Cape Elementary: Seahawk Sentinel

October 1, 2021

Cape's Mission & Vision

Mission: To provide a safe and supportive learning community where every student experiences success.

Vision: We believe that the most promising strategy for achieving the mission of Cape Elementary is to develop our capacity to function as a professional learning community.

Message from Ms. Osterholm and Mrs. Sund

Dear Cape Parents,

Our Cape Elementary family is off to an exciting and busy start this year. Thank you for sending your best kids to Cape. It is a joy spending the school day with them and seeing them flourish as we finish the first quarter this month. We appreciate our students, parents, teachers and staff for their dedication and commitment in making Cape the best elementary school!

Take a look at our October calendar in this newsletter, in your child’s planner or on our website for the events happening this month. We participate in National Bullying Prevention Month, and Ms. Boeck, our school counselor, has many wonderful lessons and events for our Cape kids. Report cards go home on October 25. Please take time to review with your child.

Please mark your calendar now for Cape’s fifth annual Trunk or Treat on Friday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m. This will be a wonderful evening for our Cape families to celebrate fall together. Please anticipate a flyer with more details in the next couple of weeks. We are recruiting families to decorate their trunks and also asking for families to donate bags of candy. Please email Ms. Osterholm at if you would like to decorate a trunk.

We are honored and privileged to be part of the Cape family. Every school year brings new opportunities and new challenges, and every year as academic rigor intensifies, parental support and partnership with the school is vital in each child’s educational success during the school year. The most important but simple contributions a parent can make to a child’s success include the following: Ensure children come to school every day when symptom free and arrive on time, ready to learn; communicate openly with the classroom teacher, sign your child’s planner and read, listen and talk with your child about what interests him or her.

Thank you for your support, for your understanding, and for allowing us to teach your children. They are simply the best, and they are the reason we love what we do!


Ms. Osterholm and Mrs. Sund

PTO News!

Thank you to everyone who supported our Fall Fundraiser. All money raised goes directly back to our school, classrooms and students. With your help we were able to raise over $14,000.00 for our school! We'll be able to purchase much needed new library books and begin saving for a sunshade for the Kaboom playground that was replaced last year. This would not be possible with YOU!

Our next Spirit Night will be at Il Primo Pizza & Wings on Wednesday, October 13th from 4-8pm. We hope to see you there! PTO is preparing a basket of goodies you can win for your teacher by attending. Make sure to stop by and see us for your entry.

Our pumpkin carving contest is coming up on Friday, October 29th. This year voting will take place, in person, during Trunk or Treat! Look for a flyer to come home soon with more details. Information & contest entries will be on PTBoard so if you haven't joined yet now is the time., click Sign Up, after logging in use School Code C5T67S.

AmazonSmile Raffle info coming soon! Win a $25 Amazon gift card! If you haven't please consider shopping via AmazonSmile and choosing Cape Elementary PTO as your charity. Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to the PTO. Our goal is to have 150 supporters by the end of the year. With your help we can reach that goal!! With the holidays coming you'll be shopping anyway so why not support the PTO in the process?

Thank you for supporting Cape Elementary PTO!

Like & Follow on Facebook at Cape Elementary PTO.

Zoom In On Cape's Curriculum!

When: Wednesday, October 20th at 5:30 OR 6:00.

Where: In the comfort of your home. You will need a mobile device with audio and video access.

Hosts: Your child’s teacher

How: Your child’s teacher will email or DOJO the Zoom link to families closer to the date.


  • Meet your child’ teacher.
  • Learn about:
    • Daily classroom schedule
    • Cape and classroom SOAR Expectations
    • Grading
    • I-Ready
    • Student Launchpad apps
  • Support learning and growth at home
  • Questions and answer time

Out of Field Teachers

Florida Statutes 1012.42(2) recognize that teachers at times must be assigned duties in a class outside the field in which the teacher is certified. The following teachers at Cape Elementary School are engaged in training to add endorsements to their current certificate:

Sally Nemerovsky-Kopko (ESOL-English as a Second Language)

Clara Bai-Lee (Autism)

October Counseling Corner

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

According to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center:

