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PTAPipeline Sand Pine Elementary

Volume 12 • Issue 2 • September-October 2009

A Busy Fall for the PTA It is hard to believe that the first month of school is already behind us! We hope everyone has gotten off to a great start this school year.

29040 County Line Rd. Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 Phone: (813) 794-1900 Sick Line: (813) 794-1911

It takes lots of volunteers to make the Fall Festival a success. If you can help, please contact Peggy D’Alessandro at president@!

District School Board of Pasco County 7227 Land O’ Lakes Boulevard Land O’ Lakes, Florida 34638 Heather Fiorentino, Superintendent Allen Altman District 1 Joanne Hurley District 2 Cathi Martin District 3 Kathryn Starkey District 4 Frank Parker District 5

It has been a very busy and successful first few weeks for the PTA. Thanks to our members who have signed up to chair one of our PTA committees. We couldn’t do it without you. We still have a few openings and invite you to join us! Our Fall General Assembly Meeting/BINGO was held in August and the 2009-2010 budget was approved by the General Assembly. Thanks to our BINGO chairperson, Christine Simonelli for making this a great night for our Sand Pine families. Our Fall Catalog Fundraiser will kick off with a magician assembly on October 2nd and run through October 15th. We hope you will consider using the catalog to “wrap it up early” for the holidays, while supporting our school. In response to many requests we have received from our busy Sand Pine families, we will be adding the option to “opt out” of the catalog sale, while still supporting the Fall Fundraiser by making a direct donation. Your support will go a long way toward continuing to allow us to provide educational programs and fun family events! We are excited to be hosting our first “Movie Night Under The Stars” on Fri, Oct 2. Admission and popcorn are free! So grab a blanket, maybe some bug spray, and join us on the basketball court as we watch Monsters vs Aliens. Keep your fingers crossed for great weather! In an effort to recycle those old Halloween costumes and save our

Sand Pine families a few dollars, we will be hosting a PTA Costume Shop. Send in any gently used Halloween costumes that you have to donate on Oct. 5th-6th. We will spruce them up and the PTA Costume Shop will be open on Oct 15th from 3-7 pm, where costumes will be available for $1-$5.

Our Reflections program is now underway. This year’s theme is “Beauty is…” Please encourage your child to join students throughout the country in creating works of art. The submission deadline is Oct. 23rd. Submission forms can be found on the PTA website or in the school’s Media Center. Dads – Come and have lunch with your child and meet some of their classmates during the Dad’s lunch on October 8th and 9th! This is a special day for the kids. We hope those who can attend, will. We realize not all fathers are available to be there. Many families decide to send another family member while others write a special note to their child, that they may open at lunch, letting them know they are being thought of throughout the day. This year we have also added the option of Donuts with Dad on Oct. 9th before school. Red Ribbon Week is October 26-30. Our Health and Safety chairperson, Kem Baker, along with the guidance department, has a fun week planned. To continue to deliver the important message of living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle, on Nov 23rd the PTA will be bringing a professional BMX stunt show to our school. This educational and entertaining program is sure to engage and capture the students’ imaginations, while educating them in the process.

PTA has purchased an educational computer program called Brain Pop, which is available for use both in school, and at home. Log-in information will be given out by the teachers. Last, but certainly not least, our Fall Festival will be held on Friday, October 23rd. This is by far one of the most fun events PTA makes available to the students and their families. There will be games, prizes, hay-rides, food, and the always popular dunk tank. We have some of your favorite teachers and one very special assistant principal who have volunteered to be in the dunk tank… so there will be plenty of fun for everyone! We hope you will join us! If you are available to volunteer for a 90 minute shift, please email president@ Whew! And that is just the first two months of school! Be sure to stay up to date and visit us often at Please don’t hesitate to contact me at president@sandpinepta. org with ideas, questions and suggestions. I look forward to meeting with you at our events. I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween! —Peggy D’Alessandro, PTA President

2009-2010 PTA Board Members President Treasurer Secretary 1st VP Vol Coordinator Website Website-Spanish Newsletter Philanthropy Membership Public Relations Reflections Historian Photography Lost-n-found Dad’s Club Sports Totes Legislative

Peggy D’Alessandro Kim Clarke Darlene Basi Christine Simonelli Dawn Khalil Carlos Vera Dawn Khalil Lisa Weinstein Mary Burstiner Nicole Auman Mari Blank Deb Rottum Valerie Ryan-Lanza Darlene Basi Mari Blank

