PTA Updates

Hurricane ETA update!!!

November 11, 2020 - November 14, 2020

Hillsborough County Families,

The Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center has declared a local state of emergency as Tropical Storm Eta continues its path towards the west coast of Florida.

Due to this declaration, several of our school sites have been designated as storm shelters for our community.

We have made the decision to close all schools on Thursday, November 12th and Friday, November 13th.  Rest assured that we did not make this decision lightly as we understand this can create a hardship for our families.  However, we must place the safety of our students and staff first and take many things into consideration that includes possible road closures, high winds, damage to school buildings, power outages and whether our schools are being used as shelters.

All after school activities are canceled for Thursday, however, games and after school activities on Friday will remain as scheduled.  

Even if Hillsborough County receives minimal effects from the storm, please remember our district plays a vital role in supporting our community. Several counties in South Florida and on the west coast have already been declared a state of emergency and their residents will need shelter from the storm.

While schools are closed, teachers and students will be asked to engage in remote learning similar to our “Smart Start Week” back in August as a way to continue instructional momentum. Teachers will use Canvas and other online strategies they use on a regular basis for interacting with students. I understand that many students may not have accessibility to digital devices, so teachers will work with their learners and allow them adequate time to complete all assignments upon our return.  

Today is Veterans Day and is already a scheduled day off from school. With this said, we will continue to monitor this storm over the next few hours and provide updates on its path and overall impact.

We encourage all families and employees to take all necessary precautions at their homes and plan for the possible effects of Tropical Storm Eta. You can stay up to date with the latest information on our district’s Facebook and Twitter pages and on our website at www.hillsboroughschools.org.  At this time, we are projected to reopen on Monday, November 16th.

I appreciate everyone’s flexibility as we partner with our county leaders to ensure residents have a safe haven during this unpredictable time.

Respectfully,

Addison Davis

Superintendent

Refelections Art Program Important Dates!

November 5, 2020 - November 30, 2020

"I Matter Because..." Do you enjoy art? Then join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist with the PTA Reflections! This year's theme, "I Matter Because...," calls for your own unique interpretation through the arts. Please reach out to Mrs. Grigsby if you need paper to complete your project.
 
CLICK HERE for rules and guidelines and to enter, complete the form below.
 
Important Dates:
November 17th - PTA Reflections projects are due. CHANGED DUE TO HURRICAN ETA!!! 
November 18th - Date for Judging
November 20th - Awards announced during Morning Show

The Morning Show now for ELearners!!!

October 29, 2020 - December 31, 2020

We are excited to announce that our E-Learning students can now enjoy the morning show live at 7:40 every morning through zoom.

 

Here is the info: 

Zoom ID # 821 0413 5739 

Passcode  TigerTV#1 

 

The easiest way to connect is by:

  • go to Grady Media Center in Canvas.
  • then click on the Zoom Icon in the navigation bar to the left
  • select the Morning Show Stream meeting. 

If you prefer to go in by the link here it is:   https://sdhc.zoom.us/j/82104135739?pwd=Rm1ITEhtYmRybU1vK3FSZ2I2NTVpdz09

Hillsborough County Public Schools Families,

As COVID-19 continues to impact our community, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided clarification on how organizations define who is considered a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person. This clarification does not impact our COVID-19 Response Protocols, developed in collaboration with the Department of Health – Hillsborough (DOH-Hillsborough), but contains important safety updates designed to keep families safe.

Previously, the CDC described a close contact as someone who was within six feet of an infected person for 15 minutes or more.

The CDC now has further defined a close contact as someone who was within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic people, two days prior to test date) until the time the person is isolated.

Using our COVID-19 Response Protocols, we advise our schools to consider the following factors when investigating a close contact:

  • Proximity
  • Duration of exposure
  • Symptoms

Working with the medical experts at the DOH-Hillsborough, school district leaders have always emphasized caution in our decision making and examine each case strategically when determining who had contact with a positive case and in turn, who must quarantine.

Because of our already measured approach with contact tracing, we do not believe this clarification from CDC will result in more individuals from schools required to quarantine. We do understand, however, that medical experts are continually revising guidance and revising direction as they learn more about the transmission of COVID-19. These recommendations are expected to evolve as the virus remains a health concern across the nation.

We also want to remind families that if you suspect you or your child has COVID-19 please visit one of the many testing sites across Hillsborough County. A comprehensive listing of sites can be viewed, here https://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/residents/public-safety/emergency-management/stay-safe/getting-tested. There is no charge for testing at any of these COVID-19 public testing sites and insurance is not required. You can also call DOH-Hillsborough weekdays at 813-307-8076 to schedule testing.

We will continue to work with DOH-Hillsborough on our contract tracing protocols. The health and safety of our students and staff remains a top priority and together, we will reduce the spread of this challenging virus.

 

Respectfully,

Addison G. Davis                                                         Dr. Douglas Holt

Superintendent of Schools                                             Director

Hillsborough County Public Schools                              DOH-Hillsborough

Red Ribbon Week 10/26 - 10/30

October 23, 2020 - October 31, 2020

October 26th through the 30th is Red Ribbon Week! Red Ribbon is the largest drug abuse prevention campaign in the nation. Let's join them in their mission to keep kids drug free.
 
Monday - "Grady's Kids Pledge to Be Drug Free" - hand out stickers and wear red
 
Tuesday - "Don't get Tied Up in Bad Choices" and School Picture Day - Wear a TIE today pledging to make good choices for a drug free lifestyle
 
Wednesday - "Turn your back on Drugs" - Wear your clothes backwards
 
Thursday - "Make Good Choices and Sock it to Drugs" - Wear CRAZY SOCKS today showing that you are not afraid to say "No" to drugs!
 
Friday - "I've got better things to do than drugs" - Wear your favorite sports team shirt or wear your storybook costume. 

Monday - "Grady's Kids Pledge to Be Drug Free" - hand out stickers and wear red

Tuesday - "Don't get Tied Up in Bad Choices" - Wear a TIE today pledging to make good choices for a drug free lifestyle. 

Wednesday - "Turn your back on Drugs" - Wear your clothes backwards

Thursday - "Make Good Choices and Sock it to Drugs" - Wear CRAZY SOCKS today showing that you are not afraid to say "No" to drugs!

Friday - "I've got better things to do than drugs" - Wear your favorite sports team shirt or wear your storybook costume. 

Yearbook Ads Information

October 9, 2020 - April 1, 2021

To to create and order ads for your yearbook, wearte using the Pixami software. Here is a direct link to the storefront:
http://www.ssiyearbooks.com/112045ges/home3/Bookstore.jsp

The process works as follows:

• Locate the storefront through http://www.ssiyearbooks.com/ or via the direct link above.

• After selecting your desired ad size on the storefront, naming it, and choosing a theme, then you will be prompted to create a user account.

• Once your account is created, you will design the ad using an interface similar to the one provided to yearbook advisors for designing page layouts.

• After the design is complete, you can then place the order via the online storefront.  You will be charged the appropriate price for their size, plus a 10% handling charge for processing.

• You may view ad orders by going to the Sales area of the software via the main toolbar.

We will send a proof of the requested ad flyer when ready for approval.  

5th Grade Committee Meeting

October 7, 2020

The next 5th Grade Committee Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20th.

The meeting is to be held virtually on ZOOM.

Meeting ID: 477 294 2480

Passcode: 5th Grade

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As part of our ongoing partnership with TGH/USF Health, we have created an informational video regarding Infection Prevention with COVID-19.

It is vital information that you may have heard before but these are steps we can take to protect ourselves and those around us.

Our local experts in the field of public health and infectious disease joined me, along with Chief of Staff Michael McAuley, to discuss:

  • Transmission of and the incubation period for COVID-19
  • Impact of COVID-19 on children
  • Strategies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our schools
  • What we can expect this fall and winter with flu season and COVID-19

I encourage you to take some time to watch the video at this link: https://youtu.be/9H4r1ksGZ64

The medical experts from Tampa General Hospital and USF Health, including Dr. Patricia Emmanuel, Chair, Department of Pediatrics and Dr. Claudia Espinoza, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, at USF, and Peggy Thompson, RN, Director of Infection Prevention at TGH, shared their insights as we continue to deal with the challenges of COVID-19 on our community.

Thank you to our friends at TGH/USF Health for providing guidance on the necessary steps we have implemented for a healthy, safe environment for everyone in our district.

Respectfully,

Addison G. Davis

Superintendent of Schools

Congratulations to Ms. Finitz, Mr. Florio and Ms. Richmond each of whom are being awarded for their commitment to excellence in education! 
 
- Ms. Sara Finitz, kindergarten teacher, has been named Grady Teacher of the Year
 
- Mr. Steven Florio, Music Specialist, has been named Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year
 
- Ms. Sandra Richmond, Principal's Secretary, has been named Non-Instructional Support Person of the Year.
 
We are so lucky to have these amazing teachers and staff supporting our school and students!

We need your photos for this year's Yearbook!!!

August 28, 2020 - October 31, 2020

The yearbook for the 2020-2021 school year will be made mostly with pictures of students shared by parents and teachers.
 
Please send 1-2 pictures of events to  [email protected]
 
Pictures of events we are looking for:
First day of school
Tiger Trek
Fall Festival activities 
Spirit week
Reflections art
Square1Art
 
Thank you, 
The Grady PTA 

Grady PTA wins COVID-19 Relief Grant!!

August 28, 2020 - September 30, 2020

Grady PTA was awarded a COVID-19 Relief Fund Grant sponsored by TikTok. 
 
This grant will be used to make sure every student at the school has the materials they need to complete assignments and Be able to continue with art and science projects without sharing resources. The grant focuses in 3 areas:
 
1) Basic supplies for students in need. We have created 35 bags with basic supplies.  
 
2) Art materials for art projects and for Reflections Art Competition. (A Black Fine point sharpie and a set of watercolors will be available for all K-5th Grady students, distribution for eLearners TBD).
 
3) Science Kits (We are working on finalizing lists of supplies by grade level, for b&m and eLearners).
 

COVID-19 Policies from our Superintendent

August 26, 2020 - September 30, 2020

For more information on the steps that will be taken for anyone who tests positive for COVID-19, and anyone who comes in contact with a person who tests positive for the virus. 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFOMATION

Para obtener más información sobre los pasos que se tomarán para cualquier persona que dé positivo en la prueba de COVID-19 y cualquier persona que entre en contacto con una persona que dé positivo en la prueba del virus.

HAGA CLIC AQUÍ PARA MÁS INFORMACIÓN

Instructions For Students With Medication/s

August 18, 2020 - August 31, 2020

Any students who will need to have medication at Grady should call the school and set an appointment with Ms. Rehmann, our school nurse. Ms. Rehmann will get all the necessary paperwork ready for you. Once all the paperwork is complete, call Ms. Rehmann again to schedule an appointment to drop off the medicine.

 

canvas

Dear Hillsborough County Public Schools Families, 

For the 2020-21 school year, we are excited to share that we will be moving to a new learning management platform called Canvas—a new hub of learning for our school district for all PreK-12th grade students, parents and educators. Over the next few weeks, we will be providing you with training material and videos so that you are prepared for the school year. 

Click here to view an important Canvas introductory video from Superintendent Addison G. Davis to get you started.

Canvas provides live (in-class instruction for teachers to use, once students are back inside classrooms) and virtual instruction options. This platform is user-friendly regardless of your learning style.  

We want to make sure the transition to Canvas is as smooth as possible; that is why we created a Hillsborough Canvas Family Guide where tips, resources and training will be updated periodically for our entire Hillsborough Schools Family to view.  To access this guide, visit the Families section of hillsboroughschools.org under Helpful Links, and click the Canvas Family Guide.  

Although student courses are not available yet, we encourage you to become familiar with this new platform. Once you have logged into Canvas you can access this guide any time by clicking the help icon. 

NOTE:  If you have already created a district MySPOT account to access Edsby or Online Report Cards, you do not have to create an account.  The current email address and password you use to login will automatically work for Canvas.

Fast Facts about Canvas: 

  • 95% of higher education institutions use Canvas—which helps prepare our students for life after high school.  
  • Through Canvas, parents can be observers, monitor student progress, see feedback from teachers, and see student assignments.  
  • Canvas also offers a free APP where grades and course content can be viewed. Students can submit assignments and keep track of course work with a to-do list and a calendar. Messages can be sent and received; discussions can be posted, and students and parents can receive push notifications for new grades and course updates—a great way to monitor student progress on the go.  
  • Canvas provides feedback to students on their work; teachers can leave comments directly on assignment pages. Teachers can also record a video to give details on assignments and encourage students, which builds a better connection between teacher and student during virtual learning. 

Teachers and staff are currently working on professional development training— include Canvas training, to enrich student instruction in a virtual environment.  

Thank you for your patience as we work together to create the tools needed for teachers and students to succeed. We look forward to providing you with this new hub of learning.  

Respectfully, 

Hillsborough County Public Schools


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Grady Virtual Open House 8/19 !

August 12, 2020 - August 20, 2020

Grady Virtual Open House

Wednesday, August 19th

Zoom Meetings for every teacher or pair of teachers at both time slots:

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

5:30 Pm - 6:30 PM

Everyone will receive their teacher/s Zoom meeting ID and Password with their teacher assignment by mail in their Student Placement Packet. Instructional materials pick up will take place on August 20th and 21st. Times are still being finalized.

***If you have not received your teacher assignment, zoom meeting ID and password by end of business on August 17th; please call the school office on Tuesday, August 18th.*** 

Tiger Trek Tee Shirt - Sponsorship Deadline Sept. 11th

August 3, 2020 - September 11, 2020

One of the first events of the year is Tiger Trek!  This year it will be a little different as we are raising money as a school, meaning if we can raise $15,000 then every student and teacher will receive a Tiger Trek shirt!  Students who individually raise over $300 will be receiving a shirt in reverse colors to show their achievement.

Would you like your family or business represented on the back of the shirts?  Then sign up as a Family or Business Sponsor, Tiger Red (Bengal) or higher.  The deadline for having your name included as a sponsor on the back of the Tiger Trek shirt is September 11.  Please see the attached sponsorship form or visit https://www.gradytigers.org/tiger-partnership-program for more information.

 

Sponsorship Levels

  • Leader of the Pack $10,000
  • Tiger Silver $5,000
  • Tiger Bronze $2,500
  • Tiger Red $1,000
  • Tiger Yellow $500
  • Tiger Green $250

 

Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,
The Grady PTA

Still time to submit "Student Letter Of Intent"

July 27, 2020 - August 24, 2020

Dear Tiger Families,

 
I just wanted to give everyone a quick update on our return status to this point. Our student declaration of intent for Grady is as follows:
 
Response rate: 81%
 
Face to Face: 50%
eLearning: 28%
Virtual: 3%
No response: 19%
 
There is still time to submit your student declaration of intent. The intent can be found at https://intent2020.hcps.net/. If your child does not have a student number, please call the school and we will help you with your intent.
 
Due to the change in the start date for the 2020-2021 school year, Open House will be moved to a later date and held virtually. Student placements will also be sent out closer to the start of school. We will communicate the new Open House and student placement dates once they are established.
 
Thank you and stay safe!
 
Mike Campbell
Principal

Renew Your Grady PTA membership by September 30th!

July 27, 2020 - September 30, 2020

Hello Grady PTA Members,
 
Thank you for being a member of Grady's PTA for the 2019-2020 school year! Memberships need to be renewed before September 30, 2020 to stay as an active member for the 2020-2021 school year. When you renew your membership, you will receive an email confirmation with your new membership card. Our first PTA General Meeting will be scheduled for the first week of August through a virtual platform, we will approve our PTA's budget for the 2020-2021 school year in this meeting (more information coming soon). Remember that each sponsorship level includes 2 memberships. If you become a sponsor, there is no need to renew your membership, our VP of Sponsors will renew your membership. 
 
Please continue to support our school by renewing your Grady's PTA membership.
 
Why Join: Grady’s PTA has funded over $150,000 in projects that have improved school and classroom technology, provided afterschool tutoring, contributed to school-wide safety features and provided grants to classroom for additional supplies and enrichment materials.
 
Who Can Join:  Parents, Grandparents, Children grades 6th - 12th, Teachers, Faculty and Members of the Community.
 
Cost: $6 per person or $10 for two (Only online payments will be accepted at this time.)   Please visit https://gradytigers.org/membership-form to pay by credit card. While we wait for district and school regulations to establish, PTA will keep transactions online, to help keep our students, staff, and families safe. 

Grady PTA communicates with Grady Tiger families via Tiger Talk email.  As a member you will be automatically signed up and will begin receiving PTA and school information. Student members do not need to provide an email address.

**In addition, all current PTA members get a 10% discount to Triage Consignment.** 
 
After you renew your PTA membership online, if you don’t receive your membership card through email please email [email protected] If you are not receiving PTA emails please visit https://www.gradytigers.org/tigertalk to sign up for tiger talk.
 
Thank you for continuing to support our PTA,
 
Grady's PTA

First Day of School Pushed Back to August 24th

The School Board voted to approve the Superintendent’s recommendation that the first day of school for students be moved from August 10th until August 24th.

Teachers and staff will return to schools as planned on July 31st.

The School Board also approved a new student calendar to make up for missed classroom time due to pushing the school start day to August 24. You can find that revised calendar here.

The School Board also voted on a new bell schedule to ensure students have the required amount of time in their courses.

PTA School Supply Drive Extended

July 22, 2020 - August 13, 2020

We have added dates to our school supply drive. Supplies can now be donated  on July 30th, August 6th, & August 13th from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm at Grady Elementary. 
To limit contact and keep our families safe, there will be a box on the sidewalk where you can drop any donations. Drive through the car loop on Morrison Ave and the box will be right under the overhang at our school entrance. 
 
Our goal is to create 150 kits to provide to our students in need so that they can successfully complete all of their assignments whether in person or via eLearning. We also want additional cleaning supplies to ensure that we can keep our school as clean and safe as possible. 
 
REQUESTED ITEMS:
 

Uniforms:

School uniforms in good condition can be donated for our annual uniform swap. Details about the uniform swap will be provided in early August.

 

School Kits:

  • Pack of Dixon Ticonderoga # 2 pencils

  • Box of 8 pack Washable Markers

  • Plastic 3 prong pocket folders (blue, green, yellow, red)

  • Regular box of 24 crayons

  • Scissors

  • Wide ruled spiral notebook 1 subject

  • College ruled spiral notebook 1 subject

  • Pencil Pouch

  • Glue sticks

  • Erasers

 

Health and Safety:

  • Sanitizing Wipes (wipes must not contain bleach)
  • Hand Sanitizer (any brand)
  • Lysol disinfectant spray
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Face Masks (reusable or disposable)

 

Science Kits:

There is a wish list on amazon of items requested to make individual science kits

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1U2Y4X2VFW34P?ref_=wl_share


Due to Covid-19, our needs have significantly increased this year because there are more families having a hard time buying school supplies, larger quantities of items are needed to avoid students sharing supplies, more cleaning items are requested to supplement what the district is providing, and less funds are available from School Kit sales to purchase missing items. 

 

Thank you for supporting our school and students! We need your help more than ever during these unprecedented times. 

Letter From The Grady PTA

July 17, 2020 - August 31, 2020

Dear Grady Families,

 

As we are preparing for our new school year, I want you to know that I share your concern of uncertainty for next school year. It is hard to plan with so many changes that we have faced and will continue to face in 2020. I want you to know that our PTA is planning to focus on health and safety for next school year, and I have been communicating every month with our executive board and committee chairs to plan for next school year. Grady has always felt like a family and we want to make sure all students, whether in person or e-learning, feel included in every event and assignment. We are a family and we will continue supporting each other during this time. Here are some of the changes that will be happening at Grady for the 2020-2021 school year (events are subject to change):

 

  • All Fall 2020 PTA events will either be cancelled or be offered virtually.
    • All PTA monthly planning meetings during Fall 2020 will be conducted through a virtual platform on the second Tuesday of the month at 8:00AM. 
    • Our PTA general meeting will take place in August through a virtual platform.
    • As of right now, PTA will only be taking online registrations and renewals for membership and PTA events. Checks will still be allowed for family and business sponsorships. Keep in mind that all sponsorship levels include two PTA memberships. Please contact [email protected] with any membership related questions. 
    • Our communication will be mainly through email and the PTA website (www.gradytigers.org). It will be supported by digital marquee and Facebook. Please make sure you register at www.gradytigers.org/tigertalk to receive Grady PTA emails. 
    • ASE clubs in person have been canceled for the Fall semester. We are looking at the possibility of offering virtual clubs if parents are interested. Please contact [email protected] with any questions related to clubs.
    • There will be a school supply drive in late July (more information coming soon).
    • We will be receiving school kits in the last week of July. We will schedule a pickup date once the school kits arrive at Grady. 
    • Summer clean-up has been cancelled.
    • August Skate Night has been cancelled.
    • Grandparents Breakfast in September has been cancelled.
    • We will continue to offer Spirit Week in person and virtually.
    • We will have a Square 1 Art fundraiser in Fall and Spring. Students will work on their art in the Fall and will be able to buy a gift for their grandparents using the submitted art as a design. This event will replace Chick fil-A Art Night.
    • Grady will participate in Reflections Art in the Fall and Doodads in the Spring.
    • September 21-25, Start with Hello Week
    • Tiger Trek will be offered virtually in September and will last 1 week. Students attending school in person can participate during school hours as a class on the new Grady Track. Track construction will begin in late summer. 
    • Fall Festival will be offered virtually in October some of the activities we will have are rock painting, pet costume contest, pumpkin carving contest, etc.
    • Dec 12 - tentative winter school clean up 
    • Feb 5 - tentative Skate Night
    • Mar 27 - tentative spring school clean up
    • April 10 - tentative auction date
    • We will continue to have a yearbook for the 2020-2021 school year, but the success of the yearbook will depend on the pictures submitted to [email protected] from parents and teachers since there will be no massive in person PTA events. Parents and teachers are encouraged to take pictures of their kids and students participating in school and PTA events and submit their favorite 2-4 pictures of each event.

 

As of today, all of our executive board members are planning with continuing their positions for the 2020-2021 school year, however there are some committees with vacant positions, if you would like to be a part of a committee please contact [email protected] 

 

Sponsorship and PTA membership registrations for 2020-2021 school year are now opened. Emails with more information will follow soon.

 

Thank you for your continued support to Grady Elementary,

 

Norma Maiz

Grady PTA President

[email protected]

We can’t believe that the school year has already wrapped up. Thanks to all of our amazing teachers, staff, students and families that helped make this a wonderful year at Grady Elementary and did an incredible job transitioning to eLearning! Congratulations to all of our fifth graders and best of luck in middle school!

Don't forget to order your school supply box filled with the exact items requested by your child's teacher. Buy your school supplies early and avoid crowded stores and long waits for shipping this summer. Order online at www.shopttkits.com and enter account number 36155. Place your order by June 5, 2020.  

Thank you to Grady’s 2019-20 Business and Family Tiger Partners.  Grady PTA recognizes and gratefully appreciates each of the following Family and Business Tiger Partners:

Tiger Business Partners

Family Sponsors: 

  • Leader of the Pack level partner: Drs. Siviero & Heather Agazzi
  • Tiger Bronze partners: Melanie Edwards Fowler; The Gibbs Family; The House Family; and The Zysk Family
  • Red (Bengal) level partners: Angi Comas; The Christopher Family; The Du Family; The Fitzgerald Family; The Gomez Family; The Jacobs Family - Jennifer, Jeremy, Welles & Briggs; The Ledford Family; The Lueckeman Family; The Roush Family; and The Schentrup Family
  • Yellow (Cougar) level partners: John Paul and Rosemarie Getting; The Neward Family; Khue and NamSon Nguyen Family; and Ken Vu
  • Green (Cub) level partner: The Knittle Family

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and everyone who donated to our fundraisers, particularly Tiger Trek and our online Auction, we raised the funds to build our track in just one year!! We are very excited to start construction of our track at school!

A sincere thank you to all of our PTA Board Members and all of the volunteers that participated during the 2019-20 school year! We are extremely appreciative of your time and support!

Congratulations to our 2020-21 Executive Board! 

President - Norma Maiz
VP of Membership - Rachel Zysk
VP of Communication - Ivelise Revett
VP of Sponsorship - Kate Nelson
VP of Fundraising/Ways and Means - Kat Cowley
VP of Events - Jahaira Quintana
VP of Volunteer Relations - Brad Smith
VP of Special Projects - Jannine Neward
VP of Finance - Clarissa Medeiros
Treasurer - Heather Moniz
Secretary - Margarita Rivas
Corresponding Secretary - Kate Beauregard
 
We hope that you all have a safe, happy summer.

Please click on the links below for the 2020-2021 School Supply lists. If there are any changes due to coronavirus, we will share them.

For familes in need, the PTA is hosting a drive to provide basic school supplies. More information and who to contact is coming soon.

Tomorrow morning is our Fifth Grade Car Line Clap Out at 9:00 am. Congratulations to all of our fifth graders! We are so proud of you and wish you all the best in middle school! 
Please email [email protected] if you purchased a yearbook, but did not receive it with the student materials pick up on May 22nd or if you still need to purchase a yearbook. Yearbooks are available on a first come first serve basis and cost $30 payable in cash or check. 
Below are some upcoming important dates
05/28 - Fifth Grade Car Line Clap Out from 9:00 - 9:30 am
05/29 - Student Return of Devices from 9:00 - 2:00 pm
05/29 - Last Day of School
06/05 - Deadline to order School Supply Kits

School Supply Kits
This year we are again offering the Teacher Tailored supply kit program which offers pre-packed, school supply boxes filled with the exact items requested by your child's teacher. Supply orders include the exact colors, quantities, and brands your teachers have approved for class. Buy your school supplies early and avoid crowded stores and long waits for shipping this summer.

Order online at www.shopttkits.com and enter account number 36155. Place your order by June 5, 2020.

Box Tops
Don't forget to scan or clip your Box Tops. Remember to scan your receipts into the Box Top app and send a picture of your screenshot with the amount you have collected to Jena Ali at [email protected] to get credit. If you have digital receipts that you can't print and scan (such as from Instacart or store pickups), you can email your receipt to [email protected]com from the email associated with your Box Tops account. Help us reach our Box Tops goal!

Important Resources for Families
Please click on the links to view:
Hillsborough County Public School Updates
Hillsborough County Public Schools Call Hotline in English
Linea Telefonicas Directas en Español
Hillsborough County Public Schools Family Resources
Grab-and-Go Food Locations - The Grab-and-Go program provides weekly food distribution on Wednesdays between 9 am and 1 pm. Please click on Grab-and-Go Update for more details.
Edsby Guide for Parents and Students
 

Below please find the schedule for the online End of Year Awards. Please note that the awards are by invitation only. Teachers will be reaching out to families to let them know if their child will receive an award. They will also be providing the Zoom link and password.

Please contact the fifth grade teachers with any questions regarding the fifth grade car line clap out. 

 

Tuesday, May 26
9:00 Brinson/Minardi
10:00 Kindergarten
11:00 1st Grade
12:00 2nd Grade

 
Wednesday, May 27
9:00 3rd Grade
10:00 4th Grade
11:00 5th Grade

 

Thursday, May 28
9:00 - 9:30 am - Fifth Grade Car Line Clap Out

 

Friday, May 29
9:00 - 2:00 pm - Student return of devices

Friday, May 22 – Grady will be collecting and returning student materials according to the schedule below. Families should drive through the front parking lot and remain in their cars. An employee will ask for the child’s name (if you have a car hang tag, please display) and will bring your child’s materials to the car. Families should return any library books, teacher books, or textbooks they may have at home. Laptops will NOT be collected at this time. Students with siblings will be able to pick up every child’s materials during the youngest child’s time. 


  • PreK and K:    9:00 – 9:45am

  • 1st Grade:     10:00 – 10:45am

  • 2nd Grade:     11:00 – 11:45am

  • 3rd Grade:     12:00 – 12:45pm

  • 4th Grade:    1:00 – 1:45pm

  • 5th Grade:    2:00 – 2:45pm

Welcome New Grady Tiger Families!

Below are the registration documents needed for the 2020-2021 school year. Please read the registration letter that applies to your family and follow the directions given. If you are unable to print or provide the files electronically, you may come to the school for a paper registration packet. Please call Grady Elementary at 813-872-5325 to set up a time to pick up the registration packet.  Once your packet is complete, contact Heather Tanski, our Data Processor, to set up a time to register your child. Contact info is provided below.


Email: [email protected]

Fax number: 813-356-1476

Phone number: 813-872-5325

 

To get a Student ID Number for registration, please fill out the form at the link below:

Student Declaration Of Intent

 

Registration Documents:

Registration In-County Letter

Registration Kindergarten and Out-of-County Letter

SER

Residency Form

Release of Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is coming up next week, May 4-8th. Unfortunately, we won't be able to honor our teachers and staff in person as we normally would, but we still want to ensure that they feel our gratitude for everything they've done and continue to do for our students. 

Given the unprecedented nature of this year’s event, we are asking for some help from our Grady students and families. If your student would like to mail a card with personal words of appreciation or a gift card for the teachers/staff, you can send via email or mail a card directly to the school before May 7th as our teachers will be stopping by the school to clean out their classrooms next week. Please clearly mark the name of the teacher/staff member on the card to ensure it is routed to the correct person. Mail cards to Grady Elementary School, 3910 Morrison Ave, Tampa, FL 33629 (please do not personally drop off any cards or gifts at the school). You can also send egift cards via email, but we encourage you to confirm the email address and give your teacher/staff member a heads up so that the email does not get deleted or lost in junk mail. 

The PTA will provide our teachers and staff with a goodie bag on May 5th. The goodie bag will contain a coupon for a lunch at Wright's that can be picked up at their convenience, a Grady baseball hat, an Rtic tumbler with Grady logo, baseball cookies, crackerjacks, as well as a note of thanks for all they do in a drawstring backpack. 

Thank you for all of your support! 

We miss our Grady teachers and staff! Please click on the Grady Staff 2020 video to watch the very sweet video created by our Grady staff for our students and families. 
Don't miss the chance to buy this year's yearbook! The deadline to order online is this Thursday. Please visit www.strawbridge.net and enter code yb112045. We will provide instructions for picking up the yearbook in mid to late May.  
 

Tiger King Mike Exotic is no ordinary principal!!! Click here to watch the amazing video where he shows the future site of our new tiger habitat - a track!! Proceeds from the Grady PTA's Tiger King of Auctions will be used to provide educational opportunities for our students and help us build our track. We have already raised $60,000 toward our track and are only $10,000 away from our goal!

Bidding starts May 2nd at 6:00 pm, and closes on May 9th. Bidding will take place online via Qtego (https://qtego.net/qlink/gradytigers). Register now! 

Please note that registration requires you to enter a credit card, but you will not be charged unless you win an auction item on May 9th.  

Click on https://qtego.net/qlink/gradytigers to preview some of the items donated by our families, teachers, and community partners.

 
Centra Care is still open and taking every precaution to keep you safe and help you feel better, fast. In addition to following the guidelines set forth by the CDC, most prescriptions and over the counter medications are available onsite, so you can skip an extra trip to the pharmacy. Walk in, or make an online reservation at CentraCare.org. For additional details, please click on Centra Care


Below are some upcoming important dates
04/30 - Last Day to Order Yearbooks Online
05/02 - Grady Online Auction Starts at 6:00 pm
05/09 - Final day of Grady Online Auction and Virtual Party from 6:00 - 9:30 pm
05/25 - Memorial Day - No School
05/29 - Last Day of School
06/05 - Deadline to order School Supply Kits


PTA Awards

We are excited to announce that the Grady PTA won the following awards from the Hillsborough County Council PTA:

  • Golden Participation (for participation in county level meetings, trainings, conferences, and workshops)
  • Volunteer Hours (for logging volunteer hours of at least 2x the membership number)
  • Arts in Education (for Grady’s Doodad Sculpture Contest)
  • Health & Safety (for Grady’s Walk to School Wednesdays)

Congratulations to Grady’s individual nominees: Mr. Mike Campbell (Principal of the Year), Ms. Melissa Carl (Instructional Person of the Year), Ms. Heather Tanski (Non-instructional Person of the Year), and Mr. Brad Smith (Volunteer of the Year).  We are proud of you and how well you represent our school! 

Thank you to Ms. Grigsby and all of our volunteers that supported our PTA programs! 


School Supply Kits
This year we are again offering the Teacher Tailored supply kit program which offers pre-packed, school supply boxes filled with the exact items requested by your child's teacher. Supply orders include the exact colors, quantities, and brands your teachers have approved for class. Buy your school supplies early and avoid crowded stores and long waits for shipping this summer.

Order online at www.shopttkits.com and enter account number 36155. Place your order by June 5, 2020.

Box Tops
Don't forget to scan or clip your Box Tops. Remember to scan your receipts into the Box Top app and send a picture of your screenshot with the amount you have collected to Jena Ali at [email protected] to get credit. If you have digital receipts that you can't print and scan (such as from Instacart or store pickups), you can email your receipt to [email protected]com from the email associated with your Box Tops account. Help us reach our Box Tops goal!

Important Resources for Families
Please click on the links to view:
Hillsborough County Public School Updates
Hillsborough County Public Schools Call Hotline in English
Linea Telefonicas Directas en Español
Hillsborough County Public Schools Family Resources
Grab-and-Go Food Locations - The Grab-and-Go program provides weekly food distribution on Wednesdays between 9 am and 1 pm. Please click on Grab-and-Go Update for more details.
Edsby Guide for Parents and Students

We are excited to announce that the Grady PTA won the following awards from the Hillsborough County Council PTA:

 

  • Golden Participation (for participation in county level meetings, trainings, conferences, and workshops)
  • Volunteer Hours (for logging volunteer hours of at least 2x the membership number)
  • Arts in Education (for Grady’s Doodad Sculpture Contest)
  • Health & Safety (for Grady’s Walk to School Wednesdays)

 

Congratulations to Grady’s individual nominees: Mr. Mike Campbell (Principal of the Year), Ms. Melissa Carl (Instructional Person of the Year), Ms. Heather Tanski (Non-instructional Person of the Year), and Mr. Brad Smith (Volunteer of the Year).  We are proud of you and how well you represent our school! 

Happy Earth Day! We hope all our families are staying safe and healthy. Thank you to all the families that participated in our virtual spirit week. It was great to see the photos and videos of our students on Facebook!

Make sure that you sign up on Qtego to participate in The Tiger King of Auctions. Bidding starts May 2nd at 6:00 pm and concludes on May 9th at 9:30 pm. Follow our PTA Facebook Page to participate in our online party on May 9th from 6:00 - 9:30 pm.

School Supply Kits for the 2020-21 school year are now available for sale. Skip the stress of back to school shopping and order online at www.shopttkits.com (account number 36155). Place your order by June 5, 2020 and your student's school supplies will be delivered directly to their classroom.

Please note an important change to the weekly Grab-and-Go meal program. Families will now be asked to provide your child’s name and student ID number (lunch number) to staff on site. If your child is under school age, or is in another school system, you must provide each child’s name and date of birth in order to receive food. We want to ensure all students who need a nutritious meal have access, so our district is implementing new technology to better track our meal distribution. This process may mean wait times to receive Grab-and-Go meals could be a little longer. You can help speed up the process by writing your student's information on a piece of paper with large print— and holding it up to the window.


Below are some upcoming important dates
04/30 - Last Day to Order Yearbooks Online
05/02 - Grady Online Auction Starts at 6:00 pm
05/09 - Final day of Grady Online Auction and Virtual Party from 6:00 - 10:00 pm
05/25 - Memorial Day - No School
05/29 - Last Day of School
06/05 - Deadline to order School Supply Kits


Grady Auction Update
Hey there all you cool cats and kittens! You are invited to The Tiger King of Auctions. Bidding starts May 2nd at 6:00 pm on Qtego. The Tiger King of Auctions closes on May 9th with an online Facebook party from 6:00 - 9:30 pm. Please make sure to like and follow our PTA Facebook Page to participate in the online party.

Click on Grady's Online Auction to preview some items that will be open to bid on May 2.  You must register through Qtego in order to preview and bid on these items. We know that these are challenging times and we are all in this together.  Proceeds from this auction will be used to provide educational opportunities for our students and help us build our track. We have already raised $60,000 towards our track and are only $10,000 away from our goal!

