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Vineland K-8 Center PTA E-Newsletter 

October 6, 2013 

Vineland Wins $1,000 


We have AMAZING news to share!  Vineland K-8 Center was awarded $1,000 from Shoparoo in their September sweepstakes!!! All thanks to our AWESOME Vineland families who have signed up and recruited others to join. This is a true example of how we can make things happen in numbers. 


 Let's win $500 in October! 

We will be competing in a wildcard playoff for more cash prizes!  The school from this division earning the most Roo Points in October will win $500.  Remember, only your October points are calculated for the Fall Classic, so it's all fair game as of 10/1/2013.  Start snapping those receipts and take Vineland K-8 Center to the top!


Magnet Presentation Date Changes 

Please note, there have been a few changes in the Magnet School Visit dates.  Coral Reef Senior is coming on October 8th (Tuesday) at 8:35am instead of October 7th (Monday).  Robert Morgan has postponed their visit from October 15th until either October 28th or 29th.  We will update you once a date is confirmed.   
Click here for the revised schedule. 


Picture Money Due

Picture Day is Tuesday, October 15th. MONEY IS DUE NO LATER THAN THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11TH.

Student of the Month 

A very special CONGRATULATIONS to our
September 2013 Students of the Month!

Alexandra Bennett(Larson)               

Corey Eisenson(Gonzalez), Ruby Cardonne(Fornaris),
Joshua Font(Radell/Vargas), Angela Tondo(Sardinas)           
First Grade
Ruby Hadley(Carson), Emma Sanders(Carter), Isabella Ron(Diaz), Reese Rosenthal(Garcia), Isabella Khan(Delgado)           

Second Grade
Izabella Costa(Blandon), Melanie Miranda(D'Adesky), Leah Vives(Fletcher), Rebecca Abreu(Foote), Derrick Ma(Hart), Alexandra Izquierdo(Valdes)               
Third Grade
Chloe Seaga(Fernandez), Tamia Beckford(Gonzalez),
Amber Garcia(Rosen/Burger), Rowan Bascuas(Samuels),
Anghelina Perez(Irigoyen)           
Fourth Grade
Madison Chavez(Gonzalez), Daniel Vasquez(Haggins), Ryan Jagers(Hill), Carlos Montana(Moreno), Andrew Guerra(Sellek)   
Fifth Grade
Emily Polo(Calero), Brooke Reese(Rodriguez), Jorge Alberto(Donet), Alexandra Deribeaux(Morales), Esmeralda Moran(Sanchez),Jocelyn Pena(Smith),
Angelica Donato(Larson)                                


Safety Patrol Induction 


Vineland had their Safety Patrol Induction Ceremony for 2013/2014 on Friday, September 6, 2014.  Students were sworn in by Sergeant Jose Zarrada, Miami Dade County Police Department.  Also in attendance was Mrs. MacLaren, Principal and Mrs. Cobo, Assistant Principal.  We are proud of all our patrols.

Front Row: (Left to right)  Jeremy Aybar, Elena Castillo, Lyla Nesenman, Josue Miranda, Christopher Moreira, Angelica Tacoronte, Zachary Schurr and Alondra Pedroso.  Sitting: MaryAnn MacLaren, Principal
Middle Row: (Left to right)  Ali Zahaf, Sophia Zaldua, Alani Gonzalez, David Whittingham, Benjamin Vaccaro, Omar Crespo, Kailyn Torres, Roberto Costa, Brenden Chavez
Back Row: (Left to right)  Joan Cobo, Assistant Principal, Jorge Alberto, Richard James, Alexa Gastaldo, Katelyn Stphenson, Krish Baldeon, Alexander Sardinas, Axelle Bennett, Adrian Rodriguez, Jacob Schurr, Alejandro Jackson and Sergeant Jose Zarrada, Miami Dade County Police Department    


Vineland in the News 


For those who may have missed it, here is the link to the NBC 6 news story that aired this past Monday about cursive, featuring our very own Mrs.Rosen, Mrs.Burger, and their awesome 3rd grade class:

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You 

Family Fun Night was a great success !!!  We have received requests for MORE !!

A special "THANKS" to Jessica Blanco for organizing a fun and amazing night for our Vineland Families.  To ALL our volunteers, new and old who offered their help to make this night a success "THANK YOU". 

They are Michelle Acosta, Beth Bass, Janet Bass, Tashica Beckford, Ben Blanco, Lynne Coomes, Ampi Corteguera, Mr  Diamond, Lina Fuste, Lily Galdo-Marrero, Kristine Gonzalez, Linda Klurman, Tracie James, Maru Jaramillo, Steve Mele, Pat & Tom Morrison, Denise Novack, Gia Pedroso, Ana Perez, Yoli Perez, Alina Ramos, Martha Rodriguez, Laurence Sanchez, Leslie Sanders, Amanda Seaga, Maria & Tiffany Tomczak, Peggy Torres and Ms Vaccaro. JP and the custodians who helped us out and to all the high school volunteers who helped man our games.

