stop during the Spring Musical Performance (from 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm)

7:00 Spring Musical ends, Silent Auction and Raffle Winners Announced.  Winners will be notified and their names/prizes will be posted on our website.

7:00 Spring Musical chair breakdown occurs.  To volunteer for this please click here:  Volunteer for Set Up or Breakdown of Chairs, or simply stay and help.  It takes less than 30 minutes if enough people help.  Also, we need volunteers with drills (preferably cordless drills) to help break down the stage backdrop after the show.  If you have a drill and can help out, please bring your drill and stay after the show to help!

7:00 to 7:30 Book Fair and Art Presentation are re-opened after end of Spring Musical.

Please be quiet during the Principal’s remarks, the PTA General Meeting and especially during the Spring Musical performance.  Please remember that all parents should be able to hear their children perform.  If you plan to talk during the performance, please proceed to the food truck area for your conversation.   Grady students and teachers have worked hard to put on a wonderful show for you!

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow for our many Spring Musical events.  If you have any questions, please email VP of Events, Jennifer Narvaes, at Events@gradytigers.org,  VP of Volunteers, Chely Sierra, at Volunteers@gradytigers.org, VP of Communications, Ellen Lyons, at communications@gradytigers.org

Grady Teachers and Staff say, "Thank you" for the delicious sweets! Click for pictures of the sweets provided by Grady Families.

Friday is Dessert Day

May 7, 2015

This has been a tremendous Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week.  Tomorrow is our final day and the theme is desserts.  Please bring in, or send your students to school with special dessert treats (brownies, cookies, cake etc.) that are either homemade or store-bought, and preferably individually wrapped (except cake).  Please plan to drop off the goodies at the front office on Friday, May 8th before 8:00 a.m

Thanks again for such a fun and wonderful week for our teachers.  Teachers that we have talked to feel very appreciated!

What an amazing day for teacher and staff appreciation!  Thank you for your wonderful gifts to your children’s teachers and for your donations of gift cards and gift items to the Morning Show Give-Away.  77 gift cards were donated by families from our school and another 80+ gift cards were funded by money made at the Barnes & Noble Family Night of Reading.  A picture of the gift cards donated by families and some of the Barnes & Noble gift cards is available here: Picture.   Gift card and gift item donations were made by the following families: Patterson, Azevedo, Panos, Andres, Mueller, Matos, Jackson, Sierra, Fitzgerald, Ledford, Dougill, Hammond, Schentrup, Lyons, Boyd, Stemac, Carroll, Sahoo, Andratte and Del Castillo.  Some families did not put their names on the gift cards, and we must simply thank them generally.  The teachers loved the gift card give-away, and we’ve received several thank you emails from the teachers.  The teachers appreciate our strong family supporters and strong PTA, both of which greatly help our school. 

To see some fun pictures of Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week, please click here: Appreciation Photos.  To learn more about Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week, please click here:  Teacher And Staff Appreciation Week.

Tomorrow is Thank You Note Day.  Please have your child express his or her gratitude with thank you notes that will be delivered directly to teachers and staff tomorrow.   Parents are also encouraged to write a meaningful note to a special teacher or staff member.  Grady teachers and staff have devoted their lives to educating children.  Teachers have attended years of college, have interned and been mentored before teaching alone, have spent countless hours honing their teaching skills and through it all, they keep love and empathy for their students paramount.  The validation of their work comes when students understand and learn, but tomorrow is an opportunity for us to thank them and celebrate their profound commitment to educating our children.  So, please send in your thank you notes tomorrow.

Additionally, tomorrow, you as a PTA member are partially funding a delicious catered lunch to the teachers and staff.  State Farm Agent Jim Cornwell  (also a sponsor of Tiger Trek) is funding $500 toward this the Teacher and Staff Appreciation Lunch.  Thank you, members and State Farm Agent Jim Cornwell, for your donations that help celebrate and thank our school’s teachers and staff.

The fence work on the north and east sides of the school is almost complete.  To see pictures of the current state of the fence, and a mock-up of the plaques that will go on each sponsored fence post, please click here:  Fence and Plaque.  The mock-up shows how the words will appear on the plaque.  Plaques will be black with metallic/gold lettering.  To see a gallery of fence construction photos, please click here:  Fence Construction.  To sponsor a panel with your family’s name or your student’s name, please click here to pay by credit card:   Sponsor A Panel, Pay via PayPal or to pay by check, please click here:  Sponsor a Panel, pay by check.

Coming up is Grady’s Spring Musical.  Grady Elementary PTA has lined up some spectacular raffle baskets and silent auction items for the Spring Musical.  To see the items, click here: Baskets and Silent Auction Items.  You can join in the raffle and silent auction even if you don’t plan to attend the Spring Musical.   You can buy raffle tickets (1 for $1 or 7 tickets for $5) on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (May 11-13) in front of school. 

On Wednesday, May 13, we will not only sell raffle tickets, but we will display the baskets that are the raffle prizes (together with boxes for you to deposit raffle tickets in), and we will display the silent auction items for viewing and bidding.  We will serve free coffee and pastries, too.  It should be a lovely morning for a raffle and silent auction get-together.  The winning raffle tickets will be drawn after the Spring Musical, but you need not be present to win, but please place contact information on the back of your raffle ticket!  We will contact all winners of raffled and silent auction items, so feel free to buy tickets even if you are not planning to attend the Spring Musical.

Thank you Grady Families for your participation in the gift card give-away on Wednesday.  77 gift cards were donated by families from our school and another 80+ gift cards were funded by money made at the Barnes & Noble Family Night of Reading.  A picture of the gift cards donated by families and some of the Barnes & Noble gift cards is attached.   Gift card and gift item donations were made by the following families: Patterson, Azevedo, Panos, Andres, Mueller, Matos, Jackson, Sierra, Fitzgerald, Ledford, Dougill, Hammond, Schentrup, Lyons, Boyd, Stemac, Carroll, Sahoo, Andratte and Del Castillo.  Some families did not leave their names on the gift cards, and we must simply thank them generally.  The teachers loved the gift card give-away and we’ve received several thank you emails from the teachers.  The teachers appreciate our strong family supporters and strong PTA, both of which greatly help our school.

Thank you for a fantastic flower day!  So far, Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week has been a wonderful success.  We started with Monday Breakfast (see a picture of the breakfast display here: Picture), today was flower day and tomorrow is Hats Off To Teachers and Staff.  Please have students wear hats to school and consider giving teachers and staff gifts to show appreciation.  If you don’t know what kind of gift card or gift your child’s teacher would like, please review teacher profiles here:  Teachers; Administration here: Administration; and Specialists here: Specialists.

In addition to the individual teacher gifts given by students directly to their teachers, there will also be a drawing on the Morning Show, for prizes of gift cards and gift items.  Thank you to everyone who has donated gift cards and gift items thus far.  To donate gift cards and gift items for the Wednesday give-away, please drop them in the front office before 8 am on Wednesday.  Please attach a note with your or your child’s name if you’d like it announced on the Morning Show. 

To see more information about Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week, please click here:  Teacher and Staff Appreciation.  If you have any questions about Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week, please email Avery Maniscalco at secretary@gradytigers.org.

Coming up is Grady’s Spring Musical.  Grady Elementary PTA has lined up some spectacular raffle baskets and silent auction items for the Spring Musical.  To see the items, click here: Baskets and Silent Auction Items

You can join in the raffle and silent auction even if you don’t plan to attend the Spring Musical.   You can buy raffle tickets (1 for $1 or 7 tickets for $5) on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (May 11-13) in front of school. 

On Wednesday, May 13, we will not only sell raffle tickets, but we will display the baskets that are the raffle prizes (together with boxes for you deposit raffle tickets in), and we will display the silent auction items for viewing and bidding.  We will serve free coffee and pastries, too.  It should be a lovely morning for a raffle and silent auction get-together.  

The winning raffle tickets will be drawn after the Spring Musical, but you need not be present to win, but please place contact information on the back of your raffle ticket!  We will contact all winners of raffled and silent auction items, so feel free to buy tickets even if you are not planning to attend the Spring Musical.

City of Tampa Chief of Police, Eric Ward, visited Grady Elementary on Friday, May 1, 2015.  Chief Ward has been visiting Grady Elementary for many years, but on Friday, he visited for the first time as Chief.  Mrs. Dosal, Mr. Campbell, and Grady students in Mrs. Ward's first grade class gave him a very warm welcome. Congratulations to Chief Ward and to his wife, Alberta Ward, who was Grady Teacher of the Year in 2013.  To read an article and see a video about Chief Ward, please click here:  Article and Video.

Tuesday, May 5, is Flower Day.  Please have students bring each of their teachers, and the Grady staff who help our students, a flower to say “thank you for helping us bloom.”  The flowers can be hand-made, store bought or picked from your garden (vases are unnecessary as most teachers and staff already have them).   Please help shower our teachers and staff in flowers so we can show them just how much they mean to us. 

It is not too late to drop a gift card off in the front office for the all-day give-away of gift cards and gift items on Wednesday.  Please consider donating a gift card or other gift item of any amount to be given away on Wednesday.  To have your child’s name announced when the item is given away, please include a note on the item.  Please deliver gift cards and items to the front office today, tomorrow and Wednesday morning.  Think of the hard work that teachers do in planning lessons, grading papers, communicating with parents and educating and inspiring our children, and it’s easy to realize just how much they deserve to be appreciated.  This is our one-week opportunity to show teachers and staff that we acknowledge and appreciate their effort and commitment, so let’s make it count. 

Also, please consider donating a 1.5 hour block or more of time to the Grady Spring Book Fair.  Book Fair sales take place from May 13 to May 20, and there are volunteer spots from May 12 (set up) until May 20.  We need parents to help children select books, organize books and work the cash register.  A complete schedule of volunteer opportunities is available by clicking here:  Book Fair Volunteers.  You can sign up for your spot just by clicking on it.  It is a simple, easy, 1-step way to volunteer.  For any Book Fair questions, please contact Mr. Tsourakis at Nick.Tsourakis@sdhc.k12.fl.us.

The Grady Elementary PTA Nominating Committee is seeking volunteers for board and committee positions for the 2015-2016 school year.  Specifically sought is a Fundraising person to manage the Fall Fundraiser and Tiger Trek and an Events person to plan and execute events at the school.   We also need a Social Chair to plan evenings out and social events for our general membership.  We need a Dad’s Club Chair to organize events specifically for fathers of Grady students.  If you have an interest in one of these roles, or want to talk about customizing a role for yourself based on your talents, please reply by email or write to the Nominating Committee, care of Kris House, atOutreach@gradytigers.org.

The Grady Elementary Spring Musical featuring the play, How to Be a Pirate: In Seven Easy Songs, is coming up on May 13, from 5 pm to 7:30 pm.  In addition to the fantastic student performances, Grady PTA has lined up food trucks, vendors, and a number of silent auction and raffle items, the list of which can be found here:  Spring Musical.  

