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: Natalya Sampas, Ernesto Del Valle, Riley Sullivan, and Korynn Livermon.  Congratulations!



Students in grades 4 through 8 will be taking the FSA Reading Assessment on Wednesday, April 19th and Thursday, April 20th. It is important that students get plenty of rest the night before and have a good breakfast. Other important reminders include:

  1.  For students who have chromebooks, be sure the chromebooks arrive on campus fully charged every morning.
  2. Bring comfortable headphones/earbuds and an optional mouse if you would like (standard headphones will be available, but are not the most comfortable).
  3. Please get your child to school on time. Late students may not be admitted to class

We know our students are going to “rock” the test, so be sure to share your confidence with your child as well!


MANDATORY PERFORMING ARTS REHEARSAL ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19TH.      On Wednesday, April 19th, 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].      


SNJHS will be have the formal induction ceremony at the Sanibel School on Wednesday, April 19th at 6:00 pm. We will be having a refreshments. If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Scarnato at the school, 472-1617


 NEXT ELEMENTARY CHOIR REHEARSAL WILL BE ON MONDAY, APRIL 24TH.      The Elementary Choir will have their next rehearsal on Monday, April 24th during their normal rehearsal time from 2:15-3:05pm in the music room.  Please contact Mr. Giangreco at [email protected] if you have any questions. 


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 me to determine whether the grade level goals are being met and if my students are ready to move on to the next level. I have invited my students to join me for one night to review skills that they may need a little help prior to testing. We will start right after school and work until 6:30 p.m. During that time, I will be providing a review and games that are 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. The dates are 6th grade- April 25, 7th grade-April 26th, 8th Grade Pre- Algebra -April 20th and Algebra is on April 18th     



 Please return your field trip permission slip to Mrs. Dykhuizen as soon as possible in order to go on the trip!


CONGRATULATIONS 2017 FLORIDA JUNIOR DUCK STAMP WINNERS:                         I would like to thank all of the art students in The Sanibel School for participating this year! There was a great response, with 39 schools in Florida participating. Ding Darling received 2,882 entries from across the state of Florida. Judging took place on March 30th on Sanibel Island. The panel of judges had a difficult time choosing the top 100 winners due to the high degree of talent. The following students were chosen as Honorable Mention winners at The Sanibel School. Group I category (K- 3): Sofi Varmuza, Ava Selby, Ana Kilgore and Adeline Von Wowern. Group II category (4-6): Ethan Mathusa and Sophia Schroy. Mark your calendars for the Annual Florida Junior Duck Stamp Awards Ceremony on Saturday OCTOBER 21, 2017 at 1:00 PM. All the top 100 winners will be honored at the Ding Darling National Wildlife Center. Congratulations to all, this is a well-deserved honor and you should be proud. I am! Ms. Tylor Stewart


an opportunity to obtain Miracle baseball tickets for your students and engage in an anti-bullying effort

The Miracle is proud to partner with the Lee County School District for a third year to bring an anti-bullying night that will be held in conjunction with the Miracle's game on Saturday, April 29th. The game starts at 6:05 p.m. and the gates open at 5:00 p.m. Elementary and middle schools are invited to participate by having their students sign an anti-bullying pledge. Printed pledges will be provided at school. Students who sign the pledge will receive a free ticket to the game. Schools are also encouraged to make anti-bullying posters for the parade that will be held shortly after the gates open. Parents/Guardians can mention “Strike Out Bullying” for a special ticket rate and $2 goes to the school district to support bullying prevention programs.

PERFORMING ARTS AND ELEMENTARY CHOIR TO PERFORM NATIONAL ANTHEM AT MIRACLE BASEBALL GAME ON THURSDAY, MAY 4TH                            On Thursday, May 4th, students in Performing Arts and Elementary Choir will have the opportunity to perform the National Anthem at a Miracle Baseball game.  You are welcome to come out to the game, which starts at 6:30pm, support our talented students, and enjoy an exciting game!  Please see the attached flier for more information about how to buy tickets to the game at a reduced rate. 




                                                                                    2017 FSA TESTING

Elementary School Testing Calendar









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





We are seeking High School Seniors that attended the Sanibel School to contact us to come walk our halls, so that our students can celebrate you and your success.  If you are interested please contact the school to let us know and we will take your information.  We will then contact you with specifics of day and time.  We would love for you to wear your cap and gown. 



Golf: We will be having practice on Tuesday, April 18th and Thursday, April 20th from 2:15- 4:00 pm. All players need to meet their coach at The Dunes for practice.  There will be no transportation provided by the school.

Tennis: We will be having practice on Thursday, April 20th 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 Rec Center. Players will have a match Tuesday, April 18th at 5:00 pm against Lexington Middle at the LMS Tennis Courts.  Players will also have a match Wednesday, April 19th against Three Oaks Middle at the TOMS Tennis Courts. There will be no transportation provided by the school.



Remember cheering or running at the Turkey Trot? Those hats or crazy socks you wore for Red Ribbon Week? How about our Steel Drumming Band playing for the first time at Disney or our Middle School MWA students at the beach gathering sand dollars for a real science research study???

Other firsts include formal portrait pictures for our eighth graders, a custodial and cafeteria page, The Lighthouse Team, new clubs like Orff, the Elementary Spanish Dancers, and Seahorse Chorale. Coming soon is a special bulletin board which will have names of everyone who has already purchased a yearbook (yours can be added too!), a short presentation to 5th grade to recruit for next year’s staff and an exciting yearbook commercial live with free stuff during lunch.

There is still time to purchase your 2017 Sanibel School yearbook. You can pick up an order form in the front office or online at: For now, they are still  $40 but are going fast!  You can also contact Dr. Kielborn-Jennings if you have any questions at [email protected]


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 year.  Tickets are on sale for the May 13th Blue Ribbon Golf Classic and if you don’t play golf then join us afterwards for a fun night of dinner, live music and auction. We are also looking for volunteers to help the day of golf outing please contact me to sign up.  Our next meeting is Monday April 18th at 8:00 AM.  Please contact Christian Fautz at [email protected] or (917) 763-6824for more information.

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 & Lynda Scribante

Bank of Islands

Sanibel Captiva Trust Company

The Sanctuary Golf Club

Bay Medical Solutions

J McLaughlin

Kremenchucker Law Firm


Andrew Thompson Company

Art Cassell


The Burns Family

Congress Jewelers

Lazy Flamingo

Mike and Carrie Dunn

The Island Sun

The Kouril Family

The Great White Grill

Jensen’s Marina

Christian and Jamie Fautz

R.S. Walsh

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank

Mossberg Family

 Eric Pfeifer realty


Scanlon Auto Group

Dunes Golf & tennis Club

John Grey Painting

Sanibel Home Furnishings

Billy’s Bikes


The Peelman Family

Mr. & Mrs. John P. Seymour

John R. Wood

Invest Realty



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