Category Archives: Fun

Team Heads to Global Reading Challenge Semi-Finals

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This past Thursday, seven teams of 4th and 5th graders participated in the Global Reading Challenge at Schmitz Park.  Over the past few months, Ms. Vannini has been encouraging 4th and 5th graders who took on the challenge to read all 10 books.  Kids created their teams and met on a regular basis to discuss the books and ready themselves for Thursday’s challenge.

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Our local librarian from the Admiral branch led the competition by asking teams 3 rounds of questions pertaining to all 10 books. The team with the most correct answers – we had a tie and it came down to one question between a 5th and 4th grade team – would move on to compete in the semi-finals.

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In the end, the 5th grade team won and will go on to compete against 54 teams in the semi-finals.  We wish them much success in the semi-finals and congrats to ALL who participated!


Come Have a Cup of Coffee…

Immediately following the annual Flag Ceremony in the school cafeteria (approximately just after 9 AM).  The PTA will provide free coffee (thank you Jeff Chapman for the Starbucks donation) and be there to answer your questions on how you can join the PTA and get involved at the school. Come meet old and new friends and help us kick off the school year right with a cup of jo. Questions, please contact

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Schmitz Park Flag Football Team Wins Again!

Congrats go out tonight to the Schmitz Park Flag Football Team 3rd – 5th graders!  They beat the Lafayette Leopards 70-63!  Everyone had a great time cheering on their teammates…it was nice to see camaraderie and team spirit between the two schools.  So the Foxes take home the infamous trophy once again until the teams meet up again in the Fall.  And a HUGE thank you to Coaches Aranza Santana and Emily Giaquinta for all their hard work and assistance in getting the team ready for the big championship game!

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Mariners Update – fantastic success!

We had our biggest turn-out ever to the event this year, and even got to see the Mariners extend their winning streak!

If you were there or not there’s a few things you should know

1) They missed our call out in the Welcome section, yet made up for it with an extra special message as you can see in this picture

Mariners Welcome Schmitz Park Elementary
Mariners Welcome Schmitz Park Elementary





2) Congratulations to Dorienne Raynolds for selling the most tickets – please look out for your prize

3) A hilarious shout out to Robert Ruvkun (and family) for your awesome dancing that was captured on the big screen! If you missed it, here’s a link to a previous camera moment of his

4) We are very happy to say we raised over $2k from this event and had a lot of fun doing it.

5)  Be sure to join us next year!



Bike to School Day – May 7th

Join the Fun!  Ride with your children to school for National Bike to School Day, on Wednesday, May 7th.  We will take a group photo of the participants in front of the school at 8:30am followed by refreshments and light snacks in the cafeteria.  For more details, see the BTSD_EventDetails_SchmitzPark flyer.  And if you want to lead a group to ride down to school, please contact Mark Wainwright at