The Connection

Connecting you to the School District of Indian River County

Welcome to the Connection!

Welcome to The Connection, our new weekly newsletter connecting you to important news, events, and activities happening in the School District of Indian River County. This newsletter will highlight events throughout all grade levels and include district news. We are looking forward to your input in The Connection and hope that you will submit important news and information to be considered for publishing. Please email socialmedia@indianriverschools.org to submit potential highlights.

Today is "School Lunch Hero" Day!

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Thank you to our School Lunch Heroes who serve our students and staff every day! For many children, the cafeteria is the first place they enter on a school day. From the first time through the cafeteria line, the lunch hero has more than nutrition on their minds. The well-being of every child is important to them. Keeping them safe, happy and providing them with good and delicious food is also a priority. #SchoolLunchHeroDay

May 5-11th is Teacher Appreciation Week

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How Will You #ThankATeacher?


Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week 2019 and #ThankATeacher with us May 5-11!



Teachers change the lives of millions of children every day, and their work and impact extends far beyond the boundaries of the classroom—“Out of This World.”

They play a pivotal role in our children’s lives, inspiring a lifelong love of learning and discovery, and making a difference in their well-being and long-term success.

Let’s show our thanks and gratitude to these stellar educators. Blast off with us during Teacher Appreciation Week to #ThankATeacher for all that they do to help our children reach for the stars.


More Ways to Get Involved

Get creative! We love seeing all the awesome ways you celebrate the “T” in PTA.

  • Send heartfelt letters, cards and messages of appreciation
  • Create artwork, poems and video messages
  • Recognize teachers with awards
  • Decorate schools and teacher’s lounges
  • Host surprise assemblies and other events
  • Volunteer in classrooms to help teachers
  • On Thursday, upload a #TBT of you and your favorite teacher and thank them using the official hashtag #ThankATeacher.

Read about more ways to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week at https://www.pta.org/home/events/PTA-Teacher-Appreciation-Week

SDIRC Designates May 6-10 as "Teacher Appreciation Week."

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Ryan, his wife, Lila, Board members, and Dr. Rendell

Mr. Ryan Sandgren, teacher at Citrus Elementary School, read our "Teacher Appreciation Week" proclamation at our April 23rd Board meeting, asking the Board to recognize May 6th-10th as Teacher Appreciation Week. Teacher Appreciation Week is a week-long celebration in recognition of teachers and the contributions they make to education and society. It is held in the first full week in May of every year and provides an opportunity for students, their parents, and school principals to show their appreciation for the hard work teachers do and the long hours many of them put in. As the summer approaches, please remember that this doesn’t necessarily mean that teachers are taking a vacation. Keep in mind that summer is really a time that many teachers teach summer school, attend professional development trainings, complete courses for special endorsements, and set up their classrooms to create an atmosphere that would meet the decorating standards of Disney World. A teacher’s work is never finished.

Citrus Elementary School Autism Walkathon

The 3rd Annual Autism Awareness Walkathon was held on Monday, April 29th. The proceeds from this event will go directly towards education programming for the students at Citrus Elementary, with a portion also being donated to the John Keller Scholarship at Vero Beach High School. Thank you to everyone who sponsored and participated in this event!
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Mobile Cafes Return to Indian River County after serving the panhandle

Thank you to our Transportation Professionals who returned our mobile cafes after serving areas of our state affected by Hurricane Michael! In October, our drivers drove our mobile cafes to the panhandle with a mission to donate hundreds of Scholastic books, and to distribute food to those in need. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

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Left to right: Walter Streeter (Mechanic), Richard Trammell (Garage Coordinator), Khawndice Colley, Sandra Jones, and Libby Page; welcomed home by Dr. Rendell.

