Newsletter 2015-08-23

Look what’s happening NOW… August 23, 2015

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hank you Ninja Lounge…for hosting the teacher welcome back event this past week! 

The teacher and staff had a blast!

Ninja Lounge is a brand new concept in both fitness and entertainment.  AMAZING FUN recreational and fitness activities specially designed for students such as:
We would like to personally invite you to participate in our Back to school festival on August 22nd and 23rd. All attraction tickets are 50% off and Principles and Activity Directors are admitted FREE!!!!!!!!
Come join us soon for an unforgettable day of ninja fun!

Important Dates
August 24
First Day of School (summer packets due)
(Grades PK-1st start school at 8:20 am and Grades 2nd-8th start at 8:35 am)
August 27
9am – Welcome Back Breakfast and PTA General Meeting in Elementary Cafeteria (approve budget, approve calendar and welcome new year)

                Pride Outside Update




back to school
A note from the Administration:
Parking is only permitted in the Parking Garage on 95th Street. We will have Open campus only week of the 24th.Beginning on August 31st the campus will be closed and children will only be allowed in through the 4 entry points: the field by the tennis courts; the silver gates on the west side of the school next to the PE Shelter; the Bus Lane on the east of the building and the Main Office. ONLY Pre-K parents are permitted to enter and take their children directly to their classes. All other grade levels need to report to the cafeteria for breakfast or directly to their line up areas.
A message from RUTH K BROAD/BAY HARBOR K-8
Dear Parent,
     The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County’s Immunization Program would like to inform you that most children are due for their booster vaccine by the time they are eleven years of age. They will not be permitted into school in seventh (7th) grade without it.
      Parents who wait until the summer to take their children for the Back-to-School vaccine requirements will have difficulty scheduling an appointment with their pediatrician. During those months, many private healthcare providers’ offices, as well as our own health department clinics, are overcrowded with this back-to-school rush for immunizations. This is especially important for the mandatory requirement for 7th grade entrywhich includes: ·
  • One tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) ·
  • Second dose of varicella (VZV)
     There are other vaccines recommended for your child which include: meningococcal, human papillomavirus, the second dose of varicella and hepatitis A. Therefore, we are asking you to take your 6 th grade child to schedule a visit with his/her private healthcare provider or one of the health department clinics as early as possible so that he/she will be prepared before the next school year begins. If your child does not have a pediatrician, the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County offers free immunizations to all children less than 19 years of age. To schedule an appointment call: 786-845-0550.
     Thank you so much for your support and for keeping Miami-Dade County healthy. Please remember, if you have another child entering school for the first time the schools will also require his or her immunization records to be current and placed on the proper school forms.
Reynald Jean, MD, MPH

retail-register-woman.jpgSupply Store
The supply and uniform stores will be open daily, Mon-Fri from 8-9am during the school year
Please advise your children that they may not shop in the store after the bell has rung unless they have permission from their teacher.
No students are permitted to borrow money from friends in the store. If students do not have their “own” money to shop, they will be asked to leave.
PLEASE BE ADVISED: we are waiting for the delivery of several sizes that were sold out and we ask that you be patient and understanding until they arrive.
If you would like to volunteer to work in the Uniform Store one morning per week, please let us know.

catering_food.jpgCafeteria Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are needed to help in the cafeteria at lunchtime! Help open yogurts and thermos’s, take kids to the bathroom, and make sure the kids are eating, happy and most importantly, safe. There can be anywhere from 200-300 kids in the cafeteria at a time, and only 1 -2 paid staff, so volunteers are greatly needed. Lunch is from 11-1.

Contact  Beth Soulliard or Cara Konecci.



Bobcat Pride

  Each month the school administration holds a “Bobcat Pride” ceremony and recognizes students for their efforts. Each student receives a bag with a few items as well as a “Bobcat Pride” t-shirt. The cost to print the shirts is raised through sponsorships and we are currently looking for businesses or individuals that would like to contribute and sponsor the cost of the shirts for the 2015-2016 school year. In appreciation for your support, your logo will be included on the back of the shirt. Please contact PRIDE if you would like to be a sponsor this year. The deadline to become a sponsor is July 31st.

