The Connection

Connecting you to the School District of Indian River County

Welcome to the Connection!

Welcome to The Connection, our new weekly newsletter connecting you to important news, events, and activities happening in the School District of Indian River County. This newsletter will highlight events throughout all grade levels and include district news. We are looking forward to your input in The Connection and hope that you will submit important news and information to be considered for publishing. Please email socialmedia@indianriverschools.org to submit potential highlights.

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Happy Thanksgiving from our families to yours

Schools will be closed Monday, November 19th through Friday, November 23rd. We hope you have a wonderful holiday spending time with family and friends. We welcome students back on Monday, November, 26th.

Veterans day video

https://youtu.be/6BhF80mfdzI
We were proud to be able to celebrate and honor our veterans at our school campuses over the past week. Our students learned about the history of our country and what our veterans have done to protect our freedoms. Thank you to the men and women of the armed services who have sacrificed for our country.

Congratulations to our Teachers and Employees of the Year!

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STUDENt spotlight: SRMS students chosen for all-state choir

Three Sebastian River Middle School Choir students have been selected to participate in the Florida All-State Choir this January in Tampa. Kristen Jones, Aspen Robertson, and Athena Howle will rehearse in a choir of 300 students from across the state for three dates before performing in a culminating concert. These students were selected from thousands from across the state in a multi-stage audition process that takes over a month.

This is the 6th consecutive year Sebastian River Middle School has had students selected to participate in the Florida All-State Choir.

GMS Student chosen for All-State Choir

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Congratulations to Elizabeth DeSchouwer, from Gifford Middle School, for being selected to participate in the Florida All-State Middle School Mixed Chorus this January at the FMEA Conference in Tampa. Elizabeth was in competition with thousands of vocal students from across the state. She will be joining other highly select students from Florida that will rehearse and perform in the all-state middle school mixed chorus with guest conductor, Daniel Guitierrez.

School Spotlight: Fellsmere Elementary Dances Into Learning

Brooke Jendrusik, from Brooke Alise Dance Company, came out to teach dance to Fellsmere Elementary's students at specials! What a fun way to get active and ready for learning.
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Classroom Spotlight: Extended Day program at vbe

On Thursday, November 15th, the Extended Day Program at VBE held a Thanksgiving Feast for extended day parents and students. Students dressed up in costumes and plenty of food was enjoyed by all!

district office "Spreads Love" for thanksgiving

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We are keeping the "Thanks" going! The SDIRC district office collected cans and peanut butter and jelly for the "Spread the Love" canned food drive for the St. Helen Outreach Food Pantry.

Learning Ally for Students with disabilities and reading accommodations plans

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November's Casual for a Cause

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This month’s recipient of our Casual for a Cause fundraising efforts is the Veterans Council of Indian River County.


Please check with your schools for their Casual for a Cause participation date, and feel free to dress casually for a suggested donation of $2.00 or more.


“The Veterans Council of Indian River County, Inc. was incorporated on February 6, 1987 to support all Indian River County veterans through the collective effort of veterans' organizations, civic associations, and the local community, thereby raising awareness of veterans' needs and of their contributions to society. The VCIRC is a non-government 501(C)(3) dedicated to supporting veterans and their families. Our Mission is to support all county veterans through the collective efforts of veterans' organizations, civic associations, and the local community, thereby raising awareness of veterans' needs and of their contributions to society.”

Veteran of the Month: Telly Antona

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Telly has two sons in the school system, Christian, senior at VBHS, and Caiden, 7th grade student at Oslo Middle School. Telly is a founding member and Executive Officer for the Next Generation Veterans (a young veterans organization in IRC). She started and ran a PTSD support group for Iraq/Afghanistan veterans. She is the co-host of the “Veterans Helping Veterans” radio show. She also is an active volunteer with Vietnam Veterans of Indian River County serving as a VA Benefit advocate and counselor. If you have been to our recent Veterans Day and Memorial Day ceremonies, Telly sings the National Anthem accompanied by the VBHS Band. Telly represents our young veteran community exceptionally well, as both an active volunteer and leader.

fortifyFL security app

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We are pleased to announce that the FortifyFL app is LIVE. Now, any student, educator, parent, or member of the public can report school safety concerns directly to law enforcement and school administrators anonymously and easily through the FortifyFL app or www.getfortifyfl.com. The app, which is available for download on Apple and Android mobile devices, is critical to ensuring all Florida schools are safe environments where students and educators can experience and share the joy of learning without fear. We hope that you will become familiar with this tool and help us spread the word about it with our students and their families. Please note that the official app’s logo will look exactly as it does in the graphic above.

Support local schools, students, and teachers

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The Reading Scholarship, administered by Step Up For Students, was created to help public school students in third through fifth grade who scored a 1 or 2 on their English Language Arts FSA. The program offers parents access to education savings accounts, worth $500 each, to pay for tuition and fees related to part-time tutoring, summer and after-school literacy programs, instructional materials, and curriculum related to reading or literacy.
The scholarships are worth $500 each and can be used for reimbursement for the following:
*Tuition and fees for part-time tutoring provided by a person who holds a valid Florida educator’s certificate, a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the subject, an adjunct teaching certificate, or has demonstrated mastery of the subject area knowledge.
*Fees for summer education programs designed to improve reading or literacy skills.
*Fees for after-school education programs designed to improve reading or literacy skills.
*Instructional materials and curriculum related to reading or literacy.
Click to apply: https://www.stepupforstudents.org/for-parents/reading-scholarship/how-the-scholarship-works/

IRCSO Tips Hotline and School Tips Email

Thank you to the Indian River County Sheriff's Office and all local law enforcement agencies for your partnership with the SDIRC, and your dedication to keeping our students, teachers, and staff members safe.
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School information

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Virtual Backpack

In an effort to save resources and time required by school staff to sort and handle flyers, approved flyers will be posted on this page. Posting of flyers does not imply endorsement or recommendation by the School District of Indian River County.

School District of Indian River County's Strategic Plan

Click below to see our District's Strategic Plan

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Organization Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 20th, 5pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Join us in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. TEC where the new Board members will be sworn in, and the new Chairman and Vice Chairman will be selected.

Leasing Corporation Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 20th, 5:30pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Join us in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. TEC for the Leasing Corporation Meeting.

SDIRC Business Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 20th, 6pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Please join us in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center for the SDIRC Business Meeting.