Parent Newsletter

January 2020

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Priscille Elie, Principal

Michelle Alvarez, Assistant Principal


Donna P. Korn, Chair

Dr. Rosalind Osgood, Vice Chair

Lori Alhadeff

Robin Bartleman

Patricia Good

Heather P. Brinkworth

Laurie Rich Levinson

Ann Murray

Nora Rupert

Robert W. Runcie

Superintendent of Schools

From the General Manager

Dear Staff, Parents, Students and Community:

It’s with great pride and enthusiasm that I write this message as the newly appointed Principal of Palm Cove Elementary School. I have dedicated myself to Broward County School Board for the last sixteen years. My career started in the classroom, progressed to a Literacy Coach and then to an Assistant Principal for the last 5 years. I would like to thank the staff, parents and community for having faith in me to lead this dynamic B-rated school.

I am very proud of the school’s academic achievement on the 2018-2019 Florida Standardized Assessment. Thanks to great leadership and instruction, the schools’ overall achievement went up 67 points! Our school is only 11 points away from earning an A rating! We have achieved this success as a result of the teamwork and commitment of our staff, students and parents.

As the new leader, I will continue with the traditions and academic excellence of the school. I take pride in my commitment to the needs of all stakeholders. I strongly believe that each day is filled with new educational experiences, learning and growing for all, providing opportunities to be a better us, and preparing our students to be college and career ready. Working together as a team, we can achieve great things.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or comments. My door is always open.


Priscille Elie

Proud Principal

"On-Deck" Calendar of Events

1/6 Employee Planning-No School

1/7 Students return and start of 3rd quarter

1/15 Chorus rehearsal begins 2:00 pm

1/16 District Hearing, Vision, & BMI Screening

1/20 No School-Martin L. King, Jr. Day

1/21 FSA Camp begins (select 3rd-5th grades)

1/21-1/22 BSA ELA

1/23-1/24 BSA Math

1/24 Flanagan I-zone Meeting @ 10:00 am

1/28-1/29 BSA Science 5th Grade ONLY

1/28 100th Day Celebration-PreK, K & ASD

1/29 Report Cards issued

1/30-1/31 BSA Make-ups

General Reminders

  • Scholars should not be on campus before 7:30 AM. Prior to that time supervision is not available.
  • All scholars should be in uniform daily. On Friday’s scholars can wear their PCE spirit shirt with their PCE uniform bottom.
  • All scholars are required to wear their ID badges that were provided by the school. No exceptions!
  • Per district policy scholars cannot be released for early dismissal after 1:30 PM.
  • Please remember to schedule a conference with your child's teacher. In doing so you will be informed of your child's progress.
  • Please remember scholars are not permitted to bring any type of weapon to school. This includes plastic guns, BB guns, toy knives, razors etc. Please adhere to this district policy.

Title I News

School Improvement Plan

School staff and parents jointly develop the plan. It includes yearly objectives and activities that will be implemented at the school level. You can help us develop this plan by joining SAC and attending our next meeting in our Media Center. If you would like to join, please contact Coach Charpentier at 754-323-6800. DID YOU KNOW? You can review a copy of the SPAR (school performance & accountability), FSA/FCAT 2.0 and LEA Report Card (School Grades) and other assessment information at

These reports are also discussed at our monthly SAC meetings. Please join us so that you can share suggestions and remain informed.

District Parent and Family Engagement Plan

District staff and parents jointly develop the plan. The plan includes the parent activities to be implemented throughout the school year and an evaluation of last year's (2018-19) district parent program. If you would like to review a hard copy of this plan or translation is needed, please contact the Title I Program Specialist at 754-322-1410.


School and District level Section 1116 of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires each local educational agency (LEA) and school that receives funds under Title I, Part A to develop jointly with and distribute to parents of participating children, a written parent and family engagement policy/plan (PFEP). All stakeholders (teacher, parents, and faculty can view your child’s schools parent and family engagement plan on the schools website at In addition, a copy may be requested by contacting your child’s school. To view the LEA Parent and Family Engagement Plan (PFEP) for 2019-2020 follow this link: http://www.broward.k12.fl.u

Attendance Counts!

Attendance - School Board Policy 5.5: Attendance is important to student success. Broward County Schools has established a “pattern of attendance” to meet state requirements. We are required to count both excused and unexcused absences, along with tardiness and early sign-outs when determining a student’s pattern of non-attendance. A student will have a “pattern of non-attendance” if he or she is absent from school a total of 30 hours (5 days) in any one marking period or 60 hours (10 days) within 90 days. If it is determined by a school that a student has developed “pattern of non-attendance”, sanctions may be imposed. Sanctions may range, for an elementary age student, from having his or her report card withheld if they were in school for less than 25 days in a marking period, to the child’s parent being required to appear in court.

