Parent Newsletter

February 2020

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Priscille Elie, Principal

Michelle Alvarez, Assistant Principal


Donna P. Korn, Chair

Dr. Rosalind Osgood, Vice Chair

Lori Alhadeff

Robin Bartleman

Patricia Good

Heather P. Brinkworth

Laurie Rich Levinson

Ann Murray

Nora Rupert

Robert W. Runcie

Superintendent of Schools

From the General Manager

Dear Staff, Parents, Students and Community:

Out with the old (January) and in with the new (February). Testing is right around the corner and as you help your child prepare for what is to come, please have your child log onto i-Ready reading and math daily. Scholars will be able to practice their reading and math skills using their assigned learning path as well as lessons assigned by their coaches. In addition, have your child read a book every night for at least 20 minutes a day. They can read a book, or have a book read to them, or listen to good reading.

Please read below all pertinent information so that you are up to date with all things Palm Cove Elementary. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @teampalmcove

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or comments. My door is always open.


Priscille Elie

Proud Principal

"On-Deck" Calendar of Events

2/3-2/7 FTE Week-Please make sure you bring your child this week-very important so that we can ensure that we secure funds for next year!

2/4 1st & 2nd Quarter Awards (K (8:15 am) & 1st grade (9:15 am) 1st & 2nd grade)

2/5 1st & 2nd Quarter Awards 2nd grade (8:15 am) & 3rd grade (9:15 am)

2/6 1st & 2nd Quarter Awards 4th grade (8:15 am) & 5th grade (9:15 am)

2/8 City of Pembroke Pines Community Peace Picnic @ CB Smith Park 11am-2pm

2/11 Interims Issued

2/14 Early Release Day/Service & Love Activities Day

2/17 No School-Happy President's Day

2/20 Now a full school day-No longer an early release day

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Revised School Year Calendar 2019-2020

A Day of Service and Love

  • BCPS Observes A Day of Service and Love on Friday, February 14, 2020, in commemoration of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy

    Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has designated Friday, February 14, 2020, as A Day of Service and Love, in commemoration of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy. It will be a day to give back to the community in honor of the 17 students and staff who were lost and those who were injured.

    A Day of Service and Love will be an early release day at BCPS and attendance by students is mandatory. Specific hours will vary by school. Schools are encouraged to engage students in activities and volunteer service projects that serve others within their schools and communities, while also raising awareness about important and meaningful causes and issues.

    A Day of Service and Love honors our fallen eagles and our families and communities impacted by this tragedy,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “We invite our entire community to be a meaningful part of the ongoing process of healing by pausing at 10:17 a.m. to honor and remember.”

    In collaboration with HandsOn Broward, the city of Parkland, the city of Coral Springs and the Interfaith Council, schools across the District will participate in activities and service projects for their schools and local communities. In addition, at 10:17 a.m., the entire District will observe a moment of silence.

    With support from hundreds of volunteers, students and staff will take part in activities and service projects at more than 230 school sites across the District, such as creating self-care spaces, landscaping gardens, painting, celebrating our local first responders and feeding families in need. Several projects are funded by Volunteer Florida’s Volunteer Generation Fund program, through the Corporation for National and Community Service. Students will receive community service hours for providing service to both their school and community as part of the Student Volunteer Service Program.

    A few highlights regarding the two-year commemoration include:

    At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School:

    • Students will begin projects at 7:40 a.m. and will dismiss at 11:00 a.m. The school will close at noon.
    • District staff and community partners will provide service-learning activities alongside MSD staff.
    • Mental health staff will be available, and the Wellness Center will be open, located on the school’s campus.
    • Therapy dogs will be available.
    • BCPS Technical Colleges will provide Services with Love to staff and students, including but not limited to manicures, massages, and healthy cooking demonstrations.

    At schools throughout the District:

    • February 14th is an early release day; attendance by students is mandatory.
    • Students will begin projects at 7:40 a.m. and operate on early release schedules on February 14, 2020. Specific hours will vary by school.
    • The District is providing guidance to school project leaders regarding the two-year Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School commemoration.
    • Schools are encouraged to participate in A Day of Service and Love and engage students in school-based activities that serve others within their schools or local community. Specific activities will vary per school or zone.
    • The entire District will observe a moment of silence at 10:17 a.m.