Sponsor amounts are:

$500 or  $1000 or  $2000 or $3000

You can register the first week of school everyday from 8:00-9:00am in the Media Center.
To become a volunteer you must first go to:
Parent portal (sign in)
Go to Apps/Services/Sites (top of page light orange bar)
Choose “Be a School Volunteer”
Follow directions — print copy of sheet if possible and bring to school.
***For new parents, they will need to go to school’s main office and get a “pin number” to create a parent portal account and then they can go online create their accounts and follow above instructions.

Adopt your child’s classroom and help support your teacher! 

            TEAM SURFSIDE carwash to End Alzheimer’s

Box Tops News Extra!!!
Kids! Don’t forget to raid your pantry and get all those Box Tops!!!
The class with the most Box Tops collected over the summer wins a
Pizza Party!!!
enter our school’s code #390048
and earn BoxTops for our school!


Don’t Forget to do your Summer Packets 


Parents should plan their routes to school in order to arrive on time. Please see the above attached which is the new design of 95 & Byron in Surfside. The speed reduction and single lane approach may cause a bit of a backup during peak hours such as school kids delivery and pickup times.
Please also remember that Bay Harbor Police will be managing the speed of traffic and you need to remember you are in a school zone again and slow down please.



Please look for the volunteer forms coming home soon!
Please take a moment to volunteer for a committee!
Please get involved and help us make a difference!
Please commit to help on one PTA activity this year.

A message from the Bobcat Safety Zone Committee…
Hi Everyone, First of all, I want to again thank each of you for your support!  We had a vision, and with the support of the school and PTA, the team came together, and the hard work (and alot of sweat) has finally paid off!  The first Project for the Bobcat Safe Zone is COMPLETE! Thank you especially to April Pullo who made the stencils for the street, got all the supplies, and stood in the summer heat painting for the kids. Carlos Benitez, for his amazing artwork and design of our Safe Zone Logos and Signs,and to Retta Logan who printed and installed the banners and signs. Our Bobcats will be safer because of you! Carolina Jones
PTA would also  like to thank the town of Bay Harbor for helping to clean up the landscaping around the school.  We are proud and fortunate to have such a great partnership withBay Harbor Islands.Take a look at the BEFORE and AFTER pictures of our Palms in the Student Loading Zone. WOW!!!!! and THANK YOU!!!!!



Agenda Sponsors

The PTA and the School Administration would like to send out a HUGE Thank You to the families and organizations that sponsored the student agendas for the upcoming year. We really appreciate your support in enabling us to provide this very important tool to each student at Ruth K. Broad at no cost. You can see information about all of the sponsors in the first 10 pages of the agenda when you receive it next year.
Bal Harbour Rotary Club
Miami Beach Kiwanis
Miami Theater Center
Balance Diet – Thin Spa
The Kassin Family

                                    WALES                    ENGLAND                  IRELAND
RKBBH K-8 along with EF is organizing the first abroad trip for 6, 7 and 8 graders. Destination: England, Ireland and Wales. We will have informational meetings throughout the school year in room 77.
EF stands for Education First. This organization for 50 years has facilitated for teachers and students the discovery of the world through culturally engaging educational travel. EF has more than 200 educational travel programs to offer, which  allows travelers to gain new perspectives, develop important 21st  century skills and become true global citizens.
Last March 18, 2015 MDCPS selected EF as preferred vendor for overseas travels. Alina Puentes is the EF Director Officer for South Florida. Dafne Cano is the Group Leader  for England, Ireland and Wales Program, which is offered to students for June 16, 2016.
 Mrs. Cano has 10 yrs. of experience traveling abroad with students.


Free Park Vists for 4th Graders

click this link to learn more


Miami-Dade County’s Division of Environmental Resources Management (DERM) will be giving FREE trees to the community through its popular Adopt-a-Tree program.  Come to our event on Saturday, August 29th, from9:00 am to 12 noonat the Harris Field Pavilion, 1034 NW 8th Street, Homestead.  Residents eligible to adopt trees will be able to choose from Mango (only 1 per household), Sapodilla, Carambola, Pigeon Plum, Green Buttonwood, Longan and Mulberry.  However, tree quantities are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Participants will be required to fill out a “Registration Form” available at each event.  Some restrictions apply – for information on rules, eligibility, tree info and community service hours check the Adopt-a-Tree webpage.
Also at this event, the Miami-Dade County Water & Sewer Department will be exchanging high efficiency showerheads for those residents who bring their old showerheads to the event (while supplies last).  For more information call 311.
For information on PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES, please visit the Adopt-a-Tree webpage or email                Sara Hernandez at

