MBFS NEWS FROM SCHOOL UPDATE UPDATED 4.12.24

Hi MBFS families!

We are coming to the end of the year and we want to make sure that we set our school up for success for next year!

WE NEED YOU!!

We have seen a BIG DECLINE on parent involvement for school events, participation on fundraisers and physical volunteers.

We want to remind everyone of that morning when you opened the online portal and saw that your child had a spot offered at Madeira Beach Fundamental.

How excited you were to be able to send your kid to one of the most prestigious public schools in the county. I’m sure it felt like you won the lottery!!

Now that we are in it, we have to do our part as parents, to be able to continue with the Mad Fun. What does that mean?? We have to make sure our fundraisers are successful! Having enough volunteers to man up the games, concessions, spirit wear sales, etc.

When we don’t raise a certain amount of money we risk the fun stuff that we do throughout the year. Things like teacher appreciation days, 8th grade dance budgets, Manta Store, student incentives, teacher classroom requests, and so many more things that contribute to providing a great environment for our kids and school staff. Did you know that your PTSA pays for those student planners you get every year? Without these funds, we may not be able to pay for those next year.

We understand that sometimes life gets busy and time is limited. Sports, work, doctors appointments, and everything else!! Believe it or not, most of your PTSA Board have full time jobs and children themselves that they manage, but what we are asking is for you to participate as YOU can. On your own terms and time! There are so many things that happen backstage that there are a lot of opportunities to help!

You might be able to make some phone calls from home or reach out to local businesses through email.

Maybe you can volunteer with a parent of one of your kids friends and get to know each other while you help your kids school! Simply said -- We NEED YOU!

We are so grateful for what you already do and hope that all of us parents can come together and show up for our school and kids.

-From your PTSA Board

Mr. Ateek, Principal

FAST TEST PRACTICE

DID YOU KNOW?

The FAST is administered to students in grades 3–10 in May. The state has opened a practice testing site for them, and you to review and practice.

You can select the appropriate sample test items for Grades 3–10.

THE 8TH GRADE DANCE IS COMING. MAY 3, 2024- NOVA 535, 6P to 9P

8TH GRADE BOWLING IS COMING

MAY 11, 11A-1P

APRIL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING OPPORTUNITIES

*YOU WILL BE AWARDED MONTHLY MEETING CREDIT IN APRIL FOR ATTENDING ANY OF THESE EVENTS

4.13: PTSA FISH FRY NOON- 5P
4.13: RAYS NIGHT AT THE TROP

WARRIOR YOUTH CAMP

Osceola High School Football and flag football programs are running two camps this summer to engage our students in competitive drills, agility drills, position related techniques, football fundamentals, speed essentials, and form running. The camp includes t-shirt, games and fun. Optional meals and snacks available, along with free entry to both flag and football games for the upcoming seasons at OFHS. The camp dates are June 3rd-6th or June 17th-20th from 9:00AM – 3:00PM Monday through Thursday at 9751 98th St N, Seminole, FL 33777. Checks or Cash can be made payable to Osceola Football, please RSVP to Montgomerych@pcsb.org

FISH FRY 4.13, noon-5P

MADBCH FISH FRY

Our 28th Annual Fish Fry is this Saturday, April 13th, noon to 5P. This is our biggest fundraiser event of the year, and this is a family event you will not want to miss. Please remember students must be escorted by their parents.

TICKETS AND SILENT AUCTION

Pre-Sales for Fish Fry will close at 8pm on Tuesday, April 9th for our event! Tickets will be available on the day of the event. Pre-orders for meals, tickets and wristbands will be placed in teachers boxes by Thursday morning. Please ask your students. Any pre-sale t-shirts will be sent home Friday or can be picked up on the day of the event if you do not receive them on Friday.

Silent Auction is LIVE!!!! You can bid even if you cannot attend Fish Fry and new items will be added up until Saturday!

PARKING

Parking will be made available to you in all open parking spaces, and the large middle school PE field. Since parking may be tight, you may wish to carpool.