Grady Elementary congratulates new Chief of Police for the City of Tampa, Eric Ward.   Chief Ward is the husband of first grade teacher, Mrs. Ward.  Chief Ward came by the school on Friday and was recognized with a hand-painted banner congratulating him on his achievement.  To see a pictures of Chief Ward, Mrs. Ward and her class, as well as a picture of Mrs. Dosal, Mr. Campbell and Chief Ward, with the banner, please click here:   TPD Chief Ward Visits Grady Elementary.

Monday is the first day of Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week.  It is a week during which we express our gratitude to the teachers and staff who help our children bloom.  Thanks to your donations to the Grady PTA, our children's teachers and staff will enjoy coffee, tea and treats tomorrow morning.  This is one of the many nice things you do for our school through your membership in the PTA.  

It’s not too late to bring gift cards, or other wonderful items into the office for the all-day Teacher and Staff Give-Away on Wednesday.  If you want your child’s name announced as the item is given away, please put your child’s name on a note attached to the gift card or item.  Please bring gift cards and items to the front office Monday, Tuesday or on Wednesday morning at the latest.  Thank you for these great gifts that the teachers and staff will love.

For more information about Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week, click here:  http://gradytigers.org/2015/4/teacher-appreciation-week-may

The Spring Book Fair is coming soon to Grady Elementary and Volunteers are needed to assist from the afternoon of May 12 (set up) all the way to the end of the day on May 20.  There will be a special night time event during the Spring Musical on May 13, and we will need many volunteers for that evening.  To volunteer for a block of time, please click here to see the available times and dates:  http://gradytigers.org/2015-bookfair-volunteers. The volunteer time blocks are set up in mostly 1.5-hour increments, but if you can only volunteer for a portion of the selected period, please note it in the comments.  If you have any questions about the Book Fair, please email Mr. Tsourakis at Nick.Tsourakis@sdhc.k12.fl.us

Parents of Fifth Graders, Coleman PTSA has provided us with 3 helpful documents you may want to read.  Please click here to see more information: http://gradytigers.org/2015/4/coleman-information-for-fifth-grade-parents.

 

Dear Members of the Grady Elementary Community,

Construction of the new Grady Elementary perimeter fence has started!   Thus far, workers have replaced much of the fence on Church Avenue.  The new fence looks fantastic and is made of steel, so it is not only more beautiful, but also more secure than our prior fence.  We are so excited to finally see the results of the hard work of so many parents, teachers, staff, volunteers and administrators.  When this phase of fence construction is complete, both the north end around the front of the school and the east end along Church Avenue will have a beautiful, strong black painted steel fence. 

Now is a great time to sponsor a fence panel.  If you sponsor a panel now, your dedication plaque – a 4" X 8" plaque with an inscription of up to three lines, 20 characters per line – will be permanently placed on a brand-new fence panel on the north or east side of the school.  You’ll be able to walk by your dedication plaque and enjoy your inscription, and the inscriptions of other Grady families, for years to come.  The tax-deductible money you spend, $250 per panel dedication, will help fund the completion of the remainder of the fence.   To sponsor a fence panel online using any credit card, please click here: Sponsor A Fence Panel, for our Cisco-certified secure online portal.  To print the Sponsor a Fence Panel form and return it to the school with a check for $250 per panel, please click here: Paper Sponsor A Panel Form.  To see pictures of the fence construction, please click here: Fence Construction Photo Gallery.  Please order your fence panel today so that we can include your inscription in our upcoming plaque order.

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is taking place from May 4-8.  This year, we are saying to our teachers and staff, “Thank You For Helping Us Bloom.”  We will have a different event each day and we need your help to make it special!  For more information, and a list of events, please click here: Teacher Appreciation Week.  Consider “appreciating” your child’s teacher by organizing parents to sponsor a fence panel in the teacher’s name.

Grady’s Chess Team competed in the Mitchell Gran Prix this weekend.  The tournament is a two-part event, but Grady has ended the first stage in an excellent position.  To see the Chess Club Team members, and see more information about the event standings, please click here: Chess Team at Gran Prix.  The second stage of the chess tournament takes place on May 17, and any Grady student may join our Chess Team to help our school.  Students who wish to wear a Grady Chess Team Shirt can order one by clicking here:  Chess Team Shirt Order Form.

We hope you are excited about the beautiful new fence that will enhance the security and attractiveness of our school.  Please consider sponsoring a panel today.

Sincerely,

Grady Elementary PTA  

Grady Chess Club T-shirts, in royal blue with orange and white print are available for purchase.  These shirts will help our club show a uniform presence at chess tournaments.  For more information, please click on the Grady Chess Club Shirt Order Form link under Related Files, below. 

Work is beginning on the new Grady Perimeter Fence.  The hedges have been cut back and concrete to hold the fence posts is being poured.  We hope to have a completed fence in the next few weeks!  For any questions about the new Grady Perimeter Fence, please contact VP of Outreach, Kris House, at Outreach@gradytigers.org.

To purchase a fence panel that comes with a dedication plaque to honor your family or student, please use our secure online system and click here: Purchase a Panel.  Our CISCO-certified secure payment portal accepts all credit cards.

To see a photo gallery of the fence construction thus far, please click here: Fence Construction Pictures

 

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Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week will take place from May 4-8 at Grady Elementary.  Through this week of events, we want to say to our teachers and staff, THANK YOU for helping our children bloom!

At Grady we have the most wonderful teachers, front office, custodial and cafeteria teams. To show our appreciation we have several events planned to honor our teachers and staff and we would like you and your child's help to make it unforgettable:

Monday, May 4 -- You are TEAriffic! Teachers and staff will be invited to enjoy some coffee, tea and treats to kick off the celebration of all they do.  Coffee, tea and treats provided courtesy of Publix, will be served by the PTA in the office.  (Parents and students don't need to do anything on this day).

Tuesday, May 5 -- Flower Day. We will shower them with flowers. Students can show their gratefulness with flowers that are made with paper, home grown or from the store. Give them directly to the teachers and staff on Tuesday, May 5th.

Wednesday, May 6 -- Hats off to our teachers and staff. Show how much you appreciate your teacher by wearing a hat to school. On the morning show, we will be having a drawing for prizes of restaurant gift certificates, massages, and other donated prizes. Students can pamper their teachers and staff with donated prizes. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Avery Maniscalco at averymaniscaico@gmail.com. Please plan to drop your donation off at the front office before 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6th. Your name will be announced as a donor during the raffle.

Thursday, May 7 -- Thank You Day.  Grady PTA will serve teachers and staff a catered lunch.  We would also like to have your child express. their gratitude with thank you notes. Tell them how much they have helped you grow. Give them directly to the teachers and staff on Thursday, May 7th.

Friday, May 8 -- Thankful for a sweet teachers and staff like you.  Students can bring in special treats that you have made or bought from the store to share with the teachers and staff. If possible, please individually wrap your goodies. Please plan to drop off the goodies at the front office on Friday, May 8th before 8:00 a.m.

Thank you for your participation in Teacher Appreciation Week.  For any questions, please email Avery Maniscalco at secretary@gradytigers.org

 

Grady Elementary Chess Team competed in the Mitchell Gran Prix at Mitchell Elementary on Sunday, April 19.  It is a two-part competition, but for the  first half of the Gran Prix, Team Grady's current standings are   K-1, 3rd place;  Grades 2-3, 4th place; Grades 4-5, 2nd place! Students can still sign up for the second half of the Gran Prix, which takes place on May 17, to help our team. Students do not have to be in the Grady Chess Club to be part of the team, all Grady students are welcome to play!

Click on Related Files below for a team picture and a picture of the competition hall.

Congratulations to the Grady Chess Team members who competed on Sunday:

Sophia Wolfson

Kian Yaghoubinejal

Reese McCambridge

Amina DeVoe

Raymond Lopez

Nicholas DeVoe

Brady Stemac

Vincent Nelson

Alen Rodriguez

Abigail Ferrer

Felicita Ruiz

Kimya Yaghoubinejal

Gus Carmon

Brent Porter

Jayden Rumel

Landon Roberts

Jose Rodriguez

Jaydon Dickerson

Connor Vance

Bryce Vance

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There will be NO SPANISH CLUB on either Tuesday April 21 OR Thursday April 23 due to a family emergency experienced by the Spanish Club teacher.   Our ASE Club Coordinator, Moni Sears at ASEClubs@gradytigers.org, will contact Spanish Club members’ parents with additional information about Spanish Club.  Spanish Club is expected to resume on Tuesday, April 28.    We are very sorry for this inconvenience.

Grady Elementary's Annual Spring Musical is set for May 13. Click Read More to learn more about this event and about the amazing raffle and silent auction prizes.
Due to popular demand, we have added a second day of Spanish Club. Spanish Club will occur on its original date, Thursday, April 16 and every Thursday thereafter. A second Spanish Club is being added and it will run on Tuesdays from April 21 until May 26. We do have five additional spots in the Tuesday Spanish Club, so if your child is interested in joining Spanish Club on Tuesdays, please send in the application and a check for $72 to join the Tuesday Spanish Club program. We expect this second Spanish Club to fill up very quickly, so please do not delay in returning your application to school.

Grady Elementary PTA is offering a limited edition Grady Tiger 3” x 2” Key Chain.  One of these Tiger Key Chains is FREE when 2 people from your family join Grady Elementary PTA for the 2015-2016 school year

After joining next year’s PTA, members can purchase additional Key Chains for $6 each.  

Please click the Grady Key Chain Order Form File below to print the order form.  Fill in the order form and submit it to school in your child's homework folder.  Key chains will be sent home in backpacks. 

Please help support your children and our school by joining the Grady Elementary PTA for the 2015- 2016 school year.  Thank you for your membership and all that you do for our school. 

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Don’t forget that, tomorrow, April 10 at 7:50 am, Grady PTA will hold a general membership meeting in the covered area in front of the school.  The purpose of this general membership meeting will be to vote on members of the Nominating Committee.  The Nominating Committee is tasked with finding nominees for board and committee chair positions for next year’s Grady Elementary PTA.  The Nominating Committee will work for the next 30 days to prepare a slate of officers and committee chairs.  The Nominating Committee will present the slate at the general membership meeting scheduled for May 13, 2015 at 5 pm under the school pavilion.  Grady Elementary PTA thanks the volunteers who have agreed to serve on the Nominating Committee.  

Conveniently, and to encourage parents to attend the PTA general membership meeting, we have scheduled another smoothie sale.  Tomorrow, April 10 from 7:30 am to 8 amSmoothie King will again be selling smoothies at Grady.  This time, Smoothie King will be selling 12 ounce smoothies for $3 (cash only) in two locations – by the flagpole in the car line and in the hallway near the 4th and 5th grade classrooms.  If you want your child to enjoy a smoothie before school, and you won’t be there to buy it, please send them to school with $3 cash.  The smoothie flavors are: Strawberry Extreme, Mango-Fest and Angel Food (a blend of strawberries and bananas).  The Fifth Grade made $105 toward its Fifth Grade Banquet from the proceeds of last month’s smoothie sale, and we are hoping to make that much again this time.  So, tomorrow, please stop by and enjoy a smoothie from Smoothie King and stay for the PTA general membership meeting. 

