MBFS NEWS FROM SCHOOL UPDATE UPDATED 7.15.24

SCHOOL THEME FOR ‘24/’25 is “T.E.A.M”

Together, Everyone, Achieves, More

ABOUT US

Our fundamental program rests on a partnership established between. Our stakeholder partners (students and families, our staff, and the Community). The school vision of 100% student success is established. Through high academic standards in a safe, efficient, and “fun” damental Learning environment.

POINTS OF PRIDE

  • Recognized as a Florida PBIS (for character)
  • National Sandy Hook Promise School of Character Award
  • Thousands of hours of active volunteering
  • Winner of annual Teddy Bear Round Up (collecting teddy bears for children in local hospitals.
  • Active Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program
  • 100% of our classes participate in the Great American Teach In.
  • Partners with Gulf Beaches Rotary Club, American Legion Post 273 Madeira Beach VFW Post 4256
  • Monthly outside of school activities including family nights, parent Universities, PTSA, and SAC meetings

SPECIAL SERVICES & PROGRAMS

  • On site, full time Advanced Academics programs grades K8
  • Fully implemented AVID program
  • Offering electives in Art, Carpentry, Computers, Maring, Music, Spanish\
  • Our instrumental and vocal departments consistently earn top Ratings as part of Music Performance Assessment
  • Extended Learning Programs, and Clubs; including STEM, FLBA, Fishing, SWAT PMAC, Save/Leadership, Kindness, Safety Patrols, Battle of the Books, Kite, MJHS, Student Council, Intramurals,
  • School side Positive Behavior Supports (including school wide Currency, citizen of the month recognition, Recognition Day (highlighting student achievement), community circles and Restorative practices

Mr. Chris Ateek,

Principal

Former MBFS students, from the graduating class of 2024 returned to MBFS. We celebrated them for this accomplishment.
DID YOU KNOW MBFS HOSTS AN ONSITE BEFORE AND AFTERSCHOOL CARE PROGRAM?

YMCA Before and After Care Registration is online! Spaces are limited and first come first serve. To register go to:

  1. stpeteymca.org
  2. Click on Childcare & Camp
  3. Click on Before & Afterschool Program
  4. Click on the orange button "Online Registration"
  5. Click on your school location
  6. From there you sign in using your current username or password, if you don't have one you will have to create one. Please remember your username and password for future registrations!
  7. Follow the prompts and insert your information. At the time of registration, a $30 registration fee per child is required.

Please have the following information ready:

  1. Student Information including your student ID number
  2. Doctor & Dentist Phone Number and Address
  3. Emergency Contact and Authorized Pick up Contact Information

*Weekly fees vary based on subsidy status and age groups.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Julianne GoudySenior District Director

YMCA OF GREATER ST. PETERSBURG

691 43rd Street S, St. Petersburg 33701

(P) 727-565-4366.

(W) stpeteymca.org

SUMMER READING

SUMMER READING- INCOMING 5th, 6th 7th ONLY

Over the summer, students are expected to read a book below for their ELA class. These books will be given to the students through the District Reading Market. Students will read the chosen book for their upcoming grade level, and they will have a follow up quiz/and or assignment from their ELA teacher in the fall. Students will also have the chance to pick another book of choice for additional reading support over the summer to enhance their reading skills from the Reading Market. 😊Happy Reading everyone! 😊

Incoming 6th Graders: Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by: Trudi Trueit

Incoming 7th Graders: Restart by: Gordon Korman

Incoming 8th Graders and Honors: Finest Hour by: Michael J. Tougias & Casey Sherman

7TH GRADE TDAP SHOT REQUIREMENT

The State of Florida requires students entering the 7th grade to have the TDAP (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) booster before the first day of school in August.

• Contact your child’s pediatrician for an immunization appointment.

• The Florida Department of Health provides required immunizations at NO COST, and

• Turn in your FL Certificate of Immunization (form 680) to your school’s Data Management Technician, in the front office, before August 2024.

Middle School Physical Education Update

Beginning in the Fall of 2024, all middle 6-8 students will be required to wear only school approved uniforms for Physical Education class. The uniform set will consist of 2 gray t-shirts and 2 black shorts with a MBFS logo imprinted on both. Orders for the uniforms will take place online through our school website. Check out our school website periodically this summer for updates.

COMING SOON

Please read the sizing chart before ordering since there will be NO refunds or exchanges.

ORIENTATION/ SCHEDULE PICK UP

6TH ONLY

Hello to our current and brand new incoming 6th grade Madeira Beach Fundamental Families: We’re excited to welcome you all to the upcoming school year of 2024-2025’s - Orientation and Schedule Pickup Days

On Tuesday, July 30th – we will have 2 sessions for incoming 6th Graders only. Session 1 will be at 9am; Session 2 will be at 5PM. Come to the session that will fit your personal schedule best.

