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: Larry Manley, Dillon Barron, Presley Hopper, and Jackson Williams. Congratulations!



The Lee County School District offers free Microsoft 365 licenses to all enrolled students for use on their home computers and other personal devices.  For more information please visit our website: on the School Info/Forms page. 


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STEEL DRUMMING BAND FOR A PHENOMENAL PERFORMANCE AT WALT DISNEY WORLD!                                                                       On Friday, March 17th, the Steel Drumming Band presented a phenomenal performance at Walt Disney World! They performed at Waterview Park in Disney Springs (formally Downtown Disney) and were met with a very warm reception from the crowd. They have worked so hard to prepare for this event and it all paid off with a great performance! They represented The Sanibel School well.  We could not be more proud of the Steel Drumming Band!!!

ELEMENTARY CHOIR REHEARSAL TODAY, MONDAY, MARCH 20TH.  NEXT REHEARSAL IS MONDAY, MARCH 27TH.                                                                                The Elementary Choir will have rehearsal on Monday, March 20th during their normal rehearsal time from 2:15-3:05 pm in the music room.  The choir will have their next rehearsal on Monday, March 27th.  Please contact Mr. Giangreco at [email protected] if you have any questions. 

WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY                                                                                                                    On Tuesday, March 21, The Sanibel School will be celebrating World Down Syndrome Day.  Since Down syndrome occurs because of an extra copy of the 21st chromosome on a baby’s DNA, every year March 21 is designated as World Down Syndrome Day.  Students are encouraged to wear “fun” socks that day.  Sea TV will be sharing information on Down syndrome to help create awareness and understanding of those with this condition.  Please help your child join in the fun that day by wearing fun socks as they learn more about Down syndrome.  For more information on the condition and how you can support people and families dealing with Down syndrome in Lee County, visit


There is a NJHS meeting scheduled on Wednesday, March 22 from 2:15- 3:15 pm in Mrs. Scarnato’s room.


MANDATORY PERFORMING ARTS REHEARSAL ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22ND.                                                                                                                               On Wednesday, March 22nd, Performing Arts will be having a mandatory rehearsal after school in the cafetorium from 2:15-5:00pm.  We will be working to prepare for our upcoming production of The Wizard of Oz.  All Performing Arts students are expected to attend.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Giangreco via email at [email protected].      


Our Jump rope day is scheduled for Thursday, March 23rd in PE class. Thank you for your support in this great event. Any questions please contact Mrs. Kridle.



The 3rd through 5th grade CLUB SSYRA book club will meet again this Friday, March 24th from 2:15 to 3:30 pm in the Media Center.  All 3rd through 5th graders who wish to be part of our SSYRA book club will continue to meet during the semester after school to join in on engaging book talks, brain games, and fun!  If your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader wants to read the SSYRA novels and join the 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.   The SSYRA book lists and other details for the 2017 Sunshine State Young Reader Award are available here:  The CLUB SSYRA meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend and enjoy the 14 novels together, but eventually a competitive team of 7 high achieving and committed club members will eventually be formed to represent our school at the Lee County School District Battle of the Books.  Let's show Lee County why The Sanibel School and our students truly are number one!  This week’s book focus – Seagulls Don’t Eat Pickles.  Bring your SSYRA books!



Please support our Sanibel Seahorse Festival, which will be on Saturday, March 25th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at The Sanibel School!  Parents, please remember that students must be supervised by an adult. Please do not drop students off at The Sanibel School. We look forward to seeing our families come out for some fun in one of our biggest fundraisers of the year! PLEASE SEE PTA NEWS BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION.



The math team will be traveling to Dunbar High on Saturday, March 25th for district math competition. All permission slip need to be turned in by Tuesday March 21st. Team member needs to be at the school at 7:00 am. The competition will end at 1:00 pm.



Is your student going on the Washington, D.C. Fieldtrip this April? If so, please join us for an informational parent meeting in the cafeteria at 5:30 PM. Please bring your 8th grade student too, as we will review policies and procedures and answer any questions that you might have.



Get ready for Spring Picture Day on Tuesday, March 28th! Fliers will be sent home this week for families who want to order pictures for their child.





