Shark Scoop

March 2023

Principal, Mr. Marker

Dear Naples Park Families,

March is going to be a great month for our campus. New swings have arrived to replace some of ours that have swung out! We are also getting an amazing new surfacing to our physical education pavilion. Hopefully with our installations coordinated with Spring Break 🏖 our Sharks will return to finished fun!

In more good news, our PTO and community have done such an outstanding job with fundraising, our planned spring fundraiser walkathon will now simply be a fun and fitness event for our students. Thank you for being so incredibly supportive to our school.

Today is a great day, and the future will be even better.

It is good to be at Naples Park Elementary School…Home of the Sharks.


Christopher Marker

Principal of the Naples Park Sharks

Assistant Principal, Mrs. Summers


Our District Quarter 3 Benchmarks assessments will be during the week of March 20th-24th. Your child's results are for informational purposes only that will help teachers inform next instructional decisions. Please see below for specific dates for each grade level:

March 20th- Reading 5th Grade

March 21st- ELA 3rd Grade & Science 5th Grade (Estvander/Juarez)

March 22nd- ELA 4th Grade & Science 5th Grade (Gomes/Trifelos)

March 23rd- Math 3rd Grade

March 24th- Math 4th & 5th Grade


The FAST State Assessment is a progress monitoring tool that is administered three times per year to track your child's progress in learning the Benchmarks of Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) standards throughout this school year. This is the final state assessment (PM3) of this school year. Please see below for schedule to help plan accordingly and make sure your child is ready for their final state assessments.

April 25th- ELA KG Grade PM3

April 26th- ELA 1st Grade PM3

April 27th- ELA 2nd Grade PM3

May 2nd- ELA 5th Grade PM3

May 3rd- ELA 4th Grade PM3

May 4th- ELA 3rd Grade PM3

May 9th- Math KG Grade PM3

May 10th- Math 1st Grade PM3 & Science 5th Grade Session 1

May 11th- Math 2nd Grade PM3 & Science 5th Grade Sesson 2

May 16th- Math 3rd Grade PM3

May 17th- Math 4th Grade PM3

May 18th- Math 5th Grade PM3

To help prepare your child for the these assessments, encourage them to:
• Get a good night’s sleep and eat a full breakfast the day of the assessments.
• Be on time to school. Assessments start promptly at 8:30.
• Try their best on each question and try not to rush.

*Please note: It is very important that students are at school on the days of the assessments. Please avoid doctors appointments and picking up your child early on these days. Thank you in advance.

Closed Campus on Testing Days

Please keep in mind that on testing days, our campus will be closed to volunteers and visitors (ex. no parents volunteering in classrooms and/or eating lunch with their child in the cafeteria, etc.). Thank you for your understanding.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me, Mrs. Summers.

Federal Program Stakeholder Input Survey

Each year, Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) receives federal funds to support eligible schools in our district. Feedback is valuable to schools as we plan for the 2023-2024 school year. The survey is now open and will close before Spring Break.

Please click the link below to take brief survey:

Attendance Matters

We are always striving to make sure NPE students are at school, on time, every day! Every moment of learning is important to your child’s development and progress. Thank you!

*Please note- If your child is absent for any reason, please call the front office at 377-7700 to let us know why your child is absent so we can properly notate that. In addition, all absences are unexcused unless a doctor’s note is provided. Per Florida Statute (1003.26(1)(b), students with 5 unexcused [or validated] absences within a calendar month, or 15 unexcused [or validated] within a 90 day period are considered truant and an attendance meeting may be scheduled with the school and district personnel.

School Times

Please see important school times below:

School Doors Open: 7:45am

FREE Breakfast: 7:45am-8:15am

Bell Rings to Enter Classrooms: 8:10am

School News Show Begins: 8:20am

Students are Marked Tardy: arriving 8:25am or later

Dismissal: 2:50pm

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School Counselor, Mrs. Johnson

It’s hard to believe we are halfway through Quarter 3 and Spring Break is approaching quickly. Spring Break is a great time for all of us to practice Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw. When we take time to Sharpen the Saw, we take time to do the things we enjoy most. It’s the balance between working hard and having fun. I hope everyone has a relaxing Spring Break and returns ready to finish the school year strong.

Attention 5th Grade Parents

In a couple months, your child will be able to start scheduling their middle school electives. It’s important to update your address with our front office, so we have your child zoned for the correct middle school. The current address in our system will be used when scheduling electives. Last year, we had several families updating their address at the last minute, which can delay the scheduling process for your child. Thanks for your help!