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On Friday April 10 at 7:50 am, Grady PTA will hold a general membership meeting in the covered area in front of the school.  The purpose of this general membership meeting will be to vote on members of the Nominating Committee.  The Nominating Committee is tasked with finding nominees for board and committee chair positions for next year’s Grady Elementary PTA.  The Nominating Committee will work for the next 30 days to prepare a slate of officers and committee chairs.  The Nominating Committee will present the slate at the general membership meeting scheduled for May 13, 2015 at 5 pm under the school pavilion.  Grady Elementary PTA thanks the volunteers who have agreed to serve on the Nominating Committee.  

Conveniently, and to encourage parents to attend the PTA general membership meeting, we have scheduled another smoothie sale.  On Friday April 10 from 7:30 am to 8 amSmoothie King will again be selling smoothies at Grady.  This time, Smoothie King will be selling 12 ounce smoothies for $3 in two locations – by the flagpole in the car line and in the hallway near the 4th and 5th grade classrooms.  The smoothie flavors are: Strawberry Extreme, Mango-Fest and Angel Food (a blend of strawberries and bananas).  The Fifth Grade made $105 toward its Fifth Grade Banquet from the proceeds of last month’s smoothie sale, and we are hoping to make that much again this time.  So, Friday, please stop by and enjoy a smoothie from Smoothie King and stay for the PTA general membership meeting. 

We have more news about after school clubs.  We are adding Spanish Club for Kindergarten to Third Graders on Thursdays starting April 16 (next Thursday and running each Thursday thereafter until May 21.  Spanish Club will take place from 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm on campus.  Spanish Club will be taught by Alicia Campos.  Alicia was born in Spain and has a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University.  She has been teaching art and Spanish for many years.  Some of you will know her as the artist who painted the painting of Ms. Adams’ class for the Winter Concert silent auction.  Her class will not only teach the Spanish language but also Spanish art, culture and music.  To sign up for Spanish Club, please print this form from our website Spanish Club Sign-up Form  (hard copies went home in backpacks yesterday) and send it to school with a payment of $72 (please make checks payable to Grady Elementary PTA; there are no refunds for the after school clubs, once they begin).  If your child is interested in Spanish Club, please sign up soon! 

When filling out club sign-up forms, Please be very clear about how your child will be dismissed from the club at 3:30 pm, because the line checked for the type of dismissal will be the only way we will dismiss your child from a club.  If you want to make any change as to how your child goes home or is dismissed, you must notify both the school and our ASE Club Coordinator, Moni Sears at ASEClubs@gradytigers.org in order to change the form of dismissal.  

The Grady Elementary Spring Musical is coming up on May 13, 2015 at 5 pm under the school pavilion.  At the Spring Musical, you will watch Grady students perform and you will be able to bid on number of silent auction and raffle items.  Rather than ask parents to donate raffle or silent auction items, we have solicited businesses for tickets to Disney World and SeaWorld, and tickets to local attractions such as Glazer Children’s Museum, Boing Jump Center and Tampa Bay Grand Prix.  We’ll also have gift baskets from Total Wine & More and AMC Movie Theaters.   Some items have been donated without baskets, so we are seeking donations of baskets (including Easter baskets) to package and display the gift items.  If you have a basket or Easter basket to donate, please bring it to the front office and give it to Ms. Taylor.  Thank you for the many nice things you do for our school.

Spanish Club for Kindergarten to Third Graders starts April 16 and continues each Thursday thereafter until May 21.  Spanish Club will take place from 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm on campus.  Spanish Club will be taught by Alicia Campos.  Alicia was born in Spain and has a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University.  She has been teaching art and Spanish for many years.  Some of you will know her as the artist who painted the painting of Ms. Adams’ class for the Winter Concert silent auction.  Her class will not only teach the Spanish language but also Spanish art, culture and music.  To sign up for Spanish Club, please print the form linked below, and send it to school with the payment of $72.  Please make checks payable to Grady Elementary PTA. 

When filling out club sign-up forms, Please be very clear about how your child will be dismissed from the club at 3:30 pm, because the line checked for the type of dismissal will be the only way we will dismiss your child from a club.  If you want to make any change to how your child goes home or is dismissed once a club has started, you must notify both the school and our ASE Club Coordinator, Moni Sears at ASEClubs@gradytigers.org in order to change the form of dismissal.  

Thank you, parents, for sending your children to school in blue today.  Please click here to view the incredible picture of the students, teachers, staff and administrators of Grady Elementary joining hands in support of our students, friends and neighbors with autism or on the autism spectrum:  Grady Lights It Up Blue!  Thank you also for all the colored hands your children have sent in!  It is wonderful to be part of such an inclusive and supportive school!

For more information about Grady Lights It Up Blue, including a link to Team Grady’s Autism Speaks Walk page, please click here: http://gradytigers.org/2015/4/grady-lights-it-up-blue.

Light It Up Blue April 2

April 1, 2015

Light it Up Blue is a unique global initiative to raise awareness about autism.  In support of Light it Up Blue, Grady students will be participating in a special event to support autism awareness.  Please have your students wear blue to school on Thursday, April 2 to show their support! 

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Please order yearbooks for your children before the deadline THIS SUNDAY, April 5, 2015Yearbooks can only be ordered online at ybpay.lifetouch.com using Yearbook ID Code: 11885215.  If you want your child to have a yearbook for the signing party, please order your yearbook before the final deadline.   For questions about yearbooks, please email Yearbook Coordinator, Janella Enajibi at Yearbook@gradytigers.org.  The Grady Yearbook is one of the best ways for your child to remember his or her time in elementary school and has individual pictures, class pictures, funny pictures and pictures from school events.  If you haven’t already, please order yearbooks today!  

Thank you to all the people who came by to purchase Happy Spring Egg Grams on Monday and Tuesday.  All the proceeds, more than $230.00 currently, go to the fifth grade for their banquet and year-end festivities. 

Please remember to have Grady students wear blue this Thursday to support Light it Up Blue for Autism Awareness.  Grady will be lighting it up blue in a very special way!

Dear Members of the Grady Elementary Community,

We have great news about our program to replace the perimeter fence.  The School District of Hillsborough County has approved our fence design and vendor and we may proceed with construction of the fence!  We are looking forward to seeing the north and east perimeter fences replaced with a black aluminum fence.  There’s still time to get a plaque for your family or child on one of the fence panels, so if you would like to see your family’s name or child’s name on the new Grady Fence, please click here to use our secure website to purchase a panel for a $250 donation (this secure site takes all major credit cards) Secure Online Fence Order and Payment Form.  If you prefer to pay by check, please print this form Printable Fence Panel Form, fill it out and send it in with a check. 

Parents, we have more club news for you.  First, we are pleased to offer Basketball, for Fourth and Fifth Graders, a new after school enrichment Program, on Mondays beginning the week of March 30, 2015 and ending the week of May 18, 2015.  The program will take place after school, from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm.  In this program, students will learn the basics of basketball as well as advanced skills in a fun and friendly environment.  The program lasts 8 weeks and costs $65 per child.  If you are interested in this program, please print the Basketball Registration Form  linked to this email and return it to the school with payment.  Our after school enrichment clubs have been wildly popular, so please don’t delay – sign up today.  If you have any questions about any after school enrichment clubs, please email our ASE Club Coordinator at ASEClubs@gradytigers.org.

Fifth Grade Parents, you are cordially invited to Coleman Middle School for a special, parent-only presentation on Friday, April 10, 2015 from noon to 1 pm.  This meeting is a great opportunity to meet the Coleman Administration, the PTSA, and the Dad’s Club.   It is an open forum to ask questions.  The parent meeting will be held in the Orchestra Room on campus.   You can park on the Mabry side of the school (Estrella Street) and enter the Orchestra Room without having to enter through the school front office.  If you have questions about this event, please contact Coleman at (813) 872-5335 or look at the link about this event on our website: Visit Coleman April 10.

Please help Grady Elementary support Autism Awareness.  Let’s Join Hands to Raise Awareness.  It is simple to support Team Grady in this effort.  Please just click here, Decorate This Hand!, print the picture of the hand,  and decorate it as you or your child see fit.  Please return your decorated hand(s) to Grady Elementary with  $1.00 for each hand.  All hands will be displayed in the cafeteria.  You can send in as many hands as you like, and the class with the highest number of hands will win a pizza party!  

All money raised will support Team Grady as they participate in the Autism Speaks Walk on April 11. If you wish to make a direct contribution to Grady's Autism Speaks Walking Team, please click here: Autism Speaks - Team Grady.  Thanks, Team Grady, for working hard to increase autism awareness.  To see a picture of our school on World Autism Awareness Day in 2014, please click here: School Picture on Autism Awareness Day.

The end of the school year is just 10 weeks away.   Time is running out to order a yearbook for your child.   The final deadline to purchase the Grady Elementary Yearbook is Sunday, April 5, 2015.  Yearbooks can only be ordered online at ybpay.lifetouch.com using Yearbook ID Code: 11885215.  If you want your child to have a yearbook for the signing party, please order your yearbook before the final deadline.  For questions about yearbooks, please email Yearbook Coordinator, Janella Enajibi at Yearbook@gradytigers.org.

Don’t forget to order Happy Spring Eggs this coming Monday and Tuesday!   Make your child, grandchild or your child's class and teacher eggstra happy with a toy-filled Happy Spring Egg Gram!  Grady Elementary PTA is selling Happy Spring Egg Grams in front of the school from 7:30 am to 8:00 am on Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31.  The Happy Spring Egg Grams are $1 each or $10 per dozen.  Simply print the order form here: Happy Spring Egg Grams.  Please complete the order form and bring it with you to order your Happy Spring Egg Grams in person on March 30 and 31.  Happy Spring Egg Grams will be delivered to classrooms on Thursday, April 2. 

Sincerely,

Grady Elementary PTA

We are pleased to offer Basketball, for Fourth and Fifth Graders, a new After School Enrichment Program on Mondays beginning the week of March 30, 2015 and ending the week of May 18, 2015, from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm.  In this program, students will learn the basics of basketball as well as advanced skills in a fun and friendly environment.  The program lasts 8 weeks and costs $65 per child.  If you are interested in this program, please print the flyer attached to this page and return it to the school with payment.  Our After School Enrichment clubs have been wildly popular, so please don’t delay and sign up today.

The end of the school year is just 11 weeks away.   Time is running out to order a yearbook for your child.   The final deadline to purchase the Grady Elementary Yearbook is Sunday, April 5, 2015.  Yearbooks can only be ordered online at ybpay.lifetouch.com using Yearbook ID Code: 11885215.  If you want your child to have a yearbook for the signing party, please order your yearbook before the final deadline.  For questions about yearbooks, please email Yearbook Coordinator, Janella Enajibi at Yearbook@gradytigers.org.

