Apr 19
5:30p PTSA General Assembly Meeting
PTSA General Assembly Meeting

Wednesday, April 22
5:30p - 7:00p

Come hear about PTSA volunteer positions that are open next year.
10:00a Garden Volunteers
Garden Volunteers

Saturday, April 25
10:00a - 12:00p
RP Garden

May 1
4:30p Garden Volunteers
Garden Volunteers

Tuesday, April 28
4:30p - 6:00p
RP Garden

3:30p Conference Night
Conference Night

Thursday, April 30
3:30p - 6:00p
Roland Park
Applications for Board Positions Due
Applications for Board Positions Due

Friday, May 1

Email, mail or turn in your completed applications for 2015-2016 PTSA Executive Board
View in Outlook or Google Calendar      See full calendar
Important! Teacher Appreciation Week Volunteers & Donations Needed
Dear Parents,

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4th – May 8th! Please SIGN UP to volunteer your time and talents to help recognize all of the wonderful educators at Roland Park K-8. If you are unable to give of your time, we welcome donations of cash, food, and other items listed.

Volunteer & Donate here

Thank you for helping us make this event a success!

International Bazaar Help Needed
Dear Families,

If you were here last year, hopefully you were able to participate in Roland Park's biggest and best event, the International Bazaar. For those of you who are new to us, I will try to describe it. Picture the center courtyard teaming with people of all ages, races, cultures, and even nationalities learning and experiencing the sights, sounds, and tastes of a culture or nation that may be very different from their own. Picture students in a variety of costumes representing a myriad of nations performing pieces that are meaningful to their heritage. I have often described the International Bazaar as a mini-Epcot, but this does not take into account the community feeling that permeates the event. Last year we had 22 nations represented by booths which were presented by a combination of students, teachers, parents,and friends of Roland Park.

This event is a tremendous amount of work. Please look at the attached document that lists contact information for the people who have already volunteered to serve as an "ambassador" or organizer for a booth.
They cannot do this alone! They would love your help, so please get in touch with them. If you don't see a country that you would like to bring to life in this event, please contact me at and I would be happy to add your name and country to our planning.

Bazaar Contacts

Homeroom Parents Wanted for 2015-2016 School Year!
Calling all Roland Park Parents!

Are you interested in becoming one of our fantastic Homeroom Parents in PYP or MYP for the 2015-2016 school year? The new Roland Park Homeroom Parent Guidelines and Homeroom Parent Application is now available!

Being a Homeroom Parent is a wonderful opportunity to help your child's teacher see their wishes come true during the school year and to be a part of your child's educational and social growth. Becoming a Homeroom Parent also allows you to help create a strong community within Roland Park through working together by having many occasions for fellowship. It is dedicated parents like you that will help to make Roland Park a huge success!

Roland Park Homeroom Parent Website
Homeroom Parent Guidelines & Application

Please note that all initialed HRP Code of Conduct, HRP Applications and SERVE forms are due to Ms Gillyard by July 15, 2015.

As always, thank you for all you do,

Karen Barreto
PTSA Homeroom Parent Coordinator

PYP Spring Violin Exhibition
The annual PYP Violin Exhibition takes place May 18-22 during your child's violin class. Every child in kindergarten through fifth grade will participate. It is a culmination of all your child has learned this year in violin class. Please make plans to attend.
Class times and RSVP

Apply for the 2015-2016 Roland Park PTSA!
Applications are available now for the 2015-2016 Roland Park PTSA Executive Board and Chair Positions.
You can find more information by hovering over the PTSA icon on the main page of the PTSA website or by clicking the following links:
Board Application due May 1, 2015
Chair & Special Committee Application Applications requested by mid May. Positions will be open until filled.
2015-2016 PTSA Position Descriptions
Homeroom parent applications and a new Homeroom Parent website will be available after April 22.

