F. K. Sweet kindergartners explore solid shapes

F. K. Sweet kindergartners explore solid shapes

Kindergartners in Melanie Francisco’s class at F. K. Sweet Elementary School have been anyalyzing two and three-dimensional shapes to name parts and describe their attributes. Pictured, from left, are Elliott Gardner, La Teya Weathers, Quiana Lundy, and Dennis Scott found shapes as the class created a classifying map.

Allapattah teachers and students get into the fall spirit

Allapattah teachers and students get into the fall spirit

Allapattah Flats’ PTO put on its annual pumpkin patch this year. Teachers and classes created pumpkins to show off their artistic talents. They highlighted some of the current trends and favorite books in their creative pumpkin presentations. Pictured are Moby from Brainpop, a few “Angry Birds”, Dr. Suess’ beloved Thing 1 and Thing 2  as well as a pumpkin with “A bad case of the stripes” from David Shannon’s book about a girl who gets a little bit too worried about what everyone else thinks.  Students and teachers alike had a great time decorating their fall pumpkins and displaying them in Allapattah’s annual Pumpkin Patch.

Allapattah first graders join in healthy movement

Allapattah first graders join in healthy movement

First grade students at Allapattah Flats K-8 recently enjoyed a visit from the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast to learn about nutrition and healthy eating. Students learned about the food pyramid, healthy eating habits, and the importance of exercise. Pictured, from left, are Maximo Mendoza eagerly awaiting his turn to make a yogurt parfait, with classmates Claudia Jolivert and Chinhayi Evans.

Weatherbee Elementary parents learn about utilizing the Parent Portal

Weatherbee Elementary parents learn about utilizing the Parent Portal

Parents at Weatherbee Elementary recently attended a workshop to learn about accessing the Parent Portal on the St Lucie Public Schools website and the “Skyward Family Access” program. Marj Armstrong of the Title I and Curriculum and Instruction departments, and Michael McCarthy of the 21st Century program, presented the workshop to parents. Parents learned how to access their child’s school grades, classroom assignments, and maintain vital teacher correspondence through the web based system. Pictured is McCarthy and parents learning about this vital resource.

Allapattah Flats students learn about overcoming obstacles through Stella the Whale

Allapattah Flats students learn about overcoming obstacles through Stella the Whale

Kindergarten through second grade students at Allapattah Flats K8 School recently were visited by Wyland Foundation, along with Stella the Whale.  Stella is a near life size canvas painting of a baby right whale. Students got to take part in a unique exercise in goal setting to help Stella migrate 700 miles from one end of the state to the other. Stella’s epic 30-day journey is part of an effort to draw attention to the plight of the endangered north Atlantic right whale whose numbers have dwindled in recent years to less than 400. To mirror the average traveling distance in a right whale’s migration, Stella will stop every twenty miles at schools and children’s centers, starting Oct. 14 in Key Largo and concluding Nov. 17 at the Right Whale Festival in Jacksonville. Each stop on Stella’s route will include presentations from marine mammal experts and educators, a photo opportunity with Stella, and activities for students to use Stella’s journey to identify their own goals for environmental conservation, health and wellness, and academic success. Stella gives students a chance to understand the perilous migration that whales undertake every year from their winter calving areas off Florida to the feeding grounds off Nova Scotia, according to the Wyland Foundation, and her journey provides a unique way of understanding the importance of overcoming obstacles to achieve goals.