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MANATEE NEWSLETTER                        SEPTEMBER 2, 2011




Federal aid impact forms will be sent home with your student on Tuesday, September 13. It is very important that this form be completed and returned to school by Friday, September 16. Schools are eligible to receive federal funds though these survey forms. The forms are sent directly to an auditor and kept confidential. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in completing and returning this form.


Odyssey of the Mind Is Looking for YOU!

Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem competition open to students in kindergarten through college. Teams are forming now at Manatee! We are also in need of parent coaches.  If you and your child are interested in learning more about Odyssey of the Mind, please contact Mrs. Schenck at 433-0050 x 5501 or at or join her on Wednesday, Sept, 7th in the cafeteria for a district-wide Odyssey of the Mind Awareness meeting from 6:00-8:00 p.m.


BPS Hosts Free Parenting Workshop

Brevard Public Schools will host the 6th annual "Parenting in Today's World" workshop on October 1st from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the School Board offices in Viera.  Parents and community members are invited to learn some new parenting strategies to strengthen their family.  Dr. Tony Ferretti will be the keynote speaker who will focus on "Creating a Resilient Family."  Dr. Ferretti will answer the question often asked…Why do some people fall apart during times of adversity and others bounce back? He will help workshop participants recognize the tools to be a resilient family. Following the keynote address, there will be two break-out sessions.  The breakout session titles include: 

  • What your teen wants you to know
  • Win the war on bullying
  • Fathering:  Mission possible
  • Staying connected at every age
  • Supporting your child's academic success
  • Know our child's developmental stage and what to expect
  • Learn ways to teach and model a balanced life


Don't miss this opportunity to meet and interact with many of Brevard County's skilled professionals in childhood development, positive behavior strategies and education. For more information and to register please call Ginny Gleason at 321- 633-1000, ext. 389.



Chess Club for grades 3-6 will begin September 20th and will meet every other Tuesday. Applications can be found on the Manatee Homepage, shared files, important documents. Parents can print the application and return it to the office or to Mrs. Pippin in room 604. Chess club is limited to 25 students.


Pop Tops are Back!

Welcome back to a fantastic new year at Manatee Elementary. Our Pop Top Recycling Project has returned once again this year and we are looking for your help! Each year, Manatee competes with schools from around Central Florida in the Ronald McDonald Pop Top Recycling Project. All pop tops that are collected are turned in to the recycling plant and the Ronald McDonald House of Central Florida receives all the proceeds.  This is an easy and effective way to give back to the community and help other families in need.

So, I hope you are asking yourself how you can help? It's easy, here's how.

  1. Begin collecting pop tops from home, church, sporting events, at your place of work, from relatives and friends in other cities and states.
  2. Periodically send your collection in to school with your child. Homeroom teachers collect the pop tops all year long.
  3. Mrs. Puschus keeps track of all class totals and hauls the pop tops to the recycling center in April.
  4. The top 3 classes win a full-blown ice cream party at the end of the year.
  5. The Ronald McDonald House is the real winner and our students learn a valuable lesson about giving back to our community.

 You may begin sending in Pop Tops any time. Good luck, and hopefully we can make this a record year!




Manatee's recycling programs are up and running!  Please have your child bring in newspapers to be recycled.  Classes that recycle the most newspapers each week will receive a treat and the class that does the best all year will win a pizza party. At Manatee we also recycle Capri Suns, snack size chip bags, and empty glue bottles and sticks.  Please also send in these items to help our school earn points through Terra Cycle.  Keep up the awesome recycling Manatee!


Recycling Fun - Toy Swap and Drop Off

November 15th is Keep America Beautiful's "America Recycles Day" at the Viera Regional Park (Rotary Pavilion) from 2:00-6:00 p.m. The event is free of charge and is basically to promote the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle). They will have a "Toy Swap/Drop Off" to get residents involved and benefit Brevard kids in need through the "4 the Kids of Brevard" organization. They will also have a few fun, educational games to entertain the kids and parents alike. Brevard County will be participating with information on what can be recycled/days of collection, and will bring sign-up sheets for recycle bin requests and for landfill tours. Parks and Recreation is co-sponsoring and will have a table at the pavilion. "4 the Kids of Brevard" will be present to take the toys dropped off at the event. Suntree/Viera Public Library will bring material to share and will be collecting books/magazines/DVDs. Students from BCC, the Brevard's Green Team, and other organizations will be there as well.



If your child has gotten clothes from the clinic, please return them. Please put some clothes in their backpack that they can keep in their cubbies.



Great News!  Starting soon, there will be two Physical Education teachers.  Please be sure to welcome Mr. Bartlett to our Manatee family.  He is very excited to join us and is looking forward to being involved with all the many wonderful activities we have here at Manatee Elementary. 

Please be aware that due to the environmental location of our school and the hot, rainy and humid weather, there are a large number of mosquitoes. Students may wear bug spray to Physical Education.


Family Wellness Night

Wednesday, September 14th, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria

For students and families in 4th-6th grade

Please make arrangements for siblings who are not in 4th-6th grade to remain at home.  Due to limited space, this is a "SPECIAL" event for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students and parents.  Look for more information regarding this exciting event to be coming your way soon from your child's teacher.


Manatee's "NFL FRIDAY" Spirit Day!!!

NFL Friday is coming to Manatee on Friday, September 9th. Ms. Best has entered Manatee Elementary into the NFL Friday Grant Contest.  Let's show our team spirit and help the PE Department. Wear your favorite NFL team shirt, jersey, hat, and team colors.  We will be taking pictures of the wildest NFL football fans, so dress to impress!



The box tops are coming in fast and furious! Keep bringing them in. We want to say a big "thank you" to Mr. Richard D'Agostino, who is the grandfather of the Tyszkiewicz children here at Manatee. Mr. D'Agostino works for Publix in the deli department and has been collecting box tops off of cheese wrappers. He brought in a huge box filled with 341 box tops! Please remember to ask everyone you know to help us in the collection of box tops. Thank you again for your support.

Mark your Calendar

Sept. 2        Entertainment Book sales end

Sept. 5        Labor Day, no school

Sept. 8        SAC mtg., 4:00 p.m.

Sept. 9        NFL Friday

Sept. 12    Teacher Inservice Day, no school    

Sept. 14    Family Wellness Night, 5:30-6:30 pm for parents/students 4th-6th grade

Sept. 16    Picture Day    

Sept. 21    PTO mtg., 2:30 pm

Sept. 27    Kindergarten Campfire Check-Out Night

Sept. 29    4th Grade Performance, 6:00 pm


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