Manatee Bay Messenger - Manatee Bay Elementary School

Mission Statement
We, the Manatee Bay
Elementary School Community,
pledge to provide a quality education
that focuses on high expectations
and achievement for all stakeholders
in a safe and supportive learning
environment.
Vision Statement
The vision of Manatee Bay Elementary is to be a community of lifelong
learners who value quality and integrity as we strive to create a nurturing environment in which children will develop self-esteem and
respect for themselves and others.
October
10/2 Boosterthon Fun Run
10/7 Walk/Ride Bike to School Day
10/8 Parent University 6:30pm
10/13 SAC Meeting 2:15pm
10/14 Mathnasium Night 5:00pm
10/14 3rd Gr Engineering Field Trip
10/19-23 College Week
10/20 Fall Make Up Pictures
10/22 Early Release—dismissal 12:00pm
10/23 Employee Planning Day—no school
10/26-30 Red Ribbon Week
Manatee Bay Elementary School
October 2015
Volume IV Issue 2
Manatee Bay
Messenger
Principal’s Message
Dear Manatee Bay Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,
Can you sense it? The weather is hopefully getting cooler. The time is moving faster. The pumpkins are coming out in full bloom. It’s October and we are getting ready for another successful month at Manatee Bay
Elementary School.
We’d like to thank all the families who came out to Cold Stone Night. Together we raised $500.00 plus dollars
for our school! We would especially like to recognize the classes with the most participation and they were
Mrs. Chapman and Ms. Wood’s classes. Congratulation to all our participants.
We had a wonderful visit from our District STEM team who invited guests from other counties in Florida to
see how Manatee Bay integrates CODE.org in our school. The visitors were truly impressed as they walked
from throughout our campus.
It’s Boosterthon Time!! Get your sneakers on and let’s go! On Friday, October 2nd we will have our Manatee
Marathon a portion of the proceeds goes towards School Improvements & Technology. In order to meet our
school goal of $50,000. We need everyone’s help. Together we can do so much more to improve student
achievement for all students.
Our focus continues to build upon our Florida Standards. In reading, we are digging deeper and asking critical
thinking question that require students to connect to text as well as make connections. You can help at home
by asking questions that have students compare and contrast characters, settings, and plot development. In
math, students are working on building fluency in operations, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication
and division as needed.
Have you heard? Bayside Clubs are open! Register now before your session closes. We have an array of clubs
offered such as, Robo Mania, Zumba Kids, Flag Football, My Doll and Me, Right Moves-Chess, Creative Cookie, Rockin’ Recorders, Double Dutch, Taste Buds-Cooking, Environmental , Tour de France (French Club)
Checkmate-Chess, Poetry Slam, Page Turners, Readers’ Theatre, Game On, Craftalicious, Manatee Miler, Mod
-Podge-A-Dee and Drama. For more information, please contact Mrs. Jaime Vital at 754 323-6450
In addition to clubs, ASP is expanding by adding Spanish and Technology to their host of activities if you
would like more information please contact Ms. Cristina Echegoyen from After School Programs (ASP) at 954
217-0553.
Parent conferences, Red Ribbon Week, and other Fall activities, just to name a few of the events that will
happen this month, join in and volunteer your time at Manatee Bay. It will be the best investment you have
made in a child’s life. Did you know parent involvement has a big influence on your child’s success? You truly
do make a big difference!
We are having lots of fun with our Super Hero theme. We often ask the question? What is your super power?
Take this opportunity to discuss with your child their super abilities. Ask questions. Think out of the box.
Explore the SUPER possibilities!
Thank you in advance for everything you do to celebrate student success here at Manatee Bay!
Educationally yours,
Heather Hedman DeVaughn & Marie Price-Dumervil
Your Administrative Team
Estimados padres, representantes y demás miembros de la comunidad de nuestra escuela: “Manatee Bay”.
¿Pueden sentirlo? El clima cada día se siente más fresco y el tiempo ahora pasa más rápido. Crecen las calabazas y sus plantas se encuentran en flor. Es octubre y nos estamos preparando para otro mes exitoso en
nuestra Escuela Primaria: “Manatee Bay”.
