Last week was a short one but busy for students and parents.
Thank you to the parents and teachers who attended the first PTO meeting last
Thursday. The PTO Board and parent volunteers have lined up events for students and families as well as taken on fundraiser coordination. If anyone wants to assist on these projects, you would be most welcome. You can find out how to help by calling the office or emailing PTO president, Jeff Kolowith (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The aftercare clubs are off to a good start and we hope to see even more students participating. Remember that there is no extra charge for students who are enrolled in the monthly program, but we do need them to register for the club so we know how many materials to prepare. Also, please be sure to sign your child out so we can account for everyone.
Tuesday is Picture Day. Every student and staff member will have pictures taken for the yearbook and a school ID card. Pictures must be pre-ordered either by check or cash sent in with the student envelope or pre-paid on the Lifetouch website. Students absent from school will have an opportunity to be photographed on the picture retake day in October.
Our new fifth grade teacher is Ms. McDonald who is a recent graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University with a degree in Elementary Education. She is a Sarasota native who graduated from Sarasota Military Academy. If you walk into her classroom, you'll readily see her fascination with all things "Harry Potter". Ms. McDonald tutors and provides homework assistance on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons during aftercare. Parents will be able to follow their children's assignments through the fifth grade google classroom when they respond to an invitation from the teacher. They can also access the site ( a work in progress as we just now starting to use google classroom) through the student ID/password.
Mr. Thomason, IT Coordinator, asked that I share the following with regards to google classroom:
"Sarasota Academy of the Arts uses Google Apps for Education for grades 4-8. This will give students access to email, documents, and calendar. Some teachers are starting to implement a tool called ‘Google Classroom’. Classroom saves time and paper, and makes it easy to create classes, distribute assignments, communicate, and stay organized.
Keep track of your student’s classroom progress through guardian email summaries. You can choose the frequency of the emails—daily or weekly.
Guardian email summaries include:
- Missing work—Work that’s late at the time the email was sent
- Upcoming work—Work that’s due today and tomorrow (for daily emails) or work that’s due in the upcoming week (for weekly emails)
- Class activity—Announcements, assignments, and questions recently posted by teachers
Look for the agenda books, teacher emails, Remind, and google notifications to keep current on student assignments and projects. You are encouraged to sign into to Gradebook Parent Portal as well. Report cards are issued through the portal and you can register for a weekly notification of grades, missing assignments,and attendance. If you need assistance,please call the office.
Have a wonderful week!