SHES Sea Turtle Times

April 2022 Newsletter

Welcome to April Sea Turtle Families!

Happy Spring SHES Families!

I hope you enjoyed your well-earned Spring Break last month and were able to spend quality time with family and friends. March was a month of great excitement! Big thanks to all who supported our Field Day, Special Olympics, and National School Breakfast Week. Students had a wonderful time and we want to thank all of our amazing PTA, parent volunteers, and staff members! You are crucial to the planning and implementation of these engaging student activities and we cannot do this without your help! April will be just as exciting – Autism Awareness, Enterprise Village and a Student Council sponsored Astro Skate Party!! We can’t wait!

But first...this upcoming week our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will be participating in FSA (Florida Standards Assessment). Please note the dates in “Mark Your Calendar” and on our website, especially if you are a parent of a 3rd through 5th grader. Be sure students are here for each testing day, on time, and well rested. We are confident that our students are well prepared and we want them to feel the same way! Your encouragement to do their best and “show what they know” will go a long way! Let’s keep working hard to stay an “A” school!!

The time is here to register for Summer Bridge Fun to keep our learning momentum going through the month of June! That’s right – 1 whole additional month! That leaves all of July for other activities and vacations! Breakfast, lunch, hands on learning and complimentary field trips are all part of Summer Bridge! Registration is easy! Just visit for information and to secure your seat. Do not hesitate to call the front office for assistance so we can help you with student registration if needed. Sign up today!

Finally families, on Tuesday, April 12th, our SAC Committee, in conjunction with our district's Prevention Department, will be offering a presentation on “How to Keep Your Child Safe Online”. It will be held via Zoom beginning at 5:30pm. If you are interested in participating, please sign up below so we can send you a link. Please note this content is designed to present to parents. How to Keep Your Child Safe Online Sign Up

Keep up the great work students and families and never hesitate to reach out if you have any questions! My direct line is 727-724-1462 x2020

Ms. Palmer, Principal

April Dates to Remember:

April 5th - 4th & 5th grade FSA, writing

April 6th & 7th - 3rd grade FSA, reading

April 7th - Mornings with Mom - 7:45 am

April 8th - Astro Skate tickets on sale, 8:15am picnic table

April 8th - K-Kids Meeting, 7:45am

April 11th - Astro Skate tickers on sale, 8:15am picnic table

April 12th - Astro Skate tickets on sale, 8:15am picnic table - LAST MORNING FOR SALES

April 12th - SAC / Prevention Office - "How to Keep Your Children Safe on the Internet", 5:30 pm

April 13th - Student Council sponsored Astro Skate- 3:00pm-6:15pm

April 15th - School Closed

April 22nd - Mid period point

April 29th - Sea Turtle Character Assembly - 8:50am

May 2 - 6 - National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week

Check our SHES homepage and SHES Facebook page for upcoming events!

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SHES Skating Party - Sponsored by Student Council

Our SHES Student Council is hosting an Astro Skate after school skating party on Wednesday, April 13th from 2:55-6:15pm. Permission slips and payment of $10.00 per student will be collected on Friday, April 8th, Monday, April 11th or Tuesday, April 12th from 8:15 – 8:35am at the picnic tables. Parents, please review the permission slip for details, including pick up information from school at 6:15pm.

Annual ESE Parent Survey is underway.....

It is time for the Florida Department of Education’s annual Exceptional Student Education Parent Survey. Each year, the department surveys parents of students with an individual education plan (IEP) who receive special education services to determine how well schools are supporting their involvement in their children’s education.

If your child receives special education services, make your voice heard. Take the ESE Parent Survey.

Feedback helps the state and the school district improve educational services for children with special needs and their families. The survey is confidential, but Pinellas County Schools receives overall results and improves ESE services based on parent feedback. Thanks to feedback from families, PCS has created the ESE Parent Connector program, which designates a point person at every school to share ESE information and resources with their school communities.

