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September 2016 Volume 1

Issue 3

Belle Terre Elementary School 5545 Belle Terre Parkway Palm Coast, FL 32137

386-447-1500 Dr. T. C. Culver Principal

Ms. Katrina Townsend Assistant Principal

Mrs. Jessica DeFord

Assistant Principal

“The Paw Print” Issue #3 September 2016 Published Four Times Per Year Belle Terre Elementary School 5545 Belle Terre Parkway Palm Coast, FL 32137

A Back to School Welcome from Our Top Bobcat

Welcome back to Belle Terre students, families, and staff! We are looking forward to a great year in 2016-17 as we prepare to give our Bobcat Learners a challenging and fun learning experience this school year. Ms. Jessica DeFord joined our administrative team this summer after the retirement of Mr. Barry Wills. She will be working with VPK3rd grades; Ms. Katrina Townsend will continue to assist with grades 4-6. If you have any positive ideas that will improve our school or notes on what is working well, please feel free to contact any administrative team member. I invite you to visit and to participate in your student’s education in a variety of ways. Now is the time to become a volunteer! Whether you choose to shelve books in the library, make copies in the workroom, read with students, attend field trips, or help implement a new program, you are needed at BTES. We are always recruiting Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) and business partners to support our 1,500+ students! You could join the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) or School Advisory Committee (SAC); these two groups help guide events and planning for our school. We always need more hands to help with car rider lines daily and parking for all of our events. Please call the school if you would like more information. If you cannot come to the school during the day, there are many ways you can support your child from home. Require your child to have a scheduled homework time daily, and if there is no homework for the day, use the time to read or discuss what has been learned during the week. Speak with your child about treating other students with kindness and respect. Encourage students to try new things, join clubs, and participate in activities. Show them you value education by making daily attendance at school a priority. Research indicates that students who miss more than 10 percent of available school days (which is 18 days a year), for any reason—regardless of excused or unexcused—are less likely to graduate within the expected timeline. Being in school everyday increases your child’s instructional time and likelihood of success. I am excited every year when the students return to school. Each year is a renewed opportunity for us to make an impact as well as learn from the many amazing things your children share with us! At Belle Terre, Excellence is the Norm, not the Exception. We have high expectations for our staff and students. We have an environment where teachers are providing high quality learning, and students are being pushed to go “Faster, Stronger, Higher” each day. As a great thinker once said, “Excellence is not a skill. It’s an attitude!” Make it a great year Bobcats! Dr. Terence Culver Principal

2 Updates from the Dean Character Education BTES celebrates one character trait each month. Students are expected to treat each other with kindness and respect each day. Upcoming traits are September – Respect, October – Self-control, November- Cooperation, and December – Kindness.

School Rule Because "Excellence is the Norm, not the Exception," we will not do anything to take away from our learning or the learning of others.

School Expectations • Be Responsible • Treat Others with Respect • Excel at What you Do

We have two new deans this year: Ms. Priscilla Campbell for grades VPK – 5 and Mr. Doug Glasco for grade 6. Our deans work with students who have discipline concerns, but that is a small part of their work with our BTES Bobcats. Both deans offer character education classes, guide students as mentors, teach de-escalation and problem-solving to students, and more. BTES is a Positive Behavior School where we recognize students who are making good choices and demonstrating our expected excellent behavior. Students may earn “paw”sitive tickets for good behavior, helping others, or demonstrating good citizenship. These go into a drawing each week for prizes. This program will start in September. We also have a no referral skating party each quarter for students who did not get any referrals and will be offering other incentives throughout the year.

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Curriculum Spotlight 3 Welcome to Our New Assistant Principal! Our Academic Coaches are Kristen Austin and Natalie Muldoon. They work to support our teachers with curriculum needs, as well as going into classrooms to model lessons and provide training. They work with students to provide learning strategies and academic support as needed. If you have any questions, please contact them at 386-447-1500, x2201.

Ms. Jessica DeFord joined us at BTES in July. She was previously the Reading Coach at WES and has been a teacher for 16 years. She graduated from St. Leo University with her BA in Elementary Education in 2000 and her Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida in 2004. In 2008, she became a Nationally Board Certified teacher. Ms. DeFord has two children of her own, ages 13 and 18, who both attend schools in Flagler County. Ms. DeFord is the Grade Level Administrator for grades VPK, K, 1, 2, and 3. She is very happy to be here with us at Belle Terre and loves being a Belle Terre Bobcat!

Our ASD Team mastered the Break Out Challenge during preplanning! Dr. C, Mr. Glasco, and Ms. Hudson know BTES is Number One!

It’s great to be back at BTES!