ASE Club Updates
Since school closures have been extended until May 1st, our remaining ASE clubs will be completed online. The majority of club vendors have already sent emails directly or via the ASE Coordinator with instructions for how to access the online clubs. Please note that the Basketball, Lacrosse, and Flag Football Clubs run by Protential Sports have requested an extension and will be sending emails this week. If you don't hear from the vendor or ASE Club Coordinator by April 24th, please email [email protected].  

Yearbook Sales Extended
The Yearbook has been submitted for proof and online yearbook sales have been extended to April 30th. Yearbooks are hardcover and cost $30.  Please visit www.strawbridge.net to purchase and enter online code yb112045.

School Supply Kits
This year we are again offering the Teacher Tailored supply kit program which offers pre-packed, school supply boxes filled with the exact items requested by your child's teacher. Supply orders include the exact colors, quantities, and brands your teachers have approved for class. So get your back-to-school shopping out of the way early.

Order online at www.shopttkits.com and enter account number 36155. Place your order by June 5, 2020.

Box Tops
Don't forget to scan or clip your Box Tops. Remember to scan your receipts into the Box Top app and send a picture of your screenshot with the amount you have collected to Jena Ali at [email protected] to get credit. If you have digital receipts that you can't print and scan (such as from Instacart or store pickups), you can email your receipt to [email protected] from the email associated with your Box Tops account. Help us reach our Box Tops goal!

Important Resources for Families
Please click on the links to view:
Hillsborough County Public School Updates
Hillsborough County Public Schools Call Hotline in English
Linea Telefonicas Directas en Español
Hillsborough County Public Schools Family Resources
Grab-and-Go Food Locations - The Grab-and-Go program provides weekly food distribution on Wednesdays between 9 am and 1 pm. Please click on Grab-and-Go Update for more details.
Edsby Guide for Parents and Students

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Dear Families,

We are making some important changes to the way your student will receive their week’s worth of Grab-and-Go meals on Wednesdays.

This Wednesday, families should be prepared with specific student information in order to receive the meals.

If your child is in our school district, you will be asked to provide your child’s name and student ID number to staff on site. This is the same number as your child's lunch number. You can also find your child’s student ID number on Edsby.

If your child is under school age, or is in another school system, you must provide each child’s name and date of birth in order to receive food.

We want to ensure all students who need a nutritious meal have access, so our district is implementing new technology to better track our meal distribution. 

This process may mean wait times to receive Grab-and-Go meals could be a little longer. You can help speed up the process by writing your student's information on a piece of paper with large print— and holding it up to the window.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to feed our students nutritious meals during this closure.

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Estamos haciendo algunos cambios en la forma en que su estudiante recibirá las comidas de Grab—and-Go los miércoles.

Este miércoles, las familias deben estar preparadas con información específica del estudiante para recibir las comidas. 

Si su hijo está en nuestro distrito escolar, debe estar preparado para dar su nombre y número de identificación de estudiante al personal de Nutrición Estudiantil al frente de la línea.

Si su hijo es menor de edad escolar, o va a una escuela charter o privada, debe dar el nombre y la fecha de nacimiento de cada niño para recibir alimentos.

Nuestro equipo de Servicios de Nutrición Estudiantil está utilizando tecnología que podrá detectar si un estudiante ya recibió una comida para el día.

Este proceso puede significar que los tiempos de espera para recibir comidas podrían llevar un poco más tiempo.

Gracias por su paciencia mientras continuamos alimentando a nuestros estudiantes con comidas nutritivas durante este cierre.

Dear Parents:

Great News! This year we are again offering the Teacher Tailored supply kit program which offers pre-packed, school supply boxes filled with the exact items requested by your child's teacher. Supply orders include the exact colors, quantities, and brands your teachers have approved for class. So get your back-to-school shopping out of the way early.

Simply place your order by June 5, 2020.

Order online at www.shopttkits.com.

Enter our school's account number 36155.

Questions? Contact Jamie Babb at [email protected].

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Dear families,

The governor has just directed all school districts in Florida to keep schools closed through the end of the school year due to concerns over the coronavirus.

We will follow this directive and continue eLearning through the end of the school year. You can find our district’s eLearning Contingency Plan at HillsboroughSchools.org/coronavirus/eLearning.

Additionally, ALL extracurricular activities will be cancelled during this timeframe including graduations. However, we have worked with select seniors, school-based leaders and district staff to develop multiple options for school graduations. We will communicate that in the coming days.

We know you have many questions about what this means for your student’s grades as well as activities and events planned during the fourth quarter. We will be providing you additional details in the coming days.

We will also continue to provide our weekly Grab-and-Go meal distributions on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. during this time.

The health and safety of our students, staff, and community members are our top priority.

Our district will continue to provide updates to make certain everyone is apprised of all next steps.

Thank you for your support and flexibility during this time.

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Queridas familias,

El estado acaba de ordenar a todos los distritos escolares de Florida que mantengan las escuelas cerradas hasta el final del año escolar debido a las preocupaciones sobre el coronavirus.

Seguiremos esta directiva y continuaremos con el aprendizaje electrónico hasta el final del año escolar. Puede encontrar el Plan de contingencia de eLearning de nuestro distrito en HillsboroughSchools.org/coronavirus/eLearning.

Además, TODAS las actividades extracurriculares se cancelarán durante este período, incluidas las graduaciones. Sin embargo, hemos trabajado con personas de la tercera edad, líderes escolares y personal del distrito para desarrollar múltiples opciones para las graduaciones escolares. Lo comunicaremos en los próximos días.

Sabemos que tiene muchas preguntas sobre lo que esto significa para las calificaciones de su estudiante, así como sobre las actividades y eventos planificados durante el cuarto trimestre. Le proporcionaremos detalles adicionales en los próximos días.

También continuaremos brindando nuestras distribuciones semanales de comidas para llevar los miércoles de 9 a.m. a 1 p.m. durante este tiempo.

La salud y la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, personal y miembros de la comunidad son nuestra principal prioridad.

Nuestro distrito continuará proporcionando actualizaciones para asegurarse de que todos estén informados de todos los próximos pasos.

Gracias por tu apoyo.

Thank you to all of our families that have been posting photos and videos on our Grady Elementary PTA Facebook Page. We've enjoyed seeing our students! Today is our Workout Wednesday, so share photos of your students biking, wheeling, walking or exercising in the event discussion. Please note that the Grady PTA Facebook page is a public page and any photos or comments will be public.

Please note that the Grab-and-Go program has been changed to weekly food distribution. Beginning April 15th, students will be provided with one week's worth of food at a time. Pickup will be on Wednesdays between 9 am and 1 pm. Please click on Grab-and-Go Update for more details.   

Congratulations to our 5 Grady students that were named winners of the Doodad Shoe Sculpture Contest! 

  • K-2 - Olivia Rivas-Medeiros - 2nd Place
  • K-2 - Gustavo Rivas-Medeiros - 3rd Place  
  • K-2 - Mackenzie Currea - People's Choice
  • 3-5 - Milania Capo - People's Choice
  • 3-5 - Amina Devoe - People's Choice
The sculptures continue to be on display at Tampa International Airport. Given the current situation, the best way to see the sculptures in the Exhibit is on the Doodad website. http://doodadoftampa.org/2020-competition/  

Below are some upcoming important dates
04/15 - Spirit Week - Workout Wednesday
04/16 - Spirit Week - Throwback Thursday
04/17 - Spirit Week - Fun Friday
04/20 - Non Student Day   
04/30 - Last Day to Order Yearbooks Online
05/02 - Grady Online Auction Starts at 6:00 pm
05/09 - Final day of Grady Online Auction and Virtual Party from 6:00 - 10:00 pm
 
Grady Auction Update 
Hey there all you cool cats and kittens! Join us for The Tiger King of Auctions online from May 2nd - May 9th. Wear your best Tiger attire for our online party on May 9th from 6:00 - 10:00 pm. We will send full details about the auction and how to register on Friday. 
 
ASE Club Updates
Since school closures have been extended until May 1st, our remaining ASE clubs will be completed online. The majority of club vendors have already sent emails directly or via the ASE Coordinator with instructions for how to access the online clubs. Please note that Basketball, Lacrosse, and Flag Football Clubs run by Protential Sports have requested an extension and will be sending emails early the week of April 20th. If you don't hear from the vendor or ASE Club Coordinator by April 24th, please email [email protected]org 
 
Yearbook Sales Extended
The Yearbook has been submitted for proof and online yearbook sales have been extended to April 30th. Yearbooks are hardcover and cost $30.  Please visit www.strawbridge.net to purchase and enter online code yb112045. 
 
Box Tops
Don't forget to scan or clip your Box TopsRemember to scan your receipts into the Box Top app and send a picture of your screenshot with the amount you have collected to Jena Ali at [email protected] to get credit. If you have digital receipts that you can't print and scan (such as from Instacart or store pickups), you can email your receipt to [email protected]com from the email account associated with your Box Tops account. Help us reach our Box Tops goal! 
Important Resources for Families
Please click on the links to view:
Grab-and-Go Food Locations - Please note that the Grab-and-Go program has been changed to weekly food distribution on Wednesdays between 9 am and 1 pm. Please click on Grab-and-Go Update for more details. 

Grab-and-Go Update

April 14, 2020

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Dear Families,

This is a reminder that, beginning tomorrow, our district will be distributing food one day per week, providing students with one week’s worth of food at a time.

Due to new CDC guidelines and a statewide stay-at-home order, our district wants to minimize contact between Student Nutrition Services workers and our families.

Families will be able to pick up a week's worth of nutritious meals every Wednesday at the same 147 sites-- between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. This will include one pound of lunch meat, a loaf of bread, milk, juice and nutritious snacks. Students will receive enough food for each school day. Buses will also be transporting foods into specific neighborhoods for pick up every Wednesday.

It's important to note that these food bags will weigh over ten pounds together. If you are walking up or riding a bike to a Grab-and-Go site, please have your child bring their empty backpack to provide a simple way to transport the food.

For a list of frequently asked questions, please visit HillsboroughSchools.org. Thank you for your cooperation as we continue to keep our community safe while making sure our children have food during this closure.

Thank you

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Familias,

Este es un recordatorio de que, a partir de mañana, nuestro distrito distribuirá alimentos un día por semana, proporcionando a los estudiantes las comidas de toda la semana en un día.

Debido a las nuevas pautas de los CDC y una orden de estadía en el hogar en todo el estado, nuestro distrito quiere minimizar el contacto entre los trabajadores de Servicios de Nutrición Estudiantil y nuestras familias.

Las familias podrán recoger las comidas nutritivas de toda la semana los miércoles en los mismos 147 sitios- entre las 9 a.m. y la 1 p.m. Esto incluirá una libra de embutidos, una hogaza de pan, leche, jugo y refrigerios nutritivos. Los estudiantes recibirán suficiente comida para cada día escolar. Los autobuses también transportarán alimentos a diferentes vecindarios para que los recojan todos los miércoles.

 Los estudiantes recibirán suficiente comida para cada día escolar. Los autobuses también transportarán alimentos a diferentes vecindarios para que los recojan todos los miércoles.

Es importante tener en cuenta que estas bolsas de comida pesarán juntas más de diez libras. Si va caminando o en bicicleta a un sitio de Grab-and-Go, asegurase de que su hijo traiga su mochila vacía como una forma sencilla de transportar la comida.

Para obtener una lista de preguntas frecuentes, visite HillsboroughSchools.org. Gracias por su cooperación mientras continuamos protegiendo nuestra comunidad y asegurándonos de que nuestros estudiantes tengan comida durante este cierre.

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Dear Families,

Beginning this Wednesday, April 15th, our district will be distributing food one day per week-- providing students one week's worth of food at a time, instead of daily distribution.

Due to new CDC guidelines and a statewide stay-at-home order, our district wants to minimize contact between Student Nutrition Services workers and our families. We believe one-day-a-week food distribution will be safer for the community as a whole. 

Families will be able to pick up a week's worth of nutritious meals every Wednesday at the same 147 sites-- between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. This will include one pound of lunch meat, a loaf of bread, milk, juice and nutritious snacks. Students will receive enough food for each school day. Buses will also be transporting foods into specific neighborhoods for pick up every Wednesday.

Each student will receive a bag of food that needs to be refrigerated, and one that can stay at room temperature. It's important to note that these food bags will weigh over ten pounds together. If you are walking up or riding a bike to a Grab-and-Go site, please have your child bring their empty backpack to provide a simple way to transport the food.

Please note-- we will be feeding students this Monday April 13th,  and Tuesday, April 14th at Grab-and-Go sites- to make sure students have nutritious meals before the new schedule starts this Wednesday. For a list of frequently asked questions, please visit HillsboroughSchools.org.

Thank you for your cooperation as we continue to keep our community safe while making sure our children have food during this closure.

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Este es un mensaje importante de las escuelas de Hillsborough con respecto a un cambio en nuestro proceso de comida para llevar.  A partir de este miércoles, 15 de abril, nuestro distrito distribuirá los alimentos un día por semana – proporcionando a los estudiantes las comidas de toda la semana en un día, en lugar de una distribución diaria.                                                      

Debido a las nuevas pautas del Centro de Control de Enfermedades (CDC), y la orden estatal de quedarse en casa, nuestro distrito desea minimizar el contacto entre los trabajadores del Servicio de Nutrición Escolar y nuestras familias.  Creemos que la distribución de alimentos un día a la semana, será más seguro para la comunidad en general.  

Los miércoles, las familias podrán recoger los alimentos nutritivos de toda una semana, en los mismos 147 sitios de distribución – entre las 9:00 a.m. y la 1:00 p.m.  Esto incluirá una libra embutidos, una hogaza de pan, leche, jugo y refrigerios nutritivos.  Los estudiantes recibirán suficiente comida para cada día escolar.  Cada miércoles, los autobuses también transportarán los alimentos a vecindarios específicos para su distribución. 

Cada estudiante recibirá una bolsa de alimentos que necesitará ser refrigerado, y una que puede permanecer a temperatura ambiente.  Es importante tener en cuenta, que estas dos bolsas juntas de comida pesarán 10 libras.  Si camina o monta su bicicleta a los sitios de distribución de comidas para llevar, por favor asegúrese de que su hijo traiga su mochila vacía como un modo sencillo para transportar los alimentos. 

Por favor, tome en cuenta ---estaremos alimentando a los estudiantes este lunes y martes, 13 y 14 de abril, en los sitios de distribución de comidas para llevar – para asegurarnos de que los estudiantes tengan sus alimentos nutritivos antes de que comience el nuevo horario de distribución el miércoles.  Para una lista de preguntas frecuentes, por favor visite HillsboroughSchools.org.  Gracias por su cooperación mientras continuamos protegiendo nuestra comunidad y asegurándonos de que nuestros estudiantes tengan alimentos durante este cierre.

We have some exciting news - in order to make it easier for our families to stay connected while eLearning, we have created a Grady Elementary PTA Facebook Page. Please like and follow our page to view important reminders, auction information, and fun photos or videos from our virtual spirit week.  Our virtual spirit week runs from Monday, April 13th through Friday, April 17th.   Click on Grady Spirit Week to view the theme for each day. When you visit our Grady PTA Facebook Page, we will have an event for that day's theme and you can post related photos or videos of your family participating in the comments of the event. 

Important Resources for Families
Please click on the links to view:
Grab-and-Go Food Locations - These are for any children under 18 years old, not just students qualifying for free or reduced lunch. Please note that the closest locations to Grady Elementary are at Coleman Middle School and Plant High School. 
Below are some upcoming important dates
04/10 - Non Student Day 
04/13 - Spirit Week - Grady Spirit Day
04/14 - Spirit Week - Talent Tuesday
04/15 - Spirit Week - Workout Wednesday
04/16 - Spirit Week - Throwback Thursday
04/17 - Spirit Week - Fun Friday
04/20 - Non Student Day   
04/30 - Last Day to Order Yearbooks Online
05/02 - Grady Online Auction Starts
05/09 - Final day of Grady Online Auction & Live Auction
   
 
Grady Auction Update 
Hey there all you cool cats and kittens! Join us for The Tiger King of Auctions online from May 2nd - May 9th. We will be sharing details on how to participate in our online auction and how to sign up through Qtego via email and our Grady Elementary PTA Facebook page. 
 
Our 2021 Auction will be The Grady Gatsby themed, so save your Roaring 20's apparel for one more year. 
 
ASE Club Updates
Since school closures have been extended until May 1st, our remaining ASE clubs will be completed online. All parents should receive an email from their club vendor with instructions for how to access the online clubs by the end of the week. If you don't hear from the vendor or ASE Club Coordinator by April 9th, please email [email protected]  
 
Yearbook Sales Extended
The Yearbook has been submitted for proof and online yearbook sales have been extended to April 30th. Yearbooks are hardcover and cost $30.  Please visit www.strawbridge.net to purchase and enter online code yb112045. 
 
Box Tops
Don't forget to scan or clip your Box Tops as we are likely purchasing more groceries since we are spending extra time at home. Remember to scan your receipts into the Box Top app and send a picture of your screenshot with the amount you have collected to Jena Ali at [email protected] to get credit. We are less than $400 away from our goal. Let's beat our goal!!

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Dear Families,

The state has just directed all school districts in Florida to keep schools closed through May 1st due to concerns over the coronavirus.

In order to comply with that directive, the following facts will be in effect immediately:

  • All Hillsborough County Public Schools will be closed, including traditional and charter, through May 1st;

 

  • ALL extracurricular activities will be cancelled during this time;

 

  • We will continue online eLearning during this time. You can find our district’s eLearning Plan on our website, HillsboroughSchools.org/coronavirus;

 

  • We will continue providing our students nutritious meals, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 147 sites. You can find those sites on our website, HillsboroughSchools.org.

 

We understand this is a challenge for families. But the threat of this virus is very real, and we must take major steps to keep it from overwhelming our healthcare system.

As you know, the health and safety of our students, staff, and community members are our top priority. Our district will continue to provide updates to make certain everyone is apprised of all next steps. You can always visit HillsboroughSchools.org/coronavirus for the latest information.

I appreciate your understanding and flexibility during this time.

Addison Davis

Superintendent of Schools        

  

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Familias,

El estado acaba de ordenar a todos los distritos escolares de Florida que mantengan las escuelas cerradas hasta el primero de mayo debido a las preocupaciones sobre el coronavirus.

Para cumplir con esa directiva, los siguientes hechos entrarán en vigencia de inmediato:

  • Todas las escuelas públicas del condado de Hillsborough estarán cerradas, incluidas las tradicionales y las chárter, hasta el primero de Mayo.
  • TODAS las actividades extracurriculares se cancelarán durante este período de tiempo;
  • Continuaremos brindando a nuestros estudiantes comidas nutritivas, de lunes a viernes de 9 a.m. a 1 p.m. en 147 sitios. Puede encontrar esos sitios en nuestro sitio web, HillsboroughSchools.org.

Entendemos que esto es un desafío para las familias. Pero la amenaza de este virus es muy real, y debemos tomar medidas importantes para evitar que abrume nuestro sistema de salud.

Como saben, la salud y la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, personal y miembros de la comunidad son nuestra principal prioridad.

Nuestro distrito continuará proporcionando actualizaciones para asegurarse de que todos estén informados de todos los próximos pasos.

Siempre puede visitar HillsboroughSchools.org/coronavirus para obtener la información más reciente.

Agradezco su comprensión y flexibilidad durante este tiempo.

Addison Davis

Superintendente de Escuelas

We hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy. Thank you very much to our Administration and Teachers for everything they are doing to help with the transition to eLearning! Please read below for important information and updates to our Auction Night and ASE Clubs. 

We do have some exciting news to share. Grady Elementary was named the #1 Best Public Elementary School in Hillsborough County by Niche!!! We are so proud of our amazing faculty and staff for earning this well deserved recognition. 

A note from Mr. Campbell:

Dear Parents,

I hope every family is doing well and feeling fine. As we begin this exciting new eLearning experience, please know that Grady Elementary realizes that all stakeholders (students, parents, and teachers) may have some problems arise in this process. We will work through any issues that may arise. Do not panic or worry. The district has set up numerous hotlines. Teachers should be your main point of contact. The office and administration are always happy to answer questions, however the office will have minimal staff on campus to take your call.

A few reminders:

  1. Students will have daily assignments.

  2. If possible, let your teacher know you are working daily. (Your teacher may have already set this up.)

  3. School hours for teachers are 7:40am – 3:10pm. Any contact after hours will be returned within 24 hours.

Grady is here to support your child. We appreciate your support and flexibility during this time.


Sincerely,

Mike Campbell

 
Important Resources for Families
Please click on the links to view:
Grab-and-Go Food Locations - Please note that the closest location to Grady Elementary is Coleman Middle School
 
Grady Auction Update 
Coronavirus isn't going to keep us from raising funds for our school at Auction Night, but to ensure everyone's safety, our event will be moved completely online this year. Look out for an email late this week with details on how to participate in our online auction and how to register to bid through Qtego. 
 
Please note that if you have already paid for a ticket or table, you will be refunded via the original method of payment by April 3rd. If you wish to donate directly to the auction, an option will be provided via Qtego. Additional details will be provided next week. 
 
ASE Club Updates
While school is currently closed through April 15th, we have tentatively scheduled ASE Clubs to resume the first Monday we return to school and run for 4 weeks. Clubs would run from April 20th - May 15th. If the school closure dates change, we will provide an update. 
 
Yearbook Sales Extended
The Yearbook has been submitted for proof and online yearbook sales have been extended to April 30th. Yearbooks are hardcover and cost $30.  Please visit www.strawbridge.net to purchase and enter online code yb112045. 
 
Box Tops
Don't forget to scan or clip your Box Tops as we are likely purchasing more groceries since we are spending extra time at home. Remember to scan your receipts into the Box Top app and send a picture of your screenshot with the amount you have collected to Jena Ali at [email protected] to get credit. We are less than $400 away from our goal. Let's beat our goal!!

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El Departamento de Educación de Florida acaba de proporcionar la directiva para que todos los distritos escolares de Florida cierren las escuelas durante las próximas dos semanas debido a las preocupaciones sobre el coronavirus.

Mientras que estamos actualmente en las vacaciones de primavera (Spring Break) para la semana del 16 al 20 de marzo, esto significa que extenderemos nuestro cierre hasta el 27 de marzo. Nuestro plan de acción es reabrir las escuelas a partir del lunes 30 de marzo.

Para cumplir con la directiva del Departamento de Educación, los siguientes hechos entrarán en vigencia de inmediato:

 

  • Todas las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Hillsborough estarán cerradas, incluyendo las escuelas tradicionales y las chárter, durante las próximas dos semanas; 
  • TODAS las actividades extracurriculares se cancelarán durante este período de tiempo;
  • Durante la semana del 23 de marzo, todos los estudiantes tendrán acceso a actividades educativas a través de nuestro Plan de contingencia de educación en linea (eLearning) para garantizar instrucción educativa;
  • Durante las próximas dos semanas, todas las escuelas recibirán una limpieza profunda para garantizar un ambiente seguro
  • Además, el estado retrasará el inicio de todas las pruebas de FSA y EOC por al menos dos semanas.

 

Además, el estado retrasará el inicio de todas las pruebas de FSA y EOC por al menos dos semanas.

Como saben, la salud y la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, personal y miembros de la comunidad son nuestra principal prioridad. En los próximos días, continuaré proporcionando actualizaciones para asegurarme de que todos estén informados de todos los próximos pasos.

Aprecio su comprensión y compromiso con nuestros estudiantes y espero que cada uno de ustedes tenga unas vacaciones de primavera (Spring Break) relajantes.

 

Addison Davis

Superintendent of Schools          

Please see below for the Coronavirus Preparation Update provided by Hillsborough County Public Schools on March 3rd. Grady Elementary will be taking directives from the district. The most up to date information will be found on our district website at HillsboroughSchools.org.  

Here are some preventative steps you can take to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19 according to the CDC: 

           • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
           • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
           • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.  
• Stay home when you are sick.   
To view the CDC form in English, click here. Para Español, haga clic aquí
 

What can you do to help Grady?

           • Donate Lysol wipes, hand sanitizer, and tissues. You can drop them off at the front office.   
 
Please note that the district will be installing hand sanitizer dispensers on school buses, at the school's main entrance, and in the cafeteria in the coming days. In addition, the district will be providing disinfecting wipes for teachers to use in their classrooms, but it may take time for them to deliver to schools because of the large quantities required and current product shortages. Grady has hand sanitizer in our office and classrooms and the PTA purchased 38 containers of 110 Lysol wipes for our teachers to use in the meantime, but we appreciate any donations as they are not readily available in stores.  

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Coronavirus Preparation Update – March 3, 2020

We know you have questions about coronavirus/COVID-19 and how it may affect our schools and community. Our school district has been in constant contact with the experts at the Florida Department of Health.

Coronavirus is spread just like the flu, through droplets from sneezing or coughing. It can lead to a respiratory illness (an illness that affects breathing and involves the lungs) called COVID-19. If you have specific questions about you or your family’s health, contact your health care provider.

Current situation

1) We are operating our schools as usual, with normal hours. We are taking proactive steps for the health and well-being of our students and staff—frequently cleaning our classrooms and common areas. We are also installing more hand sanitizer dispensers in our schools. At this time, based on guidance from the Florida Department of Health, there is no reason to be scared—just be smart about prevention.

2) It is important to talk with your family about using good hygiene—this stops the spread of most illnesses. Follow the prevention steps here, especially:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth without washing your hands first
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve—not your hand

3) Stay home if you are sick. This helps stop the spread of any illness, including a cold or flu, and lets you rest and recover. If you have the symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus—fever, cough and shortness of breath—call your regular doctor and don’t go to school or work.

Absences due to illness

We always encourage our parents to keep their children home if they are sick. If a student stays home from school due to illness, and the student’s parent or guardian reports the reason for the absence to the school, the absence is excused under our district’s Attendance Policy.

For excused absences, students can make up the work they missed and can work with their teachers for missed assignments and tests. 

We are working with our teachers to ensure teachers who use Edsby are posting assignments there whenever possible and all teachers are making arrangements for make-up work. 

Spring Break and travel

With Spring Break coming, you may be asking yourself—should I travel? The CDC’s Coronavirus Information for Travelers webpage has the latest information. This is important: There are specific areas around the world and in the U.S. with high numbers of coronavirus cases. If you travel to a place where coronavirus transmission is happening and then you develop symptoms, you will be isolated by the Florida Department of Health for at least two weeks and you will put your family, friends and others at risk.

Hand sanitizer in schools and buses

We have ordered hand sanitizer dispensers to install on school buses and at the main entrances and cafeterias of all district-operated schools. We will be installing them as we receive them over the coming days. We are also looking to purchase disinfecting wipes that teachers can use as needed in their classroom. Because of the large numbers involved—235 schools with 12,000 classrooms—we have to find suppliers who have the large quantities we need and then have them shipped here, so this may take time.

Updates

We will continue to share regular updates via email and on our district website at HillsboroughSchools.org

March 6, 2020 Update 

Grady Elementary School Book Fair

March 9th - 13th

Grady Elementary School’s Spring Book Fair is next week, and we need more volunteers to make the event a success! Volunteers help children make their choices while they shop and ensure the process runs smoothly. Please take a moment to sign up here: https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/signup/834NSzDgy
 
The event runs from March 9th-13th and is located in the Kathryn Hance Media Center from 7:20 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. daily. There will be family nights on Wednesday (March 11th) and Thursday (March 12th) for parents to shop from 4:00-7:30 p.m. 
 

To view the interactive Book Fair Flyer: Click Here

Consider using the new eWallet feature in lieu of sending kids with cash. For more information, please click on eWallet. If you plan on sending cash, it is recommended to place cash in an envelope with students names for younger children. Keep in mind that there is an 8.5% sales tax added to all items. 

If you are unable to shop in person, click on Shop Online to access our online book fair. 

If you have any questions, please contact our Media Specialist, Mr. Tsourakis,  at [email protected]fl.us

Grady Dad's Night on March 5th

February 21, 2020

Save the date for our next Grady Dads Night on Thursday, March 5th at 7:00 pm at The Blind Goat.  

The Blind Goat Food and Drink Co. is located at 4106 Henderson Blvd. For more details about the restaurant, please click on The Blind Goat

If you are able to attend, please RSVP to Drew Catanese at 803-521-3261 or via email at [email protected] 

South Tampa Basketball Camp
Summer Registration Info.

Where: Held at Grady Elementary School  - 3910 W. Morrison Ave. Tampa 33629 

When: Week 1: June 8th-11th

           Week 2: June 15th-18th

           Week 3: June 22nd-25th

Times: Monday-Thursday 8:30-12:00 (V.I.P Child Care is available to pickup at Grady at Noon and take to daycare if needed.) Please call Coach Harris for details.

Grades: 1st-10th Boys & Girls

Coaches: All Certified Teachers/Coaches in Hillsborough County with many years of experience.

Pricing: One week purchase=$115

             Two week purchase=$110 (per week)

             Three week purchase=$105 (per week)

Military Discount: -$10 off total purchase.

Please visit us at www.southtampabasketball.com for details, forms to fill out, and address to send forms and payment or call Coach Harris at (813) 928-4673. 

EARLY REGISTRATION APRIL 1ST=$10 OFF
(ONLY ONE DISCOUNT PER FAMILY)
DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS MAY 8th TO SECURE A T-SHIRT

2020 Art Summer Camp Series is now open for registration!

Registration is now open for our 2020 Grady Summer Art Camps. Please visit www.gradyartcamp.com to get more details. Space is limited as we fill up each year. Our themed art camps focus on the exploration of art material through hands-on guided learning, interactive art play and skill development. Our summer art camps are a place where children feel comfortable expressing their creativity while meeting like-minded kids. You can also call 813-544-5140 to get camp information.
 
(3) Camp Week Dates:
June 8 - June 11th, June 15 -18th, June 22 -25th


Camp Times: 8am -12pm or 12:30pm -4:30pm (Both half and full day camps available: Sign up for both the morning and afternoon sessions to have your child participate as a full day camper)

Camp Price: $129 per camper per session. $25 non refundable deposit to hold spot

Camper Ages: Pre K-5th grade (Current 2019-2020 school year)

Camp Location: Grady Elementary, 3910 W Morrison Ave, Tampa, FL 33629

Number of Campers: Only 20 campers per class (Camp will feature 2 different classrooms)

Please visit 
www.gradyartcamp.com to get registered with only a $25 camp deposit.
You can also call 
813-544-5140 to get camp information. Space is limited as we fill up each year.
 

Ready for Kindergarten 02/19

February 11, 2020

If you have an incoming Kindergarten student, please join us for Grady Elementary's Ready for Kindergarten event on February 19th! Come and learn important information about our school, the kindergarten program and how to help your child make a smooth transition.  You will also have the opportunity to register your child for kindergarten (requirements below). Children are allowed to attend. 
 
Event Details: 
February 19, 2020 -  8:15 am -9:15 am
 
Grady Elementary School
Katherine Kay Hance Media Center
3910 Morrison Ave. Tampa, FL 33629
 
Registration Requirements:
Child must be 5 on or before September 1, 2020
Original Birth Certificate
Social Security Card (if available)
Current Physical and Shot Record
2 Proofs of Address - Current Electric Bill, Lease Agreement, Warranty Deed, 
Tax Receipt, Homestead Exemption or Contract for Purchase of Home
Entries for the Doodad Sculpture Contest are due next week! The deadline for submission is Monday, February 10th for K-2nd graders and Wednesday, February 12th for 3-5th graders. 
Mrs. Grigsby has given demonstrations about this project in class. There are shoe templates on the front office counter for interested students/parents to pick up. All students must include an artist statement briefly explaining their art along with their names, name of the homeroom teacher and their grade on a separate piece of paper.
 
There will be school-level awards given out to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention winners for each grade level. We will also be hosting a party celebrating all school-level winners. 
 
For more details and contest guidelines, please click on Doodad Sculpture Contest or email [email protected]k12.fl.us with any questions.  
This is the final week to turn in submissions for the Student Literacy and Media (SLAM) showcase, a district K-12 event celebrating reading. All students are invited to make two-dimensional art projects or short video book trailers about books in the special reading list. Submissions are due on Monday, February 10th. Top entries will be announced on February 24, 2020 and will be taken to the district Showcase at the Tampa Convention Center on March 24, 2020. At the event, those student creators will experience projects from all the schools and see award-winning authors and storytellers.
 
Our Media Specialist, Mr. Tsourakis, is available after school this week to consult with students but will need a written note from parents stating that they have given permission and will be able to pick up their student at 3:10, along with a contact number. 
 
For more information, please click here  or contact Mr. Tsourakis, at [email protected]us
SLAM Showcase:
DIstrict level video book trailers:

Tiger Talk Update 01.30.20

January 30, 2020

We have many upcoming events that require volunteers and we would be appreciative for any help that you are able to provide.

Here are the detailed events:

  • Assisting Mr. Tsourakis in the media center (ongoing) - Click on Media Center Volunteers to sign up for a 2 hour shift. Please note that dates are organized by days of the week (ie. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays). Currently, no extra help is needed on Mondays, but might be in the future.  
  • Walk to School Wednesday on February 5th from 6:55 - 7:40 am - Please click on Walk to School Wednesday to sign up. 
  • Set up chairs for the Pre-K and Kindergarten Valentine's Concert on February 12th - Volunteers are needed from 2:15 - 3:15 pm. We appreciate any time you can spare, even if you are not able to stay for the entire hour. Please click on Chair setup to sign up. 
  • Jump Rope for Heart on Friday, February 14th - Volunteers are needed to help monitor stations, hand out water, turn jump ropes and more. If you are interested in volunteering, please click on Jump Rope for Heart. You are encouraged to choose the times your child(ren) will be participating.
     
    Below are some upcoming important dates: 
    • 02/02 - Community Cleanup for 5th Grade Students at Coleman Track at 9:00 am     
    • 02/03 - Community Cleanup - Meet at Park & Walk at 12:55 pm    
    • 02/05 - Walk to School Wednesday from 7:00 - 7:35 am   
    • 02/06 - Last day to submit entries for the SLAM Showcase  
    • 02/07 - Fair Day - NO SCHOOL  
    • 02/10 - K-2nd Sculptures due for Doodad Sculpture Contest  
    • 02/12 - 3rd-5th grade Sculptures due for Doodad Sculpture Contest
    • 02/13 - Pre-K and Kindergarten Valentine's Concert at 8:15 am
    • 02/14 - Jump Rope for Heart and Field Day 
    • 02/17 - President's Day - NO SCHOOL  
    • 02/19 - Ready for Kindergarten event for incoming kindergarteners at 8:15 am      
    • 02/28 - Family Skate Night at United Skates of America at 6:00 pm 
    • 03/11 - Spring Concert for 1st and 2nd Grade Students at 6:00 pm  
    • 03/12 - Spring Concert for 3rd - 5th Grade Chorus at 6:00 pm  
    • 04/18 - Grady's Auction Night 

     

    Community Cleanup Opportunities

    • All Grady Students - Please help us clean the Baseball/Softball areas next to Park & Walk every Monday at 12:55 pm, right after school. Bring an adult and check in with Wendy De la Garza at the Park & Walk gate. Please bring tongs/grabbers to help pick up trash from the surrounding area. The PTA will have a few extras your students can use.
    • Grady 5th Graders - Please help us keep the Coleman Middle School track and surrounding area clean of trash. ?? ??This is a great environmental project and it serves our learning community. Bring your parent and a pair of gloves to any or all of the Sunday morning meet-ups at 9:00 am at the track entrance on W. Neptune St.  Please wear your Grady spirit shirts. 

     
    SLAM Showcase
     
    The Student Literacy and Media (SLAM) showcase is in full swing at Grady Elementary! This is a district K-12 event celebrating reading. All students are invited to make two-dimensional art projects or short video book trailers about books in the special reading list. There will be awards given and winners will proceed to a county level showcase. Submissions must be sent in by February 7th. For more information about the SLAM Showcase and the official rules, please click here  or contact our Media Specialist, Mr. Tsourakis, at [email protected]us.  
     
    Doodad Sculpture Contest Important Dates and Details
    (K-2nd):  Due Monday, February 10th
    (3rd-5th):  Due Wednesday, February 12th
    Location: Media Center

    Details to include:
    • Student(s) Name(s)
    • Homeroom Teacher
    • 3-5 Sentence Artist Statement about their sculpture on a separate sheet of paper
    • Must include at least 1 snack wrapper and 1 plastic shopping bag somewhere in the sculpture
    • Must not be any larger than 3'X3'
    • Group projects must have students that are all within the grade level brackets above for judging purposes
    Judging Criteria:
    1. Use of Materials
    2. Creativity
    3. Followed Instructions and Guidelines
    4. Aesthetics (Neatness, Durability, etc.)
     
