Restoring the Village

Restoring the Village

Restoring the Village is a grassroots community movement focused on unifying and organizing resources to make the city of Fort Pierce a safer and more enjoyable place to live. This unique fellowship seeks to eliminate social, ethnic, and financial barriers while permanently binding adults and children alike to the success of the historic Lincoln Park community.  Organizers of the Restoring the Village movement look forward to establishing June 9th and 10th as the second annual Restoring the Village Reunion weekend.  Click on the link below to learn more about this effort and find out how you can become a volunteer to make a difference in your community.

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Research Study at Palm Pointe

Research Study at Palm Pointe

Under the direction of Dr. Brett Lauren, PhD Director of Graduate Training Professor of Psychology at FAU, Grade 3 through 5 students  at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition will be participating in a research study entitled ” School Experiences in Childhood and Adolescence.” The purpose of this project is to examine how individual characteristics of friends shape child adjustment and school achievement.

Re-scheduled Welcome Back Flapjack Breakfast

Re-scheduled Welcome Back Flapjack Breakfast

Applebee’s has re-scheduled the FREE Welcome Back Breakfast for teachers, administrators and their families.

All locations EXCEPT for the Fort Pierce Applebee’s will host the breakfast on Sunday, October 22 @ 8:30 AM.

If you want to attend the Fort Pierce Applebee’s Breakfast, it has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 28 @ 8:30 AM.

If you are no longer able to attend the breakfast, please contact the restaurant directly to remove your name from the reservation list. If you have co-workers that are able to attend due to the new date, please have them call the restaurant directly to make a reservation.

General Flyer for Local Applebee’s (except Fort Pierce location) – October 22nd

 

Fort Pierce Applebee’s – October 28th

 

Renowned Storyteller at Gaines Academy

Renowned Storyteller at Gaines Academy

The month of February is dedicated to celebrating and honoring the many achievements and contributions made by African Americans to the economic, cultural, and political development of America. On February 19th, Donna Washington joined Gaines Academy in celebrating African American culture through the art of storytelling. Ms. Washington is a renowned story teller and author who had student and teachers of all ages captivated with her narratives. Thank you, Ms. Washington!

She provided the talent on a storytelling tape that was so successful for Children’s Press that the tape was used to make four wordless picture books. It was at this time that Donna began writing books. Her first writing project was an anthology. It has been in the works for almost twelve years. A Pride of African Tales was released in December 2003. It received rave reviews from the American Library Association (ALA) Booklist and the School Library Journal. Pride was nominated for the Pennsylvania 2005-2006 Young Reader’s Choice Award. Donna’s second book, The Story of Kwanzaa, has been in print for eleven years. It is a wonderful primer for kids about the African-American celebration of Kwanzaa. Donna’s third book, A Big Spooky House, is a wonderful book to read aloud at Halloween. Her next book will be entitled Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa and will be published by HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Donna has performed at thousands of schools and libraries and numerous storytelling festivals throughout the country. She has also been featured at numerous storytelling festivals including the 2004 National Storytelling Festival, The Illinois Storytelling Festival, The Three Rivers Festival, The St. Louis Storytelling Festival, The NC StoryFest, The Corn Island and Cave Run Festivals in KY, and the Broward County Children’s  and Ocala Storytelling Festivals in FL just to name several.

 

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Parade theme reflected in F. K. Sweet parade entry

Parade theme reflected in F. K. Sweet parade entry

Remember, Celebrate, and Take Action was the theme of the recent Martin Luther King parade. Second place winner in the elementary division from F.K. Sweet Elementary captured all three aspects perfectly with remembering  Dr. King’s speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial, while children celebrate by joining hands and uniting in order to take action. Pictured, art teacher Carey Schott and her committee worked tirelessly to create this year’s beautiful float.

Registration Still Open for Flu Vaccine

Registration Still Open for Flu Vaccine

St. Lucie Public Schools has partnered with Healthy Schools – the nation’s largest school vaccine provider – to offer flu shots to your child during the school day. The copay is $0, so there is no cost to you.

The CDC recommends a flu shot as your child’s number one defense against the flu. Our District’s goal is to ensure that flu shots are available to our students.

Help us as St. Lucie Public Schools Fights the Flu.

Learn more and sign up your child for a flu shot — it’s not too late!

enroll.stlucieflu.com

Register To Vote

Register To Vote

March 25 is the deadline to register to vote regarding the referendum.

Stay informed about how this will impact the future of our schools and the School District’s ability to recruit and retain quality teachers, ensure a school resource officer is on every campus and enhance mental health services for our children. Visit stlucieschools.org for more information.

Make your voice count.