Autism Awareness Month 2014

Please help Grady Elementary increase autism awareness and support The Grady Autism Speaks Walking Team.  Please print the attached PDF of a hand, color it in, and return it to Grady Elementary with  $1.00.  All hands will be displayed in the cafeteria.  You can send in as many hands as you like, and the class with the highest number of hands will win a pizza party!   All money will support Team Grady as they participate in the Autism Speaks Walk on April 11.

If you wish to make a direct contribution to Grady's Autism Speaks Walking Team, please click here: https://www.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=1122683&lis=1&kntae1122683=5D8F4B1037DE4DEB9BF3001BF7B711AB&supId=420635859&team=6315188

Thanks, Team Grady, for working hard to increase autism awareness.

The picture above is from last year's World Autism Awareness Day.  Pictured are all students at Grady Elementary, wearing blue to support autism awareness.   

Fifth Graders and their parents are invited to Coleman Visitation Day, Friday April 10 at Coleman Middle School (located at 1724 South Manhattan Ave.; school tel: (813) 872-5335).

Grady Elementary students will be transported by Hillsborough County school buses to Coleman, accompanied by their teachers.  Once at Coleman, students will tour the campus with members of the Coleman Beta Club serving as tour guides.  Then the students will meet with the principal, administration, and guidance counselors.

Parents are invited for a special parent-only presentation from noon to 1 pm.  This meeting is a great opportunity to meet the Coleman Administration, the PTSA, and the Dad’s Club.   It is an open forum to ask questions.  The parent meeting will be held in the Orchestra Room on campus.   You can park on the Mabry side of the school (Estrella Street) and enter the Orchestra Room without having to enter through the school front office. 

Make your child, grandchild or your child's class eggstra happy with a toy-filled Happy Spring Egg Gram!  Grady Elementary PTA is selling Happy Spring Egg Grams in front of the school from 7:30 am to 8:00 am on Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31.  The Happy Spring Egg Grams are $1 each or $10 per dozen.  Please complete the form linked below and bring it with you to order your Happy Spring Egg Grams in person on March 30 and 31.  Happy Spring Egg Grams will be delivered to classrooms on Thursday, April 2.

Thank you for the strong interest in After School Enrichment Clubs.  In just 3 days, 24 students have signed up for Chess Club, 12 students have signed up for Dance Club and Robotics Club is fully booked.  There are 16 spots left in Chess Club and 8 spots left in Dance Club.  

Mr. Jack Fahle, Supervisor of Elementary Math for the school district, gave a fantastic presentation on Florida’s Math Standards for Elementary Students on Monday night.  Thanks to all of you who came out.  Nearly every seat was filled and the program itself was invaluable.  Mr. Fahle explained each of the 8 new math practice standards (to see them, click here: http://gradytigers.org/standards-for-mathematical-practice) and gave us problems to solve so that we could understand why the new math standards teach critical thinking.  Mr. Fahle also gave us a very helpful card with the Math Standards explained in a way that elementary students can understand (to see this, click here: http://gradytigers.org/math-standards).  The Student Friendly version is perfect for posting on your refrigerator or elsewhere where your child can see it often.  Mr. Fahle also gave us copies of the grade-specific math standards for grades K to 5 (to see these, click here: http://gradytigers.org/math-guides-for-parents).  Finally, Mr. Fahle gave us a list of resources, including a link to the online component of the GOMath textbook (to see this, click here: http://gradytigers.org/math-parent-resources).  Thanks to Grady for arranging this great presentation.  

On Thursday, March 19, Smoothie King will have smoothies for sale in front of the school from 7:30 am to 8 am.  12 ounce smoothies will be $3.00 each (cash/check) and come in 3 flavors:  Strawberry Extreme, Mango-Fest and Angel Food (a blend of strawberries and bananas).  Please help support the Fifth Grade by buying a smoothie for yourself or your child.

It will soon be time for the PTA to consider board and committee positions for the next academic year.  To that end, the board is seeking members of a nominating committee who will look at all school participants and consider them for board and committee chair positions for next year.  Having a nominating committee ensures that people outside the board of the PTA are involved in the board selection process and encourages diversity and inclusiveness, two of our core values.  The 2015 Nominating Committee’s job will be to find candidates for PTA board and committee positions by the time of the general election on May 13, 2015.  For questions about the nominating committee or to volunteer for it, please email communications@gradytigers.org

On Thursday, March 19, in lieu of doughnut sales, Smoothie King will have smoothies for sale in front of the school from 7:30 am to 8 am.  12 ounce smoothies will be $3.00 each and come in 3 flavors:  Strawberry Extreme, Mango-Fest and Angel Food (a blend of strawberries and bananas).  Please help support the Fifth Grade by buying a smoothie for yourself or your child. 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hosting a FREE Heads Up Football “Moms Football Safety Clinic” at One Buccaneer Place on Tuesday, March 31st (6pm-8pm). This will be an opportunity for local moms who have children interested in or currently playing youth football to learn more about concussion awareness, hydration, nutrition, and Heads Up Football tackling skills. The event will also feature a Moms Panel lead by Mrs. Chris Golic, wife of Mike Golic – former NFL player and host of ESPN’s Mike and Mike Show. (See flyer below for more details). 
 
Event website to RSVP –  www.buccaneers.com/momsc.  Please RSVP by March 20. 
Grady Elementary PTA is offering After School Enrichment Clubs for the 9 week period beginning the week of March 23 and ending the week of May 18. Each club will meet once a week on campus from 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm. The clubs offered are: Robotics Club for 3rd and 4th Graders, Chess Club for K to 4th Graders, and Dance Club for K to 5th Graders.

Grady Elementary is partnering with American Heart Association to bring you Jump Rope For Heart on February 27, 2015.  This event, which features exercise, information, and fun, will take place on campus.  Students will learn about how to make choices that lead to a healthy lifestyle and get to exercise by jumping rope.  The school will also benefit from this event because we will receive additional physical education equipment due to our participation.

You and your child can help promote heart health and Jump Rope For Heart by registering online to participate in the event. 

Once you register online you can tell your friends about your participation via social media and email.   If you wish, you can donate to the cause and collect prizes.  If you raise $5 for heart health, please send in a coupon from the JRFH materials (sent home in backpacks) to Coach Murrell, and your child will receive a Splatter Duck and a lanyard.  There are various prizes for additional donations, and if your child raises $50 or more, your child will receive a JRFH t-shirt.  Please return the JRFH materials or complete the online donations by February 27. If you have any questions about this great event, please email Coach Michelle Murrell at michelle.murrell@sdhc.k12.fl.us.

We will need volunteers to cheer the kids on, to turn ropes and provide water for Jump Rope For Heart!  Please consider volunteering.  Your time commitment can be as little as 55 minutes.  To see the full event schedule, the class times, and to volunteer for a specific duty and time, please click here: http://gradytigers.org/jump-rope-for-heart#.VNwjG_UNwA0.gmail.  Thanks to all of you who volunteer.  You make our school's events run very smoothly.

Time To Send In Box Tops!

February 12, 2015

Grady Elementary is having a Winter Box Tops Competition that ends on February 18, 2015.  Please start sending in clipped Box Tops in clear Ziploc-style bags with a maximum of 50 per bag.  In each bag, please include a slip of paper with your child’s name, grade level, teacher’s name, and the number of box tops.  Please send bags of box tops to school in homework folders or bring them to the front office.  Each clipped box top is worth 10 cents to our school.  The classroom that collects the most box tops wins a popsicle party.  

District Science Fair, 2015

February 12, 2015

The Hillsborough County District Science Fair was held on February 4 and 5, 2015.  Grady students Erin Eslick, Josh Sears, Olivia Matos, Hudson Beachy, and Chase Fenske each received an Award of Merit at the District Science Fair.  Grady Student Faith House received an Outstanding Award and won Third Place in the District Science Fair.  Congratulations to all of these students and their families for these terrific honors.   Pictured are Ms. Dosal, Ms. Campbell and Faith House wearing her Third Place medal. 

Tiger Trek Results

February 4, 2015

Thank you to all of the teachers, parents and students who made Tiger Trek a smashing success.  The kids enjoyed the beautiful weather, walked many laps and enjoyed giveaway items from the Tiger Trek sponsors. Tiger Trek made over $18,000.00 for Grady Elementary PTA.  This is a huge boost to our school and ensures that the enrichment programs, book programs and beautification programs that Grady Elementary PTA sponsors will all continue.  All of this money will be spent on enhancing the educational experience at Grady Elementary.  So, thank you very much! 

Thank you very much to all of you who volunteered for Tiger Trek.  It was your help that made the event fun and well organized.  We hope that the online volunteer registration service made it easy for you to sign up and participate in Tiger Trek.

The Tiger Trek individual winners and amounts raised are:  First Place:  Drew Bresnahan ($610.00); Second Place:  Daniel Kumm ($500.00); Third Place:  Kennedy Gilbert ($475.00); and Fourth Place:  Sydney Jackson ($300.00).  Congratulations, Drew, Daniel, Kennedy, and Sydney!

The top fundraising classes in each grade are:  Ms. Driggers ($294.00); Mr. Morrow ($536.00); Ms. Warren ($685.00); Ms. Oliva ($890.00); Ms. Trupp ($551.00); Ms. Webber ($1,217.00) and Mr. Lanier ($246.00).  All of these classes win a Sally O’Neal’s pizza party and Ms. Webber’s class wins Yogurtology Party.  Ms. Webber, as the teacher of the class with the most donations overall, wins a Crave Spa pedicure.

The top fundraising students in each grade are:  Kindergarten and Pre-K: Ethan Medoro; First Grade: Reese McCambridge; Second Grade: Drew Bresnahan; Third Grade: Sydney Jackson; Fourth Grade: Daniel Kumm; and Fifth Grade: Logan Pawelek.  Each top student wins a $25 Whole Foods gift card and a sports or art class from The Prep of South Tampa.

Congratulations to all Tiger Trek participants and winners!  To see the full list of prizes, please click here:  Tiger Trek Prizes.  All Tiger Trek prizes will come home with students in the next week or so.  The class parties have to be arranged with the teachers, so the dates of those parties are not yet determined.

During the Winter Concert, many people were amazed by detailed painting of Ms. Adams' class.  The painting of each student and of Ms. Adams was an immediate hit and several people asked about who made it.  The painting was painted by Alicia Campos Masso, an artist who got her start as a professional artist in New York City and now works in Tampa.  In addition to painting, she teaches children's art classes and Spanish classes.  If you are interested in learning more about her, seeing her other works or participating in the children's art classes or Spanish classes that she teaches in the Westshore area, please click here:  www.happy-industries.com.  You can also find her on facebook.com/happyindustrieshappyindustries or on her blog at happyindustriesartstudio.blogspot.com.

As we approach Tiger Trek, we want to thank each of you who has contributed and each student who will participate.  We are very close to our fundraising goals and we hope that we will continue to receive donations up to the conclusion of the event.  To register your child or donate please go to:  Tiger Trek Website.

