Cape Elementary: Seahawk Sentinel

October 1, 2020

Cape's Mission & Vision

Mission: To provide a safe and supportive learning community where every student experiences success.

Vision: We believe that the most promising strategy for achieving the mission of Cape Elementary is to develop our capacity to function as a professional learning community.

Message from Ms. Osterholm and Mrs. Sund

Hi Cape Families,

Welcome back, everyone! We are extremely impressed with the first several weeks at Cape Elementary. Our face-to-face students have entered the building and adapted to all of the safety guidelines we have been asked to follow, while at the same time, our Lee Home Connect students are engaging with our in-school and remote teachers. Thank you for your ongoing support and collaboration during the opening weeks. We know the recent times have been challenging in many ways, but we sincerely hope that your first four weeks of school have brought some normalcy to your child’s world.

As always, we encourage you to please continue to refer to the Lee County School website; our school website,; and our social media pages (Facebook and Twitter) for additional information. Please also look in this newsletter for additional information. We will continue to utilize School Messenger, our district-wide automated communication system to keep families updated as well.

We want to say a special thank you to our PTO and our community members for their support in our opening weeks at Cape Elementary. PTO purchased lanyards for students to use to clip on their masks and AR plastic folders. They also purchased lunch for our staff, staff shirts and much, much more. Cape Coral First United Methodist Church donated over 50 book bags filled with school supplies. We are also grateful for an anonymous backpack donation this summer, and a special shout-out to Kristy Blizzard, the lifestyle director at Sandoval who delivered supplies donated by the Sandoval community for our Cape kids as well. Thank you also to Cape VIneyards Community Church who donated snacks and treats for our entire staff to start the year off right.

We want to thank each of you for your continued support of Cape Elementary and wish you and your family good health and a continued smooth school year. Please email or call us if you have any questions or concerns.


Ms. Osterholm and Mrs. Sund

If Your Child is Sent Home from School-COVID Symptoms

Please review the form below. This form is sent home with students who present with one or more symptoms related to COVID-19. Please be aware that if your child is exhibiting any of the listed symptoms keep them home. If you send your child to school ill or they become ill while at school and are sent home with this letter, your child cannot return to school until 24 hours symptom free (without medication) AND must have written clearance to return from your child's doctor. Thank you for your attention to this important matter!
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Home Connect Model: What is my Role as a Parent?

By promoting a positive virtual learning environment, you can provide your

child a sturdy foundation for future learning.

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PTO News!

The 2020-2021 school year has officially begun! This year looks a lot different for everyone including the PTO. You might have noticed that our annual Yankee Candle Fundraiser hasn't happened. Yankee Candle no longer has a Fundraiser division and with the uncertainty surrounding the start of the school year we decided to postpone the Fall fundraiser. This is the only major fundraiser PTO holds during the year. All money raised goes directly back to our school, classrooms and students. We're brainstorming to come up with creative fundraisers to help support the programs funded by the PTO. Currently in the works is an online silent auction of donated items, school experiences and the coveted VIP parent pick up parking spots to be held in October or November. Please be on the lookout for future messages from PTO with information on this event and with other ways to support us. With your support, the 2020-2021 school year will be a success even with limited fundraising opportunities!

Our first PTO/SAC meeting of the year will be held on Wednesday, October 14th at 6:00pm via Zoom. We hope to see many of you on the call. The PTO Board has three vacancies that need to be filled and it is our hope that will be accomplished at this meeting. Our success is dependent on parents who are willing to step up and fill these seats. It is imperative that these positions be filled or the PTO will be forced to dissolve. If you are interested in becoming a part of our PTO Board, please email Amy Gabel at We are grateful for all of the time & effort that our past board members have contributed and look forward to welcoming new members!

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Out of Field Teachers

Florida State Statute 1012.42 recognizes that teachers at times must be assigned duties in a class outside the field in which the teacher is certified. The following teacher at Cape Elementary School is engaged in training to add the endorsement English as a Second Language to her current certificate.

Carrie Troxell

We LOVE our Business Partners

C21 Gulf Coast Realty

Jim Fischer

Quality Pest Control

Cape Coral First United Methodist Church

Vineyards Community Church (Cape Coral)

Horace Mann Insurance

Walmart (FM Beach Store)


Papa John's Pizza



Rib City

Cici's Pizza


Dominoes Pizza


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Lee County School Board

Board Members of the LCSD:

Mary Fischer, District 1 (Chair)

Debbie Jordan, District 4 (Vice Chair)

Melisa W. Giovannelli, District 2

Chris N. Patricca, District 3

Gwynetta S. Gittens, District 5

Betsy Vaughn, District 6

Cathleen O'Daniel Morgan, District 7

Gregory K. Adkins, Ed.D.