    For more details and contest guidelines, please click on Doodad Sculpture Contest or email [email protected]k12.fl.us with any questions.  
     
    5th Grade Parents
     
    The deadline to purchase ads for your 5th grader is February 22, 2020. To create your ad, click on Create 5th Grade Yearbook Ad. For pricing and details on the process, please click here  
    Save the date for Coleman Middle School's Incoming 6th Grade Parent Meeting on May 5th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm in the Coleman cafeteria. They will do a quick "Day in the Life of a 6th Grader" and then a Q&A. 
    Yearbooks
     
    We need your help to complete our Yearbook! You don't need to come to Grady Elementary to help create our Yearbook - there is flexibility to create pages and upload photos from home or the office.Please email [email protected] if you are interested in helping. 
     
    Yearbook sales are open online! Please visit www.strawbridge.net to purchase and enter online code yb112045. Yearbooks are all hardcover this year and cost $25 if purchased before March 1, 2020.  On March 1st, prices will rise to $30. Yearbook signing day is May 22nd, so make sure to purchase your Yearbooks early to ensure that your student has for signing day! 
     
    We will be sending paper forms home if you prefer to pay via cash or check. Please note that cash and checks will only be accepted in January and February. 
     
    If you have pictures that you would like included in the yearbook and the website, please email them to [email protected].
     
     

    Box Tops

     
    Keep collecting Box Tops! For every 5 Box Tops submitted, students will obtain 1 entry into the monthly drawing. Submit Box Tops by March 15th for the chance to win a Barnes and Noble Goody Bag! The top class will also win a Pizza Party! For more information, please click Grady Box Tops. 
     
    You can submit Box Tops 3 ways: 
    1. Through the Box Top$ for Education app. Send a screenshot of your current uploaded box top amounts in your app to [email protected] to be eligible for prizes. 
    2. Clip Box Tops and turn in on the form sent home or in a Ziploc Bag. Make sure to include your child's name and teacher on the form/ziploc bag. Please insure that you are sending unexpired Box Tops and not the "Skip the Clip" logos. Items with the "Skip the Clip" logo should be submitted through the Box Top$ for Education App. 
    3. Send unscanned receipts to your teacher with your child's name written on the back. Please note, receipts must be scanned in within 14 days. 
     
    PTA Meetings
     
    The next PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 11th from 8:00 - 9:00 am in the Teachers' Lounge. The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about the PTA and upcoming events. If you cannot attend and would like to review the prior meeting minutes, please visit PTA Board Meetings. We have also listed some of the programs that 2019-2020 PTA Fundraisers will help fund. 
     
     
    PTA Membership
     
    Who can join? ANYONE. You can add your neighbor, parents, grandparents, anyone in the community. 
    How much does it cost? $6 for one person, $10 for two.
    Where can we become members? Online at: https://gradypta.memberhub.store/
    High membership participation provides PTA with strength in numbers when advocating for our students and also allows us to participate in PTA programs such as Reflections Art. Our PTA also receives awards for membership and programs PTA offers.
     
     
    Tiger Business and Family Partners
     
    Thank you to all of our Tiger partners! Our Tiger partners greatly assist us in enhancing educational opportunities and experiences for Grady students in four main areas: make a difference in our classrooms by funding programs; deliver PTA events to our students, teachers, and families; support Grady school events by providing volunteers and/or covering expenses; and enhance Grady Elementary through health and safety projects. To learn more about Tiger Family and Business Partnerships, please click hereTiger Partnership Program. 
     
    Our 2019-20 Tiger Business Partners are

    Our 2019-20 Family Sponsors are

    • Leader of the Pack level partner: Drs. Siviero & Heather Agazzi
    • Tiger Bronze partners: Melanie Edwards Fowler; The Gibbs Family; The House Family; and The Zysk Family
    • Red (Bengal) level partners: Angi Comas; The Christopher Family; The Du Family; The Fitzgerald Family; The Gomez Family; The Jacobs Family - Jennifer, Jeremy, Welles & Briggs; The Ledford Family; The Lueckeman Family; The Roush Family; and The Schentrup Family
    • Yellow (Cougar) level partners: John Paul and Rosemarie Getting; The Neward Family; Khue and NamSon Nguyen Family; and Ken Vu
    • Green (Cub) level partner: The Knittle Family

     

    Got used markers? ColorCycle them at Grady

    What is Crayola ColorCycle? Crayola’s latest sustainability initiative designed to repurpose markers, highlighters and dry erase markers. All marker brands are accepted. 

    How do I help? Collect markers and drop them off in the front office or your student can give them to our art teacher, Debonique Grigsby. For more information, click on ColorCycle.

     

    Familias que hablan Español

    Si tienen preguntas sobre nuestros eventos o programas, por favor manda un email a [email protected]org


    Coleman Chronicle & PTSA

    5th grade parents can visit www.colemanptsa.com to create their Coleman accounts now. Please note that you are a 5th grade parent - the system automatically promotes you over the summer. Also subscribe to the Coleman Chronicle and calendar. 
     
    Attention Grady Parents who either have a rising 6th grader or who currently have a child at Coleman Middle School.  Coleman’s PTSA is recruiting for next years 2020-2021 Executive Board.  If you are interested please utilize the following link to apply: the Willingness to Lead form is ready and waiting for your attention!  
      
    For more information about the Coleman PTSA please check out our website at  www.colemanptsa.com.
     

    Coleman Incoming 6th Grade Parent Meeting 5/5/20

    Coleman Middle School will be hosting their Incoming 6th Grade Parent Meeting on May 5th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm in the Coleman cafeteria. They will do a quick "Day in the Life of a 6th Grader" and then a Q&A. 

     

    Yearbook Ads for 5th Grade Students Only

    The ability for parents to create and order ads for your yearbook through the Pixami software has been activated.  Here is a direct link to the storefront: http://www.ssiyearbooks.com/112045ges/home3/Bookstore.jsp

    Prices:

    1/4 pg. - $30

    1/2 pg. - $75

    full pg. - $150

    A 10% fee will be added when making the ad.

    The process works as follows:

    • Parents locate the storefront through http://www.ssiyearbooks.com/  or via the direct link above.

    • After selecting their desired ad size on the storefront, naming it, and choosing a theme, the parent will be prompted to create a user account.

    • Once their account is created, the parent will design the ad using an interface similar to the one provided to yearbook advisors for designing page layouts.

    • After the design is complete, customers will then place the order via the online storefront.  They will be charged the appropriate price for their size, plus a 10% handling charge for processing.

    • Once the order is complete, the prepared ads will appear on the yearbook software for placement in the book.

    Deadline to buy 5th grade yearbook ads: February 22, 2020

    Our first Grady Dad's Night of the year is coming up on Thursday, January 16th at 7:30 pm (right after Unlock the Treasures of Reading Night) at the Press Box on Dale Mabry. 

    The Press Box is located at 222 S. Dale Mabry Highway. For more details about the restaurant, please click on The Press Box

    If you are able to attend, please RSVP to Drew Catanese at 803-521-3261 or via email at [email protected] 

    Tiger Talk Update 01.09.20

    January 9, 2020

    We hope everyone had a great winter break! If you are looking to purge any electronics or creative toys after the holiday season, our media center is collecting donations of gently used electronics such as computers (Windows 10 only), ipods, ipads, flat screen tvs (40 in. or less) and any creative play toys or gadgets. These items will be repurposed for education and enrichment purposes for our students.  Please bring items to the media center or contact our Media Specialist, Mr. Tsourakis, at [email protected]us if you have questions on whether we can use your specific item(s).
     
    Please note that early release Mondays are back. Pickup is at 12:55 pm on Mondays for the rest of the school year. 
     
    After School Enrichment (ASE) Club registration is now open. You can register online by clicking on ASE Club Registration. For club dates and details, please click on ASE Spring 2020. We were able to add a second Cooking Club on Tuesdays which lets more students participate and allows us to divide students by grade (although we will attempt to keep siblings together). 
     
    Volunteers are needed for Walk to School Wednesday on 1/15 and to monitor Grady's Black History Art Booth at the Florida State Fair from 2/6 - 2/17. Please see additional details below and click on the links to sign up. 
     
     
    Below are some upcoming important dates: 
    • 01/12 - Community Cleanup for 5th Grade Students at Coleman Track at 9:00 am  
    • 01/13 - Community Cleanup - Meet at Park & Walk at 12:55 pm
    • 01/14 - PTA Meeting from 8:00 - 9:00 am - Open to anyone interested in learning more about PTA and upcoming events    
    • 01/15 - Walk to School Wednesday from 7:00 - 7:35 am 
    • 01/16 - Unlock the Treasures of Reading Night from 6:00 - 7:00 pm, Grady Dad's Night at The Press Box at 7:30 pm    
    • 01/20 - Martin Luther King Jr Holiday - NO SCHOOL
    • 02/06 - Last day to submit entries for the SLAM Showcase  
    • 02/07 - NO SCHOOL  
    • 02/10 - K-2nd Sculptures due for Doodad Sculpture Contest
    • 02/12 - 3rd-5th grade Sculptures due for Doodad Sculpture Contest
    • 02/13 - Kindergarten Valentine's Concert
    • 02/14 - Jump Rope for Heart and Field Day 
    • 02/17 - President's Day - NO SCHOOL  
    • 02/19 - Ready for Kindergarten event for incoming kindergarteners      
    • 02/28 - Family Skate Night at United Skates of America at 6:00 pm 
    • 04/18 - Grady's Auction Night 

         

    Unlock the Treasures of Reading Night (Pirates & Pajamas Night) on 1/16

    On Thursday, January 16th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm is our 12th annual Unlock the Treasures of Reading Night, also known as Grady's Pirates and Pajamas Night. This event is for parents and children. From 6:15 - 7:00 pm, students will go to classrooms and enjoy stories read by pirates from local krewes. At the same time, parents of K-2nd grade students will go to the cafeteria for a Reading Essentials Information Session and parents of 3rd-5th grade students will go to the Media Center for the FSA (Florida Standards Assessment) Information Session. 

    The kids are invited to dress as pirates or wear pajamas. There will be free books, beads, juice and cookies. Don’t miss this fun event!
     

    Grady Dad's Night 1/16 at 7:30 pm

    Our first Grady Dad's Night of the year is coming up on Thursday, January 16th at 7:30 pm (right after Unlock the Treasures of Reading Night) at the Press Box at 222 S. Dale Mabry Highway. Click on The Press Box to view their menu. 

    If you are able to attend, please RSVP to Drew Catanese at 803-521-3261 or via email at [email protected]

     

    Volunteers Needed for Walk To School Wednesday and Florida State Fair

    • Walk to School Wed on 12/15 - Volunteers are needed from 6:55 - 7:40 am for student check in during our monthly Walk to School Wednesday event. Please click on Walk to School Volunteers to sign up.   
    • Volunteers are needed to monitor Grady's Black History Art Booth at the Florida State Fair this year. This year, Grady students will be learning about the accomplishments of Medgar Evers and some of their artwork will be selected to be part of the exhibit. The shifts are 3 1/2 hours long and you can walk around to other booths as well. The fair will be here from February 6th until February 17th.  If you are interested, use the link below to register and you will receive 1 free fair entry ticket for that day. https://signup.com/go/nOSfyzt

     

    Community Cleanup Opportunities

    • All Grady Students - Please help us clean the Baseball/Softball areas next to Park & Walk every Monday at 12:55 pm, right after school. Bring an adult and check in with Wendy De la Garza at the Park & Walk gate. Please bring tongs/grabbers to help pick up trash from the surrounding area. The PTA will have a few extras your students can use.
    • Grady 5th Graders - Please help us keep the Coleman Middle School track and surrounding area clean of trash. ?? ??This is a great environmental project and it serves our learning community. Bring your parent and a pair of gloves to any or all of the Sunday morning meet-ups at 9:00 am at the track entrance on W. Neptune St.  Please wear your Grady spirit shirts. 

     
    SLAM Showcase
     
    The Student Literacy and Media (SLAM) showcase is in full swing at Grady Elementary! This is a district K-12 event celebrating reading. All students are invited to make two-dimensional art projects or short video book trailers about books in the special reading list. There will be awards given and winners will proceed to a county level contest. Submissions must be sent in by February 7th. For more information about the SLAM Showcase and the official rules, please click here  or contact our Media Specialist, Mr. Tsourakis, at [email protected]us.  
     
    Doodad Sculpture Contest
     
    This year, Grady will be participating in a new experience: The Doodad Sculpture Contest! Doodads is an art sculpture competition that requires students to use recycled or upcycled materials to create a 3D art sculpture. Each year, different materials are requested to be used according to a theme and this year's theme is "SHOES"! This is an art competition that students will work on at home, but may get advice from Mrs. Grigsby, Grady's art teacher. 
     

    There will be school-level awards given out to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention winners for each grade level. We will also be hosting a party celebrating all school-level winners. All participants will receive a certificate and a ribbon. 

    All sculptures will be turned in on the stage in the cafeteria from 7:10 - 8:00 am on the dates below. If the sculpture is larger than 3' X 3', the parents will be responsible for dropping them off because we are unable to accommodate large sculptures at school. Parents can submit a picture of sculptures larger than 3' X 3' via email to [email protected]fl.us for school level judging. 

    • K-2 sculptures are due on February 10th
    • 3-5 sculptures are due on February 12th
    For more details and contest guidelines, please click on Doodad Sculpture Contest
    Yearbooks
     
    We need your help to complete our Yearbook! You don't need to come to Grady Elementary to help create our Yearbook - there is flexibility to create pages and upload photos from home or the office.Please email [email protected] if you are interested in helping. Trainings will be held on Wednesdays from 11:30 - 12:30 or you can email [email protected]org to schedule a different day/time.
     
    Yearbook sales are open online! Please visit www.strawbridge.net to purchase and enter online code yb112045. Yearbooks are all hardcover this year and cost $25 if purchased before March 1, 2020.  On March 1st, prices will rise to $30. 
     
    We will be sending paper forms home if you prefer to pay via cash or check. Please note that cash and checks will only be accepted in January and February. 
     
    If you have pictures from field trips, Tropicana Speeches or the Winter Concerts that you would like included in the yearbook and the website, please email them to [email protected].
     
    5th grade parents - the deadline to purchase ads for your 5th grader is February 22, 2020. 
     
     

    Box Tops

     
    Keep collecting Box Tops! For every 5 Box Tops submitted, students will obtain 1 entry into the monthly drawing. For more information, please click Grady Box Tops. 
     
    You can submit Box Tops 3 ways: 
    1. Through the Box Top$ for Education app. Send a screenshot of your current uploaded box top amounts in your app to [email protected] to be eligible for prizes. 
    2. Clip Box Tops and turn in on the form sent home or in a Ziploc Bag. Make sure to include your child's name and teacher on the form/ziploc bag. Please insure that you are sending unexpired Box Tops and not the "Skip the Clip" logos. Items with the "Skip the Clip" logo should be submitted through the Box Top$ for Education App. 
    3. Send unscanned receipts to your teacher with your child's name written on the back. 
     
    PTA Meetings
     
    The next PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 14th from 8:00 - 9:00 am in the Teachers' Lounge. The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about the PTA and upcoming events. If you cannot attend and would like to review the prior meeting minutes, please visit PTA Board Meetings. We have also listed some of the programs that 2019-2020 PTA Fundraisers will help fund. 
     
     
    PTA Membership
     
    Who can join? ANYONE. You can add your neighbor, parents, grandparents, anyone in the community. 
    How much does it cost? $6 for one person, $10 for two.
    Where can we become members? Online at: https://gradypta.memberhub.store/
    High membership participation provides PTA with strength in numbers when advocating for our students and also allows us to participate in PTA programs such as Reflections Art. Our PTA also receives awards for membership and programs PTA offers.
     
     
    Tiger Business and Family Partners
     
    Thank you to all of our Tiger partners! Our Tiger partners greatly assist us in enhancing educational opportunities and experiences for Grady students in four main areas: make a difference in our classrooms by funding programs; deliver PTA events to our students, teachers, and families; support Grady school events by providing volunteers and/or covering expenses; and enhance Grady Elementary through health and safety projects. To learn more about Tiger Family and Business Partnerships, please click hereTiger Partnership Program. 
     
    Our 2019-20 Tiger Business Partners are

    Our 2019-20 Family Sponsors are

    • Leader of the Pack level partner: Drs. Siviero & Heather Agazzi
    • Tiger Bronze partners: Melanie Edwards Fowler; The Gibbs Family; The House Family; and The Zysk Family
    • Red (Bengal) level partners: Angi Comas; The Christopher Family; The Du Family; The Fitzgerald Family; The Gomez Family; The Jacobs Family - Jennifer, Jeremy, Welles & Briggs; The Ledford Family; The Lueckeman Family; The Roush Family; and The Schentrup Family
    • Yellow (Cougar) level partners: John Paul and Rosemarie Getting; The Neward Family; Khue and NamSon Nguyen Family; and Ken Vu
    • Green (Cub) level partner: The Knittle Family

     

    Got used markers? ColorCycle them at Grady

    What is Crayola ColorCycle? Crayola’s latest sustainability initiative designed to repurpose markers, highlighters and dry erase markers. All marker brands are accepted. 

    How do I help? Collect markers and drop them off in the front office or your student can give them to our art teacher, Debonique Grigsby. For more information, click on ColorCycle.

     

    Familias que hablan Español

    Si tienen preguntas sobre nuestros eventos o programas, por favor manda un email a [email protected]org

    On Thursday, January 16th from 6:00-7:00pm is our 12th annual Unlock the Treasures of Reading Night, also known as Grady's Pirates and Pajamas Night.  

    Parents and children are invited to this event. From 6:15 - 7:00 pm, students will go to classrooms and enjoy stories read by pirates from local krewes. While the students are listening to the stories, parents of K-2nd grade students will go to the cafeteria for a Reading Essentials Information Session and parents of 3rd-5th grade students will go to the Media Center for the FSA (Florida Standards Assessment) Information Session. 

    The kids will have a blast and they are invited to dress as pirates or wear pajamas. There will be free books, beads, juice and cookies. Please don’t miss this fun event.

    ASE Club Registration Open

    January 7, 2020

    Registration for our Spring session of After School Enrichment (ASE) Clubs will open at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, January 7th. We are sending the ASE Registration form home with your students today and you can view the details online by clicking ASE Club Information. Please note that there was an error in the paper forms - Sarah's Spanish School will continue to be the instructor for our K-2nd Spanish Club. We apologize for any confusion. 
    The clubs run from January 27th through April 24th.  Please note that clubs on Wednesday and Thursday are only open to students in grades K-2nd. There are no clubs February 17-21 due to school conferences and March 16-20 due to Spring Break. 
    As a reminder, choir rehearsals for grades 3-5th will be held from 1:15 - 2:15 pm on the following Monday afternoons: January 13, 27, February 3, 17, 24, March 9 (Concert 12th).  
    Beginning at 6:00 pm, click on ASE Club Registration to sign up. 

    Tiger Talk Update 12.18.19

    December 18, 2019

    Our students did an amazing job performing in our Winter Concert Series! Thank you to Mr. Florio for creating such wonderful events and thanks to everyone that participated in the shows, supported our students, and helped set up/clean up for the concerts. 
     
    We are also very appreciative to all of the families that donated to our Food Drive benefiting End 68 Hours of Hunger! 
     
    Friday is our last day of school before the winter break and the end of the grading period for this semester! Students are welcome to wear their pajamas to school. Please make sure that the pajamas are appropriate for school and comfortable enough to wear all day. Friday morning our Pre-K students will enjoy Breakfast with Santa. We also have classroom parties starting at 12:50 pm. 
      
    We hope you all have a wonderful Winter Break and look forward to seeing all of our students back on January 7th. 
     
    Below are some upcoming important dates: 
    • 12/23 - 1/06 - Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
    • 01/07 - Students Return to School  
    • 01/07 - Registration Opens for Spring Session of ASE Clubs
    • 01/12 - Community Cleanup for 5th Grade Students at Coleman Track at 9:00 am  
    • 01/13 - Community Cleanup - Meet at Park & Walk at 12:55 pm
    • 01/14 - PTA Meeting from 8:00 - 9:00 am - Open to anyone interested in learning more about PTA and upcoming events    
    • 01/15 - Walk to School Wednesday from 7:00 - 7:35 am
    • 01/16 - Unlock the Treasures of Reading Night at 6:00 pm
    • 01/20 - Martin Luther King Jr Holiday - NO SCHOOL
    • 04/18 - Grady's Auction Night 

     

    Holiday Shopping 
     
    If you are using Amazon for holiday shopping, please consider using Amazon Smile to ensure a portion of your purchase benefits Grady PTA.  To use Amazon Smile for Grady PTA, please click here:  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7102322 to get started.    
     
    Are you looking for ideas for holiday gifts? Please check out staff and teacher profiles at Grady PTA’s website to find out what they like. Click on Faculty & Staff to view the Administration and Specialists or click on Grade Levels to view the Teachers by grade. 
     
     
    Spring ASE Clubs
     
    After School Enrichment (ASE) Club registration will open on January 7th for the Spring Session. Your student will be receiving a paper flyer with the Spring Club details on Friday. We will send an email with the online registration link on January 7th or you can send in the paper form and payment to the office. 
     
    Spring ASE Clubs run from January 27th through April 24th. Please note that clubs on Wednesday and Thursday are only open to students in grades K-2nd. There are no clubs the week of February 17-21 due to school conferences and the week of March 16-20 due to Spring Break.     
     

    Community Cleanup Opportunities

    All Grady Students - Please help us clean the Baseball/Softball areas next to Park & Walk every Monday, right after school. Starting January 13th at 12:55 pm, bring an adult and check in with Wendy De la Garza at the Park & Walk gate. Bring tongs/grabbers to help pick up trash from the surrounding area. The PTA will have a few extras your students can use.

    Grady 5th Graders - Please help us keep the Coleman Middle School track and surrounding area clean of trash. ?? ??This is a great environmental project and it serves our learning community. Bring your parent and a pair of gloves to any or all of the Sunday morning meet-ups at 9am at the track entrance on W. Neptune St.  Please wear your Grady spirit shirts. 

     
    Doodad Sculpture Contest
     
    This year, Grady will be participating in a new experience: The Doodad Sculpture Contest! Doodads is an art sculpture competition that requires students to use recycled or upcycled materials to create a 3D art sculpture. Each year, different materials are requested to be used according to a theme and this year's theme is "SHOES"! This is an art competition that students will work on at home, but may get advice from Mrs. Grigsby, Grady's art teacher. 
     

    There will be school-level awards given out to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention winners for each grade level. We will also be hosting a party celebrating all school-level winners. All participants will receive a certificate and a ribbon. 

    All sculptures will be turned in on the stage in the cafeteria from 7:10 - 8:00 am on the dates below. If the sculpture is larger than 3' X 3', the parents will be responsible for dropping them off because we are unable to accommodate large sculptures at school. Parents can submit a picture of sculptures larger than 3' X 3' via email to [email protected] for school level judging. 

    • K-2 sculptures are due on February 10th
    • 3-5 sculptures are due on February 12th
    For more details and contest guidelines, please click on Doodad Sculpture Contest
     
    Yearbooks
     
    We need your help to complete our Yearbook! You don't need to come to Grady Elementary to help create our Yearbook - there is flexibility to create pages and upload photos from home or the office.Please email [email protected] if you are interested in helping. Trainings will be held on Wednesdays from 11:30 - 12:30 or can be scheduled by emailing [email protected]
     
    Yearbook sales are open online! Please visit www.strawbridge.net to purchase and enter online code yb112045. Yearbooks are all hardcover this year and cost $25 if purchased before March 1, 2020.  On March 1st, prices will rise to $30. 
     
    We will be sending paper forms home if you prefer to pay via cash or check. Please note that cash and checks will only be accepted in January and February. 
     
    If you have pictures from field trips, Tropicana Speeches or the Winter Concerts that you would like included in the yearbook and the website, please email them to [email protected].
     
    5th grade parents - the deadline to purchase ads for your 5th grader is February 22, 2020. 
     
     

    Box Tops

     
    Keep collecting Box Tops! For every 5 Box Tops submitted, students will obtain 1 entry into the monthly drawing. For more information, please click Grady Box Tops. 
     
    You can submit Box Tops 3 ways: 
    1. Through the Box Top$ for Education app. Send a screenshot of your current uploaded box top amounts in your app to [email protected] to be eligible for prizes. 
    2. Clip Box Tops and turn in on the form sent home or in a Ziploc Bag. Make sure to include your child's name and teacher on the form/ziploc bag. Please insure that you are sending unexpired Box Tops and not the "Skip the Clip" logos. Items with the "Skip the Clip" logo should be submitted through the Box Top$ for Education App. 
    3. Send unscanned receipts to your teacher with your child's name written on the back. 
     
    PTA Meetings
     
    The next PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 14th from 8:00 - 9:00 am in the Teachers' Lounge. The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about the PTA and upcoming events. If you cannot attend and would like to review the prior meeting minutes, please visit PTA Board Meetings. We have also listed some of the programs that 2019-2020 PTA Fundraisers will help fund. 
     
     
    PTA Membership
     
    Who can join? ANYONE. You can add your neighbor, parents, grandparents, anyone in the community. 
    How much does it cost? $6 for one person, $10 for two.
    Where can we become members? Online at: https://gradypta.memberhub.store/
    High membership participation provides PTA with strength in numbers when advocating for our students and also allows us to participate in PTA programs such as Reflections Art. Our PTA also receives awards for membership and programs PTA offers.
     
     
    Tiger Business and Family Partners
     
    Thank you to all of our Tiger partners! Our Tiger partners greatly assist us in enhancing educational opportunities and experiences for Grady students in four main areas: make a difference in our classrooms by funding programs; deliver PTA events to our students, teachers, and families; support Grady school events by providing volunteers and/or covering expenses; and enhance Grady Elementary through health and safety projects. To learn more about Tiger Family and Business Partnerships, please click hereTiger Partnership Program. 
     
    Our 2019-20 Tiger Business Partners are

    Our 2019-20 Family Sponsors are

    • Leader of the Pack level partner: Drs. Siviero & Heather Agazzi
    • Tiger Bronze partners: Melanie Edwards Fowler; The Gibbs Family; The House Family; and The Zysk Family
    • Red (Bengal) level partners: Angi Comas; The Christopher Family; The Du Family; The Fitzgerald Family; The Gomez Family; The Jacobs Family - Jennifer, Jeremy, Welles & Briggs; The Ledford Family; The Lueckeman Family; The Roush Family; and The Schentrup Family
    • Yellow (Cougar) level partners: John Paul and Rosemarie Getting; The Neward Family; Khue and NamSon Nguyen Family; and Ken Vu
    • Green (Cub) level partner: The Knittle Family

     

    Got used markers? ColorCycle them at Grady

    What is Crayola ColorCycle? Crayola’s latest sustainability initiative designed to repurpose markers, highlighters and dry erase markers. All marker brands are accepted. 

    How do I help? Collect markers and drop them off in the front office or your student can give them to our art teacher, Debonique Grigsby. 

    For more information, click on ColorCycle.

     

    Familias que hablan Español

    Si tienen preguntas sobre nuestros eventos o programas, por favor manda un email a [email protected]org

    Tiger Talk Update 12.06.19

    December 6, 2019

    Thank you to all of our volunteers and families that braved a chilly morning to Walk to School on Wednesday! We had 150 walkers and our winning class this month is Ms. Webber's! We are tallying the walkers each month to calculate our grand prize winner and right now, Ms. Trupp's class is in the lead. 
     
    We need your help to clean up our beautiful school on Saturday, December 7th from 9:00 - 11:00 am. Bring the whole family (adults and kids) to help pull weeds, trim palm fronds, rake leaves, etc... Just show up in yard work clothes at the front of Grady Elementary at 9:00 am. Grady PTA will provide bottled water. Please contact Brad Smith at [email protected] with any questions. 
      
    Our amazing crossing guard, Janet Anderson, has been nominated for America's Favorite Crossing Guard. To vote for Janet, please click on Crossing Guard. You can vote once a day through December 12th. 
     
    As a reminder, today is the last day of the Fall session of After School Enrichment Clubs. Please note that our Tuesday Clubs will meet on Tuesday, December 10th for their Hurricane Dorian Make Up Day. 
     
    Below are some upcoming important dates: 
    • 12/07 - Fall Family Cleanup
    • 12/09 - STEM Fair Viewing from 5:30 - 6:30 pm
    • 12/10 - PTA Meeting from 8:00 - 9:00 am - Open to anyone interested in learning more about PTA and upcoming events  
    • 12/10 - Tuesday Clubs - Hurricane Dorian Make Up Day
    • 12/11 - Winter Concert and Art Exhibit for 1st and 2nd Grade (Art Exhibit from 5:00 - 5:45 pm, concert at 6:00 pm)
    • 12/12 -  Winter Concert and Art Exhibit for 3rd - 5th Grade Chorus (Art Exhibit from 5:00 - 5:45 pm, concert at 6:00 pm)
    • 12/13 -  Winter Concert and Art Exhibit for Pre-K and Kindergarten (Art Exhibit from 7:10 - 7:55 am, concert at 8:15 am)
    • 12/17 - Last day to turn in items for the Food Drive benefiting End 68 Hours of Hunger
    • 12/18 - Winter Cooking Club Special from 2:15 - 4:15 pm
    • 12/23 - 1/06 - Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
    • 04/18/20 - Grady's Auction Night 
     
    Fall Family Clean up 12/7 
    We need your help to clean up our beautiful school, Grady Elementary. Bring the whole family (adults and kids) to Grady on Saturday, December 7th from 9:00 - 11:00 am to help our school with cosmetic maintenance. We will be pulling weeds, trimming palm fronds, raking leaves, etc... Just show up in yard work clothes at the front of Grady Elementary at 9:00 am. Please contact Brad Smith at [email protected] with any questions. 
     
    STEM Fair Project Viewing 12/9
     
    All parents are invited to stop by Grady Elementary's cafeteria on December 9th to view the 2019 STEM Fair projects between 5:30 and 6:30 pm. The STEM Fair winners will be announced at 5:40 pm. 
     

    Grady Winter Concerts & Art Exhibit

    Our Winter Concerts are quickly approaching! For full details, please click on Winter Concerts. Volunteers are needed to help set up and clean up for the concert. If you are interested in volunteering, please click Winter Concert Volunteers. We appreciate any volunteers, even if you have to arrive late or leave early. Please send photos from the Winter Concerts  to [email protected] if you would like them included in the Yearbook and website

    1st & 2nd Grade: Wednesday, December 11th

    • 3:00 - 9:00 pm - Family Dinner Night at PDQ (Make sure to mention you are with Grady Elementary)
    • 5:00 - 5:45 pm - Art Fair Project viewing in Cafeteria
    • 5:00 pm - 5th Grade Yummy Treat Sale (please bring cash, all donations benefit 5th grade end of year events)
    • 6:00 pm - Winter Concert Starts

    3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Chorus: Thursday, December 12th  
    • 5:00 - 5:45 pm - Art Fair Project viewing in Cafeteria
    • 5:00 pm - 5th Grade Yummy Treat Sale (please bring cash, all donations benefit 5th grade end of year events)
    • 6:00 pm - Winter Concert Starts
    Pre-K and Kindergarten: Friday, December 13th  
    • 7:10 - 7:55 am - Art Fair Project viewing in Cafeteria
    • 8:15 am - Winter Concert Starts

    Grady's Food Drive benefiting End 68 Hours of Hunger

    Grady Elementary is running a food drive to benefit End 68 Hours of Hunger of Hillsborough County. Donations will be collected from December 2nd to December 17th. Please send donations in with your child and they will place them in the donation box in their classroom or bring donations to the Winter Concert and Art Exhibit. 

    To see the list of recommended donation items, please click on Food Drive Donation Items. Please note that they have requested no cans or glass jars.  

     
    Auction Night 4/18
     
    If you were not able to attend our Auction planning meeting on 12/04, but would like to help with Auction Night, please contact Michelle Caceres at a[email protected]
     
    Doodad Sculpture Contest
     
    This year, Grady will be participating in a new experience: The Doodad Sculpture Contest! Doodads is an art sculpture competition that requires students to use recycled or upcycled materials to create a 3D art sculpture. We will be providing Grady deadlines and more details shortly, but in the meantime, you can view contest guidelines by clicking on Doodad Sculpture Contest
     
     
    Holiday Shopping 
    If you are using Amazon for holiday shopping, please consider using Amazon Smile to ensure a portion of your purchase benefits Grady PTA.  To use Amazon Smile for Grady PTA, please click here:  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7102322 to get started.    
     
    Are you looking for ideas for holiday gifts? Please check out staff and teacher profiles at Grady PTA’s website to find out what they like. Click on Faculty & Staff to view the Administration and Specialists or click on Grade Levels to view the Teachers by grade. 
     
    Yearbooks
    Yearbook sales are open online! Please visit www.strawbridge.net to purchase and enter online code yb112045. Yearbooks are all hardcover this year and cost $25 if purchased before March 1, 2020.  On March 1st, prices will rise to $30. 
    We will be sending paper forms home if you prefer to pay via cash or check. Please note that cash and checks will only be accepted in January and February. 
    If you have pictures from field trips, Skate Night, Art Night, Great American Teach In, Math Bowl or the Winter Concerts that you would like included in the yearbook and the website, please email them to [email protected].
     

    Box Tops

     
    Keep collecting Box Tops! For every 5 Box Tops submitted, students will obtain 1 entry into the monthly drawing. Turn in your Box Tops for a chance to win a giant stocking full of toys! For more information, please click Grady Box Tops. 
    You can submit Box Tops 3 ways: 
    1. Through the Box Top$ for Education app. Send a screenshot of your current uploaded box top amounts in your app to [email protected] to be eligible for prizes. 
    2. Clip Box Tops and turn in on the form sent home or in a Ziploc Bag. Make sure to include your child's name and teacher on the form/ziploc bag. Please insure that you are sending unexpired Box Tops and not the "Skip the Clip" logos. Items with the "Skip the Clip" logo should be submitted through the Box Top$ for Education App. 
    3. Send unscanned receipts to your teacher with your child's name written on the back. 
     
    PTA Meetings
    The next PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 10th from 8:00 - 9:00 am in the Teachers' Lounge. The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about the PTA and upcoming events. If you cannot attend and would like to review the prior meeting minutes, please visit PTA Board Meetings. We have also listed some of the programs that 2019-2020 PTA Fundraisers will help fund. 
     
     
    PTA Membership
    Who can join? ANYONE. You can add your neighbor, parents, grandparents, anyone in the community. 
    How much does it cost? $6 for one person, $10 for two.
    Where can we become members? Online at: https://gradypta.memberhub.store/
    High membership participation provides PTA with strength in numbers when advocating for our students and also allows us to participate in PTA programs such as Reflections Art. Our PTA also receives awards for membership and programs PTA offers.
     
    Tiger Business and Family Partners
    Thank you to all of our Tiger partners! Our Tiger partners greatly assist us in enhancing educational opportunities and experiences for Grady students in four main areas: make a difference in our classrooms by funding programs; deliver PTA events to our students, teachers, and families; support Grady school events by providing volunteers and/or covering expenses; and enhance Grady Elementary through health and safety projects. To learn more about Tiger Family and Business Partnerships, please click hereTiger Partnership Program. 
     
    Our 2019-20 Tiger Business Partners are

    Our 2019-20 Family Sponsors are

    • Leader of the Pack level partner: Drs. Siviero & Heather Agazzi
    • Tiger Bronze partners: Melanie Edwards Fowler; The Gibbs Family; The House Family; and The Zysk Family
    • Red (Bengal) level partners: Angi Comas; The Christopher Family; The Du Family; The Fitzgerald Family; The Gomez Family; The Jacobs Family - Jennifer, Jeremy, Welles & Briggs; The Ledford Family; The Lueckeman Family; The Roush Family; and The Schentrup Family
    • Yellow (Cougar) level partners: John Paul and Rosemarie Getting; The Neward Family; Khue and NamSon Nguyen Family; and Ken Vu
    • Green (Cub) level partner: The Knittle Family

     

    Got used markers? ColorCycle them at Grady

    What is Crayola ColorCycle? Crayola’s latest sustainability initiative designed to repurpose markers, highlighters and dry erase markers. All marker brands are accepted. 

    How do I help? Collect markers and drop them off in the front office or your student can give them to our art teacher, Debonique Grigsby. 

