Bay Vista Bulletin

March 2020

Principal's Messge

March is here and teachers in intermediate grades continue to prepare our students for the FSA in April and May. All students have been working so hard and are definitely looking forward to Spring Break in two weeks!!

We have FOUR opportunities for meeting credits this month, including: PTA Board Meeting on 3/2 at 5:30, SAC Meeting on 3/2 at 6:30, Volunteer for a one-hour shift at the Book Fair, PTA Family Ice Cream Social on 3/9. Fifth grade families who attend the Orientation Night for incoming 6th graders at Madeira Beach Fundamental or Thurgood Marshall Fundamental may also receive meeting credit.

Our PTA is working hard for the Bay Vista 4th Annual Jaguar Jog, their school-wide spring fundraiser. It will take place on Friday, March 13th! The goal of this fun-filled event is to raise funds while promoting physical fitness, a healthy lifestyle, and building school spirit and pride.

All Bay Vista students will participate and receive a FREE Bay Vista Fundamental Jaguar Jog tee-shirt. Fun prizes will be available for individual students, classrooms, and we’ll have a bonus prize for all students if we reach our school-wide goal, too!

If you know an individual or business you think might like to sponsor the event, please refer to the flyer that was sent home in your student’s agenda last week.

If you can volunteer for this event, you can sign up on the Sign-Up Genius site at Please mark your calendars for Friday, March 13th. We know this is going to be a great event! Start getting excited about this day full of fun and fitness to raise funds for our school and show our Jaguar pride! To learn more, please visit the Bay Vista PTA Facebook page!

Thank you for all who joined us last month for our Family Literacy Night. We had a huge turn-out and it was great to see our Jaguars engaged in literacy activities and their excitement of choosing a new book to take home! Our Literacy Team headed by Mrs. Cianca did a fantastic job planning and implementing this event for our Jaguars.

Bay Vista wants to thank the following companies whose generosity allowed every child in attendance to take home a free book to keep! And thank you to Mrs. Moyer for working hard to make that happen!

  • Barnes and Noble at Tyrone-Donated 250 books
  • USF Bookstore -Donated Skylander and Disney Books
  • Walter Pownell Center of Pinellas County Schools-Donated 360 Frozen and Pinnochio Books

A huge congratulations to our Battle of Book Team who took home 2nd place in the district! What a huge honor it is to reach the finals and be one of the top teams. Way to go team! Thank Mrs. Kestenis for working with these students over the past weeks to help prepare them!

Congratulations to our 5th grade scientists who participated in the district's "Super Science Competition" on 2/29. Fifty schools participated and our team took 2nd place in the experiment round and 3rd place overall! The students really hard and we are so proud of them! We are so lucky to have teachers who are so vested in student learning that they coached our students for this competition on a Saturday!! Way to go Mr. Bacon and Mrs. Finch as your hard work with these students is paying off!

Donna Hall


4th Annual Jaguar Jog – Friday, March 13th!

Get excited for our school-wide spring fundraiser, sponsored by the Bay Vista PTA! This fun-filled event will raise funds while promoting physical fitness, a healthy lifestyle, school spirit and pride. All students will receive a FREE Bay Vista Jaguar Jog tee-shirt and enjoy music, class bonding, and healthy snacks while jogging their laps.

We will have fun prizes for students, classes, and teachers for all donations* collected, like homework passes, lunch with the principal, and a chance to win Airheads passes or Zoo tickets! Check out the flyer posted on the PTA website, Facebook page, and in your students’ agendas to learn more.

Share the link and below information with friends and family to start collecting donations today!

1. Go to:

2. Select child's grade from the Leader Board

3. Enter Donation amount

4. Check the "Add a Dedication" box to enter child's name to ensure they receive credit/earn prizes.

We’ll also need volunteers to help our Jaguar Jog run smoothly. Look out for a Sign Up Genius to volunteer for a time slot on March 13th or to bring in snacks and beverages! Please email with questions.

*Donations will go directly to the school for computers and technology, teacher & volunteer appreciation and many student and family engagement events.

Quest Corner

Social-Emotional Issues

Because gifted children demonstrate greater maturity in some domains over others, they may be at greater risk for specific kinds of social-emotional difficulties if their needs are not met. These aspects may include heightened awareness, anxiety, perfectionism, stress, issues with peer relationships, and concerns with identity and fit. Parents, adults, and caregivers in their lives need to stay in tune with their specific child's needs, and help shape a strong framework for social-emotional health.

