Cape Elementary: Seahawk Sentinel

February 7, 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.

Dear Cape Elementary Families,

February is the month when we celebrate and remember those who make our days immeasurably richer. We receive hugs, smiles and hear proud words about recent achievements from our students daily. The joys they share with us are the highlights of our days! The teachers at Cape are to be commended for their dedication to enriching and meeting our students’ academic and social needs. Our support staff members including our paraprofessionals, office staff, cafeteria teams, and custodial crew give willingly to make sure our students, families and teachers are supported in their educational journey. You, as parents, are our partners, constantly offering your support wherever needed. We are all members of the Cape family, and it is that family that ensures fulfillment of our common goal, creating life-long learners.

Each year our students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade participate in the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) for reading, math, writing and science. The specific dates and tests Cape will administer are included in this newsletter. Please mark your calendars now. On Wednesday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m. we invite our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade parents to learn more about the FSA.

Thanks to all the parents who attended our Student-Led Conferences. It was great to see students sharing their goals and learning at SLC! February and March are busy months with events including Grandparents Days, Book Fair, PTO Community Yard Sale, Daddy-Daughter Dance and Read Across America Week. Please take a minute to review dates and times. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for reminders of events.

Safety continues to be a focus at Cape Elementary. We appreciate all the parents who walk their tardy students into the front office in the morning. We also thank parents for keeping their phone numbers, addresses and email addresses up to date. Remember, all communication, including emergency communication, will now go through School Messenger. We send messages about once a week via phone and email. If you have not received messages, we do not have your correct information.

We continue to be thankful to lead Cape each day.


Ms. Osterholm and Mrs. Sund

Attendance Matters....Did You Know?

Chronic absenteeism of 15 days or more impacts students:

  • Chronic absences may prevent children from reaching early learning milestones.
  • Irregular attendance can be a better predictor of whether students drop out before graduation than test scores.
  • Frequent absences from school can shape adulthood.

How can parents/guardians help with chronic absences:

  • Set attendance goals with your child and track your child’s attendance on a calendar.
  • Help your child get a good night’s sleep.
  • Prep the night before to streamline your child’s morning.
  • Try to schedule dental or medical appointments before or after school if possible.
  • Try to schedule extended trips during school breaks.
  • Talk to your child about the reasons they do not want to go to school and know there is help at school.
  • If your child has chronic health issues talk with your child’s pediatrician about developing a school action plan.
  • Keep track of your child’s absences and investigate the reasons when the days missed add up.

Always know there is help at school. Please visit for additional information on how attendance correlates to learning.

PTO News

Thank you to everyone who volunteered and pledged to our second PTO Fun Run. Cape students ran 8,725 laps! The money pledged will be used for fun assemblies, trips, and activities around Cape Elementary. Please keep in mind pledge money is due Friday, February 7th.

Our next PTO meeting will be on Wednesday, February 5th at 6:00 pm in the library. Please join us for a light dinner and get the latest happenings from PTO.

Our PTO Movie Night is rescheduled to Friday, February 7th where we will be showing Lion King in the PE field. Bring some chairs and blankets to cuddle up and enjoy snacks for sale.

Upcoming events for March: Our second annual yard sale will be held on Saturday, March 7th at Cape Elementary on the bus ramp. You can rent a space for $20, and then all the profits you make are yours. Please keep an eye out for more information to come.

We look forward to our upcoming activities in the second half of the school year and always appreciate the parents and families who donate their time and help to our events. Thank you and we hope to see everyone soon!

If you have any questions please email us at and follow us on Facebook at CapeElementaryPTO.

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.