Heights Happenings

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.

About Us:

School Hours: 7:55 am—2:10 pm

Doors open: 7:30 am

Breakfast: 7:30-7:45 am

Heights Contact Information:

Address: 15200 Alexandria Ct. Ft. Myers, FL 33908

Telephone: 239.481.1761 Fax:239.481.3154

Website: het.leeschools.net Twitter: @HeightsIB

Facebook: Heights Elementary


After School Program: Jordan Moore

504 Accommodations: Natasha Edinger

IB Information: Lacey Davis

Contact information Changes: Michele Curry

Transportation: Lindsey Thorstad

Gifted testing: Ashley Jarzyk

Clinic: Cheri Mack

Covid 19 Concerns: Anika Carter

What's Going On At Heights This Month?

Nov. 1st-12th: Heights Read-A-Thon

Nov. 11th: Veterans Day (Schools Closed)

Nov. 16th: 2nd quarter Interims available on FOCUS

Nov. 22nd-26th: Thanksgiving Break (Schools Closed)

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.

IB News

IB Learner Profile Word for November: Communicator

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.

IB Trait: Communicator

How Can Parents Help To Develop Students Who Are Communicators At Home?

  1. Talk about the day's activities.
  2. Explore other forms of communication in addition to speaking.
  3. Talk with your child about the books you read together.
  4. Talk with your child about the TV programs and videos you watch together.
  5. Keep books, magazines, and other reading material where kids can reach them ~without help.
  6. Listen to your child when he/she talks with you.
  7. Ask questions about what they are saying, ask for explanations.
  8. Act out stories, plays, poems, use language in fun creative ways.
  9. Sing together.

Heights Read-A-Thon: Nov. 1st-12th

The Heights Read-A-Thon kicks off today. The three reading pop up rooms are ready for our students to enjoy over the next two weeks.

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.

Read-A-Thon Prizes:

  • 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)
What's For Breakfast or Lunch at Heights?

Click here to see the Heights Menu.

Clothing Donations are Needed

Sometimes spills, accidents, or falls happen and it helps to have cloths available for students. Your gently used donations are greatly appreciated. We are in need of boys and girls shorts and shirts sizes 5 to 12. Items can be dropped of at the Heights office or clinic. Thank you for your help.

Interim and Report Card Dates

Quarter 2:

November 16, 2021 – Interims

January 24, 2021 – Report Cards

Quarter 3:

February 10, 2022 – Interims

April 6, 2022 – Report Cards

Quarter 4:

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.

Click here to read the Parents' Bill of Rights

Provides parental rights relating to a minor child's education, upbringing, and health care.

Ice Cream Fridays:

Ice cream cups are on sale every Friday during lunch time. Each student will be limited to one ice cream cup during their lunch. The cost is $1 per cup. Money collected from ice cream sales goes to the Principal's Discretionary Fund. This fund is used to celebrate a variety of events and activities for our students and staff throughout the school year.
FortifyFL: Suspicious activity

FortifyFL is a suspicious activity reporting tool that allows you to instantly relay information to appropriate law enforcement agencies and school officials.

Student Items:

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.

Thank You: Kids Heart Challenge

On behalf of Heights Elementary and the American Heart Association, thank you very much for raising $14,621.64 with the recent Kids Heart Challenge (KHC) event. You have made a life-saving difference for people in your own community and across the nation.

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

For the safety of our students and staff parents are prohibited from entering the building to walk their student to class. To assist with social distancing and to eliminate larger gatherings, parents will need to drop students off from the carline instead of parking and walking them to the front doors. Our PreK and Social Communication families are still permitted to park and walk their student to the front door where their teacher will meet you and the student each morning. We understand this is an inconvenience for many families but we want to try our best to make sure we have a safe and healthy start to the school year. When pulling up please pull all the way forward and make sure your student is ready to exit the vehicle. Parents should remain in the vehicles. This will help speed up the morning drop off procedures. Thank you for your assistance.

Coming Soon:

Dec. 10th: 80's Day (Celebrating the 80th day of the school year)

Dec. 17th: Early Dismissal Day (12:10)

Dec. 17th: No Heights After School Program

Dec. 20th-Dec. 31st: Winter Break (Schools Closed)

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:

Jennifer Kee.

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)

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. - Superintendent

Kathy Dupuy-Bruno, Esq., Board Attorney

General Board Office Correspondence