Mabry Minute for the week of 10/29/2023

11/1/2023 12:46 pm


Happening This Week:


FOUR more days left to go before Walk-A-Thon fundraising closes on November 1st @ 10PM! We are so close to our goal of $100,000, and we need ALL your help and support to reach our goal!  There is still time to donate and earn a fabulous Walk-A-Thon T-shirt and fun prizes or that pizza/dessert party for your student! You can still sign up to donate at: 


We are still needing volunteers to help on the day of the event.   If you know a high school student needing service hours and would like to volunteer, please sign up here:  

If you or a family member would like to volunteer to help with set up, please sign up here: 


Walk-A-Thon will be held on SATURDAY NOVEMBER 4, 9AM-12PM at the Coleman track. We promise to have a fun filled day for our Mabry families!

There will be inflatables, balloon artist, face painters, a brand-new food truck alley with family sitting area, exciting activities, lots of new vendors, performance by Lockhart band and so much more! Students will receive a prize for each lap walked! Tons of family fun! 


  • Swag bags are going home with your students on 11/2/23.  If your student earned an inflatable fast pass, dunk tank ticket or food truck coupon, please bring it with you to the event.
  • No need to register or check in! Jump in and have a great time!
  • Bring your quality kid sized gently used or new clothing to donate to kids in need. Please drop off donations at the purple van (Clothes to Kids) before entering the track.
  • Get a stamp for each lap walked, get 4 stamps, and earn a prize!
  • Absolutely NO pets at the event! Please leave your furry friends at home!
  • Vendors accept cash, cards, and Venmo!
  • Have a great time with other Mabry families, reconnect with old friends and make new ones at Walk-A-Thon!

We are so excited to see everyone there on November 4th!


We have definitely felt the love and support from our Mabry community! We would like to thank all our families, students, and staff for supporting the Mabry Walk-A-Thon. As a token of our appreciation, any student who fundraises over $25 will receive a PDQ gift card for a free kid’s meal.

EVERY Mabry student (regardless of fundraising status) will receive a 2023 Walk-A-Thon bracelet and PopStroke BOGO card!

Need help or have questions? Email 

5th Grade Shirts

5th grade shirts will be ordered this week. These shirts will feature artwork from 5th grader Inara Stephens on the front and all of the 5th grade names on the back.  Please add your child's size to the form by November 1st so we can order an accurate amount of sizes.

To order, go to: 

Membershiptoolkit --> "My account" --> "5th grade T-shirt size form"

Select size and homeroom teacher's name


Any 5th grader who doesn't have an updated form by November 1 will receive a youth large t-shirt. 

Square 1 Art Fundraiser

Your child's custom catalog for the Square 1 Art fundraiser will be coming home to you soon. Get a head start, andstart ordering keepsakes and gifts featuring your child's art online NOW, if you like!

Simply search for your child's art using Art Search, and enter state, school name, and your student's name. Your student's art and code will appear, and you may order!

Order by 11/28/2023!

Upload additional art if you like, using Art Upload!

If you have questions, or need anything at all, contact customer care online.

Thank you for supporting our school!

Magnet School Application Window Opens 11/1

The first Magnet School application window opens November 1 at 5:00 p.m. and ends on 12/15/23. Parents may apply any time in that window, so there is no need to rush! Admissions are based on lottery, and parents will be notified in late January 2024. There will be a second application period, which has not yet been determined. Visit for more information, or contact the Choice Info Line @ 813-272-4692.

Learn more about Magnet Schools by attending one of these upcoming events!

  • 11/8 Magnet & CTE Expo at Zoo Tampa from 3:00-7:00 p.m. 
    The Magnet School office has rented out the Zoo! Visit the Zoo for free from 3:00-5:00, then attend the Magnet Expo from 5:00-7:00. Registration is not required; however, those who register will have the opportunity to receive information on upcoming events, application period updates, and outreach from specific Magnet Schools.
  • 12/12 Magnet 101:  Adventure Awaits! 
    This is a virtual event from 5:30-6:30 and registration is required. Learn from the Magnet Office about all Magnet Schools and Programs and get help with your applications. Specific Magnet Schools may join in to present to you, too! Register through the link found on the district Magnet Web Page noted above.
Volunteer Info:
YES and Willingness to Serve


Are you interested in getting more involved in the Mabry PTA? You can sign up to learn more about volunteer opportunities and leadership roles available in each committee. 

Fill out the Willingness to Serve information on My Account in the Membership Toolkit. 

Click HERE for the YES volunteer application. This form must be completed before volunteering and for participating in field trips.

News You Need:
Join the PTA

We Need You!!!! We are at 714 members!!! Less than 90 more until our goal of 800!!  PTA needs 100% participation and 100% Faculty participation!

