Deer Park Elementary School

What's Happening at the Park during November 2021


Congratulations to our Super Students of the 1st Quarter!

For those of you new to Deer Park, here is the criteria for Honor Roll:

K-2 Must have at least 1 E in a content area, no N's, and all S's for behavior and work habits

3-5 Must have all A's and B's in content areas and all S's for behavior and work habits

We also have a "Principal's, Honor Roll." This is given to students who:

K-2 Have all E's in content and S's for behavior and work habits

3-5 Have all A's in content and S's in behavior and work habits
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  • An important update; start times for ALL Pasco County Schools will change when we return to school in January, after the winter break. Deer Park’s new and permanent start time will be 30 minutes earlier than right now. So, the first bell will ring at 7:50 to allow students to get out of the cars, enter the gates, and arrive on campus. Bell #2 would ring at 8:00 am to open classroom doors, and the last bell would ring at 8:10, which is the tardy bell. So, all students are expected to arrive by 8:10 am beginning January 4th. Our afternoon dismissal would start 30 minutes earlier, with the bell ringing at 2:20 for our students to be released. More information will come as this affects bus stop times as well as PLACE times. I want families to have the most notice as this may affect your work schedules as well.

Pasco Pathways Innovative Schedule of Events and School Choice

Mark your calendar with these important dates for upcoming events related to school choice and the innovative options available in Pasco County!

  • Virtual Pasco Pathways Expo (west side) - November 15, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Virtual Pasco Pathways Expo (east side) - November 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Pasco Pathways Application Window - January 6, 2022, to January 20, 2022
  • Notification and Acceptance Window - February 23, 2022, to March 4, 2022

You can see more information regarding Pasco Pathways and school choice by visiting our

Important School Choice Dates for 22-23 school year

**Parents, if you plan on moving soon or during this school year (out of our school zone) AND you wish to stay here at DPES, then see these important school choice dates to apply. Our registrar will need your new proof of address for your application to be considered.

K-12 School Choice Controlled Open Enrollment window will be open from January 6, 2022, to January 20, 2022.



Regular school attendance is an essential part of each student's educational program at Deer Park Elementary School. Therefore, we request that you call or report the absence online to the school to inform us if your child is ill or for some other reason your child is not coming to school. You should report whether the absence is for the morning, afternoon, or the entire day. This procedure helps us fulfill required attendance monitoring obligations and helps to assure our students' safety.

For your convenience, we also have an online link for you to report the absence.


Families can once again come on campus to have lunch with their children weather permitting. We are only allowing you to eat with them outside in the garden area. Check into the front office and we will send your child to the garden to meet you. We are not offering adult lunches on campus at this time, but you are welcome to bring outside food on campus to eat in the garden.

Volunteers are also welcome back on campus to help the teachers. Please click on this link to register.


  • Chorus is up and running since October 19th. The 4th/5th Chorus will practice Tuesday right after school, and we have 31 members enrolled. We have 36 members in the 2nd /3rd-grade chorus, and they meet on Thursday this week right after school. Be sure to plan to pick up in the car loop between 3:45 and 4:00.

Birthday Celebrations

Birthday Celebrations

Celebration Policy

Foods for school celebrations often include unhealthy choices such as cupcakes, candy, cookies, and soda. While there is nothing wrong with an occasional treat, unhealthy foods are often the norm rather than the exception. Our School Board’s Wellness Policy and Procedures 8510 were updated to comply with USDA Local School Wellness Policy requirements and birthday parties and/or classroom celebration food items must now meet USDA Smart Snack Standards and be prepared in a commercial kitchen.

Celebration foods are available to parents to purchase for their child’s class through their school cafeteria- Pasco Smart Snack Celebrations. Please reach out to Ms. Johnson or Ms. Curratelo at (727) 774-8978 at least 2 weeks prior to the celebration. These foods are already Smart Snack approved for ease of access and can be delivered directly to your child’s classroom.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation Smart Food Planner provides a link to Smart Snack compliant products available through Amazon as well as a calculator to check your food labels for compliance. We strongly encourage the use of non-food items for celebrations such as pencils, erasers, stickers, crafts, gardening time, and classroom dance parties to name a few.


PTA Board Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 3rd, 5pm

This is an online event.


Thursday, Nov. 4th, 8am

8636 Trouble Creek Road

New Port Richey, FL

Health Screenings for students in the following grades.

All Pre-K, 1st - 3rd grade, and any new student to Florida K-5.

McBuck Night

Tuesday, Nov. 9th, 4pm

9121 Little Road

New Port Richey, FL

School fundraiser for student and staff incentives.
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Tuesday, Nov. 9th, 4pm

8636 Trouble Creek Road

New Port Richey, FL

This meeting will be held in the media center.


Wednesday, Nov. 10th, 8:30am-12:45pm

8636 Trouble Creek Road

New Port Richey, FL

On the following days, DPES will be releasing 2 hours early for early release day. Our release time will be 12:50 for these days. Please make sure you mark your calendar!

November 10, 2021

December 8, 2021

January 12, 2022

February 2, 2022

March 9, 2022

April 13, 2022

Please email or send a note to your child's teacher for all transportation changes.


Friday, Nov. 12th, 12pm

8636 Trouble Creek Road

New Port Richey, FL

Parents, your child's progress report card is posted afternoon visit MyStudent to view your child's progress.

Click on the link


Monday, Nov. 15th, 4pm

3154 Disciple Lane

Trinity, FL

PDQ family night is a fundraiser night. All proceeds will go towards student and staff incentives.
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Wednesday, Nov. 17th, 8am

8636 Trouble Creek Road

New Port Richey, FL

  • Great American Teach-In. We are once again allowed to have Visitors on campus. Please click on the link to sign up as a presenter on this career-focused day. Great American Teach-In registration form link


Thursday, Nov. 18th, 4:30pm

8636 Trouble Creek Road

New Port Richey, FL

Flyers were sent home so you can pre-order your tickets ahead of time. We are asking that families walk to school or park at The Verizon Center grassy parking area and walk down to the festival. We will be using our parking areas for the events, and we want all families to be safe while walking around campus. We invite families to create a Fall Character such as a Scarecrow or a non-perishable Pumpkin figure to decorate our yard during the week of Thanksgiving. Bring yours with you to the festival as we will have a fun competition with prizes given. Make sure the character is family-friendly.
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Monday, Nov. 22nd, 8am to Friday, Nov. 26th, 8am

8636 Trouble Creek Road

New Port Richey, FL

“May your Thanksgiving be full of high spirits, positivity, and lots of fun. Wishing a blessed, beautiful, and cheerful Thanksgiving to all the students and their families.”

Enjoy a safe and healthy Thanksgiving Break and see you back on November 29th, 2021.