News from the Nest

Sand Pine Elementary School 2023-24

November 2023

Cranes gROWing Together!

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A Note from your Administrators

Happy November!

What an exciting month October was! We had the best time at McTeacher Night at McDonalds, Red Ribbon Week, Trunk or Treat, and our Book-O-Ween parade. We love seeing our community engaged and enjoying these special times with the children. We have more exciting events in November. The details will be shared below.

We wish everyone a restful and fun-filled Thanksgiving break! There will be no school for students November 20-24.

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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Have you logged your reading minutes on Beanstack?

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Absences and Change in Transportation


If your child needs to be absent from school, please fill out the form on our SPES website ( This notifies the office directly and allows us to document the absence properly in myStudent. You are still welcome to contact your child's teacher to let them know and ask about student work if you wish.

Changes of Transportation:

If you need to change your child's mode of transportation, the latest you may do so is 2:15 pm. This allows us ample time to let both the teacher and child know of the change. You may change transportation by calling the office at (813) 794-1900 or by using our online form on the school website ( Please do not send last minute notification to the teacher via email, as all changes in dismissal must come through the front office.

If you need to pick your child up early, the latest you may do so is 3:00 pm, so as not to interfere with dismissal.

On Early Release Day, dismissal begins at 1:30 pm. Please have change of transportation reported by 11:45 am. The latest time you may sign out your child on these days is 1:00 pm.

Lunch Visitors

Family lunches will be on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday only, excluding Early Release Days. Here are the lunch procedures:

1. Parents must show ID and be Raptored in prior to joining their child for lunch. They must wear badge the entire time they are on campus. Only family members listed on the emergency card of the child may visit for lunch.

2. Parents may not sit at the table with the class or go into the student seating area. There are some tables inside the cafeteria, outdoor lunch tables, and in the Butterfly Garden where you can enjoy lunch.

3. Parents may only eat with their own child (no classmates).

4. Once lunch is over, parent should go back to office to check out. They may not join their child at recess or walk them back to the classroom.

We look forward to seeing our families enjoying lunch together on campus!

Family Communication

All schools in Pasco County will be using communication features through myStudent this year. Please be sure your contact information is updated in the Parent Portal. We will continue to share information on our school website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

We have a new and improved version of MyStudent for the 2023-24 school year. MyStudent is now your ONE STOP SHOP for everything from student grades, attendance, and district messages.

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). Direct communication with our families will occur within the myStudent Parent Portal. The bios of our new school staff members are posted now! 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!

Volunteering at Sand Pine

We love our volunteers at Sand Pine! Before volunteering, you must be approved by the district. This includes chaperoning field trips or helping teachers on campus. Please visit this website for more information: or call Mrs. Urban in the front office if you need assistance.

October Crane Characters of the Month

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Staff Golden Cranes for October

Upcoming Events

All Pro Dads Breakfast

Our next All Pro Dads breakfast will be on Friday, November 17 at 8:15 am in the cafeteria. Please enter through the front office to be checked in before heading to breakfast. Please don't forget your ID. We can't wait to see you there!
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Early Release Days

For staff to be able to participate in district and school directed professional development, there are eight Wednesdays during the school year where students will be released two hours early (1:30 pm). The dates are listed below. Please ensure that you have a concrete plan ahead of time about how your child will get home on these days. Thank you!

  • December 6, 2023
  • January 10, 2024
  • February 14, 2024
  • March 13, 2024
  • April 10, 2024

Progress Reports

Progress Reports for the second quarter will be released in the Parent Portal on November 10. Please log in to the portal to find out how your child is progressing, and contact your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns. Our goal is for every student at SPES to grow academically, socially, and emotionally each and every day!
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Lunch Menu

Here is a link to the school meals menu for Sand Pine: