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Checking Your Child Out of School?
Please do not plan on checking out your child after 2:15 p.m. M,T, TH, F and after 1:15 p.m. on Wednesdays.

POA Student Withdrawal Form

Once the form is filled out, it can be emailed to Amy Sommers, mailed to POA, or brought into the school office between 8 a.m. - 3:30 pm Mon-Fri.

Need Extended Day?

If you are interested in Extended Day for before school, after school, or both, please contact Lauren Leddy for information and availability.

School Hours

8:25 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
(Wednesday Early Release 1:45 p.m.)
No campus admission prior to 8 a.m.

Upcoming Events

Middle School Wed Bell schedule:


(HR 8:25-8:30)

1st Period


2nd Period


3rd Period


4th Period


5th Period


A Lunch 


6th Period


6th Period


B Lunch


7th Period

Families, with this new schedule, early releases for appointments need to happen prior to 12:20. 

Have a great Wednesday Chargers!

Wednesday only schedule, elementary:

Kindie: lunch 10:0-10:30, recess 12:10-12:30

1st grade: lunch 10:05-10:35, recess 10:45-11:05

2nd grade: recess 10:10-10:30, lunch 10:35-11:05

3rd grade: recess 9:45-10:05, lunch 10:10-10:40

4th grade: lunch 10:40-11:10, recess 12:30-12:50

5th grade: lunch 10:45-11:15, recess 11:25-11:45

Families, with this new schedule, early releases for appointments need to happen prior to 12:20. 

Have a great Wednesday Chargers!

Distance Learner Connection

 POA morning messages: I will continue to do the morning messages for our distance learning families each morning. Due to the increased wifi usage at our building, it is taking longer for my messages to upload and thus, send the link to you. By the time it uploads, I am out at arrival and the day is started here. Going forward, I ask that if you want to view the messages and daily annoucements, please subscribe to our channel, Patriot Oaks Morning Messages, so you are automatically notified when the daily message uploads. Today is the last day I will send the direct link.

Zoom Troubleshooting

Current Events

Coming Soon

Picture retakes are Wednesday October 28th for B&M students only.  Order forms are on the counter in front of the mailboxes or parents can order online at access code R519553.

Hello Chargers!!

The PTO is excited to announce our first ever Chargers Turkey Trot Virtual 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run that kicks off this Friday October 23, 2020. Race weekend is 11/21/2020 and 11/22/2020. Please see the attached letter and flyer that goes into detail on all the important facts about how this race will work, the app we will be utilizing to track participation and prize reporting. We are excited to be working with so many local businesses to bring you a fun way to get out and move with your family, friends and neighbors and compete for some awesome prizes. This virtual 5K and 1 mile fun run is not taking the place of our biggest fundraiser of the year, ChargerTHON. We will be emailing out and sending home hard copy information for ChargerTHON next week.

For now, please read through the information letter attached and the flyer that outlines the competitive and non-competitive aspects of the race. We have set a registration goal of 250-275 participants. We know we can meet that goal. Everyone who registers will receive a custom race t-shirt and medal. Please share with family and friends as this is not limited to just POA families and students.

If you have any questions, please email the PTO at [email protected] and be sure to visit our Turkey Trot page on our PTO website for FAQ’s and race info and to REGISTER!!!

We can’t wait to see all our Charger families and friends out having fun and racing. And remember, Chargers Run, We Don’t Wobble!

2020 Virtual 5K Turkey Trot Parent Letter Final.docx 

2020 Turkey Trot Race Info Graphics Final_.pdf 

Dear all Charger families,

We have an opportunity to help and serve right here in our community!

We are collecting travel-sized personal hygiene items (soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, feminine products) for Murray Middle School’s “Trick or Treating for Hygiene Products” event. If you would like to participate, please send in any items to your child’s teacher by Thursday, October 28th. Distance Learning families- you can drop off any items you would like to donate on Wednesday afternoons during the materials drop off and pick up or bring them to the front office. Thank you!

 Hello Charger Families! 

Your PTO is excited to announce that our fall Scholastic Book Fair IS OPEN! 

Due to COVID restrictions, the Book Fair will be online only this month from Oct. 19-30. 

The exciting part is that families will be able to shop over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers and value packs! This year all orders ship directly to home plus you receive free shipping on book-only orders over $25!


Did you know that Scholastic Book Fairs directly support our school? Our PTO receives a percentage back on all orders placed through our link! Friends, grandparents, cousins, etc are welcome to purchase through our link! Additionally, you can support your student’s classroom directly by purchasing wish list items (Click here for teacher wish lists!). If you do not see your child’s teacher listed, it is because they have not sent the PTO their wishlist book titles. We will continue to add teachers as we receive them. 


Don’t forget to purchase directly from our Fair link so Patriot Oaks receives credit! 


