Mintz Elementary School Newsletter

October 2021


A huge shout out to our wonderful faculty and staff for all that they do for our students and community.

Important Dates/Events

October 8: End of the 1st Quarter

Find the Flag Friday

October 11-15: Book Fair

October 14: Fall Picture Retakes

October 21: Conference Night 4-7 PM

October 22: Find the Flag Friday

October 25-29: Red Ribbon Week

October 28: ELL PAC Meeting 6-7 PM

Early Release Mondays

Each Monday is an Early Release day. Your child is released at 12:55 PM. Parents, please set a reminder on your phone or smartwatch to remember these days--It's easy to get busy and forget.


October 4

October 11

October 18

October 25

News from Ms. Moltisanti

Thank you to parents who were able to join us for our Annual Title I Meeting last week. I am attaching English and Spanish copies of our Condensed Parent & Family Engagement Plan below.

Fall means the weather is getting a bit cooler, and the days are getting shorter. For our walkers and bike riders, it means the sun is rising later each morning. If your child is walking or biking to school early each morning, please remind them to be extra careful.

Keeping Children First,

Debbie Moltisanti

The Scoop from Student Services

The Student Services Team has a busy October planned. We are presenting ACT Now! presentations for our 4th and 5th grade students.

Red Ribbon Week is coming up the last week of October. Please see the attached flyer for our dress-up themes for each day of Red Ribbon Week!

Your Student Services Team is:

Bambi Daignault, School Counselor

Andrea Hogue, School Psychologist

Herb Tisdale, School Social Worker

School Advisory Council (SAC)

The purpose of the SAC is to assist the principal and staff in the development, implementation, and monitoring of the School Improvement Plan (SIP) -- required in accountability legislation. SAC meetings are open to the entire school staff, parents, and community. These attendees may participate in the discussion of topics. However, only the SAC members can vote on SAC items.

This year, SAC meetings will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.

Our SAC Team for 2021 - 2022 is:

Christpopher Casazza - Parent

Janice Claudio - Parent

Reyah Pineda-Ocasion - Parent

Enid Miranda - ESOL Resource Teacher

Jessica Savary - Teacher Representative

Deborah Moltisanti - Principal

Precious Simmons - Assistant Principal

ESOL - English Language Learners

Attached you will find the October Newsletter from our English Language Leaners (ELL) Department. Mrs. Miranda and Mrs. Guevara have include several resources in this month's newsletter, and are always here to support our families.

Mintz Media News

Mintz is checking out books to students everyday! Please take time to ask your child about what they are reading. Read with them and have them read to you.

Hispanic Heritage Month Bookmark Contest

The Hillsborough Public Library is holding it’s annual Hispanic Bookmark Contest. Students may pick up an application from the media center or you may print one from Family & Community Engagement (FACE) / Celebrating Hispanic Heritage ( Entries turned into the media center by Friday, October 8 will be entered into the contest by Mrs. Howell. Top school entries will also receive a prize from our media center.

The Book Fair is Coming!

The face to face Scholastic Book Fair is back at Mintz! We will be holding our Fall Book Fair October 11-15. Visitors are still not able to come on to our campus, so Mrs. Howell will be recording a book fair preview video that students and parents will be able to view together. You will also be able to browse the physical flyer or an online version, allowing you and your child to select ‘just right’ books. Students may bring checks and cash to school for shopping, but you also have the option of setting up an eWallet at Parent How it Works ( This is a safe, cashless way for your child to shop at the Scholastic Book Fair! In addition, you may shop online at the Mintz Virtual Book Fair from October 8-15. All orders will be delivered to students at school. Thank you in advance for your support!

Mrs. Howell is Hiring!

Mintz is a Leader in Me school, and the Media Center is currently hiring student leaders to keep our library running smoothly. 1st – 3rd grade students may apply to be a Shelf keeper or part of the Media Clean Up Team. 4th – 5th grade students may apply to be a Book Cart Organizer or a Magazine Secretary. Applications can be picked up and returned to the Media Center. Lastly, all work tasks will take place when students are in the library for book check out time, so as not to interrupt learning.

From Our Family Learning Action Team

We are excited to bring you monthly activities that help you learn the 7 Habits we are using at school. The key to our student success is YOU! When students learn and use the 7 habits at school and at home, it truly becomes a HABIT and we build strong leaders who become successful adults! Each month students are invited to teach you the habit we are focusing on for the month. This month is Habit 3: Put First things First. (Ask your child to explain what this habit means to them. ) With this habit, we are making sure we prioritize the important things in our lives before anything else. We say, "Work first, then play." Can you see how valuable this can be in your home? All of our Mintz Leaders are building INDEPENDENCE by being RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE and CARING! In the classrooms and school campus, students have leadership roles to help our classrooms and school run smoothly. Attached you will find a list of ideas you can use at home. Your child can be a leader at home to help your homes run smoothly while building independence. Please go through the ideas and decide what best fits your needs at home. We want to join you in celebrating your At-Home Leaders, so send us a picture of your Leader at home doing one of the activities you choose from the box. We will showcase your Leader on our morning show in a special slide show presentation. You can submit your picture at: We look forward to seeing how your family is putting the important things first and empowering our lifelong leaders!

Leadership Roles at Home

Middle School Choice Application Opens Soon

Parents or guardians of fifth-grade students, please be aware that the application for School Choice opens October 29 and closes December 11. Your child's neighborhood school assignment for middle school is McLane. Students do NOT need to apply for Choice for the assigned neighborhood school. Families who are electing to attend another school for magnet programs or other programs will need to apply for Choice. Applying for middle school NOW is a PROACTIVE way to make sure your child is ready for middle school!

Choice information is available at