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Special Thanks to our SAC Parent Representative Ms. St. Hilaire and Coach Rose for representing PCE at last weekend's Annual Parent Seminar 2020

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Media Release Forms

In order for your child to participate in any activity at Broward County Public Schools, students mus have a signed Media Release on file stating that they can be photographed. All parents/guardians were encouraged to complete the Back To School (BTS) Online Forms in the beginning of the school year. Hard Copies of the Media Release were sent home with students at the beginning of the year as well. On the media Release Form or the form online, you needed to check either Choice #1 or Choice #2:

Choice #1: I WILL permit my child to be photographed, videotaped, and/or interviewed for school publications, such as school yearbooks, school newspapers, class pictures, school and /or District websites, social media, BECON TV, or for other communication tools by Broward County Public Schools or its approved vendors. I Understand the District may be required to release this information if requested by the media or other members of the public.

Choice #2: I WILL NOT permit my child to be photographed, videotaped, and/or interviewed for school publicatios, such as school yearbooks, school newspapers, class pictures, school and/or District websites, social media, BECON TV, or for other communication tools by Broward County Public Schools or its approved vendors.

The Media Release form is required for students to be recognized at our Quarterly Honor Roll and/or Perfect Attendance Awards Assemblies. Parents and community members attending take photos with their phones showcasing their child’s accomplishments. These photos of their child are then shared with their family and friends on Facebook and other social media networks.

Thank you for completing the Media Release Form and returning the form to your child’s teacher.

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and the five U.S. territories.

The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. The 2020 Census will be the first time that you will be able to respond to the census online.

Everyone counts.
The goal of this census is to count every living person in the U.S. once, only once, and in the right place. We need your help to make sure everyone in your community gets counted.

Census data are important.
The U.S. Constitution requires a census every 10 years. The results are used to determine the number of seats each state has in Congress, draw boundaries for voting districts, and determine how more than $675 billion in federal funding is spent in communities each year.

Taking part is your civic duty.
Completing the census is required; it is a way to participate in our democracy and say “I count!” Your information is confidential.

Federal law protects your responses.
Your answers can only be used to produce statistics and cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

General Reminders

  • Scholars should not be on campus before 7:30 AM. Prior to that time supervision is not available.
  • All scholars should be in uniform daily. On Friday’s scholars can wear their PCE spirit shirt with their PCE uniform bottom.
  • All scholars are required to wear their ID badges that were provided by the school. No exceptions!
  • Per district policy scholars cannot be released for early dismissal after 1:30 PM.
  • Please remember to schedule a conference with your child's teacher. In doing so you will be informed of your child's progress.
  • Please remember scholars are not permitted to bring any type of weapon to school. This includes plastic guns, BB guns, toy knives, razors etc. Please adhere to this district policy.

Title I News

School Improvement Plan

School staff and parents jointly develop the plan. It includes yearly objectives and activities that will be implemented at the school level. You can help us develop this plan by joining SAC and attending our next meeting in our Media Center. If you would like to join, please contact Coach Charpentier at 754-323-6800. DID YOU KNOW? You can review a copy of the SPAR (school performance & accountability), FSA/FCAT 2.0 and LEA Report Card (School Grades) and other assessment information at

These reports are also discussed at our monthly SAC meetings. Please join us so that you can share suggestions and remain informed.

District Parent and Family Engagement Plan

District staff and parents jointly develop the plan. The plan includes the parent activities to be implemented throughout the school year and an evaluation of last year's (2018-19) district parent program. If you would like to review a hard copy of this plan or translation is needed, please contact the Title I Program Specialist at 754-322-1410.


School and District level Section 1116 of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires each local educational agency (LEA) and school that receives funds under Title I, Part A to develop jointly with and distribute to parents of participating children, a written parent and family engagement policy/plan (PFEP). All stakeholders (teacher, parents, and faculty can view your child’s schools parent and family engagement plan on the schools website at In addition, a copy may be requested by contacting your child’s school. To view the LEA Parent and Family Engagement Plan (PFEP) for 2019-2020 follow this link: http://www.broward.k12.fl.u

Attendance Counts!

Attendance - School Board Policy 5.5: Attendance is important to student success. Broward County Schools has established a “pattern of attendance” to meet state requirements. We are required to count both excused and unexcused absences, along with tardiness and early sign-outs when determining a student’s pattern of non-attendance. A student will have a “pattern of non-attendance” if he or she is absent from school a total of 30 hours (5 days) in any one marking period or 60 hours (10 days) within 90 days. If it is determined by a school that a student has developed “pattern of non-attendance”, sanctions may be imposed. Sanctions may range, for an elementary age student, from having his or her report card withheld if they were in school for less than 25 days in a marking period, to the child’s parent being required to appear in court.

Each time your child is absent you are required to notify the school by telephone (754-323-6802) within 48 hours stating the reason for the absence. If the school is not notified the absence is considered unexcused. After attempted interventions by the school to correct unexcused absences, the Office of the State Attorney will intervene to ensure compliance with the law. We comply with the BTIP process.

