Heights Elementary IB World School
November 3, 2021 Volume 8 Issue 4
*Our Children *Our Future *Our World
Our Mission: Heights Elementary IB World School is dedicated to developing balanced, lifelong learners through educational excellence, a global perspective, reflection and action.
Our Vision: To Be A World Class School.
Thank You to Our Veterans!
We want to take this time to say thank you to all veterans who have served in the United States Military. Your sacrifice and courage are commendable. Veterans Day is a fitting time to feel grateful for the many liberties in our nation and thank those who have fought to protect it. Please take the time on Nov. 11th to celebrate and thank the veterans in your life.
The IB Learner profile aims to develop students who are communicators. Students who are communicators understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
IB students regularly deliver stimulating presentations and drive excellence in group assignments.
How Can Parents Help To Develop Students Who Are Communicators At Home?
- Talk about the day's activities.
- Explore other forms of communication in addition to speaking.
- Talk with your child about the books you read together.
- Talk with your child about the TV programs and videos you watch together.
- Keep books, magazines, and other reading material where kids can reach them ~without help.
- Listen to your child when he/she talks with you.
- Ask questions about what they are saying, ask for explanations.
- Act out stories, plays, poems, use language in fun creative ways.
- Sing together.
Heights Read-A-Thon: Nov. 1st-12th
On Tuesday 11/9 we will feature $2,000 Tuesday Read Aloud Marathon. Our teachers and staff will read LIVE on Heights PTA Facebook page 5:00-8:15
The Read-a-Thon starts on Monday 11/1 and concludes on Friday 11/12.
Click Here for the Heights PTA Facebook page.
- Sign Up – Book Mark (print shop)
- Send 10 emails – pencil (PTA)
- Make a Facebook post – pencil (PTA)
- Read 250 minutes – Heights Tattoo (PTA)
- Read 500 minutes – Snow Cone Party
- Read 1000 minutes – Kindle Fire raffle (PTA)
- Raise $25 – Free Homework Pass
- Raise $100 – Read-a-Thon T-shirt
- Raise $250 – Snow Cone Party
- Class with most minutes Friday, November 5th– extra recess
- Class with most minutes Friday, November 12th – snack/treat in one of the pop up rooms
- Class with most raised Friday, November 5th– donut party
- Class with most raised Friday, November 12th – pizza party
- If our funds go up by $500 during ADMIN’S read aloud November 4th– entire school gets Freeze Pop
- Administrator with the heaviest bucket on Friday 11/5 will KISS A PIG!
- $2 Tuesday November 9th, raise $2,000 as a school Tuesday - Movie for everyone
- Most creative reading spot – Kindle Fire (PTA)
- Most money earned – Kindle Fire (PTA)
Clothing Donations are Needed
Interim and Report Card Dates
November 16, 2021 – Interims
January 24, 2021 – Report Cards
February 10, 2022 – Interims
April 6, 2022 – Report Cards
April 27, 2022 – Interims
June 2, 2022 – Report Cards
Paper copy interims will no longer be sent home on interim days. Parents may review their student's grades at anytime on Focus. Your student's grades will be up to date on the assigned interim days. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the school.
Provides parental rights relating to a minor child's education, upbringing, and health care.
Ice Cream Fridays:
FortifyFL is a suspicious activity reporting tool that allows you to instantly relay information to appropriate law enforcement agencies and school officials.
Just a reminder: As the weather is turning a little cooler please remember to label your student's jackets and sweatshirts with first and last names. The lost and found grows during the winter with left behind items. Also, please make sure that your child's lunch boxes and water bottles are labeled as well.
World Kindness Day 2021
World Kindness Day is a global day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and to the world. The purpose of this day, celebrated on November 13 of each year, is to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together. We will be celebrating kindness at Heights the week of November 8th-12th with lots of fun lessons and activities! Here are some great ways for your children to spread kindness at home and in the community
Celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness Day:
1. Complement at least 5 people. (Be original)
2. Let the person in line behind you go ahead of you.
3. Leave happy notes around town.
4. Sit next to someone who is sitting alone at lunch.
5. Help an elderly neighbor take out the trash or mow their lawn.
6. Write your siblings a note about how much you appreciate them.
7. Bring a box of doughnuts to the custodians at school or work.
8. Leave a thank you note in the mailbox addressed to the mail carrier.
9. Send a card to someone serving in the military.
10. Hold the door open for someone.
11. Do a chore without being asked.
12. Give a fancy chocolate bar to the bus driver.
13. Bake your favorite cookies for a neighbor.
14. Donate warm coats or blankets to a homeless shelter.
15. Call the grandparents.
16. Surprise some friends with dinner. (Drop it off, don’t stay.)
17. Go through the drive-thru and pay for the car behind you.
18. Clean up the classroom for your teacher.
19. Donate gently used toys to a charity.
20. Smile at everyone you see.
Parent FOCUS Accounts
Focus Parent Portal provides parents/guardians a real-time view of your child's assignment grades, class grade, attendance, referrals, progress monitoring results, report cards, interim report cards, and beginning of the year forms such as Student Emergency and Health form and Directory form.
Here is the link to complete the forms for your student: https://www.leeschools.net/our_schools/focus
Morning Drop Off
Looking For A Job?
Heights Staff Positions Available:
* 7 hour Pre K paraprofessional - 5 days 7:20-2:20. Assist in our PreK classroom.
If you or someone you know is interested in the PreK position please contact Mrs. Thorstad. LindseyCT@LeeSchools.net
Notification to Parents Regarding Out-of-Field Teachers:
Florida State Statute 1012.42 recognizes that teachers at times must be assigned duties in a class outside the field in which the teacher is certified. The following teachers at Heights Elementary are certified, but may be assigned one or more classes outside their areas of certification and are required to take appropriate steps to comply with the statutory regulation:
In addition, the following teachers are engaged in training to add the endorsement, English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), to their certificates: Nicole Driscoll, Monica Fastenau, Jennifer Kee, Nicole Rickard, Holli Wheeler, Stacey Head, & Taylor Wahl
The School Board of Lee County:
Debbie Jordan, District 4 (Chair)
Betsy Vaughn, District 6 (Vice Chair)
Kathy Dupuy-Bruno, Esq., Board Attorney
General Board Office Correspondence