#4ourkids

Regional Winners – Fresh From Florida

Regional Winners – Fresh From Florida

Congratulations to SHELDON RILEY and JAMES WEICHMANN from Fort Pierce Westwood High School! They are the winners of the Fresh from Florida Student Chef Cook-off regional competition. Sheldon and James prepared a Raw Kale Pasta Salad with a Strawberry Vinaigrette and Chipotle Chicken.
Sheldon and James will move to the next level of competition for the State Title in Tallahassee.
Daily Five reading time gives students choices

Daily Five reading time gives students choices

Robbie Baumgarten, a second grade student in Rachel Lutha’s class at F.K. Sweet Elementary is using a part of his Daily Five Reading time to reflect and write about what he has just read. Students are afforded choices within the literacy routine on a daily basis.

 

 

 

 

Referendum Would Enable St. Lucie Public Schools to Keep Momentum Going

Referendum Would Enable St. Lucie Public Schools to Keep Momentum Going

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) has experienced unprecedented academic achievement over the last four years. This success is not due to just having people in place – it is due to having the RIGHT people in the RIGHT place.  High quality, highly trained teachers dedicated to helping all students achieve and learn in safe and caring environments have supported the District’s rise to a B rated district with no failing schools. Likewise, their influence has helped catapult SLPS from 45th to the State’s top ten in graduation rate (96.5% for comprehensive high schools) and from the bottom third to Florida’s top third in overall academic performance.

This is great news for our students, for our citizens, and for our community.  To keep this positive momentum going, we need to keep our high-quality teachers in our schools.  To do this, we must remain competitive with other districts.  It is also vital to maintain safety with the assurance of a school resource officer on every campus and the ability for our staff to meet the mounting mental health needs of our students.  Like no other time in history, children of all ages are coming to school with issues and challenges that necessitate our attention.

That’s why SLPS is appealing to St. Lucie County (SLC) voters to support a one mill referendum.  Twenty other counties have already passed similar referendums in the past year. Voters will receive a mail-in ballot on or about April 3rd asking for a vote to raise teacher pay in order to recruit and retain high quality teachers, improve school safety with a school resource officer in every school, expand mental health services for our children, and preserve important programs.

So, what does this investment in our future amount to? The average taxable value to single family homes and condos is about $8.50 per month. Every penny of this four-year levy will remain in SLC, and a Citizens Advisory Committee will be established to guarantee that every dollar is spent as intended.

Without voter support, we face a daunting challenge.  Neighboring counties offer more attractive salary benefits.  Depending on years of service, a teacher can drive to Martin or Palm Beach County and earn $1,000 to $10,000 more per year than they currently earn as a teacher in SLPS.  There is a national teacher shortage, and SLPS cannot afford to lose a single teacher to another district. Our children are our most precious resource who stand to benefit the most from high performing teachers.  They deserve nothing less than quality educators delivering quality instruction every day.

This need is urgent.  Despite the rhetoric in Tallahassee, there is no guarantee that things will change. In a recent report on average teacher salaries published by the National Education Association, Florida just dropped from 45th to 46th in the country.   That’s a move in the wrong direction, and this slip in an already abysmal national standing is yet another testament to the fact that education is sorely underfunded.

A quality education system supports the entire community.  A successful referendum will benefit our children, our teachers, our safety, and our future.

To learn more, visit https://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/cast-your-vote/

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Superintendent E. Wayne Gent proudly serves as the Superintendent of St. Lucie Public Schools – a B rated District with no failing schools — where he has led unprecedented academic growth launching the District into the State’s top ten for graduation rate and top third for academic achievement.

REE’s Wilderness Club Ends Year on a High Note

REE’s Wilderness Club Ends Year on a High Note

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.

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REE’s PTO Hosts Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon!

REE’s PTO Hosts Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon!

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.

REE’s PBIS Fall Festival is Educational and Fun!

REE’s PBIS Fall Festival is Educational and Fun!

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.

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REE’s Giving Trees Overflow with Donations

REE’s Giving Trees Overflow with Donations

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:

Kindergarten – Dogs & Cats Forever

1st Grade – Safe Space

2nd Grade – Quantum House

3rd Grade – CareNet

4th Grade – Castle

5th Grade – Military

ESE – Hibiscus House, Jensen Beach

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REE’s Annual Camp Out Fun in the Rain

REE’s Annual Camp Out Fun in the Rain

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.

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REE Students Learn Science Through Jeopardy!

REE Students Learn Science Through Jeopardy!

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 Stomps Out Bullying!

REE Stomps Out Bullying!

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.”

REE Spring Pentathlon Brings Out Parents Competitive Side!

REE Spring Pentathlon Brings Out Parents Competitive Side!

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.

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