Roland Park Skate Party May 7!
Come out for a fun family evening to support Roland Park. All grades and family members are invited!
Roland Park Skate Party at United Skates Thursday, May 7 from 6-8pm
$6 for everyone. Non skating adults are free. Click here for more detals

Read the Dragon eNews on Twitter
Interested in reading the Dragon eNews on Twitter? Just click on the Twitter icon on the bottom left corner of the website.

Advertising Banner Sales Available Now
Roland Park PTSA is selling 36x72 inch advertisement banners. Any parent or community business wishing to advertise on school property please Click here

The banners will cost $500.00 each and will be provided by Roland Park. The banners will be hung on the fence facing the street in front of the playground and will remain in place for one year.

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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Roland Park on Fox News
If you missed the Fox News Cool Schools 2015 segment on Roland Park this past Monday click here  to view.  ... read full article

Kite Day
  We had a fabulous Kite Day! All K-5 students flew their kites last Friday, March 20th. This is when we celebrated International Kite Day. While making the kites students learned: The kite originally came from China. The first kites were made of light wood and formed in the shape of a bird. Kites were used as an emergency warning device to appeal for help when cities were being attacked. These kites were originally made from silk and then later paper. Kite Day is a tradition celebrated by the Chinese people. The student learned about theory and pattern design. In ... read full article

Help MYP Students With Community Projects
We are reaching out to share our MYP Community Projects with the Roland Park Community. Our students have been working on projects to make the world a better place. Many of these projects provide an opportunity for student involvement. Please read below for descriptions of some of our current projects and information on how to get involved.  What is a Community Project? Jonathan Fueyo : Hello, my name is Jonathan, and for my community project, I am putting together an online Minecraft community, where students can work together with each other to not only build a community, but can communicate over ... read full article

4th and 5th Graders to Represent RP at County Fine Arts Festival
Our county has an annual Fine Arts Festival. The following is a partial list of students chosen to represent our school at the festival which will take place in April at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Festival. Dayanara Garcia - Art Brennan Carmichael - Art Shelby Coney – Orchestra Dayanara Pagan – Orchestra Kale Pulido – Orchestra Kael Townsend - Orchestra Bradley Evans – Orchestra Samuel Elliott – Orff Rutwa Shah - Orff Olivia Maughon - Chorus  Trinavy Le  - Chorus Mia Reineke  - Chorus   Camila Velasquez  - Chorus Malia Lane - Drumming Molly Keith - Drumming Congratulations!!! ... read full article

RP 4th Grader Wins 2nd Place in County Speech Competition
Patrick McCurdy won second place in the county for the 2015 4H Tropicana Public Speaking Competition. Patrick's speech was called "Writing is Overrated" and was about how because of technology, handwriting is becoming obsolete. His journey through the competition began during Language Arts lessons back in the Fall of 2014. In class he selected a topic, researched, wrote, revised, edited, and practiced his speech. Patrick won the classroom and school competitions, beating out many talented Roland Park writers. He traveled to an area contest to compete against students from approximately 22 different schools in Hillsborough County. On March 16th, the ... read full article

8th Grade Semifinalist For Florida National Geographic State Bee
Congratulations to Girish Hari an 8th grader at Roland Park for being chosen by the National Geographic Society as a semifinalist eligible to compete in the 2015 Florida National Geographic State Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek. The contest will be held at Jacksonville University on Friday, March 27, 2015. ... read full article

Florida State Scholastic Chess Tournament
Brennan Hinson (6th grade) qualified for The Florida State Scholastic Chess Tournament that took place February 28- March 1st in Boca Raton, Florida. Brennan represented Roland Park and tied for 2nd place in the K-8 division of the tournament. Way to go Brennan! ... read full article

1st Grade Living Museum
Roland Park 1st Graders have been studying and learning about the actions and contributions of honored citizens.   Each student has been given an honored citizen to learn about. On March 19th the 1st graders will create a Living Museum of honored citizens by dressing in costume to represent their citizen as well as answer questions and present information about what they have learned. ... read full article

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