Mabry Minute: Week of 2/4/2024

2/5/2024 12:14 pm


Happening This Week:
Safety Corner

Establishing healthy boundaries around screen time is crucial for fostering strong family relationships and ensuring the well-being of your children. Consider implementing some straightforward "no-go" times for technology use, such as:

1. In the car: Take advantage of this time to connect and engage in conversations. Ask your child about anything that brought a smile to their face today.

2. At the dinner table: Research indicates that families who share meals and converse are less likely to experience mental and emotional health issues. Make it a habit to go around the table and express one thing you're grateful for.

3. In bedrooms: Everyone, including kids and adults, needs time to unwind. Set a curfew for electronic devices, and ensure that kids' devices are charged in a common area, not in their bedrooms. Utilize the hour after the kids are in bed to review their tech activities.

By incorporating these healthy boundaries around tech usage, you can significantly contribute to developing children with prolonged attention spans, nurturing relationships, and joyful childhoods.

PreK-5th Grade Student Shout Out

Business card size message, no pictures - $30

Deadline to reserve tribute is 2/7/24. Tribute is due by 2/12/24.

Please type up your message and email it to or place it in the yearbook basket in the front office by 2/12/24. 

Yearbooks are on sale for $30 on until 3/30/24. Yearbooks increase to $35 until 5/15/24. The purchase of a tribute does not include a yearbookTributes must be ordered through We will not accept money or orders at Mabry.

Walk to School Wednesday 2/7

**Join Us for Walk to School Wednesday on February 7th!**

Get your morning started on the right foot with our monthly Walk to School Wednesday! This event is not just about getting a bit of morning exercise; it's a fun way to kickstart your day with community spirit and joy.

**Date:** Wednesday, February 7th**Meet up locations:** Arrival 7AM

1. The Bank of Tampa

2. The Corner of Zelar and Hubert

Please register your child for Walk to School Wednesdays by clicking HERE or logging into your Mabry PTA account and clicking on My Account > Sales & Volunteer Forms and scroll down to enroll your child in this fun activity with a raffle this May!

We invite students and parents to meet us at our two designated spots for a delightful morning walk to school. And there's more to look forward to:

**Donuts and Spirit Sticks:** To add to the fun, we'll be handing out donuts and spirit sticks at our meeting points. A perfect treat to energize our walk!

**Special Guest - CUP:** For the moms, dads, and coffee enthusiasts, our partner CUP will be at the front entrance selling coffee. It's a great opportunity to enjoy a warm cup of coffee and support our school community.

This is a wonderful chance for parents to join in the fun and for kids to enjoy a lively start to their day. We look forward to seeing everyone there and making this Walk to School Wednesday 

Final Week of Kids Heart Challenge

This is the last week for Kids Heart Challenge! Donations are due Friday February 9th. For any student in K through 5th grade that raises $35 or more, they will be attending the DJ party on February 14th. For online donation, please click on the link Kids Heart Challenge. If donating by check, please make check out to American Heart Association. Thanks for all the support to the American Heart Association and the Mabry PE department!

Valentine Pencil Grams!

Wish your friends at Mabry a “Happy Valentine's Day” with a personalized Valentine Pencil Gram! Write a message to the lucky recipient and we’ll attach it to a Valentine pencil.

Valentine Pencil Grams can be purchased by either completing this form and returning it to your homeroom teacher with a $1 donation for each pencil gram, or by visiting the NEHS pencil gram table. Donations can be made in cash or check made payable to The American Cancer Society.

Valentine Grams will be delivered to homeroom classrooms on Wednesday, February 14th.

Cost: $1 per Valentine Gram

Proceeds to benefit The American Cancer Society

Look for the table in front of the school by the flagpole!

Monday, February 5 - Friday, February 9 7:10-7:35am

Valentine Grams must be purchased by February 9, 2024


Surprise!!! Teacher Experiences are Now Live! Bidding ends Saturday February 10th at 10pm!

Tickets, raffles, silent auctions and sponsorships are purchased through Givesmart. You can also text GoingforGold to 76278! It is important to create an account, as this is the tool we will be using for bidding on auction items! Individual tickets are $100 and include food/beer/wine/seltzers. Cash bar available as well. Purchase before we sell out!

*Faculty - we are pleased to provide a free ticket to you and a guest. It is important to sign up with Givesmart and select the faculty ticket (one, not two). This allows us to provide enough food and drink for all guests! (Parents, please don't click on this link. If you want to donate towards the teacher tickets please use the donation option.)

Win a 2024 ICON i60L 48V TORCH Golf Cart! Details on Givesmart. You do not have to be present to win

**Raffle is only for current and alum Mabry families/faculty. No refunds on raffle tix bought by other community members

Click HERE to register and purchase golf cart raffle tickets! 

Event tickets and 50/50 raffle tickets are on sale now. Click HERE, then click on "BUY TICKETS" and scroll down to purchase. Must be present at Auction to win 50/50.

Thank You Auction Family and Business Sponsors

The Marticke Family

Photo Booth- Jim Cornwell State Farm

Silver- Italiano Insurance

Silver- Triton Construction Group

Silver- Traditional Taekwondo South Tampa

Bronze- Perez Orthodontics

Bronze- Monaco Dentistry

Bronze- South Tampa Dental Krewe

News You Need:


  • 5th grade T-Shirts are in and will be distributed to the homerooms closer to the field trip date. 
  • 5th grade signs are currently in design and will be available for purchase  
  • Celebration Events:
    • Thursday, February 15 - Busch Gardens Field Trip. 

    • Friday, May 17 - JA Biz Town Trip

    • Tuesday, May 21st- Practice Moving Up ceremony

    • Wednesday, May 22nd- 5th grade field day led by Coach Broff in the AM and 5th Grade Celebration Party w/ Lunch for the rest of the day.

    • Thursday, May 23 - Moving Up Ceremony 8:15-9:30 am followed by Clap Out and small receptions in homerooms

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

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

Dad's Golf Club Tournament

Get ready for the 3rd Mabry Elementary Dad’s Club Golf Tournament!

You can now register to be a part of this exciting Mabry Dad's Golf Tournament!  When registering, please make sure to include player's names, driver license's number, and phone number.  

Interested in becoming a Golf Tournament Sponsor? Please click on this link to register or become a sponsor:

When:  Friday, April 12, 2024 - Shotgun start at 9AM

WhereBay Palms Golf Complex - MacDill Force Support Squadron, South Course, 1803 Golf Course Ave., Tampa, FL 33621  

Mabry Champ

Congratulations to kindergartener Mogli Crossland! He was one of the winners of the district MyOn reading challenge. "His weekends are booked!" 

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 will enter school via the pavilion area. Last event was quite crowded so we 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 


Kindergarten Roundup

Join us 2/28 in the cafeteria. Parents only please. 

PTA Nominating Committee & Positions

The Mabry PTA Nominating Committee is currently seeking applicants to join the committee or to join the PTA Executive Board for the 2024-25 school year. Please consider taking on a role and help support our Mabry students, staff and parents! If you are interested in a position please email (Must be a PTA member and in good standing).

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 coming soon, permits were approved this week!!!

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:
Thank you 2023-2024 Business Sponsors

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:
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
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
Wednesday, February 28
  8:00a Kindergarten Roundup
Thursday, February 29
  Spring Conference Night
  Leap into the Olympics. $1 and Wear Olympics theme attire or shirt
Saturday, March 2
  7:00p Spring Auction