4 Counselor’s Corner The School Counselors at BTES are an important part of a team that works to help your child succeed. We like to get to know ALL students so they feel connected and safe when they are at school. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions or concerns. Heather Smith VPK-2nd (Ext. 1111) Vickie Kandour 3rd-4th (Ext. 1107) Lindsey Ward 5th-6th (Ext. 1109)

10 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in Elementary School modified from 1. Attend Curriculum Night and Parent-Teacher Conferences Kids do better in school when parents are involved in their academic lives. Attending Curriculum Night will inform you about the standards your child will be expected to learn. Attending parent-teacher conferences is a chance to start or continue conversations with your child’s teacher and gives you the opportunity to discuss strategies to help your child do his or her best in class. 2. Visit our website and check Skyward Visit to find the school calendar, information about upcoming events and staff contact information. Checking your child’s grades in Skyward means you won’t have to wait for progress reports or report cards to know how your child is doing in school. Bring your driver’s license to Susan Young (our Registrar) to get access to Skyward. 3. Support Homework Expectations Homework reinforces and extends classroom learning and helps kids practice important study skills. It also helps them develop a sense of responsibility and a work ethic that will benefit them beyond the classroom. Have your child complete his/her homework in a well-lit, comfortable, and quiet workspace.

Belle Terre Elementary School is promoting the Commitment to Graduate® (C2G®) initiative. This initiative addresses the growing student dropout rate across America. It encourages students to strive for their high school diploma and set a goal for the next stage of life. You can help encourage your child to graduate by having conversations with them about the importance of graduating from high school, talking about what they would like to be when they grow up, and talking about what they can do to reach their long term goals for high school and beyond. If you would like more ideas on how to make sure your child is on the path to graduate from high school, please see your child’s School Counselor.

4. Send Your Child to School Ready to Learn A nutritious breakfast fuels up kids and gets them ready for the day. Breakfast is provided to all BTES students for FREE daily. Kids also need the right amount of sleep to be alert and ready to learn all day. Most school-age kids need 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night. 5. Teach Organizational Skills When kids are organized, they can stay focused instead of spending time hunting things down and getting sidetracked. Check your child’s planner and/ or homework folder every school night so your child doesn’t fall behind. It’s also helpful to teach your child how to make a to-do list to help prioritize and get things done. Organizational skills need to be learned and practiced. 6. Teach Study Skills Be sure to know when a test is scheduled so you can help your child study ahead of time rather than the night before. If studying and testing becomes a source of stress for your child, discuss the situation with the teacher or School Counselor. 7. Know the Disciplinary Policies Refer to the Student Code of Conduct on the district website for rules, expectations and consequences. 8. Get Involved Volunteering at school is a great way for parents to show they’re interested in their child’s education. Contact the front office for more information on how to volunteer. 9. Take Attendance Seriously It’s important that kids arrive at school on time every day because having to catch up with class work and homework can be stressful and interfere with learning. If your child is missing school due to illness, make sure to check with the teacher about any work that needs to be completed and send in notes to excuse the absence. Contact your child’s School Counselor or Dawn Stuart (our Attendance Clerk) if you have questions about the attendance policy. 10. Make Time to Talk About School Make time to talk with your child every day so he or she knows that what goes on at school is important to you. When kids know parents are interested in their academic lives, they’ll take school seriously as well.

Grade Level Spotlights


3rd Grade It was such a pleasure meeting all of you at our “Meet and Greet” on Friday, August 5th! We are looking forward to an exciting year of learning and academic exploration. Mrs. Massey is sponsoring the “Battle of the Books” again this year. She will have two groups: grades 3 and 4, and grades 5 and 6. Mrs. Albrecht is sponsoring “Future Problem Solvers” which is open to grades 3rd through 6th. Both of these programs will begin in September. More information will follow.

4th Grade On the heels of iPad Deployment Night, students in the 4th grade are busy learning and showing they understand BTES iPad Expectations. In addition to demonstrating their knowledge of what is appropriate on the school-issued iPad, students are exploring our Learning Management System. In Schoology, students can preview or review content, complete assignments and tests, post in an online discussion thread, and so much more. 

5th Grade Kindergarten We are all very excited to welcome our newest Bobcats to the school. We took Kinder tours during our staggered start days and showed our little ones the Belle Terre way! We’re eager to dive into learning with lots of hands on activities awaiting our little ones. We’re excited to explore our beginning units such as the five senses, all about me, and our apple unit. We plan on taking a field trip to the Corn Maze in Bunnell. 

1st Grade All of the first grade teachers would like to say, “Welcome Back!” We have many exciting things planned for this year. We are planning two on-campus grade level activities and one off campus fieldtrip. More details will be forthcoming. In order to minimize the cost of our events, we will be having a few fundraisers this year. The first one will be on September 21st at Sonny’s BBQ between 5:00 and 9:00 p.m. A flyer will come home closer to the fundraiser date. It is going to be an amazing year!

Fifth grade spent part of the first few weeks preparing for Curriculum Night, as well as getting ready to start two exciting Science Clubs.  Some of the classes are delving into a blended learning environment.  Students have received their IPads, and teachers are busy getting their all students engaged in using new apps and programs.  

6th Grade Anyone can take a field trip...but, the same trips to the same places gets boring.  That is why we are doing something different to celebrate the end of the year this year. We are having two overnight lock-ins!  More info on that in the following newsletters.  We have some fundraisers scheduled to help with the expenses and make sure we have FUN!  On October 10th, we will be having a McTeacher’s Night at the McDonald’s by Kohl’s from 5pm-8pm.  Come get served by your favorite teachers!  The second week of November, we will be having a KRISPY KREME fundraiser.  Everyone loves a good doughnut!!!  We will also be hosting a winter dance in December, so keep your ears open for that!  We have some amazing activities planned this year to celebrate BTES’s “seniors,” so be sure to check emails and other communications from your child’s teacher!