Recap: The "Books and Buses" Relief Effort- October 2018

https://youtu.be/E_vWWCCdtK8

SRMS Madrigal Singers Tour South Florida

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The SRMS Madrigals departed this morning at 6:00 a.m. to embark on their weekend south Florida tour, which includes, Miami, Ft. Myers, and Tampa. Tour stops will include a visit to the University of Miami, Coconut Grove, and a music competition through "Music in the Parks."
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Treasure Coast Celebrates Earth Day by Planting memorial tree

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Earth Day this year at Treasure Coast Elementary was extra special with the planting of a memorial tree for one of their former Pirates, Logan Spencer. The magnolia tree was planted at the front of TCE with the help from every student in grades K-5. Students and staff each helped with the digging, scooping dirt, watering, and painting of decorative rocks for the tree. Logan’s Family joined their TCE Family for this beautiful Earth Day event. Everyone enjoyed the gorgeous day and is looking forward to watching Logan’s tree grow and blossom in remembrance of him.

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r.e.a.l. lab students visit the oceanographic coastal center

On Monday, April 29th, Wabasso students who utilize the R.E.A.L. Lab, used the proceeds generated from their culinary program to go on a trip to the Florida Oceanographic Coastal center in Stuart. Students planned, prepped, and packed lunches to take with them on the trip. They were able to learn about stingrays, and hand feed them as well. They received a great lesson regarding sea turtles and the nesting that takes place right here on our local beaches. Students also learned about our ecosystem and local habitats here in Florida. We are so glad the students enjoyed their well-deserved trip!

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Dive Into the Lagoon through literacy on May 11

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Veteran of the Month: Bruce Cady

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Bruce Cady served in the United States Marine Corps from 1992 to 2001, leaving as a Captain.

Bruce and his wife, Leah, have lived in Vero Beach nearly two decades. Bruce and Leah have three children who attended school in Indian River County. Harrison, 25, graduated from University of Florida and is now on active duty in the U.S. Navy. Erin, 22, will graduate from University of Central Florida next year, with a degree in elementary education. Spencer, 19, is finishing his AA at IRSC and will transfer to UF in the fall to study microbiology.

Bruce has been an active member of the veteran community in our county for many years. He is a founding member of the Next Generation Veterans organization, and is leading the effort to create an Iraq & Afghanistan War Memorial at Riverside Park. Bruce and his fellow Next Generation Veterans led the effort to put blue tarps on over 38 roofs in the aftermath of Hurricane IRMA.

He and two Next Generation Veterans have organized and maintain a weekly physical conditioning program to help young people in IRC who do not meet the minimal fitness requirements to join our armed forces. So far, they have helped 12 young men and women meet their goal of serving our country.

Introducing our NEW SDIRC Mobile App!

https://youtu.be/H8XmaytaMFg

Introducing our new SDIRC mobile app, designed to enable parents, staff, students, and the community to stay informed and up-to-date on important issues, information, and activities underway within our school district. The free app, which proudly displays the SDIRC logo, provides the most used resources from our website directly on your mobile device; including, lunch menus, maps, event calendars, social media updates, school contact information, and notifications from the school(s) of your choice!


Download for Apple iOS at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sdirc/id1451344822?mt=8


Download for Android at: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.relianceco.cma.SDIRC

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Code of Conduct Public Meeting May 14th

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING


DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY


At the District School Board business meeting held April 9, 2019, the District School Board voted to hold a public hearing to consider revisions as follows:

Policy: 5500 Student Conduct: Code of Student Conduct, Student/Parent Handbook
Purpose: Revisions comply with changes in State and Federal Legislative action during the 2018 Legislative Session, as well as current practice, and are in compliance with School Board Policy 5500 and under Chapter 120 F.S.
Action Initiated by: District School Board
Action Approved by: Mark J. Rendell, Superintendent of Schools
Estimated Economic Impact: None
Implemented: 1006.07, 1006.13 F.S., Chapter 120 F.S.

The public hearing will be held during the District School Board business meeting on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 6 p.m. at the J.A. Thompson Administrative Center, 6500 57th St., Vero Beach, Florida, in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center. The last date for filing a written objection is April 30, 2019. A copy of the proposed changes is available for review in the office of the School Board Members and in the document container below.

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The Florida Department of Education wants to hear from you! They have announced another opportunity to provide feedback on the standards. Floridians can still provide general feedback on the General Survey but now they can also provide feedback on each individual standard through the new Florida Review Portal. Click below for more information.

Please take our parent survey!