All participants who have registered on the Tiger Trek Website by the end of today will be qualified for a drawing to win either an Orange Theory Fitness Pack, which includes 10 fitness classes at Orange Theory ($250 value), or a Color Me Mine Artist Experience, which includes admission, studio fees and pottery for two people ($50 value). 

Tiger Trek t-shirts will be distributed on Friday, January 30, the morning of Tiger Trek, by children’s teachers.  These t-shirts may be worn on Friday and every Friday or spirit day thereafter.  We hope your children love the t-shirts and other goodies that will be given away at Tiger Trek.

We would like to thank our Family Sponsors: The Bresnahan Family, The Figueredo Family, The Iles Family, The Lopez Family, The Lyons Family, The McCambridge Family, The Noznesky Family, The Rubio Family, The Ruiz Family, The Saste Family, and The Schentrup Family.  We would also like to thank our Gold sponsors:  Abdoney Orthodontics, After Hours Pediatrics, South Tampa Pediatric Dentistry –  Lesley Rudolph DMD,  and State Farm Agent Jim Cornwell.  And thank you to our Silver Sponsors:   Academic Aftercare, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Mathnasium, Pediatric Dental Center, South Tampa Kids Dental Krewe, and Whole Foods.  We also have many wonderful in-kind sponsors.  A complete list of our sponsors, with links to their websites, is here: Sponsor List

We still need a few more volunteers help out and cheer on our students.  Your commitment to volunteer can be as little as 55 minutes.  We will serve our volunteers hot Kahwa coffee in the morning and delicious PDQ chicken tenders for lunch, as well as other snacks, so you won’t go hungry.  To see a complete event schedule and volunteer online, please click here:  Volunteer

Tiger Trek Update

January 23, 2015

Tiger Trek is coming up on January 30!  Please consider volunteering for this event and cheering on your child! Your Commitment to volunteer can be as little as 55 minutes. To see the event schedule and volunteer, please click herehttp://gradytigers.org/index.cfm?p=2015-walk-a-thon-volunteer-form.

Currently 45% of our Grady students have participated by submitting donations for Tiger Trek. It is not too late to register your child! You can do so online at tigertrek.dojiggy.com. Grady PTA can still reach our goal if every child raises $35 in donations. Please help make our goal a reality.

We have a limited number of additional Tiger Trek T-shirts still available for students who submit envelopes or online donations of $35 or more between now and the day of the event.    

Tiger Trek T-shirts will be distributed in class by teachers on the morning of Tiger Trek.   

Thus far, Tiger Trek fundraising has been robust, with the fourth grade in the lead and with Ms. Webber’s class looking most likely to win the Yogurtology party.  There is still time to change the results!  Remember the top class in each grade wins a pizza party!   A list of the current top earning Tiger Trek classes and students is as follows:

Top 5 classes overall

Ms. Webber $1,182

Ms. Dickens  $800

Ms. Oliva  $645

Ms. Doremus  $520

Ms. Warren  $490

These are not final results and are subject to change any time before the conclusion of Tiger Trek.  Thank you so much to all of you for these fantastic results.

Inclusiveness and equality are important at Grady Elementary.  We want to ensure our school makes everyone feel welcome and that every student receives an excellent educational experience.  Please take a minute to review the School District's Statement of Non-Discrimination Policy.  It is critically important that we all abide by this policy.  Please direct any questions about the policy to the school or Mr. West, whose contact information is listed below. 

 Statement of Non-Discrimination Policy

The School District of Hillsborough County does not discriminate nor tolerate harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability or marital status in its educational programs, services or activities, or in its hiring or employment practices; and it will take immediate action to eliminate such harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. Any student(s) or employee(s) found to have engaged in acts of harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability or marital status will be promptly disciplined. Such discipline may include, if circumstances warrant, suspension or expulsion for students, or suspension or termination for employees. 

All school personnel, students, and parents are expected to work together to prevent harassment. Should you believe you or another individual has been subjected to harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability or marital status, you should report the harassment to your school or to:

 Mark West, General Manager of Employee Relations

Division of Human Resources

901 East Kennedy Boulevard

Tampa, FL 33602

(813) 272-4227

mark.west@sdhc.k12.us

 

Grady Elementary PTA Family Night at PDQ January 22

Before or after your family attends Unlock the Treasures of Reading, please also attend Family Night at PDQ!  PDQ is hosting Grady Family Night  on Thursday, January 22, 2015, from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm at their South Tampa location (2207 South Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33629; restaurant tel: (813) 254-7373).  PDQ will donate a portion of all Grady-related sales to Grady PTA.  To ensure we get credit for your purchase,  please mention at the register that you are there in support of Grady.

Grady's Tiger Trek Walkathon is coming up on Friday, January 30.  T-shirts will be given away on the day of the Walkathon to each student who raises at least $35 by this Friday, January 16.   

To be eligible to receive a Tiger Trek T-shirt on the day of Tiger Trek, simply register at Tiger Trek website and collect $35 in funds through the website before January 16, 2015 AND/OR send in the white Tiger Trek donation envelope in your child’s backpack.  If you can’t find the envelope, additional Tiger Trek fundraising envelopes are available in the front office of the schoolAny combination of donations through the website or envelope that equals or exceeds $35 submitted on or before January 16, 2015, will entitle your child to a Tiger Trek t-shirt. 

T-shirts will be distributed on the morning of Tiger Trek and they can be worn for all spirit days for this year and each year thereafter. 

So, if your child would like to wear a Tiger Trek t-shirt on the day of the event, please send in your envelopes or register your child and collect $35 in donations by January 16, 2015.  To ensure that your child receives the proper size t-shirt, please write in the child’s youth t-shirt size on the envelope (there is no particular place to write this, so just write it anywhere).  Or, if you register on the site, please choose a size from the shirt size selection bar at the bottom of the page.

Students who raise more than $35 after January 16 are still going to be given a Tiger Trek T-shirt, but depending on when the donations are submitted, the T-shirt might not be available on the morning of Tiger Trek.  To be certain that your child has a Tiger Trek shirt on the day of the event, please submit the envelope and/or website donations by this Friday, January 16, 2015.  

Please contact VP of Fundraising Jessica Schentrup with any questions at gradyptafundraising@gmail.com.

Yearbook Orders

December 11, 2014

It is Yearbook time!  Don't miss out on all the wonderful memories of this year.  Order yours now.  The best way to place an order is online at: ybpay.lifetouch.com using our Grady ID Code: 11885215. 

Also, if you have pictures of school events that you would like to see in the yearbook, please email the photos to our Yearbook Advisor, Janella Enajibi, at yearbook@gradytigers.org with or without the names of the people pictured.  

Thank you very much to all the families who came out to the Grady Night of Reading at Barnes & Noble this past Friday.  The event was so much fun.  Thank you so much to our teacher-readers, Ms. Weathers, Ms. Boyle, Ms. LaCrosse, Ms. Oliva, Ms. Ward, Ms. Sandoval, Mr. Florio and Mr. Tsourakis.  The stories you read, and the animated way that you read them, enthralled the many children who came to listen.  To see some pictures of this wonderful event, please click here: http://gradytigers.org/grady-night-of-reading.  Barnes & Noble is going to donate approximately $870 in books to Grady Elementary. 

Families of third, fourth and fifth graders, please practice your spelling words for this week’s in-class spelling competition.  The winner from each class will win a Grady Spelling Bee T-shirt and a Yogurtology gift card, and will proceed to the school-wide competition on December 17.  The top three winners of the school-wide competition will win beautiful trophies, pictured here: http://gradytigers.org/2014/12/prepare-for-the-grady-spelling-bee. The Grady school champion will proceed to represent Grady at the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee (payment of the registration fee for the regional event is included in the first prize).  For any questions, please email Grady Spelling Bee Committee Chair, Suzan Kumm, at SpellingBee@gradytigers.org.  

We hope you are getting excited about the Grady Winter Concert this Thursday, December 11.  We are having a Bake Sale at the Winter Concert, so please consider baking or buying sweets for the event.  Please bring the baked goods, individually wrapped if possible, to the front office on or before 2 pm on Thursday.  We need help setting up chairs at 8 am on Thursday and help breaking down the chairs at 7 pm and later on Thursday.  We would greatly appreciate your help for 30 minutes to an hour to help set up and break down the chairs for the event.  To volunteer to help, please email VP of Volunteers, Chely Sierra, at Volunteers@gradytigers.org.  For questions about the event, please email VP of Events, Jennifer Narvaes, at Events@gradytigers.org.  Also please bring your checkbook or credit card to purchase a panel of the new Grady perimeter fence.  For more information about the fence, please click here: http://gradytigers.org/grady-fence.  To purchase a panel with a credit card, please click here:  https://gradytigers.org/purchase-a-panel-form.

At the Winter Concert, you will have the chance to bid in a silent auction on Grady class projects.  To see a list of the class projects and pictures of the class projects that have been completed thus far, please click here: http://gradytigers.org/winter-projects.  The Silent Auction will begin at 5 p.m. and end at 6:30 pm, bids may be increased in $5 increments.  Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the event.  You do not need to be present to win.  Results will be posted on the website and included in a future Tiger Talk blast email.   

We will also feature a raffle of one-pound tins of Giannios fine chocolates, with 25 to be given away.  These gorgeously packaged and delicious fine chocolates make wonderful gifts, and will be available for raffle, $1/ticket or purchase a pack of 7 tickets for $5.  To see a picture and read about the chocolates, please click here:   http://gradytigers.org/2014/12/winter-concert-raffle.  These chocolates have been donated by the family of Bear and Grayson Nicola.  Thank you to the Nicola Family.

Are you wondering what your child’s teacher may like during the holidays?  Then please consult the teacher profiles on the Grady website: http://gradytigers.org/grades.  These very handy profiles will tell you the hobbies, favorite drink and restaurant of your child’s teacher.  Why guess what your child’s teacher will like?  You can know by checking the website.  You can also see profiles for administration and specialists by clicking the button for “Faculty and Staff” on the Grady website home page.  

Finally, our largest, most exciting fundraiser walk-a-thon, Tiger Trek, is coming on January 30, 2015. Sign-up your child on our newly launched Tiger Trek 2015 website and receive two free smoothie coupons compliments of Xtreme Juice (while supplies last). Registration is always free.  If you are interested in becoming a Family Sponsor for Tiger Trek, please visit tigertrek.dojiggy.com. 

