Little Indian Updates

Spring Edition

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Dear VBE Families,

Spring is a very busy time for our TRIBE as Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) testing is continuing. These tests are aligned to the Florida State Standards for English and Mathematics, which Florida adopted in 2010 to describe what knowledge and skills students need to be well prepared for college and careers. The assessment provides multiple question types to better measure what a child knows and is able to do at the end of each grade level. In the classroom, students are now expected to think more critically and problem solve more frequently. With FSA, students will be measured against these higher expectations on the test. Instead of a multiple-choice-only test, students will be asked to explain their answers, write essays, and more.

If you would like more information, please visit the Florida Department of Education website at This site is the best source for information about the FSA test. If you have questions related to this test administration or your child’s participation, you may contact Ms. Moree, the test coordinator at 772- 564-4559.

Also, we ask that you please make sure your student is well rested, eats a healthy breakfast, and arrives to school on time during testing days. It is important for every child to take the FSA tests. It is important for you and your student to understand the following policies before testing:

■ Electronic Devices—If your student is found with ANY electronic devices during testing, his or her test will be invalidated, which means it will not be scored. The best practice would be for students to leave devices at home on the day of testing.

■ Academic Honesty—Your student will be asked to sign a pledge prior to testing that says… I agree that I will not give or receive unauthorized help during this test. I understand that giving or receiving such help during the test is cheating and will result in the invalidation of my test results. In addition, students are responsible for protecting their answers from being seen by others. If students are caught cheating during testing, their tests will be invalidated.

■ Leaving Campus—If your student leaves campus before completing the test (for lunch, an appointment, illness, etc.), he or she WILL NOT be allowed to complete the test. If your student does not feel well on the day of testing, it may be best for him or her to stay home and wait to be tested on a make-up day. Please also be mindful to not schedule appointments on testing days.

Most Sincerely,

Cynthia Emerson

Principal and Lead Learner, Vero Beach Elementary

Save the Dates - 2019 State Assessments

This year, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will take all of their state assessments paper-pencil, within a much shorter testing window. Please mark your calendars now for the testing days. Student attendance on these days is so important! We want ALL of our Little Indians to be able to showcase all that they have learned this year!

3rd Graders:

April 2nd and 3rd: English Language Arts (Reading)

May 6th and 7th: Math

4th Graders:

April 2nd: English Language Arts (Writing)

May 1st and 2nd: English Language Arts (Reading)

May 6th and 7th: Math

5th Graders:

April 2nd: English Language Arts (Writing)

May 1st and 2nd: English Language Arts (Reading)

May 6th and 7th: Math

May 8th and 9th: Science

To Our Little Indian Families

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Celebrate Literacy Week!

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VBE is doing a school-wide book study of the Sean Covey Best Seller, "7 Habits of Happy Kids."

Join us on our journey as we learn the habits to make us happy and productive!
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Extra copies of our ONE SCHOOL ONE BOOK are available for check out in the media center.

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7 Habits of Happy Kids Schedule

March 4th- March 15th

Habit 1- "Be Pro-active"

March 25th- March 29th

Habit 2- Begin with the End in Mind

April 1st- April 5th

Habit 3- Put First Things First

April 8th- April 12th

Habit 4- Think Win-Win

(planned by 2nd)

April 15th- April 19th

Habit 5- Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

April 22- April 26th

Habit 6- Think Win-Win

April 29th- May 3rd

Habit 7- Synergize

Attendance Matters!!!

Attendance Update:

What is habitual truancy?

When a student has a total of fifteen (15) unexcused absences within ninety (90) calendar days, with or without knowledge and consent of parents/guardians/he will be considered habitually truant. Parents will be notified of the excessive absences and the intent to notify the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, if appropriate. When students are truant, they may be subject to having a truancy petition filed. Please note that this may happen under state statute if the student has:

1) At least five (5) unexcused or unexplained absences within a calendar month

2) Ten (10) unexcused or unexplained absences within a ninety (90) calendar day period

3) More than fifteen (15) unexcused absences within a ninety (90) calendar day period

Additional Attendance Processes

Parents have the right to challenge attendance records by providing documentation that may change the status of an absence. Challenges must be made within the grading period in which the absence occurred. After the documentation is submitted and reviewed, final decision rests with the principal. Any student who, due to a specifically identifiable physical or mental impairment, exceeds or may exceed the district's limit on excused absences, is referred for eligibility evaluation under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

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Stay up to date with all of the incredible things happening at VBE with our school calendar, Class Dojo, and social media!

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Relay for Life - Ms. Wauters

This is a very busy time for all of us here at VBE as we work tirelessly for our kiddos - giving it all we've got. In lieu of having to buy/cook something during this busy time, we are asking for a monetary donation.

Donate Here: Type "Vero Beach Elementary" in the search box to contribute. You may donate any amount you deem appropriate. If we all donated $5, we would beat our 2018 fundraising amount!