2nd VP Jenn Metz Hospitality Colleen Moore Fundraising Jenn Metz Community Donations Chrissy Hymiak Spring Event Delicia MorrisGordon Spirit/T-Shirts Jenn Metz Team Party Tiffany Ragsdale Health & Safety Kem Baker Bingo Christine Simonelli Programs Recognitions Val Ryan-Lanza Sponsorships

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Catherine McLain Ms. Westbrook

The Pipeline is published six times a year and can be downloaded from our website online at Principal

Ginny Yanson

Assist Principal Todd Cluff PTA President

Peggy D’Alessandro

Editor/Designer Dawn Khalil Next Newsletter deadline: Friday, November 6h

Principal a note from the

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the 2009-10 school year at Sand Pine Elementary School. We had a great summer which included hosting our annual Kindergarten Camp for our new Kindergarten students. We enjoyed meeting them and acclimating them to their new school. The beginning of the year is off to a great start. Surprisingly, it has been one of the smoothest beginnings we have had. Much of that success goes to you for being patient and following school procedures. I want to thank our PTA for providing a “Welcome Back” breakfast for our faculty and staff. The breakfast was delicious and we had a chance to be introduced to the members of the PTA board as well as preview some of their plans for the school year. We received some exciting news over the summer. Our Media Center and Media Specialist, Belinda Pope, received the Florida Power Library Award from the Florida Association for Media in Education as one of 26 schools in the state to meet its highest standards. Our media center is now a model site for other schools to visit and gather new ideas for improving or developing their media programs. Mrs. Pope was honored and Sand Pine’s Media Center was recognized for receiving this award at the School Board Meeting held on August 11. We are barely into the school year and already many activities have taken place. Mr. Cluff and I enjoyed Bingo Night with our families on Friday night the first week of school. I enjoyed meeting many of you at the serving window at Brusters passing out those delectable treats. Thank you for supporting this community outing. We had a huge turnout and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and the ice cream! Many of you were able to attend our Open Houses and visited the Book Fair. I must say it is always heartwarming to learn about the many gifts you provide us as a school through volunteering, serving on our School Advisory Committee, working with the PTA, etc.

Frank Parker, Chairman of the Pasco County School Board (Left) Todd Cluff (Assistant Principal at SPES) Belinda Pope (Media Specialist) Wendy Spriggs (Director of Instructional Media and Technology), and Heather Fiorentino Superintendent of Pasco County Schools

However, it was brought to my attention that many of you purchased books for our teachers’ classroom libraries. I know that financially times are difficult for many of us, and yet some of you chose to do that rather than purchase for your families. I truly am touched by such generosity! I have a couple of reminders for you. First of all, if you are interested in saving some time in the afternoon picking up children in the car rider line. Please consider the carpooling option we are offering. If you are transporting three or more students you qualify to use the bus loop for pickup in the afternoon. Since the bus loop is for buses, all carpool pickups must occur after the bus loop is clear which is approximately 2:55 p.m. If this sounds like a good option for you, call the school for more information at 813-794-1900. Some important dates to place on your calendar are: Friday, October 23, will be our PTA sponsored Fall Festival and on Friday, October 30, will be our annual Halloween Parade. More details on both of these events will be sent at a later date. The Sand Pine Elementary School Faculty and Staff believe that learning is the shared responsibility of the school, the student, the home, and the community. With this in mind, I hope you will be encouraged to take an active part in the educational program at our school. I look forward to working with you and your child this year. Sincerely, Ginny L. Yanson, Principal


Media Technology Hip Hip Hooray for your support of our Destination Book Fair. Our Media, Reading, and Technology programs rely heavily on the cash and book profit earned through our book fairs. We went over our goal of $10,000 in total sales! Our total sales were $11,296 and our cash & book profit equals $2640. The following volunteers were great in helping make it successful: Mrs. Payne, Mrs. Glassman, Mrs. Campbell, Mrs. Lufkin, Mrs. Besterfield, Mrs. Lovelace, Mrs. Sunna, Mrs. Blank, Mrs. Pascullo, and Allison Kaiser (WRHS), Yareliz Fontanez (WRHS), Meghan Ryan (JLMS). Our Media Volunteers ROCK! We love our volunteers who help with media center book circulation, reshelving, and assist students in using the MIND for book lookup or research. Mrs. Glassman, Mrs. Besterfield, Mrs. Sunna, Ms. Moore, and Mrs. Lufkin have been invaluable as we began our school year! If you would like to assist with our upcoming media center inventory (October 12-15), please call 794-1920. All 2nd through 5th grade classes have now had media orientations and have checked out books. Please encourage and assist your children with reading and returning books on time (2 week check-out period). As books get more expensive and book budgets shrink, we appreciate your encouragement with book care policies also. The K-1st graders will be having their orientations after our book fair. Students may check out two books at a time. Mind resources • Students are encouraged to use this site (paid for by Pasco County school district) for research, or to look up books in our media center. This online resource requires a User ID and password (not required at any Pasco County school). Since these cannot be posted online, please request the MIND password page from the media center or from your teacher.

