Heights Elementary


May 5, 2021 volume 7 issue 9

*Our Children * Our World *Our Future

Mission: Heights Elementary IB World School is dedicated to developing balanced, lifelong learners through educational excellence, a global perspective, reflection and action.

Vision: To Be A World Class School.

About Heights:

School Hours: 7:55 am—2:10 pm

Doors Open: 7:30 am

Breakfast: 7:30-7:45 am

Heights Contact Information:

Address: 15200 Alexandria Ct. Ft. Myers, FL 33908

Telephone: 239.481.1761 Fax:239.481.3154

Website: het.leeschools.net

Twitter: @HeightsIB

Facebook: Heights Elementary


After School Program: Dodie Lytle

IB and 5th grade Exhibition: Michelle Edwards

MTSS & 504 Accommodations: Lindsey Thorstad

Contact Information Changes: Michele Curry

Transportation: Mike Licata

Academic & Enrichment Camps: Mike Licata

Gifted Questions and School Counselor: Ashley Jarzyk

Clinic: Cheri Mack (Clinic Assistant) or Katie Rodriguez (School Nurse)

Lee Home Connect and Covid 19 Concerns: Anika Carter

Heights Elementary Website

Click here to visit the Heights website

What's Happening at Heights?

May 3rd-May 7th: Staff Appreciation Week

May 9th: Mother's Day

May 17th: 4th quarter Interims available on FOCUS

May 31st: Memorial Day (Schools Closed)

FSA Dates for 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade

May 11th & 12th: 4th & 5th grade Reading FSA

May 17th & 18th: 3rd grade Math FSA

May 19th & 20th: 4th & 5th grade Math FSA

May 25th & 26th: 5th grade Science FSA

Interim and Report Card Dates:

Quarter 4:

May 17, 2021 – Interims will be located on FOCUS

June 17, 2021 – Report cards sent home with face to face students, mailed for home connect students.

IB Profile Word for May: Balanced

The IB Learner Profile Balance aims to develop learners who are balanced. Our goal is to allow students to discover and understand the importance of balancing different aspects of their lives. Focusing on the intellectual, physical and emotional in order to achieve well being for themselves and others. We would like for our students to recognize their interdependence with other people and with the world in which they live.

IB students are active participants in a wide range of aspects of campus life, as well as focusing on their academic development.

How can families help develop students who are Balanced at home?

~Create a daily schedule that includes time for school work, outside physical activity, arts and music, rest, balanced meals.

~Allow time for a variety of activities daily with your children (school activities, indoor play, outside play, active play and quiet activities)

~Model doing a little bit of everything in front of your child: play, learn, exercise, rest, eat healthy foods

~Praise your child for demonstrating a balance lifestyle

~Visit many different places to learn: libraries, museums, nature trails and nature preserves, parks, Historical Parks

~Explore different hobbies: yoga, jogging, knitting, cards, marbles, collecting stickers

IB Learner Profile- Balanced

Watch for Symptoms:

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

The District has set up a hotline to help answer questions pertaining to COVID-19. Parents can also fill out the Incident Notification Form if a student has symptoms and/or test positive for COVID-19: COVID-19 Incident Notification Hotline (239) 356-2800

COVID-19 Incident Notification Online Form

Parents can fill out the Incident Notification Form if a student has symptoms and/or test positive for COVID-19.

Staff Appreciation Week

Did you know that the first week in May (the 3rd—7th) is Staff Appreciation week? Our teachers and staff put in countless overtime hours behind the scenes to develop lessons and assessments, grade papers, share ideas, research strategies, and gather resources to ensure your child has the best opportunity possible to reach his or her potential. Now is the chance to show how much you appreciate them. A simple note in the planner or a kind email or phone call from a parent or student is all it takes to make it all worthwhile!

PTA News

  • Join us on Zoom for our last general membership PTA meeting for the year on Tues, May 18th at 7:00 pm. Current PTA members will be able to vote on next year’s board members and budget.
  • Spirit Night - Thur, May 20th at Five Guys near Health Park - 16230 Summerlin Road - a portion of sales that night will be donated to the Heights PTA . More details will be sent home soon
FortifyFL: Suspicious activity

FortifyFL is a suspicious activity reporting tool that allows you to instantly relay information to appropriate law enforcement agencies and school officials.

Coming Soon:

June 10th: 5th Grade Drive Through Family Celebration (6:30)

June 15th-17th: Early Dismissal Days (12:10)

June 17th: Last Day of School for students

What's For Breakfast or Lunch at Heights?

Click here to see the Heights Menu.

Notification to Parents Regarding Out-of-Field Teachers:

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. The following teachers at Heights Elementary are certified, but may be assigned one or more classes outside their areas of certification and are required to take appropriate steps to comply with the statutory regulation:

Makenzie Carner.

In addition, the following teachers are engaged in training to add the endorsement, English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), to their certificates:

Jordon Stamper, Monica Fastenau, Austin McElyea, Wendy Sokhanvari, Briana Grelinski, Stacey Head, Taylor Wahl, Makenzie Carner, Madison Barker, Nicole Driscoll, & Amber Shaw.

The School Board of Lee County:

Debbie Jordan, District 4 (Chair)

Betsy Vaughn, District 6 (Vice Chair)

Mary Fischer, District 1
Melisa W. Giovannelli, District 2
Chris N. Patricca, District 3
Gwynetta S. Gittens, District 5
Cathleen O'Daniel Morgan, District 7

Kathy Dupuy-Bruno, Esq., Board Attorney

Gregory K. Adkins, Ed.D., Superintendent