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: Taylor Peach, Emma Murray, Maja Mossberg, and Reed Curran. Congratulations!



Fourth quarter interim reports will be sent home on Friday for all students in kindergarten – 7th grade. Students in 8th grade will bring home their interim reports on Monday, April 30th. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s teacher/s, please contact them.



Our Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) tests are quickly approaching. The FSA is one measure of a student’s achievement of Florida’s education standards, which were developed and implemented to ensure that all students are ready for success in college, careers, and life. The test results allow us to determine whether the grade level goals are being met and if students are ready to move on to the next level. We are inviting all middle school students to join us for one night to review skills that they may need a little help prior to testing. This will start right after school in Ms. Scarnato’s room and work until 6:15 p.m. During that time, we will be providing a review that is aligned with skills needed for the FSA. We will take some time out for snacks and breaks. The boot camp is free to any student that is willing to give up their evening.   Tonight, April 23rd is for Pre-Algebra students.


ELEMENTARY CHOIR REHEARSAL TO TAKE PLACE ON MONDAY, APRIL 30TH     The Elementary Choir will NOT have rehearsal on Monday, April 23rd due to a required teacher training.                                                                                           Our next rehearsal will occur on Monday, April 30th during our usual time from 2:15-3:05pm.  Please contact Mr. Giangreco at [email protected] if you have any questions. 


This year we will have an orientation for new kindergartners on April 26, 2018 from 5:30 pm. to 6:30 pm.   We invite you and your child to come tour our campus, have your questions answered, and meet the kindergarten teachers too.   Please contact Donna Marks, The School Registrar, at (239) 472-1617 for information and an enrollment packet. We look forward to meeting your family and are excited that you have chosen our school for your child’s education!



Please join us on Friday, May 11th at 8:05 for breakfast, performances, and celebration of all that you do for the Sanibel School.  Volunteers help plant the seeds of love that help countless hearts to grow!  RSVP in the office or via email to [email protected].  We look forward to seeing you there!



Last Monday morning a group of us: Mr. Larry Hart the Lee County Tax Collector, Mr. Marshall T. Bower the President and CEO of the Lee County Foundation, Sophia’s parents, Tylor Stewart the art teacher, Jamie Reid the Assistant Principal, and the Sea TV Filming Crew all snuck in to Mrs. Whalen’s 5th grade classroom to surprise Sophia with the best of the best license plate design. The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools and Lee County Tax Collector’s Office recognize students and teachers of Lee County Schools by awarding them for their dedication to the Kids Tag Art Program. This year the theme for the design was “Reach for the Stars”. Sophia’s design was chosen to be made into a license plate this year. They all came to recognize her talent and share in the excitement. Each year, The Sanibel School 5th grade artists participate in this design program, which offers funds to promote the arts in the Lee County schools. The 49 art teachers from the participating schools received $800 each in grant money to utilize in their classrooms. Thanks to them for funding our art program, and congratulations to Sophia Schroy for her incredible talents!


CONGRATULATIONS FLORIDA JR. DUCK STAMP WINNERS: Did you know that the Florida Junior Duck stamp contest was started here at Sanibel School over 25 years ago?  2017-2018 marks the 25th year of the creation of the Federal Jr Duck Stamp conservation and design program. This dynamic art and science based curriculum teaches wetland and waterfowl conservation to students K-12 graders across the nation.  Florida continues to be a success with over 2,110 entries participating state-wide. This was a large turnout considering a lot of schools, teachers, and students did not participate due to hurricane Irma. Ding Darling received entries from over 40 cities state-wide.

The Sanibel School had six Honorable Mention Winners this year: Olivia Kauffold, Abbie Wheeler, Darren Jenkins, Sophia DeCosta, Molly Dunn and Adeline Von Wowern.

We also had two 1st place winners: Vanessa Kelly and Gia Lackenby.

All Jr. Duck Stamp winners are invited to a special ceremony on October 13th at 1:00 PM. Invitations will be sent out.

CONGRATULATIONS to all The Sanibel School artists for another successful year!



We have a golf area tournament at the Dunes on Tuesday April 24 after school. If the boys’ golf team advances to the Regionals, it will be held on May 3rd at Majestic Golf Club in Lehigh. On Tuesday, April 24 we have tennis practice from 2:15 -4:00pm. The girls only will have a match April 26 against Bonita Charter at Three Oaks Park starting at 5:00pm. Gateway Charter forfeited both their game and the first round of playoff on May 1 and 3rd. The team will practice May 1 and 3. They will be in the second round of playoff on Tuesday May 7th at Cypress Lake.   



