Colors of Our Worlds: 5-2016

Educating ALL Students of MCSD for Success

In this poem Francisco Alarcón tells us how a "guardian angel" made him realize he was not alone in the process of learning English in school.

Guardian Angel

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Help Your Child Learn to Read

There are lots of ways that you can help your children learn to read! From the time that they are babies to the time that they are in high school, there are many little steps you can take along the way — rhyming and singing songs, reading out loud, sounding out letters, going to the library, and reading books together in your home language. Helping your children learn to read might also mean finding support if they are having difficulty, which can affect their future success. This section is filled with tips for what you can do at home, fun activities, suggestions for choosing books to share together, and ideas on how you can prepare your child for a lifetime and love of reading.

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Becoming Aware of Print

Education Foundation of Martin County School Maker Faire at Pinewood Elementary School

Tuesday, May 10th, 5-7pm

5200 Southeast Willoughby Boulevard

Stuart, FL

Explore 3d Printing!

Build a Geodesic Dome!

Meet the SPAM Team!

Create Music!

Sew a Pencil Case!

Make a Boat!

Play Giant Games!

Learn Screen Printing! (Bring Your Own Shirt.)

It's FUN and It's FREE!

For more information,contact Jollyn Nolan at
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Hobe Sound Elementary School Earns Second Place!

In an effort to promote the literacy and the life-long love of reading, the Education Foundation of Martin County challenged all upper level Martin County elementary students to read all 15 titles listed on the annually selected Sunshine State Reader book list.

Teams of students in grades 3 through 5 from all elementary schools then prepared to compete in the annual Education Foundation of Martin County Elementary Book Bowl on March 22, 2016 at the Performing Arts Center of Jensen Beach High School.

The Book Bowl competition is based upon the 15 books selected by the Sunshine State Young Reader's Award Program, a statewide reading motivation program. Questions will be posed, with each team having 45 seconds to decide on an answer, write it down, and submit it to the style.

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The JD Parker Chorus Performs at Stuart City Hall

The wonderful JD Parker Elementary Chorus was recently asked to perform at the Stuart City Hall Commissioners meeting on April 11. The chorus sang the National Anthem and American Song at the meeting.
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Pinewood Elementary Hosts Family STEM Night!

PSE Second Grade Students Experiment with STEM!

Ms. Sands PSE second grade students are experimenting with their STEM work!

STEM Night at SeaWind Elementary School

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Emory Reid is SeaWind's Golden Heart Recipient

The Treasure Coast Civitan Club holds an annual Golden Heart Awards Ceremony which honors the siblings of children with disabilities in the community; those who show exceptional love and dedication to their brother or sister. The event is organized and staffed by Treasure Coast Civitans. Local siblings are recognized and awarded with a framed certificate, a golden heart pin, and a gift card - plus lots of appreciation and applause from our community. The students demonstrate a heart-warming reminder to all: "To the world, you are one person, but to one person, you are the world!"
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Multicultural Fair at Hobe Sound Elementary School

Mrs. March and Mrs. Emerson hosted a Multicultural Fair at Hobe Sound Elementary School.

Ongoing Events at Our Schools!

Coffee Chats at Pinewood Elementary School

Pinewood parents and guardians are invited to join Pinewood Elementary Literacy and Math Coaches for Coffee Chats on the first Thursday of each month.

Please see the following schedule of topics. We look forward to having learning discussions with you while enjoying a morning cup of coffee.

Location: Pinewood Elementary Front Office Conference Room

Time: 7:45 am

(Coffee Chats will last approximately one hour)

Hosted by: Andrea Asciutto-Houck, Literacy Coach (3-5); Angie Gilbride, Literacy Coach (K-2); Heather Padget, Math Coach (3-5); Kelly Raiford, Math Coach (K-2)

Dates - Topics for 2016:

5/5/16 Summer Learning

Port Salerno Talks! Empower yourself with the tools to help grow your child’s language abilities!

Research shows that when families engage their children in high levels of quality verbal interactions in their home language their children have higher vocabularies, are more advanced readers, and receive higher test scores!

Interested in building your child’s brain using the power of language?

Come join your neighbors in learning activities such as games and puzzles that can help increase the quality of interactions you have with your child. Provided in each class will be materials you get to take home. Each family will be paired with a coach that will work with you to increase the quality of verbal interactions you and your child share. Families will also receive individualized attention during monthly home visits where additional activities and games are shared.

Location: Once a month at Port Salerno Elementary School

Participants: Open to Port Salerno families with children through age 4

Beginning: January 2016 through July 2016

Meeting Times:  5:30 dinner  6:00-7:00 small group meetings (child care provided)

Cost: FREE! There are a limited number of spots available.

Reserve your spot by signing up today! If you are interested in learning more or signing up please contact Cristina Smith by phone at 772-219-1610 ex. 142 or by email @

Title I - Migrant - ELL Services Department of the MCSD

The Color of Our Worlds is an Electronic Newsletter for the school communities of:

Anderson Middle School

Hobe Sound Elementary School

Indiantown Middle School

J. D. Parker Elementary School

Pinewood Elementary School

Port Salerno Elementary School

SeaWind Elementary School

Warfield Elementary School