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February 2011

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

High Expectations, Achievement, Excellence

Dates To Remember February 3-

SAC Meeting, 5:15 pm PTA Meeting, 6:15 pm

February 5-

Saturday Success Camp Starts

February 7-

2nd Grade Field Trip

February 8-

Make-up Pictures

February 9-

REPORT CARDS ISSUED

February 10- FCAT Parent Night February 11- Cookie Dough Fundraiser Begins February 14- 3rd Grade Honor Roll, 8:15 am February 15- 4th Grade Honor Roll, 8:15 am February 16- 5th Grade Honor Roll, 8:15 am February 22- Super Citizen Ceremony, 8:30 am February 25- Interim Reports Issued

Principal’s Message

Good wishes to all of our Floranada families! February promises to be a busy month here at Floranada. Teachers and support staff have reviewed student data. We are using this data to make plans to support learning gains. I am now in the process of meeting with each 3rd, 4th and 5th grade student to discuss their goals and achieve their highest potential. This is the perfect time for you to speak with your child regarding their progress and discuss ways that they can be successful. One of the best ways that you can help your child each day is to make sure that he/she is at school on time. We begin each day with our Reading Block and tardy students miss important time in reading. Please encourage your child to be prepared each day and complete their homework nightly. All of our Floranada students have tremendous potential. Remind your child to always try their best and to take responsibility for their grades. As always, thank you for all that you do to help us help your children be successful. The great thing about Floranada is the fantastic relationship that exists between parents and teachers. Let’s continue this tradition and ensure that we live up to our motto of “High Expectations, Achievement, Excellence”! 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


Make Some Pals, Knock Down Some Pins The Special Populations Section of Broward County Parks and Recreation Division will offer Pins ’n’ Pals, a youth bowling program for ages 8 to 17 and ages 18 to 21 with developmental disabilities, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, at Strikers Family Sports Center in Sunrise. The fee is $5.50 for two games, which includes the use of bowling shoes. Space is limited and preregistration is required. This is a weekly program, and consistent attendance is required. Participants should be able to follow basic instructions/directions and able to function in a group structure. Family member(s) may be asked to be available to provide additional assistance. Strikers Family Sports Center 8500 N.W. 44th St., Sunrise 33351 Tuesdays, 4:30-6 p.m. January 11-April 19, 2011 For ages 8-17 and 18-21 with developmental disabilities. Fee: $5.50/two games (includes shoes). Preregistration is required. For further information or to register, call the Special Populations Section at 954-357-8160-8170 (voice) or 954-537-2844 (TTY).

ATTENTION PARENTS OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES The annual Parent Survey indicating how well schools are supporting parents' involvement in their child's education can be accessed online beginning February 1, 2011. To access and complete the survey, log on to www.ESESurvey.com. If you are unable to complete an online survey, please request a paper survey from your child's school. The parent survey allows you to provide meaningful feedback to the Florida Department of Education concerning educational services your child is receiving. Remember the parent survey is only for parents of students with disabilities in grades prekindergarten through 12th grade. When you go to www.ESESurvey.com -- you will see the following login screen. Enter the information and press Enter to start the survey.


News From the Classrooms Happy February! The second grade is just feeling the Floranada Love! We are anxiously awaiting our KAPOW field trip. Some of us will be going to Seiler Animal Hospital. Some will be going to Coldwell Banker, and some to Edward Jones Investments. Speaking of Edward Jones...a HUGE thank-you to Ms. Leann Barber (who runs the Edward Jones Investment office next to Staples) for her generous donation to our field trip. Due to her generosity, our field trip is 100% free! Thank you Leann and all our amazing KAPOW partners...Rafael Monterrey, Darlen DiMarco, Pat Smith, Steve Saley, and Dr. Boaz Man. This program could not run as smoothly without you.

Mrs. Lavere's class has "rocked" through January during our geology studies. We have made delicious igneous rock (AKA rice crispy treats), wonderful metamorphic sandwiches, and there is nothing like sedimentary chocolate rock treats! To all who have donated items to help make science fun, we thank you! A big congratulations goes out to our past Super Citizens Dylan Galiana and Curtis Thomas and to this quarters Terrific Kid, Robert Harrell. Keep up the hard work!

Well it’s already February and we continue to work hard in kindergarten! Along with our busy month, we will celebrate our 100th day in school! Wow!! We will also learn about communities and all the important jobs people do. At writing time we are practicing to make our stories more readable and in math we are focusing on two-dimensional shapes. Combining shapes to make new shapes is a lot of fun!

AR Just Got BIGGER!! Accelerated Reader is one of Floranada’s reading incentive programs. Our fabulous PTA has purchased Accelerated Reader Enterprise to enhance this program. This means we now have access to all of the book quizzes that Accelerated Reader has in its database! Our students will be able to take quizzes on many more books. Many more of our books in the media center will now have quizzes; you may have some of these books on you own book shelves and the public library books are also an option. Students should check for quiz ability by logging into their account to see if a specific bookquiz is available. Please call the Mrs. Miner or Mrs. Chelton if you have any questions.


Character Education During the month of February students, faculty and staff will be practicing the character trait "Honesty”. Honesty means being truthful, trustworthy, and sincere. One Super Citizen student will be selected from each classroom. These students best display the trait of “Honesty”.

School Tours for Prospective Families We will be offering guided tours of our school for prospective families. Please spread the word to your neighbors and friends that are thinking of making Floranada their home! Staff will provide the walking tour of our campus on February 25th at 9:00am. Our families beginning Kindergarten next year can join us for our Kindergarten tours on May 13th and 20th at 8:15am.

THANKS!! Our annual Floranada Day was a huge success. We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every volunteer and sponsor! Our families would not have had such a fantastic day without all your hard work and dedication. Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray! Three cheers to all of you! Our wonderful Floranada PTA sponsors this event each and every year. If you had a blast this year, would you please consider donating your time and talents to make next year’s event even more special. Contact Chris Lanzetta to find out how you can help. Or better yet, come to the next PTA meeting!


Virtual Counselor Virtual Counselor is an easy way to keep track of your child’s attendance, standardized test scores and other important information. The following instructions will help you sign up for a Parent Account! Using your web browser: Enter www.Browardschools.com/virtualcounselor Or Click on the Virtual Counselor link from www.browardschools.com This is the screen you will get:

Click on Parent. You will get the following screen:

If you DO NOT have a login. Click the link to sign up. You will get the following screen:


Once you have read Policy 5306 and agree, click Continue. You will get the following screen:

Once you read the statement, click Continue. You will get this screen:

Enter the information requested. Please be aware that the system will not allow you to sign up without your student’s personal student number. You must also use the phone number that the school has on file for you. If you have changed your phone number, you MUST use the phone number we have. If you are not certain which phone number we have OR if you do not know your child’s Student Identification Number you will not be able to complete the sign-up process. Please call the front office or Mrs. Olstein and we will be happy to assist you!

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