Each time your child is absent you are required to notify the school by telephone (754-323-6802) within 48 hours stating the reason for the absence. If the school is not notified the absence is considered unexcused. After attempted interventions by the school to correct unexcused absences, the Office of the State Attorney will intervene to ensure compliance with the law. We comply with the BTIP process.

Excused absences include: Student illness; Illness of an immediate family member; Death in the family; Religious holidays of student’s specific faith; Required court appearance or subpoena by a law enforcement agency; Important public functions/conferences, State/national competitions; Scheduled doctor or dentist appointment; Communicable disease or infestation which can be transmitted.

Charge Policy- Replacement- Food and Nutrition Service Meals

Elementary students sometimes forget their lunch money or lose it. As a courtesy to these young scholars, Food and Nutrition Services allows a child to charge one lunch. After that, the child is given a replacement meal. Please be sure to apply for lunch at

For additional information please visit

Ice cream is sold in the cafeteria on Wednesdays for $0.65.

Breakfast starts @7:30 AM and is free for all students.

Student IDs

For safety and security all students must always wear their student ID. The school will provide the ID badge. In the event the badge is lost or damaged, the school will only replace the ID for FREE two times. If a fourth student ID is issued, a $5.00 obligation will be entered into the student’s record. The obligation must be paid for via the link or with cash on Wednesdays only.

Safety Reminders

Safety and security are our top priorities.

Per district policy monthly emergency drills such as are conducted.

Parents or guardians who are picking up scholars must report to the front office and present proper identification (ID). No Exceptions!

Changes in a student's dismissal cannot be accepted over the phone. All changes involving dismissal must be in writing. The written document must be turned into the teacher or the front office. No Exceptions!

Please make sure to remember the following safety procedures:

• All visitors must report to the front office.

• All visitors must go through our STAR Visitor System.

• All visitors must have an I.D. in order to gain access to the school.

• All parents must have a car tag to pickup their child by car.

• Students will wear their I.D.s while on campus

• Parents must update their contact information with the front office.

• All students should be in uniforms.

• Consistency with dismissal is critical. Please alert the teacher and office ASAP of any changes.

• Help build your student's independence by ensuring they come to school prepared with their lunch, materials, etc. If you find it necessary to bring them the items they forgot at home, the front office will take such items.

• Early student sign-outs will cease at 1:30 p.m.

SAC/SAF Committee Meetings 2019-2020

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Dads Take Your Child to School Day
  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Math Family Night
  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019 Writing/Turkey Night
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019
  • Thursday, January 23, 2020
  • Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020 Dr. Seuss Literacy Night
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2020 Morning Meeting
  • Thursday, May 14, 2020

District’s Nondiscrimination Policy Statement 4001.1

The School Board of Broward County, Florida, prohibits any policy or procedure which results in discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. The School Board also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Individuals who wish to file a discrimination and/or harassment complaint may call the Director, Equal Educational Opportunities/ADA Compliance Department & District’s Equity Coordinator/Title IX Coordinator at 754-321- 2150 or Teletype Machine (TTY) 754-321-2158.

Classroom News


During January our little ones in Pre-k will be learning all about, the letters K,L,M,N - handwriting, recognition, association, and sounds. They will be doing 1to 1 correspondence, recognition, handwriting, expression and number sets with numbers up to 14.

In Science and Social Studies we will be looking at Our Community, My Senses, and The Butterfly Cycle.

1st Grade

Happy New Year to all of our first grade families! As the New Year starts we reflect on the amazing accomplishments our students have made since the beginning of the school year. We know they will continue to work hard and try their best to achieve all of their learning goals. Your continued support in your child’s education makes all the difference. J

Reading: Our focus remains on reading comprehension strategies, making predictions, identifying main idea and details, compare and contrasting, and drawing conclusions. Please continue to make sure your child reads daily to build fluency and comprehension.

Math: We practice addition and subtraction sentences and a variety of strategies that will help solve these types of problems. Helpful Tip: Have your child learn all of their doubles facts. (Example: 1+1=2 2+2=4 3+3=6)

Writing: Our journey continues through the writing process by learning how good writers revise, edit, and publish their writing pieces by writing daily. We have been working on informative writing. Creative Corner: Practice at home by having your child write their story with a gel pen, glitter pen, marker, colored pencil or any other writing tool that will inspire them.

Science: We learn about gravity, magnifiers etc., this includes hands on activities.

Social Studies: We will read about and discuss the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as we prepare to celebrate his birthday on January 20th. We emphasize strategies for getting along with others and appropriate ways to solve conflicts, a theme that will continue throughout the year. Respecting classmates and cooperating with others is a very important skill for our students to learn. Please continue this type of discussion at home with your child.

The Road to Success Starts Here:

· Read every day for 20 minutes and discuss the story.