During 6th Grade Orientation we will help our new students become acclimated to the Middle School Fundamental way of work, communicate what being at Madeira Beach student is all about, hand out class schedules to include an overview of each course, and give students the opportunity to walk the campus to located their classes with their families.

7th and 8th grade only

On Wednesday, July 31st – we will have 2 sessions for returning, as well as our brand new 7th and 8th graders to be able to be greeted by the principal and administration team and receive a review of our Fundamental policies. Students will also be able to walk the campus to locate their classes. The sessions will be at 9am and at 5pm. Both 7th and 8th graders can come to either session. Schedules will not be printed for 7th and 8th graders because students will be able to access their schedule through their student or parent portal on Focus.

For both days everyone will in the gymnasium at the start of each session – once again at 9am or at 5pm. We look forward to seeing all of you in July. Until then enjoy your summers.

National Junior Honor Society

NJHS is a service organization for students who exemplify and demonstrate the following traits: service, leadership, character, and citizenship.

Seventh grade students who meet the specified criteria will undergo evaluation by a faculty advisory council. To be considered for membership, students must satisfy the following requirements outlined below.

The student must be in eighth grade, have a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale beginning with grades active in sixth grade, and meet the behavioral and character requirements.

Students must also be able to verify at least 20 hours of community service with documentation. Acceptable forms of documentation include a letter or the form available on the website with signed documentation of the service done and number of hours. Service hours may be completed at the same place and should be signed off by a non-family member. The hours may begin at the beginning of his/her seventh-grade year and need to be completed by the first day of 8th grade.

Applicants are required to submit a letter of recommendation that addresses the student's character. This letter may be provided by a coach, youth leader, neighbor, or other relevant individual. The letter may not be from a middle school teacher or family member.

Reasons for ineligibility are listed below.

· Receiving an office referral

· Discipline Probation

· Receiving an N or U on your report card from more than one teacher during his/her sixth or seventh grade report cards

· Two 6-demerit notices in the same grading period within sixth or seventh grade

· Three or more detentions for the sixth and seventh grade school year, (only two detentions total are allowed)

· Any flagrant violation of the Code of Student Conduct such as, but not limited to, vandalism, fighting, stealing, cheating, forgery, or plagiarism will be grounds for non-selection or removal from NJHS

· Any student knowingly participating in bullying or hazing other students will also be ineligible for the organization

We are looking forward to inviting incoming eighth graders who have demonstrated both positive behavior and academics to join NJHS, please look for your application to join in September.

If you have any questions or are interested in the appeal process, please contact Mrs. Benoit at benoita@pcsb.org.

CONGRATS PCS SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER OF THE YEAR MRS. LANG

PCS DISTRICT MIDDLE SCHOOL BATTLE OF THE BOOKS CHAMPIONS

Online Back-to-School Forms

The district has compiled all 2024 Back-to-School forms, so parents can fill them out in one place - online. Families will be prompted to fill out forms as soon as they log into Focus. Forms are also available at www.pcsb.org/backtoschoolforms or by clicking the link below.

BACK TO SCHOOL FORMS INCLUDE:

  1. Parent Acknowledgement of Student Code of Conduct
  2. Media Release
  3. Directory Information Opt-Out Letter
  4. Network/Internet Acceptable Use Agreement
  5. School and Classroom Library Material Student Access (New this school year)
  6. Technology Equipment Acceptance and Responsibility
  7. Residency Questionnaire
  8. School-Based Healthcare Services
  9. Student Clinic Card
PARENT MEETINGS

MBFS MEETING CREDITED EVENTS

  • MADEIRA BEACH FUNDAMENTAL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING RESPONSIBILITIES 2024- 2025
  • As a requirement of the fundamental program, every parent/guardian must attend either a Parent Teacher Student Association sponsored event, (PTSA), School Advisory Council (SAC)/ Parent University meeting, or other general membership opportunities monthly, attending a total of six of eight general membership meetings over the school year (August- May). Meetings last approximately one hour (not to exceed 90 minutes) and parents/guardians are expected to be present for the entire meeting. Arriving late, leaving early, or failure of a parent/guardian to sign in, will result in the meeting being counted as unattended. If a parent does not attend a membership opportunity in a given month, they may not make up the missed credit by attending two opportunities in the next month. A ninth meeting opportunity will be made available in May to those families still needing a general membership meeting credit. Information regarding General membership meeting opportunities, such as the time and the location will be communicated. Please note that meeting days and times may be subject to change; ample notice will be given if a meeting date is rescheduled. For a full listing of general membership meeting opportunities, please see below:
MBFS MEETING CREDITED EVENTS

AUGUST

  • 19 PTSA Meeting 5:30P/ 7P *For general membership meeting credit
  • 20 SAC Meeting/ Parent University Fundamental Focus 5:30P *For general membership meeting credit

