MSA Parent Update

December 16, 2020

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As we enter our winter break, we hope that everyone gets some time to relax, rejuvenate, and spend time with family and friends this holiday season. .

Check out what is going on here at the school:

Winter Recess

School is out from December 21st through January 5th. School resumes on January 6, 2021.

From everyone at MSA, we hope you have a restful and happy Holiday Season!!

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Report Cards - 2nd Quarter

Report Cards for the second quarter/semester 1 will be mailed home after the break. If you want to check your child's grades before then, please check the parent portal. Thank you.


This is a reminder to all 6th grade students that we change electives at the start of the second semester. When we return to school, students will get a new schedule with their new arts classes.

Also, for students going into the dance program this spring: We are in need of Grade 6 supplies:

Hand Sanitizer/ Kleenex/ Paper towels/ Band Aides/ Hair ties

We are very excited to start the second half of the year with our 6th grade students. Remember, they will have the same academic classes and teachers, but when we get back from break they will start new elective classes.

Homeroom Period - January 6, 2020

On the first day back to school, ALL students will go to a homeroom period to receive copies of their schedules for semester 2.


Seniors and Senior Parents -

Is your student going to college next year? Unsure if they are, but maybe going to college? Don't forget to do the FAFSA now!! Winter break is a great opportunity to get this done.

The FAFSA is the means by which you get financial aid for college. It takes about an hour, and you just need your tax returns for last year to complete the form (parents and students if applicable.)

The earlier you get this done, the higher the chance to get more money for next year. As the saying goes "Get 'er done"!!!

Benchmark Assessment

We will be giving all students in grades 6-10 benchmark assessments in Language Arts and Math to gauge how they are doing as we monitor our curriculum and instruction for the year. These assessments will be given to students the week we return to school in January!!

Attention Parents of Seniors and 8th Grade Students

There are two weeks left to get your student a graduation ad in the 2020-2021 yearbook. Don't miss this opportunity to showcase the student's big year. Adds are as low as $25 and there a number of sizes to choose from. December 18th is the last day to take advantage of this memory making experience!

You can make your purchase on today or contact Pam LeBuffe at to purchase in school.

High School Students - what can you do over break to help prepare for college?


If you have not filled out the FAFSA or the FFAA Bright Futures applications you need to ASAP. These apps are the foundation pieces to all financial aid in Florida. If you need help please email me at

These are the websites:

FAFSA --> Free Application Federal Student Aid

FFAA (Florida Financial Aid App) -->


If you have not signed up to take the SAT or the ACT now is the time to check your calendar and get signed up. If you are able ... getting this box checked helps you a ton in the fall of your senior year.

These are the websites:

Do your receive Free and Reduced Lunch?

Click here to request --> SAT/ACT Fee Waiver

SAT Test Prep -->

Register to take the SAT -->

ACT Test Prep -->

Register for the ACT -->

Freshmen - Juniors

  1. Schedule an appointment with your College and Career Advisor to discuss classes for next year.
  2. Get connected to your Google Classroom. Parents make sure you and your student are connected to your student's "Class of" Google Classroom.

    Google Class Codes and Invites

  3. Research Summer Enrichment Programs: This is a little tricky in the age of Covid but it is worth a try. Encourage your student to research schools they are interested in attending for college or programs that help you with arts training. I will be posting the ones I receive on the MSA College and Career Facebook page and in the stream on your Google Classroom.
  4. Start to practice for the SAT/ACT: SAT Test Prep --> ... ACT Test Prep -->

If you are looking for Virtual Volunteer Opportunities this website might be able to help Volunteer Match --> Volunteer Match allows you to explore hundreds of virtual volunteer opportunities in cause areas like health and medicine, education, and community building. Many of these can be done remotely from home.

Happy Holidays from the MSA College and Career Center.

Applications for the 2021-2022 School Year

Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be available on the website by winter break. Any new student that would like to come to MSA in the fall should apply to the school. When our enrollment is full, we will start a waiting list, so please encourage them to get their applications in early.

Thanks for all you do to make MSA a GREAT place. It is only with your support and helping us spread the good word about our school and programs that we can be more successful in the future.

Use AMAZON SMILE for your Holiday Shopping

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 your 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 the benefactor of your shopping.

Thank you for your support!!

Class Preview for 2021-2022

Please check out the courses being offered at MSA for next school year by going to the MSA homepage, On the left hand side, under site shortcuts, you will find a link for Course Handbooks. Click that link and then choose the appropriate grade level you child will be in NEXT year.

We will make schedule choices (7-12) starting in February.. 6th grade will hold their schedule selections in March of 2021.

State Assessments Are Coming!!

Beginning in early April, all MSA students in grades 6-10 will be taking the Florida Standards Assessments. The assessment is a computer-based test except for the writing portions for 6th grade. You or your child can access the training test on the FSA Portal at to become familiar with the interface, item types, and online tools he or she will encounter and use during testing.

If you have any questions related to this test administration, please contact our Director of Testing and Data, Mrs McGirr at or (941) 721-6800, extension 1022. If you or your child would like to learn more about the FSA assessments, and specifically the ELA Writing Component Field Test, writing rubrics and other general information they are available on the FSA Portal at

Attention 6th Grade Parents - Shot requirement before the start of 7th grade

All 6th Grade Students must get more shots before 7th Grade.

The State of Florida requires proof of immunization for all students entering 7th grade each year. This proof must be on the official State of Florida Immunization Form (DH680... the Blue Card) which is obtained from your doctor's office or the Health Department. The following immunizations must be documented on this form:

* Tetanus, Diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) - This is the update shot that you need for 7th Grade.

* Hepatitis B vaccine series

* Varicella vaccine or the year of disease

* Two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella)

Please see your doctor or the Health Department for more information and to assure that your child has met these requirements. This documentation must be submitted to the school before the first day of school next year (August 10). Students will not be allowed to come to school until these shot requirements are met. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Upcoming Events

December 2020

14-17 - Mid-Term Exams for High School Classes

21 - Jan 5 - Winter Break

January 2021

6 - Return to School

18 - No School - MLK Day

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.