November Newsletter

Lake Park Elementary School

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A message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

I loved the opportunity to have so many of our families back on campus for our annual Vocabulary Parade. We saw such creativity in all of the vocabulary focused costumes that matched each grade level’s theme so well.

Check out just a few of the pictures below from the event.

Follow us on Twitter @LPEPanthers to see even more of the event.

Welcome to our new School Advisory Council (SAC) Member:

Elena Curtsinger, Parent

Meetings are open to all LPE families. Our next meeting will be on November 15th at 4:30PM in the Media Center.

Report Cards were published and sent home by Tuesday, October 25th. Please take time to review this with your child, as they are an active part of their own learning. At any time, you can reach out to your child’s teacher to set up a conference or have any questions answered.

We have a virtual learning day on November 1st. Attendance on these days is calculated based on evidence of your child’s participation with the work assigned by there teachers.

Students receive an unexcused absence code when this attempt is not made. Always reach out to the teacher with questions or needs rather than been issued an unexcused absence for not attempting an assignment.

Our SWFL community was greatly impacted by Hurricane Ian. It has been unbelievable to see our students and LPE community step up to help one another during this difficult time. Thank you to everyone who has generously supported our LPE families and for all that you continue to do. We know that it will be a process to rebuild, but we are proud to be able to support our families and their efforts to do so.

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Mr. Merrill’s first grade class found their own way to give back to the community by recognizing the efforts of our local news and media outlets, many who were also personally impacted by Ian.

Click the link below to see the story covered by Fox4 as well as the original video created by the class. It was amazing to see the positive impact our LPE students had not only in our community by across the US as project when viral.

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Our first Pawsome Leader’s of the Month ceremony will take place on Friday, November 4th, where we will recognize students who were Leaders for both Habit 1: Be Proactive or Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind.

In the month of November, students will begin learning about Habit 3: Put First Things First (work first, then play).

Mrs. Maya


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Upcoming Events

  • November 1st - Virtual Learning Day - students learn from home
  • November 3rd - Leonard's Student Picture Day - please have your child bring the below flyer back, along with a check or cash, with your selection of picture package if you are purchasing pictures. If you ordered on-line, please put the confirmation number on the order form with selection of picture package.
  • November 8th - PTO General Meeting - 8:30 - 9:30 AM
  • November 11th - Interim Period Ends
  • November 11th - Veterans Day Assembly - 8:45 AM
  • November 11th - Early Release Day - 11:50 AM Dismissal
  • November 14th - World Kindness Day
  • November 17th - Interims Published
  • November 21st and 22nd - NO School Students/Staff
  • November 23rd - NO School Students/Staff
  • November 24th - NO School Students/Staff - Happy Thanksgiving
  • November 25th - NO School Students/Staff
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Counselor's Corner

Mrs. Janice Saba, School Counselor

Hurricane Relief:

We are fortunate enough to have outstanding support from our community partners and LPE families for Hurricane Relief. If any of our Panther Families have been impacted by Hurricane Ian, we would like to help. Please complete the quick form using the following link to share any needs you may have. - Link to share needs post Hurricane Ian-

Transportation Needs:

If you have been displaced and are having difficulty with transportation to Lake Park, please let me know. I may be able to help you with your transportation needs. Also, if you secure temporary housing that is Out of Zone, please contact me so I can ensure that your child can stay at Lake Park Elementary.

Lake Park PTO Support:

Many of our families suffered great loss and are working on picking up the pieces. Please consider donating to the LPE PTO's Venmo. Money raised will be set aside exclusively for hurricane relief and used to directly support LPE families in need of help. So many families don't know exactly what they need quite yet, but when they settle we will be there, ready to support them.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if I can help in any way.

I can be reached at or 377-7206.

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World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement and celebrated on November 13 of each year. World Kindness Day provides an opportunity to spread kindness with small gestures and promotes compassion for others. And there are benefits to being kind. Did you know that kindness is contagious? Researchers have found that when people see someone else being kind, they are more likely to act kindly towards others themselves. It also pays to be kind. People who are constantly kind produce 23% less cortisol (stress hormone). Because of the lower levels of stress, people who practice kindness age slower than the average population.

Teachers can consider celebrating World Kindness Day on Monday, November 14th through the following classroom activities:

  • Read a story about kindness
  • Award “Caught You Being Kind” coupons/certificates
  • Make Kindness Cards
  • Share compliments
  • Fill a Kindness Jar
  • Paint Kindness Rocks


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Important Information


LPE Front Office Hours

7:30 AM – 3:30 PM Monday - Friday

Front Office Number: 377-7200

School Fax Number : 377-7201

LPE Bell Schedule

7:45 AM - Doors Open

8:15 AM - Breakfast Ends

8:20 AM - LPE News Begins

8:25 AM - Tardy Bell (Students must be in class prior to the bell to be considered On Time)

11:50 AM - Early Release Day Dismissal

2:50 PM - Regular Dismissal


We're all in this together! If you are feeling sick, please stay home.

· Changes of transportation will be accepted until 2:15 PM.

· After 2:15 PM, all students will be picked up through their normal mode of transportation.

· If you need to notify us with a change of transportation, please call the front office at 377-7200.

· If you are feeling well, please be at school ready to learn.


Track your child’s bus and anticipate possible delays:

Curriculum & Instruction

Dear Parents,

Students become better readers by practicing reading. Reading at home has a huge impact on their reading success at school. Many parents often ask how they can support what teachers are doing at school. See below for some ideas.