    For more information, click on ColorCycle.

    Familias que hablan Español

    Si tienen preguntas sobre nuestros eventos o programas, por favor manda un email a [email protected]org

    Grady Elementary is running a food drive to benefit End 68 Hours of Hunger of Hillsborough County. Donations will be collected from December 2nd to December 17th. Please send donations in with your child and they will place them in the donation box in their classroom.  You can also bring the donations to the Winter Concerts on December 11th, 12th, and 13th. 

    Recommended donation items....NO CANS OR GLASS PLEASE:

    • Grape or Strawberry Jelly
    • Applesauce
    • Crackers/Saltines
    • Pasta/Pasta Sauce (in PACKETS)
    • Soups in PACKAGES
    • Pancake/Waffle Mix and Syrup
    • Snack Items - individually wrapped
    • Fruit in PLASTIC TUBS
    • Beef or Oriental Flavored Ramen Noodles
    • Mac & Cheese
    • Tuna in packets
    • Peanut butter/cheese crackers
    • Cereal
    • Rice
    • Cookies

    December 3rd will be Grady Elementary mandated health screenings. We will start at 8 am and end around 1pm.

    We will be do vision screening for all Kindergarteners. We will also be doing vision, height, weight and body mass index (BMI) for all 1st graders and 3rd graders.

    If your student fails our vision screening, a letter will be sent home with the information. If the vision screening is passed, you will not receive a letter. All students in 1st and 3rd grade will be printed a report of their height, weight and BMI—if normal or abnormal.

    If your child is absent we will do their screening when they return to school.

    If you need any further information please contact Beth Kenyon, RN at 813-272-3090 ext 226 or Nurse Rehmann in the Grady Clinic 813-872-5325.

    We need volunteers to assist with our health screening for Kindergarten, 1st grade and 3rd Grade. We will need assistance with crowd control, keeping children quiet, keeping classes on time and adjusting classes early or late upon the class current situation. Please click on Student Health Screenings to sign up. Shifts are 1 hour long and start at 7:30 am. 

     

     

    Grady Health Screening Schedule

    3rd Neldner 8:05am-8:25am

    3rd Doremus 8:25am-8:45am

    3rd Newberry 8:45am-9:05am

    KG Hero 9:05am-9:25am

    KG Ordonez-Ward 9:25am-9:45am

    3rd Oliva 9:50am-10:10am

    KG Finitz 9:45am-10:05am

    KG Dreby 10:05am-10:25am

    1st Wolfe 10:25am-10:45am

    1st DelCastillo 10:45am-11:05am  

    1st Ward 1105am-1125am

    1st Horne 12:15pm-12:35pm

    Grady's annual Thanksgiving Feast is next week on Wednesday, November 20th. Lunch will be held in the Grady cafeteria during your student's lunch time. For more details and to view the full lunch schedule, please click on 2019 Thanksgiving LunchPlease note that tomorrow, November 15th is the deadline for the Thanksgiving Feast Reservations and money for additional adult and child lunches. No money or reservations will be accepted on the day of the feast. 
     

    Make sure that you bring a photo ID and allow time to sign in and receive a visitor's pass from the front office.

    We urgently need volunteers to help with Thanksgiving Lunch! Please click on Thanksgiving Lunch Volunteer to sign up. Shifts are 1 hour each and you can leave a note in the comment section if you would like to start/finish a few minutes early in order to participate in your child's lunch.

    Below are some upcoming important dates: 
    • 11/15 - Last day to turn in reservation forms and money for Thanksgiving Lunch
    • 11/20 - Thanksgiving Lunch
    • 11/21 - Great American Teach In
    • 11/22 - Tiger Trek Class Parties
    • 11/25 - 11/29 - Fall Break - NO SCHOOL
    • 12/04 - Walk to School Wednesday
    • 12/10 - PTA Meeting from 8:00 - 9:00 am - Open to anyone interested in learning more about PTA and upcoming events  
    • 12/11 - Winter Concert for 1st and 2nd Grade at 6:00 pm
    • 12/12Winter Concert for 3rd - 5th Grade Chorus at 6:00 pm  
    • 12/13 -  Winter Concert for Pre-K and Kindergarten at 8:15 am
    • 12/23 - 1/06 - Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
    • 04/18/20 - Grady's Auction Night 

     

    Holiday Shopping 
    If you are using Amazon for holiday shopping, please consider using Amazon Smile to ensure a portion of your purchase benefits Grady PTA.  To use Amazon Smile for Grady PTA, please click here:  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7102322 to get started.    
     
    Are you looking for ideas for holiday gifts? Please check out staff and teacher profiles at Grady PTA’s website to find out what they like. Click on Faculty & Staff to view the Administration and Specialists or click on Grade Levels to view the Teachers by grade. 
     
     
    Tiger Trek Parties
     
    Thanks again to all of our Tiger Trek donors and participants! Class parties will held on November 22nd. That will also be a non-uniform day where students can wear their favorite sports team gear. We are very excited that thanks to our generous donors, all of our classes have earned a class party on the 22nd. Please click on Tiger Trek Class Parties to view the list of parties each class earned and at what time their party will be held. 
     
    Auction Night 4/18
     
    Our 3rd annual adult only Auction Night is coming up on April 18th. We need your help to make it an amazing night! We need volunteers for our Decoration and Donation Committees. Planning Meetings will be held once a month and attendance will be required. We will be sending out more details about the meeting places and dates shortly. If you are interested in helping with the auction, please contact Kat Cowley at [email protected]
     
    Yearbooks
    Yearbook sales are open online! Please visit www.strawbridge.net to purchase and enter online code yb112045. Yearbooks are all hardcover this year and cost $25 if purchased before March 1, 2020.  On March 1st, prices will rise to $30. 
    We will be sending paper forms home if you prefer to pay via cash or check. Please note that cash and checks will only be accepted in January and February. 
    If you have pictures from field trips, Student of the Month ceremonies, or fall festival that you would like included in the yearbook or on the website, please email them to [email protected].

    Box Tops

     
    Keep collecting Box Tops! For every 5 Box Tops submitted, students will obtain 1 entry into the monthly drawing. Turn in your Box Tops in November and December for a chance to win a giant stocking full of toys! For more information, please click Grady Box Tops. 
    You can submit Box Tops 3 ways: 
    1. Through the Box Top$ for Education app. Send a screenshot of your current uploaded box top amounts in your app to [email protected] to be eligible for prizes. 
    2. Clip Box Tops and turn in on the form sent home or in a Ziploc Bag. Make sure to include your child's name and teacher on the form/ziploc bag. Please insure that you are sending unexpired Box Tops and not the "Skip the Clip" logos. Items with the "Skip the Clip" logo should be submitted through the Box Top$ for Education App. 
    3. Send unscanned receipts to your teacher with your child's name written on the back. 
     
    PTA Meetings
    The next PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 10th from 8:00 - 9:00 am in the Teachers' Lounge. The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about the PTA and upcoming events. If you cannot attend and would like to review the prior meeting minutes, please visit PTA Board Meetings. We have also listed some of the programs that 2019-2020 PTA Fundraisers will help fund. 
     
     
    PTA Membership
    Who can join? ANYONE. You can add your neighbor, parents, grandparents, anyone in the community. 
    How much does it cost? $6 for one person, $10 for two.
    Where can we become members? Online at: https://gradypta.memberhub.store/
    High membership participation provides PTA with strength in numbers when advocating for our students and also allows us to participate in PTA programs such as Reflections Art. Our PTA also receives awards for membership and programs PTA offers.
     
     
    Tiger Business and Family Partners
    Thank you to all of our Tiger partners! Our Tiger partners greatly assist us in enhancing educational opportunities and experiences for Grady students in four main areas: make a difference in our classrooms by funding programs; deliver PTA events to our students, teachers, and families; support Grady school events by providing volunteers and/or covering expenses; and enhance Grady Elementary through health and safety projects. To learn more about Tiger Family and Business Partnerships, please click hereTiger Partnership Program. 
     
    Our 2019-20 Tiger Business Partners are

    Our 2019-20 Family Sponsors are

    • Leader of the Pack level partner: Drs. Siviero & Heather Agazzi
    • Tiger Bronze partners: Melanie Edwards Fowler; The Gibbs Family; The House Family; and The Zysk Family
    • Red (Bengal) level partners: Angi Comas; The Christopher Family; The Du Family; The Fitzgerald Family; The Gomez Family; The Jacobs Family - Jennifer, Jeremy, Welles & Briggs; The Ledford Family; The Lueckeman Family; The Roush Family; and The Schentrup Family
    • Yellow (Cougar) level partners: John Paul and Rosemarie Getting; The Neward Family; Khue and NamSon Nguyen Family; and Ken Vu
    • Green (Cub) level partner: The Knittle Family


    Got used markers? ColorCycle them at Grady

    What is Crayola ColorCycle? Crayola’s latest sustainability initiative designed to repurpose markers, highlighters and dry erase markers. All marker brands are accepted. 

    How do I help? Collect markers and drop them off in the front office or your student can give them to our art teacher, Debonique Grigsby. 

    For more information, click on ColorCycle.

    Familias que hablan Español

    Si tienen preguntas sobre nuestros eventos o programas, por favor manda un email a [email protected]

    Tiger Talk Update 11.07.19

    November 7, 2019

    Thank you to all of our students, families, and volunteers that participated in yesterday's Walk to School Wednesday! We had 180 walkers. Congratulations to Mrs. Dreby's class for winning the recess goodies with 11 participants - more than half the class! Save the date for our next Walk to School Wednesday on December 4th. We are looking for photos from Walk To School Wednesday, Storybook Parade or the Fall Festival for the website and yearbook. Please email photos from these events to [email protected]
     
     
    Our 3rd annual adult only Auction Night is coming up on April 18th. We need your help to make it an amazing night! ***We are looking for an Auction Coordinator***, as well as volunteers for the Decorations and Donations Committees. Please contact Kat Cowley at [email protected] for more information. 
      
    Below are some upcoming important dates: 
    • 11/11 - Veterans Day - NO SCHOOL 
    • 11/12 - PTA Meeting from 8:00 - 9:00 am - Open to anyone interested in learning more about PTA and upcoming events
    • 11/20 - Thanksgiving Lunch
    • 11/21 - Great American Teach In
    • 11/22 - Tiger Trek Class Parties
    • 11/25 - 11/29 - Fall Break - NO SCHOOL
    • 12/04 - Walk to School Wednesday
    • 12/23 - 1/06 - Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
    • 04/18/20 - Grady's Auction Night 
     
    Auction Night 4/18
     
    Our 3rd annual adult only Auction Night is coming up on April 18th. We need your help to make it an amazing night! 
     
    We need volunteers for: Auction Coordinator, Decorations Committee and Donations Committee. Ideally we will have 10-15 volunteers for each of the committees. Planning Meetings will be held once a month and attendance will be required. We will be sending out more details about the meeting places and dates shortly. If you are interested in helping with the auction, please contact Kat Cowley at [email protected] 
     
    Thanksgiving Lunch
     
    Grady's annual Thanksgiving Feast will take place on Wednesday, November 20th in the Grady cafeteria during your student's lunch time. For more details and to view the full lunch schedule, please click on 2019 Thanksgiving Lunch. Please note that November 15th is the deadline for the Thanksgiving Feast Reservations and money for additional adult and child lunches. No money or reservations will be accepted on the day of the feast. 
     

    Make sure that you bring a photo ID and allow time to sign in and receive a visitor's pass from the front office.

    We need your help volunteering at Thanksgiving lunch! Please click on Thanksgiving Lunch Volunteer to sign up. Shifts are 1 hour each and you can leave a note in the comment section if you would like to start/finish a few minutes early in order to participate in your child's lunch.

     
    Tiger Trek Parties
     
    Thanks again to all of our Tiger Trek donors and participants! We raised over $25,000 towards our track! We had an amazing time celebrating the students that earned individual Tiger Trek Ice Cream, Kona Ice, and Video Game parties on October 31st. 
    Special congratulations to our top 5 individual students:
    1st Place - Olivia Torres
    2nd Place - Lennon Berner
    3rd Place - Ana Gomez
    4th Place - Edward Holley
    5th Place - Pablo Gomez

    Class parties will held on November 22nd. That will also be a non-uniform day where students can wear their favorite sports team gear. We are very excited that thanks to our generous donors, all of our classes have earned a class party on the 22nd. Please click on Tiger Trek Class Parties to view a full list with the party each class earned. 

     
    Box Tops
     
    Keep collecting Box Tops! For every 5 Box Tops submitted, students will obtain 1 entry into the monthly drawing. Turn in your Box Tops in November and December for a chance to win a giant stocking full of toys! For more information, please click Grady Box Tops. 
    You can submit Box Tops 3 ways: 
    1. Through the Box Top$ for Education app. Send a screenshot of your current uploaded box top amounts in your app to [email protected] to be eligible for prizes. 
    2. Clip Box Tops and turn in on the form sent home or in a Ziploc Bag. Make sure to include your child's name and teacher on the form/ziploc bag. Please insure that you are sending unexpired Box Tops and not the "Skip the Clip" logos. Items with the "Skip the Clip" logo should be submitted through the Box Top$ for Education App. 
    3. Send unscanned receipts to your teacher with your child's name written on the back. 
     
    PTA Meetings
    The next PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 12th from 8:00 - 9:00 am in the Teachers' Lounge. The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about the PTA and upcoming events. If you cannot attend and would like to review the prior meeting minutes, please visit PTA Board Meetings. We have also listed some of the programs that 2019-2020 PTA Fundraisers will help fund. 
     
     
    PTA Membership
    Who can join? ANYONE. You can add your neighbor, parents, grandparents, anyone in the community. 
    How much does it cost? $6 for one person, $10 for two.
    Where can we become members? Online at: https://gradypta.memberhub.store/
    High membership participation provides PTA with strength in numbers when advocating for our students and also allows us to participate in PTA programs such as Reflections Art. Our PTA also receives awards for membership and programs PTA offers.
     
    Tiger Business and Family Partners
    Thank you to all of our Tiger partners! Our Tiger partners greatly assist us in enhancing educational opportunities and experiences for Grady students in four main areas: make a difference in our classrooms by funding programs; deliver PTA events to our students, teachers, and families; support Grady school events by providing volunteers and/or covering expenses; and enhance Grady Elementary through health and safety projects. To learn more about Tiger Family and Business Partnerships, please click hereTiger Partnership Program. 
     
    Our 2019-20 Tiger Business Partners are

    Our 2019-20 Family Sponsors are

    • Leader of the Pack level partner: Drs. Siviero & Heather Agazzi
    • Tiger Bronze partners: Melanie Edwards Fowler; The Gibbs Family; The House Family; and The Zysk Family
    • Red (Bengal) level partners: Angi Comas; The Christopher Family; The Du Family; The Fitzgerald Family; The Gomez Family; The Jacobs Family - Jennifer, Jeremy, Welles & Briggs; The Ledford Family; The Lueckeman Family; The Roush Family; and The Schentrup Family
    • Yellow (Cougar) level partners: John Paul and Rosemarie Getting; The Neward Family; Khue and NamSon Nguyen Family; and Ken Vu
    • Green (Cub) level partner: The Knittle Family

    Tiger Talk Update 10.30.19

    October 30, 2019

    Thank you so much to everyone who attended our Fall Festival, especially our amazing volunteers who helped the event run smoothly and Mr. Tsourakis for allowing our students to slime him! Despite the rain early on, it was an incredibly fun night for our students! Also, thank you to our vendors and sponsors that set up tables and entertainment for our students - Drama Kids, Soccer Shots, Martial Arts Advantage, Rockatar, Perez Orthodontics, and Traditional Tae Kwan Do Black Belt Center. Thank you to Publix for donating the drinks and snacks. We greatly appreciate all the parents, teachers, office staff, former Grady students, and everyone else who stepped up to make the night a success.  
    Our Annual Storybook Parade takes place tomorrow, October 31st at 8:15 am. Teachers, staff and students are invited to dress in a costume depicting a favorite storybook character and are encouraged to carry the book that depicts their costume. Students may change into their uniform after the parade if they’d like to! *Please note that according to school board policy, toy guns, toy swords or weapons of any kind cannot be brought to school. Also, please be aware that very scary costumes are not permitted. For more details, please click on Storybook Parade.
     
    The parade will begin at 8:15 a.m. The spectator viewing area is standing room only outside the school’s front office, along the car line area. Students will parade out the front office gate and walk along the sidewalk traveling East towards the Media Center.  
    Starbucks has generously donated coffee for the storybook parade spectators and the 5th grade will have a donation-based bake sale, so bring a little cash if you would like a little morning treat for yourself! The PTA table will have membership forms available and will also be selling adult shirts (sizes S, L, XL) for $20 each and drawstring bags for $10 each. There will be a discount on PTA items purchased for anyone that signs a grandparent up for PTA membership. 
    The Tiger Trek Ice Cream, Kona Ice, Video Game parties, and lunch with Mr. Campbell and Mrs. Gonzalez are also scheduled on October 31st for students who earned them through fundraising! The Ice Cream Party will take place from 9:30 - 10:00 am. The Kona Ice and Video Game Parties are scheduled between 10:00 - 12:00 pm. The Kona Ice and Video Game Parties are each 1 hour long and we have also scheduled for a 30 minute lunch with Mr. Campbell or Mrs. Gonzalez. Please note that the class parties will be held on November 22nd. We will circulate more details about the class parties in November. 
     
    PTA Membership
    Every new member that signs up by tomorrow, October 31st, will be entered in a raffle to win a free hard cover 2019-2020 Grady Yearbook, valued at $25. We will raffle 1 yearbook for every 10 new members. People adding grandparents as members will get 2 tickets for the yearbook raffle and will get 2 for 1 pricing on PTA shirts and drawstring bags.   
     
    Who can join? ANYONE. You can add your neighbor, parents, grandparents, anyone in the community. 
    How much does it cost? $6 for one person, $10 for two.
    Where can we become members? Online at: https://gradypta.memberhub.store/ or sign up at the Storybook Parade on October 31st
    High membership participation provides PTA with strength in numbers when advocating for our students and also allows us to participate in PTA programs such as Reflections Art. Our PTA also receives awards for membership and programs PTA offers.
    Our goal is to add at least 23 more members by tomorrow. 
     
    Below are some upcoming important dates: 
    • 10/31 - Storybook Parade at 8:15 am (Parents are invited to watch the parade)
    • 11/06 - Walk to School Wednesday from 7:00 - 7:40 am
    • 11/11 - Veteran's Day - NO SCHOOL 
    • 11/12 - PTA Meeting from 8:00 - 9:00 am - Open to anyone interested in learning more about PTA and upcoming events
    • 04/18/20 - Grady's Auction Night
     
    Box Tops
     
    Keep collecting Box Tops! For every 5 Box Tops submitted, students will obtain 1 entry into the monthly drawing. Turn in your Box Tops in November and December for a chance to win a giant stocking full of toys! For more information, please click Grady Box Tops. 
    You can submit Box Tops 3 ways: 
    1. Through the Box Top$ for Education app. Send a screenshot of your current uploaded box top amounts in your app to [email protected] to be eligible for prizes. 
    2. Clip Box Tops and turn in on the form sent home or in a Ziploc Bag. Make sure to include your child's name and teacher on the form/ziploc bag. Please insure that you are sending unexpired Box Tops and not the "Skip the Clip" logos. Items with the "Skip the Clip" logo should be submitted through the Box Top$ for Education App. 
    3. Send unscanned receipts to your teacher with your child's name written on the back. 
     
    PTA Meetings
    The next PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 12th from 8:00 - 9:00 am in the Teachers' Lounge. The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about the PTA and upcoming events. If you cannot attend and would like to review the prior meeting minutes, please visit PTA Board Meetings. We have also listed some of the programs that 2019-2020 PTA Fundraisers will help fund. 
     
     
    Tiger Business and Family Partners
    Thank you to all of our Tiger partners! Our Tiger partners greatly assist us in enhancing educational opportunities and experiences for Grady students in four main areas: make a difference in our classrooms by funding programs; deliver PTA events to our students, teachers, and families; support Grady school events by providing volunteers and/or covering expenses; and enhance Grady Elementary through health and safety projects. To learn more about Tiger Family and Business Partnerships, please click hereTiger Partnership Program. 
     
    Our 2019-20 Tiger Business Partners are

    Our 2019-20 Family Sponsors are

    • Leader of the Pack level partner: Drs. Siviero & Heather Agazzi
    • Tiger Bronze partners: Melanie Edwards Fowler; The Gibbs Family; The House Family; and The Zysk Family
    • Red (Bengal) level partners: Angi Comas; The Christopher Family; The Du Family; The Fitzgerald Family; The Gomez Family; The Jacobs Family - Jennifer, Jeremy, Welles & Briggs; The Ledford Family; The Lueckeman Family; The Roush Family; and The Schentrup Family
    • Yellow (Cougar) level partners: John Paul and Rosemarie Getting; The Neward Family; Khue and NamSon Nguyen Family; and Ken Vu
    • Green (Cub) level partner: The Knittle Family


    Got used markers? ColorCycle them at Grady

    What is Crayola ColorCycle? Crayola’s latest sustainability initiative designed to repurpose markers, highlighters and dry erase markers. All marker brands are accepted. 

    How do I help? Collect markers and drop them off in the front office or your student can give them to our art teacher, Debonique Grigsby. 

    For more information, click on ColorCycle.

    Tiger Trek Winners 2019

    October 29, 2019

    Thank you to everyone who participated and donated to Tiger Trek! We raised over $25,000!! The proceeds will all go towards our 2 year project to build a track at Grady. 

    Congratulations to our Tiger Trek individual student winners! They did an amazing job raising funds for Grady!
    1st Place - Olivia Torres - Advantage Martial Arts Birthday Party
    2nd Place - Lennon Berner - $150 Gift Certificate from Bricks 4 Kidz
    3rd Place - Ana Gomez - $135 Gift Certificate to Rockatar
    4th Place - Edward Holley - Free ASE Club
    5th Place - Pablo Gomez - Free 2019-20 Yearbook

    Parties were held on October 31st for individual students that earned the Ice Cream Party, Kona Ice Party, or Video Game Party. 

    Class parties will held on November 22nd. That will also be a non-uniform day where students can wear their favorite sports team gear. We are very excited that thanks to our generous donors, all of our classes have earned a class party on the 22nd. 

    Here are the final class standings, along with the party they earned: 

    HOMEROOM # STUDENTS AVERAGE Prize Earned Schedule
    KG-Hero*  21  $100.48  30 extra min recess & Bounce House during Recess Time, plus non-uniform day

    Bounce House - 12:25-12:55,  Extra 30 min. Recess - 12:55 -1:25

    02-Price  20  $97.00  30 extra min recess & Bounce House during Recess Time, plus non-uniform day

    Bounce House - 11:55-12:25,  Extra 30 min. Recess - 12:25 -12:55

    04-Ritter  19  $90.58 30 extra min recess & Bounce House during Recess Time, plus non-uniform day Bounce House - 12:55-1:25,
    Extra 30 min. Recess - 1:25 -1:55
    04-Dickens  19  $90.00 30 extra min recess & Bounce House during Recess Time, plus non-uniform day Bounce House - 1:25-1:55,
    Extra 30 min. Recess - 12:55 -1:25
    KG-Dreby  20  $72.35  Popsicle & Slime party, plus non-uniform day Slime Party - 8:30-9:00  Popsicle Party - 12:40 - 12:55
    03-Doremus  18  $72.28 Popsicle & Slime party, plus non-uniform day Slime Party - 9:00-9:30  Popsicle Party - 11:20 - 11:35
    01-Delcastillo  20  $69.85  Popsicle & Slime party, plus non-uniform day Slime Party - 8:30-9:00  Popsicle Party - 11:55 - 12:10
    01-Ward  20  $69.50  Popsicle & Slime party, plus non-uniform day Slime Party - 8:30-9:00  Popsicle Party - 12:00 - 12:15
    04-Lanier  19  $65.32 Popsicle & Slime party, plus non-uniform day Slime Party - 9:30-10:00 Popsicle Party - 12:25 - 12:40
    05-Trupp  24  $64.67  Popsicle & Slime party, plus non-uniform day Slime Party - 9:30-10:00 Popsicle Party - 11:05 - 11:20
    01-Wolfe  20  $57.77  Slime party, plus non-uniform day Slime Party - 8:30-9:00
    KG-Finitz  20  $58.50  Slime party, plus non-uniform day Slime Party - 8:30-9:00
    05-Cucci  22  $48.41 Slime party, plus non-uniform day Slime Party - 9:30-10:00
    04-Reyher  18  $46.11  Slime party, plus non-uniform day Slime Party - 9:30-10:00
    02-De Lucia  19  $45.00  Slime party, plus non-uniform day Slime Party - 9:00-9:30
    01-Horne  20  $44.50  Popsicle party, plus non-uniform day Popsicle Party - 12:10 - 12:25
    03-Oliva  15  $42.00 Popsicle party, plus non-uniform day Popsicle Party - 11:25 - 11:40
    02-Buell  21  $41.19  Popsicle party, plus non-uniform day Popsicle Party - 11:50 - 12:05
    KG-Ward-Ordonez  20  $40.00  Popsicle party, plus non-uniform day Popsicle Party - 12:50 - 1:05
    PK-Brinson  17  $40.00  Popsicle party, plus non-uniform day Popsicle Party - 10:45 - 11:00
    03-Newberry  18  $39.56  Popsicle party, plus non-uniform day Popsicle Party - 11:30 - 11:45
    02-Ona  20  $38.50  Popsicle party, plus non-uniform day Popsicle Party - 11:40-11:55
    KG-Mcalister  8 $37.50 Popsicle party, plus non-uniform day Popsicle Party - 11:45 - 12:00
    03-Neldner  18  $35.28  Popsicle party, plus non-uniform day Popsicle Party - 11:15 - 11:30
    05-Webber  21  $30.45 Popsicle party, plus non-uniform day Popsicle Party - 11:00-11:15
    05-Steel  21  $30.00  Popsicle party, plus non-uniform day Popsicle Party - 10:55-11:10
    05-Nichols  10 $30.00  Popsicle party, plus non-uniform day Popsicle Party - 10:55-11:10
    PK-Minardi  $30.00  Popsicle party, plus non-uniform day Popsicle Party - 10:50-11:00

    Tiger Talk Update 10.23.19

    October 23, 2019

    Thank you to all the families that participated in the Grain and Berry Family Night on Monday and visited our Book Fair!

    We also greatly appreciate all of the students and families that participated in Walk to School Wednesday today! We had 188 participants, which is about a third of our students! Mrs. Trupp's class is the winner of our recess goodies with 13 walkers this morning!

    Congratulations to Chris Lanier, Debonique Grigsby and Heather Tanski, who are being awarded for their commitment to excellence in education! Chris Lanier, fourth grade teacher, has been named Grady's Teacher of the Year. Debonique Grigsby, Art Specialist, has been named Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year. Heather Tanski has been named Instructional Support Person of the Year. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to our students!

    Grady Elementary School PTA's Fall Festival FUNdraiser is only 2 days away! Fall Festival takes place this Friday, October 25th, from 5:00 - 7:30 pm! There will be a Maze, Bounce Houses, Games, Balloon Artists, 5th Grade Bake Sale, Slime, Sponsors, Magic Show (5:30 & 6:30 pm) and more Fall Fun!! For full event details, click on Read More.

    Tonight is the deadline for purchasing wristbands, tickets and full pizzas online. After tonight's deadline, wristbands and tickets will only be available for purchase at the Fall Festival and pizza will only be sold by the slice. Regular priced wristbands are $20/wristbands and tickets are still $1/ticket. Please note that adults do not need to purchase Wristbands unless they plan on participating in the Games, Booths, etc...

    **We need your help! Please consider volunteering for a 30 minute shift during the Fall Festival. We know many of you have volunteered at the class level, but we need more volunteers to help the event run smoothly!

    Below are some upcoming important dates:
    10/24 - Red Ribbon Week - Students should wear crazy socks
    10/25 - Red Ribbon Week - Students should wear sunglasses
    10/25 - Deadline to submit Box Tops for October drawing & contest
    10/25 - Book Fair is open from 4:00 - 7:30 pm
    10/25 - Fall Festival from 5:00 - 7:30 pm
    10/31 - Storybook Parade at 8:15 am (Parents are invited to watch the parade)
    04/18/20 - Grady's Auction Night

    Book Fair 10/21-25

    Grady Elementary School's Book Fair is open this week! Book Fair is located at the Kathryn Hance Media Center and is open from Monday - Friday, 7:10 - 2:30 (open 4:00 - 7:30 during the Fall Festival on 10/25). Parents must bring ID and sign in at the office if they would like to accompany their students to the Book Fair. Please note that no children are allowed without parents until after the morning show. For full details about the Book Fair, including the link to shop online, please click on Grady's Fall Book Fair.

    Consider using the new eWallet feature in lieu of sending kids with cash. For more information, please click on eWallet. If you plan on sending cash, it is recommended to place it in an envelope with students names for younger children. Keep in mind that there is an 8.5% sales tax added to all items.

    We still need $6,100 to reach our goal of $13,000 and slime Mr. Tsourakis at the Fall Festival!

    If you have any questions or special instructions, call Mr. Tsourakis at 813-872-5325.


    Storybook Parade 10/31

    Teachers, staff and students are invited to dress in a costume depicting a favorite storybook character and are encouraged to carry the book that depicts their costume on October 31st. Students may change into their uniform after the parade if they’d like to! *Please note that according to school board policy, toy guns, toy swords or weapons of any kind cannot be brought to school. Also, please be aware that very scary costumes are not permitted. For more details, please click on Storybook Parade.

    The parade will begin at 8:15 a.m. The spectator viewing area is standing room only outside the school’s front office, along the car line area. Students will parade out the front office gate and walk along the sidewalk traveling East towards the Media Center.

    Starbucks has generously donated coffee for the storybook parade spectators and the 5th grade will have a donation-based bake sale, so bring a little cash if you would like a little morning treat for yourself!

    The Tiger Trek Ice Cream, Kona Ice, and Video Game parties will also occur on this day for students who earned them through the fundraising! Please note that class parties will be held on November 22nd.

    Grady's Annual Storybook Parade will be on Thursday, October 31st. Teachers, staff and students are invited to dress in a costume depicting a favorite storybook character. Students are encouraged to carry the book that depicts the character they are wearing. 

    The parade will begin at 8:15 a.m. The spectator viewing area is standing room only outside the school’s front office, along the car line area. Students will parade out the front office gate and walk along the sidewalk traveling East towards the Media Center. Starbucks has generously donated coffee for the Storybook Parade for spectators and 5th grade will have a donation based bake sale.  Make sure to bring cash if you would like a little morning treat for yourself! 

    After the parade, school work will resume with planned literature based activities related to the storybook characters. If your child's costume would be uncomfortable to wear all day, he or she may change back into their school uniform. 

    If your child needs help planning something to wear, just send a note to his/her homeroom teacher and assistance will be given. In planning your child's outfit, remember that according to school board policy, toy guns, toy swords or weapons of any kind cannot be brought to school. Also, please be aware that very scary costumes are not permitted. 

     

    Tiger Talk Update 10.14.19

    October 14, 2019

    We have some very fun events coming up the next few weeks at Grady Elementary! 
     
    Grady Elementary School PTA's Fall Festival FUNdraiser is coming up on October 25, 2019 from 5:00 - 7:30 pm! There will be a Maze, Bounce Houses, Games, Balloon Artists, 5th Grade Bake Sale, Slime, Sponsors, Magic Show (5:30 & 6:30 pm) and more Fall Fun!! For full event details, please click on Fall Festival FUNdraiser
     
    Buy Wristbands in advance for $10 each by Monday, October 21st. Wristbands purchased the night of the event will cost $20 per wristband. All Wristbands include the Bounce Houses, Booths, Maze, Games and Magic Show. Please note that adults do not need to purchase Wristbands unless they plan on participating in the Games, Booths, etc...

    Advanced purchased wristbands & tickets will be available for PICKUP by an adult at the following dates/times: 

      • 10/23: Before school on Walk-to-School Wednesday (at the Side Walk Stomper Hub on the corner of Grady/Morrison) 
      • 10/25: Morning drop-off in front of school 
      • 10/25: After School at Park-and-Walk 
      • Pickup at the PTA table at the Fall Festival 
    To purchase Advanced Wristbands and Tickets for food/drinks, click here. Please use the name of your oldest child only. You will also be able to pre-order whole pizzas online. We will email a separate link when it is available.  
     

    We need volunteers to make the event a success. If you would like to volunteer to help with this year’s Fall Festival please click here.

     
    Below are some upcoming important dates:
    • 10/18 - PTA School of Excellence Survey due
    • 10/21 - 10/25 - Book Fair from 7:30 - 2:30 pm daily (open 4:00 - 7:30 on 10/21 & 10/25)  
    • 10/21 - Family Night at Grain and Berry from 2:00 - 7:00 pm
    • 10/23 - Walk to School Wednesday & pick up your Fall Festival Wristbands
    • 10/25 - Deadline to submit Box Tops for October drawing & contest
    • 10/25 - Fall Festival from 5:00 - 7:30 pm
    • 10/31 - Storybook Parade
    • 04/18/20 - Grady's Auction Night
    School of Excellence Survey
     
    All parents should have received a letter regarding the National PTA School of Excellence program with a 20 questions survey regarding the Grady PTA. Please fill it out the survey and return it to your student's homeroom teacher by Friday, October 18th. 
     
    Book Fair 10/21-25
     
    Grady Elementary School's Book Fair is coming up on October 21 - 25th at the Kathryn Hance Media Center. Book Fair is open from Monday - Friday, 7:10 - 2:30 (open 4:00 - 7:30 during Grain & Berry Family Night on 10/21 & Fall Festival on 10/25). Parents must bring ID and sign in at the office if they would like to accompany their students to the Book Fair. Please note that no children are allowed without parents until after the morning show. For full details about the Book Fair, including the link to shop online, please click on Grady's Fall Book Fair
     

    Consider using the new eWallet feature in lieu of sending kids with cash. For more information, please click on eWallet. If you plan on sending cash, it is recommended to place it in an envelope with students names for younger children. Keep in mind that there is an 8.5% sales tax added to all items. 

    We need your help to make it an epic adventure! Please sign up to volunteer for the Book Fair: Click Here to Volunteer.

    If you have any questions or special instructions, call Mr. Tsourakis at 813-872-5325.

     
    Family Night at Grain & Berry 10/21

    Monday, October 21st from 2:00 - 7:00 pm, bring your family out to Grain & Berry located at 1155 S Dale Mabry Hwy for Family Night. Join us right after pickup - it is walking distance from the school or you can drive over. 

    Please mention that you are with Grady Elementary. To view their full menu, go to www.grainandberry.com.

     
    Walk to School Wednesday 10/23

    We have added a Walk to School Wednesday on October 23rd to allow parents to pick up advanced purchase Fall Festival Wristbands and Tickets! Walk to School Wednesday will continue to occur on a monthly basis, the first Wednesday of each month. 

    Students can walk, bike or scooter to school and check in with volunteers on the corner of Grady and Morrison Ave (right by the crosswalk) from 7:05 - 7:35 am. Students will be able to pick up a sticker on their way to their classroom and parents will be able to pick up advanced purchase Fall Festival Wristbands and Tickets. The class with the most walkers will earn goodies for recess!

    Volunteers are needed from 7:00 - 7:40 am to help check in our students and hand out the Advanced purchase Fall Festival Wristbands and Tickets. Please click on Walk to School Wednesday Volunteer to sign up. 

    For more details about our Walk to School Wednesday program, please click on Walk to School Wednesdays
     
    Box Tops
     
    Keep collecting Box Tops! For every 5 Box Tops submitted, students will obtain 1 entry into the monthly drawing. In October, 3 students will win a pumpkin full of Halloween goodies and the class that turns in the most Box Tops in October will win an ice cream sundae party! Box Tops must be turned in by October 25th. For more information, please click Grady Box Tops. 
    You can submit Box Tops 3 ways: 
    1. Through the Box Top$ for Education app. Send a screenshot of your current uploaded box top amounts in your app to [email protected] to be eligible for prizes. 
    2. Clip Box Tops and turn in on the form sent home or in a Ziploc Bag. Make sure to include your child's name and teacher on the form/ziploc bag. Please insure that you are sending unexpired Box Tops and not the "Skip the Clip" logos. Items with the "Skip the Clip" logo should be submitted through the Box Top$ for Education App. 
    3. Send unscanned receipts to your teacher with your child's name written on the back. 
    PTA Membership
    Thank you to all of the families that have already signed up to join the Grady PTA. We have 360 members signed up, but still need 90 more to reach our goal of 450 members. You can still sign up/renew your PTA membership online by clicking PTA Membership.  Membership must be renewed annually. Membership is only $6 for 1 person or $10 for 2 people. Anyone can join the PTA: Parents, Grandparents, Children (6th - 12th grade), Teachers, Faculty, Staff and Community Members. High membership participation provides PTA with strength in numbers when advocating for our students and also allows us to participate in PTA programs such as Reflections Art.   
     