—Mrs. Pope, Media Specialist Mrs. Lattke, Technology Specialist, and Mrs. Chitty, Media/Technology Assistant

Thanks to the Sand Pine PTA, our students will be using 20 Netbooks in their classrooms this year. A Netbook is like a mini laptop that is very durable and inexpensive. These great tools allow students to access the Internet and educational software right from their desks! Stay tuned for more updates throughout the year about how these high-tech resources are helping students learn in the classroom. Additionally, the LCD projectors purchased last year by PTA have been deployed in the classroom and have already been used to support the use of SMART Boards for lessons, to show videos from Discovery Education streaming, to present digital slideshows, and to interact with online educational websites. Classes have also been signing up to come to the computer lab for their beginning of the year orientation. In these sessions, students learn key computer vocabulary, recall the rules of school technology use, and participate in activities to prepare them for their computer use in the upcoming year. One of our key focuses in the Media/ Technology plan this year is to provide instruction for students on being good cybercitizens. Elements of this goal are also incorporated into our school’s improvement plan. A cybercitizen is a member of our growing digital world. As students use technology more, we want to ensure that we offer them guidance on using technology appropriately, safely, and effectively. Later in the year, we will be offering lessons through our district’s online learning system to help students learn about this important topic. From October 12 - December 18, schools within our district will be participating in the “Speak Up 2009” survey. This survey given to teachers, students, and parents will help to assess our school’s use of educational technology and our students’ understanding of science, math, and 21st century skills. For more information on this survey, visit

their website at http://www.tomorrow. org/speakup/index.html. As we approach the survey window, we will provide you with more information about how you can participate! Our first Box Tops for Education collection for this school year is coming! From October 1416, we will be collecting the summer collection sheets and the new Webkinz collection sheets in front of the school. The class that returns the most collection sheets this time will win a computer lab party. Thanks to Ganz for donating the Webkinz that students can win. There will be one collection box, and one student collection sheet will be chosen from Primary, Transitional, and Intermediate. Additional collection sheets are available at http://sandpine.pasco. Clipping those BoxTops really makes a difference; each completed form with 25 BoxTops earns $2.50 for SPES! Thanks to our students and families for your support!

Don’t forget to recycle your juice pouches. For each juice pouch, SPES earns 2 cents to support the technology program. Mrs. Carter’s Pouch Brigade created some helpful instructional videos about the collection process and frequently asked questions; you can find these videos at http:// weblog/85232/Juice_Pouch_Information. html. Save the pouch, save the world, and earn money for Sand Pine!!! September-October 2009 PTA Pipeline | 3

Guidance Corner “Beauty is”

Each year, PTA’s Reflections Program challenges students to create art that relates to a specific theme. This year, our theme is “Beauty is …” Create a response to this year’s theme in any or all of 6 different artistic categories (Photography, Visual Arts, Literature, Musical Composition, Dance Choreography and Film/Video Production) for a chance to advance to the Pasco County level or beyond! All entry forms and general rules will be available beginning September 25th in the Media Center, but HURRY… the deadline for submissions is October 23rd. All participants will visit the PTA Treasure Box in the Media Center and will be invited to attend a special awards and display party at our General Assembly Meeting November 20th. Remember, a parent or guardian must sign the official entry form in order to participate. For more information or to download the official rules and entry forms, you can also visit our PTA’s website at www.sandpinepta. org, or contact the Reflections Chair, Mari Blank, at

Hi Sand Pine Parents!

