News from the Nest

Sand Pine Elementary School 2022-2023

September 2022

We Shine Brighter Together!

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A note from your administrators

Happy September, Crane families!

We have had a wonderful start to the 2022-23 school year! Students are settling into routines and procedures, and lots of learning is happening in each and every classroom. We are seeing many examples of our schoolwide expectations in practice - Be Kind, Be Responsible, Be Engaged, and Be Safe. We are looking forward to seeing all of our families at Open House and all of the other activities we have planned for the month of September.

If you have not already done so, please visit the Parent Portal and complete all the parent acknowledgments at your earliest opportunity.

If either of us can ever be of any assistance to your child or family, please reach out to us.


Mrs. Shauger and Mrs. Grimsley

Open House and Book Fair

Open House for primary students and Puffins will be on Tuesday, September 6 from 6-7 pm. Intermediate students will have Open House on Thursday, September 8 from 6-7 pm. The Book Fair will be set up in the media center that entire week, and students can shop during the day with their class. On the nights of Open House, it will be open from 5:30-7:30 pm so families can shop before or after the presentations in the classroom. Please take advantage of eWallet, a digital payment method for students. This helps your child not have to count coins or cash at the register!

IMPORTANT: Any student that does not have a YES for library consent OR if a parent has not filled out their consent for library in the Parent Portal is not allowed to interact with the Book Fair without a parent present. You can change your consent choices at any time by going back into the Parent Portal. If you have any questions about how to complete the consent forms in the Parent Portal, please call the office at (813) 794-1900. We would be happy to assist you!

Early Release Days

For staff to be able to participate in district and school directed professional development, there are eight Wednesdays during the school year where students will be released two hours early (1:20 pm). Our first Early Release Day is Wednesday, September 7. Please ensure that you have a concrete plan ahead of time about how your child will get home on these days. Thank you!
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Fall Pictures

Fall pictures for all students will be on Friday, September 16. These will be individual pictures that will be included in our school yearbook at the end of the year. Flyers went home with students this past week. Here is the information to order in case you did not receive one: and enter the school ID: EVTQRMXRS

We look forward to seeing all our Cranes looking sharp on picture day!

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Walkers and bikers should not arrive at the corner outside the school gate until 8:45 am at the earliest. There is no staff supervision before then. We have had reports from our crossing guards that students arriving before that time have been seen making unsafe choices. Our goal is for all our Sand Pine Cranes to be safe. Thank you for your assistance!

If buses are late, you will be notified via School Messenger, Class Dojo, Facebook, and Twitter. Sometimes we do not get notification in a timely manner, so we are doing our best to share the information we have. Thank you for your patience as transportation continues to work on settling the bus routes.

Changes of transportation - If you are needing to change your child's mode of transportation for the day, please fill out the MACH form on our school website or call the office no later than 2:45 pm. Please do not send a message to the teacher via email or Class Dojo, as they may be absent for the day or unable to check their email due to instructional time. We want to ensure that all students get home the correct way and safely.

If you pick your child up in the afternoon and have not received a new, larger car tag, please contact the office so that we may supply you with one.

Parent Portal

The myStudent Parent Portal is an online platform where you will view your child's grades, attendance, and can make payment for things like lunches, field trips, and other school-related activities.

This year, there are a series of required parental acknowledgements and consents about various specific educational opportunities and related activities based on the new legislation passed by the state of Florida. You will need to proceed through these acknowledgements and consents in order to access the portal for this school year. It is very important that these acknowledgments are completed, as they will tell us whether your child is able to check out books from the media center, your child can be treated in the clinic, if pictures of your child can be in the yearbook, etc. There is a link to log into the portal on the district website. If you need any assistance, please call the office at (813) 794-1900.

Food and Nutrition

We will be welcoming our families back this year to have lunch with their child. This will begin on September 12 after students have learned the expectations in the cafeteria. Family lunches will be on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday only, excluding Early Release Days. Here are the lunch procedures:

1. Parents must show ID and be Raptored in prior to joining their child for lunch. They must wear badge the entire time they are on campus. Only family members listed on the emergency card of the child may visit for lunch.

2. Parents may not sit at the table with the class. There are some tables inside the cafeteria, outdoor lunch tables, and in the Butterfly Garden where you can enjoy lunch.

3. Parents may only eat with their own child (no classmates).

4. Once lunch is over, parent should go back to office to check out. They may not join their child at recess or walk them back to the classroom.

Also, last year's free and reduced-priced meal status will expire on September 26. Please fill out the free and reduced meal application as soon as possible at Only one application is required per household.

Clinic Information

According to our school sick policy, students are not able to remain in school with the following symptoms (list is not exhaustive):

  • Fever (100.4 or greater)/chills
  • Sore throat
  • Repeated episodes of vomiting/diarrhea
  • Severe cold – runny nose/bad cough that prevents the child from sleeping at night or disrupts normal activities
  • Has distracting pain from earache, headache, or sore throat

Students exhibiting these symptoms must be excluded from school and remain home for 24 hours AFTER the symptoms are gone without the use of over-the-counter medications to treat these symptoms.

Students can be excused for sickness for two days by the parent/guardian reporting the absence as sick. On the third day, a doctor's note or positive test result (COVID, strep, flu, etc.) must be submitted for the absence to be excused.

It is essential that the school has a phone number where you can be contacted during the day, as well as an emergency number in the event you cannot be reached. Please be sure that arrangements can be made to transport your child home from school and that childcare is available in case of illness.

Connect with Us on Social Media

Please be sure to follow our school Facebook page at, our Sand Pine PTA page at, and our new school Twitter (@SPES_Cranes). Class Dojo School Story will also be used. The bios of our new school staff members are posted now! Throughout the school year, we will be posting not only information for families, but also photos of all the amazing things that happen here on campus!

August Crane Character Celebration for Kindness

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Staff Golden Cranes for August

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