    PTA Meetings
    The next PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 12th from 8:00 - 9:00 am in the Teachers' Lounge. The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about the PTA and upcoming events. If you cannot attend and would like to review the prior meeting minutes, please visit PTA Board Meetings. We have also listed some of the programs that 2019-2020 PTA Fundraisers will help fund. 
     
    Tiger Business and Family Partners
    Thank you to all of our Tiger partners! Our Tiger partners greatly assist us in enhancing educational opportunities and experiences for Grady students in four main areas: make a difference in our classrooms by funding programs; deliver PTA events to our students, teachers, and families; support Grady school events by providing volunteers and/or covering expenses; and enhance Grady Elementary through health and safety projects. To learn more about Tiger Family and Business Partnerships, please click hereTiger Partnership Program. 
     
    Welcome to our newest Green (Cub) level Tiger Partner, The Knittle Family! 
     
    Our 2019-20 Tiger Business Partners are

    Our 2019-20 Family Sponsors are

    • Leader of the Pack level partner: Drs. Siviero & Heather Agazzi
    • Tiger Bronze partners: Melanie Edwards Fowler; The Gibbs Family; The House Family; and The Zysk Family
    • Red (Bengal) level partners: Angi Comas; The Christopher Family; The Du Family; The Fitzgerald Family; The Gomez Family; The Jacobs Family - Jennifer, Jeremy, Welles & Briggs; The Ledford Family; The Lueckeman Family; The Roush Family; and The Schentrup Family
    • Yellow (Cougar) level partners: John Paul and Rosemarie Getting; The Neward Family; Khue and NamSon Nguyen Family; and Ken Vu
    • Green (Cub) level partner: The Knittle Family

    Got used markers? ColorCycle them at Grady

    What is Crayola ColorCycle? Crayola’s latest sustainability initiative designed to repurpose markers, highlighters and dry erase markers. All marker brands are accepted. 

    How do I help? Collect markers and drop them off in the front office or your student can give them to our art teacher, Debonique Grigsby. 

    For more information, click on ColorCycle.

    Grady Elementary School Book Fair

    Oct. 21 - Oct. 25

    Our Scholastic Book Fair is a great way to get kids excited about reading and to buy some great reads! 

    The Book Fair takes place in the Media Center and is open from Monday - Friday, 7:30 - 2:30 (open 2:30 - 7:00 during Grain & Berry Family Night on 10/21 & 4:00 - 7:30 pm for Fall Festival on 10/25). No children are allowed without parents until after the morning show.

    We need your help to make it an epic adventure! Please sign-up to volunteer for the Book Fair: Click Here to Volunteer

    Interactive Book Fair Flyer: Click Here

    Consider using the new eWallet feature in lieu of sending kids with cash. For more information, please click on eWallet. If you plan on sending cash, it is recommended to place cash in an envelope with students names for younger children. Keep in mind that there is an 8.5% sales tax added to all items. 

    If you are unable to shop in person, click on Shop Online to access our online book fair. 

    If you have any questions or special instructions, call Mr. Tsourakis at 813-872-5325.

    Thank you for supporting our school Book Fair and developing a love of reading in your child!

    Tiger Talk Update 10.04.19

    October 4, 2019

    Thank you to everyone that walked, biked and scootered to school on Wednesday. Special thanks to the volunteers that made it all possible, Sidewalk Stompers for partnering with us on this important initiative, and our Hillsborough County School Board member, Lynn Gray, for attending our Walk to School Wednesday and supporting our students. 
     
    Our first Walk to School Wednesday was amazing with 178 students participating!! We had participants from every class and far exceeded our goal of 10 walkers/grade. As a result, all of our classes have earned a playground ball. The balls were delivered to the teachers this morning. 
     
    Congratulations to our winning class, Mrs. Price's 2nd grade class! They had 12 walkers out of their class of 20 students! Mrs. Price will get to select some recess goodies for her class to use.
     
     
    Click on Walk to School Wednesday Photos to view pictures. Please send any photos you would like added to the website/yearbook to [email protected]. Save the date for our next Walk to School Wednesday on November 6th.
     
    Below are some upcoming important dates:
    • 10/08 - PTA Board Meeting at 8 am - Open to anyone interested in learning more about the PTA and upcoming events
    • 10/21 - 10/25 - Book Fair
    • 10/21 - Family Night at Grain and Berry
    • 10/25 - Fall Festival 
    • 10/31 - Storybook Parade
    • 04/18/20 - Grady's Auction Night
    Box Tops
     
    Keep collecting Box Tops! We have great incentives and prizes this year! For more information, please click Grady Box Tops. 
     
    You can submit Box Tops 3 ways: 
    1. Through the Box Top$ for Education app. Send a screenshot of your current uploaded box top amounts in your app to [email protected] to be eligible for prizes. 
    2. Clip Box Tops and turn in on the form sent home or in a Ziploc Bag. Make sure to include your child's name and teacher on the form/ziploc bag.
    3. Send unscanned receipts to your teacher with your child's name written on the back. 
    PTA Membership
    Thank you to all of the families that have already signed up to join the Grady PTA. We have 360 members signed up, but still need 90 more to reach our goal of 450 members. You can still sign up/renew your PTA membership online by clicking PTA Membership. Membership must be renewed annually. Membership is only $6 for 1 person or $10 for 2 people. Anyone can join the PTA: Parents, Grandparents, Children (6th - 12th grade), Teachers, Faculty, Staff and Community Members. High membership participation provides PTA with strength in numbers when advocating for our students and also allows us to participate in PTA programs such as Reflections Art.   
     
    Tiger Business and Family Partners
    Thank you to all of our Tiger partners! Our Tiger partners greatly assist us in enhancing educational opportunities and experiences for Grady students in four main areas: make a difference in our classrooms by funding programs; deliver PTA events to our students, teachers, and families; support Grady school events by providing volunteers and/or covering expenses; and enhance Grady Elementary through health and safety projects. To learn more about Tiger Family and Business Partnerships, please click hereTiger Partnership Program. 

    Our 2019-20 Tiger Business Partners are

    Our 2019-20 Family Sponsors are

    • Leader of the Pack level partner: Drs. Siviero & Heather Agazzi
    • Tiger Bronze partners: Melanie Edwards Fowler; The Gibbs Family; The House Family; and The Zysk Family
    • Red (Bengal) level partners: Angi Comas; The Christopher Family; The Du Family; The Fitzgerald Family; The Gomez Family; The Jacobs Family - Jennifer, Jeremy, Welles & Briggs; The Ledford Family; The Lueckeman Family; The Roush Family; and The Schentrup Family
    • Yellow (Cougar) level partners: John Paul and Rosemarie Getting; The Neward Family; Khue and NamSon Nguyen Family; and Ken Vu


    Got used markers? ColorCycle them at Grady

    What is Crayola ColorCycle? Crayola’s latest sustainability initiative designed to repurpose markers, highlighters and dry erase markers. All marker brands are accepted. 

    How do I help? Collect markers and drop them off in the front office or your student can give them to our art teacher, Debonique Grigsby. 

    For more information, click on ColorCycle.


    We are very excited to share changes and new initiatives to keep our students safe and healthy at Grady Elementary this year. 
     
    New Crossing Guard
     
    Grady Elementary finally has a dedicated Crossing Guard! Janet is located at the crosswalk on Grady Ave and Morrison Ave and is present during both morning drop off and afternoon pickup.  
     
    New Stop Signs on Morrison Ave
     
    Over the weekend, 2 new stop signs were installed on Morrison Ave at the intersection with Grady Ave. That intersection is now a 3-way stop and all cars must come to a complete stop. 
     
     
     
    Walk to School Wednesday
     
    Grady Elementary's first Walk to School Wednesday will take place tomorrow, October 2nd from 7:00 am - 7:35 am. We will have one volunteer on site early to check in 5th grade Patrols who walk to school. Students participating in Walk to School Wednesday can wear their Tiger Trek spirit shirts tomorrow.
     
    Walk to School Wednesday is a new PTA partnership with Sidewalk Stompers to improve pedestrian safety and increase the number of children walking to school. The first Wednesday of every month, students are encouraged to walk (or bike or scooter) to school. For more details, please click on Walk to School Wednesday Flyer
     
    Walkers/bikers should check in with volunteers on the corner of Grady and Morrison Ave on their way into school. We are still looking for a couple more volunteers to check in our students. Please click on Walk To School Wednesday Volunteers to sign up. 
     
    Pedestrian Safety Flags
     
    We now have bright orange pedestrian safety flags by the Grady/Morrison Ave. crosswalks to provide visibility to pedestrians when there is no crossing guard in the intersection. In addition, having the bright colored flags at both ends of the crosswalk makes the crosswalk stand out more. 
    Students should pick up an orange safety flag when they are ready to cross the road. They need to look both ways and insure that traffic has stopped. When it is safe to cross, they should hold the flag high, cross the street, and leave the flag in the bucket on the other side. 
     
    New Tiger Crossing Signs
     
    There are new Tiger Crossing yard signs in front of our school to remind drivers to slow down and watch out for children crossing. 
     
    New Track on Campus 
     
    PTA’s main fundraising goal is to build a track at Grady Elementary. The track is a 2 year project that will cost at least $70,000 as we will be purchasing a higher quality/safer track top. To view the 3D rendering, please click on Grady Track
     
    If you have any questions about Walk to School Wednesday or any other health and safety initiatives, please email [email protected]

    3D rendering of our Proposed Grady Track!!

    Here is a 3D renedering of our proposed new track at Grady Elementary. This is a 2 year fundraising project. Our 2 year goal is $70,000 for our new track. Tiger Track is our first fundraising event this year. 

    For more information on Tiger Trek, please click here!

    Fall Pictures 9/24

    September 15, 2019

    On Tuesday, September 24th, individual Fall pictures will be taken. A Strawbridge flyer and envelope were sent home with your student on Friday. All pictures must be paid in advance.  The envelope and money must be returned to the school on or before the morning of Monday, September 23rd. Please make checks payable to Strawbridge and include your address, phone number, student's name, and student number for identification. You can also pay online at strawbridge.net and follow the instructions on the envelope.

    Your child has the opportunity to wear something different, still school appropriate, for the school pictures. Please have your child wear bright colored clothes (but avoid green) and a big Grady smile on Tuesday, September 24th. 

    Grady PTA thanks Triage Consignment Boutique for being a Siberian Level Tiger Partner!  Triage Consignment Boutique donated $2,000.00 to benefit our teachers and students!

    Please check out their website at Triage Consignment Boutique.

    Triage Consigment Boutique is located at 4109 Henderson BlvdTampa, FL 33629 and their phone number is (813) 805-7600. Triage Consignment Boutique is a consignment store focusing on Ladies Designer Apparel.  We have been serving South Tampa with the Highest Quality Service and Merchandise since 1980.

    If you visit Triage Consignment Boutique, please let them know how much you appreciate them sponsoring our school.

    Tiger Talk Update 09.13.19

    September 13, 2019

    As a reminder, we had a schedule change due to Hurricane Dorian makeup days. Monday dismissal will now be at regular time (1:55 pm) through the end of December. The next early release Monday will be on January 13th. Monday clubs are in the process of being moved to 2:15 - 3:15 pm. Please note that there are no ASE Clubs next week, September 16 - 20th due to parent conferences, but Chorus will still be held on Monday, September 16th. Rehearsal will go from 2:15 - 3:15 pm and students will be dismissed from the front of the school. 
     
    Our Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Harris, has shared a presentation in reference to bullying. Please click on Information Regarding Bullying to view the pdf version. You can also find it as a link in Guidance Corner, along with other important documents from Mrs. Harris. 
     
     
    Below are some upcoming important dates:
    • 9/16 - Chorus Rehearsal will still be held from 2:15 - 3:15 pm
    • 9/16 - 9/20 - Conference Week - No ASE Clubs all week
    • 9/20 - Last day to turn in donations in order to have your Tiger Trek shirt for the event
    • 9/23 - Chick-fil-A Art Exhibit and Family Night from 4:00 - 7:00 pm
    • 9/27 - Tiger Trek Fundraiser and Walk-a-thon from 8:00 - 10:00 am
    • 9/30 - Last day to turn in Tiger Trek donations to qualify for prizes
    • 10/02 - Girls on the Run Club begins
    • 10/02 - Walk to School Wednesday
    • 04/18/20 - Grady's Auction Night
    Volunteer Opportunities
     
    We need volunteers for our Chick-fil-A Art Exhibit and Family Night and our Tiger Trek FundraiserTo view all PTA volunteer opportunities, please click on Volunteer. This link will always be updated with our open volunteer opportunities. 

    To volunteer at school in any capacity, you must complete the background check firstBackground Check Application for Volunteers. The application must be renewed on an annual basis. Click on the word “Apply” on the left side of the page and fill out the forms (you will need your driver's license number). When you do volunteer at Grady, make sure you bring your driver’s license and sign into the school’s computer and log your hours. 
     

    Tiger Trek

    We are only 15 days away from Tiger Trek on September 27th! Tiger Trek is our biggest Fall Fundraiser where all proceeds directly benefit our school and students! This year, we are raising funds to build a track on campus! For full details, click on Tiger Trek

    September 20th is the last day to turn in donations to have your Tiger Trek shirt in time to wear on September 27th. Students will still have the chance to turn in donations to win amazing individual and class prizes through September 30th. Cash and checks can be submitted to your teacher in the blue Tiger Trek envelope and online donations can be completed at https://gradytigers.org/donate-tt. Use your student's school student id number as their code.

    We need volunteers to make the day a success. Please volunteer for a 30 minute shift by clicking on Tiger Trek Volunteers

     
    Box Tops
     
    Please help us make it another great box top year!  We have great incentives and prizes this year for Box Tops. The class with the most box tops by September 30th will win a pizza party and students will be entered to win individual prizes. For more information, please click Grady Box Tops.
     
    You can submit Box Tops 3 ways: 
    1. Through the Box Top$ for Education app. Send a screenshot of your current uploaded box top amounts in your app to [email protected] to be eligible for prizes. 
    2. Clip Box Tops and turn in on the form sent home or in a Ziploc Bag. Make sure to include your child's name and teacher on the form/ziploc bag.
    3. Send unscanned receipts to your teacher with your child's name written on the back. 
    PTA Membership
    Thank you to all of the families that have already signed up to join the Grady PTA. We have 329 members signed up, but still need 121 more to reach our goal of 450 members. You can still sign up/renew your PTA membership online by clicking PTA Membership. Membership must be renewed annually. Membership is only $6 for 1 person or $10 for 2 people. Anyone can join the PTA: Parents, Grandparents, Children (6th - 12th grade), Teachers, Faculty, Staff and Community Members. High membership participation provides PTA with strength in numbers when advocating for our students and also allows us to participate in PTA programs such as Reflections Art.   
     
    Tiger Business and Family Partners
    Thank you to all of our Tiger partners! Our Tiger partners greatly assist us in enhancing educational opportunities and experiences for Grady students in four main areas: make a difference in our classrooms by funding programs; deliver PTA events to our students, teachers, and families; support Grady school events by providing volunteers and/or covering expenses; and enhance Grady Elementary through health and safety projects. To learn more about Tiger Family and Business Partnerships, please click hereTiger Partnership Program. Please note that we are still accepting sponsors for the 2019-20 school year, although the deadline to be included on the Tiger Trek shirt has already passed. 
     
    Welcome to our newest sponsors: Butterfly Pharmacy, The Digital Bell. and The House Family!

    Our 2019-20 Tiger Business Partners are

    Our 2019-20 Family Sponsors are

    • Leader of the Pack level partner: Drs. Siviero & Heather Agazzi
    • Tiger Bronze partners: Melanie Edwards Fowler; The Gibbs Family; The House Family; and The Zysk Family
    • Red (Bengal) level partners: The Christopher Family; The Du Family; The Fitzgerald Family; The Gomez Family; The Jacobs Family - Jennifer, Jeremy, Welles & Briggs; The Ledford Family; The Lueckeman Family; The Roush Family; and The Schentrup Family
    • Yellow (Cougar) level partners: John Paul and Rosemarie Getting; The Neward Family; Khue and NamSon Nguyen Family; and Ken Vu


    Got used markers? ColorCycle them at Grady

    What is Crayola ColorCycle? Crayola’s latest sustainability initiative designed to repurpose markers, highlighters and dry erase markers. All marker brands are accepted. 

    How do I help? Collect markers and drop them off in the front office or your student can give them to our art teacher, Debonique Grigsby. 

    For more information, click on ColorCycle.

    Due to the missed school day for Hurricane Dorian, Hillsborough County Public Schools made an important change to our schedule. The following Mondays will become full school days (releasing at 1:55 pm): September 16, September 23, September 30, and October 7th. This means that our next early release date will be on Monday, January 13th. 
     
    We will be contacting our vendors to change our club hours for the affected Mondays. If your student is enrolled in a Monday club, you will be receiving a separate email confirming the change. 
     
    Also, please note that there are no ASE Clubs next week, September 16 - 20th due to parent conferences. 

    Tiger Talk Update 09.06.19

    September 6, 2019

    Thanks to all of the grandparents and grandfriends that joined us for Grandparents' Breakfast! A very special thank you to our staff and volunteers that made our breakfasts possible! 
     
    If you have any pictures from Grandparents' breakfast or Skate Night that you would like included in the yearbook or on the website, please email them to [email protected] by September 30th.  
     
    Below are some upcoming important dates:
    • 9/09 - Tiger Trot and Chorus Rehearsals begin
    • 9/10 - PTA Board Meeting in the Teacher's Lounge at 8:00 am - Any parents interested in volunteering with the PTA are welcome to attend 
    • 9/11 - Patriot's Day - Wear red, white & blue
    • 9/23 - Chick-fil-A Art Exhibit and Family Night from 4:00 - 7:00 pm
    • 9/27 - Tiger Trek Fundraiser and Walk-a-thon from 7:45 - 10:15 am
    • 10/02 - Girls on the Run Club begins
    • 10/02 - Walk to School Wednesday
    • 04/18/20 - Grady's Auction Night

     

    PTA Sponsorship
    Thank you to all of our Tiger partners! Our Tiger partners greatly assist us in enhancing educational opportunities and experiences for Grady students in four main areas: make a difference in our classrooms by funding programs; deliver PTA events to our students, teachers, and families; support Grady school events by providing volunteers and/or covering expenses; and enhance Grady Elementary through health and safety projects. To learn more about Tiger Family and Business Partnerships, please click hereTiger Partnership Program. Please note that we are still accepting sponsors for the 2019-20 school year, although the deadline to be included on the Tiger Trek shirt has already passed. 

    Our 2019-20 Tiger Business Partners are

    Our 2019-20 Family Sponsors are

    • Leader of the Pack level partner: Drs. Siviero & Heather Agazzi
    • Tiger Bronze partners: Melanie Edwards Fowler; The Gibbs Family; and The Zysk Family
    • Red (Bengal) level partners: The Christopher Family; The Du Family; The Fitzgerald Family; The Gomez Family; The Jacobs Family - Jennifer, Jeremy, Welles & Briggs; The Ledford Family; The Lueckeman Family; The Roush Family; and The Schentrup Family
    • Yellow (Cougar) level partners: John Paul and Rosemarie Getting; The Neward Family; Khue and NamSon Nguyen Family; and Ken Vu

    Volunteer Opportunities
     
    To view the current PTA volunteer opportunities, please click on Volunteer.

    To volunteer at school in any capacity, you must complete the background check firstBackground Check Application for Volunteers. The application must be renewed on an annual basis. Click on the word “Apply” on the left side of the page and fill out the forms (you will need your driver's license number). When you do volunteer at Grady, make sure you bring your driver’s license and sign into the school’s computer and log your hours. 
     
    Box Tops
     
    Please help us make it another great box top year!  We have great incentives and prizes this year for Box Tops. The class with the most box tops by September 30th will win a pizza party and students will be entered to win individual prizes. For more information, please click Grady Box Tops.
     
    You can submit Box Tops 3 ways: 
    1. Through the Box Top$ for Education app. Send a screenshot of your current uploaded box top amounts in your app to [email protected] to be eligible for prizes. 
    2. Clip Box Tops and turn in on the form sent home or in a Ziploc Bag. Make sure to include your child's name and teacher on the form/ziploc bag.
    3. Send unscanned receipts to your teacher with your child's name written on the back. 
     
    PTA Membership
    Thank you to all of the families that have already signed up to join the Grady PTA. You can still sign up/renew your PTA membership online by clicking PTA Membership. Membership must be renewed annually. Membership is only $6 for 1 person or $10 for 2 people. Anyone can join the PTA: Parents, Grandparents, Children (6th - 12th grade), Teachers, Faculty, Staff and Community Members. High membership participation provides PTA with strength in numbers when advocating for our students and also allows us to participate in PTA programs such as Reflections Art.   

    Got used markers? ColorCycle them at Grady

    What is Crayola ColorCycle? Crayola’s latest sustainability initiative designed to repurpose markers, highlighters and dry erase markers. All marker brands are accepted. 

    How do I help? Collect markers and drop them off in the front office or your student can give them to our art teacher, Debonique Grigsby. 

    For more information, click on ColorCycle.

    Grady Elementary’s Chorus is open to all students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. To fill out the registration form for your student(s), please click on Grady Chorus Registration or return the completed paper form. 

    Rehearsals are held on Monday afternoons, right after school, for one hour. Rehearsals begin on September 9th. We will have rehearsals on all of these Mondays: September 9, 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14*, 21*, 28*, November 4*, 18*, December 2 *, 9* (Concert 12th), 16*, January 13, 27, February 3, 17, 24, March 9 (Concert 12th). All rehearsals on Early Release Days will dismiss from the front of the school at 2:15. On Normal Release Mondays (those with an *), dismissal will be at 3:15.

    Grady’s uniform of a Navy Top and Khaki Bottoms will also be the Chorus Uniform.

    We will have 2 concerts this school year, both at 6 p.m. Grady’s Winter Concert will be on Thursday, December 12th, 2019. Grady’s Spring Concert will be on Thursday, March 12th, 2020.

    Box Top$ for Education

    August 19, 2019 - September 19, 2019

    For collection of box tops for Grady Elementary, this year we are using the app Box Top$ for Education. With this app, you can scan in your receipts for General Mills products and instantly add them to Grady Elementary. 

    For More Info Click this link: http://gradytigers.org/box-tops

    Registration for fall after school enrichment clubs are open now and will close on August 28th.  Clubs will begin on September 3, 2019 and end on December 6, 2019.  There will be no Monday clubs on November 11 as it is a non-student day.  There will be no clubs Monday through Friday the week of conferences (September 16 through 20) and Thanksgiving Week (November 25 through 29).

    To review a complete list of our fall club offerings, please click on List of Clubs.  Registration and payment are on a first-come, first-serve basis.  To register and pay online, click on ASE Club Signup.  You may register one student for multiple clubs at the same time, but you must complete a separate registration for each student.  

    Grady Elementary's Open House is scheduled for Friday, August 9th from 8:00 - 10:00 am. 

    All Parents, Students, Faculty and Staff will meet in the cafeteria at 8:00 am. 

    During Open House, you can sign up for PTA; spirit shirts and Teamworks uniform shirts will be on display; YMCA after school care information will be available; and free uniforms and uniform swap are available (while supplies last). There will also be a PTA General Meeting to approve meeting minutes and the 2019-20 budget. To view the documents, click on PTA Meeting Minutes and PTA 2019-20 Budget.  

    Tentative Schedule:

    8:00 - 8:25 am - Meet in the Cafeteria (PTA and Staff Introductions)

    8:25 - 9:00 am - 1st session in classrooms

    9:00 - 9:30 am - 2nd session in classrooms

    9:00 - 10:00 am - Popsicles with the PTA in the Cafeteria for new students and their families

    Grady Elementary is very excited to welcome our new Assistant Principal, Ann-Marie Gonzalez! 

    About Assistant Principal Gonzalez

    I am a native Floridian born and raised in Tampa. I received my Elementary Education degree from USF and my Master's in Educational Leadership from Saint Leo University.  I recently celebrated 25 years with the school district, during my tenure I have had the pleasure of working in various roles such as teacher, Reading Coach, District Resource Teacher and Assistant Principal.  As a  Reading Coach with the district I spent several years at Grady and am happy to be returning home.

    On a personal note I am the proud mom of two amazing children, Ansley 13 and Joseph 11.  I enjoy being outdoors,  staying active and spending time with my family.  

     

    Congratulations to Grady Elementary for earning an "A" grade from the Florida Department of Education for the 11th year in a row! This is a wonderful achievement for our Grady students, teachers, administrators and parents.  

    ** All volunteers must fill out a Hillsborough County Volunteer Form on the Hillsborough County Schools website to volunteer at Grady Elementary in any capacity. A new form must be submitted for the 2019/2020 school year **

    To access the Hillsborough County Volunteer Form, please click here. Once the page opens, click the green "APPLY" button located on the left hand side and complete the form. 

    If you are returning as a volunteer from last year, you can reactivate last year’s volunteer application. *Please note that all volunteers need to re-apply for screening each year. 

    Volunteers are needed on Thursday, July 18th at 12:00 pm to sort the school uniforms that were donated by sizes. The donated uniforms will be available for families to pick up at Open House on August 9th. 

    Please email Christine Diaz if you are able to volunteer. Her email is [email protected] 

    Please join the Grady Dads Club to help beautify and clean up our school on Saturday, July 13th from 9 am - 12 pm. We would greatly appreciate it if you could bring rakes, trash bags and other tools to clean the yard. 

    Principal Campbell will be on-site to assist the volunteers and the PTA will be providing cold water and Gatorade. 

    Please email [email protected] if you are able to participate in the Dads Club School Cleanup. Thank you for keeping Grady looking great! 

    We can’t believe that the school year has already wrapped up. Thanks to all of our amazing teachers, staff, students and families that helped make this a wonderful year at Grady Elementary! We hope that you all have a safe, happy summer.  For all of our returning students, we are excited to see you recharged and ready for another fun year.  For our 5th graders, congratulations! We are very proud of you and wish you all the best in middle school!

    It was an emotional clap out yesterday as we not only clapped for our 5th graders, but also our incredible principal, Kris Dosal. We wish you all the best in your retirement! You will be very missed! Click on Fox 13 video to watch a news story that Fox 13 aired about Principal Dosal’s career and retirement.

    We are very excited that Mr. Campbell will serve as our new principal next year! We look forward to watching our school and students continue to excel under your guidance.

    Thank you to Grady’s 2018-19 Business and Family Tiger Partners.  Grady PTA recognizes and gratefully appreciates each of the following Family and Business Tiger Partners:

    Grady Tiger Business Partners:  State Farm Agent Jim Cornwell; Abdoney Orthodontics; Fancy Nails; South Tampa Kids Dental Krewe; Perez Orthodontics; Florida Hospital UC – Centra Care; Pediatric Dentistry by Dr. Jerry Copeland II; The Suarez Law Firm; South Tampa Pediatric Dentistry; Tampa Music School; and Rockatar Music Academy & Studios.

    Grady Tiger Family Partners:  Drs. Siviero & Heather Agazzi; The Zysk Family; The House Family; Alfie, Ansel and Abbey Roush; The Christopher Family; The Enriquez Family; The Fitzgerald Family; The Gomez Family; The Jacobs Family – Welles, Briggs, Jennifer and Jeremy; The Ledford Family; The Holthaus Family; Greg Arbutine and Alan Johnson; Chi Doan; The Harrop Family; The Jaruzel Family; and The Quintero Family.

    Our amazing sponsors donated over $33,000.00 to Grady PTA this year!  Combined with the revenue received from PTA fundraisers, particularly Tiger Trek and Auction Night, here are some of the things the Grady PTA was able to accomplish:

    • Purchased a digital marquee to be installed in late 2019 (allowing for timely communication and reminders about events at the school)

    • Completed purchasing laptop carts so that each grade level has a dedicated cart

    • Updated technology in 7 classrooms with the approval of 3 laptops, 2 iPads and 2 projectors (to be installed on the ceiling to avoid having cables on the floor and allowing for more flexible classroom seating)

    • Funded the after school tutoring program

    • Helped our teachers by providing reimbursement for some back to school supplies, treated them to various treats during Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week, and fulfilled over $7,000 in teacher mini grants that included books, educational resources, stem kits, classroom tools, accommodations for VE students and more

    • Began purchasing materials for the Science Olympics that will take place in Fall 2019

    • Sponsored events for our students, teachers and families including the winter and spring concerts, Tiger Tears Breakfast, Grandparents Breakfast, Storybook Parade, Pirate Reading Night, Kindergarten Roundup, Reflections Art Contest, 4th Grade Poetry and Pastries and much more

    • Enhanced our Grady campus by completing phase 1 of our Teacher Appreciation Lounge renovation that included repainting the lounge and purchasing new tables and chairs

     

    Also, a sincere thank you to all of our PTA Board Members and all of the volunteers that participated during the 2018-19 school year! We are extremely appreciative of your time and support.

    Welcome to Laura Lauer, our new VP of Communications for the 2019-20 school year! It has been my pleasure to send you emails and update the website over the past 2 years. I will continue to serve on the Grady PTA board as the VP of Health and Safety and can be reached at [email protected] (Jannine Neward).

    Have a safe and happy summer!  We look forward to seeing everyone at Open House!

    We are happy to announce that we are offering the SchoolKidz, School Supply Kit Program for the 2019-20 school year to make your back to school shopping quick and easy! SchoolKidz offers prepackaged school supply kits filled with the supplies requested per grade level (excluding backpack and nap mat). The kits will arrive to Grady with each student’s name and grade level prior to the first day of school. They will be distributed in the students' classroom during open house.

    Schoolkidz Kits must be ordered prior to June 14, 2019. To order your kit, please go to www.shopttkits.com and enter account #36155. You will then be prompted to select the grade level your child will be entering in August 2019. The shipping is already set to Grady Elementary School and there is no additional fee for taxes or shipping to the school.

    Please note that the kits only include the supplies listed under components/description, but you can add items for your student including a backpack, lunch box, nap mat, water bottles and food jars. You can also add donation items for your child's class including Kleenex, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, copy paper and sandwich bags to your order. 

    To see the full list of supplies included with each kit, please click on: Schoolkidz supplies.

    Please contact Jamie Babb with any questions at  [email protected].

    We will have the detailed school supply lists posted online by next week. 

    We had an amazing week honoring our school's hard working, dedicated teachers and their outstanding support staff during Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week! Thank you to all of the families that brought snacks, school supplies, flowers, fan mail and special gifts for our Teachers & Staff! Our teachers and staff felt very appreciated by all of our families!
     
    Thank you to Jamie Babb and Kate Beauregard for working tirelessly to plan an amazing week for our teachers & staff!  Our PTA treated our teachers and staff to star treatment with: VIP breakfast, massages and popsicles on Monday, Taco Tuesday lunch and swag bags, catered lunch by Maggianos on Wednesday, breakfast and gourmet popcorn on Thursday, and catered lunch by the Deviled Pig and a Night out at the Movies on Friday. To view pictures of the incredible week, please click on Teacher & Staff Appreciation 2019

    Thank you to our Tiger Teachers' Appreciation Luncheon" Presenting Sponsor State Farm Agent Jim Corwell. Please check out his website at State Farm - Jim Corwell. 

    Special thank you to all of the amazing companies that donated food and items to make our Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week so special! We are so appreciative for their generosity and support. Click on the company names to view their websites. 
     
    Outback Steakhouse - 20 gift cards - 3403 Henderson Blvd
    Tampa Yard Greetings - yard sign 
    Starbucks - coffee -1300 S Dale Mabry Hwy
    The Hyppo - popsicles - 702 S Village Cir
    Cinebistro - movie vouchers -1609 W Swann Ave
    Taco Bus - Tuesday lunch
    Moe’s - chips, queso and salsa - 3810 W Neptune St
    Maggiano's Italian Restaurant - Wednesday lunch - 203 Westshore Plz
    Cheesecake Factory - red velvet cheesecake - 2223 N West Shore Blvd
    18 Bagels Co. - bagels & cream cheese -111 S Dale Mabry Hwy
    Panera - pastries - 112 South Westshore Blvd.
    Soho Juice Company - juice - 3120 West Bay to Bay Blvd.
    Edible Arrangements - 2 fruit trays -1305 S Dale Mabry Hwy
    Chef Inspired Popcorn - popcorn - 3204 B W Bay To Bay Blvd
    Gigi’s Cupcakes - mini cupcakes - 3810 W Neptune St
    Deviled Pig - Friday Lunch - 3307 S Dale Mabry Hwy
    Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 14th is our PTA General Assembly Meeting at 8:00 am in the Teacher's Lounge to vote in our 2019-20 PTA Officers. 
    We still have open positions on the board for Committee coordinators and Committee members for the 2019-20 school year. If you are interested in volunteering with the PTA, please join us at our PTA Board Meeting on May 14th at 8:15 am in the teacher's lounge or send an email to [email protected] with your interests. 
     
    The officers nominated for the 2019-20 school year are: 
    1.  President –Norma Maiz   
    2.  VP of Membership - Jahaira Quintana
    3.  VP of Communication – Laura Lauer
    4.  VP of Sponsorship – Lauren Fitzgerald 
    5.  VP of Fundraising/Ways and Means – Kat Cowley 
    6.  VP of Events – Kate Nelson 
    7.  VP of Volunteer Relations – Brad Smith 
    8.  VP of Special Projects – Jessica Schentrup
    9. VP of Health and Safety – Jannine Neward
    10. VP of Finance  –  Clarissa Medeiros
    11. Treasurer –  Heather Moniz
    12. Secretary – Kate Beauregard
    13. Corresponding Secretary – Deanna House

     

    We still need Committee Coordinators for the following:

    • Yearbook Committee Coordinator- We do have several committee members that are available to take photos and create some event pages for the Yearbook
    • After School Enrichment Club Committee Assistant - Amy Harris is coordinating, but we are missing an ASE Assistant that assists the ASE in day to day interactions with volunteers and vendors. The ASE Assistant is required to be on campus during the first 2 weeks of clubs in each session. There are volunteers for attendance and dismissal
    • Auction Committee Coordinator - We already have a committee in place and Kat Cowley will support the coordinator
    • Reflections Art Committee Coordinator
    • 5th Grade Parent - Organizes the events specific to 5th grade including fundraisers and the 5th grade banquet
    • Family Nights Coordinator 
    • Welcoming Committee Coordinator – Organizes school uniform collection and distribution, gives school tours and organizes activities to make new parents feel welcome.
    • Formalities or Hospitality Committee Coordinator 
    • Dad’s Club Coordinator – Organizes clean-up day before school starts, schedule dad’s night out gathering and any events to get more men involved in school.

    If you are interested in any of these roles or would like to volunteer with the PTA, please join us at our PTA Board Meeting on May 14th at 8:15 am or email [email protected] with your interests.   
    We are excited to announce that Mike Campbell has been appointed as Grady's next Principal! Mr. Campbell is currently serving as the Assistant Principal at Grady. 
     
    Mike Campbell grew up in Tampa. He attended Jesuit High School and received his Early Childhood/Elementary degree from Furman University and his Masters in Educational Leadership from NOVA Southeastern University. He taught for 11 years at Mort and Westchase Elementary before being appointed Assistant Principal at Grady Elementary in 2011. He also coached basketball for 11 years at Gaither High School.  

    Purchase your yearbook today! Today, April 30th, is the last day to order a yearbook online and guarantee that your student will receive their yearbook for Yearbook Signing Day, which is held the week of May 20th. 


    Please click on Purchase Yearbook to buy online. Yearbooks cost $25 for softcover and $30 for hardcover. 


    After online sales close tonight, yearbooks will only be available on a first come first serve basis in the school office. We will only accept cash and checks made out to the Grady Elementary PTA. 

    Tiger Talk Update 4.17.19

    April 17, 2019

    There is no school this Friday, April 19th due to Good Friday. We hope everyone enjoys the 3 day weekend! 