Nos gustaría dar las gracias a todas las familias que asistieron al evento “Cold Stone”. Juntos pudimos recaudar
$500.00 más, para nuestra escuela! Queremos reconocer de una manera muy especial y destacada, a las clases
de las Maestras Chapman y Wood; ya que fueron sus salones los que contaron con mayor número de
asistentes. ¡Felicitaciones a todos nuestros participantes!
También contamos con la grata visita del equipo “STEM” de nuestro Distrito. Miembros provenientes de otros
condados del estado vinieron como invitados; y pudieron apreciar como “Manatee Bay” ha logrado integrar el
sistema “CODE.org”. Todos quedaron gratamente impresionados por nuestra escuela.
¡Es tiempo de “Boosterthon”! ¡Pónganse sus zapatos deportivos y vámonos! El viernes 02 de octubre tendremos
nuestra Maratón “Manatee”, con el fin de recaudar fondos que serán destinados -una porción de esos ingresosa la realización de mejoras para la escuela, e inversión en tecnología escolar. Necesitamos: ¡LA AYUDA DE TODOS! Juntos podemos lograr el objetivo de recaudar $50.000. Parte de esta cantidad será invertida para elevar
el rendimiento estudiantil; oportunidad que estará al alcance de todos los estudiantes.
Nuestra visión educativa se sigue construyendo sobre el desarrollo del modelo educativo, que rige la normativa
del estado de la Florida. En lectura estamos haciendo que el estudiante cuestione la información que recibe, para que pueda desarrollar su pensamiento crítico. Es este un requisito fundamental para que el lector pueda
conectarse al texto, así como también establecer un sin fin otras conexiones. Usted puede ayudar en casa haciendo preguntas; donde el estudiante pueda establecer comparaciones y contrastes entre los personajes, escenarios y el desarrollo de la trama. En matemáticas, los alumnos se encuentran trabajando en la construcción de
la fluidez en las operaciones matemáticas, tales como: SUMA, RESTA, MULTIPLICACIÓN y DIVISIÓN, según
sea necesario.
¿Has oído? ¡Los Clubs “Bayside” ya están abiertos! Inscríbete ahora, antes del cierre de la sesión. Tenemos una
gran variedad de clubes, donde se ofrecen actividades muy interesantes. Para obtener más información, por favor comuníquese con la Sra. Jaime Vital al 754 323-6450.
Además de los clubes, “After School Programs” (ASP) se encuentra en el proceso de integrar el español y la
tecnología, a su gran cantidad de actividades. Si desea obtener más información, no dude en ponerse en contacto con la Sra. Cristina Echegoyen de los programas después de la escuela, “After School Programs” (ASP) al
954 217 - 0553.
En este mes se desarrollarán diferentes actividades como: Las conferencias de padres, la Semana del Listón
Rojo, y otros eventos de otoño, sólo por nombrar algunos. Usted puede unirse a nosotros y donar parte de su
tiempo a “Manatee Bay”. Será la mejor inversión que ha hecho en la vida de un niño. ¿Sabía usted que la participación de los padres tiene una gran influencia en el éxito de su hijo? ¡Es la PARTICIPACIÓN lo que realmente
hace una gran diferencia!
Nos estamos divirtiendo mucho con nuestro tema del superhéroe. Constantemente le preguntamos a los alumnos: ¿Cuál es tu superpotencia? Aproveche esta oportunidad para hablar con su hijo de sus súper habilidades.
Hágale preguntas. Hágale conocer otras realidades. Hay que explorar sus ¡Súper Posibilidades!
Agradecemos de antemano todo lo que hace para contribuir con el ¡ÉXITO! de los estudiantes aquí en “Manatee
Bay”.
Atentamente,
Heather Hedman DeVaughn & Marie Price-Dumervil
Kindergarten
NonDiscrimination
Statement
It has been a busy start to the new year in Kindergarten. The children had their
very first field trip to Disney on Ice at the BB&T Center. It was great to see so
many happy faces as they watched the Disney Magic! Manatee Bay also had a visit
from Macy and Wyatt, two BSO bloodhounds who came to visit some of the classes. Kindergarten students have done a great job starting their homework folders.
It is very important that your child uses the homework calendar nightly to do his/
her homework. In addition to the written homework please read, work on letter
recognition, sounds and practice the sight words nightly. The kindergarten students will start reading over the next few months so we want to give them a solid
foundation! This month Kindergarten parents and teachers will meet for our first
conferences. Your child's teacher will be in touch soon to set up the schedule.
