Trafalgar Gazette

Trafalgar Elementary School- A Kagan Model School

October 1, 2018

A Message from the Principal

Team Trafalgar,

We’ve had a very successful first quarter! Continue to focus on our 4 Expectations: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe, and Be a Learner. The best way to support a child’s education is to be at school on time every day! We appreciate all you do to encourage and support your child’s education. Smile and Be Kind

Upcoming Trafalgar Events

Student Led Conferences

Thursday, Oct. 18th, 5-7pm

1850 Southwest 20th Avenue

Cape Coral, FL

Your child is excited to share with you what they have learned so far this year. Watch for an invitation to the conferences to come home soon. There are no scheduled times; you are welcome to visit the classroom any time from 5:00 to 7:00.

Fall Festival

Friday, Oct. 26th, 5-7pm

1850 Southwest 20th Avenue

Cape Coral, FL

Pre-sale tickets will go on sale Monday, October 22. Pre-sale ends Thursday, October 25 at 6:00 pm. During the pre-sale, tickets will be sold for 25 for $10.00. On the day of the event, all tickets will sell for 50 cents each.

PBS Reward Day

To celebrate being recognized as a Gold Model School for Positive Behavior Support and to reward students for their Quarter 1 behavior, students will be eating lunch outside on October 11 or October 12!

Thank You for your Support

Our fundraising this year is geared toward raising money for a new playground. We want to give a huge thank you to Finemark Bank in Fort Myers for their generous donation to our fundraiser!

We also want to thank each and every family who participated in the Otis Spunkmeyer fundraiser. We earned nearly $15,000.00 toward our playground! Your support is greatly appreciated. Cookie dough and other orders should be at the school in the next couple weeks. We will send notification of the pick up time. All orders must be picked up by a parent.

We are so proud of our students and staff in their involvement in supporting childhood cancer. On Friday, September 21st, Trafalgar Elementary spent the day in their jammies to show support for the thousands of children who are stuck in their PJ’s battling cancer. During our Pjammin' with Kids event, we raised $1,822.52. This money was sent to The American Childhood Cancer Organization.

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Fall Candy Grams

Our PTO will be selling Fall Candy Grams from October 8th through October 26th. For $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00, students can send a treat to their friends. Candy Grams will be delivered to students on October 31st. Send a quick note to a friend or teacher! All proceeds will benefit our playground. Extra forms are available from your child's teacher or the office. Please be sure to fill out the forms completely and legibly.

School Messenger

Beginning October 10, the SDLC will no longer be using Parentlink as the method for parent communication. It is being replaced with School Messenger. You may have received several messages in the past few weeks informing you of this change. Please be sure to opt-in to continue to receive important school and district information. There is an app available for your smartphone. If you are having trouble connecting through the app, please contact the school to verify that we have the correct information in our system.

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Where's the Bus?

If your child rides a bus, the district is now using a helpful app that allows you to track your child's assigned bus. Go to your app store and look for the Where's the Bus? app.

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Cupcakes on the school bus

If you send cupcakes to school for your child's birthday, we will no longer be sending home any extras on the school bus.

Safety First

  • Please remember that the safest way for your child to go home is by riding the bus or being picked up in the car line. Do not park on private property or on the roadway to pick up or drop off children.
  • In times of severe weather, dismissal may be delayed. Walkers and bike riders will not be allowed to leave the building until we receive an "all clear" for lightning.
  • We do not take transportation changes over the phone. If you need to change the way your child goes home, you must submit it in writing or in person to the office.
  • Remember that when you are leaving our driveway, pedestrians have the right of way. Please be cautious when approaching the end of our driveway as students from our school and the middle school cross there.

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!

Report Card/ Interim Report Dates

Report cards and interims will have a different look this year. Teachers will no longer be writing individual comments for students, instead a code will be used for specific behaviors. If you have a question regarding a comment on your child's report card, please contact your child's teacher.

Interim Report Dates

 Wednesday, September 12

 Tuesday, November 13

 Friday, February 8

 Wednesday, April 24

Report Card Dates

 Tuesday, October 23

 Thursday, January 17

 Tuesday April 2

 Thursday, May 30

Box Top Drive-- October 1 through October 12! Look for a flyer to come home with a Box Top collection sheet attached or you may print from the link below. The top collecting class will win a donut party. The class with the most participation will also win a donut party. Please be sure to include your child's name and teacher's name on the collection sheet. Each one earns 10 cents toward our school. Simply clip the Box Top from participating products and send them in to school. You may send them in a baggie or attach them to a box top collection sheet.

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A Note from the School Nurse

Teach children clean habits to stay healthy! Clean habits are the best defense against germs that cause colds and flu. Many other illnesses can pass easily from person to person by being near someone who is sick, coughing and sneezing or then touching something a sick person has touched. Take care of yourself.

Important reminders:

  • Wash hands often
  • Try not to touch eyes, mouth or nose
  • Cover a sneeze or cough, and wash hands afterward
  • Stay away from those who are sick
  • Stay home if sick

Remind others to do the same too—it’s the best defense!

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

Why wait? You can get a jump start and get the shot when your child turns 10 or 11. The Lee County Health Department offers immunizations free of charge to children under the age of 18 or you can make an appointment with your child’s pediatrician. Then please bring that documentation/record of that Tdap to your school nurse. Call 332-9601 for more information.

For children who have started the HPV/Guardisil vaccine series, continue with completion of that series of 3 shots.

Packets arrive the Week of: 10/30/2018

Did you know the arts are the foundational building blocks for all the other educational disciplines? That’s why we have partnered with Trafalgar to create a unique opportunity to celebrate their artistic accomplishments while raising funds for the arts.

Coming home soon will be your child’s custom catalog featuring their artwork. Won’t you help make your child feel like an accomplished artist by purchasing keepsakes for the whole family containing their masterpiece? The school earns profit from every order. And as a thank you for participating, we provide each child with a sheet of stickers imprinted with their artwork - absolutely FREE!

Watch for more details about the campaign and order deadlines. All online and paper order forms must be turned in by the due date on your child’s custom catalog.

Together, we can help build your child’s self-esteem, and create lasting keepsakes from your child’s artistic achievements.

Florida State Statute 1012.42 recognizes that teachers at times must be assigned duties in a class outside the field in which the teacher is certified. The following teachers at Trafalgar Elementary are certified, but may be assigned one or more classes outside their areas of certification and are required to take appropriate steps to comply with the statutory regulation. The following teachers are engaged in training to add English for Speakers of other Languages to their certificate:

Thomas Alotta

Marlo Bromfield

Nicole Campbell

Staci Campion

Carrie Trepkowski

Lee County School Board

Board Members:

Cathleen O'Daniel Morgan, District 7 (Chairman)

Pamela H. LaRiviere, District 5 (Vice Chairman)

Mary Fischer, District 1

Melisa W. Giovannelli, District 2

Chris N. Patricca, District 3

Steven K. Teuber, District 4

Jane E. Kuckel, PhD, District 6