GENERATORS

We are still in need of generators to power the inflatables. Since having to reschedule, there were no generators available for this weekend. We are looking for minimum 5000w generators to power these blowups. We appreciate those that have contacted us so far. If you have one, please reach out to Erin at geosburn@gmail.com.

THANK YOU SOLAR SOURCE

Our friend, and parent Rick Gilbert, and company Solar Source, are provided all students glasses to observe the April 8 Solar Eclipse.

K5 STUDENT PLACEMENT IN'24-'25

As the current school year makes its’ final turn around the track, we begin making plans for next school year (2024- 2025 ) and we would like for you to provide us with information about your child. The school will be accepting written input (letters) that you would like to provide regarding your child’s placement for the 2024- 2025 school year. You may request characteristics of a classroom setting which may best suit your child’s academic, social, and behavior needs. Letters can be submitted to Assistant Principal Brooke Crandall at crandallb@pcsb.org.

Please do not submit requests for specific teachers. Grade level teaching assignments can change over the summer. In the past, these unexpected situations have forced the school to make teaching assignment changes over the summertime:

  • A teacher transferring to another school site
  • A teacher receiving a job promotion.
  • An unexpected leave of absence.
  • A teacher submitting a resignation.

Written input (letters) must be received to the attention of Assistant Principal Brooke Crandall by the close of the school day, Tuesday, April 30. The school will not be accepting letters after this date.

Our faculty will meet in grade level teams to make placement considerations. Student placement consideration will be determined by the Class size amendment (18:1 K-3, and 22:1 4, 5), achievement, behavior, and diversity. We will share any written input you provide to us with the teams. We assure you that our staff will work as a team putting students' needs first, and your input will be strongly considered, but requests will not be guaranteed. Before the end of the school year a generic grade level materials list will be posted on our school website. In early August, prior to the start of the school year, students and families will be invited to campus to Meet the Teacher, view class lists, review individualized class supply sheets, and tour the school. If you should have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 727-547-7697.

SAC '24-'25

WANT TO JOIN SAC (School Advisory Council) in 24/25? If you are interested in serving on our School Advisory Committee in the 2024-25 school year, please submit your request in writing to the attention of Mr. Ateek, Principal by Tuesday, April 30, 2024.

NEWS FROM SCHOOL STUDENT EDITION

Click this link below to learn about what is happening in our school. This update is written by students from our AVID program.

PCS Spirit Night w the Tampa Bay Rays, 4.13

Thank you to the 235 of you who purchased tickets to attend the ballgame. Tickets were distributed to those attending, and families will receive April general membership meeting credit for purchasing tickets. Go Rays, and let’s bring the madfun to the trop.

END OF THE YEAR EVENT CALENDAR

May

  • 3- 8th Grade Dance, 6P- 9P NOVA 535
  • 6- PTSA MTG. 530P *May Credited event
  • 7- SAC MTG, 530P *May Credited event
  • 11- 8th Grade Bowling trip to Seminole Lane 11A- 1P
  • 14- Band Spring Concert, 630P OFHS
  • 16- Choral Spring Concert, 630P OFHS
  • 22-29 Spirit Week- Special recognitions in all classes during the week.
  • 22- 5th grade Extreme Fun Center Field Trip 9A-1P
  • 22- 6th grade awards 1P
  • 23- 7th grade awards 1P
  • 24-5th grade awards 830A
  • 24 8th grade awards 1230P
  • 24 - Last Day for student backpacks
  • 28- K promotion parade w ’24 Seniors (breakfast 730A Parade 830A)
  • 29- 8th grade yearbook signing party and video show during lunch and 7th period
  • 29- Last Day Early dismissal 1155A K5 and 1215P MS
  • 29 K5 report cards go home with students.
  • June 4 MS report cards will be available in FOCUS/ PORTAL

END OF YEAR AWARD FAQ’S

  1. K Promotion Ceremony/ Grad Walk- Parents may sign their students out after award ceremonies.
  2. 5,6,7 and 8th grade award ceremonies are held in the middle school gym. Students will be dismissed from the gym after awards (and parents may sign them out afterwards).
  3. Middle school families of students receiving an award notified.
  4. Visitors to the school will be seated in the bleachers. A section for those who struggle with mobility will be provided.
  5. Award ceremony sign-in takes place outside of the gym.
  6. Students must be present on the day of each event to be allowed to participate.

Annual Madeira Beach Fundamental Kindergarten promotion parade, and Grad Walk featuring M.B.F.S. alum; high school graduates of the C/O ’24

****NEW****DO YOU KNOW A 2024 GRADUATING SENIOR AND MADFUN ALUM?

Former Madeira Beach Fundamental students, and are graduating Seniors from the Class of 2024 are invited to a graduation breakfast, parade, and recognition ceremony with our Kindergarten classes, Tuesday, May 28, 730A- 930A at school. Proudly wear your cap and gown to bridge the cycle of Kindergarten to 12th grade.

12th grade students should plan to arrive at school starting at 730A. You will be directed to a designated parking space and directed to breakfast in the cafeteria. At 830A a promotion parade will take place to recognize our kindergarten students, who will be escorted by members of the c/o’ 24 to a ceremony recognizing the kindergarten class, and newly graduated seniors.

If you can participate, click on the link below.

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT OUR ELECTIVE OFFERINGS FOR THE '23/'24 SCHOOL YEAR?

MBFS TEST SCHEDULE

  • 4.3 FAST Writing – grade 6, 7, 8
  • 4.9 FAST Writing – grade 4 (AM CLASS ONLY)
  • 4.10 FAST Writing – grade 4 (PM CLASS ONLY)
  • 4.11 FAST Writing – grade 5
  • 4.15- 4.19 World Language Performance Task
  • 5.1 FAST Reading grade 8
  • 5.2 FAST Reading grade 7
  • 5.3 FAST Reading grade 6
  • 5.6 Algebra & Geometry EOC
  • 5.7 FAST Math PM3 7th grade & Pre- Algebra
  • 5.7 FAST Reading grade 3 (AM Class)
  • 5.7 FAST Reading grade 5
  • 5.8 FAST Math grade 6
  • 5.9 FAST Reading grade 4 (AM Class)
  • 5.9 Science SSA grade 8
  • 5.10 FAST Reading grade 3,4(PM Class)
  • 5.13 Civics EOC Group 1
  • 5.14 Science SSA grade 5
  • 5.15 Civics EOC Group 2
  • 5.21 FAST Math grade 3, 4(AM Class), 5
  • 5.22 FAST Math grade 3rd, 4th (PM Class)
  • 5.21- 5.24 Finals grade 6, 7, 8

ELEMENTARY MEMORY BOOKS

THE TIME HAS COME TO ORDER YOUR ELEMENTARY MEMORY BOOKS

$20.00 and on sale NOW THRU 3/31/24. ONLINE SALES ONLY USING THIS LINK

Middle School YEARBOOKS

SALES ONLINE ONLY! ALL SALES ARE FINAL GRADES 6-8 ONLY!! $40.00. DEADLINE - March 31, 2024

*THERE WILL NOT BE A WAIT LIST AT THE END OF THE YEAR*

Online Back-to-School Forms

The district has compiled all 2023 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 MEETING DATES
  • 3-23 PTSA Fish Fry (12P-5P)
  • 4-8 PTSA Meeting 5:30 P/ 7P
  • 4-9 SAC Meeting/ Elementary Jump Up 5:30P
  • 4-13 Fish Fry Rain Date
  • 5-6 PTSA Meeting 5:30P ONLY
  • 5-7 SAC Meeting/ Parent University 5:30P

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.

SCHOOL THEME FOR ‘23/’24 is “Be” Going along with our monthly character words.

  1. B
  2. Be Responsible- March
  3. Be Honest- April
  4. Be Respectful- May

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.