Kindergarten is excited for the end of the month because it is our annual Fall Festival! More information will come soon!
The School Board of Broward
County, Florida, prohibits any
policy or procedure which results in discrimination on the
basis of age, color, disability,
gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital
status, race, religion, sex or
sexual orientation. Individuals
who wish to file a discrimination
and/or harassment complaint
may call Equal Educational Opportunities (EEO) at
754-321-2150 or Teletype Machine TTY 754-321-2158.
Reasonable Accommodation
Statement
Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of
2008 (ADAAA), may call Equal
Educational Opportunities
(EEO) at 754-321-2150 or Teletype Machine TTY 754-3212158.
Evaluation Input
School Advisory Council
The School Advisory Council (SAC) held its first meeting on September 8, 2015. The SAC committee is an excellent way to get involved in all of the super things happening here at Manatee Bay.
Committee Members were voted on but there are still open spots for
parents who are interested. The date of the next SAC meeting is October 13, 2015 at 2:15 pm. We meet in the media center. If you are interested in joining the committee please email either of the co-chairs,
Lisa Leider ([email protected]) or Shairin Brown
([email protected]). You do not need to join the
committee to attend.
iRead: What's your superpower?
We have a new AR shirt this year for our Super Readers! All students can
earn a shirt by reading books on his/her AR level and then taking the quiz.
This year students earn their AR iRead shirt based on points. The points
are earned by passing the AR quiz. Each grade level has a goal. These are
the points needed to receive a shirt: K-10, 1st-15, 2nd-20, 3rd- 30, 4th- 35,
and 5th- 40.
Keep reading and always remember to keep reading FUN!
Per state statute, parents have
the right to be provided input
into the annual performance
assessment of their child’s
teachers and administrators. To
provide such input regarding
any Manatee Bay employee,
please address your comments
in writing to Mrs. Heather Hedman DeVaughn, Principal. To
provide such input regarding
your principal’s evaluation,
please address your comments
in writing to, Dr. Mark Strauss,
at the Office of School Performance and Accountability.
The opinions expressed in
this publication are not necessarily those of Manatee
Bay Elementary School or
Broward County Public
Schools.
First Grade
Happy Fall Y'All
Why is first grade so important? This is where it all starts! It’s not just an introduction or
first step to more advanced concepts. In Pre K through 2nd grade, the fundamental building blocks that will be used throughout your child’s lives are laid and their love or disdain
for a subject is setting in. Reading and writing and spelling, oh my! For some
children, first grade is when they learn to love these subjects. The key to language arts for
young children is to create an atmosphere of encouragement and wonder; never comparing their skill to others, reassuring them when they are frustrated, and revealing the power
these subjects have to make their dreams become a reality!
Our First graders are looking forward to our first Field Trip to Young At Art on October
14th. We will also be having our Fall Rotations on October 30th which will include a character book report and the students will get to dress up as their character from their book.
Lets keep our first
graders reading
because, there is no doubt
that it is one of the most
important grades in your
child’s education!
The First Grade Team (:
ATTENDANCE POLICY
School Board Policy 5.5, Attendance, states both excused and unexcused absences along with tardiness and early sign-outs will continue to be counted when determining a student’s pattern of non-attendance. A student has a
“pattern of non-attendance” if he or she is absent from school a total of 30 hours (5 days) in any one marking period or 60 hours (10 days) within 90 days.
The attendance policy is available online in the four major languages and can be accessed at
www.browardstudentservices.com/attendance-resources/. Parents are required to maintain current contact information at the school. If you have any questions, please call Geri Norris, Guidance Counselor.
Students absences may be reported 24 hours a day by calling our Attendance Line at 754-323-6452 and leaving a
message, or by sending an email to [email protected] Please remember to provide
student name, teacher, date of absence, and reason for absence. For prolonged absences, please be sure to provide appropriate documentation. Any calls received after 12:00 pm will be updated the following school day. Calls
are encouraged before 12:00 pm. Thank you.
CODE.ORG
Visitors from the Panhandle
and Special Guest from
Code.org Alexandra Vlakeis
visted several classes at
Manatee Bay. This included
Ms. Hepworth, Mrs. Perez,
Ms. Washington and Mrs.
