Dear Parents/Guardians,

It is hard to believe that we are only a few short weeks away from our Holiday Break. I hope that you enjoyed this past week with family and friends and had the opportunity to Sharpen the Saw. These next few weeks will be busy, but we look forward to creating many memories as we head into the holiday season.

As we hit the halfway mark of our second quarter, you will be receiving your child’s Interim Report. Although not as detailed as the report cards, the Interim report will still provide you with information on how your child is doing in each subject. Teachers will provide comments for any areas of concern on the Interims. As always, never hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns regarding their performance in class.

As we move closer into our cooler months, I wanted to remind all families about our dress code. Although it is important for our students to stay warm during these cool mornings, it is also important that they remain in dress code. Leggings can be worn, but the child must also still wear a skirt. Leggings cannot be worn by themselves. All jackets and sweatshirts need to be a solid color and can not have any design or logo on them. We appreciate your support in ensuring that your child has warm clothing that fits our dress code.

An exciting event that is currently taking place is our Annual Holiday Shop. We are thrilled this year that our Holiday Shop could be in person. The excitement the students experience from being able to shop for their loved ones is always a joy to watch. Thank you to our PTO for ensuring this experience is positive for all. Look out for those sweet gifts this holiday season!

Something new coming to Tommie Barfield this year is our 1st Annual Holiday Drive-Thru event. Our staff is collaborating with the PTO to create a fun and festive night for all students and families. Our Holiday Drive-Thru will take place on Thursday, December 16th from 6:00-7:30 PM. As a fundraiser, PTO is charging $15. 00 per car for this event. We encourage our families to decorate their car and wear their most festive attire! Entrance into the drive-thru will begin off Bermuda Ave and will start in our bus loop. Cars will continue through the bus loop and into our car rider line. We look forward to seeing you there!

Alyssa Ledbetter



District Assessment Dates-Please be sure to mark your calendars and plan to be in school for the following testing windows.

o Quarter 2 Benchmark Assessments- Jan 10-13

o Quarter 3 Benchmark Assessments-March 7-25

o Post Tests May 16-June 2

As we get closer to test dates, we will let you know more specific information for your child’s particular grade level.

Toys from home: Please check and clean out backpacks to make sure your child is not bringing toys to school that can be a distraction. Toys, Pokémon cards, pop its, or items that are a distraction will be collected and parents are free to come and pick them up in the front office.

Be Proactive! Many of you have been making an extra trip back to the school because something was left at home. To help decrease the number of trips to school and disruptions after classes are in session, try this idea when preparing the night before and/or before leaving for school.

Make a checklist (or print this one below) with your child and hang it up in a prominent place. Each morning your child can check off what you need to bring before you leave the house.

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Safety Concern- Please, please, please follow the Florida “Keep Your Hands-Free” Law and keep our students safe while driving around Tommie Barfield! Students are in DANGER when drivers are texting while driving! As of July 1, 2019, Florida became the 45th state to make texting while driving a primary offense in Florida. Please keep our children safe!


Please refer to the CCPS academic calendar when planning vacations and appointments as much as possible. Vacation days are not excused absences and students miss valuable instruction by the teacher on the days they are not in school. A doctor note excusing an absence must be turned in to the school office within 24 hours of the student returning to school to be marked excused in the computer. Parents will receive a letter in the mail when the student has excessive absences whether they are excused or not. Habitual absences are monitored by the County Attendance Officer and may result in Truancy Court. Students who have been approved for Out-of-Zone permission to attend Tommie Barfield may have their permission revoked if they accumulate excessive absences and/or tardiness and/or early pick-ups from school. Students are recognized quarterly and annually for perfect attendance.

Please follow call 377-8500 to report your child’s absence each day your child is absent. Calling the school will validate the absence so your child will not have an UNEXCUSED absence on their record.

Tardies- Parents will notified after 5 unexcused tardies. Upon receipt of the 6th tardy, and every subsequent tardy, students will be issued a lunch detention. This structured time can be used to support academic learning. Tardies and early dismissals are recorded as incomplete days.

LAPTOPS - Please Use Responsibly!

Just a reminder - laptops are still CCPS property and need to be cared for responsibly.

