SHES Sea Turtle Times

December 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to December 2021!

Good afternoon Safety Harbor Elementary Families and Staff! This is Cecilia Palmer, Principal of Safety Harbor Elementary welcoming you to December!

We have three very important weeks until Winter Break. Your child's attendance is extremely important as we will be MAP testing before the break. Please help us keep the learning momentum going by getting your child to school on time each day for the next three weeks!

Big thanks to our fabulous SHES PTA and volunteers for a spectacular Fall Luncheon! We enjoyed every bite and having you back on campus to celebrate and give thanks. Thank you to all who contributed, especially Daydreamers Cafe! We are a lucky Sea Turtle Family!

Please check the calendar below for upcoming events and activities!

December Dates to Remember:

Friday, 12/3

  • Safety Harbor Tree Lighting - 5th Grade Chorus will perform at the Gazebo - 6:00pm

Thursday, 12/9

  • SHES 5th grade Chorus Performance - 6:30pm Auditorium

Monday, 12/13 - Friday, 12/17

  • Holiday Spirit Week (see below)

Tuesday, 12/14

  • SHES SAC Meeting - In Person - 5:30pm Media Center

Friday, 12/17

  • End of 2nd Grading Period
  • SHES Sea Turtle Character Assembly - 8:45am

12/20/21 -1/3/22

  • School Closed for Student for Winter Break


  • School reopens for students

Looking Forward:

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome to 2022

Tuesday, 1/11 Report Cards go home

Tuesday, 1/11 Ready, Set Kindergarten! (No SAC Meeting) 5:30pm Media Center

Monday, 1/17 Dr. Martin Luther King Day – School Closed

Check our website for upcoming events!
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Congratulations to our November Sea Turtle Character Award Winners for Responsibility:

Lillian Ostrofsky

Claire Romano

Ambla Halilaj

Olivia Sieradzki

Bentlee Rinker

Logan Lindsey

Tyler Colloshaw

Jaylah Kirkland

Kabir Chaudhary

Basma Machhour

Sofia Machhour

Bradley Prillman

Enzo Geruntino

Katelynn Ostrofsky

Christopher McLain

Kleopatra Kercova

Zena Quarterman

Ariana Mezquite-Botho

Bowen Ellis

Chase Gallo

Anisa Jacaj

Eva Putnam

Aiden LeMons

David Machado

Sophie Valentine

Trent Delvecchio

Julia Abdelmalek

Zoey Lawson

Ava Krupa

Melith Perez-Cruz

Maahika Chaudhary

Miriam Rashid

Mason Lopez

Sebastian Records

Isli Heba

Kinley Adang

Kai Sauer

Cole Craig

Olivia Ostoski

Angelica Sieradzcki

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Volunteer Corner

Thank you to all the Great American Teach In guest teachers!

Thank you for sharing your careers with our students!

A great time was had by everyone!

We sincerely appreciate your support!

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PTA would like to take the opportunity to thank all our families that contributed to the Fall Teacher and Staff Luncheon. We had such an incredible spread of food, drinks, and desserts as a result of the generosity of our families. We had so much food that we were able to put out another spread for staff on Friday and take unopened packages to Mattie Williams just in time for their food pantry day. Wow, sea turtles, THANK YOU!

Daydreamers Café showed major community support by donating pulled pork sandwiches for all. PTA volunteers served teachers and staff and we hope it made them feel like royalty (that was the goal). A BIG thank you to our Hospitality Chair, Denise Demko, and her team for creating a beautiful venue for the luncheon complete with fresh flowers, music, and a warm fire (playing on the TV). It was a wonderful opportunity for PTA to thank SHES teachers and staff and show our gratitude. We sincerely appreciate the contributions of our volunteers, especially those that volunteered with us for the first time.

As the year winds down, we want to let you know we are thankful for YOU! Blessings to you and your family,

Your PTA Board

PTA would like to give a “shout out” to the following volunteers

that helped with the luncheon:

Adeline Baholli

Kristin Tsafatinos

Ashley Gajdosz

Miranda King

Christine Putnam

Neyda Rendon Wong

Claire Cousins

Rebecca Cunningham

Debbie Jarae

Rick Salladin

Denise Demko

Sara Ngo

Dorothy Purcell

Stacee Schyler Broome

Kattie Woodyard

Kristen Penna

Your PTA President, Valerie Brown


FB: Safety Harbor PTA

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K-KIDS News!

K-Kids is a student led organization for elementary students in grades 2-5. The local Kiwanis Club of Safety Harbor serves as our sponsor and will be active in our meetings and activities. K-Kids works to choose a focus that will benefit our community and work at touching as many lives, through service, as we can.

Meetings will be held the second Friday of every month promptly at 7:45am. As we launch our program we will have 2 meetings in the month of January. They will be held on the January 14th & 28th. We will move to once a month in February (date TBA). Permission slips will appear after break in your child’s agenda book.

If you are interested in being an active parent member, meaning, your child will arrive at 7:45am on meeting days, your participation is welcome at meetings to contribute to the program. Look for and fill out a sign up and permission slip promptly and return if you are interested in your child’s participation.

Thank you and have a wonderful holiday!

K-Kids Facilitators: Mrs. Collova, Mrs. Baby & Mrs. Chaltry

Kiwanis Student of the Month:

Congratulations Robbie Halstead!

November’s student of the Month for music is Robbie Halstead. Robbie has been a part of the Safety Harbor 4th and 5th Grade chorus. He is a member of the Orff Bell Ensemble, which meets early in the morning two days a week. He plays the piano and enjoys all kinds of music. Robbie has also been chosen to participate in the Pinellas All-County Honors Orff Ensemble, which meets for several evenings in February and will perform in a concert at the Mahaffey Theater. Robbie has been a joy to teach and he is well-deserving of the honor of Student of the Month for music.

Mrs. Carol Carstensen, Music Teacher

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Notes from Nurse Jen!

Influenza Vaccine Myths & Facts

Myth: Flu vaccination is not necessary each year.

Fact: Vaccination is the first, and most important, step to protect your entire family against influenza (flu), each year.

Myth: You or your child can get the flu from the influenza vaccine.

Fact: Flu vaccination is safe, effective, and time-tested; you cannot get the flu from the vaccine, whether you chose the injection or the nasal spray vaccine.

Myth: If your child is healthy, he or she does not need to get the flu vaccine.

Fact: Even healthy children are at risk for getting sick from flu. Vaccination is necessary this season even if you were vaccinated last year.

Myth: The flu is nothing more than just a bad cold or the “stomach flu.”

Fact: Flu should not be confused with a bad cold or “stomach flu.” Influenza is more serious than the common cold and in mild cases causes high fever, head and body aches, coughing for days, severe fatigue for up to two weeks or more.

Myth: You should not receive the flu vaccine if you’re pregnant.

Fact: Influenza vaccination is the best and safest way for pregnant women to protect themselves from the flu.

Myth: There is nothing you can do if your child gets the flu.

Fact: Know the symptoms. If your child does get sick, contact your doctor immediately to discuss treatment options. Prescription antiviral drugs can make the illness milder, make your child feel better faster, and may also prevent serious flu complications.

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