Jan 25
8th Grade History Fair
8th Grade History Fair

Friday, January 30
Roland Park

Feb 1
7:45a PTSA Executive Board Meeting
PTSA Executive Board Meeting

Monday, February 2
7:45a - 9:30a
8:00a Kindergarten Open House For Prospective Families
Kindergarten Open House For Prospective Families

Wednesday, February 4
8:00a - 10:00a
Roland Park

Join us on Wednesday, February 4th at 8:00AM-10:00AM to tour our campus, meet our kindergarten teachers, discuss the Magnet application process and more!

For more information, contact Holly Gerlach, IB Coordinator
Florida State Fair Day - No School
Florida State Fair Day - No School

Friday, February 6
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Important! 2014 - 2015 Yearbooks On Sale Now!
2014-15 Yearbooks On Sale Now!

Order your yearbook now to get the best price! Orders received online or thru this form and received BEFORE March 15, will be priced as follows. Book price of orders received after March 15, will increase by $5. Add-on prices stay the same.


Soft cover books: $20

Hard cover books: $25

Dedications (up 140 characters): $5

Name embossed and up to 2 icons*: $5

Name embossed and up to 4 icons*: $7

* must have name embossed to get icons

Purchase online at: Click on “Buy My Student’s Yearbook"

Look for sales flyers to come home with your student soon.

Donuts with Dads

The Dads' Club will host a "Donuts with Dads" event on Tuesday February 10th beginning at 7:00 am in the cafeteria. We invite all students along with their dad, mom, or other role model to come to the cafeteria before school to have a donut and socialize with other Roland Park dads and family members. This will be an opportunity for recognition of the students for their work in the second half of the year and for dads and other role models to meet and interact. All students are welcome and encouraged to attend regardless of whether a family member is able to attend with them. Following the event, the adults can walk the students to class on time. In addition, once school has started there will be a short Dads' Club meeting to plan the next event.

*8TH-GRADE ONLY* - Photos Needed For Yearbook
Please send in a photo of your 8th-grade student as a baby/toddler for use in the yearbook. You can submit a LABELED hard copy picture (they will be returned), or upload one directly to our yearbook website. Deadline for submission of baby portraits is Friday, Feb. 20.
Here is how you can submit photos online:
• Go to:
• If it does not automatically log you into the site, enter username: 401983451
• Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload.
• Enter information about the photo and provide contact information in case the staff needs additional information.
• Click "Save Details".
Have questions? Contact Lea Garbett at 727-460-4024 or

December Volunteers Of The Month
Congratulations to our December Volunteers of the Month!
Karen Barreto - PTSA Homeroom Parent Coordinator
Mr. VansEvers - PYP Strings Teacher
Mrs. Edelblute "Ms. E" - PYP Music Teacher
Click here to read more

Calling All Gardeners! Volunteers Needed
The Roland Park garden needs your help! David Whitwam of Whitwam Organics is Dad to a new Kindergarten student at Roland Park this year and has generously offered to devote his time, talents, and professional skills to lead a team of parents and teachers in revitalizing our school garden. If you would like to take a more active role in this project while learning all aspects of organic and sustainable gardening, including composting, worm farming, irrigation, seedlings, and maintenance, from a local expert, professional organic gardener and fellow Roland Park parent with an infectious enthusiasm for gardening, please contact PTSA Volunteer Coordinator Alina Font at There are many positions to be filled, including some with more administrative responsibilities such as coordinating volunteers, marketing and public relations, and forging partnerships with the broader community, as well as more hands-on positions focused on all aspects of gardening. To learn more about David, Whitwam Organics and their products, services and their efforts to promote sustainable living by providing education and coaching on building and growing home, school, and community gardens, please visit or check out their Facebook page.

Roland Park Bling Shirts On Sale!
Roland Park Bling Shirts are now available to order until January 31st. Hover over the t-shirt icon on the left of this announcement and click RP Bling Shirts. You may view samples of shirt sizes at the Spirit Store on Friday, January 9th from 7:15-7:40am. The Spirit Store is located on the main office side of the gym. When shirts arrive for pickup, you may pick them up at scheduled times at the Spirit Store. Please continue to check the PTSA website for updates regarding delivery.

Be The Change Gala
The annual Be the Change Gala will be held on March 21, 2015 at Centro Asturiano from 7 until 11 Pm. There will be music, light food, dancing, entertainment, a photo booth, cash bar, raffle baskets, a silent auction, a live auction, and a 50/50 drawing! Come and socialize and enjoy a night out, without the kids, while supporting Roland Park.

