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What: This is going to be such an unbelievable event! The kids have prepared incredible living museum skits, a fantastic play, beautiful artwork, and even virtual art tours.

Where: Gorrie Coliseum

When: May 18th, 5pm - 7:30pm


5:00pm-6:15pm: Art Show (pre-purchased artwork will be available for pick up at 7pm)

6:30-7:30pm: Play in Musicale (tickets will be distributed at entrance of art show)

7:30pm: Framed art pick up and last minute purchases (art will be delivered to your child's classroom the following day if you prefer)

What can you do?

  • Pre-purchase framed art! LAST CALL! To pre-purchase your child's framed art ($25), visit our Gorrie Gear Online Store. (NOTE: you must include your child's name and teacher in the notes--thank you.)
  • Sign Up to volunteer at the art show this year. Register to volunteer here.

Mini Mall is this Friday! Don't Forget to Send in Mini Mall $ by Wednesday, May 18th!

If you haven't sent in Mini Mall $ for your child, please do so no later than Wednesday, May 18th. Mini Mall is an annual fundraiser where students can buy homemade products to help support the 5th grade Universal Field Trip fund.

Don't have the purchase envelope that came home last week? Put $ in an envelope and label with the following: Mini Mall/Child's name/Teacher/Grade/Amount

Please note that only tickets will be accepted as payment at this year's mini mall. One ticket = $.50 and most items will cost 2-4 tickets each. It is recommended to send in no more than $10. Tickets will be delivered to classrooms on May 20th.

May 20th: Dad's Club Leadership Breakfast with Mayor Buckhorn

What: Get inspired, learn about leadership in Tampa from one of Tampa's great leaders, Mayor Bob Buckhorn.
Where: Gorrie Media Center
When: May 20th, 8am- 9:30am
What can you do?
  • Join us in the Media Center. Please note this is event is open for all adult members of the Gorrie Family.

May 21st: Gorrie Day at Lowry Park Zoo

What: Please join the Gorrie Dad's Club and Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo for a fun day out with the family. A percent of ticket sales goes back to Gorrie. Zoo members: join in the fun, too!
Where: Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
When: Saturday, May 21st - Gorrie events start at 10am

What can you do?

  • Mark your calendars! Wear your Gorrie red!
  • Look for an email this week from your teachers and room parents with a link for discounted tickets

Special Gorrie Activities:

10am: Arrive at the zoo via a specially marked Gorrie entrance (look for a Gorrie banner)

10:15am: Gorrie participates in the "Pressing of the Button" for the start of the "Macaw Fly Over"

10:45am: Gorrie group photo session and meet and greet photo opportunities with Zoo characters and Jaggy!

11:15am: Meet at the Manatee Fountains for a special Gorrie scavenger hunt and earn a homework pass!

12:15pm: Gorrie group picnic in Reilly's Reserve, an indoor area with views of the African Serengeti: boxed lunches will be available for purchase at a special rate

1:15pm: Keeper-Talk w/our Gorrie group--hear from zoo keepers while you see some special animals up close

2:00pm-closing: Free time in the Zoo

~Celebrate Endangered Species Day with up close animal encounters throughout the zoo~


If you have not placed your yearbook order yet, please send in ASAP with a check to Gorrie PTA for $20 to the attention of Mrs. Miller. There is no time to re-order if we sell out, so please make sure you order now if you want one, especially if you have a Fifth Grader--they have a big signing day at school. Questions? Contact:

End of the Year Collections:

The end of the school year is quickly approaching. It is the perfect time to express our thanks to all the people at Gorrie Elementary that make a difference. If you are planning on giving a gift to any of Gorrie's staff or specialty teachers, we want to help you check one “to do” off your list. The PTA will receive collections and allocate to staff and specialty teachers including Art, Music, Media, P.E., Guidance, Strings, Custodial staff, Lunch room staff, LPN, Office Staff and Student Services. For those in Gifted of ESE, there will be a second collection for the Gifted and ESE teachers.

If you wish to participate, there are two easy ways to do this.

1) Please write a check payable to Gorrie PTA and return to school/front office. Envelopes will be sent home with your child..

2) You can make your contribution online at for staff and specialty teachers or for Gifted and ESE teachers.

Both methods go to the same collection. The Gorrie PTA will give the monetary gift to the Gorrie staff and specialty staff on your behalf.

Please submit by the end of the school day on Friday, May 27th. If you have any questions, contact Molly Gutcher at Thank you!

· Note: You will receive separate information on homeroom teacher gifts.

May 31st: Gorrie BurgerFi Showdown vs. Mitchell

What: Last year we did the challenging. This year we have been challenged! Mitchell is looking to take the title away and we aren't going to let them! Plan to eat out that night at BurgerFi. The school that brings home the most money in proceeds, wins! Bring friends and family!!
Where: BurfgerFi on S. Howard Ave.
When: Tuesday, May 31st, 5pm-9pm
What can you do?
  • Ask all of your friends, family and neighbors to attend on this night--we must beat the Bobcats!!!

Your response needed -- Family Survey for School of Excellence Program

Dear Parents,

We need your help as we continue the application process to become a National PTA School of Excellence! As part of the process, National PTA requests feedback from families at the beginning and end of the school year. The first survey was completed in October. All of this will help provide specific recommendations for improving our family-school partnership and achieving excellence. You can access the survey here.

Please take 5-10 minutes to reflect on your experience at Gorrie Elementary and complete the completely anonymous survey by May 27, 2016. Mark the response that most accurately expresses how you feel about your experience. We appreciate your time in helping us achieve this prestigious recognition for our school!

Your Gorrie PTA

Info Fair is August 9th!

The Info Fair kicks off the upcoming school year and is happening Tuesday, August 9th from 10am-12:30pm. Different organizations within Gorrie PTA, Gorrie Foundation and activities related to our school have tables at the Info Fair. Haven't had a table before at the Info Fair? All you need is a visible sign, display materials and a person to man the table--it's a great way to recruit volunteers and encourage participation in your activity or event. If your group needs a table, please reserve one here:

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