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January 12, 2023

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January 12th: End of Quarter

January 13th: Teacher Planning Day: No School for Students

January 16th: No School for Students or Staff

January 17th-20th: FAST Testing: Kindergarten-5th Grade

January 23rd: Reports Cards published and sent home

January 23rd-27th: Celebrate Literacy Week

January 23rd: Spirit Day: Wear your PME Spirit shirt to kick off Literacy Week!

January 27th: Vocabulary Parade at 2:00-2:30 P.M. in the Bus Loop

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PME will observe a closed campus on district and state testing days. Visitors and Volunteers will not be able to visit on these dates. This includes visiting your child for lunch.

Dates for Closed Campus: January 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th

On Testing Days:

1. Make sure your child is on time for school. They should be well rested and have eaten a good breakfast.

2. If your child is feeling ill, please keep him/her home.

3. It is important that all students be at school all day. Make sure that appointments are scheduled around testing dates.

Testing Schedule

State FAST Testing Schedule

  • January 17th: Math

Kindergarten (Nash, Turner, Klein, Palmieri, Schwartzman), 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade

  • January 18th: English Language Arts

Kindergarten (Nash, Turner, Klein, Palmieri, Schwartzman), 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade

  • January 19th: English Language Arts

Kindergarten (Viola, Loretta), 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, and 5th Grade

  • January 20th: Math

Kindergarten (Viola, Loretta), 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, and 5th Grade

Top 5 Things You Need To Know

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1. Celebrate Literacy Week: Home Activity

Happy New Year, PME Parents!

Our Literacy Week is January 23rd-27th. On Tuesday, January 24th, your family is invited to participate in PME’s At Home Leader in Me Family Night. More details about how to participate will follow in your child's Wednesday folder.

2. Vocabulary Parade: Friday, January 27th: 2:00-2:30 in the Bus Loop

To celebrate Literacy Week, Pelican Marsh will host a school-wide Vocabulary Parade on Friday, January 27th. Students are encouraged to create hats, props, and other clothing and display a vocabulary word or phrase that helps to provide meaning for their word or phrase. Our theme this year is Take a Deep Dive Into Literacy. Ocean or water themed vocabulary words are encouraged but not required. Grade level specific categories were chosen as the focus for students to determine their word or phrase. To support students’ feelings of safety and security in our building, no weapons, dangerous looking items, or masks are permitted to accompany an outfit to represent the vocabulary word.

Please understand that you do NOT have to buy anything new for this event. Instead, be creative! Make paper ears, a hat or t--shirt to represent your word. Students should have their word or phrase prominently stated on a name tag or in some other way on them. Search the dictionary, pull out the thesaurus or consider using something new that you learned in class. Students should bring their signs, props, special clothing to wear or carry during the parade to school on Friday. Please DO NOT send students to school dressed ready for the parade. Classroom teachers will provide ample time for students to get ready.

Talk with your child about how he or she would like to participate in the event and mark your calendars! If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher. Thank you for joining us as we embark on this new journey with words. We cannot wait to see all our vocabulary word wizards!

3. Parent Survey

We are seeking your input. PME is in the beginning stages of our Leader in Me Journey. Leader in Me is centered around 3 pillars: leadership, culture and academics. This year students have participated in clubs, set goals and tracked their progress in leadership binders, and learned more about the 7 Habits. As we plan, we welcome your input. Please click the link below to participate.

PME Leader in Me Family Survey

4. Invitation from Pine Ridge Middle School to 5th Grade Parents

Parents of current 5th grade students are invited to attend an informational meeting on January 19th at 6:30 P.M. at Pine Ridge Middle School. The Deputy and Assistant Principal will be facilitating a discussion and sharing important information about current issues impacting teenagers and soon-to-be teenagers.

5. Yearbook: Order Due by April 3rd

Yearbooks On Sale!

**5th Grade Students DO NOT need to order a yearbook.**

Our amazing PTO is purchasing a yearbook for each 5th grade student as an end of elementary school gift. If you have already purchased a yearbook for your 5th grader, we will be reimbursing your order. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Fike

Yearbook will be sold ONLINE ONLY this school year

Check/Money Order/Cash will not be accepted

How to Purchase your 2022-2023 Yearbook

1. Please visit

2. Find our school using the school ID: 14790423

  • See flyer below for information about purchasing a Business or Recognition Ad.
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Upcoming Community Event

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Thank you to our PME families for all of the generous book donations for our second annual Believe N Books book drive. Thanks to your donations, earlier this week we were able to deliver over 1,000 books to Grace Place for them to use for their upcoming Family Literacy Day to share the love of reading with others in our community!

Save the date for our second Market at the Marsh, February 6-10, to celebrate the end of the second quarter with the opportunity to reward students for their hard work with small items ($1-$4) available for purchase. If you are interested in volunteering to support the shop, please email

Second Grade Garden Lessons will begin later this month! We are so fortunate to have our own PME garden, and there are many volunteer opportunities available from supporting the weekly lessons to morning garden maintenance. If you are interested in helping in the PME garden, email

Girls on the Run is back for a Spring season! Registration is open to PME girls in grades 3-5, practices take place Mondays and Wednesdays after school, and the season will begin the week of February 20th. Go to for more information or to register.

If you would like to become a Pelican Sponsor and have a banner hanging on the school fence, please contact Holly at

Thank you to all our current sponsors!


Anchor Associates, Inc.

Gulfcoast Foot and Ankle Specialists

Investment Properties Corp. of Naples

Lighting Drone, Reed Digital

Manring Brothers, Compass Realty

Outlier Jets

Pediatric Dentistry of Naples

Responsive Insurance

UBS Private Wealth Management


Campbell Orthodontics

Cogent Bank

EZ Ledger, Inc.

Reed Orthodontics

Summit Wealth Partners, LLC

Willis & Davidow Attorneys at Law


Accent Cleaning Services

Il Primo Pizza & Wings

Land Rover of Naples

Law Office of Tony Lawhon

Lorna Fedelem MD & Associates

Plato’s Closet Naples

The Brace Place


Main Street Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics

Matulay’s Contractors Supply and Equipment Inc.

Progressive Gymnastics

TGA Sports Golf and Tennis

Family Sponsors

The Box Family

The Cunningham Family

The DeVries Family

The Dickson Family

The Gualdoni Family

The Johnson Family

The Lawhon Family

The Masino Family

The Norris Family

The Schultz Family

The Sherwood Family

The Stine Family

The Swarts Family

The Ullo Family

January Happenings

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Pelican Marsh Elementary

Dr. Rebecca Merhar, Principal

Mrs. Krystal Kovis, Assistant Principal