Important Message from Vineland K-8 Center PTA

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Vineland K-8 Center PTA E-Newsletter 



November 17, 2013 


Sponsored by The Upper Academy

Let's work together and help those less fortunate in our community this Thanksgiving. 

We are collecting food items during the week of November 18th - November 22nd

Below is a list of the items:

PK  Brownie Mix and Bread Mix
K    Cranberry Sauce, Chicken Broth and Stuffing Mix
1    Cake mix and Frosting or Cornbread Mix
2    Mashed Potatoes, Gravy and Canned Soups
3    Cooking Oil and Canned Meats
4    Canned Fruit and Canned Juice
5    Canned Vegetables, Boxed Jello and Pudding Mix
6    Spaghetti and Spaghetti Sauce
7    Boxed Mac and Cheese, Canned Sweet Potatoes/Yams
8    Bags of Rice and Beans

Please turn in donated food items to your teacher.
Upper Academy SGA members will pick up items starting on Monday, November 25th.

Thanks for your support.



Upper Academy News

Thank you to the following NJHS members who are participating in the Mentoring/Tutoring Program here at Vineland: Evan Bourque, Guy Stokes, Jean Pierr Escalona, Tiana Headley, Celimar Mion, Nicholas Calero, Doris Benjamin, Carina Iamuno, Raquel Morales, Matthew Roca, Emily Riggenbach, Alex Pascual, Eric Diaz, Jarmani Citronelle, Savannah Gossweiler, Seba Huerta, Diamond Taylor, Ryan Kaufman, Kalia Richardson, Sophia Beceiro, Lauren Zaldua, Reed Hacker, Zachary Torres, and Hannah Dietz. These students are helping Elementary students every week for 30-60 minutes and making a huge difference! It's great to be a K-8 Center where we have the older students helping the younger students.

A shout out also to NJHS and Upper Academy Student Council for assisting with Mix It Up Day on 10/30/13 during lunch time. They helped the younger students to have conversations with peers and make new friends.



Red Ribbon Essay Contest Winners   

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Red Ribbon Week Essay Contest.  These students wrote exceptional essays on the topic:
A Healthy Me is Drug Free

Ana Blanco: 5th Smith / Sanchez
Peter Vandervlugt: 3rd Fernandez
Matthew Cabeza: 2nd Grade Blandon

You can read their essays by clicking here.



Do The Right Thing Winners   




Congratulations to the following students who were awarded Do The Right Thing for October / November:

Alexandra Tacoronte-Ms. Fornaris Kindergarten
This student demonstrates exemplar behavior and character. She is always cooperative, helpful, and polite to all who come in contact with her. She puts forth all her efforts to follow directions and complete assignments. She shows a positive attitude at all times.

Gabrielle Hernandez- Ms. Gonzalez 3rd Grade
Gabrielle is an exemplary student in many ways. She is a hard worker and puts forth much effort into her school work. Homework is done nightly and turned in on time. Most importantly, she is kind and willing to help any of her peers.

Luis Mateo- Ms. Carter 1st Grade
Luis is very kind to everyone. He works hard every day to complete his assignments. He uses good manners with everyone. He is also very forgiving.

Alina Paz- Ms. Rodriguez 5th Grade
Alina is a very friendly student. She plays with all students. She is encouraging. Other students follow her lead and include all students in recess activities.



Gun Safety Awareness Week   


School Safety is our #1 Concern

During the week of November 18-22, MDCPS will conduct a campaign with Youth Crime Watch at all our elementary schools regarding awareness of not handling weapons and taking a pledge to be weapons free.  The "No Guns and Weapons in my School" Campaign will be highlighted and instituted at all of our schools in Miami-Dade County.  School Resource Officers (SRO) will address secondary students in person in as many schools as possible with this message.

We need to win this war because we choose to protect our youngsters. We need community cooperation and participation. Help us to keep our kids safe take the pledge: "No Guns and Weapons in my School."

Click here to read more about this campaign.