SEPTEMBER

  • 11 K-5 Open House, 5:15P (and 5:45P, sibling second session) *For general membership meeting credit
  • 12 6th grade Open House, 5:15P *For general membership meeting credit
  • 12 7th/ 8th grade Open House 7P *For general membership meeting credit
  • 17 SAC Meeting/ Parent University, 5:30P *For general membership meeting credit

OCTOBER

  • 18 PTSA Fall Festival 5P-8:30P *For general membership meeting credit
  • 22 SAC Meeting/ Parent University, 5:30P *For general membership meeting credit

NOVEMBER

  • 18 Community Partner Night * For general membership meeting credit

JANUARY

  • 13 PTSA Meeting 5:30P/ 7P *For general membership meeting credit
  • 14 SAC Meeting/ Parent University, 5:30P *For general membership meeting credit

FEBRUARY

  • 25 SAC Meeting/ Parent University, 530P *For general membership meeting credit
  • 22 PTSA Fish Fry (12P-5P) *For general membership meeting credit

MARCH

  • 1 Fish Fry (Rain Date)
  • 7-9 Volunteering at St. Petersburg Grand Prix *For general membership meeting credit
  • 24 SAC Meeting/ Parent University, 5:30P *For general membership meeting credit
  • 31 Community Partner Night (tentative) *For general membership meeting credit

APRIL

  • 7 PTSA Meeting 5:30 *For general membership meeting credit
  • 8 SAC Meeting/ Elementary Jump Up 5:30P *For general membership meeting credit

MAY

  • 5 PTSA Meeting 5:30P *For general membership meeting credit
  • 6 SAC Meeting/ Parent University, 5:30P *For general membership meeting credit

When circumstances arise, which make it impossible for a parent/guardian to attend a required meeting, a representative (18 years or older) may be sent. The representative may not be a parent or teacher at the school and may represent only one family. The representative may be sent to no more than two meetings per year. If a parent must exercise this option, they must notify the principal prior to the meeting. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to make the representative aware of all obligations.

PROCEDURE FOR UNATTENDED MEETINGS IS AS FOLLOWS:

  • After one (1) missed meeting a reminder letter will be sent to the family.
  • After two (2) missed meetings a letter will be sent placing the parent/family on probation. Once a family is placed on probation, a representative may not be sent to any meetings. The parent or legal guardian is required to attend all remaining meetings.
  • After the third missed meeting, the student/family will be referred to the school-based Intervention and Appeal Committee (IAC).

For general membership meeting credit, attendees must arrive no later than 15 minutes from the start of the selected meeting for check-in. Attendees are required to remain for the entirety of the meeting.

STUDENT DROP OFF AND PICK UP

The student hours are: 745A- 1:55P Elementary 745A- 215P Middle grades

Our earliest student drop off each day is 715A. Parents are required to remain with their child in the carline if arriving to student until 715A. So that we continue traffic in line without disruption, there is no parking and walking up for drop off and pick up or students.

See a video below that can help you navigate thru our car line

It would not be wrong to come and practice the car line before school starts.

All elementary students drop off and pick up follows the red signs (inside loop of traffic). All middle grades families, (and those with elementary students) follow the blue signs (outside loop that flows towards Boca Ciega Bay).

In our car line, we kindly ask for you to close all gaps, use a dashboard name sign, a left turn signal to pass out of the line, and have your students drop off/ pick up ready with backpacks, folders, and music instruments in hand, and ready to exit or enter their vehicle. At no time should students enter or exit vehicles from the driver’s side, nor should you get out of your vehicles when using car line.

NO PARKING

We always appreciate exemplary conduct from our parent community, as the neighborhood and businesses which surround our school are an extension of us. We request (and our business community across from school request) you use are car line for drop off and pick up purposes not the businesses across from school.

Part of being a good steward in the community is to respect the wishes of local businesses. They have requested that you do not direct your children to be dropped off or picked up from the local businesses nearby, like the Publix Shopping Center, and Walgreen's.

NO PARKING OFFSITE-ITS' ALL ABOUT SAFETY

  1. Students just do not look out for cars and motorists sometimes just don't see them.
  2. School Staff is not available to monitor student behaviors off site.
  3. Increased traffic, where our families block entrances or exits, and use businesses as a second or third car line, discourages business from the community at student drop off and pick up times, and prevents their staff from find parking for work.

Prohibited Articles Cell Phones and Other Electronic devices

Parents are advised that the best way to get in touch with their child during the school day is by calling the child’s school office.

Students may possess an electronic device, which is defined as a device designed to receive and send an electronic signal, so long as they do so in strict compliance with this policy and any rules that individual schools may impose. Any student who fails to abide by the terms of this policy forfeits any right or privilege to possess any electronic device described in this policy. Pinellas County Schools recognizes the ever-increasing importance of technology in students’ lives and the beneficial role it can play for student education and communication when used responsibly. The possession and use of such devices should not interfere with academic instruction, student safety or a positive school climate.

