News from the Nest

Sand Pine Elementary School 2022-2023

April 2023

We Shine Brighter Together!

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A note from your administrators

Happy April!

In March, we had so many exciting things happening on and off campus! Here is just a snapshot:

Our very own Troy Caruso represented Sand Pine at the district Pasco Students Speaks event and did a wonderful job!

On March 10, our PE department with our PTA hosted Field Day for our students. A great time was had by all.

On the same day, our 5th graders took a field trip to John Long Middle School to learn about their experiences for the fall. We are so thankful for this community partnership!

Then, we all rested with family and friends over Spring Break!

When we returned, our admin team met with the district support team to review our current data and progress we have made this year in the areas of academics, behavior, and culture. From this meeting, we set goals for the coming school year. We can't wait to get started!

Our students were treated to the Turtle Trunk, an interactive experience led by Mrs. Simmons. The students loved getting to learn important facts about sea turtles. Be sure to ask your child about it!

On March 23, we held the Sunshine State celebration for those students that read and passed 10 quizzes. We had so much fun making slime together! Look at the picture above to see how much fun the two of us had!

Our 2nd grade team hosted our annual Living Museum on March 24. It was so exciting to see our Peacocks dressed up and presenting about historical figures. We loved seeing our families on campus for this event!

Finally, we wrapped up this busy month with the Day of Awesomeness! The entire school enjoyed inflatables, obstacle courses, dance parties, and so much more. Special thanks to our PTA for leading this fundraiser and arranging for this special event!

April brings us All Pro Dads breakfast, kindergarten registration day, Chuck E. Cheese spirit night, a campus cleanup day, our Fine Arts Night, and the launch of end of the year testing.

If either of us can ever be of any assistance to your child or family, please reach out to us.


Mrs. Shauger and Mrs. Grimsley

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Chuck E. Cheese Spirit Night

Save the date for our next PTA Spirit Night at Chuck E. Cheese on April 21, 2023!
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Fine Arts Night

Please join us for a night to celebrate the special talents of all our Cranes!

Fine Arts Night will be on Tuesday, April 25. The Book Fair will be open from 5:30 to 8:00 in the media center. Student artwork by every child will be displayed in all the hallways on campus. The talent show and chorus performance will be in the cafeteria beginning at 7:00 pm. We hope to see you there!

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Connect with Us on Social Media

Please be sure to follow our school Facebook page at, our Sand Pine PTA page at, and our new school Twitter (@SPES_Cranes). Class Dojo School Story will also be used. Throughout the school year, we will be posting not only information for families, but also photos of all the amazing things that happen here on campus!

February Golden Cranes

March Crane Character Celebration for Being a Champion

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PBIS Corner

Here is a helpful article to assist parents in responding to disrespect. Your child's disrespect may be a sign that they need help learning socially appropriate ways to manage anger, deal with frustration, and communicate effectively.

SSYRA Celebration

Our next Sunshine State celebration will be for those students that have read and passed quizzes for 15 Sunshine State books (Kindergarten through 2nd grade) and 14 books (3rd through 5th grades). We will be having breakfast from Chick Fil A, bingo, and a special visit from a local author! If you have any questions about what books your child should read or the quizzes, please contact your child's teacher.

The celebration is on May 12, however students must pass all their quizzes no later than May 4 at 4:00 pm. This will allow us ample time to make the breakfast order and buy necessary supplies. Thank you for your understanding.

Special thanks to Mrs. Simmons, our Learning Design Coach, for heading up this incentive program!

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