eCA Family Newsletter

September 13, 2021

Curriculum Week

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School Advisory Committee (SAC)


Families, we need to hear your voice at eCA. Please join the School Advisory Committee or SAC to plan and discuss items that impact our school. The meetings are once a month and in person. Please contact Angie Sweet at (239) 377-9703 or if you are interested in helping eCA Reach for the Stars.

September SAC Meeting

Monday, Sep. 13th, 6pm

4600 Santa Barbara Boulevard

Naples, FL

Please join us for our first SAC meeting of the year. Call Angie Sweet at (239) 377-9703 for more information.

Important Dates

Calendar Dates

Quarter 1 Grades (Canvas courses only)

  • Interim ends Friday, September 10th
  • Published Thursday, September 16th on FOCUS
  • Quarter Ends on Friday, October 15th

Thursday, September 16th

  • No School for Students (No Live Lessons)

Monday, September 20th

  • CCPS Virtual College Night 5:30-7:30

Tuesday, September 28th

  • CCPS Virtual Finacial Aid Night 6:00-7:00

Elementary Testing Information

Grades 3-5 (In-person)

  • Quarterly Benchmark Assessments (QBA1) testing window: October 11-15

Grades 4-5 (Virtual)

  • Writing Instructional Tool 1 window: October 4-15

Middle School Testing Information


  • Quarterly Benchmark Assessment (QBA1) testing window: October 11-15 (In-person)
  • Writing Instructional Tool 1 window: October 4-15 (Virtual)

8th Grade Only - PSAT: January 2022

High School Testing Information

FSA/EOC Fall Retake Schedule - Arrive on the eCA campus at 8:30 AM

These retakes are only for high school students who have not passed the assessments to meet the graduation requirements.

FSA ELA (11th & 12th graders who have not passed or taken the 10th Grade FSA ELA exam)

  • Writing Retake – 1 Day 9/20/21
  • Reading Retake – 2 Days 9/21/21 & 9/22/21

FSA EOC Assessment – 2 Days (only for students who have completed the class but have NOT passed or taken the EOC exam)

  • Algebra 1- 9/23/21 & 9/24/21
  • Geometry - 9/23/21 & 9/24/21

NGSSS EOC Assessment – 1 Day (only for students who have completed the class but have NOT taken the EOC exam)

  • US History - 9/27/21

Student Expectations:

  1. Dress in CCPS Dress Code/School Clothes
  2. Be on time
  3. Bring a bottle of water and a few sharpened #2 pencils
  4. Have ID or accompanied by adult w/ ID to check-in at the front office

SAT Wednesday, October 13

Grade 12 SAT School Day for selected Seniors at BCHS/PRHS arrive by 6:55 AM

Students will be assigned to either Barron Collier High School or Palmetto Ridge High School. Do not come to eCA for these tests.

Student Expectations:

  1. Dress in CCPS Dress Code/School Clothes
  2. Be on time
  3. Bring a bottle of water and a few sharpened #2 pencils/pens
  4. Have ID or accompanied by adult w/ ID to check-in at the front office

CCPS Assessments

  • Quarterly Benchmark Assessment (QBA1) testing window: October 11-15 (in-Person)
  • Writing Instructional Tool 1 window: October 4-5 (Virtual)

Counselor's Corner

ACT and SAT Information

If you are planning to the the ACT or SAT, you can go to for free test prep.

ACT Site for Registration and Test Dates

SAT Site for Registration and Test Dates

Distance learning: 8 tips to help your child learn at home

By Sean J. Smith, PhD on Mar 17, 2020

Here are eight tips to prepare your child for online learning at home.

1. Create a learning space for your child.

Does your child already have a special place to do homework? It’s important to set up a quiet, clutter-free area if your child is learning full-time from home.

For example, you can convert the kitchen table into a learning station. Turn off the TV and remove all cups, salt and pepper, and other kitchen items when your child is doing schoolwork. When it’s time to eat, put away the school supplies and use it again as a kitchen table.

Why is it important to clear away the clutter for learning time? Reducing clutter helps kids focus.

2. Make a schedule and stick to it.

We are creatures of habit. With no school bell to mark kids tardy, they might feel like sleeping in. With no set schedule, kids might never get around to schoolwork. Finding time for learning requires planning. Take a look at your family’s schedule and figure out the best times for learning.

Here are a few questions to help you and your child come up with a schedule:

  • Does your child need a lot of help from you to get started? If so, think about when you, another adult, or responsible sibling is available to provide support.

  • Do you have a middle-schooler or high-schooler? If so, late afternoon and early evening might be when they’re most awake and ready to learn.

  • Are you building time into your child’s schedule for exercise? (See tip #5 below.) Going outside and taking brain breaks can help kids focus and get more done.

  • Does your family have any contracts to help kids follow rules at home ? Agreeing on when to watch TV or play video games is important when kids are learning full-time at home.

Once you decide when your child will learn, identify that time as school time and stick with it.

3. Reduce distractions.

Video games, computer games, social media, TV, toys, pets — our homes have lots of distractions. Make a list of the things that distract your child. Then, find ways to limit them during learning time.