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday!  If you have any questions, please send a return email to me, VP of Communications Ellen Lyons, at communications@gradytigers.org

The Grady Spelling Bee is coming! Written spellingcompetitions will occur in each classroom on December 10 and the school-wide competition featuring the winner from each class will occur on December 17, at 8:30 am on stage in the cafeteria.  All class winners will receive a certificate of award a Spelling Bee T-shirt and a Yogurtology gift card.  The school-wide first, second and third place winners will receive trophies.  The school champion will proceed to represent Grady at the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee (payment of the registration fee for the regional event is included in the first prize).  We are very excited about the Spelling Bee and we hope you join in our excitement!  For any questions, please email Grady Spelling Bee Committee Chair, Suzan Kumm, at SpellingBee@gradytigers.org

Giannios 1 lb. Tins with Chocolates 
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Flavors Assorted

Cherry Cream, Dark Marshmallow, Dark Raspberry Cream, Double Dark Silk, English Toffee, French Mint Melt-Away, Haystack, Marshmallow, Peanut Butter Melt-Away, Peanut Cluster, Pecan Snapper, Peppermint Patties, Pretzel Clouds and Sea Salt Caramel



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  • Each flavor contains or may contain soy, milk, egg, wheat, peanuts and tree nuts
  • Family owned and operated business
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  • Enjoy delicious specialty chocolates made by master confectioners
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  • Packaged in 5 holiday-theme tins 
  • 0 trans fat
  • Made in USA

These delightful chocolates have been donated by the family of Bear and Grayson Nicola.  Thank you, Nicola Family.

 

Please Come Join Grady PTA at Barnes & Noble for A night of reading, crafts and fun!

The Grady Barnes & Noble Bookfair will take place on Friday, December 5, 2014 from 4 pm until 7:30 pm.  Guest readers will read to kids, and there will a craft table for kids to make a craft.   Mrs. Ward will read The Elf on the Shelf; Mr. Florio will read How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Then at 7 pm, Mr. Tsourakis will read The Polar Express.  Complimentary hot cocoa and cookies will be served at 7:15 pm

Plus, gift wrapping by PTA members of any item purchased at Barnes & Noble in exchange for a donation will be available from 4pm – 7pm

If you shop in person or online any time between Dec. 4 and Dec. 7, and use Code/ID 11498417 at checkout, 15-25% of your purchase will be returned to Grady Elementary. Also, during this promotion, B&N members with membership card will get 10% discount, and teachers with an educator’s card will get a 20% discount.

We hope to see you there!

Visit BN.COM/bookfairs to support us online from 12/04/2014 to 12/07/2014 by entering Book Fair ID11498417 at checkout.

**Must use ID /code 11498417 at checkout in order for Grady to receive credit for your purchase.**

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Welcome back after a long holiday break. We have many events coming up before Winter Break starts.  We hope that you and your families can join us for these wonderful events. 

This Friday, December 5, from 4 pm to 7:30 pm, please join us at Barnes & Noble Booksellers located at 213 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. for a Night of Reading.  Guest readers will read to kids, and there will a craft table for kids to make a craft.  Mr. Tsourakis, Mrs. Ward, Mr. Florio and Ms. Oliva are among our special guest readers.  The evening will be capped off by a special reading of The Polar Express by Mr. Tsourakis at 7 pm.  At 7:15, complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will be served.  This promises to be a fun night of reading for the whole family.  So please come out to enjoy a night of family fun and reading with your Grady friends.  For more information about this event, please click here: http://gradytigers.org/2014/12/grady-night-of-reading-at-barnes-noble   

Barnes & Noble will also be donating between 15 and 25% of any sales that occur any time between December 4 and 7 to Grady, if you use the code 11498417 at checkout.  We will have extra copies of this code printed on flyers at the event, or you can simply pull this email or the website flyer up on your phone http://gradytigers.org/_cache/files/8046b36a-0a0e-407d-9b7d-642b2795dbbd/bookfair.png in order to have the code ready at checkout.  Gift wrapping by PTA members of any item purchased at Barnes & Noble in exchange for a donation will be available from 4 pm – 7 pm. 

Good luck to Grady students in the fourth and fifth grades as they compete in the Math Bowl, this Friday, December 5.  This Friday is also the day the fourth grade travels to St. Augustine, Florida for a field trip.  Because this is going to be a very busy week, we will NOT have a Doughnut sale on Friday, December 5

We hope students in the third, fourth and fifth grades are preparing for the Grady Spelling Bee. Written spelling competitions will occur in each classroom on December 10 and the school-wide competition featuring the winner from each class will occur on December 17, at 8:30 am on stage in the cafeteria.  All class winners will receive a certificate of award a Spelling Bee T-shirt and a Yogurtology gift card.  The school-wide first, second and third place winners will receive trophies.  The school champion will proceed to represent Grady at the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee (payment of the registration fee for the regional event is included in the first prize).  We are very excited about the Spelling Bee and we hope you join in our excitement!  For more information click here: http://gradytigers.org/2014/11/grady-spelling-bee-coming-in-december.  For any questions, please email Grady Spelling Bee Committee Chair, Suzan Kumm, at SpellingBee@gradytigers.org

The Winter Concert and display of science projects is set for Thursday, December 11.  Science Fair projects are available for viewing at 5 pm.  The PTA general meeting will start at 5:30 pm and will be followed by the concert.  Please look forward to a beautiful concert and to the presentation of class projects that will be available for silent auction.  Also please bring your checkbook to purchase a panel of the new Grady perimeter fence.  For more information about the fence, please click here: http://gradytigers.org/grady-fence.    

It is Yearbook time! You don't want to miss out on these precious Grady memories. Order by December 19th to ensure you will get your copy and also to lock in the price. Orders placed after this date will be at a higher price. The best way to place an order is online at: ybpay.lifetouch.com  using our Grady ID Code: 11885215.  Paper order forms were sent home about a month ago if you cannot order online.  Extra paper forms are available in the school office.  Don't wait - be sure to place your order today!  

If you take pictures at the Winter Concert or have pictures of the Fall Festival, Thanksgiving event or other school events, please consider submitting them to appear in the Grady Yearbook.  Just email the photos to our yearbook coordinator at yearbook@gradytigers.org  with or without the names of the people pictured. 

Lastly, a big thank you to the people who participated in Great American Teach In on November 20.  It was wonderful to see so many people sharing their interests and inspiring students.  Grady did get some news coverage during Great American Teach In.  The news coverage was combined with some good news about Mrs. Ward’s husband, Eric Ward, Assistant Chief of Tampa Police Department.  To read the article and the good news, please click here:  http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/tampas-new-assistant-chief-a-quiet-storm-in-police-work/2208376.  Congratulations to the Ward family!

It is Yearbook time! You don't want to miss out on precious Grady memories. Order by December 19th to ensure you will get your copy and also to lock in the price. Orders placed after this date will be at a higher price. The best way to place an order is online at: ybpay.lifetouch.com using our Grady ID Code: 11885215.  Paper order forms were sent home about a month ago if you cannot order online.  Extra paper forms are available in the school office.  Don't wait - be sure to place your order today!  

If you want to add pictures to the yearbook, please email the photos to our yearbook coordinator at yearbook@gradytigers.org  with or without the names of the people pictured.  

Please come and join us the evening of December 11, 2014 from 5pm - 7pm.  We will be having the following events:

  • 5:00pm
    • Science Fair Project viewing in Lunchroom
    • Vendors
      • Smoothie King
      • Good Shepherd
      • Teamwork Imported Sportswear
      • Urban Shield Art
  • 5:15pm
    • Bake Sale with coffee and hot chocolate
    • Silent Auction of class projects
      • gradytigers.org/winter-projects
      • Cash, checks, and Visa/Mastercard accepted
  • 5:30pm
    • General PTA meeting
  • 6:00pm
    • Winter Concert
**If you would like to donate to the bake sale, please have your bake goods (preferably individually wrapped) in the front office by 2pm on December 11, 2014.

Grady Dads, please join us for the Dad’s Night on Tuesday, November 18 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, located at 1901 S. Dale Mabry Hwy.  Please come by for pizza, drinks and conversation with other Grady Dads.  The Grady Dads will have an area within Anthony’s set aside for the Dad’s Night Out event.  A portion of your purchases will benefit the school.  If you have any questions you can send a reply email or an email to Outreach@gradytigers.org.    Anthony’s will also continue to donate 20% of all proceeds from Grady family purchases made on Tuesdays in November.  For more information on the Anthony’s Family Nights in November, please click here:  http://gradytigers.org/2014/11/tuesday-night-pizza-to-support-grady

 

Get ready for the Grady Spelling Bee!  The Grady Spelling Bee, which is part of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is coming soon!

Letters about the Grady Spelling Bee have gone home to all 3rd through 5th grade students.  Please save the letter because it has an attachment with the official list of spelling words for your students to practice.  Scripps National Spelling Bee prohibits the publication of the spelling words list on any website, so the spelling words are only available in paper format.   Written spellingcompetitions will occur in each classroom on December 10 and the school-wide competition featuring the winner from each class will occur on December 17, at 8:30 am on stage in the cafeteria.  All class winners will receive a certificate of award, and the school-wide first, second and third place winners will receive trophies.  The school champion will proceed to represent Grady at the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee.  We are very excited about the Spelling Bee and we hope you join in our excitement!  For any questions, please email Grady Spelling Bee Committee Chair, Suzan Kumm, at SpellingBee@gradytigers.org

Grady Elementary Principal, Kristine Dosal, is featured in Fox 13 News program's Extraordinary Ordinaries, for her lifelong connection to Grady Elementary.  This is an especially nice honor during National Principal Appreciation month.  To sse the video, cut and paste the link below into your browser: 

http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/26854016/extraordinary-ordinaries-principals-special-connection-to-school 




FOX 13 News

Now is the time to sign up to volunteer at the Fall Festival!   There are booths put on by each grade and booths put on by the PTA.  To sign up online, please click here:

Kindergarten Booths:  http://gradytigers.org/kindergarten-booth-volunteers

First Grade Booths: http://www.volunteerspot.com/group/826323290044#!/show 

Second Grade Booths: http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/19781182000

Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade Booths:  Email Chely Sierra at Volunteers@gradytigers.org

PTA Booths: http://gradytigers.org/2014-fall-festival-volunteers

Please consider volunteering for a shift so that the festival runs smoothly and all of our children get to enjoy the maximum number of games and events.  Most kids enjoy seeing their parents involved in school activities.  If you have questions, you can send a return email to me, Ellen Lyons at Communications@gradytigers.org.  Please be sure to log your volunteer hours in the front office computer at a time when the office is open. 

If you have not yet submitted a SERVE volunteer information form (sent home the very first day of school), please click here to print the form and return it to the office: http://gradytigers.org/_cache/files/36e1e08f-6673-4de7-9132-286cc54ad7f0/serve-form-2014-15.pdf.

We are looking forward to a wonderful festival!  Please bring cash for the bake sale, grill items, Bucs Cheerleader pictures and to purchase items from vendors.  For a complete list of the booths, bounce houses, guest appearances and vendors please click:  http://gradytigers.org/events?EventInstance_id=2ffad279-f8df-4779-9ef6-083e434b3991.  

Also, please bring your checkbook so that you can dedicate a panel of Grady’s new perimeter fence to your family, students or business.  Each donation of $250 to the new fence gets the donor a 4”x8” plaque that allows you to name your family’s, student’s, or business’s name to the new perimeter fence.  For more information, please click here: http://gradytigers.org/grady-fence.

Game tickets are $1, Food items are $1 and wristbands for unlimited bouncing, rock climbing, games, popcorn and snow cones will be on sale at the event for $25 each.  Children under 2 play for free, but cannot collect prizes as they may be choking hazards.  

