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December 2009

FALCON EXPRESS FLORANADA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 5251 NE 14th Way Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334 (754) 322-6350 Principal, Keith Peters Assistant Principal, Dr. Suzanne Romanoff

High Expectations, Achievement, Excellence

Dates To Remember December 1- Interim Reports December 2- PTA Meeting, 6:15 pm December 3- Holiday Show, 6:15 pm December 10-11- Billie Swamp Field Trip-5th Grade December 10- McDonald’s Night December 15- Super Citizen Ceremony, 8:30 am December 21-January 1- Winter Break

Principal’s Message

Greetings Floranada family members! As we enter into the month of December and continue toward the Holiday Break, we need all of you to help keep our students focused on their academics. We have so much work to accomplish here at Floranada and we need each of our students to do their part. The holiday season is a wonderful time where we spend time with our family and friends and enjoy a much-needed break. However, I am counting on you to help keep your child’s mind sharp by having them read each day during the break, minimally 20 minutes a day. We have completed our second round of Benchmark Assessment Testing (BAT) with our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. Our scores will be back soon. This will enable us to better tailor our instruction to meet the needs of our students. There will not be a School Advisory Council meeting in December, but please plan on joining us on Thursday, January 7 at 5:15 pm in the media center for our next meeting. At this meeting, we will be discussing our students’ progress based on the BAT results and how we are meeting our goals as outlined in our School Improvement Plan. I would like to wish each and every one of you a wonderful holiday break. I hope that your time with your family is joyous. Let’s all relax and renew and come back in 2010 with the positive frame of mind to achieve our goal of making Floranada an “A” school once again! Keith Peters, Principal

The School Board of Broward County, Florida, prohibits any policy or procedure which results in discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, marital status, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Individuals who wish to file a discrimination and/or harassment complaint may call the Director of Equal Educational Opportunities at (754) 321-2150 or Teletype Machine TTY (754) 321-2158. Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call Equal Educational Opportunities at (754) 321-2150 or Teletype Machine TTY (754) 321-2158. The opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of Floranada Elementary or Broward County Public Schools

ESE Advisory General Meeting Parents are invited to attend the ESE Advisory General Meeting on December 14, 2009, at 7:00pm. Piper High School 800 N.W. 44 Street Sunrise For more information or directions to the meetingPlease call (754) 321-2200

H1N1 Flu Vaccinations Floranada Elementary hosted the H1N1 vaccinations for our students on Monday, November 9. Students who were vaccinated that day, either via shot or nasal spray, will need a second dose of the vaccine. We have been scheduled for Tuesday, December 1 for our second doses. Students who received the initial vaccination will receive the second dose on December 1. Parents who wish to accompany their child during this vaccination need to be at the school at 8:00 A.M. that day and report directly to the hallway outside Room #129 with their child. Parents need to be flexible as we are unsure of the length of this process.

Harvest Drive Thank you to everyone who participated in the Harvest Drive. The theme of the Harvest Drive was "Children Helping Children” and the collections provided a week's worth of groceries for selected needy families in Broward County during Thanksgiving. We collected over 100 boxes of food items that were distributed to families in need. Way to go Floranada!

Many Thanks A big “Thank You” goes out to the Brownies of Girl Scout Troop #10915 who donated Publix gift cards to help families in need purchase groceries for Thanksgiving. The girls, most of them students here at Floranada, did extra chores and gave their allowance money, raising almost $250. They will receive a special patch and look forward to helping more families this holiday season!

Character Education During the month of December students, faculty and staff will be practicing the character trait "Kindness”. Kindness is being helpful, thoughtful, caring, compassionate, and considerate. One Super Citizen student will be selected from each classroom. These students best display the trait of “Kindness”.

Read at Least 20 Minutes a Day! Why? Parents are the most influential people in a child's life. By reading to and with their children, they can help make their children readers for life. Children who see their parents read, will be more likely to become readers themselves. Let's figure it out -- mathematically! Student A reads 20 minutes a night x 5 times each week. Student B reads only 4 minutes a night or not at all! Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 5 times each week. Student A reads 20 minutes x 5 times a week = 100 min/week. Student B reads 4 minutes x 5 times a week = 20 min/week. Step 2: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month. Student A reads 400 minutes a month. Student B reads 80 minutes a month. Step 3: Multiply minutes a month x 9 months-school years. Student A reads 36000 minutes in a school year. Student B reads 720 minutes in a school year. Student A practices reading the equivalent of ten school days a year. Student B gets the equivalent of only two school days of reading practice. By the end of 6th grade if Student A and Student B maintain these same reading habits, Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days. Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 school days. One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably and so, undoubtedly, will school performance. How do you thing Student B will feel about him/herself as a student? Some questions to ponder: Which student would you expect to read better? Which student would you expect to know more? Which student would you expect to write better? Which student would you expect to have a better vocabulary? Which student would you expect to be more successful in school and life?

December 2009 Newsletter  

Floranada December 2009 Newsletter