Trafalgar Gazette

Trafalgar Elementary School- A Kagan Model School

September 1, 2018

A Note from the Principal

Team Trafalgar,

WOW! We've had an amazing start to the school year! Students worked hard the first 10 days reviewing and practicing our Trafalgar Expectations: 1. Be Respectful; 2. Be Responsible; 3. Be Safe; 4. Be a Learner. Thanks to all parents who attended our first SAC meeting on August 21. We discussed our school grade and the many reasons Trafalgar Elementary is more than a grade! Just to name a few: our highly effective teachers, staff dedicated to our students and families, and a positive school culture. Most importantly for me, students arrive every day with a smile and are happy to be at Trafalgar Elementary.

September is a busy month, so look carefully over the school calendar.

Smile and Be Kind,

Mrs. Murphy

September Events

Mother and Son Night of Fun

Friday, Sep. 14th, 6-8pm

1850 Southwest 20th Avenue

Cape Coral, FL

Join us for a night of food and fun!

Tickets are $40 per mom and son. $15 for each additional son.

Information is available in the office.

Battle of Trafalgar 5K and 1 Mile Run

Saturday, Sep. 29th, 8am

1850 Southwest 20th Avenue

Cape Coral, FL

We will send registrations home with your child on September 4th.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Trafalgar Elementary and Trafalgar Middle School Physical Education Programs.

We need volunteers for the event if you are not participating as well as sponsorship! Sponsorship helps pay for awards, race shirts, water station supplies, and after race snacks. Your business logo will appear on the back of race shirts. There are three levels of sponsorship:

Gold Level $200

Silver Level $100

Bronze Level $50

To volunteer or sponsor please email Suzy Corace at

Book Fair

Wednesday, Sep. 12th, 7am to Friday, Sep. 14th, 2pm

1850 Southwest 20th Avenue

Cape Coral, FL

Volunteers are needed! Please contact Donna Bennett for information.

Safety First

If you use our Parent Drop Off in the morning or Parent Pick Up in the afternoon, please remember to enter campus by making a right hand turn into the driveway. When exiting campus, please adhere to the Right Turn Only.

If your child is a walker, it is expected that they are able to walk to their house. Please do not park and wait for your child. The parent pick up line or bus is the safest way for children to go home at the end of the day.

Otis Spunkmeyer Fundraiser

This year's fundraiser, Otis Spunkmeyer, will be raising funds for new playground equipment. Packets came home on Friday, 8/24 and are due back by Friday, 9/7. Online ordering is available for some items and students have many chances to win great prizes!

Clubs Begin September 4

Our Enrichment Clubs begin the week of September 4th. If you signed your child up for one of the clubs, please remember to write in your child's planner that they are to go to the club and how they will be dismissed from the club.

National Elementary Honor Society

National Elementary Honor Society members will have their first meeting of the year on Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. During this time, members will be selecting officers: President, Vice President, and Secretary.

Spirit Shirts

This year's spirit shirt is available in the office for $10.

PJammin' for Kids with Cancer

Trafalgar’s 2nd Annual PJammin for Kids with Cancer. On Friday, September 21st. We will host our 2nd PJammin event. Every student who donates $1.00 or more towards The American Childhood Cancer Organization, will not only receive a bracelet, but will also be able to wear their PJs to school. As an entire school, we will spend the day in our jammies to show support for all the children battling cancer. Money raised from this event will help The American Childhood Organization provide educational information for parents who have recently had their child diagnosed with cancer. They also provide the children with a stuffed cat, a play medical bag, comfy hospital blanket, an overnight bag, and many books to explain cancer to the child. Last year, we raised over $2,600!

Caught Reading- Fostering a Love of Reading

Does your child love to read? Or, is your child reluctant to read any more than necessary? To encourage reading for pleasure, we are asking you to snap a picture of your child while he or she is reading outside of school. It could be at home, at a park, or anywhere. “Catch” your child reading, take a picture, and email it to Mrs. Campbell at Please also include your child’s name, grade, and class. Your child’s picture will be featured on our “Caught Reading” display board at the entrance of our school. We appreciate your encouragement to foster a life-long love of reading!

School Nurse Health Note

Good health equals success in school. School nurses in the community touch the lives of children by addressing their health needs while in school. The goal of every school nurse is that kids enter class in optimal health and ready to learn every day. When children miss school due to illness and other issues, they are excluded from the learning process.

The School Health Services Act mandates that each school district provide health appraisals and management of actual or potential health problems which include vision, hearing, scoliosis (grade 6), and growth and development screenings. These screenings are done at Kindergarten, 1st grade and 3rd grade and when there is a concern that this may be affecting the learning process. With prompt referral and intervention, treatment and management are more effective and in the end, success happens in school. That is the hope for every child.

Just another reminder that children who have reached the age of ten (10) are eligible to receive the Tdap immunization (*this shot will be required for your child to enter the 7th Grade)

Counselor's Corner

Elementary school years set the tone for developing the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for children to become healthy, competent and confident learners. We have a comprehensive counseling program here that is designed to assist students with their social, emotional, or academic needs during the school day. To do this, the following services are provided: individual sessions, group counseling sessions, and core curriculum lessons. I am looking forward to helping all our students achieve academic success. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. Crystal Engelhart

PBS Gold Model School

Trafalgar Elementary is proud to be a Gold status PBS school again! Positive Behavior Support (PBS) allows individuals a new way to think about behavior. In Lee County, our schools use PBS in an attempt to understand why problem behaviors occur and what the function of these behaviors may be. PBS is designed to increase academic performance, increase safety, decrease problem behaviors, and establish positive school cultures through the use of evidence-based strategies and interventions (Florida’s PBS Project, USF). This approach is used at all levels; school-wide, specific educational settings, classrooms, and even with individual students.