                                                                                    2017 FSA TESTING

Elementary School Testing Calendar





March 28th and 29th

FSA ELA Reading

2 days


Grade 3

April 19th and 20th

FSA ELA Reading

2 days


Grades 4-5

May 3rd  and 4th


2 days


Grades 3-5

May 1st and 2nd


2 days


Grade 5



Middle School Testing Calendar





April 19th and 20th

FSA Reading

2 days


Grades 6-8

May 1st and 2nd


2 days


Grade 8

May 9th and 10th

FSA Algebra 1

FSA Math

2 days


Students enrolled

May 16th

Civics EOC

1 day


Grade 7


May 9th and 10th

FSA Algebra 1

FSA Math

2 days


Students enrolled



Track: We will be having practice on Tuesday, March 21st from 2:15- 4:00 pm. All players need to meet in Mrs. Scarnato’s room directly after school. Parents please be sure to pick up your players at 4:00 pm at The Sanibel Fields. The team will be traveling to Riverdale on Thursday, March 23rd. The district meet will be starting at 6:00 pm. The girls and boys are to report to Mrs.  Dykhuizen classroom directly after school for a study hall until the bus arrives. There will be a bus to and from the game.

Girls Soccer: We will be having practice on Tuesday, March 21st from 2:15- 4:00 pm. All players need to meet in Mrs. Scarnato’s room directly after school. Parents please be sure to pick up your players at 4:00 pm at The Sanibel Fields. There will be no soccer practice on Thursday due to the track meet. 



Parents, Grandparents,  and Friends, we are celebrating reading and it's going to be BIG!  I mean MUY GRANDE!  This spring's Book Fair Fiesta, is fast approaching and we need volunteers Wednesday, March 29th through Wednesday, April 5th in the Media Center!  Volunteer Amigos y Amigas can prepare decorations, hang posters, set up equipment, assist shoppers, restock merchandise, provide snacks, and help pack-up and clean up.  We'll also host a big family night fiesta with food, dancing, singing, art, and much excitement to celebrate all that our kids are doing in Spanish classes and clubs.  We'd love to have you here for multiple shifts, so please come as often as you like and are able.  Adult volunteers can sign up to help at  Middle School Students, we need you too! Go to the "Student Signup Page" at  It’s full of opportunities for you to work off your community service hours and have fun at the same time! (Especially those which involve being in costume!)   For more book fair information contact Mrs. Payne, or check out our book fair web page and online book fair at See you at the book fair!


Interaction during reading is key to language development

UI study finds how caregivers respond to the sounds babies make during book reading could be link to language development in young children


Reading Skills and Speed Reading Programs

The University of South Florida Continuing Education has individualized programs that include engaging instruction, independent reading in great books with skilled and encouraging teachers this summer for preschool through high school. For more information or to register, call 1-800-964-9974 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.




The Seahorse Festival is right around the corner.  This year the festival will be held on March 25th, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Sanibel School.  Please contact Kimberly Paulus ([email protected], 239-822-4044 text) to sign up to help! As a reminder, this is our once a year fundraising event where we raise most of the money that helps the PTA support the Sanibel School throughout the year. Thank you in advance for all of your hard work and dedication for our kids!!!

Razoo and Amazon Smile

Don’t forget to sign up for Razoo so you can contribute year round in monthly donations!  Go to and start today!  Please sign up with Amazon Smile at today and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase to our school!  Remember to select Sanibel School PTA!  Hope you have a happy and healthy 2017!  KP



SANIBEL 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! You may also follow us on Twitter @Sanibel_School.


BLUE RIBBON PARTNERS & SPONSORS                                                                      

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 2016-2017 School year.  Please join us in thanking them for their support of our Blue Ribbon School! If you have any questions, Please contact Christian Fautz at [email protected] for more information. .  Please save the date for the Annual Blue Ribbon Golf Outing on May 13th.

BLUE RIBBON SPONSORS 2016-2017                                                                               Please thank the following sponsors for their continued support of The Sanibel School!




Doc Ford’s

Charitable Foundation of Islands


AJ & Sunny Scribante

Bank of Islands

Sanibel Captiva Trust Company

The Sanctuary Golf Club

Bay Medical Solutions

J McLaughlin

Kremenchucker Law Firm



The Burns Family

Congress Jewelers

The Island Sun

The Kouril Family

Christian and Jamie Fautz

R.S. Walsh

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank

Mossberg Family

Eric Pfeifer realty


Dunes Golf & tennis Club

Sanibel Home Furnishings

Billy’s Bikes


The School Board of Lee County, Florida

Mary Fischer, District 1 (Chairman);Jane E. Kuckel, PhD., District 6 (Vice Chairman); Melisa W. Giovannelli, District 2; Chris N. Patricca, District 3; Steven K. Teuber, District 4; Pamela H. LaRiviere, District 5; Cathleen O’Daniel Morgan, District 7