Palm Pointe kindergarten and first grade students came all decked out to celebrate the 100th day of school. Boys and girls were seen using their walkers and canes to get around school today as they were dressed as 100 year old ladies and gentlemen. Some of the students took the time to create shirts with 100 items on them. Wow, are these students creative! They were all thrilled to celebrate their 100 days of learning thus far.
Valerie Doyle’s fifth grade class at Floresta Elementary School recently was visited by Tim Polzin, a personal friend of Ms. Doyle’s who lives in Saint Lucie County. Tim is a famous bass guitarist who currently fills in when needed for various performing bands. During his career as a musician, he has traveled all over the world and has played with many top rock and country bands. He brought two of his favorite guitars, which were custom made for him by Stuart Spector . Each guitar was valued at over $10,000. Mr. Polzin spoke to students about the importance of staying in school, doing their best, and following their dreams. He performed several songs for the students, and gave each child an autographed picture of himself. Students were excited to hear him play, and listened to his words of wisdom and encouragement. They had many questions for Mr. Polzin and he answered all of them.
The Robotics program from Fort Pierce Westwood Academy hosted a virtual field trip. This event was well attended by middle school students and representatives from the Boys and Girls Club of St. Lucie County.
Robert Golden has been heralded by many as a hero, a courageous individual, a compassionate humanitarian; he is a senior at Port St. Lucie High School who was on his way home from school one afternoon in December when he witnessed an injured motorcyclist. Realizing the situation was dire, Robert stepped forward into the midst of onlookers, asked for a belt to create a tourniquet to help stop the bleeding until first responders could arrive on scene. He is credited with saving a man’s life.
On Tuesday, January 9, members of the School Board and Superintendent Gent recognized Robert for his valiant efforts and also took the opportunity to say thank you on behalf of the entire District.
“Sometimes a career picks you.” Impactful words spoken from the heart as Robert Golden addressed School Board Members with Principal Adrian Ocampo by his side.
Robert was recently named a 2014 Gates Millennium Scholar, a highly prestigious scholarship award funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation that covers Robert’s expenses for his undergraduate, master’s and graduate studies. Robert was among 1,000 students chosen from a pool of 52,000, making this years decision one of the most competitive in the programs history.
Robert is Valedictorian of his high school class, and expects to graduate with both his AA degree from Indian River State College and IB Diploma from Lincoln Park. He is a multidimensional student with interests in music, service, and science.
On May 8, as part of Floresta Elementary’s Positive Behavior Intervention Support Program, Riverside Community Theatre presented to all grade 2-5 students, the performance entitled “The Wolf and It’s Shadows.” Based on Aesop’s fable “The Dog and the Wolf,” the play weaves together stories about wolves, dogs, and humans, and includes tales from Russian, Tlingit, English, Inuit and German folklore. The message, according to some students was, “Don’t be influenced by the opinions of others.” For other students, the message was, “Freedom is worth more than being served as royalty.” Alexandria Howlett stated that she liked the play and thought that while it was funny at times, it had an important message. Seth Excellent said it was entertaining, hilarious, and he hopes to see more plays like that one performed at the school. Alanzandria Delphin feels that it was a very worthwhile event. True to their mission, the Riverside Community Theatre remains steadfast in their commitment to providing a total theatre arts experience that entertains, challenges, and educates both adults and children.
Written by Suzanne Diaz
On May 8, as part of Floresta Elementary’s Positive Behavior Intervention Support Program, Riverside Community Theatre presented to all grade 2-5 students, the performance entitled “The Wolf and Its Shadows.” Based on Aesop’s fable “The Dog and the Wolf,” the play weaves together stories about wolves, dogs, and humans, and includes tales from Russian, Tlingit, English, Inuit and German folklore. The message, according to some students was, “Don’t be influenced by the opinions of others.” For other students, the message was, “Freedom is worth more than being served as royalty.” Alexandria Howlett stated that she liked the play and thought that while it was funny at times, it had an important message. Seth Excellent said it was entertaining, hilarious, and he hopes to see more plays like that one performed at the school. Alanzandria Delphin feels that it was a very worthwhile event. True to their mission, the Riverside Community Theatre remains steadfast in their commitment to providing a total theatre arts experience that entertains, challenges, and educates both adults and children.
Written by Suzanne Diaz
Gardens are brimming over with blooms at Rivers Edge Elementary School! Students in Denise Ward’s second grade class worked tirelessly in the welcoming entry garden. Generous donations of mulch and new blooms from Lowe’s, along with students and parent contributions, helped spruce up all the beautiful campus and classroom gardens. Gardening day at Rivers Edge was a tree-mendous success! Pictured, from left, are Jacob Emrich, Lance Eaton, Michael Skinner, teacher Denise Ward, and parent Mrs. Skinner.