We have a lot of things happening with our Anger, Friendship Skills, School Success Developmental Guidance Program this year! Skills, Anxiety, and Family Changes. I’m back as Sand Pine’s Guidance Counselor for my eighth year and am so happy to be a part of this great community. Joining me this first semester is intern Ms. Lorynn Young, who will be graduating in December with a Masters in Education in Counseling from USF. I’m so glad she is with our Student Services team to complete her advanced degree. Every child in our school benefits from Pasco’s Guidance philosophy, which reaches each of our students through classroom lessons, in addition to other services. These lessons help kids learn skills with the aim to help them grow academically, socially, and emotionally. We cover a variety of topics such as Safety, Conflict Resolution, School Success Skills, Friendship Skills, and Character Education and are in each of our classrooms at least eight times per school year. In addition to classroom Guidance, we will be offering small group counseling for those students who would benefit from an extra boost in support in dealing with

Pasco County is also participating in a state-wide Anti Bullying initiative that begins this school year, and at Sand Pine we are implementing thorough procedures for dealing with any incidents of bullying on our campus. While we have very few bullying issues at our school, our hope is to implement even clearer and more consistent procedures across our campus so that 100% of our students feel safe at school. There is also individual or family counseling is available short term here at Sand Pine through our Guidance department. I am also always available to help with all kinds of parenting questions, so please don’t hesitate to ask. My son is in 10th, and my daughter is in 6th grade, so I understand the challenges of parenthood and the importance of a parent’s role in his or her child’s education. Please let me know if you have any questions, or you need a confidential shoulder to lean on. Take Care, Linda Matthews, M.Ed., 794-1917

Simple ways YOU can support Sand Pine Elementary

Do you search the Internet? Why not search for a good cause? You can use and raise money for Sand Pine while you surf online! Here’s how it works: Go to and in the “enter your charity here…” box under the search box, type in “Sand Pine” and click the “Verify” button. Now, just search away like a normal search engine, and each search will produce one penny for SPES! The setting should stick each time you go to GoodSearch on that same computer, but just to be sure that SPES gets credit for the searches, make sure that is always says Sand Pine Elementary School under “Who do you GoodSearch for?” 4 | September-0ctober 2009 PTA Pipeline

Box Tops Earn Cash for our School with Box Tops for Education!

Market Day Don’t forget Market Day! If you haven’t tried it before you should, as everything bought helps us earn money for our school. Orders Due

Pick Up Date (2:30-4:30)

Oct 2 Oct 30 Dec 1

Oct 15 Nov 12 Dec 12

Go to to order online

1. Clip Box Tops. 2. Send Box Tops to School. 3. Our School Earns Cash!! Return the form found on www. with your boxtops glued to it between October 1416th for your chance to win a Webkinz!

From Our

Literacy Coach Angie Westbrook

“As parents, the most important thing we can do is read to our children early and often. Reading is the path to success in school and life. When children learn to love books, they learn to love learning.” —Laura Bush

I’d like to welcome all of our new and returning families to SPES! I’m looking forward to a great year of working with you and your children.

Be a Reading Role Model for your Child! Many parents will ask me what they can do at home to help their child become a better reader. One of the most important things you can do is to be a reading role model. Here are some easy things you can do to help motivate your child and help them build an intrinsic love for reading! Read for leisure: Show your child that reading isn’t work! Cuddle up with a good book and you’ll model how reading can be just the thing to make your day. Read together: Open up conversations about books you read together; pause to read an interesting fact or wonder what an unfamiliar word means. Knowing that the reading experience is not something they have to do alone will often motivate reluctant readers. Buy or check-out books together: Whenever you’re going to the bookstore or

Campbell’s Labels For Education™ Program This program awards schools free educational merchandise! Attention Parents: Campbell’s Soup now requires the UPC code off of the packages. They will no longer accept the front labels off the products. Please continue to help out our school by sending in your UPC codes! Visit www. for a complete list of eligible products.

public library, let your child come along. Even if you aren’t looking for anything in particular, practice the art of book browsing and admiring. Make an event out of it and your child will learn to be excited about the sight of books. HAPPY READING!

Treasures We are moving into our second year of using the core reading program, Treasures by Macmillan McGraw-Hill! It’s so exciting to walk into the classrooms and see that the students are so familiar with the routines during their reading block. I just wanted to remind parents that the Macmillan McGraw-Hill website has some wonderful resources available to parents! Check them out! We have a link on our school website (http:// under the section, “For Parents.”

Parent Buddy Reading Program Mrs. Blank and I are very excited to be moving into our 3rd year with the SPES Parent Buddy Reading Program! More information to come…

Blue Moon Dry Cleaners Blue Moon Dry Cleaners will donate 10% of the total cost of your dry cleaning orders to our PTA. Blue Moon is a dry cleaning service that picks up and delivers directly to your home. Contact them at 813-615-1415 to set up your account today and tell them Sand Pine sent you!

