Mintz Elementary School

November Newsletter

Important Dates:

November 2 - SAC Meeting; 6:30 PM

November 3 - Election Day

November 5 - KG, 1st, & 3rd Vision Screening

November 11 - No School; Veterans Day

November 15 - Last day for Online Book Fair

November 16 - Report Cards (online)

November 23rd - 27th - Fall Break; No School

November 30 - Students return

A Message from your Principal

Greetings families!

Your children filled my Emotional Bank Account to OVERFLOWING with their cards and letters during National Principals Month. In addition to visiting students in their classrooms, it is so great to pop into their Zoom meetings and see all of our Mariner eLearners, too. I am amazed at how well they are adapting to learning virtually.

I am very pleased to welcome new faculty members to Mintz this month.

  • Ashley Temple joins us in Kindergarten
  • Tocorra Bivins joins us in 4th Grade
  • Lisa Warren is our new AGP Teacher
  • Rose Cuniglio is with us 2 days per week for Speech and Language services
  • Coach Floyd Ellis joins our PE staff 2 days per week.

To help spotlight our Habit of the Month: Be Proactive, I am asking that parents assist children in remembering to bring a mask to school each day. We are providing more and more masks at the gates each day as students arrive to school. The masks that we have provided to students are washable and reusable. Tuck an extra in your backpack in case of emergency. We have been very fortunate thus far and have had no COVID cases in classrooms. That comes from us all working together to wear masks every day, sanitize our hands often, and stay home when we are sick. I want to thank all families for working together on this.

As some fall weather finally reaches us, I wish you a wonderful upcoming Thanksgiving.

Keeping Children First,

Debbie Moltisanti

The Habit of the Month: Be Proactive (Habit 1)

The month of November is all about being proactive rather than reactive. What behaviors can we build in ourselves to practice self-control? See the image below.

Please open the attached Leader In Me Monthly below to get additional ideas, resources, and fun stories for your family to share.

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Marking a Students Report Card

Hillsborough County Public Schools designed a system for reporting the growth and progress of children that reflect best practice and current research. Your child’s progress is assessed and evaluated in each grading period. A combination of formal and informal assessments are conducted during this time in a variety of settings. You are encouraged to share and discuss this progress report with your child. A report card is sent home four times each year. Your child’s progress is also communicated through scheduled conferences. Samples of your child’s work and standardized and/or diagnostic test reports are available. Please contact your child's teacher for more information or questions regarding the mark(s).

The student performance level indicated reflects a combination of grade-level standards, instructional materials, depth, and rigor of curriculum used during instructional time.

Student Performance Level Codes: AL = Above Level, OL = On Level, BL = Below Level

K-2 Academic Progress Codes

E = Excellent

Demonstrates a clear understanding of concepts, ideas, objectives, or behaviors

S= Satisfactory

Is in the process of understanding concepts, ideas, objectives, or behaviors

N= Needs Improvement/More Time

Needs additional time or more background experiences before an understanding of concepts, ideas, objectives, or behaviors can be attained

U= Unsatisfactory

Has not yet demonstrated a clear understanding of concepts, ideas, objectives, or behaviors

3-5 Academic Progress Codes

A = Excellent

Demonstrates consistent application of concepts, ideas, objectives, or behaviors

B = Good

Demonstrates a clear understanding of concepts, ideas, objectives, or behaviors

C = Satisfactory

Is in the process of understanding concepts, ideas, objectives, or behaviors

N = Needs Improvement

Needs additional time or more background experiences before an understanding of concepts, ideas, objectives, or behaviors can be attained

U = Unsatisfactory

Has not yet demonstrated an understanding of concepts, ideas, objective, or behaviors

News from Mintz Elementary's Media Center

Fall Book Fair - Now Open

An exciting collection of books will be available for purchase from October 30th - November 15th. The online Follett Book Fair is for both our brick and mortar students and our e-Learners. All purchases will be sent directly to the school and Mrs. Howell will deliver items to your child's classroom. E-Learners may have books shipped directly to their homes. The classroom with the most student purchases will be rewarded with new classroom library books! The Mintz Media Center reading programs depend on the annual book fair profits, so thank you in advance for your support.

Our eFair code: ZG6DD

Orders due by November 15th, 2020

Follett will ship your books to the school after our eFair is complete.

FOLLETT Book Fair Flyer

Make a Wishlist

Student Literacy & Media Showcase (SLAM)

SLAM Showcase is an exciting opportunity for our fourth-grade students to engage in reading award-winning books. At the conclusion of the reading challenge, students create projects to showcase. The top projects from Mintz will be displayed during this year’s virtual SLAM Showcase event in March. Not only is this a great opportunity for your child to further develop their love of reading, but your child may earn prizes from the showcase. Please encourage your 4th grader to participate!


The mission of the SSYRA Jr. program is to develop student interest in reading for pleasure by exposing them to a wide range of appropriate literature. Sunshine State Jr. books are selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and/or multicultural representation. Mintz's 1st graders will soon be engaging in fun learning activities, using SSYRA Jr. books. After reading and exploring 5 titles, all of our 1st graders will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite award-winning book! Stay tuned to find out which title will be the winner!
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Virtual Library & Databases

Did you know that your child has access to the Mintz School Library catalog, numerous sites for reading ebooks, and resources for researching any subject?! Clever portal provides easy access to all of these resources (see image above). Please take a virtual tour and discover the endless opportunities to learn, grow, and be entertained by all that these catalogs may offer.


All parents can be helpful in their children’s literacy development, regardless of their language, education, or literacy level. Students may benefit when they develop solid literacy skills in their first language before learning to read in a second one. Through their native language, they are developing key language and literacy skills that may enable them to become excellent readers in English. Bilingual books are a great resource for bridging two different languages and in our Mintz Media Center, we have a wonderful selection of Bilingual English/Spanish books (check your local library for bilingual books in other languages). Some activities your family may enjoy are pre-reading the books in the home language, alternating languages on different days, and/or picking out special vocabulary words.

Happy Reading,

Your ESOL Team

Todos los padres pueden ser útiles en el desarrollo de la alfabetización de sus hijos, independientemente de su idioma, educación o nivel de alfabetización. Los estudiantes pueden beneficiarse cuando desarrollan sólidas habilidades de alfabetización en su primer idioma antes de aprender a leer en un segundo. A través de su lengua materna, están desarrollando habilidades clave de lenguaje y alfabetización que pueden permitirles convertirse en excelentes lectores en inglés. Los libros bilingues son un gran recurso para unir dos idiomas diferentes y en nuestro Mintz Media Center, tenemos una maravillosa selección de libros bilingues en inglés/español (consulte su biblioteca local para libros bilingues en otros idiomas). Algunas actividades que su familia puede disfrutar son la lectura previa de los libros en el idioma de casa, alternar idiomas en diferentes días, y / o elegir palabras de vocabulario especiales.

Feliz Lectura,
Su equipo ESOL


The USDA has confirmed to HCPS that free meals for all students will continue for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

Even though all students will be receiving free meals, we want to encourage our families to fill out an application for School Meal Benefits.

Students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch may be eligible for:

  • Reduced fees for after-school programs
  • Reduced subscription costs for internet providers
  • Fee waivers for college entrance exams and AP exams

During the week of November 9, all Grab and Go meals will be distributed on Monday, due to the Veterans Day holiday on Wednesday.