PTO member perks look a little different this year – and require an extra step by families – but you won’t want to miss these prizes! 

All PTO members who place a Book Fair order Oct. 19-30, can enter to win one of ten prizes below:

* One $25 Amazon Gift Card!

* One $20 Credit in Scholastic Dollars to use at the spring book fair!

* Eight Different Book Bundle Prizes! 

(Two pre-selected book bundle options for K, 1-2, 3-5, and MS)

HOW TO ENTER: Submit the following items to [email protected]

1) order confirmation number

2) PTO member first/last name 

3) grade(s) of your child(ren)

Winners will be selected and emailed after the close of our Book Fair. Book bundles will be sent home with your child or porch dropped for distance learners. No cash back.


[email protected] 

Thank you for your support! Happy reading, 

PTO Book Fair Committee 

Happy Unity Day Chargers! Today’s the day we come together to celebrate kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Each of us can use actions representing our Good Chargers Character to make our school bully free every day. I am sure it will be an incredible day of kindness, acceptance and inclusion that will be repeated every day after today.


Dear all Charger families,

You can surprise your child at school with a special Smencil delivered on their birthday!  You can also share the celebration with the whole class by ordering a class set.  PTO will deliver to your child’s teacher, or we offer front porch delivery for distance learners. Please see the attached form for details, or contact Heather at [email protected] for more information.

BirthdayGram Order Form – Half Sheet with Distance Learning.pdf 


Hello POA Families!

I am Ms. Lawrence, your child’s art teacher. If you are new to POA, Welcome! I am so excited and honored to be able to create with your child! This year, we will be continuing our Elementary art room fundraiser with Art to Remember. This is a way for us to raise money for some new and exciting art supplies! If you are unsure of what Art to Remember is, here is the link to our school page (you might have to copy and paste). Watch the video labeled “How Art to Remember works” to find out! Brick & Mortar students will be creating their artwork for the fundraiser with me at school but I want to give the opportunity for Distance Learners to participate as well. I will be posting a lesson for Art to remember to Schoology early next week (I will title it Art to remember!) OR you can submit an artwork your child has already created! Please understand that this project is OPTIONAL and will not be graded. If you are in need of paper, (mixed media paper works best and ATR supplies one piece for each student!) there are a couple ways you can get it…

1. Stop into the front office and ask for a piece of Art to remember paper.

2. Grab it when you drive through the RED lot on Wednesday (this week 10/7 or next 10/14). Just simply ask for a piece of Art to remember paper!

Once your student has completed the ATR artwork, you can drop it off on Wednesday 10/21 via RED LOT  (I cannot accept it after this date, as this is the deadline!). PLEASE put it in a gallon Ziploc bag labeled with your child’s FIRST & LAST name, TEACHERS NAME, and ART PROJECT in big letters. This will help ensure that I receive it. If you have any issues or questions please do not hesitate to email me! Stay well!!

With Appreciation,

Christie Lawrence

Elementary Art Educator

[email protected]

Dear Brick and Mortar families!

Art Club Atelier is starting soon! Please see the attached flier for registration information, fees and dates. Act right away as the club fills quickly! Deadline is October 7.

Fall 2020 ATELIER FORM.docx 

The PTO is excited to host our first spirit night of the year Thursday October 1st at PDQ on San Jose Blvd from 4:30-8pm.

Please be sure to mention Patriot Oaks Academy when you make your purchase so that the proceeds will come directly to the PTO.

Proceeds will help the PTO support our school THIS SCHOOL year! We hope to see you there. Go Chargers!!

PDQ Spirit Night 10-1-2020.png 

Update 9/14/20 

If your child is interested in trying out for boy’s baseball through SJMSAA. Our school volleyball team tryouts for both middle school boys and girls are next week. Please email Cynthia Bean or Michelle Hiett for details. 

 Fall pictures: For our Brick and Mortar students, pictures are this Friday and a flier has gone home for you to order pictures. For our Distance Learners, your pictures are scheduled for October 28. As we get closer to that date, we will send out a schedule and the flier for ordering. 

Please be sure your child comes each day with a water bottle. We have fillers but they need a bottle. 

Food & Nutrition Services News

USDA Meal Service Waiver

Posted on September 9, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture extended waivers allowing students a breakfast and lunch option available at no cost. The meals available at no cost are the posted school lunch and breakfast menu. A la carte items are not included as part of the no cost meals. A la carte items will continue to be available for purchase. Meals are also available for pick-up at all schools for anyone 18 years old or younger. Meals available for pick-up are modified for safety and may not reflect the menu served in the cafeteria. It is preferred that children are present for meal pick-up. If the child/student is not with the parent for meal pick up, USDA requires a form of ID. Valid forms of identification may include, but are not limited to, school identification card, child’s passport, government-issued child identification card, or any document proving parent/guardian identity and relationship to the child, such as an adoption decree; doctor, clinic, or hospital record; religious record; or daycare center record. Meal pick-up times are as follows:


Patriot Oaks Academy : 9 – 9:30 am  Pick up outside- Kitchen/Central Receiving location


The program will begin on September 10, 2020. The longevity of this extension is dependent on funding.