There is no wrong or right way to be involved — anything you can give, whether it’s time or money, will support your child’s potential. We invite you to join because we can do more together than apart. It only takes 2 minutes, join HERE now!


Safety Corner

In recognition of November being Child Safety and Protection Month, your Mabry Safety Committee would like to bring awareness to areas you and your family can work together to create a safe environment.

Bike/Scooter Safety - make sure all family members are wearing a properly fitted helmet and ride on sidewalks and bike lanes where available. 

Swim Safety - make sure all pools are equipped with a locked pool fence and doors are secured with alarms. Designate one adult to be the "water watcher" when children are swimming. When in open water or on a boat, make sure children are wearing a properly fitted life vest at all times. 

Household Safety - create an evacuation plan in case of an emergency. Be sure to test/inspect your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers monthly. Lock up all harmful and toxic substances (cleaning products, medicine, etc.), cover outlets with plastic covers and secure heavy furniture to the wall.


For more information, please visit the sites below:

Mabry Marquee

Did you know you can personalize a message to your student on the Mabry Marquee for a birthday, congratulations, or a graduation?  

Access the online form through the Membership Toolkit: My Account -> Mabry Marquee

Reflections Contest

Only one week left to turn in your submissions - due by November 3 to Ms. Harrison’s classroom

Do you like to write poetry or short stories, draw or make ceramics, dance, film videos, take photos? The Reflections Program is a Nationwide PTA Art Competition where students submit works of art in response to a theme - this year's theme is "I am Hopeful Because..."  

Top 3 submissions in each category will go on to the Hillsborough County PTA and if selected will go onto the Florida PTA and the National PTA. Winners will be announced November 13th! 

Dance Choreography

Film Production



Visual Arts

Click here for more information.

Giving Back to Mabry:
Thank you 2023-2024 Business Sponsors

LAST CALL FOR TO BE ONE THE BANNER!!! There is still some time left to become a proud Mabry Business Sponsor! Business sponsor spots are limited, so get yours today for all the amazing perks!

Opportunities to become a business sponsors for Mabry Spring Auction and Dad’s Club Golf Tournament are still available!

Please contact us with any questions!

Box Tops for Education!

Box Tops are a great and easy way to help us earn! Earn money for our school for shopping for things you already buy! Click HERE to get started!

Teacher Wish Lists

Help our wonderful teachers/staff clear their Amazon Wish Lists! Staff, please continue to add your lists!

Looking Ahead:
October 31 Events

Storybook Parade  

8:00-8:15 on Coleman Track Pre-K, Kindergarten and First grade only. Parents should line up on the inside of the track before 8:00.  


Second Grade will have an Event in November


Third Grade Vocabulary Presentation

9:00-9:30     1st Block ELA Parents 

12:00-12:30  2nd Block ELA Parents


Fourth Grade Superhero Presentation

10:00-10:30 1st Block ELA Parents 

12:30-1:00  2nd Block ELA Parents


Fifth Grade Idiom Fashion Show

Students only

Great American Scholar

CONGRATULATIONS to all the students who completed their Great American Scholar projects. These students will be participating in our Red, White and Blue Celebration in conjunction with Veteran's Day, when parents, local politicians, military personnel, first responders and school board members are invited to come and celebrate the students’ patriotism and dedication to excellence. 

When: Thursday, November 9 at 8:30am. 

Where: Mabry Pavillion

We will have designated sign-in tables for those attending the celebration in the front courtyard and in the back. We will use the Walker Gates for entry and exit. For the safety of our students, please respect the designated path to and from the pavilion and leave the school grounds promptly at the close of the celebration. 

NOTE:  If you are scheduled to volunteer (lunchroom, media center, classroom, etc.) that day, you must exit following the ceremony and check-in the front office.

Red White and Blue celebration volunteers needed: 

CONFIRMED: Multicultural Night Rescheduled for 11/30

Join us for Multicultural Night on Nov 30 from 5:30-7:30! Rain may have stopped us before, but the kids and teachers are working hard to make this an even better event!

Grab your picnic blankets and chairs and come hungry for our Fall family dinner night. For details, please check out our site:

Who's Hungry?

Check out the October's Lunch Menu HERE.

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Upcoming Calendar Events
Monday, October 30
  8:00a 5th Grade Idiom Parade - STUDENTS ONLY
Tuesday, October 31
  8:00a Pre K and Kindergarten Story Book Parade
Saturday, November 4
  9:00a Walk A Thon
Thursday, November 9
  Great American Scholar
Tuesday, November 14
  6:00p Spirit Night - AR Workshop
Thursday, November 16
  NEHS $1 Blue Shirt for Diabetes Awareness
  8:00a Great American Teach-In
Friday, November 17
  Field Day K-4th Grades
Thursday, November 30
  8:00a PTA Exec Board Meeting
  5:30p Multicultural Family Dinner Night