The annual Giving Tree program at Rivers Edge Elementary made the season a little brighter for six local organizations. Each grade group decorates a tree and collects gifts and much needed items for a chosen organization. Represented this year were the Humane Society, Castle, Care-Net, Quantum House, Sarah’s Kitchen and the U.S. Military. Pictured is Lt.Col. Cavallaro from the Air Force and Johann Robey from Melinda White’s fifth grade class presenting their gifts. Each organization had a representative that explained their organization and what it meant to them to receive such an outpouring from our students and families. Music teacher Amy Martinkovic lead the students in Christmas Carols and Levear Andrews read The Giving Tree. Lessons about giving were cheerfully learned by all.
On election day, Rivers Edge Elementary students in third through fifth grade cast their vote for President at precinct 0381 in the school’s computer labs. Students were successful in predicting Barack Obama as the winner based on their votes.
In celebration of the end of 3rd and 4th Grade testing, the Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) committee from the PTO of Rivers Edge Elementary surprised the entire staff with a sweet treat. Scrumptious cupcakes from The Cake Lady (located in downtown Ft. Pierce) were distributed to the entire staff on Thursday afternoon. The RAK committee pops up once a month to remind the staff how much they are appreciated!
The PTO of Rivers Edge Elementary hosted an amazing Spring Fling for families on Friday, May 22! Hot dogs, chips, and drinks gave students and their families energy for the multitude of activities going on. From the basketball tournament to dancing to the free carnival games – families had a great night out!
Kindergarten students from Rivers Edge Elementary recently imagined they were sailing on the Mayflower to America. They measured and blocked out 100 feet in their hallway and all climbed aboard for a more personal experience.
Rivers Edge Elementary Otters had an outstanding first week. Beginning their day reading plays an important role in creating a superb way to begin their day and year. Staff and parents both are thrilled that students are increasing their fluency while beginning their day in a quiet manner.
Our Staff was thrilled to receive t-shirts with our theme for the year – “Believe.” Joining together to believe in our students and each other to find a way (or make a way) to keep our school outstanding!
On Friday, April 10, the Rivers Edge PTO hosted a Family Movie Night outside in the PE area of the school. Free to all who attended, everyone received a popcorn and a drink to enjoy while watching Monsters University. Kona Ice was on hand as well as other treats that could be purchased by the parents and students. PTO provided bug repellent and the weather cooperated making the night a perfect family time!
The Giving Tree is held each December. Each grade collects donations for a charity. A member representing the charity is then invited to the Giving Tree Ceremony and presented with the items collected. Kindergarten collected food items for Backpack Buddies; First Grade collected toys and gifts for Hibiscus House; Second Grade collected household items for Quantum House; Third grade collected items for pets to be given to the Humane Society and Caring Fields; Fourth Grade collected items for C.A.S.T.L.E and fifth grade collected items for Military personnel.
Rivers Edge Elementary School leadership class students visited a local nursing home to spread some joy for the holidays. They sang carols, and served punch and cookies, along with distributing gifts to all the residents. The students were encouraged to chat with the residents and left with stories, full hearts and a few new friends! Pictured is Mackenzie Jock, from Melinda White’s fifth grade class, spreading a little cheer as she speaks with one of the residents. Also pictured are fifth graders Megan Massey and Carley Johnson. Thank you leadership team for bringing miles of smiles to share!
Officers from the United States Coast Guard station in Ft. Pierce visited Rivers Edge Elementary School recently to discuss water safety and the role of the United States Coast Guard with students in all first grade classes. The students were extremely excited to get on board the 25ft RBS SAFE boat. Pictured are students in Lauren Furtah’s first grade class with Petty Officer Third Class French, left, and Seaman Hadley from the Coast Guard station in Ft. Pierce.
Come join us for REE’s Third Annual Spring Musical “Willy Wonka Kids”
Location: Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts
Date: Thursday May 10th and Friday May 11th
Time: 6:30 p.m. (Both Days)
Tickets are $10 adult (ages 16+), $7 student (to age 15), children 3 and under are free
We hope you can join us for this sweet show!
Students in Lisa Bradley’s kindergarten class at Rivers Edge Elementary School recently picked their own pumpkins from the school’s Ppumpkin patch. Students counted pumpkin seeds, weighed and measured, learned about the growth cycle and sorted shapes to make decorative faces as they ended their unit on Cornucopia.