Cape Elementary: Seahawk Sentinel

February 1, 2021

Cape's Mission & Vision

Mission: To provide a safe and supportive learning community where every student experiences success.

Vision: We believe that the most promising strategy for achieving the mission of Cape Elementary is to develop our capacity to function as a professional learning community.

Message from Ms. Osterholm and Mrs. Sund

Dear Cape Families,

February is the month when we celebrate and remember those who make our days immeasurably richer. We receive “air” hugs, smiles and hear proud words about recent achievements from our students daily. The joys they share with us are the highlights of our days! We commend The teachers at Cape for their dedication to enriching and to meeting our students’ academic and social needs. Our support staff members which include our paraprofessionals, office staff, cafeteria teams, and custodial crew give willingly to make sure our students, families and teachers are supported in their educational journey. You, as parents, are our partners, constantly offering your support wherever needed. We are all members of the Cape family, and it is this family that we are honored to include in the richness of our days!

We welcomed back forty-five students to Face to Face learning in January. Cape now has 575 students attending school each day with Face to Face learning and 125 students attending virtually with Lee Home Connect. We appreciate you keeping your child home when they are ill along with sending them to school each day with a clean mask. We continue to work together to make Cape safe for our staff and students.

Special thanks to our Cape families and our PTO for a very successful Fun Run. After seventeen years of Cape kiddos loving and using our purple and tan playground, many pieces of equipment need replacing. Funds raised will go towards the new playground structure. Pledges are due this week. Thanks for your donations!

Safety continues to be a focus at Cape Elementary. We thank parents who keep their phone numbers, addresses and email addresses up to date. Remember, all communication including emergency communication will go through School Messenger. We send messages about once a week via phone and email. Flyers will be sent electronically via Peach Jar for Cape events and district events. Directions on how to sign up for Peach Jar are in this newsletter. If you have not received messages that means we do not have your correct information. We continue to be thankful to lead Cape each day.


Ms. Osterholm and Mrs. Sund

Valentine's Day Treats at School-Important!

Classes are allowed to celebrate Valentine’s Day this school year however; we are required to follow CDC and Lee County School District Guidelines. Please communicate with your child’s classroom teacher before sending any Valentine’s Day cards and/or treats to school to ensure the safety of all students and staff.

Student Open Enrollment for 2021-2022 School Year!

Open Enrollment is available from January 18 to February 26, 2021. Registration for new students to the District are accepted year round, but they also hold a Student Open Enrollment period for the upcoming school year once a year. Parents of incoming Kindergarten, 6th or 9th grade students should register during student open enrollment. Please visit for more information.
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Attendance Corner!

Helpful Steps for Attendance:

  • Set regular bedtime and morning routine.
  • Prepare backpack, school items and clothing the night before.
  • Be aware of any immunizations your child needs. Contact School Nurse if you have questions regarding immunizations.
  • Try to schedule appointments after school if possible.
  • Keep in communication with Cape Elementary if your child is absent due to illness. Communicate with the School Nurse if you have questions.
  • Communicate with School Social Worker if your child is experiencing any barriers to attendance (displacement in housing, food insecurity, peer conflicts etc..).
  • Communicate with School Social Worker and School Counselor if you have concerns for your child’s social emotional well-being, which may be impacting the student in school and at home.

Please know that if your child is experiencing attendance issues or other needs you can contact your School Social Worker at (239) 542-3551 or (239) 281-3815.

Thank you,

Erin Dalla Costa, MA

Cape Elementary School Social Worker

PTO News!

Thank you to all of our Cape Kids and Staff for participating in our 3rd Annual PTO Fun Run. Cape students ran over 10,700 laps! The money pledged will be used for a new Kaboom Playground and other improvements around Cape Elementary. Pledge money due date has been extended to Friday, February 5th. Checks should be payable to Cape Elementary PTO and a tax donation letter is available. If needed email your request.

Valentine Gram flyers will go home this week & will also be posted on our Facebook page. Treat your child, teacher, staff or class to a special Valentine treat. Orders are due Monday, February 8th. Valentine Grams will be delivered on Friday, February 12th. For class orders or Virtual Student orders please email your request to

Our next PTO meeting will be on Wednesday, February 10th at 6:00 pm via Zoom. Join us virtually and get the latest happenings from PTO. The link for the Zoom meeting will be sent out via School Messenger the week of the meeting.

Thank you for all you do to support Cape Elementary PTO and if you haven't yet, please follow us on Facebook at CapeElementary PTO!

District Staff @ PTO/SAC Meeting: School Enrollment & Proximity Plans

The School District of Lee County is developing a new proximity-based student assignment plan for elementary schools for the 2022-23 school year. Community and district stakeholders, in collaboration with Davis Demographics, used the latest GIS technology to organize elementary schools and students into new attendance boundaries. The goals of the new elementary school student assignment plan are to make strategic improvements on the current plan by creating attendance zones that are smaller, address issues of student isolation, maintain choice, improve transportation efficiency (bus ride/wait times), and build stronger community schools.

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Out of Field Teachers

Florida State Statute 1012.42 recognizes that teachers at times must be assigned duties in a class outside the field in which the teacher is certified. The following teacher at Cape Elementary School is engaged in training to add the endorsement English as a Second Language to their current certificate:

Carrie Troxell

We LOVE our Business Partners

C21 Gulf Coast Realty

Jim Fischer

Quality Pest Control

Cape Coral First United Methodist Church

Vineyards Community Church (Cape Coral)

Horace Mann Insurance

Walmart (FM Beach Store)


Papa John's Pizza



Rib City

Cici's Pizza


Dominoes Pizza


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Lee County School Board

Board Members of the LCSD:

Debbie Jordan, District 4 (Chair)

Betsy Vaughn, District 6 (Vice Chair)

Mary Fischer, District 1

Melisa W. Giovannelli, District 2

Chris N. Patricca, District 3

Gwynetta S. Gittens, District 5

Cathleen O'Daniel Morgan, District 7

Gregory K. Adkins, Ed.D.