Manatee Moments

Today's Learners - Tomorrow's Leaders

April 2021

April 1, 2021

Dear Manatee Families,

As we move into the last quarter of our school year, we are so proud of all that we’ve accomplished so far this year!

Our primary students are moving along in their reading, writing and math skills and our third, fourth and fifth graders are gearing up for their state assessments and ready to show what they know!

We look forward to seeing our families in our “drive thru” family picnic on Friday, April 23rd!

Happy Spring!

Dr. Laurie Mearsheimer

Principal, Manatee Elementary

Important Dates

FSA = Florida Standards Assessments

*** NOTE Grades 3, 4, 5 ***

It is extremely important that your child is at school, on time, during assessment days. Please avoid scheduling any appointments on these testing days. See calendar below for dates.

April 2021

April 2 - No School

April 6 - Progress Reports Published

April 6 - SAC/PTO at Manatee 5:30PM

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

May/June 2021

May 4 - SAC/PTO at Manatee 5:30PM

May 3 & 4- 4th & 5th Grade FSA ELA

May 5 & 6 - 3rd Grade FSA Math

May 10 & 11 - 4th Grade FSA Math

May 12 & 13 - 5th Grade FSA Math

May 18 & 19 - 5th Grade NGSSS Science

May 28 - Virtual Learning Day; Teacher Work Day

May 31 - Memorial Day No School

June 11 - Early Dismissal 11:50AM; Last Student Day

June 14 - Report Cards Available Electronically

Academic Updates

Accessing Report Cards (April 6) 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

March's Habit Heroes

Kindergarten: Jayven Z, Ryan E, Aria D, Ximena B, Esbeth J-P, Nicolas R

1st Grade: Kristian Q, Yovany B, Tailin B-F, Allison R, Everett A

2nd Grade: Christopher F, Aydenn O, Edwin M, Abel S, Jayden B

3rd Grade: Lovendje J-F, Jordan G-P, Lamario L, Bella E, Julissa R, Rolando S, Victoria G

4th Grade: Jaydyn A, Erick N-B, Angel G-G, Sefora C, Isaiah L-D

5th Grade: Kamila Q-S, Eduardo M-B, Kenia P, Ian R, Jacob R, Sasha S


Students are currently taking the iReady Growth Monitoring. i-Ready Growth Monitoring Checks are short, adaptive assessments used to take a “temperature check” between Diagnostics to determine how the student is progressing and if they are on track to meet adequate yearly progress. Students who meet their WIG (Wildly Important Goal) will be awarded with their “Level up” t-shirt at our next celebration.

Here We Grow!

Our school garden is in full bloom with cucumbers, herbs, lettuce, onions, summer squash and zucchini ready to harvest. All varieties of tomatoes are almost ripe as well. The corn stalks are quite a sight; now taller than many of our students. Third through Fifth Grade “Here We Grow” after school gardeners have become true green thumbs! Stay tuned for news about pumpkin, sunflowers and watermelons! Classes are enjoying visiting the garden and reading garden themed books.

5th Grade ALEKS Math

5th Grade recently started ALEKS, an online math program.

Please ask your 5th grade child to show you their pie chart!

Week of March 29th - Progress Knowledge Check

Week of April 26th - Comprehensive Knowledge Check

March 31 - Mastery or near Mastery of Addition & Multiplication

April 30 - Mastery or near Mastery of Subtraction & Division

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! Also, ask them to tell you about their experience with a "3 Act Task".

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


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


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:

School Library Month 2021

School libraries play a critical role in supporting quality learning environments and school librarians directly support and enhance student achievement. Quality library programs close achievement gaps for all learners by providing equitable access to academic resources and by promoting and encouraging a love of reading. School library programs prepare students for lifelong learning, make a measurable difference in student academic achievement and enhance their reading enjoyment.

With the adoption of Florida’s B.E.S.T. English Language Arts Standards, which include classic literature from every major literary period, and the release of Commissioner Corcoran’s Back to School Reading List (, a quality library program is instrumental to the success of the standards’ implementation.

April is National Poetry Month!

Most kids are naturally drawn to humor, rhyme and rhythm. Poetry is a wonderful way motivate reading.

Poetry is also a great tool to build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.

Leader in Me


Parents can sign up for Class Dojo at Click on Parent and enter the information requested and then click Sign Up. You will be asked to click on our school and then your child’s teacher, and then select your child’s name. Another way to join is to ask your child's teacher if they can send an email inviting you to join. Please make sure that you have updated your email address with your child's teacher and then check your email for the invite to join Class Dojo.

Student Leader Dialers

The Leader in Me encourages schools to create a culture of student empowerment. Students take on leadership roles in the school. One way that students are showing their leadership skills is by reading and recording phone calls from the school. You have probably already heard several student voices on the recorded phone calls biweekly. Please update your phone number in your parent portal and answer the call!


Join the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

All parents are welcome to assist with the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).

Call Beatriz Cuellar at 377-7600 to find out how you can support Manatee Elementary.

2020-2021 Yearbooks - ON SALE NOW!

Manatee Elementary School 2020-2021 Yearbooks are on sale now. Send a check to school for $25 payable to Manatee Elementary PTO or order online at, find Manatee Elementary using ID#96139.

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)

Fundraisers: Easter Charms/Necklaces $1 (selling quickly; bunny sold out)

Smencils are back! Erasers 2 for $1, Crayons $1, Smencils $2, Smens $3

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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.

Important Reminders

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 $117 non-touch; $231.00 touch
  • 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

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

Vicki Pigott, Manatee Nutrition Manager




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

Head Start and VPK

Did you know?

Participating in quality early learning programs paves the way for learning at school and throughout life. What children learn in their first few years of life—and how they learn it—can have long-lasting effects on their success and health as children, teens, and adults. According to the National Institutes of Health, studies show that supporting children’s early learning can lead to:

  • Higher test scores from preschool to age 21
  • Better grades in reading and math
  • A better chance of staying in school and going to college
  • Fewer teen pregnancies
  • Improved mental health
  • Lower risk of heart disease in adulthood
  • A longer lifespan

CCPS has Head Start and VPK parent pay openings in classrooms at our school and a variety of other locations across the district now and for the upcoming school year. Please visit or call 239-377-0590 for more information. For information on other early learning centers in the area, please visit . Additionally, parents who have concerns about their child’s development (age birth-5) and would like to explore the possibility of early intervention services can contact Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resource Systems (FDLRS) at for a free developmental screening.

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.