Heights Elementary IB World School
January 8, 2024 Volume 9 Issue 5
Heights Mission: Heights Elementary IB World School is dedicated to developing balanced, lifelong learners through educational excellence, a global perspective, reflection and action.
Heights Vision: To Be A World Class School.
Heights PBIS Statement:
We strive to be a school that models positive behaviors which develop the whole child and social skills. We have a common culture and language which supports student growth and high expectations to empower our students to become well-rounded global citizens through teaching and recognizing positive behavior.
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
What Is Going On At Heights This Month?
Jan. 8th: Professional Duty Day (Schools closed)
Jan. 9th: Start of 3rd quarter
Jan. 9th: First day back for students
Jan. 11th: 2nd quarter report cards available in FOCUS
Jan. 11th: 5th grade Science FAST
Jan. 12th: House Color Day
Jan. 15th: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Schools Closed)
Jan. 22nd: PTA Meeting (2:45 Heights Media Center)
Jan. 22nd: ELA FAST 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade
Jan. 23rd: MATH FAST 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade
Jan. 31st: Class Pictures
IB PYP News
IB Learner Profile For January: Open-Minded
The IB Learner profile aims to develop students who are open-minded. Students who are open-minded understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
HOW CAN PARENTS HELP DEVELOP STUDENTS WHO ARE OPEN-MINDED AT HOME?
- Nurture respect and love for all living things
- Expose your child to a variety of cultural experiences
- Visit Explore and More Children's Museum to "travel" around the world
- Read and tell stories from around the world
- Watch movies that show other countries cultures
- Listen to a variety of types of music
- Read and write different forms of poetry
- Learn about how different cultures celebrate holidays
- Prepare and taste foods from other countries
IB PYP In Action
In December a lot of our classes studied how different cultures celebrate holidays around the world. Our Kindergarten students wrapped up their Sharing the Planet Action Project by collecting many supplies to donate to the Gulf Coast Humane Society. They did a wonderful job communicating their needs by speaking on the news daily and making posters in the hallways.
We are grateful for the many opportunities our students have to give back to the community through action projects. We are excited for the upcoming projects we are planning in the Second Semester.
Interims and Report Cards
- January 11th – Report Cards
- February 7th – Interims
- March 20th – Report Cards
- April 24th – Interims
- June 3rd – Report Cards
Paper copy interims and report cards are no longer sent home. Parents may review their student's grades at anytime on Focus. Your student's grades will be up to date on the assigned interim and report card days listed above. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the school.
Every Student....Every Day
Attendance rates are a very clear representation and reflection of the success of school. It speaks very clearly on how parents are active in their child’s education, how excited students are to come to school, how effective teachers are in providing an exciting learning environment, and how the school and parent organization are in providing a stimulating, positive school community.
Why it Matters
If students don’t show up for school regularly, they miss out on fundamental reading and math skills and the chance to build a habit of good attendance that will carry them into college and careers.
When students attend school regularly, they can see outsized literacy gains.
- Our next General Membership Meeting will be held on Monday, January 22 at 2:45 pm in the library. Join us to hear more about the upcoming events, including the Daddy Daughter Dance & Auction.
- Daddy Daughter Dance Join us for some Boot Scootin Fun at the annual Daddy Daughter Dance on Friday, February 2 from 6-8 pm! Tickets go on sale on Thursday, January 11. Ticket quantities are limited so don't wait to purchase! https://heightselempta.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true
- SAVE THE DATE!! Our Spring 2024 Auction will be held on Friday, April 26th at St. Charles Yacht Club. Tickets will go on sale in late February.
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.
Remember to Pre-Order Your 2023-2024 Yearbook
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:
Michele Ware and Carmen Diaz
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, Courtney Sleeper, Lesa Winters, Monica Fastenau, Jennifer Kee, Gina Celej, Julie Ramsay, Stephanie Bovinett, Michele Ware, and Carmen Diaz.
District 1 - Samuel Fisher, Board Chair
District 2 - Melisa W. Giovannelli
District 3 - Chris N. Patricca
District 4 - Debbie Jordan
District 5 - Armor Persons
District 6 - Jada Langford-Fleming, Board Vice Chair
District 7 - Cathleen O'Daniel Morgan
Christopher S. Bernier, Ed.D.
School Board Attorney:
Kathy Dupuy-Bruno, Esq.