Parents, please do not allow students to bring Axe Spray (cologne) to school. Middle School students are also not allowed to have this spray in their backpack or locker. This spray has recently caused problems with staff members and students who are allergic or sensitive to it. Thank you for your help.



Students in Kindergarten and 1st Grade earn Sea Horse tickets for good behavior, helpful attitude, and an eagerness to learn. Each week we select a Sea Horse ticket winner from these classes.  These students get to come to the office and select a prize from our prize cabinet. The following students are this week’s citizens of the week: Rowan Moore, Evan Nuckolls, Taylor O’Brien, and Teagan Clark. Congratulations!



Parents, please use FOCUS ( as your primary source for real-time information on your student’s grades and homework assignment status.  There are several reasons why FOCUS is the application of choice.  FOCUS contains real-time information and is always up to date.  You see the same information as the teacher and your student.  Middle School students log into FOCUS every Friday to check their progress, so these students are extremely familiar with how to access their gradebook information.  Instructions on how to access and use FOCUS are on our school website as well as on the Lee County website and Launchpad.


The former source of gradebook information, Parentlink, has been experiencing technical difficulties and hasn’t issued a report since the last week of September.  It will not be back on line until the company and the District are assured that the issues have been resolved and that the correct gradebook information is being pushed out.  However, Parentlink is not real time, so even when the application issues are resolved, please use and depend on FOCUS as your source for your student’s gradebook information.  Parentlink is a great application for school to community communications, but FOCUS is the tool for gradebooks.  Thanks!



First quarter report cards will be sent home on Thursday, October 26th. Elementary students will bring their report cards home, while middle school report cards will be mailed home. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher/s.



The Sanibel School Math Team will start meeting on Monday morning in Mrs. Scarnato’s room at 7:00 am starting October 23 through November 13. The math team is for our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Our first math competition will be held on November 18th at Dunbar High School.



The Elementary Choir will have rehearsal on Monday, October 23rd during their normal rehearsal time from 2:15-3:05 pm in the music room.  Please contact Mr. Giangreco at [email protected] if you have any questions. 


…and it’s not just for kids!  Our students are loving the wide selection of books at our Scholastic book fair, and are excited to know they can continue to shop online for even more great reads, now through November 1st!  Family and friends are invited to shop Tuesday, October 24th after school from 2:15 to 6:00 PM.  Students can bring money for purchases during the school day Monday through Wednesday this week, the last day to shop being Wednesday, October 25th.  Volunteers are still needed this week,   so sign up at the link below and mosey on down to the “Reading is OK Corral”!  Adult and middle school volunteers can sign up to help at  For more book fair information contact Mrs. Payne at [email protected] or check out our book fair web page and online book fair at  Proceeds will be used to buy new books for our school.  Gently used donated books will be accepted for children in Lee County who lost their homes and belongings in recent storms.  Many thanks to local author and illustrator Kyle Miller for donating locally inspired books for our elementary students to enjoy.  Learn more about her and the donated books at  See you at the book fair!



The Orff Club will meet during their usual time on Wednesday, October 25th from 2:15-3:05pm in the music room.   All members are expected to attend.  .  Please contact Mr. Giangreco at [email protected] if you have any question.



Congratulations to Summer Stewart, a 5th grade student here at The Sanibel School, for being accepted to the All State Elementary Choir!  This choir consists of the most talented 4th and 5th grade singers from across the state of Florida and is made up of just a couple hundred students.  Over a thousand students auditioned to be a part of this ensemble.  It is an honor for Summer to have been accepted.  She will travel to Tampa, FL in January to be a part of the All State Elementary Choir at the Florida Music Educators Association Conference.  She will participate in daily rehearsals and workshops with a world-renowned guest clinician, and culminate her experience with the All State Elementary Choir concert.  It is sure to be a memorable experience!  We are very proud of Summer and know she will do a great job representing The Sanibel School in All State!



 The Sanibel School Junior Honor Society will hosting a food drive for FISH here on Sanibel. The food drive is through October 27th. The SSJHS will be collecting the items for the elementary classrooms and middle school mentoring teachers. The class that has the largest percentage items per student will win a pancake breakfast from Mrs. Scarnato. The middle school meeting will be the second Friday of every month at 9:05 in Mrs. Scarnato’s room. The elementary SSJHS meeting will be the third Tuesday during PE time.


Red ribbon week

Starting Wednesday, October 25th through October 31st is our Annual Red Ribbon Week to show our support and awareness to stay drug-free.  Students have an opportunity to express themselves through different themes each day.  It is the S.A.D.D. (Students against Destructive Decisions) Club that sponsor this event.   There will be other events throughout the week as well.  This is a great week to talk to your children about drugs. See the attached flyer for details.



The Sanibel School traditionally uses this day as a day to celebrate and promote a love of reading through storybook characters.  We would like to invite our K and 1 families to come watch the parade at 8:30AM.  Kinder and first grade will host a storybook parade, and the students will walk across the stage.   A great time to capture that special picture of your child here at school.  Please send them with the book their character came from as well.  

Grades 2-8 will be allowed to wear appropriate pajamas to school this day to help celebrate getting comfy and reading.   This has been a tradition at the Sanibel School for years, and the kids seem to really enjoy it.   Please be looking for a note from your child’s teacher in regards to what else is needed.


VETERAN’S DAY ASSEMBLY AND MUSIC PROGRAM TO TAKE PLACE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 AT 8:05AM                                                                                                       On Friday, November 10th at 8:05am in The Sanibel School cafetorium, The Sanibel School will present their annual Veteran’s Day assembly and music program.  This year, the Seahorse Chorale, Elementary Choir, and 4th and 5th grade classes will present an exciting music program celebrating Veteran’s Day.  You and your family are invited to attend this exciting program! If you are a veteran, please wear your uniform as we celebrate YOU! If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Giangreco at [email protected].  We look forward to seeing you there! 


GIRLS’ AND BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball try-outs for boys and girls will start Wednesday, October 25 and Thursday October 26 from 2:15- 4:00 pm. All players need to meet in Mrs. Scarnato’s room directly after school. In order for a student to partake in sports their Intramural Athletics Acknowledge Consent and Release Form must be turned in to Mrs. Scarnato. Also, students have grade and behavior requirements in order to participate.  Please bring proper athletic equipment, including knee pads.  Parents, please be sure to pick up your players at 4:00 pm at The Sanibel Rec Center. 



The Welcome Back Dinner/Pool Party/Fall Festival will be held November 3rd from 5:30-7:30 at the Recreation Center.  Cost is $5 per person or $20 max per family.  Please join us for swimming, games, crafts, raffles, food and fun! (Note, it is no longer a Potluck dinner, food will be provided…but if you would like to bring a dessert, feel free to do so, it will be much appreciated!)

Please join the PTA!  The cost is $20 and the sign up forms will be available in the front office and at every event.  Our next PTA meeting will be October 18th at 2:30 in the school conference room.  Come and join a committee and share your ideas and add your special touch to our upcoming PTA events!

Razoo and Amazon Smile

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BLUE RIBBON PARTNERS & SPONSORS 2017-2018 School Year                                        THANK YOU to all of our Blue Ribbon Partners and sponsors who have donated to The Sanibel School this past year.  We are looking forward to your continued support for 2017-2018 School year.


Please visit The Sanibel School website for more information about school policies, activities, calendar of events, our faculty, homework portals, teacher websites, and so much more!



Sanibel School T-shirts are available in the front office (sizes S, M, L and XL) for $10 each.  School spirit days are Fridays giving students many opportunities to wear their pride.  Office hours are 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM.