Panther Press

March 9, 2020

Best Wishes to Everyone for a Safe, Healthy, Fun and Restorative Spring Break!

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Thank you to Coach Arroyo and Coach Tabaka

Our students had so much fun at Field Day, demonstrating some of the skills they have learned at PE this year. Our coaches did a wonderful job of not only preparing our students, but also for organizing such a fun event. We also appreciate our volunteers who spent the day running our stations.
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Preparedness for COVID-19 at OES

As stated last week, we are continuing to work diligently to maintain a safe and healthy campus. We have met with supervisors from our cleaning service and plan to meet again this week. Additionally, we will be encouraging and educating our students on the importance of hand washing to prevent illness. Finally, as she always does, our school nurse carefully monitors the health of our students while they are on campus.

Please read the important communication from Mrs. Collins, from last week, regarding the health and safety of our children and staff. One of the most effective means to prevent illness is hand washing. Please review this flyer from the CDC, on hand washing/hand sanitizer best practices. The School District of Lee County has a link to many useful resources on this topic.

Cold and Flu Season

OES has had an increase in illnesses. Please remind your child of the importance of hand washing/hand sanitizer and also keeping their hands away from their face. Teachers are doing their best to keep surfaces disinfected and our custodial staff will be doing extra cleaning. Also, our school policy states that a fever is considered 100.0 or higher and the student must remain at home at least 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal without the use of medication.

This includes refraining from all on-campus after school clubs and activities. Please reference our illness policy located in the link below:

Nominate a Staff Member for the Foundation's Beacon Award

This program is designed to honor the most deserving non-teaching staff within our Charter School System. The Beacon Award Recognition Program is administered by the Cape Coral Municipal Charter School Foundation.


Students, former students, parents, colleagues, administrators and the community at large are encouraged to nominate any Oasis Charter School support staff who has made a difference at one of the schools.

Nominations are due no later than March 29th at 5:00PM.

The Beacon Award was created for non-teaching and support staff. One (1) winner will be chosen among the four (4) schools.

Those listed below are eligible for that nomination.
• Paraprofessionals
• Guidance Counselors
• Coaches who don’t teach
• Support Personnel (facilities, cleaning, cafeteria, nurse, office, etc)
• Bus Drivers

Those eligible for nomination are discouraged from soliciting nomination and will not be allowed to nominate themselves.

Winner will be recognized at the Lighthouse Dinner on Friday, May 1st.

Spring Pictures

Spring Pictures are coming soon. This is a pre-paid event. Only students who are buying a package will have their picture taken. If parents are ordering, packages can only be paid for on Picture Day with cash or check, (payable to Joe Capasso). Please note: you can also order your child's class picture on this order form.

Order envelopes have been sent home. Students do not need to wear uniforms, but are encouraged to dress their best in school appropriate clothes.

Dates for Pictures

K-2: March 11th

3-5: March 12th

OES Staff Member of the Month

This year, our staff recognizes other staff members through our PBIS Staff app. This is a great way for our staff to let others know their appreciation of each others' efforts. Each month, those who have been recognized become the nominees for the Staff Member of the Month. In addition to recognition at our staff meetings, Achieva Credit Union donates a gift card to each winner.

We congratulate February's winner, Mrs. McClellan (5th grade resource teacher) and March's winner, Mrs. Calalbrese (Art teacher).

A Message from Mrs. Gamboa...


Dear Readers, Sponsors, Families, and Teachers:

Thank you for your participation in this fundraiser. Our students recorded 49,318 minutes and raised $10,425.00 for the OCES Library. These funds will be used to encourage our students to read through the many OCES Library reading programs to include: Rainbow Reading Bingo, AR Fun Day, and the SSYRA Jr. and SSYRA Book Battles.

Donations will be accepted and prizes must be redeemed through March 17th, at the Read-A-Thon website. All prizes will be sent to school and distributed to the classrooms.

Please encourage your child to continue their reading routine.


Many students are reading to reach a milestone in the SSYRA Jr. (K-2) and SSYRA (3-5) Reading Program.

The deadline to read for a milestone is Monday, March 23, 2020 by 4:00 p.m. Note: They must have read at least 8 books to attend the Election Party and all 15 to earn a seat on the Battle of the Books along with earning 70% or higher on the AR Test.

