Poinciana Pelican Press

January Newsletter

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A Note from the PES Administration


As we try to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to empower students with the leadership and life skills they need in order to be successful and step into a swift, enthusiastic recovery. Connect for Success and the Leader in Me are valuable programs that help foster personal, interpersonal, and organizational skills as well as build confidence and self-esteem.
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In our last newsletter, we introduced Habit 1: Be Proactive which teaches students that although we cannot control everything, we can however, choose our attitude or “weather.” This brings us to Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind-Have a Plan.

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

Habit 2 focuses on the principles of vision, planning, and purpose. Beginning each day, task, or project with the "end in mind" and asking ourselves, “What do we want to accomplish?” helps to gain a clear vision of purpose and goals in order to make things happen. By doing so, we naturally become more efficient and are able to plan and strategize the best route to our goals as well as plan out the most efficient way to achieve them.

Below is a look at all 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey, the guiding principles for each and effective ways to apply each habit in students' daily lives.

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Counselor's Corner with Mrs. Steffens

Happy New Year Poinciana Pelicans!

Let’s start the New Year off by talking about Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and what our students have been learning about thus far and what we can accomplish together.

From the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL):

Families are a child’s first teacher and an essential factor in the cultivation of social and emotional competencies throughout a child’s life. When schools and families work

together, they can build strong connections that reinforce social-emotional skill

development. In fact, research suggests that evidence-based SEL programs are more

effective when they extend into the home.

Please support our school’s SEL program by reviewing these second quarter topics with your children from Powerful You by Julie Frizzi:

· J-Joking having a time and place and not judging others

· K-Having kind feet, hands and words and spreading kindness

· L-Loving ourselves first and listening to others

· M-Being mindful and using manners to show respect

· N-Being the boss of your fears and noticing and letting go of worries

· O-Being okay with change and living life full on-

· P-Being a problem-solver and pausing, relaxing, and breathing

· Q-Asking “wh” questions and quieting yourself

· R-Being responsible and reporting the goodness in others

· S-Sticking with it and standing up for others and yourself



Powerful You

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Tuesday, January 11th- SAC and PTO Meetings

Meetings will be held in the Media Center.


PTO 6:30

January 11th-13th-Quarter 2 Benchmark Assessments

Grades 3, 4, and 5
Students in Grades 3-5 will be taking the Quarter 2 Benchmark Assessments. Quarterly assessments will be administered as follows:

Tuesday, January 11th:

3rd Grade ELA

4th Grade Math

5th Grade ELA

Wednesday, January 12th:

3rd Grade Math

4th Grade ELA

5th Grade Math

Thursday, January 13th:

5th Grade Science

Please make sure that your child gets a good night's sleep, has a healthy breakfast, and arrives to school on time each day.

Friday, January 14th- No School for Students

Teacher Planning Day

Monday, January 17th-No School

Dr. Martin Luther King Day

Monday, January 24th-Report Cards Available online

To access the Quarter 2 Report Card electronically as a PDF:

  • Navigate to https://focus.collierschools.com/focus/

  • Enter the Username - your student’s lunch number (student number)

  • Enter the Password
    • For students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 2, enter 1
    • For students in Grades 3-12, enter your student’s birthday month and day as four digits (e.g., September 7, 2011 would be 0907)

  • Under your student’s picture, click the Reports tab

  • The link can be viewed as a PDF or downloaded and saved

The FOCUS Portal can be accessed from the CCPS Portal, clicking the FOCUS icon.

Tuesday, January 25th-STREAM Night

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January 21st-28th-PES Winter Book Fair

Saturday, January 29th-STEAM EXPO

Gulf Coast High School


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