SHES Sea Turtle Times

February 2022 Newsletter

Welcome to February!

In January our amazing teachers wrapped up our second round of district assessments and have been taking time to review data. Following cycle assessments, teachers take time with individual students set goals for the next cycle. These district cycle assessments and formative assessments help teachers determine the progress on student mastery of the standards, as well as determining the direction of instruction for each student. It is very important that communication occurs between you and your child’s teacher, so you, as a parent, are fully aware of your scholar’s strengths and areas in need of improvement. Regular daily attendance, checking Portal, and reviewing returned assignments are all ways to ensure that your scholar is performing successfully. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to the classroom teacher!

Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) in grades 3-5 will begin taking place in early April. In addition to information shared by the classroom teacher, parents can visit the Florida Department of Education site for practice tests and general information. Reading and writing assignments sent home by teachers are one way students are preparing, in addition to what is happening in their classroom. An important piece of information to have as a 4th and 5th grade parent is that the writing score a student earns is part of a student’s overall ELA (English/Language Arts) FSA score. So the writing is equally important as the reading! A “Save the Date” timeline will be sent home soon with FSA testing windows which will help with personal planning and scheduling for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students.

In the month of January we had a couple of nice events on campus! Ready, Set! Kindergarten! was very successful with record turnout! Kindergarten registration is now open. Reach out to our front office for information. PTA also hosted Bingo for Books dinner and fun! Thank you to our PTA and to all families who joined us that evening! Coming up in February is Family Math Night! Your child will be bringing home a flyer or you can find it below. Please sign up if you are able to join us for games and an Ice Cream Social sponsored by PTA!

Finally parents, community members and virtual mentors, thank you as always for your continued support in these trying times. Our SHES Faculty members are working hard to meet the needs of our students. Your positive words and gestures of encouragement are uplifting and very much appreciated. You continue to help SHES Shine! Many of you have already participated in our Annual Survey. If you have not had an opportunity to do so as of yet, please take a moment to complete by following the QR code below. The survey closes on Sunday, February 6th and was also found on our SHES Homepage.

Be well and I'll see you around campus!

Ms. Palmer, Principal

Big picture

February Dates to Remember:

Thursday, February 3 Mornings with Mom 7:45am
Friday, February 4 Mid Period Reports
Monday, February 7 Crossing Guard Appreciation Day
Tuesday February 8 SAC Meeting, 5:30 pm. Media Center
Wednesday February 9 Kindergarten Concert / Grandparents Day, 6:30 pm

Friday February 11 Jog-a-thon
Monday February 21 President's Day - School Closed for Students
Wednesday February 23 PTA Math Night - 5:15 - 6:00pm Ice Cream Social

6:00 - 7:00pm Math Games in Classrooms - (Sign up attached below)
Friday February 25 SHES February Sea Turtle Character Assembly

Pre-K - 2nd Grade 8:50 - 9:20am - Auditorium

3rd - 5th Grade 9:30 - 10:00am - Auditorium

Looking Forward:
March 14 - 18 - Spring Break, School Closed
March 21 - School closed for students

Check our SHES homepage and SHES Facebook page for upcoming events!
Big picture
Big picture

Congratulations to our January Sea Turtle Character Award Winners for Kindness & Caring:

Clive Orozco

Shanti Patcha

Addison Gutwein

Oliver Dukes

Jude Firth

Wren Mills

Addie Khadka

Jalyn Morse

Adnan Nuspahic

Raelan Melchert

Christian deBeaumont

Jonathan Mangual

Fynlee Johnson

Erza Maloku

Caleb Rudolph

Wyatt Danhour

Talha Ahmetagic

Tanner Perrino

Reagan Halstead

Porter Kruger

Brady Earner

Logan Tickner

Hollie Vermeulen

Kaitlyn Ostoski

Colton Byrne

Abel Vliek

Caden Union

Devyn Bailey

Noah Rittenhouse

Nasir Belton

Luke Laugen

Mia Pena

Andrew Rominger

Ariana Tesanovic

Emily Turcotte

Bryan McGinnis

Malia King

Angelina Caggiano

Luke Powers

Mia Blue

Big picture

Volunteer Corner

Is your volunteer account active for this school year?

Stay in the loop! Reactivate your account & confirm your email address is correct!

Contact the front office with questions.

SHES Volunteers ROCK!