Excused absences include: Student illness; Illness of an immediate family member; Death in the family; Religious holidays of student’s specific faith; Required court appearance or subpoena by a law enforcement agency; Important public functions/conferences, State/national competitions; Scheduled doctor or dentist appointment; Communicable disease or infestation which can be transmitted.

Silence Hurts

The School Board Of Broward County encourages students to report information

about any non-urgent illegal activity, such as vandalism, theft, the sale and distribution of drugs or information about crimes that are being planned. This service allows students, as well as teachers and faculty, to send anonymous tips by sending a text message from a mobile phone, email or internet source.

The following information may be utilized to contact the anonymous hotline which

is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Telephone (National Hotline) : 1-800-96-ABUSE (22873);



CALL: 754-321-0911

TEXT: ‘SBBC’ space with your text message to 274637 (CRIMES)

Charge Policy- Replacement- Food and Nutrition Service Meals

Elementary students sometimes forget their lunch money or lose it. As a courtesy to these young scholars, Food and Nutrition Services allows a child to charge one lunch. After that, the child is given a replacement meal. Please be sure to apply for lunch at

For additional information please visit

Ice cream is sold in the cafeteria on Wednesdays for $0.65.

Breakfast starts @7:30 AM and is free for all students.

Student IDs

For safety and security all students must always wear their student ID. The school will provide the ID badge. In the event the badge is lost or damaged, the school will only replace the ID for FREE two times. If a fourth student ID is issued, a $5.00 obligation will be entered into the student’s record. The obligation must be paid for via the link or with cash on Wednesdays only.

Safety Reminders

Safety and security are our top priorities.

Per district policy monthly emergency drills such as are conducted.

Parents or guardians who are picking up scholars must report to the front office and present proper identification (ID). No Exceptions!

Changes in a student's dismissal cannot be accepted over the phone. All changes involving dismissal must be in writing. The written document must be turned into the teacher or the front office. No Exceptions!

Please make sure to remember the following safety procedures:

• All visitors must report to the front office.

• All visitors must go through our STAR Visitor System.

• All visitors must have an I.D. in order to gain access to the school.

• All parents must have a car tag to pickup their child by car.

• Students will wear their I.D.s while on campus

• Parents must update their contact information with the front office.

• All students should be in uniforms.

• Consistency with dismissal is critical. Please alert the teacher and office ASAP of any changes.

• Help build your student's independence by ensuring they come to school prepared with their lunch, materials, etc. If you find it necessary to bring them the items they forgot at home, the front office will take such items.

• Early student sign-outs will cease at 1:30 p.m.

SAC/SAF Committee Meetings 2019-2020

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Dads Take Your Child to School Day
  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Math Family Night
  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019 Writing/Turkey Night
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019
  • Thursday, January 23, 2020
  • Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020 Dr. Seuss Literacy Night
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2020 Morning Meeting
  • Thursday, May 14, 2020

District’s Nondiscrimination Policy Statement 4001.1

The School Board of Broward County, Florida, prohibits any policy or procedure which results in discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. The School Board also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Individuals who wish to file a discrimination and/or harassment complaint may call the Director, Equal Educational Opportunities/ADA Compliance Department & District’s Equity Coordinator/Title IX Coordinator at 754-321- 2150 or Teletype Machine (TTY) 754-321-2158.

Classroom News


Kindergarten is looking forward to a sweet February! We will be pairing up with a Fifth Grade class for Valentine's Day to have some sweet treats, read stories, and work on activity centers. Afterwards, we will be exchanging cards and candies in our classrooms. Look for a flyer to come home soon! In Reading, we continue to work on letter names and sounds, sight words, and reading short stories with our small reading groups. We are working on writing sentences about information we learn in Social Studies and Science. In Math, our classes are breaking apart numbers and representing numbers from 11 to 20. Science is keeping us very busy understanding the concept of gravity and how objects move within a space. Please continue to read nightly with your child and complete homework.

1st Grade

February is an exciting month for our First Grade students! We will be celebrating Valentine's Day with our class by exchanging cards, having some sweet treats, and fun activities with in our classroom. In Math, we are very busy working on place value with hundreds, tens, and ones. We are exploring numbers up to 120 using base ten blocks. In Science, we are learning about living things such as plants and animals. We will investigate how plants are different from animals, how we use our senses to investigate about plants and animals, and learning the parts of plants. Finally, in reading we are busy preparing for the end of the year reading test by learning test taking strategies and continuing to focus on reading comprehension skills. Please continue to read nightly with your child and complete the activities on the monthly homework calendar.