Candace Johnson

School Counselor


Literacy Coach, Mrs. Szarek

Hello Sharks,

Read Across America is an annual event celebrated on or near March 2nd, which is the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss. It is a nationwide reading celebration that was created by the National Education Association (NEA) in 1997 to promote literacy and encourage a love of reading among children. NPE will be celebrating Read Across America Week with read alouds and dress up days. Check out all the fun themes we have planned below:

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Volunteer Corner

All volunteers, new and returning must reapply every year

o Apply to volunteer by clicking "Apply to Volunteer” -

Contact Naples Park Elementary when you have completed your application;

o Candace Johnson –, 377-7706

o Laura Serrano-, 377-7710

Please come to our front office to sign into our Volunteer Portal

o Please bring a valid US-issued photo identification which will complete your background check

o Please visit our front office from 8:30am–10:00 am or by appointment.

ESE Specialist, Ms. Lubas

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Shark Café News, Mrs. Rose

Hello Sharks!

March 2nd the Shark Café will be celebrating Dr. Seuss's Birthday we will be offering Green Eggs and Ham as a lunch option! March 6th to March 10th DIG IN TO SCHOOL BREAKFAST during National School Breakfast Week! We will celebrate the history of providing breakfast to all students. In 1966, the government started a pilot program to feed America’s students breakfast. Congress implemented the funding in 1972, ALL SHARKS are offered a no cost breakfast!! Please join us for cereal, protein bars and hot options like French toast, waffles, eggs or sausage biscuits. Breakfast is served from 7:45 to 8:10.

You can add money to your child’s account for snacks by signing into their account, or sending in cash or check in an envelope or baggie with your child’s name and student #. Checks are payable to Naples Park Elementary. If you have any questions about your child’s lunch account please contact me.

Next month celebrate the TANGERINE on FRUITOPIA DAY APRIL 20TH lots of fun surprises!

Snacks are available as follows:



COOKIES .50 & .75





The first railway passenger train service began in England in 1807. The frigate USS Essex flew the first U.S. flag in battle in the Pacific in 1814.


Leader in Me

Habit of the Month #6 - Synergize

Synergize is when two or more people work together to create solution that either would have thought of alone. It’s not your way or my way, but a better way. Synergy is taking good ideas and making them better by working together.

Take time and discuss examples of synergy in nature, history, literature, and personal experience with your child. For example, synergy happens in nature when a flock of geese fly in a V formation because due to the updraft, the entire flock can fly farther than each bird alone.

Below you’ll find a fun Tic-Tac-Toe activity that can be completed together as a family to further your learning about Habit #6. You can print the page at home or ask your child’s teacher for a paper copy. Return the board with three activities completed by the end of February for a surprise!

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Clinic Corner, Nurse Angela

Our NPE Clinic is in need of children’s clothes sizes 4-16 for boys and girls. If you have any gently used clothing your child has out grown, please send them to the front office. Thank you for your help!

With weather and seasonal changes, we are seeing lots of sniffles and cold symptoms.

This is just a reminder that if your child has a fever of 100.0 or higher, they are not permitted to return to school until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications (Tylenol/Motrin, etc.). In addition, please do not medicate your child for a fever and send them to school. If they are fever free, but have a runny nose they are permitted to come to school, but we ask that you encourage them to blow their nose, use good hand washing and drink lots of water!

In addition, if your child has diarrhea or vomiting, please keep them home until these symptoms have resolved.

Thank you so much for helping us keep all of our students safe and healthy for the remainder of the school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me in the school clinic.

Angela Maranto, RN


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PTO News

NPE Florida Everblades Family Night- Purchase Tickets & Save the Date! See below for details.

Reminder that there is no PTO meeting in the month of March.

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Save The Dates!

March 13th-17th- Spring Break

March 24th - End of 3rd Quarter

March 27th- No School- Teacher Planning Day

Looking for Employment?

Part-time, Non-Instructional Workers for our School Age Child Care (SACC) are needed. This is our after school program.

Qualifications Needed: HS Diploma (age 18 or over)

Hours: 2:30pm to 6:30pm Monday-Friday

Pay- $15 per hour

Interested parties should apply on-line on the CCPS website or contact Ms. Carla Joza 239 377-0823

Academic School Calendar

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Naples Park Elementary

Location: 685 111th Ave N, Naples, FL 34108
Phone: 239-377-7700
Twitter: @NPESharks