Thank you to the students, parents, and staff who volunteered this past week in ESOL night activities (Evan's mom - 1st grade), the prop and costume house clean-up, and the reading garden. We couldn't have accomplished as much without the help of the Beta and Behind the Scenes students (Joseph, Nick, and Dana) and the families of Phoenix (1st), McKenna (4th), Kylie (3rd), Katie (4th), Makayla (3rd), Brooks (K) and Macy (2nd) in the Reading Garden. Ms. Julie sends a heartfelt thank you to the parents who worked with her for five hours getting ready for the musicals.
Sarasota County Public Libraries are joining with the Baltimore Orioles to promote reading through the Big League Reader contest. (A flyer is on the SAA website.) All the students have to do is visit the library to get an entry card, read three books and get the card stamped at the library before March 1. Students can even enter for a chance to be chosen to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the March 10 game with the Pittsburgh Pirates at Ed Smith Stadium! Take advantage of this soon as there are a limited number of seats available..
We have had quite a number of students and some staff members out with illnesses this past week. A few have indicated they were "officially" diagnosed with the flu, pneumonia, or strept throat. Please encourage your children to wash their hands often, use the hand sanitizer, and keep hands away from their face. If they have a fever they should, of course, stay at home. We are disinfecting constantly and trying to send students home as soon as they show symptoms.
This week is the first Pajama Day fundraiser for middle school spring trips, Look for more information on the school website. The fifth graders reported a successful bake sale on Friday and will be doing more to raise money to offset the cost of the bus to Universal Studios. These trips can be expensive and we want all of our students to be able to attend.
Also on Friday the middle schoolers have their Valentines Dance from 7:00 - 10:00 PM. Any student may bring one friend who does not attend SAA as long as the friend is in at least 6th grade and not more than 9th grade.
The elementary students who won awards for the Attendance Counts poster contest will be recognized at Circus Sarasota Friday evening as well. I'm looking forward to watching the show with the families of Jackson Win (K), Mabel Lansdale (1st), Willow Robinson (2nd), Roxy McGuire (3rd), Cora Ly (4th), and Olivia Solano (5th). Parents should have received their tickets and parking vouchers from Ms. Tippett. The event, sponsored by the Patterson Foundation in support of better reading and attendance is a chance for our students to be recognized as part of the larger Sarasota community . Winning posters from 16-17 and 17-18 are hanging in the office and hallway leading to the kindergarten room. Check them out!
Saturday is the 1st SAA Variety Show from 5 - 7 in the reading garden. There is no admission cost but PTO will be selling hot dogs, chips, soda, and baked goods for $1.00 per item. Mr. Matt will be cooking the hot dogs then students and teachers will be showing off their talents. It truly is a "variety"! Please join us and cheer on the students.
Coming up soon is the 2nd annual Career Day for the middle schoolers. This was a huge success last year and we expect the same caliber of presenters again. Eighth graders will go to the Dali Museum on the 15th. Kindergarten and 1st have field trips on the 16th.
Have a wonderful week. Stay healthy!