Anna Maria Fall Festival – All Welcome!

The Anna Maria Elementary Fall Festival is back again! All are welcome to participate in this fun family event benefiting the school.

This year’s festival takes place on October 28, 2017 at the Holmes Beach City Hall field, 5901 Marina Drive. The event runs from 10am-2pm. Prior to the event, AME students will meet at the Chamber of Commerce. After meeting, students will join in on a parade procession to the field.

Once at the field the day’s big event will begin. There will be a bounce house in addition to carnival games from each of the AME classes.

Also find Kona Ice, pizza from the Feast restaurant and fish tacos from The Waterfront.

There will be a lemonade stand to support aid in Haiti, and a mini bake sale to support the school.

Wear your Halloween costume to this great day of fun!

The AME PTO hosts the event, and they do a fantastic job. This is one of the largest annual fundraisers for AME, so be sure to stop by and support our school!

Fall Festival
Fall Festival 2016

Anna Maria Elementary International Peace Day 2016

In observation of International Peace Day, Anna Maria Elementary hosted a celebration of Peace for all ages. Parents, students, teachers and locals all came together for a special day.

What is International Peace Day?

September 21st is The International Day of Peace. The United Nations established this special day in 1989, and is observed globally. The UN declared the day as “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples”. This day contributes to a global culture of peace, and gives the world an opportunity to set aside differences, and practice kindness and understanding.

Anna Maria Elementary Peace Celebration

The school celebrated peace on September 23. It was truly a special day bringing together all ages in a commitment to peace. The Manatee County Rotary Club and Manatee High School Drum line also joined the elementary students.

Starting the day off, Principal Jackie Featherstone welcomed the crowd at this well attended event. School counselor Susan Tabicman organized the day in addition to the help of sponsorship from the Rotary Club. Next, the High School drum line and Elementary students marched in a parade across the campus. The High School students kept beat with a great cadence while the younger children held flags from around the world.

Students raised the U.S. flag and the crowd observed the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance.

One student from each grade two through five spoke in front of the crowd. These students made powerful statements about the meaning of peace. Well spoken, these students truly moved the crowd and made proud parents. Each grade level sang a song about peace with the help of Teacher Wooten and Teacher Ruise. It was adorable to say the least.

Pictures from Peace Day

International Peace Day
The Anna Maria Elementary Peace Day Celebration was well attended!

Finally, the event closed with a song sung all together. The entire group stood and held up peace signs making for the perfect ending to the celebration.

Check out our Instagram for a short video from the day too!

2015 Fall Festival Anna Maria Island

Holmes Beach – The 2015 Fall Festival Anna Maria Island returns October 24th from 11am-3pm. This year the Fall Festival will be happening at the Holmes Beach city field located on Marina Drive.

This annual event is an amazing fund raiser for the school. It also provides fall family fun for the entire island.

Fall Festival Anna Maria Island

The Anna Maria Elementary School parade will kick off the event. It will start at the school at 10:30 and end at the Holmes Beach field.

There will also be many fun activities including a bounce house, carnival games, bake sale and food too! Vendors include The Waterfront, Kona Ice, The Feast and Smoked Mullet from Captain Gary Huffman and Justin Moore.

Additionally, the costume contest will begin at 10:15 at the Elementary School.

Join in on the fun at the 2015 Fall Festival!

Fall Festival Anna Maria Island
Fall Festival Anna Maria Island 2015

Anna Maria Elementary School 2014 Fall Festival

Anna Maria Elementary Fall Festival is the best way to make Halloween last and to ring in Fall here on Anna Maria Island. The Anna Maria Elementary School Fall Festival is on Saturday November 1st from 3:30 to 8PM!!!  This event is open to the public, so you do not need to be or have a student at this school to enjoy the event.

This year’s festivities will start out with a children’s costumed parade beginning at 3:30PM at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce located at 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217.  They will then take a path south down Gulf Drive ending at the elementary school located at 4700 Gulf Dr Holmes Beach, FL 34217.

After the parade there will be carnival type games with prizes, a costume contest with prizes and a HUGE bake sale not with prizes… sorry.   There will be live music by Blue Echo Bluegrass to enjoy with lots of eats and treats too with the island cookout!

If you didn’t get enough scares on Halloween make sure to take a tour of the Haunted House (which is open on October 31st as well)!  There are also not so scary tours for the little monsters/princesses as well that will not give them nightmares.

All proceeds for this event will go directly back to the school to support their programs and facilities.  If you would like more information please contact the school directly at 941-708-5525.  The event is put on by the school’s PTO, and is one not to be missed.  Hope to see you all there!

Anna Maria Elementary Goes Back To School

back to schoolSo far it has been a wonderful summer here on Anna Maria Island and for students summer vacation is slowly coming to an end. School starts Monday August 20th and that means that traffic will increase drastically. Expect delays in Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island! It will definitely take everyone a little longer to get where they are going especially in the mornings between 8:00am – 8:30am and afternoons between 2:45pm – 3:15pm when the students are released. West Manatee Fire Rescue will be in front of Anna Maria Elementary for the first week of School to help remind the public to slow down in the school zone and keep the kids safe and secure.

If your family is gearing up for back to school shopping make sure to take full advantage of the sales tax holiday this year. The sales tax holiday will run this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday offering tax fee items such as clothing, footwear, certain accessories, and school supplies across the state of Florida.

For more information on the best ways to enjoy the rest of the summer on the beautiful beaches of Anna Maria Island. Check out our local scene and find fun outdoor activities, area restaurants, and tips like who has the best ice cream treats on the island. Have fun and stay safe!