Gemini Elementary Geminews

March 10, 2023


Sunday-March 12th- Daylight Savings Time- Spring Forward One Hour

Monday-Friday- March 13th-March 17th- Spring Break/ School will be closed.

Monday-March 20th- Student Holiday

Dear Parents,

We would like to take this time and wish you all a Very Happy Spring Break Holiday. Everyone has been working so hard this semester and we are all ready for this much needed break. We hope your family has a great time making some great Spring Break memories. Take time to relax, recharge and enjoy your time together.

We all know that when we return from Spring Break, we will be pushing into our final nine weeks of school. This time of year brings about excitement and some anxiety. Please take a little time this break talking with your child about a couple things. We are experiencing more and more discipline referrals coming from the classrooms and the lunchroom in reference to disrespect, disruption and willful disobedience. Please review with your child the School Board Policies on Discipline (School Board Policy #5600) and Dress Code (School Board Policy #5511) along with the Student Code of Conduct.

School Board Policies:

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Student Code of Conduct:

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As always, thank you for your support of our great school.

Mrs. Carver and Mrs. Rosado

Gemini Has Strong Showing at the Brevard Regional Science Fair!

Congratulations to all the incredible student scientists that competed in the South Area Regional Science and Engineering Fair on March 9, 2024. Students impressed the judges with their knowledge of the scientific and engineering processes. They competed in 10 different categories and won awards in all of them. Here are the big winners from the fair:

Dylan Stovall – 1st place Physics, Best of Show Science Division, Lockheed Martin Innovative Scientist Award

Carina Frey – 1st place Engineering Mechanics, Best of Show Engineering Division, Lockheed Martin Innovative Engineering Award

Lindsay Beerensson – 1st place Animal Sciences

Cassis Kroll – 1st place Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brevard Zoo Citizen Scientist Award, Triple L Lagoon Learning Award

Hailey Olinski – 1st place Environmental Engineering, League of Women Voters Triple L Award

Maggie McNall – 1st place Computer Science Coding

Ella Drapeau – 5th place Chemistry

Eloise Roddenberry – 4th place Human Behavioral Sciences

Declan Bradley – 5th place Plant Sciences

Caitlin Clune – 5th place Environmental Engineering

Caleb Gowen – 2nd place Robotics and Intelligent Machines, Lockheed Martin Innovative Computer Scientist Award

Dylan McManus – 3rd place Robotics and Intelligent Machines

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Hugh Shout Out to Mr. Cohen

Thank you, Mr. Cohen, for your unwavering dedication to the entire Science Fair process. Your time, patience, organization and vison for the Science Fair Experience is simply amazing. We are so grateful to you!

Gemini Team!

New Club Opportunites

Gemini is looking to add two new clubs. Friendship Club will be offered to grades K-3 and Chess Club will be offered to all grades.

Please review the attached PDF's for more information regarding meeting dates, times and sign ups.


Please take a moment to review our current cell phone or wireless communication device contract. The board policy is also attached for review. Student cell phones will be kept in silent/vibrate mode and placed into the backpacks during the school day, unless used for instructional purposes and approved by the teacher. Smart watches must also be placed in silent/vibrate mode during the school day. Students are not permitted to text on their watches during the school day. Please contact the front office if you need to relay a message to your child.


We are proud to support the New Worlds Reading Initiative, a program that helps young children discover the power of their imaginations through a love of reading. Your child may be eligible to receive free books and literacy resources each month of the school year through our free at-home program. Learn more:

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Our very own Officer Bradley will be shaving his head on March 18th on the Melbourne Beach Police/ Fire and Friends Team to Conquer Kids' Cancer. The event will be at the Avenues in Viera on March 18th from 12-5 pm. Click the button below to donate to his team. Come out on that day to support Officer Bradley!!!

Garden Club

School Garden Project Updates

• Potato Towers – Green leaves are multiplying as the potatoes continue to grow! Once the leaves turn brown the potatoes will be ready to harvest!

• Cabbage Weigh Off

The cabbages continue to amaze us as they are growing to epic proportions! The fact that these cabbages were started from tiny seeds planted by our very own Gemini students is incredible! Cabbage weigh-off to follow spring break.

• Worm Farm - Worms, worms & more worms! Three farms have been started. 1rst, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Grades were able to see the worm farm presentation and learn all about the benefits of composting food waste & paper with worms. You can imagine the variety of reactions from students as a ball of 500 worms was pulled out of the bag Willing participants were able to hold, touch, and name the worms while learning how to be good worm caretakers. All worm castings and liquid from the farms is being used as natural fertilizer in the garden. Students will have the opportunity to care for the farms on Green Thumb Thursdays.

Volunteers: Thank you to the few consistent volunteers helping with the gardens! PLEASE NOTE: For Students from each grade to continue to participate in the garden on Green Thumb Thursdays, parent volunteers will be required to contribute 1 to 3 hours per week for each grade. (See Sign Up Genius Link below).

There are now 3 gardens to water and maintain: Big Garden on North side of school, Mr. Meisenburg’s Music Garden, and the Kindergarten Garden.

Volunteer Opportunities Include:

*Green Thumb Thursday student guidance (Join us any time for 1 or more hours between 9:30AM and 2:00PM) You may sign in as a visitor along with our designated garden volunteers.

*Watering seedlings, cabbage bins, & potato towers in Big Garden

*Weeding Music Garden

*Watering Music Garden

*Clean up the kindergarten flower boxes

*Help organize Kindergarten Garden events now that the playground is open (Yeah!)

Garden Volunteer Sign-Up Genius link: Gemini Garden Club: Garden Watering (

Contact Sonya Ostensen 352-428-7782 with any volunteer questions or to be added to the Gemini Garden Club Group Text.

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Morning Mile

Congratulations to 3rd grader Fallon Hawkins for achieving 100 miles this week! Fallon is a regular on the field zipping around with her friends and family. It was great to see her run cheered on by her teacher, classmates, and family. Way to go!

Come support Morning Mile by participating in the Pirate Plunder 2 miler on Saturday, April 1. Gemini is in second place currently with two races to go in the series. We need everyone! All participants 14 and under earn points for Team Gemini. Youth registration is $20 with a no shirt/no medal option for only $10. Every race you run will earn credit for 25 laps (straws) and a fun charm for your Morning Mile necklace.

Pirate Plunder 2 miler - April 1

Run for the Gecko 5k - May 13

Morning Mile is FREE and all students at Gemini are automatically signed up. We hope you will come and join us 7:15-7:45 on the field just south of Gemini. No need to be on time, just show up anytime before the first bell. You can get notified about details regarding Gemini’s Morning Mile Program through the Remind App - text @dee9f2f to 81010 or go to Questions - email Melissa McNall at

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PTO News

2023-24 PTO Executive Board Nominations

PTO elections are coming up. Want to be a part of a dynamic team and make a positive impact

on Gemini's teachers, students, parents and community members? Consider nominating

yourself or another highly-qualified candidate for Gemini's 2023-24 PTO Executive Board.

All positions are open for the upcoming school year. All nominations are due by April 7th.

Here is the nomination form link:

Thank you,

2023 PTO Nomination Committee

JetStar Sensory Path

Ms. Conley, together with the PTO, is working on creating a Sensory Path for our JetStars. If you are available and interested in volunteering your time Tuesday, March 14th from 9:00 am-1:00 pm, we could use your help painting the pathway. If you are interested in helping, please call Melissa at 1-704-299-0858.
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Yearbook AD and ORDER information!

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