Parents can take the ESE Parent Survey at A paper survey will be available later in the spring. The survey closes June 30. If you have questions, contact Tracy McMannus at 727-588-6062 or

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Student Arrival and Dismissal Reminders

In an effort to keep all students safe please be reminded of the the following arrival and dismissal processes. These can be found in your parent handbook at the front of your child's agenda book.

Campus gates open and are monitored by adults at 8:15am. Students are NOT allowed on campus prior to 8:15 unless they are enrolled in the YMCA or are participating in a before school enrichment program and/or club. Dismissal occurs at 2:55pm. Please be prompt.

For safest arrival and drop off, parents should utilize the car circle. Parents may also choose to park in the north parking lot or off campus and escort students to an entrance gate or door. For your child's safety, parents should NOT drop students off in the north parking. This is for parent parking only.

Also note, if parking off campus, there are many "No Parking" signs on side streets that surround our campus. These are enforced by law enforcement. Also enforced is the use of designated crossing guards and crosswalks. Please be a good role model and citizen for your child and obey laws applicable to vehicle and pedestrian safety.

Finally, if there is a change in the way your child is going home, the parent must send the teacher a note notifying him/her of the change OR provide the front office with a call before 2:20 pm to ensure the message can be delivered in a timely manner.

SAFETY FIRST AT SAFETY HARBOR is our 1st Sea Turtle Character Trait. Thank you for helping us keep your students safe!

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Congratulations to our March Sea Turtle Character Award Winners for Patriotism:

Vincenzo Puccio

Kendall Andolino

Bonnie Buckley

Mason Hackney

Thiago Taboada Alvarez

Ervin Villamar

Xavier Lane

Nolan Carroll

Stephen Earner

Morgan Parks

Angela Mrsic

Anthony Babiy

Dylan Shindelbower

Joslyn McNeal

Olive Dumphy

Coral Records

Kobe Mayer

McKenna Linn

Carolina Miller

Colin Costello

Patrick Brown-Turner

Areyonna Anderson

Quain Wareham

Adea Topalli

Ethan Collashaw

Lola Marti

Bryn Knopf

Mia Robertson

Patricia Anderson

Jakim Escamilla-Hernandez

Lorelei Trendelman

Dylan Armanious

Emma Manzi

Audrey Visbeck

Cresencia Rocke

Jared Hernandez

Loren Buckley

Landon Larsen

J'aolani Morad

Hunter Hernandez

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K-Kids News - April 2022

The K-KIDS completed their first outreach program by assembling personal supply bags for the residents at the Living Center of Safety Harbor. The bags were filled with toiletries, games, and snacks to make the residents day a little brighter.

The children did a phenomenal job. They were proud, and very productive.

Thank you to the families for the amazing donations, and to the parents who helped coordinate, and brought those bags to the Living Center that morning. You were all so ready and willing to help. It was a great sense of community that day!

We will meet to plan our next outreach project on April 8th at 7:45 in the Media Center. We will complete that project in May. Be on the lookout for a sign-up sheet to help with the next project during the month of April.

Come with ideas on how we can plan to impact another group in need in our Safety Harbor community.


K-KIDS of Safety Harbor Elementary and your teacher representatives,

Mrs. Baby, Mrs. Chaltry and Mrs. Collova

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Volunteer Corner

FSA testing is right around the corner! Volunteers please remember that if you are on campus during testing to be aware of the "SSSHHHH, testing" signs. Brilliant minds are at work! :)

Save the Date: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast - May 23rd, 8am.

"Volunteers are sweet as candy"!

More details to follow.

Last day to log hours for this school year will be May 18th. Please contact Lisa Zollars in the front office if you need assistance. Every minute counts! We need you to help SHES shine!

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PTA has been busy! We recently distributed over $6000 in recess equipment to classroom teachers. Grade level team teachers chose age-appropriate recess equipment like kickballs, frisbees, and even parachutes (remember those? So fun!) for their classes and PTA purchased and distributed those items. Thanks Kristen Penna for organizing this effort. This was a benefit from our Fall Fundraiser. We know our sea turtles will love the new equipment.

