THE SANIBEL SCHOOL MONDAY REPORTER FOR 12-11-17

 

 

CITIZENS OF THE WEEK

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: Mason Fase, Valentina Bell, Jonathan Chavez-Santana, and Dillon Barron. Congratulations!

 

CHECKING STUDENTS’ GRADES IN FOCUS

Parents can check their child’s grades by visiting our school website or access the Focus Parent Portal registration screen at http://focus.leeschools.net. We recommend that you check your child’s grades weekly.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL LATE ASSIGNMENTS

All middle school late work must be turned in no later than Monday, Dec. 18th. Students will taking exams in most classes the last week of the quarter (Dec. 19-21)

 

FREE AND REDUCED LUNCHES

Lunches will continued to be free to students through 1/31/18.

 

PARKING AT THE REC CENTER

The Rec Center has asked that parents do not park at the Rec Center Parking Lot when picking up students from school. Rec Center parking is limited, plus we don’t want our students walking alone across parking lot or the bus ramp. Student safety always comes first!

 

2018 Open House for High Schools

Estero High School                 January 9         6:30 p.m.

Fort Myers High School         January 10       6:30 p.m.

Dunbar High School               January 11       6:30 p.m.

Cypress Lake High School     January 17       6:00 p.m.

South Fort Myers H. School   January 25       6:00 p.m.

 

Parents of currently enrolled eighth graders will be mailed applications for high school on January 19, 2018.More information will soon follow.

 

SEADRAGON TIMES

Check out the first edition of “The SeaDragon Times” (our own student newspaper) at this link:  /http://pub.lucidpress.com/0207594f-9377-4cee-b181-24d184abd082/ or on the front page of our website.

COMPASS WEBINARS                                                                                                                  Compass Learning Odessey has been adopted by the District to provide additional digital content and skills reinforcement for your student.  The company hosts a series of webinars to help parents and guardians better understand the role Compass has in your student's education.  Please click on this link, Compass Webinars, to view and register for this month's webinars.

ELEMENTARY CHOIR REHEARSAL ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 11TH.  THERE WILL BE NO REHEARSAL ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 18TH.  

The Elementary Choir will have rehearsal on Monday, December 11th during their normal rehearsal time from 2:15-3:05 pm in the music room.  There will be NO Elementary Choir rehearsal on Monday, December 18th.  Rehearsals will resume after the holiday break on Monday, January 8th from 2:15-3:05pm in the music room.  Please contact Mr. Giangreco at [email protected] if you have any questions. 

 

DECEMBER IN OUR TOWN, THE SANIBEL SCHOOL’S 2017 HOLIDAY PROGRAM, WILL TAKE PLACE ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14TH AT 6:00PM

On Thursday, December 14th at 6:00pm in The Sanibel School cafetorium, the music department will present December In Our Town.  This year, the Holiday Program will feature the Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade classes along with a performance by the Elementary Choir. 

Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students should arrive at The Sanibel School and report to the music room NO LATER than 5:45pm. Girls should wear a nice dress or a nice blouse with a skirt.  Boys should wear a button down dress shirt with a tie and dress pants.  They may also add a festive accent to their outfit (hats, ties, pins, scarves, etc.).  After the concert, please pick up Kindergarten students from the music room (room 28), 1st Grade students from the art room (room 27), and 2nd Grade students from the stage.

Elementary Choir students should report to The Sanibel School NO LATER than 5:00pm for a brief sound check and dress rehearsal.  Choir members should wear black slacks or skirts, black shoes, and a formal white top.  They may also add a festive accent to their outfit (hats, ties, pins, scarves, etc.).

The students have been working hard in both music class and their classrooms to prepare for this year’s program.  You are invited to this festive performance to celebrate the December holidays and the joy that they bring this time of year!

 

NO AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM FROM DEC. 18th THROUGH DEC. 22nd

There will be no After School Program on Monday, December 18th- Friday, December 22nd.  Please be sure to make other dismissal arrangements with your child’s teacher. Also, as we approach the end of the semester, please be sure that your child’s After School account is paid in full by December 22.  If you have any questions, please contact Heather Williams at [email protected].

We wish you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

 

SEAHORSE CHORALE SPECTACULAR ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19TH AT 7:00PM

The Seahorse Chorale Spectacular will take place on Tuesday, December 19th at 7:00pm in The Sanibel School cafetorium.  During this performance, Seahorse Chorale will present a wide variety of music.  Throughout this exciting concert event, repertoire will be performed celebrating the December Holidays.  Other exciting selections will also be performed including a piece from the hit musical Hamilton!  In addition to Seahorse Chorale, The Steel Drum Band will also perform.  Your family and friends are invited to attend what is sure to be a memorable concert.  Admission is $5.00 per ticket, but tickets for all students will be FREE.  Concessions will also be available for purchase.  All funds raised will help to support Seahorse Chorale’s upcoming trip to perform at Walt Disney World!  We look forward to seeing your family and friends at the Seahorse Chorale Spectacular!

