Hispanic Heritage month concluded Friday, October 16th at Ada Merritt. The month long Festivities were all made possible by our amazing Spanish International Parent Association (SIPA), led by President Dania Gorriz and her team of moms and dads. Read below all of the great activities the students of Ada Merritt experienced as part of our Hispanic Heritage Month, written by SIPA President herself Mrs. Dania Gorriz.
SIPA has been really busy this with Hispanic Heritage Month for the month of October. Every Monday, in coordination with Mrs. Pellicer, middle school students announced the activities of the week in the morning announcements and also discussed an area of Hispanic culture with students. SIPA moms decorated the media center with Hispanic Flags, dolls and other decorations. In art class, in combination with Mrs. Suarez, students had the opportunity to create a drawing inspired by Hispanic Culture. These drawings will be used for the Square One Art Fundraiser happening soon. The first Wed. of the month, students had the opportunity to wear their SIPA shirts or the colors of the Spanish flag and every Thursday in October SIPA moms read in Spanish to kids in k-5 classrooms.
The week of the “el dia de la Hispanidad” on the 12th of October was the main week of the activities starting with a Hispanic heritage parade. Over 90 students wore their countries traditional dress and brought flags. It was quite an amazing sight. That week SIPA parents and teachers also got to unwind at “El Centro Cultural Español” with a cocktail attended by the Consulate of Spain, Mr. Candido Creis Estrada. The culminating event was the Hispanic Heritage Fair with the play Don Quijote for Kids. We had a packed house full of students and parents.
Finally, students were exposed to Spanish movies, “Perez, el ratoncito de tus sueños” for the little ones and “Metegol” for the older students. All in all, Ada Merritt had a fabulous and fun month celebrating Hispanic Culture. Special thanks to the SIPA moms and teachers who made all of these activities possible.
Monday, October 12th was a very special day at Ada Merritt K-8 Center. The school celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Day and in Brazil “Dias das Crianças” or Children’s Day was celebrated throughout the country.
Students came dressed representing countries throughout Latin American and Spain to commemorate the special day. Students that wore costumes representating their country paraded through the school.
This event was very special for the students as they are either in the Spanish or Portuguese program and are submersed in the culture and education of these countries on a daily basis. It was a beautiful and fun event for the students, teachers and staff as it gave everyone an opportunity to celebrate Hispanic Heritage in a fun and educational way. This wonderful event was made possible by SIPA, our Spanish International Parent Association.
We were excited to welcome back so many students and parents to our meet and greet on Friday, August 21st. Students and parents were diligently bringing their supplies and materials to their classrooms and were eager to meet their new teachers. Many students were also thrilled see their previous teachers and most important catch up with their friends.
Ada Merritt PTA and SIPA (Spanish International Parent Association) had tables greeting parents, teachers and students as they entered the school through the main driveway. Parents were just as excited to get their children settled with all their materials and made sure to sign up for the PTA and SIPA. PIPA (Portuguese International Parent Association) representatives visited the classrooms and welcomed parents back within their classrooms providing instruction and information for students in the Portuguese program to get their books for the school year.
It was also wonderful to see our administrators who were visiting the classrooms as well as the custodial staff and security diligently working hard to have the school ready. The floors were polished and all the classrooms glowed with cleanliness.
The teachers had their classrooms immaculate with all the bulletin boards and their beautiful borders and glowing paper; however, heart of it all was missing and we will see soon the fruits of all the students hard work and dedication displayed beautifully in our hallways for students and parents to enjoy.
It’s going to be a fantastic year!
It has been an amazing year and as a new PTA Board comes along we are sad to say goodbye but happy with everything we have accomplished and excited to see all the great things the new board will do with your support. As always we are so grateful for having such amazing parents that support our efforts to make Ada Merritt a better school. As your communications VP I leave you in good hands with Sussel Araujo, she will be the person taking over my position and making sure we all stay connected and informed with all the events that happen in our school.
See you all in August!
Miami-Dade County Council of PTAs/PTSAs
Advocacy and Legislation
The Time is NOW to Renew our Call for Increased K-12 Funding for 2015-2016
MAY 17, 2015
Dear PTA/PTSA Member,
It’s definite: the Florida Legislature will meet in Special Session from June 1-June 20, and the K-12 budget will be on the line as the House and Senate try to reconcile their differences over health care funding and–simultaneously–provide tax cuts that they will be able to point to during 2016 election campaigning.
Both chambers will be under pressure to pass a new state budget by July 1, or face a state government shutdown. The regular 60-day Session ended on May 1 without a budget deal after the House adjourned abruptly three days early.
Governor Rick Scott’s proposed budget called for an increase in K-12 funding to $7176 per student, or $50 above Florida’s previous high. It is important to note that even at the $7176 level, Florida will still remain well below the country’s average. According to a recent release from the U.S. Census Bureau, the average spending per student across the country totaled $10,608, with New York standing as the most generous at $19,552 per pupil.
Our students deserve more, and now is the time for our elected officials to hear from us!
TAKE ACTION EVENTS
On Monday, June 1, when our state legislature reconvenes, we ask that you send an electronic message to Senate President Gardiner and House Speaker Crisafulli. They need to hear from parents, educators, students, and community supporters regarding student funding. A sample e-mail is provided here:
Dear ___________________ (President Gardiner/Speaker Crisafulli),
As a concerned Florida ______________ (parent/educator/student/ citizen), I am counting on you to uphold the Florida Constitution to provide a uniform, efficient, safe, secure and high quality system of free public schools and appropriately fund public education in the interests of Florida’s children and the economic viability of Florida’s future workforce. Please pass Governor Scott’s budget recommendation for an increase in per student funding to $7176 for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.
Contact information: Please send your message to Senate President Andy Gardiner (gardiner.andy.web@flsenate. gov) and to House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (steve.crisafulli@ myfloridahouse.gov).
On Wednesday, June 3, please tweet President Gardiner and Speaker Crisafulli to urge their support for the $7176 per student funding level. We would appreciate it if you include the hashtags #PTADayofAction and #EdFunding in your message. A sample tweet is provided here:
@SteveCrisafulli @FLSenate Support @FLGovScott education budget proposal. Fund K-12 at $7167 pp level. #PTADayofAction #EdFunding
Contact information: Please tweet to @FLSenate and @SteveCrisafulli
For a complete list of bills to be considered during the Special Session, please click here.
We know that you are your student’s best advocate. Please let us know if there is any issue that you would like us to highlight further.
Nancy Lawther, Legislation Chair
Mindy Gould, Advocacy Chair
Miami-Dade County Council of PTAs/PTSAs