Manatee Moments

Today's Learners - Tomorrow's Leaders

March 2021

March 3, 2021

Dear Manatee Families,

We are having an exciting first week of March at Manatee as we celebrate Read Across America week with some student dress up days, Drop Everything and Read challenges and our daily “Word Collector” vocabulary collections! Our students are collecting some amazing words such as… anomaly, superstitious, advantageous, perfection, influential, etc. Ask your child what new words he/she has collected this week! Last week, we also celebrated the 60% of our students who “leveled up” and met their quarterly iReady WIG (Wildly Important Goal)!

As we approach Spring Break (March 15-19), we are all remembering leaving for our break at this time last year and not coming back to school for a very long time! We know this is causing a little anxiety for some of our students so please work with us to reassure your child that we will continue to follow our safety protocols and will be excited to see them back after our one-week break!

Have a wonderful month of March and thank you for continuing to encourage your children to do their best as we wind down our third quarter and move into the final stretch of our school year!

Dr. Laurie Mearsheimer

Principal, Manatee Elementary

Important Dates

March 2021

March 2 - SAC/PTO 5:30PM at Manatee

March 5 - Spring Picture Day Dress Your Best for Dr. Seuss!

March 12 - PTO PJ or Comfy Clothes for $1

March 15-19 - Spring Break; No School

March 26 - End of Quarter 3

March 29 - Teacher Plan Day; Virtual Learning Day for Students

April 2021

April 2 - No School

April 6 - Progress Reports Published

April 6 - SAC/PTO at Manatee

April 13-14 - 3rd Grade FSA ELA

April 20 - 4th & 5th Grade FSA ELA Writing

April 20 - 3rd Grade i-Ready Diagnostic 3

April 21 - Early Dismissal 11:50AM

April 27 - 3rd Grade SAT 10

Academic Updates


The fun is not over yet, we are planning a SEUSS-tastical celebration for Read Across America week. Happy Reading! Support our media center by purchasing a Stovetop hat for $4.

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Here We Grow!

Thanks to the generosity and expertise of our “Fairy Garden Father”, Mr. Poklemba, our school garden is simply bursting great greens! A few of the raised beds and planters were discovered by a family of rabbits. We learned that the rabbits are especially fond of lettuce and green beans. In the month of March, we’ll be learning about Florida potatoes. Here We Grow Manatee!


Home Support - Flash Cards (Grades 2-5)

Strong number sense, the ability to understand, relate, and connect numbers, supports long term success in mathematics. This includes fluency with basic math facts. Fluency occurs when students are able to provide mathematically correct answers relatively quickly and easily. All students in grades 2-5 have been provided with sets of math fact flashcards to be used for daily practice both at school and at home. The video link provides information for parents and families on how to support building fact fluency with their student as well as suggestions for productive and engaging practice that can be done at home.

· English link:

· Spanish link:

· Creole link:

3rd Grade Math Mania

Math Mania is a fun challenge designed to review important math concepts. Students participate every Tuesday and Wednesday. Ask your third grader how many Waggle points and gems they have earned!

Number Ninjas (Mr. Santiago, Mrs. Hargie, & Mrs. Stogner)


÷ and Conquer (Ms. Murphy, Mrs. Poklemba, & Mr. Gonzalez)

Kindness Week

Many students have written kindness notes this week to students in Texas in an effort to bring them some sunshine. One student even wrote 60 notes! We will be mailing them to schools in Beaumont, Austin, and Houston this week.