Everyone who pre-purchased a wristband should have received an email from VP of Events, Jennifer Narvaes, to confirm the purchase and to let you know to pick up your wristbands at the event.  If you have any questions about wristbands, please email Events@gradytigers.org.

Thanks for your time in helping make this a wonderful event for our Grady Families.

Finally, we have a video suggestion for you.  Grady Elementary Principal, Kristine Dosal, is featured on a Fox 13 News program called Extraordinary Ordinaries.   The program, which focuses on Mrs. Dosal’s lifelong connection to Grady Elementary, aired this morning on Fox 13 News.  It will likely air again this evening and tonight during the late night news.   You can watch the video here:  http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/26854016/extraordinary-ordinaries-principals-special-connection-to-school.  If you enjoy the video, please let us know! 

See you FRIDAY!

Fundraising Merchandise pick up will take place Thursday, October 16 in the morning, afternoon and evening.  Here are the times and places for pick up:

Morning: From 7:30 am until 8:00 am in the school cafeteria

Afternoon: From 1:45 pm until 2:30 pm in the school cafeteria

Evening:  From 5 pm to 6 pm, at the side gate near the cafeteria (where you enter for YMCA pick up)

For any questions about fundraising merchandise pick up, or to schedule a special pick up of a large order, please email VP of Fundraising, Jessica Schentrup, at GradyPTAFundraising@gmail.com.

17 students won a limosuine ride to lunch at PDQ. The Lunch in a Limo event will take place November 4.

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FALL FESTIVAL takes place on Friday, October 24, from 5 pm to 7:30 pm on campus.  Discounted unlimited game, snow cone and popcorn wristbands are still available for purchase up to 3 days before the event.  Wristbands as well as single game tickets ($1 each) will be on sale at the event.  You can pre-order a wristband by sending in this form: http://gradytigers.org/_cache/files/b6e4a2a5-72ee-4f55-bc88-8b32fb6c4991/wristband-preorder-form.pdf.   

For more information about the Fall Festival, the booths, the activities and a map of the games and events, please click here:  http://gradytigers.org/events?EventInstance_id=2ffad279-f8df-4779-9ef6-083e434b3991 (event description) and http://gradytigers.org/_cache/files/e6b2edaa-3f87-42ba-a935-fc20f6278990/2014-fall-festival-booth-locations.pdf (map of event locations).  If you have any questions about this event, please email VP of Events, Jennifer Narvaes, at Events@gradytigers.org.  

If you haven’t already signed up to help with the Fall Festival, please click here:  Volunteer Station - Grady Elementary.  Although the computer in the front office school will not be on during Fall Festival, please do remember to log volunteer your time in the school’s computer.  Volunteer hours from our families helps Grady compete for volunteerism awards.  If you have any questions about volunteering, please email VP of Volunteers, Chely Sierra, at Volunteers@gradytigers.org.

You now have a chance to put your family, business or student name on a plaque on the new Grady perimeter fence.  For a $250 tax deductible donation, you can select your message or dedication and have it displayed on Grady’s Fence.  For more information, please click here: http://gradytigers.org/grady-fence.

We have already begun planning for Tiger Trek, the Grady Walkathon and our biggest fundraiser of the school year, scheduled for January 30, 2015.  To ensure we have a successful Tiger Trek, please consider joining our planning committee.  We are looking for help with organizing the event and obtaining sponsors.   We are having two Tiger Trek Planning Meetings, both on Tuesday October 21.  One meeting in the morning at 8:15 am at Kahwa Coffee (3928 Henderson Blvd.).  We will also have an evening meeting at 6 pm (feel free to come by as early as 5:30pm) at Carmel Café (3601 W Swann Ave.).  Carmel will be offering food and beverage specials during the time of this meeting.  So, if you can help, please come to one of the meetings.  For questions or to RSVP, please email VP of Fundraising, Jessica Schentrup, at GradyPTAFundraising@gmail.com.

The Storybook Parade will take place on Friday, October 31, at 8:30 am.  Please do not park at the Post Office that is down the street from the school.  Please be ready to enjoy some free coffee, compliments of Grady PTA  and buy doughnuts that will be available in front of the school.

Picture Retakes are October 28.  Red Ribbon Week (Say NO to Drugs Week) takes place October 27 - October 30 and there will be a series of fun events that week.

If you have any questions regarding these topics, please send an email to Communications@gradytigers.org.

Fall Festival 2014

October 10, 2014

Fall Festival will be on October 24, 2014 from 5:00pm - 7:30pm.  To make Fall Festival successful, we are looking for parent volunteers.  We are looking for volunteers for set up, clean up, help with your classroom booths, bounce houses, obstacle course, snow cones, popcorn, grills, etc.  Shifts for the PTA booths are 45 minutes.  You can sign up at https://www.gradytigers.org/2014-fall-festival-volunteers .  Also wristband pre-sale ends October 21, 2014.  Wristbands are available day of the Fall Festival for $25 and tickets are $1 each.

Grady Elementary PTA invites you to become a special part of Grady Elementary School. Help us install Grady's Fence one panel at a time.

Grady Elementary School will be installing a new perimeter fence, a $105,412 project, on the north, east, and south side. The support we have received over the last few years will enable us to start the first phase, $25,076, which consists of the north side (Front of the School). This is projected to start in October 2014. The perimeter fence will give Grady a new face lift and enhance security for our children. To expedite the improvement, Gray Elementary PTA is holding a "Purchase-A-Panel" fundraiser, in which contributors can honor a student, coach, teacher, or family by having their name inscripted on a plaque. A $250 contribution will go toward an 8ft. panel and a 4" X 8" plaque's inscription of up to three lines, 12 characters per line. Once we sell at least 80 panels, we are able to continue the second phase with the east side.

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Grady Moms, please come out this Thursday, October 9 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm for the Mom’s Night Out at Kona Grill, 4134 W Boy Scout Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607 (restaurant telephone number is (813) 877-5938).  Please come out to enjoy a night off and meet other Grady Moms.  For questions or to RSVP, please reply to this email (communications@gradytigers.org).

Next, please consider signing up for the Great American Teach In, set for Thursday, November 20, during the school day. Students will love to hear from you, no matter what topic you present.  To sign up, please print and fill out the linked form: http://gradytigers.org/americanteach-in and return it to the school in your child’s homework folder.  If you have any questions, please contact Guidance Counselor, Nancy Barra, at Nancy.Barra@sdhc.k12.fl.us.  If you volunteer, please don’t forget to log your volunteer hours in the computer in the front office of the school.  Our school won an award for volunteerism last year and we’d like to win it again this year.

Fall Festival is coming up!  Grady’s Fall Festival will be held on Friday, October 24, from 5 pm to 7:30 pm on campus.  This year’s Fall Festival will feature 2 bounce houses, games, face painting, fire trucks from Tampa Fire Department, snow cones and more.  We hope that you will join us.  Children’s wristbands, which entitle them to unlimited games, bounces, pop corn and snow cones are available for $20 for the first child and $15 for each additional child if purchased before the festival.  Children aged 2 and under play for free.  Children do not have to be Grady students to take advantage of the wristband deal.  So, please bring your friends and family to enjoy a great evening.  We also need volunteers, for very short shifts to help the Festival run smoothly.  To sign up to volunteer at the Fall Festival, please click here: 2014 Fall Festival Volunteers - Grady Elementary.

LegoLand Florida has discounted admission for PTA members from now through the end of 2014.  Tickets are just $30 each for both children and adults.  You don’t need your PTA number or card to claim the deal and you can use it for the upcoming Brick or Treat events that are occurring in October.  To take advantage of this benefit, please click here:  http://www.floridapta.org/ and click on the LegoLand banner.

Grady Mom and Grady Dad shirts are now available for purchase at Teamwork Imprinted Sportswear.  To see the shirts as well as Grady hair bows and knapsacks, please click here: http://gradytigers.org/grady-t-shirts.

The Box Top deadline is October 15.  Please send in your Box Tops now.

The next Homeroom Parents Meeting is Tuesday, October 14, at Kahwa Coffee, at 8:15 am. We will be going over the final details for the Fall Festival.   

Grady PTA welcomes new VP of Sponsorship Sarah Boyd.  Sarah can be reached at Sponsorships@gradytigers.org.

Also, if you are wondering when school field trips will occur, here is a list of confirmed field trips so that you can put them on your calendar.  Additional field trips are being scheduled and we will email the dates once they are confirmed.

October 9, 2014 - 1st Grade, Ferguson Hall, Math Rocks

October 24, 2014 - Pre-K/EELP, Tampa Bay Women’s Center

November 6, 2014 - K, Tampa Theatre, Cinderella Confidential

November 19, 2014 - 2nd Grade, Ferguson Hall, School House Rock!

December 5, 2014 - 4th Grade, St. Augustine Road Trip

February 26, 2015 - 3rd Grade, Ferguson Hall, MatheMagic!

April 24, 2015 - 1st Grade, Lowry Park Zoo

April 29, 2015 - 4th Grade, Florida Orchestra

May 15, 2015 - 5th Grade, Busch Gardens

Please sign up to teach at the Great American Teach In on Thursday, November 20, during the school day. Students will love to hear from you, no matter what topic you present.  To sign up, please print and fill out the linked form: http://gradytigers.org/americanteach-in or print the PDF below and return it to the school in your child’s homework folder.  If you have not already filled out a SERVE form (needed to voluteer) please click here: http://gradytigers.org/?a=Files.Serve&File_id=36e1e08f-6673-4de7-9132-286cc54ad7f0.  If you have any questions, please contact Guidance Counselor, Nancy Barra, at Nancy.Barra@sdhc.k12.fl.us.

Time To Send In Box Tops!

September 30, 2014

Grady Elementary is having a Fall Box Tops Competition that ends on October 15, 2014.  Please start sending in Box Tops For Education clipped from a variety of products into school via homework folders or bring them to the front office.  Each box top is worth 10 cents to our school.  

Please send your clipped box tops in clear Ziploc-style bags with a maximum of 50 per bag.   Please include a slip of paper with your child’s name, grade level, teacher’s name and the number of box tops. 

The classroom that collects with the most box tops as of October 15, 2014, wins a party and the student bringing in the most box tops wins two passes to Playgrounds of Tampa, an indoor bounce house and party center located near Gandy Blvd.  

Grandparents, please come shop at the book fair with your Grady student on Friday, September 26 and enjoy a doughnut compliments of Grady Elementary Media Center.

Calling all Grady Moms!  Want a fun-filled night off and a chance to meet other Grady Moms?  Please join us at Kona Grill, 4134 W Boy Scout Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607 (restaurant telephone number is (813) 877-5938) for food, drinks and conversation.  The Mom’s Night Out is set for Thursday, October 9, 2014, starting at around 6:30 pm and ending around 9:30 pm.  We hope to see you there.  An RSVP to communications@gradytigers.org, is not necessary, but is appreciated.