Big picture


PTA has been busy and we are looking forward to more fun! We are starting Mornings with Moms (2/3) and All Pro Dads (3/3) again! If you’re a new family, or it’s just been so long you don’t remember, Mornings with Mom and All Pro Dads is a family program intended to allow some quality time for students and their mom/dad or mom/dad figure. PTA provides a light breakfast and there is usually a quick craft or activity. The kids absolutely LOVE this program!

Mark your calendars for February 11th – Jog-A-Thon is coming up! Student packets will be sent home soon and we hope you’ll help your child get a few sponsors for the laps they run. We will have prizes for most laps run, highest average laps for a classroom, and most laps run by a teacher. This is one of PTA’s BIG events which means we will need a BUNCH of volunteers. Parents can come run with their student, cheer, or volunteer. We hope you’ll join us.

PTA has established the nominating committee for next year’s executive board. Thank you Cristy Rittenhouse, Rebecca Cunningham, and Tamara Rouseff for volunteering to serve on this committee. If you’re interested in PTA, be sure to fill out a nomination form when they come home in backpacks or shoot us an email. We are very active and love working together for the betterment of SHES!

New school shirts made their first debut at Bingo for Books. SHES sea turtle shirts are now available in a new color…TEAL!! Visit our MemberHub site at to place an order. We encourage everyone to wear a school shirt on Fridays to show your school spirit!

Lastly, yearbooks will be on sale March 1st! Lookout for flyers coming home with your students. If you have taken any photos around campus and would like to see them in the 2022 SHES yearbook, please send them to

We hope you’ll join us at one of our upcoming events!

Your SHES PTA President,

Valerie Brown


FB: Safety Harbor PTA

Big picture

Kiwanis Student of the Month: Blaison Aleman!

Blaison embodies the core values that Kiwanis International represents. He is responsible, reliable, and ready to learn daily. Blaison treats everyone he meets with respect and optimism. He demonstrates a willingness to help others often.

Blaison has impeccable manners! He realizes that what he says and how he behaves are representative of his character. He arrives to school each day with a smile on his face and a positive attitude. He goes above and beyond academically by being motivated by having a growth mind-set, a problem solver, and most importantly challenging himself in all areas. I feel Blaison understands that his mistakes are a part of growing and gaining knowledge. There is no doubt in my mind that he will continue to achieve success in his life because he has the attitude and work ethic to succeed. I have enjoyed having Blaison in our fifth grade classroom. I’m the lucky one!!!

Ms. Brennan

5th Grade Teacher

Big picture
Big picture

Notes from Nurse Jen!

Remember National Children’s Dental Health Month with Oral These Hygiene Tips

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, but you and your children should think about Dental Health all year long. It’s a great opportunity to make sure you’re on top of your child’s dental hygiene.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tooth decay is 100 percent preventable. About 1 in 5 kids aged 5 to 11 years old have at least one untreated decayed tooth.

Here are some ways you can be proactive about your child’s oral health:

Don’t Wait

As soon as your child’s first tooth appears, you can start oral hygiene practices, wiping their teeth clean with a damp cloth or soft brush before moving to a toothbrush.

Cavities can start at an early age. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that kids should be seen by their first birthday or within 6 months of their first tooth coming in.

Practice Proper Brushing Technique

You can help your young child brush their teeth with training toothpaste and a small toothbrush. Only a small smear of toothpaste is needed. Because your young child may not be able to hold a toothbrush or maneuver it correctly, you should stay with them for best results.

Teach Children to Brush Twice Daily

For school-age children, brushing with a fluoride toothpaste will keep away tooth decay. Children should also be flossing twice a day to remove plaque between teeth before it hardens into tartar.

Help Your Child Keep a Balanced Diet

The dentist can partner with you to create a plan to keep your child’s mouth healthy. In everyday life, a balanced diet of vitamins and minerals, calcium and phosphorous not only helps general health, but it can also help keep their teeth strong. Sugary foods like juices, flavored milk, pop, and candy should be avoided. Dentists recommend avoiding giving children juice in sippy cups, which can lead to cavities due to extra sugar exposure.

A dentist can help you determine whether your child might need sealants, which are protective coatings applied to the back chewing teeth that can help protect against decay and reduce cavities.

(Health Partners Central Minnesota Clinic, 2018)

Front Office Hours and Assistance:

Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 4:00pm

Saturday/Sunday: Closed

Cecilia Palmer - Principal

Wendy Stryker - Assistant Principal

Linda Serio - Secretary / Bookkeeper

Michelle Merz - Registration / Data Management Technician

Lisa Zollars - Family Liaison / Volunteer Coordinator

Amy Glover - Front Office Clerk