Cape Elementary: Seahawk Sentinel

March 1, 2022

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 Families,

As educators and parents, we have the awesome responsibility of helping our children to become the best that they can be. We achieve this by working together. Our Cape kids are the best because of our strong partnership. We want to thank our PTO and parents who supported our Fun Run; it was a huge success!

We want to take this opportunity to tell you about the safety protocols that are in place every day here at Cape Elementary:

  • Officer Ed Schilff from the Cape Coral Police Department is on our campus each day as our School Resource Officer. A replacement SRO is sent when he is off campus.

  • We have sixty four cameras around our campus.

  • Doors and gates around our school properties are checked routinely by our School Resource Officer, Ed Schilff, throughout the day to ensure that they are securely locked at all times.

  • All visitors must enter through the main office entrance and bring photo identification to all events.

  • Our office has a video entrance system on the front doors. Visitors will need to present identification to be buzzed into the office.

  • Our school district has an extensive safety plan that covers multiple situations that could arise. Our teachers are familiar with Cape procedures and protocols when it comes to those plans and participate in training during the school year. Our safety plan is continuously evolving and changing to address different and various situations that could occur.

  • We maintain a very close relationship with our local law enforcement. They also play a part in monitoring our schools to make certain that our security cannot be breached. They help us do walk-throughs of our buildings. They then provide us with feedback of what we are doing well and areas where we might need improvement.

  • We conduct monthly drills, which include fire, evacuation, full lockdown and severe weather. We want our staff to know what to do in the event of a real situation.

  • We will use School Messenger to communicate to parents during an emergency. Please make sure that your contact information is up to date so you receive these notifications.

Please know that our foremost priority is always the health and safety of our students and staff. We continue to follow all CDC and district guidelines for COVID-19 and will communicate as the Pandemic Task Force updates the guidelines. We share the concerns of the community, and we want you to be able to feel safe when your children are here with us. When it comes to the safety of our children, there can be no compromise.

Cape Elementary is a special place to work. We are extremely thankful for our parents, students and staff. Please call or email us if you have any questions or concerns. We are happy to assist in any way we can.


Ms. Osterholm and Mrs. Sund

PTO News!

I want to start by relaying our heartfelt gratitude to our Cape Elementary family. With your support of our Fun Run fundraising efforts PTO was able to donate $15,418 to purchase a new sunshade for the Kaboom Playground! Look for it to be installed soon! Fun Run prize winners will be announced on the morning news in the coming weeks.

The Valentine Gram sale was a hit! Huge thanks to our volunteers who spent a Saturday helping put all of the orders together! All of the students and teachers loved receiving something special. PTO wanted to make sure that everyone felt loved on Valentine's Day so every student without a Valentine Gram received a ring pop from PTO.

The first Movie & Food Truck Night just concluded and we hope that everyone had a great time. This was our first time hosting food trucks and we can't wait to expand on it next year with what we learned. It is awesome to see so many of our students and their families out and enjoying each other's company.

Our annual Spring Fling Carnival is quickly approaching (Fri. April 8th) and we could not be more excited! We have been busy at work securing items for the silent auction and reserving fun activities such as inflatables, bubble soccer and rock climbing wall! Keep an eye out for wristband and ticket sales in the next few weeks. We hope to see you there!!!

Speaking of the Spring Fling Carnival...WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! Please reach out if you're able to lend a hand with, auction item donation, set up, planning, cooking or running concessions.

The next PTO meeting will be Wed., March 2nd at 6pm via Zoom. If you are interested in joining the PTO for the next school year please plan on attending. We will be voting on board members for next year and would love to have new parents join us. Many hands make light work and with just a few more parents joining our efforts who knows what we can achieve for our Cape Elementary students! Hope to see you there!

With thanks and appreciation,

Amy Gabel, PTO President 2021-2022

FSA Testing Information: 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Parents!

If you missed our FSA Parent Informational Night last week, please click on the link below or visit our website to access important information.

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)


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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)

Mary Fischer, District 1 (Vice Chair)

Melisa W. Giovannelli, District 2

Chris N. Patricca, District 3

Gwynetta S. Gittens, District 5

Betsy Vaughn, District 6

Cathleen O'Daniel Morgan, District 7

Kenneth A. Savage, Ed.D.