PTA Sports Totes

Student Council is Gearing Up! Student Council is comprised of 2 representatives from each of the Intermediate (Gators and Turtles) classes. Elections will be held soon to choose this year’s President (must be a 5th grader), Vice Pres., Secretary, and Treasurer. You can see many campaign posters already up, and the candidates are preparing their speeches! Good luck to all! Our first intermediate social is planned for Friday, October 30, and the Student Council has lots of exciting things planned for this year. Parents, please remember there is NO PARKING allowed on the grassy areas along County Line Road. This is costly to the community as it damages the sprinkler system. Spirit Day

Your PTA has donated sports totes. These totes include sports balls, jump ropes and sidewalk chalk. The PTA would like to ask all families to help replenish these packs throughout the year. Donations of any new or gently used sports equipment would be greatly appreciated! These items can be turned in to the front office, or sent in with your child.

Don’t forget to show your Sand Pine Spirit by wearing your Sand Pine Elementary T-shirt on Fridays and you could win a treat in the cafeteria (up to 75 cents) from the PTA! Order your shirts. Send the form (download from the PTA website) with your check (payable to SPES PTA) to school.

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The ‘09-‘10 Books Read at least three of the following titles   youʼll get to VOTE for your favorite in and the  statewide election!    The Puzzling World of Winston Breen   by Eric Berlin    The Middle of Somewhere   by J. B. Cheaney      The Lemonade War   Jacqueline Davies by    The Fabled Fourth Graders of  

SPES CRANE READERS-Grades 3-5 Sunshine State Young Reader Awards

Aesop Elementary School by Candace Fleming

 Brendan Buckleyʼs Universe and Everything In It by Sundee T. Frazier  Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke  Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix  Defiance by Valerie Hobbs

The Rewards Read this yearʼs titles, pass the Accelerated Reader quizzes and youʼll receive the following recognition for your SSYRA reading accomplishments: 1st book: Sunshine State Bookmark to track your progress! 3rd book: Hot, Hot, Hot Pencil and your Sun placed on the SPES Sunshine State wall in the Media Center. 7th book: Porcupine Pal and LUNCH BUNCH in the Butterfly Garden. 11th book: Reading Buddy Bookmark and BINGO Ice Cream Party 15th book: WOW! You have earned a fabulous end of year party with your reading crane friends and special guest appearance on the SPES News Show! You also get a “secret reader” flashlight and a Tijuana Flats meal coupon.

 Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell  Me and the Pumpkin Queen by Marlane Kennedy The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin  Highway Cats by Janet Taylor Lisle  Punished by David Lubar  Night of the Howling Dogs by Graham Salisbury

 A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

The Celebrations  Read SEVEN of this yearʼs SSYRA titles and pass the AR quizzes by December 11th and bring your Lunch to the Butterfly Garden (we will provide some goodies & fun)!  Read ELEVEN of this yearʼs SSYRA titles and pass the AR quizzes by February 9th, and come to an Ice Cream BINGO party!  Read ALL FIFTEEN of this yearʼs SSYRA titles, pass the AR quizzes by May 8th, and CELEBRATE with a “surprise party”!

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Our School Year Calendar September 2009 9/7 No School 9/8 Fall Pictures 9/9 Brusters Night 9/14-18 Book Fair 9/14 Open house—Angelfish, Manatees, Tree Frogs 9/17 Open house—Dolphins, Panthers, Loggerhead Turtles, Gators 9/22 Progress Reports 9/24 Domino’s Night

October 2009

November 2009

PTA Magician Assembly/ Free Movie Night; Monsters Vs Aliens 10/2-15 PTA catalog fundraiser 10/7 Walk to School Day 10/8-9 Dads’ Club Lunch/Donuts with Dad 10/13 Tijuana Flats Night 10/15 Market Day pick-up PTA Costume Shop 10/16 Planning Day/No School 10/23 Fall Festival / Report cards 10/26-30 Red Ribbon Week 10/28 Domino’s Night 10/30 Halloween parade Intermediate Social

11/11 Veteran’s Day no school 11/12 Market Day pick-up 11/13 Ident-a-kid 11/18 Great American Teach In 11/19 Domino’s Night 11/16-20 PTA Food Drive 11/20 PTA General Assembly/Reflections Celebration 11/23 BMX stunt show 11/24 Progress Reports 11/25-27 Thanksgiving Holiday

January 2010

February 2010


December 2009 12/10 Market Day pick-up 12/14-18 PTA Holiday Shop (during school hours) 12/14-16 Winter Program at Wiregrass High School for Primary 12/17 Domino’s Night 12/22 Candy Cane Run 12/23-31 Winter Break

