The Lockmar Ledger
A Word from Principal Campione
Happy October Lockmar Families!
What a great start we have had to the school year. We are so excited and happy to have our parents back on campus again. Our Friday Family Lunches are getting more and more popular. Our morning and afternoon car loops are running very smoothly.
We do request that parents are patient as we unload our littlest Knights in the front loop in the morning. We have had some families let their child out of the car in the mulched area or even further back in the line. This is a huge safety concern for us. In addition, we have had to put some cones out to limit the passing of vehicles on the left due to some very close calls. Your safety and the safety of our students are our top priority.
Our new playgrounds are coming closer to being a reality. We had our final meeting with the vendor and our order is being processed. We are looking forward to the day we get to open them to our students. More news will be coming as that time approaches.
Thank you so much for your continued support for Lockmar.
2022-2023 Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Gerhart!
Congratulations to Mrs. Laura Gerhart! Mrs. Gerhart is Lockmar Elementary’s Teacher of The Year. Mrs. Gerhart has worked at Lockmar since 2017. She began her career here as a substitute teacher. Since then she has taught Grade 1, Grade 2 and for the past three years she has been a part of the Third Grade Team. We are proud to have Mrs. Gerhart represent Lockmar Elementary this year as our Teacher of the Year.
2022-2023 Employee of the Year, Mrs. Ryan!
Congratulations to Mrs. Amber Ryan! She is Lockmar Elementary’s Employee of the Year. Mrs. Ryan has been working at Lockmar in some capacity since 2015. She has worked as a substitute teacher, a Personal Care Assistant, a cafeteria worker, our Clinic Health Tech, our office clerk and now she serves Lockmar as our Bookkeeper. Mrs. Ryan goes above and beyond in every way and is truly dedicated to the Lockmar Elementary.
English as a Second Language
As required by the Florida Department of Education, we are notifying you that the following teachers are currently teaching your child English/Language Arts/Reading as a Second Language (ESOL) strategies outside of their field of certification. We want to assure you that these teachers are fully certified by the State of Florida and are currently working to become certified in ESOL Strategies.
Frances Martinez Torres
These teachers meet all the State requirements to teach in the public schools and are currently working toward the necessary ESOL certification. This notification is a Department of Education requirement for the State of Florida.
Be assured that Brevard County Public School District, and Lockmar Elementary, are dedicated to serving every student with excellence as a standard.
Please feel free to contact Mrs. Campione or Mrs. Long if you have questions regarding these teachers' qualifications.
Parking - on the side car loop
Sign In - Bring your ID and sign in at the front office
Lunch - You can purchase a lunch for $3.10 or bring something in from outside. Remember, all students at Lockmar eat for free.
Procedures - Parents will be escorted to the cafeteria and back to the office throughout the lunch periods. If you plan to check your child out, you will do so when you return to the office.
A Glimpse into 5th Grade
Ms. Ent, Mrs. McMahon, Ms. Parrish, and Mrs. Williams-Cottman have had a great start to the school year with Lockmar’s Fantastic Fifth-Graders! The students are reflecting Lockmar’s school-wide expectations of “Be Safe, Be Kind, and Be Ready” as they explore this year’s curriculum. They have already studied the water cycle, precipitation, and weather preparedness with some fun hands-on activities. Other topics of study have included regions of the United States, calculating volume, and close reading of informational text. We’re all looking forward to a fun and successful year of learning together!
Picture Day October 19
Ordering online is highly suggested. https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000941035. We are looking for two parent volunteers to assist during the day. Please contact Mrs. Long at firstname.lastname@example.org
October Calendar of Events
October 6 Wear color - Brown
October 7 Early Release
End of the 1st Nine Weeks
October 10 No School
October 12 National Walk to School Day
October 13 Wear color - Pink
October 14 Early Release
Report Cards Home
October 17 1st Quarter Awards Program for 1st, 2nd, 3rd
8:30 3rd Grade
9:00 2nd Grade
9:30 1st Grade
October 18 1st Quarter Awards Program for 4th, 5th, 6th
8:30 4th Grade
9:00 6th Grade
9:30 5th Grade
October 19 Picture Day
October 20 Family Evening 5:30 2nd Grade Program and Family Dinner fundraiser for our 6th grade class
October 21 Early Release
October 22 Puerto Rican Day Parade, Lockmar Chorus will be participating in the parade
October 24 6:00 School Advisory Council Meeting
October 25 Parent/Teacher Conference Night - 5:00-7:00 Scheduled appointments
October 26 Domino's Spirit Night
October 28 Early Release
PreK-1st Grade Storybook Character Dress Up Parade
October 31 Happy Halloween
Walk to School Information - October 12
We LOVE our Volunteers!
Applying to be a volunteer is currently free at the district. You only need to fill out the application form online and go to the district offices to have your fingerprints taken. As soon as you are cleared you will be able to participate on campus with all the exciting events, projects, field trips and other opportunities that will be available for you on campus and in your child's classroom. We want to see all of you for these wonderful opportunities.
School Advisory Council
If you are interested in serving on our School Advisory Council, or would like more information about what that entails, please reach out to our SAC chair, Megan Riley at email@example.com. This meets once a month for an hour in the evening.
Connection Corner - Physical Education
My name is Sarah Halfhide and I am the new physical education teacher here at Lockmar Elementary. I am writing you today to introduce myself and give an introduction to my course, including my curriculum, planned activities, and overall vision. My prior experience includes time at Southwest Middle School and Educational Horizons Charter School. As a teacher, I have worked with students of all ability levels and backgrounds from grades K-8. I have a Master’s degree in Recreation and Sports Management with an emphasis in recreation therapy from Florida International University and have worked with the elderly in a recreational setting as well. On a personal note, I have played sports all my life and have a deep passion for all things health and fitness and cannot express enough how much I believe in their endless positive impacts on our lives. I am so excited to be here and hope to bring some of these positive benefits to everyone; parents, teachers, and students alike!
I believe that physical education is just as important as any other class because our physical health and mental health are so strongly correlated. In addition, students are forming habits towards being healthier that can stick with them for the rest of their lives. It is my vision and hope that students leave my class with a greater understanding and appreciation for the critical components of a healthier lifestyle that they can keep with them forever. I plan to do this by exposing them to a vast amount of activities that truly offer something for everyone. This year alone, we have already partaken in yoga, pilates, dance, and several ball sports/games. These activities may seem random at first glance, but they actually correspond to our state’s physical education curriculum. This curriculum is built around a set of standards that can actually be viewed by anyone at anytime at https://www.cpalms.org. Simply search for the class and select the grade level to see what our courses are designed to cover. My course has always covered these standards in depth through a wide array of games, sports, and activities and I ensure that every student has the opportunity to participate and be exposed to activities they enjoy. They may even be surprised to discover a new activity that they may never have thought to try. Either way, what results is a deep and inclusionary class for all students to be active and healthy, this year and beyond!
I also would like to take this time to bring an upcoming event to your attention. On October 12th, we will be participating in a Walk & Roll to school day! The Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization has helped coordinate this event since its beginning 25+ years ago. Brevard is recognized, state-wide, as one of the highest participating counties. This year, we are determined to have the largest participation yet! Walk & Roll to School Day is designed to remind both parents and students about the pleasure of walking and rolling to school and how simple one-day
events can lead to great changes in the community. Please join us, in celebrating this national event!
Thank you for taking your time to read this article and I look forward to an amazing school year with you all!
Lockmar Front Office Staff
Amber Ryan, Bookkeeper; Susan Parker, Office Clerk; Maria Morales, Office Clerk; Nancy Olsen, School Secretary
Coming Up Next Month
Mark your calendars...
November 4 Early Release
November 11 No School
November 15 Drama Production
November 16 Domino's Spirit Night
November 18 Interims home and Early Release
November 21-25 No School - Holiday for all
November 30 Picture Retake Day