    Thank you very much to the Ortiz Family for donating a new wheelchair to the Grady Elementary Clinic! We really appreciate your generosity! 

    Congratulations to Norma Maiz for winning the Hillsborough County PTA Volunteer of the Year! We are so happy that they recognized your hard work and amazing dedication to our school! Grady Elementary also won awards for Volunteer Hours, Increased Membership and Golden Participation for parent and grandparent involvement in the school. To view photos from the Awards Ceremony, please click on PTA Awards Ceremony

    The new Hillsborough County Student Calendar is now available for the 2019-2020 school year. Click on 2019-20 Student Calendar to view. Please make note that there is a change to Monday Early Release Days. Students will have one-hour early release every Monday with the following exceptions: Oct 14, Oct 21, Oct 28, Nov 4, Nov 18, Dec 2, Dec 9 and Dec 16, 2019. 

    Below are some upcoming important dates:

    4/19 - Good Friday - NO SCHOOL

    4/25 - Cyber Security 101 Presentation at Mitchell Elementary

    5/01 - Deadline to Purchase Yearbooks for Yearbook Signing Day

    5/06 - 5/10 - Teacher Appreciation Week

    5/07 - Coleman Middle School's Incoming 6th Grade Parent Meeting

    5/14 - PTA General Assembly Meeting at 8:00 am 

    5/20 - 5/24 - Spirit Week

    5/27 - Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

    5/28 - Pre-K and 5th Grade Awards Ceremony

    5/29 - K-4th Awards Ceremony

    5/31 - Last Day of School & 5th Grade Clap Out 

    Yearbook 

    Purchase your yearbook today! May 1st is the deadline to guarantee a yearbook for Yearbook Signing day. Please click on Purchase Yearbook to buy online. Yearbooks cost $25 for softcover and $30 for hardcover. 

     

    Cyber Security 101 at Mitchell Elementary

    Mitchell Elementary is hosting a Cyber Safety 101 presentation on Thursday, April 25th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. The presentation will be held in the Mitchell Elementary Cafeteria. It is recommended for parents of students in grades 4 & 5, but is open to all parents. Troy Suarez, supervisor of instructional technology for K-12 education will be at Mitchell to highlight ways to keep your children safe on the internet. For more information, please click on Cyber Security

     

    Coleman Middle's Incoming 6th Grade Parent Meeting

    Coleman Middle School is hosting their annual Incoming 6th Grade Parent meeting on Tuesday, May 7th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm in the Coleman Cafeteria. Please click on Coleman for more details. 

     

    Summer Art Camp at Grady

    Click on Grady Art Camp to learn about the 3 different week long themed art camps hosted by Debonique Grigsby. Both half and full day camps are available. Grady parents can secure their child's spot with a camp deposit of only $25.  Space is limited as each session will be capped at only 20 campers. Camp will be open to Pre-K through 5th grade students in the South Tampa area. Last year our camps filled up in only 3 weeks! 

     

    South Tampa Basketball Camp

    Enrollment is now open for the South Tampa Basketball Camp hosted at Grady Elementary by our Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Harris. Click on South Tampa Basketball Camp to learn more and find the enrollment forms. The camp is open to girls and boys grades 1st-9th. Camps run from Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. There are 3 week long sessions from June 10 - 27th. 

     

    Got used markers? ColorCycle them at Grady

    What is Crayola ColorCycle? Crayola’s latest sustainability initiative designed to repurpose markers, highlighters and dry erase markers. All marker brands are accepted. 

    How do I help? Collect markers and drop them off in the front office or your student can give them to our art teacher, Debonique Grigsby. 

    For more information, click on ColorCycle.

    One of PTA's main goals is to advocate for our children. Here's a quick update on a couple of important subjects that our parents have expressed interest in.

    Several weeks ago, we sent a link to a Florida PTA survey concerning Senate Bill 7030 (School Safety and Security) and many parents requested that we provide an update when the bill goes to vote. SB 7030 is set for final debate this Wednesday (4/17) and vote in the Senate on Thursday (4/18). Now is the time to call or email your Florida Senators to share your thoughts on the bill.  This bill contains a provision that would amend last year's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act; it permits full-time classroom teachers to participate in the Guardian Program. In short, once having completed training and having received authorization, full-time classroom teachers could carry arms on school grounds. To view Florida PTA's statement regarding SB 7030 and email your state Senator, please click on Florida PTA Action Center. You can also click on Florida State Senators for a full list of state Senators or click on Janet Cruz to email our local state Senator. 

    ABC Action News reported on the lack of crossing guards in 45 Hillsborough County Elementary schools, including Grady. Click here to view the news report. The school is doing everything they can to help protect our kids, from constantly requesting traffic studies to qualify for a crossing guard to having Coach Murrell assist in the crosswalk during student drop off and pick up. Thanks Coach Murrell!! Safety is a huge priority for us and we will continue to advocate for a crossing guard and improvements in pedestrian safety. This video is a great reminder to stop at crosswalks when pedestrians are present. Let's all work together to keep our families safe! 

    Finally, Hillsborough County is conducting a countywide survey in spring 2019 to assess resident satisfaction in key areas. Feedback from the anonymous questionnaire will assist county administration in determining priorities for the community and evaluating how Hillsborough County compares with other jurisdictions across the nation.  Click on Hillsborough County Citizen Survey to complete the survey. 

    There will be an incoming 6th grade parent meeting at Coleman Middle School on Tuesday, May 7th. The meeting will take place in the Coleman Cafeteria from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. 

    Coleman Middle School is located at 1724 S Manhattan Ave. 

    Summer VPK at Grady

    March 27, 2019

    Summer VPK registration opens tomorrow, Thursday, March 28th at 8:00 am at Mitchell Elementary (205 S. Bungalow Park Ave). The VPK program will be held at Grady Elementary, but run by Mitchell's Vice Principal, Mr. Moon. The program runs from June 10 - July 31st, Monday - Thursday from 7:30 am - 6:00 pm (drop-off and pick-up are flexible).  

    Please see the attached photo for more information or contact Mitchell Elementary at 813-872-5216.

    Mitchell Elementary is hosting a Cyber Safety 101 presentation on Thursday, April 25th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. The presentation will be held in the Mitchell Elementary Cafeteria. It is recommended for parents of students in grades 4 & 5, but is open to all parents. 

    Troy Suarez, supervisor of instructional technology for K-12 education will be at Mitchell to highlight ways to keep your children safe on the internet. 

    Hello Grady Fifth Grade Parents,

    Coleman Middle School PTSA is starting to form its executive board and committee board for the next year. If you will have a student at Coleman next year, please consider joining our organization!

    Three years of middle school go by very quickly. The work is not onerous and the chance to connect with the school and fellow parents is invaluable.

    If you have questions, please let me know or complete one of the attached forms and return it to the Coleman PTSA president Monica Chandler [email protected].

    Looking forward to seeing some new Coleman Cobras next year!

    Grady is turning 60 this year!

    Our Choirs will be celebrating with a musical tour through the Billboard Top 100 from Grady’s 1st school year, 1958-59, then travel to each decade after that, including 1968, ’78, ’88, ’98, 2008, and 2018.


    It's almost time for Grady's 60th Anniversary Spring Concerts!

    • The Concert for 1st & 2nd Graders will be held on Tuesday, March 12th at 6 pm
    • The Concert for 3rd, 4th & 5th Graders School Concert will be held on Wednesday, March 13th at 6 pm 

    Concerts start at 6 pm, Students should go to Mr. Florio's room starting at 5 pm

    Attire: Break out your best fashions and/or costumes from the last 60 years of fashion! Poodle skirts to Overalls to Neon, everything to jeans and jelly shoes! Anything that is school appropriate will do. 

    Support our 5th Grade by purchasing Dippin Dots and water! 

    Grady Elementary PRIVATE REGISTRATION EXTENDED!!!!

    2nd Annual Summer Art Camps @ Grady Elementary
     
    Week 1 "Under the Sea" is almost full! 
     
    Special Camp Deposit: Grady parents can secure their child’s spot with a camp deposit of only $25.
     
    Both half and full day camps available: Sign up for both the morning and afternoon sessions to have your child participate as a full day camper, and we’ll watch your child during the lunch hour.
     
    CLICK HERE to learn about our themed art camps that focus on the exploration of art material through hands-on guided learning, interactive art play and skill development. Our summer art camps are a place where children feel comfortable expressing their creativity while meeting like-minded kids. Campers grow in extraordinary ways that help them lead happy, meaningful and productive lives because they receive a lot of personal attention from our exceptional staff. This includes improving social skills, learning to make decisions, becoming more resilient, and gaining other character-building tools.
     
    Space is limited as each session will be capped at only 20 campers. Camp will be open to Pre-K through 5th grade students in the South Tampa area. Last year our camps filled up in only three weeks.
     
    Special Offer for Grady Parents: Grady parents can secure their child’s spot with a camp deposit of only $25
     
    CLICK HERE to get more information today as registration is limited! If you want to see one of our camp videos from last summer, please visit https://vimeo.com/275931702 to see campers having a great time.

    Totally Awesome Raffle Baskets

    February 26, 2019

    Arts & Crafts - Raffle

    Get ready for a totally awesome night! We are less than 2 weeks away from Grady’s 80's Night Auction on March 9th from 6-10pm at the Christ the King Mary Martha Center. Buy your tickets at www.gradytigers.org/auction before prices increase! Early bird tickets are only $35 per person and include delicious food and 2 drink tickets. 

    Raffle tickets will be on sale from Thursday, February 28th through Friday, March 8th during drop off from 7:15 - 7:45 am. Raffle tickets cost $1 each, $5 for 7, and $10 for 15. You do not have to be present at the auction to win. 

    Click on Sample Raffle and Auction baskets to view our raffle baskets and some of our auction baskets. 

    Raffle items:

    Rainy night fun 
    2 snuggly blankets
    Cobra paw board game
    Bingo game
    Popcorn and popcorn container
    Assorted candies
    Coca Cola teddy bears
    $25 Netflix gift card
    $25 black jack pizza gift card
    Value $115
    Let’s go to the Movies   
    Sea salt popcorn
    Assorted candies
    Popcorn buckets
    $70 fandango gift cards
    $25 amc gift cards
    Value $120
    Team Impact sports 
    Two (2) 45-minute private baseball lessons 
    Value $100
    Are you Lucky?  
    Assorted lottery tickets
    Magic 8 ball
    Dice
    Deck of cards
    Lucky charms cereal
    Value $endless possibilities
    Arts & Crafts 
    $100 gift certificate to Yellowbird Art Studio
    Colored pencils
    Glitter crayons
    Glue stick
    Hole punch
    Pom poms
    Crayons
    Donut stickers
    Value $125

    We can’t wait to see you at the raddest night of the year!

    Tiger Talk Update 2.20.19

    February 20, 2019

    Thank you very much to everyone who contributed to Jump Rope for Heart and all of our amazing volunteers! 

    This week, we have Conference Night on Thursday, February 21st. The media center will be showcasing Grady’s SLAM (Student Literacy & Media Showcase) submissions during conference night. If you are on campus, please join us in celebrating our students’ hard work anytime between 1:50 pm and 7:00 pm. Click on SLAM for more details. 

       

    Below are some upcoming important dates:

    2/21 – Conference Night at Grady

    3/04 - Strawberry Festival - NO SCHOOL

    3/09 - Grady 80's themed Auction Night at Christ the King 

    3/11-3/18 - Spring Book Fair (Preview Day on 3/8)

    3/12 - 1st & 2nd Grade School Concert

    3/13 - 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade School Concert 

    3/18-3/25 - Spring Break - NO SCHOOL

     

    Grady Auction

    Join us for our totally rad 80's themed auction on Saturday, March 9th. This adult only event will be held at Christ the King from 6:00 - 10:00 pm. 

    Early Bird Tickets are now available for $35 per person through Sunday, March 3rd. The ticket includes admission, dinner and 2 drink tickets. To purchase your tickets, click on Grady Auction Tickets

    We will have raffle tickets for sale during drop off the week of March 5th – 8th. We will be sending out emails with pictures of the raffle baskets and some of our auction baskets in the coming weeks.

    We have some amazing auction items, including: 

    • One week stay at the Wyndham Bonnet Creek in Orlando from June 7 - June 14, 2019 (click on Wyndham Bonnet Creek for more details)

    • Football clinic with NFL Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick

    • VIP school parking - skip the car line and park in the back of Grady

    • Hang your college flag in front of Grady for a year. Grab your friends and be sure to win this highly coveted item! Which college will be waving its flag this coming year?

    Author visit for 3rd-5th graders

    Grady Elementary is excited to announce the visit of nationally acclaimed author Jackson Pearce on March 6th. She will be presenting to all students in third through fifth grades. Two of her middle grade books have received nominations in the Sunshine State Young Reader Awards program and have been used in our SLAM & Battle of the Books.

    For more information about the author and visit, please click on Jackson Pearce visit. 

    Spring Book Fair

    The Grady Elementary Spring Book Fair is coming up from March 11-18th (with a preview day on March 8th).  The Book Fair is a great way to get kids excited about reading and to buy some great reads for Spring Break! 

    To volunteer at the Book Fair, please click on Book Fair Volunteers

    We will provide the link to our online ordering before the Book Fair commences. Thank you for supporting our school Book Fair and developing a love of reading in your child!

    Florida State Fair

    Grady students will have artwork on display during the Florida State Fair for the Black History Art Exhibit. Our theme was "Celebrating African American Pioneers in the Arts and S.T.E.M." Grady focused on Benjamin Banneker this year. The art will be on display inside the Florida Center during the time that the fair is running. Please come out to enjoy the art show and other festivities. 

    Yearbook

    Purchase your yearbook today! Prices are currently $20 for a softcover yearbook and $25 for a hardcover yearbook, however, pricing will increase April 1st. Please visit www.strawbridge.net to purchase online and enter online code 112045.   

    We need pictures for our yearbook. If you have pictures from Jump Rope for Heart that you would like to submit, please email them to [email protected]

    Got used markers? ColorCycle them at Grady

    What is Crayola ColorCycle? Crayola’s latest sustainability initiative designed to repurpose markers, highlighters and dry erase markers. All marker brands are accepted. 

    How do I help? Collect markers and drop them off in the front office or your student can give them to our art teacher, Debonique Grigsby. 

    For more information, click on ColorCycle.

     

    The Grady Elementary Spring Book Fair is coming up from March 11-15th (with a preview day on March 8th). Book Fair is open from 7:30 am - 2:30 pm daily. No children are allowed without parents until after the morning show.

    The Book Fair is a great way to get kids excited about reading and to buy some great reads for Spring Break! 

    To volunteer at the Book Fair, please click on Book Fair Volunteers

    Consider using the eWallet feature in lieu of sending kids with cash. For more information, click on http://www.scholastic.com/bf/gradyelementaryschool

    As a reminder, there is an 8.5% sales tax on all items.

    If you are unable to shop in person, click on Shop Online to access our online book fair. 

    Thank you for supporting our school Book Fair and developing a love of reading in your child!

    Jump Rope for Heart is coming up tomorrow, Friday, February 15th!

    We still need volunteers to help monitor stations, hand out water, turn jump ropes and more, especially for Kindergarten (8:40-9:30) and 3rd grade (11:40-12:30). To view the schedule and sign up to volunteer, click on VOLUNTEER FORMThank you to everyone that has already signed up!

    Jump Rope for Heart is a fun field day that has our students jumping rope, running and jumping over hurdles and bouncing in a bounce house. In addition to fun, students learn about heart health and the importance of a good diet. Jump Rope for Heart also has a fundraising component that raises money for the American Heart Association and helps raise funds for athletic equipment at Grady Elementary. Your child can still collect donations and turn them in via the envelope provided or you can sign up online by clicking on Grady Elementary's AHA Page. You can also download the Kids Heart Challenge mobile app. 

    If you have any questions, please email Ms. Murrell at [email protected]fl.us

     

    Below are some upcoming important dates:

    2/15 - Jump Rope for Heart and Field Day

    2/18 - President's Day - NO SCHOOL

    2/21 – Conference Night at Grady

    3/04 - Strawberry Festival - NO SCHOOL

    3/09 - Grady 80's themed Auction Night at Christ the King 

    3/12 - 1st & 2nd Grade School Concert

    3/13 - 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade School Concert 

    3/18-3/25 - Spring Break - NO SCHOOL

     

    Grady Auction

    Join us for our totally rad 80's themed auction on Saturday, March 9th. This adult only event will be held at Christ the King from 6:00 - 10:00 pm. 

    Early Bird Tickets are now available for $35 per person through Sunday, March 3rd. The ticket includes admission, dinner and 2 drink tickets. To purchase your tickets, click on Grady Auction Tickets

    We will have raffle tickets for sale during drop off the week of March 5th – 8th. We will be sending out emails with pictures of the raffle baskets and some of our auction baskets in the coming weeks. 

    We have some amazing auction items, including: 

    • One week stay at the Wyndham Bonnet Creek in Orlando from June 7 - June 14, 2019 (click on Wyndham Bonnet Creek for more details)

    • Football clinic with NFL Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick

    • VIP school parking - skip the car line and park in the back of Grady

    • Hang your college flag in front of Grady for a year. Grab your friends and be sure to win this highly coveted item! Which college will be waving its flag this coming year?

     

    Florida State Fair

    Grady students will have artwork on display during the Florida State Fair for the Black History Art Exhibit. Our theme was "Celebrating African American Pioneers in the Arts and S.T.E.M." Grady focused on Benjamin Banneker this year. The art will be on display inside the Florida Center during the time that the fair is running. Please come out to enjoy the art show and other festivities. 

     

    Yearbook

    Purchase your yearbook today! Prices are currently $20 for a softcover yearbook and $25 for a hardcover yearbook, however, pricing will increase April 1st. Please visit www.strawbridge.net to purchase online and enter online code 112045.   

    We need pictures for our yearbook. If you have pictures from field trips, the 3rd-5th grade winter concert, Barnes & Noble Family Night of Reading, Family Skate Nights, Tropicana Speeches or the Great American Teach in that you would like to submit, please email them to [email protected]

     

    Got used markers? ColorCycle them at Grady

    What is Crayola ColorCycle? Crayola’s latest sustainability initiative designed to repurpose markers, highlighters and dry erase markers. All marker brands are accepted. 

    How do I help? Collect markers and drop them off in the front office or your student can give them to our art teacher, Debonique Grigsby. 

    For more information, click on ColorCycle.

     

    Tiger Talk Update 2.7.19

    February 7, 2019

    Click Read More for the full Tiger Talk Update

    Below are some upcoming important dates:
    2/08 - Fair Day - NO SCHOOL
    2/13 - Pre-K and Kindergarten Valentine's Day Concert
    2/15 - Jump Rope for Heart and Field Day
    2/18 - President's Day - NO SCHOOL
    3/04 - Strawberry Festival - NO SCHOOL
    3/09 - Grady 80's themed Auction Night at Christ the King
    3/12 - 1st & 2nd Grade School Concert
    3/13 - 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade School Concert
    3/18-3/25 - Spring Break - NO SCHOOL

    Jump Rope for Heart

    Jump Rope for Heart is a fun field day that has our students jumping rope, running and jumping over hurdles and bouncing in a bounce house. In addition to fun, students learn about heart health and the importance of a good diet. Jump Rope for Heart also has a fundraising component that raises money for the American Heart Association and helps raise funds for athletic equipment at Grady Elementary.

    We will need volunteers on Friday, February 15th to help monitor stations, hand out water, turn jump ropes and more. We will be sending the full schedule and volunteer sign up later this week.

    Florida State Fair

    Grady students will have artwork on display during the Florida State Fair for the Black History Art Exhibit. Our theme was "Celebrating African American Pioneers in the Arts and S.T.E.M." Grady focused on Benjamin Banneker this year. The art will be on display inside the Florida Center during the time that the fair is running. Please come out to enjoy the art show and other festivities.

    Congratulations to Mekaela Grullon! Her firework-inspired art was selected to go on display at the Florida State Fair. It will be inside the Florida Center during the fair. Way to go Mekaela!

    Grady Auction

    Join us for our totally rad 80's themed auction on Saturday, March 9th. This adult only event will be held at Christ the King from 6:00 - 10:00 pm.

    Early Bird Tickets are now available for $35 per person through Sunday, March 3rd. The ticket includes admission, dinner and 2 drink tickets. Click on Auction to purchase tickets and see some of our amazing auction items!

    Jump Rope for Heart is a fun field day that has our students jumping rope, running and jumping over hurdles and bouncing in a bounce house. In addition to fun, students learn about heart health and the importance of a good diet. Jump Rope for Heart also has a fundraising component that raises money for the American Heart Association and helps raise funds for athletic equipment at Grady Elementary. 

    We will need volunteers on Friday, February 15th to help monitor stations, hand out water, turn jump ropes and more. We will be sending the full schedule and volunteer sign up later this week.

    Your child can collect donations and turn them in via the envelope provided or you can sign up online by clicking on Grady Elementary's AHA Page. You can also download the Kids Heart Challenge mobile app. 

    If you have any questions, please email Ms. Murrell at [email protected] 

    Tiger Talk Update 1.24.19

    January 24, 2019

    Thank you to all of the pirates that joined us on Thursday Night for our Unlock the Treasures of Reading Night! Our students loved hearing the stories, getting beads and eating cookies! 

    Our goal over the past year and a half has been to upgrade our technology. With the funds raised last year, we were able to purchase 1 computer cart (with at least 20 laptops) for each grade level for a total of 120 laptops. The laptop cart will allow the computers to go from classroom to classroom, so that the computers can be utilized by more students during a single school day. For the 2018-19 school year, we included budget items for additional technology upgrades. We have already approved the purchase of 2 ceiling mounted projectors, 2 iPads, and 1 laptop and plan to purchase additional technology for the media center. 

    Principal Dosal requested that we use the our additional funds this year to install a new digital marquee. The digital marquee will assist the office in quickly communicating with our parents and providing up-to-date reminders of important events at Grady, instead of monthly updates. During the meeting, we officially voted to fund the digital marquee with our additional funds. We will share more information about the marquee as it becomes available. 

    In addition, during the meeting we approved over $2,500 in mini grant requests from our teachers and specialists that include: purchasing 100 classic literature books for 4th graders, providing flexible seating options for students, approving subscriptions (News 2 You, Scholastic, Storyworks, Starfall and ABC Mouse) that benefit students in multiple grades, and providing our ASD classrooms with kits that help with fine motor skills and help with science experiments.   

    Thanks to all of our amazing sponsors, donors during events such as Tiger Trek and Auction Night, and increased club enrollment, we have acquired more funds that allow us to better serve our students and the community. 

    Below are some upcoming important dates:

    1/25 - Kindergarten Countdown for incoming Kindergarten parents
    1/31 - Family Skate Night at United Skates of America
    2/08 - Fair Day - NO SCHOOL
    2/13 - Pre-K and Kindergarten Valentine's Day Concert
    2/15 - Jump Rope for Heart and Field Day
    3/09 - Grady 80's themed Auction Night at Christ the King 
    3/12 - 1st & 2nd Grade School Concert
    3/13 - 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade School Concert 

    DUST OFF YOUR LEG WARMERS!

    TEASE YOUR HAIR UP!

    When: March 9, 2019 from 6-10pm

    Where: Christ the King

    Theme: The 80’s

    THIS IS AN ADULT ONLY EVENT!

    Day of Tickets available Saturday, March 9th (purchase at the door only - no online purchase available)
    $45 includes admission + dinner (no drink tickets)

    AMAZING AUCTION ITEMS INCLUDE:

      • One week stay at the Wyndham Bonnet Creek in Orlando from June 7 - June 14, 2019 (click on Wyndham Bonnet Creek for more details)
      • Football clinic with NFL Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick
      • VIP school parking - skip the car line and park in the back of Grady
      • Hang your college flag in front of Grady for a year


      We will be previewing some of the awesome items we will have available at the auction:

      Summer Camps

      • Girls with confidence
      • Martial Arts Advantage
      • Rockatar 
      • Camp Terrapin at Tampa Prep
      • Playgrounds of Tampa
      • Berkeley Prep sports, art or enrichment camp
      • LaFleur’s Gymnastics
      • South Tampa Basketball Camp at Grady 

      Sports

      • Under Armour Basketball Registration
      • Under Armour Flag Football Registration
      • Tampa Bay Little League Softball or Baseball Registration
      • South Tampa Titans Football or Cheer Registration
      • Strike One Pitching - private pitching or hitting lessons
      • Tampa Bay Lightning Basket, including tickets to a game
      • Martial Arts Advantage - summer camp and birthday party
      • LaFleur’s Gymnastics - gymnastics classes
      • Tampa Bay United Soccer Registration
      • Take Me Out to the Ballgame USF Bulls Baseball Basket
      • Tampa Bay Rays - 4 tickets to a home game
      • South Tampa Basketball Camp at Grady 

      Music and the Arts

      • Grady Music Teacher for the day
      • Grady Art Teacher for the day
      • South Tampa Center for the Arts - one week of summer camp
      • Private Piano lessons
      • Private Drum or Percussion lessons
      • Private Photography lesson
      • Adult Arts & Crafts basket including gift card to Painting with a Twist
      • Rockatar - private lessons or a week of summer camp
      • Berkeley Prep - week of summer camp
      • Tampa Music School - private lesson, and a bag of fun items including a ukelele

      Beauty Regiment

      • Mint Salon: $50 gift certificate and various hair care products (value $250)
      • Hair Affair basket: curlers, blow dry clips, wet brush, JoJo Siwa bos, curling iron, $25 ultra card and much more (value $300)
      • Christine Diaz Hair Package: certificate for single process color, haircut and style, various hair care products (value $200)
      • Perez Orthodontics: 1/2 off orthodontic treatment (value up to $2750)
      • Marcadis Plastic Surgery: $250 Botox Treatment
      • Pamper Yourself: $50 Fancy Nails, $100 Blowbar Express, $25 Hazel & Dot, and more (value $200)

      Good Eats

      • "In Pizza We Crust" basket: $25 gift card to Black Jack Pizza, $40 gift card to California Pizza Kitchen, Pizza stone, Kate Spade hot mitts and towels, Pizza making ingredients, pizza serving tools, cookbooks. Value $325
      • S'mores Family Fun: Fire pit and accessories, Hershey’s s’mores kit, Flannel blanket, roasting sticks, mugs, hot chocolate, S’mores recipe book, and much more. Value $300
      • Stroll Through Hyde Park: $50 Cinebistro, $25 Sprinkles Cupcakes, $10 Hyppo, $50 Timpano, $50 Wine Exchange, $50 Bar Taco, $50 On Swann. Value $235 
      • Patty Cake, Patty Cake Baking basket: 2 baking with kids cookbooks, a proofing basket, mixing bowls, dish towels, mixing spatulas, an electric mixer, measuring spoons, egg yolk separator, aprons and chef hats. Value $250
      • Ice Cream Social basket: $10 gift card to Cold Stone, $10 gift card to Dairy Joy, $10 gift card to Yogurtology, Cuisinart soft serve ice cream maker, Ice cream cone play set, ceramic ice cream bowls, plastic ice cream bowls and spoons, ice cream scoop, ice cream pillow, assorted ice cream toppings. Value $212
      • Date Night Basket:  $40 Coldstone, $25 Total Wine, $25 Darden Restaurants, $50 AMC Movies, $25 Maggiano’s, $40 Margaritas Mexican. Value $205
      • Village Inn Pie of the Month: turn in your coupon each month for one of the many delicious pies at the Village Inn! Value $120 
      • Nothing Bundt Cake: redeem your coupon each month for a delicious bundt cake. Also, you get to bring home a cake the night of the auction! Value $300
      • Besito Mexican Experience: Dining experience for 4 people. Includes appetizers, entrees, dessert, tequila flight tasting, and margaritas. Value $350 
      • A Taste of Mexico: Chipotle dinner for 4, $20 gift card to Tijuana Flats plus 2 of their hot sauces, 4 margarita glasses, bottle of Jose Cuervo tequila, bottle of organic margarita mix, queso and hot sauce, chip and dip bowl. Value $200  
      • Rollin’ Oats: $25 gift card, assorted snacks, water bottle, T-shirt. Value $50  
      • Taste of Tampa: $50 Bulla Gastropub, $50 Flemings, $50 Bella’s, $50 Bern’s/Haven, Bar Taco dinner for 2, $40 Deviled Pig, Toffee to Go gift card, Oxford Exchange tea for 2, $50 Roy’s gift card, $25 Metro Diner, $50 Edison’s, $100 Donatello’s, $20 Buddy Brew, and more. Value $700  

      Drink Up

      • Cooper's Hawk Wine Club: 3-month wine membership, 2 wine tastings and an oversized bottle of wine
      • PRP Wine International: Private In-Home Sampling Experience for up to 12 people, 90 minutes. Includes 8 bottles of wine and a wine consultant. 
      • Stroll Through Hyde Park: $50 Cinebistro, $25 Sprinkles Cupcakes, $10 Hyppo, $50 Timpano, $50 Wine Exchange, $50 Bar Taco, $50 On Swann
      • Date Night Basket:  $40 Coldstone, $25 Total Wine, $25 Darden Restaurants, $50 AMC Movies, $25 Maggiano’s, $40 Margaritas Mexican
      • Besito Mexican Experience: Dining experience for 4 people. Includes appetizers, entrees, dessert, tequila flight tasting, and margaritas
      • A Taste of Mexico: Chipotle dinner for 4, $20 gift card to Tijuana Flats plus 2 of their hot sauces, 4 margarita glasses, bottle of Jose Cuervo tequila, bottle of organic margarita mix, queso and hot sauce, chip and dip bowl, accessories
      • Total Wine & Spirits: Private wine class for up to 20 people
      • Tailgate with 81Bay: 4-pack of 81Bay Beer, 1 free crowler, ball cap, 81Bay swag, Yeti 12 Hopper
      • 3 Daughters Brewery: $40 gift card, 2 pint glasses, 2 koozies, assortment of 3 Daughters beers
      • Wine Please: wine bag, corkscrew, wine stopper, 4 wine glasses, wine socks, wine tote, Coppola Merlot, Votre Sante Pinot Noir

      Thank you to our Auction Sponsors:

      Family Skate Night at United Skates of America 1/31

      January 23, 2019 - January 31, 2019

      Grady PTA School Skate Party With The Worlds Largest Indoor “Real Fake Snowball Fight”

      Thursday, January 31st
      6:00 - 8:00 pm

       

      Pre-sale are available until Tuesday, January 29th!!
      Pre-sale tickets get you early entry at 5:30 pm!!

       

      $6.00 per person
      (includes regular skate rental)
      Non-skating Adults entry is FREE!
      All children entering must pay admission.
      ONLINE SALES ARE NOW CLOSED!
       
      Please join us on Thursday, January 31st for the World’s Largest Indoor Snowball Fight themed school skate party at United Skates of America. Join us to skate, throw snowballs and support the Grady Elementary PTA. Hope to see you all there!
       
      United Skates of America, 5121 N Armenia Ave., Tampa, Fl 33603 
      813-876-5826

      www.unitedskates.com/tampa

      Today is the last day to register for our Spring session of After School Enrichment (ASE) Clubs. The clubs start January 22nd and run through May 17th. Please visit ASE Club Information for more information about our clubs and ASE Club Signup to register. Please note that the Baseball Club has been cancelled due to low enrollment.

      Thursday is our annual Unlock the Treasurers of Reading Night (Pirate Reading Night). The kids are invited to dress as pirates or wear pajamas. The night starts with a general PTA meeting at the flagpole at 5:45 pm. Children will go to classrooms and enjoy stories read by pirates from local krewes, while parents of students in grades 3-5 go to the Media Center for the FSA Information Session and parents of students in grades K-2 go to the Cafeteria for a Reading Essentials Information Session. It's a really fun night with free books, beads, juice and cookies!

      Congratulations to all of our Reflections Art Contest winners! To see a full list of the winners, click on Read More.

      Below are some upcoming important dates:

      1/17 - Unlock the Treasures of Reading Night (Pirate Reading Night) & General PTA Meeting
      1/21 - MLK - NO SCHOOL
      1/22 - First day of Spring After School Enrichment clubs
      1/25 - Kindergarten Countdown for incoming Kindergarten parents
      1/31 - Family Skate Night at United Skates of America
      2/08 - Fair Day - NO SCHOOL
      2/13 - Pre-K and Kindergarten Valentine's Day Concert
      3/12 - 1st & 2nd Grade School Concert
      3/13 - 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade School Concert
      3/9/19 - Grady 80's themed Auction Night at Christ the King

      Yearbooks now on sale!

      January 11, 2019

      Yearbook sales are officially open! Envelopes  for paper sales will be sent home later this month. Prices are currently $20 for a softcover yearbook and $25 for a hardcover yearbook, however, pricing will increase April 1st. Please visit www.strawbridge.net to purchase online and enter online code 112045. 

      On Thursday, January 17th from 6:00-7:00pm is our annual Unlock the Treasures of Reading Night, also known as Grady Pirate Night.  In addition, we will be holding a very brief PTA General Meeting at the flagpole at 5:45 pm. 

      Parents and children are invited to this event.  Children will go to classrooms and enjoy stories read by pirates from local krewes.  Parents of students in grades 3-5 will go to the Media Center for the FSA Information Session and parents of students in grades K-2 will go to the cafeteria for a Reading Essentials Information Session. 

      The kids will have a blast and they are invited to dress as pirates or wear pajamas. There will be free books, beads, juice and cookies. Please don’t miss this fun event.

      Grady Spring Concerts

      January 9, 2019

      Save the date for our upcoming Spring Concerts! 

      • Pre-K and Kindergarten will have a Valentine's Day Concert on Wednesday, February 13th

      • The Concert for 1st & 2nd Graders will be held on Tuesday, March 12th

      • The School Concert for 3rd, 4th & 5th Graders School Concert will be held on Wednesday, March 13th at 6 pm

      • 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade will also participate in the Hillsborough County Multicultural Festival held at Grady on Friday, February 22nd

       

      Grady is turning 60 this year!

      Our Choirs will be celebrating with a musical tour through the Billboard Top 100 from Grady’s 1st school year, 1958-59, then travel to each decade after that, including 1968, ’78, ’88, ’98, 2008, and 2018.

      Current Chorus members in third, fourth, and fifth grades are still invited, and do not need to return another form.

      * If your child would like to join us in chorus, and is in the 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade, * please fill out and return the slip attached.

      Chorus rehearsals are on Monday afternoons, from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m.

      We have 2 concerts in the spring.

      Please mark both dates: 2/22/19 and 3/13/19 in your calendars!

      Our school show is Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at 6 p.m.

      I have also submitted to the Elementary Music Council an application for our choir to perform at the Hillsborough County Multicultural Festival, which will be held AT Grady, on

      Friday, February 22, 2019, right after school. (More specifics forthcoming)

      Winter Concerts

      December 4, 2018

      Our Winter Concerts are taking place this week! This year, we are changing our format and will be hosting three separate concerts. The dates of the concerts are:

      • 1st & 2nd Grade: Wednesday, December 5th at 6 pm
      • 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Chorus: Thursday, December 6th at 6 pm
      • Pre-K, Kindergarten and ESE Students: Friday, December 7th at 8 am
      It is Family Dinner Night at PDQ on both Wednesday and Thursday night, so please pick up dinner and mention you are with Grady Elementary. There will also be Dippin Dots available for sale at the concerts on Wednesday and Thursday nights to benefit the 5th grade end of year events. 
       
      We need volunteers to help us set up the chairs before the concerts and breakdown the chairs after the events. Please click on http://gradytigers.org/index.cfm?p=winter-concert-2018-volunteer-sign-up to sign up for a shift. Shifts are available on Dec 5th (setup and breakdown), Dec 6th (setup only) and Dec 7th (breakdown only). 
      Students in Grades 1-5 will meet in the Music Room 26 between 5 and 5:45 pm on their concert day. Pre-K and Kindergarten students will go to their classrooms as normal on Friday, Dec 7th. 
       