Keep in mind:

· A child gifted in one area does not mean gifted in all

· Giftedness can lead to the masking and misunderstanding of problem signs

· Not all gifted children are alike, including their own unique social-emotional profile

· There is no single, definitive recipe for maintaining a child's emotional equilibrium

· Parents need to model balance and set the tone to reduce stress/anxiety in the gifted child's life

· We can teach our children strategies and provide tools for dealing with the ebb and flow of life

From (National Association for Gifted Children)

Music News

The Kindergarten students along with the members of the 4th and 5th grade combined chorus are busy preparing for the Spring Program. Our annual Bay Vista Spring Program will be presented on Thursday, April 23rd at Lakewood HS. Information has gone home, but if you need more or if you misplaced it, please email Mrs. Boyce at

What's Happening in Art?

Just an update of what’s been going on in the art room so far this semester… The kindergarteners have finished molding and painting their clay pinch pots and I must say, they look quite snazzy. Next K project- the paper sea turtle. (We are learning all about sea turtles as we go.) The first graders are completing their Shapes Robots. We are practicing naming all the different shapes as we go. Second grade created gorgeous Valentine Heart Butterflies last month, and we are now working on making cheeseburger paintings. This time, however, we’re painting with yarn- it should be pretty yummy! In third grade we are working slowly but steadily on a Sea Turtle Triptych, using three different art mediums to represent sea turtles. Of course, they are learning all about sea turtles as we go as well. Fourth and fifth grade just completed digital sunset pictures on the iPads, and they have begun working on their clay projects. We are making Claymeleons (clay chameleons) and having lots of fun doing it. Our love of learning about animals continues in the art room, too, as we learn all about chameleons and other reptiles as we do this awesome ceramics project.

Furthermore, the whole school will be excited to learn that the Dali Museum art mobile will be visiting Bay Vista this month! I am thrilled that we can all learn more about the art of surrealist artist, Salvador Dali. One more side note, fifth grade will be doing a legacy project in April. We will be painting the wooden benches, and the posts for the dry erase board, in the outdoor classroom. Students will be able to leave their mark and help beautify BVF before they leave for middle school. After that, they will be taking the Florida State Art Assessment from April 20th -May 1st. I’m sure they’ll do quite well, as they’ve been studying many different art concepts in our art room. I’m happy that we’ve also had the chance to learn about some different artists, such as Dali, Chihuly, Picasso, and Leonardo da Vinci. Happy March everyone, and remember, Earth without art is just “Eh”.

Fevers and Staying Well / Clothing Donations Needed for the Front Office

As we have seen a great deal of flu cases this year, it is important that students stay home when they are sick. A student must be FEVER-FREE for 24-hours before returning to school. Please observe this practice when you Jaguar is sick so we can maintain a healthy school community.

Also, the Front Office is in need of clothing donations. Our supply of extra clothes when students have accidents is about exhausted. If your child returns home in an outfit from the Front Office, please launder it and return to school. We are also in need of new underwear is all sizes. Thank you for any assistance in this area.

Kindergarten News

This time of the school year is one of the most fun times in Kindergarten. For reading we are focused on nonfiction informational books. The kids are so enthused about reading and looking at these books. They are learning so much about insects and animals. This fits perfectly with our writing unit; “All About Books.” The kids take all they are learning and write it in “All About Books” so they can teach others what they have learned. They have amazed their teachers, and themselves! They are doing a wonderful job.

In math, we are reviewing 2-D and 3- D shapes. Our focus is to learn the vocabulary to describe how these shapes are similar and how they are different. For example; the faces (sides) of a cube are shaped like a square, but a square is flat (2 D), and a cube is a solid (3 D). A cube has 8 vertices (corners), and a square has 4 vertices.

Science is all about how things grow. The Science Unit is titled The Life and Times of Plants and Animals. We still discuss differences between fiction and nonfiction, such as, how the beans in Jack and the Beanstalk grew, and how real beans grow. It is so exciting for the kids to find ladybugs, and ladybug larvae at recess, and explain that they are insects because they have 6 legs!

Spring Book Fair has Arrived - March 2-March 6

Next week, Bay Vista's Spring Book Fair will be coming to the Media Center! All levels of volunteers are needed, including Level 2, each day from 8:30-3:30. Please see the attached volunteer signup sheet for more information or access it on our Bay Vista website. March meeting credit is available to those who volunteer for a one-hour shift.

Spring Book Fair Volunteer Sign-Up:

Parents can also put money on an account in EWallet for their student. Book Fair Information and EWallet signup can be accessed on our website at the link below.

EWallet Link:

First Grade Fun

During the month of March, First grade will be continuing the work from module E in ELA by studying characters in books by Ezra Jack Keats and Kevin Henkes. Students will deepen their understanding of strategies to find key ideas and details to support their comprehension, ways to use information from illustrations, and the importance of who is telling the story. Students will also write How-To books to teach topics of their own expertise. In our new math unit, we will be comparing, ordering, and measuring objects with rulers in order to find its length in inches. In science, first grade will be heading to Boyd Hill Natural Park to explore all things living! We will also be learning more about the five senses and basic needs. In addition to everything we are learning in March, we wanted to thank parents for our great conversations and celebrations during our Cycle 2 parent/teacher conferences!

