Bobcat Bulletin

July 30, 2020

Eden Park Elementary School Mission "Purpose" Statement

To inspire a passion for learning and a value for education for all students to be responsible citizens, lifelong learners, and leaders.

Message from Mr. Frehe

Hello EPE families! I hope you are all well during these unprecedented times. I am personally looking forward to seeing you and your students in the near future!

Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) is committed to "Moving Forward" safely into the new school year given the State's order to open campuses five days per week "upon reopening in August". However, the District School Board of Collier County voted to delay the start of the 2020-2021 school year. As a result, the first day of school for students will be on Monday, August 31, 2020. There have been adjustments made to the academic calendar including the last day of school for students moved to Friday, June 11, 2021. You can find the revised calendar here or by scrolling down.

A few miscellaneous items:

  • Instructional Model Options - Below you will find information about the Instructional Model options available to you. After reviewing the options, please contact the school if you still have questions.
  • Meal Service - CCPS has extended curbside meal service at Eden Park Elementary through August 14th. Meals will be served Monday through Friday from 10am to 1pm, with weekend meals included on Friday.
  • Family Information Guide for Reopening:
  • School Supply List - available online by clicking HERE. You can also see the list below.
  • Laptop return on Monday - if your student participated in the summer school program and kept a CCPS laptop, please plan to return it this Monday, August 3 from 9-11 or 1-3.
  • Social distancing and face coverings - Students and staff are expected to maintain social distancing to the greatest extent possible. All students and staff will be expected to wear a face covering on school campus. Face coverings prevent the spread of coronavirus. You can find out additional information related to Health Protocols here.
  • New Assistant Principal - we welcome a new addition to the EPE administration team, Mrs. Christina Anderson. She is looking forward to meeting all of you very soon. You can see her picture below.
  • Preventative measures - Handwashing and hand sanitizing time will be built into the schedule during transitions.
  • Visitors to Campus - Limited visitors will be allowed on campus. Parents should remain in their vehicles for drop-off and pickup. For early checkout, parents will use the video doorbells and student(s) will report to the front entrance for pickup. Non-essential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving other groups are not allowed during the school day (e.g. mentors, vendors, family visits, lunch with students).

We look forward to seeing you here at EPE very soon and anticipate a safe, productive school year. In the meantime, please continue to be safe!


Mark Frehe, Principal

CCPS Parent Instructional Model Selection

Your child is a vitally important member of our Eden Park Elementary (EPE) family and we would like for you to consider having them remain at our school. We would like for them to stay enrolled here at EPE. Below are the instructional options available to you:

  • Option 1 – Attend school on campus at EPE
  • Option 2Classroom connect: Students remain enrolled at Eden Park in a virtual capacity with a set schedule. This is designed for families that are not yet ready to send their children to campuses at this time, but ultimately plan to rejoin in person. Your child would have teachers from EPE in a virtual format and access to events at our school, which will ensure a smooth transition back to in-person instruction when parents decide it is appropriate. Students would remain eligible to participate in the Free and Reduced Lunch program (if applicable).
  • Option 3eCollier Academy: This is a flexible virtual learning option. Students will be withdrawn from Eden Park and enrolled in eCollier Academy. eCollier Academy is a new, separate, standalone school within CCPS. Student would NOT be eligible to participate in the Free and Reduced Lunch program.
  • Option 4 – Home School: Students will be withdrawn from Eden Park and Collier County Public Schools. Parents are responsible for providing instruction and determining the curriculum for students.

We look forward to welcoming staff back to campus and our students back to Eden Park on August 31!

If you would like additional information, you can find additional information online at If you would like to change your instructional model and remain at EPE, please click HERE and choose Option 1 (Attend school on campus) or Option 2 (EPE Classroom Connect).

We would be happy to discuss the options in greatly detail and provide more clarity by calling the school at 239-377-9200.

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Mrs. Christina Anderson, Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction

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CCPS Transportation - Letter to Kindergarten Parents Riding School Busses

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CCPS Transportation Zones Contact Information

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Canvas - Learning Management System

Virtual learning produced by your student's classroom teacher will start in the coming days. Please ensure you are having your student log into Canvas. Students in grades 3-5 should have an awareness of the program from previous classroom experiences.
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FranklinCovey has developed a Family Resource page for parents who are teaching their children at home and it is accessible without need of a password.

Here is the link:

As you scroll down the page, you will see family friendly bite-sized lessons, the 7 Habits of Happy Kids videos, 7 Habits mini activities, and some student speeches from the student leadership speech contest. This is accessible to anyone and everyone!

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If you have not "liked" us on Facebook or "follow" us on Twitter, please do so. We will provide video's and updated information to these platforms as it becomes available.

