Gemini Elementary Geminews

January 20, 2023

Dress Code Policy


We are noticing some students are starting to come to school wearing items that do not meet the district wide dress code policy.

Upper garments- no spaghetti straps, please ensure straps are at least 1 1/2 inches wide. Tops must cover the student's waist and not expose midriff while student is doing normal classroom activities (studying, raising hands, reaching, etc.)

Lower garments- shorts must be an appropriate length to cover the student's buttock. Shorty shorts are not permitted.

Footwear- Students in K-6 must wear footwear that is safe and appropriate for recess and physical education.

The full BPS Dress Code Policy #5511 can be found here: Click on link, then policies (upper right), then Students, then Dress and Grooming.

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Please take a moment and review this policy with your student. Your support is greatly appreciated.


January 23rd- January 27th- Literacy Week

January 25th- Wednesday- Jog-A-Thon Day (during student's activity time)

January 27th- Friday- EARLY DISMISSAL AT 1:15 pm.

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Lost and Found


We have accumulated quite a bit of lost and found items during the first semester. If your student has misplaced something, please have them go by and check for it in the Lost and Found area. The students pass right by the area on their way to lunch every day in the hallway before they enter the cafeteria. We will be clearing out the items the week before Spring Break and donating them to a local agency.

Thank you!

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Jog A Thon is COMING!

Hi Gemini Families –

Mark your Calendars!!! It is time for our annual Jog-A-Thon, scheduled for Wednesday, January 25th. Please note that the new date change above.

This is a great opportunity for the children to have fun with their classmates and help the school! This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and includes participation from ALL students at Gemini.

Please collect pledges and send the white envelopes back to school before race day. Online pledges can also be made online at the 99 Pledges link below. A donation link is also available on our PTO website.


A sign up sheet was made for the entire school to gather water bottles to rehydrate the kids and parent volunteers for each class to mark laps and get the kids ready to run. Please click the link below to help out:

Thank you for all your continued support!!

Gemini PTO

Jog A Thon AWARDS!

Jog a Thon Awards

· Two Spirit Awards – Class Pizza Party
One class winner K-3 and 4-6 with the most SPIRIT will receive a pizza party.


· Endurance – Golden Shoe Award

Award given to the class in each grade K-6 that runs the most laps.


· Fundraising – Cash Prizes for Teachers
$100* awarded to the class with the most money raised (average $/student.)
$75* awarded to the class with the 2nd most money raised
$50* awarded to the class with the 3rd most money raised
* Donations will be used for class equipment or supplies to promote student learning.


· **Fundraising – $$

$20,000- If the school raises this amount, all students will receive a school wide pizza party.

$22,000- Top 3 money donations will get to Pie the Principal, Asst. Principal and PTO President.

POPSICLES for everyone on race day.

Every child will receive a popsicle provided by PTO after competing the JAT.

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PTO News

Hi Parents,

We had a great PTO General Membership meeting this morning and I wanted to fill you in on the items that were discussed and approved. We voted and approved several amendments to the budget to better serve our teachers and staff including a $500 grade level reimbursement for each grade, an increase in reimbursements for our ESE and activity teachers, a $1,000 supplement to the Media Center to support the yearly purchase of the Sunshine State Books and finally, to establish a $10,000 reserve for the PTO operating budget.

At this meeting, Mrs. Carver requested and it was also voted on and approved by the membership, to upgrade the remaining staff and teachers’ walkie talkie radios. As of next week, all teachers and staff will be on the upgraded digital radios which will allow for a more clear and reliable connection and longer range of communication within the school.

Finally, while the Jog-a-Thon promotion materials note that the funds raised will go to support an outdoor classroom, we are still gathering feedback and in the very early proposal stage. That being said, we are not comfortable ear-marking the Jog-a-Thon funds for the outdoor classroom at this time. As such, the funds raised will fulfill our remaining 2022-2023 approved budget, and also will support our ongoing classroom and student endeavors.

As always, we so appreciate all of your involvement and look forward to seeing many of you next week at Jog-a-Thon, and of course, at our next general membership meeting on March 3rd.

Thank you Gemini parents for all your continued support in all we do!

Sherrie Stovall

PTO President


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Third Quarter Book Club Selection

Walter Farley was only 26 years old when he published The Black Stallion, the fictional adventure story of the friendship between a boy and a majestic, powerful horse. Farley’s book, first available in 1941, was an instant bestseller. The Black Stallion and its 20 sequels have sold more than 12 million copies. The novel won the 1944 Young Reader’s Choice Award and inspired three Black Stallion movies and a TV series. At the heart of the book is the mutually protective relationship between New York school boy Alec Ramsay and a mysterious, untamed black stallion. They bond while saving each other during a shipwreck. Please RSVP to Mrs. Wood at and leave a parent phone number.

Discussion on Monday, March 8th from 2:30 pm- 3:14 pm in Room #102

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Morning Mile

This week started with a celebration of 3rd grader Maya Cimaglia as she crossed the finish line for 100 miles! Maya ran 100 miles last year and has set the goal for 200 miles this year. She also recently ran her first race. Awesome job Maya! The next milestones were 4th grader Jackson Hain and 1st grader Austin Hain running 300 and 200 miles! Jackson is only the second student at Gemini to run 300 miles this year. These fast brothers are regulars on the field and keep us all inspired with their hard work. Great job guys!

The next race in the Run Brevard race series is the Parrot Pace 3k on February 11. All participants 14 and under earn points for Team Gemini. Youth registration is $20 with a no shirt/no medal option for only $10. Every race you run will earn credit for 25 laps (straws) and a fun charm for your Morning Mile necklace.

Morning Mile is FREE and all students at Gemini are automatically signed up. We hope you will come and join us 7:15-7:45 on the field just south of Gemini. You can get notified about details regarding Gemini’s Morning Mile Program through the Remind App - text @dee9f2f to 81010 or go to Questions - email Melissa McNall at

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