Manatee Moments

Today's Learners - Tomorrow's Leaders

February 2021

February 10, 2021

Dear Manatee Families,

It’s hard to believe that we are already just a little past the half way mark of this school year!

Our students continue to do their best each and every day to grow as leaders and achieve their academic goals while following important safety guidelines.

While things may look a little different this year, we continue to celebrate our success! As you may know, each student in our school has an individualized Wildly Important Goal of making a minimum of one year’s growth in iReady.

For second quarter, we had 60% of our students meet their goal! These students will “level up” and receive their yellow “Game On” t-shirts at our upcoming quarter 2 celebration.

We also want to congratulate our 4 “Next Level” Manatee staff members for the month of February. These staff members were nominated by their peers for going above and beyond for the greater good of our school. Congratulations to Blanca Tanguma, Mylea Scuderi, Georgia Roberts and Austin Lara!

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Thank you for being our partner in your child’s education!

Dr. Laurie Mearsheimer

Principal, Manatee Elementary

Important Dates

February 2021

February 2 - SAC/PTO 5:30PM at Manatee

February 15 - President's Day; No School

February 16 - Interim Period Ends

February 22 - Interims Published

February 22-26 - Manatee Kindness Week

February 25 - Early Dismissal Day (11:50am)

March 2021

March 2 - SAC/PTO 5:30PM at Manatee

March 15-19 - Spring Break; No School

March 26 - End of Quarter 3

March 29 - Teacher Plan Day; Virtual Learning Day for Students

Academic Updates


January Literacy Week 2021 Highlights

Our first ever Read-a-thon was a huge success. Thank you, families. All students enjoyed the taping of Mrs. Antonetti and Mrs. Dunn to the wall, via the MES news livestream! The campus was full of excitement and reading all day long. Some favorite activities included reading outside, flashlight reading, and reading with a favorite stuffed animal.

The fun is not over yet, we are planning a SEUSS-tastical celebration for Read Across America week. Happy Reading! Support our media center by purchasing a Stovetop hat for $4.

Here We Grow


Home Support - Flash Cards (Grades 2-5)

Strong number sense, the ability to understand, relate, and connect numbers, supports long term success in mathematics. This includes fluency with basic math facts. Fluency occurs when students are able to provide mathematically correct answers relatively quickly and easily. All students in grades 2-5 have been provided with sets of math fact flashcards to be used for daily practice both at school and at home. The video link provides information for parents and families on how to support building fact fluency with their student as well as suggestions for productive and engaging practice that can be done at home.

· English link:

· Spanish link:

· Creole link:


Parent Teacher Organization

Student Jean's Day every Friday:

$1 = students can wear jeans with a Manatee Spirit Shirt

While supplies last, PTO is selling the following merchandise:

Manatee mask, lunchbox, bottle, lanyards, and hoodies (see pics below)

February Fundraiser: Carnations $2 & Necklaces $1

Carnations will be delivered Friday, February 12th.

Leader in Me

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Important Reminders

Accessing Report Cards and Interims

Navigate to

Enter the username: student's number = lunch number

Enter the password: PreK-Grade 2 - enter the number 1; Grades 3-5 enter child's birth month and day as four digits. Ex. January 7, 2009 would be entered as 0107

Under your child's picture, click Reports Tab

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


Birthdays are special for all students, and each classroom teacher may acknowledge a student’s birthday in a variety of ways. Birthday celebrations/parties, however, may not take place at school. Food items sent or brought in by parents/guardians will not be allowed and are to be returned home with the student. Distributing party invitations at school will only be permitted if there is an invitation for all students in the classroom, or all girls, or all boys.

Daily Requirements

A friendly reminder regarding our school dress code and uniform policy. Jeans are only allowed on Fridays when students bring $1 for our PTO fundraiser. On all other days, students are required to wear the school uniform of Navy or Tan pants, shorts or skirts.

Please be reminded as well that this year masks and ID lanyards are also required as part of the daily uniform.

We appreciate your support in ensuring that students come to school every day in appropriate dress code, with masks and lanyards.

Water Bottles

Students and staff will have access to water bottle filling stations. It is important that your child bring a labeled water bottle to school everyday. Please ensure water bottles are clearly marked with your child's first and last name. Thank you for helping us keep our Manatees healthy and hydrated!

Face Coverings

Given the current recommendation by the Florida Department of Health-Collier, (FLDOH-Collier), all face coverings, including gaiter/buffs, should be a minimum of two layers. For gaiters and buffs, this may mean doubling over by the wearer. Thank you for your attention to these guidelines.


Just a reminder - laptops are still CCPS property and need to be cared for responsibly.

Pursuant to Rule 27 of the District’s Code of Student Conduct, students are responsible for the cost of repair or replacement of District property in their possession such as a laptop or other electronic device. The rule provides the following:


  • Students are expected to take good care of school property. Students must assume full responsibility for the care of school property available to them. This includes, but is not limited to textbooks, uniforms, equipment, electronic devices, or library books. These items are issued by school personnel and must be returned to the same person upon completion of the school year or withdrawal from school. Responsibility for the property rests with the student to whom the property is issued.

The cost to repair or replace laptops for irresponsible damage is as follows:

  • Power adapter $48.00
  • Keyboard $95.00
  • Screen $231.00
  • Laptop Total Replacement $586.00

Bus Riders

Does your Manatee ride a bus?

Check out the "Where's the Bus" app. Information from CCPS about this resource can be found at

Need help finding your bus route? Click the link below for details.

Nutrition Services Information

Vicki Pigott, Manatee Nutrition Manager


Curbside Meal Pickup Locations

Starting Tuesday, January 5th, 2021

Elementary School: 8:30am to 9:00am (Tuesday and Friday)

***Breakfast and lunch continue to be free at this time***

Apply for Free/Reduced Lunch: Applications are still being accepted to continue free/reduced lunches.

Add money to your child's lunch account:

MySchoolBucks is a website for parents to pay for their child's school meals using a credit or debit card. With this service, parents can also view a child's purchases and set up automatic email reminders to be notified when payment is needed.

Attention MES Volunteers

Although volunteers are currently NOT allowed on campus during school hours, there are some steps you can do now to make the transition back on campus easier.

Please sign up to be a MES volunteer by:

1. Completing and/or updating your volunteer application with the Collier County School District. Even if you were a volunteer last year, this needs to be done every year.

2. All volunteers need to read the volunteer handbook. Volunteers will sign an acknowledgment form provided by the school once we return to campus.