Dear All Charger Families,

Below is the absence form that you need to fill out when your child is out for an entire day. Please either send it in to Andrea Murphy at the front office or email it to her at [email protected]. Thank you!!


Happy Friday Charger families,

Our School Advisory Council (SAC) is seeking parent and community members for the 2020-2021 school year. Participating in SAC provides an opportunity for parents and community members to get active and involved with Patriot Oaks’ school vision and mission through school improvement planning.

If you are interested in participating as a member, please email Allison Tumbelty at: Allison[email protected] .

Meetings will be held the last Tuesday of each month at 3:15pm. 2020-2021 school year meetings will be held virtually until further notice.

Definition of SAC: a diverse group of stakeholders of a school, established through Florida law, with the shared goal of increasing student achievement in a safe learning environment.


Allison Tumbelty

Each school year, our school district produces a Student Code of Conduct for the school year. Grades K-2 received a hard copy in the first day of school folder and it is accessed on our school website for grades 3-8. On page 63 of the booklet, there is a signature page that states that you have read the document and are aware of the contents. We need a signed form returned to school for all students. 

Brick and Mortar: please tear out the form or print the attached, sign it and send it in to your child’s classroom teacher or homeroom teacher. 

Distance Learners: please tear out the form or print the attached, sign it and either scan it/take a picture of it. Upload it into Schoology to the classroom teacher or homeroom teacher or send the attachment to their email.

We ask that the forms be turned in by the end of this week. Thank you so much. 

Parent Student Acknowledgement.pdf 


Parents, meet your children across the street from campus. We will get them settled on their bikes and at their exits and get them to you. Masks need to be worn until students get off campus.

  1. Please be sure that your child’s teacher knows how your child is getting home. Email any changes to both the teacher and Andrea Murphy at the front desk.
  2. Elementary students are picked up in the red lot (entrance on Long Leaf Pine Pkwy). Please make a sign for your front windshield or use the signage given to you when you join PTO. Please write large and in thick black marker so I can see it! (Remember, I am getting older!:))

Student first name and last name


Signage is only needed for the red lot.

Picked up in the blue lot (entrance on Islesbrook). Students are instructed to watch for your cars and keep their siblings with them.

In the event of a rainy-day dismissal, please watch your phones as I send out messages about delayed dismissals via text. We will always delay dismissal for lightning. Please opt into my text messages so we can stay connected.

School Supplies

How Students Log In to Schoology

More Information

District Mission Statement

The St. Johns County School District will inspire good character and a passion for lifelong learning in all students, creating educated and caring contributors to the world.

Economic Security Report

School District News

ELA Textbook Adoption Committee Opportunity

During the fall of 2020, St. Johns County Schools will be participating in the process of textbook adoption for English Language Arts. We are in need of non-instructional members (i.e., parents, community members) for the textbook adoption committee. Committee members will have the opportunity to review a variety of ELA instructional resources and provide valuable feedback. This process will be completed in mid-December, all meetings will be virtual, and every effort will be made to minimize your time commitment. If you are interested in being considered for this opportunity, please contact your school's Instructional Literacy Coach.

ESE Parent Advisory Meetings

"Accessing Our Community's Social Services & Supports for Children and Families in 2020/2021" on Oct. 6

Accessing Our Community's Social Services & Supports for Children and Families in 2020/2021 On October 6th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, the ESE Parent Advisory will welcome the St. Johns Behavioral Health Consortium for a virtual discussion titled "Accessing Our Community's Social Services & Supports for Children and Families in 2020/2021." Join the meeting online via WebEx or join via phone by dialing 1-844-992-4726 and then entering the access code: 120 255 4726.

View a list of future Virtual ESE Parent Advisory Meetings.

School Access

This is just a reminder that anyone (parent, guardian, friend, neighbor, aunt, uncle) must have school access to attend an event at Patriot Oaks Middle School, have lunch with a student and/or attend an awards assembly. If you have not already done so, please complete the School Access Form. The process for approval may take up to 4 weeks, so please fill out the application sooner than later for any guests that would like to have school access. Once the application is approved, school access will be valid for three years.

FortifyFL App

FortifyFL is a website and app developed at the direction of the Florida Legislature. Any student, educator, parent or member of the public can report school safety concerns directly to law enforcement and school administrators anonymously and easily through the FortifyFL app or