      All Chorus students, in ALL grades, will be in HOLIDAY attire
      • Your child's holiday best! Greens, Reds, Blues, Golds, Silvers....all are welcome
      • Please NO shorts
      • Please NO light up necklaces or large head pieces (antlers, hats, bows). We would like everyone to be seen on stage, as well as be able to see. 
      The schedule for December 5th & 6th is:  
      • 1:30 - 2:30 pm - Sign up for a 30 minute shift to set up chairs at Winter Concert Volunteers (Needed on both Dec 5th & Dec 6th)
      • 4:00 - 8:00 pm - Family Dinner Night at PDQ (Make sure to mention you are with Grady Elementary)
      • 5:00 - 5:45 pm - Students must meet in the Music Room 26 
      • 5:00 - 5:45 pm - Art Fair Project viewing in Cafeteria (details below)
      • 5:00 pm - 5th Grade Dippin Dots Sale
      • 5:30 pm - General PTA Meeting (only on Dec 6th)
      • 6:00 pm - Winter Concert Starts
      • 6:45 pm - Concert concludes, volunteers needed to help put chairs away.  Sign up for a 30 minute shift at Winter Concert Volunteers (Needed only on Dec 5th)

      Art Fair Project Viewing

      The artists of Grady Elementary have been studying Color Theory, Hispanic Heritage, and Proportion during this first semester of school.  Grady Elementary students will be presenting a Winter Art Show, which will be on display during the week of the Winter Concerts.  The art will be available, in the cafeteria, for viewing from 4:00 - 5:30 pm on Wednesday, December 5th before the 1st and 2nd grade Winter Concert begins.  The exhibit will continue to hang in the cafeteria for the remainder of the week.  Students whose artwork will be on display will receive a special invitation that will be sent home, however, anyone is welcome to come enjoy the exhibit and witness the exemplary artistry blooming at Grady.  

      For additional details about the concert, please click on Grady Winter Concerts

      Grady Elementary is running a food drive to benefit End 68 Hours of Hunger of Hillsborough County. Donations will be collected from December 3rd to December 19th. Please send donations in with your child and they will place them in the donation box in their classroom. 

      Recommended donation items are:

      • Rice
      • Instant Potatoes
      • Boxed Stuffing
      • Cereal
      • Cereal Bars
      • Granola
      • Crackers
      • Apple Sauce
      • Spaghetti
      • Spaghetti Sauce
      • Chef Boyardee
      • Mac n Cheese
      • Tuna in Water
      • Peanut Butter
      • Jelly
      Our Winter Concerts are quickly approaching! The dates of the concerts are:
      1st & 2nd Grade: Wednesday, December 5th at 6 pm
      3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Chorus: Thursday, December 6th at 6 pm
      Pre-K, Kindergarten and ESE Students: Friday, December 7th at 8 am

      Click on Read More for concert details

      We look forward to seeing our families at Grady's Thanksgiving Lunch tomorrow, Wednesday, November 14th! Make sure that you bring a photo ID and allow time to sign in and receive a visitor's pass from the front office.

      We still need your help volunteering at the lunch! Please click on Thanksgiving Lunch Volunteer to sign up. We would love your help, even if you can't sign up for the full hour. Please write in the comments when you are available to help or if you have to arrive late/leave early so you can attend your child's lunch. 

      Below are some upcoming important dates:
      11/14 - Thanksgiving Lunch
      11/15 - Great American Teach In
      11/19-11/23 - Thanksgiving Break - No school
      11/30 - Grady's Tiger Trek Walkathon
      12/5 - Winter Concert - 1st & 2nd grade
      12/6 - Winter Concert - 3rd - 5th grades
      12/7 - Winter Concert - Pre-K & Kindergarten
      12/14 - Barnes & Noble Family Night of Reading
      3/9/19 - Grady 80's themed Auction Night at Christ the King 

      Tiger Trek

      Thank you to all of the families that have donated so far! We are still accepting donations through November 30th. Money can be collected through the envelope provided or online donations are accepted here. The class with the most donations overall will win a Yogurtology Yogurt Party and the class with the most donations in each grade will win a Popsicle Party. In addition, the top students overall will win the following1st place – 3 $100 certificates from Bricks 4 Kidz that can be used towards camps or birthday party; 2nd place – 1 Ukulele and $179 certificate for 1 month of lessons from Tampa Music School; and 3rd place - $50 game play from Top Golf. 

      Our current student leaders are:

      • Derek Johnson             $550
      • Agnus Tutterow            $200
      • Ethan Ledford               $175
      • Hayden Atzenhoefer     $175
      • Kaila Ledford                 $175
      • Sydnee Moniz               $160
      • Zoe Beauregard            $159
      • Andrew Valle                 $150
      • Leo Bernedo Lores       $150
      Our current classes vying for the Yogurtology Party are:
      • Ritter
      • Price
      • De Lucia
      • Dreby
      • Steel
      • Hero
      • Del Castillo
      • Pifer
      • Wolfe

      Please consider volunteering for Tiger Trek and cheering on your child! Volunteer shifts are available from 7:40 am until 1:35 pm (shifts are 30 minutes to 1 hour). To see the complete Tiger Trek schedule and sign up online to volunteer, please click here:   Volunteer for Tiger Trek.   

      Grady Auction

      Join us for our totally rad 80's themed auction on Saturday, March 9th. This adult only event will be held at Christ the King from 6:00 - 10:00 pm. 

      Early Bird Tickets are now available for $35 per person through Sunday, March 3rd. The ticket includes admission, dinner and 2 drink tickets. To purchase your tickets, click on Grady Auction Tickets

      Got used markers? ColorCycle them at Grady

      What is Crayola ColorCycle? Crayola’s latest sustainability initiative designed to repurpose markers, highlighters and dry erase markers. All marker brands are accepted. 

      How do I help? Collect markers and drop them off in the front office or your student can give them to our art teacher, Debonique Grigsby. 

      For more information, click on ColorCycle.

      Grady PTA Membership
      Thank you to all of the families that have already signed up to join the Grady PTA! You can still sign up/renew your PTA membership online by clicking PTA Membership. Membership is only $6 for 1 person or $10 for 2 people. High membership allows us to participate in PTA programs such as Reflections Art. Signing up for the PTA does not commit you to any volunteering (although we always love having our families volunteer at the school!)

      Makeup Pictures on 11/7

      November 2, 2018

      Makeup fall pictures will be taken on Wednesday, November 7th. Please see the attached form for additional information and keep in mind that all envelopes and money must be turned in by Tuesday, November 6th. 
      Thanksgiving Lunch

      Our Thanksgiving Lunch will be held on Wednesday, November 14th in the Grady Cafeteria. Below is a copy of the schedule and the Thanksgiving Lunch form so that you can make reservations. 

      We need your help volunteering at the lunch! Please click on Thanksgiving Lunch Volunteer to sign up. There are 1 hour shifts and and we need help to guide parents to their tables, maintain the tables clean, guide parents to where they can put their trash and make sure table is presentable for next group.

      TUESDAY-FRIDAY LUNCH SCHEDULE 2018-19

      Time

      Grade

      Teacher

      Row

      10:15-10:45

      Pre-K

      Brinson

      1 (Pre-K Tables)

      10:20-10:50

      Pre-K

      Minardi

      1 (Pre-K Tables)

      10:25-10:55

      1

      Delcastillo/McAlister-Eveland

      8 & 1

      10:30-11:00

      1

      Ward

      2

      10:35-11:05

      1

      Wolfe

      3

      10:40-11:10

      1

      Horne

      4

      10:45-11:15

      3

      Ona

      5

      10:50-11:20

      3

      De Lucia

      6

      10:55-11:25

      3

      Oliva

      7

      11:00-11:30

      3

      Pifer

      8

      11:05-11:35

      2

      Price

      2

      11:10-11:40

      2

      Nelder

      3

      11:15-11:45

      2

      Doremus

      4

      11:20-11:50

      2

      Buell

      5

      11:25-11:55

      5

      Cucci

      6 & 7

      11:30-12:00

      5

      Webber

      7 & 8

      11:35-12:05

      5

      Trupp

      8 & 1

      11:40-12:10

      5

      Steel

      2 & 3

      11:45-12:15

      4

      Ritter

      3 & 4

      11:50-12:20

      4

      Lanier

      4 & 5

      11:55-12:25

      4

      Dickens/Nichols

      5 & 6

      12:00-12:30

      4

      Reyher

      7 & 8

      12:05-12:35

      K

      Hero

      8 & 1

      12:10-12:40

      K

      Dreby

      2

      12:15-12:45

      K

      Finitz (Wed 12:25 - 12:55)

      3

      12:20-12:50

      K

      Edwards 

      4

      For "Day Of" Online Purchases: Click Here

      The "Day Of" Prices:

      - Wristbands -

      $20 for the 1st Wristband 

      $10 for each additional Wristband

      - Extras -

      $1 extra pizza/slice

      $1 extra drink

      $1 extra slime ticket

      - Group Tickets -

      $1 = 1 ticket

      $5 = 6 tickets

      $10 = 15 tickets
       

      *** All wristbands include: ***

      Unlimited Booths

      Unlimited Games

      Magic Show

      1 Slice of Pizza

      1 Drink

      1 Bag of Chips

      1 Popcorn

      1 Popsicle

      End 68 Hours of Hunger Food Truck Rally on 11/4

      October 23, 2018 - November 6, 2018

      Grady PTA supports End 68 Hours of Hunger’s upcoming Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally and Silent Auction.  68 Hours of Hunger provides weekend meals to feed children. Right now, they are feeding more than 140 children a week.  Let’s support their good works and enjoy some tasty treats, too!  Thank you for supporting Grady PTA’s friends.

      Please join us at the Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally,  Sunday, November 4, from 10:30 am to 2 pm at Hyde Park Presbyterian Church, 1309 W. Swann Ave., Tampa, FL 33606.  There will be food trucks for all tastes and lots of family fun.  

      For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/foodtruckend68/.

      Red Ribbon Week - October 22-26

      October 21, 2018 - October 26, 2018

      Monday - Wear red (school will hand out red ribbons)

      Tuesday - Crazy socks day

      Wednesday - "Turn your back on drugs day" by wearing your clothes backwards

      Thursday - Turn in posters for "Say No to Drugs" poster contest.  Posters must be on unlined 8.5" x 11" and in landscape position.  Posters must relate to the theme "Drug Free Me" and drawn with markers, paints and/or crayons. Posters must be original - no cutting and pasting of pictures or stickers. Each class winner will receive a free kid's meal from Outback. 

      Friday - School Spirt Day - wear school spirit shirts

      Fall Festival 2018 Volunteer Sign-Up

      October 12, 2018 - October 26, 2018

      Volunteers needed Friday, October 26th from 4pm - 9pm. 

      We need your help to make this year's Fall Festival an incredible experience for our children. The Festival will be held from 5pm - 8pm.

      Please click the link below to volunteer:

      http://gradytigers.org/fall-festival-2018-volunteer-sign-up

      Please join us on Thursday, October 18th for a Halloween themed school skate party at United Skates of America. Dress in costume to skate and support the Grady Elementary PTA.

      Pre-sale tickets are $6 per person and include regular skate rental. Skating begins at 5:30pm for pre-sale tickets and 6:00pm for sales at the door and skate night will conclude at 8:00pm. 

      Online sales are now closed.

      You can still purchase tickets at the door.

      Hope to see you all there!

      Grady PTA thanks State Farm Agent Jim Cornwell for being a Siberian Level Tiger Partner!  Mr. Cornwell donated $2,000.00 to benefit our teachers and students!

      Please check out his website at State Farm - Jim Cornwell.

      State Farm Agent Jim Cornwell is located at 4305 Bay To Bay Blvd., Tampa, FL 33629-6606 and his phone number is (813) 835-8892.

      If you call him for your insurance needs, please let them him how much you appreciate him sponsoring our school.

      This is a reminder that the PTA Reflections "Heroes Around Me" contest is due Wednesday, October 17th to Ms. Grigsby. There will be 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention awards given out as well as an ice cream party on November 8th!  

      Here are some important details in reference to turning in the art:

      - Copies of the entry form are available in Ms. Grigsby's art room. Make sure the entry form is filled out correctly and completely. Please check over it to make sure the student has an artist statement and that all required signatures are there.

      - Make sure the student adheres to the paper size requirements (measures at least 11" by 14" with a maximum size of 24" by 30" with mounting). 

      - The artwork and entry form must be turned in on time.

      If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] or click on the link: Reflections Art Program

      We have some great events coming up in October including our Family Skate Night on Oct 18th, "Enchanted Forest" book fair from Oct 22-26th, our very fun Fall Festival on Oct 26th and the annual Storybook Parade on Oct 31st. You can now purchase your wristbands online by clicking: Family Skate Night and Fall Festival.

      Friday, October 12th is the deadline to sign up as a family sponsor to have your name included on the annual Tiger Trek shirt!

      Below are some upcoming important dates:
      10/17 - Deadline to submit artwork for the Reflections Art Program
      10/18 - Family Night at United Skates of America - Tickets available for purchase online
      10/22-26 - Grady Elementary's Book Fair - Volunteers needed!
      10/26 - Grady Fall Festival from 5-8pm - Volunteers needed!
      10/31 - Storybook Parade at 8:15am
      11/04 - End 68 Hours of Hunger's annual Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally
      11/30 - Grady's Tiger Trek Walk-a-thon - PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGED
      3/9/19 - Grady Auction Night at Christ the King - tickets will be available for purchase very shortly!

      Click Read More to view the full Tiger Talk Update

      Storybook Parade

      October 10, 2018 - October 31, 2018

      Grady's Annual Storybook Parade will be on Wednesday, October 31st at 8:15am. Teachers, staff and students are invited to dress in a costume depicting a favorite storybook character. Students are encouraged to carry the book that depicts the character they are wearing.

      The parade will begin at 8:15 am. After the parade, school work will resume and teachers have planned literature based activities related to the storybook characters. If your child's costume would be uncomfortable to wear all day, he or she may change back into a school uniform. 

      If your child needs help planning something to wear, just send a note to his/her homeroom teacher and assistance will be given. In planning your child's outfit, remember that according to school board policy, toy guns, toy swords or weapons of any kind cannot be brought to school. Also be aware that very scary costumes are not permitted. 

      Parents are invited to view the parade in the front of the school. There will be a donation only sale, which will benefit the fifth grade end of year activities.

      Grady Fall Festival 2018 Links

      October 5, 2018 - October 26, 2018

      Grady Elementary School PTA FALL FESTIVAL

      Friday, October 26th, 2018

      5:00pm - 8:00pm

       

      Book Fair Booth, Bounce Houses, Games, 5th Grade Bake Sale, Slime, Sponsors, Magic Show (6:00 & 7:00pm) and more!!!! 

      In addition, if we reach the Book Fair sales goal of $12,000, Media Specialist Nick Tsourakis will be SLIMED!  

      Wristbands may be purchased in advance and save $$$$$$. 

      All wristbands include:
      Unlimited Booths
      Unlimited Games
      Magic Show
      1 Slice of Pizza
      1 Drink
      1 Bag of Chips
      1 Popcorn
      1 Popsicle

      Deadline for advance purchase is Tuesday, October 23rd

      ADVANCE PURCHASE IS NOW CLOSED

      For More information on the Fall Festival: click here 

      If you wish to pay by cash or check, a wristband order form was sent home with each student. If you didn't receive one, please contact the office.

      To volunteer for the Fall Festival, click here, or contact the homeroom parent for your child's classroom, or your child’s teache

      Tiger Talk Update 10.4.18

      October 4, 2018

      On the ballot this year, our district is facing an extremely important vote. Right now, because of inadequate state funding, our students face a future in aging, crowded schools. The half-penny sales tax would invest $131 million in our county’s students and schools each year for ten years. You can find some of the frequently asked questions about the half-penny sales tax on our district’s website: Half-penny sales tax FAQs or you can attend one of our scheduled Town Hall Meetings with Superintendent Jeff Eakins.

      Below are some upcoming important dates:
      10/5 - Last day to turn in spare change for our Pennies for Patients fundraiser benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
      10/17 - Deadline to submit artwork for the Reflections Art Program
      10/18 - Family Night at United Skates of America - Click on Purchase tickets to order your wristband today!
      10/22-26 - Grady Elementary's Book Fair - Click Here to Volunteer
      10/26 - Grady Fall Festival from 5-8pm - Volunteers needed!
      11/4 - End 68 Hours of Hunger's annual Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally
      11/30 - Grady's Tiger Trek Walk-a-thon - PLEASE NOTE DATE WAS CHANGED TO 11/30
      3/9/19 - Grady Auction Night at Christ the King

      Grady Book Fair 2018 & Volunteer Sign-up

      October 3, 2018 - October 26, 2018

      Grady Elementary School Book Fair

      Oct. 22 - Oct. 26

      Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings kids the books they want to read. We'll receive a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level, and all purchases benefit our school! Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits. Please come to our book fair and help shape your child's reading habits. 

      Consider using the new eWallet feature in lieu of sending kids with cash. For more information, please click on eWallet. Keep in mind that there is a 7% sales tax added to all items. 

      We need your help! Please sign-up to volunteer for the Book Fair: Click Here to Volunteer

      Interactive Book Fair Flyer: Click Here

      The Book Fair is open from Monday - Friday, 7:30 - 2:30 (open 4:00 - 7:30 during Fall Festival).

      See you at the Book Fair!

      Education Referendum

      October 3, 2018

      Do you know about the Education Referendum and how it will impact our school?

      On the ballot this year, our district is facing an extremely important vote. The half-penny sales tax would invest $131 million in our county’s students and schools each year for ten years. The funding would be spent on specific projects to improve our public schools—the list across our district includes replacing air conditioners, fixing leaky roofs, new classroom technology, upgrading safety and security systems, and 4 new schools to relieve overcrowding. Please see the projects scheduled for Grady, as well as other schools in our area, right now at Education Referendum Projects.

      You can find some of the frequently asked questions about the half-penny sales tax on our district’s website: https://sdhc.k12.fl.us/doc/2296/investing-in-students/resources/faq-142/.

      If you’d like to get your questions about the education referendum answered in person, you’re invited to attend one of our scheduled Town Hall Meetings with Superintendent Jeff Eakins and our district staff. For the full schedule, please click on Town Hall Meetings.

      The Education Referendum will be the final item on the ballot. You must be registered to vote to have a say in this election by Tuesday, October 9th. You can register right now, online, at http://votehillsborough.org/.

      Please share this important information with your neighbors. Education has a direct impact on everyone in our community. When we invest in our students and our schools, our entire community succeeds.

      Please join us on Thursday, October 18th for a Halloween themed school skate party at United Skates of America. Dress in costume to skate and support the Grady Elementary PTA.

      Pre-sale tickets are available until Tuesday, October 16th.

      Pre-sale tickets are $6 per person and include regular skate rental. Skating begins at 5:30pm for pre-sale tickets and 6:00pm for sales at the door and skate night will conclude at 8:00pm. 

      Grady Skate Night Party Page: Click here

      Hope to see you all there!

      Tiger Talk Update 9.24.18

      September 24, 2018

      Thank you so much to all of the grandparents that participated in our Grandparent's Breakfast on September 6th & 7th and to our staff and volunteers!

      Below are some upcoming important dates:

      9/26 - School picture day - it is a non-uniform day. Wear bright colors and don't forget to turn in your envelope by Tuesday, September 25th.
      9/26 - Superintendent Jeff Eakins will hold a town hall meeting on the Education Referendum at Grady Elementary from 7:00-9:00pm
      9/28 - Last day to submit Box Tops
      10/5 - Last day to submit donations for Pennies for Patients, raising funds for the Luekemia and Lymphoma Society
      10/17 - Submission deadline for Reflections Art Contest - the 2018 theme is “Heroes Around Me”
      10/18 - Family Night at United Skates of America
      10/26 - Grady Fall Festival
      3/9/19 - Grady Auction Night at Christ the King

      Grady PTA Membership - Thank you to all of the families that have already signed up to join the Grady PTA! You can still sign up/renew your PTA membership online by clicking PTA Membership.

      Grady Tiger Partners - Thank you to all of our Tiger partners! Please complete your family sponsorship by October 1st so that you can be listed as a Tiger Trek Sponsor!

      Our newest Tiger Business Partners are: Siberian level partner Jim Cornwell State Farm, Leader of the Pack level partner Abdoney Orthodontics, Bengal level partner Perez Orthodontics, and Cougar level partners South Tampa Pediatric Dentistry and Tampa Music School.

      Our newest Family Sponsors are: Green (cub) level partners Greg Arbutine & Alan Johnson, Chi Doan, the Jaruzel Family and the Quintero Family.

      What is Crayola ColorCycle? Crayola is all about innovative solutions ~ in particular for kids and the environment.  ColorCycle is Crayola’s latest sustainability initiative designed to repurpose markers, highlighters and dry erase markers.

      Can any markers be sent in or just Crayola brand markers? Crayola ColorCycle will accept all brands of plastic markers, not just Crayola markers.  That includes dry erase markers and highlighters!  ColorCycle will eliminate placing hundreds of tons of markers into landfills.

      How do I help? You can begin to collect markers for drop off in your local school collection box. You can drop them off in the front office or your student can give them to our art teacher, Debonique Grigsby. You can collect used markers from home or anywhere in the community to donate. There is no cost to Girl Scouts or the school to ship the markers to Crayola. We will send one shipment in December and one in May to make sending the markers the most economical allowing for the most positive environmental impact.

      How many markers can we send? The more markers you ship, the more efficient this program will be.  We can ship a minimum of 100 markers and a maximum of up to 40 pounds.

      How can I find out more about ColorCycle and other Crayola environmental initiatives?  For more information about the ColorCycle program, visit www.crayola.com/colorcycle.   Visit our Green Initiatives page to read more about all of Crayola’s other environmental initiatives.

      You are invited to attend an upcoming town hall meeting in the Grady Elementary cafeteria on Wednesday, September 26th from 7-9pm. Superintendent Jeff Eakins will talk about the education referendum and the impact it will have on our schools and our community.

      Right now, because of inadequate state funding, our students face a future in aging, crowded schools and our community faces a $2 billion challenge. The half-penny sales tax education referendum on the November 6 ballot would generate approximately $131 million per year for ten years that would be spent on specific projects to improve our public schools.

      Each meeting will provide families, employees and community members the opportunity to get your questions about the referendum answered — straight from Superintendent Eakins. For more information, please click on Town Hall Meetings.

      Please attend this important event and feel free to invite friends/family in Hillsborough County.

      Please note, PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy organization in the country.  It is our duty to advocate for the needs of our children, including and especially funding for our schools.  Public education advocacy is a nonpartisan issue.  PTA does not support any specific candidates or political parties.

      Grady School Pictures on 9/26

      September 23, 2018

      On Wednesday, September 26th, individual school pictures will be taken. A Strawbridge flyer and envelope were sent home with your student on Friday. All pictures must be paid in advance.  The envelope and money must be returned to the school on or before the morning of Tuesday, September 25th. You can also pay online at strawbridge.net and enter school code: 112045.

      Your child has the opportunity to wear something different for the school pictures (it is a non-uniform school day). Please have your child wear bright colored clothes (but avoid green) and a big Grady smile on Wednesday.

      Pennies for Patients

      September 23, 2018

      Grady is participating in the Pennies for Patients campaign for the Luekemia and Lymphoma Society.
      The campaign began on September 20 and runs through October 5th.  We are requesting pennies, dimes, quarters, dollars (and even checks!) to be donated to this worthy cause.  Students received a small box to collect their money.  If they donate $5.00 they will receive a Hero Ring.

      In addition, students/parents may donate online by clicking on https://events.lls.org/pages/sun/GradyElementarySchool-2019! 

      Please see the attached letter regarding the water testing that was completed at Grady.

      Recently, we informed you that water testing was taking place at your school. Federal guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency recommend we take action to fix an issue when results show that lead is measured at 20 parts per billion or higher. Our district is using a stricter standard of 15 parts per billion.  
       
      We tested 56 fixtures on your campus and received the results. Of the 56 fixtures tested, all fixtures are below our strict standard for lead of 15 parts per billion.

      Tiger Talk Update 9.04.18

      September 4, 2018

      We need your help to make this year's Grandparents' Breakfast spectacular!! Please click on Grandparents' Breakfast Volunteers and sign up for a volunteer shift to help our grandparents and students have a wonderful breakfast!
       
      Below are some upcoming important dates:
       
      9/06 - Grandparent's Breakfast (students whose last names start with A-H) - Volunteers Needed
      9/07 - Grandparent's Breakfast (students whose last names start with I-Z) - Volunteers Needed
      9/07 - Grady Dad's Club meets for happy hour at 6pm
      9/10 - Chorus rehearsals begin
      9/20 - Grady Conference Night
      10/18 - Family Night at United Skates of America
      10/26 - Grady Fall Festival
      3/9/19 - Grady Auction Night at Christ the King
       

      Grady Dad's Club

      The Grady Dad's Club will be meeting for a happy hour on Friday, Sept 7th at 6pm at 81Bay located at 4465 W Gandy Blvd. If you plan on attending, please email Kevin Cowley at [email protected].

      Box Tops

      Please help us make it another great box top year!  Clip and send in unexpired box tops on the forms that were sent home or in clear ziploc-style bags, with a maximum of 50 Box Tops per bag. Grady will receive 10 cents for every Box Top collected and submitted.  Send in Box Tops between now and Sept 28, 2018.

      Backpack Full of Cash Screening

      Join us for a free screening of Backpack Full of Cash at Tampa Theatre on September 20th at 7:30pm. This is a free community event for all parents who want to learn more about the real costs of privatizing America's public schools. Click on Backpack Full of Cash for additional details.

      Grady PTA Membership
      Thank you to all of the families that have already signed up to join the Grady PTA! You can still sign up/renew your PTA membership online by clicking PTA Membership. Membership is only $6 for 1 person or $10 for 2 people. High membership allows us to participate in PTA programs such as Reflections Art. Signing up for the PTA does not commit you to any volunteering (although we always love having our families volunteer at the school!)

      Grady Tiger Partners

      Our newest Tiger Business Partners are: Bengal level partners Florida Hospital UC- Centra Care and South Tampa Kids Dental Krewe.

      Thank you to all of our Tiger partners! We very much appreciate your generosity. The Tiger partnerships help make a difference in our Grady classrooms by funding programs (including the after school tutoring program, teacher mini grants, student programs, music and art programs, and much more), delivering PTA events to our students, teachers and families (including the winter concert, Tiger Tears Breakfast, Storybook Parade and much more), and enhancing our Grady campus through grounds improvement projects. Become a Tiger Partner today! To learn more about Tiger Family and Business Partnerships, please click hereTiger Partnership Program.

      Tiger Talk Update 8.28.18

      August 28, 2018

      Today, Tuesday, Aug 28th is the last day to vote in the Primary Elections. To find your polling location, please click Precinct Finder. Four Hillsborough County School Board seats are on the ballot this election year. Please take a moment to review the candidate information found on the HCPS PTA website: http://hccptaptsa.org/candidateforum.

      Below are some upcoming important dates:

      9/03 - Labor Day - No School
      9/06 - Grandparent's Breakfast (students whose last names start with A-H) - Volunteers Needed
      9/07 - Grandparent's Breakfast (students whose last names start with I-Z) - Volunteers Needed
      9/10 - Chorus rehearsals begin
      9/20 - Conference Night
      10/18 - Family Night at United Skates of America
      10/26 - Grady Fall Festival

      We need your help to make this year's Grandparents' Breakfast spectacular!! Please click on Read More to see more details about the breakfast and sign up for a volunteer shift to help our grandparents and students have a wonderful breakfast!

      Thank you to our newest Tiger Family Partners: Red (Bengal) level partners The Christopher Family, The Fitzgerald Family, and Alfie, Ansel & Abbey Roush; and Green (cub) level partner The Harrop Family.

      Thank you to our newest Tiger Business Partner: Cougar level partner The Suarez Law Firm.

      Grandparents' Breakfast Volunteer Sign-Up now open!!!

      August 26, 2018 - September 7, 2018

      We need your help to make this year's Grandparents' Breakfast spectacular!! We aim to give our Grady Grandparents' the same incredible experience that we parents get to enjoy at our other Grady PTA functions. We look forward to seeing you there!

      If you would like to help, please click here!!

       

      ** Please don't forget that you must fill out a Hillsborough County Volunteer Form prior to participating at any PTA event. A new form must be submitted for the 2018/2019 school year **

      To access the Hillsborough County Volunteer Form, please click here. Once the page opens, click the green "APPLY" button located on the left hand side and complete the form.

      Grandparents are invited to join Grady students at Grady Elementary for the Grandparents' Breakfast.

      Two breakfasts will be held:

      Thursday, September 6th, for grandparents visiting students whose last names begin with the letters A through H;  and

      Friday, September 7th, for grandparents visiting students whose last names begin with the letters I through Z.

      Breakfast begins at 7:15 am and ends at 7:40 am. The Grandparents' Breakfast will be held in the cafeteria and will feature complimentary pastry, muffins, coffee, and orange juice for grandparents/parents and school breakfast for students.

      Volunteers will be needed. Click on Grandparent's Day Volunteers to sign up.

      We hope to see you at the breakfast!

      Tiger Talk Update 8.16.18

      August 16, 2018

      Today is the last day to sign up for After School Enrichment Club. Club signup will close at 6pm. Please click on Club Info for more details and click on Club Signup to register. The ASE Clubs start on Monday, August 20th.
      Below are some upcoming important dates. Our complete calendar of school and PTA events are posted on the website here.
       
      8/20 - ASE Clubs begin
      8/21 - Grady Girl Scout recruitment event for grades K-5 at 6:15pm in the cafeteria
      8/27 - "Independence Day" - new security procedures begin - all students will enter campus independently
      9/03 - Labor Day - No School
      9/06 - Grandparent's Breakfast for student's whose last names start with A-H
      9/07 - Grandparent's Breakfast for student's whose last names start with I-Z
      9/10 - Tiger Trot and Chorus rehearsals begin
      Thank you to all of the families that have already signed up to join the Grady PTA! You can still sign up/renew your PTA membership online by clicking PTA Membership. Membership is only $6 for 1 person or $10 for 2 people. It is important for Grady Elementary to have families sign up for membership so that the PTA has strength in numbers when lobbying for our children. High membership participation also allows us to participate in PTA programs such as Reflections Art. Signing up for the PTA does not commit you to any volunteering (although we always love having our families volunteer at the school!)

      Thank you to our new Tiger partners! We very much appreciate your generosity.  The Tiger partnerships help make a difference in our Grady classrooms by funding programs (including the after school tutoring program, teacher mini grants, student programs, music and art programs, and much more), delivering PTA events to our students, teachers and families (including the winter concert, Tiger Tears Breakfast, Storybook Parade and much more), and enhancing our Grady campus through grounds improvement projects. Become a Tiger Partner today! To learn more about Tiger Family and Business Partnerships, please click hereTiger Partnership Program.

      Our newest Tiger Family Partners areLeader of the Pack level partner, Drs. Siviero and Heather Agazzi and Red (Bengal) level partners The Gomez Family, The Jacobs Family, The Ledford Family and Fancy Nails. Thank you to all of our Tiger Family Partners! 

      New Security Procedures

      August 10, 2018

      Please click on New Security Procedures file below to read the notice on Grady's new security procedures for the 2018-19 school year.
      Grady Tigers

      Grady Elementary's Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, August 8, 2018 from 5:15-7:15pm.

      All parents, students, faculty and staff will meet in the cafeteria at 5:15pm.

      During Open House, you can sign up for PTA; spirit shirts and Teamworks uniform shirts will be on display; YMCA after school care information will be available; Girl Scouts sign up and information will be available; and free uniforms and uniform swap are available (while supplies last).

      Today is the last day of school.  School ends early at 11:45 am, with the fifth grade clap out at 11:30 am. We had an amazing year and celebrated our students’ accomplishments with various awards ceremonies at school this week. Congratulations to all of our students and thank you to our amazing faculty for helping them achieve so much!! Principal Dosal also announced that Grady was listed as #1 in the district’s TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning) survey!

      We hope that you all have a safe, happy summer.  For all of our returning students, we are excited to see you recharged and ready for another fun year.  For our 5th graders, congratulations! We are very proud of you and wish you all the best in middle school!

      To make your back to school shopping quick and easy, we are offering the SchoolKidz, School Supply Kit Program for the 2018-19 school year. SchoolKidz offers prepackaged school supply kits filled with the supplies requested per grade level (excluding backpack and nap mat).  Kits must be ordered prior to June 1, 2018. To order your kit, please go to www.shopttkits.com and enter account #36155. Shipping is already set to Grady Elementary School and there is no additional fee for taxes or shipping to the school. You can also view the school supply list here:  School Supply List.  Next year’s ASD program school supply list is available here:  ASD School Supply List.  

      Thank you to Grady’s 2017-18 Business and Family Tiger Partners.  These businesses and families donated over $25,000.00 to Grady PTA this year!  These donations funded programs (including the after school tutoring program, teacher mini grants, student programs, music and art programs, allowed us to begin purchasing laptop carts to upgrade our technology and much more), delivered PTA events to our students, teachers and families (including the winter concert, Tiger Tears Breakfast, Storybook Parade and much more), and enhanced our Grady campus through grounds improvement projects. Grady PTA recognizes and gratefully appreciates each of the following Family and Business Tiger Partners:

      Grady Tiger Business Partners:  State Farm Agent Jim Cornwell; Abdoney Orthodontics; South Tampa Pediatric Dentistry; South Tampa Kids Dental Krewe; After Hours Pediatrics;  Perez Orthodontics; Tampa Music School; Pediatric Dentistry by Dr. Jerry Copeland and Florida E.N.T. & Allergy.

      Grady Tiger Family Partners:  Drs. Siviero & Heather Agazzi; The Gibbs Family; The Lyons Family - Mike, Ellen, Frank & Nick; The Dan and Jessica Schentrup Family; The Zysk Family; The Enriquez Family; The Griffin Family - Drew, Jennifer, Roman & Cort; The Maheshwari Family; The Roush Family; The de la Garza Family; The Harrop Family; The Kendell Family; The Ledford Family; The Lopez Family; The Lorenz Family; Luke & Ryan Christopher; Fancy Nails; The Liu Family; Khoa Nguyen Family; Rafael Ortiz & Family; The Ruiz Family; and Dr. Sanjiv Sahoo & Dr. Chhavi Gupta. 

      Also, a sincere thank you to all of our PTA Board Members and all of the volunteers that participated during the 2017-18 school year! We are extremely appreciative of your time and support.

      Have a safe and happy summer!  We look forward to seeing everyone at Open House!

      Uniform Swap
      This week, we are collecting gently worn uniforms for the Uniform Exchange. Please bring your gently used uniforms to the Grady front office this Wednesday - Friday. We will sort the uniforms and have them for people to take during Open House.  

      We are officially in our last week of school!!! Today our students had their Yearbook signing and the Teacher vs Student Volleyball Game. We have an incredibly busy week with lots of fun year end events for our students. As a reminder, if you will be attending any events on campus, you need to bring a photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport, to obtain your visitor badge. 

      Here are some important upcoming dates to note:

      • 5/22 – 5th Grade Awards Ceremony and Pre-K Graduation
      • 5/23 – Awards Ceremony for K – 4th Grade in the Pavilion (By invitation only)
      • 5/24 – 5th Grade Banquet
      • 5/25 – Last Day of School – Class parties from 10:00 – 11:00 am

                             11:30 am 5th Grade Clap out, 11:45 am dismissal for Pre-K – 4th Grade

      • 6/1 – Last Day to order Schoolkidz Supply Kit for 2018-19 school year
      • 8/8 – Tentative Open House from 5:00-7:15pm
      • 8/10 – First day of 2018-19 school year

       

      Schoolkidz School Supply Kits

      We are offering the SchoolKidz, School Supply Kit Program for the 2018-19 school year to make your back to school shopping quick and easy! SchoolKidz offers prepackaged school supply kits filled with the supplies requested per grade level (excluding backpack and nap mat). The kits will be distributed in the students' classroom during open house. To see the full list of supplies included with each kit, please click on: Schoolkidz supplies

      Schoolkidz Kits must be ordered prior to June 1, 2018. To order your kit, please go to www.shopttkits.com and enter account #36155. Shipping is already set to Grady Elementary School and there is no additional fee for taxes or shipping to the school.

       

      South Tampa Basketball Camp

      Click here to learn more about the South Tampa Basketball Camp run at Grady Elementary by Guidance Counselor Mrs. Nancy Harris. The camp is open to girls and boys grades 1st-9th.

      This is an incredibly busy week for us as well. We have the Dad’s volunteer breakfast this Wednesday morning at 7:30am, Grady Summer book swap on Thursday, Spirit days all week for grades 1-5 and our last week of clubs for the school year. Click Read more to view all of the upcoming events. Remember, next Friday, May 25th is the last day of school!