Sensational Second Grade

We are hopping in Second Grade to finish up different units of studies before Spring Break! Here are some things we are doing:

ELA – we have learned to be close readers with informational text and how to write to teach leaners about a topic on which we are “experts”. It has been amazing to see what we know!

Math – We studied about measurement and how to use different strategies with adding and subtracting different lengths. We are moving into Geometry next.

Science – We have or will be visiting our Science Lab. We are learning about properties of matter by studying Tree Cookies. Ask your child “what is a tree cookie?”. This is connected to our study of physical science, which is almost done.

Field Day – Our day is Wednesday, March 11th from 8:20-9:50. Please join us as we will be doing all kinds of water activities… and hoping for a warm and sunny morning.

Cracker Country Field Trip – Thursday, April 16th. Such a fun day!

Third Grade News

In ELA, third graders are mastering their reading standards through close study of the novels Charlotte’s Web and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Students are also preparing for the upcoming FSA by practicing various reading strategies and by increasing their reading stamina. In writing, we are working on personal narrative pieces that focus on using descriptive language to tell stories that capture the reader's interest.

In Math, third grade students are learning how to compare fractions by using symbols to compare fractions. They will also be measuring length and plotting them on a line plot.

In Science, students will be learning about the parts of plants and the function of each part. We will classify flowering and nonflowering plants by looking at physical characteristics. We will also be in Science Lab investigating plants through hands-on activities.

Fantastic Fourth Grade

ELA- In fourth grade this month we will continue to grow our writers as they sharpen their skills in opinion and informative writing. We are excited about the growth they have made this year and we are excited to see them shine on the FSA writing assessment on April 1st.

Math-We will be continuing our unit on Fractions and Decimals. This is a long unit and will last throughout the month of March. We are also constantly reviewing past math standards to get ready for FSA Math in May.

Science-We started Life Science this week. This is our last unit of the year.

Fifth Grade Fun

A lot of fun and exciting things are happening in 5th grade as they get ready to head off to middle school. Our science labs on animal adaptations have been so engaging and productive, the students really get into the hands-on activities.

This past month we also went to USF St. Pete for a STEM day, where the students had a great time programming robots and experiencing some exciting Virtual Reality.

Our Fifth graders worked very hard on their recent district writing and math assessments and we will use their results to continue to push their academic progress as we prepare them for FSA and middle school beyond.

Important March Dates

3/2 5:30 PTA Board Meeting in Media Center - ALL ARE INVITED (meeting credit offered)

3/2 6:30 SAC Meeting in Cafeteria - ALL ARE INVITED (meeting credit offered)

3/2-3/6 Read Across America/Dr. Seuss Dress Up Days-

· Monday: Wear ‘red and blue’ in honor of “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

· Tuesday: Wear Crazy Socks, in honor of “Fox in Socks

· Wednesday: Wear green in honor of “Green Eggs and Ham

· Thursday: Grab a friend and dress up as twins in honor of Thing One and Thing Two from “Cat in the Hat”

· Friday: Dress in strips or wear your favorite hat in honor of “Cat in the Hat”

3/2-3/6 Spring Book Fair in the Media Center

(meeting credit offered for volunteers-one- hour shift required)

3/5 6:30 Madeira Beach MS Incoming 6th Grade Student Expo (meeting credit)

  • must sign in at Madeira to get meeting credit-this is only for fifth graders accepted at MBFMS

3/9 5:30-7:30 Thurgood Marshall MS Incoming 6th Grade Student Expo (meeting credit)

  • must sign in at Thurgood to get meeting credit-this is only for fifth graders accepted at TMFMS

3/9 Family Ice Cream Social hosted by PTA-Cafeteria/Rainbow Garden (meeting credit)

3/10 and 3/12 First Grade - Boyd Hill Field Trip

3/11 Field Day

3/12 Field Day

3/13 4th Annual Jaguar Jog-PTA Spring Fundraiser

3/16-3/20 Spring Break-No School

3/23 NO SCHOOL for students

3/24 School reopens

3/25 Grade 4/5 Gifted Math Meet

3/25 Grade 4/5 Gifted Math Meet

3/27 Kindergarten Field Trip to Old Mickey's Farm

4/1 Grades 4 and 5 - FSA Writing

4/1 3rd Grade FSA ELA - Day 1

4/1 3rd Grade FSA ELA - Day 2