Principal's Message

Photo of School Principal Stacey Merritt
Dear Families,

September certainly went quickly!   Your children and their teachers have been very busy setting the stage for a rich year of learning. By now, building and classroom procedures are well-ingrained, and students are focused on the literacy, math, science, health and social studies content they will learn this year.

It is very important that we continue to develop a strong home-school partnership. Research shows that when schools involve parents, there is an increase in student achievement. We need your help and we want you to be actively involved in the success of your child.  Fall conferences will be held during the second half of October.  Watch for an appointment invitation from your child’s teacher.

October is a busy month.  See the list of upcoming events below:

 What Who When
 Orlando Museum of Art Third Grade Students Oct. 4th and 5th
 No Early Release Day (3:00 Dismissal) All Students K-5 Oct. 10
 Family Game Night  All Southwood Families Oct.11 (5:30-7:30)
 Teacher Workday/Student Holiday All Students Oct. 15
 Book Fair All Southwood Families Oct. 19-25
Oct. 23 open to 7:00PM
 Red Ribbon Week All Students Oct. 22-25
 Book Character Parade All Students Oct. 25
 Student Holiday/Teacher Professional Day All Students Oct. 26
Orlando Youth Orchestra at Bob Carr 3rd - 5th Grade Students Oct. 30

I am excited to announce I am hosting Coffee and Conversation with the Principal every quarter in the media center from 8:00 to 8:45.  Our next one will be January 16, 2019. I’ll bring the coffee and the listening ears, you bring your thoughts, questions, and ideas. I look forward to talking with you!

Student Arrival

8:15 AM to 8:40 AM


8:15 AM to 8:35 AM

Tardy/Late Bell

8:45 AM

No Early Release

2:30 PM to 3:00 PM (1:30 PM to 2:10 PM Wednesday)

Student Dismissal

3:00 PM (2:10 PM on Wednesday)


Happy Autumn,           

Stacey Tanenbaum
Southwood Elementary School


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