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO SEAHORSE CHORALE FOR BEING ACCEPTED TO PRESENT A PERFORMANCE AT WALT DISNEY WORLD!

Seahorse Chorale, our middle school choir made up of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students, recently sent in an audition video and application to apply to do a performance at Walt Disney World.  Disney only chooses the best groups to come and present a performance.  Recently, Seahorse Chorale found out that they have been accepted to present a performance!!!  Seahorse Chorale will present a performance at Walt Disney World on Friday, February 23rd!  We are so proud of Seahorse Chorale for their hard work and dedication and are excited for this wonderful opportunity!

CLUB SSYRA AND THE BATTLE OF THE BOOKS FOR GRADES 3 – 5                                      Calling all avid readers and academically competitive brainiacs: The schools in our district are once again gearing up for the annual Battle of the Books quiz team competitions to be held in May! Students in grades 3 through 8 are encouraged to read as many of the 15 Sunshine State Young Reader Award (SSYRA) books as possible then take on other schools to see who really knows their stuff!  Media Specialist Mrs. Payne, 5th Grade Reading Teacher Mrs. Whalen, and Teaching Paraprofessional Mrs. Williams will sponsor the elementary after school club and coach this year's elementary team. We'll hold our first organizational meeting with interested 3rd through 5th grade students on Friday, December 15th, from 2:15 to 3:30 in the Media Center.  All 3rd through 5th graders who wish to be part of our SSYRA book club will help choose a day for the club to meet after school each week during the spring semester.  Join in on engaging book talks, brain games, and fun!  From the group of ARR club participants, a competitive team of 6 high achieving and committed students will eventually be formed to represent our school at the Lee County School District Battle of the Books. The ARR club meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend and enjoy the 15 novels together though.  If your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader wants to read the SSYRA novels and join the ARR club, please email Mrs. Payne at [email protected] so she can send a required permission slip and inform you of future meeting dates and times.  Please tell us whether your child will be picked up in front of the school after the meeting or will need to go to the Rec. Center at 3:30 on Friday, December 15th.  Mrs. Base is also currently taking names of middle school students interested in her Battle of the Books team and will once again coach that team’s efforts to recapture their championship title won just a few years ago. Let's show Lee County why The Sanibel School and our students truly are number one!  The SSYRA book lists and other details for the 2017-2018 Sunshine State Young Reader Award are available here:  https://www.floridamediaed.org/ssyra.html.

SEADRAGON SPORTS

Volleyball season has come to a close and our boys’ and girls’ teams did a great job! Soccer try-outs are currently taking place on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. Students must have grades and behavior in good standing to play in games.

VISIT OUR SCHOOL WEBSITE!                                                                                          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 AM to 3:30 PM.

YEARBOOK, THE ONE AND ONLY MEMORY BOOK FOR 2017

Now is the time to purchase a 2017 yearbook! The staff has designed the best cover ever!!! Eighth graders have formal portraits in tux or drapes for the first time ever! Cost is $40 now until March 1st. Yearbooks make great birthday, Hanukkah or Christmas gifts. Buy yours today online at yearbookforever.com or at school in the front office with cash or check (made out to The Sanibel School). Don't let your child's memories fade, make sure they get a yearbook. 

 

SAC NEWS

The SAC meeting that was scheduled for Wednesday, December 13 has been cancelled. In lieu of a January meeting, SAC members are encouraged to attend the FISH sponsored presentation at the school at 6:30PM on Thursday, January 18. The program will feature presentations from the Lee County Sheriff's Department and will address a variety of important topics that include bullying, alcohol and drug abuse, and monitoring children's use of phone, cameras, and social media.

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. Your Holiday gift can support the Sanibel School! From Monday to Wednesday December 18-20th Congress Jewelers will be donating a percentage of sales to the Sanibel School fund.  You need to mention that you would like to support the School. They are located at Periwinkle Place so be sure to stop by and get some Holiday Gifts.  If you have any questions, Please contact Christian Fautz at (917) 763-6824 or email [email protected] for more information.

PTA NEWS

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Holiday Wonderland Gift Shoppe, as it was a great success and the kids had so much fun buying gifts!  A special thanks to Holly Nuckolls for all of the hard work and dedication it took to make this a success and so much fun! Thanks you to everyone that volunteered to help too. Our next PTA meeting is Wednesday, December 13th at 8a.m. in the School Conference room.  Please join us, as we would love to hear your ideas for future events. PIZZA ANYONE?  We are offering a Pizza Party for any class that gets at least 75% of their families to join the PTA. The cost is $20 and the sign up forms will be available in the front office and as an attachment here.  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 at our upcoming PTA events! Razoo and Amazon Smile I Razoo, do you?  Want to contribute and can’t seem to make any of the 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 https://www.razoo.com/us/story/The-Sanibel-School-Pta 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 www.smile.amazon.com today and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase to our school!  Remember to select Sanibel School PTA!  Amazing Amazon Smile!  We are grateful for all that you do to help our school strive to be the best!