Mabry Minute: Week of 1/14/2024

1/19/2024 2:21 pm


From the Front Office:
Safety Reminders

Front gate and back gate dismissal areas:

If your child walks home or to a designated area, please note that you are responsible for establishing a safe route with your child. Children can be released from the northern or southern side of campus. Crossing guards should not be a resource for childcare after school. Their responsibilities include directing traffic, so children have safe locations to cross. Bikers should walk their bikes off campus and down to the crossing guards before getting on their bikes to ride home. The front gate and back gate dismissal is for walkers and bikers only. These dismissal locations are not for parking and walking up to get your child. If you are picking your child up by car, please remember to use the car line.  

Happening This Week:
LAST CHANCE! 5th Grade Yearbook Tribute

Reserve a 5th grade tribute for your child today! Maximum of one half (1/2) page allowable per student. Deadline to reserve your space is January 15, 2024. Yearbooks are not included. They are on sale for $30. Both tributes and yearbooks can be reserved at

5th Grade Tributes 



Go to place your order for your tribute online by January 15, 2024. Once you pay you will receive instructions on how to create your tribute.


  • You must order online; checks and cash will NOT be accepted at school. 
  • Tributes due by January 24, 2024
  • Tributes must be turned in on a thumb drive. 
  • Email tributes will NOT be accepted.    
  • The purchase of a tribute does NOT include a yearbook.


Doormét Spirit Night

Take a night off from cooking and eat Doormét, there’s sure to be something on their extensive menu for everyone in the family!

Please mention “Mabry Spirit Night” while dining in or placing a to-go order over the phone (not eligible for delivery orders) anytime between 1pm-9pm on Monday, January 22! For online to-go orders please use the Doormét website and mention “Mabry Spirit Night” in the notes. 

News You Need:
EXTRA! EXTRA! Read All About It!

Keep an eye on your inbox for a SPECIAL EDITION 2024 AUCTION MABRY MINUTE coming this week!

Click Your Thanks!

One of our wonderful sponsors has been nominated for 2024 Best of South Tampa Insurance Agency and we want to show them the same awesome support they have shown us! If you would, please take a minute and vote for Jim Cornwell State Farm.


(scroll to the bottom to find Insurance Agency category)

Voting ends January 26.

Attention 5th Grade Parents!
  • The yearbook committee needs a baby picture of all 5th grade students. Close up pictures are best!  Please send one picture, labeled with your child’s first and last name as well as their homeroom teacher. Please send to no later than Thursday, January 25, 2024. 
  • Celebration Events (dates are tentative):
    • Thursday, February 15 - Busch Gardens Field Trip. Forms due by 12/20

    • Friday, May 17 - JA Biz Town Trip

    • Wednesday, May 22nd- Practice moving up ceremony and 5th grade field day led by Coach Broff 

    • Date TBD- 5th Grade Celebration Party

    • Thursday, May 23 - Moving Up Ceremony 8:15-9:30 am followed by Clap Out/Pictures

    • Friday, May 24 - Breakfast and Yearbook signing on the turf

    • *TBD during this week - 5th grade “gives back” and 5th grade legacy gift 


Safety Corner

Student Online Safety Discussion

Mark your calendar for our upcoming Student Online Safety Discussion. This forum will provide resources and information to our students and families about protecting kids online. 

February 8, 2024

Mabry Elementary School


Donuts with Dads (and other adults)

Attention Mabry Dolphins, the Dads Club will be having another donuts with dad event and wanted to share some of the key info below: 

Date & Time: February 22nd from 7am-7:30am

Location: Coleman track (directly next to Mabry school)

What will be provided: Donuts, OJ, Water, Juice, Coffee

Other info: After the event, kids can enter school via the pavilion area. Last event was quite crowded so I would recommend leaving earlier than normal to find parking and be able to walk up in time. Parents & Guardians will NOT be permitted to enter the campus before, during, or after the event.

If you have any questions please email 


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


...and stay tuned for our NEW MARQUEE!!!

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.

Giving Back to Mabry:
Kids Heart Challenge

It is that time of the year for our annual Kids Heart Challenge. This is a school wide (K through 5) fund raiser supporting the American Heart Association. A portion of the proceeds will go back into the Physical Education department.  

From January 22nd through February 9th, 1st graders through 5th graders will be learning about the benefits of having a healthy heart through jumping activities.

For more information, please visit

Donations are due February 9th. We strongly encourage online donations.  If making a check out, please make all checks out to   American Heart Association.

Some incentives:

**DJ Party February 14th for any student that raises $35 or more**

**If half of school's enrollment registers online for Kids Heart Challenge, the PE department will receive a BONUS $500 in US Games Certificates!*

**Homeroom teacher that raises the most money in each grade level will receive an Amazon Card**

**The student that raises the most money in each grade level will earn a bonus prize, a Drone.**

 Thanks in advance for all the support,

Coach Sopko and Coach Broff

Thank you 2023-2024 Business Sponsors

LAST CALL FOR TO BE ONE THE BANNER!!! 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:
Testing Days

1/16 - K Star Early Lit and 1st Star Reading

1/18 - K/1st Star Math

1/23 - 5th Science

1/24 - 5th Science

Makeups: January 19, 25, 26

Who's Hungry?




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To see the Hillsborough County Public Schools 2023-2024 Student Academic Calendar click here and scroll down for a printable Student Academic Calendar.

Upcoming Calendar Events
Friday, January 19
  8:00a PTA Exec Board Meeting
Monday, January 22
  Spirit Night - Doormet
Thursday, February 8
  5:30p Online Security Town Hall
Wednesday, February 14
  12:00a Jump Rope for Hearts end
Thursday, February 15
  5th Grade Field Trip
Tuesday, February 20
  2:00p Spirit Night - Bare Naked Kitchen
Thursday, February 22
  7:00a Donuts with Dad - Sponsored by Dads' Club
Friday, February 23
  8:00a PTA Exec Board Meeting
Thursday, February 29
  Spring Conference Night
Saturday, March 2
  7:00p Spring Auction