For example, is the dog a big distraction? If so, can you put the dog in a separate room when your child is doing schoolwork?

Are games or social media a big distraction? Try blocking them on your child’s device during instructional time. Another way to eliminate online temptations: After downloading an assignment, turn off the Wi-Fi and/or cellular service to help your child focus on the work.

4. Use a calendar and color-code it.

It’s important to set up systems to help your child stay on top of school deadlines. This will help your child stay organized. Post a calendar and mark it with due dates. Help your child plan backwards from the due dates. Use visual organizers to break an assignment down into steps and the specific strategies needed to complete it.

You can also use color-coding for tasks . For example, use a red pen for reading and a blue pen for math.

5. Get plenty of exercise.

Exercise helps us think better. When we move and groove, our problem-solving, memory, and attention improve. Physical activity is a natural way to reduce stress and prevent anxiety. Experts say that when we move and get our heart rate up, it has a positive impact on how we think.

Look for family-friendly workouts you can do at home. Identify a time and place in your home for physical activity. The best time to exercise might be right before tackling schoolwork. It’s also good to take exercise breaks throughout the day.

6. See which accessibility features help your child.

Most phones, laptops, and other mobile devices have built-in assistive technology . For example, read aloud or text-to-speech can help struggling readers, and speech-to-text can help struggling writers.

On YouTube, you can adjust the settings to slow down the playback speed if your child is having trouble understanding videos. You can also change the settings to show closed captions if it helps your child to read the text while listening to videos.

See which features help your child access digital content and select the ones that fit your child’s needs and preferences. (You may want to share Understood’s tips for teachers on using video with your child’s school .)

7. Reach out to your child’s teacher.

Online education or learning at home requires family support. Some online schools go as far as calling parents “learning coaches.” To support your child, set up a direct line of communication with your child’s teachers. Use email, text, phone calls, or maybe even video conferencing to connect.

Try not to worry that you’re interrupting. If you’re not sure how to do an assignment, don’t just guess — reach out to confirm. You may even want to set up a day and time each week to connect with the teacher. You can use this time to talk about challenges your child is facing, review upcoming instruction, and understand expectations. Being proactive is essential if your child is struggling in school.

8. Look for ways to remove learning barriers.

If your child has learning challenges, it’s important for you to review the online and other learning material the school sends you. Keep in mind that it may not have been designed with your child’s needs in mind. Here are some questions to consider:

  • What options are teachers offering to help struggling readers with written material?

  • What options does your child have to demonstrate understanding? For example, if your child has trouble writing, ask the teacher if your child can send a video response.

  • Is the teacher including supports to help kids with things like getting organized, identifying the main idea, and taking notes?

Work with your child’s teachers to identify and remove any barriers. Remember: If it’s a challenge for your child, it’s most likely a problem for other kids, too.

Music Department Announcements

5th Grade
  • Recorder instruments are available at eCA, if you did not have one.

Quaver Music App

  • Found in Clever under the Canvas Resources tab
  • District IT is working to get all elementary students enrolled

MS and HS Keyboarding Students

  • Please reserve your keyboard by calling Ms. Ribisi at (239) 377-9700.

Technology Information

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Technology Support

This page on the district website gives you options for Canvas, CCPS Laptop, WebEx, and WiFi Hotspots:

Email communication:

Canvas at

Laptops and WebEx at

FOCUS, Non-Canvas, Non-FLVS issues at

After hours support for technology:

Email at

Phone at 239-377-TECH (8324)

FLVS Help Center


To reach the FLVS Technical Support Help Desk:

Phone at (407) 965-3375

Email at

Or submit your ticket online here:


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eCA Campus Operational Staff

Principal - Dr. Denise Lindheim (239) 377-9704

Asst. Principal - Jay Fike (239) 377- 9713

Office Manager - Angie Sweet (239) 377-9703

General Secretary - Orianna Ribisi (239) 377-9700

Guidance Counselor - Theresa Kalten (239) 377-5386

ESE Specialist - Heather Humphrey (239) 377-9711

Guidance and ESE Secretary - Susana Nunez (239) 377-9715

Data Entry - Debbie Ramirez (239) 377-9705

Elementary Literacy Coach - Dr. Miriam Ortiz (239) 377-6189

Secondary Literacy Coach - Sarah Ross (239) 377-3439

Instructional Technology Coach & Media Specialist - Jessica Rickard (239) 377-7885

Spanish ELL Paraprofessional & Translator - Carybel Diaz (239) 377-4540

Creole ELL Tutor & Translator - Josette Andre (239) 377-7699

Directions to eCollier Virtual Academy

Collier Virtual Academy is located on the campus of Calusa Park Elementary School.

4600 Santa Barbara Blvd.

Naples, Florida 34104

Upon entering the Calusa Park Campus turn right. Follow the driveway around the large water tower until you see the signs for eCollier Virtual Academy.

Visitor Parking is available near the entrance.


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eCollier Virtual Academy

As a part of the A-rated Collier County Public Schools, eCollier Virtual Academy currently serves students from kindergarten through grade 12.