Ozona Elementary

Parent Update: Fourth Quarter 2023

A Message from Principal Freeman

Time flies when you Live the Ozona Life! I am honored to serve you and your children as the Principal of Ozona Elementary School. This year we focused on AVID engagement strategies and PBIS to ensure we accelerated the student learning experience while celebrating positive behavior. We increased field trips, family events, mentors/volunteers and student celebrations!

Our new Superintendent Mr. Hendrick tweeted that Ozona Elementary is a great school with great community support! What a wonderful first impression!

Thank you for an amazing school year. I love my Ozona family!

Go Ospreys!

Lisa Freeman


A few reminders:

Please review the dress code on page 55 of the Student Code of Conduct. Specifically, the length of tops/blouses (no midriff) and the length of shorts/skirts (must be mid-thigh length or longer).

Visit our PTA websites for information about Membership, upcoming events and much more!

Stay tuned to our school marquee, our school website, and our PTA Facebook page & PTA Instagram page to keep updated with school information throughout the year.

FAST Testing Dates Grades 3rd-4th-5th Grades

April 3rd and 4th Fifth grade Mock Science Assessment

April 5th Fourth grade Writing Field Test

April 6th Fifth grade Writing Field Test

April 24th-May 5th VPK-2nd FAST Star testing (makeups may run through May 24th)

May 1st-May 5th Third through Fifth grade ELA FAST testing

May 8th- May 12th Fifth grade State Science Assessment

May 15th-May 19th Third through Fifth grade Math FAST testing

May 22nd-May 24th Makeups for all tests administered this PM cycle 3.

*Make up testing & accommodation testing will occur throughout the testing window.

Important Dates Ahead

April 4: PTA meeting 6:30 PM media center

April 7: No school for students & staff

April 10: SAC 6 PM

April 12: Volunteer Luncheon

April 20: 3rd grade concert

April 21: Mid Term Progress Reports

April 24-April 28: Book Fair

April 24: All Pro Dad

April 26: Student Showcase 5:30-7 PM; late night book fair shopping

April 29: All Pro Dad Pinewood Derby 9 AM

May 4: 5th gr Chorus

May 11: All Pro Dad breakfast

May 16: PTA meeting

May 15-18: various PreK Moving Up Ceremony

May 24: 5th grade Promotion Ceremony 9-10 AM, cafe

May 25: Last Day of School Early Release 12:55 PM (2 hours early). Report Cards Go Home

*Please see below for the school instructional calendar for the 2023-2024 school year!

Student Showcase! April 26th

Student Showcase is Wednesday, April 26th from 5:30-7 PM! This free night event is for families to come on campus and see what their student(s) have been learning this year.

Here are the highlights:

  • Classrooms will be open 5:30-7 for families to stop by.
  • This is a student led event. The students will be showing you something they have learned or something they are working on. The teacher will be there to greet you with a smile. (Keep in mind this is not a conference night, but a time for your child(ren) to shine!)
  • PE, Art and Music will have a display or engaging family activity. Be sure to stop by and say, "Hi!" to our Specialists.
  • The bookfair will be open! Mrs. Narkier and Cheryl will be busy welcoming our families to the library so you can find some summer reading material.

This event is a favorite and provides us a great opportunity to showcase Living the Ozona Life while coming together as a community! Go Ospreys!

Late Arrival & Early Pick Up

Tardies (late arrivals) have been high since spring break. Please remember to have your student here on time and in class by 8:45 am. If your student is late, you must come in to sign them in.

Go home changes that are called to the office are for emergency changes only and should be used in rare circumstances. Please send a note with your student to their teacher of any changes before the school day begins. It causes a lot of confusion for the students if they are unsure. If you need to make changes during the school day, they must be done by 2 pm so we have time to notify the teacher and the student.

Thank you for your help.

Little Ospreys VPK: Incoming Kindergarten Ozona Ospreys

Parents of students currently in our VPK who are zoned for Ozona Elementary for Kindergarten, please stop by the front office to pick up enrollment forms.

Those zoned for other schools, please contact your zoned school to arrange to receive forms.

Summer Bridge will be hosted at Sutherland Elementary

Summer Programs registration opens March 21

This summer our Ospreys will attend Sutherland Elementary School for Summer Bridge. The kids will see me there as I serve as the guest Principal and many of our own Ozona teachers will be working there as well.

Families can register for Summer Bridge and Summer Camps starting Tuesday, March 21. Most Summer Bridge programs will be offered in June, and most Summer Camps will be offered in July (except for our popular IGNITE Camp, which will take place in June). Some of the many camp options will include STEM, visual arts, music, theater, movie making and culinary arts. See a full list of options at www.pcsb.org/summer.

MEGA Event was a Success! Principal Freeman will be duct taped!!

Thank you to our MAT committee, business & community partners, parents, Ozzie, PE Team, Art & Music specialists and our scholars!

Over $26 grand raised to support our scholars! Every grade exceeded their $2,300.00 goal. Congratulations! Every grade will receive a fun dance party during school!

Mrs. Tierney’s first grade class raised the most money, coming in at $1,756.00 and will be enjoying a Chicken Salad Chick party!

Little Ospreys raised $5527.50.
Kindergarten raised $2,372.92.
First Grade raised $4,221.00.
Second Grade raised $4485.00.
Third Grade raised $3,120.00.
Fourth Grade raised $4,016.50.
Fifth Grade raised $2,780.00.

It's Awards Season!

Please join me in recognizing and congratulating the following students for being recognized by the district for their academic excellence and for displaying respectable character.

Yes, I can!

