Staff members from Lakewood Park Elementary surprised third, fourth, and fifth grade students who earned a Level 4 or Level 5 on Florida Standards Assessments in the areas of ELA, Math, and Science. Students were excited to see their school’s staff members honoring them with signs and celebrating their accomplishments! Lakewood Park Elementary has received numerous phone calls from neighbors, grandparents, and community friends who were just as excited as the students for this type of recognition.
Two teams from the school canvassed the area for two days visiting the homes of nearly seventy students. This epic celebration of 2017 serves to set a powerful and positive tone for the 2017-2018 school year.
Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful and the City of Port St. Lucie in partnership with several City departments (Communications Department, Neighborhood Services Department, the Port St. Lucie Police Department, and the Utilities Department), Waste Pro, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and St. Lucie Public Schools kicked off the Buddy Bench project!
Three local schools are participating in this initial phase: Morningside Elementary, Oak Hammock and West Gate K-8 Elementary. The Boys & Girls Club kids at these locations are the project’s Ambassadors. They will be assisting with promoting and with the sorting and weighing of the caps collected.
Each school will need to attain a goal of 200 pounds of caps for their Buddy Bench. Once the goal has been reached, the caps will be shipped to Green Tree Plastics where they will be exchanged for the Buddy Benches. These first three Buddy Benches are sponsored by Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful, Neighborhood Services Department, and the Port St. Lucie Police Department.
For each Buddy Bench placed, we will conduct a ceremony and this project will conclude at our Caring Community Cleanup & Celebration Day scheduled for April 20, 2019 where the success of the project’s journey will be celebrated.
Treasure Coast High School Students Encourage Second Graders to Recycle
As part of their community service project for Skills U.S.A., Arielly Dias, Arthur Waddell, and Olivia Wallman visited several of the elementary schools in St. Lucie County including Palm Pointe, Bayshore, and Manatee in an attempt to emphasize the positive effects that recycling has on a community and its environment. Through an interactive presentation, second grade students learned that recycling is creative and fun. With objects such as a bag made from plastic bags, a purse and wallet made from juice pouches, and a game called “recycling basketball,” the students were able to experience firsthand the different innovative ways of recycling. The main goal of the presentation was to impact the youth of St. Lucie County by showing them that even though they are young, they can make their communities and local ecosystems safer to live in just by recycling.
Transportation employees (L to R) Michele Cocchia, Debbie Soesbe, and Kathy Owens donned their red noses for the annual Red Nose Day, May 25, 2017, supporting the efforts to aid childhood poverty programs including support for immunizations, mental health, domestic violence, education, as well as fighting homelessness and disease in the poorest communities.
BRAVO to Mrs. Martinkovic, REE’s Music Teacher, and the entire cast and crew of The Lion King Kids production!!! Everyone did an amazing job. You could feel the love and outright fun they were having!!! With parents and staff coming together to bring their students to rehearsals, sew costumes, make and paint props, paint faces, volunteer during the shows, and support the production wholeheartedly – it was a true school-wide event.
REE is thankful to the Lincoln Park Academy students who helped direct rehearsals and run back stage, especially Tiffany Gardner, who acted as assistant director. The Savanna Club Theater was the perfect place to host our very first production and we cannot wait for the next one.
Rivers Edge is proud to honor their Principal’s Honor Roll recipients. After receiving a certificate at the Honors Assembly, the honorees were invited to have lunch with the principal where they received special tags to wear on their back packs.
On Friday, April 22, Rivers Edge proudly hosted all of their Principal Honor Roll students for the third quarter. Honors Assemblies were held all week and students received certificates for Principal’s Honor Roll, A/B Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance, and I Try Harder. The week ended with this luncheon for our straight “A” students.
Coach Eric Redding worked with an enthusiastic team of students who entered the Stellar Hangout category at this year’s Odyssey of the Mind competition. Team members Tony Walter, Ava Zaragoza, Rylie Moler, Jacob Frank, Colton Girling, Lexsie Pusieko, and Jacey Lane worked together in a positive and creative fashion to make this year’s competition one that was meaningful and memorable for this group of problem solvers.
Rivers Edge hosted over 150 parents/students/guardians at their Spring Pentathlon on Friday, April 24. Every student was invited to come out with an adult male figure in his/her life to compete in 5 events – Egg & Spoon Race, Potato Sack Race, Hippitty Hop Race, High/Low Hurdles Race, Scooter Board Race – that required, teamwork, encouragement and a little skill. Awards were given to the top three teams in each category, but the ultimate prize was a shared memory that will surely be celebrated for years to come.
One of the 5th grade classes at Rivers Edge Elementary celebrated World of Bullying Prevention Day by defining characteristics of a bully, what measures students can take to prevent bullying, and what students can do if they see bullying within their school and community. Each student took a stand against bullying by sharing one way they can “STOMP OUT BULLYING.”
Media Specialist PJ Price goes over and above to make learning fun at Rivers Edge Elementary. Turning science questions into a live Jeopardy game, 4th graders at REE did not even realize they were learning as they answered questions about animals, physical science, energy, geology, and matter.
REE hosted their annual family camp out on Friday night before Thanksgiving. Tents were set up all over the property while hamburgers and hot dogs were grilled. The rain changed a few of the planned activities and cut the favorite night hike in half, but it couldn’t stop the families from having fun. There was dancing under the cover and a concert by Madnote – a band that includes one of our 5th grade teachers, Gregory Stetz. This long-standing tradition is organized by our Media Specialist, PJ Price.
The Giving Trees are a long standing tradition at Rivers Edge Elementary. Every grade has a Christmas tree on the stage in the cafeteria representing a local organization. Students and staff bring in donations for the organization the grade has chosen. They are placed under the tree for the campus to see.
Once again this year REE proves it is the school with a heart of gold as the stage was overflowing with gifts, supplies, and donations.
On Thursday, December 17, assemblies were held to present the donations to representatives from the various organizations. This year the grades donated to:
Rivers Edge’s PBIS committee hosted a Fall Festival on Thursday, October 29!
All students participated in the “educational” part of the festival with booths that included bowling, making volcanoes, racing cars, and creating their own lava lamps. Students could also use 35 of their Otter Bucks to attend the fun side of the festival. REE parents manned these booths and had a blast giving out candy and gifts to students that competed in the duck pond, corn hole toss, hula hoop contest, and more.
Rivers Edge’s amazing PTO hosted the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon for the staff. They spoiled the staff with a catered lunch from St. Lucie Draft House and decorated the staff lounge in a family style Thanksgiving decor. The staff loved being able to sit around a large table and kick off the week before Thanksgiving with a relaxing and scrumptious lunch.
Today on the Wilderness Club’s final hike, we discovered that an Eagle Scout finished our outdoor classroom down by Otter Pond and it is ready for teachers to come out with their classes and use. In our final 14 days as students are getting antsy and need a change of scenery, this is a perfect venue for a science lesson, a springboard into writing, a class reward/read aloud, a place to do some personal journal reflection about their school year or summer plans.