Pursuant to Rule 27 of the District’s Code of Student Conduct, students are responsible for the cost of repair or replacement of District property in their possession such as a laptop or other electronic device. The rule provides the following:


  • Students are expected to take good care of school property. Students must assume full responsibility for the care of school property available to them. This includes, but is not limited to textbooks, uniforms, equipment, electronic devices, or library books. These items are issued by school personnel and must be returned to the same person upon completion of the school year or withdrawal from school. Responsibility for the property rests with the student to whom the property is issued.

The cost to repair or replace laptops for irresponsible damage is as follows:

  • Power adapter $48.00
  • Keyboard $95.00
  • Screen $231.00
  • Laptop Total Replacement $586.00

School Information: The inside and back cover of the Wednesday Communication Folder is where you can find detailed information about school. Please look there and/or call get clarifications on school procedures.

Dana Franklin-Riashi, Assistant Principal

Tommie Barfield Elementary School


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Dear Kindergarten Families,

December will be a short, but very busy, and fun-filled month in Kindergarten. In reading, we will use different versions of the traditional Gingerbread Man to learn about comparing and contrasting, sequencing, and retelling. We will also tie in other language arts and math activities to accompany the story. The focus in math this month will be counting to 100 and comparing numbers to 10. In Social Studies, our Kindergartners will explore some winter holidays celebrated around the world. We will take a closer look at the celebrations and traditions of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, and Christmas. The students will travel with a holiday passport to each celebration and enjoy a brief history and craft.

If the children have any free time during the winter break, it would be beneficial for them to continue practicing their sight words, reading, and counting to 100. Wishing you all a very happy holiday!

The Kindergarten Team


Hello First Grade Families!

Our First Graders have continued to learn new strategies for solving both addition and subtraction problems with missing pieces. They have been focusing on identifying whether a problem is addition or subtraction and then choosing a strategy to solve it. Please continue to use the Math parent letters and any math pages sent home to support this learning!

In reading, students have been reading texts that help them investigate why it is important to do their best and get along with others. This has been a great them to read about and apply to our own experiences both at school and at home!

We had a busy month full of exciting activities! We had a glow room to celebrate reaching our goal in the canned food drive, we celebrated Red Ribbon week with all our themed days, and we all had a blast on Spider Day! We are looking forward to many more festive events between now and Winter Break!

During our Leader in Me time, students have been learning all about Habit 6: Synergize. They have been learning about their own strengths, as well as the strengths of others and how we can use all our strengths to come up with better plans and ideas. Take a minute to ask your student what we mean when we say, “Two heads are better than one.”

Please continue reading and practicing sight words each night. As always, we appreciate your support!

The First Grade Team


Dear Families! As we reflected over Thanksgiving Break, our 2nd Grade Team would like to publicly extend our heartfelt gratitude to our students, families, administrators, and fellow teachers and CCPS employees. We want to THANK YOU for your unwavering support of TBE and for being partners in educating the next generation.

Winter Break is just around the corner and our second graders are staying busy. Our days here at school will be full of many holiday-related learning activities right up until Winter break. We are very excited for our upcoming Grinch Day on Thursday, December 16th where second grade students and teachers will wear all things GREEN to school that day! Be looking for more information to come on this special Second Grade event!!

Additionally, the second-grade team would like to suggest a few ideas for students to continue their learning throughout the holidays! We hope you find the time to read lots of books and create those lasting memories of reading together with your child over winter break! There are so many great holiday books, chapter books, or picture books! Please continue to encourage your child to read daily! We can’t wait to hear about all the wonderful books the children had a chance to read over Winter Break! Additionally, continuing to review and practice math facts is very important. During Winter Break, spend some time reviewing addition and subtraction fact fluency using the math fact flash cards that have been sent home. Also, using coins and dollar bills to count money as well as telling time to the 5 minutes would all be great review and beneficial to keep student’s skills sharp. Lastly, we suggest having students keep a journal. The excitement the holidays bring is a wonderful time to easily encourage writing by having students talk about special times spent with family and friends, gifts they gave or received, etc. Students will love to add an illustration to go along with their journal writing! While editing, remember to watch for uppercase letters at the start of sentences and for specific names of people, toy brands, etc.

We would like to take a moment to wish all a restful Winter Break. We look forward to welcoming students back in 2022!

Love, Your Second Grade Teachers


Dear Parents,

Our third-grade students are off to a great start in quarter 2!

The students will continue to use their math facts to solve one- and two-step problems. Our multiplication songs continue to be the foundation for learning multiplication and division.

