MSA Parent Update

November 4, 2020

Please check out everything that is going on at MSA:

No School - Thanksgiving Recess

Manatee School For the Arts is closed the whole Thanksgiving week - November 23-27, 2020. We hope that everyone has a good week off and you are able to spend time rejuvenating with family and friends.

School resumes on November 30th!! Once school resumes, we are in the final stretch of the first semester.

The end of 2020 will go fast!! Please be ready for it!!

Midterm Exams for High School Classes

High school mid-term exams are coming soon. Please note that a mid-term exam counts as 20% of a student's semester 1 grade. It is important that students are prepared and do well on their exams every semester.
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Moving or New Contact Info?

If you have moved since the beginning of the school year or have new contact information (phone, cell phone, email), please complete the information change form and follow the verification directions on it. It is essential that we have current, up-to-date contact information on all students.

We appreciate your help with updating our records.

Information Update Form

Senior Photos

Seniors -

You have two more opportunities this month for your Senior Pictures on November 18 and 19. Make sure to sign up for your photo slot ahead of time.

Parent Pickup Reminder

We want to send all parents a reminder that we do not have a PM child care program at MSA. All students who are not participating in an after-school activity must be picked up as close to dismissal time as possible. School ends at 2:55 (HS) 4:55 (MS), and we have students here up to an hour after school ends. This causes a huge problem for our staff and can cause a safety issue for our students. Please make sure you are picking up your children by 3:30 (HS) and 5:10 (MS).

Also, an important note about pick-up. Any student who is being picked up at dismissal must be picked up in our parent pick-up loop. Asking your child to walk off campus to get picked up causes problems for the community and the private businesses that are in the neighborhood. We have a great relationship with all of our neighbors in the community, and we want to keep it this way. All parents are expected to follow the school procedure for student pick up by waiting patiently in the parent pickup loop after school.

Another important note - students being picked up after an after school activity should be picked up at the school. Please do not ask your children to meet you off campus. This is a safety concern for your child.

Thank you for your attention to these important matters.

Join Parents for Charter Schools

Want to learn how you can advocate for our school and all charter schools? Become a member of Parents for Charter Schools (for free) and learn more about charter schools and how you can support your child and let your voice be heard. Check out the information below, and go to their website at to sign up.
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Amazon Smile

Parents - Do you have an Amazon Prime Account? Would you like an easy, quick way to help the school, all while you are doing your shopping? With the holidays coming up, here is an easy way to support the school while you are purchasing gifts for your family as well. Instead of shopping at the regular amazon shopping site, go to .5% of the amount you purchase will be donated to the school!! (it may not sound like much, but a little bit a lot of times really adds up!!)

Follow these directions to set up your amazon smile account:

1. Go to

2. Log into your account.

3. Choose Manatee School For the Arts as you charitable organization.

4. Shop as you would normally on Amazon.

5. A portion of your total is donated to the school!!

That is it - nothing more to do except direct your browser to a different place and choose the school as your benefactor of your shopping.

Thank you for your support!!

Cooler Weather Coming

Please remember that as the weather gets colder, the uniform policy still is in effect and enforced.

Please note the following items:

• ONLY MSA sweatshirts/jackets are allowed inside the secured areas during the school day

• Shirts worn under uniform shirts must be a solid color

• Students may not wear gloves, scarves, or hats during the school day. Leg warmers may only be worn below the knee.

Students must wear ONLY MSA uniform apparel while at school. This is for the safety and security of all our students while they are at school.

Upcoming Events

November 2020

11 - No School - Veterans Day

18 - Senior Photos

19 - Senior Photos

23-27 - No School - Thanksgiving Recess

December 2020

14-17 - Mid Term Exams for High School Classes

21-Jan 4 - Winter Recess

Help us get the word out

Help us get the good news out to friends and family about what's going on at MSA. At the bottom of this message is a forward link. Our students are doing amazing things, and we would appreciate you forwarding this message on to others. Thank you for all your support.