Thank you Chris Stormont from Stormont Kings Chess, Marie from Learning Express for helping with the Rainbow Looms, and YMCA for their commitment to our school. Thank you to Ms. Christopher and the Dance & Drama group for their great performance.  Thank you Danielle Girten for her always YUMMY cupcakes and Stix, Stonez, & Bonez for ROCKING IT OUT all night.
And last but not least, THANK YOU Ms. Maclaren  and Ms. Cobo for your ongoing support of our PTA programs and dedication to our school.

News from the Frog Pond

Congratulations Isabela Frazao.  She was awarded the Certificate of Achievement in Responsibility for always demonstrating her responsible ways.  In addition, a shout out to Ruby Cardonne, for her hard work and efforts!  She was chosen as the Student of the Month for Fornaris' FROGS!  
THANK YOU, Mrs. Donato for coming out on October 2nd and reading  the OTIS story to the children in Spanish. That was a special treat.


Fall Festival 

Our annual Fall Festival is right around the corner and in order to make this a very successful event we need your help.

Next Committee Meeting.  Friday, October 18, 2013 at 8:45am in the Cafeteria.  Anyone interested in volunteering is invited to attend.

Face Painter Needed.  Do you have experience face painting? Are you creative? Do you know someone who does and may be able to donate face painting services for our fall festival?  Contact Katherine Schain at (305) 877-4455.  

Volunteers Needed.  HELP! We need volunteers for the Fall Festival.  If you are interested in volunteering please sign up on or contact Maria Tomczak at

Silent Auction.  In the past, our Silent Auction has been a great and fun way to raise funds for our school and this is where you come in!  Many of you have great contacts in the community that may be willing to donate something for Silent Auction such as a dinner for two to a great restaurant, perhaps a Dolphin Swim experience at the Miami Seaquarium or the donation can be something simple like theater tickets or a gift certificate for some services.  Feel free to be creative and remember make the basket something you too would be interested in bidding on!!! 

All businesses that contribute to our Silent Auction will be mentioned in the E-blast and during the Fall Festival.  Contributions/donations are tax deductible so make sure to pass along the information below when asking for the donation! If you would like a drafted letter to send to someone you think may want to make a Silent Auction Donation please contact Maria Tomczak at

Baskets.  We have already started receiving great items and are in need of fillers for these baskets.  Click here to view a list of the items already donated with suggested filler ideas.  If you would like to donate fillers, please send them in and address the bag or envelope to Maria Tomczak - SILENT AUCTION and drop off at the school's front office.  We also need baskets, frames, ribbons, and cellophane donated.

Introducing Our New Social Worker 

Ms. Janet Delgado, MSW is Vineland's new social worker.  She is available on Tuesdays and half day Thursday afternoons.  She can be reached at  To learn more about Ms. Delgado and her services click here.

Listeners/Oyentes Training
Are you interested in volunteering for the Listener/Oyente Program?
There are two upcoming trainings in our area. 
Tuesday, October 8                   Tuesday, October 29
Pinecrest Elementary School      Howard Drive Elementary School
10250 SW 57 Avenue                7750 SW 136 Street
Pinecrest, FL 33156                   Miami, FL 33156
9am - noon                               9am - noon
To attend this training please call (305) 935-0045 or send an email to
Halloween Costume Fundraiser


Go to to order your costumes today! 

Click here to view flyer. 

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    
October 9           Walk to School Day
October 15         School Picture Day/Individual Photos
October 22-31    Red Ribbon Week
October 31         Halloween Parade (Pre-K - 1st Grade)
November 2       Fall Festival
November 8       NO SCHOOL - Teacher Planning Day
November 11     NO SCHOOL - Veteran's Day
Upcoming Community Events    

Family Movie Night at Pinecrest Gardens
Come one come all to a fabulous time for the entire family including fresh popped popcorn, soft drinks, hot dogs, and other delicious snacks.  The evening will begin with an adventurous "flashlight tour" and will conclude with the movie Hotel Transylvania.  Enjoy full theater amenities...outdoors.  Don't forget your flashlights for the tour! Flashlight Tours at 7:30 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.
Friday, October 11, 2013      "Hotel Transylvania" (PG)
8:00 p.m. Movie
Cost: $5  General Admission


Baptist Hospital Healthyween Pumpkin Patch Party
Calling all superheroes, ballerinas and pirates.  Come dressed in costume and be prepared to have some fun! You will learn a few new tricks for healthy treats, learn about bone health and dance to the monster mash. Event is for elementary school-aged children only and their parents.  Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.  Space is limited and registration is required.
Please email or call 786-596-3812.
Thursday, October 24 * 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Baptist Hospital Auditorium
8900 North Kendall Drive, South Building, 3rd floor


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