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September 3, 2019

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Art murals from Mrs. Calabrese's art class pictured above.

School Will Be in Session on Tuesday

Thankfully, the storm is not directly heading our way. School will be open on Tuesday.

Safety & Security

Over the summer, our OES Safety Team worked hard to fine tune our safety and security procedures and as a result, we have tightened up our procedures.

Additionally, throughout the month of August, we have practiced a variety of safety drills. Our students have done a great job of finding the balance of taking these drills seriously, but not being overly alarmed by them.

Going forward, once a month, we will have a fire drill and a lockdown drill. Several times a year, we have an evacuation drill and once a year, we have a tornado drill.

SAC Meeting

This Wednesday, from 4:00-5:00 pm, in our OES Media Center, we will have our first SAC meeting of the year. Included in our agenda will be an overview of our school grades, new curriculum and safety and security, We hope to see you there.

OES Curriculum Nights (Third Grade, Diecidue & Cohill's Class)

Third grade Curriculum Night is coming up on Tuesday. Additionally, Mrs. Cohill's class and Mrs. Diecidue's class has been rescheduled for Wednesday at 5:00 pm.

The purpose of Curriculum Night is for parents and guardians to better understand the grade level curriculum, behavioral and organizational expectations. There is consistency among the school and grade level for some things, and other expectations are teacher specific. When parents/guardians are able to come to this event, it is time well spent and will help make the year go by more smoothly.

Third Grade: Tuesday, 9/3, 5:00-6:00 pm

Mind Up Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Curriculum

When your child hops in your car in the afternoon after a busy day at school, you want to know how their day went. We often ask our children, "how was your day?" We either get a standard "good" or "bad" or a report on their behavior. Asking more detailed questions, not only help you better understand what is going on at school, but also queues your child to look for interesting things to tell you about, and be more mindful about the events that occur in the day.

Additionally, if you want to prime their day for positivity, make sure you always ask a positive question, so they know during the day to look for the good stuff to tell you about.

This list provides some ideas of specific questions to ask, in lieu of "how was your day?".

This week in MindUP, students are continuing to learn about mindful awareness. This lesson focuses on teaching students to focus on one thing at a time and be mindful listeners. (For more information on our curriculum visit Mind Up.)

Growing Leaders

To understand how to foster leadership qualities in your child, read this blog post from Growing Leaders.


Thank you to all of the parents and families who have connected to the PBIS app. Please keep in mind, our teachers are still learning this system and how to best utilize it within their classroom.

View this short video for a brief overview.

This week at OES...


Third Grade Curriculum Night:Tuesday, 9/3, 5:00-6:00 pm

Diecidue and Cohill's Curriculum Night, Wednesday, 9/4, 5:00-6:00 pm

SAC Meeting (Media Center): Wednesday, 9/4, 4:00-5:00 pm

K-Kids Meeting Thursday, 9/5, 3:30 pm

4th Grade Parent Meeting for St. Augustine: Thursday, 9/5, 6:00 pm

Next Week...

OES Back to School Dance for Grades 3-5 OES cafeteria, Wednesday, 9/11, 3:30-5:00 pm

PTO Meeting, OES cafeteria, Wednesday, 9/11, 6:30-7:30 pm

WATCH DOGS meeting, OES cafeteria, Thursday, 9/12, 6:30-7:30 pm

Fridays, Jeans Pass and Rally No Uniform Days

Friday Dress Code for Spirit Day will be: Spirit Shirt (may be vintage until new Spirit Shirts have arrived) with Dress Code shorts, pants or skorts.

Jeans may be worn on Fridays ONLY if a student purchases a PTO purchased Jeans pass.

If a student has a No Uniform Pass, purchased at last year's Rally, they may wear any school appropriate shirt or pants only on Friday. (Note: These are no longer available for purchase)

Reminder: Car tags must be yellow. If you have last year's tags (blue) or no tag you will not be able to pick up your child, until you check out in the office.

A Note from the Library

Mrs. Gamboa has been hard at work, preparing for the 2019-2020 SSYRA book club. If you would like your child to participate, please read the SSYRA JR Parent Letter, 2019-2020 SSYRA Book ,List, SSYRA Parent Letter. They are also accessible on Friday Flyers.

Reminder: Volunteers and lunch visits will start at the end of September.

Early Dismissal and Transportation Changes

●If your student needs to have a dismissal change email:

●If a student needs to be picked up from the front office prior to dismissal time, they must be picked up before to 2:45. No dismissals will be made after this time.

PTO & Cape Coral Municipal Charter School Foundation

A Message from the Foundation...

The Cape Coral Charter School Foundation invites you to a 70's disco party fundraiser with proceeds benefiting all four schools. Please view this flyer for more information.

A Message from PTO ...

Please join us for the PTO meeting, Wednesday, September 11th, in the OES cafeteria from 6:30-7:30. We hope to see you there!

Free Money!

Please see the attached flyer below for easy ways to raise money for our school. This includes, Box Tops, (see link for how to go digital) Amazon Smile, and Coca-Cola.

Official OES Facebook Page Launch

In addition to our web site, Twitter, PTO OES Families Facebook page, we have launched an official OES Facebook page.