· Practice your Dolch Words

· Practice your addition and subtraction facts

2nd Grade

The Second Grade team wishes you a very happy and healthy 2020. We are so thrilled to see you all back here at Palm Cove. We, here at Palm Cove Elementary strive for greatness and have high expectations for all our students. We wanted to keep you informed of our upcoming curriculum and instruction for the month of January.

In our Literacy Block, students will be continuing working on comprehension, phonics, grammar and writing skills. Students garner learning in small groups, collaborative conversations with their peers, teacher led center and iready centers. Our target focus for mathematics instruction includes a push with multiplication, multi-step word problems, addition and subtraction using larger numbers and place value. Students are working with manipulatives in small groups, centers and teacher led center in order to solve real world problems.

As always parents, try and have your child work on iReady as much as possible, complete all homework and keep in touch with their teacher.

Upcoming events which to stay tuned for are the following: Make-up Field Day, and field trip to Flamingo Gardens, and MLK jr Holiday

3rd Grade

HAPPY NEW YEAR! We hope your winter break was relaxing and filled with good cheer. As we enter the 3rd marking period, we will continue to implement rigorous standards-based instruction to meet the 3rd grade expectations. The Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) is right around the corner; let’s continue to work together for every child’s success. Please visit to familiarize yourself with the test. Students are encouraged to take the practice test online. Also, please ensure that students are working on i-Ready reading and math daily.

In reading, we are reviewing sequence of events, text and graphic features, theme, point-of-view, compare and contrast, and figurative language. In math, we are working on division and will begin to introduce fractions and measurements. Parents, it is vital that students are practicing their multiplication facts daily. With a new year, comes new goals. Parents, encourage your child to set short and long-term academic and social goals and work towards reaching them. Make goal setting a part of your daily conversation. Be sure to review your child’s weekly data to set attainable goals. As always, feel free to contact your child's teacher with any questions or concerns you may have. The Third-grade team would like to say thank you for your continued support.

4th Grade

Happy New Year!!! From all the fourth grade Coaches!!!!!!!!..... And Welcome back “Awesome fourth graders. Our 4th grade students here at Palm Cove Elementary will continue working diligently with their teachers to ensure success in and outside of the classroom.

In ELA we are focusing on craft and structure using informational text, this involves text structure, cause and effect, and compare/contrast, chronology/problem-solution, and comparing accounts of the same topic.

In Math, students are introduced and learning all about Numbers/operations-fractions which includes Adding and subtracting fractions, adding and subtracting mixed numbers, understanding fractions and multiply fractions. In Writing, we are revisiting and polishing up Informative writing.

Our writing Assessment is quickly approaching, so as we work hard to develop and master the two writing genres which are, Opinion and informative. In addition please continue to practice Multiplication Drill, and i-ready assignments daily. Remember Parent+ Teacher= Successful Student.

5th Grade

Happy New Year and Welcome Back! We are looking forward to diving back into learning and growing in all areas! We are now in “Crunch Time” mode and cannot wait to see all our students soaring into greatness.

This month, students are working on adding and subtracting fractions in Math, Properties of Matter in Science, and the various figurative language, point of view, and text structures in Reading. Students are working nonstop on expanding their writing skills to prepare for the first part of the FSA English Language Arts writing test in April. They are perfecting their skills on Opinion and Informative essays, and we cannot wait to see what our amazing authors produce.

We would like to remind both students and parents to check the Palm Cove folders and planners daily to stay on top of homework assignments, upcoming tests or events, and any changes to the schedule; it is also a great way for teachers, students, and parents to remain a team with consistency and open communication. Please continue to make sure your child arrives on time to school to prevent tardiness and any important information.

We would like to thank all our volunteers who have already offered to assist with our upcoming fieldtrip to JA Biztown (Tuesday, February 4). If you have not already done so and would like to volunteer for this day, please ask your child’s teacher for more information on how to do so. The 5th grade teachers need as many parents who have been cleared through Broward County Public School System to volunteer for this fantastic field trip.

Lastly, parents keep in mind that the payment process for the fifth-grade end of year field trip scheduled for Friday, May 22 to Universal Islands of Adventure is as follows:


(1st installment) 1/13-1/23/20 - $65.00

(2nd installment) 2/3-2/13/20 - $65.00

Thank you for all that you do and for helping us keep our motto of, “Teaming for Success!”

The School Board of Broward County, Florida, prohibits any policy or procedure which results in discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. The School Board also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Individuals who wish to file a discrimination and/or harassment complaint may call the Director, Equal Educational Opportunities/ADA Compliance Department & District’s Equity Coordinator/Title IX Coordinator at 754-321- 2150 or Teletype Machine (TTY) 754-321-2158.

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, (ADAAA) may call Equal Educational Opportunities/ADA Compliance Department at 754-321-2150 or Teletype Machine (TTY) 754-321-2158.

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