Teresa Bowen

Joseph L. Carwise

Brysen Chislock-Only

Damani Hayes

Maria Edmonds

Cruz Hernandez-Morano

Leilana Rogers

Henry Reed

Jayden Mayas


Rory Teig

Harper Verplank

Maryem Bennett

Ethan Lucas

Way to go scholars, parents and teachers!

A Message from Mrs. Moncrieff

Hello Ozona Volunteers!

I hope you are all doing amazing. I want to thank you for the continued support we have received from our parents, mentors, and dedicated volunteers. Please accept our sincere thankfulness for all your help this year in making it a positive and encouraging learning environment for all our students. Our teachers and staff could not do all the do without your help.

There is just about 7 weeks left of this school year! Please remember to enter all your volunteer hours into the volunteer system. https://focus.pcsb.org/volunteer Every hour counts the county uses these hours as part of our state reporting to show our schools community involvement. If you have any trouble with your username and password, please let me know. It would be similar to v. your last name and first initial and for the password your last name with a capital first letter and the year you were born. (ex. username: v.doej and password Doe1999). Have a great week!


Jenny Moncrieff

Family and Community Liaison

Ozona Elementary

School Advisory Council

The School Advisory Council (SAC) is a team of people representing various segments of the community -- parents, teachers, students, administrators, support staff, and other interested community members.
Each Florida school must have a SAC. This requirement fits well with Pinellas County public schools since our district always has encouraged parent and teacher participation in strategic planning. As required, each SAC includes the principal and an "appropriately balanced" number of "stakeholders." These stakeholders are individuals representative of the ethnic, racial, and economic makeup of a given school's community. Each SAC is responsible for strategic planning for the school improvement plan for its school. The organization works jointly with the principal and staff after analyzing relevant data.

Would you like to serve on our School Advisory Council (SAC) for the 2023-2024 year? We will be meeting on Monday evenings at 6:00 pm in the media center. If you are interested, please complete the Form below. Please send in your completed application no later than May 5th, 2023.

Learning Style

During this time of year, we begin to plan for the upcoming school year. We gather and utilize a variety of data and information as we begin the process of creating next year’s class lists. If you would like to provide input into your child’s learning style and classroom environment, please write a letter via email to Assistant Principal Downes no later than Friday, April 14th. Her email is downesj@pcsb.org

While we do not take specific teacher requests, we understand that your prior experiences, successful (or not), would provide additional information in determining the best setting for your student’s success. If your child will not be attending OES next year, or you have an address change, now is the time to inform the front office with the school he/she will be attending. Thank you!

PE Reminders

Hello from the PE Department! Thanks to all the parents and everyone who volunteered for the MEGA Event, we wouldn’t have been able to have such a successful day without your assistance! Just a few reminders as the weather begins to heat up this final quarter: Make sure students are wearing the proper footwear and clothing for PE, were seeing a lot of crocs, boots, and sweatshirts. Also continue to express the importance of hydration before, during and after physical activity. Students have also been leaving a lot of their water bottles and jackets on the covered court, again just a reminder it is their responsibility to collect their belongings. As a department we will continue introducing a plethora of engaging topics and activities on a week-to-week basis. Lastly, we want to give a shout out to all the kiddos who help assist in clean up and follow our PE guidelines daily (you know who you are) as well as to our two amazing assistants-Coach Hanna & Coach Richards, who are doing a phenomenal job with Pre-K!

Go Ospreys!

Coach Boychuk, Coach Harty & Coach Ruffino

A Colorful Note from Art-

Ozona artists have been busy creating masterpieces all year long. We will be displaying one from every K-5 scholar at our Showcase Evening in April. Congratulation to all the scholars that have had their artwork on display at the 10 different Pinellas County art shows this school year.

All K-5 scholars were able to tour the Traveling Dalí Art Mobile during art class. Scholars engaged in a short video learning about Salvador Dalí and then were able to interact with the artwork in the mobile museum.
Thanks for sending your scholar ready to learn and get creative with our many different mediums we use in the art room. Please make sure they are in “ART Friendly” clothing on art days.

We are busy uploading artwork to Artsonia.com, please make sure you can view your scholar’s artwork online. All original artworks will be sent home before the end of the school year.

Kind Regards,

Mrs. Elizabeth Keller & Mrs. Romney Coleman

Visual Arts Teachers - Ozona Elementary

Keyed Into Music

The spring is here and with it the music department is busy heading into our concert season. The list of the upcoming concert dates and times is below. We have upcoming concerts for 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 5th grade chorus and 4th and 5th grade band. We would love to have all of our involved in our concert programs.

Wednesday, April 5, 2023 2nd Grade Concert 6:00pm (student arrival 5:45 pm)

Thursday, April 20, 2023 3rd Grade Concert 6:00pm (student arrival 5:45 pm)

Thursday, May 4, 2023 5th Grade Chorus and 4th and 5th Grade Band 6:00 pm (student arrival at 5:45 pm)

We also had our fabulous fundraiser at the TD Stadium with our 4th and 5th grade chorus singing the national anthems for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Detroit Tigers game.

Thank you all for all your support of our music programs this year.

We love all the Osprey support!

Tammy R. Folstad, Music teacher

Dr. Mary Lou Keyloun Cruz, Itinerant Music teacher

Are You In the Know?

There are many ways to stay connected with all the things happening at school. Consider following and visiting the links below.

Ozona Elementary Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OEPTA?mibextid=ZbWKwL

Ozona PTA Instagram https://instagram.com/ozonapta?igshid=ZDdkNTZiNTM=

Ozona Elementary Website https://www.pcsb.org/ozona-es