The Jaguar Journal

Your source for Gorrie news!

Staff Appreciation Week!!

It's that time again, when we have the chance to give a little back for all the amazing work our teachers do all year!! Please check out the volunteer sign up link below and choose your spot- There's something for everyone! Show your support for the best teachers and staff around!!

Choose Your Spot Now-

Mark your calendar-Our Spring Scholastic's Book Fair is April 22nd - 29th.

A fun and educational fundraiser for our Media Center.

On Friday, April 22nd, each class will visit the Media Center to preview Book Fair items and make a “wish list”. Students will have the opportunity to return later in the week with their class to purchase selected items.

Parents can shop at the Book Fair too!

We have adult fiction and non- fiction titles, plus cookbooks and more. We also have a classroom “wish list board” of titles that teachers would like for their class libraries.

Book Fair sales begin afterschool Friday, April 22nd. Sales continue Monday, April 25th thru Friday April 29th. We will also be open before and after school for students to shop with a parent.

Please note that this fun event needs parent volunteers to help students while they shop!

Click on the link to view the VolunteerSpot sign-up sheet and add your name.

If you have any questions contact:

Ashley Marchetti (813.415.7317)

Gorrie Vs. Mabry Wiffle Ball! Friday, April 15th 5:30-7:30pm

Enjoy a variety of food trucks while Mabry parents, teachers & staff take on Gorrie in a Wiffle Ball Challenge!

Bring your tailgate chairs and enjoy a fun night with your Mabry community…plus no need to cook dinner!

Wiffle Ball @ Baseball Field Behind Pavilion at Mabry Elementary

Sign up to join the Mabry wiffle ball team.

Dinner @ Coleman Track

· Food Served 5:30-7:30pm

· Food Truck Rally is bringing 5 delicious food trucks plus Kona Ice!

· $10 includes entrée, side and drink plus $5 kids’ meals. Specialty items also available. Cash or credit cards accepted.

Music Provided by the DJ Truck

Remember to wear Gorrie Red!! Go Jaguars!!

Fifth Graders Can Leave a Legacy at Gorrie Elementary School with a Commemorative Brick on the Coliseum Walkway!

A great way to honor all of the wonderful memories your 5th grader has created at Gorrie is to order them their very own commemorative engraved brick! The special brick will become part of Gorrie’s history as they are installed in the walkway in front of the coliseum. Bricks ordered before April 30th will be installed before the end of this school year. Space is limited, so order your special brick today! To order your customized brick(s), please click on this link:

Fill out the form and submit to your child’s homeroom teacher. Email Jill Sedita at with any questions.

Choose your Party and Support our School!

A few tickets remain for upcoming events that were advertised at Gala. Hosted by generous Gorrie parents, all proceeds will go to the John B. Gorrie Foundation in support of our school. Meet new friends, mingle with old friends and help Gorrie continue to shine! Grab some friends and pick a party - you can’t go wrong!

Click on the link to see all your party options!

Gorrie Cares Ronald MacDonald Service Club:

Our next Gorrie Cares Service Club project is scheduled for Friday, April 29th from 2:15 pm to 3:30 pm. Gorrie Care Service Club students will be working to create toiletry care packs and snack packs for Ronald MacDonald House. We will also create reward bags for students at Metropolitan Ministries that will be doing a soccer camp with a former Gorrie student. This project will be done at Gorrie.

Any interested K-5 Gorrie student can volunteer to be a participant. Participants sign up by sending an email (include your child's name, grade, teacher and email) to Aerian Ford at (If your child is in the YMCA care at Gorrie or Hyde Park Day School Aftercare, we will drop your child off after the project.) We will take only the first 25 volunteers for this project. It fills quickly. A permission slip will be emailed to you closer to the project.

If you are interested in being a parent volunteer for the project, please let us know. We are looking for 5 parents to help with this project!

Please feel free to bring any used sports equipment, hotel toiletries, and wrapped snacks you have to donate or drop them off in the Gorrie Cares Donation Bin in the office. All donations are greatly appreciated!

Last PTA General Meeting of the Year

Join us Tuesday May 3rd at 8am in the cafeteria.

Don't miss voting on this agenda items:

1- Approval of the PTA summer budget

2- An amendment to the PTA Bylaws to allow for a 5th Vice President, as the size of our PTA has grown so dramatically this year.

Upcoming Events and Activities!

Here are a some of the school-wide events and activities that are coming up! Please mark these on your family calendar. A complete list is always posted on

  • 4/15 Wiffle Ball @ Mabry
  • 4/29 Gorrie Cares
  • 5/3 PTA Meeting