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Vineland K-8 Center PTA E-Newsletter 



December 1, 2013 

Teacher Of The Year

Ms. Dolores Donet


Ms. Donet has taught for 19 years, eight of them at Vineland K-8 Center where she was the media specialist before teaching fifth grade language arts in the gifted program. Before coming to Vineland, Ms. Donet taught at FC Martin K-8 Center, North Miami Elementary School and Morningside Elementary School. In addition to her responsibilities as a classroom teacher, Dolores continues to maintain our media center collection by ordering books, magazine subscriptions, equipment such as televisions, and Accelerated Reader licenses.


Ms. Donet serves as the Team Leader for her grade level, as well as providing valuable leadership on other committees such as the school Literacy Leadership Team, the Crisis Team, and most recently the Leadership Team for Accreditation. Dolores also supports enrichment events such as SWAT (Science with a Twist) and the Geography Bee, which she has taken over as sponsor this year. Ms. Donet is a valuable resource in our building in terms of technology support for many of the supplementary educational programs we offer.


Continuing her own educational pursuits, Dolores has a masters degree in mathematics education and a specialist degree in Teaching and Learning.  Now, while raising two beautiful little girls, Dolores has gone back again to school and is a doctoral candidate in Urban and Special Education at FIU, awaiting completion of her dissertation.



Science Fair Winners

Science Fair Night Success!


And the Winners Are............


5th Grade 

1st Place                Abigail Jones - Mrs. Morales

2nd Place               Angelica Tacoronte - Mrs. Rodriguez/Calero

3rd Place               Jonathan Alverson - Mrs. Calero/Rodriguez

Honorable Mention   Ali Zahaf - Mrs. Smith


4th Grade

1st Place                Dayna Veazey - Ms. Hill

2nd Place               Jose Zuniga - Ms. Haggins/Ms. V. Gonzalez

3rd Place                Allison Blanco - Ms. Haggins

Honorable Mention    Madeline Quigley - Mrs. Sellek


The 1st and 2nd place winners in fourth and fifth grade will go on to represent Vineland K-8 Center in the Elementary Science Fair  at the District level. 


Congratulations to all students for a job well done. Classroom projects were submitted by all teachers in grades K-3 demonstrating the scientific method, preparing these students to one day participate individually in the Science Fair.  Thank you to all of the teachers and parents for supporting this curricular endeavor.  A special thank you to event organizers Mrs. Sellek, Mrs. Morales and Mr. Hart and the teachers who helped set up; Ms. G. Rodriguez, Ms. Carter, Ms. Diaz.  




Food Drive  



Thank you to those who donated food items for the Vineland Thanksgiving Food Drive.  Fresh Market at The Falls donated 17 fresh (20 lb) turkeys.  We were able to collect over 800 items, making Thanksgiving meal boxes feeding 20 less-fortunate Vineland families in need. This could not have been possible without our generous Vineland families and local Fresh Market. 


Upper Academy News



Attention Upper Academy

Because of last week's inclement weather, the 2013 Turkey Bowl is rescheduled for Friday, December 6th.

Attention Parents of 8th Grade Student 

Wednesday, December 4th, all 8th graders will be attending a field trip to Miami Palmetto Senior High where they will be "Panthers for a Day." Students will leave by bus first thing in the morning, and return by lunchtime. This event provides a terrific opportunity for our student to learn more about the many curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular experiences high school has to offer. Be on the lookout for the field trip form that needs to be signed and returned.



Used Book Fair

  Click here to view flyer.


Toy Drive

The Vineland Voyagers are once again collecting NEW UNWRAPPED TOYS for underprivileged children.

If you would like to join in and help make the holidays

brighter for a child, please bring your new unwrapped toys, books, backpacks, games, art supplies and sports equipment etc. to Mrs. Rosen and Mrs. Burger in Room 304. The toys will be donated to needy children.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!!!



Support Our Troops

We've extended our deadline to December 3rd!!!

Vineland wants to thank our veterans and active duty servicemen and women this holiday season.  We are asking the children to write holiday cards to thank the soldiers and wish them a happy holiday season.

There is a box set up in the Main Office to collect all your amazing cards.  We will be sending out our holiday wishes and showing our Vineland pride.

Thank you in advance, Vineland PTA


PTA Membership Drive



null  Why join the PTA?


The number one reason to join the PTA is to benefit your child. In doing so, you also help our school.


Thanks to all of you who have already sent in your forms and additional contributions.  The additional contributions will help the PTA fund many key initiatives. We look forward to all of you joining the PTA!

The first class to reach 100% membership will receive a pizza party.


Below is the membership form, directory and volunteer sign up form:

Vineland PTA Membership Form

Vineland PTA Directory

Vineland PTA Volunteer Sign Up Form   



Ongoing Fundraiser



BOX TOPS  boxtops


Help raise money for our school (each one is worth 10 cents-that adds up fast!) 

WHAT TO SAVE?  The small Box Top label found on hundreds of your favorite products 

WHAT TO DO? Cut out and save in a safe place 

WHERE TO DROP OFF? Turn them in to your classroom teacher



Great for the environment and helps keep these products out of landfills while raising some money for our school 

WHAT TO SAVE?  Recyclable inkjet/toner

other tonercartridges
WHAT TO DO? Box them back up or put in a bag
WHERE TO DROP OFF? Turn them in to Mrs. Donet in the Media Center




Help raise money for our school from the comfort of your home. null

WHAT TO SAVE?  All your store receipts from the last seven null(7) days.

WHAT TO DO? First, download the Shoparoo app onto your smart phone, then snap pictures of your receipts and earn points = money for our school.


When shopping in the following stores, please give them Vineland's ID# in order to help raise money for our school 

OFFICE DEPOT  # 70022517 

OFFICE MAX # 861102254 

TARGET # 40396 (Must be used in conjunction with Target Cards)


Mark your Calendar    



December 9-13    Used Book Sale
December 23 - January 5          Winter Recess
January 15          MDCPS Magnet School Applications Deadline
January 17          No School - Teacher Planning Day
January 20          No School - Dr Martin Luther King Jr.'s



Upcoming Community Events    



Holiday Festival at Pinecrest Gardens

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2013 

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Admission: $5 General Admission, Children Under 2 Free

Parking is Free  

Come experience our first annual Holiday Festival! A day for the whole family to enjoy, where you can enjoy delicious food, take a photo with Santa, sing along with our carolers, enjoy live music from the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, and immerse yourself in the holiday spirit!
Excerpts from The Nutcracker, Holiday Gifts and Sweets, Children's Carnival Rides, Pony Rides, Model Train Display
Puppeteers & Magical Story Telling, Face Painters, The lighting of the Holiday Tree (5:45 p.m.) and more!  


Date: Saturday, December 7, 2013

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Ludovici Park, 17641 Old Cutler Road  

Snow Forecast for 6pm sharp!!!  Free pictures with Santa, Free Rides, Musical Concerts by local schools, Arts & Crafts, Food




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