PTA Contacts

PTA Board 

Mitra Raheb  


Vice President:

Dalia Blumstein


Corresponding Secretary:


Julia Magnani  


Recording Secretary:

Frederique Lascar-Dimitrova

Frederike Kramer – Garcia



Gabriela Rochas

VP Fundraising:

Roman Frenkel 

Marina Elliot 


Sol Colom 
Lisa Simon 

VP Volunteers:

Nadine Muller 


Jordan Leonard


Staff Liaison:

Mercedes Garcia

VP Programming:

Julia Magnani

Meytal Leonard 


Mini Grants:

Chela Garcia

Supply Store  

Uniform Store:

Julia Magnani



Karen Lithgow


Lee Solomon



Earth Week:  

Lisa Simon 

Art Week:

April Pullo


Chela Garcia


Cara Konecci 

Beth Soulliard

Ruth K’s Got Talent:

Nadine Muller

Faculty Follies:

Dalia Blumstein

Surf/Bay/Bal Liaison:

Stephanie Bruder

Middle School:

Karine Aubery


Middle School Dance

Susana Parodi


Web Development:



Elise Harris

Health and Wellness:

Selva Blum

Karen Zider

Bobcat Safe Zone

Carolina Jones

8th Grade Liaison

Chela Garcia



Carolina Luczkow 
Olga Vila 

Read- a- thon

Marie-Pierre Murray

Teacher Appreciation

Joanna Hoffman

Joanna Tessler


VISIT the PTA Website to learn more about the PTA, how to volunteer, and more!   

2015-2016 School Calendar

If you have a Gmail account, you can link these calendars to your phone.


1)  Pre-K – 1st Grade Daily start and  end end times of school – Link

2)  2nd – 8th Grade Daily start and end times of school (including early release days) – Link

3)  **School Holidays / Planning / No School Days / No Uniform Days / Special Events – Link

When you click the link, you will be prompted to add the calendar to your gmail calendar. You can always remove it later.
Never miss another important day in your child’s school life.  The calendars are updated every year so you don’t need to manually input any dates.

This site is sponsored and maintained by AppSolve IT  Computer Consulting and Training


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PDF Link:

PTA Supply Kit Info

Dear parents,


All teachers of each grade met as a group and created ONE supply list for the entire grade! The supply kits that are being sold were agreed upon by ALL teachers of each grade level and the new lists are exactly what the teachers agreed to require.


The student supply kit order forms should be turned in directly to Julia, Nadine or Jackie at the supply store. Students should bring their forms immediately to the store when they arrive at school. Do not give order forms to homeroom teachers. For your convenience, you can order directly from the website at – school account # 34663. Please keep in mind this is a fundraiser and convenience in one. The PTA will receive a percentage of all sales.

Thank you!

PTA and Administration

Florida Legislature Petition

The PTAs of  Miami Beach feeder pattern schools are challenging our Florida Legislators to visit at least two schools  for a minimum of 45 minutes and meet with teachers, administrations, parents and students to understand the issues better, to begin to have an open dialog with the people DIRECTLY impacted by the testing environment and to start to make real progress in a more logical process.


That’s why we created a petition to The Florida State House, The Florida State Senate, and Governor Rick Scott.


Please take a moment now to sign this petition. Click here:

conference on Ethics in Education

Briefing ID #: 17220

ALL PRINCIPALS/APS/TEACHERS: Social Sciences- Ethics in Education A to Z Conference

Audience:  All Principals/APs, All Teachers
Due Date: n/a
Meeting Date: n/a
Attachment(s): Ethics_in_Education_Flyer.pdf

To announce the dates and provide registration information for an upcoming conference on Ethics in Education.

