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Top Things to Remember

October 7, 2021

1. District Quarter Benchmark Assessments will be:

10/8 - 5th Science

10/11 - 3rd ELA and 5th ELS

10/12 - 4th Math and 5th Math

10/13 - 3rd Math and 4th ELA

PLEASE ensure your child has breakfast and is on time to school.

2. Lost and found items will be on display in the cafeteria until October 15th. Any items remaining by the end of the day on 10/15, will be discarded or donated. Encourage your child to check lost and found in the cafeteria, if they have misplaced an item.

3. Always provide a doctor's note to the front office in order for your child to be excused. When calling in absences, students are still considered absent for the day. Continue to call 377-7900 to inform us of absences.

CCPS academic calendar:

Collier County Public Schools Student Relations

information about absences.

4. Always check our website at:

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Panorama Survey Grades 3-5

The District and Pelican Marsh Elementary value a safe, supportive, and positive learning environment. We care about what our students think along with what they experience in our school. On October 21, 2021, students in grades 3-12, will take a brief survey during Connect for Success. These anonymous results will allow us to address overall school-wide trends and ensure that all students are supported in school. Additionally, family and community resources are available on our CCPS website at

Please contact Dr. Merhar with any questions.

Counselor's Corner with Mrs. Ward

Greetings Pelican Marsh Families! Last month we celebrated citizenship for our character trait. I am excited to announce that this month we will be learning all about the character trait RESPECT! Here at PME we are Safe, Respectful, and Responsible.

The last week of October (10/22-10/29) we will have our big RED RIBBON WEEK celebration. We will kick off the fun with wear red day and end with showing our wonderful SCHOOL SPIRIT. This year’s theme is Drug Free Looks Like Me! Flyers will be going home soon to announce all the fun we have planned for the week.

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Bullying Prevention Month

A month long event to prevent childhood bullying and promote kindness, acceptance and inclusion in schools, homes, and communities.

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, 2019, one out of every five (20.2%) students report being bullied. Bullying is different from rude behavior (carelessly saying or doing something that hurts someone else) and mean behavior (purposely saying or doing something to hurt someone once or maybe twice).

Bullying occurs when someone is purposely and repeatedly targeted by a stronger person and feels a sense of powerlessness. The Centers for Disease Control, 2019 found that students who experience bullying are at an increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, lower academic achievement, and dropping out of school.

The key to bullying prevention lies in building a culture of kindness and helping bystanders become upstanders. Since only 46% of bullied students report notifying an adult at school about the incident (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2019), bystanders can be encouraged to stand up and speak out. A bystander is a witness to bullying. A bystander can do nothing and be part of the problem or can become an upstander and become part of the solution. Upstanders show empathy for the target and find the courage to act by confronting the bully or reporting the bullying to an adult. They see something and say something

Planning Assistant Position Available

PME is looking for a Planning Assistant in our new VPK classroom. This new staff member will assist in the Mrs. Koperdowski's room for 2 hrs per day.

If interested, please apply at:


Canvas may be used for long term absences. Your child's teacher will post assignments if your child is out for a significant amount of time. If your child is out for one or two days, they may make up work when they return to school. Please always reach out to your child's teacher regarding make up work.

Please ensure your child brings their laptop to school daily; students use their devices in class.

Important Dates

10/15 End of Quarter 1

10/18 Teacher Planning Day-No School for Students

10/25 Virtual Learning Day

Face Covering Updates

With the commencement of summer school, on June 21, 2021, the District shall move to (a) the wearing of face masks on a voluntary basis; and (b) the resumption of regular District activities. In accordance with the Florida Department of Education Commissioner’s April 14, 2021, Memorandum, the voluntary wearing of face masks shall continue with the return to school for the 2021-2022 school year. In the event of a resurgence of COVID-19, or other health emergencies, the District will act in conformity with the provisions set forth in Senate Bill 2006, as referenced in the Governor’s Executive Order Number 21-101, and Board Policy 8450.01. (Click here to read Resolution 21-2, passed by the District School Board of Collier County on June 8, 2021.)

Clinic Information

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Birthday Procedures


Birthday celebrations are special for all students, and each classroom teacher acknowledges a student’s birthday in various ways. In all cases, children are recognized at school on their special day. If you wish to send in an item for your child’s birthday, you may send in a non-food item that will be distributed at the end of the school day. Suggested items include: a colorful pencil, eraser top, stickers, bookmarks, or a small novelty item. Food items sent or brought in by parents/guardians will not be allowed and will be returned with your child. Distributing party invitations at school will only be permitted if there is an invitation for all students in the classroom, or all girls, or all boys.

Classroom Celebrations

Collier County School District’s Wellness Policy 8510 guides our four, yearly classroom celebrations, which are: Fall Festival, Winter Holiday, Valentine’s Day, and End of Year Celebration. Parents wishing to provide holiday party food/drink are asked to coordinate with the classroom teacher prior to the event. Classrooms that contain students with documented allergies may have additional restrictions regarding the types of foods permitted. The health and safety of all students is our top priority.

Important Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

Bell Schedule

7:50 - Doors Open

8:25 Tardy Bell

2:50 Dismissal

Arrival: Breakfast continues to be available free of charge and is encouraged. Students may eat in the cafeteria, socially distanced, before reporting to their classroom. All students must be dropped off in the car rider line, if they are not riding a bus. Parents may not walk their child to the front gate. This procedure change will assist us in keeping our students healthy and safe as we maintain social distancing. We will have plenty of supervision and assistance available to escort students to class. Visitors will not be permitted on campus at this time.

Dismissal: If you plan on utilizing the car rider line, car rider signs should be displayed in the front windshield. Parents must remain in their cars. Students who will dismiss as walkers or bike riders will be divided by grade level/families. Again, this will assist us in social distancing. If crossing the street, follow the crossing guard.

Nutrition Services

Cassie Lucio

Pelican Marsh Elementary, Nutrition Manager



Information from our PTO

Mark your calendar!

PTO Meeting on October 5th at 6:00 PM in the PME cafeteria.

Become a volunteer!

Box Tops for our school!

Box Tops have gone digital! Scan your receipts and earn for Pelican March by following these simple steps:

1. Go to OR to your App Store and download the Box Tops for Education app

2. Register for free and search for Pelican Marsh Elementary

3. Scan your store receipt using the app and it will automatically find the Box Tops products you purchased and add cash to your school’s earnings online

4. You can also submit your digital receipts from online shopping by emailing them to within 14 days of your purchase

Pelican Sponsors

If you wish to become a Pelican Sponsor and have your banner hanging on the school fence, please contact Leah Ritchey at

Thank you to all of our current sponsors!

Diamond Level

Manring Brothers, Compass Realty

Pediatric Dentistry of Naples

Responsive Insurance, Matt Nance

Investment Properties Corp

UBS Private Wealth Management

Anchor Associates, Inc.


EZ Ledger

Willis & Davidow Attorneys at Law

Summit Wealth Partners, LLC

Sunset Automotive of Naples

The Brace Place


Campbell Orthodontics

Law Ofice of Tony Lawhon


Lorna Fedelem MD & Associates

Brain Balance of Naples

Family Sponsorships

The DeVries Family

The Cammuso Family

The Clayton Family

The Johnson Family

The Swarts Family

The Box Family

The Ritchey Family

The Sherwood Family

The Stine Family

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