Dr. Julie Janssen, Superintendent Marsha J. Jordan, Principal Anona Elementary Shelly Halloran, Secretary Phone: 727-588-4730 12301 Indian Rocks Road Donna Littell, Assistant Principal Fax: 727-588-4733 Largo, Florida 33774 Leigh Taylor, Acting Administrator Dr. Carol Thomas, Region II Associate Superintendent October 16, 2009 Number 4 Dates to Remember 10/23 Student Council Meeting 8:00 a.m. 10/26 – 11/6 Bookfair A Our Mission: “The Anona community will unite to create and maintain a N quality and safe learning environment enabling each student to succeed. Principal Jordan’s Vision: “Happy students learning academic and life O skills-taught by talented and enthusiastic teachers who feel respected-by hardworking, motivated administrators, support personnel, and parents. I believe school should be a safe place for children both physically and N emotionally. Telephones/CD Players & Other Electronic Advises A The Pinellas County School Board listed on page 12 in your Code of Student Conduct states that students are not allowed to have items such as cellular phones, pagers/beepers, radios, CD players, cameras at school unless an administrator has given them written permission. School staff is not responsible if these items are stolen, lost or N broken. At this writing, only 4 students have Ms. Jordan’s written permission to E have an electronic item on campus at any time. Permission must be requested each year. W Footwear for PE Parents and students, a reminder that for your child’s safety, clogs, sandals, and flip flops are not permitted at PE. Please S send your children in sneakers. Dismissal Information Parents, if your child is a car rider, please place your child’s name in your L car window, as we call the students out by name. Thank you for your help. E Eating Lunch at a Picnic Table – Please Read Carefully Parents, please make sure all playground/PE equipment is T returned to the shopping cart and all food items are placed in trash cans. We love having you and need your assistance. Ms. Jordan T Magnet, Fundamental and Career Academy Application Period The Application Period for applying to any magnet, fundamental or E career academy program for the 2010-2011 school year is scheduled for Jan. 9-29, 2010. The Application Period will open at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9th, and end Friday, Jan. 29th, at 5 p.m. R Parents will use their ParentCONNECTxp User ID and Password to log onto the Student Reservation System (SRS) web page located on the district website, www.pcsb.org, to apply. Those parents who do not have a User ID and Password may call the Student Assignment office, (727) 588-6210 to obtain one. If families do not have a home computer, they may visit a nearby school or a community location. The list of community computer locations will be made available soon. The SRS also is available in Spanish. The annual district wide Information Fair will be at Northeast High School (5500 16th St. N., St. Petersburg) on Saturday, Jan. 9th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Information Fair allows parents to gather information and ask questions about the district’s magnet, fundamental and career academy programs. Regardless of your child’s present career aspirations, the district offers dozens of options that will fit his/her needs – from advanced information technology to architectural design, from building technologies to automotive technologies and a host of other specialized programs such as business applications, communication studies, criminal justice, world- class culinary arts, engineering and robotics, environmental technology, finance, gifted studies, graphic arts, international culture and commerce, international studies, mass media, marine science, medical professions, performing arts, teaching arts, sciences and technology, and veterinary science. Additional information about the application process will be posted on the district website as it becomes available. Dates and times of Discovery Nights also will be posted online when the schedule is finalized. H1N1 (Swine) Flu Update Pinellas County Schools has partnered with the Pinellas County Health Department to provide H1N1 (swine) flu immunizations to students in elementary, middle and high schools. The plan calls for information packets to be sent home with students. The vaccinations for students are voluntary, and parents must sign a consent form to have their children participate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers H1N1 (swine) flu a pandemic, and are concerned that the number of cases will continue to increase. Since the school year began, the district has been taking steps to prepare, mitigate and respond to this health emergency. Ongoing communication sent to parents includes precautions to protect the health of their children. If the district does experience a significant amount of flu resulting in increased absences by students and staff members, it will respond based upon guidance from the CDC, the Department of Education and the Pinellas County Health Department. The safety of students and employees is of paramount importance as Pinellas County Schools’ deals with this health emergency. Stay Connected with Pinellas County Schools Visit the district’s website, www.pcsb.org for the latest district news. School board meetings are held twice monthly during most months and are streamed live at www.wpds.tv. Rebroadcasts are available on Bright House Networks Ch. 614, Knology Ch. 2, and Verizon Ch. 46. Spooktacular & Family Astronomy The Science Center will host their annual HALLOWEEN EVENT on Friday, October 30, 2009 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The cost will be $5.00. Join us for a spooky evening featuring Bug shows, Alligator shows, Telescope viewing, Planetarium shows and best costume contest. Pizza and soda are available for purchase. Come join us at the Science Center; 7701 22 nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33710. For more information call (727) 384- 0027 or www.sciencecenterofpinellas.org. PTA Pride Anona Olympic Games! The Olympic spirit continues to shine at Anona School. Our fall fundraiser theme for 2009 is Anona Olympic Games, so students get ready for a fun