Irma, the flood, the holidays, and now taxes are over! Each year we base the price of the yearbook on the amount it cost divided among how many books we believe to be purchased. This year we are under by 100! Please help our yearbook program out by purchasing one today. The cost is $45 but this book of memories for 2018 is priceless

Cash or checks accepted (made out to The Sanibel School).  We need student's name, grade and homeroom teacher. For questions, email Dr. Kielborn-Jennings at [email protected]



Parents can check their child’s grades by visiting our school website or accessing the Focus Parent Portal registration screen at We recommend that you check your child’s grades weekly.


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 SHIRTS                                                                                                                     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 3:30 pm.

PTA NEWS                                                                                                                                         The Seahorse Festival is approaching fast!  It will be at The Sanibel Community Park on Periwinkle next to the Community House on May 5th (Cinco de Mayo) from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Several local restaurant venders will be offering various foods, deserts, and drinks, and the entertainment is featuring the band “Wilder Sons”!  There will be several games to play organized by the kids and/or department heads/teachers to make their own money, including the 8th grade class, which will have A DUNK TANK!  (Please consider volunteering to be dunked to help raise money for their class graduation ceremony/dance)!  A Kid’s Inflatable Zone will be available for purchase as always, $20 per wrist band for unlimited play.  Admission is $5 for adults and kids are free. We will need many volunteers for the festival to help make it a huge success! And lastly, if you have a business that you would like to self-promote, we are allowing Vender Tables at $100 to set up and hand out marketing materials and freebees from the business. If you’re interested please contact [email protected] or 239-822-4044.  For volunteers, please go to:  for sign-up or if you have any questions contact Emma Hall at 239-938-5802.Thank you JJ Taylor Distribution, Baileys, and Point Ybel for being our beverage sponsors. Event Sponsors so far are: Gold Sponsor: George & Anna Sampas, Invest Florida Realty-Nicholas & Kimberly Paulus, and PGI Homes-Anthony & Tia Farhat. Silver Sponsor: Dan & Mary Bell, Maughan Law Group, McCallion & McCallion. Bronze Sponsor: Jay Scanlon of Scanlon Lexus/Acura of Fort Myers, Ralph & Allison Quillen. Personal Best: Sanibel Charm- Lifestyle Blog.

Razoo and Amazon Smile! Do you want to contribute but have trouble making it fundraisers?  Through Razoo, you can contribute year round in monthly donations, or a one -time only donation, whatever is more comfortable for you.  Go to and start today!  Do you shop at Amazon? Now there is a way to raise money for The Sanibel School just by clicking a box at no cost to you. OUTSTANDING!  Sign up at today and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase to our school!  Remember to select Sanibel School PTA!  Let’s make 2018 a very special year for the Sanibel School Students, so please, help support your school!

SANIBEL SCHOOL FUND                                                                                                                            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.  Save the date for the Blue Ribbon Golf Classic and Dinner at the Sanctuary on Saturday, May 12, 2018.  We are looking for silent and live auction items if you would like to help sign up local businesses to donate. Please feel to come join us as we are starting our new campaign for this year's Blue Ribbon Sponsors.  If you have any questions, Please contact Christian Fautz at (917) 763-6824 or email [email protected] for more information.







Charitable Foundation of the Islands

J. McLaughlin



Bank of the Islands

Sanibel Captiva Trust Company

The Sanctuary Golf Club

Chuck Bergstrom

AJ & Sunny Scribante

Doc Fords

George & Anna Sampas



The Island Sun


The Mossberg Family

The Kouril Family

Law Offices of Jason Maughan

Eric Pfeifer Realty

Jensen’s Twin Palms Resort & Marina

The Dunn Family

The Lazy Flamingo

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank

PGI Homes- Tia & Anthony Farhat

Aaron Pruss, Esq

Invest Florida Realty-Nicholas & Kimberly Paulus

RS Walsh

Jeff & Veronica Powers



The Crater Family

Donna & John Schubert

Natalya Zacharievich

Dan & Mary Bell



Jen McSorley

Helen & Chuck Ketteman

Alan & Joan Klutch

Superior Title of Sanibel

Jay Scanlon/Scanlon Lexus/Acura of Fort Myers

Ralph & Allison Quillen



Linda & Richard Green

Emily & Dick Muench

Phaidra McDermott

Sanibel Charm-Lifestyle Blog


If you are interested in our sponsorship program, please contact Christian Fautz at (917) 763-6824; [email protected]