      We are offering the SchoolKidz, School Supply Kit Program for the 2018-19 school year to make your back to school shopping quick and easy! Schoolkidz Kits must be ordered prior to June 1, 2018. To order your kit, please go to www.shopttkits.com and enter account #36155. Shipping is already set to Grady Elementary School and there is no additional fee for taxes or shipping to the school.

      Do you have a good book- one that you just loved?

      Help spread the love of reading by bringing that book and swapping it out for another one! 

      Things to know:

      • Bring your book to school on Thursday, May 17th
      • Students will be able to swap one book (even if they bring more). 
      • If you have several books-We would love the donation, as some students will not have a book to swap.  This gives everybody the opportunity to participate. 
      • Please bring high interest books that you think your friends would enjoy reading (such as Warrior, Dork Diaries, Harry Potter, Babysitter's Club, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The One and Only Ivan, Smiles, I Survived, Nate the Great, Wonder, Battle Books, the list goes on and on)

      So, search your bookshelves, your rooms, the car, and even grandma’s house for a book to swap!

       

      Help spread the love of reading from one Reader to Another!

      This is a very busy week for Grady Elementary. We have our Spring Concert tonight, Teacher & Staff Appreciation events all week, and the Coleman Informational Meeting for fifth grade parents at Coleman Middle School on Wednesday night.

      We still need gift card donations for the teacher appreciation raffle on Wednesday, May 9th. Please drop off any gift cards at the front office by Tuesday, May 8th or contact Lauren Fitzgerald at [email protected]

      Tonight is the I love the 80’s Spring Concert - Lenny’s subs will be hosting a Grady Family night from 5-8:00 pm tonight. Please let Lenny’s know you are with Grady and they will donate 15% of sales to Grady.

      We are excited to see our 1st and 2nd grade students, as well as the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade chorus members perform! The PTA meeting will begin at 5:30pm and the concert begins at 6:00pm. Students need to be dressed in their most rad 80’s clothing! Click Read More for more details and a schedule of the day’s activities.

      Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

      Our Teacher & Staff Appreciation week starts today! To see the full details and schedule, please click Read More.

      There are many ways you can participate to show our teachers and staff they are out of this world!

      · Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 8th is School Supply Day. To view the requested supplies, click here: Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week.
      · We need gift card donations for the teacher appreciation raffle on Wednesday, May 9th. Please drop off any gift cards at the front office by May 8th or contact Lauren Fitzgerald at [email protected]

      · Thursday, May 10th please have your child write cards to their teachers and favorite staff members. A copy of the card was sent home in your child’s folder and is available on the website here: Teacher Appreciation Card.
      · Finally, the Blast Off Breakfast is on May 11th. Thank you to all of the families that signed up to bring food!
      Thanks for supporting our stellar teachers and staff!
      supplies

      We are happy to announce that we are offering the SchoolKidz, School Supply Kit Program for the 2018-19 school year to make your back to school shopping quick and easy! SchoolKidz offers prepackaged school supply kits filled with the supplies requested per grade level (excluding backpack and nap mat). The kits will arrive to Grady with each student’s name and grade level prior to the first day of school. They will be distributed in the students' classroom during open house.

      Schoolkidz Kits must be ordered prior to June 1, 2018. To order your kit, please go to www.shopttkits.com and enter account #36155. You will then be prompted to select the grade level your child will be entering in August 2018. The shipping is already set to Grady Elementary School and there is no additional fee for taxes or shipping to the school.

      Please note that the kits only include the supplies listed under components/description, but you can add items for your student including a backpack, lunch box, nap mat, water bottles and food jars. You can also add donation items for your child's class including Kleenex, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, copy paper and sandwich bags to your order. 

      To see the full list of supplies included with each kit, please click on: Schoolkidz supplies.

      Please contact Norma Maiz with any questions at [email protected].

      Click on Grady School Supplies to view the full list of supplies for the 2018-19 school year. Click on ASD School Supplies to view the supplies for our ASD students. 

      Tiger Talk Update 4.25.18

      April 25, 2018

      Here are some important upcoming dates to note:

      5/7 – I love the 80’s Spring Concert - The PTA General Meeting begins at 5:30 pm and the show will begin shortly thereafter. Lenny’s subs will be hosting a Grady Family night from 5-8:00 pm the night of the concert. Please let Lenny’s know you are with Grady and they will donate 15% of sales to Grady.
      5/7-11 – Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week
      5/9 – DATE CHANGED - Coleman Informational Meeting for fifth grade parents. Please see below for more details.
      5/16 – Dads breakfast at 7:30 am – This breakfast is for our Grady dads only (students can go to Tiger Trot or can have breakfast in the cafeteria).

      Please note that the Book Fair will remain open until 6:00pm today. Tomorrow, April 17th is the last day of the Book Fair and it will be open from 7:45am until 3:45pm. The Book Fair is also available online until April 18.  Click on this link to learn more:  Grady Book Fair Page. Thank you to all of our volunteers and everyone that has purchased books!

       

      Here are some important upcoming dates to note:  

      • 5/7 – Spring ConcertThe PTA General Meeting begins at 5:30 pm and the show will begin shortly thereafter. Lenny’s subs will be hosting a Grady Family night from 5-8pm the night of the concert. Please let Lenny’s know you are with Grady and they will donate 15% of sales to Grady.
      • 5/7-11 – Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week – We will be sending a flyer home with the details this week.
      • 5/9 – Coleman Informational Meeting for fifth grade parents. Please see below for more details.

      Coleman Middle School

      Attention Fifth Grade Parents, Coleman PTSA is seeking committee members, please review the attached link for information.  Coleman PTSA Committee Positions. Coleman Middle School is having an informational meeting for all fifth grade parents on May 9 at 6:30 pm at Coleman Middle School.

       

      Hillsborough County PTA Award Winners

      We are very excited to announce that Miss Trupp won Hillsborough County PTA Teacher of the Year and Ellen Lyons won the Hillsborough County PTA Volunteer of the Year at the Hillsborough County PTA Awards on April 12th! Congratulations! Please click here to view pictures from the Awards Ceremony.

       

      Yearbook 

      Yearbooks are still available on a first come first serve basis and cost $25/Softback Yearbook and $30/Hardback Yearbook. The deadline to order online has already passed. To order a yearbook, please email [email protected] 

       

      South Tampa Basketball Camp

      Click here to learn more about the South Tampa Basketball Camp run at Grady Elementary by Guidance Counselor Mrs. Nancy Harris. The camp is open to girls and boys grades 1st-9th.

       

      Summer Art Camps at Grady

      Click here to learn about the 3 different week long themed art camps hosted by Debonique Grigsby, who is the Grady art teacher. Space is limited as each session will be capped at only 20 campers. Camps will be open to K-5th grade students in the South Tampa area.

       

      Grady Volunteer Breakfast

      Thank you to the Grady Administration and Teachers for providing a wonderful breakfast for our volunteers on April 6th. Thank you so much to all of our amazing volunteers this year! Please click here to see pictures.

      The Grady Spring Book Fair opened today and runs through April 17! The Book Fair is a great way to get kids excited about reading and to buy some great summer reads!  Also, you have the opportunity to donate books to your teachers' classroom.

      We have extended the Book Fair hours to allow for extra shopping time after clubs, with later hours on Monday for families attending aftercare. The new hours are as follows:

      Thursday, April 12th – 7:45am – 3:45pm

      Friday, April 13th – 7:45am – 2:45pm

      Monday, April 16th – 7:45am – 6:00pm

      Tuesday, April 17th –7:45am – 3:45pm

       

      In lieu of sending kids with cash, please consider using the new eWallet feature. For more information, please click on eWallet.

      The Book Fair is also available online from April 5 until April 18.  Click on this link to learn more:  Grady Book Fair Page.

      Please volunteer at the Grady Spring Book Fair. To see the book fair volunteer schedule and sign up online, please click here:  Volunteer At The Book FairThank you to everyone who has already volunteered!

      Please note that the Spring Concert date has been rescheduled to May 7thWe apologize for the last minute change, but it was due to circumstances beyond our control.   

      Our Book Fair starts on Wednesday, April 11th with a preview day tomorrow.

      Here are some important upcoming dates to note:

      • 5/7 – Spring Concert - The PTA General Meeting begins at 5:30 pm and the show will begin shortly thereafter. Lenny’s subs will be hosting a Grady Family night from 5-8pm the night of the concert. Please let Lenny’s know you are with Grady and they will donate 15% of sales to Grady.
      • 5/7-11 – Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week 

      After School Enrichment Clubs

      Our final session of spring clubs start today and run for 6 weeks. Please contact Norma Maiz with any club-related questions at [email protected].

      Grady Book Fair

      The Grady Spring Book Fair starts April 11 and runs through April 17 from 7:45 am until 2:45 pm each day in Room 4.  Preview day is April 10 from 7:45 am until 2:45 pm. The late night has been cancelled due to the Spring Concert date change, but the Book Fair is also online from April 5 until April 18.  Click on this link to learn more:  Grady Book Fair Page.

      We need volunteers to make the Grady Spring Book Fair a success.  To see the book fair volunteer schedule and sign up online, please click here:  Volunteer At The Book Fair. Thank you to everyone who has already registered! 

      Yearbook

      Yearbooks are still available on a first come first serve basis and cost $25/Softback Yearbook and $30/Hardback Yearbook. April 15th is the last day for yearbook online sales to insure that students receive their yearbooks in time for signing day. To buy a yearbook for your child, go to http://www.strawbridge.net/order-online/ and use online code: 112045. 

      South Tampa Basketball Camp

      Click here to learn more about the South Tampa Basketball Camp run at Grady Elementary by Guidance Counselor Mrs. Nancy Harris. The camp is open to girls and boys grades 1st-9th

      Summer Art Camps at Grady

      Click here to learn about the 3 different week long themed art camps hosted by Debonique Grigsby, who is the Grady art teacher. Space is limited as each session will be capped at only 20 campers. Camps will be open to K-5th grade students in the South Tampa area.

      Congratulations to Jaime Gallo for winning the Summer Art camp drawing for an Amazon Echo Dot for signing Grayson McKenzie up by April 6th!!

      Autism Awareness

      Thank you to our students for wearing blue for Autism Awareness Day! Please click on Autism Awareness Photo to view the picture.

      Purchase Legoland Florida Resort tickets from now until April 30th for $40 each.  For every ticket sold, Legoland Florida Resort will donate $10 to Autism Speaks.  Tickets must be used between 4/1/18-5/31/18. To learn more about this offer and to purchase your tickets click here.

      Tomorrow (Thursday, April 5th) is the last day to register for our next session of After School Enrichment Clubs!  Clubs will run from April 9th for 6 weeks. To view details about the clubs offered and to enroll in the ASEC go to: https://gradytigers.org/ase-club-signup.

      Yearbooks are still available on a first come first serve basis and cost $25/Softback Yearbook and $30/Hardback Yearbook. April 15th is the last day for yearbook online sales to guarantee that students receive their yearbooks in time for signing day. To buy a yearbook for your child, go to http://www.strawbridge.net/order-online/ and use online code: 112045.

      ASE Club Signup is Open!

      March 28, 2018

      Enrollment has opened for the regular after school club session beginning on April 9th.  Clubs will run for six weeks. 

      For details about the after school clubs, including session dates, please click here: ASE Club Details. To see descriptions of the clubs, which run Mondays to Thursdays, please click here:  ASE Club List

      When you are ready to sign up, please click here:  ASE Club Sign Up.

      If you have any questions, please email Norma Maiz at [email protected].    

      Grady Book Fair April 11-17

      March 28, 2018 - April 17, 2018

      The Grady Spring Book Fair is starting on April 11 and runs through April 17 from 7:45 am until 2:45 pm each day.  Preview day is April 10 from 7:45 am until 2:45 pm.   

      During the Spring Concert on April 11th, there will be special night time shopping hours from 4:00 pm until 7:30 pm.

      The Book Fair is also available online from April 5 until April 18.  Click on this link to learn more:  Grady Book Fair Page.

      Please volunteer at the Grady Spring Book Fair. To see the book fair volunteer schedule and sign up online, please click here:  Volunteer At The Book Fair

      This week is our Nothing Bundt Cakes Fundraiser benefiting the 5th grade banquet. 

      Grady will receive 20% of all purchases made through Saturday, March 31st when you present the Grady Elementary Fundraiser flyer (attached below). It applies to in-store purchases and phone/online orders.

      Order some delicious cakes, bundtlets or bundtinis for your holiday celebration and help support the 5th grade banquet!

      Tiger Talk Update 3.28.18

      March 28, 2018

      Families please come and watch the Plant High School Drumline perform tonight. It’s a fun event for the kids – an open practice showcasing the upcoming percussion competition performance and then drumline cadences. Click Plant High Drumline Performance for more details.

      This week is our Nothing Bundt Cakes Fundraiser benefiting the 5th grade banquet. Grady will receive 20% of all purchases made through Saturday when you present the Grady Elementary Fundraiser flyer. It applies to in-store purchases and phone/online orders. Order some delicious cakes, bundtlets or bundtinis for your holiday celebration and help support the 5th grade banquet!

       Here are some important upcoming dates to note:

      • 3/30 – Good Friday (No School) 
      • 4/2 – Wear blue for Autism Awareness 
      • 4/11 – Spring Concert - The PTA General Meeting begins at 5:30 pm and the show will begin shortly thereafter. There will be a donation only bake sale to benefit the 5th grade end of year banquet.
      • 4/11-17 – Grady Book Fair – Runs daily from 7:45am-2:45pm with special night time shopping hours during the Spring Concert from 4:00-7:30pm. We need volunteers. Please click Volunteer At The Book Fair to view the volunteer schedule and sign up online.
      • 5/7-11 – Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

       

      After School Enrichment Clubs

      Registration for our next session of clubs is open!  Clubs will run from April 9th for 6 weeks. To view details about the clubs offered and to enroll in the After School Enrichment Clubs go to: https://gradytigers.org/ase-club-signup.

      Grady Book Fair

      The Grady Spring Book Fair starts April 11 and runs through April 17 from 7:45 am until 2:45 pm each day.  Preview day is April 10 from 7:45 am until 2:45 pm.  During the Spring Concert on April 11th, there will also be special night time shopping hours from 4:00 pm until 7:30 pm.

      The Book Fair is also online from April 5 until April 18.  Click on this link to see learn more:  Grady Book Fair Page.

      We need volunteers to make the Grady Spring Book Fair a success.  To see the book fair volunteer schedule and sign up online, please click here:  Volunteer At The Book Fair.

      Yearbook

      Yearbooks are still available on a first come first serve basis and cost $25/Softback Yearbook and $30/Hardback Yearbook. To buy a yearbook for your child, go to http://www.strawbridge.net/order-online/ and use online code: 112045.

      South Tampa Basketball Camp

      Click here to learn more about the South Tampa Basketball Camp run at Grady Elementary by Guidance Counselor Mrs. Nancy Harris. The camp is open to girls and boys grades 1st-9th.

      Home & School Connection

      Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Nancy Harris, asks us to read the April Home & School Connection.

      This is the last week to buy yearbooks at our current pricing of $20/Softback Yearbook and $25/Hardback Yearbook! Beginning on Monday, March 26th, yearbooks will be available on a first come first serve basis only and prices will rise to $25/Softback Yearbook and $30/Hardback Yearbook. To buy a yearbook for your child, go to http://www.strawbridge.net/order-online/ and use online code: 112045.

       Here are some important upcoming dates to note:

      • 3/30 – Good Friday (No School) 
      • 4/11 – Spring Concert - The PTA General Meeting begins at 5:30 pm and the show will begin shortly thereafter. There will be a donation only bake sale to benefit the 5th grade end of year banquet.
      • 5/7-11 – Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

      After School Enrichment Clubs

      We have 1 day club specials available for Art on March 26th and Cooking on March 27th. To enroll in these special 1 day clubs go to: https://gradytigers.org/ase-club-signup. Signup will close on Thursday, March 22 for one day specials. 

      The next session of clubs will begin on April 9th. Enrollment for the regular club session will open on Friday, March 23rd.

      South Tampa Basketball Camp

      Click here to learn more about the South Tampa Basketball Camp run at Grady Elementary by Guidance Counselor Mrs. Nancy Harris. The camp is open to girls and boys grades 1st-9th.

      Plant High Drumline Performance

      Families, please come and watch the Plant High School Drumline perform on March 28th. It’s a fun event for the kids – an open practice showcasing the upcoming percussion competition performance and then drumline cadences.  Kids will get to interact with the drumline too.  The admission price is only $5 to help defray the costs of the drumline’s competition season.  Please help support the Plant High Drumline.  The drumline is battling for first place in the state in its class.  http://gradytigers.org/2018/3/watch-the-plant-drumline-on-march-28.

      Box Tops

      This spring we raised $386 from Box Tops, bringing our school year total to $979.50!! Thank you to all of the families that contributed! Please keep clipping your Box Tops and save them for our fall drive!

      Tiger Talk Update 3.9.18

      March 9, 2018

      Great news - we raised over $11,300.00 to help support the American Heart Association this year!!  We surpassed our goal by over $5,000 and made it the best record breaking year so far. The Top Student was Leila Goodwin in Mrs. Horne's 1st Grade class.  Ms. Murrell says thank you to all of the PTA and Parent Volunteers for their support.  I could not have done it without them.  Thank you so much! 

      Here are some important upcoming dates to note:

      • 3/12-16 – Spring Break (No School) 
      • 3/22 – Spring Pictures – Have your child wear bright colored clothes (it is a non-uniform school day) 
      • 3/30 – Good Friday (No School) 
      • 4/11 – Spring Musical  

      Yearbooks 

      This is the last week to buy yearbooks! To buy a yearbook for your child, go to http://www.strawbridge.net/order-online/ and use online code: 112045.

      We need your pictures to include in our Yearbook! Parents, please send pictures of the following events to [email protected]: 1st grade Plant high school field trip, Grady Boy Scouts, and Teachers supporting students at school events. The first pictures received to complete these pages will be included in the Yearbook.    

      After School Enrichment Clubs

      Our Winter Session of After School Enrichment Clubs has concluded. The next session of clubs will begin on April 9th. ELP is scheduled to run on Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 5th.

      Grady Auction Hoedown Update

      We have amazing news – we finished collecting from our auction winners and we have raised $18,000 from the auction, before expenses!! We are still finalizing expenses and will be able to let you know how many computers we are able to purchase as a result of your generosity! Thanks again to everyone who participated in our inaugural Auction Night!

      Also, one of our parents lost a cowboy hat at the auction. Please contact me if you find it.

      Plant High Drumline Performance

      Families, please come and watch the Plant High School Drumline perform on March 28. It’s a fun event for the kids – an open practice showcasing the upcoming percussion competition performance and then drumline cadences.  Kids will get to interact with the drumline too.  The admission price is only $5 to help defray the costs of the drumline’s competition season.  Please help support the Plant High Drumline.  The drumline is battling for first place in the state in its class.  http://gradytigers.org/2018/3/watch-the-plant-drumline-on-march-28 

       

      Home & School Connection

      Guidance Counselor, Ms. Nancy Harris, asks us to read the March Home & School Connection.

      Thank you again for all of your support and have a wonderful spring break!

      Thank you to everyone who participated in our inaugural Grady Auction Night! It was an incredibly fun evening, with amazing country decor, a fun photo booth, energetic DJ, delicious barbecue, fantastic drinks, amazing auction items and our wonderful Grady parents, teachers and staff!!  To see some pictures of the event, please click here:  Auction Pictures.  

      We are still finalizing the numbers, but it is fair to say that the event raised more than enough money for another laptop cart.

      Grady PTA thanks William and Elizabeth Woodroffe for preparing and donating the delicious BBQ pork, hamburgers, Cole slaw and other food at the event.  Grady PTA thanks event sponsors Salty Rim Grill for providing liquor, Blind Goat for providing beverages, Bloom Garden Shop for providing the beautiful centerpieces and floral decorations, Cakes Plus for making a beautiful and delicious cake, Eats! and 3 C’s Catering for providing food and beverages for the event, and Chick-fil-A for providing tea and lemonade.  The event has been an incredible financial success because of the generosity of our event sponsors.

      Thank you so much to our auction committee that planned the event, all of our attendees and all of our amazing sponsors and donors!!  Our event was a huge success thanks to all of you!   Grady PTA particularly wishes to thank Jaime Patterson and Jacquelyn Hardin, who co-produced the event, as well as Lynn Bennett, Pam LaCrosse, Sandra Richmond, Kristin Keller, Aimee Feldman, Josette Delaney, Lauren Fitzgerald, Julie Alexander, Maria Lopez,  Arwen Guida, who served as the committee for the event; and Denim Richmond, Analisa Whiteside, Tricia Mason, Tim Bresnahan, Barbie Blank and Damaris Allen, who volunteered at the event.

      Congratulations to the auction and raffle winners.  All winners have been notified.  We are still in the process of paying expenses and collecting from auction winners, but we will know the financial results in a few days and we look forward to sharing the results with you.  We are so glad to be part of a wonderful, generous school community.

      Tiger Talk Update 2.27.18

      February 27, 2018

      Our Auction Night/Hoedown is coming up in just 4 days!!! Buy your tickets today here. We have some amazing auction and raffle items available. Raffle tickets are being sold during drop off this week. Tickets are $1 each, $5 for 7 and $10 for 15. You can purchase the raffle tickets in cash or via credit card. You do not have to be present to win the raffle. 

      Here are some important upcoming dates to note:

      It will be a very fun night with a DJ, delicious food and drinks, and lots of great items to bid on including a birthday party at The Prep, a beach house rental at Indian Shores, 10 pack of CycleBar classes, and private QB lessons from an NFL quarterback!

      All of the funds that we raise during Auction Night will help us continue to update our school’s technology and purchase more computers. Please come out to the Auction, have a great time and help us improve Grady’s technology. If you can’t attend, but would still like to donate, please go to our Auction Donation Page. 

      • 3/12-16 – Spring Break (No School)  
      • 3/30 – Good Friday (No School) 
      • 4/11 – Spring Musical  

      Yearbooks

      Yearbooks are on sale! Make sure that you purchase your yearbook by March to insure that your child will have a yearbook for yearbook signing day. To buy a yearbook for your child, go to http://www.strawbridge.net/order-online/ and use online code: 112045. 

      We need your pictures to include in our Yearbook! Parents, please send pictures of the following events to [email protected]: Student of the month, 1st grade field trip, student competitions, Grady Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, and Grady teams (including math bowl, STEM and Tropicana speeches). All pictures must be submitted by March 4th. 

      The 5th grade Yearbook ads have been completed and are no longer available for purchase. 

      After School Enrichment Clubs

      March 9th is the last day of our Winter Session of After School Enrichment Clubs. The next session of clubs will begin on April 9th and will run for 6 weeks. Registration for the Spring Session will open the week of March 19th. We will offer our current list of clubs, plus we are adding Yoga! We will have a K-1st Yoga club and 2nd-4th Grade Yoga club. There will also be a Spring cooking special session in March. Stay tuned for more details!

      Please note that ELP is scheduled to run on Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 5th.

      Playgrounds is running a Facebook contest to show your school spirit, with the winning school getting a Family Fun Night. Please like their Facebook page and vote for Grady through February 28th!!

      Tiger Talk Update 2.22.18

      February 22, 2018

      Jump Rope for Heart is tomorrow, February 23rd! We urgently need volunteers, especially for the Kindergarten/McAlister group at 9 am and 5th Grade/Eveland group at 10 am. Please sign up for a 50 minute shift to help monitor stations (including hurdles, a bounce house and more), serve water and turn jump ropes for our kids during this very fun field day. To view the full schedule and sign up to volunteer, please click on Jump Rope For Heart volunteers.  

      Friday is also the last day to bring in your box tops this year. Please submit your box top flyer or clear ziploc-style bag, with a maximum of 50 unexpired Box Tops per bag. Grady will receive 10 cents for every Box Top collected and submitted.  We need volunteers to sort and organize the Box Tops on Tuesday, February 27th from 8:00-8:30am. To volunteer, email Kat Cowley, Box Top Coordinator, at [email protected].  

      Our Auction Night/Hoedown is coming up in just over a week!!! Buy your tickets today here. We have some amazing auction and raffle items available. Raffle tickets are being sold during drop off on February 26-March 2nd. Tickets are $1 each, $5 for 7 and $10 for 15. You can purchase the raffle tickets in cash or via credit card. You do not have to be present to win the raffle.

       

      Here are some important upcoming dates to note:

      • 2/23 – Jump Rope for Heart & Last day to submit Box Tops
      • 2/27 – Volunteers are needed from 8:00-8:30 am to sort and organize Box Tops. Please meet in the Teacher’s Lounge. To volunteer, email Kat Cowley at [email protected].  

      It will be a very fun night with a DJ, delicious food and drinks, and lots of great items to bid on including a birthday party at The Prep, a beach house rental at Indian Shores, 10 pack of CycleBar classes, and private QB lessons from an NFL quarterback!

      All of the funds that we raise during Auction Night will help us continue to update our school’s technology and purchase more computers. Please come out to the Auction, have a great time and help us improve Grady’s technology. If you can’t attend, but would still like to donate, please go to our Auction Donation Page.

      • 3/12-16 – Spring Break (No School) 

       

      Yearbooks

      Yearbooks are on sale! Make sure that you purchase your yearbook by March to insure that your child will have a yearbook for yearbook signing day. To buy a yearbook for your child, go to http://www.strawbridge.net/order-online/ and use online code: 112045.

      We need your pictures to include in our Yearbook! Parents, please send pictures of the following events to [email protected]: Holiday celebrations, K-3 field trips, Student of the Month, academic achievements and pictures from special classroom activities.

      There is a limited amount of 5th grade ads still available on a first come, first serve basis. To buy a yearbook ad for your 5th grader, go to: https://gradytigers.org/fifth-grade-yearbook-ads. Once you have purchased the ad, please send the pictures and text you would like included in the ad to [email protected].

       

      After School Enrichment Clubs

      March 9th is the last day of our Winter Session of After School Enrichment Clubs. The next session of clubs will begin on April 9th.  

      ELP is scheduled to run on Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 5th.

      Jump Rope for Heart is this Friday, February 23rd! We urgently need volunteers to sign up for a 50 minute shift to help monitor stations (including hurdles, a bounce house and more), serve water and turn jump ropes for our kids during this very fun field day. To view the full schedule and sign up to volunteer, please click on Jump Rope For Heart volunteers.  

       

      We only have 3 more days to collect box tops this year! We would love to have each student turn in at least one completed box top flyer or one clear ziploc-style bag, with a maximum of 50 unexpired Box Tops per bag. Grady will receive 10 cents for every Box Top collected and submitted by Friday, February 23rd.

       

      Our Auction Night/Hoedown is coming up in a week and a half!!! Buy your tickets today here for only $25 per person including 2 drink tickets. Remember, prices will go up to $30 per person with no drink tickets at the door. We have some amazing auction and raffle items available!! Click here to see some sample auction and raffle items. 

       

      Raffle tickets are being sold during drop off next week from February 26-March 2nd. Tickets are $1 each, $5 for 7 and $10 for 15. You do not have to be present at the auction to win the raffle.

       

      All of the funds raised during Auction Night will help us continue to update our school's technology and purchase more computers. Please come to the auction and enjoy a great night! If you can’t attend, but would still like to donate, please go to our Auction Donation Page

      We are only 16 days away from Grady’s Adults only Auction and Hoedown on March 3rdThe Auction is from 6-10pm at the Christ the King Mary Martha Center.

      Buy your tickets today at www.gradytigers.org/auction! Pre-sale tickets are only $25 per person and include delicious food and 2 drink tickets. The price will go up at the door - tickets will cost $30 per person and do not include any free drink tickets.

      Raffle baskets will be available tonight at Conference Night, as well as February 26 – March 2nd during drop off. Tickets are $1 each, 7 for $5 or 15 for $10. You can buy raffle tickets even if you can’t attend Auction Night – you do not need to be present to win the raffle.

      Raffle items include: a birthday party at Altitudes, basket of coffees and teas, wine and dine basket with 6 bottles of wine, $75 gift card to Acropolis, gift card to Mini Donut Factory and cheese knives with a serving chalkboard.

      At Auction Night, we will have fantastic auction items including a birthday party at The Prep, a beach house rental at Indian Shores, 10 pack of CycleBar classes, and private QB lessons from an NFL quarterback! We also have amazing baskets donated by our classes.

      To see more auction/raffle items, please click here


      Don’t miss this opportunity to mingle with other Grady parents at this fun, relaxed event.  We will have a DJ, great food, drinks and lots of great items to bid on to help raise funds to upgrade the technology at our school!

      We can’t wait to see you there!

      Thank you, Grady Parents, Teachers and Partners!   Thanks to all of you our PTA has just purchased, and Grady Elementary will soon receive, 37 laptops on a portable laptop cart! 

      The idea of the laptop cart is to make it easier for our school to deliver the newest technology to our students.  The laptop cart will allow the computers to go from classroom to classroom, so that the computers can be utilized by more students during a single school day. 

      The computers will be used to teach the i-Ready computer-based curriculum.  The i-Ready program is a research-based, classroom-proven program that helps educators effectively address the diverse needs of every student.  The award-winning products include reading, mathematics, intervention, language arts, test prep, special education, early childhood, and more.  The laptops will also be used to facilitate student testing because more and more tests are being given on computers. 

      We applaud our parents, teachers and our Tiger Partners, especially the Agazzi Family which donated $3,000 to this project.  We are also grateful to the administration for suggesting this purchase.  We are all helping to bring state-of the-art educational tools to our school.

      Tiger Talk Update 2.8.18

      February 8, 2018

      Here are some important upcoming dates to note:

      • 2/9 – Non-Student Day (Florida State Fair Day)

      • 2/15 – Grady Conference Night – please ensure that you have signed up for a conference time with your teacher(s). The PTA is providing our hardworking teachers with dinner on Conference Night. We will also have a table set up where you can purchase your Auction Night tickets and sign up for PTA membership.

      • 2/23 - Jump Rope for Heart & Field Day – Jump Rope For Heart is a fun field day that has kids jumping rope, running and jumping over hurdles and bouncing in a bounce house.  In addition to fun, students will learn about heart health and the importance of a good diet. Today was our big kick off for Jump Rope For Heart! Our students received their fundraising packets and can begin their efforts to raise money for the American Heart Association. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Murrell at [email protected]l.us.

         We are in need of volunteers for Station Monitors, Water, Rope Turners and Clean Up on February 23rd. To volunteer for a 50        minute shift, please click on Jump Rope For Heart volunteers.  

      • 3/3 – Grady’s adult only Auction Night at Christ the KingClick here to purchase tickets for our very fun Country themed auction night for only $25 per person, which includes 2 free drink tickets. It will be a very fun night with a DJ, delicious food and drinks, and lots of great items to bid on including a birthday party at The Prep, a beach house rental at Indian Shores, 10 pack of CycleBar classes, and private QB lessons from an NFL quarterback!

         All of the funds that we raise during Auction Night will help us continue to update our school’s technology and purchase     more computers. Please come out to the Auction, have a great time and help us improve Grady’s technology. If you can’t        attend, but would still like to donate, please go to our Auction Donation Page.

      Florida State Fair Art Display 

      We invite everyone to come out and celebrate African-American History Month at the Florida State Fair. There will be amazing artwork on display by our Grady Tigers. The exhibit will be up February 8th-19th inside the Florida Center. Please come out to support our art program.

       

      Yearbooks

      Yearbooks are on sale! Make sure that you purchase your yearbook by March to insure that your child will have a yearbook for yearbook signing day. To buy a yearbook for your child, go to http://www.strawbridge.net/order-online/ and use online code: 112045.

      We need your pictures to include in our Yearbook! Parents, please send pictures of the following events to [email protected]: Holiday celebrations, 4th grade heritage, 4th grade St. Augustine Field Trip, K-3 field trips, and pictures from special classroom activities.

       

      Box Tops

      Please help us make it another great box top year!  Clip and send in unexpired box tops in clear ziploc-style bags, with a maximum of 50 Box Tops per bag. Grady will receive 10 cents for every Box Top collected and submitted.  Please send in Box Tops between now and February 23, 2018.

       

      Thank you again for all of your support!

      Tiger Talk Update 1.30.18

      January 30, 2018

      Thank you to everyone who attended our special General Assembly PTA meeting on January 26th! At the meeting, we amended our budget to add a $10,000 expense line item to begin updating technology at Grady. 

       

      Here are some important upcoming dates to note:

      • 1/31 – Class Pictures & Last day to purchase 5th grade yearbook ads
      • 2/6 – Chick-fil-A Spirit night from 4-8pm at 609 S Dale Mabry Hwy. This spirit night will benefit the 5th grade end of year activities.
      • 2/9 – Non-Student Day (Florida State Fair Day)
      • 2/23 - Jump Rope for Heart & Field Day – Jump Rope For Heart is a fun field day that has kids jumping rope, running and jumping over hurdles and bouncing in a bounce house.  In addition to fun, students will learn about heart health and the importance of a good diet.  Jump Rope For Heart also has a fundraising component that raises money for the American Heart Association and raises money for athletic equipment for Grady Elementary.  You will be receiving detailed information about the program and how to fund raise shortly. If you have any questions about JRFH in the meantime, please email Ms. Murrell at [email protected].

         It will be a very fun night with a DJ, delicious food and drinks, and lots of great items to bid on to     raise funds to update our school’s technology! Some of the fantastic auction items available that       evening include a birthday party at The Prep, a beach house rental at Indian Shores, 10 pack of         CycleBar classes, and private QB lessons from an NFL quarterback! 

        If you have any items you can donate for the auction, please contact Julie Alexander         at [email protected].

       

      Yearbooks

      5th grade ads are on sale until tomorrow, January 31, 2018. To buy a yearbook ad for your child, go to: https://gradytigers.org/fifth-grade-yearbook-ads. Please note that ads can only be purchased for 5th graders. Once you have purchased the ad, please send the pictures and text you would like included in the ad to [email protected].

      Yearbooks are on sale! Make sure that you purchase your yearbook by March to insure that your child will have a yearbook for yearbook signing day. To buy a yearbook for your child, go to http://www.strawbridge.net/order-online/ and use online code: 112045.

      We need your pictures to include in our Yearbook! Parents, please send pictures of the following events to [email protected]: Holiday celebrations, 4th grade heritage, 4th grade St. Augustine Field Trip, K-3 field trips, and pictures from special classroom activities.

       

      Box Tops 

      Please help us make it another great box top year!  Clip and send in unexpired box tops in clear ziploc-style bags, with a maximum of 50 Box Tops per bag. Grady will receive 10 cents for every Box Top collected and submitted.  Please send in Box Tops between now and February 23, 2018.

      We are excited to announce our first ever Grady Adults only Auction and Hoedown on March 3rd from 6-10pm at the Christ the King Mary Martha Center!

      Don’t miss this opportunity to mingle with other Grady parents at this fun, relaxed event.  We will have a DJ, great food, drinks and lots of great items to bid on to help raise funds to upgrade the technology at our school!

      Some of the fantastic auction items available that evening include a birthday party at The Prep, a beach house rental at Indian Shores, 10 pack of CycleBar classes, and private QB lessons from an NFL quarterback! 

      Buy your tickets today at www.gradytigers.org/auction! Pre-sale tickets are only $25 per person and include delicious food and 2 drink tickets.

      Don't miss out on this fun night! Buy your tickets today.

      Tiger Talk Update 01.19.18

      January 19, 2018

      Thank you to everyone that attended our Unlock the Treasures of Reading Night yesterday! Special thanks to all of the guest readers from Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and the Grady staff that helped make the event possible!!

      Here are some important upcoming dates to note:

      • 1/22 – Spring Chorus Rehearsals commence for grades 3, 4 & 5. For additional information and to download a copy of the permission form, please click here: Grady Spring Chorus.
      • 1/26  There will be a special General Assembly PTA meeting on Friday, January 26th at 8am at the flagpole in front of the school. We want to amend the budget to add a $10,000 expense line item for technology. Thanks to the success of our Sponsorship program and Tiger Trek, we will be able to update technology at the school.
      • 1/26  Kindergarten Roundup at 8:30 am in the Media Center – Parents, Grandparents and children are welcome to attend the program for incoming Kindergartners.  Attendees will hear from School administrators and Grady Kindergarten teachers and will receive a tour of the Kindergarten classrooms. Please share this information with friends who have kids that are eligible to attend Kindergarten at Grady and encourage them to attend. No RSVP is necessary.
      • 1/31 – Class Pictures
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