Weingartner. Students showcased their coding skills for
the guests at our school.
2nd Grade
Guidance
Manatee Bay is participating in
"Walk to School Day" on October
7th. We are asking all students
who can do so safely to ride their
bike or walk to school on that day.
A table with rewards will be set up
in the front hallway where students who walk/bike to school
that day can sign in. There will
also be a drawing and the winning
student who walks/rides on October 7th will win a special bookbag.
Please encourage your child to
walk or bike to school on October
7th.
The counseling program at Manatee Bay is designed to be preventative and developmental. This
year I will be organizing and
meeting with small groups. The
groups are structured and goal
focused. The groups now forming
are for Student Success Skills,
(academic and social skills for
school success) and Changing
Family, (dealing with separation or
divorce). Participation in each of
these groups will involve weekly
meetings during the school day.
Some groups may not be established until the spring. If you are
interested in having your child
participate in one of these groups,
please email me at
[email protected]
or call 754-323-6450 to request a
permission slip.
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This month students in second grade
have been busy learning about different
types of maps and their elements, as
well as where our city, state, and country fit into the globe. We are also studying about science tools and the inquiry
skills that drive investigation and experimentation. In reading we are developing our inquisitive minds by asking and
answering questions as well as comparing and contrasting different sources of
information.
Students in the Dual Language Pro-
gram are excited to finally be able to
take AR tests in Spanish! Continue to
have your child read every night and
bring a book to school to read in the
hallways every morning, and don’t forget to model reading for enjoyment at
home as well! =)
Please remember to check your child’s
agenda daily for up to date homework
information. You can also check the
second grade website at http://
teacherweb.com/Fl/
ManateeBayElementary/2ndgrade.
Students in Mrs. Gold’s class
Celebrate Peace Day.
3rd Grade
Wow! We are Superheroes in 3rd grade!
The children had an awesome first month of school getting reacquainted
with old friends and making new friends. We learned many facts about Constitution Day! In math, most of the classes finished Chapter 1. The testing
format is very rigorous, something the students are not familiar with yet.
Please practice addition and multiplication facts daily. Within the next few
months, the goal should be to answer any fact in one second. A 50 problem
timed test should take less than one minute.
All students should have a daily quiet reading time at home. Students have
the opportunity to take an AR test on the books they have read. I-Ready is
available to help students with math and reading skills. The curriculum is
differentiated based on a diagnostic test taken in school. The username is
their 10 digit number and the password is their birthday without the slashes.
Make sure you check backpacks and agendas on a regular basis. Please see
our third grade web site for additional information.
ESE Corner
Speech
Often times it is difficult to understand the difference between speech and language
disorders. Speech disorders affect the domains of articulation (production of speech
sound), voice (quality and sound), and fluency (stuttering or flow of speech/ease of
speech). Language disorders affect the domains of form (syntax/grammar), content
(semantics/meaning), and use (how language is used).
Mrs. Kaplan and Ms. Rabone are looking forward to a SUPER year with our speech
and language students!
Resource
Although students with Learning Disabilities may have challenges they may need to
overcome, their ability to achieve success is not necessarily impacted by their disability. Many people have used their disabilities to shape their perspectives and help them
find the willpower to achieve their goals. Dyslexia is a common condition that affects
the way the brain processes written and spoken language. It is usually associated with
trouble reading, but can also affect writing, spelling, and even speaking. There are
teaching methods and tools that can help children with dyslexia succeed, especially
when diagnosed early on. A famous American, Alexander Graham Bell, known for inventing the telephone, struggled with traditional schooling. It is believed he had dyslexia. Despite the difficulties he faced in school, it did not affect his ability to invent one
of the greatest tools of our time!
Ms. Cohen and Ms. Usiak are POWERING up for a terrific new year!
InD
It's already shaping up to be a FANTASTIC new school year!!! We have completed
our first STEM unit - Owls, and have moved on to studying Wetlands. Friday, September 18 we will take a Field Trip to see Disney On Ice. Our super supportive parents
have signed on to volunteer in our classes and take on the responsability of Room Parent. And if that's not exciting enough we have helped earn well over $1,000 through
the ink cartridge program to raise funds to restucture our playground.