filled day of games! Our kick-off was held on October 15th at the PE court and packets went home with all students that day, please check your child’s backpack. Collection of the donations students raise will begin on Monday, November 2nd through Wednesday, November 4th. Mark your calendar for Thursday, November 5 th and get ready for a day of Anona Olympic Games! On Friday, November 6th we will hold our Olympic Games Prize Assembly. Please feel free to come and join us for the assembly as we celebrate Anona. A great big Thank you to all the families who participated in the loose change contest “Change for Anona”. The winner (boys or girls) will be announced at the Anona Olympic prize assembly. Stay connected with the Anona Directory. Forms for the Anona Directory will be sent out shortly and are expected back by October 30 th. If you would like to receive a directory, you must complete the form and either be a member of the PTA or join the PTA or pay the additional $3.00 (printing fee). Looking ahead ~ Anona’s Fall Family Picnic is scheduled for Saturday, November 14th at Taylor Park from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. There will be many fun things to do such as sack races, relays, food, fun, etc. See you there! Volunteers needed, please email Kristin at email@example.com if interested in helping. YOUR PTA WANTS YOU … From universal kindergarten to a juvenile justice system – PTA advocates have been at the heart of our nation’s greatest advances for youth. They speak up for family engagement language in laws; safe, healthy, and technologically advanced schools; and equal opportunity for all children, regardless of their socioeconomic background. The PTA board is seeking a dedicated individual to fill the VP of Advocacy position. The VP will be responsible for researching matters concerning child advocacy and will report this information at board and PTA meetings. For more information please contact Paul Gambrell (PTA President) by leaving your contact information in the PTA box in the front office. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Safe Kids USA international walk to school day. We had a wonderful turnout of families for this event. It was nice to see many Anona families walking to school together in support of this safety awareness week. We would like to give a big thank you to the Largo Police Department, Largo Fire and Rescue, and Publix for their generous support in our walk to school day. Our student council did a fantastic job creating posters and hanging them in the hallways. As did Kellee Crowe who made the huge banner that we proudly walked behind. With the collaboration of Kristin Chowdhury, Rennie Bova and Stacie Hardy this was a great success. Suncoast Safe Kids Coalition and All Children’s Hospital are the area sponsors. They are dedicated to increasing child bicycle and pedestrian safety, which is a leading cause of death among students ages 5-14. During this week we’ve learned many important safety tips. Let’s keep our families safe! Don’t forget to order your Anona Eagles T-shirts to wear on spirit Friday! Anona spirit t-shirts can be purchased by sending $10 in an envelope with your child’s name, size and name of teacher. Size “small” are now in stock. October 31st is the deadline for the first round of Box Tops collections. The winner for the first submission period will be announced the first week of November. Keep your Family on Track. Get Vaccinated against the Flu Many households at this time of the year are a whirlwind of after-school activities, sleepovers, field trips and visits to the grocery store. Managing such a busy schedule is no easy task and can seem even more difficult if someone in your house gets the flu. That’s why it’s important that you consider having your entire household vaccinated against influenza every year. And this year we have two flus to be concerned about – seasonal and H1N1 (swine flu). Now is the time to protect your family with both a seasonal influenza and H1N1 vaccination. You can make an appointment with your health-care provider, or take advantage of the H1N1 vaccine (but not seasonal) program that the Pinellas County Department of Health will be offering in schools in November and December for students of all ages. The school vaccine program will be voluntary and require a signed consent form as well as a completed screening questionnaire by the parent so the health department can determine the appropriate vaccine. Both the H1N1 flu shot and H1N1 flu nasal spray will be offered free to all children enrolled in public schools. There is information posted on the Pinellas County School website-including school vaccine schedules and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Don’t delay. More than 4 out of 5 people in the U.S. are recommended to get a seasonal flu shot, including those with chronic medical conditions; children between the ages of 6 months and 18 years; and close contacts of anyone in these groups, including parents. Chances are we all know someone who should get vaccinated against influenza every year. Influenza is not the common cold. It’s serious. Each year, approximately 226,000 people in the U.S. are hospitalized with complications from influenza and an average of 36,000 people die. And we are right not in the midst of an H1N1 pandemic, which seems to be targeting children and young adults. And even though most cases recover in 5-7 days, there have been deaths also reported from this flu. To help encourage local immunization, The American Lung Association in Florida Gulfcoast Area is teaming up with local community schools, businesses, hospitals and city government to bring the Faces of Influenza educational initiative to the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. The program is designed to help Americans see themselves and their loved ones among the many “faces” of influenza. Vaccination is the best protection available against seasonal and H1N1 influenza. For more information on influenza, vaccination and the Faces of Influenza initiative, visit www.facesofinfluenza.org, contact your school nurse, Pinellas Department of Health 9824-6900) or school health services at 588-6320. Let’s all have a healthy year!