Please encourage your child to continue practicing and singing them at home. They have been introduced to many strategies that will help them solve both multiplication and division problems.

In Reading, our students have been working on figurative language, literary elements, and determining the theme of a story. In Writing, students wrote a narrative about a character who helped someone. In Science, the students learned how to classify animals into different groups and compared objects according to their properties: size, shape, texture, color, and hardness. In Social Studies, we conducted research about Veteran’s Day and created PowerPoints to appreciate the Veterans in our community. We also identified different types of maps and how they are used.

During our lead time, we are talking about Habit 4: Think Win, Win. At home, think of a conflict you tend to have with your child (homework, eating vegetables, cleaning his or her room) and then discuss a win-win solution to the conflict. Write down the solution and then remind each other of it the next time the problem arises.

Please continue to read with your child every night and practice their multiplication math facts. We appreciate your support and all that you do for our students!

The Third Grade Team


Hello Fourth Grade Families:

We are already through the month of November and finishing up the second quarter. We are now in the home stretch for Christmas vacation! We had another exciting and successful meeting with our Leader Clubs last month and the students and teachers our really enjoying themselves. We have continued with the new reading standards and finished up our topic focus on, “What Makes a Hero.” Your students have been working hard with summarizing, theme, point of view and vocabulary using context clues to just mention a few. Please remember that you child should be reading at home every night and be able to summarize what they have read. In writing we have finished up our informative writing pieces on different ways inventions were made. Crazy to think that Thomas Edison was not the first inventor of the light bulb. Math has really taken off with moving into larger digit multiplication and working with area and perimeter. I am sure you have seen the many different strategies that our students our using to solve these problems, it is truly great!

This month also been packed full adventure for your students. In Social Studies we have been learning about the explorers that first came to Florida and the first colonies that were set up. While in Science we have examined and analyzed animal food chains and rocks and minerals. This month of November has had us focusing on Habit 3: Putting first things first. Remember to talk to your students about the importance of setting priorities. We have been looking at ways that keep us disciplined and organized. While doing this, students have been working on setting priorities, making schedules, and following their plans to the best of their ability. We have truly seen a difference here at school and we are confident you have seen the same thing at home.

In closing, please remember the importance of your child being at school daily. Make up work cannot replace an entire day’s worth of learning. Please contact your child’s teacher at any time should you have any questions or concerns, and as always, thank you for your support. We are so fortunate to have such a supportive community.

The Fourth Grade Team!


Hello Fifth Grade Families!

As we enter the month of December, second quarter is well underway. The 5th grade students have been hard at work in all their subject areas. We have continued to work weekly on our “Connect for Success” lessons. This is a valuable time each week that we dedicate to deepening the knowledge of the Leader of Me habits as well as work on connecting with one another to optimize the emotional and academic success of each student. As a school, we have participated in our 3rd Leadership Club Meeting and have truly enjoyed sharing our gifts, talents, and interests with our school community.

In reading, through fiction and non-fiction texts, students journeyed through the Wild West as they discovered the various character traits needed in people who settled the West. Through various genres, we will next be discovering how caring for the Earth and its living things can improve life now and in the future. We will use this topic with our expository writing. Please continue encouraging your child to read each night.

Students have continued to work on multiplying fractions as they completed modules 8-9. As we enter module 10, students will be working on dividing fractions. Please continue to ensure your child is working on the Aleks math program 45 minutes a week (Monday-Sunday).

In Science class, we have concluded studies on adaptations and in the month of December will be learning all about Human Body Systems. Please continue to ensure your child is working on USATestPrep on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a total of 45 weekly minutes. It is imperative that you sign the calendar weekly, acknowledging your son/daughter completed their required minutes.

In Social Studies, we studied the significance of Veterans Day and answered the question, “Why should we honor our veterans?” We will continue to study the European exploration to the Americas and its impact in the world. We will then study the colonial settlements and development.

We continue to be available if you have any questions or concerns through ClassTag, email, or via school phone. We would like to wish each of you and your families a safe and prosperous Holiday Season and New Year! Thank you as always for your support and cooperation in helping your child reach his/her full academic and emotional potential.