Ms. Eskenazi, Ms. Ndjolba and Ms. Podsada are flying into a SUPER year and are
ready to train our students for their futures as SUPER HEROES!
4th Grade
5th Grade
It is hard to believe that the month of September is behind us! That means that students should now be completely adjusted to their new routines. Please remember
that in fourth grade, we are working very hard to teach
your children to become more responsible for themselves. Homework should be completed without much
assistance and then checked over by the parent before
the agenda is signed. Students should be responsible for
packing up their own belongings and making sure they
have everything they need each day.
The fifth graders are in the full swing of things.
The year has started off great! We have incredible events and academics this year! The 5th
grade class is heading to Washington, D.C. in December. Deposits have already been collected
for this field trip. We will be having an in-house
Science field trip here at school coming up October. Forms will be sent home with all the information.
Last month was very busy and this month will be as well.
In math, we are moving into multiplication which makes
up a large part of the fourth grade curriculum. It is IMPERATIVE that ALL fourth grade students are fluent in
their multiplication facts to twelves. Please practice
nightly. In reading, students are exploring both fiction
and informative pieces. They are answering questions
based on their reading that require evidence and support. We are working towards higher level thinking. Students are enjoying learning about Florida and I know
many are looking forward to our amazing overnight trip
to St. Augustine in December.
Boosterthon kicked off in September. This year,
our goal is to raise funds for technology. Parents,
we would love your help… Please log on to funrun.com using your school access code 952573.
Once you've registered on funrun.com, you can
get pledges to help our school!
Students are super excited for First in Math. First
in Math is a fun interactive math website that
challenges kids and reinforces important mathematical concepts while providing a fun experience! We are currently 2nd in the our state. Students can log onto www.firstinmath.com to earn
their virtual stickers. Please encourage your child
to log on daily.
For September we would like to Highlight some Environmental
Ed activities we are engaged in for Citizen Science. Mrs. Perez’s
class replanted our Butterfly Garden with pink flowers for
Johnny. They also planted milkweed so that Monarch Butterflies have food for their Journey South to Mexico.
For our Science Buddy Program we are creating symbolic
butterflies to send to Mexico with Mrs. Reed’s class.
Specials
The Science special has been a busy place this
month. All students have been learning to use
the science process skills. Kindergarteners have
been observing using their 5 senses. In 1st, 2nd
and 3rd grade the students have learned how to
form a hypothesis and then test the hypothesis
while observing and recording the results. This
has been taught through various experiments.
In addition, most grade levels have been using
science tools such as a ruler, thermometer and
a pan balance. Finally, in 5th grade the focus in
the science special has been the body systems,
we have just begun learning about cells and the
skeletal system. We have had some interesting
conversations, but the students have hopefully
learned a lot too.
Volunteer Procedures
Keeping students safe is a priority. The STAR System (Security Tracking
And Response) continues to be used at all schools. The STAR System
provides schools with high-speed security checks against local, state
and national sex offender databases and against state and local law
enforcement files. When parents, visitors, and volunteers come to
school, the office staff will swipe their driver ’s license into a bar code
reader, verify the name, take a photo and print a badge with this picture. All visitors are asked to check out in the office when leaving
school.
Volunteers must complete the on-line volunteer/ mentor application
before helping in school. Go to www.browardschools.com/getinvolved
to complete the online application. The first time volunteers come to
assist, the front office staff will ask for their social security number and
driver’s license. All returning volunteers must complete the online application. If you do not have access to a computer or you need
assistance, please contact the school.
Manatee Bay Elementary School
19200 Manatee Isles Drive
Weston, FL 33332
Phone: 754-323-6450
Fax: 754-323-6490
www.manateebayelementary.net
Principal: Heather Hedman-DeVaughn
Asst. Principal: Marie Price-Dumervil
Student Council
Congratulations to all of the 4th and 5th
grade Student Council representatives.
You have been selected by your peers to
represent your class in Student Council
for the 2015-2016 school year. All of the
posters look amazing. Best of luck to all
of our candidates.
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Announcing the
2015 / 2016
Broward Gifted Advisory
Meeting Dates, Time, & Location
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Sheridan Tech. High School
3775 SW 16th St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Dates: Thursdays
September 24
October 15
November 19
December 17
January 21
February 18
March 10
April 21
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