Mintz Elementary School Newsletter

March 2021

Important Dates & Events

March 1st - School Advisory Council (SAC) - 6:30 PM Virtual

March 8th - No School for Students

March 11th - ELL Spring Parent Meeting - 6:00 PM Virtual

March 12th - End of 3rd Quarter

March 15th - 19th - Spring Break

April 2nd - No School for Students

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.


March 1st

March 22nd

March 29th

News from Ms. Moltisanti

Happy March, families!

The entire Mintz family send best wishes to Amber Cottone and her family as they welcome a new baby boy to their family! We want to welcome Jenine Cowan, an HCPS teacher, who will take over Mrs. Cottone's classes for the remainder of the year.

I want to congratulate the classes and students who will represent Mintz at this year's STEM Fair. Here are each of our winning projects:

Taste Perception by Ms. Walker’s First Grade Class

How does color affect taste perception?

Powerful Paper by Ms. Ellerman’s 2nd Grade Class

How does the shape of paper folding affect it's strength?

Nom Nom Birds by Jacob, 5th

How does the time of day affect how many Hummingbirds come to eat?

Free the End by Saniya, 5th

Does the tool you use to defeat the Minecraft Ender Dragon effect the amount of time it takes?

Farthest Kick by Gavin, 4th

How does the way you kick a soccer ball affect how far it rolls?

Flying High by Sylee, 4th

How does the paper weight of airplanes effect on distance they fly?

Mask Up by Atticus and Zakaylah, 5th

Which type of mask blocks water best? Cloth vs paper

Garbage Breakdown by Janiya, Brooklynn, and Alyssa, 5th

How does recycling affect the amount of trash?

I am really proud of our Mintz Morning Show Crew. These student leaders are tracking data each day on how many masks we have to hand out to students. They have even created emergency mask kits so students who forget masks can have a spare in their backpacks. Please help your child to remember a mask each day so we can reach our Safety WIG of 100% of students bringing a mask to school each and every day!

Keeping Children First,

Debbie Moltisanti

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Grade 3 Promotion

Parents of 3rd-grade students, please reach out to your child's teacher to ask questions about your child's performance on the portfolio items and other reading assessments your child has taken. These portfolio items will be important for making decisions for promotion/retention this spring.

Florida Statewide Assessment (FSA)

The FSA is scheduled for students in grades 3-5 in the months of April and May. All students will be required to come to Mintz to take the assessment. There is no virtual assessment option. Please record the dates below on your calendar.

April 6 - Grade 4 & 5 FSA Writing Assessment (1-day assessment)

April 6 - 7 - Grade 3 FSA Reading Assessment (2-day assessment)

May 3 - 4 Grades 4 & 5 FSA Reading Assessment (2-day assessment)

May 5 - 6 Grades 3 - 5 FSA Math Assessment (2-day assessment)

May 12 - 13 Grade 5 Statewide Science Assessment (2-day assessment)

Habit 5 - Seek First to be Understand Then to be Understood

With today's busy schedules, we need to work hard to develop Habit 5 - Seek first to understand, then to be understood. We must begin active listening. Our eyes are on the speaker, our ears are hearing what is being said and we listen with our heart to feel the emotions. Try this family activity to see how well your active listening skills are! Watch this video to learn more.

Family Activity:

Click below to watch the video from Leader in Me and have fun with the Attentive Listening activity.

ESOL - English Language Learners

March ELL Parent News

Mintz Media Center Canvas Course

If your student has not enrolled in the Mintz Media Center canvas course, please take a moment to do so using this link -- This will allow your child easy access to many resources including ebooks, safe research sites, and more.

Virtual Library & Library Media Catalog

Check out the thousands of available resources offered through Hillsborough County Public Schools Virtual Library. Don't miss out on all of the great stuff!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Mintz’s Kindergarteners will be reading lots of Dr. Seuss books and participating in Seussical activities. All grade levels are invited to participate in the media center Seuss Trivia contest!!

SLAM Showcase

Congratulations to all of our 4th grade SLAM readers. Our VIP Readers attended their first SLAM pop-up party. Students will continue to read this year’s Sunshine State Young Readers Award-winning books, so that they can attend the next celebration!

Also, students have the opportunity to compete in this year’s virtual SLAM –Student Literacy and Media Showcase event, by creating a 2D art project or a digital book trailer, in response to any of the 15 SLAM books. All projects are due to Mrs. Howell by March 12th.

TeachingBooks-Enriching our community's love of reading

Hillsborough County Schools have a subscription to TeachingBooks — a website that generates enthusiasm for books and reading in our community.

Find book trailers, movies with authors, audio performances, discussion questions, and more — all great ways to engage with books together!

Get started and freely use TeachingBooks:

Browse, Search, Discover, and Enjoy!

Greetings From Student Nutrition Services

Lucky Shamrock Breakfast Contest in March

Each school morning in March, students who pick up a breakfast in the cafeteria have a chance of being a Lucky Shamrock winner! Finding a green shamrock will earn you a free cookie at lunch, and finding a gold coin will entitle you to a free ice cream! There will be 40 winners every day, but you have to get a breakfast to have a chance!

Spring Break Meal Box Distribution

The district is planning a Meal Box distribution at high schools on March 11 from 10:00-11:30 AM. Each box will contain 6 days of breakfasts and lunches. Reservations are not needed. The 2 closest pick-up sites to Mintz are Brandon and Riverview High Schools.

News from PTA

We want Mintz families to support Mintz family businesses. Sponsor a banner for your business today.

Only $100 for a year!

Suncoast Community Health Centers is offering: Dental Cleanings, Dental Sealants, Fluoride Treatment, and Oral Hygiene Instruction at NO cost to you on March 29th. Please check out the flier for more information. To register your family, please go to the link below.