The Fifth Grade Team


In December, TBE Tech Classes took part in the worldwide educational movement The Hour of Code in which people of all ages are challenged to spend at least 60 minutes learning computer programming. Fifth graders learned to build a computer and load the operating system. Thank you to Mr. Doug Hill at Real Random and Champions for Learning for donating the Kano Complete Computer kits. Fifth graders then learned block code and script code as they hacked Pong, Snake, Made Art, and Minecraft. Fourth graders played Capture the Castle math game while coding in Blockly language for Dash Robots. Third graders learned block code programming as they built and programmed a Kano Harry Potter coding wand, thanks to Champions for Learning for fulfilling my grant for them. Second graders learned to draw color codes for OzoBot Robots. First graders learned block code to program Dash Robots. Kindergarteners learned to code Blue Bot Robot.


It’s Time to CELEBRATE!!!

This time of year offers such a rich diversity of music culture. Who doesn’t like songs of twinkling lights and ribbons and bows? We find joy in the music that enhances our feelings of anticipation, expectation, and jubilation. Both at school and within our community there are multiple ways to experience the wonders of this time of year. Get out there and SING!!! Do you hear what I hear???

Mr. Craig Greusel

Music Teacher

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We had a great November in Art at TBE! We all spent time creating art to celebrate Veterans Day. Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade created a portrait of The Statue of Liberty and the older students all decorated paper bags from Publix. The decorated bags were given out on Veterans Day for those that asked for paper bags at the new Publix.

If you haven’t check out your student’s artwork on Artsonia, check them out here:

To look at our artist’s work or to see who the Star Student was for each day, follow @beauvaisCCPS on twitter.


This past month in PE class, students have been working on their overhand throwing and catching, and the kinder and 1st grade students also practiced their self-toss and catch techniques in a series of fun activities and games. We continue to work on resolving conflicts appropriately and working cooperatively with their peers.

Our third thru fifth grade Run Club members have been welcome to now run on both Wednesdays and Thursdays. Although they do not need to run both days, they must be present at least once a week and present respectful and responsible behavior while running. *If you are dropping your student(s) off, please do so before 7:45am and park in the lot by the tennis courts. If you are here at or later than 7:45, please go through the car line for normal drop off procedures as the parking lot causes traffic jams for the car line once it is open.

Deana Richett


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Dear Parents/Guardians,

Happy December! I would like to share with you some strategies for problem solving that you might want to practice over winter break with your child(ren).

If one of your children is upset and throwing a tantrum, first, ask your child in a calm voice to go to his/her room to problem solve. In your child’s room, have paper available to do the following:

  • 1. Draw or write what the problem is.
  • 2. Draw or write positive self-talk such as “I can do this.” “I am capable.” “I am loving.”
  • 3. Draw or write feeling(s).
  • 4. Have your child draw and color his/her happy, peaceful place.
  • 5. Let parent/guardian know child is ready to talk to solve the problem in a kind voice.

This procedure will help your child to take responsibility for his/her part in solving problems peacefully.

Enjoy your family time!


Leanne Hope, School Counselor, 239-377-8506


Happy Holidays to all of you. It’s already December. This school year is moving along nicely. Please keep in mind as you gather with friends and family that if you’re sick to remember to protect others by wearing a mask especially if you’re coughing and/or sneezing. It’s being respectful of others who might be immune compromised or have other medical issues.

You’ll see me write this in every newsletter, but I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to make sure that your contact information is current incase we need to get a hold of you if your child is sick or an emergency occurs. If you need to update or change anything, please call the main office and they’ll be able to change it for you 239-377-8500.

If your child has medical concerns, please make sure they’re addressed with me NCH Nurse Tricia. I’m at TBE on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and cover another school on Tuesday and Thursday. Roxanne our NCH School Health Assistant is at TBE on Tuesday and Thursday and covers another school on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The clinic number is 239-377-8509 and if we don’t answer the phone, it’s because we are busy, please leave a message.

All medications need to be dropped off at the school by a parent/guardian and the proper paperwork needs to be in place before it can be accepted. All over the counter medications need to be in a sealed package and nonexpired and age appropriate. Prescription medications need to come in the original package with the label on it with the child’s name on it and the medication authorization will need to be signed by the physician that prescribed it before medication can be accepted. This is a district policy and it’s same throughout any CCPS school.

Thank you.

Enjoy this time of year and be safe, see you in 2022.

Tricia Kutzke NCH Nurse

Tuesday and Thursday @Everglades City School

Clinic Hours 7:30am till 3:30pm/ Clinic # 377-9809

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday @ Tommie Barfield Elementary School

Clinic Hours 7:30 am until 3:30 pm /Clinic# 377-8509


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