2nd Grade

Happy February Everyone,

It's hard to believe that half of the school year has come and gone.

As you know, we have been learning and applying new concepts in all academic subjects. February marks the beginning of the third marking period and our instruction brings many exciting and continued opportunities for growing emotionally and learning new curricula.

Here's what will be happening in our classrooms:

ELA- Your child will be introduced to a variety of texts including poetry. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of characters in a story and their view points and problem and solution within a text.

Mathematics- Students will be working on understanding measurement and data.

Science- Students will be learning about and understanding the functions of human body parts (lungs, heart, stomach, muscles and skeleton) and the life cycles of plants and animals.

Important Information: Please remember to have your child go on IReady Reading and Mathematics as much as possible. Please remember to make sure all homework is completed.

Again, thank you for all you do!

The Second Grade Team

As always, we appreciate your support in and out of the school environment.

3rd Grade

The third quarter has been a very busy one for our third graders. We are diligently working as we get ready to take the Florida Standards Assessment test (FSA). In ELA, we have covered almost all the standards. We are currently working on Integration of Knowledge and Ideas in Informational Text. With this unit, students are learning how to use maps and pictures in a text to help them understand the text. Students should also be able to describe the way sentences and paragraphs use cause and effect, sequence, comparisons. In math, students are learning how to compare fractions and identified equivalent fractions. Please continue to encourage students to use online resources such as i-Ready Reading and Math.

The third-grade team would like to thank you for all your continued support as we partner together for student success.

4th Grade

As we continue to implement rigorous standard-based instructions to meet the 4th grade expectations, our students are working nonstop to improve their writing skills in both Opinion and Informative essays to prepare for the first part of the FSA ELA assessment which is Writing. The assessment date is scheduled for April 2, 2020. Your child should be able to write a well-developed four to five paragraph essay. This month in math, students will be learning how to Add and Subtract Mixed Fractions, Multiply a Whole Number by a Fraction, Add Fractions with Denominators of 10 and 100, Understand Decimals, and Comparing Decimals. In Reading, students will focusing on comparing Point of view, elements of poetry and plays, comparing poems, play, and prose. Please remember to check your child's Agendas daily.

Remember PARENT + TEACHER = SUCCESSFUL STUDENT!!!!!!! The Fourth Grade Team thanks you for all that you do!

5th Grade

It's CRUNCHTIME in 5th grade! We are working hard to prepare for Florida Standards Assessment (FSA). We have taken the Broward Standards Assessments (BSA) and are looking at students’ strengths and weakness on each standard in order to determine the instructional path needed to ensure every student with success.

An important part of getting ready for the FSA is having your child complete the required minimum of 45 minutes a week per subject on iReady. Many teachers will be using iReady to set up differentiated lessons specific to the needs of your child and closely monitoring his/her progress in those lesson.

Fifth graders will be taking the Writing portion of the FSA-ELA test on April 2, 2019. Please review your child's writing and encourage them to put forth their maximum effort. Fifth grade students will also be taking FSA Reading, FSA Math and FSA Science later this year. Writing scores are combined with Reading scores to make the FSA-ELA score so it is important for every student to do their best. Fifth grade FSA scores are very important to your child as they are routinely used for student class placements in middle school. We are committed to student achievement and encourage you to continue to be involved with your child's academic progress. Please make sure students are completing their homework nightly. Research shows that homework has is an essential component in the learning process. Parents are an important piece of the academic process and we thank you for your dedication and support to help every student achieve their highest potential.

Lastly, parents keep in mind that our upcoming field trip to JA Biztown is Tuesday, February 4th. Also, the 1st installment period for the fifth-grade end of year field trip scheduled for Friday, May 22 to Universal Islands of Adventure has closed. However, the 2nd installment period is as follows:


(2nd installment) 2/3-2/13/20 - $65.00

If you would still like for your child to attend the end of year field trip but have not paid the 1st installment, you may pay in full ($130.00) between 2/3-2/13/2020.

Thank you for all that you do and for helping us keep our motto of, “Teaming for Success!”

The School Board of Broward County, Florida, prohibits any policy or procedure which results in discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. The School Board also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Individuals who wish to file a discrimination and/or harassment complaint may call the Director, Equal Educational Opportunities/ADA Compliance Department & District’s Equity Coordinator/Title IX Coordinator at 754-321- 2150 or Teletype Machine (TTY) 754-321-2158.

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, (ADAAA) may call Equal Educational Opportunities/ADA Compliance Department at 754-321-2150 or Teletype Machine (TTY) 754-321-2158.

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