Swimming Lessons for Brookshire Students

From August 28 to October 12, 2018, students at Brookshire Elementary made their way to Cady Way Pool where they splashed, kicked, and had a whole lot of fun as they improved their swimming skills.  236 Brookshire students from Kindergarten through fifth grade received lessons from Coach Topps and volunteers.

As always, it takes a village to make special programs like this successful.  Thanks to the City of Winter Park Parks & Recreation, the Track Shack Youth Foundation, and the Brookshire Additions Volunteers & PTA for their support!

Teacher Appreciation Week

Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week and #ThankATeacher with the National PTA!

Teachers provide so much to our students—inspiration, motivation and, ultimately, their futures. From May 7-11, 2018, the National PTA would like to show their thanks and gratitude by treating them like a V.I.T. – VERY IMPORTANT TEACHER.

Teachers change the lives of millions of children every day, and their work and impact extends far beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Join us and the National PTA during PTA Teacher Appreciation Week to #ThankATeacher for all that they deliver to our nation’s children.

For resources to help your student #ThankATeacher, click here.

Aloma Elementary Soccer Challenge

Aloma Elementary recently held a soccer challenge where participants received a certificate of participation, free Soccer Challenge T-Shirts and custom made Knight Soccer Balls.  Plenty of water and snacks were provided to the participants and their families. As a result of the soccer challenge, six new families became part of the Aloma PTA.

Win Up to $4,500 in Prizes for Your Teachers!

You Could Win Up to $4,500 in Prizes for Your Teachers!  All you have to do is enter National PTA’s #ThankATeacher Contest by April 17. It’s easy to do!

  1. Post a photo or video on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram on how teachers deliver for the students in your school and use #ThankATeacher.
  2. Fill out the entry form at

Just by doing those two simple things, you could win any of these amazing prizes:

#ThankATeacher Contest Prizes  Sponsored by Google Express

2 Grand Prize Winners ($4,500 retail value)

  • Google Express Shopping Spree to help spruce up the school’s teachers’ lounge
  • One Google Home

4 First-Place Winners ($2,500 retail value)
Your choice of:

  • Teacher Snack Delivery + Google Home
  • Teacher Wellness Delivery + Google Home

25 Runner-up Winners ($140 retail value)

  • One Google Home

Even More PrizesSponsored by HarperCollins

3 Major Winners

  • Three PTAs will receive a visit from an “I Can Read” costumed book character (and/or author) to visit each school and hand delivered an “I Can Read” book set donation (100 books/$399 value per set) to each site.

10 Runner-Up Winners

  • Ten PTAs will receive an “I Can Read” book set for their school (10 books in each set) which will be delivered by mail.

Go to for more info, including a list of prizes and contest rules. Remember, you must submit your entry by April 17!

Dommerich Elementary Celebrates Kindness Week

During the week of Valentines, Dommerich Elementary celebrated its first ever Kindness Week.  Students were encouraged to complete a list of 100 acts of kindness.  For every act completed they received a paper hand to write it on.   The amazing Dommerich Elementary PTA hung the hands all over the school to spotlight the acts and form a kindness chain.  Each day of the week student were also encouraged to dress up.

  • Monday: Bee kind: wear black and yellow
  • Tuesday: I am “RED”y to be kind: wear red
  • Wednesday: I have the power to be kind: wear your favorite superhero shirt
  • Thursday: TEAM up and be kind: wear a team shirt
  • Friday: Be a JEANius… Wear jeans and a school shirt

Help Make Your Child’s School Healthier: Take the Survey!

Action for Healthy Kids and National PTA, with support from ALDI, have embarked on an important initiative to create an online community that parents can use to help make their children’s schools healthier.

As part of this process, they are conducting a survey of parents with children in kindergarten to sixth-grade to see what kind of information would be helpful to you. The comments you provide are confidential and critical to ensuring they are meeting the needs of parents and school health advocates.

As a thank you for your participation, if you would like to be eligible for a random drawing of survey respondents to receive a $50 ALDI gift card, you will have the option to provide your email address upon completion of the survey. Winners will be awarded after Feb. 20.

This survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey by Feb. 24, 5 p.m. CST.

National Teacher Appreciation Week – May 2-6, 2016

Teachers give us so much (see this infographic detailing just how much they give). A boost of confidence when we really need one. Extra help when we’re having trouble. A welcoming presence when everything else seems out of control. And though we know we can’t ever thank them enough, we can take a moment during National Teacher Appreciation Week to share our appreciation for the special educators in our lives.

Join NEA and the National PTA in saying “Thank You” by sharing one of the following on social media during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6:

  • A picture of yourself with your favorite teacher, past or present;
  • A picture of your child with his or her teacher;
  • A picture of yourself holding a piece of paper with a simple message saying Thank You to a teacher and why you’re thanking him or her.

Be sure to use the hashtag #ThankATeacher when sharing.

