Mabry Minute for the week of 11/05/2023

11/7/2023 11:46 am

Special Bulletin:

WE DID IT!  We raised more than $114,000 over the last few months with the Walk-A-Thon event, and we could not have done it without your help!

A HUGE thank you to our Mabry families for your generous donations and support! Your donations exceeded our fundraising goal and will go towards many new school improvement projects and programs for our children.

We also would like to thank our amazing Mabry staff and teachers for their time and support. We very much appreciate you!

We could not have put on such a fun event this weekend without the help from our generous Walk-A-Thon sponsors and donors! You are the best and we thank you for your support!

A special thank you to the 2023 Walk-A-Thon committee chairs, Michelle Stemler and Danielle Weismann for their remarkable leadership and for the countless hours of work put in to planning such a special event for our school.

Finally, we also would like to thank the Walk-A-Thon committee members for their time and dedication to make this event a successful one! Thank you to all the volunteers who came to help out. It truly took a village to make this event happen and we are so grateful for everyone involved.

Interested in helping out with WAT for next year?  Email:


Happening This Week:
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! Please sign up HERE! 

Spirit Night at AR Workshop!


Join us at AR Workshop Tampa for a Mabry Elementary DIY Give Back Night! Choose from many of our awesome wood projects and your favorite design! Get a night off from the kiddos and come get your DIY on with fellow mabry parents! In the workshop, you will have the opportunity to customize your project with your choice of designer paints and (non-toxic!) stain colors. No craft experience needed!

WHEN: Tuesday, November 14th, from 6-9 PM. 

Register HERE 

Password: MABRY-23

Custom Design Requests need to be submitted at least 2 days prior to the workshop. Please register by Sunday, November 12th.

For every registration, AR Workshop Tampa will give a percentage back to Mabry Elementary!


Feel free to bring snacks and beverages (including beer, wine, champagne, seltzers) to enjoy while you DIY! *


Magnet School Application Window Open

The first Magnet School application window opened 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:
5th Grade Parent Volunteers

We need you! Sign up HERE to help the 5th Grade Celebration Committee plan the graduates' special events. The first meeting to be scheduled soon!

So far the kids have fundraised over $1,100 with their lemonade stand at Walkathon and had a great time working together! The stand will next be at Multicultural Night on 11/30.

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 723 members!!! Less than 80 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!


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!

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

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:
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 November's Menus!



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Upcoming Calendar Events
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
  5:30p Multicultural Family Dinner Night
Friday, December 1
  8:00a PTA Exec Board Meeting
Tuesday, December 5
  6:00p 2023-2024 2nd General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, December 6
  5:30p Spirit Night - Kendra Scott Gives Back Sip and Shop
Thursday, December 7
  5:00p Chorus Night - Tentative