Cape Elementary: Seahawk Sentinel

March 2, 2021

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

Dear Cape Families,

As educators and parents, we have the awesome responsibility of helping our children to become the best that they can be. We achieve this by working together and sharing with our parents. Our Cape kids are the best because of our strong partnership. We want to thank our PTO and parents who supported our Fun Run. It was a huge success and Cape has ordered a new playground for our students that will arrive in late April.

We had forty families attend our PTO and SAC meeting last month. We appreciate your support and once again apologize for the district staff not attending our meeting to discuss the four proposed proximity plans. We have secured Thursday, March 25th at 6:00 via Zoom for a Proximity Plan meeting with the district staff. You may go to Lee County Proximity Plan to learn more.

We continue to make improvements to our campus. Cape was painted over winter break and is also getting a new air conditioning chiller system for most of the campus. In the next several months all of the outside lighting will be replaced.

We want to take this opportunity to tell you about the safety protocols that are in place every day here at Cape Elementary:

  • Officer Ed Schilff from the Cape Coral Police Department is on our campus each day as our School Resource Officer. A replacement SRO is sent when he is off campus.

  • We have sixty-four cameras around our campus.

  • Doors and gates around our school properties are checked routinely by our School Resource Officer, Ed Schilff, throughout the day to ensure that they are securely locked.

  • All visitors must enter through the main office entrance and bring photo identification to all events.

  • Our office has a video entrance system on the front doors. Visitors will need to present identification to be buzzed into the office.

  • Our school district has an extensive safety plan that covers multiple situations that could arise. Our teachers are familiar with Cape procedures and protocols when it comes to those plans and participate in training during the school year. Our safety plan is continuously evolving and changing to address different and various situations that could occur.

  • We maintain a very close relationship with our local law enforcement. They also play a part in monitoring our schools to make certain that our security meets the highest standards. They help us do walk-throughs of our buildings and then provide us with feedback of what we are doing well and areas where we might need improvement.

  • We conduct monthly drills, which include fire, evacuation, full lockdown and severe weather. We want our staff to know what to do in the event of a real situation.

  • We will use School Messenger to communicate to parents during an emergency.

Please know that our foremost priority is always the health and safety of our students and staff. We continue to follow all CDC and district guidelines for COVID-19 and will communicate as the Pandemic Task Force updates the guidelines. We share the concerns of the community, and we want you to be able to feel safe when your children are here with us. When it comes to the safety of our children, there can be no compromise.

Cape Elementary is a special place to work. We are thankful for our parents, students and staff. Please call or email us if you have any questions or concerns. We are happy to assist in any way we can.


Ms. Osterholm and Mrs. Sund

Proximity Plan Meeting Rescheduled

Thursday, March 25th at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. Link will be emailed to all Cape families closer to the date. The district contact apologizes for not attending our PTO/SAC meeting last month. Students will earn 25 Cape-ables if parent attends the 35 minute meeting.

Yearbooks for Sale!

Yearbooks are on sale for $10 until Friday, March 26th. Link to purchase a yearbook:

Love Note flyer attached below. Please note that Yearbooks and Love Notes must be purchased separately. If you are paying by check, you must submit separate checks made payable to Cape Elementary.

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Advertise your Business at Cape Elementary!

For $250 you can hang your business banner (4 x 6 feet) at our Parent Pick Up ramp and for another $100 you can have a second banner on the bus ramp fence. Call Cape Elementary if you have any questions.

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Message From Your School Social Worker, Erin Dalla Costa!

Families and students have faced many challenges this school year, and families may be experiencing housing and food insecurity.

  • Families experiencing displacement in housing can contact me for help. Lee County School District provides supports to students experiencing housing insecurity. A student who is displaced in their housing is defined as any student lacking in inadequate and regular night-time residence. This includes students and families who are residing in motels or hotels, shelters, campground facilities, in a car, park and sharing housing with other families due to a lack of suitable housing or financial instability.
  • Families who are experiencing food insecurity can also contact me for community resources. My district cell number is (239) 281-3815 and my email is

The district Homeless Liaison is Sheena Torres-Nunez, and information about this program can be found at:

"Young Five" Program at Cape Next School Year!

Young Five serves as a bridge to Kindergarten by providing students time and support to develop core academic and social skills under the care and guidance of professional educators.

Young Five is designed for students who:

  • Will turn 5 years old between May 1st and Sept. 1st
  • Are developmentally young
  • Will benefit from an extra year of school prior to Kindergarten

Young Five provides younger students with a strong foundation for school success by offering:

  • Guided growth by professional educators certified and experienced in Early Childhood
  • Early exposure to Kindergarten curriculum
  • A learning environment tailored to meet developing academic and/or social needs
  • An opportunity to start school with same age children

Visit or call Cape Elementary for more information.

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We LOVE our Business Partners

C21 Sunbelt 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:

Debbie Jordan, District 4 (Chair)

Betsy Vaughn, District 6 (Vice Chair)

Mary Fischer, District 1

Melisa W. Giovannelli, District 2

Chris N. Patricca, District 3

Gwynetta S. Gittens, District 5

Cathleen O'Daniel Morgan, District 7

Gregory K. Adkins, Ed.D.