Ms. Arcand

Teacher, Reading Coach

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Media News

Welcome to the LPE Media Center! We have a lot of fun things happening in November! If your child does not have a public library card, please fill out the form below and return it to school. We will turn it into the public library for you. Once your child has a library card number, you can access tons of digital resources for free!

Ms. Byington

Media Specialist

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See What's Happening in Art with Mrs. Foht

Fall into Art!

This fall in the art room Kindergarten has been mixing primary colors to paint pumpkin landscapes. First grade has been learning about architecture and drawing houses. Second grade learned about the art & culture of Dia de Los Muertos using neon colors and glow paint! Fourth & Fifth grade are using their creative drawing skills to inspire others to protect the endangered FL panther. Meanwhile, third grade glazed their nature inspired ceramic plaques.

The fun will continue in November with gratitude inspired projects. We will be covering the element of art Value. How to makes colors lighter or darker in various mediums.

I hope your family is safe after Hurricane Ian.

Well wishes,

Mrs. Foht

Art Teacher

Music Notes ...with Mr. Stein

It’s hard to believe that we are already beginning the month of November! It has been an enjoyable start to the year and our students are doing very well in music class. Each grade level has been learning different musical ideas and forming concepts how to apply and perform them.

On November 11th, Lake Park Elementary School will be having a Veterans Day ceremony in our courtyard. We have talked about this in each class and why it is important and significant in our history. All of our students will be singing two songs together and our 5th grade students will be singing two special songs as part of the program honoring those who have served as part of the armed forces.

Later this month we will begin piano instruction at Lake Park. Last year we received a generous grant from the “Champions for Learning” foundation. We were able to provide each student an electric keyboard to play in class each day. Our study of the piano will again be for all grade levels. This is a marvelous opportunity for each child to have an experience that can last a lifetime. Each class will consist of both our regular musical experiences and playing the piano.

November looks like it will be a great month for music at Lake Park Elementary School. Be sure to ask your children “what’s happening in music”.

Mr. Stein

Music Teacher

A Message From CPL. Mapes

Dear Parents,

This month’s reminder is to please have everyone in the vehicle buckled up before it is moving. Stay safe and remember to stay off your phone while driving on school property. Thanks

CPL. Mapes

cell (239) 253-4594

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Reminders from Assistant Principal, Mrs. Galloway

Student Pick Up/Drop Off Reminders

15 minute parent parking spots are located in the lot near the front office for your convenience

For the safety of our students, car riders MUST be picked up through the car line and not on the street near our walker/bike rider dismissal area. Help us keep our Panthers safe!

If you need to notify us with a change of transportation, please call the front office at 377-7200.

Important Car Line Reminders

• Dismissal is at 2:50 PM

• Remain in your vehicle

• Refrain from using your cell phone

• Safety Patrols should be picked up at the car rider line

• When the last car is called, ALL remaining students will be taken to the office and need to be signed out at the door


Parents should respect the learning environment of a school by turning cell phones to silent mode while in the building. If an adult must access a phone, please take it out of the classroom or building to an area without students.

Electronic devices are not permitted for use on campus by students. Cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned off and stored in the child's backpack while on campus. SMART watches are to be used on campus to tell time only. If the device becomes distracting or is misused, it will no longer be allowed at school. The school is not liable for stolen, lost, or broken devices. Students must not use devices outside of a teachers' permission, including before or after school. If the student's cell phone interrupts the learning process or is used inappropriately, it will be taken away by the teacher and given to administration. Parents must pick up the phone/device from the school.

District Assigned Technology: Laptops assigned and checked out by students are CCPS property and need to be cared for responsibly. There will be a cost to repair or replace laptops for irresponsible damage.

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:


  • Student are expected to take good care of school property. Students must assume full responsibly 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 school year or withdrawal from school. Responsibility for the property rest with the student whom the property is issued.

School Board Policy AP 5600

As provided in Policy 5600 and the Code of Student Conduct (Code), students are responsible for their own behavior, conduct, and the consequences of their actions. Therefore, students are responsible for the following procedures:

They must report to school authorities any problem, circumstance, or condition, including, but not limited to, illegal, dangerous, or unsafe behaviors involving themselves or others, which affect, in any way, their health, safety and/or security or the health, safety and/or security of others whether on or off campus.

They must not ignore what they have seen, experienced, or witnessed and should adhere to the message: "See it, Say it, Don't spread it, Report it!"

This administrative procedure shall be read and applied in conformity and in conjunction with the Code. District Principals, Assistant Principals, and staff members who are or might be involved in the disciplinary process shall be knowledgeable of, and adhere to, this administrative procedure when reviewing and enforcing the provisions of the Code.

Mrs. Galloway

Assistant Principal, Elementary

Lake Park Vision and Mission

Vision Statement

Success for every student…every day!

Mission Statement

To create a collaborative learning community that inspires success

through high quality data driven instruction, purposeful learning, amazingly positive experiences for all stakeholders, in a safe and caring environment.


  • Student achievement and development are the primary focus of all decisions impacting the work of the school.
  • Students learn in different ways and will be provided with a variety of instructional approaches to support their learning.
  • Students learn best when they are actively engaged in the learning process.
  • Respect, cooperation, and communication are necessary among staff members, students, parents, and the community to create a positive learning environment.
  • High expectations lead to high achievement for all.
  • Success influences self-concepts, self-concept influences learning and behavior.
  • Students’ potential can only be realized in an environment where they are safe and feel safe.
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