Cape Elementary: Seahawk Sentinel

September 3, 2021

Cape's Mission & Vision

Mission: To provide a safe and supportive learning community where every student experiences success.

Vision: We believe that the most promising strategy for achieving the mission of Cape Elementary is to develop our capacity to function as a professional learning community.

Message from Ms. Osterholm and Mrs. Sund

Dear Cape Parents,

Welcome to the 21-22 school year! We welcomed over 100 new kindergarten families and over 40 new students across other grades. Cape Elementary thrives because of strong family involvement. We are always looking to involve more parents in our Parent Teacher Organization. We have our first PTO and School Advisory Committee Meeting(SAC) meeting on Wednesday, September 8 at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. Please join us for the one hour meeting. The link will be sent out through School Messenger closer to the date. Students will earn twenty-five cape-ables if you attend.

As we strive for excellence, we welcome your involvement. Communication is vital to students’ success and to our overall growth and sense of community. To increase communication between home and school, we are requiring all parents to sign the planner/agenda each night and our teachers to sign each day. Please take time to read the Student-Parent Handbook in the back of the planner and also our school calendar. We also encourage you to visit our website, follow us on Twitter and Facebook along with reading teacher communication that comes each Friday or Monday in the brown envelope.

We do understand there are continued health concerns related to COVID. Cape will continue to follow Lee County School District COVID 19 protocols. We appreciate your support in keeping your child home when they are exhibiting any symptoms. Masks will be worn each day at Cape, while inside the classrooms, per the District’s Mask Mandate which will be in effect for 30 days starting September 1st.

As parents, we encourage you to reach out to us about any topic. Working together, we will continue to make Cape a safe, passion-filled learning environment in which everyone feels valued. We do ask that if it is a classroom specific concern, that you please speak with the classroom teacher first.

We intend to serve our Cape kids with enthusiasm and smiling faces. Our priority is to provide our students with the best possible learning environment - an atmosphere in which they feel safe, have fun, and grow academically, socially, and emotionally. It is a privilege to serve the students and families of Cape Elementary.


Ms. Osterholm and Mrs. Sund

PTO News!

Welcome back to another school year at Cape Elementary! Our Fall Fundraiser is in progress. If you can, please help us support our students and teachers during these difficult times! Our first PTO Meeting is Wednesday, September 8th at 6:00 pm via Zoom. Zoom link will be sent out closer to the date. Thank you for your continued support of PTO!

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August/September Counseling Corner

Family Tip Sheet: Self-Care for Your Family

By Brisa Ayub

In a time where there are a lot of unknowns, and when feelings of stress and uncertainty can interfere with our daily routines, there is no better time than now to practice self-care.

Why is self-care so important? As a parent, one of the biggest lessons of parenthood is understanding that in order to be the best version of yourself for your children, you have to ensure that you are taking care of yourself. But how do we teach our children about self-care so that they too can create healthy habits that will guide them well beyond the present? What can I do right now?

1. Let them hold the reins: A child’s ability to practice self-care is important as it can help them identify their own physical needs, take care of themselves, and in return develop a stronger sense of self and independence. So, the next time your kids ask you to do something for them, instead of taking over, give them the chance to accomplish the task on their own. When we constantly do everything for our children, they aren’t taught to think independently, problem-solve, or assess their own needs. Don’t forget to offer some encouraging words like, “I believe in you. You can do this! First, try it by yourself and if you get stuck, I am here to help.”

2. Teach them how to care for their bodies: To quote a favorite childhood book, Half a Giraffe, “Stand up and be proud of the body you’re given. It’s a wonderful place only YOU get to live in.” Our own physical health is one of the more important parts of self-care. Encourage healthy habits for your child by getting their hearts beating with some fresh air and exercise. Who’s up for a game of tag? Try a long walk or practice deep breathing with them. Don’t forget to empower them by showing them how to take care of their own bodies by washing their hands, dressing and undressing by themselves, brushing their teeth and hair, and encouraging them to help with meal preparation. More than likely, you are already instilling many of these habits, but do take a moment to acknowledge them out loud, thereby helping your kids realize the habits’ importance.

3. Give them space to slow down: Our lives are so busy and full, we often don’t have time to just … think. Make sure that you provide yourself and your child a moment to slow down each day. Create a routine that your whole family follows, such as a specific time where everyone is device-free and is either reading, drawing, or simply having some time to be by themselves. Even boredom is a valuable part of the creative thinking process according to Manoush Zomorodi’s book, Bored and Brilliant.

By teaching children to regularly take care of themselves, they will be able to develop the skills to manage future stressors in their lives in healthy and effective ways. They will be able to problem-solve more effectively when it comes to self-regulating, self-soothing and self-managing. And don’t forget, modeling healthy lifestyle choices will go a long way for you and for them!

Brisa Ayub is the Senior Global Director of Marketing at Wonder Workshop where she creates educational programs directed at bringing coding, robotics, and creative problem-solving to educators and students. She has a history of creating educational content and award-winning programs and games that have been implemented in schools across the United States and globally as the former Director of Educational Programs at Common Sense Media. Brisa earned her graduate degree in psychology and has worked with adolescents and young adults around addictive behaviors prior to the edtech space.

FLPBIS Model School Application Award Notification!

Time to celebrate! Our school has been recognized for our resilience in implementing a school-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) framework during the 2020- 2021 school year. PBIS is a set of strategies based in behavioral and biomedical science that enhances student quality of life and reduces problem behaviors. National research shows that full implementation of this framework leads to improved student outcomes. By establishing this framework, we are developing student skills, making changes to the school environment, acknowledging appropriate student behavior, and using data to identify needed supports for our students. As a result of this work, we are being recognized by the FLPBIS Project for achieving PBIS Model School status. This award demonstrates our commitment to the effective implementation of PBIS and our efforts towards achieving positive and equitable outcomes for all students. For more information on our efforts, visit [school website address]. To learn more about the FLPBIS Project’s Model School program, visit

This year, Model Schools are all at one level–“resilient”–due to the difficulties with the pandemic. We anticipate a return to Gold Model School status for the 21-22 school year.

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Virtual After School Support for Homework!

The School District of Lee County provides virtual after-school support for homework and class assignments for grades K-12. Beginning September 7th, students who are learning at home due to quarantine or isolation orders will also be able to Connect with a Live Education Expert during the school day. The process to request a virtual session will be the same.

Monday through Thursday

Elementary Hours: 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Middle Hours: 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

High Hours: 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.

We LOVE our Business Partners

C21 Sunbelt Realty

Jim Fischer

Quality Pest Control

Cape Coral First United Methodist Church

Vineyards Community Church (Cape Coral)

Horace Mann Insurance

Walmart (FM Beach Store)


Papa John's Pizza



Rib City

Cici's Pizza


Dominoes Pizza


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Lee County School Board

Board Members of the LCSD:

Debbie Jordan, District 4 (Chair)

Betsy Vaughn, District 6 (Vice Chair)

Mary Fischer, District 1

Melisa W. Giovannelli, District 2

Chris N. Patricca, District 3

Gwynetta S. Gittens, District 5

Cathleen O'Daniel Morgan, District 7

Kenneth A. Savage, Ed.D.