Lynch PRIDE Newsletter

December 2019

Principal Kidd's Notes

Dear Lynch Families,

I am pleased to report that the 2019-2020 school year is off to a great start!

We have accomplished many milestones in the four months that school has been in session. We have held 4 celebrations to commemorate student positive behavior school-wide.

The students and staff had a thrill during the month of December wearing a variety of costumes that represented some of their favorite characters. Our All Pro Dads’ program has been successful with many dads continuing to join in the monthly fun. Our next phase coming soon will be IMOM’s… so get ready for great competition between moms and dads.

During the month of November, we began with our Fall Festival along with our bookfair. It was great seeing many families and friends having a great time on Friday night with food, games, and laughter. On November 13th an opportunity was afforded to families and community to participate in the “Great American Teach IN.” Our students and staff had a day full of learning experiences. Thanks to our many families who joined us for Literacy Night…an excellent opportunity to bridge the gap between school and home learning.

It’s December and the happenings continue as our 4th and 5th grade chorus students will present a fall winter concert on December 12th at 6:00 PM. There is only thing left to make this year go out in a bang…Yes, SNOW! I do not see it happening in Florida, but you never know.

We look forward to our continuous growth as a school and having partners in the community come along side us to accomplish the goal of highest student achievement for all students.

Please feel free to join us for lunch or stop in to volunteer. Thanks for all you do!


Cynthia Kidd

Happy Holidays from Mrs. Jones

Time is moving way too fast here at Lynch Elementary. I can’t believe we are moving into the month of December. Students are growing (physically and academically), and we still have a lot of work to do to prepare them to be successful in the next grade level.

I encourage you to schedule a conference with your child’s teacher soon so you can check in on their progress.

There will be many opportunities for students to practice their skills over the holiday breaks as well…we encourage you to continue the education with them while they are not with us. Soon we will have a Holiday Concert presented by our Chorus; a holiday shop sponsored by PTA; Reading Under the Stars and a math curriculum night will sneak up on us as well. I’m also looking forward to student led conferences that will occur on Dec. 19th….keep a look out for those flyers coming home to keep you informed about special occasions.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and I hope to see you at the many upcoming events in the winter months.

Mrs. Jones

Assistant Principal

Mark Your Calendar!

  • December 9th -December 13th PTA Holiday SHOP
  • December 12th- Concert 4th and 5th Grade chorus6:00 PM
  • December 20th -PBIS Celebration
  • December 23rd-January 6th Winter holidays
  • January 6th- Staff only /no students
  • January 7th -School Resumes for students

Great American Teach in Thanks.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

The 2019 Great American Teach In was a big success thanks to our community partners. We would like to offer a special thank you to Mr. Thomas Orth from the Epilepsy Foundation. Mr. Tom was very knowledgeable and engaging. The students and staff learned a lot and asked great questions as they shared their own stories. We look forward to having Mr. Orth coming back next year.

Thank you, Melissa Eichman and Adam Vance from Bay News 9. The students loved being on camera and then actually seeing themselves on the news. We want to thank our friends from First Baptist Dean and Linda Sever along with their therapy dogs Freya and Belle. Ms. Al’s class had just learned about therapy dogs. Meeting Belle and Freya made what they had learned come together. Thank you, Andre Hudson who is a repeat speaker, we are grateful you keep coming back to give of yourself to the student here at Lynch. Who knows how many little personal trainers you have inspired.

We also want to thank three parents who chose to spend their day with us: Mrs. Violet Wike from Pinellas County Department of Solid Waste. Mrs. Wike was amazing with the information shared with the students, teachers said she went above and beyond with the information she provided. Dave Levesque from the Lucky Devil Electric Company was said to also be a favorite because of what he shared and how engaging his presentation was. And we cannot forget our other parent, Officer McQueen. What Elementary student hasn’t dreamed about one day being a police officer, thank you Officers McQueen and Ankovich.

Officer Ankovich spent his whole day sharing with students and showing them the gear police wear when on duty. The students truly enjoyed learning about St. Petersburg’s finest men in blue. We also had Fire Rescue, it was great have so many first responders shar their knowledge with the students. Thank you, Jenn Sheldler and the other firemen who manned the fire truck.

We want to be sure to thank the Dali Museum, Mathnasium, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Kinny Karate, DJ Dani, Luisa Padro, Pinellas County Utilities, Publix Supermarket at Gateway, Birds in Helping Hands, and First Baptist of St. Petersburg.

We look forward to all returning next year, November 18, 2020. We invite you to share your wisdom and career ventures with our future leaders. DJ Dani is the DJ for the Rays and his skills and talent takes him all over the world. Share your journey with a child and allow them to dream, if they can dream it they can achieve it…you did.

Family Engagement

Several years ago, Governor Rick Scott proclaimed November as Florida Family Engagement in Education Month! Here at Lynch Elementary we proclaim everyday as Family Engagement. Will you join us in the Family Engagement Pledge?


As a parent, guardian, or caring adult, I hereby give my pledge to support a high-quality education for all of Lynch’s students to the best of my ability.

I have high expectations for my child and want all of Lynch’s students to succeed in school and in life.

I pledge to stay involved, serve as a positive role model and maintain open communication with my child’s educators and school personnel to ensure education remains a top priority in my household.

I understand that it is my responsibility to stay informed and involved in all aspects of my child’s education.

Education is the key to success, and I will do everything I can to nurture my child’s ability to learn.

Join PTA or consider volunteering in the classroom or as a chaperone. Want to know how you can get involved? Please contact Deborah York, Community Liaison at or (727)570-3170

Book Fair Fun!

Thank you so much for all of your support in our first Scholastic book fair of this year. Our Lynch community purchased almost $7,000 worth of products, and that means you all helped raise a lot of money that we can use to make our library and classrooms even better. Stay tuned for dates on our spring book fair, which will be provided a new vendor, Follett Books.

Also, please make sure that your child returns their library books to school this week. It would be great to get some books turned back in so that our readers can check out new books to enjoy.


We will prepare every student for college, career, and citizenship by providing quality educational experiences an integrating literacy into through all disciplines.


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Carol J. Cook-Chairperson

Eileen M. Long-Vice-Chairperson

Patricia Wright - Area IV Superintendent

(727) 588-5022