Cape Elementary: Seahawk Sentinel

April 1, 2021

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,

Welcome to the month of April! We are super excited about the progress that our Cape kids have made this school year. While there have been struggles, we feel confident that we are on a path toward a greater sense of normalcy. We would like to thank our students, parents, and community members for all of their support during these challenging times. As we continue to move forward, we encourage parents to be vigilant in communicating with your child’s teacher and monitoring your child’s grades and attendance through FOCUS. Third quarter report cards will be sent home via students on Friday, April 23rd and Lee Home Connect will be mailed home the week of May 4th.

With the return of larger student groups, it is imperative that students remain informed regarding our safety policies. Students must wear masks properly, practice physical distancing, wash and disinfect hands. Safety is our top priority.

Our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are ready to show what they know on the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA). They will have the opportunity to take the FSA in the month of April and May. Please look at our school calendar and FSA dates in this newsletter or our website for specific dates. Limited homework will be given during FSA testing days.

Please make sure your children are:

  • at school each day by 7:45.

  • well rested.

  • fed a nutritious breakfast.

We would like to thank the Cape PTO officers, Mrs. Amy Gabel, Mrs. Corinne MacDonald, and Mrs. Aileen Ernest, for their work this year. It has been tricky trying to continue supporting our students and teachers. The officers have been creative and flexible and are always willing to do whatever it takes to keep things going. Thanks to all the parents who supported PTO fundraising and activities. Our students are loving the blue Adirondack chairs and our new playground is being shipped to Cape next week. Students love being outside! We look forward to seeing all of our Cape families at our PTO Spirit Night at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A portion of the sales will go to Cape PTO.

Cape is a special place to work. We are honored to be the leaders of this great school! Please continue to contact us via email or phone call when you have a concern, question or comment!


Ms. Osterholm and Mrs. Sund

PTO News!

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Il Primo Pizza & Wings for the March Spirit Night! We had a great turnout and raised $224.

The next Spirit Night will be on April 7th from 4pm-8pm at Beef'O'Brady's new location at Santa Barbara/Veterans. Hope to see you there!

WE NEED YOU! The next PTO Meeting via Zoom will be held on April 14th at 6pm. We will be voting on Board Members for the 21-22 school year. Without parent volunteers the PTO cannot continue. Please email us with any questions if you're interested in joining the board.

The online Spring Fling Auction will be held Wed., April 14 - Fri., April 16 with the auction ending at 7pm. We need donation items! If you, or someone you know owns a business and is interested in donating an item for the online auction, please contact us for more information. Sadly the Spring Fling Carnival will not be held.

Thank you for your continued support of our wonderful school!

FSA Dates: Mark Your Calendars!

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Message From Your School Social Worker

  • One in ten kindergarten and first grade students nationally are chronically absent, which causes them to miss nearly a month of school.
  • Absences in elementary school correlate to reading difficulties and poor attendance patterns in middle and high school.
  • Students can reverse their academic difficulties if they improve their school attendance.
  • Parents/Guardians are unaware the significant effects of chronic absenteeism and how absences in elementary school correlates to academic struggles.
  • Possible barriers to school attendance include health issues, transportation, housing displacement, food insecurity, peer conflicts, mental health needs etc.…
  • Please contact the School Social Worker if you have concerns for your child’s attendance.

Thank you!

Erin Dalla Costa

Cape Elementary School Social Worker

(239) 281-3815

i-Ready Reports!

Parents of Grade 3rd, 4th and 5th: I-Ready Parent Reports will be sent home on Wednesday, April 7th. Please take a few minutes and review with your child. Please contact your child’s teachers with any questions or concerns.

Report Cards for 3rd and 4th Quarters!

In an effort to streamline report card delivery, the district is resuming previous report card distribution protocol for elementary school students.

Face-to-face elementary students will receive their report cards from their classroom teachers.

LHC elementary students will receive their report cards via USPS mail from the district.

Cape will send 3rd Quarter report cards home on Friday, April 23rd with Face to Face students.

Proximity Plan

Thanks to the 52 families who attended our Proximity Plan Meeting last week. If you missed it visit: for more information. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Adam Molloy at

Seedlings Art Show!

Cape Elementary has the opportunity to display floral themed children’s artwork in an exhibit entitled “Seedlings” from April 30-May 27, 2021. Selected student’s work about flowers will be displayed in the gallery at the Cape Coral Art Studio on Coronado Pkwy. The first place award will receive a scholarship to one week of fine art camp at their location.

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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)


Papa John's Pizza



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)

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

Gregory K. Adkins, Ed.D.