Heights Happenings

Heights Elementary IB World School

January 5, 2022 Volume 8 Issue 6

*Our Children *Our Future *Our World

Our Mission: Heights Elementary IB World School is dedicated to developing balanced, lifelong learners through educational excellence, a global perspective, reflection and action.

Our Vision: To Be A World Class School.

About Us:

School Hours: 7:55 am—2:10 pm

Doors open: 7:30 am

Breakfast: 7:30-7:45 am

Heights Contact Information:

Address: 15200 Alexandria Ct. Ft. Myers, FL 33908

Telephone: 239.481.1761 Fax:239.481.3154

Website: het.leeschools.net Twitter: @HeightsIB

Facebook: Heights Elementary


After School Program: Jordan Moore

504 Accommodations: Natasha Edinger

IB Information: Lacey Davis

Contact information Changes: Michele Curry

Transportation: Lindsey Thorstad

Gifted testing: Ashley Jarzyk

Clinic: Cheri Mack

Covid 19 Concerns: Anika Carter

What's Going on in January?

Jan. 7th: End of 2nd quarter

Jan. 10th: Hurricane Makeup Day (Schools Closed)

Jan. 11th: Professional Duty Day (No school for students)

Jan. 14th: 4th & 5th grade Field Day

Jan. 17th: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Schools Closed)

Jan. 20th: SAC Meeting (6:30)

Jan. 24th: 2nd quarter report cards go home with iReady mid year results

IB News: IB Learner Profile Word for January: Open Minded

The IB Learner profile aims to develop students who are open-minded. Students who are open-minded understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

IB students have a deep understanding of various cultures and views, bringing an appreciation of new views to both their academic study and their involvement in local and wider communities. Their international mindedness complements the missions of the best tertiary institutions.

Are You Aware of the Heights IB Website?

Click on the link below to check out the Heights IB Website to see what IB things are taking place at Heights Elementary.


IB Trait: Open Minded


1~Model open and accepting behavior for all humans

2~Nurture respect and love for all living things

3~ Expose your child to a variety of cultural experiences

4~ Visit Explore and More Children's Museum to "travel" around the world

5~Read and tell stories from around the world

6~Watch movies that show other countries cultures

7~Listen to a variety of types of music

8~ Read and write different forms of poetry

9~Learn about how different cultures celebrate holidays

10~Prepare and taste foods from other countries

Kindergarten's IB Action Project

Thank you so much to all of the families that helped with the Kindergarten's Action Project for the Gulf Coast Humane society. We were able to fill an entire van full of supplies for the animals. We appreciate the action the entire school took for Kindergarten's Sharing the Planet planner

5th Grade Exhibition Presentations Coming Soon:

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What's For Breakfast or Lunch at Heights?

Click here to see the Heights Menu.

Clothing Donations are Needed

Sometimes spills, accidents, or falls happen and it helps to have cloths available for students. Your gently used donations are greatly appreciated. We are in need of boys and girls shorts and shirts sizes 5 to 12. Items can be dropped of at the Heights office or clinic. Thank you for your help.

Heights PTA News

Save the date! It's been way too long since we've had an in person auction and we are ready to bring it back. Mark your calendar and make plans to join us on Fri, April 22nd at 6:30pm at St. Charles Yacht Club. Start planning your Derby Hats and Bowties now. We will have a contest for the best ones! A silent and live auction will both take place that evening and we would love donations from local businesses. Follow the event page for more information -


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Interim and Report Card Dates

Quarter 2:

January 24, 2021 – Report Cards

Quarter 3:

February 10, 2022 – Interims

April 6, 2022 – Report Cards

Quarter 4:

April 27, 2022 – Interims

June 2, 2022 – Report Cards


Paper copy interims will no longer be sent home on interim days. Parents may review their student's grades at anytime on Focus. Your student's grades will be up to date on the assigned interim days. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the school.

Click here to read the Parents' Bill of Rights

Provides parental rights relating to a minor child's education, upbringing, and health care.

Parent FOCUS Accounts

Focus Parent Portal provides parents/guardians a real-time view of your child's assignment grades, class grade, attendance, referrals, progress monitoring results, report cards, interim report cards, and beginning of the year forms such as Student Emergency and Health form and Directory form.

Here is the link to complete the forms for your. student: https://www.leeschools.net/our_schools/focus

Morning Drop Off:

For the safety of our students and staff parents are prohibited from entering the building to walk their student to class. To assist with social distancing and to eliminate larger gatherings, parents will need to drop students off from the carline instead of parking and walking them to the front doors. Our PreK and Social Communication families are still permitted to park and walk their student to the front door where their teacher will meet you and the student each morning. We understand this is an inconvenience for many families but we want to try our best to make sure we have a safe and healthy start to the school year. When pulling up please pull all the way forward and make sure your student is ready to exit the vehicle. Parents should remain in the vehicles. This will help speed up the morning drop off procedures. Thank you for your assistance.

Ice Cream Fridays:

Ice cream cups are on sale every Friday during lunch time. Each student will be limited to one ice cream cup during their lunch. The cost is $1 per cup. Money collected from ice cream sales goes to the Principal's Discretionary Fund. This fund is used to celebrate a variety of events and activities for our students and staff throughout the school year.

Coming Soon:

Feb. 18th: Hurricane Makeup Day (Schools Closed)

Feb. 21st: President's Day (Schools Closed)

March 14th: SAC Meeting (6:30)

March 17th: End of 3rd quarter.

March 18th: Professional Duty Day (No school for students)

March 21st-March 25th: Spring Break (Schools Closed)

Notification to Parents Regarding 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 teachers at Heights Elementary are certified, but may be assigned one or more classes outside their areas of certification and are required to take appropriate steps to comply with the statutory regulation:

Jennifer Kee.

In addition, the following teachers are engaged in training to add the endorsement, English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), to their certificates: Nicole Driscoll, Monica Fastenau, Jennifer Kee, Nicole Rickard, Holli Wheeler, Stacey Head, & Taylor Wahl.

The School Board of Lee County: