Panther Press

August 19, 2019

First Week of School...Completed

Phewf! Even though the weather stubbornly did not cooperate, we made it through the first week. We appreciate your patience and constructive feedback on improving the car line. Every year, it is difficult to anticipate the exact formula to dismissing almost 900 students. In addition to the buses changing their traffic patterns arriving on campus, as well as the exact amount of students actually riding the bus and participating in AfterCare, determining the perfect ratio of students between the front and back car line is a challenge.

One frequently mentioned suggestion, was to have second grade students move to the back car line. This would certainly improve the front car line, but would impact the back car line. Before making any major changes, such as this, we will see how the next few days go this week, now that our new families and kindergarten/first grade students better understand the dismissal process. Last Friday, the front car line ended 30 minutes after dismissal time, which is only about 5 minutes longer than our usual finish time last year.

Please be sure to read our special Weather Bulletin, which redefines our Lightning Policy. This incorporates many of the parent suggestions.


In the afternoons, please remove your car tag after your child is in your vehicle.


Last week, our teachers began setting up their PBIS apps to begin recognizing students for their outstanding behavior. If he/she has not already sent it out, you will be receiving information on how to connect to your child's account and see the positive choices your child is making at school. This will also be our communication tool for infractions/referrals. Eventually, we will be linking to a reward system for points, but first we want to master using the program before adding another layer to it. View this short video for a brief overview.

Mind Up Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Curriculum

Our students and teachers will continue understanding How the Brain Works and practicing our mindful minutes. Please ask your child what he/she is learning about the brain and taking a mindful breath. (For more information on our curriculum visit Mind Up.)

For a parent brain break, view this TED Talk, Shawn Achor’s “The Happy Secret to Better Work”. It runs about 12 minutes.

Growing Leaders

This week, some of our student leaders assisted our Kindergarten and First Grade students on lunch procedures. It was great to see their commitment to helping our young students understand how to be successful in the cafeteria. Within the classroom, teachers are working on building classroom leaders.

The Growing Leaders Blog has some great resources for parents and teachers. Six Ways to Separate Your Kids from Their Phones has some simple alternatives for students to take some time away from their screens.

Friday is Spirit Day

Last Friday, in honor of completing the first week of school, we relaxed the dress code requirements. Moving forward, the Friday Dress Code for Spirit Day will be: Spirit Shirt (may be vintage until new Spirit Shirts have arrived) with Dress Code shorts, pants or skorts. Jeans may be worn on Fridays ONLY if a student is a part of our Jean Club.

A Note from the Library

Mrs. Gamboa has been hard at work, preparing for the 2019-2020 SSYRA book club. If you would like your child to participate, please read the SSYRA JR Parent Letter, 2019-2020 SSYRA Book ,List, SSYRA Parent Letter. They are also accessible on Friday Flyers.

This week at OES...

8/21 6:30 pm Parent Information Meeting for DRAMA (OES cafe)

8/22 5:30 pm 5th Grade Curriculum Night

Early Dismissal and Transportation Changes

●If your student needs to have a dismissal change email:

●If a student needs to be picked up from the front office prior to dismissal time, they must be picked up before to 2:45. No dismissals will be made after this time.

Reminder: Volunteers and lunch visits will start at the end of September.

PTO & Cape Coral Municipal Charter School Foundation

A Message from the Foundation...

There is still time to enter to win FOUR DISNEY tickets. We want to hear from each of you! We want to share more information with you directly about what the Foundation does and how you can be a part of it all!!! No fees, no commitment, just a quick survey and a chance to win big!!!

Also, join PTO August 30th at the Hammond Stadium to watch the Miracles. See the attachment below for more information.

Free Money!

Please see the attached flyer below for easy ways to raise money for our school. This includes, Box Tops, (see link for how to go digital) Amazon Smile, and Coca-Cola.

Official OES Facebook Page Launch

In addition to our web site, Twitter, PTO OES Families Facebook page, we have launched an official OES Facebook page.