1/1-11 1/12 1/15 1/18 1/28

March 2010 3/4 Spring Pictures 3/9-10 FCAT/SAT-10 Quiet Campus 3/11-17 FCAT Quiet Campus 3/17 Brusters Night 3/18 Market Day Pick-up 3/22 Walk-A-Thon “Go Take a Hike” kick off assembly 3/24-26 Book Fair 3/25 Domino’s Night 3/26 Field Day

Winter Break Tijuana Flats Night Report Cards Dr. MLK Holiday No School Community Night (SAC)

2/5 2/9-11 2/15 2/18 2/23 2/25

April 2010 4/1 4/2 4/5-9 4/13 4/16 4/22 4/23

Hat Parade/ PTA Walk-a-thon Planning Day / No School Spring Break Tijuana Flats Night Report Cards & Relay For Life at Wiregrass High Market Day pick-up PTA General Assembly/Bingo Night

PTA family event (TBD) FCAT Writes (4th Grade) President’s Day No School Market Day pick-up Progress Reports Domino’s Night

May 2010 5/3-7 5/6 5/10 5/11 5/21 5/27 5/31

Teacher Appreciation Week School Play Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast Progress Reports PTA Spaghetti Dinner Domino’s Night Memorial Day — No School

June 2010 6/9

Student’s last day 5th grade clap out

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What’s Coming Your Way Fri, Oct. 2 Movie Night!

Bring a blanket to watch Monsters vs. Aliens under the stars (on our basketball court) at 7 pm (movie starts at 7:30) for this family fun event (no drop-offs). They’ll be free admission and popcorn for all! Bring a gently used costume to donate for a chance at a prize!

Th-Fri, Oct. 8-9 Dads’ Club All dads, uncles, grandfathers or significant male role models are invited to come to school for the annual Dad’s Club Lunch. This is a great way to meet your child’s classmates and enjoy a lunch with your child! In an effort to make this manageable, each class has a suggested day, however, dads are welcome to attend either day (lunch schedules can be found online at Adult school lunch meals and drinks will be available to purchase for $3.35. Cash only please.

Fri, Oct. 9 Donuts with Dad For those Dads who cannot make it for lunch, we’re having an early morning “Donuts with Dad” celebration from 8-8:30 am in the cafeteria.

Costume Swap Recycle those old Halloween costumes by donating them to the PTA Costume Shop! Please send in any gently used Halloween costumes on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 5th and 6th. PTA will be hosting a Costume Shop on Thursday October 15th from 3-7 pm in the cafeteria where Sand Pine Families can buy gently used Costumes for between $1-$5!

October 26-30 is Red Ribbon Week This is an ideal way for kids and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. Show your commitment to a drug-free lifestyle through the symbol of the Red Ribbon. Watch for more detailed information about Sand Pine’s red ribbon activities.

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Movie Night Under the Stars October 2nd 7:00 pm

(7:30 pm movie start time) Join us for our first PTA Movie Night Under the Stars! Bring your family and a blanket and be ready for an evening of fun under the stars (on the basketball court weather permitting). Dress appropriately and don’t forget your bug-spray!

Admission and popcorn are FREE!

Soda will be available for $.50, or bring your own. Bring a gently used Halloween costume to donate to the PTA Costume Shop and you will be entered into a drawing to win a Monsters-vs-Aliens prize pack! Note: This is not a drop off event. All children must be accompanied by an adult. A special thanks to Theatre Doctor for providing the equipment for this event!

Fri, Oct 30 Halloween Parade Every year, Sand Pine students get to show off their Halloween best. Come see what the administration will be dressed as this year as they lead the school Halloween parade around the bus loop for friends and family to see!

Fri, Oct 30, Intermediate Social The Student Council is planning a social for 4th and 5th graders on Friday, October 30th. This evening will be manned by teachers, and is an opportunity for parents of 4th and 5th grade students to have a night out without the kids!

For information on these activities & events visit

Friday October 23rd 6-8:30 PM

Sand Pine PTA

Yummy food like hot dogs, nachos, apple cider and carmel apples.

Games like the Scarecrow Hop, Candy Corn Toss, Pilgrim Duck Pond, Apple Bob and Ghost Kisses. Fun Prizes including candy, toys, posters, and more.

Activities and Entertainment like face painting, tatoos, caracters, hay rides, a dunk tank.…and so much more!

Enter our Pumpkin Decorating Contest:

Be creative! Use paint, yarn, hats—anything you want. Real or craft punpkins will be accepted! A great prize will be awarded for CROWD FAVORITE. Ribbons will also be awarded for many categories.