School shirts in a new color are available on the PTA Memberhub site Get yours today to show your sea turtle pride.

We are currently forming the 2022-2023 PTA Executive Board and Committees. If you have good ideas and want to do your part to serve our school children and community, please reach out to us at We have several people who would like to help out but would prefer to have a team member or partner. If you’re hesitant to commit but would feel better if you had a teammate, reach out to us! Most all of us are parents too and we know life can throw you curve balls and committee co-chair, or partner can help in those situations. Fundraising, Merchandise, Jog-A-Thon, and the Fall Festival committees fall in this category. Let’s face it, service is more fun with a friend.

Lastly, PTA will be celebrating Staff Appreciation Week during the week of April 25th. The nationally observed “Teacher Appreciation Week” is later in the year, but we don’t like to wait to show our teachers and staff how much we care. Heather Danhour is heading up the Staff Appreciation Committee. She is planning different activities and giveaways for each day of the week. If you would like to help prepare items for one of the days, please email and we will get you in touch with Heather. SHES teachers and staff consistently go above and beyond for our children; let’s show them how much we care!


FB: Safety Harbor PTA

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Kiwanis Student of the Month: D'angelo Williams !

When I was asked to choose the student of the month for Kiwanis I reflected on which one of my fifth graders consistently meets Safety Harbor’s school wide expectations of being responsible, respectful, ready to learn, and always safe. I instantly realized that although all my students strive to do their very best, D’angelo Williams represents these traits not only in the classroom, but throughout Safety Harbor Elementary.

D’angelo exhibits responsibility, respectfulness, and ready to learn by being an exceptional student at Safety Harbor. Everyday D’angelo enters the classroom promptly at 8:15 a.m. prepared for the day and ready to take his learning opportunities seriously. Even when the rigor of the fifth-grade curriculum becomes challenging, his dedication and determination helps him overcome the hurdles. D’angelo is respectful and has impeccable manners that are evident during classroom discussions. In addition, he is a wonderful role model for his peers.

Finally, D’angelo meets the last Turtle expectation of always being safe at Safety Harbor. He follows classroom rules, processes, and procedures to ensure that a safe learning environment is maintained throughout the classroom and campus for himself and everyone around him.

This was a great honor recommending one of my students for this amazing award. I am so thankful that I can be a part of D’angelo’s educational journey and can support him in all him endeavors.


Mrs. Troutman

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Notes from Nurse Jen!

Autism Awareness Month

April is National Autism Month, a celebration that emphasizes better awareness of the signs, symptoms, and reality of autism.

What is Autism?

Autism is a developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. Autism is a spectrum condition, meaning there is a broad range of signs and symptoms.

Diagnosing Autism

This can be hard because there is no medical test that exists. Autism can be detected as early as 18 months. Many people won’t be diagnosed until they’re teens or adults. This can cause a delay in treatment and other services.

Signs of Autism

• Little interest or interaction with other children or caretakers

• Erratic outburst over minor issues, or changes to their routine

• Knowing fewer words for their age, and difficulty communicating their needs and wants

Treatments and Interventions for Autism

If you suspect your child or family member has autism, please reach out to their primary care provider as soon as possible. Starting interventions early is always best for the individual, as there is currently no cure. The following are some forms of treatments they may receive. Always talk to your child’s primary care provider before making any healthcare decisions.

• Behavior and communication approaches

• Dietary changes

• Medications

Front Office Hours and Assistance:

Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 4:00pm

Saturday/Sunday: Closed

Cecilia Palmer - Principal

Wendy Stryker - Assistant Principal

Linda Serio - Secretary / Bookkeeper

Michelle Merz - Registration / Data Management Technician

Lisa Zollars - Family Liaison / Volunteer Coordinator

Amy Glover - Front Office Clerk