  • The Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, the University of Miami, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools are having a two-day conference for teachers, students, administrators, parents/guardians, and concerned citizens covering major ethical issues at all levels of American education.
  • Topics will include:  Teaching to the Test, The Allure and Power of School Sports, School Choice, The Immigrant Influx, Civics Education, Bullying, Race and Justice, School Policing, Social Media, the “Tiger Mother/Parent,” Ethics Bowl and more.
  • This two-day conference will begin on Friday evening, May 1, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the University of Miami, Coral Gables Campus, Storer Auditorium in the School of Business Administration .  The second day of the conference will be held at Miami Senior High School, 2450 SW 1st Street, Miami, Florida 33135, on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • This conference is open to teachers, students, administrators, parents/guardians and other concerned citizens.
  • The conference cost is $50.00 for both days; $25.00 for Friday evening reception only or $40.00 for the Saturday conference only.  Full time students may ONLY attend the Saturday portion of the conference.  The student cost is $15.00.
  • See the attached promotional flyer for additional conference information and a brief outline of speakers and topics.
  • See attached registration form for specific instructions on submitting payment.
  • Please note:  conference costs include:  refreshments and hors d’oeuvres at the reception and keynote address on Friday, May 1, 2015, lunch at the Saturday portion of the conference, and all other benefits of attending the conference.
  • For teachers/administrators who also wish to earn 12 Master Plan Points for successfully completing all professional development requirements associated with this conference, please follow the registration steps outlined below:
    • Go to and log into the Employee Portal;
    • Next, click on the tab:  Apps, Services, Sites;
    • Next, scroll down to and click on the box:  My Learning Plan;
    • A new window will appear.  Click on the arrow next to Activity Catalogs and then click on District Catalog;
    • Under Search Options, in the Search Term(s) box type the title of the Activity exactly as follows:  Ethics in Education A to Z and hit enter.
    • This activity will be listed below under Search Results.  Click on the title’s name (in blue); the activity will open and details regarding this workshop will appear.
    • Scroll to the bottom and click on Sign Up Now.
    • Next, the Enrollment form- Site Based Activities area will appear.  Scroll to the bottom and click on “I Have Read and Accepted the Agreement Above” and click Submit.
    • If you require further assistance with the registration process, please contact your school’s PD Liaison.
  • Please direct ANY further questions or inquiries you have regarding this conference to The Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, or call 305-579-2594.



Earth Day Celebration and Dune Restoration 4/22


Project Description

This project is a partnership between the Surf Club and Youth Environmental Alliance (YEA), a local non-profit organization that is experienced in developing and delivering educational programs that encourage stewardship of the environment.

Adult and youth volunteers will plant/hand water Bio-Diverse dune plants and sea oats.

Community Need

Florida, features a beautiful coastal shoreline, surrounded by sand dunes and restored beaches. Each year, millions of local residents and tourists from around the world visit our state. However, severe beach erosion from storms and rising sea level, make this beautiful coastline vulnerable. This condition threatens the natural ecosystem and can negatively affect the people who view this highly visible and accessible area.

Project Goals

1) Plant sea oats and other dune natives to restore and protect native habitat for nesting sea turtles, migratory birds, shorebirds and valuable sand dunes along the coastline in Lauderdale by the Sea.

2) Engage adult (youth) volunteers, to foster a sense of accomplishment and raise awareness of the importance of environmental stewardship.

Project Objectives

The Surf Club and Youth Environmental Alliance (YEA) staff will work with volunteers to prepare the site areas to be restored. Volunteers will plant native dune vegetation in pre-designated areas along the beach, as an effective method to mitigate future beach erosion and help restore and protect wildlife habitat for sea turtles and nesting migratory birds and shorebirds.

Community Impact

Re-planting protective sea oats and other native dune plants is a relatively inexpensive, durable, environmentally beneficial, and aesthetically pleasing way to restore and replace sand lost from erosion. As the plants grow, they will catch windblown sand and allow the dunes to grow larger. A healthy beach and sound dune system equals a naturally sustainable and beautiful beach for everyone to enjoy.

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Teacher Appreciation Lunch Gifts Needed

It’s getting close to the Teacher Appreciation Lunch. To make this event extra special, we need parents to show their extra love by donating gift cards (can be converted from airline miles or credit card points), local gift certificates, candles, jewelry, lotions,wine, picture frames,, etc. No gift is too big or too small!  The more gifts we have, the more the teachers get!

Please drop them at the PTA office before May 12th!
Much Love,
The Joannas
Questions? Call 215-888-5222