Volunteers are still needed

We can’t do it without volunteers, and we need your help! Please contact Peggy D’Alessandro at

EPI is giving away Magical Mickey Passes! Our PTA fall fundraiser will kick off October 2 and run through the 15th. Your EPI catalog will be sent home with your child. Far away friends and relatives can also help out by ordering online and their purchases will be shipped directly to them. Every student who sells at least one product will have his or her name put in a drawing. Two lucky winners will be rewarded with a family 4-pack of Walt Disney World’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party passes. So start your holiday shopping early and conveniently through your EPI Catalog! Get your orders in by October 15 for delivery the first week of December and good luck to all!

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Energy Bus


t the end of last school year, as a member of our Lead Literacy Team, I was given a book by Ms. Westbrook, our Literacy Coach. It was called The Energy Bus by author Jon Gordon. She gave us all “tickets” and invited us all to be “passengers” on the Lead Literacy Bus next year, and she asked us to read the book over the summer. Well, never to pass up an invitation, I accepted and read the book. To be honest, the book was a very easy read. I like having some reading times like that! The book was written as a parable that told of a man who needed to rethink his approach and attitude in life. Things were not going well, and he was in a downward spiral. However, his car broke down he started taking the city bus to work, and it was on that bus (yes, you guessed it, it was called the Energy Bus) he learned about the energy that comes from approaching life’s challenges with an optimistic mindset. The things the author addressed were validated by my own life’s experiences. They rang true with the things I saw each day in the lives of adults I work

with. And, as a parent, it reinforced what I am trying to help my daughters understand as they become healthy adults. Although the author addresses many “rules” in the book, the message that kept resounding with me was—Positive energy, fueled through optimism, purpose, and hope, leads to true accomplishment. MOST successes in life are fueled by a belief that we have the ability to rise above current circumstances and positively impact our future. Here at school I’ve seen students who had become disheartened and couldn’t seem to think past the immediate moment. Although this is developmentally understandable, after all, they are just little ones, I see that part of my job each day is to help inspire them to take ownership of their future choices. They need to see hope for things getting better.

The same is true for us adults. We often need to be reminded that we have a lot of control. We have a choice each day to choose how we’ll see our lives. We get to choose our attitude. If you think about it, that is a very powerful thing. It’s an exciting NEW year. I’m onboard a bus full of students, adults, and loads of energy! I invite you to jump on and travel with us as we see a positive year full of exciting potential. Help inspire your child to see the success that is within reach, and highlight the good things that can easily be overshadowed by negative things. Fuel their lives with positive energy. We’ll be waiting for them each day with the same optimism… All aboard! —Todd Cluff, Assistant Principal

Sand Pine Energy Bus Ticket Ten rules for the ride of your life

1. You’re the driver of your bus. 6. Post a sign that says “No Energy Vampires Allowed” on your bus. 2. Desire, vision and focus move your bus in the right direction. 7. Enthusiasm attracts more passengers and energizes them during the ride. 3. Fuel your ride with positive energy. 4. Invite people on your bus and share your vision for 8. Love your passengers. the road ahead. 9. Drive with purpose. 5. Don’t waste your energy on those who don’t get 10. Have fun and enjoy the ride.

on your bus.

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Sand Pine Business Partners Help to Refuel Our Energy Bus What is a Partner? A partner jointly plans objectives and makes an annual, ongoing commitment to our school, a classroom, a team, or department. Partnerships can include donations of money, manpower (time), or materials and services (i.e., Student recognition, attendance incentives, participation in the Great American Teach-In, buddy readers, etc.). Where do partners come from? Local businesses, professional groups, civic groups or other community organizations. Who are some of our partners? Tijuana Flats School Advisory Council Representative, provides Star Student and reading incentive

coupons year round, provided a Mexican fiesta luncheon for the entire faculty/staff on registration day and is donating 20% of all proceeds on our Sand Pine Tijuana Nights (first one is October 13, 2009 from 5-8pm) Cosi at Wiregrass Mall provides a monthly gift certificate for our faculty/staff peer recognition, donates 20% of proceeds from our Sand Pine Cosi Nights (first one will on February 2, 2010) Starbuck’s (1800 Bruce B. Downs) provides donations for our Teacher of the Year and School Related Person of the Year. They also host a holiday gift collection drive for some of families at SPES who need help during the holidays.

