It’s been a whirlwind week.  Today wraps up Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week.  This week our teachers and staff were treated to two breakfasts, one made by Avery Maniscalco and one provided by parents,  and two lunches, one from PDQ and one from Lenny’s.  Teachers received massages, gift cards, customized Grady Tigers tumblers, thank you notes from children and parents, and school supplies.  Grady teachers and staff expressed to us that they do feel appreciated by all of our efforts.  Thank you so much, Grady Families, for making our Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week so special!  Grady PTA particularly wishes to thank Lauren Fitzgerald who worked tirelessly to orchestrate a fabulous week for teachers, and Avery Maniscalco, who baked 100 muffins for the teacher’s breakfast.

It was a big week for Grady PTA.  Our PTA won a Volunteer Award and a Golden Participation Award from the Hillsborough County Council PTA.  And our VP of Volunteers, Michael Gaines, won the Hillsborough County PTA Superman Award for his work in building our Grady PTA website,, helping Grady PTA be able to accept online and credit card payments, and for building from scratch the online ASE club signup system.   Notably, Michael is also responsible for procuring the current version of the Grady Tiger mascot/logo (the playful growling tiger) that adorns our school, t-shirts and website.  Michael was completely surprised to have won the award.  The Grady PTA, however, is glad that the Hillsborough County PTA has recognized Michael’s innovation and hard work.  To see pictures of both the Hillsborough PTA award ceremony and Mrs. Dosal’s presentation of the award to Michael before the Spring Musical, please click here:  PTA Awards.

The Spring Musical was simply fantastic.  The musical performance displayed the singing and dancing talents of many Grady students.  Music Specialist Mr. Steven Florio and Co-Director Ms. Louise Doremus pulled out all the stops on this year’s performance.  Thank you to all the families who brought their kids to school early to rehearse and for having such naturally talented children!  We are still working on the photo album for this event, but it will be up early next week. 

The Spring Musical raffle tickets were drawn after the show.  The names of the winners are here:  Raffle Winners.  Please come by the office to claim your prizes.  Thanks so much for playing and thank you to the businesses and individuals who contributed the gift cards, baskets, and services to the Spring Musical Raffle.