November 2020 Volume 1 Issue 3

The Eagle's Nest

About Cafferata

School Hours: 7:55 am—2:10 pm

Doors open at 7:25 am

Breakfast: 7:25 am- 7:50 am

Cafferata Contact Information:

Address: 250 Santa Barbara Blvd. North Cape Coral, Fl.

Telephone: 239.458.7391 Fax:239-772-0749


Twitter: @Cafferata_Elem

Facebook: @HectorCafferataElem

Principal's Message

The first quarter is behind us and our Eagles are well on their way into the second quarter of teaching and learning at Hector A. Cafferata, Jr. Elementary School. This has been a school year like no other, but I am proud of the work that our students, staff, and teachers have completed as we have experienced new instructional formats, learned new technologies, and implemented new safety procedures. You are all amazing!

Thank you for partnering with us in the education of your child. We couldn't do it without you! Thank you for your flexibility with all of the changes. Please remember how important it is that your child attend school each and everyday, whether that is in person or vis ZOOM in Lee Home Connect. Our goal is to maximize our instruction time and students must be present to learn.

As always, should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school.

-Dr. Kurtz

We remember...

On a blustery and rainy day, we celebrated Veteran's Day and remembered Hector A. Cafferata, Jr. for whom our school is named for. Private First Class Cafferata was a United States Marine who received the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. We are honored to have his Medal of Honor and Purple Heart on display at our school. Thank you to all of our veterans for your service.

Golden Apple Winners

A BIG Congratulations to the following teachers who have been nominated for a Golden Apple!

Ms. Alzate, Ms. Ambrose, Mrs. Angel, Ms. Graham, Mrs. March, Mrs. Minore, Mrs. Monroe, Mrs. Kopko, Mrs. O’Grady, Ms. Osorio, Mrs. Peek, Mrs. Persechino, Ms. Quintero, Mrs. Richir and Mrs. Symonette.

The Energy Bus- Principle 3

Principle 3 - Drive with Purpose

We have created a positive vision and became the driver of our own bus in the past two months at Cafferata! It is now time to "Drive with Purpose"! Students will utilize their unique talents to move toward their goal! Talk with your child about their academic and personal goals!

What's Happening

Tuesday, November 17, 2020- Picture Day

Tuesday, November 17, 2020- PTO Meeting @ 6:00 PM via ZOOM

Wednesday, November 18, 2020- Community Cooperative Mobile Food Pantry

Located in the school parking lot from 3:00 PM- 5:00 PM

Thanksgiving Break is Monday , November 23, 2020 - November 27, 2020


Kid's Care (After School Program): Coach Altman

MTSS & 504 Accommodations: Sabrina Messenio

Contact information Changes: Alicia Gemeli

Transportation: Angel DeMoss

Gifted testing: Amanda Kendrick

Clinic: Ana Abreu (Clinic Assistant) or Gwen Boyd (School Nurse)

Lee Home Connect Concerns: Julee Duttko

Covid 19 Concerns: Dr. Jason Kurtz

Updated Interim and Report Card Dates

Quarter 1:

November 10, 2020 - Report Cards

Quarter 2:

December 7, 2020- Interims

February 11, 2021- Report Cards

Quarter 3:

March 8, 2021- Interims

April 27, 2021- Report Cards

Quarter 4:

May 17, 2021- Interims

June 17, 2021- Report Cards

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Out of Field

Notification Florida State Statute 1012.42 recognizes that teachers at times must be assigned duties in a class outside the field in which the teacher is certified. Sonia Cruz, Brittany Faust, Dora Graham, Sally Nemerovsky, Rosanne Richir and Germina Symonette are engaged in training to add the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to their certificates. Sonia Cruz is engaged in training to add Elementary education to her certificate.

PTO Meeting

Our next PTO meeting will be on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 6:00 PM via ZOOM. A Zoom link will be sent out via School Messenger the day of the meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Eagle of The Week

Each Friday, teachers both face to face and home connect are asked to submit the name of a student that has worked hard all week. On the following Monday, Our school counselor Mrs. Kendrick delivers an award to the student that has been working hard toward reaching a goal. The student receives a pencil, certificate, homework pass and a coupon to one of our local ice cream or restaurants nearby!

Congratulations to the following EAGLE of the WEEK WINNERS for the month of October!


Mrs. Alzate - Kyle Minore, Draven Ames and Ander Jozaites

Mrs. Barry- Ava Polidura and Adrian Suarez

Mrs. Hernandez- Damien Simbania and Lilliana Gonzalez

First Grade

Mrs. Angel- Elijah Grover and Kaila Robinson-Welch

Mrs. Dietrich- Melanie Levia Bello and Sebastian Rodriguez

Mrs. Sorrentino- Gabriel Duque

Mrs. Newberry/Home Connect - Emmanuel Wheeler and Audrey Marquez

Second Grade

Ms. Graham- Liamnelson Gonzalez- Matos and Tyler Evans

Mrs. Monroe- London Caswell

Ms. Henshaw- Austin Hernandez and Mia Castillo

Mrs. Chica/Home Connect- Samantha Garcia and Emily Hernandez

Third Grade

Mrs. O'Grady- Zakarrie Ames and Miranda Son-Ajim

Mrs. Howard- Neveah Critten and Yairen Dominguez

Mrs. Oliva- Zion Anderson

Mrs. Mugica/Home Connect- Katherine Suarez

Fourth Grade

Mrs. Edwards- Hayden Burns and Bailey Guelcher

Mrs. Peek- Keira neva and Dennis key

Mrs. Richir- Kauan Vilela

Ms. Serr/Home Connect- Marcus Smith and Rosleyni Arias

Fifth Grade

Mrs. Persechino- Erik Rocha and Israel Vargas

Mr. Polinice- Zoraida Steves

Mrs. Symonette- Lillian Kohnke and Sabrina Hernandez- Aguado

Mrs. Minore/Home Connect- D'Angelo Garcia

Mrs. Toomey/Home Connect- Daira Urbina-Aranda and Jiovannie Legros


Ms. Velazquez- Edward Perez

Mrs. Kopko- Adrian Gonzalez

Mr. Gibbs/Speech- Alonso Fernandez

Mrs. Smith- Alondra Balmori