February's Habit Heroes

Kindergarten: Emmanuel A, Roodensky N, Gerardo H, Brianna R, Jane B

1st Grade: Hunter M, Melissa F, Mardoche L, Marcell R, Alize M

2nd Grade: Shamaika B, David U, Mylah G, Elias L, Alaya G

3rd Grade: Angel C, Easton P, Victoria G-P

4th Grade: Jayden O, Marthe E, Lizeth O, Debbie V-G, Yulisa H, Gianna A

5th Grade: Tyler N, Marcus J, Joshua P, Reneesha J, Ever R


Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

Student Jean's Day every Friday:

$1 = students can wear jeans with a Manatee Spirit Shirt

While supplies last, PTO is selling the following merchandise:

Manatee mask, lunchbox, bottle, lanyards, and hoodies (see pics below)

Leaders Lighting the Way Embroidered Polo Shirts $20 (see form below)

March Fundraiser: Shamrock Necklaces $1

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2020-2021 Yearbook “Love Lines”

Send your child a “Love Line”… a little message to be printed in the yearbook. It can be words of encouragement, congratulations, or just heart-felt feelings. Make your love line as exciting and individualized as your child. You may include a picture or graphics. See flyer from Wednesday folders. $10.00 (check or cash), by Tuesday, March 23, 2021.

Please make checks payable to Manatee Elementary School PTO.

Extra 2019-2020 Yearbooks For Sale

We still have 2019-2020 Yearbooks available for $15. Please contact the Front Office at 377-7600 if you are interested in purchasing one.

Leader in Me

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Important Reminders

Accessing Report Cards and Interims

Navigate to

Enter the username: student's number = lunch number

Enter the password: PreK-Grade 2 - enter the number 1; Grades 3-5 enter child's birth month and day as four digits. Ex. January 7, 2009 would be entered as 0107

Under your child's picture, click Reports Tab

The link can be viewed as a PDF or downloaded and saved

Daily Requirements

A friendly reminder regarding our school dress code and uniform policy. Jeans are only allowed on Fridays when students bring $1 for our PTO fundraiser. On all other days, students are required to wear the school uniform of Navy or Tan pants, shorts or skirts.

Please be reminded as well that this year masks and ID lanyards are also required as part of the daily uniform.

We appreciate your support in ensuring that students come to school every day in appropriate dress code, with masks and lanyards.

Face Coverings

Given the current recommendation by the Florida Department of Health-Collier, (FLDOH-Collier), all face coverings, including gaiter/buffs, should be a minimum of two layers. For gaiters and buffs, this may mean doubling over by the wearer. Thank you for your attention to these guidelines.


Just a reminder - laptops are still CCPS property and need to be cared for responsibly.

Pursuant to Rule 27 of the District’s Code of Student Conduct, students are responsible for the cost of repair or replacement of District property in their possession such as a laptop or other electronic device. The rule provides the following:


  • Students are expected to take good care of school property. Students must assume full responsibility for the care of school property available to them. This includes, but is not limited to textbooks, uniforms, equipment, electronic devices, or library books. These items are issued by school personnel and must be returned to the same person upon completion of the school year or withdrawal from school. Responsibility for the property rests with the student to whom the property is issued.

The cost to repair or replace laptops for irresponsible damage is as follows:

  • Power adapter $48.00
  • Keyboard $95.00
  • Screen $231.00
  • Laptop Total Replacement $586.00

Bus Riders

Does your Manatee ride a bus?

Check out the "Where's the Bus" app. Information from CCPS about this resource can be found at

Need help finding your bus route? Click the link below for details.

Nutrition Services Information

Vicki Pigott, Manatee Nutrition Manager


Curbside Meal Pickup Locations

Starting Tuesday, January 5th, 2021

Elementary School: 8:30am to 9:00am (Tuesday and Friday)

***Breakfast and lunch continue to be free at this time***

Apply for Free/Reduced Lunch: Applications are still being accepted to continue free/reduced lunches.

Add money to your child's lunch account:

MySchoolBucks is a website for parents to pay for their child's school meals using a credit or debit card. With this service, parents can also view a child's purchases and set up automatic email reminders to be notified when payment is needed.



Registration for all Kindergarten through 12th grade students NEW to the district will be online.

Attention MES Volunteers

Although volunteers are currently NOT allowed on campus during school hours, there are some steps you can do now to make the transition back on campus easier.

Please sign up to be a MES volunteer by:

1. Completing and/or updating your volunteer application with the Collier County School District. Even if you were a volunteer last year, this needs to be done every year.

2. All volunteers need to read the volunteer handbook. Volunteers will sign an acknowledgment form provided by the school once we return to campus.