At no point should an electronic device be used in a manner which infringes on the privacy rights of any other person; disrupts the educational process, school programs or activities; or violates Board Policy or federal/state law including but not limited to cyberbullying, sexual harassment, threats or cheating on tests or assignments. Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action and/or confiscation of the cell phone or electronic device. If the cell phone or electronic device is confiscated, it will be released/returned to a parent unless an alternative arrangement is agreed to by the principal (or designee).

A student may possess a cell phone and other electronic devices in school, on school property, at school-related functions, provided these items are powered off and concealed from view while school is in session.

At the discretion and upon approval of the school administrator, students may use electronic devices on school property, on school buses, or at school-sponsored events according to the following guidelines:
  1. At Madeira Beach Fundamental, cellular telephones and other electronic devices may be used before 7:25A, unless you are participating in breakfast or a before school activity.
  2. During class for instructional activities, with permission from the teacher.
  3. After school at the end of school day.
During official school hours the following rules apply:
  1. Students MAY NOT use electronic devices at school or school-sponsored activities to take pictures or record audio or video of students or school staff (including teachers, administrators or staff) without the prior consent of the student or staff member.
  2. Students may not use cell phones or other electronic devices on school property or at a school-sponsored activity to access and/or view Internet web sites that are otherwise blocked to students at school.
  3. The use of cell phones and other electronic devices is prohibited in locker rooms, bathrooms, and/or swimming areas.
  4. The student who brings a cell phone or other electronic device to school does so at their own risk. The student who possesses a cell phone or other electronic device is responsible for its care.
  5. Any cell phone or other electronic device left behind on a district school bus will be retained at the respective bus compounds until retrieved either by the student or parent possessing proper identification.
  6. School Board staff are not responsible for preventing theft, loss, damage, or vandalism to cell phones or other electronic devices brought onto its property, or left on school buses, including any electronic device confiscated due to inappropriate use.
PROGRESSIVE STEPS FOR VIOLATION OF GUIDELINES
  1. First offense – confiscation, parent/guardian notification, (K5 warning notice/ MS report notice)
  2. Second offense – confiscation/ student pick up at end of day, detention
  3. Progressive discipline steps

STUDENT SAFETY IS IMPORTANT TO US

The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. We are so proud of the students who bravely step forward to let us know when they have seen someone in trouble or think that someone is in danger by telling a trusted adult, or using the anonymous See Something Say Something App.

WHAT IS THE SEE SOMETHING APP?

Developed after the tragic loss of life experienced at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the See Something, Say Something Anonymous Reporting System was created to allow students and adults to securely submit anonymous safety concerns anytime, from anywhere to help identify at-risk students and intervene upon behaviors or actions that may cause harm to the student themselves or others. While playing a critical role in preventing unfortunate acts from taking place on our campus, the reporting system is like calling 911 due to a threat to self, a loved one or others. While the application adds a significant layer of safety to our campus, its use, or misuse also carries a significant responsibility and should not be used for non-threatening events or matters easily brought to the attention of a parent, teacher, trusted adult or school administrator. While we do not want to discourage the appropriate use of this preventative tool, it is the intentional abuse, much like the misuse of calling 911, that may result in disciplinary action. False or minor reports and intentional pranks or jokes consume multiple personnel and resources that are needed elsewhere and lessen the effectiveness of the system.

In the past school, staff received reports from the student body, copies of text messages and/or screen shots, and reviewed several tips that were all thankfully unfounded threats to the school, or in some instances made as false reports. Every report made will be investigated thoroughly and taken seriously. Please remind your student that making a threat and/or making a false report of a threat, even if intended as a joke, will result in serious consequences, including arrest and felony charges in many instances.

From the student code of conduct: any student who makes a threat or false report as defined by F.S. 790.162, 790.163, and 836.10, involving school or school personnel’s property, school transportation, or a school sponsored activity, will be suspended for no more than three (3) consecutive days for one offense and recommended for reassignment/expulsion. Threats may include but are not limited to: bomb threats; threats to use firearms in a violent manner; threats to kill or do bodily injury; and/or threats to conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism. In addition, if a student makes a statement or posts statements on social media alluding to the student bringing a firearm or other weapon to school, on school transportation, or to a school-sponsored event, even if the student does not actually bring the firearm or weapon, the student will be presumed to cause a disruptive environment which will lead to disciplinary action. Criminal penalties may be imposed as determined by law enforcement agencies.

We want to thank our parents, and students for continuing to keep Madeira Beach Fundamental School a safe and enjoyable place for our students, staff, and community. Your support by having these conversations at home will make a big difference, and will allow us to continue these conversations at school.