Horace Mann Teacher’s Insurance Company provides monthly incentives for our faculty/staff recognitions. Domino’s Pizza (10052 Cross Creek Blvd.) provides Upcoming pizza nights: all of the pizza for our month- September 24 ly Star Student October 28 Pizza Parties. They also provide 20% return from SPES family purchases on our Pizza Nights. Don’t forget to turn in your Domino’s pizza flyer so we get credit for your purchase and so your classroom gets credit. The classroom with the most orders, wins a pizza party. Flyers come home with your child. Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Wiregrass Mall is donating a

October 10th – 18th 2009 Barnes & Noble

percentage of purchases made during the week of Oct. 10-17th by Sand Pine families using voucher #10032639. Purchases may also be made online and at any B&N store with this voucher. They may also be donating some student reading incentives. They provide reading motivation parties and activities for our entire area. What are we looking for? Partners for increased technology needs. We would love to have some partners who would match some of our fundraising efforts or match some of our technology capital outlay funds for technology upgrades and replacements. For further information about business partnerships, call Belinda Pope at 794-1920.

Oct. 10th – 18th 2009

The Shops at Wiregrass

Barnes & Noble The Shops at Wiregrass

•Hispanic Heritage Bi-Lingual Storytime – Sat. Oct. 10th 11am •Educator Appreciation Reception – Tues. Oct. 13th 6-8pm • Pick up your copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid #4: Dog Days

28152 Paseo Drive, Suite 100 Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 813-907-7739

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Party – Friday Oct. 16th 7pm

• Don’t miss Pasco Counties First Family Reading Round-Up Thursday Oct. 15th 6-8pm with special guest storytellers, Reading Strategies, Games, and Activities. Receive recommendations on books for all Elementary Grade Levels, presentations on Sunshine State Young Readers, and Florida Reading Association!!!

Bookfair I.D. # 10032639

A percentage of your Barnes & Noble purchases will benefit Sand Pine Elementary when you present Bookfair ID # 10032639

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Have you joined the PTA yet? We’re off to a great start with 441 parents joining our PTA. If you haven’t become a member yet, please consider how valuable your $5-8 annual membership means to our PTA. There are no obligations, you can be as involved as your schedule allows.


When PTA gets involved, all children benefit!

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Sand Pine PTA Business Partners

The Sand Pine PTA would like to thank the businesses listed on these pages for their generous support. When you visit these businesses, please thank them for their support.

PTA Platinum Superstars

member name

if joining as family—spouse’s name


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Would you like to receive notices by email? c yes c no Please check: c Mother c Father c Grandparent c Community/Business Partner c Faculty/Staff c Teacher student name


student name


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Dues are $5 for one adult, $8 for family (2 adults). $25 for Business memberships Send this form with check (payable to SPES PTA) or cash to school with your child, or via mail to: Sand Pine Elementary PTA 29040 County Line Road Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 Questions? Contact Mary Burstiner at 12 | September-0ctober 2009 PTA Pipeline

Silver Superstars

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If you’d like to become a PTA Superstar and see your business listed here and on our website, contacting Darlene Basi at superstars@

PTA Gold Superstars

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A special thanks to Doctor’s Walk-In Clinic for supplying every student with hand sanitizer for their desks!

thank you To all our Parent and Teacher Volunteers… Thank you for giving the school a wonderful start full of Sand Pine spirit by helping out with your time and enthusiasm starting even before school opened with Registration day. Our Bingo night brought out lots of families and again, our volunteers came through. We could not have such events without the support of our volunteers!

Halloween Safety Tips "" Never trick-or-treat alone. "" Plan your route with your family. "" Stay in neighborhoods you know. "" Don’t play near lit jack-o’lanterns.

Bingo night was a success! Thank you to our sponsors, MOSI, Wesley Chapel Martial Arts Academy, and Dinosaur World.

"" Visit only those houses with lights on. "" Accept treats in the doorway only—do not go into the house. "" Be sure to say thank you for the treats "" Have your parents check your candy before eating it. "" Always walk—not run.

The Book Fair was crowded during our open houses. The School Advisory Committee was voted on as well.

"" Stay on the sidewalks and cross streets at the corner. "" Carry a flashlight or wear reflective clothing or tape. "" If wearing a mask, make sure the eyeholes allow you to see well.

September 21st was an orientation for new school volunteers. Thanks to all who attended! 14 | September-0ctober 2009 PTA Pipeline

Mrs. Yanson served ice cream like a pro at Bruster’s Night September 9th. Thanks go to Bruster’s for donating a portion of the proceeds that night.

"" Be safe and have fun!

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Sand Pine Elementary School PTA Pipeline Newsletter for September, 2009, Wesley Chapel, FL