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: Steele Floyd, Ava Wodjeska, Justin Cantor, and Emma Noggle. Congratulations!



The following middle school students were selected by their teachers and administrators for demonstrating a growth mindset, positive behavior, and leadership with their middle school peers: Kayla Betts, Myellie Cajigas, Sawyer Dieckman, Mia Kjoller, Gabby McKinney, and Brayden Williams. Congratulations!



Calling all 8th graders! If you are going on the Washington D.C. 8th Grade Fieldtrip, the second deposit was due last Friday, Nov. 10th.  Students who have not yet turned this deposit in may not be guaranteed a seat on this amazing field trip. Please make all checks out to The Sanibel School and turn your money in to Mrs. Dykhuizen ASAP!



The Elementary Choir will have rehearsal on Monday, November 13th 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. 


ORFF CLUB MEETS ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15th                                                 The Orff Club will meet during their usual time on Wednesday, November 15th 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 questions.


On Thursday, November 16th at 6:30pm in The Sanibel School cafetorium, the music department will present the Fall Music Showcase.  The Steel Drum Band, Seahorse Chorale, Elementary Choir, and Orff Club will be featured on this concert.  Tickets will be $5.00 for adults and FREE for students.  The students have been working very hard and are looking forward to presenting a fun and exciting concert!  We look forward to seeing you there!


The 17th annual Middle School Turkey Trot will be on Tuesday, November 21 at 8:30 am.  Applications have been passed out. See you teachers or Mrs. Kridle for more. Free t-shirts will be given to the first 50 entries and trophies will be awarded for top male and female runners. Refreshments will be provided for all runners after the race.. No entry forms will be accepted the day of the race.  



Parents, teachers and students, 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 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. 


MESSAGE FROM THE COUNSeLOR…6 Easy Tips to Drink More Water

Drinking a substantial amount of water daily is tough. Don’t worry, SELF Magazine has a couple of easy tips that will have you drinking more water in no time! 

  1. Add flavor to your water by adding a bit of excitement – dunking fresh fruit or veggie slices into your pitcher
  2. Drink a glass after every bathroom break – head to the kitchen after a bathroom break to grab a glass of water for the walk back to your desk
  3. Drink water with every meal – drinking a full glass before each meal can help curb your calorie intake and satisfy your water intake goal
  4. Dilute sugary drinks with water – water down your daily habit of drinking juice, lemonade or iced tea with a couple of drops of water
  5. It’s okay to choose sparkling or mineral water – don’t go for the soda, sparkling water or mineral water is a great alternative
  6. Select water-rich foods – this may be sneaky but it is a great way to increase the amount of water you consume. Try eating more cucumbers, zucchini, watermelon and grapefruit. Check out more water consumption tips at


The following students have masterpieces at the Bank of the Islands on 1699 Periwinkle Way. These Molas design collages are interpretations of the patterns created on traditional Indian clothing. These colorful pieces were created by: Grade 1: Dawson Riggio and Levi Priestly. Grade 3: Kylie Hackett, Liam Nuckolls and Gia Lackenby. Grade 5: Tony Underwood, Kennedy Hanni, Kate Doster and Luke Williams. Take some time to view this fabulous show, it’s well worth it. It will be up through the month of November.



Thomas Edison continues to inspire a new generation of curious and creative minds. Each year, during the holiday season, the Edison & Ford Estates, located at 2350 McGregor Blvd., hosts a luminary event, The Children’s Tree Trail, for all to enjoy. Each year Lee County Schools are asked to create recycled ornaments to display on their special tree. The Sanibel School participates each year and this year Middle School and Elementary students have created ornaments around this year’s theme, “Star Spangled Holiday”. The Preview night will be Monday, November 20th from 6:00 – 7:30, although the display will be up all season. Please take time this holiday to stroll the Estate with your family and friends, it is well worth it. If you should have any questions you can contact me at [email protected].

PTA NEWS                                                                                                                                  Thank you everyone that came out to the Welcome Back Dinner/Pizza and Pool Party!  Our school relies on its supporters and you are very much appreciated.  A very BIG Thank You to The Sanibel Deli who supplied the Yummy Pasta and Pizza, and thank you everyone who brought a desert!  Our next event is The Holiday Wonderland Gift Shoppe which runs from November 29 through December 1st.  Please contact Holly Nuckolls at 239-336-441 for volunteer information, sign up to help today!                                                                                                                              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 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 onetime only donation, whatever is more comfortable.  Go to and start today!  Do you shop at Amazon? I know I do!  Well 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!  Amazing Amazon Smile!  Volunteer; help our children reach their potential!                                                                                                                      WONDERLAND GIFT SHOPPE VOLUNTEER DATES: The shop will be open on November 29th (Wednesday), November 30th (Thursday), and December 1st (Friday) for shopping (8:00am-2:00pm) We will need approximately 4-8 volunteers each morning (8-11) and each afternoon (11-2) to help children shop, wrap, and calculate their purchases.  .We will also need help with the shop setup (Monday 8-2)  and breakdown (Friday 2-4)If you can volunteer please contact Holly Nuckolls at 239-336-4431 or sign up directly using this link. you for your support.


At the November 8 meeting, SAC members learned that FISH of Sanibel has volunteered to sponsor a program for parents at the Community House that would address some of the dangers that young people are facing and steps that parents can and should be taking to monitor their children and keep them safe. Chuck Vilardi is planning to invite FISH to host the program on campus with the hope that more parents will attend.  In the last few months, there have been several incidents in the community related to alleged drug use, alcohol abuse, and posting and distributing photos and videos. Chuck Vilardi explained that he feels that students need to hear about the dangers and illegality of drugs, alcohol use, and sharing photos and videos. It was discussed that in the light of the death last week of an FSU student due to alcohol poisoning, this is an excellent time to bring in officers from the Lee County Sheriff’s office to educate the 5th -8thgrade students about drugs, alcohol, and the distribution of photos and videos through social media. It was suggested that officers from different departments of the Sherriff’s office come to make a strong presentation to students.


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.