Facebook: @ccpsepe OR search for "Eden Park Elementary School"

Twitter: @EPEBobcats

CCPS Portal

It is critically important for parents to keep their contact information updated in order to receive important District and school news, especially in the case of an emergency. CCPS has provided an easy way for parents to update their information through the CCPS Parent Portal on the District website.

Visit today!

  • Verify or update your phone number and email address
  • Opt-in to receive text messages from the District (text message charges may apply)
  • Select your preferred method of receiving information from the District
  • Complete your student’s Media Release and Directory Information form
  • Complete your student’s Emergency Contact Card
  • Complete the Student Code of Conduct form
  • Authorize your student’s use of Edmodo and Educational Social Media
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School Improvement Plan

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Important Parent Information

Instructional Materials Notification for Parents

Parents may review their children’s instructional materials at the school site. Parents

may also schedule an appointment to review currently adopted instructional materials at

the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Administrative Center.

Please contact Julia Lorenzo,Instructional Materials Manager at or 239-377-0103.


Head lice are tiny wingless insects found on the head and scalp, often behind the ears or near the nape of the neck. Nits are the eggs that are laid by adult lice. They attach firmly to the hair shaft and can be mistaken for dandruff or hair spray droplets. Lice hatch from the eggs in 7 to 10 days if they are not treated. Head lice are human parasites and require human blood to survive.


Purchase an FDA- approved lice treatment and a special metal lice comb with narrow tines. Nits and lice can pass through the tines of a flexible plastic comb. You will also need: A regular comb and brush, bobby pins or hair clips, a large towel , box of facial tissue, small pair of scissors, bowl of water with dish washing liquid added.


Apply the lice treatment according to the instructions. After rinsing the product from hair and scalp, you must carefully comb the hair with the metal fine-toothed comb to remove dead lice and nits. Follow the steps below to comb your child’s wet hair.


  • Manual removal is the best option whenever possible. Combing should be done in a well-lit area. Seat the child so her/his head is just below eye level. Use a regular comb or brush to first remove any tangles. If the treatment comes with a special gel, be sure to apply the gel before combing.

  • Separate the child’s hair into a section that is slightly wider than the width of the lice comb. It is important to separate the hair into small sections so you can more easily see lice and nits. Hold the section of hair with one hand. With the other hand, hold the lice comb in a slanting position with the teeth toward the head. Insert the comb as close to the scalp as possible since the eggs are first laid within 1/2 inch of the scalp. Gently pull the comb slowly through the hair several times. Check the hair carefully. Comb one section at a time and check each section again. Pin the hair out of the way, curling it flat against the head. The lice shampoo may not kill all of the nits. Any remaining nits can be removed by sliding the nit down the hair shaft with your fingernail

  • Whenever you comb out nits or live lice, dunk the comb in the soapy water and make sure the comb is clean before you use it on the hair again. Clean the comb frequently with a tissue. After combing, flush the contents of the bowl down the toilet. Wash the lice comb in hot ,soapy water for at least 10 minutes.


Remember- nits are very tiny and you may find them first on the hairs at the nape of the neck and behind the ears. But they can live anywhere, so look all over the scalp. Be sure to thoroughly check and comb your child’s head daily for 2-3 weeks to ensure that all nits are removed and no new lice appear. Most lice treatments require a second application, usually in 7-10 days. Follow the instructions so that any remaining or newly hatched lice are removed. A second combing will be necessary. Nits that were not killed during the first application can hatch in 7-10 days.


1. Check all family members at the same time and treat them if lice are found.

2. After finishing treatment with the lice medication, re-check everyone in your family for lice after one week. If live lice are found, contact your health care professional.

3. Machine wash and dry the child’s recently worn clothing, bedding and towels using hot, soapy water and the high heat drying cycle. This will kill both lice and nits. Articles such as stuffed animals, pillows, hats, headphones can be vacuumed or sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 2 weeks.

4. Teach your child to avoid head-to-head contact during play and other activities.

5. Instruct your child not to share combs, brushes, hats or other articles of clothing.

6. Soak family combs and brushes in hot water for at least 10 minutes. Every family member should have their own comb and brush.

7. Continue to check your child’s hair for the presence of lice or nits. Comb his/her hair regularly with a nit comb.

8. Vacuuming is the safest and best way to remove lice or fallen hairs with attached nits from rugs, furniture, stuffed animals or car seats, particularly where the person with the lice may have sat or rested their head. Vacuum the floor and furniture, particularly where the person with the lice may have sat or laid. Head lice live less than two days if they fall off the scalp and cannot feed.

***Mandatory attendance laws require all children to be in school. Therefore, it is expected that if your child has been sent home with lice and/or nits, he/she will be treated and will return lice-free the next school day. A parent must accompany the child upon return to school. Before readmission to school, a staff member will re-check your child for lice. Staff
members will re-check your child periodically to be sure that treatment was effective.