Now accepting credit cards, in person, for event and activity tickets. 50/50 tickets cash only

**Update** Change to pricing for Gala activity tickets.

Event tickets are 30.00 each

Activity Tickets $2.00 each or 11 tickets for $20. (You get one free if you buy ten)

50/50 $5.00 each or 5 tickets for $20.00

Ticket Information
Donations Needed
Reserved Tables
Silent Auction Items Needed

Celebrate Your Student With A Marquee Message
Celebrate your child's birthday or accomplishment! Have you child's name and announcement displayed on the digital marquee outside the school for an entire week.
Celebrate Honor Roll, Good Citizen, Scholastic or Sports team - Anything you have to celebrate.
Does your child have a June, July or August Birthday? Surprise them on their 1/2 birthday (the day 6 months after their birthday.)

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Tampa Museum of Art Features Roland Park PYP Student
The Tampa Museum of Art invited Hillsborough County elementary and middle school art teachers to submit one work of art to be featured in the  Young @ Art Student Exhibition.  This year, PYP Student Sarina Leihy was selected to represent Roland Park's PYP art program.  Sarina's artwork, Majestic Music , is currently on display at the Tampa Museum of Art through February 16 . Congratulations Sarina!                   ... read full article

8th Grade MYP History Fair
Check out MYP’s 8th Grade History Fair on January 30th in the Media Center! What is History Fair you say? History Fair is a competition in which MYP students develop projects based on the National History Day theme. This year’s theme is "Leadership and Legacy". Students must follow only a few required elements but the sky’s the limit on how and what students may create. Students are informed they must use primary and secondary sources to research their chosen topic. Students may then choose one of five methods to express their findings; paper, exhibit, live performance, documentary, or web page. ... read full article

5th Grade Taking Action With A "Water Walk"
As fifth grade “Ambassadors of Action” they are always looking for ways to impact our community and even the world. In the 5th grade classes, they have been learning about the water crisis in South Africa. After reading A Long Walk to Water and watching mini-documentaries on the availability of water,  5th grade students have decided they want to do something to help those in need of clean drinking water! The 5th graders will be coordinating a “Water Walk” in which they will educate other grade levels and classes on this topic in the hope that they will join forces with them to help ... read full article

Roland Park Geo Bee Winners Announced
Congratulations to the winners of the Roland Park Geo Bee. First place went to Girish Hari (8th).  Second place was Bennett Hammond (8th).  John Von Burg (4th) placed third.  Keep up the great work Dragons! ... read full article

Congratulations Roland Park STEM Fair PYP Winners!
Congratulations to the PYP winners of the Roland Park STEM Fair. The classroom projects that won were:  Ms. Evans (Kindergarten), Ms. McNeil (1st) and Ms. Wright (2nd).   The individual student winners were:  Trisha Sakamuri (3rd), Sami Al Najir (3rd), Summer Haura (4th), John Von Burg (4th), Will Sober ( 5th), and Aditya Taiwade (5th).   The winners for small group projects were:  Logan Canady (3rd), Raymond VansEvers (3rd), Victor Prieto (3rd), and Quintin Turner (3rd) for "Popaway Madness".  Satya Sakamuri (3rd) and Christopher Bryant (3rd) won for "Lakes and Oceans Vs. Deserts and Fields".  Charniece Pinder (4th), Amy Jerome(4th), and Shinece Woodson (4th) for "Drying Nails".  "Grand Slam" by Sheel Shah (4th) and Andrew Simmons won for the final group ... read full article

PYP Students Advance to Statewide Reflections Competition
Congratulations to these Roland Park PYP students for their award winning artwork in this year's Reflections Program!  Their artwork advanced to the countywide competition where two fourth graders won top honors in the film production category!  Julian Brito received first place and Summer Haura received third place.  Their films will advance to the statewide competition.  Good luck Summer and Julian!   The theme for the 2014 – 2015 National PTA Reflections Program is “ The World Would Be A Better Place If .....”  Students created artwork based on this theme which can be viewed at a special reception in January at Roland ... read full article

Roland Park Robotics Teams to Regional Tournament in 2015!
Saturday the 13 th   was the Minotaur Blizzard Regional Qualifying First Lego League Robotics Tournament at Middleton High School where 13 teams from Southern Florida competed.  Roland Park won the Champions Award (Overall Tournament Champions) and 1 st  Place Award for Robot Design!   The Champions Award went to the RP Dominating Dragons Team made up of Dean Alvarez, Amelia Foster, Varsha Kotamreddy, Ankush Mitra, Neha Mitra and Aditiya Taiwade. The 1 st Place Robot Design Award went to the RP Elemental Dragons Team, made up of Bradley Evans, Darren Leong, Dylan Leong, Pranay Prasanna and Joshua Selvan.   ... read full article

Science Olympics at MOSI
A big congratulations to Kindergartners Lizzie Sober and Alina Diaz for being the winning team to represent Roland Park in the Hillsborough County Science Olympics' semi-finals AND finals. This Kindergarten duo from Ms. Evans' class used their creative thinking and problem solving skills to build the highest tower (made from solo cups, dixie cups and manila folders) at Roland Park's school-wide Olympics, then moved on to compete at both the semi-final and final rounds at MOSI, competing against the winning teams from other county schools. Congrats to these two future Scientist/Engineers! ... read full article

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