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We want to hear from our parents! Each year the School District surveys our parents and uses the data to make improvements in our schools. The Parent Survey for this year opened on March 25th. Parents may complete the survey online or fill out a paper copy at your child’s school. To complete the online survey, log into the Focus Parent Portal and click the link to the Parent Survey. You will not be required to log into the survey, as the feedback is collected anonymously. If you do not have a Focus parent account, please contact your child’s school for assistance.

Your feedback is very important to us and we appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey.

ESE Parent Survey

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STEP Into Kindergarten

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The School District of Indian River County invites your son or daughter to attend the STEP into Kindergarten: Summer Transition Enrichment Program. This FREE program promotes readiness for school success and a positive transition into kindergarten. Learn more at https://www.indianriverschools.org/departments/federal_programs/step_into_kindergarten

fortifyFL security app

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We are pleased to announce that the FortifyFL app is LIVE. Now, any student, educator, parent, or member of the public can report school safety concerns directly to law enforcement and school administrators anonymously and easily through the FortifyFL app or www.getfortifyfl.com. The app, which is available for download on Apple and Android mobile devices, is critical to ensuring all Florida schools are safe environments where students and educators can experience and share the joy of learning without fear. We hope that you will become familiar with this tool and help us spread the word about it with our students and their families. Please note that the official app’s logo will look exactly as it does in the graphic above.

support education with a fresh, new look!

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The Support Education specialty tag has a fresh new look! For the first time in 25 years, the tag has undergone a total makeover.

Since its introduction in 1994, more than $13 million has been raised through the collaborative efforts of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) and local education foundation members across the state.

While the look has changed, one thing remains the same – when Florida residents purchase or renew their Support Education specialty tag, $20 goes directly back to support education programs in the county where the tag was purchased or renewed. Funds support programs like classroom innovation, education enrichment programs, supporting and recognizing teachers, extra help and mentoring for at-risk students, school supplies, and school scholarships.

Visit www.LicenseToLearnFL.com to learn more, purchase, or trade in your current Support Education tag today!

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The Reading Scholarship, administered by Step Up For Students, was created to help public school students in third through fifth grade who scored a 1 or 2 on their English Language Arts FSA. The program offers parents access to education savings accounts, worth $500 each, to pay for tuition and fees related to part-time tutoring, summer and after-school literacy programs, instructional materials, and curriculum related to reading or literacy.
The scholarships are worth $500 each and can be used for reimbursement for the following:
*Tuition and fees for part-time tutoring provided by a person who holds a valid Florida educator’s certificate, a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the subject, an adjunct teaching certificate, or has demonstrated mastery of the subject area knowledge.
*Fees for summer education programs designed to improve reading or literacy skills.
*Fees for after-school education programs designed to improve reading or literacy skills.
*Instructional materials and curriculum related to reading or literacy.
Click to apply: https://www.stepupforstudents.org/for-parents/reading-scholarship/how-the-scholarship-works/

IRCSO Tips Hotline and School Tips Email

Thank you to the Indian River County Sheriff's Office and all local law enforcement agencies for your partnership with the SDIRC, and your dedication to keeping our students, teachers, and staff members safe.
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School information

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Virtual Backpack

In an effort to save resources and time required by school staff to sort and handle flyers, approved flyers will be posted on this page. Posting of flyers does not imply endorsement or recommendation by the School District of Indian River County.

School District of Indian River County's Strategic Plan

Click below to see our District's Strategic Plan

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Special Board Discussion Session

Friday, May 10th, 9-11:30am

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Join us for a Special Board Discussion Session in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center.

Special Board Discussion Session

Monday, May 13th, 8-11:30am

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Join us for a Special Board Discussion Session in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center.

Special Business Meeting

Monday, May 13th, 1-3pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Join us for a Special Board Discussion Session in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center.

Board Discussion Session

Tuesday, May 14th, 12pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Please join us in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center for our Board Discussion Session.

SDIRC Business Meeting

Tuesday, May 14th, 6pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Please join us in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center for our Business Meeting.

Budget Workshop

Tuesday, May 28th, 10am

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Please join us in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center for our Budget Workshop.

Superintendent's Workshop

Tuesday, May 28th, 1pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Please join us in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center for our Superintendent's Workshop.

SDIRC Business Meeting

Tuesday, May 28th, 6pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Please join us in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center for our Business Meeting.