O’Brien Expectations

  • Respectful
  • Organized and Ready to Learn
  • Always safe
  • Responsible

Mission Statement

The mission of Philip O'Brien Elementary is to provide a high quality education for all students.

Campus Hours

  • Office hours are 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM.
  • Breakfast is served 7:30 to 7:50 AM.
  • Visits are limited to the office lobby area at this time.


Home of the Lions


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

This is a reminder that the school will be closed on Monday in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Students and staff will return Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

Report Card/Wednesday Folders

Parents/Guardians: PCPS will distribute report cards for the second grading quarter/first semester on Friday, January 14. Instead of sending Wednesday folders today (January 12), we will send them on Friday with the report cards.

Don’t forget today is an Early Dismissal Day at 12:30 PM.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Early Dismissal Day

This is a friendly reminder that January 12 is an early dismissal day. Students will be dismissed at 12:30 PM. Please make plans accordingly. Thank you.

New Student Registration

If you’ve moved to our attendance zone and will have a child attend Philip O’Brien Elementary School this semester, please check the PCPS district Web site for information on how to enroll or transfer your child. Our administrative professionals will be here Monday, January 3, from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM to help you with any enrollment questions you may have. If you’d prefer to call with questions, the school phone number is (863) 499-2950.

Winter Break Challenge

Are you working on your winter break reading and math challenges? Remember to complete a minimum of fifteen reading and/or math activities, get an adult to initial the square when you finish, and return to your homeroom teacher when you return from winter break to receive a special prize! Each activity should last for at least 20 minutes.

Do you need a new copy of the challenge forms?  Click this link to download a PDF version!  Reading and Math Winter Break Challenge 2021

POBE Supports Lakeland Regional Health Employees

A few weeks ago, Philip O’Brien Elementary staff members volunteered their time to stuff 500 goodie bags for employees of Lakeland Regional Health. This was a community volunteer effort, and we were proud to be a part of it. Thank you to our frontline workers for all you do!



Staff Pink Out Day

In October, POBE staff members participated in a “Pink Out” day for breast cancer awareness. Staff members could donate $5 or items such as lotion, scented candles, snacks, or blankets to go into a care basket in order to wear their favorite pink shirt and jeans for the day. We gathered multiple care package items and money to purchase gift cards which are being donated to a local community member who is recovering from breast cancer surgery.

Thank you staff for your generosity and for supporting those in our community!

Teacher and School-Related Employee of the Year

Congratulations to Ms. Caren Hiam, Teacher of the Year, and Mrs. Marie Sagnella, School-Related Employee of the Year.  Ms. Hiam currently teaches students in grades K-5 who receive ESE services.  She is the ESE grade level chairperson and also serves on the PBIS committee.  Ms. Hiam is an alumni of Philip O’Brien Elementary School and has taught here since 2014.

Mrs. Sagnella is a Title One and Family Involvement paraeducator.  She can often be found pulling small groups of students to accelerate them to success.  She plays a vital role in increasing family and community involvement at Philip O’Brien Elementary.  Mrs. Sagnella has been a Philip O’Brien Lion since 2019.

Congratulations ladies!  You ROAR!

Dress Code Update for 2021 - 2022

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