2nd Grade Second grade is excited to kick-off a new year with such a wonderful group of students! We are spending time getting to know each other, practicing our daily routines, and jumping right into our reading and math series. In the coming weeks, some of our second graders will be participating in our Heritage Project so we can all learn about our family’s culture, history, and heritage! We sure are ready for a great year together.

Sixth grade teachers enjoy summer PD!

6 Club News Creative Writing Club Mrs. Cooke and Mrs. Irving are getting ready for a great year!  We are excited to announce that in addition to our fun and creative meetings, meeting fellow authors, and possibly being published themselves, this year’s club members will have the chance to attend a Spring Writer’s Camp at Princess Place!  This will be our best year yet!  Students in grade 4-6 can join.  The first meeting was August 30th, right after school in the media center.  Students must have a signed permission slip to attend meetings.

Heart & Sole I am happy to announce that Belle Terre Elementary sixth grade girls will have the opportunity to participate in an enriching after-school program. Heart & Sole is Girls on the Run’s new program for middle school girls! Heart & Sole creates a positive, structured space for middle school girls to learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy, strengthen connections, and develop life skills that will help them as they move through adolescence and beyond.  Look for more details soon!!!!! Ms. Apanavicius is the GotR Coordinator if you need more information.

Falcontech Falcontech is our Robotics Program for 6th graders. Falcontech 2016-2017 is divided into three different types of robotics leagues:  First Lego League, Vex Robotics, and SeaPerch (the underwater robot.) Students work in groups every Tuesday after school, as well as in class to build their robots.  Through critical thinking and intense problem solving, students learn to demonstrate great teamwork and research skills to develop their skills as tomorrow’s future engineers!

Girls on the Run Girls on the Run is a running club for girls in grades 3, 4, and 5. They will be meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting on September 20th. GotR is a running club that also promotes self-worth. Registration ended September 6th. Contact Coach Kim at for more information or checkout our Facebook for information.

Karate Pak’s Karate offers free karate lessons on 2nd and 4th Friday afternoons after school for one hour. Students may be in any grade. See Ms. Townsend or Ms. Miller for a form.

Crafty Cats Crafty Cats is a new club this year. Students in grades 3-6 will learn how to make the items and then assist students in grades K-2 make them. This should give students of all ages a chance to be creative and have fun!


PE/Wheel News Flash Physical Education


Welcome back students and parents to another exciting school year at Belle Terre Elementary. We are planning a full slate of fun, healthy, and vigorous activities for our youngsters with improving everyone’s fitness level as our main goal. Once again, we are sending home our Physical Education policy sheet and Health Survey. Please read through this information and completely fill out the back of the page and return it as soon as possible. Please note: A main emphasis this year is for all students to be properly outfitted with athletic shoes for PE (sneakers, tennis shoes, running shoes, cross trainers, etc.). We believe this is very important for the safety and comfort of your child. Thank you, and together, let’s make this a great year.

Information on the winter musical will be coming very soon. Students in grades 3-6 may participate. Practice will be after school. The stage crew is limited to grade 6 only; students are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Look for information about the “Bobcats Got Talent” show and Spring Concert in future issues.

Your Belle Terre Elementary Physical Education Team: Coach Bowker, Coach Drosdick, Coach Lagocki, Coach McCoppin

Music Teacher: Mrs. Clark

Health Health lessons will start in the upper grades with learning about their muscle system, the digestive system, and the organization of the body systems. The lower grades will be starting out learning about different safety procedures, such as “911”; Stop, Drop and Roll; Stranger/Danger; and weather safety during tornados and hurricanes. Health Teacher: Mr. Howell

FCPS 2016-17 School Calendar

Flagler County School District

Belle Terre Elementary School 5545 Belle Terre Parkway Palm Coast, FL 32137

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Dates to Remember Progress Reports............................... September 13 Health Screenings (K, 1, 3, 6).......... September 13-16 Great American Fundraiser Due.... September 16 School Pictures................................. September 22-23 Rocking into Fall Dance.................. September 23 Flu Vaccine Forms Due.................... September 26 Dinner with Dad................................ September 28 Kids Closet......................................... September 30 Flu Shots Given................................. October 3 Conference Days............................. October 3-13 PTO Meeting..................................... October 6 6th Grade McTeacher Night.......... October 10 End of the First Quarter.................... October 13 No School/Teacher Work Day........ October 14 Report Cards.................................... October 19 Halloween Celebration Dance...... October 21 No Referral Skate Party.................... October 27 Fall Festival........................................ October 28 PTO Meeting..................................... November 3 Time Changes (Fall back)............... November 6 Veterans Day (No School).............. November 11 Progress Reports............................... November 15 Gobble Get Down Dance.............. November 18 Thanksgiving Break........................... November 21-25


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