You can also share this graphic to spread the word to your friends!


$100 donation to benefit a teacher or classroom

Does a teacher you know need classroom supplies?  Are they short on PE equipment?  NEA, the National PTA and Go Fund Me have teamed up to give back to the educators who give so much to our communities. If you start a campaign to benefit a teacher or a classroom during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6, 2016), GoFundMe will chip in a $100 donation to help you build momentum. Find out more here.

Planning for Teacher Appreciation Week

To help you plan for the week, the National PTA has created a Promotional Event Toolkit with ideas and resources you can use to honor teachers. Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Send a thank you card to a special teacher in your life or a teacher of a child in your life.
  • Show your support for the tremendous work teachers do by volunteering in a classroom.

This National Teacher Appreciation Week, let’s show our teachers how much they mean to us!

Lake Sybelia Elementary Dolphin Dash 5K

DD5K LOGOThe Greater “Porpoise”

With children’s health on the minds of parents, teachers, and school and community leaders, Lake Sybelia Elementary PTA created Dolphin Dash 5K to promote healthy habits for school families while raising money for critical technology needs.


Race Day Schedule – Nov. 14
7:30 am – 8 am: Packet Pick Up & Late Registration
8:30 am: 5K Run/Walk (chip timed)
9:30 am: Kid’s Mile Dash (K-5th Grades, Not Timed)
9:45 am (or after last finisher): Awards Ceremony and Bounce Party (if fundraising goal is met)

Directions and Parking
Lake Sybelia Elementary is located at 600 Sandspur Rd., Maitland, FL 32751. Parking available at Hillcrest Courts LSE dolphindash signand surrounding residential areas. *Arrive early to find parking.

The 5K course starts at LSE and winds around beautiful lakes Sybelia and Catherine, ending back at the school. For more information and a detailed map, visit

For safety reasons, bicycles, in-line skates, skateboards and dogs will NOT be allowed in the race. Strollers are welcome.

**Race T-shirts and sizes are guaranteed for all registrants before Nov. 1st. After Nov. 1st, t-shirts will be assigned in registration order while supplies last. Supplies are limited.

Awards 5K (chip timed)
Overall best three Female and Male Runners
Top Female and Male Masters (40+)
Top three Female and Male finishers in the following age groups: 10 & under, 11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59,60-69, 70 and over

Registration – One entry per person
Online: click here 
Mail or Drop off: Complete the registration form available at and mail/drop off at LSE Attn: LSE PTA, 600 Sandspur Rd, Maitland, FL 32751
On race day: at Lake Sybelia Elementary from 7:30 – 8 am (Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted)

Packet Pick Up
Thursday: November 12, 8 – 10 am & 3 – 6:30 pm at LSE
Friday: November 13, 11 am – 6 pm at LSE
Saturday: Nov. 14, 7:30 am – 8 am at LSE

Dommerich Elementary Family Garden Day

DommerichGarden Day 1 Elementary hosted it’s annual Family Garden Day on October 3, 2015 from 9-11AM.

This year’s theme was “Butterfly Gardening” with guest speaker Dr. Robert Bowden from Leu Gardens.  The Kindergarten children started the morning with singing ‘The Garden Song’.  After listening to Dr. Bowden, the children and families rotated through the following four stations set up around the garden and PE field:

1.  Decorate a pot and choose a butterfly plant

2.  Create a beaded butterfly and/or caterpillar decoration for your potted plant

3.  Read Aloud Station:   listen to stories about butterflies and gardening

4.  Snack station:  Create a celery and cream cheese butterfly. Garden Day 3

With 250 in attendance, this beautiful morning offered snacks from our partners in education, helpful information for starting a butterfly garden and lots of opportunities for fresh air and visiting with friends!

Cari Rotenberger is the Chair of the PTA Garden Committee which consists of 12 members.  Lisa Rotenberger, Kindergarten Teacher,  is the School Garden Coordinator and works closely between the committee and the teachers and staff.  All were in attendance to help set up, man the stations and clean up afterward!

This was a wonderful event!

Attend “The 21st Century Family: Learning in a Digital World”


The October OCPS Parent Academy event, “The 21st Century Family:  Learning in a Digital World,” is this Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Freedom High School. The address is 2500 Taft Vineland Road, Orlando 32837. Onsite registration begins at 8:00 AM.  General Session begins at 8:20.

At this event, you will have an opportunity to interact with experts from various OCPS departments (Digital, Curriculum, Multilingual), the Orange County Council of PTA, and more!

All activities and resources are FREE, including breakfast refreshments, lunch and Kona Ice treats.  FREE Interactive childcare is provided for children ages 4-12.  Children will participate in educational music, art, science and physical education activities.  Every child will receive a FREE book!  There will even be a special appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog!

Register Now!

Should you have any questions or concerns about registering for the event, please contact the OCPS PTA at or 407-317-3300.