• More than 1 in every 5 students reports being bullied

• School-based bullying prevention programs decrease bullying by up to 25%

• A slightly higher percentage of female than male students report being bullied (23% v. 19%)

• 57% of bullying situations stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied

• 43% of students who have been bullied will report it to the school

This year’s theme at Cape Elementary for National Bullying Prevention month is “One Kind Word.” Our month-long activities will kick off on Friday, October 1. Students will be given opportunities to take part in activities and view Public Service Announcements, which will be shown throughout the month on the morning news. We are encouraging all students and faculty/staff to wear blue on Monday, October 4, to show our school’s support for World Day of Bullying Prevention. Stand United and wear orange (bracelets, tee shirts, shoes, socks, etc.) on Wednesday, October 20 for National Unity Day.

Bullying is a learned behavior. Research shows that bullying behaviors can be stopped, but true change requires consistent education and intervention. Together, we continue to create a culture of kindness and safety at our school.

Anti-Bullying Policy:

The Jeffery Johnston Stand Up for All Students Act became a law in June 2008. The School Board of Lee County has approved a Board Policy which states their guidelines for the identification and reporting of bullying, expectations for behavior, procedures and consequences regarding bullying and harassment.

In short, the School District of Lee County will not tolerate any form of bullying or harassment between students and/or adults on our school campuses. Our goal is protection of our students, and provision of a safe and nurturing educational environment for all of our students and staff.

If you have questions pertaining to Cape Elementary School’s procedures for handling suspected bullying or harassment, please feel free to contact Miss Boeck, School Counselor.

Please Note: Cape Elementary School Hours

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Performance Class Placement

Cape Elementary students are grouped in classes based upon their educational performance. This structure enables our students to learn in an educational environment with students of similar needs and learning rates. At each grade level, we offer a continuum of classes ranging from intensive reading/language arts to enriched and gifted. In Grades 2nd to 5th we also have a co-teach model with two teachers in the classroom. Different resources and teaching strategies are used to provide optimal teaching and learning environments at every level. Your child’s academic needs and subsequent academic performance determine classroom placement. Teachers closely monitor student progress throughout the school year and may recommend a change in classroom placement to better meet the needs of a student.

Safety: SHOES!

We want to make sure students are safe while at Cape especially during recess each day and PE every other day. Please make sure your child wears safe and protective closed-toe shoes each day. The following type of shoes are NOT permitted at school: sandals, flip-flops, slides, high-heel shoes, open-toe shoes, platform shoes, shoes without backs or shoes with wheels. Crocs with backs are acceptable.

Please contact Shelly Boeck at or at 239-542-3551 if your child needs new tennis shoes, and you require assistance in obtaining them.

Banners: Advertise Your Business & Help Cape Elementary!

Banners are a great way to advertise your business AND help Cape at the same time! A win, win! If you are interested in advertising your business with a banner hung at Cape Elementary, the cost is $250. Please make checks payable to Cape Elementary. You would provide the banner (recommended size is 6' x 4' or 8' x 4') and it would hang on the fence in our Parent Pick Up loop at the front of school. If you would like a second banner to hang in the bus ramp area (Vincennes Blvd) there is an additional cost of $150. If you have any questions please call Cape. Thank you!

Kindergarten Pre Registration for 2022-2023

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FSA Testing Dates-Mark Your Calendars for April/May 2022

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We LOVE our Business Partners

C21 Sunbelt Realty

Jim Fischer

Quality Pest Control

Cape Coral First United Methodist Church

Vineyards Community Church (Cape Coral)

Horace Mann Insurance

Walmart (FM Beach Store)


Papa John's Pizza



Rib City

Cici's Pizza


Dominoes Pizza


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Lee County School Board

Board Members of the LCSD:

Debbie Jordan, District 4 (Chair)

Betsy Vaughn, District 6 (Vice Chair)

Mary Fischer, District 1

Melisa W. Giovannelli, District 2

Chris N. Patricca, District 3

Gwynetta S. Gittens, District 5

Cathleen O'Daniel Morgan, District 7

Kenneth A. Savage, Ed.D.