Trafalgar Gazette

December 2019


Dear Trafalgar Elementary families,

As we end 2019, I would like to thank you for your commitment to Trafalgar Elementary School. The success we have experienced since the opening of the school year owes a great deal to parents and families like yours. I wish you a restful winter break and hope you enjoy this time with your family.

Smile and Be Kind,

Mrs. Murphy


Santa Claus is coming to town!

That’s right! Santa will be at Trafalgar Elementary taking pictures with all the good boys and girls. What a wonderful gift to give to a loved one or even to display by your tree.

When: Wednesday, December 11th

Where: media center

Price: $5.00 including holiday frame (send $5.00 to your child’s teacher by 12/10)

Uniforms must be worn for pictures.

Pictures will be taken on Wednesday, December 11th and will be distributed by Wednesday, December 18th.

Say “CHEESE!” And make December 2019 a holiday to remember.

Contact Michele Stanford with any questions!


If you are available to assist with the Reindeer Run on Friday, December 13 from 7:45 to 9:00, please contact Ms. Corace.


Friday, Dec. 6th, 6-9pm

1850 Southwest 20th Avenue

Cape Coral, FL

The kids will play while the parents are away!

We will have crafts, games, cookies, hot chocolate, a movie and tons of fun!

Cost is $20.00 per child, $15.00 for each additional sibling

Ages: 5-12

RSVP is required! Limited to the first 40 children.

Questions, please contact Ms. Stanford at 239-283-3043.


Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 6pm

1850 Southwest 20th Avenue

Cape Coral, FL

Location: Cafeteria


Thursday, Dec. 19th, 12:15-2pm

1850 Southwest 20th Avenue

Cape Coral, FL

Dismissal will be at 2:00 PM since it’s a half day.


This holiday season, the best gift you can give your child is a good education. And the best place to get an education is in school. It’s tempting to extend your vacation by a few days, but remember, those days count as absences. Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time. So make sure your child is in school every day, right up until vacation starts. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning.

Did You Know?

Parents/Guardians are important partners in student attendance, so we appreciate all your help in ensuring good attendance.

  • Parents/Guardians can help students arrive on time to school, attend regularly and have a good bedtime schedule.
  • Research shows missing 10% of school or 18 days negatively impacts student academic learning.
  • A chronic absence (unexcused or excused absence) pattern is missing school two or more days in a month.
  • Please communicate with your school social worker if your child is experiencing any barriers to attendance. We are happy to help in any way we can.


Navy blue logo embroidered zip hoodies are for sale $25
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The Trafalgar Elementary School Competitive Lego Club would love parent volunteers for Monday meetings from 2:00-3:00 PM and for competitions. Contact Bob Learsch at or Tom Alotta at


The drama department needs your help! If you can donate large pieces of cardboard, it would be greatly appreciated!


On Thursday, December 12th, the cafeteria staff will serve a Winter Meal Brunch for the kids. Every student that goes through the lunch line on this day will receive a red drawstring bag.


Please be reminded of the guidelines for medication administration at school:

*It is highly recommended that all prescription and/or Over the Counter medications be given at home. If a student has an illness or chronic health condition that requires medications during school hours, guidelines must be followed:

*Both parent and doctor must sign the med administration form -the doctor’s written orders-- which is available in the school clinic.

*Medication, including refills, MUST be delivered to the clinic by the parent.

*Students MAY NOT transport meds.

*Meds must be in a pharmacy container, labeled with child’s name—ask the pharmacy to label a second bottle.

*Over the Counter medications must come to the clinic unopened, sealed—purchase smallest amount needed.

*All medication, unless picked up by the parent , will be discarded on the last day of school.

*Please remember new orders are needed for meds every school year. Please call the clinic if you need any med forms to be completed with your health care provider.


Mark your calendar: Bidding on the reserved parking spots for Semester 2 will take place during the week of January 8-15.

Individuals winning the bids will be allowed to park in the parking spots from January 16, 2020 until June 3, 2020.


The holiday season is upon us. I know many families are busy decorating or will be traveling for the holidays. While visiting with grandparents or special guests, they may be excited to spend some time reading together. Parents, if you “catch” your child reading, be sure to snap a picture and send it in so your child can be featured on our “Caught Reading” board! ‘Caught Reading’ pictures are displayed on the first board as you enter the breezeway of our school. Simply snap a picture of your child reading anywhere outside of school. It could be of your child reading by a fireplace, by the tree or menorah, or snuggled in cozy pajamas. Email the picture to Ms. Bennett at Please also include your child’s name, grade, and class. We love seeing their pictures and your children love seeing themselves and their friends on display. We appreciate your encouragement of reading as students discover that books take us to new places!

Ms. Bennett


The Jeffery Johnston Stand Up for All Students Act became a law in June 2008. The School Board of Lee County has approved a Board Policy which states their guidelines for the identification and reporting of bullying, expectations for behavior, procedures and consequences regarding bullying and harassment.

In short, the School District of Lee County will not tolerate any form of bullying or harassment between students and/or adults on our school campuses. Our goal is protection of our students, and provision of a safe and nurturing educational environment for all of our students and staff.

If you have questions pertaining to Trafalgar Elementary School’s procedures for handling suspected bullying or harassment, please feel free to contact Michele Stanford, Assistant Principal or Crystal Engelhart, School Counselor.

FSA Dates-REVISED by the State of Florida (Important)

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Mission: The mission of Trafalgar Elementary School is to provide a quality education in a safe and well-managed environment.