For the 3-5 SSYRA books, we will continue to distribute dog tags through May 15, or until our supply is depleted.

Please make sure if your child is reading to reach a milestone of 3, 8, 12, or 15, that they advise their classroom teacher allowing their reading log card to be updated.

Thank you for encouraging your child to reach for the highest summit of READING!


Please review the AR Fun Day letter, from October, to remind your child of the criteria to earn this super fun day. Please note: The third quarter deadline is approaching. The last day of the quarter is March 12th.

E-Book Collection

Our E book collection contains most of the 2019-2020 SSYRA books along with a few audio books.

You will have 14 days to read, but if you finish early simply go into the account and click RETURN. This will free the copy for someone else and allow your child to check out another ebook.

To access Sora program in the browser,

visit or download the Sora app (Apple or Android) and search for Oasis. Students will sign in using their Oasis Google account username and password.

Username: first

Password: Children in grades 3-5 know their passwords

A letter containing this information was sent home in September.

Please utilize this wonderful resource and CHECK OUT and RETURN often.

Rainbow Reading

The K-2 Rainbow Reading Program is in full swing now. All students received the red reading log at the beginning of the school year. As you and your child read the books listed on the sheet and it is returned during their library visit, they will spin for a prize and receive the next colored log.

The goal is for students to read through the colors of a rainbow and reach "PURPLE". Then they will join us during our Purple People Party in May. During this party, students will wear purple, and eat purple foods, play games, and enjoy time with other readers. The last day to turn in a Rainbow sheet is May 1st.

If you need another red sheet, please send an email and include the student and his or her teacher's name to the request. This is a fun time for your child to explore books in varying genres from your home and public library. Also, they can search for books in the school library during their Specials visit.

Thank you for supporting your child's education.

Congratulations to Our Multiple Lee County Aspiring Authors Winners

We are so proud of our OES winners, who were recognized this weekend at the SWFL Reading Festival! Winners from our school are listed below.

2nd Grade Personal Memoir

1st Place: Sophia B. (Mrs. Martin's Class)

2nd Place: Sophia G. (Mrs. Martin's Class)

3rd Place: Kya J. (Mrs. Martin's Class)

5th Grade Fiction

3rd Place: Auden C. (Mrs. Emer's Class)

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Mind Up Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Curriculum

This week in MindUP, students will learn about Lesson 14. Performing Acts of Kindness

(To learn more about this curriculum visit Mind Up.)

Please ask your child about the Kindness Tree growing in our OES cafeteria. :)

Lunch Visitors in the Cafeteria

Thank you to everyone for following our rotating lunch schedule. We greatly appreciate your cooperation.
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This week at OES...


This week...

Monday, 3/9

Tuesday, 3/10 Leadership Club (GR: 4-5)

Wednesday, 3/11 Spring Pictures (K-2); ECO Club (GR: 3-5)

Thursday, 3/12 Spring Pictures (3-5) Optimism Club (GR: 2-3 and GR: 4-5); Nutty Scientist (GR: K-1); Chick Fil A Spirit Night (5:00-8:00 PM) Last day of Third Quarter

Friday, 3/13 Professional Duty Day No School for Students

Next Week of Events (upon our return):

Monday, 3/23

Tuesday, 3/24 Scholastic BOGO Book Fair Family Night (4:00-6:00)

Wednesday, 3/25 ECO Club (K-2); First Grade Student Led Conferences (4:30-6:30); Scholastic BOGO Book Fair Family Night (4:00-6:00)

Thursday, 3/26 Nutty Scientist (GR: K-1); Second Grade Student Led Conferences (4:30-6:30) Scholastic BOGO Book Fair Family Night (4:00-6:00)

Friday, 3/27 Nutty Scientist (GR: 2-3) PTO Family Dance

No School for Students: March 13th.

March 16th-March 20th: School Closed due to Spring Break

Volunteering in the OES Cafeteria on Pizza Days

If you would like to help out on our Pizza Days, (Fridays) in the cafeteria, please use this sign up link. (This link has been updated for 2020).

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 2:45. No dismissals will be made after this time.

Fortify App

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. FortifyFL is a suspicious activity reporting tool that allows you to instantly relay information to appropriate law enforcement agencies and school officials.

The Florida Legislature directed this tool’s development in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. For more information visit:

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.