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February 18, 2020

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Beauty and the Beast Performance

Last week, our students gave great performances of the Beauty and the Beast show. We are so proud of their efforts and their commitment to be their best. This could not have been accomplished without our volunteers, who spent many hours helping all throughout the process. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the amazing efforts and countless hours of Mrs. Placke, Mrs. Ordway, and Mrs. Calabrese. We are so appreciative of their remarkable commitment.

Sponsorship Opportunities for the OES 2020-2021 School Year

If you have a business and would like to learn more about OES sponsorship opportunities, (for example, planners, car tags, etc.) please complete this brief survey by February 21st.
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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:

FSA Parent Night

We had an impressive turnout for Grade 04's FSA Parent Night. Thank you to all of the parents who attended. We appreciate your support.

Please note, 5th grade's FSA Parent Night has been changed. The new date is Monday, 2/24 at 5:00 PM. As we approach our FSA testing dates, our staff has been digging into the data and collaborating on strategies to help our students become proficient and continue to make learning gains. Many times parents ask what kind of strategies they can use at home to help their child become more prepared for FSA.

Parents who are interested in learning more about the expectations of the FSA, as well as ways to help their child, are invited to FSA Parent Information Night. Dates and times for each grade level is listed below. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher.

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Reflex Math and Khan Academy

Here are some online activities that the children are already familiar with using. For math, spending some extra time every night, on Reflex Math or Khan Academy (grades 3--5) is an effective way for your child to increase his/her math fluency as well as build a better understanding of grade level math skills. Please reach out to your child's teacher, if your child does not know his or her username and password.

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Family STEM Night Coming Up... Volunteers Needed

On February 25th between 6-8, in the OES Cafe, we will have our Family STEM Night. It is an opportunity to see the amazing Science Fair projects our students created, and a chance to have fun with hands on science activities that were brought from the IMAG children's museum. We are in need of some parents to help with some of the science centers. If you are able to volunteer please use the link below to sign up. If you have any questions please contact

Rally on the Green Will Be Here Soon!

The Cape Coral Municipal Charter School Foundation is hosting their 7th Annual Rally and 2nd year of the added golf tournament! This family-friendly fundraiser benefits our 4 schools and will include Games, Rides, Online Auction and Live Entertainment. The date of the event is Saturday, February 29, 2020, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Cape Royal Golf Club. There is an opportunity for sponsorship at a variety of levels. The Foundation is looking for local businesses to donate items for online auction and sponsorships. For more information on how to help, please read the informational flyer.

Click here for Rally on the Green information, including reserving your tee time as well as how to purchase unlimited play wristbands, (at pre-sale prices) as well as details about the online auction. Please check out this very informative flyer to find out more about this awesome event, which supports all four schools.

For more information on the Foundation please visit their website.

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Mind Up Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Curriculum

This week in MindUP, students will learn about Lesson 13: Expressing Gratitutde

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

Lunch Visitors in the Cafeteria

Thank you to everyone for following our rotating lunch schedule. We greatly appreciate your cooperation.
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Student Banking Program

Achieva Credit Union will be offering a Bank at School program for students at our school who want to start and maintain a bank account. After enrolling as an Achieva member, students can make deposits at OES on the last Friday of every month. Packets went home last week. Please contact your child's teacher if you did not receive a packet.

A Message from Mrs. Gamboa...

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 give out the 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.

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.

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.

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This week at OES...


This week...

Monday, 2/17: No School

Tuesday, 2/18: SSYRA JR Book Club (GR: K-2); GR03 FSA Parent Night

Wednesday, 2/19: ECO Club (GR: K-2) Family FItness Night (3-5) 6:00 PM

Thursday, 2/20: Nutty Scientist (GR: K-1); Optimism Club (K-2) (3-5) Publix Family Math Night 6:00 PM

Friday, 2/21: Nutty Scientist (GR: 2-3); Drama

Next Week:

Monday, 2/24: Golf Squad, GR05 FSA Parent Night

Tuesday, 2/25 SSYRA JR Book Club (GR: K-2); Dairy Queen Spirit Night 5:00 PM, Family STEM Night

Wednesday, 2/26:

Thursday, 2/27: Nutty Scientist (GR: K-1); Optimism Club (K-2) (3-5) Watch Dogs Meeting & Kickball Game 5:00 PM

Friday, 2/28: Nutty Scientist (GR: 2-3); Drama

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.