Gulf Elementary School 2019-2020

July 17, 2019

Gulf Elementary: The Greatest Show on Earth!

On behalf of the faculty and staff of Gulf Elementary, we are happy to welcome you to GES. We hope you and your family had an enjoyable and relaxing summer. There is so much excitement approaching as we think about new teachers and students to meet, new books to read and new activities to experience. We are looking forward to sharing in all of these exciting times. When teachers, families, and students work together as a team, we can achieve wonderful things!

Please review GES School 2019-2020 Calendar & School Supply List.

Letters with your child's teacher and room number will be mailed the week of July 22.

A great deal of time, effort and thought has gone into the process of student placement for the 2019-2020 school year. Careful consideration was given to input from staff as well as student learning styles. Classrooms have been balanced academically and socially. Our class lists are structured to provide equitable class sizes at each grade level. Moving students is difficult without causing imbalances and inequities. Thank you so much for being positive with your child and helping him or her understand that it is impossible to place all students with a preferred teacher or best friend. ALL of our staff works hard to make school a positive experience for ALL students. Gulf Elementary is eagerly looking forward to enriching your child's life. Thank you for understanding that it can take a few weeks for a child to acclimate to a new grade, peer group, and teacher. We sincerely look forward to greeting students and families again. It remains an honor and privilege to serve as your principal and assistant principal. Together, we know we will make this year one of growth and achievement for all children.

Respectfully yours,

Mrs. Verblaauw, & Mrs. Beckman

The Houses of Gulf

Arrival Procedures

Parents are permitted to walk their child to class on August 12, 13, & 14 ONLY!


Kid’s Exchange Morning Care

Students registered for morning care may be dropped off between 6:30 AM and 8:15 AM in the IB Cafeteria. You must walk your child into the cafeteria. After 8:15 AM, please report to the PLC Car Loop.

PLC Car Loop

Students will be dropped off along the car rider line no earlier than 8:25 AM. When the gates are open students will need to remain outside until the doors open at 8:30 AM. Students will sit in designated grade level areas. Free breakfast is served in both cafeterias from 8:30 AM to 8:50 AM. Students not attending breakfast will report directly to their assigned classroom.

PLC Car Loop Gates will close at 8:55 AM. – If gate is closed parents will need to drive to IB building to drop off the student.

IB Car Loop- IB Car Loop Arrival Students will have a designated car sign

Students receiving Special Education Services in Self-Contained Classes Only

Students will be dropped off along the inner IB car loop line no earlier than 8:30 AM. Please remain in your car with your child until a teacher arrives to escort your child to breakfast.

If you do not have the appropriate designated car sign, you will be directed to the PLC Car Loop.

Dismissal Procedures


PLC Car Loop

Students will be picked up at the PLC Car Loop in front of the PLC Building. All parents picking up will need to stay in the car line, showing their carline tag(s) with the child’s name, and wait for a number that will be given to them by school personnel. Once that number has been given, parents picking up the student will go to the designated numbered cone where the student will be waiting. Please do not leave your car to get your child. The student will be assisted in the car by Gulf Elementary personnel and/or safety patrols. To avoid any accidents, please DO NOT go around other cars to exit. Please wait until the car in front of you moves forward. If you do not have a carline tag, please pull up past cone 1 next to the curb, please park your car and walk to the PLC Office with your driver’s license. The person picking up student must be on the Emergency Card. If not, please expect a delay in picking up your child. The PLC Car Loop gate will close at 3:40 PM. After 3:40 PM, please report to the IB Office to pick-up your child.

IB Car Loop -Students receiving Special Education Services in Self-Contained Classes Only

Students in designated classrooms with the designated IB Car Loop Tag will be picked up at the IB car loop in front of the IB Building using the inner lane closest to the curb. All parents picking up will need to stay in the car line, showing their carpool tag(s) with the child’s name and Gulf Elementary personnel will bring your child to your car.

Kid’s Exchange After School Program

Students enrolled in our after school program will not be permitted to be picked up until 3:45 PM. If you need to pick up your child prior to 3:45 PM you will need to write it in your child's planner or contact the school to inform your child to report to the PLC Car Loop. Parents will not be permitted to pick-up students from the IB Office between 3:10-3:40 PM.

IB & PLC Walkers "Safe-Walk Zone"

In order for your child to be considered a walker they will need to live within Gulf Elementary school “Safe-Walk Zone” (a two mile range per Florida Statute) delineated by the District or have a parent currently employed at Ida Baker High School. If you currently do not live within the “Safe-Walk Zone” please plan accordingly for to pick your child up in the PLC Car Loop or arrange for bus transportation. Please keep in mind the safety of our students is our first priority.

  • IB Walkers

Students will report to the IB Foyer and wait for buses to be dismissed at 3:25 PM. Students will be escorted to the entrance gates of Gulf Elementary IB Building.

  • PLC Walkers

Students will report to the end of the Red Hallway and will be escorted by Gulf Elementary personnel to the cross walk on Agualinda Blvd.

Rainy Day Dismissal

In the event there are thunderstorms, lightning and/or heavy rains, ALL WALKERS will be taken to the PLC Building for dismissal in the PLC car line. Students not picked up by 3:45 PM will be taken to the IB office to call home. Pending the distance of lighting, PLC Car Loop dismissal may be delayed for the safety of our students and staff.

Transportation Changes and Early Sign Out Procedures

If at any time during the year you need to change the way your child goes home:

Use your child's planner or message the teachers using email to notify us in WRITING if your child must go home different from their usual manner. Emergency requests must be approved by administration by 2:15 pm that day.

Early Sign Out

If you must sign your child out prior to the end of the school day, your child must be signed out prior to 2:45 pm. After 2:45 pm students will be sent their usual way home. Thank you for understanding.

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Gulf Elementary School

The Lee County School Board

Gwynetta S. Gittens, District 5 (Chair)

Chris N. Patricca, District 3 (Vice Chair)

Mary Fischer, District 1

Melisa W. Giovannelli, District 2

Debbie Jordan, District 4

Betsy Vaughn, District 6

Cathleen O'Daniel Morgan, District 7