The Fall Fundraiser now includes a new catalog. The deadline to return orders for the Fall Fundraiser is now Monday, September 15. Family Night will take place at Yogurtology on September 17.

First day of school!

August 19, 2014

Principal Mrs. Dosal and Asst. Principal Mr. Campbell
August 19, 2014 was the first day of school. The PTA served coffee in the front of the school and hosted the Tiger Tears event for parents whose children are new to the school.

Open House Information

August 15, 2014

Welcome to Open House

Dear Grady Parents,

This Friday is Open House at Grady Elementary where you can come meet your teachers and all of the wonderful staff!  Open House begins at 5pm.  Below is a list of additional activities that will be available during the Open House.

  1. Teamwork will be on site selling the new Grady uniform shirt with logo and spirit shirts.

  2. For $20 each the PTA will be selling bundled school supplies.

  3. There will be a FREE uniform swap.

  4. The YMCA staff will be available to provide after school care information.

  5. Three (3) Food Trucks will be parked in the car loop for those wanting dinner (Burger Culture, Whatever Pops and Ain't No Thang)

  6. The PTA has a goal of 100% parent participation this year! Single membership is $6. Dual membership is $10. Everyone who signs up for the PTA will receive a FREE car magnet!


    Magnets

  

Grady Elementary has a new logo for its uniform shirts.  You can have your plain shirts embroidered with the logo or buy already made shirts at Teamwork Imprinted Sportswear, 2403 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33629 (across the street from Plant High School), tel: (813) 258-0331.  Kids’ Polos are $15 + tax.  Teamwork is open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm.
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Dear Members of the Grady Elementary Community,

Thank you for a fun and exciting school year.  It has been the pleasure of our PTA board to serve the school and to help our members enhance the educational experience of all Grady Elementary students.

One more message about yearbooks.  There are still a few yearbooks available for purchase, first come first serve, for $25 each.  If you are interested in buying one, please go to the front office. 

Also a quick message about magazine renewals.  If you have magazines that you would like to renew (whether you subscribed to them during the Fall Fundraiser or not), you can renew your magazine subscriptions and still support Grady at the same time.  If you go to this website, http://gaschoolstore.com/Store/Storefront?t=a863465b-14fb-4009-8c3a-850093a7e19f, you can renew your magazine subscriptions now and Grady will get credit for our upcoming Fall Fundraiser. 

This is the last Grady PTA email to the members of the 2013-2014 PTA.  If you are interested in staying on this email list for the next year, please send a return email to me, VP of Communications, Ellen Lyons, at GradyPTACommunications@gmail.com.  

If your students are returning to Grady Elementary, we hope you will rejoin the PTA, and we will see you at the Grady Elementary Open House on Friday, August 15, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  We hope you have a safe and happy summer!

Sincerely,

Grady Elementary PTA

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Dear Members of the Grady Elementary Community,
 
We hope you had a nice holiday weekend and are gearing up for summer.  This is Spirit Week at Grady Elementary and the themes are as follows: 

Tuesday: Favorite Sport Day;
Wednesday:  Crazy Hair Day;
Thursday: Mix and Match Day;
Friday:  Twin Day. 

Spirit Week wraps up on Friday May 30, 2014 from 2 pm to 7 pm, with an ice cream-themed Family Fundraising Event at d’Lites Emporium, 1906 S. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33629 (across the street from Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza; store tel: (813) 251-5222; information about the event: http://gradytigers.org/spirit-night).     Please come by after school or later in the day to enjoy some delicious ice cream.  To ensure that 15% is donated back to Grady Elementary, please bring and present the d'Lites flyer for this event.   A copy of the d'Lites flyer is coming home in backpacks, but you can share this link with your family and friends or print more copies of the flier from the Grady Elementary website at http://gradytigers.org/_cache/files/f2619ee5-2f95-4ad8-80e0-b05c7674c502/dlitesflyer.pdf.

We are having a last call for Box Tops on Tuesday, June 3.  Please send in your clipped box tops in clear Ziploc-style bags (maximum 50 per bag) in your student’s homework folder, on or before June 3.
 
A few of the raffled baskets from the Spring Musical have not yet been claimed.  If you have the winning ticket for these items listed below, please bring it to the front office to claim your prize:
 
Ticket Number 1038614 wins the MOSI basket
Ticket Number 9784137 wins the Tae Kwan Do basket
Ticket Number 9784196 wins the Barnes & Noble basket
Ticket Number 9784127 wins the Boys Messenger Bag Book Bag
 
Yearbooks are coming!  Yearbooks will be distributed prior to the Yearbook Signing, which is Monday, June 2 from 8:15 am to 9:15 am.  If you have any questions about yearbooks, please contact Grady Elementary PTA Yearbook Coordinator, Janneth Romero at gradytiger_yb@yahoo.com.  If you have any questions about the other events, please email GradyPTACommunications@gmail.com.  Thanks and have a great week.
 
Sincerely,
Grady Elementary PTA

Mrs. Dosal PTA Award
On May 13, 2014, Grady Principal, Kristine Dosal, was awarded the Hillsborough County PTA Elementary School Principal of the Year Award for 2013-2014. In addition to having our school win the Principal of the Year Award, Grady Elementary PTA won the following awards: Volunteer Hours Award, Grandparent Gold Membership Award, Golden Participation Award and Golden Early Bird Award.
Star Teacher Appreciation Week
We would like to show our appreciation for our teachers and staff by taking them to "Hollywood." We have several events planned to honor our teachers and staff and we would like you and your child’s help to make it unforgettable. Also, please don't forget the front office, custodial and cafeteria teams.
Magnets
We have excellent news. We have developed a new non-peel car magnet with Grady’s new logo and website name. The magnets are 4 inches by 6 inches and oval. They are guaranteed not to peel by Teamwork Imprinted Sportswear (they are a silkscreen, painted-on magnet as opposed to a sticker on top of a magnet).
PDQ Family Night
Please come support our school’s family night this Thursday, April 3 from 5-8 pm at PDQ, located at 2207 S. Dale Mabry Highway. Please mention Grady Elementary when you order and a portion of your purchase will be donated to our school.
PTA Leadership 2013-14
Grady Elementary PTA is also hosting a meeting for persons interested in serving on committees or on the board of the 2014-15 PTA on Wednesday, April 2, at 8:00 am at Kahwah Coffee 3928 W. Henderson Blvd.

March 2014 Newsletter

March 24, 2014

Kindergarten Round Up PTA
Attached please find the March 2014 Grady Gazette. If you have any questions or comments about the information presented in the Grady Gazette, please send a reply email to GradyPTACommunications@gmail.com.

Sincerely,
Grady Elementary PTA
pta update
Based upon the tremendous success of Tiger Trek and our receipt of sponsorship funds all year long, Grady Elementary PTA plans to expend funds to replace the chain link fence on the all of the northern border and part of the eastern border of the school with a metal, wrought iron-style fence.

Jump Rope for Heart and More

February 13, 2014

pta update
Next Friday, February 21, 2014, Grady students will participate in Jump Rope For Heart, a program to benefit the American Heart Association.

January 2014 Newsletter

January 13, 2014

pta update
Dear Members of the Grady Elementary Community,

Attached please find the January 2014 Grady Gazette. If you have any questions or comments about the information presented in the Grady Gazette, please send a reply email to GradyPTACommunications@gmail.com.

Sincerely,
Grady Elementary PTA
PDQ Family Night
Please come support our school’s family night this Thursday, January 9 from 5-8 pm at PDQ, located at 2207 S. Dale Mabry Highway. Please mention Grady Elementary when you order and a portion of your purchase will be donated to our school.

Box Tops Needed

January 7, 2014

Box Tops
Please start sending in your box tops for the box tops competition that ends on February 14, 2014. Each box top is worth 10 cents to our school.

Please send your box tops into your child’s class in clear Ziplocs with a maximum of 50 per bag. Please include a slip of paper with your child’s name, grade level and the number of box tops. The grade level with the most box tops collected as of February 14, 2014, wins a party.
Uniform Swap
Under the Pavilion during the Winter Concert, we will have a free uniform swap. If you have uniforms that no longer fit your students, please bring them to the school’s front office from December 17 through December 19 and give them to Mrs. Taylor. We will organize all the uniforms by size and make them available for free at the Winter Concert. You do not have to donate a uniform in order to receive a uniform.
pta update
Attached please find the Grady Elementary PTA November/December Newsletter. It is full of news and information about PTA events, including the Winter Concert set for Thursday, December 19, 2013. Please email GradyPTACommunications@gmail.com if you have any questions about the newsletter.
pta update
As you probably know, Apple has just unveiled the new iPad Air, a lighter, thinner, faster iPad. Perhaps you are thinking that you would like to upgrade to the new iPad Air during this year’s holidays, but you still have a working prior generation iPad. If so, please consider donating your prior generation iPad to Grady Elementary PTA, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.
fall festival
ding the Fall Festival on Friday. We hope that you enjoyed spending time with your family at the event. Thank you very much to each of you who volunteered at the Fall Festival! It was wonderful to see so many of you volunteering at the booths, grill, bounce houses and bake sale. We saw many yearbook photographers volunteering at the event as well. Thank you for making the event a fun time for our children and a success for our school.
fall festival
Grady Elementary Fall Festival is today at 5 pm! Please bring your entire family out for a night of fun and games. For your ready reference, below is a summary of the Fall Festival Event. An updated chart with booth locations is attached to this email. It’s not too late to volunteer to help out. We look forward to seeing you and your family tomorrow.
pta update
We are writing to let you know that fundraising pick up will be available tonight during the Fall Festival (5:00 to 7:30) in the cafeteria. If you haven’t yet picked up your fundraising items, please do so tonight.
Grady Dad Shirt
This is just a quick update to tell you about the newly available Grady Dad Shirts and to tell you how to connect to the online yearbook store prior to the time it is directly available through our new website.
Fall Image
Grady’s Fall Festival is coming up on October 18, 2103 from 5 pm until 7:30 pm on campus. The Fall Festival is for the whole family and non-Grady siblings/family members are welcome to participate.
Child Reading
We had a very successful, well attended Mom’s Night Out at Kona Grill on Monday, September 30. Thank you, moms, for coming out. Thank you, dads, partners and grandparents for making it possible for our moms to enjoy a great evening out.

October PTA Newsletter

September 26, 2013

Click Read More to find the Grady Elementary PTA October Newsletter. It is full of news and information about upcoming PTA events, including the Fall Festival set for Friday, October 18.

Grady Elementary PTA Update

September 6, 2013

Chalk Board
This is just a quick update to tell you about an awesome new Grady t-shirt available for purchase, to update you on the Grandparents Breakfast and PTA board meeting, which all occurred after the September newsletter was published, to provide you with a link to a Box Tops contest, and to provide you with a copy of Grady’s Serve Form, which must be filled out by all school volunteers.

September Newsletter

September 4, 2013

2013 PTA Board
Welcome to the Grady Elementary PTA page. This issue contains a link to the September Newsletter. We hope you and your family are enjoying this new year at Grady Elementary School.