Parental Involvement In Education Video Contest   


Governor Scott recently proclaimed November as Parental Involvement in Education Month. To highlight the important role parents play in their children's academic success, the Florida Department of Education is hosting a video contest for parents.

All Florida parents are encouraged to participate. Do you volunteer in your child's classroom, create learning activities at home or come up with creative ways to stay involved? These are just a few ideas for your video entry.

Submissions must be no longer than 45 seconds and convey how you stay involved and engaged in your child's education. Submit your video entry by tweeting the video (or video link) to @educationfl or posting the video on the department's Facebook page by Wednesday, November 27, 2013. Remember, videos do not have to be professional quality.

If you have any questions or concerns, email

Click here to view flyer with contest rules.



Blandon's Busy Bees 

We congratulate Christian Vallori.  He was awarded the Certificate of Achievement in Kindness this November.  Joanna Ibarcena was chosen as the Student of the Month in November for Blandon's Busy Bees!  



Supporting Our Troops
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.

Please turn in your cards to the Main Office by Friday
Nov. 22nd.  There is a box set up 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



Shoparoo Adds Retailers for December 




Shoparoo is going to allow WHAT??
This holiday season, Shoparoo is accepting receipts from more of your favorite retailers!  That means even more money for Vineland!!!

For the first time ever, Shoparoo-ers will be able to earn donations from receipts outside the grocery world. From now until the end of December, your charity will get 20 Roo Points every time you snap a receipt from one of the stores listed here.

All of your normal grocery-related receipts (including those from your favorite toy, pet, beauty, and baby stores) will still earn Roo Points like they always do.

This is a GREAT opportunity for us to get some mega points in for the holiday season...resulting in $$ for Vineland K-8 Center!


BoxTops Contest 




Congratulations to the Vineland community as we were able to submit over 11,000 Box Tops for the November 1st submission deadline!  We are 1/3 of the way to our goal for this year! 


Click here to view and print the Thanksgiving Collection Sheet for the children!  Color them and have the children write what they are thankful for, and we will display them for all to see!  Don't forget to include your name, teacher's name and grade!

Upper Academy contest starts on November 12th and runs through February 18th, the first grade level as a whole (6th, 7th or 8th) that submits 5,000 Box Tops by the deadline wins a Pizza Party! This is approximately 50 Box Tops per student!  Please submit the Box Tops in a sealed envelope or zip bag with your name and grade level to the main office or to Mrs. Vaccaro!



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    



November 25      Science Fair (5pm - 7pm in Cafeteria)

November 25      Individual Picture Retakes

November 28-29 Thanksgiving Recess
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    


17th Annual 'Miracle on 136th Street' Holiday Parade at The Falls

Saturday, November 23, 2013, 4:00pm - 10:00pm
2013 Celebrity Grand Marshal is Stefanie Scott from Disney Channel's 'A.N.T. Farm'!

See local marching bands, bag pipers, stilt walkers, a junkanoo band, Brazilians dancers, a Dixieland Band, local dignitaries, costumed characters, celebrities and more. Culminating with the arrival of Santa, the Miracle on 136th Street Parade promises to be one of the biggest spectacles of the Holidays. Sponsored by Mercedes Benz Of Cutler Bay and AT&T. Free and open to the public, this year's Holiday Parade benefits the South Dade YMCA Family Center (

Madeline's Christmas
Actors' Playouse at the Miracle Theatre
November 22 - December 22, 2013

"All Kids Included" Sensory-Friendly Saturday Performance on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 11 a.m.

Holiday performances:
Saturday, December 21 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 22 at 3 p.m.

This holiday favorite begins with the classic storybook line, "In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines." From there, the day begins like any other day for the girls and their caretaker Miss Clavel, but soon ends in disaster when everyone except Madeline gets the flu. Saddened that they may not be able to go home for Christmas, the girls and Miss Clavel take to their beds. Can Madeline save the day for everyone with the assistance of a mysterious Rug Merchant? Join Madeline and her friends live on stage at the Miracle Theatre find out how and discover a little holiday magic for yourself.


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